Robert Louis Palmer
Robert Louis Palmer, former vice president and treasurer of Cluett, Peabody and Co. Inc., passed away Jan. 31, 1998, at the age of 86.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport, La., with his brother-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Arnold Coody officiating.
An alumnus of Dartmouth College and member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Mr. Palmer served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, attached to the Supply Corps, stationed in the Panama Canal Zone, during World War II.
Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Ella Stevenson. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Myrtie I. Palmer of Shalimar; son, James Robert Palmer and wife Annette and their sons, Louis and Colin of Austin, Texas; and daughter, Mary Palmer Graber and husband John of Indianapolis.
Martha Kirkland Oden
Martha K. Oden, age 85, of Gulfshores Drive, Orlando, Fla., died Jan. 31, 1998.
She was a retired school teacher, and born in Tenebrook, Ala. Mrs. Oden was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include her son, Carl Oden of Apopka, Fla.; daughter, Betty Wood of Gretna, La.; daughter-in-law, Cassie Oden of Apopka; son-in-law, Gerald Wood of Gretna; and five grandchildren. A grandchild preceded her in death.
Baldwin-Fairchild Semoran-Forest City Chapel in Forest City, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Susanna E. Wilson
Susanna E. Wilson died Feb. 1, 1998, in Cincinnati following an extended illness.
Sue was born in Cincinnati on Dec. 1, 1927, and had returned to the Cincinnati area shortly before her death.
Sue leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Pamelia Hawk of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter and grandson, Diane Hawk and Louie Clark of Valparaiso, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Deya Hawk of Las Vegas; granddaughter, Monica Angelo; and three great-grandchildren of Amarillo, Texas; and sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews in the Cincinnati area.
Sue wished to extend a special thank you to the staff of Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla., and to her friends for their genuine concern and loving care. You gave her life purpose and meaning and she rejoiced in having had time together with all of you. She asked her family to leave you these words from a favorite book.
"Death, like birth, is natural. Our feelings about it aside, death is not a mistake that can be avoided or an outrage that should be protested. Death is a part of life -- it is the last stage of living. By completing the process that began at birth, a person's death makes his life whole."
Respecting Susanna's wishes, there will be no formal viewing and no funeral services.
Those wishing to make remembrances in her name may do so to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Niceville, Fla.
Frank P. Allen
Frank P. Allen, age 67, of Mary Esther, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Frank was born in Long Island, N.Y., on April 25, 1930, to Frederick P. and Margaret A. Allen. He had been a resident of this area since 1976. He enjoyed being outdoors and working in his garden. Frank was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a good friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him.
Frank is survived by his wife, Patricia M. Allen of Mary Esther; sons, Thomas and wife Susan Allen of Mary Esther, and Frank P. Allen Jr. of Mary Esther; daughters, Barbara Ann Allen of East Strouds, Pa., Patricia A. Pantke of Long Island, N.Y., and Joanne Allen of Mary Esther; brother, John T. Allen of Wilmington, N.C.; sisters, Elizabeth Badgley of New Jersey, and Eileen Muirhead of Oklahoma; eight grandchildren; and very special friends, George Lynn and Andy Edwards.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, No. 415, Maitland, FL 32751-7105.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
A memorial Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Lamar Sanders Aycock
Lamar Sanders Aycock, age 73, of Crestview, Fla., passed away in a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., hospital on Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998.
Mr. Aycock moved to Crestview, Fla., in August of 1975 from his last place of assignment in the U.S. Air Force. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of the old Army Air Corps in World War II. He was also a member of Crestview Masonic Lodge 50 F&AM and the Hadji Temple Shriner's Club in Crestview.
Lamar stayed involved in transportation and services for children needing help through Shriner's hospitals located in Tampa, Fla., Galveston, Texas, and Chicago. He was also involved with other efforts for the benefit of kids in the local area. Lamar contributed to the community in different ways and encouraged prosperity for children's futures. Other hobbies were woodworking, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Survivors include: wife, Georgie D. Aycock, of Crestview; two sons, Hillard L. Aycock, and wife, Kyong, of Fort Walton Beach, David Aycock, and wife, Sarah, of Laurel Hill, Fla.; daughter, Shirley Strickland, and husband, Randy, of Florence, S.C.; five sisters, Mary Lou Smith, of College Park, Ga., Eva Beck, of Gordon, Ga., Sarah Shattles, of Tampa, Fla., Virginia Brumley, of Lago Vista, Texas, and Betty Keith, of Farmington Hills, Mich.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery with Masonic Services at the grave. Whitehurst Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments. Friends called at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Twilla S. Ozbirn
Twilla S. Ozbirn, age 89, passed away Feb. 2, 1998.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tuscumbia, Ala., but had spent recent years in the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area.
Born on May 13, 1908, to Mr. and Mrs. William Sanders in Iuka, Miss., Mrs. Ozbirn was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas C. Ozbirn; and one grandson, Tim Price from San Jose, Calif.
Survivors include her sons, James Ozbirn and Hoyt Ozbirn, both of Fort Walton Beach, and Tom Ozbirn of Houston. As well as daughters, Mrs. Curtis (Marie) Reid of Lawrenceville, Ga., Mrs. Duane (Doris) Keck of Fort Walton Beach, and Mrs. Jim (Lanis) Price of San Jose; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Mrs. Eula Haines of Tuscumbia; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, with the Revs. Paul Wolfe and Ashley Pogue officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with services and arrangements.
Ida Lee Winkler
Ida Lee zumBrunnen Winkler, age 86, of Raleigh, N.C., died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998.
She was born in Wray, Ga., and lived in Salisbury, N.C. Mrs. Winkler graduated in 1933 from the UNC Chapel Hill with a BA in music and in 1967 from NCSU with a BA in zoology. Mrs. Winkler was a past president of Carolina Bird Club; Raleigh Oratorio; and Wake County Audubon Society. She was a charter member of Fairmont United Methodist Church, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in Oakwood Cemetery.
She is survived by her sons, Edwin Winkler Jr. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., John Winkler of Greensboro, David Winkler and Martin Winkler, both of Raleigh; brothers, Chester David zumBrunnen of Salisbury, and the Rev. Richard Lyons zumBrunnen of Churchfield, Md.; sisters, Vida Irene Purcell of Salisbury, and Mary Helen Bach of New Bern, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ewin Weems Winkler.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairmont UMC, Wake Audubon Society, P.O. Box 12452, Raleigh, NC 27605; or 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607; Parkinson Disease Foundation, 710 W. 168 St., New York, NY 10032.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh, is in charge of arrangements.
Louise Mason Newton
Louise Mason Newton, age 75, of 2196 N. Pearl, Crestview, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1998, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
She was a native of Crestview and had lived in Pensacola most of her adult life, prior to moving back to Crestview four years ago. Mrs. Newton had been employed at the Navy Exchange on base in Pensacola before her retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Crestview.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ernie E. Newton. Survivors include her brothers, Clinton D. Mason, Olin Lamar Mason, both of Crestview, Bobby J. Mason of Mossy Head, Fla., and Lowell D. Mason of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and sisters, Ruby Pettus of Pensacola, and Corine Corbin of Tallahassee, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at First Baptist Church of Crestview with the Rev. Fran Picker officiating. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Newton's remains will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Flora Parker, age 79, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Feb. 2, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Parker was born in Walton County, Fla., and had resided in the Argyle community for 37 years, after moving from Pensacola, Fla. She was a former president of the Hemerocallis; member of Home Extension and many other clubs and organizations. Mrs. Parker was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.T. Parker.
Survivors include her sons, James and wife Linda Parker of Pensacola, and Ronald and wife Sandra Parker of Milton, Fla.; grandsons, Jim Parker of Pensacola, and Ronnie Parker of San Rafael, Calif.; granddaughters, Kim Wells of Meridian, Miss., and Cynthia Parker of El Paso, Texas; great-grandsons, Cody Wells, Austin Wells and Justin Parker; great-granddaughter, Samantha Wells; sister, Vonciel Gore of Cantonment, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Comander Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Bricker officiating. Burial will follow in Glendale Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Joanne Matthews, age 58, of Holt, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, at North Okaloosa Medical Center after a brief illness.
Mrs. Matthews was born in Atlanta on Nov. 24, 1939, to Lewis and Opal Hazelrig Acree and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area after moving here from Atlanta in 1991. Mrs. Matthews was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Marlin A. Matthews of Holt; mother, Opal Deleshaw of Atlanta; sons and daughters-in-law, Earl Jr. and Tina Turner of Hampton, Ga., and Robert J. and Alisha Turner of Newnan, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Francis Acree of Morrow, Ga.; and nine grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be conducted at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Old Holt Cemetery in Holt.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.