Miscellaneous Okaloosa County, Florida Obituaries


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Jessica Torri Cadenhead 
Jessica Torri Cadenhead Miller, 37, of Navarre, passed away Dec. 20 [2000]. Torri was 
born Sept. 23, 1963 in Niceville.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Miller, of Navarre; brother, Eric Paul Cadenhead, father, William Paul Cadenhead; mother, Mary Elizabeth Maynard; grandmothers, Bernice Cadenhead and Nell Ree Robinson.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23, at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery.

J. D. Helms
J. D. Helms, 88, of Darlington, Fla., died Dec. 21 [2000], in Asheville, N.C. He was born May 7, 1912 in Holmes County, Fla., the son of the late Daniel J. and Clara Durden Helms. He was a resident of the Darlington Community until moving to Asheville six months ago. He was a Baptist by faith and a member of the Darlington Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Jentrie Helms and wife, Cynthia of Apalachicola and Jimmy Helms and wife, Faye of Bonifay; daughter, Joyce Rigdon of Asheville; brother, Eiland Helms of Bonifay; three sisters, Waldene Spencer of McComb, Miss., Eileen Brasington of DeFuniak Springs, and Dixie Carroll of Westville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 24, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home. Burial followed in Sandy Creek Cemetery.

James Evans "Ebb" Caswell
James Evans "Ebb" Caswell, 81, of Freeport passed away Dec. 25 [2000] in a local hospital. Mr. Caswell was a retired fuel depot worker with U.S. Civil Service at Eglin Air Force Base and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. 
He was a lifelong resident of Freeport where he was a member of the Freeport United Methodist Church and the Herman Masonic Lodge F&AM 108 in Freeport. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delia Caswell in 1984 and his son, James Edgar Caswell in 1970.
Survivors include his daughter, Cathy Garrett; grandchildren Mandi and Jimmy Garrett; great-grandson Cody Garrett; special nephews Budgie and Buster Caswell; and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel on Dec. 28 with the Rev. Louis Taunton officiating. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery.

Carol Marian (Weslowski) Cloos 
Carol Marian (Weslowski) Cloos of Rochester, N.Y. and Seagrove Beach, a poet and essayist whose work appeared in numerous journals and magazines, died Dec. 27 [2000], at her Panhandle home after a long illness.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Dec. 30, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach.
Mrs. Cloos was a professor emeritus of English at Monroe Community College in Rochester, where she taught for more than 25 years and served as department chair for five years. She was a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and received her master's degree from the University of Rochester. Twice her work was selected among notables for the Best American Essays annual edition, and she had been chosen as a scholar for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Middlebury, Vt.
Mrs. Cloos is survived by her husband of 45 years, Edward J. Cloos Jr., sons, Edward III and Debra of Covington, La., Jonathan and Susan of Capitola, Fla., Gregory and Annette of Asheville, N.C. and Paul and Susie of Fairhope, Ala.; four granddaughters, Margaret Minton and Elizabeth Wilson of Covington; Tallulah Rose and Carol Lily of Fairhope; a grandson, James Grayton of Asheville; and a brother, Kenneth Weslowski of Hiram, Ga. 

Ruth H. Garrett
Ruth H. Garrett, a lifelong resident of Walton County died Jan. 2 [2001], at the age of 79. She was born Nov. 21, 1921 in New Home, the daughter of the late Wesley and Florence Lindsey Howell. She was well known for her volunteer work with the Council on Aging of Walton County. She was a Baptist by faith and a member of the First Baptist Church of Freeport. She is preceded in death by her husband, Olin J. Garrett; brothers, Ernest Howell and Cecil Howell; sister, Luverne Opry and grandson, Scott Hankins.
Survivors include her sons, Joseph Garrett and wife Diane, Norman Garrett and wife Jean and Dennis Garrett and wife Dee, all of Freeport; daughters, Vivian Stroud of DeFuniak Springs, Naomi Simmons and husband Hugh of Freeport; step-children, Olene Barley and husband Sid of Freeport, and Olin Horne and wife Jeanne of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Lucille Johnson of DeFuniak Springs, Mae Belle Infinger of Lynn Haven, and Martha Joyce Price and husband Lester of Ponce de Leon; grandchildren, Jimmy Stroud and wife Marlon and Rebecca Stroud, all of DeFuniak Springs, Jimmie Garrett and wife Michelle, Mandi Garrett, James Garrett, Danny Garrett and wife Jami, Tommy Garrett and wife Kristan, Jamie Benton, Sam Garrett and Luke Garrett, all of Freeport, Jason Simmons and wife, Jodi of Milton, and Sarah Simmons of Freeport; and great-grandchildren, James Stroud, Kristina Evans and husband Danny, Cody Garrett, Olivia Garrett, Spencer Garrett, Kathryn Simmons and Conner Simmons.
Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with the Rev. Louis Taunton officiating. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery.

Juanita Marie Hewett
Juanita Marie Hewett, a resident of DeFuniak Springs since 1978, passed away on Dec. 31 [2000] at a local hospital. She was born in Winthrop, Mass., on Feb. 28, 1940, the daughter of the late Warren and Annie Thomas Brainard. She was a member of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her sons, Dannie Gibson of Winterhaven, David Gibson and wife Christine of DeFuniak Springs, and Raymond Hewett of Perry; daughters Leiah Harrison and Edward Stanhope of DeFuniak Springs; Wilma Alexander and husband Charles of Delta, Ala., Donna Gibson of California, and Wanda Cowart of Cocoa; sisters Carol Curtis of DeFuniak Springs and Roberta Lewis and husband Chester of Friendsville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at Comander Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Alexander officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ruby Mayberry
Ruby Mayberry, age 90, of Freeport, died Jan. 2 [2001] in Crestview. Ms. Mayberry was born Sept. 14, 1910 in Bagdad, the daughter of the late George and Sally Cannon Mason. She was a native of New Orleans, La., and a resident of Freeport for the past six years. She was a missionary to Mexico and a local Evangelist ministering at Okaloosa County Jail and always willing to offer a prayer for one in need. She was a member of the New Beginnings Church of Freeport.
Survivors include her adopted son and daughter, Don and Peggy Blizzard of Freeport; sister, Thelma Bonifay of Bagdad; one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with the Rev. Louis Taunton and the Rev. T.C. Moon officiating. Burial will follow in Hatcher Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Don Blizzard, Don Messer, Britton Weller, Joel Glenn, Phillip Blizzard and Doug Combe.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the New Beginnings Church at P.O. Box 1022, Freeport, FL 32439.

Helen Lorine McKinney 
Helen Lorine McKinney, age 76, died Dec. 31 [2000] at her residence in DeFuniak Springs. She was born March 29, 1924 in Noblesville, Ind., the daughter of the late Harold and Pink Perry Ward. She was a resident of Walton County for the past 25 years after moving from Valparaiso. She enjoyed playing bingo in DeFuniak Springs and traveling to Biloxi and taking care of her farm animals and working in her yard. She is preceded in death by one great-grandchild, Nathan Partridge.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Lee McKinney of DeFuniak Springs; two sons, Dennis L. McKinney and wife Jill of DeFuniak Springs, and Buster L. McKinney of DeFuniak Springs; three daughters, Cheryl L. Soles and husband Donnie of DeFuniak Springs, Linda L. Lozano and husband Frank of Niceville, and Penny L. Thomas and husband Robert of Niceville; two brothers, Leon Ward of Fishers, Ind., and Russell Ward of Indiana; two sisters, Margaret Cook of Beaver Dam, Ky., and Pauline Heiny of Mesquite, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and 16 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with William Oldfield and Bill Chapman officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Keith Wayne Miller 
Keith Wayne Miller, age 76, of Red Bay, passed away in his home Dec. 30 [2000], after an extended illness. He was born April 7, 1924 in Red Bay and was a lifelong resident of the community.
Mr. Miller served in the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he co-owned the Choctaw Ranch with Dr. R.B. Spires. In 1966, he began a career in the heavy equipment maintenance branch of civil service at Eglin AFB and retired after 17 years of outstanding and faithful service.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by father and mother, Donyer and Abbie Miller, and brothers, Kenneth B. and Clifford H. Miller.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ouida Ridgon Miller of Red Bay; sons Keith Wayne Jr. and wife Nan, and Donyer R. and wife Kathy, all of Freeport; grandchildren, Melissa Gamel of Destin, Dawn and husband Tripp Hope of Niceville, and Rachel Miller of Freeport; great-grandson Graham Gamel of Destin; brother-in-law, C.H. "Bull" Ridgon of Fort Walton Beach; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Miller was a member of the Red Bay Presbyterian Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather as well as an avid outdoorsman. He will be greatly missed by his family and lifelong friends.
Funeral services were held Jan. 1, at the Red Bay Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tom Tidwell and Rev. Claude Tucker officiating. Burial followed in the Red Bay Cemetery.

Audrey Garrett Rushing 
Audrey Garrett Rushing, age 88 of Tallahassee, passed away Jan. 1 [2001]. Ms. Rushing was born Nov. 15, 1912 in Walton County, the daughter of the late Charles and Lora Permenter Garrett. She remained a lifelong resident of Walton County until moving to Tallahassee three years ago. She was a Presbyterian by faith and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs, where she was a member of the Agape Circle for over 50 years. She enjoyed all aspects of church work and also served as superintendent of the Gillis Chapel Presbyterian Mission Church for over 20 years and was a member of the Northside FCE Homemakers Club in DeFuniak Springs for more than 50 years.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Wesley Rushing.
Survivors include her son, Charles W. Rushing and wife Sandy of Tallahassee; daughter Charlotte A. Gaspers and husband Jim of Scottsbluff, Neb.; grandchildren, Tanja Clendinen and husband Stewart, Billy Rushing, Mike Gaspers and Michelle Salsbery and husband Alan; and great-grandchildren Rebecca Clendinen and Wesley Clendinen.
Funeral services were held Jan. 5, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Rev. Durl Odom officiating. Burial followed in Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 

Genevieve J. Jacobs
Genevieve J. Jacobs, age 85, died Jan. 3 [2001]
She was born Feb. 9, 1915, the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Ethel West Anderson. 
She was a 42-year resident of the DeFuniak Springs area after moving from her native state of Michigan. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Jacobs and three sons, Nathaniel, David, and Justus.
Survivors include her daughter, Bethany Herring; sister, Evelyn Robarts of Whittemore, Mich.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Jan. 7 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Rev. William Young officiating.

Floyd B. Smith
Floyd B. Smith, age 81, of DeFuniak Springs, died Jan. 4 [2001]. He was born in Samson, Ala., the son of the late Richard J. and Dora Bradley Smith. 
He was an Army Veteran of World War II, and an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lonell Smith.
Survivors include his sons, Aaron Smith and wife, Eleanor; Roy Smith and wife, Judy; Jimmy Smith and wife, Carol; and Danny Smith, all of DeFuniak Springs; Wendell Smith of Birmingham, Ala.; Terrell Smith and wife, Robin of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter, Betty Nichols and husband, Byron of Andalusia, Ala.; two brothers, James Smith of Buffalo, N.Y. and Clayton Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters, Inez Brown and Claire Kypter, both of Fort Walton Beach; fourteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at Comander Funeral Home with the Rev. T.C. Moon officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.

Daniel J. Davenport 
JDaniel "Danny" J. Davenport, age 39, died Jan. 5 [2001] in Santa Rosa Beach. He was born June 22, 1961 in Salina, Kan., the son of Paul and Barbara Werth Davenport. He had five years service with the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Davenport and sister, Karen Sabree Pierce.
Survivors include his son, Corey Douglas Davenport of Austin, Texas; mother, Barbara Fink, father, Paul Davenport, and sister, Michelle Gavel, all of Salina, Kan.; sister Janelle Laha and brother Michael Davenport both of McPherson, Kan., brothers Mark Davenport and Andrew Davenport of Salina, Kan.; and girlfriend, Debra Zenke.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at Crosspoint Church with Gary Headman officiating.

John C. "Jack" Klein 
John C. "Jack" Klein, age 72, of DeFuniak Springs, passed away Jan. 7 [2001]. He had lived in this area since the early 1970s.
He was a truck driver, liked everyone he met, and everyone liked him. He was kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed by all.
Mr. Klein was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Baehm. 
He is survived by his wife, Ellie; daughters, Jackie Huckabaa and husband, Willie of DeFuniak Springs; Kimberly Byrd and husband, Buckshot of Ponce de Leon; Jodie Klein of Toledo, Ohio; sons, Jeffrey and John C. Klein II of Toledo; brother, Lennie Baehm and wife, Marta of Detroit, Mich.; granddaughters, Mandi and Karleen Huckabaa of DeFuniak Springs; grandsons, John Klein III, of Toledo, Brady Byrd of Ponce de Leon; and great-grandson John Klein IV of Toledo.
A mass was held at Jan. 11 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in DeFuniak Springs.

Jeffrey Stanley Bates 
Jeffrey Stanley Bates, age 41, of Freeport, died Jan. 15 [2001] at his residence. Born on May 16, 1959 in Miami, he was the son of Stanley Bates of Freeport and Pat Howerton of Albany, Ga. Having moved here from Crawfordville, he had been a resident of the Freeport area for the past nine years. He was Baptist by faith. Mr. Bates was an inventor and had invented some unique carpentry tools, and was well known for his skills in the carpentry industry. Mr. Bates is survived by his father, Stan Bates of Freeport, and his mother Pat Howerton of Albany, Ga.; his wife, Randi M. Bates of Freeport; sons, Jeremy J. Bates and Christopher S. Bates both of Crawfordville; daughters Patience L. Bates of Crawfordville, Lisa Taylor and husband Danny of Panacea, and Julie Bates of Orlando; brothers Joel G. Bates of Norfolk, Ga., and Scotty D. Bates of Albany, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 19, in the Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel - with Rev. Donald Harrod officiating. Memoralization was by cremation.

Corene Louise Money 
Corene Louise Money, age 81, of Ponce De Leon, died Jan. 20 [2001], in a local nursing home. Born on May 26, 1919 in Holmes County, Mrs. Money was a life long resident of this area. She was a member of the Bridge Creek Baptist Church, a former teacher's aide at Ponce de Leon High School, and had worked with the Council on Aging in Bonifay. She was preceded in death by her husband Roland Money; her mother, Ida Scott Murphy; her father, Cleveland Harrison and her step-father, Harvey Murphy. Mrs. Money is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Slay and husband Paul, Jr. of Ponce de Leon, and Lisa Dockery and Devan Dockery of DeFuniak Springs; brother, Billy Murphy and wife Mildred of Ponce de Leon; sister, Wavine Evans of Ponce de Leon; and two grandchildren, Niki Slay and Jeni Slay. Funeral services were held Jan 23, at the Bridge Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Gary B. Scott officiating. Burial was in the Sandy Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Lawson, Johnny Ray Baxter, Bill Cruce, Mike Balcom, Pete Balcom and Wayne Sconiers.

Sundi (Sunny) Reynolds
Sunny Reynolds, age 53, of Santa Rosa Beach, passed away on Jan. 29 [2001] at a local hospital.
Sunny was the owner and operator of Baywoods Vacation Homes in Santa Rosa Beach. She is survived by her husband, David.
Sunny was a brilliant light that illuminated the path to happiness for many people.
A celebration of her life was held on Feb. 3 at the Pavilion at Baywoods. After the celebration, her ashes were spread upon Choctawhatchee Bay, which she dearly loved.
Instead of flowers, Sunny asked that a donation be made in her name to Feline Friends of Destin Inc., 206 Wekiva Cove, Destin, Fla., 32541.

NellRee Robinson 
NellRee Robinson, age 87, passed away Jan. 30 [2001] in Edmond Medical Center, Edmond, Okla. NellRee was a lifelong resident of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Zack Robinson, her granddaughter, Jessica Torri Cadenhead Miller and two brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by two daughters Mary Elizabeth Maynard and her husband John of Destin, and Jackie Wood and her husband Jerry of Edmond, Okla.; John Maynard; grandson Eric Paul Cadenhead; granddaughters Dena Fancher of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Tamara Deason of Yukon, Okla.; great-grandsons, Tanner Zack , Jessie Deason and Skyler Fancher; and great-granddaughter Madison Fancher.
NellRee was a member of the Freeport Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Stars.
Funeral services were conducted Feb. 6 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with the Rev. David Wilson and Rev. Charles Satterwhite officiating. Burial was in the Hatcher Cemetery.

Ruthie Mirl McCormick
Ruthie Mirl McCormick, 70, of DeFuniak Springs, died Feb. 4 [2001] in her home. Born in Portland, on Feb. 8 1930, she was the daughter of the late Sterling Olin Brown and Ruthie Thomas Brown. Mrs. McCormick was a native of Walton County, living here for a total of 39 years, moving back from Hialeah, Fla. in 1985. She was a member of College Avenue Church of Christ and her hobby was gardening. 
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Daniel Harold McCormick of DeFuniak Springs; children Jerry McCormick and wife Janet of Choctaw Beach, Judy McBrayer and husband Richard of Nashville, Tenn., Phylis Osman and husband Michael of Miami Lakes, and Robert Danile McCormick and wife Debbie of Tallahassee; brothers, Elvis Brown of Portland, Olin Brown of south Florida, Bill Brown of Virginia; sisters Mary Alice McCormick of Bainbridge, Ga., Sybil Daw of Foley, Ala., Lina Yan of Freeport, Elaine Hicks of DeFuniak Springs and Kenny Stone of Ponce de Leon; grandchildren Michael Wayne McCormick, Julie Loveless, Stacy Lamon, Kristi McBrayer, Kelly Crawford, Mindi, Michael, Mene and Mathew Osman, Zechariah, Daniel and Joshua Eric McCormick, Macy Crawford, Mathew McCormick and Brenden Ratcliffe.
Funeral services were held Feb. 7 in the College Avenue Church of Christ Church with Jerry McCormick, Terrell McCormick and Del Allen officiating. Burial followed in the Gaskin Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were: Michael Wayne McCormick, Michael Paul Osman, Mathew Austin Osman, Robert Daniel McCormick, Richard McBrayer and L. Michael Osman. Serving as honorary pallbearers were: Dwayne McCormick, Mack Moore, Gerald McCormick, Zechriah Daniel McCormick, Bill Holiday, Joshua Eric McCormick and Joshua Loveless. 
Comander Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles R. Pinter 
Charles R. Pinter, 87, of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., died Feb. 7 [2001] in a local hospital. Charles was born Sept.2, 1913 in New Brunswick, NJ, the son of the late Joseph and Lydia Shomody Pinter. He was a 20 year resident of DeFuniak Springs after moving from Niceville, Fla. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was well known as a family man. He enjoyed his farm and hunting. He also enjoyed his job before retirement. He was a Baptist by faith and a 20 year member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Helen Pinter of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; his children, Raymond Pinter and wife, Laura of Jacksonville, Fla., Linda Bedell and husband, Tom, of Gulf Breeze, Fla. and Ron Pinter and wife, Judy of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; brothers, John Pinter of California, George Pinter of Long Island, NY, Bill Pinter of Pennsylvania, Steve Pinter of Virginia, Ernie Pinter of North Carolina and Emil Pinter of San Antonia, Fla.; sisters, Jan Halase and Priscilla Paltza, both of Cape Coral, Fla.; six grandchildren, Jeffery Pinter, Christine Pinter, Deborah Cole, David Bedell, Pamela Pinter and Lisa Pinter and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Watts, Rev. Owen Smith and Dr. Stan Weatherford officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ray Pinter, Ron Pinter, Tom Bedell, Jeff Pinter, David Bedell and Mark Cole. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the members Mr. Pinter's Sunday school class.
Donations may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church building fund.

Joseph Douglas White
Joseph Douglas White, a lifelong resident of Walton County, died Feb. 7 [2001] at the age of 50. Josephine was born Aug. 28, 1950 in DeFuniak Springs, the daughter of Edward Douglas and the late Ella L. Johnson Douglas. She loved to fish and enjoyed spending time gardening and working with flowers. She devoted a lot of her time to her children and grandchildren. She was Pentecostal by faith and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Freeport. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Survivors include her father Edward Douglas of Freeport; husband of 17 years A.J. White of Freeport; son Charles Edward Fabozzi and wife Lisa of Valparaiso; stepson A.J. White and wife Shanun of Panama City; daughter Melissa Lee Fabozzi and husband Bennie Harvard of Niceville; stepdaughter Melissa White of Washington, D.C.; brother Jimmy Douglas and wife Joan of Freeport; sister Shirley Ann Alford and husband Amon of DeFuniak Springs; grandchildren Corrine Lynn Fabozzi of Valparaiso, Johnathan Tyler Harvard of Niceville, Christopher Jake Fabozzi of Valparaiso, and Ashlynn Taylor Harvard of Niceville; four nieces, Anastasia Knight, Jennifer Highers, Selina Douglas and Jami Sheldon; two nephews, Brent O'Neal and Jamus Douglas ; and five great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Feb. 10 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with Rev. Louis Taunton officiating. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery.

