Obituaries for Sat., July 20, 2013

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 20, 2013


Lois Gomillion McCarter, a native of the Brooks Community in Covington County and a long-time resident of Mobile and McKenzie, died Tues., July 16, 2013, in Daphne at the home of a granddaughter after a long illness. She was 88.

She was a supervisor at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile. After the base closed, she transferred to Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., where she was supervisor of shipbuilding for the U.S. Navy.

After retirement, she served as treasurer and Sunday school teacher at New Home Baptist Church near McKenzie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, JC McCarter, and her parents, Thad and Irene Lee Gomillion.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Baxley Taylor of Miramar Beach, Fla.; a son, Cheyney McCarter of Hendersonville, Tenn.; a brother, Thad J. Gomillion Jr. of Mountain Brook; five grandchildren, Steven Baxley, Samantha Lee Baxley, Army Capt. Thomas Taylor IV, Darla McCarter and Zac McCarter; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. today, Sat., July 20, at New Home Baptist Church with services beginning at noon. Burial will follow in the New Home cemetery.



Ruby Faye Pruett, 84, of Georgiana, died on Wed., July 17, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Sun., July 21, from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Oakey Streak Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana is directing the arrangements. Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Pruett.

Survivors include her daughters, Cathy Tobey of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Donna Broussard of Red Level; sister, Mary Parker of Mississippi; grandchildren, Dan Tobey of New York, Sabrina Blakely of Millbrook, Angela Tobey of New York and Amanda Cobb of Alabama; and five great-grandchildren.

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Marcus Randolph Kyzar, 90, of Andalusia, died on Fri., July 19, 2013, at his residence.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Trent officiating.

Survivors include his wife; Mary Kyzar of Andalusia; daughter; Karen Kyzar of Daphne; son; Marc (Virginia) Kyzar of Jackson; two grandchildren, Alicia Kyzar Caverly and Zachary Kyzar; and sister-in-law; Lois Hein from Panama City, Fla.

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

Funeral services were held on 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.

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 were her grandsons and nephews, Joe Cope, Bricken Cope, Preston Cope, Cory Wiggins, Chuck Studstill and John Studstill.

Honorary pallbearers were 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.

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