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.
Ted Curtis Register
Jan 20, 1932 – Dec 15, 2017
Ted was born to the late Curtis and Louise Register both of Graceville, FL.
He passed peacefully at home with his family around him. Ted was preceded
in death by a brother Joe Register (Graceville, FL) and a brother-in-law Gerald
Ming (Dothan, AL).
After his service in the Air Force during the Korean War; He returned to Florida,
met and married the love of his life Jackie Rome Register, they enjoyed 59
years together. To them were born 4 children; Stephen Curtis Register;
married Dianne Branch Register; Lori Register Norris married Jerry Norris (Clayton, North Carolina); Missy Register Carpenter married Kevin Carpenter (Dalton, PA); Mary Lynn Register Goff married David Goff (Snead, FL).
To these children were born 9 grandchildren; Stephen Curtis Register II, Kim Register Tola (Brian Tola); Stacie Norris Kazie (Purcellville, VA); Jerrad Norris (Akin, SC); Ashten Carpenter (Clark Summit, PA); Keith Carpenter (Sarah Carpenter) (Dalton, PA); Troy Goff (Randi Lynn Goff); Dallas Goff (New Port Richey, FL); Austin Goff (Chipley, FL). From these he was blessed with 4 great grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother Elton and Jeannette Register (Graceville, FL), 2 sisters; Molly Register Bogges (Jim Boggess ) (Kentucky); Peggy Register Ming (Dothan,AL).
Ted enjoyed a full and long life. He was the town barber of Monticello, FL for over 51 years, where he enjoyed the everyday life of the small town living. All who entered were greeted with a cheerful “Hello” and offered a seat in his barber chair. None were too small or too old, and who could forget the desired piece of bubble gum offered to every child. Ted enjoyed a good story and a good laugh. He worshiped at the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, FL. He was a long time member of the local Masonic Lodge. He will be truly missed for he was truly loved. A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello on Wednesday December 20, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Monticello, Florida.
Carol Rudd Langston
Carol Rudd Langston, age 86, transitioned from this life on February 3, 2018
at Big Bend Hospice.
Carol was born March 14, 1931 to the late Theo and Audrey McKenzie Rudd.
Carol moved from Sopchoppy to Tallahassee as a young woman and made
Tallahassee her home until her death. She was employed by Capital City
Bank for many years and then Bill’s Bookstore where she retired in 1999.
Carol was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. She had
attended the Women’s Joy Circle in which she made many close friends and
enjoyed their fellowship.
Carol was an avid FSU fan and attended the football, basketball and baseball games until her health would no longer allow her. However, she continued to follow and pull for her beloved Seminoles.
She was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Dayton Langston and brother-in-law, Charles Berry.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Langston (Charmaine) of Gainesville, Brenda Connell (Neal) of Tallahassee, and Wayne Langston (Pam) of Thomasville;
sister, Valma Berry of Chattahoochee, brother, Tillman Rudd (Marion) of Sopchoppy, 4 grandchildren Seirra Langston Wheeler, Jarred Langston, Tyler Langston and Kelly Connell Jonke.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of TMH and Elder Care Services for the companionate care given and special services over the years. And a sincere thank you to her many close friends that diligently stayed in touch with her and brought her meals on a regular basis.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 942-2929, and A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday at 1:00 at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1689 Old St. Augustine Road.
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.
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.
Violet Jane Gronewold Bryant
Violet Jane Gronewold Bryant, age 77, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday January 16, 2018 in Crawfordville, FL. She was the daughter of Gerhart Gronewold and Marie Meyer Gronewold, born in Pomroy, Iowa on November 14, 1940.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Jerry B. Bryant. She is survived by her two sons; James Bryant (Elesha) from Crawfordville, FL and Paul Bryant (Jill) from Appleton, Wisconsin; her daughter, Julie Bryant from Monticello, FL and her sister, Beverly Buenting from Manson, Iowa.
Violet was a resident of Jefferson County for 38 years and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Monticello, Florida. She enjoyed being a housewife, cooking and listening to country music. She enjoyed feeding and watching hummingbirds. Her favorite foods to make were homemade pizza, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls and strawberry freezer jam.
visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. There will be a funeral at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monticello, FL on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, 485 E. Dogwood St., Monticello FL, (850) 997-5612.
Joseph Aldine “Dean” Pickard
Joseph Aldine “Dean” Pickard died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in Tallahassee, FL.
Dean was born March 11, 1941, in Columbus, the son of Mac and Martha (Mutt)
Pickard. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty Tyrrell Pickard; daughters
Carolyn (Matt) Anthony of Marathon, FL, and Denise Pickard of St. Petersburg,
FL. He is also survived by brother Bill (Ann) Pickard of St. Simons Island, GA,
and sister Kay (Ernie) Curry of Brunswick. Other survivors are brother-in-law
Clint Tyrrell in Gainesville, FL., and nieces, Blair and Michael Nealis and Amelia
of Marathon, FL., Elizabeth (Britt) Hinton, Marietta, GA. and Susan (Jay)
Faircloth of Cary, NC.
Dean was a graduate of Columbus High School (Class of 1959) and the University of Georgia (Class of 1963) where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1968 he went to work for Tom Houston Peanut Company in Columbus in the Tom’s Sales Department. In 1980 Dean and Betty moved to Tallahassee, FL and bought the Tom’s distributorship which became a major vending machine company in the Tallahassee area.
Dean and Betty are long time members of Springtime Tallahassee’s 20th Century Krewe and Andrew Jackson Staff. Springtime Tallahassee is social and benevolent organization that travels around the Southeast showcasing the beauty of Tallahassee. Dean was an avid golfer, playing for years at the Killearn County Club, and Columbus County Club (Georgia). Dean will be remembered as a loyal UGA fan, whose car tag reads “Luv Dawg”. While in Tallahassee, they were Seminole fans, except when they played Florida or Georgia.
A Celebration of Dean’s life will be held at a later date in Columbus, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to Dean to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
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.
William Tripp Anderson
William Tripp Anderson, a Monticello native was born September 5, 1929, he died January 16, 2018 at his home where he grew up.
Preceding his death was his wife of 60 years, Shirley Dana Anderson; his parents Joseph Golden Anderson, Sr. and Mervin Tripp Anderson of Monticello; two brothers, Morgan C. Anderson and Joseph Golden Anderson, Jr. both of Monticello, Florida.
William was a graduate of Jefferson County High School of Monticello, he also graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business from Florida State University of Tallahassee, Florida. He served two years in the U.S. Army, part of which was in Korea. William retired from AT & T Telephone Company after 38 years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monticello since early childhood.
William is survived by his two daughters; Carol Revell (Davis) and Cathy Watt (Richard); his four granddaughters, Ramsey Revell Wheeler, Hadley Revell, Dana Jane Watt and Pamela Watt; his nephew, Joseph Golden Anderson, III; his cousins, William Turnbull Anderson and Beth Anderson Harper and his sister-in-law, Estelle Ringer.
A Graveside service will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Roseland Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee or First United Methodist Church of Monticello. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
Sherry Lynn Wade
Sherry Lynn Wade was 74 years old, born in Houston, Texas on December 26, 1943. She was a valuable member of her community and a great entrepreneur leading the way for women to break into the automotive industry.
She moved to Tallahassee, Florida in 1969 and was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother who would do anything within her means. She was loved by many and will be missed by more.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Floyd Alton “Dude” Wade; daughter, M.K. Dawn Lunn; sons, Todd Salisbury and Jaime Salisbury Jr.; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and many family and friends.
She was preceded in death by Lucille Bright and J.D. Pettus, 3 brothers, granddaughter and son.
A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Aenon Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to service at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
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.
Mary Elizabeth Brown
Mary Elizabeth Brown passed away at her home Wednesday, January 10, 2018 just shy of her 84th birthday. She was born January 19, 1934 in Monticello, Florida to the late Reuben and Mary Hartsfield Brown. She was the step-daughter of Alan Lightsey, whom her mother married after the passing of her father.
Mary graduated from Aucilla School as Valedictorian then learned Shorthand and worked in Tallahassee for the State of Florida as an Administrative Assistant. After retirement she returned to Monticello to care for her mother and step-father.
Mary’s life centered around her church and family. She was a wonderful example of a true Christian servant. As a child she was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monticello, sang in the choir and taught Children’s Sunday School when she was older. Upon moving to Tallahassee for her job, Mary joined East Hill Baptist Church then Northwood’s Baptist Church, serving each in a variety of ways.
Mary re-joined Elizabeth Baptist Church when she moved back to Monticello serving as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, church clerk and pianist at different times. She was very active in the Women’s Missionary Union supporting the outreach ministries of the Church.
