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Obits for Wednesday, March 12 newspaper

Published 9:10am Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Johnny Mack White
Brewton

Mr. Johnny Mack White, 63, of Victoria Street, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014 at his home.
He was a native and life-long resident of Brewton and was of the Baptist faith. He attended W.S. Neal High School and was a retired pipe line superintended. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, NASCAR fan and Alabama fan.
His is preceded in death by his mother, Daisy Bell White King; his father, James Aubery White; step-father, Harley King.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Wallace White of Brewton; one daughter, Linda White Robles of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Benny White of Brewton; three sisters, Christina Jordan of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Flora Bell Howard of Brewton and Frances Garrett of Cantonment, Fla.; and one granddaughter, Linda MeKayla Robles of Raleigh, N.C.
An all-day memorial service will be held Saturday, March 15 at Mr. White’s residence with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Greg Leon Reiss
Brewton
 
Mr. Greg Leon Reiss, 48, of Tippens Eddy Road, Brewton died on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014, at his residence.
 He was a native of Effingham, Ill. and a long time resident of Brewton. He was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church, a 1983 graduate of T.R. Miller High School and was employed at Georgia Pacific for 20 years where he worked in the power house and the water plant.
 He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Reiss; brothers, Michael Reiss and Doug Reiss; grandparents, Mary and Louis Reiss, Anna and Fred Kaufman.
 He is survived by his father, Leon Reiss of Brewton; three daughters, Kayla Reiss, Haley Reiss and Tiffany Reiss all of Brewton; one brother, Terry (Isabel) Reiss of Brewton; three sisters, Debbie Bell of Brewton, Marcia (Johnny) Allan of Brewton, and Jennifer (Derek) Jackson of Pensacola, Fla.
Visitation was held Friday, Mar. 7, 2014, at 5 until 7 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton.
Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the St. Maurice Catholic Church with Father Adrian Cook officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery of Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

Janet Michelle
Carpenter Blackwell

Brewton
 
 Mrs. Janet Michelle Carpenter Blackwell, 44, of Hwy. 29 Brewton died on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, at her residence.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton and attended Ridge Road Baptist Church. She was a 1987 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, a former data processor for D.W. McMillan Hospital with 10 years of service and former employee of Thompson Vet Clinic.  She was an animal lover who loved horses and white English bulldogs and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Amon Carpenter; grandparents, Ollie and Myrtle Nix.
She is survived by her mother, Diane Carpenter of East Brewton; husband, Heath Blackwell of Brewton; brother, Gene Carpenter of Brewton; Nephews, Codie Carpenter, Jackson Carpenter, Blake Blackwell, Brant Carpenter; Nieces, Mallory Carpenter, Kendall Carpenter; father in law, Billy Wayne Blackwell; mother in law, Kay Blackwell.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014, from 1 until 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel funeral Home of Brewton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Mar. 11 2014, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lee Cadenhead officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Crawford Cemetery, East Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

Samuel Carl Turk

Hurley, Miss.
 
Mr. Samuel Carl Turk, 79, of Hurley, Miss. died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at a hospital in Lucedale, Miss.
He was a native of Flomaton and had been a resident of Hurley for the past seven years coming from Gautier.
He is preceded in death by his grandson, Trevor Kitchens of Hurley and a daughter Judy Smith of Flomaton.
He is survived by his sons, John L. Turk of Hurley, Jesse L. Turk of Flomaton, Jimmy L. (Tessa) Turk of Van Cleave, Miss.; daughter, Joana Turk of Hurley; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in the Stanley Cross Roads Community of Flomaton, with the Rev. Carl Wilson officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

Jessie Edward Jones
Brewton
 
Mr. Jessie Edward Jones, 65, died Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014, at his Brewton residence.
He was born in Conecuh County and had been a lifelong resident of the Brewton area. He attended Fruitdale School in Conecuh County and joined the Army in 1969, later he obtained his G.E.D. He served a little over seven years and was deployed to serve in the Vietnam War, where he earned a Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars,  a Campaign Medal and an Army Accommodation Medal with five devices, a Bronze Star Medal; a Combat Infantryman Badge. He was also acknowledged as a rifle sharpshooter. He was employed at Brewton Iron Works in Brewton before he enlisted in the Army and after he was discharged. He later went on to work at ADICO in Brewton until he retired due to illness. He was gifted with a beautiful voice; he and his brother often sang at various churches and was deeply rooted in his life with God.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Edward Jones and Lillian Sassie Jones; a brother, Emmitt Jones.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Mrs. Maxine Jones of Brewton; a daughter, Marguerite Gibson of Toledo, Ohio; three granddaughters, Morgannia (Marcus) Dawson, MarKiesha McGee and Summer Gibson, all of Toledo; two grandsons, Christopher McClain, Gregory Gibson, II, both of Toledo; great grandchildren, Malikh, Kailah, Kamille, and Mariah; mother in law, Geraldine Hymon of Toledo; step mother, Annie Jewel of Montgomery; a brother in law, Cleo (Daisy) McClain of Brewton; seven sisters, Lois Nettles of Brewton, Dorothy Jones of Brewton, Loree Jones of Buffalo, N.Y., Gladys Jewel (Israel) Culiver of Brewton, Lillie Mae Dodd of Mobile, Kathleen (Joseph) Graves of Mobile, Loretta (Lorenzo) Alexander of Montgomery; three brothers, Anthony (Danene) Jones of Montgomery, Jocephus Richardson of Montgomery, and Christopher (Latricia) LaVann of Montgomery; 13 nieces; and other relatives and friends.
 Visitation will be held on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2014, at 6 until 8 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton.
 Funeral services will be held on Friday, Mar. 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Baptist Hill Cemetery, with Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

Raymond Richard Whitney, Sr.
Flomaton
 
Mr. Raymond Richard Whitney, Sr., 72, of Flomaton died on Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, at his residence.
 He was a native of Portland, Maine and a resident of Flomaton for the past 17 years coming from Maine. He was a member of The Grange Association in Maine and the Latter Days Saints.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruth C. Whitney of Flomaton; sons, Raymond R. (Jodi) Whitney, Jr. of Talladega, Ala., Gary (Kim) Whitney of Adolphus, Ky.; daughters, Lori Blake of Oklahoma City, Okla., Lisa Whitney of Flomaton, Georgia Ford of New Hampshire; brother, Robert Knowles of Atmore; sisters, Barbara (George) Conklin of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Marilyn (Dale) Williams of Upper Malboro, Md.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; numerous friends and other family members.
Flomaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Scott Spencer
Pelham, AL

James Scott Spencer, age 53, of Pelham, Alabama departed this life on March 6, 2014 surrounded by family in his home. Born and raised in Brewton, Alabama, Scott graduated from T. R. Miller High School in 1979. Scott was the football player and his sister Sarah was on the sidelines as a cheerleader. After graduation, Scott served his country in the Air Force for 4 years. Upon his discharge from the Air Force, Scott went to the home in his heart and achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a Mississippi State Bulldog. He enrolled at Mississippi State University and graduated earning his MBA in 1987. Scott worked in the banking industry throughout the rest of his life, the past 11 years with BBVA Compass. Scott’s colleagues at work would all tell you that he was not just a fellow employee, he was a cherished friend to all. Scott was diligent in his work and worried about missing even one day for a doctor’s appointment. The men and women that he worked with were family to him. Scott would come home and tell the funniest stories that mostly seemed to stem from lunch hour with “the boys.” You guys know what I’m talking about…uh huh…Scott loved his job and everyone he worked with.
 Scott’s life will seem too short by many (which it was), but those who were lucky enough to be touched by him and brought into his life understand that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one is blessed to be on this earth. Scott Spencer lived his life.  His love of the outdoors began at a very young age. Scott’s father raised him that way and Scott shared that love with his children also.  Whether heading out West in search of a big buck, fly fishing for Rainbow Trout on the Sipsey River, or simply camping out at Oak Mountain State Park, outdoors was where he belonged. Scott didn’t just go out and hunt or fish, he put a lot of work into it. He loaded his own bullets and tied his own flies. He liked to do everything himself and had to have the best equipment. UPS is real tired of walking down our hill.  And the research and detail that went into everything…well, let’s just say that his wife, Kim, had to teach him a little bit about spontaneity and finding the humor in everything being not so perfect. Scott also loved photography and, believe it or not, was a great cook. Of course, looking back, a lot of times it was either cook or starve. Stephen used to say “who’s cooking, Dad or Kim?” if the answer was dad he stayed and ate. Scott’s hobbies led him to meet many wonderful people throughout the years. Scott never met a stranger and formed many lifelong friendships through his many adventures.
 Partially stuck in the 80’s, except for his physical appearance and clothing (thank goodness), Scott was obsessed with music from the 80’s. He could tell you the name of the song, the band, what year and month it came out, etc….it amazed me. Nothing would please Scott more than to have Def Leppard jamming out at his Memorial Service……we had to draw the line somewhere. I wish the guys at work could have seen his 80’s dance moves…not too bad really. There was no changing the station in the car, you just had to put up with it. All the kids knew to just take their headphones and ipod or phone. Keith Urban should feel so special. Scott actually loved Keith Urban’s music and was so excited when he got to go back stage last year and hangout and meet him in person.  Never could get him to like any other country music. Well, I take that back, he did love Sarah Evans. Not really sure if that was for the music though.
 Now for the most important aspect of Scott’s life – Mississippi State University. Scott was most passionate about his Bulldogs. An insatiable fan, he never missed a football game. Scott enjoyed all sports at MSU and was a great supporter and contributor to their athletic program. When it was time to leave Pelham and go to Starkville for a football game, Kim better be ready on time or she was going to be left standing at the door with pom poms in hand. Actually happened once…..never happened again. One of the proudest moments in Scott’s life was when his son, Stephen, received his acceptance letter to MSU.  Scott’s father also graduated from MSU and he was so excited to see the tradition continue. Scott wanted so badly to see the finished expansion of the football field and he will. He will have the best seat in the house right next to his daddy on top of the jumbotron.
A man’s legacy is determined by the story he lived, Scott Spencer left a legacy! Hail State!
 
Scott was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Winnice Spencer of Starkville, Mississippi and an infant brother, Steven. Survivors include his wife, Kimberlee Holler Spencer; sister Sarah Elizabeth Spencer; sons, Stephen S. Spencer and Jonathan L. Boyd; daughters, Lindsey C. Holler and Caroline A. Holler (Alex); grandson, Ayden R. Holler; and son-in-law and friend Johnathon P. Carter.
A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage on 119 in Pelham Alabama. Visitation began at 2:30 p.m. followed by services at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception.
A separate celebration of life service will be held in Starkville, MS on campus at a later date. We will let all our Mississippi family and friends know as soon as plans are finalized.
The family would like to give special thanks to the following Doctor’s, caregivers, and associates who have and continue to provide so much needed support and care: Dr. Christopher Jahraus and staff, Dr. Susan Ferguson, Dr. Jimmie Harvey and staff, Dr. Scott Kelly and staff, Dr. Francois Blaudeau, Riley and Jackson, New Beacon Hospice of Alabaster, Elaine Lay, R.N., BBVA Compass and staff, North Shelby County Animal Hospital and staff, Church of the Highlands and Johnathon Carter (couldn’t have made it without you!), and all the support from numerous family and friends. We love you all!
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either (both are tax-deductible) The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, www.pcf.org or The Mississippi State Bulldog Club, Bryan Athletic Adm. Building, P.O. Box BT, MSU, MS 39762, www.hailstate.com.

Lucille Johnson
Brewton
 
Ms. Lucille Johnson, 95, died Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014.
She was a member of Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where she was an active member and participated in church activities up to the last month of her life. She was very active in the Missionary Department and a longtime member of Mission Circle #3. She was also affiliated with the Olive Chapter #153 Order of Eastern Star. She was a woman of strong faith and she believed that strong faith made a strong finish.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathaniel and Priscilla Johnson; two brothers; three sisters.
She is survived by, a niece, Cassandra Ann Culliver; one great niece, Julia (Larry) McCaskell; a goddaughter, Kristian Alexandria Harrison; cousins, Calvin (Dorothy) Matthews, Geraldine Grace; and other extended family members and friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton, with the Rev. Eric T. Andrews and the Rev. S.C. Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Baptist Hill Cemetery, Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home directing.

Cheston ‘Buck’ Pugh
Greensboro, Ala.
 
 Mr. Cheston “Buck” Pugh, 53, of Greensboro died on Monday, Mar. 10, 2014, at his residence.
 He is survived by his wife, Vickie Cook Pugh of Greensboro; a son, Ralph Lewis (Samatha) Pugh of Lawton, Okla.; his father, L.C. Pugh of Brewton; a sister, Brenda (Darren) Chavers of Brewton; grandchildren, Ryleigh Moiser and Bryce Riordan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at Pineland Memorial Cemetery.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Pineland Memorial Cemetery with Rockco Funeral Home of Centreville directing.

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