William Dupree Sr.
William "Bill" Dupree Sr., age 86 of Crestview, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, 1999 in a Pensacola, Fla. hospital. He was born in Dothan, Ala., but moved to Crestview in 1944 from Niceville, Fla. Mr. Dupree was retired from the state road department and was the owner of the former Dupree's Drive-In Restaurant, located in Crestview. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 50 F&AM, Hadji Shrine and New Beginnings Church.
Survivors are, one son, William Dupree Jr. of California; one daughter, Carol Hall of Jay, Fla.; one brother, Milton Dupree of California; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday from Whitehurst Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating. Masonic services will also be conducted in the funeral home chapel with Masons serving as active pallbearers. Burial will follow in the Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery with Whitehurst Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
A time of visitation will be held at Whitehurst Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 15, 1999 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Richard L. Alldredge
Richard L. (Dick) Alldredge, age 70, of Niceville, Fla., went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 13, 1999. Our beloved husband, father, brother and friend was lovingly surrounded by his family at home when he passed away after a valiant six-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Richard was born to Perry and Caroline Alldredge on Nov. 23, 1928, in Mahaska, Kan. Both parents and one brother, Perry Kime, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara; son Kevin Alldredge, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son and daughter-in-law and six grandchildren, Brian, Carla, Josiah, Lydia, Samuel, Daniel, Esther, and Abigail Alldredge, all of Niceville; a sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and George Peters, of Washington, Kan.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Calvin and Alma Tegethoff, of Ottawa, Kan.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Nadine and Kenneth Sparks, of Dover, Del.; sister-in-law Leota Baker, of Fresno, Calif; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
In October 1949 Richard married his high school sweetheart, the former Barbara Tegethoff, of Washington, Kan. To this union two sons were born, Kevin and Brian. His military career took the family to Great Falls, Mont.; Molesworth RAF Station, England; Travis Air Force Base, Calif.; Albrook Air Force Base, Panama Canal Zone; and Clark Air Base, Phillipines. He transfered to Eglin Air Force Base in August 1970, where he retired in February 1972 after 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.
After retiring, he went to work at the Nice-Val Auto Parts store and went on to become its owner in 1984. In 1996, Richard closed the store and retired. He and Barbara then enjoyed touring most of the states, sightseeing and visiting longtime friends and relatives. He was a lifetime member of the AMVETS.
Richard will be lovingly remembered for his kindness and willingness to lend a hand, his strong loyalty and care to his family, and his witty sense of humor. Being a man of few words, he was big on "heart" and showed his love by tending and caring for us, always willing to tackle any task. He will be especially missed by his family, who lovingly commits him to the hands of his Savior.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Forest Lake Bible Church, 1000 37th Street, Niceville, which is located behind the Niceville Post Office. Kenneth Sparks, Richard's brother-in-law and longtime friend, will be officiating. Asked to serve as pallbearers at the Niceville AMVETS. Interment with military honors will follow at Heritage Gardens, 2201 N. Partin Drive in Niceville.
Floral tributes will be accepted at the funeral home or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Hospice Foundation of Northwest Florida, 1005 W. College Blvd., Suite B, Niceville, FL, 32578.
There will be a covered dish dinner at the church after the interment.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
James S. Ryals
James S. Ryals, age 92, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, in a local hospital.
Mr. Ryals lived most of his life in Okaloosa County, Fla. He was retired from civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and a member of Southside Baptist Church in Crestview and Masonic Lodge Concord 50 F&AM.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Ryals of Crestview; daughter, Sondra Ryals Davis of Blanchard, Iowa; sisters, Mary Clem Hattaway of Troy, Ala., and Louise Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Mellissa Dawn Davis of Estes Park, Colo., J and Tracy Davis, Dustin Ryals Davis, both of Orlando, Fla., and Scarlett Renee Davis of Blanchard, Iowa; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Whitehurst Funeral Home with the Revs. Charlie Hinson, Donald McCallum and Randy Huckabee officiating. Burial will follow in Liveoak Park Memorial Cemetery.
Whitehurst Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
James I. Stinson
James I. Stinson, age 75, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, in Freeport, Fla.
Mr. Stinson was a resident of Walton County, Fla., for the past 15 years. He was preceded in death by two sons, James Lawrence and Kenneth Knight Stinson; and one grandson, James Preston Stinson.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Emma K. Stinson of Freeport; daughters, Kathy Stinson of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Linda Venditti of Ogden, Utah, Karen Gaines of Silver Springs, Fla., Lori Stinson of Dunnellon, Fla., Leslie Sharp of Cummings, Ga., and Lisa Sanders of Breman, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Hatcher Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home, DeFuniak Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
Ola M. Hickman
Ola M. Hickman, age 84, of Crestview, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, in a local hospital.
She was born in Laurel Hill, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County, Fla. Mrs. Hickman was retired from civil service at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and a member of the Airport Church of Christ in Crestview.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Hickman of Crestview; sons, Eroy Barnhill and Leaon Dwight Barnhill, both of Crestview; daughters, Betty Ogles of Shalimar, Fla., and Shirley Watts of Crestview; brothers, John R. Lee McCurley and Donie Ray McCurley; sisters Delores Barr, Alice Magadeen York and Audrey Winsted, all of Crestview; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, from Airport Church of Christ in Crestview with Brother Keith Ellis and the Rev. Carrol Senn officiating. Burial will follow in Griffith Cemetery in Milligan, Fla.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
McLaughlin-Aultman Funeral Home, Crestview, is in charge of arrangements.
Agnes V. Swift
Agnes V. Swift died Feb. 14, 1999, in Mercy Manor, Grayling, Mich.
She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 18, 1915, to Walter and Iva Mae Martin Miller.
Survivors include her daughters, Margaret (Michael) Creps of Grayling, and Marie (Edward Fiolck) Pierce of Kalkaska, Mich.; sons, Arnold Swift of Ionia, Mich., David (Colleen) Swift of Sommerville, Ga., and Kenneth (Kathy) Swift of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Swift moved to Grayling three years ago from Niceville, Fla. She was a retired receptionist with the Okaloosa County Council on Aging in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was also the pianist for RSVP in Fort Walton Beach for 20 years, and a member of the Gold Diggers Club at RSVP. Mrs. Swift was vice-president of the residence council at Mercy Manor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold J. Swift, in 1995.
Her family suggests memorial donations be made to the Mercy Manor van fund.
A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Free Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Carpenter officiating.
Sorenson Funeral Home Inc., McEvers Chapel, Grayling, is in charge of arrangements.
Mary M. Hilpert
Mary M. "Cissey" Hilpert of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away in a local hospital Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
She was born on Feb. 22 in Galveston, Texas and had been a resident of this area since 1966, when she moved here from Hawaii. She was Lutheran by faith.
Friends would best remember "Cissey" as an outstanding Realtor in the community. She was past president of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and very prominent in promoting Realtor education. She served on the State Board of Realtor Education. Mrs. Hilpert spent her life volunteering for community affairs. She was especially active in supporting the youth activities and the American Red Cross. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her husband, Arvis Hilpert; daughter, Cynthia C. Hilpert of Crestview, Fla.; sister, Carolyn Craig of Houston; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Little Chapel Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steven Marko officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 6 p.m. before the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 4 N.E. Jackson St., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., in memory of Mary M. Hilpert.
Little Chapel Funeral Home, 910 Beal Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.
Ida M. Helms
Ida M. Helms, age 91, of Baker, Fla., passed away Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, 1999, in a Fort Walton Beach, Fla., hospital.
She was a lifelong resident of Baker and graduated from Baker High School in 1929. Mrs. Helms was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 68 years.
Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by her husband, John L. "Fate" Helms. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Kendall and Aileen Helms of Baker, Jeanette and Jasper Allman of Osteen, Fla., and Faron and Peggy Helms of Monroeville, Ala.; brother, Leonard Garrett; sister, Penny Henley, both of Baker; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Smith and Earl Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
Brackney Funeral Service, 480 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.
Carl Douglas Sparks Jr.
Carl Douglas Sparks Jr., was born on Oct. 3, 1963, in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of Carl D. Sparks and Joan C. Sparks. He passed away on Feb. 9, 1999, at his home in Fredericktown, Mo., at the age of 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Opal and James Sparks and Anna Rose and Russel Wayne Bryan.
Carl is survived by his wife, Dianne M. Sparks of Fredericktown; mother, Joan C. Sparks of Florida; father and stepmother, Carl and Donna Sparks of Fredericktown; and two sons, Carl Douglas Sparks III and Matthew Michael Sparks, both of Fredericktown. He is also survived by two brothers, James Martin Sparks and wife Mary of Douglasville, and Michael Wayne Sparks and wife Teresa of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and sisters, Pamela Ganyard of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Carla Sparks of Fredericktown.
Carl was a member of First Assembly of God Church of Fredericktown. He enjoyed skating, hockey, fishing and 4x4 wheeling.
He will be sadly missed, not only by his family, but also by all who knew him.
Vicky Lynn Edwards
Vicky Lynn (McRae) Edwards of Niceville, Fla., died Feb. 14, 1999, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
The cancer claimed her body, but it never affected her loving spirit. Vicky was loved by all who knew her and had the privilege of spending time with her.
Vicky was born in Warner Robbins, Ga., on July 23, 1965. She traveled all over the world as a child and young adult, calling North Dakota, Florida, Germany and Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands home throughout the years. Vicky attended Niceville High School from 1980 to 1982 and graduated from Kwajalein High School in 1983. She finally returned to Niceville in 1985, where she met and married Freddie Edwards.
Vicky is survived by her husband, Freddie Edwards; sons, Anthony, Chris and Joey; daughter, Courtney; parents, Alice and Bill McRae; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Preston Wright and their children, Emily and Audrey; brother, Dan McRae; paternal grandmother, Margaret McRae; maternal grandmother, Mary Matthews; and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Vicky will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends. Vicky was able to spend some of her final days with her friend, Linda Prunesti of Massachusetts, who will miss her greatly.
The family will receive friends at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Graveside funeral services will immediately follow visitation at Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville with the Rev. Raymond Williams officiating.
The family would like to thank Hospice Service of Northwest Florida for their help and comfort in caring for Vicky.
McLaughlin twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 E. John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.