Obituaries for Wed., May 31, 2017, edition

Published 7:02 pm Tuesday, May 30, 2017

William Ellis Hayes

Mansfield, Texas

William Ellis ‘Will’ Hayes, 46, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away on Sun., May 28, 2017, at his home.

Graveside services will be held on Fri., June 2, at Union Cemetery with Bro. Cavin Cawthon and Bro. Todd Ray officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

He was a native of Georgia, a former resident of Montgomery, Charlotte, N.C., and Memphis, Tenn., before residing in Mansfield for 10 years. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama with an MBA, a University of Alabama alumni with honors and treasurer of the Organ Guild Association. He worked as a comptroller with International Paper Company.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Robert C. and Evelyn Marie Hayes; and his maternal grandfathers, Carnell W. Nolin and Sim Ellis Ogletree.

He is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Sandra Hayes; maternal grandmother, Annie Ruth Nolin, all of Brewton; aunt Billye Jo Burns of Pace, Fla.; cousins, aunts, uncles and other family members.

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Emily Madden Cooper


Emily Madden Cooper, 79, of Appleton Road, Brewton, passed away Wed., May 24, 2017, at her residence after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held on Fri., May 26, at 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Craig and Pastor A.D. Hale officiating. Interment followed in Cooper Cemetery, Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

She was a native and life long resident of Escambia County and a member of the Friendship Holiness Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her two sons, Michael Burns (Arden) Cooper and Kenneth Earl Cooper; two daughters, Lorrie Ann (Eddy) Carver and Ruthie Bell Cooper, all of Brewton; two brothers, Willie Charles Madden of Castleberry and Clyde Madden Jr. of Brewton; five sisters, Marie Hale of Brewton, Agnes Crutchfield of Evergreen, Eva Jean Evans of Brewton, Linda Faye White of North Port and Bonnie Walker of Dothan; two half-brothers, Shelton Madden and Wayne Madden; two stepsisters, Nadine Kearly and Glennis Gomillion; grandchildren, Jamie (Jonathan) Luttrell and Connor Cooper; great grandchildren, Emily Alise Luttrell and Mickey Elise Mitchell; two step-grandchildren, Elizabeth Parker and Kristopher Parker; and two step-great-grandchildren, Lola Parker and Mackson Parker.

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Michael Charles Minchew


Michael “Mike” Charles Minchew , 61, of Sowell Road in Brewton, passed away Thurs., May 25, 2017, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services were held Sat., May 27, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Reese officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He was a native and life long resident of Brewton. He was of the Methodist faith, a 1974 graduate of T.R. Miller High School, a graduate of Jefferson Davis Community College, a 1978 graduate of Auburn University, and a retired procurement manager from the T.R. Miller Mill Company with 43 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting, fishing and golf. He was an avid Auburn fan.

He is survived by his father, Charles Minchew; wife of 25 years, Sheila Tolbert Minchew; brother, Ricky (Tammy) Minchew, all of Brewton; sister, Linda (Ron) Whidden of Deer Field Beach, Fla.; nephew, Ed Minchew; two nieces, Julia Minchew and Bonnie Minchew; and sister-In-Law, Judy Falkenberry.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Dorothy Brooks Minchew.

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Annie Merle Brown Cook


Annie Merle Brown Cook, 89, of Brewton, passed away Sat., May 27, 2017, after a brief illness.

Graveside funeral services were held Tues., May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Damascus Cemetery by Douglas Chapel Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Headley officiating.

She was a native and life-long resident of Brewton and was a retired seamstress with Judy Bond for 33 years.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brewton.

She is survived by two sons; Glenn (Martha) Cook of Castleberry, and Lamar (Darla) Cook of Palestine, Texas; two daughters, Katherine (Ronny) Wedgeworth of Flomaton, and Carole (Hollis) Tranum of Evergreen; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Arva Lee Stevens Brown; husband, James Cook; sister, Clara Ebert; brothers, John David “Sonny” Brown, and Adrian Neal Brown; and granddaughter, Nicole Gatwood Ordis.

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Hazel Lucile Crawley

Century, Fla.

Hazel Lucile Crawley, 87, of Century, Fla., passed away on Sun., May 28, 2017, at Century Health & Rehabilitation Center in Century.

Visitation will be held today May 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., June 1, at 2 p.m., at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glenn Johnson and Bro. David Boyd officiating and Flomaton Funeral Home Directing.

Interment will be in Catawba Springs Cemetery in Brewton. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

She was born in Brewton, and was a long time resident of the Century community where she was a member of Century First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles L. “Bill” Crawley; and her parents, Samuel L. and Bama Monk Bates.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Steven (Tilda) Crawley of Pensacola, Fla., and Jeffrey (Cathy) Crawley of Century;  special nephew, James White of Century; daughters, Charlotte (Glenn) Johnson, and Cynthia (Terry) Owens, both of Flomaton; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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