Billy C. Fields
Billy Cleveland "Bill" Fields, age 75, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
He was born on May 13, 1926, to Thomas Walter Fields and Rebekah Blanks Fields, and was a native of Anguilla, Miss. He attended Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Va., and Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Until his retirement he was a cotton producer and ginner in the Mississippi Delta.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman and active member of Flag Lake Hunting Club. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Pilkinton Fields of Santa Rosa Beach; daughter, Anne F. Shirley and husband Dr. Stephen Shirley of New Albany, Miss.; daughter, Rebecca Lee Fields of Jackson, Miss.; daughter, Ruth F. Hollis of Starkville, Miss.; daughter, Melanie F. Livingston and husband Matthew Livingston of Lake Village, Ark.; sister, Frances F. Leake of Santa Rosa Beach; and brother, Thomas W. Fields of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Matt Shirley of Memphis, Laura Shirley of New Albany, Kathryn Hollis of Starkville, Rebecca Hollis of Rolling Fork, Miss., and Will Livingston of Lake Village. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Harris J. Fields.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Anguilla United Methodist Church in Anguilla. Memorials may be made to the Anguilla United Methodist Church, Anguilla, MS 38721; or to The Community Church, P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549.
Theodore G. Norman
Retired Master Sgt. Theodore Gordon Norman passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in his home in Niceville, Fla., after an extended illness.
He was cared for and survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Delores Joann Norman; daughters, Deborah Shinholster, Teri Dunning, Lucia Bottenfield and Betty Jo MacNeill; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Jean Adams of Albuquerque, N.M.
Ted was born in Sylacauga, Ala., on Sept. 8, 1934, and moved to the Niceville area in 1972. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Ted worked at the NCO Club at Eglin. The family is grateful for his peaceful passing, but more gratitude is given to their loving mother and his wonderful wife for the loving care she gave him in his final years.
The family would also like to thank Daniel Diaz along with David and Marty Coggins for their continued support and friendship.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at Niceville Baptist Church on Bayshore Drive.
Oscar S. Walters
Oscar S. Walters, age 82, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and formerly of Birmingham, Ala., passed away Jan. 29, 2002, in Fort Walton Beach.
He was born in Ragland, Ala., and went on to serve faithfully in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees in World War II. He was retired from Connor Steel and was a member of the American Legion.
He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys; a son, Steve; and a brother, Jerry Weiss. Survivors include his daughters, Faith (Mark) Tooke and Barbara (Gary) Stewart; grandchildren, Michelle (Michael) Paradiso, Jason Patterson, Amber Tooke and Teri Stewart. He is also survived by his sisters, Helen Wiley and Octavia Fennell; and brothers, J.B. Walters and Bob Weiss.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 2, at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East at 1 p.m. Visitation will be on Saturday from 11 a.m. until funeral time at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Trussville.
He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Florence Hill Prichard
Florence Hill Prichard passed away Jan. 28, 2002. She bravely fought the diseases that finally claimed her in the 88th year of her life.
Florence taught school in Ohio and Florida for 42 years. She loved her profession and was wonderful at it. She spent her retirement years with her husband, family and hobbies.
Florence is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Prichard. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcella and Harold (Bud) Wright; grandchildren and spouses, Christina J. and Matthew P. Griffiths, and David B. Wright; and her four great-grandchildren, Amanda and Sean Griffiths, and Robin and Kevin Wright. Florence also cherished her many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Her death has left a great void in the lives of all who loved her.
A graveside memorial including family and close friends will be held in her honor at a later date.
Robert L. Jackson
Robert L. Jackson, age 63, of Mary Esther, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 28, 1938, in Wren, Miss., and lived in Mary Esther since 1989. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Buathom Jackson of Mary Esther; sons, James K. Jackson of Tallahassee, Fla., and David R. Jackson of Las Vegas; sister, Eloise Wamble of Wren; and cousins, Nancy Payne and Bubba Andrews of Wren. Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Jackson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with Stephen Olivier officiating, with military honors. Following the services, Mr. Jackson's remains will be cremated.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Juanita M. Jones
Juanita Mcbee Jones, age 80, a retired mathematician and computer operator, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2002, in Ocala, Fla., following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born May 5, 1921, in Knoxville, Tenn., she was the daughter of William Lon Mcbee and Ollie Golden Mcbee.
The family moved to Claiborne County, Tenn., in 1923. Juanita graduated from Claiborne County High School in 1938. She was married to Sgt. Paul Bentley, U.S. Army, of New Tazewell, Tenn.
Following a move back to Knoxville, Juanita worked on the World War II Manhattan Project (Atomic Bomb) at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Laboratory, Tenn. She was later married to Staff Sgt. James Jones, U.S. Army Air Force (later the U.S. Air Force), of Orlando, Fla.
Moving to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Juanita continued to serve her country. She worked with computers and in 1986 retired from civil service after 30 years of service. She was retired from the Armed Forces Systems Command, Headquarters Armament Division, Computer Sciences, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Following her retirement she moved first to Gulf Breeze, Fla., and later to Ocala, where she attended Word of Faith Church. Her faith in God helped her accept her illness and ultimately trust in God's will.
