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MORGAN L. WYATT
Morgan L. Wyatt, 96, of Dixonville, went to be with The Lord Tuesday, December 14, 1999.
He was born in Santa Rosa County on March 13, 1903 and resided here his entire life. He was an active and cherished member of the Dixonville RLDS Church. Mr. Morgan enjoyed a lifelong love of the land. He loved his farm and was also an accomplished carpenter. He was a wonderful neighbor and a friend to all in need, anytime, anywhere. He was a Mason for 72 years. His greatest and most valued possession was his family. He will be greatly missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Alvin; and two sons, William and John D.
He is survived by six grandchildren, Elizabeth (W.E.) Bozeman, Carol (Kevin) Maloney, David (Donna) Wyatt, Tim Wyatt, Wade Wyatt, and Sandy (Nancy) Wyatt; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, December 17, 1999, 2 p.m. at Dixonville RLDS Church with Elders Hubert Smith and Faye Shaw officiating.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Cook, Jeremy Wyatt, Roger Hayes, Ralph Shelton, Andrew Denton, and Gordan Howell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Norris Masonic Lodge #301.
CRAVER'S FUNERAL HOME, Brewton, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
The family wishes to thank all employees of the Santa Rosa Convalescent Center for their kindness and labor.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to the Dixonville RLDS Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.

SUPERINTENDENT BENNETT C. RUSSELL
Bennett C. Russell, Santa Rosa School District Superintendent since 1979, died Wednesday afternoon, December 15, 1999, surrounded by people who loved him.
A native of Santa Rosa County with deep roots in the community, Benny was the recipient of numerous awards for his service and leadership and was twice named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
In his distinguished career as an educational leader in Northwest Florida, Mr. Russell served as a teacher, an assistant principal, and as the longest tenured superintendent in the state of Florida. Past President of the Florida Association of School Administrators, Mr. Russell was one of only eleven superintendents in the state to achieve full certification as Chief Executive Officer of Public Systems, and his contributions to the enhancement of learning have been widely recognized.
A man of vision and integrity, Mr. Russell initiated and implemented many innovative educational programs in the Santa Rosa School District while maintaining strong fiscal achievement in many efforts, including Blueprint for Career Success, Full Service Schools, head Start, Adult Literacy, Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement, Red Carpet Schools, and Schoolyear 2000 Initiative. Mr. Russell's commitment to technology in support of learning has led to automated record-keeping systems and media centers, an instructional television network with information in schools district wide. Under his leadership, all schools in the Santa Rosa School District are fully accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and student achievement consistently surpasses state and national averages.
In his many roles as dedicated and focused community and school leader, as loving and loyal family man, as avid sportsman and commited Christian, and as a source of strength and inspiration to everyone he knew, Benny Russell leaves a shining legacy of hope, of honor, and of goodness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude ``Buck'' and Elizabeth Russell.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kathy; by daughter, Kimberly and husband, Stephen Shell of Pace and their three children Kennedy, Kellison, and Bennett; by daughter, Kristian and her husband, Captain Bryan Denny of Alexandria, Va.; by sisters, Kathy Witkiewicz and husband, Tony of Pensacola, Lynn Colado and husband, Ricky of Pace, Claudia Raught and husband, Fred of Milton, and Sheila Fach and husband, Paul of Milton; by brother, Ted Russell and wife, Dot of Pace; and by grandmother, Priscilla Pyfrom of Milton; step-mother, Dorothy Russell of Jay; mother-in-law, Norma McCurley of Jay.
Funeral services in celebration of Mr. Russell's life will be held at the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 1999., with Dr. Joe Bamberg, Dr. David Spencer, and the Rev. Glyn Lowery, Jr. officiating.
Burial will take place on Saturday in Serenity Gardens.
LEWIS FUNERAL HOME OF MILTON is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call upon the family at First Baptist Church in Milton between 5 and 8 p.m. Friday.
To accommodate Mr. Russell's many friends and admirers and because parking space at the church is limited, transportation in school buses will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday from the County Administrative Complex (on Hwy. 90 behind McDonald's) to the First Baptist Church and from the church to graveside services at Serenity Gardens. The buses will return to the church and to the County Administrative Complex following the services. Guests who are unable to find seating in the sanctuary will be accommodated with a live broadcast of the service in the Family Life Center.
Pallbearers will be Ike Northrop, Melvin Burklow, Ken Smith, Paul Green, Guy Thompson, George Russell, Mahlon McCall, and Glenn Denny.
Honorary pallbearers will be Santa Rosa School Board Members, Santa Rosa School District administrators, Santa Rosa County Elected officials, Radford Locklin, Marilyne and Larry Pugh, Pat Fleming and Burt Locklin.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to a scholarship in Mr. Russell's honor may be made at First National Bank in Milton or any branch of the Santa Rosa School County Teachers Federal Credit Union.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Phillip Wade and his staff, the staff of West Florida Hospital and a special thanks to the 6th Floor South Nurses staff.

NORA JEAN HODGES THOMPSON
Nora Jean Hodges Thompson, 52, of Pensacola, died Monday, December 13, 1999 at her home.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, William Thompson; two sons, Philip Waldrop and James R. Betsill, of Pensacola; mother, Lenora Hodges; two brothers, George Hodges and John Seitz of Pensacola; one grandchild, Marshina Marie Waldrop.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 17, 1999 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Sanders officiating.
Burial will be in Myrtle Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tillman Brown, Michael Stone, Rocky Seitz, Marty Smith, Percy Waldrop and David Waldrop
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 100 Beverly Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.

BILL PACKER
Bill Packer, 77, of Pensacola, died Wednesday, December 8, 1999, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Packer was born to the late sister Lizzie Kimble Page on September 20, 1922, in Vredenburg, Ala. He was an Army veteran and a member of Zion Hope P. B. Church where he was a Male Chorus member, a trustee, and an usher. He was a member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge. He retired from NAS after 37 1/2 years.
Survivors include his wife, Clara; two children, Dorothy and Roger (Corlisa); 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Frank Page; one sister, Nettie Marshall; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Services at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Zion Hope P.B. Church, 201 W. Leonard St., with Elder Bernard C. Yates, Senior Pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
JUNIOR FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.

DAWN MARIE MONDELLO
Dawn Marie Mondello, 25, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999.
Mrs. Mondello was born in Richmond, Va. and had lived in Pensacola since 1986. She was the sunshine of her children's hearts.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Mondello; two daughters, Santina Marie Mondello and Amber Nicole Mondello; son, Christopher Michael Mondello; parents, Joseph M. Coggeshall, Sr. and Joyce M. Seagroves; paternal grandmother, Doris Thomas; two sisters, Doris June Horton and Rhonda Francis Bennett; and brother, Joseph Michael Coggeshall, Jr.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Thomas A. Hicks officiating.
Burial will be in Bayview Cemetery.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 100 Beverly Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at Faith Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

CLAUDIS V. (BABY) HOUSE
Claudis V. (Baby) House, 86, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999, in a local nursing care facility.
Ms. House was a native of Wilcox County, Ala. and the daughter of the late Elbert and Amelia House.
Survivors include a sister, Lillian Jackson; a sister-in-law, Laura House of Knoxville, Tenn.; 10 nieces; five nephews; as well as numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.
Services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Allen Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Ronald Williams officiating.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
BENBOE FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home for viewing from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.
Sincere appreciation is extended to the administration and staff of Arbors of Pensacola for your excellent service.

FRANCES ELIZABETH COOK HIGHTOWER
Frances Elizabeth Cook Hightower died Sunday, December 12, 1999, in Pensacola.
She was born in Montgomery, Ala., July 26, 1919, and lived there until she moved to Pensacola in 1984.
She is the widow of James Albert Hightower, Sr., who died in 1969. She is survived by children, James A. Hightower, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Patricia Duke Hightower of Pensacola, Julia Ellen Gregg of Evansville, Ind., William Crawford Hightower of Wartburg, Tenn. and Jeffrey Scot Hightower of Pensacola; and grandchildren, James Andrew Hightower, William Patrick Hightower, James-Scot Zachary Gregg, and Elizabeth Meghan Hightower.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola on Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 9 a.m. with Dr. Hugh Hamilton and the Reverend Sara Holben officiating. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service.
A graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 3:30 p.m. with the Reverend Lester Spencer, pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, officiating. The family will receive friends at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on December 18, 1999.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
The family especially thanks the doctors, nurses, therapists and staff of Sacred Heart Hospital for their help, care and concern during her recent hospitalization, as well as those friends who remembered her in their thoughts and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Frances Hightower to the youth program of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3400 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32503.

EARL DEAN FLOWERS, Sgt. Major USMC (Ret.)
Earl Dean Flowers, Sgt. Major USMC (Ret.), 68, died December 14, 1999, at a local hospital, after a five year battle with cancer.
Mr. Flowers was born in Anderson, Ind. on January 29, 1931. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1948, retiring as Sergeant Major in 1974. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Korean War, December 1950. During his 26 years of service, he was decorated for valor, merit, conduct, combat, naval achievements and presidential citations, totaling more than 20 medals for tours of duty in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. After leaving the Corps, he became a private investigator, retiring permanently in 1989. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, flea markets, antiquing and good restaurants. He was an active member of Olive Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class. He was a loving husband and father, highly respected and admired by all who knew him and he will be sorely missed.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Merle G. Flowers of Anderson, Ind.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sylvia Stonestreet Flowers of Pensacola; son and daughter-in-law, Mark W. and Bonnie T. Flowers of N.C.; son, S. Christian Flowers of N.J.; daughter and son-in-law, Deana F. and Gayland P. Lewis of Pensacola; daughter, Roxanna Megan Kratz of Pensacola; five grandchildren, Renee L. Flowers, Leticha A. Flowers, A. Brent Lewis, Sylvia M. Kratz and Michael F. Kratz, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Lori M. Locklear and Emily R. Locklear; mother-in-law, Birdie Mae Stonestreet of Koscuisko, Miss.; brother, Herbert J. Flowers of Plains, Penn.; and cousin, Bobby Glass of Ind.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Dr. Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park with Military Honors.
Pallbearers will be the United States Marine Corps honor guard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gayland P. Lewis, Jim Kuhn, Glover Bridges, John Cook, Harry Holt, Don Comacho, Frank Wilimzia, Richard Alley and Ken Shelton.
BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway, is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Friday.

