Miscellaneous Washington County, Florida Obituaries - 2000

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J. ALLEN POTTER
J. Allen Potter, P.E., 64, of Chipley, Fla., passed away May 28, 2000, at his home. Born in Marion County, he lived most of his life in Chipley. He was an active member of the Chipley First United Methodist Church. His career as a professional engineer spanned more than 45 years and included 35 years with Florida Department of Transportation where he served as District Engineer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Third District and Assistant Secretary of Transportation/State Operations Administrator. Following retirement from the department, he joined the consulting firm of PBS&J Engineers and managed the firm's Birmingham, Ala. operations. He also served 25 years in the Alabama Air National Guard as Civil Engineering Officer earning the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a member of the Chipley City Council. Funeral services will be May 30, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chipley First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lee Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. Mr. Potter was preceded in death by his son, Wesley Allen Potter. Survivors include: his wife, Jane Saunders Potter of Chipley; daughters Margaret Potter Duggar of Tallahassee, Fla., and Grace Potter Freni of Marianna, Fla.; one granddaughter: Marygrace Summers Duggar; sons-in-law: Chuck Duggar and David Freni; and a sister Patricia Potter Kickliter of Tallahassee, Fla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northwest Florida, the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church, Chipley, Fla. 

JAMES CLAYTON GAINEY
James Clayton Gainey, age 91, of Cottondale, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Northwest Florida Community Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Cottondale. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at Wachob Chapel with the Rev. Henry Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in Lovewood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Wachob Chapel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elma Odom Gainey; a son, Clayton Dewitt Gainey and a grandson, Keith Gainey. Survivors include one son, Whit Thomas Gainey and wife Carol of Cottondale; one daughter, Linda G. Snock of Largo, Fla.; one grandson, Malcolm Gainey; two great-grandchildren, Timothy and Kathryn Gainey; several nieces and nephews. 

VALDA VIRGINIA NELSON SAPP
Valda Virginia Nelson Sapp, Age 93, of Chipley, FL., passed away Monday, May 22, 2000 at the Northwest Fla. Community Hospital, Chipley, Florida. She was a lifelong resident of Chipley. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Chipley. Funeral services will be held Thursday;, May 25, 2000 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Adolph Phares officiating. Burial will follow in the New Orange Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at the Chapel of Brown Funeral Home. Survivors are 1 son, John Sapp and his Special Friend, Kathryn Rice of Panama City, Florida; 1 Daughter, Evelyn Hyland, Vienna, Virginia; 2 Brothers, V. J. (Doc) Nelson and wife Gladys of Chipley; Vernon Reid Nelson and wife Helen of Pensacola, Florida; 5 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. 

HENRY ANGUS MCKINNON KNOWLES
Henry Angus McKinnon Knowles, M.D., 74, of Chipley, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2000, at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. Dr. Knowles had been a resident of Chipley since 1974 after coming from Marianna. He was of the Presbyterian faith. He was a member of the Elks Club in Marianna, Falling Water Country Club in Chipley, the American Abdominal Surgery Board and the American Medical Association. Dr. Knowles was on staff at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley. He was a practicing physician in Chipley, Marianna and Blountstown for 41 years. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Wachob Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Rowan and the Rev. Lou Fortier officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends today, May 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wachob Chapel in Chipley. A son, Hugh Knowles, preceded Dr. Knowles in death. Survivors are wife, Gloria Knowles of Chipley; two sons, Henry Angus McKinnon Knowles Jr. of New Port Richey, Fla., and Tim Knowles of Lawrenceville, Ga.; daughter, Tammy Glaze of Birmingham, Ala.; sister, Elizabeth Currie of Acworth, Ga.; and three grandchildren. 

LOWELL McKINNEY FINCH
Lowell McKinney Finch, age 67, of Chipley, Fla., passed away Thursday, May 18, 2000, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Fla. He was of the Baptist faith. Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at Wachob Chapel with the Rev. Dallas Pettis officiating. Burial will follow in Hard Labor Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20, at Wachob Chapel. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Leonard and Elizabeth Finch, and a son. Survivors are his wife, Carolyn Finch of Chipley; two sons, Kenny Finch of Chipley, Sonny Finch of Melbourne; three daughters: Libby Taylor of Bonifay, Carol Griffin of Chipley, Sara Taylor of Bonifay; special granddaughter, Ashley Pettis of Sneads; four brothers, Less Finch of Tallahassee, Barney Finch of Homerville, Ga., Lincoln Finch of Chipley, Nolan Finch of Chipley; one sister, Annie Lois Long of Edgewater, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. 

WALLACE WILBURN RUSS
Wallace Wilbrun (Tobe) Russ, age 71, of Vernon, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Russ was a lifelong resident of Vernon. He was of the Holiness faith and a member of Vernon Evangelistic Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. at Vernon Evangelistic Church with the Rev. Juno Douglas, the Rev. Roy Doulgas and the Rev. Willis Hagan officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Evangelistic Church Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends today, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wachob Chapel in Chipley. Survivors are his fiancee, Mary Cholerton of Vernon; special friend, Nathan Smith of Vernon; one sister, Geraldine Moore of Vernon; two nieces, Nancy Skipper of Winter Haven and Mary Gipson of Winter Haven; one nephew, Larry Moore of Columbus, N.C. 

Mrs. Ruth Estelle Kelley Bass
GRACEVILLE, Fla. - Mrs. Ruth Estelle Kelley Bass, 87, of Graceville, Fla., died Thursday, May 18, 2000, at the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Elder Walter Todd officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville directing. 

STARLA ANN MAXSON
Miss Starla Ann Maxson, 16, of 2867 Church Street, Vernon, Florida, passed away Monday, May 15, 2000, at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 18, 2000, at 3:00 p.m. at Vernon High School Gym in Vernon with Rev. Doug Hogg and Rev. Clinton Howell officiating. Burial will take place at Vernon City Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing. Survivors include her parents, Glen and Deb Maxson of Vernon; maternal grandparent, Rev. Charles Shellman of Jay, FL; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Special friends are Roby "Bon Bon" Knight and Jeremy Groves. Contributions may be made to Starla Maxson Scholarship Fund, Vernon High School, Vernon, Florida. 

'RED' PALMER
Harold Curtis "Red" Palmer, 85, of Douglasville, Georgia, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, of complications from heart surgery at Cobb General Hospital. The funeral service was held May 16 at Roy Davis Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Meigs, Georgia, Mr. Palmer's hometown. His 1950's invention - patented Cap-Chur Equipment, a tranquilizer gun and darts filled with chemicals rendering wild animals helpless - revolutionized animal husbandry and enabled wildlife observation to take place up close. After a couple of years at Florida State University and working for a lab, Mr. Palmer opened his own lab in Atlanta, making cold remedies and sulfur headache medicines. Mr. Palmer founded Palmer Chemical and Equipment Co. in Atlanta, but moved it in the 1970s to 600 acres in Douglasville, where he could keep lions, tigers, elephants, hyenas and other exotic animals, researching the dosages of his chemicals it would take to fell each species. From appearing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1961 with Salvador Dali to helping with the production of the television show "Wild Kingdom" to escorting presidents around his preserve, Mr. Palmer was revered worldwide as a wildlife expert. Survivors include his wife, Bobbi Palmer of Douglasville; three daughters, Sarah Ann Gentle and Carmen D. Butler, both of Birmingham, and Cheyenne Joy Palmer of Douglasville; two sons, William E. Palmer of Atlanta and Curtis T. Palmer of Douglasville; two sisters, Jimmie McLeod of Panama City, Fla., and Ferris Nichols of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a grandson. Mr. Palmer's late sister, Frances Palmer Sanders, was a resident of Chipley and is buried in the local cemetery. Her husband, Dr. M. C. Sanders, and daughter, Lota Kay Braxton, still reside in Chipley. 

Pauline Virgini Johns
Pauline Virgini Johns, 64, of 918 Pelham Avenue in Graceville, Fla., passed away Monday, May 15, 2000, at the Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan. Arrangements will be announced by Kent-Thornton Funeral Home at a later time. 

Edward Pedro “Pry” Ealy Sr.
Professor Edward Pedro “Pry” Ealy Sr. died Friday, May 12, 2000, at the Jackson County Convalescent Center in Graceville, Fla. Funeral services for Professor Ealy will be Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel in Graceville with Rev. Price Wilson officiating. Memorization will be by cremation. Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight.

Mrs. Mary Russ, age 89, Graceville, Fla., passed Tuesday at 5:53 p.m. in Flowers Hospital. She was a native of Jackson County and a member of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but will be announced later by Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Fla.

JAHAZA EVELYN PORTER BUSH
Jahaza Evelyn Bush, age 86, of Chipley, Fla., passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Chipley, Fla. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of New Orange Baptist Church. Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at 3 p.m. in Orange Hill Methodist Cernetery with the Rev. Melvin Justice, the Rev. David Shepard and the Rev. Bob Knecht officiating. Burial followed in Orange Hill Methodist Church Cemetory with Brown Funeral Home of Chipley, Fla. directing. She was preceded in death by the following: daughter, Joan Bush; brother, Felton Lamar Porter; sisters, Mytie Hamilton, Mamie Lee Pinkney, Louise Nelson and Bernice Kent; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Justice and Mary Lynn Hinson. Survivors are husband, Andrew Bush of Chipley, Fla.; one son, John Neal Bush and wife Jann of Wewahitchka, Fla.; three daughters, Mary Hinson and husband Leonard of Chipley, Jean Bush of Chipley, Frankie Justice and husband the Rev. Melvin Justice of Slocomb, Ala.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family ask those who may wosh to make donations to the Gideons or the Hospice of Northwest Florida.

Mrs. Esther Lee Parrish Medley, 84, of 1009 McGee Road, Bonifay, Fla., passed away Oct. 16 at Flowers Hospital. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. from Peel Funeral Home Chapel, Bonifay, Fla. with the Rev. Larry Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Bonifay City Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing.

SARAH ELLA CULBRETH
Sarah Ella Culbreth, age 74, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2000, at Mariner Health Care in Bonifay.  She was a life-long resident of Graceville.  She was of the Holiness faith and a member of the Graceville Community Church.  She was born to the late Charles A. and Emily Camille Braswell on May 17, 1926.  Funeral services will be Saturday, October 14, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at Brown Chapel with Rev. Dale Worley and Rev. Glenn Tate officiating.  Burial will follow in the New Hope Assembly Cemetery at Graceville with Brown Funeral Home of Chipley directing.  She was preceded in death by her son, Charles A. Culbreth.  Survivors are: son, Paul J. Culbreth of Wausau; daughter, Myra Elouise Green of Graceville; brother, Sam Braswell of Bonifay; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  
 
JEWEL KENT
Jewel Kent, age 93, of Chipley, Fla., passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in Chipley, Fla. He was a lifelong resident of Chipley and was of the Freewill Baptist Faith and a member of Salem Freewill Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Salem Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Donnie Hussey officiating. Burial will be in Salem Freewill Baptist Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. in Wachob Chapel today, Oct. 13. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Louis and Neater Kent; his wife, Lena Seay Kent; one son, Hubert Lee Kent; one brother, Roy Kent; two sisters, Callie Kent and Lula Kent Toole. He is survived by one daughter, Annie Merle Toole of Chipley; one brother, Jimmy Kent and wife G.T. of Cottondale; three sisters: Susie Kent Locke of Chipley, Pearlie Kent Shores of Alford and Mallie Kent Crooms of Alford; one grandchild, Penny Hagan and husband Joey and one great-grandchild, Hunter Aycock.
 
Max L. Thomas
Mr. Max L. Thomas, age 64, of Graceville died Thursday, Oct. 12, at Flowers Hospital. Funeral services will be Sunday, Oct. 15, from the National Guard Armory, Hwy. 90 West of Marianna with pastors Coy Collins, Gordon Morrison, Larry Barrentine and Lt. Col. Carry Griffith officiating. Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends today at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made to the New Hope Assembly of God Building Fund.
 
Iona Madison
Mrs. Iona Madison, 69, of Graceville, Fla., died Sunday evening in St. Petersberg, Fla. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced later by Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville.
 
J. F. 'FRANK' COATNEY SR.
Mr. J. F. "Frank" Coatney Sr., age 68 of 1311 Gray Ave., Panama City, passed away Monday Oct. 9, 2000, at a local hospital. Mr. Coatney was a native of Vernon, Fla., and had lived in Panama City most of his life. He was self-employed in the automotive industry and in numerous other businesses in this area and was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Coatney of Panama City; one son, J. F. "Frank" Coatney Jr. and his wife Becki of Panama City; two daughters, Pam Elliot and her husband Stephen of Fort Worth, Texas, and Trish Phillips and her husband Jared of Panama City; two brothers, Randall L. Coatney Jr. and Shelton Coatney, both of Panama City; two sisters, Corene Sellers of Panama City and Geraldine Burdeshaw of Niceville, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Joey Hendrix, Marie Coatney Walker, Matthew Hendrix, Farrah Bailey, Frank Coatney III, Michael Blaho, Olivia Coatney and L. J. Phillips. Funeral arrangments are incomplete and will be announced at a later date. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
 
EDWIN WILSON MAULDIN
Mr. Edwin Wilson "Captain Ed" Mauldin passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at his home at the age of 81 surrounded by his family. He was born in Vernon, Fla., and spent all of his life in the Panama City area. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps starting in 1937. Captain Ed was known as the best charter boat captain on the Gulf Coast, and his boat, the Seafoam, unloaded record catches at Captain Anderson's for 34 years. Mr. Mauldin is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Raffield Mauldin of Panama City; two daughters, Mary Ann Coxe of Gainesville and Linda Scott and her husband, Dr. Robert Scott, of Panama City; two sisters, Jimmie Hardy of Overstreet, Fla., and Carrie Mae Hooten of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. His daughter, Faye Blackburn, and his son, Jamie Mauldin, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Gallagher officiating. Entombment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Garden Cemetery. Asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Andy Powell, Kenneth Holman, Arnie Zimmerman, Ed Daniels, Virgil Mauldin, Jerry Raffield, Billy Hawk and Ned Melvin. The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kent Forest Lawn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill., 60611.
 
ROBERT WILLIAM JOHNSON
Robert William Johnson, age 67, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, in Tallahassee. A native of Washington County, Fla., he had lived in Tallahassee since 1955. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, was a sheet metal mechanic with Clemons Heating and Air Conditioning. Robert was a member of Fort Braden Pentacostal Holiness Church. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Johnson; two sons, Roger W. Johnson and Ronnie W. Johnson both of Tallahassee; daughters, Sandra J. Harvell of Tallahassee and Wilma L. Luna of Apalachicola; mother, Frances Johnson of Wausau; brothers: Raymond Johnson of Sanford, Fla., Aaron Johnson of Stewart, Fla., Thomas Johnson of Milton, Lawrence Johnson of Tallahassee and Alton Johnson of Fernandina Beach; sisters, Jaunita Johns of Fountain, Thelma Shoulders and Verna Johnson both of Tallahassee; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held today, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. EDT, in Fort Braden Pentecostal Holiness Church in Tallahassee with burial to follow in Tallahassee Memory Gardens.
 
MARY RUSS
Mrs. Mary Russ, age 89, Graceville, Fla., passed Tuesday at 5:53 p.m. in Flowers Hospital. She was a native of Jackson County and a member of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but will be announced later by Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Fla. 
 
LeRoy Tindell, 3620 Highway 231, Cottondale, died Wednesday, Oct. 4 at his residence following an extended illness. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. from the Walchob Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Brock and the Rev. Jack Howell officiating. Interment will follow in Cottondale Baptist Cemetery on Lovewood Road. Flowers will be accepted or donations made to Hospice of Northwest Florida. Visitation will be at Walhob Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 until 9 p.m. 

