Obituaries for Fri., Oct. 26, 2012

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 26, 2012


Roland Lamar Mitchell, 71, of Red Level, passed away Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today, Fri., Oct. 26, at New Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Cliff Morris and the Rev. Larry Smith officiating and Keahey Funeral Home directing. Special music will be provided by J.L. Walden, J.C. Walden and Randy Walden. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at New Home Baptist Church. Interment will follow in New Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Walden Mitchell of McKenzie; daughter, Lynn Rolling of Loango; brothers, Donald Mitchell of Nebraska and Lamon Mitchell of Red Level; sisters, Elizabeth Perdue of Greenville, Jane Walden and Hazel Mitchell, both of Red Level, and Betty (Mike) Reynolds of Ozark; grandchildren, William Lamar (Jennifer) Likens of Opp and Justin Rolling of McKenzie; and great-grandchild, Stephen Likens of Opp.

He is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Earl Ray Walden.

Serving as pallbearers will be John Halford, Robert Mitchell, Shannon Swinson, William DeLano and Jamie Mitchell.

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Amanda “Mandy” Bradley, 35, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of the Andalusia area, died Mon., Oct. 22, 2012, in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Fri., Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., at Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Campbell, the Rev. Clyde Northop and the Rev. Robert Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Chris Bradley, and her three children, Sara, Emily and Evan, all of Pensacola, Fla.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Williamson; her brother and sister-in-law, Josh and Angela Williamson; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Williamson, all of Andalusia; her in-laws, the Rev. and Mrs. Robert Bradley of Brewton; sister-in-law, Amy Smith of Panama City, Fla.; and five nieces and nephews, Isabella and Ivy Williamson and Taylor, Summer and Mikey Smith.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Bradley, Danny Cox, Jacob Cox, Terrance Williamson, Mark Elmore and Nicklaus Cox.

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Barbara June Defeno, 82, of Andalusia, died Tues., Oct. 23, 2012, in the Andalusia Manor.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., today, Fri., Oct. 26, at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Stewart officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home at 1 p.m.

Survivors include her son, Richard Defeno Jr.; her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Mike Howell, all of Carmal, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

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Hazel Madge Stewart, 82 of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Oct. 24, 2012, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Sat., Oct. 27, at Wyatt Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Meadows and Bro. Carl Douglas officiating. Interment will follow in Oakey Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at Wyatt Funeral Home.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Stewart, Larry and Betty Stewart and Johnny and Juanita Stewart; brothers, James, Freddie and Donnie Carter; sisters, Doris Carter, Ann Adams, Nell Johnson and Grace Cook; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made to Oakey Ridge Cemetery Fund.

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Brenda Ann Franklin Carpenter, 57, died Oct. 21, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 27, at First Baptist Church, Whatley Street, with Pastor Darryl L. Calloway Sr. officiating.

She was born July 27, 1955, in Hale County, to the late Robert Fred Franklin and Ora Beatrice Franklin. She was united in holy matrimony to John Earvin Carpenter on March 16, 1990. From this union two children were born, Johnathan Brendale Carpenter and Adrianna Janae’ Carpenter.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was a dedicated member of Hunter’s Chapel A.M.E Zion Church, where she served faithfully on numerous auxiliaries, such as Sunday School superintendent, deaconess, youth leader and choir member. After making her home in Andalusia, she became associated with First Baptist Church.

Prior to relocating to Andalusia, she retired from the University of Alabama supply store after 24 years of dedicated service. While at the University of Alabama, she also served as the faculty advisor of the Black Campus Ministries.

Her servitude extended far beyond her career and church affiliations – bringing joy to others through baked goods (red velvet cakes galore), an ever ready sense of humor, a smile that would light up any room, and a voice that would bring the angels to tears.

Her joy was made complete by finally realizing her lifelong dream of motherhood. Her devotion to Adrianna and Johnathan was a marvel to behold.

She leaves to cherish her memory: an extraordinary and caring husband, John E. Carpenter; one son, Johnathan B. Carpenter; one daughter, Adrianna J. Carpenter of Andalusia; her loving mother, Ora B. Franklin of Greensboro; two brothers, Rodney (Lakessiah) Franklin of Moundville and Maurice Franklin of Chicago; seven sisters, Fredericka (Randle) Jennings of Trussville, Shelia Franklin of Moundville, Sabrina (William) Riley, Tasha Franklin and Angelia Gray, all of Tuscaloosa, and Tomiko Franklin of Birmingham and Denice (Terrance) Mckanney of Wilmington, Del.; eight brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.



Earl Ray “Hot Rod” Walden, 67, of Red Level, passed away Tues., Oct. 23, 2012, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Thurs., Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., at New Home Baptist Church with Keahey Funeral Home directing and the Rev. Charles Mitchell and the Rev. Cliff Morris officiating. Special music was provided by J. L. Walden, J.C. Walden and Randy Walden. Interment will follow in the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Mitchell Walden of Red Level; daughters, Annette (Jeff) Etheridge of Pall, Ala., and Tammy (Marcus) Boatwright of McKenzie; three sisters; six grandchildren, Eric (Jennifer) Odom, Dusty (Heather) Odom, Tess (Jr.) Merrit, Andrew (Caitlin) Nixon, Tristan Taylor and Tatum Taylor; and five great-grandchildren, Rand Odom, Ryder Odom, Kayden Odom, Kyle Nixon and Aidan Merritt, and on the way are Karson Odom and Levi Nixon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Allie Mae and William Ray Walden, and his brother, Charles Walden.

Pallbearers will be Eric Odom, Dusty Odom, Andrew Nixon, Tristan Taylor, Robert Mitchell and Billy Bishop. Serving as a honorary pallbearer will be his granddaughter, Tatum Taylor.

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