Obituaries for Tues., Nov. 28, 2017

Published 1:17 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Mrs. Shirley “Meemoo” Petty, 80, of Red Level, passed away Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Petty was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on March 10, 1937, and was the daughter of the late Fritz and Irma Ganske Kraske.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 28, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Hunt officiating. Visitation was Monday at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and David Gibson; three granddaughters, Cathy Depetris, Susan (Derick) Lee, all of Red Level; Chrissy (Matthew) Perry of Heath; and five great-grandchildren, Braxton Lee, Madison Lee, Anthony Cawthon, Nate Perry, and Sam Perry.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil “Bogy” Petty.

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



After battling Alzheimer’s for a number of years, Mary Ruth Nolen passed away peacefully at her home with most of her immediate family at her bedside. For 62 years, she was married to her best friend and constant companion, James L. Nolen, who preceded in death in 2008.

The couple had four children, Larry Nolen (Sylvia) of Seattle, Wash.; Chuck Nolen (Janie) of Marianna, Fla.; Ruth Anne Glisson (Jimmy) of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Nancy Jackson (Johnny) of Opp.

Her grandchildren include Hunter Nolen (Jennifer) of Marianna, Fla.; Lauren Sproull (Thomas) of Tallahassee, Fla.; Zack Nolen of Seattle, Wash.; Christy Glisson of Tallahassee, Fla.; Maredith Mitchell (Michael John) of Marianna, Fla.; Jay Jackson (Jennifer) of Opp; Nolen Jackson (Amy) of Opp; and Emily Odom (Blake) Andalusia. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Murphy, Mabry, Press, Katie, Manning, Clay, Will, Allie, Duncan, Griffin and Blakely.

She served as an elementary and middle school teacher with the Opp City School system for 28 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her master’s from Troy State-Dothan. She was previously a member of the Opp Education Association and the Alabama Education Association.

Additionally, she taught Sunday school for a number of years at the Opp First United Methodist Church where she also had actively participated in the United Methodist Women. In the community, she also had been active in the Century Club and the Three Arts Club.

Her favorite past times centered her family and cheering for her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide.

Funeral services for Mary Ruth Nolen will be on Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Wyatt Funeral Home in Opp. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service in the chapel at Wyatt Funeral Home. Internment will be at Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens on Highway 52 in Opp.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Opp First United Methodist Church.



A celebration service for Mrs. Helen Myrtice Hall Davis, age 86, was held on Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. from Bethany Baptist Church in Heath, Ala., with the Rev.Nathan Daniels, the Rev. Larry Cummings, and the Rev. Kevin Wilburn officiating. Interment followed in Bethany Cemetery.

Mrs. Davis was born to Walter and Bessie Hall on June 10, 1931, in Straughn, and died on Nov. 23, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her husband of 66 years, Marion Elmer Davis.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Wallace T. and Barbara Davis of Mobile; daughters and son-in-law, Judy Davis of Mobile and Martha and Buddy Griffin of Lineville, Ala.; seven grandchildren: Joshua (Brooke) Davis of Crestview, Fla., David (Kimberly) Griffin of Lake Charles, La., Mandy (Kevin) Wilburn of Mobile, Lindy Griffin of Nashville, Jarred (Stephanie) Griffin of Lineville, Katy (Steve) Yeend of Daphne, and Judd (Missy) Rew of Mobile; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Era Andrews of Heath; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Myrtice received her bachelor’s degree from Troy University. She received her master’s degree and AA certification from Auburn University. She was a teacher and a librarian for 25 years. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Heath. Myrtice was a part of the ministry of her husband for more than 50 years. We celebrate her life!

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Joshua Davis, David Griffin, Jarred Griffin, Kevin Wilburn, Judd Rew, and Steve Yeend, and her nephew, Kendall Andrews.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be sent in her honor to the Lottie Moon Offering.

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