Nell Kirkland, 56, of Crestview, Fla., passed away in a local hospital on Saturday, June 17, 2000. She was born in Chipley, Fla., and was a resident of Okaloosa County for the past 38 years. Nell was a loving wife, mother and homemaker to her husband, Leroy Kirkland, an employee of Sprint Telephone Company for 34 years, her two sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Tina Kirkland, David Kirkland and Anita Kirkland all of Crestview. She is also survived by two brothers, Charles Peel of Dothan, Ala., and Jimmy Peel of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and three grandchildren, Krystal, Ashlee and Daniel
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lorrie Ann and her mother and father, Phala and John Milton Peel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2000, from the Whitehurst Funeral Home with the Rev. Boyce Teas officiating. Burial will follow in the Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery with Whitehurst Funeral Home in charge of the services and arrangements.
A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, June 18, 2000, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Jack H. Haigler
Jack H. Haigler, age 70, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday, June 22, in the Veterans hospital in Collins, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sylvia Haigler; two brothers, George Haigler, Jr. of New Hampshire, and Huber Haigler of Houston, Texas; and one sister, Ineze Walters of San Bernardino, Calif.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wayne Haigler of Coral Springs, Fla. and J. Gordon Haigler of Fort Walton Beach; his college sweetheart, mother of his two sons, life-long companion since 1954, and caregiver for the past 12 years, Adene; three brothers, Robert E. Haigler of Houston, Donald Haigler and wife Mary of Houston and Harold Smith and wife Juanita of Moselle, Miss.; and nieces and nephews.
Jack was retired from AFTAC (their motto: "In God we trust, all others we monitor"), which he served 24 years for the U.S. Air Force. He was also a charter member of the AFTAC Alumni Club and a retired proud Gulf Power employee. He was a member of the Fort Walton Beach Yacht Club, Fort Walton Beach BPOE 1795 Elks and International Electrical Engineers. He is Protestant by faith and a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Private graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Beal Memorial Cemetery with Father Jim Spenser of St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church officiating.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach with Father Jim Spenser officiating.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., SE, Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Pauline Rose Jones
Pauline Rose Jones, age 74, of Martinez, Ga., entered into rest on Saturday, June 24, 2000.
A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas L. King Chapel with the Rev. Todd Teller officiating.
Additional survivors include 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way.
In lieu of flowers, in memory of her gentle spirit, she requested contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church Children's Ministry of Augusta, 642 Telfair St., Augusta, GA 30901. Florist 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Thomas L. King Funeral Home, Martinez, is in charge of arrangements.
Inez B. Pryor
Inez B. Pryor, age 93, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away July 2, 2000.
She was born in Lakewood, Fla., on Sept. 23, 1906, and was a resident of Mary Esther since 1959. She lived in Williston, Fla., from 1938 to 1959 and was very active in the Williston PTA, Williston Woman's Club, Williston Chapter 142 OES and First Presbyterian Church.
After moving to Mary Esther, Mrs. Pryor was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was a 50-year member of the OES and was a member of Fort Walton Beach Chapter 202.
Mrs. Pryor was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, George W. Pryor; and her son, Robert B. Pryor. She is survived by a sister, Lucille B. White of Destin, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and John Clemons of Mary Esther; daughter-in-law, Joan Pryor of Dade City, Fla.; grandchildren, Rodney Clemons, Jane Rouse, Sue Pryor, Ricky Clemons, Drew Pryor and Robyn Tharp; and nine great-grandchildren.
Inez was a devoted, loving and completely unselfish mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach with Dr. Jack Walchenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Jesse Rogers Cemetery in Mary Esther.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or for those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Pkwy. S.W., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Frances Johnson Oglesby
Frances Johnson Oglesby was born on Aug. 23, 1934, to Fletcher and Janie Johnson. She was born in Laurel Hill, Fla., and raised in Niceville, Fla. She died July 3, 2000.
She met and married Duval Oglesby in 1955, lived in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for a while and has called DeFuniak Springs, Fla., home since 1970. Duval predeceased her in 1984 on July 5.
She had a heart as big as the ocean and gave her love and friendship to everyone she met. If any one person needed anything she was there to help them.
Frances is survived by her sons, Riley Lee Oglesby and friend Pam Sapp, and Gene Oglesby and wife Cindie Oglesby; daughters, Nancy Smith and husband Jimmy, and Sharon Martin and husband Marty; brothers, Charles Johnson and wife Malinda, and Dalton Johnson and wife Annie; sisters, Jean Swanson and husband Frank, and Rosie Hatoway and husband Dave; sister-in-law, Velma Oglesby Harrison; 11 grandchildren, Jake Oglesby, Lee Oglesby, Nolan Oglesby, Jessica Smith, Emily Smith, A.J. Martin, Cody Martin, Ashley Chaney, Cassie Oglesby, Holley Tucker and Lisa Johnson.
She loved her animals, especially her dogs, who will greatly miss her.
Pallbearers will be Riley Oglesby, Gene Oglesby, Jimmy Smith, Marty Martin, Tim Mahofski and Tommy Foxhall.
Frances was a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She will be missed by all.
The family will receive their relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will take place at Little Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday, July 6, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Tony McCullough officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs at 1 p.m.
Arrangements under the direction of Little Chapel Funeral Home, Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
Perry Lee Rogers, 79, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully at his home on July 3, 2000, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 20, 1920, in Wright to the late Howard Lee and Mattie Jane Rogers. Mr. Rogers was a lifetime resident of Okaloosa County and had owned and operated a general contracting business. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country during World War II. He was the co-founder of the American Legion Post 235, which is named after his brother, Lawrence Rogers, who died during World War II.
He loved to fish and spend time with his family, especially with his special grandson, Chris. He was Methodist by faith.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife of 27 years, Retha Thompson Rogers of Fort Walton Beach; three sons, Sonny Rogers of Baytown, Texas, Eugene Rogers of Dayton, Texas and James Jackson of Dadeville, Ala.; one daughter, Diane Pitts of Shalimar, Fla.; one sister, Agnes Hudson of Fort Walton Beach; three brothers, Eugene "Buddy" Rogers of Bronson, Texas, Morris Rogers of Fort Walton Beach and Sam Rogers of Holt, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with the Rev. Al Ragghianti, Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Interment will follow in Wright Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or those wishing may make a contribution in his memory, to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL., 32578.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Donald G. Nall
Donald Glenn Nall, 70, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully at his home on July 3, 2000.
He was born June 13, 1930, in Birmingham, Ala., to the late Hardy B. and Stella Young Nall. He retired as a tech sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, entering the service in 1949 and retiring in 1972. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was stationed in Washington, D.C., Alaska, Michigan, Okinawa, California, West Palm Beach, Orlando, New Mexico, Germany and then Eglin for retirement.
He was employed with BAE for the past 25 years as a security guard at site A-30. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betsy Lou Clark Nall of Fort Walton Beach; two daughters, Pamela Gene Nall of Golden, Colo., and Lisa Ann Kent and her husband, Rick, of Panama City, Fla.; one son, Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Nall of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Dorothy J. McWhite of Fairhope, Ala.; one brother, Hardy H. Nall and his wife, Gerry, of Perry, Ga.; grandsons, Bret Allan and Bradley Andrew "Brad" Kent, both of Panama City; and a granddaughter, Angela Jean Nall.
The family will receive friends at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2000. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 6, 2000, at Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, Fla., with Dr. Howard L. Gates, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Phillips, Nolan "Nick" Edwards, Bob Dougan, Walter "Sonny" Parker, Bibb Dickey and his co-workers from site A-30.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or those wishing to make a contribution in his memory, to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL., 32578.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Otis Dawson, 88, of Niceville and formerly of Griffin, Ga., passed away peacefully on Monday evening, July 3, 2000, at Twin Cities Hospital.
