Obituaries for Fri., March 4, 2016

Published 2:14 am Friday, March 4, 2016

Olivia Willhite

Mrs. Olivia Willhite, age 67, of Red Level passed away Thurs., March 3, 2016, at Flowers Hospital.

Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Keahey Funeral Home.


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 a.m. 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; four 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 Nichole 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.