Obituaries for Fri., Dec. 27, 2013

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 27, 2013


John Harland Rawls, 92, peacefully passed on to God’s Glory at his home on Saturday evening, Dec. 21, 2013.

He will be laid to rest at Rawls Baptist Church Cemetery in the Rawls Community. A private memorial service for the immediate family and relatives will be held at the Rawls home at Pike Road today, Fri., Dec. 27, with services directed by Gray Funeral Home of Union




Called “Harland” by his family and friends, he was born in the Bullock Community, located on the Three Notch Trail, in Crenshaw County, on Dec. 5, 1921, to Leona Tompkins and John Emanuel Rawls.

He and his six siblings were raised farming in Rawls Community, in the piney woods between Gantt and Red Level. They all attended Rawls School. This Rawls family, of Scottish descent, came into Alabama in the 1800s from South Carolina and Virginia as planters and sawyers operating sawmills in Covington County.

He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in World War II for three and a half years fighting Japanese troops, island to island, during the Pacific Campaign. He was present at Yokohama Bay near Tokyo in 1945 and personally witnessed the ceremonial surrender of Japan that took place on the USS Missouri as he stood at attention with fellow soldiers on the decks of adjoining military troop ships. He had several successful businesses in his lifetime, but most remember him best for the restaurant he and his wife, Ouida, operated for years on Highway 231 south of Montgomery, Rawls Pit Bar-b-que.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ouida Mae Folmar-Rawls; four children, Keith Rawls; Kathy Rawls-Dykes and her husband, Mike Dykes; Karen Rawls; and Kyle Rawls and wife, Tonya; sister, Frances Rawls-Godwin and her husband, the Rev. Rex Godwin; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.



Edith Jimmerson, 86, formerly of Andalusia, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 26, 2013, at her residence in Luverne.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date by Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Delpha J. Wright of Luverne and Pamela (Lawrence) Ponzi of New York; son, Burl (Linda) Jimmerson of Georgia; sister, Ruth Godwin of Luverne; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Jimmerson, and grandson, Eric Alan Smithson.

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William Murl Dunn, Sr., 78, of Gantt, passed away on Mon., Dec. 23, 2013, in Dothan.

He served as a deacon of Gantt Baptist Church and was a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Mon, Dec. 30, at Gantt Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Coleman officiating and interment following in Able Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Dunn of Gantt; his son and daughter-in-law, William “Bill” and Sue Dunn Jr. of Andalusia; his daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Victor Mosley of Andalusia and Wendy and Lucky Muse of Arcadia, Fla.; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lucky Muse, Brandon Muse, Victor Mosley, Shawn Mahoney and Frank Lloyd.

Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Muse and Joseph Hugh Westbrook.

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Myrtice Wilson, 97, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., Dec. 25, 2013.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Sat., Dec. 28, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Durwood Cleland officiating and special music by Beverly Coon. Burial will follow in Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Johnny Mack and Jeanette Wilson of Wing;

sisters, Shirley Black and Betty Zumbrum six grandchildren, Daphne (Mike) Hardage, Pete (Margaret) Dewrell, Kim Dewrell, Dorenda Rhodes, John (Shauna) Wilson, Jason (Ginger) Wilson and Vanessa Ballard; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Wilson; daughter, Lena Paul, and son, Clayton Wilson.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy Hardage, Rhett Dewrell, Patrick Pendergast, John Wilson and Jason Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions maybe made to Andalusia Manor in her memory.