Kelly Arthur Eaton Jr.
Kelly Arthur Eaton Jr., of Woodbine, Ga., beloved brother of Shirley Eaton Huey and uncle of Glen Huey, passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 1998, with his sister by his side at Westwood Nursing Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., after a courageous battle against cancer.
Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Lollie and Kelly A. Eaton Sr.; and brother, James Eaton. He is survived by two brothers, Frank E. Eaton Sr., and Robert Eaton; two sisters, Kathryn Mizell Pye and Shirley Huey; three daughters, Lynn, Julie and Kelly Ann; seven grandsons; nephew, Glen Huey; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
By all who knew Kelly, he was admired for his stamina, love of the Lord and his church, his adventure in enjoying life, and was an inspiration to many by setting an example in self-survival due to his disabling accident years ago.
Mr. Eaton will be buried in the family plot at a small cemetery in Folkston, Ga., with church services at his Methodist church in Woodbine.
My good sport and close friend, may your body and soul be at peace now.
He will be missed daily by all the family who loved him so dearly.
Rose Durning, age 84, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.
She was born in Paterson, N.J., on March 3, 1914. As one of 11 children to Italian immigrants, Rose spent the first part of her life in the New Jersey area. She moved to the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., area in 1977 to be close to her children and grandchildren. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was also a passionate advocate for the rights and wellbeing of the mentally impaired and disabled. An epitome of strength and a pillar for her entire family, she will be greatly missed by the many whose lives she touched.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cpl. Frank A. Durning; brother, Michael Pombo; sisters, Antoinett Anderson and Marlene Erb; and granddaughter, Dawn Spano.
She is survived by her children, retired Lt. Col. Patrick F. Durning, Rosalie Cigol and Cornelius D. Van Wezel; her siblings, Charles Pombo, James Pombo, Nicholas Pombo, Frank Pombo, Margaret Standish, Mary Greer and Elizabeth Eastwood; her godson, Michael Coiro; grandchildren, Patrick F. Durning Jr., Fred Spano, Diana D. Gladwell, Timothy W. Durning, Michael Spano and Nancy C. Rhodes; five great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In celebration of her life, Rose's family and friends are invited to a memorial service and Mass at St. Mary's Church on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. The Mass will be immediately followed by a repast at her home in the Cayou Grande complex.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in her memory.
Kevin M. Dunn
Kevin M. Dunn, age 49, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died suddenly while on a business trip in Houma, La.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mr. Dunn enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after high school and was honorably discharged in 1972.
After leaving the Navy he began his career in the oil pipeline industry, traveling worldwide first as a deep sea diver until the late 1980s, then as a welder until the mid-1990s, and then finally as a pipeline inspector.
He is survived by five brothers, Robert "Jerry" Dunn of Burlington, Mass., Edmund L. Dunn of Spartanburg, S.C., David A. Dunn of East Rockaway, N.Y., Stephen J. Dunn of Billerica, Mass., and Brian P. Dunn of Stamford, Conn.; and sisters, Barbara M. Osborne of Chelmsford, Mass., and Rosemary A. Pirani of Winchester, Ma.
Funeral services will be conducted in Massachusetts on Friday.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 375 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02215.
Arrangements under the direction of Lane Funeral Home in Winchester.
Ewell Gene Brown
Ewell Gene Brown, age 60, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, in a local nursing home.
Mr. Brown was born on Dec. 10, 1937, and was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. He was Protestant by faith and a member of the Cornerstone Church in DeFuniak Springs. He enjoyed ranch work and working with horses.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Ira Lee Brown and Zady Arrant Brown; brothers, Floyd Brown and Coy Lee Brown. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Wilma Brown; nieces, Wanda Brown Klienpeter of Mobile, Ala., and Barbara Brown Trimm of Niceville, Fla.; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. in Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Wies and Carolyn Wies officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Holmes County.
Pallbearers will be Ken Rolling, Nicholas Laird, David Trimm, Clinton Andrews, Howard Moore and John Haliday.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, entrusted with arrangements.
Margaret Esther Truax
Margaret Esther Truax, age 72, of Shalimar, Fla., died Monday, Oct. 26, 1998.
While visiting family and friends in her hometown of Rochester, Minn., she passed away unexpectedly.
Margaret was born in Rochester on Oct. 8, 1926. She attended and graduated from private school, Maple Wood Academy. She married Gene Truax in 1946 and shortly afterwards moved to Florida. A devoted housewife for many years, Margaret entered a new career path in the fall of 1969 when she began working at Fort Walton Beach High School. An avid sports fan, Margaret achieved a degree of notoriety for her enthusiastic support of her Vikings. Retiring in 1986, she continued to help people as a member of the hospital auxiliary at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
As a wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret gave definition to the word love. She was preceded in death by her father, William R. Jones; and two brothers, Billy and Larry Jones. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gene Traux; daughters and sons-in-law, Alexa and Bill Broome, Cindy and John Nickless, and Debbie Neale. Her grandchildren include, Leah Willcoxon, Marci Broome, Lindsey Porter, Jared Porter, Hillary Porter, Ashleigh Neale and Jimmy Neale. Lexi and Samuel Willcoxon are her great-grandchildren.
Margaret's friends are invited to join her family in a celebration of her life on Saturday, Nov. 7, with the visitation beginning at 2 p.m. and a memorial service commencing at 3 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Lay, Chaplain Lt. Col. William Broome, Pastor Evan Valencia, Mr. Roger Burke and Mr. Steve Wade.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church Building Fund, 119 St. Mary's Ave., P.O. Box 1209, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Ira Campbell, age 94, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at his residence.
Mr. Campbell was born April 17, 1904, in Eucheanna, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. Mr. Campbell was a Presbyterian by faith and a member of Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church, where he also served as a deacon for many years. He was a retired employee with the Post Office after 30 years of service.
Mr. Campbell was the son of the late Samuel Campbell and Jennie Campbell. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Clara Campbell; several nieces and nephews, Dewitt Campbell, Patricia Campbell, Phyllis Seigler, Elanor Gunter and Annette Ellis, all of DeFuniak Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted at Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Henry Mooney officiating. Burial will be in Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Murray Campbell, Monroe Campbell, Robert Seigler, Lyle Seigler, Bobby Gunter and Dennis Hall.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Tommy Vashun Pugh
Tommy Vashun Pugh, age 23, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31, 1998, in Tampa, Fla.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1975, in Mobile, Ala. He attended Lewis Middle and Niceville Senior High schools. He loved music, art and people. He was a happy, loving individual who brought joy into the lives of many.
Tommy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam N. and Dora Lee Pugh of Mobile. He is survived by his parents, Sam N. Jr. and Dollie M. Pugh of Valparaiso, Fla.; sister, Banushufyan "Banu" Pugh; brother, Carlos and wife Debra Pugh of Tampa; grandmother, Thelma Simmons of Mobile; grandfather, Roosevelt Price of Atlanta; aunt and uncle, Clara and Ernest Moorer of Selma, Ala.; aunt and uncle, Della and Ray Morris of Mobile; two nieces, Jasmine Pugh and J'La Lambert; four cousins, Ernest Moorer III, Keenan Morris, Ray Morris Jr. and Dorian Williams, among others.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Little Chapel Funeral Home on Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Services will be conducted at1 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Leonard Williams officiating.
It is difficult to adjust to our loss, but we must hold on to the memories of good times shared, so that we may all smile again.
Hope conquers sorrow. Shout, it eases heartache. Cry, it soothes pain. Pray, it brings peace.
Tommy will live on in our hearts.
Gail Candler Kirby
Gail Candler Kirby of Bluewater Bay, Fla., daughter of the late Asa W. and Elain Candler, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, after a long battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, M. Douglas Kirby; and her three children, Analisa Wallis, Howard Ellenburg and Allison Langdon.
She attended Northside High School, Auburn University, and received her master's degree at Troy State University.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville, Fla.
Patricia Jane Colee
Patricia Jane Colee, age 52, of Valparaiso, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998 at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center hospital after a short but valiant battle with cancer.
Jane was born in Worthing, England, and immigrated with her family to the United States at age 9. The family settled in Pensacola, Fla., and Jane graduated from Pensacola High School in 1963. She received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1967 from Florida State University and a master of systems engineering degree from the University of Florida's Eglin Air Force Base extension program.
While at FSU she met and married her husband, Andy, to who she has been married for 31 years. Upon graduation they moved to Valparaiso and began their civilian careers at Eglin.
Jane worked for the 96th Communications Group as a computer scientist in the Math Lab for more than 30 years. In recent years she worked with the remote computer control of target planes, missiles and tanks. She was recognized as a national target control expert. She attended several international conferences in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia as the U.S. Air Force representative to the Aerial Target Cooperation Program. In 1997 she was presented a special award for her dedicated support to the Air Combat Command.
Jane was an avid sailor, racing cruiser sailboats with her family for many years before becoming a Sunfish sailboat enthusiast. She participated in many local, regional and national Sunfish events. Since 1969 she has been a member of the Boggy Bayou/Bluewater Bay Sailing Club. She was a member of the Northwest Florida Track Club. As recently as June 1998 she won an age-group award in the Billy Bowlegs Midnight Run. In addition to these and other outdoor sports, Jane also enjoyed many creative arts and crafts activities. She and her family also shared many happy traveling adventures.
Jane is survived by her husband, Andrew, and her son, Jim, both of Valparaiso; her parents, Phil and Billie Curry of Decatur, Ala.; and sister, Gail Reinecke of Decatur and brother, David Curry of Huntsville, Ala. and their families. She also remained close to her relatives in Australia and England.
Jane was a loving and generous person who will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. One of her greatest joys came in 1988 when she was able to donate a kidney to her only son.
Jane's friends are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service commencing at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998 in the Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1040 Woodcock Road; Num. 119; Orlando, FL 32803 or to the FSU Foundation.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road NE, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Ida Mae Hurst
Lifted gently in the arms of Jesus, Ida Mae Hurst went home to be with our Lord on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998. Free of suffering and pain, she is now at peace with her sister, Pearl Taylor, brother, Tom Peters, sons Danny and Gene Green, and grandson, Jimmy Wright.
Mae was blessed with a large loving family. She is survived by daughters, Patsy Pulliam and her husband, Jimmy, Ann Zimerle, Nina Wright and her husband, Wendell; sons, Jerry Green and his wife, Kay, Carey Green and his wife, Carol, and Joshua Hurst; daughter-in-law, Elna Green; brother, Ivis Peters; grandchildren, Ronnie, Randy, and Steve Zimerle, Luann Triliegi, Jim Bo Pulliam, and Tommie Trovato, Jerry and Jeff Green, Darlene, Deann and Buddy Green, Teresa, Wendy, Cendy and Bam Wright, Terri Lynn and Danny Green, Kelly, Laurie, Ann Marie, Gene Jr. and Billy Green. Also there are 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom held a special place in our hearts and will always be remembered for her strength, determination, independence and stuffed turkey. Also, we thank God for his mercy and grace.
"Those who live in your heart are never forgotten."
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel. Friends may call at a visitation from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. Rev. Ken Murie will officiate at the service assisted by Wendell Wright. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Burial will follow the services in Beal Memorial Cemetery. Following the services, friends and family will gather at 915 Sara Drive, Shalimar, Fla.
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., entrusted with the services and arrangements.