Allene Logan Gilbert
Allene Logan Gilbert, age 75, of Marianna, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Jackson County, she was a U.S. Naval veteran; member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 129; the Wednesday Night Canasta Club; and Grace United Methodist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Roland and Mattie Logan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Gilbert; and brother, Ernest J. Logan. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Larry E. and Connie Gilbert of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Joe McKinney of Panama City, Fla., Rhonda and Newell Cheesborough of Birmingham, Ala., Cindy and Benny Stuart of Marianna, Gwen and Robert Milton of Marianna, and Karen Didonato and Rick of Merritt Island, Fla.; sister, Lorene Shislers of Ladson, S.C.; brother, Harold Logan of Florence, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer Ritchie, Polly Anne Gilbert, Jill McKinney, Joe McKinney, Jonathon Cheesborough, Jeff Cheesborough, Jason Childree, Tara Stuart, Elizabeth Patton, Robyn Patton, Britney Didonato, Sean Didonato, Brett Caplin and Rachel Caplin; and great-grandchild, Amber Ritchie; brother-in-law, Bill Gilbert and wife Frances of Panama City; sisters-in-law, Myrtle Howard of Altha, Addie Ruth Gilbert of Panama City, Florence Gilbert of Panama City and Marge Logan of Marianna; and numerous nieces and nephews; and special prayer partners, Ned and Sawyer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Maddox Chapel with the Rev. Paul Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery in Altha.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Maddox Chapel, with an Eastern Star service at 6:30 p.m.
James and James Funeral Home, Maddox Chapel, Marianna, is in charge of arrangements.
Benita S. Theisen
Benita S. Theisen, age 84, of Valparaiso, Fla., died Sunday evening, Oct. 24, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to the late Francisco and Juana Gonzales Santos. Benita attended and graduated from both Visitation Academy and Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Lt. Col. George L. Theisen, in 1977, and spent 22 years traveling with her husband as an Army wife. She was an active member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville and a member of Valparaiso Garden Club.
She was an award winning ballroom dancer and also enjoyed teaching and social work. Benita had resided in the Northwest Florida area since 1976.
She was also preceded in death by her loving friend and guardian, Laura Reinert, who was "Tata" to her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Maria C. "Tina" Theisen of Chicago, and George L. "Butch" Theisen of Highland, Calif.; sister, Javiela Ortiz of Pearl River, N.Y.; and grandsons, George L. Theisen III of Loma Linda, Calif., and Michael Robert Theisen of Riverside, Calif.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A prayer service with rosary will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Interment will follow at 1:15 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Autism Society of American, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Robert R. Flinn
Robert R. Flinn, age 70, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Oct. 25, 1999.
He was a 1953 graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and retired as production manager for General Motors after 43 years of service.
Mr. Flinn was born in Sidney, Ohio, and is survived by his father, Edward G. Flinn of Sidney, Ohio; brother, Dr. E. Thomas Flinn of Miamisburg, Ohio; and sister, Mrs. Roy L. (Margaret) Bulle of Sidney. He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Bush Flinn.
He leaves his wife, Mary Jean Flinn of Niceville; daughter, Mrs. Patrick (Vicki) Stephan of Northborough, Mass.; son, Michael D. Flinn and wife Devonne of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Randel (Lori) Goodman of Marion, Ind.; stepdaughter, Sheryl Parker of Niceville; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Flinn was an avid yachtsman and member of the U.S. Power Squadron; a golfing enthusiast and member of Rocky Bayou Country Club; and member of First United Methodist Church of Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the American Heart Association; American Diabetes Association; or to the Children's Advocacy Center of Niceville.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Niceville at 7 p.m. Friday.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the community for their prayers, care and support.
Alma Eugenia Preston
Alma Eugenia "Jean" Preston, age 82, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away peacefully on Oct. 24. 1999, after a brief hospital stay.
Jean was born on July 15, 1917, in Coosa County, Ala., to William Ernest and Lucy Olive Allison Norrell Sr. She was an active and loyal member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., since 1954.
Jean loved her family, friends, home and her flowers and was an avid supporter and booster of the Florida State Seminoles.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Emory "Bill" Preston Sr.; brothers, William Norrell Jr. and James Aubrey Norrell; sisters, Wilma Norrell, Faye Daughtry and Mozelle Battle. Survivors include her only son, William Emory Preston Jr. and wife Sherwin of Shalimar; brother, Lloyd Carl Norrell of Cullman, Ala.; sisters, Martha Estelle Mercer of Panama City, Fla., and Lorene Shirey of Tallassee, Ala.; grandchildren, Channa Gae Beckman and husband Ken of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Allison Brooke Smalley and husband Jon of Marietta, Ga.; great-grandson, William Bridger Beckman; and many nieces and nephews.
If desired, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 11117, Jacksonville, FL 32239-1117.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
James M. Darling
James M. Darling, age 68, of Destin, Fla., died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was born in Nampa, Idaho, on Dec. 19, 1930. Mr. Darling was a retired insurance adjuster and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Kathleen Darling of Destin; sons, James W. Darling of Vandalia, Mo., William R. Darling of Lebanon, Ill., and Joshua E. Darling of New Orleans; daughter, Cheryl Ann Sumpter of Franklin, Ill.; brothers, Roger Redick of Madison, Ala., Jay Redick of O'Fallon, Ill., and David Redick of Effingham, Ill.; grandchildren, Chris, Graham, Ben, Nick, Shannon, James, Benjamin and Andrew; and great-grandchild, Emma.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Mr. Darling's remains will be cremated.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Ellen Alice Slaughter
Ellen Alice Wilson Slaughter, age 90, of Cadillac, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Autumnwood of McBain.
Mrs. Slaughter was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 7, 1909, to Hendrik and Hendrika (Te Ronde) Brus.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry A. Wilson, and also by her second husband, William Slaughter. Mrs. Slaughter was a member of the United Methodist Church of Cadillac, where she played the organ for 43 years. She was active in the Women's Society, sang in the church choir and served as president of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Cadillac. She was a member of the National Federation of Music Club.
Mrs. Slaughter worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Co. during World War II. Later she worked as a reporter for the Cadillac News. She also wrote for the Grand Rapids Herald and United Press Service. Mrs. Slaughter worked as a juvenile officer for Wexford County Probate Court. After her retirement in 1976, she moved to Valparaiso, Fla., for 17 years, where she was a member of the Valparaiso Garden Club. She attended Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Tom Miller of Valparaiso, Beth and Al Roos of Severn, Md., Judith and Delos Johnson of Owosso, Mich., and Ann and George Schipper of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Sharon Wilson of Cadillac; 19 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at United Methodist Church of Cadillac. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial tributes may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Cadillac.
Hitesman Funeral Home, Cadillac, is in charge of arrangements.
Adeline C. Hickenbotham
Adeline C. Hickenbotham, age 91, passed away at Sun Bridge Care Facility on Oct. 26, 1999.
She was born in Wisconsin and lived in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for the past 42 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Hickenbotham. Survivors are her son, Duane Hickenbotham and wife Barbara of Fort Walton Beach; grandchildren, Lisa Campbell, Lynn Liebold, Laura Bowlby and Michael Beasley; and nine great-grandchildren.
For years she was known for her art of quilling in area craft shows.
Cremation arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home in Crestview, Fla.
Cash M. Stanley Jr.
Cash M. Stanley Jr., age 88, of Macon, Ga., died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home in Hogansville, Ga.
Mr. Stanley was a 1933 graduate of Auburn University, a retired printing and textile engineer; and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a former resident of Fort Walton Beach and a member of St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Paula Terrell Stanley of Macon; sons, Dr. Cash M. Stanley III and Terrell Stanley, both of Macon, and David Stanley of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Mrs. Louie Ashley of Montgomery, Ala.; and five grandchildren.
Maureen Ann Burt
Maureen Ann Burt, age 48, of Crestview, Fla., and formerly of Grand Blanc, Mich., died Tuesday, Oct. 26. 1999, at Eglin Regional Hospital, Fla.
Mrs. Burt was born in Detroit on May 28, 1951, and was a resident of Crestview for the past six years. She married Michael Burt on May 13, 1972, in Flint, Mich., and graduated from Holy Redeemer in 1969.
Survivors include her husband, Michael; children, Judy and Jeff Burt, both of Crestview, and Lisa and husband Scott Wallen of Wichita Falls, Texas; granddaughter, Devin Wallen; parents, Richard and Margaret Shannon of Sebring, Fla.; sisters, Kathleen Shannon, Colleen and husband Gary Townsend, all of Grand Blanc, and Eileen and husband Dana Evans of Millington; brothers, Tim and wife Mary Shannon, and Tom Shannon, all of Davison, Mich.; many nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Marie Burt, in March 1978.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc with Father Randall Miller officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Swartz Funeral Home Inc., Flint, is in charge of arrangements.
Minnie Pearce Moore
Minnie Pearce Moore, age 91, of the Glendale community, Fla., died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999.
She was born in Elba, Ala., on April 19, 1908, to the late Fletcher and Ida Pearce. She had resided in the Glendale community since 1940 and was a member of Glendale Presbyterian Church, where she also was a church pianist.
Mrs. Moore taught in the Walton County public school system in Gaskin and Glendale and was Walton County's first Teacher of the Year. She was very active in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in the 1970s. She was a member of the Hemerocallis Society and a lifelong Democrat and member of the state Democratic Executive Committee. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association.
But most of all she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother who will be missed dearly by all who knew her.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband of 67 years, E. Ray Moore of Glendale; daughters, Mary Moore Lindsay of Spartinburg, S.C., Nan Moore Wright and husband Joe of Niceville, Fla., and Penny Moore Bedsoe of Madrid, Spain; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Moore will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Glendale Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Albert Roundtree and W.A. Ray officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Flowers are being accepted because of Mrs. Moore's love of gardening.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.