Clarence O. (Bill) Smith
Mr. Smith, 72, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2002 after fighting cancer since 1992. He was born Jan. 14, 1930 in Davenport, Iowa and moved to Shalimar, Fla., in 1986. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Medical Corpsman (HMI) in both the U.S. Navy and the 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps during that war. From 1983 to 1986, he was a member of the Congressional Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.
Mr. Smith was the founder, president, and CEO of C.O. Smith and Associates, a consulting firm he founded in 1973. He was known internationally, having worked with private industry, financial institutions, and governmental organizations in Denmark, Belgium, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, the West Indies, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Phillipines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia.
He was known as an expert in the fields of management information systems and information technology auditing. He received many awards including The Distinguished Service Award from the Comptroller General of the United States. He was a profile author, having published many articles and several books on various aspects of auditing information systems and information systems security.
Mr. Smith held a B.S. degree in accounting; an M.B.A. degree and graduate certificates in automated data processing systems and the technology of management; was a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute; and had undertaken work on a doctorate degree at the University of Southern California.
Mr. Smith was employed by the U.S. General Accounting Office as an associate director (senior executive service level 4), having retired from that position with 32 years of federal service. While employed by the General Accounting Office, Mr. Smith is credited with savings in excess of $20 billion and with making government operations more efficient and effective. He subsequently served on the surveys and investigation staff, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives and as a vice president/regional audit director for the Synovus Financial Corporation.
From 1973 to 1981, he served as an adjunct professor at The American University, lecturing at the graduate level on all aspects of management information systems, information systems security, and information technology auditing. He served in a similar aspect at the University of West Florida from 1986 to 1992. Since 1992, Mr. Smith had been a volunteer seminar leader for The Institute of Internal Auditors, and in 1995 was designated a "distinguished faculty member" by the Institute. Beginning in 1999, Mr. Smith was an adult Bible study leader for the Crandall Bible Study Group at the Shalimar United Methodist Church.
Mr. Smith was a certified internal auditor and a certified information systems auditor. His biography may be found in the 2000 international edition of "Who's Who of Information Technology," the 1998 international edition of "Who's Who of Professionals," the 1991 edition of "Who's Who in the Computer Industry," the 1976-77 edition of "Who's Who in the South and Southwest," the 1975 international edition of "Men of Achievement," the 11th edition of the "Dictionary of International Biography," and the 1973 edition of "Personalities of the South."
Mr. Smith was a member of the Shalimar United Methodist Church, the Fort Walton Beach Golf Course, The Institute of Internal Auditors, The Infor-mation Systems and Audit Control Association, The Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association, and The National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Since 1993, Mr. Smith had served as a volunteer tax counselor for the AARP-TaxAide TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) Program.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; her parents, LeRoy and Dolores Manor; and his best friends, Rudi and Archie. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his father, Dr. C.H. Smith, and his mother, Mrs. Edna Marie Vaughn.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002 at 10 a.m. in the Shalimar United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Chunn officiating. Private graveside services with military honors will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. McLaughlin Mortuary has been entrusted with the care and arrangements.
Nancy J. Woelfersheim
Nancy J. Woelfersheim, age 70, of School Street, Schagh-ticoke, died suddenly Friday morning at her residence after being strickened.
Born May 8, 1931 in Schaghticoke, N.Y., daughter of the late Edgar A. and Emma J. Lesson Tullock.
She was a graduate of Hoosic Valley Central School and received her LPN from BOCES.
Wife of the late Robert A. Woelfersheim, who died in 1981, Nancy retired from Leonard Hospital, where she was an LPN. Nancy became a member of the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad in February 1964. She was a past vice president of the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad and was currently serving on the board of directors.
Nancy was a former member of the Schaghticoke Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was a 4-H leader. She was also involved in the Hoosic Valley School PTA and the Alumni Association.
Nancy worked on the National Bicentennial Commit-tee in 1976 and the Schaghticoke Bicentennial Committee in 1989. Nancy was a member of the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany.
Nancy is survived by three daughters, Sandra A. Woelfersheim and her companion William Cooke of Schaghticoke, Barbara A. and her husband Allen Gifford of Middletown, R.I., and Theresa A. and her husband Cort Nicks of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; one son, Robert T. and his wife Ann Woelfersheim of Schaghticoke; five sisters, Doris and Henry Jones of Schenectady, Patricia Booth of Mechanicsville, Ann Whinnery of Ballston Spa, Mary Lou Lessard of Rexford, and Gloria and her husband Warren Rifenburgh of Schaghticoke.
Nancy was also predeceased by three brothers, Edgar Tulloch, Gene Tullock, and Peter Tulloch.
She was also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from Presbyterian United Church, Route 40, Schaghticoke, with the Rev. Allison Fay Lamson, pastor, officiating.
Relatives and friends may call at the Chase Funeral Home, 173 Main Street, Schaghticoke, Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Schaghticoke, in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 41, Schaghticoke, N.Y. 12154.
The following is a list of area obituaries and death notices that were published in the Daily News for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2002. Names are followed by age, town and date of death.
Martha L. Kelley
Martha L. "Beckey" Kelley, age 64, a resident of Niceville, Fla., for 15 years passed away at home on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002.
Martha was born on Feb. 16, 1937, in Sugarhill, Ga., and was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Hattie Kendrix of Sugarhill.
Martha is survived by her loving husband of 10 years, James E. Kelley of Niceville; sister, Mary Leming of Buford, Ga.; brother, Billy Kendrix of Gainsville, Ga.; sons, Ferlon Perkle and wife Ruth of Gainsville, and Curtis Perkle of Buford.
Visitation and funeral services for family and friends will be held at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. before the service. Pastor Jerry Roberson will officiate. Interment will be in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at 1:15 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.
Christopher D. Caldwell
Christopher Dylan Caldwell, age 33, of Laurel Hill, Fla., passed away Feb. 7, 2002, at his home.
He was born on Feb. 3, 1969, in Anchorage, Alaska, and lived in Laurel Hill for 16 years with grandparents, Tillman and Anne Caldwell. He loved to cook and worked at many of the eating establishments in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, Fla.
He is survived by his daughter, Darian, age 8; father, Tillman Caldwell Jr.; grandparents, Tillman and Anne Caldwell, all of Laurel Hill; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, from the Victorious Life Worship Center with Pastor Donnie Cadenhead officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Anne Caldwell for Darian Caldwell, 6658 Will Owens Road, Laurel Hill, FL 32567.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine B. Cobb
Geraldine "Jerry" B. Cobb, age 80, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, in a local hospital.
She was Methodist by faith and a member of First United Methodist Church in DeFuniak Springs. Mrs. Cobb was also a member of Eastern Star Chapter 115 in DeFuniak Springs.
Mrs. Cobb was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Brown Cobb. She is survived by one son; three sisters; one daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Penton officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 88 West Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435; or donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eleanor E. Farrell
Eleanor Elaine Farrell, age 73, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Mrs. Farrell was born on Sept. 4, 1928, in Donora, Pa. She attended public schools in Donora and Blackwell, Okla., then graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949.
Mrs. Farrell moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1967, where she taught at Choctawhatchee High School. Following her retirement from teaching, Mrs. Farrell was active on the local, state and national level with the Republican Party. She served as the Okaloosa County chairperson and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Mrs. Farrell was the widow of Col. Everett "Nick" Farrell. She is survived by the children of her marriage to Edward M. Head - Edward and Jean Head of Chino Valley, Ariz., Ellen H. Sloyer of Tallahassee, Fla., David and Caroline Head of Midlothian, Va., and Marion Head and Jill M. Heintzman of Hill City, S.D. She is also survived by five grandchildren; brother, Frederick Grantham of Miami; sister, Marion Tiegs of Tucson, Ariz.; and sister, Linda Stengele of Fox River Grove, Ill.
The family will receive visitors at Westwood Retirement Center, Magnolia Room, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the American Lung Association of Florida, P.O. Box 30470, 4300 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32503.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with the care and arrangements.
Jimmie Sue Johnson-Hall-Neville, age 69, a current resident of Shalimar, Fla., and former resident of Niceville, Fla., for 33 years, and a native of Butler County, Ala., died peacefully at her home on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Niceville. Illness took her physical body from us, but her spirit, love and enthusiasm will live forever with all who knew her and loved her. She had a gentle heart and was loved by everyone with whom she came in contact. Sue's strong love and caring ways will endure in an untold number of friends.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lt. Col. retired William "Bud" J. Neville; her children, Donna C. Wells (husband Col. Mark K. Wells) of Monument, Colo., Debbie S. Woody of Colorado Springs, and son, Hiram K. Johnson (wife Jill) of Fairhope, Ala.; grandchildren, Emily and Nathan Wells, Jeffrey, Joseph and Matthew Woody, and Hannah and Sarah Johnson; brothers, Aaron and Edward Ledbetter of Greenville, Ala.; and sister, Frances Lowery of Georgiana, Ala.
The family would like to give thanks and their love to Covenant Hospice of Okaloosa County and to John Macon for his empathy and understanding during her illness.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Doug Newton.
Inurnment will be in Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola, Fla., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice of Okaloosa County or to First United Methodist Church of Niceville, in memory of Sue Johnson-Hall-Neville.
Arrangements entrusted to Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Maria C. Cortes
In memory of Maria Cristina Cortes, born June 6, 1955, in the Bronx, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 2002, in Pensacola, Fla.
The daughter of Bienvenida Rivera Ramos and Gilberto Sierra, she is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Jose, and her three children, Erica, John and Michael. She grew up in New York City until becoming an Air Force wife in 1976, after her husband enlisted.
Maria loved to sew annual Halloween costumes for her children and make macram� hangers for her plethora of plants. She began her civil service career in 1988 in Madrid, Spain. During her career as a civil servant she supported various Air Force and Navy missions, and worked hard enhancing the community's awareness of her proud Hispanic heritage.
Maria remained a vital part of Det 2 AFOTEC until January 2001, when she was medically retired. Maria warmed the hearts of all that knew her. She was a very vivacious person who loved her family and friends dearly and wanted the best for everyone.
Visitation services will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave. S.E., off Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary being recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
A Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Valparaiso Boulevard in Niceville on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 9 a.m., followed immediately by the burial in Heritage Gardens Cemetery.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Robert E. Hennon
Robert E. Hennon, age 62, passed away at his residence on Feb. 10, 2002.
Mr. Hennon was born on June 29, 1939, in Newcastle, Pa. Robert was a member of the Northwest Florida Aero Modelers Association. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Hennon is survived by his wife, Zella; daughter, Deanna Pratt and husband Lee; grandson, Austin Pratt, all of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and sister, Betty Cassciotto of Newcastle, Pa.
Visitation will be conducted on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary, with cremation to follow.
Arrangements entrusted to McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach.
Gretchen L. Carter
Gretchen Lorene Carter, age 78, of Laurel Hill, Fla., passed away at her home on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002.
She was a lifelong resident of Laurel Hill and a retired bus driver. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill; member of Eastern Star; and active in running Carter Farms for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Carter. Survivors include her sons, Richard Carter and Mike Carter, both of Laurel Hill, and Johnny Carter of Enid, Okla.; brother, Robert Mitchell of Milligan, Fla.; sister, Merle Carroll of Laurel Hill; grandchildren, Deborah Carter, Jason Carter, Lindsey Schakleford and Suzanne Carter; and great-grandchildren, Lexi Carter and Carter Schakleford.
A time of visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in Reeder Cemetery in Laurel Hill.
Whitehurst Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and services.
Mary O. Hubbard, age 93, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 9, 2002.
Mary was born in Ridge Farm, Ill., on Feb. 6, 1909, to the late Levi Chester Osborne and Tina Celestine Roberts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Avise Hubbard, in 1977; and her brother, Hubert Osborne.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Ann Davis and husband John of Niceville; grandsons, Jeremy Lee Davis of Mobile, Ala., and Jeff Davis and wife Kristen of Tallahassee, Fla.; nephews, Jim Osborne of San Diego, and Tom Osborne of Phoenix, Ariz.; and lifelong friends, Mary Wick of Surprise, Ariz., and Ilene and Frank Kimpling of Leesburg, Fla.
Mary was a loving wife, mother and nana to Jeremy and Jeff. She was a wonderful example of a Christian woman who had such a sweet, gentle and grateful spirit. She was such a giving person and we will cherish her memory forever.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at Harris Cemetery in Dallas City, Ill., under the direction of Banks and Beals Funeral Home, 504 E. Main, La Harpe, IL 61450.
Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, 1005 West College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578, in Mary's memory.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of local arrangements.