Dennis Michael Mannozzi
Dennis Michael Mannozzi passed away suddenly on April 18th with his family members present. Dennis was born in Pennsylvania but had made Tallahassee his home for more than 35 years. He worked in the wholesale car business and was well liked by everyone. He had a gentle soul. He enjoyed riding Harleys and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his sister Judy and her husband Jean, brother Steve and his wife Tracey, his son Dennis Jr. and grandchildren Curtis and Renee all in Pennsylvania as well as eight nieces and nephews. He also had Lori Camper Edwards, his stepson Alan Camper with his wife Courtney, and granddaughter Alice Janelle “AJ” Camper all in Tallahassee along with many more friends. A private visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home on Saturday April 21st with a public celebration of life to be held at a later date.
Felice Lynn Johnston Shuman
Felice Lynn Johnston Shuman, age 82, passed away peacefully at
her home on Sunday, September 16, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello on
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the funeral
service will be held on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the First
Presbyterian Church of Monticello at 11:00 a.m. Interment, burial
will follow at Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, Florida.
She was born in Tampa, Florida on August 22, 1936. She graduated
from Jefferson County High School in 1954. She married R. B. Cap
Shuman on September 2, 1955. She was the secretary at Jefferson
County High School for several years before joining Cap to work by
his side at Johnston's Locker Plant until they retired in 1996. She was
a member of the Presbyterian Church where she was the church organist for many years.
She is preceded in death by her husband R. B. (Cap) Shuman, October 2012 and her parents, Felix and Alice Johnston. She is survived by her two children; Bart Shuman (Becky) and Becky Shuman Bennett (Hal), five grandchildren; Scott Shuman, Sloan Shuman Pitts (Vann), Seth Shuman, Blake Bennett (Angie) and Connor Bennett, a brother; Felix Johnston (Cathy), four great-grandchildren; Kane, Dallas and Sawyer Bennett, and Peyton Pitts and a host of nephews and nieces.
Felice’s family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude for the loving care of their mother by her caregivers; Kathy Cook, Katie Elkins, Erma Morris and Belle Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice.
Julia Hill Willingham Robinson
Julia Hill Willingham Robinson was born in Washington, Georgia on
March 11, 1932. She died on August 22, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Julia was predeceased by her husband, Bryan Wright Robinson, her
daughter, Margaret Hill Robinson, her parents, Julia Hill Willingham
and Ellington Bartow Willingham, and a brother, Ellington Bartow
She is survived by her children Bryan David Robinson (Mary Ann),
Carol Susan Robinson, Stephen Kirk Robinson (Courtney), a sister,
Colden Duncan, a sister-in-law Emily Willingham, five grandchildren,
Bryan James Robinson, Julianne McClure Robinson, David Hill Robinson,
Bethany Brooke Robinson, and Anna Grace Robinson, and a multitude
of cherished nieces and nephews.
Julia received a BA degree from Georgia State College for Women, where she was a piano major. She continued to enjoy music of all kinds, taught piano for many years, and played the piano throughout her life.
She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church for fifty years, where she served as an elder, the president of Presbyterian Women, and received the Presbyterian Women Honorary Lifetime Membership. Julia was also a member of the Tallahassee Music Guild and the Tallahassee Garden Club. She enjoyed needlework and created exquisite handwork in needle arts of all kinds.
Julia was devoted to her family and her friends. She was the epitome of graciousness. Her home was always open to all, and all who came found friendship there. She deeply loved her God, and strove earnestly to be a faithful follower of Christ, demonstrating His love to those around her. She was known for her warm, caring spirit, her loyalty to family and friends, and her joyful love of life.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida at 1:00 on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bryan W. Robinson Neurological Endowment at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, or Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee.
Elmer Harold Leek
Elmer Harold Leek, 95 passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Funeral Services will be held 3:00, Friday, November 30, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church with burial following at New Hope Baptist Church 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.
Elmer Leek was born in 1923 in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed from this life November 28th after a short illness. He was a shrimper for 20 years and a master plumber for 33 years. His hobbies included politics, organic gardening, and making his famous datil pepper sauce.
Survivors include: his wife, Maxine Leek, daughter Bonnie Leek Hall, step son Bobby Morrison, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Frankie Lane Dudley Sr.
Frankie Lane Dudley Sr. passed away at home, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Columbus, Georgia on September 12, 1937 to Frank and Ruby Lane Dudley. Frankie retired from the United States Air Force in 1976, after serving in the Vietnam War. During his time in the USAF he was a Training Instructor at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Frankie is survived by his loving wife Nelda Joyner Dudley, one son Frankie L. Dudley Jr.(Sheila), two step-daughters Debbie Lane(Patrick) and Ann Crosby(Charley), one brother Michael R. Dudley (Glenda);10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 42 years Paula Marie Dudley, and a daughter Kelli Marie Dobbs.
Funeral Services for Frankie will be held on March 22, 2018 at 3:00PM at Beggs Apalachee Chapel 3322 Apalachee Parkway, with a visitation taking place 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Tallahassee Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Big Bend Hospice 1723 Mahan Center Blvd Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Martha Anderson Fields
Martha Anderson Fields passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on November
3, 2018 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She was surrounded by her
family and was showered with love when she joined the Lord. Martha was an
exceptional and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
She had a profound effect on all who knew her because of her incredible kind-
ness, compassion, thoughtfulness and giving nature.
Martha was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from Florida State
University, and had a long and distinguished career with the State of Florida,
culminating as the Director of Information Resource Management for the
Florida Board of Regents.
Martha was a selfless and generous contributor of her time and talents to a wide range of organizations in the Tallahassee community, including volunteer roles with St. John’s Episcopal Church and it’s bookstore, the TMH Cancer Center’s Healing Garden and multiple local groups and clubs. She loved travel, the beach, gardening, bridge, the FSU Seminoles and most of all her family and friends.
Martha is survived by Michael Montfort Fields, her husband and best friend of 50 years; their daughters Michelle (Branon) Thames and Melissa Fields (and fiancé Paul); brothers Tom (Judi) Anderson and John Anderson; sister Mary Lou (Wayne) Lackey; and three grandchildren Jackson, Caitlyn and Connor Thames.
Services will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 3:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to your favorite nonprofit organization in Martha’s memory.
Cleo Rigdon Breon
Cleo Rigdon Breon, 82, of Monticello, FL, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home.
Funeral services will be held, 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial following at Cody Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. prior to services at Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, 3812 Tram Rd., Monticello, FL 32344, or to Covenant Hospice House, 1921 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Cleo was born September 8, 1935 in DeLand, FL to Lester Ellis and Effie Lee Rigdon. She had resided in Auburndale, Fl before moving to Monticello in 1990. She retired with the State of Florida-Dept. of Agriculture-Dairy Division as a Lab Technician III, and was a member of Cody Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a pianist for numerous churches throughout her lifetime, and served in many capacities of those churches.
Cleo is survived by her husband, Marvin Dwaine Breon; son, Carl H. Cooke Jr.; daughters, Debbie Hannah of Crawfordville, Fl, and Cheryl Ladockas of Jacksonville, NC; brothers, Elvin Rigdon of West Melbourne, FL, and Rev. Charlie Rigdon of Cleveland, GA; sisters, Hazel Rigdon Bruce of Monticello, and Marzell Rigdon Jackson of Mountainair, NM; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two step-sons, two step-daughters and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Lester and Effie Lee Rigdon.
Oscar Murry ‘Buddy’ McReynolds, Jr.
Oscar Murry ‘Buddy’ McReynolds, Jr., 58, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Beggs
Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)
942-2929. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Madison. Family will
receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to service.
Oscar served in the United States Air Force, loved muscle cars, his children
and grandchildren and the 60’s and 70’s music.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Mahoney Gasser; son, James McReynolds;
daughter, Kristi L. McReynolds Wyza (Adam); sister, Deborrah M. McReynolds White (Doug); grandchildren, Tanner J. McReynolds, Gage A. and Adleigh K. Wyza; and cousins Gloria C. Stuckey and Ester M. Cooksey.
Vaunita May Glover
Vaunita May Glover, 87, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Vaunita was born in Binbush, West Virginia on December 13th, 1930 to Ray and Daisy Spencer. She has lived in Tallahassee for the past forty years and is a longstanding member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dildreth Glover, sons, James Glover (Christine) from Jacksonville, Fl, and Gary Glover from St. Augustine, Fl.; daughter, Deborah Linton (William) from Tallahassee, Fl; brother, Victor Spencer; sisters, Velorene Glover and Vividean Lee; five grandchildren, Alisha Linton, Carson Linton, Amy Kimble, Lauren Peres, and Sarah Amador; one great grandchild, Cid Linton; and her beloved niece, Judy Saddler.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Immanuel Baptist Church with burial following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Ann Morrow Mickler Norfleet Stallings Hamrick
Ann Morrow Mickler Norfleet Stallings Hamrick, age 79, of Madison, Florida, died at home on Friday, August 10, 2018, surrounded by her loving family and God’s amazing grace.
Ann Morrow was born August 13, 1938, in Madison, Florida, to the late Frederick Troupe “Fred” and Robbie Morrow Mickler. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a faithful member of the Mickler Handbell Choir, the Chancel Choir, and the Dickinson-Williamson Circle. She was also a past president of the United Methodist Women (UMW) and a member of the Fred Mickler Sunday School Class.
Ann Morrow was a 1956 graduate of Madison High School and attended North Florida Junior College. She worked in the NFJC library, but she is perhaps best known, however, for her dedication as the executive secretary to the plant managers of Dixie Packers, Inc. In 1992, she was awarded the American Business Woman of the Year for Madison County.
Ann Morrow was a charter member of the Madison County Gator Club, a participant in the “Keenagers” activities, a past member of the Madison Woman’s Club, and an ardent supporter of the Artist Series of NFCC. She loved all Gator sports and enjoyed playing bridge and tennis.
Ann Morrow was predeceased by her parents; her brother Randell Robert “Bob” Mickler; her sister Frances Mickler Sanders; her youngest son Henry Randell “Hank” Stallings; her first husband Nat Smith Norfleet, Sr.; and her second husband Henry Allison Stallings. She is survived by her husband, Oliver Rudolph “Rudy” Hamrick, Jr.; her sons Nat Smith Norfleet, Jr. and his wife Monica and Frederick Mickler “Mike” Norfleet and his wife Nida; brother Dr. Frederick Troupe Mickler, Jr.; sisters-in-law Raye Wooley and Nell Ring; and four grandchildren: Lindsay Fico and husband Damon, Eric Norfleet and wife Daryl, Tre Norfleet, and Kristen Norfleet. Ann was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Dallas Norfleet, Stella Mae Norfleet, and Damon Chandler “D.C” Fico. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and numerous family and dear friends whose lives she touched with her genuine compassion, her sweet smile, her Christ-like faith, and her unwavering sense of humor.
The funeral service will be held on her birthday, Monday, August 13, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Madison, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 12, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the same location. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, Madison’s First United Methodist Church, or the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home Youth Ranch in Pinetta, Florida.
Beggs Funeral Home (Monticello) is in charge of arrangements. (850) 997-5612. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the website at www.beggsfuneralhomes.net.
Joseph Albert Herwig, Jr.
Joseph “Joe” Herwig Jr., 83 of Monticello, Fl, passed away after a long illness on
Saturday, October 27, 2018. He was born on October 2,1935 in the home of his
grandparents of the late Joseph Albert Herwig and Edna Ann Schlette. Until the
age of twelve he continued to live in the family’s brownstone in St. Louis
surrounded by other family members. This remained one of the happiest times
of his life. It was in St Louis where he attended Catholic schools and had the
honor of becoming an altar boy, that Joe became disciplined in his faith and
values. He learned the importance of family values, forming lasting friendship,
and the virtues of a hard work ethic.
Joseph’s family moved to Atlanta briefly, then to Jacksonville, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Soon after, he joined the Army Reserve and moved to Gainesville where he attend the, University of Florida. He graduated in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, his lifelong dream.
On his birthday in 1980, Joseph met Janice Davis. Their lifelong love for one another began while attending a University of Florida football game, their first date. Joseph quickly asked Janice to marry him and they became husband and wife in 1985. They shared train collecting, travel, skiing, camping, friends, and time with their special extended family. They also had a love for the many pets they have shared over the years. The most fun Joe and Jan had, was with their good friends they've both made over the years at the Florida Gator football games. Joe was an avid Gator all the way!!!
Joseph was in private practice for over fifty years, and worked for “The Agency For Health Care Administration”, in the Office of Plans and Construction. He also worked for twenty-seven years as a Professional Engineering Administrator for the entire state of Florida. Joseph cared for those of he had the honor of working with in his industry. He never lost his passion for mechanical engineering. Joe felt strongly about sharing knowledge and time toward the betterment of Healthcare. Joe practiced mechanical engineering throughout the state of Georgia.
Joe was a very involved father, both Mark and Jody were in the Boy Scouts. He happily mentored them throughout all their activities growing up. His fondness memory was of the trips to Russia and Spain that he shared with Jennie Lyn. Joe was an extraordinary role model to his children. He also loved his grandchildren, Vanessa and Marco, and was very proud of them.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 38 years, Janice, and his little Tu-Tu🐾 of 12 years. His brother Vince (Charlene) Wascak. Children; Jacob Nagib, Joseph, Mark, Jennie Lyn, and “Baby Tori.” Grandchildren; Joshua Halloway, Vanessa & Marco. Great Grandson; Kyle Holloway, Father-in-law, Curtis Palmer.
Other family members include, Michael Davis (Randy Waak), Jim (Nancy) Bass, Heather, Sandy Wascak, Dana, Gracie and Hudson Beard, Merrell & Jimmie Batton, Dorothy Rouse, Sandy, Dennis, Amanda and Jennifer Fletcher, Craig Palmer, Lee Battron, Deloris and Loren, and other extended family members.
Janice would like to thank her close friends of Monticello that have stood steadfast beside her since February of 2017. She is forever grateful for all of your support and kindness shown during these many months.
Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello will be holding Celebration of Life service on November 12, 2018 at 11am, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee Fl. 32309. Reception to follow at the Community Center.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Joseph’s name or to: “Best Friends Animal Society,”
5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab Ut. 84741.
John Milton Walker, Jr.
John M. Walker Jr., age 49, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
on October 9, 2018. He was born in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia
State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and lived in Cumming,
Georgia for many years. He was a business and financial analyst. He moved to
Monticello, Florida in 2014, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He
was employed at Flowers Food Corporation in Thomasville, Georgia. He enjoyed
playing guitar, martial arts, watching baseball, reading, and fishing.
He is proceeded in death by his father, John M. Walker, Sr. He is survived by his wife Brenda Walker, his mother, Runette Walker, and his brother, David Walker (Christi).
A Graveside Service was held at Oakfield Cemetery in Monticello, Florida on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello, Florida handled the arrangements.
Herbert Jackson Woodard
Herbert Jackson (Jack) Woodard left his earthly home after a long and valiant battle with cancer. A memorial celebration of his life with visitation will be held on Monday July 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 12:00 pm at Beggs Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida (850)-942-2929.
He had lived most of his life in Tallahassee and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Florida State University. Following retirement, he moved to Havana, where he was living at the time of his death. He was a geologist by profession, serving in several capacities with the State of Florida, including the Bureau of Geology, Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, Water Resources and Department of Environmental Protection. Following 40 years of employment with the state of Florida he retired from the Department of Environmental Regulation, where he continued part time employment for a number of years. He enjoyed his hobbies, fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Juanita day Woodard; five children Everett Woodard, Terry Woodard (Mandy), Tami Baumgartner, Jason Russek (Annie), And Lee Woodard; six grandchildren, Traci, Christa, Robert, Josh, Emily and Kyle; one very special great granddaughter, Rachel, and numerous nieces and nephews. He cherished his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Charles Woodard and Mable Heath Woodard (Pettit) and a brother James Pettit (Alice). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 2619 Centennial Blvd #101 Tallahassee, Fl 32308.
Susan S. Waters
Susan Sagar Waters, 68, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Shady Grove,
Ms. Waters was born July 2, 1949, in Evanston, Illinois to Lester R. Sagar and
Virginia S. Sagar. She was a graduate of Leon County High School, class of
1967. She obtained both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Education from
Florida State University. She was a math and reading specialist and taught
in schools in Monticello and Tallahassee for over 40 years. She loved
camping, hiking, music festivals, the beach, and the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Garden Club in Monticello.
Service: 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.
Survivors: She is survived by her daughters, Leslie Anderson and her husband Mike Anderson, and Mary Kate Reader and her husband Jeff Reader; her sister, Leslie Sagar; her sister-in-law, Adele Sagar; her nieces, Jennifer Smith and Jessica Sagar; and her grandchildren, Kendall Kate Perdue and Ari Reader.
John Calvin Simmons
John Calvin Simmons entered into Heaven on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his home in Tallahassee, Florida.He was born in Perry, Florida on March 6, 1940, son of John C. Simmons and Inez Townsend Simmons. He grew up in Perry where he resided until 1980 when he moved his family to Tallahassee.
A consummate patriot his entire life, he joined the Navy right out of high school and served as a First Class Petty Officer aboard the USS Little Rock. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was deployed just off the coast of Cuba. After his military service he returned to Perry, Florida and married Marian Wheeler from Quitman, GA and began raising a family.
Always a devout follower of Jesus Christ, he shared his faith with others in many ways, including teaching Sunday school. He also held a great love for knowing and teaching science, having devised a narrative through which children could easily learn the periodic table – the Hydrogen Story for children, which he individualized for each of his grandchildren and others.
John lived his own ideals of personal responsibility, accountability, individualism and self-reliance. Most every home he owned he built himself. John was also a true entrepreneur, having started a successful communications business and later in his career launching and operating a successful real estate brokerage that specialized in cell tower site acquisition in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
Stubborn and charismatic, and with an eternally positive outlook, he was quick with a joke and an accomplished billiards player. Beloved by many in the community, his greatest joy and priority was his family. John’s immediate family left to cherish his memory are, his wife, Marian Wheeler of Tallahassee; daughters, Carol Merchant (and husband Billy) of Tallahassee and April Simmons (and husband Charles) of Charlotte, NC; brother Stevan Simmons (and wife Carmen) of Ormond Beach, FL; and grandchildren John Maxwell Caskie, Atticus Brooks Caskie, Truman Grace Caskie, John Carson Merchant, and Caylon Mae Merchant.
A memorial service will be held at Beggs Funeral Home on Apalachee Parkway at 11 am on Thursday, September 20, 2018, with burial at Tallahassee National Cemetery immediately after.
Della Bernice (Polly) Burch Dempsey
Merritt Island - Della Bernice (Polly) Burch Dempsey
Merritt Island, FL - Della Bernice Dempsey, 89, has gone to her
final resting place on Monday, August 20, 2018.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM EST Friday, August 24, 2018 at
Beggs Funeral Home, Apalachee Chapel, 3322 Apalachee Parkway,
Tallahassee, FL (850-942-2929). The service will be at 1 PM EST
Saturday, August 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Lloyd, 124 St.
Louis Street, Lloyd, FL (850-997-5309), with burial at Ebenezer
Baptist Church Cemetery, South Highway 19, Monticello, FL. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First
Baptist Church of Lloyd Building Fund, Lloyd, FL.
A native of Edgewater in Volusia County, Della had resided in Monticello for over 35 years. Upon passing of her beloved husband, Doyle E. Dempsey, Sr., Della lived for periods of time with each her children, most recently in Merritt Island, FL with her Daughter and Son-in-law (Sharon and Barry Eller).
Della graduated Magna Cum Laude from Daytona Beach Community College and received an RN degree in May of 1972. She was employed by TMRMC in Tallahassee, FL as the Staff/Charge nurse for 17 years; retired in 1989. Della served as the President of TMRMC Retirees Association until 1994. She was a member of Lloyd Baptist Church, attended Bethel Baptist Church in Cocoa, was an active member of the Merritt Island Daughters of the American Revolution, Rufus Fairbank Chapter, Satellite Beach and had served for 50 years with the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #167.
Della will be remembered as a loving wife, a caring mother and grandmother and a strong Christian friend and advisor.
Della was the last surviving member of 14 children. She is survived by two sons, James Edward Dempsey (and wife Mylene) of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Doyle Edward Dempsey, Jr. (and wife Kimberly) of Palm Harbor, FL; a daughter, Sharon Dempsey Eller (and husband retired Lt. Col. Barry) of Merritt Island, FL; five grandchildren, Paul Edward Dempsey, David Edward Dempsey (and wife Leslie), Doyle Edward Dempsey III, Keira Dempsey and Jess Cruikshank (and wife Molly); four great grandchildren, Liam Edward Dempsey, Henry Edward Dempsey, Rory Cruikshank and Oliver Edward Dempsey.
EVELYN COWAN CLARK
Evelyn Cowan Clark, passed away peacefully in the Bertrand Health Center at Westminster Oaks on March 23, 2018. Evelyn was born in Porterdale, Ga on February 22, 1927 to T.G. Cowan and Florence Cowan. She attended school in Newton Co., Ga and graduated from Emory University at Oxford. Upon graduation, she taught tennis, tumbling, gymnastics, ballet, and tap dancing at Fowler’s School of Recreation in Covington, Ga. She pushed her students to excel in their chosen field of athletics. She excelled in tennis and with her doubles tennis partner toured nationally for 12 years winning many tournaments.
Athletics were important to Evelyn and she had no intention of marrying until she met her future husband, Joe Clark, a student at Emory University in Atlanta. They ma rried in 1958. Joe was ordained a minister in the Methodist Church (now the United Methodist Church) and she served as a minister’s wife by Joe’s side for 44 years as he served churches in Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.
Besides her many duties as a minister’s wife, Evelyn raised five children: Joey (wife Sherry), John (wife Holly), Jackie, James and Jeanne (husband Michael.)
She has nineteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
She returned to teaching in the 1970's after raising her family. She now had the time to again devote to her passion of tennis. Tennis was not her only interest. Evelyn oil painted as a hobby. She enjoyed gardening and especially liked to cook. Canning vegetables was one of her specialties. Her pickled watermelon rinds were very popular with family and friends as were the special cookies which she baked by the dozens, esp. at Christmas. She visited shut-ins always taking them some of her cookies.
After retirement, Evelyn and Joe lived in Tamarac, Fl for 12 years in a retirement community. They moved to Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, Fl in 2011. Sadly Evelyn was unable to participate in activities due to her health.
A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be held in the Frances Chapel on the Lower Level of Oaks South at Westminster Oaks on April 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Bend Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Association or favorite charity.
A special thanks is expressed to the Westminster Oaks staff. Additionally much affection is extended to Gary and B. J. Allen, the parents of Michael their daughter Jeanne’s husband.
Wilbur E. Harrelson
Wilbur E. Harrelson, 88, Went to be with the Lord on October 8, 2018.
He was born in Vidalia, Georgia on October 19th, 1929. He spent the
majority of his life in Tallahassee.
He was pre-deceased in death by his parent's, Earl & Mary Estelle
Harrelson and, son-in-law Tommy Roberts.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an MP, and was a Veteran
of the Korean War.
He was Retired from the automobile business after many, many years.
He is survived by Bessie, his loving wife of 68 years. His daughter's Chery Roberts and Debbie Fleetwood. His Grandchildren T.A. (Gentry) and Dan Roberts and, Kyle and Carlie Fleetwood. Great Grandchildren Grady and AnnaReed Roberts.
He was an active member of The Masonic Lodge for many years.
He was also an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was active in his Sunday School Group and was an Usher for many years.
He is also survived by wonderful friends, neighbors and especially his church family at Immanuel.
He was kind, funny, loving, loyal, determined and very devoted to family.
Wilbur's life will be celebrated at Beggs 3322 Apalachee Parkway, on Tuesday October 23, 2018. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 prior to service in the Chapel. Burial will take place immediately following service at Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311.
In lieu of flowers of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shriner's Hospital 2900 N. Rocky Point drive Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 281-0300.
Dr. Robert Sylvester
Dr. Robert “Bob” Sylvester, age 82, of Monticello, Florida passed away on May 12, 2018. Born in Pascagoula, Mississippi to Ellis P. and Beryl Sylvester, who along with his sister, Joan Ratcliff, preceded him in death. Dr. Sylvester is survived by his wife, of 56 years, Quay Sylvester; his children, Jennifer Sylvester of Tallahassee, FL, Robert Sylvester of Fountain, CO, Chuck Sylvester of Vienna, VA; sister, Susan Ruffin of Jackson, MS, along with his eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He attended Mississippi State University prior to transferring to Auburn University where he completed his degree in Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1959. He then served as a Captain in the US Air Force. Upon his discharge, Dr. Sylvester started his veterinary practice in Bastrop, LA specializing in large and small animals, for the next 7 years. In 1969, he relocated his family to Brooksville, FL where he continued in practice for 17 years. After retiring from private practice, and moving to Tallahassee, he began working with the Department of Agriculture for the State of Florida, while continuing to increase his goat farming operation on his farm in Lloyd.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jefferson County Library.
Bernie Joe McGuire
Bernie Joe McGuire, affectionately known as “BJ”, 57, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at his home in Tallahassee.
A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Bernie was born November 9, 1960 in Perry, Florida to William E. and Kitty L. McGuire.
He lived in Tallahassee for the past 33 years, was a truck driver for National Carriers, a Baptist and was an Air Force veteran. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and lover of the outdoors. Most weekends he could be found camping with his family, hunting with friends, or fishing to his heart’s content.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Huff McGuire; son, Henry McGuire; daughter, Latasha McGuire; and a brother, Walt McGuire. He was also an uncle to a host of nieces and nephews.
Buddie J. Halbert
Buddie J. Halbert, 74, passed away Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018, at Capital Regional Hospital, Tallahassee, FL. Born April 8, 1944, in Columbia Missouri, to Raymond and Thelma (Ankrom) Halbert, he graduated from Hickman High School and later attended the University of Missouri. He later joined the U.S. Air Force serving as a radar operator flying early warning reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Shortly after serving his country, he relocated to Eustis, FL where he worked various journeyman and construction details at Disney, Eamons Tree Service, Gwaltney Nurseries, and Cee-Jay Pools. He was an active member at Bay St. Baptist Church and was involved with coaching Little League Baseball, and YMCA Indian Guides. After graduating from University of Central Florida, he worked as an internal auditor for various utility and construction companies before relocating to Tallahassee in 1989. Mr. Halbert worked for Florida’s Public Service Commission until retiring in 2011 where he then devoted much of his time to ministries such as Homestead Ministries, Take a Kid Fishing, Hands Helping Anglers, and Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief?). A true enthusiast for the outdoors, he was an avid hunter who shared his passion with his family and the public as a certified hunter’s education instructor. Mr. Halbert is survived by his wife Relda of 33 years, three sons Bobby, Brian, and Blaine, and five grandchildren, Grace Ann, Anna, Wyatt, Abigail, and Elena. The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/bud-halbert-legacy-fund. Details for funeral arrangements can be requested through Beggs Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.
Bobbie Radford Forrest
Bobbie Radford Forrest, 91, passed away at her home surrounded by her family
on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
Bobbie was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her childhood
sweetheart on December 25, 1944 in Vienna, Georgia. Bobbie helped raise
three children with patience, discipline and humility. Most of her adult life she
was a Sunday School Teacher and a Youth Director at Palmetto Baptist Church
in Sanford. Florida. She was best known for being everyone's "Granny". She was
a Granny to everyone she met and treated them all as family.
She is survived by her husband Allen Kenneth Forrest, her three children, Kenneth Allen Forrest (Sheila), Jerry Radford Forrest (Fran), and Lana Jean Forrest Brown (Patrick), 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, Florida on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be Held at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, Florida, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2pm with the burial service following at Oakfield Cemetery, Monticello, Florida.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center.
Arthur Jerriles Strickland, Jr
Arthur Jerriles (AJ) Strickland, Jr, 91, died Monday, April 16, 2018, after an extended battle with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.
The service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, with burial at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee, FL. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. Beggs Funeral Homes, Apalachee Parkway Chapel, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 942-2929, is in charge of arrangements.
AJ was born October 28, 1926, in Boyd, FL. He settled in Tallahassee where he met the love of his life, Barbara. They were married in 1956 and remained married for 49 years until her death in 2006. AJ worked numerous jobs in Tallahassee including the Tallahassee Music Company, Eli Witt Vending, and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH) in the Lab and as a courier. He retired from TMH in 2006. AJ was a deacon and a long-time member of Faith Baptist Church and later Immanuel Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Hilda Morgan (Monty) of Monticello and Barbara Scarbrough (Daniel) of Tallahassee; a son, Stephen Strickland (Marlene) of Tallahassee; seven grandchildren, Melannie Wright (Matt) of Orlando, Eric Money (Megan) and Allen Money of Tallahassee, Curtis Lee Morgan of Monticello, and Tucker, Jackson, and Lainey Strickland of Tallahassee; one great-granddaughter, Lydia Money of Tallahassee; two nieces and one nephew; numerous great-nieces and great nephews; and numerous cousins.
In addition to his wife Barbara, AJ was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Jerriles Strickland and Leola Smith Strickland; his brother, Clyde Strickland; his sister, Marjorie Roberts; two infant daughters; and one infant granddaughter, Anna Nicole Strickland.
Fred Edward Bennett
Fred Edward Bennett, age 75, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away on
Thursday June 14th at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was born
on January 8, 1943 in Miami, Florida to the late William and Evelyn
Fred was a graduate of Miami Senior High School, Miami, Florida. He
worked for the City of Miami for 20 years. He moved to Tallahassee in
1979 where he worked briefly for Rowe Drilling, then The Tallahassee
Democrat for 5 years, and retired from Leon County in 2008 after 20
He loved God and Country and never met a stranger. He was a friend to all
who knew him.
He had three great loves in his life, Daysi Barcelo, Sandra Hughes, and wife Adella Bennett (preceeded in death). These union's blessed him with five children of which he was very proud.
He is survived by sister, Sandra Evans of Kendall, Florida. His son Fred Edward (Rico) Bennett Jr., two step son's, Kenneth (Darin) Sullivan and Rick Williamson, two step daughters, Vicki Moyers, and Tina Weems, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many nieces, nephew's and cousins. He is preceeded in death by his brother's, William "Billy" Bennett Jr., and Daniel "Danny" Bennett.
Visitation for family and friend's will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday June 17th.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m, Monday June 18th at Beggs Funeral Home 3322 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 with burial following at Oak Field Cemetery, 2462 Waukeenah Hwy, Monticello, FL 32344.
(Alma) Louise Browning Stauffer, 91, died on July 30th, 2018, surrounded
by her loving family. She was born to William & Alma Browning in
Penns Grove, New Jersey on July 17, 1927. She and her brother
Bill Browning were Penns Grove Regional High School graduates.
Louise met Carl Stauffer in 1950 at the Penns Grove Record newspaper.
In 1951, the family moved to Florida, and Carl & Louise were married in
Clearwater on December 15, 1951. Carl and Louise soon moved to
Tallahassee and raised their three sons, while Carl worked at
The Tallahassee Democrat, Florida Times Union, and finally
for 20 plus years as Director of the Florida Sheriffs Association.
When the boys were mostly raised, she and Carl moved to Monticello,
where they lived for 25 years. After Carl died , Louise moved to Havana, Fl. to be close to and under the care of her sons.
Louise is survived by her three sons Robert (Marsha), Steven (Cathy) and Jeff (Lezlie), two granddaughters Sarah Louise Stauffer and Aelon Suskey, two grandsons Jeb and Griffin Stauffer, a great grandson Reis Suskey, and a special adopted daughter in heart, Nancy Carter and her husband Chuck.
Briefly, Louise was a tender soul who loved kindness, saw the beauty in people, and delighted in the beauty of nature. She was ever grateful for the neighbor lady that began taking her to church as a small child. Her christian faith and her belief in actually trying to live The Golden Rule, and to display kindness, characterized her life. She always said, spend more time thinking of things you have to be thankful for, rather than what you don't have and you'll have a much more enjoyable life. Everyone loved Louise, and she and her great laugh will certainly be missed!
Edward “Eddie” Johnathan Blair
Edward “Eddie” Johnathan Blair a native of Panama City, FL made his entrance
into Heaven on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at TMH with his loving wife of seven
his mother Gloria, and his mother-in-law Julie by his side. He was born May 30,
1971at Bay Medical in Panama City, FL. He served in the United States Army
from 1994 to 2009. Some of Staff Sergeant Blair’s deployments consisted of
Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Korea and Germany. He was wounded in Benghazi
when an IED blew up the Humvee he was riding in. He was medically and honorably discharged and proud of the sixteen years he served his country.
The last eight years of his life were spent loving his wife Connie and spending every moment with her. He enjoyed life and was loved by so many. He was such a jokester. We could never tell if he was serious or joking. He kept us laughing.
He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Gray Blair; sons, Johnathan and Brandon Blair; daughter Megan Blair Carr (Samuel); his mother Gloria Brady; one brother, Ruben Blair; and one nephew, Tylor Blair; two grandchildren, Willow and Logan Blair; and one step-sister, Rebecca Brady. He was preceded in death by his father Evon Blair; his father-in-law Milford Gray; and his step father David Brady.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. prior to service in the chapel. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery on Springhill Rd. Tallahassee.
Garner Otis James, Sr.
Husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Garner Otis James, 75, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Tallahassee. He was born March 17, 1943, in Tallahassee, Florida to Otis Duffy and Mittie Marie James. Garner was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Thigpen James. He was also predeceased by one son, Garner Otis James, Jr. and one brother, Bobby James. He is survived by one brother Jimmie Daniels and wife Karen, Brewster, WA, sister-in-law, Mary Soule of Tallahassee, FL, son Mike James and daughter-in-law, Dina of Monticello, FL, and daughter Kathy (James) Phillips and husband, Jerry of Monticello, FL, and daughter-in-law Joy James of Tallahassee, FL, and four grandchildren: Danielle Merritt and husband Clyde of Monticello, FL; Heather James of Monticello, FL, Matthew Phillips of Walnut Hill, FL, and Trevor Phillips of Hendersonville, TN, and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Caroline Merritt of Monticello, FL.
The family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at Oakland Cemetery, Tallahassee, FL.
Sandra Lynn Codemo
Sandra Lynn Codemo passed away peacefully in her sleep October 20, 2018. She was born, June 17, 1949 in Charleston, West Virginia. Sandra lived in Tallahassee, Florida for the past 20 plus years. She enjoyed spending time quilting, gardening and cooking for her family and friends. Before becoming physically disabled, she followed her passion in the healthcare industry through work as a certified Nursing Assistant. She was a homemaker and, along with her husband Bill, successfully raised two daughters. Sandra was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Tallahassee.
Sandra is preceded in death by her father, James Young. She is survived by her mother, Lucille Young; her siblings Ron Young, Cathy Sutta, Loretta Young, and Elizabeth Dampier; her husband of 51 years, William Codemo; her daughters, Jennifer Codemo-Thomas and Melissa Codemo Johnson; her grandchildren Sara Harrington, Phillip York, Andrew York, Mel Howard, and Alexis Howard; and her great-grandchildren Norman Jones IV and Gavin Jones.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Homes, with a visitation from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to services. Burial will take place at 12:00 noon at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. The family is under the care of Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Son Mai, affectionately known to his friends and family as Coup, passed away
Nov. 4th 2018 in Tallahassee, Fl. A memorial service will be held 11am, Friday,
Nov 9th, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee,
FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to service.
Son was born July 8th 1963 in Vietnam living most of his life in Tallahassee, Fl.
He was a loving brother and uncle whos greatest joy in life was to be surrounded
by nature and the plants that he so carefully nurtured. He will be remembered
and cherished by his sisters Terri Ann Smith, Kathryn Smith Chaffee, Denise Neilson; brother, Johnnie Lee Smith Jr.; and nieces and nephews, Christina, Danielle, Johnnie, Thomas, Roxanne, Troy Jr., Ava, Sienna, and Joseph.
He was preceded in death by his parents Johnnie Lee Smith, Vo Thi San and his sister Kim Mai.
July 5, 2018
Martha P. Day
Mrs. Martha P. Day, daughter of the late Ivan and Oleane Crowe, was born
April 29, 1944 in Glenwood, Alabama. She is survived by her sisters; Miami
Smith (Lance) and Judy Adams and her brothers; GH Crowe (Linda), Felix
Crowe (Shirley), Forrest Crowe (Dottie), and Douglas Crowe (Janice). She
is preceded in death by her sister Margaret ‘Maggie’ Williams and her
nephews Michael Williams and Wayne Reidling.
She was united in marriage to Donald M Day on November 4th, 1978. She
is survived by her husband of 39 years and their 3 children Dewayne Driggers (Susan), Connie Day (Tim), and Chad Day (Kelly). She will be missed greatly by her 8 grandchildren, great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She has always been a dedicated church member and was an active member of Olive Baptist Church. Being a faithful follower of Christ was the most important aspect of her life. Because of her giving, generous spirit, her love for her family and friends, and her warm smile, she was loved by many. Anyone that knew her, loved her. She was a true testament of what it meant to be a beloved mother, wife, and grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to Big Bend Hospice. Services for this beloved woman are as follows: the viewing will be Monday, July 9th, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service at Redding Hammock Cemetery in Greenville, FL at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018.