Obituaries for Wed., Jan. 20, 2016, edition
Carolyn Madge Glass Corbin
Carolyn Madge Glass Corbin, 74, died suddenly at Providence Hospital, Jan. 15, 2016, surrounded by her children.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Brewton on Sat., Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
She was born on July 25, 1941, in Thomaston, Ala., to the late Lambert and Lillian (Wingate) Glass. She graduated from Linden High School in 1959. She lived in Sumter and Choctaw counties before moving to Brewton in 1967 with her family.
She was a homemaker and after her children were in school she began a career as a legal secretary working at Caffey & Owens Attorneys at Law; The Leigh Place for Paul D. Owens Jr., Reo Kirkland Jr., Attorney at Law and then in 1987 she moved to Mobile and continue to work as a legal secretary at Coale, Helmsing, Lyons, Simms & Leach.
She decided to make a career change in 2002 and began selling real estate and later obtained her brokers license. She enjoyed working with co-workers at Norman Realty, ReMax Partners, JBL Homes and Hines Realty.
She retired in 2011 and returned to Brewton. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
She worked in the community by volunteering with the Benovelent fund, reading with the children at the elementary school and serving on several committees at her church. She also enjoyed her Sunday school class, Bible study group, Prime Timers and Brown Bag group.
She loved horses, reading, the beach, having coffee and spending time with her friends (the apple Dumplings gang) and being with her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Kitty Ledbetter, and brother Murphy Glass.
She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Aust McMillan (Dan), Madelyn Clay Messina, Martha Clay La Force (Keith); 10 grandchildren, Jimbo Campbell (Julie), Kathryn Cope (Joe), Mary Ashton McMillan, Gracie Messina, Judson Addiss, Jessica Goodwin (Jesse), Stephen LaForce, Taylor Lester, Ron LaForce and Matt LaForce; seven great grandchildren, Ella Kathryn, Caroline and James Campbell, Joseph and Drennan Cope, Jesse and Walker Goodwin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 820 Belleville Avenue, Brewton, AL 36426 and The Christmas Project, 1010B Douglas Ave, Brewton, AL 36426.
Condolences can be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
Calvin Eugene ‘Gene’ Hoffman
Calvin Eugne “Gene” Hoffman, 87, of Wildwood Drive, Brewton, passed away Mon., Jan. 11, 2016, in a Pensacola hospice facility after a brief illness.
Memorial services were held Sat., Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. David A. Wilson officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
He was a native of Seminole, Okla., a former resident of Pensacola and a long time resident of Brewton. He was a member of the First Christian Church and a retired accountant from Exxon with more than 30 years of service.
He was an avid golfer and woodworker and he was a former Mason and Eagle Scout.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hoffman of Brewton; son, Charlie (Donna) Hoffman of Tenn.; daughter, Judy (Ed) Cohrs of Navarre, Fla.; four grandchildren, Matt Wellborn, Ashley Middlebrooks, Walls Ray and April Ray and six great-grandchildren, Katie, Emma Reese, Dakota, Hailey, Frances and Alyssa.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
Norman Alvin Godwin
Norman Alvin Godwin, 78, passed away Mon., Dec. 28, 2015, in an Atmore hospital.
Funeral services were held on Thurs., Dec. 31, 2015, at 10 a.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home. Interment followed at Pineview Cemetery with speaker Robin Godwin officiating.
He was a native and long time resident of Brewton. He was a former resident of Chicago, Ill., Moulton, Ala., and Tennessee.
He worked as a crane operator in the construction industry. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by a son, Norman J. “Joey” (Tammy) Godwin of Town Creek, Ala.; three daughters, Robin Godwin of Brewton and Amanda Stephens and Gabrielle Marshall, both of Uriah; one grandson, Alexander Godwin of Courtland, Ala.; and one granddaughter, Jazmine Godwin of Town Creek.
Share your memories and condolences with the family at craverfh.com.
Samuel Thomas Lee
Samuel Thomas Lee, 72, of Sylacauga, passed away Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, at his home on Lay Lake.
Funeral services were held Sat., Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at Curtis and Son in Sylacauga officiated by the Rev. Larry Morrison.
Local services were held Mon., Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Pineview Cemetery at noon with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
He was born Aug. 5, 1943, in Flomaton. He graduated from Flomaton High School in 1961 and attended Jefferson Davis Community College before serving in the United States Air Force for four years. He met his wife, Shirley Joines, in Atlanta in the summer of 1966 and married her nine months later on March 11, 1967.
