Daisy Marie Croley
The funeral service for Daisy Marie Croley, age 73, of Opelika was Wednesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Chapel. Burial was at Garden Hills Cemetery. Reverend Mark McCarty officiated. Visitation was held previously from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home.
Ms. Croley, who died Sunday, July 12, at EAMC, was born February 25, 1942, in Dale County, Alabama. She enjoyed a long career in nursing before retirement.
She was preceded in death by her father, Sturgeon Daniel Gullage, her mother Estelle Mathis Gullage, her sister, Jewell Pitts and her brother Gerald Gullage.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Rufus) Langley and Donna Long; grandchildren, Jonathan Langley and Kacie (Cliff) Credle; great-grandson, Brycen Credle; sister-in-law, Jean Gulledge; and several nieces and nephews.
Linda S. McCormick
Linda S. McCormick, age 73, of Auburn, passed away July 12 at Bethany House. She was born in McMinnville, Tenn., on October 6, 1941, to Fred and Vera Bennett Swann.
Mrs. McCormick had been a resident of Auburn since 1944. She was a member of the Auburn United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school there for a number of years. She was also a member of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association, Auburn Campus Club, and the Opelika-Auburn Pilot Club. Linda was much loved by family, friends, and classmates.
She is survived by her husband, Robert F. McCormick, Jr., of Auburn; son, Michael John McCormick, of Shelbyville, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Amelia Ann McCormick and Cole Austin McCormick both of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Funeral service was at 4 pm CST July 15 at Auburn UMC Founder’s Chapel with Dr. George Mathison officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made in her name to the Walking Horse Trainers Association-WHTA or the Glenn C. Dowell Jr. Family Scholarship, P.O. Box 61, Shelbyville, TN 37162.
Mrs. Eula Mae Brewer Prophitt, a warm and gracious lady, was born on May 10, 1904, in Our Town, Alabama. She was Lee County’s oldest person as she celebrated her 111th birthday this year before passing away on July 8, 2015.
Mrs. Prophitt was orphaned when she was six years old and lived with several families. At seven years of age she was adopted by a school teacher and his wife, and at age nine years went to live with her brother, James William Brewer where at age 11, she began working at Avondale Mills in Alexander City.
Mrs. Prophitt vividly remembered seeing Theodore Roosevelt at Berry Jackson’s Crossing while he was campaigning for the Presidency in 1912. This was one of her many remembrances as a young girl. In her long life she had the opportunity to see and experience the changes of the world that only a few people have been allowed to do.
Eula Mae and Willis Guary Prophitt were married on March 10, 1923, and after their first two daughters, Ruby Frances and Mary Elisabeth, were born, her husband was stricken with a disease that affected his heart and left him unable to walk for about six years. Later they were blessed with daughters Willard Carolyn and Dorothy Jeanette, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
During her life, Mrs. Eula Mae Prophitt worked in several textile mills including Avondale Mills, Mr. Vernon Mills, M. Snower Mill, Pepperell Manufacturing Company, Swift Spinning Mills, and Opelika Manufacturing, where she retired at age 66.
When her husband became a Church of God pastor, Mrs. Prophitt served with him teaching young people in Sunday School for 37 years. She was known for taking care of needy people, feeding and housing them. Their home was always open to anyone in need, whether it was a good meal or a place to rest and get a new start.
She was widowed in 1989, and she continued to independently maintain her home until age ninety, and then lived with her eldest daughter, Ruby and her husband, Lewis. She continued to enjoy a little gardening, and her beautiful flowers, and still cooked for anyone wanting a good meal that was served with southern hospitality.
Mrs. Eula Prophitt, affectionately known as “Granny”, has withstood many of life’s adversities and was a blessing and inspiration to her family, neighbors and many friends, whose lives are infinitely better for having been touched by her care and concern for their happiness and well-being.
Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Reverend W. Guary Prophitt: daughters, Willard Carolyn Prophitt and Mary Elisabeth Prophitt Croom ; brother, James W. Brewer.
Survived by: daughters, Ruby P. Worthington of Opelika and Dorothy Jeanette Coggins of Leeds, Alabama; grandchildren: Bobby L. Worthington (Margaret) of Opelika; Betty W. Stallings (John) of Opelika; Gary Coggins (Marsha) of Chelsea, Alabama; Terry Coggins (JoAnne) of Birmingham, Alabama; Sherri Coggins Griffis (Jimmy) of Trussville, Alabama; John E. Croom (Sally) of Birmingham, Alabama, Ann Croom Grove (Robbie) of Fountain Inn, SC.
Great-grandchildren: Mike Veasey (Marcy) of Opelika; Keith Hatchett (Lisa) of Huntington Beach, CA; Wendy Worthington Donaldson of Wichita, KS, Christi Worthington Story of Opelika, AL; Robin Coggins Calvert (Glenn) of Wilsonville, AL; Krista Coggins of Chelsea, AL; Erika Coggins Watkins (Joel) of Westover, AL; Seth Croom (Cristen) of Odenville, AL; Matthew Croom (Ariel) of Birmingham, AL; Kimberly Griffis, Chandler Griffis, and Dylan Griffis of Trussville, AL , Franklin Grove, Nathan Grove, and Margaret Grove Ferro (Cris) of Fountain Inn, SC.
Great-great grandchildren: Michael Veasey and Mallory Veasey of Opelika, AL; Lauren Story and Joshua Story of Opelika, AL; Madison McCoy of Wilsonville, AL; Connor Croom and David Croom of Odenville, AL. Peyton Watkins of Westover, AL; James Hatchett and Amanda Hatchett of California.
Mrs. Prophitt leaves a beloved cousin, Emma Gean Knotts (Bill) of Opp, AL.
Pallbearers: Bobby L. Worthington, Gary Coggins, Terry Coggins, John Croom, Mike Veasey and John Stallings. Honorary pallbearers: Michael Veasey, Joshua Story, Seth Croom, Matthew Croom, Chandler Griffis, Dylan Griffis, and Zachary Kervin.
Reverend Isaac Kervin officiated at services held on Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home. Visitation was one hour prior to service at 1 p.m. Burial followed the service at Garden Hills.
The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to everyone who shared Granny’s life: Micki Fincher, Annette McRay, Anthony Hamby and family, Linda Buchanan, James and Mary Johnson, Barbara and Travis Breedlove, the staff of AlaCare Hospice, Dr. Michael Gunter and staff, the Worthington family, the Prophitt family and the many friends too numerous to mention.
Alicia “Lee” Waddington, 94, of Dover, Ohio passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia. She was born on March 8, 1921 to Arthur and Mary Nichols at Union Hospital near their home on the Boulevard in Dover, Ohio.
She is survived by her siblings, Elodea “Penny” Zurcher, Arthur Nichols Jr., and Joann Hammond all of Dover; her son, Max D. (Shirley) Waddington Jr. of Opelika, Alabama; a granddaughter, Michelle (Jeff) Steiner of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandsons, Max D. (Alisha) Waddington III of Alpharetta, Georgia and Thomas M. (Jordan) Waddington of Canton, Georgia; her great granddaughters, Blaire Waddington and Ashley and Megan Steiner; a great grandson, Otis Samuel Waddington and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
Alicia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 72 years, Max D. Waddington Sr. who passed away on January 5, 2015; a son, Jon; two brothers, Ralph and Albert Nichols and two sisters, Valia Nichols and Josephine McKnight.
Alicia grew up on the Boulevard in Dover back when it was residential and was one of the Nichols girls. She graduated from Dover High School in 1938. Alicia married Max Dale Waddington and lived with his parents in Pleasant Valley until he returned from World War II Naval service. Upon his return, Max’s father gave them three adjacent acres where they built the home that is now 2081 Pleasant Valley Road, using the money she saved while living with his parents. Alicia worked as a waitress at the Dutch Oven Restaurant and then at Hammond Dry Cleaners. Always very active in social events with family and friends in both Dover and New Philadelphia, she had many friends. Alicia was very athletic, and excellent bridge player and a very good lady golfer.
In 1960 Alicia moved to Opelika, Alabama with her husband and son who was a senior in high school. It was an excellent opportunity for her husband in his profession and son to later attend and graduate from Auburn University. Alicia had an active social life in Opelika as a member of several bridge clubs, the azalea garden club and the hospital auxiliary. She also enjoyed other hobbies such as pottery making, crocheting and playing golf. In the mid 1960’s the family leased property from Alabama Power Company on Lake Martin and the weekends at the lake began. Alicia enjoyed the environment as many of her friends would come up for the weekend and many later built cabins nearby. Max would fish and Lee would cook up whatever he caught. She always looked back fondly at the time at the lake cabin, beach, swimming and boating.
Alicia and her husband, Max, returned to live in Dover in 1985 to be near family and friends. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dover. Alicia never met a stranger as her quick wit and superior memory seemed to fascinate all she met. Staying socially active she delighted many people, family and friends with her wit and crocheting handy work. She adored her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover. A funeral service celebrating Alicia’s life followed at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Dave St. Aubin officiating. Burial followed in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia. Following the committal service a family luncheon was held in the Hospitality Room in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover.
Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Alicia by visiting the funeral home website, www.geibcares.com.
Contributions may be made in Alicia’s memory to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.