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FLORIDA - Okaloosa County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 191

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Wednesday, 5 March 2008, at 1:13 p.m.

Richard G. Boyd
Lt. Col. Richard G. Dick Boyd, U.S. Air Force retired, died Jan. 16, 2000.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1917, in Berlin, Pa., and reared in Somerset, Pa.
Following graduation from Indiana University in Indiana, Pa., in 1941, Lt. Col. Boyd enlisted in the Army Air Corps and received his commission and wings. His first tour of duty was in Australia, where he flew missions into New Guinea in 1942 and 1943. From 1946 to 1949, then Capt. Boyd was stationed in Nuremberg and Munich, Germany. During that time he flew in the Berlin Airlift. Following stateside duty he then again served for three yers in Chateauroux, France.
His last tour of duty was at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he retired on Jan. 1, 1964. Lt. Col. Boyd was a Command Pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters; a Presidential Citation; and numerous campaign medals.
Always interested in civic affairs, Dick served as president of the Valparaiso Elementary School PTA and was the first president of the new Niceville High School PTA. He also served for two years as president of the Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for several years. Dick was a member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club, served as its president and had received a 30-year perfect attendance pin. Dick helped establish the East Niceville Fire District and was one of its commissioners for 12 years. He was also a 32-degree Mason. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was executive director of the Niceville Housing Authority for 30 years.
Dick was a most devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and a staunch American. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret; his son, Michael and family Sherry and Amanda of Knoxville, Tenn.; his daughter, Terrilyn and husband Rice Jacobs of St. Louis; grandchildren, Samantha and Michael Jacobs of St. Louis, and Richard A. Boyd of Evergreen, Colo. Also surviving is a cousin and wife, Frank and Helen Boyd of Camp Hill, Pa.; nieces and nephews.
At Dick's request, his remains will be cremated and interment will be in Indiantown Gap Military Cemetery, Pa., at a later date.
Also, in accordance with his wishes, there will be no service. However, there will be an announcement of a memorial "gathering" made later.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 388, Niceville, FL 32588, or to a charity of your choice.
The family would also like to express their great appreciation and thanks to Drs. Haskin, Morrabel and Shalit and the staff in the Emergency Room and ICU of Niceville Twin Cities Hospital for their efforts and kindness. Thanks also to the 911 Emergency personnel for their swift and efficient service. A very special note of gratitude to the caring staff of nurses at Olsten Health Services.

Edward Charles Richards
Edward Charles "Red" Richards, age 83, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in a Sandestin nursing center.
He was born in Alton, Ill., and served his country in the military service as a member of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta Louise Richards; two infant children; and two grandchildren, Justin and Eddie Richards. Survivors include his son, Dean Richards; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Anita Richards, all of Crestview; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and James Lee of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Sue and Phil Parker, Karen and Louis Goss, all of Crestview, and Melba and Chad Asby of Franklin, N.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Gene Lefler of Colchester, Ill.; sister, Frances Farr of Macomb, Ill.; and sister-in-law, Barbara Richards of Topeka, Kan.; and family friends, Juanity McKinney of Crestview, and Maudie Boggs of Auburndale, Fla.
Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. David Van Zant officiating.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.

Edward R. Crouse
Edward R. Crouse, age 70, of Choctaw Beach, Fla., passed away at his home Friday, Jan. 14, 2000.
He was born in Dunkard Township on Jan. 30, 1929. He was a resident of this area since 1965, moving here after serving in Japan.
His wife of 42 years, Marilyn J. Crouse, preceded him in death in 1996. He was also preceded in death by his father, Marion W. Crouse; mother, Carolina Crouse; stepmother, Isabella Crouse; and his brother, Walter H. Crouse.
Edward is survived by his brother, William M. Crouse and wife Norma; and their children, William, Steven and Sandra Osier. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Shiner and husband Charles and their children, Lisa and Timothy.
Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the honor guard for Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Japan. After a very short time as a civilian he joined the U.S. Air Force, becoming a jet mechanic and retired in 1972 as a master sergeant.
He later worked for Vitro Services, then managed the Twin Cities Bowling Alley. He was an avid bowler until very recently. Edward was an active member of Venters Memorial United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, taught the adult Sunday school class, and served on the administrative board.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the church on Live Oak Street in Choctaw Beach with the Rev. Rual Morris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Venters Memorial United Methodist Church, in memory of Edward R. Crouse.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.

Talmadge Brown
Talmadge Brown, age 74, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, in Pensacola, Fla., after an extended illness.
Mr. Brown was born on May 11, 1925, to Albert and Mary Brown. He was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla., and retired from the Walton County Road Department.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Halver Brown; and sisters, Carlee Adams and Cola White.
Mr. Brown is survived by a daughter, Linda Motley and husband Larry; mother, Mamie Brown; grandchildren, Jason Motley and wife Becky, and Natalie Motley; sisters, Curlie Hinote, Clietus "Pat" Batchelder and Callie Chemlewski; sister-in-law, Sybil Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Mount Ida Cemetery with the Rev. Tucker Aplin officiating.
A time of visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Flowers are being accepted, or contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Pearl Sample
Ethel Pearl Sample, age 92, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 18, 2000, in a local nursing home.
Mrs. Sample was born on Sept. 17, 1907, in Covington County, Ala., to the late Henry and Vinnie Worley Mikel. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and worked for Pipers Nursery.
Mrs. Sample was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Sample; brothers, Oscar, Roscoe and Arthur Mikel; sisters, Ruth Mikel, Emma Richbourg, JoAnne Delosh and Pearcy Wright. She is survived by her sisters, L.V. Oglesby of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Mae Lawson of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and many other extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel J. Adkison officiating. Interment will follow in Wright Cemetery. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

