Floyd C. Rush
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Floyd C. Rush, age 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 1998.
Floyd was born on Oct. 8, 1913, near Montmorenci, Ind., and was one of seven children born to Wilbur and Viola McKinney Rush.
Floyd won a four-year scholarship to Purdue University in 4-H Club work and graduated in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree. He attended the Bardwell and McAllister Instrument Flying School in Hollywood, Calif., in 1944-1945. He attended Halsmer Flying School and received his pilot's license in 1946. Mr. Rush also attended Advanced Instrument Flying School at Bryan Field, Texas.
Floyd was an avid woodworker and custom model builder. While in high school he won first place in Indiana in the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild Contest. In 1949, Floyd won first place in the Indiana Trailer Coach Association Model Contest. In 1959 he received the Golden Hammer Award from "Mechanic's Illustrated" for designing and building a futuristic speedboat.
Mr. Rush was a sports car enthusiast and an experienced golfer. His other interests were fresh water fishing and model airplanes. After completing a tour of duty in the Philippines, he was assigned to temporary duty in Peru, South America, to set up an improved instrument training program for the Peruvian Air Force.
In 1969, Floyd retired from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after 27 years of active duty as a flight instructor. Following his retirement, he developed and operated Rush's Mobile Home Park in the Hurlburt Field, Fla., area for many years with his wife Roberta. He had lived in this area for 41 years. Floyd was a member of Mary Esther United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Roberta Hines Rush of Mary Esther; son, Mark S. Rush of Panama City Beach, Fla.; daughter, Geri R. Harms of Westlake, Ohio; and children, Christin, Kathy and Jason.
The family will receive friends at Little Chapel Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Mary Esther United Methodist Church, 703 Miracle Strip Parkway, with the Rev. Michael Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of his Sunday School Class, R.G. Everitt, Huey Hammond, Claiborne Lane, Al Dismukes, Bob Dewald and David Lambert.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to Mary Esther United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 N. Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Lonnie Judge Neugin
March 1, 1957 -- Jan. 11, 1998.
Lonnie J. Neugin passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998. Born in Roswell, N.M., he had been a resident of Niceville/Valparaiso, Fla., for 34 years.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Valparaiso First Assembly of God Church, 571 Highway 190, Valparaiso.
Lonnie is survived by his loving wife, Lisa; two beautiful daughters, Erika and Heather; parents, Gene and Virginia Neugin; sisters, Lori Nichols and Gwendolynn Kline; brother, Neal; nieces, Rebecca, Aimee, Julie, Brittany, Chelsea, Courtney, Stephanie; and nephews, Paul, Michael, John, Christopher, Sean and James.
Flowers are accepted, and the family requests that any donations in lieu of flowers be made to Valparaiso First Assembly of God Church, in memory of Lonnie.
Lonnie was an avid sportsman and coach, with a gift for molding young minds and bodies and had a deep appreciation for the rules and traditions of the games in which he participated as a player and coach. His passion for golf was surpassed only by his devotion to his children.
Lonnie will be truly missed by his devoted wife of more than 16 years, his children, family, many teammates, players and numerous friends.
Myrtie Lee Denmon
Myrtie Lee Denmon, age 73, of Baker, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla.
Mrs. Denmon was born in Crestview on Dec. 13, 1924, to James R. and Minnie L. O'Neal Garrett and had been a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. She was a member of Milligan Assembly of God Church and a dedicated Christian; and a devoted mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Denmon was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, in 1994. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James D. and Sherry Denmon of Baker; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Elaine and Jerry Morgan of Pell City, Ala., Clarissa and Larry Wilkerson of Crawfordville, Fla., Martha and Kenny Brown of Baker, and Molly Denmon of Baker; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Ruth Garrett of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and Olin and Mae Garrett of Crestview; sisters and brother-in-law, Caroline Wilkinson of Crestview, and Nettie and Green Brunson of Baker; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.
Funeral services will be conducted from Milligan Assembly of God Church at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, with the Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating. Mrs. Denmon will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Griffith Cemetery near Baker.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Parrie Lee Alford-Johnson
Parrie Lee Alford-Johnson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., was called home to be with the Lord on Jan. 12, 1998.
Mrs. Alford-Johnson was born in Chancellor, Ala., and had lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1949.
Mrs. Alford-Johnson's husband, W.D. Johnson, survives her.
Her children from her first marriage also survive her: Barbara (and husband Bill) Anderson of Tampa, Fla., Lillie (and husband David) Loggins of Shalimar, Fla., the Rev. Glenn (and wife Dianne) Alford of Orlando, and Glenda (and husband James) Atkins of Shalimar; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Gennie Crittenden of Lockhart, Ala.; brother, Samuel Perkins of Laurelton, N.Y.; sister, Lucille Dudley of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews. All loved her dearly.
The viewing will be at Beulah First Baptist Church, 109 McGriff St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Beulah First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Beal Memorial Cemetery immediately following the services.
Lillian Flowers, age 72, a former resident of Destin, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd A. "Sonny" Flowers of Hanover, Ind.; and sons, John and James, both of Hanover.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church, 2632 Michigan Road, Madison, Ind.
Morgan-Webster-Nay Funeral Home, Madison, is in charge of arrangements.
Retired Lt. Col. Albion "Al" Knight, age 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. He was a member of the Daedalians, Northwest Florida Retired Officers, Hurlburt Officers Club, Air Commandos and the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Golf Association. Al flew combat tours in Europe during World War II and Vietnam in 1967. He retired in 1969 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, after 26 years as a pilot. Al and his family moved to Fort Walton Beach following his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Knight of Fort Walton Beach; son, Capt. David Knight of Destin; sisters, Katherin Reiter and Dorthy Knight, both of Rochester.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at St. Simon's-on-the Sound Episcopal Church.
McLaughlin Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Brack McKee, age 71, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mr. McKee was born in Florala, Ala., and had resided in Walton County, Fla., for the past 57 years. He served our country in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean conflict. Mr. McKee was a member of the Masonic Lodge 225 F&AM in Glendale, Fla. He was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Edwina McKee of DeFuniak Springs; son, Webster Joseph McKee and wife Vickie of Ketchikan, Alaska; grandchildren, Jimmy McKee, Joey McKee, Johnny McKee and Susan Elizabeth McKee; brother, Richard McKee of Pensacola, Fla.; sisters, Myrtice Morrisey of Tallahassee, Fla., Blannie Pinner of Crestview, Fla., and Vallie Wise of Pensacola; mother-in-law, Bonnie McCollough of DeFuniak Springs; and sister-in-law, Imogene Kernell of DeFuniak Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Clary-Godwin Chapel. Burial, with Masonic rites, will follow in Cluster Springs Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Pallbearers will be Charles Kent Quincy, Steve Kent, Richard McKee, Charles McKee, Ira Bird and Johnny McKee.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Edna E. Adams
Edna E. Adams, age 87, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Jan. 12, 1998.
She was born in Samson, Ala., to Ben and Emma (Dannelley) White in 1910. Later the family moved to Niceville, Fla. Edna started to teach school in Destin in the late 1920s and she remained interested in education and social work throughout her life.
She was predeceased by her husband of many years, Purl G. Adams of Crestview, Fla.; her brother, Clayton White of Crestview; her sisters, Ollie Fleming of Winter Garden, Fla., and Cupid Lyle of Fort Walton Beach.
Edna is survived by her son, Reginald "Rick" Adams of Fort Walton Beach; and several special relatives. She had many wonderful friends and neighbors whom she loved.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jerrie Lee Reeves
Jerrie Lee Reeves, age 59, of Laurel Hill, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla., after a lengthy illness.
Jerrie was born in Laurel Hill on Dec. 13, 1938, to Bruce and Cleo Luke Boyette and was a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. She had been employed with the City of Crestview, Fla., as a payroll clerk for 11 years and was a member of ABWA. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill.
Jerrie was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors Include her husband, Joe Reeves of Laurel Hill; son and his fiancee, Stacy L. Reeves and Karen Norris of Lilburn, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and John Weekley of Destin, Fla.; mother, Cleo Luke Boyette of Crestview; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Janie Boyette of Destin, and Grady and Sharon Boyette of Laurel Hill; and granddaughters, Jessa and Becca Weekley.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home with the Rev. George Skipper, assisted by Bruce Crawford, officiating. Interment will follow in Almarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home, or for those who so desire, the family suggests contributions be made to the National Stroke Association (for research), c/o Memorial Fund, 96 Inverness Drive East, Englewood, CO 80112-5122.
Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Lavada L. Pangle
Lavada L. Pangle, age 66, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with her Lord on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, at her home. She was a native of Okaloosa County and graduated from Crestview High School in 1949. Lavada attended Florida State University and was a devoted Air Force wife for 27 years.
She was a real estate broker with Sundance Agency Inc. for many years. Lavada was active in the ladies' golf associations of Rocky Bayou Country Club in Niceville and Foxwood Country Club in Crestview, Fla. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Niceville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Homer G. Holland, and her son, Kenneth Pangle.
