Patsy Ann Warinner
Patsy Ann Warinner TALLAHASSEE - Patsy Ann Yon Warinner, 80,
passed away April 19th, 2017 after a brief illness.
Ms. Warinner was born and raised in Florida. She attended Wesleyan
College in Macon, GA and graduated from Florida State University
with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Frank E. Warinner
and moved to Georgia where they had three children. After their divorce,
she returned to Florida and began working for the Florida Department
of Environment Protection – Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems.
She retired after a lengthy career.
She was an avid reader, a passionate follower of College Football, and loved her home state of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, David P. Yon, Pershing L. Yon, and Nena Hope Diffenbaugh; and her second child, Charles E. Warinner. Survivors include two children, F. Daryl Warinner and wife Theresa of Woodstock, GA, Nena A. Lund and husband David of Gainesville, GA; four grandchildren, Charles and Theo Warinner of Woodstock, GA, Kaitlyn and Nathan Head of Gainesville, GA; one great-granddaughter, Nadine Warinner of Austell, GA; and lifelong friend, Phil Teagarden.
A graveside celebration of Ms. Warinner's life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee, FL by Reverend Richard Jones.
Arrangements are being provided by and condolences can be sent to Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
George Robert Cornwell
George Robert Cornwell, 46, of Tallahassee, passed away at Tallahassee
Memorial Healthcare on Saturday, 1/15, after a brief illness. He was
surrounded by his loving family. He was born 3/8/1970 in Titusville, FL.
He graduated from Richards High School in 1988.
George proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1993.
He was honorably discharged and highly decorated for his service. After
leaving the Marines he began a career in aviation where he was certified
in many areas of aircraft mechanics.
He was an avid fisherman & enjoyed working out and staying fit. He also
enjoyed watching football, especially his two favorite teams the Florida
State Seminoles & the Pittsburg Steelers.
He loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, son & friend. He was quick witted & was always making you laugh. He had a huge heart and a giving spirit.
He is survived by the love of his life wife, Ramsey Gray Cornwell; parents, Webb & Irma Cornwell, Tallahassee; son, Brandon Cornwell & daughter, Tiffane Cornwell both of Lake City, FL; sister, Kim Thompson (Paul); step-daughters, Grace & Hope Hughes; in-laws, Dennis & Patsy Gray; nieces Kalie & Emily Godwin & Rachel Taylor all of Tallahassee & a host of uncles, aunts & cousins.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Verona Cornwell and Jorge & Irma Debien.
George’s passing is going to leave a huge hole in many hearts, but he would want all who knew him to remember him with a smile and happy memories.
A Memorial Service will be held at Evangel Assembly of God Church, 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd., Friday, January 20th at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at the Tallahassee Veterans National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Pkwy. Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made at Capital City Bank in the name of George’s first grandchild & Tiffane Cornwell’s daughter, Lilly Isabelle Wheeler, who will be born in June.
Angret (Peggy) Marta Erika Piasecki
Angret (Peggy) Marta Erika Piasecki, 74, of Shell Point and Tallahassee,
Florida, passed away peacefully at home on January 6 after fighting a valiant
battle with brain cancer. Born in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Angret grew up in
West Germany after her widowed mother led the family on a brave and
daring escape from the advancing Russian army during World War II.
After studying business in college Angret wanted to explore the world, so
she set off to London to work and perfect her English-speaking skills. After a
year, Angret moved to Paris to work and learn French. It was in Paris that
Angret and her girlfriends ran into a group of dashing young U.S. airmen.
One of those young airmen turned out to be the love of her life, her husband
of 53 years, Ron Piasecki. Angret and Ron traveled to the U.S. in 1964 and
continued their adventures, moving often as their careers advanced.
