Obituaries for Sat., May 17, 2014

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 17, 2014


John Steven Dodd, 49, passed away Tues., May 6, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla., following a lengthy illness.



Dodd graduated from Riverdale High School in Fort Myers, Fla. in 1983. He graduated from Edison Community College with a degree in criminal justice. Dodd also graduated from Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy on Oct. 29, 1990. He then began a career in law enforcement with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Department in LaBelle, Fla.

Dodd is survived by his loving mama, Maria Lythe; sisters, Bonnie (Rodney) Austin, Debbie Hall and Lynn (Eddie) Ponce; brothers, Howard Jones and Thomas (Mandi) Lythe; niece, Amy (Ricardo) Bartolo; nephews, Sport Hall and Dustin (Kerriann) Hall; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Carman Jones.


Lavada Seals Mitchell, 93, of Luverne, passed away Sun., May 11, 2014, at a Crenshaw County Hospital.



Funeral services will be held Sat., May 17, at 11 a.m. at the Keahey Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Donnie Burns will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. Special music will be provided by Mrs. Carol Floyd.

Mitchell is survived by daughters, Barbara (Billie) Smith of Luverne, Marie Thomason of Andalusia, Margaret (Reuben) Burkett of Greenville and Evelyn Griggs of Red Level; sons, Harold (Mary) Mitchell of Red Level and Darrell Mitchell of Andalusia; brothers, Eddins Seals of Jasper, Lomax (Bonnie) Seals of Montgomery, A. C. Seals of Andalusia and LaVann (Frances) Seals of Mississippi; sisters, Orell Grant of Greenville and Frances (Frank) Morgan; 25 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Mitchell is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Willard Mitchell; son, David Mitchell; and daughter, Dorothy Scott.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Michael Shirey, Jason Scott, Joe Armstrong, Ryan Godwin, Nathan Shirey and Donnie Wiggins.

B. Louise Blair, 81, of Brewton, formerly of Red Level, passed away Thurs., May 15, 2014, at her residence in Brewton.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church in Red Level. The Rev. Keith Parker will officiate.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Blair is survived by, a son, Paul Kevin Steele Sr. of Brewton; a daughter, Diane Madden of Milton, Fla. and Elaine McGlamory of Andalusia; sister, Nellie Schad of Milton; grandchildren, Kristin (Jeffery) Steele Etheridge, Kathrine (CJ) Steele Langley, PK (Erica) Steele, Kristy (Casey) Jackson, Brianna Rolin,  Ashley Gibson, Russell Mcglamory, Rhonda Crawford and Dave (Julie) Crawford; and eight great-grandchildren.

Blair was preceded in death by parents, Fred W. Hammac and Eula Mae Hammac; husband Eddie Blair; and brothers, Freddie and Junior Hammac.