Obituaries for Fri., Feb. 1, 2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 1, 2013


Gordon Stokes, 78, formerly of Covington County, died Thurs., Jan. 31, 2013, in a Panama City, Fla., hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foreman Funeral Home.

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Shelia Diane Gunter, 58, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Fri., Feb. 1, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Ganus officiating and burial following in Carolina Baptist Church cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include her husband, Buddy Gunter of Andalusia; father, Hilary Mathews of Rose Hill; stepson, Kevin (Shelia) Gunter; daughter, Danielle Gunter; stepdaughter, Cathy Ann Reeves; brothers, Hilary (Tonya) Mathews III, all of Andalusia, and Emmett Mathews; sisters, Jyneese Mathews, both of Rose Hill, and Hilda Philyaw of Alabaster; and two step-grandchildren.

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Irene C. Wise, 76, of Andalusia, died Wed., Jan. 30, 2013, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Fri., Feb. 1, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Derwood Cleland officiating and interment following at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Emma Williams of Brantley; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Cecil Carnley of Farmington, N.M., Marvin Carnley of Andalusia and Eddie Carnley of Argillite, Ky.; a sister, Peggy Parks of Loango.

Pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Josh Smithart, Nathan Williams, Chris Watson, Justin Dewrell, Jason Moseley and Trevor Dewrel.



Hillary “Junior” Benjamin Hester Jr., 76, of Andalusia, passed away Tues., Jan. 29, 2013, in a Montgomery hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Fri., Feb. 1, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Watson officiating and interment following in Pigeon Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Diane Hester of River Falls; his granddaughter and her husband, Heather and Ashley Cravey of Florala; his great-grandchildren, Samantha Lawson, Olivia Cravey and Riley Cravey; a sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Ray Castleberry; his brother and sister-in-law, Davis and Ruth Hester; and several nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

He is preceded in death by his grandson, Benjamin Tyler Lawson; his parents, Hillary and Ida Hester Sr.; three brothers, Greal Hester, James Hester, Gene Hester; and sister, Nell Stuart.

Pallbearers will be Paul Stuart, Tommy Lawson, Keith Thompson, Ashley Cravey, Sonny Cravey and Tony Cofield.

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Allie L. Gibbons Findley, 91, of Speedway, Ind., and formerly of Andalusia, passed away Jan. 28, 2013, the eve of her 92nd birthday.

Funeral services will be held today, Fri., Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg, Ind., with burial following in at West Ridge Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the mortuary one hour prior to the service.

Born in Covington County in 1921, she lived here until three years ago before moving to Indiana to live near her family. She dedicated many hours volunteering in both her church and her community, even serving for more than 25 years as a missionary in Venezuela, South America.

She was preceded in death by husband, Curtis Findley.

Survivors include her son Fred (Barbara) Findley; sister, Nola Colvin; two grandchildren, Brian (Jody) and Melanie; and four great-grandchildren, Amanda, Brianna, Alaina and Carter.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to American Heart Association.



Alice Gunter Calhoun, 57, passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1955, in Mobile to her parents, Wesley and Foye

Gunter. She was the youngest of four children. On May 22, 1976, she married the love of her life, Aubrey Joel Calhoun.

As a pastor’s wife, she and her husband served in several churches throughout the states of Alabama, Texas and South Carolina. She most recently resided in Andalusia, where her husband pastors West Highland Assembly of God.

She was best known as a woman of exceptional faith. Despite suffering from a debilitating disease for more than 15 years, she kept her faith firmly set on Jesus Christ. She enjoyed visiting the sick with her husband and saw that as her ministry to others. Her favorite hobbies were shopping and doing crafts. However, her most joyful moments were those spent with her family and friends. She was much loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years; her children, Scott (Sarah) Calhoun of Columbia, Mo., Emily (Nathan) Brown of New Orleans and Kimberly (Matthew) Moore of Anniston; her three grandchildren, Claire, Anders and Gideon; her mother, Foye Gunter of Mobile; her brother, Ed (Karen) Gunter of Bay Minette her sister, Teresa (George) Maddox of Semmes; and numerous relatives and friends.

She is predeceased by her father, Wesley, and her brother, Greg.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 2, at City Church of Mobile. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at Mobile Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Highland Assembly of God Building Fund.

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Howard Walden, 83, of Andalusia passed away Wed., Jan. 30, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 2, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Mitchell and the Rev. Billy Boles officiating and burial following in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends tonight at the funeral home from 6 to 8.

Survivors include his wife, Vela Garrett Walden of Andalusia; sons, Jeffrey Earl (Ethel) Walden of Enterprise and Keith (Susie) Walden of Andalusia; stepson, Wade (Cindy) Garrett of Andalusia; sister, Jeanette Evans of Autaugaville; six grandchildren, Blake Walden, Michael Paul Walden, Todd Walden, Daniel Walden, Matthew Walden and Megan Gantt; and four great-grandchildren, Madison Walden, Peyton Walden, Anna Belle Gantt, Abigail Walden.

He was preceded in death by his son, Howard Walden Jr., and his first wife, Jerry Ann Walden.

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