Alex Hinote, age 81, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, in Bonifay, Fla.
Mr. Hinote was born on June 28, 1918, in Dorcas, Fla., to Ezra and Mary McCullum Hinote. He was a resident of DeFuniak Springs for the past 31 years and a member of DeFuniak Springs Church of God. Mr. Hinote owned and operated Mom and Dad's Restaurant for 22 years.
He was preceded in death by his stepson, Franklin Newton. Survivors include his wife, Nell Hinote; stepson, Gary McLean of Tallahassee, Fla.; stepdaughter, Darlene Astrologes of Panama City, Fla.; sisters, Ada Burch and Annis Wilkins of Dorcas; and grandchildren, Gene and Dean McLean.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at DeFuniak Springs Church of God with the Revs. Troy Hare and Ralph Dillard officiating.
Burial will follow in Dorcas Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Wilkins, Donnie Wilkins, John Wilkins, Dean McLean, Michael Stanley and Jason Taylor.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Frances Hogan Howton
Frances Hogan Howton passed away Friday night after a short fight with cancer. Frances lived the past 30 years in Fort Walton Beach and survived her husband, Harry G. Howton, by 10 years.
Frances had a bachelor's degree from Howard University in Birmingham, Ala., a master's degree in English from Columbia University and a master's of library science from Catholic University. She worked for a time at several Washington, D.C. area hospitals as a medical librarian and researcher. Frances is remembered by many of her former students from her years of teaching English at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College.
As a contributing member of St. Simons Church, she will be remembered for her artistry and hard work, which can be seen in the kneelers and altar cushions in the church sanctuary.
Frances was the loving and faithful supporter and motivator of three children whom she raised while traveling all over the world as an Air Force wife. As a believer in knowledge she ensured that all her children and grandchildren received an education.
Frances was also a well known astrologer. She practiced and taught astrology for many years in Fort Walton Beach.
Her three children, Harry M. Howton, Virginia H. Wilson and Catherine H. Stevens survive her. She was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. Simons Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach Friday at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
Clinton Carlton Shelley
After a long battle with leukemia, Clinton Carlton Shelley, age 48, of Freeport, Fla., passed away Sept. 16, 1999, in Seattle.
Clinton served in the National Guard as an officer for many years. He was also involved with the various sports activities with the youth of Freeport.
Preceding Clinton in death is his father, Robert Clinton Shelley. He is survived by his wife, Terri Jones Shelley; mother, Pallie L. Shelley; sons, Robert Clinton Shelley II and wife Dana, and Bryce Jones; sisters, Kathy Harley and husband Jim, and Dora Jean Daniel and husband Mason; grandson, Bradley; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
There will be a "Celebration of Life" service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at First Baptist Church of Freeport.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Shelley's name to the Sports Fund at Freeport High School or to the Leukemia Society.
Dallas Biggs Coffield
Lt. Col. Dallas Biggs Coffield, U.S. Air Force retired, age 64, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 18, 1999, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla.
Mr. Coffield was born on Nov. 22, 1934, in Norfolk, Va., to the late Dallas Biggs and Allie Goodson Coffield. Mr. Coffield attended the University of Tampa and retired from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service. He served in Vietnam with distinction and was awarded the following medals and awards: a Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 21 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star.
Mr. Coffield was most recently employed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., by DynTel Corp. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach.
Mr. Coffield is survived by his wife, Sylvia Petteway Coffield of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, P. Colleen Coffield of Miramar Beach, Walton County, Fla.; son, Dallas Biggs Coffield III of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Nancy Ellen Coffield of Fort Walton Beach; sister, Margaret Coffield Wing and husband Gerald of Spencer, W.Va.; brother, Paul Wallace Coffield and wife Lee of Bartlett, N.H.; sister-in-law, Kathleen P. Tyler of Montgomery, Ala.; brother-in-law, Stephen Robert Petteway Jr. and wife Diane of Cary, N.C.; and sister-in-law, Nancy Jane Petteway Rupe and husband Greg.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.
Flowers will be accepted, or those who wish may make donations to the Stevens Johnson Syndrome Foundation, 9285 N. Utica St., Westminister, CO 80030 (phone number (303) 430-9559), in memory of Mr. Dallas Biggs Coffield Jr.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Nellie Mai Liufau
Through his grace and tender mercy, God called his daughter, Nellie Mai Liufau home for a life of eternal rest and peace on the evening of Sept. 18, 1999.
