Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, edition

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

O.D. Cash


O.D. Cash, 79, of Flomaton, passed away on Thurs., July 27, 2017, at Century Health and Rehabilitation Center in Century, Fla.

Funeral services were held on Sun., July 30, at 2 p.m. at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rusty Burnham and Bro. Jerry Brantley officiating and Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Interment followed in Fort Crawford Cemetery in East Brewton.

Pallbearers were Alex Cash, Andrew Cash, Justin Smith, Jake Smith, Landon Cash and Taylor Cash. Honorary pallbearer was Jeremy Burch.

He was born in Fort Deposit and had been a lifetime member of the Flomaton and McCall areas for more than 35 years, where he worked as a car salesman. He was a member of Friendship Freewill Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Cora Bowen Cash; wife, Betty Morris Cash; sisters, Dot McCurdy, Wanda Cash, Bobbi Frazier, and Mildred Faye Cash; and brother, Allen Cash.

He is survived by his sons, Danny Cash of Flomaton, Roger (Bama) Cash of Brewton, Robert (Debbie) Cash of Flomaton; daughters, Linda (Randy) Baggett, Marilyn Cash, and Carolyn (Joey) Settle, all of Brewton; brothers, Barney (Irene) Cash of Century, George (Ann) Cash of Bay Minette, William Cash of Mobile, Odell (Linda) Cash of Tuscaloosa, Gene (Aggie) Cash of Nashville, Tenn., and Shelby Cash of Texas; sisters, Shirley (Wayne) Owens of McCall Community, Linda (Roy) Batte of Brewton, Becky Cash of Pensacola, Fla., and Joyce Erskin of Devilla, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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Joe Farley Gordy


Joe Farley Gordy, passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2017, at West Gate Village Nursing Home surrounded by family and friends.

Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Brewton on Aug. 14 at 11 a.m.

He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Carol Gordy, his in-laws, Don and Jan Grosso; nieces Kelly (Jake) Billingsley and Taylor (Brad) Jackson; nephews, John (Melissa) Grosso of Brewton, and Brian (Tamara) Gordy; and niece, Kelly (Stacey) Scroggins of Arkansas; along with several great-nieces and great-nephews who loved him very much.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Gordy, and brother, James (Mildred) Gordy of Eldorado, Ark.

Born April 5, 1940, in Forest, Miss., he began a career in retail floristry in Starkville after receiving a degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University, where he was later recognized as Alumni Fellow and College Alumnus of the Year in 2008.

In 1978, he moved to Alabama when Knud Nielsen Co., a leading importer and manufacturer of dried flowers, hired him as Director of Product Development. He worked  there until he and his wife Carol purchased Natural Decorations, Inc. (NDI), in which they elevated the stature and use of high end faux flowers worldwide.

He had a passion for flowers, which began with childhood days spent on a farm where he grew up working in the garden with his family. He drew inspiration from the surrounding environment and nature. His love of nature, as well as creative ability, helped him excel as a floral designer.

Among his many accomplishments, he was invited to decorate the White House at Christmas for the Ronald Reagan administration three times.  He served as a judge at the 93rd Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., and judged the 1993 World Cup of Floral Design in Stockholm, Sweden.

He was inducted to the American Institute of Floral Designers where he served as a member of the board of directors and president.

In recent years, he was named Brewton Citizen of the year in 2004, and served as board member and past Chairman of the Brewton Tree and Beautification Board. In 2015, he received recognition for the donation of his extensive personal library of Ornamental Horticulture books to the Brewton Public Library.

He enjoyed growing orchids in his greenhouse, gardening and traveling. He loved his church family.

He will be remembered for his eloquent delivery of humorous jokes. He could be seen every afternoon walking his beloved dogs, Daisy and Lucille around the Evergreen/Belleville block.

Memorials may be made to The Greater Brewton Foundation in Joe’s name.  (P.O. Box 87 Brewton, AL  36427.

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Mary Lois Lewis


Mary Lois Lewis, 97, of Linden, died Aug. 7, 2017, at Marengo Nursing Home.

Family graveside services were held at Linden Memorial Park on Fri., Aug. 11, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tony Antonelli officiating.


Arrangements were made by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden.

She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in East Brewton, to Willie James and Nancy Jane Mantel. She was a graduate of Downing-Shofner School in East Brewton. She was a former secretary for the Marengo County Tax Assessors Office and Marengo County D.H.R. She was a member of Linden United Methodist Church, and as a youth, she was a member of Cedar Hill United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jane (W. B.) Gardner of Linden; and two grandchildren, Lindsy Gardner and William Benjamin Gardner III.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. Lewis.

Memorials may be made to Linden United Methodist Church.

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Lillie Yvonne Butler Pettis


Lillie Yvonne Butler Pettis, 86, of Pine Street in Brewton, passed away Thurs., Aug. 10, 2017, in a Mobile hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Sat., Aug. 12, at noon at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. David Moss.

Interment followed in Hanberry Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Escambia County and a former resident of Theodore and Atmore before moving to Brewton. She was a member of the Hanberry Holiness Church and a homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.

She served her family and those she loved making sure everyone was well taken care of. She was taken home to Heaven where she reunited with her husband of 62 years, Claude Pettis.

She is survived by a son, Mitchell (Debbie) Pettis of Mobile; daughter, Brenda Kay Moffett of Brewton; brother, Harold Butler of Saraland; six grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Pettis; and daughter, Gail Loewen.

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Jeffery Wayne Castleberry


Jeffery Wayne Castleberry, 53, passed away on Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, at his Brewton residence, with family by his side.

Funeral services were held Sat., Aug.12, at 3 p.m. at Holly Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert McMillan officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

Interment followed in Holly Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were  Larry Hall, James Peavey, Tony Godwin, Russell Weaver, Wayne Lee, and Jerry Weaver. Honorary Pallbearers were Fenlick Weaver and John Thomas Weaver.

He was born in Brewton, and had been a resident of Greenville and Norfolk, Va., before returning to live in Brewton. He was a member of the Conecuh County High School Class of 1982, and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was vice president of Castleberry Logging, Inc. He was a member of Holly Grove United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Kelli Holloway Castleberry of Brewton; parents, Ezell and Earline Castleberry of Castleberry; daughter, Abby Castleberry of Greenville; step-sons, Hunter Parks and Tyler Parks, both of Brewton; brothers, Stephen (Debbie) Castleberry of Birmingham, and John (Beverly) Castleberry of Castleberry.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Pilots for Christ, 107 Airport Road, Monroeville, AL, 36460; or to the American Cancer Society.

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Margaret Elizabeth Hones


Margaret Elizabeth Jones entered into the arms of the Lord on Aug. 5, 2017.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at Second St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Willie J. Blue officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing. Interment followed at Piney Grove Cemetery in Brewton.

She was born to the late Chip and Bertha Harris on Dec. 28, 1938. She was the 13th child of 16 children. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Eugene, Naomi, Eula Mae, James, Earnestine, Earnest, Ethel Mae, Bertha Lee, Greely, Willie James, Lonza and Frank.

She was educated in the Nichburg school system. She was employed with D.W. McMillan Hospital for more than 20 years before becoming a homemaker.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Brewton Church of God In Christ where she was the superintendent of Sunday school for more than 30 years and served as a church mother.

She was united in holy matrimony to Charlie Leroy Jones on Nov. 3, 1956. To this union 10 children were born; one preceding her in death, Murtis O’Neal Jones.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of 60 years, Charlie; four sons, Charlie “Gene” Jr., Curtis (Mary) Jones, both of Brewton, Clarence (Annie) Jones of Burnt Corn, and Kenneth (Robin) Jones of Knoxville, Tenn.; five daughters, Sheila Kiser of Killeen, Texas, Janice (Willie) Chatman of Anniston, Kimberly (Vernon) Harris of Monroe, Ga., Connie (Peter) Darrington of Brewton; a devoted daughter and caregiver, Susan Jones of Brewton; two sisters, Mazzie Rowland and Addie Brown, both of California; and one brother, Augusta Harris of California.

She also leaves 25 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and godchildren, Tammy Nolan and Paul (Angie) Smith.

She leaves behind beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends; and two special devoted friends, Minnie Ruth Smith and Maggie McMillan.

She will be missed by many, especially for her tastefully delicious cakes and her love for fishing.