Obituaries for the week

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bobby Jenkins, loving husband of Yolonda K. Jenkins, was born on Oct. 24, 1963 to Annetta and the late Matthew Jenkins Sr. in Brewton.

In 1966 the family decided to relocate to Detroit Michigan in search of better opportunities, Bobby was 3 years old. He was educated within the Detroit Public School Systems and attended Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School.

He was well known for being an amazing football player there, playing the position of middle linebacker donning the number 55 on the back of his jersey. He remained at King his senior year at which time he moved back to Alabama where he completed his education. He met the love of his life Yolonda Kaye Nelson who he affectionately called “Boo” in 2010 and they were joined in Holy Matrimony on Nov. 22, 2014.

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Bobby accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and always maintained his faith and trust in God. Some of his hobbies included watching movies, football and listening to oldies but goodies with his favorite song being “Sara Smile,” He was very passionate about eating good food.

Bobby was employed since the age 12 doing various jobs. He spent the last 10 years working for Smart Transportation Company of Macomb County where he was loved by and loved just as many of his work family. Bobby was dedicated worker and did not want nor like to miss time from his job. Bobby was just beginning to travel with his wife Yolonda when he was called home on the evening of July 4. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends during his final hours at McClaren Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Mich.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Matthew Jenkins Sr., but leaves to cherish his memory and continue his legacy, his devoted wife, Yolonda K. Jenkins; his mother, Anneta Jenkins; two children, Toriano (Angie) and Tiara; Four step children, Tanicqua, Adrian, Kiara and Tiara; 10 grandchildren, two sisters, Shirley and Lesley; three brothers, Matthew Jr., Earl (Lawanna) and Roosevelt (Adrian) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sat., July 14 at 3 p.m. at Greater MT. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton. Rev. T.W. Broughton, Pastor and Rev. Danny Benjamin was the Eulogist. The interment was at Greater Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Brewton directed by Presley-Fluker.


Mrs. Anna M. Mangiacotti Jackson age 85 of Panferio Drive Pensacola, Fla. passed away Mon. July 9, in Gulf Breeze, Fla. hospital after a brief illness.

She was a native of Leominster, Massachusetts and a long time resident of East Brewton before moving to Pensacola. Mrs. Jackson was a member of the East Brewton First United Methodist Church and a former saleslady from Dillards Department store.

She is survived by her two sons Dr. Ronald (Sharon) Jackson of Kansas, Robert (Teena) Jackson of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother Sonny Mangiacotti of Maschusetts; four grandchildren Christopher Jackson, Richard Jackson, Katie Jackson Weissend and Kristi Chavoya and two great children Emiery Jackson and Karson Weissend.

Visitations were held Friday afternoon July 13 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the East Brewton First United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were scheduled for Friday afternoon July 13, at 2 p.m. Rev. Jean Spikes and Dr. Ronald Jackson was the officiators. The interment was at Fort Crawford Cemetery. Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directed.


Lustelle Perkins was born May 20, 1941, to Mr. Silas Lee and Pearlie Owens Lee in Brewton.

As a child she educated at Southern Normal School in Brewton. In 1959, soon after graduating high school, Estelle moved to New York, working first as a nanny, and then joined the New York State Department of Mental Health as a caregiver for adults with special needs.

She pursued her nursing degree, choosing to attend Lewis A. Wilson Technological Center in Dix Hills, N.Y. She continued working as a caregiver with the Department of Mental Health while attending nursing school at night, graduating at the top of her class in 1987. As an LPN she was dedicated to serving her community, never turning the opportunity to work overtime and yet somehow managing to always have dinner on the table every evening for her children.

With five sisters spread across the country, staying connected to family was essential to Estelle. Though they spent each workday together as nurses in the city, Estelle and her younger sister, Gladys, also drove home together and spoke on the phone every night, spending hours on end sharing their stories of the day. Also in the neighborhood her younger sister, Bertha, would frequently stop by the house hoping to say a quick hello whenever she had the chance.

After raising both her children in Long Island, N.Y., Lustelle returned home to Brewton in 2001, where she reconnected with her childhood sweetheart, Houston Ethridge, and married soon after.

Lustelle had a disticly sweet voice her devotion to the Christian faith and her family was always known to those who knew her. A lover of fresh air, she enjoyed tending to her flowers, spending hours in her garden after a full day’s work in the city. In her later years, she spent her time fishing at sunrise and watching the sunset from the home she built on Lake Juniper.

She departed this life on Thurs., June 28, joining her three sisters, Daisy, Annie and Yvonne. She is survived by two sisters, Gladys and Bertha; her two children, Pamela and Bernard; her daughter-in-law, DeJeanette; her granddaughter, Courtney and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and family friends.

