Sammy Ray Bridges, a resident of Taylor, passed away early Tuesday morning, February 9, 2021, at Southeast Health. He was 64.
Funeral services will be held, 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 15, 2021, at Mt. Enon Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Wheeler and Reverend Don Tew officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Glover Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 Monday prior to service time. Flowers are being accepted or contributions may be made to the Mt. Enon Baptist Church Building Fund, 3167 Iris Road, Dothan AL 36301. Services will be live-streamed on the Mount Enon Baptist Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MEBCDothan.
Sammy was born July 5, 1956, in Ozark, Alabama to Hayden Ray Bridges and Gayle Pennington Bridges and grew up in Ozark. He was a 1975 graduate of Carroll High School. After graduation, he worked with TRW for 16 years. He later worked with Service Machine Company for 28 years. He loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed flying his ultralight airplane in his spare time. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren who were his pride and joy! During his wife’s illness, Sammy devoted his time and attention as her loving and devoted caregiver. He was a member of Mt. Enon Baptist Church.
He is predeceased by his father, Hayden Bridges.
Survivors include his wife of twenty-one years, Christy Henderson Bridges of Taylor, who also passed away on February 11, one day after their 21st wedding anniversary, which is February 10.
Also surviving are his mother, Gayle Weeks (Charles) of Ozark; a son, Hayden Colby Bridges (Jennifer) of Echo; three step-children, Dustin Blair (Stephanie), Tori Le (Tony), and Dylan Chase Blair, all of Dothan; six grandchildren, Hayden Layke Bridges, Lauren Abigail Bridges, Caden Blair, Carter Blair, Annaleigh Wells, and Ava Blair; two brothers, Gilbert Bridges (Theli) of Ozark and Stanley Bridges (Michelle) of Dothan; many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family in Oklahoma.
Active pallbearers will be Harlee Bridges, Tyler Strickland, Hunter Bridges, David Marr, Dwayne Watkins, and Freddie Watkins.
Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at www.gloverfuneral.com
Doreen M. Huffstutler 63 of Sugar Grove, Ohio passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 at Fairfield Medical Center.
She was a retired Correctional Sargent for South Eastern Correctional Facility with 20 years of service.
Doreen is survived by her life partner of 19 years, Sharon Williams; brothers, Robert (Karen) Huffstutler of Sandusky, Ohio and Michael Huffstutler of Alabama; sister, Kathy Smith of Circleville, Ohio; father, Bernie Huffstutler of Alabama and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Huffstutler, grandparents and a nephew, Corey Huffstutler.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 1-3 p.m. at the home of Karen and Bruce Neff, 10 Church St., Kingston, Ohio 45644. Caring Cremation® is being handled by the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, LANCASTER, OHIO.
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Mrs. Rita Jean Tomlin Helms, a resident of Ozark, died Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at her home. She was 63 years old. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2020, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with Reverend Teresa Hutto officiating. Interment will follow in Ewell Cemetery, Holman Funeral Home and Cremations of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home in Ozark from 10:00 A.M. until service time. Mrs. Helms was born February 27, 1957 in Ozark, Alabama to Lillie Jenene Caraway Tomlin and the late Grady Wilton “Bill” Tomlin. She graduated from Carroll High School in 1975 and worked with Super Foods in Ozark as head cashier for 18 years. She then worked as a daycare worker at Victory Tabernacle Worship Center in Ozark which inspired her to return to school to become a kindergarten teacher. She attended Enterprise State Community College and became ill during this time causing her continued disability. She was a member of Victory Tabernacle Worship Center and loved to sing spiritual songs. She was an avid book reader and loved arts and crafts. Survivors include one daughter, Jamie Nicole Pylant (James); one son, Ryan Durrell Helms; her mother, Lillie Jenene Caraway Tomlin; four grandchildren, Makayla Murphy, Autumn Murphy, Braelyn Pylant and Jaimelyn Pylant; one brother and sister-in-law, Wilton Keith and Alisa Tomlin; nieces, Whitney Adams and Candace Tomlin Terry; and the father of her children, James Durrell Helms all of Ozark; a very special friend and caregiver, Reverend Teresa Hutto. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association Memorials, 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35213; or to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation National Headquarters, ATTN: Financial Operations, 733 Third Avenue, Suite 510,New York, NY 10017
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Jackie Pate Smedley Barrett, age 63, of Deatsville, Alabama, passed away on Sunday April 12, 2020. Jackie was born December 3, 1956 to Bernita Oliver Pate and James Nathan Pate.
Jackie is survived by; sister Jeannine Pate Villadsen and sister-in-law Carolyn Pate; nephew James L. Pate Jr (Bonnie), niece Jodi Enfinger (Doug), niece Jenny Stafford (James) and niece Joy Pierce (Devin).
Jackie was preceded in death by; father James Nathan Pate and mother Bernita Oliver Pate; Mr. Sherman Barrett Spouse; brother-in-law Joseph E. Villadsen and brother James L. Pate
Jackie was loved by every person who ever came in contact with her. She had the most true, sweetest, and giving heart and would do anything for anyone. She dearly loved and cherished her family, friends, and her dogs. Jackie had a lot of amazing life experiences, and had a lot of hard times, but she remained strong and never complained. She just wanted everyone else to feel good. She was and will always be that once in a lifetime kind of person. She was a gift to us all and she was amazing. She will be missed greatly, but she would say don't be sad for me, I am at peace, be happy and just remember me with love.
Ms. Deborah Kay Sitz, a resident of Oakview Manor in Ozark, died Friday, February 14, 2020, in Dale Medical Center. She was 63 years old. A memorial service for Ms. Sitz will be held at a later date. Debbie was born November 25, 1956 in Dale County, Alabama to the late Albert Wesley Sitz and Glennie Ruth Goodson Sitz. She attended Carroll High School where she was a member of the Carroll High ROTC. Debbie worked many years as a waitress at Dykes Grocery and Restaurant located at 231 North of Ozark. She was an avid reader. Her favorite books were horror and fiction, with Stephen King being her favorite author. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Judy Sitz Sauls and Linda Sitz Atkins. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Eric Hartzog of Columbiana, Michael (Vanessa) Brinkley of Anniston; six grandchildren; one sister, Christine Sitz Roberts of Ozark; three brothers, Jimmy Sitz of Perry, Georgia, Albert Wesley Sitz, Jr. and Bobby (Judy) Sitz of Ozark.
Emily Terry went to be with the Lord on Thursday February 6th 2020 at Flowers Hospital. She was 62 years of age.
A servant, encourager, and friend to all named Emily Lavois Dawkins was born July 9, 1957 to the late Hayward Williams and Evelyn Grace Thomas Dawkins.
She accepted Christ at an early age at the Greater Old Salem Baptist Church in Ozark, Alabama. She was educated in the Dale County school system.
Emily was united in holy matrimony to Otis J. Terry III on December 16, 1973. To this union three (3) children were born.
God saw that His child was suffering. On Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:21pm, He came and stood beside her bed, closed her big brown eyes and whispered “Well done thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter into the joy of thy lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hayward and Grace Dawkins. She leaves to cherish her memory three (3) loving children: Demetra (Frank) Strother, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Jamie Terry, Ozark, Alabama; and Chasity Terry, Ozark, Alabama. Four (4) siblings: Doris Dawkins, Birmingham, Alabama; Ronald Dawkins, Ozark, Alabama; Donald (Cora) Dawkins, Birmingham, Alabama; Reginald Dawkins, Enterprise, Alabama. Seven (7) grandchildren Takeela March, Christopher Terry, Kahlil Strother, Jahlil Strother, Jordan Strother, Bryce Terry, and Tyler Terry. Three (3) great-grandchildren: Christopher Terry Jr., Caleb March, Elijah Terry. Five (5) nieces and nephews: Rhonda Dawkins Blair, Amanda (Greg) Guyton, Reginald (April) Jeffries, Jasmine Tellier, and Shante Tellier and a host of relatives, extended family, and friends.
Priscilla was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to parents James and Freedom Newman on December 19th 1956. She graduated from Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, in 1975. She met Richard Winley, her husband of forty-one years in 1976 and wed in Georgetown, South Carolina in 1977. She moved to Germany in 1978 to join her husband while he served in the Army. They moved to Kansas in 1979 and then Priscilla chose to move to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1981 where they would remain. Priscilla would go on to take several courses at Maryland University in Germany, Kansas State, and Furman University. They had two beautiful children, Kia Winley and Richard Winley, III.
Priscilla had a unique gift of helping others see and reach their full potential. She’d help through advice, goal setting, or just being a listening ear. Seeing someone else achieve his or her dreams was one of the ultimate rewards for her.
Priscilla loved to travel and explore the world with her husband, Richard. She was up for trying any and everything except for skydiving. She instilled in her children to explore other cultures and to never settle. Priscilla gave this world many gifts including encouragement, inspiration, and love.
Sherry Fowler Tolbert, a resident of Ozark, died early Sunday morning, August 19, 2018 following complications from Breast Cancer. She was 61.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in the Earl Bankston Memorial Chapel with Dr. John Granger officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens. Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sandi McCool Champions of Hope, c/o Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation, 1922 Fairview Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36301.
Mrs. Tolbert was a native of Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey and lived in various locations in the United States and overseas while her father and husband served in the United States Army. She was a 1975 Graduate of Carroll High School in Ozark and made her home in Ozark in 1978. Mrs. Tolbert was retired from Headland Farmer's Co-Op as a bookkeeper after twenty-five years employment. She was a member of Westview Heights United Methodist Church in Ozark. Mrs. Tolbert was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Lee Tolbert; brother-in-law, Don Jones and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dock and Bernice Tolbert.
Survivors include her daughter, Tracy Tolbert (Mitch Hall), Midland City; her parents, Fred and Deanna Basel Fowler, Enterprise; three sisters, Francine Fowler Jones, Enterprise; Laurie Fowler Bishop (Bill), Chickasaw, AL; and Janice Fowler Lackey (Larry), Enterprise; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry Tolbert (Carolyn) and Tanya Tolbert Roberts (Jim), all of Ozark; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Wilford Roy “Jo-Jo” Ward, 59, of Ozark, died Saturday, December 9, 2017. A memorial service for Mr. Ward will be held at a later date. Mr. Ward was born December 11, 1957 in France. He was a 1975 graduate of Carroll High School in Ozark and worked as an aircraft painter with various contractors at Fort Rucker for thirty-one years. He enjoyed the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. Survivors include his Mother, Margot Pfummer Ward; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Sharlene Ward of Ozark, Bobby and Cindy Ward of Dothan. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mr. David Lee Weldon, of Dothan, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at his residence. He was 62.
Born May 10, 1955 in Covington, VA to the late Roland Leon Weldon, Sr. and Betty Moore, Mr. Weldon was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He worked at Sony as a Machinist for 33 years, his part-time job as a clown, where he loved doing birthday parties and skating in parades and making animal balloons. David was full of life and when he was around there was never a dull moment. He could make light of any situation. He loved his family and enjoyed helping others more than anything, and lets don’t forget his love for yard sales.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Weldon; son, Chris Weldon (Lauren) of Taylor; step-daughter, Dacia Richardson (Clay) of Dothan, Al, and step-son, Johnathan Harden of Hartford, Al. Siblings, Bill and Sue Weldon, Lenny and Margie Weldon, Cynthia and Mike Smith, Roland and Kerry Weldon, Sharon and Joe Hayes, and Debbie Cotton; grandchildren, Tori Wood, Tobi Wood, Elijah Harden, Emalyn Weldon,, and Addison Weldon; nephews and nieces, Joel Weldon, Dalton Weldon, Lexy Weldon, Allen Smith, Andrew Smith, Austin Smith, Mike Mihalic, T.J. Mihalic, Jobie Mihalic, Kay Cotton, Kim and Brian Duncan, and Chris and Lisa Cotton; his pets/dogs, Quincey, Cocoa, Gabby, Raschal; grand dogs, Abbigail, Jasper Ray, Layla Rose, Jake, and Bailey; great grand dog, Maggie Rae.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, Novemebr, 10, 2017 from the chapel of Ward Wilson Funeral Home with Reverend Wendall Holmes officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery, Memory Hill. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM, one hour prior to the service.
Early Tuesday morning, December 9, 2014, Cynthia Ann Deloney peacefully passed away after a brief illness. She is survived by her Mother, four siblings, four nieces, two nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends and colleagues. Cindy was born on January 24, 1957 in Greensborough, Georgia. She grew up in Ozark, Alabama and graduated from Carrol High School in 1975. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Troy University with a degree in Special and Elementary Education in 1981. She earned a master's degree in special education from Prairie View A&M University in 2008. She began her career at Vivian B. Adams School in Ozark. She then moved to Katy, Texas in 1988 and started a 29 year career with the Katy Independent School District. She spent her career working with special education students, specializing with students who had severe emotional disturbances. She touched countless lives of troubled and at risk students and was much respected as a gifted educator by all who worked with her.
Cindy had recently retired and moved back home to Alabama. She was excited to begin the next stage of her life when the Lord called her to teach her final lesson on this earth. That is, life is precious and fleeting and all we are guaranteed is this moment. She will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew her. The services for Miss. Deloney will be held at Woodlawn Memory Gardens, in Ozark, AL at 1:00 Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Mr. Michael Richard Crooks, age 57, of Ozark, died Sunday, August 10, 2014.
A memorial service for Mr. Crooks will be held at 11:00 A. M. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with reverend Robert Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 10:00 A. M. until service time, at all other times the family will be at the home of his brother, Tim Crooks.
Mr. Crooks was born October 19, 1956 in Dale County to the late Grover Cleveland Crooks and Nettie Jane Hamm Crooks. He worked with various contractors at Fort Rucker before becoming a long-haul truck driver. Mr. Crooks was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include one daughter, Hannah Marie Crooks of Ozark; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Shawn and Shannon Crooks, Richard Shane and Amber Crooks all of Ozark; five grandchildren, Blake Cooper, Haylee Crooks, Richard Landon Crooks, Layton Read Crooks; one sister, Cindy Crooks Johnson of Midland City; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Kaye Crooks, Steve and Nikki Crooks all of Ozark.
Mr. Sam Brown, age 52, of Ozark, died Wednesday evening, January 27, 2010, in Flowers Hospital. Funeral services will be 2:30 P. M. Saturday, January 30, 2010, from Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Reverend Dr. Jason Thrower officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 P. M. until 7:00 P. M. Friday evening. Mr. Brown was born December 31, 1957 in Dale County. He graduated from Carroll High School in 1975 and attended Enterprise Junior College. He served for four years in the United States Army. Mr. Brown attended Alabama Aviation School in electronics. He worked in North Carolina with Nortel Networks from 1980 through 1999, returning to Ozark in 2003. He was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Mathison Brown. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Tammy Sullivan Brown of Ozark; one daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Kevin Helms of Ozark; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Edward Chase and Stephanie Brown of Franklinton, North Carolina, and Sam Tyler Brown of Ozark; his mother and stepfather, Elaine Harris Potts and Harry Potts of Ozark; one sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Scott Lail of Orlando, Florida; one brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Kay Brown of Elkins, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Hallie, Lilly, and Thomas Helms. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Southeastern Diabetes Education Service, 500 Chase Park South, Suite 104, Hoover, Alabama 35244.
On Saturday, November 22, 2008, Mrs. Vivian Hamilton McLeod, of Stone Mountain, Georgia answered the heavenly angelic summons and departed from the earthly abode that had captured her jubilant spirit for fifty-two blessed years. She was a lady of high Christian repute and exuded joy to her family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. She was a faithful member of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia where Bishop Eddie Long serves as pastor. Vivian spent her formative years in Ozark, Alabama and was educated in the Ozark City School System where she graduated from Carroll High School. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and she served as a "MOM" to many. On March 20, 1979, she became the cherished and devoted wife of Mr. Norman L. McLeod. This marriage blossomed until her death. During her years of marriage, she accompanied her husband to numerous United States Air Force assignments that included Hampton, Virginia; Austin, Texas; Warner Robins, Georgia; Montgomery, Alabama; and Naples, Italy. In addition to her husband, Vivian is survived by her two sons, Michael Wayne McLeod, Carthage, Mississippi and Jamal Mcleod, Jacksonville, Alabama; her six grandchildren; her stepfather and mother, Norris and Geraldean Johnson, Savannah, Georgia; one brother, Ronald Hamilton, Lithonia, Georgia; two brothers-in-law, S. M. McLeod (Mechelle), Ozark, Alabama and Truman McLeod (Mavis), Childersburg, Alabama, two sisters-in-law, Mattie Frizzell (Louis), Montgomery, Alabama and Marthie Wilson, Games), Dothan, Alabama; one God-sister, Vanessa Williams (Larry), Austin, Texas; a God-mother, Dorris Thomas, Prattville, Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, family members and devoted friends.
Mr. David Keith McLaughlin, age 51, of Guntersville, formerly of Ozark, died Sunday evening, June 8, 2008, in Marshall Medical Center north of Guntersville following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, in the Chapel of Holman Funeral Home in Ozark with the Rev. Kenneth Hale officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 12:30 p.m. until service time.
Mr. McLaughlin was born Oct. 20, 1956, at Fort Rucker, the son of Rex D. and Alline Johnson McLaughlin of Ozark. He graduated from Carroll High School in 1975 and attended Auburn University. He worked with Michelin for 10 years, Tri Glass Industries, and for the past ten years with Teledyne in Grant. Mr. McLaughlin enjoyed Alabama Football and spending time with family.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his wife, Sherri Lynn Exum McLaughlin of Guntersville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kristi and Josh Smith of Montgomery, Amy and Brad Helton of Guntersville; one grandson, Cooper Smith of Montgomery; one brother, Brian McLaughlin of Ozark; one nephew, Clint McLaughlin of Ozark.
Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the family to Mrs. S. McLaughlin, C/O Holman Funeral Home, Inc., 995 S. Union Ave., Ozark, Alabama 36360.
Mr. James Ernest Cooper, 46 of Ozark, Alabama; died Friday July 19, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2003, from Camp Ground Baptist Church with Rev. Al Sonanstine officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with full military rites, with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. His body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 tonight from the chapel of Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home. Mr. Cooper was retired from the Unites States Navy and was employed with DynCorp, Fort Rucker, Alabama. His parents, Carl Denton Cooper Sr. and , Agnes Vigil Cooper, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Doris Cooper of Ozark; one daughter, Ciara Marie Cooper of Ozark; one son, James Thomas Cooper of Ozark; two sisters, JoAnne Marie Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Gunter, both of Ozark; one brother, Carl D. Cooper Jr. of Dothan.
This is my father, and he will be missed FOREVER! i am truly blessed to have had such a great father figure like him in my life. So sad to have passed on at such a young age. It really dosent seem like 7 years has gone by without him. To this day he is still on my mind everyday. I LOVE YOU DAD I MISS YOU and we will meet again one day!
Kay Rhodes, 42, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug 19, 2000, at her residence in Crestview, FL. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Blue Springs Assembly of God Church with Rev. Eldridge Barefield and Rev. David Reddick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home of Ozark directing. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. Tuesday until one hour before service time when her body will be placed in the church. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions are requested to be given to the American Cancer Society. Kay was a native of Ozark having graduated from Carroll High School and from Troy State University at Dothan. She was employed as a teacher at Tall Pines Academy in Crestview. Kay was also an active member of Christ Family Church in Crestview. Kay was preceded in death by her father, Tom Burgess, and father-in-law, Roland Rhodes. Survivors include her husband, Bo Rhodes, Crestview; one daughter, Brittany Rhodes, Crestview; one son, Brandon Rhodes, Crestview; mother, Thelda Burgess, Ozark; three sisters, Ann Burgess and Dorothy Shehane, both of Ozark; Linda Campbell, Clio; two brothers, Tim Burgess, Blue Springs; and Dan Burgess, Dothan; mother-in-law, Polly Rhodes, Ozark; many nieces, nephews and in-laws.