They most treasured their time living in American Samoa and Saipan, where Ron worked on special assignments for the federal government. After Ron retired, Angret accepted a post at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where they spent an exciting 2 years traveling throughout Russia, Turkey, Italy and Germany. After Angret retired from the U.S. State Department, they discovered their perfect retirement life on the Gulf of Mexico in Shell Point, Florida. Angret soon became very active in the community and volunteered for many activities, including the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park. Many will remember Angret’s love of gardening, she was a Florida Master Gardener, Treasurer of the Iris Garden Club and a member of the Florida Native Plant Society, Sarracenia Chapter, among many other groups. Angret is survived by her beloved husband Ron Piasecki, daughters Audrine Finnerty and Tonya (Rob) Rochette, grandchildren Becky Finnerty (fiancé Chris Wright), Abby Rochette and Chad Rochette, sister-in-law Mary Moen and many nieces and nephews in both the U.S. and Germany. The family would like to thank Big Bend Hospice for their support, the caregivers at Hopewell In-Home Care Agency, especially Katessia, Jamesia, Cierra and Tyalliah and all of their many wonderful friends and neighbors. A Celebration of Angret’s life will be held in Shell Point on Sunday, January 15th at 2:00 pm on the Gulf at the home of Sue and Dave Damon, 138 Walker Creek Drive, Crawfordville, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park http://wakullasprings.org/support-the-friends/. Beggs Funeral Home - Apalachee Chapel, 3322 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, Fl 32311, (850) 942-2929 beggsfuneralhomes.net, has been entrusted with arrangements.
Harry Corbett “Buddy” Dean
Harry Corbett “Buddy” Dean, 87, beloved husband and father, passed on early Friday morning May 12, 2017 at Big Bend Hospice House to be with his Heavenly Father. Born in Marianna, FL January 8, 1930, moved to Tallahassee in 1931. He was in Elementary Education at FSU Development Research School and graduated from Leon High School. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from FSU 1951. He served in USAF 1951-55 in the Korean War and retired from several State of Florida agencies.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Carol Dean Jones, and his parents Henry C. and Mabel Rountree Dean. Surviving him are his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Wallace Dean; daughters, Katherine Dean DonTigny (Michael) of Hillsboro,OR, Lynda Dean Jensen (Frank) of Dahlonega, GA, Sandra Dean Bell (Robert) of Pace, FL, stepsons, Charles H. Culpepper, Jr. of Tallahassee, Michael C. Culpepper of Tallahassee, brother-in-law, Alfred Wallace of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Sierra Bustya, Benjamin Jensen, Tyler Bell, Malcolm Jensen, Tanner Bell, step granddaughter, Alison Culpepper and step grandson Brian Culpepper, and many dear friends .
Buddy was a faithful member of Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church. He and Carolyn enjoyed many adventuresome travels for most of their marriage.
In lieu of flowers, donations requested to Big Bend Hospice or Tallahassee United Methodist Church. A graveside burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at Oakland Cemetery.
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of arrangements.
Norma Britton Cave
Norma Britton Cave, 81, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2017 at her home in Crawfordville, FL.
A Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 4, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Norma was born to Norman L. and Margaret Britton in Atlanta, GA January 22, 1936. She resided in Winter Haven, FL before moving to Tallahassee in 2006. She was a homemaker and worked at Citrus Show Case and the March of Dimes.
She is survived by her son, Norman Cave (Robin) of Crawfordville; sister, Bonnie McGarva (Tim) of Douglasville, GA; and her granddogs, Spot and Lola.
Betty M. Bailey
Betty McDaniel Bailey, age 87, passed away April 10, 2017, she was born in
1930 to George and Esther McDaniel. She is predeceased by her parents and
her brother GW. She is survived by her husband Tom Bailey and 2 children;
son, Gerald Bailey (Pat) and daughter, Judy Nazaruk (Steven). 4 grandchildren;
Chasity Phillips (Brent), Chris Bailey (Jody), Kasie Singletary (Craig) and Keith
Taylor (Michele). She had 6 great-grandchildren.
Betty was born in Ozark, Alabama and grew up in Lamont, Florida. She attended
Jefferson County Schools and graduated from Business school. She was married
to Tom Bailey for 66 years. Betty ran The Star Restaurant in Lamont for 20 years,
she played piano at the Lamont Baptist Church, was a member of the Women’s
Missionary Union at Lamont Baptist Church and also a member of the Lamont Homemakers Club.
Betty was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or holiday. She and Tom took many trips during their retirement.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors for helping her live 87 years. Thanks to Big Bend Hospice for their End of Life Care and 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 Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Lamont Baptist Church, with a visitation prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Clark Edward and Reverend Mark Holley will lead the service. Burial will be at Walker Cemetery in Madison County.
Marilyn Louise Reeves McCoy
Marilyn Louise Reeves McCoy, 81, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2017 at New Hope Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308
Marilyn was born November 9, 1935 to Milton P. and Zeda B. Moncrief in Wetumpka, Alabama. After retiring from Centel as a Repair Operator, she continued as a homemaker, an avid reader and spending time with family members. She is a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Connell Coker (Mike), Kathy Reeves Dawsey (Jim), and Nancy Reeves Hampton (Larry) all of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Douglas J. Britt, Shannon Britt Posey, Paul Jason Connell, April Lynn Hampton, and Lisa Suzanne Carroll; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Marilyn is preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Carroll; and husbands Melvin J. Reeves, and Thomas E. McCoy.
Jillian Leigh Harris
Jillian Leigh Harris, 43, died after a long debilitating illness. Jillian was born to Charlotte Tedesco Harris and Malcolm Harris, in Miami Florida. She is survived by: her two daughters, Grace L. Rogers (20) of Philadelphia, PA and Morgan E. Rogers (16) of Sheridan WY, by her father, Malcolm C. Harris, Sr. and step-mother Nancy H. Harris of Tampa, Florida, her devoted sister, MaryAlice Harris David, brother-in-law, Kenneth J. David, and nieces Emily R. David and Isabelle C. David all of Tallahassee, Florida. She has extended family in Louisiana. Jillian was pre-deceased by her mother, Charlotte T. Harris, her brother Malcolm C. Harris, Jr., and her partner Don Rogers.
Jillian spent the first 6 years of her life as a tanned little girl, mostly living in a bathing suit, in Key Biscayne, Florida. She and her family moved to Brandon, Florida in 1979. Jillian made many friends in the Hickory Creek neighborhood. She loved animals and had a pet dog, cat, and a bird as a child. She was a devoted member of Jazzercize and sometimes attended the dance classes twice a day! Jillian moved to Tallahassee with her mother and younger brother in the early 1980’s. She graduated from Leon High school 1n 1991 and worked as a cashier at the Movies 5 Theater. Unfortunately, Jillian became increasingly effected by a degenerative disease that progressively limited her mobility, speech and life activities. She and her daughter, Grace, moved back in with her mother, Charlotte Harris and her brother, Malcolm Harris Jr. Despite these changes, Jillian always sought independence and was free to speak what was on her mind. When she was confined to an electric wheelchair, she would drive it up the sidewalk on Thomasville Road to go to get a manicure at the nail salon. For the last 8 years of her life, she lived at Seven Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center and had the support and love of many nurses, therapists, caregivers, family and devoted friends. She was also supported by Covenant Hospice for the last 6 months of her life.
Jillian enjoyed good food when she could and loved to have visits from her pet, Lucky Dog, (who also survives her). Jillian lived with many losses but lived with contentment. She was beautiful, was an inspiration to many and was very much loved.
Her funeral service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday February 4th at the Beggs Funeral Home at 3322 Appalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311. There will be a visitation from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Pastor Betsy Ouellette-Zierden, of Good Samaritan Methodist Church will officiate her service. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favorite charity.
Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Naughton
Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Naughton passed away in the loving arms of Jesus, her loving family and friends on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida.
Betty was born August 10, 1951, in Madison, Florida. After graduation from Madison High School she attended North Florida Junior College and later graduated from Florida State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Betty taught school in Madison County and Madison Academy. She also worked in Public Relations at North Florida Junior College, a former paralegal in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
Betty was a loving mother to her daughter Elisabeth, whom she adored. Elisabeth was her mother’s greatest joy. Betty loved spending time with family and friends, preparing gourmet meals, working in her garden and had an amazing talent in home decorating.
Betty was an active member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Madison and Co-Cathederal of the St. Thomas More in Tallahassee.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents Alba and Ferd Naughton, II and brother, Ferd Naughton, III. She is survived by her beloved daughter Elisabeth Wilson, three sisters, Barbara Beggs (Billy), Mary Carol Kaney, Louise Waldron (Allan), sister-in-law Martha Naughton, cousins, nieces and nephews and a special grand-niece Keeley McKeogh.
