Jennie R. Downey
Jennie R. Downey died Thursday, April 15, 1999, in Pensacola, Fla.
She was born in Commerce, Ga., on Sept. 21, 1909.
Mrs. Downey was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Downey. Survivors include her sons, Robert E. Downey and wife Fatima, Thomas L. Downey and wife Marilyn of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Harold Alan Downey of Mobile, Ala.; grandchildren, Deborah, Kristi, Jeff, Greg and Felisa; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Services will be held at a later date in Birmingham, Ala.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the American Cancer Society.
James G. Day
James G. Day, age 72, died Sunday, April 18, 1999, at home with his family.
He was a lifelong resident of Crestview, Fla., and was self-employed at Day's Wrecker Service. He retired from the State Department.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy B. Day; children, Greg Day, Donna Patterson, Gary Day and Dexter Day; stepchildren, Beverly Hyde and Mark Hearn; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Marvin Day, Troy Day, Vann Day, Bryan Day, Charles Day and Rachael Outlaw.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel at First United Methodist Church in Crestview.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at First United Methodist Church in Crestview.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is entrusted with arrangements.
George J. McDermott
George J. McDermott, age 85, died peacefully Saturday, April 17, 1999.
He was born in New York City to Thomas M. and Catherine M. McDermott. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he served in the K-9 Corps during World War II. He and his wife Zibby lived in the Grand Rapids area before retiring to Destin, Fla., in 1980. He was devoted in his faith and was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
George generously contributed to charitable organizations worldwide and volunteered much of his time helping the community through Sharing and Caring and St. Vincent de Paul. When not serving others he could be found on the golf course perfecting his already remarkable game.
George was a devoted husband, supportive brother, loving father and fun-loving Gramps to his survivors, who include his wife Zibby; brother, Thomas McDermott; children, Milton McDermott and wife Sue, Elizabeth McGill and husband Mike, Catherine Wilkoff and husband Kenneth, and John McDermott and wife Vera; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Destin on Wednesday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. with Father Bob Morris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sharing and Caring or to St. Vincent de Paul.
The family would like to offer their appreciation to the staff of the coronary unit at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for their compassionate care.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Gordon Grice, age 56, of Holt, Fla., went home to be with his Lord on Monday night, April 19, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Andalusia, Ala., and had been a lifelong resident of Holt. Mr. Grice was employed as a truck driver with Young's Contracting in Niceville, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Grice of Holt; sons and their wives, Frankie and Ann Grice of Laurel Hill, Fla., Ted and Carolyn Grice of Dorcas, Fla., and Keith and Sandy Grice of Holt; brothers and sister-in-law, Donald and Elaine Grice, and Ervin Grice, all of Holt; 11 grandchildren, Kyle, Billy, Jacob, Jonathan, Joey, Robert, Jeremy, Kimberly, Rhonda, Scotty and Jamie; and great-grandchild, Amber.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, at Lighthouse Holiness Church with the Revs. Darby Rhoades and Wayne Etheridge officiating. Burial will follow in Old Holt Cemetery. Mr. Grice will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Larry A. Cork
Larry A. Cork, age 60, of Destin, Fla., died Monday morning, April 19, 1999, at his residence.
He was born in Pierpoint, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 1939, and was a retired engineer with the Defense department. He was a member of Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club, and was on the board of directors for the Indian Bayou Home Owners Association. He was part of NASA as a missile designer.
Survivors include his wife, Adelle Cork of Destin; mother, Opal Cork of Pierpoint; sons, Scott Cork and wife Jan of St. Louis, and Todd Cork and wife Nancy of St. Louis; daughters, Rachelle Salamon and fianc� Brian Owens of Destin, and Rosslin Waisley of Vasaville, Calif.; six grandchildren; one aunt; one nephew; and one niece.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. John Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Ellis "CB" Baker, age 55, of Steinhatchee, Fla., died Monday, April 19, 1999, at his residence.
He was a native of Live Oak, Fla., living in Steinhatchee for six months, coming from Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Steinhatchee had been his home away from home for quite some time.
Mr. Baker was a member of First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee; Playground Antique Classics Car Club "Old Peoples Car Club" of Fort Walton Beach; Playground Amateur Radio Club of Fort Walton Beach; Eglin Rod and Gun Club at Eglin Air Force Base; and the National Rifle Association.
He was a veteran with the U.S. Coast Guard and a criminal investigator for the Department of Defense. Mr. Baker was the son of Otis and Francis Turner Baker.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Annie Baker of Steinhatchee; mother, Francis Baker of Perry, Fla.; daughter, Vickie and husband Jimmy Brown of Perry; brothers, Homer Baker of Columbia, S.C., Kenneth Baker of Perry; sisters, Susan Wick of Perry and Zola Priest of Dayton, Ohio. Grandchildren, Lindsey and Beth Brown of Perry also survive, along with a host of nieces and nephews and good friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, with Dr. Hal Fletcher Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, 1400 Johnson Stripling Road, Perry, is in charge of arrangements.
Ada Jane Baker
Ada Jane Baker, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at her White Sands Manor residence on April 19, 1999.
She was born on March 15, 1916, in Madison County, Ky., and had resided in the local area for the past 30 years, moving here from Louisville, Ky. She was Baptist by faith and a member of Hollywood Baptist Church. She will be loved and missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Baker. She was the beloved mother of her son, David, and daughter-in-law, Rheba Tyler of Navarre, Fla.; stepdaughter, Minnie Baker Brown of Lebanon, Mo.; sister, Virginia (Hank) Rabby of Mary Esther, Fla.; grandmother, Deanna Miller of Cincinnati, and Sandra Polsue of Milton, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Tasa Polsue, Rachel Miller and Paige Miller.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, at Hollywood Boulevard Baptist Church, 204 S.E. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, with the Rev. Willie Pace officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Baker will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.
"When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be" .... Family.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Connie Vermillion, age 75, of Laurel Hill, passed away Wed. morning, April 21. Mrs. Vermillion was a native of Greene County, Indiana and had lived in Laurel Hill since 1989. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Laurel Hill.
Mrs. Vermillion was preceeded in death by her mother Jessie J. Cox, a brother Jesse L. Cox, & a son Walter (Jack) Vermillion.
Surviviors include her husband, Walter Vermillion of Laurel Hill; one daughter, Beverly Morris of Reno, Nev.; her father, Rev. W.J. Cox of Crestview; three brothers, Wilbur M. Cox of Laurel Hill, Rev. Charles Cox of Point Washington, Fla., and Richard Cox of Roseville, Calif.; four sisters, Naomi Burnett of Iuka, Miss., Edna Pufal of Cleveland, Ohio, Faith Beers of Brewton, Ala., and Betty Baublitz of Marysville, Wash.; two grandsons, Patrick Folk & Brian Norris; one granddaughter, Ranie Vermillion; one step granddaughter, Angie Duarte; five great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, from the First Assembly of God Church in Laurel Hill with the Revs. Chuck Cox, Jim Beers, & Charles A. Burnett officiating. Burial will follow in the Almarante Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Vermillion will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of the arrangements.
Yvette R. Des Rochers-Degan
Yvette R. Des Rochers, age 92 of Shalimar, Fla., departed the evening of Tuesday, April 20, 1999.
Yvette was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada to Romeo Des Rochers and Corinne Chapman Des Rochers, one of eight children. She made Shalimar her home since 1992.
She is survived by her daughter, Claire R. McKeon of Shalimar, Fla; three grandsons, Francis J. of Shalimar, Fla., Paul T. of Sumner, Maine, Daniel P. of Liverpool, N.Y.; and five grandchildren, Adam, Jennifer, Jessica, Carissa, and Rachel; sisters, Gilberte' Des Rochers of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada; Lucille Des Roche Henault of St. Felix De Valois, Quebec, Canada.
Yvette spent fifty-plus years as a dedicated New York registered nurse and at the age of 88, tested and received a Florida R.N. license.
Yvette will be remembered for her love, kindness and help to all she touched. The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary on Friday, April 23, 1999 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, 1999, with Father Kevin Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Beal Mem-orial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mickey Delane Monk
Mickey Delane Monk, 64, died at his residence Saturday, with his family at his side. He was the son of Virgil Jeff Monk and Mamie Elizabeth Johnston. His great grandparents, James M. Johnston and Sarah Cunningham Johnston, moved from Mason, Texas to Jayton, Texas, by covered wagon.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at North's Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St., with the Rev. Steve Monk officiating.
Mr. Monk was born June 9, 1934 in Jayton, Texas. He was a 1951 graduate of Seagraves High School. He joined the Army in 1956 and served with the Combat Surveillance Company. Mr. Monk was an expert pilot for Baron Aviation Company, which he flew Federal Express contracts. He was a member of the Federal Aviation Administration-Airman Certification Branch in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was a commercial flight instructor for single engine airplanes. He relocated from Destin, Fla. to Abilene, Texas, in 1996. Mr. Monk married Eveline Ingrid Alt from Germany on September 19, 1996, in Abilene, Texas.
He was a very sophisticated man. He had a lot of wisdom and thought things through thoroughly. He loved his family deeply. He held his tongue and spoke with wisdom. He was an excellent pilot and loved to fly. His associates trusted his flying ability. He has now taken his last flight home to be in heaven. Although he will be missed by friends and family, we know there will be no more suffering. God is with him in peace and love.
Survivors include his wife, Eveline Monk of Abilene, Texas; six sons, Timothy J. Monk of Arlington, Texas, David Monk of Fort Worth, Texas, Samuel Monk of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Johnny Johnson, Ronnie Johnson and Donnie Johnson, all of Navarre, Fla.; two daughters, Beverly K. Cohea of Spring, Texas, and Cindy J. Larussa of Arlington, Texas; one brother, Tom Monk of Sun City, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Monk had stated, "Your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are your stars in your crown in heaven."
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday 6-7:30 p.m. The family asks that memorials be sent to Hendricks Hospice Care of Abilene, Texas.