KENNETH M. TOOLE
Kenneth M. "Jack" Toole, age 52, of 1375 Rudd Road, Cottondale went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 3, 2000. He was born September 25, 1948, in Jackson County. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict, worked for 30 years at Lehigh Furniture, and was recently employed by the Northwest Florida Community Hospital. He was a member of Sapp Community Holiness Church. He served there as Sunday School Superintendent for many years. He is preceded in death by his son, James Christopher Toole and his father, Pruitt Albert Toole, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Eunice Toole; his loving wife of 33 years, Sandra Sharon Toole; his daughter, Kimberly Joy Toole; and his son, Kenneth Michael (Mickey) Toole, Jr. He is also survived by 4 brothers: Eugene Toole and wife Doris of Graceville, Ralph Toole and wife Freda, Pat Toole and wife Nancy of Greenville, SC, Bennie Toole and wife Barbara; 2 sisters: Peggy Stillwell and husband Bob of Tallahassee, and Becky Wright and husband Jerome of Marianna; and brother-in-law, Steve Corbin and wife Perla of Miami. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and wonderful friends who loved him dearly. The family will receive friends at Wachob Chapel Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2000, with Rev. Donnie Hussey, Rev. Cloys Joiner, Gerald Vickery and Chubby Watson officiating. Burial will follow in the Sapp Church Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. Those asked to serve as active pallbearers are: Steve Toole, Ricky Toole, Jody Toole, Andy Taylor, Eric Toole and Andy Mercer; honorary pallbearers include: Paul Broom, Willie Corbin, Bobby Grice, James Gilmore, Fred Watson, Don Livingston, Donnell Davis, Chris Smith and Eric Brown. 

ARCHIE M. "PETE" COOK, JR.
Archie M. "Pete" Cook, Jr., age 52, of Chipley passed from this life on Saturday, September 30, 2000 at his residence. He was a life long resident of Chipley. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was a Mason and member of Vernon Lodge #164. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3rd at Wachob Chapel with Rev. Gary Wiggins, Rev. Troy Lee Walshingham, and Rev. Roger Dale Hagan officiating. Burial will follow in the Wausau Memorial Gardens with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday at the Wachob Chapel. Survivors include: wife, Jewell Cook; 2 sons, Trey Cook, and Shann Cook of Tallahassee; daughter, Treva Cook of Thomasville, GA; 2 brothers, John Paul Cook, Sr. of Vernon, and Thomas Cook of Bonifay. 

MARLIN CROSBY SANDERS
Marlin Crosby Sanders, 83, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at his residence. He was a resident of Chipley and member of First Baptist Church since July 1980. He made his profession of faith in 1940 in Chattahoochee, Fla., and was ordained a deacon in 1951 by the First Baptist Church in Colquitt, Ga., where he grew up. He was a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years. In 1945, he was married to Frances Palmer, who preceded him in death in 1994 after 49 years of marriage. He is survived by one daughter, Lota Kay and her husband Wayne Braxton; granddaughter Ashleigh Braxton; brother, John Sanders of Macon, Ga.; three sisters, Irene Davis of Albany, Ga., Christine Gaulden of Jakin, Ga., and Gloria Mitchell of Macon. Dr. Sanders was a professional educator, serving 26 years in the public schools of Georgia and Florida as a teacher and principal, and 19 years as a professor at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. Throughout the years, many of his students named him their Favorite or Star Teacher. He was named a Georgia Star Teacher by the State Chamber of Commerce and a Distinguished Professor by the Georgia College Foundation. In addition, Georgia State College and State University named him Professor Emeritus. During his years as an educator, he served on many teams evaluating various school systems. In 1967 he was selected as a member of a pilot team of six United States educators, who were sent to the various Caribbean Islands to evaluate their education system. He also received the Distinguished Service Award for his performance during 40 months in the infantry during World War II. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Chipley with the Rev. Adolph Phares, the Rev. Michael Orr and the Rev. Marcus Caraway officiating. Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home Directing. Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of Northwest Florida, 2917-B Optimist Drive, Marianna, FL 32446. 

CARA QUATTLEBAUM
Cara Quattlebaum, age 73, of Chipley, Fla., passed from this life on Sept. 25, 2000, in Chipley, Fla. He was a lifelong resident of Chipley. He was of Freewill Baptist Faith and a member of Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars and member of N.J. Dorch Post No. 10085, Vernon, Fla. The funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m., at Wachob Chapel with the Rev. Cloys Joiner officiating. Burial will follow in Wachob Forest Lawn Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home of Chipley directing. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 27, at Wachob Chapel. Survivors are one sister, Nellie and husband Jimmy Casper of Chipley; two sisters-in-law, Rhoda Quattlebaum and Virginia Quattlebaum of Chipley; several nieces and nephews and many great nieces, nephews and cousins. 

