Wildon Polly Durell
Mrs. Wildon (Polly) Durell, age 88, a resident of Paxton, Fla., passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, in a Crestview hospital. A native of Alabama, she was the daughter of the late George F. and Katherine L. Weldon Webster. She was a graduate of the Florida State University for Women and was a public educator for 40 years. She taught in Liberty, DeFuniak Springs and Paxton, where she was the first boys and girls basketball coach in 1936. She operated a dairy in Paxton with her first husband, E.B. Miller, who died in 1962, and later remarried Lewis Durell, who passed away in 1996. She was a member of the Cluster Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors are: sister, Nell Webster Floyd, of Waukeenah, Fla.; niece, Jane Webster Hamilton, of Paxton, Fla.; four nephews, Rev. Frank McIntosh, of Paxton, Fla., Rev. Jack Weldon Webster, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Frank Floyd and Bobby Floyd, both of Waukeenah, Fla.; several great- and great-great-grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 1998, from Evans Funeral Home in Florala, Ala., with William Aplin and Lindsey Martin officiating. Interment will be in the Paxton Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home directing.
Theophia Miller Carter
Mrs. Theophia Miller Carter, age 78, died at her residence in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, Aug. 21, 1998. Mrs. Carter had been a resident of the Walton County area for the past six years. She was Protestant by faith.
Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband, Russell Carter, of DeFuniak Springs; stepson, Russell Carter III, of Maryland; stepdaughter, Linda Wilson, of Maryland; and eight stepgrandchildren.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Jack Ray Baugh
Col. Jack Ray Baugh, U.S. Army retired, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1998. He was 78 years young.
Col. Baugh touched the lives of many people and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was born on July 24, 1920, to James E. and Emma Louise Baugh in Valliant, Okla. In 1939 he joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for 32 years. During World War II he led his troops in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was decorated with many medals, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Col. Baugh moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1971 after retiring from Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jacquelyn Lee, in 1990. He is survived by his loving wife, Bess; daughter, Margie Rhode; son-in-law, John Rhode; and grandson, Hal Moncrief of Spring Branch, Texas; granddaughter, Katrina Anderson; grandson-in-law, Brian Anderson; and great-grandson, Zachary Anderson of Brentwood, Tenn.; and sister, Evelyn Coluzzi and brother-in-law, Angelo Coluzzi, of Cockeysville, Md.
Mrs. Baugh and her family wish to extend a special "Thank You" to their family and friends who stood by them in their time of need, and the Fort Walton Beach EMS and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Emergency and ICU staff for the special care given to Col. Baugh.
Funeral services are pending at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association; or to Gideon International.
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Peter Antosh, age 83, of Valparaiso, Fla., died Sunday, Aug. 23, 1998, in a local nursing facility.
He was born in Morrisadale, Pa., and was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, Fla.; Knights of Columbus, past Grand Knight; past president of OARC for Okaloosa County, Fla. He was a veteran with decorations for Vietnam, the Airman's Medal and Bronze Star, Korea and World War II, serving for over 28 years in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Stella Antosh of Valparaiso; son and daughter-in-law, Pete A. and Cindy Antosh of Gulf Shores, Ala.; daughter, Agness Antosh of Valparaiso; sisters, Irene Snodgrass and Dorothy Antosh, both of Cleveland; and two grandchildren.
A funeral Mass service will be conducted at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church 10 a.m. Wednesday with Father Daniel J. Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery, with full military honors.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Ms. Quessie Dawson, born Nov. 13, 1940, to the late Joe and Earnestine Dawson of Opp, Ala., departed from this earth on Aug. 23, 1998, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Graveside services will be conducted in Opp on Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. with Coleman Funeral Home of Opp directing.
A visitation will take place at Gainer Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
She leaves to mourn her memory three sons, Christopher Dawson, Marlon Dawson and James Rumph, all of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughters, Sheila Dawson of Pensacola, Fla., and Donna Dawson and Patricia Rumph of Fort Walton Beach; sisters, Francis and Johnny Wade of Elba, Ala., Thelma Williams of Riverside, Calif., and Margaret Dawson of Fort Walton Beach; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
"When rough the path from day to day
When sorrow fills our eyes with tears
Our choices to find our joy in Christ
Can soothe our souls and calm our fears."
Thank you all, from the family.
Gainer Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of local arrangements.
Helen B. Harvey
Helen B. Harvey, age 88, of Niceville, Fla., died Aug. 20, 1998.
Mrs. Harvey was employed for 40 years with the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. She was a native of Pittsburgh, and a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol L. and Larry Adkins of Niceville; grandsons, Edward A. Adkins and wife Gina of Niceville, and Allan M. Adkins and wife Valerie of King George, Va.; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Aug. 24, in Sauvageot Funeral Home, with burial in Smithfield Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
Sauvageot Funeral Home, Pittsburgh, was in charge of arrangements.
Ouida L. Aubey
Ouida L. (Mason) Aubey, age 71, of Crestview, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.
Mrs. Aubey was born in Blackman, Fla., on July 20, 1927, to Plez and Amanda Alford Mason and had been a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. She was a member of Assembly of God Church by faith.
Mrs. Aubey was a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Aubey in March 1996. Survivors include a son, Joe Aubey of LaFayette, Ind.; daughters, Doris Hilton of Crestview, Theresa Ann Aubey of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Rita Sue Aubey of Fort Myers, Fla., Brenda Cadenhead and Donna Bonnell, both of Crestview,and Melissa Younghanse of Shalimar, Fla.; sisters, including Mrs. Aubey's twin, Juanita Reaves, Maudrine Thomas and Lynette Barlow, all of Crestview; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; and a very special lifelong friend, Margaret Skipper of Crestview.
Funeral services will be conducted at Emanuel Baptist Church on E. Highway 90 in Crestview on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Mark Seagle and Mark McClard officiating. Mrs. Aubey will be placed in the church one hour prior to services for a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment and graveside committal services will follow the service in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Boulevard, Crestview.
Kenny W. Mauldin
Kenny W. Mauldin, age 64, of Destin, Fla., passed away at his residence Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1934, in Holmes County, Fla., and had been a resident of the Destin area for 32 years, moving here from Panama City, Fla.
Friends would most remember Kenny as the proprietor of the Destin Electronics Store for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, April Mauldin. Survivors include his wife, Roberta; son, Ken Jr.; daughter Lisa Johnson; and sister, Allene Robbins.
A memorial service will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel on Friday at 3 p.m. with Tom Goldsmith officiating.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Wayne D. Brackney
Wayne D. "John" Brackney, age 60, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Wednesday night, Aug. 26, 1998, at his home.
He was a native of Morehouse, Mo., and had lived in Crestview since 1956. Mr. Brackney was retired from Crestview Aerospace and was a member of Crestview Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Brackney of Crestview; daughter, Melinda Conner of Destin, Fla.; sons and daughter-in-law, Terry Brackney, and Marty and Stephanie Brackney of Crestview; and grandchildren, Christopher Conner, Allison Best, Brianna Brackney and Bailey Brackney.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Crestview Church of God with the Rev. Bobby Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Old Bethel Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Flowers are appreciated, or contributions may be made to Crestview Church of God Building Fund.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.