Obituaries for the Wed., May 21, 2014, edition
Obituaries found in this edition include: Albert Junior “Jimbo” Burch, Arva Ruth Fore, Leandra Gaye Garner Campbell, Connie Elizabeth Graves Sheffield, Verlon Pugh, Teresa “Terry” Allen and Carol Ann Cobb.
ALBERT JUNIOR ‘JIMBO’ BURCH
Albert Junior “Jimbo” Burch, 60, of Evergreen, passed away on Tues., April 8, 2014, in the Georgiana hospital.
Funeral services were held on Fri., April 11, at 2 p.m., from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Lomax Lunsford officiating and interment following in Hartwood Methodist Church Cemetery.
He was born in the Wallace Community of Escambia County and had been a resident of Evergreen for the past eight years. He worked as a laborer for Coastal Forest and was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ola Burch, and a sister, Debra Kay Burch.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene H. Burch of Evergreen; two daughters, Melissa Burch, both of Evergreen, and Tabitha Lucas of Brewton; seven brothers, Doug (Clara) Burch of Range, Clarence Burch of Brewton, Fred (Loree) Burch of Castleberry, Rufus Burch of Brewton, Kenny Burch of Satsuma, Jesse (Cindy) Burch of East Brewton and David Burch of Brewton; five sisters, Mary Jane “Sally” Blackwell of Range, Dot “Elbert” Turberille of Excel, Carolyn Presley of East Brewton, Lisa Pontiff of Brewton and Susan Burch of East Brewton; and two grandchildren, Alex Johnson and Makayla McCorvey.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at www.craversfh.com.
ARVA RUTH FORE
Arva Ruth Fore, 84, of Flomaton, passed away on Mon., May 12, 2014, at Baptist Hospital.
Funeral services were held on Fri., May 16, at 4 p.m., at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Timothy Faulk officiating and interment following in Little Escambia Cemetery in Flomaton with Flomaton Funeral Home directing.
Visitation was held at the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
She was a native of Byrneville, Fla., and a member of the Flomaton Community since 1954. She was a homemaker and a member of Little Escambia Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Odell Fore, sisters, Evelyn Dawson and Edith Killiam.
Survivors include her sons, Tommy Rex (Ann) Fore of Brewton, Tony Robert (Becky) Fore of Flomaton and Roger Eric (Charlene) Fore of Snellville, Ga.; daughter, Wanda Ruth (Timothy) Faulk of Dothan; sisters, Aleene Tubbs of Gadsden and Wynetta Boutwell of Flomaton; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Richard Fore, Ryan Fore, Kevin Faulk, Robbie Fore, Trent Sutton and Nicholas Sutton.
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LEANDRA GAYE GARNER CAMPBELL w/photo
Leandra Gaye Garner Campbell, 51, passed away Tues., May 13, 2014.
She was born in Gadsden and graduated from T. R. Miller High School in Brewton and The University of Alabama. She was employed by Sherry and Co. for more than 24 years and was the vice president of operations at Accustaff and Estaff.
After a courageous six- year battle with cancer, she has left this world, but her spirit will be with us forever. Her passion was her family, and she found profound joy and comfort in being a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and an aunt. She combined grace, courage and realism as she fought her battle to be with us as long as possible. Anyone who came into contact with her soon realized that her beauty came from within. She held to a code of behavior that revolved around an inner core of honesty, kindness, loyalty, and a keen understanding of human nature.
To those who were lucky enough to be her friends knew that they had happened upon a true treasure. Her love and devotion to her husband, Eddie, and her three children, Tyler, Carlyn and Connor, can never be erased and it will enable them to embrace life and prosper as they journey forward.
