Leonard Zepp, age 74, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, in a local hospital.
He was born on Feb. 18, 1926, in Chicago. He was the son of the late Steve and Mary Zepp and was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., for the past 41 years after moving from Pensacola, Fla. Mr. Zepp was the former owner of WZEP radio station. He was well liked in the community and enjoyed broadcasting on the radio as well as all aspects of his radio career.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen M. Zepp; son, Steven Charles Zepp and wife Debra; daughters, Linda Zepp Mitchem, Ellen Marie Gause and husband Joseph, all of DeFuniak Springs, and Sharon Anne Parsons and husband Lee of Youngstown, Fla.; and grandchildren, Leonard Steven Zepp, Katie Marie Zepp, Crystal Marie Gause and Rebecca Leigh Gause.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at St. Margaret's Catholic Church with Father Joe Caffrey officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
Prayer services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, with a visitation following until 9 p.m.
Flowers are being accepted, or donations may be made to St. Margaret's Catholic Church.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Delphan M. Richards
Delphan M. Richards of Niceville, Fla., entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at home. He was 80 years old.
Born Oct. 18, 1920, in Bonifay, Fla., he was the son of the late Kenneth and Della Weeks Richards.
As an area resident for 50 years, he belonged to several area organizations. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Niceville; Okaloosa Masonic Lodge 312 F&AM, Niceville; Scottish Rite Valley, Pensacola, Fla.; Hadji Temple, Pensacola; and Order of Eastern Star 254 in Niceville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Richards, who passed away in 1993; and a grandson, Gabriel Harris, who died in 1994.
He will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Survivors include his daughters, Theresa and husband Ronald Ogle of Niceville, and Deborah and husband Albert of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Robert Kalch, Matthew Kalch, Melanie Harris and Allen Phillips; and great-grandson, Matthew Jackson.
Visitation will be held on Thursday at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at First Baptist Church with Pastor Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville.
Marshall E. Owens
Marshall E. Owens, age 77, of Mary Esther, Fla., died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Dec. 11, 2000.
Born in Crawford, W.Va., to Cecil and Ella Owens on Nov. 12, 1923, he served in the U.S. Army with the 69th Infantry Division, 3160th Signal Services Battalion. He was awarded two Bronze Service Stars for his service in Europe in World War II. After the war he attended Marietta College and worked for over 38 years for B.F. Goodrich in Marietta, Ohio, Akron, Ohio, and Lugoff, S.C. He moved to Mary Esther in 1988. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 5108 and American Legion Post 64 in Marietta, and was a member of the American Radio Relay League.
Mr. Owens is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hilda C. Owens; mother, Ella Owens of Weston, W.Va.; son, Edward and wife Margaret of Mary Esther; son, Daniel Owens and wife Nancy of Marietta. His grandchildren are Edward Owens II and wife Stephanie of Fort Walton Beach, Mark Owens of Birmingham, Ala., Christina Chaflant of Mary Esther, Megan Owens of Mary Esther, and Angela Hess and husband Doug of Belpre, Ohio. His great-grandchildren are Elizabeth Owens, Edward Owens III, Robert Owens and Jessica Chalfant, all of Fort Walton Beach; and greatgrandson, Eric Owens of Birmingham; sister, Pauline and husband Fred Siegrist of Richmond, Va.; sister, Mary Jean and husband Robert Crider of Mesa, Ariz.
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 15, at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with military honors.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Raul A. Guiot Jr.
Raul A. Guiot Jr., age 47, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, at his residence.
He moved to Destin, Fla., in 1992 from Columbus, Ga. Raul was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Destin. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1980 and worked for Atlantic Steel in Atlanta and also in Fort Benning, Ga., as an industrial engineer.
He is survived by his parents, Lydia and Raul Guiot Sr. of Destin; sisters, Wilma and Yvonne of Norcross, Ga.; three nieces and three nephews. He is also survived by several uncles and aunts from Puerto Rico.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Destin. A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Friday with Father Robert Morris officiating.
Committal services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Alan C. Jackson
Alan C. Jackson, age 42, of 1243 Jefferyscot Drive, Crestview, Fla., died Dec. 11, 2000, in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and came to Crestview from Oklahoma.
He was a resident of this area since 1996. Mr. Jackson was city clerk for the past several years.
He was past president of the Crestview Rotary; member of the Chamber of Commerce; and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was also a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Kristine J. Jackson of Crestview; mother and father, James and Evalyn Jackson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sons, Alan C. Jackson Jr. of Germany, Stephen L. Jackson and James A. Jackson, both of Crestview; and brothers, Jim Jackson of Valdosta, Ga., Bill Jackson of Duluth, Minn., and
Norman Jackson of Fort Walton Beach.
A memorial service will be held at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Crestview at 11 a.m. Friday with Dr. Billy Joy officiating.
Donations may be made to the Alan Jackson Cancer Fund at First National Bank of Crestview.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Allan A. Foreman
Allan A. Foreman, age 63, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at his residence in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Mr. Foreman was born on Nov. 20, 1937, in Walton County, Fla., the son of the late Alto Lee and Bonnie Donaldson Foreman. He made his home in Prarieville, La., until nine years ago when he returned to his hometown of DeFuniak Springs. He was very family oriented and always willing to lend a helping hand.
