Obituaries for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

Published 12:13 am Thursday, October 4, 2018


Ms. Ruth Franklin, age 90, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, at Andalusia Manor.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 4, at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Dozier.

No prior visitation is scheduled.

She is survived by her son, Steve Bryant of Andalusia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and Terry Bradley of Andalusia and Margo and Mark Anderson of Opp; a daughter-in-law, Marissa Quintanilla; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her two sons, Rex Bryant, Jr., SFC US Army (Retired) and Marty Stephens; a daughter, Lynn Stephens; and granddaughter, Stephanie Bryant.

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



The seasons of life began for Patricia Ann Ward Hamilton Wheeler on Jan. 15, 1944, and ended some 74 years later on Tues., Sept. 25, 2018.

Patricia W. Hamilton Wheeler, the second of six children, was born to the union of Mrs. Alice Kitchen Ward and the late Mr. King Solomon Ward. She grew up in this community, frequently called “NanNan” by family and friends. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church of Andalusia.

Patricia completed her elementary, junior high schooling at Covington County Trade School and senior year at Woodson High School. She was united in marriage to Leonard Hamilton Sr., and Donald Wheeler, who preceded her in death. This union was blessed with four children: Lenora, Leonard, Pamela and Keith; one granddaughter, Brianna Clark, who preceded her in death.   She was preceded in death by other individuals whom she loved dearly: two sisters, Minnie Pearl Foy and Mary Ann Mattos; her aunts, Estella Ingram, Cassie Harris, Ann Ward Turk, Maggie Ivey, Annie Pearl Ward, and Frances Matthews.

After graduation, she gained employment as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney’s and Company in Andalusia. Her determination motivated her to further her education in cosmetology at Douglas MacArthur State Technical School in Opp. Her gentle and loving spirit provided professional skill of beautifying the hair and as owner of Pat’s Style Shop located on North Cotton Street.

Patricia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She leaves to cherish fond memories four children: Lenora Lynn, Moreno Valley, California, Leonard, Loxley, Ala., Pamela (Gary) and Keith Bernard, all of Andalusia; her mother Alice K. Ward, Andalusia; grandchildren, Jasmine (Rafeal) Salter, Uniquia Hamilton, Andalusia, Brian (Violet), Brittany and Brandon Clark, Moreno, Cal., Courtney and KeShawn Hamilton, Norfolk Va.; great-grandchildren, RaMiya, RaKayla, Majesty and Elijah; brothers, Minister James (Sarah) Ward, Billy Joe (Anita) Taylor, Akron, Ohio; sisters, Sharon K. (Comer) Daniels, Debra C. Ward , Andalusia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Eighth Avenue, Andalusia, with the Rev. Bobby C. Rhodes officiating and Minister James Ward eulogizing. Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home of Andalusia directing. Active pallbearers are Iron Wheel Lodge #556; honorary pallbearers are Brother Dominic Williams, Brother Larry Pitts, Brother Christopher Grace and Brother Byron McClain; and the Flower Bearers will be nieces and friends of the family.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m., until 7 p.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel.

Please join us in remembering Patricia Ann Ward Hamilton Wheeler by visiting her memorial page at



Mr. James Anderson Jenkins of Springdale, Md., passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2018. James was born in Andalusia, on Sept. 3, 1937, to James Bryant and Annie Murl Jenkins and was the oldest of three children. He married the former Margaret Genell Jones of Dozier, in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 12, 1963.

James received his early education in Andalusia at the Covington County Training School, where he graduated in 1956. He continued his education at Alabama A&M University, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in education and mechanical arts. James worked for the federal government where his career spanned more than three decades (31 years). His assignments included the General Services Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1994, as a management analyst after a distinguished career, receiving many commendations for his outstanding work.

He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; two daughters, Felicia Jenkins of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Synthia Jenkins of Laurel, Md.; two grandchildren, Braedon Jenkins and Janai Foster; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, at Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20019.

Expressions of condolences and flowers can be sent to the church.