Herbert H. LeMaster
Herbert H. LeMaster departed this life on Sunday, March 4, 2001, at the age of 72.
He leaves behind a loving family.
Herb is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ivy LeMaster; and his four children, Michael LeMaster of Naples, Fla., Pamela Barrett of Newark, Ohio, Randall LeMaster of Fort Myers, Fla., and Brent LeMaster of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. His three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, five grandsons and three granddaughters will also miss him.
Herb was a resident of Niceville, Fla., for 17 years. He served in the Korean conflict with the U.S. Army and was a lifelong member of AMVETS. He retired from Rockwell International after 35 years of service. After retiring, he was a member of Fort Walton Beach Municipal Golf Course, where he played three times a week. In his spare time he also liked to fresh water fish.
His parents, Alfred and Hattie LeMaster, as well as his four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
He is survived by two brothers and two sisters. Many friends and family will miss Herb.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
The family will also receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at First Baptist Church in Niceville, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
Pallbearers will include Sean LeMaster, Scott LeMaster, Jeremy Barrett, Joshua Barrett, Johnathan LeMaster and Gene Wright. The Fort Walton Beach Golf Group will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of glowers, please feel free to make donations to First Baptist Church, 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL 32578; or Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL 32578.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Alma Ruth Simon
On March 3, 2001, our wonderful mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and lifelong friend, Alma Ruth Williams Simon, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mrs. Simon was born on June 23, 1929, in Baker, Fla., to Julius and Julia Wynn Williams. She was a lifelong resident of Baker and retired from the Okaloosa County school system. She was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church in Baker.
She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Isaac Simon; daughters, Beverly Simon of Vaceville, Calif., and Misty Simon of Baker; grandson, C.J.; brothers, Harvey J. Williams and Cornelius "Ted" Williams of Baker; and lifelong friend and sister, Ina Simon of Baker.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, March 8, at Lebanon Baptist Church in Baker with the Rev. Tommie Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Milligan Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
We will all miss her greatly, but we have been blessed and are thankful for all the years. A special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Florida for their care and help.
Brackney Funeral Service in Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Ray Lesley Lockwood
Ray Lesley Lockwood after a two year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) went home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, March 6, 2001. Ray was 51 years old and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the VFW Post 7674.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Ray and Phyllis Aileen Lockwood.
Ray had a love for life, bowling, and country dancing. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 20 years, Judy Lynn Lockwood and his children; sons, Thomas R. and Benjamin Z. of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Jewel and son-in-law Pete Sankey of Fort Walton Beach; and two grandsons, Tyler and Zachery. He is also survived by his twin brother Phillip Lockwood and his wife Peggy of Niceville; sister, Anne Massingill and her husband Tom of Niceville; siste, Becky Esterline and her husband Dan of Hillsdale, Mich.; sister, Mary Wood of Jackson, Mich.; father-in-law, Thomas Stiles of Fort Walton Beach; brother-in-law; Tommy Stiles and his wife Sharon of Crosby, Texas. Also surviving are five aunts, Mavis Schilling of Hillsdale, Mich.; Irene Ward of Montpelier, Ohio; Peggy Millar of Amarillo, Texas; Jo Beebe of Florida; and Alicia Laser of Kansas. From his nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephew who loved Uncle Ray so very much, "Rest in peace and God be with you."
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, March 9, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Reverend Bobby Turner officiating. Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Heritage Gardens Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Rd., Fort Walton Beach is in charge of arrangements.
