John Henry Hobaugh
Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel John H. Hobaugh, 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Hobaugh was born Feb. 13, 1918, in Chester, Pa. He had resided in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for 32 years. He was a veteran of World War II. He retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Eglin Yacht Club, the Elks BPOE Lodge 1795, the Order of Daedalians and the Retired Officers Association. He was a devout Catholic. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Rosemary Hobaugh.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Michael Gross, of Cantonment, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Brenda Hobaugh, of Brewton, Ala.; a granddaughter, Chelsea Gross; and two grandsons, Kyle Gross and Jonathan Hobaugh.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Pensacola with Father John Cayer officiating.
Interment will be at a later date at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church Building Fund.
Lewis M. "Gus" Ford
Lewis M. "Gus" Ford, age 63, died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at his home in Bluewater Bay.
Gus is survived by his wife Janette, sons, Glenn of Dallas, Texas, and Gary of Georgia, and by his brother, T.G. Ford of Alabama.
In accordance with his wishes, Gus will be cremated and his ashes scattered in the bay. There will be no services.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of N.W. Florida, 101 Hart Street, Niceville, FL 32578, or to a charity of your choice.
Evelyn Marsh Pace
Evelyn Marsh Pace, age 82, of Mary Esther, Fla., and a native of Crestview, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Mrs. Pace was employed with Ruth's Uniform Shop of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for 25 years. She was a life member of the V.F.W. 7674, Ladies Auxilary, of Fort Walton Beach. She was also a member of the Cinco Baptist Church. Her's was a beautiful life that touched all those that knew her. We love you, Mimi, and will always miss you.
Survivors include her mate of 44 years, Dallas Pace, of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Pat Reed of Crestview; three granddaughters, Devanie Brophy of Crestview, Lessa and her husband Tommy Moody of Fort Walton Beach and Tricia Reed of Tallahassee, Fla.; one grandson, Charles Mitchel Shamburg of South Florida; six great-grandchildren, Trista Brophy of Crestview, Daniel Reed of Tallahassee, Logan Thomas Moody of Fort Walton Beach, Christopher, Charles and Krislei Shamburg of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Titus and Virginia Prescott; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Milo and C.A. Williams, Mary Charles Bonta, all of Crestview, Yvonne and Ronnie Steele of Fort Walton Beach and Etoyle and Bud Manush of Sheffield, Ala.; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and James Jones of Batesville, Ark. Mrs. Pace was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Eunice Prescott, her daughter, June Shamburg, her great grandson, Patrick Ryan Reed, and her brother, Billy Joe Prescott.
A time of visitation will be conducted from Whitehurst Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, from 2 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the First Baptist Church of Crestview on Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Fran Picker officiating. Mrs. Pace will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in the Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview. Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Boulevard, Crestview.
Dwight Lee Brown
On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1999, Dwight Lee Brown (Potter) passed away in his home in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Potter, the son of Barrett Brown and Georgia David Brown, was a native of Parker, Fla., and member of the Davis/Brown pioneer family.
He is survived by Suzette DeJarnette, his loving companion of 29 years; as well as brothers: Wayne, David, Loyal and Gerald Brown; and sisters, Janice McDonald and Brenda Saunders. Potter was a Vietnam veteran and commercial fisherman. He was well known for his talent in bluegrass music.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 14, 1999, on Parker Bayou, behind the home of Ed Parker (1025 East Park St., Parker).
John Keith Greene
Lt. Col. John Keith Greene, U.S. Air Force retired, age 81, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away Nov. 12, 1999.
Keith went to be with his heavenly Father four years after the passing of his wife, Jane Gibbs Haynes, of 52 years.
Keith was born on June 7, 1918, in Detroit to the late Dewitt T. Greene and Hazel Irene Burnham. He began his long military career in the Army Air Corp in 1938 and gained his commission through the Aviation Cadets/Royal Air Force Exchange Program at Falcon Field, Ariz. Keith was a command pilot with more than 5,000 hours and a master missileman in the Atlas and Titan programs. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, finally retiring in 1971. During a short break in service after World War II, he served in the Louisiana National Guard and was the personal pilot to the governor of Louisiana.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, Keith and his loving wife Jane, settled in Shalimar. He obtained his BS in chemistry and worked as a chemist for the state of Florida for the next seven years.
Keith was an honorary Kentucky Colonel, member of several honorary academic fraternities, the Falcon Field Association, the 122nd Bomb Squadron Veterans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Daedalians (Seagull Flight), the Air Force Association, the Retired Officers Association, Alpha Lodge 172 F&AM, York Rite Masons and Shriners.
Survivors include his son, Keith Greene II and daughter-in-law, Carol Murphy of Shalimar; son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Michael, Rona and Michaela Greene of Iver Heath, England; and his niece, Kaye Brooks of Royal Oak, Mich.
A memorial service, with military honors, will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with the Rev. Jim Spender officiating. A private family internment at St. Simon's, with Masonic last rites, will be held the following day.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of J. Keith Greene to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578; or to St. Simon's Building Fund, 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy. S.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6613.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Mrs. Annie Smith, 77, of Ebro, Fla., died Nov. 12, 1999, in a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., medical center.
She was a native of Washington County, a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ebro and before retiring, she, along with her husband - the late Tobe Smith - owned and operated the Tobe Smith Grocery Store in Ebro.
