Obituaries for Wed., May 16, 2012

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Linda Faye Nance, 57, passed away May 13, 2012, at her home in Laurel Hill, Fla.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., May 16, at 2 p.m., at Bethel Assembly of God in Laurel Hill, Fla., with the Rev. Jack Day officiating. Burial will follow at the Paxton Cemetery. Keahey Funeral Home will be directing the services.

The family will receive visitors beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Assembly of God in Laurel Hill, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, David Nance of Paxton, Fla.; her son, Michael (Debbie) Nance of Colorado; her daughter, Susan (Holland) Bowman of Paxton, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Wayne Spicer of Quincy, Fla., Lewis Crawford and Tommy Crawford; and sisters, Glenda Fountain and Lavon Reese, all of Florala.

Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook for this family at




James Warren Merrill of Andalusia passed away on Sat., May 12, 2012.

He was born in 1923 in Rose Hill, one of three children to Mr. and Ms. Jess Merrill. His early childhood was spent in Evergreen prior to moving to Andalusia, where he attended Andalusia High School. His collegiate career was cut short when he was drafted during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre.

He, his brother, Jake; and his father, Jess, operated J.M. Merrill Motors, the Chrysler dealership, in Andalusia for more than 40 years. He was a former president of the Andalusia Kiwanis Club and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Andalusia.

He is survived by one sister, Becky Wilder of Decatur; one son, Mike Merrill of Montgomery; stepdaughter, Sandra Morrow of Alpharetta, Ga.; step-grandson, David Morrow of Andalusia; step-granddaughters, Donna Morrow and Tiffany Morrow of Alpharetta, Ga.; cousin, Frances Stanley of Montgomery; and step-niece, Cindy Hobbie of Alpharetta, Ga.

Funeral services were held on Tues., May 15, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Fred Karthaus officiating, with burial following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

The family will accept flowers or memorial may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Pallbearers will be Craig Hill, Jimmy Faulkner, Kyle Gantt, Huey Greene, Joe David Moore and Earl McBryde.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at