Obituaries for Wed., May 18, 2016, edition

Published 5:08 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Elizabeth Armstrong Rushing

Springhill Community


Elizabeth Armstrong Rushing, 90, of the Springhill Community, died Tues., May 10, 2016, at Elba Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held on Sat., May 14, at 2 p.m. at Springhill Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Reynolds officiating and Dillard Funeral Home in Troy directing.

Pallbearers were her grandsons and great grandsons.

She is survived by her children, Teresa Sanders (Richard), Gary E “Gene” Rushing and Bonnie Cagle (Randy); six grandchildren, Janet Bryan, Phillip Sanders (Wendy), Kathy L. Rushing, Eric E. Rushing (Crystal), Stacey Daugherty (Jim) and Jason Dickert; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one sister, Christine Poole; a lifelong friend, Ingrid Richards; and several nieces, nephews and other close relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian Armstrong; husband, Homer E. Rushing; four brothers; one grandson-in-law, Jim Bryan; and one niece, Sandra Rushing.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Bill Thompson, 8081 County Road 3316, Troy, AL, 36079.

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Carol Edward Nall



Carol Edward Nall, 81, of Alco Drive, Brewton, passed away on Wed., May 11, 2016, at his home surrounded by family.

Funeral services were held Sat., May 14, at 11 a.m. at Brewton First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Finklea officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Memorial Park with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was born in Covington County to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nall on Aug. 3, 1934, but had made Brewton his home for more than 50 years. He graduated from Straughn High School in 1953 before serving in the U.S. Navy for four years. He married his high school sweetheart, Winnie Baisden, on Dec. 17, 1955. He worked for Container Corp. of America for 34 years. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing and gardening. Most importantly, his faith in Jesus Christ led him to constantly love, serve and pray for others.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Winnie Baisden Nall; two daughters, Cindy Speir of Opelika and Kay (David) Cooper of Brewton; son, Keith (Christy) Nall of Auburn; sister, Judy Beasley of Parachute, CO; six grandchildren, Josh (Sara) Cooper, Will Speir, Leigh (Patrick) Reeves, Trent Nall, Grant Nall and Cassidy Nall; and three great-grandchildren, Sydney Cooper, Cain Cooper, and Edward Reeves IV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Lee and Robbie Earle Nall;  and five brothers, Dalton Nall, Donald Nall, Billy Earl Nall, Reginald Nall and Erwin Nall.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that donations be made to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home in his memory.

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John Kyle Bell



John Kyle Bell, 30, of Greenwood Lane Flomaton, passed away Thurs., May 12, 2016, after injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held Mon., May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Little Escambia Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Hogg and the Rev. Edward Hilderbrand officiating. Interment followed in New Bethlehem Cemetery in Flomaton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and former resident of Orange, Texas, before moving to Flomaton in 1990. He attended the Little Escambia Baptist Church. He was a 2004 graduate of Flomaton High School and was a machinist at Industrial Machines with 10 years of service. He enjoyed playing guitar.

He is survived by parents, Gary and Jeani Hilderbrand Bell of Flomaton; grandmother, Jean Sprouse of Gulfport, Miss.; brother, Curt (Caryn) Bell of Flomaton; half-sister, Patricia Lynn Bell of Hattisburg, Miss.; and two nephews, Ross Bell and Jeremiah Bell.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Albert and Eunice Bell; grandfather, Philip Hilderbrand; and step-grandfather, Robert Sprouse.

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Vivian Maddox Weaver



Vivian Maddox Weaver, 85, of Scott Street in Brewton, passed away Sun. May 15, 2016, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held today, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. at the Brewton First Baptist Church in Brewton.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Finklea and the Rev. Sonny Steele officiating.

Interment will follow in Weaver Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native and former resident of the Red Oak Community and a long time resident of Brewton. She was a member and involved in many activities at the Brewton First Baptist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Rawls High School. She was a retired secretary from the Brewton Middle School and a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, James Bo Bo Weaver of Annandale, Va.; daughter, Patti (Larry) Tranum of Evergreen; sister, Rudine Garrett of Brewton; three grandchildren, Melissa Tranum, Justin Tranum and Sophie Weaver; and four great-grandchildren, Gunnar Carter, James Powell, Griffin Stokes, Noah Tranum.

She was preceded in in death by her parents; husband, James Roy Weaver; two brothers and two sisters

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James Follin Smith Jr.



James Follin Smith Jr., affectionately known as “Papa,” “Jimmy,” and “Uncle Jimmy,” went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sat., May 14, 2016, at the age of 89. He courageously battled Parkinson’s disease for 19 years.

He was born in Brewton and attended the city school system. He graduated from T.R. Miller High School, playing football from which he carried many fond memories. He also attended Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. He went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Navy, Seventh Fleet, and received his training at the Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago, Ill. The majority of his tenure was served in the Philippine Islands during World War II and he was honorably discharged in 1946.

He attended API (Auburn) from 1946-1950. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, Beta Theta chapter. From Auburn, He went on to work for his dad in Brewton at Brewton Wholesale Company. In 1952 he moved to Birmingham, first working for William R. Phillips and Co., then Folks, McGriff & Seibels, which set the foundation of his insurance career.

He moved to Montgomery in 1967 and became president of the Roy L. Nolen Agency Inc., building a successful contract bond and insurance business, which served the construction industry. The Nolen Agency was sold to Collier Cobb & Associates, Inc. in 1984. He retired in 1986. He was a member of Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.

He was an avid Auburn fan who loved attending games and traveling to see his Tigers play. He became a member of the Samford Society in October of 1998. He also enjoyed golf, spending time at his home on Lake Martin, and his dog Callie, better known as “Ears.”

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, James “Dee” and Minnie Rentz Smith; his brother, Dr. Robert R. Smith; his first wife, Jane Henry Smith, second wife, Olivia “Tootie” Phillips Smith; and step-son, Samuel “Bo” Phillips.

He is survived by his daughter, Charlotte (Don) Farnham; step-son, Edmund “Skip” Phillips; step-daughter, Lynn (Anthony) Telle; grandchildren, Kathryn Farnham, James Farnham, Mary Gardner, Bud Phillips, Libby Van Gerwen and Becky Telle; nieces and nephew, Follin (John) Gerdy, Leigh (Dr. Brent) Faircloth, Kate (Joe) Lavelle, Russell (Margaret Ann) Smith; and faithful friends, Ernest Sellers and Frank McCorkle.

A funeral service will be held at Alabama Heritage Chapel today, May 18, at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held on Thurs., May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Union Cemetery in Brewton with Senior Pastor Bart Lester officiating both services.

Active pallbearers will be James Farnham, Russell Smith, Raymond Faircloth, Jimmie Travis, Earlie “Red” Rivers and Sam Blakely.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Sellers, Frank McCorkle and Tommy James.

The family extends special love and appreciation to all the caregivers who helped to manage him at home in his later years– Sandra Blakely, Earlie “Red” Rivers, Linda Works, LaVonda Robinson, Brenda Provitt and Diane Hamm– and his barber, Mary Beth Boyette.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made his memory, to Eastwood Presbyterian Church, Auburn University, the Parkinson’s Foundation, or your favorite charity. To offer online condolences please visit

As you read this … in closing, he would tell you all, “War Eagle” and “Be careful”.


Eric G. Howard



Eric G. Howard, SPCO (SW) USN (Ret.), 57, of Dadeville, and formerly of Brewton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 16, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.
The family will receive friends Thurs., May 19 at Red Ridge United Methodist Church from noon until 1 p.m.

The funeral service will follow at Red Ridge United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. John Mann and the Rev. Paul Messer officiating.
He is survived by his son, Tyler Howard of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Karen Moseley of Newnan, Ga.; two brothers, Mark (Donna) Howard of Portland, Ore., and Scott Howard of Dadeville; as well as special friends, Debbie Baker and Karen Howard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Howard and Jane Peacock Howard; and one brother-in-law, Wayne Moseley.

Alabama Funeral Homes and Cremation Centers of Dadeville handled the arrangements.