In her work life, as in her family life, she always did her best. She was a beacon of strength, understanding and perseverance of perfection. She could always be counted on to never shy away from obstacles and hardships. She was a true inspirational force in her family and work life. No one will ever forget her joy at her son Tyler’s wedding; she was the gracious hostess, who laughed, danced and smiled. Daughter Caryln, who inherited her mother’s dimples, will always remember the care and guidance her mother gave as she developed into a sweet, caring, confident, young lady. And Connor, her youngest, Leandra adored going to all his sport games, whether he played brilliantly or had a misstep, she was always a loving and proud mother. Her remarkably bravery humbled everyone and just simply reinforced that we were indeed in the presence of rarity.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Eddie Campbell; three children, Tyler Duke (Piyanka Ghosal), Carlyn Campbell and Connor Campbell; her parents, Dale and Peggy Garner of Rainbow City; and three sisters, Kim (Mike) Morris of Chesapeake, Va., Cindy (Steve) Ballard of Samantha, Ala., and Jenni Garner of Roswell, Ga.
The family would like to thank Valerie Caterinicchia and Dr. Andres Forero.
A memorial service was held on Fri., May 16, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, bcrfa.org.
CONNIE ELIZABETH GRAVES SHEFFIELD
Connie Elizabeth Graves Sheffield, 78, passed away Tues., May 13, 2014, in a Century, Fla., health care facility.
She was a native and life long resident of Brewton. She attended Divine Temple and was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
She is survived by two daughters, Charlotte (Wayne) Radford of Reidsville, N.C., and Cynthia “Cindy” (Byron) Smith of Brewton; three grandchildren, Jeremy Radford, Avery Radford and Roxanne Goodman; and six great-grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Smith, Austin Radford, Christian Radford, Caleb Goodman, Caden Goodman and Adalyn Goodman.
Funeral services were held on Thurs., May 15, at 4 p.m., from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Wilbur Graves officiating. Interment followed in Beulah Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charlie Graves, Jason Gleaton, Chip Hines, Dean Hitchcock, Samuel Frazier and Patrick Davenport.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at craversfh.com.
VERLON JAMES PUGH
Verlon James Pugh, 72, of Robertsdale, passed away Tues., May 13, 2014, in a Fairhope nursing facility.
He was born in Brewton and had been a resident of Robertsdale since 1984. He was a truck driver by trade and was a member of Bush Street Church in Pensacola, Fla.
He is survived by a son, Michael (Prisca) Pugh of Robertsdale; two brothers, Robert (Shirley) Pugh and L.C. Pugh, all of Brewton; one sister, Clarice Southwell of Jay, Fla.; three grandchildren, Cynthia Guarisco, Matthew Pugh and Michaela Pugh; and one great-granddaughter, Anna Katherine Guarisco.
Funeral services were held on Fri., May 16, at 10 a.m., from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. James O. Baker officiating. Interment followed in New Hopewell Cemetery.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at craversfh.com.
TERESA ‘TERRY’ ALLEN
Teresa “Terry” Allen passed away at the age of 52 on Sun., May 11, 2014, at her residence.
She was born on July 21, 1961, in Evergreen. Her humorous nature, as well as her loving and charismatic personality, will be missed dearly.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Clara Maddox, and grandparents, John L. and Abbie Lou Allen.
She is survived by her life partner, Amy Browning; father, Jack Blackman; stepmother, Jeanne Blackman; siblings, Johnny Mae Godwin, Abigail (Todd) Blazek, Tracy (Blake) Riddle, Jackie (David) Ellis, Britney (Tylan) Shelley, Steve (Laura) Blackman, Rance (Sonja) Blackman and Shane (Kara) Blackman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial services will be held on Sun., May 25, at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, located at 1561 County Rd. 8, Paul, Ala., beginning at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Steve Yuhaz officiating.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the family’s GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com/DonateToTerry.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com.
CAROL ANN COBB
Carol Ann Cobb, 77, of Evergreen, passed away on Mon., May 19, 2014, in Evergreen Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held today, Wed., May 21, at 1 p.m., at Cope Funeral Home with burial to follow in Cobb Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today. Cope Funeral Home of Evergreen is in charge of the services.
She was born in Mississippi on March 29, 1936.
She is survived by her sons, Clayton “Butch” Cobb Jr. and his wife, Shirley, of Excel, Richard (Norma) Cobb and William Cobb, all of Brooklyn; her daughters, Suzzette (John) Childress and Colleen (Steve) Childress, all of Saraland; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.