Obituaries for the week of July 30

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mrs. Betty Lucille Palmer, 76, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Pace, Fla.  Mrs. Palmer was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and had been a resident of Milton for the past 20 years, and had lived previously in Bradley, Ala.  She had worked as an LPN for the Department of Corrections for a number of years.  She enjoyed taking massage therapy classes, and was a member of True Worship Assembly of God.

Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her first husband, Joe Carl Palmer; a grandson, Tyler Palmer; stepson, Matthew Douglas; and two step-grandsons, Ryan and Jordan Douglas.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmie Ray Douglas of Milton, Fla.; four sons, Joey (Flora Jean) Palmer of Milton, Ala., Shawn (Sheila) Palmer of Wing, Ala., Shannon (Denise) Palmer of Milton, Fla., and Adam (Bobbie) Palmer of Jay, Fla.,; three daughters, Kimberly Ates of Jay, Fla., Candala (Doug) Whitley of Pace, Fla., and Charity (Benjamin) Covan of Brewton, Ala.,; 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. at True Worship Assembly of God Church. Following that service there will be a service at Bradley Assembly of God Church at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Adam Peterson officiating at both services.  Interment was followed at Bradley Cemetery.

Visitation was held at True Worship Assembly of God Church on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.



Ms. Sara Amelia Weaver Drollinger, 81, of Appleton Road Brewton, passed away Tuesday, July 24, at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Drollinger was a native of Brewton and was a member of the W.S. Neal High School Class of 1955.  She had resided in Texas and Tennessee before moving back to the Brewton area in 2002. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include two sisters, Larraine W. Burrell of Brewton, and Ester Ruth Nolan of Brewton; two nieces, Pauline Ward of Bulverde, Texas, and Melanie Sanders of Mobile; three nephews, Danny Fleming of Brewton, Sammy Day of Brewton, and David Fleming of East Brewton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Drollinger; brother, James W. Weaver; sisters, Laura Mae Day, Katherine W. Smith; nephews, James E. Day, and Paul Fleming.

Visitations was held Tuesday, July 31, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Craver’s Funeral Home.  The graveside service followed at Weaver Family Cemetery with Chaplain Sonny Steele officiating.



Patricia Ann Pebbles (nee Hutton) passed away on Thursday, July 19, in Pensacola, Fla. She was 87, and was born on Nov. 4, 1930, in Indianapolis. Mrs. Pebbles was the second of five children. In 1950, she married Gordon Pebbles Sr., and they had five children. Over the course of her long life, she lived in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and, finally, Brewton, where she lived from 1995 until her death.
Mrs. Pebbles was a working mother. She spent the final 10 years of her working life as a legal secretary for the Legal Aid Society in Indianapolis. She was an avid reader and bridge player. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a loving and caring mother and an independent spirit, a strong woman who had weathered the great depression and carried into her future, and that of her children, a formidable sense of purpose, an ardent belief in the value of a higher education, a no-nonsense work ethic and an up-from-the-bootstraps approach to life. Mrs. Pebbles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brewton.
She is survived by her five children, Vicki Carlisle of Franklin, Tenn., Kathy Stacey of Prattville, Ala., Darryl Pebbles of Indianapolis, IN., Gordon Pebbles of Hanover, Ind. and Beth Billy of Brewton. She was very proud of her 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitations was held Monday morning July 23, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton.

Funeral Services were scheduled for Monday July 23, at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funderal Home with the Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating. The Interment was followed at Union Cemetery Brewton, with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.


Mr. Donald Pernell “Little Don” Knowlton, 41, of Rhett Circle Jackson, Ala., passed away Tuesday July 24, in Pascagoula, Miss. He was a native and former resident of Pensacola, Fla., and a long time resident of Castleberry. Mr. Knowlton was a member of the Castleberry Baptist Church. He attended T.R. Miller High School. He spent his time fishing and hunting along the Gulf Coast and in his adopted town of Castleberry, where he spent a great deal of his youth. Little Don was a country boy who wandered too far from home but to travel as a construction welder, which he loved. He had an infectious smile and was always quick with a joke except when defending his beloved Crimson Tide. He will be missed and loved by those he has left behind.

He is survived by his mother; Brenda (Larry) Bethune of Jackson, Father; Don (Ute) Knowlton Sr. of Pensacola, daughter; Kaylee Knowlton of Jackson, brother; Michael (Wendy) Osban on Pensacola, half brother and sister; Ressell Kell of Pensacola and Donni Blair of Texas, aunt and uncle; Victoria and Dan Gammon, nephew; Michael Dean Osban Jr., grandmother; Mary Bethune and special love Sherilynn Lajeunessee.

Visitations were held Monday July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Brewton. Funeral services were scheduled for Tues., July 31, at 11 a.m. at the Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing.


Mr. Gerald “Tiny” Wayne Davis, 58, of Lenox, Ala., passed away Wednesday, July 25, in Gulfport, Miss. He was a native of Monroeville and a life long resident of Repton. Mr. Davis was a member of the Oak Grove Holiness Church, a 1979 graduate of Repton High School Bulldogs, a member of the Repton Masonic Lodge #575, a shriner of the Abba Temple, and was a truck driver for G.A. West. He never met a stranger, enjoyed cooking for benefits and helping people, He was part of the Shriners T-Fund for 20 years, and St. Judes for 10 years, and was an avid Alabama fan.

He is survived by his wife and son Bobby Cooper Davis of Lenox, two step- children; Angela (Greg) McCsll of Lenox, Barbara (Nelson) Bradley of Lenox, Two sisters; Betty Hiers of Lenox and Judy Courter of Monroeville, 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two daughters; Rachel Buckhault, Renee Howell, one brother; John Edwards Davis, brother-in-law; Edgar Hiers, Jr., grandchild; Lacey Espanozo and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m., at the Oak Grove Holiness Church with the Rev. Jeff Harris and speaker Steve Wallace officiating. The interment followed Sunday, July 29, at 10 a.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery Castleberry with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home Brewton directing.


Otho Roy Batte Jr , also known as “Tiger” to family and friends, departed this earthly life after a lengthy illness on July 3, 2018 at Covenant Care in West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. He was born on Nov. 9, 1965 in Biloxi, Miss., and was a resident of Diamondhead, Miss., before moving to Brewton in 2008. He was formerly employed by Nissan North America and Lowe’s. “Tiger” was preceded in death by his father Otho Roy Batte Sr of Spinola, mother Barbara Johnson Batte of Gulfport, Miss., sister Betty Cabrera of Hampton, Va., great nephew Matthew Croyl and nephew James Thorndyke of Florida. He is survived by his wife Linda Cash Batte and nephew Meki Cash of Brewton, sisters Sara Davis and Judy Thorndyke (Ken) of Panama City Beach, Fla., Patricia Walker (Jerry) of Elgin, S.C., many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was of the Christian faith and was a member of Little Escambia Baptist Church, Flomaton, Ala., and attended New Beginnings Worship Center in Brewton. Internment will be at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Panama City Beach, Fla., with a private Memorial at a later date.