Kenneth M. Rief
Kenneth Michael Rief, age 29, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 18, 2002.
Kenneth was born on July 12, 1972, in Cincinnati at Christ Hospital. He had a loving personality and a giving heart. Kenneth will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nonita and Jerrold Conant; father, Graydon M. Rief; sister, Michelle; and stepbrother, Jimmy. He is also survived by three nieces and several family members in Ohio.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Nelson officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Robert Hathcock
The Rev. Robert H. Hathcock, "Bro Bob," age 71, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at his residence.
He was a loving father, daddy, papaw, great papaw, pastor and friend. He gave and never took. A man who touched many hearts and lives.
Survivors include his wife, Jerrie Hathcock of Crestview; son, Robert W. Hathcock of Crestview; daughters, Donna McBride of Virginia Beach, Va., Linda Wilson of Crestview, Evelyn Jackson of Choctaw Beach, Fla., and Lois Adkison of Crestview; brothers, Thelmon H. Hathcock of Billingsley, Ala., Carl Hathcock of Siloam Springs, Ark., and George Hathcock of Baton Rouge, La.; sisters, Mary Ventura of Valdosta, Ga., and Flora Gilbert of Milbrook, Ala.
Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Eugene Strickland and the Rev. Billy Joy officiating. Memorialization by cremation.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, 492 E. Pine Ave., Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth N. Jenkins
Elizabeth North Jenkins, born Oct. 1, 1924, in Moultrie, Ga., and a resident of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., since 1963, departed this life on Feb. 20, 2002, after surgery for pancreatic cancer at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Jenkins; sons, Tom, Bill and Al Brushwood; stepdaughter, Carolyn Jenkins Scharf; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nephew, Will Morris Loosen; and niece, Pat Loosen Efflein.
Her family and friends were the center of her life and her love, values and compassion are an inspiration to us all.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home, with family and friends sharing their memories.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Jewell H. Henderson
Jewell Hall Henderson, age 80, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, 2002, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Henderson was born on May 22, 1921, in Butler County, Ala., to the late Callie Mae and Wiley Melvin Hall. Mrs. Henderson was a longtime resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., moving here from Greenville, Ala. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Charles Herman Henderson; and brother, Irby Hamilton Hall.
She is survived by a son, Charles H. Henderson Jr. and wife Harumi of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Ann H. Russell and husband Warren of Niceville; daughter, Barbara J. Morris and husband Larry of Milton, Fla., and brother, T.J. Hall of Mobile, Ala. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Chad D. Morris, Joshua D. Morris, Margaret Ann Clark, Charles H. Henderson III, Benjamin W. Russell, Julianne E. Russell Murphy, and Jonathan W. Russell; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Archer and the Rev. Joseph Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Frances J. Nostrand
Frances J. Frye Nostrand, age 68, passed away peacefully Feb. 19, 2002.
She was the beloved wife of the late William O. Nostrand; cherished mother of Matthew (Anne) Kristen, and Clifford (Julie); proud grandmother of Connor, Parker, Morgan and Adam; dear sister of Helen Williams; kind sister-in-law of Robert Taylor; and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Born to William P. and Frances Frye on May 20, 1933, her formative years were spent on Chicago's north side where she graduated from Senn High School. Upon graduating from Hope College in Holland, Mich., Frances began a teaching career that included schools in Michigan, Hawaii and Chicago's western suburbs. She married William in 1960 and they spent most of their lives raising their children in Western Springs.
Most recently, she was active in the Niceville, Fla., community, where she and Bill retired in 1990. She humbly understated the number of lives she touched, but from former students to her family, bridge and golf partners alike, and many friends, she will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Halowell and James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside, Ill.
A funeral Mass will be said on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11:15 a.m. at St. Johns of the Cross Church, 5005 South Wolf Road.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
George H. Rohde Funeral Home, Cincinnati, is in charge of arrangements.
Barbara Sue Barnes
Barbara Sue Barnes, age 60, of Crestview, Fla., peacefully transitioned from this world to her next adventure on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002.
Sue was a passionate person. If you were around her for very long you also were caught up in her passion. Passionate about everything in her life, from her loving family and friends to helping keep safe the children in our community. She worked tirelessly to help establish the Guardian Ad Litem program while attending college full-time.
Following her graduation with honors from Troy State University, she began attending FSU School of Law at a time when most her age were beginning to retire and take life easy. She practiced law for those who needed it most, giving of herself even when she was least able to. She lived life to the fullest, savoring everything around her. Her life was an example for all that knew her to live by.
Sue had a great love for her husband, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They were the most important things to her. She received great joy from watching the birds and other wildlife that gathered in her front yard, but her greatest joy was fishing the river with her loving husband.
Barbara Sue is survived by her husband, Charles Barnes; daughters, Barbara Suzanne Rosicka of Shalimar, Fla., Allison Elizabeth Chabon and husband Greg of Greensboro, N.C., Catherine Phael Phillips of Crestview, and Leslie Woodham and husband Buzz of Santa Rosa Beach; brother, Raymond Duke and wife Maggie of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and two sisters; grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Sammy, Cassie, Garret, Sarah, Ryan and Rudy; and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Sue requested contributions be made to the Children's Advocacy Center, 401 McEwen Drive, Niceville, FL 32578
Sue was a private person and her request was for all who knew her to rejoice in her journey and be good to each other. Sue will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Her family will strive to fulfill her wish to live a happy, full life. We wish her as much success in her second journey as she had in her first.
A private service for family will be held at a later time.
John B. Marks
Maj. Gen. John B. Marks, U.S. Air Force retired, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at The Manor at Bluewater Bay after a prolonged illness.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1928, in New Orleans, to John B. Marks Sr. and Lena Thibodaux Marks. He graduated from Nepolionville, La., high school in 1946 and from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1950 with a degree in electrical engineering. He earned his master of science degree in business administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1964.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Julene; a daughter, Kathy Krivesti; a son, Timothy; and two grandchildren. Other survivors include a sister, Joel Ann Dugas of Napoleonville, La.; and a brother, Henry O. Marks of Pierre-Part, La.
During his 35 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Gen. Marks held many important positions of responsibility in the intelligence and electronic warfare communities. He served as Chief, Electronic Warfare Division, U.S. European Command; Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Air Force Systems Command; Commander, Air Force Systems Command, Foreign Technology Division; Director of Intelligence, U.S. Pacific Command; Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, U.S. Air Force; and Commander, Electronic Security Command, from which he retired in July 1983. After retirement from the Air Force he held positions as Vice President Fairchild Weston Systems Inc., and Loral Data Systems Inc.
He and Julene moved from Virginia to the Bluewater Bay, Niceville, Fla., area in 1994, where he became active in the local community, including membership in the Kiwanis, the Air Force Association, and The Association of Old Crows.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home. A prayer service will be conducted at 4:30 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church, Whitepoint Road, Niceville, with the Rev. Craig Williams officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in John's memory be made to Covenant Hospice of Northwest Florida; or to a charity of choice.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Kenneth P. Gifford
Kenneth P. Gifford, age 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
He was born on Feb. 14, 1915, in Rome, N.Y., the son of Perry and Catherine Gifford, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was a son, Daniel James, who passed away Oct. 12, 1998.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife of 61 years, Jean S. Gifford; son, David and his wife Catherine of Rome, N.Y.; daughters, Sherry Cranford and husband Raymond of Mossy Head, Fla., and Robin Weiler and husband Gary of Point Rock, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Gifford and wife Dode of Rome, N.Y.; sister, Alice Bilodeau of Utica, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church; the Young at Heart of Trinity; Senior Friends; and Creative Seniors.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the wonderful staff of Covenant Hospice for the loving care of him and his family, and to his church family of Trinity for all their love, prayers and support.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Covenant Hospice, 101 Hart St., Niceville, FL 32578; or to the Building Fund at Trinity United Methodist Church, in his memory.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is handling the arrangements.
Mary Sue Robblee
Mary Sue Robblee, age 62, of Destin, Fla., completed her earthly mission on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002.
She was born on March 15, 1939, in Norwood, Mass. She was a resident of the local area since 1972. She married her loving husband, Avard, on Nov. 25, 1970. Mrs. Robblee worked as a medical records transcriber for civil service at various locations, including Cheyenne, Wyo., Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Eglin Air Force Base Hospital.
They moved to Carrabelle, Fla., in January 1994 and in 1996 Mary and Avard were diagnosed with cancer. She continued to work at Tallahassee Memorial until 1997 when they moved back to Destin. She received health care in Pensacola Baptist Hospital until she was sent home to be at rest. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fort Walton Beach, First Ward. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her loving husband, Avard M. Robblee; daughter, Laura Jean Oniel of Carrabelle, Fla.; two grandchildren; aunt, Dorothy Gregger; cousin, Chuck Gregger of Lake Forest Club near Brounstown, Ind.; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Martin of Seymore, Ind.
Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Ann Robblee, on Jan. 27, 2002.
Friends may call at a visitation on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 339 N.W. Lake Drive, Fort Walton Beach, with Bishop Ron Rogers officiating. Following services, burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Jean "J.A." Robertson, age 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, in a local hospital.
He was born in McComb, Miss., on Nov. 15, 1925, and was raised in Magnolia, Miss., where he graduated from high school. During his high school years he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Jean served for two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then attended Tulane University in Louisiana and Biltmore College in North Carolina.
He worked for the Air Weather Service in Asheville, N.C., and transferred to Eglin Air Force Base, where he worked for 27 years as a mathematician in the math lab before retiring. He then worked at Oklahoma State at Eglin as a computer programmer.
Jean treasured his family and was a wonderful husband and father.
In his spare time he especially enjoyed golfing, bird watching, fishing, and growing tomatoes in his garden.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; son, Brian of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Rhonda of Orlando; and sisters, Mona Raby of New Orleans, and Marguerite Fayard of Waveland, Miss.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, with burial following in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is handling arrangements.