Obituaries for Wed., Oct. 24, 2018

Published 1:22 am Wednesday, October 24, 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 were held at 11 a.m., 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 was entrusted with arrangements.

Please Join us in remembering Benji by visiting his memorial page at



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., today, 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.

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



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

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tues., Oct. 23, at her residence at 28549 Sandy Landing Road in Gantt. Interment followed 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.

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



David Pollard Senn, age 63, who resided in Azle, Texas, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sept. 1, 2018.

David was born Jan. 28, 1955, to his father, Admiral Edge Senn, and is preceded in death by his mother, Annie Louise Gantt Senn.

David’s siblings are Kathryn Louise Senn Arthur of Andalusia, Wesley Edge Senn of Atlanta, Laurie Johanna Senn Armendariz of Andalusia and preceded in death by Tammy Elaine Senn.

David has a daughter, Emily Senn O’Rourke of Andalusia. He lived in Azle, Texas, with his loving friend, Frankie Malo.

David’s request has been to have his ashes placed on land that his mother left for him which is located on Scenic View Lane off Dunn’s Bridge Road North East of Gantt Lake. This will be a personal service for family. For friends wishing to attend, we will meet at the church hall at his father’s house at 18766 Dunn’s Bridge Rd., at 10:45 a.m., Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, and proceed to his property at 11 a.m.

There will not be a formal service per his request. If you wish to do flowers or etc., please make instead, donations to the Andalusia Area Humane Society or charity of your wishing.

David greatly appreciated all the prayers and cards and well wishes in making his final days here on Earth comfortable.



Frederick Lamar Locklier passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2018, with his loving wife of 25 years, Janie Locklier, at his side. Fred had been battling dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Fred was one of six siblings born to Benjamin and Lena Mae (King) Locklier in Brooklyn, Ala., on Jan. 5, 1929. In high school he was known as Lamar or “Lock”. He was a two-time Andalusia High School Football Hall of Fame inductee listed as a team captain, quarterback and running back on the 1946 and 1947 teams.

Fred served honorably in the Korean War, earning three Bronze stars with the U.S. Army 198th FA Bn. After returning from the war, Fred returned to Andalusia and found a career as a commercial building superintendent. He built numerous banks and office buildings all over the southeastern United States and several in Andalusia.

Fred was preceded in death by one daughter, Diana Lynn Locklier; four brothers, Earl, Jerome, Eugene and Bobby Locklier.

Left to carry on his legacy are his wife, Janie Locklier; sister, Margaret Loper; Sons, Brant (Kay) Locklier, Tom (Salena) Locklier, Jim (Lisa) Locklier and Dale (Leigh) Locklier; five grandchildren, Adam Locklier, Kara Bowen, Julia Locklier, Anna Locklier and Elizabeth Locklier; two great-grandchildren, Abel and Alice Bowen; numerous nieces and nephews; and stepchildren, Robert (Lori) Hemler, Michelle (Keith) Wingo and Cece (John) Sinclair.

A memorial service is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Andalusia, Pastor Kevin Wilburn officiating.

Friends and family will be received at 10 a.m., with services to begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Magnolia Cemetery with Military Honors at 12:30 p.m.