Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mr. David Niedzwiecki

 Mr. David Niedzwiecki age 72 of Louisville passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at his residence.

A memorial service for Mr. Niedzwiecki will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the family home.



Wife, Deborah Niedzwiecki

Children, Todd ( Julie )  Niedzwiecki

Mark Niedzwiecki

Laurie ( Matt ) Cooper

Tony ( Judy ) Fenner

Patti ( Rick ) Thomison

Candi ( Greg ) Herring

14 Grandchildren

Several great grandchildren

Sister, Sharon Anderson

Brother, Randy Niedzwiecki

Loving companion, Tobi John

Mr. Niedzwiecki was proceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters.


Special thanks to: Covenant Hospice, Hope Scroggins, Marsha MacCrae, Lola White and Sonya.


Contributions may be made to Louisville Bapist Church or Covenant Hospice in David's name.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mrs. Mary "Dot" Burkett Adams

Mrs. Mary “Dot” Burkett Adams age 84 of Andalusia passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Andalusia Manor.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015 in the Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart chapel. Rev. Tim Morgan will be officiating.  Interment will follow in the Smyrna Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2015 in the Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart chapel.
Son, Wade ( Bea) Adams of Andalusia
Grandchildren, Derek ( Nicole ) Adams of Andalusia
Melysa Bedsole of Andalusia
Stacy ( Diana ) McCart
Amy ( Terrell ) Smith of Ariton
Great grandchildren, Hailey Adams, Cameron Adams, Cheyenne Adams, Lexy McCart, Austin McCart, Tra Bedsole, Mahayla Fry and Brooke Russell
Several nieces and nephews
Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Wayland Adams, her parents, Lambert Bud and Faye Burkett, her brother, James Burkett and her sister, Phylis Becton.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mrs. Juanita Fain

Mrs. Juanita  Martin Fain, age 87, of Andalusia, AL passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Andalusia Regional Hospital.  She was born in Andalusia, AL, March 17, 1928. 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Keahey Funeral Home. 206 Stanley Ave, Andalusia, AL  Rev. Gary Miller will be officiating. Interment will follow at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery. 1101 Stanley Ave. Andalusia, AL with Keahey Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Keahey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The American Foundation for the Blind or a charitable organization of your choice.

Mrs.Fain was preceeded in death by her Parents, Frank Travis Martin and Nellie Beatrice Maddox Martin, and brother Rev. Ben Travis Martin.

She is survived by;

Husband, Hebert Augustas Fain of Andalusia, AL

Son, Jerry (Kathy) Campbell of Homosassa, FL

Daughters, Sharon McCardell of Andalusia, AL

Cindy ( Marty ) Vreeland of Bloomfield, NJ.

Grandchildren, Wendy Deans,  Rachael Helton,  Dawn Abbott,  Shawn McCardell, and David Vreeland

Great Grandchildren, Chealsea Hartmann,  Alex Deans,  Aiden Helton,  Addison Helton, Ava Hall, and Anastasia Abbott

Great-Great Grandchildren,  Avigail Hartmann, Tristen Hartmann,  Adrianna Hartmann and Robert Wigglesworth

Brother, Bill Martin of Andalusia, AL

Sisters, Irma Nell Riley of Andalusia, AL
Margaret ( Charlie ) Smithwick of Andalusia, AL 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Master Sgt. Lawrence Leonard “Gus” Portz

Master Sgt. Lawrence Leonard “Gus” Portz age 80 of Clio passed away, Monday, August 17, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral services for retired Master Sgt. Lawrence Leonard “Gus” Portz will be

11:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, AL. with full military honors. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., at Keahey Funeral Home in Clio.



 Wife, Ann Van Blake-Portz of Fairhope

Sons, Scott ( Elisa ) Portz

Kit ( Lisa ) Portz

Chip ( Tina  ) Portz

Stan  ( Tabetha ) Portz

Daughters, Angelia ( Ted ) Point

Renee ( Bobby ) Hagler

Brothers, Jerry ( Myrian ) Portz

Don ( Joyce ) Portz

Chuck ( Kelly ) Portz

Lynn ( Barb ) Portz

Sister, Eilene ( Don ) Mousel

Grandchildren, Joanne, Katie, Tim, Gracie, Abbigail, Dane, Logan, Shaun, Justin, Dylan and Mallory

Great grandchildren, Brandon, Mackinnley and Brionna

Aunt, Eileen Kieffe

Step children, Gwynn ( Jim ) Butler

Jim Van Blake

Jerie L. Smith

Step grandchildren, Jennifer, Todd, Chris, Kevin, Mandi, Tiffany and Jacob

Step great grandchildren, Raigan, Blakely, Alllyssa, Hailey, Brileigh, Brandon and Landon.

Ms. Norma Jean Peterson

Mrs. Norma Jean Peterson age 70 of Lockhart passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at her residence.


Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in the Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart chapel. Interment will follow in the Red Oak Cemetery.  

Rev. Ray Bundy will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service in the chapel.



Husband, Daniel Peterson of Lockhart

Daughter, Patricia Hunt of Lockhart

Sister in law, Kathy Jennings

Niece, Pam Baine

Nephews, Matthew and Nathan Jennings

Special friend, Nell Davis

Friends, Ed and Dawn Helms


Mrs. Peterson was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronnie Fountain and Johnny Jennings, Mother, Annie Laura Davis and special friend, Ed Davis.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mrs. Ethel Meisels


Ms. Ethel Meisels, age 95 of Baker, Florida passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at her caregiver’s residence in Andalusia. She was accompanied by her daughter, Vickey Tiel and close friends.

Ethel Kipnes was born in Hudson NY, the Hudson that has become today one of the hangouts of the New York City arts community. Her father owned Hudson's only soda pop factory, producing creme soda and root beer in pale green bottles with Kipnes Bottling Hudson in giant relief across the top.

Ethel lived on Fairview Avenue in a house on a hill overlooking the picturesque mountain town. She had big dreams to become a fashion designer in NewYork. Her mother sewed most of her dresses and Ethel bought all the fashion magazines in the thirties and learned to sketch and eventually sew her own dresses. World War 11 put and end to her fashion dreams and she moved to Washington to work as a secretary for the war department.

There, she met and fell in love with a handsome Russian, David Tiel. He was a man with his own dream to become an architect and a builder of homes in the Maryland suburbs. They married, had a daughter, Vicky and divorced when ultra-conservative, David discovered his wife had a secret passion for expensive shoes.

 Very slim, a chic beauty and always fashionable, Ethel had no trouble finding husband number two, a top government official. Together they moved with teenage Vicky, to leafy Chevy Chase, Maryland, where Ethel had the perfect fifties housewife-life of Country clubs, Cadillacs, and backyard pools. Ethel could not play the housewife for very long. After a few months, she signed up for fine art school at American University, and after graduating in 1956, began a 55 year career of painting in oil and sketching in pen and ink, in large notebooks as she traveled the world with her international tax man, Milton Meisels.

 In 1975 Ethel Kipnes had a one woman's art show in the Avanti Gallery in Georgetown, Washington DC. The sellout success was enough for Ethel to continue to believe in her gifts and to continue oil painting. Her paintings were mostly figures, often on very large canvas, and yet she never had another show, as her paintings were her “babies”. She could not part with a single one.

 Every few years Ethel flew to France to visit her daughter who became the fashion designer, (Vicky Tiel ) the Parisien Couturier of her mother's dreams. There Ethel painted in her daughter's top floor studio in Normandy. Often mother and daughter painted side by side, in the converted grenier of Vicky's sixteenth century mill house near Giverny.


In Normandy, in the seventies and the eighties, Ethel was inspired by Monet, Matisse and Bonnard and her canvases changed with their new broad strokes and more vibrant colors that were inspired by the French Fauve movement. Her previous darker oil paintings of the nineteen fifties had evolved into the bright earthen tones by the eighties as she grew in confidence and happiness from her years in France, close to the homes of her idols.

 She had her first art show at 92 in 2012 at LAAC in Andalusia, Al. and was a member of the National Association of Womens Artists showing 4 times in NY at Po Kim gallery on Layfayette St. and Nawa on Fifth Ave.

The family will receive friends at Keahey Funeral Home on Thursday evening being at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held 10:15 a.m., Friday at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mr. Marlin Curry

Mr. Marlin Curry, age 85 of Westville, Florida, Holmes County passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the family residence in Defuniak Springs, Florida (Caney Creek Community, North Walton County).

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Monday, August 16, 2015 at Grace Baptist Church in Ponce de Leon, Florida.  The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m., until time of services.

Rev. Paul Davis and Rev. Wilber Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in the Westville City Cemetery with Keahey Funeral Home of Lockhart officiating.

Mr. Curry worked for Florida Department of Transportation for 35 years. In his later years, he also worked for the City of Westville and served on the City Counsel for Westville. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and could often be found fishing on the Choctahatchee River with his best friend, Paul Sasnett, who he thought of as a brother.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Jessie Mae Gill Curry of Westville, Florida; two sons, John H. Curry and his wife, Pat of Tallahassee; Ron Curry and his wife, Josey of Tallahassee. Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sisters-in-law, Jaunita Gill Reddick, Anice Gill Franklin, Adice Gill Mathews, Esther Gill Edwards; Brothers-in-law, Lester Gill and wife, Shelia Davis Gill all of Defuniak Springs.

The family wish to extend a special thank you to the Gill and Sasnett Family and the Emerald Coast Hospice for their love and support during this difficult time.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mr. J.C. Williams

Mr. J.C. Williams, Jr., age 52 of Opp passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015 in the Keahey Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Keith Hornsby and Rev. Jerry Elmore will be officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service in the Keahey Funeral Home chapel.



Wife, Kimberly Williams

Children, Kimberly and Jerald Wood

Joshua, Brittany, Christopher and Michael Williams

Kaitlyn Edgar

Payton Coon

Travis McKenzie

7 Grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

One special niece, Courtney Inman

Mother in law, Donna Holland


Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, Jc and Joyce Williams and grandchild, Alexander McKenzie.