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Tuesday, March 28, 2006, Obituaries

Lt. Col (Ret) Raymond Edward Weiss

Lt. Col (Ret) Raymond Edward Weiss, a resident of Dothan, Alabama, died Sunday, March 26, 2006 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was 59 years old.

Funeral services will be held 3 pm Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Anderson officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Park with Byrd Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until 2:45pm Wednesday prior to service time.

Flowers are being accepted or memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 2345 West Main Street, Dothan, AL 36303.

Mr. Weiss was born December 23, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas and he lived there the early years of his life.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and earned his wings at Webb AFB, Texas.

Lt. Col. Weiss served in numerous capacities at Air Force Bases around the world, including, Forbes AFB Kansas, Anderson AFB, Guam, Scott AFB, IL, Eglin AFB, FL and Kadena AFB, in Okinawa, Japan. He was a veteran of Desert Storm having served three tours of duty overseas. He served as a command pilot with over 5,200 hours and pioneered the development of the Combat Rescue Mission as flown today in Air Force Special Operations.

His decorations include the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Services Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Lt. Col. Weiss resided in Panama City, Florida prior to moving to Dothan in 1999.

He was employed with Civil Service at Fort Rucker for the past two years and was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Weiss, Dothan; three sons, Christopher Weiss, and his wife Vicki, Centreville, VA, Allen Weiss and Phillip Weiss both of Dothan; two daughters, Elizabeth Perkins, Haysville, Kansas and Rebecca Strauss, Yorktown, Virginia; six grandchildren; his parents, Reuben and Beatrice Weiss, San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Joyce Jenkins and her husband James and Norma Oefinger and her husband Bobby, San Antonio, Texas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William Allen and Mary Edson, Eufaula, Alabama; brother-in-law Walter Edson and his wife Kristy, Eufaula, Alabama; several nieces and nephews.

Joey Lee Gibson

Joey Lee Gibson, 44, of Troy, died at his home, Saturday, March 25, 2006. Visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home in Troy on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel in Troy on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Mark Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park. The pallbearers are David Gibson, Jr., Mark Gibson, Bill Helms, Cam Hipps, Charles Corley, and Michael Dickey. The honorary pallbearers are Blake Helms, Joseph Dickey, Austin Hipps, and Andy Hipps. Survivors include, Father, Joe Gibson of Troy, Son, Brandon Gibson of Troy, Brother, David Gibson of Troy, Sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah Gibson of Troy, Rita and Cam Hipps of Montgomery, Sandra and Michael Dickey of Troy, Patsy Gibson of Troy, and Bonnie and Bill Helms of Elberta, Alabama, Nieces, Keisha Gibson, Amanda Humphries, Allison Dickey, Anna Helms, and Kelsey Gibson, Nephews, Charles (Edith) Corley, David Gibson, Jr., Mark Gibson, Joseph Dickey, Blake Helms, Kam Gibson, Jake Anderson, and Josh Walker. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leoma Gibson and a brother, Michael Gibson.

Lemuel David &uot;L.D&uot; Veal

Mr. Lemuel David &uot;L.D&uot; Veal, born in Goshen, Ala., on Dec. 27, 1921, was the firstborn son of Franklin Dewey and Mary Jane Phillips Veal.

Mr. Veal died at home on Sunday, March 26, 2006.

He had resided in Youngstown, Fla. since 1954 and had been a Bay County resident since 1946.

Mr. Veal served in both the U. S. Air Force and the U. S. Army during World War II, first joining the Air Force and later being transferred to the Army.

L. D. served honorably in Western Europe during the Second World War.

After returning from active duty, Mr. Veal and his family moved to Panama City, where he began work with International Paper Company, retiring in 1982.

A charter member of the Calloway Men’s Club, Mr. Veal served as president of the Bay County Farm Bureau, the West Florida Cattleman’s Association, and

was on the board of numerous agricultural organizations. Mr. Veal’s family was nominated as Farm Family of the year, winning that award for two years. Mr. Veal was an avid cattleman and farmer. After Mr. Veal’s retirement from International Paper Company, he and his wife, Helen, formed Sweatmore Ranch’s U-Pick Strawberry, Muscadine, and Blueberry Farm.

They were active in the operations of the business until his death.

Mr. Veal is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Helen Folds Veal;

two sisters:

Mrs. Clayton (Sibbie) Warwick and Mrs. Gilbert (Mary Martha) Austin; two brothers: Franklin D. Veal and R.D. Veal; six children: David Veal, Sue Carleton, James Veal, Jan Frederick, Mark Veal, and Ricky Veal. Mr. Veal was blessed with eight grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers: E. D. (Dan) Veal and W. D. (Will) Veal.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Interment will follow.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m.

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Elsie Hueston

Elsie Hueston, 84, of Goshen died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Jackson Hospital In Montgomery.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 27, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Henderson Methodist Church with the Rev. Myron Price, the Rev. Andy Blackmon and the Rev. Marvin Jackson officiating.

Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery with Skeen Funeral Home of Troy directing. She lay

in state from 1:30-2 p.m. prior to the service.

Visitation was Sunday, March 26, 2006, from 6-8 p.m. at Skeen Funeral Home of Troy.

She was born in Coffee County Feb. 19, 1922, to the late John Frank and Mary Lou Kennedy Sanders. She and her husband were missionaries to Mexico for 35 years. She wrote articles about Henderson for The Messenger. She was a long-time member of the Creative Writers Club and was a member of the group responsible for the book, Heritage of Pike County, Alabama. She and her husband were long-time members of the Cornerstone Bible Church, Montgomery. She was a long-time member of the Pike County Historical and Genealogical Society and for the past number of years served as the correspondence secretary.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Hueston and a sister-in-law and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. William George.

She is survived by her husband, William Hueston of Goshen; a son, Frank Hueston of Troy; a daughter, Marian Johnson of Canyon Lake, Texas; seven grandchildren, Erin and Michael Johnson-Garcia of McAllen, Texas, Rebekah Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas, Anthony J. Hurt of Troy, Donovan and Carrie Hueston of Troy and Caleb, Aaron and Sarah Hueston of Coal Township, Penn.; a great-grandchild, Trevor Hueston of Troy; a sister-in-law, Rosa Nell Sanders of Goshen; and a nephew, Benny Sanders of Montgomery.

Memorials may be made to the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas, of Cornerstone Bible Church in Montgomery.