February 25, 2016
Mary Ida Register Elliot
Mary Ida Register Elliot of Geneva passed away at a Dothan Hopsital on Thursday, March 24, 2016. She was 86.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, March 26, at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Scott Cox officiating and Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing. Memorial donations may be made to Westside United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Maple Ave., Geneva, AL. 36340, or to Bay Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 1721 S. Bay Springs Rd. , Dothan, AL. 36305.
Mrs. Elliot was born in Geneva County on March 11, 1930, to the late Sidney Curtis and Carrie Loe Register. She was preceded in death by husband, William Harvey Elliot; two sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Carey and husband Terry, of Dothan; grandson, Elliot Carey of Birmingham; and numberous nieces and nephews.
Joe Junior 'Brother Joe' Putnam
Mr. Joe Junior "Brother Joe" Putnam of Hartford passed away Thursday, March24, 2016 at his residence. He was 86.
Memorial services were held Saturday, March 26, at Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home in Hartford with Pastor Greg Wilmore officiating and Jimmy Bottoms of Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home directing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eliza Horton Putnam; one great-grand daughter, Brittany Stiver; two brothers; three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Ada Putnam of Hartford; four daughters; Elaine Dunn of Destin, FL.; Debra Stiver and husband Richard of Hartford; Joan Chappell and husband Bengie of Hartford; Diana Putnam of Maumee, OH.; Micheal Putnam and wife Cherri of Bonifay, FL.; Kevin Putnam of Prattville, MI.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many extended family and friends.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Gentiva Hospice for their love and care.
James L. Braswell
James L. "Jim" Braswell, 92, of Tampa, FL., passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 in Asheville, NC.
Memorial Services were held at El Bethel Baptist Church, Tampa. Memorial donations may be made to El Bethel Baptist Church,Youth Building Fund, 6611 N. 15th St., Tampa, FL. 33610.
He was born Dec. 14, 1923 in Eunola to J. Yarbrough and Rosa Curry Braswell.
Jim grew up on a farm in Geneva. He was a 1943 graduate of Geneva High School.
He served honorably in WWII, and proudly served as a deacon at El Bethel Baptist Church for 20 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents Yarbrough Braswell, Rosa Curry Braswell, and Lula Howell Braswell; Siblings: Huston Braswell, Charles "Boe" Braswell, Betty Jo Kirkland; and brothers-in-law A.L. "Pete" Paige and Holland Vaughan.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou; his son, Gary Halcomb and wife Mary; two daughters, Linda Proch and Husband John; and Debbie Giddens and husband David; three sisters: Neida Gentry and husband Gene of Cummings, GA.; Rosa Paige of Clarkston, GA.; and Dorothey Vaughan of Jacksonville, FL.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Wilmer Oyd "Pockets" Helms
Mr. Wilmer Oyd "Pockets" Helms of Samson, AL. passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was 67.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 in the chapel of Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home in Geneva. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. and continuing until service time.
Mr. Wilmer was born in Opp, AL. on October 18, 1948 to the late Oyd and Dovie Helms. Mr. Helms was of the Assembly of God faith. He was an avid wrestling fan.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Helms; mother-in-law, Ruby Lee Dougan.
He is survived by five daughters, Teresa Bryant (Pete) of Samson, AL., Kimberly Fellers (Jay) of Samson, AL., Brenda Sanders (Robert) of Huntsville, GA., Glenda Helms of Bonifay, FL. and Beverly Haley (Brian) of Jack, AL.; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way.
Carolyn Amelia Thurston Stephens
Carolyn Amelia Thurston Stephens of Samson, AL. passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Wiregrass Medical Center. She was 73.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 at Liberty Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Zach Dodson and Rev. Dell Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Flowers will be accepted.
Mrs. Stephens was born in Geneva County, AL. on November 23, 1942 to the late Jessie Derius and Renci Veda Aycock Thurston. Carolyn loved to fish, working in her flower beds, and crocheting. She also enjoyed picking peas and butterbeans. She attended the Living Water Family Worship Center.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two husbands, Eldon D. Myers, and James Stephens; one daughter, Nancy Teresa Myers, and one infant granddaughter, Amber Marie Myers.
