Obituaries for Wed., April 20, 2016

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Emma Brooks Copeland

Mrs. Emma Brooks Copeland, 78, of Andalusia, passed away Tues., April 19, 2016, at her daughter’s residence.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thurs., April 21, at Hopewell Baptist Church with interment in Hopewell Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hopewell Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Herbert Brown of Greenville; a son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Melissa Copeland of the Red Oak community, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; other survivors will be announced.


Dora Mae Nelson

Mrs. Dora Mae Nelson, age 43, of Red Level passed away Fri., April 15, 2016, at her residence.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sat., April 23, 2016, in the Conecuh Baptist Church. The Rev. Randal Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. Keahey Funeral Home will direct.

Survivors include her husband, Oliver Mason Nelson, Jr.; mother, Dorthy Ann Zaenger of Andalusia; sons, Billy Joe Ammons of Red Level, Kevin Nelson of Brewton, Charley Nelson of Brewtons, and Joseph Nelson of Brewton; daughters, Christy Tucker of Andalusia and Hope Estis of Andalusia; brothers, Joe Jones of Andalusia and Casey Jones of Andalusia; and six grandchildren.


Henry Lomax Cassady

Henry Lomax Cassady passed away on April 17, 2016, at his home in Daphne, Ala. Mr. Cassady grew up in Andalusia, one of seven siblings reared by his mother, Cora Belle Cassady, an Alatex millworker and union organizer.

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A graduate of the Andalusia High School Class of 1957, Mr. Cassady married his high school sweetheart and surviving spouse, Patricia Powell Cassady, who hailed from an extended family full of lawyers. The couple lived in Sopchoppy, Fla., while Mr. Cassady attended college at Florida State University. After graduating with a bachelor of science in business, Mr. Cassady worked for Johns Manville in Meridian, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn.

In 1971, Mr. Cassady moved to Evergreen, because he wanted to return to his roots and own his own business. Mr. Cassady lived in Evergreen, Alabama for 30 years, working as an independent insurance agent. However, Mr. Cassady’s true vocation and passion lay in public service. He served for eight years on the Evergreen City Council and then served three terms as mayor. He is the only person ever elected mayor of Evergreen for three successive terms.

At the age of 62, Mr. Cassady retired with his wife to his Bay House home on Mobile Bay. Mr. and Ms. Cassady were both members of the Episcopal Church in Evergreen, then the Unitarian Church in Fairhope. Mr. Cassady is survived by his son, Max Cassady, and his daughter-in-law, Utopia Cassady, both lawyers practicing in Evergreen and Mobile, Ala.; by their children and his dear grandchildren, Harper and Walt Cassady; by his daughter, Charlotte Cassady, a lawyer in Seattle, Wash., and her wife, Sima Teherani-Ami; by his beloved wife of 55 years, Patricia Powell Cassady; his sister, Christine Teal of Andalusia; and brother-in-law, Abner R. Powell III of Andalusia.

Mr. Cassady was first and foremost a good person. In a family composed largely of contentious lawyers, he was a peacemaker. As mayor, Mr. Cassady acted with integrity and honesty, regardless of public opinion. Mr. Cassady loved animals, children, and the outdoors: his children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces will forever treasure memories of float trips on the Buffalo and Sepulga rivers; cutting trails through the woods behind the family home in Evergreen; loving gifts of pet goats, raccoons, squirrels, and other exotic Alabama wildlife; and weekends spent building treehouses, going for drives down country backroads, and being cheered on in athletic events.

In a universe where the only thing we really have is love, Mr. Cassady had plenty of it to give, and gave it readily and forgivingly. His presence will be sorely missed. And, last but not least, on April 17, 2016, at 4:30 p.m, Hillary Clinton lost a vote.


Vernon Cecil Ingram

Mr. Vernon Cecil Ingram, 94, of Red Level, passed away Sun., April 17, 2016, in the Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wed., April 20, from Oakey Streak Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Carpenter and the Rev. Tyler Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services.

Mr. Ingram was a native of Red Level, and a 1941 graduate of Red Level High School. Upon graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps, serving in India for 33 months as an aircraft metal worker during World War II. He was discharged in 1945, but in 1948, he re-enlisted into the Air Force. During his career, he was stationed in Panama City, Fla., Boise, Idaho; Tripoli, Libya; Tampa, Fla.; Omaha, Neb.; Puerto Rico; and Altus, Okla. His service included World War II, as well as Korea, and Vietnam.

He retired to Red Level in 1969, and went to work at the Dixon Plywood Mill in River Falls, first as a member of the construction crew, and later as maintenance director for the mill. Later, he worked as a relief mail carrier.

