Obituaries for Tues., Feb. 28

Published 10:19 am Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Martha Jerkins, 73, of Opp, passed away on Fri., Feb. 24, 2012, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

She is survived by daughter, Katherine Hudson of Andalusia; son, Alden “Bo” Marino of Opp; granddaughter, Tammy Hudson; grandson, Christopher Hudson, both of Andalusia; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul Garber, Jerry Garber, Richard Garber and Ronnie Garber; sisters, Lucille Simond, Sara Scott and Lily Foller; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Garber; mother, Lily Garber; stepmother, Gladys Garber; son, Tony Marino; and grandson, Scotty Hudson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association.



Beatrice Johnson, 86, passed away in a Luverne health facility on Sat., Feb. 25, 2012.

Funeral services will be held today, Tues., Feb. 28, at the First Baptist Church of Florala with the Rev. Shane Norris and the Rev. Charlie Leonard officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

A former resident of Florala, she was born in Covington County, the daughter of the late Sam and Ada Hall Morrow. In 1947, she married the late Home Johnson, and for 40 years, the couple made their home in Florala. She owned an insurance agency with Jack Rhodes; was active in the business and civic life of Florala; and was a member of the First Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She and her late husband were active in the political affairs of the city, county and state. Later in 1999, she relocated to Troy to live with her son, Louis, and family.

She was always one to give support and advice to her friends. She was described as an avid gardener. Her roses, camellias and Scuppernong were well known in Florala. Homemade biscuits were among her favorite recipes. She loved her two grandchildren and enjoyed watching Hannah dance and Micah play baseball and the guitar.

She is survived by her son, Louis (Karla) Johnson of Troy; stepson, Clayton Johnson of Florala; and grandchildren, Hannah (Chad) Yager and Chad Johnson.



Jack Dickert Sr., 89, of Brundidge, passed away Sun., Feb. 26, 2012, at Baptist South in Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held Wed., Feb. 29, at 2 p.m., at Brundidge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Bowden, the Rev. Jim Carpenter, the Rev. Jimmy Spikes and the Rev. Michael Lawler officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Brundidge. Visitation will be held Wednesday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Will Kendrick Dickert of Brundidge; daughter, Jill (Jack) Pearson of Huntsville; son, Jack Dickert Jr. of Andalusia; two sisters, Annelle Shields of Birmingham and Sara (Lawrence) Bowden of Brundidge; grandchildren, Stacey (Jim) Daugherty of Brewton, Jason Dickert of Andalusia, Joshua (Angie) Mills of Huntsville and Matthew Mills of Savannah, Ga.; and five great-grandchildren.



Nellie Marie Higgins, 101, of Andalusia, died Sat., Feb. 25, 2012, in the Andalusia Manor nursing facility.

Nellie’s father died when she was 17, and her older brother, James, became the family breadwinner. Six years later, James and her mother were killed in a tragic auto accident.

Nellie left Auburn University to take care of and provide for her younger brother, Fred, and younger sister, Julia.

She was of the Baptist faith and spent most of her career as a manager of a Baptist bookstore in Baltimore. She was faithful to the Lord, generous and loving to her friends and family. She once said, “I have lived an interesting life and was blessed with friends of all ages.”

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Wed., Feb. 29, at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Spooneybarger officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include her brother-in-law, J.D. “Dige” Bishop of Andalusia; her nieces and nephews, Ivan and Jean Bishop of Andalusia, Linda Bishop Whitman of Pensacola, Fla., Mike Higgins of Alexander City, Tina and Doug Whittenburg of Moundville, Pa., Ginger and Mike Miller of Anniston, Susan and George Olsen of Freehold, N.Y., and Doug and Marie Higgins of Ogden, Utah; several great nieces and nephews, and many great-great-nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James Pearce Higgins and Odessa Prather Higgins; her brothers, Herman, Vernon, Fred and James ­­Higgins; two sisters, Lorena Higgins Nealy and Julia Higgins Bishop; and nephew, Jeff Bishop.

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Levon Glisson of Andalusia died Fri., Feb. 24, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Mon., Feb. 27, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Karthaus officiating, with interment following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Thomas Glisson of Andalusia; his sons and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Meg Morgan of Newnan, Ga., and Westley Glisson of Auburn; daughter, Leah Glisson of Orlando, Fla.; his sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Frank King; brother, Tommy Glisson, all of Andalusia; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law, Jean Thomas of Andalusia.

Pallbearers were Frank King, Dale Glisson, Sammy Brown, Larry Stallings, Ricky Wilks and Kendall Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers were Benny Dunn; Covington County farmers; Alabama Farmers Cooperative staff, employees, and board; and the Andalusia High School Class of 1971.

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