Obituaries for Wed., March 30, 2016, edition

Published 11:37 am Tuesday, March 29, 2016



Jack Dubose Logan, 86, of Stallworth Street, Brewton, passed away on Sat., March 26, 2016, in a local nursing facility after a brief illness.

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Funeral services were held on Mon., March 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Baptist Church with the Rev. John Finklea officiating. Interment followed in Brooklyn Cemetery. Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native of Brooklyn and a life long resident of Brewton. He was also a member of the Brewton First Baptist Church, a graduate of Evergreen High School, and a retired millwright from Temple Inland with 20 plus years of service.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jackie (Herb) Kennedy of Monroeville and Joan (Winston) Lindsay of Brewton; three grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Kennedy of Dothan, Kimberly Logan (John) Pettis of Brewton and Heather Logan Jennings, also of Brewton; and six great grandchildren, Stokes Jennings, Lindsey Jennings, Bracken Pettis, Logan Pettis, Abbie Kate Kennedy and William Joseph Kennedy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James William and Claire Dubose Logan; wife, Margaret Cook Logan; and son, Joseph Dubose Logan.

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Josephine “Jo” Watson Griffin, 87, of Juniper Creek Drive, Brewton, passed away on Fri., March 25, 2016, in a Century, Fla., nursing facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Mon., March 28, at 2 p.m. at Brewton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Fitts and Rev. John Finklea officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Jay, Fla., with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Escambia County and a former resident of Jay, Fla., before moving back to Escambia County.

She was a member of the Brewton First Baptist Church, a graduate of W.S. Neal High School and Larkins Business School and was a retired executive secretary from Container Corporation of America/Jefferson Smurfitt with 30 plus years of service. She enjoyed golf and was an avid Alabama football fan.

She is survived by her husband, BJ Griffin of Brewton; two sons, Butch (Dianne) Stokes of Loxely and Joe (Donna) McCurdy of Jay, Fla.; stepson, Chris (Robin) Griffin of Brewton; three stepdaughters, Gwenda (Steve) Faulk of Brewton, Karen (Mark) Eastman of Austin, Texas, and Sondra (Jimmy) Wacker of Mobile; brother, Tom Watson of Florence; sister, Lillian Odom of Savannah, Ga.; sister-In-law, Vaudean Watson of Brewton; three grandchildren, Heath Stokes, Laura Bird and Madison McCurdy; and a great granddaughter, Ava Grace Bird.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Obin and Kathleen Durden Watson, and brother, Bill Watson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church Building Fund

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E. C. Spinks, 79, of Brewton, passed away peacefully at home on Thurs., March 24, 2016.
Funeral services were held on Sat., March 26, at 2:30 p.m. with visitation at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with the Rev. David Elliott and Rev. Jean Spikes officiating. Interment followed in Elim Baptist Church Cemetery in the Roberts Community.
Pallbearers were Dusty Doster, Brian Gray, Kenneth James, Brad Houston, Clint Spinks and Thomas Tunberg.
Honorary pallbearers were the members of SouthernCare Hospice Services.
He was born in Covington County to J.C. and Alma Spinks on June 7, 1936, but had made Brewton his home for more than 50 years. He worked for Container Corp. of America for 21 years and also worked for Herrington Logging and the Farmers Exchange. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, farmer and cattleman. He attended Rock Creek Assembly of God Church.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Alice Thompson of McClellan, Fla.; one daughter, Dana (Tony) Craig; granddaughter, Allie, of Huntsville; one brother, Jimmy Spinks; and four sisters, Jean (Dominic) Sanfilippo of Birmingham, Barbara (Herman) Doster of Pensacola, Fla., Carol Spinks of Destin, Fla., and Brenda Tunberg.
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Lillie Belle Franklin Ferguson, 66, of Evergreen, departed this life on March 20, 2016, at her home in Evergreen.

Funeral services were held on Fri., March 25, at 11 a.m., at Greater Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church in Evergreen with Dr. John O. Meeks officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was educated in the Conecuh County School System and graduated in 1967 from Conecuh County Training School. She was a seamstress and worked many years at Steven Roberts.

She was married to Willie C. Ferguson on Nov. 19, 1967. To this union two children was born.

She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted ex-husband, Willie C. Ferguson; son, William (Melissa) Ferguson; daughter, Stephanie (Kenneth) Harris; three grandchildren, William Jr. and Shanta Ferguson, all of Evergreen, and Jamarkus Ferguson of Brewton three great grandchildren, Demelya, Kameron and Kyson McMillion; brother, Eric Harris, all of Evergreen; one uncle, L. T. (Ella Mae) Harris of Pensacola, Fla.; two aunts, Liza Harris of Burnt Corn and Emma Harris of

Pensacola, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Steve (Joyce) Ferguson of Buffalo, N.Y., seven sisters-in-law, Clara (W.J.) Dees, Bettie Ingram, Mary Ferguson, all of Evergreen, Annie Lajoyce (Jerry) Hamilton, Fannie McDade, both of Toledo, Ohio, Martha Watkins and Dianne Wingo, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She also leaves a devoted care giver, Melissa Lee.



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Deborah Ann Johnson Dirden, 46, of Augusta, Ga., passed away on March 15, 2016.

Funeral services were held on Wed., March 23, at 11 a.m. at Presley-Fluker Funeral Chapel with Minister LaCheston Moore officiating. Interment followed in Piney Grove Cemetery in Brewton.

Born on Dec. 3, 1969 in Brewton to Dorothy Johnson and the late Charlie Johnson, she has seven brothers and seven sisters and many much loved nieces and nephews.

On Oct. 4, 1991 she married Christopher Dirden. They were married for six wonderful years until he preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 1997. Together they had one beautiful daughter, Angelic LaDoris Dirden.

She dedicated her life to serving the Lord at an early age. She was very devoted to doing the Lord’s work; whether it be speaking the gospel, simply talking about the Lord, or uplifting people. She taught children’s Sunday school for a few years after moving to Georgia before becoming a fulltime nurse. She later went on to become a nurse at Westwood Extended Care where she worked until her last days. She was a very loving, outstanding and caring nurse. She made friends everywhere she went from the patients she worked with, to the staff at her job, to people she encountered walking around Westwood.

She battled cancer for five long, hard years. While she was fighting, she remained the most positive and loving person. She never complained or spoke negatively about her condition. She cared more for others, always listening to others talk instead of talking about herself. She enjoyed painting, drawing and writing poetry. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter, Angelic LaDoris Dirden; mother, Dorothy Earl Johnson; father, Charlie Lee Johnson; brothers, Ronnie Rankin, Shelly Junior Rankin, Robert Lee Johnson, Horace Johnson, James Johnson, Charlie Lee Johnson and Clifford Johnson; sisters, Alene Lewis, Gussie Ruth Allen, Jacqueline Denise Jackson, Patricia Ann Rankins, Doris Alene Johnson, Zella Johnson and Margarette Johnson; aunts, Edith (John) Hammons, Mary Alice Braggs, Elvira (Sport) Culliver, Ada Davis and Lois Cook; and uncles, Jack Cap (Wanda) Ruffin, Joe Johnson, Zeno (Myrtle) Johnson and Hale Lunnie.