Mary Alice Boyles
Mary Alice Boyles, age 72, of Navarre Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully June 6, 2000, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Mary is the daughter of the late Solen E. Jackson and Lucretia Jackson of Mobile, Ala. She was born in Des Plaines, Ill., on Nov. 4, 1927.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Capt. Howard H. Boyles Jr. She is survived by her brother, Donald E. Jackson of Kings Mill, Ohio; daughters, Karen Rodgers, Deborah Chappell and Susan Womble; and son, Mark Boyles. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew, Vanessa, Andrew, Jessica, Mary, Steven and Adam, who loved their mamaw greatly.
She also left behind her loving pets, Casey and Cissy.
A private interment will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung or Diabetes Associations or to the local Animal Welfare Society, in her name.
Robert Lee Campbell
Robert Lee Campbell, age 42, of Midway, Fla., passed away Tuesday evening, June 6, 2000, suddenly at his home.
Born in Birmingham, Ala., and raised in Grant, Ala., he lived in Northwest Florida since 1981.
He was a devoted and loving husband and friend to Dee, his wife of 18 years, adoring father to Danielle, Steve, Tim, Nick and Sarah, and doting grandfather to Shelby, Drew and Sierra. He is survived by his mother, Sarah; brothers, Steve and Billy; and sisters, Lynn and Margaret. He was preceded in death by his father, William Campbell.
Robert will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
A memorial Mass, officiated by Pastor Joseph Callipare and the Rev. David Robinson, will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church, Mary Esther, Fla., at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, and a memorial officiated by his cousin, the Rev. Bobby Turner of Cornerstone Church in Fort Walton Beach, will be held at the Campbell's residence at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11.
Leona Magdline Ashburn
Leona Magdline Ashburn, age 81, of Dunnellon, Fla., passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
Mrs. Ashburn was a longtime resident of Crestview, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Ashburn in 1974. Survivors include her daughters, Betty Carolyn Hayes of Dunnellon, and Lila Jo Thomas of Andalusia, Ala.; brothers, James B. Davis of Houston, and Robert Davis of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; sisters, Doris Richards and Edna Dunayer, both of Pensacola, Fla.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Charles Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry W. Matthias
Jerry W. Matthias, age 63, went to be with his Lord on June 7, 2000, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
He was born in Houston on July 17, 1936.
Jerry was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He never met a stranger and was a true friend known for loving everyone. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Destin, Fla.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Ina Barfield of Destin, and his loving pet Hans. He is also survived by his daughter, Linda (and son-in-law Leroy) Treadway; his son, Curtis (and daughter-in-law Missy) Matthias; his mother, Betty Sharp; his brothers, Kent and Steve Matthias; his sister-in-law, Terry Fechner; his niece, Dorrie (and nephew-in-law Michael) Spain, all from the Houston area.
Jerry was co-owner of Gulf Coast Management and Rental Company of Destin.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
A celebration of Jerry's life will take place at St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 307 E. Hwy. 98, Destin, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, with Father Rob Grafe officiating.
While floral tributes are welcome, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for The Destin House, a shelter for women and children.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Juan Salinas Gonzalez
Juan "Pop" Gonzalez, age 72, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at Fort Walton Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The son of the late Jose and Rosita Salinas Gonzalez, he was born in Beeville, Texas, on Dec. 27, 1927.
"Pop" was employed by the Civil Service Association at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Hurlburt Field for many years. He was also the founder of Northwest Florida Sandblasting and J.F. Gonzalez Corporation, and a member of the Hispanic Business Association. Also, "Pop" served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and during the Vietnam conflict. "Pop" worked for the State Department, U.S. Air Force Special Operations, Lockheed Martin Northrop, and Okaloosa-Walton College, instrumental in the welding lab.
"Pop's" wife, Barbara Ann Gonzalez predeceased him in 1992. Survivors include two sons, Juan "Butch" Gonzalez and Joe F. Gonzalez, CEO Gulf South Contractors and VP of Gulf Atlantic Contractors LLC; stepson, Francisco Navarro, managing partner of Gulf South Contractors and Gulf Atlantic Contractors LLC, all of Fort Walton Beach; daughters, Georgia Leyser of Pass Christian, Miss., and Cindy Gaskin of Fort Walton Beach; brother, Epigmanuel Gonzalez of LaGrulla, Texas; sisters, Noberta Rogers of Destin, Fla., and Maria (Socorro) Farias of Garciaville, Texas; nine grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach with the Rev. Kevin Johnson officiating.
Interment will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach.
Frank Riley Leach
Remembering someone special - Frank Riley Leach, June 20, 1918-May 12, 2000.
"Love lives on forever in each memory and thought
Of the special ones who meant so much and the happiness they brought.
Love lives on forever, it will never fade away.
For in our hearts, our loved ones are with us every day."
The Lord took him up and out of his pain, leaving his bride of 62 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sisters and all his friends.
