Obituaries for Wed., May 3, 2017, edition

Published 5:59 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thomas John Earle Jr.


Thomas John Earle, Jr., a life-long resident of Blacksher, passed away at home on Sun., April 30, 2017.

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A memorial service will be Sat., May 6, at Montgomery Hill Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lonnie Byrd officiating.


A high school graduate of Marion Military Institute, he completed college at Auburn University where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He returned home to work with his father’s timber business and served on the Board of Directors for the Baldwin Electric Membership Corporation. He loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Gonzales Earle; parents, Thomas and Martha Earle; and a sister, Catherine Cortelyou.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Emmons Earle of Blacksher; daughter, Elizabeth Torrans (Jay) of Mobile; son, Thomas John Earle III of Cumming, Ga.; two grandchildren whom he adored, Mary Mason Corbett and Lee Corbett; two sisters, Martha Smith (Bill), and Agnes Smith (Harry), both of Montrose; two nieces; a nephew; and a faithful companion, Biscuit.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Montgomery Hill Building Fund, c/o Mr. John E. Chason, 69002 TJ Earle Road, Little River, AL 36550.

Arrangements by Norris Funeral Home, 402 E. 2nd St., Bay Minette, AL 36507, 251-937-9596. Online condolences at

Dr. Herman C. Wood

Woodland, Texas

After a long life full of love from family and friends, banjo music and the practice of medicine, Dr. Herman C. Wood passed away on April 24, 2017, at the age of 90 in Woodlands, Texas.

A private graveside service was held on Wed., April 26, at 10 a.m. in Union Cemetery in Brewton with Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Feb. 15, 1927, to Clifford Cummins Wood and Renzina Teninga Wood.  At the age of 16, he started his undergraduate education at McGill University in Canada. In 1952, H.C. graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, age 25.  He married Patricia Grace Mullen RN, of Lake Geneva, WI, and was appointed a Reserve Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant.

After his tour of duty, he established a medical practice in Brewton, with Patricia and four children in tow. In 1973, he married his second wife, Wylene Maddox McCarn and they resided in New Port Richey, Fla.  At Community Hospital of New Port Richey, he served as Chief of the Department of Medicine and later served on the board of trustees.

During his retirement years, his entrepreneurial spirit began a unique practice to ensure quality physician care in emergency rooms throughout the U.S.  His business was purchased by Protech where he remained a consultant during the company’s growth to over 200 hospitals implementing his solutions.

Over the past 20 years, he made a difference in many lives as he worked to improve the medical care of poor Mexican villages by donating medical equipment and requesting support for medical needs of children through the Shriner’s Hospital.

He was blessed to have four loving children and is survived by, Clifford Wood, Mary Campbell, Barbara (Ed) Janusz, and Susan (Chris) Day; grandchildren, Shelley Wood Hanratty, Travis Campbell, Tyler (Sarah) Campbell, Lauren Janusz, Andrew Day, Patrick Day, Kathryn (Robin) Brooks, Marc (Angela) Janusz; great-grandchildren, Brent Hanratty, Jake Brooks, James Brooks, Brie Janusz, Dillon Bocanegra and Paxton Campbell.

His talents and accomplishments were many; however, what touched everyone he met was his great sense of humor, his wonderful ability to demonstrate how music can bring joy into everyone’s life and his dedication to family, country and community. Many considered him a renaissance man, accomplished not only in medicine but also in music, archeology and engineering.

It was his request that donations be to the Shriner’s Hospital ( or 1-855-365-4438) in lieu of flowers.

Lorenzo Anderson


Lorenzo Anderson, 49, was called Home Sat., April 22, 2017, at D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton.

Funeral services were held Sat., April 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton with the Rev. Kenneth Watson officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

He was born on Nov. 2, 1967, in Mobile at Mobile General Hospital to Alice S. Jenkins Anderson late Walter C. Anderson.

Early in his years he joined St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. His school years were spent in Brewton. He graduated from W.S. Neal High School in 1986. After high school he worked at Pic-N-Sav in Brewton for years before he found the passion in what his father did- logging. He learned to operate every piece of heavy equipment there was, from bull dozers, to 18 wheelers to skidders and tractors. He loved his skidder. He was a hardworking man. He also loved to help others. He found relaxation in working on vehicles and watching western movies.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted mother, Alice S. Anderson; a loving sister, Jane (Travis) Milton; nieces, Justice Hall, Destiny Reed, Sincere Milton, and Trinity Milton; nephew, Tyrese Anderson, all of Brewton; a mate and special friend of many years, Stephanie Renee Fantroy; aunts and uncles, Minnie (Maurice) Seabrook of Cantonment, Fla., Janith Anderson of Tallahassee, Fla., Judy (Marvin) Rahman of Benbrook, Texas, Oscar (Catherine) Long of Springhill, Fla., Novella Richardson of Repton, Minnie Prime of Brewton, Willie L. Anderson of Summerdale and Eugene Anderson of Brewton; and a host of cousins and friends.

William Buster Wright


William Buster Wright was born Aug.. 6, 1943, in Brewton, to the late Myrtle and William Wright Jr. He departed for his Heavenly Home on April 17, 2017, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Tues., April 25, at 11 a.m. at Presley-Fluker Funeral Chapel in Brewton with the Rev. Dr. Willie J. Blue officiating. Interment followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery in Brewton with Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

He worked at T.R. Miller Mill until his health failed. On Aug. 29, 2006 he married Wanda (Cookie) Moore.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Wanda (Cookie) Wright of Brewton; two daughters, Evelyn (Larry) Wilkes of Danbury, Conn., and Tanisha (Walter) Nearer of Brewton; stepson, Vincent (Valerie) Robinson of Atlanta, Ga.; step daughter, Missy Moore of Brewton; one sister-in-law, Claudia Lee of Brewton; five grandkids; three great grandkids; and other sisters-in-law.

He also leaves to cherish his memory a sister, Maggie Wright of Las Vegas, Calif.; six brothers, William Bill (Geraldine) Wright, and Franklin Henry Wright, both of Vallejo, Calif.; Horace ((DeAnn) Wright, Rock (Lucille) Wright of Victorville, Calif.

He is preceded in death by ex-wife, Elmma Lee Wright; sisters, Mary Wright, and Elizabeth Wright; and brother, Commindo Wright.

He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.