Bessie L. Douglas
Bessie L. Douglas passed away April 7, 2001, at her home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after an extended illness.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1904, in Jackson County, Fla., and was a resident of Fort Walton Beach since moving here from Chipley, Fla., in the early '50s.
Mrs. Douglas, who was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Roosevelt Douglas (who expired on Nov. 29, 2000), is survived by her children, Willie B. Wood of Quincy, Fla., Dr. Thelma D. Wood of Vernon, Fla., and Connie Montgomery of Fort Walton Beach; son and daughter-in-law, Roosevelt and Royce Douglas of Chipley. She is also survived by a sister, Ruby Wallace of Chicago; sister-in-law, Eva Smith of Cottonwood, Ala.; grandchildren, Beatrice Hodge of Tacoma, Wash., Patricia Potter of Quincy, Kenneth Douglas of Panama City, Fla., Donna Douglas of Tampa, Fla., and Marcus Montgomery of Tallahassee, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Darren K. Clary of Atlanta, Stephanie Potter of Jacksonville, Shaun Potter of Quincy, Traci Beale and Brandi Hodge of Tacoma, Jade Montgomery and Chloe Montgomery of Tallahassee; four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Home in Chipley.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Beulah First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach. Mrs. Douglas will lie in state at the church from noon to 1 p.m. The Rev. Scott Thigpen will conduct the service. Interment will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Cooper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred E. Beane
Mildred E. Beane, age 81, of Niceville, Fla., died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2001, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She is survived by her beloved daughters and their husbands, Darla and Mark Mohnasky of Niceville, and Colleen and Kent Comeau of Columbia, S.C.; grandson, Michael Stuckey of Columbia; several nieces and nephews, and many good friends.
Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; a sister; three brothers; and former husband, retired Chief Master Sgt. Buford A. Beane.
She loved playing bingo and working in her yard.
As per her wishes, Mildred will be cremated.
Friends are invited to join the family for a gathering of remembrance at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home on Friday at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Senior Friends of Niceville, 2190 Highway 85 north, Niceville, FL 32578.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.
Amy Ryals, age 35, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Amy was born in Valdosta, Ga. She was employed at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Headquarters in Dallas for 12 years. Amy graduated from the University of West Florida in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Ryals of Arlington, Texas; sons, Scott David Ryals and Todd Cameron Ryals, both of Arlington; parents, Charles and Elizabeth Licari of Fort Walton Beach; sisters, Sarah Licari, and Leslie and husband Joey Childs of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, David and wife Rachel Licari of Milton, Fla.; grandparents, Roy and Mary Licari of Maryland; and niece, Jordan Licari of Fort Walton Beach.
Services will be conducted from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Little Chapel Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Societies, in care of Amy Ryals.
Virgie Lee Frank
Virgie Lee Frank, age 86, 403 Areca St., Fruitland Park, Fla., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001.
Mrs. Frank was a homemaker, born in Coffey County, Ala. She moved from Leesburg, Fla., in 1964 and was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Benjamin Frank of Fruitland Park; son, Harold Odom of Leesburg; daughters, Ramona Lewis and Linda Hughes, both of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sister, Omia Gibson of McDonough, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a stepson, Benjamin Wesley Frank Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.; and stepdaughter, Shirley Williams of Orlando, Fla.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 16, at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel in Leesburg with Chaplain Bob Miller officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake and Sumter County, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.
Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg, is in charge of arrangements.
Daphine Crowe Moses
Daphine Crowe Moses, age 80, of Donalsonville, Ga., died April 11, 2001, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.
She was born on Nov. 28, 1920, in Columbus, Ga., and was a housewife.
Mrs. Moses was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Moses Jr., in February 2001. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Wallace of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Darlene Leard of Graham, N.C.; three great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with the Rev. Dorman Jenkins officiating. She was Baptist by faith.
Evans-Skipper Funeral Home, Donalsonville, is in charge of arrangements.
Verdis O. Cook
Verdis O. Cook, 198 Park Lane Drive, Crestview, Fla., passed away April 12, 2001, in a local hospital.
He was born in Elba, Ala., on April 13, 1918. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 in the Pacific. In 1948, he married Marie Lewis, a teacher, and a year later moved to Crestview. He started a radio shop in Valparaiso, Fla., and later added a pawnshop. Mr. Cook retired in 1981.
He is survived by his wife, Marie L. Cook of Crestview; son, Larry Cook; grandson, Brian Cook; daughter-in-law, Debra Cook, all of Miami; and brother, Doyle Cook of Milton, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted from Christ Chapel at First United Methodist Church in Crestview at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with Dr. Dick Wright and the Rev. Jerry May officiating.
Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Andalusia, Ala.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Ilene Cadenhead, age 84, of Crestview, Fla., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Silvercrest Manor Nursing Home in Crestview.
She was a lifelong resident of the Crestview area and a pastor's wife. She was a member of Assembly of God Church.
Mrs. Cadenhead was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Issac Cadenhead. She was a dedicated homemaker.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph and Faye Cadenhead, and Phillip and Amma Cadenhead, all of Crestview; daughters and sons-in-law, Paulene and Max Spears of Pensacola, Fla., and Carolyn Cadenhead of Crestview; brother, Lance Mason of Crestview; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, with the Revs. Glenn Lowery and Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Interment will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
El'dora Miller, a precious Angel, departed this earth on April 15, 2001, to return to God and the Universe.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Jakie Leroy Miller; daughters, Ella Miller Rogers (Kevin) of Lexington, Ky., Terry Miller Dick (Sam) of Patrick Air Force Base, and Danielle Miller Maddox (Phillip) of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Dan Dick, Bud Rogers, Genny Dick and Chris Rogers; and her precious two-month old great-grandson, Milo Maddox; and a great host of friends, especially Betty Wexler and Aline Haseltine.
Her deep love of God, spiritual enlightenment, love of nature, and all of nature's creatures left an impression on all those she met. She thought unconditional love was a must. She was a special angel and the foundation for her family.
We will host a remembrance memorial from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. There will be no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, at her request contributions may be made to the Humane Society of your choice.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
E.W. "Pop" Fromdahl, age 86, of Navarre, Fla., died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in a local hospital.
He was born in Portland, N.D., on Nov. 28, 1914. He lived in this area since 1966, moving from Washington State.
Survivors include his sons, Richard E. Fromdahl of Shalimar, Fla., and William D. Fromdahl of Houston; daughter, Jo Ann Hill of Navarre; brother, Earl R. Fromdahl of Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Also, longtime and caring friends. Special thanks to Steve Greene and Ed Babiak.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with Stephen Olivier officiating.
The family has requested that flowers be omitted, and donations made to Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS) Inc., 122 N.E. Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Frances Jewette Sapp
Frances Jewette Sapp, age 79, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Sunday night, April 15, 2001.
She was a native of Alabama and had resided in Crestview for the past 60 years. Mrs. Sapp was a retired inspector with Alatex and Baptist by faith.
Mrs. Sapp was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Sapp.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Williams and husband Jerry of Crestview; son, William "Bill" Sapp and wife Mattie of Mossy Head, Fla.; brother, Dave E. Garner and wife Nancy of Graceville, Fla.; grandchildren, William B. Sapp Jr., Robert A. Sapp, and Sharonda Williams; and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Jadzia and Lindsey.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald J. Dodge II
Gerald James Dodge II, age 33, died unexpectedly May 21, 2002, at his residence in Destin, Fla.
A native of Texas, he was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his son, Giordan Dodge of Destin; daughter, Lauren Ashleigh Dodge of Folkston, Ga.; companion, Lindsey Huntz of Destin; mother and stepfather, Martina M. and Roland T. Huson of Charleston, W.Va.; father and stepmother, Gerald James and Kathy Dodge of Spring, Texas; sisters, Nicole Dodge Gard of Widbey Island, Wash., Felicia L. Huson of Charleston, W.Va., and Holly Scott of Atlanta; and brother, Roland T. Huson IV of Fort Polk, La.
A memorial service will be held at Henderson State Park in Destin on June 7, at 7 p.m.
