Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 4, 2013

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Virginia Mills, 94, passed away Mon., Sept. 2, 2013, in a local nursing facility

A native of Skipperville, she was the daughter of the late Christopher C. Baker and Lillie L. Baker. Also predeceasing her were step-mothers, Kate K. Baker and Jennie W. Baker; sisters, Mabel Baker, Lois Morton and Olive Baker; and brothers, Pearson Baker and Douglas Baker.

She is survived by her son, Ernest F. (Juliana) Mills of Birmingham; daughter, Nancy Robbins of Andalusia; grandchildren, Natalie Moore of Mobile, Oliver Mills of Birmingham, Bethany (Billy) Polk of Prattville and Kirk (Suzanne) Mills of Birmingham; nieces, Jann Nance of Asheville, N.C., and Marlo (Bill) Bixby of Skipperville; nephews, Oliver (Cindy) Morton of Silver Springs, Md., Larry Baker and Bill Baker, both of Skipperville; and six great-grandchildren.

She was a 56-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia. She was a graduate of Auburn University and earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. She taught school for several years at Skipperville Junior High School. She worked as a social worker with the Alabama Department of Human Resources for more than 40 years – 27 of which as the director of the Covington County office.

During her retirement, she enjoyed participating in church activities, volunteering at Andalusia Regional Hospital for 10 years, playing bridge and visiting family and friends.

Her interment will be a private family service at Skipperville Community Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Trent and the Rev. Freddie McCain officiating. Pallbearers will be Oliver Mills, Kirk Mills, Larry Baker, Bill Baker, William Polk, and Walter Polk.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Sept. 7, in the First United Methodist Church sanctuary with ministers Tim Trent and Freddie McCain officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

She requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following: The Covington County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1034, Andalusia, AL 36420; The First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1066, Andalusia, AL 36420; The Skipperville Community Cemetery, c/o Faye Huey, Chairperson, 3489 County Road 50, Ozark, AL, 36360; or the charity of one’s choice.

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Betty Jean Smithart, 76, of Andalusia, passed away on Fri., Aug. 30,2013.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Mon., Sept. 2, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Dwight Underwood officiating and burial following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her sons, Lomax Smithart and Darrell (Tina) Smithart; daughters, Mechelle Norris, Louise (Ray) Jordan, Norma (Dave) Fowler and Pam Lambert, all of Andalusia; sister, Louie Bell Vines of Dodson, La.; grandchildren, Michael (Toka) Jackson, Steve (Kristy) Jackson, Shaun (Amanda) Jackson, Kim Norris, Brian (Meredith) Norris, Kevin (Jenny) Jordan, Candi (Chris) Nelson, Josh Smithart, Mallory Smithart, Linsey Smithart, Cody Lambert and Katie Lambert; and great-grandchildren, Ali Jackson, Trey Jackson, James Milton Jackson and Brady Jackson.