Obituaries for the week of May 16

Published 5:25 pm Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sylvia Marie Evans


Sylvia Marie Evans, 68, of Repton, passed away Thurs., May 10, 2018 at the Evergreen Medical Center.

She was born in Brewton and prior to moving to Repton she had lived in Mobile and Castleberry.  She was a member of the Castleberry High School Class of 1967, and a graduate of the Mobile Infirmary School of Nursing.  She was a Registered Nurse working as an ICU Specialist.  She was of the Holiness faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Evans; her parents, Charlie and Nola Raines; two brothers, Gaston Raines and Tom Raines; and a great-niece, Charlotte Fountain.

She is survived by three sisters, Jeanell (Ronnie) Fountain and Karen (Nick) Kennel, both of Repton and Deborah (Buddy) Blackmon of Range; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation were held at Craver’s Funeral Home Sun., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m..

Graveside funeral services were held Mon., May 14, at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery with Bro. Raymond Wiggins officiating.

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Samuel David Smith Sr.


Samuel David Smith Sr., 75, died May 7, 2018.

He was born Jan., 19, 1943 to Willlie Albert Jones and Myra Sheppard of Brewton and raised by Sheppard Smith.

He served many years at his beloved church, Piney Grove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School. He was a good and faithful servant. He was employed for several years at the Brewton Country Cllub, later he gained employment at Judy Bond and remained there until it closed. Then he became a certified EMT at D.W. McMillan Hospital and remained there until he retired. He was an active member of the Brewton Sportsmen Club, Masonic Lodge 943 and an honorary member of Gentlemen Motorcycle Club (GMC). He also volunteered with the Brewton Rescue Squad, Brewton Chapter of American Red Cross and was the Scout Master of Troop 63, Den 63, and Pack 63. He also served as Director of Explore 263.

He resided at Westgate Village until his demise. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucy Smith; sons, Kenneth Andrews and Barry Andrews; and one grandson, Marcus Andrews.

“Shep” leaves to cherish three sons, Willie Charles Nettles of Athens, Ala., Larry Andrews of Milton, Fla., and Samuel David Smith II of Dallas, Ga.; six daughters, Valeria Andrews of Atlanta, Ga., Krystal (Gerald) Mack of Douglasville, Ga., Juanita Smith of Brewton, Minnie (Tor) Reid of Dallas, Ga., Glennie Smith of Douglasville, Ga. and Shonda (Chris) Peterson of Brewton; five brothers, Willie Jones of Jersey City, N.J., Bozye Jones of Georgia, Jimmy Jones of Detroit, Mich., Jerry Jones of New York, N.Y. and Billy Jones of Brewton; two sisters, Sandra Smith and Bobby Jones of Yonkers, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren, Synenthia Crosby, ChaKristie Andrews, Devron Chevalier, Juanita Smith, Ahmad Gray, Eboni Jones, Adia Reid, Zietta Smith, Imani Reid, Gerrelle Mack, Matthew Lane and Darryan Lane; one great, grandchild, Santavia Andrews; god children, Latreace Samuel and Jacory Powell; a loyal best friend, Jimmy Payne and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Sat., May 12, at 3:30 p.m. at Second Saint Siloam Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie J. Blue officiating. Burial followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery with Presley-Fluker directing.

Calvin “Bug” Avant Jr.


Calvin “Bug” Avant Jr., 68, died Sun., May 5, 2018. His book of life was opened on Feb. 22, 1950, born the fifth and youngest child to loving parents, Calvin Sr. and Janie Avant.

At an early age, he joined Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. B. Bryant and remained a member until his passing.

He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, class of 1968. he furthered his education at Texas College in Rose, Texas and received an associate’s degree from Jefferson Davis Junior College in Brewton. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969 and served four years, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. After serving his country, he worked in the private sector as an employee of CSX Transportation Services as a clerk. Prior to his health failing, he was a volunteer with the Pensacola Caring Hearts, a non-profit organization that advocates for those at risk of hunger.

He was an avid lover of knowledge. He would often throw random facts into a conversation that would leave you confused as to why it was relevant to the conversation, yet amazed that he knew so much about the topic. Always willing to offer words of wisdom, he was forever sharing in a hope that it would somehow enhance your life in a positive way.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Avant Sr. and one brother, Matthew Avant.

He is survived by his mother, Janie Avant of Brewton; two sons, Andre’ Avant of Mobile and Calvin Avant III of Ozark; three grandchildren, Australia Jennifer Avant of Brewton, and Logan Paige and Alex Reid Avant, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Herman Avant (Laura) of Jersey City, N.J. and Dave Avant (Lynette) of Brewton and one sister, Bobbie Matthews (H.K.) of Brewton. He is also survived by one sister-in-law, Jan Avant of LaGrange, Ga.; three aunts, Arine Jackson of Brewton; Ruth Moton of Pollard and Mattie Maddox of Detroit; devoted cousins, Van Carl Drakeford, Tina Fraser, Collins Johnson Jr., Zeno Johnson and Clark Moton Sr.; dedicated childhood friends, Claude Paul and Phillip Porterfield and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sat., May 12, at 11 a.m. at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Andrews officiating. Burial followed at Baptist Hill Cemetery with Presley-Fluker Funeral Home directing.

Patsy (Mitchell) Day


Patsy (Mitchell) Day, 69, of Brewton, went to be with her Lord on May 12, 2018,  surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. She has been a resident of Brewton for 41 years.   

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She had many talents. She was an outstanding cook and seamstress. She had a love for music, dancing, and the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing and hunting. She had a passion for helping others, and worked at West Gate Nursing for 20 years as a nursing assistant until she was diagnosed with cancer last year. She previously worked at Judy Bond for many years.

She was born on Aug. 27, 1948 in Electic.  She grew up in Pensacola, Fla., and attended Pensacola High School. After high school, she moved to Jay, where she ultimately met her husband, Charles.

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, Durwood Gerald Mitchell and Agnes Brown Mixon;  a daughter, Barbara Day Floyd; and brother, Charles Ricky Mitchell.   

She is survived by:  her husband of 40 years, Charles “Chuck” Day; two daughters, Angie (Keith) Stanton and Cathy (Don) Eagle; two sons, Charlie (Amanda) Day and Chris (Tabitha) Day; ten grandchildren:  Megan (Scott) Lowhorne, Cassie (Evan) Garris, Kevin (Ashten) Stanton, Brenna Wolfe, Kaitlyn Day, Hannah Day, Austin Day, Ben Williams, Noah Floyd and Hunter Day; and three siblings, Jerry (Suzi) Mitchell, Donny (Judy) Mitchell and Peggy Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wed., May 16, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 14047 Alabama St, Jay, Fla. with Rev. Frederick Barrow officiating. There will be no graveside service but she will be buried at Gay-Lindsey Cemetery.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.