E.J. "Jeff" Williamson, age 84, of Holt, Fla., passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 26, 1998, at his home.
Mr. Williamson was a native and lifelong resident of Holt. He was a retired carpenter with civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; member of Woodmen of the World; and an honorary member of Holt Ruritan Club. Mr. Williamson was a member of First Baptist Church of Holt and a charter member of Holt Water Board.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Williamson; sons and daughters-in-law, Al and Judy Brown, and David and Karen Wiliamson, all of Holt; sister, Vera Harrison of Port St. Joe, Fla.; brother, Harvey Williamson of Holt; and grandchildren, Julie Brown of Pensacola, Fla., and Jeffrey Tyler Williamson of Holt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, from First Baptist Church of Holt with the Rev. Francis A. Picker Jr. and the Rev. Russell Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Old Holt Cemetery.
Mr. Taylor will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Holt from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Willard K. Mann
Willard Kenneth Mann, age 79, a long-time resident of Crestview, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 1998 after an extended illness.
He was born in Union County, Fla., on May 31, 1919, the son of Marion Washington Mann and Minnie Browning.
He was married to Catherine Lundy of Crestview on Dec. 17, 1948.
He was retired from the military, having served in the Army, Army Air Corps and the United States Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Lundy Mann; three children, Willard Kenneth Mann Jr. of New Orleans, La., Constance Delores Karr of Cross City, Fla., and Warren Dennis Mann of Crestview; a sister-in-law, Agnes Mann of Ocala, Fla.; six granddaughters; and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Fran Picker officiating.Burial followed in Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery, Crestview.
The family received friends and family at the funeral home on Sunday.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home in Crestview is entrusted with arrangements.
Waldo William Beaver Sr.
Mr. Waldo William Beaver Sr., age 75, of Freeport, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at the Walton Regional Medical Center in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Mr. Beaver was born in Blue Ridge, Georgia, on October 11, 1922, to Buford and Stella Ward Beaver and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area since moving here form Michigan in 1979. Mr. Beaver was a U.S. Army veteran on WWII. He had been employed with the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company for twenty-seven years as a paper maker. He had attended the Portland Methodist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-four years of marriage, Ann Beaver, of Freeport, Florida; sons and daughters-in-law, Waldo W. Jr. and Ann Beaver, of Galesburg Michigan, Roger Dale and Bertha Beaver, of Freeport, Florida, and Kerry Mark Beaver, of Freeport, Florida; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirrie A. Jordan, of Freeport, Florida, Laurel C. Wilson, also of Freeport, Portia and Howard Davis, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and Nancy and Charles Denbo, of South Fulton, Tennessee; brother, Billy Beaver, of Blue Ridge, Georgia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lola Howell of Smyrna, Ga., and Ocilla Barfield of Blue Ridge, Nell Mae and J.C. Jones, of Chamblee, Georgia, and Thelma Jo and Forrester Nelson, of Marietta, Georgia; nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Waldo W. Beaver Sr., was conducted from the Portland Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Fred Gillis officiating. Interment of Mr. Beaver's cremains will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution be made to Mandi & Lanette Beaver, c/o Ann Beaver, 130 Sunset Lane, Freeport, Florida, 32439.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Boulevard, Crestview, Florida.
Larry Lee Wetherill
Larry Lee Wetherill, age 60, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, after an extended illness.
Larry was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was an employee of Rockwell International for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Linda and son-in-law Ted Plumb of Waco, Texas; son, John and daughter-in-law Anita of Reyoldsburg, Ohio; son, David and daughter-in-law Mary of Austin, Texas; stepsons, Jody and daughter-in-law Lisa of Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Jeffrey of Ormond Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service in honor of Larry will be held at The Chapel of the Cross, 100 Jonquil Ave., Fort Walton Beach, on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. with Father Ken Murie officiating.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 4901 Main St., Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64112-2634; or to the American Heart Association.
Lee R. Walker
Lee R. Walker, chief master sergeant, U.S. Air Force retired, age 76, has taken his final flight on Sept. 24, 1998. One of the original enlisted pilots during World War II and a veteran of 34 years, 10 months and three days service to his country, Lee passed away at his residence in Shalimar, Fla.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beatrice V. Walker; his children, Kelly Wells and Joe of Melbourne, Fla., Paul Walker and wife Darlene of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Carol Hayes and husband Jim of Salt Lake City, Linda Gates and husband Dale of Niceville, Fla., and Steven Walker and wife Shari of Shalimar; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters and brothers, Freda Ziegler, Willa Dowler, Wilbur and Dorothy Walker, Bill and Dorothy Walker, Ray and Ramah Walker, Fred and Toots Walker, and Jay and Shirley Walker.
One of the few elite, Lee, from Pittsburgh flew 70 missions with the 153rd Liaison Squadron in the European Theater during World War II. He later declined a commission and joined the maintenance arena and took care of the machines he loved. After numerous assignments, a tour in Vietnam and a few other adventures, he retired from the 33rd TFW at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in March 1977, and enjoyed over 21 years of well-deserved retirement.
Lee's wishes for cremation will be carried out and a private ceremony will be held at a later date.
Any donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and any local Hospice.
Edward M. Hodgson
U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. Edward M. Hodgson, age 70, of Niceville, Fla., died Sept. 24, 1998, at his home.
He was born in Queens, N.Y., and had been a resident of the Niceville area since 1966. He was a veteran, serving in the Air Force for over 28 years.
Survivors include his wife, Estelle A. Hodgson of Niceville; son, Alan Aguire of Crestview, Fla.; daughters, Pamela Waldrup of Niceville, Sandra Butler, Pat Stone, Sharon Qualtlebaum and Gloria Hodgson, all of England; brother, Robert Hodgson of New York; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Graveside services, with full military honors, will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 1, at 12:30 p.m. with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Frank W. Wilson
Lt. Col. Frank W. Wilson, U.S. Air Force retired, age 80, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998, in a local hospital.
He enjoyed every day of his 30 years service career in aircraft maintenance. His assignments included many stateside bases and overseas duties in England, North Africa, Vietnam and Puerto Rico. He also served with the Air Force Assistance Team, Second Air Force Inspector General Team, Strategic Air Command Inspector General Team. He proudly wore many ribbons for exemplary service for his beloved Air Force and his country.
Frank is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary; son, Steve C. Wilson; daughter, Sherry Wilson Smith and son-in-law David P. Smith; grandchildren, Kevin C. Smith, Amy E. Smith; niece, Sara Reeves; and nephew, Cary Reeves; and niece, Jane Peek; and several cousins and others.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. with the Revs. David Chunn and John Collins officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
Flowers are welcome, or if you wish, a memorial contribution in Frank's name may be made to the building fund for Shalimar United Methodist Church Family Life Center or to a charity of your choice.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Goodwin, Dick Kohout, Joe Wimsatt, John Justice, Tom Turner, Ed Atkins, Fred Stepaniak, Brentwood Bryan, Jack Scheel and Frank Finnern.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
H. Alice Frazier
Harriot Alice Frazier, age 68, of Crestview, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at her residence after a brief illness.
Mrs. Frazier was born in Auburndale, Fla., on Feb. 26, 1930, to Niles and Ada Watson Perry and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area since 1997, after moving here from Auburndale. There, she was a member of the Life and Praise Church and locally was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Valparaiso, Fla.
She was a retired secretary. Mrs. Frazier was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a talented dollmaker and skilled in crochet.
Survivors include her husband, Shelby Frazier of Crestview; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Tricia Frazier of Lake Wells, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Marinelle and the Rev. Dr. Craig Powers of Crestview; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Pete Walters, and Murlene and James Dukes, all of Auburndale; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted from New Hope Baptist Church in Valparaiso on Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Craig Powers officiating.
Interment and additional graveside services will be in Glen Abbey Cemetery in Auburndale on Monday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Billy Melton officiating.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home, or for those who so desire, the family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida in memory of Mrs. Frazier.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Jack Justice died Sept. 18, 1998, at his home in Pasadena, Calif.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1934, in Baker, Fla. Mr. Justice was preceded in death by his father, Jack Justice Sr. and his stepfather, Richard Miller.
He is survived by his wife, Celeste; daughter, Shiobain; granddaughter, Michaela; son-in-law, Robert. He is also survived by his mother, Orene Nixon Justice Miller of Crestview, Fla.; sister, Linda Faust of West Virginia, Patricia Dunn of Crestview, Dick Miller of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Lew Miller of Bagdad, Fla., Steve Miller of Bagdad, Scott Miller of South Carolina, Roger Miller of New Orleans, Robin Miller of Tampa, Fla.; and many aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.
He will be dearly missed.
C.M. "Rusty" Benton, age 70, of Niceville, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at Twin Cities Hospital.
Mr. Benton was a retired U.S. Naval officer with over 30 years of active duty, including Korea and Vietnam. He entered the Navy as an airman and retired as a commander. Mr. Benton was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville and Knights of Columbus. He was a former Boy Scout leader in Chula Vista, Calif., and his interests included coin collecting, fishing and woodworking. Born in Columbus, Ga., he moved to this area six years ago from Memphis, Tenn.
He is survived by his wife of 491/2 years, Martha West Benton; sons, John Melvin Benton and his wife Heidi of Houston, Stephen West Benton of Blue Springs, Mo., and Michael Albert Benton and wife Ann of Spring City, Pa.; daughter, Constance Ann Benton of Memphis; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow beginning at 1:15 p.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.