Obituaries for the week of Aug. 22, 2018

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2018




He loved and is loved forever and always…

John Truman “Johnny” Evans, Jr., 78,  went to be with our Lord and Savior on August 14, 2018.

Johnny served in the United States Marine Corp elite 8th and I Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.  where he served as a presidential security guard, performed burial honors for VIPs and was a squad leader in the original 4th Platoon Silent Drill Team.  After his honorable discharge, he began his career in law enforcement.  His first service began in Florala, Alabama for the Florala Police Department where he met the love of his life Carol Inez Morrison.   They were married on Nov. 2, 1963.  Soon after, he was hired as an Alabama State Trooper.  They settled in Brewton with their four children after several moves across the state and different divisions of service.    John retired as a lieutenant from the state in 1990.  Before his retirement ceremony, he called the state to request a certificate be given to his wife for her years of service standing beside him.  When told that the state would probably not be able to do so, he stated that he would have one made for her.  The State of Alabama honored his request and recognized Carol Inez Morrison Evans alongside him. It is a tradition that continues today.

John is preceded in death by his father, John Truman Evans, Sr.; his mother, Lillian Clifton Johnson “Bill” Evans; grandchildren, Fallon Nicol Rhodes, John William Edward Evans and Jackson Liam Eastan Evans; and sister, Lillian Eugenia “Jean” Evans Hofstad.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Inez Morrison Evans; his children, John Terrell “Terry” Evans, Jeffrey Truman Evans, Jason Theon Evans (Jill) and Alison Carol Evans Rhodes (Jeff); grandchildren, Joseph Andrew Myers, Tara Alison Evans, Auburn Riley Howard, Jason Dylan Evans, Tristan Taylor Evans, Christian Elizabeth Rhodes, Madelyn Carol Rhodes, Madeson Dawn Evans and Dawson Col Rhodes; and great-grandchildren, Luna Marie Fendler, Josalyn Bella Myers, John Terrell Evans and Aiden Alan Howard; sisters Lena Rebecca “Becky” Evans Cassady, Debra Joy Evans Woodham (Arnold); brother, Joseph Henry Evans and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Sat., Aug.18, at 10 a.m. followed by the Homegoing Celebration at 11 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home in Florala.  Graveside will be for family and honor details.

Semper Fi



Mr. Charles David Gill, 64, of Deerfield Drive Eufaula passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 in Birmingham, after a brief illness. He was a native of Pensacola, Fla., a long-time resident of East Brewton, before moving to Eufaula. Mr. Gill was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church Eufaula, a 1972 Graduate of W.S. Neal High School, and a retired mail carrier from the U.S. Postal Service with 29 years of service. He was a loving husband, daddy, and granddaddy. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and Alabama fan.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Williams Gill of Eufaula; son, Dr. Bryan David (Sarah) Gill of Birmingham; daughter, Brandalyn Gill (Neil) Jackson of Brewton; sisters, Elaine Gill of Brewton, Kim Gill of Brewton, Becky Glidewell of Mobile; and three grandchildren, Charles Edwin Gill, Perri Frances Gill, Piper Claire Jackson

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles “Ted” and Mary Claire Gill.

Visitation was held Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 from 10 a.m.. until 11 a.m. at the East Brewton First Baptist Church East Brewton.

Graveside services were held  Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at noon at Brooklyn Cemetery with Dr. Ken Bush officiating. Interment followed in Brooklyn Cemetery Brooklyn, Alabama with Williams Memorial Chapel directing.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations at in memory of Charles David Gill.



Mrs. Vera Mae Baggett Burtram, 72, of Franklin Avenue, Brewton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at her residence after a brief illness. She was a native of Escambia County, Alabama and a lifelong resident of Brewton. Mrs. Burtram was of the Baptist faith, She attended North Brewton and T.R. Miller School System, and was a homemaker. She loved her family and enjoyed Bingo and other video games.

She is survived by her husband, Noah E. Burtram of Brewton; sons,  Joey (Paula) Shultz of Brewton and Billy (Wendy) Shultz of Columbia, S.C., stepson- Chirstopher Burtram of Brewton; stepdaughter- Tonya Crawford of Brewton; brothers, William T. Baggett of Brewton, George D. (JoAnn) Baggett of Monreoville, Grover Baggett of Brewton, Kenneth Baggett of Brewton; sisters,  Edna (George) Douglas of Roseland, Fla., Mary Coleman of Brewton, Sarah (Thyrel) Richerson of Bristol, Fla.;  grandchildren, Lindsey (Steven) Avalos, Dakota (Hillary) Shultz, Joseph (Chelsie) Shultz, Megan Shultz; seven great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Enoch Elijah and Gladys Mayona Jackson Baggett and four brothers, Allen Jackson, Edward Baggett, Henry Baggett, Enoch Elijah Baggett, Jr.

Visitation was held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Williams Memorial Chapel in Brewton.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 at 3 p.m.. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Sonny Steele and granddaughter Lindsey Avalos officiating. Interment will follow in Buffington Cemetery Castleberry with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.