Willetta H. Pennington
Willetta H. Pennington, age 92, of Franklinville, N.C., passed away Sunday, Feb. 15, 1998, in a Asheboro, N.C., health care facility.
She was a native of Jacksonville, Miss., and a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Evelyn Jeanne Boyd. Survivors include her grandchildren, Debra Boyd Bushey, Annette Boyd Read and Penny Boyd Moore; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted in Beal Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, Feb. 19, at noon with the Rev. Maurice L. Hodges officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Martha Jean Owens
Martha Jean Owens, age 60, of Destin, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Mrs. Owens worked for many years as a floral designer in this area. She was Baptist by faith and had resided in this area for the past 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ollie W. Brown; and her brother, Cecil Brown.
Survivors include her husband, Charles L. Owens of Destin; children, Bradley D. Mitchell of Tucson, Ariz., Kimberly D. Eimers, Rodney E. Mitchell and Robin D. Campbell, all of Fort Walton Beach; mother, Evelyn Brown of Savannah, Ga.; sisters, Angela Jenkins of Statesboro, Ga., and Peggy Mitchell of Savannah; grandchildren, Christopher L. Arntz and Joseph M. Arntz of Freeport, Fla., Cory D. Mitchell and Ashley Mitchell of Fort Walton Beach, Christina Lee Mitchell and Lindsey Mitchell of Oklahoma; special friend, Marie Euber of Destin; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Joey Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Mrs. Owens will be taken to Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home, 7415 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, for additional services and entombment in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens of Savannah.
Please send all floral contributions to the funeral home in Savannah.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Kip Carlton Fee
Kip Carlton Fee, age 42, of Baker, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at his home from cancer.
He was born on July 7, 1955, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Donald and Peggy Fee. He and Anita Thomas Fee were united for 15 years. Mr. Fee was a graduate of Central High School in Cape Giradeau and had been a resident of Florida for 19 years.
He was a loyal and devoted father and husband. Kip was a carpenter by trade and a Dale Earnhardt fan by heart. He loved hunting, fishing, racing and being with his friends and family. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.
Survivors include his wife, Anita; and sons, Kipper Fee, Stephen Fee and Jason Johnson; daughter, Holly Burlison and son-in-law, Timmy Burlison; mother, Peggy Fee; brother, Tim Fee, both of Cape Girardeau. He has one sister, Jan Cotner of Jackson, Miss.; five nieces; three nephews; and one great-niece. He was expecting his first grandchild, K.C. Fee, in July. He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial fund has been established in Kip Fee's name at First National Bank of Crestview.
The family wishes to thank Hospice, Warren Amos, Julian Cassidy, and Dr. Wade's office at the Crestview Cancer Center.
He will be missed by many. He was the late, great Kip Fee.
A time of visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. from Shockley Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Chuck Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Shockley Springs Cemetery.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Winfred Wallace Ammons
Winfred "Wally" Ammons, age 68, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in a local health care facility. He was born on Sept. 4, 1929, in Laurinburg, N.C. He had been a resident of the local area since 1968 when he and his family moved here from Charleston, S.C.
He was a Catholic by faith and a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church. Wally honorably served his country for more than 23 years and later retired from the U.S. Air Force. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He had been a member of the American Legion, NCOA, VFW and the local chapter of the Air Force Air Commandos Association.
Survivors include his loving wife, Pat, of 43 years; son, Greg Ammons, and daughter-in-law, Sharon, of Fort Walton Beach; daughters, Kim Poroo and son-in-law, Jake, of Sugarland, Texas, and Robin Ammons of Montgomery, Ala.; mother, Sarah Rogers of Destin, Fla.; brother, Rusty Ammons of Leesville, S.C.; sisters, Betty Rogers of Charlotte, N.C., and Dale Richards, also of Charlotte; five grandchildren, Maren, Michael, Whitney, Jamie and Gregory; and an aunt and uncle, Beule Stanley and J.D. Ammons of North Carolina.
The family received friends at a visitation today from 4 to 6 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with Father Raymond Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Jessie Rogers Cemetery, Mary Esther, Fla., with military honors.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or for those who would like, they may make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association, 222 Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL; 32548, in memory of Winfred W. Ammons.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with the services and arrangements.
Roy E. Nicholson
Roy E. Nicholson, age 75, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in a local health care facility. He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Caulterville, Ill. He had been a resident of the local area since 1944 when he moved here from Illinois. He was a Baptist by faith and belonged to the Chapel of the Cross Church.
