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Robert Wallace “Bob” Moore
October 6, 1928 – February 1, 2016
Bob Moore, age 87 of DeFuniak Springs passed away Monday, February 1, 2016 in Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast Hospital. He was born October 6, 1928 in Safety Harbor, Florida, the son of Michael Harrison Moore and Flossie Pipkin Moore. Bob attended Walton County Schools, graduating with the Class of 1947. After graduation he moved to New York City where his brother-in-law got him a job with National Cash Register Company. After being with the company for seven years, Uncle Sam called and Bob served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his tour of duty was complete, he returned and worked again for NCR but later accepted a job with Anderson Surgical Supply. While with the company he called on hospitals in South Florida where he met a girl who worked for the hospital with the Blood Bank. On April 18, 1959, that girl, Marcia Needles became his bride, a marriage that would span almost fifty-seven years. Bob then transferred to American Hospital Supply, a position he would hold until retirement. After retirement, Bob and Marcia decided they would come back “home” where they already owned some acreage and build their dream home. Bob, having knowledge of the construction business had already built a barn on the property and he and Marcia lived in the barn while they built their home. The old school off the circle was being torn down and Bob and Marcia bought the bricks, the water fountains, and then bought lumber from structures near Paxton. Using these historic building materials they created a truly unique home/residence steeped in Walton County history. Any who knew Bob, no doubt will remember a joke or two he might have shared. His take on life was as unique as he was; always upbeat, always finding something humorous in any situation and always ready with wit and humor. He loved DeFuniak Springs and Walton County, was an avid fan of the Florida Gators, loved watching sports and Johnny Carson, never completely accepting Jay Leno but tolerating him enough to watch the show anyway. Most recently he and Marcia served as Grand Marshals of the DeFuniak Springs Women’s Club Christmas Parade this past December. He is predeceased by his brothers, Harry and Dan and his sister Claire.
Among survivors are his wife, Marcia Moore, his son Michael Moore; his sister-in-law Mary and his nephews Buddy and Rick.
Bob’s wish was that his passing not be a big affair. He wanted his life, not his death to be remembered. His passing is thus noted. Smile as you think of him, remember his humor and his friendship…..and if you recall one of his jokes……pass it along.
Ms. Cynthia Lynn, age 69, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida passed away January 28, 2016.
Cynthia was born October 28, 1946 in Oakdale, Louisiana to Harry M. and Alice L. Foster. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Linda Patterson, and grandson Sean Lynn. She was a retired nurse and a talented artist. She loved the outdoors, working with her hands, and the study of God’s Word.
She is survived by one daughter, Debbie Lynn and husband David of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, three sons, Ronald Austin Jr, Aaron Lynn and wife Vanessa of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, Ian Lynn and wife Samantha of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Jonathan, Stephen, Daniel, Jaron, Seth and Sabrina as well as 4 great grand children.
Additionally, she is survived by her siblings, Jan Bailie of DeFuniak Springs, Nancy Bailie of DeFuniak Springs, Hap Foster of Auburndale, Florida, Pati Berch of DeFuniak Springs, and Tom Foster of DeFuniak Springs.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Mossy Head Community Center.
The service will be officiated by Pastor Ray Angerman of Good Shepard Lutheran Church, Shalimar, Florida.
Immediately following, family members and friends with host a lunch to honor her life lived.
Vennie Lee Mitchell
November 6, 1925 – February 4, 2016
Vennie Lee Mitchell, age 90 of Ponce de Leon passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Healthmark Regional Medical Center. She was born November 6, 1925 in Westville, Florida the daughter of Marvin and Lillian Toonie Campbell Mitchell. A lifelong resident of the area, Vennie grew up in a period of American history where folks believed in hard work, honesty, the importance of friendship and being neighborly and somehow in spite of the depression and hard times, everyone got along. Even later in life, she loved to rake her yard, shell peas, clean her house, go to church; values she learned growing up in a large family. The outdoors as her paradise, she loved to fish, scale ‘em, fry ‘em and eat ‘em. Her hard work in life gave her strength to “live on her own” at age 90. She is predeceased by her father and mother and her sisters. Vennie was part of the fellowship of Westville First Assembly of God Church.
