|Jessica Torri Cadenhead
Jessica Torri Cadenhead Miller, 37, of Navarre, passed away Dec. 20
. 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 , 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 
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
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
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 , 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
, 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
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  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
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, age 90, of Freeport, died Jan. 2  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  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
Keith Wayne Miller
Keith Wayne Miller, age 76, of Red Bay, passed away in his home Dec.
30 , 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
. 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
Funeral services were held Jan. 5, at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with
the Rev. Durl Odom officiating. Burial followed in Euchee Valley Presbyterian
Genevieve J. Jacobs
Genevieve J. Jacobs, age 85, died Jan. 3 .
She was born Feb. 9, 1915, the daughter of the late Nathaniel and Ethel
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 .
He was born in Samson, Ala., the son of the late Richard J. and Dora Bradley
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  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 . 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
A mass was held at Jan. 11 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church in DeFuniak
Jeffrey Stanley Bates
Jeffrey Stanley Bates, age 41, of Freeport, died Jan. 15 
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 ,
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
 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, age 87, passed away Jan. 30  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
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 
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
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 
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
Joseph Douglas White
Joseph Douglas White, a lifelong resident of Walton County, died Feb.
7  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  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
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
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
Clifford W. Godwin
Mr. Clifford W. Godwin, 81, of Freeport died Feb. 4  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 , 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
Memorial services were held March 21 at Cornerstone Church with the
Rev. Doyle Redwine officiating.