Survivors include her loving husband of 46 years, Col. Herbert W. Pangle, USAF retired; her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Debbie Pangle of Crestview, David and Carol Pangle of Rockledge, Fla., Steve and Marsha Pangle of Hampton, Va.; her mother, Minnie Holland Thompson of Shalimar; her brothers, H.G. Holland Jr. of Fort Walton Beach and Donald Holland of Crestview; her sisters, Annette Garrett and Mary Ellen Holland, both of Fort Walton Beach; and her six grandchildren, Chris, Jeremy, Keith, Andrew, Emily and Garrett Pangle.
The family will receive friends at the McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville on Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Niceville on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gerald Reeves and Dr. James Monroe officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach.
Floral contributions will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Boulevard, Niceville, FL, 32578. McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
"GOODBYE OUR SWEET LOVE."
Grover C. "Sonny" Hendrix Jr.
Grover Cleveland "Sonny" Hendrix Jr., age 63, of Crestview, Fla., went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998.
He was born in Geneva, Ala., and had resided in Okaloosa County for the past 32 years.
Mr. Hendrix graduated from Troy State University, receiving both his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He was retired with 30 years of service from the Okaloosa School District, serving as the head football coach at Baker High School, the vice-principal at the Crestview Vocational-Technical School, and the vice-principal at Ruckel Middle School.
Mr. Hendrix was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, having served as the Senior Warden of the Vestry. He also served as a member of the Kairos Prison Ministry.
Mr. Hendrix was a member of the Hadji Shrine Temple; Old Spanish Trail Shrine Club-Crestview; Greeno Lodge F&AM; Los Cabelleros Espanoles, where he had served as President and Don; Conquistadores; Gum Creek Sportsman Lodge; and The Hackers Golf Association.
Mr. Hendrix was preceded in death by his parents, Grover C. and Eunice B. Hendrix, and brothers John E. Hendrix and James W. Hendrix.
Mr. Hendrix is survived by his wife, Herselie Du Valle Hendrix; son, James Ward Hendrix II; daughters and sons-in-law, Jacqueline H. and Aubrey W. Craig, Katharine S. and Donald J. McCallum, and Elizabeth S. and Bill L. Gilliam; and grandchildren, Aubrey Ward Craig II, Sarah Elizabeth Craig, and Nathaniel Jacob McCallum, all of Crestview; brother, Robert C. Hendrix, of Geneva, Ala.; and sisters, Sara H. Wise and Mary Lou Ashton, both of Dothan, Ala.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at The First United Methodist Church, Crestview, Fla., with The Rev. Harry S. Tipton, and the Rev. John W. Spivey officiating. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Woodward, David Morgan, Frank Fuller, Kevin Ashton, Tim Stanley, Steve Brant, Brandon Parish, Joseph Evans and Eric Kosche.
Honorary Pallbearers will be George Whitehurst, Carlton Daugette, Henry Adams, Ginny Morgan, Linda Trainer, Jim Berry, Gerald Martello, Gene Parish, Dwightt Baggett, Will Willoughby, Jimmy Haynes, Van Crigger, Houston Harrison, Fred Mangum, Ken Blocker, Jack Garnett, Dalton Sheffield, Buddy Hartzog, and the Members of the Hackers Golf Association.
Flowers will be accepted or contributions to the Glory of God and in memory of Sonny may be made to the G.C. Hendrix Memorial Fund, Church of the Epiphany, P.O. Box 612, Crestview, Fla., 32536.
Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Fla.
Michael Timothy Boone
Michael Timothy Boone, age 27, of Laurel Hill, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 16, 1998, in an area hospital. Tim was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, graduating from Laurel Hill High School in 1988 and attending Okaloosa Walton Community College. An avid sports fan, Tim enjoyed baseball, golf, tennis, basketball and fishing. He was a beloved son, brother, daddy, grandson, nephew and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, Mike and Becky Boone; his partner in life and the mother of his child, Vera Ann Barnes; his daughter, Mikayla Jo Boone; his brother, Kenneth Gavin Boone; and his paternal grandparents, Harold and Betty Boone, all of Laurel Hill; and his maternal grandmother, Wilma Ruth Pinkston, of Valparaiso; his uncles, Patrick Boone, of Fort Walton Beach, and Buddy Pinkston and wife, Carol, of Niceville.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at the McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, 492 E. Pine Ave., Crestview, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at the First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill with the Revs. Jack Day and Jerry Everage officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery of Laurel Hill.
Floral contributions are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Mikayla Jo Boone College Fund, c /o1st National Bank of Crestview, 302 N. Wilson St., Crestview, Fla., 32536.
McLauglin-Aultman Funeral Home, entrusted with arrangements.
Winnie Warren McEwen
Winnie Warren McEwen died Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, at her home in Niceville. She was 104 years old and the widow of George H. McEwen, former mayor of Niceville.
Mrs. McEwen was born in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., July 11, 1893, to Caroline Thomas Warren and Miles Abraham Warren.
Mrs. McEwen earned a B.S. degree in home economics from Florida State College for Women in 1915 and at the time of her death was the oldest living graduate of what is now Florida State University. After college, she worked as a Home Demonstration Agent in Walton and Santa Rosa counties. It was in Milton, Fla., that she met her husband, George "Mac" McEwen. They were married in 1920.
The McEwens moved to Washington, D.C., in 1932, where Mr. McEwen worked with the General Services Administration and Mrs. McEwen worked with the Housing Authority of Alexandria, Va. In addition, she managed the Bell Haven Apartments of Alexandria for over 20 years.
They retired in 1957 and made their home in Niceville. Mrs. McEwen was a volunteer with the Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary, was a member of the Niceville Rotary Club and the First United Methodist Church of Niceville.
She is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Jane Meigs of Niceville; Jeanne Felkel Matheny, of Tampa; Mary Carolyn Warren Murray, of DeFuniak Springs; Dan Warren, of Fort Walton Beach; Yvonne Warren Sichler, of Dade City; Joan Warren Bowers, of Tallahassee; and Gordon Warren Jr., of Chipley. Also she is survived by numerous great nieces and nephews; special friend, Jacqueline Davis; and caregivers, Gina Connell, Betty Haring, and Alma Jones.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 20, 1998, at the First United Methodist Church in Niceville with the Rev. Edward Chandler officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Winnie McEwen Scholarship Fund, Twin Cities Hospital Auxiliary, 2190 Highway 85, North, Niceville, Fla., 32578, or the Building Fund of the First United Methodist Church of Niceville.
Sarah Brennan Goodwin
Sarah Brennan Goodwin, age 5, of 206 Brook Court, Niceville, Fla., went to be with Jesus on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
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family with having the responsibility of raising such a beautiful child.
Sarah was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church and attended Sunday school and church at First Baptist Church in Niceville. Sarah attended the Okaloosa-Walton Community College Child Development Education Center. She loved to sing and dance and took ballet and tap at "A Dance Studio" in Niceville.
From the beach to the baseball field, from the supermarket to school, Sarah had the ability to make every day an adventure filled with magical discovery and love. Sarah enjoyed many activities such as singing, dancing, riding horses, pretending she was a cowboy, basketball, baseball, and riding her bike. She loved the movie, "All Dogs Go To Heaven" and her goal in life was to become a "dog doctor."
Sarah Goodwin was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James F. Huggins. She is survived by her parents, Ed and Deborah Goodwin of Niceville; brother, Jimmy Nelson of Niceville; paternal grandparents, Edward and Joan Goodwin of Dedham, Mass.; maternal grandmother, Sarah E. Huggins of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; cousins, Thomas, Matthew and Erin Levesque, all of Duxbury, Mass., and Scott and Isabell Goodwin of York, Maine; many aunts and uncles; her classmates at the pre-school; and her family lab, Nala.
Services for Sarah Goodwin will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist Church in Niceville with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Heritage Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
To continue Sarah's spirit for life, the family ask that any donations be made to the OWCC Child Development Education Center in Sarah's memory.
The endless love which Sarah graced our lives with will continue to live on in the hearts of all those she touched ... for nothing loved is ever truly lost ... and Sarah was loved so much.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Margaret A. Evans
Margaret "Peg" Evans, formerly of Niceville, Fla., died Jan. 9, 1998, in Wheat Ridge, Colo. She was 77 years old.
A memorial service was held on Jan. 13 at Moore Howard Berkeley Park Chapel in Denver. There was cremation. Interment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery.
She was born Margaret A. Olmstead on Jan. 8, 1921, in Ithaca, N.Y. On May 12, 1943, she married Robert A. Evans in Elmira, N.Y. He preceded her in death.
She and her husband retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Cherokee, N.C., in June 1984 and relocated to Niceville.
She is survived by three sons, Robert C. Evans of Reston, Va., and wife Debra; John M. Evans of Denver and wife Patricia; and Mark V. Evans of Yucca Valley, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
David E. Bass
Master Sgt. David E. Bass, age 39, of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., passed away on the morning of Jan. 17, 1998, at Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J., after a battle with cancer.
