William G. Tate
Chief Master Sgt. William G. "Bill" Tate, U.S. Air Force retired, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at his residence in Niceville, Fla.
Chief Tate was born on Feb. 4, 1940, in Greenhill, N.C., and lived in Pennsylvania and South Carolina during his youth. He joined the U.S. Air Force just after his 17th birthday and spent the next 30 years in the service of his country, with 17 of those years in overseas assignments which spanned the globe from Asia to Europe. His dedication to duty, mission and personal accomplishments were recognized by his many military awards and decorations.
After retiring from active duty in 1986, Chief Tate and his family moved to Niceville where they established a permanent home. In 1987 he returned to work for the Air Force and was with the 16th Special Operations Wing and, subsequently, Headquarters AF Special Operations Command for 12 more years.
Chief Tate's affection for his country and the Air Force was exceeded only by his love for those he leaves behind.
A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Heritage Gardens in Niceville.
Artie L. McBroom
Artie Lou McBroom, age 83, passed away Monday, July 12, 1999, at 8:20 a.m.
To know her was to love her. She was a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and a retired nurse. She was a past Worthy Matron Order of the Easter Star 115; past Instructor Order of Eastern Star 115; and a 50-year member of Homemakers of Walton County, Fla. Mrs. McBroom's hobbies were fishing and flowers.
She is survived by her husband, Hildra McBroom of DeFuniak Springs; son, Sam McBroom and wife Vonnie of Hampton, Ga.; daughter, Betty Hall of Freeport, Fla.; grandchildren, Wayne Sconiers and wife Janice, Linda Kelly and husband Mike of Freeport, Kathy Moore of Sanford, N.C., Steve McBroom of DeFuniak Springs, and Eric McBroom and wife Denise of Griffin, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Hutchinson of DeFuniak Springs; sisters-in-law, Sybil Mitcheom of DeFuniak Springs, and Ola Mitcheom Henderson of Red Bay, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Tucker Aplin officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Mickey Marse, Joe Hart, Randolph Smith, Bob Bell, Danny Bell and Odon Russell.
A time of visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
June Krekule, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died early Monday, July 12, 1999, at her residence.
June was born on March 22, 1916, in Chicago to the late Floyd and Victoria Price Wininger. She grew up in Chicago and moved to Galliver, Fla., in 1946. Later she lived in Baker, Fla., and then moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1954. Mrs. Krekule was a legal secretary in both Crestview and Fort Walton Beach and she also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper with the Okaloosa County school system. When she had free time, Mrs. Krekule enjoyed ceramics and bowling.
June was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Edward John Krekule; brother, Rudolph Wininger; and grandchildren, Jennifer Acock and Kevin Acock. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Acock and husband Ben of Mary Esther, Fla.; granddaughter, Jillian Acock and Benjamin Acock, both of Mary Esther; and her sister, Victoria Dudgeon of Niceville, Fla.
A memorial service will be conducted at noon on Wednesday, July 14, at Fort Walton Beach Church of Christ with Minister Ross Mitchell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 490 Highway 85 North, Suite C, Niceville, FL 32578, (850) 729-1800, in memory of June Krekule.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
William S. Harwood Sr.
William Sidney Harwood Sr., age 65, of Milton, Fla., died Sunday, July 11, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Harwood was a native of Black Mountain, N.C., and retired from the U.S. Navy and federal civil service. Along with his daughter, he started the Sandyland Cloggers.
He was a member of Santa Rosa Lodge 16 F&AM.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Catherine Harwood; and brothers, Harold and Sam Harwood.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Elaine Harwood of Milton; sons, William S. Harwood Jr. and wife Barbara of Mary Esther, Fla., and Marty Harwood and wife Pam of Berrydale, Fla.; daughter, Sandra Brumley and husband Steve of Biloxi, Miss.; grandson, William Martin Harwood; granddaughters, Jessica Harwood, Kati Crawford, Ami Crawford, Raven Brumley and Roxie Elaine Brumley; sisters, Jo Harvey, Mary Hensley, Lucille Hensley, all of Swannanoa, N.C., and Margaret Epley of Sumter, N.C.; brothers, Donald Harwood of Marion, N.C., J.B. Harwood of Swannanoa, and Harley P. Harwood Jr. of Asheville, N.C.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in Barrancas National Cemetery with Chaplain Ken Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jerry Medders, Charles St. George, Brian Cokonougher, David Parks, Fred Lithgow and Chuck Schoewe.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine Carrier, age 76, of Shalimar, Fla., died Monday, July 12, 1999, at her residence.
She was born in St. Louis on Jan. 21, 1923, to George Kratz and Lillian Kuhnel. She retired from civil service in 1985 and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marilyn Koebbe Ledlow. Survivors include her loving husband of 42 years, George A. Carrier of Shalimar; children, Patricia Kroll of Phoenix, Stephen A. Carrier and wife Louise of Newark, Dela., Lorrie J. Messina of Shalimar; grandchildren, LeAnne Pickering and husband James H. of Pensacola, Fla., Paula Burcham and husband Bill of Torrington, Wyo., Bryan Ledlow and wife LeeAnn of Destin, Fla., Joseph Therrian of Phoenix, Andrea Rathmann of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Michael Carrier of Newark, Marquis Messina of Nashua, N.H., Matthew Carrier of Newark, John D. Messina of Nashua, and Christine Carrier of Newark; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 16, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Father Kevin Johnson officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Vernon E. Bish
Vernon E. Bish, age 61, formerly of Niceville, Fla., died July 12, 1999, at home in Salt Lake City.
He was born on Jan. 26, 1938, to Frank and Mary Bish of New Bethlehem, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie; and son, Robert, of Utah. Surviving also are four other children: sons, Edward and David Bish of Florida; daughters, Patricia A. Bish of Manhatten, Kan., and Sandra K. Smith of Trussville, Ala.; grandchildren, Justin Hughs Smith of Alabama, and Jasmine Falley of Kansas; brother, Frank Taranto of Greenville, Pa.; and sisters, Helen Ferris and Evelyn Smith of New Bethlehem, and Rose Copenhaven of New Smyra Beach, Fla.
Mr. Bish was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter; and a granddaughter.
Burial will be in Utah on Monday, July 26.
Amazon Kilcrease, age 88, of Baker, Fla., died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, in a local nursing facility.
She was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., and a member of Shady Grove Assembly of God Church in Baker.
Survivors include her brother, Charlie Henderson of Gainesville, Fla.; a special sister, Grace Cumbie; a special brother, Monk Thompson, both of Pace, Fla.; a special friend, Doris Lambert of Baker, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews in the area.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Chapel in Crestview, Fla., from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, at McLaughlin Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery in Baker.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
David Michael Smith
David Michael Smith, born April 10, 1952, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, July 11, 1999.
He is survived by his daughters, Amber and Terra Smith; grandson, Hunter Hutchinson, all of Navarre, Fla.; sisters, Alice Cuchens and Julie Shirley, both of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers, George Smith of Madison, W.Va., Charles Smith of Fort Walton Beach, Morris Smith and Harold Smith, both of Taylor, Mich., and Bill Smith of Jonesboro, Ga.
Visitation for friends and family will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, with services following at 7 p.m. The Rev. Mack Johnson will officiate.
Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Nina Fay Chaney
Nina Fay Chaney, age 59, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday evening, July 12, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Fay was born in Andalusia, Ala., to the late Alfred Ray and Ruby Velma Radford Jones. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1967 with her husband, William Jack Chaney, who preceded her in death in 1997. Shortly after moving to this area she went to work with First City Bank as a teller, and was currently a vice president with First City Bank. Fay was a volunteer for the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Methodist by faith.
She is survived by her son, Michael Chaney of Fort Walton Beach; and brothers, William Ray Jones of Jacksonville, Fla., and James Thomas Jones of Andalusia.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 16.
Graveside services will be conducted in Beal Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, with Chaplain Joel Underwood officiating.
Floral contributions will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 222 Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Terry D. Hanna Jr.
Terry D. Hanna Jr., age 72, left this world on Wednesday, July 14, 1999, and went home to his Lord in Heaven.
He was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 27, 1927, and was drafted into the U.S. Army after graduating from Bolton High School in Bolton, Tenn. He married Billie Jean Martin on July 24, 1947, and moved to Niceville, Fla., in 1962 to become minister of Pinelake Church of Christ, formerly known as Niceville Church of Christ. Mr. Hanna ministered for over 30 years and had ministered for the Crestview Church of Christ for the last year.
He is survived by his loving wife, Billie Jean Hanna; sister, Mary Ruth Sisk; sons, Beau and Mark Hanna; daughters, Terri Jean Amspacker and Patti Hanna; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service in celebration of Terry's life in Christ and victory over death will be held at Pinelake Church of Christ at 7 p.m. Thursday. All friends, family and acquaintances invited.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Missionary Trust Fund at Pinelake Church of Christ: Pinelake Church of Christ, Mission Trust Fund, 801 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578, in memory of Mr. Hanna.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.