Obits for Wed., July 15, 2015
Lee McMillan Otts
Lee McMillan Otts, 93, of Poplar Avenue, Brewton, passed away Wed., July 8, 2015, in a local hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held on Fri., July 10, at 1 p.m., at the Brewton First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jim Baird, the Rev. Rob Oates and the Rev. Parker Johnson officiating. A reception followed the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Private family interment was held in Union Cemetery Brewton with Williams Funeral Home directing.
He was born May 21, 1922, in Greensboro and was preceded in death by his parents, Archiebald Bruce McEachin Otts and Elizabeth McMillan Otts of Greensboro, and his sister, Elizabeth Otts Bird, (Jim) of Forkland, Ala.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Byrd Otts; four daughters, Harriett (Mike) Godwin, Beth Sutton and Mary Lee Watson, all of Brewton, and Frances (Chip) Maxwell of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Elizabeth (John) Godwin Wilson and Mary (Radcliff) Godwin Menge of Birmingham; Michael (Allison) Godwin of Montgomery, David (Liz) Maxwell and Lauren Maxwell of Nashville, and Emmalee Sutton of Pensacola, Fla.; and four great grandchildren, Riley, Mary Pace and Currey Elizabeth Godwin of Montgomery and Lee Wilson of Birmingham.
He attended Greensboro High School and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class. He attended the University of Alabama and earned a degree in chemical engineering and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943, and in 1944, as a second lieutenant, he was deployed to France as part of the 26th Infantry Yankee Division 328th Regiment of Patton’s 3rd Army and obtained the rank of Captain. He was twice wounded in battle and earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He kept a journal during the war, which was later published as part of G Company’s War.
After the war, he returned to the University of Alabama and obtained his law degree. While there, in 1948 he married Mary Frances Byrd of Wilmington, N.C., whom he had met in England where she was serving as a Red Cross volunteer during the war. The couple moved to Brewton where he founded the law practice that today is the firm Otts, Moore, Coale, Godwin and Stearns.
While practicing law and raising his four daughters he served as county solicitor and inferior court judge. He later served as attorney for Escambia County for 35 years. His was active in the community as president of Brewton City Board of Education and the Escambia County Bar Association and as a member of the Brewton Rotary Club.
He served as elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Brewton, and in 2013 was honored for more than 40 years of service as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America. He loved to travel and in 2009 participated in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was an avid golfer and proud of his three holes in one at the Brewton Country Club. He was most proud of his family and loved to talk about his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His family will remember him as a man of honor and integrity who led by example and in all ways was a true gentleman.
Condolences may be sent at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
Alfonzo “Al” Williams was born in Tuskegee, to the late Willie Walker and Maxine Williams on January 24, 1961. He passed away Wed., July 1, 2015.
Funeral services were held Thurs., July 8, at 11 a.m. at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church in the Johnsonville Community. Internment followed at Sandy Grove Cemetery with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.
He was raised in Conecuh County in the Johnsonville Community before moving to Detroit, Mich. He graduated from Murray-Wright High School in 1979. He left Detroit in 1986 to join the United States Air Force. After successfully completing training in Texas, he was stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. While in the Philippines, he met the love of his life, Elena Bioc. The couple had their first child, Allen, on July 27, 1989. Before leaving the Philippines, the couple married in October 1989. A year later they welcomed their second child, Corey. In 1998, their third child, Jordan, was born. They were happily married for 21 years before Elena’s untimely death in 2011.
He confessed Christ at an early age at the Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. After returning to the area he rededicated his fellowship with Christ and the Sandy Grove Church family.
He served four years as an environmental support specialist in the U. S. Air Force before his honorable discharge. When he returned to the United States, he settled in Evergreen. The Williams family relocated and made Brewton their home.
Being a husband and father was his full-time job for more than 24 years. He would often say he had the best job in the world.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elena Williams; father, Willie Walker; mother Maxine Williams; brother, Nathaniel (Joyce) Bradley; and a special aunt, Mary S. Williams.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his three sons; Allen (Alisha) Williams of Daphne, Corey Williams and Jordan Williams, both of Brewton; two grandsons, Trent and Tristan Williams; six brothers, Willie (Paula) Williams of Detroit, Henry “Hank” (Valerie) Williams of Castleberry, Harry Walker of Brewton, Willie N. Walker and David Walker, both of Evergreen and Lawrence (Crystal) Walker of DeRidder, La.; three sisters, Bernice Johnson of Pensacola, Fla., Sherry (John) Walker of Brewton and Janice (Stanley) Stallworth of Evergreen; an honorary sister, Bessie (Ken) Littles; an honorary brother, Mannie (Virginia) Bradley; an honorary mother, Margaret Culliver; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends that loved him dearly.
JERRY WAYNE NEWBY
Jerry Wayne Newby, 60, of Churchhill Street, East Brewton, passed away Tues., July 14, 2015, in a local hospital after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held Thurs., July 16, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton with the Rev. Jim Blair officiating and interment following in Union Cemetery. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service.
He was a native of Andalusia and a long time resident of East Brewton. He was of the Christian faith, attended W.S. Neal High School and was a former security guard at T.R. Miller Mill Company.
Survivors include son, Jason (Jenny) Newby of Brewton; daughter, Mandy (Michael) Buckhault of East Brewton; two brothers, Larry Chisum and Terry Chisum, both of East Brewton, Alabama; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee Newby and Buna Mae Chisum; brothers, David Newby and Johnny Newby, and sister, Virginia Pee Wee Abston.
Condolences may be sent at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
GEORGE GARY GILBERT
George Gary Gilbert, 70, of Damascus Road in Brewton, passed away Sun., July 12, 2015, in a Biloxi, Miss., hospital after a brief illness. He was a native of Louisiana, a former resident of Ohio, and a long time resident of Brewton.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of the American Legion, and a retired millwright from the timber industry. He was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta “Bobbi” Gilbert of Brewton; one daughter, Gina Gilbert (James) Thomas of Brewton; two step-children, Wayne (Choumpree) Curry of Ohio and Tina Curry of Brewton; one brother, the Rev. Bill Gilbert of Texas; one sister, Judy Wymgraves of Hawaii; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Thurs., July 16, at 4 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Gilbert officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
KENNETH EARL PARKER
Kenneth Earl Parker, 56, of Jay Road in Brewton, passed away Thurs., July 2, 2015, at a local hospital after a brief illness. He was a native and long time resident of Brewton.
He attended Murphy High School in Mobile, and was a former heating and cooling repair technician and he enjoyed stained glass craftwork.
He is survived by his father, Bill Parker of Brewton; son, Ian Parker of Atlanta; two brothers, Leland Parker of Perdido Key and Willie Parker of Brewton; one sister, Katrina Parker of Brewton; aunts, Ginger Hise of Mobile and Tina Hart of Brewton;
Uncle, David Hise of Mobile and Bill Drummond of Brewton; niece, Lauren Morris; and a number of cousins; and best friend, Lee Freeman of Brewton.
He was preceded in death by his mother Grace Hart Parker and a sister-in-law, Leah Parker.
Memorial services will be held Sat., July 25, at 2:30 p.m. at 315 Sams Lane in Brewton (Hart Hill Community) and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.