Obituaries for Wed., July 9, 2014

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lother Wayne Sauls, 79, of Dothan, passed away Mon., July 7, 2014, at Noland Hospital, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

Graveside services will be held Thurs., July 10, at 10 a.m. at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery, with the Rev. Tim Willis officiating and Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from today, Wed., July 9, from 5 until 7 p.m. Flowers will be accepted, or contributions may be made to Crohns and Colitis Foundation, P.O. Box 1245, Alberta Lea, MN 56007-9976.

Sauls was born May 5, 1935, in Andalusia to the late William Andrew Sauls Jr. and Nona Kathleen Butler Sauls. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church for over 15 years. He was an Elk and Mason.

Sauls was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid farmer, fisherman and Alabama fan.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma Dunn Sauls of Dothan; two daughters, Karla Jones (Jeff) of Dothan and Tara McNeal (Alan) of Dothan; brother, Murble Sauls (Wanza) of Illinois; grandchildren Amber Hughes (Justin), Jared McNeal and Haley McNeal; great-grandchild, Hartlee Hughes; and many nieces and nephews.


Birty Katherine Conley, 82, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., July 6, 2014, at Jackson Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed. July 9, at 11 a.m. from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Bradley officiating. Interment will be in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Folsomdale, Ky. Fri., July 11.

Conley is survived by her daughters, Karen Hayden (Robert) Pfeifer of Oregon and Patricia Hallford of Andalusia; son, Joseph Michael (Billie) Hayden of Andalusia; nine grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


Ayden Charles Stokes, 5, of Headland, formerly of Andalusia, passed away from a lengthy illness, Mon., July 7, 2014, at Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Thurs., July 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Bradley will officiate. Interment will follow in the Salem Baptist Church

Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

Stokes is survived by his father, Charles Stokes of Andalusia; grandparents, Todd and Sandra Carr of Headland; great-grandmother, Marie Pate of Andalusia; great-grandparents, Ken and Judy Carr of Headland; aunts, Erica Bullard of Andalusia, Lindsey (Tanner) Carroll of Destin., Fla. and Astin Carr of Headland; great-aunts, Ashley (Randy) Edson of Andalusia and Amanda Owen of Biloxi, Miss.; great-uncle, Hinton Pate of Andalusia; and numerous cousins.

Flowers will be accepted, or contributions maybe made to the final expense fund at Keahey Funeral Home.


Vivian Louise Pate, 84, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., July 5, 2014, in the Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services were held Mon., July 7, at 2 p.m. from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.
Pate is survived by her sons, Timothy A. (Linda) Pate of Andalusia and Michael W. (Elizabeth) Pate of Montgomery; grandchildren, Michael W. (Beth) Pate Jr., Alexis C. Pate and Ben (Shuronda) Mock; and three great-grandchildren, Cody Mock, Dalton Mock and Destiny Mock.

Pallbearers were Ben Mock, Scott Wilkes, Buddy Shiver, Keith Walden, Andy Alexander and Dale Alexander.

Family and friends unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


John W. Anderson, 79, of Destin, Fla. formerly of Andalusia, went home to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Fri., July 4, 2014, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Anderson was born in Greenwood, Fla., on Dec. 15, 1934, and moved to Andalusia at 6 months of age. He was reared in Andalusia, 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, 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, Anderson and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Decatur, 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. Anderson served as President of the Southeastern Peanut Shellers’ Association and served on numerous committees with the National Peanut Council. In 2002, he was elected to the Alabama Agricultural Hall of Honor.

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

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, as well as on many committees in the Andalusia Rotary Club.

Anderson is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Evelyn Wilder Anderson; their three children, Lynda A. (Dr. Jeff) Waits of Niceville, Fla., John W. Anderson Jr. of Destin and Robert B. (Diane McCoach) Anderson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Andrew Waits of Birmingham, Brandon (Lori) Waits of Ruston, La., Chandler Waits of Pensacola, Fla. Bryan Anderson (fiancé Rose Kelley) of Destin, Jonathon Anderson of Ft. Walton Beach and Anna Anderson of Fort Walton Beach; one great-grandchild, Blake Waits of Ruston, La.; sister, Corrie A. (John) Owens of Andalusia; sisters-in-law, Sarah Anderson of Andalusia, Helen Anderson of Destin and Rebecca Wilder of Decatur; brother, Sidney (Polly) Waits of Andalusia; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Tues., July 8, at 2 p.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in the Magnolia Cemetery. The Revs. John Foster and Harrell Cushing will officiate.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

A memorial celebration will also be held at The First Baptist Church of Destin Sat., July 12, 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, Florida 32541 or to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, P.O. Box 361767, Birmingham, AL 35236-1767.

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