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Representative Joe Carothers Passes


Rep. Joe Carothers died last Friday evening at the Southwest Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. He was 77.

Carothers was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1974. He lost his seat in the 2006 General Election.

Everyone remembers Rep. Carothers with loving fondness, and the Joe-Ron room was a place of comradery for Democrats and Republicans alike.

Former lawmaker Mac Gipson said, “Joe was a fine man! I had the pleasure of serving 3 of his many terms in the Legislature.

Joe loved the “Wiregrass” and shared Your Peanut Festival with many of his fellow Legislators.”

Carothers was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of Dothan Houston County Chamber of Commerce.

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Survivors include sons Robins Carothers and his wife Jerri of Dothan; Merritt Carothers and his wife Paula of Dothan; sister-in-law Rose Carothers of Winfield, AL; grandchildren Robins Carothers IV of Lubbock, TX; Zachary and Kathrine Carothers of Dothan; nephews Jackie Reeves and Bill Carothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. today, at the First United Methodist Church of Dothan, with Dr. Jim Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Dothan City Cemetery with the Ward Wilson Funeral Home directing.


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