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Obituaries for December 16, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Emory McCord Folmar, 81, resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died Nov. 11, 2011.

Survivors include wife, Anita Pierce Folmar, his sisters, Miriam Pearson Folmar and Anne Folmar Montmeat, his children, Wilson Bibb Folmar III (Deborah O'Connell Folmar) and Margaret Folmar Dauber (Mark Allan Dauber), and grandchildren, Emily Dauber Flowers (William Flowers III), Collins Glasgow Dauber, and Sean Austin Folmar. He is preceded in death by his son, David Pearson Folmar, his brothers, James Murphree Folmar, Oliver Wiley Folmar, and Wilson Bibb Folmar II, and his parents, Marshall Bibb Folmar and Miriam Woods Pearson Folmar.

Folmar was born June 3rd, 1930, in Troy, AL, where he lived until his family moved to Montgomery when he was fourteen. After graduating Sidney Lanier High School in 1948, he attended The University of Alabama, where he received his BS in Business in three years, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and served as cadet colonel of the Army ROTC. Through the ROTC, he received a Regular Army commission and went to Ft. Benning, GA for parachute training and instructors' schools where he was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division attached to the 2nd Infantry Division. He married Anita Pierce in February 1952 and was deployed to Korea that summer. Wounded in action, he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. At the rank of lieutenant, he received the French Croix de Guerre as a result of his actions with the 23rd Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division and French troops.

After Korea, he was assigned to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, as an Airborne Jump Master until 1954. He then moved to Montgomery to join his brother James Folmar and Henry Flynn in construction and sales of government-issue loan funded housing in the Montgomery neighborhood Cloverland. The Folmar brothers' business grew to include large commercial shopping center construction throughout the Southeast.

He entered politics at the urging of his son David, running for city council District 8 in 1975. He was elected President of the City Council and then became Mayor of Montgomery from 1977 till 1999. He ran for governor in 1982; served as campaign chairman for Ronald Reagan's finance committee in 1980; state chairman for Reagan in 1984; and chairman for Bush-Quayle in 1988 and 1992. After retiring from politics, he worked as a business consultant and was appointed Commissioner to the Alabama Beverage Control Board by Governor Bob Riley in 2003.

After a private graveside service, a memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 14th at 3:30 o'clock with Rev. Claude McRoberts officiating.

Graveside pallbearers include Greg Shaner, Darick Wilson, Tracy von Hollen, Steve Thompson, Celia and Randy Dixon, Jim Buckelew, Judge Reese McKinney, and Mike Hunter. Rev. Claude McRoberts and Bill Reagan will speak graveside. Honorary Pallbearers include his Trinity Presbyterian Sunday School class, past kings of the Krewe of the Phantom Host, Will Hill Tankersley, and Bobby Armstrong. Gov. Robert Riley will speak at the memorial service. The elders of Trinity Presbyterian Church will serve as ushers.

The family wishes to thank his caregivers: Bernice Smith, ChooChoo Barker, Meme Barker, Gail Chappell, Nail Fort, Rent Jenkins, Kawanda McDade, Vanessa Anderson, Lisa Barker, Amelia Walker, Lulu Speer, and Carolyn Carter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Cancer Wellness Foundation at 4145 Carmichael Road, 36106.


David Rainey, age 82, of Newbern, TN, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Dyersburg, TN. Mr. Rainey was a Farmer, US Navy Veteran, Member of Newbern Masonic Lodge # 285 where he served in several positions including Grand Master, he was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

Funeral services for Mr. Rainey will be 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of the Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. John Lowrance and Rev. Bill Taylor. Interment will follow in Dyer County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years Bernice Faulkner Rainey of Newbern, Tennessee; one daughter Linda Rainey Lowrance and her husband Bobby of Newbern, TN; one son Ed David Rainey and wife Gloria of Memphis, TN; one sister Jean Landsee of Memphis, TN; one brother Clois Rainey of Chicago, Ill; Grandson Todd Lowrance and wife Lori of Newbern, TN; one great-grand daughter Jenna Claire Lowrance of Newbern, TN.

He was pre-ceded in death by his parents Robert Opie and Annie Shaw Rainey, one sister Kathleen Murray, one brother Wilbert Rainey and one great granddaughter Kali Rain Lowrance.

Pallbearers will be James Hicks, John Hicks, Mike Hicks, Alan Burchfiel, Erby Mitchell and James Taylor.

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Athlyne Flowers, age 82, of Newbern, TN, died Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General in Jackson, TN. Mrs. Flowers was a retired bookkeeper with Flowers Insurance Company. Mrs. Flowers was a member of the Newbern First Baptist Church where she taught the nursery for many years and was a member of the Dorcus Sunday School Class.

Funeral services for Mrs. Flowers will be 11:00 AM Saturday in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. Officiating this service will be Rev. Danny Klutts. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee.

Mrs. Flowers is survived by her daughter Denica Dunivant and her husband Thomas of Newbern, TN; two grandchildren Matt Dunivant of Newbern, TN and Jennifer Turner and her husband Andy of Dyer, TN; and one sister Lib Worrell of Newbern, TN. She was pre-ceded in death by her husband Jimmy Flowers and her parents Finis and Sarah Cobb Culp.

Pallbearers will be Ted Johnson, Tom Foster, Jeff Thomas, Jason Maxedon, Barry Ladd, Burnie Akin, Larry Dunaway and Bill Adcock.

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Joy Ann Gilham McDearmon, of Dyersburg, died Thursday, December 15, 2011 at her residence.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Johnson-Williams Funeral Home.