Anthony Paul Verini
Anthony Paul "Tony" Verini, age 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Shalimar, Fla.
He was born on June 5, 1927, in Patterson, N.J., to the late Dominick and Minnie Verini. After growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945. Upon completing his tour of duty as a staff sergeant, he was decorated with the World War II Victory Medal.
In 1949, he became employed with the aircraft service division of Fairchild/Republic Industries in New York, which then took him to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., and finally to the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area in 1966. After 30 years of service, he retired in 1981.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Riccardi, in 1998.
Tony will be deeply missed by his surviving daughters, Shalimar Verini Barker and husband David of Canoga Park, Calif., Catherine Verini of Shalimar; and son, Christopher Chamberlain of Cheyenne, Wyo. He is also survived by a son, Dominick Verini, and daughter Joan Babcock of Houston, Texas. Sisters include Grace Caprara of Long Island, N.Y., Helen Kramer and husband Kenneth of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Anna Patten of Fort Walton Beach.
Tony also leaves behind a beloved grandson, Destin Anthony Barker of Canoga Park. Among many nieces and nephews, he will be dearly missed by his niece, Barbara Lashley of Long Island.
Among Tony's many interests was his love of music, and he was an expert mechanic. There was nothing he could not repair or rebuild. For recreation he loved going to Biloxi, Miss., with family and friends. We will all miss his laughter, kind heart and sense of humor.
We love you always.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach.
Church services will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach, with burial following at 12:30 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
The family requests floral arrangements be sent to Emerald Coast Funeral Home, and not to St. Mary's, which is observing Lent.
Leon Robert Greene
Leon R. "Buck" Greene, age 84, went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 3, 2002.
He was born on July 7, 1917, in Bradford County, Fla., and was a lifetime resident of Okaloosa County, Fla.
Mr. Greene served our community as mayor of Niceville, Fla.; county commissioner for Okaloosa County; and was an active member and deacon of Antioch Baptist Church in Crestview, Fla., for many years. After becoming physically disabled, Mr. Greene remained a lifetime honorary deacon of Antioch Baptist Church and community advocate.
Leon R. "Buck" Greene was preceded in death by his parents, Landon and Edna Shoffner Greene; and his first wife, Donnie Lee Thompson Greene.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Greene of Baker, Fla.; sisters, Helen Smith and husband Ray of Pensacola, Fla., Evelyn Taylor of Kansas City; sister-in-law, Annette Thompson of Crestview; sons, James R. "Billy" Caine and wife Florence, Richard Greene and wife Marjorie, Landon Greene and Sheila Adams, and Larry Greene and wife Frankie; daughter-in-law, Regina Greene, all of Crestview; and stepdaughters, Allison Broxon and Robyn Stewart, both of Baker. Grandchildren include Sylvia Peterson, Sharon Sadler, James Caine, Robby Mendes, Tamara Mendes, Shaun Neville, Tammy Williams, Landon Greene, Laura Hartzog, Lee Greene Martello, Lainie Rogers, Lesley Patrick, Amanda Campbell, Chad Broxon, Dylan Smith, Sydney, Nikki and Erika Stewart. His legacy will also live on in the lives of nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with visitation one hour before services at Antioch Baptist Church, Crestview.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
James O. Jackson
On Saturday, March 2, 2002, our husband, father and dear friend, James O. Jackson, went home to be with our Lord after a brief illness at the D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton, Ala.
Jimmy was born in Boone, N.C., on Oct. 15, 1932, to Young Robert Jackson and Elizabeth Tidwell Jackson. He was preceded in death by
his parents; bro-thers, Robert "Rob" Jackson, George "Jack" Jackson, and Gene Jackson; and sisters, Anne Starke and Clara Chavis.
He was raised in Camden, S.C., before moving to Brewton, Ala., where he met and married his wife, Hazel. He served in the U.S. Army with the 31st Infantry (Dixie) Division in Atterbury, Ind., before moving to Pensacola, Fla. While in Pensacola he made many lifelong friends while establishing himself in the plumbing field. He then moved and settled in Mary Esther, Fla., in 1961 and founded Mary Esther Plumbing and later James O. Jackson Builders.
Jimmy lived a rich life. Throughout the years he enjoyed many hours of square dancing, camping with notable friends, freshwater fishing trips, Friday night outings with close friends, and attending numerous of his grandsons' ballgames.
