Frank C. Morrison
Frank C. Morrison, age 75, of Navarre, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at a hospital in St. Peters, Mo.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1924 in Nashua, N.H. He served over 20 years in the United States Navy, including World War II. His parents, Charles and Alice Morrison preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor K. Morrison of Navarre, Fla.; four sons, Glenn Morrison and wife Cindy of Yardley, Pa., James K Morrison and wife Renee of Anniston, Ala., Frank C. Morrison and wife Elaine of Crestview, Fla., Craig Morrison and wife Tanya of Jacksonville, Ala.; one daughter, Karen Warmann and husband Bill of St. Charles, Mo., two brothers, Robert Morrison of Nashua, N.H., Donald Morrison and wife Beverly of Hooksett, N.H.; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or donor's choice.
Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 is in charge of the arrangements.
Gertrude "Gertie" L. Linton
Gertrude "Gertie" L. Linton, 89, of Niceville, Fla., died Tuesday morning, Dec. 28, 1999, in a local nursing home. She was born in Crestview, Fla., on March 17, 1910, and was a life long resident of Okaloosa County.
Survivors include her husband, Therman Linton, of Niceville, Fla.; daughters, Charlotte Demeree Williamson of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and Linda Avant, of Crestview, Fla.; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at the McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, and Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in the McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Black Oak Cemetery in Portland, Fla.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Fla. has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Helen Burkle Marshall
Helen B. Marshall, age 80, loving, kind, and gentle mother and person joined our lord on Monday, Dec. 27, 1999. She was born on April 16, 1919, in Greene, N.Y.. She was the daughter of Jacob and Isabelle Burkle. She resided in Norwich, N.Y., with her late husband George E. Marshall for the majority of her life. In 1995 she moved to Fort Walton Beach and for the last three years she has been residing at the White Sands Manor.
She is survived by her four daughters, Dolores and husband Clifford Florence of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Lorraine and husband Warren Law of Norwich, N.Y., Brenda and husband Andrew Curley of N. Hartford, N.Y., and Sandra J. Marshall of N. Hartford, N.Y.; three brothers, John, Leonard and Russell Burkle. She was the grandmother of 15 and the great grandmother of 32. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends at the visitation on Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Little Chapel Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited beginning at 11:00 a.m.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church also on Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at 2 p.m. with father Kevin Johnson officiating. Following local services, Helen will be taken to Norwich, N.Y., for burial in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements.
Charles "Gene" Eugene Duke
Mr. Charles "Gene" Eugene Duke, age 66, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 at his residence. Mr. Duke was born in Cordele, Ga., to the late Clifford and Alowee Duke. He moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1961 from South Florida. Mr. Duke retired as manager from the local Sprint Telephone Company office. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Mr. Duke is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Frankie L. Duke of Fort Walton Beach; son, Doug Duke and wife Julia of Panama City, Fla; daughter, Robin Rucker and husband Dan of Newburgh, N.Y.; daughter, Janice Rogers of Fort Walton Beach; six grandhildren, Jimmy Rogers, Nick Rogers, Sarah Rogers, Wade Rucker, Trevor Duke and Taylor Duke; two brothers, Carl Duke and wife Shirley of Bloomfield, Indiana and Jimmy Duke and wife Neva of Crestview, Fla.; many extended family and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Duke will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Duke officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The family would like to say, "If more people were like our father, there would be much less pain and suffering in the world."
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 is in charge of the arrangements.
Marguerite G. Livingston
Marguerite G. Livingston, 75, loving mother and grandmother died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, in Jacksonville, Fla. Born April 1, 1924, in Chipley, Fla., she retired from Monsanto Corporation. She moved to Jacksonville six years ago and resided at Julington Plantation. She was a member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Livingston was predeceased by her husband, George Livingston; three sisters, Lokey Scott, Alexine Scott Kent and Ruth Scott Wilson; and four brothers, Buford Scott, Milton Scott, Olen Scott and Ralph Scott. She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Dinah and John Curtin of Jacksonville, Gwenn and Mel Harju of Benton, La., and Linda and Jesse Rowe of Jacksonville; two brothers, Quincey Scott of San Jose, Calif., and Golden Scott of Riverside, Calif.; four grandchildren, John Wallace Curtin Jr. and Scott Murray Curtin, both of Jacksonville, Cindi Baldwin and her husband, David, of Shreveport, La., and Kim Vermillion and her husband Rob of Jacksonville; and great-grandson Austin Vermillion.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at First Baptist Church of Holt, Fla., with Pastor Raymond Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Holt Cemetery, Holt. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 5851 St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207 or to Camp Tracey Children's Home, C/O Harvest Baptist Church, 1057 Arlington Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211.
Weep not for she has gone to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:52.
Arrangements by Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla.
Brooksie Heard Wilks
Mrs. Brooksie Heard Wilks, 85, of Boaz, Ala., died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Novis Hale and Harley Hickman of Florida, and Evora and Ralph Holliday of Boaz; one brother, John Heard of Boaz; three sisters, Rosa Martin of Boaz, Jewell Brown of Albertville, Ala., and Annie Akins of Florida; three grandchildren; eight great-grand children and one great great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Boaz Carr Funeral Home Chapel in Boaz, Ala., with Brother Shannon Pullen and Brother L. G. Jones officiating. A time of visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jimmy Heard, Phillip Seay, Roger Seay, Randall Seay, Grady Martin Jr. and Thomas Lee Hickman. Honorary pallbearers are Jeff Hickman and Jeremy Reagan.
Diane (Jane) Niedbalski
Diane (Jane) Niedbalski, age 44, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 28, 1999, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla. She was born in Decatur, Ill., on July 2, 1955, to Jim and Wilma Dedman. She served as a Certified Public Accountant in Decatur and Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., before following her husband through several Air Force assignments. She most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer and Consultant with Prison Fellowship Ministries headquartered in Washington, D.C., from 1990 to present.