Born in Panama City, Fla., David is survived by his wife, Diane (nee Michener); and a son, Jeremiah Bass of McGuire Air Force Base; mother, Drucilla Smith; father, J.W. Bass; and brother, Michael Bass, all of Panama City, Fla.
David retired from the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 13, 1998, after 20 years of distinguished service. As a combat cameraman he was the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor, awarded for heroic actions during the Persian Gulf War.
David enjoyed camping with family and friends, and was an avid outdoorsman, always in search of that "wild turkey." David's zest for life and passion for the Air Force were matched only by his love for God, his family and his friends. Though he left us too soon, we know "A light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long." David truly was our "Shooting Star."
There will be a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at McGuire Air Force Base Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 400 Birchfield Drive, Suite 402, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. For those outside New Jersey, please call 1-800-562-2623.
Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly, is in charge of arrangements.
Martha M. Davis
Martha M. Davis, age 63, of Crestview, Fla., died Jan. 17, 1998, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
She was born in Elgin, S.C., and had been a resident of Crestview for the past 41 years.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. Davis of Crestview; mother, Corrie Heath of Elgin; daughter, Linda Cheek of Crestview; brother, J.T. Heath of Elgin; and grandchildren, Levi Naugle, Dakoto Naugle and Kayla Davis.
Friends may call at McLaughlin Chapel on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. in Old Bethel Cemetery in Crestview with the Rev. Larry Batson officiating.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
George R. Bell
George R. Bell, age 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Jan. 17, 1998, at a local hospital.
He was born in Swansboro, N.C., and had been a resident of Fort Walton Beach since 1961. George was a retired civilian aircraft mechanic. At the age of 18 he earned his charter boat captain's license and ran his father's fishing boat. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard. Discharged from the Coast Guard in 1945, he went to work as an aviation mechanic at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Cherry Point, N.C. He was transferred to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 1961. After retiring from civil service he worked at the Okaloosa County pier.
Always an avid sportsman, his love of the outdoors and knowledge of nature were greatly respected. In 1962 he won Destin's cobia contest and was featured in several fishing magazines, including "Saltwater Sportsman."
George was preceded in death by his loving wife of 35 years, Rosalyn, in 1978. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Ann (Bab's) Sullivan; and grandchildren, Kelly Kaye Fernandez and Ryan C. Sullivan; and many friends, including special friend, Bea Laskovich.
A beloved father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends whose lives he touched.
He was a member for 51 years of Seaside Masonic Lodge 429 in Swansboro, N.C.; an active member of "Seagulls" Good Sam RV Club for many years; and a member of the American Legion. He was Methodist by faith.
A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville. George will be memorialized by cremation and his cremains will be buried at a later date.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Dorothy Nell Favre
Dorothy Nell Favre, age 80, of Niceville, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, in a local hospital.
She was a homemaker and a retired civil service employee. Dorothy was a native of Bryan, Texas, and had resided in this area for the past 32 years. She was a member of Niceville Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Oliver Ruben Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Ervin Favre of Niceville; daughters, Sylvia Harston and husband Frank of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ira LaVeda Rule of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted in Sunset Cemetery in Valparaiso, Fla., at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, with the Rev. Richard L. Marshall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the College Scholarship Fund of the Niceville Christian Church, P.O. Box 174, Niceville, FL 32578.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
James E. Fritsch
Lt. Col. James E. Fritsch, U.S. Air Force retired, age 77, of Niceville, Fla., died Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998.
Mr. Fritsch graduated in Owosso, Mich., in 1938, and entered the Air Force in 1942. He flew P-38s during World War II and reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam era. He was highly decorated with many honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, and proudly served his country upon his retirement in 1971.
James was a member of the Niceville Rotary Club (past president); Quiet Birdman; and the Rocky Bayou Country Club (past president). He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Fritsch.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Julie Fritsch of Aptos, Calif., and Korky and Jackie Fritsch of Naples, Fla.; daughter, Gigi Fritsch of Austin, Texas; grandsons, Tosh, Kyle and Chad Fritsch; sister, Bernice Stewart of Owosso; brother, Jack Fritsch and wife Rachael of Louisville, Ky.; sister, Phyllis Zengerle and husband Jerry of Niceville; and a special friend, Nancy McCarthy.
Jim was a friend to all. His loss will be felt in this community forever. This world has lost a truly thoughtful and kind gentleman. His family loved him and will miss him forever.
Memorial services will be conducted from McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. J. Edward Chandler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Special Olympics, 349 Holmes Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with arrangements.