Bernard L. Murphy
Mr. Bernard L. Murphy, 86, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 6, 2000 in a local health facility. Mr. Murphy was born Oct. 31, 1913 in Ponce de Leon, Fla. to Rudolph and Clyde Helms Murphy. He graduated from Ponce de Leon High School as Valedictorian of his class.
He lived his adult life in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and worked for the Hygea Coca-Cola Company for 44 years until retirement. He was a charter member of the College Avenue Church of Christ where he served as an Elder until his health forced his retirement. He also served as a minister for many area Churches of Christ.
Mr. Murphy is predeceased by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Nola O. Murphy of DeFuniak Springs, daughter Patricia Ann Fox and her husband Frank of Goodlettsville, Tenn., brother Ken Murphy and his wife Betty of Port St. Joe, Fla., sisters Ira Bell Scott of DeFuniak Springs and Bobby Gillis and her husband Columbus of DeFuniak Springs and Velma Herring and her husband Alton of Tallahassee, Fla. Mr. Murphy is also survived by granddaughters Penny and Lori Fox of Goodlettsville, Tenn., and four nephews and three nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 at Comander Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Lyle Gillis officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2000 at Comander Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be David Weeks, Larry Martin, Phillip Gaither, Michael Porter, Dewayne McCormick, Paul Leddon, Ronnie Scott and Mac Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Elba Hardy, Morgan Mosley, Rufus Daughette, Dr. Lynn Mayfield, Ernest Price, Harold McCormick, Kerwin McKee and Orval Hardy. Comander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eva Dell Kelley
Ms. Eva Dell Kelley, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000 at a local nursing facility. Mrs. Kelley was born May 25, 1917 in the New Harmony Community to John and Malissa Davis Geoghagan.
She remained a lifelong resident of the New Harmony Community.
Mrs. Kelley was retired from the Walton County School system after having served 23 years as a teacher's aide at Paxton High School. She was a protestant by faith and attended the New Harmony Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her husband James Kelley, son Rudy Kelley and brother Roy Geoghagan.
Mrs. Kelley is survived by her son Phillip Kelley and his wife Carol of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., daughter, Anita Kelley Dukes and husband Royce of Crestview, Fla., sister-in-law, Zella Geoghagan of New Harmony Community, and seven grandchildren, Phil, Tony, Charis, Dean, David, Rudy and Alicia. Mrs. Kelley is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Auren McKinley and Brandon, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000 at the New Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McNeal officiating. Burial will follow in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2000 at Comander Funeral Home. Floral contributions are appreciated or donations may be made to the New Harmony Baptist Church, 2281 County Hwy 2-A, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., 32433, for the cemetery fund.
Pallbearers will be Hansel Geoghagan, Larry Geoghagan, Buzz Geoghagan, Mike Hulion, Donnie Richardson and Jessie Petty.
Comander Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
James Travis Tringas
James Travis Tringas, 26-year-old attorney and in-house counsel to First National Bank & Trust, is missing and presumed dead, the result of a boating accident.
The grandson of a pioneering Greek Orthodox banking family the Okaloosa County native was a 1991 graduate of Choctawhatchee High School. He continued his education, earning a degree in finance from Southern Methodist University and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate with honors at Florida State University, where he met his wife, attorney Allison Mary Bergalis Tringas. He was inducted into Phi Delta Phi Law Honors Fraternity, and was a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association, and was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs.
A devoted father and husband, he is survived by his cherished wife, Allison Mary Tringas, and his daughter, Parker Athena Tringas. His father is John James Tringas, CEO and President of First National Bank & Trust, and his mother is Patricia Bryan Tringas, 38th Queen of Bowlegs. His sister is Katrina Louise Tringas, a student at the University of South Florida Medical School. His mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law are Anna, George and Saundra Bergalis of Sewalls Point, Fla. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Bryan of Navarre, Fla. His paternal grandparents are James John Tringas, founder of First National Bank & Trust, and Mrs. Kathryn Benaquis Wise, the first Queen of Bowlegs. His step-grandparents are Mrs. Linda C. Tringas and Mr. Edward Wise. His aunts and uncles are Lark and John Bostick, who also are godparents to daughter Parker; Alex and Susan Tringas; and Jim Bryan. His cousins include Jason C. Sneed, Darren M. Sneed and Alexis Tringas.
