Daryl S. Tabor
Daryl S. Tabor, age 36, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died unexpectedly Dec. 20, 2000.
He was born in Portland, Maine, grew up on Douglas Mountain, and attended Lake Region school system until moving to Florida, where he worked as a landscaper. He enjoyed spending time with his children, and the beaches of Florida.
Surviving are his mother, Helen Rogers of Sebago, Maine; father, Robert Tabor Sr. of Randolph Center, Vt.; children, Daniel and Robbie Tabor of Dunkinville, Pa.; brothers, Robert Tabor Jr. of Bethel, Vt., Richard Tabor of Denmark, Maine, Alan Tabor of Wharton, Texas, Ronald Tabor and Lyndon Rogers, both of Sebago; grandmother, Muriel Tabor of Randolph, Vt.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Sebago Center Community Church.
Jack A. Brunnworth
Jack A. Brunnworth of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was born to Henry and Ora Brunnworth on Jan. 2, 1925, in Lenior City, Tenn. He passed away on Dec. 27, 2000.
Mr. Brunnworth, master sergeant retired, U.S. Air Force, saw active duty in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alyce; daughter, Ronna Starrett of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, James and Jackie Kieszek of Fort Walton Beach; daughter and son-in-law, Rob and Kim Hunt of Seattle; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Kathleen Cain and Velda Della-Penna of Steubenville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are pending.
Emmett "De De" Webb, age 83, 15 Plew Ave., Shalimar, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, after a long and brave fight with cancer.
Mr. Webb was a native of Ranger, W.Va., and later moved to Florida from Huntington, W.Va., in 1978. He had resided in Shalimar since that time.
A fireman in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Webb later also retired from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad in 1978.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Polly "Granny" Webb, on March 28, 1986. He is survived by three sons, Harry Webb of Shalimar, Mike Webb of Barboursville, W.Va., and Herby Webb of Pinkerton, Ohio; one daughter, Sue Gillum of Valparaiso, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Private services are planned.
Jeannette Marie Gibson
Jeannette Marie Pence Gibson, age 80, passed peacefully with her daughter Sue at her side on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000.
Jean waged a courageous battle against emphysema with dignity, strength and humor.
Jean was born in Philadelphia on Feb. 24, 1920, to Morris and Anna Pence. She married James D. Gibson in July 1941 and shared the next 59 years of her life with him. Jean's tremendous love and support will be missed by her surviving husband Jim; daughters, Sue Cox, Nancy Mapes and Wendy Pierce; son, David; and grandchildren, Kathey, Carol, Heather, Eric Jr. and Greg.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Drs. Stephanie May and Lee Ettinger and the staff of PCU at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Their caring and support of Jean and her family during this time will always be remembered.
A memorial service will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, with services by the Rev. Ernest Walker. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully accepted. Those wishing may make a contribution in Jean's memory to the American Lung Association.
Thanks for everything Mom. May God take you warmly in his embrace. Rest in peace - Nan.
My life will be lonelier without you, but richer for having had you as my Mom - Sue.
Mom, you're in my heart forever and always. May God bless and keep you - Wendy.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Carol Marian Cloos
Carol Marian Weslowski Cloos of Rochester, N.Y., and Seagrove Beach, Fla., a poet and essayist whose work appeared in numerous journals and magazines, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at hr Panhandle home after a long illness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at St. Rita's Catholic Church on Moll Drive, off U.S. Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach.
Mrs. Cloos was a professor emeritus of English at Monroe Community College in Rochester, where she taught for more than 25 years and served as department chair for five years. She was a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received her master's degree from the University of Rochester. Twice her work was selected among notables for the Best American Essays annual edition, and she had been chosen as a scholar for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Middlebury, Vt.
Mrs. Cloos is survived by her husband of 45 years, Edward J. Cloos Jr.; sons, Edward III (Debra) of Covington, La., Jonathan (Susan) of Capitola, Fla., Gregory (Annette) of Asheville, N.C., and Paul (Susie) of Fairhope, Ala.; four granddaughters, Margaret Minton and Elizabeth Wilson of Covington, Tallulah Rose and Carol Lily of Fairhope; grandson, James Grayton of Asheville; and brother, Kenneth Wesolowski of Hiram, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Mrs. Cloos' name to scholarship funds at Monroe Community College Foundation, 228 E. Main St., Rochester, NY 14604; or Eastman School of Music, Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14604; or the University of Rochester Gift Office, River Campus, Rochester, NY 14627. Gifts may also be made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Restricted Research Fund, National Organization for Rare Disorders, 100 Route 37, P.O. Box 8923, New Fairfield, CT 06812-8923.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gwendolyn Andrews Thacker
Gwendolyn Andrews Thacker, age 66, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000.
She mothered three children. She was preceded in death by her youngest son, David Warren Thacker, and is survived by a son, Gregory Eugene Thacker; his wife, Susan C. Thacker; and her daughter, Edna Clarice Hendricks. She had five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Services will be held on Jan. 3, 2001, with her friends and loved ones at Fort Walton Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center on LBJ Drive at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, burial donations would be appreciated, as her urn will be transported to Arizona so that she may be buried with her son.
Please include your name and address so you can be thanked.
"Mom you have reached the better land before all of us. Show us the way when we arrive. As you loved everyone, we will always love you."
Joseph L. Corson
Joseph L. "Joe" Corson, age 63, of Laurel Hill, Fla., passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 27, 2000.
He was born on Feb. 8, 1937, in Oden, Ill., and moved to Okaloosa County, Fla., from Spencer, Mass. Mr. Corson retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Corson; son, John Corson of Laurel Hill; daughters, Kerrie Stillman of Crestview, Fla., and Jolie Williams of Laurel Hill; sisters, Katherin Gurnitz and Ruby Ferrar; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Somchit Noy Childress
Noy Childress of Mary Esther, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at her home with her family by her side.
She is survived by her husband, Carl Childress of Mary Esther; son, Brett of Mary Esther; son, Somchai of Shakopee, Minn.; son, Somyote of Thailand; daughter, Somlock Adams; son-in-law, Joe and two grandkids of Collinsville, Ill.; daughter, Rebecca Atchison, son-in-law, Jim and three grandkids of Biloxi, Miss.; daughter, Sommai Phommathirath, son-in-law and four grandkids of Shakopee; her many friends who have been so helpful during her last days, and the Wat Mongkolratanaram Monks.
Memorial services will be conducted on Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Wat Mongkolratanaram (Thai Buddhist Temple), 741 Mayflower Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
A special thanks to the members of Hospice of Northwest Florida for their untiring and caring assistance during her last days.
Care entrusted to the National Cremation Society of Fort Walton Beach.
Mary N. Angelas
Mary N. Angelas, 85, affectionately known as "Yia Yia," entered into rest on Monday, Dec. 27, 2000, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, on Feb. 13, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Nick and Sophia Bajiotis Chakeres. Mary was a homemaker, married to Nick Angelas, who predeceased her. A son, Gus, also preceded her in death.
Mary made Niceville her home for the past 12 years. Mary will always be remembered for her quick wit and sense of humor and compassion for others. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mary is survived by one son, James Pappas and wife, Karen; three daughters, Tina and husband, Mike, Revelos, Sophia and husband, Jack, Frost and Helen Kuritz and children, Nikolas and Natasha, and their father, Drew Kuritz; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Wappner Funeral Home, 98 South Diamond Street, will have a visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated at St. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Nicholas Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Ohio.
Flowers are accepted or contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice in memory of Mary.
Local arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Fla.
Ann Walters Hoeltke
Ann Walters Hoeltke, born Dec. 24, 1910, in Albany, N.Y., died on Dec. 21, 2000, at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Mary Esther, Fla.
She moved to Westwood Retirement Community, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1994 from Leesburg, Fla., where she was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.
Ann graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in 1928 and attended Ohio State University for three years. She was a graduate of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree in education. She retired in 1972 from the Mansfield Ohio school system, where she taught third grade for many years.
Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank A. Walters; and her second husband, Emmert Hoeltke.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann Walters Hering of Mary Esther; her son, Richard Miller Walters of Mansfield; grandchildren, James Hering, Christopher Hering, Kathleen Falin, Sharon Doughty and Gary Walters; 13 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lillian Dodd of Springhill, Fla.
Her family was by her side as she made a peaceful transition from this world into the Kingdom of Heaven. The wonderful influences Ann left to her family will be passed on from generation to generation. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at St. Simon's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. She will rest in the Memorial Garden at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL 32578.
Trahan Mortuary Services of Pensacola, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Lila Presley Kidder
Lila Presley Kidder went to join her Lord on Dec. 28, 2000, after 104 years on this earth.
In joining Him, she also joins her husband, Sumner L. Kidder. She was born in Hopkinsburg, Mich., on Nov. 30, 1896, and attended school in nearby Allegon. After the completion of her schooling, she worked in Benton Harbor, Mich., as a milliner. It was there that she met and married Sumner on March 5, 1919. They then made their home in Hopkins, Mich.
She was the mother of Avis Elaine Jager of Albuquerque, N.M. and Joyce Weaver of Niceville, Fla. Having survived her husband, who passed away in 1964, she remained a resident of Hopkins until the fall of 1998. Since that time, she has made her home in Niceville.
She is survived by seven grandchildren, Thomas M. Niebauer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., David B. Niebauer of Milton, Fla., Susan K. Gordon of Crestview, Fla., Steven Jager of Springfield, Mo., Kristin McAdams of Grand Prairie, Texas, Diana Fox of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Tracy Jager of Albuquerque. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
At her request, the remains will be cremated and interred next to her husband in Hopkins after a memorial service there at a later date.
Born in the 19th century, God blessed her with a life that spanned 104 years. He also blessed all whose lives she touched. She will be missed!
The National Cremation Society handled arrangements.
Esther G. Jackson
Services for Esther G. Jackson will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at 1 p.m., at graveside, with the Rev. Sid Harmon officiating. Burial will be in Natchez City Cemetery in Natchez, Miss., with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Jackson, 80, of Cleveland, Miss., died on Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Anderson Hospital in Meridian, Miss. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, David Montgomery Jackson of Cleveland; sons, D. Monty Jackson and wife, Dollye Jackson, of Meridian and formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Marx Griffin Jackson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and three grandchildren, J. Mac Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif., David M. Jackson III of Atlanta, Ga., and Melissa Jackson of Meridian.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at 2 p.m., in First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, Miss. Friends may call at the church at 1 p.m.
Stephens Funeral Home in Meridian, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.
Keith Wayne Miller
Keith Wayne Miller, age 76, of Red Bay, Fla., passed away in his home on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, after an extended illness. He was born on April 7, 1924, in Red Bay and was a lifelong resident of the community.
Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he co-owned the Choctaw Ranch with Dr. R.B. Spires. In 1966, he began a career in the Heavy Equipment Maintenance Branch of Civil Service at Eglin Air Force Base, retiring after 17 years of outstanding and faithful service.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his father and mother, Donyer and Abbie Miller, and brothers Kenneth B. and Clifford H. Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ouida Rigdon Miller of Red Bay; sons Keith Wayne Jr. and his wife, Nan, and Donyer R. and his wife, Kathy, all of Freeport, Fla.; grandchildren, Melissa Gamel of Destin, Fla., Dawn and her husband, Tripp Hope, of Niceville, Fla., and Rachel Miller of Freeport; great-grandson, Graham Gamel, of Destin. He is also survived by one brother-in-law, C.H. "Bull" Rigdon of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Miller was a member of the red Bay Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather as well as an avid outdoorsman. He will be greatly missed by his family and lifelong friends.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida and floral arrangements will also be accepted.
Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at the Red Bay Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Tidwell and the Rev. Claude Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Bay Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, in the Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Serving as pallbearers for Mr. Miller will be: Charles W. Rigdon, Greg miller, Steve Miller, John R. Miller, Ed Gomillion, Randy Ward, Willie Brown, George Schissler and Frankie Schissler; honorary pallbearers will be Fritz Herrington, Sonny Thorne, Wayne McDonald, Michael Thorne, Ronnie Vaughn, Derek Vaughn, Tellis Rushing, Kent Kennington, Arthur Gomillion and Stanley Ward.