Gloria V. Osborne
Gloria V. Osborne, age 74, formerly of Shalimar, Fla. Passed away on March 5, 2001 in Niceville at the Bay Heritage Nursing Home. She was born on Dec. 10, 1926 in Paterson, N.J.. She had been a resident of the local area for the past 56 years when she moved here from Paterson, N.J. She was a catholic by faith and was visited and cared for by the Niceville Catholic community. She belonged to the Sierra Club of St. Mary's and also read to the children of St. Mary's. Gloria belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Walton Beach Hospital. She enjoyed traveling in the family motor home prior to her husband's death. During her working years as a civil service employee, she was an assistant housing officer at Eglin Air Force Base.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William (Bill) Osborne; and her sister, Kaye and brother, Sam. Survivors include her sisters, Jean and husband James McGuire of Niceville, Fla.; Lucille and husband Marty Walsh of West Paterson, N.J. Nieces and Nephews and many special friends.
Gloria enjoyed a special relationship with her niece Mary Jean Grinnell during the time her niece stayed with her while attending school. She also had a special relationship with her nephew John Tanis.
A memorial mass will be held on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ our Redeemer Catholic Church, Niceville, Fla. with Rev. Craig Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 222 NE Hospital Dr., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. 32548, in memory of Gloria Osborne.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Bay Heritage Nursing Home for the special loving care given to Gloria.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. entrusted with the arrangements.
Berneice Mead Andress
Berneice Mead Andress, 78, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. died Monday, March 5, 2001 in a Pensacola Hospital. She was born in Chicago, Ill. on August 15, 1922. Berneice was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and has been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since 1965. Berneice is survived by her husband, Clarence Andress of Fort Walton Beach; son, Michael Mead and wife Rhonda of Fort Walton Beach; son, Ricky Mead and wife Alisa of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren, Michael Mead, Jr. of Fort Walton Beach ; John Mead of Fort Walton Beach; Melinda Medieros of North Carolina; Robin Mead of North Carolina; Christopher Mead of North Carolina; James Mead of Alexandria, Va; Thomas Mead of Alexandria, Va.; great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Courtney Medieros; Nephews, John Callan of Countryside, Ill.; and Tommy Robinson of Chicago, Ill.
A memorial mass will be conducted 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. Michael Cherub officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary entrusted with arrangements.
Agnes M. Curran
Agnes M. Curran passed away peacefully at Hospice of Martin Residence on Monday, March 12, 2001.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She and her husband, Bert (Pop) and daughters moved to Stuart, Fla., in 1956. Agnes was a resident of Poppleton Creek since 1973 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Stuart and the Ladies Guild Rosary Society.
In the 1940s she owned and operated Curran's Show Bar in Flatbush, Brooklyn. She was the owner and operator of the Blue Goose Motel in Jensen Beach, Fla., for 16 years.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bert, in 1973.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol DeBolt and her husband Marvin of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Barbara Schneider and her husband Tom of Atlanta; her brother, Charles Casey of Stuart; four grandchildren, Susan Morris and husband Brent of Charlotte, N.C., Tricia Schneider of Pompano, Fla., Jeffrey and wife Paige DeBolt of Jacksonville, Fla., and Douglas and wife Vicki DeBolt of Marietta, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Raegen, Jackson and Elizabeth DeBolt; and a niece, Joan Sweeney and husband Charles of Columbus, Ohio.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Wallace and White Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Stuart. Burial will be in Fernhill Memorial Gardens in Stuart.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie, P.O. Box 1168, Stuart, FL 34995; or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1200 E. 10th St., Stuart, FL 34996.
Wallace and White Funeral Home, Stuart, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert J. McCallum
Robert J. McCallum, age 83, of Destin, Fla., died Sunday, March 11, 2001, in a local hospital.
He was born in Jasonville, Ind., on July 30, 1917.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a captain in the Medical Corps with the U.S. Army. He was vice president with Delchamps in Mobile, Ala., and lived in Destin since 1990, moving from Mobile. Mr. McCallum was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Destin.
Survivors include his wife, Marie McCallum of Destin; daughter, Jeanne McCallum of San Diego; sisters, Suzanne Stenger, Jeanetta McWhorter of Indianapolis, and Mary Beth Fouchey of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; brother-in-law, Gerald Fouchey of St. Clair Shores; sisters-in-law, Margaret LaFlamme of San Diego, and Helen Hanselman of Chelsea, Mich.; brother-in-law, Clarence Hanselman of Chelsea; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at McLaughlin Mortuary, with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral Mall will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Destin with Father Roy Marien officiating. Private burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Resurrection Catholic Church building fund in memory of Robert J. McCallum.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Jack Johns Jr.
Jack "Buddy" Johns Jr., age 76, of Holt, Fla., died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Johns was born in Holt on March 31, 1924, to Jack and Nina Helveston Johns Sr., and was a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. He was a member of Holt Assembly of God Church and a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Johns was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, O.C. Johns. Survivors include his loving wife, Madell Corbin Johns of Holt; son and daughter-in-law, Uley and Margaret Bass of Holt; daughters and son-in-law, Martha Brinley of Holt, and Sibyl and Gene Moore of Crestview, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Mildred Johns of Holt; 10 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Holt Assembly of God Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Jeff Scurlock officiating. Interment will follow in Corbin Cemetery in Holt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hospice of the Emerald Coast.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview.
Skyler Dayton Olds
Skyler Dayton Nicholas Olds was delivered and passed away at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Saturday, March 10, 2001, at 1:22 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 ozs. and was 191/2 inches long.
He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Jillian and Nicholas Olds of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; grandparents, Tim and Maryalice Lanier of Baker, Fla., and Steve Olds of New York and Cheryl Olds of Mary Esther, Fla.; great-grandmothers, Abby Grant of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and Nancy Whiteman of New York; and great-grandparents, J.Q. and Doris Lanier of Snellville, Ga.
Graveside services provided by McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, are scheduled in Beal Memorial Cemetery on Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.
Robert Gordon Fleet
Robert Gordon Fleet, age 79, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died March 10, 2001, in a local hospital.
He was born on April 4, 1921, in the Annapolis, Md., area. Robert attended the University of Montana School of Forestry and served as a Park Ranger in Yellowstone National Park. He held a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, and a master of arts degree from the University of West Florida.
Robert enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II, rose through the ranks to warrant officer before receiving a direct commission to second lieutenant in the Infantry. He retired as a colonel after serving more than 30 years on active duty, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His decorations include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Republic of Korea Medal of Military Merit, Republic of South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with bronze, silver and gold palms, South Vietnamese Staff Service Medal, South Vietnamese Medal of Honor second class, plus many service and campaign medals.
The colonel was a charter member and twice president of the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, past president of the Florida Association of County Aging Programs, past board member of Walton County Agency on Aging, member of the board of directors of the Walton County Heritage Association, Coastal Heritage Association, Okaloosa-Walton Heritage Museum, and Okaloosa-Walton Community College Foundation.
Robert was also a member of the Institute of Senior Professionals at OWCC, a lecturer with the Prime Time programs of the college, board member of COPE, and in 1997 became chairman of the board. Robert was also a board member in the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, one of 13 members of Florida Wildlife Alert, and the Florida Wildlife Association, a lifetime member of DAV, Shriners, and a 32nd degree Mason. Robert held additional memberships in the Walton County Retired Citizens Association, the South Walton Tourist Development Council, board of commissioners of the South Walton Fire District, was appointed by the governor to finish the term of a 5th District county commissioner and subsequently won re-election, becoming the first Republican elected to the Walton County Commission. During his two terms as county commissioner, Robert was a member of the Regional Utility Association, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and a board member on the Florida Association of Counties.
Survivors include his wife, Jane W. Fleet; son, Robert G. Fleet Jr. of St. Louis; daughter, Ann Elizabeth Deluca and husband Nicholas of Monrovia, Calif.; sister, Elizabeth Ainsworth Fleet Edmondo and husband Peter of Edgewater, Md.; grandchildren, Molly and Robert Fleet, and Eric and Robin Deluca.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church on U.S. Highway 98.
Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 2001 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32501; or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1435.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.