Susan Lynn McCallister
Susan Lynn McCallister, age 50, of Navarre, Fla., went on to the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, from the Hospice Resident House in Pensacola, Fla.
Susan was very active in her church family, Navarre United Methodist Church, and never met a stranger. She witnessed to everyone and will always be remembered for her special smile and sense of humor. She taught in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa county schools and no student of hers will ever forget her.
She is survived by her father, James Donnelly of Waverly, Ohio; her loving husband, Frank; her three children, Megan Krebs of Jacksonville, N.C., Robin Willis and Jeremy Willis of Navarre; and two grandchildren, Brittany and Alex Krebs.
Susan will be remembered by a memorial to be announced later.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Resident House, 10075 Hillview Road, Pensacola, FL 32514.
Ralph Gillies, age 57, of Destin, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, after a long bout with lung cancer.
He is survived locally by his wife of 34 years, Rosa; son, Dr. Ralph Gillies; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Dwayne Johnson. Ralph also leaves his mother, Elsie Gillies; and sisters, Elsie Balmain and Irene Clark, in his homeland of England.
Ralph was born in Newcastle, England, and came to the states in 1962 to pursue the American dream. He and Rosa moved to the Destin area in 1972 to open their first restaurant. They later founded the Quarterdeck Restaurant and Lounge, which became a very popular gathering place for the locals in Destin.
Ralph very much enjoyed the role of host. He always enjoyed a good joke or story and could be relied upon for a quick-witted remark. His smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Emerald Coast Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Ralph Gillies.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Benny Brothers, age 95, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, in a local hospital.
Benny was born on April 4, 1902, in Greenwood, Ark., to Dan and Estelle Marsden Brothers.
He was a third generation coal miner and moved from Greenwood to Zeigler, Ill., and worked for 35 years in a coal mine. He was also the mayor of Zeigler for two terms. Benny was a member of United Mineworkers Association of America; Illinois Municipal Association; and Protestant by faith.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ola V. Howell Brothers of Niceville; daughter and son-in-law, Benita and Dr. Richard Honaker of Pretoria, South Africa; sister, Winifred Neibch of Newman, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends from Arkansas, Illinois and Florida who loved Benny.
Memorial services will be conducted from First United Methodist Church of Niceville on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. with the Revs. J. Edward Chandler and Boyce Teas officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Twin Cities Pavilion, 1053 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL 32578, or to a charity of one's choice.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Josephine Hansen, age 73, of Navarre, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in a local hospital after a lengthy illness.
She had lived in the Navarre area for 10 years and was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church of Mary Esther, Fla.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Stan Hansen of Navarre; sons, Robert M. Hansen and wife Helen of San Diego, Calif., Donald S. Hansen and fiancee Patricia Bradley, and David Hansen, all of Navarre; sisters, Rae Scarcella and husband Fred of Mary Esther, and Antoinette De Gennaro an husband James of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brother, Angelo Cappazoli of Toms River, N.J.; brother-in-law and wife, Kenneth and Mary Hansen of New Port Richey, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Lewis Funeral Home Navarre Chapel with Deacon David Robinson of St. Peter's Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Lewis Funeral Home Navarre Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gary E. Eversole
Gary E. Eversole, age 47, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away unexpectedly in a Fort Walton Beach hospital on Feb. 3, 1998.
He was born on June 5, 1950, in El Paso, Texas, the son of Betty Hill and the late Delbert E. Hill. He was a longtime resident of Fort Walton Beach and a member of BPO Elks Lodge 1795 in Fort Walton Beach.
Mr. Eversole is survived by his wife, Catherine Elizabeth Eversole of Fort Walton Beach; mother and stepfather, Betty and Ray Hill of Shalimar, Fla.; sister, Donna E. Eversole of Fort Walton Beach; nephew, Bill Larson of Atlanta; and an uncle and aunt, Bill and Ruth Donnar of Fort Walton Beach.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Dave Guthrie officiating.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 N.E. Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Cynthia Renae Reisen
Cynthia Renae Reisen, age 32, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at her home Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, after a hard fought battle with breast cancer.
Cindy was born on Oct. 5, 1965, in Oelwein, Iowa, the youngest child of Walter and Edith Penhollow. She was a 1984 graduate of Oelwein Community High School and a graduate of the Capri Cosmetology College in Dubuque, Iowa.
