Jerry Alvin Grubbs, Jr.
Jerry Alvin Grubbs, Jr. “Alvin”, 61 of Monticello, FL passed away on January 30, 2019. He is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Jana Hunter Grubbs. Alvin is lovingly remembered by his parents, Jerry and Doris Grubbs; sister and brother in-law, Connie and Don Barfield; daughter and son in-law Jessica and Ronald Bishop; grandchildren Kristina Everly and RJ Bishop as well as many other family members and life-long friends.
Alvin graduated from Aucilla Christian Academy in 1975. He married the love of his life Jana on January 27, 1978. He was a loving family man, respected business owner and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed restoring classic cars and traveling. Alvin’s happiest times were spent on the family farm surrounded by everything he loved.
A graveside Service of Remembrance will be held at Roseland Cemetery on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel 850-997-5612.
Dr. Harold F. Ramsey
Dr. Harold F. Ramsey, 90, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 in Tallahassee.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Tallahassee National Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to service at
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Fl 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Dr. Ramsey was born July 24, 1928 in Mammoth, W. Virginia to Harold and Beulah Ramsey. He enrolled in the Bible Institute and earned his Doctor of Ministry and ministered for 44 years at New Testament Church in Largo, FL and Southwood Baptist Church in Tallahassee, FL.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helena Ramsey in 2016.
Deloris Edith Brannen Strickland
Deloris Edith Brannen Strickland, 88 of Tallahassee died peacefully early Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2019. She was born in Glennville, Georgia on April 19, 1930 to Landis Laren and Lennie Todd Brannen. She was the oldest of five children and grew up surrounded by two brothers and two sisters, loving parents, and a large extended family. After she graduated from high school, she attended Georgia Teachers College (Georgia Southern University). There she met her future husband, Ernest “Gene” Strickland, and they were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1948.
After Deloris and Gene married they moved around a lot because of his job with Life of Georgia Insurance Company. They lived in Collins, Jeffersonville, Macon, and Milledgeville, GA before coming to Tallahassee in 1968. No matter where they lived they were always active in a local church and had the opportunity to make a number of new friends in each city. Deloris was primarily a stay-at-home mom until they moved to Milledgeville where she opened a daycare. After moving to Tallahassee, she owned and operated a daycare named “Happy Time Playschool.” She loved children and was very gifted in taking care of the children that were left in her care. In 1978, Deloris and Gene
purchased a place on a canal at Shell Point (Crawfordville, FL). After several more moves, they finally settled down and made Shell Point their permanent home.
The funeral services will be held at Beggs Funeral Home - Apalachee Chapel on
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Watermelon Creek Baptist Church
Cemetery in Glennville, Georgia. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday,
March 29, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Deloris is survived by two sons, Stuart Strickland and Stanley Strickland (Jane). She was
a loving grandmother to four grandchildren: Lauren Akesson (Rickard), Diana Sands(Luke), Travis Strickland, and Michael Turner. She has four great-grandchildren, Nathan Sands, Tucker Sands, Taylor Akesson, and Tristan Sands. Deloris has one sister, Wilmith Craig of Roswell, GA. Also, added to her family are two step-great- granddaughters, Ingrid and Louise Akesson. She leaves behind many special friends and extended family that she loved very much.
She is preceded in death by not only by her husband and parents; but her daughter,
Carol Strickland; two brothers, Delbert and Dwight Brannen; and sister, Geraldine Stallings.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pioneer Baptist Church, 486 Beechwood Drive, Crawfordville, FL 32327 or to the Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Etta "Boots" Ruth Fredericks
Etta "Boots" Ruth Fredericks, 92, returned to her heavenly home, surrounded by her loving family, on March 14, 2019. Her devotion to Christ and her family was the solace that brought the ultimate peace of her passing.Boots was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Mark and Nina Hoover on December 6, 1926. She married her loving husband of 40 years, Robert, in 1944. They were blessed with a beautiful family of four children, Karen, Keith, Jody, and Krista.Boots was a devoted member and the beloved matriarch of her church. She was known for her gracious and loving spirit, her quick wit, and her fiery patriotism. She was considered by her friends and family to be the fairest reflection of dignified grace and style.Boots is preceded in death by her husband Robert Fredericks, her son Keith Fredericks, her granddaughter Amy Martin, and her infant grandson Bradley Fredericks. She is survived by her daughters Karen Bartlett, Jody Hart, and Krista Collier; her 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.Special thanks to the staff of Big Bend Hospice for their invaluable support and friendship.The funeral service will be held at Renaissance Church, 4852 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Fl. 32305, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.. An interment will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, 446 Hatchett Road, Lamont, Fl. 32336.
Laura “Diane” Hopson
Laura “Diane” Hopson, age 64, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Thursday
February 14, 2019 at home with her Son in Oxford, Alabama.
Diane was born August 18, 1954 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to John B. Morgan,
Jr. and Lela Mae Kelley Morgan. She attended Titusville High School in Titusville,
FL and graduated with the class of 1972. Diane worked for the Department of
Health for many years in Tallahassee, FL. She was a loving wife, mother and
friend to everyone she knew. She was an avid Florida State fan and watched
every game. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and watching Nascar with her late husband Bryan. Her grandchildren were her heart and she cherished every moment spent with them.
Diane is survived by her brother Dennis “Dink” Morgan (Ginger); her sons, Raymond Dennis Grissett (Lindsey) of Oxford, AL and Richard Eugene Hopson (Brenda) of Daytona, FL; her daughters Jodie Sellars (Kevin) and Brandie Aleene Register (Michael) both of Tallahassee, FL. She had 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bryan Eugene Hopson.
