Obituaries for Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 11, 2014


Mr. Hubert Nathan McVay of Gantt passed away Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Foreman Funeral Home.



Dwight Lucas, 67, of McKenzie, passed away Tues., Sept. 9, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held today, Thurs., Sept. 11, at 10 a.m., in the Brooks Baptist Church. The Rev. Ronald Davis and the Rev. Keith Parker will officiate.

Special music will be provided by Terry Faust, Dale Lucas, Kayla Gorum and Anita Kervin. Interment will follow in the Brooks Baptist Church Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Wed., Sept. 10, in the Keahey Funeral Home chapel.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Lucas of McKenzie; mother, Evie Lucas of McKenzie; son, Shep (Christal) Lucas of McKenzie; daughter, Lisa (John) Thomas of Andalusia; brother, Allen (Jana) Lucas of McKenzie; and grandchildren, Luke Thomas, Payton Thomas and Dale Lucas.

Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by his father, Walter Lucas.

Pallbearers were Jay Reeves, Shane Reeves, Ricky Reeves, Nathan Adams, Dougie Hallford, Wilson Eady, Kenny Cartwright and Ken Reeves. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Brooks Baptist Church and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Comfort Care Hospice or the American Cancer Society.



Mr. Lenzy Brooks, 95, of Red Level, passed away Tues., Sept. 9, 2014, at the Andalusia Manor.

Mr. Brooks came to Red Level in 1946 after World War II. He served with General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge and in his campaign across Europe.

He and Mrs. Brooks founded Brooks Grocery and Appliance and operated it until their retirement in 1985.

He served on the city council of Red Level for 20 years and was a member of the American Legion. A former deacon and member of Fairmount Baptist Church, he served as a Sunday School teacher there for six years.

Through the years, he has also been a member of Gantt Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 12, at Bethany Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Gravette and the Rev. Josh Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Brooks of Red Level; his daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Mike Gravette of Atlanta; his son, Mudge Allen Brooks of Andalusia; five grandchildren, Michael (Nichole) Gravette Jr., Tara (Jeremy) Vice, Kylie (Jamie) Shumaker, Ryan Brooks, Kevin (Amanda) Brooks, seven great-grandchildren, Michael Gravette III, Chase Gravette, Reagan Gravette, Wesley Vice, Mason Vice, Graham Vice, Nicholas Shumaker; one sister, Nell Daw of Evergreen.

He is preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Franklin Lenzy Brooks and Elaine Vicars Brooks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lottie Moon Christmas offering, c/o Bethany Baptist Church.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at



Mr. Dennis Alen Heichel, 67, of Wing, passed away Tues., Sept. 9, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 12, at Beda Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathon Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Beda Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Evelyn Heichel of Wing; his daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Wade Ivey and Jennifer and Forrest Withrow of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Ashley Ivey, Robby Ivey, Zachary Payne, and Xion Withrow; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Bob Gray of Ransomville, N.Y., and Sandy and Jerry Miller of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and LeRose Heichel; a brother, Tom Heichel; and sister, Laura Cutonilli.

Pallbearers will be Wade Ivey, Forrest Withrow, Robby Ivey, Zachary Payne, Xion Withrow, Larry Chavers and Mark Chavers.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at



Mr. Kenneth Earl Moore, 52, of Brantley passed away Mon., Sept. 8, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be anounced by the Keahey Funeral Home.



Mr. Marvin Earl Capps, 37, of Brantley, passed away Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, at his residence.

Graveside services were held Wed., Sept. 10, at Stone Lake Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Capps of Mobile;
mother, Clara Mae Johnson of Red Level; son, Thomas Donald Beam Capps of Mobile;
brother, James Bass of Evergreen; and sister, Pamela Michelle Bass of Tallassee.



Mr. Nelson Heath Bush, 37, of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Sept. 3, 2014 in Birmingham.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 7, at the Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Meadows officiating.

Interment followed in Oakey Ridge Baptist Church Cemetary.

He is survived by his mother, Cathy Henley; maternal grandmother, Myrene Henley; uncle, Rickey Henley; cousins, Madelline Henley.

Pallbearers were Ralph Barefoot, Randy Barefoot, Clay Henley, Scott Hicks, Henry Kelley and Casey Shiver.



Jerry Parker “J.P.” Watson, 70, of El Campo, Texas, passed away Mon., Sept. 1, at his home after complications with pneumonia for which he had been recently hospitalized.

J.P. was born Dec. 20, 1943, in Andalusia, to Carmi Lou Grissett Watson and William Carnell Watson.

He grew up as one of eight children in Brooklyn. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1964 and was honorably discharged. He then attended college and graduated from the University of Alabama and forever more remained a loyal fan of Alabama football and the legendary Coach Bear Bryant.

In 1970, J.P. embarked on a new and exciting journey. He interviewed and was employed as a special agent for the FBI, United States Department of Justice, where he served for 30 years until retirement in 2000. During that time, he worked cases for 10 years, flew surveillance for 10 years, and ultimately returned to work cases for the last decade.

His first field office assignment was San Antonio, followed by several moves, including years out of the San Diego, Thomasville, Atlanta, and Mobile offices. J.P. was very proud of the FBI, the integrity of its agents and the bureau’s contributions to our nation and the safety of American families.

During his adult life, he was an avid bass fisherman, a hunter, an accomplished tennis player, a fun-loving horseman and trail ride participant, followed by later years when he enjoyed a change to saltwater fishing, camping and cookouts in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

More recent favorite pastimes included watching wildlife among the twisted oaks in his backyard, “rural road riding” to admire farmers and their crops growing in the rich soil of his newfound home, sharing stories and meals with friends at the Blessing American Legion, where he was proudly a member; and, of course, he never stopped arm-chair quarterbacking for Alabama football.

J.P. is survived by his wife, Charlotte Englund Watson; oldest son, Jeffery Parker, and wife, Frankie, of Charleston, S.C.; son Joshua Dale and wife, Mandy, parents of grandchildren Grace and Cooper, residing in Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Jamie Lee, and husband, Frank Kerr, parents of newborn grandson Anderson, of Charleston, S.C.; stepson Hunter, and wife, Jamie, of Peoria, Ariz., parents of step-grandchildren Hailey, Hannah and Hunter; and stepson Lance, father of step-grandsons Houston and Chance, of Canton, Miss.

He is further survived by oldest brother Charles Watson and wife, Shirley; brother Curtis and wife, Jean; sister Shirley Watson Case and husband, Joel; sister Nancy Watson Barrs; sister Susie Watson; sisters-in-law Jerrie Watson, Carol Watson and Norma Englund Joslin; brother-in-law Charles “Chip” Joslin; Donna Watson, mother of his children; his very dear Alabama “camp talk” and trail riding friend, C. R. Pate; and many nieces, nephews, good friends and extended family.

JP was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Carmi Lou Grissett Watson; father, William Carnell Watson; brothers, Donnie Hugh and Billy Glen Watson; first grandchild, Joshua Davis Watson; mother-in-law, Helen “Scottie” Englund, and father-in-law, Norman Englund.

A memorial service and celebration of J.P.’s Life will be held Oct.18 at First Lutheran Church, El Campo.

Notes of condolence may be left for the family by email to or by sharing memories and thoughts at the address below.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to offset final expenses and to establish a scholarship fund in his honor may be sent to J. P. Watson Memorial Fund, PO Box 868, El Campo, Texas 77437.

The J. Parker Watson Scholarship is being established to assist young person(s) pursuing a career in law enforcement, a worthy tribute to this patriotic man.