Robert Udell Nolen
Cmdr. Robert Udell Nolen, U.S. Navy retired, age 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, from complications following a fall at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Robert Nolen was born on March 9, 1915, in Redlands, Calif. He graduated from the University of California at Berkley in 1937. He was a gifted communicator and musician. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy, trained as a flyer in Pensacola, Fla., and flew several types of aircraft during World War II, most notably PBM's and PBY's.
While he was stationed in Kwajalein, a small but strategic military island in the Pacific, Robert met Anna Elizabeth Justice, a school teacher of the first through third grades on the island. Within a short time wedding bells were ringing.
Robert retired from active military service in 1963 as permanent commander. He and Anna moved to west Florida, where Anna continued to teach public school and Robert began a career in real estate. He built their home shortly after moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1963 and it has remained their residence ever since.
Surviving members of the family include his wife Anna; son, Robert S. Nolen of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Lea Anne Bourgeois (husband Richard) of Pensacola; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at First Church of the Nazarene, 27 First St., Fort Walton Beach at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. J.R. Deetz officiating. Interment will follow the service in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Hampton Chappell Reese
Hampton Chappell Reese, age 87, an outstanding community leader and retired businessman of Crestview, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in a local nursing care center.
He was born in Dinwiddle, Va., in 1912. Hampton entered the U.S. Army in February of 1942, during World War II. He served six years and advanced from the rank of private to captain.
After his discharge he came to Crestview and opened Hampton's Furniture Stores Inc. in May of 1948. On May 9, 1948, he married Mildred "Millie" Floyd and they enjoyed 50 years together.
Some of the many accomplishments in Hampton's life are: elected president of Crestview Kiwanis Club in 1955; elected president of Crestview Chamber of Commerce in June of 1957, and was reelected in June of 1958; built and opened a new furniture store in 1954; named "Man of the Year" in 1965 by the Chamber of Commerce. He was very active in the community by starting and spearheading the drive to build a county hospital in early 1952. He was appointed to the hospital board in 1954 by Gov. Leroy Collins and served as the chairman until September 1961.
Many new residential subdivisions were built in Crestview with his help and promotion. In 1955, he launched and promoted the fundraising of the drive to establish a farmer's market that was built in that year. The Okaloosa County Airport Authority was created with his help and he served as chairman of the authority from 1957 until 1967. As chairman he saw the building of the airport, FFA building and helped in bringing Fairchild Industries and Republic Aircraft to Crestview. He was active in the building of the first nursing home in Crestview. He was named to the board of directors of Gulf Federal Savings and Loan Association in 1968 and served on the board for 24 years.
Hampton was elected as a trustee of the Robert L.F. Sikes Library Association in 1975. In 1992, a chapel - the Christ Chapel - was completed at his church and given to the First United Methodist as a gift from Millie and Hampton.
Hampton was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed many big game hunting trips to Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and Mexico.
Hampton was also a member of Concord Masonic Lodge 50 F&AM, York Rite Masonic Bodies, the Pensacola Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Hadji Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred (Millie) Floyd Reese of Crestview; daughter, Nancy R. Jones and husband Raymond Jones Jr. of Newport News, Va.; grandson, Dr. Ralph R. Jones III and wife Fay of Manchester, Tenn.; great-grandsons, Thomas and Ben Jones of Manchester; brother, Charles Mason Reese of Andalusia, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church in Crestview with the Rev. John Wesley Spivey officiating. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Hampton loved flowers and he had a special love for the Christ Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Crestview, and memorials to either of these would fill the family with gratitude.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Michael Eugene Guier Jr.
Michael Eugene Guier Jr., Nov. 15, 1977 - Oct. 25, 1999, son of Mike Guier Sr. (Red) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brother of Michelle Guier of Fort Walton Beach; brother of SP5 Patricia Batres of Ansbach, Germany; and grandson of Melba and Wade Hampton of Springfield, Mo.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the American Legion Post 235, 105 N.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach.
A memorial fund for Michael E. Guier Jr. has been established at all offices of First National Bank and Trust.
Lorene Hill Holley
Lorene Hill Holley, age 76, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in a Panama City hospital.
She retired from Bay district schools after 31 years of service. She moved to Panama City in 1942 and was a member of St. Andrew's Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, W.H. "Punch" Holley of Panama City; daughter, Carolyn Holley Harris of Niceville, Fla.; son, Willis Holley and wife Pat of Panama City; grandson, Rob Harris of Niceville; granddaughters, Lin Holley Byrd and husband Dennis, and Lori Holley, all of Panama City; sister, Nancy Hill Branch; brothers, E.G. Hill and wife Elizabeth, Charles Hill and wife Bessie, all of Grandridge, Fla., Guilford Hill of Tallahassee, Fla., and Ralph Hill and wife Carla of Jacksonville, Fla.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Vicki Harris Haupt, whose ashes will be interred with her beloved grandmother.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Those who desire may make a contribution to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, in memory of Mrs. Lorene Holley.
Wilson Funeral Home, Panama City, is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia Dawn Johnson
Patricia Dawn Fleniken Johnson, infant, born to Amanda Dawn Fleniken and Paul Eugene Johnson on Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, at 3:56 p.m. died Monday, Nov. 8, at 12:48 p.m. at Woman's Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Gardens, Jefferson Avenue.
She is also survived by her grandparents, Lewis and Theresa Fleniken of Navarre, Fla., and Mildred Augustine Johnson and Dewey Johnson Sr.; great-grandparents, Mike Fleniken and Shirley Underwood Fleniken, Peggy Mattingley of Navarre, Christa and Brent Daniel and Thais Augustine of Chalmette, La.; great-great-grandmother, Thelma Bennett of Navarre; uncles, Dewey Jr., James and Donald Johnson, all of Baton Rouge, La., and Thomas Andrew McCarty of Navarre; great-aunts, Carol Daniel meek and Linda Daniel Deglanden, both of Baton Rouge, and Tammy Gilbert of Mary Esther, Fla.; and great-uncle, Douglas Fleniken of Baldwinsville, N.Y. Preceded in death by her grandmother, Patricia Daniel Fleniken; great-grandmother, Jackie Morris Fleniken; and great-grandfather, Rogers Augustine Sr.
Stephen W. Muzychka
Stephen W. Muzychka, age 46, 615 Cypress Drive, Niceville, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at Twin Cities Hospital.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an appliance repairman and owned Steve's Appliances. He was a 1972 graduate of North Lenoir High School.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Pinelawn Memorial Park with Sister Augustine Serrano officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Muzychka of the home; son, Stephen Matthew Muzychka of the home; brothers, Bohdan "Bill" Muzychka of Michigan, John Muzychka and Danny Muzychaka, both of Kinston, N.C.; and sisters, Katheryn Snead of Missouri, Lisa Sebastiani and Helen Tutich, both of Florida.
Garner Funeral Home, Kinston, is in charge of arrangements.
Juliette Evelyn Patterson
Juliette Evelyn VanHorn Patterson, age 95, beloved teacher of Chattahoochee County, Ga., died Nov. 11, 1999, at Stewart-Webster Hospital in Richland, Ga.
She was born on April 23, 1904, in Ochille, Ga., the youngest of five children of William I. VanHorn and Fredonia Harp. She and the late Robert Eli "Bo" Patterson Sr., progressive farmer and cattleman, were married in 1930. They lived and raised their family at Renfroe, between Richland and Cusseta, Ga. Mrs. Patterson was influential in and touched many lives as a first grade teacher in Chattahoochee County for over 30 years.
She taught love, fairness, selflessness, generosity, respect for others, and self-confidence along with her first grade subjects to the hundreds of children to whom she was their first outside influence. She was a living example to all she touched, as she put into practice the many Christian attributes she espoused.
On her 90th birthday in 1994, many former students came to Renfroe to show their love and respect for "Miss Juliette," as she was affectionately known.
She was descended from pioneer stock who settled at Ochille, which is now part of Fort Benning. Her education began at a one-room schoolhouse at Harmony Church, then continued at Lorena Hall, a private school for young ladies in Columbus, Ga., Centenary College in Cleveland, Tenn., and the University of Georgia.
She was a devoted member of the Cusseta United Methodist Church and was a beloved Sunday School teacher for most of her life. She was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Ka#####a Chapter.
She is survived by her daughter, Fredonia P. Templin of Atlanta; sons, U.S. Air Force retired Col. Robert and Betty Patterson of Shalimar, Fla., U.S. Navy retired Capt. William and Kathy Patterson of Columbus, Ga., and U.S. Army retired Lt. Col. Stonie and Pam Patterson of Stewart County. Her grandchildren are Claudia P. Farmer of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Robert Brewer Patterson of Atlanta, Julie Elizabeth Patterson of Atlanta, William Brice Patterson of Columbus, Jennifer P. Pitts of Columbus, Emily Carr Patterson of Atlanta, Vonda Van Patterson of Huntsville, Ala., John Stonie Patterson Jr. of Columbus, James Pryce Templin IV of Atlanta, and Anna Christine Templin of Seattle. She was predeceased by another granddaughter, Jodie Lynn Patterson.
Her great-grandchildren are Edward Merritt Farmer Jr., Robert Patterson Farmer, Robert Campbell Patterson, Elizabeth Sims Patterson, William Bailey Johnson and Robert Whitfield Pitts.
Visitation with the family will be at the L.B. Smith Funeral Home in Richland from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.
Her life will be celebrated at Cusseta Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Dan Smith and Robert McDaniel officiating. Interment will be in Cusseta Lower City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Brice Patterson, Robert Patterson, Jamie Templin, Stonie Patterson, Edward Farmer and Wynn Pitts.
Great-grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Cusseta Methodist Church, or to a favorite charity.
L.B. Smith Funeral Home, Richland, is in charge of arrangements.
George W. Stengel
George W. Stengel, age 82, of Niceville, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Stengel was born on May 31, 1917, in Anna, Ohio, to Charles and Lovina Watson Stengel. He lived in this area since June, moving here from Fort Meyers, Fla., and was a retired law professor with the University of Mississippi.
He is survived by his loving wife, Matilda Stengel of Niceville; daughters, Dr. Mary Stengel of Durango, Colo., Sally Aberth of Niceville, and Nancy Stengel of Crotin-On Hudson, N.Y.; son, George W. Stengel Jr. of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Stengel will be taken to the Cromes Funeral Home Inc., 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney, OH 45365, for additional services and interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168th St., New York, NY 10032.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with local arrangements.
Robert Eckert, Jr.
Tech. Sgt. Robert Eckert, Jr. (U.S. Air Force Retired), age 52, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, in a local hospital. Mr. Eckert was born Jan. 19, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo., to the late Robert and June Eckert, Sr. Mr. Eckert moved to the Fort Walton Beach area 16 years ago from Italy. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and retired in 1989 from Eglin Air Force Base. He was an instructor for O.J.T. there. Mr. Eckert worked for 8 years in the automotive department of the Wal-Mart in Destin, Fla., and later transferred as a manager for the Fort Walton Beach Wal-Mart. He enjoyed working on vehicles, bowling, softball, football, fishing and motorcross as well as being a Boy Scout leader and playing his guitar. Mr. Eckert especially liked spending time with his family and he will be missed by all.
Mr. Eckert is preceded in death by his parents, brother Russ Eckert, and sister Jan Eden. He is survived by his wife Giusy Iacovich Eckert; daughter Joella Clemens and husband Ray; son Jeff Lee Eckert; daughter Diana June Eckert and fianc� Thomas Sexton, all of Fort Walton Beach; close friends Bob and Gaon Merritt and their family, Ron and Debbie McArthor and their family, all of Fort Walton Beach, and Richard Woodland of Mary Esther, Fla.; and many extended family and friends.
Graveside services for Mr. Eckert will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, in Beal Memorial Cemetery with full military honors. Asked to serve as honorary pallbearers are Bob Merritt, Ron McArthor and Norm Sing. The family will greet friends at the funeral home Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32547, is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy Turman, age 69, of Holt, Fla., passed away Friday morning, Nov. 12, in a local hospital. She was born in Nashville, Tenn., and had lived in Okaloosa County since 1973. Mrs. Turman was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband Clentis Turman of Holt; children Kenneth and Mike Foley of Holt, Vicki Coburn of Evergreen, Ala., Deborah J. King of Niceville, Fla., Clentis D. Turman of Troy, Ala., and Lisa Burkhalter of McCray, Ga.; and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, from the Chapel of Brackney Funeral Service. Burial will follow in the Goodhope Congregational Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.