Funeral services were held Thurs., July 5 at 11 a.m. at Presley-Fluker Funeral Chapel, Brewton. Rev. Paul Lee was the officiator and the interment was held at Piney Grove Cemetery with Presley-Fluker directing. Pallbearers were her nephews and family and the flower bearers were family and friends.


Yvonne Lee Lester of Brewton passed away Mon., June 25 in her home. Mrs. Lester was born in Brewton on Oct. 12, 1935 to the parentage of Mr. Silas Lee and Pearlie Owens Lee. She was educated in the Conecuh County School System.

She met and married Senior Chief Wardell Lester. She and her husband traveled extensively internationally, especially Europe; as well as throughout the United States. For many years they resided in Washington D.C. and Maryland and a later returned to her hometown of Brewton.

Lester had a great personality; one that made her known by everyone she encountered. She never met a stranger and would always leave you in laughter. Along with talking and meeting people she enjoyed singing and working in her flowerbeds; of which she took great pride in. She had one of the prettiest lawns on her street.

She leaves behind to mourn her passing three sisters, Estelle (Huston) Etheridge of Brewton, Gladys Bray and Bertha K. Street, both of Long Island, N.Y., very special friends, Carlos and Linda Stevenson and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and other friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Baptist Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Brewton. Rev. Eric T. Andrew is the Pastor and Rev. Paul Lee was the officiator. The interment was held at Baptist Hill Cemetery, Brewton with Presley-Fluker directing. Pallbearers were her nephews and flower bearers were church members.


Mr. Terry Moon Hilton Laster age 63 of Hwy. 31 Castleberry, Alabama passed away Sunday July 8 in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a brief illness.

He was a native of Brewton and a long time resident of Castleberry. Mr. Laster was of the Holiness Faith, A retired electrician from the Construction industry. He was an avid Alabama fan, enjoyed old westerns and family cookouts.

He is survived by his daughter; Chrissie Watson of Brewton, one son; Marcus (Amy) Laster of Andalusia, five brothers, James Laster of Pensacola, Fla., Derrell Laster of Castleberry, Randy Laster of Panama City Beach, Fla., Wade (Jennifer) Laster of Castleberry; four sisters, Gwen Lee of Lenox, Alabama, Linda (Mike) Ciaurro of Loxley, Barbara (David) Holt of Gulf Shores, AL, JoAnn (Donnie) Etheridge of Castleberry; five grandchildren Carly Watson, Nicholas Laster, Alexa May Laster, Cheyenne Watson and Shane Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cleveland and Elberta Cooper Laster; brother-in-law, Leon Lee and nephew Ray Etheridge.

Visitation was held Wednesday night July 11, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton. Rev. Nathaniel Roach was the officiator and the interment was held at the Buffington Cemetery Castleberry with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral home of Brewton directing.


Leonard David Myers, 58, of Somerset, New Jersey previously of Brewton, Alabama.

He was the beloved son of Naomi and the late David Myers; caring stepson of the late William Geleerd Jr; loving brother of the late Deborah Myers; dear stepbrother of William L. Geleerd III and Jane (Peter) hehemann; treasured nephew of Irwin Javinsky and Marjorie Sandberg Powell.

Leonard received an MBA from the University of Alabama. Len was a well-known and respected duplicate bridge player. He had several regional wins and twice represented his district in the North American Pairs, Flight B, both times making it to the finals.

He served on the Board of Directors of unit 140 of the ACBL for six-years and continued to serve as the Unit Recorder until his death.

Graveside service will be Thurs. July 19 at 1 p.m. at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Rd, (enter off of Wilke) Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

For information call 847-256-5700


Mrs. Mary Alice King Bradley age 79 of McGowin Circle Brewton, Alabama passed away Sunday July 8, in Century Fla., nursing facility after a brief illness.

She was a native and life long resident of Brewton. Mrs. Bradley was of the Assembly of God Faith and a retired draw twist operator from Monsanto.

She is survived by her son; Lavon (Angie) Bradley of Brewton, a daughter; Donna Lynn (Donnie) Moye of Flomaton, four grandchildren; Jonathon (Heather) Qualls, Whitney (Andrea ) Qualls, Nikki (Eric) Flowers and Ashley Bradley, four step-grandchildren; Brian (Kim) Moye, Danny (Angie) Moye, Shaun (Melissa) Moye and Joni Moye; five great grand-children; Adalynn Qualls, Anistyn qualls, Henley Qualls, Ridge Qualls and Hudson Qualls; 13 step great grand-children, one great-great granddaughter, a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thurs. July 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williams Memorials Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton. Funeral services were also scheduled for Thurs. July 12 at 2 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Cardwell as the officiator. The interment was followed in Fort Crawford Cemetery East Brewton with Williams Chapel Funeral Home directing.