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Jack Bruce Montgomery
Jack Bruce Montgomery, age 50, died Friday, June 15 [2001] at his residence. Born in Pontiac, Mich., on Dec. 15, 1950, he was the son of Ludie E. Redd Montgomery and the late J. P. Montgomery. He had been a resident of the area for the past 20 years. He was Baptist by faith. Jack enjoyed going to the beach and spending time out doors.
He is survived by his wife, Shelia Montgomery, of Pensacola; son, Michael Montgomery, of Augusta, Ga.; daughter, Jennifer Montgomery, of Pensacola; mother, Ludie Montgomery, of Santa Rosa Beach; brother, Danny Montgomery, of Valley Park, Mo.; two sisters, Pamela Littlefied, of Mary Esther, and Angela Morton, of Santa Rosa beach; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and one great niece.
Funeral services were held June 18 in the Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with Rev. David Keyes officiating. Memorializtion was by cremation. 

Christine Margaret Moen
Christine Margaret Moen, age 52, of Destin, passed away quietly in the morning of Friday, June 15, 2001. Christine was born in Seattle, Wash., on June 6, 1949. Prior to moving to Destin, Christine resided in Grafton, Ohio.
Christine was an avid traveler. She had been to Norway, Switzerland, France, England, the Caribbean Islands, Alaska and Hawaii. Christine's favorite pastime was flying in her dad's airplane throughout the United States, with Las Vegas as their most frequent destination. Although her travels took her far, her favorite place to be was on the white beaches of Destin, where she loved driving her sports cars, especially her Corvette.
Christine was preceded in death by her mother Barbe, her brother, David, and father Alfred Moen. Christine will be greatly missed by her loving brother Eric and his wife Yvonne of North Ridgeville, Ohio; sister-in-law Edie Moen of Gibsonia, Pa.; her niece Sarah of Gibsonia, Pa.; nephews Jeremy (wife Julie), Nicholas (wife Justine), Shawn and Abe of North Ridgeville, Ohio and Alfred Moen of Gibsonia, Pa. She is also survived by four great nieces and nephews, her aunt, Alva Humphries, of Seattle, Wash., and many cousins. 
Funeral services were held on June 19, in Fort Walton at the McLaughlin Mortuary Chapel. 

Ava Isabel McNitt
Ava Isabel McNitt, age 87, DeFuniak Springs, died Friday, June 15 [2001] in DeFuniak Springs. Born on Feb. 27, 1914, in Jackson, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Earl H. Blinn and Lela Purdy Blinn. She had lived in DeFuniak Springs since 1975. Mrs. McNitt was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Don Peck, Sr., Robert Allen Poss and Gerald McNitt.
Mrs. McNitt is survived by four sons, William James Peck of Los Angeles, Calif., Donald Peck, of North Carolina, Thomas Peck, of Jackson, Mich., and David Poss of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Carlton Blinn, of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Kristen Peck, Roxanna Peck, Melissa Poss, Donald Peck, Jr. and Michael Peck.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Brett Taylor Herrington
Our beloved son and brother, born January 10, 1980, passed away Saturday, June 16 [2001] at the age of 21. His death was the result of an automobile accident.
Brett was born at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and lived most of his life in Niceville until 1994 when the family moved to Red Bay. He graduated from Ponce de Leon High School in 1998. Brett worked alongside his dad and brothers in the family's construction business. He had high goals, was determined to meet them and he could have. Brett was a loving son, brother and friend who touched the lives of all who knew him.
His grandfather, David I. Fraser, Uncle Stephen T. Fraser and Aunt Olivia Herrington, preceded him in death.
Brett is survived by his loving parents, Fritz and Suzie Herrington of Red Bay. He is also survived by his two best friends and loving brothers, Warren Herrington of DeFuniak Springs and Blake Herrington of Red Bay; sister-in-law Sara and niece, Devin Herrington of DeFuniak Springs; Maternal Grandmother, Beverly Fraser of Shalimar; Paternal Grandparents, Jeff and Nora Herrington of Niceville; Uncle Mark Herrington and his wife, Terri of Fort Walton Beach, Uncle Sport Fraser of Niceville and Uncle Chris Fraser of Marianna, Aunt Nanette Johnson of Port Charlotte, Fla., Aunt Marie Rowe and her husband Dan of Pensacola, Cee-Cee Williams who was like a second mom, many wonderful cousins, friends, and one special friend, Tracy.
Funeral services were held June 19 at Comander Funeral Home in DeFuniak Springs.
Comander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

A.D. Mercer
A.D. "Addie" Mercer, age 84, died Tuesday, June 19 [2001], in Panama City. Ms. Mercer was born Dec. 24, 1916 in Samson, Ala. She was the daughter of the late Deb and Odie Carpenter Thorne. She was a lifelong resident of Red Bay, and a member of the Red Bay Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Mercer, daughter, Janie McCormick and brother, Mack Thorne.
Survivors include her son, Wayne Mercer and wife, Ovaleen, of Panama City; brother, Buster Thorne, of Red Bay; four grandchildren, Becky Laird and her husband, Wyndol, of Glendale, Ray McCormick and his wife, Cheryl, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Paula Jaillet and her husband, Paul, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Robert McCormick and his wife, Sonya, of Red Bay; seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held June 21 at Red Bay Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike McVay officiating. Burial followed in Red Bay Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Josh Rushing, Jeremy Carter, Steven Laird, John Laird, Paul McCormick and Jeremy McVay.

Richard F. Alford
Mr. Richard F. Alford, age 90, of the Gaskin Community passed away June 21, 2001, in the Walton County Convalescent Center. Mr. Alford was born March 7, 1911 in Walton County the youngest child and only son of the late Francis Marion and Ada Mozelle Davis Alford. 
Mr. Alford was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Iris C. Ray Alford, in March of this year; his four sisters, Etta Alford Nobles, Milbra Alford Beck and Emma Alford Beck, all of the Gaskin Community, and Mettie Alford McDaniel of Grand Ridge, Fla.
Mr. Alford was a lifelong resident of Walton County, operating a small farm in the Gaskin Community. He was a loving father and dedicated husband, always concerned about the health, welfare and safety of his family. He was a member of and served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Gaskin. He was also a lifelong Mason.
Mr. Alford is survived by two sons and one daughter: Bruce and Deborah Alford of Martinez, Ga.; Richard Keith and Debbie Alford of Centreville, Va.; Sue and Leonard Thorn of Gaskin; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted June 25 at Comander Funeral Home with the Rev. James Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the family plot at the Gaskin First Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Alford's grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. 

Artie A. Goff
Mrs. Artie A. Goff, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, passed away in the early morning of June 21 [2001].
She was one of seven children of parents Mr. And Mrs. E. W. Adkinson. "Aunt Artie," as she was known to her myriad of nieces and nephews, was born in Walton County on Jan. 16, 1915 and was a life-long resident of the area.
Ever industrious, she and her late husband, J. B. Goff, who passed away on Feb. 14, 1973, established Goff's Ready to Wear, a local business which continues to this date. Her quiet, dignified demeanor disguised an avid interest in politics at all levels and she was quick to provide an opinion in such matters. She was a member of First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs and the DeFuniak Springs Chapter 115 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Goff Owen and her husband, Jack, of DeFuniak Springs, and Dianne Goff Howell; granddaughter, Victoria Rhea Childs, and her husband, Tod, of Mobile; one sister, Mrs. Eva Ong and her husband, Dong, of DeFuniak Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and other members of her extended family.
Funeral services were conducted June 23 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Reverends Jerry Chumley, Charles Gray and Phil McMillian presiding. Burial was at the Pleasant Ridge cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Bobby McMillian, Quinn McMillian and Lyvonne McMillian of Defuniak Springs; Carvel McMillian of Tallahassee, Glenn Adkison of Harold, Fla., Terry Ong of Indianapolis, Ind., and Ronald Pfeifer of Bowle, Md.
Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs, 203 Live Oak Ave., Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 1015 Pleasant Ridge Rd., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 or Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Attention: Charles Hodges, P. O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802-0063.

Barbara Ann McDougall
Barbara Ann McDougall, age 35, died June 21, 2001, at her home in Portland, Fla. She was born Jan. 31, 1966 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Richard Ear McDougall, Sr. and Barbara Ann McDougall. She was a resident of the Portland area for the last year after moving from Boston. She was a volunteer fire fighter with the Freeport Fire Department. She is preceded in death by her son, William Doherty.
Survivors include her father and mother, Ricahrd Earl, Sr. and Barbara Ann McDougall, of Freeport; special friend Miguel Rodriquez, of Boston, Mass.; daughters, Cindy Lee McCann, Angela Rodriguez, Ashley Rodriguez and Seleena Rodriguez, all of Portland; brother, Richard Earl McDougall, Jr., of Maine; sisters, Dianna Maria McDougall, of Freeport, Mary Louise McDougall, of Rhode Island, and JoAnne Elizabeth Kelly and husband, Keith, of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held June 27 at Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel with the Rev. Darin S. Hyer officiating. 

Allie M. McDaniel
Allie M. McDaniel, age 85, died June 24, 2001, in DeFuniak Springs. She was born Oct. 17, 1915 in Geneva County, Ala., the daughter of the late Dan and Charity Cook Carroll. She was a lifelong resident of the Holmes and Walton County area. 
As a schoolteacher for more than 38 years, she taught at the Children's Home in Liberty, Maude Saunders and Ponce de Leon. She was also a varsity girl's basketball coach at Walton High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay McDaniel to whom she was married for 62 years.
Survivors include her two sons, James D. McDaniel and wife, Georgia, of Jay, Fla., and Charles E. McDaniel and wife, Pat, of Leander, Tex.; two brothers, Mike Carroll and wife, Virginia, and Tommy Carroll and wife, Phyllis, all of Bonifay, Fla.; five grandchildren, Raymond E. McDaniel and wife, Angie, Amanda Mae Adams and husband, John; James David McDaniel, Jr., all of Jay, Fla., Steven McDaniel of Washington and Dala Jenkins of Kaleen, Tex.; four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 27 at the First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs with the Rev. Jerry Chumley officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were James David McDaniel, Jr., Raymond McDaniel, Chubby Haveard John Adams, Gerald Wilkerson, Elijah Bell and Aubrey Rentz. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Thomas Nolin, Ed Nall, Pete Hinote, Rev. Herbert Patterson, Glen Pope, Alva O. Campbell, Quinn McMillian, Ray Burgess Freddy Baker, Thomas Rowland, Dale Westmoreland, Lance Youngblood and the members of the Walton County Retired Teachers Association.

William F. LaPlante, Sr.
William F. LaPlante, Sr., 72, devoted husband, father and grandfather, died June 25, 2001, in Hartford, Conn., after a battle with leukemia. Born in North Haven, Conn., on Dec. 18, 1928, Bill is survived by Marion Legowski LaPlante, his loving wife of 53 years; sons, William F. LaPlante II of Naples, Robert J. LaPlante of Seacrest, Brian K. LaPlante of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and daughter, Donna M. LaPlante of Tallahassee.
Bill also leaves his sister, Mildred Chykinda and husband, Bob, of Rocky Hill, Conn.; and daughters-in-law, Thea M. LaPlante, Caroline LaPlante and Susanne LaPlante. Bill's four grandchildren are Guy and Lauren LaPlante, Jake LaPlante and Caitlin LaPlante. His parents, John and Catherine LaPlante of Rocky Hill, Conn., are deceased.
Mr. LaPlante was employed as a master machinist by the General Electric Company of Plainville, Conn., for 32 years. He was an avid carver of wooden marine birds and mammals. He prided himself on being "able to fix anything but a broken heart."
In retirement, he traveled extensively, settling and building new residences in his adopted hometowns of Sober Island, Nova Scotia and South Walton County, Fla.
A veteran of both the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army, Mr. LaPlante served in the Signal Corps under General Douglas McArthur in Japan until his honorable discharge in 1948.
A funeral mass was held July 2 at St. Rita's Catholic Church with Msgr. James Flaherty officiating. Burial followed at the Gulf Cemetery in Santa Rosa Beach, with a military honor guard in attendance.
A viewing was also held at the Ahern Funeral Home in Unionville, Conn., on June 27.
Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Jarrett Scott Silva
Jarrett Scott Silva, 20, of DeFuniak Springs, died June 30, 2001, at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola as the result of an automobile accident that occurred May 29.
He was born on March 16, 1981 in Albuquerque, N.M., and lived in DeFuniak Springs for the last 10 years. He was a 1999 graduate of Walton High School and a member of the DeFuniak Springs Church of God.
Jarrett is survived by his parents, Bob and Judy Lee of Lafayette, La.; maternal grandmother, Aline Hall of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; sister, Nikki Silva of DeFuniak Springs; and nephew Austin Silva also of DeFuniak Springs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held July 4 at Comander Funeral Home; entombment was held in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sy Loman, Ray Short, Cody Osbourne, Johnny McCormick, Frank Parker, Brandon Coone, Pratt McHenry and Kirk McHenry.

Violet Joann McMillon
Violet Joann McMillon, 48, passed away after a long battle with cancer on July 3, 2001, at Silvercrest Manor in Crestview. Her father, David E. Glass, preceded her in death four years ago.
Violet left behind one daughter, Michelle McMillon; her mother, Joan Clancy Glass; three sisters, Janice Geraci and Mary Wells, both of Ponce de Leon, and Cindy Glass of Glendale, Fla.; two brothers, Mike Glass of Panama City, and William Glass of Freeport.
Memorialization was by cremation.

Johnnie Merl Brown
Johnnie Merl Brown, age 73, of DeFuniak Springs died July 14, 2001 in a local hospital. Born in Enterprise, Ala., on March 17, 1928, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Rosealee Powell. Mrs. Brown had lived in the area most of her life. She was Baptist by faith. She was well known for enjoying flowers and walking in her flower garden. Her husband, Houston Brown, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Brown is survived by three sons, William Just of Sneads, Fla., Edward Berry Morgan of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael Wayne Bloodsworth of DeFuniak Springs; daughter, Teresa Merl Churchill, of Jonesboro, Ark.; brother, Joe Allen Powell of New Harmony, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside services were held July 17 at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Holmes County with the Rev. Dale Paul officiating.

Ila M. Leftwich
Ila M. Leftwich, age 94, passed away July 15, 2001, in Fort Walton Beach. She was born Dec. 13, 1906, the daughter of the late Issiak and Lou Webb Kaclip. She had been a resident of Choctaw Beach since 1988 after moving from Tampa. She was a member of Choctaw Beach First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Pridgen and second husband, Carl Leftwich.
Survivors include a niece, Mildred F. Linton, and husband, Willard, of Choctaw Beach, and nephew, Ben King, and wife, Jean, of Freeport in addition to numerous other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held July 18 at Portland Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Garner and Rev. Bob Cupstid officiating. Burial followed in Hatcher Cemetery. Clary-Godwin Freeport Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

James William Shirley
James William Shirley, age 80, of Lynn Haven, Fla., passed away July 16, 2001, at his home. He was born in Ozark County, Ala., the son of the late John Joseph and Mary Viola Mitchell Shirley. He was a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Church.
He had been a resident of this area for the past 70 years. He was a retired bus mechanic with the Bay County School Bus Transportation Department. Mr. Shirley had a great love of fishing. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Beulah Shirley in 1998 and a daughter, Betty Shirley Howell in 1971.
Survivors include his son, John H. Shirley of Ponce de Leon; four daughters, Mae Miller of Glendale, Virginia Carroll and husband, Wesley, of Leonia, Wilmoth Gorr and husband, Harold, of Glendale, and Margaret Braddy of Mebane, N. C.; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 19 at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Toby Stone officiating. Burial followed in Sandy creek Cemetery.
Comander Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel S. Hamilton
Ethel S. Hamilton, 88, a lifelong resident of Walton County, passed away July 17 [2001], at her residence. She was born Jan. 12, 1913, the daughter of the late Ocie and Beadie Courtney Starnes. 
She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church of DeFuniak Springs for 40 years. She was known for enjoying church and went as long as her health allowed. Her husband, Fate Hamilton, son, Robert Hamilton and grandson, Rudy Hamilton, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Rudolph Hamilton; daughters, Iva Jean Brewer and husband, Steve, of DeFuniak Springs; Blondell Norton and husband, Lin, of Villa Rica, Ga.; sister, Jean Spencer of DeFuniak Springs; seven grandchildren, Gary Hamilton and Jerry Hamilton of DeFuniak Springs, Itheria Williams of Milton, Barbara King of Ponce de Leon, JoAnn Smith of DeFuniak Springs, Angie Henry of Douglasville, Ga., and Jason Norton of Villa Rica Ga.; several great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 20 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Cain and Rev. Ernest Raley officiating. Burial followed in Cluster Springs Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Lee Welker
Carolyn Lee Welker, 71, of DeFuniak Springs died July 19 [2001] in the Walton County Convalescent Center after an extended illness. Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., she and husband Alan, deceased, moved to this area from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Surviving are her sister, Virginia Hurley Powell; a niece, Donna, and a nephew, Dennis, of Mount Ayr, Iowa; cousins, Yvonne Lange, of Bogota, N. J., Dolores and Amy Nicole of Montvale, N. J.; and nephew, Joel Welker, and wife, Meg, of Marietta, Ga. She also will be missed by her good friends, Sharon Cook and Lorraine McFarland, of DeFuniak Springs.
As office manager for the Argyle Water System for 14 years, Carolyn is remembered for her efficiency, ability and loyalty.
Prior to moving here, Carolyn worked as bookkeeper for Helen Hoffman Decorating of Palm Beach, who along with her daughter, Cathy, will treasure her memory.
Carolyn and her husband were avid animal lovers who for many years long before there was a Walton County Humane Society, kept their own animal refuge for strays and discards at their home in the Woodlawn Community.
Carolyn requested cremation with no services.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Florence W. Brewster
Florence W. Brewster, 65, passed away July 19 [2001] at her home in DeFuniak Springs. She was born June 9, 1936 in West Virginia, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Nettie Williamson Workman. She moved to DeFuniak Springs in 1984 from West Virginia. 
She loved music, gardening, caring for other people and animals. She was also very artistic, kind and cheerful. She was Pentecostal by faith. Her husband, Timothy Brewster and brothers, Lovel Workman and Ray Workman, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a special friend, Obilene Atkinson of DeFuniak Springs; son, Timothy Lee Brewster of Ohio; daughter, Theresa Langworthy and husband, Dan of Berlin, Md.; brothers, Willie Workman of West Virginia, Elvie Workman of Delaware, Clyde Workman of Maryland and Timothy Workman of Delaware; sisters, Alma Star of Melbourne, Martha Dillion of West Virginia, Ida Martin of DeFuniak Springs, Gladys Hawkins of North Carolina, Linda Workman of Maryland and Demi Workman of Ohio; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held July 22 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Rev. Danney Estes officiating. Burial followed at the Magnolia Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dan Langworthy, Travis Langworthy, Doug Addair, David Brewster and Greely Brewster.

Evelyn M. Henderson
Evelyn M. Henderson, 67 passed away July 22 [2001] in Walton County Convalescent Center. She was born Feb. 1, 1934 in Rossville, Ill., the daughter of the late Everett and Rachel Williamson. She was a 12-year resident of DeFuniak Springs after moving from Addison, Ill. 
She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed cooking and playing the organ and harmonica. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, L. J. Henderson of DeFuniak Springs; sons, Claude L. J. Henderson of Rockford, Ill., and James A. Henderson of Lombard, Ill.; daughters, Darla J. Pickett and husband, Ray, of Plano, Ill., and Debbie L. Henderson of DeFuniak Springs; 10 grandchildren, Casey Henderson and Chey Henderson of Rockford, Ill., Kenneth Michael Henderson and Cory J Henderson of Lombard, Ill., Kristy M. Ormsby of Somonauk, Ill., Crystal Lynn Pickett and Ashley N. Pickett of Plano, Ill., Chris Santana and Jonathan Santana of DeFuniak Springs, and Rachel H. Stidmon of West Memphis, Ark., and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held July 26 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Watts officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colonel Arthur Maron Skibbe
Arthur Maron "Skip" Skibbe, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away on July 25 [2001] at Delta Nursing Home following an illness of eight weeks.
Skip was born on April 14, 1915 to Arthur Max and Rosine Frank Skibbe in Philadelphia, Penn. He graduated from Northeast High School, where he lettered in track as a cross-country runner in 1933. He graduated from the U.S.S. Annapolis, Pennsylvania's nautical training school, with a Third Assistant Engineer's license in 1935, and sailed on Moore and McCormack and Black Diamond steamships.
In 1940, Skip earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State. He was a member of Triangle Fraternity, Pershing Rifles and Scabbard and Blade, and commanded the college ROTC unit as Cadet Colonel. He was the commander of the Military Ball.
Skip was called to active duty as a Second Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1941, subsequently transferring to the Army Air Corps. He attended Command and General Staff Schools and Post Hostilities Staff Officers School and was part of the European Theater Army of Occupation.
Discharged from active duty in 1947, Skip remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1975. His reserve duties included Air Force Academy Liaison Officer Coordinator for the State of North Carolina. In 1966, he was honored with the Academy's Outstanding Liaison Officer Coordinator award, and received the Air Force Recruiting Award the same year. He was a Charter Member of the Academy's Silver Falcons Association.
He was honored by the American School Counselors' Association with their National Post Secondary Counselor of the Year award in 1975. For 20 years Skip was employed by Ralston Purina Company in Buffalo, N. Y., Delmar, Delaware and as Plant Superintendent at Wilson and Charlotte, N. C.
In 1968 Skip earned a Masters of Counselor Education degree at East Carolina University. For the next 10 years he worked at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N. C. as counselor to the disadvantaged and high-risk students. He was honored by the American School Counselors' Association with their National Post Secondary Counselor of the Year award in 1975.
Following his retirement Skip moved with his wife to Gulf Pines in the Sandestin area in 1978. He worked part time for his friend, Michael Warner, of Warnerworks and for Earl White of White Plumbing and Air Conditioning. He served as President of South Walton Utility Company and as a board member for several years.
Skip was a member of the Pennsylvania Schoolship Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, past member of the Sandestin Lions Club, life member of American Legion Post 264 and Charter member of the Senior Center for Lifelong Learning.
Colonel Skibbe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine, daughters Kathleen Williamson of Charlotte, N. C., Wilma Skibbe of Santa Rosa Beach and Joyce Skibbe of Toronto, Canada. His surviving sons are Arthur M. Skibbe, Jr., PhD. of Boone, N. C. and Robert G. Skibbe of Charlotte, N. C. Also surviving are daughter-in-law Sondra Skibbe, son-in-law Bill Williamson and grandchildren Courtney and Ian Skibbe, Robert and Danny Williamson and Danny's 
wife, Mary Beth, all of Charlotte.
In accordance with Skip's wishes, his remains will be cremated and his immediate family will gather for a private service. His immortal soul will return to his creator, protector and good friend. His spirit will survive in the memories of his beloved family, friends and neighbors.
Memorials can be sent to Hospice of the Emerald Coast, 2529 S. Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, Fla. 32536.

Frances Louise Gierlach
Frances Louise Gierlach, 73, died July 29 [2001] in Pensacola. The daughter of the late Steve and Helen Gierlach, she was born in Warren, Ohio and moved here with her parents at the age of six. She attended the local schools, graduating from Walton High School in 1946 after completing a perfect twelve years of attendance. She was a graduate of Pensacola Business College. Her last job retiring in 1991, was in the accounting office of Henko Showell Poultry Plant where she completed 33 years. Miss Gierlach was Catholic by faith and was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church where she was very active. She was over the years a member of AARP Chapter 1921, Walton County Homemakers Club and The Golden Agers. She loved people, cooking and exchanging recipes and also corresponding with relatives and friends.
Survivors include two aunts and one uncle of Warren, Ohio and many friends locally.
Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at St. Margaret Catholic Church with Father Joseph Caffrey officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.
Clary-Godwin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Syble G. Neel
Miss Syble G. Neel, a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs, died July 30, 2001, at the age of 83. She was born Sept. 8, 1917, the daughter of the late Conor Lawton and Burla Estelle Bishop Neel. Syble graduated from Walton High School on May 31, 1935. She went on to attend Riley Business College and graduated May 9, 1941. 
Miss Neel began employment with the City of DeFuniak Springs on Jan. 5, 1955. She was elected to the position of city clerk on July 11, 1958, an office in which she continued to serve until her retirement on July 19, 1979. 
She was Baptist by faith and a member of the First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Buford Neel and Cecil "Windy" Neel; and sister, Wynell Merle Neel.
Survivors include her nephew, Van Lawton Neel of Arlington, Va.; and two nieces, Sandra Neel McCarta of DeFuniak Springs, and Nell Neel Matchkus of Panama City.
Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at Clary-Godwin Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Gray and Dr. Bob Jaye officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery.


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