Letha A. Jeffers
Letha A. Jeffers, age 80, of Valparaiso, Fla., passed away in a Niceville, Fla., hospital on Nov. 7, 1998.
She was born in Marietta, Ohio, on April 12, 1918, and moved to Valparaiso six years ago from Terre Haute, Ind. She was a Catholic by faith and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mrs. Jeffers is survived by her daughter, Helen McCauley of Valparaiso, Sharron Ney of Destin, Fla.; one grandson, Hobie Roberts Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; two granddaughters, Shelly Marie Roberts and Crystal Gayle Roberts, both of Valparaiso; one great-granddaughter, Nicole "Nikki" Roberts of Valparaiso; two brothers, Lawrence Hall and Richard Hall, both of Ohio; two sisters, Carol Hall of Noblesville, Ind., and Caroline Harris of New York.
The family will receive friends at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mr. Henry Akers officiating.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 N.E. Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Larry W. Jordan
Larry W. Jordan, age 58, of Crestview, Fla., died at his residence Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998.
Larry was born in Hagerstown, Md., on Oct. 15, 1940, to Walter K. and Margaret Smith Jordan, and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area for the past 23 years. He was retired from the Okaloosa County Road Department; a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam; and had attended services at Auburn Assembly of God Church.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather. Larry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Betty McCranie Jordan; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and James Barfield, Wanda and Ricky Baker, and Norma Jordan and her fiance, Michael Merrit, all of Crestview; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Marilyn Jordan of Boonesboro, Md., Gene and Barbara Jordan of Sharpsburg, Md., and Nevin and Paula Jordan of Hagerstown, Md.; grandchildren, Larry and Daniel Barfield, Drew and Kaycee Cotton, Samantha and Ashley Lundy, Davida Mays, Brandy and Ricky Lee Baker, all of Crestview.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, with the Revs. Carroll Senn and Alton Nixon officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery near Baker, Fla.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Twila Oakes Wittrig
Twila Oakes Wittrig, age 80, of Warrenton, Va., died Nov. 7, 1998, at her home.
Mrs. Wittrig was a resident of Canton, S.D., for 30 years, where she was a longtime member of the Canton United Methodist Church. She then lived in Destin, Fla., for 23 years, where she enjoyed gardening, church and volunteer work. She recently moved to Warrenton to be near her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlin Smith Wittrig.
She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Radway of Warrenton; two sons, Bill Wittrig of Rapid City, S.D., and John Wittrig of Watertown, S.D.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Caring and Sharing of South Walton, P.O. Box 2122, Neally Business Village, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, is in charge of arrangements.
Beverly Gatlin Anchors
Beverly Gatlin Anchors, age 51, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1998.
Beverly is survived by her husband, LeDon Anchors; her parents, Morris and Norfleet Gatlin; her brother and his wife, Morris Jr. and Bonnie Gatlin; her nephew, Patrick, and niece, Nicole Gatlin; and Don's three children, Michelle and Rusty Anchors, and Laurie Curles.
Beverly taught at Bruner Middle School. In addition to her teaching duties, she will be forever remembered as the co-founder and sponsor of the KIND Club. Beverly and close friend Cindy Kabase founded the organization to support the needs of animals in this community. Student club members raised monies, as well as awareness, for the need to care for and protect pets.
Beverly was a former Queen of Bowlegs and the only female president of the local University of Florida Booster Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Walton Beach First United Methodist Church, 103 S. First St.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the church. A family burial will follow in McComb, Miss.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent, in Beverly's memory, to the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church of McComb, Miss.; or to the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
Jane B. Phillips
Jane B. Phillips of Marietta, Ga., and formerly of Shalimar, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, in Marietta.
Mts. Phillips was born in Greenwood, Dela., on Feb. 12, 1923. She was the daughter of the late George Blake and Jessie Willey Blake and was preceded in death by her husband, James E Phillips of Shalimar.
She attended the University of Delaware in Newark, Dela., and was retired from the State of Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. She was a member of Shalimar United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her two grandchildren, David and Wesley Himot of Marietta.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. in Shalimar United Methodist Church.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta, is in charge of arrangements.