Affectionately known as "Grandma Nellie," Grandma Nellie's sudden illness and death shocked and saddened her family and friends. But God saw fit to answer our prayers and spare her the pain and suffering that so often comes with the disease of liver cancer.
Grandma Nellie was a humble woman of simple needs and wants. She had a very kind and caring way about her, especially towards those less fortunate than herself. Her family was a tremendous source of pride and happiness for her and she loved them very deeply. Her loving presence in our lives will be missed, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever.
At the time of her passing Grandma Nellie was 76 years old. She was born Nellie Mai Wiley, daughter of Sam Henry and Virginia Williams Wiley, on Nov. 14. 1922, in Nashville, Tenn. She grew up in east Nashville and graduated from East Senior High School. After graduating she went to work for South Central Bell Telephone Co. as an operator. In 1957, she married Fili M. Liufau of Aua, America Samoa who was career Army. Army life afforded her and her family an opportunity to travel throughout the United States. Her career with the various Bell Telephone companies spanned a total of 32 years. She retired to her childhood home of Nashville. In 1988 she moved to Destin, Fla., to be with family. She was a member of Destin United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Dorothy Weaver and brother James Wiley. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Dottie Liufau of Destin; stepdaughters, La Houston of Chester, Va., and Fiapaipai Filoialii of Aua, American Samoa; grandchildren, Katie and Carter Liufau and Pam and Gwen Houston; brother, William G. Wiley of Castro Valley, Calif.; sisters, Sara Davis of Nashville, Tenn., and Joyce Brewington of West Jordan, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Franklin, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Destin United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 39, Destin, FL 32540.
Charles A. Rumley Jr.
Lt. Col. Charles A. "Chuck" Rumley Jr., U.S. Air Force retired, age 60, of Niceville, Fla., received his promotion to glory as "Full Eagle" (Isaiah 40:31) on Tuesday morning, Sept. 21, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Rumley was born on July 5, 1939, in Greenville, N.C., to Ethelyn Ward Rumley and the late Charles Anderson Rumley. He served 36 years in the U.S. Air Force; 16 years as enlisted, then 20 years as an officer.
During his service in the Air Force he served in Southeast Asia and two tours in Germany. He retired as lieutenant colonel from Eglin Air Force Base in 1993 as an executive officer at the Air Warfare Center.
Mr. Rumley received his undergraduate from Kansas Newman College and his masters in counseling from Troy State University. He graduated from Air Command Staff and SOS (Squadron Officer School) while in residence in Montgomery, Ala. He was currently working as a real estate Broker for ERA in Niceville. He was also co-founder with his wife of EAGLES Women's Intercessory Network Inc. (a Christian non-profit organization for women).
Mr. Rumley was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Niceville and a deacon of the church since 1996. Both by his words and lifestyle he lived his motto "Not Somehow but Triumphantly Through Jesus Christ."
Mr. Rumley is survived by his wife, Elaine C. Rumley of Niceville; daughter, Donna Mills and husband James of Greenville, N.C.; daughter, Debbie Maillard and husband Gene of Los Angeles; daughter, Denise O'Donnell and husband Corey of Arvada, Colo.; son, Pastor David Rumley and wife Michelle of Springfield, Mo.; mother, Ethelyn W. Rumley of Greenville; sister, Carolyn Ritchie and husband Paul of Middletown, Md.; grandchildren, Danny Rumley of Greenville, Joshua Sena, Jerod Sena and Tristan O'Donnell, all of Arvada, and Callista Maillard of Los Angeles.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Assembly of God Church in Niceville with the Rev. Phil Daniels officiating. Asked to serve as pallbearers are the Niceville Assembly of God Deacon Board. Interment will follow at 11:15 a.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery, with full military honors.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Flowers will be accepted, but those who wish may make donations to the EAGLES Women's Intercessory Network Inc., 107 Lake Court, Niceville, FL 32578, in memory of Mr. Charles A. Rumley Jr.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Brenda Jeanne Vaughn
Ms. Brenda Jeanne Vaughn of Chatsworth, Ga., born, Feb. 25, 1943, passed away Sept. 12, 1999.
She is survived by three children, Martin C. Tankersley of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Melody S. Jones of Mobile, Ala., and Jason E. Tankersley of Navarre, Fla. Also eight grandchildren; her mother and father, Bertha and Otis Hudson of Chatsworth; six sisters; and one brother.
She was active in the real estate community in the 70's and 80's. She was also active with the crisis Line in Fort Walton Beach. She will be dearly missed by all.
A service will be held at Beal Memorial Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. A memorial service will immediately follow at 4 p.m. in Liza Jackson Park.
Mark Anthony Auger
On Sept. 11, 1999, Mark Anthony Auger unexpectedly died.
Mark was born on Feb. 19, 1959, in Fort Worth, Texas. A longtime resident of this area, he graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1977. He received an associates degree from Okaloosa-Walton Community College and continued his education at the University of West Florida.
Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1992. After settling in Valparaiso, Fla., he managed several local restaurants in the area.
He is survived by his mother, Charlene L. Auger of Umatella, Ore.; father, Donald Auger of Ashburn, Va.; brother, Robert Auger of Oregon; sisters, Teresa Auger of Bakersfield, Calif., and Lori Auger of Umatella. He is also survived by Teresa Auger and their children, Betonie, Arianne, Marc, Luc and Jon.
A memorial service will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday.
Mary Gene Colby
Mary Gene Colby of Destin, Fla., and formerly of Palm Springs, Calif., passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Geneive and Emmett Flynn, and her husband, Edward L. Colby. Mary Gene is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Hedglin of Leonittsberg, Ohio; son, Flynn Ringwald of southern California; stepdaughter, Lynnda Colby of Austin, Texas; stepson, Michael Colby of Valparaiso, Fla. In addition, she leaves behind her granddaughter, Kelly Hedglin; grandsons, Christopher and Wayne Hedglin II of Leonittsberg, Ohio; and nieces, Ellen Taylor-Shearer of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Tanya Radell of Niceville, and Terry Ebersole of Freeport.
Mary Gene will be greatly missed by all who know and love her.
George D. Bushey
Lt. Col. George D. Bushey, U.S. Air Force retired, died of cancer on Sept. 19, 1999, after a gallant fight.
He was born and raised in Massachusetts. Son of Eleanor and George E. Bushey, George is survived by his friend, schoolmate and wife of 43 years, Marion; son, George and daughter, Michelle; son-in-law, Glenn Conrad and two stepgrandchildren, Suki and Scott Conrad; sisters, Nora Wightman and Eleanor Kerrissey; mother-in-law, Beatrice Perry; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Turcheck, Frances Charles and Anna Maude Perry; brothers-in-law, Gerad Pyne, David Wightman, Joseph Kerrissey, John Perry, Joseph Turcheck and Skip Charles; and several nieces and nephews.
During his senior year of high school, George's Marine Reserve Unit was activated for the Korean conflict. Though rated an expert marksman by the Marine Corps, George served as an aircraft mechanic aboard several naval vessels, and achieved the rank of corporal USMC. Upon discharge, George attended Boston University and then entered the U.S. Air Force Cadet Program to embark on an eventful 25 years as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Beginning in 1954 with initial training in fighters, George piloted a variety of aircraft as he progressed through positions of flight instructor, maintenance officer, test pilot and flight examiner, achieving command pilot status in 1970 while serving with the 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Danang, Vietnam. After serving as a flight operations officer for the 22nd TASS, George retired from active duty while serving as Director of Academic Training at AGOS, Hurlburt Field. During his flying career, George received numerous awards and commendations recognizing his achievements as an aviator and soldier, including the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters. Significant accomplishments also included nomination for the Harmon Award for landing a C-124 transport on an iceberg.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, George hung up his wings and pursued interests in sailing and seamanship. He was a member and a board director of the Fort Walton Yacht Club, past commodore of the Bluewater Bay Sailing Club, senior member of the U.S. Power Squadron, member of the Order of Daedalians, and lifetime member of the Retired Officers' Association. For 10 years, George was employed at Shalimar Yacht Basin.
A celebration of George Bushey's life will be held at Chapel No. 2, Eglin Air Force Base, on Friday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. with Father Grothjan officiating. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, D.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Niceville.