Lessie O. Batie

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 1999

Lessie O. Batie, 76, of 1201 N. Three Notch St. in Troy died Saturday, Nov. 20, 1999 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be Friday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. at New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Linwood, Ala. with Rev. Judge Grooms officiating. Burial will follow at New Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Survivors include, two daughters, Bertha Batie of Troy; Willie M. Batie Neal of Troy; four sons, Charles (Christine) Browder; Joe N. Batie; Geral (Phyllis) Batie; Howard (Sherri) Batie; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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She was born on Feb. 22, 1923 in Pike County. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ousley. She attended the public schools of Pike County. She was a member of New Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Linwood.

Pallbearers were Grandsons and friends Floralbearers were friends of the family.

Aubrey Veron Botts

Aubrey Veron Botts, 88, of Ozark, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999 at Dale Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at Ramah Primitive Baptist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. with Elder Cary Sanders and Rev. Averyt Walker officiating. There will be a thirty minute lie-in-state prior to the service. Burial will follow at Ramah Primitive Baptist Church in Banks.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Wyman and Betty R. Botts of Brundidge; Aerial and Bennie Carol Botts of Chicago; Myron and Peggy Botts of Birmingham; one brother, John Virgil Botts of Banks; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carlos Botts, Charlie Botts, Elbert Botts, John Harden, Jerrell Harden, Thelton Harden and Cecil Locklar.

He was formerly of Brundidge.

Visitation was at Dillard Funeral Home in Brundidge on Tuesday, Nov. 23. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Opal Lynch Fannin

Opal Lynch Fannin, 91, of Rt. 2 in Goshen died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999 at Edge Regional Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. with Revs. Dave Kirby and Richard Brooks and minister Jimmy Mathews officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include, daughter, Julia Fannin Chandler of Shady Grove Community; son, Oren Fannin of Shady Grove Community; stepchildren Alice Green of Troy; William Fannin of Troy; Mary Whittaker of Montgomery; Frances Manning of Lilburn, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rivers Fannin of Shady Grove Community; three grandchildren, Greg Chandler of Atlanta; Cheryl Chandler Kirkland of Montgomery; Anna Maria Fannin of Shady Grove Community; 12 step-grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, brother Martin Lynch of Pensacola; sister Rachel Rodgers of Brundidge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis R. Fannin and stepson, Rivers Fannin.

Pallbearers will be Edgar Fannin, Jacob Fannin, Lewis Fannin, Bob Green, Robert Manning, and Alan Rodgers.

Visitation will be at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 1 until 2 p.m.

Henry Hoke (Squire) Griggs

Henry Hoke (Squire) Griggs, 84, of Skipperville, died Monday evening, Nov. 22, 1999, in Dale Medical Center following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at Holman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Booth officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memory Gardens, Holman Funeral Home of Ozark directing.

Survivors include his wife, Iva Willis Griggs of Skipperville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sara and Earl Thompson of Ariton; Betty and John Jeffrey of Eufaula; one sister, Lillie Belle Scott Jones of Graceville Fla.; four grandchildren, James Jeffrey and his wife Barbara of Troy; Christopher David Jeffrey of Montgomery; Rebecca Jeffrey of Troy; Rhonda Ketchum and her husband Sandy of Ariton; five great grandchildren, Danielle Stewart of Troy; Brooke Morgan Jeffrey of Troy; Christopher David Jeffrey, Jr., of Montgomery; and Casey Ketchum and Kim Ketchum of Ariton; several nieces and nephews.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Skipperville where he was a farmer and a carpenter. He also served with the 98th Division during World War II and was a member of Morgan Baptist Church.

Visitation was at the funeral home parlors from 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1999, until service time on Wednesday. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

John Edward Jackson

John Edward Jackson, 49, of Longview Texas died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 in Longview, Texas.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at Macedonia C.M.E. Church in the Ansley community with Elder Robert Thomas and Rev. Tony Longshore. Burial will follow at Macedonia C.M.E. Church Yard Cemetery.

Survivors include, Jacqueline of Longview; two daughters, Maple Geraldine of Longview; Jacquelynne and son-in-law Howard of Chicago; son, Kevin Edward; step-daughter, Ardrenne "Cookey" Reynolds of Longview; step-son, John Michael Harris of Atlanta; a sister Julie Washington (SFC Larry) Griessen of Germany; brothers, Cottril Bristow of Louisville, Ky.; aunt, Annie Lois McNabb of Troy; two grandchildren Demarius and Jasmine Jackson of Chicago; niece and nephew, LaToya and Christopher Bristow of Oceanside, Calif.; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was born on July 23, 1950 in Pike County. His mother was Geraldine Carter. He attended Troy City Schools and graduated from Academy St. High School as Salutatorian of his graduating class of 1968. His military career includes 7 years in the United States Army and 18 months in Vietnam. He has pastored several churches in Ala. and Texas. At his demise, he was pastor of Walker’s Chapel C.O.G.I.C. in Douglas, Texas.

Irene Brooks Nevels

Irene Brooks Nevels, 85, of Rt. 6 in Troy died on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Funeral Services were held on Friday, Nov. 19, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church with Revs. Donnie Earles and Kenny Earles officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Edna B. Ward of Union Springs; Jean B. Hickman of Union Springs; one brother, Thomas M. Brooks of Brundidge; several nieces and nephews.

Great-nephews were pallbearers.

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