Frank Bailey, age 79, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Jan. 6, 2001, after a lengthy hospitalization.
He was born in New York City on March 6, 1921, and resided in Fort Walton Beach since 1969. Lt. Col. Bailey had a distinguished military career with the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot that spanned World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He began his career in the Army Air Corps, now known as the U.S. Air Force. He was also a glider pilot and navigator. His assignments took him to all points on the globe from Europe to Africa to Asia.
After 29 years in the service he retired and began his second career as an automobile dealer. He became an owner of Russell-Bailey Motors in 1969 (later renamed Bailey Nissan Volvo) and sold the business in 1988 to spend more time with his family.
He did not retire from flying, as he continued flying his ultralite around the bayous, over (and under) the bridges and occasionally onto the beaches and roadways.
He was a member of Elks Lodge 1975, where he was always ready for a good game of cards, the Fort Walton Lions Club, and the Daedalians.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jo Bailey; children, Terri McKenzie and husband Bob of Virginia Beach, Va., Robin Umberg and husband Tom of Villa Park, Calif., Randy Bailey and wife Eva of Fort Walton Beach, and Frankie Bailey of Long Beach, Calif.; and grandchildren, Ricky, Jennifer, Erin, Brett and Tommy.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at McLaughlin Mortuary. The family will see visitors from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in Jesse Rogers Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary of Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Alice Hurt
Mary Alice Hurt of Shalimar, Fla., passed away on Jan. 6, 2001, at a local hospital.
Mary was born on June 18, 1934, to John and Alice Armstrong in New Rochelle, N.Y.
After graduation from St. Gabriel High School in New Rochelle, she attended MacDowell School of Design in New York City. She then worked in the art department of Conde Naste Publications.
Mary met her husband, Thurston Hurt, in West Hampton Beach, N.Y. They were married Jan. 18, 1958.
Mary was very active in sewing, embroidery, cooking and golfing circles. On Jan. 25, 1983, she made a hole-in-one on Fort Walton Golf No. 7. She was an active member of the Fort Walton Beach Camellia Society.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. She is survived by one sister, Janet Gilligan of Fort Pierce, Fla.; one aunt, Helen McGrath of Burlington, Vt.; two nieces and five nephews; six grandnieces and six grandnephews.
Mary was an active member of the Roman Catholic faith. For many years, she was a member of St. Michael's Parish, and, more recently, the Chapel at Bob Hope Village.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, 4312 E. Second St., Dayton, Ohio 45402, or to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers P.O. Box 302 Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545-0302 or to a favorite charity.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the chapel at Bob Hope Village.
The National Cremation Society is serving the family.
Salvatore C. Labarbera
Salvatore C. "Sal" Labarbera, age 81, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away at his residence on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001.
He was born on Oct. 5, 1919, in Manhattan, New York City, N.Y.
Sal had been a resident of the local area since 1957 when he moved here from Farmingdale, N.Y. He was Catholic by faith.
He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. During his working years, 1953 until his retirement, he worked for the Fairchild Republic Aircraft Co. as a tech rep. He enjoyed the traveling he did for the company, which took him all over the world. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7674. He is survived by four nephews and two nieces, all residing in the New York area. Also, his close friends, James Hammer, Vickie Yoders, Jennie Case and Lenny Ohmit; and nurses Burnadette, Sandy, Ann and Tally.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola, Fla., with Stephen Olivier officiating.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Mamie Mary Daigle
Mamie Mary Daigle, age 90, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, in a local hospital.
She was born in Homer, La., on Jan. 7, 1911, to Oscar and Mamie Trahan, and had been living in this area since 1985, coming from New Orleans. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Mrs. Daigle was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a good friend to many people. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She and her husband, Camille, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last year on Sept. 6, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Raymond J. Daigle and Lenard P. Daigle. She is survived by her husband, Camille J. Daigle of Fort Walton Beach; daughter-in-law, Susan Daigle of Fort Walton Beach; 13 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a Catholic rosary to be held at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
Mazie Merl Walker
Mazie Merl Walker, age 85, of Dothan, Ala., died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at Specter Care Foster Home in Dothan.
She was born in Clarke County, Ala., on Feb. 2, 1915.
Survivors include her son, Tom J. Jones and wife Molly; and grandchildren, Ashley R. Jones and Heather N. Jones, all of Niceville, Fla.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will take place at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, Ala., at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Gray Snodgrass officiating. Burial will be in Bashi UMC Cemetery.
Robert T. Smyth Jr.
Robert T. Smyth Jr., age 46, of Miami passed away Jan. 3, 2001.
He was a graduate of the University of Florida, where he was a Scholastic All-American basketball player and later attended law school. He was also a partner at the law firm of Mershon, Sawyer, Dunwoody and Cole.
He is survived by his wife, Lynn; and stepson, Daniel; parents, retired Col. Robert T. Smith Sr. and Sanya Adair Smyth of Valparaiso, Fla.; and brother, Mark.
Connie Farmer, age 49, of Destin, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at a local hospital.
She was a member of Family Christian Fellowship Church of Destin.
Connie is survived by a daughter, Katie Rodriguez and husband Dan of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; son, Andrew Farmer of Memphis; parents, Thomas and Wanda Roe of Santa Rosa Beach.
She is also survived by four grandchildren, Ashley, Elizabeth, Jonathon and Alissa; brother, Thomas Roe Jr. of Lake Orion, Mich.; and several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the funeral home with Brother Phillip Troullos officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
The family graciously accepts flowers, or donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
William S. MacKenzie
On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, Lt. Col. William S. MacKenzie, U.S. Air Force retired, departed this world and joined his many friends and relatives in the Kingdom of God. He is survived by Vivian, his beloved wife of 59 years; two daughters, Shea MacKenzie of Virginia, and Vivian Fahrenholz of Tennessee; two grandsons and a great-grandson of Maryland.
Col. MacKenzie was born on July 15, 1914, in Huntington, W.Va., to Beatrice Stanford and William Clarence MacKenzie. As the son of a hotel operator, he spent his childhood in many cities of our Eastern states, among them Fort Pierce and Bradenton, Fla., Savannah and Tybee, Ga., and New York City and Westhampton Beach, Long Island, N.Y.
Col. MacKenzie had the pleasure of serving his country for most of his life, beginning with the New York's National Guard, and then, after Pearl Harbor, on active duty in the Army and with the Office of Strategic Services (better known as OSS). He continued his career in intelligence as OSS went through its numerous redesignations, finalizing as the CIA. He counted among his American medals the Bronze Star and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Col. MacKenzie's service stations included a six-year tour at the Pentagon and 14 years in Europe, including Italy, Germany, Austria and France. His last overseas assignment was as Assistant Air Attach� at the American Embassy in Paris. During this time, the French Air Force awarded him the Brevet D'Air Medal and made him an honorary navigator in the French Air Force.
Upon his retirement, Col. MacKenzie lived for 14 years in a house on the Rappahanock River in the Tidewater area of Virginia and then enjoyed four years in San Miguel de Allende in the mountains of Mexico. His hobbies were gardening, golf and horseback riding. He first came to our area in 1981 and, with the exception of short intervals has lived here since.
Jimmy Lee Stout
Jimmy Lee Stout, age 60, entered into rest at his residence in Niceville, Fla., on Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, unexpectedly.
Jimmy Lee was born in Los Angeles on March 18, 1940, the son of the late Lloyd Neal and Marjorie Stout.
Jimmy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 9, 1958, and served as an Air Patrolman until June 1964, when he was appointed as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
While on active duty, Jimmy served in a variety of critically sensitive assignments which included 13 years of foreign service at locations including Turkey, Iran, Japan, Korea, as well as other countries.
Jimmy retired from active duty on March 31, 1980, having attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. On April 1,1980, Jimmy proudly resumed duties as a Civilian Special Agent, continuing his unselfish service to his family, community, and those who knew him until the time he passed on.
Survivors include his wife, Martha, at home; one son, James Shaun and wife, Lisa Dianne Stout of Canton, Ga.; one step-son, Tracey and wife Yvonne Moore of Woodstock, Ga.; three daughters, Natalie Nicole and husband Keith Pierce of Canton, Ga.; step-daughter, Terri Denice Moore of Kennesaw, Ga., and Tiffany Alice and husband William Stephan Smith of Niceville; three sisters, Patricia Boyd of Jacksonville, Ore., Peggy Peldo of Salem, Ore., and Frances Rankin of Eagle Point, Ore.; six grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Pierce, Brittney Nicole Stout, Hunter Allan-Earl Scott (Creature), Taylor Nicole Pierce, Chloe Laine Moore and Bailiey Aschton Smith.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the National Diabetes Foundation, 1101 North Lake Destiny Road, 415, Maitland, FL 32751.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, Jan. 10, from 2 until 4 p.m., with a service commencing at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Dale Julio officiating, with the eulogy given by retired Air Force General Robert Hoffman, at the Rocky Bayou Baptist Church, Niceville.
Interment will be in Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Ga., on Friday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. with full military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville.
Eunice Mae Taylor
Eunice Mae Taylor, age 76, of Shalimar, Fla., died Jan. 15, 2001, in a local hospital.
She was born on April 29, 1924, in Irvine, Ky., daughter of Hannah Mae Webb and the late Archie Clifton Webb and had resided in Okaloosa County, Fla., since 1974.
Mrs. Taylor was married to the late Wyle Samuel Taylor, founder of Sam Taylor Buick-Cadillac Inc. for 53 years. She and her husband traveled extensively during his naval career and they were both accomplished dancers, having won many contests and awards. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she enjoyed crocheting, gardening and crewel. She was a member of Cinco Baptist Church.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her daughter, Karen Taylor-Hutson and husband Don of Shalimar; mother, Hannah Mae Webb of Stanton, Ky.; sisters, Virginia Johnson of Winchester, Ky., Betty Sue Crabtree and husband Ernest of Stanton, Lena Wade of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers, Walter Joe Webb and wife Connie of Aurora, Ind., Ottice Gilbert Webb and wife Mary of Stanton. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Marcus Ray Taylor and wife Christine, Randy Lee Taylor, Billy Lee Taylor, Daniel Ryan Taylor, Jason Dean Pummer, Scott Hutson, Todd Hutson and Chad Hutson; and great-grandchildren, Marcus Ray Taylor Jr., and Jared and Jacob Hutson.
In addition to her father and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Samuel Ray Taylor; and brother, Charles Dudley Webb.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Reese, pastor Shalimar Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at 1:15 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery.
Flowers are gratefully accepted, or those wishing may make a contribution in Mrs. Taylor's memory to the Salvation Army.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Addie Rosette Deese
Addie Rosette (Rosie) Deese, age 92, of Crestview, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in a local nursing facility.
She was born in Falco, Ala. Mrs. Deese was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Robert (Rob) Deese; daughters, Lois Christine Lane and Georgia Lillian Marino; and grandson, Robert Kevin Jones.
She is survived by a son, Harold Lloyd and wife Louise Deese; daughters, Martha Louise and husband J.W. Adams, Ina and husband Robert Hawthorne, Jeanette and husband Charles Essary, and Annette Jones; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at McLaughlin Chapel in Crestview, with burial following in Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery.
The Rev. Earl Thompson will officiate.
Pallbearers are Anthony Hawthorne, Bobby Joseph, Richard Deese, Lamar Deese, Charles Carrol and Keith Carrol.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.