Obituaries for Tues., Feb. 18, 2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 18, 2014


William Scott Foster, 64, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away unexpectedly at his cabin that he loved in Florala on Wed., Feb. 12, 2014.

Foster was born Jan. 25, 1950, in Opp. He graduated from Opp High School. He also graduated from the University of Alabama in 1971, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1975, and received his L.L.M. in tax and estate planning from the New York University School of Law in 1976. He established his practice with Armbrecht, Jackson and Demouy, in Mobile in 1976, before moving home with his family to Mary Esther in 1983, where he joined the law firm of Estergren, Fleet, Fortune and Anchors. He later formed the firm, Anchors, Foster, McInnis and Keefe, which later became Anchors, Smith and Grimsley.

Foster was a member of St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, and served as Captain Billy Bowlegs XL in 1995 for the Krewe of Bowlegs. He also served as president of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club in 2005-2006, was a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year and was heavily involved with the Rotary charity golf tournament for many years. Foster was an avid scratch golfer while in Mobile, but this passion was supplanted by his true love of the water. He loved boating on the Santa Rosa Sound, was a tried and true Bama football fan, and his love of hunting was passed onto his two sons. His devotion and the sacrifices he made for his family were an inspiration, as were his southern charm and gentlemanly nature.

Foster and wife, Carlee, were always entertaining family and friends at their home and were gracious hosts with their “more the merrier” attitude. In his eyes, new acquaintances held the same stature and were made to feel as welcome as family members or close friends. He would gladly give the shirt off his back or the keys to his car to a stranger in need. All who were fortunate enough to know him will sorely miss his warm smile, firm handshake, jovial laugh and entertaining nature.

Foster’s parents, John Clifford Foster and Celeste Gresham Foster of Opp and Mary Esther, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carlee Foster; two sons, Scott Foster and Gresham Foster; sister, Lynne (Charlie) Foster Mathews; brother, John Clifford Foster III; brother-in-law,Nick Cheriogotis; father-in-law, Spiro Cheriogotis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Wed., Feb. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at Saint Simons on the Sound. Immediately after the service, a reception will be held at Aunt Martha’s Bed and Breakfast in Fort Walton Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name Scotty Foster to Horizons, 123 Truxton Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 or the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 892, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549.




Cecelia Sue Crawford, 61, of Opp, passed away Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014, at Mizell Memorial Hospital.

Private memorial services were held by the family. She was a native of Opp. During her young adult life she moved to Houma, La., where she resided for many years. In 2005, she returned to Opp to reside.

She is survived by her husband, Michael D. Crawford of Houma, La.; daughter, Jody K. Crawford of Houma, La; son, Michael D. Crawford Jr. of Houma, La.; brother, Benny Joe Chambless of Gulfport, Miss.; sister, Teresa Dianne McPherson of Andalusia; grandchildren, Christopher Devin Trosclair, Kaylie Elizabeth Trosclair and Kyle Dean Crawford.

Keahey Funeral Home of Andalusia was in charge of the service.

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Julia Lee Love Wilson, 84, of Andalusia, passed away Sat. Feb. 15, 2014, in the Opp Nursing Home.

Private family graveside services were held at Oakey Ridge Cemetery. Foreman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Maria (John) Dutton of Andalusia; grandchildren, Julie Joiner of Idaho, Ginger Joiner and Billy Brown, Holly Joiner Smith and her fiancé, Michael Pittman, and Zackary Todd Wilson, all of Andalusia; great-grandchildren, Brianne Love Joiner and Olivia Jordan Smith; a sister and brother-in-law Sandra Love and Lytle Hyde of Birmingham; a brother and sister-in-law, W. R. and Jo Love also of Birmingham.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Wilson to whom she was married for over 50 years.

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Syble Louise Tompkins, born Sun., Feb. 13, 1921, in Andalusia, passed away Sat., Feb. 15, 2014, at Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wed., Feb. 19 at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Miller and the Rev. Bill Pritchett officiating. Interment will follow in the Luverne Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tues., Feb. 18, at Foreman Funeral Home.

Tompkins was the daughter of Lonnie and Ida Vickery of Red Level. She married Willie Guy Tompkins on Sept. 30, 1939. The couple moved to Columbus, Ga., lived there for about six years, and returned to Covington County. She worked at the Andala/Alatex until she retired after 33 years of service.

She is survived by her son, Wayne Tompkins of Andalusia; daughters, Sandra Tompkins (R.D. Jr.) Owens of Andalusia and Vickie Tompkins Velten of Cypress, Texas; grandsons, Benjamin (Justine) Velten of Vermillion, S.D. and Luke Velten of College Station, Texas; brothers, Lonnie “Elwood” (Betty) Vickery of Cold Springs, Texas and Glen Vickery of Tomball, Texas; sister, Betty Vickery Head of Athens, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her son-in-law, Robert Velten; brothers, Cary Vickery, Everette Vickery, Curtis Vickery, Plennie “Jack” Vickery and Terry Vickery; sisters, Hazel Vickery, Elsie Vickery Tompkins, and Joan Vickery Venuti.

She will always be remembered for her love of God, church, family and friends. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Southside Baptist Church in Andalusia.

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Marcus Lawrence Barton, 84, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Feb. 16, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tues., Feb. 18, at Foreman Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Greg Cotter and the Rev. Phillip Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in Stone Lake Garden. Visitation will be Mon., Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Totsie Barton of Andalusia; daughter, Shirley (Ray) Lambert of Andalusia; son, David (Karen) Barton of Andalusia; grandchildren, Sherry Lambert (Mike) Albertson, Marc (Britta) Lambert, and James (Monica) Barton; great-grandchildren, Victoria Albertson, Catrina Albertson, Michael Albertson, Braxton Lambert and Annabelle Lambert; brother, Jerry (Kathy) Barton of Milton, Fla.; sister, Nobie Kelley of Andalusia; a special niece, Peggy Wood of Andalusia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Bobby Gene Huckaba, 78 of Andalusia, passed away Sat., Feb. 15, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m., Tues., Feb. 18, at the First Baptist Church of Gantt. Interment will follow in the Ables Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Sharpe and the Rev. Durwood Cleland will officiate.

Huckaba is survived by his wife, Beatrice Huckaba of Andalusia; daugthers, Barbara (E.J.) Dean of Andalusia and Cathy Huckaba of Andalusia; sister, Delana Kervin of McKenzie; grandchildren, Christy (Justin) Sasser, Kiesha (Chris) Sherman, Shane Turner and Starr Huckaba; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Bullard, Cooper Sasser and Sara Sherman.

He was preceded in death by Jerry Huckaba and Barney Huckaba.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Lawson, Donnie Huckaba, Jerry Huckaba, Chris Sherman, Shane Turner and Howard Oliver.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Turner and Dana Jewel.

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