Mr. Foreman was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Foreman and Harold Foreman.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Juanita Straughn Foreman; brothers, Gerald Foreman and Jimmie Foreman and wife DeAnna, all of DeFuniak Springs; sisters, Inez Pittman and husband Cleve of Pensacola, Fla., Dottie Drury and husband Jay of New Orleans, Jean Fazekas of Hollywood, Fla., and Sue Ellen Foreman of Panama City, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Revs. Phil McMillian and Mike Stokes officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Lavon O'Neal, Jimmy Williams, Kirby Edmondston, Dewitt Bryan, Mark Storey, Woody Woodward and Keith Dunson.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Sadie Ree Sturdivant
Funeral services for Sadie Ree Davidson Sturdivant, age 80, of Toxey, Ala., were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at Needham Assembly of God Church in Needham, Ala., with the Revs. James Irby and Jimmy Moore officiating. Interment was in Bonner Cemetery in Toxey.
Mrs. Sturdivant, daughter of the late Jefferson and Mattie Bonner Davidson, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at Wayne County General Hospital in Waynesboro, Miss.
She is survived by three sons, Raymond Herbert Sturdivant (Earline) of Valparaiso, Fla., Roger Lee Sturdivant Sr. (Ruby) of Saraland, Ala., and Oliver Jeff Sturdivant (Faye) of Semmes, Ala.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Charles Sturdivant, Jerry Knie, Ezell Whittington, Jimmy Booker, Nelson Sturdivant and John Paton Utsey.
Visitation was held on Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home in Gilbertown, Ala.
Robert Ray Wallace
Robert Ray Wallace, age 55, went unexpectedly to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000.
Robert was born on July 30, 1945, in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of Harry and Sara Franklin Wallace. He served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a law enforcement spe#####t.
As a 17-year area resident, Bob and his wife made Niceville, Fla., their home. Bob was an avid sports fan and will be sadly missed by those who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Ludy of Niceville; son, Randy and wife Jany of Valparaiso, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer Wallace of Los Angeles; father and stepmother, Harry and Betsy of Terre Haute; brother, Randy and wife Denise of Dallas; granddaughter, Jasmine of Valparaiso; mother-in-law, Monica Tolentino of Niceville; and nephews, Steven and Zack.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd., Niceville, with father Daniel Butler officiating. Interment will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville.
John Wesley Petersen
John Wesley Petersen, age 55, passed away at his home in Niceville, Fla., on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000.
John was born on Jan. 8, 1945, in San Francisco to Lydia Stueve Petersen of Fremont, Calif., and the late Wesley A. Petersen. He was the loving husband of 29 years of Linda M. Goodson Petersen; and the loving father of 2nd Lt. Jeffrey A. Petersen and wife Samantha of Fayetteville, N.C., and Eric John Petersen at school in Mobile, Ala., and fiancee' Nicole Bowman. He is also survived by his younger brother, Dale A. Petersen of Fremont, Calif.; aunt, Anita Senter and husband Harvey of Oregon; uncle, Robert L. Stueve and wife Faye of Paris, Ark.; aunt, Jane Ellis Petersen of Whittier, Calif.; and several cousins.
He proudly served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring from Hurlburt Field 1st SOW in 1992. He was a command pilot and flew the KC-135, T-39 aircraft and HH-43 Pedro and UH-1 Huey (all lightlift helicopters). He served three young Tiger tours to Utapao, Thailand, and one long tour to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam and Utapao. He served in SAC, MAC, Rescue, DLA and 13th Air Force.
He was a 1966 graduate of San Francisco State College, University of SOCA Flight Safety School and Webster University. He was a member of Rocky Bayou Country Club, Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Club, and actively served on the Rocky Bayou Owners' Association.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends on his boat. He coached recreational soccer in several states and enjoyed RC car racing with his sons.
A lifelong Lutheran, his faith was always a very important part of his life. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niceville.
A Christian memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. with burial, with full military honors, at Heritage Gardens Cemetery.
Flowers are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Rose Window Fund.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is in charge of arrangements.
Jennifer Lee Yarnes
Jennifer Lee Yarnes, age 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, in St. Luke's Hospital after a sudden illness.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Faith Lutheran Church in Marion, Iowa, by the Rev. John Albertson. Burial was private.
Survivors include her husband, Richard D. Yarnes Sr.; daughter, Kelly and husband Bob Himes of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son, Michael O'Connor of Cedar Rapids; stepson, Richard D. Jr. and wife Lorenza Yarnes of Los Angles; stepdaughters, Kelly Schott of Wichita, Kan., and Colleen and husband Ron Keach of Newport, R.I.; parents, Clyde and Jessie Ellis of Valparaiso, Fla.; sister, Dianne and husband Billy Linton of Niceville, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two nieces, Jamie Linton and Lisa Sholer.
Jennifer was born on March 5, 1947, in Dallas to Clyde and Jessie Ellis. She spent her younger years traveling as a military dependent. She graduated high school in London, England, in 1965. She attended Okaloosa-Walton Community College, and moved from Florida to Cedar Rapids in 1971.
Jennifer was especially fond of the Christmas season. Jennifer touched many lives with her talent and her caring nature. She will be sorely missed.
Teahen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.