Obituaries for Wed., March 1, 2017, edition

Published 5:45 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Rose Mary Boyd Hatfield

East Brewton

Rose Mary Boyd Hatfield, 70, of Duncan Street in  East Brewton, passed away Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, in a Pensacola, Fla., medical facility after a brief illness.

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Memorial services are scheduled for Sat., March 4, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. John Finklea officiating and Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Michigan and a long time resident of Brewton. She was of the Protestant faith, and a retired trust clerk from Banktrust with 25 years of service. She enjoyed working with ceramics, stained glass and pottery.

She is survived by her son, John (Robin) Hatfield of East Brewton; daughter, Michelle (John) Robinson of Canyon, Texas; sister, Janie Chamberlain of Brewton; and five grandchildren, McKalah Robinson, Emily Hatfield, Natalie Hatfield, Noah Williams and John Walker Hatfield

She was preceded in death by her brother, Danny Boyd.

Onzell Pittman Lisenby


Onzell Pittman Lisenby, 70, of Mantel Street East Brewton, passed away Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, in a Century, Fla., medical facility after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Mon., Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Lisenby officiating. Interment followed in Elim Cemetery (Roberts Community) in Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native and life long resident of Brewton. She was of the Baptist faith, attended the W.S. Neal School System, enjoyed crafts, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Keith (Debbie) Lisenby of Atmore; daughter, Kim (Casey) Grant of Brewton; brother, Randy (Corrie) Pittman of Brewton; two grandchildren, Justin Lisenby and Greyson Grant; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lisenby; parents, Albert and Murtis Murphy Pittman; twin sister, Mozell Arrant; and two brothers, Bobby Pittman and Vick Pittman.

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Abbie Carolina Kinney

East Brewton

Abbie Carolina “Carol” Kinney, 49, of Virginia Street East Brewton, passed away Mon., Feb. 20, 2017.

Funeral services were held Sat., Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Jacob Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in Damascus Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Mobile, and a life long resident of East Brewton. She was of the Baptist faith. She attended the W.S. Neal School System, and was a avid Alabama football fan.

She is survived by her mother, Rojean Blair Hammac of East Brewton; two sisters, Jennie (Jimmy) Carter of Castleberry, and Judy (Jeff) Boles of East Brewton; nieces and nephews, Monica (Gary Parker) Phillips, Brandon (Brittany) Butts, Nate Hutcheson, Lamar (Jessica) Carter, Heather (Lance Bray) Carter and Kristan Carter; and 11 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Pete Hammac; and niece, Amber Phillips.

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Linda Faye Smith


Linda Faye Smith, 70, passed away Tues., Feb. 21, 2017, at her Castleberry residence.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Bro. Russ McDonald and Bro. J. Heath Wilson officiating. Interment followed in London Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Chris Martin, Daniel Hiers, Charlie King, Mike King, Wendell Kast and Jeffery Madden. Honorary pallbearers were Bryant Smith, Bill Downing Ricky Downing.

She was a life long resident of Castleberry.  She was a member of the Conecuh County High School Class of 1964, and worked as a school bus driver of the Escambia County Alabama School System.  She was a member of the Appleton Assembly of God Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Matilda Downing; and a sister, Mamie Miller.

She is survived by three sons, Terry (Karen) Smith of Castleberry, AL, Oydis (Gwen) Smith of Brewton, and Brian (Rhonda) Smith of Bay Minette; two daughters, Angie (David) Hiers of Castleberry, and Paula (Mark) Martin of Brewton; one brother, Newton (Janice) Downing of Castleberry; three sisters, Daisy Madden and Sallie Kast, both of Castleberry, and JoAnn King of Auburn; thirteen grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Dorothy Zeigler Stewart


Dorothy Zeigler Stewart “Aunt Dot,” was born on June 20, 1940, in Leesburg, Fla. She departed this life on Sat., Feb.18, 2017.

Funeral services were held Fri., Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptuse Church with the Rev. Eric Andrews officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing. Interment followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bruce Stewart, Stephen Cato, Tristen Spears and KeDarrius Jenkins.

After leaving Leesburg, Fla., she moved to New Jersey where she was employed by Western Electric, a branch of AT&T, until she and her husband relocated to Brewton in 1984.

