Obituaries for Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, edition

Published 5:02 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Virginia Brown Owens


Virginia “Jennie” Brown Owens age 73 of May Creek Road Brewton, Alabama passed away Monday February 13, 2017 in a local hospital after a brief illness.

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Visitation will be held today, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Hone.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Greer officiating. Interment will follow in May Creek Cemetery in Brewton, Alabama with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Mobile, and a life long resident of Brewton. She attended the Divine Temple Church. She attended W.S. Neal High School. She was a former supervisor at Judy Bond for many years, and was a caregiver at The Meadows.

She is survived by her son, George (Alicia) Cutts of Brewton; daughter, Trish Meadows of Brewton; brother, Perry (Linda) Brown of Brewton; three sisters, Pauline Ausburn of East Brewton, Liz (Franklin) Emmons of Pensacola, Fla., and Kathy (Dennis) Middleton of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kristyan Cone, Amber Cutts, Marissa Mealer and Kerrie Cutts; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dale Owens; father of her children, George Cutts; and sister, Mary Otts.

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Tim Anderson


Tim Anderson, 58, of Evergreen, passed away at his residence after a brief illness Tues., Feb. 14, 2017.

Funeral services are to be held at 11 am., Thurs., Feb. 16, at the Evergreen Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Collins officiating. Mrs. Judy Robbins will provide special music. Interment will follow in the Magnolia Cemetery with Cope-Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Margret Cope Anderson of Evergreen; sons, John (Ashley) Anderson of Robertsdale, and Jeremy (Sara) Anderson of Andalusia; daughters, Lisa Anderson, and Laura (Mike) Barnett of Brewton; mother Erlene (step-father George) Williamson of Brewton; mother-in-law, Margarete McInnis Cope of Evergreen; grandchildren, Kaitlyn Barnett, Adria Barnett, Haley Anderson, Emily Anderson, Ava Anderson and Audrey Anderson; brother-in-law, Bill Cope of Evergreen; and sister-in-law, Cathy Cope of Fairhope.

He was proceeded in death by his father, John Anderson.He served in the U.S. Army for four years then he served as an

investigator with the Escambia County Sheriff Department for 10 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at the Burnt Corn Hunting Club where he served as a board member. He was serving as a deacon at the Evergreen Baptist Church. 

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice of Greenville.

Keya Walton


A memorial service was held on Fri., Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. at Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton, with the Rev. Dr. W.J. Blue officiating. Interment followed in Baptist Hill Cemetery in Breweton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

Keya Walton was born on Sept. 28, 1984, to Denis Walton and Norton Ellison in Chicago, Ill. At an early age, she moved to Nymph to reside with her grandmother Anne Walton and family.

She graduated from America Job Corp in Montgomery with the Class of 2001 as a medical assistant. She was a member of Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memories three beautiful children, JeKeya Smith, Keyajani White and Delvron Bledsoe Jr., all of Brewton. She leaves to cherish her memories the love of her life, Delvron Bledsoe; along with his children; Devarian Bledsoe of Brewton, Delvron K. Bledsoe, Alaysha Bledsoe, and Daysha Bledsoe of LaGrange, Ga., which she played a very important role in their lives; her loving parents, Denise Walton Saffore (Rob) of Brewton, and Norton Ellison (Kim) of St. Louis, Mo.; and Aquantonice Benison of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Thomas Saffore Jr. (Felicia) of Brewton; her grandparents, Anne Walton of Brewton and Marjorie Ellison of Chicago, Ill.; five aunts, Kimberly Ivey (Selanmin), Meridith Walton and Katrina Gills, all of Brewton; and Nichelle Holmes of Chicago, Ill.; five uncles, James Dees (Christine) of Auburndale, Fla., Anthony Edwards, Derrick Edwards, Kenny Edwards and Michael Grant, all of Chicago, Ill.; god sister, Karie Griffey; best friend, Tiffany Barton; special friend; Shandrike Barton, Ieshia Drakeford and Brittny Lassiter, all of Brewton; and a host of cousins and loving family members.

Jesse Mitchell Neese


Jesse Mitchell Neese, 68, of Brewton, passed away Mon., Feb. 6, 2017. 

Graveside services were held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at Union Cemetery with the Rev. John Finklea officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

He served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division from 1969 – 1971, with tour of duty in Vietnam.  He graduated from W.S. Neal in 1966.  He graduated from Auburn University in 1972 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1974 while employed with Ernst and Ernst Accounting Firm in Birmingham.

He became a partner in the accounting firm McDowell and Neese in 1976, retiring from his profession in 2013. He was co-founder of the Greater Brewton Foundation, and managed Jernigan Realty Enterprise.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brewton.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend who was loved and respected by all who knew him. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse D. Neese, and mother Julia Neese; his son Thomas “Tom” Mitchell Neese; daughter, Julie Anne Neese Marsh; brother Eugene Neese; and sister Eunice Abrams. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary Lillian Conover Neese; two sisters, Marie (Larry) Heaton of Brewton, Kathy (Bill) Cameron of Auburn; nieces, nephews, and other relatives who loved him dearly. He loved his cats Piper and Zoey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Brewton Foundation.

William Guy Wilson


William Guy Wilson, 61, of Bristol Lane in Brewton, passed away Thurs., Feb. 9, 2017, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospice facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sat., Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Chavers and the Rev. James Aubrey Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Zion Hill Cemetery in Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton. He was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church, a 1974 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, and a former appliance repairman.

He is survivored by his daughter, Pamela Ann (Toby) Bowman of Midland City; two brothers, Don (Velma) Wilson of Grand Ridge, Fla., and Charlie (Joyce) Wilson of Fairhope; two sisters, Barbara (Mike) Burnham of Opelika, and Sue Wilson of Brewton; two grandchildren, Sara Bowman and Parker Ray Bowman; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins

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Steven Wayne Doughty

Jay, Fla.

Steven Wayne Doughty, 60, passed away Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, in a Pensacola hospital.

Funeral services were held on Fri., Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Speaker Ken Jernigan officiating.  Interment followed in Jay Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Terry Wolfe, Brent Wolfe, Ryne Wolfe, Jake Nelson, Riley Nelson, and Randy Doughty.

He was born in Waynesboro, Miss., and had been a resident of Jay, Fla., for

the past 40 years, coming from Livermore, Ky. He was the manager at Alston Electric for 30 years. He was of the Christian faith.  Mr. Doughty was preceded in death by his father, Kink Doughty.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Doughty of Jay, FL; two daughters, Hannah (Colton) Hammonds of Flomaton, AL, and Taylor Doughty of Jay, FL; one brother, Randy (Tammy) Doughty of Louisville, KY; one sister, Donna Morris of Calhoun, KY; four grandchildren, Annastyn, Chipper, Harper, and Lakynn; and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members; and his fur baby, Sadie.

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Tony Kennedy


Tony Kennedy, age 58, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at a Pensacola hospital.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 4, from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Brittingham officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in the Wild Fork community.

Pallbearers were Matt Brittingham, Jimmy Jay, Malcolm Jay, Vince Jay, Stinson Jay, and Craig Brittingham

He was a native and life-long resident of Brewton. He worked as a carpenter and was of the Holiness faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Hazel Kennedy.

He is survived by three brothers, Melvin Kennedy of Uriah,  and Johnny Graves and Tommy Kennedy both of Brewton; one sister, Melva Joyce Lambert of Brewton; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

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Robert Lloyd Burch


Robert Lloyd Burch, age 72 of Robertsdale, passed away early Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, in a Robertsdale health care facility after an extended illness.

Graveside services will be Thurs., Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. at Weaver Cemetery with Bro. J. Heath Wilson officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native of Pensacola, Fla., and former resident of Tampa before moving to Robertsdale five years ago.  He was retired from Gulf Coast Fire and Safety Company as a fire protection engineer and was of the Pentecostal faith.  He was a United States Army veteran.

He is survived by sons, Christopher (Tarah) Burch of Colorado Springs, Colo., and  Dennie Lloyd Jernigan of Mobile; sisters, Betty Wiley of Keizer, Ore., Ellie Oliver of Torrance, Calif.; and six grandchildren

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Buck H. Irwin Sr.

Millerton, Okla.

Buck H. Irwin Sr. of Millerton, Okla., passed away Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, at his home.

A Celebration of Life was held at on Fri., Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Church of Millerton, Okla., with Bro. Tim Stuart and Bro. John Crow officiating and White Family Funeral Home in Idabel, Okla., directing.

He was born on April 11, 1938 to Ethel and Walter Erwin. He was raised in Brewton along with his eight brothers and sisters. After graduating from W.S. Neal High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne from 1956 to 1958.

After proudly serving his country, he began his 36 year career at Container Corporation of America in Brewton, and retired as pulp mill superintendent at Weyerhauser Paper Mill in Valliant, Okla. He also served as a Shriner and a 32nd degree mason for 50 years.

He was a member of “The Meeting Place” Christian Church in Millerton.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Irwin; son, Buck (Stacy) Irwin Jr. of Oklahoma City; daughter, Melissa (Shawn) Coyier of Albuquerque, N.M.; son, Walt (Andrea) Irwin of Paris, Texas; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; niece, Faye McDonald Williamson of East Brewton; and numerous other nieces and nephews.