Obituaries published in the Sunday, June 30, 2002, edition of The Messenger.

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 30, 2002

Leoma Gibson

Services for Leoma Gibson, 63, of Troy who died at her home Saturday, June 22, 2002, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy with Rev. Mark Stephens officiating.

Burial will be Green Hills Memorial Park in Troy on Highway 29 under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Troy.

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Visitation was from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, June, 24, 2002, at the funeral home.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Gibson of Troy; eight children and their spouses, David Gibson of Troy, Deborah Gibson and Walter Anderson of Troy, Rita Humphries of Montgomery, Joey Gibson of Troy, Sandra and Michael Dickey of Troy, Patsy Gibson of Troy, Bonnie and Bill Helms of Elberta and Michael Gibson of Troy; fourteen grandchildren, DJ and Mark Gibson, Lynn and Jake Anderson, Charlie Corley and Amanda Humphries, Brandon Gibson, Joseph and Allison Dickey, Keisha and Kelsey Gibson, Blake and Anna Helms and Kamoron Gibson and two sisters, Frances Childs of Troy and Christine Griffin of Brundidge.

Pallbearers are Huey Childs, Thomas Childs, Charlie Corley, DJ Gibson, Bobby Griffin and John Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Dickey, Kamoron Gibson, Mark Gibson and Blake Helms.


Davis L. "Ren" Wilson

Davis L. "Ren" Wilson, 80, of 300 Elba Hwy, Troy, died Thursday, June 27, 2002 at Pike Manor Health Care.

Graveside services will be Saturday, June 29, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Sandfield Cemetery off of Hwy 223 with the Rev. Lavon davis officiating.

Skeen Funeral Home will be directing.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 28, 2002 at Skeen Funeral Home in Troy at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Wilson was born Oct. 3, 1921 in Pike County to Henry Clay Wilson and Alma Juanita Wilson, who both preceded him in death.

Wilson worked in farming and agriculture.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Bessie Mae Ellis, and a brother, Joe H. Wison.

Survivors include one brother, James Carl "Doc" Wilson, of Montgomery; nephews: Louie Wilson, Roy Wilson and Levi Wilson, all of Troy; James Carl Wilson, Jr., of Millbrook, Ala.; Charles and Jackie Wilson, of Prattville; niece: Alma Juanita Jones, of Phenix City, Ala.; sister-in-law: Lizzie Lou Wilson, of Prattville, Ala.


Clarence Edward Griffin

Clarence Edward Griffin, 56, of 8446 County Road 105 in Brundidge, died Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at his residence.

Services will be Monday, July 1, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Ariton. The Rev. L.A. Bonds, Pastor and Rev. Y.Z. Engram will be officiating, and George F. Grubbs Funeral Home will be directing the service.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 30 at noon.

Griffin was born on January 5, 1946 in Dale County, Ala. to Lillie Mae Stewart and the late Willie Clarence Griffin.

He joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at an early age.

He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted family; his wife: Mrs. Rosie Jewel Griffin; one daughter, Vianisa Griffin, of Brundidge, and two sons, Eddie J. Griffin, of Brundidge, and Willie Edward Griffin, of New York; one step-daughter, Mary Jones, and three step-grandchildren of Brundidge; his lovely mother, Mrs. Lillie Mae Stewart, of Brundidge; five wonderful sisters: Mrs. Gracie Adair (Sammy), of Troy, Mrs. Jeanette Williams (Johnnie Lee), of Ariton, Mrs. Annie Miller (Coley), of Ariton, Mrs. Jewel Williams (Roy Lee), of Brundidge, and Rita Boyd (Robert), of Brundidge; three close loving brothers: Jason Griffin (Shirlene), of Ariton, Jerry Stewart (Brenda), of Brundidge, Chris Stewart (Tamara), of Brundidge, and a host of nieces, nephews and many, many friends. Two special loving friends are Ruby and Sersa Boykin, of Elamville, Ala.