Jennifer Victoria Crowder
Mrs. Jennifer "Jenny" Victoria Crowder, age 48, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away early Thursday morning, March 16, 2000, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Crowder was born September 11, 1951, at Eglin Air Force Base. Jenny graduated from Troy State University in 1973 and taught elementary school for a year at both Castleberry, Ala., and Evergreen, Ala. She has been teaching in the Okaloosa County School System for the past 25 years as a spe#####t in reading. She was assigned the "Chapter One Program" for the past 10 years. Jenny was a member of the Shalimar United Methodist Church, teaching pre-school and first grader's Sunday School classes. She will be missed by all who knew her and was the most loving mother a little girl could ever have. We will speak to her through God.
Mrs. Crowder is preceded in death by her grandfather, Clayton Johnson and her father-in-law, Theodore Crowder. She is survived by her husband, Don C. Crowder and her daughter, Caitlin Victoria Crowder, both of Fort Walton Beach; her parents, Tommy and Jean Pilkilton of Crestview; brother, David Pilkilton and his wife Cindy of Crestview; grandmother, Carrie Lou Johnson of Crestview; mother-in-law Helen Crowder and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Crowder will be 10 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2000, at the Shalimar United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Chunn, the Rev. John Collins and the Rev. Jerry Hollis officiating. Internment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the funeral home, Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2000, from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Sharing and Caring Inc., 126 S.W. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32548, in memory of Mrs. Jennifer V. Crowder.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32547, is in charge of the arrangements.
Tracy Renee Howard
Mrs. Tracy Renee "Barfield" Howard, age 30, of Valparaiso, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 16, 2000, at a local hospital.
She was born in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Feb. 8, 1970 and had lived in the Niceville are most of her life. She grew up in the Niceville Community Church and had attended the Oakland Assembly of God Church in Fort Walton Beach. She had previously lived in Lafayette, La., for five years. She enjoyed singing gospel music with her mother.
Tracy is survived by her two children, Jake Dunston and Dalton Case; her mother, Carolyn Barfield Rogers and her husband Claude of Milton, Fla.; her father, James M. Howard and his wife Louise of Panama City, Fla.; her sister Yolanda Howard Hines and husband Jeremy of Panama City; her brother, Timothy Wayne Howard of Panama City; her grandparents, Amy and Otis Barfield of Niceville; cousin, Tonya Lopez of Niceville; and many other extended family and friends.
Funeral services for Tracy will be at 2 p.m., Monday, March 20, 2000, in the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joseph A. Rogers officiating. Internment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home Sunday, March 19, 2000, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32547, is in charge of the arrangements.
Fannie G. Flowers
Mrs. Fannie G. Flowers, age 88, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Saturday March 18, 2000, in a local hospital. Born in Geneva, Ala., on Jan. 10, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Mack and Viola Bryant Gibson.
Mrs. Flowers was a resident of DeFuniak Springs for 41 years. She was Baptist by faith. Mrs. Flowers was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Flowers and one sister, Viola Mason. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Flowers is survived by her two daughters, Mayo Johnson and husband Jack of DeFuniak Springs and Audrie Young and husband Wayne of Panama City Beach, Fla.; son, Skeet Flowers and wife Gladys of Trenton, Mo.; three brothers, Chester Gibson of Decatur, Ala., Vester Gibson of Winter Garden, Fla., and Esker Gibson of Umatailla, Fla.; six grandchildren, Mitch Flowers, John Johnson, Angela Toole, Jeff Johnson, Wayne Johnson, and Edward Johnson; two great-grandchildren, Aubreyana Toole and Brody Toole.
Funeral services for Mrs. Flowers will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2000, in the Comander Funeral Home Chapel- 21 West Main Street, DeFuniak Springs, with the Rev. Owen Smith officiating.
Burial will follow the service in Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Comander Funeral Home Chapel.
Comander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Cletus Gerth
Paul C. Gerth, age 95, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, March 19, 2000, in a local nursing home after a brief illness.
He was born on Aug. 21, 1904, in Mount Vernon, Ind., and grew up in Evansville, Ind. He attended Notre Dame University. Mr. Gerth spent his career in the insurance industry, working in Chicago, Minneapolis, and finally his beloved San Francisco, where he retired and lived for over 50 years before moving to this area in 1994.
He loved the parks and museums of San Francisco, classical music, opera, long walks, and was an avid golfer, often shooting his age between 75 and 90.