Oscar H. Mitchell
Oscar H. Mitchell, age 65, a resident of 201 Greenbrier Drive, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, in Freeport, Fla.
A native of Florala, Ala., he was the son of the late Huey and Ruby Paul Mitchell. A veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, he was a retired meat market manager at Hurlburt Field. Mr. Mitchell was a member of Alpha Lodge 172 F&AM in Fort Walton Beach.
Survivors include his wife, Francoise Mitchell of Fort Walton Beach; son, Kenneth Mitchell of Freeport; daughter, Evelyn M.H. Mitchell Bartlett of Fort Walton Beach; sister, Reba Pelham of Crestview, Fla.; brothers, J.E. Mitchell of Kinston, Ala., Lamar Mitchell and Paul Mitchell of Florala; and grandchildren, Julie Marie Mitchell, Renee Francoise Mitchell and T.J. Mitchell Rodrigues.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Evans Funeral Home, with intermenty in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Florala, with Masonic graveside rites.
Evans Funeral Home, Florala, is in charge of arrangements.
Amos Goddard, age 60, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998, in a local hospital.
He was a native of Cherokee County, Ala., and had lived in our area for the past seven months, coming from Nachez, Miss. Mr. Goddard was employed as a salesman by Hub City Ford Mercury in Crestview.
Survivors include his wife, Sondra H. Goddard of Crestview; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Frank Zapata of Ponchatoula, La., and Cindy and Phil Harris of Mary Esther, Fla.; sister, Margaret Barton of Anniston, Ala.; and grandchildren, William, Amos Franklin, Fernando, Erin and Kyle.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Sandy Kuhl, age 35, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., passed away Wednesday night, Nov. 11, 1998, at her home.
She was a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs and a member of the Eucheeanna Apostolic Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her Aunt Mammie Wallace, and her maternal grandfather, George "Wash" Watson.
Survivors include her husband, Donnie Kuhl; sons, Jeremy Daniel Kuhl and Jonathon Wayne Kuhl, all of DeFuniak Springs; parents, Bobby and "Sadie" Virginia Bankich of Milton, Fla.; sisters, Susie "Rita" Trahan of Thibodaux, La., and Shannan Bankich of Milton; brothers, Robert Bankich Jr. and Richard Bankich, both of Pace, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Ella Mae Watson of Paxton; and uncle, Nathan Wallace of DeFuniak Springs.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Eucheeanna Apostolic Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Jason Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Gaskin Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all their friends in the community for their support and kindness to Sandy.
Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Othell P. Day
Othell P. Day, age 71, of Laurel Hill, Fla., passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, in Lumberton, N.C.
She was a native of Donaldsonville, Ga., and had been living in Okaloosa County, Fla., most of her life. She was retired from civil service; and a member of First Baptist Church in Laurel Hill and of the Eastern Stars.
She is survived by her husband, A.P. Day of Laurel Hill; sons, Andy P. Day of Bowling Green, Ky., and Allen P. Day of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Joyce D. Patterson of Lumberton; sister, Lulu P. Francis of Douglasville, Ga.; and grandchildren, Matthew A. Patterson and Andrea J. Day.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Everage officiating. Burial will follow in Almarante Cemetery.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Jewel Skinner
Helen Jewel Skinner, age 73, of Valparaiso, Fla., went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 11. 1998.
Mrs. Skinner was born in Black, Ala., and had resided in Valparaiso since 1956.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Guy N. Skinner. She is also survived by her son, Denny, wife, Rhonda and grandchildren, Burma, Denise, Darlene and Dennis; son, Ray, wife Ann and grandchildren, Timothy, Tracy and Jennifer; son, Steve, wife Monica and granddaughter, Klarissa; and daughter, Renee Jones, husband Ron and granddaughters, Stephanie, Holly and Laura.
Mrs. Skinner was a loving and generous wife, mother and friend. Her kindness and compassion will be dearly missed.
Jewel's friends are invited to attend a visitation at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at First Baptist Church in Valparaiso. A viewing will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside services will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso, with the Rev. Mike Stokes, pastor of First Baptist Church in Valparaiso, officiating. Pallbearers will be members of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 444 Valparaiso Blvd., Valparaiso, FL 32580, in memory of Helen J. Skinner.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.