Clarence R. Mitchell
Clarence R. Mitchell, 76, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998.
Mitchell, who was born Jan. 15, 1922, is survived by his wife, Virginia Mitchell; two children, Susan Loving and Adrian Mitchell; and three grandchildren, Kellon Loving, Cody Mitchell, and Adrian Mitchell Jr.
Burial will be in Roderfield, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998. Memorials can be made to the Heart Association.
Dr. Arthur C. Parker
Dr. Arthur C. Parker, age 81, of Destin, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, in a local hospital.
He was a native of Clarkedale, Ark., and lived here since he retired after 36 years of practice at Kneibert Clinic in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Dr. Parker was a graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical School, specializing in pediatrics at the University Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn.
He was a founding member of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., where he served on the vestry.
He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou (Etter) Parker.
Survivors include his sons, Jim E. Parker, of Tulsa, Okla., and Arthur C. Parker III, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; foster daughter, Connie Hodge, of Houston; brother, Robert B. Parker, of Paris, Ark.; granddaughter, Catie Parker. Two foster grandsons, and one foster great granddaughter.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Christ the King Episcopal Church with the Rev. Carl Bright officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christ the King Episcopal Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 1677, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, 32549.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements.
H.E. Weathers Jr.
H.E. Weathers Jr., age 70, of Bruce, Fla., died Nov. 1, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mr. Weathers had resided in the Freeport/Bruce area for the past 30 years. He was a member of Bruce United Methodist Church; retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer; and was an educator at Freeport High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Margie Weathers. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Louise Jones Weathers of Bruce; son, Ronald E. Weathers of Bruce; stepson, Michael Jenkins and wife Nancy of North Brunswick, N.J.; stepdaughter, Treasa Friend of Cocoa, Fla.; sister, Judith Rose and husband Bill of Freeport, Fla.; granddaughters, Janet and Diane Weathers of Misawa, Japan; stepgranddaughters, Lisa Friend of Bruce, and Katie Jenkins of North Brunswick; and stepgrandsons, Jeff and Scott Friend of Cocoa.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Bruce United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Young officiating. Interment will be in Black Creek Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Weathers, Andy Laird, Randy Silcox, Ekie Caswell, David Steele and Doyce Burke.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Anna L. Marshall
Anna L. Marshall, age 72, of Destin, Fla., passed away in a local hospital Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998.
She was born on Aug. 6, 1926, in Miami and had been a lifelong resident of the local area.
She was preceded in death by her son, William "Bill" Marshall; and her husband, Charles E. Marshall.
Survivors include her sister, Marie Brooks and her husband Harroll of Destin.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Little Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Howard Gates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family desires memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Northwest Florida chapter, 119 N.W. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, in memory of Anna L. Marshall.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with arrangements.
Janelle E. Toczylowski
Janelle E. Toczylowski, age 81, of Niceville, Fla., died Saturday evening, Oct. 31, 1998, at the Bay Heritage Nursing Home in Niceville.
She was a retired secretary and a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force Women's Air Corps. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Niceville and moved to this area from Tulsa, Okla., in 1985.
Survivors include her husband, Walter M. Toczylowski of Niceville; and her sister, Christine English of Tulsa.
Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Niceville on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Rurel Ausley officiating. Interment will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., beginning at 1:15 p.m. Family and friends will reconvene at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation Inc., Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Col. Paul Kozelka, U.S. Air Force retired, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 2, 1998, at his residence.
Col. Kozelka was born on Jan. 30, 1922, in Shelby, Mich., to the late John and Anna Kozelka. In 1942 he joined the Army Air Corps. He went through flight training and was commissioned in 1943. He served in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War.
While serving at the Pentagon from 1959 to 1967 he earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland. Later he earned a master's degree in foreign affairs from George Washington University. He attended Air Command and Staff School and the Air War College. He was deputy base commander at Hurlburt Air Force Base for several years. He retired as the base commander of Little Rock Air Force Base in 1975.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach; active with Gideon's International; member of the Officers' Christian Fellowship. He was a Boy Scout leader and served on the Boy Scout Council. He was an honorary member of Fort Walton Beach Rotary, United Way, and served on the Red Cross and Salvation Army boards.
Col. Kozelka was preceded in death by his son, John, and brothers, John and Samuel. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Paula Kozelka and granddaughter, Micah Kozelka-Shewmake; and sisters, Beatrice Budik, Sue Kehder and Marie Smolicek.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gates and Dr. Monroe officiating.
The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Interment will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Shelby, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation; American Cancer Society; or Gideon's International in memory of Col. Paul Kozelka.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of local arrangements.
Carlos J. Coleman
Carlos J. Coleman, age 41, died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Calvary Hospital Hospice in the Bronx, N.Y.
Carlos was born in Honduras on April 7, 1957, and came to the United States when he was 6 years old. He was educated in New York and graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with a degree in electrical engineering.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Carlos moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1983. Carlos was a civilian test engineer for the 46th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He also owned a large marketing business.
Carlos was a faithful member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach. At Westminster he served on the board of deacons and was a member of the Mission Committee while serving as its treasurer. In 1993, he was a member of a mission team that went to Mexico to help rebuild a church in Matamoros.
His other mission work was with Compassion International. Compassion is a national organization that helps children all over the world. Carlos was supporting three children through Compassion at the time of his death. He had previous involvement with the Navigators, a Christian discipleship organization.
Carlos is survived by his mother, Monica Coleman; his sisters, Yolanda Coleman and Martha Talbott; and his brother and sister-in-law, Santiago and Anna Coleman, all of New York; his father, Carlos Coleman of Honduras; his nieces, Melanie, Michelle, Myrian and Karen; and his nephew, Jimmy.
Carlos wanted to thank all the people who prayed for him, who sent him cards and gifts, who visited him, and who helped him in many other ways throughout his illness. He also wanted to thank all the people who donated leave to him over the last year. He appreciated the generosity of spirit that everyone showed toward him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to: Carlos Coleman Memorial Fund, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2 Woodham Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547; Hospice at Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461; Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0009.
According to his wishes, Carlos was cremated in New York and will be buried in Honduras at a future date.
A memorial service will be held for Carlos Coleman at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2 Woodham Ave., Fort Walton beach, with Dr. William H. Tyson officiating.
Leland G. Graves
Leland G. Graves, age 64, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in a local hospital Monday, Nov. 2, 1998.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1934, in Tupelo, Miss. He had resided in the local area since 1975, when he and his family moved here from Memphis, Tenn. He was Baptist by faith. Mr. Graves will be remembered by many as a coach of Little League baseball and football. He coached for over 25 years, winning many championships. He was also a member of the Mason lodge. He enjoyed work and later retired from Eglin Air Force Base civil service. He loved his family, life and the out of doors.
Survivors include his loving wife, Marjorie, of 46 years; sons, Leland Graves Jr., and wife Elizabeth of Germany, Timothy Graves of Fort Walton Beach, and Dwight Graves and wife Lesa of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Linda Fitzgerald of Fort Walton Beach; two sisters; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Nester officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
John B. Matthews
John B. "Red" Matthews, age 60, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, in a local hospital.
He was born in Milton, Fla., and had lived in Crestview most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Matthews; children, Sandra Hazelwood of Kentucky, John "Jr." Matthews, James Matthews, Elizabeth Matthews and Scott Bushroe; grandchildren, Travis and Jennifer Hazelwood; mother, Bessie Matthews; brother, Burl Matthews, all of Crestview, sisters, Corine Parker, Louise Hamburger, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Eva Mae McLeod of Destin, Fla.; numerous nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with the Rev. Juanita King officiating. Burial will follow in Holt Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Bessie Day Henderson
Bessie Day Henderson, age 93, of Ocala, Fla., died Friday, Oct. 30, 1998, in a Pensacola, Fla., hospital.
Born on Nov. 30, 1904, in Walton County, Fla., she was the second daughter of the late Hugh and Henrietta Day. She lived most of her life in Argyle, Fla., and retired from the Postal Department after 16 years of service. The last 12 years she had lived in Ocala with her daughter. Mrs. Henderson was very active in her church at Argyle, where she was a charter member.
Mrs. Henderson is survived by her daughter, Wilhelmina H. Banks; grandson, Charles Timothy Banks and granddaughter-in-law, Dawn LeCrane Banks; nieces, Madeline B. Douglass, Kathleen B. Hardy and Lorene B. Prescott; nephew, Donald Bishop and wife Bee; and several grandnieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Argyle Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Jaye officiating. Interment followed in Euchee Valley Cemetery.
Flowers were accepted, or donations may be made to a church of your choice.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.