Obituaries for Fri., Sept. 16, 2016

Published 2:30 am Friday, September 16, 2016

Katherine Mitchell Thomas

Mrs. Katherine Mitchell Thomas, age 90, of Andalusia passed away Thurs., Sept. 15, 2016 at her residence.

She was a long time employee of Alatex until retirement, as was her husband, William Thomas. She was a kind and loving person whose passing will leave a void in our lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas; her parents, William Dennis and Lucine Floyd Mitchell; brothers, Pete Mitchell, Willis Mitchell, Wendell Mitchell, and Hascal Mitchell; and sisters, Agnes Mitchell Free and Jurl Mitchell Scofield.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Carol Thomas, Andalusia; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Ryan and Beverly Thomas; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Courtney Thomas Bybee and Tim; great-grandchildren, Bevan Thomas, Reagan Thomas, Thomas Clark and Kaitlyn Bybee; a brother and sister-in-law, Haverd and Jeanine Mitchell of Tallassee; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce Mitchell Lynch and Bob, of River Falls; one very special sitter, who has been a God-send in assisting her during her illness and death, Pam Watson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Sat., Sept. 17, at River Falls Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to River Falls Baptist Church. Interment will follow at River Falls Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home directing.


Sylvia Clark

Mrs. Sylvia Clark of Covington County passed away Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, in Savannah, Ga.

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


Billy W. Andrews

Mr. Billy W. Andrews, 72, of Rose Hill, passed away Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral services for Mr. Andrews will be at 2 p.m. Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, at Macedonia Methodist Church in Rose Hill. Visitation will be from 1-2 at the church and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Ella Andrews of Rose Hill; a sister and brother-in-law, Dottie Williams (Donnie) of Rose Hill; his niece, Leigh Parker (Waylon) of Rose Hill; four great-nieces and nephews, Tyree Anderson, Tyler Anderson, Christian Parker, and Skylar Parker; and two special friends, Earl McBride and Roger Moody.

Mr. Andrews was preceded in death by his father, Walter Andrews and niece, Donita Williams.


Sheryl Dianna Salter Cook

Ms. Sheryl Dianna Salter Cook, age 40, of Andalusia passed away Tues., Sept. 13, at her residence.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m., Fri., Sept. 16, of Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen. A brother-in-law, Chris Bowman, will provide the eulogy. Keahey Funeral Home will officiate.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Crosby, Robert Harper, Christopher Bowman, Curtis Bowman, James Salter, III, and Shannon Salter.

Survivors include her mother, Sharon Harper Salter of Evergreen; sons, Billy Joe “Trey” Cook III and Madison Lane “Matt” Cook, both of Andalusia; brother, James Curtis Salter III of Evergreen; sisters, Sharon Lorraine Bush, Donna Jeanne Bowman, and Sharon Latrell Castleberry, all of Andalusia; and a step-sister, Tonya Tarie Pipkin.


Michael Gordon Windham

On Sept. 12, 2016, Michael Gordon Windham ended his life’s journey at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. , at the age of 70. Mike, also known as El Tigre to his international friends, was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Andalusia, to the late Eleanor Stone Windham and Roy M. Windham. He graduated from Andalusia High School and went on to attend Auburn University where he graduated in 1968 with a degree in textile management. His 43-year career in textiles began at Riegel Textile Company in Trion, Ga., and ended when he retired from American Cotton Growers in Littlefield, Texas, in 2011. He also worked at Thomaston Mills, Burlington Industries, and Denim North America over the course of his employment. Mike enjoyed his job, especially the creative aspects and travel, and embraced his time in Central America where he made lifelong friends and copious amounts of “pretty fair” denim.

Everything he did, he did with integrity, intelligence, creativity, and diligence. He believed in doing things the right way which afforded brilliant and meaningful results, from his work in denim to his art and photography, and he downplayed them all. He was the most dependable person most of us will ever meet. He loved his family and friends above all else and managed to find goodness in everyone he met. He truly enjoyed people, connecting with them and sharing experiences. If you were lucky enough to be adopted into his ever-growing family to become an “honorary Windham,” you would find yourself the recipient of all sorts of treasures, from Priester’s pecans to his very own ginger cookies to complementary Delta blankets.

Mike was a baker, collector, photographer, teacher, manager, father, husband, and adoring grandfather. He loved Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles, salt-water fishing, music and literature, and was a fierce Jeopardy contender. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to make others laugh. His grandchildren were a constant source of wonder and amazement to him. His was a life well-lived, and he was a model of selflessness and sacrifice to those he loved.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his best friend and wife of 49 years, Becky Ray Windham of Snoqualmie, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law Gray and Stephanie Windham of Griffin, Ga.; daughter Elise Windham of Lubbock, Texas, daughter and son-in-law Emily Windham and Ryan Bindert of Snoqualmie, Wash.; granddaughters Graysen and Katherine Bindert of Snoqualmie, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law Alan and Kathy Windham of Andalusia; and mother-in-law Charlotte Ray of Andalusia. He also leaves behind other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be planned for family and friends at a later date.

Any donations may be made to the Andalusia Public Library, your hometown library, or the charity of your choice.