Dorothy T. Marks
Dorothy T. Marks, age 89, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, July 13, 1998, in a local health care facility.
She was born on Aug. 26, 1908, in Cincinnati and had been a resident of this area for the past five years, moving here from Cincinnati. She was Catholic by faith and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
One of her primary loves and interests in life was traveling when her husband was alive. In her later years she enjoyed the friendship of the residents of Westwood Retirement Community.
She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry P. Marks. Survivors include her sons, retired Maj. Gen. Donald L. and wife Susan Marks of Shalimar, Fla., retired Lt. Col. Henry P. Jr. and wife Ruth Marks of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Maj. Tim Marks of Newport News, Va., Mike Marks of Camas, Ore., Donna Sue Marks, Tamara Groth, both of Shalimar, Danny Marks, Andy Marks, Becky Marks and Matt Marks, all of Cincinnati, and Lynne Smith of Fayetteville, N.C.; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Sean Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or for those who so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, c/o Mother House, P.O. Box 3000, Nazareth, KY 40048, in memory of Dorothy T. Marks.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with services and arrangements.
Jason Coleman, age 27, of Baker, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 12, 1998, at his home.
He was born in Panama City, Fla., and had lived in Okaloosa County, Fla., since 1975.
Jason was preceded in death by his brother, David Jordan Coleman. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Coleman; children, John Nathan Coleman and Starr Coleman, all of Baker; parents, John and Mary Coleman of Laurel Hill, Fla.; maternal grandfather, James E. Brookins Sr.; maternal grandmother, Tommie Lou Brookins, both of LaBelle, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Betty Jo Tilley of Titusville, Fla.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16, in West Bay Cemetery in West Bay, Fla.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Frances Liggin
Mary Frances Liggin, age 61, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, July 13, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Liggin was born on Dec. 3, 1936, in Willacooche, Ga., to the late Bernie Butler and Minnie Bell Merchant. She moved to this area about 31/2 years ago from Elgin, Ill., and was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. Mrs. Liggin was a homemaker and loved to write poetry.
She is survived by her husband, Oscar Fred Liggin Jr. of Fort Walton Beach; son, Oscar Fred Liggin III and wife Tammy of Augusta, Ga.; son, Richard Allen Liggin and wife Candy of Rockford, Ill.; son, Ben Wallis Liggin and wife Carolyn of Panama City Beach, Fla.; brother, R.J. Merchant and wife Gloria of Albany, Ga.; brother, Carrol Merchant and wife Margie of Lake Blackshear, Ga.; sister, Ludelle Vickers and husband Ty of Quincy, Fla.; mother-in-law, Lilfoy Liggin of Dahlonaga, Ga.; and grandchildren, Fred IV, Christy, Katy, Renee, Joshua, Chip, Aprile, Amber and Caleb.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Bobby Witherington and Mr. Bobby Schrimpsher officiating.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The following gentlemen have been asked to serve as honorary pallbearers: Charles Deom, Gene Little, Marvin Hudson, Joey Rankin, Cecil Hamilton, Bobby Bumpers, H.N. Eubanks and Wally Little.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Leon Franklin Bishop
Leon Franklin Bishop, age 82, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, surrounded by his family.
Leon Bishop was born on Sept. 14, 1915, in Milton, Santa Rosa County, Fla., to the late Gracie Farrington Bishop and John Floyd Bishop.
He married Dorothy McLaughlin of Crestview, Fla., in 1937. One of Fort Walton's early pioneers, he was instrumental in helping to establish the first newspaper and bringing the first medical doctor to the area. Some of his business ventures included the Magnolia Club; the Carol Sin Supermarket; Bishop Package Store; and Eglin Realty. In 1965 he relocated to Laurel Hill, Fla., to pursue farming and cattle ventures.
He was a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II and of First United Methodist Church in Crestview.
Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy McLaughlin Bishop; children, Donna Bishop May and husband Jim, Linnette Bishop Engel and husband Stephen, Renee A. Bishop, Jeffrey Leon Bishop and wife Dilma Araujo Bishop; grandchildren include Traci May Bierbach, John Leon May and Alexander Leon Bishop; great-grandchildren are Chandra Kay Nelson and Riley Bishop Bierbach. Other survivors include Myrtle McNeese and George McNeese, Corean and Joe Vogler, Tommy Bishop, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express special thanks to John H. Bishop, Robert Bishop, Mike Bishop, Marlene Henderson and Ken Daniels.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. J. Wesley Spivey officiating. Interment will follow beginning at 5 p.m. at Welcome Cemetery near Milton. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
James W. Altum
Col. James W. Altum, U.S. Air Force retired, age 76, of Shalimar, Fla., died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Col. Altum was born on Nov. 29, 1921, in Wenona, Ill., to Melton and Ora Altum. He moved to this area 20 years ago from Fayetteville, N.C. Col. Altum proudly served his country for over 23 years, serving during World War II, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam era. He served 19 years with the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. He was also a member of the Officers' Club; the Daedalians; and Eglin Yacht Club.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Mildred "Millie" Altum of Shalimar; sons and daughter-in-law, James W. Altum Jr. of Shalimar, and Clyde S. and Nita Altum of Denver; brothers, Claude Altum of Tucson, Ariz., and Billy D. Altum of Peoria, Ill.; sister, Betty White of Normal, Ill.; and grandchildren, Kim, James and Jesse Altum and Charles Gonzales.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McLaughlin Mortuary.
Graveside services, with full military honors, will be conducted at Barrancas National Cemetery on Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m. with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 222 Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Martha Freiheit Smith
Martha Freiheit Smith, age 78, of Shalimar, Fla., died Sunday evening, July 12, 1998.
Born on Oct. 2, 1919, in her lifetime Martha traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, was an award winning artist and a championship level bridge player. She had been a resident of Shalimar, noted for her wit and hospitality, for approximately 20 years.
She is survived by her husband, Miles "Smitty" Austin Smith; daughter, Michael G. Marino and husband Andrew of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sons, Terry Graviss and wife Jennifer of Navarre, Fla., and Habib Bani Saaid of Patterson, La.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, Sandra Diehl of Baton Rouge, La., and Gayle Roy of Brighton, Mich.; and many loving family members.
A memorial service will be held at Little Chapel Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
A Mass will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Martin Funeral Home, 2942 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Slay Scott
Mary Slay Scott, age 28, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at her home.
Mrs. Scott was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. She attended Bridge Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Scott was of Christian faith.
She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Slay; and sister, Rebecca Garrett. Mrs. Scott is survived by her mother, Janet Slay of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; husband, Alan Ray Scott and son, Cody Frank Scott, both of Leonia, Fla.; brother, Paul D. Slay Jr. of Ponce de Leon, Fla.; and sisters, Janice Sconniers of Pensacola, Fla., and Susan Lewis of DeFuniak Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Bridge Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary B. Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Sandy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Friends may call on the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.
Flowers will be accepted.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Danny G. Horton
Lt. Col. Danny G. Horton, U.S. Marine Corps retired, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in New Orleans.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1945, the son of retired Master Sgt. Edwin W. Horton Jr. and Monta V. Horne Horton. He attended Annette P. Edwins Elementary School, Pryor Junior High School, and Choctawhatchee High School, and graduated from Florida Military Academy in DeLand, Fla.
Danny completed Marine Corps OCS training on July 7, 1968, at Quantico, Va. He served as a forward aircraft controller in Da Nang during the Vietnam War.
His last Marine Corps assignment was as instructor at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Danny is survived by his parents; his daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Horton; sisters, Karen E. Howell and Katherine A. Horton; and brother, William Ross Horton.
Memorial services will be held at St. Simon's Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 18, at 2 p.m.
Tressa E. Cook
Tressa E. Cook, age 92, of Destin, Fla., died Wednesday, July 15, 1998, in local health care facility.
Mrs. Cook was a resident of Destin since 1983 and a native of Coodys Bluff, Indian Territory, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herschel (Jack) Cook; son, Harvey Herschel; parents, Alvin H. Parrish and Maude Roberts Parrish; two brothers; and four sisters.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Maddox of Destin; son, Richard of Lafayette, La.; sister, Marie Placker of Catoosa, Okla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Especially close was Cindy Rudert of Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Mark Maddox of Destin.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at McLaughlin Mortuary.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Hiram Dennis Parris
Dennis Parris, age 81, passed away at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dennis was born in Jacksonville, Ala., and had been a longtime resident of this area. Dennis had served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Senior Friends at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, Fla.
Dennis is survived by three sons, Garrell L. Parris of Gadsden, Ala., Thomas E. Parris of Jacksonville, Fla., and John Dennis Parris of Crestview. He leaves two daughters, Valeria Louise Dickerson of Niceville, Fla., and Anne P. Boutwell of Crestview; brother, Clem M. Parris of Jacksonville, Ala.; sisters, Murtle Braggs of Jacksonville, Ala., and Ada Evans of Mobile, Ala. He also leaves 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
His memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved him.
A time for visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel in Crestview.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Segal officiating. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.