Obituaries for Tues., March 14, 2017

Published 12:44 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Charles “Hayward” Woodham

Charles “Hayward” Woodham of Dothan passed away peacefully in his home on March 13, 2017. He was 74.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., March 15, 2017, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Dothan, with Minister Jerome Woodham and Minister William Watson officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Cypress Creek Church Cemetery in Alford, Fla.. Flowers will be accepted or contributions can be made to the charity of your choice in his memory.

Hayward Woodham was born to Charles Woodham and Foy Woodham of Andalusia in 1942, where he was then raised. He spent his childhood helping his parents on the family farm and was a graduate of Covington County High School in 1961.

After graduation he worked as a truck driver for P.C. White of Andalusia, and later became a lineman with Covington Electric Cooperative. He then served in the Vietnam War as a lineman from 1967-1968 where he received the decorations of Sharpshooter (Rifle M-14), NDSM, VSM, and VCM. Once home, he continued his career as a lineman with GTE where he later retired as a COE Technician from GTE/CenturyTel in 2005 with 40 years of service in Dothan.

Hayward enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. He loved farming, cutting grass, fishing and anything that allowed him to be outdoors. He also loved “The Waffle House” and could be found there, almost daily, enjoying a cup of coffee with his friends.

Hayward Woodham is preceded in death by his father, Charles Tays Woodham; mother-in-law Doris Ward,; father-in-law Olin Corbin; and special great-nephew, Cooper Pearce.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Brenda Woodham; two sons, Charles P. Woodham and Justin H. Woodham; granddaughter, Brennan Woodham; mother, Foy Woodham; five brothers, John Woodham and wife Pat, Lamar Woodham and wife Renee LeMaire, Arnold Woodham and wife Joy, Steve Woodham and wife Susan, and Jerome Woodham and wife Brenda; two sisters, Ola Suggs and husband Don, and Judy Petrey; sister-in-law, Barbara Joyce Bowen, and husband Jeff; brother-in-law, Jerry Corbin; best friend Jimmy White and wife Debra; his fur grandbaby Heidi; countless nieces, nephews and extended family and friends, all of whom he loved so dearly.

Serving as active pallbearers will be nephews Mark Shipes, Greg Shipes, Jason Shipes, Kyle Woodham, Swain Woodham, and Daron Woodham. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy White, Jeff Bowen, Jerry Corbin, Keith Kelley and all former GTE/CenturyTel employees.

The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude for the loving, compassionate care given by the hospice nurses and staff at AlaCare Hospice; Dr. Fincher and his nurse, Linda; Pilcher’s Wheelchair Van Service; the staff at Wiregrass DaVita Dialysis Clinic and special caretaker Kristi, all of Dothan.


Johnny Howard Stephens, Jr.,

Mr. Johnny Howard Stephens, Jr., age 48, of Rose Hill, passed away Sunday in a Dothan hospital after a brief illness.

Memorial services for Mr. Stephens will be held on Tues., March 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. from the Good News Baptist Chapel. The Rev. Jay Driver will officiate.

Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife, Susan Stephens of Rose Hill; two daughters, Laura Lynn Stephens of Andalusia and Jennifer (J.T.) of Manchester, Tenn.; his son, Justin (Nicole) Maddox of Florala; five grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Betty Stephens of Andalusia; his brother, Scott (Jennifer) Stephens of Enterprise; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Jaon Mims of Dozier; and a brother-in-law, Christopher Mims of Dozier.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Those unable to attend may sign an online registry at


Thomas Edward Hendrix

Mr. Thomas Edward Hendrix, age 62, of Red Level, passed away on Thurs., March 09, 2017, at his residence.

Funeral services were held on Mon., March 13, 2017, at 2 p.m. from South Church of God with the Rev. John Chappell officiating the service. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was at the church.

Mr. Hendrix is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara Douglas of Red Level, Norma and Harold Cross of Red Level, Alma Baker of Red Level, and Ann and Rusty Huckabaa of Andalusia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Dorothy Hendrix, and wife, Virginia Hendrix.

Pallbearers included Lamar Lawson, Joe Griggs, John Williamson, Dusty Lawson, Joel Kervin, and Tracy Nichols. Family and friends unable to attend may sign an online registry at