Mary Ethel Braumberger
Mary Ethel Braumberger, age 95, of San Jose, Calif., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital following a brief illness.
Mrs. Braumberger was a homemaker most of her life. A former 49-year resident of Valparaiso, Fla., Mrs. Braum-berger was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Niceville, Fla. and formerly a member of First Baptist Church in Niceville for many years. She was involved in numerous volunteer service activities through her church, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Senior Pavilion. She had resided in San Jose for the past six years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Braum-berger. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Leilani and Ron Lyons, of San Jose, and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Twin Cities Chapel in Niceville at
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, with the Rev. George Skipper officiating. Interment will follow in Live Oak Memorial Park in Crestview.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday between 5 and 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Robert H. Crosby III
Robert Harley Crosby III, age 28, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, cash or checks may be made payable to Karyn Sullivant at AM South Bank, Account No. 3010450971.
James R. Jordan Sr.
James R. "Roland"Jordan Sr., age 61, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, in a Niceville, Fla., hospital.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1940, in Troy, Ala., to George W. and Mabel E. Jordan. He was their only son. He came to know Jesus as his savior a few years back when Pastor Gerald and wife Maxine Reeves visited him in the hospital and told him how he could be saved. He was later baptized by Pastor Gerald Reeves at the First Baptist Church in Niceville.
He moved to Niceville when he was nine years old and lived there and attended Choctaw-hatchee High School. When he married he moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and then to Mary Esther. He drove a cab most of his adult life for Yellow Cab in Fort Walton Beach until he became disabled. He loved living in this area and never wanted to live anywhere else.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Ruthie Jordan; son, James R. Jordan Jr. of Mary Esther; several stepchildren, Chris, Bonnie and Angie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Fred McCullough, Nellie and Russell Clark, both of Niceville; several nieces and nephews and cousins and many friends in the area he grew up with.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home with the Revs. Tony McCullough and Gerald Reeves officiating.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or for those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL 32578, in memory of James R. Jordan Sr.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with the arrangements.
Robert F. Herman
Col. Robert F. Herman, U.S. Air Force retired, age 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in a local hospital.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 1, 1975, after completing 32 years of service. A fighter pilot, with combat in Korea and Vietnam, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with clusters, Purple Heart, Air Medal with clusters, and other decorations. He had resided in Fort Walton Beach since 1975.
He is survived by his wife, E. Frances Herman of Fort Walton Beach; daughters, Ellen Trauffer of Kennesaw, Ga., and Patricia Cimaglia of Montgomery, Ala.; twin sons and their wives, Robert and Shelly Herman of Titusville, Fla., and William and Madelyn Herman of Woodlands, Texas; brother, Richard Herman, U.S. Air Force retired, and wife Carol of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Bob Hope Village Chapel on Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. with Father James Grothjan CPPS officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Friday, with full military honors. The family suggest donations in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
McLaughlin Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Heinz F. Rudel
Heinz F. Rudel, age 74, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
He was born on July 22, 1927, in Germany to Max and Martha Rudel. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Walton Beach and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant after completing over 20 years of military service.
Survivors include his wife, Gertud Rudel of Fort Walton Beach; sons, Gert Rudel and wife Connie of Houston, Richard Rudel and wife Barbara of Chicago; daughters, Carol Schmidt and husband Karl of Katy, Texas, and Monica Rudel of Irvin, Texas; sisters, Maria Beaudreau of Canby, Ore., Gerda Rudel of Syracuse, N.Y., and Johanna Sauermilch of Apolda, Germany; and grandchildren, Andrew Schmidt, Stephanie Schmidt, Anna Rudel and Cecylia Rudel.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Marko officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Debt Retirement Fund, 363 Miracle Strip Pkwy. S.W.; Alzheimer's Association, 119 N.W. Hollywood Blvd.; or the American Heart Association.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Rosa Nelle Hilton
Rosa Nelle Hilton, age 88, of Baker, Fla., died Tuesday evening, Dec. 18, 2001, at her residence in Baker.
Mrs. Hilton was born in Baker on Sept. 5, 1913, to William Edmond and Annie Elizabeth Leonard Moore and was a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. Mrs. Hilton was a college professor, a teacher, and was employed with Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Niceville, Fla. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview, Fla.; Delta Kappa Gamma; Phi Delta Gamma; the Retired Teachers Association; charter member of the Baker Block Museum; and a founding member of Baker Area Recreational Association.
