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Obits for Wed., April 29 edition

Wanda Sue Myers Wood
Prattville

Wanda Sue Myers Wood, 62, of East 6th Street in Prattville, passed away Fri., April 24, 2015, at a Prattville medical facility.
She was a native of Tennessee and a former resident of Brewton before moving to Prattville.
She was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.
She is survived by one son, Al Wood of Brewton; daughter, Dana Wood of Montgomery; brother, Bill Myers of Prattville; and one sister, Jeri M. (Dennis) Gazell of Prattville.
Graveside services were held Mon., April 27, at 3 p.m., at Damascus Cemetery at Douglas Chapel with the Rev. Doug Greer officiating.
Interment followed in Damascus Cemetery at Douglas Chapel in the Damascus Community of Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

James ‘Jim’ Henry Raap
Flomaton

James “Jim” Henry Raap, 73, of Ledcaylynn Drive in Flomaton passed away Mon., April 13, 2015, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a brief illness. He was a native and former resident of Elgin, Ill., before moving to Brewton. He was of the Lutheran faith, a U.S. Army Veteran, and owned/operated Raap’s Towing.
He is survived by one brother, Leon (Sharon) Raap of Elgin, Ill.
Graveside services were held Fri., April 24, at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
Interment followed in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Harry Oliver Dixon
Brewton

Harry Oliver Dixon, age 71, of Appleton Road in Brewton, passed away Sat., April 25, 2015, at his residence after a brief illness. He was a native and life long resident of Escambia County.
He attended Pilgrim’s Chapel Church, was a graduate of W.S. Neal High School and Jefferson Davis Community College, and a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a retired Loader Checker from Smurfitt-Stone with 41 plus years of service, and was an avid gun and knife collector.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Burnham Dixon of Brewton; one son, Joey (Jennifer) Dixon of Daphne; one daughter, Laura (Steve) Blackmon of Brewton; three brothers, James (Carol) Dixon of DeFuniak, Fla., Tommy (Jane) Dixon of Brewton and David (Mae) Dixon of East Brewton; one sister, Judy (William) Hullett of East Brewton; six grandchildren, Wade Dixon, Westley Dixon, Max McCormick, Meredith (Tatum Duke) McCormick, Caitlyn Blackmon, Cam Blackmon; and one great-grandchild, Madisyn Duke.
Funeral services were held Tues., April 28, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Aaron Smith, the Rev. Fred White, and the Rev. Byrnes Pitts officiating.
Interment followed in Weaver Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Ila Merle Franklin
Brewton

Ila Merle Franklin, 89, of Brewton, died April 21 in Pensacola, Fla.
She was born in Escambia County, in Roberts, on Dec. 23, 1925. For 24 years she taught business, math and typing to students at W.S. Neal and Flomaton High Schools. After retiring as a teacher, she worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses in Brewton.
Catawba Springs Baptist became her church home, where she enjoyed leading Sunday school class. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Edmond H. Franklin, who experienced her commitment and love as she cared so well for him, particularly in the last years of his life.
She is survived by her daughters, Ila Brown and Marilyn (Ralph) Muzzy of Pensacola, Fla.; sisters, Kathleen Reaves of Pace, Fla., Peggy (Hilary) Grice of Irvington and Joan Nix of Daphne; and brother, Robert (Barbara) Barnes of Oneonta.
Her grandchildren are Jay Brown of Saint Louis, Mo., Cara Brown of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Sean (Sarah) Brown of Valdosta, Ga. Her great-grandsons, Nicholas and Linus, brought her tremendous joy in her last years.
The family would like to thank West Florida Hospital and Covenant Hospice of Pensacola. They are very grateful to the visitation team of Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, who so often came to brighten her days.
Services were held Thurs., April 23, at 2 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home in Brewton. A graveside service followed at Catawba Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12the Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504; Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes, P.O. Box 361767, Birmingham, AL 35236; or the Catawba Springs Baptist Cemetery Fund in care of Robert Martin, 3161 Keego Road, Brewton, AL 36426.
Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton directed the services.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at craversfh.com.

Natalie Danielle Grimes McCall
Brewton

Natalie Danielle Grimes McCall, 25, of Lynbrook Drive in Brewton, passed away Sat., April 11, 2015, from injuries sustained in a automobile accident.
She was a native of Montgomery and a life long resident of Escambia County. She was of the Assembly of God faith, attended W.S. Neal School and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her father, Michael Grimes; mother, Georgia (Chad) Murphy; daughter, Bailey Jorja Alynda McCall; son, Levi William Steadman; brother, Brewer Murphy, all of Brewton; one sister, Hillary Christina (Brandon) Rose of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one half-sister, Christian Grimes of Berrydale, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Lydia Grimes of Brewton; maternal grandfather, Philip (Suellen) Kress of Wisconsin; and paternal grandmother, Sharon Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Jim Grimes; maternal great-grandparents, William E. and Georgia Maxine Royce; and paternal grandfather, Paul Murphy.
Funeral services were held on Fri., April 17, at 2 p.m. at the Rock Creek Assembly of God Church with the Rev. David Earl Elliott officiating.
Interment followed in Rock Creek Assembly of God Church Cemetery in the Rock Creek Community of Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Lygia Marie Corley
Brewton

Lygia Marie Corley, 56, passed away on Thurs., April 23, 2015, at her Brewton residence.
She was born in Oahu, Hawaii, and had been a resident of Brewton for the past two years, coming from Louisiana. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rothel and Willie Mae Dawkins; and her husband, Stephen Corley.
She is survived by a son, Brian (Jamie) Hawsey of Brewton; a daughter, Tisha (Chris) Mealer of Picayune, Miss; a step-son, Daniel (Danielle) Corley of South Carolina; a step-daughter, Dana (Jarred) Heflin of El Paso, Texas; one brother, James Dawkins of Brewton; one sister, Linda Gale Franklin of Wilmington, N.C.; and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Mon., April 27, at 1:30 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. James Aubrey Wilson officiating.
Interment followed in Zion Hill Cemetery.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at craversfh.com.

