Obituaries for Sat., Feb. 12, 2012

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 11, 2012


Ebbie Lee Jackson, 74, of the Chapel Hill Community, passed away on Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012, at his home on Ebbie Lane in Florala, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born in Covington County and was a lifelong resident of the area, the son of the late Comer Jackson and Nancy Lawrence Jackson. He was a tractor mechanic with the John Deer Co. in Paxton, Fla., and was later with the Covington County Road Department. He loved going to the mountains with his family and vegetable gardening, where he instilled that love in his grandchildren. He loved reading western books, especially those written by the author, Louis L’Amour. He was a lifelong member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors are his beloved wife of 51 years, Jackie Moore Jackson; daughter, Vickie (Bobby) Gilley of Lockhart; son, Brad (Laurie) Jackson of Paxton, Fla.; granddaughters, Tori (Kevin) Russell and Lindsey Gilley; grandsons, Lee and Evan Jackson; and two great-granddaughters, Chloe and Maggie Russell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Sat., Feb. 11, at Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Hutcheson and the Rev. Dennis Sims officiating. Interment will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery.



Willie Merrill “Tebe” Sasser, 90, of Dozier passed away Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012, at his residence.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the South Pacific with the 82st Wildcat Division. He was a barber in Brantley for many years. He took a position as a rural mail carrier on Route 1, Dozier, until his retirement after 29 years of service. He was a faithful member of the Dozier Methodist Church for more than 60 years, humbly serving in any capacity needed. He was a member of the Dozier Lions Club and served as a member of the Dozier High School local board of education. In his last years, he enjoyed being a member of the American Legion Post 80 in Andalusia. He was a friend to everyone he knew and was lovingly called “Daddy Tebe” by many.

Survivors include his devoted wife of more than 69 years, June Lowman Sasser; two daughters, Priscilla Kimbro of Dozier and Sherry (Harvey) Watt of Enterprise; three grandchildren, Jeff (Kim) Kimbro of Gulf Shores, Kristie Watt and Wendi Watt of Montgomery; one great-grandchild, Chelsea Kimbro of Auburn; three sisters-in-law, Sarah Sasser of Brewton, Nell Sasser of Millbrook, Eunice Lowman of Dozier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Lillie Bell Sasser of Dozier; two brothers, Benton Sasser of Brewton and F. N. “Tot” Sasser of Millbrook; and a beloved grandson, Benjamin Kimbro.

Funeral services will be held today, Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, at the United Methodist Church of Dozier at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to the funeral at the church. Interment will follow at Dozier Cemetery.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Dozier Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.



Robert Coy “Bob” Dupree, 91, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 7, 2012.

Born on July 14, 1920, in Dothan, he is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Roxie Dupree; his beloved wife of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Dupree, all of Dothan; and siblings, Sheldon Dupree, Dora Dupree, Morris “Shep” Dupress, Eugene “Edd” Dupree; and his twin brother, the Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Dupree, Eugenia Ward; and Jewell Parrish.

During WWII, he joined the U.S. Army and became a mess sergeant at Camp Hood, Texas, now Ft. Hood. He was quite well known for his apple pies. While there, he left the kitchen behind and joined the paratroops, becoming a member of the 503rd Airborne, Regimental Combat Team, “The Rock.” He was honorably discharged on Dec. 25, 1945.

After the war, he went to work for Nathan and Aaron Kreselsky in Dothan and became an outstanding shoe man. He later worked for Baxter’s Shoes and moved his family to Andalusia in 1959 to manage the store. Dupree enjoyed a long career in the shoe retail industry.

After the death of his wife in 1996, Dupree lived with his grandson, Gray, for several months before coming to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Julian Foshee, in Andalusia.

Two of his greatest passions were cooking and gardening. For many, many years, he cooked spaghetti for the Civitan Club and other civic organizations in Andalusia. During this time, he also made pancakes for the Pilot Club’s annual pancake breakfast.

For the past three years, Foshee resided at Florala Health and Rehab where the staff, headed by Sara Goolsby, took extraordinary care of him and all of his needs, even allowing him to plant his beloved flowers in the garden behind the dining hall.

Foshee is survived by his two daughters, Bobbie (Julian) Foshee of Andalusia and Cape Coral Fla., and Debbie (James Carl) Williams of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Gray Foshee (Shelly) of Ft. Myers, Fla., Melanie Geenen (Jeffrey) of Cape Coral, Fla.; Kenneth Williams (Cecili) of Annandale Va.; Christopher Williams of Tampa, Fla.; Adam Williams (Kimberly) of Clearwater, Fla.: and Daniel Williams of Pensacola and Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; and 10 great-grandchildren, Brit, Quinton, Jeret, Micah, Hannah, Rachel, and Bruce Foshee;  Peter Geenen: and Piper and Emerson Williams (Kenneth).

Services will be held at Ward-Wilson Funeral Home in Dothan, at 10 a.m. today, Sat., Feb. 11, with Pastor Carl Douglas officating. Special music provided by Charles and Marie Hinson and Debbie Williams.

The family requests that memorials be sent to The Bridge Youth Center, 2128 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33901 or to The Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children at Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-9920.



Ellen Worley passed away on Mon., Feb. 10, 2012, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital, surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be at Foreman Funeral home Tues., Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., with Brother Dennis Kowles officiating and burial following in Enon Cemetery in the Red Oak Community.

Visitation will be held Mon., Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1930, in Andalusia, where she attended school at Red Level High School. She lived most of her life in Pensacola, Fla., where she was a homemaker and an advertising sales rep.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life and the loving father of her children, Billy Odean Worley; her parents Alton and Alice Knowles; her brother, Brad Knowles, and her sister, Mildred Presley.

Mrs. Worley is survived by her son, William Timothy Thomasson; her daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Billy Ray Campbell; two granddaughters, Crystal Ramos and Ciara Campbell; and one great-grandson, Elijah Ramos; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Rilla Knowles and Tom and Elaine Knowles; a special sister-in-law, Betty Knowles; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Joe Knowles, Ricky Knowles, Gary Lee, Kent Barnes, Randy Davis and Dwayne Wilkerson.



Tommy Graham Owens, 61, of Dozier, died Thurs., Feb. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Fri., Feb. 10, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with the Rev. Phillip Morgan officiating. Interment will be at Veasey Chapel Cemetery with Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Owens of Dozier; sons, Kevin Owens of Andalusia and Chris Owens of Dozier; and two grandchildren, Konnor Owens and Kila Owens.