Danny L. Dodge
Danny L. Dodge, age 43, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at his home.
Danny was the owner of A-1 Tile and Floor Covering in Mary Esther, Fla. Danny was loving, kind, and a friend to all who crossed his path. He was a beacon of light to his family and a teacher to many, especially his daughters. He is leaving a legacy that will live on through his children, his grandchildren, and their children.
He is survived by his wife, Julia A. Dodge of Fort Walton Beach; his daughters, Kristal Dodge Shehan and her husband Robert Martin Shehan II of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Jennifer Dodge of Fort Walton Beach; his parents, Richard and Helen Dodge of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; his brothers and their wives, Harold and Sarah Dodge of Atlanta, and Darel and Joy Dodge of Savannah, Ga.; his grandson, Robert Martin Shehan III of Chattanooga; his mother-in-law, Anna Carter of Kennett, Mo.; his father-in-law, Gerald Wayne Meadows of Cooter, Mo.; his brothers-in-law and their wives, Michael and Brenda Meadows of Tyler, Texas, Ronald and Joyce Meadows of Farmington, Mo., and Steven and Elizabeth Carter of Kennett; his nephews, Devin Meadows, Dalton Dodge, Shane Meadows, Andy Dalton, Brandon Carter, Joshua Carter and Bryan Baker; and his nieces, Chrystal Blue Angles, Jackie Meadows, Kimberly Meadows and Brandy Baker. And he will be lovingly remembered by all his many friends.
The family will receive friends at Little Chapel Funeral Home in Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at Little Chapel Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Mickey L. Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Floral contributions are accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Waterfront Rescue Mission in memory of Danny Dodge, 112 S.E. Hollywood Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Junior Ivey of Holt, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998.
Mr. Ivey was born in Holt on Aug. 21, 1942, to Levi and Leatto Riley Ivey and had been a lifelong resident of the Northwest Florida area. He retired from Crestview Aerospace. Mr. Ivey was 56 years old.
Survivors include his wife, June Ivey; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Joey Fenoff; granddaughter, Kristin McCoy; sister and brother-in-law, Dale and Johnny Brown, all of Crestview, Fla.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, with the Rev. Mike Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Holt Cemetery.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
Michael J. O'Rourke Jr.
Lt. Col. Michael J. O'Rourke Jr., U.S. Air Force retired, died Sunday night, Nov. 29, 1998, in his home in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., surrounded by those who loved him and whom he loved.
A veteran of three wars and almost 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, he lost his last battle, against cancer, after an extended illness. Born in Webster Groves, Mo., on Oct. 7, 1920, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in World War II, the Korean conflict, and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam conflict.
He earned a bachelor of arts from St. Louis University in 1938 and a master's of business administration from the University of West Florida in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Julie, and survived by their children: son and daughter-in-law, Michael J. III and Mary O'Rourke of Orlando, Fla.; their children, Katie and Christopher; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas O'Rourke and Karen Walker-O'Rourke of Washington, D.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Fred Davis of Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Kitty and son, Daniel, both of Fort Walton Beach. He is also survived by three siblings: Gertrude Serrano of St. Louis, Robert O'Rourke of Philadelphia; and Edmund O'Rourke of San Jose, Calif.
The family extends its deepest gratitude to those who served to make our father's last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible: Dr. Thomas Applegate, his primary physician, and numerous family practitioners and staff at Eglin Regional Hospital; Dr. Antonio Aldrete; Cindy, Pat and Marge of Hospice of Northwest Florida, and many other caring and loving individuals.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, or contact 1-800-FIGHT CF.
Visitation with the family will be held at McLaughlin Mortuary on Chestnut Avenue in Fort Walton Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m.
A memorial Mass will be said at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. His remains will finally rest with his wife's at Arlington National Cemetery.
He is at peace, but will be sorely missed.
McLaughlin Mortuary, Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Odell Langford McLeod
Odell Langford McLeod, age 80, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, in Niceville, Fla.
Born on Dec. 23, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Josh and Lillie Hattaway Langford. She was a lifelong resident of Walton County, Fla. Mrs. McLeod was a very active member of the United Pentacostal Church of Freeport, where she loved serving God and song leading. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Mrs. McLeod was preceded in death by her husband, Murdock McLeod, who passed away in 1971; son, Marvin McLeod; sister, Vivian Williams Frost; and brothers, Henry H. Langford, John Langford, Floyd Langford and Earnest Langford.
She is survived by sons, James A. and daughter-in-law Geraldine McLeod of Freeport, Fla., and David L. McLeod and Brenda McLean of Freeport; brother, Lloyd Langford of Houston; sisters-in-law, Jewell Langford, Mattie Langford and Billie Langford; three grandchildren, Michelle Heard of Vinemont, Ala., Kimberly Ann McLeod of Freeport, and James Ryan McLeod of Freeport; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Colt Heard of Vinemont; numerous nieces and nephews; and great friends, Marlin and Marlyn Tauton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Comander Funeral Home Chapel, 21 West Main St., DeFuniak Springs, Fla., with the Revs. T.C. Moon and Jay C. O'Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Alaqua Cemetery.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Comander Funeral Home Chapel.
Comander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Maria "Lola" Brown
Maria D. "Lola" Brown passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 1998, at her home.
Survivors in-clude her husband, Dean E. Brown; daughter, Sandra; and her two sisters, Pilar and Ramona.
The family will receive friends at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Mary Esther, Fla., at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, with a reception following at the home of the deceased.
Ella Henley Thompson
Ella Henley Thompson, age 84, of Crestview, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at Silvercrest Manor Nursing Home in Crestview.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Covington County, Ala., on Jan. 21, 1914, to Jim and Sara Morrison Henley and had been a resident of the Northwest Florida area since 1940. She was a retired seamstress and a member of First Baptist Church of Crestview.
Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Sara Henley; and her husband, Hazel "Buck" Thompson.
Survivors include her sister, Lila Churchwell of Crestview; nieces, Louise Sanders of Crestview, Lena Kinder of Bakersville, N.C., and Lucille Anderson of Crosby, Texas; nephews, William "Junior" Smith and Clayton Smith, both of Crestview; and numerous other family members.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted at Beda Baptist Church in Wing, Ala., on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Paul officiating. Interment will follow in Beda Baptist Church Cemetery in Wing. Mrs. Thompson will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, 436 West James Lee Boulevard in Crestview.
Rethel Houston Jones Jr.
Rethel "Hugh" Houston Jones Jr., age 37, of Destin, Fla., passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, in a local hospital.
Mr. Jones was born in Geneva County, Ala., on Oct. 29, 1961, to retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Rethel Houston Jones Sr. He was a longtime resident of the Destin and Niceville, Fla., area where he attended Niceville High School. He played football and ran track for the school and was voted "Best Physic." He was a member of Destin United Methodist Church and he worked in the family business, Panhandle Cabinet Work Inc., in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Mr. Jones is survived by his parents, retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Rethel Houston Jones Sr. of Niceville; sister, Rita Sanders and husband Scott of Destin; nephew, Cody Sanders of Destin. He was a beloved father to his son, Austin Jones, and his wife, Genoa Jones of Destin.
Memorial services for Mr. Jones will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Destin United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Freidman and Doug Newton officiating.
Graveside services for Mr. Jones will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at Destin Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. John Freidman officiating.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Bertha E. Burda
Bertha E. Burda, age 83, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully in a local nursing home Monday, Nov. 30, 1998.
She was born on Oct. 1, 1915, in Childersburg, Ala., and moved to Birmingham, Ala., where she attended business college. In 1942 she moved to Pittsburgh, where she worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and Montifore Hospital. She was also active in First United Presbyterian Church of Greentree, Pa., and the local elections board. In 1979 she moved to Fort Walton Beach, where she was active in the Golden Age and Senior Citizens clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Burda. Bertha is survived by her son, Jim Burda and wife Carol of Navarre, Fla.; granddaughter and husband, Trisha and Scott Parrish of Atlanta; grandson and wife, Brian and Rivers Burda of Navarre; three great-grandchildren, Walton and Emma Parrish and Marina Burda; and two nieces, Pat Burns and Linda Clark of Birmingham.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach with the Rev. James T. Ross officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the building fund of First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach, 103 First St. S.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548; or to Okaloosa County Council On Aging, 207 Hospital Drive N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Rose Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clara Mae Bell
Clara Mae Bell, age 77, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, in a local health care facility.
She was born on June 11, 1921, in Louisville, Ky., and had been a resident of this area for 25 years, when she moved here from Kentucky. She was Catholic by faith and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling and camping and also golf when her health permitted.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bell. Survivors include her sons, William and wife Betty Sherrill of Winchester, Ky., and James Sherrill of Fredericksburg, Va.; stepson, Anthony Bell; daughters, Joyce and husband Edward Weber of Fort Walton Beach, Marilyn L. and husband Jackie Hulsmeyer of Louisville, Ky., and Elaine M. Poston of Henderson, Ky.; sisters, Alma M. Meisner of Louisville, Viola Hoffman of Bardstown, Ky., and Joan R. Erhart of Fort Walton Beach; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. at Little Chapel Funeral Home.
A funeral Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is entrusted with arrangements.
Cleo E. Boyette
Cleo E. Boyette, age 79, of Laurel Hill, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at Crestview Nursing and Convalescent Home in Crestview, Fla., after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Boyette was born in Laurel Hill on Jan. 7, 1919, to Alsa and Dora Ballard Luke and was a lifetime resident of the Northwest Florida area. Mrs. Boyette was a dedicated and devoted homemaker, Christian, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Boyette; and a daughter, Jerrie Reeves. Mrs. Boyette was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Janie Boyette of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Grady and Sharon Boyette of Laurel Hill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Russell and Eva Luke of Crestview, and Collis and Beatrice Luke of Campton, Fla.; sister-in-law, Willa Mears of Laurel Hill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and several very special nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be conducted at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, with the Revs. Bruce Crawford, John Kelly and Donnie Cadenhead officiating. Interment will follow in Almarante Cemetery in Laurel Hill.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.