Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 30, 2015, edition

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Elbert Lee Dixon Sr.

Century, Fla.


Deacon Elbert Lee Dixon Sr. was the son of Clifton Dixon and Inez Howard Dixon. He was born on December 8, 1947, in Flomaton. He resided in Century until the Lord called him home on Dec. 19, 2015, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Century with the Rev. Nathaniel Allen officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

He graduated from Southern Normal High School in Brewton. He gave 25 years of service to Scott Paper Company, five years of service to Mobile Forestry and seven years of service to Perdido Trucking. He was a member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities (Chairman of the Deacon Board, Pastor’s Aide Board and president of the Gospel Chorus).

He enjoyed going to church, singing, hunting, fishing, cooking, talking, encouraging people, traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends. He was a God-sent husband, father, Paw-Paw, brother and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his father; mother; two sisters, Lilly McCorey and Vinnee’y Dees; four brothers, William Dixon, Roosevelt Dixon Sr., Bernard Dixon Sr. and Jimmy Dixon Sr.; and one granddaughter, Dedria Robinson.

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving, faithful and devoted wife of 29 years, Bobbie Jean Dixon; children, Reginald (Rita) Robinson of Flomaton, Gloria (Reperto) Garcia, Patricia Ann Dixon (Smith) and Ronald M. Smith Sr., all of Brewton and Elbert Lee (Jacqueline) Dixon Jr. of Pensacola; seven step-children, Dewayne (Nekyia) Robinson, Tina (Kenneth) Hicks, both of Century, Rosemary Robinson, Gina (Hubert) Brown, both of Tallahassee, Fla., Jeffery (Alice) Robinson of Crawfordville, Fla., Anthony Robinson of Century, Fla. and Ericka (Sylvester) Kincheon of Austin, Texas; four sisters, Minnie Golston of Evergreen, Callie Newsome and Eleanor (Michael) McGill, both of Flomaton and Inez Blair of Century; one devoted sister-in-law, Barbara A. Dixon; a special niece, Winell Dixon; a special friend, Paul Walton; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, other nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends.


Percy Shefford ‘Shep’ Burkett



Percy Shefford ‘Shep’ Burkett, 80, of Brewton, passed away on Thurs., Dec. 24, 2015, at his home.

Visitation was held Sat., Dec. 26, 2015, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. service time with Bro. James Pugh, Bro. Brian Richburg and Bro. Hutto officiating.

Interment followed in Moyeville Cemetery in Moyeville.

Pallbearers were Christopher Miller, Jeremy Roberts, Danny Macks, Sam Macks, Bill Macks and  Brad Conner.

He was born in Moyeville, and spent his lifetime there working for St. Regis Paper Company as a truck driver.

He was a member of the historical society and attended Moyeville Baptist Church and New Beginnings Church.

He was preceded in death by his son, Warren Lewis “Bo Bo” Burkett.

He is survived by his wife of 35 and a half years, Lois Odom Burkett of Brewton; step-sons, Freddie Grimes of Flomaton and Randy (Rhonda) Grimes of Byrneville, Fla.; daughters, Ruby (Mark) Bagley of Jay, Fla., and Daphne Grimes of Flomaton; brothers, Mose Burkett of Jay, Robert Burkett of Flomaton, and Arthur Burkett of Madison, Fla.; sisters, Frances Hayles of Atmore, Reatha Emmons of Pineview, Rochelle Bankston of Century, Fla., Essie Amodeo and  Mary Daniels, both of Milton, Fla., and Edwina Calloway of Flomaton; grandchildren, Christy, Julie, Kaylen, Latisha, Amber, Maunica, Jeremy, Javis, Mallory, Meranda and Marissa; and great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Madelyn, Kendall, Tyler, Mariah, Hannah, Alisha, Miranda, Christopher, Hope, Cope, Blayne, Kayleigh, Madison and Ian.

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Harvey Luther Rawls



Harvey Luther Rawls, 87, passed away Sat., Dec. 26, 2015, in a Century health care facility.

Funeral services were held on Tues., Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. David Hultberg officiating.  Interment followed in Emmons Cemetery.

He was born in Wallace  and had been a life long resident of the Brewton area.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and worked in Forestry Management during his working years. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Annie Rawls; and a grandson, Luther McRae.

He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Ann Rawls, Elizabeth (Lewis) Hobbs and Amanda (Michael) Straughn, all of Brewton; one brother, Calvin Rawls of Pace, Fla.; two grandchildren, Chris McRae and Syrii Straughn; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan McRae, Paige McRae and Isabella McRae.

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Malard ‘Muddy’ G. Waters Jr.



Malard (Muddy) G. Waters Jr., 88, of Newnan, Ga., passed away on Dec. 27, 2015.

His funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 29, at Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville Chapel with the Rev. Lee Ayers officiating.

Interment followed immediately following the service at Camp Memorial Park, Fayetteville.

He was born June 9, 1927, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1944.

He attended Samford University, Birmingham, and graduated in 1950.  He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II on a Mine Sweeper.

He was a certified electrician from his Navy service and Coyne Electrical School. He worked for Echlin, Inc. (NAPA) in the Engine Parts Division. He retired to Navarre, Fla. on Nov. 2, 1985, from Echlin as national marketing manager with 29 years of service.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Eloise F. Waters; granddaughter, Lori Marsengill Lamneck; his brother Matt C. Waters; and his parents, M.G. and Annie C. Waters.

He is survived by two daughters, Vickie Waters Roberts (Jimmy) and Gail Waters Marsengill (Dennis); his sister, Martha Waters Simmons (Aquilla); four grandchildren, Jeff Roberts (Evelyn), Jennifer Roberts Kariharan (Hari), Sara Marsengill Clair (Scott) and Jill Roberts Hobbs (Greg); nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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James Henry ‘Buddy’ Lambeth



James Henry “Buddy” Lambeth, 75, of Scott Road, Brewton, passed away Thurs., Dec. 24, 2015, at his residence after a brief illness.

Memorial services are scheduled for Sat., Jan. 9, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness with Elder Larry Hampton officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and former resident of Robertsdale, and a long time resident of Brewton. He was a 1958 graduate of W.S. Neal High School and a U.S. Army veteran.

He was of the Jehovah Witness faith and a retired mail clerk from the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Adkisson Lambeth of Brewton; a son, David (Tabatha) Lambeth of Houston; two daughters. Debra (Lee) Lambeth Kelly and Diane Lambeth Ward, both of Brewton; a sister, Ruie Wright of Brewton; five grandchildren, Bryan C. Lambeth, Katelyn Ward, Erin Kelly, Kassie Lundy and Alisha Kelly; and a great-grandchild, Kylie Pace.

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