Jane White Fleet
Jane Fleet of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Born Feb. 17, 1919, in Alliance, Ohio, she was the eldest daughter of Myron and Elma White. Jane graduated from Mount Union College of Alliance, Ohio, in 1940. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Jane taught school at Alliance High School; Department of the Army; U.S. Air Force military dependents and overseas schools in Panama and Germany.
She was with Penn Central/Capital Airlines from 1944 to 1950, serving as chief hostess of Capital from 1945 to 1950. She married Robert G. Fleet on May 8, 1948, and moved with him on assignments to Washington, D.C., Fort Bragg, N.C., Panama Canal Zone, Germany, Argentina, Hawaii and Fort Monroe, Va. She retired with Robert from military service in 1975 and moved to Dune-Allen in Santa Rosa Beach.
Col. Robert Fleet, retired, preceded Jane in death on March 10, 2001.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Nicholas Deluca of Monrovia, Calif.; son, Robert G. Fleet Jr. of St. Louis; and grandchildren, Molly and Robert H. Fleet, and Eric and Robin Deluca; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Judge Richard Kennedy of Lisbon, Ohio; brother, Dr. Robert T. White of Alliance; sister, Myra Martin of Severna Park, Md.; and brother and sister-in-law, Myron and Gloria White of Cincinnati.
After retiring, she worked with Dune Allen Realty from 1976 to 1986. She also worked after 1986 as a part-time receptionist at the Welcome/ Information Center of the South Walton Tourist Development Council, and as a volunteer at Destin Library.
There will be a memorial service in honor of Jane at the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church Chapel on Highway 98 at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.
Donations may be made to the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Coastal Branch Library, Destin Library, or Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 25855, Tampa, FL 33633-1016.
Jane will be cremated and buried in Arlington National Cemetery, next to her husband.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Alice Fay Collins
Alice Fay Collins, age 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away suddenly Saturday, Jan, 5, 2002.
She was born on Nov. 5, 1921, in Waxhaw, N.C., and had resided in Fort Walton Beach since 1974, when she moved here from Texas to live with her sister, Mary C. Armstrong, and her niece, Mary Alice.
Alice worked in numerous places during her lifetime. In the early and mid-1940s, she was in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on a top security project for the development of the Atomic Bomb, known as the Manhattan Project.
From Oak Ridge she relocated to Texas and was a supervisor for the Union Texas Petroleum Co. After moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1974 she then was employed by Florida Industrial Machinery as an office manager. Her most recent occupation was at Marina Bay, where she was still employed until her untimely and unexpected death on Saturday.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Henry Collins; and her three brothers, Ray, Roger and William Henry Collins Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Mary C. Armstrong of Fort Walton Beach; niece, Mary Alice Burris and husband J. Burris of Naples, Fla.; nieces, Dr. Lynda Collins Kelley of Athens, Ga., and Mrs. Jack Hernig of Monroe, N.C.; nephews, Chip Collins of Lincolnton, N.C., and Ronnie Collins of Hampton, Va.; great-nephew, Justin Collins of Athens; sister-in-law, Janet Collins of Lake Junaluska, N.C.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
A service honoring her life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary with the Rev. Jim Ross, pastor of Fort Walton Beach United Methodist Church, officiating. Also eulogizing her life will be Larry Allen and Cliff Bean. Burial and graveside services will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with the care and arrangements.
Steven J. Toohey
Steve Toohey, age 43, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at his residence Dec. 17, 2001, as a result of a heart attack. Steve went peacefully in his sleep.
Survivors include his parents, Jack and Eileen Toohey of O'Fallon, Mo.; brother, Joe Toohey, also of O'Fallon; and a sister, Teresa Franz of Winter Haven, Fla. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews; companion, Debby Bugbee; and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Dock O' Bay in Fort Walton Beach at sunset on Tuesday.
Joseph F. Wimsatt
Retired Col. Joseph F. Wimsatt, age 83, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002, in Chesterfield, Va.
