Mary J. McClannan
Mary J. McClannan, age 66, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away at her home on Sept. 13, 2000, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was born on July 9, 1934, in Lima, Ohio, and was married in 1954. She traveled with her husband to many locations throughout the world while he served in the U.S. Air Force. Mary worked as a department manager with the Eglin Air Force Base Exchange, and later worked with ERA Navarre Beach Agency. However, her strongest devotion was always to her family.
She was a member of Navarre United Methodist Church, where she graciously gave of her time as usher, greeter and member of the Worship Committee. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur Schaffer; and mother, Dorothy Schaffer. She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth D. McClannan; son, Doug McClannan and wife Kathy and daughter Kristen, and daughter, Deborah Sue Busbee and her daughter Lauren Ashley. Mary is also survived by her brother, Thomas A. Schaffer and family of Park City, Utah; and her sister, Susan Smith and her son of Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Visitation will be at Lewis Funeral Home in Navarre from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at Navarre United Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Lay and Jeff Heath officiating. The family wishes to extend special thanks to friends who helped make this loss bearable, and to the loving care provided by Hospice of Northwest Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Norman Gudding, age 69, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2000, at his home.
He was a native of Rainy River, Canada and had lived in Okaloosa County, Fla., for the past 51/2 years. Mr. Gudding was employed by DMI Tile and Marble in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Gudding of Crestview; sons and their wives, Gary and Cindy Gudding of Michigan, and Tom and Linda Gudding of Warrior, Ala.; daughters and their husbands, Maryann and Denny Casselman of Michigan, and Rose and Fred Marcum of Warrior; stepchildren, Marty and Bill Hiller, and Tim and Ilene Gauld, all of Michigan; brothers, Raymond and Lillian Gudding of Michigan, and Jon Gudding of Sweden; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Norma Clous; sisters-in-law, Monica Dupont of St. Augustine, Fla., and Donna Saxton; brother-in-law, Duey Clous, both of Michigan; 13 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Victorious Life Worship Center with Pastor Donnie Cadenhead officiating.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Hazel O. Pascoe
Hazel O. Pascoe, age 88, of Niceville, Fla., passed away in a local hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000.
She was born on June 29, 1912, in Hinsdale, N.H., and was a resident of this area since 1967, when she moved here from New Hampshire. She was Methodist by faith. Hazel was a loving person who enjoyed and loved to care for children.
She was a loving mother and homemaker.
Mrs. Pascoe was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Pascoe; and son, Thomas A. Pascoe Jr.
Survivors include her son, Gordon E. and wife Shirley A. Pascoe of Troy, Ala.; daughters, Audrey J. and husband Leonard T. Washburn of Sullivan, N.H., and Carol and husband Harry C. Crosby of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in Beal Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Roberts officiating.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or those who desire may make a memorial contribution to Alzheimer's Association, 119 N.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, in memory of Hazel O. Pascoe.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Ruth Pate Folsom
Ruth Pate Folsom, age 90, of Madison, Fla., died Sept. 12, 2000, in Niceville, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sept. 15 at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 294, Madison, FL 32340; or Pink Ladies of MCM Hospital, 201 E. Marion St., Madison, FL 32340.
Mrs. Folsom was a native of Jackson County and lived in Madison since 1936.
She was a homemaker; and a member of Pink Ladies of Madison County Memorial Hospital; Madison Women's Club and Madison Garden Club; and was active in the Women's Society of Christian Service, First United Methodist Church of Madison.
Survivors include her daughters, Emma Folsom Wyche of Madison; and Anne Folsom of Valparaiso, Fla.; grandsons, Waring "Dub" Wyche III of Madison, and Folsom Wyche of Orlando, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean McDaniel of Greenville, Fla., and Ann Streckfuss of Chipley, Fla.
Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Louise Clayton
On Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2000, Mrs. Helen Louise Clayton traded this earthly life for one of eternal happiness and joy.
Mrs. Clayton was born on April 10, 1937, in Charlotte, N.C., and reared from infancy by the Rev. V.W. and Helene Douglas. For the past 34 years, Mrs. Clayton had been a resident of Fort Walton Beach and Shalimar, Fla., where she taught in the Okaloosa school system for 32 of those years, primarily at Wright Elementary School.
Mrs. Clayton was a 1958 graduate of Tennessee State University, where she majored in elementary education. After graduation, Mrs. Clayton devoted 36 years of her life to the field of education.
Aside from teaching in the Okaloosa system, she taught for two years in Bermuda and two years in Gary, Ind.
For those who knew her, it was readily apparent that she had a profound love for children and spent her entire career trying to mold the lives of the children she loved so much.
After her retirement in 1998, she still maintained an active volunteer schedule in the schools. The teaching profession and those she taught will miss her.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Clayton of Shalimar; daughters, Deborah Williams of Fort Walton Beach, and Sylvia Johnson of Atlanta; grandchildren, Monica Williams, Ashlea Williams, Adam Johnson and Michelle Johnson; brothers, Edgar Douglas of Alexandria, La., and James Douglas of Washington, D.C.; and sister, Eunice Jones of Lafayette, Ind.
Visitation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation, again in the chapel, at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. Nathaniel Johnson of the Abundant Life Church presiding.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or those wishing may make a contribution in Mrs. Clayton's memory to Hospice of the Emerald Coast.
Services and arrangements under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach.
Helen M. Partington
Helen M. Partington passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at the Royal Bournmouth Hospital in England.
Helen had resided in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for the past 17 years with her daughter, Jennifer Hubbard and her husband Ed. She also leaves her son, J. Adrian Partington of Verwood, County Dorset in England.
Funeral arrangements are pending, with burial in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Emma DeLacey Hilton
Emma Josephine DeLacey Hilton, age 91, of Panama City, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in a Panama City hospital.
She was a homemaker and had been a resident of Bay County since 1946, moving there from Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd C. Hilton Sr. She is survived by a son, Lloyd Charles Hilton Jr. and wife Lela Griffin Hilton of Panama City; daughter, Patricia Hilton Tolbert and husband Fred E. Tolbert Jr. of Destin, Fla.; grandchildren, Julie K. Hilton, Lloyd Charles (Chip) Hilton III of Panama City Beach, Fla., Theresa (Teri) Tolbert, Tami D. Tolbert and Fred E. (Trip) Tolbert of Destin; brother, Clyde DeLacey of Fort Myers, Fla.; nephew, Grady DeLacey of Tampa, Fla.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
There will be a celebration of Emma's life following the interment at the Holiday Inn Select, across from the mall.
Those desiring may make a contribution to The Option Institute, 2080 S. Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01257-9643.
Wilson Funeral Home, Panama City, is in charge of arrangements.
James Carree Lucas
James Carree Lucas, age 58, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sept. 14, 2000, after an extended illness.
He was born on July 8, 1942, in Sumrall, Miss., the son of Ford and Edna Lucas. James was the production director at the Hattiesburg American newspaper and later at the Northwest Florida Daily News. He won numerous awards during his career in the newspaper industry.
He was a very active member of Oakland Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Gideons of the Fort Walton Beach Camp.
James was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend who put oth-er people's needs before his own.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Yvonne Lucas of Fort Walton Beach; his mother, Edna Lucas of Sumrall; daughter, Christy Simms and her husband Ron of Fort Walton Beach; one son, Terry Lucas and wife Diane; one sister, Kathleen Hutchison and husband Bill; one brother, Curtis Lucas and wife Shirley, all of Sumrall; and five grandchildren, Christopher and Kristen Simms, and Jason, Nicole and Tyler Lucas.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Nelson, pastor of Oakland Baptist Church, and Brother Emmett Boone officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.
Flowers are gratefully declined, and those wishing may make a contribution in James' memory to the Oakland Baptist Church Building Fund, 118 Wright Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
John (Jack) Britt
John (Jack) Britt, 67, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Jack was born on March 6, 1933, in St. Louis, Mo. He was the son of the late Russell and Estelle Kamer Britt.
He was an area resident since 1979. Jack received his B.S. degree from MIT in mechanical engineering and then went on to graduate school to earn his M.B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was the D.O. of the 33rd wing at Eglin Air Force Base. Jack was a retired fighter pilot during the Vietnam conflict. He served his country, giving 30 years of service, attaining the rank of colonel.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Britt, who died in August 1999; and two sons, Christopher David Britt, in 1964, and Timothy Russell Britt, in 1999.
Jack is survived by his wife of 46 years, Norma La Bruyere, at home, of Niceville; two daughters, Stacey and her husband, Julian Jackson, of Monroe, Ga. and Kirsten and her husband, Jay Horton, of Alpharetta, Ga.; one sister, Jean Ann and her husband, Emmett Williams, of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Michele McKinnon Britt of Winchester, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Ian Britt of Winchester, Julian and Charles Jackson of Monroe, Ga. and Elizabeth and Andrew Horton of Alpharetta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Butler officiating, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Chapel. The service will include full military honors. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service, 1-2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Jack may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Jackson St. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 32548, or to the Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 1237, Niceville, Fla., 32588.
Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, Fla.
Willie Esther Coley
Mrs. Willie Esther Coley, 76, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, in a local hospital.
She was born in Holt, Fla., on Aug. 26, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Jeff S. and Iva Mae Whooten Williamson. Moving here from Georgia, Mrs. Coley had been a resident of Walton County for the past 32 years. She was Pentecostal by faith and was a member of Freeport Church of God.
Mrs. Coley was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Coley Sr.
Mrs. Coley is survived by eight sons, Jack Coley Jr. of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Gerald Coley and wife, Angeline, of Macon, Ga., Sim Coley and wife, Carolyn, of Tallahassee, Fla., John Coley of DeFuniak Springs, Ronnie Coley of Warner Robins, Ga., Hugh Coley and wife, Mary, of Freeport, Chuck Coley and wife, Angel, of Macon and William "Bill" Coley of Tallahassee; one brother, George Williamson of Pensacola; one sister, Lois Boyington of Pensacola; 26 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Coley will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at 11 a.m., in the Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel, 150 E. Highway 20, Freeport, Fla., with the Rev. Richard D. Helms officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Bay Cemetery, Red Bay, Fla.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in the Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel.
Serving as pallbearers will be her eight sons, Jack, Gerald, Sim, John, Ronnie, Hugh, Chuck and Bill Coley.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.