Gustav W. Karlson
Gustav Walfred Karlson, age 88, of Shalimar, Fla., died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Karlson was born in Hoboken, N.J., on Sept. 7, 1910, to Julius and Mary A. Balmer Karlson. He had been a resident of the local area since 1978, and was preceded in death by his wife, Helen K. Karlson; and his sister, Edith Derrevere.
Mr. Karlson was retired in 1972 after working over 40 years as a spe#####t on the New York Stock Exchange. He enjoyed bowling, traveling, and at one time raised daschunds for show. Mr. Karlson served in the U.S. Army during World War II; and was a Mason.Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Carol Karlson of Shalimar, and Bruce and Sandra Karlson of Navarre, Fla.; and grandchildren, Kelly and Allan Karlson and Stephanie and Alex Karlson.
Friends and family will hold a memorial service in the chapel of St. Simon's-on-the-Sound Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, with the Rev. James Spencer officiating. Interment of Mr. Karlson's cremains will be in the Columbarium of St. Simon's.
Mavis Adrine Spiars
Mavis Adrine Spiars, age 79, of Niceville, Fla., passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Spiars was born in Yazoo County, Miss., and had resided in this area for the past 28 years. She was widowed and a Baptist by faith.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John E. and Carol Callihan of Lonoke, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Paul Lynch of Valparaiso, Fla.; brothers, Herman, James and Luther Milner; sisters, Sarah Peyton and Warner Rene Hildebrand, all of Yazoo County; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Private family intermenty services will take place at a later date in Concord Cemetery of Yazoo County, Miss.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, Niceville, entrusted with arrangements.
Morris Vann, age 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Centeridge Methodist Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home , DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Malcolm C. Crotzer
Malcolm C. Crotzer, age 76, of Ponce de Leon, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, at his residence.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Montgomery County, Tenn., to Alex and Alma Crotzer. He had been living in this area since 1957. He graduated from the University of Tennessee undergraduate and medical school. Upon graduation he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in the Philippines. Mr. Crotzer was a flight surgeon for the 13th Air Force, 44th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group.
After the military, he completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He entered private practice in Jackson, Miss., where he also served as a clinical professor at the University of Mississippi Medical School.
In 1957 he moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and joined White Wilson Clinic. He was the first board certified spe#####t in obstetrics and gynecology in Fort Walton Beach. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Tri-County Medical Society, the Okaloosa County Medical Society, and the Walton County Medical Society. He was president of the American Cancer Society, where he organized the first free cancer clinic in Fort Walton Beach.
He practiced in Fort Walton Beach until 1986, when he started practicing in DeFuniak Springs, Fla. There, Dr. Crotzer was an active member of the local community, serving as Billy Bowlegs XII; president of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce; president of the Air Force Association; and coordinated the 25th reunion of the Doolittle Raiders. He was a member of the QB Association; Rotary; Flying Physicians Association; and a charter member of the 18th Fighter Wing Association.
He wrote the book "The Hearts Game" under the pen name Robert Krasche, which was about his experiences in the Philippines. The book received nationwide acclaim.
Dr. Crotzer was a notorious left-handed golfer and was often suspected by his family of being a CIA operative.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his sons, Malcolm Alex Crotzer of Jacksonville, Fla., Patrick Kearney Crotzer of Jacksonville, Fla., and John Christopher Crotzer of Hanau, Germany; daughter, Lynn Crotzer Kimmel of Lynn Haven, Fla.; sister, Irene Adkins of Clarksville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and friend, Diane Hutto.
A memorial service will be conducted Monday at 5 p.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 West College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578.
McLaughlin Mortuary is entrusted with arrangements.
Peggy Joyce King
Peggy Joyce King, age 58, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, in Niceville, Fla. Born in Hacoda, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Ollie and Margaret Taylor. A life-long resident of Freeport, Fla., Mrs. King was a member of Portland Methodist Church. She was preceeded in death by her husband, R. Ebbin King.
Mrs. King is survived by two sons: John F. King, and Daniel G. King, both of Freeport, Fla.; one daughter: Susan R. Blalock, and husband, Jimmy, of Freeport, Fla.; three granddaughters: Melissa King, Peggy and Nikkita Blalock; and two grandsons: Johnathon King and Danny Joe Blalock.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, in the Portland Methodist Church with Rev. Fred Gillis officiating. Burial will be in Hatcher Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at Comander Funeral Home Chapel, 21 W. Main St., DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Pall bearers will be: Sheldon Brown, Wayne Charles, Tony Walker, Joel Cuchins, James Watson, and Eddie Ferris.
Comander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald A. Stiles Sr.
Ronald A. Stiles Sr. lost his bout with cancer on Jan. 24, 1999.
Ron was born on Nov. 21, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Ore. He had lived in Mary Esther, Fla., for 34 years, during which time he worked at Eglin Air Force Base as a telecommunications liaison for the local telephone company. He enjoyed life to the fullest trying and partaking in many hobbies to include spending time with his family, coaching Little League football, pulling sideline chains for Viking football games, scuba diving, and a vast oldies-but-goodies music collection. He was hardy, very spirited and touched many lives. He will always be remembered and missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his loving wife of 34 years, Linda; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Dave Stewart and their children, Jeromy, Dana, Sarah, Andrew, Heather and Brittany; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Dee Stiles and their children, Jenna and Tyler; father and mother, William and Dorothy Stiles; brothers, David Stiles, Jess Mitchell and Jerry Hargrove; and sisters, Sandra Wonsor, Pam Myers and Annie Tracy.
Memorial services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at Little Chapel Funeral Home with First Baptist Church Associate Pastor Wesley Yates officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ron's memory to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578; or to the American Cancer Society, 114 Beal Pkwy. N.W., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Voncile House Hurst
Voncile House Hurst, age 86, went home to be with our Lord at her home in Holley, Fla., early Monday morning, Jan. 25, 1999.
Born on April 1, 1912, she was the first-born child of proud parents John Perry and Josie Bell House of Uriah, Ala. On June 6, 1932, she married Noah Hurst and moved to Holley. Noah preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1988. They were married for 56 years and raised nine children together. She was also preceded in death by her father who died at age 101, and her mother who died at age 91; sons, Jerry and John Perry (Johnny) Hurst; sisters, Lucille Purvis and Wilma Luker; brothers, John Perry House Jr., Haywood House and Billy House; and granddaughter, Donna Harrison.
Voncile was a precious, loving mother and she will be greatly missed. She will be especially missed by her children, family members and many friends. Most of her life was spent as a devoted wife and homemaker, sacrificing her life caring for her husband and nine children, but she also worked for many years at Hurlburt Field before retiring. She showed her love for her children every day by her actions and her actions spoke much louder than words.
She read to her children from the Bible and she took them to Sunday School and church at Billory Baptist Church. She gave them the greatest gift a mother can give her children, which is the gift of love ("God is Love" I John 4:8). There are no words that can adequately express the love of her children and thankfulness to God for giving them such a wonderful mother.
Survivors include her son, James Hurst of Holley; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie (Hurst) and Ray Shibler of Holley, Ouida (Hurst) and Jerry Neuman of Holley, Mary (Hurst) Schmeisser of Navarre, Fla. (Mary's husband recently died on Dec. 9, 1998), Martha (Hurst) and Glen Broxson of Pace, Bobbie (Hurst) and Joe Broxson of Holley, and Janice (Hurst) and Carl Jones of Holley.
All of Voncile's family want to give special thanks to her daughter Bobbie who has dedicated her life for more than 12 years with love and tender care for their Daddy and Mama so that they could both live at home until their death. This is a blessing that few people have the opportunity to experience. Thank God for Bobbie and Joe. Without Joe's support Bobbie would not have been able to do all that she has done for these many years.
Survivors also include 23 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Peggy House of Uriah; three sisters-in-law, Velma House of Uriah, Alma Bostice of Pace, Fla., and Roberta Hurst of Chipley, Fla.; and one brother-in-law, Jeff Luker of Uriah. Survivors also include special relatives and friends too numerous to list.
Active pallbearers will be grandsons: Bill Shibler, Donnie and Jerry Baldwin, Jamie and Shawn Hurst, Robert and Greg Johnson, Charlie Green, David, Gary and Perry Broxson, Terry and Ricky Broxson, and Jerry and Bryan Hurst; grandson-in-law, Tyler Thomas; and great-grandson, Huston Hawkins. Some of the grandsons will be attending in spirit only.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Young Sr., Terry Snyder, Frank Wells, John Stephens, Bill Stephens, Don Larsen, W.A. Broxson, Bob Adams, Claude Hurst Jr., Herbert (Pete) Hurst, Martin Wells, Leroy Wells, Bud Harvell, Macon Harvell Jr., Vernon Garrett, David Rollo, Jerry Jones, Bruce Grieshop, Roy Anderson, Cal Boehm, Troy Grimes, Leroy Grimes, Sim Pruitt, David Stowers, Gerald Barnes, Danny Hawkins, Charlie Lee, Jimmy Wells and Clyde Nelson.
Friends may call at her home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Billory Baptist Church with the Rev. John Stacey assisted by the Rev. Guy Kellum officiating. Burial will be in Harper Cemetery.
Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Kay Charlene Olson
Kay Charlene McClendon Olson, age 45, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., went home to be with our Lord Monday, Jan. 25, 1999.
She was born in LaGrange, Ga., and moved to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in 1958. Kay was a graduate of Choctawhatchee High School and had lived in Santa Rosa Beach since 1975.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wayne Olson; father, George McClendon; and first cousin, Michi McClendon.
Survivors include her daughter, Lori Marie Olson; mother, Marie S. McClendon; three sisters; and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Bay Medical Center Hospice, 155 Crystal Beach Drive, Suite 135, Destin, FL 32541.
Brackney Funeral Service, 480 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Roy Powers Rish Jr.
Roy Powers Rish Jr., age 74, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Rish was born on April 27, 1924, in Wewahitchka, Fla., to the late Roy Powers and Lucy Lee Rish. Mr. Rish moved to Fort Walton Beach from Pensacola, Fla., 35 years ago. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach, serving as head usher there for many years. He was past president of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Rish was preceded in death by his brother, Henry I. Rish. He is survived by four daughters, Donna Putnam of Montgomery, Ala., Erin McGuire and husband Herb of Panama City, Fla., Connie Millergren and husband Al of Montgomery, and Cynthia Edwards of Sacramento, Calif.; brothers, Robert C. Rish and wife Betty of Wewahitchka, and William J. Rish and wife Carol of Port St. Joe, Fla.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Rish will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach with the Revs. Jim Ross and Lamar Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Jehu Cemetery in Wewahitchka.
The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funderal home.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Auxford Lantrip
Paul Auxford Lantrip of Dallas died Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at a local hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Lantrip was born in Cordova, Ala., to the late Annie Lou and Paul Alvey Lantrip.
He is survived by his wife, Mae H. Lantrip; their daughter, Linda of Destin, Fla.; brother, John Lantrip of Mount Dora, Fla.; and sister, Marjorie Mac-Laurin of Birmingham, Ala.
Mr. Lantrip graduated high school in Jasper, Ala., and attended the University of Alabama before graduating with a Ph.C. degree from Auburn University. After graduation he worked for the Mead Johnson Co. in Evansville, Ind., for 35 years. He retired as a sales manager and in 1949 was in charge of their Canadian operations. Mr. Lantrip was also the co-owner of Lantrip's Marsh Lane Pharmacy in Dallas.
While employed at Mead Johnson Co., Mr. Lantrip joined the Army and was assigned to the 9th Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. During his Army career he was stationed with the U.S. Army Medical Department in St. Louis, the Army Medical Procurement Division, New York, and studied the Japanese language at Yale University and the governments of the Far East at the University of Virginia. He was in charge of purchasing pharmaceutical chemicals and biologicals for the entire U.S. Army and lend-leased countries as well as arranging for the franchise of Quinique H.c.h., used for the treatment of malaria, when Quinine was cut off by the Japanese in World War II.
He completed his career as a lieutenant colonel in Medical Specialty Corp. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of downtown Dallas; Salesmanship Club; Phi Delta Theta Golden Legion Auburn University Golden Legion; a lifetime Alabama Pharmacy License and Texas Pharmaceutical Association. He was also a member of Park Cities Baptist Church Berean Class.
A beachside memorial service will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. at Destin Gulfgate Condos, 1180 Highway 98 East, Destin.
Flowers will be accepted at Destin Gulfgate Condominium's office.
Memorials may be made to Paul Lantrip Scholarship Fund School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.