Obituaries for Wed., May 7, 2014, edition

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In today’s edition find obituaries for Robert Simms, Almeta McGowin, William Thompson, Sallie Mae Turk, Gene Aycock and Sara Haveard.



McDavid, Fla.


Robert Earl Simmons, 54 of McDavid, Fla., passed away Wed., April 30, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla.
Graveside services were held on Mon., May 5, at 2 p.m., at Ray’s Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Marshall officiating.
He was a native of Century, Fla., and a lifetime resident where he worked in the construction industry. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Simmons; brother, Ronnie Simmons; and his wife, Teresa Moore.

He is survived by his mother, Vera Simmons of Century, Fla.; son, Nathan A. Mack of McDavid, Fla.; daughter, Sarah Moore of Century; step-daughter, Jacqueline (Billy) Moes of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Donnie Simmons of Century, Ricky Simmons of Brewton, David Simmons of Century and Bobby Simmons of Jay, Fla.; sister, Carolyn Brown of Brewton; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Donnie Simmons, Ricky Simmons, David Simmons, Bobby Simmons, Todd Smith and Chester Stewart.
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East Brewton


Alameta Golden McGowin, 90, of Churchhill Street, East Brewton, passed away on Sun., May 4, 2014, in a local hospital after a extended illness.

Services began with visitation on Tues., May 6, at 10 a.m. and funeral services at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Quick officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing. Interment followed in Green Acres Cemetery in Brewton.

She was a native of Pollard and life-long resident of Escambia County. She was a member of the East Brewton Church of God and a retired LPN from D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her son, S.L. “Sammy” (Sally) McGowin Jr. of Brewton; two sisters, Wesley (Sandy) Whiters of Pensacola, Fla., and Katie Lee (Larry) Walsh of Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Deborah McGowin, Duane McGowin,

Stacey McGowin and Mark McGowin; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel L. McGowin Sr.; son, Danny McGowin; and great grandson, Ryan Dasher.

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Jay, Fla.


William “Pogue” Earl Thompson, 83, of Pogue Thompson Road, Dixonville Community, Jay, Fla., passed away on Thurs., May 1, 2014, in a Pensacola, Fla., medical facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held on Sun., May 4, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Thompson Jr. and the Rev. Earnie Calhoun officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to the service and interment followed the service in the Dixonville Community Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native and a life long resident of Santa Rosa County, Fla. He was a founding member of the Dixonville Full Gospel Community Church; a 1948 graduate of Jay High School; a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea, and a retired chemical foreman from Monsanto with 32 years of service. He was also a founding member of the Dixonville Fire Department and had worked with the U.S. Forest Service.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Thompson; son, William E. “Bill” (Tonya) Thompson Jr., all of Jay; daughter, Tammy Thompson (Tim) Pascal of Pace, Fla.; brother, Richard (Margie) Thompson of Jay; sister, Helen Jean Bailey of Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren, Chuck Duckworth, Clint Duckworth, Crystal Duckworth,

Bradley Weaver and Sarah Weaver; and two great-grandchildren, Evan Duckworth and Christian Duckworth.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Earl Duckworth, and sister, Merle Jones.

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Stevensville, Mich.


Sallie Mae Turk departed this life peacefully on Sat., April 26, 2014, at the Pine Ridge Rehabilitation Nursing Center in Stevensville, Mich.

She was one of 14 children born to the late Daisy and B.B. Haslip in Butler County, Alabama. Official records indicate she was born on June 10, 1907; however, based on her knowledge and in her heart, her date of birth was June 10, 1910.

She was educated in the Andalusia School System and worked for many years at and retired from the Liberty National Insurance Company.

She was married to the late Marvin Turk of Andalusia for more than 30 years. She was preceded in death by sons, Clarence and Willie Lee Church; her parents; 13 siblings; and one granddaughter.

She accepted Christ at a young age and later became a member of the Second Saint Siloam Baptist Church in Brewton. She served as a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir, member of the Mother’s Board and Missionary Society, and enjoyed cooking in the church kitchen. She later changed her church membership to Second Saint John Baptist Church in Brewton and continued being a member of their Mother’s Board and Missionary Society. Sallie read her Bible daily, every morning, and prayed kneeling and thanking God every night. She enjoyed traveling to the “Church Big Meeting” circuit with her friend, Catherine Littles.

She enjoyed helping her family, fishing, taking her daily nap and a good dip of snuff after dinner.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her daughter, Catherine Hall; one daughter-in-law, Adella Church; 11 grandchildren, Diann (who she raised as a daughter), James, Clarence, Maude, Clarissa, Deborah, Katerka, Sally Arrick, Sicelia, Debra and Mary Ann; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; devoted and special friends, Gloria and Cary Barton; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

The family expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the many acts of kindness and consideration shown during the loss of our loved one. May God continue to bless and keep each and every one of you in his loving care.
The family sends a “special thank you” to Maude and Reginald Osby and other family members for spending time with Mama Sallie at the nursing home.

Flomaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.






Gene Aycock went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Mon., May 5, 2014.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., May 7, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Brewton with the Rev. John Finlea and the Rev. Jack Fitts officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Castleberry with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

Visitation will be held today at 10 a.m. in the church chapel.

He was generous with his time and his talents to all who needed him and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Aycock; brothers, Pete and Kirk Aycock; and daughter, Susie Hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gladys Aycock; son, Larry Aycock of Range; daughter, Annie Roper of Foley; and step-daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Palmer of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Shawana (Phillip) Sabo of Tampa, Fla., Chris (Joy) Burkhardt of Elberta, Jenny Burkhardt of Elberta, Corey (Megan) Marler of Summerdale, Katie Phillips of Foley and Jessica (David) Blevins of Huntsville; step-grandchildren, Lindsay (Tyler) Maxey of Jacksonville, Fla., and Paul Allen Palmer of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Brielan Richardson and Kiersten Sabo of Tampa, Fla., and Raelynn Marler of Summerdale.

Pallbearers will be Corey Barnes, Gene Carpenter, Paul Fay, Jimmy Gay, Gary Hall, Mitch Hammack and Pat Reeves.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Ward, Charles Colman and Dale Finley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Brewton or the American Cancer society.

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East Brewton

Sarah Vivian “Betty” Gibson Haveard, 78, of Holmes Avenue, East Brewton, passed away Wednesday night, April 23, 2014, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held on Sun., April 27, at 3 p.m., at Elim Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Headley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

She was a native of Castleberry and a life long resident of East Brewton. She was a member of the Elim Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her three daughters, Sarah Schatz of Sullivan, Mo., Doris Ryals of East Brewton and Debra (John) Wilson of Roberts; brother, Leo Gibson of Brewton; sister, Lucille Crawford of East Brewton; five grandchildren, Greg (Michelle) Singleton, Kevin (Brandi) Singleton, John Paul (Stephanie) Wilson, Crystal (CJ Crain) Clements and Jessica Wilson; and eight great-grandchildren, Payton Singleton, Jaden Singleton, Alivia Faulk, Madalynn Burtram, Noah Burtram, Hunter Wilson, Laci Campbell and Alesea Steadman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete “Paw Paw” Haveard; parents, Lee and Nellie Gibson; one brother; and one sister.
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