He was a pilot and a career Air Force officer who retired in 1970 after 30 years of service. Ten of these years were spent on overseas assignments. His family accompanied him for tours in Turkey and France. His other tours included Europe during World War II and in Korea and Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was a resident of Shalimar, Fla., from 1970 to 1997, and a member of St Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was also a life member of the Air Force Academy Athletic Association; the Retired Officers' Association; the Order of the Daedalions; and the local Falcon Flight 61. He had also been a member of the Shalimar Pointe Golf and Tennis Club.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Teague of Vienna Va., Martha Wimsatt of Newport News, Va., and Carol Conrad of Irving, Texas; and sons, Gregory Wimsatt of Oakton, Va., Michael Wimsatt of Midlothian, Va., and Kenneth Wimsatt of Marietta, Ga.; five grand-children; sisters, Ruth Royster of Waverly, Ky., and Lois Mullican of Owensboro, Ky.; and a brother, Bill Wimsatt, Paris, Ill.
A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. in St Mary Church on Saturday, Jan. 19. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
In loving memory of Carl Cain, age 81, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 13, 2002.
He was a longtime resident of Valparaiso, Fla., and owner of Cain's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Inc. He left a legacy of family and friends who will always remember and cherish "Grandpa." Grandpa leaves behind a host of children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Carl was born in Geneva County, Ala., on April 6, 1920. He was raised in the Pond Creek Community. He enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on July 6, 1939. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in June 1941, where he faithfully served until the end of World War II. Carl reenlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1947 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. After his discharge in 1949, he continued as a civil servant in civil engineering at Eglin Air Force Base.
He retired from civil service in 1978 and opened Cain's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Inc. in Niceville, Fla. - his lifelong dream. He was a loyal sponsor of the Niceville/Valparaiso softball league - where his granddaughters still play.
Carl was one of the founding members of the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso and remained active in the church. He was a proud member of York Rite of Crestview and the Scottish Rite and Hadji Temple of Pensacola, Fla., and the Fort Walton Beach Shrine Club. He was a past president of the Hadji Bandits parade unit. He was also a 32nd degree Master Mason of Okaloosa Lodge 312. He was also a member of AMVETS and Elks Club of Valparaiso.
Carl leaves behind his sons, Colin of Delmar, Dela., Conrad of Lancaster, N.Y., his wife Karen and grandchildren, Justin, Jason, Catlin and Carson; daughter, Delores and Ellis J. (Bonzo) von Haven of Niceville and grandchildren, Cassandra of Columbus, Ga., and Joshua and Tahnee of Niceville. He has one great-grandchild, Dalton, who resides in Columbus; son, Kenneth Brian and wife Debora and granddaughter, Denise and grandson, Aaron Carl Cain of Niceville; along with many nieces and nephews and many longtime friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Dovie Cain of Chattahoochee, Fla., and his wives, Johnny, Laura Bell and Hazel; his brothers, Shellie and Roy; and sister, Imogene. He is survived by his sister, Pearl Dunaway of Sneads, Fla.; and brother, Randall Cain of Winter Garden, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso with the Rev. Arnold Henndrix officiating. Graveside services will be held at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach.
Pallbearers will be his grandson, Josh Day, and the Bandits of the Hadji Temple.
Grandpa was known for his honesty, integrity and hard work. He was a devoted family man and a blessing to those who knew him. He was an avid fisherman. Grandpa, we know you are in a place now where the river runs deep and every day brings a new fishing tale. We also know that you are taking care of family members who have passed on, and on any given day they will have "Grandpa" ready to go fishin' and show 'em how it's done. From the grandkids ... We'll always keep you in our hearts. We love you dearly and will miss you deeply. Our memories of you will never leave and you will always be on our minds and in our hearts. You will never be far away. We will always have you in our hearts. His passing leaves a great void in the lives of his family and friends. Take care, Grandpa, and know that there is an empty spot for us down here right now. But one day we'll all be together again.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners' Childrens' Hospital.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is in charge of arrangements.
Curtis Dale Martin
Curtis Dale Martin, age 80, passed away at his residence in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002.
He is survived by his sister, Monta Lu Renfro of Oklahoma; his relatives, Kenneth Martin of Napa, Calif., Bob Martin of Newkirk, Okla., Jack Martin of New York, Laura Gallett of Yuma, Ariz., and Montalu Renfro of Fairfax, Okla.; and stepdaughter, Michele Rathmonn of Destin, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Monty and Dezsie Martin; and sons, Gary and Glen Martin.