She was married on May 23, 1987, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Richard Reisen of East Dubuque. Together they have lived in Shalimar, Fla., and Fort Walton Beach and Okinawa, Japan, while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Cindy is survived by her husband Richard and their children, Richie, Ryan, Rachael and Randy Reisen of Fort Walton Beach; parents, Walter and Edith Penhollow of Oelwein; sisters, Pamela Nelson of Dubuque, Patricia Rogers of Pensacola, Fla., and Linda Johnson-Schoning of Sheffield, Iowa; brothers, Dwight Penhollow of Waseca, Minn., Bryce Penhollow of Hazelton, Iowa, Royce Penhollow and Jeffrey Penhollow, both of Oelwein.
Memorial services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar with the Rev. Brian Runge officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Penhollow, Royce Penhollow, Bryce Penhollow, Jeffrey Penhollow, William Rogers, Robert Nelson and Gary Schoning.
A service of memory will be conducted at a later date in the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 N.E. Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Carlos M. Cunningham
Carlos M. Cunningham, age 75, of Baker, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Mr. Cunningham was born in Covington County, Ala., and lived in Escambia Farms all his life working as a farmer and also a contract mail carrier.
Survivors include his mother, Blanche Cunningham; wife, Inez Cunningham, both of Escambia Farms; brothers, Calvin Cunningham of Escambia Farms, Joseph Alto Cunningham of San Antonio, Texas, Delmus Cunningham of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Robert Cunningham, Royce Cunningham, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Jerry Cunningham of Milligan, Fla.; and sisters, Vonda Gatewood of Escambia Farms, Maxine Bryan of Wing, Ala., and Myra Davidson of Gautier, Miss.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Wing Baptist Church in Wing, Ala., with the Rev. Earl Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Wing Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth T. Sheltra
Elizabeth T. Sheltra, age 67, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Feb. 8, 1998, at a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Mrs. Sheltra was born in Irasburg, Vt., and came to this area in August of 1976. She was a member of the Wright Baptist Church and involved in many church activities. Mrs. Sheltra was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Sheltra, in 1987, and two brothers, Phillip, in 1996, and Don in 1975.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth J. Sheltra Jr., and wife, Gail, of Albany, Ga.; Edward V. Sheltra, of Los Angeles; Randy E. Sheltra, and wife, Diane, of Maurepas, La.; and Mark A. Sheltra of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna L. Lee, and husband, Wayne, and Debra L. Bussman, and husband, Paul, all of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Morris Macie, and wife, Alice, of Newport, Vt.; and Alexander Macie, and wife, Judy, of Hudson, N.H.; sisters, Edith Macie, of Westchesterfield, N.H.; Ethel Macie, of Brattleboro, Vt.; and Esther Fellows and husband Tony of Lewiston, Maine; nine granchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, at Little Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Ronald D. Wilcoxson officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Floral tributes will be accepted or donations may be made to the Wright Baptist Church in memory of Mrs. Sheltra.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been entrusted with arrangments.
Kathryn J. "Kay" Coakley
Kathryn J. "Kay" Coakley passed away suddenly on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at her home. Kay had lived in Shalimar since 1963. Kay was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Dec. 9, 1921, to Robert L. and Rose B. Cork. She graduated from Almont High School in Almont, Mich., in 1939, and worked for Chrysler Corp. (Manufacturer's Bank) of Detroit. Kay married Donald V. Coakley on Feb. 10, 1944, in Riverside, Calif., and spent the next 29 years traveling with her husband as a U.S. Air Force wife. After Don's retirement from the Air Force, Kay enjoyed a career in real estate, finally leaving this field to serve as office manager for her daughter.
Kay enjoyed golf, bridge, the arts, reading, and, most of all, traveling. She embarked on many worldwide adventures, including trips to China, Australia, Europe, Russia, and, most recently, Egypt. Kay held offices in many local service organizations, including P.E.O. Sisterhood, ADSO, The Retired Officers' Wives Club, and was a volunteer at her church, the Shalimar United Methodist Church.
Kay was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Donald V. Coakley, and her brother, Maj. Gen. Robert O. Cork.
Kay is survived by her daughter, Karen C. Crosson, and husband, Donald, of Niceville; her son, Thomas L. Coakley, and wife, Jan, of Atlanta; her brother, Frederick L. Cork, and wife, Lory, of Shalimar, and two grandchildren, Christofer B. Coakley, and Katelyn E. Crosson.
Services to celebrate the life of Kay Coakley will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Shalimar United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Collins officiating. Interment will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., beginning at 1:15 p.m. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.
Floral contributions are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Shalimar Library, 6 10th Ave., Shalimar, Fla., 32579, or the Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Rd., Shalimar.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangments.