Obituaries for Fri., Feb. 20, 2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 20, 2015

James Edward McCurley Sr.

Mr. James Edward McCurley Sr., age 70, of Opp, died Wed., Feb. 18, 2015, in Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, from Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel with military graveside services following in Blue Springs Cemetery. Randy Breedlove will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until service time.

Mr. McCurely is survived by his wife, Diann McCurley; sons, Jimmy (Tonya) McCurley, Chance (Melissa) McCurley, and Lee (Misty) McCurley; daughter, Dixie McCurley; brothers, Robert (Carolyn) McCurley and Paul (Shirley) McCurley; sisters, Pat (Robert) Curry, and Faye (Jim Paul) Smithart; father-in-law and step-mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Thomas; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russie Lee McCurley and Mozelle Glisson McCurley; and brother, Richard McCurley.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made to Crossover Ministry.

Wyatt Funeral Home of Opp, AL is in charge of all arrangements. Those unable to attend may sign the guestbook online at

Katherine Elizabeth Hartley

Katherine Elizabeth Hartley, age 82, of Pensacola and formerly of Andalusia, passed away Wed., Feb. 18, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, at the Keahey Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow in the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Ronald Perdue (Charlotte), of Mobile; daughter, Barbara Wise of Pensacola; grandchildren, Christy Hermance (Paul) of Pensacola, Chastity Helms (David) of Andalusia, Danny Wise (Victoria), Pensacola, Kevin Perdue of Lilburn, Ga., Robin Volpara (Gianni) of Pensacola, Christopher Perdue (Angelique) of Mobile, and Lauren Fay Perdue of Mobile; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 Lamar Loyd “Frog” Gunter

Mr. Lamar Loyd “Frog” Gunter, age 78 of Andalusia died on Wed., Feb. 18, 2015, in Andalusia Manor. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Feb. 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. from Carolina Baptist Church with Brother Billy Boles officiating.

Mr. Gunter is survived by his sister, Linda Sue Kilburn of Andalusia; nephews, Guy Howell of Kansas, Rex Howell of Andalusia, Richard Howell of Andalusia, Kenny (Annie) Howell of Red Level, Walter (Earline) Howell of Andalusia, and Charlie (Melody) Howell of Andalusia; numerous great nieces and nephews; and special family friends, Rhett (April) Harrelson and Ricky (Amanda) Harrelson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ferrell Gunter; mother, Jewel Gunter Stone; brothers, Maynard Gunter, Walker Wade Gunter, and Lynn H. Gunter; sister, Emma Jean Howell; and niece, Pamela K. Howell.

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Megan Leigh Kelley

Miss Megan Leigh Kelley, age 19, of Andalusia, passed away Mon., Feb. 16, 2015, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today, Fri., Feb. 20, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Andalusia. The Rev. Josh Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends 5 -8 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Andalusia.

Megan was a gracious and kind daughter, sister, and friend to many. Born and reared in Andalusia, Megan had the astounding capacity to enjoy some of the simpler things that life has to offer: fishing, spending time with friends, watching football, and listening to country music. If anyone were to describe Megan to you they would have to comment on her glowing, infectious smile and sweet, joyful personality.

When Megan was diagnosed with cancer in July of 2013, she was about to begin her senior year of high school. The next year and a half would prove to be the most difficult experience her or her family had ever experienced. Despite the circumstances, Megan, or Maymay as she was known to friends and family, held tight to her faith in Christ. The inner joy and peace she received from God never ceased to flow from her, even in the darkest of times.

She will be remembered as grateful, kind, loving, and compassionate. Some words of advice she would like to offer are, “Be kind to everyone because you never know what they are going through.”

Survivors include her parents, Keith and Donna Nichols Kelley of Andalusia; her brother, Michael Kelley of Nashville; grandparents, Margaret Nichols of Gadsden, Ala., and Reidar and Gayle Opgaard of Newton, Ala.; great-grandmother, Lena Bell Morgan of Andalusia; uncles, Mike (Michelle) Nichols of Rome, Ga., and Bo Nichols of Gadsden; an aunt, Amy Simpson of Dothan; and numerous cousins.

Flowers will be accepted or contributions can be made to the Covington County Cancer Freeze and Meredith’s Miracles.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Nichols, Bo Nichols, Mike Nichols, Justin Walker, John Reid McGlamory and Reidar Opgaard. Honorary pallbearers will be the Andalusia High School Class of 2014.


Clemmie Allen Odom

Mrs. Clemmie Allen Odom, 91, of Andalusia, passed away Mon., Feb. 16, 2015, at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Thurs., Feb. 19, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Durwood Cleland officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McKenzie.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 18, at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her brother, Watson D. Allen of Toledo, Ohio; her sister, Hillmer Lee Allen of Phenix City, Ala; three nieces, Robyn Hendrix, Linda Keen and Karen Lasiter; and her nephews, Wayne Jackson, Nathan Jackson, Michael Jackson, James Allen and Junior Allen; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lorenza Odom.

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