The National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements.
M. Douglas Rankin
M. Douglas Rankin, age 64, of Murrieta, Calif., passed away May 28, 2002, from metastatic colon cancer at his residence.
He was also a resident of Destin, Fla., where he lived for several years and continued his residence status. He was born on June 21, 1937, in Los Angeles and worked for Actel as senior vice president in marketing and sales. Mr. Rankin enjoyed golfing and was a member of many golfing committees. He was a member of Bear Creek Golf Club, Santa Rosa Golf Club, and Burnt Pine Golf and Country Club in Florida, and held several executive positions with various electronic companies.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline Rankin of Murrieta; sons, Robert C. Rankin of Kansas City, Mo., and Lane D. Rankin of Wrightwood, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at Bear Creek Country Club on Sunday, June 2, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Valley Funeral Home, Murrieta, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. Chapman
Retired Brig. Gen. Robert E. Chapman, loving husband, devoted father, and CEO of Shalimar-based B3H Corpora-tion passed away unexpectedly on May 29, 2002.
Gen. Chapman was born in Russellville, Ark., in 1932. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1954. The general earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1962. He graduated from Air Command and Staff College in 1965 and the Air War College in 1972. The general was also a 1978 graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon University program for executives. His military decorations and awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
Gen. Chapman began his distinguished military career in 1954. Following completion of pilot training and advanced flying school in January 1956, he then served as an F-86 pilot and flight commander with the 324th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Westover Air Force Base, Mass. In July 1958, Gen. Chapman was transferred with his unit to Morocco. He returned to the United States in June 1960 as a student in the Air Force Institute of Technology program and earned his master's degree at the University of Michigan.
From August 1962 to August 1964, Gen. Chapman was assigned to the Air Proving Ground Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He served as a plans officer for aircraft and missile systems, specializing in electronic warfare and survivability of manned weapon systems. In 1964, he entered the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Following graduation in 1965, Gen. Chapman was selected as an alternate White House fellow, the only Air Force officer selected for the program, which was beginning its first year. Later that year, Gen. Chapman was assigned as a member of the U.S. Air Force Inspector General Team, Norton Air Force Base, Calif.
The general transferred to the Republic of Vietnam in July 1968 as a plans officer for the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, Saigon. He later served as project officer for Igloo White at Headquarters 7th Air Force, Tan Son Nhut Air Base. In August 1969, Gen. Chapman moved to Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, as a chief of the Fighter-Operations Branch. His responsibilities included the interdiction campaign in Southeast Asia, anti-infiltration programs and staff surveillance of all fighter forces in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific.
After completing the Air War College, as a distinguished graduate, Gen. Chapman completed FB-111 combat crew training and was assigned as deputy commander for operations of the 380th Bombardment Wing at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y. He later served there as both vice wing commander and wing commander.
In September 1974, Gen. Chapman was named commander of the 42nd Bombardment Wing (B-52s) at Loring Air Force Base, Maine. He returned to Maxwell Air Force Base in December 1975 as commander of the Air Force Leadership and Management Development Center. Following that tour, the general became director of computer resources, Office of the Comptroller, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in July 1978.
Gen. Chapman returned to the Gulf Coast in February 1980 as the vice commander of the Armament Division, Air Force Systems Command, Eglin Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force in September 1982 and went on to found both Executive Dress, a local mens wear store, and B3H Corporation, a successful defense-contracting firm serving the Department of Defense in numerous locations and capacities. He was an active member of Destin's Immanuel Anglican Church.
Gen. Chapman succumbed unexpectedly to a massive stroke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Winston Chapman of Russellville. He is survived by his wife, Helen; his sister, Charlotte Chapman; his son, Robert E. Chapman II; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Wilson Chapman; and two granddaughters, Chelsea and Shelby Chapman.
Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Shalimar.
Donations in his name may be made to the Immanuel Anglican Church Building Fund, P.O. Drawer 5889, Destin, FL 32540; or to West Point Mule Riders Spirit Fund, in care of the Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996-9990.
Arrangements and services entrusted to McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.