Obituaries for Sat., March 3, 2018

Published 12:57 am Saturday, March 3, 2018


Mary M. Black, age 62, of Andalusia, passed away Tues., Feb. 27, 2018, after courageously battling lung cancer for five and a half years. She was born on Oct. 26, 1955, in Ripon, Wis., to Otto F. and Regina Thiel. Mary was employed as a nurse for many years at the Evergreen Medical Center and Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, and attended Christ the King Catholic Church in Andalusia. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Mary is survived by one daughter, Regina Marie Black of Andalusia, Alabama; two grandchildren, Parker A. and Autumn E. Black; one brother, David Otto Thiel and wife Gail of Green Bay, Wis.; two sisters, Ann E. Coleman of Oklahoma and Christine J. Thiel of Wis.; nieces and nephews, Jay Colemen and Matthew Coleman and wife Liz all of Oklahoma, Jennifer Thiel of Wisconsin, and Rachel Brugman and husband Rob of Wisconsin; great nieces and nephews, Sammy, Aaron and Lauren Coleman, all of Oklahoma, and Kate and Will Brugman, both of Wisconsin.

Services are under the direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Hartford.

A memorial mass will be held Sat., March 17, 2018, beginning at 10 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church in Andalusia.



Mr. James Garcia “Jim” Russell, age 73, of Andalusia, passed away on Fri., March 2, 2018, in Bonifay.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tues., March 6, 2018, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cindy Howard officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

He is survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Shelby Margo Russell of Andalusia and Helen and Baggott Frier of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces and nephews, Jay Frier, Bronwyn Bell-Adams, Savage Bell and Josh Bell; and his faithful companion, Reba.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Shelby D. and Adelina Russell.

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