Chardon Lanae White
A memorial service for Chardon Lanae White of Hot Springs, Ark., will be Monday, July 10, 2000, at 7 p.m. at Pine Lake Church of Christ of Niceville, Fla.
She fought a good fight against cancer for two years, but died at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Ark., on July 3 at the age of 21. Chardon was born on Jan. 11, 1979, and was a member of Richard Street Church of Christ, Hot Springs.
Chardon attended school in Niceville, Niceville High School Class of 1997, and one year of college at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
Chardon is survived by her mother, Charmyrle (Charlie) Whitten of Hot Springs; father, Donald L. White of Benton, Ark.; half-brother, Robert Allen White of London, Ky.; grandmothers, Marion Phillips of Foreman, Ark., and Faye White of Benton; aunts, Deborah Whitten, Delight Eidson, Darlene Timbes, Linda Burnett and Brenda Mask; and uncles, Walter Hefner and Travis White.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to Chardon's Mission Fund for Youth, Pine Lake Church of Christ, 801 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, FL 32578-1209.
Jeffrey Clifton Nease
Jeffrey Clifton Nease, age 45, of Bonita Beach, Fla., passed away July 3, 2000, at his residence.
Jeffrey was born in Wilmington, Ohio, and was a graduate of Little Miami High School in 1973. He worked for General Electric from 1974-1989 in Evendale, Ohio, as a welder. He was a supervisor for a glass company in Bonita Springs, Fla., at the time of his death. He also enjoyed softball and cabinet making.
Jeffrey is survived by his mother, Lena Nease Wade of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; father, Larry Nease of Morrow, Ohio; brother, Michael L. Nease of West Chester, Ohio; and nephew, Brandon. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Hannah Mae Alcorn Webb of Stanton, Ky.; nieces, Melanie Carns and Jodi Conder; aunt, Eunice Taylor of Shalimar; and cousins, Karen Taylor Hutson of Shalimar, Fla., and Jerry, Charles and Dwight Webb of Pensacola, Fla. He also leaves behind close friends, Inez Byrd and Ruth and John West.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Doris D. Coker
On the morning of July 7, 2000, the angels came and took Doris D. Coker to heaven. She had fought a long battle against Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy.
She will be greatly missed by her husband Floyd Coker; her beloved children, Terry L. Moorer of Shalimar, Fla., James R. Coker of Evergreen, Ala. and Richard L. Coker of Charleston, S.C.; five wonderful grandchildren; and a special little girl named Ashley.
Those who knew and loved her will always remember her warm, beautiful smile and her gentle nature. She wanted everyone to know that this day marks her birth in the kingdom of God and she lives.
Local arrangements are being handled by Emerald Coast Funeral Home. She will be taken to Evergreen, Ala., where arrangements will be handled by Cope Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at the Evergreen United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. with services at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to The Society for Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy, Inc., Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Suite 5065, 601 N. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21287 or to Northwest Florida Hospice.
Martha Louise Victory
Mrs. Martha Louise Victory, age 81, of The Rock, Ga., died Saturday, July 8, 2000.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday July 9, 2000, at Koontz Little Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2000, at Oakland Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Graveside services will be held at Upson Memorial Gardens in Thomaston, Ga. on Tuesday, July 11, 2000 at 11 a.m. with Dr. Rex King officiating.
Survivors include four brothers, Mr. Bill F. Lockhart of Rincon, Ga., Mr. Erwin I. Lockhart of Atlanta, Ga., Mr. Gene A. Lockhart of Palm Bay, Fla., and Mr. James E. Lockhart of Rincon, Ga.; one great-niece, Mrs. Shari Strickland of The Rock, Ga.; and one great-nephew, Mr. Jeff Stribling of Thomaston, Ga.
Ronnie Lorez Bolton
Ronnie Lorez Bolton, age 54, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Monday, July 3, in Vance, Ala. Ronnie was born in Dorcas, Fla., and had lived in Birmingham most of his life.
Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie Marie Trammell of Trussville, Ala., and Cheryl Ann Liddy of Alabaster, Ala.; two brothers, Leon Bolton of Milton, Fla., and Jerry Bolton of Crestview, Fla.; two sisters, Bernice Calhoun of Crestview and Geraldine Alford of Holt, Fla.; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service was held at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 8, from the Dorcas Cemetery with the Rev. Don McCallum officiating.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of the arrangements.
Charlie Monroe McMillan
Charlie Monroe McMillan, age 105, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at a local hospital.
Mr. McMillan was born on Feb. 12, 1895, in Walton County, Fla., where he remained a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late John and Melissa Flower McMillan. He was a veteran of World War I.
He aided in the liberation of France and was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor medal from the French government. He was known for being a very jolly person.
Mr. McMillan was preceded in death by his wife, Loula Jane McMillan; son, Charlie Edwin Green; daughter, Ina Lou McMillan; and eight brothers and sisters.
Mr. McMillan is survived by his son, Charles M. McMillan Jr. and wife Betty of Glendale, Fla.; daughters, Mae Urban and husband Marvis of Glendale, Ima Jean Williams of Pensacola, Fla., Gerlene Greve of Glendale and Doris Lufay Smith of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at Comander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil McMillian officiating. Burial will follow in Gum Creek Cemetery.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Ray Nelson
Bobby Ray Nelson, age 65, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at his residence in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Mr. Nelson was born on June 1, 1935, the son of Otis and Jewel McCall Nelson, in Geneva, Ala. He worked for over 30 years as a forklift operator in Orlando, Fla., before retiring and moving to DeFuniak Springs two years ago. He enjoyed fishing and being with his family.
Mr. Nelson was preceded in death by his father, Otis Nelson; brother, Gatchet Nelson; and sister, Robbie Nell Nelson.
Survivors include his mother, Jewel M. Nelson of DeFuniak Springs; a loving son, Robby O. Nelson and wife Jasmine of Bent, Ore.; a daughter, Randie Lynn Bowers of DeFuniak Springs; brother, Royce Nelson and wife Brenda of Nunnelly, Tenn.; sister, Jimmie Commander of DeFuniak Springs; and four grandchildren, Seth Nelson, Noah Nelson, Robby Bowers and Brittany Bowers; two nieces, Mary Rushing and husband Paul of DeFuniak Springs, and Anita Baker and husband Dave of Nunnelly; and nephew, Richard Nelson and wife Stacey of Clarksville, Tenn..
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Chester Whisnand officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Rushing, Jack Gilley, Robby Bowers, Wayne Frymire, Nicholas Hunt and Donnie Simmons.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Samuel Bruce Sells
Master Sgt. Bruce Sells was born on March 11, 1918, and was suddenly called to the Lord with a cerebral hemorrhage on July 19, 2000.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Anna Frances; his daughter, Greer; and three grandchildren, Lisa, Phillip and Scott.
Bruce served honorably in the U.S. Army in World War II, making three Atlantic crossings as a member of the hospital ship USS Wisteria. Later, in the newly-formed U.S. Air Force, he served during the Korean and Vietnam eras. He was stationed in England, France, Germany, Okinawa, Korea and various ports in the United States.
He retired at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May 1974. Bruce was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal, and Korean Service Medal, among other citations.
Bruce's chief hobby was woodworking, at which he excelled in skill and creativity, making beautiful gifts for his many friends. He often made interesting cribbage boards for his colleagues, with whom he loved to play the game.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Bruce will be interred out of state at a later date.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Floye Maxcy Hatcher
Floye Margaret Maxcy Hatcher, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother has left behind her cares and gone to join her teammates, friends and family members in Heaven. She was born in Atlanta, Texas, on Dec. 18, 1913, to Lula and Moris Maxcy. She died on July 19, 2000, after an extended illness.
Floye was an excellent student and active in academics and sports almost her entire life. She had a zest for living. She was captain of her high school basketball team. She was on the homecoming court and also played on the softball team. She played professional women's basketball for "Hazel Walker and the Redheads" and the "Lion Oilers." She was an "All American." Crowds from all around would come to watch her play. She had style and attitude.
She loved people, laughter and fun. She was a champion bowler into her late '60s. She fished and skied until health problems kept her from it. She was a math teacher, a coach, and an office manager/bookkeeper. She easily solved crossword puzzles and cryptograms that stumped others. She was a Life Master in duplicate bridge. Although the Depression kept her from finishing college, she maintained her lifelong love of education and learning until strokes robbed her of her language abilities and independence.
Floye fell in love with her high school sweetheart, the high school quarterback and lead pitcher, Lloyd Hatcher. Despite hard times during the Depression, they eloped while he was home on vacation from college. They were wed on Nov. 19, 1935, and the rest is over six decades of history.
She and Lloyd remained sweethearts through good times and bad. They traveled a great deal. Living in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, Great Britain, and briefly in many other states across the United States. They moved to Okaloosa County, Fla., in 1993, in order to be closer to family.
She is greatly missed by her entire family. This includes her loving husband, Lloyd Hatcher; daughter, Terry Hatcher Miller and husband Bob; son, Lyndell Hatcher and wife Gayle; grandchildren, Karolyn Berardi and husband Michael, Kenneth Machuta, Wendi Hatcher, Tracie Carlson and Stacie Hatcher. Her great-grandchildren, Ben Beradi, Richard and Edward Reed, Felicia Garavuso, Kalynn Handy, Westly Carlson and Michael Clark Hatcher; brother and sisters-in-law, Lance and Cora Hatcher, Opal Murray and Betty Jo Grace.
Mere words cannot portray the vitality and passion for her family and friends that Floye had. Her final years were filled with illness and a loss of independence, yet she maintained her ready smile and temperament. Her husband Lloyd voiced it well when he said, "We've lost the best friend and advocate we ever had."
The family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association, in lieu of flowers. They also ask that those attending the visitation or service refrain from wearing scented products such as perfume or aftershave due to the health of family members.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 22, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
The family asks for and appreciates all prayers in their behalf.
McLaughlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles E. Reed
Charles E. "Chap" Reed, age 52, of Niceville, Fla., entered into rest peacefully after a courageous battle against cancer.
Chap was the son of the late Raymond H. and Dorthea Gilronan Reed. He was born on Sept. 28, 1947, in Auburn, N.Y. He met Susan Rice at college and they were married in 1970, sharing 30 years of blissful marriage. Chap entered the U.S. Air Force in 1971, retiring after 23 years of distinguished service while attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel and making his home in Niceville.
Chap will always be remembered for his zest and love of life, continued optimism, adventurous spirit and commitment to his family.
Chap is survived by his wife Susan of the home; sons, Sean K. Reed of Fort Walton Beach, and Casey C. Reed of Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers, Robert and wife Mabel Reed of Auburn, and John and wife Linda Reed of Amelia Island, Fla.; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Robbins, and Mary and husband Ernest DeCaro, both of Auburn; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home on Saturday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. A wake service will be offered at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Butler and Deacon Lou Marini officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 1237, Niceville, FL 32588.
Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.