Otis was the son of the late Robert G. and Odie Mae Smith Dawson, and was one of eight children. He was born on Feb. 20, 1912, in Thomaston, Ga. Otis met and married Ruth Hulon, and they shared 62 years of blissful marriage.
Otis worked for Central of Georgia Railroad for 42 years, attaining the position of yardmaster. He was a steward and former member of the official board of First Methodist Church of Griffin, Ga.
Otis is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of Niceville, Fla.; one son, Sam and Jo Dawson of Niceville; three grandchildren, Cheryl and Scott Redmon, Michele and Rob Rhodes and Greg and Samantha Dawson, all of Niceville; one sister, Vera Bunn of Columbus, Ga.; one sister-in-law, Jewel Dawson Forest of Park, Ga.; six great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, July 5, 2000, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville. Graveside services will be in Heritage Gardens Cemetery, Niceville, on Thursday, July 6, 2000, at 8:30 a.m., with pastor Lev Humphries officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville.
Carl R. Willey
Col. Carl R. "Pompano" Willey died unexpectedly on July 3, 2000.
A longtime resident of the area, Carl was stationed at Eglin from 1954-1959, and from 1966 to the present. He remained in the area after his retirement in 1970.
Carl attended Ohio State University from 1936-1940. He joined the Army Air Corps and received his commission at Brooks Field, Texas, in October 1941. He was a veteran of three wars, a command pilot who flew 34 different types of aircraft in duty stations around the world. During World War II, Carl flew the A-20 Light Bomber on numerous combat missions over Europe. On D-Day he flew six missions over France, destroying German rail lines and other lines of communication. He also flew combat missions over Korea. In Vietnam he served as the deputy for material at Bien Hoa Air Base near Saigon. Carl returned to Eglin, serving as chief of maintenance until his retirement.
Carl earned many military decorations, including the Legion of Merit.
Two wonderful loving wives preceded Carl in death. Hazel, his first wife of 27 years, and Roberta, his second wife of 23 years. He is survived by three daughters, Terry Standish of Niceville, Fla., Carlene Parker of Atlanta, and Melissa Gleneck of Tallahassee, Fla. Also surviving Carl are three stepchildren, Bill Holcombe and Cheryl Wesolowski of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Chip Holcombe of Orlando, Fla. Carl's grandchildren include Philip Holcombe of Fort Walton Beach, Rachel Holcombe of Orlando, Elizabeth Judson of Fort Walton Beach, Zachary and Jordon Gleneck of Tallahassee, and Coleman, Ehren, Gretchen and Molly Knapp of Erie, Pa. Carl Willey had one great-grandchild, Caelyn Knapp of Erie.
Carl was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association, the Retired Officers' Club, and a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. His family and many friends will sorely miss Carl, a warrior, patriot, husband, father, and senior member of the greatest generation.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Col. John Caldwell officiating. Inurnment will follow, with full military honors, at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 10.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Camp Sunshine (Programs for Children with cancer), P.O. Box 77236, Atlanta, GA 30357-1236.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Margeret Jackson
Helen Margeret Jackson, age 71, of Crestview, Fla., and formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, July 5, 2000, at a local hospital.
Helen was born on May 14, 1929, to Robie and Wyatt Spell Stewart in Samson County, N.C., and was a resident of this area since 1955. She was a member of Cinco Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Joe M. Jackson of Crestview; daughter, Deborah Ates, her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Tori Smith, all of Fort Walton Beach; sisters, Doris Thomas of Charlotte, N.C., Mary Holmes of Fort Worth, Texas, and Betty Jean Nicholson of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Christopher Ates, Ashley and Amanda Smith; and great-granddaughter, Taylor Ates.
Helen was a devoted, loving and completely unselfish wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She had a heart as big as the universe and gave her love and friendship to everyone she met. If anyone needed anything, she was always there to help.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Jesse Apperson, Richard E. Thompson, Clayton Thompson, Tori Smith, Christopher Ates and Delmer Adams.
Arrangements entrusted to McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave. S.E., Fort Walton Beach.