Freda E. Morris
Freda E. Morris, age 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her home.
She was born in Danville, Ill., on Oct. 27, 1923, and moved to this area 31 years ago. She was a homemaker of exceptional quality. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach.
Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene "Moe" Morris; and sons, Harold, Everett and Steven.
She is survived by her sons, Paul Allen Morris and James L. Morris, both of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Saundra M. Faulk of Wetumpka, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Mary Morris of Panama City, Fla.; sister, Mary Steele of Danville; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Mortuary. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family wishes to especially thank Hospice of Northwest Florida for their most sincere care and service to Mrs. Morris.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
George Franklin Dewrell
George Franklin "Frank" Dewrell, age 55, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Florala, Ala., died tragically early Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, 2000, in an automobile accident.
As a loving son, husband, father and grandfather, Frank enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest, being devoted to his family and friends.
He had joined his son as a brother of Delta Chi Fraternity and was an active member of Cinco Baptist Church. A rancher and businessman, Frank was as tireless in his work as in his devotion to life.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cynthia Jeannine Dewrell; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby LeFrank and Catherine M. Dewrell of Panama City, Fla.; parents, George L. and Mildred Dewrell of Shalimar, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Carol Dewrell, Ray and Susan Dewrell, Tom and Kathy Dewrell, and George I. and Donna Dewrell, all of Fort Walton Beach; brother-in-law, Buddy Foster of Fort Walton Beach; sisters-in-law, Carol Garris and husband Don of Rainbow City, Ala., Brenda Adkins and husband Rudy of Grapevine, Texas, and Janice Tidwell of Auburn, Ala.; grandson, Parker Harrison Dewrell of Panama City; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
John Richard Chubb
John Richard Chubb, known as Jack by friends and family, was born on Dec. 17, 1936, in Harris-burg, Pa., and passed on Oct. 17, 2000, at 1:30 a.m.
He serv-ed in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957 with the rank of airman third class.
Jack was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Leone; and is survived by five daughters, Paula Carole Calloway, Jackie Marie Graham, Melynda Mariette Goralewski, Deanna Lynette Chubb, and Johnne Lenora Chubb.
He is also survived by three sons-in-law, Garrett Calloway, Shawn Graham and Eric Goralewski; grandchildren, Carole Francis Calloway, Ashlee Layne Graham, Justin Todd Graham, Christopher Logan Calloway, Derrick James Goralewski, Kenneth Randel Calloway and Ty Lance Graham; sister, Virginia G. Hicklin of Fort Walton Beach; and brothers, Harry B. Chubb of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Ralph W. Chubb of Dillsburg, Pa., Robert N. Chubb of Tampa, Fla., and Charles A. Chubb of Fort Walton Beach.
Memorial services were held at the Fantasy Lounge on Beal Parkway from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Jack was a member of their pool league for 20-plus years.
A viewing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Richard K. Starr
Richard K. Starr, age 69, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Oct. 15, 2000, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Mr. Starr was born on March 17, 1931, in Cleveland
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Foster K. and Helen Breen Starr.
Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of AMVETS Post 78.
He is survived by two sons, Richard T. and Scott F. Starr; sisters, Carol Dodd and husband Richard, and Sharon Konvicka and husband James David. Also survived by five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Starr's remains will be interred at Barrancas National Cemetery.
Jessie Mae Gaines
Mae B. Gaines, age 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., our loving Mother and grandmother passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at her home.
She was born on April 23, 1920, in Lenoir, N.C., and was a resident of the local area for 49 years, when she moved here from Lenoir. She was Protestant by faith and a member of the Evangelistic Center of Fort Walton Beach. During her early years she was an active member of the church and served in various organizations.
