Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 7, 2011

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Ronald V. Hitson, 66, of McKenzie, died Mon., Dec. 5, 2011.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., today, Wed., Dec. 7, from the New Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Clifton Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing arrangements.

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to services.

Survivors include his daughter: Renee Sexton of McKenzie; grandchildren, Samantha Hitson of River Falls and Wes Sexton and Wyatt Sexton, both of McKenzie; great-granddaughter, Krista Sexton, also of McKenzie; sisters, Ruth Edson and Veleria Hitson, both of Red Level; and brother, Donnie Hitson of Georgiana.

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Shirley Bryan Matthews, 62, of Andalusia, died Fri., Dec. 2, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral services will be at noon, today, Wed., Dec. 7, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Garrett officiating and burial following in Stone Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home two hours prior to the service.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Matthews of Andalusia; her son and daughters-in-law, Bryan Garrett of Brewton, Marcus and Amy Laster of Andalusia, Colby and Jessica Matthews of Daleville and Trey Matthews of Andalusia; her daughters and sons-in-law, Crissy and Keith Brown of Brewton, Kerrie and Paul Powell of Castleberry, Danielle Ruark of Andalusia and Mandy and Brendan Wilkes of Pensacola, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; stepfather, Willie Garrett of Castleberry; brothers, Ron (Gray) Bryan of Manassas, Va., and Donnie Bryan of Pennsylvania, and a sister, Tammy (Hank) Stanford of Castleberry.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Jennings Bryan, and mother, Libby Garrett.

Pallbearers will be Travis Garrett, Brendan Wilkes, Justin Byrd, James Byrd, Josh Pettus and Eric Samuel.

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Willie C. Williamson, 82, of Opp, passed away Sun., Dec. 4, 2011 in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital from injuries sustained in a farming accident.

Funeral services were held on Tues., Dec. 6, at Keahey Funeral Home with the Rev. Antony Pullukattu Xavier officiating, and graveside services will now be held at 10 a.m., today, Wed., Dec. 7, at Bethel Cemetery in Babbie. Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Williamson of Opp; son and daughter-in-law, Windell and Susan Williamson of Luverne; daughter, Leigh Williamson; stepsons, Patrick Vinson, both of Opp, and Joseph Butts of Sanford; stepdaughter, Beth Creech of Birmingham and Michelle Rogers of Babbie; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Robert Carter; granddaughters, Ava Williamson and her husband Kevin Teasdale and Nikki McNab, all of Opp; and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Williamson; brothers, Oscar Williamson and Curtis Williamson; and sisters, Aline Atkins, Ida Ruth Gordon, Wilma

Jean Williams, Merle Wise and Cupidene Knowlton.

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John Randell Henderson, 41, of Opp, passed away on Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, at his sister’s residence in Abbeville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Wed., Dec. 9, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Terry Godwin and Pastor Tommy Dubose officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Opp with Keahey Funereal Home directing.

Survivors include his son, Hunter Kip Henderson; daughter, Hope Henderson; father, John David Henderson; mother, Sarah Nell Henderson; sisters and brothers-in-law,

Cindy and Mike Strickland, all of Opp, Sandra and David Yoemans of Abbeville and JoAnn and Shad Jones of Newville; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

“We love you daddy and we will miss you every day. Love, Kip and Hope”

Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Deborah Faye “Debo” Clark, 59, of Red Level, died Sun., Dec. 4, 2011, at Flowers Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 8, at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Dothan. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing.

The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on tonight from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted.

She graduated from Slocomb High School and attended Auburn University. She was the founder and president of CollegiateSports Travel and has received numerous awards and accolades from colleges throughout the country for her contributions in college athletics.

She was the recipient of the 2009 Texas Coaching Legend award and was the only female that has ever been presented this prestigious award.

She was a loving and dedicated mother and daughter, as well as a friend to many people, and she will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her father, Johnny Ralph Clark, and her son, Christopher Neal Clark.

Survivors include her mother, Beulah May Clark of Dothan; daughters, Sky Clark Cobb and her husband, Andy, of Red Level and Dylan Spivey of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Shane Clark and his wife, Susan, of Alabaster and Tyler Spivey of Red Level; brother, Jimmy D. Clark and his wife, Theresa, of Capitan, N.M.; grandchildren, Jordyn Paige Clark of Dothan and Whitney Kate Clark of Alabaster; nieces, Samanatha Clark of Dothan and Christal Clark of Dallas; and nephew, Coleman Clark of Tulsa, Okla.



Janice Harris Myers, 70, of Andalusia, died Sat., Dec. 3, 2011, in a Dothan Hospital.

Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 5, at the River Falls Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Sharpe and Dr. Earl Tew officiating. Burial followed in Stone Lake Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, William David and Cynthia Myers Jr. of Chancellor and Jerry Wayne and Cindy Myers of Andalusia; her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jay St. Clair of Birmingham; grandchildren, Kimberly, David, Jonathon, Lance, Amber, Lauren, and Chuck; a great-grandchild, Lucas; brother, Zack Harris of Panama City, Fla.; a special niece, Lucy Ingram; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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