He is remembered by family and friends for the joys of his life: his family, his wife Allison, his sister Katrina, his love of the water, his passion for the family business, and his greatest joy of all, his daughter Parker Athena.
A memorial service will be held at St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church. Greek Orthodox Clergy will officiate at the 12 noon service on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Travis Tringas Children's Charities Fund at First National Bank & Trust.
Frank M. Lum
Frank M. Lum, age 78, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at a local hospital.
In five months, Frank battled with his illness surrounded by his loved ones, his best friend, Catherine Saz, Elsie Rios, Bernice Carter, Sargent Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe, his landlords, and Jim Matz, retired police officer.
Frank left behind two nieces, Li Ling Granhom and Mona Coles; and stepdaughter, Lori Warner, accompanied by her three children, Crist, Almanda and Alexis. Catherine Saz gives thanks to everyone who visited Frank by his bedside and thanks to all those who were able to help. May God bless you all.
Frank lived in the Fort Walton Beach area for the past 37 years and was the owner of a few restaurants. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an interpreter with Merrill's Marauders in India and Burma. Mr. Lum attained the rank of technical sergeant and earned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with five battle stars; the Good Conduct Medal; the Bronze Star; the Presidential Citation; and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Frank was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police; life member of the Ranger Regiment Association; and an honorary lieutenant colonel of the Alabama State Militia, to which he was appointed by Gov. George Wallace in August 1967.
Funeral services will take place at graveside in Barrancas National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.
Friends may visit at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Philip W. Everhart
Philip Warner Everhart, age 49, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away at his home with his family near on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000.
Philip was born to Harold and Phoebe Everhart (Lewis) on Dec. 21, 1950. His school for elementary education was in the public schools of Chicago. He graduated from Waller High School in 1968. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force and honorably served his country for 20 years, retiring as a senior master sergeant. After his retirement from the Air Force he began work for Metric Systems locally until his failing health.
Upon departing this life, he went to celebrate the joy of his life and to submit to his holy will for his passing. He leaves to mourn, his wife Janice Everhart; his mother, Phoebe (James) Lewis of Chicago; father, Hal Everhart of Naperville, Ill.; stepdaughters, Latasia Water, Sclease Stoudmire and Janay G. Waters, all of Mary Esther; stepson, Bernard Waters of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; godson, Brian Curry of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; brother, Harold Everhart of Desplaine , Ill.; sisters, Patti (Sammie) Maxwell of Chicago, Jeanette (Billy) Martin of north Chicago, and Denise Everhart of Chicago; uncle, Fredric (Margie) Ford of north Chicago; three nieces; one nephew; aunts, uncles and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Eglin Air Force Base Chapel No. 2 with Chaplain Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Tandy officiating. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery, with full military honors.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Joe F. Sullivan
Maj. Joe F. Sullivan, retired U.S. Air Force, of Destin, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, in a local hospital.
He was born in Franklinton, La., and was a resident of this area since 1989. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Destin.
Survivors include his wife, Lola Sullivan of Destin; sons, Mark M. Sullivan of New Orleans, and Craig J. Sullivan of Alpine, Texas; daughter, Elizabeth Sullivan of Waxhaw, N.C.; brothers, John L. Sullivan of Baton Rouge, La., Durwood M. Sullivan of Greenwood Springs, La., Herbert B. Sullivan of Gonzales, La., and Melvin L. Sullivan of Baker, La.; and five grandchildren.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Lee Edwards in 1999.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Graveside services will be conducted in Barrancas National Cemetery, with full military honors, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, with the Rev. Robert Boone officiating.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
Emory M. Bussell
Emory M. Bussell, age 74, 305 Liberty Church Road, Alma, Ga., died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, in Bacon County Hospital after a brief illness.
He had been living in Alma one year, moving here from Plant City, Fla. Mr. Bussell was a native of Soperton, Ga., and the son of the late Steve and Mary Wester Bussell. He retired from Publix Market after 14 years and Kraft Foods with more than 30 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and was a Mason. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Plant City.
Mr. Bussell was preceded in death by his daughter, Charlotte Bussell Nelms.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Tanner Bussell of Alma; sons, Mitchell Emory Bussell and wife Linda of Mulberry, Fla., and Richard Clinton Bussell and wife Nancy of Crestview, Fla.; daughters, Mary Esther Broussard and husband Dan of Lakeland, Fla., and Doris Yuvonne Newbern and husband Dennis of Auberndale, Fla.; sister, Rowena Hanson of Jacksonville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Deen-Jackson Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Rigdon and H.L. Pharr officiating. Interment followed in Wesley Chapel (Wolfpit) Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Broussard, Gregory Tanner, Jerry Mims, Roy (Pete) Johnson, Kenneth Hanson and Jeff Morgan. Honorary escorts were the Bacon County Masonic Lodge No. 56.
