Obituaries for Tues., Oct. 23, 2018

Published 12:36 am Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Mr. Benjamin “Benji” Dewayne Armstrong of McKenzie, Ala., passed away peacefully Sat., Oct. 20, at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery. He was 43.

Benji grew up in “The Garden” of McKenzie and was a member of McKenzie Baptist Church. He was employed with FedEx for 12 years until he had some medical issues arise; fortunately, and unfortunately he was thus forced to return to one of his many passions, working on cars (mechanic), with his dad at their family business located in McKenzie.

Benji was the definition of a true friend to all who knew him and would cheerfully give anyone the shirt off his back. Born and raised in a small town, Benji had a passion for riding his Jeep down long backroads that usually turned into dirt and eventually mud holes. He loved music, fast cars, and “muddin” just as all small-town boys do. He was always the one who brought a smile to everyone’s face. Benji was a beloved son, brother, cousin, and friend. Benji was an example of the biblical principle, “Love thy neighbor as yourself;” he was always happy to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Benji is survived by his loving parents, Ernie Durwin Armstrong and Brenda Sue Armstrong of McKenzie; two brothers, Shelby Ladon Gorum of McKenzie and William Clayton Gorum of Mobile; aunt and uncle Tommy and June Odom of Mckenzie; five cousins who were very close; and numerous “gran-cousins,” extended family, and friends.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m., today, Tues., Oct. 23, 2018, at the Bushfield Cemetery in McKenzie; with Pastor Tyree Bowen officiating.

The family received friends from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m., Mon. Oct. 22, 2018, at the Keahey Funeral Home Chapel of Andalusia. Keahey Funeral Home of Andalusia has been entrusted with arrangements.

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We invite you to share memories and words of comfort with his loved ones there.



Mr. William P. “Buck” Giddens, 83, of Andalusia, passed away Sun., Oct. 21, 2018 at Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wed. Oct. 24, from Foreman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Donnie Uptain officiating. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the graveside by the U.S. Navy. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Wednesday at Foreman Funeral Home.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Jim Hendrix of Evergreen, Diane and Andy Tomlin of Luverne, Susan and Steve Pierce of Andalusia; his grandchildren, Chris Vargas, Danny Vargas, Shelly Baker, David Baker, Jessica Folmar, Andrew Tomlin, Timothy Tomlin, Tina Scharad, Marissa Pierce, 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Evelyn Bradley of the Red Oak community.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Giddens; a sister, Linda Day; and brother, Dewayne Giddens.

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Mrs. Gayle Williamson Howell, 70, of Gantt, passed away Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., today, Tues., Oct. 23, at her residence at 28549 Sandy Landing Road in Gantt. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Rose Hill.

Visitation was held Monday from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m., at Foreman Funeral Home.

She is survived by her parents, Evon and Maxine Williamson; her sons, Mickey and Jennifer Howell, Ben and Jessica Howell; her grandchildren, Benton Howell, Jr., Carson Howell, Peyton Howell, Mitchell Washburn and Hayden Washburn; a brother, Jeffery Williamson; one sister, Jennifer Owens and her husband Bobby; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Kim Howell, Lee and Debbie Williams. She was loved dearly by her nieces and nephews.

Gayle was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She spent her life caring and providing for family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mickey Howell, Sr.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Owens, Lee Williams, Donnie Johnson, Cooper Gillespie, Rusty Albritton, and Larry Davenport.

Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Howell, Terry Johnson, and Dale Goolsby.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kindred Hospice of the charity of your choice.

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Mrs. Lora Agnes Fowler, age 99, formerly of Andalusia, passed away on Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn.

A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 21, from Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. Foreman Funeral Home directed the service.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Lora and Derrick Gibson and Daniel and Kyrie Pigg all of Germantown, Tenn., and great-grandchildren, Lyla Gibson, Audyn Gibson, Madelyn Pigg, Charlotte Pigg, and Amelia Pigg.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jeff S. and Lessie R. Spooner; husband, Walter Ray Fowler; daughters, Rebecca McInnish Pigg and Margaret Mary McInnish; sister, Ernestine Spooner Newton; brother, Louie W. Spooner; and sister-in-law, Zeta Spooner Hazeltine.

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