Hugh Thomas Wells
Hugh Thomas Wells, age 93, 1471 Lee Road, Bonifay, Fla., passed away May 1, 1999, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Todd officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lavoughan Wells of Panama City, Fla., Perry and Hester Wells and Max and Joyce Wells, all of Chipley, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Minnie Russ of Vernon, Fla., Hazel and Jack Tison of Bonifay, Muriel and Roy Turner of Marianna, Fla., and Gail and Lane deMontmollen of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Esteena Wells of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; and caretaker, Nancy Harwick.
He was preceded death by his wife, Marie Harris Wells; and sons, Clyde Wells, Charles Wells and Bryon Wells.
Peel Funeral Home, Bonifay, is in charge of arrangements.
Clara Anna Stoneburner
Clara Anna Brauning Stoneburner departed this life to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 2, 1999.
She was born on March 5, 1900, in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter of Jacob and Louise Brauning. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Forrest R. Stoneburner D.D.; brothers, Ernest and Alfred Brauning; and sisters, Elsie Gobel and Helen Steed. She is survived by her son, Donald Stoneburner of Kalamazoo, Mich.; daughter, Marty Gossman of Shalimar, Fla.; and grandchildren, David Gossman of Hampshire, Ill., Dr. Paul Gossman of Elgin, Ill., Dr. Wayne Gossman of Birmingham, Ala., Mary Ann Day of Incrlik Air Force Base, Turkey, Gordon Stoneburner of Cincinnati, Janet Gimble of Kalamazoo, Sam, Debra and Judith Ann Stoneburner of Kalamazoo. She leaves 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews with precious memories.
Her love of learning, of flowers, and most important, her love of her Lord are left with all who loved her for these 99 years.
She was a beloved pastor's wife and first grade teacher in Dayton, Ohio, for many years.
A graveside service will be conducted by her grandson, the Rev. Paul Gossman, in Greenwood Cemetery at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, in Zanesville.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar.
Bolin Funeral Home, Zanesville, is in charge of arrangements.
William Carson Allgood
William "Bill" Carson Allgood, age 68, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday morning, May 3, 1999, in a local nursing home.
Mr. Allgood was born on April 1, 1931, in Carrollton, Ga., to the late George Wesley and Helen Allgood. Bill moved to Fort Walton Beach from Rome, Ga., and owned and operated Allgood's Spray Cleaning and Painting Service. He was a member of Grace Tabernacle; past member of the Shriners; past president of the Boys Club of Okaloosa County; and sponsored many Little League teams over the years. Mr. Allgood also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Allgood was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister. He is survived by his wife, Linda R. Allgood of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Debbie Allgood Purdy and husband the Rev. Mike of Athens, Ga.; daughter, Mitzi Allgood Correa and husband Elliot of Norcross, Ga.; son, Matt Allgood and wife Carolanne of Deland, Fla.; son, Carey Allgood of Fort Walton Beach; seven grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. David M. Malheiro and Mike Purdy officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery in Andalusia, Ala.
Asked to serve as pallbearers are Harvey Copeland, Jerry Bizzell Jr., Shane Purdy, Ben Purdy, Dewayne Radford and Sue Vosburg, with Jim Parker and Wayne Driver as honorary pallbearers.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Flowers will be accepted, but those who wish may make donations to Grace Tabernacle Church Memorial Fund, 218 N.E. Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, in memory of William "Bill" Carson Allgood.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Robert Smart
Charles Robert Lee "Bob" Smart went to be with his Lord on May 3, 1999, after a brief illness.
Bob was a man of God, a devoted husband and father, a proud retiree of the U.S. Air Force, and a good friend.
He served his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars and served his Lord as a deacon and song director for the Clinton RD Baptist Church in New Hartford, N.Y., which he helped charter and build before he relocated to Navarre, Fla.
Bob was born in St. Louis on Oct. 7, 1930, the son of Raymond and Mildred Smart. He is survived by his wife, Betty Smart; son, Kinion Smart of Navarre; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Cheryl Finley of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brother, Jack Smart of Rolla, Mo.; and sister, Leora Range of North Carolina. Bob is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael, Kendra and Robert Finley; as well as three great-grandchildren, Kristin, Camber and Courtney Finley.
Although no services will be held, Bob's final wishes are being honored by the Lewis Funeral Home in Navarre.
Kenneth F. Somers
Maj. Kenneth F. Somers, U.S. Air Force retired, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at his residence after a brief illness.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Christ the King Catholic Church with interment in Chapel Hills Memory Gardens, with full military honors.
A vigil service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 850 N. St. Johns Bluff Road, Jacksonville, Fla. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A native of Auburndale, Mass., he had lived in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and made Jacksonville his home for the past 21 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a fighter pilot, serving in Korea and Vietnam.
Survivors include his wife, Letha Somers; sons, Kenneth Michael Somers and Joseph Dean Somers; daughters, Michelle Anne Burge and husband James, and Julie Lee Olinto and husband Brendon; sisters, Barbara Criswell and Nancy Lane; grandchildren, Trevor, Somer, Lindsay, Shelley, Jordan, Ryan, Michael, Taylor and Hunter.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Hospice Northeast, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles L. Morgan
Charles L. Morgan, age 84, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital, Fla., on Wednesday, May 5, 1999.
He was born on Jan. 28, 1915, in Bonanza, Ky., and had been a resident of the local area for the past 16 years, moving here from Tennessee. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Florosa Baptist Church. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II, the Korean conflict and Vietnam, and later retired as a master sergeant after 26 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Lee Morgan, in 1994. Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Elizabeth Morgan of Shalimar; brother, B.J. Morgan of Kentucky; sisters, Eugenia Richardson, Anna Belle White, Ida Ruth Waliuzius and Flora Mae Morgan, all of Kentucky, Winifred Hope Morgan and Launa Clark of Florida.
Mr. Morgan will be laid to rest in Barrancas National Cemetery on Friday, May 7.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Florosa Baptist Church, 102 Church St., Mary Esther, Fla., with Dr. Lynn Browning officiating.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Dale R. Frank
Master Sgt. Dale R. Frank, U.S. Air Force retired, age 43, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at a local hospital on May 4, 1999, after a brief illness.
He was born in Springville, N.Y., on Oct. 8, 1955, and moved here about four years ago. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 30, 1993, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, with over 20 years of service to his country. He was Catholic by faith and was a loving and supportive father and an avid fan of family sports.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth May Fox Frank, and is survived by his wife, Teresita (Terri, Inday) Frank; daughter, Carol Lynn Frank; son, Richie Thomas Frank; daughter, Dawn Nicole Frank, all of Fort Walton Beach; father, Carsyl H. Frank of West Valley, N.Y.; brothers, and sisters-in-law, Wayne R. and Caren Frank, and Larry A. and Patricia Frank, all of West Valley; sisters-in-law, Alicia R. Padgett and Maricar DeMate, both of Anchorage, Alaska; nephew, Blake Padgett of Phoenix; and many close friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with U.S. Air Force Chaplain Father John Nolan officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 222 N.E. Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Wendell Ray Baker
Wendell Ray Baker, age 46, of Destin, Fla., passed away May 4, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Mr. Baker was sales manager with Ewell Industries in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Baker; mother, Golda Baker; sister, Wanda Halstenberger, both of Metropolis, Ill.; stepdaughters, Monica Hammett and Melissa "Missy" Richburg; and granddaughter, Trinity Richburg. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Baker; and two brothers.
A memorial service will be conducted at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 8, on the beach just west of The Crab Trap on Old Scenic Highway 98 in Destin. Mrs. Baker will greet friends before the service at 7:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 1237, Niceville, FL 32588-1237.
Willie P. Free
Mrs. Willie P. Free, age 94, of Kinston, Ala., died Tuesday afternoon, May 4, 1999, in Opp Nursing Facility.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the chapel of Rainer Funeral Home with the Revs. Danny Bradshaw and Boyce Teas officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Mrs. Free was born on July 1, 1904, in Geneva County, Ala. She was married to Marion C. Free and together they resided in Coffee County, where they raised their family. Mrs. Free and her husband enjoyed 45 years of marriage together. Many family and friends knew Mrs. Free to be a faithful Christian and devoted to the Kinston First Assembly of God Church, where she was a member for 73 years. Mrs. Free was a housewife, mother and loving grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion C. Free; son-in-law, Thomas Weeks; brother, Louie Pridgen; and sister, Carlis McCall.
Survivors include her daughters, Merle Weeks of Kinston, Earline and husband Raymond Sturdivant of Valparaiso, Fla.; son, Ray and wife Louise Free of Potosi, Mo.; sisters, Jean Campbell of Pace, Fla., and Waree Lee of Pace; brother, W.O. Pridgen of Bonifay, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Rainer Funeral Home of Opp is in charge of arrangements.
Tom Koszarek, age 47, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 23, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
His passing will leave a big void in the lives of those who knew him. Tom's big heart and loving spirit blessed us all.
Tom was born on Oct. 25, 1951, in Harris-burg, Pa., and had resided in this area for the past 12 years. He was a master carpenter by trade and an accomplished musician who played with many of the bands in the area. His love of music and life touched the lives of all who had the opportunity to play with him. We will forever treasure the music he made.
Survivors include his father, retired Col. Frank Koszarek of Spain; mother, Myndal Koszarek of Phoenix; sons, Andrew and Philip of Norman, Okla.; and longtime loving companion, Anita Hartstall of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Temple Church, Hickory Street (off Lovejoy Road) on Sunday, May 9, at 4 p.m.
Tom loved to play the blues and gospel. God bless him.