Obituaries for Tues., May 5, 2015

Published 7:36 pm Monday, May 4, 2015


Robert Eugene Linder, 88, died Sat., May 2, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Thurs., May 7, 2015, at Foreman Brown-service Funeral Home with Brother Herb Carlisle officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m.

0505 Linder picDuring World War II, Linder was drafted (at age 18) into military service with the U.S. Army. At the time of his draft, he was a student at Samson, Alabama High School. He began active service with the Army on July 18, 1944. After completing basic artillery training in Camp Roberts, Calif., he was assigned to Service Battery, 757 Field Artillery Battalion. His Battery was stationed in Queson City, outside of Manila, Philippines. (He spent his 19th birthday in the Philippines.) He was assigned as an ammunition handler. He moved ammunition from an ammunition dump near the harbor in Manila to his firing batteries several miles north of Manila. He was discharged from the Army in October 1946.

He enrolled at Troy State Teacher’s College (now Troy University) in December 1948. Then, he transferred to Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). On May 31, 1952, he graduated from AU with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. As a result of his ROTC training at Auburn, he was placed on orders to go to Korea. In Korea, he served in the Army as an executive officer of Headquarters Battery, 623 Field Artillery Battalion. He served in this capacity until he was rotated back to the states. He was discharged from the Army in late 1953 at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

While employed in Geneva, he enlisted in 1957 as an army officer in the Alabama National Guard. He served in the Army National Guard in Geneva and Andalusia for several years. He then transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves. He retired from reserve service in 1974 at the rank of major. His military service spanned at retirement — 20 plus years, with full military privileges.

He and his family moved to Andalusia in the fall of 1960 when he was employed as a Covington County Farm Agent with Auburn University Extension Service. To enhance his agricultural education background, he completed his master’s degree, plus 30 additional graduate semester credit hours in agriculture from Auburn University. He retired from the Covington County AU Extension Service as a county agent coordinator in 1987 with 27 plus years of employment. His local community service included over 50 years membership in the Andalusia Civitan Club and over 50 years membership with the Andalusia First Baptist Church. His post-retirement involvement included work on his farm and seasonal employment as a field representative of the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service.

He was married for 62 years to Barbara Ann Northcutt Linder. They were the parents of two lovely daughters, Elaine Annette Linder and Victoria Jean Linder.

Mr. Linder was preceded in death by his parents, Irving Veron and Eula Mae Owens Linder; five brothers, Johnie Holland Linder, William Roland Linder, General Webster Linder, Marvin Veron Linder and Lee Edward Linder; three sisters, Rosalee Linder Zuberer, Sarah Ellen Linda Moore and Evelyn Mae Linder Herring. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elaine Linder and Victoria L. and Mike Coleman; and two grandsons, Wesley Garret Coleman and Andrew David Coleman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.


Mr. Willie Derrell Hammett, 72, of Dozier, passed away Fri., May 1, 2015, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Mon., May 4, 2015, from Dozier Baptist Church. Brothers Jerry Hogwood and Eugene Meadows officiated. Interment followed in Macedonia Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Hammett of Dozier; sons and daughters-in-law, Greg and Lisa Hammett of Dozier, and Mark and Traci Hammett of Andalusia; grandchildren, Zach (Kelly) Hammett, Caleb Hammett, Ty Hammett and Zayne Hammett; great-grandchild, Masen Hammett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Glenda Hammett of Rose Hill, Johnny Hammett of Dozier and Mickey and Donna Hammett of Tanner; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Wayne Sasser of Montgomery, Hazel and Glen Kimbro of Dozier, and Sandra and Larry Hudson of Brantley.

Pallbearers (nephews) included, Chris Hammett, Richard Hammett, Matthew Hudson, Donnie Sasser, Larry Sasser and Kevin Hammett.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the Dozier Baptist Church Youth Group.

Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at


Mr. Arlie Benson Tomlin, 94, of Andalusia, passed away on Sat., May 2, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Wed., May 6, 2015, from West Highland Baptist Church with interment following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby G. Tomlin of Andalusia; daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda T. Morris of Andalusia, Sandra and Keith Maddox of Andalusia, Jo Ann and Wayne Knox of Andalusia, and Robbin and Jay Glaser of Mobile; grandchildren, April Holland, Bethany Chance, Ben Chance, Jodie (Mark) Moody, Jayson Knox and Fran (Justin) Faircloth; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Betty Tomlin of Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Giles and Rebecca Tomlin of Spanish Fort; and sister, Bonnie Hill Impecoven of Winter Haven, Fla.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.H. and Pearl Pitts Tomlin; brothers, Herbert Shirley Tomlin and Jack Tomlin; and sisters, Agnes May, Susie Bennett and Annette Jeffcoat.

Visitation will be today, Tues., May 5, 2015, at Foreman Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

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