Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, edition

Published 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hoyt Anthony Davidson


Coach Hoyt Anthony Davidson, 64, of Brewton, passed away Sept. 1, 2016, after a brief illness.

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He was born July 7, 1952. He was a native of Gadsden, and attended the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1974.

Coach Davidson

Coach Davidson

During his college years he was a member of the A-Club and played center field, leading off for the Crimson Tide.

He moved to Brewton in 1981 and started his coaching career at Escambia County High School in Atmore. He then moved to Flomaton High School where he coached football and served as head baseball coach, leading the Hurricanes to win numerous area titles and the 1988 State Championship.

During his 33 years of teaching and coaching, he made a significant impact in the lives of many young athletes and students.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hoyt Davidson of Gadsden.

He is survived by his mother, Juanita Ragon Davidson of Gadsden; his wife, Loretta Martin Davidson of Brewton; one son, Matt Davidson (Aimee); three grandchildren, Brayden Davidson (eight), Brooks Davidson (six), and Emma Kate Davidson (three), all of New Orleans, La.; his brother, Mike Davidson; and sister, Kay Armstrong, both of Gadsden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Sun., Sept. 3, at Catawba Springs Baptist Church, in Brewton with Pastor Jeff Edwards officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Flomaton High School baseball program, 21200 US Hwy 31, Flomaton, Al 36441 or Brewton Animal Control, 2763 South Boulevard, Brewton, AL 36426.

Pearl Ethel Cain Hale


Pearl Ethel Cain Hale, 86, passed away on Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, at her Brewton residence.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Bro. Donnis Bowman, Bro. Nathaniel Roach and Bro. John Anderson officiating.

Interment followed in Oak Grove Holiness Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dwight Blair, Chris Hale, Ashley Coleman, Craig Hale, Shannon Coleman, Bradley Blair, Jamie Coleman, Carl Stinson, Jacob Burch and Jason Burch.

She was born in Escambia County and had been a resident of Castleberry prior to returning to Brewton 25 years ago.  She was a homemaker and attended Edendale Holiness Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Mamie Cain; her first husband, Willie Coleman; a son, Robert Coleman; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Blair.

She is survived by her husband, Olan Hale of Brewton; three sons, Fred (Marsha) Coleman, Floyd (Mary Jane) Coleman, both of Castleberry, and Billy (Lou) Coleman of Belleville; two daughters, Jean (Estle) Blair and Debra (Lester) Burch, both of Castleberry; two step sons; Patrick (Peggy) Hale of Brewton; Marlon (Kathy) Hale of Americus, Ga.; two sisters, Ruthie Moye of Monroeville, Daisy Black of Lenox; 21 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

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James Everett West


James Everett West, 88, of Mobile and a Brewton native, passed away Sat., Sept. 3, 2016.



Funeral services were held on Tues., Sept. 6, at 2 p.m., at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a switchman-breakman with the railroad.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice West; parents, Mammie and Jack West; sisters, Inetta Blair and Clara Murph; son, Bobby Ellis; and grandsons, Ronnie and Neal Brown.

He is survived by two children, Brenda Loftin and Louise Brown; sister, Gladys (Joe) Fuqua; brother, Edgar (Bobby) West; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

Barbara Ann Perry Wilson

East Brewton

Barbara Ann Perry Wilson, 70, of Gillis Street in East Brewton, passed away Sun., Sept. 11, 2016, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

Visitation will be held Fri., Sept. 16, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.

Funeral services are scheduled to follow at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Thompson and the Rev. Harlan Ard officiating. Interment will follow in Judson Creek Indian Cemetery in Poarch with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

She was a native of Pensacola, Fla., a former resident of South Carolina, and a long time resident of East Brewton. She was a member of the Full Gospel Community Church, a U.S. marine veteran and a retired mental health secretary from the state of South Carolina with 27 years of service.

She was a Christian woman who used God and religion as her guide of life. She loved her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay (Calvin) Cooley of East Brewton; four grandchildren, Jessica Tidwell, Randy Batchler, Maegen Ferrera and Timothy Batchler; and eight great grandchildren, Jaylinn, Amy, Saige, Raegen, Bree Ann, Kay Lee, Xander and Celeste.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Amy Richards.

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Margie Simpson Maness


Margie Simpson Maness, 90, of Flomaton, went home to be with the Lord on Tues., September 13, 2016, at her home.

Visitation will be held on today, Sept. 14, at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., Sept. 15, at Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Leon Stewart and the Rev. Al Bethea officiating.

Interment will follow in Rock Cemetery in Flomaton.

Pallbearers will be John Sansom, Gary Holt, Robert Holt, Mitch White, Rabon Knowles and Paul Knowles.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy White and Gerry Thompson.

She was born on May 7, 1926 to the late Henry F. Simpson and Myrtle White Simpson.  She was a native of Flomaton.  After graduating from Century High School, she began working for Bell Telephone Company.  She also worked in the office of Alger Sullivan where she met Gene Maness, Jr., and they were married on Sept. 3, 1948.

They were both members of the Flomaton Pentecostal Holiness Church, where they were faithful to the church. Many times she would host visiting missionaries and evangelists in her home. She was an exceptional cook and enjoyed getting together with family and friends in her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Eugene Maness, Jr.; and two sisters, Jackie Aydelott of Flomaton, and Betty F. Miller of Mobile.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Maness (Charles J.) Strait of Flomaton; three special nieces, Vicki White, Sharon Miller and Dana Aydelott; and two special nephews, Steve Aydelott and Randy Aydelott.

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