Obituaries for Oct. 11, 2017 edition

Published 5:01 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Pensacola, Fla.

Mrs. Alma Inez Robinson Prestwood Davis, of Pensacola, Fla., went to be with her Lord on Oct. 10, 2017, after a full and rich 95 years in this life with her family.

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She attributed her many blessings to her Maker, and as the time approached for her to meet Him she said with great peace and comfort that she was ready for the occasion. Her family and friends will gather to celebrate her life and that joyous meeting at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore, at 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 14, with burial to immediately follow the service at McCullough Cemetery in McCullough.

The family will receive visitors from 1-2 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

She was born on May 3, 1922, in Goodway to Elophus Walter and Alma Castillow Robinson, and she was the second-oldest daughter of nine children.

She was a longtime resident of McCullough and Atmore, and she enjoyed her final 18 years in Pensacola, in the home of her daughter and son in law, Marcia and Charles Thompson.

First as Mrs. Prestwood and later as Mrs. Davis, Inez devoted her life, with love, to her family. She wore many hats with grace and beauty.

She was gifted with an extraordinary ability to gather her family for occasions both happy and sad, and bringing them together brought her great joy.

She opened her home and heart constantly. She never gathered her family without preparing a feast, which nourished bodies and souls alike.

She supported her family with a multitude of professional talents, working as a banker, merchant, farmer, cotton ginner and bookkeeper at different points in her life, and she treasured these talents (even subscribing to farming magazines until her death).

She worked hard, smart and often, and she taught her children and grandchildren the great value of good work done with a great attitude.

She simultaneously modeled the importance of both knowing one’s roots and broadening one’s horizons – she read often and traveled when her life called upon her to do so.  Her life’s experiences cultivated a natural wisdom and strength of spirit, which she shared generously. She was always composed and totally unflappable, regardless whether the challenge was a bank robber with a gun or a toaster an unwitting grandchild inadvertently exploded.

She had endless stories of wit, encouragement, and laughter. She used all of her gifts every day, to the great benefit of those around her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Prestwood; her brothers, Andrew Leonard Robinson, Walter Robinson, Raymond Ernest Robinson and Kenneth Robinson; and her sisters, Annie Lou (Robinson) Prestwood, Agnes Vernelle (Robinson) Lee and Bernice (Robinson) Fell. She is survived by sons, Lewis George Prestwood and Oris Earl Davis Jr. (Monica); daughters, Judith Prestwood Lorenz, Sylvia Prestwood Bellot (Jim), Marcia Prestwood Thompson, Sandra Prestwood Wood and Jennifer Prestwood Manasco (Mike); 16 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was a loving aunt to a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the McCullough Cemetery in memory of Inez Prestwood Davis. The family expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all Nurse Spring staff, particularly caregivers Pauline Drakeford and Terrie Duke; and all Emerald Coast Hospice staff, for their excellent care in recent years.



Judith Patricia McRae Hamrac, 73, of Zion Hill Road, passed away Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a brief illness. She was a native of Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., and a longtime resident of Brewton.

Funeral services were held Tues., Oct. 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. George Weaver and Rev. Doug Darby officiating. Interment followed in Green Acres Cemetery.

She was a member of Hartwood Methodist Church; a 1963 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, and a former employee of Lady Arrow and Judy Bond. She loved her children and grandchildren, cooking, crocheting and quilting.

Survivors include her mother, Lillie Mae Ryals McRae; husband of 53 years, Donnie Hamrac;  daughters, Angela (Donald) Majzun and Anna (Richard) Steele; brothers, Pat (Marie) McRae, Gerald (Debbie) McRae, and Jerry (Margaret) McRae; three sisters, Jean Howell, Janice (Tom) Craft and Julia Ann (Wayne) Thompson, all of Brewton; five grandchildren, Josh (Jessica) Carter, Jenna (Blake) Blackwell, Jasmine (Alex) O’Keane, Devin Steele, Tabitha Steele; three great grandchildren, Kason Carter, Koleson Carter, Ella O’Keane; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, James P. McRae, and sister, Dorothy McRae Waldrop.

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Daisy Lois Watson Harrelson, 88, of Pineview St., passed away Fri. Oct. 6, 2017, in a local nursing facility after a brief illness.

Graveside services were held Tues., Oct. 10, at 11 a.m. at Weaver Cemetery with the Rev. L.D. Henderson officiating. Interment followed in Weaver Cemetery.

She was a native of Dixie and a lifelong resident of Escambia County. She was a

member of the Appleton First Assembly of God Church, attended Damascus High School and was a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion and a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Harry (Cathy) Harrelson of Mobile; daughter, Barbara Ann Dagata of Stewart, Fla.; sister, Lou Renfroe of Belleville; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe “Shorty” Clinton Harrelson.

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Jennie Mae Bailey Syfrett, 83, of Climax Springs, Mo. Passed away Sun. Oct. 8, 2017, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

Memorial services are schedule for Wed., Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Parker Johnson officiating.

She was a native of Nebraska and a former resident of Brewton. She was of the Presbyterian faith and was a former cook at a senior center. She was young at heart, loved her family and friends and loved to travel.

Survivors include her three daughters, Cathy (James) Fuqua of Smiths Station, Patricia (Louie) Cooper of East Brewton and Jennie Elaine (Bill) Smith of Climax Springs, Mo.; her son, Billy (Mona) Dixon of Ravenna, Ne.; her grandchildren, Danny Dixon, James Richardson, James Gadd, John Headrick, Crystal Nickels and Alex Fuqua; and her three great grandchildren, Autumn, Lili and Summer.