Obituaries for Fri., Aug. 24, 2012

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2012


Robb Daniels, 43, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., Aug. 11, 2012 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., today, Fri., Aug. 24, Eastern Time, at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery with military honors, the Rev. Otis Broadnax officiating and Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Daniels of Andalusia; father, Robert Daniels of Tallahassee, Fla.; mother, Billie Sue Hopkins Daniels; sons, Trea Daniels, both of Andalusia; Travis Daniels of Monahans, Texas; and Nick Huckaba of Andalusia; daughters, Shelby Daniels of Monahans, Texas, and Ariel Huckaba of Andalusia; sisters, Karen Lawrence Pearce of San Antonio, Texas, Janet Robin Hickner of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Sherri Murdoch of Dover, Fla.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

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Thomas Carlton Black, 77, of Andalusia, died Wed., Aug. 22, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Fri., Aug. 24, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Stewart officiating and interment following at Carolina Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Black of Andalusia; daughter and son-in-law, Susan White and Joseph Smith Jr. of Enterprise; three grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Lindsey Smith, both of Birmingham, and Trey Smith of Enterprise; three sisters, Marjean McDonald (John) of Fairhope, Mary Ann Perdew (Jessie) of Enterprise and Sharon Godwin (Roy) of Plantersville; and three brothers, Nick Black (Shirley) of Melino, Fla., Jimmy Black (Linda) of Enterprise and James A. Black of Jacksonville, Fla.

Music will be by the West Highland Baptist Church Choir.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Douglas, Kenny Douglas, Chris Scofield, Tim Black, Scott Marler, Jared Marler, Lee Henderson and Tim Henderson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to West Highland Baptist Church or to the Gideons.



Gracie Kyser, 92, of Calera, formerly of Opp passed away on Sun., Aug. 19, 2012, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., on Sat., Aug. 25, at Old Hickory Grove Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing and the Rev. Robert Canant officiating.

The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home one hour prior to services.

Survivors include 15 grandchildren, Tammy Cox, Virginia Baker, Thomas Worley, Gracie Farley, Marie Kyser, Laventress Estes, Billy Ray Strops, Lisa Norton, Barbara Hughes, Mary Stevens, Teresa Morris, Vicky Finkley, Keith Butler, Jeffery Pate, Beverly Gore and Kay Gore; 37 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Kyser; and her children, Verna Clyde Worley, Jeff Worley, Marry Frances Worley and Voncile Worley.

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Gracie Pearl Lewis, 99, of Andalusia, passed away Mon., Aug. 20, 2012, in an Andalusia nursing facility.

Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Sat., Aug. 25, at Union Cemetery in Florala with the Rev. Curtis Manning officiating and Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her grandsons, Ricky (Kim) Lewis of Florala, Mickey (Missy) Lewis of Valley Grand and Christopher (Amber) Lewis of Straughn; great-grandchildren, Ruby (Jamie) Herrod, Christine Lewis, Little Chris Lewis, Elijah Lewis, Anna Bell Lewis and Justin Lewis; great-great crandchild, Clay Herrod; and several loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erma Lewis, and sons, Buck Lewis and Grady Lewis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Union Church Cemetery Fund c/o Ricky Lewis.



Elouisa Kelley Bicanek of California, formerly of Covington County, passed away on Fri., Aug. 17, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Mon., Aug. 27, at Pleasant Home Baptist Church with Keahey Funeral Home directing and the Rev. Fred Kelley officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sun., Aug. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 pm., at Keahey Funeral Home.

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Elma Mae (Gray) Grissett, 81, born in Covington County on July 28, 1931, died Aug. 15, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Oreen Blair, and daughter, Kathy Lynn Gray.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Norris) Gray Hall of Murfrees-boro, Tenn.; her son, Roger Glen (Traci) Gray of Nobles-ville, Ind.; her sister, Thelma Mae Glisson of Andalusia; her grandchildren, Steffanie Keaton, Leslie Wright, Kayleigh Gray and Samuel Gray; great-grandchildren, Mac Taylor Wright and Zoey Blair Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 4825 Trousdale Drive Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220, by phone at 1-800-272-3900 or on line at:



U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) J.T. Raley, 87, of Andalusia, passed away on Aug. 22, 2012, in a local nursing facility.

He served in three wars – World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Funeral services were held on Thurs., Aug. 23, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Meadows and the Rev. Clyde Northrop officiating. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

A native of the Red Oak Community, he attended school there and in Lockhart before graduating from Andalusia High School in 1943 – three years after American entered World War II. He enlisted the U.S. Regular Army in 1943 and retired in September 1972.

He then worked for Covington County Bank until 1979, when he became executive vice president of the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for 10 years. Upon his retirement, he was named a lifetime member of the board by the chamber.

He was also active in the Covington County Republican Party, serving as chairman and on the executive committee. He was elected Member Emeritus by the County GOP Executive Committee. He was actively involved in Andalusia Post No. 80 of the American Legion. He was a charter member of the Andalusia Civitan Club, and he was a member of Red Oak Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Duke Raley; son, Glenn (Wanda) Raley of Panama City, Fla.; daughter, Angie Bradley of Dothan; stepdaughter, Rita (Carl) Lawson of Andalusia; sister, Opal R. Fleming of Andalusia; five grandchildren, Amanda (Gary) Brown, Connie Hays, Heather Raley and Melissa Raley; and step-granddaughter, Jessica (Brandon) Carr.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thester Raley and Bama Bulger Raley; sisters, Cora Lee Wiggins, Gladys Adams, Myrtle Ogilvie and Sally Henderson; and stepdaughter, Renda Reeves.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Andalusia Civitan Club and the American Legion Post No. 80.