Obituaries for Fri., May 22, 2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 22, 2015


Mr. Hiram Morgan Lambert, 87, passed away on Wed., May 20, 2015, at his residence in Red Level.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Sat., May 23, 2015, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Boles officiating. Interment will follow in Fairmount Cemetery.

Visitation will be today, Fri., May 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

Hiram is survived by his wife, Annie Laura Lambert of Red Level; son, Lehn Lambert of Red Level; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Billy Liles of Red Level; grandchildren, Wesley Liles of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Savannah Liles (Shane) Betterton of Dothan; and sister, Faye Hammac of Atmore.

Family and friends unable to attend may sign a guest register at



Mrs. Allyn Hamner Brown went to be with the Lord on Wed., May 20, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Fri., May 22, 2015, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is the former Allyn Stewart Hamner of Andalusia, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Columbus Hamner. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James Raymond “Jimmy” Brown.

Allyn is survived by her daughters, Janie Webb, Virginia Brown and Julia Ashdown; grandchildren, Jimmy Snow, Elizabeth Bryant, Jake Taylor Ashdown and Emily Ashdown; and great-granddaughters, Ava Grace and Maleah Bryant.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory to either Warrington United Methodist Church, 301 E. Winthrop Ave., Pensacola, FL 32507, or Highlands United Methodist Church, 1045 20th Street S., Birmingham, AL 35205.



Mr. Percy Clayton Bates Jr., 84, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., May 20, 2015, at his residence.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. tomorrow, Sat., May 23, 2015, at Mr. Bates’ residence located at 201 Camellia Ave., Andalusia, AL 36420.

A private memorial service will be held at a later time.

Keahey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include sons, Don Bates of Birmingham and Brian (Amy) Bates of Birmingham; daughter, Teresa (Paul) Brackins of Andalusia; grandchildren, Joshua Blackmon and Chase Griggs; and great-grandchildren, Jillian Blackmon and Dominick Blackmon.



Myrtle Speed Buitt, 92, of Andalusia, died May 19, 2015. Myrtle was born to Luther Monroe Speed and Lillie Estelle Speed in McComb, Miss., on July 16, 1922, and was the third of 16 children. By nature of this rank, she helped raise her siblings and was always a helper and caretaker. She valued her family, and for many years returned to attend the large family reunions each summer in Mississippi.

Myrtle graduated from high school in Magnolia, Miss., and went on to graduate from business school at Saint Mary’s of the Pines. Born of the generation where it was uncommon for women to work outside the home, she had a full life as wife and mother of five children, as well as a business career. Her employment began with a W.P.A. office job, and marriage to James Buitt. Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile was next and she ended her career in Austin, Texas, with the I.R.S. In addition to being an avid reader, Myrtle found time to sew and make clothes for her children and grandchildren.

Upon retirement, Myrtle moved to Andalusia near her daughter, Judy Bryant, a kindergarten teacher, and volunteered in the school for 15 years.

Myrtle spent her lifetime loving and caring for her children, grandchildren and friends. Surviving are her daughter, Judith (William) Bryant of Andalusia; sons, David Jerome Buitt of Andalusia and James Stephen (Mary) Buitt of Elizabeth, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five siblings. Preceding her in death were two daughters, Janis Elizabeth Fix and Donna Janeen Felch.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Sat., May 23, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Children’s Home, P.O. Drawer 577, Talladega, AL 35161.



On May 6 in the year of our Lord, 2015, Myra Nell Cravey Mickelson passed at Florala Health and Rehab.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1921, to Chester A. and Edna Robinson Cravey in Covington County.

Myra was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marion Mickelson; brothers, James Cravey and Junior Cravey; and brothers-in-law, Curt Suggs and Ted Bergeron.

She is survived by sons, Arthur Mickelson and spouse, Marjorie of Apopka, Fla.; Roger Mickelson and spouse, Wanda of Savannah, Ga.; daughter, Diane Mickelson Mock and spouse, Von of Boynton Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dr. Tjode Mickelson, and Neal and Sarah Mock; sister, Edna Earle Suggs of Apopka; sister-in-law, Birdella Bergeron of Gainesville, Fla.; along with loving nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Covington County High School, Myra attended business school in Montgomery. She then took a job in Washington, D.C., with the Navy Department as an assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and managing Coast Guard personnel around the globe.

After marrying her husband in 1943, they lived in Austin, Texas, where he attended flight school. She was very active in the role as an officer’s wife and helped many other wives at each of their duty stations.

She has traveled around the world and saw much of the United States before returning to her home in Florala in 1967.

She was a lifetime member of New Hope Baptist Church, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, various book clubs, the Florala Garden Club, active in the Republican Party, a substitute teacher for many years, a skilled gardener, seamstress and cook. Graveside services were held on Mon., May 18, 2015, at New Hope Cemetery with the Rev. J.T. Davis officiating.



Mrs. Nell Boatwright, 83, of Panama City Beach, Fla., passed away in her home on May 6, 2015.

The family held an intimate family remembrance ceremony at the Boatwright’s home in Panama City Beach on May 16.

Nell was born in Walnut Hill, Fla. on Sept. 29, 1931, and lived in Andalusia for much of her life with her husband, Jesse Tolbert “JT” Boatwright.

Nell is survived by a brother, Leon (Donna) Stewart of Atmore; daughter, Vickie Boatwright of Andalusia; son, Stuart “Bud” (Dinah) Boatwright of Panama City Beach; son, Doug (Kandy) Boatwright of Beaumont, Texas; daughter, Suzette (Tommy) Jannett of Mountain Brook; grandchildren, Amy Rodriguez of Panama City Beach, Kyle (Christina) Boatwright of Panama City Beach, Maggie (Chad) Smith of the Straughn Community, Mary Jannett of Birmingham, Margaret (Jason) Wilson of Birmingham, Todd Boatwright of Beaumont, Richard Jannett of Auburn, and Wes (Abbie) Boatwright of Panama City Beach; great-grandchildren, Spencer Rodriquez, Austin Smith, Avery Smith, Gavin Boatwright, Steelman Boatwright, Flik Wilson, Alexi Odom, Rinley Boatwright and Mollie Boatwright.

Nell was interred along side her husband, JT, in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, NAS Pensacola or to NAS Pensacola, P.O. Box 33135, Pensacola, FL 32508.

Heritage Shores Funeral Home of Panama City was in charge of the body.