Obituaries for Tues., June 4, 2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Brenda Hall Aughtman, 58, of Baker, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on May 31, 2013, at home, surrounded by family.

She was born in Andalusia on March 28, 1955, and grew up in the Pleasant Home Community.

Brenda worked in floral shops in Andalusia as a young woman and later owned and operated Aughtman Formals in Baker, Fla., and Elegant Gowns in Red Level. She loved making sure all the girls, young ladies and guys felt their absolute most beautiful in pageants, proms and on their wedding days. She also worked 17 years for the Boll Weevil Eradication program.

She loved spending time with her friends at the river and being with her grandchildren that she loved so very much.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Agnes Hall; a brother, Jerry Hall; and a sister, Peggy Hall Stacey.

She is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Bobby Elmer Aughtman; two daughters, Karen (Chris) Dubose of Andalusia and Kristy Aughtman of Baker, Fla.; four grandchildren, Kaylee Morrill, Hana Morrill, Trace Morrill and Karis Dubose; brother, Jimmy (Joann) Hall of Luverne; sisters, Patsy (Ray) Colvin of Red Level, Dianne (Bob) Smith of Andalusia and Barbara (Autry) Bates of Red Level; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Tues., June 4, at 11 a.m., at Goodhope Baptist Church in Escambia Farms, Fla. Burial will follow in Cotton Cemetery.

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Betty Creech, 81, of Loango, passed away on Sun., June 2, 2013, in the Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wed., June 5, at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Wilkinson officiating, with interment following in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight at 6:30 at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include her sons Curtis O’Neal Creech and Michael Tracy Creech, both of Red Level; her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Dave Sargent of Orlando, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Richard Russo; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Pat and Faye Patterson, all of Orlando, Fla., and Sam and Joanne Patterson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Hopewell Baptist Church.

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Ryan Sellers, 23, of McKenzie, passed away on Sat., June 1, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thurs., June 6, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clifton Morris officiating and burial following in Fairmount Baptist Church with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Keahey Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Alisha Sellers of McKenzie; father, Ray (Dawn) Sellers of Brantley; mother, Mona (Jake) Halford of McKenzie; two sons, Alex Sellers and Sckylor Sellers; daughters, Lexi Sellers and Adalyn Sellers, all of McKenzie; four brothers, Brandon (Olivia Bush) Sellers, Josh Sellers and Cameron Sellers, all of McKenzie, and Dyan Davis; sisters, Emily Thomasson, both of Evergreen, Kacey Hartford of McKenzie and Kristy Halford and Greenville; maternal grandparents, Anna (Bobby) Weaver; two cousins, Holly Tolbert of Castleberry and Brittany (Darrell) Tolbert of McKenzie; aunt, Lynn Bush; uncle, Edgar Shipp; and two nephews, Kayden and Karson Odom.



Former District 4 Covington County Commissioner Johnny Edward Castleberry, 81, died Sun., June 2, 2013, at a local nursing home. He was elected and served five terms as a county commissioner from 1984 until he retired in 2004.

He was born in 1932 and raised in the Buck Creek Community. He was son of the late Turner and Ethel Lee Lawson Castleberry.

He was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church and a member of the Red Level High School Class of 1950. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951–1955, the last three years he was stationed in Oxford, England.

Upon returning from military service, he joined his father in the family farming business. He was a member of the Covington County Cattleman’s Association and various other farm-related associations.

He was an active member of the Red Level Quarterback Club and often grilled hamburgers at the football games. He was also a member of the Fairmount Masonic Lodge #238 and the Covington County Shrine Club.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wed., June 5, at Buck Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Boles officiating and interment following in Buck Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight at Foreman Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Buck Creek Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Billy Joe Sharpe, 33715 Bryant Road, Red Level, AL 36474; Comfort Care Hospice, or the charity of one’s choice.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Janice Eiland Castleberry of Red Level; his daughter and son-in-law, Janna and Stuart Foshee of Red Level; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Dottie Pippin Castleberry of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; grandchildren, Margo (Brad) Sharpless, Megan (Jason) Sasser, Marcus McIntyre, Taylor Castleberry and Anna Hancy; his great-grandchildren, Mitchell Sasser, Marley Sharpless and John Holland Sharpless; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Don Ingram and Glinda and Bill Carter of Gantt; and sister-in-law, Ann Castleberry of Red Level.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner D. and Ethel Lee Castleberry; his brother, Joyce Castleberry; five half sisters and two half brothers.

Active pallbearers will be Keith Milton, Brad Sharpless, Jerry Ward, Reese Castleberry, Mickey Pitts, Tony Ingram and Kip Carter.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and the men’s Sunday school class of Buck Creek Baptist Church.

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Olean Gorum Merritt, 68, passed away on Fri., May 31, 2013.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sat., June 1, at Brooks Cemetery with Johnson Funeral Home directing.

She is survived by her daugthers, Donna J. Davis of Red Level, Sherrie Thompson of Bay Minette and Donna Owens of Evergreen; sisters, Barbara Gomillion of McKenzie, Margie Palmer of Prattville and Jewel Halford of Red Level; brother, George Gorum of Andalusia; and six grandchildren.

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Helen Thorn, 66, of Andalusia passed away on Sat., June 1, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Mon., June 3, at Keahey Funeral Home with the Rev. John Hunt officiating. Special music was provided by David Wiggins. Burial followed in Scripture Truth Baptist Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her son, Jeff Dewayne Musgrove of Opp; daughter, Mandy Anderson of Opp; brothers, James Spann and Franklin Spann; sisters, Elizabeth Dursema, Peggy Wiggins, Opal Pitts, Debra Anderson, Mildred Littlefield and Wanda Clark; four grandchildren, Ashley Lawrence, Savannah Lawrence, David Kyser and Jeff Musgrove Jr.; and one great-grandchild, Kaden Kyser.



Frances Cotton, 92, passed away on Fri., May 31, 2013.

She was born August 19, 1920, in Marl to Johnny and Thelma Barker Wilson.

Mrs. Cotton was Baptist by faith and a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church in Marl. She worked as a cook in the hospital cafeteria at the Wiregrass Memorial Hospital in Geneva. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 37 years, W. Fred Cotton; one son, Wilburn Cotton; and one granddaughter, Vicki.

She is survived by her two sons, Raymond (Ka) Cotton of Homosassa, Fla., and Pete (Beverly) Cotton of Starkville, Miss.; four daughters, Elizabeth (Johnny) Landingham of Lynn Haven, Fla., Gwen (Jerry) Stafford of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Betty (Lewis) Chaney of Eufaula and Margie Merrill of Dozier; three brothers, James Herchel Wilson of Andalusia, Rex Wilson of Albany, Ga., and Charles Wilson of Kinston; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Sun., June 2, at New Prospect Baptist Church with the Rev. James Paul officiating. Burial followed at New Prospect Church Cemetery.