Jimmi Rose Evans
Jimmi Rose Evans, age 21, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2002.
She was a devoted mother to baby Athenia Bailey. She was born on Jan. 1, 1981, to Lucina Hastings and Greg Evans in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Jimmi is survived by her grandparents, parents, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Jimmi went to school at Okaloosa-Walton Community College and was involved with her horse. She was a beautiful young lady with a lot of love, and provided encouragement to loved ones.
Services for family and close friends will be held at Rosegarden Cemetery in Gulf Breeze at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, with the Rev. Bobby Turner officiating. For more information, please contact Ella Evans at 803-4854.
Lucile Suggs Lunsford
Lucile Suggs Lunsford, age 67, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday, April 8, 2002, at North Okaloosa Medical Center.
Lucile was a devoted member of Victorious Life Church.
Lucile is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy; daughter, Jo Ann Loftin and husband Danny of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; son, Steve Lunsford and wife Paula of Crestview; daughter, Patti Griffin and husband Floyd of Atlanta. Lucile is also survived by four grandchildren, Casey, Heather, Brittney and Trey.
Visitation was at Whitehurst Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. for friends on Wednesday and funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday with Brother Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Seasun M. Carter
Seasun Michelle Carter, age 23, of Shalimar, Fla., died Saturday, April 6, 2002, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
She was born on March 3, 1979, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and lived in this area most of her life.
She is survived by her husband, Christopher Carter of Shalimar; parents, Leighlove and Henning Spilling of Mary Esther, Fla.; grandparents, Peggy and Arnold Caylor; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Cherry and Cecil Carter; sisters, Maryiah Spilling and husband Henning Spilling III of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., Erika Miller of Austin, Texas, and Katie Carter of Santa Rosa Beach; nephews, Henning Juel Spilling IV, Camron Layne Spilling and Gage Haven Carter; uncles, Arnold Wyatt Caylor and Daniel Hines Caylor; aunt, Karen Ann Woods; adoptive father, George Walter McCarlie; several nieces and nephews; and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, at St. Simon's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Martha Harris officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
The family will accept flowers.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Lisa Nichelle Whitley
Lisa Nichelle (Wyche) Whitley passed away Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1967, at Langley Air Force Base, Va. She lived in Norcross, Ga., and was employed by Venture Engineering Corp. as an electronic assembler. She graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1985.
Lisa is survived by her loving children, Kisha, Tahesha and Nasik; mother, Helena, and father, Andrew Wyche of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sisters, Pauline and husband Daryle Heyward of Tampa, Fla., Alesia and husband Chris Hilton of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and Delene Wyche of Fort Walton Beach; brother, Vincent Wyche of Seattle; former spouse, Steve Whitley of Fort Walton Beach; mother-in-law, Lydia Campbell, and father-in-law, Harvey Campbell of Freeport, Fla.; special companion, Ossie Ashmore, and mother, Gwen Ashmore; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Lisa will lie in state at the funeral home chapel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is directing.
Glenn David Stanford
Glenn David Stanford, age 44, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at his residence Saturday, April 6, 2002, after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his mother, Frances M. Stanford of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Sherry Stanford of Fort Walton Beach; brother, Gary J. Stanford and wife Kelly and their children, Matthew, Rachel and Stephen of Fort Walton Beach; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Joe F. Stanford.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach with Dr. Howard L. Gates and the Rev. Don Madaris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Covenant Hospice; or First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach Building Fund.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is handling arrangements.
Rissie S. Brown
Rissie S. Brown, age 86, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away April 8, 2002, at The Manor at Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Fla.
Rissie was born on Oct. 23, 1915, in Holt, Ala., and lived the majority of her life in Fairfield, Ala., where she retired as an office manager. She was a member of the Hunter Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. In 1988, she moved to Shalimar, where she resided in the Poquito Bayou area.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, Edward A. and Vera Alice Savage; husband, Ercel S. Brown; sisters, Louvenia, Rubilea and Amy Rose; and her brother, Tom.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Brenda Brown of Shalimar; granddaughter and husband, Stacey and Justin Robbins; and great-granddaughter, Hadleigh Anne Robbins of Fort Walton Beach; grandson, Travis Brown of Pensacola, Fla.; sister and husband, Vera Nell and Randolph Mitchell of Huntsville, Ala.; and brother and wife, Bill and Janie Savage of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Rissie led a full and robust life until the last four months when heart problems limited her activity level. She loved living in Shalimar, where she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a sweet and gracious woman who will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the people of The Manor who helped add quality of life to her final days. We would also like to thank Covenant Hospice for their loving, caring attention and kindness, which they provided in such a difficult time.
Anyone wishing to honor Rissie's memory is asked to make a donation in her name to Covenant Hospice.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home with Chaplain Terry Weber-Rodriguez officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham on April 13, following a graveside service there.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is handling arrangements.
Dr. Robert R. Leeper
Dr. Robert R. Leeper, age 88, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at a local hospital.
Dr. Leeper was born in North Carolina on Sept. 8, 1913, to Donald H. Leeper Sr., M.D. and Beria Davis Leeper. Robert lived in DeFuniak Springs for the past 23 years. He was a former resident of Silver Spring, Md., and Presbyterian by faith. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs.
Prior to World War II, Robert attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master of Arts degree. After proudly serving his country during the war he returned home to complete his education at Columbia University in New York City, earning a Doctorate of Education.
For 28 years he was the editor of "Educational Leadership," a magazine published by ASCD, a professional organization in education. Upon retirement, he and Sarah Lou continued to work in the field of education by reviewing and rewriting material for publication.
In 1983, Robert published a collection of poems and short stories he had written while attending Columbia University. THE BRINDLE MULE shares his memories of growing up in his beloved Brushy Mountains of North Carolina.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Lou Leeper.
He is survived by a brother, William Hugh Leeper of New York; sister, Mary Eunice Bower of Williamsport, Pa.; nieces, Georgeann Leeper, Julia Leeper, Mary E. Petero, Mary Lou Hawkes and Jean C. Findley.
Funeral services will be held at Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. with the Revs. Henry Mooney and Kenneth Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in Euchee Valley Cemetery.
Active pallbearers for the service will be Robert Dobson, Mark Davis, Ingram McDonald, Benton Southard, Billy Fountain and Norman Young. Honorary pallbearers will be P.W. Miles, Molin Campbell, Dewyne Douglass, Sonny Yates, Ron Andrews, Frank Anderson and Leslie Reese.
A time of visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at Euchee Valley Church.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs; or the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church.
Clary-Godwin/Comander Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Chester Arthur May
Chester Arthur May, age 85, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away of a lengthy illness on April 8, 2002.
He was born on March 8, 1917, in Union Springs, Ala. Mr. May was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Arthur May and Susie Eidson May; and son-in-law, Robert Sisson.
His memories will forever be cherished by his wife of 62 years, Emily Showalter May; four daughters, Suzanna Alexander and husband Lawrence, Sandy Sisson, Ginger Fox and Joy May-Sparks and husband Guy; nine grandchildren, Scott and Todd Hilbers, Kevin Sisson, Emily Simon, Betsy, Charles and Ann Fox, Zachary and Jesse Sparks; and three great-grandsons, Quinn Sisson, Duncan Hilbers and Bobby Simon.
He is also survived by his brother, Dr. James W. May and wife Gene of Atlanta; and a host of nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends, all who were privileged to have known him. As a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, father-in-law, and friend, his admirable qualities will be passed on to all.
Chester May attended Marion Military Academy in Marion, Ala., and graduated from Emory University in Atlanta in 1938. After graduating from Emory he was area supervisor of the National Youth Administration in Clarksville, Gainesville, and Savannah, Ga.
Serving in World War II with the amphibious forces in England, he retired as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, receiving a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Forces, and he remained active with the Naval Reserves for many years. Following the war, he began his own business, the C.A. May Marine Supply Co. in Decatur, Ga. Upon retiring from the business in 1976, he settled in Freeport, Fla., for many happy years before moving to Niceville, Fla., and then to Fort Walton Beach.
All of his life, Chester May was an active member of the Methodist Church, most recently with the Shalimar United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at Shalimar United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 20, at 4 p.m.
As Chester May loved His Lord, the family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shalimar United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 795, Shalimar, FL 32579.
Helen V. Northeimer
Helen Vivian Northeimer, a previous resident of Reading, Pa., and presently a resident of Destin, Fla., died April 9, 2002.
A graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1939, she retired to Destin four years ago.
She was the wife of the late Richard Calvert Northeimer of Reading. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Lamon Booker; grandson, William Frank Lee Jr.; twin sister, Evelyn Virginia Bachman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Mae Lois Yarbrough
Mae Lois Martin Yarbrough, age 74, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002.
She was born in Alabama and grew up in Crestview, Fla. She was of the Methodist faith. She graduated from Crestview High School in 1946; and graduated from Massis Business College in Jacksonville, Fla. Mrs. Yarbrough moved to Pensacola, Fla., in 1949. She was a secretary at Saint Regis Paper Co. from 1949 to 1955; married from 1953 to 1975; and had four children: Kim, Ray, Greg and Gary.
She was an American Red Cross volunteer starting in 1974. Mae Lois was a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother before Alzheimer's. She lived the last two years in the care of her loving son, Ray Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Tonya and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dee Cylvester Martin and Bertha Barnett Martin; and sister, Hazel Jeanette Martin.
Mae Lois is survived by her daughter, Kim Yarbrough Rice of Damascus, Md.; three sons, Ray Jr. (Tonya) Yarbrough of Milton, Fla., Greg (Thora) Yarbrough of Pensacola, and Gary Yarbrough of Manassas, Va.; five grandchildren, Brandon, Devin, Tony, Jason and Daniel; sister, Gladys Jewel Martin Garrett; and countless nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. before the services. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview, next to her parents.
We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Covenant Hospice and their exceptional staff whom with knowledge and kindness guided and supported our family through our loved one's passing.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.