Grace Louise Lockney
Grace Louise Lockney, age 77, passed away March 27, 1999.
Grace was born in Parkersburg, W.Va.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. William J. Lockney. She is survived by her son, William R. Lockney of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; daughters, Sandra Lockney-Davis, her husband, Charlie Davis of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Pandora Lockney, her fianc� Chris Beal of Wynn Haven Beach, Fla., and Candace Bertelsen, her husband Bob Bertelsen, grandchildren, Lacey and Vincent, and great-grandson Jake, all of Tempe, Ariz.
As the wife of an Air Force pilot, Grace balanced the duties of an officer's wife and the responsibilities of raising a family while living all over the world. Following the death of her husband she settled in Crestview, Fla. Her greatest enjoyments included decorating, shopping at Wal-Mart and fishing, evidenced by the many near-record sized bass that adorned the walls of her home.
Graveside services were held on March 30 at Beal Memorial Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Larry Mosely of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Fla.
The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to the professionals of Hospice, and other caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Hospice of Niceville, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578.
She will be so very missed by her family and friends.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Lloyd "Tom" Thompson
Senior Master Sgt. Lloyd "Tom" H. Thompson, U.S. Air Force retired, age 69, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was born in Rush-ville, Ill., to Albert and Elizabeth Thompson and had been a resident of Mary Esther, Fla., for 25 years. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed working at Keltec for 13 years.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his loving wife, Johanna; son, David; and stepdaughters, Carrol, Patricia and Karen. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service for Mr. Thompson will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
August Theodore Sieron
August T. Sieron, age 93, of Crestview, Fla., died Wednesday evening, March 31, 1999, at Crestview Nursing and Convales-cent Home after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Sieron was born in South Bend, Ind., on Sept. 25, 1905, to Francis and Sylvia Bochart Sieron and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area for the past 10 years. He was a retired chemical engineer and also a consultant in chemical plant construction. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Jean Spretnjak. Survivors include his loving wife, Helen E. (Muszik) Sieron of Crestview; sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Miriam Sieron of Crestview, Barry and Barbara Sieron of Monee, Ill., and Mark and Joan Sieron of Arlington Heights, Ill.; daughter, Patricia Richards Faulkner of Sagle, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, with the Rev. Father Michael Reed officiating.
Additional services will be conducted in South Bend under the direction of Kaniewski Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Notre Dame, Ind.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview.
Jackie Lee Ashley
Maj. Jackie Lee "Jack" Ashley, U.S. Air Force retired, age 68, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday morning, April 1, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Maj. Ashley was born in Frankfort, Ind., to the late Gernon Walter and Dorothy Mae King Ashley. He moved to this area in 1967 before retiring in 1972 with over 20 years of active service, including Korea and Vietnam. Jack graduated from Purdue University in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in air transportation engineering. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and Northwest Florida Corvair Club.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, June Ashley of Fort Walton Beach; daughters and sons-in-law, Margot and Jim Richards of Virginia Beach, Va., and Jennifer and Ben Bellamy of Crestview; grandchildren, Kyle, Brittany and Jamie, all of Virginia Beach; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Homer Craig; and his nephew and niece, Brian and Tina Craig, all of Orlando, Fla.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Wolfe officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.
Floral contributions are accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road N.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
James Harvey Pulliam
On April 2, 1999, Jim Pulliam made his final courageous fight for life.
Earth's battle is over with suffering and pain.
Heaven rejoiced as they announced his name.
A husband, a father, a papa, a friend,
Remembered forever with a love that won't end.
Jim is survived by his wife, Patsy; son, James H. Pulliam II and wife, Diann; daughters, Luann Triliegi and husband, Bruno, and Tommie Trovato and husband, Joe; grandchildren, B.J. Alexandria and Areanna Triliegi, James Thomas and Nicolas Pulliam; in-laws, Josh Hurst, Ann Zimerle, Jerry and Kay Green, Wendell and Nina Wright, Carey and Carol Green and Elna Green; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Pulliam was preceded in death by his father and mother, James T. and Lula Pulliam, and brother, Roy Pulliam.
During his early years, Jim was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton. Currently, The Chapel is considered his home church. Jim was also a Mason and served his country in the U.S. Army before beginning his career. He was employed for more than 30 years at the Daily News in Fort Walton Beach. He worked in the Circulation Department and watched as the paper grew from a single, weekly edition to a full seven-days-a-week production. He was Circulation Director until he developed cancer of the larynx. Jimmy was a loving husband and father who nurtured his family and instilled values for living a good life. During his children's school years, he was an actively involved parent, serving numerous times as PTO President and Booster Club President. Nothing pleased him more than being part of his children's lives. Their school friends who found a safe haven at Mr. P's shared that same love and devotion.
"King of Cooking" was another title worn by Jim. The kitchen was his domain. There wasn't a gadget he hadn't tried. A good barbecue was his specialty, but everything he cooked was wonderful.
Jim was loved by his extended family for his loving support and leadership through the years.
Mr. P's love was witnessed by the many lives of which he came in contact. He always believed in everyone's best, when often the worse was most evident. He will be missed and remembered in our hearts forever.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 6, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be conducted at McLaughlin by Father Ken Murie on Wednesday, April 7, 1999 at 10 a.m.
Kate M. Sibley
Kate M. Sibley, age 90, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, April 2, 1999.
Kate was born in Birmingham, Ala. on April 8, 1908 to William and Ida Maxwell. She had been living in the Fort Walton Beach area since 1977. Kate worked at Auburn University as a registrar supervisor. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Kate was a loving mother and grandmother and a good friend to many. She will be missed by all her knew her.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, G. Thomas and Betty Sibley III of St. Simons Island, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Tena Sibley McLaughlin and Maurice McLaughlin of Shalimar, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham on Tuesday, March 6, 1999 at noon with Rev. John Collins officiating. Flowers are being accepted or donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach Building Fund or the Shalimar United Methodist Church Building Fund.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.
Roderick Brent Tapley
Roderick Brent Tapley, age 24, of Niceville, Fla., died early on the morning of Saturday, April 3, 1999 as the result of a head-on automobile accident through no fault of his own.
Rod was born in Landstul, Germany, where his father was stationed at the time. He had lived in Niceville since 1978 and was a 1993 graduate of Niceville High School where he was the captain of the Debate Team. He was currently attending college in Tallahassee, Fla. where he was also on the debate team. Rod was a wonderful son and had many, many friends. He brought great joy and humor to all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, retired Col. and Mrs. Bobby Elizabeth Tapley of Niceville; his paternal grandmother, Bessie Tapley of Vidalia, Ga.; his maternal grandmother, Ruby Gillis Jones of Soperton, Ga.; his uncle, Roderick Hal Jones of Soperton; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at the 1st United Methodist Church in Niceville on Monday, April 5, 1999 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Lew Wilder officiating.
Rod will be taken to the Sammons Funeral Home in Soperton for further services and burial under the oaks of the Gillis Family Cemetery in Soperton.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 1237, Niceville, Fla., 32588-1237.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with the local arrangements.
Chad Heath Henderson
Chad Heath Henderson, age 27, passed away in Auburn, Ga., on Tuesday. A resident of Dacula, Ga., for the past eight years, he was a former resident of DeFuniak Springs. He attended Walton High School. Chad was employed with a metro Atlanta uniform service company as a sales agent.
Survivors are his wife, Allison Taylor Henderson of Dacula, Ga.; mother, Sheron Ammons McLaney and husband, Roger of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; father, Larrid Henderson and wife, Ann, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; sister, Ashlie Manning and husband Kevin, of Ponce DeLeon, Fla.; brother, Roger C. McLaney II and wife, Chastity, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; grandparents, Neil Henderson of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Geraldine Henderson of Suffolk, Va., Margaret McLean of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; his wife, Allison's, parents, Millie and Hugh Vaughan, Edward Taylor; and four sister-in-laws and three neices.
Funeral services are slated for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 1999, from Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Watts officiating. Interment is in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home directing.
Clifton "Tony" Lovell
Clifton Cameron "Tony" Lovell, Ph.D., age 60, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, April 2, 1999 after a long struggle with heart ailments.
Dr. Lovell was born Aug. 23, 1938 in Lafayette, Ind., the son of former Fort Walton Beach resident Juanita Fatheree. He had lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1977.
Dr. Lovell was a 1956 graduate of Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tenn. and a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He went on to earn a master's degree in engineering mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1963 and a master's degree and doctorate in mathematical probability and electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970 and 1971.
Dr. Lovell worked in the research arena for most of his career, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. and the Rand Corporation in Los Angeles. He returned to Fort Walton Beach in 1977 to work for SAIC for the remainder of his career. He also served as adjunct professor at the University of Florida for many years.
Dr. Lovell is survived by two sisters, Patricia Turk of Atlanta and Carolyn Wright of Fort Walton Beach; five children, Clifton Lovell of Fort Walton Beach, Cameron Lovell of Atlanta, Melissa Lovell of San Diego, Calif., Molly Lovell of New York City and Matthew Lovell of Orlando, Fla.; and close friend and ex-wife, Terri Lovell of Shalimar.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 6, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach. Funeral services will be at noon, Wednesday, April 7, 1999 at the McLaughlin Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the American Heart Association or the Leukemia Foundation.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach is entrusted with arrangements.
Nancy K. Biggerstaff
Nancy K. Biggerstaff, age 56, of Destin, Fla., died Monday, April 5, 1999, at a local hospital after a 12-year battle with breast cancer.
She was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Nov. 26, 1942, to the late Hollie and Anna Biggerstaff. Nancy moved to Destin in 1984 after living in the Kansas City area for 20 years. Her fondest memories were of the friends who played softball with her in western Missouri.
Nancy was employed as office manager at Roommakers II Inc., for the past 11 years and was a member of Bosom Buddies Cancer Support Group.
Nancy is survived by several aunts, cousins, her family at Roommakers, and Marilyn Coe of Destin and the Coe family in Kansas City.
Memorials should be made to Friends of the Coastal Branch Library, P.O. Box 1174, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, in memory of Nancy K. Biggerstaff.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.