Michael Scott Carr
Beloved son, brother, nephew and cousin Michael Scott Carr, age 29, of Crestview, Fla., passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Dec. 20, 1999. Scott was born in Milton, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, Fla. He was a 1989 graduate of Baker High School. Scott received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of West Florida and his Master's in Psychology from Troy State University. He was employed as a counselor with Bridgeway and was a member of Holt Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Tena and Ray Ard; father and stepmother, Mike and Teresa Carr; three brothers, Mikie, Scott and Kevin; two sisters, Kim and Heather; grandmother Hilda Ard; two aunts, Elaine Casey and Patricia Kaltenbach; uncle, Stanley Britton Jr.; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, from Holt Baptist Church with the Revs. Russell Taylor, John Stacey, Ron Gaines and Richard Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Holt Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Scott will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service.
Flowers are appreciated or contributions may be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation, 116 W. 32nd Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
Georgie M. Aycock
Mrs. Georgie M. Aycock, age 76, of Crestview, Fla., died at her residence in Crestview, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999. Mrs. Aycock was born in Adrian, Ga., on Dec. 3, 1923, to William Clinton and Georgia Bell Tapley Douglas and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area since 1975. She was a dedicated and loving Christian, mother, sister and grandmother and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a member of Wright Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Aycock was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar S. Aycock, in January 1998, and by her daughter, Shirley Aycock Strickland, in February 1999.
Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in law, Hillard L. "Buddy" and Kyong Aycock, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and David and Sarah Aycock of Laurel Hill, Fla.; brother, Elton Douglas, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and John Oquinn, of Shalimar, Fla.; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
In lieu of cut floral arrangements, the family requests live green plants as a living memorial of Mrs. Aycock.
Private family funeral services will be conducted by Whitehurst Funeral Home of Crestview with interment in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview. The Rev. Fran Picker will conduct the funeral services and services will also be conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla.
Beulah Wren Burnett
Beulah Wren Burnett was born June 26, 1908, in Spanish Fork, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bacteriology in 1930 and was a life-long member of Phi Mu Sorority.
Beulah was a long-time member of the Fort Walton Beach Woman's' Club, Fort Walton Beach Garden Club, The Retired Officers Wives Club and Panhellenic. She also loved to sew, garden and play bridge.
Survivors include her husband, daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Jerry Ziegenhorn, Joan and Walter Humphrey and Lynne Allen; grandchildren, Gene and Pam Ziegenhorn, Joel and Anne Ziegenhorn, Douglas and Jeanne Humphrey, Bruce and Carol Humphrey, Brian Allen and David Allen; great-grandchildren, Melissa Damman, Tara and Nicholas Ziegenhorn and Wren, Loren, Lucian and Jackson Humphrey.
No visitation and private services will be held.
Beulah has listened to over 700 books and would appreciate any donations given to the Bureau of Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 420 Platt Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114-2804.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Frances "Marie" Guidry
Frances "Marie" Guidry of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at her residence. She was born in Adkins, Va. Survivors include her husband, Gervais Guidry; sons, Mike Guidry and Randy Guidry; daughter, Terry Buege; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Kevin Johnson officiating. Burial of her cremains will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 2 p.m. Monday.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Hospice of Niceville, Fla., or to St. Mary Catholic School.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Mrs. Mavis V. Wicker, age 81, of Panama City, Fla., died Sunday Dec. 26, 1999, in Panama City.
Born on Sept. 13, 1918, in Nebraska, she was the daughter of the late Will Steele and Eva Munn Steele. She had been living in Panama City for the past 25 years. She was Baptist by faith and was a member of the Christian Church in Bayou George, Fla.
Mrs. Wicker was preceded in death by her husband Bill Wicker and one son, William Darrell Wicker.
Mrs. Wicker is survived by two daughters, Sylvia A. Moss and husband Duron (Bean) Moss of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Deloris Annette Scheller and husband Bill of Bayou George, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ricky Moss and wife Tami of Bonifay, Fla., Nick Moss and wife Susan of Montgomery, Ala., Tracey Yancey and wife Natalie of Orlando, Fla., Shanna Ray and husband Iston of Panama City, and Eric Etress of Bayou George, Fla,; and three great-grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Wicker will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. in the Comander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Anthony officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the Comander Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be: Ricky Moss, Nick Moss, Tracey Moss, Ashley Moss, Iston Moss and Howard Moore.
Comander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Richard Robins Ludlam
Richard Robins Ludlam, husband, father, engineer and conservationist, passed away peacefully at 86 years of age at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Mr. Ludlam, known to his friends and loved ones as Dick, was born in Waycross, Ga., on Sept. 28, 1913. His father, Jeremiah Ludlam, was a successful turpentine dealer, who died when his only son was 13 years old. His mother, Rossie Robins Ludlam, ran a boarding house after her husband's death. She died in 1968 at 94 years of age. Dick had a half-brother, Benajamin Irby Morrison, who lived in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife, Teddy, and died in 1985.
As a youth during the Depression, Dick helped pay his college tuition by selling Reader's Digest subscriptions door to door. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1934. He was a teacher in the public schools in his hometown until 1936, when he accepted a position as an engineer with the Tennesee Valley Authority.
During World War II he was a captain in the army Chemical Corps in Pine Bluff, Ark. After the war, he took a job with Chemstrand/Monsanto in 1946 and began to date Marian Pafford, the younger sister of his lifelong friend, H.M. Pafford. On July 25, 1949, he married Marian at St. Simon's Island, Ga.
The newlyweds lived in Anniston, Ala., where Dick worked for Monsanto, and had their first child Richard Ludlam Jr. on July 1 1950. They moved to Texas City, Texas, where they had three more children, Susan Dee, Jane Pafford, and James Clark. Dick had a long career with Monsanto as a petrochemical feedstock trader until 1979, when he worked as consultant in the petrochemical industry.
He and Mariam moved to Four Mile Village, Fla., near Destin in 1979. He served on the board of directors for South Walton Utility, and as a conservationist was instrumental in the purchase of 18,000 acres at Topsail Hill by the State of Florida, rather than real estate developers.
Dick is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marian, of Four Mile Village; three children: Susan Rushing, of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jane Ludlam, of New York, N.Y., and James Ludlam, of Laurel, Md.; six grandchildren: Robin Sanderlin, of Buffalo, N.Y., Rebecca Ludlam, of Houston, Texas, Matthew Ludlam, of Nacogdoches, Davis Sutton, of Philadelphia, Katherine Rushing to Nacogdoches, and Morgan Cunningham of New York; and a cousin, Turner Wilkins Ivey, of Houston. His son Richard R. Ludlam, Jr., preceded him in death on April 10, 1995.
A memorial service for Dick will be held at the Coffeen Memorial Park in Four Mile Village on Thursday, December 30, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the Natural Conservancy, Florida Chapter, 222 S. Westmonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714.
Claude Kurt Gabriel
Mr. Claude Kurt Gabriel, age 44, of Destin, Fla., passed away early Sunday morning, Dec. 26, 1999, at a local hospital. Mr. Gabriel was born Aug. 15, 1955 in Masawa, Japan. Kurt lived in Fort Walton Beach for much of his younger years, graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School and also attended Marquette University. He has lived in Milwaukee, Wis., Chicago, Ill. and Naples, Fla. before settling back to Destin. In Milwaukee he managed several Five Star restaurants including the Red Circle Inn/Provinci Veal, owned by the Pabst family. He also was a Yacht Broker and Consultant in Chicago, Kurt was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts and enjoyed sailing and racing. Mr. Gabriel will be missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Gabriel is survived by his wife and best friend, Elizabeth "Libby" Gabriel of Destin; sons, Brian Lee Grant and Elliot Lee Grant both of Destin; parents, Robert and Marie Gabriel of Shalimar, Fla.; brother, Mark Gabriel of Destin and son , Mark, Jr. of North Carolina; sister, Bobby Sue of Meritt Island, Fla.; mother and father-in-law, Carolyn and Charles Clary; sister-in-law, Carole Clary of Destin, brother-in-law, Charlie Clary and wife Beth and their two daughters, Joanna and Laura of Destin and many extended family.
Family will greet friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Services will be at 6:00 p.m. with the Rev. Don Kirby officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the American Liver Foundation and the further education of Hepatitis C, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009 in memory of Mr. Claude Kurt Gabriel.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547, is in charge of the arrangements.
Viola Murphy Trantham
Viola Murphy Trantham, age 95, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Niceville, Fla., after a short illness.
Mrs. Trantham was born at Fair Grove, Mo., and lived most of her life near Springfield. She taught piano and loved music, particularly gospel quartet music, and singing conventions. She was a homemaker who also worked with multiple sclerosis patients, was an avid reader, quilter, gardener and enjoyed corresponding with friends and relatives. She was a member of Boulevard Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. Funeral services were held in Springfield on Dec. 3, 1999, with interment at Bass Chapel Baptist Church, Fair Grove.
Mrs. Trantham was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Ara R. Trantham; a son, Jerry, and daughter, Fern. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Dorothy Trantham of Zion, Ill., Fred and Eva Trantham of Springfield, Mo.; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and William Landreth of Niceville, Fla.; twelve grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Trantham moved to the Niceville area in January 1996 and attended Good News United Methodist Church at Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. A memorial service will be held there on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m., where friends are invited to join the family in celebrating her life. The Rev. Don Kirsch will be officiating. No flowers are expected, but you will be invited to share your memories.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Twin Cities Hospital, The Manor at Bluewater Bay and Okaloosa County EMS. Their loving care will long be remembered and appreciated.
Mary C. Freeman
Mary C. Freeman, age 65, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Dec. 28, 1999, at her residence after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Freeman is survived by her husband Aubrey Freeman of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter Linda Tanko of Orlando, Fla.; son Tim Freeman of Crestview, Fla.; sisters, Geneva Shattles of Frankston, Texas, Martha Mauldin of Longview, Texas; Edith Young of Union, Miss; Brother, Samuel Green of Petal, Miss; and six grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Freeman will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. in McLain Cemetery in McLain, Miss.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2199, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-2199.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Brandon J. Gilbert
Mr. Brandon J. Gilbert, age 22, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, from the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born on June 1, 1977, in Fort Walton Beach, Brandon was the son of Mary Lourie of Fort Walton Beach and Lonnie Gilbert of Foley, Ala. He is survived by his parents, sisters Lona Gilbert and Peggy Marion, both of Fort Walton Beach and his maternal grandparents, Peggy and Joseph Oliver, also of Fort Walton Beach.
Brandon graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1995 and then served three years in the U.S. Army. He was presently attending OWCC, after having been honorably discharged from the military.
Known to all who knew him as a kind-hearted and loving person, Brandon will be sorely and forever missed by his family and many friends.
Funeral services for Brandon will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at 10 a.m. at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joseph Rogers. Burial will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery on Beal Parkway. Friends may visit with the family Wednesday evening, Dec. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 is in charge of arrangements.