Retired Master Sgt. Bob Coy, age 58, of Niceville, Fla., joined his Creator after a courageous fight with cancer.
He died peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 14, 1999, surrounded by his wife and friends.
Born in Sacramento, Calif., on March 24, 1940, to the late Robert and Edna Coy, he retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1983 after serving 24 years. He was a Vietnam veteran and assigned in Germany, Holland, Turkey, the Philippines and several stateside bases.
He served in numerous positions in the aircraft maintenance career field.
After his retirement he and his wife moved to Niceville, where he joined the AMVETS Post 78, pouring his heart and soul into the activities of this benevolent organization. He had served as first vice commander for programs, PRO, and District IV adjutant.
He is survived by his loving wife Letty; children, Lillibeth, Malou, Mike, Liza and Noel. He will be dearly missed by his five grandchildren; his friends; and devoted companion and bodyguard "Tutu."
A memorial service will be held at AMVETS Post 78, 910 Valastic Ave., Valparaiso, Fla., on Wednes-day, March 24, at 6 p.m.
Donations may be made in memory of Robert Coy to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Niceville, Fla.
Mary Foley Way
Mary Foley Way, age 76, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in a local nursing home.
She was born in Mullins, S.C., on July 14, 1922, and was a retired secretary with the Army/Air Force Exchange Service. She was a resident of Crestview, Fla., since 1990, moving from Colorado Springs, Colo.
She is survived by her son, William D. Way of Crestview; brothers, Lee Foley of Mobile, Ala., James Foley of Wisconsin, and Gene Foley of Florence, S.C.; sisters, Lillie Altman and Sally Morris, both of Mobile; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, March 22, at Crestview Nursing and Convalescent Home in Crestview.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, entrusted with arrangements.
Jorene C. Tobias
Jorene C. Tobias, age 68, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 18, 1999.
Mrs. Tobias was born in Milligan, Fla., on March 16, 1930, and had lived in Okaloosa County, Fla., all of her life.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph J. Tobias; children, Mary Woods and Sylvia McDonald, both of Holt, Fla., Josephine Barrow of Milton, Fla., Geraldine Gibson of Holt, James Tobias of Baker, Fla., Tracey Bledsoe of Beulah, Fla., and John Tobias of Baker; sisters, Mildred Carr of Pensacola, Fla., and Mary Howell of Waycross, Ga.; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service. Burial will follow in Holt Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Cordell S. Richards
Cordell S. Richards, age 31, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in early February of 1999. He served in the U.S. Air Force from July 1985 to October 1994 and was a veteran of the Gulf War.
He is the son of Cary S. and Ruby J. Richards of Holt, Fla.
Cordell is also survived by a brother, Cary P. Richards, U.S. Air Force, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.; former wife, Rhonda Richards, and two daughters, Reanna and Amanda Richards of Crestview, Fla.; paternal grandfather, Rev. Cary Richards and wife, Elizabeth, of Milton, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Marie Williams of Crestview; aunt, Linda S. Schafer and husband Robert of Houston, Texas; a cousin, Melinda A. Peeples and husband, Michael, of Pasadena, Texas; and a host of great aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation with friends and family will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 1999 followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Holt Assembly of God in Holt with the Rev. Jeffrey Scurlock and the Rev. Donnie Cadenhead officiating.
Brackney Funeral Service, 480 E. James Lee Boulevard, Crestview, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Nora Fantroy, age 84, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away March 17, 1999 at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Mrs. Fantroy was born to the late William and Mattie Hall Ousley in Bullock County, Ala. on Feb. 26, 1915. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1945 and lived here until she departed this life on this past Wednesday.
She was a member of the Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Rev. Fletcher and was a Christian at heart. She was the fourth of five sisters and was preceded in death by sisters Ethel Head, Bessie Ousley and Elizabeth Nettle. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy and Roman Ousley, and her husband, Jessie James Fantroy.
Mrs. Fantroy was a soft-spoken, generous person with a kind smile. She leaves us all with fond memories.
She is survived by her sister, Lola Mae Ousley, who resides at the Emerald Coast Nursing Home in Fort Walton Beach; nephew, Charles Head and family; Tommy Ousley and family; Vera Cooper and family; and a host of other relatives. She also leaves behind a close friend, Mrs. Margaret Maulshager.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Valerie R. Head, Mrs. Fantroy's caregiver.
Funeral homegoing services will be held at the Little Chapel Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach on Monday, March 22, 1999 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dudley Primous officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Mrs. Fantroy will be interred at the Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach at a later date.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Deborah Suzanne Faris
Mrs. Deborah Suzanne Faris, age 48, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away Thursday evening, March 18, 1999 at her residence after an extended illness. Mrs. Faris was born Nov. 8, 1950 in Sumter, S.C. Debby, along with her family, moved to Shalimar in March 1991 from Terre Haute, Ind. She is a member of St. Simons on the Sound Episcopal Church and a devoted mother who enjoyed taking care of her family 24 hours a day. Through her extended illness, Debby never lost her sense of humor which delighted all who knew her.
Mrs. Faris was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Brown. She is survived by her husband, Jim Faris of Shalimar; son, Jimmy Faris of Shalimar; daughter, Susie Faris of Shalimar; mother, Elma Radcliff of Sumter, S.C.; and by many extended family members and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Faris will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, 1999 in the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Father James Spencer officiating.
Flowers will be accepted but those who wish may make donations to the St. Simons on the Sound Episcopal Church's Building with Faith Fund in memory of Mrs. Deborah Suzanne Faris.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547, is in charge of arrangements.
James Rocco Guglielmino
Mr. James "Jim" Rocco Guglielmino, age 54, of Navarre, Fla., passed away Thursday morning, March 18, 1999 in a local hospital. Mr. Guglielmino was born April 23, 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late James Rocco and Lillian Liosa Guglielmino. Jim was employed by the Harris Corporation and then became a self-employed painting contractor. He moved to Navarre in 1993 from Melbourne, Fla. He was an active member of Abundant Life Church was active with Fort Walton Beach High School basketball program and the Navarre Youth Sports Association basketball.
Mr. Guglielmino was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Pat Guglielmino of Navarre; daughter, Valerie Prigge and husband Stuart of R.A.F. Mildenhall, England; son, Michael Guglielmino of Navarre; three grandchildren, Joshua Bethany and Zachary Prigge, all of R.A.F. Mildenhall; sister, Santina Fancher and husband Roy of Port St. John, Fla.; sister, Linda Auchmoody and husband Leonard of Highland, N.Y.; brother, Salvatore Guglielmino of Highland; and many other extended family members and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Guglielmino will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 1999 in the Abundant Life Church with Pastor Bernard H. Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home on Monday, March 22, 1999 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, is in charge of arrangements.
Loal Marguerite Russell Stephens
Loal Marguerite Russell Stephens, age 95, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday afternoon, March 18, 1999 in a local nursing home. Mrs. Stephens was born on March 13, 1903 in MacArthur, Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma, to the late Charles Norman and Viola Ann Russell. Mrs. Stephens went to high school in Ada, Okla. and taught school in Henrietta and Smelter City, Okla. from 1922 to 1926. She has been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since 1977, moving here from Sabinal, Texas. She was a lifelong Baptist, teaching Sunday school for about 60 years. She joined Cinco Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach and was a member of the Eastern Star for about 72 years. Mrs. Stephens sewed and hand beaded wedding dresses for many of Sabinal's brides and made lace and hand-beaded covers for bride's books, too.
Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her husband, Walter Durant Stephens, who she married May 8, 1926. She is survived by daughter, Barbara Jo Sterling and husband Thomas; son, Russell Durant Stephens and wife Ada June Wortham; six grandchildren, Thomas J. Sterling and wife Mary Alice, Melissa J. Oliver and husband David, Melody J. Sanders and husband Mark, Russell Durant Stephens Jr. and wife Beverly Sue Tidwell, Cheryl Patrice Clark and husband Christopher E. and Sandra Gail Ferris and husband Charles Wesley; eight great grandchildren; and sister, Benna Purvine.
A memorial service for Mrs. Stephens will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 1999 at the Shalimar Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Reese officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church building fund of your choice or to the Children's Advocacy Center in memory of Mrs. Loal Stephens.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547.
Maria Magdalena Sandor
Maria Magdalena Szilagyi Sandor, mother of Gigi Bucci of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and known to family and friends as "Magda," passed away after a brief illness March 17, 1999, at the age of 77.
She was born in Heves, Hungary, on Sept. 10, 1921. Educated in Hungary, she received degrees in history and economics from the University of Budapest. In 1947, she and her late husband Andrew "Andy" L. Sandor emigrated to the United States. After residing in New York and New Jersey, they moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1987.
Magda was active in Hungarian-American interests, including the Hungarian Freedom Fighters Association. Before joining St. Mary's RC in Fort Walton Beach she was a member of St. Ladislaus RC Church in New Brunswick, N.J. Here she had the opportunity to have an audience with the late, eminent Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty. In Hungary she was the rallying point of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters of 1956.
Mrs. Sandor is survived by three daughters and two sons: Gigi Bucci, wife of Steven E. Bucci, owner of Tony's Italian Restaurant, Mercedes Hartig of McLean, Va., Lillian Troy of Hollywood, Calif., Andrew L. Sandor of Corona, Calif., and Roland Sandor of Liberty, Ky. Other relatives include Baby Kali of Elsinore, Denmark, a stepdaughter, and numerous grandchildren.
On Sunday the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary. A rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. It will be performed by Father Kevin Johnson of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, at St. Mary's and burial rites will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Harry Victor Fowler
Harry Victor Fowler, age 67, of Navarre, Fla., died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Fowler served in the Korean conflict in Japan. He was a 1957 graduate of Auburn University and an avid War Eagle fan all his life. He retired from Metric Systems in 1996 after 27 years and was director of the electronics division and vice president. He was an active member of St. Sylvester's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Fowler; son, David Fowler and fiancee Sherry Bayless, Don and Mary Fowler and son Michael James, Ann Marie and George Kinzler; and sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Jim Hollingsworth.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22, at St. Sylvester's Catholic Church with Father Steven O'Conner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel.