Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 31, 2016

Published 9:06 pm Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tessie Ree (Henderson) Lewis

Tessie Ree (Henderson) Lewis, age 96, of the Carolina Community went to be with her heavenly father on Mon., Aug. 29, surrounded by friends and family and caring staff of Andalusia Manor.

Born Sept. 13, 1919, in Covington County, Ala., to William Washington and Daisy Bell Henderson, she was the fifth of eight children born into a family unique in its love for each other. Survival on a 40-acre farm, for a family of 10, during the depths of the Depression, forged bonds between siblings that were unique and everlasting. The love she learned during those hard times has been shared with all who were fortunate to know her. It is not trivial to say “to know her was to love her.”

She was a special lady—the epitome of a person who had influence on many people, simply by living the life that she believed her God expected of her. She never sought recognition but had great influence on others by living her life as a Godly example.

Her life spanned from horse and buggy to man on the moon, the Great Depression, building Liberty Ships for WWII, first radio to satellite TV, to computers and cell phones; kerosene lamps to electrification, dirt roads to the interstate highway system, home remedies to open heart surgery to organ transplants.

Throughout her years she always had a gentle loving nature and a willingness to care for others more than herself. She always had one more seat at the supper table. She had compassion for those in need of help who came her way and a willingness to take strangers into her home and treat them like family. Her nature was to take on the pain of others without making obvious her own pain.

She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Bass; sons Kylan (Ann), Fred (Judy), Ron (Rosie), and Steve (Connie); and daughters Pam (Jeff) Snodgrass and Susan (Brise) Blackwell. She was blessed to be Grandmother to Stuart Lewis, Lisa Lewis Alonzo, Lori Lewis Ivy, Stephanie Lewis, Kylan Scott Lewis, Kalyn Lewis Keeney, Chad Lewis, Jeremy Lewis, Randi Lewis Tatsch, Stevie Lynn Lewis, Brent Van Wyck, Kasey Stuckey, Cody Farley, Justin Jones, Taylor Lewis, Trent Lewis, Dalton Lewis, and Katelynn Blackwell. She was “MeMa” Tessie to great-grandchildren, Kylan Hunter Lewis, Dawson Lewis, Will Lewis, Ashlyn Lewis, Spencer Lewis, Hudson Tatsch, Jude Tatsch, Madison Lewis, Mason Lewis, Makenna Lewis, Jake Lewis, Carsen Van Wyck, Graham Van Wyck, Jordan Davis, Tanner Stuckey, London Blackwell and Addie Blackwell, as well as great-great grandchildren Emma, Griffin and Weston Lewis. She is also survived by special family members Star Richardson and Janet Olsen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ford Lewis; parents, Will and Daisy; brothers, Archie, Harrold, and Bibb, and sisters, Willie May, Ethyl and Bertha.

Visitation will be at Foreman Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 31.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jason Thrower and the Rev. David Roy at the Andalusia First United Methodist Church on Thurs., Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. with graveside services to follow at Carolina Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity or church of your choice in her honor.

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Charles Clayton Hartin

Mr. Charles Clayton Hartin, 81, of Red Level, passed away Tues., Aug. 30, 2016, in the Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 1, from Pressly Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. P.J. McClung and Tom Lindsey officiating the service. Interment will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wed., Aug. 31, at Foreman Funeral Home. Mr. Hartin will also lie in state 30 minutes prior to services at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Jean K. Hartin of Red Level; son and daughter-in-law, David and Shirley Hartin of Chapel Hill, Tenn; daughters and son-in-law, Laura McArthur and Sandra and Ray Atkins all of Mexia, Ala.; six grandchildren, David (Amanda) Hartin II, Candace (Logan) Atkins, Brooke (Charlie) Waters, Amber (Ryan) Chastain, Jessica (Daniel) Philen, and Kayla Atkins; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty McLelland of Red Level; brother and sister-in-law, Byron and Faye Hartin of Red Level; special family members, Les and Sheri Walters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George Matthew and Ruby L. Hartin, and son-in-law, Jimmy McArthur.

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Ruby Diane Smith

Mrs. Ruby Diane Smith, 63, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Aug. 28, 2016, in the Opp hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Diane B. Everette officiating. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Rose Hill. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and John Clark of Andalusia; two brothers, Billy Smith of Andalusia and Michael Smith of Century, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Juni Smith of Andalusia; her nieces and nephews, Billy Smith, Jr., Michael “Bubba” Smith, Mandi (Dave) Morris, Griffin Smith, John Clark IV, Matthew (Shelli) Smith, Kellye (Kevin) Rodgers, and Justin (Tamara) Smith; nine great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ruby Smith, and her brother, Roger Dale Smith.

Pallbearers will be Griffin Smith, Matthew Smith, John Clark IV, Justin Clark, Dave Morris, and Kevin Rodgers.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the Macedonia Cemetery fund.

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Bertrum Terry Pierce

Mr. Bertrum Terry Pierce, 82, of Andalusia, passed away Fri., August 26, 2016, in a Dothan hospital.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sun., Aug. 28, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jim Walker officiating. Interment followed in River Falls Cemetery. Visitation was at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Pierce of Andalusia; three sons and daughter-in-law, Bert and Sherry Pierce of Mobile, Vince Pierce and Lane Pierce, both of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Connor Pierce, Jay Brabner, Sarah Brabner; and one sister, Lytress Allen Monticello, Miss.

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Reginald Herlon Cross

Mr. Reginald Herlon Cross, 69, of Red Level, passed away Sat., Aug. 27, 2016, at his residence.

obit - crossFuneral services were at 3 p.m. Mon., Aug. 29, at New Hope Independent Baptist Church in Red Level with interment to follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Jenni Pate of Andalusia, Annie and Kenny Howell of Red Level, Kay and Red Piper of Ozark, and Sue and Mickey Moore of Prattville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren with two on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Russell Cross and Ida Louise Spivey Cross, and a brother, Reagon Cross

Pallbearers were Tyler Mason, Braxton Moore, Zach Piper, Dusty Piper, Kyle Marlow, and J-Mack Danford.

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