Obituaries for Sat., July 5, 2014

Published 8:36 pm Friday, July 4, 2014


Mr. John W. Anderson of Destin, Fla., formerly of Andalusia, went home to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Mr. Anderson was born in Greenwood, Fla., on Dec. 15, 1934, and moved to Andalusia at six months of age. He lived there during his growing up years, graduating from Andalusia High School in 1953. He then attended and graduated from Auburn University in 1956 with a degree in Industrial Management. He was also a Distinguished Military Graduate and served two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1959 Mr. Anderson returned to Andalusia and was associated with his father and two brothers in the family peanut shelling business, Anderson Peanuts, for 30 years.

In 1989 Mr. Anderson and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Decatur, Ala., where he became the CEO of Alabama Farmers Cooperative, a regional farm supply business. During this time and after his retirement he served as president of the Alabama Crop Improvement Association and was named their “Man of the Year” in 1988. He was named the Alabama Council of Cooperatives “Distinguished Cooperator” in 1996. Mr. Anderson served as president of the Southeastern Peanut Shellers’ Association and served on numerous committees with the National Peanut Council. In 2002 Mr. Anderson was elected to the Alabama Agricultural Hall of Honor.

Mr. Anderson retired in 1995 and moved to Destin, where he enjoyed many years of fishing and boating and being near his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Anderson was also very involved with the First Baptist Church of Andalusia where he served as a deacon and finance chairman and later at the First Baptist Church of Destin. He was also a Rotarian and served as club president and on many committees in the Andalusia Rotary Club.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Evelyn Wilder Anderson, and their three children; his daughter, Lynda A. Waits (Dr. Jeff) of Niceville, Fla.; his two sons, John W. Anderson Jr. of Destin,  and Robert B. Anderson (Diane McCoach) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Andrew Waits of Birmingham, Brandon Waits (Lori) of Ruston, La., Chandler Waits of Pensacola, Bryan Anderson (fiancé Rose Kelley) of Destin, Jonathon Anderson of Ft. Walton Beach, and Anna Anderson of Fort Walton Beach; and one great-grandchild, Blake Waits of Ruston, La..

Mr. Anderson is also survived by his sister and brother- in- law, Corrie A. and John Owens of Andalusia; three sisters-in-law, Sarah Anderson of Andalusia, Helen Anderson of Destin, and Rebecca Wilder of Decatur; a brother and sister-in-law, Sidney and Polly Waits of Andalusia. Mr. Anderson is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Anderson will be held Tues., July 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in the Magnolia Cemetery. The Rev. John Foster and the Rev Harrell Cushing will officiate. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. The body will lie in state from 5:30 pm Monday at Foreman Funeral Home.

A memorial celebration will also be held at the First Baptist Church of Destin on Sat., July 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow immediately in the church fellowship hall.

In addition to flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The First Baptist Church of Destin, 201 Beach Drive, Destin, FL 32541 or to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, PO Box 361767, Birmingham, AL 35236-1767.

Family and friends unable to attend may sign an online registry at


William Harvey “Bill” Moore Sr., 83, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., July 2, 2014, at his residence on Antioch Road.

Funeral services will be held graveside Mon., July 7, at 11 a.m. at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Billy Boles officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Sun., July 6, at Keahey Funeral Home in Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey M. Moore Jr., Charles Jackson Moore, Jeremy D. Morgan, Thomas L. Moore Jr., Col. John M. Kidd and Clay Barfield. Honorary pallbearers are Moore’s Sunday school class at Lake Talquin Baptist Church, his cousin Andrew Moore and good friends Bill Goode and Wayne Granberry.

Moore was born Feb. 5, 1931, at his grandfather Harvey C. Moore’s home on Seegars Street in Andalusia. His parents were Dewey C. Moore Sr. and Bonice Leonard Moore. He spent his boyhood working on his father’s dairy farm on the Conecuh River. He attended East Three Notch and Church Street elementary schools. He graduated from Andalusia High School in 1949. While at Andalusia High School, Moore played four years on the football team.

In the fall of 1949, he entered the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University). In 1951, during the Korean Conflict, he joined the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant by the time he mustered out. While stationed at Brookley Air Base in Mobile, he met the love of his life, Hilda Faust. They married on March 18, 1954. He once again enrolled at API under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in entomology. He put his degree to good use as he immediately went to work for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Over his 30-year career with the PPQ, Moore worked in Mobile, Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans, Hyattsville, Md. and Brownsville, Texas. He rose from inspector to regional director of the South Central Region APHIS PPQ. At the time of his retirement, Moore was a member of the United States Government’s Senior Executive Service.

The Moores retired on the banks of Lake Talquin near Quincy, Fla.. He and his oldest son, Bill Jr. enjoyed many hours together trying to out fish each other in search of the largemouth bass. He also enjoyed gardening and woodworking, and spending time with his grandkids. He was a member of the Lake Talquin Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. The Moores moved back to Andalusia in the summer of 2013 to be closer to their two sons. Declining health prevented him from getting involved in things in Andalusia, but he was glad to have made the move.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hilda F. Moore; brother, Thomas L. (Carolyn) Moore Sr. of Lee, Fla.; daughter, Janet Moore (Col. John Kidd) of Holly Springs, Ga.; sons, William H. Moore Jr. of Babbie and Jeffrey M. (Beverly) Moore Sr. of Andalusia; grandchildren, Marianne (Jeremy) Morgan, Jeffrey Moore Jr., Amanda Kidd, Daniel Kidd and Jackson Moore; and great-granddaughter, Leah Kate Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey C. and Bonice L. Moore and his older brother, Dr. Dewey C. “Skeeter” Moore Jr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Marcus Autism Center ( in honor of Moore’s grandson, Daniel Kidd.



Betty Louise Scott, 65, lovingly known as “Betts” to all of her grandchildren, passed away Tues., June 24, 2014, at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

A casual celebration of life service took place Thurs., June 26, at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brett Mayes officiating. A Graveside service was held Sun., June 29, at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery in Andalusia.

Scott was a fantastic cook. Being in a military family the better part of her life and living in foreign countries, she learned their ways of cooking. She had her own great taste, mixing southern cooking and foreign recipes.

She loved camping in the mountains with Walter every chance they could.

Her grandchildren brought out a side of her not many have known. Crab leg picnics on the living room floor, watermelon fights in the backyard and candy overflowing. She always did everything she could for her children and grandchildren in order for them to have the very best she could provide.

Scott was preceded in death by her father, James Donnell Thomas and son, Thomas J. Scott.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Scott of Canton; mother, Jean Thomas of Andalusia; children, Russell Scott (Anita Broughton) of Lynn Haven, Fla., Shelley Lunsford of Headland and Allison (Michael) Walters of Marietta; sisters, Donna Glisson of Newnan and Lynne McCord of Andalusia; grandchildren, Jacey Rayborn, Payton Scott, Steven Broughton, Kyle Broughton, Hunter Lunsford, Reagan Lunsford, Chandler Walters, Andrew Walters and Evan Walters.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, Ga. is honored to serve the family.



Grover Gunter, 77, of Andalusia, passed away Tues., July 1, 2014, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Thurs., July 3, at 10 a.m. at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Greg Cotter officiated. Interment followed in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Gunter is survived by his wife, Geraldine Gunter; sons, Grover H. (Carri) Gunter Jr. and Harvey Leslie “Pee Wee” (Laura L.) Gunter; brother, Harvey M. “Buddy” Gunter; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Nola Gunter and sisters, Ruby Tucker and Betty Jackson.