Obituaries for the week of May 23, 2018

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Leroy H. Witherington


Leroy H. Witherington (USAF M/Sgt. Retired), 87, of Jay passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 18 at his home after a year-long battle with cancer.

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He was born in Dyer, Tennessee, on June 25, 1930, the second of six children to farmers Roy Lee and Zula Witherington. He graduated from Kenton High School where he played on the varsity basketball team and was president of FFA. He later attended Okaloosa Walton Jr. College in Niceville, Florida.

He served 22 years in the United States Air Force in the five states of Wyoming, Georgia, Colorado, North Dakota and Florida, and had three overseas duty assignments in Germany, Greenland and Southeast Asia. After military retirement, he works 20 years for government contractors Vitro Services and RCA on Eglin Air Force Base.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of East Brewton. His favorite hobbies were auto mechanics, golfing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He leaves behind a legacy of love.

He is survived by his wife, DeLoris Witherington of Jay; sons, David (Finlay) Witherington, James (Dia) Witherington, Robert Witherington, all of Alabama, and Thomas Witherington of Florida; daughter, Linda (Stephen) Waiden of Alabama; brother, Bobby (Sue) Witherington; sisters, Ruth Cooper of Tennessee and Ellene (Larry) Cooper of Tennessee; grandchildren, John Mitchell, Clint, Jared, Briley, Madison and Robbie Witherington, Brooke Hall and foster grandson, Ben Rice; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Louis, sister Maxine McDonald, son William W. Witherington and grandson David Matthew Witherington.

National Cremation and Burial Society of Milton directed arrangements.

A family gathering in honor of Witherington will be held at a later date. Thank you to Pastor Mike Brasher and others who prayed, visited, phones and brought gifts, food and flowers. The care of the Covenant Care hospice team was also very much appreciated.

Please share your memories and condolences at or write to Witherington Family, 111 Dixonville Rd., Brewton, AL 36426.

Memorials may be made to a church or charity of your choice.


Misty Dawn Cash


Misty Dawn Cash, 43, of Brewton passed away Saturday, May 12. She was a former resident of Dunwoodie, Georgia, and Century, Florida. Cash worked as the office manager for Owens Customizing and Collision Center and in her spare time enjoyed traveling with her son.

She is survived by her son Meki Keiton Cash of Brewton and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A casual celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 19 at New Beginnings Worship Center at 717 St. Nicholas Ave., Brewton from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Meki Cash’s education fund. Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Visit our online registry at


Charles David “Bud” Herndon

Barnetts Crossroads

Charles David “Bud” Herndon, 73, of the Barnetts Crossroads Community passed away Friday, May 18 at a Mobile hospital after an extended illness.

Herndon was a native and life-long resident of Escambia County and was retired from Alabama River Pulp mill in the maintenance department. He along with his wife owned and operated Bud and Jean’s County Store in Barnetts Crossroads. He was a member of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church and was a member of the Carney Masonic Lodge #549 in Atmore.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jean McDuffie Herndon of Brewton; son, David (Robyn_ Herndon; daughters, Stephanie (Terry) Still of McCullough and Kelli (David) Carter of Brewton; sister, Cecelia (Ray) Jones of Bay Minette; seven grandchildren, Tyler Long, Austin Long, Scotty Herndon, Zack Herndon, uke Still, Maddox Herndon, and Mary Mykal Herndon; two great grandchildren, Kailee Herndon and Laikyn Herndon; and special friend Tanny (Roger) Turner of Brewton.

He was preceded in death by his step father and mother, Dennis and Myrtle Mooney, and son, Jeffery Scott Herndon.

Funeral service for Herndon were scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. from the Chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home Inc. with Rev. Tony Richburg and Pastor Norman Washington officiating. Interment followed in New Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home Inc directing.

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Sylvia Cook Koon


Sylvia Cook Koon, 98, of Brewton passed away at her home on May 20 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on August 21, 1919, in Damascus to the late Irvin George (I.G.) Cook and Ola Lambert Cook and was preceded in death by husband Cyrus C. Koon and sister Mildred Cook Green.

Sylvia attended Damascus School through the 11th grade, boarded in Brewton for her senior year and graduated from T.R. Miller High School. She attended Troy State Teacher’s College for 2 years in order to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. She began teaching at the age of 18, later earning her bachelor’s degree. She continued to teach and nurture us all up to her final days.

Her life revolved around her family and her church. She was a dedicated member of

Damascus Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church of Brewton which filled a very special place in her life during her later years.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter Ellen (Don) Dunson of Brewton; grandchildren Brian Dunson and Bradley (Kim) Dunson; great grandchildren Brandon, Lydia, and Thomas Dunson; and nieces Anne (Nick) Yuhasz and Gwynne (Joey) Shell. She also leaves behind her constant companion for the last 12 years, her beloved dog Suzie.

The family would like to thank her special caregivers Christie Shell, Wanda Andrews, Adreth Chancery, and Martha Cain for their years of kindness and caring assistance.

A special thank you is also extended to the compassionate and skilled team at Comfort Care Hospice.

A funeral service will be held at Williams Memorial Chapel on Thursday May 24th at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sonny Steele with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Damascus Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.

In lieu of flowers, Sylvia would have preferred memorial donations be given to Paws Crossed Rescue, Inc. 110 Wilson St. Brewton, AL 36426


Cora Lee Crutchfield James


Cora Lee Crutchfield James, 97, of Brewton passed away Saturday, May 19 at her residence after a brief illness. She was a native of Conecuh County and a life-long resident of Brewton. James attended the Appleton Assembly of God Church, and was a retired seamstress from Judy Bond. Her favorite things to do was to have beautiful flowers and have all her family home for a special meal for any occasion.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn James of Brewton; four sons, Leonard (Annette) James of Camden, Charles (Laura) James of Brewton, Wayne James of Brewton and Tommy (Cindy) James of Holtville; sisters, Ruby Hendricks of Pace and Mary Lou Trawick of Montgomery; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and eight great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jimmie James; one grandson; one great granddaughter; five brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Minister Richard Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow in Weaver Cemetery Brewton, Alabama with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.