Obituaries for Wed., Oct. 8, 2014

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Mrs. Fairye Carpenter Wise, 95, of Andalusia, died on Mon., Oct. 6, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., Oct. 10, at 3 p.m., from the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia. The Rev. Timothy Trent will officiate. Interment will be in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Gail Wise Savage and Thomas W. Savage of Andalusia; two grandchildren, Kathryn Carty and Lonnie Mixon of Mobile, and Jennifer Carty and Chris McHargue of Fayetteville, N.C.; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher Gerhart, Lauren E. Chodkiewicz, Alexander Chodkiewicz, Hunter Berryhill and Alexis McHargue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Bertha Sellers Carpenter of McKenzie; her husband of 53 years, Saxon Lee Wise; and her son, Mark Saxon Wise.

Pallbearers will be Richard Jones, Chet Thrash, Ivan Bishop, Ben Bowden, John Croft and Bill Patton.

Mrs. Wise was born and reared in McKenzie and graduated from high school there. She then attended the University of Montevallo, then Iowa State where she received her masters degree in early childhood development. After moving to Andalusia with her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Wise owned and operated Wise Tractor Company for several years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church for 58 years and served her church in various roles during her lifetime. She was also a member of the Cynosure Club. Mrs. Wise enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America. After her son’s death in 1980, Mrs. Wise and her husband were very active in the building of the Mark Saxon Wise Scout Hut in Andalusia. Mrs. Wise also enjoyed many activities such as traveling extensively, square dancing, reading, attending elderhostels and camp retreats with her church. Mrs. Wise also served on the board of the Andalusia Public Library for several years.

The body will lie in state at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Foreman Funeral Home and also at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Andalusia, the Boy Scout Hut c/o the First United Methodist Church, or the Andalusia Public Library.

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



Ms. Mary Jeneatte Carpenter, 81, of Red Level, passed away on Sun., Oct. 5, 2014.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. today, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. V. J. Godwin officiating.

Burial will follow in Welcome Cemetery, Red Level, with Johnson Funeral Home directing.

A gathering of friends was held Tues., Oct. 7.

Her survivors include daughters, Joyce Stinson of Red Level, Sue Morgan of Georgiana, Lynn Carpenter of Red Level, Joann Carpenter of Eufaula; sons, Mike Morgan of McKenzie and Mark Morgan of Luverne; brother, Don Stanley of Douglasville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at



Ms. Connie Lynn Qualls, 40, passed away on Sun., Oct. 5, 2014, at her residence.

A graveside service will be held today at 10 a.m., in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Randall Jackson, the Rev. Dennis Knowles and the Rev. Roger Grandstaff will be officiating.

Family received friends Tues., Oct. 7, in the Keahey Funeral Home Chapel.

Ms. Qualls is survived by her mother, Patricia Ann Biggs Qualls of Opp; brother, Jeffery Dewayne (Misty Christine) Qualls of Opp; sisters, Kimberly Dawn (Ollie) Chatham of Opp; Melissa Gale (Charlie Joe) Johnson of Opp; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Ann Biggs of Andalusia; aunts and uncles, Pat Burckhauter, Nancy Bedsole, Windell (Deb) Qualls, Chris Biggs, Darlene Korpolewski, Cindy (Wade) Garett, Gale (Randall) Jackson and Tajawanna (Donnie) Carnley; and nieces and nephews, Paige Johnson, Courtney Chatham, Naomi Qualls, Trey Johnson, C.J. Johnson, Cody Chatham, Levi Qualls, Chase Qualls and Walker Qualls.

Ms. Qualls was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Wayne Qualls.



Mrs. Christine S. Barbaree, 79, of Andalusia, passed away on Sun., Oct. 5, 2014.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 9, from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Elmore officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana directing.

Mrs. Barbaree was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur Stinson, O.B. King and William Barbaree; parents, Virgil and Gladys Faulk Smith; and brothers, Phillip Smith, Cleveland Smith and V. J. Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan (Clifford) Sowell and Stella (Vince) Vinson of Andalusia, and Sarah (Mark) Harris of Winston Salem, N.C.; sons, Marvin (Dot) Stinson of Chatom, and Clifton Stinson of Andalusia; sisters, Marie Lee of Chapman, Barbara (Sam) Horsey of Castleberry, Mary Lou (Wayne) Thames of Evergreen, and Ruby Bender of Selma; grandchildren, Joshua (Mandy) Sowell of Headland, Jacob (Heather) Sowell of Andalusia, Joseph (Corey) Sowell of Andalusia, Mary Katherine Harris of Winston Salem, N.C., Sehrrie (Jason) Elmore of Andalusia, April (Rhett) Harrelson of Andalusia, Justin (Candace) Vinson of Andalusia, J.C. Stinson of Niceville, Fla., Timi Feagin of Jackson, Timothy Chandler of Chatom, Tara Matlock of Chatom, Penny Broome of Adrian, Mich., and Robin Randell of Hugo, Okla.; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A gathering of family and friends will be today from 6-8 p.m.

Online condolences can be made at



Mrs. Sara “Sally” Speller Carter, 87, formerly of Andalusia, died Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, in Texas.

A graveside service for Mrs. Carter was held, Tues., Oct. 7, from Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Bro. Herb Carlisle officiating.

Mrs. Carter was a school teacher in the Andalusia area for more than 35 years and also taught the Mildred Heart Adult 1 Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church for 40-plus years.

Mrs. Carter is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester Wilford “Bill” Carter and Hayward O’Neal.

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



Mrs. Barbara Catherine Blackwell, 73, of Andalusia, died Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, in a Crestview nursing home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Blackwell were held Tues., Oct. 7, at 11 a.m., from Carolina Baptist Church. Interment followed in Carolina Cemetery.

Mrs. Blackwell is survived by her husband, Charles Blackwell; daughters and son-in-law, Tammy and Jimmy Cox of Andalusia, Cindy Blackwell of Andalusia and Jeannie Beverly of McKenzie; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Crawley of Tallahassee, Fla.; and sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ron Ellis of Calvary, Ga.

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




Dr. Marion “Buster” Pepper Jr., 89, of Pensacola, passed away Fri., Sept. 26, 2014.

Dr. Pepper served his country in the United States Navy as a bombardier. He was a member of Gadsden Street United Methodist Church. He was a chemist at St. Regis Paper Company, then Proctor and Gamble and later Sessions Peanut Company. He published several articles in trade magazines and worked with neurosurgeons to put plates in individuals’ heads.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marion B. Pepper, Sr. and Carmen Pepper; aunts, Mary Ellis Pepper and Clara Cornwell; uncle, Dr. Marvin Pepper; and a first cousin who was closer than a brother to Buster, Zemp Cornwell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Pat Pepper; his former wife, Dorothy Scanlen; children, Zemp Pepper (Anna), Doreen Pepper, Nancy Pepper and Kathryn Nielson; and grandchildren, Martin Nielson, Laura Emory Neilson, Kimberly Pepper and Mercedes Pepper.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Bob Noland, Marvin Cornwell, Rhett Anderson, Doug Sorrells, Kelly Norris, Garry Brooks, Rick Phillips and Dennis Sorrells. Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Bradley, Derick Sorrells, Jason Patrick, Larry Foshee, Ronny McNesby, Marc Sandlin, Glenn Kendrick, Brothers of East Hill Lodge #310, Eastern Star #253 and #9 and ARC Gateway Residents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society or ARC Gateway in Marion’s memory.

Visitation will be held on Thurs., Oct. 9, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with funeral services following at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Ellisor officiating. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Pkwy, is entrusted with arrangements. You may express your condolences online at