Obits for Wed., Sept. 11, 2013

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2013


William S. “Bill” Huggins, 86, of Union City, Tenn., formerly of Andalusia, passed away on Mon., Sept. 9, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Foreman Funeral Home.



Jeffery Lamar Jernigan, 40, of Red Level, passed away suddenly on Wed., Sept. 4, 2013, in Maryland.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., today, Wed., Sept. 11, at the South Church of God in Red Level with Brother Chad Griggs officiating and eulogy by Chris Jeffcoat. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services.

Survivors include his son, Caleb Jernigan; one daughter, Micha Jernigan; his fiancé, Heather Lord, and her children, Madi and Joseph Lord; his parents, Sharon and Joe Darrell Griggs, all of Red Level; a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Kelly Jernigan; nephew and niece, Landon and Emily Jernigan; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Lamar Jernigan.

Pallbearers will be John Jeffcoat, Chris Jeffcoat, T. J. Jernigan, B.J. Cook, Ray Patterson, Dane Patterson, Tracy Nicholas and Jeff Jeter.

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



Janice Humphries, 62, of Opp, passed away Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Wed., Sept. 11, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Buford Smith officiating and interment following in Stone Lake Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until time of services at Keahey Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Dean Roger Humphries; on, Joseph Humphries; daughters, Rena Burkhalter and Annie Humphries; mother, Myrtis Smith, all of Opp; sister, Joyce Carroll of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Kayla Gay, Greg Gay, Leanne Gay, Thomas Gay, Adrian Humphries, Caitlin Humphries, Stephen Reynolds, Kyle Humphries, Haylee Humphries, Essence Hopkins and Christian Hopkins; great-grandchild, Nathaniel Gay.

Sign the guest book for this family at




Edwin “Ed” Erle Burnett Jr, 83, of Louisville, Ky., passed away Sun., Sept. 8, 2013, surrounded by the love of his life – his wife, Diane Rutledge.

Born in Birmingham, he was a retired district manager for the KY Utilities Company.  From 1948-1951, he played football at the University of Kentucky and later went on to retire as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army.  He was the first Eagle Scout in Andalusia and the first person elected to the Order of the Arrow. He also served as vice president for Kiwanis in Lexington, Ky., and Danville, Ky., and vice president for the Rotary Club in Georgetown, Ky.  Recently, Ed was inducted into the Andalusia High School Football Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Kate Burnett.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Rutledge.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society or Hosparus.

Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home, Louisville, Ky., in charge of arrangements.



Wayne Lynn, known as “Grumpy” to those closest to him, passed away Sept. 3, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 14, at New Providence Baptist Church in Paul, with the Rev. Ed Ganus, officiating and Trahan Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 14, 1942, in Moss Point, Miss., and grew up in Red Level. He was the youngest child of a Baptist minister, and the description “son of a preacher man” – alas –fit him to a “T.” Teachers and principals experienced firsthand his mischievous pranks but, despite the intervention of his parents, he charmed his way out of a number of sticky situations and managed to excel in his classes. Decades later, his teachers still recalled him with great fondness.

In 1960, he joined the Army National Guard, serving his country for four years. His career was spent in telecommunications, first as a technician and later as a central office engineer. His customers would ask for him by name, for he left a mark on everyone he worked with.

He took his beautiful high-school sweetheart, Brenda Bennett, to the prom, and then married her in 1960. Their union lasted 53 years. As his health declined, she became his constant caregiver, never leaving his side. His wife and family were the center of his life, followed closely by his camp house, boiled peanuts and Alabama Crimson Tide football.

His parents, Emery and Mildred Lynn, preceded him in death.

He leaves many behind who cherish his memory: his wife, Brenda; children, Caron Sjoberg, Sandy Lynn (Juliann) and Christi Lynn; great nephews, Josh and Dylon Jackson; grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Aaron and Andrew Lynn; brother, Don Lynn; and many close relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors of Covenant Hospice for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Council on Aging of WFL.



Estelle C. Smith, 87, of Rose Hill, passed away Sat., Sept. 7, 2013, in the Florala hospital.

Funeral services were held on Tues., Sept. 10, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Hunt and the Rev. Bill Prichett officiating.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry (Brenda) Smith of Andalusia, Hayward (Shirley) Smith of Rose Hill, Max (Gail) Smith of Andalusia and Johnny Smith of Rose Hill; grandchildren, Michael (Leigh) Smith, Christi (Elliott) King, Michelle (Tony) Gay, Cathy (John) Ward, Lori (Keith) Varner and Heather (Greg) Seay; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmles Smith, and a son, Billy Smith.

Sign the guest book for this family at



Joseph L. Bryan of Georgia, formerly of Dozier, passed away Thurs., Sept. 5, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Tues., Sept. 10, at 11 a.m., at the Zion Cemetery in Dozier, with Keahey Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

He served in the U.S. Army and retired from the real estate division of the Federal Aviation Administration.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Bryan; son, Zachary Earl (Kasey) Bryan; and granddaughter, Ali Ann Bryan, all of Fayetteville, Ga.