Obituaries for Thurs., April 12, 2012

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 12, 2012


Shelia Thompson, 48, of Red Level, passed away Tues., April 10, 2012, at her residence.

Services will be at 10 a.m., Thurs., April 12, River Falls Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold W. Morris officiating and burial following in the River Falls Cemetery. Keahey Funeral Home will be directing the services. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include her mother, Barbara Ann Griggs of Andalusia; daughter, Danielle Robinson of Brewton; brothers, Roy Griggs of Red Level and Arthur Joe Griggs of Florida; maternal grandmother, Maude Thompson; aunt, Olivia Whillhite, both of Red Level; and uncle, Ray Thompson of Elba.

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Foye Gillum, 88, of Red Level, passed away Tues., April 10, 2012, in the Opp hospital.

Funeral services will be held beginning at 2 p.m., today, Thurs., April 12, at Calvary Holiness Church on Opine Road with the Rev. Mark Sims and the Rev. Phillip Hurst officiating. Music will be provided by Kay Sims. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Baptist Church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers will include Wayne Caylor Jr., Dallas Henderson, Samuel Rogers, John Green, Tyler Potter and Hunter Keith. Honorary pallbearers are Reid Kennedy, Josh Sutton and Austin Potter.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Ray Gillum of Andalusia and James Harrison Gillum (Sue) of Jasper; daughters, Joyce Patricia Gillum Morgan and Marie Maxine Odom (Doward), all of Andalusia; daughters/granddaughters, Donna Jowers Archie of Kinston and Teresa Jowers Williams (Randy) of Enterprise; 10 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, I.W. Gillum; her daughter, Mildred Jowers; and her grandson, Russell Craig Jowers.

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Iva M. White, 90, of Andalusia, died Tues., April 10, 2012, in Shepherd’s Cove Hospice Facility in Albertville.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Thurs., April 12, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Kelley officiating and Keahey Funeral Homes directing. Visitation will be held at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include her son, Miles W. White Jr. of Guntersville; daughter, Jelane White of Birmingham; and brother, Marlin Dickens of Andalusia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Miles W. White; brothers, Willard and Ernest; and sisters, Tessie and Mary.

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William Edwin “Bill” Ansley, 71, of Andalusia, died Mon., April 9, 2012 in Flowers Hospital in Dothan.

He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1959. He started working with the L&N Railroad and worked 43 years with them and was the railroad agent in Andalusia for 17 years. He was a loving husband, father and “Paw Paw.”

Funeral services were held on Wed., April 11, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Aaron officiating and burial following in Sepulga Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Ansley of Andalusia; his daughter, Jill O’Brien of Andalusia; son, Alan Ansley of Lucedale, Miss.; three grandchildren, Tyler O’Brien of Montgomery, Clayton O’Brien of Tuscaloosa and Katie O’Brien of Andalusia; two brothers and sister-in-law, James and Willette Ansley of Evergreen and Zell Ansley of Theodore.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Zell and Jimmie Allen Ansley.

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Don Arlen Maynor Sr., 82, of Auburn, died after a brief and comfortable stay at Bethany House.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Newman Maynor, and his son, Don Arlen Maynor Jr.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Maynor Semmens and Robert Semmens; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Maynor Tatum and David Tatum; his daughter-in-law, Melinda Manning Maynor; and his son, William Zachary Maynor. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Montgomery Herman Biggs IV, Don A. “Sonny” Maynor III, Mary Megan Maynor Shellnutt, Jordan Newman Maynor, Margaret Davis Tatum and David Sawyer Tatum; and by one great-grandchild, Montgomery Herman Biggs V.

He was born at Southern Shops, S.C., the son of James and Floy Anne Maynor. He spent most of his career involved in the textile industry, retiring as the director of human resources for Amoco Fabrics and Fibers. He lived his life by the code of teaching a man to fish, not giving a man a fish, and was always willing to help those who were willing to help themselves. He gave everyone dear to him a nickname, and if you’re one of those lucky people, then you know yours.

He was an avid golfer, a ragtime pianist and enjoyed a host of one-liners. Nearing the end of his life, his sense of humor in tact, he told his daughters, “If I get there first, I’ll draw a line, and if you get there first, you draw a line.”

He spent his last five years surrounded by his daughters and all of their friends who came to know and love him. There will be a private ceremony, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bethany House of Auburn.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.