Obits for the week of March 12, 2009

Published 7:48 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2009


SPORT, Mrs. Darcus Ann Williford, 73, a resident of Gantt, AL, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Turner Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Richard Sport officiating. Interment followed in Green Hills Cemetery, Troy, AL with Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing.

Mrs. Sport was preceded in death by one son, William T. “Spud” Sport, Jr.; her parents, Horace E., Sr. and Sallie L. Williford; and two brothers, Dugan Williford and Charlie Williford. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Terry “Willy T.” Sport, Sr.; three children, Connie Moody, Donna (Keith) Swords, and Tim Sport; one daughter-in- law, Deanne G. Sport; six grandchildren, Chris (Andrea) Sport, Kellie (Jared) Snell, Leslie (Chris) Parsons, Lori Beth Swords, Kimberly Vickers, and Russell Vickers; two great-grandchildren, Nathan Sport and Gabrielle Snell; seven sisters, Sandra (Bucky) Walker, Linda Green, Sherry Wood, Faye (Bill) Harp, Kaye (Jim) Stinson, Pam (Ray) Coots, and Cindy (Pete) Whitehead; two brothers, George K. (Lana Jane) Williford and Henry “Fatso” (Diane) Williford; and several nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers were Tim Sport, Keith Swords, Henry “Fatso” Williford, Jim Stinson, Chris Sport and Russell Vickers.

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Dr. Robert E. King, of Port St. Joe, Fla., passed away to the Lord during a restful night at his home on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.

Dr. King was 84 years of age. He was born in Luverne, Ala., on Oct. 8, 1924. He attended Auburn University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry. His dental career and community service expanded over a period of 60 years in Port St. Joe. Dr. King moved to Port St. Joe in 1948 after an honorable service with the Army.

He was an active member of First United Methodist Church, chief of staff of Gulf Pines Hospital, a member of the Kiwanis Club, trustee of Gulf Coast Community College for 27 years and an active participant in the early development and expansion of the college.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet Whitaker King; daughter, Karen Arde King; son, Christopher King and wife, Amy; daughter, Cuyler Hobbs and husband, Mike; and a granddaughter, Kendall Hicks.

A celebration of his life was held at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at First United Methodist in Port St. Joe, conducted by the Rev. Mac Fulcher and the Rev. David Fernandez.


Ova Dell (Wood) Killough, 84, died Friday, March 6, 2009 in a Montgomery hospital following complications from pneumonia. Funeral services were held Monday, March 9, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Union Baptist Church in Honoraville, with the Rev. William Burns officiating and Harrison Funeral Home of Greenville directing. Interment followed in the churchyard cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home directing.

A visitation was held Sunday night, March 8, at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Miss Ova,” as she was known to many, was born January 20, 1925, in Putnam County, Tenn., to an itinerant Baptist preacher, Jesse Ellis Wood and Sarah Belle (Brewer) Wood. She was the couple’s sixth of nine children who lived to adulthood. Following high school, she trained as a practical nurse.

She married Joseph Lamar Killough in March 1946. The couple met when “Mr. Joe” was stationed as a military policeman at a German POW camp near Crossville, Tenn. The Killoughs lived on the family farm in eastern Butler County, near Honoraville, where they raised three daughters: Deborah (Deb), Sara and Angela (Angie).

Mr. Killough passed away in March 2003.

Miss Ova worked as a nurse at the old Speir Hospital in Greenville and in Dr. Philip Speir’s office. She and her husband raised poultry for more than two decades.

For many years, Miss Ova was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a longtime member of Union Baptist Church in Honoraville, where she served in a variety of roles, from Sunday School teacher to Hospitality Chair as long as her health allowed.

She was noted for her southern hospitality, displayed in her warm welcomes and talent for good old-fashioned home-style cooking. An expert seamstress, she kept her three daughters well dressed for any school, church or social event.

Mrs. Killough was preceded in death by five brothers, Ernest, Aubrey, Oscar, Ed and Orlie Wood; one sister, Ada Randolph, and an infant brother.

She is survived by: three daughters, Deborah K. Stafford, Birmingham, Sara (Tony) Torruella of Foley/Orange Beach and Angela (Benny) Long of Honoraville; three grandchildren, Heather (Erik) Lambert of Birmingham, Shannon Franklin of Nashville, Tenn., and Erwin Franklin of Tuscaloosa; two great-grandchildren, Abbigail Lambert and Hope Lambert, and two sisters, Maxine Lewis of Gallatin, Tenn., and Lillie Boswell of Monterey, Tenn., numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

The family extends its deepest gratitude to the staffs at L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital and the MICU at Baptist South for their professionalism and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in C/O Charlie Parson, 857 McGough Lane, Luverne, AL 36049.


MOMAN, Mr. Fred Leamon, 77, a resident of Luverne died Monday, March 9, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Chapel of Turner Funeral Home with Rev. Al Freeman and Rev. Mack Sporman officiating. Interment will follow in the Luverne Emmaus Cemetery with Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing.

Fred was dedicated to his family, friends and loved his church family at Bethel Baptist Church. He loved his work so much that he did not want to retire.

Mr. Moman is preceded in death by his parents, L.G. and Sarah Eiland Moman; a sister, Opal McLeod; and a brother, Jack Moman. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Cummie Hall Moman; five daughters, Mary (Wayne) McLeod of Winter Haven, FL, Sheila (Paul) Jones of Newton, Karen (Lamar) Battle of Brantley, Teresa (Ricky) Grant of Luverne, and Charlotte (Marvin) Blumentritt of Troy; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edward Moman of Opelika. Active pallbearers will be Chris Grant, Steve Battle, Ken Moman, Harold Moman, David Taylor and Randall Hill.


BOSWELL, Mr. Fredrick A., Sr., 86, a resident of Ozark, Ala., died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 after an extended illness. Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Ft. Rucker Main Post Chapel with Rev. Freddy Boswell and Rev. Louie Reynolds officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ann F. Moore Boswell; four children, Ronny Boswell, Freddy Boswell, Jr., June Davis and Betty Ann O’Riley; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Boswell; and a brother, Paul Boswell.