Obituaries for Thurs., Jan. 8, 2015

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2015


0108-Kirkland-obitMr. Ralph Kirkland passed away peacefully at his home in Ramer on his 90th birthday, Mon., Jan. 5, 2015. Family and friends surrounded him.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Ralph was born in 1925 in Ruston, La. He served in World War II as a Navy pilot. After graduating from LSU, he moved with Sannie, Scott and Jamie to Andalusia, where he resided from 1955-1975. He then moved to Pensacola, Fla., and married Ann Bell Smith in 1977. He and Ann remained in the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze area until 2009 when they moved to Ramer. Ralph retired from Anderson Chemical Company in 1984. At that time, he became an avid sailor and fisherman spending many hours out on the inter-costal waterway near his home on Soundside Drive in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Mr. Kirkland is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Ralph Kirkland of Santa Fe, N.M.; sisters, Geraldine Meyers and Marjorie Blackwood, both of Baton Rouge, La.; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Hoke and Gina Smith of Millbrook; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Betsy and John Herring of Sellers; grandchild, Kate Mullen of Charlotte, N.C.; nephews, Kirk Blackwood of Baton Rouge, Keith Blackwood of Orlando, Fla., and John (Sue) Kirkland of Shreveport, La.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Ann Torbert Kirkland in 1976; his son, Scott Q. Kirkland in 2006; and his late wife, Ann Bell Smith Kirkland, in 2014.

The family would like to give a special thank you to his caregivers Kitty, Angela, Delores and Lashawnda.

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Mrs. Willie Merle Arnold, 84, formerly of Andalusia, died Mon., Dec. 5, 2015, in Crestview, Fla., at her residence.

Funeral services for Mrs. Arnold will be held on Sat., Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Harold Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery in Conecuh County.

Mrs. Arnold is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald E. and Maria Arnold of El Paso, Texas; daughter, Brenda Arnold of Crestview; brother, Dennis Teate of Lexington, Ky.; sisters, Evelyn Smith of Andalusia and Melba Joyce Hagan of Ga.; grandchildren, Mafus W. Smith, Kayla M. Ibaugh, Stephanie D. Arnold and Bryan E. Arnold; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Fri., Jan. 9, at Foreman Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

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



Mr. Marion Andrew “Andy” Umbarger, 65, of Andalusia, died Thurs., Dec. 25, 2014, in the Noland Hospital in Dothan.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Mon., Dec. 29, from Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery. Mike Wilcox officiated.

Andy is survived by his wife, Sharon Powell Umbarger; daughters, Dawn Umbarger (Dennis) Cole and Beverly (John D. “Sport”) Morrow; brother, Jerry Wayne Umbarger; and grandchildren, Grayson, Nathan and Brady Cole.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jarvis Eugene Umbarger and Mary Oleta Moore Umbarger; and brother, Jarvis Eugene “Butch” Umbarger.