She loved gardening and growing flowers. Her special love was her family and taking care of her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Gaines Sr.; and nine brothers and sisters. Survivors include her sons, Harold E. and wife Linda Gaines of Fort Walton Beach, Cecil A. Gaines Jr. of Emory, Texas, and Linda Gaines of Greenville, Texas; daughters, Glenda C. and the late John Killingsworth of Fort Walton Beach, Brenda L. and husband Jerry Speight of Greenville, Texas, M. Jenois and husband Vern Snellgrose of Baker, Fla.; brother, Clinton (Elsie) Barlow of Lenoir; sister, Faye Livingston of Bryson City, N.C.; grandchildren, Stephen (Heida) Killingsworth, Cindy Croft, Darryl (Sandy) Killingsworth, Sheri (George) Acosta, Troy (Mickey) Gaines, Cheryl (Darren) Macdonald, Connie (Joe) Schimmels, Sean, Julie, Jeffrey and Stacie Gaines; great-grandchildren, Cecil, Chris, Tiffany, Kristy, Jenna, Kalvin, Mark, Kimberly, Colleen, Justin, Robert, Britni, Angela, Lauren, Joshua, Emily, Andrew, Maggie, Rachel and Brooke.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. with her son-in-law, the Rev. Jerry Speight, and the Revs. David Beiler and Ruth Turton officiating. Following services, burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Friends may also visit one hour prior to the service.
Pallbearers are Darren Macdonald, Vern Snellgrose, Troy Gaines, Joe Schimmels, Sean Gaines, Stephen Killingsworth and Darryl Killingsworth. Honorary pallbearers are Jack Harp, Harold Paffer, Harry Demosthenes, Bill Landreth and Jerry Elhers.
"There's a little of our Lord himself in every Mother's hand."
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers of Hospice.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Addie Peaden McDonald
Addie Peaden McDonald, age 103, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, in Crestview Nursing and Convalescent Home.
She was a native of Okaloosa County, Fla., and a member of Yellow River Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Bartlett Peaden and Mary Caroline Peaden.
She was a former teacher and homemaker.
Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Gratten Wallace; and five brothers, Leslie B. Peaden, Charles T. Peaden, Culver Peaden, Bart Peaden Jr. and Royce G. Peaden.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bart (Juanita) Peaden; a special cousin, Lucille Lee; nieces, Mrs. Mary Jean Retherford, Mrs. Mary Lind Devlin, Mrs. Joan Brown and Miss Sarah Peaden; nephews, Thomas Peaden, Greg Peaden, Brett Peaden, Charles A. Peaden and Miles R. Peaden; five great-nieces; eight great-nephews; 12 great-great-nieces; five great-great-nephews; and a great-great-great-niece.
The funeral will be held at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and family visition on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Juanita Neal, age 78, of Chipley, Fla., died Oct. 11, 2000, in NWFC Hospital.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County and a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Chipley with the Rev. Price Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Northside Cemetery. Mrs. Neal will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.
Survivors include her daughters, Mrs. Margaret Gregory Shackleford, Mrs. Wanda Daniels, both of Chipley, Evangelist Barbara Borkins of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Mrs. Phyllis Blackmon of Tallahassee, Fla., and Mrs. Nell Marie Huff of Panama City, Fla.; sons, Ervin Annie Neal of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charles Betty Neal and Dwight Ann Neal, both of Chipley; sisters, Ada Merriell of St. Augustine, Fla., Inez Edwards of Panama City, Ola Mae McBride and Jenell Cotton of Chipley; stepbrother, Calvin McDougald of Chipley; and many other relatives and friends.
Cooper Funeral Home in Chipley is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Hudson Goolsby
Thomas Hudson Goolsby, a resident of Sandpiper Cove in Destin, Fla., since 1998 died at his home early Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, 2000. He was 62 years old.
A retired financial journalist, Mr. Goolsby was born in Eastman, Ga., on Sept. 24, 1938, to Thomas Harvey and Sarah Goolsby. A member of Beta Theta Pi, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Emory University. He and Judith Ann Greene met in Atlanta and were married on April 18, 1970, in Tampa, Fla. With a career that included Business Week Magazine and a number of financial public relations firms, he and Judith lived in New York City until his retirement. They were members of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in New York City.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Goolsby is survived by two nieces, Mrs. David Bowers and Mrs. Terry Barnette, both of Orlando, Fla., along with a cousin, Buck Pullian of Gainesville, Ga.
