Obituaries for the week of Jan. 30, 2019

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Mr. John Lewis Folsom Sr., 92 of Daphne,, formerly of Flomaton,, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at a Daphne health care facility.

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Mr. Folsom was a native of Georgiana, and a member of the Flomaton community for 60 years coming from Marbury.  He was a United States Army Veteran, having served in Japan during WWII, earning the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Ribbon, Japan Victory Ribbon, and one Overseas Service Bar.  Mr. Folsom served as an educator 40 years in the State of Alabama School System, the majority of that time spent with the Escambia County School System.  Eighteen of those years he served as Flomaton High School principal.   Mr. Folsom was very involved in his community where he was a member of the Flomaton’s Lions Club, FHS Quarterback Club, FHS Band Boosters, and the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature. He also served many years as a fundraiser with the American Heart Association. He was a former member of Flomaton First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and in many other positions.  He was Deacon Emeritus at Flomaton First Baptist Church as well as First Baptist Church of Loxley, where he has been active the past two years.

He is survived by his wife, Shelmerdene Folsom of Daphne; sons, John L. (Betty Ann) Folsom, Jr. of Tifton, Ga., Michael T. (Rita) Folsom of Clayton, N.C., Kenneth L. (Sharon) Folsom of Loxley, S. Christopher (Tina) Folsom of Helena; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel from 5 p.m.. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Flomaton First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jerry Keese, the Rev. Louis Johnson, and Dr. Tim Tew  officiating.

Interment followed in Flomaton Cemetery, Flomaton.

Pallbearers were Michael Folsom, Ken Folsom, Austin Folsom, Craig Aarhus, Wesley Buchta, and Joey Braswell.

Honorary pallbearers were Carter Folsom, Chris Morrow, Patrick Donnelly.

Flowers are being accepted, but donations or contributions may be made to the Flomaton Public Library, American Heart Association, or The  Isaiah Ministry (



Mr. Norvie Lee “Slim” Trawick, 91, formerly of Geaton Road in Castleberry, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at Jay Hospital after an extended illness.  Mr. Trawick was a native of Brewton, and a long time resident of California before moving to Castleberry in 2017.  He was a retired carpenter in the construction industry,  a member of the Elks, and was a United States Navy Veteran stationed in Guam during WWII. He was honored to have participated in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif., for several years.  Mr. Trawick attended Oak Grove Holiness Church.

Survivors: son; Gerald W. “Jerry” (Lori) Trawick of Mexia; daughters, Elizabeth “Liz” Smith of Castleberry,, Linda Gayle Davenport of Mexia,, Charlee Skaggs of California; step-son, John Kazlauskas of California; step-daughters, Sharon Clarke of California, Sheila Batson of Colorado; adopted daughters, Wendy Underhill of California, Lori Novak of Arizona; grandchildren, Joshua Trawick, Patrick Wayne (Rachel) Trawick, Ashley (Brian) Strickland; great-grandchild, Kinsley Strickland; mother of his children, Beatrice Baggett of Monroeville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence Jacob, and Ella Mae Blackmon Trawick; his wife of 53 years, Sally Trawick; brother, Henry Trawick; sister, Velma Ree Beech.

Visitation was  Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. service time at Craver’s Funeral Home Inc.

Funeral services for Mr. Norvie Lee “Slim” Trawick were held  Tuesday morning, January 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home Inc. with Brother Wilbur “Gam” Graves, and Brother Steve Cooper officiating.

Interment followed at Beulah Cemetery in Brewton.

Pallbearers were  Mike Davenport, Mickey Gray, Aron McNeil, Jeff Harris, Matt Runge, Bill Johnson.




Mrs. Clarice  Pugh Southwell, 86,  of Damascus Community Brewton, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at a local hospital after a brief illness. She was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County, Alabama. Mrs. Southwell was a member of the Damascus Baptist Church, A former employee at the Brewton Creamery and the Brewton Ramada Inn, and was a Homemaker.

She was survived by his son, Jerry S. Southwell of Brewton; daughter, Pamela Southwell of Brewton; one brother, Garvin (Shirley) Pugh of Brewton; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie M. Southwell; three brothers, and a sister.

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon Jan. 31, 2019 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at 2 p.m.. at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Pugh officiating. Interment will follow in Still Cemetery Brewton, Alabama with Williams Memorial Funeral Home directing.