Among survivors are her daughters, Lillian French and Linda Griffin. Her grandchildren, Rejonna, Randy and Sheila. Her great-grandchildren, Josh, Kayla, Brian, Dalton and Ashley and a great great granddaughter, Hadliegh.
Those asked to serve as pallbearers are Paul Sasnett, Stacy Paul, Wayne Lindsey, Donald Tate, Al Wright, Jonah Miller, Scott McLeod and Josh Jackson.
A time of visitation will be Monday, February 8, 2016 from 6 until 8 P,M, in Jerry Evans Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the funeral home with Pastor Al Ford officiating. Burial will follow in New Ponce deLeon Cemetery.
JESSIE OPHELIA BUTTS
July 7, 1928 – February 3, 2016
Our beloved mother, Jessie W. Butts, age 87, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 3, 2016. She was born July 7, 1928 in Columbus, Georgia to Reverend George Clifford and Mary Florence Howard Williams and was the last surviving of nine children. Jessie was a lifelong resident of Walton County. She was Baptist by faith and a member of First Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs since 1956 where she served as Girls’ Sunday School Teacher, Girls’ GA Teacher, Benevolence Committee, FBC Prayer Chain, Prayer Room member and was a faithful member of her Sunday School Class, Steadfast Workers. She was employed with the City of DeFuniak Springs as an office clerk for 27 years.
Mrs. Butts is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years, Glenn F. (Jack) Butts, five brothers, Ellis Vyvan Williams, Charles Turley Williams, Lloyd Benton Williams, George Clifford Williams, Jr. and James Sherman Williams and three sisters, Mildred Louise Wincey, Emmie Elizabeth Kypfer, Elna Dean Simmons and granddaughter Jessica Martineau. Jessie is survived by her four children, Glenda Jo Geoghagan and husband, Larry, Donald Eugene Butts and wife, Cathy, Wanda Sue Warren and husband, John and Randall Bruce Butts and wife, Karen. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Jeff Geoghagan, Jami Corbin, Daniel Butts, Angi Wedemeyer, Melissa Purser, Dr. Cari Cole and Dr. Casi Stubbs.
Jessie was blessed with twenty-one precious great grandchildren: Gracie Geoghagan, Forrest Geoghagan, Judd Geoghagan, Boone Geoghagan, Jack Corbin, Wes Corbin, Haley Martineau, Sunny Martineau, David Butts, Will Butts, Jacob Butts, Ella Wedemeyer, Audrey Wedemeyer, Walker Wedemeyer, Wyatt Purser, Jessie Purser, Jake Purser, Caslyn Cole, Carston Cole, Elle Stubbs and Brycelyn Stubbs.
She will be greatly missed by her family and the many friends she made throughout her life. It is with sadness we say goodbye but with great joy we celebrate her entrance into God’s Kingdom.
Special thanks to our wonderful caregivers: Vickey, Shayne, Jamie, Jessica, Leslie and Elma who gave so much of their time, compassion and energy in helping us care for our sweet mother. The family would also like to thank Emerald Coast Hospice for the loving care and support given to Mrs. Butts.
Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to First Christian Academy, First Baptist Church, 216 East Live Oak, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802, or in her memory to the charity of your choice.
A time of visitation will be held 1:00-2:00 PM, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs; 216 East Live Oak, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, February 7, 2016 at First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, with Dr. Bobby Tucker officiating.
Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Edgar Lee McKinney
October 23, 1924 – February 8, 2016
Mr. Edgar Lee McKinney, age 91 a long time resident of the area passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, February 8, 2016 at the home of his daughter in Niceville. He was born October 23, 1924 in Sheridan, Indiana, the son of Wren and Freida Pruitt McKinney. In the mid fifties he moved with his family to Lakeland with his parents. Later, he moved to Gulf Breeze onto Valpariso until finally he found what he was looking for, Deer Hunter’s Paradise, Walton County. He found time, between hunting season to earn a living as a framer in the carpentry industry, a profession he would work in until he was 75 years old. He loved the outdoors and he and his wife always had cows, chickens, rabbits, dogs, hogs and the likes of such farm animals. Some have said Lee was born too late, that he would have fared better if he had been a generation of the 1800’s when people survived from the bounty of the environment. Rural legend has it that on one occasion when Lee was hunting, he killed two deer with one shot…the irony is, it was not the deer he was aiming at. His wife, Helen Loraine Ward McKinney passed away on December 31, 2000. In late 2005 he moved to live with his daughter in
Among survivors are his children: Cherly Soles and husband Donny. Linda L. Lozano and husband Frank, Dennis L. McKinney, Penny L. Thomas and husband Bob and Buster L. McKinney and wife Debra. His brother, John McKinney and wife Phyllis, his sister, Judi Smith, his sisters-in-law Pauline Heiny and Ina McKinney. Thirteen grandchildren and numerous step grandchildren also survive.
Floral arrangements are being accepted. A time of visitation will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10 until 11 A.M. in Jerry Evans Chapel. At 11 A.M. a time of reflection about the life of Edgar Lee McKinney will begin with those who will, sharing remembrances, favorite stories and tales about Lee. Some will be humorous, some sad, some inspirational but all will give a passing glance of who he was. Interment will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Charles Wayne “Chuck” Schultz
December 16, 1975 – February 1, 2016
Mr. Charles Wayne “Chuck” Schultz age 40 passed away in the early morning hours Monday, February 1, 2016 at the family residence. He was born December 16, 1975 in Panama City, Florida the son of Robert Ray Schultz, Jr. and Anita Moody Schultz. He is predeceased by his aunt, Pat Hall and his grandparents, Ralph and Virginia Moody and Robert and Luvern Schultz.
Among survivors are his daughter, Lylee Schultz, his parents Anita and Bob Schultz, his brother, Brian and wife Kelly. His nephews, Cole and Chandler. His Aunts, Verna Barley, Tracy Schultz, Glenda Cook and husband Junior. His uncles, Ralph Moody, Jr. and wife Darlene, Carl Long and wife Lydia , Huey Long and wife Zula, George Tanton and wife Elaine, James Tanton and Trey Hall. A great uncle, Lamar Moody and a great aunt, Jeanette Lindsey and numerous cousins also survive.
The family will receive friends Friday, February 5, 2016 from 9 until 10 AM in Jerry Evans Chapel with the service beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Bebe Chesser Whitehead
January 19, 1935 – February 2, 2016
Mrs. Bebe Chesser Whitehead passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. She was born January 19, 1935 in Freeport, the daughter of C.T. and Eva Jeanette Spence Chesser. Bebe attended Walton County Schools and received her degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She was employed with the Walton County Board of Education in various positions for some twenty eight years. Bill and Bebe are part of the fellowship of Alaqua United Methodist Church.
Among survivors are her husband, Bill Whitehead, her son, Gene Whitehead and wife Brenda. A granddaughter, Morgan Whitehead. Her sister, Joann Balkom and husband Ronald. A brother-in-law Devon Whitehead and wife Pauline. Her sisters-in-law Johnnie Merle Strawbridge and Mary Ellen Edwards also survive.
Those asked to serve as pallbearers are David Earl Drake, Bobby Beasley, Patrick Pilcher, Glen Chesser, Bob Wilkerson and Shane Abbott. Floral arrangements are being accepted or memorials may be made in Bebe Whitehead’s memory to Alaqua United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 668, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. A time of visitation will be Friday, February 5, from 1 until 2 P.M. in Jerry Evans Chapel with the funeral beginning at 2 P. M. with Reverend Henry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Whitehead family plot in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Charles Russell Worsham, Sr.
December 10, 1935 – February 2, 2016
Mr. Charles Russell Worsham, Sr., age 80, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016. He was born December 10, 1935 in Jacksonville, Florida to Charles and Elizabeth Seawart Worsham.
Mr. Worsham was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, moving from Columbiana, Alabama. He was Presbyterian by faith. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces serving his country in Air Force for 4 years. He owned and operated Professional Electric Company for 50 years.
Mr. Worsham is preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Worsham is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Lee Worsham of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; two sons Charles R. Worsham, Jr. (Delinda) of Columbiana, Alabama and David E. Worsham and (Kristi) of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; one brother Raymond E. Worsham of Ocala, Florida; four grandchildren Tanya Kines (Billy), Charlie Worsham, Drew and Seth Weinthal and one great grandchild Mitchell Kines.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Mrs. Virginia Watts Roberts, age 93, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016 in a Bay County Healthcare Facility. She was born on October 6, 1922, in Brunswick County, Virginia, to the late John Henry and Cora Whitt Watts. She was a resident of DeFuniak Springs for the past 66 years and was married to the late Maurice W. Roberts for 64 years. Mrs. Roberts obtained her B.S. degree in 1944 from Longwood College in Virginia and her M.S. Degree in 1971 from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She was employed by the Walton County School District as a teacher and guidance counselor for 44 years before retiring in 1992. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs. At times she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Training Union Director, Sunday School teacher in several age group classes and was active in Women’s Missionary Union. For many years she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Retired Teachers’ Organization. Mrs. Roberts is predeceased by her husband, four brothers, three sisters. and her granddaughter Elizabeth Lightfoot.
She is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her children are Maurice W. Roberts “Sonny” (Kay), Margaret Smith (Dave), Joyce Roberts, Miriam Collins (Glenn), and Maureen Bush (Dennis). Her grandchildren are Matthew (Caroline) Collins, Anna Collins, “Ginny (Derek) Gordon, Bethany Roberts, Alex Brannon, Daniel (Ashley) Bush, Wesley Bush, and Meredith Bush.
Floral arrangements are being accepted or memorials may be made in Virginia Watts Roberts’ memory to First Baptist Church Homebound Ministry. A time of visitation will be Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 10 until 11 A.M. in First Baptist Church with the funeral beginning at 11:00 A.M. with Dr. Bobby Tucker officiating.
Because of scheduling, interment in Barrancas National Cemetery Thursday will be private.
Mrs. Alice Ricker Arnold, was affectionately known as Susie, age 77, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016. She was born February 2, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. Arnold was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach. She graduated from the University of Miami receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and also receiving her Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia also in Education. The majority of her undergraduate work was at Smith College. She taught Elementary, Middle and High School for over 35 years. She taught English Literature and later became a Media Specialist. She was also an avid story teller. She volunteered as a tutor and story teller at South Walton Elementary and The Coastal Branch Library. She was an avid Women’s Democratic Committee Member. She was also in the cast of Grit and Grace for many years.
Mrs. Arnold is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband John C. Bush and her second husband John Arnold.
Mrs. Arnold is survived by her son Timothy Bush of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; one daughter Wendy A. Glover and husband Rhett of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; two grandchildren Alie Glover and Rhett B. Glover V; one sister Roberta Ricker Foote of South Carolina. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations be made to the Walton County Democratic Party.
Memorialization will be by direct cremation.
Mr. Marshall Hunter Rogers, age 82, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016. He was born June 30, 1933 in Virginia to Robert and Viola Lane Rogers.
Mr. Rogers was a resident of Walton County. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Southwide Baptist Church where he enjoyed serving the Lord. He was very an active as an Usher and was very instrumental in bringing children to church. He was active in his Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces serving his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force Reserves. He worked in the Tool and Die industry for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and he was an avid outdoorsman. He was a School Board Member in Hazel Park, Michigan where he worked on behalf of children, along with elderly people living on fixed incomes, and working folks.
Mr. Rogers is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Chester James Rogers, and sister Virginia Rogers Hamby.
Mr. Rogers is survived by his daughter, Janet Rogers of Ohio, brothers Dana P. Rogers, Sr., and Olin D. Rogers, sister Delma Rogers Carver, along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10:00~11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Southwide Baptist Church, 1307 Coy Burgess Loop, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Southwide Baptist Church, with Reverend Jeremy Lewis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, family request that donations may be made to Southwide Baptist Church at 1307 Coy Burgess Loop, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Burial will follow in Southwide Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.
Mrs. Jeanette (Garrett) Omasits, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at the age of 93. Jeanette was born in Freeport, but being an Army wife, she lived in several states and Germany. During World War II, she attended Anderson Aircraft School in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduation, she worked at Eglin Air Force Base; then in 1971, she went back to Civil Service and retired in 1987. Jeanette loved to travel and embroider. Her favorite vacation places were Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the Smokey Mountains.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1988; parents, Walter and Gussie (Pelt) Garrett; three brothers, Willard, Torb, and Sebron; and three sisters, Iva Dell, Anniebelle and Catherine.