She is survived by six children, Donnie Ray Stephens of Columbus, GA., Linday Faye Myers of Andalusia, AL., Richard Earl Myers of Samson, AL., Jessie Lynn Myers (Patty) of Geneva, AL., Cathy Renae Stephens (Jay Kelley) of Samson, AL., and Timmy Edward Stephens (Demesha) of Asbury Community, AL.; three sisters, Pauline Rhodes, Catherine Thames, and Patricia Floyd (Dell) all of Samson, AL.; one brother, John Thurston (Jeanette) of Samson, AL.; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will gather at the home of her sister, Patricia Floyd: 901 Stephens Ferry Road, Samson, AL. 36477.
Lillie (Doll) Bynum
Lillie (Doll) Bynum of Geneva passed awayon Thursday, March 17, 2016. She was 87.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church of Geneva with the Rev. Scott Crooms officiating. Mrs. Bynum's nephew, Rex Bynum, delivered the Eulogy. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing.
Mrs. Bynum was born in Coffee County on Easter Sunday, April 8, 1928, to the late Oscar and Lelia Stokes Austin. She was a long time member at the First Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery for more than 50 years. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Baptist Church Nursery Fund, PO Box 579, Geneva, AL. 36340.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Jackson (Pa Jack) Bynum; two sisters, Dot Bryant and Essie Bryant; and her brother, William R. Austin. She is survived by her son, Steve Bynum (Gail); daughter, Patricia Lindsey (Frankie); three grandchildren, Stevie Bynum (Christi), Brad Bynum (Jenny), all of Geneva, and Chad Lindsey (Tobi) of Panama City Beach, FL.; six great-grandchildren, Austin Lindsey of Panama City Beach, FL. Garrett Bynum, Jackson Bynum, Brook Bynum, Brody Bynum, Tabitha Lindsey Precise (Jonathan); two great-great-grandchildren, Ryder and Annie Precise, all of Geneva; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Clyde Driggers Justice
Clyde Driggers Justice of Geneva, AL. passed away Friday, March 18, 2016. She was 96.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Maple Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Shirah officiating. Burial will follow in the Pondtown United Methodist Church Cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home of Geneva directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Maple Avenue Baptist Church: 1009 West Maple Avenue., Geneva, AL. 36340.
Mrs. Clyde was born September 02, 1919 to the late Button D. and Dorendia Yohn Driggers. Mrs. Justice was a lifelong member of Maple Avenue Baptist Church where she was a faithful and devoted member. She retired from Van Heusen after 35 years of dedicated service. She also enjoyed cooking, baking cakes, and ironing.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Homer Morris Justice; two brothers, Malcolm and Malvin B. "Buck" Driggers; two sisters, Mirtie Wooten and Flora Martin.
She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Morris Justice (Carol Sue) of Auburn, AL. and Roger Dale Justice (Jackie) of Opelika, AL. one sister, Lillian Nolen of Geneva, AL. six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Mary Castello
Mrs. Mary Castello went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 13, 2016. She was 87.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, in the Hurricane Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Locke officiating. Burial followed in the Hurricane Creek Cemetary, 1160 Zorn Lane, Westville, FL. 32464, with Warren Holloway Ward Funernal Home directing. The family received friends at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continued until service time.
Mrs. Castello was born February 12, 1929 in Samson, AL. to the late Bud and Mary Esther Parker Jones. Mary graduated from Ponce de Leon High School and from Florida State University Class of 1951 with a Bachellor of Science degree om Human Sciences.
Mary worked as a county extension agent in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Holmes Counties of Florida. She was a loving Mother and Grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Earl.
Survivors include: Four sons Allen, Earl Jr., Mike and Chris Castello two sisters: Burnis and Caroline.
Ms. Peggy Rue Seaborn Butler
Ms. Peggy Rue Seaborn Butler of Kinston, Alabama went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 9, 2016.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13, 2016, in New Brockton with Rev. James Hataway and Rev. Nathan Sims officiating. Burial will follow in the New Brockton City Cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 1:00 p.m. and continue until service time.
