Robert E. Justice
Retired Lt. Col. Robert E. Justice, age 72, of Valparaiso, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital after a short illness.
Born in Springfield, Ill., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1952, serving with distinction in Vietnam. A graduate of the Command and General Staff College, his awards included the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, and the Purple Heart, among others.
After retiring in 1972, he farmed several farms in Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri for 20 years before settling in Valparaiso. He was a member of Niceville United Methodist Church; Scottish Rite and Hadji Shrine of Pensacola, Fla.; Northwest Florida Retired Officers' Club; Veterans of Foreign Wars; and was a Florida master gardener.
Predeceased by a much-loved son, Jonathan, he is survived by his wife, Vivian (Genre) Justice; sons, Robert Jr. of Los Alamos, N.M., and Albert of Romeo, Mich.; daughters, Linda of Springfield, and Ellen of Austin, Texas; five brothers; four sisters; and grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment, which took place in Lewistown, Ill., over the weekend, were arranged by Cedar Hill Chapel in Pensacola.
John C. Barth
John C. Barth, age 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
John was born in Havelock, Iowa, on June 2, 1921, to Carl and Ruby Barth. He had been a resident of this area for the past 31 years and was a member of the Hurlburt Field Officer's Club, Daedalians-Flight 61, Soundside Kiwanis, Hadji Temple, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach Shrine Club and Nell's Masonic Lodge, Las Vegas, Nev.
He is survived by his son, James C. Barth; daughter, Janet W. Barth; daughter-in-law, Connie Barth; brother Claude A. Barth; sister, Myrl Gabrielson; and grandchild, Jason Baker.
John was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial service Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997, at 6 p.m. in McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hadji Temple Children's Hospital or a charity of your choice.
Willie "Boogie" Hall, age 64, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 25, 1997, at his home after an extended illness.
He was a native and lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs. Coach Hall was employed with the Walton County school system for 30-plus years until his retirement in 1995. He taught at Tivoli and Maude Saunders Elementary School, and was also on the coaching staff of Walton Senior High School at the time of his death.
Willie was a member and elder of Bethel Presbyterian Church in DeFuniak Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Linconyer; daughter, Shontal of Pensacola, Fla.; son, Robert Andre of Dallas; brothers, Robert of Plant City, Fla., and Dan of Orlando, Fla. His adoptive family, one brother Thomas (Savannah) Jordan Jr. of DeFuniak Springs. Three sisters, Jean (Grover) Crawford, Bessie (Willie J.) Harris, both of Orlando, and Anna J. Williams of Tallahassee, Fla.; four brothers-in-law, Clyne A. (Gracie) Goode of Capitol Heights, Md., Henry W. Goode of DeFuniak Springs, Sidney A. (Lenora) Goode of Midland, Mich., and Rolfe W. (Hazel) Goode of Houston; sisters-in-law, Tuiana E. Miller of Plano, Texas, and Sandra J. (Ed) Hogans of Ponce de Leon, Fla. Boogie also has a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greater St. Joseph AME Church, DeFuniak Springs.
Scholarship contributions in Boogie's name can be made to Regions Bank in DeFuniak Springs.
Park Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Hugh Brian Williams
Hugh Brian Williams, age 37, 905 40th St. South, No. 5, Birmingham, Ala., passed away Sept. 27, 1997, at Medical Center East in Birmingham.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Peel Funeral Home Chapel in Bonifay, Fla., with the Rev. John Macon officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, J.D. and Luverne Williams of Valparaiso, Fla.; brothers, J. Carl and wife Joan Williams of Mary Esther, Fla., Stanley D. and wife Shirley Williams of Cary, N.C., and Dennis A. and wife Liz of Niceville, Fla.; sister, Anita G. and husband Dennis Townsend of Atlanta; paternal grandmother, Nellie Mae Williams of Bonifay; nephews and nieces, Keith Williams, Curtis Williams, Amy Williams, Chad Williams, JaeDe Williams, Amber Williams, Clinton Townsend and Malori Townsend; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Peel Funeral Home in Bonifay is in charge of arrangements.
Charles T. Walther
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Charles "Chuck" T. Walther passed away Friday evening, Sept. 26, 1997, at his home after a courageous fight with cancer.
Chuck was born on Jan. 20, 1932, in Parkersburg, W.Va. He referred to the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area as his home after moving here in 1981. Chuck's first career of 32 years was unselfishly spent serving his country as one of the most dedicated and outstanding U.S. Air Force pararescueman.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1981, Chuck went on to another successful career in the field of mental health. He was a licensed mental health counselor and certified clinical hypnotherapist.
Chuck is survived by his best friend and wife, Hazel Harper; his son, Michael Walther; daughter-in-law, Paula; daughter, Terri McManus, all of Tampa, Fla.; stepdaughter, Linda Ochoa of New Baden, Ill.; sister, Shirley Griffin and brother-in-law Bob of Las Vegas; sister, Diane Wilson and brother-in-law Ralph of Vienna, W.Va.; and grandchildren, Hayley, Michael, Ethan and Kristen.
Chuck will be deeply missed by his wife, family, friends and his beloved pets. His candle burned out long before his legend ever will. He will remain in our memories forever.
In respect of Chuck's wishes, services will be held privately.
Reynold A. Soukup
Col. Reynold A. Soukup, U.S. Air Force retired, age 73, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997.
Funeral services and intermenty in Barrancas National Cemetery with Military honors will be announced by Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, has been chosen for the arrangements.
Reynold A. Soukup
Col. Reynold A. Soukup, U.S. Air Force retired, age 81, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997.
Col. Soukup was born on Oct. 15, 1923, in Chicago. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1969 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with over 29 years of service, having served during World War II; the Korean conflict; and the Vietnam era. He was a member of the Officers' Club; American Legion; and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Col. Soukup is survived by his wife, Kitty J. Soukup; sons, Guy Soukup, Paul Soukup, Robert Teague, Don Teague and Douglas Teague; daughters, Gail Tabb, LaVonne Boskoff, Sylvia Miller; sister, Rose Marie Sahk; and grandchildren, Shawn, Erik, Elliott, Billy, Heather, Brian Callie and Donnie.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Little Chapel Funeral Home. Graveside intermenty services, with military honors, will follow at 1:15 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, has been selected for arrangements.
John C.B. Thomas
John C.B. "Breck" Thomas, age 67, of Bruce, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Mr. Thomas was born on Feb. 13, 1930, in Bruce. He resided in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for 25 years before returning to Bruce in 1985. He retired from ATT as the southeast manager after 33 years of service. Mr. Thomas was chairman of the Walton County Democratic Committee; present chairman of the Florida tribe of Eastern Creek Indians; and a member of Pine Arbor Tribal Town. He practiced the Creek religion.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam Thomas; son, Allen Thomas Sr., both of Bruce; daughter, Camilla Gant of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Allen Thomas Jr. of Bruce, Steven Gant of Manderin, Fla., and Jennifer Moorhouse of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Tambrie, Camilla and Zackery; mother, Mazie T. Rossell of Bruce; brother, Donald Thomas and wife Kay of Bruce; sisters, Julia Bogan of Bosier City, La., and Carolyn Walker of Branford, Fla.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Bruce Methodist Church with the Rev. William Messer officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery with a traditional Creek burial ceremony.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Bruce Land Fund or to the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians. The family will receive friends at the fellowship hall after the burial.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
John Gordon Taylor
John Gordon Taylor, age 56, of Navarre Beach, Fla., died Sept. 28, 1997, in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Taylor was born on May 25, 1941, in Bluefield, W.Va. He was an iron worker in the construction industry. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Navarre United Methodist Church; Friends of Navarre Library; and Navarre Beach Homeowners Association. He was an accomplished scuba diver; a pilot; and participated in marathon running. He had lived in Makaha, Hawaii, before moving to Navarre Beach five years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Taylor of Navarre Beach; son, Terry Heard of Henderson, Nev.; daughters and husbands, Bonnie Howard and Ron Savage, and Peggy and Jesse Goulart, all of Las Vegas; brothers and wives, William James and Poquita McCreery of Aberdern, N.C., and Dennis G. and Lorraine Groseclose of Craigmont, Idaho; sister, Sandra Taylor of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jerry Heard and wife Amy Marie, Mercy Heard, Amy Bramblett and husband Richard, and Bryan Heard; great-grandchildren, Michael Heard, Anthony Heard, Amanda Bramblett and Alec Heard; nephews, Scott Laird, Alan Laird, Paul Laird and wife Amanda; nieces, Melinda Ellis, Sherri Doherty and husband Danny; great-nephews, Joshua Doherty and Taylor Laird; and great-nieces, Megan Doherty.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Navarre United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Lay officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Children's Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8988, Topeka, KS 66608-8988.
Arrangements by Martin Funeral Home, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Steven R. Gentry
Steven R. Gentry, age 42, of Navarre, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997.
Mr. Gentry was serving on active duty with the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Sharlene Gentry; daughters, Felicia Gentry and Jenny Gentry; son, Steven Gentry, all of Navarre; father, Richard Jones of Smithfield, N.C.; three stepsisters; and two stepbrothers.
Graveside services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Barrancas National Cemetery with Pastor Greg Coleman, pastor of Holley Assembly of God Church, officiating.
Pallbearers will be military personnel.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.