Dorothy J. Glessner
Dorothy J. Glessner of Niceville, Fla., passed away Sept. 24, 2000, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Dorothy was born on April 14, 1914, in Cleveland and moved to this area in 1972. She was a devoted wife to Clyde W. Davis who died in 1971 and to William Glessner who died in 1977.
She will be remembered always with love and affection by her daughter, Dorothy Miller of Niceville; daughter and son-in-law, Jewell Ann and Jerry Diehn of Wilmington, N.C.; and son and daughter-in-law, Clyde B. and Ellen Davis. Her grandchildren include Susan Goff and husband Rick, Kevin Miller and wife Charlotte, Mark Miller and wife Lisa, Nikki Fox and husband Ryan, and Clyde W. Davis; and great-grandchildren, Karen Hynson, Kristina Gunn and Cherie Miller; and niece, Ethel Cline.
Doris was a member of Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary for more than 20 years, with over 14,000 hours of volunteer service. A past president, she was one of the first recipients of the First Humanitarian Award in 1994.
Her family and many friends will remember her indomitable spirit and her love and loyalty to each of them.
Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland with A.J. Nosek and Sons, Brecksville, Ohio, in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will take place at a later date in Niceville and will be announced.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Glessner's name to Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.
Doris A. Brand
Doris A. Brand, age 87, of Baker, Fla., left this world to go and be with Jesus her Savior on Sept. 23, 2000. She was very happy and willing to meet her Lord.
She was born on May 27, 1913, in Aurora, Ill., and her life could be summed up in one word - love! She loved everyone and helped anyone in need. Doris truly lived the Golden Rule.
Doris was a hardworking wife, mother and friend. She worked for GMC in the Pontiac, Mich., auto plants as a factory worker for over 23 years. She was married over 47 years before death took her husband, Earl S. Brand. Doris was a mother for over 66 years, giving love and support to her four children, 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She attended Golan Assembly of God Church in Baker and she loved her pastor, the Rev. James E. Paul. She always felt the love of Jesus Christ at church and she returned it. She will be missed.
Doris is survived by her brother, Donald Fraizer and wife Judy. Her children are: son, Robert L. Brand of Naples, Fla.; daughter, Doris S. Paulson and husband LuVern of Mayville, N.D.; daughter, Helen E. Carson and husband Ray of White Lake, Mich.; and son, Kenneth E. Brand and wife Rosemary of Baker. Her grandchildren are: Debra Martin, Zona Wood, Raymond Carson, Linda Murphy, Kenneth Paulson, Thomas Brand, Robert Sexton, Jonathan Brand and Christopher Brand. Two grandsons, Jimmy Paulson and Robert Brand died before their grandmother, Doris. Her great-grandchildren are: Jessica Bigelow, Karl Wood, Amanda and Nicolette Sexton, Kyle, Jake and Gabrielle Brand, Jessica Brand and Christopher Brand. Doris was proud of and loved them all.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brackney Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. James E. Paul officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. for family, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for friends on Tuesday.
Doris will be flown to Orlando, Fla., and laid to rest next to her husband in Chapel Hill Cemetery. There will be a graveside laying to rest service at the cemetery conducted by her son, Kenneth E. Brand, at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.
Arrangements locally are under the direction of Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview.
Ruth Scheiderer Willis
Ruth Scheiderer Willis of Upper Arlington, Ohio, passed away Sept. 22, 2000, in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Born on Sept. 10, 1916, in Columbus, Ohio, Ruth graduated from North High School and attended Ohio State University. She married James R. Willis on Oct. 26, 1940. She was a charter member of Twig No. 90 and served as a board member of NNEMP, working there and in the Pantry. Ruth was a lifelong active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Her husband Jim predeceased her on May 23, 1988. She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Jo Willis of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Jean W. LeLoup and husband Jeff Morris of Cortland, N.Y.; close friend, Anita Sloan of Santa Rosa Beach; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many beloved nieces, nephews, and other family members; and a multitude of friends.
A woman for whom "faith" and "fun" were lifetime mottoes, Ruth leaves a lasting example and a loving memory in the hearts and minds of all whose paths she crossed through the years. Our hearts weep while our souls rejoice!
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church. Additional services will follow in Columbus, Ohio, with a private family interment at Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to consider a donation to the St. Mark Foundation (c/o St. Mark Lutheran Church, 95 West Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43214); NNEMAP Pantry (1064 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201; The Community Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459; or to a charity of your choice.
Juanita Hartley, age 36, of Crestview, Fla., passed away at her home on Friday, Sept. 22, 2000.
She was born in Germany but was a resident of Laurel Hill, Fla., since 1985, moving here from Colorado Springs, Colo.
Survivors include her parents, Robert "Bob" and Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Hartley of Laurel Hill, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Lee E. and Rosie Hartley of St. Louis; brother, David W. Hartley of Laurel Hill; maternal grandmother, Thelma Steele of Laurel Hill; aunt, Linda Barrow; uncle, Gene Steele, both of Crestview; nephews, Robert and Michael Beck of Holt, and Jonathan Hartley of St. Louis; nieces, Despina and Christina Hartley of St. Louis; and cousins, Joseph Barrow of Crestview, and Chris Steele and Jamie Steele, both of California.
