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Obituaries 08.03.2022

Dorothy E. Abston
GILBERTOWN – Funeral services for Ms. Dorothy Evelyn Davidson Abston, 84, were held July 31, 2022, at Heritage Church of God in Gilbertown, with Reverend Doug Chapman, Reverend Chad Adams, and Reverend Ricky Dement officiating.  Interment followed at the Gilbertown Cemetery.
Ms. Abston was born January 18, 1938, in Toxey.  She passed away July 25, 2022.  She was an active member of Heritage Church of God and a founding board member of the Choctaw County Historical Museum.  Ms. Dorothy was instrumental in the founding of Magnolia Traditions in 1995, where she worked and managed the business for many years.  She found enjoyment in greeting every customer with a kind word and a smile.
Ms. Dorothy’s greatest legacy is her service to her family.  She enjoyed nothing more than caring for them, cooking meals, and ensuring that every want and need were met until the day she died.  She not only enjoyed cooking for her family, but provided cakes and meals to so many in the community when needed.  She was devoted to living a life pleasing to her Lord and Savior and instilling Christian values within her family that will be carried on for generations.
She was preceded in death by her parents Evelyn and Odell Davidson and her husband of over 50 years, Allen Abston.  She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Abston Gibson (Joe) of Gilbertown; grandson, Bradley Allen Clark of Butler; brothers, Jimmy Davidson of Orange Beach, and Gerald Davidson (Sharon) of Brewton,; sisters, Gladys Brannan of Mobile, and Carolyn Higdon (Jerry) of Mobile; and nieces and nephews, Tonya Scott, Mechelle Weekley (John), Trent Davidson (Brittany), Megan Collins (Grover), John Weekley, Drew Scott, Alex Scott, and Cash Davidson.
Serving as pallbearers were Arnold Singley, John Weekley, Perry Newton, Quinton Pardue, Steve Abston, and Trent Davidson.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.
Rosa N. Dykes
BUTLER – Rosa Nell Duncan Dykes passed away on July 30, 2022, aged 92, at Anderson’s Hospital in Meridian.
At her passing, Rosa joined those who had gone before her, including her husband, David H. “Billy” Dykes, Sr.; one son, R. Timothy “Tim” Dykes; her parents, Robert C. Duncan and R. Lucretia Hester Duncan; two sisters and seven brothers.
She left behind two sons, David J. “Jeff” Dykes (Cindy) of Butler and David H. “Davy” Dykes, Jr. of the Wallacetown Community; three grandchildren, Sara E. Dykes of Mountain View, CA; Daniel J.P. Dykes of Atlanta; and Eric C.R. Dykes of Butler; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rosa was born on June 30, 1930, in Hamilton, where she was raised by a large, loving family. She lived briefly in Memphis before marrying her husband, Billy, and relocating farther south. The couple resided in Pensacola before finally settling in the Wallacetown Community of his native Choctaw County with their children.
A woman of great faith, Rosa had a warm and generous heart for those around her. She loved attending church for both gleaning God’s Word and fellowshipping with her church family. Often times she could be found visiting, calling, or corresponding with friends and family both near and far. Even when health concerns prevented her from visiting, she continued checking on those she cared about by letter. Eventually, the total loss of her eyesight robbed her of even that pleasure. In the end, a phone call with a kind word was her greatest treasure.
Graveside service was August 2nd, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that you spread Rosa’s caring spirit by reaching out to someone and spreading a little cheer and encouragement in these times of loss and uncertainty.
James E. Thomas
FOLEY – Graveside services for James “Jamey” Evans Thomas, age 40, were held July 30, 2022, at Butler City Cemetery with Rev. Jon Brown officiating.
Jamey passed away May 21, 2022, at his home in Baldwin County. He was born May 7, 1982.
Jamey worked as a crew supervisor for Thomas Construction Company. He loved his family dearly and is going to be greatly missed.
He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Jo Lee Thomas; his father, Mike Thomas and step-mother, Cindy Thomas; maternal grandmother, Lynnita L. Saunders and maternal step-grandfather, Dick Saunders; paternal step-grandmother, Gladys Nordan; brother, Joey Thomas (Kim); nephew and niece, Bryce and Baylee Thomas; step-sister, Nicole Turner (Jay); nephews and niece, Hunter, Hayes, and MaryBeth Turner.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Harold Lee; paternal grandparents, Perry and Syble Thomas; and step-grandfather, Charles Nordan.
Pallbearers: Adam Cisarik, Ricky Mundy, Woody Odom, Hunter Turner, Hayes Turner, T.K. Gwin, and Steven Crosby.
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Arrangements by Bumpers Funeral Home of Butler.
Legran Cave
SWEET WATER – Legran Cave age 75 died July 27 at DCH Regional Hospital. He was born December 26, 1946 in Butler, to Robert Linzey and Izola Cave. He was a retired electrician with Georgia Pacific Corporation.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Loyce Cave; two sons, Randall Cave and Timothy Roger Anderson; three daughters, Sherry Cave Atkins (Nolan “Tuffy”), Donna Cave Palmer (Will Stebbins), and Suzanne Renea Sullivan (Joe David); brother, Ernest Cave (Patricia); two sisters, Penny Andrews and Nell Roberts; twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Linzey and Izola Cave, and brother, Bobby Cave.
Funeral services were held at Aimwell Baptist Church on July 30, 2022 with Rev. Brett Green officiating. Burial followed at Aimwell Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Thadeus Palmer, Layne Palmer, Logan Palmer, Parker Cave, Tyde Atkins, and Pace Bozeman.
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Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home.
Alfred D. Blount
MILLRY – Graveside services for Mr. Alfred Deforest “Fred” Blount, Sr., were held August 4, 2022, at Healing Springs Cemetery in Millry, with Reverend Mike Gunn officiating.
Mr. Blount was born January 23, 1927, in Wagar, AL to Mardis Monroe Blount, Sr. and Ola Reed Blount.  He passed away July 31, 2022, at Washington County Nursing Home in Chatom.
Fred enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing and loved cutting grass.
He is survived by his sons, Al Blount of Millry, and Will Blount of Millry; daughters, Barbara Crawley (Bill) of Mobile, and Carola Thompson (Greg) of Grayson, GA; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sister, Pat Blount Hill of Millry.  He was preceded in death by his father, Mardis Monroe Blount, Sr.; mother, Ola Reed Blount; brothers, Mardis Monroe Blount, Jr. and Rufus Grady Blount; and sisters, Mildred Blount Rosson, Carolyn Blount Hemmingway, and Francis Blount McDonnell.
Serving as pallbearers are Gene Loper, Greg Thompson, Jim Hill, Ed Hill, Al Blount, and Will Blount.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at  Arrangements provided by Phillips Funeral Home, 116 West Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908.

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