Milford Leonard Gray
Milford Leonard Gray, a native of Tallahassee, made his entrance into
Heaven on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Big Bend Hospice with Julie,
his devoted wife of 54 years, by his side. He was born September 6, 1937,
in Tallahassee, FL.
Milford served in the United States Navy from 1954-1962. He was
honorably discharged & was very proud of his 8 years of service to his
country. He worked in outdoor advertising for many years and had his
own business, Gray Signs. After his retirement from his sign business,
he managed Lakeside RV Park for 12 years.
He was an avid fisherman and could always find a place to throw a line and catch enough fish for a good meal. He enjoyed watching football (especially FSU & Alabama) & action & Western movies.
He loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle & friend. He enjoyed life & making people laugh. He was loved by many.
He is survived by his loving wife, Julie Whaley Gray; son, Mel Gray; daughter, Connie Gray Blair (Eddie); three brothers, Dennis (Patsy), Sid (Lucretia), Ronald (Sharon), brother-in-law, Larry Whaley (Wanda) & a host of nieces, nephews & cousins.
He was predeceased by his birth mother, Burnece Gray; parents, Parks & Delois Gray; in-laws, Thomas & Minnie Lee Whaley & niece, Carla Gray-Taylor.
The family will receive friends at Evangel Assembly of God Church, 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd., Thursday, December 21st, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at New Hope Church Cemetery on Springhill Rd. & New Hope Church Rd. immediately following the service.
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of handling service.
Ted Curtis Register
Jan 20, 1932 – Dec 15, 2017
Ted was born to the late Curtis and Louise Register both of Graceville, FL.
He passed peacefully at home with his family around him. Ted was preceded
in death by a brother Joe Register (Graceville, FL) and a brother-in-law Gerald
Ming (Dothan, AL).
After his service in the Air Force during the Korean War; He returned to Florida,
met and married the love of his life Jackie Rome Register, they enjoyed 59
years together. To them were born 4 children; Stephen Curtis Register;
married Dianne Branch Register; Lori Register Norris married Jerry Norris (Clayton, North Carolina); Missy Register Carpenter married Kevin Carpenter (Dalton, PA); Mary Lynn Register Goff married David Goff (Snead, FL).
To these children were born 9 grandchildren; Stephen Curtis Register II, Kim Register Tola (Brian Tola); Stacie Norris Kazie (Purcellville, VA); Jerrad Norris (Akin, SC); Ashten Carpenter (Clark Summit, PA); Keith Carpenter (Sarah Carpenter) (Dalton, PA); Troy Goff (Randi Lynn Goff); Dallas Goff (New Port Richey, FL); Austin Goff (Chipley, FL). From these he was blessed with 4 great grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother Elton and Jeannette Register (Graceville, FL), 2 sisters; Molly Register Bogges (Jim Boggess ) (Kentucky); Peggy Register Ming (Dothan,AL).
Ted enjoyed a full and long life. He was the town barber of Monticello, FL for over 51 years, where he enjoyed the everyday life of the small town living. All who entered were greeted with a cheerful “Hello” and offered a seat in his barber chair. None were too small or too old, and who could forget the desired piece of bubble gum offered to every child. Ted enjoyed a good story and a good laugh. He worshiped at the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, FL. He was a long time member of the local Masonic Lodge. He will be truly missed for he was truly loved. A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello on Wednesday December 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, Florida.
David Alton Graham, Sr.
David “Alton” Graham, Sr., 69, peacefully entered the loving arms of Jesus on October 8, 2017 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on December 29, 1947 to William David and Lubie Williams Graham.
Alton, affectionately known to many as “Big Al”, loved the Lord with all his heart and was a member of Four Square Gospel Church. He served many years with law enforcement reserves and retired from Talquin Electric with 37 years of service. His biggest passion was Alabama football “Roll Tide”, taking night rides with his loving wife and best friend, Frances “mama”, spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting and riding in the woods.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 30 years, Frances L. Graham, sons David A. Graham, Jr., Michael H. (Paige) Graham and their mother, Linda G. Graham, Ralph (Alyson) Motes, sister-in-law Judy Graham and eight grandchildren, Brandon Graham, Victoria Graham, Brianna (Wally) Edenfield, Michael (Katelyn) Graham, Dylan Graham, Chase Motes, Chance “Chun” Motes and many nieces, nephews and friends. Alton is predeceased by his parents and brother Bobby Graham.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Tallahassee Memory Gardens, 4730 North Monroe Street.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Heb 13-8.
“Yeah Lord” … “Roll Tide”
Rowe Wagoner, 86 years of age, passed away at his home on November 17, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Mr. Wagoner was born on September 7, 1931 in Springville, Indiana and was the youngest of 7 children. He is predeceased in death by his parents, Robert C. Wagoner and Fannie B. Wagoner. He is predeceased in death by his siblings, Robert Wagoner, Von Wagoner, True Wagoner, Gerald Wagoner, Dorothy Wagoner Johnston and Laura Wagoner Mallas. Mr. Wagoner was a SSGT with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, stationed out of Salina, KS.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Elinor Moorman Wagoner and his four
children, Mark Wagoner (Neysa) of Indianapolis, IN, Pamela Wagoner McGoff, David Wagoner (Connie) and Lisa Wagoner Monda (Don) all of Tallahassee, FL. He is survived by 10 grandchildren, Matthew Wagoner (Jennifer) of Greenwood, IN, Mason Wagoner (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Drew Wagoner (Indianapolis, IN), Jennifer McGoff (Auburndale, FL), Christopher McGoff (Chelsey) of Haines City, U.S.A.F. Capt. Amber McGoff (Hampton, VA), Brenden, Joshua and Jeremy Monda of Tallahassee, FL and Nickolas Wagoner of Tallahassee, FL; 4 great grandchildren, Hunter Wagoner, Aiden Wagoner, Christian Wagoner (Indianapolis, IN) and Liberty McGoff (Auburndale, FL), countless nieces and nephews and beloved friends.
An avid fisherman all of his life, he was a member of the Broadripple Bassmasters in
Indianapolis, IN. He relocated with his family to Lakeland, Florida in 1982 where he continued to work in sales and fish as much as he could, and was a member of the Lakeland Bassmasters. He loved to go camping, hunting and spend time with his family. He then moved to Tallahassee in 1999. He attended of Trinity United Methodist Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at
Beggs Funeral Home, Apalachee Parkway Chapel, 3322, Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. Following the service, there will be fellowship reception at Miccosukee Hills Apartments Clubhouse located at 3201 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, Inc.
Margaret Sherman, loving wife, mother and grandmother went to meet the Lord on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Walt Sherman; two daughters, Tracy Killian and Tina Orr; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday October 19, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Chapel. A graveside service will be held in Winchester, KY on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
Brett Douglas King
Brett Douglas King, age 33, passed away Saturday November 18, 2017. Brett was born August 9, 1984 in Thomasville, Georgia and was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. Brett was Chief Deputy Property Appraiser for the Jefferson County Property Appraiser, he was a member of the Jefferson County Country Club, enjoyed golfing, fishing and was an avid Florida State Football fan.
He is survived by his wife Ashley Carroll King; his father Jerry Douglas King; mother Sarah Reams King (Bill); his father-in-law Troy Carroll and his mother-in-law Kim Carroll.
Services are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello and will be held at the Lamont Baptist Church in Lamont, Florida on Friday November 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation at the church prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Walker Cemetery in Madison County.
Joseph Woodrow Kelley
Joseph Woodrow Kelley, 69, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his home in Tallahassee.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Wacissa Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial at Beth Page Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to service.
Joseph was born in Newnan, GA March 3, 1948 to James W. and Imogene W. Kelley. He was self employed as a painter.
He is preceded in death by his wife Karen JoAnn Kelley.
He is survived by his sons, Joey Allen Kelley and Anthony Ray Stringfellow; daughter, Teresa JoAnn McKenzie (Donald); brother, Wayne Kelley, Sr.; sisters, Jennifer Lee Malphus; and grandchildren, Christopher, Karen and Kristi McKenzie, and Anthony and Joseph Stringfellow; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Caleb, Jeremiah, Kimberly, Marley, Abby and Ally.
Joel Elaine Leigh
Joel Elaine Leigh, 81, of Natchez, MS passed away peacefully in Tallahassee on October 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.
She was born December 11, 1935 in Franklin County, Mississippi to Mary Lou Spring Martin and Floyd Ross Spring.
Joel was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend who lived life to its fullest. While her family finds comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain, they mourn the loss of such an exceptional woman.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband, AJ Leigh, also of Natchez. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Darlene Roberts (Allen), Robert Stacey Allbritton, and Carrie Jolene Poole (Andrew) as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends and extended family.
There will be a graveside service held at 2 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mount Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Smithdale, MS.
Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mary Elizabeth Brown passed away at her home Wednesday, January 10, 2018 just shy of her 84th birthday. She was born January 19, 1934 in Monticello, Florida to the late Reuben and Mary Hartsfield Brown. She was the step-daughter of Alan Lightsey, whom her mother married after the passing of her father.
Mary graduated from Aucilla School as Valedictorian then learned Shorthand and worked in Tallahassee for the State of Florida as an Administrative Assistant. After retirement she returned to Monticello to care for her mother and step-father.
Mary’s life centered around her church and family. She was a wonderful example of a true Christian servant. As a child she was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monticello, sang in the choir and taught Children’s Sunday School when she was older. Upon moving to Tallahassee for her job, Mary joined East Hill Baptist Church then Northwood’s Baptist Church, serving each in a variety of ways.
Mary re-joined Elizabeth Baptist Church when she moved back to Monticello serving as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church clerk and pianist at different times. She was very active in the Women’s Missionary Union supporting the outreach ministries of the Church.
Mary is survived by first cousins Bubba Greene (Maria) of Madison, FL. William Hartsfield (Mary) of Monticello, FL. Charlotte Cantrel of Tallahassee, FL. and many member of the extended family. Services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4124 Bassett Dairy Rd. Monticello, FL at 3:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be at 2:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Following the service interment will be at Elizabeth Cemetery.
The family would like to thanks Ms. Brown’s wonderful caregivers over the last few years for their excellent care and the nurses and staff of Big Bend Hospice for their help during the past year. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice, Elizabeth Baptist Church or your charity of choice.
Tom Henry Bailey
(Aug 18,1930- Dec 22, 2017)
Tom Henry Bailey, age 87, passed away on December 22, 2017. He was born
to Lemuel and Beulah Bailey on August 18th, 1930 in Sirmans, Florida. He is
preceded by his parents, his wife Betty, five brothers, Clarence, Homer,
Horace, Fred, and Walter, three sisters, Mary, Lois, and Bell. He is survived
by one sister Laverne Cooper, and two children, son, Gerald Bailey (Pat), and
daughter, Judy Nazaruk (Steven), four grandchildren, Chasity Phillips (Brent),
Chris Bailey (Jody), Kasie Singletary (Craig) and Keith Taylor (Michelle). He had six great-grandchildren.
Tom was born in Sirmans, Florida at home. He was the sixth son and a family of 10 children. He attended Greenville High School and he was first on the football team there. He met Betty McDaniel from Lamont Florida in 1949, and they married in 1950. They were married for 66 years. Tom managed a 100-acre cotton farm while co-managing the Star Restaurant and Kwick Kitchen in Lamont Florida. Tom was a Jack-of-all-trades. He electrically wired many homes in Lamont. His spiritual gift was service to the community. In 1977 he was recruited to run the carpentry program at Jefferson County High School. He taught carpentry for 19 years at the high school, many of his students have gone to be successful contractors. Tom was a deacon at Lamont Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for over 60 years. In 2016 he had a stroke and his health declined this past year.
Tom was a wise and talented father, grandfather and friend to everyone. He loved his Lord and Savior and held the course until the end. He and his wife Betty took many trips during their retirement. The family would like to thank all of the doctors for helping him live 87 years. Thanks to Big Bend hospice for their end-of-life care. Thanks to Ruby Jackson for her Home Health Care. Thanks to the community of Lamont and the church family for their visits.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 27th at 11 a.m. at the Lamont Baptist Church. Visitation will be December 26th at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello Florida from 6pm till 8pm. Reverend Fred Bailey Jr. and Mark Holley will conduct the service. Burial will be at Walker Cemetery in Madison County. Contributions to Big Bend hospice or Lamont Baptist Church would be appreciated.
Joseph Aldine “Dean” Pickard
Joseph Aldine “Dean” Pickard died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in Tallahassee, FL.
Dean was born March 11, 1941, in Columbus, the son of Mac and Martha (Mutt)
Pickard. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Tyrrell Pickard; daughters
Carolyn (Matt) Anthony of Marathon, FL, and Denise Pickard of St. Petersburg,
FL. He is also survived by brother Bill (Ann) Pickard of St. Simons Island, GA,
and sister Kay (Ernie) Curry of Brunswick. Other survivors are brother-in-law
Clint Tyrrell in Gainesville, FL., and nieces, Blair and Michael Nealis and Amelia
of Marathon, FL., Elizabeth (Britt) Hinton, Marietta, GA. and Susan (Jay)
Faircloth of Cary, NC.
Dean was a graduate of Columbus High School (Class of 1959) and the University of Georgia (Class of 1963) where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1968 he went to work for Tom Houston Peanut Company in Columbus in the Tom’s Sales Department. In 1980 Dean and Betty moved to Tallahassee, FL and bought the Tom’s distributorship which became a major vending machine company in the Tallahassee area.
Dean and Betty are long time members of Springtime Tallahassee’s 20th Century Krewe and Andrew Jackson Staff. Springtime Tallahassee is social and benevolent organization that travels around the Southeast showcasing the beauty of Tallahassee. Dean was an avid golfer, playing for years at the Killearn County Club, and Columbus County Club (Georgia). Dean will be remembered as a loyal UGA fan, whose car tag reads “Luv Dawg”. While in Tallahassee, they were Seminole fans, except when they played Florida or Georgia.
A Celebration of Dean’s life will be held at a later date in Columbus, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to Dean to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
William Tripp Anderson
William Tripp Anderson, a Monticello native was born September 5, 1929, he died January 16, 2018 at his home where he grew up.
Preceding his death was his wife of 60 years, Shirley Dana Anderson; his parents Joseph Golden Anderson, Sr. and Mervin Tripp Anderson of Monticello; two brothers, Morgan C. Anderson and Joseph Golden Anderson, Jr. both of Monticello, Florida.
William was a graduate of Jefferson County High School of Monticello, he also graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business from Florida State University of Tallahassee, Florida. He served two years in the U.S. Army, part of which was in Korea. William retired from AT & T Telephone Company after 38 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monticello since early childhood.
William is survived by his two daughters; Carol Revell (Davis) and Cathy Watt (Richard); his four granddaughters, Ramsey Revell Wheeler, Hadley Revell, Dana Jane Watt and Pamela Watt; his nephew, Joseph Golden Anderson, III; his cousins, William Turnbull Anderson and Beth Anderson Harper and his sister-in-law, Estelle Ringer.
A Graveside service will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Roseland Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee or First United Methodist Church of Monticello. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
Lavenia Hughey Tharpe
Woodville - Lavenia Hughey Tharpe, 82 went home to be with her Lord October 14, 2017. She was born to the late J.B. Hughey, Jr. and Kathleen Hughey in Madison, Florida. Lavenia was a loving and faithful wife, mother, and (Mema) and was a member of Praise Cathedral Church.
Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years Burtcham Tharpe, three daughters, Cindy Starling (Arnie) Donna Edenfield (Donnie) and Susan Tharpe, three sons, Bronson Tharpe, Steve Tharpe (Laura), Jeff Tharpe (Suzan) one sister, Margie Andrews; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2pm at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway with Pastor Joe Clemmons officiating. Burial will follow at Connell Family Cemetery, Limestone Rd. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8 pm also at Beggs Funeral Home.
Sheriff David C. Hobbs
Sheriff David C. Hobbs, 58, passed away November 27, 2017 peacefully in
Tallahassee, Florida, surrounded by his immediate family.
Hobbs was born March 29, 1959 in Monticello, Florida to Betty C. Hobbs
and the late Amos A. Hobbs.
Hobbs dedicated his life to serving the community he loved. Hobbs career
began in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1976-1982. His law enforce-
ment career began as a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper in 1976. He then
spent 8 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy, and the last 12 years as the Sheriff of
Jefferson County. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Monticello.
Some of his honors and affiliations include: Board of Directors, Florida Sheriff’s Association, 2004-2008; Board of Managers, Florida Risk Management Fund, 2014; Governor Appointment to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, 2014; Board Member, 4-H Advisory Committee; Recipient, Veterans of Foreign Wars Golden Medal Award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2004; Letters of Commendation, Florida Highway Patrol Troupe H for Outstanding Productivity; GEM Award, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Bronze Awards, United Way, 2004-2012; Member, Rotary International; Chamber of Commerce Award for government official that has contributed the most to the Chamber and Community; Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2012; Instrumental in Legislation Requiring State Drivers License and ID cards to identify sexual offenders; implemented Cops and Kids program to give bicycles to under privileged children during Christmas; Implemented Project Life Saver to aide in search for persons with special needs; organized department fundraisers: United Way, American Cancer Society, and the Senior Citizen Center of Jefferson County.
He was preceded in death by his father Amos A. Hobbs and his sister Ann Hobbs. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Brenda G. Hobbs; daughter, Brittany Hobbs Bishop (Glen), expecting the arrival of the 1st “set of grandchildren”, twin boys Benjamin David and Wesley Hobbs Bishop; his mother Betty C. Hobbs; sisters Helen Lewis (Ikie), Sherrell Dills (Ron); brother Ferrell (Kaye), sister-in-laws Debbie Hartsfield and Mary Lynn Anderson (Demott); and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel. The funeral will be held Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Monticello, FL with internment to follow at Bethel Cemetery on Boston Highway, in Monticello.
David will be remembered by his contagious smile, firm handshake, and unwavering faith in God. His integrity, wisdom and love for his family and community are just some of the many things that will be cherished by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in honor of Sheriff Hobbs to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Inc. (PO Box 2000 Boys Ranch, FL 32064.)
Kathyann “Diana” Wood (a.k.a Diana Wood)
Kathyann “Diana” Wood (a.k.a Diana Wood) beloved wife, sister, and aunt
passed away peacefully early in the evening of December 27, 2017.
Diana is survived by her husband, of 43 years, Albert Wood of Tallahassee,
her sisters, Sue Coxwell of Blountstown, Juliann Lynn of Pensacola,
Cameron Hasting of Pensacola and Donna Lee of Jackson county.
Diana was preceded in death by her son Daniel Todd, husband Isaac Todd,
grandmother Addie Lizzie Keels Adkins, mother Irma Keels Smith.
A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Kathyann Diana Wood will be
held, for family and friends, on January 20, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm at:
The Space at Feather Oaks located at 6500 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, fl.