Obituaries for Fri., Oct. 7, 2016

Published 12:04 am Friday, October 7, 2016

James Lafate Odom

Mr. James Lafate Odom, 96, of Andalusia, passed away Thursday, October 06, 2016 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, October 07, 2016 at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Durwood Cleland officiating.

He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Starr Odom of Andalusia; grandchildren, Kris (Tara) Odom, Jamie (Keri) Odom, Jeffery (Samantha) Odom, and Holly (Levi) Odom Nichols; and 10 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by a son, James L. Odom, Jr., and wife of 70 years, Jeanette Odom.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to be made to Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 20932 County Road 70, Andalusia, AL 36421.

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Mrs. Beatrice Williams Eiland, 93, formerly of Andalusia, passed away Tues., Oct. 4, 2016, at her residence in Hartselle, Ala.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with Brother Monroe Sasser, her long-time pastor, officiating. There will be gospel singing during the service with interment to follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rose Hill. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

Beatrice, or Bea or Aunt Bea, was born in Covington County on Nov. 25, 1922, to Elafair and Jack Wesley Williams. She was born in the middle of 13 children, of which she was the only one left. Bea loved music, especially gospel. She took guitar lessons when she was in her late 80s ,and enjoyed playing around on her fiddle. She was a great cook, and everyone loved her delicious ‘cathead’ biscuits. It was a rite of passage for the Williams’ nieces to take biscuit lessons from Aunt Bea, and if you were able to make them as good, you were one in a million. She loved flowers and always planted a bed of zinnias whenever she could. She passed her love of cooking and gardening on to her three daughters. Bea had the gift of making plenty of friends, she never met a stranger, and she had a wonderful sense of humor. Her favorite saying was ‘glory.’

Bea was preceded in death by her 12 siblings; husbands, Malcolm Marler and James Eiland; and her grandson, Tim Sanders. She is leaving behind her daughters, Sarah (Bill) Sanders of Olar, S.C., Francie Pate (Rick Bronaugh) of Hartselle, Ala., and Sylvia (Scott) Fight of Gantt; grandchildren, Clay (Carolyn) Sanders, Olar, S.C., Haley (Brian) Capps of Andalusia, Andrea (Josh) Walker of Daphne, Ala.; and five great-grandchildren.

Flowers will be accepted.

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Mr. Ray Bush, 45, of Andalusia, passed away unexpectedly Mon., Oct. 3, in a Dothan hospital.

A celebration of life service and funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Fri., Oct. 7, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral celebrant Kymberly C. Keahey will share a eulogy, and other family members will participate. Visitation was Thursday at Keahey Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in the New Home Methodist Church cemetery in Georgiana with Keahey Funeral Home of Andalusia directing.

Survivors include his step-father, Billy Ray Weaver of Andalusia; brother, Billy Don Weaver of Andalusia; sister, Lynn Bush of McKenzie; nieces and nephews, Brittany Tolbert, Holly Raines, Tanner Weaver, Brendon Weaver, Cayleb and Caylee Weaver and Farrah Weaver. Loving aunts and uncles, cousins and many friends also grieve his untimely passing.

Serving as active pallbearers are his Alabama friends, Adam Raines, Chris Weaver, Andrew Thompson, Dee Loveless, Paul Blackwell, Larry Watson and Donnie Weaver. Honorary pallbearer is his Auburn friend, Paul Blackwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Ray Bush, Sr and Brenda Joy Taylor Weaver.

He loved music and after his health declined, he spent many hours listening to music on YouTube, Prior to his health declining, he had worked in landscaping and dreamed of having his own landscaping business one day. He was described by his family as kind hearted, always making people laugh and sometimes a little stubborn. He would give anyone the “shirt off his back” and was a huge Alabama fan. Roll Tide!