Charles E. Lewis II
Maj. Charles "Chuck" E. Lewis II, age 36, of Navarre, Fla., passed away April 7, 2001.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1964, to military parents in Naples, Italy. At a young age he moved to Wilmington, Ohio, where he stayed until the age of 14 when his family relocated to Las Cruces, N.M., where he graduated from Mayfield High School and attended New Mexico State University. He received his degree from there in electrical engineering and was also awarded a commissioning into the U.S. Air Force in 1988.
For him, home was where his heart was, and as such, his home was with his wife, Ardena Lewis, in Navarre.
He entered the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 15, 1988, assigned to the 2849th Civil Engineering Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. While there, he served as chief of environmental planning. In January 1993, he was assigned to the 18th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kadena Air Base in Japan, where he served as an environmental engineer. After three years he was stationed at AGMC CE Squadron, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. During his tenure there he was a command readiness officer, gaining more breadth in his career as an Air Force officer. He was then moved to the Air Force Material Command while still in Ohio.
In May 1998, he had a tremendous impact at his assignment as the Maintenance Operations Flight and Civil Engineering Flight Commander at the 33rd Logistics Support Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. It was at this assignment where he played an integral role in organizing and dedicating the F-15 static display that proudly sits at the beginning of Nomad Way - the entrance to the 33rd Fighter Wing.
After he received the honor of pinning on major and joining the Field Grade Officer ranks, he took a remote assignment in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, Detachment 2, where he gave the ultimate sacrifice while searching for POW/MIA remains in a helicopter over Vietnam on April 7, 2001.
His military record was stellar, consisting of the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
He is survived by his wife, Ardena Lewis; father, Charles E. Lewis; and five children, 13-year-old Eboni of Las Cruces, 11-year-old Casey of Navarre, 8-year-old Charles of Colorado Springs, 3-year-old Natalie; and 10-month-old Jason, both of Navarre.
Visitation services will be held for friends and family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel.
Memorial services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, at the F-15 display at the entrance to the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base.
Lewis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lawrence M. Parks
Lawrence M. Parks, age 70, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away in a local hospital on Tuesday, April 17, 2001.
He was born on Oct. 31, 1930, in Council, N.C. He was first stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 1956, and after 22 years of distinguished military service he retired to this area in 1974. He began a second career with civil service and then Dyna Corp.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Anne Parks; daughter, Angelyn Caldwell and husband Brian of Knoxville, Tenn.; son, Joseph Parks and wife Meena Harris of Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers, Joe Parks of Rocky Mount, N.C., Hugh Parks of Kingston, N.C.; sisters, Ina Mercer of Moore, S.C., and Martha Shuffler of Raleigh, N.C.; and grandchildren, Matthew Caldwell, Erin Harris-Parks, Casey Harris-Parks, and Madison Harris-Parks.
Funeral services will be conducted in Carvers Creek, N.C., under the direction of Kinlaw Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, N.C.
A local memorial service will be held at a later date at Mary Esther United Methodist Church.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mary Esther United Methodist Church Building Fund, in memory of Lawrence Parks.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with local arrangements.
Alfred Moen, the inventor of the single handle faucet died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, after a long illness.
Mr. Moen's wife, Barbe; and son, David, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughter, Christine Moan of Destin, Fla.; son, Eric Moen of North Ridgeville; Ohio, daughter-in-law, Edie Moen of Gibsonia, Pa.; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Moen was a championship roller skater and an avid pilot. He enjoyed golf and tennis. He was a member of the Elks Club and AOPA.
There will be a time of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 21, at noon in McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel.
Flowers are acceptable.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Kathryn Youngblood, age 90, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2001, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Youngblood was born on July 17, 1910, in Philadelphia and was a lifelong resident there. She moved to Shalimar in 1997 from Sun City, Fla.
She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Shalimar United Methodist Church; and was a former member of Eastern Star.
Mrs. Youngblood was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lynford Youngblood; son, Norman Youngblood; and daughter, Kathryn Youngblood. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Russell and Jackie Youngblood of Shalimar, and Leland and Phyllis Youngblood of Greeneville, Tenn.; daughter, Patricia Lynch of Glen Mills, Pa.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors John Collins and Jerry Hollis officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Interment will be in Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Fla.
The family will accept flowers, or memorial contributions can be made to 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.
Malcolm L. Allen
Malcolm L. "ML" Allen entered into rest at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla., on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the age of 66.
ML was born on June 27, 1934, in Niceville, the son of Malcolm F. and Minnie Lee Peters Allen.
He was a radar technician for Tracor and served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Jasper. He was married to Doris for 34 years. Mr. Allen was a lifetime member of American Veterans Post 78 and American Legion Post 221, and a lifetime member of the Boggy Boys Sportsman Club in Niceville. He loved hunting, fishing and spending quality time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his mother, Minnie Lee Allen of Niceville; wife, Doris at home; daughter, Wanda Brunson of Niceville; brother, Freddie and wife Jean Allen of Niceville; sister, Georgia and husband Ket Jennings of Ypsilanti; grandson, Chris Brunson; and granddaughter, Casey Brunson.
The family will have a visitation on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. J.C. McLendon officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in ML's memory may be made to the American Lung Association; or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.
Inez Davis Kent, daughter of the late Buster Davis and Willie B. Taylor Davis Bell, departed this life on Saturday, April 14, 2001, at Emerald Coast Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
She was born on May 24, 1922, and educated in Chipley, Fla., where she attended Roulhac High School. Inez and her family resided there for 30-some years.
Treasured memories will be cherished by her family and friends: two sons, Marion Kent of Cincinnati, and John (Dorothy) Kent of Chicago; brothers and sisters, Sterling Bell of Morristown, N.J., Oscar (Lucy) Bell of Pensacola, Fla., Gloria (Robert) Tippens of Fort Walton Beach, Annie B. Woods, Theodore Bell Jr., John W. Bell and the late Willie Mae Parker, all of Detroit; grandchildren, Venus, Donnell, Namon (Mary Jo), Vincent (Tasleem), and Jason; and great-grandchildren, Randy, Maryann, Alexandria, Donnell Jr. and Andre. Inez leaves behind a host of relatives and friends.
A viewing will take place on Friday, April 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Mount Arrat Missionary Baptist Church in Chipley.
The body will be placed for viewing on Saturday, April 21, from 11 to 11:50 a.m. at Beulah First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach. Funeral services will follow at noon at Beulah First Baptist Church with the Rev. S.L. Thigpen officiating. Interment will follow the services at Chipley Cemetery.
Ian Robert Linn
Ian Robert Linn, age 9, of Bradenton, Fla., and formerly of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 16, 2001, surrounded by his loving family.
Ian fought a courageous battle against childhood leukemia for 6 1/2 years, trusting the Lord to the end.
He was an energetic and fun-loving boy who loved football, scooters, tree houses, BB guns, building things and fireworks. He loved to attend his church - Auburn Road Presbyterian - and held an abiding love for Jesus.
Survivors include his parents, Bob and Wendy Linn; brothers and sister, Joel, Jessica, Joseph and George, all of Bradenton; paternal grandparents, John Linn and Alpha Linn, both of Fort Walton Beach; maternal grandparents, Janice Hackney of Fort Walton Beach, and Windell Davis of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandparents, Mary Francis Linn and Irene Balsey, both of Fort Walton Beach; and many, many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso, Fla., with Pastors Michael Schneider and Dwight Colby officiating. Burial will follow in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Friends who wish may contribute to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, in Ian's memory.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Destiny Leanna Symons
Destiny Leanna Symons passed away Easter Sunday night, April 15, 2001, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., at the age of three weeks.
She was born on March 26, 2001, and baptized into the Roman Catholic Church.
Her mother, Angie Symons; father, Curtis Elbert; grandparents, Mike and Ginger Symons; aunts and uncles, Chrissy Symons, and Jennifer and Darrell Hall II; as well as cousin, Darrell Hall III, survive her locally.
A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, April 20, in Beal Memorial Cemetery and is open to all who wish to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Destiny's memory to Angie Symons, 504 Newcastle Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Essie J. Allen
Essie J. Allen, age 80, of Niceville, Fla., left this world to be with her beloved husband and sons on Tuesday, April 17, 2001.
Essie was born in Lockhart, Ala., on Jan. 19, 1921, the daughter of Asbury Price and Lydia Turbeville Batson. She was a retired school bus driver for the Okaloosa County school system.
Essie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Mother was an avid gardener and fisherman. She was a member of Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie H. Allen, in 1992; and two sons, Bennie Robert Allen and Thomas Price Allen.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Faye Carwile of Rio Linda, Calif., Haley Janette Ramey of Marysville, Calif., Patricia Scandrett of Niceville, and H. Marie Allen of Niceville; sister, Margarene Tedder of Andalusia, Ala.; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with the Rev. J.C. McLendon officiating. Interment will follow in Early Cemetery in Niceville.
If desired, contributions in Essie's memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando, FL 32803.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.
Charles N. Britton Jr.
Charles N. Britton Jr., age 44, passed away quietly in his sleep in the early morning of Friday, April 13, 2001, at his home in Navarre, Fla.
He is survived by his mother, Ursula and husband Jack Persinger of Niceville, Fla.; ; sister, Charlene Perl of Boston; brother, Steve and wife Kelly Britton of Niceville; and several nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his family and dear friends.
Graveside services will be held at Barrancus National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday, April 23, at 2 p.m.