A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike stokes officiating. Burial will follow in Cotton Cemetery in Escambia Farms, Fla.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to Hospice; or to the North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Dobias of Valparaiso, Fla., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. He was 98 years young and a longtime resident of this area.
He was born in Slovakia and came to America in the 1930s. He retired with his wife to Choctaw Beach, Fla., in 1963, and they were faithful members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Jansak Dobias.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, Fla.
Mary E. Reed
Mary E. Reed, a resident of Niceville, Fla., passed away Sept. 24, 2000.
She was born in Marion, Ind., on Feb. 8, 1930, and lived for many years in Richmond, Ind., but resided in Niceville since 1991.
Mary's life was dedicated to her loving family and her many close friends.
Her parents, John and Alpha Black, as well as a son, Steven R. Reed, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Reed; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Stephanie Reed of Lexington, Ky., and David and Shelby Reed of Woodstock, Ga.; and brother, John W. Black of Richmond. Also surviving are four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service in Mary's memory will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. John L. Underdahl officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Noblesville, Ind.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578; the American Cancer Society, 4 N.E. Jackson, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; or to a charity of your choice.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie V. Pell
Marjorie V. Pell, age 78, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully at a local hospital Friday, Sept. 15, 2000.
Marjorie was born in Thorndale, Texas, on Dec. 1, 1921, the daughter of the late Collita and Roy Lee McDaniel. She was a longtime resident of Bridgeport, Conn., and Fort Walton Beach. Marjorie retired from civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 1991.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Scott Pell; son, Michael Scott Pell; and brother, Roy Lee McDaniel Jr.
Survivors include her daughter, Loraine Marie Dever of Fort Walton Beach; sister, Dorothy Gadarian of Fort Walton Beach; brother, Chester McDaniel of Richardson, Texas; grandson, Richard Haydon of Long Beach, Calif.; granddaughter, Kristen Marie Howell of Pensacola, Fla.; great-grandson, Collin Michael Haydon of Long Beach; son-in-law, Gerald Dever of Fort Walton Beach; granddaughter-in-law, Elaine LeJeune Haydon of Long Beach; and grandson-in-law, Daniel P.B. Howell of Pensacola, Fla.
A celebration of life service will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Fort Walton Beach on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. with Father Kevin Johnson officiating.
Roy Ray Barlow
Roy Ray Barlow, age 77, of Crestview, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at his residence after an extended 5-year illness of cancer.
Mr. Barlow was born in Crestview on Nov. 29, 1922, to Fitchur Lee and Hettie Davis and was a lifelong resident of the Northwest Florida area. He was a foreman with the Panama Pool Co. and a World War I veteran who was a member of the U.S. Army paratroopers.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Mary Seelhorst of Crestview; sons, Tony Ray Barlow of Milton, Fla., Ronnie Ray Barlow of Pace, Fla., and James Roy Barlow of Crestview; and two grandchildren, including Nicole Seelhorst, known as "Catfish."
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date.
Gerald D. Eggers
Gerald D. Eggers, age 60, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000.
He was born on May 20, 1940, in Baltimore and was a resident of Fort Walton Beach for many years. He worked as a phase element chief with the 40th FTS at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Mr. Eggers was a member of F&AM Alpha Lodge 142; the Aero Club; and Shalimar United Methodist Church. He also served as president of the Civilian Welfare Council; and was an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
Gerald enjoyed swimming, kayaking and sailing.
Mr. Eggers is survived by his wife, Susan Eggers of Fort Walton Beach; parents, Homer and Gladys Eggers of Beverly Hills, Fla.; daughter, Christina Eggers of Franklin, Mass.; son, Kenneth Eggers of Ocala, Fla.; and brother, Roger Eggers of Hampstead, Md.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home with Chaplain Steven Richard from Eglin Air Force Base officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Eggers' memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America; or to a favorite charity.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Raymond W. Metts
Raymond W. Metts, age 81, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville.
Raymond was born on Aug. 25, 1919, in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of the late Clifford Boyness and Fannie Sloat Metts. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Air Force and also worked in civil service as a technician at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., retiring after 30 years of service. Raymond and his wife, Gearllene, made Niceville their home since 1955. She preceded him in death in 1988.
Survivors include his son, Mike and wife Heather of Niceville; sisters, Francis M. Williams of Clanton, Ala., and Rebecca M. Vaught of Mountain City, Tenn.; stepgrandchildren, Charlene Isaac of Alford, Fla., Jessica Hamner of Lancaster, Ky., Matthew Brickman of Minnesota, and Marcus and Rachel Powell of Niceville; grandchild, Kelsey E. Metts of Niceville; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, with the Rev. Joseph Palmer officiating. Burial will take place in North Creek Cemetery in Florala, Ala.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.