Obituaries for Sat., Oct. 29, 2016

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

Howard E. Calhoun

Mr. Howard E. Calhoun, age 75 of Opp passed away Thurs., Oct. 27, 2016, in the Opp hospital.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Sat., Nov. 5, at the West County Line Baptist Church in Opp. The Rev. Jerry Elmore will officiate. Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart is entrusted with arrangements.

He is survived by brothers, Harold Calhoun of Kinston and Orell Calhoun, of Opp; a sister, Margie Sullivan of Auburn; sisters-in-law, Mary Calhoun and Barbara Calhoun.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Calhoun and Dallie Harding Calhoun, siblings, Mozell Wood, Leon Calhoun, Eugene Calhoun.


Irving “Don” Bullard,

Mary Ellen Bullard

Mr. Irving “Don” Bullard, age 82, and his wife, Mrs. Mary Ellen Bullard, age 78, both of Opp, passed away Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

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


Mamie Rose Morgan Chisum

Mrs. Mamie Rose Morgan Chisum, 74, of Andalusia, passed away Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, in Pace, Fla., after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her immediate family.

A memorial service will be held at Foreman Brown Funeral Home in Andalusia on Sat., Nov. 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.

She was born in Andalusia, and graduated from Red Level High School in 1961. She was of Baptist Faith. She was a homemaker most of her life and in later years she devoted her time to the charitable organization, Meredith’s Miracles, Inc. in Andalusia.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 40 years, Roy Parker Chisum; parents, Marvin Bishop and Mamie Lee Morgan; and brothers, Durwood Morgan and Marvin Glenn Morgan.

She is survived by her two daughters Angela Chisum Blackburn (Mike) of Pace, Fla.; Natalia Chisum Foster (Buddy) of Red Level; son, Christopher Roy Chisum of Milton, Fla.; and grandson, Nicholas Miller White of Andalusia; and seven step-grandchildren, Michael (Lisa) Blackburn of Tallahassee, Fla., Leigh Diamond of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Beth Ann (Josh) Marky of Crestview, Fal., Sam Blackburn of Pace, Fal.; and Lane, Payton & Ansley Foster of Opp.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Meredith’s Miracles, Inc. PO BOX 2032, Andalusia, AL 36420-1234 or Waterfront Rescue Mission of Pensacola, 380 West Herman Street Pensacola, FL 32505 in honor of Mamie’s charity work.


Murray Jackson


Murray Jackson Findley, after an illness of several months, passed away in a Las Vegas hospital on May 16, 2016.

Survivors include his wife, Clara; daughter, Lara; son, Steve; brother, Gerald Findley and wife; sister, Merle Findley Bass; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.M. and Bernice Jackson Findley, and a son, Stuart.

Murray had many friends in Las Vegas and Andalusia and was well thought of by all who knew him.

Murray graduated from Andalusia High School and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. After his service, he returned home and attended Troy State College and graduated from Jackson State College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree.

After working at Alatex for several years, he moved to Atlanta and worked for Hallmark Cards before moving to Las Vegas, where he entered the hospitality industry. He was a driving force in that industry. He owned two companies, Sobel-Westex and Coast Draperies. After many years, he sold Coast Draperies to Hunter Douglas Corporation and Sobel-Westex to another company, but continued to work with them for five years before retiring.

He was a charter member of the Andalusia High School Class of ’48 Foundation, and served as investment chairman. He also was the first to fund the Foundation’s study abroad scholarships. He wanted others to benefit from the experience of studying abroad – particularly at Cambridge University – that he had had.

He was recognized with the Andalusia High School Outstanding Graduate award.

The following poem is one that he penned, and which reflects his life. It was printed in the program used at his private memorial service on May 20, 2016, in Las Vegas.


Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and grey dawn breaking.


I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.


I must go down to the seas again, the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;


And all I ask is a merry yard from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and sweet dream when the long trick’s over.