Obituaries for Tues., Feb. 21, 2012

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Alpha S. Lee, of Durham, N.C., passed away Sun., Feb. 19, 2012, at Carolina House of Durham.

Born in Red Level, she was the daughter of the late Jasper Aaron Stuart and Helena Broughton Rodgers Stuart. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arnie G. Lee.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Callie, and her husband, Anthony Pascone; two sons, Larry G. Lee and Stephen A. Lee; and three grandchildren, Kevin B. Lee and wife, Mary Ellen, Kimberly Lee Stimpson and husband, Tod, and Channing Jenna Lee Pascone.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Guess Road Baptist Church, in Durham, today, Tues., Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel Tilley officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Guess Road Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 15303 Durham, NC 27704 or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post St. Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108.

The family is being assisted in Durham by Clements Funeral Service Inc.

Online condolences may be made at


Elaine Tiller Wiley

Elaine Tiller Wiley, 66, of Andalusia died peacefully on Fri., Feb. 17, 2012, in the Andalusia Regional Hospital with all of her family (except one who lived too far to get here) and some friends right beside her.

Family members felt she was tired from her fight with COPD and gave up the fight to breathe.

She worked her last 12 years as manager of Foxwood Village Apartments and loved it very much. The tenants all seemed to love her, and she made many friends. She was a person who seemed to care and had compassion for their welfare.

Elaine knew there was no cure for her illness, so she planned her last days, and that was to have her body to be a gift to medical science to help others suffering from the disease.

A memorial service was held on Sat., Feb. 18, at West Highland Baptist Church where she has been a member all of her life, but had been unable to attend in the last few months.

The Rev. Larry Stewart officiated.

She is survived by her son, Brandon Wiley Gantt (Megan); daughters, Kim (John) Steele and Michelle (Shelton) Biggs; mother, Rosalyn Tiller; brother, Norman (Joyce) Tiller; and grandchildren, Autumn, Cierra and John Steele and Kari Biggs; great-grandchildren, Annabelle and Abbigail Gantt; step-grandchildren, Shannong (Angela) Biggs, and Amber (Nick) Casalinuovo.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carey Tiller.


Marie Burgess Billingsley

Marie Burgess Billingsley, age 88, of Andalusia died Sun., Feb. 19, 2012, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held on Tues., Feb. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Merrill Davis and the Rev. Bill Pritchett will officiate. Interment will be in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Gunter, Al Earnest, Steve Godwin, Lowe Dillard, Donald Maddox and Dallas Merritt.

Survivors include her husband, Homer Billingsley; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Barry Clark; and a grandchild, Amber Clark, all of Andalusia; several nieces and nephews.

The body will lie in state from 12:30 Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Family and friends unable to attend may sign an online registry at