Fred Parker Waters
Fred Parker Waters, age 71, of Shalimar, died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on April 24, 1999, after a long battle with emphysema. A native of Opp, Ala., he was a summer resident of Fort Walton Beach from childhood. He had been a permanent resident since 1951. Mr. Waters was a graduate of Marion Military Institute, served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He retired in 1986, after a career at Eglin AFB in various Procurement and Contract Negotiations positions. He was an active member of the U.S. Power Squadrons, having served as Commander of the Fort Walton Squadron, District 15 Commander and Rear Commander on the national level. He was a member of the FWB Kiwanis Club, First Baptist Church, and the Playground YMCA, where until recently, he enjoyed the Wellness Center.
Since his retirement, he and his wife, Eloise, traveled extensively world-wide on pleasure trips and throughout the U.S. to various Power Squadron functions. Until the past few years, he was an avid boater.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Eloise; one son, F. Parker Waters, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Dr. Donna Waters; three grandchildren, Lauren, Asleigh, and Jonathan, all of New Orleans; sister, Frances W. Tindell of Dothan, Ala.; brother William L. Waters of Pensacola, Fla. and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Waters and brothers Dr. H. W. Waters, Jr. and Robert C. Waters.
The family will receive friends at a visitation just prior to the service on Tuesday, April 27, 1999 from 12:30- 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with Dr. Jack Walchenbach officiating. Burial will follow the services in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Singleton, Wiley Pettis, Jim Leonard, Ed Bittle, Terry Barton, Doug Penton, Fred Valdivia, and Frank Woodall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Admiral's Club Bld. Fund, Fort Walton Sail and Power Squadron, P.O. Box 1461, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32549-1461 or the Playground Area YMCA Wellness Center, 1127 Hospital Rd., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32547, in memory of Fred P. Waters.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. is entrusted with the arrangements.
Minnie Elizabeth Herron
Minnie Elizabeth Herron, beloved wife of Dillard Herron, departed this earthly life to take up residence in her heavenly home on April 25, 1999. She was born May 10, 1918, to Margaret and Clayborn Reynolds. Formerly of Louisville, Ky., she resided in Freeport, Fla., prior to moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1982.
Her legacy of being a stalwart Christian, devoted wife and mother will provide strength and encouragement to the family and friends she leaves behind.
She is survived by her loving husban Dillard; daughters Naomie Barr and Leo of Wiamauma, Fla., Marie Worker and Bill of Niceville, Fla., Delois Luker and Gene of Louisville, Ky., Betty Manakee and Jim Upton of Louisville, Ky., Jeannie Plummer of Louisville, Ky., Faye Berryman of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment will be conducted in Lousville, Ky. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mary Esther Church of God to further the work of the Lord.
Evergreen Funeral Home in Louisville, Ky. is entrusted with the arrangements.
Valerie Lanci Shortall
Valerie Lanci Shortall passed away quietly at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Saturday, April 24, 1999, after an extended illness.
Born in Brooklyn, she spent most of her younger years in Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y. In 1942, she became a Conover model. In October of 1943, she married John Shortall and began her 20-year career as an Army wife. While they were stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, she was entertainment director from 1960 to 1963. There she groomed and coordinated talent for the All-Army performance on the Ed Sullivan television show. After moving to Syracuse in 1963, she directed the talent shows at the New York State Fair and worked as a talent scout for the Ted Mack Amateur Hour television show. She directed "Li'l Abner," "Anne Frank," and other plays in New York and Kansas.
The MITRE Corporation moved the family to Fort Walton Beach in 1968. Valerie owned and operated Valerie's in downtown Fort Walton Beach from 1970 to 1989. She was an active member of the Fort Walton Beach Woman's Club, the Lioness Club, the Republican Women's Club, Sons of Italy and the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Auxiliary, she managed the gift shop from 1993 to 1996. In 1997, she coordinated the Florida State Trade Show for the Association of Florida Hospital Auxiliaries and Volunteers in Orlando.
She was a loving wife and mother, and a friend to all who knew her. She is survived by John, her husband of 55 years; her brother, Gabriel Lanci, of Lynn, Mass.; her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Ed Ell, and daughter, Dolores Noechel, all of Shalimar; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Funeral services for Valerie will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Martin Holley officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will greet friends at the McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, with a rosary service at 7 p.m.
McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Daryl Gene Cook
Daryl Gene Cook, age 48, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday morning, April 25, 1999, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Cook was born on Nov. 23, 1950, in Lima, Ohio. He moved to Fort Walton Beach from Orlando, Fla., when he accepted a job as a jobs and benefits employment counselor 26 years ago.
Mr. Cook graduated from the University of Florida in Orlando and later received his master's degree from West Florida University in Fort Walton Beach.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach; and the MA(02) Nancy Hale Sunday School Class. His love of fishing and family as a loving husband, good father and devoted son will be missed by all.
