Obits for Oct. 1 edition
Margaret Hawk went home to be with the Lord at her North Brewton home while surrounded by her family on Fri., 26, 2014.
Funeral services were held on Sat., Sept. 27, at 11 a.m., at Brewton First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Henry Lewis Smith, Pastor Jim Baird and Pastor Parker Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home directing.
She was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Texarkana, Ark. She and her husband, Bert, moved to Brewton in 1944 when he began working for T.R. Miller Mill Co. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School, led and taught various women’s groups, directed the choir and volunteered countless hours over the last 70-plus years.
She was a member of the Brewton Garden Club and loved flowers and gardening.
She opened her home to many over the years and enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for her guest.
Her blueberry gingerbread won first place in one of the first blueberry festivals and has remained a local favorite.
Whether she was teaching a class, playing the piano, gardening or cooking a meal, she did it with love and a desire that it all be done to the glory of God.
She will be missed by her family and by the community of Brewton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Hawk in 2005, and is survived by her son, William; her daughter-in-law, Joyce; four grandchildren, Benjamin Hawk, Darren Hawk, Jina Hawk Lotze and Dana Hawk; and four great grandchildren, with a fifth coming in October.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Active pallbearers were Jim McCracken, Bert Campbell, III, Charles Fountain, Coleman Fountain, Mike Godwin and Baxter Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Lee Otts and Bert Campbell Jr.
Leola Morris Martin
Leola Morris Martin, 91, of Brewton, passed away on Wed., Sept. 24, 2014, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Funeral services were held on Sun., Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., at Alco Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Fitts officiating and interment following in Union Cemetery and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.
She was born in Repton and had been a resident of Brewton for the past 60 years, coming from Excel. She was a homemaker and was a member of Alco Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Wayne Martin of Brewton; two daughters, Janie (Leon) Hamric of Robertsdale and Jeanette “Jenny” Martin of Monroeville five grandchildren, Amy Boutwell, Jill Ballard, Matthew Hamric, April Hamric and Jason Martin; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Martin, and a daughter, Susan Martin Taormina.
Mattie Mae Blair Brantley
Mattie Mae Blair Brantley, 82, of Cooper Cemetery Road passed away Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 in a Pensacola hospital after a brief illness.
She was a native and life long resident of Brewton. Brantley was a member of the Appleton Church of Christ and a former custodian at West Gate Village Nursing Home with 10 years of service.
Brantley is survived by on daughter, Catherine (Anthony) Stuckey of Brewton; three brothers, Bill Blair of Brewton, Estel (Jean) Blair of Brewton, James Red (Bobbie) Blair of Castleberry; four sisters, Easter Mae Blair of Brewton, Shirley Jean (Sherman) Allen of Brewton, Ruthie Bell (Darrel) Mitchell of Brewton, and Nellie Ann (Wendell) Campbell of Brewton; and five grandchildren, Caitlin, Kimberly, Kayla, Grace, and Colt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Daniel Brantley; a son, Wayne Pettis; a brother, Bruce Pete Blair; a sister, Lillie Mae Blair Buckhalt; and her parents James Esley and Ella Fay Cooper Blair.
Visitation will be held Wed. morning, Oct. 1, from 10 until 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Wed. morning, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Minister Clifford Dixon officiating.
Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery in Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home Of Brewton, Alabama Directing.
Bill Jordan Blair
Bill Jordan Blair, 79, of Cooper Cemetery Road passed away Sun., Sept. 28, 2014 in a Dothan hospital after a brief illness.
He was a native and life long resident of Escambia County. He was of the Free Will Baptist Faith, He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and raised Blue Tic coon dogs, and was retired from T.R. Miller Mill Company.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie Morgan Blair of Brewton; one daughter, Joyce (Bill) Palmer of Brewton; one grandaughter, Jessica (John) Bordayo of Brewton; one great-grandchild, Bryant Bordayo; two brothers, Estel (Jean) Blair of Brewton and James Red (Bobbie) Blair of Castleberry; four sisters, Easter Mae Blair, Shirley Jean (Sherman) Allen, Ruthie Bell (Darrel) Mitchell, and Nellie Ann (Wendell) Campbell, all of Brewton.
He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Royce Blair; a brother, Bruce Pete Blair; two sisters, Lillie Mae Blair Buckhault and Mattie Mae Blair Brantley; and his parents, James Esley and Ella Fay Cooper Blair.
Visitation will be held Thurs., Oct. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. from Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Cooper officiating.
Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert Allen Spears
Robert Allen Spears passed away on Sept. 26, 2014. Spears spent 23 years on this earth, 23 years that he used to touch the lives of everyone he met.
Spears was a well known football star in his community after playing for the Flomaton Hurricanes from 1996-2009. Ask any of his teammates and they will tell you how much they looked up to Allen for inspiration and as a leader after seeing his hard work and dedication to always be the best at everything he did.
Spear’s football team, however, were not the only ones that looked up to him.
Spears is survived by a little sister, Lana, who was his pride and joy, best friend and sidekick, a little brother, Tyler, for whom he served as a role model, mentor, and protector.
Spears was quite the ladies man throughout his life, but in the end only two had possessed the keys to his heart, his mother, that he adored more than anything in this world, Karla and the love of his life, Skye.
Spears is also survived by his grandparents, Shelby and Bill Spears, his step-father, Chris Neal, his father, Robert Jason Harris and grandmother, Betty Lovitt. Spears is also preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Sue Dyess, and his grandfather, Walter A. Lovitt.
Visitation was held Tues., Sept. 30, 2014 at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel from 6 until 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wed., Oct. 1, 2014 at the Flomaton High School gymnasium at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Hawsey officiating.
Interment will be in Poplar Dell Cemetery, in Century.
Pallbearers will be Tony Ellis, Turner Armstrong, Caleb Bethea, Brooks Hart, Dalton Hart, Cody Nolan, Farrin Jackson, Dillon Callahan.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Class of 2009.
Flomaton Funeral Home will be directing.
Joe Frederick “Smoking Joe” Emmons
Joe Frederick “Smokin Joe” Emmons, 58, of Liles Street, East Brewton, passed away Sunday morning Sept. 28, 2014 at his residence.
He was a native and life long resident of Escambia County, Alabama. Emmons was of the Baptist Faith and a retired fork lift operator from T.R. Miller Mill Company with 25 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Joyce Reed Emmons of East Brewton; two sons, Chad (Trish) Emmons of Castleberry and Kevin Emmons of Brewton; two step-sons Craig (Heather) Emmons of Ft. Polk, La., and Chris Briggs of Ft. Scott, Kan.; one step-daughter, Carla Stacey of Brewton; two brothers, Franklin (Liz) Emmons of Pace, Fla., John (Sandy) Emmons of Brewton; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Jean Parker.
Visitation will be held Wednesday night Oct.1, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton. Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday afternoon Oct. 2, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Catawba Springs Cemetery in Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home Of Brewton directing.