The family is most grateful to the doctors and nurses who have cared for Betty, especially those at Big Bend Hospice. A very special thank you to Betty’s many dear friends who formed a strong support group for her throughout her illness. A special thank you to Laura Scott-Dorsch who pushed all boundaries to ensure that Betty had the highest quality of life possible. Each of you helped Betty live longer because of your never ending love, kindness and support.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Co-Cathederal of the St. Thomas More on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. with burial at Oakridge Cemetery in Madison, Florida.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32301 or Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, Florida.
Reverend C. Wayne Miller
Reverend C. Wayne Miller, age 80, passed away April 24, 2017 at his home
in Monticello, Florida. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on August
27, 1936 and moved to Monticello in 2002.
He was a loving father, husband and follower of Christ, a veteran of the
U.S. Airforce and served as a Reverend in Ministry for 34 years.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Juanita Miller of Monticello, Florida; his son,
Jonathan (Bonnie) Miller of Gilbert, Arizona; his daughters, Nancy Miller,
Karen Miller, Charlene Miller all of Monticello, Florida and Felcy Gabriel of
Tallahassee, Florida; his brother, Albert (Theresa) Dean Miller of Allentown,
Pennsylvania; his sisters, Daryl (Jack) Christner of Columbus, Ohio and Kay (David) Taylor of Delta, Colorado; his grandchildren, Travis (Jennifer) Miller of Oklahoma, Derric Miller of Kansas, Elizabeth Miller of Monticello, Florida, Rachel David and Sharon David of Tallahassee, Florida.
Services will be held at the Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene, 1983 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation prior to the service from 8:00-10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Life Church of the Nazarene 4513 Crawfordville Road, Tallahassee FL 32305
Wayne Henry Hubbard
Wayne was a loving husband, proud father, and a grandfather that always knew how to make the kids laugh. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edith Hubbard; his two sons Stephen and his wife Julie and Stanley and his wife Patricia; his seven grandchildren, Audriana, Joshua (Ashley), Stephanie, Aubrey, Jessica, Joseph, and Caitlin; and three great grandsons, Hunter, Tyler, and Caiden. He is predeceased by his brother Jeff. Wayne was a hardworking man and dedicated years of service to the telephone company before he retired. He enjoyed watching football, working with his hands, and fishing on the boat. He loved taking regular trips to the Appalachian Mountains, especially in autumn when the leaves change. But more than anything, he loved his wife, his boys, and all of his grandkids. His legacy will live on in his family as they carry him with them and remember him always throughout this life. The funeral will be held at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 on Tuesday, May 2 at 2:00 pm. Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chaires United Methodist Church, 9243 Parkhill Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
Ernest Stanton Doster
Ernest Doster of Tallahassee, Fla died of a broken heart on May, 2nd, 2017. Ernest lived a very long and happy life which forever changed for him on January 24, 2012, when his beloved wife and soulmate, Maxine, passed away. On January 21st, the 67th anniversary of their marriage, Ernest and Maxine had a wonderful final celebration of their marriage with their son, Russell, and his family. Later that evening Maxine suffered a heart attack and passed away three days later. Her death left a huge void in his life, but he pressed on living a productive life in a manner that would please Maxine.
Ernest was born on May 22, 1922, the 13th and last child of Simeon Winchester Doster (1869 – 1933) and Annie Tom Seay Doster (1879 – 1948) of Dale County, Alabama. Raised on farms in southern Alabama and southern Georgia Ernest was always surrounded by his brothers and sisters, although closest to his next older brother, Jim. It was through his life on the farms that Ernest learned so much about animals and how to love them. His father died when Ernest was only 10, leaving his mother to struggle with the running of the farm and the raising of the children who still remained at home. She succeeded in these tasks and was able to see all remaining 10 of her children become successful citizens.
In 1929 the family moved to Donaldsonville, Ga where Ernest continued his childhood education and met his future wife and love, Maxine, the daughter of John and Edna Trawick Adams of Iron City, GA. Graduating from high school in 1941, Ernest enrolled in Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he studied till 1942, at which time he joined the U.S. Marine Corps serving until 1946. Throughout WW II, Ernest served in military camps around the U.S. and was being deployed to the Asian battlefields on the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Point Cruz, when Japan surrendered after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the midst of the war Ernest and Maxine were married in Jacksonville, Fl at the home of her parents. The marriage was a war-time affair and Maxine and Ernest were only permitted a few days of honeymoon. After the end of the war, Ernest was honorably discharged and he and Maxine moved to Gainesville, Fl where he attended the University of Florida. Money was tight and they depended on his income from the GI Bill, and his working with the university pest control department, and delivering the Florida Times Union newspaper, while Maxine worked as a nurse at the university infirmary.
After graduation Ernest and Maxine moved to Quincy, Fl where he was self-employed in the fertilizer business and later the furniture business while Maxine continued work as a private duty nurse. It was during this time that he and Maxine experienced the births of four children, Russell, Belinda, Leslie and Margaret Eve. Although Margaret Eve sadly died at birth, they were still left with three growing children and money was still tight. It was during this time that he and Maxine became deeply committed to Jesus Christ and devoted their lives to living in the ways of the Lord. As part of their Christian faith he and Maxine became charter members of the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy.
In 1956 Ernest became employed with the Florida Probation and Parole Commission and in 1959 he was promoted to district supervisor and the family moved to Tallahassee. He continued with the Probation and Parole Commission till 1975. He worked with the Department of Corrections from 1975 until 1989 and retired as Circuit Administrator of the 2nd Judicial Circuit. During this time the children finished their educations, married and had children of their own.
In 1990 the Florida Supreme Court certified him as a mediator in the County Court System where he served till 1997. He also served 8 years on the Board of the State Retirement Commission.
He and Maxine always remained very active in their religious life and were members of Parkway Baptist Church for 20 years, charter members of the Bradfordville First Baptist Church for 28 years, and East Hill Baptist Church for their final religious home. While living at Westminster Oaks he took on the joyful task of conducting Sunday Afternoon Bible Lessons. He was a long-time member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club, where he served as president from 1977 – 1978 and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Ernest is survived by his two sons, Russell Stanton Doster and John Leslie Doster. Russell is married to Diane and their children; Christi Griner, Stanley McClain and wife, Ricki, Brett Doster and his wife, Iris, and Matthew Doster and Lauren Lee were devoted to Ernest and he shared in their devotion.
Ernest was pre-deceased by his devoted daughter Belinda Doster Wheeler, who is survived by her husband, John Wheeler and their children and spouses; Michael and his wife Vicky, Thomas and his wife Amy, and Amy and her husband, Robert.
Someone very close to Ernest was his sister-in-law Joan Lee who is the last remaining sister of Maxine. The world will be an emptier place for Joan now that she has lost Ernest, who was her last surviving brother-in-law. Ernest is also survived by numerous grand-children, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at East Hill Baptist Church with burial following at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Virginia Ann Grantham
Virginia Grantham passed away Wednesday April 5, 2017. She was born on October 11, 1947 in Cordele, Georgia. At the age of 5, her parents the late Grover Loden Wade and Neata Rutherford Wade relocated to Monticello.
She is survived by a daughter Rhonda Brant (Vernon), a brother Steven Wade (Laurie), and two sisters, Mary Joe Wade (Todd Thigpen) and Rita Atkinson (Eugene). One nephew and two nieces. Also survived by her special friend, her dog "Buddy".
A Service of Remembrance will be held Thursday April 13, 2017 at Beggs Monticello Chapel at 5:00 P.M.
Donations may be made to: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation 60 East 56th Street 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Toll-Free: 1-866-FIND-A-CURE or American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).
Edith Lyndall Ragans Davis
Edith Lyndall Ragans Davis, 97, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Harbor Chase
in Tallahassee, Florida. Edith was born on January 26, 1920 to Robert Early
and Della Lenora McDonald Ragans and lived in Madison, Florida all of her
life. She was the last surviving sibling of 11 children, to include brothers, Oscar,
Henry, Buddy, John, George, and Vernon, and sisters, Irene Andrews, Gracie
Gibson, Eunice Tyson, and Eddie Bevis. After completing her education in the
Madison Schools, Edith worked for American Sumatra Tobacco Company and
The Bank of Madison. She met and married her husband of 58 years, Dr. J.