He worked at ATT in Brewton, for more than 35 years before moving to Sylacauga to work for Sylacauga Utilities for six years. He loved to work with his hands building and fixing everything from antique British cars to boathouses and decks.
He loved boating, fishing, and above all his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a patient, gentle, kind, loving, generous, supportive and encouraging man who will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley; his children, Donald Lee and Emily Thompson and his grandchildren, Ayla Lee, Ethan Thompson, Laci Lee and Reed Thompson; siblings, J.J. Lee, Mary Lou Lassiter, Paul Lee, Faye Godwin and Margie Parker.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Sue MacPherson.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Alabama Childhood Food Solutions, alabamachildhoodsolutions.com, or the Samaritan’s Purse, samaritanspurse.org.
Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.
Leah Frances Hopkins
Leah Frances Hopkins, 70, of McDavid, Fla., passed away on Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, in Pensacola.
Funeral services were held Sat., Jan. 16, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Sam Weaver officiating. Interment followed in Crary Memorial Cemetery, Bluff Springs, Fla., with Flomaton Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Tony Brown, Mike Brown, Steve Brown, Johnathon Bondurant, Tim Hammonds and Dwight Hopkins.
She was a native of Century, Fla., and a lifetime resident of McDavid where she worked at the Bait and Tackle Store in Century. She was an avid fisherman and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Lennie Sue McArthur Nelson; son, Michael Edwin “Buddy” Hopkins, and sister, Clara Braswell.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharlene Bondurant of Cantonment, Fla.; sisters, Flora Williamson of Pineview, Martha Milstead of McDavid, Edna Wiggins and Linda Baggett, both of Brewton; and a host of family and friends.
Fort Wayne Hopper
Fort Wayne Hopper, 85, of Brewton and formerly of Carroll Co. Tenn, passed away Thurs., Jan.14, 2016, in Foley.
Funeral services will be held Sat., Jan. 23, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Bruceton Funeral Home in Bruceton, Tenn. A visitation will be held the same day from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be held in Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock, Tenn., with Bruceton Funeral Home directing.
He was retired from CSX Railroad (L & N Railroad) after 30 years of service, a faithful member of Brewton Church of Christ, F & AM Mason and Lions Club. He loved to hunt, fish and play golf.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dot Hopper; parents, Floyd and Ella Taylor Hopper; and a brother, Taylor Hopper.
He was survived by two sons, Barry (Wanda) Hopper of Foley, Greg (Sharon) Hopper of Metairie, La.; daughter, Kim (Evadne) Hopper of Quinque, Va.; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made at lionsclub.org or alz.org.
Local arrangements by Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, Robertsdale, mackfuneral.com.
Jeanette Lovelace Edwards
Jeanette Lovelace Edwards, 90, was called home Sun., Jan. 10, 2016.
Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Second Shady Grove
Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. W. Frank Osby officiating.
Internment followed at Second Shady Grove Cemetery with Presley-Fluker
Funeral Directors directing.
Active Pallbearers were Roderick Lovelace, G. Rashad Lovelace, Johnny
Lovelace Jr., Phillip Porterfield, Andre’ Avant and Ronzlex Harris.
Honorary Pallbearers were, Walter A. Lovelace Sr., H. Benny Lovelace,
Collins Johnson Jr., Frank Harris, John Harris and Charles Lett.
She was born Aug. 12, 1925, the sixth child of the late Hiram and
As a young girl she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and joined
the Second Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was a 1942
graduate of Southern Normal School and a graduate of Stillman College.
She met and married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Edwards on
August 18, 1951. They moved to Detroit in 1953 where she united with
the St. Phillips Baptist Church. There she was loved, respected and
referred to as “Mother Edwards”. She worked for 35 years for the state
of Michigan before retirement.
She is survived by sons, Mark (Phyllis) Edwards of Detroit; three
grandchildren, Cherese Jeanette Edwards (Darryl Vesey), Anthony
Edwards and Amanda Edwards, all of Detroit; three great-
grandchildren, Dyquann Williamson, Markese Vesey and Markell Vesey;
sister, Millie (Charlie) Harris of Philadelphia, Penn.; brother, H.
Benny Lovelace of Detroit; a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins,
other relatives and friends.