Mary is survived by first cousins Bubba Greene (Maria) of Madison, FL. William Hartsfield (Mary) of Monticello, FL. Charlotte Cantrel of Tallahassee, FL. and many member of the extended family. Services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 4124 Bassett Dairy Rd. Monticello, FL at 3:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be at 2:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Following the service interment will be at Elizabeth Cemetery.
The family would like to thanks Ms. Brown’s wonderful caregivers over the last few years for their excellent care and the nurses and staff of Big Bend Hospice for their help during the past year. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice, Elizabeth Baptist Church or your charity of choice.
Sheriff David C. Hobbs
Sheriff David C. Hobbs, 58, passed away November 27, 2017 peacefully in
Tallahassee, Florida, surrounded by his immediate family.
Hobbs was born March 29, 1959 in Monticello, Florida to Betty C. Hobbs
and the late Amos A. Hobbs.
Hobbs dedicated his life to serving the community he loved. Hobbs career
began in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1976-1982. His law enforce-
ment career began as a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper in 1976. He then
spent 8 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy, and the last 12 years as the Sheriff of
Jefferson County. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Monticello.
Some of his honors and affiliations include: Board of Directors, Florida Sheriff’s Association, 2004-2008; Board of Managers, Florida Risk Management Fund, 2014; Governor Appointment to Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, 2014; Board Member, 4-H Advisory Committee; Recipient, Veterans of Foreign Wars Golden Medal Award for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, 2004; Letters of Commendation, Florida Highway Patrol Troupe H for Outstanding Productivity; GEM Award, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; Bronze Awards, United Way, 2004-2012; Member, Rotary International; Chamber of Commerce Award for government official that has contributed the most to the Chamber and Community; Distinguished Citizen Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2012; Instrumental in Legislation Requiring State Drivers License and ID cards to identify sexual offenders; implemented Cops and Kids program to give bicycles to under privileged children during Christmas; Implemented Project Life Saver to aide in search for persons with special needs; organized department fundraisers: United Way, American Cancer Society, and the Senior Citizen Center of Jefferson County.
He was preceded in death by his father Amos A. Hobbs and his sister Ann Hobbs. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Brenda G. Hobbs; daughter, Brittany Hobbs Bishop (Glen), expecting the arrival of the 1st “set of grandchildren”, twin boys Benjamin David and Wesley Hobbs Bishop; his mother Betty C. Hobbs; sisters Helen Lewis (Ikie), Sherrell Dills (Ron); brother Ferrell (Kaye), sister-in-laws Debbie Hartsfield and Mary Lynn Anderson (Demott); and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel. The funeral will be held Saturday, December 2, at 1:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Monticello, FL with internment to follow at Bethel Cemetery on Boston Highway, in Monticello.
David will be remembered by his contagious smile, firm handshake, and unwavering faith in God. His integrity, wisdom and love for his family and community are just some of the many things that will be cherished by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in honor of Sheriff Hobbs to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches, Inc. (PO Box 2000 Boys Ranch, FL 32064.)
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.
Tom Henry Bailey
(Aug 18,1930- Dec 22, 2017)
Tom Henry Bailey, age 87, passed away on December 22, 2017. He was born
to Lemuel and Beulah Bailey on August 18th, 1930 in Sirmans, Florida. He is
preceded by his parents, his wife Betty, five brothers, Clarence, Homer,
Horace, Fred, and Walter, three sisters, Mary, Lois, and Bell. He is survived
by one sister Laverne Cooper, and two children, son, Gerald Bailey (Pat), and
daughter, Judy Nazaruk (Steven), four grandchildren, Chasity Phillips (Brent),
Chris Bailey (Jody), Kasie Singletary (Craig) and Keith Taylor (Michelle). He had six great-grandchildren.
Tom was born in Sirmans, Florida at home. He was the sixth son and a family of 10 children. He attended Greenville High School and he was first on the football team there. He met Betty McDaniel from Lamont Florida in 1949, and they married in 1950. They were married for 66 years. Tom managed a 100-acre cotton farm while co-managing the Star Restaurant and Kwick Kitchen in Lamont Florida. Tom was a Jack-of-all-trades. He electrically wired many homes in Lamont. His spiritual gift was service to the community. In 1977 he was recruited to run the carpentry program at Jefferson County High School. He taught carpentry for 19 years at the high school, many of his students have gone to be successful contractors. Tom was a deacon at Lamont Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for over 60 years. In 2016 he had a stroke and his health declined this past year.
