Edith Fountain, age 61, of Crestview, Fla., passed away at her home Monday, Sept. 7, 1998.
She was born in Gadsden, Ala., and had been a homemaker and resident of Crestview for the past 40 years.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Fountain; sons, Raymond Fountain, Mack Fountain, Michael Fountain, Mitchell Fountain and Wayne Fountain; mother, Velma Watlington, all of Crestview; brothers, Jimmy Watlington, U.S. Army, Hawaii, and Jerry Watlington of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sister, Sue Watlington of Crestview; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. May Horn officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Park Cemetery.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Nettie A. Madden
Nettie A. Madden, age 92, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998.
Born on Nov. 1, 1905, she was a devoted Christian and member of Cinco Baptist Church.
Mrs. Madden was predeceased by her husband, John A. Madden; and a son, Bob W. Madden. Survivors include her son, Don A. Madden Sr. of Fort Walton Beach; grandsons, Don A. Madden Jr., John A. Madden, Rick A. Madden and Robert A. Madden; great-grandchildren, Trish Madden, Lauren Madden, Don A. Madden III, John Madden Jr., Bowden Madden, Michael Madden, Alexandra Madden, Anna Madden and Robert Madden Jr.; and sisters, Adele Bridges and Gertie Jones, both of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Opha Wilmouth of Salinas, Calif.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs, Ark., with the Rev. W. Coy Sample officiating.
Pallbearers will be Don A. Madden Jr., John Madden, Rick Madden and Robert Madden.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Local arrangements by McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach.
Paul Eugene Pence, age 68, died Sept. 2, 1998.
He was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Paul lived in the Destin, Fla., area for many years and was very well known by the whole Destin fleet.
Paul was a great fisherman and was well known for his wonderful inventions. Paul put his heart and soul into the ocean and helping many fishermen to fish and also protect our wonderful turtle population.
Paul is survived by a very dear friend, Ms. Lois Mann and her children, Tim and Donna Barnett, Greg Mann, Cindy McCabe and grandchildren; brothers, Ronald Pence of Foley, Ala., Richard Pence of Masedonia, Ohio, and Olin Pence of Freemont, Ohio; sisters, Jean Mann of Tiffin, Ohio, Cintra Eshenbrenner of Akron, Ohio, Barbara Gatton of Tiffin, Ohio, Judy Bernard of Clyde, Ohio, and Sharon Banister of Charlotte, N.C.
He will be greatly missed by all of us and we will hold him dearly in our hearts forever.
Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church of Destin on Beach Drive at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Following the services, family and friends will depart the harbor to return his ashes to the gulf, which he loved so much.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Freddie W. Burke
Freddie W. Burke, age 65, of Baker, Fla., passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mrs. Burke was born in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and had lived in Okaloosa County, Fla., most of her life. She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Crestview, Fla. Her mother, Lena Turner, operated the Gray Ladies Home in Crestview for many years.
Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Burke. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lou and Ronda Burke of Lexington, Ky.; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Smokey Holloway of Baker; sister and brother-in-law, Dot and Dorsey Wallace of Crestview; and grandchildren, Dusty and Amy Holloway, Lana Holloway and Jordan Burke.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at First Assembly of God Church in Crestview with the Revs. George Skipper and Mark English officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Volney L. Brown
Volney L. Brown, age 84, of Milton, Fla., died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, in a local hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Brown was a lifelong resident of Florida, being born Aug. 12, 1914, in Southport, Fla., and residing in Milton for over 80 years. He retired from Fairchild-Hiller in Crestview, Fla., in 1979. Six months later Mr. Brown was instrumental in establishing a civil service board in Santa Rosa County, and became the first civil service board chairman, serving for eight years before his retirement.
He was a 32nd degree Mason and past master of Santa Rosa Lodge 16 F&AM. He was a member of Bamberg Sunday school class of the First Baptist Church of Milton.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Ruth Grace Brown of Milton; children, Ann Grace Brown and husband Jesse B. Morris of Springfield, Va., Randy Brown and wife Betsy of Mary Esther, Fla., and Greg Brown and wife Debbie of Milton; grandchildren, Scott Morris and wife Joanne Morris, Mark Morris and wife Sherrie Morris, all of Springfield, Jay Brown and wife Jackie of DeFuniak Springs, Stephanie Brown of Mary Esther, Fla., Kirsten Brown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Gregory Brown of Milton; great-grandchildren, Cody and J.J. Brown, Andrew, Kevin and Courtney Morris; and sisters, Maxine Beach and Maxie Weatherford, both of Milton.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Spencer and Dr. Joe Bamberg, pastor and pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Milton, officiating. Burial will be in Serenity Gardens.
Active pallbearers are William Carroll, Jesse Cobb, Roger Robinson, Buddy Jordan, Colie Nichols, Woody Seevers, Bill Jones and Benny Russell. Honorary pallbearers are Martin Baker, F.M. "Bubba" Fisher, Ben Henry Pooley and the Bamberg Sunday school class of First Baptist Church of Milton.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Edward Winn
Robert Edward Winn, husband of Gloria F. (Jean) Winn of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Aug. 28, 1998, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Robert was born on Aug. 31, 1948, in North Dighton, Mass., and lived in Taunton, Mass., until moving to Fort Walton Beach in 1987.
He is survived by his mother, Thelma L. Winn; and sister, Joan L. Hevey, both of Fort Walton Beach; brother, David L. Winn of Taunton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. His father, Edward K. Winn, died in 1983.
Robert was a past president and longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at St. Mary's Church of Fort Walton Beach.
Henry Pitts Pyron
Senior Master Sgt. Henry P. Pyron, age 82, U.S. Air Force retired, passed away in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998.
He was born on March 3, 1916, in Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Pyron served his country for 35 years and was a recipient of 16 distinguished awards and decorations serving in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam era. He was a patriotic individual and served his country with pride and honor. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church of Birmingham, Ala., the VFW of Birmingham, and the DAV of Niceville, Fla.
Mr. Pyron was preceded in death by his brother, Charles; and his sister, Pearl Mueller.
Survivors include his loving wife, Meta Jeanette Pyron, whom he shared his life for 55 years; son, Steven M. Pyron and wife Linda of Crestview, Fla.; daughter, Patricia A. Hudson and husband Michael J. of Valparaiso, Fla.; brother, Robert M. Pyron and wife Margaret; niece, Sarah Mueller, all of Birmingham. Actively sharing his life and surrounding him with love are eight grandchildren, Steven, Christi and Autum of Pensacola, Fla., Jennifer of Niceville, Tiffany and Dustin of Crestview, Caitlin and William of Valparaiso. He was blessed with nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at First Baptist Church of Niceville on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery, with military honors.
Flowers will be accepted, or a donation can be made to First Baptist Church of Niceville building fund.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Daisy Lou McCormick
Daisy Lou McCormick, age 88, of Freeport, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1998, at Niceville hospital.
Mrs. McCormick was born on Dec. 10, 1909, and was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. She was Methodist by faith and a member of the Black Creek Methodist Church.
Mrs. McCormick was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley S. McCormick; and two sons, William Henry McCormick Sr. and Charles Emmett McCormick; and one infant daughter, Lovie Ann McCormick.
Mrs. McCormick is survived by two sons, James Earl McCormick Sr. and wife Carol A. McCormick, and Tommy Dearl McCormick and wife Norma Jean McCormick, all of Freeport; daughters, Carol Ann Wilder and husband Willis (Bill) Wilder of Freeport, and Maxine Odam McComb of Selma, Ala.; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at Black Creek Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, William Henry McCormick Jr., Douglas McCormick, Johnny McCormick, Vincent Charles Wilder, Sean McCormick, James McCormick Jr. and Ashley McCormick.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Flowers will be accepted.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
James Matthew Clark
James Matthew Clark, age 79, passed away at his home on Sept. 9, 1998.
Mr. Clark was born in London, Ky., on Jan. 11, 1919. He was retired and had lived in this area since 1959.
Mr. Clark is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Clark of Crestview, Fla.; son, Michael E. Clark of Crestview; daughters, Dianne Farren of Del City, Va., Tammy Harrington and Donna Chance, both of Crestview. He also leaves two sisters, Mary Storms of Ponce de Leon, Fla., and Ida Boscia of London. There are six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Sellers officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida.
Mr. Clark will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Luther L. Taylor
Luther L. Taylor, age 74, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 1998, at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1923, in Valdosta, Ga., and had been a resident of Niceville for seven months, coming from Lake Wales, Fla. He was a retired owner of Taylor Painting and Wallcovering for 50 years in south Florida; and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his children, George W. Taylor of Opp, Ala., Linda Dale Taylor of Niceville, Lana J. Hodges of Auburndale, Fla., Nadine Diane Cook of Waco, Ga., Luther L. "Sonny" Taylor of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Michael E. Taylor of Niceville; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at First Pentecostal Church of Niceville with the Rev. Ken Boller officiating. Burial will follow in Heritage Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.