Blanche Inez Pritchard
Blanche Inez Pritchard, age 80, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, in a local healthcare facility.
Mrs. Pritchard was a native and lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., and was a member of Liveoak Baptist Church in Crestview. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil O. Pritchard.
Survivors include her son, Thomas W. Pritchard of Pensacola, Fla.; daughters, Shirley A. McKamey of Panama City, Fla., Jean Davidson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Faye Buerger of San Antonio, Texas; brother, John H. Harris of Crestview; sisters, Daisy Josey, Alphis Garrett and Hazel Hahn, all of Crestview, and Goldie McKinney of Valdosta, Ga.; grandchildren, Mary and Sarah Davidson, Eric, Shannon and Kevin McKamey, and Christopher, Dana and April Pritchard; and great-grandchildren, Madison, Brittany, Erica, Thomas Mitchell, Michael and Alicia.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted from McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Bob Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Liveoak Baptist Church Cemetery in Crestview.
Pallbearers will be Eric, Shannon and Kevin McKamey, Chris Pritchard, L.D. Meek and Joey Buerger.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Naftel Kelly
Helen Naftel Kelly, age 94, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Mrs. Kelly was born on Nov. 1, 1903, in Naftel, Ala., to the late William and Lena Naftel. She was a longtime resident of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., moving here from Naftel. Mrs. Kelly, a retired Realtor, along with her husband were owners of Kelly Agency in Fort Walton Beach. She was a member of Fort Walton Beach Garden Club; Republican Club; and the Pensacola Executive Club.
Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her husband, Lamar Kelly. She is survived by her son, M. Cullen Hightower and wife Dorothy of Fort Walton Beach; and nephew, William "Bud" Naftel of Fort Walton Beach.
Funeral services for Mrs. Kelly will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. H. Talmadge Smith officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services. Interment will follow in Jesse Rogers Cemetery in Mary Esther.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
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 Williamson, all of Holt; sister, Vera Harrison of Port St. Joe, Fla.; brother, Harvey Williamson of Holt; 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. Saturday, Oct. 3, at First Baptist Church of Holt with the Revs. Francis A. Picker Jr. and Russell Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Old Holt Cemetery.
Mr. Williamson will lie in state at the church one hour prior to funeral services.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn M. Koran, age 67, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entered into Heaven on Sept. 30, 1998.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ray; sons, Michael Ray of Destin, Fla., William Randal Koran, wife Judy and grandson Jordan Ray of Navarre, Fla.
Born in West Virginia, she was predeceased by natural parents, William and Cloe Hartman; adoptive parents, Elmer and Eleanor Hartman; and brothers, Gene, Robert, Edward and Clarence.
Memories of her live on in her sisters and husbands, Gertrude Rogers, Ruth and Glen Wells, Louise and Bob Holtsclaw, all of West Virginia, and Sarah and Howard Hoover of Ohio.
The baby of the family, she will be missed by her brothers and their wives, Norman and Sonny Hartman of Florida, Roy and Ada of South Carolina, and Clyde and Ruth Ann of Ohio.
Evelyn was a devout and active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach. She was well known for her friendliness and always lending a helping hand, even when her illness or pain tried to slow her down. An avid wife and mother for 46 years, she always had another place at the table for some serviceman away from home or a carryout for someone homebound.
Her affinity to love and caring touched the hearts of many and will long be remembered by those who knew her.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church 403 Racetrack Road NW, Fort Walton Beach, with the Rev. Ashley Pogo officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A reception in Evelyn's honor will follow in Fellowship Hall.
While flowers will be appreciated, a donation to Hospice of Northwest Florida who made her so comfortable in her final days would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Little Chapel Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach.
Mary Catherine Freeman
Mary Catherine Freeman, age 77, of Natchez, Miss., died Oct. 1, 1998, at her residence.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Bart Walker and Julius Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Patty Freeman of Vidalia, La.; daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Ed Eubanks of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Carol and Lothian Smallwood of Selma, Ala., and Gail and Jim Anders of Crosby, Miss.; brothers, Kenneth Bourne of Elizabethton, Tenn., Donald Bourne of Wiley, Ga., Lynn Bourne of Fort Worth, Texas; sister, Jo Ann Boyd of Natchez; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Laird Funeral Home, Natchez, in charge of arrangements.
James Eulus Johnson
James Eulus Johnson, born Sept. 9, 1938, deceased Sept. 30, 1998, at 60 years of age.
He was born in Hacoda, Ala., and lived in Crestview, Fla., most of his life. He served in the military during the Korean conflict, and was a past president of the Lyons Club and Crestview Jaycees. He served as an usher and voluntary groundskeeper at Living Faith Baptist Church, where he was a member.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Johnson of Crestview; stepchildren, David of Crestview, and Deborah of Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers, Gary Johnson of Texas, and Horace Johnson of Deltona, Fla.; two aunts; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, loving friends, three brothers-in-law, and a mother-in-law.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, from Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wendell Wright officiating. Burial will be in Bullard Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Flowers will be accepted.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements
Thomas J. Wise
Retired Master Sgt. Thomas J. Wise, U.S. Air Force, age 65, of Valparaiso, Fla., died Tuesday at the 96th Medical Group Hospital, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Mr. Wise was a native of Russell County and had lived his childhood in Abingdon, Va. Mr. Wise retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service. He served two tours in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart and several Medals of Valor. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association; Masonic Lodge 172 AF&AM, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Disabled American Veterans of Fort Walton Beach.
Survivors include his wife, Helen B. Wise; daughter, Debbie Lou Ann Gadous of Swanton, Vt.; son, Jeffrey R. Wise of Fayetteville, Ga.; sister, L. Jean Sweet of Abingdon; grandchildren, David Wise, Ronnie O'Blenis, and Sadie O'Blenis; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted t 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Campbell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William J. Youmans officiating. Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park, with full military honors being rendered by Patton Crosswhite VFW Post 6975. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services, with Masonic services conducted by Abingdon Masonic Lodge 48 AF&AM.
Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne R. Jones
Tech. Sgt. Wayne R. Jones, age 42, was killed in a parachuting accident Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
He is survived by his wife Jean, of the family home; children, Jessica, Mali, Aaron and Charles of the family home, and Jason of Destin, Fla.; mother, Marion Jones; and brother, Glenn Jones and wife, Rhonda, all of Parkersburg, W.Va. Tech. Sgt. Jones was the NCOIC of the Air Operations phase of the 342nd TRS, Det. 1 Pararescue School at Kirtland Air Force Base. He had been the instructor at the parajump school for the last four years and was scheduled to retire from the Air Force in May of 1999.
TSgt. Jones was from Kearny, N.J. He entered the Air Force on Aug. 6, 1978, and was a pararescue man for his entire career. He was a veteran of Desert Storm with over 1,000 flight hours and 502 parachute jumps. He was heavily involved in recovering space hardware during "To Catch A Falling Star" missions while stationed at Hickham Air Force Base, Hawaii, in the early '80s. He was qualified as a NASA space shuttle recovery spe#####t, specializing in RAMZ (Rapid Alternate Method Zodiac) techniques and procedures while stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in the late '80s.
TSgt. Jones was credited with over 20 "saves" during operational missions throughout his career. His assignments also included Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea, and Eglin and Hurlburt Field.
Arrangements for services, military escorts and casket bearers have been provided by fellow members of Wayne's U.S. Air Force Pararescue Unit.
Services will be held Monday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 101 Broadway Blvd., with Chaplains Earl Sprague and Jeff Jones, and the Rev. Ray Gillespie officiating.
Interment will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, N.M. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Lomas Boulevard Chapel, on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Although Wayne accomplished many things in his life, undoubtedly his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ was paramount. The love of his life was his bride, Jean. Not only was he a husband, but a friend. He cherished her and loved her with an everlasting love. He was a loving Daddy and friend to his children as well. He delighted in his fatherhood. To his friends he was a mentor, an example, an encourager, and joy. Our comfort is that our Wayne is now in the presence of his Lord.
"Thank you, Mr. Wayne."
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be given for scholarships to benefit the children of Wayne Jones, c/o Kirtland Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 80570, Albuquerque, NM 87198.
French Mortuary, Albuquerque, is in charge of arrangements.
William H. Jones
William H. "Stitch" Jones, age 75, of Crestview, Fla., passed away in a local hospital after a lengthy illness on Sept. 30, 1998.
He was born in Coffee County, Ala., on Sept. 9, 1923, and moved to Crestview 50 years ago from Slocomb, Ala. During World War II he served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy, and was past Crestview city councilman. He was a charter member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Jones Sr., and Vera Newsome Jones; a sister, Betty Smith; and brother, Ray Jones.
He owned and operated an upholstery, carpet and drapery business for many years. He was employed with Florida Department of Agriculture as a food inspector until 1986. He then operated his own construction company until he developed Parkinson's disease.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Gervis White Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Cheryl Jones of Niceville, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Bill Hughes of Auburn, Ala.; grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Donnie Randall of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Clary and Misty Jones of Niceville, Shannon and William Hughes of Auburn; and a great-grandson, Trenton Jones of Niceville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Whitehurst Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at Woodlawn Baptist Church of Crestview at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Burial will follow in Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be nephews, Jerry, Mike, Tommy, Doug and Aaron Jones, and Billy Carlson. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Woodlawn Baptist Church and the Adult III Men's Sunday school class.
He loved his church, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the new sanctuary building fund of Woodlawn Baptist Church, 824 N. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, FL 32536.
Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Mary Elizabeth Moody
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Moody, age 75, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday evening, Oct. 2, 1998, in a local hospital. Mrs. Moody was born on June 30, 1923 in Georgetown, Tenn., to the late John Wilbert and Ethel Louise Holmes. Mrs. Moody moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1959 from Chattanooga, Tenn., and owned her own hair salon, named Beauty Boutique. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach and was a member of Moose Lodge 2193, Elks #1795 and DAV.
Mrs. Moody is survived by her son, Roy "Sonny" Johnson and wife, Phyllis, of Chattanooga; son, Phillip Moody and wife, Karen, of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughter Yvonne Allenbrand of Fort Walton Beach; five sisters, Ruby Gentry, Gladys Springfield, Opal Ford and Wilma Hammondtree, all of Chattanooga, and Helen Hayes of South Carolina; brother, J.W. "Bud" Holmes Jr. of Chattanooga; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1998, at 1 p.m. in the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Howard L. Gates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bay Medical Center Hospice, 155 Crystal Beach Drive, Destin, FL 32541 in memory of Mrs. Mary Moody.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, 32547 is in charge of arrangements.