Obituaries for Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018

Published 8:14 am Thursday, January 11, 2018


Mrs. Myrtle P. Jimmerson, 92, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed. Jan. 3, 2018, in Andalusia Manor.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 12, at Adellum Cemetery with Brother Gary Miller officiating. The family will visit with friends at the cemetery. Foreman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lydia and Phillip Johnson of Opp; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Lori Jimmerson of Milton; four grandchildren, Brandy Bodiford, Allyson Jimmerson of Andalusia, Steven Jimmerson of Pensacola, Fla., and Aidan Jimmerson of Milton, Fla.; a great-grandchild, Kaleb Summers of Andalusia; one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Delmar Fuqua of Crestview, Fla.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Jimmerson.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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



Mr. Walter E. (Gene) Jackson, 70, of Andalusia, passed away on Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 12, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Steve DeFee and Brother Glen Vaughn officiating. The interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jackson of Andalusia; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Mandy White, Gene and Lori Jackson of Andalusia; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kevin Eppinette of Eldorado, Ark; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Brenda Jackson; three sisters, Pauline White, Faye Stevens, and Geneva McQuillian, all of Arkansas

He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy Woodrow Jackson and Myrtle Inez Brown Jackson; and his son, Paul.

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



Mrs. Betty Laird, of Lockhart died in her home, on Jan. 9, 2018, at the age of 86.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Patricia Peoples and husband Terry; daughter-in-law, Patricia Laird; grandchildren, Amanda Laird, April Durkee and husband, Travis; Anais Bearden and husband Alan of Huntsville; and great granddaughters, Alivia Laird, Lexi Durkee, and Ava Durkee. She is predeceased by her husband, James, and son, Gary.

Betty was born April 25, 1931, in Covington County. Her parents were Henry and Iona Garrett. She married James Laird in 1948, and they lived in Covington County with the exception of their attendance at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla. They then moved to Montgomery, Ala., for James to attend business school while Betty worked at Bon Marche Department store. She spoke fondly of living in Montgomery.

When they returned to Covington County, Betty was a stay at home mom at times, but often worked at various office jobs when her children were older. Her jobs over the years included Cotton Ford Tractor, Wood Accounting Agency, City of Florala as clerk, aide at W.S. Harlan Elementary, and director of the Senior Center in Florala. She was very proud of her involvement with the Senior Center and was recognized in the Alabama Senior Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Montgomery. After leaving public employment, Betty worked from home for years filing income taxes.

She sold World Book encyclopedias which suited her personality very well. Betty loved reading, research, and talking with people. She was awarded a vacation in Grand Bay, Ala., for reaching her goal selling. Her favorite hobbies always included caring for animals. Betty had chickens, cats, and dogs at various times. She was a member of Lockhart Garden Club. She spent many happy hours in her greenhouse and garden. She didn’t really want large plants, because she wanted a seed or shoot to challenge her growing abilities. Her roses were a source of pride. If you visited, you were probably going to be given the garden tour. She was well-known for her abilities to turn almost any fruit into excellent jam, jelly, and preserves. She was an avid read and always had a stack of books and magazines nearby. Betty never met a stranger and would quickly strike up a conversation wherever life took her. She had pen pals from a cruise she and James took.

Betty enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren when they were young, making them blueberry muffins to eat in front of their favorite cartoons and sometimes accompanied by a Snickers milkshake. She was often a poll worker, always active in politics, and a lifelong Democrat. She even ran for mayor of Lockhart at one point. Whatever she did, she did with passion.

Betty passed away at home. Although she used a walker, she never stopped growing plants and happily piddling. Her latest effort was working with orchids.

A funeral is scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 11, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Keahey Funeral Home in Lockhart. Visitation will be an hour before the funeral. Funeral services will be conducted by John Bryan. Mrs. Laird will be buried in Red Oak Cemetery.

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