Deen-Jackson Funeral Home, Alma, is in charge of arrangements.
Lee Cosby Fulton
Lee Cosby Fulton, age 76, of Niceville, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, in a local nursing home.
He was born in Columbus, Ga., on Jan. 12, 1924. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, and moved to Niceville from Mobile, Ala., in 1966. Mr. Fulton was retired from civil service.
Survivors include his nephew, James Thomas Crumley of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; friends, Maggie and Howard Wolfe of Niceville.
Mr. Fulton requested that at his death he wished to be cremated.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
J. Richard Madl
J. Richard Madl, age 73, of Crestview, Fla., went to the arms of the Lord on Feb. 5, 2000, from his residence after a battle with liver cancer.
He was the beloved husband and best friend of his wife of 51 years of marriage, Marguerite "Margie" Madl.
Survived and loved by his son, Rick Madl of Brown Deer, Wisc.; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Randall Fisher of Crestview; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Pat Madl of Ormond Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph and Angel Dailidas of Lake Worth, Fla. Richard is also survived by four wonderful grandchildren, Sheila and Dean Thierfelder, Rich Madl, Eric Madl and Matthew Madl; and by a great-granddaughter, Melanie Thierfelder.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from his own business products business in Wisconsin to move to Crestview in 1992. He loved sports and especially golf and was happy for his great golfing friends and Foxwood Country Club. He so enjoyed having the golf course in his backyard.
Richard was born in Chicago on June 20, 1926, to Fred W. and Mary Streng Madl and was a seven-year resident of the Crestview area. A company transfer sent him to Milwaukee, Wisc., in 1957 and he did not leave until a slight stroke made him decide on warmer weather and golf, golf, golf!
The family gives special thanks to so many who made his last months easier. First "our rock" grandson, Eric, with us all the time. We cannot express our appreciation strong enough for their extreme compassion and concern to Dr. Lee Thigpen, his assistant Sue, and to Lori Thomas. We will be eternally grateful to the wonderful nurses at Bay Medical Hospice. There is absolutely nothing more they could have done to make Richard's last weeks more comfortable. Our priest, Father John Kelly, friends and neighbors have all been so supportive. Our special thanks to them.
A time of visitation will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. with Father John Kelly officiating.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, with the Rev. Father John Kelly as celebrant. Interment will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.
If you wish, the family would appreciate Mass Intentions, or especially memorials to the "Angels" at Bay Medical Hospice, 155 Crystal Beach Drive, Suite 135, Destin, FL 32541.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Gladys V. Armstrong
Gladys Vickers Armstrong, age 88, 162 Pine Hill Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Sunday night, Feb. 6, 2000, in Healthmark Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Holman-Abbeville Mortuary Chapel in Abbeville, Ala., with the Revs. Luther Vickers and Danny Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Cemetery in Henry County, Ala., between Abbeville and Eufaula.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary in Abbeville.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs Building Fund, 216 East Live Oak Ave., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433; or to Mount Zion Free Will Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Lowell Vickers, 607 Holly Drive, Eufaula, AL 36027.
Mrs. Armstrong was born and reared in the Mount Zion community, near Lawrenceville, Ala., daughter of the late Green Marion Vickers and Sarah Ann Shirley Vickers. She formerly lived in Union Springs for 34 years before moving to DeFuniak Springs in 1966. She was a member of First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs. In earlier years, Mrs. Armstrong was employed by Goff's Ready to Wear and later was associated with her son-in-law, Arnold Caylor, in the operation of King's Drug Store, both in DeFuniak Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Armstead Armstrong, and 12 brothers and sisters.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Peggy A. Caylor and husband Arnold of DeFuniak Springs; grandchildren, Arnold Wyatt Caylor and wife Faye of Cullman, Ala., Leigh Love Spilling and husband Henning of Mary Esther, Fla., Karen Ann Woods and husband Chris of Salt Lake City, and Daniel Hines Caylor of Tallahassee, Fla.; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Holman-Abbeville Mortuary, Abbeville, is in charge of arrangements.