Mr. Cook is survived by his wife of 10 years, Julie Cook of Fort Walton Beach; sons, Eric Lance Cook, Matthew Willis Cook and Mark Zachary Cook, all of Fort Walton Beach; parents, James and Frances Cook of Orlando; brother, James A. Cook and wife Carol of San Ramon, Calif.; nephew, Michael Cook of San Ramon; and many extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach with Dr. Howard Gates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 21 S.E. First St., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; or to the American Diabetes Association, in memory of Mr. Daryl Gene Cook.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Malcolm Howell Laird
Malcolm Howell Laird, age 67, of the Bridge Creek area in Fla., died Monday, April 26, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Laird was a native of Euchee Valley and had resided in Holmes County, Fla., for the past 42 years. Mr. Laird served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was an ordained deacon and member of East Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Milina and Alvie Hardy; and a brother, Edward Laird.
Malcolm is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Ann Laird of Bridge Creek; daughters, Donna Timmons and husband Duane, Debra Smith and husband Vic, and Pamela Price and husband Ken; grandchildren, Allison Timmons, Aaron Timmons, Alex Price, Nicholas Price and Tyler Smith; brothers, C.J. Laird and wife Estelle of Ponce de Leon, Fla., Lewis Laird and wife Louise of St. Petersburg, Fla., Howard Laird and wife Sara of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Herbert Laird of Austin, Texas; sister, Minnie Harrison and husband Oscar of DeFuniak Springs; and sister-in-law, Bobbie Laird of Pensacola, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 29, at Comander Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Kenneth Harrison and Bill Bricker officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Irene Thomas Roberts
Irene Thomas Roberts, a loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has departed to be in her heavenly home with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 27, 1999, after a short illness at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was born to Enola and Alfred Thomas on Jan. 16, 1910, in Shreveport, La.. She moved to Shreveport in 1939, later living many years in Baton Rouge, La., and on Toledo Bend Lake outside Many, La., before moving to Destin, Fla., in 1997 to be near family members.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Duke Roberts of Destin; son, J. Duard Roberts and daughter-in-law, Essie Anderson Roberts of Destin; grandchildren, Rhonda Roberts Clark of Baton Rouge, Duard "Buddy" Roberts of Destin, and Lori Roberts Moore of Destin; great-grandchildren, Karrie R. Clark of Baton Rouge, Jason W. Roberts, Jeffrey M. "Jeff" Roberts and Katie L. Moore, all of Destin; sister, Mildred Duncan of Shreveport, La. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Alfred L. Thomas and Lewis P. Thomas.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Edward A. Tinker
Edward A. Tinker, age 74, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in a local hospital.
He was born on May 30, 1924, in Stamford, Conn., and retired from the U.S. Air Force after completing over 20 years of service. He had lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah W. Tinker of Fort Walton Beach; son, Thomas W. Tinker and daughter-in-law Shirley H. Tinker of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughters, Anne P. Tinker and her husband Michael Murdock of Huntsville, Ala., and Elizabeth (Betsy) Tinker of Fort Walton Beach; and a grandson, Ryan W. Tinker of Rock Hill.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Pauline Bodie, age 52, of Graceville, Fla., died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 30, in New Smyrna Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Kevin Adkison, Michael Tadlock and Mike White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Bodie was born on Nov. 24, 1946, in Atmore, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of New Smyrna Assembly of God Church.
She is survived by her husband, Arvil Bodie of Graceville; sons, Willie Wise of Bonifay, Fla., and Arvil Bodie Jr. of Graceville; daughters, Kathy Duplesis of Bonifay and Anitra Cornell of San Diego; brother, James R. Taylor of Rocky Mountain, N.C.; sisters, Peggy Smith of Uriah, Ala., and Judy Mills of Noma, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
James and Lipford Funeral Home, Graceville, is in charge of arrangements.
Chrisann Raabe Girocco
Chrisann Raabe Girocco was born to Anita and Ralph C. Raabe of Shalimar Pointe, Fla., at the West Point Military Academy Hospital on July 31, 1950. She passed away Wednesday, April 28, 1999.
She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas M. Girocco of Des-tin, Fla., and Northport, Mich.; one son, Michael Gir-occo and wife Julie and their two sons, Har-ris and Slater of Bel Aire, Calif.; a daughter, Elizabeth Girocco Patterson and husband David and son Max of Dallas; mother-in-law, Betty Girocco of Muskegon, Mich. Chrisann has a sister, Lisa R. Krenz and husband Ron and three children, Kris, Holly and Sarah of Milpitas, Calif.; two brothers, Ralph C. Raabe III and wife Teresa and daughter Rebecca of San Jose, Calif., and Mark S. Raabe and wife Nancy and daughter Lauren of San Mateo, Calif.; and grandmother, Ruth Schult of Van Wert, Ohio.
Chrisann had a passion for landscaping and flowers. You could always find her wherever she was by her off-key whistling or humming. Her success in real estate was legend.
We will miss her bright smile and gentle ways. May Heaven be a happier place with her presence, because she was an angel before she arrived there.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society, 4 N.E. Jackson St., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
A memorial service will be conducted at noon on Sunday, May 2, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.