Obituaries for Wed., Oct. 7, 2015, edition

Published 8:59 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lavon Crutchfield



Lavon Crutchfield, 77, of Flomaton, died Oct. 5, 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Sun., Oct. 11, at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in East Brewton.

Family-Funeral & Cremation of Pensacola, Fla., is handling arrangements.


Joe Henry Davis



Joe Henry Davis was born in Brewton on Nov. 8, 1950, to the late Ramsey Davis Sr. and Alberta Davis. He was the fifth child born to this union.

On Sept. 24, 2015, he went on to be with the Lord.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 3, at Christ Kingdom Ministry Center in Brewton with the Rev. Paul Lee officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Home directing. Interment followed in Baptist Hill Cemetery.

He attended Piney Grove Elementary School and was a 1970 graduate of Southern Normal High School in Brewton.

He accepted Christ at an early age and joined the First Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton. He, like his father, served on the Deacon Board at First Saint Siloam and was a member of the Masonic Order in Shady Grove.

He was good with his hands and would help anybody. If he looked at any job and said he could do that or fix this, he could. He had a kind heart and he loved his family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Erica, April (David) and Melissa; 16 grandchildren; four siblings, Patricia A. Davis, Arretha M. Barton, Mary Davis and Ramsey Davis Jr.; devoted friend, Ona Denise King; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

One daughter, Angelia Patrice Davis-Smith, preceded him in death.

His Masonic brothers served as pallbearers.


Charles Will Moore



On Sat., Sept. 26, 2015, Charles Will Moore, departed this life at Westgate Village in Brewton.

Born on July 21, 1921, to the late Miss Bessie Moore., he was preceded in death by two siblings, Jeanette Moore Hall and Marie Moore LaVette.

He was married to Mrs. Cleo Hamilton Moore, one of the first black psychologists in the Philadelphia, Penn., school systems in the 1960s. She also preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 3, with Pastor Willie J. Blue officiating and interment following in Baptist Hill Cemetery in Brewton. Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.

At an early age, he united with Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church and later united with Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia; however, after a brief illness, he moved back to Brewton and restored his membership at Second Saint Siloam Baptist Church.

He graduated with honors from Southern Normal High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Tuskegee Institute in 1942. He then joined the U.S. Navy where he received training in water purification, pipefitting, plumbing and welding. He served as chief engineer in charge of all the drinking water in the Philippines of the South Pacific Theater during World War II.

After serving his country, he entered the University of North Carolina in Durham, N.C., to pursue a master’s degree in social work. He relocated to Philadelphia, where he taught in the Pennsylvania Public School System. He later secured a job working with troubled youth through the Court of Common Pleas Judicial District of Philadelphia.

In 1983, he retired from the Department of Social Services after 23 years of service.

He was a wise and comical man with a passion for sports, politics and financial advancement. An avid reader, he prided himself on education and self-improvement. He was a visionary. He played a major role in landscaping and designing the neighborhood he and his wife lived in, which was only a field of trees and grass before his input. He designed his home subsequently, numerous other homes there which still stand beautifully today in Philadelphia.

He loved his family and he loved the Lord. He cared about people making it a point to hire other blacks in order to support and promote black business. Even with his abrupt, cool nature, he was truthful, giving; and a special gift to many.

He leaves to cherish his memories three nephews: Burl Hall Jr. (Hattie) of Wetumpka, Charles Ray Hall Sr. (Rose) of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Johnnie F. Hall (Jennifer) of Brewton; one niece, Patrice E. Dees (Curtice) of Brewton; three first cousins, David Moore (Cliffie) and Claudine Moore, both of Brewton, and Edna Mitchell (Dr. Howard) of Bristow, Okla.; one cousin-in-law, Mary A. Humphrey and a host of relatives and friends. Very special thanks goes to a great nephew, Johnnie F. Hall, caregiver, a great nephew, Johnny Dees III, and a great niece, Alana Hall.


Ruth Mosley


Ruth Mosley, 82, passed away on Mon., Sept. 28, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 3, at Zion Fountain A.M.E. Zion Church in Brewton with the Rev. Dr. H.K. Matthews officiating. Interment followed in Second Bethlehem Cemetery in the Boykin Community with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

She was born September 15, 1933, in Oak Hill, to Nancy Harris. She was raised with her older uncle and aunts in the home of her grandparents, the late Amos and Julia Harris.

She attended a church school in Oak Hill and finished at Pine Apple High School in Pine Apple, where she was also a substitute teacher for a number of years.  She became a star beautician in Wilcox and surrounding counties for many years.

She earned her certification from Tuskegee University.  As a member of Salem A. M. E. Church in Allenton, she joined the William Success Chapter No. 746 Order of the Eastern Star. She also worked at Family Dollar Stores where she was a blessing to all her customers.  She was an active member of Zion Fountain A. M. E. Zion Church where she served on the Usher Board, was a member of the Trustee Board, Secretary of the Sunday school and worked wherever she was needed.  She loved beautifying the church and its flower garden.

She met and married Eddie Lee Mosley, and to this union a daughter was born whom the Lord called home at birth.  Later their darling son, Anthony was born and became the love of their lives.  Eddie preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Nancy McCrackin; grandparents, Amos and Julia Harris; brother Richard McCrackin Jr., and a sister and brother who died during childhood.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted and loving son, Anthony Mosley (Barbara) of Brewton; one stepson, Jentil Mosley of Boston; one brother, Johnnie “Harry” McCrackin; three sisters, Margie McCrackin of Birmingham, Shirley M. Turner of Oak Hill and Selma, and Nancy Watts (James Jr.) of Birmingham; three sisters-in-law, Blanch Cheatham of Brewton, Ethel Dinkins of Neptune, N.J., and Maggie Hartley of Brewton; two aunts, Lois Johnson of Gary, Ind., and Dorothy Harris of Bayonne, N.J.; one uncle Robert (Louise) Harris of Bloomfield, Con.; and one special friend, Mrs. Thelma Watson of Brewton.

Officiating is the Rev. Dr. H.K. Matthews with Presley-Fluker Funeral directing.


Lucille Johnson Taylor



Lucille J. Taylor, 74 entered eternal rest on Tues., Sept. 22, 2015, in San Diego, Ca.

Funeral services was held on Sat., Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Apostolic Faith Mission Church of God in Century, Fla., with Presley-Fluker Funeral directing.

She was born on May 11, 1941, to Addie Mae Sanders and David Pleasant in Pollard.

She was proceeded in death by her mother, father, grandparents, a special grandson, Dwight A. Dixon; and her sister, Annie Carter.

She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted and loving seven children who she affectionately called her “birds,”  Addie (John-deceased) Kimbrough of McDavid, Fla., Gwedolyn Odom of Pensacola, Fla., Sandra Jeanette (Juan) Andrews of Pensacola, Frank (Charlotte) Johnson of Raeford, N.C., Tammy Wright of Atmore, Angela Johnson of Pensacola and Christopher (Lisa) Johnson of Nashville, Tenn.; her devoted sister, Barbara (Roosevelt-deceased) Dixon of Flomaton; a brother, Moses Pleasant of Pensacola; 22 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, and especially her devoted and caring members of This is the Way Church of Deliverance.


Richard T. Anderson



Richard T. Anderson, 89, of Andalusia passed away on Thurs., Oct. 1, 2015, in an Opp hospital.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 3, at Stone Lake Gardens in Andalusia with military honors and Keahey Funeral Home directing.

Survivors include his wife, Jayne Anderson of Andalusia; son, Chris Blatz of Andalusia,

Temple (Jenny) Anderson of Opelika; one daughter, Myriam Anderson of Virginia; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Anderson.

Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m., at Stone Lake Gardens with military honors and Keahey Funeral Home directing

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday at Keahey Funeral Home until time to depart to the cemetery.


Raymond David Browder



Raymond David Browder, 78, of Ridge Road, Brewton, passed away Thursday afternoon, Oct.1, 2015, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held on Sun., Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Watts officiating. Interment followed in Ridge Road Baptist Church Cemetery  with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton. He was of the Baptist faith and a 1956 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, former president of the W.S. Neal Quarter Back Club, a U.S. National Guard veteran, a member of the Murder Creek Hunting Club and a retiree from Monsanto with 30 plus years of service. He was also an avid fisherman and Alabama fan.

He is survived by his two sons, Brian (Joyce) Browder of Brewton and Kevin (Nicole Sexton) Browder of Brewton; daughter, Sandy (Larry) Beasley of Brewton; two sisters, Helen Baggett and Dot (Sam) Johns, both of Brewton; five grandchildren, Breannan Beasley, Rachel Benton, Mandi Harris, Tomeka Few, and Jewels Morris; and nine great grandchildren,

Gavin Beasley, Hadley Beasley, Lillian Beasley, Grayson Beasley, Baileigh Cooley, Laney Few, Crispin Few, Lorrie Allison Benton and Emma Grace Harris.

He was preceded in death by wife, Bernice Lambeth Browder; brother, Tommy Browder; sister Christine Minchew; and daughter-In-law, Chrystal Browder.

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Lina Carrie Spires Showalter 

Century,  Fla.


Lina Carrie Spires Showalter, 87, left this earthly life on Sat., Oct. 3, 2015.

Visitation will be held on Fri., Oct. 9, with visitation from 4-7 p.m. at Flomaton First Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dustin Stockstill officiating and interment following at Flomaton Cemetery.

She was a resident of Century, Fla., for more than 58 years.  Born April 21, 1928, in Gaskin, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Willie Gregor Spires and Charlotte “Kitty” Carrie Spires.  She was of the Christian faith, and Jesus Christ was her personal savior and best friend.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Nathaniel “Bill” Showalter II.

She is survived by her three daughters, Malinda (Ben) Williford of Spanish Fort, Marina (Roy) Chancery of Brewton and Melanie (Gary) Killam of Byrneville, Fla.; son, William Nathaniel “Buck” (Angela) Showalter III of Dallas and Baltimore, Md.; sister, Lita Marina Spires Jones, and brother-in-law, Ova “Tuck” Jones of Holt, Fla.; grandchildren, Daniel (Kellie) Williford, Matthew (Brandi) Williford, Jacob (Lindsay) Chancery, Hannah (John) Pruitt, Allie Showalter (Andrew) Robinson, William Nathaniel “Nathan” Showalter IV, Rachel Killam, Luke Killam, Sarah Killam, Seth Killam. Great Grandchildren:  Jackson Williford, Braydon Williford, Helen Chancery, Elizabeth Chancery, Maxwell Chancery, Brooks Williford, Bryson Williford and Adelaide Pruitt; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and godchildren.

She graduated from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Pensacola with a three-year nursing degree and was in the Nurse Cadet program. She worked as a registered nurse in Pensacola, Nashville,  Century and Flomaton.

Her nursing career in Century included work with Dr. Thomas Stewart, Dr. W.R. “Bill” Ptomey and Dr. Fred Crews. She also served as a nurse at Turberville Memorial Hospital in Century. She was Director of Nursing at Abernethy Memorial Hospital in Flomaton, which included work with Dr. Donna Jacobi-Pruitt and Dr. VanLandingham. Near the end of her career, she was honored by being named Nurse of the Year for Escambia County.

Shewas an active member of the First Baptist Church of Flomaton and the TEL/Fidalis Sunday school class.  An avid supporter of the Town of Century, she attended many town council meetings, and was an advocate for better education and community endeavors in Century and the surrounding areas.

Those who knew her best knew that she was a sports enthusiast, attending as many ball games and other sporting events as she could. Whether it was for the Baltimore Orioles, the Century Blackcats, church teams or the Northview High School teams, she was always ready to pull up a seat and cheer on her family, friends and community members in their activities.

An expert Ping-Pong player, she also loved to sew, read, play the piano and sing. She often amazed family and friends with her knowledge of songs and lyrics. She loved to dance, cook for her family and especially enjoyed sharing her medical knowledge with those around her.

Pallbearers are her grandsons and grandson-in-laws:  Daniel Williford, Matthew Williford, Jacob Chancery, Nathan Showalter, Luke Killam, Seth Killam, John Pruitt, and Andrew Robinson.  Honorary pallbearers are Gregor Morrison, Dr. “Jack” Henry F. Pruitt, Bill McArthur, Tillman Sandy, Raleigh Sandy, Jr., Bobby Swineford, Robert “Bob” Showalter, Hank Coleman, and Benny Barnes.

She leaves a legacy of great faith in God, love for her fellow man and persistent joy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Flomaton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 765, Flomaton, AL 36441, or donations may be made to KidsPeace, 5575 Sterrett Place, Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21044.


Gladie Romona Ross McDonald



Gladie Romona Ross McDonald, 76, of Cty. Road 14 in Range, passed away Monday night, Oct. 5, 2015, at her residence after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held today, Wed., Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Chapel with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. with Minister Ron Culp officiating. Interment will follow in Springhill Cemetery in Lenox.

She was a native and life long resident of Conecuh County. She was of the Church of Christ Faith, a graduate of Evergreen High School, and a retired school bus driver from the Conecuh County School System with 26 years of service.

Survivors include three sons, Johnny (Carol) McDonald, Steve (Jackie) McDonald and Eddie McDonald, all f Range; brother, John (Cathy) Ross of Daphne; four grandchildren, John McDonald, Erika Nicole McDonald, Eric Bradley and Arthur Bradley; great grandchildren, Nathan Bradley, Annie Bradley and Natalie Bradley; two nephews, Johnny (Courtney) Ross and Howard Ross; niece, Janet Ross; and two great nephews and a great niece.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read


Gary Lynn Stamper



Gary Lynn Stamper, 62 of Flomaton, passed away on Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., at Flomaton Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Greer officiating. Interment followed in Flomaton Cemetery.
He was a native of Lamb County, Texas, and a resident of Flomaton for the past 28 years coming from Mineral Wells, Texas. He worked as an electrician for Nabors Offshore Drilling and was a member of Divine Temple of East Brewton.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Vickie Stamper of Flomaton son, Cody (Lucero) Stamper of Robertsdale; daughter, Kelli (Chris) Stuckey of Flomaton; brother, Mike Crites of Mineral Wells; and granddaughter, Kaitlin Stuckey.

Pallbearers were Toby Boutwell. David Oden, Billy Cox, Billy Dunsford, Gary Allen and Larry Allen.
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