Obituaries for Tues., Feb. 14, 2012

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Hazel A. Ellington, 85, a homemaker, passed away at Homestead Care Center, Wichita, Kan., on Sun., Feb. 12, 2012.

Funeral services will be held Thurs., Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at Broadway Mortuary. Visitation will be held  from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., on Wed., Feb. 15, at Broadway Mortuary.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Ellington; daughter, Vickie Broadaway; parents, O.C. and Dollie Glisson; and brothers, Opel, Max, Wyatt and Carlos Glisson. Survivors include her daughter, Dollie Shaffer; sister, Betty (Marion) Wilhite of Andalusia; grandchildren, Dean Broadaway, Jarrod (Stephanie) Shaffer and Tami (John) Rohlin of Ft. Smith, Ariz.; and six great-grandchildren.

The family asks that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 347 S. Laura, Wichita, KS 67211, or Rivercross Hospice, 251 S. Whittier St., Wichita, KS 67207.

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William A. Clark, 84, of Red Level, died Sun., Feb. 12, 2012, at his residence.

He attended Red Level School, Stark University and Marion Institute. He also served six years in the U. S. Army.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Wed., Feb. 15, at the Fairmount Cemetery with Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be at the cemetery.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Dorothy B. Clark of Red Level, and his nieces.

He is predeceased by his brother, Richard “Dick” Clark, also of Red Level.

Memorials may be made to the Fairmount Cemetery fund or the charity of your choice.

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Avis Kirkland Stroud, 86, of Red Level, died Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, in the Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., today, Tues., Feb. 14, at the South Church of God in Red Level, with Ministers Kenneth Mitchell, Joel Calhoun, Carl Turman and Larry Turman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Willene Stroud Little of Red Level; son-in-law, Tom Mitchell of Red Level; her grandchildren, Kenneth and Janice Mitchell, Kathy and Mark Watley and James and Cindy Stroud; eight great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-great-grandchild; sister, Evelyn Smalls of Red Level; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members, James and Jeanice Sims, Etta Windham, Mary Grace and Donald Moses and Joel and Alice Calhoun.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Stroud; her son, Richard Stroud; daughter, Mary Helen Mitchell; brothers, Weldon, Leroy, James B., Robert L. and Willie Ray Kirkland; and sisters, Lou Emma Griggs, Alma Blackwell and Frances Craig.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the Mills Chapel Church of God, 9808 Ivey Creek Road, Brantley, AL 36009.

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Glen E. Cockcroft, 87, of Gantt, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 11, 2012, in his son’s home, with his loving wife by his side.

Born Sept. 29, 1924, in Red Oak, he was a son of the late Reuben and Mertie Cockcroft.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Cockcroft; daughters Ann (Charles) Bateman and Lynn (Daniel) Ramsier; son, Alan (Cindy) Cockcroft; brother, Ernest (Fay) Cockcroft; sister, Shirley (Alex) Evans; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He served his country during World War II in the U. S. Army’s 2nd and 5th armored divisions from 1943 to 1946. He fought in four major battles, from Normandy to Berlin, and including the Battle of the Bulge.

He earned his bachelor of science degree at Troy State, his master’s at Peabody and did post graduate work at the University of Alabama. He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi honors fraternity.

He began his career as the principal and a teacher of Midway Elementary. He moved to his high school alma mater to teach math and served as the principal of the Florala High School from 1951-1966.

In 1966, he moved to Sebring, Fla., and became a charter member teaching math at the South Florida Junior College, and where he later served as director of admissions for 22 years.

He was very active in the Southern Baptist Church. He was ordained a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Florala in 1960. He also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for the First Baptist Church of Sebring, Fla.

After retiring, he moved back to Alabama and joined the First Baptist Church of Andalusia.

He enjoyed reading, fishing, sports and travel (all 50 states and Europe). Most of all, he enjoyed being with family, drinking coffee and talking.

The viewing will be at 5 p.m., Wed., Feb. 15, at Foreman Brown Service Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Feb. 16, at the Red Oak Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.



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

Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m., today, Feb. 14, with Brother Dennis Knowles officiating.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1930, in Andalusia and 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.

She 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.



Sally Ann Shaner, 71, of Opp, formerly of Kittanning, Pa., died Sun., Feb. 5, 2012, at her home in Opp after a long and valiant fight against lung cancer.

“Miss Sally,” as she was known to her friends and the community of Opp, was born in Kittanning, Pa., on June 6, 1940, as the beloved daughter of Kenneth O. Shaner and Francis Ina Shaner.

She was a very beautiful, vivacious and talented woman, who made her mark on her hometown and high school. After high school, she earned a degree in biology and education from Clarion University, formerly Clarion College, in 1962. While at Clarion, she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, and again distinguished herself as an accomplished vocalist with the college choir as she represented Clarion at state and inter-state performances. Upon graduation from college, she traveled to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where she became a biology teacher at Choctawhatchee High School. She remained there as a teacher for more than 20 years before she moved to the Greek Island of Crete, where she lived for several years. From Crete, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, listing Russia as one of her favorite destinations. It was during these travels that she launched a new career as an artist, painting in oils. She did extensive work in landscapes, villages in Crete and Europe and Alabama and Pennsylvania country scenes. Her work may be found in many private collections in the U. S., Greece and London.

She eventually returned to the South and moved to a small farm on the outskirts of Opp. There, she pursued her four great loves: painting, gardening, raising animals and working with her friends at the Opp Community Library. Programs that she did at the library allowed her to again be a teacher, and the work she did at the Opp Cultural Arts Center recently honored her with a one-woman art show that included a variety of her paintings of subjects and landscapes of Greece, Pennsylvania and Covington County.

She loved the people of Covington County, and had served as the president of the Visual Arts League of Andalusia, board member of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority in Opp, and chairperson of the Opp Fest Art and Antique Show.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Shaner and wife, Carol, of Michigan; brother, John Shaner and wife, Jane, of Pennsylvania; sister, Nancy Conners and husband, Ronald, of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Sally is also survived by her partner, Brenda Williamson of Opp and Florala. She would also want to recognize as survivors, her friends and co-workers at the Opp Community Library.

She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister, Marcia Lee Shaner Kennedy.

A private family memorial service will be held in Kittanning, Pa., at a date to be determined.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Opp Community Library, Opp, AL 36467-5819. Her family would also wish to recognize the love and service provided by Dr. Bob Williams, Mizell Memorial Hospital staff and Covenant Hospice.