Mary Louise Allaire
Mary Louise Allaire, age 68, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mary Lou had lived in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., since 1966. She was born in Denver on Aug. 9, 1929, to Albert and Marguerite Gibbs. She graduated from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in January 1947. After attending Little Rock University she worked for McDonnell Aircraft Corp. in St. Louis, and the Legislative Liaison Division of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
She married Ronald L. Allaire at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., on June 14, 1956, and spent the next 12 years traveling with her husband as a loyal Air Force wife. While living four years in Germany, she actively supported the "Kinderlift" of orphans from behind the Iron Curtain to West Germany. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross at many hospitals.
Mary Lou enjoyed bridge, swimming and music -- from New Orleans jazz to the Okaloosa Symphony.
She is survived by her aunt, Mrs. Leona Fritzsche of Little Rock; husband, Ronald L. Allaire of Fort Walton Beach; son, Timothy and wife Sisily of Bhopal, India; and grandchildren, Kari Elizabeth Allaire and Christina Rachel Allaire.
Services to celebrate the life of Mary Lou Allaire will be held at noon on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast, 1295 Bayshore Drive (across from the Post Office), Valparaiso, Fla., with the Rev. Harold Hawkins officiating.
Small floral tributes are acceptable, or memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship or to the American Red Cross.
The National Cremation Society has been entrusted with cremation, and the cremains will be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow."
Lila May McGuire
Lila May Woodruff McGuire passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, in a local hospital after a short illness.
She was born on Aug. 4, 1907, in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., and had been a resident of Florida since 1916, and of Crestview since 1945.
Lila ended a 32-year teaching career in 1971. Her last teaching assignment was at Bob Sikes Elementary School in Crestview. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Crestview and Philathia Sunday school class. She belonged to the Florida Retired Teachers Association; Delta Kapp Gamma; Crestview Music Study Club; and First Baptist Church Joy Group.
Lila was past matron of Crestview Chapter 203 Order of Eastern Star. She was devoted to her church, family and many friends.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, C.G. "Jerry" and Faye McGuire, and Robert and Dotsie McGuire; grandchildren, Sharon Pardalis, Cindy McGuire, Lucy Floyd, Chris McGuire, Monica Miller, Michael McGuire and Stephen McGuire; four great-grandchildren; and a niece, Dixie Sutfin.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Crestview with the Rev. John Wesley Spivey officiating. The Order of Eastern Star will conduct Eastern Star rites. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The family will receive flowers, or donations may be made to Hadji Shrine Temple Children's Transportation Fund or to First United Methodist Church Elevator Fund.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Jessie Alma Edge
Jessie Alma Edge, age 97, of Niceville, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1998, in a local health care facility.
"Granny Edge" was born on March 7, 1900, in Opp, Ala., to Mr. and Mrs. Jake Benton. She was preceded in death by her children, Jake Edge, Joe Brick Edge, Frank Edge, Margaret Edge, Alma Edge and Bobby Edge.
"Granny" spent her time championing her cause, which was helping the elderly. She was a member of the Silverhair Legislators. She was the oldest person to serve on the Niceville City Council, on which she served for two terms, at the age of 83, which made her the oldest elected official at this time. She attended First United Pentecostal Church in Niceville.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ox and Dottie Edge of Niceville; daughter, Celia C. Reaves of Niceville; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Paul Bressman of Kent, Wash.; son, Gene Edge of Crestview, Fla., and daughter-in-law, Betty Edge of Niceville; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at First United Methodist Church in Niceville on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. with the Revs. J. Edward Chandler and Ken Boller officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Rocky Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Baker, Buddy Cauley, Lannie Corbin, Britt Reaves, Tison Reaves and Dennis Griswald.
Floral tributes will be accepted, or donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
Magaline Stanfill Golden
Magaline Stanfill Golden, age 74, of Niceville, Fla., died Thursday morning, Feb. 12, 1998, in a local hospital.
Magaline was retired from Niceville Beauty College after serving as a hairdresser and instructor for 45 years. Born in Bonifay, Fla., on April 15, 1923, she was a resident of Niceville since 1947.
Survivors Include her husband, Howard Golden; daughter, Billie Jean Williams of Little Rock, Ark.; son, Frankie Stanfill of Niceville; sister, Virginia Pearce of Shalimar, Fla.; brothers, Bill Corbitt of Niceville, and Bobby Corbitt of Lynn Haven, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home with her son-in-law, Larry Williams, officiating. Mrs. Golden will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
George Harvey Nye
George Harvey Nye, age 81, of Niceville, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, at his home.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1916, in Flint, Mich. Mr. Nye was a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a Purple Heart recipient, and a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He moved to this area in 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian R. Nye of Niceville; sister, Dorthy Desmond of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughters, Carol Ann Adrian of Valparaiso, Fla., and Sue Ellen Adrian of Eureka Springs, Ark.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted in Barrancas National Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 1:15 p.m. with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Keith N. Preble
Keith N. Preble, age 72, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at his residence on Friday, Feb. 13, 1998. He was born on July, 19, 1925 in Wilson, Kan. He had lived in the local area since 1967, moving here from Paris, France.
He served his country honorably as an Air Force sergeant for 25 years, including World War II and the Korean War. He retired from active duty in 1968. He enjoyed the peace, quiet and the company of his friends at his Bunker Creek cabin. He also enjoyed and took great pleasure in his flower and vegetable gardens.
Survivors include his loving wife of 42 1/2 years, Liliana; son, Gregory and daughter-in-law Debra Preble of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter, Cecilia and son-in-law, Jerry Ray, of Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Myron Preble of Tampa, Fla., and Kenneth Preble of Asheville, N.C.; sisters, Correne Holiga, June Doyle and Carmen Petit, all of Tampa; four granddaughters, Rhonda and Shelia Preble and Adriana and Amberleigh Ray.
A memorial service will be held at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel on Monday, Feb. 16, 1998 at 10:30 a.m. with Stephen Olivier officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the: National Hospice Organization; 1901 North Moore St.; Suite 901; Arlington, VA; 22209, in memory of Keith N. Preble.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with the services and arrangements.
Al Chloe Summerlin
Al Chloe Summerlin, age 59, of Crestview, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998. He was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County. Mr. Summerlin was a retired barber and attended North Central Assembly of God.
He is survived by: daughter, Charity Freeman, of Crestview; two sisters and brother-in-law, Rhonda Foley, of Crestview, and Jim and Geraldine Goodson, of Crestview; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998. Services will be at Whitehurst Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, one hour before the memorial service.
Ray H. Stevenson
Cmdr. Ray Howard Stevenson, U.S. Navy retired, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998. Cmdr. Stevenson was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Georgetown, Ohio, to Herbert and Bessie Kennedy Stevenson. He moved to the Bluewater Bay area in 1989.
He retired from the Navy in 1970, after 31 years of active duty. During his service he served on seven ships, four foreign stations and many U.S. stateside bases. During his honorable service he received many awards and decorations.
After his retirement from the Navy he was employed by the NCR Corp. in Dayton, Ohio, retiring in 1985 as director of NCR Corp. distribution plans and policy division. Cmdr. Stevenson was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Carlton and Richard; two sisters, Helen and Betty; and also one son, Ray. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bettye; son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Debra, of Miami; daughter, Betsy and son-in-law, Tony Zajovits, of Carey, N.C.; and two much-loved grandchildren, Matthew Stevenson, and Katie Zajovits, and Sarah.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at the St. Judes Episcopal Church in Valparaiso, Fla., with Father Arnold Bush officiating. Burial will take place at a private family service at Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to St. Judes Building Fund, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Ray H. Stevenson.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway, entrusted with the services and arrangements.
Gene A. Green
Gene A. Green, age 59, the "Pacemaker," has signed off the air and the highways are quiet. Gene began his last run on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998. His destination is heaven.
Gene was born Jan. 22, 1939, in Sylacauga, Ala. He had resided in the area since 1980. He was Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Green, and younger brother, Danny S. Green.
Survivors include his wife, Elna Green, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; mother, Ida Mae Hurst, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sons, Gene A. Green Jr., and Billy Green, both of Alaska; daughters, Kelly R. Kirby, Laurie Smith, both of Alaska, and Ann Marie Canerly, of North Carolina; step-daughters, Sobrena Ingram, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Renessa Crowley, of Alabama, and Tanya Robinson, of Alabama; brothers, Jerry Green, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Carey M. Green, of Alabama; sisters, Ann Zimerle, and Patsy Pulliam, both of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Nina Wright, of Crestview, Fla.; and many grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. prior to the service. The Rev. Wendell Wright will be officiating at the service. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with the services and arrangements.