James Howard Langley
James Howard Langley, age 91, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 3, in Pensacola, Fla. He was born on January 16, 1910, in Walton County, Fla. He was the son of the late Levi and Luella Brannon Langley. He was a lifelong resident of Walton County. He was member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, Sunday school Superintendent and Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. It was his heart's desire that everyone would come to have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He was a wonderful father and put his family first above all else, except the Lord. He was also known as great gardener, planting seeds to see them grow.
Mr. Langley is survived by his wife of over 65 years, Edith Evelyn Stafford Langley of DeFuniak Springs; sons, Joel H. Langley and his wife Charlotte, and James Royce Langley and his wife Jerilane C. of DeFuniak Springs; brother Donald Langley and his wife Annabel of Fairhope, Ala.; sister, Rosa Mae Spence and her husband Gordon Spence of DeFuniak Springs; grandchildren, Melody DeValle, Sarah Langley, and Beth Langley of DeFuniak Springs, Valerie MacKay of Huntsville, Ala., Ben Langley of Colorado Springs, Co.; great grandchildren, Melissa Walker, Katherine Walker, Shelley MacKay, Abigail MacKay, Cameron MacKay, and Cody MacKay.
Funeral Services for Mr. Langley will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, in the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Watts and Rev. Owen Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
A time of visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in the Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Mens Sunday school Class of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Lawrence E. Hackney
Lawrence E. Hackney, age 73, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away Aug. 2, 2001, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Lawrence was born in South Carolina and raised in Bonifay, Fla. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. After the war, he joined the Army Air Corps and then served in the U.S. Air Force for over 21 years, including a tour of duty in the Korean Conflict. Upon retiring from the military he worked for NASA on the Apollo missions at Cape Canaveral.
Lawrence was a member of VFW and an avid ham radio operator.
He was preceded in death in 1970 by his wife, Sarah Broxson Hackney. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Roger E. and Anna Hackney of Navarre, Fla.; his longtime companion, Betty Bailey of Fort Walton Beach; sisters, Barbara (Rocky) Stillings of Fort Walton Beach, and Martha Ann (James) Warren of Williams, S.C.; brothers, Russell Hackney of Ehrhardt, S.C., Tresvant (Laura) Hackney of Sumter, S.C., and Rodney Hackney of Fayetteville, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and his devoted coffee klatch friends.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville, Fla.
Pallbearers are Joe McDanial, Joe Newsom, Bill Cooper, Mark Williams, David Williams, and Bill Phagan.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Arrangements under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach.
Charles R. Elliott
Ray Elliott, age 62, of Bristol, Va., died on August 4, 2001 at Wellmont Hospice House. He was born January 9, 1939 in Crestview, Fla., the son of the Grover and Clemie Elliott. He was retired from Reynolds Metals and was a member of the Zollicoffer Masonic Lodge. Mr. Elliott was a member of Cold Spring Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Hannah Elliott; sons, Keith Elliott and his wife Valerie of Johnson City, Tenn.; Michael Elliott and his wife Kelly of Bristol, Tenn.; daughter, Trudy Elliott of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Edward Elliott of Augusta, Ga.; sisters, Delores Peaden of Crestview, Fla., Pat Martin of Crestview, Carolyn Elmore of Crestview; grandchildren, Isaac Elliott, Anna Elliott; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. at Cold Spring Presbyterian Church with Dr. Errol Rohr officiating. Interment will follow at Cold Spring Cemetery. Pallbearers include Joe Blake, John Holeva, Mark Jackson, Roy Tester, Bobby Tate and John Hannah. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of the Ball Corporation. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Wellmont Hospice House at 280 Steele's Road, Bristol, Tenn., Cold Spring Presbyterian Church Missionary Fund at 280 Cold Spring Church Road, Bristol, Tenn., or to the American Cancer Society at 2513 Wesley Street, Suite 4, Johnson City, Tenn. Those who wish may sign the register at .
Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clifford Lee Raney
Mr. Clifford Lee Raney, age 73, of Crestview, Fla., died Saturday, August 4, 2001, at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Raney was born in Mt. Sherman, Ark., on May 19, 1928 to Hugh and Daisy Raney and had been a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. He was retired as a T/Sgt. from the U. S. Air Force and also retired as an insurance agent with the Tennessee Life and Casualty Insurance Company. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era.
Survivors include his wife, Lorna Raney; son, Robert Raney all of Crestview; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Franklin and Jackie Raney of Robertsdale, Ala., Jeter and Sue Raney of Jasper, Ark.; sisters, Faye Kilgore and Nellie Redell of Jasper, Ark.; grandson, Timothy Raney.
A time of visitation will be conducted from the Whitehurst Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. Additional services will be conducted from the Mt. Sherman Assembly of God Church in Mt. Sherman on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 2 p.m. A time of visitation will be conducted from the Coffman Funeral Home in Jasper on Thursday, August 9, 2001 from 6 until 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Mt. Sherman Cemetery in Mt. Sherman.
The family request all floral tributes be forwarded to the Coffman Funeral Home in Jasper.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Boulevard, Crestview, FL.
Janice Sue Jeffries
Janice Sue Jeffries, age 54, passed away July 31, 2001, at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans after an extended illness.
Sue was born in Muncie, Ind., on April 18, 1947, and went to school in Muncie area public schools. She resided in the Muncie area until 1976. She was a resident of the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area for 15 years. Sue worked at the Hurlburt Field Commissary from 1987 to 1998. She married James J. Jeffries in Austin, Texas, in 1976. During their time in the military she accompanied James on assignments at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, then to Fort Wayne, Ind., Grissom Air Force Base, Ind., RAF Alconbury, England, and then to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
She is survived by her husband; her three wonderful children, Deborah Dwyer of Las Vegas, William S. Pinnick of Muncie, and Victoria K. Jeffries of Atlanta; mother, Ival Long of Muncie; brother, James Long of Yorktown, Ind.; brother-in-law, Arthur Jeffries of Carmel, Ind.; and brother-in-law, Allan Jeffries of Grand Junction, Colo.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the valiant efforts made by the ICU at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, on Monday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m.
Henry P. Tissier Jr.
Henry P. Tissier Jr., age 83, of Navarre, Fla., passed away Aug. 4, 2001.
Burial will be in Hoover, Ala.
Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
John Tuttle Williams
John "Jack" Tuttle Williams, age 70, died of cancer Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in Niceville, Fla., with his devoted companion Mary Ann Nedry and Father Eugene Pathe at his side.
Jack was born in New Haven, Conn., on Dec. 31, 1930, to John and Emma Williams. He attended high school at St. Mary's Academy in New Haven. Upon graduating high school in 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served three years and was honorably discharged. He earned both his bachelor and master degrees in education at Southern Connecticut State University. This was followed with a second master's in biology at the University of South Carolina, while on sabbatical.
At Yale in the early 1960s, Jack was involved in a well-known psychology experiment conducted by Dr. Stanley Milgram on obedience to authority. Jack's role was the authoritarian figure as the "experimenter" in this research project. The experiment achieved a visibility that is without precedent in the social sciences and Jack's picture can still be found in most college psychology books. Thirty-five years later, Jack was interviewed about the experiment on Dateline NBC.
Jack taught high school sciences in the Connecticut school system for 37 years. His last 22 years of teaching were at Wilton High School from 1970-1982. During his tenure he was president of the Wilton Education Association from 1972-82 and president of the board at Tri-Town Federal Credit Union from 1984-1993. Also, he was the coordinator of the Quad-Town Collaborative, which developed a magnet school open to urban and suburban students in southern Fairfield County, Conn. One of the goals was to have students understand diversity at home and abroad. The doors opened to 60 students in January 1992 and are still in operation today. One of the highly successful cultural projects was the Center for Japanese Study. Jack escorted the students on a trip to Japan where they learned about Japanese culture by attending Japanese schools and living with local families.
Besides classroom teaching, Jack coached several sports, including soccer and golf. He was a member of the Heritage Golf Club and had a great love of the game of golf. Jack also was an enthusiastic musician who played the piano, ukulele and mandolin. He loved to sing barbershop harmony and lent his Irish tenor voice to barbershop chorus and several quartets. One of these quartets, The Pretenders, competed at the national level. His solos of "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria" were requested on many occasions, seldom leaving a dry eye in the audience.
After retiring in 1993, Jack moved to Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Fla., to be with Mary Ann. He became an active member of the Bluewater Bay Men's Golf Association, serving in many roles, including president. He was a competitive golfer who had many friends both on and off the golf course. Jack was a deeply religious man who took much comfort with his Roman Catholic faith. He was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Niceville.
In 1952, he married Roberta Jorgensen, his wife of 38 years before she died of cancer in 1990. Survivors include Mary Ann Nedry; his three sons, J. Keith Williams of Shreveport, La., Glenn H. Williams and his wife Cindi of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Jay J. Williams and his wife Cindy of Brookfield, Conn.; two brothers, Richard T. Williams and wife Joan of Nashville, Tenn., and Mark Williams and wife Cathy of Killingworth, Conn.; and four grandchildren, Logan, Jennifer, Heather, Samantha, and "adopted" granddaughter, Kristina Armendaris.
A memorial Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. A reception at the church will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, P.O. Box 576, Niceville, FL 32578; or to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL 32578.
Jack will be cremated and a memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Brookfield, Conn., on Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. His ashes will be buried in Brookfield Central Cemetery following the Mass. The Brookfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Local arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Russell E. Mohney
Maj. Gen. Russell E. Mohney, U.S. Air Force retired, passed away Aug. 7, 2001, at home.
He was the devoted husband of Billie, and the loving father of Lynda, Leigh and Lori.
Maj. Gen. Mohney served 33 years in the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired in 1984. He served his country with distinction during the Korean and the Vietnam conflicts, the latter where he served as commander in Operation Ranch Hand in 1965. Gen. Mohney was also the chairman of the Ranch Hand Vietnam Association. His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with 28 oak leaf clusters.
Following his retirement from active duty he was active in many local organizations. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Air Force Museum and was past president of the Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Club. He served as vice chairman and chairman of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority during the period the bridge was constructed. He also was a member of the Order of Daedalians, Seagull Flight 61. In addition he was a member of the Eugene Quinn VFW Post in Inverness, Fla., and a member of the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Lodge in Sandwich, Mass.
Gen. Mohney was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Air War College.
The general leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Billie; and their daughters and their families, Lynda Ayish, husband Rick and daughter Kira, Leigh Leslie, husband David and sons Ian, Ryan and Michael, Lori Guy, husband Jason, son Nathan and daughters Emily and Elaine. In addition, sister-in-law, Betty Mohney; nephew, Donald Mohney; niece, Karen Orf; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Mohney.
A memorial service will be held at Westgate Chapel at Hurlburt Field on Saturday, Aug. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Ullrich officiating. At a future date, interment at Barrancas National Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Arrangements under the direction of McLaughlin twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville, Fla.
Ivalea Wyatt died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, at home following a brief illness.
Mrs. Wyatt was born in Georgiana, Ala., and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1954.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coach Hal Wyatt; son, H. Kirk Wyatt; and granddaughter, Renee.
Survivors include her son, Jim Wyatt and wife Alice of Fort Walton Beach; grandchildren, Wendee Walker and husband Jake of Louisville, Ky., Charli Wyatt of Washington, D.C., Bartow Hal Wyatt of Fort Walton Beach, and Derek Wyatt and wife Kris, also of Fort Walton Beach. She is also survived by her great-granddaughter, Rachelle Lea; and sisters, Lucy J. Bain and Virginia Jackson, all of Fort Walton Beach.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach with Dr. Howard L. Gates officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley Adams Snipes
Shirley Adams Snipes, age 48, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, in Chipley, Fla.
She was born in Kissimmee, Fla., on June 19, 1953, and was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., for the last five years after her husband's retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. She was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Richard Snipes; mother, Ilene Bell of DeFuniak Springs; brother, David "Butch" Adams of Chipley; sisters, Betty Stiffler of Creambrook, Pa., Vickie Weeks and husband David of DeFuniak Springs, Barbara Rowland and husband Gene of Gainesville, Fla., and Mildred Ann Adams of DeFuniak Springs; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Angeline Owens of Simpsonville, S.C.; special friend, Stokes Gilmore; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Hubert F. Adams; brother, Tommy G. Adams; and stepfather, Vernon Bell.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Revs. Phil McMillian and Wilbur Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Danny Edwards, Lester Skipper, David Grant, Mike Cosson, Mark Gilmore, Stacy Paul, Charlie Morris and Davie Cosson.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.