Obituaries for Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012

Published 9:45 am Thursday, February 9, 2012



The Rev. J.T. Castleberry, 82, of the Carolina Community, passed away Wed., Feb. 8, 2012, in the Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 10, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Meadows and the Rev. Lamar Brown officiating. Special music will be provided by Beverly Coon. Burial will follow in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with military honors and Keahey Funeral Home directing

Visitation will be tonight from 5:30 to 8 at Keahey Funeral Home.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1929, to G.C. and Alene Castleberry of Red Level. He served in the Korean War, and upon his discharge, he married Luria Lucas on March 24, 1952. They had one daughter, Carol. Luria preceded him in death, and he later married Lois Blackwell in 1980.

He was a Baptist minister and served churches in and around Covington County for more than 40 years. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He especially enjoyed giving produce from his garden to friends and family. He was a loving husband and a kind, loving father who was always there and always provided the best he could materially, spiritually and emotionally.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Hillery, Ray, Thomas and Wallace; and a step-grandson, Andrew Byrd.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Castleberry of Carolina Community; daughter, Carol (Tommy) Welch of Andalusia; brothers, Douglas (Frances) Castleberry of Andalusia; Jerry (Jane) Castleberry of Boliver, Tenn.; stepson, Pete (Teresa) Blackwell; stepdaughter, Sue Williams; sisters-in-law, Caudy Faye Castleberry and Linda

Castleberry, all of Andalusia; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Ernest Brite; step-grandchildren, Krystal (Jesse) Walden, Lamar Sutton, Paul (Leslie) Blackwell, Amanda Bush and Ashley (Kevin) Watley; and step-great-grandchildren, Macie Walden, Preston Walden, Austin Sutton, Evan Sutton, Carnett Bess, Nolan Blackwell, Parker Blackwell, Michael Findley, Justin Bush, Bodie Watley and Rivers Watley.




Willie Lester “Bill” Pugh, 91, of Opp, died at his home on Wed., Feb. 8, 2012.

Funeral services will be held on Fri., Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Sharpe, the Rev. Bill Carr and the Rev. Randy Breedlove officiating. Interment will follow in the Opp City Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 Friday at the funeral home and continue until the time of the service.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Pugh; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Sandra Pugh; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Bruce Watkins and Janice and Henry Hornsby; grandchildren, Jay Pugh, John Pugh, Traci Watkins, Jamey Hornsby, Jeb Hornsby, Jacob Hornsby and their families; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Wyatt Funeral Home of Opp is directing the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Gideons or First Baptist Church of Opp.



William Gordon Longmire, 83, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Andalusia, died on Jan. 31, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

Services were held Fri., Feb. 3, with graveside services at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Faith Chapel Funeral Home handling the arrangements.

He retired from American Cyanmid after 27 years of employment. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Lois Longmire, and his sister, Marvilois Pounders.

He is survived by his sister, Doris Hicks of Andalusia; his wife, Syble; son, Sonny (Sophie) Longmire; daughters, Gail Cravey and Carolyn (John) Cobb; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, all of Pensacola; and an extended group of family and friends.



Ronald Evans, 53, of Loango, died Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, in a Montgomery hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wed., Feb. 8, at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Loango with the Rev. Dennis Knowles officiating. Visitation will be from at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Evans of Loango; his daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda Lynne and Micah Canterell of Colorado Springs, Colo., Melissa Sue and John Malwitz of Andalusia, and Cassidy Evans of Panama City, Fla.; his son, Jamie Shane Evans of Opp; two grandchildren, Molly Suzanne Cornett and Cameron James Nelson; a brother and sister-in-law, Howard D. and Patricia Evans of Holtville, Ala.; and sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara Jean McClain of Pelham, Ga., and Dolly Elaine and Stan White of Wetumpka; and several nieces and nephews.

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