Richard Dan Eyestone
Richard Dan Eyestone of Santa Rosa Beach died Saturday, Sept. 4, at Twin Cities Hospital of complications from lung cancer. He was 55.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church.
Burial will be at sea from his sailboat "Two-Can" at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. Friends are invited to join us for this final cruise.
Richard is survived by his wife, Anita; daughters, Carrie and Gina; stepsons, John and Joseph Hall; stepfather, J.D. Miller; sisters Amy Brown and Kelly Miller; six grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was a native son, born in DeFuniak Springs and graduated from DeFuniak High School.
Richard attended Southern Mississippi University.
He had a long and productive career in the building industry as a supervisor. There are many local buildings and homes that bear his mark.
The loves of his life were his sailboats, dogs, wife and children (not necessarily in that order). He will be missed by all.
Taryn Finan Stark
Taryn Finan Stark, devoted wife and mother, died of cancer Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, at home. She was 43.
Mrs. Stark, a longtime resident of Marin, was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. As a youngster she was a Junior Olympic gymnast and took first in four events. She graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1974. In 1973-1974 she was the homecoming queen and captain of the cheerleading team. She received a business degree from Pensacola Junior College and attended Florida State University. Mrs. Stark worked for National Car Rental as a regional sales representative for six years.
She was active in the Ross Valley Women's League and a volunteer at San Domenico School. She was also a member of St. Anselm's Church. She loved being a "stay-at-home Mom" and housewife.
Mrs. Stark is survived by her husband, Robert Alan Stark; children, Kirstyn Kelley Stark, Brett Alan Stark and Courtney Finan Stark; and seven siblings: Tom Finan, Teresa Finan, Tim Finan, Tammy Finan, Pat Finan, Maggi Morgenlaender and Dawn Finan-Kolb.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service and celebration at St. Anselm's Church in Ross, Calif., on Wednesday at 10 a.m. A private burial will take place at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory of Mrs. Stark to UCSF Brain Tumor Cancer Research, c/o Dr. Michael Prados, M787 Dept. Neurosurgery, 533 Parnassus Ave., Room U107, San Francisco, CL 94143.
Kevin Lee Moreland
Kevin Lee Moreland, age 43, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and formerly of New York City, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in Madera, Calif., in an automobile accident as he traveled to a new position with UC Davis.
Dr. Moreland graduated from Choctawhatchee High School, Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University, and received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of North Carolina. He entered business, moving to academia in 1990. He was very active in and volunteered hours of service to the American Psychological Association (APA). He leaves a large volume of works as a legacy of his scholarship.
Dr. Moreland's extensive and well-known scholarship focused upon the assessment of individuals by clinical psychologists. Early in his career, he worked for NCS, the publisher of one of the most used clinical instruments, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, coordinating its only revision in the past 50 years. He published widely on the use of computers to analyze complex personality measurements, on the proper ways to use psychological measurements, on the proper ways to use psychological tests, the rights of those who took tests, and co-authored books on responsible test use and the Rorschach. Because of his expertise, he served on the editorial boards of four of the most important journals in his field. He provided seminars on forensic psychology across the country, and was professor, assistant chair and chair of the Psychological Department at Fordham University, where he was also given an award as Graduate School Teacher of the Year. He represented the American Psychological Association on the Joint Committee on Testing Practices and served as chair of the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, the premier committee on psychological testing in the United States.
He was preceded in death by his father, George E. Moreland; and is survived by his mother, Pauline P. Moreland of Fort Walton Beach; sister, Diana R. Moreland; and nephew, George E. DeLong, both of Point Washington, Fla.
A family visitation will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.
Funeral services will be at McLaughlin Chapel at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with his cousin, the Rev. Jeannie Rogozinski from Staunton, Va., conducting the service. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Floral tributes will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to The American Psychological Foundation, 750 First St. N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, (, or (202) 336-5814.
Curtis E. Crews
Curtis E. "Buck" Crews of Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday morning, Sept. 6, 1999.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1935, in Slocomb, Ala., to the late William Taft and Bessie Smith Crews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Lee "Mickey" Crews.
Mr. Crews was a longtime resident of Crestview, after retiring as a technical sergeant from the U.S. Air Force and serving in Korea and Vietnam. He was also a member of the 98th Bomb Group Veterans Association. He served as a fire commissioner for the Dorcas Fire District and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Mr. Crews is survived by his wife, Lavern Crews of Crestview; sons, Steve Tate and wife Narda of Clermont, Fla., Roger Tate and wife Margaret of Orange City, Fla., Curtis T. Crews of Crestview, and Joe D. Blocker and wife Joyce of Marietta, Ga.; daughters, Kelly D. Sharp and husband Randy of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Donna G. Cobb of Crestview; sisters, Myrtis Clark and husband Dewitt of Houston, Martha Aaser and husband Louis of Deer Park, Texas, and Mary Trickey of Altha, Fla. Mr. Crews was the proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will accept visitors on Wednesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Whitehurst Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Southside Baptist Church in Crestview with the Revs. Bob Eisenburg and David Van Zant officiating. Burial will follow at Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Lillian M. Gay
Lillian M. Gay, age 94, died Sept. 5, 1999, in Destin, Fla.
She was the daughter of the late Johnny Augustus Massey and Jennie Horne Massey. She lived in Moultrie, Ga., most of her life and was born in Worth County, Ga. She was Baptist by faith. Mrs. Gay was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Moultrie, Ga., and an active member of Dorcas Bible Class, Women's Missionary Union, and taught Bible school and Mission friends for many years.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home with interment in Westview Cemetery in Moultrie. The Revs. J.E. Moak and Roger Benton will officiate.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Stephen Gay, Matt Gay, Todd Gay, Jeffrey Gay, Boyd Ross and Bill Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Preston Gay; son, Jimmy W. Gay; and daughter-in-law, Jeanell Gay. Survivors include her sons, Wayne Gay and wife Faye of Ashville, N.C., Mack Gay and wife Lisabeth of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Dell Gay and wife Jean of Moultrie; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lillian M. Gay Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church in Moultrie.
Harrell-Faircloth Funeral Home, Moultrie, is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Lillian Gerth
Dorothy Lillian Gerth, age 91, of Bluewater Bay, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Dorothy was born on May 28, 1908, in Grand Forks, N.D., to the late Frank and Anna Slettvedt Gehrke. She was a graduate of the University of North Dakota and a member of the Pi Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority. Mrs. Gerth lived for over 50 years in San Francisco before moving to the Fort Walton Beach area.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Paul C. Gerth of Bluewater Bay; son, Paul G. Gerth and wife Kathy of Shalimar, Fla.; and grandsons, Matthew and Andrew Gerth.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Dorothy.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Hugh W. Dew
Hugh W. Dew, age 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Coming from Berrien Springs, Mich., he had been a resident of DeFuniak Springs since 1980. Mr. Dew was a shipbuilder and worked on PT boats during World War II. He also enjoyed woodworking. He was Protestant by faith.
Mr. Dew was preceded in death by his wife, Leatha Church Dew; and daughter, Jenny Warren. He is survived by two sons, Slyvester and Jimmy Dew; daughters, Darlene Bartelson, Faye Zimmerly, Brenda Owens, Gail Syson, Wanda Webb, Renee Mooney and Tami Trentham; two brothers; one sister; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. in Comander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Spence officiating.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Russell F. Budden Jr.
Russell F. Budden Jr., age 72, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, Sept. 6, 1999, from his home in Niceville.
Mr. Budden was a retired electronics technician with civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Niceville; was born in Trenton, N.J.; and had resided in this area for the past 46 years.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Angela Budden; children, Didi Ratliff and husband Michael of Phoenix, Russell F. Budden III and wife Kristen of West Palm Beach, Fla., Linda Gustman and husband Carl, and Randall R. Budden, all of Niceville; grandchildren, Angela and Jennifer Phelps, Stephanie and Megan Carmical, Tyler Gustman, Britt and Ashleigh Budden, Danae Gustman, Christopher M. and Gregory R. Budden.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at First Baptist Church of Niceville with the Revs. Gerald Reeves and Billy Grimes officiating. Interment will follow in Early Cemetery, Niceville.
Pallbearers will be Russell, Randall and Britt Budden, Tyler and Carl Gustman, and Michael Ratliff.
Floral tributes are accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL 32578; or to the American Cancer Society, 4 Jackson St. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Diane Vance, age 47, passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in Valdosta, Ga.
She was born in Florala, Ala., and was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her father, Willie A. Ford; and sister, Brenda Ojeda. Survivors include her mother, Vallie Mae Ford; husband, Vernon Vance, both of Crestview, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Kaye and Chris Flinchbaugh of Valdosta; granddaughters, Autumn Flinchbaugh and Logan Flinchbaugh, both of Valdosta; brothers, Johnny Ford and Jacky Ford; sister, Edie Weeks, all of Crestview; several nieces and nephews; and aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Paul officiating. Burial will follow in Almarante Cemetery, Laurel Hill, Fla.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Walsh of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in her home Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, after a lengthy illness.
Helen enjoyed her family, cooking, gardening and handwork.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry; children, Helen Walsh, Beth Sawyer, Richard Walsh and Nora Smith; sons-in-law, Joseph Walsh, Bud Sawyer and Gary Smith; and grandsons, Joe Walsh, Brian Walsh, Ryan Sawyer, Matthew Smith, Jay Smith and Brian Smith.
Friends may call at Little Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be conducted on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Kevin Johnson officiating at the rosary and Mass. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the Waterfront Rescue Mission, 112 S.E. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, in memory of Helen Walsh.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.