He honorably served his country in both the Army and U.S. Air Force, receiving numerous awards and decorations. He served in the Philippines, Central Europe and Germany. He was a World War II POW, captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Roy loved life and especially loved his family and having them near him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Nicholson; children, Leroy Nicholson and Judith Ann Daniels; and grandson, Donald Eugene Nicholson.
Survivors are Donald and Ruth Nicholson of Fort Walton Beach; Benny and Marsha Nicholson of Bossier City, La.; Joe Nicholson of Fort Walton Beach; Patricia and Chris Cook, Patrick Nicholson, Mary Sue and Dan Wade, all of Niceville; Brenda and Rod Roeting, William and Ja Nicholson, and Linda and Frankie King, all of Mossy Head, Fla.; Larry and Patricia Nicholson of Fort Walton Beach; Doug and Fredrika Nicholson, and Barbara and Larry Hall, all of Navarre, Fla.; William P. Nicholson of Fort Walton Beach; David Nicholson of Milton, Fla.; 29 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at 3 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. The Rev. Ken Murie will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery with military honors.
Floral tributes are acceptable.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with the services and arrangements.
Richard E. Rosenberg
Richard E. Rosenberg, born April 9, 1912, in Fresno, Calif., passed away Feb. 19, 1998, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
In 1950 he married Elizabeth M. Renner in Washington, D.C. After his retirement from the U.S. Air Force they lived in Clearwater, Fla., and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1985.
Richard is remembered for his faithfulness, especially for his seven-year, twice-per-day visits to Elizabeth in a nursing home. He reminded her that he and God, her Heavenly Father, loved her; and that God is faithful to His promises and would take her home to heaven. Elizabeth survives him.
Richard's cremains will be buried in Colma, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Mamiruth Collins Walter
Mamiruth Collins Walter, age 90, left this world a better place for her presence on Feb. 18, 1998.
Born Nov. 10, 1907, she grew up in North Carolina, raised her family in Alexandria, Va., and lived on Garnier's Bayou in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., starting in 1964.
She is survived by her devoted children, Barbara L. Walter of Jupiter, Fla., and William A. Walter of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother and two sisters, Mr. I.J. Collins and Mrs. Betty Stephens of Hallsboro, N.C., and Mrs. Louise Kelly Lindsay of Fort Walton Beach; nephews George Kelly, Jerry Kelly and Ray Collins; nieces, Nell Stephens, Linda Herring and Angela Kelly; and her caregiver, Mrs. Coretha Ford of Fort Walton Beach. Mamiruth's beloved husband, Buddy, died on April 10, 1997.
After losing her mother at an early age, Mamiruth raised her brothers and sisters and then put herself through college, graduating from East Carolina University. She earned a graduate degree from George Washington University and completed further graduate work at Florida State University.
She dedicated her professional life to education, spending 50 years in the profession as an English teacher, reading spe#####t and guidance counselor. She was a member of the charter faculty at Okaloosa-Walton Community College and was honored as a Counselor Emeritus when she retired.
Mamiruth devoted her lifetime to her faith, her family and her community, serving in numerous volunteer, professional and community organizations and activities. She was active in the American Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa, Pilot Club, Retired Teachers Association, Garden Club, Business Women of America, RSVP, Home Extension and several senior citizen organizations.
She had been a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach since 1964 and had recently moved her membership to Forest Heights Baptist Church when she could no longer drive.
A celebration of Mamiruth's life will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach on Feb. 28, 1998, at 11 a.m. For those wishing to honor Mamiruth's memory, in lieu of flowers please make donations to: Okaloosa-Walton Community College's Mamiruth Walter Scholarship Fund, 100 E. College Boulevard, Niceville, FL, 32547; Forest Heights Baptist Church, 804 Tanger Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547; PAWS, 752 Lovejoy Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548; or SOCKS, 112 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, 32547; or the church or charity of your choice would be deeply appreciated.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Heather Clarice Dennis
Heather Clarice Dennis, age 21, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in a local hospital.
Heather was born in Alaska on Aug. 13, 1976, but had lived in Niceville since 1978. Due to a handicap, she went to school at Silver Sands and the School of Hope in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where she loved learning new things.
She was an extremely outgoing and affectionate child who made friends everywhere she went. Anyone she met was likely to get a big hug and a "Hi!"
Heather is survived by her parents, Wanda and Jim Dennis; and brothers, Jim Jr. and Kevin Dennis; also grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins in Michigan and West Virginia.
Friends may visit with Heather from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Church of Christ, 801 John Sims Pkwy., in Niceville. A service will be held at 4 p.m.