Obituaries for the week of May 2
Tracey Lynn Gibson Sessions, 42, of Leroy Lane, passed away Wed., April 25, 2018 at a family member’s residence after a brief illness. She was a native of Milton, Fla., and a life long resident of Brewton. She was a 1994 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, a former driver for the ECATS transportation, a caregiver, and a homemaker.
She is survived by her mother, Sally Gibson of Brewton; a daughter, Faith Williamson of Brooklyn, Ala.; two brothers, Randy Gibson of Flomaton, and Timmy Gibson of Brewton; two nieces and four nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Gibson.
Visitation was held Sat., April 28, from 1p.m. until 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held Sat., April 28, at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Pat Carden officiating. Interment followed in Travelers Rest Cemetery, Flomaton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Charles Ardie Frazier Jr.
Charles Ardie Frazier Jr., passed away Wed., April 25, 2018 at his Brewton residence.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., and was a lifetime resident of Brewton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked as a plumber for Hines Realty Company. He enjoyed helping out at Wheeling Outdoor Adventures. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores Nichols; and a grandson, Blaze Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Frazier of Brewton; his father, Charles A. Frazier Sr. of Brooklyn, Ala.; a son, Frank Frazier of Brewton; three daughters, Deanna Murrah of Spanish Fort, Renee Merchant of Century, Fla., and Katherine Page of Loxley; three sisters, Debra Smith of Cleveland, Ala., Diana Wiggs of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Denise Frazier of Milton, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services were held on Sat., April 28, at 2 p.m. at Hanberry Cemetery with Bro. Mike Hutto officiating and Craver’s Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Kevin Merchant, Joey Minga, Joey Evans, David Oden, David Scoggins, Damon Salter and Gene White.
Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.craversfh.com
Dorothy Elizabeth (Renfroe) Wiggins
Dorothy Elizabeth (Renfroe) Wiggins, 86, of Flomaton, died Mon., April 23, 2018, in her home after a prolonged illness.
She was the youngest of seven children born to Jim and Florence (Crappes) Renfroe, and a great-great granddaughter of one of Flomaton’s founding pioneer families. Dot, as she was affectionately known, graduated from Century High School, and in 1950 married James David Wiggins of East Brewton. She was preceded in death by her husband.
After raising four children, she, at age 40, returned to school and fulfilled her childhood dream to become a nurse. As a LPN, she worked at community hospitals in Flomaton and Jay. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Flomaton, and frequently volunteered for charity fundraising causes. A beloved story about Dot reveals a side of her that many who respected her lifelong commitment to hard work and duty might find surprising. As a teen she once skipped youth choir practice, much to her mother’s later disciplinary ‘correction’, and accepted a dare to jump off the old U.S. 31 bridge into Big Escambia Creek. Quite a leap of faith even in those days.
She is survived by two sisters, Mary Lou Lowery of Allentown, Fla., and Margaret Nordan of Flomaton; four children, David Wiggins of DeLand, Fla., Gary Wiggins of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Ronnie Wiggins of Brewton, and Diane Thompson of Bay Minette; eleven grandchildren; eleven great, grandchildren; and one great, great grandchild.
Graveside services were held on Thurs., April 26, at Flomaton Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. with Dr. Tim Tew officiating and Flomaton Funeral Home directing.
Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.flomatonfh.com
Bertha Mae Nobles Union
Bertha Mae Nobles Union, 69, died Fri., April 20 2018. God sent a message to the earthly Tabernacle and told her to come home to rest. The Lord spoke according to his prophetic words, “You have fought a good fight, you have kept the faith and you have finished the course.” Her daughter, grandsons, brother and other numerous family members would have moved Heaven and earth to keep her here. But God said, “Come home Bert and rest” and we had to let you go.
Bertha Mae Nobles Union, better known to all as “Bert” was born on Jan. 19, 1949 in Brewton. She was the youngest child born to the late Lula Mae Nobles. She attended the local elementary and middle schools. She also attended Southern Normal High School (Class of 1967). After graduating high school, she attended Coastal Alabama Community College (formerly) Jefferson Davis Junior College) where she graduated with her associate’s degree. Then she transfered to West Alabama University (formerly Livingston University), where she majored in elementary education and graduated with a BS degree (Class of 1973) and a MS degree (Class of 1974).
After graduating college, she started her teaching career. In 1973, she was employed with Brewton City School System. During her tenure, she taught Special Education, Title 1/Chapter and first grade. She loved teaching reading. Due to health issues she had to retire in the year 2000 after teaching for 27 years.
On May 31, 1983, she married the love of her life, David Union, whom she loved dearly. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Kelly Union, and later two grandsons, Chrisaun and Corvian.
At an early age, she accepted Christ and united with Second St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church. She loved God and her church family. She served as Sunday School teacher and a Deaconess. She was a faithful servant and member until God called her home.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Union; her mother, Lula Nobles; her sisters, Gladys Bibb and Ruby Lee Nobles and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Mitchell.
She leaves to cherish her memories loving and devoted daughter, Kelly Union; two grandsons, Chrisaun Union and Corvian Smith; one brother, Carl Allen Smith Sr.; very special niece and two nephews, Ruth Collins, Carl Allen Smith Jr. and Oscar Bibb Jr.; two sisters-in-law, Ann Bowens and Glennie (Large) Culliver, all of Brewton; three brothers-in-law, Thomas (Ida) Union of Jersey City, N.J., Danny Union and Robert Mitchell, both of Brewton; devoted friend, Jerrie Dean Stallworth and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Sat., April 28, at 2 p.m. at Second St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Willie J. Blue officiating. Burial followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery with Presley-Fluker directing.