Mrs. Hilton was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Allen Hilton, in 1962.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Elaine Hilton of Miami, and Elise and Jim Davis of Baker; brother and sister-in-law, J.G. and Mildred Moore of Baker; sister, Mary E. Spillers of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren, Heather and Brad Miller, Joshua Power, Jennifer and Gabrielle Luna, Kasey Davis and Brittany Bray; and two great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary recited at 8 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Crestview at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, with the Rev. Monsignor Luke Hunt and the Rev. Monsignor George Sindik as celebrants. Interment will follow the service in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Virginia Cox Ward
Virginia Cox Ward, age 72, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.
She was born on April 29, 1929, in Laurel Hill, Fla., and was a retired seamstress.
Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Ward, in 1981.
Survivors include her sons and their wives, Carlis and Regina Fowler of Crestview, Robert and Angie Fowler of Niceville, Fla., and Gene and Glenda Fowler of Crestview; brother, retired Master Sgt. Samuel E. Cox of Niceville; sister, Ella Mae Ward of Laurel Hill, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Burial will follow in Almarante Cemetery.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Reginald T. Lewis
Retired Tech. Sgt. Reginald T. Lewis, age 50, beloved husband, father and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001.
Reggie, as he was known to his friends, was a kind, generous man who loved his Lord, his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.
Mr. Lewis retired from the U.S. Air Force in September 1994 after 20 years of dedicated service in PMEL (Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories) as an electronic technician earning several medals of honor.
He leaves his cherished memories to his wife, Debra Brown Lewis ("Love"); daughter, Marissa Lewis of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; son, Anthony Lewis and wife Doddie of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Anthony Lewis II and Sebastian Orr; mother, Myrtle Mason of Jacksonville, Fla.; parents, Cecil and Susie Lewis of Washington, D.C.; brother, David Lewis and wife Laurie of Laurel, Md.; niece, Alayah Lewis; mother-in-law, Catherine C. Brown of Goldsboro, N.C.; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at Chapel Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with Chaplain Benjamin F. Tandy officiating. Mr. Lewis will lie in state a half-hour prior to the service.
There will be a visitation on Friday, Dec. 21, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Reggie's memory.
The family of Reggie would like to send many thanks to Dr. Holt, Dr. Fleischer and their staff.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Dallas L. Pace
Dallas L. Pace, age 78, passed away in a local nursing facility on Dec. 17, 2001.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Bethesda, Ark., to the late Bob and Jesse Wright Pace.
He graduated from Cushman High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1963 after honorably serving his country in World War II and the Korean War. He served in the Reserves until 1975. Mr. Pace was bestowed the Asiatic-Pacific Medal; Victory Medal; American Theatre Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and the Good Conduct Medal.
He was employed and retired as a locksmith for the Okaloosa County School Board. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and Cinco Baptist Church. Mr. Pace owned Pace's Locksmith Shop until his retirement in 1999.
He and his mate of 44 years, Evelyn, made their home in Mary Esther, Fla., for 32 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Jessie Pace; wife, Evelyn Prescott Pace in 1999; daughter, June Shamburg and great-grandson, Patrick Ryan Reed in 1983.
He is survived by his daughter, Pat Reed of Crestview, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and James Jones of Batesville, Ark.; grandchildren, Charles Mitchell Shamburg of south Florida, Devanie Brophy of Crestview, Lessa and Tommy Moody of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Tricia Reed of Tallahassee, Fla.
He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Christopher Shamburg, twins Charles and Krislei Shamburg, Trista Michelle Brophy, Daniel Jacob Reed, Logan Thomas Moody; and a great-great-grandchild, Angelica Shamburg.
He is survived by his wife's sisters and husbands, Etoyle and Bud Manush of Sheffield, Ala., Yvonne and Ronnie Steele of Fort Walton Beach, Milo and CA Williams, and Mary Charles Bonta; brother-in-law and wife, Titus and Virginia Prescott, all of Crestview.
Among other survivors are cousins and friends in Batesville, Ark.
To celebrate his life, the family will host a visitation Friday, Dec. 21, between 2 to 8 p.m. at the home of Mr. Pace's daughter Pat Reed in Crestview.
Viewing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Whitehurst Funeral Home with graveside services to be held at 3 p.m. in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery, with full military honors.
Pallbearers will be CA Williams, David Williams, Joe Bonta, Chuck Bonta, Rodney Steele and Russell Steele.
Donations to the Florida Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802, will be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview.