Caryn Michele Draper
Infant Caryn Michele Draper, age 2 months 29 days, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 1998, at her parents' home in Niceville, Fla.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1998, to Daniel Timothy Draper and Kimberly Beth Adams. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Doris Draper.
In addition to her parents, Caryn is survived by her maternal grandparents, Robert Phillips of Mobile, Ala., and Barbara Rolf of McIntosh, Minn.; one brother, Christopher Adams of Niceville; and one sister, Caitlin Adams of Niceville.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Hogg officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Clary-Godwin Chapel.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Emalene Nowlin, age 72, of Niceville, Fla., died Nov. 17, 1998, in a local hospital.
Emalene was born in Fairfax, Ky., on March 13, 1926, and had been living in this area for the past eight years.
She is survived by her husband, retired 1st Sgt. Henry M. Nowlin, U.S. Army, of Niceville; daughters, Patricia Koehler of Michigan, and Linda Gaines of Niceville; grandchildren, Collin O'Nowlin, Sean Koehler, Eric Koehler and Brittany Gaines; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Mary Marjorie Baumgardner
Margie Baumgardner, age 81, of Destin, Fla., passed away on Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, in a local hospital. She was born on Dec. 11, 1916, in Bells, Tenn. She had resided in the local area since 1988, when she moved here from St. Louis, Mo. She was a Methodist by faith. She was a registered nurse by profession and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in 1940. She will be greatly missed by her family as well as by her golden retriever, Teela.
Survivors include her daughter, Kay, and son-in-law Larry Hines of Destin; brother Gordon and his wife, Erica Bryant, of Waterbury, Conn.; two sisters, Mildred and her husband, Delbert Ponder of Chicago, Ill., and Eloise and her husband, Douglas Herndon, of Nashville, Tenn.; two step-children, Wendy and husband Mark Patterson, and David Hines; special friends Linda Kasparek, Betty Spindler, Sandy Williamson and Fran Langley; and an aunt, Jodie Moore of Bells, Tenn.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home with Chaplain Joel Underwood officiating. Friends may call from 12:30 to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Floral tributes are acceptable, or for those who would like, they may make a memorial contribution to Eglin Pet Welfare, P.O. Box 1914, Eglin AFB, FL 32542 in memory of Margie Baumgardner.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is entrusted with services and arrangements.
William "Bill" Woodin
William L. "Bill" Woodin, lieutenant colonel USAF retired, age 60, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died on Nov. 18, 1998.
Born March 29, 1938 in Sayre, Penn., he was the son of the late Lawrence Allen Woodin and Anna Elizabeth Custer Woodin Bodine of Wellsboro, Penn.
A champion debater and speaker while attending Coral Gables Florida Senior High School, he received a full scholarship to the University of Miami from which he received his bachelor and master degrees. He was also a graduate of the Air War College.
He entered the Air Force as a navigator aviation cadet in 1958. Upon commissioning in 1959 he began an Air Force career which included service as a RB-47H navigator flying Cold War secret reconnaissance missions as well as functioning as an intelligence analyst and adviser at various USAF major command headquarters worldwide and serving as an intelligence expert in unconventional warfare while a member of the elite MACSOG group in Vietnam.
He also flew as an instruction navigator with the Air Force Reserve Flamingo Wing at Homstead Air Force Base, Fla., during a break in active-duty service. He ended his service with assignments as an academic education spe#####t within Air University and Air Force ROTC, including detachment duty at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.
For his actions he was awarded many decoration including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for participation in the Cuba and Dominican Republic crises and the Army Missionaries Unit Award.
Following his Air Force retirement in 1981, he began instructing in history and political science as an adjunct associate professor for Troy State University's Florida region and St. Leo College, and continued to do so until illness precluded further teaching in early 1998. He also periodically instructed for Okaloosa-Walton Community College.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Okaloosa County School Board in 1994 and was actively involved with the Episcopal Church throughout his life, including service as an acolyte, church school teacher and superintendent, vestry member and junior and senior warden. He was an Alpha Tau Omega, member of the Retired Officers Association, Air Force Association and an Air Commando.
He was the husband of Marie A. Jones of Miami, Fla., and is survived by his wife; their two daughters, Dawn Marie Woodin-Jones and Tina Louise Woodin, and son-in-law Thomas Alexander Jones, all of Fort Walton Beach; along with a sister, Elizabeth Sibarium of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a grandson, Christopher Michael Beck; and several stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at Barrancas National Memorial Cemetery located on Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., on Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at 1:15 p.m. with full military honors and a military chaplain officiating. All friends are family are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Agent Orange Coalition of Florida. Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin Funeral Home of Fort Walton Beach.
Edward D. Brown
Mr. Edward D. Brown, age 76, went to be with the Lord Nov. 22, 1998 after a long fight with cancer. He was born in Topeka, Kan., on March 13, 1922 to Gene and Dora Brown.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma, his parents and all his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Maudree; two daughters, Judy Hall of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Shirley Strobel of Great Bend, Kan.; two sons, Ed Jr. of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mike of Topeka, Kan., three stepsons and one stepdaughter, seven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday. Nov. 24, 1998, at 10 a.m. at the Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lonnie Wright officiating. Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 23, 1998 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Kenneth Marlowe
James Kenneth Marlowe, age 58, a resident of Florala, Ala., passed away at his home on Route 2, Florala, Saturday, Nov. 21, 1998.
He was a native of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., the son of the late R.D. and Johnnie Dudley Marlowe. He was associated with Perdue Farms in DeFuniak Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hazel Marlowe of Florala; daughters, Lesa Snow of McIntosh, Ala., Tammie Holloway of Navarre, Fla., Teresa Macaruso of Fort Walton Beach, Leslie Harrell of Florala, and Amanda Marlowe of Children Home; sons, James K. Marlowe II of Ino, Ala., and Horace D. Marlowe of Marianna, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Jeff knight and Joe Hernandez officiating. Interment will be in Florala Greenwood Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Florala, is in charge of arrangements.
Marian Heywood Heilman
Marian Heywood Heilman (1918 to 1998) of Crestview, Fla., passed away peacefully after an extended illness at her daughter's home in Oklahoma on Nov. 22, 1998.
A compassionate woman, she provided unconditional love and support to her husband of 56 years, Rex; and five children, Patricia (George), Marina, Mark, Rhonda (Bruce) and Paul; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A wonderful friend to all who knew her, she is greatly missed.
In keeping with Marian's giving nature, in lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to Harbor House, 700 Arlington Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211-7306, where her youngest son Paul resides.
Reginald Fletcher Sturrup
Reginald Fletcher Sturrup, age 78, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 22, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mr. Sturrup was born in Miami on July 22, 1920, to the late Harry and Ella Sturrup. He moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1948 from Miami and retired from civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 1979. He was a member of Shalimar Baptist Church, Alpha Lodge 172 F&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies in Panama City, Fla., Order of Eastern Star Chapter 202 in Fort Walton Beach, Fort Walton Beach Shrine Club, Crestview Shrine Club, and Past Potentate of Hadji Shrine Temple in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Sturrup was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret C. Sturrup and his son, Harry Sturrup. He is survived by his wife, Marian B. Sturrup of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Regina Baker and husband Doug of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Donna Erdman and husband Robert of Baker, Fla.; daughter, Janet Bryan and husband Ronnie of Crestview, Fla.; son, Stanley Smith and wife Tami of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Mary Moore of Baker; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Emerald Coast Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Reese, Mr. J.B. Hopkins and Mr. Carl Brewton officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, Hadji Temple, 800 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL 32534, in memory of Mr. Reginald Fletcher Sturrup.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
June L. Strickland Simmons
June L. Strickland Simmons, formerly of Laurel Hill, Fla., passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at 1:01 a.m. in Lawrenceville, Ga., after a long illness.
June was born on Sept. 15, 1953. She attended Laurel Hill High School and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of West Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell Simmons; parents, P.Q. and Pearlie Strickland of Laurel Hill; sisters, Joan Grant of Crestview, Fla., Jane Prevatte of Pensacola, Fla., and Janice Locke of Laurel Hill; father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Mary Simmons of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Roger and wife Linda Simmons of Atlanta, Billy Simmons of Navarre Beach, Fla., and Scott and wife Carla of Mary Esther, Fla.; sister-in-law, Vivian and husband Larry Smith of Laurel Hill; eight nephews; six nieces; four great-nephews; and one great-niece.
The viewing will be on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitehurst Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview with the Rev. Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Flowers will be permitted. Burial will take place in Almarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Jewel Smart, age 72, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, in a local health care facility surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Smart was born in Crestview, Fla., on Sept. 16, 1926, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Crestview. Mrs. Smart was preceded in death by her son, Paul J. Smart.
Survivors include her former husband of 30 years, Rufus Smart of Crestview; sons, Jack Smart and wife Carol of Dorcas, Fla., and Rex Smart, also of Dorcas; daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel Knecht and Mike of Dorcas, and Geraldine Booker and Rickey of Crestview. She leaves eight brothers, Tillman Everidge of Milton, Fla., B.F. Everidge of Chiefland, Fla., Delmus Everage of Crestview, Travis Everidge of Durham, N.C., Ted Everidge of Crestview, and Obie Everidge of Baker, Fla. She also leaves 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Jewel will be missed by all who knew her.
A time of visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Huckabee officiating. Burial will follow in Dorcas Cemetery in Dorcas. The family will be accepting floral tributes.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Martha M. Wermescher
Martha M. Wermescher, age 93, of Westwood Retirement Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998, in a Niceville, Fla., nursing home.
Mrs. Wermescher was born in Cincinnati on Feb. 13, 1905, to John and Mina Herbold Widmer and had eight sisters and one brother, four of whom are still living.
She was a resident of the Northwest Florida area since 1983. Mrs. Wermescher was a member of Trinity Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach. She was a bookkeeper and a condo manager.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wermescher. Survivors include a son, John W. Wermescher of Crescent City, Fla.; daughter, Mary McShane of Crestview, Fla.; and grandchildren, Penny and John C. Wermescher, and Robert K. and Michael S. Shane.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Westwood Retirement Center.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.
George William Hanks
George William Hanks, age 73, of the Piney Grove community, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, in a hospital in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Hanks was born on Sept. 24, 1925, in Tipton County, Covington, Tenn. He was the son of the late Johnny Floyd and Lillian Laxton Hanks. After retiring from the military, Mr. Hanks lived in the Piney Grove community for the past 32 years. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church; and DeFuniak Springs Masonic Lodge F&AM 170 as a 32nd degree Mason. He retired from the U.S. Army as a sergeant first class with 22 years of service.
Mr. Hanks was preceded in death by his daughter, Dianna L. Harris; and brother, Tom Hanks.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille E. Hanks of the Piney Grove community; daughter, Lyndell L. Dossey and husband David of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; brothers, J.C. Hanks of Memphis, Tenn., and Dennis Hanks of Brighton, Tenn.; sisters, Elizabeth Coley of Covington, Tenn., Geraldine Totsch of Coshocton, Ohio, Francis D. Stegemoller of Ohio, Juanita Stafford of Jackson, Miss., Ruth Belote of Covington, Carolyn Tankersley of Covington, and Catherine Smith of Covington; and grandson, Eric Dossey of DeFuniak Springs.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Comander Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Piney Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Don Hurst officiating.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Staty Lee Raybourn
Staty Lee Raybourn, age 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1998, at her residence.
Born in Walton County, Fla., on June 9, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Jeffie Speers Thorn. Mrs. Raybourn was a lifelong resident of the New Harmony community. She was Baptist by faith. Mrs. Raybourn was a talented seamstress and she will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Mrs. Raybourn was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Cliff Raybourn.
She is survived by her son, Jimmie C. Raybourn and wife Betty of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Delmas Thorn of the New Harmony community; sisters, Thelma Broxson of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Emma Williams of Gainesville, Fla.; and granddaughters, Rachel Raybourn and Sarah Raybourn.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Comander Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in New Harmony Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy McNeal officiating. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Comander Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Gregory Mark LeBlanc
Gregory M. LeBlanc, affectionately known as "Cowboy," 30, of Crestview, Fla. died at his residence Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, after a lengthy illness. Greg was born in Crestview on April 5, 1968, to Alfred and Gwendolyn Nixon LeBlanc and had resided in Crestview since 1984. Greg was an assistant supervisor with the Gold Kist Meat Packing Company. He was a person who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life and was a devoted husband, son, father and brother. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Crestview. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Cecil R. Nixon, of Baker, Fla. and by his paternal grandparents, Eleanor and Camille LeBlanc, Springfield, Mass.
Survivors include his wife Belinda K. Mattingly LeBlanc; parents, Chuck and Gwen LeBlanc; son, Nickolas Tyler LeBlanc; daughter, Christal Elizabeth LeBlanc; brother, Graymond LeBlanc; sister, Kristina LeBlanc; special nephew, Edward Cartwright LeBlanc, all of Crestview; maternal grandmother, Lucile Nixon, of Baker; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A time of visitation will be conducted from the Whitehurst Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 30, 1998 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the Antioch Baptist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998 at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Jim Jordan and Jim Skates officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Antioch Cemetary. Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home, or for those who desire, the family suggests contributions to the Hospice of Northwest Florida. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla.