2-20 Obituaries


Carol Robison Painter

Memorial service for Carol Robison Painter, 64, of Opelika was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel.
Mrs. Painter passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. She was born July 7, 1950, in Big Stone Gap, Va., and had lived in Opelika for the past 13 years. She loved her cats and her rose garden.
Mrs. Painter is survived by her husband Clark Painter; daughter Michele Toney Tarves; step-daughter Jodi Crane; four grandchildren, Sydney Toney, Sawyer Tarves, Dawson Tarves, Parker Tarves; two step grandchildren; and two brothers, Dennis Robison and Kevin Robison.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.

Gregory Edwin

Gregory Edwin Emerick, 51, of Cusseta passed away Monday, February 9, 2015. He was born September 14, 1963 in Indiana. He was preceded in death by his mother Wanda Emerick and sister Tammy Emerick Goff. Mr. Emerick is survived by his father Loruen B. Emerick; brother Jeff Emerick; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.www.jeffcoattrant.com.

J. W. Siggers

Funeral service for J. W. Siggers, 77, of Waverly was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. The burial was held in Garden Hills Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Mr. Siggers passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at East Alabama Medical Center.
He was born July 6, 1937, in Randolph County. He had lived most of his life in Hugley and the past 16 years in Waverly.
Mr. Siggers was a member of Ridge Road Baptist Church and was retired from West Point Pepperell. He was a family man, and he loved his Lord and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Emma Sue Nolen; his son, Mike Stoker; and his brother, Thomas Siggers.
Survivors include his wife Loette Adams Siggers of Waverly; daughters Mary Lou Siggers Laws of Roanoke, Patsy (Donald) DeLee of Alex City; grandchildren Mindy Horn, Kayla (Thorley) Weathers, Kaygan (Schyler) Benefield, Zoe Johnson, Russell (Nicole) DeLee, Carrie (Casey) Smith; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Cecil (Pete) Turner and Frances Clark.
Flowers were accepted, or donations may be made to Ridge Road Baptist Church.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.

Mary Ann Drake

Mary Ann Drake, longtime resident of Opelika, died peacefully Feb. 12, 2015, at the Bethany House in Auburn. Born on April 6, 1932, to George Edward and Helen Gothard Shippey in Chattanooga, Tenn., she and her family became residents of Opelika in 1945. She was married to Kyle S. Drake Jr., on Aug. 30, 1952.
She is survived by her husband and their three sons and their wives: Randall (Renee) of Brentwood, Tenn., Russell (Jay) of Hoover and Kyle (Pam) of Opelika; grandchildren Corrie and Mallory of Birmingham, Justin (Victoria) of Russellville, Ky., Melissa of Memphis, Tenn., and Christian of Brentwood, Tenn.
Mary Ann graduated from Clift High School in Opelika in 1951 and attended Alabama College for Women in Montevallo in the college of Home Economics. She was dedicated to making a Christian home for her family and regularly enjoyed the art of cooking and homemaking. She particularly enjoyed working in the cafeterias of Northside Elementary School and Scott Preparatory School, where her exceptional culinary skills could be utilized and her naturally outgoing personality could find expression with the students, faculty and staff.
She was a devoted and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Washington-Flewellen Ladies Class and the Flower Ministry. Over the years, in addition to cooking, she enjoyed gardening, raising African Violets, weaving woolen rugs, cross-stitching and the development of flower beds in the yard of her home.
She was awarded the Opelika Beautification Award in 2007. During those years she was a member of a number of garden clubs, study clubs and interest groups whose focus was aligned with her interests at that time.
Mary Ann’s family would like to express its grateful appreciation to Dr. Linda Farmer and all of the staff of the EAMC Cancer Center, the staff of Southern Home Care, the staff of Hospice Advantage, to all of those at the Bethany House whose professional and considerate care were so lovingly provided and to all of her friends whose faithful visits were a continuing source of encouragement, joy and happiness.
In addition, the family would like to acknowledge the attentive care and loving concern of two of her very dearest friends, Tamera Mills and Odessa Taylor, who were a constant source of love and compassion throughout her illness, for which Mary Ann’s family will always be grateful.
A memorial service was planned for 11 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the Sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, preceded by a time of visitation beginning at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Burial was at Garden Hills Cemetery at a private family service earlier in the day. The Rev. Earl Ballard and the Rev. James Q. Smith, Chaplain for the Bethany House, conducted the services.
The family respectfully declined the gifts of flowers and suggested that memorial gifts be directed to the Trinity United Methodist Church, the EAMC Foundation for the Cancer Center or, owing to Mary Ann’s interest in animal welfare, to one of the local or national animal welfare organizations, or to the charity of your choice.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.

Whitney Moore

Funeral service for Whitney Moore Meadows, 35, of Auburn was held at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. The Revs. Scott Kaak and Randy Woodham officiated. Burial was held in Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 12:30-2 p.m. prior to the service at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Whitney was born Jan. 26, 1980, in Lee County. She had lived all of her life in Auburn and worked at Miss Deanna’s Daycare in Auburn.
Survivors include her daughters Lilly and Lawler Meadows of Auburn; parents Jerry and Beth Meadows of Auburn; father Stewart Sherrer of Opelika; grandmother Fay Moore Burns of Auburn; sisters Hailey Meadows and Alicia Meadows of Auburn; Uncle Ray (Mary) Hodson of Auburn; and uncles and nieces.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.

Edwin P.
(Peck) Rowell

Funeral service for Edwin P. (Peck) Rowell, of Loachapoka, was Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road. Burial was held at Loachapoka Cemetery.
The Revs. Dr. Ken Jackson and John Weaver officiated.
Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Mr. Rowell, who died Feb. 11 at UAB Medical Center, was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Loachapoka.
Mr. Rowell was a noted musician and promoter of country music in the area, having his own band since early in his life.  He was honored by the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame in 2014 for his contributions promoting country music in Alabama.  At his Blue Creek Club, on Lake Martin, near Dadeville, he brought in most all the big names in country music of that era, including Ray Price, George Jones, Mel Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell and Merle Haggard.
He loved his family and missed his wife Carolyn, who died in 2004 after a battle with cancer.  They were married 59 years. He was a lifetime member of Loachapoka United Methodist Church.
He is survived by three children: Patsy Rowell, Tim Rowell, and Ernie (Gloria)Rowell; four grandchildren: Mandy (Shane) Filipowski, Jason (Mary) Rowell, Wendy (Chris) Nix, and Andrea (Travis) Merryman; and he had five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as countless friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn, parents Walton A. and Belle M. Rowell, sisters Florence Spencer, Annie Lou Nunn and Lois Daughtry, brothers Howell, Joe, Willie (Teny), Webbie and Woodrow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Loachapoka United Methodist or The Wounded Warrior Project.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed. www.jeffcoattrant.com.


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