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Thomas Francis “Tom” Bonniol 1933-2012

 

Thomas Francis “Tom” Bonniol of Auburn, died on March 25, 2012, at Bethany House in Auburn. He was born on March 2, 1933, in Quincy, Ill. and grew up in Providence, R.I.

He graduated from Providence College and began work with Minute Maid in Orlando. Later, he worked for STP Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He moved to Auburn in 1981 to be director of purchasing for Ampex Corporation and retired as purchasing director of Sony in Dothan, in 1990.

A competitive swimmer in high school, for many years he coached community swim teams and was part of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief team. He was a co-founder of the Auburn-Opelika Parkinson Disease Support Group, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Auburn. When he lived in Hoover, he was an usher at St. Peter’s Catholic Church and coached the Hoover Blue Devil’s Swim Team. Tom enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in their sports activities and was always on the sidelines and in the stands to cheer them on.

His parents, Frances and Francis Bonniol, predeceased him. He is survived by his devoted wife, Betty, his brother Jerry (Betty) of Plano, Texas, his daughters Nikki (Jack) Atkins and Noelle Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his son, Kenneth (Cathy) of Cranston, R.I., his grandchildren Avery Atkins, Taylor Ann Atkins, Brandon Jones and Christopher and Allison Bonniol, his nephew Tom (Juanice) his niece Debbie (Jerry) and grand nephew Matthew. A memorial service was held at St. Michael’s Church in Auburn, on April 2 at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P. O. Box 780, New York, New York 10008-0780 or online at their website.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.

 

 

Martha Keith Clark 1937-2012

 

Martha Keith Clark, age 75, of Opelika, was born in Alexander City on Feb. 27, 1937, and died at Bethany House in Auburn on April 1. She was born to the late Buster and Mildred Keith. She was of the Baptist faith, a member of Triskadeks, and a member of the Happy Travelers Camping Club. She retired from Auburn University Printing Service after 30 plus years of service, and was a volunteer at EAMC for many years.

Clark was preceded in death by her sister, Diane Smith. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ronald E. Clark; two children, Keith (Sherry) Clark and Carla (Sam) Holt; grandchildren, Jarrett Clark, Ben Brand, Seth Brand, Cody Hilliard, Riley Clark, Mindy Darnell, Mary Belenchia, and Leighann Moore; and nine great grandchildren.

Visitation was held on April 4, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

A graveside service was held on April 5, at 11 a.m. at Garden Hills Cemetery. Interment followed the service.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed.

 

 

Ruby W. McCall 1916-2012

 

A funeral service for Ruby W. McCall, 96 of Auburn, was held at 2 p.m. on April 1, 2012, at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Reverend Carlton Messer officiated. Burial was held in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation was on Saturday from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., prior to the service at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.

McCall was born on Jan. 15, 1916, in Covington City. She passed away on March 28, 2012, at Bethany House in Auburn. She was a longtime resident of Lee County. She attended Troy State Teachers College and was retired from West Point Pepperell Mgf. Company. Following retirement, she owned and operated McCall’s Family Restaurant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard McCall, Sr. and daughter, Sallie Barber.

McCall is survived by her son, Richard (Brenda) McCall of Auburn; daughters, Geraldine Denton of Birmingham, Marie (Allen) Bradley of Houston, Texas; sister, Thelma Williamson of Gantt; brothers, Loran (Sue) Williamson of Jackson, S.C., Jarrell Williamson of Virginia Beach, Va.; five grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed.

 

Peggy M. Craft 1927-2012

 

Peggy M. Craft, age 85 of Opelika, was born in Wilmington, N.C. on Feb. 19, 1927, and died at Bethany House in Auburn on April 2.

Graveside services for Mrs. Craft will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at Rosemere Cemetery.

Fredericks Funeral Home is directing.

 

 

Mamie L. Havron 1926-2012

 

A funeral service for Mamie L. Havron, 85, of Auburn was held at 11 a.m. on April 3, in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home. The service was officiated by Pastor Gerald Sykes and Father Daniel Havron. Interment followed in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was held on April 2, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fredericks Funeral Home.

Havron was born July 30, 1926 in Telfair County, Ga., the third child of the late William and Ina Underwood. She passed away on March 29, 2012, at Arbor Springs Health and Rehab Center. Havron and her late husband, Henry R. Havron, moved to Auburn in 1949, and always loved being a part of the Auburn community. Havron was preceded in death by her brothers Preston and John Underwood and the love of her life for 59 years Henry R. Havron. She is survived by her sister Rosa Mae Covington, Phenix City; five children: daughter Brenda H. Crawford, Woodstock, Ga., Ronald D. (Linda) Havron, Daphne, Colonel, USAF, Retired William I. (Shirley) Havron, Montgomery, Lieutenant Colonel, USA, Retired, Raymond E. (Lorraine) Havron, Meridian, Miss. and Darrell Alan Havron, Auburn.  In addition, she is survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Havron’s four sons served as pallbearers at the service.

The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Springs and the loving and caring staff of Southern Care Hospice of Montgomery.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed.

 

 

Kathleen Sasser Mangram 1922-2012

 

Kathleen Sasser Mangram, age 89, of Opelika, passed away peacefully on March 30, at her home with family in attendance. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Opelika.

Mangram was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Mangram; parents, Clifford Otto Sasser Sr. and Lillie Mae Sasser; and her brother, Otto Sasser, Jr.

She is survived by her sons, William Craig (Linda) Mangram of Opelika; Bradley Guy (Ann) Mangram of Smiths Station; nephews, Steve Sasser, of Atlanta; Rich Sasser (Joyce), of Columbus, Ga.; niece, Susan Cherry (Henry), of Columbus, Ga.; and many great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on April 2, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Scoggins officiated. Interment followed the service in Rosemere Cemetery.

Visitation was held on April 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Fredericks Funeral Home directed.

 

Anthony Travis Whatley 1944-2012

 

Anthony “Tony” Travis Whatley, age 67, of Opelika, was born in Lee County on Nov. 17, 1944, and died at his home under the care of hospice on March 29, 2012. He was born to the late Travis Moore Whatley and Kathleen Maude Schubert Whatley.

Whatley was an amateur musician, writer of poetry and avid reader. He was a devoted husband and father, and will be remembered with great affection and love.

Whatley was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Edward Whatley. He is survived by his wife Cathryn J. Whatley; son, Christopher Anthony Whatley; brother, Rex Alan Whatley of Opelika; sisters, Carry Ross of Bradenton, Fla., Sandra Whatley of Venice, Fla., Sharon Bowling of Auburn, and Amy Lybrand of Cragford; nephews, Creg Ross of Holmes Beach, Fla., Travis Whatley of Auburn, and Eric Whatley of Jacksonville; nieces, Tracy Rafaniello of Venice, Fla., Dusty Harris of Auburn, Jessica Lybrand of Jacksonville and Kayla Whatley of Opelika; and good friend and first cousin, Dan Whatley.

A funeral service was held on April 1, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at Fredericks Funeral Home. The Rev. Josh Spivey officiated. Interment followed the service at Garden Hills Cemetery.

Visitation was held prior to the service from 1 p.m. until the funeral hour.

The family would like to give special thanks to the caring staff of Hospice Advantage.

Fredericks Funeral Home directed

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