Mary Elma Haines
Mary Elma Grant Foxhall Haines, age 83, of Destin, Fla., and formerly of Enterprise, Ala., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Destin Health Care after an extended illness.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home in Enterprise with the Rev. Billy Grimes officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to Forward in Faith of New Hope Baptist Church, Aurora Street, Valparaiso, FL 32548.
A native of Coffee County, Ala., she was born on May 2, 1916, to the late Henry Austin and Callie C. King Grant. During the war years she worked as a journeyman welder at Wayne Ship Yard in Panama City, Fla. Later she became the owner and operator of the Seafood King Restaurant on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and in the early 1970's she became the dinner cook at Rogers Restaurant on Beal Street in Fort Walton Beach, which she continued for over eight years.
In the late 1970's she married Wilbur Haines, who was retired from the U.S. Air Force, and they enjoyed traveling and family gatherings until his death in 1991, after which she enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Homer, Am, Ozar and Talmer Grant; and sisters, Ophelia Kyser and Osia Taylor.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Jim Willingham of Niceville, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Jan Foxhall of Niceville; grandchildren, Mike Willingham (Sandy), Melinda Kennedy, Mack Willingham (Tracy) and Matt Willingham, all of Niceville, Debbie Blakenship (Lynn) of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sandy Langevin (Roger) of Niceville, Randy Foxhall (Laura) of Pensacola, Fla., and Steve Foxhall (Alice) of Pace, Fla.; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home, Enterprise, is in charge of arrangements.
Virginia E. Dukes
Virginia E. (Darby) Dukes, age 79, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at her home in Fruit Cove, Fla.
Born on Feb. 19, 1920, in Grand Rapids, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Herman M. and Mable (Dunning) Manning. Mrs. Dukes was a professional seamstress and homemaker.
She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Dukes; sister, Patricia Loew; and brother, Frederick Manning. She is survived by two sons, David Charles Darby and Paul Lewis Darby of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Patricia Dukes Middle; stepson, Robert Earl Dukes; brother, Robert Manning; sisters, Etta Mae Coggin, Jean Popma and Klio Nusbaum; and grandchildren, Robert, Tscharner and Tiffany Darby, Devin Middle, Kimberly Rusack and Michelle McClinton.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home in Jacksonville, Fla.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in the chapel of the funeral home with Pastor David Zink officiating. Cremation will follow.
Hardage-Giddens Mandarin Funeral Home, Jacksonville, is in charge of arrangements.
Effie B. Gillis
Effie B. Gillis, age 81, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Mrs. Gillis was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla., and protestant by faith. She was born on April 1, 1918, to Enos and Nancy Brown Infinger.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Vinnie Littlefield, Anna Richardson and Callie Ziner; and brothers, Monroe Infinger, Theodore Infinger, Acie Infinger, Avery Infinger and Eldin Infinger.
Mrs. Gillis is survived by her husband, Buck Gillis of DeFuniak Springs; daughters, Deloris Prindle and husband Hoyt of Tallahassee, Fla., Alecia Graves and husband Ron of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Tina Cone, Tommy Payne, Angela Henderson, Ronnie Graves Jr. and H.L. Prindle III; and one great-grandchild, Rene J. Cone.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, July 9, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Spence officiating. Burial will follow in Hatcher Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Angela J. Kelly
Angela J. Kelly, age 31, formerly of Crestview, Fla., died in an automobile accident near Jacksonville, Fla., on July 3, 1999.
Angela was a resident of Crestview for 18 years and a member of First Baptist Church in Crestview. She was a graduate of Florida High School for the Deaf in 1988 in St. Augustine, Fla. After high school she attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and graduated from North Florida Junior College in Madison, Fla. She moved from Madison to Jacksonville, where she was employed at the U.S. Naval Station.
Angela was preceded in death by her father, George Kelly in 1985. Survivors include her mother, Louise C. Kelly-Lindsay and stepfather Clarence E. Lindsay of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; her natural mother, Nell E. Stephens of Jacksonville; son, Richard Kelly of Jacksonville; brothers, George C. Kelly and Jerry B. Kelly; several uncles, aunts and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Chapel on Saturday, July 10, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James G. Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery in Crestview.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Sidney J. Brahier
Sidney J. Brahier, age 77, died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Tuesday, July 6, 1999.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. He was a crew member of the USS Lexington when it was sunk in the Coral Sea after being torpedoed by the Japanese. He was assigned to submarine duty for the duration of the war. He was also employed with civil service at Pensacola Naval Air Station until his retirement.
Mr. Brahier was an identical twin and was separated from his brother when just a few weeks old, being adopted and moved to Panama City, Fla. Just before the United States entered the war, Sidney discovered he had an identical twin, but had signed up for the Navy and did not meet his twin until after the war was over. His twin and he finally met after being discharged from service, and his twin served as Sidney's best man at his wedding a few days later. Sidney was an avid golfer and a member of VFW and AMVETS Club.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes L. Brahier of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; son, Dwain Brahier and wife Jennifer of Pensacola, Fla.; daughters, Dianne Taylor and husband Charles of Covington, La., and Donna McCrory and husband Don of Pensacola; stepson, Gordon Lowe and wife Cheri of DeFuniak Springs; brother, Nathan Shackelford of Pensacola; grandchildren, Dana and Nathaniel Brahier, Chuck Taylor, Chad Caro and Cliff Caro; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home of DeFuniak Springs with the Rev. James Campbell officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Panama City.
Evans Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Harmon C. Van Buskirk
Harmon C. "Dutch Van" Van Buskirk, age 61, of Crestview, Fla., and formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in the early morning of Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
He was born in Memphis, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Alabama. Dutch moved to Okaloosa County, Fla., in 1961, where he went to work with Smith Broadcasting in Fort Walton Beach. He worked there for 31 years before #####ing WNUE radio station in Fort Walton Beach.
Dutch was a former member of the Fort Walton Beach City Council and past president of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. He moved to Crestview in 1991 and worked for both WAAZ and WJSB radio stations.
While living in Crestview he was active in supporting 4-H Clubs. Dutch was the "Football Voice of Okaloosa County," having announced Choctaw and Crestview high school football games for the past 38 years. He was also the voice of Troy State football for two years.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Van Buskirk of Crestview; son, David Van Buskirk and wife Julie of Montgomery, Ala.; daughter, Shelia Millner of Orlando, Fla.; and grandchildren, Jessica, Theresa and Aaron Millner, and Jacquelyn and Victoria Van Buskirk.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, with the Rev. Michael Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Larry Olsen, Wayne McAllister, Col. Tom Stiles, Gabby Bruce, Larry Sowder and Wyman Townsel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 31 Center Drive, MSC2540 31/8A34, Bethesda, MD 20892-2540, in memory of "Dutch Van" Buskirk, for children's stroke research.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Phillip Wayne Russell
Phillip Wayne Russell, age 55, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at his home.
Phillip was born March 8, 1944, in Crestview, Fla., to Clifton L. and Anne Mae Steele Russell.
He was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County and was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
He was a commercial fisherman and was preceded in death by his father, Clifton L. Russell and his sister, Wanda Faye Russell.
Survivors include his mother, Annie Mae Russell of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Sharon Sue Christian and her husband Paul of Petersburg, Va.; uncle, Stewart Steele and his wife Annie James; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be conducted from McLaughlin Mortuary on Monday July 12, 1999, at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. Howard L. Gates officiating.
Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in the South Ebenezer Cemetery at 2 p.m. in Laurel Hill, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach Building Fund, 21 SE First St., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32548.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements.
Rex Glynn Chestnut
Mr. Rex Glynn Chestnut, age 34, of Holt, Fla., died Saturday July 10, 1999, at the North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla.
Rex was born in Crestview, Fla., on February 4, 1965, to George C. "Shorty" and Joy Ann Crenshaw Chestnut, and had been a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County.
He was the youngest son of Shorty and Joy, who preceded Rex in death.
Rex was a graduate of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and was a member of the Pensacola/Mobile Club for the deaf. Rex was an upholsterer.
Survivors include three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rick L. Morgan of Holt, Fla., Randal and Cheryl Morgan of Baker, Fla., and Ronald W. and Becky Morgan of Hueytown, Ala.
A time of visitation will be conducted from the Whitehurst Funeral Home on Monday, July 12, 1999, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted from the Chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 13, 1999, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Batson officiating.
Interment will follow the service in the Old Bethel Cemetery in Crestview, Fla.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 W. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla.
William France, age 61, of Destin, Fla., formerly of Memphis, Tenn., retired CEO of Towermarc Inc., died of cancer Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Methodist Hospital North.
Services were held at noon on Friday, July 9, at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a board member of South Walton Utility Co. and Sandestin Owners' Association; a graduate of Mississippi State University; and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Mr. France, the husband of Marilyn France, also leaves a daughter, Helen Wade; and a son, William David France, both of Memphis; and a granddaughter.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church.
The family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Myrtle L. King
Myrtle L. King, age 88, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Friday night, July 9, 1999, in a local hospital.
She was a native of Montgomery County, Miss., and had lived in Crestview most of her life. Mts. King was Methodist by faith.
Survivors include her daughters, Chris Hudson of Crestview, and Lillie Lewton of Jewett, Ohio; sister, Alma Grantham of Blackhawk, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Paul Hinton officiating. Burial will follow in Griffith Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.