BERTHA STRATFORD DeBARD
Bertha Stratford DeBard, 93, of Gulf Breeze, passed away Sunday, December 12, 1999, at a local nursing home.
Bertha Catherine Nance was born January 26, 1906, at Lanesville, Ind. She graduated from high school in 1922 at Shelbyville, Ky., then went to work at the Western Union office in Louisville, Ky. She transferred to Palm Beach, Fla, where she met Gifford W. Stratford, her future husband. They were married October 2nd, 1926, in Charlottesville, N.C. After several years spent raising her two sons and two daughters during the depression, she returned to Western Union and worked there, retiring after 20 years. As the children left home, she began to attend the University of Louisville, and was awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Physics. After graduation, she attended the School of Library Science at the University of Washington. She was awarded the Master of Library Science degree in 1962, and accepted a position as Science and Social Science Librarian for the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore. She was featured in the book ``Careers for Women after Marriage and Children'' by Barbara Powell O'Neill.
After her husband Gifford's death on December 31st, 1965, she moved back to Seattle, near her daughters, and took a position with the Seattle Historic Society with the monumental task of being the first professional librarian for the Museum of History and Industry. She later married Maurice DeBard and in 1976 they retired to Whidbey Island, Wash.
After the death of Maurice, she returned to Seattle, which proved to be too cold and damp for her arthritis, so she moved to Florida in 1989 to be near her son in Gulf Breeze. Since then her family has attempted to meet in Gulf Breeze every year for her birthday, having had a big celebration for her 90th birthday in 1996.
Survivors include her sons, Stanley Stratford of Frankfort, Ky., and Robert Stratford of Gulf Breeze; daughters, Virginia Stratford George of Renton, Wash., Joyce Stratford Grommons of Othello, Wash., and Dr. Betty Stratford of Walnut Creek, Calif.; son-in-law, Edward George of Renton, Wash.; daughters-in-law, Caroline Stratford of Frankfort, Ky., and Elise B. Stratford of Gulf Breeze; five grandsons; seven granddaughters; six great-grandsons; and 11 great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Gulf Breeze, Florida, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 1999, with Father mark DiCristina officiating.
ROSELAWN FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

JOYCELYN P. COLLIER
Joycelyn P. Collier, 46, of Milton, died Monday, December 13, 1999, at a local hospital after a brief illness.
She was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Milton since 1993. She was a member of the New Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Sequita M. Collier; sister, Gwendolyn A. Phillips; brother-in-law, Moses Phillips; nephew, Michael Benson; aunt, Ozella Jones; four cousins, Casandra, Jerald, Erick and Brandon Perkins; fiance, Soloman Brant Green; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 at the New Providence Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph Simmons, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the Bagdad Cemetery.
LEWIS FUNERAL HOME of Milton, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday in the church.

ALBA NOLLINE CLEMENT
Alba Nolline Clement, 79, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999.
Mrs. Clement was a native of Vancleave, Miss. and resided in Pensacola for the past 45 years. She was a member of Pine Forest United Methodist Church and was retired from the Escambia County School Board.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Wiley E. Clement; one son, the Rev. Don E. Clement (and wife Dawn); one daughter, Sherron Hult (and husband Ralph); two grandchildren, Briana and Jordan Clement.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 in Eastern Gate Funeral Home with her son, the Rev. Don E. Clement officiating.
Burial will be in Pine Forest United Methodist Church Cemetery.
EASTERN GATE FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

OLIVIA EDNA BURT
Olivia Edna Burt, 88, passed away in her sleep at a local healthcare facility, after a lengthy illness, on Thursday, December 16, 1999.
Mrs. Burt resided in Panama City for over 50 years. She spent the last 3 1/2 years in Pensacola with her dedicated cousin and care-giver, Gail Newburn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Burt; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. George Henderson; and sister, Viola H. Alford.
Survivors include three nephews and wives, John and Betty Alford, Lawson and Phyllis Alford, all of South Fla. and William Alford of Texas; numerous great-nieces and nephews; cousins, Lois E. Micheels and Gail Newburn of Pensacola.
Funeral services will be officiated by the Rev. Carl Sanders, Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 11 a.m. at Oak Lawn Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be David Burch, Bob Newburn, James Varnedoe, Louis Goldstien, Damin Dubry and Daniel Newburn.
OAK LAWN FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

JAMES DAVID ``J.D.'' BROWN
James David ``J.D.'' Brown, 78, of Byrneville, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999, at a local hospital.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 1999 at Poplardale Baptist Church with Brother Robert Gandy officiating.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 100 Beverly Pkwy, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

CHRISTY ANN BLECKWENN
Christy Ann Bleckwenn, 41, died Saturday, December 11, 1999, in a Ft. Walton Beach hospital, following a brief illness.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley A. Bleckwenn, Jr.; and her father, Gene Paul Elliott.
She is survived by her sons, Christopher (Cinthia) and Brandon; her mother and father, Richard and Gay Nell Berger; a brother, Steven (Cindy) Elliott; a step-sister, Kimberly Leake; three step-brothers, Richard, Jr. (Lynda), Curtis (Jodi) and Eric Berger; three grandchildren, Ashlyn, Tymathy and Brianna Bleckwenn; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
At the request of the family there will be no memorial services held.

DENNIE STALLWORTH, SR.
Dennie Stallworth, Sr., 70, of Pensacola, died Sunday, December 12, 1999 in a local hospital.
Mr. Stallworth was a native of Natchez, AL and had resided in Pensacola most of his life. He was a veteran of the US Army.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Frederick an Maxine Stallworth, Bobby Ray King, Dennie and Lydia Stallworth, Jr.; four daughters, Shirley Dexter, Beverly, Mary and Martha Stallworth; step-sons, James, Ray and LeRoy Howard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan and Katie Stallworth, Dan and Claudia Stallworth, Rosco and Olive Stallworth, Sam and Ethel Stallworth; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Howard Barnes and Essie Stanton; 25 grandchildren; five grandchildren; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 12 p.m., Monday at Glorious Holliness Church with Elder O. Brundrige and Evangelist Mary Barnes officiating.
Burial will be in Barrancas National Cemetery.
BENBOE FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

CHARLES DAVID ROTTGERING
Charles David Rottgering went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on December 16, 1999 after battling leukemia for more than five years.
He was born November 24, 1938 in Paducah KY and graduated from Tilghman High School, Paducah Jr. College and USNPG School, Monterey, CA with a Gen. Eng. BS Degree. He flew US Navy RF8 recon missions in Southeast Asia and was Blue Angel #7 for the US Navy Flight Demonstration Team. He retired as Captain from American Airlines with over 25 years of service.
Survivors include: mother, Ruby Rottgering; and two brothers, Robert and Richard.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., December 18, 1999 in Restland's Wildwood Chapel, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX.
He will be interred at 1:15 p.m., December 21, 1999 in Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia Research Society.
RESTLAND FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA ANN PRICE
Brenda Ann Price, age 30, of Milton, passed away Thursday morning at her home.
She was a native of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada and had resided here since 1993. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church of Milton.
Brenda accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age. She lived an exemplary Christian life in both word and deed. An accomplished musician, Brenda devoted her talents wholly to the Lord. She played the organ for church services, as well as piano for the Teen Choir, soloists, and special singing groups. She served with her husband in the Teen Youth Ministry. She also operated the church bookstore and had served in other ministries as well. Brenda cared very much for others. She was loved and admired by all who knew her. More than anything else, Brenda wanted to please her Lord and Savior in whose presence she now rests.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all (Prov 31:29)
She is survived by her husband, Jesse Daniel Price III; her daughter, Hannah Faith Price; her parents, Peter and Julia Neufeld; her brother, Reagan Neufeld; her sister, Jackie Dalby; maternal grandparents, Henry and Hulda Derksen; paternal grandparents, Helen Neufeld; many aunts, uncles, and other relatives.
Homegoing services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Trinity Baptist Church in Milton. Pastor Dennis Morris will officiate with internment in the Memory Park Cemetery.
DONNIE SOWELL FUNERAL HOME of Milton will be in charge of arrangements.

MINNIE L. BURROUGHS
Minnie L. Burroughs, 97, of Pensacola, died Thursday, December 16, 1999.
Mrs. Burroughs was a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and had been a resident of Pensacola since 1980. She was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Burroughs was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey C. Burroughs in 1970 and her son, Wilburn Eugene Burroughs in 1943.
Survivors include: two daughters, Dorothy Holley and Jo Owsley, both of Pensacola; son, Harvey C Burroughs, Jr., of Atlanta; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 1999 at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Charity of your choice.


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