FRANK E. BLAIR
Mr. Frank E. Blair, age 71, a native and lifelong resident of Miami died Friday, November 26, 1999 in Miami.
He was an investigator for the Humane Society of Greater Miami for 30 years. He was a member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Miami.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Nims Blair; a brother, Eugene Blair; and his wife's aunt, Velma Albertson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Catholic Church with the Rev. Hector R.G. Perez, STD officiating.
Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery.
WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
AMOS E. BRANNON
Amos E. Brannon, 76, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999 after a sudden illness.
Mr. Brannon was a native of Cottondale, FL and had resided in Pensacola since 1954. He was the owner/operator of Brannon's Barber Shop. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army. Mr. Brannon was a member of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, and had served as usher at St. Michael's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #42, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1982; he was also a member of the Scottish Rite.
Mr. Brannon is survived by his wife, Mildred Louise Brannon; two daughters and son-in-law, Linda Goodwin, Julie Lang and her husband Brian; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Brannon and his wife Luci, Barry Brannon and his wife Pat, and Dr. John Michael Brannon and his wife Janice; sister and brother-in-law, Maggie and Ellis Floyd; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday, December 3, 1999 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with Rev. Father Michael Mooney officiating.
Burial will follow in the Barrancas National Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 1999 at the funeral home.
A vigil service will be held at 6 p.m.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
MARY L. BRIGHT
Mary L. Bright, 45, of Century, died Sunday, November 28, 1999 in Flomaton, Alabama in a car accident.
Survivors include her father, Henry Bright; mother, Ada Bright; brother, Henry Bright, Jr.; all of Century; two sisters, Annette Hines and Bernice Dixon, both of California; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at Edward Pointe Christian Church with Rev. Lamar Randall officiating.
Burial will be in Century Cemetery.
JOE MORRIS AND SON FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
ELLEN DICKERSON DUBOSE
Mrs. Ellen Dickerson Dubose, 75, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at Sacred Heart Hospital following a courageous fight with cancer.
Sister Ellen Dickerson Dubose was born on June 17, 1924 in Beatrice, AL to the late Mrs. Nettie Dickerson Conner and the late Mr. John Miller, Sr. She was united in marriage to the late Foster Dubose of Monroeville, AL. She was a member at an earlier age to Daniel Baptist Church of Monroeville, AL. Upon moving to Pensacola, FL she was united with Liberty Peace Baptist Church under the guidance of the Rev. W. Pettway and finally became a member of M.C.P. Keen Chapter No. 109.
She is survived by three sons, Jessie Lee Scott, John Foster Dubose, and Sam Allen Dubose; four daughters, Nettie Lucy McPherson, Johnnie Mae Reeves, Minnie Johnson Berry and Mary Louise Dubose, all of Pensacola; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and dear friends.
Funeral cortege will leave from 85 Webb Lane at 7 a.m. Friday morning.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 3, 1999 at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Monroeville AL with the Rev. W. Pettway of Liberty Peace Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will be in Mars Hill Church Cemetery in Monroeville, AL.
JOE MORRIS & SON FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at Joe Morris Chapel from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
TESSIE "RUNNING ROSE" EMMONS
Tessie "Running Rose" Emmons, 71, of Pensacola, died Friday, November 12, 1999, in a local hospital, following a short illness.
Mrs. Emmons was a native and lifelong resident of Pensacola. She was a member of the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, and a member of the Deliverance Temple.
Memorial services will be held December 4, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at the Florida Town Park in Pace, Fla., with Chief Nichols, of the Santa Rosa County Creek Tribe, officiating.
Friends, Tribal members and others are welcome to attend.
MICHAEL STEPHEN GERSHON
Michael Stephen Gershon, 14, of Pensacola, died Thursday, November 25, 1999.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Pensacola and attended the First Baptist Church. Michael was a great lover of outdoor sports. He was a wild and free spirit and loved life more than anything. He never met a stranger and brought joy and happiness wherever he went.
He is survived by a loving and devoted family and more friends than you can count.
Services at 6 p.m. Friday, December 3, 1999 at Waters & Hibbert Chapel with the Rev. Robert Mills officiating.
WATERS AND HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hadji Crippled Children's Transportation Fund, Hadji Shrine Temple, 800 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, Florida 32534.
MR. WOODIE LINDY GIBSON
Mr. Woodie Lindy Gibson, a native of Mobile, AL, former resident of Pensacola, FL for 25 years, and resident of Mobile for the past five years died Thursday, November 30, 1999 at his residence.
Retired from the Civil Service after working at Brookley AFB and Pensacola NAS; he was a former merchant marine and a 32nd degree Mason. Mr. Gibson was an extremely devoted husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his brother Eldon Thompson and Norman Gibson.
Survivors include his wife, Mylan Huggins Gibson; two daughters, Brenda (Ira) Nirenberg of New Orleans, LA and Verna Sue Gibson; two step-daughters, Rebecca (Bob) Warren and Kay (Rick) Blackburn both of Mobile; two brothers, W. Berkley Thompson of Mobile and Vincent Thompson of Birmingham, AL; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 3, at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 2, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Pine Crest Funeral Home.
Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery.
PINE CREST FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Mobile, AL, 334-478-5227, is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIAM HARRISON HARMON, JR.
William Harrison Harmon, Jr., 63, a native of Punxsutawney, PA and a resident of Elberta, AL, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999.
He is survived by two daughters, Melanie Harmon of Panama City Beach, FL and Susan Harmon of Panama City, FL; three sons, William James Dunbar III of Poway, CA, Scott Harmon of Panama City, FL, and William H. Harmon III of Demotte, ID; mother, Dora Mumper of Indiana, PA; step-brother, Cameron Mumper of Pittsburg, PA; 13 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Thursday, December 2, 1999 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mack Funeral Home, Robertsdale, AL.
Military services will be held Monday, December 6, 1999 at Ft. Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.
MACK FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Hwy. 59, Robertsdale, AL, is in charge of arrangements.
JAMES A. R. (JIM) HEUSOHN
James A. R. (Jim) Heusohn, age 58, of Pensacola, passed away November 28, 1999 in St. Louis County, Missouri.
Born October 11, 1941 in Belleville, Illinois to Marie Heusohn, (Nee Borcharding) and the late Alfred M. Heusohn. Preceded in death by his father and sister, Jacqueline Heusohn.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Heusohn (Nee, Nichols), Pensacola; sons and daughter-in-law, James and Carol Heusohn, Nick Heusohn, Daryl Heusohn and Steven Heusohn, all of Pensacola; grandchildren, Kiersten, Jillian and James Heusohn; his mother, Marie Heusohn, Waterloo, IL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Delbert Scheibe, Waterloo, IL, Judy and Robert Mentel, Denver, CO, Joyce and Allen Smoot, Ruma, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerome and Helen Heusohn, Waterloo, IL, John and Rebecca Heusohn, Valmeyer, IL; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 1999 at Oak Lawn Funeral Home, Pensacola, with Rev. Jerry Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery, N.A.S. Pensacola.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday.
OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
EVA MARIE HUTCHINSON
Eva Marie Hutchinson passed away in peace at her home in Prescott, AZ, where she had resided for the past seven years.
She was a former resident of Milton. She was born in Trenton, NJ on July 4, 1924 to Raymond and Florence Solomon. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Howard & Paul; and husband Charles.
Survivors include sons, Roy Patterson (Teddi), Tom Patterson (Tori), Paul Patterson (Rita), Raymond Patterson (Lynda); two daughters, Pearl Patterson and Marie Harris (Jesse); thirteen grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.
Her world will forever be seen in her descendants eyes, enjoyed like the grandeur of her western sunrise. Our minds will reflect on the givens of her life and spirits will rise with the strength of our love uncompromised. Her love will last forever.
A memorial service will be held on December 4, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton.
LEWIS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
LOYD WHEELER KING
Loyd Wheeler King, 90, of Pensacola, died Monday, November 29, 1999.
Mr. King was born in Bank County, Georgia and had resided in Pensacola for the past 47 years. Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mamie Lee King.
Survivors include his sons, Glen King and wife, Joyce, Loyd Winston King; daughter, Hilda King Fair and husband, Cleve; brother, Parks King; sisters, Guynell Goneke, Francine Gomillion, Inez Wise; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 2, 1999 at the Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Dr. A. Dale Patterson officiating.
Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park.
BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway, is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday.
GEORGE EDWARD LONG
George Edward Long, 66, of Pensacola, died Monday, November 29, 1999 at a local hospital.
Mr. Long was a Catholic. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a retired steamfitter.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Johanna Long; two sons, John and Richard Long; daughter & son in law, Phyllis & Shane Dolby; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Morgan, Amanda, Ryan, Ericka, Johnny, Corey, Kelly and Deanna.
Funeral services will be 9:15 a.m., Friday, December 3, 1999 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 100 Beverly Pkwy., is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at Faith Chapel, Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time.
JAMES MACK JIM McCASKILL
James Mack McCaskill, Sr., 78 years old, died Monday afternoon, November 29, 1999 after a lengthy illness. Jim was a life- long resident of Jay, Florida.
He enjoyed farming his family's estate for most of his life, but in his later career, he served as foreman for the District III Santa Rosa County Road Department, retiring in 1989. Jim was an avid fisherman and hunter, and he enjoyed memorable and pleasurable times fishing and hunting with old friends and relatives. He loved the river, woods, and swamps of Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. He was a descendant of some of the first settlers of Santa Rosa County.
Mr. McCaskill served in the U.S. Army during the latter part of WWII. He was a member of VFW, American Legion Post #121, and an honorary member of the Williams' Lake Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-four years, Mary Nell Bowman McCaskill; his father and mother, Benjamin Montgomery McCaskill, Sr., and Marie Auvil McCaskill; his two brothers, Montgomery McCaskill and Harry McCaskill; two grandsons, Rhett McCaskill and Blake McCaskill; and many special friends.
Survivors include his six children, James Jimmy Mack McCaskill, Jr., and his wife, Letha, Cynthia Youngblood, Rosemary Caraway, and her husband, Keith, Larry McCaskill, Gary McCaskill and his wife, Teresa, all of Jay, and Jeffery McCaskill of Pensacola; nine grandchildren, Jay Youngblood, Jessica McCaskill, Mark LeFlore, Megan Youngblood, Lindsey McCaskill, Scott Caraway, and Karissa, Haden, and Holden McCaskill; and one great-grandchild, Alexus Janae; a twin brother, Jack McCaskill of Molino; two sisters, Mary Morris of Pensacola and Joy Kemble of Milton; and a brother, Van McCaskill of Pace; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jay Youngblood, Mark LeFlore, Jackie McCaskill, Jeff Roberts, Randy Roberts, Clifton Lowry, Jr., David Deese and Tony Gomillion.
Honorary pallbearers are the 1989 District III Santa Rosa Road Crew, Wayne Godwin, William Carroll, Francis Johnson, Curt Lowry, Jimmy Lowry, Bill Cannon, Buddy Harrison, Ron Kelly, Edgar Paul, Frank Rowell, Larry Stanhope, Braxon Hudson, Leon Shell, Raymond Diamond, Earl Youngblood, Eloise Cannon, Janie Saggus, Jeannette Lowry, Leroy Shell, Hubert Lowry, Jr., and Frank Lowery.
Funeral services for Mr. McCaskill will be held on Thursday, December 2, at Cora Baptist Church in Jay, Florida, at 2 p.m.
Interment will follow in Cora Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Carnley and Bro. James Baker will be officiating.
The children of Jim McCaskill extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. David Smith and staff, Jay Hospital, Loving Care Sitters, and Century Care Center for providing the extended and compassionate care of their father.
JOANNE VERNA "MRS. RAGS" RAGGHIANTI
Joanne Verna "Mrs. Rags" Ragghianti, 65, of Pensacola, died Sunday, November 28, 1999 at her home in Pensacola following an extensively tiring battle with cancer.
Mrs. Ragghianti was born in Penn Yan, New York, the oldest of three children of Kenneth DeForest and Evelyn Mary Rapalee. She was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from September 1952 to February 1956 as a Navy Yeoman. in 1957, she entered Federal Civil Service specializing in Educational Services and Test Control for the U.S. Navy. She was the Educational Services Officer of PERSUPDET Corry Station, Pensacola, FL in July of 1988, when she retired after 26 1/2 years of combined Military and Civilian Service.
Since her retirement, she has been actively dedicated to WIMSA, Women in Military Service for America and Waves National. She was extremely instrumental in the origination and dedication of the SEA SERVICE WOMEN memorial stone at Barrancas National Cemetery, and equally as involved in the WIMSA monument and museum in Arlington National Cemetery, the Navy Museum in Great Lakes, II, and the LONE SAILOR monument in Washington, D.C. In 1991, she was elected as the President of Waves National Unit #52. Her tireless sense of commitment and duty lead her through election as the Florida State Director of Waves National, the Waves National Regional Representative of Region 12, and appointment to the National Board of the Executive Board of Waves National. She was currently the President of Waves Unit #52 and the Deputy for Veterans Affairs.
She was a member of the U.S.S. Hancock CVA-19 Association, Fleet Reserve Branch 22, American Legion Post 240, Warrington Elkettes No. 2108, AMVETS Post 292, The Honor Society of Women Legionnaires, DAV Chapter 23, Daughters of the Nile, Shimron Temple No. 133, Eastern Star, a Charter member of WIMSA, and her measuring tool for her struggle with cancer, an active bowler with the Corry Fun Seekers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Frank Rags Ragghianti, Sr.
Survivors include her son, Charles Frank Butch Ragghianti, Jr.; daughters, Barbara Annette Ragghianti and Deborah Lynne Ragghianti; mother, Evelyn Mary Baker; brother, Kenneth Gary Rapalee; sister, Karen Jean Maldonado; step-brother, Ronald N. Baker; nephews, Eric L. Maldonado, Paul and Steven Rapalee; niece, Michelle Rapalee; great niece, Kathryn Ann Maldonado; watchful and loving pets, Muffin and Beaux; and a multitude of friends and Navy family.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 2, 1999 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Dimonte, Alex Freeman, George Hallal, Joe Walsh, Neil Mortman and Nelson Peacock.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to WIMSA, P.O. Box 96742, Washington, D.C. 20077.
Leroy Williford, 77, of Pensacola, died Friday, November 26, 1999 at a hospital in Tuskegee, Ala. following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Williford, a native of Marianna, Arkansas returned to Pensacola 36 years ago to retire after serving 22 years of active duty in the United States Navy. He was a World War II Veteran and a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include wife, Mary Alice Williford; daughter, Willa Grace Williford Stallworth, both of Pensacola; four grandchildren, Raymond A. Stallworth, Pensacola, Janet Stallworth (Kelsey) Kimble, Atlanta, Ga., Sharon Stallworth Gatlin, Gainesville, Fla., Linda Stallworth (Sylvester) Hall, Apopka, Fla.; eight great- grandchildren, Talacey and Rayneatha Stallworth, Pensacola, James and Raishard Gatlin, Gainesville, Fla., Kimeryn Kimble, Atlanta, Ga., Adria, Shariah and Jazminn Hall, Apopka, Fla.; three special nieces, Clarine L. Boone, Leverta L. Siler, Portsmouth, Va., Ivory Jean L. Henderson, Forrest City, Ark.; Goddaughter, Felicia Riley Steen, Milton, Fla.; numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, December 3, 1999 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Jenkins, Sr., pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Raymond A. Stallworth, Cecil Peacock, Sylvester Hall, James Turner, Kelsey Kimble.
Flower attendants will be Booker T. Washington High Class of 1960.
JUNIOR FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday.