Obituaries for Fri., Nov. 2, 2012

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 2, 2012


Frances Scofield Courtney, 78, of Paxton, Fla., died Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, in the Florala hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Nov. 3, at the Red Oak Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jackie Davis and the Rev. Eugene Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at the Paxton Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight at Evans Funeral Home from 6 to 8.

She was the daughter of Burie and Sue Faye Smith Hart. She worked for more than 39 years for Alatex in Andalusia. She was a member of the Red Oak Baptist Church. She was an exceptional cook and was known for her delicious eight-layer red-velvet cake, biscuits and chicken and dumplings. When she wasn’t cooking for her family get-togethers, she loved to plant flowers in her yard. One of her favorite past times was quilting for her family and friends.

She also enjoyed taking trips with her husband, William, to see her children and grandchildren. Her family was the light of her life. Her unmatched love is what made her so special to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She can never be replaced.

Mrs. Courtney was preceded in death by her husband, Ausley Scofield; father, Burie Hart; mother, Sue Faye Hart; granddaughter, Christie Scofield; sisters, Mary Alice Hudson and Sally Barnes; and brothers, Clint, Ralph, Rufus, Harold and Millard Hart.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, William Courtney of Paxton, Fla.; sons, Royce (Carol) Scofield of Lynn Haven, Fla., Cecil (Becky) Scofield and David (Kim) Scofield, all of Panama City, Fla.; stepdaughter, Terry (Doug) Leisner of Granite City, Ill.; sister, Gracie Gilliman of Pace Fla.; brothers, Grady Hart of Odenville and Johnny Hart of Winter Haven, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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Patricia “Pat” Gunter, 80, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2012, at Bethany House.

Funeral services will be held on Sat., Nov. 3, at 4 p.m., at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel in Opelika. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Sun., Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Richard McCollough officiating.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1932, in Andalusia, to Voncille Woodham Hair and Charles K. Hair. She was a graduate of Opp High School.

She married Charles Warren Gunter of Andalusia in 1950, and they relocated to Opelika in 1956. She was employed by M. Snower and Company for many years and later owned and operated Furniture Outlet with her two daughters. She was a member of Abundant Life Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Warren Gunter; and her daughter, Jan Cannon.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Doug Knight; her son-in-law, Bobby Cannon; her grandchildren, Ben Webster and family, all of Opelika, Stan Golden of Nashville, Tenn., Faith King and family of Chelsea, and Elliot Knight of Tuscaloosa; her sisters, Jane Wible of Montgomery and Bonnie Culver of Weston, Mo.; and her three great-granddaughters, Claire King, Parrish Webster and Leah Webster.



Hazel Powell Harris of Molino, Fla., passed away on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012.

A time of visitation will be held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Cantonment, Fla., on Mon., Nov. 5, from 1 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., with burial following in the Highlands Baptist Church Cemetery in Molino, Fla. Rose Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; two brothers; one son; and her special companion of 22 years, Charles Beard.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis (Eugene) Peterson; three sons, Richard (Ana) Snowden, Ray (Cathy) Rudd and Danny (Nita) Rudd; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Regency Hospice, Nurse Finders, Jana, Mae, Ashley and Scott’s Pharmacy for the great care shown in this time of need.

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