CONNIE A. SANDERS
Connie A. Sanders, age 51, of Chipley passed away Saturday, September 23, 2000, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City. She was born September 15, 1949, at Homestead to Clifford B. and Betty Ambrose. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Island Community Church at Ismamorada. She has lived here for the past 20 years, coming from Monroe County. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, September 26, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at Brown Chapel with Rev. Tony Hammond officiating. Memorialization by cremation. Brown Funeral Home of Chipley in charge of local arrangements. Survivors are: father, Clifford B. Ambrose; mother, Betty Ambrose; husband, Gary Sanders; two sons, Shawn Sanders of Sunny Hills, and Shane Sanders and wife Tina of Sunny Hills; two sisters, Teresa Watkins and husband Ron, and Sandra Miller and husband Dennis of Talking Rock, GA; and one grandchild, Nathan Sanders. 

Lessie DeLila Perdue
Lessie DeLila Perdue, 94, of Graceville, Fla., died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at the First Assembly of God Church in Graceville with Rev. Bill Wheeler, Rev. Wayne Fussell and Rev. James Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville directing. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

ALEX MORRIS PLEAS SR.
Alex Morris Pleas Sr., 79, of Chipley died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000. Mr. Pleas was a native of Chipley and resided there most of his life. He was a former businessman and farmer. The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at the First Baptist Church of Chipley, with the Rev. Adolph Phares officiating. Internment will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. He was the son of the late Ernest and Lila Pleas. Mr. Pleas was preceded in death by three brothers: Ernest Pleas Jr., Jerry Pleas and Robert Pleas; two sisters, Ernestine Pleas and Gloria Nell Odom. He is survived by one sister, Annie Ruth Lane of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three daughters: Betty and husband John Taylor of Panama City, Jean and husband Dick Grant of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Sue and husband Jim Porlier of Dothan, Ala.; one son, Alex Morris Pleas Jr. of Chipley; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Carter, Brian Grant, Dick Grant, Scott Grant, Alex Pleas III and Eugene Pleas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at the Brown Funeral Home in Chipley. 

Buster Davidson
Buster Davidson, age 81, of Chipley passed away Saturday, September 16, 2000, at Gainesville, FL. He had resided in Chipley since 1960, coming from Hazzard, Kentucky. He was of the Church of Christ faith and also a member of the D.A.V. He was a veteran of WWII where he fought in the Invasion of Normandy Beach and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of 3 Bronze Stars. Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 19, 2000, at 2:00 p.m. at the Wachob Chapel. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends Monday, September 18, 2000, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Wachob Chapel. Survivors are sons, Wayne Davidson of Chipley, and Joe Davidson of Statenville, GA; daughter, Louise Davidson of Atlanta, GA; sister, Boots Armstrong; and 2 grandchildren. 

FRANCES COPE
Frances Cope, age 82, of Chipley, Fla., passed from this life on Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, in Chipley, Fla. She had resided in Chipley since 1932, coming from Holmes County, Fla. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of Holmes Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Singletary officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends today, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wachob Chapel. She is survived by a stepmother, Eunis Snell of Chipley; one brother, Millard Snell of Leesburg, Ga.; and two stepbrothers, Sidney Snell of Chipley and Jerry Snell of Chipley. 

William Grady Bruner
William Grady Bruner, age 55, of Westville passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Bonifay. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 16, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Rev. David Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Brown Funeral Home. Survivors are sons, William Wayne Bruner of Panama City, Charles Edward Bruner of Chipley, and Tracy Leon Bruner of Caryville; daughter, Patty Carroll of Westville; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. 

Vonciel Mattox
Mrs. Vonciel Mattox, 79, of Graceville, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Worley and the Rev. Jack Faircloth officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home of Graceville directing. Family will receive friends. Family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 8 p.m. 

JULIA ARLENE ADAMS
Julia Arlene Adams, 57, of Chipley, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in Chipley, Fla. She was a lifelong resident of Chipley, Fla. She was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chipley, Fla. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, Chipley, Fla., with the Rev. Lee Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Chipley, Fla., with Brown Funeral Home, Chipley, Fla. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe B. Smothers; and brothers, Cary and A.Z. Smothers. Survivors include Maggie Smothers, Chipley, Fla.; husband, Quincy Adams, Chipley, Fla.; two daughters, Deborah Parrado and husband, Peter, of Brandon, Fla., and Phalecia Birge of Tallahassee, Fla.; three brothers, Joe Smothers, Chipley, Fla., Kedric Smothers, Valdosta, Ga. and Wilson Smothers, Bartow, Fla.; three sisters, Louise Lane, Chipley, Fla.; Martha Wilson, Montgomery, Ala., and Ruthie Upchurch, Atlanta, Texas; and a grandchild, Hoyt Birge of Tallahassee, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Northwest Florida or First United Methodist Church. 

Mollie T. Shumaker
Mollie T. Shumaker, age 89, of Chipley died on Sunday, September 9, 2000, at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley. She was a life-long resident of Chipley. She was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Chipley Garden Club. She was a Tribal Mother of the Holmes Valley Band of Creek Indians and Lower Muskogee Creek National East of Mississippi. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. at Wachob Chapel with Rev. Gary Wiggins officiating. Burial will follow at the Shiloh Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Wachob Chapel. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Flora Shumaker. Survivors are sons, Bill Shumaker, and Orren Shumaker, both of Chipley; brother, Bryant Thurman of Chipley; sisters, Iris Owens of Chipley, and Ethel Gist of Westville; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. 

PARION REED MIMS SR.
Parion Reed "PR" Mims Sr., 65, of Chipley, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, in Chipley. Born in Hartford, Ala., he moved to Chipley in 1990 from Overstreet, Fla. He was a Baptist by faith and a member of the GWRRA. PR is survived by his wife Betty Mims; two sons, Parion R. Mims Jr., of Chipley and Kenneth L. Mims of Enterprise, Ala.; one daughter, Deanna D. Daniels and her husband Roy of Milton, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Helderman and her husband Bill of Daytona Beach, and Betty Jo West and her husband Buck of Jasper, Ga.; three stepchildren: Jason Babb of Ester, Fla., Shawn Babb of Bonifay, Fla., and Joseph Babb of Slocomb, Ala.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at 10 a.m. in the Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel at 100 East 9th St., Panama City, Fla. Internment will follow at Pleasant Rest Cemetery in Overstreet. The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Annis Bowen Thagard Brown
Annis Bowen Thagard Brown died Monday, September 4, 2000, at her home in Bonifay, Florida. She was born November 3, 1914, in Chipley, Florida. Graveside services were held Wednesday, September 6, 2000, at 4 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Chipley, Florida. 

Peggy (Maggie) Thomas
Peggy (Maggie) Thomas, 93, a lifelong resident of Cottondale, passed away in the presence of her family Saturday, September 2, 2000. Services will be held Monday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale with Pastor David Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Marianna Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends tonight, Sunday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or those wishing may make contributions to the Youth Group at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. God be with you Peggy and we will miss you. You will never be forgotten. 

Mary Ellen Rooks Young
Mary Ellen Rooks Young, 76, of Cottondale, passed from this life on Saturday, September 2, 2000 at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley. She was a life long resident of Cottondale and a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottondale. The funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Cottondale with Rev. Roland G. Rabon officiating. Burial will follow in the Cottondale Baptist Cemetery with Brown Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Wachob Chapel from 3-5 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry L. and Pearl G. Rooks; husband, Thomas O. Young; brothers, Loran and Morgan Rooks; and sister, Elouise Johnson. Survivors are son, Tommy Young and wife Virginia of Marianna; daughter, Vernice Turner and husband Wayne of Chipley; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; step-mother Mellie Rooks of Chipley; and step-brother, Hubert Cumbie and wife Ann of Chipley. 

Robert Sawyer
Robert Sawyer, 78, of Bonifay, died Friday, September 1, 2000 in the Washington County Convalescent Center in Chipley. Services will be announced by Marianna Chapel Funeral Home.
 
 


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