Survivors include six daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Halie Hogans of Abbeville, Ala., Bonnie and Richard Thompson, Evilla Smith, Ava Smith, all of Tallahassee, Fla., Brenda and Bro. Eli Andrews of Fort Walton Beach and Miranda and Roger Green of Ebro; five sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Elouise Smith, Bruce and Carolyn Smith, all of Ebro, Willis and Nettie Smith of Sunny Hills, Fla., Tony and Gina Smith of Chipley, Fla. and Walter and Franlisa Smith of Lynn Haven, Fla.; two sisters, Helen (Henry) Chambers of Caryville, Fla. and Maggie Jackson of Vernon, Fla.; seven brothers, Willard Jackson of Union Dale, N.Y., Alphonso Jackson of Red Bay, Fla., Carson Katherleen Jackson, Thomas Linda Jackson, Horace Elaine Jackson, Tifford Elaine Jackson and Ira June Jackson, all of Vernon, Fla; 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999 at 1 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Ebro with Rev. Billy Marshall officiating.
Interment will follow in the St. Luke Memorial Garden Cemetery in Vernon, with Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley directing.
The remains will lie in state at the church two hours prior to the service.
Frank Earl Hall
Frank Earl Hall, 79, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, in a local hospital.
Frank was born Oct. 27, 1920, in Washington, D.C. to Frank M. and Grace E. Buck Hall.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 and worked for the Federal Government from 1946 until his retirement in 1974, including four tours of duty overseas.
He was an active member of the Emerald Coasters Square Dance Club and was chosen Dancer of the Year 1996-1997.
Survivors include his loving wife, Veronica "Nixie" Hall; three daughters, Shelley Douglass and her husband Jim, Marjorie Hall and her husband Rick and Joann Getty and her husband Larry; son, David Hall and his wife Judy; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted from St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1999, at 11 a.m. with Father Eugene Pathe as celebrant.
Private graveside services will be conducted from Union Cemetery in Leesburg, Va., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity or the St. Francis of Assisi, 2400 7th Ave., North Bessemer, AL 35020.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Fred H. Commander
Mr. Fred H. Commander, 89, of the Darlington community, died at his residence on Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999.
Born on Feb. 23, 1910, in Walton County, Fla., he was the son of the late George W. and Mary Burgess Commander.
Mr. Commander was a lifelong resident of Walton County. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the Darlington Baptist Church. Mr. Commander served our country for four years in the Army during World War II in the 832 Engineers and Aviation Battalion. He retired in 1975 from the U.S. Postal Service.
Mr. Commander was preceded in death by one brother, Wilmer Commander; and three sisters, Ruth Petrey, Mary Belser and Ada Conner.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Commander of Darlington; three sons, Carl H. Commander and wife Carolyn of Niceville, Fla., John W. Commander of Detroit and George D. Commander of Pace, Fla.; two sisters, Ruby McCrary and Mildred Campbell, both of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren, William Commander, Megan Commander, Ammanda Commander, Jason Commander and Brian Commander; one great-grandchild, Ally Commander; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Commander will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the Darlington Baptist Church with the Revs. Frank McIntosh and William Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Darlington Baptist Church cemetery.
Flowers are being accepted, or donations may be made to the Bay Medical Center Hospice, 2929 Hwy. 77, Panama City, FL 32401.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Petrey, Billy Belser, Fred David Commander, Ray Neal Commander, Wayne Campbell and Ricky Campbell. Alternate pallbearers will be Lois Ward, Ted Prior, Jerry Nelson and Junior Fuller.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Ella Mae Asberry
Ella Mae Asberry, age 80, of Frostproof, Fla., died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, in Winter Haven Medical Center.
Mrs. Asberry was born in Danielsville, Ga., on Oct. 22, 1919, to William Talmadge and Dorothy Roberts Barrett. She was a resident of Frostproof for 32 years, moving there from Walton County, Fla., in 1967.
Mrs. Asberry was preceded in death by her husband, Dannie Asberry; and two sons, Tommy Darby and Brian Darby.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Miller of Bonifay, Fla., Diane Cannon, Chyrel Lambeth, both of Frostproof, and Debbie West of Dothan, Ala.; sons, Danny Darby of Alturs, Fla., David Darby of Smithville, Miss., and David Darby Jr. of Liberty, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Jean Adkinson and Imogene Murphy of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glen Spence officiating. Burial will follow in New Ponce de Leon Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Sprigs, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert M. Garren
Robert M. Garren, age 66, of Dix, Ill., and formerly of Destin, Fla., died Nov. 14, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Centralia, Ill., on Sept. 11, 1933, to Ray and Gladys Murray Garren. He attended Centralia Township High School and Junior College and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Garren was a member of Destin United Methodist Church; Elks Lodge 1795 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 520, Petroleum Club in Olney, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald Garren.
Survivors include his wife, Marilynn K. Garren of Dix; daughter, Joni Rae Garren of Ocean Springs, Miss.; stepsons, Randy Campbell and wife Nita of Dumas, Texas, and Ricky Campbell and wife Sara of Odessa, Texas; stepdaughter, Christy Myers and husband Coy of Belleville; stepgrandchildren, Melissa, Keenan, Kaylee and Dylan Myers of Belleville, Josh and Rheanna Campbell of Odessa, and Brandi and Jordan Campbell of Dumas; sisters, Nancy Thompson and husband Clay of Salina, Kan., and Sue Berger of Henry, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Osborn Funeral Home with Burrell Garren and Jonathan Schnautz officiating. Burial will be in Jordan Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jordan Chapel Cemetery and will be received at the funeral home at any time.
Osborn Funeral Home, Dix, is in charge of arrangements.