Mr. Martin graduated from high school in Burbank, Okla., in 1939, and served in the U.S. Air Force from January 1941 until he retired on Oct. 31, 1963. He was also employed in the mailroom at the Northwest Florida Daily News.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
McLaughlin Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Patricia L. Prince
Patricia L. Prince, age 81, of Mary Esther, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002.
She was a native of Milford, Mich., and lived in Macon, Ga., for 15 years prior to moving to Mary Esther in 1994. She was a member of Cinco Baptist Church.
Patricia loved to cook and read, but her passion was her husband and children. She worked tirelessly to ensure the happiness and success of her family, to whom she was deeply devoted.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Jay Prince, in 1983. Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Natricia (Robert) Hardiman of Milford, Lorelei (Robert) Kristoff of Mary Esther, Twylha (Joe) Abernathy of Elkmont, Ala., Tanya Prince of Montgomery Village, Md., and Drema (Louis) Hill of Macon; grandchildren, Barb, Steve, Sherri, Monica, Benjamin, Joe, Deanna and J.J.; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Vera Joy Smith and Gloria Fralish, both of Jacksonville, Yvonne King of Lake Placid, Fla., and Darlene Smith of Lakeland, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cinco Baptist Church with Dr. Mickey Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Prince will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services Thursday. Committal services and burial will take place in Macon on Friday, Jan. 18.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the King Nursery, 124 Pine Tree Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852, in Patricia's memory.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Gus Prescott, age 74, passed away Jan. 14, 2002.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1927, in Gaskin, Fla., and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from Charter Marketing as regional manager, Mr. Prescott was living in Mossy Head, Fla., for the past 18 years. He was Protestant by faith and a born-again Christian.
Mr. Prescott was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fait Prescott and Bessie Purvis Prescott; and brother, Daniel Ray Prescott.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernice L. Prescott of Mossy Head; son, Paul Wayne Prescott and wife Brenda of Mossy Head; daughters, Gayle McLachlan and husband Don of Pace, Fla., and Kathie Dargis and husband Rick of Flower Mound, Texas; brother, Earl Prescott of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; seven granddaughters, Cheryl, Jessica, Ashley, Katina, Jennifer, Lauren and Kimberly.
Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, Fla., at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Denford Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Mossy Head Cemetery.
The time of visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel.
Serving as pallbearers will be Manual Louketis, Jack Davis, Robert Wiezycki, Johnny Foxhall, Dennis Prescott and Esmond Griner.
Flowers will be accepted.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jerome Himan, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002.
Mr. Himan was a native of Hudson, N.Y., and a resident of Fort Walton Beach since 1992.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Himan; son, Jeff Himan; brothers, Milton Hyman and David Hyman; sister, Ruth Winston; and grandchildren, Eric and Janet Himan.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at graveside in B'Nai Israel Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., with Rabbi Israel Vanna officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home, Pensacola, is in charge of arrangements.
Shirley E. Brown
Shirley E. Brown, age 57, a resident of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in a local hospital after a brief illness.
She was employed at the Okaloosa County School Board for over 20 years. Shirley's work included Pryor Middle School, and most recently as teacher's assistant at Silver Sands School. She held a special love and devotion in her heart for the Silver Sands students.
Survivors include her husband, Wesley Brown; children, Elizabeth (Allen) Raymond of New Port Richey, Fla., Kenneth (Pamela) Brown of Waterboro, Maine, Lisa (Dana) McGovern of Pensacola, Fla., and Dana Brown of Washington, D.C.; mother, Arlene Wilson of Belchertown, Mass.; sister, Carolyn (Cameron) Bond of Springfield, Mass.; brother, Ralph (Carole) Wilson of Belchertown; and grandchildren, Eric, Vanessa, K.C., Deleah and Jessica.
Funeral services will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Committal services and burial will be in Springfield, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Okaloosa County Special Olympics, 349 Holmes Blvd., N.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, in Mrs. Brown's memory.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.