Obituaries for Tues., March 15, 2016

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Joyce Wilder Law

Joyce Wilder Law, 81, passed away March 13, 2016, at the Andalusia Regional Hospital.

She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 47 years, William Law; daughters Ellen Law of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Allison Law Griffin of Montgomery; a cousin in Andalusia, Polly Wilder Waits, and her husband, Sidney; as well as several cousins and in-laws.

She was born in Andalusia to Tracey Bangs Wilder and Inez Moye Wilder, and went to Church Street School and Andalusia High School. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Andalusia, where she was a volunteer on several committees over the years and a member of several Sunday school groups.

After high school, she went to Auburn University, where she was a charter member of Auburn’s chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority. An only child, she cherished the sisterhood among her Tri-Delt sisters and maintained those relationships all her life. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secretarial science in 1957, and her love for Auburn and the Auburn spirit was lifelong.

She inherited a sharp mind for business from her father, for whom she worked during college, and after college she worked as a secretary for Chemstrand in Pensacola, Fla. Later, she came back to Andalusia to work for the Department of Pensions and Security, which is now the Department of Human Resources. She developed a lifelong love for helping people and being involved in the community; she later volunteered for several years with the American Red Cross.

She created treasured friendships as a member of a ladies’ bridge group for more than 50 years. Like her mother, she loved Atlanta Braves baseball (in the good years and the bad), and watching Auburn football. She passed on her love for pets and animals to her daughters, whom she loved dearly.

To honor that love of animals, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Humane Society of the United States or a local animal welfare group, or to a charity of your choice.

The visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Wed., March 16, at Foreman Brown Service Funeral Home, 1516 Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway, Andalusia, AL 36420, with the service at 2 p.m. Graveside service will begin immediately after at Magnolia Cemetery.


William Wendle Mitchell

William Wendle Mitchell of Somersworth, N.H., died Jan. 25, 2016, at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

He was born Oct. 1, 1932, in Covington County, Ala., to the late Dennis and Lucine (Floyd) Mitchell.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ann Mitchell of Portsmouth, N.H.; his parents, William and Lucine Mitchell; his brothers, Hascil, Pascil, and Willis; and his sisters, Jurl Schofield, and Agnes Free.

He is survived by his children, Mary Mitchell of Somersworth, N.H., Patrick (Cheryl) Mitchell of Fort Walton Beach, Maureen (Erich) Schwab of San Antonio, Texas, and Kathleen (Craig) Cram of Somersworth N.H.; his grandchildren, Michael, Brianna, Aaron, Nicole and C.J.; several great-grandchildren; his brother, Haverd (Jeanine) Mitchell of Tallassee, Ala.; his sisters, Katherine Thomas and Joyce and Robert Lynch of River Falls, Al. and many nieces and nephews.

Wendle served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, giving his family a chance to travel all over the world. After retiring, he still served his country by working for a civilian company at Incirlik Air Force Base Turkey as Super Intendent of the Motorpool for several years before retiring back in New England.

We will always remember our father as a kind and generous man with a big heart who sacrificed his wants so we could have an amazing life overseas and in New England. Even in retirement he gave and gave. He can now spend eternity with his brothers and Big Daddy, swapping stories at the big fishing hole in the sky where striper, bass and catfish all swim simultaneously and harmoniously together.

Thank you, Aunt Joyce and Uncle Bob, for your continuous care and support with Dad.


Celeste Whittle Meadows

Mrs. Celeste Whittle Meadows, 91, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., March 12, 2016, at her son’s residence in Milton, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Mon., March 14, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Larry Stewart, Brother Dale Patterson and Brother Leroy Cole officiating, interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael H. and Belinda Meadows of Milton, Tommy R. and Anne Meadows of Bay St. Louis, Miss., Phillip W. and Alison Meadows of Pensacola; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra C. and Doug Smith of Pensacola, and Janice E. and Bill McDavid of Tuscaloosa; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Pallbearers will be Michael H. Meadows, Tommy Meadows, Phillip Meadows, Michael R. Meadows, Doug Meadows, Jason Perry, and Brandon Meadows.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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