Obits for Sat., March 2

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 2, 2013

Marilyn Rushing Palmer

Mrs. Marilyn Rushing Palmer, age 86, of Andalusia, died Fri., March 1, 2013, in a local nursing facility. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sun., March 3, 2013 at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Judson Blackstock officiating. Interment will follow at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Palmer, and daughter, Ann Palmer Byrd.

Mrs. Palmer is survived by a grandson, John M. Byrd (Michelle) of Clanton, Ala., great-grandson Tucker Byrd and son-in-law Jim Byrd of Roswell, Ga.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Sun., March 3, 2013, at Foreman Funeral Home.


Tillis Catoe

Tillis Catoe, of the Pleasant Home community, died Fri., March 1, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sun., March 3, at the Pleasant Home Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors will be announced at a later date by Foreman Funeral Home.


Robert M. Couch

Pastor Robert M. “Bob” Couch, age 82, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 28, 2013. He passed away in a local nursing facility after suffering a stroke.

His “home-going celebration” will be held at 3 p.m. on Sun., March 3, 2013, at West Highland Assembly of God on River Falls Street in Andalusia. The Rev. Joel Calhoun and the Rev. David Hicks will officiate. Interment will follow in Stone Lake Gardens.

Visitation will be Sat., March 2, from six until eight o’clock in the evening at Keahey Funeral Home.

The son of Lloyd and Myrtle Couch, Bob was born on July 26, 1930, in Lyman, S.C. He graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1949 and attended Bob Jones University. He graduated from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Fla., in 1955.

Pastor Couch preached the Word of God for more than 50 years. An ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, he pastored churches in South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri.

During his ministry, he participated in various ministerial associations in cities where he pastored. He also served as a youth camp director, police chaplain and hospital chaplain. Bob labored for the Lord spiritually, but he also labored with his hands helping build several churches and a parsonage.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol Hicks Couch; three children, Jan (Greg) White, David (Claudia) Couch, and Judy (John) Padgett; four grandchildren, Kelley White, Andrew Couch, Steven Padgett, and Jonathan Padgett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Aaron Couch.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the West Highland Assembly of God Church, the Gideons, Crossover Ministries, or Sav-a-Life of Covington County.


Jane Henderson Anthony

Mrs. Jane Henderson Anthony, age 90, passed away on Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Anthony is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Eiland Eland Anthony; her five children, Richard Anthony (Ginny) of Birmingham; Katherine DuBose (Terry) of Panama City, Fla.; Elizabeth Starr (Sam) of Andalusia; David Anthony (Angela) and Bill Anthony (Happy), both of Birmingham; her sister-in-law, Virginia Anthony Broughton, of Dallas, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She also had several nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Jane was born in Troy, Ala., on Oct. 15, 1922. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wilkerson Henderson. She had one brother, the late Frederick Fox Henderson (Louise).

Jane is the oldest surviving grand niece of the former Gov. Charles Henderson and the granddaughter of philanthropist Fox Henderson, both of Troy. Jane’s family was one of the oldest banking families in the South. This heritage began with The First National Bank of Troy and Farmers and Merchants National Bank of Troy.

Jane is a graduate of Troy High School and Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. Jane was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church and a former member of the Cynosure Club. A game of bridge and lunch with her lifelong friends was a weekly event. In her younger days, Jane loved to play golf, which was a strong legacy she left to her sons. Her hobbies and most teachable moments to her children were through travel. Jane kept extensive diaries in order to preserve the wonderful moments the family shared. Jane’s greatest gift she leaves her family is to love each other unconditionally and remain united.

The family would like to thank Edwin May, director of Comfort Care Hospice and the staff who provided such wonderful care and love to Jane and her family. Many thanks also to Charlotte, Florine, Felicia, Jean, and Faye.

Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. today, Sat., March 2, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Flowers or memorials to the First United Methodist Church, Blue Lake Methodist Camp, or Comfort Care Hospice will be accepted.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Rich Anthony, Anthony DuBose, Will Starr, John Starr, David Anthony, Jr., Harris Anthony, Wilkerson Anthony and William Anthony.


Betty J. Hattaway

Betty J. Hattaway, age 73, passed away on Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Sat., March 2, 2013, at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frankie McVay officiating. Burial will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Hattaway is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Jane Stacy (Tony) of Andalusia; her son, Leon Hattaway of Andalusia; granddaughter, Ashleigh Kaye Stacy of Andalusia; sisters, Christine Cross of Gantt, Mary Ella Williams of Ft. Walton Beach, Edna Earl Smith of Tampa, Fla., Shirley Lee of Red Level, and Louise Lassiter of Andalusia.