|Joseph T.M. "Shorty" Messer
Joseph T.M. "Shorty" Messer, a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs,
died March 16  at the age of 70. He was born Oct. 2, 1930
in Columbus, Ga., the son of the late John Alton Messer and Ella Irene
Messer. He was Holiness by faith.
Survivors include his mother, Ella Messer of DeFuniak Springs; brother
Detroit Messer and wife, Nona of Pensacola; sister, Myrtle Holley of DeFuniak
Springs; one niece and seven nephews.
Funeral services were held March 19 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with
the Rev. Kermit Bowers officiating. Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Joseph Liberato Vota
Joseph Liberato Vota, 89, passed away March 19  at his
residence in Sunny Hills, Fla. Mr. Vota was born Oct. 7, 1911 in New York,
N.Y., the son of the late Felix and Agatha Troisi Vota. Mr. Vota was active
in his community for many years and was very active in his church all his
life. He was a member and president of the Marlboro Township School Board
while living in New Jersey, and sang in his church choir all his life.
He was a founding member of Corpus Christi Parish in Destin, as well as
the Catholic Church of St. Rita in Santa Rosa Beach. Mr. Vota was ordained
a deacon for the diocese of Pensacola in 1980. He was a retired United
States Army Veteran. He is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Duderich
Vota, who passed away in 1997.
Survivors include his daughter, Ethel Vota Sproul and husband, Paul.
of Wilmington, Del.; and sons, Joseph A. Vota and wife, Christine, Philip
D. Vota and wife, Beatrice, and William J. Vota and wife, Cheryl, all of
Marlboro Township, N.J., and George E. Vota and wife, Garnet, of Destin,
and Stephen F. Vota and wife, Helen, of SeaGirt, N.J.; brother, William
R. Vota and wife, Mary Lou, of Weston, Fla.; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on March 23 at St. Rita Catholic Church
in Santa Rosa Beach with the Monsignor Flaherty officiating. Burial followed
in Gulf Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested contributions be made to Vestiarki
Sisters of Jesus, 3919 Vistula Drive, Sunny Hills, Fla. 32428.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Cecil Darwin Neel
Mr. Cecil Darwin "Windy" Neel, 77, died Wednesday, March 21 
in a local hospital. Mr. Neel was born November 23, 1923 in DeFuniak Springs
where he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Conor and
Buria Bishop Neel. He was a Baptist by faith and a member of First Baptist
Church of DeFuniak Springs. He was a United States Marine Corp veteran
in World War II. He is preceded in death by a sister, Wynell Merle Neel
and a brother, Buford Neel.
Survivors include his son, Van Lawton Neel of Maryland; daughter, Sandra
Neel McCarta of Crestview and sister, Syble Neel of DeFuniak Springs.
Graveside services were held March 24 in Magnolia Cemetery with the
Rev. Charles Gray and Dr. Bob Jaye officiating. Clary-Godwin funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.
Loring P. Dresel
Mr. Loring P. Dresel, 70, died March 26  in Geneva, Ala.
Mr. Dresel was born July 19, 1930 in Sonoma County, Calif., the son of
the late Otto Dresel and Helen Dresel. He was a resident of the Leonia
Community and also Walterboro, S.C.
He served his country in the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts during his
14 years of service in the United States Navy and an additional 14 years
in the National Guard. He was retired from civil service. He was a member
of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church in South Carolina.
Survivors include: mother, Helen Dresel of San Francisco, Calif.; wife,
Anita Stanley Dresel, of Leonia, Fla.; sons, Ricky Dresel and wife, Denise,
of Charleston, S.C., and Jack Dresel and wife, Sandra, of Tennessee; step-sons,
Ira Risher and wife, Pearl, of Walterboro, S. C., Michael Risher and wife,
Trena, of Columbia, S.C., and Robbie Risher and wife, Cathy, of Walterboro,
S.C.; step-daughters, Carol McDonald and husband, Jeff, of Lakeland, Fla.,
and Barbara Rexford of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ricky Dresel and
Bryan Dresel; 10 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 28 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with
the Rev. James Endrihs officiating. Burial followed in Leonia Cemetery.
Mildred L. Jackson
Mildred L. Jackson, 76, died March 28  in DeFuniak Springs.
Ms. Jackson was born Sept. 6, 1924, the daughter of the late Tommy and
Gurthie Collingsworth. She was a lifelong resident of Ponce de Leon. She
was Baptist by faith and a member of Northside Baptist Church. She is preceded
in death by her husband, Ernest Arnel Jackson.
Survivors include her son, Billy A. Jackson, of Ponce de Leon; daughter
LaWanda J. Whitcomb, of Hickory Hill, Fla.; brother, Tom Collinsworth,
of Tallahassee; sisters, Marie Crowder of Texas, and Maude Reeves also
of Tallahassee; four grandchildren, Josh Jackson, Bradly Jackson, Kellee
Jackson and Darrell Yates; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 30 at the Northside Baptist Church
with the Rev. Larry McGowan officiating. Burial followed in the New Ponce
de Leon Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Frankie Hicks, Steve Paulk, Joe Paulk, Jamie Bozeman,
Ricky Pickron and Johnny Free.
Robert Shinberger, 29, died March 29  in a local hospital.
Mr. Shinberger was born January 15, 1972 in Macomb, Ill., the son of Shelby
and Michele Powers Shinberger. He was a resident of DeFuniak Springs for
the last four years and a previous resident of Niceville. He was a correctional
officer working in medical transport at the Walton County Correctional
Facility. He was well known for his great sense of humor and for being
a friend to everyone. He was Catholic by faith and a member of St. Margaret's
Catholic Church in DeFuniak springs.
Survivors include his father and mother, Shelby and Michele Shinberger
of Crestview; wife, Angela Marie Shinberger of DeFuniak Springs; sons,
Matthew M. Shinberger and Mark P. Shinberber of DeFuniak Springs; maternal
grandfather, Robert H. Powers of Macomb, Ill.; sister, Johanna and her
husband, Anil Raj of Pensacola.; father and mother-in-law, Raymond J. Herbig,
Sr. and Julie B. Herbig of Destin; brothers-in-law, John C. Koenig of Alaska,
Raymond J. Herbig and Robert M. Koenig of Destin; brother and sister-in-law,
Ricky and Debbie Matias of Connecticut. He is also survived by numerous
A funeral mass was held April 2 at St. Margaret's Catholic Church with
Father Joseph Caffrey officiating.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lois Eugenia French
Lois Eugenia French, 75, died April 4  in DeFuniak Springs.
Ms. French was born Aug. 22, 1926 in Leonia, Fla., the daughter of the
late Jesse and Julia Watson Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Walton
County. She retired from nursing after working for Dr. Myers and Dr. Spiers
for more than 30 years.
Survivors include her nephew, Charles E. Brown and wife Margie of Westville;
and great-nephews, Michael Terry Brown and Danny Fletcher Brown.
Funeral services were held April 6 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home. Burial
followed in Magnolia Cemetery.
Helen J. Pinter
Helen J. Pinter, 83, of DeFuniak Springs died April 5 
in Crestview. Mrs. Pinter was born May 18, 1917 in Ogdensburg, N. J., the
daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Molnar More. She was Baptist by faith
and a faithful member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church for the past 20
years. She was the outreach leader for her Sunday school class. She was
a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her
husband of 62 years, Charles R. Pinter, who died February of this year.
Survivors include her children, Raymond Pinter and wife Laura of Jacksonville,
Linda Bedell and husband Tom of Gulf Breeze, and Ron Pinter and wife Judy
of DeFuniak Springs; a beloved cousin, Ruth Wilcox of California; grandchildren,
Jeffery and Christine Pinter, Deborah Cole, David Bedell, Pamela and Lisa
Pinter; and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 8 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
with Dr. Stan Weatherford and the Rev. Larry Watts officiating. Serving
as pallbearers were Ray Pinter, Ron Pinter, Tom Bedell, Jeff Pinter, David
Bedell and Mark Cole. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
Cemetery. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jesse Elton Kennedy
Jesse Elton "Dick" Kennedy, 76, died April 9  in DeFuniak
Springs. Mr. Kennedy was born Sept. 21, 1924 in Atmore, Ala., the son of
the late Jesse Lee and Liddie Cole Kennedy. He spent most of his life in
He enjoyed making music during his active years and especially enjoyed
spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed
spending his leisure time drinking coffee at Mamie's Restaurant. He was
Baptist by faith and a member of First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs.
He is preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Lonnie Kennedy; and
three sisters, Mamie Mixon, Annie Lou Childers and Esther Kennedy.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Adelle D. Kennedy, of DeFuniak
Springs; sons, Tommy Elton Kennedy, and Gary Lee Kennedy and wife Jeanette,
all of DeFuniak Springs; daughter, Judy Marlene Kennedy of DeFuniak Springs;
sister, Bertie Tyree of Atmore, Ala.; two grandchildren, Sandi Lee Wood
and husband, Michael, and Randi Paula Waggoner, all of DeFuniak Springs;
and four great-grandchildren, Kirstyn, Marissa, Tyler and Seth.
Funeral services were held April 11 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with
the Rev. Jerry Chumley officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
April May York
April Mae York, age 20, of DeFuniak Springs died at her residence on
April 12 . April was born on April 7, 1981 in Escambia County.
She was the daughter of Albert York and Bonnie Moak Hitaffer. She had lived
in Walton County most of her life. She enjoyed spending time with her children
and riding horses. April also enjoyed spending time with her mother. She
was a vivacious and outgoing person. April was Baptist by faith. She is
survived by her parents, father A. J. York and wife Jane of DeFuniak Springs,
and mother Bonnie Hitaffer and husband Tim of DeFuniak Springs; maternal
grandparents, Donald and Sally Jerew of Land O'Lakes; paternal grandparents
Lewis Scott and Donnie Kay Odom of DeFuniak Springs; paternal step-grandparents
Charles and Barbara Hitaffer of DeFuniak Springs; sons Lewis Scott York
of DeFuniak Springs, and Skyler Raymond Gibson of Crestivew; brothers Jesse
Ray Hitaffer and Joseph Michael Hitaffer both of DeFuniak Springs; and
sister Krystal Lynn Richardson of DeFuniak Springs. Funeral services were
held April 16 at Concerned Christian Church with the Rev. James Campbell
officiating. Burial followed in the Concerned Christian Church Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Joyce Rosalind Nash
Joye Rosalind Nash, age 80, died April 16  at Healthmark
Regional Medical Center. For the past 16 years she has been a resident
of DeFuniak Springs having moved there from West Palm Beach. She was Baptist
by faith. She enjoyed serving the Lord and playing the piano at Westside
Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Ms. Nash was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Edward Nash, and
her brother, Arnold Hopkins. She is survived by two sons, Lawrence "Lonnie"
E. Nash, Jr. and his wife Carylon S. Nash of DeFuniak Springs, Kenneth
A. Nash and his wife, Carol A. Nash, of Crestview; two daughters, Sally
E. Manchester and husband Stephen T. Manchester of Limerick, Maine, and
Claire N. Green and husband Bobby of DeFuniak Springs; seven grandchildren,
Christine R. Turner, Angela Ponfrett, Randi D. Griggs, Colleen A. Nash,
Kenneth A. Nash Jr., Gary W. Morse Jr., and M. Scott Morse; seven great-grandchildren,
two nieces, one nephew and numerous friends. Memorial services will be
held April 21 at 2 p.m. at West Side Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs
with Rev. Larry Quattlebaum and Rev. Barney Phillips officiating. Memorialization
will be by cremation. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Hubert G. Morrison died April 13  at his residence. Mr.
Morrison was born March 18, 1917 in Darlington where he remained a lifelong
resident. He was the son of the late Malcolm and Jane Miles Morrison. He
was Baptist by faith.
Survivors include his special, longtime friend and caregiver, Nora
Jordan, of Liberty; grandsons James Morrison, Gary Morrison and wife Terry,
and Terry Joe Morrison and wife Cindy, all of Liberty; great-grandchildren
Christy, Ashley, April, Jamie and Tracy Morrison; and numerous nieces and
Graveside services were held April 16 at Leonia Cemetery with the Rev.
Glen Spence officiating.
Annie Will Beverly Rigdon
Annie Will Beverly Rigdon, 90, of Red Bay, passed away April 16 
at the Silvercrest Manor in Crestview. Mrs. Rigdon was born in Coffee County,
Ala., Feb. 13, 1911. She was the daughter of the late Ernest M. and Ida
Leverett Beverly. She was a retired certified nurses aide with the Walton
County Regional Hospital. Mrs. Rigdon had been a resident of the area since
1926. She was Presbyterian by faith and a long-time member of the Red Bay
Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Rigdon was a member of the OES Freeport #281
and was a former county commissioner of Walton County from 1964-1965. She
was the first woman serving as a county commissioner in the state of Florida.
She was a long time Democratic Executive Committee member and was active
in local and state politics. She was a lifetime member of the DAAV Auxiliary
#98 in Walton County. She married Marvin Rigdon on March 20, 1927 who preceded
her in death in 1964. A son, Marvin Odell Rigdon also passed prior to Mrs.
Rigdon in 1981. She is survived by two daughters, Charlaine Rushing and
husband Tellis of Red Bay, and Jonnie Diana Manning of DeFuniak Springs;
grandchildren Michael Rushing and wife Sylvia of Red Bay; and great-grandchildren,
Amanda Lee and husband Allen of Ponce de Leon, Joshua Rushing of Red Bay;
numerous nieces and nephews and also her extended family at Silvercrest
Manor in Crestview. Funeral services for Mrs. Rigdon were held April 18
in the Red Bay Presbyterian Church with Rev. Thomas Tidwell and Rev. Mike
McVay officiating. Burial followed in the Red Bay Cemetery. Serving as
pallbearers were Robert McCormick, Keith Wayne Miller, W. L. Barrett Jr.,
Jeff McVay, Michael Thorne and Warren McIntyre. Comander Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
Mr. L.M. "Fait" Prescott, passed away at his home May 16, 2001, at
the age of 100 years. He was born Nov. 27, 1900 in Geneva County, Ala.,
the son of the late George Calvin Prescott and Ava Ann Cauley Prescott.
He had resided in Walton County for the past 95 years. He was a retired
civil service worker on Eglin Air Force Base, a member of the First Baptist
Church of Mossy Head, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Natural Bridge and
an avid fox hunter.
His wife, Bessie E. Prescott and son, Daniel Ray Prescott preceded
him in death.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Earl Prescott, of Gulf Breeze, and
Gus Prescott, of Mossy Head; 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and
five great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mamie Ruth Ward, of White
Marsh, Va., and Bonnie Sue Mautino, of Oklahoma; two brothers, James Thomas
Anderson, of Tucson, Ariz., and Frank Prescott of Samson, Ala.
Funeral services were held May 19 at Clary-Godwin Funeral home. The
Revs. Tim Duffy, Glen Morris and Robert LaFavre officiated. Burial followed
at Mossy Head Cemetery.
The deacons from Mossy Head Baptist Church served as pallbearers. Honorary
pallbearers were Jimmy Stewart, Ernie Plouff, Johnny Foxhall and Joe Slay.
Shelly R. Cosson, 84, died May 16, 2001 in Crestview, Fla. Mr. Cosson
was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Walton County, the son of the late Alfred and
Pearl Sellars Cosson. He was a resident of DeFuniak Springs for the past
24 years after retiring from the United States Air Force and the United
States Navy with 32 years of combined service.
He was a veteran of World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era.
He attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was one of the founding fathers
of the United Volunteer Fire Department, a life member of VFW Post 2543
in Plattsmouth, Neb., a life member of the DAV #98 in Euchee Valley and
a member of the F & AM #170, in DeFuniak Springs. He enjoyed fishing
and hunting and was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending time with
his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of more than 53 years, Mary J. Cosson of
DeFuniak Springs; sons, Alfred R. Cosson and wife, Debra of Murdock, Larry
R. Cosson and wife, Jeanine, of Panama City, and Shelley M. Cosson and
wife, Rita of Lynn Haven; daughters, Mary L. Muntz and husband, Don, of
Cedar Creek, Neb., and Deborah M. Knutson and husband, Tom, of Cedar Creek,
Neb.; sisters, Gladys Jackson, of Live Oak, and Ela Mae Rutzenbeck, of
Groveland; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 19 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
The Revs. Owen Smith and Larry Watts officiated and burial followed at
the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Junior Cosson, Jim Cosson, Bruce Cosson, Jerry Cosson,
Doug Cosson and Johnny Foxhall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Volunteer Fire Department
Jessie Bowers Locke
Jessie M. Locke, 75, of DeFuniak Springs, passed away May 16 ,
in DeFuniak Springs. She was born in Samson, Ala., on March 24, 1916, to
the late Travis Cillis and Exer Cook Bowers. She was a life-long resident
of this area, moving to DeFuniak Springs in 1947. She was Pentecostal by
faith and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in DeFuniak Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Edward P.
Locke, in May of 1997; her sister, Beatrice Ryan, and her brother, Lamar
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jeanette Harrison
and husband, Houston, of Highland City, Lounette Durrance and husband,
George, of DeFuniak Springs, James E. Locke and wife, Melinda, of DeFuniak
Springs, Edna Silva and her husband, Don, of Mission Viejo, Calif., and
Betty Jo Dody and her husband, John, of Panama City; 18 grandchildren;
37 great grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 20 at the Comander Funeral Home Chapel.
Rev. Jeff Cain officiated. Interment was at Reece Cemetery in Geneva, Ala.
William Avee White, a lifelong resident of Point Washington, died May
16, 2001, at the age of 82. Mr. White was born June 4, 1918, the son of
the late Jesse James and Lillian Haney White. He was a member of the Ark
of Damascus Church in Freeport. He is preceded in death by an infant son,
Billy James White.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Grace M. White of Point Washington;
his children, Gracie Lee Fonville and companion, Gene Holseth, of Crescent
City, William Avee White, Jr., of Colorado Springs, Colo., Michael Ray
White and James William White of Point Washington, Fla.; brother, Rev.
O.J. White and wife, Minnie, of Point Washington; eight grandchildren and
Funeral services were held. May 19 at the Ark of Damascus Church in
Freeport. The Rev. T.C. Moon officiated. Burial followed at Point Washington
Pallbearers were Earl Barrett, Larry Barrett, Eric Richardson, Louis
Jackson, Joe Morgan and Mike Bowden
Allen Lamar Smith
Allen Lamar Smith, 57, of DeFuniak Springs, died May 26, 2001, in a
local hospital. Born in Plant City, Fla., on March 30, 1944, he was the
son of the late Fletcher Lloyd and Sarah Frances Sapp Smith. Mr. Smith
had been a resident of DeFuniak Springs for the past 22 years. He was Baptist
by faith and a member of Southwide Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Mary Smith of DeFuniak Springs;
one son, Allen L. Smith Jr. and his wife, Robin, of Lakeland; one daughter,
Sarah Ann Stearns and husband, Brian, of Johnson, Vt.; and nine grandchildren.
Memorialization was by cremation.
Comander Funeral Home of DeFuniak Springs was in charge of arrangements.
God took Nada Isaac home on May 27, 2001. She was born in Letcher County,
Ky., on June 30, 1918, and moved to Freeport in 1967. She was a homemaker
and a member of the Niceville Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Isaac was preceded
in death by her husband, Charles Isaac and her son, Daniel Isaac.
She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her children, Glenna
Palm of Sarasota, Rev. David Isaac and wife, Anita, of Niceville, Charles
L. Isaac and wife, Brenda, of Pensacola, Neva Isaac of Sarasota, and Genela
Burke and husband, David of Bruce; her grandchildren, Mike, Debbie, Vicky,
Mark, Nathan, Davina, David, Farah, Frank, Mary, Charles and Leah; and
18 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 29 in the Niceville Freewill Baptist
Church with Rev. Frank Willis officiating. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery
in Freeport. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Isaac, Nathan Isaac, David
Burke II, Brandon Isaac Lambeth, Charles W. Isaac and Bobby Bates.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
William Burruss Lynn
William Burruss Lynn, 73, of DeFuniak Springs, died June 1, 2001, in
a Pensacola hospital. Born in Leonia, Fla., on June 18, 1927, he was the
son of the late Starling Joseph Lynn and Charity Gainey Lynn. Burruss was
a life long resident of Walton County.
He was Pentecostal by faith. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM #170 in DeFuniak Springs.
He was employed by DSS-Securities at Eglin Air force Base, working as a
security guard. He retired from Vetro Services where he worked for more
than 27 years as a mechanic.
Burruss loved working in his garden, fishing and hunting and was known
as being a friend to everyone and was also ready to offer a word of encouragement
to those in need. He also enjoyed spending time with the coffee drinking
club at Mamie's Restaurant.