He joined the Masons at Fairmont Lodge in Red Level and eventually became the headmaster; He later joined the Shriners of Covington County, and served as president in 2000. He also was involved in Scottish Rites, the VFW Post #4388, and the American Legion, Post #139.

He joined Oakey Streak Methodist Church in 1936, where he previously served as a trustee and chairman of the board.

In his later years, his hobbies were woodworking and volunteering at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Jewell Tipton of Newnan, Ga., Patty and Ruck Ashworth, Jennifer and Paul Rogers, all of Andalusia; a son-in-law, Billy Joe Sharpe of Red Level; nine grandchildren, Robert Tipton, Janet Tipton Elrod, David Ashworth, Joel Darby, Clay Darby, Laura K. Sharpe, Leanne Sharpe Stewart, C. P. Rogers, and Jud Rogers; seven great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Wilma Ingram of Red Level; two sisters, Eleanor Pitts of Red Level, Ernestine Miniard of Atmore; and a sister-in-law, Ruby Ingram of Red Level.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Ingram; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joan and Lloyd Darby and Debra Sharpe; and one brother, Lomax Ingram.

Pallbearers will be C. P. Rogers, Jud Rogers, Robert Tipton, David Ashworth, Joel Darby, and Clay Darby.

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


James Carl Turman

Rev. James Carl Turman, 72, of Red Level, passed away Mon., April 18, 2016, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wed., April 20, at the Andalusia Church of God (101 Adellum Drive, Andalusia). The family will receive friends from 1 -5:30 p.m. with the memorial service following at 6 p.m.

Rev. Turman’s interment will be Thurs., April 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the South Church of God.

A second Celebration of Life service will be held at Pathway Church, 7200 Moffett Rd., Mobile, Ala., on Friday evening, April 22, 2016, with the family receiving friends at 4 p.m. and a memorial service following at 6 p.m. Those wishing to sign Rev. Turman’s guestbook may do so at

He was born Jan. 28, 1944, in Andalusia, to James Vernon and Louise (Paulk) Turman. He served as ordained bishop and pastor of several Church of God churches in the Covington County area for 38 years.

He worked as a federal/state meat inspector for the Department of Agricultural Industries of Alabama for 28 years. Currently, he was serving Covington County as the District 4 county commissioner. Nothing pleased Mr. Turman more than serving people, and he was a tremendously giving individual. He believed strongly in Jesus Christ, and his faith was the reason he served so devotedly. He lived with a conviction that one person can make a difference in the world if they are willing to care enough to serve others.

On May 26, 1962, he married the love of his life Bobbie Morris Turman of Red Level. He enjoyed singing and making music and for many years sang with “Carl Turman and the Craig Brothers Gospel Bluegrass Band.” He then continued the tradition of music with his own family, “The Turman Family,” and currently singing and playing with “The Turman Bluegrass Gospel Band” while traveling all over the country making music for Jesus and donating all the proceeds to people battling cancer and other sicknesses, assisting people by meeting their needs.

He was preceded in death by his father, James V. Turman; mother, Louise Alred; and his sisters, Ellouise Horn and Betty Barcia.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Turman; sons, James Larry (Debbie) Turman of Andalusia, and Joseph C. “Joey” (Lee Ann) Turman of Mobile; five grandchildren, Troy (Carie) Turman of Andalusia, Leah Turman of Tuscaloosa, and Carlee, Cade, and Carston Turman of Mobile; three great-grandchildren Betsy, Ben, and Brock Turman of Andalusia; his sister, Wanda (Johnny) Authement of Pensacola; brothers, Terry Turman Orlando, Fla., and Ricky Turman of Milton; and many other relatives and friends.

In honor of his incredible heart to serve and assist people, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Saint Jude Hospital in his name.


Arthur J. Salter

Mr. Arthur J. Salter, age 68, of Andalusia, passed away on Sat., April 16, 2016.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Mon., April 18, at Foreman Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Boles officiating the service. Interment followed in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Salter of Andalusia; daughter and son-in-law, Wynette Salter Mitchell (Jason) of Andalusia; son and daughter-in-law, Steven Salter (Hope) of Andalusia; step-son, Zachery Odom of Andalusia; step-daughter and son-in-law Tiffany Patterson (Tyler) of Andalusia; sisters, Nell Williams of Pace, Fla., Jean Kirkland of Opp, and Dollie Polk of Jay, Fla; grandchildren, Mary Katherine Salter, Abbie Young, Payton Mitchell, Chandler Mitchell, Tyler Mitchell and Landon Nash.

Mr. Salter was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur J. Sr. and Grace Salter, two sisters and two brothers.