Obits for Wed., April 15 edition

Published 5:53 am Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dumas, Ark.

Daniel Douglas Nelson Sr., 70, passed away Thurs., April 2, 2015, in a Dumas, Ark., hospital.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Catawba Springs Cemetery on Sat., April 11, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Hemley officiating and visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.
He was born in Brewton and had been a resident of Jay, Fla., prior to moving to Arkansas and was of the Christian faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack and Isabel Nelson, and a sister, Mary Agnes Nelson.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Nelson of Ore City, Texas; two sons, Daniel (Becki) Nelson Jr. of Flomaton and Mack (Karen) Nelson of Pinellas, Fla.; two daughters, Kathy Marie Nelson of Appleton and Faith Nelson of Nebraska; three brothers, Tommy (Katie) Nelson of Brewton, Anthony Dewitt (Yong Cha) Nelson of Pensacola, Fla., and Lawrence Earl (Shirley) Nelson of Brewton; two sisters, Ruby Jean Davis of Gonzalez, Fla., and Elizabeth Sue (Wayne) Horton of Jay, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
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Nadine McDonald Ryals, 81, of Westside Road, Castleberry, passed away Tuesday morning, April 7, 2015, at her residence after an extended illness.
Visitation will be held on Thurs., April 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Fri., April 10, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home with the Rev. Andy Peavy officiating and interment following in Buffington Cemetery in Castleberry. Craver’s Funeral Home Inc. of Brewton is directing.
Born in Lenox, she was a resident of Castleberry for the past 57 years and was a homemaker and member of Hartwood Methodist Church.
She is survived by two sons, William Ryals of Castleberry and Eddie (Terisa) Ryals of East Brewton; four daughters, Carolyn (Donnie) Darby of Castleberry, Charlene (Edward) Ridgeway of Evergreen, Christine (Phillip) Pugh and Toni (Chris) Anderson, all of Castlebery; two sisters, June (James) Alford of Lenox and Bonnie McDonald of Mobile; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Eugene and Gladys McDonald; husband, Tommy Ryals; grandson, Michael Anderson; and brother; Billy McDonald.
Pallbearers will be Jason Anderson, Jeremy Clifton, Don Darby, Dewayne Ryals, Gene Ryals, Tyler Baker and Brad Dawkins.
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Reginald ‘Reggie’ Paige Brown
Killeen, Texas

Reginald ‘Reggie’ Paige Brown was born on May 17, 1960, in Brewton and passed away on April 2, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Edward Lee Adam; his mother, Ella Lee Brown, III; and his loving wife, Diane Marshall Brown.
He accepted Christ at an early age at the Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church.
He graduated from T.R. Miller High School in Brewton in 1979. He furthered his education at Jacksonville State University and then to the University of Alabama where he played football under the leadership of the late Bear Bryant.
He also served in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge from the military, he lived in Brewton and later moved to Killeen, Texas.
He leaves his cherished memories with his mother-in-law, Lola Bryant of Andalusia; one goddaughter/niece, Danikia Paige Brown; two step-daughters, Tamika (Kelvin) Smith of Andalusia and Tequila Chambers of Huntsville; three sisters, Patricia (Conrad) Bias of Killeen, Texas, Donna Ellis of Montgomery, and Anita Saffore of Brewton; four brothers, Bruce (Alice) Brown, Morris Brown, Michael Sutton and William Sutton, all of Brewton; two aunts, Lois Brown and Voncile Nettles of Brewton; two uncles, Darryl Brown of Lawton, Okla., and John Walton German of Brewton; one very special cousin, Mildred Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services were held Fri., April 10, at 11 a.m. at Baptist Hill Cemetery in Brewton with the Rev. Willie J. Blue officiating. Internment followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery in Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

Nettie Ruth Goetsch

Nettie Ruth Goetsch, 75, of Flomaton, passed away on Sun., April 5, 2015, at her home.
She was a native of Butler County and had been a member of the Flomaton community since 1991 coming from Jacksonville, Fla.
During her working years she worked as a registered nurse.
She was a veteran of the United States Navy and was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Henry Goetsch, Sr. and brother, John Reaves.
She is survived by her sons, Marvin H. (Pamela) Goetsch, Jr. of Kodiak, Alaska and Harold M. Goetsch of Flomaton; brother, William (Betty) Reaves of Flomaton; sisters, Bobbie (Thomas) Agee of Flomaton, Inez (Dewey) Carnley of Century, Fla., and Elsie Reaves of Century, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather Goetsch and Dalton Goetsch.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Scott Synder officiating.
Interment followed in Flomaton Cemetery in Flomaton.
Pallbearers were Burton Reaves, Stevie Reaves, Mike Carnley, Tim Fletcher, Mike Winn, and Matt Reaves.
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Margaret Louise ‘G.G.’ Pugh Barton

Margaret Louise ‘G.G.’ Pugh Barton of Brewton, passed away on April 6, 2015, at D. W. McMillan Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born on January 3, 1924, in Haleyville.
She has been a resident of Brewton for the past 55 years.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Lauris H. (Spike) Barton; one daughter, Annette (Pete) Davis of Brewton; and two sons, Ronald (Rebecca) Barton of Lake Worth, Fla., and Maurice (Hope) Barton of Apopka, Fla.
She has nine grandchildren, Jennifer Davis (Don) Clements, Mary Margaret Davis (Ryan) Powell, Amy Barton, Morgan Barton, Reese Barton, Tracey (Ben) Donaldson, Lynne (Nick) Wellman, Jason Adamson, and Matthew (Heather) Johnson.
She also has 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by one sister, Ola Wakefield of Double Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Taylor Pugh and Lula Angeline Horton Pugh; her step-mother, Carrie Pugh; four brothers, Burvin Pugh, A.L.Pugh, Morris Pugh, and Norris Pugh; and her sisters, Edith Carson and Lola King.
She has been an active member of the Church of Christ for over 60 years, most recently attending the Brewton and Flomaton congregations.
She spent her married life as a homemaker, traveling wherever her husband’s work took them. She enjoyed living in the different places and making life-long friends while doing so. Anyone who knew her will tell you that she was an excellent cook, and her kitchen was her domain.
She loved to sew and for over 20 years made Christmas stockings in which each baby born at D. W. McMillan Hospital during the months of November and December could be placed when they were carried home . She also enjoyed her many years as a volunteer with the Pink Ladies at the hospital. She was an avid gardener, bird watcher, collector of both coins and dolls, and a sports fan. She loved to cheer for the Alabama Crimson Tide. She enjoyed fishing and camping and did so as long as her health permitted. The Diana Gospel Singings were one of her favorite events to attend each year where her love of singing could be shared with others. She led a full, active, happy life for 91 years and was richly blessed.
Funeral services were held Thurs., April 9, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Elder Larry White and Speaker Pat Jarvis officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Cemetery Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
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Donations in memory of Louise P. Barton can be made to Family Life Missions, Inc., P.O. Box 78782, Nashville, TN 37207. This is a Christian orphans’ home in Honduras.

Gladystine Evans Parker

Gladystine Parker, a devoted mother and wife, served the Brewton community with her love of Christ, people, and all things botanical. Growing up as one of six children in the rural community of Damascus, she had first hand knowledge of the survival skills of farming and the teamwork of large families.
Her parents were the late Mary Etta Stone and Grover Cleveland Evans. Her marriage to the late Elmore Myron Parker of North Bloomfield, Ohio, led her to Atlanta, where her husband completed dental school at Emory University.
They returned to the Brewton community, where Mrs. Parker was active with the Women’s Society of the First United Methodist Church, the Girl Scouts of America, the Meadorwood Garden Club (Charter member), and the Pensacola Orchid Society. With no formal training, she learned the skills of oil painting under the tutelage of Abbotte Downing and developed a love of fine art that was infused in all of her activities. Her knowledge of plants was inextricably linked with her love of art, providing her with unlimited connections to the people she loved in the community.
A naturalistic style was pervasive in her constant gardening on the grounds of her home. She never tired of visiting friends, sharing with her large extended family, taking nourishing dishes to the sick and elderly, contributing energy to church and community events, and collecting goods for the needy.
Her daughters, Dr. Pamela E. Parker and Nell P. Wentworth, live in Birmingham and Pace Florida respectively. Her only son Myron K. Parker died in Princeton, NJ, in 2000. She is survived by 5 grandchildren: Charlotte B. Parker, Wesley W. Wentworth, Katherine E. Ford, John P. Ford, and Marc B. Ford. One surviving sister, Flossie Martin, lives in Brewton.
Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church of Brewton at 10 a.m. today with the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Dr. Ed Glaize and the Rev. Frank Scott officiating.
A graveside service will follow at the Union Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Donations may be sent to First United Methodist Church, Brewton.


Bobbie Lucille Hammac Evans, 81, of Hwy. 41, Brewton, passed away Monday evening, April 6, 2015, at a Jay, Fla., hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held on Thurs., April 9, at 2 p.m., at Craver’s Funeral Home with interment following in Hanberry Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
She was a native and life-long resident of Brewton and was a homemaker of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include her sons, Ray (Nancy) Evans of Flomaton, Ronnie E. (Kathy) Evans of Stockton and Herbie Evans of Brewton; brother, Cyril (Ethel) Hammac of Brewton; sister; Bernice Hammac of Century, Fla.; eight grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; James L. Evans, and son, Kenneth James Evans.
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