She is survived by her husband, Alan J. Niedbalski, of Niceville; daughter, Marie A. Bass, and son-in-law, George Bass, of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Scott Niedbalski, and daughter-in-law. Bonnie Niedbalski, of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Jim Dedman, and sister-in-law, Betty Dedman, of Champaign, Ill.; sister, Amy Jackson, and brother-in-law, Bud Jackson, of Decatur, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Niceville.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Niceville FUMC Missions Fund or to Prison Fellowship Ministry, P.O. Box 17500, Washington, D.C. 20041-0500.
Ruth Ellen Thompson Evans
Ruth Ellen Thompson, age 64, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at her son's residence in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at 10 a.m. from the chapel of Harrison Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Ebenezer East Cemetery with Harrison Funeral Home directing. A visitation will be held Thursday night, Dec. 30, 1999, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Survivors include her son, Fred Bryan of Gulf Breeze; sister, Ruby Nell Wyrosdick, Georgiana, Ala.; brother, Thomas Earl Thompson, Guntersville, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Joshua William Bryan and Jacob Frederick Bryan of Gulf Breeze.
Barbara P. Schism
Barbara P. Schism, age 73, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 30, 1999, at her home. Barbara was born in Campbell County, Tenn., to the late Alexander Early Perkins and Susie Jones Perkins. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1971 with her husband, who was stationed at Hurlburt Field. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach and had been a member of the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club since 1973. She enjoyed visiting and maintaining her childhood home in Jacksboro, Tenn., but her greatest joy was family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 491/2 years, William O. Schism Jr.; her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane Short, M.D., and Bruce Short, M.D.; her grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, and Alexander Short, all of Kansas City, Kan.; her sister, Billy Jean Cooper of Mobile, Ala.; and two brothers living in Tennessee.
The family will receive friends at the McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach on Sunday, Jan. 2, 1999, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach on Monday, Jan. 3, 1999, at 11 a.m. with Dr. Jack Walchenbach officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach. Mrs. Schism will be moved to the church one hour prior to services.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Roswell H. Weaver
Roswell "Ross" H. Weaver, age 79, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in local hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999. He was born on Oct. 9, 1920, in Rochester, N.Y.
He had been a resident of the local area since 1980, when he moved here from Racine, Wis. He was catholic by faith and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. For 23 years he worked for Walker Manufacturing Co. and retired as vice president. He loved the water, and enjoyed boating and fishing. For eight years he served the community in helping with the meals on wheels program. He was a decorated WW II P-51 Mustang Pilot who flew 50 missions in Europe.
He leaves behind his loving wife Regina (Jean) of 56 years; daughters, Jeanne Guidetti of Marietta, Ga., Marcia and husband R.J. Saranpa of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Beverly and husband David Kapp of Louisville, Ky., Joanne and husband Tom Pilz of Omega, Ga.; sisters, Delores Wentis of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Audrey Langford of Blackshear, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Sam Bass, Ellen Hoy, Katie Kliem, Leslie Groff, Matt Saranpa, Greg Pilz, Emily Pilz; and three great-grandchildren.
A prayer service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Little Chapel Funeral Home. Father Kevin Johnson will officiate at the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Lung Association of Florida, P.O. Box 30470/4300 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32503 in memory of Ross Weaver.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. is entrusted with the arrangements.
Jean Rackley Ozbirn
Services for Jean Rackley Ozbirn will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
Dec. 31, 1999, in the chapel of Watson-Hunt Funeral Home in Perry, Ga., with burial in Perry Memorial Gardens. Ozbirn, 69, died unexpectedly on Dec. 28, 1999, at the residence of her daughter, Ramona Arrington of Perry. Born in Kathleen, Ga., she had resided in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for 30 years. She was a hostess at Picadilly's and a Baptist.
Survivors (in addition to her daughter) include her son, Ronnie Ozbirn of Orlando, Fla; brothers and sisters, John Rackley of Perry, Ga., Lois Bennett of Jacksonville, Fla., M.L. Rackley Jr., Wayne Rackley and Rose Ellis, of Warner Robins, Ga., Mildred Howard and Evelyn Faulkner, of Thomaston, Ga., and four grandchildren.
Ethel Lane Ridgway
Ethel Lane Ridgway, widow of James E. Ridgway, born on Feb. 8, 1906, to Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lane, in Uriah, Ala., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at her residence in Crestview, Fla. Mrs. Ridgway was educated as a teacher at Livingston College, Livingston, Ala. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crestview, Fla.
Mrs. Ridgway was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, eight sisters and a granddaughter, Sara Lane Morrison.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. (Jean) Clifford H. Long; son, John Clay Ridgway; daughter, Sara Morrison Brandon; grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Long, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Long, Ms. Lisa Long, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Richard Sargent, Ms. Susan Morrison; great-grandchildren, Amy, Beverly, Cassie Long and Robert G. Sergent.
Funeral services will be conducted from the First Baptist Church of Crestview, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Fran Picker officiating. Private burial will be in the Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church of Crestview Building Fund.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla.
Margaret K. Townsend
Margaret K. Townsend passed away on Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999. It was the 95th anniversary of her birth. She died peacefully in the company of her local family. Louise Mooneyham, daughter, Betsy Mooneyham and Jennifer Mooneyham, granddaughters.
She is also survived by her daughter Joan Townsend of Enid, Okla., and several grandchildren. Margaret was a native of Oklahoma and will be interred in her hometown of El Reno. There will be no local services.
The family is grateful to the personnel of Delta Health Care Center for their compassionate and professional care provided to Margaret in the last months.