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Obituaries for Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, edition

Eugene P. Williamson Sr.

Pensacola, Fla.

Eugene P. Williamson Sr., 93, of Pensacola, passed away Mon., Dec. 5, 2016.

Visitation will be Thurs., Dec. 8, from 10:30 a.m. until services at noon at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel directing.

Active pallbearers will be Gene Williamson, Richard Roehrig, David Partick, Adrian Hammond, Henry Fillingim and Bo Booker. 

Williamson

Williamson

He was born in Brewton Oct. 2, 1923, to Pearlie H. and Josie (Golden) Williamson. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served honorably until 1946. After his service to his country, he married Mary Elizabeth Killingsworth Sept. 27, 1946. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now Auburn University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1951.

After his graduation, he worked with the DuPont Corporation in Camden, S.C. from 1951 to 1956 before moving to Chemstrand/Monsanto in 1956 retiring in 1982 as the plant engineer. He was a longtime member of the Cantonment Rotary Club and the Elks Lodge 2108. In 2000, he received his 50th year pin and certificate from the Auburn Masonic Lodge 76, his home lodge where he was a member for 66 years.

In 1956, he and his family joined the Gonzalez Baptist Church before moving their letters to Fist Baptist Church in Pensacola. Among many hobbies he enjoyed were fishing, hunting, golfing but most of all his Auburn Tigers football.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marshall Williamson; his sister, Josie Pearl Barnes and a nephew, Edwin Allen Tisdale.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Mary Elizabeth Williamson; daughter, Mary Ann Roehrig (Richard); son, Eugene Paul Williamson, Jr. (Marie); granddaughter, Emily Susan Williamson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The Williamson family would like to recognize a special group, his fishing buddies, the late Sam Kirkland, John Nowlin, Henry Fillingim, Adrian Hammond, Kenneth Taylor and Bo Booker.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 5401 Corporate Woods Drive. 100, Pensacola, Fla. 32504; Covenant Care, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, Fla. 32504 or to The Salvation Army, 1501 N. “Q” St., Pensacola, Fla. 32505.

Ima Jo Fuqua Coale

Brewton

Ima Jo Fuqua Coale, 84, of Escambia Avenue, passed away Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016, in a Pensacola, Fla. hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sat., Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Brewton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Fitts and the Rev. Ron Headley officiating. Interment followed in Union Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Parker Springs, Ala., and a life long resident of Brewton. She was a member of the Brewton First Baptist Church where she was active in the Adult and Happy Hearts Choir, Glad Hearts Sunday School Class, and a member of the Rebecca Everage Star Womens Missionary Group. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, George Coale of Brewton; one son, George Kenneth (Edna) Coale of Gulf Shores; two daughters, Kay Coale (Bubba) Bracken and Becky Coale (Dave) Jordan, both of Brewton; one sister, Willie Jean Rice of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Bracken (Guy) Etheridge, Katie Coale (Dan) Dannelley, Matthew Jordan, Amanda Coale (Caleb) Reeves, Marshall (Caitlin) Bracken, Jillian Jordan, Coale Jordan and four great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Mary Liza Coker McCrory

Tallahassee, Fla.

Mary Liza Coker McCrory, 84, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016, in a Pensacola medical facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Tues., Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael King officiating. Interment followed in Purnell Cemetery, in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Conecuh Co., and a former resident of Jay, Fla., before moving to Brewton. She was a member of the North Brewton Baptist Church, a graduate of Lyeffion High School and a retired bookkeeper from Jay High School with more than 20 years of service.

She is survived by a son, Martin (Joyce) McCrory of Flomaton; two daughters, Pam (John) Ward of Clemmons, N.C., and Kim (Scott) Ward of Tallahassee, Fla.; two brothers, Bobby (Betty) Coker of Evergreen, and Haywood (Pat) Coker of Alex City; a sister, Frances Anthony of Mobile; five grandchildren, Miley Voekle, Shelby McCrory, Regan Ward, Kendall Ward and Nicole Ward; and three great-grandsons, Eli Voekle, Noah Voekle and Asher Voekle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C. F. McCrory; a son, Mark Wayne McCrory and a sister, Hazel Brantley.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Lige Earl Overstreet

Brewton

Lige Earl Overstreet, 80, of Bradley Road, passed away Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016 in a Pensacola, Fla., medical facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sun., Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Sonny Steele officiating. Burial followed at Elim Cemetery, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and life long resident of Escambia County. He was of the Baptist faith, a 1953 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired lab tech from Jefferson Smurfit with 39 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Carolyn Ball Overstreet of Brewton; four daughters, Heidi Charmaine Overstreet of Costa Rica, Heika Renee (Sam) Taylor of Prattville, Donna Kay (Ray) Madden of Brewton, and Wanda (Ricky) Janes of Lebanon, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Talea (Sam) Summerlin, Chelsea Madden and Tiffany Janes; and two  great-grandchildren, Jack Summerlin and Ryley Madden.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Floyd Alma Smith

Brewton

Floyd Alma Smith, 89, of Appleton Road, passed away Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, at his residence after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sun., Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the North Brewton Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael King officiating. Interment followed at Green Acres Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton, and was a member of the North Brewton Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in WWII, and a retired carpenter that was employed for many years with Norsworthy Construction.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Steele Smith of Brewton; two daughters, Carolyn Doster and Linda Miller, both of Brewton; two grandchildren, Kimberly Doster of West Monroe, La., and Kevin Doster of Farmerville, La.; and  five great-grandchildren, Daniel, Devin, Brittan, Jakob and Eric Floyd.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Lee Smith, Frank Smith and Aubrey Smith; and one sister, Frances Craddock.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Bruce Ray Linzy

Jay, Fla.

