Obituaries for Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marilyn Ruth Hill

Mrs. Marilyn Ruth Hill, age 86, of Andalusia, passed away Fri., Jan. 6, 2017 at Andalusia Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, from Foreman Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Thrower and the Rev. Billy Boles officiating. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband, E. Lister Hill of Andalusia; nephews, Mark Hill, Craig Hill, Chip Hill, Kenny Hill, Danny Posey, and Gary Posey; nieces, Melodee Hill Robinson, Sherril Bird, and Sandra Culp; numerous great nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bobby and Merle Hill of Montgomery; and a very special friend, Helen Pancake.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to the Education and Building Fund at the First Methodist Church.

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


Gwendolyn Cosby Pitts

Mrs. Gwendolyn Cosby Pitts was born on April 10, 1928, and passed away on Jan. 7, 2017, at a nursing home facility in Montgomery.

She was the daughter of the late Esther Jones Peacock of Gantt, and the late Ray Cosby of Troy. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Pitts of Andalusia, and her sister, Juanita Pitts of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Mrs. Pitts is survived by one daughter, Sheryl Pitts of Montgomery; one granddaughter, Kimberly Theus of Montgomery; two sisters, Marsha Cetti of Carollton, Ga., and Regina King of Peachtree City, Ga.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A private burial service was held on Mon., Jan. 9, at Coldwater Cemetery in Gantt.

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Ann Marie Davis Shaffer

Ann Marie Davis Shaffer was born Feb. 5, 1943, and died Jan. 6, 2017, at the age of 73. That was her lifespan, but the life that was lived between those two dates was more than most could hope for. She was Momma to four children, and Nana to 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. However, she was also “mom” to so many more. Her joy was infectious and her smile would brighten the darkest room. She was a singer and songwriter of music through the ages, but the greatest song she ever sang was penned by her heart in the life she lived. We will miss you, Ann Marie Shaffer, but we will see you again.

0110_shafferann2Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, from Andalusia Bible Church with Brother Timothy Morgan and Brother Gary Holloway officiating. Interment will follow in Goodhope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 10, 2017, at Foreman Funeral Home. She will lie in state an hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Sonia Lynn Shaffer and Gina Marie and Steven French; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Jeremie Shaffer; grandchildren, Jamie Holloway, Brittany Piland, Ethan Beesley, Dakota Quackenbos, Tanna Nall, Steffanie Cook, Grayson French, Lorren Shaffer, and Riley Shaffer; six great grandchildren Andrew Holloway, Juliana Broder, Jacoby Broder, Lakelynn Marie Quackenbos, Ian Nall, and Skylar Nall; a brother Charles Davis; her only sister, Linda Longo; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Andrew “Andy” Thomas Shaffer; one daughter, Lorie Ann Shaffer; one grandson, Andrew Jonathan Thomas Shaffer; three brothers, Art, O’Neal, and Jerry Davis; and her mother and father, Grace and William Davis.

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


Rafael Malave

Mr. Rafael Malave, age 51, of Andalusia passed away Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, from injuries sustained in an accident. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home from noon on Wednesday until time to depart for the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested monetary contributions to help with the funeral expense. Please make contributions to Tomas Malave at 117 Perry St., Andalusia, Al. 36420.

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Carter Howard will officiate.

Mr. Malave was preceded in death by his mother in August 2016. Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Luz Margarita; brothers, Augie Crespo, Tomas Malave, William Malave, and Alberto Malave; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.