Ms. Butler was born May 21, 1935, in Georgetown, Georgia to the late John and Ruby Mae Russell Seaborn. She worked for civil service at Ft. Rucker and retired with more than 20 years of service. For six years, she served as City Clerk for the city of New Brockton. Ms. Butler was an accomplished pianist, teaching piano and voice for a number of years. She was a people person and enjoyed entertaining; a true military wife. She was a pround cancer survivor and a faithful member of the Ma Chis Tribe.
Survivors include two daughters: Alice Rue Butler Carroll of Hayden, AL. and Melissa Lyn Butler Watson Wright and her devoted son-in-law James Wright of Kinston; five grandchildren: Carolyn Rue Watson of Kinston, Taylor Clay Carroll of Samson, Johnathon Seaborn Watson, Alicen Alman Wright and Carlie Dallas Wright all of Kinston; other extended family and friends.
Ms. Barbara Jean Poon
Ms. Barbara Jean Poon, age 51, a resident of Samson passed Feb. 8, 2016. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 From St. Elizabeth Baptist Church in Geneva with the Rev. C. A. Hammond, Jr., presiding.
Burial followed at Samson City Cemetary.
Barbara Jean Poon was born in Geneva County on Sept. 1, 1964 to the union of the late Willie James Poon, Sr. and Dorothy J Baldwin-Poon of Samson.
Barbara was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church until she moved to Birmingham. She attended Samson High School where she excelled in her academic courses.
She was a member of the FBLA, a junior and senior high Cheerleader, a member of the high Honor Society, and a member if the Samson Marching Band.
She leaves to cherish her memories her loving mother Dorothy Poon of Samson; her siblings: Rhonda Barnette of N. C.; Willie James Poon, Jr. of Suffolk, VA.; Kesha L. Poon of Samson; Christy Poon-Atkins (Calvin) of Brandon, MS. and Jenette K. Poon of Duluth, GA.; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Laura Helen Dillard
Mrs Laura Helen Dillard of Geneva passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. She was 89.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Feb. 20, in the chapel of Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Gene Hauser officiating.
A private burial followed in the Pondtown Unithed Methodist Church Cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home directing.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pondtown United Methodist Church Cemetary Fund, 663 Pondtown Rd., Hartford, AL., 36344 or to Gentiva Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 311708 Enterprise, AL., 36301.
Mrs. Dillard was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Geneva County, to the late Foy and Gladys B. Kelley Shirley. For several years she was manager of Bill's Dollar Store in Geneva. She was a very loving mother and grandmother.
In addition to her parents, her husband, R. V. Dillard, preceded her in death.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Dillard; one son, Mike Dillard and wife Ann all of Geneva; and her wonderful neighbors at Briarcliff.
The Family would like to express their appreciation and heartfelt thanks to her caregivers, Sherry Tyrues, Shirley Rowell, Ann McClenny, Tina Brooks, Nancy Holder, Diane Mock, and Sharon Morrow, Dr. David Arnold and staff, Gentiva Hospice and Home Health, as well as the OT, PT, and nursing department. Mrs. Helen could not praise Gentiva Hospice and Home Health enough for their kindness and special care that she received during her illness.
John (Johnny) A. Hughes, Jr.
Mr. John (Johnny) A. Hughes, Jr., age 87 died Thursday, Feb, 18, 2016 at his home in Hartford.
Funeral services held Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Hartford First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jean Spikes and the Rev. John Wesley Spivey officiating. Burial followed in the City of Hartford Cemetary with Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home directing.
Pallbearers were Joe Shehee, Charles Whittle, Anderson Fulford, Robert Earl Payne, Jimmy Miller and Jimmy Bottoms. Honorary pallbearers were Directors, Officers and employees of the First National Bank of Hartford.
Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 205 S. 3rd Ave., Hartford, AL., 36344.
Johnny graduated from Geneva County High School in 1947 and attended Auburn University.
He was employed with the First National Bank of Hartford in 1953, has served as a Director of the bank since 1958: as Assistant Cashier from 1958 until 1962; as Vice President from 1963 until 1967; as President from 1968 until 1984; as Chief Executive Officer from 1984 until 2004 and as Chairman of the Board from 1984 until 2013.
During his association with the First National Bank of Hartford, the bank grew tremendously, due in large part to his leadership, direction, and foresight. Mr. Hughes was the Chairman of the First Hartford Bancshare, Inc. at the time of his death.
Johnny was the Mayor of the City of Hartford for 25 years. In recognition of his distinguished service to the community, the Johnnny Hughes Community Center was named in his honor. He served his country in the Alabama National Gaurd for 18 years obtaining the rank of Captain, and was the Company Commander when the Hartford Unit was mobolized during the Berlin crisis and also active duty during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Hughes was a former member of the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, the Hartford Planning Commission, the Geneva Gas District, the Hartford Lion's Club and the Geneva County High School Athletic Club. He was an active member of the Hartford First United Methodist Church, and had served on it's Administrative Board.
Johnny received a Resolution commending him for his distinguished service to the City of Hartford from the Senate of the State of Alabama, and was honored at the Geneva County Farm City Week 2014 with the Geneva County Robert Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.
Johnny is preceded in death by his parents, John Albert Hughes, Sr., and Lovie Dell Childs Hughes; a brother and sister-in-law, Jessie E. Gene Hughes and Betty Rhodes Hughes; a sister-in-law, Janet Jones Hughes; a nephew, Brantley Brooks Murdock.
Johnny is survived by his wife, Opal Whittle Hughes; brother, Bill C. Hughes and Joyce Hughes of Hartford; brother H. J. (Jack) Hughes of Hartford; step-duaghter, Debbie Shehee of Bellwood; step-son, and step-duaghter-in-law, Joe and Wendy Shehee of Hartford; step-grand-daughters, Brittany Shehee and Lacey Shehee of Hartford; sister-in-law, Hazel Jones of Hartford; brother-in-law, Charles and Jonella Whittle of Orlando, FL.; niece, Amy Hughes Bromberg and John Bromberg of Birmingham; niece Susan K. Hughes of Hartford; nephew John Jackson (J.J.) and Tammy Hughes; great-niece and great-nephew, Alexadria Leigh Hughes and John Jackson Hughes, III of Hartford; niece, Virginia Dell Hughes Murdock; great-nephews, Jesse and Parker Murdock of Prattville; and niece, Leslie Ann Hughes of Portland, OR.
Johnny was an avid golfer who enjoyed six holes in one but was more proud of his "double eagle."
Johnny was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Bruce Fulford of Hartford passed away tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:38 am while being cared for at home. He was 77.
Funeral services were held Saturday Feb. 20, in the chapel of Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Troy West and Rev. Scott Fulford officiating. Burial followed in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetary with Warren Holloway Ward Funeral Home directing.
Memorial conributions may be made to the Wiregrass Children's Home.
Mr. Fulford was born May 12, 1938, in Geneva County, to the late Hershel Edward and Willie Dell Benefield Fulford. He enjoyed the outdoors working around his home and farming. He loved helping his friends and neighbors.
He enjoyed watching college football, golfing, spending time with his family, working on special projects with friends, and watching other people fish. Bruce will be remembered for having a very strong work ethic.
In addition to his parents, a brother, Danny Fulford, preceded him in death.
Survivors include on son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kathy Fulford of Hartford; one grandson, Brandon Fulford of Ewards MS.; one sister, Willa Parrish (Louie) of Sparta TN.; other extended family and friends.
The Family would like to acknowledge a very dear friend and say a special thank you to Jackie Mahan for her loving care during his illness and also to Southern Care Hospice.
Jeffery J. Morgan
Mr. Jeffery J. Morgan passed away on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. He was 34.
Funeral services were held on Saturday Feb, 20, in the chapel of Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva with the Rev. Chuck Grantham officiating. Burial followed at Mount Carmel Primitive
Baptist Church Cemetary with Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva directing.
Jeff was born Aug. 17, 1981, to the late Jessie Morgan and Velma Lou Ballard Brackin. He was employed by Reliable-Ruskin for 15 years. Jeff enjoyed watching football and racing. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lisa Charlene; and a brother, Randy Brackin.
He is survived by two brothers; Richy Brackin (Linda) and Danny Ray Brackin; three sisters; Gail Williams (Danny Paul) all of Chancellor, Susan Williams (Rusty) of Westville, FL. and Amy Brasuell (Gary) of Coffee Springs; nieces and nephews, Brandon and Lee Williams, Todd, Nick, and Brandy Killingsworth, Zach Brasuell and wife, Brandy of Coffee Springs; and many friends.