Obituaries for Tues., Nov. 12, 2013

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Max Decovan Fletcher, 81, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., today, Tues., Nov. 12, at Bethany Baptist Church with Pastor Josh Wilson officiating. Visitations will be 30 minutes prior to services.

Born June 26, 1932, in Andalusia, to Dillard Alcus and Quinnie Smithart Fletcher, he was an only child. He graduated from Andalusia High School in 1951. He then attended junior college in Marianna, Fla. After falling for the love of his life, Betty Jean “B.J.” Henderson, the two were wed on Nov. 7, 1954. They had two children, Terri Lehn Fletcher Wilkinson and Keith Decovan Fletcher. As a teenager, he worked for Martin Theaters until a career move in 1962. This path led him to a very successful career with Kraft Foods, working there for 32 years.

He was an avid golfer and member of the Andalusia Country Club. He was a devoted husband, father and friend to many.

Raised by his father and grandparents, Henry and Gatsie Fletcher, after the death of his mother when he was seven, he attended Bethany Baptist Church. There, he began his relationship with Christ. Upon his retirement, the couple moved back to their roots and settled in Heath – once again returning to his Bethany family. His obedience to Christ was exhibited in his humble service to B. J. and his selflessness was depicted in his utter devotion and care giving to his Alzheimer’s stricken bride of 59 years.

The couple shared a love that was timeless, all-enduring and absolutely unforgettable. Max, or “Poppa” as he was affectionately known, will be forever missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the one who had his heart, his wife, BJ.

His legacy is one of relentless compassion and the struggles of life that made him the strong man he was – a true testament of God’s command to love one another.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard Alcus Fletcher and Quinnie Smithart Fletcher; son-in-law, Emmett Hewston Wilkinson; and his in-laws, Wilma H. and Comer Henderson.

He is survived by the love of his life, Betty Jean Henderson Fletcher; two children, Terri Lehn Fletcher Wilkinson and Keith Decovan (Kristy) Fletcher; seven grandchildren, Hannah Gatsie Wilkinson (Matt) Johnson of Andalusia, US Army Spc. Fletcher E. H. Wilkinson (and fiancée Emily Griggs), Ethan Andrew Wilkinson, Tyler Scott Welford, Sara Kinsey Brooks, Sydney Leigh Brooks, and Emma Lehn Fletcher; three great-grandsons, Cecil Cruise, Emmett Max and William Walker Johnson; sister-in-law, Dean (Gene) Jacobs; nephew, Ricky (Kathy) Jacobs; nieces, Gloria Adams and Vickie (Larry) Stallings; and countless other family members.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Wilkinson, Matt Johnson, Tyler Welford, Mike Williams, Ricky Fletcher, Ricky Jacobs, Larry Stallings, Brian Jacobs, Chris Adams and Lee Adams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Foreman, SPC Fletcher Wilkinson, the late Emmett Wilkinson and the late Max Long.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Max’s valiant fight to keep Alzheimer’s from claiming the one to whom he devoted his life.



Timothy Quin Mayberry, 51, of Andalusia, died Tues., Nov. 5, 2013, in a Dothan hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., today, Tues., Nov. 12, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with interment following at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He is survived by his mother, Lavonia Cartwright; brother, Greg Mayberry, both of Andalusia; nieces, Kristen (Dustin) Stinson of Elba and Jamie Lawson of Andalusia; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Cade Lawson, Brodie Stinson, and Olivia Stinson.



Fred Kelley Jr., 69, of the Straughn Community, passed away unexpectedly Sat., Nov. 9, 2013, at his residence.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Mon., Nov. 11, at Evergreen Cemetery in Elba with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The Rev. Ronald Davis officiated, and special music was provided by his grandson, Michael Kelley.

Survivors include his mother, Lena Bell Morgan; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Donna Kelley; and two grandchildren, Michael Kelley and Megan Kelley, all of Andalusia.

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Mr. Hollis Randall “Randy” Castleberry, 59, of Andalusia, died Thur, Nov. 7, 2013, in a Pensacola Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 10, at Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Holloway officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Mr. Castleberry is survived by his wife, Theresa Castleberry of Andalusia; daughter, Stephanie (Robby) Dubose of Red Level; son, Randall (Shanda) Castleberry II of Red Level; seven grandchildren, Ramsey Morrow, Syndy Morrow, Brayton Dubose, Trenton Castleberry, Hayden Dubose, Riley Dubose and Bryce Dubose; step-daughter, Jenna (Cody) Murphy of Greenville; and a mother, Rosa Lee Castleberry of Red Level.

Pallbearers were Jerry Huckabaa, Terry Josey, Dale Anderson, Lex Colquett, Royce Sightler, Jason Henderson and Heath Huckabaa.



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 member of the class of 1961 at Andalusia High School. Prior to his illness, he owned Henderson Pecan Company in Greenville.

He is survived by a daughter, Krsytal Johns; two grandchildren, Alexandria 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.