Obituaries for Tues., June 25, 2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Coach Louis Edward ‘Tick’ Berry Sr., 79, died Tues., June 21, 2013, at his home in Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held on Sat., June 29, at 11 a.m., at the Andalusia Middle School gymnasium, with the Rev. A.



Smith officiating and interment following in Marshall Cemetery.

He was born on Dec. 12, 1933, to the late Rev. John H. and Jessie Mae Tillis-Berry. He was the second oldest of six

children. Four of them preceded in death: Mary Nell, Mary Helen, Joe Ray and Johnnie “Santo” Howard. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Jacqueline Caroline Berry-Moore.

Coach Berry confessed his faith at an early age and united with the St. Peter Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. T.H. Hill. After graduating from Covington County Training School in 1952, he enrolled in Alabama A&M College in Normal and completed a double major in education and shoe repairing. He served in the United States Reserve for many years.

He started his teaching career substituting at Ralph Bunche High School in Andalusia. His first full-time teaching and coaching job was at Carver Junior High School in Florala where he started with an 88-26 mark in girls and boys basketball. He then relocated to Andalusia and started coaching at Carter G. Woodson High School with a 37-12 girls and boys basketball record. Coach Berry spent 24 years at Andalusia Middle School, compiling an overall record of 156-34. He also won numerous Covington County and local invitational tournament titles.

He helped build the foundation for the successful Andalusia High School program, which sent an impressive list of players to college and beyond, including eventual NBA star Robert Horry.

In 2011, Coach Berry was inducted into the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in Dothan. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in Montgomery.

After retiring from coaching, he moved to Montgomery. After years of living there, he had made plans to relocate to Andalusia, when on June 21, at approximately 12:45 a.m., he answered the call of God and entered his heavenly home.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories, a devoted son, Louis Edward (Sonya) Berry II of Huntsville; an adopted daughter, Ashley Walker-Berry of Montgomery; one sister, Ann (Melvin) Berry-Walker of Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren, Megan Powell and Haley Berry of Huntsville and Jacara Moore of Cottonwood; one son-in-law, Jerry Moore, also of Cottowood; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and devoted friends.


Leland Wallace Rainer, 72, of Gantt, passed away on Fri., June 21, 2013, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.

Graveside services were held on Mon., June 24, at Bushfield Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Moore officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Terry Rainer of Gantt; his daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Jones and Eddie Davis of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Julie Jones and Dennis Knight of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Kayla Jones and Travis Craig, Catlin Jones and Justin Knight; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Wade Salter; and two brothers, Ray Rainer and Max Rainer of McKenzie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Andalusia Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Those who were unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online


Minnie Lee Norsworthy, 92, of Andalusia, passed away on Sun., June 23, 2013, in the Andalusia Hospital.

She was born on March 28, 1921, to Robert Craig Sr. and Lizzie Jeter Craig and married Dalton Norsworthy. She worked and retired from the Alatex in Andalusia.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., on Wed., June 26, at the South Church of God in Red Level with the Rev. Jerry Elmore and the Rev. Nathan Headrick officiating the service and interment following in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home tonight from 6-8 and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Ella Mae Craig Jr. of the Horn Hill Community and Elbert and Jewel Craig of Red Level, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Norsworthy; her brothers, Edward Craig, James “Short” Craig, Elwood Craig, Harold Craig; and her sister, Clara Mae Craig.

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