Mr. Gerth was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy L. Gerth. Survivors include his son, Paul G. Gerth and wife Kathy of Shalimar, Fla.; grandsons, Matthew W. Gerth of Shalimar, and Andrew J. Gerth of Atlanta.
He was a loving father, a man of integrity, honesty and great strength so evident as he completed his final journey. We will miss him greatly, yet his memory will last all our lives.
A memorial Mass will be said at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Fort Walton Beach at 10 a.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in his name.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Bach, is in charge of arrangements.
John S. Kay
John S. Kay, age 65, of Destin, Fla., and formerly of Albertville, Ala., passed away Saturday, March 18, 2000, at his home.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1973.
John was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Kay; and mother, Emma Francis Kay. He is survived by his wife, Marianne (Peggy) Kay; five sons, Steve Kay of Gadsden, Ala., Roy Abbott of Kenai, Alaska, Tommy Abbott, Mark Abbott and Randy Abbott of Conway, Ark.; daughter, Charlene Renee Kilpatrick of Destin, Fla.; sisters, Verna Mae Sims and Lily Stephens of Albertville, Ala.; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Albertville Funeral Home in Albertville.
L. Don Lehmkuhl
L. Don Lehmkuhl, Ph.D., died March 19, 2000, at the age of 70, following a four-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Lodgepole, Neb., on Jan. 2, 1930, to Lloyd Henry and Faye (Hafer) Lehmkuhl, where he acquired a strong work ethic that guided him through life. He attended elementary and high school in Lodgepole and graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1953 with a BS in physical education and biology, and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served on Submarine Chaser USS PC 572 as engineering officer for two years during the Korean conflict.
On Oct. 3, 1953, he and Carol Dill of Belvidere, Neb., were married and three daughters were born to this union: Pamela Kay, Sandra Sue and Linda Dee. In 1955, he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he earned a certificate in physical therapy (1956) and the MS (1958) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees in human physiology. He taught in medical schools of the University of Iowa (one year), Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (10 years), and Baylor in Houston (20 years).
He joined the staff of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) and became a faculty member of the Baylor College of Medicine in 1976, rising to the rank of associate professor. During the 1970's and '80's, Dr. Lehmkuhl traveled on scientific exchange visits to neurological laboratories in the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Sweden and Belgium, and in 1992 was a consultant on prevention of brain injuries in Saudi Arabia.
In 1989, Dr. Lehmkuhl was appointed Director of Brain Injury Research at TIRR, and principal investigator of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System Research Program, a multi-center project to design and field-test a uniform national data set for characterizing the immediate and long-term consequences of TBI. From 1990 to 1994, he was Director of the Southwest Regional Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention Center, one of six regional centers committed to improving the quality and availability of vocational rehabilitation services to persons with brain in jury, as well as increasing the number and effectiveness of injury prevention efforts in RSA Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas).
In 1994, Dr. Lehmkuhl became Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Rehabilitation Interventions for TBI, one of two RRTCs funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to advance the field of brain injury rehabilitation.
He authored or co-authored more than 50 publications in major professional journals and textbooks. His works have been recognized throughout the United States as important contributions to the body of knowledge in the fields of physical therapy, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and clinical research in medical rehabilitation. Among the several awards and honors that he received are: the Mary McMillan Lecture Award (highest honor awarded by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the field), Appreciation Award from the Council on Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Graduate Physical Therapy Program, Case Western University, the 1991 Outstanding Clinical Service Award of the National Head Injury Foundation, the 1992 Tom Dean Humanitarian Award presented by the Texas Head Injury Association, 1993 Distinguished Service Award of the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the 1994 Marcus Fuhrer Research Achievement Award, and the 1999 Gold Key Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
In January 1995, Dr. Lehmkuhl reduced his academic faculty and research obligations at BCM and TIRR to 25 percent and returned to Houston from Florida one week each month to assist in the preparation of research reports describing results being collected by staff of the Brain Injury Research Center. He retired completely at the end of 1998.
Upon arrival in Santa Rosa Beach, his leadership skills were soon put to work as a member of the Board of Deacons for the Community Church as it began a building program and as chairman of the Coastal Heritage Preservation Foundation, which became a branch of the Three Arts Alliance. Don loved to sing and was a staunch member of the Community Church choir, its Gospel Quartet, and the Community Chorus of the Three Arts Alliance.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; three daughters, Pamela Dlhy and husband Allan, and grandchildren, Amy and Michael of Wheaton, Ill.; Sandra Nygren and husband Mark, and grandchildren, Amanda and Jennifer of The Woodlands, Texas; and Linda Larsen and husband Rob, and grandchildren, Alexandra, Shelby and Andrew of Georgetown, Texas; sisters, Leila Markel of Boulder, Colo., and Betty Schirmer of Chester, Ill.
There will be two memorial services. The first service will be at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24. The second service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston.
The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution address it to the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459; or to The South Walton Three Arts Alliance Inc., P.O. Box 2042, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
Wesley F. Barlow
Wesley F. Barlow, age 89, of Crestview, Fla., died Sunday, March 19, 2000, in a local nursing home.
He was born in Alabama on Nov. 16, 1910, and was a retired car salesman. He was a longtime resident of Okaloosa County, Fla.
Survivors include his sons, Harold D. Barlow of Dugway, Utah, and Bobby Barlow of Crestview; daughters, Pam Hutto of Crestview, and Sonja Falbo Keaveney of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; brother, Claude Barlow of Laurel Hill, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the funeral home chapel with the Revs. Donnie Cadenhead and Larry Batson officiating. Burial will be in Almarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill, Fla.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, 492 E. Pine Ave., Crestview, is entrusted with arrangements.
Frances S. MacPike
Mrs. Frances S. MacPike, age 98, passed away March 20, 2000, at Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. MacPike was born in Plainfield, N.J., on May 29, 1901. She was a graduate of Wellesley College, the University of Michigan, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. The MacPike family moved to Pensacola, Fla., in June 1942, where she worked for the American Red Cross for many years, followed by several years of teaching at Escambia High School. She was a member of First Methodist Church.
In 1994, Mrs. MacPike moved to Hendersonville, N.C., where she lived until March 6, 2000, when she returned to her son's home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Mrs. MacPike was preceded in death by her husband, C.C. MacPike; and a daughter, Jean M. MacPike of Fletcher, N.C. Survivors include her son, Kenneth A. MacPike and wife Barbara of Fort Walton Beach; six grandsons; three granddaughters; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Interment will be in Bayview Memorial Cemetery, alongside her husband of 47 years.
Margaret G. Leighton
Margaret G. Leighton of Whiting, N.J., died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Crestwood Manor.
She was born in Utica, N.Y., and lived in Belleville, N.J., and Navarre, Fla., before moving to Whiting in 1996.
She was the widow of the late John B. Leighton who died in June 1999.
Survivors include her son, J. Peter Leighton; daughters, Elsa Stracham and Elizabeth McDonough; brother, Rudolpf E. Guckemus; sisters, Gertrude Morrison and Helene Earl and Elsa Girvin; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 25, at Christ Lutheran Church, Schoolhouse Road, Whiting.
Arrangements under the direction of Carmona-Bolen Home for Funerals in Whiting.
Neil Manahan, a resident of the Emerald Coast since 1988, died at his home on Wednesday, March 22, 2000.
He had battled leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other secondary cancers for over 15 years. He endured six years of treatment with alpa interferon prior to FDA approval, as well as another experimental therapy (2-cda). Throughout the illness he met the challenges of painful biopsies, life-threatening infections and numerous surgeries with courage, humor, grace and dignity. Following an intracerbral bleed almost two months ago, Neil had an experience which transformed his heart and soul; he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Having stated that he never knew one could feel such unconditional love, he went gratefully into his Father's everlasting light.
It is with sorrow yet great joy that Neil's family and friends release him into Eternal Life. He departed from his wife, Teresa Wells Manahan; stepson, Tyler Woolson, having already said goodbye to his sons, Brain and David Manahan, who visited him from Arizona. Other family and friends came from Alabama, Louisiana and North Carolina to offer their love and support: Bob and Martha Wells, parents-in-law; Mary Wells and Kimberly McWhorter, his sister-in-law and special niece, Dick Evans, Pam and Chris Flow, Nancy Slattery, Libbie Hambleton, Mike Melear, Barb Hobbs, and Richard and Judy Craparo from this area and Hospice made the unbearable bearable. Neil's memory will live long and well in many hearts, including his daughters-in-law, Kay and Fran; brothers-in-law, Steve and Chris; and most especially his granddaughters, Erin and Kathleen. They brought him great happiness.
Private celebrations of Neil's life will be held locally as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, North Carolina and California, according to his wishes. As an enthusiastic and avid gardener, Neil would ask that those who wish to honor him simply plant and nurture something beautiful. Despite a highly successful career as a banking executive and as his place as a "mover and shaker" in various communities prior to his illness, Neil encouraged all to live focused on that which is really important and readily available to everyone.
"Live well, laugh often, love much."
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.