Evelyn Elsie Deckert
Evelyn Elsie Beck Deckert, age 77, was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Chicago and had been a resident of Mary Esther, Fla., since 1972.
A devoted wife and loving mother, she waged a long and valiant fight to recover from heart surgery and associated respiratory complications. She died on May 30, 1999.
In her passing she joins the Lord and her daughter, Lisette; her brother, Al Beck; parents, Louis and Elsie Beck; relatives and friends who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Frank R. Deckert; her five sons, Richard, Ronald, Frank, Robert and Thomas Deckert; daughters-in-law, Nancy, Jeannie, Ellen, Mary and Judy; and 10 grandchildren, all of the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area.
Her tender heart and sweet smile will be deeply missed, while she lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite charity be made in her memory.
Clifton A. Ingram
Clifton A. Ingram, age 72, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Saturday night, May 29, 1999, at his home.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1926, in Laconia, N.H., and had resided in DeFuniak Springs for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Julie M. Ingram; children, Elaine and Bruce Koenig, and Karen Ingram-Johnson; stepchildren, Deborah Wells-Pratt, Bruce Wells, Valerie Bennett and Shoshawna Burkhart; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, June 4, in the chapel of First United Methodist Church of DeFuniak Springs.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Lloyd A. Strait
Lloyd A. Strait, age 76, of Navarre, Fla., passed away May 8, 1999, at home.
Lloyd was born in Aleppo Township, Pa., and worked at American Security Bank in Washington, D.C., for 38 years. He had resided in Navarre since 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel; daughter, Fran Sheehan; son, Kevin, all of Navarre, and son, Ron McLendon of Hollywood, Md. Also three grandchildren, Michelle Ragghianti, Cathy Middleton and Ashley McLendon; two brothers, Delmar and Bill Strait of Jackson, Mich. Two brothers also preceded Lloyd in death - Robert and Ed - and joined their parents, Ray and Icie Strait.
A memorial service will be held at the home of Lloyd, Mabel and Kevin Strait on Thursday, June 10, at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Frank Dole officiating.
Vivian A. Murphy
Vivian A. Williams Winkler Murphy, a 12-year resident of Northwest Florida, passed into Heaven on June 2, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Born to Eliza and John Williams in Harper County, Okla., on July 8, 1916, she was the youngest of eight children. She lived most of her 82 years in Enid, Okla.
She is survived by her children, Linda and husband Michael Beck of Navarre, Fla., Brian and wife Pat Winkler of Cocoa, Fla., Bill Winkler of Phoenix, and Gary Winkler and life partner David Eckenbom of Seattle; grandchildren, Debra and husband Andrew of Wardencki of San Antonio, Texas, Susan and husband Warner Biggs of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., John Beck of Capron, Va., and Cheyenne Beck and fiance Aaron Krotts of Seattle; and great-grandchildren, John and Sarah Biggs of Fort Walton Beach, Andy and David Wardencki of San Antonio, and Jamie and Bradley Raines of Rescue, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Roy Winkler and Aaron Murphy; and six of her siblings, leaving her sister, Vera Russell of Las Lunas, N.M., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Always giving more than she received, she leaves behind many friends at the Emerald Coast Center in Fort Walton Beach, and in Enid where she operated a dry cleaning business and was active in Eastern Star and the Police Athletic League as assistant baseball coach.
A private family service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations to a Shriner's Hospital for Children is requested.
Doris H. Corder
On June 5, 1999, Doris H. Corder joined her beloved husband retired U.S. Army Col. Willis C. Corder in death.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. A private inurnment service will be held at the VA Cemetery in Raleigh, N.C.
Doris was born on Sept. 18, 1922, in Fairhaven, Mass., one of six children. Doris' early years were spent working for the Department of Defense in various secretarial jobs where she was recognized as a skillful administrator.
In 1952, she married the love of her life and spent 20 happy years stationed with her Army husband in exotic locations around the world. Doris had resided in Charlotte, N.C., since the couple's retirement from the U.S. Army in 1971. Since that time, she served on various committees for the Charlotte Symphony and was a past member of the Myers Park Country Club.
Doris will be remembered as a loyal and compassionate friend to the many who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Jenny Hamer; sister, Bertha Bates; and is survived by her only son, Wayne Corder and wife Rebecca; grandchildren, Denny and Daphne Corder; brother, Harry Hamer; and sisters, Annis Bower, Florence Nork and Lillian Nicolace.
To honor Doris and her lifelong commitment and service to the U.S. Armed Forces, the family requests memorials be made in her name to the Airmen Memorial Foundation, c/o 20th SOS Commander, 195 Brim St., Hurlburt Field, FL 32544.
McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel, Charlotte, is in charge of arrangements.
Gwendolyn A. Leckwee
Gwen A. Leckwee, age 80, a mother and homemaker, died June 5, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Leckwee was born in Cottage Grove, Wisc., a daughter of Floyd Manwaring and Emily (Manwaring) Thorson. She was first married to Paul G. Rockstad, and a widow of Lester Leckwee.
Surviving are two sisters, Gladene Gruen of Grand Haven, Mich., and Gloria Thomas of Hollywood, Fla.; son, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jon Rockstad of Summerville, S.C.; daughter, Mrs. Terrianne J. McDonald of Mary Esther, Fla.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Victor Harry Smith
Master Sgt. Victor Harry Smith, U.S. Air Force retired, age 88, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, June 5, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Smith was born on Jan. 12, 1911, in Los Angeles, to the late John Peter "JP" and Delphine Smith. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1961 after over 23 years of service. Mr. Smith flew 32 missions over Germany during World War II as a flight engineer and he was also a B-17 gunner in the Balteric. He moved to Fort Walton Beach from Chandler, Ariz., 13 years ago, where he was an aircraft mechanic in civil service.
Mr. Smith loved antique cars and was a member of the Antique Car Club of Fort Walton Beach and the National Antique Auto Club. He was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Louis; and sisters, Juliette and Lillian. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Smith of Fort Walton Beach; stepdaughters, Joyce Bisbee (also caregiver through his illness) of Fort Walton Beach, Aletah McDonald of Mossy Head, Fla., and Janet Dvorak of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; stepson, Leonard Kypfer of Fort Walton Beach; adopted daughter, Michelle Huffman of Mossy Head; in-laws, Ellis and Betty Williams, Lloyd and Lorraine Williams, Charles and Jimmie Williams, Mildred Wincey, Jessie and Jack Butts; numerous nieces and nephews; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Smith, a dear person, will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family gives special thanks to all his doctors and staff at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center who cared for him each stay and also to the caring nurses and staff of Hospice of Northwest Florida who cared for him at home.
A funeral service for Mr. Smith will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Reeves and Father Kevin Johnson officiating.
Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service. Burial, with full military honors, will take place in Heritage Gardens in Niceville, Fla., at 3 p.m.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Lois Veronica Snyder
Lois Veronica Snyder, age 88, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, June 7, 1999, from the Manor at Bluewater Bay.
Lois was born in Aurora, Ill., and resided in several places before moving to Niceville in 1992. She was a homemaker and Lutheran by faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Esher Snyder; and sons, Dwight and Dennis Snyder.
Survivors include her daughters, Bondelyn Stiefbold of Oswego, Ill., Sheilah Waters of Jasper, Fla., Wyette Branom of Aurora, Lollene Jones of Morris, Ill., Cheryll Jenson of Seffner, Fla., Melanie Johnson of Destin, Fla., Kathe S. Richards of Niceville, Karen Bachert of Douglassville, Pa., Alana Snyder and Jerrilyn Cobbs, both of Niceville, and Deborah Upthegrove of Cooper City, Fla.; 39 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9.
Funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Charles White officiating.
Mrs. Snyder will be sent to the Vista Memorial Gardens in Hialeah, Fla., for interment next to her husband.
Floral contributions are accepted.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Mildred E. Cook
Mildred E. Cook, age 75, of Crestview, Fla., died Monday, June 7, 1999, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Mrs. Cook was born in Brantley, Ala., on Jan. 4, 1924, to Perry and Gertrude Johnson Brunson, and had been a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. She had been a volunteer nurse's aide at Baker School and was employed with a sewing factory. Mrs. Cook was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church in Crestview.
She was preceded in death by a son and a daughter-in-law, William D. and Jean Cook.
Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy L. and Ann Cook of Ponce de Leon, Fla., Ronald L. and Barbara Cook of Escambia Farms, Fla., Dwayne H. and Linda Cook of Pensacola, Fla., Tommy R. Cook of Pensacola, and Dwight L. and Angela Cook of Crestview; daughters and son-in-law, Verna L. Cook of Crestview, and Larica and Neil Redmond of Baker, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Q.P. and Edna Brunson of Montgomery, Ala.; sister, Frances King of Crestview; 32 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Interment will follow the services in Union Hill Cemetery near Wing, Ala.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Martha Rose Goduto
Martha Rose Goduto, age 88, of Navarre, Fla., passed away Monday, June 7, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Gudoto was born and raised in Jackson, Minn., and had lived in St. Paul, Minn., for 30 years. She resided in Bettendorf, Iowa, for 15 years with her son John and also lived in Papillion, Neb., for seven years. She was currently living in Navarre with her son Tom for the past two years. Mrs. Goduto was a charter member of Immaculate of Mary Parish in St. Paul, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Goduto; son, Michael Goduto; and sisters, Mary and Angie. Survivors include her son, John Goduto; grandchildren, Michael, John, Kathy and Chris; son, Tom Goduto; grandchildren, Tom and Stephanie; sisters, Helen, Dodie and Alice Marie; and brother, Bill.
Visitation and services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 10, at Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, with the Rev. Don Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are Chris Beam, Jim Edwards, Chuck Martin, Bill Bryant, Jim Parker and Al Lowe.
Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel.