Obituaries for the Wed., April 16, 2014, edition

Published 6:45 am Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In today’s edition, find obituaries for William Boyer, James Jackson, James King, Lillian Douglas, Irma  Goodwin, John Feagin Jr., Bobby Johnson, Anita Howell, Dollie Holt, Ella Barnes, Mildred  Montgomery and James Peacock.


James Clinton Jackson

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Mr. James Clinton Jackson, 78, of Castleberry, passed away on Mon. April 14, 2014, at a local hospital.

He was a native of Allentown, Fla., and a lifetime resident of Castleberry and was of the Pentecostal faith. During his working years, he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry.

He is survived by his stepsons, Keith Hagg of East Brewton and Gregg Hagg of Mississippi, and Steven Broxson of East Brewton; a daughter, Tonya Jackson Ashburn of Brewton; brothers, Hosie J. “Slim” (Virginia) Jackson, Bobby Jackson and J.B. (Judy) Jackson, all of Castleberry; a sister, Imojean (Alfred) Jackson of East Brewton; a stepsister, Judy Tootill of Bay Minette; grandchildren, Nathan and Eli Ashburn of Brewton; a special friend, Sheree James of Castleberry; and nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

A service will be held at a later date.


Mr. James Malcolm King



Mr. James Malcolm King, 78, of Brewton, died Mon., April 7, 2014, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was a native and lifelong resident of the Brewton area. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and retired as a track foreman for CSX Railroad.  He was a member of Crossroads Community Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Elvis King, and his parents, J.C. King and Media Mae Baker King.
He is survived by two sons, Michael King of Germany and Russell (Patty) King of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Saundra (Mickey) Anthony; one brother, Clifford (Connie) King; one sister, Dorothy Simmons; a special cousin, Edward Weaver, all of Brewton; five grandchildren, Samantha King, Jordan (Jeremiah) Gilmore, Michael King, Cody (Amanda) Anthony and Jared King; great-grandchildren, Mathilda, Cameron and Carson; and a special friend, Nell Rodgers.

Visitation was held on Sat., April 12, at Craver’s Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m.

Funeral services were scheduled for Sun., April 13, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. David Dykes officiating.  Interment followed in Catawaba Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

Mrs. Lillian Hagood Douglas



Mrs. Lillian Hagood Douglas, loving wife of the late John Henry Douglas, passed away on Mon., April 7, 2014.

She born on Aug. 8, 1920, and was a lifelong resident of Brewton, where she was a member of the Brewton First United Methodist Church for 72 years.
No truer words describe her life as those shared by her grandson, Jake, after her memorial service: “Today we celebrate the life of a woman of God, who was put on this Earth to spread the good word of faith through Jesus Christ and how anything can be accomplished by believing in Him. Although she will be missed, we cannot be sad for she has entered an eternal life that we cannot imagine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Travis Lampkin Hagood and Ruby Zeigler Hagood; two brothers, Travis Lampkin Hagood Jr., and her twin, William Thomas Hagood.
She is survived by her son, John Travis (Mary Anne) Douglas of Birmingham; daughter, Maureen (Mike) Edwards of Brewton; six grandchildren, John Douglas (Stacey) O’Neil of Mobile, Robert Jackson O’Neil III of Fairhope, Lillian Maureen Edwards of Brewton, Brent Lee (Charlotte) Edwards of Prattville, Jennifer (Joe) Parks and Missy Douglas, all of Birmingham; and eight great-grandchildren.
Internment was held Wed., April 9, at Union Cemetery with Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Brewton directing. A private memorial service celebrating Gods love and transferring her membership from the First United Methodist Church to God’s Holy Kingdom was held on Sat., April 12, at Union Cemetery with Ed Glaize officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home.


Mrs. Irma Marie “Pat” Goodwin



Mrs. Irma Marie “Pat” Goodwin, 87, of Pine Street in Brewton, passed away Sun. April 13, 2014, in a local nursing facility after a brief illness.

She was a native and former resident of Dayton, Ohio, and a long time resident of Brewton. She was a member and secretary of the East Brewton Assembly of God Church and a homemaker.
She is survived by her first cousin, Fred (Else) Schiller of Dayton, Ohio, and special friends, Becky Holland and family and Cyndee Simmons and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Goodwin, and a brother Joseph Waldhart.
Graveside services were held Tues., April 15, at 4 p.m., at Union Cemetery with the Rev. David Hulberg officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery of Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel of Brewton directing.


Mr. John Northcutt Feagin, Jr.

Jackson, Ala.


Mr. John Northcutt Feagin Jr., 53, of West Clinton Street in Jackson, Ala., passed away Fri., April 11, 2014, at a Mobile hospital.

He was a native and long time resident of Brewton and a former resident of Monroeville before moving to Jackson. He was a member of the North Brewton Baptist Church, a 1979 graduate of T.R. Miller High School and a graduate of Jefferson Davis Community College and Ed Reid Technical College. He was a former employee of Alabama News Print for 18 years and was employed as a Logistics Team Leader at the Stainless Steel Mill Outo Kumpu.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents,Hoss and Cloda Northcutt Feagin, and
maternal grandparents, Herschel and Ernestine Hammac Weaver.

He is survived by his parents, Johnny and Shorty Feagin of Brewton; one daughter, Stephanie Taylor Feagin of Jackson; one brother, Benjamin Charles Feagin of Birmingham; one sister, Kimberly Feagin (Paul) Padgett of Brewton; two nephews, Paul (Alyssa) Padgett Jr. and David Padgett; and one niece, Melissa Lynn Padgett.
Visitation was held Sun., April 13, 2014, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton.

.Funeral Services were held Sun., April 13, at 3 p.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael King officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.



Bobby Raymond Johnson

Lenox, Ala.


Bobby Raymond Johnson, 74, in Lenox, passed away Mon.  April 14, 2014, at an Evergreen medical  facility.

He was a native and long time resident of Century, Fla., before moving to Lenox. He was a member of the Vines and Branches Baptist Church, a 1958 graduate of Century High School, a member of the Repton Masonic Lodge No. 575 and Atmore Masonic Lodge No. 549, and a longtime football coach and umpire for the Century Recreation association. He was a former supervisor with Southeastern Sand and Gravel and was a retired supervisor of the caustic room from Container Corporation with 29 plus years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Johnson and Verla Mae Johnson; two sons,  Randy Johnson and Greg Johnson; brother, Clyde Johnson; and sister, Marguerite Johnson Harold .

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Pierce Johnson of Lenox; one son, Kevin (Becky) Johnson of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Kathi (Brian) Johnson of Daphne and Angel (Tom) Sidler of Birmingham; two step-daughters, Jennifer (Rod) Hancock of Monroeville and Kelly (Jake) Brewster of Mobile; two brothers, Earl Johnson of Brewton and Melvin Johnson of Jay, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today, Wed., April 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thurs., April 17, at 11 a.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Boatwright and the Rev. Jason Blackwell officiating.

Interment with Masonic rights will follow in Ramah Cemetery in Lenox with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.


Anita Havers Howell



Anita Havers Howell, 84, of Lakeview Circle of Brewton, passed away Mon. April 14, 2014, in a local nursing facility after a brief illness.

She was a native and former resident of McComb, Miss. and a long time resident of Brewton. She was a member of Alco Baptist Church, a former telephone operator and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Howell.

She is survived by three sons, Vicor (Peggy) Howell Jr. of Evergreen, Pat Howell of Gainesville, Fla., and Brad (Susan) Howell of Brewton; one daughter, Mary (Gus) Passafiume of St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Amanda Burford, Richard Howell, Eric Howell, Cody Laymon, Lashae Howell, Paul Passafiume and Olivia Passafiume; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Fri. April 18, from noon until 1:45 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral home of Brewton.

Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at Green Acres Cemetery with the Rev. William Joyner officiating with interment in Green Acres Cemetery of Brewton. Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton is directing.


Dollie Maude Holt



Dollie “Dot” Maude Holt, 70, passed away Sat. April 5, 2014, at a local hospital.

She was a member of First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church of Evergreen. She attended Conecuh County Training School in Evergreen and was a tenant at the V.O.A. in Brewton, for many years. She was a descendant of the Chief Farrow head of the Choctaw Indians.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donnie Lee and Josephine Trone Holt.

She is survived by two loving and dedicated sisters, Josephine Holt of Evergreen and Doris Holt Payne of Meridian, Miss.; five brothers, Henry Lewis (Francis) Holt of Evergreen, Edward Lee (Yvonne) Holt of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Eddie G. Holt, Curtis Holt both of Birmingham, and David Holt of Meridian, Miss.; two aunts, Emma Fulford of Birmingham and Gloria Allen of Thomasville.; a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins; and extended step sisters, brothers and other family and friends.

Services were held on Sat. April 12, 2014, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Missionary Baptist Church of Evergreen with the Rev. Kenneth W. Kidd, officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery of Evergreen with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home directing.


Ella B. Barnes



Ella B. Barnes, 82, passed away Sat. April 1, 2014,.

She attended Southern Normal School in Brewton. She worked various jobs from nursing, housekeeper, teacher assistant and also a factory worker. She worked for attorneys, doctors, and the RB turned Gospel musician Peebles. She was a loyal member and usher of Old Field A.M.E. Zion Church in Evergreen.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Stallworth and Sallie Mae Kaiser; her husband, Maxie Barnes; and siblings, Addie Mae Minor, George Ranson, Carrie Bell and David Tatum.

She is survived by siblings, Claude Stallworth Jr., Lucindia King, Lillie (Lewis) Malone and Barbara Nettles, all of Evergreen; her children, Debra Barnes-Homer, Gary Wayne Barnes of Cleveland, Ohio, and Carlos (Shemika) Barnes of Pensacola, Fla.; three grandchildren, Haley, Kalea, and Carlos Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held on Thurs. April 10, at 11 a.m., at Hopewell North East Missionary Baptist Church of Grayson, Ga., with Pastor Veta L. Blonding officiating. A final viewing was held on Fri., April 11, at Presley-Fluker Chapel. Interment followed in Jordon Memorial Garden of Evergreen with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home of Evergreen directing.



Mildred Mae North Montgomery



Mildred Mae North Montgomery, 72, passed away Thurs. April 3, 2014.

She was a member of the Belleville Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as church reporter, Sunday school teacher, choir member, matron and missionary president.  She attended school at Lime Hill and Conecuh County Training School. She was employed at Southwest Metal Health, where she retired after 21 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ran and Daisy North; and siblings, Nadine, Vernon and J.V.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Deacon Ivey Montgomery; three daughters, Phyllis (Jesse) Redmon of Brewton, Carolyn (Willie) J. Hunter of Belleville and Deborah (Glenn) Williams of Bloomington, Ill.; one son, Douglas (Patricia) Montgomery of Evergreen; 10 grandchildren; Darnell, Keith (D.J.), Dewayne, Chesela, Jarnell, Darnnell, Olivia, Timothy, Marcus, Chanee and Gerrand; four great-grandchildren, Zandra, Ryleli, Reagan and Rhyanne; one niece; Kim Lowe; one nephew, Tyrone Lowe; three sisters-in-law, Rosetta Montgomery, Cherrie Bell Montgomery of Atmore and Cora Lee Montgomery Jones of Ashville, N.C.; two special friends, Mrs. Rosie Scroggins and Mrs. Ethel Mae Stallworth, both of Conecuh County; and a host of other family and friends.

Services were held on Thurs. April 10, at 2 p.m., at Belleville Missionary Baptist Church of Repton with the Rev. S.C. Tucker officiating. Interment followed in Belleville Baptist Church Cemetery of Repton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home of Evergreen directing.


