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Obits for the week of April 30, 2009

Vela Mae Powell Johnson

JOHNSON, Mrs. Vela Mae Powell, 80, a resident of Rutledge died Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Rutledge Cemetery with Rev. Nick Gaines and Rev. Mack Sporman officiating and Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Marvin Johnson; two children, Melanie Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson; one great-grandson, Jeffrey Johnson, Jr.; and a sister, Gladys McCord. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Southern Territorial Headquarters, 1424 NE Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329.

Charles Lomax Morgan

On May 20, 1943, God created a special baby boy, and on April 27, 2009, God needed a very special angel, and he called Charles Lomax Morgan home to be with Him. The Celebration of Charles Morgan’s life was held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Brantley Methodist Church with Rev. Wesley Spivey officiating. The body lay in repose at the church one hour prior to funeral services. Interment followed in Brantley Cemetery with Turner Funeral Home directing. Visitation was held before the service from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Brantley Methodist Bethany Center.

Survivors include Lomax Morgan, father, Brantley and now Luverne Nursing Home, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Rick Campbell of Montgomery, one niece and nephew-in-law, Elizabeth and Swede Scarborough, their children Brantley Reed and Truett Scarborough of Auburn.

His beloved mother, Mary Charles Morgan, preceded him in death.

Charles was a lifetime resident of Brantley, AL. He attended Brantley High School, and worked at the family businesses in Brantley until retirement. He knew every customer that entered the businesses, and he never forgot their names. He made everyone feel special, because they were very special to him. He warmed the hearts of all he met.

His special needs gave him special gifts to touch the lives of everyone. He wanted for nothing as he gave everything he had to those he met. Everyone else was his only concern. He never met anyone he forgot. He loved everyone and all loved him. He was an icon of his beloved Brantley, and will be truly missed by all.

Edna Vae Smith

Edna Vae Smith, 88, of Ocklawaha died at her residence on April 4, 2009. She was a native of Brantley, Alabama, and a long time resident of Ocklawaha. She was a Sunday School teacher and attended Weirsdale Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Betty L. Kaufman, Ocklawaha, FL; son, George R. Smith, Woodland, AL; son, Hugh Frank Smith, Brantley, AL; son, Gerald K. Smith, Lexington, SC; brother, Wilburn Compton, Brantley, AL; sister, Brady Hudson, Dozier, AL; 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Hamp Smith, her daughter Lou Ann Beach; brother George G. Compton, and her granddaughter Christi Sessom. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.