Jimmy lives on in the hearts of all that knew him. He will be especially missed by his wife, Hazel Brown Jackson; sons, George Robert "Robbie" and wife Cheryl, and Terry "Brian" and wife Angelica; his six doting grandsons, Christopher Ryan, Andrew Brian, Matthew Clark, Alec James, Wesley Gene and Austin Robert Jackson. His grandsons loving referred to him as "J.J." He also leaves behind two sisters, Dean Johnson of Dallas, Texas, and Lois Nunnery of Columbia; brothers-in-law, Les Brown and wife Carrie of Brewton; sisters-in-law, Louise Jackson and Elma McCurdy of Brewton, and Doris Jackson King of Greenville, S.C. Many near and dear cousins, nieces, nephews and friends that are too numerous to mention but cannot be forgotten will also feel the void left in their hearts.
Jimmy always put his family first, carrying them on high and never faltering. He was respected by those that knew him and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Although his body may have weakened, his powerful spirit will always live on in our hearts until the day we will be united with him in God's holy grace.
"I will be with you always," Matthew 28:20.
Serving as pallbearers will be Christopher Jackson, Andrew Jackson, Matthew Jackson, Mark Parrett, Les Brown, Tim McCurdy, Jeff Jackson and Jackie Jackson.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday at Mary Esther United Methodist Church from noon to 1 p.m. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.
Douglas G. Worley
Douglas G. Worley, age 82, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2002, at a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Douglas moved from Andalusia, Ala., 51 years ago. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps as a master sergeant. He was Assembly of God by faith and a member of the Liberty Assembly of God Church. Douglas enjoyed farming and serving the Lord.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Vivian J. Worley of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; sons, John C. Worley and wife Carolyn of Pensacola, and Wayne Worley of Moss Point, Miss.; brother, Clinton Worley of Andalusia; sisters, Nora Bailey of Carrabelle, Fla., Mildred Rhodes of Moss Point, and Mavis Lindsey of Elberta, Ala.; grandchildren, Kathy Redins, Mike Allan, Ronnie Allan, Jackie Ray, James Worley, Michael Worley and JoAnn Golf; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Clary-Godwin Chapel, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, with the Revs. Jeff Cain and George Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow in Cluster Springs Cemetery.
Floral contributions will be accepted.
Arrangements entrusted to Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs.
Jacob Miles Courtoy
Jacob Miles Courtoy, born Nov. 4, 2001, was received in heaven by his Heavenly Father on March 3, 2002.
Jacob was preceded in death by Pap-Paw, Terry Gainey, in 1998.
Jacob leaves behind his devoted loving mother, Sonya Courtoy; his big, loving, helpful sister, Emily Courtoy; and his twin sister, LaRaina Courtoy of Niceville, Fla.; also his grandmother, Audrey Gainey; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Currington of Valparaiso, Fla.; his loving aunt, Lanora Sullivan of Valparaiso; special cousin, Macheal Currington; among numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Dwight Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Live Oak Cemetery in Crestview, Fla.
Fellowship and refreshments will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after the service.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Lemuel "Samuel" Mena
Lemuel "Samuel" Mena, age 82, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away in a local hospital Tuesday, March 5, 2002.
He retired in 1982 from Seven Santini Brothers in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Shalimar in 1992.
Samuel is survived by six children, Julio Velez, Pedro Mena and Maria Velez-Raffo of Shalimar, Samuel Mena Jr., Mirta Mena and Ileana Mena of Puerto Rico. He is also survived by two sisters, Zorida Mena and Elida Mena de la Rosa of Puerto Rico; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Luz Maria Ramos; parents, Juan and Rosa Mena; and four brothers, Juan Ramon Mena, Raul Mena, Harry Mena and Angel Mena.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ben Delgado officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Services under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Local prominent artist Rita Schaefer died at the age of 83 on March 4, 2002, in Brooksville, Fla.
She was born in Tacoma, Wash., on Feb. 16, 1919, one of five children born to Edward Peter Leonard and Mary Jeanette Barney.
Rita graduated from Wash-ington State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a minor in music. She studied under the internationally acclaimed abstract expressionists, Clyfford Still. She had her first one-person show under his tutelage in Spo-kane, Wash. Ri-ta's art has been exhibited in galleries in Wash-ington, New York, California, Louisiana, Utah, Florida, New Mexico, Illinois, and other states. She won over 150 awards for her art, many on the national level.
She is also credited with organizing the first symphony orchestra in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and has the practice hall building named for her. Rita also had a wonderful sense of humor.
She married Charles F. Schaefer on Oct. 14, 1941. They were 36-year residents of Fort Walton Beach. His career with Air Force civil service took them from Washington to New Mexico and Florida where he was the Civilian Personnel Officer at Eglin Air Force Base. They had been married for 60 years when Mr. Schaefer died last December.
Rita is also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Julia Snyder and Genevieve Gustafson; brother, Peter Leonard; and son, Charles Schaefer.
Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her sister, Mary Anne Hoffman of Seattle; children, Nick Schaefer and wife Sandy of Scottsdale Ariz., Shirley Fry and husband Hayden of Mesquite, Nev., George Schaefer and his partner Stuart Schwart of Gainesville, Fla., Rae Rudny and husband John of Brooksville; her daughter-in-law, Gayle Schaefer of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Lesley Humphrey, Bryan Griffin, Jayme Griffin, Suzanne Strader, Chaz Schaefer; and three great grandchildren, Hayden Griffin, Ashleigh Griffin, and Nicholas Humphrey.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
There will be a Mass for both Rita and Chuck Schaefer at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11. Mr. Schaefer will be inurned and Mrs. Schaefer will be interred at Jesse Rogers Memorial Cemetery. There will also be a private at-sea memorial for Mr. Schaefer.
Ina Lovingood Boring
Ina Lovingood Boring, age 84, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, March 4, 2002, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Mrs. Boring, known affectionately as "Mamaw," was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Isaac (Ike) Hartsell Boring, the noted sculptor, inventor of the steam and dry iron and precision grinder.
Mrs. Boring was born in Polk County, Tenn., to Laura Ione Stalcup Lovingood and Oliver Goldsmith Lovingood. She was the valedictorian of her high school class, later becoming a nurse before marrying. The Borings made their home in Tennessee, where all of their children were born, then in Georgia; after being widowed, Mrs. Boring lived in Florida most of her later years. Her major contribution was nurturing and raising her beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She chose as her household motto: "The best thing to spend on your children is time."
Mrs. Boring was preceded in death by four sons, Bill Boring, Wendell Boring, Douglas and Ernie Boring; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
Survivors include five daughters, Sonja Loveridge of Fountain, Fla., Olivia Kelly of Atlanta, Olindia Bell of Navarre, Fla., Amelia Myers of Santa Rosa Beach, and Maria Peifer of Lawrenceville, Ga.; six sons, Dwight Boring of Douglasville, Ga., Sessell Boring of Jacksonville, Fla., Cordell Boring of Lilburn, Ga., Dean Boring of Snellville, Estes Boring and David Boring, both of Jefferson, Ga.; brother, the Rev. Richard Lovingood of Virginia; 29 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the funeral service will beheld Thursday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross, Ga., with Father Paul Flood officiating. Interment will follow in Peachtree Memorial Park in Norcross.
Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross (770-448-5757).
On March 4, 2002, our gracious Lord welcomed his servant Elizabeth "Betty" Wood's soul into his kingdom from her home in Crestview, Fla.
Betty was a wife, mother and primitive art craftmaker, blessed with a creative spirit and a rich imagination, coupled with an uncanny ability to present her artworks to others in a pleasing and positive manner. God will find her a happy member in his immortal house. In her mortal life she served her church and community proudly and was pleasant and happy to all she encountered.
She leaves behind a family rich in love and caring - her husband, Dwain, with whom she shared 40 years of marital bliss; sons, Dave Wood of Concord, Calif., and Dan Wood of Woodridge, Ill.; daughters, Teresa Sab of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Susan Wood of Palm Bay, Fla.; grandchildren, Alex Sab, Jenny Sab and Benjamin Wood. In addition to her immediate family - brothers, John Terpkosh of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tom Terpkosh of Iowa City, Iowa; and sister, Cathy Kellogg, also of Iowa City, survive her.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church with Father John Kelly serving as celebrant. Betty will be interred in Calvary Cemetery in Brooklyn, Iowa.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a vigil service at 7 p.m.
It is requested, in lieu of flowers, contributions to Covenant Hospice, Niceville, Fla.; and the American Cancer Society be considered.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Jessica A. Russell
Jessica A. Powers Russell, age 32, of Destin, Fla., and formerly of Cannelton, Ind., died Friday, March 1, 2002, at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans from complications of Crohn's disease.
She was born in Tell City, Ind., on Aug. 1, 1969. Jessica was a 1985 graduate of Cannelton High School.
Her father, David E. Powers, preceded her in death in 1998.
She is survived by her husband of six years, Chris Russell; sons, Zachary Zuelly of Tell City, Ind., and Ricce Russell of Destin; stepdaughter, Forrest Russell of Louisville, Ky.; stepson, Brik Russell of Louisville; mother, Betty Mattingly Powers of Cannelton; sister, Shari Everly of Tell City, Ind.; brothers, Brett Powers of Tell City, David M. Powers of Cannelton, and Jon Powers of Aurora, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Huber Funeral Home in Cannelton with Father Tom Richstatter, OFM, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jessica Russell Memorial Fund, in care of Old National Bank, 529 Main St., Tell City, IN 47586.
Huber Funeral Home, Cannelton, is in charge of arrangements.