Obituaries for Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, edition

Published 5:29 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

William Jennings Holland

Valdosta, Ga.

William Jennings “Bill” Holland, 83, passed away on Tues., Aug. 22, 2017.

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The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 24, at First Baptist Church. A private interment will be held with the family at McLane Riverview Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Mack Weaver will officiate. Carson McLane Funeral Home will direct. The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church family life center on Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


He was born in Brewton on April 2, 1934, to the late Bessie Mae and Marvin Houston Holland. He attended Troy University from 1952 to 1956 where he played football for the Troy Trojans and met the love of his life, Mary Jean Whaley.

After graduation from college, he worked for Goodyear Tire and Auto as the store manager in Thomasville, Elberton and Milledgeville, Ga. He moved to Valdosta in 1965 and purchased the Sinclair Gasoline Distributorship, which became Holland Oil Company. He settled here with his family and became a vital part of the Valdosta community for the next several generations.

In 1981, he served as the President of the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and served on the Valdosta -Lowndes County Industrial Authority for 10 years in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1982, he started a used oil recycling facility, which became known as Georgia Petroleum, Inc., which he continued until his passing. He had been a member of the Georgia Oilman’s Association for the past 50 years. He was the president of the Elberton Jaycees, a member of the Valdosta Rotary Club, Valdosta Elks Club and the Valdosta Touchdown Club.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and playing golf with his friends. He has been an active sportsman and a member of the First Baptist Church and his Sunday School Class with some of his dearest friends.

Survivors include his three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen (Richard) Reissiger, Pam (Bo) Woodward, both of Valdosta, and Lisa (Jamie) Harris of Orlando, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, William (Marie) E. “Bill” Holland of Valdosta; 11 grandchildren, Eric (Adrienne) Reissiger, Cal Reissiger, Shelly (Patrick) Golden, Chase Woodward, Troy Woodward, Colby Harris, Brent (Michelle) Harris, Trav (Marney) Harris, Elizabeth (Benton) Graves, Haley Jane Holland and William Holland.

Also surviving are three great grandchildren, Paisley Reissiger, Wesley Marie Harris and Reynolds Harris; and several nieces and nephews, together with special family friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jean Holland; and two brothers, Jack Holland and Marvin Holland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church.

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Anthony Carey Weaver


Anthony “Tony” Carey Weaver, 53, of Castleberry, passed away on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.

Visitation will be held today, Aug. 23, at Holly Grove United Methodist Church from 2 p.m. until a 3 p.m. service time with the Rev. Jason Blackwell and the Rev. Robert McMillan officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

Interment will follow in Holly Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Castleberry.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Weaver, Russell Johnson, Brandon Carol, Ken Brewton, James West and Cody Stokes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ryan Meier and Christopher Meier.

He was born in Pensacola, Fla., and had been a lifelong resident of Castleberry. He worked as a correctional officer at Holman Prison in Atmore. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Vines and Branches Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mamie Lou Anthony Weaver; and step-brother, Jimmy Anthony.

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Fenlick and Myra Weaver; sons, Anthony Levon Weaver and Zac (Brittany) Davis, all of Castleberry; daughters, Karren (Joe) Luttrell, and Jennifer (Branden) Lambeth, both of Brewton; sister, Robin Meier of San Antonio, Texas; step-sisters, Pam (Johnny) Taylor of Pace, Fla., and Tammy Anthony of Pensacola, Fla.; and grandchildren, Joe William, Sawyer, Lora, Tanner, Stella, Sarah Lynn and Sylvie.

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Linniesteen Bell Dawkins


Linniesteen Bell Dawkins, 81, of Dawkins Road in Brewton, passed away Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, in a local nursing facility after brief illness.

Visitation will be held today, Aug. 23, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thurs., Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Brasher officiating. Interment will follow in May Creek Cemetery in Brewton with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

She was a native of Escambia County and a former resident of Huntsville, before moving back to Brewton. She was a member of May Creek United Methodist Church, a 1954 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, and a 1974 graduate of the Jefferson Davis Junior College RN program. She worked as an industrial nurse at Judy Bond and a RN at D.W. McMillan Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald Leon Dawkins; son, Scott (Sloan) Dawkins of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Donna (John) Gullatte of Auburn; two brothers, Wayne (Brenda) Bell, and Curtis (Jeani) Bell; seven grandchildren, Shannon (Alex) Wrenn, Whitney (Josh) Rupard, Olivia Dawkins, Morgan Kohr, Kayleigh Kohr, John Adam Gullatte and Caitlyn (Jay) McDaniel; five great grandchildren, Zekiah Rupard, Atlas Rupard, Marley Jordan, Camden Mahan and Cadence Mahan; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents, Albert and Eunice Gregg Bell; and brother, Ray Bell.

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Roberta Wright Brazile


Roberta Wright Brazile, 84, passed away on Sun., Aug. 13, 2017.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Duran Odoms officiating and Presley-Fluker Funeral Directors directing.

Interment followed in Sandy Grove Church Cemetery.

She attended school in Conecuh County at Sandy Grove Junior High School in the Johnsonville Community. In 1950, she graduated high school from Conecuh County Training School in Evergreen.

“Bert” as she was so fondly called, accepted Christ at an early age and committed to membership with the Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. During this time, she was faithful and dedicated to the church, choir and missionary ministries. She was instrumental in chartering the Order of Eastern Star, Johnsonville Chapter No. 868 and the Inspiration Spiritual Singers.

At Sandy Grove she was known for praising God and giving peppermints to everyone on Sunday morning. She was employed with Altex Inc. for many years. She was always full of laughter and joy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Brazile; and grandson, Brandon Wright.

Her memories will forever be cherished by her two sons, Ray Charles Wright, and Eric (Annie Jean) Wright of Evergreen; step-daughter, Virginia Ann Mackey of Brewton; two grandsons, Jazmond Wright of Montgomery, and Aldous Wright of Evergreen; three brothers-in-law, Sam (Angretta) Brazile, Thomas (Sarah) Brazile, both of Evergreen, and Phillip (Suzetta) Brazile of Newman, Ga.; six sisters-in-law, Clara King, Mary (John) Woods, Minnie (Archie) Bradley, Mageline (Johnny) Swain, Pinkie Autrey, all of Brewon, and Francine Archie of Omaha, Neb.; a special friend, Audrey Reed; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sheila Lee Holt


Sheila Lee Holt, 61, of Brewton, passed away on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held on Sun., Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at Flomaton Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Lee Johnson and Bro. Joseph Bagwell officiating, and Flomaton Funeral Home directing.

Interment followed in Flomaton Cemetery in Flomaton.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Lee, Brandon Holt, Ray Flores, Randy Bagwell, Robert Bell and Boogie Boutwell.

She was born in Brewton and was a lifetime member of the Flomaton and Brewton communities. She was a graduate of the 1973 class of Flomaton High School. She earned her associates degree and worked as a teacher at Flomaton High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flomaton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Thomas Lee and Mazie Golden Lee; and brothers, Jerry Lee and Pookie Lee.

She is survived by her son, Keith (Roberta) Holt of Flomaton; daughter, Vicki (Logan) Williamson of East Brewton; brother, Wayne Lee of Robertsdale; grandchildren; McKenzie Holt, Hanna Mae Holt, Lanan Barrentine, Addy Barrentine and Alivia Claire Williamson; father of her children, Melvis Holt of Brewton; and numerous other family members and friends.

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Hugh Ruff Gray

Conecuh County

Hugh Ruff “Huey” Gray passed away on Tues., Aug. 1, 2017, at the Evergreen Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Fri., Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Boatwright officiating and Cravers Funeral Home directing. Interment followed in the Union Grove Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was a native and life long resident of Conecuh County. He owned and operated Junkyard & Son Trucking. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and fan of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. He was a member of Union Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Martha Fay Williams Gray; son, Daniel (Samantha) Gray, both of Castleberry; two daughters, Christy (Mike) Weaver of Pace, Fla., and Melissa Gray of Castleberry; four brothers, Allen (Elaine) Gray, Mickey (Erline) Gray, Lawrence (Judy) Gray, all of Castleberry, and Martin (Judy) Gray of Andalusia; three sisters, Mary (Wesley) Baggett of Castleberry, Nancy (Doug) Pearson of Repton, and Delores Gray of Castleberry; nine grandchildren, Tyler Pate, Emily Hodges, Dina Weaver, Elena Weaver, Trinity Bradberry, Ella Hodges, Braedyn Andrews, Allie Gray and Gracie Gray; and sisters of the spouse, Teresa Raines of Paul, and Donna Johnston of Evergreen.

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Charles Wayne Wilson


Charles Wayne Wilson, 70, of Brigham Lane in Brewton, passed away Tues., May 30, 2017, at his residence. He was a native and life long resident of Alabama.

Memorial services were held Tues., Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. at the Zion Hill Cemetery with the Rev. James Aubrey Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Zion Hill Cemetery in Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.

He is survived by his family.

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