Carolyn Davis Fleming
Carolyn Davis Fleming, 80, passed away at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Oct. 15, 2012, after a brief illness. She died peacefully surrounded in love and prayers by her family.
Mrs. Fleming was born near the town of Clio, Ala., to Rexie Ree Davis and Esther Jane Davis. After graduating from high school, she moved to Birmingham, Ala., where she met and married her first husband, Robert Earl Bailey, Sr. During their marriage, they lived in San Francisco, Calif., Santa Cruz, Calif., and then San Antonio, Texas, where he passed away in 1963. She later reunited with and married her childhood sweetheart, William Merton Fleming, in July of 1965. They and their blended family lived in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for 12 years and Destin, Fla., for 36 years.
Besides being a devoted mother and wife, Mrs. Fleming was also an accomplished businesswoman. She co-owned and was president of Coastal Materials, Inc. and Coastal Materials of Alabama, Inc., where she worked for more than 30 years.
She is survived by her brother and spouse, James Davis (Martha); sister in-law, Ruth Davis; children and spouses, Robert E. Bailey, Jr. (Gail), Daniel A. Bailey (Mary Kaye), David R. Bailey (Terri), Russell D. Bailey (EJ), Rhonda F. Cetkosky (Frank) and Michael E. Fleming (Julianna); grandsons, Erik Bailey, Timothy Bailey, Jason Cetkosky, Randy Cetkosky, Rex Bailey, Benjamin Bailey, Michael Fleming, Joshua Bailey and Matthew Bailey; granddaughters, Rachel Groner, Rachelle Fleming, Montana Rivas, Jody Rivera, Danielle Bailey and Meagan Bailey; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Robert E. Bailey and William M. Fleming; parents, Rexie and Esther Davis; brother, Joseph Davis; and son, William M. Fleming Jr.
Visitation will be in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be conducted at Salem Baptist Church, Skipperville, Ala., at 4:30 p.m., also on Oct. 19.
Flowers are welcome. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so to the William M. and Carolyn D. Fleming Endowed Scholarship fund at the University of Alabama, Box 870122, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-0122, or to the Salem Baptist Church, 3336 County Road 23, Ariton, AL 36311.
Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla., and Holman Funeral Home, Ozark, Ala., are entrusted with the arrangements.