Obituaries for Fri., April 12, 2019

Published 1:10 am Friday, April 12, 2019


It is with great sadness that the family of Mr. Sheriel Wilson Stacey announces his passing on April 8, 2019.  He was 80 years old.

Sheriel was born on Dec. 2, 1938, in Brantley, however; he lived most of his life in Andalusia.

In his early years, he was a welder at Ingall’s Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Then he joined the Merchant Marines and enjoyed shipping and traveling the High Seas before opening his own business in Andalusia called Stacey’s Body Shop.

Sheriel never met a stranger. He had an outgoing personality and loved to joke around.  He was constantly making everyone laugh with his infectious smile. He had lots of family and good buddies to share his humor with.

One of his favorite things to do was scuba dive. He loved the adventure of being deep in the ocean or in the springs checking out the animals and all the sights to see.  His diving buddies were his daughter, Sherwin, his sister Debbie, his brother-in-law, Dennis and his nieces, Angie and her husband Tim.  He also loved collecting guns and target practice.  He was a member of the South Alabama Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.

Sheriel attended and was a member of Cedar Grove Church of Christ along with his wife, Jeanette Stacey. He was baptized and became a Christian in September 2002.  He considered this his greatest accomplishment.

Sheriel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanette Stacey, his daughter, Sherwin Stacey of Freeport, Florida, his only sibling, Debbie Hoomes Brannon and her husband, Dennis Brannon of Houston, Texas, their daughter, Angie Brannon Goedeke, her husband, Tim Goedeke, and their two children, Olivia and Bryce of Tyler, Texas, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, many cousins, and a long list of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wilson Stacey and his mother and stepfather, Cletus S. “Kitty” Hoomes and Judson Hoomes.

Funeral services will be held at Foreman Funeral Home Chapel in Andalusia, Alabama on April 12, at 10 a.m., Interment will immediately follow at Heath Church of Christ Cemetery.  Visitation was held at Foreman Funeral Home as well, on Thurs., April 11, from 6 p.m., until 8 p.m.

“Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.”

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Mr. Tommy Earl Cain, age 69, of Andalusia, passed away on Tues., April 9, 2019, at Andalusia Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sat., April 13, 2019, at Antioch Congregational Church with Brother Benji Jordan officiating the service. The family will visit with friends after the service at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Cain of Andalusia; daughters and son-in-law, Tammy and Gary Lawrence of Eugene, OR and Robin Moore of Andalusia; sons and daughters-in-law, Timmy and Nancy Cain of Enterprise and Robert and Tammy Cain of The Dalles, OR; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Cain of Brewton; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Clyde Eckenrod of Andalusia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbert and Anna Claire Cain; brothers, Calvin and Floyd Cain; and sister, Lillian Wright.

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Mrs. Bonice Wilder Smith, age 89, of Niagara Falls, NY, formerly of Andalusia, passed away on Mon., April 8, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Red Level, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Clara (Adams) Wilder.  Bonice was predeceased by her husband Clarence R. Smith. Bonice centered her life around her family. She enjoyed family functions, especially time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting.

A graveside service will be held on Sat., April 13, 2019, at 2 p.m., from Goodhope Cemetery in Andalusia, Alabama with Foreman Funeral Home in charge of the service. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m., until 1:30 p.m., at Foreman Funeral Home.

Mother of Clarence Donald (Debra) Smith and the late Robert (Barbara of NF) Smith and William R. Smith; grandmother of Jennifer Jackson, Amy (Brian) Burkestone, Laura Smith – Christopher Smith, Kimberly (John) Trunzo, Stacey (Jeff Basden) Smith and Ashley Smith; sister of the late Lewis (Tess) Wilder, late J.C (Wanda) Wilder, late Annie Maud (James) Aughman, late Mary (Frank) Guinn, late Ruby (Joe) Faucheux, late Faye (Arnold) Aycock and late Jean (Ray) Tate; sister-in-law of Abby (Farell) Langston, Audrey (Joe) Carlisle, Ray “Buddy” (June) Smith, Glenda (Kent) Bowers, Etheridge (Sandra) Smith and the late Era Soloman and Hugh Smith. Bonice is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Niagara Hospice House, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, N.Y.

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Richard Eddie Baber, “Reb” to family and friends, age 61, died on Tues., April 2, 2019, of natural causes borne of hereditary DNA.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Reb, while sorely missed, is celebrated by his friends in Andalusia, a place he called home because of family roots here and in Alabama. Reb spent many happy times as a youth here in Andalusia. His father, Ralph King Baber, though long divorced from his mother, a native of Alabama, was career Air Force. Because Reb spent so much time here with cherished friends, when considering where to relocate later in life, Reb chose Andalusia. He was welcomed by and enjoyed the company of childhood friends and new friends alike.

Reb’s mother was Caroline Cavanaugh, a former executive secretary of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce (a lifetime ago) and who later became Director of Tourism for the state under Gov. Fob James, a cabinet position.

Reb is the nephew of Margaret and Bill Till, long-time residents of this city though that too was some years ago.

Reb held a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He loved to play cards, board games, and chess. He was a voracious reader, and he held strong opinions!

He is survived by two children living in Florida, Joshua Latham Baber and Rebeccah Ama Baber Solomon; and five grandchildren, Joshua: Lucas, Leia, and Zoe; Rebecca: Cassidy and Jacob.

Reb is also survived by a longtime family friend and “brother” Xavier Ceniceros; and by his biological siblings, Tara Alice Baber Vaughan “Tab” (Fairhope, Ala.), Deborah Elwynne Baber “Deb” (Port Hueneme, Cali.), and Clarence Alexander Baber “Cab” (Hawaii).

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