Obituaries for Tues., Sept. 26, 2017

Published 1:43 am Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Mr. Virgil Dillard, Sr., 92, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, in the Andalusia hospital. Mr. Dillard was born Jan. 21, 1925, to Andrew Dillard and Minnie Anderson Dillard. He worked for many years driving a truck for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and fought in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the VFW and a member of the Gantt Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wed., Sept. 27, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jimmy Aaron officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Interment will follow in Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens in Opp. Visitation will be from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Virgil (Jody) and Judy Dillard, Jr. of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Perry (Stephanie) Dillard of Enterprise, and Timothy Dillard of Andalusia; a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Dillard of Enterprise; two sisters and brother-in-law, Ida and Charles Harper of Olympia, Wash., and Ada Bailey of Daphne, Ala. Pallbearers will be Phillip Jones, Dwight Dillard, Bo Dillard, Perry Dillard, Randy Bailey, Robert Cook, and Doug Bailey. Those unable to attend the services may sign the guest registry online at



Mrs. Olene Hammett Sanders, 91, of Andalusia, passed away Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, at her residence.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 25, at Good Hope Cemetery in Dozier with Brother Gary Holloway officiating the service and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation was Monday at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband of 74 ½ years, James V. (Buddy) Sanders of Andalusia; two daughters and son-in-law, Erlene and Frank Lee of Midwest City, Okla., and Merlene La Pan of Andalusia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Mary Jane Sanders of Gainesville, Ga., and James and Lynn Sanders of Flowery Branch, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Kinnie Sanders of Flowery Branch, Ga.; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews who were all special to her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Oliver Oscar (Boss) Hammett and Alice Elefare Sims Hammett; several sibings; her son, Jake Sanders, who died the day before his mother; a son-in-law, Robert “Bob” La Pan; and grandson, Pierre Gabriel Koellner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Good Hope Cemetery Fund c/o First National Bank in Dozier.

Pallbearers were Jack Ammons, Phillip Sanders, Veston Koellner, Richard Myers, Daniel Myers, and Michael Johnson.

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Mrs. Evelyn Wiggins Murphree, 86, formerly of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, in Daphne, Ala. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tues., Sept. 26, at Fairmount Cemetery in Red Level with Brother Eugene Meadows officiating and Foreman Funeral Home directing. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Kendall Taylor of Robertsdale; her grandchildren, Alex (Ruth) Taylor of Fairhope, and Leigh Perry of Gulf Shores; and two great-grandchildren, Garrett Perry and Dylan Perry.

Memorials may be made to Oakey Ridge Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Kendall Taylor, Lee Enzor, Alex Taylor, Johnnie Meeks, Sammy Brown, and Micky Underwood.

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Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Mims, age 78, of Red Level , passed away on Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, at Georgiana Health And Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services for Mr. Mims will be held at 10 a.m. on Wed., Sept. 27, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be Tues., Sept. 26, from 5-8 p.m. at Foreman Funeral Home.

Mr. Mims is survived by his wife, Lillie Mims of Red Level; son and daughter-in-law, Tracey (Jaquline) Sheffield of Ft. Walton Beach; sons, Jerry Mims of Dade County, Fla., Jimmy Mims of Dade County, Fla., Donny Mims of Tyler, Texas; two grandchildren, Jack and Sam Sheffield; sister, Carolyn Nichols of Dade County, Fla.; half brother, Raymond Williams of Charlotte, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Lois Franklin Lord, age 92, of Andalusia, and formerly of Selma, Ala., passed away on Sept., 24, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Lord; parents, Houston and Pearl Franklin; and brother, T. J. Franklin.

She is survived by her children, Frank (Bridgett) Lord and Barbara Lord Wells; her sister, Lessie Franklin Hartsell; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017, in New Live Oak Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Andy Peavey officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at



Mr. Ewin Moody, 91, of Eufaula, Ala., died Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, at his residence in Eufaula.

Funeral services will be held Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Good News Baptist Chapel in Rose Hill, Alabama with the Rev. Gerald Caryl-Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Chapman Funeral Home of Eufaula directing. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

Born July 9, 1926 in Samson, Ala., Mr. Moody was the son of the late Leland M. and Amilee Spivey Moody. His great sense of wonder about the world around him is expressed in his favorite hymn: “Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder; consider all the worlds Thy hands have made.” His curiosity and sense of awe led to a life of reading and learning that has been passed down to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This most definitely has come from him! Whatever we write here will never be able to do justice to this great man. Suffice it to say that he will forever live on in our hearts as a man who never met a stranger, and had a story guaranteed to bring a smile to your face for every situation or struggle.

Mr. Moody was preceded in death by his wife; Thelma Rhea Worley Moody.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Gerald) Caryl-Gordon of Eufaula, and Sandra Ingram Pugh of Pensacola, Fla; one son, David Ewin (Kay) Moody of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Jason (Kerrie) Vaughan, Clay (Leslie) Ingram, Jeff (Ginger) Ingram, Justin (Lindsey) Huey, and Rachel (Derek) Pace; 12 great-grandchildren, Kaia, Madilyn, Rhegan, Payton, Jonas, Caleb, Lydia, Lila, Paxton David, Cullen, Dillon, and Madelyn.