Obituaries for Sat., June 23, 2012

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 24, 2012


Phillip Hamilton Ray Sr., 69, of Opp, passed away Thurs., June 21, 2012 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Sat., June, 23, at Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise.

He was born Feb. 2, 1943, in Opp, to the late John Carmol and Iris Dene Hamilton Ray. In addition to his parents, a sister and a brother preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Davis Ray of Opp; two daughters, Kay Breedlove (Tommy), Boaz and Phyllis Ray of Alabama; two sons, John C. Ray Sr. of Union Springs and Phillip Ray Jr. of Seale; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Dorothy Rainer Sellars, 86, of Opp, died Mon., June 16, 2012, in Opp Health & Rehabilitation Nursing Home.

A service will be held at a later date. She will be buried beside her loving husband at Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens.

She was married to William (Doc) Sellars for 61 years before his passing in June of 2011. She is survived by her sons, William (Anne) Sellars and Lee Sellars; her grandchildren, Rachel Sellars and Ethan Sellars; and her sisters, The Rainer Twins.

Mrs. Sellars came from a musical family. She studied piano and later was organist for a local church. Valedictorian of her class at Opp High School, she attended Huntingdon College as a history major, graduating with honors in 1948.

From childhood, she showed strong interest in music, art, drama, dance and the affairs of the world. She opened the Dorothy Rainer Sellars School of Dance in Florala in 1953, later moving it to Opp in 1974.

Nearly every summer she made trips to New York City for advanced study in dance and the arts. For many of those trips she took her students, organizing classes at the National Academy and other NYC schools. When not in class, she introduced the students to much of the architecture, history, fine art and culture of the city.

Mrs. Sellars was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (an international honor society for women educators) and is listed in the National Register of Prominent Americans. She was inducted into the Opp Hall of Fame and served on the Board of Trustees at Huntingdon College.

Mrs. Sellars produced nine television shows and was recognized in Dance Magazine. She wrote 23 articles for the magazine and a book, The Dance Teacher Today.

In lieu of flowers, the Dorothy Rainer Sellars Scholarship Fund has been established at Huntingdon College. Contributions may be sent to to Dorothy Rainer Sellars Scholarship, Huntingdon College, 1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106

Questions about the fund can be directed to Anthony Leigh at (334) 833-4528.



Thurl Ray Faust, 84, a resident of Andalusia, passed away on Sun., June 10, 2012. Funeral services were held on Wed., June 13, at 2 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Home. Burial followed in Sunrise Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dearl Faust, and mother, Emma Lawrence

He is survived by his sisters, Alcie Williams and Doris Underwood, both of Chilicotha, Ill.; and brothers, Gary Faust of Red Level and Carlos Faust of Wetumpka.

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Bennie June Booth, native of Covington County and a long time resident of Columbus, Ga., passed away June 21, 2012.

A private service will be held at a later date at the Bethany Baptist Cemetery in the Heath Community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Booth.

She is survived by a brother, R.D. Booth.