Obituaries for the Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 21, 2013


Ophelia Adams Albritton passed away on Sun., Sept. 15, 2013, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.

Funeral services will be held today, Sat., Sept. 21, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Andalusia, with the Rev. Frank Beall officiating and interment following at Andalusia Memorial Gardens with Foreman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be in the church sanctuary from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Born Feb. 6, 1919, in Red Level, she was the youngest daughter of the late Benjamin and Emily (Connell) Adams. She attended the University of Alabama, where she majored in Textiles and Clothing Design. She married the late Marvin Albritton in 1941. Following her husband’s graduation from law school, she returned to Andalusia where she became, and remained, a vital force in her community and church. She gave of her talents freely and used her artistry and vision to enhance her home as well as numerous areas of public life. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and faithful friend, she was a true lady. Her grace, kindness and gentility touched all of those with whom she was acquainted.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Kenneth and Emily (Albritton) Hill of Union, S.C.; her granddaughter and husband, Major Christopher and Alice (Hill) Haas of Harker Heights, Texas; and her grandson, Benjamin C. Hill of Charleston, S.C.

Pallbearers will be Rick Clifton, Frank King, David McCalman, Kennith Mount, Roger Powell, Jim Smith, Edwin May and Basil Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Presbyterian Church in Andalusia or to the charity of one’s choice.



Ruth Mitchell Davis, 96, entered into rest Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Mon., Sept. 23, at the Foreman Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following in the Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Red Level. Visitation will be Sun., Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Foreman Funeral Home.

She was a member of the Bible Fellowship Church. She retired from Bay County School System in Panama City, Fla.

Family members include sons, James C. (Jo) Davis of Austin, Texas, Eugene Harold Davis of Alvin, Texas, and Earl S. (Debbie) Davis of Panama City, Fla.; daughters, Nell (Jim) Leboff of Grovetown, Ga., Shirley Davis of Panama City, Fla., and JoAnn (Ralph) Mund of Augusta, Ga.; 20 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Belton Davis, and her son, Billy Joe Davis.

Pallbearers will be Jim Leboff, Ralph Mund, Danny Angel, Ralph Barrow, John Leboff and Nick Barrow.



Allan Grimes Kyzar, 53, of Pace, Fla., passed away Sept. 19, 2013, in Pensacola, Fla.

Born July 11, 1960, in Andalusia, he was the youngest son of the late James Hugh and Marjorie Grimes Kyzar. He graduated from Andalusia High School in 1978 and attended LBW Junior College. He then went on to Jacksonville State University on a golf scholarship and earned his degree in marketing in 1982.  He was a member of Delta Chi fraternity.

He began his career in sales in the automotive parts business. At the time of death, he was employed by M and A Supply Company in Mobile.

He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, college football (especially watching Auburn football) and NASCAR.  Most of all he enjoyed gatherings with family and friends and outings with his 10-year-old son, William. He attended Pace United Methodist Church.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 and was given only months to live. During the next eight years, he continued to live life to the fullest with grace and determination and proved the medical prognosis wrong. He participated in many clinical trials for prostate cancer in an effort to survive and help others.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Patricia Ferguson Kyzar; his son, William Patrick Kyzar; siblings, Becky Kyzar Smith (Jack), James Hugh Kyzar III (Keron) and Claire Kyzar Parker (Phil; his mother-in-law, Teresa Ferguson Ray; sisters-in-law, Susan Ferguson Robeson (Jim) and Lesley Ray, along with several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sun., Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel in Pace, Fla. Funeral services will be held on Mon., Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., at Pace United Methodist Church in Pace, Fla., with the Rev. John Webb officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorials be made to The American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Foundation, or to the charity of one’s choice.

The Kyzar family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the care and support from the staff and co-workers at West Florida Hospital and the staff at Joyce Goldenberg Residence of Covenant Hospice.