Mary Frances Scherf
Our Mother, Grandma and Great Gran passed away at home with her family on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999.
Mary Frances was born on Sept. 26, 1915, in Burnt Corn, Ala., to the late Mary Howard and Samuel Andrews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Andrews; and nephew, Ricky Andrews. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Charles Gregory of Crestview, Fla., Dodie and Dan Glowa of Mary Esther, Fla., Dr. Theresa Scherf of Berea, Ky., and Aurelia and Joe Donald of Andalusia, Ala.; grandchildren, Ben Bradley, Amy Bradley, Dodie Johnson, Kecia Bateman and Gayli Gill; six great-grandchildren; and her beloved "Cuz," Beth Hipple Lu. Others in the family include her sisters-in-law, Mary Andrews and Aurelia Wilder; nephews, Edward and Howard Andrews, and Jay and Palmer Scherf; nieces, Cindy Armas, Kathy Cass and Laura Priest.
Mary Frances attended the University of Alabama where she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority. She was a longtime resident of Andalusia, Ala., where she served as Christian Education Director and organist at First Methodist Church, as well as a position with the Methodist Conference Office. She returned to college and graduated from Huntingdon College in 1969 at the age of 53. For the next 16 years she enjoyed a teaching career at Wright Elementary School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She retired from teaching in 1985.
Mary Frances' greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She was devoted to her many fifth graders who made up her various classes over the years while she was teaching. She was an avid bridge player, enthusiastic traveler, and accomplished musician. She will be forever missed by her family.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. Simon's Episcopal Church with the Revs. Jim Ross and Theresa Scherf officiating. Interment will follow in Jesse Rogers Cemetery in Mary Esther.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Ark Retreat Center, 147 Barrett Lane, Berea, KY 40403; or to St. Simon's Episcopal Church.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Michael F. Patterson
Michael F. Patterson, age 44, of Mossy Head, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was a resident of this area for the past six years; a veteran; and captain and driving training officer for the Mossy Head Oakwood Hills Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Patterson of Mossy Head; mother, Rose Mary Patterson of Horton, Org.; brothers, Robert Duckett of Horton, David Patterson of Junction City, Ore., and Terry Patterson of Springfield, Ore.; sisters, Marjorie Harmon of Homedale, Idaho, Mary Patterson of Seattle, Maria Patterson of Plant City, Fla., and Vienna Patterson of Horton. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Family and friends will gather at the chapel of Evans Funeral Home in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m.
Mr. Patterson's flag draped casket will be loaded on the Mossy Head Oakwood Hills Volunteer firetruck by members of the department and a funeral procession consisting of firemen and firetrucks from surrounding fire departments, Walton County Emergency Operations Center personnel, EMS personnel and vehicles, family and friends will motorcade to Mossy Head Baptist Church, escorted by the Walton County Sheriff's Department.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mossy Head Baptist Church with the Rev. Barrett Glover officiating.
Rich Allison, fire chief of the Mossy Head Oakwood Hills Fire Department will coordinate the final tribute paid to Capt. Patterson by the departments.
Evans Funeral Home of DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Carmen Page Bogan
Carmen Page Bogan, a loving wife and mother and a retired petroleum landman, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La.
She was 81 years old and a native of La Center, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Christina and Stanley Page and her beloved daughter, Carmen Bogan Murrey. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Miller Bogan; son, James Miller Bogan Jr. and wife Nancy; grandchildren, Mills and DeAnne Murrey, Terri and Jim Owens, Scott Bogan and Elizabeth Bogan; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Murrey and Jacob Murrey.
A private memorial service will be held.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
Rabenhorst Funeral Home, Baton Rouge, is in charge of arrangements.
O.V. Robinson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, after a long illness.
He was born in Vernon, Fla., in 1921, and grew up with six brothers and one sister. During World War II he survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the invasions of New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. He lived in Okaloosa County, Fla., and Niceville, Fla., since his marriage to Laverne Hulion Robinson in 1946. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Niceville. Most of his working career was on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he was employed by Vitro Corp. and RCA.
He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Robinson; daughter, Bonnie Robinson; son, David Robinson and wife Jan; Betty, Kenneth, Sean and Kyle Ryan; and brothers, Neal and wife Estelle Robinson, J.C. and wife Doris Robinson, and Eddie Robinson.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Benevolent Fund of the First Baptist Church of Niceville.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Mary Margaret Kirkpatrick
Mary Margaret Kirkpatrick passed away last week at the age of 72.
She was born Aug. 3, 1927 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Murphy) Powers.
She married William R. Kirkpatrick on Feb. 26, 1949.
She and her husband resided in Indian Bayou where Mary was on the Board of Directors of the Homeowners Association. She served on the Destin Woman's Club, where she was president for two terms.
As an avid supporter of the family fund, she was a go-between in getting help for the needy, serving as chaplain. She was also an active member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
She was a choir member, lector, religious teacher, Eucharist minister and chaired many fund raising projects at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
Mary was an active military wife for 25 years, holding various offices while she and her husband were stationed in the United States and overseas.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter Candice Anne Kirkpatrick.
She is survived by her husband, William R. Kirkpatrick; son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. William T. Kirkpatrick of Atlanta; son, Kevin Michael Kirkpatrick of Marianna; grandchildren, Shaye Candice Kirkpatrick and Sean Michael Kirkpatrick; sister, Elizabeth Ann Forbes and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive, Destin, with the Rev. James Jorden officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Mary was loved and will be remembered by many friends and family members because of her unselfishness and unfaltering compassion for others.
Gladys Emery Foote
Gladys Emery Foote, born June 27, 1901, in Lyndeborough, N.H., died Sept. 23, 1999.
She moved to Kittery, Maine, in 1940, and later became a resident of Eliot, Maine.
She was active in the Eliot Garden Club and became a member of the Maine Judges Council. At the time of her death her title was "Master Judge Emritus,"accredited by the National Council of Federated Garden Clubs.
For 66 years she was married to the late Wells D. Foote. They are survived by five children, Lois Ann Oliver of Portsmouth, N.H., Wells D. Foote Jr. and wife Leona of Lyndeborough, Hubert E. Foote and wife Luciana of Seminole Community, Fla., Emery B. Foote and wife Norma of Hernando Beach, Fla., and Harlan B. Foote and wife June of Renton, Wash. There are 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She became a resident of the Seminole Community in 1985. She was residing in her caregiver's home, Kim and Jeff Norris of Destin, Fla., at the time of her death.
Mrs. Foote's cremains will be buried in Lyndeborough.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla., entrusted with local arrangements.
James A. Hicks
Senior Master Sgt. James A. Hicks, U.S. Air Force retired, age 78, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 24, 1999, in Niceville.
Senior Master Sgt. Hicks was born in Mobile, Ala., and was raised in Crestview, Fla., where he graduated from Crestview High School. He spent over 28 years on active duty before retiring in 1968.
Mr. Hicks then went to work as the ROTC instructor at Niceville High School, where he remained for over 20 years.
Jim was a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Hadji Shrine Temple of Pensacola, Fla. He had resided in the Niceville-Valparaiso area for over 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donnelle A. Hicks, in 1986.
Survivors include his nieces and nephews, Victoria A. Brooks and husband Robert of Cecilia, Ky., David Meadows and wife Linda, Roy Jim Meadows, all of Orlando, Fla., Sandra Hunter and husband Scott of Waynesville, Mo., and Nancy Mancuso of Maryland; and many close friends in Okaloosa County.
A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Chapel in Niceville at 2 p.m. Tuesday with U.S. Air Force Chaplain Timothy Sturgill officiating.
Full military honors will be conferred.
Senior Master Sgt. Hicks will be interred next to his wife in Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Jim Hicks Scholarship Fund for Niceville High School Graduates, attention Kathy Martin, Okaloosa-Walton Community College Financial Aid, 100 College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Stephen B. Peck
Stephen B. Peck, age 70, was born in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 21, 1929. A resident of Destin, Fla., since 1994, he passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Stephen is survived by his wife of 14 years, Sue Peck; son, Michael and Roser Peck and their daughters, Tatiana and Alexia; son, Thomas and Meg Peck and children, Austin, Julia and Chloe; stepchildren, Jerry and Lynda Harrison; stepchildren, Charles and Susan de Boisblanc and their children, Joshua and Kristin; stepchildren, Darren and Jana Ebanks and their daughter, Jillian; and his beloved dog, Murphy.
Stephen graduated from Columbia University and served as an Army officer in the Korean War. Later, he became an entrepreneur starting a number of environmental consulting and technology companies in the Northeast. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for the Okonite Co. From 1995 to his passing, Stephen served as an active director on the boards of Washington Cable Supply Inc., and Michael A. Peck Associates Inc. Stephen was very active in several leading Internet online forums.
In lieu of flowers and in line with his interest in defending our natural environment, a fund has been created in Stephen's memory to plant an oak tree with an inscription at the Jesse H. Jones International Rotary House (part of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center), where Stephen received such excellent personal support and friendship during his final months.
Contributions may be made to the Stephen B. Peck Memorial Fund, c/o M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Attention Nan Duhan, Box 541, 1550 Holcomb Blvd., Houston, TX 77030-9989 (phone (713) 794-5966).
All friends are welcome to a celebration of Steve's life at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Crab Trap pavilion in Destin. Dress very casual.
Helen Ann Erdmann
Helen Ann Erdmann (Hogan) died of pancreatic cancer on Friday, Sept. 24, 1999.
She was born in Troy, N.Y., on June 10, 1929, to the late William and Anna Hogan.
She retired from the FBI in 1972 with 25 years of dedicated service. Helen and her husband, Lt. Col. Charles Erdmann, moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1981. Helen had lived the "Thirty Six Hour Day" for nine years prior to Charlie's death from Alzheimer's in 1986.
She worked for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department until she accepted a commitment as volunteer coordinator for the conversion of the Old Fort Walton Beach Hospital to an Adult Congregate Living Facility. During her association with Elder Services she was a driving force in founding the local Alzheimer's Support Group. Helen participated in several seminars for professionals and caregivers. After her open heart surgery, she restricted her involvement to ordering specially designed identification bracelets for victims of memory disorders. Helen's greatest joy came from her work with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, where she served as a mentor and tutor for students at Ocean City Elementary.
Her surviving relatives include her brother, William Hogan and wife Mary Jane of Wynantskill, N.Y.; nieces, Lisa Reis of Latham, N.Y., Laura Thierry of Averill Park, N.Y., Jane O'Donnell of Schodack, N.Y., Annette Bissell of Nassau, N.Y., and their respective husbands; a nephew, Larry Hogan and wife of Bradenton, Fla.; and her stepson, Craig Erdmann and wife of Metairie, La.
Helen also leaves her longtime friend, Maryanne Brockley of West Palm Beach, Fla. Locally, her loss is deeply mourned by her Ya Ya Sisters, Bettie Robertson, Helen Kemp, Mary Jones, Ruth Bugay and Ruth Lovejoy. She shared in equal measure both the wit and the contrariness of her Irish heritage. Helen was generous of spirit and a loyal friend who will be sadly missed.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. Her remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Elder Services Alzheimer's Support Program, 207 Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.