She was an active member in Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church and in the Brewton community. She was a member of the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Friendly Pals Social and Civic Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Stewart; her mothers, Alice Ziegler, Esther Mosley and Catherine Hightower; and brothers, Zeter Hightower, Gregory Mosley and Rodney Mosley.

She leaves to cherish her memories, three devoted nieces, Kimberly Rio of Atlanta, Ga., Ham-Anijha Stewart of Brewton, AL and Clara White of Brewton, AL who was her devoted caregiver with her to the end; siblings, Donald Hightower of Leesburg, Fla., Theddeus Hightower of New Jersey, William Hightower, Oscar Hightower and Ernestine Mosley, all of Leesburg, Fla., Francine (Virgil) Moody of Brewton, Carol Diaz of Ocala, Fla., Ray Mosley of Leesburg, Fla., and Michael Mosley of Orlando, Fla.; a very dear friend, Sylvia Stevenson; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A special thanks to the McMillan Family, West Gate Village Nursing Home and Comfort Care Hospice that has provided invaluable support throughout the years.

Joseph Sumner Hudson


Joseph Sumner Hudson, 60, was born in Columbus, Ga., and a resident of Daphne, suddenly passed away just five days after celebrating his fifteenth wedding anniversary with his beloved wife and soul mate, Susan Rush Hudson. A kind man with a gentle spirit, he was a loving father to the children and stepchildren who survive him: Jessica (Bill) Wofford of Spanish Fort; Ted (Amanda) Daniels, of Nashville, Tenn.; Melody Winchell Reed of Semmes, Brooke (Adam) Gaudry of New Orleans, La., and Trinity Michael Hudson of Daphne. He is also survived by his parents, Eugene and Kathryn Hudson of Fairhope; siblings, Suzanne Hudson (Joe Formichella) and John (Frances) Hudson, both of Fairhope; and honorary sister, Jamie Gardner Rutan of Pensacola, Fla. He was preceded in death by his cherished little brother and friend, Wilson Stewart Hudson, and was a loving uncle to Jason Stewart (Heather) Hudson of Robertsdale and Hudson Howard (Jennifer) Lewis of San Diego, Calif. He was loving and devoted to many friends, relatives and grandchildren, including Mary Brighton Wofford, Asher Wofford, Christian Bourgeois and Brayden Gaudry.

A 1975 graduate of T. R. Miller High School in Brewton where he grew up, he was nicknamed “Block” and “Bootie” by his teammates. He did not let a severe hearing loss keep him from excelling at football, intently watching for the snap since he could not hear the quarterback. He hit touchdown pay dirt often and was honored to be selected All State end. In addition, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and especially golf. He was an intrepid and talented water skier as well, spending summer days on Lake Blackshear, Ga., where the family had a vacation home. The joke in the family was that he got “all the athlete genes,” with none left over for his three siblings. He attended Jefferson Davis Junior College, the University of South Alabama, and worked for quite a few years at T. R. Miller Mill Company in Brewton before moving to Baldwin County. There, he worked faithfully for fifteen years, until his passing, for Baldwin Truss Company (formerly NFL Lumber). Finding his home in Daphne, he settled into a deep spiritual relationship with his faith, his wife, and his home church, City Hope Church, pastored by the Rev. Jerry Taylor. He not only believed in his faith, he lived it, and endeavored to be kind to everyone, turn the other cheek, and be generous with anything he had.

“Joe was easy to love,” an old friend said, and, indeed, he was. His warm and fun-loving nature was complementary to a fierce work ethic, and he made friends wherever he worked, wherever he went, and wherever he worshipped. He did not suffer fools yet he rarely uttered a crossword. He was an avid Auburn fan who loved to laugh. He was a reluctant hunter who bagged his share of deer before giving it up. He was a true example of a life well lived and well loved, and he will be deeply missed. All of us who were fortunate enough to have known and loved him are feeling a profound absence today, as we will in the days going forward.

War Eagle, Joe! Say hello to Wilson for us all.

Donations in Joseph Sumner Hudson’s name can be made to the City Hope Church Legacy Fund, 10063 Rockwell School Drive, Daphne, AL 36527.