Raymond C. Richardson
Raymond C. Richardson, age 94, formerly of Pensacola, Fla., died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, in a local nursing facility.
He was born in Summersville, Mo., and retired from civil service at the U.S. Navy facility in Pensacola, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; four brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Mary Richardson of Baker, Fla.; brother, John P. Richardson of Baker; and several nieces and nephews in this area.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Chapel in Crestview on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. until funeral services at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery in Baker. Pallbearers will be nephews.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy L. Dooley
Dorothy L. Dooley, 92, Fort Walton Beach, formerly of Pensacola, died August 10, 2001, in Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She is survived by her children; Russel Dooley of San Antonio, Texas, Beverly Carlin of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Shirley Ann and Richard Knight of Pensacola, Fla., David and Pamela Dooley of Bettendorf, Iowa; nephew and niece, Jim and Sharon Tolle of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was happy to spend her final years in Florida, first at the Pensacola Retirement Village and more recently at the Benton House where she made many friends. She is remembered as a Christian with a happy smile and a good sense of humor who enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends.
A service to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 103 First Street, SE Fort Walton Beach, Fla., which is handicap accessible. Visitation with the family will follow the service.
We thank Gilbert Vigs, MD and the staff of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, particularly those working on the second floor, for their support.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to The Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart Street, Niceville, Fla., 32578 or to Friends of the Coastal Branch Library, P.O. Box 1174, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., 32459.
Eunane Jean Eucker
Eunane Jean Eucker, age 76, of Mary Esther, died of cancer Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at home with her husband by her side.
She was born on March 21, 1925, in Haney Ridge, Wis., to Charles and Katie Mook. She has resided in Mary Esther, Fla., since 1973, when her husband retired after 26 years in the Navy.
Eunane was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Katie Mook; and a sister, Betty Robinson.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Kenneth of Mary Esther; daughters, Katherine of Rockford, Ill., and Linda of Destin, Fla.; son, Robert of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; and brother, Charles Mook of Beloit, Wis.
Eunane will be cremated and a memorial service will be held later in either Beloit or Rockford. Trahan Mortuary Services, 888-668-8880, is in charge of arrangements
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida in Niceville, Fla.
Martha Larine Elrod Harris
Martha Larine Elrod Harris departed this life on August 10, 2001. She was born on December 4, 1917, in Fayette, Ala.
Larine was preceded in death by her husband, John Ray Harris.
She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. They include Martha McDonald and her husband Jerry and family, Sharon, Glen and Katrina, Kalen and Tanner McDonald of Panama City, Fla.; Jean Melvin and her family, Mike, Nancy, Erin, David, and Hannah Shoults, Jeff, Dawn, Frazier, Darien, and Brad Shoults all of Destin, Fla.; John David Harris and Jude Prodny of Marietta, Ga.; Trey Harris and his family Sue, Melonie, and Vanessa of Birmingham, Ala. She is also survived by a longtime companion, Jim Dennis of Birmingham, Ala.
Larine was a member of the Pinson, Alabama, Church of Christ for many years and had resided in Pinson for 54 years. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and spirited sense of humor.
Graveside services will be conducted on Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Marvin's Chapel Methodist Cemetery in Pinson with Reverend Lloyd Barker officiating.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
James Crawford Chambers
James Crawford Chambers, age 88, died at his home in Niceville, Fla., on August 11, 2001. He was born in Paris, Tenn., on February 26, 1913. Before moving to Niceville in 1997, he was a 20-year resident of Metropolis, Ill.
After 30 years of service, he retired as a cartographer and surveyor in 1968, from the Coast and Geodetic Survey, Environmental Science Services Administration, of the United States Department of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruby Redmeier Chambers of Niceville; his son, James V. Chambers and daughter-in-law Frances "Cissy" Chambers of Niceville; and grandson Keith A. Chambers of Covington, Ky. His grandson, Marc B. Chambers of Niceville preceded him in death in 1995.
A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 16, 2001 at the McEvoy Funeral Home, 507 West Washington Street, in Paris, Tenn. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in his memory to the Hospice of Northwest Florida, 101 Hart Street, Niceville, FL 32578 or to a charity of your choice.
Local arrangements are under the direction of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL.
Glenn E. "Pete" Miller Jr.
Glenn E. "Pete" Miller Jr., 70, of Destin, Fla., died Saturday, August 4, 2001 at Delta Health Care.
Mr. Miller served in the Air Force for 25 years.
Mr. Miller was employed with the City of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for over ten years until his retirement.
Mr. Miller was a member of The American Legion, where he was past Post Commander and a member of the Masonic Lodge, both of Fort Walton Beach. He was also an avid athlete and coach.
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Miller and Lisa Miller-Wills and her husband Wesley; and his sister, Marcia Raines.
Graveside services were held in The National Cemetery, Marion, Ind.
The Meeks Mortuary, Muncie, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the Carolyn J. Miller Nursing Scholarship c/o Ball State University Foundation, 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, Ind. 47304.
Evelyn Lobingier went to be with our Lord in heaven. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul William Lobingier. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Clark of Crestview, Fla., and Paula Lobingier of Landenberg, Pa.; one son, Dennis of Crestview; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Freed from suffering and mortal pain not to tread this earth again, a silent prayer and then a sigh then she was gone to be on high. Our hearts are heavy, for we already miss our loving mother's tender kiss. Alas our hearts are filled with woe, tears of sadness every where we go, then the ravages of time, and her body bent. She waited only for the word, well done, good and faithful servant.
A viewing will be at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, August 13, 2001 with a rosary at 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday August 14, 2001 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview. Interment to follow at Live Oak Church Cemetery.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Katherine Anne Horton
Katherine Anne Horton of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001.
She is survived by her father, Edwin W. Horton; mother, Monta V. Horton; sister, Karen E. Horton; and brother, William R. Horton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Pkwy., with Father Jim Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
William L. Sheppard
William L. Sheppard, age 79, longtime resident of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, in a local hospital.
Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1971. His career as an Air Force pilot included tours of duty during World War II and in the Korean and Vietnam wars. After his military career he was employed at Keltec for 12 years.
He was a parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church and was the first president of the St. Mary Parish Council. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4444 as a Fourth Degree Knight, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Catholic Sharing Appeal, Meals on Wheels, DAV, VFW, PTA and the Daedalian Society. Bill continued his legacy of service even upon his death, donating his tissue to improve the quality of life for others.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret E. "Peg" Sheppard of Fort Walton Beach; daughters and their spouses, Joyce Weston of Ormond Beach, Fla., Rosemary and Johnny Hillyer of Fort Walton Beach, Nancy and Scott Ball of Tallahassee, Fla., Maureen and Peter Byrd of Auburn, Ala., and Joan and Chris Lio of Pomona, Mo.; sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Frank May of Homewood, Ill.; grandchildren, Kathy and Dan Overbey of Chicago, Fred Weston of Ormond Beach, John and Ryan Hillyer of Fort Walton Beach, Adam, Eric and Kevin Ball of Tallahassee, and Caitlin and Caroline Lio of Pomona; great-grandchildren, Erin M. and Brian Overbey of Chicago; 22 nieces and nephews; and his constant companion for the last two years, his dog Sandy.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach, led by Bill's brother-in-law, the Rev. Father James Boyle. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A recitation of the rosary will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Knights of Columbus in Bill's memory.
Arrangements under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach.
Maria M. Varela
Maria M. Varela peacefully entered into the presence of the Lord on Aug. 11, 2001. She was 88 years old and was a lifetime resident of El Paso, Texas.
She came to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1998 to be with her daughter, Ruth V. Salazar; her son-in-law, Bert; and grandchildren, Jossel, Jennifer and Robert Salazar. Remembering mother when she was young, she loved to play softball and wear fancy dresses. She was a superb homemaker and made great tortillas. Most of all she loved her family.
A memorial Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20. Donations to the church in care of Deacon Wolf would be welcomed.