Obituaries for Thurs., Sept. 25

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2014


Mrs. Diane Bush Little, 60, of the Carolina Community, died Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Fri., Sept. 26, at Oakey Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Douglas officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery with Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Marie Bush; and a brother, Hiram Bush.

Mrs. Little is survived by her husband, David Little of Carolina Community; son Wesley Douglas (Krista) Cross of Andalusia; daughters, Penny Cross (Jonathon) Broome of Adrian, Mich., Robin Cross (Richard) Randell of Hugo, Okla.; step-daughter, Tonya Little (Clete) Pelham of Andalusia, 10 grandchildren; one great grandchild; brothers, Billy (Ruth) Bush and Charles (Cathryn) Bush of Pensacola, Fla., Joe (Kaye) Bush and Wayne (Carmen) Bush of Andalusia; sisters, Margaret Beasley and Rose Hutchinson of Pensacola, Fla., Sybil (Claud) Phelps of Ponchatoula, La., Louise (LaVaughn) Smith of Satsuma, Alice (Steve) Toohill of Pensacola, Fla. and Vivian (Carl) Douglass of Andalusia.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Nestle, Kenley Brooks, Joshua Douglass, Christopher Bush, Waylon Bush and Caleb Geohagan. Honorary Pallbearer will be Shawn Geohagan.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Foreman’s and 30 minutes prior to services at the church.



Mrs. Doreen Ann Cobb, 53, of New Brockton, passed away Sat., Sept. 20, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m., in the Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Canant will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Bethel Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include her son, Bobbie (Vickie) Watson of Andalusia; daughter, Ashley (Lee) Brewster of New Brockton; brother, Dean Lawson of Andalusia; sister, Nancy (Jeff) Herring of Daleville; and grandchildren, Brock Watson, Trenton Watson, Sierra Watson, Tiyler Watson, Erica Brewster, Katilynn Watson and Wesley Watson.

Mrs. Cobb was preceded in death by her father, L.D. Lawson; mother, Susan Lawson; husband, Walter A. Cobb; and brother Dougy Lawson.




Mrs. Carol Stokes Boyington passed away Sept. 14, 2014. She was born Sept. 24, 1946, in Muscogee, Fla., the second child and first daughter of Omer N


. Stokes and Lois Inez Dunlap Stokes.

Carol married John Ashord Boyington on March 4, 1961, at the age of 14.

In 1965, the Boyingtons bought the “Big House,” the old, 14-room boarding house, by the Florala City School. Many weddings were held there. At times they gave rooms to their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

With little education and a small family to take care of, she enrolled in

Douglas MacArthur for her GED and started taking basic accounting classes at Lurleen B Wallace. This class was needed to become chief financial officer of her husband’s growing logging company. After completing those classes, she enrolled a second time at Douglas MacArthur, and earned her diploma in cosmetology.

In September 1976, the love of her life of 15 years died of a massive heart attack, leaving her a widow with three small children at the early age of 30 years.

The family joined Lockhart Baptist Church, where they were active.

She then worked as a seamstress, making cheerleading outfits for the area cheering squads. She also made curtains, pageant, and bridesmaids’ dresses, church baptismal curtains, and also made costumes for the different seasons for church plays.

She worked at Bill’s Dollar Store, Tom Thumb, and helped Robert Schofield with a little resale shop.

She then turned her interest to playing softball. She joined the women’s softball team, The Florala Merchants, and she was the pitcher. They were state champs in 1978 and 1980. She also played on the church league team from 1977-1984. During this time, she married Fred David Commander on Feb. 20, 1981, and began working at Amoco Industries on the C-Shift from 1985 – 1990. She encouraged the management to start a company co-ed

softball team, which still plays. She played on the C-Shift team and they won the championship three seasons in a row. Carol had the game balls from those games.

In 1989, she opened up her own business, “Carol’s Bent and Dent,” and ran it until 1992. She also had a passion for arranging flowers and helped both Dorothy Holder and Martha Henderson in their shops.

When her grandchildren were born, she concentrated on them and did sewing work from her home. She enjoyed growing her own garden and flowers.

She followed her family to Andalusia in 1999, but her heart was always in Florala. She has/had several close friends that were called the Golden Girls; Peggy Hinson, JoAnne Paul, Sandra Schofield, Martha Henderson, Marth

a Waldrop, Sandra Fowler, and Sue Mathis. She deeply loved all of them.

She had a love for God, and her final years were spent, as she called it, “catching fish,” and bringing them to Pastor Frankie McVay for him “to clean.”

She leaves behind three children, Randy, Dr. Roger (Suzanne Zorn) Boyington and Tracie (Keith Pittman); six grandchildren, Sarah, Ashford, Libby, and Aubrey Boyington and Amber and Brian Thomas; six grea

t-grandchildren (Sarah) Elijah, Brianna Boyington, Micah Parrish (Libby)

, Sallie Jayne, Timothy II, and Andrew Cochran; a brother, Charles R Stokes (Sandra Allen); sister, Shirley (Terry Tew); brother, Paul Surrey Jr. (Teresa Boyington); and sister, Cindy Surrey Stovall Cook.

Funeral services for Carol Stokes Boyington were held Sept, 20, 2014, from Evans Funeral Home with Glen Peters and Frankie McVay officiating. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

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