Obituaries for Nov. 12, 2014

Published 11:01 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Renford Dean


Renford Dean, 90, a resident of Georgiana, Ala., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. A celebration of life service was held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 from the First Baptist Church with Rev. Allen Stephenson officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home of Georgiana, Ala., directed arrangements. Mr. Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Merle Dean, and son, Lee Dean. Survivors include: daughters, Deborah Vermorel, Gainesville, Fla., and Vicki Siegel, South Carolina.; son, Steve Dean, Georgiana, Ala.; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Online condolences can be made at

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Helga Maria Grayson


Helga Maria Grayson, age 72, a resident of Greenville, passed away on Sun., Nov. 9, 2014.

Funeral services will be held today, Wed., Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with the Rev. Watson Wasden officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home.

Mrs. Grayson is survived by her loving husband, Lamar Grayson; children, Kathy Garner (Mike Blackburn) of Prattville, Bill Boggan of Childersburg and Brandy Tiblier (Jimmy) of Montgomery; grandchildren, Ryan Lee (Kyle), Amanda Crowell (Jason), Elijah Boggan, and Ashley Tiblier; three great grandchildren; aunt, Marichen Hofstetter of Gerzen, Germany; and many cousins.

Online condolences may be made at


Martha Ann Menees

Mrs. Martha Ann Menees, 69, a resident of Troy, passed away on Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014.

A memorial service was held on Tues., Nov. 11, at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel, Millbrook, with Pastor Greg Melven officating.

Survivors include her daughter, Tina (Allen) Adler of Troy,; son, Ronnie (Cheryl) Menees of Millbrook; sister, Nora Kathy Kuntz of Boulder, Colo.; nephew, Bill (Katie) Kuntz of Boulder; grandchildren, Austin, Connor, Emily, Kristen and Addie Grace; many beloved cousins and friends, and extended family.

Brookside Funeral Home of Millbrook directed.


Raymond Robert Scofield


Raymond Robert Scofield, 84, of Callaway, Fla., passed away Sat., Nov. 8, 2014 at a local care center.

Raymond was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was a member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, has served as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, worked at the Catholic Charities and served as an usher.

Raymond was a 1950 graduate of White Plains High School and completed an associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College in 1975.  He also served in both the U.S. Navy for four years and the U.S. Air Force for 18 years, and received an honorable discharge from Tyndall Air Force Bas in August of 1972.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Elizabeth Scofield; brothers, Frank, James, Harold and Lawrence Scofield.

Raymond is survived by his lovely wife of 56 years, Maria Rizzo Scofield; sons, Dennis Scofield (Katrina) of Greenville and Michael Scofield (Emilita) of Panama City, Fla.; sister, Gertrude Braun of White Plains, N.Y.; grandchildren, Megan, Stephanie, Raymond and Charles.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Wed., Nov. 12, at St. Dominic Catholic Church with Father Michael Nixon officiating.


Margaret Ann Galler Sellers


Margaret Ann Galler Sellers, age 90, a resident of Greenville, died on Sun., Nov. 9, 2014, at her home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 13, at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Wilson officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sellers is preceded in death by her parents, Michael A. and Cecelia Lederer Galler; brothers, Alfred “Fritz” Galler and Michael Galler; sisters, Cecelia Galler Walhoffer, Anna Galler Blozinsky, Hermina Galler Gassler and Evelyn Galler Henits; and husband, Eddie C. Sellers, Sr.

She is survived by her loving sons, Robert Michael Sellers (Joan) of Georgiana, Eddie C. “George” Sellers (Sandy) of Greenville, Richard G. “Stump” Sellers (Sharon) of Greenville and Bobby Joe Sellers of Coplay, Penn.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made at


Mary Gandy Wilkinson


Mary Gandy Wilkinson died at age 95 at Angels for the Elderly in Montgomery on  Nov. 6, 2014. The cause of death was that she ran out of life having lived it as full as possible, working tirelessly, caring for her first child at home while her husband was overseas during World War II.

After the war, she had two more children, raising all three while working when necessary but majoring daily in caring for family and loving God.

Born April 4, 1919, in Greenville, to Eula and Walter Gandy, she attended school in Greenville, graduating in 1937. Mary served at home during World War II, not in the military, but doing what the greatest generation did often, pray and work to support the efforts abroad, prepare for the world after the war, and help build the country by being a great mom.

Mary lived in many different places, beginning with her first home near Greenville. After her marriage, she moved to Mobile, where her first child, Patsy, was born. From there, she moved to Oklahoma City, Okla., during her husband’s military training. Upon completion of training and after her husband shipped off to war, she moved back to Shackleville, Ala., to live until the war was over. After the war, Mary settled in Fort Deposit, living there for more than 50 years until moving to Montgomery to be near her son. Then retiring from the Alabama Board of Cosmetology, where she worked as a compliance inspector, she developed many friends and earned respect for her work.

While living in Fort Deposit, Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church, keeping the books for her Sunday school class, and working wherever asked at church and within the community to help others. After moving to Montgomery, she attended Whitfield United Methodist Church until moving her membership to St. James United Methodist Church, where she attended with her son and daughter in law, Judi, whom she loved dearly. She enjoyed her work as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, looking forward every day to seeing those she served. She was an avid gardener and a longtime volunteer at the homes of her children, tending and working their yards and teaching them her knowledge of horticulture. In addition to being a dedicated mom, she was also a dedicated grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Dulin and Lillian Autrey; brothers, Herbert Gandy Jr., Herman Gandy and Robert Gandy.

Survivors include her three children, Pricilla “Patsy” (Sam) Caranante of Tampa, Fla., Bobbie Duncan (Terry) Americus of Georgia and Ron (Judi) Wilkinson of Montgomery; six grandchildren, Ronald (Michelle) Wilkinson of Hayneville, Tiffany (Scott) Ship of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Michelle (Brian) Beird of Tampa, Prentiss (Larry) Pearce of Newnan, Ga., Sal Caranante II of Tampa and Terence (Katie) Duncan of Americus; nine great grandchildren, Ashley Glen Wilkinson of Auburn, Hailey Ann Wilkinson of Troy, Chandler Ship of Murfreesboro, Jake Ship of Murfreesboro, Brooke Beird of Tampa, Rosemary Pierce of Newnan, Brayden Caranante of Tampa, Isabella Caranante of Tampa and Tripp Duncan of Americus; sisters, Doris (Joe “deceased) Gibson of Hartwell, Ga. and Eva Ray (Houston) Speed of Fairfield; and many nieces and nephews that loved her.

A graveside celebration of her life was held on Sun., Nov. 9, in Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. David Saliba officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Meals on Wheels, hospice or your favorite charity.

Words cannot begin to thank the staff at Angels for the Elderly as well as the hospice staff for their help and support.