Bruce Ray Linzy, 76, of Hwy. 4, passed away Tuesday night at his residence.

Funeral services were held Sat., Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m., at the McGowin Bridge homeplace. Graveside services with military honors followed immediately at the McGowin Ferry Cemetery with the Rev. Earle Greene officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers were Greg Diamond, Paul Bradley, Jimmy Burgess, Mark Hendricks, Mike Rowell and Derek Bray.

He was a native and life long resident of Jay, Fla., and was a member of the Jay First Baptist Church. He was a 1958 graduate of Jay High School, and a former lineman with EREC. He enjoyed classic and antique car collecting especially Fords.

He was known for his national award winning AACA antique Ford Thunderbird car collection. He  was a proud Army veteran, paratrooper– Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Calvary, 187th Airborne Infantry, 11th Air Assault Division.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jim Sheppard Linzy of Jay; a son, Bruce J. Linzy (Tammy) of Jay; a daughter, Leigha Linzy (Greg) Diamond of Athens, Alabama, Ala.; a brother, Joe Max (Elaine) Linzy of Jay; a sister, Linda (Jack) Carden of Jay; and four grandchildren, Jordan Linzy Morgan, Malloray Diamond, Brooklynn Linzy and Lauren Diamond.

Condolences may be sent and obituaries can be read at williamsmemorialchapel.com.

Dorothy Mae King Simmons

Brewton

Dorothy Mae King Simmons, 83, of The Trails passed away Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, at her residence after a brief illness.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

She was a native and life long resident of Escambia County. She was of the Holiness faith, attended W.S. Neal School, was the circulation manager for The Brewton Standard for 12 years, and was a retired machine operator from Monsanto with 30 years of service.

She is survived by a son, Tommy Simmons of Brewton; a brother, Clifford King of Brewton; two grandchildren, Greg Simmons and Katie Simmons; and three great-grandchildren, Dillion, Jordan and Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Meadie Baker King; and a son, Jr. Simmons.

Memorial services will be held at a later date and time with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

Jane Mead McDowell

Brewton

Jane Mead McDowell, 61, of Brewton,  passed away Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.

Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 6, at Union Cemetery with Minister Richard Rogers officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

She was born in Indianapolis, Ind. Her family has resided in Brewton since 1900. She had been in continuous residence in Brewton since 1970, coming from Pensacola, Fla. She was a member of the T.R. Miller High School class of 1973 and was a graduate of the University of Alabama.

She was a member of the Alabama Alumni Association, Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Brewton Church of Christ.  She was a teacher with the Brewton City Schools for more than 30 years. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Lieutenant Commander James M. Heffernan, and her step-father, Ray M. Sherer.

She is survived by her husband, Alex B. McDowell of Brewton; her mother, Kate A. Sherer of Brewton; two sons, James Robert (Carrie) McDowell of Atlanta, Ga., and Marshall Alexander (Kathryn) McDowell of Birmingham; one daughter, Katherine Mead McDowell (Gray) Garrett of Tuscaloosa; a brother, Robert Allen (Leah) Heffernan of Pensacola; one sister, Anne Heffernan (Charlie) Schaeffer of Eufaula; step-brothers, Ray (Emily) Sherer of Montgomery, Brown(Chris) Sherer of Fairhope, John Sherer of Daphne, Hayes (Rachel) Sherer of Spanish Fort, and Jackson (Jane) Sherer of Cape Coral, Fla.; a step-sister, Melane Sherer (Johnny) Byrd of Plant City, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Jane Garrett, Virginia Garrett, Rainer Garrett, Broox Garrett, James McDowell and Sarah McDowell.

The family kindly requests that flowers be omitted in favor of contributions to some of the charities that were important to her, e.g., Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org, American Cancer Society, cancer.org, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stjude.org.

Share your memories and condolences with the family at craversfh.com.

Terry ‘Wayne’ Hammonds Sr.

Evergreen

Terry “Wayne” Hammonds Sr., 66, passed away Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, at his home in Evergreen.

A memorial service was held Sun., Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at Sparta Academy’s Richard Brown Gymnasium. The Rev. Mike Bledsoe and the Rev. Edward Robinson officiated and Cope-Keahey Funeral Home directed.

He was born Oct. 14, 1950, to Jesse (“Jack”) and Edna (m. Dyess) Hammonds (both deceased). He was a lifelong resident of Evergreen, and was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church, in Lyeffion.

He was a beloved teacher and administrator. He earned his bachelor of science from Troy State University in 1973. He went on to earn a master of science degree in administration and supervision from Livingston University in 1977. He began his career in education in 1972 and served in various teaching and administration roles in the Conecuh County public school system, until his retirement in 2001. Since, he has happily held the position of Headmaster at Sparta Academy. His love for education, his staff, and his students came second only behind his love for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Lister Hammonds of Evergreen; two sons Chad (Amy) Hammonds of Fairhope, and Terry Wayne Hammonds Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; his daughter Ashley (Cameron) Hammonds Askew, of Helena; and his stepson Taylor Harrelson, of Evergreen. He is also survived by three sisters, Ruth (Ray) Lynch of Mobile, Laura Wilson (Walter Wayne) of Jefferson, and Sherry (Wayne) Sims of Andalusia.

 He is preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers Billy (June) Hammonds, Bobby Hammonds and Benny (Linda) Hammonds; and his sister Earlene (Fred) Stucky.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to a student sponsorship fund for Sparta Academy. Donations may be sent to the Bank of Evergreen or Sparta Academy (300 Pierce Street, Evergreen, AL 36401). Donations may also be made in his memory to the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge (1104 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205).