Obituaries for Tues., Jan. 3, 2017

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Paskel D. “Pat” Norris

Mr. Paskel D. “Pat” Norris, 98, of the Red Oak community, passed away Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, at Florala Health and Rehab.

Pat was born Oct. 11, 1918, to Sam and Anna Laura Norris. He attended Blue Springs school in Covington County, Ala. Pat served in the U.S. Navy and became a welder by trade, retiring from Dorsey Trailers in Elba. Pat also served as a deacon at Red Oak Baptist Church for many years.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wed., Jan. 4, at Red Oak Baptist Church with Brother Larry Wise officiating. Interment will follow in Red Oak Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Pat was preceded in death by three sisters, Ada Taylor, Ethel Adams, and Irene Wiggins; by one brother, Clayton Norris; and by his first wife, Clio Bulger Norris and his second wife, Marise Holley Norris.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Elaine and Paul Mixson of the Red Oak community and Kathryn Dale of Weatherford, Texas; his grandchildren, Rob (Sara) Mixson, Lee (Kim) Mixson, Michael (Lori) Jones, Joe Cooper, Kimberly Cooper, Suzanne Horn, April Horn, Troy Horn, and Stephanie Horn; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Ruth Wise; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home.

Pallbearers will be Al Powell, Shannon Bulger, Terry Bulger, Mike Bess, Scott Jones, and Brent Maddox

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


Jacob Nolan Jones

Mr. Jacob Nolan Jones, 72, of Andalusia, passed away Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, in a hospital in Birmingham.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tues., Jan. 3, 2017, at Mt. Zion Methodist Church with Minister Dianne Everette officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Foreman Funeral Home and at the church 30 minutes prior to services. Masonic Rites will be administered at the graveside.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Jones of Andalusia; his children, Alan (Debbie) Jones of Vance, Ala., Rena (Huey Dewayne) Meeks of Andalusia, and Mark (Nesha) Jones of Birmingham; his grandchildren, Stephen Jones, Zakary Jones, Curt Chesser, Jacob Chesser, Peyton Meeks, Brannon Jones, Nolan Jones, Zack Meeks, Anna Bush, and two significant others, Emily Kessler and Dustin Hallmark; three great-grandchildren, Chloe Bush, Emma Bush, and Kayden Bush; and a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and John Boysen of Prattville.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Stephen Jones, Zackary Jones, Curt Chesser, Jacob Chesser, Peyton Meeks, Brannon Jones, and Nolan Jones

Family and friends unable to attend may sign an online registry at


Erma Nell Smith Qualls

Erma Nell Smith Qualls (Nell) passed away in her home in Crestview, Fla., on Sat., Dec. 31, 2016. She celebrated her 80th birthday on Dec. 23rd with family and friends.

She was the daughter of R. Harvey Smith and Erma Loyd Taylor Smith of the Straughn Community.

Nell is survived by her two sons, William Gregory Qualls and Russell Allen Qualls; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three sisters, Elaine Smith Carmichael, Marie Smith Ellison and Ramona Smith Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene Qualls; her daughter, Teresa Nancy Qualls; and two brothers, Isaac Eugene Smith and John Marvin Smith.

Services will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in the Straughn Community on Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, at 100 a.m. Her brother-in-law, Horace V. Franklin, will officiate.

There will be no visitation or graveside service.


Bernice Scott Clay

Bernice Scott Clay, 84, formerly of Elba, departed this life on Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, at Andalusia Manor.

Funeral services were held at Elba United Methodist Church on Mon., Jan. 2, with the Rev. Michael Lawler officiating. Committal services followed in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Bernice was born and reared in Hohenwald, Tenn., where she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Clay. After Jim graduated from UT dental school in Memphis, they made Alabama their home, moving to Elba in the early sixties. In 1999, she returned to Hohenwald to be close to her grandchildren and to spend more time at her beloved cabin on the Buffalo River.

Bernice will be remembered for her ability to bring a smile to all around her, for her love and protection of animals, and for the countless gallons of peanut brittle she made for others. In honor of Mrs. Clay’s love of animals, contributions may be made to the ASPCA at

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Clay Scott of Andalusia, Cherrie Clay Clark (Robert C. Wilkerson) of Franklin, Tenn., and Connie Clay Ashcraft (Pat) of Collierville, Tenn.; her son, James Louis Clay, Jr., Elba; grandson – Joshua Dorsey Scott (Ashley), Alabaster, Ala.; granddaughters, Kathryn Margaret Clark of Denver and Caroline Cardner Clark of Portland, Ore.; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Allie and Cohen Scott, all of Alabaster;

The Clay family would like to thank Andalusia Manor and SouthernCare Hospice caregivers for the care given to their mother.

Hayes Funeral Home of Elba was in charge of arrangements.