Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 19, 2015

Published 12:05 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lester Earl Green Sr.

Lester Earl Green Sr., 52, of the Rose Hill Community, passed away at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Sat., Aug. 8, 2015.

He is survived by his son, Lester Earl Green Jr. of Florida; daughter, Elizabeth Green of Andalusia; daughter, Laura Green of Andalusia; son, Patrick Green of Andalusia; daughter, Christina Green of Andalusia; and daughter, Jessica Green of Andalusia.

Survivors include his mother, Ida B. Green; two brothers, Shelby (Jean) Green and Frank (Sandy) Green; four sisters, Sandy (Perry) Hudson, Claudia (Bob) Reed, Shirley Hall, and Patricia (Wayne) Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Burie F. Green, and brother, Coy (Gale) Green.

Lester fought a courageous battle for five months against cancer. His spirit was strong, loving and positive throughout his journey. He will be dearly missed by many family members and close friends. A celebration of life memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to hospice or the Cancer Society.



Ms. Ethel Meisels, age 95, of Baker, Fla., passed away Mon., Aug. 17, 2015, at her caregiver’s residence in Andalusia. She was accompanied by her daughter, Vickey Tiel, and close friends.

Ethel Kipnes was born in Hudson N.Y., the Hudson that has become today one of the hangouts of the New York City arts community. Her father owned Hudson’s only soda pop factory, producing creme soda and root beer in pale green bottles with Kipnes Bottling Hudson in giant relief across the top.

Ethel lived on Fairview Avenue in a house on a hill overlooking the picturesque mountain town. She had big dreams to become a fashion designer in New York. Her mother sewed most of her dresses and Ethel bought all the fashion magazines in the 1930s and learned to sketch and eventually sew her own dresses. World War II put and end to her fashion dreams and she moved to Washington to work as a secretary for the war department.

There, she met and fell in love with a handsome Russian, David Tiel. He was a man with his own dream to become an architect and a builder of homes in the Maryland suburbs. They married, had a daughter, Vicky, and divorced when ultra-conservative David discovered his wife had a secret passion for expensive shoes.

Very slim, a chic beauty and always fashionable, Ethel had no trouble finding husband number two, a top government official. Together they moved with teenage Vicky, to leafy Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Ethel had the perfect 1950s housewife, life-of-country clubs, Cadillacs, and backyard pools. Ethel could not play the housewife for very long. After a few months, she signed up for fine art school at American University, and after graduating in 1956, began a 55-year career of painting in oil and sketching in pen and ink, in large notebooks as she traveled the world with her international tax man, Milton Meisels.

In 1975 Ethel Kipnes had a one-woman’s art show in the Avanti Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The sellout success was enough for Ethel to continue to believe in her gifts and to continue oil painting. Her paintings were mostly figures, often on very large canvas, and yet she never had another show, as her paintings were her “babies.” She could not part with a single one.

Every few years Ethel flew to France to visit her daughter who became the fashion designer, (Vicky Tiel) the Parisien couturier of her mother’s dreams. There Ethel painted in her daughter’s top floor studio in Normandy. Often mother and daughter painted side by side, in the converted grenier of Vicky’s sixteenth century mill house near Giverny.

In Normandy, in the 1970s and the 1980s, Ethel was inspired by Monet, Matisse and Bonnard, and her canvases changed with their new broad strokes and more vibrant colors that were inspired by the French Fauve movement. Her previous darker oil paintings of the 1950s had evolved into the bright earthen tones by the 1980s as she grew in confidence and happiness from her years in France, close to the homes of her idols.

She had her first art show at 92 in 2012 at LAAC in Andalusia, Ala., and was a member of the National Association of Women’s Artists, showing four times in New York at Po Kim gallery on Layfayette Street and Nawa on Fifth Avenue.

The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home on Thursday evening being at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held 10:15 a.m., Friday at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.


Martha Pearl Posey

Mrs. Martha Pearl Posey, 90, of Red Level, passed away Tues., Aug. 18, 2015, in the Andalusia Manor Nursing facility.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 20, at Fairmount Baptist Church with the Rev. John Bell and the Rev. Billy Boles officiating, interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 19, at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Marvin Odom of Red Level; her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Betty Posey of Blountstown, Fla.; five grandchildren, Mark Odom, Elizabeth Ann (Ben) Sims, Andrew (Haley) Odom, Shannon Posey, and Melissa (Paul) Cessna; seven great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Era and Dennis Barrentine of Dunnellon, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Estelle Salter of Pensacola, Fla.

Pallbearers will be Mark Odom, Shannon Posey, Paul Cessna, Nicholas Cessna, Donnie Griggs, and Rex Henderson.

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


Marvin Clarence Brand

Mr. Marvin Clarence Brand, Jr., 87, of the Heath community, passed away Tues., Aug. 18, 2015, in the Andalusia Hospital.

He was a Korean War veteran, serving two tours in Japan. In 1949, he married Virada Hornsby. The couple moved to Andalusia in 1956 when he accepted a teaching position at Straughn School. He taught vocational agriculture and was an FFA Chapter advisor for 36 years.

Marvin attended Southern Union Junior College and Auburn University where he received both his bachelor and masters degree in agricultural education.

He also served as a lay minister to two churches, including New Home Congregational Church in River Falls. He also served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years and dedicated his life to encourage and serve others in Jesus Christ.

Mr. Brand volunteered at Sav-a-life, the Red Cross Chapter and many community and church organizations. He was also a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church. He received many awards and honors for excellence in education and was presented with Auburn University’s Instructors Award, and placed on the University’s wall of honor.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thurs., August 20, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with Ministers Charles Melvin, Monroe Sasser, and Woody Clark officiating the service. The interment will follow in the church cemetery with Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 5:30 – 8 p.m.Wed., Aug. 19, at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Laverness Brand; daughter, Carole Brand of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Ladetra and Kurt LeRoy of Andalusia, Gina and Brad Moreman of Brandon, Miss.; five-great grandchildren, Brandon LeRoy, Alyssa LeRoy, Addie Moreman, Lucy Moreman, and Jacob Moreman; four brothers, Edward Brand of North Carolina, Billy Brand of Alex City, Ala., Jack Brand of Wadley, Ala., and Tom Brand of Illinois; his sisters, Polly Bernard of Charleston, S.C. and Annette Carden of Wadley, Ala.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Virada; parents, Marcin C. Brand, Sr., mothers, Jewel and Rhoda Mae; brothers, Bobby, Charles, and Jesse Brand; and sister, Marjorie.

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


Raymond Lee Patterson

Raymond Lee Patterson, Sr., 69, of Red Level, passed away Thurs., Aug. 13, 2015, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Mon., Aug. 17, at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in South Church of God Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Patterson of Red Level; son, Raymond Lee Patterson, Jr. of Red Level; daughter, Cynthia Rodgers of Red Level; grandchildren, Seirra Patterson, Jacob Rodgers, Ryan Patterson, and Johnny Rodgers; and sisters and brother-in-law, Patricia and Calvin Hall and Peggy Morris all of Jay, Fla.

Pallbearers were Tyler Pate, Shane Mitchell, Billy Thompson, Harold Halford, Matthew Ziglar and Stephen Mitchell

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