Obituaries for Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, edition

Published 4:10 pm Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Mose Martin


Thomas “Tommy” Mose Martin, 80, Derek Lane of Brewton, passed away Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, in a local nursing facility after a brief illness.

Graveside memorial services were held Sat., Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Catawba Springs Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton, Alabama. He was a member of the Catawba Springs Baptist Church, A 1955 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, a U.S. Army veteran, and a retired recovery operator from Container Corporation of America with 40 plus years of service. Tommy was an avid Alabama Fan.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen Ashton Martin of Brewton; two sons, William R. Martin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and John (Amanda) Martin of Luverne; two sisters; Connie Derendinger of College Station, Texas, and Carolyn (Cordell) Wright of Mansfield, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers make donations to: Brewton Area YMCA Scholarship Fund for all sports at 1 YMCA Drive, Brewton, AL, 36426.

Loretta Thompson Waguespack


Loretta Thompson Waguespack, 72, of Atmore, passed away Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, at her residence after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Thurs., Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Bo Bell officiating. Interment followed in Beulah Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

She was a native of Brookhaven, Miss., a former resident of Raceland, La., and a long time resident of Brewton, before moving to Atmore. She was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Brewton and a homemaker.

She is survived by her two sons, Darrell (Tammy) Waguespack and Eugene (Amanda) Waguespack; daughter, Wendy (Grayson Lambert) Waguespack; eight grandchildren, Shana Lambert, Travis Merritt, Stephen Waguespack, Tiffany Day, Gavin Waguespack, Caleb Blackmon, Morgan Waguespack and Maddox Waguespack; and five great grandchildren, Russell, Teegan, Presley, Anna Grace and Jarron.

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Peter Anthony Diurno


Peter Anthony Diurno, 47, of Snider Road in Brewton, passed away Tues., Sept. 13, 2016, in a Pensacola, Fla., after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Fri., Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Byrnes Pitts officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native and former resident of Milton, Fla., and a long time resident of Brewton. He was of the Protestant faith, a 1987 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, and was employed as an operator with Smacko and Goodway Refinery for more than 20 years. He was an avid Alabama fan, and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his parents, Pete and Betty Penton Diurno of Brewton; daughter, Sydney Diurno of Brewton; brother; brother, Joe Diurno of Fairborne, Ohio; two sisters, Terri McLelland of Baker, Fla., and Angela Pope of Brewton; and the mother of his daughter, Mary Jo Diurno of Brewton.

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Darius Dramon Tolbert


Darius Dramon Tolbert passed away on Sept. 9, 2016, at Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile.

Memorial services were held Sat., Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. at the W.S. Neal Middle School gymnasium with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing. Interment followed at Greater Mount Calvary Cemetery.

He was born to Terrence Dramon Tolbert and Felicia Lacenda Elliott on June 25, 1998, in Brewton. He was raised by his grandmother, Magnolia Elliott Dice.

He confessed and accepted Christ as his Savior and joined St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church on Jan. 10, 2010.

He was a great person who loved his family. He also loved the sport of basketball. He could be found for hours on end on the basketball court. When he greeted his classmates and friends he could be heard saying, “Wassup Dude!!”

Left to adore and cherish his memories are his father, Terrance (Makeita) Tolbert; mother, Felicia Lacenda Elliott; grandparents, Magnolia Elliott Dice and Sylvia (Rex) Crook; three sisters, Mynetra Tolbert, Destiny Brundidge and Taniya Elliott; two brothers, Justin Kiser and Kameron Tolbert; two god-brothers, Antonio Dixon and Alex Everidge; a god-sister, Myleah Lovelace; god-mother, Jennifer Travis; a special cousin, J.T. Gantt; a special friend, Leslie Roach; and a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

William Shelton Smith


William Shelton Smith, 74, of Wetumpka, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Sept. 19, 2016.

The family will receive friends on Thurs., Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Santuck Baptist Church.

Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. at Santuck Baptist Church with the Rev. B.R. Johnson and the Rev. Larry Gore officiating.

Interment with U.S. Air Force military honors will follow after services at 3 p.m. at New Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Castleberry.

“Shelton” or ‘’Popsey,” as his grandchildren knew him, was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Shelton was born in Brewton on Oct. 19, 1941.

He was an Auburn University graduate and loyal Auburn football fan. He served in the United States Air Force for six years where he achieved the rank of Captain.

During college, Shelton met his wife, Rachel, inher hometown of Castleberry.

Rachel and Shelton were married in Montgomery, Alabama on Sept. 11, 1965,  and celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. They have two sons, William and Michael.

After his service in the Air Force, Shelton spent years serving as a city manager in various cities in the Southeast before retiring with his wife, Rachel, to Wetumpka.

He was a member of Santuck Baptist Church and had served in various ministries over the years. Shelton will be remembered for his love of the Lord, Godly leadership, being a loyal and faithful son, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and contagious smile and bright blue eyes.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Linnie McKinley Smith; and father, Lonzo Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel; sons and daughters-in-law, William Shelton Smith, Jr. and Kay, and Michael Eric Smith and Dena; and five grandchildren, Megan Joy DeBonis (husband, Domenic), Abbey Lane Smith, Bethanee Rae Smith, Annabelle Joy Smith, and Jeb Michael Smith.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Lake Martin Hospice.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to Santuck Baptist Church Missions, 7520 Central Plank Road, Wetumpka, AL 36092. Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214, or to one’s favorite charity.

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