Obituaries for Tues., Feb. 19, 2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Willie Mae Clark, 77, passed away on Sun., Feb. 17, 2013, in the Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Tues., Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m., from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brent Cook officiating and interment following in Oakey Streak Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Carmen Clark of Crestview, Fla., and Robert and Debbie Clark of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, John D. Clark of the Oakey Streak Community; and sister, Mabel Caton of Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gay, Rick Clark, David Clark, John Glenn Clark, David Cain and Gray Caton.

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Ansel Marvin Willson, 87, of Gantt, passed away on Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013, at his residence.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., today, Tues., Feb. 19, at the Able Cemetery in Gantt with the Rev. Jay Driver officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation with the family will be at the Gantt Baptist Church Fellowship Hall following the service.

He was married to his beloved wife Willie Mae for 66 years and resided on Gantt Lake for more than 40 years.

He loved the sea and was a Merchant Marine for 35 years during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a skilled carpenter and pilot. He loved to ride his motorcycle and cruise in his boat on Gantt Lake.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and seven children residing in Andalusia, Hawaii, Louisiana and Georgia.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Willie Mae Willson of Gantt; his daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and R. Vincent Coone, Beverly and Tony Cooper, all of Andalusia, and Sandra K. and Timothy Montanaro of Newnan, Ga.; his sons and daughters-in-law, Marvin and Judy Willson, Mike Willson, all of Hilo, Hawaii, Len and Kathy Willson of Bossier City, La., and Scott and Carolyn Willson of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Grayson Montanaro, Lorren Cooper, Peggy Arnold, David Tatum, Erin Sitton, Dennis Willson, Ann Willson, Elisabeth Willson, Melissa Willson, Matthew Willson, Brooke Riley, Hannah Riley and Lindsey Jones; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Gerald Willson of Canyon City, Colo.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Conrad Willson of Warren City, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Tim Montanaro, Tony Cooper, Dennis Willson, Butch Coone, Jonathon Jones and Darwin Young.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the Able Cemetery Fund in care of Gantt Baptist Church.

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James Robert Wallace, 68, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Feb. 14, 2013, at his residence.

Graveside services were held on Sun., Feb. 17, at 2 p.m., from the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Canant officiating.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and Jeremy Cottle of Andalusia; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Yvonne Wallace of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; one grandchild, Aubryn Cottle of Andalusia; three brothers, John (Charlotte) Wallace of Andalusia, Gary (Li) Wallace and Gene (Ivy) Wallace, all of Hoover; and two sisters, Ann (Bill) Clark of Andalusia and Ginger (Ken) Burdett of Opelika.

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Jay Sanders, 80 of Andalusia passed away Wed., Feb. 13, 2013, in a local nursing facility.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., on Sun., Feb. 17, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sanders of Andalusia; son, Joseph Sanders of Hope Hull; daughter, Julie (Mark) Mai of Destin, Fla.; a brother, Dick Sanders of Columbus, Ga.; and grandchildren, Justin Tisdale and Matlin Mai.

He served 20 years in the Army, with tours in both the Vietnam and Korean Wars. While serving in the military, he attained an E-9 rank as a master sergeant and earned many commendations.

Retiring in 1969, he moved to Andalusia shortly thereafter.

In Andalusia, he spent the rest of his life on a small farm producing some of the finest beef and produce in the area – much like his father had. Known for his strong will to live, his quick wit and his “sergeant skills,” he will surely be missed by family, friends and the community.

Serving as pallbearers were Teddy Bryant, Patrick Barrow, Ricky Sowell and members of the United States Army.

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Eddy Lee Johns Jr., 65, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., Feb. 9, 2013, at his residence.

Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise Johns; a daughter, Renea Johnson; a stepson, Kenny Godwin; and his grandchildren, Johnny Jernigan, Matt Jernigan, Justin Jernigan and Drew Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar L. Johns Sr. and Frankie Beverly Johns.

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