Obituaries for Thurs., Jan. 17, 2019

Published 1:41 am Thursday, January 17, 2019


Mr. Royce Glen Sightler, age 84, of Andalusia, passed away on Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, from Judson Baptist Church with Brother Donnie Partain, Brother Hank Roberts, and Brother James Pickron officiating the service. Interment will follow in Judson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m., to 2:30 p.m., Friday at Foreman Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Abbie Faye Sightler of Andalusia; son and daughter-in-law, Royce and Joyce Sightler of Andalusia; daughter, Kay Cheshire of Andalusia; grandchildren, Amanda (Merrill) Hammett of Auburn, Ala., Abbie (Stewart) Robinson of Cleveland, Miss., Jeremiah Cheshire of Andalusia, and Jessica (Steven) Cobb of Andalusia; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Dennis Sightler; son-in-law, Dennis Cheshire; and brother, David Sightler.

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Kenneth F. Ireland Jr., 67 of Andalusia, passed away suddenly on Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019. He was the owner and Operator of Ireland Trailer Sales. He was born in Brunswick, Maine, on Sept. 19, 1951, to Kenneth Ireland Sr., and Vera Mae Brown who have each preceded him in death. Ken grew up in Freeport, Maine, and attended Waterville High School. After graduating high school, Ken enrolled in the Maine Maritime Academy and spent four years as a Merchant Marine.

He was raised as a Master Mason at the age of 21 and would spend the next 40 years progressing to the highest possible rank of a 33rd degree Mason (white hat).  He was active as a Shriner and chose the direction of the Scottish Rite for his Masonic work which primarily focuses on teaching dyslexic children to read.  Ken was extremely passionate about helping children.

Prior to moving to Andalusia in 1997, Ken resided in Sanford, Florida, where he met and married his wife Gina in 1985.  Together they owned and operated a successful trailer manufacturing business K-n-D Trailer for over 12 years. In 1984, Ken made national news along side one of his lifetime friends, Roger Perra, when they teamed up and entered Ken’s 1984 Chevrolet Corvette into the “One Lap of America” also known as the Cannonball Run. This was a highly publicized timed distance rally that bordered the United States and totaled 8,800 miles. They placed fourth and were proud to be driving the only Chevy Corvette registered in that race.

Ken and his family moved to Andalusia in 1997, where together they built Ireland Trailer Sales here in town on Highway 84.

Ken had an amazing zest for life and was a man of many experiences.  He enjoyed anything outdoors such as camping and fishing of any kind.  His favorite was perhaps brook fishing in Maine. He also enjoyed saltwater fishing along the coast of Florida. He was an avid motorcycle rider, making multiple trips to some of the most scenic landscapes around the United States that could be found. He enjoyed drinking Jim’s Homemade Wine and Jack Daniels whiskey. He loved music and was not intimidated by the occasional karaoke challenge when prompted.

Ken made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was a well respected businessman, a loyal friend, a faithful husband and a great father.  His kids sometimes describe him to be much like an egg, a hard exterior and super soft on the inside. He will be missed by many.

Ken leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Gina Ireland;  three sons, Daniel Ireland (Jason) of Chicago, Ili., Nicholas Ireland (Keri) of Andalusia, and Kenneth Ireland III (Setera) of Carrollton, Ga.; five beautiful grandchildren, Nicole, Aubrey, McKinley, Reid and Ryker Ireland; one brother; Wayne Ireland (Sue) of Sidney, Maine; two sisters: Linda Brown (Dennis) of Findlay, Illinois and Ann Silvius of Tipton, Iowa; his stepmother, Judy Ireland of Palarmo, Maine; stepsister, Wendy McCaslin (John) of Vassalboro, Maine; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he adored. Lastly, he is survived by one trusted loyal sidekick, Scooter the beagle.

A memorial service will be held for Ken on Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m., at Harmony Baptist Church, 20932 County Road 70 Andalusia, 36421.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southeast Alabama Scottish Rite Club, 16787 US Highway 84 Andalusia, 36421 or Harmony Baptist Church, 20932 County Road 70 Andalusia, 36421.