Mr. Lynn is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lucille S. Lynn, of DeFuniak
springs; son, John A. Hicks, and his children, Jeremy Hicks, Kimberlee
Hicks and Brandon, and his fiancée, Tracy Hallberg, and her children,
Harlan, Cody and Melanie Hallberg, of Destin; daughter, Cathy A. Caswell,
of DeFuniak Springs, and her children, Christopher L. Caswell and wife,
Kristina, and Jennifer L. Caswell.
Funeral services for Mr. Lynn were held June 4 at the Clary-Godwin
Funeral Home Chapel in DeFuniak Springs, with Rev. Lonnie Wright, Rev.
Glen Spence and Rev. Wilbur Kelly officiating. Burial was in Alaqua Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Horst Burmeister, Don Helms, Gene Spence, Kalus Dittus,
Jim Fay and John Cibiras. Honorary pallbearers were Dan Warren, P.C. Rutherford,
Edgar Evens, Gordon Brackins, Bill Ritzman and Bill Whitehead.
John Frederick Bruce Allen
John Frederick Bruce Allen, 63, of DeFuniak Springs, died June 3, 2001.
Born Dec. 17, 1937, in Glen Ridge, N.J., he was the son of the late Ivison
King Allen and Dorothy Duncan-Clark Allen. He had been a resident of Walton
County for the past 18 months. Mr. Allen enjoyed music and playing the
guitar. He was very artistic and enjoyed making sculptures and building
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara W. Allen, of
DeFuniak Springs; two sons, Bryon D. Allen of Maui, Hawaii, and Lucis B.
Allen of Ojai, Calif.; brother, Craig C. Allen of Seattle, Wash.; daughter,
Lauren Duncan-Clark, of Vancouver, Wash.; sister, Barbara Hayslip, of Fort
Memorialization was by cremation. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
Madline Ruth Coker
Madline Ruth Coker, 45, died June 4, 2001, in DeFuniak Springs. She
was born Aug. 27, 1955 in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of the late Ruel Clyde
and Eva Mae Foshee Lance. She was a six-year resident of the DeFuniak Springs
area. She was Baptist by faith and was preceded in death by her father,
mother and a brother, Gary Lance.
Survivors include her husband, Michael A. LaRue, of DeFuniak Springs;
daughter, Tina M. Schofield and husband, James Frank, of DeFuniak Springs;
step-father, Jerry Thomason, of Lawton, Okla.; brothers, Rex Lance and
wife, Joy, and Bennie Lance, all of Tulsa; sister, Ruth Lance, also of
Tulsa; and three grandchildren, Steve Silvia, Stephanie Silvia and David
Memorialization was by cremation. Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
Charles D. Grant
Family and friends honor the life and mourn the death of Charles D.
"Chick" Grant, who died after a sudden illness on June 9, 2001. Mr. Grant
was born June 1, 1940. He was the husband of Marianne; son of Mary Lou
and Charles Carpenter Grant; brother to Peter; father of Wendy, Will, Perkins,
and Jeb; grandfather of Aaron, Will, Sam, Chandler, Charlie, Brianna, Jacob,
Zachary, Landon, Tyler and Kendall. He is son-in-law to Charles Rowe; brother-in-law
to Sue Rowe and Nancy Rogers; and father-in-law to Dawn, Sarah, and Jennifer.
An innovative and insightful architect, Mr. Grant's career spanned
more than 30 years. He was a former partner in Nichols, Carter and Grant
Architects Inc., of Atlanta, Ga.; design manager of The Sea Pines Organization
in Puerto Rico; vice president in charge of design and planning for Amelia
Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Fla.; and vice president of development
at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
At the time of his death, Mr. Grant was vice president of development
for the West Florida Operations of Arvida, a St. Joe Company located in
He was a 1963 graduate of Clemson University School of Architecture
and served in the U.S. Army, first in Germany from 1964 to 1966 and then
in Viet Nam from 1966-1968. Mr. Grant was a member of the American Institute
of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, American Resort Development Association,
and was on The Board of the Seaside Institute.
Grant was a mentor to many with whom he worked and a source of strength
and friendship for those who knew and loved him. He is remembered for his
great capacity for kindness, his originality, his love for fishing, his
artistic talent, his sense of humor and his ability to live life fully
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made
in his memory to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, 2400 Crystal
Cove Ln., Suite I-118, Destin, Fla.
A memorial service was held June 11 at The WaterColor Beach Club.