Obituaries for Wed., Feb. 20, 2013

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Claudette Carter Wingard, 71, of Opp, died Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, in Mizell Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 21, from Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Rhoades Cemetery. Bro. Robert Hamilton will be officiating with Wyatt Funeral Home directing.

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

She is survived by her daughters, Rena Bobo (Bo), Darlene Wenck (Jeff) and Amanda Wingard; sons, Maxie Grice Jr., Rusty Ackerman and Jerry Wingard Jr. (Leisha); brother, Acey Carter; sister, Monette White; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wingard Sr.; parents, Earl and Autibee Carter; sisters, Little Jo Carter and Margaret Roughton; and brother, Gerald Carter.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rusty Ackerman, Maxie Grice, Justin McCormick, Nathan McCormick, Darlene Wenck and Jerry Wingard Jr.

Following the funeral, the family will be receiving friends at the home of her sister-in-law, Monette Carter, 19828 Carter Hill Rd., Andalusia.

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Cheryl Mobley, 68, of the Tarentum Community, passed away Mon., Feb. 18, 2013, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Wed., Feb. 20, at St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. Averyt Walker and the Rev. Mack King officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Thrash-Keahey Funeral Home of Brundidge directing.

Visitation will be held at St. John Baptist Church from noon until the time of the service.

Survivors include her loving husband of 50 years, Donald Mobley; her children, Angela (Ben) M. Bowden of Andalusia and Gregory (Amy) L. Mobley; her grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth Bowden, Simeon Bowden and Elijah Henry Mobley; and brothers, Jackie and Inez Black and Eddie and Sarah Black.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Blondell Black; her infant daughter, Sharon Lynn Mobley, and two brothers, Ray and Paul Black.

Services are under the direction of Thrash-Keahey Funeral Home of Brundidge.



Joyce Bozeman Bates, 76, of Red Level, passed away Tues., Feb. 19, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 21, at Pigeon Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Brent Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends at the church from noon Thursday until time of services.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions maybe made to the Pigeon Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund C/O Audrey Bates.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rusty and Enina Bates of Phenix City; her daughters, Dawn and Tim Brawner of Dothan and Hope and Terry Ballew of Red Level; grandchildren, Geoffrey (Chrissy) Bates, Haleigh (Chuck) Golden, Ashton Brawner, Hayden Brawner and Tara (Zack) Butts; and six great-grandchildren, Taylor and Caleb Bates, Caroline, Georgia and Coleman Golden and Brawner Dempsey.



Our mother, Ruth Jones Hunt Little, peacefully departed this life on Feb. 18, 2013, at the age of 97.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1915, a native of Calhoun, Ga. She was the daughter of Charles Wells Hunt and Georgia Finch Jones Hunt, and sister of John Moore Hunt, Charles Carter Hunt, Frank David Hunt, Georgia Hunt Elsberry and Mary Kane Hunt.

She graduated from Calhoun High School before attending and graduating from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., in 1937. During her college years, she met William Odis Little, who was attending Emory University near Atlanta.

They subsequently married, and moved to Chicago, where he attended the Chicago Medical School. During World War II, she worked for Time magazine, while her husband worked for the Department of Defense.

After the war, she dedicated herself to raising her two children, and supporting her husband in his medical practice. During the 30 years the couple lived in and enjoyed Chicago, she was a Cub Scout Leader, a member of the Chicago Women’s Club, the South Shore Country Club, the Germania Club, and a lifetime member of the Art Institute of Chicago.

During this time, she was also active in civic activities in her husband’s hometown of Red Level. She was instrumental in organizing the first horse show in Red Level in 1963. She used her talents and gifts in helping to secure the Lurlene B. Wallace Junior College in Covington County.

In 1970, she returned with her husband to Red Level, making it their year-round home. She then became more active in the local community, serving on the Mental Health Board, the Ballet Society, the board of the Junior College, and other organizations where she could be of service.

It was through her efforts and those of Dr. Little that the tri-county Medical Association came to serve Red Level and surrounding areas.

She remained a member of the Calhoun Presbyterian Church throughout her life. She lived a life of service, and set an example for all of us, including her son, William Odis Little; her daughter, Mary Little Mattair (Lloyd); granddaughter, Amanda Everhart Mattair; and grandson, Lloyd Joseph Mattair III.

She resided in Gulf Breeze, Fla., for the last few years.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. until the service begins at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 21, at Foreman Brown Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. 84, by-pass road East, Andalusia. Burial will immediately follow at the Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery in Red Level.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Red Level for needed landscaping improvements.

The family is thankful to the members of Emerald Coast Hospice for their gentle and loving care of their mother, to the staff of the memory care unit at the Blake, and above all, to Dr. Amos Prevatt.



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

Funeral services were held 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.

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 were 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 were held Tues., Feb. 19, at the Able Cemetery in Gantt with the Rev. Jay Driver officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing.

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 were 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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