Betty D. Farnsworth
Betty D. Farnsworth, age 62, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, in a local hospital.
Betty was born on June 21, 1937, in Heflin, Ala., to the late John Clarence and Edna Irene Hamlin. She was a resident of Fort Walton Beach for the past nine years, moving here from Michigan. She was also a cook at the Holiday Inn in Destin, Fla., for the past seven years.
Mrs. Farnsworth is survived by her brother, Wayne Hamlin of Fort Walton Beach; son, Gary Hamlin of Brighton, Mich.; son, Kevin Farnsworth and wife Ruth of Pontiac, Mich.; daughter, Lisa Lochridge of Pontiac; son, Jeffrey Farnsworth of Fort Walton Beach; eight grandchildren; seven nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Reese officiating.
Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made the charity of your choice in memory of Betty.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

Bernard J. Carone
Bernard J. Carone, age 73, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 2000, at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla.
Mr. Carone was a retired lieutenant with the Chicago Police Department and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was also a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach and participated in the Men's Club of the church. Mr. Carone had resided in this area for the past 19 years and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Carone in January 1997.
Survivors include his sons, Edward J. Carone and wife Charlotte of Chicago, Earl G. Carone and wife Judy of Tinley Park, Ill.; sister, Mary Rita Wish and husband Robert of Santa Rosa Beach; grandchildren, Ed Carone and wife Debbie, Nicky Carone and wife Laura, Ron Carone and wife Terri, Debbie Carone, Tony Carone, Jackie LaCoppola and husband Frank, and Patty Gervias; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Village Mall, 4942 U.S. Highway 98, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, and from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at St. Rita's Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, with the Rev. Jim Flaherty officiating. Interment will follow in Gulf Cemetery of Santa Rosa Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to either the American Lung Association, 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 2, Pensacola, FL 32503; or to the American Cancer Society, 4 Jackson St. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.

Ewell Lawson Jr.
Ewell "Jerry" Lawson Jr., age 66, of Shalimar, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at his residence.
He was born in Winter Haven, Fla., on Nov. 16, 1932. He was a retired technical sergeant after completing over 23 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Ewell moved to this area in 1967 from Orlando, Fla., and was a member of Shalimar Baptist Church and of the Masonic Lodge 172 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Lawson of Shalimar; son, Jerry Michael Lawson of Fort Walton Beach; son, Randy J. Lawson and wife Susan Lawson of Shalimar; daughter, Cherie R. Albritton of Shalimar; brother, J.R. "Jim" Lawson of Fort Walton Beach; and stepgranddaughter, Hana.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Little Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Reese officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, with full military honors.
The family request that flowers will be welcomed, or memorials made to a charity of your choice.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.

George Ramsdell Lucas
Lt. Col. George Ramsdell Lucas, U.S. Air Force retired, age 77, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., went to be with the Lord early Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2000, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Lucas was born on Jan. 1, 1923, in New York City to the late John Garfield and Rena Murphey Lucas. He grew up in Wilmington, Del., in the home of his Aunt Sarah and Uncle John Krauss. He attended Tower Hill High School and the University of Delaware as a ROTC cadet.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and was a B-17 co-pilot during World War II. He was also a fighter pilot in Alaska during the Korean conflict. He retired from the Air Force in 1965 from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, after being a part of the Aeronautical Systems Division.
The Lucas family moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1966. George was employed as an electrical engineer with several defense contractors in the area, including Bell Textron, VSE and RMS. He was also very active in Shalimar United Methodist Church, serving on several committees. He also attended the mission trip to Costa Rica and was a member of the Men's Breakfast Club.
George was also a member of the Order of Daedalians; Northwest Florida Retired Officers Club; Fort Walton Beach Computer Club; and Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John G. Lucas Jr.
George was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Clare B. Lucas of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Sara L. Patterson and husband Douglas of Blacksburg, Va.; son, Dr. George R. Lucas and wife Dr. Patricia Cooke-Lucas of Baltimore; son, James B. Lucas and wife Jo Anne of Seminole, Fla.; daughter, Nancy Murie and husband Jeff of Shalimar; nine grandchildren, Cara Patterson, John Patterson, Jessica Lucas, Kimberly Lucas, Theresa Lucas, Scott Nichols, Brian Murie, Kevin Murie and Beth Murie; brother, Howard Lucas and wife Marguerite of Toronto, Canada; brother, Frank Lucas and wife Joan of Ontario, Canada; brother, Paul Lucas of Ontario; cousin, Anne Krauss Harris and husband Dr. Laird Harris of Wilmington; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other extended family and friends.
At George's request, his remains will be cremated and interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Va.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Shalimar United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Collins and Jerry Hollis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shalimar United Methodist Building Fund; Daedalians Scholarship Fund; or Habitat for Humanity, in memory of George R. Lucas.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

Eric Adams
Eric Adams, age 88, of Niceville, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in a local hospital.
He was born in Dothan, Ala., on Nov. 4, 1911. He was a resident of the Emerald Coast since moving from Dothan in 1954 and was a charter member and helped organize Wright Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at several area Baptist churches.
Mr. Adams was a World War II veteran and served in the central Europe and Rhineland campaigns, receiving the American Theater Good Conduct Medal; Overseas Service Bar; and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with two bronze stars. Mr. Adams was a civil service employee who retired from Hurlburt Field with the 834th CES.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Adams of Niceville; sons, Michael Adams of Warner Robins, Ga., and Joe Adams of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sister, Sybil Draugham of Tallahassee, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at Wright Baptist Church with Dr. Ronald D. Wilcoxson officiating. Friends may call at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wright Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

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