Obituaries for Thurs., April 25, 2013

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 25, 2013


Jamie Arron Smith, 29, of Wing, passed away Sun., April 21, 2013.

He was born in Brewton on May 31, 1983, to Betty and Jay Smith of Evergreen. He graduated from Sparta Academy in 2001. He served in the Marine Corps during the Iraq War. After discharge, he attended Alabama Southern Community College and transferred to the radiology program at Trenholm State College where he graduated on May 6, 2011, with honors. He was employed with Andalusia Regional Hospital and L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville in the radiology department.

Survivors include his parents, Betty and Jay Smith of Evergreen; grandmother, Burnette Smith of Wing; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins whom he loved so very much.

He is preceded in death by grandmother, Myrtle Rose McCraney of Evergreen, and grandfather, “Paw-Paw” E. J. Smith of Wing.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Fri., April 26, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Shepard officiating and burial following in Wing Cemetery with military honors to be conducted at graveside. Special music will be by Erica Chonteau Hawsey.

Visitation will be tonight from 5-8 at Foreman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Josh McCraney, Scotty McCraney, Chris Mitchell, Jimmy Hyde, Jason Booker and Justin Booker.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at



Junior Rolland Holmes, 76, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

He was born Oct. 25, 1936, in Rose Hill. He was the youngest of ten children born to Houston and Pankie Lee (Barlow) Holmes. His father died when Holmes was a young child, so he worked as a kid to support his mother and self. He was a good-hearted and generous man with a great sense of humor. He was a man of integrity, a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He led by example and was a mentor to many.

He had a strong work ethic and typically work would from sun up to sun down most days. He will be remembered to for his devotion to his family, his strength and determination, and his gentle spirit. He lovingly took care of his late wife through her years of health problems, and he suffered through his own health issues for years. He can now rest in peace in the arms of Jesus and be reunited with his wife and family gone before him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Nell Freeman Holmes.

He is survived by his two daughters, Tracy (Matt) Sullivan of Prescott, Ariz., and Stacey (Ken) White of Andalusia; six grandchildren, Cameron, Kylie, Cori, Mack, Ross and Houston; and his first great-grandchild, Kye.

A celebration of life ceremony for him and his late wife was held on Tues., April 23, at Cope’s Funeral Home in Evergreen. Graveside services were held on Wed., April 24, at Old Town Cemetery.