Mazie T. Rossell
Mazie T. Rossell, 97, passed away on Feb. 8 [2001] at Twin Cities Hospital. She was born near Bruce on July 28, 1903 and had resided in Bruce most of her life.
She is survived by two brothers Willie N. Ward and Joseph Guy Ward, both of Bruce; son Don Thomas and wife Keiko; daughter-in-law Miriam Thomas, all of Bruce; stepdaughter Julia Bogan of Haughton, La.; special nieces and nephews Pansy Bjorklund, Zera Denson, Naomi Starr and husband H.E., Billy Joe Ward, Dex Pate and wife Margie, Opal Godsey and husband Earl, Kenna Pate and wife Carol, Bill Ward and wife Faye. Grandchildren Allen B. Thomas Sr., and wife Susan, and Camilia Grant; great-grandchildren Allen B. Thomas Jr., Steven Gant and Jennifer Moorehouse and five great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Rossell was the Matriarch and Chief (Micco) of the Choctawhatchee clan of Creek Indians of Bruce. She had been a long standing member of the governing council for the Florida tribe of the Eastern Creeks and had served on the Northwest Florida Creek Indian Council. She was a past Silver Haired Legislator and was president of the Women's Club of Bruce for several years. She was a member of the Democratic committee for more than 50 years and was a member of the Freeport Chapter No. 281, Order of the Eastern Star.
Funeral service and Eastern Star services were held Feb. 11 at Bruce Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Young and Dr. Andrew Ramsey officiating. Burial followed in Dead River Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers for Mrs. Rossell were members of the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clifford W. Godwin
Mr. Clifford W. Godwin, 81, of Freeport died Feb. 4 [2001] in a local hospital. Born Feb. 22, 1919 in Walton County, he was the son of the late William Horace Godwin and Millie Pippin Godwin. He was a life resident of Walton County. He was Methodist by faith and was also a member of Portland Methodist Church. Godwin had retired from the United States Civil Service in 1984. He was a member of the Freeport Herman Masonic Lodge 108, Eastern Star and a Shriner. Godwin was preceded in death by his wife, Kathe Godwin in 1987 his son Billy Godwin in 1994, great granddaughter, Rachel Dixon in 1997 and granddaughter, Theresa Dixon in 1968.
Godwin is survived by one son, Johnny Godwin and wife, Jean, of Freeport; daughter, Shirley Wright and husband Randy of Freeport; brother, Herbert Godwin and Virginia of Apopka, Fla.; sisters, Gertrude Jackson and Orene Knight of Freeport; grandchildren, Sandra Tuggle and husband Larry, Tony Dixon, Brian Godwin, Melissa Godwin, Meagan Wright, Anita Taunton, Delores Tullis, Dana Tanner, Gina Hendrix and Russell Guy; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 7 in the Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with Rev. Tommy Bingham and Rev. Louis Taunton officiating. Burial followed at Hatcher Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were: Tommy Reeves, Jimmy Brinson, Bill Oelschlager, David Brown, John Lowe and Buster Thorn. Honorary pallbearers were Bill O'Neal and Mack Davis.

Wanda Gail Ramos
Wanda Gail Ramos, 48, died March 15 [2001], in a local hospital. Ms. Ramos was born Feb. 3, 1953 in DeFuniak Springs. She returned to the area nine years ago from Fort Myers. She was Holiness by faith and a member of Cornerstone Church.
Survivors include her parents, Poke and Mary Wright of DeFuniak Springs; sons, Luis M. Ramos of Chester, Pa., Victor M. Ramos and Lee A. Ramos, both of DeFuniak Springs; daughters, Carolyn R. Hughey and husband, Demetrius of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Severina Y. Ramos of DeFuniak Springs; brothers, Randy Wright and wife, Shirley of Freeport, and Danny Gene Wright and wife, Diane of Arcadia; sister, Kaye Brady and husband, DeWane of DeFuniak Springs; four grandchildren, Brianna Mae Wright, Paulo T. Macias, Lydia R. Macias and Luis M. Ramos Jr. and a special niece, Amber Barrera of DeFuniak Springs.
Memorial services were held March 21 at Cornerstone Church with the Rev. Doyle Redwine officiating.

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