Robert Devell Moore
Compton, Calif.

Robert Devell Moore was born on Nov. 8, 1958 in Jena, La., to the late John Westley Moore and Louise Moore. He was the youngest of seven children. He was called to his heavenly home on Fri., April 10, 2015.
As a child, he attended Trout Creek Baptist Church in Goodpine, La. From his early childhood, he loved and played baseball. In 1968, the family moved to Compton, Calif., where he continued to play baseball. He was known around the neighborhood as ‘4:30’ and when asked why, he stated that “the Rifleman was his favorite TV show and it come on every day at 4 p.m.”
After graduation from high school, Robert signed with the Oakland Athletics in the 11th round of the 1976 amateur draft. He played his first professional season with their Class A team. He then split his last season with the California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, and the Triple A Nashville Sounds. He retired as a pitched in the Major Leagues as a San Francisco Giant.
Known as ‘Big Money’, he trained and mentored youth and potential prospects. He never turned down anyone when it cam to coaching and was truly committed to the game of baseball.
He was the husband of the late Cynthia Moore, and from this marriage of 30 years, had one child, Gena Louise Moore.
In passing, he now joins his wife, mother, and father, one brother, two nieces and one nephew.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter Gena Louise Moore, two beautifule granddaughters, Jaszmine and Jayila, who he loved dearly; one brother, John W. (Felicia) Moore, four sisters, Charlotte Lewis, Elnora Walker, Betty Rae (John) Johnson, and Patricia Smith; as well as a host of several nieces, nephews and cousins who loved him dearly, and a host of friends.
Services were held Sat., April 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Presley-Fluker Funeral Chapel in Brewton with the Rev. Roger Washington officiating.
Internment followed at Bergen Memorial Cemetery in Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

Mattie Joyce Stallworth
Brewton

Mattie Joyce Stallworth was truly a free-spirited woman. She was in harmony with her spirit and was fully comfortable with herself. She lived according to her own wishes and beliefs unconstrained by society’s convention. Sometimes people could not comprehend her passion, but she would eventually win them over with her fun filled personality. Mattie was an individual with a unique attitude, lifestyle and imagination. She was a nonconformist. While this definition portrays who she was outwardly, it falls shot of defining who she was in total and in her heart as a person.
She was a faithful Christian, a beautiful daughter, a proud sister, a devoted wife, a loving mother, a caring sister-in-law, a spoiling grandmother, a giving aunt, a thoughtful cousin, a mindful neighbor, an educated employee, an everlasting friend, and a wishful person with strong love in her heart.
She passed away peacefully on Sun., April 12, 2015 at the Emerald Coast Nursing Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was born Dec. 31, 1943 in Brewton. She was the third child and only girl of five siblings born to James and Lillian Sanford.
She was united in Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton until her death. Her spirited voice could often be heard during the service on Sundays.
She attended Southern Normal School in Brewton and was a graduate of the class of 1961. She was an active student and involved in many school activities. She made many lifetime friends during her school days and kept close ties with them as well as those she grew up with on Gowan Street where she lived.
She was united in marriage to Wynton Jackson and was received in love by the Jackson family of Brewton. To this strong union was born a daughter, Sherita Jackson, and a son, Eric Jackson. After several years living in Brewton, they left for the big city of Chicago.
She was employed by Delta Airline and Wynton by American Airlines. They both made good use of the airline privileges and the family traveled extensively. As a result of an illness, Wynton passed away in the spring of 1982.
She moved back to Brewton when her father became seriously ill to assist her mother. This move brought a new man into her life, Thomas Earl Stallworth, whom she united in marriage in 1991.
She was an accomplished seamstress and her passion for sewing was well-known. When asked to make a dress or suit, she was ready for the challenge. She could take ideas or patters and use them so that they finished product, where plain or fancy, were sewn just as desired. Sewing truly was her niche. Her other passion was cooling. Her culinary skills brought joy to those who had the opportunity to dine at her table. Her famous gumbo was an epicurean delight.
Family members who preceded her death are her parents, James and Lillian Sanford and husbands Wynton Jackson and Thomas Stallworth.
She leaves to celebrate her sprit, a daughter, Sherita Jackson; son, Eric (Marsha) Jackson; a step-daughter Cortney Edwards; granddaughters, Erica Jackson and Myah Jackson; grandsons, Wynton Henderson, Spencer Henderson and John Jackson; brothers, Henry (Henrietta) Sanford, James (Minnie) Sanford, William (Ana) Sanford and Charles (Billie) Sanford; and a host of additional family and friends.
Services were held Sat., April 25, at 11 a.m. at Baptist hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton with the Rev. Eric T. Andrews officiating.
Internment followed in Bergen Memorial Cemetery in Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

About Adam Robinson

My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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