Obituaries for Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 8, 2013


Raley Henderson of Farmville, Va., previously of Andalusia, died on Oct. 30, 2013.

He was cremated and will be buried in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery at a future date.

He was a 1961 Andalusia High School graduate. Prior to his illness, he owned Henderson Pecan Company in Greenville.

He is survived by a daughter, Krsytal Johns; two grandchildren, Alex and Andria Taylor and Max Johns; great-granddaughter, Anistyn Taylor; brother, William H. Henderson of Mt. Dora, Fla.; an aunt; three nieces; and many cousins, all who love and miss him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sarah Raley Henderson and Huburt Henderson; and infant son, Michael.



James Jerry Teel, 62, of Opelika, formerly of Andalusia, died unexpectedly at home on Nov. 6, 2013.

A loving husband and father, loyal friend and faithful servant of God, he had a contagious, joyful demeanor and displayed ceaseless enthusiasm. He led a life of leadership, discipleship and service, and his insurmountable kindness will be missed by many.

He grew up in Andalusia, and moved to Auburn for college where he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Auburn University and remained a lifelong Auburn fan.

He began his career as minister of students at First Baptist Church of Opelika and later served at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham. In 1984, he returned to Opelika where he began a career with Diversified Products, ultimately obtaining the position of regional vice president. At the time of his death, he was managing partner of Pinnacle Concepts, a marketing company.

He was active within his church and community. He was an ordained deacon at First Baptist Church where he loved teaching Sunday school classes. He was a current member of the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation Board. He served on the Opelika City Council for 12 years, including eight years as president. He volunteered for leadership roles in many civic organizations. He served as president of Lee County United Way, chairman of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce Board, and vice-chairman of the Lee County Economic Development Board. In addition, he was a member of the Opelika Planning Commission, Habitat for Humanity, and numerous other organizations.

In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his dedicated service and contributions to the Opelika-Auburn area. he was a frequent master of ceremonies for community events, including the Lee County Junior Miss pageant for 26 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Brown Teel; two children, James Jerry “Jim” (Katie) Teel Jr. and Elizabeth Jane Teel; as well as additional family members, Beth M. Brown, Milton and Claire Gwaltney, Robert and Elizabeth Gwaltney and children, Graham and Bennett, and Philip and Caroline Gwaltney, all of Birmingham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rubin and Eula Teel; and brother, John Teel, of Andalusia.

Funeral services will be held today, Fri., Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Opelika. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Jeffocat Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation or the First Baptist Church of Opelika.



C. T. Guy, 91, of River Falls, died peacefully on his birthday, Sun., Nov. 3, 2013.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m., today, Fri., Nov. 8, at River Falls Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Douglas officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

He spent 39 years working for the Alabama Department of Transportation. He loved his family and will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mavis and Willie Reinhardt and Vergie and Robert Hussey, both of Bagdad, Fla.; his brother and sister-in-law, Ned and Joyce Guy of Jay, Fla.; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Carolyn Tyree of Boulder, Colo,; a very special step-daughter, Gloria Tyree of Andalusia, who took wonderful care of him; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Colene Guy; his parents, Bobby Lee and Arlevie Guy; his brothers, Walter Ray, Jerome, Bufford and Billy Guy; two sisters, Gladis Guy and Mary Simmons; and stepson, James Tyree.

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Kathy Bryant Partridge, 59, of Andalusia, passed away Tue., Nov. 5, 2013, in the Andalusia hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today, Fri., Nov. 8, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with interment following to the Carolina Baptist Church.

She is survived by her step-son, Bobby Lassiter of Elba; daughters, Kimberly Musgove of McKenzie, Shanna (Merrill) Davis of Andalusia, Crystal (Bobby Joe) Stanton and Brittany (Ben) Robbins of Loango; brothers, Martel (Irene) Bryant of Atmore; sisters, Earnistine Bryant (Bill) Fields of Mobile and Faye Sasser of Babbie; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Partridge; son, Bobby Partridge Jr.; brother, Robby Bryant; and parents, Samuel Bryant and Gracie Lee Hall Bryant.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Joe Stawton, Jessie Stawton, Randall Ainsworth, Travis Mitchell, Ben Robbins and Bill Gorum.

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Rudyne Hart Messick, 81, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Nov. 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Nov. 9, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in the Pleasant Home Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight from 5-7 at the funeral home.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil Messick; son, Bobby Messick, both of Pleasant Home; grandchildren, Angelia Messick of Ashford and Jennifer Messick of Pleasant Home; great-grandchildren, Amber McCall and Ethan McCall; and several nieces and nephews.

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Leon Fletcher “Buddy” Alderman III, 65, of New Brockton, died Wed., Nov. 6, 2013, in a Dothan hospital.

A visitation will be held on Mon., Nov. 11, from 5 p.m. until to 7 p.m. at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home.

He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Rice (Lee) Newton of Destin, Fla.; grandchildren, Caleb Healy, Rachael Castello and Shalom Newton; sister, Betty A. (Jimmy) Grimes of Enterprise; niece, Garian (Stan) Gooden of Andalusia’ and great-nephew, Daniel Fletcher Ament.



Merle Brooks Webb, 90 of Andalusia, died Sun., Nov. 3, 2013, in a Dothan hospital.

Funeral services were held on Wed., Nov. 6, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jay Driver officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Ronnie Driver, Geri and Larry Jones, Kathy and David Jones and Laura and Ricky Oswald; her grandchildren, Jill (Gary) Maddox, Shannon (Sharon) Driver, Jay (Robyn) Driver, Traci (John) Bell, Dr. Josh (Kelly) Driver, Jeff (Dawn) Patterson, Donna (Allen) Bishop, Brooke (Matthew) Turney, Beth (Reese) Barnett and Lindsey (Justin) Crutchfield; her great-grandchildren, Aaron, Brennan and Collin Maddox, Rachel, Holly, Avery, Audrey, Johnathon, Samuel, Will and Anna Driver, Jordan, Brittany, JD, Andrew, Kayla, Ben and Jed Liberty, Josiah and Reuben Driver; Caleb, Meredith and Daniel Bell, Joseph, Abby and Riley Driver; Cassandra Patterson, Jonathan and Abbi Barnett; and Oakley Crutchfield; and great-great-grandchild, Amelia Merle Lichty

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Herbert Webb.

Pallbearers will be Justin Crutchfield, Matthew Turney, Allen Bishop, Dr. Josh Driver, Shannon Driver and Gary Maddox.

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