Emerald Coast Funeral Home 113 Race Track Rd NE Fort Walton Beach, FL Phone 850-864-3361 Christopher A. Johnson, Jr., of Fort Walton Beach, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, after a lengthy illness with his family at his side. He was born in Pensacola, FL, on November 8, 1933, the only son of Chris A. and Annie P. Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Suzanne Johnson Cobb, brother-in-law Jimmie O. Cobb, and brother-in-law Ronald P. McLellan. Chris attended local schools, graduating from Pensacola High School in 1951. He graduated from Florida State University in 1955 with a B. S. in Accounting. While at Florida State, he was a member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity, and is a Life Loyal Sig. After graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Air Force Auditor General and had special training at the Wharton School of Business. He is a Navy veteran and served aboard destroyers in the Pacific Fleet. Upon his return to Pensacola, he became a staff accountant with the CPA firm of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland, and Gund. On May 28, 1960, he married Susan Jane Scheuer of Warrington, FL. He passed the CPA Examination in February, 1962, and was admitted as a partner in the firm. In 1964, the firm asked him to open an office in Fort Walton Beach, because of the many clients there. So, in October, 1964, Chris, Susan, and their 3-year old son David started their new life in Fort Walton Beach, where he became one of the first certified public accountants in the city. From the start, he became active in the community. He joined the Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, later served as President, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is past President of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Social Services, and the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also served as a member of the Police Pension Board for the City of Fort Walton Beach. He was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs for many years, and served as Capt. Billy Bowlegs XXIX. A life-long Catholic, he was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church, where he served on numerous committees including over 40 years on the Finance Committee. For over 12 years, he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist. Chris Johnson was a man of outstanding character, possessing integrity of the highest degree. He never met a stranger. He was just as comfortable with a general or a judge as he was with a group of boy scouts. Whenever he saw a baby, his face would light up. He treated every person as if they were the most important person in the world, because, in his eyes, at that moment, they were. Chris lived his life according to the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Chris was a devoted husband, beloved father, a proud grandfather, and a faithful friend. He loved spectator sports, playing golf on Saturdays, and rooting for his Florida State Seminoles. Chris is survived by his loving wife, Susan, his son David and wife Sherri of Marianna, FL, daughter Ginny Scheidt and husband Stephen of Niceville, daughter Suzy Gavin and husband Clif of Pensacola, sister Ruth Chadbourne and husband Edward of Pensacola, sister Martha McLellan of Pensacola, sister-in-law Virginia Amberson of Fleming Island, FL, sister-in-law Lynda Richmond of Birmingham, AL, and four grandchildren Chris and Will Johnson, Jack Scheidt, and Susanna Gavin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 28 with Father John Licari celebrating. Visitation will be in the church from 9:30 to 10:15 am followed by the recitation of the Rosary. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Pensacola immediately after the Mass of Resurrection. Pallbearers will be grandsons Chris and Will Johnson, nephews Richard Cobb, Edward Chadbourne III, and Ronald P. McLellan, and life-long friend Robert Benz. Flowers are acceptable, but memorials may be made in Chris' name to Saint Mary School, Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, and Life, Inc. The family wishes to sincerely thank the wonderful caregivers of Home Instead and Covenant Hospice for their compassion, care, and concern. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Marianna Chapel Funeral Home 3960 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 Phone:(850)526-5059 www.marianna chapelfh.com Sarah N. Carlton, age 70 of Sneads, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Jackson Hospital. She was of the Holiness faith and lived most of her life in Jackson County. Spending time with her family, working in the yard and keeping house were her favorite activities. Sara loved drag racing cars. She was preceded in death by her parents James E. and Myrtle Jones, her husband, Loyd W. Carlton, son Johnny Wayne Moats, sister, Mary Eleanor Thomas and brother Robert Wade Jones. Survivors include her son Randy Moats (Gerri), daughters Sonja Swain (Jay) and Brenda Proctor (Joe). Services for Mrs. Carlton will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home with Sister Frances Dudley officiating. Interment will follow in New Salem Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held 2 hours prior to service time. Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may submitted online at MARIANNA CHAPEL MARIANNA, FL
James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel 4278 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 850.482.2332 www.jamesandsikes funeralhomes.com Shannon Dewayne Carter, 40, of Marianna died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence. Shannon was a native and lifelong resident of Marianna and a 1992 graduate of Marianna High School. He was employed for a number of years with the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. Shannon loved his family, enjoyed fishing and camping. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, the late Lloyd and Christine Carter; the late Leland and Mary James and his mother, Sue James Brock. He is survived by his father, Ray Carter and wife, Pauline; one daughter, Rayleigh Brooke Carter of Sneads; one brother, Jason Carter and wife, Angie of Greenwood and many extended family members. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with Rev. James Vickery officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com.
Marianna Chapel Funeral Home 3960 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 Phone:(850)526-5059 www.marianna chapelfh.com William Ivey Sims, 71 of the Rocky Creek Community, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Florida Baptist Hospital Altamonte Springs in Orlando, Florida with his daughter and son by his side after waging a valiant battle against lung cancer. Billy, as he was known to friends and family, was born July 23, 1943, the youngest of five children to the late Alton and Mae Sims. He worked for many years in the auto body industry in both Marianna and the Orlando area, until retiring and returning home to the Rocky Creek Community. His pride was his family; he was quick to defend them and even quicker to show them his love. Billy was the best son, husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could ever ask for. Billy always lived life to the fullest and one of his favorite hobbies was to go fishing with friends and family and invite everyone over afterwards for a fish fry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alton and Mae Sims, his mother-in-law Ruby Porter, two brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, and a nephew. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Regina Sims she was the love of his life and the light in his eyes. Billy is survived by two children whom he loved dearly, Stacey Sims Russell and Daren Sims as well as his four precious grandchildren, Keely Parslow, Cameron Russell, Brianna Russell and Christian Russell. He is also survived by his brother William Burdette Sims and wife Sarah, sisters Dolores Folsom, Helen Mercer and husband Dallas, Thelma White and husband Tommy, his sister-in-law Debbie Cricco and husband Jeff and brothers-in law Millard "Buddy" Porter and Charles Porter. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews to mourn his passing, each holding a special place in his heart. Services for Billy Sims will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in the Marianna Chapel Funeral home with Reverend Luther Pumphrey presiding. A time of remembrance will be held at 10:00 am until time of the service in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rocky Creek Baptist Church. Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted at www.mariannachapelfh.com and www.loomisfuneralhomes.com.
James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel 4278 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 850.482.2332 www.jamesandsikes funeralhomes.com Clarence Dean Gatch Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. Interment will follow in Cow Pen Pond Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlan Martin of Marianna, Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Lynn Gardner, to Phillip Justin McCroan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip McCroan of Port St. Joe, Florida. The bride is also the daughter of the late Shane Gardner.
Tony and Martha Vickery of Cottondale, FL would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Brooke LeAnn Vickery, to James Perry Lewis, son of Jim and Celia Lewis, of Westville, FL.
Valerie Darby Raits was born Jan. 26 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, AL. She weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces at birth. She is daughter of Dan and Lori Cherry Raits. Her grandparents are Wayne and Linda Cherry and Denise Raits of Marianna and Eric and Katy Raits of Homestead. Great grandmother is Ruth Edenfield of Marianna.
Birth announcements in Sunday's Floridan include: Kindelspirse.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Pevy of Sneads, Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Miss Annie Elizabeth Pevy, of Columbia, South Carolina, to Cody David Cunningham, of Lexington, South Carolina. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of Lexington, South Carolina.
Severe thunderstorms passed through Campbellton on Sunday, leaving a path of debris and damage in its wake.
The rain held off Saturday morning in Grand Ridge and children, toting Easter baskets, were able to participate in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at John Thomas Porter Recreation Complex. The event, sponsored by the town of Grand Ridge and the East Jackson County Economic Development Council, celebrated its third year with games, vendors and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The Panhandle Artists and Crafters organization opened the summer season of Marianna Marketplace Saturday, with a craft fair at Madison Street Park that offered hand-made items like jams and jellies, art , quilts, soaps and crocheted hats.