Leonard Lane Smith
Lt. Col. Leonard Lane Smith, U.S. Air Force retired, age 47, passed away at home on March 13, 2001, after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
He was born in Blanco, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1953, and raised in Austin, Texas. He was a National Merit Scholar recipient at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his bachelor's degree with honors in mechanical engineering. He attended graduate school at Rice University in Houston and received his masters degree in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle University. Mr. Smith worked for Hughes Tool Co. in Houston before entering the Air Force at age 25.
Lt. Col. Smith graduated from pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and went on to serve a distinguished military career as a command pilot and instructor. He flew the 0-2 at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, the F-5 Aggressors at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, and four tours in the F-15C, including Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and two tours in the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base. He also served at PACAF Headquarters in Hawaii. His last tour was as Detachment Commander and F-15C instructor pilot at Khamis Mushyat, Saudi Arabia, where he served until his retirement from the Air Force in October 1998.
After retiring from the Air Force, he volunteered with the Civilian Marksmanship Program in Anniston, Ala., and authored several articles on the M-1 Garand. He was also a certified Novell engineer and held several other computer certifications, including MicroSoft and Linnux. He was an avid outdoorsman and also enjoyed baseball.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Masonic Lodge 216 in Blanco, Texas, and also a member of the Scottish Rites and Aloha Temple Shriners. He was involved with the Cub Scouts and served as Cubmaster of Pack 3260 while stationed in Saudi Arabia, and also served as committee chair and assistant Cubmaster of Pack 553 in Niceville, Fla.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Scott Smith. He is survived by his wife, Anne Smith of Niceville; two sons, Scott and Bobby Smith, also of Niceville; mother and stepfather, Lois Mae and Louis Kahn of Georgetown, Texas; and brother, Robert Scott Smith of The Woodlands, Texas.
He was a devoted husband, father and good friend. His wisdom, easy-going nature, sense of humor and quick wit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Gulf Coast Council, Boy Scouts of America, 9440 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. J. Craig Williams, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery, with full military honors.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Inez G. Rogers
Inez G. Rogers, a very precious lady, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2001, surrounded by her family.
Inez was born on Aug. 2, 1917, in Milton, Fla. We were fortunate to have had her with us for 83 years.
She cherished her family and leaves them a legacy of fond and loving memories. She will be remembered for her tremendous zeal and her amazing ability to enjoy life to its fullest. Inez was married to S.S. Rogers on Jan. 16, 1932. They lived in Milton and then moved to Fort Walton in the 1940s.
She was a homemaker for years and then in business as owner of Rogers Restaurant. She is Baptist by faith and belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles since 1983. Inez loved gardening, dancing, country music and cooking.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents, James and Pearl Campbell and devoted husband, S.S. Rogers. She is survived by three sons, Sil L. Rogers of Mary Esther, Fla., (Pearl) of Navarre, Fla., Dudley (Noberta) Rogers of Destin, Fla., and Holley (Merry Ellen) Rogers of Kissimee, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; two nephews; and one niece.
Visitation will be held at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the funeral home with the Revs. Robert Moritz and Joey Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Jesse Rogers Cemetery with Donald Rogers, Kenny Rogers, Jeffery Rogers, James Campbell, Steve Rogers and Ralph Miller as pallbearers.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Maurice B. Carnathan
Maurice Barganier Carnathan was born and raised in Georgiana, Ala., and made her home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for the past 53 years.
She was active in the community and gave her time to many worthy causes, including president of the Fort Walton Beach Woman's Club and superintendent of the Children's Sunday School at First United Methodist Church. In recent years she enjoyed playing the piano for worship services at a local nursing home, as well as volunteering at the church office.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, H.H. "Hut" Carnathan, whom she loved from the day they met. She is also survived by her daughter, Joellen Carnathan; and sons, Terry, Tony and wife Angel, and Clay and wife Nancy. Her grandchildren, China, Vincent, Joseph, Clarence, Shannon and Patrick; and great-grandchild, Brittany, were very special to her.
She was a generous, loving person to her husband, her family and her many friends.
She was a great cook and stylish lady. She enjoyed entertaining and was a lot of fun. Her life was and will remain a blessing to her family.
Floral tributes are appreciated, or those who desire may make a contribution to the American Heart Association; or to the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at First United Methodist Church.
A service of remembrance will be held at First United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Friday, March 16, with the Rev. James Ross, Dallas Little, C. Jonathan Couey and J. Lamar Brown officiating.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Marion Reifler Hansen
Marion Reifler Hansen, age 80, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., passed away at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on March 12, 2001. Her family was by her side.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Hansen; and two brothers, Kenneth and Charles Claessen.
She is survived by her son Roger Reifler (Judy) of Ottawa, Ontario; three grandsons, Michael of Denali Park, Alaska, Darren of Nashville, Tenn., and Daniel (Joanna) of Ottawa; great- granddaughter, Victoria Emily; and her sister, Marj Workman of Pepin, Wisc.
Marion was very active in many community organizations including the Lions Club, VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries, the Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club, and the Community Church.
The family suggests memorials, in lieu of flowers, to the charity of your choice.
Pasco Barks, a fine Southern gentleman, devoted husband, father and friend, entered into eternal rest on March 12, 2001. He was 77 years old.
Mr. Barks was born on April 21, 1923, in Okaloosa County, Fla., the son of the late Travis J. and Rebecca J. (Arnett) Barks.
Mr. Barks was also preceded in death by his brother and two sisters.
He was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County and a veteran of World War II. For over 40 years, Mr. Pasco Barks was an outstanding baker and successful businessman, having owned and operated two bakeries in Crestview, Fla. After retiring from the bakery in 1980, Mr. Barks pursued his favorite hobbies - fishing and gardening.
Pasco Barks was also a successful husband and father. He married Miss Rebecca Mae Smart on March 11, 1946, and shared 55 years of love, compassion and friendship with her. From this union they were blessed with one son, Mr. Travis Barks of Crestview. Besides being survived by his wife and son,
Mr. Barks is also survived by a brother, Mr. Howard Barks and wife Margaret of Pensacola, Fla.; and a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Green of Crestview. In addition, Pasco Barks is survived by three brothers-in-law, the Rev. J.B. Davis of Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Johnny Smart and wife Lois of Dorcas, Fla., and Mr. Rufus Smart of Crestview; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Frances Lisco of Crestview, and Mrs. Lavada Meeks of Dorcas, Fla.; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and family friends.
Mr. Pasco Barks will be sorely missed by all his family members and friends, but we are all thankful and feel blessed that we were around such a fine gentleman for so many years.
A visitation was held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Robert Hunter, Ronnie Barks and J.D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Harry J. Wilson
Harry J. Wilson, age 72, born Oct. 18, 1928, in Breckenridge, Mich., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw, Mich., after a very sudden illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Mae Wilson; and older brothers, Art and Lee Wilson. Also his beloved pet dog, Jigger.
He is survived by his daughters, Bonnie and her husband Kendall Brent of Crestview, Fla., and Virginia Parkhurst of Evans, Wash.; sons, Kenneth and wife Vickie Wilson of Clio, Mich., and Harry and his wife Laurie Wilson of Adams, Mass.
Also left behind are nine grandchildren: Matt, Deniece, William, Lisa, Jeff, Joe, Mike, Don and Tanya; and nine great-grandchildren: Brodie, Drake, Eddie, Azha-Lynn, Rain, Alivia, Alexia, Devon and Darienne.
Harry was a lifelong mechanic and loved to work in his garage. He was a member of the Wolga Club. Harry was an avid golfer and loved to be outside.
A memorial service was held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, at Snow Funeral Home in Saginaw, Mich. The Rev. Robert Eggers officiated.
Dad you will always be a part of us and live on in our hearts forever. We miss you so much.
Effie Marie Pitre
Effie M. Pitre passed away peacefully at Lady of the Oaks Health Care Unit in Lafayette, La., on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at 10:30 p.m.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1917, in Opelousas, La.
Survivors include her daughter, Kaye C. Knab of Niceville, Fla.; and four sons, Bobby Boudreaux of Port Barre, La., Kermit Boudreaux of Lafayette, La., Ronald Boudreaux of New Orleans, and Marion Boudreaux of West Virginia. Also surviving are 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today at Melacon Funeral Home in Carencro, La.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorder Association, P.O. Box 5675, Chicago, IL 60680-5675.
Johnnie Tucker, age 80, a resident at 590 Camp Ground Road in Walton County, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2001, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was the son of the late John Lawson Tucker and Connie Pearl Seymore Tucker. Employed with civil service and later engaged in poultry production, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a member of the first graduating class at Paxton High School.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Bell Tucker; daughters, Betty Ray of Pace, Fla., Debra Ard of Bethlehem, Fla., and Sandra Williams of Bonifay, Fla.; brother, Connie Tucker of Alachua, Fla.; sisters, Lorene Mims of Atmore, Ala., Martha Pope of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Patsy Parker of Jackson, Miss.; and eight grandchildren, Carrie Ard, Wayman Fulgham II, Alesha Ard, Abe Williams, Heather Williams, Lea Williams, Zack Williams and Daniel Ray.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday from Evans Funeral Home in Florala, Ala., with the Rev. Jack Weldon Webster officiating. Interment will be in Paxton Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eddie Lee Wright
Eddie Lee Wright, age 73, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and a native of Flowersview, Fla., passed away March 8, 3001, at 1:10 p.m. at Fort Walton Beach Rehabilitation Center.
He is survived locally by two nieces, Mary Jane Bryant and Elizabeth Sanders; and nephew, Willie Earl Ashley of Fort Walton Beach.
Funeral services will be conducted on March 17 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark M.B. Church in Flowersview with the Rev. Walter Williams officiating. Mr. Lee will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Burl S. Garrett Jr.
Burl S. Garrett Jr., age 76, of Shalimar, Fla., passed on to a better world on Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
He was born on July 17, 1924, in Pensacola, Fla.
Burl honorably and proudly served his country, beginning at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and finishing active duty in a POW camp in Germany after 12 successful aircraft missions. He continued serving his country and retired from cxivil service in 1968.
Burl left a legacy of love and integrity and was a dedicated husband and father who provided well for his family. He had many friends in the Fort Walton Beach community, was a member of Masonic Lodge in Florala, Ala., and enjoyed fishing, in addition to skeet and trap shotting.
He will be missed greatly, but the strength of his character will live on through his survivors.
Burl's surviving family includes his loving wife Lorraine of 57 years; daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Ron Ramey of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Don Garrett of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, Chandra Ramey and Jonathan Ramey; and nephews, Chuck and Brian Fryer.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at Little Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. James G. Cole officiating. Following the service, burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 12:30 p.m. with military honors.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.