Tom was a wise and talented father, grandfather and friend to everyone. He loved his Lord and Savior and held the course until the end. He and his wife Betty took many trips during their retirement. The family would like to thank all of the doctors for helping him live 87 years. Thanks to Big Bend hospice for their end-of-life care. Thanks to Ruby Jackson for her Home Health Care. Thanks to the community of Lamont and the church family for their visits.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 27th at 11 a.m. at the Lamont Baptist Church. Visitation will be December 26th at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello Florida from 6pm till 8pm. Reverend Fred Bailey Jr. and Mark Holley will conduct the service. Burial will be at Walker Cemetery in Madison County. Contributions to Big Bend hospice or Lamont Baptist Church would be appreciated.
Carolyn Dodson Dixon
Carolyn Dodson Dixon, age 82, born October 23, 1935, passed away on Monday
January 29, 2018 at Tallahassee Regional Medical Center after sudden unexpected
Born in Havana, Florida to the late James Tilton Dodson, Jr. and Edith Elizabeth
Darsey Dodson, Carol was raised on a farm which established her affinity for the
outdoors. As a graduate of Leon High School and long-time resident of North
Florida, she loved to spend time gardening, fishing, boating, camping and being at
peace with nature. Carol was a private and caring person who touched the lives of
many friends and family members. She retired from Florida State School of Nursing as an Administrative Assistant.
Carol is survived by her siblings, Tyna Carter and Ken Dodson; son, Frank Brown; daughters, Cheryl Brim and Theresa Nugent; 1 grandson; 2 great grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews; and Brady Kerce, her companion of 5 years.
Carol is preceded by her siblings, Tilton Dodson, Frank (Betty-deceased) Dodson, Duane (Wallace) Smith, Dorothy (Bill-deceased) Wolfe, Ronnie (Kay) Dodson and Betty (Mike-deceased) Firta.
A memorial service honoring the life of Carol will be held on February 17, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL at 1:00 PM.
We will always carry your memory in our hearts.
Mrs. Rosalind Sledge
We will be having a Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Rosalind at First Baptist Church in Monticello on June 5th at 11 o'clock. There will be a one hour visitation prior to Pr. Sean Vickers service.
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.
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.
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.
Milford Leonard Gray
Milford Leonard Gray, a native of Tallahassee, made his entrance into
Heaven on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Big Bend Hospice with Julie,
his devoted wife of 54 years, by his side. He was born September 6, 1937,
in Tallahassee, FL.
Milford served in the United States Navy from 1954-1962. He was
honorably discharged & was very proud of his 8 years of service to his
country. He worked in outdoor advertising for many years and had his
own business, Gray Signs. After his retirement from his sign business,
he managed Lakeside RV Park for 12 years.
He was an avid fisherman and could always find a place to throw a line and catch enough fish for a good meal. He enjoyed watching football (especially FSU & Alabama) & action & Western movies.
He loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle & friend. He enjoyed life & making people laugh. He was loved by many.
He is survived by his loving wife, Julie Whaley Gray; son, Mel Gray; daughter, Connie Gray Blair (Eddie); three brothers, Dennis (Patsy), Sid (Lucretia), Ronald (Sharon), brother-in-law, Larry Whaley (Wanda) & a host of nieces, nephews & cousins.
He was predeceased by his birth mother, Burnece Gray; parents, Parks & Delois Gray; in-laws, Thomas & Minnie Lee Whaley & niece, Carla Gray-Taylor.
The family will receive friends at Evangel Assembly of God Church, 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd., Thursday, December 21st, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at New Hope Church Cemetery on Springhill Rd. & New Hope Church Rd. immediately following the service.
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of handling service.
Viola Roberta Geddie Clark (Ola)
Promoted February 5, 2018 - 85 Years Ola was born in Wakulla, Florida on November
17, 1932 toThomas Jefferson Geddie and Vera Irene Price Geddie. Ola lived most of
her life in Leon County and is a graduate of Leon High School Class of 1950. Ola married
James (Jimmy Clark) and they had three children: Carolyn; Janette and James Elbert
(Bert). Carolyn is married to Marcus Mormon, has four children and lives in Waverly,
Alabama. Janette is married to Robert Angerer, has five children and lives in Tallahassee,
Florida. Bert preceded his mother and had a wife, Nancy and one child. Ola has ten
grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.Ola worked with
the Tallahassee Democrat, FDLE, and Municipal Code. Ola enjoyed music and played the
piano, organ and many other instruments. She acted as church pianist from the age of 14.
Ola also enjoyed sewing and helped many a patron with their special occasions.
Ola was a long time member of the Church of God in a number of cities including Minot,
North Dakota, Cocoa Beach, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida. She was attending the New Hope Baptist Church. Ola will be buried beside her husband James and her son Bert in the Geddie Cemetery, off Geddie Road. The services will be held at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32311 (Phone 850-942-2929). Services on Saturday, February 10, 2018: Visitation with the Family @ 11:00 am; Memorial Service @ 1:00 PM; and for the immediate family only, Graveside @ 3:00 PM.
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.
Bryan Eugene Hopson
Bryan Eugene Hopson, age 57, of St. Marks, Florida passed away Sunday February 25, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Bryan was born on September 19, 1960 in Oakland, California to the late Richard Eugene Hopson and Barbara Harris Hopson. He was self-employed and worked as an air conditioning specialist. Bryan was a Florida State University fan, enjoyed fishing and watching NASCAR, he loved posting ads online for all the different things he had for sale.
He is survived by his wife Laura ‘Diane’ Hopson of St. Marks; his 3 sons, Christopher Michael Bryan Glaze (Amanda) of Jacksonville, FL, Richard Eugene Hopson (Brenda) of Daytona, FL, Raymond Dennis Grissett (Lindsey) of Eastaboga, AL; his 2 daughters, Brandie Aleene Hopson Register (Michael) and Jodie Sellars (Kevin) both of Tallahassee, FL; his brother, Richard Perry Hopson (Tricia) of Concord, NC; his 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces and nephews; Bryan was preceded in death by his parents.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, 485 E. Dogwood St. in Monticello, FL and a visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday March 1, 2018 at the Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello. An interment will follow the funeral service at Bethel Cemetery.
Kathyann “Diana” Wood (a.k.a Diana Wood)
Kathyann “Diana” Wood (a.k.a Diana Wood) beloved wife, sister, and aunt
passed away peacefully early in the evening of December 27, 2017.
Diana is survived by her husband, of 43 years, Albert Wood of Tallahassee,
her sisters, Sue Coxwell of Blountstown, Juliann Lynn of Pensacola,
Cameron Hasting of Pensacola and Donna Lee of Jackson county.
Diana was preceded in death by her son Daniel Todd, husband Isaac Todd,
grandmother Addie Lizzie Keels Adkins, mother Irma Keels Smith.
A memorial gathering to celebrate the life of Kathyann Diana Wood will be
held, for family and friends, on January 20, 2018 from 2 pm to 5 pm at:
The Space at Feather Oaks located at 6500 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, fl.
George Thomas “Tom” Bruner
George Thomas “Tom” Bruner, 58, went to be with his Lord and Savior, with his family by his side on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Tom was born to George Henry and Kathyrn Adams Bruner on August 27, 1959 in Dothan, Alabama. He lived in Bonifay, FL before moving to Tallahassee. He married his sweetheart, Melissa Roberts Bruner on April 10, 1993. He was a self-employed Sales Representative, an avid fisherman, a loving father and a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.
He is survived by his sons, Justin W. and Ryan R. Jenkins; daughter, Ashleigh G. Bruner; brother, Timothy A. Bruner; sister, Kathy B. Peacock (Robin); and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at Indian Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to service in the church.
The family would like to thank Big Bend Hospice House and staff for their loving care and support.
Velma Barfield Harvell
Velma Barfield Harvell, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 23, 2018 at 95 yrs. old Mrs. Harvell was born on August 7, 1922. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Harvell, her parents, Levy and Fannie Mae Barfield, her brothers Neal Barfield and Gene Barfield. She is survived by sons, Larry Harvell, wife, Nicole, Lamar Harvell, wife, Dottie and daughter, Wanda Sawyer, husband, David, 6 grandchildren, Ryan Harvell, Daniel Harvell, Cyndi Harvell-Lee, Brian Smith, Jeremy Smith and Ashley Guthrie, 6 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-laws, Ann Stout and Joyce Barfield along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Harvell is a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church and retired from the State of Florida. She was a devoted wife and mother that gave her all to her family. Special thanks to Big Bend Hospice, staff, and volunteers, especially Michael Lyons for making her journey home much easier.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 with burial following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.