Aubrey Davis in 1946, when he came to Madison as a young veterinarian. There, they worked together, raised their family, and were an active part of the community their entire lives.
Edith was a member of The Madison Garden Club and Madison Women's Club. She loved to arrange flowers, and to entertain large groups of friends and family with barbecues and fish fries. She was a lifelong member of The First Baptist Church and was involved and dedicated to the church in every way. Edith remained in her home that she and Doc built in 1951, across the street from First Baptist Church, until February, 2013. She then moved to Harbor Chase, an assisted living facility in Tallahassee, to be closer to her children.
Edith is survived by her son Dr. James A. Davis, Jr. and his wife Judy Livingston Davis, of Tallahassee, FL and her daughter, Becky Davis Frame and her husband, Tim Frame of Madison, MS. She was so proud of her five grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. They are James A. Davis, III and his wife Heather, and their children Anna, Eliza and Aubrey, of Charlotte, NC; Bri’Anne Davis Smith and her husband, Jay and their three children, Avery, Kate and Claire, of Tallahassee, FL; Alison Davis Wagnon and her husband Daniel and their three children, Kaitlyn Yarborough, Davis and Ben Wagnon, of Tallahassee, FL; Tim Frame, Jr. and his wife Katie, and their twin sons, Parker and Henry, of New Orleans, LA; and Andy Frame and his wife Anna, and their children, Sybil and Davis, of Jackson, MS. Edith leaves behind her sister-in-law, Juanita Ragans, (wife of Vernon), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins that brought so much joy to her life. Memorial gifts can be made to the building Fund of The First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida, or to the charity of your choice.
With love and care given by Mary Alice Lewis and Frances Arnold, Edith was able to stay in her home as long as possible. The family is thankful for them, as well as Latoria Denson and Debbie Hampton, her sitters at Harbor Chase, who lovingly cared for her until the end.
Graveside services will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, May 17, at ten o’clock. Visitation will occur at graveside after the service and a reception lunch will follow at Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church. Burial arrangements by Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Lynda Gayle Hicks
1940 - 2017
If one had to choose two words to describe Lynda Hicks, they would have to be love and compassion. Always ready to give a hug and kiss, or a word of encouragement, everyone who met her couldn’t help but feel the motherly love that seemed to pour out of her. She held a deep love for all children and never seemed happier than when she had a child sit in her lap for a snuggle. “Come on over here and give me a kiss,” she would say motioning for you to sit in her lap. Her loving reputation was evidenced by the many who openly expressed their love for her or referred to her as their second mother. Even at an early age, her compassion and desire to help others was demonstrated by her decision to go to nursing school. A decision that would be of great help in her care of the Haitian people she served, and her own children she nursed back to health whenever they needed it.
This is not to say Lynda was all soft. On the contrary, buried beneath her loving demeanor was the silent strength of a warrior. Strength that allowed her to leave everything she was familiar with and follow her loving husband to a destination unknown, somewhere far beyond the horizon, and serve total strangers. Leaving a life of relative comfort behind, she plunged into an adventurous journey for Christ. She watched as she and her family suffered from malaria, typhoid, Dengue Fever, and countless other maladies brought on directly by her decision to serve Jesus. Hurricanes, being stranded at sea for 3 days and 3 nights, having her home invaded and being assaulted by militants, attempted coups, living a poor life, and separation from loved ones were par for the course for Lynda’s astonishing life. Yet, she did it all with a certain grace and acceptance, as if this is just how life was; never stopping to think, for a moment, that she was doing something extraordinary or living life like few ever would or even could.
She was able to do this because she drew her strength from a source of fathomless strength – her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her favorite Psalm, Psalm 91 says, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’ ”. Without a doubt she trusted and was faithful and full of hope and life until the end. As her life faded, even though she couldn’t see and didn’t even quite know who was interacting with her, she was ready to express love for whoever was in front of her. With a quick wit and humor, it should be noted that she truly lived her life abundantly and to the fullest.
