Obituaries for Tues., Dec. 1, 2015

Published 12:22 am Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Nancy Rose Conforti

Nancy Rose Conforti, age 102, of Andalusia, passed away peacefully at her home on Wed., Nov. 25, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, at 3 p.m. from Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Antony Pullukattu Xavier (Fr. Tony), pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Survivors include her children, Cynthia Schoedinger of Hialeah, Fla., Michael (Ellen) Conforti of Thomasville, Ga., and Janice Bracewell of Andalusia; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Louis Miele of Hudson, MA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic Conforti; two sisters, Rose Dello Cono and Josephine Nucci; and two sons-in-law, Joe Taylor Bracewell and Edward Schoedinger.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and great-grandsons, Alan Bracewell, Tim Bracewell, Victor Bracewell, Kenneth Bracewell, Chad Bracewell, and Justin Bracewell.

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Willie Mae Wells

Willie Mae Wells, age 92, took her heavenly flight on Tues., Nov. 24. She was surrounded by those she loved, as she saw the face of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Ms. Wells was born in Rutledge, Ala., May 11, 1923, to George Edward Stephens and Jessie Lee Clark Stephens. After moving to Covington County as a small child, she remained a resident there for all but one year of her life. Ms. Wells was well known for her sewing talent. She retired from the Singer Company in 1985, after 20 years of faithful service. Shortly after retirement, she opened her own business, Willie Mae’s Cut and Sew, and continued her love of sewing for nearly wo decades. In addition to her passion for sewing, Ms. Wells was known for her cooking skills and green thumb. She could grow anything. While her passions were dear to her, her deep love was for her children and grandchildren. Her most prized accomplishment in life was her title of mother. She was the most selfless mother a child could have. She put her children above self, always. She was a life member of Order of the Eastern Star and member of Southside Baptist Church.

Ms. Wells was preceded in death by her husband, Thurmon Wells; son, Harlon Wells; and grandchildren, Charlene and Stephen. She is survived by her daughter, Amelia Wells Klosowsky; beloved son-in-law, Richard Klosowsky; a brother, Robert Stephens; and son, Paul, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, two very special family members, Bellinda Wells, and niece, Shona Hall. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

A celebration of life service was held on Sun., Nov. 29, 2015, at 2 p.m. from the Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Gary Miller officiating. Interment followed in Stone Lake Cemetery. Visitation was in the chapel one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers were Gary Bajzik, Tim Stephens, Matt Stephens, nephews, Mark Harper, Larry Crosby (neighbor and friend), and Richard Klosowsky (son-in-law). There was music by Mrs. Vandalyn Maddox, pianist, and Elisha Kuhn, soloist. There also was a special time for sharing precious memories of Willie Mae Wells and her life during her celebration. The family asks for anyone who wishes to share a memory, to please do.

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Billy Gorum

Mr. Billy Gorum, age 73, of Red Level passed away Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, at the Andalusia Manor after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Tues., Dec. 1, at Keahey Funeral Home. The family received friends Monday night at the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Gorum of Red Level; daughter, Annette (Randy) Gorum Huckaba of Red Level; sisters, Ruby Law, Carol Watson and Jan (Jack) Lee; grandchildren, Austin Randall Huckaba and Alexandria Noel (James Lamar) Caine; great-grandchildren, Brayden Randall Huckaba Caine, Kiley Lynn Caine, Brennon Levi Caine, Cameryn Leah Caine and Austin Brooks Caine; and an honorary son, Timothy Hurst of Red Level.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Gorum, and his sister, Linda Covin.