Ted W. Pickering
Ted W. Pickering, age 38, of Atlanta, son of Martha and Fred McCullough of Niceville, Fla., passed away Saturday, June 27, 1998, after a brief illness in an Atlanta hospital.
Survivors include his sister, Jeannie Harris; brother-in-law, Billy; and nephew, Jordan of Destin, Fla.; sister, Donna Foust; brother-in-law, Bruce; and niece, Kaley of Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Ken McCullough of Niceville, Fla.; brother, Ben McCullough; sister-in-law, Brandy; nephew, Chase; and niece, Taylor of Niceville; aunt, Nellie Clark of Niceville; uncle, Roland Jordan of Mary Esther, Fla.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held in Atlanta on Friday, June 3, with H.M. Patterson Funeral Home in Atlanta in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a favorite charity.
Karl T. Brown
Karl T. Brown, age 62, of 5663 Old Bethel Road, Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday, June 29, 1998, in Biloxi, Miss.
Mr. Brown was a native of Harrington, Maine, and had been residing in Okaloosa County, Fla., since 1965.
Mr. Brown was a member of First United Methodist Church of Crestview; retired from the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service; and a member of DAV and VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn J. Brown; son, Brian E. Brown, both of Crestview; grandchildren, Brandy Lynnell Brown of Las Vegas, and Benjamin Karl Brown of Crestview; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Wesley Spivey and Jerry May officiating. Mr. Brown will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, in Forest Hills Cemetery in Harrington.
All local arrangements under the direction and care of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Marion S. Alexander
Commander Marion S. Alexander, U.S. Navy retired, age 83, of Niceville, Fla., passed away in local hospital Monday, June 29, 1998.
He was born on May 23, 1915, in Kansas City, Mo., and had resided in the local area since 1970, moving here from Murray, Ky. He was Methodist by faith and a member of Venters Memorial United Methodist Church in Choctaw Beach, Fla. He was also a Mason.
Commander Alexander honorably served his country for 23 years, serving as a pilot on an aircraft carrier during both World War II and Korea. He ended his distinguished career as the co-commanding officer of the USS Paula. He retired to become a rancher in Colorado, where he also enjoyed teaching science and math in school.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Laura; son, Clifford S. and daughter-in-law, Sonja Alexander of Tuba City, Ariz.; daughters, Laurie C. and son-in-law, Joseph Jackus of Holiday, Fla., Mary Susan and son-in-law Dennis L. Sinksen of Macon, Ga.; brother, Vernon C. Alexander of Niceville; sister, Beatrice A. Farrell of Murray, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at a visitation on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Rual Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso, Fla., with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Venters Memorial United Methodist Church, 479 Live Oak St., Freeport, FL 32439, in memory of Marion S. Alexander.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with services and arrangements.
Gertrude C. Adams
Gertrude C. Adams, age 77, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at her home Sunday, June 28, 1998, after a brief illness.
She was born in Bourbon County, Ky., on April 15, 1921, and moved to the Fort Walton Beach area 30 years ago from Lexington, Ky. She was Baptist by faith and retired from the Okaloosa County School Board.
Mrs. Adams is survived by two daughters, Karen Hazlett and husband Glenn, and Anita Holmes and husband Jim; grandchildren, Cindy Littlefield, Adam Holmes and Briana Hazlett, all of Fort Walton Beach; sons, Preston Griffith Jr., Clarence Griffith, Bobby Griffith and Billy Griffith; and sister, Edna Smith, all of Kentucky.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James G. Cole officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to services.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond Allen Bailey
Raymond Allen Bailey, age 15, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Friday, June 26, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mr. Bailey was born April 23, 1983, in Tampa, Fla., and moved to the Niceville area in 1986. He attended the Niceville High School and the First Pentecostal Church in Niceville.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his grandmother, Pauline Greene; uncle, T'Challa Greene, both of Niceville; mother, Donna Duncan and husband Troy "Dad" of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; brothers, Charles and Shaun; sisters, Nicole and Felicia; grandfather, John T. Duncan; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
The family will have a memorial service for Mr. Bailey at First Pentecostal Church in Niceville at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, with the Rev. Ken Boller officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the building fund at First Pentecostal church in Niceville in memory of Mr. Raymond Allen Bailey.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Myrazane Beria Shrewsbury
Myrazane B. Shrewsbury, 47, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Sunday, June 28, 1998, at her home after a long fight with cancer. Affectionately known as "Mac," she was an inspiration to her family and friends, and will be missed by all!
Myra was born Oct. 2, 1950, to the late Grady L. Hartzog and Dorothy Hartzog of Valparaiso, Fla. A 1968 graduate of Niceville High School, Myra married her husband of 30 years, Senior Master Sergeant Robert L. Shrewsbury (U.S. Air Force, Retired) and joined him overseas in West Germany in 1968. Myra cared for and supported husband Bob and son Ryan in Bob's overseas assignments for 23 more years in West Germany, Europe, Korea, and later, in Haiti. She made a loving and caring home for not only Bob and Ryan but countless airmen away from home during her extensive travels overseas and numerous assignments stateside in Bob's military career.