Today is a celebration of one of the world’s great women, who lived life abundantly and to the fullest. One of whom her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and everyone who loved her are proud to have known.
Today she is exactly where she always wanted to be. In the loving arms of her Savior, surrounded by His angels and receiving her crown of life eternal. She’ll hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” And, so it must be for now, but we carry on with us the glorious hope that one day we might be as fortunate as she; to have lived, loved and cared as much as she did and to have made a difference like she did. For all of this, her generations rise up and call her “Blessed”.
Lynda is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years, Dr. Daylon Hicks. Six children: Kathryn Vowell and her husband Greg, Toscha Owen and her husband John, Daylinda Rickenbaker, Daylon Hicks, Jr., Mark Hicks and his wife Ellen, Tim Hicks and his wife Leah. Twenty grandchildren: Corey, Cody, Courtney, Cara, Laura, Ethan, Sarah, Emily, Rueben, Johnny, Anna, Jared, Lacey, Kelsey, Victoria, Marissa, Seth, Kiera, Micah, Kai. And thirteen great-grandchildren: Shane, Chevy, Colt, Adalee, Brantley, Cyris, Daelyn, Katana, Layla, Iris, Harley, Lindaya, and Evan. Also survived by her brother, Seth Wilson and his wife Wilma.
She is preceded in death by her father, Seth Wilson and her mother, Nina McCartney, and her sister, Janice Reeves. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 am, immediately followed by the memorial service at 11 am at Gospel Light Baptist Church. The burial service will be in the Tallahassee National Cemetery.
James H. Hughes
James H. Hughes Jr, age 74, passed away February 13, 2017 at home
after a long battle of illness. Mr. Hughes is survived by his lovely wife
of 53 years, Consuelo, and three children: James Hughes III, Pamela R.
Nonnenmocher, and Jason Hughes. He also leaves behind two grand-
children, James H. Hughes IV, and Nicole Pitts.
James Hughes was born July 26, 1942 in Bradshaw, West Virginia the
son of James H. Hughes Sr. and Clemma Payne Hughes. He attended
Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia. Jim enlisted in the Air
Force on October 5th 1961, served eight years in the Administration
career field then was selected for an Officer Commissioning Program
in 1968. Mr. Hughes graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1969 with a BS degree in Finance and Management then went on to earn a MA degree in Public Administration from Ball State University in 1975, and an MBA degree in Management from Golden Gate University in 1981.
His decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with an oak leaf cluster, 2 Bronze Stars and the Gallantry Cross.
His time in service took him and his family all over the world; living in Europe and all across the United States. He retired from the Air Force in December 1991 as Lt Colonel. In 1998 he made his home in Tallahassee where he worked at the Florida State Department of Finance for six years, eventually retiring in 2004. He loved the outdoors so moving to Tallahassee afforded him the ability to play golf all year round. He would play golf at the drop of the hat and would even pack an extra set of clothes just in case there was a course on the way home.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church where he served as an Eucharistic Minister providing weekly Sunday service to those in nursing homes. He also was a member of the Gabriel Project.
In later years, he joined the Parkinson choir where he enjoyed singing with others afflicted with Parkinson where he found support and acceptance.
The family is thankful for the support and care provided by Big Bend Hospice, Home Base VA. Most of all, for the compassionate caring aids that attended to him at home: Nicky, Lashawn, and Danielle.
Visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 on Sunday, February 19th from 4-7pm. Monday he will have a full mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 8:30 am and will be honored with a full military burial at the Tallahassee National Memorial Cemetery at 10am.
Susie Poppell Newton
Susie Poppell Newton, 95, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Crawfordville.
A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Woodville Cemetery.
Susie is survived by her son, Terry Starling of Tallahassee; daughter, Peggy Goodeman of Crawfordville; sister Bertha Mann of Banger, Maine, and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bennett and Sophia “Grice” Poppell; a son, Larry Starling; son-in-law, John Goodeman; and her brothers and sisters, Ollie, Pinkly, Limon, Burl, Ruby, Dick, Willy, Ruth, Margaret, Randy, Lamar, and Edna.
Harry E. Brown
Harry E. Brown, born May 25, 1938 in Ocala, FL, died Monday, April 3, 2017
at his home in Attapulgus, GA.
He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Pearl Brown and his son
He is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Betty Lee Brown; daughters,
Ruth Ann Brown Nappi (Fred) of Gerton, N.C., children, J.D. and Freddie
Ann; Terri Lee Vann McNeill (Tommy) of Monticello, FL, children, Tyler
McNeill and Tayler Sexton; Dee Dodd and Jogie Shearer; son, Victor Vann
(Siri) of Houston TX, children Christopher, Victoria and Samantha; brother,
Jerry Brown of Ocala; sister, JoAnn Pizell (Ron); children of Henry Brown, Jennifer Brown and Katie Moffatt. Along with 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, he had many nieces and nephews.
He was with P & G for 44 years in timber management.
Memorial services will be held 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. before services.
John Stuart Hutchinson
John Stuart Hutchinson died on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, LaDonna. A private family service will be held at a later date.
John was born at home in Otis, CO, the 5th child of Carl Avon Hutchinson and Viola Derr Siple. He is predeceased by twin sisters and two brothers.
He graduated from Otis High School and joined the U.S. Navy near the end of WWII. Upon discharge from the Navy, he entered college at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley (now called the University of Northern Colorado). There he met his wife-to- be LaDonna Beth Peterson and they married on March 21, 1949. He earned both bachelor and masters degrees from UNC, and moved his family to Oregon to take a teaching position in a high school in Portland. After five years of teaching he was
promoted to a science curriculum supervisor. While in this position, he attended Oregon State University in Corvallis and earned his PhD. In 1966, he took his family to Manila, Philippines, where he served two years as a science curriculum consultant. He moved his family from the Philippines to Tallahassee in 1968 to join the Science Education faculty at Florida State.
After two years at FSU he became the science supervisor for Leon County Schools. He retired from LCS in 1991. He was an avid square and round dancer and loved canoeing the rivers of N. Fla. In retirement, he also enjoyed volunteering, traveling, bird watching, researching his family tree and playing bridge with his precious life mate while living at Westminster Oaks.
Other survivors include, daughter Linda Hutchinson Loyd (Gary), sons Rick(Christie) and Kent. Grandchildren Kelly Loyd, Jesse Loyd (Kelly), Jacob Loyd (Katie), Micah Loyd, Christopher Hutchinson (Paige), Stuart Hutchinson, step-granddaughter Jessica Marsh (Stephen). Great-grandchildren, Brody Loyd, Brynn Loyd, Bailey Loyd, Angel Marsh, Colby Marsh.
Irvin Eugene Johnson
Irvin Eugene Johnson was born on February 25, 1921 and passed away
April 9, 2017 at the ageof 96. He was raised in Tallahassee where he
married Irene Spence on April 13, 1941. After his marriage and the
birth of his first son, Irvin was drafted into World War II - 2nd Army
Infantry Division. During the war, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge
fighting through France, Belgium, Germany and into Czechoslovakia.
It was during one of those intense battles he became
separated from his unit and the war department issued a Western Union Telegram to his wife
notifying her that her husband was missing in action. After several weeks alone behind
enemy lines, he was eventually reunited with his unit and served his country faithfully until the
end of the war. After the war, he worked for the City of Tallahassee until his retirement.
Irvin was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Irene Johnson, his parents, Woody and
Aileen Johnson, three brothers Marvin, Wilfred and Frank Johnson, two sisters Florrie Roberts
and Leila Barnes. Irvin is survived by one brother Mack Johnson (Tallahassee), one sister Evelyn
Appleby (Jacksonville) and long time companion Pauline Simone. He is also survived by sons
Thomas (Jenelyn) Johnson Winter Park, Ralph (Frances) Johnson Havana, daughters Dr. Jenny
(Ted) Swearingen and Carolyn (Tom) Johnson Tallahassee. Additionally, six grandchildren
Bonnie Wells, Tracie James, Tom and Teresa Johnson, Chelsea Swearingen, Tennille Robinette,
and six great grandchildren Annabella, Thomas, Ethan, Joshua, AvaLeigh, and Harley.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 am, Towne East Baptist Church,
1055 Richview Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Family visitation will be at the church from 10:30 until 11:30, 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice.