Ruth R. Sexton
Ruth Richardson Sexton, 95, of Marianna died Sept. 2 in Marianna. She was born in Dale County, Ala., in 1912, and spent most of her life in Jackson County where she was a homemaker.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Marianna for more than 50 years. She
was in the WMU and adult Sunday school. She also was a member of Rose Circle Garden Club for 30 years. She loved fishing and playing Canasta.
She was preceded in death in 1984 by her husband, Harvey Sexton.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Pat Howard of Altamonte Springs and Sue Ann and Don Schafer of Lynn Haven; one brother, Harold Richardson of Panama City; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sept. 5, at Maddox Chapel with the Rev. Roland Rabon officiating.
Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home, Maddox Chapel, directing. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Billy L. Williams
Billy Luther Williams, 66, of Westville died Sept. 1.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Marie Vice; son, Bryan Christian Williams; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joyce and Randy Vickers of Westville and Judy Goddin of Marianna; two brothers, James Goddin of Westville and Roy Goddin of Port St. Joe; two grandsons and two nieces.
A graveside service was held Sept. 8 at Beulah Anna Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. David Hidle officiating.
Pittman Funeral Home of Geneva was in charge of arrangements.
Doris F. Watford
Doris Frances Watford, 78, of Malone, died Sept. 4 at her residence. She was a native of Bascom and had lived in Malone most of her life. She was a homemaker.
Watford was preceded in death by her husband, Fauline Watford, who died in 1998; her parents, Thomas L. and Creamer Culverhouse Atwell; her daughter, Judy Watford; sisters, Mary Lou Shelton and Sara Ellen Bass; brother, Thomas "Tom" Lester Atwell.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley W. Allen and husband, Larry, of Gordon, Ala., Teresa W. Churchill and husband, Brad, of Enterprise; one brother, James Atwell of Marianna; five sisters, Evelyn Perkins of Lovedale, Mamie Harper and Linda Griffin, both of Port St. Joe, Helen Hall and Betty Cross, both of Bascom; a cousin, Kitty Murdock; two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren,
Funeral services were held Sept. 7, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Bascom with the Rev. Claude Turner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home, Maddox Chapel, directing.
Raymond Jackson Wright, 77, of Marianna died Sept. 4 at his home. He was a native and lifelong resident of Marianna.
Wright was a U S Army veteran, and a manager with Sod, Inc. He was a charter member of Trinty Baptist Church,
He was preceded in death by two sons, David Wright and Douglas Wright.
Survivors include his wife, Glennis F. Wright; two sons, Daniel Travis Wright and wife, Cindy, of Tallahassee, and Darren Wright of Marianna; one daughter, Kathy McDaniel of Lakeland; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services was held Sept. 8, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Roland Rabon officiating. Burial followed in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home, Maddox Chapel, directing.
Memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 4440 Lafayette Street, Marianna, FL 32446, or Trinity Baptist Church, 3023 Pennsylvania Ave. Marianna, FL 32446.
Ralph C. Carter
Ralph Campbell Carter, 75, of Chipley died Sept. 4 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. He was born June 25, 1932, in Geneva, Ala., to Ralph Clarence and Annie Elizabeth (Cronin) Carter. He had lived in Chipley since he was five years old, moving there from Geneva. He operated Carter Cattle Farm.
Of the Presbyterian faith, he had served as an officer in Chipley First Presbyterian Church since he was nineteen years old.
He was a 1950 graduate of Chipley High School where he received the Danforth Youth award for leadership, and represented the school and Washington County in a number of capacities He was awarded the Florida Bankers Scholarship to the University of Florida, and received the Governor's Award in the Field of Soil Conservation, Carter served three terms as President of Washington County Farm Bureau, director of Washington-Holmes Cattleman's Association, and was chairman of District One welfare board.
He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1960 and served three consecutive terms. He successfully shephered through a bill to establish the Washington Holmes Vocational Technical School and a bill to designate and set up Falling Waters State Park. He was the last representative to serve only Washington County.
Survivors include his wife: Carolyn Gunter Carter of Chipley; one son: Ralph Campbell Carter Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., and friend Van Van Zanten; two daughters: Angela Marie Carter Sprunger and husband, Mark, of Lancaster, Pa., Nancy Inez Carter Cooke and husband, Tom, of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters: Sarah Carter Oaks and husband, Frank, of Cantonment, and Sue Carter Jefferson of Chipley; five grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren; two stepsons, William H. Gunter Jr. and wife, Gail, and Charles Wesley Gunter and Donna, all of Chipley; one stepdaughter: Andi Patterson, and husband, Joe, of Chipley.
Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Brown Funeral Home's Brickyard Road Chapel in Chipley with the Revs. David Darrow, Bert Swearingen and LeAnn Gunter Johns officiating.
Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home of Chipley directing.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 237, Chipley, FL 32428.
James A. Lewis
James A. Lewis, 76, of Marianna died Sept. 5 at his residence. He was born in Clarksville, and lived most of his life in Marianna.
He graduated from Florida State Univerity with a bachelors degree before serving in the U.S. Army for two years. He returned to the university and received his masters degree. In 1957, he joined the staff of Chipola Jr. College where he was an instructor, business manager, and academic dean during his 40 years of tenure. During his service at Chipola, Mr. Lewis earned his doctorate of public administration degree from Nova University.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara M. Lewis; two sons, John Robert Lewis of Harrisburg, Pa., James Michael Lewis and wife, Sandie, of Covington, La.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held September 8 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with Gino Mayo officiating, and James & Sikes Funeral Home, Maddox Chapel, directing.
Julia H. Wilson
Mrs. Julia Hand Wilson, 56, of Westville died Sept. 4 at Infirmary West in Mobile, Ala. She was born Feb. 16, 1951, in Hartford, Ala., daughter of Gus Samuel and Ozie Peterson Hand.
Wilson was preceded in death by her father, Gus Hand, and a son, Kevin Daniel Wilson.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Wilson of Westville; one son, Mark Wilson and wife, Cindy of Bonifay; her mother, Ozie Hand of Westville; two brothers, Frank Hand of Hartford, Ala., Joe Hand and wife, Jeanne, of Westville; two sisters, Alice Hand of Westville, JuVonne McDuffie and husband, Mike, of Daleville, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Joppa Cornell of Pennsylvania.
Services were held Sept. 6, at Camp Ground Church with the Revs. Wesley Adams and John Chance officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Peel Funeral Home of Bonifay directing.