Obituaries for Thurs., Aug. 22, 2013

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 22, 2013


Miland Fredrick Simpler, 87, born Oct. 11, 1925, passed away on Tues., Aug. 20, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., today, Thurs., Aug. 22, at Cedar Grove Church of Christ on Brooklyn Road with Foreman Funeral Home directing, ministers Jeff Grimes and Eddie Boggess officiating and interment following in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the church.

He served his country as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was employed by Colonial Baking Company for more than 40 years and was the first Colonial bread man to have a route in Andalusia. Through his career, his church service and community service, he became well known, liked and admired and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy Martin Simpler; daughter and son-in-law, Diane Simpler and Dennis Black of Jasper; his son and daughter-in-law, Miland Fredrick and Lyn Simpler Jr.; his brother, Edward Simpler of Luverne; eight loving grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a multitude of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Bonnie (Ham) Simpler, and his sisters, Edna Jeffcoat, Mary Jeffcoat, Gladys Moses and Mildred Gilmer Gowan.

Pallbearers will be Thagard Colvin, B. J. McClain, Larry Harrison, Rick Kyle, Jimmy Prestwood, Ronnie Dixon, Marker Garner and Daks Kennedy.

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Jesse E. Jack Brawner, 86, of Andalusia, passed away on Tues., Aug. 20, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Sat., Aug. 24, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Trent officiating and interment following in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

Mr. Brawner retired from the United States Postal Service as a postman, with his last job as superintendent of mail. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, as well as during the Korean Conflict. Elected as an Andalusia city councilman, he served in that capacity from 1992 to 2000. During his retirement years, he became an avid golfer. He was known by his family and friends for his love of his country and his attributes that made him a true southern gentleman.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia B. Brawner; sons, David (Jean) Brawner, both of Andalusia, Dr. S. Dale (Kelly) Brawner of Wilsonville; two step-sons, Walter Boyd of Andalusia and Wesley Boyd of Huntsville, Texas; sister-in-law, Mary Merilee Brawner, all of Andalusia; three grandchildren, Corey (Lauren) Brawner, Nathan Brawner and Kelley (Rusty) Lambert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Clyde Brawner and Mary Glenn Brawner; his sisters, Barbara Higgins, Ellen Tisdale and Mary Clyde Patrick, and a brother, Robert Brawner.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Brawner, Tim Brawner, Nathan Brawner, Corey Brawner, Wesley Boyd, Dwayne Colvin and Devlin Colvin.

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