She enjoyed the outdoors, especially the mountains and the beach, and being with family. Juanita appreciated the romance of the French language, and New Orleans and Paris were among her favorite cities. Dancing and sharing jokes and stories were among her favorite pastimes, her sense of humor was wonderful. Mathematical puzzles and games also interested her.
She is survived by sons, Bruce Bentley of Knoxville, Tenn., James Jones of Pensacola, Fla., and Jeffrey Jones of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Jennifer Allen of Brooklyn, N.Y., Brenda Alexander of Gainesville, Fla., and Serena Emerson of Deltona, Fla. Other survivors include a brother, W. Lon Mcbee of Knoxville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. We deeply miss her.
Visitation and services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the chapel at Lynnhurst Cemetery, 2300 W. Adair Road, Knoxville (850) 689-2120, with inurnment at Lynnhurst.
Dexton A. King
Dexton Alexander King of 300 Dexton King Road, Freeport, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of Freeport. Mr. King was Methodist by faith. He was born in Jefferson County, Fla., and enjoyed shrimping and fishing in the bay and looking at the bayou.
Mr. King was preceded in death by his father, Griffin King; mother, Pearl T. King; wife, Mary King; and brothers, Royce King and Jerry King.
He is survived by his children, Faye A. Currie and husband John Paul Currie of Enterprise, Ala., Richard L. Morris and wife Becky Morris of Portland, Fla., Larry A. Morris of Freeport, and Tressia K. Tousignant of Freeport; grandchildren, Dexton McKee, Nevada Morris, Amanda Commander, Dewayne Morris, Danny Morris and Magnolia Tousignant; and two great-grandchildren, Ally Oates and Tyler Morris.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, Highway 20 West, Freeport, with the Rev. Louis Taunton officiating.
Pallbearers will be Masons from the Freeport Masonic Lodge F&AM 108. Masonic rights will be held at graveside. Burial will follow in Hatcher Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel.
Floral contributions are accepted, or donations may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 2529 South Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, FL 32536.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Thomas Love
Clyde Thomas Love, age 79, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2002.
He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by all family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beatrice; daughter, Betty Schilder and husband Steve; son, Floyd Love and wife Debbie; and daughter, Becky and husband Dr. Eugene Celano.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, with Pastor Jerry Nelson officiating at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Alva M. Davidson
Alva Davidson, age 87, passed away at home on Jan. 31, 2002, after an extended illness.
He was the son of deceased Moses and Elizabeth (Maggie) Davidson and was a native of Okaloosa County, Fla.
Alva was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in China, Burma and India during World War II. He later served in Korea and Saudi Arabia. After 21 years of service he retired with honors. As a civilian he was employed with Fairchild Hiller Industries of Crestview, Fla.
He was a life member of Concord Lodge 50 F&AM of Crestview. His hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening. Alva was Baptist by faith and a devoted member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school many years.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Cora Lee Davidson of Crestview; daughter, Jane Granger; son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Sharyn Davidson; grandchildren, Julie, Gregory, Austin, Tanner, Benson and Kathryn, all of Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers and their wives, Lewis and O'Lee Davidson of Baker, Fla., and Roland and Dorothy Davidson of Laurel Hill, Fla.; sister, Marguerite Clary of Laurel Hill; brothers-in-law, C.B. Garrett of Crestview, and W.C. Garrett of Denver; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey and Luther; and two sisters, Madelia Huggins and Doris Fulgham.
A time of visitation will
take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Whitehurst Funeral Home.
On Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. a celebration service will be held at First Baptist Church in Crestview with the Rev. Fran Picker officiating. Burial will be in Almarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill.
The family requests those wishing to may send flowers, or donations may be made to Alzheimer's Family Services Inc., 3454 E. Olive Road, Pensacola, FL 32514-4722.
Nephews will serve as active pallbearers and deacons as honorary pallbearers.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Alice Chewning
Mary Alice Chewning, age 78, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away on Saturday evening, Feb. 2, 2002, at her residence after a brace fight against an extended illness. She was born in Oakland, Okla., on Nov. 2, 1923.
Mary was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She loyally participated in her husband, James Chewning's Air Force career and activities. Mary adored her opportunities to spend time with her many family members and leave behind many great friends at her final residence of Bob Hope Village.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, James W. Chewning; her son, James W. Chewning Jr.; grandchildren Jodie L. Hutson, Tommy Carr and Jennifer Bowling; six great grandchildren; and a brother, William McCluskey Jr. and his two children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and William McCluskey, her sisters, Joyce Gabbert, Loyce Pybas and Geraldine Lalicker, and her daughter, Marilyn A. Carr.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in Bob Hope Village at the Delores Hope Chapel. Further services and burial will take place in Bossier City, La. Visitation will be at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 4, from 6-8 p.m.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.