Frances Whitfield Graham
Frances Whitfield Graham, Tallahassee, September 30, 1945, passed away on
October 21, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Jay and Thelma Alford Whitfield.
Frances was a manager with Tallahassee Federal Savings and Loan for 20 years. She
retired from the Leon County Clerk of Court-Finance Division.
She started singing and playing the piano in the church at the age of 6. She loved
her family unconditionally. She served the Lord faithfully.
As the years went by with Alzheimer’s Disease, she became feeble and frail but her
spirit never did. If you asked her about God she would always say “God can never fail”. One of her favorite scriptures was Isaiah 41:10. She loved the Lord and always believed in prayer.
Frances is survived by her son, Ralph T. (Alyson) Motes; grandsons, Chase and Chance Motes; brothers, Thomas (Laverne) Whitfield, and Jerry (Loraine) Whitfield; sister-in-law Rose Harrell; brother-in-law Bobby Cooper; niece Susan Barineau Weaver; Aunt Betty Alford Watson and many nephews and friends.
Thanks to Big Bend Hospice for their kind and loving care.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Alton Graham, and Ralph Thomas Motes Sr., and a brother, Cary Whitfield.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Patricia Ann Dollar
Patricia Ann Dollar, age 87, went home to Glory on November 7th, 2020 early in the morning.
Pat loved gardening and caring for the elderly. She also loved being surrounded by her large family and church family. She was a member of Calvary Baptist church in Monticello, Florida. She trusted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at 14 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Edward Dollar, Sr. and her sons Michael David Dollar and James Anthony Dollar. She is survived by her daughter; Shelia Dianne Dollar, her two sons; Martin Edward Dollar, Jr. and Richard Allen Dollar (Theresa), her 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday November 11th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, Florida. Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Climax, Georgia. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
William Thomas ‘Tommy’ Yown
William Thomas ‘Tommy’ Yown, age 74, of Monticello, Florida passed away Saturday, October 17th, 2020 in Monticello, FL. He was born in Tifton, Georgia on October 18th, 1945, to William Dallas Yown and Ester Lee Denby Yown.
Tommy was the Plantation Manager, where he worked for 47 years, at Gem Land Company. He loved his family dearly and was always the practical joker. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoor life. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Janelle Yown of Monticello, FL; his sons, Howard Haselden (Kathleen) of Spartanburg, SC and Casey Haselden (Megan) of Galena, IL; his daughters, Michele Yown (Vicki) of Carrabelle, FL and Melissa Yown (Lisa) of Monticello, FL; his eight (8) grandchildren & one (1) great-grandchild; his sister, Wilma Wright (Cecil) of Perry, FL.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Yown and his mother Ester Yown; his brother Billy Yown and his son Jeffrey Scott Haselden.
A graveside Service of Remembrance will be held at the Indian Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Miccosukee, FL on Friday October 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello Chapel, Florida 850-997-5612. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Big Bend Hospice or any other Hospice of your choice.
Michael Dunning Ashworth
Michael Dunning Ashworth, 76, left his earthly life for his celestial reward surrounded
by family on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born on May 18, 1944, as the first of three
children to Ernest & Dorothy Ashworth. Michael spent his early years on the family
farm in Jewett, Texas with his two younger sisters. The family moved to Tomball,
where Michael excelled in school and developed a love of music and singing. His
goal at an early age was to be a pilot. His Mom told stories of him carrying pictures
of airplanes in his wallet as a teenager. He was accepted to the Freshman class of
Texas A&M in 1963 and was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
Michael started working toward his goal of becoming a pilot with the United States Marine Corps on July 26, 1968. After graduating in the top ten percent of his class at Officer Candidate School, he was given the option for pilot training with the Air Force at Laredo Air Force Base, where he received his Air Force Wings and was sent to Yuma Marine Corps Air Station to complete carrier landing qualification to receive his Navy Wings and training in the A-4 Skyhawk. After serving in Vietnam, flying over 300 missions and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, he was sent to Aircraft Maintenance School in Tennessee and then back to Yuma where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Michael graduated with a degree in aviation management from Auburn University in 1976 and was sent to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.
During his 20 year career in the Marine Corps, he served as the Commanding Officer of several air squadrons with the call sign ‘Blue Chip’. He achieved multiple medals and decorations for his dedicated service including being selected as a trainer at the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, commonly known as ‘Top Gun’. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986 to Monticello, Florida.
During his career, he developed a love for running and ran three marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. In addition to running, he continued his love of music and singing. He taught himself to play the guitar early in his career and loved playing and singing around a campfire on the many camping, fishing, and hunting trips he enjoyed with family and friends. He taught his two sons to hunt and fish, which they continued to enjoy with each other right up to his last hunting season.
After retiring, he built his dream log home on a pond in the country. Although a different location, it was his return to a life similar to his early life in the country, fishing in his pond, and watching sunrises & sunsets from his deck with his high school sweetheart and wife Anita by his side. Together they contributed many volunteer hours to the community and their church, First United Methodist, Monticello. Michael was involved in every aspect of his church from worship, staff parish, pre-school advisor, Methodist Men, and choir.
Michael is survived by his wife, Anita; sons, Marcus Alan Ashworth (Leigh), Brian Keith Ashworth (Dawn), step son Jeffery Todd Hay (Gemma); grandchildren Anna, Jeffrey Mark, William, James, Hayden, Andrew, and Sophie; two sisters, Eva Hunnicutt (Lee) and Sylvia Ashworth; and niece Nicole. He is also survived by many close Marine Corps friends and families and will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Tallahassee National Cemetery Pavilion Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00 EST. Summer casual attire is acceptable.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 325 West Walnut St., Monticello, FL 32344 for Methodist Men or Chancel Choir-music.
Mack Edward Johnson Sr.
On Friday, October 23, 2020, Mack Edward Johnson Sr., a loving husband, father,
grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, was called home to
be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 94. Mack was born on July 26, 1926 in
Tallahassee, Florida to Woodrum (Woody) and Aileen (McGaughey) Johnson.
Mack attended Leon High School, but could often be found selling peanuts to
State Legislators at the Capitol building. In 1944 Mack enlisted to serve in
World War II along with his brothers Wilfred, Frank, and Irvin Johnson. After
serving in the Pacific Theater, Mack came home to Tallahassee where he met his
lifelong friend and soulmate, Bernice Carraway Johnson. Mack and Bernice were married on May 1, 1947 and instituted a lifelong commitment to their marriage vows to have and to hold each other, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for forever and always. After 73 years of marriage, not only were Mack and Bernice truly still in love, but they also still liked each other. After many years in Tallahassee, Mack and Bernice moved with their children to the “Forgotten Coast” in Panacea, Florida. Mack established a business on Highway-98 where he served the local community for years. In addition to his business on Highway-98, Mack held several jobs in the Tallahassee and Wakulla county areas including service as a Taxi Driver for Florida State University School for Women, automotive jobs, Johnson’s Sand Company, and a school bus driver. One of his fondest memories in life was when he drove a senior class at Sopchoppy High School to New York City – many of these students were in attendance at his 90th birthday party where they shared precious stories with his children. He eventually retired after several years working for the City of Tallahassee.
Mack loved his God, country, and family more than anything. He had piercing blue eyes that captured the attention of all those around him and a contagious spirit and smile. He was a man with a gentle soul who loved to feed the squirrels in his yard and loved his many pets including Festus, Booger, and Blue. He enjoyed camping in the Appalachian Mountains and at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida; serving as a member at Towne East Baptist Church; and traveling to Disney World. He and his wife brought their children down to camp during the park’s first years of operation. Mack could often be found teaching grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to ride a bike, helping Bernice trim greens for dinner, honoring his fellow veterans on patriotic holidays, and participating in civil discourse and debate. He and his wife spent years celebrating the lives of their children and grandchildren as they attended numerous graduation ceremonies, band concerts, baseball games, and other school and college activities. As a father to five daughters, he always reminded them not to “pick their dresses when they were too ripe (short).” He was affectionately called “pawpaw,” and “Mr. Mack,” and truly lived the Lord’s direction to "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matthew 22:37-39). He was truly a man like no other.
Mack is preceded in death by his mother and father, Woodrum and Aileen Johnson; his loving brothers and sisters, Tobie, Marvin, Florrie (Roberts), Wilfred, Leila (Barnes), Irvin, and Frank Johnson; and his caring granddaughter, Jessica Spears. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Carraway Johnson; his sister Evelyn (Johnson) Appleby; his children, Shirley Curles (Jody), Eddie Johnson (Linda), Mildred Seay (Marlin), Virginia Spears, Brenda Johnson, and Kay Hankins (Jim); his grandchildren Joey Curles, Andy Curles, Chris Curles, Bo Johnson, Michael Johnson, Mark Johnson, Marlin Seay, Mack Seay, Amelia Johnson, Danny Hobbs, Brandon Hobbs, Blake Hobbs, Joella Strickland, Lori Heckle, and Danna Cousins; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. In addition, he was still blessed with sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, and many nephews and nieces who were all loving and caring to the end.
The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and home health care workers that have cared for Mack over the last few years, especially Dr. Michael Forsthoepel who was not only his doctor, but also his friend. They would also like to extend their appreciation to the many family members and friends who have supported them during this difficult time.
A celebration of Mack’s life will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Tallahassee National Cemetery. Per COVID-19 regulations in Leon County, the family will respect social distancing and face mask requirements. In addition, the service will be outside with Military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Lighthouse Children’s Home, the Kearney Center, or, as Mack would say, “just be kind to someone today.”
Gerald Allan Waldron
Tallahassee, FL - Gerald Allan Waldron, age 70, passed away into the arms of Jesus
Monday, October 19th, 2020.
Allan was born in Camilla, GA to Martin Oliver Waldron and Nellie Hunt Waldron.
He is survived by his wife Alba Louise Waldron, son Christopher Waldron, brother
Lynn Waldron, Billy and Barbara Beggs, Mary Carol Gonzalez, Barbara Griffin,
Helen Gunn, Susan Johnson, Doug and Martin
He retired in 2003 as Director of Auditing after 32 years of employment with the State of Florida.
A visitation will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 624 Miccosukee Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308 which will be followed by a funeral service 11:00 a.m. in the same location.
Stion “Skeet” Hudson Brinson
Stion “Skeet” Hudson Brinson, 78, passed away Friday, September 25, 2020 at his home in Tallahassee.
Skeet was born December 17, 1941 in Cairo, GA to Stion F. and Ruby H. Brinson. He retired as an auto technician for Proctor, enjoyed cars and Nascar Racing and enjoyed watching the shows on TV about restoring vehicles. He was a member of Woodrun Baptist Church and was an Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Delita Brinson; son, Sean Brinson of Georgia; two stepdaughters, Tammy Pearce (Frank) of Georgia, and Kimberly Williams (Edward) of Woodville; a brother, Jerry F. Brinson (Sylvia) of Whigham, GA; sister, Brenda Darsey (Johnny) of Calvary, GA; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Due to the Covid 19 virus, a private graveside service was held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Tallahassee National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Woodrun Baptist Church Building Fund, 8203 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311.
Robert Francis Sullivan
Former Boca Grande resident Bobby Sullivan, age 83, died July 13th, 2020 after
fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
At his request a service in his honor will be held at the Tallahassee National
Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Pkwy. Tallahassee, Florida 32311 on Tuesday, July 21st,
2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Bobby was born in St. Augustine Florida (a true Florida cracker) on January 1st,
1937, to Francis Samuel Sullivan and Frances Marie Zaremba Sullivan Coleman.
He was raised by his step-grandmother Nona Toledo Coleman, originally from Cayo Costa, FL. Bobby accomplished many things in his life. He was known for his loyalty and work ethic. He was one of ten graduates of Boca Grande High School in 1955. Additionally, Bobby served in the armed services; Air Force and US Coastguard encompassing a 30 year career servicing our great country. His last duty station was as Commander of the New Smyrna Beach Coast Guard Station. He then retired from the Coast Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer.
Following his tenure in the service Bobby returned to Boca Grande. He was a member of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. Initially, Bobby owned a landscaping and lawn service business. Later, he and his partner Babe Darna, owned and operated Statewide Pest Control, servicing the residents of the island for many years. Bobby also owned the Boca Bug Tarpon Boat with his brother John (Jackie) and helped many people catch their first tarpon. His plans were to retire on Boca permanently. However, for the love of family and desire to be closer to them and to experience a different side of life, he later moved to Gadsden County Florida. He bought a farm and enjoyed farming, raising veggies and growing flowers. He enjoyed all the wildlife. He also had a bird sanctuary that along with his dearly beloved loyal companion Sophie, his labradoodle, they fed and tended to daily.
Bobby is survived by his sister Shelia Coleman Manny and brother John (Jackie) Sullivan. He was endeared by many nieces and nephews, most especially by Stacy Sullivan Adams, John Walter Sullivan and Katie Craft Mabe.
He was a good good man!!
Johanna Watson, 83, of Tallahassee passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Hannatown
Cemetery in Bainbridge, Georgia. Donations may be made to Tallahassee Heights United
Johanna was born February 20, 1937 in Chattahoochee, FL to Uriah and Mary Edna Johnson.
She resided in Smyrna and College Park Georgia before moving to Tallahassee in 1976. She
was a member of Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church where she enjoyed Sunday
School, Bible Study and Wednesday night suppers at the church.
She was a district manager for Avon, enjoyed shopping, cooking, and being with family and friends.
Johanna is survived by her sons, James Batten of Tallahassee and John Batten of Hilton Head, SC, and Kevin Watson (Diana) of Deltona, FL; daughters Ruth Anne Harley (Tim) of Aiken, SC, and Renee Brimer (Pete) of Dacula, GA; brother, Clifford Johnson of Quincy, FL; and sister, Joyce McDaniel of Sneads, FL; many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Watson and by two daughters, Kim Batten and Kathy Watson.
William T. Thigpen, Jr.
William T. Thigpen, Jr. age 86, passed away on Tuesday November 24th, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born in Monticello, Florida January 28th, 1934 to William T. Thigpen Sr. & Gertrude Wood Thigpen. He was a lifelong resident of Monticello and attended Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Willie loved gardening and working with the land, he enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing, reading and crossword puzzles. He was a veteran, he served with the United States Air Force and was a member of the American Legion Post 49
He is survived by his wife of 51 years; Geraldine Sullivan Thigpen of Monticello, FL. His daughter; Barbara Sue Thigpen of Havana, FL. His sons; Bill Thigpen (Brandi) of Aucilla, FL, Bobby Thigpen (Keri) of St. Petersburg, FL, Jody McDonald (Tammy) of Lamont, FL, Leonard Thigpen (Dawn) of Woodstock, GA and Scott Thigpen of Tallahassee, FL. His 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his son Jeff “Tiny” McDonald.
A Graveside Funeral Service was held on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. November 28th, 2020 at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Monticello, Florida. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church 446 Hatchett Rd. Lamont, FL 32336. Arrangements were handled by Beggs Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
Patty Jean Shannon
Patty Jean Shannon, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 25, 2020.
The past four years, her health had diminished because of her battle with Lewy Body
Dementia. Patty was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on February 8, 1934, and lived in
Fanlew, Florida, until 2016 when she moved to Brynwood Health Center in Monticello.
Patty was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, canning, and crafting. She loved her
husband, children, and grandchildren and enjoyed making things for them.
She made beautiful baby blankets for everyone in the family who will treasure them for
many years to come. Patty attended First Baptist Church of Lloyd and enjoyed fellowships with Lloyd Silver Saints until she could no longer physically attend.
She is survived by her three loving sons, George (Kathleen) Shannon, Jr., Michael (Rachel) Shannon, and Keith (Cindy) Shannon; six grandchildren, Kacey (Dolly) Shannon, Kirsten (Benjamin) Knowles, Michael (Melanie) Shannon, Tabitha (Brian) Price, Shaughnessy (Chris) Tuten, and Ethan (Monica) Shannon; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Esther Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her husband George Shannon, Sr., parents, William and Esther Shaughnessy, seven siblings, and one grandson, Kris Shannon.
Graveside services will be Friday, October 30, 2020, at 11:00 am at Broomsage Cemetery, Wacissa, Florida. Funeral arrangements by Beggs Funeral Homes, Apalachee Parkway.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite local charity.
Due to COVID-19, please practice social distancing when attending.
Belinda Ann Sapp Crews
Belinda Ann Sapp Crews, age 69, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away Sunday July
19th, 2020 in Madison County, Florida. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida on
October 24th, 1950, to Max Sapp and Hazel Bowers Lacy.
Belinda was a Tax Trainer for the Department of Revenue and a member of the
Faith Baptist Church of Tallahassee. She enjoyed talking and meeting new people
and especially loved spending time with her grandkids. She also enjoyed creating
flower arrangements and doing things for other people. Belinda had a very giving
heart and compassionate soul.
She is survived by her son; Michael Eugene Gramling (Crystal) of Monticello, Florida. Her three (3) grandchildren; Jackson McDonald, Grayson Gramling and Brooke Gramling of Monticello, Florida. Her step-son; Robert Wesley Crews of Raleigh, N. Carolina and his (2) two children. Her brothers; Joel Sapp (Beth) of Nekoosa, Wisconsin and James Sapp of Tallahassee, Florida.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Monday July 27th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
Leonard William Dodson, Jr.
Captain Leonard W. Dodson, Jr. age 97, passed away September 29th, 2020. He was
born May 1st, 1923 in Plainville, KS to the late Dr. Leonard W. Dodson, Sr. and Ellen M.
Chaplain Dodson married Dorothy L. Neal Dodson in 1942. She preceded him in death,
October 7th, 2011, four (4) months short of their seventieth (70th) wedding anniversary.
They had 2 married children; Rev. John W. Dodson (Connie) and Dr. Judith A. Lee
(Robert). There are 6 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great, great-grandchildren.
Chaplain Dodson Served pastorates in Arizona, California and Colorado. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplain in 1950 and retired from the Navy in 1980. He was ordained in the Church of The Nazarene. His Chaplaincy was varied with sea duty, shore duty. He had two (2) overseas assignments accompanied with his wife Dottie, Naval Air Station Naples, Italy and Fleet Chaplain for U.S. Naval Forces Europe, headquarters in London, England. He had one unaccompanied tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam; he was the Force Chaplain for U.S. Naval Forces Vietnam, headquartered in Saigon.
His Naval Assignments included three (3) tours with the United States Marine Corps: Naval Air Station, Los Alamitos, CA; Destroyer Squadron 21, Long Beach, CA; U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; U.S. Marines Force Troops, Camp Lejeune, NC; U.S. Naval Air Facility, Naples, Italy; Fifth Marine Division, Camp Pendelton, CA; Chief of Chaplains Office, Personnel and Assignment Officer, Washington, D.C.; Command Chaplain U.S. Naval Forces, Republic of Vietnam, Saigon; U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI; Force Chaplain, Cruiser/Destroyer Force Pacific; Force Chaplain, Naval Surface Force, Pacific; Fleet Chaplain U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; Command Chaplain, Staff Commander in Chief Naval Material command, Washington D.C.
Retired from active duty United States Navy, October 1st, 1980. His medals and awards include: The Legion of Merit; The Bronze Star with V; U.S. Navy Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Vietnamese Service Medal; Vietnamese Medal First Class; Vietnam Civic Action Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device.
Chaplain and Dottie moved to Monticello, FL in 2002. He became active in community service and Church activities: Treasurer for Jefferson County Ministerial Association; Board Member of the Big Bend Hospice Volunteers; Board Member Jefferson County Senior Center; Vice Chair Jefferson County Educational Foundation; Chaplain, Monticello Rotary Club; Member 9/11 Committee; Member American Legion Post 49; Member Veterans Day Parade Committee. He has filled in as Pulpit Supply for a number of Churches in Jefferson County.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday October 17th, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church of Monticello, FL. Masks are mandatory, arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Big Bend Hospice.
Vernice Myrl O’Quinn
Vernice Myrl O’Quinn, age 86, of Monticello, FL passed away Monday August 10th, 2020 in Tallahassee, FL. Vernice was born April 7th, 1934 in River Junction, FL to Amos Lee Henderson and Mary Rebecca McReynolds.
Vernice had a long career working for Jefferson County Schools and retired after 39 years of service. She always took care of everyone, especially her family, and did all that she could for her church, through vacation bible school and helping with services. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, and taking mini vacations to the mountains. Many weekends were spent with family and friends playing card games.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Catherine Miller (Ary Jackson-deceased) sons, Alvin Ray O’Quinn (Julie) of Monticello, Jeremiah Lamar O’Quinn of Monticello; brother, Horace Henderson (Shirley); her sister, Joyce Shepard (Bobby), her grandchildren, Michelle Barton-Roland (Jessie), John T Barton III (Dori), Ryan O Miller (Nici), Shawn R O’Quinn (Lisa), Jacqueline O Weber (Anthony), Justin O’Quinn, Jillian Jordan, Caitlyn Holland; her great grandchildren, Trevor Barton (Peyton), Haleigh Barton, Madison Miller, Shelbe,Emaree, and Wailon McMallum, Katie Lambert (Jake), Leah and Trace O’Quinn, Maddie Jordan, Preslie Grace, and Harper Weber; and her great-great grandchild, Finley Lambert.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Lamar O’Quinn; brother, Amos Lee Henderson; and her sisters, Pauline Hutchinson, Ruby Cochran.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 14th, 2020 at the Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, FL. Flowers are welcome, or donations can be made in her name to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.
For anyone who would like, there will be a line up at the Beggs Funeral Homes – Monticello Chapel, 485 E Dogwood St, Monticello that will drive together to the cemetery. Please arrive five minutes before the funeral, and we ask that you please stay in your vehicles.
Jessie Eugene ‘Gene’ Cooksey
Jessie E. ‘Gene’ Cooksey passed away at his home on October 18th, 2020 at the age
of 82. Gene was born in Waukeenah, Florida on January 6th, 1938. He was the
youngest of 5 boys born to Fred and Gladys Hornsby Cooksey. He and his brothers
were taught the value (or necessity) of a hard day’s work. He loved his family first
of all and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a talent for fixing things that didn’t
work or ways to make it work better.
Gene attended and graduated from Jefferson County High School. He played football
there and still loved the game. Football season was a great enjoyment to him. He
proudly served his country in the US Navy, serving from 1959 to 1963. During his service he was stationed in California, but traveled to many areas of the world. The main vessel was USS Midway that is now docked in California and open for tours.
The one thing that he always wanted the world to know is how much he loved Jefferson County. He served as County Commissioner for 32 years in addition to his gas business, Cooksey Oil Company. Not being one to sit and rest awhile, he farmed many years. He and his dear friend Bill Cannon, planted watermelons for the summer harvest and their kids would love to tell you what those ‘working summers’ were like!!
The only thing he wasn’t able to fix was the Lung Cancer that was discovered in 2019. After a year of chemotherapy and radiation, he was so tired and graduated to his heavenly home. His family loved him very much and was in awe of his strength to fight.
Gene is survived by his wife, Rachel Ward Cooksey; his daughters, Jeanna Sculley and Miranda (Roger) Trammell; and his son, Jessie E. Cooksey, Jr. (Kristi). He is also survived by seven (7) grandchildren; Danielle Stephens (Scott), Micah and Caleb Sculley, Rodney and Jordyn Trammell, Caroline and Ella Cooksey. Also, three (3) great grandchildren, McKenzie, Adalyn and Aleeha. He is also survived by one brother, Paul A. Cooksey (Barbara) of Lamont. In addition, he is survived by a brother-in-law, Mitchel and Janet Ward and sister-in-law, Joy and Mark Scharein. Sisters-in-law, Norma and Berlene Cooksey. In addition, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gladys Hornsby Cooksey, brothers, Robert (Florence), Franklin and James A. Cooksey.
Services for Gene will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at Waukeenah United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service. Graveside will follow at Waukeenah Methodist Church Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Homes, Inc. Monticello Chapel. Donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice or Waukeenah United Methodist Church.
Jeffery C. Hurdle
Jeffery C. Hurdle, Sr. 59, of Tallahassee, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his home.
Jeff was born October 15, 1960 in Tallahassee, FL to Fenton C. Hurdle and Rebecca C. Bauldree. He was a lifelong resident of Tallahassee, and worked previously as a heavy equipment mechanic at Marpan Supply and Flint Equipment. He was currently employed with the Lighthouse Children’s Home. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, working on tractors, and his mother, Rebecca, told how he loved to take things apart and put them back together since he was 2 years old. Jeff was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother, Rebecca Bauldree of Whigham, GA; son, Jeffery C. Hurdle, Jr. of Tallahassee; Fiancé, Kim Hampton; sisters, Crystal McElvy (Joey) of Whigham, GA, Heather Fisher (Darrow) of Tallahassee, Jennifer Cooper (Matt) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Angie Allen of Cairo, GA; brothers, Robert Lee Mullins (Michelle) of Tallahassee; James Bauldree (Tracey) of Cairo, GA.
He is preceded in death by his father, Fenton Carroll Hurdle.
Family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Children’s Home.
William Thomas “W.T.” Spence, Jr.
William Thomas “W.T.” Spence, Jr., 98, passed away Monday, October 5, 2020.
W.T. was born June 20, 1922 in Reno, GA to Willie Thomas and Lucy G. Spence.
He was retired as a carpenter with Winchester Construction and was a Navy
Veteran. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and farming, and was a member of Chaires
United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Spence; son, Jerry Spence (Debbie) of
Tallahassee; daughters, Jeanette Wood (Billy), and Peggy Surles (Larry) both of
Tallahassee; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great grandchildren.
A graveside Memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at Tallahassee National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chaires United Methodist Church, 9243 Parkhill Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32317.
Betty Jean (Brown) Williams
Betty Jean (Brown) Williams, 87, of Tallahassee, passed away surrounded by her children on November 28, 2020.
Betty was born May 1, 1933 to Clea Sconyers and Harvey Joe Brown in Metter, GA. She married James Elton Williams on May 27, 1950. After her husband’s discharge from the Navy, Jim and Betty resided in Monee, IL where they raised six children. They retired to the Tallahassee area in 1973.
Betty was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to many. In addition to her six children, she was blessed with eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Betty was an outstanding athlete and a member of the Portal, GA High School Women’s Basketball team and known by her fellow teammates as the “Blonde Blizzard.”
Betty loved gardening, sewing, cooking, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends. She was a generous and loving woman who always found time to help everyone. She will be deeply missed.
She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and actively engaged in outreach ministry.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband James (Jim) Williams and her grandson Gregory (Greg) Cooksey. Betty is survived by her six children, son, Larry Williams (wife, Karen) of Thomasville, Georgia; daughters Dena Williams of Tallahassee, Debbie Gwaltney (husband, Sam) of Tallahassee; Donna Williams of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Denene Hurst (husband, Joe) of Tampa, FL; and, Denise Seiz (husband, Charlie) of Ocala, FL.
A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m., December 5, 2020 at Oakfield Cemetery, 2642 Waukeenah Highway, Monticello, FL.
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929, is in charge of arrangements.