Obituaries for Sat., Feb. 1, 2014

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 1, 2014


Marzette A. Lawson, 75, of Andalusia, died Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., today, Sat., Feb. 1, at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Prichett officiating. Interment will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at 12:30 p.m. prior to services.

He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra (Todd) Inabinett from Rose Hill and Karen (Jeffrey) Sowell from Andalusia; and two grandchildren, Kayla Inabinett and Dallas Inabinett.

Pallbearers include Tony Veasey, Rickey Veasey, Jody Spann, Andy Alexander, Fletcher Wiggins and Donnie Cook.

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On Tues., Jan. 28, 2014, Charles Andrew McGee – a precious soul, a freedom fighter and man of God – was called home to the Lord.

Funeral services will be held today, Sat., Feb. 1, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Cindy Howard officiating. A reception will immediately follow the service.

He was born to the late Leslie C. McGee and Gladys Kathryn McGee on Dec. 17, 1936, in Watonga, Okla. He graduated from Detroit Central High School in Detroit, Mich., in 1954. He began his higher education pursuits at Flint Junior College in 1954, and would later earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology and speech from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1958. In 1961, he married Mary Emma Dixon of Savannah, Tenn. She preceded him in death.

He accomplished much of what he desired out of life. In the 1970s, he worked at Langston University’s Institutional Research and Planning Program and at Eastern Oklahoma State College. He spent many years doing advocacy and social work. He worked as a lobbyist in Alaska and retired from Ryder in 2007.

An advocate for social justice, he was elected secretary of the Democratic Party of Alaska in 1982. He was also passionate about the arts and considered himself a professional actor. In the 1970s, he was a member of Black Liberated Arts Center in Oklahoma City. In Andalusia, he was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and volunteered with Alcoholics Anonymous. He also held memberships in NAACP, National Urban League, American Assoc. of Blacks in Energy, AARP and Disabled American Veterans.

He leaves behind five children, Milton Fuller of Denver, Katherine McGee of New York City, Kevin McGee of Atlanta, Kelli McGee McIver of Warner Robins, Ga., and Karen McGee of Midwest City, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Faye McKee of Andalusia, Patricia Joyner of Wichita, Kan., and Charlotte Heck of Los Angeles; and loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a beloved father, brother, uncle and friend.



James Max Barton, 83, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sun., Feb. 2, at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Pritchett officiating and interment following in Good Hope Cemetery in Baker, Fla.

Visitation will be tonight at 6 at the funeral home.

He is survived by a son, Larry Barton from Atlanta; two grandsons, Robbie (Mindy) Barton and Michael (April) Barton, both of Andalusia; four great-grandchildren, Garrett Barton, Grant Barton, Ethan Barton and Colby Barton; and two brothers, Elry (Barbara) Barton of Nashville and Dalton (Opal) Barton of Andalusia.

He was preceded in death by wife, June Barton, and son, Lamar Barton.

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Rosa Bell “Ms. Rosie” Powell, 96, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, in the Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Mon., Feb. 3, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Perry officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy (Jodie) Powell of Paxton, Fla.; daughters, Naomi Knox of Andalusia, Nell Ward of Pensacola, Fla., and Pauline Ray of Atlanta; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, JC Powell, and son, Douglas Powell.

Active pallbearers will be Norman Powell, Rick Boyett, David Ward, Jeff Ward, Craig Powell and Steven Boyett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jerald Norris, Chester Ray Norris, John Woodham, Foy Norris, Glenn Powell and Billy Barnes.

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