Myra was employed as the Administrative Assistant in the Intensive Care Unit at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, where she provided love and care to patients and employees alike. She was an avid square dancer, serving as an officer in the European councils, and the Texas/San Antonio Area Council.
She was the loving mother of Ryan L. Shrewsbury, a senior student at Niceville High School. She inspired Ryan to excel in all life accomplishments and to be an example to all young people. Myra's influence was evidenced in every aspect of Ryan's life.
Myra is survived by husband Bob and son Ryan of Niceville; mother Dorothy Hartzog; sister Delayne Gould of Valparaiso; and brother Wayne Hartzog of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Bay Medical Center, 615 North Bonita Ave., Panama City, Fla. 32401, Attn: Lisa Williams.
Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 3, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, Fla. McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home has been entrusted with cremation arrangements.
Emma Jean Harris
Mrs. Emma Jean Harris, 73 years old, passed away Monday afternoon, June 29, 1998, in her home in Crestview, Fla. Mrs. Harris is survived by one brother, Martin Hook of Raleigh, N.C.; four children, Tony DeSpain of Crestview, Alice Harris of Cantonement, Fla., Barry Harris of Crestview and Ellen Harris of Roy, Utah; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Lillian Owen of Elizabethtown, Ind.
Mrs. Harris retired from a career as supervisor of computer operations for base supply at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She was active in St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Earlier in her life she was an avid gardener and enjoyed traveling.
A memorial service will be conducted, Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at 11 a.m. from the St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2250 P.J. Adams Pkwy., Crestview, Fla., with the Rev. Ed Deabler and the Rev. Kevin Krist officiating.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Donald Julius Husel
Mr. Donald Julius Husel passed away October 10, 1997, here in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Due to circumstances with family members being in Alaska and Italy, a memorial service was planned for a later date. We are now happy to relate that a memorial service will be held for Mr. Husel at Hurlburt Field Chapel on Thursday, July 2, 1998, at 3 p.m. with Chaplain Ullrich officiating. All those who knew Don are welcome. Mr. Husel's ashes will be sent to Arlington National Cemetery for burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer society, 114 NW Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 or to the Family Support Center at Hurlburt Field.
Richard H. Holmes
Our four-week-old son Richard H. Holmes of Shalimar, Fla., passed away unexpectedly in Sacred Heart Hospital on Sunday, June 28, 1998, and returned to his heavenly father. He was born on May 26, 1998, in Crestview, Fla.
He was a sweet, loving little baby and will be greatly missed by his family.
Survivors include his parents, Richard and Leslie Holmes of Shalimar; sisters Megan and Chelsea Holmes; grandparents Annette Roller of Valparaiso, Fla., and Linda Craig of Seminole, Fla. and other loving aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 5, 1998, at 3 p.m. at the McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Chapel, Niceville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated by the family, c/o Richard Holmes, 73 10th Street, Shalimar, FL 32579, in memory of Baby Holmes.
Rayford Harvey White
Rayford Harvey "Red" White, 68, of Milton, Fla., died Wednesday morning at his home following an extended illness.
Mr. White was born in Flomaton, Ala., serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 until 1952. He lived in Crestview and worked for Vitro Corp. for 17 years and had lived in the Pensacola and Milton areas for the past six years. He was a self-employed contract telephone engineer. Mr. White was an elder and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of the Milton Ward. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bertha and Fern White of Flomaton.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Syble LaJune "Roby" of Milton; children Debbie Ramsey and husband John of Pensacola, Fla., Randy White and wife Cheryl of Milton, Ricky White and wife Sheila of Crestview, Sandy Fennimore and husband Patrick of Cudjoe Key, Fla., Ronnie White of Pensacola, and Jamie White and wife Camilla of Atlanta, Ga.; brother P.J. White and wife Betty of Ocala, Fla.; sisters Shirely Lee and husband Ceylon of Century, Fla., and Zodie Reigel of Grays Lake, Ill.; mother-in-law Louise Nolin of Pensacola; sister-in-law Nell Willis of Alberta, Ala.; brother-in-law Cliff and wife Ann of Pensacola; grandchildren Melanie Brown and husband Michael, Misty Morgan and husband Bryan, Toni Bludworth and husband Bryan, Lindsey Sexton, Christopher White, Kimberly White, Kaylee White and Theresa White; great-grandchildren Taylor Morgan, Janah Brown, Logan Brown and Hayden Bludworth.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 3, 1998, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Bishop Linwood Harper assisted by High Priest James Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Memory Park Cemetery.
Mr. White's nephews, Anthony and Jimmy Reigel, B.J. and Justin White and Joe and Marty Lee, will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are William K. Prince, Louis Reigel, Robert Trawick, Floyd Kelly, Buddy Cox, Donnie Stephens, and Wilford Reid.
Arrangements by Donnie Sowell Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida or the American Cancer Society.