Obituaries for the Wed., March 26, 2014, edition
In this edition: Mary Catherine Luker; Rodney Leon Brown; Clara Lovelace; and John David Salter.
Mary Catherine Franklin Luker
Mrs. Mary Catherine Franklin Luker, 97, of Alco Dr. died Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 in a local hospital after a brief illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County. She was a member of the Brewton First United Methodist Church, a retired bookkeeper from J.M. Luker Wholesale Company and a member of the Escambia County Historical Society, as well as a homemaker.
She is preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Luker, Sr.; a son in law, Tim Westbrook.
She is survived by her son, William (Lisa) Luker of Brewton; a daughter, Catherine Westbrook of Newark, Del.; six grandchildren, Cate Westbrook, Margaret Westbrook,Jennie Westbrook, Malinda Luker, Will (Laura) Luker, and Amy (Chris) Howell; three great-grandchildren, Sabella Howell, James W. Luker, IV and Westbrook Brown.
Visitation will be held Friday, Mar. 28, 2014, from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton.
Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, Mar ch 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Union Cemetery with the Rev. Frank Scott and the Rev. Parker Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Rodney Leon Brown
Mr. Rodney Leon Brown, 35, of Foshee Road, Brewton died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was a native of Milton and a long time resident of Brewton.
He was a 1996 graduate of Flomaton High School, a machine operator at Shaw Industries, and a member of Appleton Church of Christ.
He is survived by his parents, Perry and Linda Brown of Brewton; one daughter, Anna Brown of East Brewton; one stepdaughter, Kelsey Doughtie of Andalusia; one sister, Beverly Lucas of Brewton; one half-sister, Deanna Murphy of Brewton; two half-brothers, Wade Brown of Flomaton and Terry Brown of Brewton; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was held Friday, March 21, 2014, from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton.
Graveside services were held Friday, March 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Fort Crawford Cemetery with Pastor Jack Lunsford officiating.
Interment followed in Fort Crawford Cemetery of East Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Mrs. Clara Lovelace, 78, died on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
She was a member of the First St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church, where she served wherever she was needed. She could be found in the kitchen serving, in the choir singing, at the devotion table leading devotion, helping to take up collection, sometimes serving as secretary in Sunday school, and even at prayer meeting. She truly loved her church and was dedicated to the needs of the church. She was employed with Alatex in Andalusia for approximately 20 years; after which time she retired on disability.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest and Elva McMillan; both of her husbands, Dock Smith, Jr. and Alto J. Lovelace; three brothers, James McMillan, Jimmy McMillan and Earnest McMillan, Jr.; two sisters, Carrie McPherison and Luvenia Johnson.
She is survived by six children, Ollie D. (Marilyn) Smith, Dorothy (Peter) Thomas, Flora Smith, all of Brewton, Patrick C.(Sharon) Smith of Alabaster, Ala., Willie Claude (Vera) Lovelace of Palo Alto, Calif., and Maggie L. (Fred) White of Bradenton, Fla.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Woods and Patricia Desue, both of Brewton; one brother, Willie Fred McMillan of La Quinta, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other friends.
Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church, Brewton with the Rev. Paul Lee, officiating. Interment followed in First Shady Grove Cemetery, Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
John David Salter
John David Salter, age 78 of Chipley, Fla. died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 surrounded by his loving family at a Northwest Florida hospital.
He was born January 17, 1936 in Owassa, to the late John and Elsie (Powell) Salter.
He had been a resident of the Chipley area since 1974 coming from Brewton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chipley.
He also was retired from the Washington Holmes Technical Center of Chipley, Fla., where he was the commercial driving instructor.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Salter of Chipley, Fla.; two sons, Doug (Lisa) Salter and David Salter both of Chipley, Fla.; one daughter, Kim Potthoff of Chipley, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Drew, Destiney, Haley, Meghan, Lyndsi, Annah and Allan; six great-grandchildren, Austin, Te’a, Evan, Kaden, Britton and Jaxson.
Visitation was held Friday, March 21, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Brickyard Road Chapel in Chipley, Fla.
Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at The First Baptist Church of Chipley, Fla. with the Rev. Mike Orr officiating.
Interment followed at the Wachob Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Chipley, Fla., with Brown Funeral Home of Chipley, Fla., in charge of arrangements.