A viewing will be held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, in Niceville, Fla.
The Rev. James S. Spencer will officiate at the funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 28 S.W. Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach.
A graveside service and intermenty will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Goolsby family plot in Fernandina Beach. Arrangements in Fernandina Beach will be handled by Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is in charge of local arrangements.
Dr. Charles McCracken
Dr. Charles William McCracken passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2000, while an in-patient of less than 36 hours duration at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
The son of Dr. and Mrs. C.C. McCracken, he was born on Jan. 22, 1917, in Oxford, Ohio.
C.W. "Mac" McCracken was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Lois (Collins) McCracken; and by his sister, Mary Ruth McCracken.
His survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Charles C. and Faith McCracken of Hilton Head, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Janet L. McCracken and Thomas Tripp of Maynardville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Geoffrey Klein and wife Ginger, and Timothy Klein and wife Joslyn; great-grandchildren, Geoffrey, Benjamin and Nina; sister, Dr. Janet M. McCracken, who resides at Benton House in Fort Walton Beach; and his brother, Dr. J.E. McCracken and sister-in-law, Ruth W. McCracken of Valparaiso, Fla.
C.W. "Mac" McCracken is remembered most for his deep, lifelong commitment to helping and actively pursuing improvement of conditions that would benefit others, especially persons in need.
All in all he was clearly known to be a "giver," not a "taker." In essence, he "held peoples' hands" and rallied resources to enable betterment of their lives and, thereby, to achieve greater goals for themselves and for others.
He served as Dean of Students at the following colleges: Muskingum College, Ohio, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and Trenton College, New Jersey.
In addition, through his professorship and role on the counselor training staff at Kean College in Union, N.J., he was well-known for his pioneering and courageous work in establishing learning and counseling centers to serve young people and adults in both rural and urban areas where such services previously had not been available, and with populations whose needs had been formerly overlooked or ignored.
Dr. McCracken will be interred within the family burial plot in the Pine Forest Cemetery in Mount Dora, Fla. A family graveside service will be held at a future time yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to an educational or environmental charity of one's choice.
For any further information, contact Charles C. McCracken, P.O. Box 8042, Hilton Head, SC 29938 The phone number is (843) 842-6616.
Travis Scott Davis
Travis Scott Davis, a lifelong area resident and senior at Niceville High School, entered into rest on Oct. 19, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident in Niceville, Fla.
Travis was born on Fathers Day on June 19, 1983, to proud parents, James and Sharon Bolton Davis Jr. in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. His family was proud of his accomplishments at such a young age. Travis was an avid soccer player, having played at Niceville High School soccer team and was a member of the Sting Traveling Soccer Club.
Travis was well liked by fellow students and friends and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, especially his loving family.
Travis is survived by his parents, James and Kathleen Davis Jr. of Laurel Hill, Fla.; mother, Sharon and stepfather Kenneth Bolton of Crestview, Fla.; three brothers, Tyler Davis and Brandon Bolton, both of Crestview, and Benjamin Bolton of Niceville; three sisters, Brooke Davis of Crestview, Bailey Davis of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Kristin Bolton of Mossy Head, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Joyce Pilgrim of Niceville; paternal grandparents, James and Laura Davis Sr. of Florala, Ala.; aunts and uncles, Donald and Jo Foster of Niceville, Tina and Bob Joel of Jacksonville, Fla., Ron and Kristin Pilgrim of Winter Park, Fla., Barry Immel of Houston, Mike and Brenda Davis of Enterprise, Ala., Keith and Carol Bolton of Nashville, Tenn., and Kenny Bolton of Niceville; and several cousins.
The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at Assembly of God Church, Highway 85 north, Niceville, with the Rev. Jay West officiating. Burial will take place in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
Flowers will be accepted, but memorial donations made in Travis' name to a charity of your choice will be greatly appreciated.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville.