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PAGE 6 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2017 BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Bethel Baptist Church members and Pastor De- wayne Geoghagan wel- comes everyone to their services. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Ser- vices 11 a.m. and 6 p.m Wednesday night Bible Study 7 p.m. For more info call (850) 834-3440. Bethel Baptist Church is located on Highway 331 South, Paxton, FL. CHAPEL HILL BAPTIST CHURCH Chapel Hill Baptist Church members invite you to join their servic- ANSWER CHURCH es on Sundays at 9:45Services held Thurs- a.m. for Sunday School; day 7 p.m. with Bible 11 a.m. for Morning Study and worship ser- Worship; Sunday eve- viceonSundaysat2p.m. ning services at 5 p.m. Prayers for the sick. Wednesday Worship Located at 1294 Hwy. and Prayer service be- 85 N Clear Springs, FL. gins at 6:30 p.m. Ladies' Sady Persaud, pastor meetings are on the third 850-892-6173. Thursday of each month in different homes at CHURCH OF CHRIST 6:30 p.m. Located seven The Church of Christ miles east of Florala on at Florala meets at 827 Hwy 54. Call 858-6843 3rd Street (Hwy 55) Flo- or 858-6074. rala. Sunday - Bible study Cookbooks for sale 9 a.m. and 10 a.m wor- $10. Contact any mem- ship service 11 a.m. Greg ber. Smith is evangelist. CHRIST IS THE CHURCH ON Sunday morning Bible CHURCH THE ROCK study classes, 9:45 a.m Damascus Baptist Church on the Rock, Worship Service, 11 Church extends an invi- located at 2453 Martin a.m.; Wednesday prayer tation to everyone to at- Luther King St Florala, service 6:30 p.m. tend Sunday School 10 at the Carver Community Clear Springs Bap- a.m. and church 11 a.m. Center invites all to their tist Church is located at The church is located on 11 a.m. Sunday service. 1284 Highway 85 N. the Wing highway. Pastor is Tameika Web- ster. CROSSROADS ENON BAPTIST For more informationASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH call334-208-7474. Sunday School 10 Pastor Judd Holder- a.m worship servicefeld and Enon Baptist 11 a.m. The church isChurch extend an open located in the Harrison invitation to everyone to Curve Community, 2678attend worship services Co. Hwy. 147 W, (Har-each Sunday. Sunday rison Curve community) School begins at 10 a.m Paxton, FL. and Sunday worship ser- see CHURCH page 7 DAMASCUS BAPTIST CLEAR SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. John Knopes, pastor and congregation of Clear Springs Baptist Church invites all to wor- ship, fellowship and cel- ebrate God's presence. JOHN W. HARRISON, JR. March 5, 1939 - August 22, 2017 John W. Harrison, Jr was born March 5, 1939, in Florala, and went to his heavenly home on Au- gust 22, 2017. He was preceded in death by par- ents, John W. Harrison, Sr. and Linnie Spann Harrison; and sister, Lin- nie Gennella McDaniel. John's military ser- vice was in the Army Re- serves. During and after that time he married, had children, earned a degree at Troy Universi- ty, settled in Valparaiso, FL, and got a job at Ruck- el Middle School where he taught for thirty years. During that time he was an art teacher and coach. His baseball team held records for wins that have not been broken. John enjoyed sporting clays, fishing, and hunt- ing quail, deer, turkey and pheasant. He illustrat- ed published books, and he excelled at carpentry. He built not only furniture, but with the help of his sons, built a house for his family. After retirement, John continued to enjoy his hobbies as well as volunteering to help Valparaiso Garden Club and his wife with their projects. He enjoyed travelling and backpacking in various beautiful national and state parks. Survivors include wife of 26 years, Marie Har- rison, and her family who also loved him; children, Sophie Claire Meyer (Butch) and daughter, Chel- sea Meyer; Dolly Jill Stuckey (John) and daughter Emily Stuckey; sons, John W. "Tray" Harrison III and Joseph Jay Harrison; grandsons, Maxwell and Douglas Livingston and their mother, Christina (Doug), as well as nieces Amy Smith (Scott), and Melanie Harrison. He will be remembered for his enduring love of his children, grandchildren, and extended family. A burial service was held at Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso on August 24 for his immediate family. Friends are invited to join the family in celebrat- ing his life on Thursday, August 31, at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 44 South Avenue, Valparaiso. Light refreshments will be served after the service in the Fellowship Hall. John will be missed by all who knew him. If desired, donations can be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation ( View his memorial at ( Friends may sign his guest book and share thoughts and memories of John. CATHERINE RODWELL June 17, 1902- August 28, 2017 Catherine Rodwell, 95, died Monday, August 28, in a Dothan, AL hospital after a brief illness. She had been a resident of Florala for over 62 years. Born Catherine Jolley Robbins on June 17, 1902, in Florence, AL, to John Overton Robbins and Pau- line Curtis Jolley, she was the only daughter in a family of five boys, but from an early age she was always determined that whatever her brothers could do, she would do too! That attitude, coupled with a natural athleticism, would lead to prowess in the sport of tennis. Her notable amateur career was marked by several tournament wins in north Alabama and regional acclaim. Her childhood was scarred by the death of her father, a merchant, when she was just 14, followed by annual family moves from house to house in Florence. After graduating from Coffee High School, an aunt enabled her to attend Larimore Business School. Thereafter, she was employed for 13 years by Union Carbide Corporation in nearby Sheffield, eventually becoming confidential secre- tary to the plant superintendent of their Electro- Metallurgical division. On December 4, 1954, she married Florala banker Edward Pearson Rodwell, Jr in Florence at the home of her "second mother" Mrs. Marian Miller. She was soon busy raising two sons and a step-son in Florala, and found herself frequently sporting yards full of neighborhood boys for over two decades, earning the nickname "Coach" in the process. She was a diligent transporter of various little league baseballers and a faithful supporter of her boys in high school football. Raised a Methodist, Catherine joined the Flo- rala Presbyterian Church and regularly hosted Circle meetings, taught Sunday School classes and helped facilitate countless Vacation Bible School sessions. She was a member of the local study club, History Club, Garden Club and a long-time supporter of Florala Memorial Library. In 1975, she became a director of the First National Bank of the South. Those who were privileged enough to have known Catherine Rodwell will always remem- ber her love of dogs, birds and flowers, and God help the poor squirrel who tried to raid the bird feeder. Her trusty BB gun was always convenient- ly parked behind the porch door. She was never happier than when she was behind the wheel of a spiffy new vehicle whether it be a car, truck, or golf cart--or Watching tennis, golf and football on TV-- or spending time with her boys, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding Catherine in death were husband, Edward; and brothers, Henry, John, Mason, Pres and Bill. Survivors include sons, William, of Flo- rala and John (husband of Ginger) of Navarre, FL, and son, Robert (husband of Judy) of Henderson- ville, NC; two granddaughters, Madison Rodwell and Savannah Rodwell, both of Orlando, FL: granddaughter, Kelsey Murphy (wife of Ryan)of Bedford, MA and grandson Seth Rodwell (husband of Susan) of Homewood, AL; and four great-grand- children, Sawyer, Penelope Catherine, Reece and Finley. Funeral service will be held Friday, September 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Florala with visitation to precede the service at 3 p.m. at the church. Graveside service will be held afterwards at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Florala. DORIS JEAN PICKRON WANG CATO October 06, 1940 - August 25, 2017 Doris J. Cato, age 76, went home to be with the LordAugust 25, 2017. She was born October 6, 1940 in Florala. Doris was a lov- ing mother and wife. She loved church and singing in the choir. She worked at Franklin Ferguson for over 30 years and man-I aged the Tom" Thumb for 20 years, before retiring in 2006. She was preceded in death by husband, Paul Cato; mother and father, Marie and Elvin Wang; and brother, Royce Wang. Survivors include daughters, Diane Franklin and husband, Sam, of Laurel Hill, FL, Brenda Turner and husband, Jimmy, of Thomson, GA; son, Michael Cato and wife, Sandy, of Laurel Hill; grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Odom, Kim Grey, Crystal and Ryan Smith, Lindsey and Joey Cato, Rebecca Byrd, Brenda and Jennifer; sister, Peggy Wang; sister-in-law, Mary Wang; 14 grand- children; and an abundance of extended love ones including numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 2 p.m Monday, Au- gust 28 from Evans Funeral Home with Wendall Ard officiating. Interment followed in the Svea Cemetery. Join in remembering Doris Cato by visiting a memorial at Through this site share thoughts and fond memories with the family. CLARENCE WALLACE September 26, 1933 - August 25, 2017 Clarence Wallace, age 83, of Florala, passed away August 25, 2017. He was born September 26, 1933 in Foley, AL to James Wallace and Sarah Bettis. Clarence worked in the wood production industry most of his life until ill health forced his retirement. He had what his family refered to as a "generous personality" al- ways willing to help or as- sist anyone in need. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards and dominoes. His greatest leagacy, however was the immeasur- able mark he left on his family. Known to them as Clarence, Click and PawPaw he will forever hold a dear and precious place in each of their hearts. Clarence was preceded in death by wife, Marie Stone Wallace; father, James Wallace; mother, Sarah Bettis; brothers, Herbert Wallace and Floyd Roof; sisters, Earline Durham and Mary Catherine Bettis. Survivors include daughters, Joann Wallace- Toombs of Miami, Marilyn Wallace-Barnes and husband, Alexander, all of Miami, Aileen Rainey of Macon, GA and Melissa Hobdy of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; son, Andre Lee and wife, Natasha, of Phoenix, AZ; brothers, Ulysses Roof of Ft. Walton Beach, Ronnie Bettis and wife, Susie, of Florala and Sulli- van Hunter of Alaska; sisters, Joann Riddle of Fo- ley, Regina Lawrence of Portland, OR, Rose Mary Pettway of Mobile, AL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and an abundance of extended love ones including numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held 2 p.m Tuesday, August 29 at Evans Funeral Home with Reverend Robyn Burnett officiating. Clarence's family would like to offer their heartfelt appreciation to Southern Care Hospice and Connie Buckley for their support dur- ing his illness. Join in remembering Clarence Wallace by vis- iting a memorial at Through this site share houghts and fond memo- ries with the family. TERESA CASSADY August 17, 1962- August 23, 2017 Teresa Cassady, age 55, of Florala, passed away August 23, 2017. She was born August 17, 1962 in Ft. Payne, AL to Na- than Rippey and Janice McGraw Rippey. Teresa worked in the textile industry in Florala for many years. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, and was an avid fisherman. Her greatest legacy, how- ever was the immeasur- able mark she left on her sons and and grandchildren. Known to them as mom and granny she will forever hold a dear and precious place, in 'each of their hearts. She was preceded in death by father, Nathan Rippey; and mother, Janice McGraw Rippey. Survivors include sons, Nathan Cassady and wife, Michelle, and Caley Cassady and wife, Kim- berly, all of Florala; sister, Mary Hall; brother, Ter- ry Kelley and wife, Kelly, all of DeFuniak Springs, FL; 4 grandchildren; the father of her'two sons, Larry Cassady of Mossy Head, FL; and sister-in- law, Barbara Sue Dennis of Florala. Services were held 2 p.m Sunday, August 27 from Evans Funeral Home with Rex Cassady of- ficiating. Interment followed in Enon Cemetery. Join in remembering Teresa Cassady by visiting a memorial at Through this site share thoughts and fond memories with the family. JAMES EDWARD SORRELLS August 8, 1940- August 27, 2017 James Edward Sorrells, age 77, of Red Level, AL, passed away August 27, 2017. He was born in Covington County on Au- gust 8, 1940 to Robert Ed- ward Sorrells and Cath- erine Lee Worthington. James worked as a logger in the wood production in- dustry for most of his life. He was an avid fisherman and spent countless hours in the lakes, ponds, riv- ers and creeks of south Alabama. James enjoyed watching Westerns. He was often found on Satur- day afternoons in front of his TV watching WCW wrestling. Nothing was more important to James than his family. Known to them as James, Old Man, Daddy and Paw Paw he will forever hold a dear and precious place in each of their hearts. He was preceded in death by wife, Barbara Sorrells; son, James Robert (Buck) Sorrells; father, Robert Sorrells; and mother, Catherine Hoskins. Survivors include daughters, Joyce Wixey of Onycha, AL, Brenda Henderson and husband, Da- vid, of Laurell Hill, FL, Judy Watson and husband, Jimmy, of Florala, Angela Dunnigan and hus- band, Buddy, of Brooklyn, AL, Phillis Smith and husband, George, of Bradenton, FL, and Melissa Barbarow of Andalusia, AL; sons, Albert Sorrells of Opp, AL, William Sorrells and wife, Debbie, of Bradenton, FL and Phillip Sorrells of Red Level; 26 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m Wednesday, August 30 from Evans Funeral Home with Rever- end John Bell officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairmount Cemetery in Red Level. Join in remembering James Sorrells by visiting a memorial at Through this site share thoughts and fond memories with the family. f