Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 30, 2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 30, 2014

William Mallard Jr.

William Mallard Jr., 87, died Tues., Dec. 27, 2014.

1230-Mallard,-William-obit-He was born May 28, 1927, in New York City, and spent most of his adult life as a professor of church history at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta. When he retired in 2000 after 43 years, he was the longest-serving faculty member in Candler’s history, a mark that still stands.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Gatra; his brother, Cole; his children, Reid, Winn and Rob; his daughters-in-law Alison and Karen; his grandchildren, Charlie, Chapman, Bo, Edison and Elena Gatra; his brother-in-law, Bob Reid and wife Joan; his sister-in-law, Kathy; and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Bill and Gatra’s cherished congregation at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church will celebrate his life on Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. A graveside service, also on Jan. 3, will be at Westview Cemetery at 11 a.m. Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322.

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Billy W. Grimes

Billy W. Grimes, 78, of Mobile, died Sun., Dec. 28, 2014, at his residence.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wed., Dec.31, from Good News Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be one-hour prior to services in the church.

Billy was a retiree of Teledyne Continental Motors in Mobile, as well as a retired sergeant with the Army National Guard.

Mr. Grimes is survived by his three children, Rene Williams, Matthew W. Grimes and Myron Grimes, all of Mobile; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Driver Grimes.

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J. Marlon Brewer

J. Marlon Brewer, 81, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Dec. 25, 2014, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Sun., Dec. 28, 2014, in Carolina Baptist Church with Brother Billy Boles officiating. Interment followed in Carolina Cemetery.

Mr. Brewer retired as a sergeant in the Alabama Bureau of Investigation after many years of service. He then served the community with Brewer’s Custom Welding.

Anyone that knew him was aware of his love of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Mr. Brewer is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Faron and Cecelia Brewer of Spanish Fort, and Jesse and Angie Brewer of Andalusia; daughter and son-in-law, Marla Brewer and Garry St. Jean of Andalusia; grandchildren, Joy Brewer-Antoine (Jason), Jessica Brewer Archer (Justin), Jay Marlon Brewer and Cayla Brewer.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce C. Brewer.

Pallbearers included Jay Brewer, Justin Archer, Jason Antoine, Mark Phillips, Robert Phillips and Ronnie Powell.

The family will accept flowers, or donations may be made to Andalusia Animal Shelter.

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David Comer “Dick” Bowen

David Comer “Dick” Bowen, 90, of Andalusia, died Wed., Dec. 24, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Dec. 27, 2014, at Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment followed in Stone Lake Cemetery.

Dick, as he was lovingly called, loved life. He loved baseball, hunting, fishing, water sports, motorcycles, Gantt Lake, music (most any kind) and he always had a story to tell about his interests. He also loved people and had many good memories. He loved Alabama football.

He was in military service, but his passion in life was always law enforcement. He spent many years serving on the River Falls Police Department, Dozier Police Department, Covington County Sheriff’s Department, and served longest with the Andalusia Police Department, from which he retired. He was very interesting to sit and talk with and will certainly be missed by family, friends, and neighbors, whom he loved.

Mr. Bowen is survived by his wife, Vivian Stricklin Bowen of Andalusia; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Bernice Bowen of Milton, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Neva Bowen of Pensacola, Fla. and Druscilla Feachen of Andalusia; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Laqueeta Stricklin of Brewton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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James “Van” Garvin

James “Van” Garvin, 87, of Andalusia, died Wed., Dec. 24, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Mon., Dec. 29, 2014, in Cedar Grove Church of Christ with Brother David Allred officiating.

Mr. Garvin is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Norma G. and Earl Allred of Kingston, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Linda Garvin of Gulf Shores and Jerry and Kitty Garvin of Ellerslie, Ga.; sisters and brother-in-law, Belma McNeill of Montgomery and Myrtle and Bud Walker of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of choice.

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