Obituaries for Fri., March 21, 2014

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 21, 2014


Mrs. Dorothy W. Carter, 85, died Tues., March 18, 2014, in Gulfport, Miss.

Mrs. Carter was born in Andalusia, and she and her husband had been residents of Gulfport since 1960. She was a secretary at United Electric Co., working with her husband, John R. Carter, until 1985. In 1979, she and her son, Rick Carter, owned and operated Carter’s Men’s Wear until she retired in 1989.

Mrs. Carter was a member of the Gulf Coast Art Association, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Gulfport where she was also a member of the Scrap Iron Sunday School Class. She was an avid bridge player.

Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Carter; her parents, Barney Floyd and Carmen Amos Wiggins; two sisters, Betty Pollock and Ocie W. Owens; and two brothers, Lamar Wiggins and Buster Wiggins.

She is survived by her five sons, Jimmy L. Carter of Biloxi, Sammy Carter (Rose), Rick Carter (Stephanie), and Joey Carter, all of Gulfport, and William Carter of Perkinston; a sister, Rosa Nell Walker; two brothers, Hinton Wiggins (Linda) and Barney Wiggins, all of Andalusia; 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Sat., March 22, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Gulfport where friends my visit beginning at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Gulfport.

Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th St., Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements. View and sign the registry at


Violet Chavers, 92, of Andalusia, passed away Thurs., March 19, 2014, at West Florida Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Sat., March 22, at 11 a.m. at Keahey Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Helen Grissott officiating. Interment will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey

Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the Keahey Funeral Home chapel.

Chavers is survived by her son, James (Darlene) Chavers of Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Jackie Kendricks of Opp; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. M. “Buddy” Chavers.