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JOHN M. HOOD
John M. Hood, 47, of 108 N. Bonita Ave., Panama City, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, in his home. A mechanical engineer from Chicago, he moved to Panama City in 1991 and was the owner of Exotic Aquatics Pet Store. He is survived by his wife, Mona Hood, his parents John and Jean Hood and Ellen Sharp, and five children: Tammy Stalnaker, Kimberly White, Nicole Hood, Melissa McBride and Michael Hood. His grandchildren include: Ryan, Taylor, Ashley, Amanda, Tara, Kayla, Savannah and Christian. Funeral services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 15, 1999. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

ALVIN LEWIS KING SR.
Alvin Lewis King, Sr., born April 2O, 1943, Detroit, Mich. to the Late Henry L. King and the late Mittie B. King. He was married on June 1, 1992, to Blannie Mamie Shivers King. He was honorably discharged from his earthly labor on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at the Gulf Coast Hospital. As faithful and loyal member of The Providence Church, Panama City, Florida, he served on the Founding Board of Directors and the Finance Committee during his membership at The Providence Church. Mr. King was educated in the Wayne County, Michigan Public Schools and completed his Bachelor's Degree at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. He also served as Sergeant First Class in the United States Army where he was Honorably Discharged after 24 Years, 8 Months. His life and legacy will be carried on by his devoted wife, Blannie Mamie King; along with his five daughters: Karen King, LaTrina Shivers, Sonya Shivers, Natasha Coleman (David), Tracey McWhite (Carlton); two sons, Alvin King Jr. (Susan), Dorien King; four grandsons: Brian Walker, Stephon Saddler, Justin Coleman, Alexander King; one godson, Devarius Lawton; one adopted brother, Johnny Lynch (Iris), Williamsburg, Va.; two aunts, Nellie Jefferies, Detroit, Mich., Winnie Pullom, Detroit, Mich.; mother-in-law, Darnella Cooper; four sisters-in-law: Ruth Brown, Joyce Green (Elton), Cardellya Moore, Peggy Brown (Neville), Joyce Cook; two brothers-in-law, Herbert Ray Brantly, Calvin Cooper; special friends: the Rev. and Mrs. Calvin Dicking, Robert and Catherine Jones, Willie Mae Ware; and a host of relatives and friends. Flowers are to be sent to The Providence Church, 2100 East 5th St., Panama City, Fla. 32401, where the visitation will be held today, Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at 12 noon at Tabernacle Baptist Church, interment at Hillside Cemetery. Charles T. Hall Funeral Home
620 Houston Ave.
Live Oak, Fla. 32060
904-362-2672

ROBERT M. CULLEN
Mr. Robert M. Cullen, age 37, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at a local hospital. He had been a resident of the area since 1984, coming here from Warminster, Pa., and was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. Mr. Cullen was a cement truck driver for Ewell Concrete Co. He also enjoyed fishing and cooking, had a great sense of humor, a big heart, and was loved by everybody. Mr. Cullen is survived by his wife, Roberta Cullen of Panama City, Fla; his parents, Richard and Margaret Cullen of Panama City, Fla; sisters: Helen Nicklas and her husband Mark of Newtown, Pa., and Carmel Gorin and her husband Steve of Panama City, Fla.; and his brothers: Richard Cullen of Panama City, Fla., and Joseph Cullen and his wife Christine of East Hartford, Conn. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 15, at St. John's Catholic Church with Fr. Marty Bratek officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: H. L. Pettis, Ron DeFalko, Robert Kyzer, Michael Dean, Mike Caswell, and Eric House. Honorary pallbearers will include the staff of Ewell Concrete Co.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

PAUL HOLM NIELSEN
Mr. Paul Holm Nielsen, age 66, of 525 Magnolia St., Panama City, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at a local hospital. He had been a resident of the area since 1977 and was Protestant by faith. Mr. Nielsen served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He was also the owner of the Seoul Red Barn. He was also a member of the Coast Guard Power Squadron and taught classes at the St. Andrew Bay Power Squadron. Mr. Nielsen is survived by his wife, Chun Nielsen of Panama City, Fla.; sons, Moses S. Nielsen of Panama City and Richard Nielsen of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughters, Kathy Nielsen and Lisa Kray, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m Monday, Oct. 18, at Panama City Korean Church with Pastor Song officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories with full military honors accorded by Tyndall Air Force Base.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

ALLEN HOUSTON RUSS
Mr. Allen Houston Russ, age 89, of 314 N. James Ave., Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at a local hospital. He had been a resident of the area since 1943 coming here from Bainbridge, Ga. Mr. Russ was a retired outside machinist pipefitter with International Paper Company. He was also one of the oldest charter members of the Immanuel Baptist Church. Mr. Russ is survived by his daughters, Mary L. Whitehurst of Panama City, Fla., and Dorothy M. Kendall of Valparaiso, Fla.; a sister, Lila Baker of Attala, Ala.; a brother, Leo Russ of Bessemer, Ala.; three grandchildren: Michael Kendall and his wife Jana, John C. Kendall and his wife Judy, and Lisa Ann Cockrell and her husband James; and six great-grandchildren: Cherron Kofford, Misti Kofford, Kristina Kendall, Jonathan Kendall, Daniel Lee Adkins, and Wesley Adkins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Stella Russ in 1977. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Oct 15, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bob Johnson officiating. Interment will follow.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

JOHNNY W. SANSOME
Mr. Johnny W. Sansome, 86, of 4253 Elm St., Marianna, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1999, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was a native and lifelong resident of Jackson County. He attended the old Bethlehem School near Cottondale and went to high school at the Jackson County Training School in Marianna, formerly Gilmore Academy. He was a World II Air Force veteran. Following an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he began working teaching GI's agriculture. He was a successful small businessman, being proprietor of a gas and service station and a building contracting business. He was one of the funeral attendants at Peoples Funeral Home for many years. He was a member of Bethlehem A.M.E. Church for 73 years, where he served as a steward and a class leader. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellan Nadine Sansome Boykins. He is survived by a devoted companion, Mary L. Young of Marianna; eight loving children: Kevin D. Sansome, Eric Young (Mercedes), Sheila P. Wynn and Bertram D. Wynn all of Marianna, Carlos Young (Kawanda) of Columbia, Md., T. Omega Wynn (Kysh) of Atlanta, Ga., Denise McGriff (Shedrick) of Bascom, and Brenda White of Chicago, Ill; two adoring sisters: Ozella S. Brown of Atlanta and Curlie S. White (W.C.) of Coral Springs (formerly of Panama City); seven grandchildren: Reggie, Quinton, Shedricka, Kai, Shironda, Justice, Marcus; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Mr. Sansom will be held today, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in Bethlehem A.M.E. church near Cottondale, Fla., with the Rev. Otis Blackshear officiating. Interment to follow in Bethlehem Church Cemetery. The remains will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time. Peoples Funeral Home
Marianna, Fla. 32446
Arthur E. Cutler, L.F.D.
482-2233
2876 Orange St.

GEORGE WADDELL
The Rev. George Waddell, 77, of 1406 Mississippi Ave., Lynn Haven, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, in National Health Care Facility. The Rev. Waddell was born on Oct. 4, 1922, in Marianna to the late Mr. Robert and Jenny Waddell. At an early age he accepted the Christian faith. Later he was joined in holy matrimony on April 24, 1943, to Jerrie L. Ward (Waddell) and to that union five children were born. After moving to Panama City and continuously fulfilling his Christian duties, he was later ordained as a minister in 1971, serving 19 years as Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Apalachicola, five years at Zion Hope Baptist Church, member of the New Gulf Coast Minister Association and a spiritual advisor to the ministers wives. The Rev. George Waddell leaves to celebrate his homecoming a loving and devoted wife, Jerrie Waddell; six sons: Frank (Olivette) Waddell, Robert (Lynn) Waddell, Henry C. Waddell, Ezell (Deborah) Waddell, Mackard (Amy) Waddell, Vernon Mathis Waddell; thirteen grandchildren: Charlene Williams, Michelle Barker, Jennifer Waddell, Phillip Waddell, Tyrone Waddell, Jasmine Waddell, Erica Eaddell Esperonza Waddell, Kamaya Waddell, Ezell II, Dedrick Waddell, Shalena Waddell and Justin Waddell; eleven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for the Rev. Waddell will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. in Greater Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Newton, Pastor and the Rev. O.W. Waddell performing the Eulogy. Interment will follow in Springfield AME Church Cemetery in Jackson County, Fla. Public visitation will begin this afternoon at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m. The remains will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church. The family will receive friends at their residence at 1406 Mississippi Ave., Lynn Haven. Battle Memorial Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32401
763-4951
1123 Martin Luther King Blvd.

LEATHIEA CHRISTIAN
Leathiea Christian (Nell), 57, of 1420 Balboa Ave., Apt. F-43, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999 at her home. Nell was born in Andalusia, Ala., on March 11, 1942. She was the only child of the late Alvester Christian and Carrie B. Austin. She was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. She joined in matrimony to Nelson Miller in 1959, and of this union, two children were born: Tony Miller and Terrence Miller of Panama City. She is survived by one uncle, John Raymond (Marzella) of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins and family members. Funeral services for Leathiea Christian will be held Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. in Battle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerome Williams, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Public visitation will begin this afternoon from 1 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at Mabelean Raymond resident at 1921 Mack Lewis Dr., Apt. A. Battle Memorial Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32401
763-4951
1123 Martin Luther King Blvd.

DONALD BREEN JEE
Donald Breen Jee passed away Friday morning, Oct. 15, 1999 at his home in Panama City, Fla., at the age of 81. Born in New Orleans, La., he retired here in 1973. He was a communications specialist serving in the U.S.A.F. as CMsgt. for 31 years of active duty. He was a decorated veteran of World War II and Vietnam. He earned a B.A. in education from the University of West Florida. Mr. Jee was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. He is survived by his wife, Bertha E. Jee of Panama City; son, Jonathan L. Jee and wife Susan of New Orleans, La.; two daughters: Judith E. Dodd and husband Jack of Huntington, W.Va., Jacqueline J. Cox and husband Michael of Jackson, Tenn.; five grandchildren: Rebecca Jee, Greta Jee, Laura Jee, Suzanna Dodd and Caitlin Cox. Mr. Jee was one of nine children, five whom survive him: Rolland Jee of New Orleans, La., Russell Jee of Baton Rogue, La., Bernard Jee of New Orleans, La., Gloria Joe of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lorraine Tedesco of Fafayette, La. A memorial service will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's, 5209 E. 11th Street, Panama City, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Jee may be made to the World Wide Ministries or the American Heart Association. Southerland Family Funeral Homes
Panama City, Fla. 32405
785-8532
100 E. 19th St.

JOHN WALTER LOKERSON
Mr. John Walter Lokerson, age 66, of 906 Mallory Dr., Panama City, Fla., died Oct. 15, 1999 at his home. He had been a resident of the area since 1989, coming here from Waterford, N.Y. Mr. Lokerson served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a faithful member of the Messiah Lutheran Church since 1989. He was instrumental in the opening of the Lynn Haven Plant of the Allied Signal Corp. He was a design engineer with more than 100 patents to his credit during his career. In 1996 he was awarded the Inventor Award by Allied Signal for his work in conceptual design. Mr. Lokerson wanted to be remembered as a Christian who was lovingly devoted to his wife and family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Trudy Lokerson of Panama City, Fla.; a daughter, Deborah Armstrong of Lynn Haven, Fla.; two sons: Mark Lokerson of Panama City, Fla., and Daniel Lokerson of Gulfport, Miss.; a sister: Patricia Trout of Prescott, Az.; brother, Ernest Lokerson and his wife Ruth of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and grandchildren: Scott Armstrong, Christopher Armstrong, Jason Lokerson, Joshua Lokerson, Cameryn Lokerson and Keenan Lokerson. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced tomorrow.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

BOBBY WAYNE MATHIS SR.
Mr. Bobby Wayne Mathis Sr., age 69, was born in Steele, Mo., to Gerald and Faye Mathis, died Friday, Oct 15, 1999 in a local hospital of a sudden illness. SFC Bobby Mathis retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service, having served in Japan, Korea, Germany and Vietnam. The Bronze Star and Purple Heart were among the many medals he received during his years of service. Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Mathis of Lynn Haven, Fla.; children: Bobby W. Mathis Jr. and his wife Shirley of Wewahitchka, Fla., Sylvia Walsingham and her husband Bill of Panama City Beach, Fla., Russell Lee Mathis Sr. and his wife Janice of Lynn Haven, Fla., and Diane Mathis of Lynn Haven, Fla.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Ona Faye Mathis of Steele, Mo.; sisters: Peggy Mathis of Houston, Texas, Kay Rowe and her husband Bill of Houston, Texas, and Brenda Mathis of Steele, Mo.; and brothers: Landon Mathis of Steele, Mo., and Larry Mathis and his wife Carol of Haines City, Fla. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David B. Halstead Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are Mr. Mathis' grandchildren: Candace Mathis, Timothy Grissett, Rodney Grissett, Zachery Mathis, Jefferey Walsingham, Allen Walsingham, Russell Lee Mathis Jr. and Kevin Mathis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

SHIRRAL MALLOY REGISTER
Shirral Malloy Register, age 58, of Chipley, Fla., passed away Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. She was a lifelong resident of Chipley, Fla. Mrs. Register was of the Baptist faith and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Chipley. Survivors are her mother, Grace Malloy of Panama City; one son, Joe and wife Melissa Register of Chipley; one brother, Jimmy Malloy of Panama City and one granddaughter, Bethen Register of Chipley. Funeral services will be today, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Wachob Chapel with the Rev. Gary Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. Brown Funeral Home
Chipley, Fla. 32428
638-4010
1068 Main St.

GEORGE WADDELL
The Rev. George Waddell, 77, of 1406 Mississippi Ave., Lynn Haven, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999 in National Health Care Facility. Funeral services for the Rev. Waddell will be held today, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. in Greater Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Newton, Pastor and the Rev. O.W. Waddell performing the eulogy. Interment will follow in Springfield AME Church Cemtery in Jackson County, Fla. The remains will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church. The family will receive friends at their residence of 1406 Mississippi Ave., Lynn Haven. Battle Memorial Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32401
763-4951
1123 Martin Luther King Blvd.

ROBERT L. CLAYTON
Mr. Robert L. Clayton, 68, of Port St. Joe died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, in a local hospital. Born in Bainbridge, Ga., he was a lifelong resident of Port St. Joe. Mr. Clayton was a veteran of the Korean Conflict while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is preceded in death by his father Alva Clayton; mother, Jewell Pittman; and two brothers, Emmitt and Roger Clayton. Mr. Clayton is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bertha Clayton of Port St. Joe; two sons, Michael Clayton and wife Denise of Apalachicola, Fla., and Jeffrey Clayton and wife Terresa of Mexico Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Faye Capps and husband Freddie of Port St. Joe and Patricia Infinger of Stanley, N.C.; three sisters: Betty Varnes and husband Neil of Old Town, Fla., Angie Hare and husband Michael of Sneads, Fla., and Deborah of Sneads; two brothers, Larry Clayton and wife Kit of Tallahassee, Fla., and Donnie Clayton and wife Sandra of Panama City; eight granddaughters; three grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Mr. Clayton will be Monday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. ET in the Gilmore-Southerland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Holly Hill Cemetery. Mr. Clayton's nephews will serve as active pallbearers. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. ET at the funeral home. Gilmore-Southerland Funeral Home
Port St. Joe, Fla. 32456
229-8111
507 10th St.

OVEDIA M. FOUNTAIN
Mrs. Ovedia M. Fountain, 84, of 2100 Jenks Ave., Panama City, Fla., died Oct. 16, 1999, at a local nursing home. Mrs. Fountain was born in Southport and had been a lifelong resident of Bay County. She was a retired seamstress and had worked at Margaret Fashions in Panama City for 20 years. She was a member of First Assembly of God of Southport. She is survived by a son Clay Fountain and his wife Jennifer of Southport, Fla.; a sister Virgie Nichols of Lynn Haven, Fla.; granddaughters: Ashton Fountain, Ariel Callahan and Stephanie Alexander; a grandson, Ronnie Lee Watkins; sisters-in-law, Martha Beatrice Anglin and Kathleen Anglin. She is preceded in death by her husband John Clayton Fountain; daughters, Elizabeth Fountain and Linda Aaron; a sister, Eva Cantrell; and brothers, Mack Mason and Harry Mason. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at First Assembly of God of Southport with the Rev. Nixon Miller and the Rev. Mike Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Old Southport Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Willis Nelson, Robert Benefield, Edward Sapp, Drayle Mason, Field Mason and Jim Bossom. Honorary pallbearers will include: A.J. Richardson, Charles Sapp, Aubrey Lovett, James Glass, Darwin Glass, L.J. Kelley, Clarence McCormick, Archie Creamer and Agee Ellis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

ARTHUR LEE FREE
Arthur Lee Free, 90, of Marianna, died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999, in Marianna. Mr. Free was born in Bonifay but lived most of his life in Altha and Marianna. Mr. Free was a member of Philadelphia Church of God and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Free was predeceased by his wife U.Z. and son Raymond. Survivors include a son Randy Free of Marianna; two half-brothers, Aubrey and Burl Free of Plant City; two half-sisters, Vivian Taylor of Marianna and Odie Goodson of Malone. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 17, at New Shiloh Cemetery in Altha with the Rev. Jack Howell officiating. Bailey Funeral Home Altha, Fla. 32421
762-3965
Hwy. 274 West

MARILYN M. GARDNER
Mrs. Marilyn M. Gardner of Panama City Beach died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at her residence. Memorial-ization will be by cremation. Southerland Family Funeral Homes
Panama City, Fla. 32405
785-8532
100 E. 19th St.

MYRTLE T. HIGHTOWER
Mrs. Myrtle T. Hightower, 95, of 21133 Hightower Road, Fountain, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, at a local nursing home. She had been a resident of the area since 1943, coming here from North Carolina. Mrs. Hightower was a homemaker and Protestant by faith. She is survived by two sons, Houston Hightower Jr. of Fountain and Gerald Hightower of Purvis, Miss.; two daughters, Mary E. Dormer of Bressler, Penn., and Grace M. Frazzman of Reno, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hightower was preceded in death by her husband Carl H. Hightower. Graveside funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Sandy Mountain Cemetery with the Rev. Frank E. Meredith officiating. Interment will follow. The family will receive friends at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home today, Oct. 17, from 4 until 5 p.m.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

DONALD BREEN JEE
A memorial service for Mr. Donald Breen Jee of Panama City will be conducted Monday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5209 E. 11th Street, Panama City, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Jee may be made to the World Wide Ministries or the American Heart Association. Southerland Family Funeral Homes
Panama City, Fla. 32405
785-8532
100 E. 19th St.

JOHN WALTER LOKERSON
Mr. John Walter Lokerson, 66, of 906 Mallory Drive, Panama City, Fla., died Oct. 15, 1999, at his home. He had been a resident of the area since 1989, coming here from Waterford, N.Y. Mr. Lokerson served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a faithful member of the Messiah Lutheran Church since 1989. He was instrumental in the opening of the Lynn Haven Plant of the Allied Signal Corp. He was a design engineer with more than 100 patents to his credit during his career. In 1996 he was awarded the Inventor Award by Allied Signal for his work in conceptual design. Mr. Lokerson wanted to be remembered as a Christian who was lovingly devoted to his wife and family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Trudy Lokerson of Panama City; a daughter, Deborah Armstrong of Lynn Haven, Fla.; two sons, Mark Lokerson of Panama City and Daniel Lokerson of Gulfport, Miss.; a sister, Patricia Trout of Prescott, Ariz.; brother, Ernest Lokerson and his wife Ruth of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and grandchildren: Scott Armstrong, Christopher Armstrong, Jason Lokerson, Joshua Lokerson, Kameryn Lokerson and Keenan Lokerson. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Kent-Forest Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Mike Tran, Don Anderson, Terry Cantrell, Randy Fowler, Brad Harris and Bob Wilkes. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. today, Oct. 17. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church Building Fund, 230 W. Fifth Street, Panama City, FL., 32401.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

BOBBY WAYNE MATHIS SR.
Mr. Bobby Wayne Mathis Sr., 69, who was born in Steele, Mo., to Gerald and Faye Mathis, died Friday, Oct 15, 1999, in a local hospital of a sudden illness. First Sgt. Bobby Mathis retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service, having served in Japan, Korea, Germany and Vietnam. The Bronze Star and Purple Heart were among the many medals he received during his years of service. Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife Betty Jean Mathis of Lynn Haven, Fla.; children: Bobby W. Mathis Jr. and his wife Shirley of Wewahitchka, Fla., Sylvia Walsingham and her husband Bill of Panama City Beach, Fla., Russell Lee Mathis Sr. and his wife Janice of Lynn Haven and Diane Mathis of Lynn Haven; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his mother, Ona Faye Mathis of Steele; sisters: Peggy Mathis of Houston, Texas, Kay Rowe and her husband Bill of Houston and Brenda Mathis of Steele; and brothers, Landon Mathis of Steele and Larry Mathis and his wife Carol of Haines City, Fla. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David B. Halstead Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are Mr. Mathis' grandchildren: Candace Mathis, Timothy Grissett, Rodney Grissett, Zachery Mathis, Jefferey Walsingham, Allen Walsingham, Russell Lee Mathis Jr. and Kevin Mathis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today, Oct. 17, from 6 until 8 p.m.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

LARKIN TILOUS PORTER
Larkin Tilous Porter, 68, of Clermont died Friday, Oct. 15, 1999. Born in Millville, Fla., he moved to Clermont in 1971, coming from New Smyrna Beach. He was Baptist. He was a member of Local No. 803 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union and the National Rifle Association. He is survived by daughters: Phyllis P. Carter of Oakland, Donna G. Stacey of Henrietta, Texas, Cheryl L. Porter of Winter Garden, Martha S. Sperry of Minneola and Rhonda J. Hunt of Clermont; brothers: Don and Jerry Porter, both of Panama City, Fla.; sisters: Vera Jo Mills, Georgia Ann Henderson and Linda K. Burkett, all of Panama City; and 10 grandchildren. Kurfiss Funeral Home
1018 West Ave., Clermont, Fla., 34712
(352) 394-8500.

DESTINY & CHASTITY BONIFAY
Infants Destiny and Chastity Bonifay died on Oct. 4, and Oct. 15, 1999, at a hospital in Pensacola. They gave so much and asked for so little. They were two little angels that touched so many lives. They are survived by a mother: Stephanie Bonifay of Tyndall A.F.B., Fla.; a father: Josh Howell of Panama City, Fla.; maternal grandparents: Tom & Debra Bonifay of Tyndall A.F.B., Fla.; paternal grandparents: Gerry & Marie Howell of Panama City, Fla.; maternal great grandmother: Ann Bonifay of Pensacola, Fla.; maternal great grandparents: Jim & Francis Gilley of Pace, Fla.; paternal great grandparents: Hamp & Onile Brown of Panama City, Fla.; maternal great grandmother: Addie Howell of Panama City, Fla.; one uncle: Thomas Bonifay of Tyndall A.F.B., Fla.; and one aunt: Jennifer Howell of Panama City, Fla. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1999, at Garden of Memories Cemetery with the Rev. Curtis Kent officiating. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

OVEDIA M. FOUNTAIN
Mrs. Ovedia M. Fountain, age 84, of 2100 Jenks Ave., Panama City, FL, died Oct. 16, 1999 at a local nursing home. Mrs. Fountain was born in Southport and had been a lifelong resident of Bay County. She was a retired seamstress and had worked at Margaret Fashions in Panama City for 20 years. She was a member of First Assembly of God of Southport. She is survived by a son: Clay Fountain and his wife Jennifer of Southport, Fl.; a sister: Virgie Nichols of Lynn Haven, FL.; granddaughters: Ashton Fountain, Ariel Callahan, Stephanie Alexander; a grandson: Ronnie Lee Watkins; sisters-in-law: Martha Beatrice Anglin, Argie Mason and Kathleen Anglin. She is preceded in death by her husband: John Clayton Fountain; daughters: Elizabeth Fountain and Linda Aaron; a sister: Eva Cantrell; and brothers: Mack Mason and Harry Mason. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at First Assembly of God of Southport with Reverend Nixon Miller and Reverend Mike Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Old Southport Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Willis Nelson, Robert Benefield, Edward Sapp, Daryl Mason, Phil Mason and Jim Bosson. Honorary pallbearers will include: A.J. Richardson, Charles Sapp, Aubrey Lovett, James Glass, Darwin Glass, L.J. Kelley, Clarence McCormick, Archie Creamer and Walter Ellis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 18, 1999. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

MYRTLE T. HIGHTOWER
Mrs. Myrtle T. Hightower, age 95, of 21133 Hightower Rd., Fountain, FL, died Thurs., Oct. 14, 1999, at a local nursing home. Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct.18, 1999, at Sandy Mountain Cemetery with the Rev. Frank E. Meredith officiating. Interment will follow. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

BOBBY WAYNE MATHIS SR.
Mr. Bobby Wayne Mathis, Sr., age 69, born in Steele, Mo., to Gerald and Faye Mathis, died Fri., Oct 15, 1999, in a local hospital of a sudden illness. SFC Bobby Mathis retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service, having served in Japan, Korea, Germany and Vietnam. The Bronze Star and Purple Heart were among the many medals he received during his years of service. Mr. Mathis is survived by his wife: Betty Jean Mathis of Lynn Haven, Fla.; children: Bobby W. Mathis Jr. and his wife Shirley of Wewahitchka, Fla., Sylvia Walsingham and her husband Bill of Panama City Beach, Fla., Russell Lee Mathis, Sr. and his wife Janice of Lynn Haven, Fla., and Diane Mathis of Lynn Haven, Fla.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his mother: Ona Faye Mathis of Steele, Mo.; sisters: Peggy Mathis of Houston, Texas, Kay Rowe and her husband Bill of Houston, Texas, and Brenda Mathis of Steele, Mo.; and brothers: Landon Mathis of Steele, Mo., and Larry Mathis and his wife Carol of Haines City, Fla. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 18, 1999, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David B. Halstead Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are Mr. Mathis' grandchildren: Candace Mathis, Timothy Grissett, Rodney Grissett, Zachery Mathis, Jefferey Walsingham, Allen Walsingham, Russell Lee Mathis, Jr., and Kevin Mathis. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

FURMAN J. BLUME
Mr. Furman J. Blume, SMsgt., U.S.A.F., (Ret.), age 76, of Youngstown, Fla., entered into eternal life on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at his home. Born in Ehrhardt, S.C., he moved here in 1965 from San Antonio, Texas. He retired as a SMsgt. from the U.S.A.F. after 23 years of service. During this time he proudly served in England in World War II and in Seoul, Korea during the Korean conflict. Mr. Blume was a member of Parkway Baptist Church where he was highly loved and respected. He was also a retired barber and minister. Mr. Blume is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce L. Blume of Youngstown; three sons: James E. Blume and wife Mary of Papua New Guinea, Gary R. Blume and wife Rhonda, Dale Lee Blume and wife Luann, all of Panama City, two sisters: Ida Mae Douglas of Cocoa, Fla., and Mary Music of Hillard, Fla; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in Southerland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Glass officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Full military honors will be accorded by the Tyndall A.F.B. Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkway Baptist Missions Fund in memory of Mr. Blume. Southerland Family Funeral Homes
785-8532
100 E. 19th St
Panama City, Fla. 32405

LARRY MICHAEL BURCH
Larry Michael Burch, age 17, died on Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, at a friend's residence in Lynn Haven, Fla. Michael was born in Panama City and had lived in the area for most of his life. He was currently a student of Commercial Arts at Haney Vocational Center. He loved fishing, professional wrestling and country music. Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather, Judy Newsom and her husband Tim of Panama City; his father and step mother, Larry Burch and his wife Cindy of Lynn Haven; brothers: Rodney Burch and Aaron Burch, both of Lynn Haven; sisters: Leona Newson of Panama City and Tiffany Burch of Lynn Haven; maternal grandmother, Joyce Nelson of Lynn Haven; maternal grandfather, David Foster and his wife Terry of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a favorite aunt, Barbara Pruett of Springfield as well as many other aunts and uncles. He is also survived by close friends: Sha Cooper, Michael and Joseph Beyer, Amanda Westoven and many other close friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 19, 1999, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Pennington officiating. Interment will follow at Southport Memorial Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Chuck Davis, Rufus Newsome, Bill Ellis, Brian Ellis, Edward Baul and Vince Beyer.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Panama City, Fla. 32405
763-4694
2403 Harrison Ave.

ROY L. CASSIDAY
Mr. Roy L. Cassiday, age 53, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 1999, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. Mr. Cassiday was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and was also a member of Ponce de Leon Masonic Lodge No. 157 for the past 25 years.He was owner of Valley Construction Company and co-owner of Marrisson Springs. Mr. Cassiday enjoyed volunteering his time and energy in community service work. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Cassiday is survived by his wife of 35 years, Dovie Lee Coot Cassiday, of Ponce de Leon, Fla.; sons, Randy M. Cassiday and wife Linda of Ponce de Leon and David Griggs and wife Vera of Ponce de Leon; daughters, Christina Cassiday of Ponce de Leon, Amy Guiffre and husband Louis "Sonny" and Sandy McCullers and husband Jimmy of Ponce de Leon; brother, Willmer Cassiday of Tallahassee; sisters: Shirley Mae Reynolds of Mossy Head, Fla., Joyce Weimorts of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and Lillian Miller of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Comander Funeral Home, 21 West Main Street, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., with the Rev. Mike McVay and the Rev. Kenny Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in The Resting Place Cemetery. Pallbearers for Mr. Roy Cassiday will be Bobby Ammons, Robby Ammons, Ray Hilligoss, Johnny Russell, Joe Fuller, John Curlee, Steve Jacquay and Jack Saunders. Honorary pallbearers are: Rabbit Mile, Quinn McMillian, Linard Edwards, Coonie Cannon, Morris Boyd and Al Wickham. A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 19 in Comander Funeral Home Chapel. Comander Funeral Home
DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32433
892-2821
230 Park Ave.

MILDRED L. GARRETT
Mildred L. Garrett, 88, of Panama City died Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999, in a local hospital. She had been a resident here since she moved from Sylacauga, Ala., in 1945 and had been a member of First United Methodist Church of Panama City. Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 22, 1999 at 3 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. before the service at the funeral home. Southerland Family Funeral Homes
785-8532
100 E. 19th St
Panama City, Fla. 32405


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