She is survived by one daughter, Debra Bivins of Freeport, Florida; one son, Danny Katro, also of Freeport; two granddaughters, Vicky (Angel) Pheifer and husband, Tim, of Canton, Georgia, and Jennifer Cotton of Freeport; one grandson, Steve Carroll of Freeport; five great-grandchildren, Garrett and Emily Pheifer and Michael, Nicholas and Kristen Carroll; and one special niece, Pat Evans.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January. 30, 2016, in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433, beginning at 2 p.m. with Minister Joel Davis officiating. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Committal services will follow at Hatcher Cemetery. Flowers are being accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alaqua Animal Refuge.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
William L. “Sonny” Bishop III, age 30, passed away on January 24th, 2016, at Shands Hospital in Gainsville, FL.
William was born in Ft. Walton Beach at White Wilson Medical Center on December 1, 1985, to William Larry Bishop, Jr. and Paula Jean Bishop. He attended Walton Sr. High School in DeFuniak Springs, FL, as well as Northwest Florida State College where he was later employed as both a Math and a GED tutor, impacting many lives.
William was a member of Southwide Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs, FL where he took part in many of the youth activities. He is remembered for his caring and loving nature, along with his great sense of humor and quick wit.
He is survived by his mother, Paula J. Bishop; sister, Christa and her husband, Nathan Hickingbottom; nephews, Nolan Lee and Austen Levi Hickingbottom; grandmother, Elizabeth Bishop; aunt, Terre and husband Joel Bulan; aunt, Ruth and husband Jean Barrett; aunt, Florence Provost; and numerous cousins and other family members.
William was preceded in death by his father, William Larry “Bill” Bishop, Jr.; grandfather, William Larry “Dub” Bishop, Sr.; maternal grandparents, John L. and Edna H. Harper; and nephew, William Ryan Hickingbottom.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 2pm to 4pm at the Chautauqua Building in DeFuniak Springs, FL, located at 96 Circle Dr., DeFuniak Springs, FL. 32435
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Be The Match, via their web page to be the match is www.bethematch.org/support-the-cause/donate-financially/
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mr. Anthony “AJ” Dubuisson, age 57, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016. He was born January 8, 1959 in Gainesville, Florida to Jules and Brenda Hale Dubuisson.
Mr. Dubuisson was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach. He owned and operated AJ’s Plumbing for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle and especially spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Dubuisson is preceded in death by his mother Brenda Hale Dubuisson, and one son Bobby Dubuisson.
Mr. Dubuisson is survived by his father Jules Dubuisson of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; his loving wife Leslie Holmes Dubuisson of Santa Rosa Beach, two sons Dale Dubuisson of Santa Rosa Beach and Shawn Dubuisson and wife Dorothy of Shalimar, Florida; one daughter Chelsea Sprague of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; two brothers John Dubuisson and wife Becky of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and Mike Dubuisson of Florida; eight grandchildren Tyler, Avery and Ariel Dubuisson, Jasmine, Arabella and Elijah Taylor, and Lyric and Colby Weaver.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home, with Pastor Jason Scherler officiating.
In lieu of flowers family request that donations be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Donald Jerry Zloch died peacefully on Saturday, January 30 in Miramar Beach, Florida at the age of 67 after an extended battle with cancer.
Donald is survived by his sisters Sandy (Howard) Perk, Jeanne (Ron) Mentgen; daughter Christina Rodriguez and sons Donald (Caralyn) Zloch and Raymond (Heather) Zloch; as well as extended family and close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Jerry and Delores Zloch.
Donald was born on May 21, 1948 in Berwyn, Illinois. He attended Riverside Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Illinois and graduated in 1966.
He worked as a teamster for Local 705 at U.S. Food Service Company out of Chicago. He retired in 2005 and moved to Miramar Beach, Florida in 2010.
Throughout his life, Donald was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He was a sports fan who frequently traveled to watch his beloved Chicago Bears. He loved to spend time with his family. He is remembered for his sense of humor and quick wit.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at St. Rita Catholic Church, Mary Star of the Sea Room, 137 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459; reception to follow.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Donald’s life.
Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Walton County EMS; 176 Montgomery Circle, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.