James “Greg” Peacock

Spanish Fort


James Gregory “Greg” Peacock, 49, a resident of Spanish Fort, and native of Butler, passed away Sun., April 13, 2014, at his residence.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Linda Cofield Peacock, and a sister, Tony Peacock.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann peacock of Spanish Fort; his father, James L. (Joyce) Peacock of Brewton; four daughters, Tasha Trawick of Brewton, Melisa Everett of Foley, Venessa Nabors of Loxley and Jennifer French of Spanish Fort; one brother, Mitch Newton of Houston; one sister, Renea Scott of Grand Bay; 11 grandchildren; and many more relatives and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sat. April 19, at 3 p.m., at Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne. The family will received friends beginning at 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Megginson under the direction of Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory of Daphne.


William Davis Boyer pic



Dr. William D. Boyer passed away on April 13, 2014, after an extended bout with leukemia. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 27, 1924. He spent most of his childhood school years, from kindergarten through junior high in Hamilton, Ohio. He was sent to boarding school in eastern Pennsylvania for grades nine to 12, graduating in June 1943.

He served on a number of ships in the Merchant Marine from 1943 through fall of 1947.  He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1945, earning commissions as ensign in the U.S. Maritime Service and U.S. Naval Reserve. Also, after examination, he received a Coast Guard license as third mate. By 1947, he had obtained a license as chief mate. He later completed requirements and earned a bachelor of science degree from the Merchant Marine Academy. He loved telling stories about his time in the Merchant Marine: adventures in various ports of call, navigating the mined harbor outside of Trieste, and the near miss of a torpedo.

In the fall of 1947, he entered the freshman class at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at Syracuse University.  There, he earned a bachelor of science degree in forestry and a masters degree in wildlife management. He later earned a Ph.D. degree in forest ecology at Duke University.

After a year of work on the staff of the Hoover Commission in Washington D.C., he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station (much later the Southern Research Station) in the spring of 1955. He was assigned to the Unit located at Brewton until 1975 when reassigned to a new unit located on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn.

He retired in 1998 after 43 years of service with this organization. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 publications, most related to the regeneration and management of the longleaf pine.  After retirement, he was named Emeritus Scientist and continued some of his long-term research as a volunteer.

He earned a number of citations and awards during his career. He was elected associate member of the Syracuse University chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi, the science honorary, in 1954 and a full member of the Duke University chapter in 1967.  He received a National Honor Award, presented by the Secretary of Agriculture, for his research accomplishment. He was elected Fellow in the Society of American Forester and also elected to the Alabama Foresters Hall of Fame. He is highly regarded in the forestry community for a lifetime of research on his beloved longleaf pine

He was an active participant in a number of organizations, including the Alabama Forestry Council beginning in 1975. He served as secretary/treasurer and then chairman 1981-82, and was later elected honorary life member. He has been a long-time member and active in the Lions Club, first in Brewton, where he held most offices including president for 1971-72. He transferred to the Auburn Lions Club in 1976 and remained a member there and recently received his 45-year service pin.

Beginning in 1951 he was a member of Organized, later Ready Reserve, Units in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was transferred to the Retired Reserve in 1966.  He became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in 1982 and has served the congregation in many capacities, including President in 1986-87.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Doris Reynolds Boyer; four daughters, Catherine Boyer, Ph.D. (Peter Lusche, M.D.), Susan Cappar (Richard), Anne Boyer, Ph.D. (Randall Shute), Mary Boyer Browne (Raymond Browne, M.D.); seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; also four stepdaughters of the Reynolds family, Kimberly Etcheson (Timothy), Peggy Sedlacek (Christopher), Teresa Champion (Robert),  Catherine Costelle (Douglas); and 11 grandchildren.

He was a gentle, kind, patient man who devoted his life to his family and the longleaf pine forests of the Southeast. He was much loved and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn on April 22 at noon. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Auburn Lions Club; Trinity Lutheran Church organ fund; or The American Friends Service Committee. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.