Obituaries for Tues., July 17, 2012

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Lonnie Ray Johnson passed away on Tues., July 10, 2012, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

He was born July 24, 1954, in Red Level, to the late Louise Johnson and the late Lee Otis Johnson. He confessed Christ at an early age. He met and married Barbara Ann Townsend, his high school sweetheart, and to that union, two children were born.

He graduated from Red Level High School in 1972, attended LBW Jr. College and McArthur Tech prior to joining the U. S. Navy in 1973. He served more than 15 years in the U. S. Navy where he obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer prior to receiving an honorable discharge in 1989. He was an electrician by trade.

He was considered a “jack of all trades,” who enjoyed cooking, carpentry, electrical work and landscaping. He also followed his favorite sports team closely – he was an avid Auburn fan and still had the hat to prove it! He was a caring husband and father who loved his family dearly.

He was preceded in death by his late parents, and two brothers, Jerome Johnson and Larry Johnson.

He leaves to cherish his memories and mourn his passing, a loving wife of nearly 39 years, Barbara Johnson, formerly of River Falls; two children, Deitra Johnson of Atlanta and Nikki Johnson of Dothan; two brothers, Otis Johnson of Andalusia and Ronald (Debra) Johnson of Cartersville, Ga.; three sisters, Diane Davis of Andalusia, Linda (Joseph) Mitchell of Red Level and Glenda Stallworth of Andalusia; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and neighbors, along with 11 of “man’s best friends” – dogs.




Mary Lanette Wells Hurst, 72, of Andalusia, died Sun., July 15, 2012, at her residence.

A memorial service will be at a later date.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Darlene Odom of Andalusia; her grandchildren, Barry Odom Jr., Jackie Near, and Michelle Odom; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Euna Rae Herrington and Erma Nell Finkley.

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Michael Wayne Jones, 53, of Red Level, died Fri., July 13, 2012, at his residence.

Graveside service will be at 11:30 a.m., Tues, July 17, at the South Church of God Cemetery in Red Level with the Rev. Billy Boles officiating and Foreman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Dewayne Griggs of Red Level and Kathy and Dennis Parker of Summerville, S.C.; his brothers, Tommy Jones of Las Vegas and Loomis Jones of Red Level; a son, Scott Sims of Sylacauga; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews

Pallbearers will be John McIntyre, Phil Rose, John Potter, Damien Tyler, David Bush and Terry Williamson.

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Ava Glenn May, 98, of Andalusia, passed away Mon., June 25, 2012.

She was born in Cuba, Ala., to the late William Bryant and Anie McElroy Tate. She spent her youth there, graduating from Cuba High School in 10932 as the valedictorian of her class. She attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Tri-Delta social sorority. She graduated in 1936.

She taught school in Andalusia for most of her teaching career. She was a longtime member and past president of the Parnassus Club. For many years, she played piano in the church nursery and was actively involved in the ministry of the Presbyterian Women.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edwin L. “Ed” May.

She is survived by her tow sons, William L. (Helga) May and Edwin L. (Darien) May Jr.; grandchildren, Ava Louise May, David Edwin May, William Tyler May, and Elizabeth May Cobb; and great-grandchildren, Alison May, Amelia May and Lili Cobb.

She will also be remembered by her loving and devoted niece, Ellen Tate Patterson, and by her longtime friend and teaching associate, Helen Zeanah.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Comfort Care Hospice for every kindness expressed.

A memorial service will be held on Wed., July 18, at the First Presbyterian Church of Andalusia at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dale Sallans and the Rev. Billy Moles officiating. The family will receive friends at the church beginning one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the organ or music fund at the First Presbyterian Church. Foreman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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