Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Celebration Of A Grand Lady

  • Mrs. Eula Mae Brewer Prophitt, a warm and gracious lady, was born on May 10, 1904, in Our Town, Alabama. She was Lee County's oldest person as she celebrated her 111th birthday this year before passing away on July 8, 2015. Mrs. Prophitt was orphaned when she was six years old and lived with several families. At seven years of age she was adopted by a school teacher and his wife, and at age nine years went to live with her brother, James William Brewer where at age 11, she began working at Avondale Mills in Alexander City. Mrs. Prophitt vividly remembered seeing Theodore Roosevelt at Berry Jackson's Crossing while he was campaigning for the Presidency in 1912. This was one of her many remembrances as a young girl. In her long life she had the opportunity to see and experience the changes of the world that only a few people have been allowed to do. . Eula Mae and Willis Guary Prophitt were married on March 10, 1923, and after their first two daughters, Ruby Frances and Mary Elisabeth, were born, her husband was stricken with a disease that affected his heart and left him unable to walk for about six years. Later they were blessed with daughters Willard Carolyn and Dorothy Jeanette, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. During her life, Mrs. Eula Mae Prophitt worked in several textile mills including Avondale Mills, Mr. Vernon Mills, M. Snower Mill, Pepperell Manufacturing Company, Swift Spinning Mills, and Opelika Manufacturing, where she retired at age 66. When her husband became a Church of God pastor, Mrs. Prophitt served with him teaching young people in Sunday School for 37 years. She was known for taking care of needy people, feeding and housing them. Their home was always open to anyone in need, whether it was a good meal or a place to rest and get a new start. She was widowed in 1989, and she continued to independently maintain her home until age ninety, and then lived with her eldest daughter, Ruby and her husband, Lewis. She continued to enjoy a little gardening, and her beautiful flowers, and still cooked for anyone wanting a good meal that was served with southern hospitality. Mrs. Eula Prophitt, affectionately known as "Granny", has withstood many of life's adversities and was a blessing and inspiration to her family, neighbors and many friends, whose lives are infinitely better for having been touched by her care and concern for their happiness and well-being. Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Reverend W. Guary Prophitt: daughters, Willard Carolyn Prophitt and Mary Elisabeth Prophitt Croom ; brother, James W. Brewer. Survived by: daughters, Ruby P. Worthington of Opelika and Dorothy Jeanette Coggins of Leeds, Alabama; grandchildren: Bobby L. Worthington (Margaret) of Opelika; Betty W. Stallings (John) of Opelika; Gary Coggins (Marsha) of Chelsea, Alabama; Terry Coggins (JoAnne) of Birmingham, Alabama; Sherri Coggins Griffis (Jimmy) of Trussville, Alabama; John E. Croom (Sally) of Birmingham, Alabama, Ann Croom Grove (Robbie) of Fountain Inn, SC. Great-grandchildren: Mike Veasey (Marcy) of Opelika; Keith Hatchett (Lisa) of Huntington Beach, CA; Wendy Worthington Donaldson of Wichita, KS, Christi Worthington Story of Opelika, AL; Robin Coggins Calvert (Glenn) of Wilsonville, AL; Krista Coggins of Chelsea, AL; Erika Coggins Watkins (Joel) of Westover, AL; Seth Croom (Cristen) of Odenville, AL; Matthew Croom (Ariel) of Birmingham, AL; Kimberly Griffis, Chandler Griffis, and Dylan Griffis of Trussville, AL , Franklin Grove, Nathan Grove, and Margaret Grove Ferro (Cris) of Fountain Inn, SC. Great-great grandchildren: Michael Veasey and Mallory Veasey of Opelika, AL; Lauren Story and Joshua Story of Opelika, AL; Madison McCoy of Wilsonville, AL; Connor Croom and David Croom of Odenville, AL. Peyton Watkins of Westover, AL; James Hatchett and Amanda Hatchett of California. Mrs. Prophitt leaves a beloved cousin, Emma Gean Knotts (Bill) of Opp, AL. Pallbearers: Bobby L. Worthington, Gary Coggins, Terry Coggins, John Croom, Mike Veasey and John Stallings. Honorary pallbearers: Michael Veasey, Joshua Story, Seth Croom, Matthew Croom, Chandler Griffis, Dylan Griffis, and Zachary Kervin. Reverend Isaac Kervin will officiate at services to be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Jeffcoat Trant Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow service at Garden Hills. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation to everyone who shared Granny's life: Micki Fincher, Annette McRay, Anthony Hamby and family, Linda Buchanan, James and Mary Johnson, Barbara and Travis Breedlove, the staff of AlaCare Hospice, Dr. Michael Gunter and staff, the Worthington family, the Prophitt family and the many friends too numerous to mention.

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