Obituaries for Tue., Oct. 27

Published 4:45 pm Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Mr. Steve Randall Brogden of Andalusia passed away at his residence October 22, 2020.  Funeral services was held Monday October 26, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at Judson Baptist Church. Family received visitors one hour prior to service at Judson Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with Military Honors. Keahey Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


Mr. Billy Dale Ele of Andalusia passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2020, at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday October 27, 2020, at 1:00 P.M. at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Hunt officiating. Keahey Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


Mrs. Janette Burke Carroll, of Andalusia, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2020 at Andalusia Hospital.

Funeral services were at 11 AM Saturday October 24th at First Baptist Church with Foreman Funeral Home directing.   Visitation began at 10 AM Saturday at First Baptist Church.

A 1949 graduate of Andalusia High School, Mrs. Carroll paved a pathway for women when, as a young widow, she took on the management of Sam Carroll Memorials at a time when few women managed businesses. As an adult, she became a “non-traditional student,” when she

enrolled in Troy University and earned a bachelor’s degree in education and later a master’s degree. Her education career took her to LBW Community College, where she retired in 2018 as supervisor of adult education and director of gender equality. She also served 21 years on the Andalusia Board of Education, one of only three women to serve on that board. She was a long-time member of the Andalusia High

School Scholarship Foundation Board, formerly the Class of 1948 Foundation. That board’s Outstanding Graduate Committee named her a W. Robert Brown Outstanding Graduate in 2019.

She is survived by her daughters Lydia Carroll and Julie (Bill) Queen, three grandchildren, Samantha (Will) Thomas, Emily (Andrew) Hall and Will (Eryn) Queen, two great-grandchildren Emma Kate and Mary Thomas, and sister Frances Grimes, nieces Mary Beth Dukes, June (Curtis) Simpson, nephews Tommy (Betty) Grimes, Jimmy (Debbie) Grimes, Jeff (Laquetta) Grimes, Kelly (Nancy) Burke many great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Carroll is preceded in death by her husband Rudolph Carroll, father, J.K Burke, mother Mary Kelley

Burke, brothers Kelly and Danny Burke, and niece Melissa Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meredith’s Miracles, Andalusia High School Scholarship Foundation or First Baptist Church in memory of Mrs. Carroll.

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Ms. Madge Tucker Sowell, age 91, of Andalusia passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel.  Family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Keahey Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.  Left to cherish her memory are sons Larry (Linda) Sowell of Opp and Ricky (Sue) Sowell of Andalusia; grandchildren John Jeffrey (Karen) Sowell, Aimee Cooley, David Adam (Yvonne) Sowell, Justin (Camero) Roos, and Shannon (Karen) Roos.  She is also survived by great grandchildren, Belle Cooley, John David Sowell, Kayla Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Cameron Roos, and Hunter Butts; brothers, Tommy (Wanda) Tucker, and Tony Tucker and sisters Myrtle Ogles, Doris Covin, Shirley (Don) Taylor, Peggy Jackson, Syble (Gene) Ball, and Genna Sansom.  Ms. Sowell was preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis Sowell; parents, Shorty and Lodell Tucker; brothers, Frankie Ray Tucker and Skeeter Tucker, and sister, Ruth Sanders. Keahey Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


Harold Gene Williamson, 77, died Monday, October 19, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born in Dozier, Alabama, December 5, 1942 to Grover F. and Adell Owens Williamson. In 1962, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served at many duty stations both within the United States and abroad. While stationed in Columbus, he met Vallory Shackelford while stationed whom he married in 1965. He was later stationed in Omaha, Nebraska where attended classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and spent the last four years of his 20 years of service working in Project Looking Glass, the Air Force’s airborne command post. He retired in 1982 and later worked at Stark Aerospace, owned and operated Triangle Aviation Maintenance, was an instructor of Air Frame and Power at Embry-Riddle University and East Mississippi Community College, and had most recently worked as a deputy with the Lowndes County Sheriff Department. He was also a pilot who flew privately.

Harold was born to tinker. He loved working with his hands and was always taking part in some type of project. He was extremely mechanically minded and could fix anything from clocks to airplanes, both of which he had a strong affinity for. He never owned a patch of land he did not grow something in and much preferred eating vegetables picked and prepared fresh from his garden over take-out. He was an avid gun collector, a licensed gunsmith, clockmaker, and aviation enthusiast. When he wasn’t fixing things, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, tending to his gardens, especially his roses, and watching Westerns.

Survivors include his wife, Vallory Williamson; three daughters Melanie Manney (Rodney) of Sarasota, Florida, Monica Jordan (Scott) of Memphis, Tennessee and Marci Wagner (Scott) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Dolan, Corey Dolan (Monica), Miles Jordan, McKinley Coleman (Tyler), Mia Jordan, and Mason and Madison Wagner; one great-granddaughter, Hendrix Ava Dolan; brother, Williford Willamson of Dozier; sister-in-law, Rachel Eide; sister-in-law, Mae Hudson (Don Champion); and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vera Foster; and brother, Julius Williamson.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS  39216.

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Betty Sue Brunson 80, of Andalusia, AL departed this life Monday,

October 26, 2020 at Chautauqua Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Defuniak Springs, Florida. Graveside services will be held from Evergreen Cemetery on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 3:00 PM with Rev. Kevin Wilburn officiating.

Those wishing to attend are asked to maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

Survivors include: Son – Art Brunson, Andalusia, AL, Daughter-in-law –

Alane Brunson, Andalusia, AL, Daughter – Suzi Brunson Maddox, Miramar Beach, FL, Son-in-law – Keith Maddox, Miramar Beach, FL, Grandson – Blake Maddox,

Dundee, MI, Grandson – Nicholas Brunson, Andalusia, AL, Granddaughter –

Sydney (J. C. ) Sanders, Andalusia, AL, Granddaughter – Marlee Maddox, Miramar Beach, FL, Brother – Leo Johnson, Opp, AL, Sister – Ann Miller, Elba, AL.

Mrs. Brunson was preceded in death by her Husband A.C. Buddy Brunson, and a Sister Shirley Henderson.

Hayes Funeral Home of Elba, Alabama is serving the Brunson family.