5-22 Obituaries


David Tillison

David Tillison Eastridge, age 43, of Opelika, passed away May 17 at his home.  He loved his family, Alabama football and his hound dogs. David enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Tillison Eastridge.
Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Alverson Eastridge; sons, “Little David” and Judd Eastridge; mother, Cora Fullerton Reames, sisters, Cherrie (Guy) Smith, Rhonda (Bob) Boothe and Melinda (Kenny) Whitaker; brother, Colin Reames; father and mother in law, Bobby and Martha Alverson; and many special nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held May 19 in the chapel of Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home with Reverends Jim Brooks and Scott Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Valley. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. May 18 at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.jeffcoattrant.com.

Jeanette Wood

A graveside service for Mrs. Jeanette Wood, 96, of Auburn, Alabama, was 11 a.m. May 20 at Garden Hills Cemetery. Reverend Earl Ballard officiated.
Visitation was May 20 from 10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wood passed away at Bethany House May 17. She was born June 12, 1918, in Red Springs, North Carolina.
Mrs. Wood survived in death by her daughter, Betty (Irvin) Bell; 9 grandchildren, Terri (Mark) Jupin, Pam (Steve) Renfroe, Cindy (Rocky) Mayeur, Tracy (Keith) Jordan, Sherri (Don) Jennings, Jeanna Dauphinee, Debbie (Mark) Enoch, Christina (Glenn) Ross, Kevin Newcomb; 22 great-grandchildren; 8 great great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Woody Newcomb. She is preceded in death by her daughters, Bobbie Coleman and Linda Newcomb.
Mrs. Wood dedicated her life to caring for newborn babies, then later in life caring for the elderly.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home directed.

Dr. Bob Brewer

Funeral service for Dr. Bob Brewer, 81, of Auburn, Alabama, was 3 p.m. May 13 at Auburn First Baptist Church. Reverend Tripp Martin officiated. A private burial will be held in Auburn Memorial Park. Visitation is Wednesday 12-3 p.m. at Auburn First Baptist Church.
Dr. Brewer passed away at Midtown Medical Center, Columbus, Georgia, on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  He born February 24, 1934 in Phil Campbell, Alabama.  Dr. Brewer served Auburn University as a professor for 36 years, the last 15 years as Head of Poultry Science.  He was a member of the Auburn First Baptist Church and member and past President of the Auburn Kiwanis Club.  Dr. Brewer was also a member of the Auburn University Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Dr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Jane Brewer of Auburn; son, Robert (Brenda) Brewer of Hiawassee, Georgia; grandsons, Clay and Chris Brewer; granddaughter, Erica Roach; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Jarvis (Mary) Brewer of Rogersville, Alabama.
The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers and suggest a memorial be made in Dr. Brewer’s name to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or P.O. BOX 840692 Dallas TX 75284-0692.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing.

Eleanor Brokaw New

Eleanor Brokaw New, a longtime resident of Memphis, Tenn., died on May 11, 2015. She reached room temperature, at age 98, in Opelika, Ala. Eleanor was born on Oct. 28, 1916 in Stuttgart, Ark., the daughter of Frank Marion and Vaughn Easley Brokaw. To those who didn’t call her “E-leanor,” she was known as Mimmsy, Nanny or Lee.
Eleanor retired from the Maintenance Department of the Memphis Board of Education in 1984. She wholeheartedly enjoyed working with the men in the shop and laughed for decades about the jokes they lovingly played on her.
She was active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the Christian Home Builders Class and United Methodist Women. When she was in her late 70s, she went on a mission trip to the Solomon Islands. She was also a longtime volunteer with The King’s Daughters and Sons.
Eleanor liked to travel and she was always planning her next trip. Her many adventures included numerous trips to Europe (including Russia) and a stop in Australia. Her ready laugh and twinkling eyes compensated for language barriers and she made friends everywhere she went.
Her greatest talents were knitting and games. She would challenge anyone to any board or card game. Her favorite card game was Bridge, at which she was exceptionally skilled. She also enjoyed the funny pages, old movies, puns, crossword puzzles, Sinatra, and a cup of good coffee.
In addition to her parents and sisters, Josephine Brokaw and Marion Ruth Barrett, she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter-in-law Karen New and cherished grandson Stephen New (KIA in Afghanistan).
She leaves three children Joyce (John) Newland, James B. New, and William F. (Michelle) New; her grandchildren, who were all her favorite…for their age: Laura (Jayson) Hill, Frank (Mary Margaret) Newland, Kathryn (Craig) Ammon, Erick (Suzanne) New, Christopher New, and Rachel (Andy) Schelb; and great grandchildren: Evan, Vaughn, and Rhys Ammon; Garner and Gregory New; Emory, Knox and Julia Newland; and Reed Schelb. Her extended family includes Carol and Tommy Oates; Carolyn Oates (Park) Ballentine, Thomas Day Oates, Jr., Murff (Duncan) Galbreath, Dixon Oates, and Taliaferro (Kate) Oates; Will Ballantine; Day, Will, and Mary Abbay Galbreath; and Henley and Tolly Murff Oates.
Donations in her honor may be directed to the Christian Home Builders Class at St. Luke’s UMC (480 S. Highland, Memphis, TN 38111) or The Radio Reader at Troy University Public Radio (Troy University Wallace Hall/Troy, AL 36082)
Visitation will be at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home Friday, May 15, 2015, from 5-7 p.m.  A memorial service in Memphis, Tenn., will be announced at a later date.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing.



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