Tech. Sgt. B.J. Owens, U.S. Air Force retired, age 72, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Owens was born on Dec. 25, 1926, in Kennedy, Ala., to the late Walter Lurid and Connie Elizabeth Owens. He had been a resident of Florida for 25 years. Mr. Owens retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1974 after 28 years of military service. Once Mr. Wilkins retired from the Air Force he worked with Vitro Services for 15 years. He was an active member of American Legion Post 235 and held honors with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Lewis T. Owens and Herbert L. Owens. He is survived by his wife, Maria S. Owens of Fort Walton Beach; children, Maria Cecilia Owens of Georgia, Ronald L. Owens of Fort Walton Beach, and Barbara J. Burke and her husband Lance R. Burke, and their children, Courtney R. Burke and Ashley T. Burke, all of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Marie L. and James N. Blalock of Fort Walton Beach; brother, Richard C. Owens of Alabama; sisters-in-law, Jerildine Owens of Georgia, and Helen R. Owens of Michigan; and many extended family members and friends.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends from the American Legion, Air Force and close companions.
Funeral services will be held at Little Chapel Funeral Home at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Interment services, with full military honors, will take place in Beal Memorial Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 Jackson St. N.E., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Asa "Jimmy" Barber
Asa "Jimmy" Barber, age 78, of Crestview, Fla., died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, at Bayside Manor Nursing Home in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Barber was born in Meridian, Miss., on Nov. 28, 1920, to Ezekiel and Olive Powell Barber and had resided in the northwest Florida area since 1986. He was a retired chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy and also retired from Georgia Tech. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Crestview.
Mr. Barber was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Barber, in 1998.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Linda Barber of Macon, Ga., and Wayne and Debbie Barber of Atlanta; two sisters and one brother-in-law, June and Billy Bell, and Betty Higgs, all of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Barber will be conducted at First United Methodist Church of Crestview at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, with the Rev. John Wesley Spivey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to First United Methodist Church of Crestview in memory of Mr. Barber.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.
There will be a memorial service for Richard Redner on Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at 5 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, Antioch Road, Crestview, Fla.
Phillip Jayree Bracewell
Phillip Jayree Bracewell, age 29, of Clyo, Ga., and formerly of the Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Fla., area passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, in Clyo.
Mr. Bracewell moved to this area while in the third grade and was a 1987 graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School. He also served for eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Gene Bracewell Jr. Survivors include his parents, Billy and Hazel Bracewell of Destin; daughters, Ashlyn Mariah Bracewell and Calie Nicole Bracewell; and the mother of his children, Kim Bracewell, all of Springfield, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Lynn Bracewell of Destin; sister and brother-in-law, Angela and David Clardy of Douglasville, Ga.; nieces, ReeOna Hogan of Hiram, Ga., and Corren Clardy of Douglasville; nephew, Naon Smith of Douglasville; and grand-niece, Alissa Still of Hiram.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Mortuary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be conducted at McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Ruth N. Turton officiating. Interment will follow in Destin Memorial Cemetery.
McLaughlin Mortury, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Beth Burdick Aldrich
Beth Burdick Aldrich, age 70, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Aldrich was born in Norwich, N.Y., on Jan. 16, 1929, to parents Lynn and Mable Burdick. Mrs. Aldrich was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Crestview.
She leaves behind her husband, David V. Aldrich of Crestview; son, Donald W. Aldrich of Mary Esther, Fla.; daughter, Ruth Ann MacDonald of Kindson, N.Y.; grandson, Jason MacDonald; and great-grandson, Connor MacDonald.
A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Garden Street, Crestview, on Friday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harry Tipton officiating.
Flowers may be sent to the church on Friday morning, or a donation in Mrs. Aldrich's name may be made to the building fund of the church.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Marie S. Fuller
Marie S. Fuller Ph.D. of Shalimar, Fla., died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, at her home in Poquito Bayou after a lengthy illness.
Dr. Fuller was born in Birmingham, England, to the late Ethel and Claude Aubrey.
She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Fuller; sons, Ian of Atlanta, and Kevin of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Lesley Ratliff and her husband Gary of Destin, Fla.; her only grandson, Jason Ratliff; brother, Phillip of Bournemouth, England; brother, Leslie, who resides in Germany; and Christine of Littleton, Colo.
Marie's unique life included being a child evacuee during World War II at the age of 10. Three years later she returned to her family in Birmingham, where the war had taken its toll on the family. Marie found herself as the family guardian and provider at the age of 14. She continued her high school education while supporting the family by working. At this early age, her talents were recognized and she was awarded a scholarship to Padgate Teachers Training College in Manchester, England. Upon graduation she was employed as a teacher in London, England, where she became a member of the London Literary Institute and studied drama while acting in the Shakespearean classics.
It was during one of her performances where she met her husband Robert, who was employed as a civil servant for the U.S. Air Force. They were married on Feb. 9, 1957. In September 1960 they transferred to Raynham, Mass., where Marie continued her teaching profession while raising their family. In 1967 they transferred to this area, where they have resided ever since.
During the early 70's Marie decided to continue her education at the University of West Florida. She received a B.S. in Theater Arts. However, it was at this point she determined that her desire was to become a counselor. She received her masters in psychology from UWF and pursued a doctorate at Walden University while working for the Okaloosa Guidance Clinic. She was appointed as Director of Outpatient Services until 1985 when she opened her private practice as a marriage and family therapist. In September 1998 she retired from practice and continued as a consultant to their therapists, providing them with supervision.
Marie's reputation as a therapist was outstanding. She had among her honors, Florida State Clinician of the Year, Okaloosa Mental Health Person of the Year, and induction into the Okaloosa Women's Hall of Fame. She was a strong supporter of women's issues and was selected by the Citizens Ambassadors Program established by President John F. Kennedy to travel to India and Nepal to share and assist women in their emerging roles.
In addition to her many talents as a therapist, Marie was an excellent knitter and cross-stitcher, as well as a voracious reader and speaker. She was well-known within the Panhandle area for her excellent workshops and speaking engagements to many of the local organizations. A highly intelligent, loving, empathetic person who loved and was loved by family and friends.
The family will receive friends at Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 5 to 7p.m. Thursday.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar. Her very close friend, the Rev. Joy L. Ledoux of Atlanta officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL 32578.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Willietta Bauldree Gibbs
Willietta Bauldree Gibbs, age 85, of Holt, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at her home in Holt.
Mrs. Gibbs was born in Ozark, Ala., on Sept. 25, 1913, to parents John and Effie Mae Bauldree. She was a member of Holt First Assembly of God Church.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her sons, Bruce Schaffer of Holt, and Johnny Schaffer of Arizona; daughter, Perryene Lickert of Radcliff, Ky.; sisters, Marietta Corbin of Holt, and Thelma Carroll of Winter Haven, Fla. She also leaves six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at Holt Assembly of God Church with Pastor Scurlock officiating.
Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Niceville, FL 32578.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
James C. Sloan
James C. Sloan, age 59, of Plant City, Fla., died Jan. 27, 1999, in Plant City.
He was born in Wytheville, Va., and moved to the Tampa, Fla., area in 1998. Mr. Sloan was a project manager for Williams Electric Co. in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and a member of Eastside Baptist Church of Plant City. He was past governor of the Moose Lodge in Pensacola, Fla.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Lang Sloan of Plant City; sons, James C. Sloan Jr. of Hope Mills, N.C., and Gene Sloan of Pensacola; stepson, Roger S. Ortmann of Lakeland, Fla.; daughters, Elizabeth "Beth" Sloan and Jennifer Sloan, both of Pensacola; stepdaughter, Delinda Ortmann Woodall of Winter Springs, Fla.; brothers, Robert Sloan of Cartersville, Ga.; sisters, Martha 'Boots" Ashe of Power Springs, Ga., and Mary Stepp of Cartersville; and five grandchildren.
Friends may call at Wells Memorial Funeral Home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Eastside Baptist Church.
Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City, is in charge of arrangements.
Rosa Lee Huddleston
Rosa Lee Huddleston, age 84, of 215 Deluna Road, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Jan. 22, 1999, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
She was born in Sylcauga, Ala., and was a housewife. Mrs. Huddleston was a member of Greater Peace Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Greater Peace Baptist Church with the Rev. Clanston Seymore officiating. Interment will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery. The remains will be placed in the church two hours before services.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy L. Robinson of Fort Walton Beach; sisters, Nancy Rodgers and Vera Cook, both of Sylacauga, Dorothy L. Robinson; sons, Darrell Robinson of Detroit, Seamon Seals Jr. and Victor Robinson, both of Fort Walton Beach; daughters, Sharon Atkins of Southville, Mich., and Dorothy Seal of Daytona, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.
Gainer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Carl Edward Johnson
Carl E. Johnson, age 76, of Crestview, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at the Veteran's Hospital in Biloxi, Miss., after a brief illness.
Mr. Johnson was born in Wetmore, Pa., on April 6, 1923, to Carl Axel and Hollis Laura Lucore Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a resident of the Northwest Florida area since October 1998, and prior to moving here he had resided in the Bradenton, Fla., area for 22 years. He was a retired machinist with Dresser's Manufacturing in Bradford, Pa., and had also worked as a security guard for various hospitals.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea. He was a member of VFW, American Legion and the Kane Eagles Club; and of First Baptist Church of Kane, Pa.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years of marriage, Frances L. Johnson of Crestview; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis Carl and Boni Johnson of El Cajon, Calif., and Steve and Cindi Johnson of Kane; daughters and sons-in-law, Judith Y. Eck, Sharon and Roland Hillard, all of Crestview, and Susan and Dennis Lewis of LaGrange, Ky.; brothers and sister-in-law, Clarence and Joann Johnson of Ludlow, Pa., and Burton Johnson of Mount Jewett, Pa.; sister, Leatha McQueen of Kane, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mr. Johnson will be conducted in Kane at a later date.
Arrangements and services under the direction of Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview.