Obituaries for Fri., July 19, 2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 19, 2013


Mary Ann Cope, 78, of Andalusia, died Wed., July 17, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held today, Fri., July 19, at 10:30 a.m., from the First Baptist Church of Andalusia with the Rev. John Foster officiating and interment following in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m. at the church until the time of the service.

She was born in and raised in Auburn. She moved to Andalusia in 1959 and had been a resident since that time.

Although she was a retired homemaker and a stay-at-home mother, she was involved in her community and church during those years.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Andalusia. She was the first female juror in Covington County and was one of the first female jurors to serve on the Covington County grand jury. She and Mrs. Jill Little were co-chairs of the “Fob James for Governor” campaign when then-governor Fob James was running for re-election.

Because of her involvement with his campaign, she was instrumental in the appointments of some of Covington County’s previous judges.

She was a huge Auburn fan and was proud of the fact that her son and grandson played football for the Auburn Tigers.

Survivors include her husband, C.P. “Charley” Cope of Andalusia; two sons and daughters in law, Lucky and Felicia Cope of Andalusia and Tony and Carol Cope of Auburn; a daughter and son-in-law, Suzy and Shane Lord of Opp; six grandchildren and their spouses, Joe and Kathryn Cope, Bricken and Skylar Cope, Preston Cope, Ella Grace Cope, Abby and Cory Wiggins, and Carrie Burgess; two great-grandchildren, Cuba Wiggins and Shayna Wiggins; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty Jo and Don Lawrence of Auburn; and a sister-in-law Emma Jean Gray.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kendrick Gray.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews, Joe Cope, Bricken Cope, Preston Cope, Cory Wiggins, Chuck Studstill and John Studstill.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Galilean Sunday school class of the First Baptist Church.

Flowers or memorials to the Alabama Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranches or the First Baptist Church Renovation Fund will be accepted.

Those unable to attend may sign the online guest registry at



Lois G. McCarter reunited with her with her husband, JC McCarter, at the gates of Heaven on Tues., July 16, 2013, while surrounded by the love of her family when she passed of natural causes at the residence of her granddaughter.

She was born and raised in McKenzie, but lived in Mobile the majority of her life. She returned to McKenzie for her retirement. She was employed at Ingall’s in Pascagoula, Miss.. where she was the supervisor of finances/ shipbuilding for the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years.

She was a devout Christian and a member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church while living in Mobile; then was a member and Bible school teacher at New Home Baptist Church in McKenzie.

She is now with her sister, Johnnie Browder, and left behind a brother, TJ Gomillion.

She is also survived by her two children: her daughter, Sandra (Tom) Taylor, and her son, Cheyney (Jimmi) McCarter; five grandchildren, Steven Baxley, Samantha Baxley, Darla McCarter, Tommy Taylor and Zac McCarter; three great-daughters, Alyssa O’Neal, Jocelyn Taylor and Kaeley Taylor; and numerous nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Visitation will be held on Sat., July 20, at 10 a.m. at New Home Baptist Church in McKenzie, with services to start at noon and ending with a graveside service in the church cemetery.

Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana is in charge of arrangements.