He served his country, retired from the Post Office, went all over this country visiting our children and building what they needed. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Walton Beach at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13.
Betty B. Amason
Betty B. Amason, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, died of cancer at Haven House Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., on June 6, 2000. She was 80.
She was a native of Roseburg, Oregon and has lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1960, arriving with her husband, Lt. Col. Henry W. Amason, from assignment at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany. She was a Methodist by faith and was a member of the Retired Officer's Wives Club. An accomplished artist, Mrs. Amason studied with Italian watercolorist Pio Rossi in Aviano, Italy, where her paintings were exhibited in the 1950s.
Survivors include a son, Henry W. Amason III of Fort Walton Beach, a daughter and son-in-law, Julianne and Clarke Franklin of Atlanta, Ga., a grandson, David C. Franklin and a granddaughter, Anne Elizabeth Franklin, both of Atlanta. She is also survived by a brother, George Quine, of Roseburg, Oregon, and four nieces and a nephew. The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach from 5 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, with burial following on June 12 at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with U.S.A.F. Chaplain Smith, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat Street, Americus, Ga. 31709.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
William "Bill" Spears
William "Bill" Spears, 82, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2000, at his residence. Mr. Spears was born in Franklin County, Ga., and moved to the Fort Walton Beach area in 1954 from Japan. He entered the Army Air Corp. on July 6, 1940, and served in WWII and the Korean Conflict before retiring on July 31, 1960. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Mr. Spears was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Hugh Spears. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Geraldine "Jerry"; son, William T. Spears and wife Barbara, of Portland, Oregon; son, Richard G. Spears and wife Karen of Princeton, N.J.; three grandchildren, Kimberly of Portland, Oregon; and Jason and Michelle, both of Princeton. Also surviving are two sisters, Sara Smith of Kennsaw, Ga. and Betty Goolsby of Marietta, Ga. and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 3 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Dr. Howard L. Gates officiating. Family will receive friends from 2 to 3p.m. on Sunday. Burial will follow with military honors at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E., Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Hughes Butler Fisher
Mr. Hughes Butler Fisher, age 84, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in his home with family members in attendance on Friday, June 9, 2000.
He is the son of the late Alber-tine Ben-jamine and Margret Eva Fisher.
Hughes was born on July 20, 1915 in Walthourville, Ga., and has been a resident of Fort Walton Beach off and on since 1953.
He was a devoted and loving husband to Tillie, his late wife of 57 years and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Mr. Fisher is survived by a daughter, Joy F. Richardson, and her husband, Roger, of Vienna, Va.; a son, Raymond Fisher of Smyrna, Ga.; a granddaughter, Stacy Taylor, and her husband Chandler of Las Vegas, Nev.; a grandson, Jeffrey Richardson of Aspen, Colo.; great grandchildren, Shane and Madison Taylor of Las Vagas, Nev.; and a sister-in-law, Madalie Hall of Littleton, Colo.
He had many friends in the Fort Walton Beach area having retired as a SMSGT from the U.S.A.F. after 32 years of dedicated service.
He then was a Realtor with the Bay Agency after his U.S.A.F. career. He was a Mason and a member of A.W. Windhorst Lodge 185 of Tampa, Fla. and Aloha Temple Shriners Lodge #201 of Honolulu, Hawaii. Hughes was a long time member of AA and had achieved a 17 year chip.
There will be a graveside service with the interment at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
The family will greet friends at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2000.
Flowers will be accepted, but those who wish to make donations can do so in memory of Mr. Hughes B. Fisher to either Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, Fla., 32578, or the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, 12502 N. Pine Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33612.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32547 is in charge of the arrangements.
Helen M. McDaniel
Helen M. McDaniel, 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, June 9, 2000, at a local nursing home. She was born in Chipley, Fla., to the late John M. and Lonnie Godwin and had moved to the Fort Walton Beach area in 1952. She was a member of the Navarre First Assembly of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey McDaniel; one son, Donald Allen Carmichael; one sister, Maudess McWilliams; and two brothers, John M. Godwin Jr. and William Leo Godwin.
Mrs. McDaniel is survived by one son, Eddie Carmichael and wife Diane of Fort Walton Beach; three grandsons, Kevin of Fort Walton Beach, Darren and wife Dina of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Shannon and wife Lisa of Fort Walton Beach; one great-grandson, Cody; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica, both of Fort Walton Beach.
She is also survived by daughter-in-law, Cindy Carmichael of Fort Walton Beach; granddaughter, Donetta Heckaman and husband Robert of Fort Walton Beach; and one great-grandson Chazz of Fort Walton Beach. Also surviving are two brothers, Carter Godwin and wife Lorranie of Valparaiso, Fla., and Franklin Godwin and wife Sue of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and two sisters, Betty Godwin of Fort Walton Beach and Dorothy Latham of Greenville, Miss.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, June 12, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Graceville, Fla. Burial will follow in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.