Obituaries for the Wed., June 18, 2014, edition

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In this edition, find obituaries for Roy Cain, Gary Huff, Rosa White, Novella Jones and Florence Ezell.



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Roy Edward Cain, 68, passed away on Sun., June 15, 2014, at his Castleberry residence.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., June 18, at 10 a.m., from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred White and Harlon Ard officiating. Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. He was an ordained Baptist minister and a master carpenter. He was a retired bridge and road crew foreman for Cedar Creek Land & Timber. He was a member of Pilgrims Chapel Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elie Cain and Mamie Smith Cain; brothers, Coy Lee Cain and L.V. Cain; sisters, Mearlean Powell, Lennie Mae Barnes, Dottie Faye Blair and Shirley Sessions; and a grandson, Emilio “Buck” Rivera.

He is survived by his wife, Renee Cain; four sons, Chris (Brooke) Cain, Shane (Shea), all of Appleton, Garry (Sharee) Cain of Moulton, and Anthony (Kelly) Cain of Auburn; two daughters, Vaniessa Cain of Appleton and Melanie (Jason) Poulin of Waverly Hall, Ga.; three sisters, Daisy Cain Black of Lenox, Ruthie Cain Moye of Monroeville and Pearl Cain Hale of Brewton; 12 grandchildren, Colton, Kayla, Anah, Warren, Jesse, Ashton, Aimee, Michelle, Jonathan, Nikki, Logan and Gage; and four great-grandchildren.

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Gary Aubrey Huff, 82, died Wed., June 11, 2014, at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Auburn University in 1957 with a degree in forest management. He began working in 1957 for Container Corp. of America. In 1973, he operated a private pulp wood business, and in July of 1977, he went to work for McMillan Trust and McMillan Limited, where he retired in December of 2005. He was a member of North Brewton Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Van Don (Mary) Huff II of Fort Deposit; three daughters, Deborah Ann Huff of Mobile, Pamela (Michael) Clark of Fairhope and Patricia Mosley of Semmes; brother, Donald Huff of Birmingham; sister, Ann Bryant of Brewton; six grandchildren, Michele Outlaw, Alexandria Dooley, Van Don Huff III, Carlee Clark, Charlie Young and Jennifer Harper; and three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Outlaw, Brayden Outlaw, and Landon Outlaw.

Funeral services were held on Mon., June 16, at 11 a.m., at North Brewton Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael King and the Rev. Jack Williamson officiating. Interment followed in Weaver Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Van Don Huff III, Randal Huff, Scott Huff, John Dooley, Nathan Outlaw and Michael Clark.

Honorary pallbearers were Nickey Jackson, Jim Kennedy, Clyde Gibson and Joe Beasley.

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Rosa Dene Stevens White, 79, of Luttrell Street, Brewton, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014, in a Mobile hospital after a brief illness.

She was a native of Wewahitchka, Fla., and a long time resident of Brewton. She graduated high school at Wewahitchka, Fla., worked as a legal secretary at Stokes & Jernigan Law Firm for 19 years, and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred “Willie” White of Brewton; two daughters, Janet (Billy) Frazier and Gayle (Wayne) Lacy, all of Brewton; three grandsons, Jason Lacy, Kevin Frazier and Jeffery Lacy; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Mon., Jun 16, at 2 p.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Edwards, Bishop Don White and Speaker Wayne Lacy officiating. Interment followed in Rock Cemetery in Flomaton with
Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

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Novella C. Jones was the eldest child of the late Lomax Crosby and Carrie Crosby Randall. She was born in Fairview on March 13, 1926, and she departed this life peacefully at her home on June 5, 2014.

Funeral services were held on Wed., June 11, 2014, at noon, at First Baptist Church, Evergreen, with the Rev. Kenneth W. Kidd officiating. Interment followed in Jordan Memorial Garden in Evergreen.

She attended Conecuh County Training School and later furthered her education at Ed Reid Technical College.

At an early age, she accepted Christ and united with the Belleville Missionary Baptist Church. She later became a member of the First Baptist Church of Evergreen, where she served faithfully for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Deaconess Board, Missionary Society and senior choir; served as pastor’s aide and attended Sunday school and Bible study on a regular basis until her health failed. She also chaired many church committees throughout the years.

She worked at the Department of Human Resources with the adult services program, and retired on May of 1992. After retirement, she remained very active in her community. She was the past Matron of the Heroine of Jericho Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 12 and an active member of other organizations, which included being a life member of the NAACP, the Alabama Democratic Council and the Alabama Baptist State Women’s Auxiliary. She also enjoyed being a poll worker and visiting the sick. She had a great love of traveling and meeting new people. She never met a stranger.

She was formerly married to James Edward Thompson Sr., and to this union, four children were born: Wyvonia Thompson (Bobby) Thomas and James Thompson Jr., all of Brewton, Wendell Thompson of Evergreen and Earl Thompson of Pensacola, Fla.  She is also survived by her three sisters, Annie (Willie) Holder of Evergreen, Delois (Reco) Curtis of Jamaica, N.Y., and Betty Daily of Evergreen; two brothers: William (Gwen) Crosby of Pensacola, Fla., and Mack Dailey of Repton; and one sister-in-law, Louise Crosby of Mobile. She also leaves to cherish her memories 10 grandchildren, Deon (Wendell), Tiffani (Al), Christopher, Michele (Terry), Winnie (Edward), Wendell Jr. (Danielle), Kendell, Rondell, Ronkenia and Wendy; 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Emma C. Davenport, and brother, Mack Duffie Crosby.





Florence Terry Ezell, 84, died on Tues., June 10, 2014, at her Brewton residence.

She was born in Atmore and had been a resident of the Brewton area for most of her life.  She was a homemaker and was a member of Brewton’s First Baptist Church, where she was in the Ruth Sunday school class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Marvin Ezell, and son, Robert Terry Ezell.
She is survived by a son, David (Pam) Ezell of Owens Crossroads; two daughters, Libby Ezell (Steve) Dantzler and Susan Ezell (Gary) Darby, all of Brewton; one sister, Margaret Smith of Atmore; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Ezell of Castleberry; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Ezell of Blue Ridge, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Vivian Snow of Anniston; two grandchildren, Shannon Haveard and Natalie Sherrer; six step-grandchildren; and numerous step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Fri., June 13, at 11 a.m., from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Fitts and the Rev. Diane Everette officiating.  Interment followed in Union Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joe Fail, Wade Fail, Bill Terry, Billy Earl Cook, Danny Cottrell and James Aubrey Wilson
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
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