Obituaries for Thurs., March 3, 2016

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2016

Florell Hester Bates

Mrs. Florell Hester Bates, age 89, of Andalusia passed away at her residence on March 2, 2016.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM Fri., March 4, at Pigeon Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. prior to services at Foreman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bates is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Diane Bates Branum and Lisa B. and Kelly Veasey all of Andalusia; grandchildren, Shane (Lynn) Branum of Greenville, Nikki (Cory) McKinney of Opp, Luke (Johnna Spann) Branum of Hacoda, Ala., Hannah (Will) Bumpers of Andalusia, and Andrew Veasey of Andalusia; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sister-in-law, Don and Sharlene Hester and Roy Hester all of Mobile; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Vernon and Mattie Gorum Hester; husband, Herbert Bates; daughter, Leisha Faye Bates; 4 sisters; and two brothers.

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Anna Louise Jenkins Bryars

Funeral services for Anna Louise Jenkins Bryars , 82, of Montgomery, Ala., and formerly of Andalusia will be held on Sat., March 5, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the chapel of Keahey Funeral Home, in Andalusia. The Rev. Ken Daniel will officiate. Burial will follow in the Stone Lake Gardens Cemetery in Andalusia. The family will receive friends on Fri., March 4, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Keahey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bryars passed away on March 1, 2016, at Capitol Hill Health Care in Montgomery. She was born on April 4, 1933, in Lucedale, Miss., to John Jefferson Jenkins and Martha Brunette Moody Jenkins.

She loved to sing in her church choir at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Andalusia and had a beautiful alto voice. She was an ardent Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed many hours watching her favorite player, Chipper Jones. Anna was a wonderful cook with her specialty being pound cakes. She was also a talented hairdresser, seamstress, and an employee of J.C. Penney for many years in Andalusia. She loved to dance and to laugh. Anna was devoted to her parents, siblings, husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, John A. Bryars ( Yvonne ) of Clanton, Ala., Linda Bryars Connell of Clanton, Ala., Gary G. Bryars (Sandra) of Alexander City, Ala., and Teri L. Bryars Short (Jerry) of Montgomery; grandchildren, John G. Bryars (Claudia) of Birmingham, Tara H. Wizorek (Dave) of Prattville, Scott Short of Montgomery, Gavin Short of Charlotte, N.C., Walter Maisel of Seattle, and Anna Louise Kelley of Clanton; great-grandchildren, Abigail Bryars, Katherine Bryars, and Ellington Bryars of Birmingham, Carter Wizorek and Rob Wizorek of Prattville, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Jefferson Jenkins and Martha Brunette Moody Jenkins; her husband of 50 years, Walter Farish Bryars; and brothers, A.D. Jenkins, John Jenkins, and sisters, Bonnie Jenkins and Faye Jenkins Tillman.

The family is accepting flowers or memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Andalusia.


Robert Charles Reid

Robert “Bob” Reid went home to heaven in his sleep on Feb. 22, 2016, at the Applewood Living Center in Longmont, Colo. He was 84. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, Korean War and Cuban Crisis veteran, attorney, cat-lover and member of his local Southern Baptist Church. He always stood for justice and defended human rights.

Bob was born on Nov. 12, 1931, in Birmingham to Edward Francis and Gladys (Mathew) Reid. He graduated from Andalusia High School in 1949, and joined the Air Force. He was honorably discharged after four years. Bob attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI), and went to undergraduate and law school at the University of Alabama where he graduated with his law degree in 1959. He joined the National Guard in Andalusia when he returned to practice law and was called into active duty during the Cuban crisis.

In 1963 he married Joan Elizabeth Wishum in Andalusia. He began raising his family in Alexandria, Va., while working in Washington D.C. where he was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, then moved with his family to Denver where he worked for the General Counsel Office for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He later moved back to Alabama before returning to Colorado when he moved to Longmont for his final 10 years.

Bob was of the Southern Baptist faith; and was very fond of his grandkids and two cats.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lucy Deil in 1989; and his son, David Reid (Tara) in 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; his sons, Phillip (Susanne) Reid and Michael (Becky) Reid; his daughter, Jules Reid; his daughter in-law, Tara Reid; his grandchildren, Jane Marie, Heather, Hannah, Joy, Sonshe, and Millie; and his sister, Gatra Mallard.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on March 5 at Trinity Baptist Church in Longmont. Additionally, a graveside service will be held in Andalusia at the family plot at a later date, to be announced. Memorial contributions can be made to Reid Family via paypal account ( Visit to share condolences.