Services are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, FL with a visitation on Tuesday February 19, 2019 from 6:00 -8:00 and a Funeral Service at the Chapel on Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Bethel Cemetery in Monticello.
Ms. Dorothy Lee Hutto
Tallahassee, Florida-Ms. Dorothy Lee Hutto, 86, entered into rest January 23,
Dorothy Hutto was born on September 3, 1932 at her grandmother’s home in
Bartow Florida. She is the only daughter of Ruth Armistead and Lonnie Lyons
and was a Native of Florida, living in several different cities throughout her life.
She spent 26 years in Saint Petersburg Florida, where she raised her family.
While in St. Petersburg, Dorothy was a member of Northside United Methodist
Church, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years.
Dorothy was a graduate of Summerlin Institute High School in Bartow Florida and attended the Florida State University College for Women. She married James R. Hutto, Jr. in 1953 and moved to Toledo Ohio for a short period of time. Her husband’s employment led them to St. Petersburg Florida where they lived for 26 years. She was a Homemaker most of her life but also provided In-Home Daycare Services. Upon her husband’s retirement they moved to Okeechobee Florida, then relocated to Tallahassee Florida where their two daughters live. Her mother’s failing health necessitated Dorothy’s return to Okeechobee. Shortly after her return, Ms. Hutto began her career as a Walmart Associate. She was very proud of the 15 years she was employed by WalMart. She retired as Manager over the Sewing Department. After her mother’s death in 1998 she returned to Tallahassee, where she continued to reside until her passing. While in Tallahassee Dorothy became a member of Chaires United Methodist Church. She also supported the United Methodist Children’s Home.
Dorothy had a genuine love for children and animals. She devoted her life to caring for her family and deeply loved each one! She maintained several lifelong friendships, enjoyed church activities, fishing, entertaining neighborhood children, listening to gospel music and attending all activities her children and grandchildren were involved in. Dorothy loved sewing, crocheting, and quilting. Her creations will be enjoyed for years to come.
Dorothy Lee Hutto is survived by her two brothers, Robert Lyons of Lecanto Florida and Lanny Lyons of Richardson, Texas, 4 children: Randall “Randy” Hutto (Kathy), Ruth Kendricks (Bobby), Gregory “Greg” Hutto (Lani) and Jeanne Hutto Robbins. 6 grandchildren; Dr. Victoria Selley (Dr. Jeremy), Randall “Little Randy” (Lisa), Kathryn Sherman (Jason),Dr. Bryan Kendricks (Dr. Amanda “Mandy”), Monica Hutto (Jacob) and Heather Hutto (Kenny). 10 great grandchildren; Lily Grace and Jackson, Ila and Isabella, Wesley and Caden, Silas and Carsen and Ava and Evan. She was very proud of the accomplishments made by her children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the United Methodist Children's Home: 1647 NE Captain Buie Road, Pinetta, Florida 32350
C/O The Madison Youth Ranch
Thomas “Tommy” Baker Johnson
Thomas “Tommy” Baker Johnson, 72, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2019.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Tallahassee National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Fl 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Tommy was born November 6, 1946 in Perry, FL to Tom and Hazel Johnson and has resided in Tallahassee for the past 28 years. He retired after 26 years from the United States Navy, loved fishing and camping, traveling with family, was an amateur author, Ham Radio operator, loved History, Florida State Football and genealogy and enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Lavater Johnson; son, Thomas Baker Johnson, Jr. (Jessica) of Tallahassee; daughter, Tonya Lynn Six (John) of Tallahassee; brothers, Donnie Johnson (Wendy) of Perry, and Wayne Johnson (Becky) of Tallahassee; sisters, Marie Martel (Gordon) of Atlanta, Dora Miller of Perry, and Deloris Guidry (Brian) of Lafayette, LA; and grandchildren, Brittany Six, Chelsea, Audrie, Emily and Lily Johnson, and a multitude of extended family.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jo Hughes.
Jane Monroe, age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019 due
to God’s mercies, the compassionate care of Westminster Oaks and Big Bend
Hospice following a stroke on January 14th. She was born on April 29, 1923 as
Ella Jane Hamilton in Albemarle, North Carolina to Fuchsia and Iron Lee
Hamilton. She was the oldest daughter of seven children.
Jane met her future husband, Harold Bertram Monroe, while attending God’s
Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were married in 1943 and served
together as Harold pastored Wesleyan churches in Ohio and Iowa for over
fifty years while they raised three children. Jane returned to school at Drake University to complete her MA in Education and taught elementary children in Iowa and Ohio public schools for over 30 years. Jane was an extraordinary pastor’s wife, school teacher, homemaker and mother. She loved baking (famous for her yeast rolls), sewing, music and crafting.
Jane and Harold moved to Tallahassee in 2001 to be close to family. In 2005 they joined Westminster Oaks and experienced the benefits of living in fellowship and support at all levels of care; independent, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing.
She is survived by children Gloria Murray (husband Carl), John Monroe (wife Pam), Barbara Shackelford (husband Paul), as well as five grandchildren: Shawn Lavy (wife Lisa); Abigail St. Hilaire (husband David), Megan Hill (husband Sean), Zachary Shackelford (wife Maggie) and Joshua Shackelford (wife Megan) as well as seven great grandchildren: Ally, Sam, Jed, Ginny, Ellie, Nova and Rilla. Her husband of 63 years precedes Jane in death; as well as brothers Charles Brooks, Burnest Lee and James Winfred Hamilton; and sisters Martha Irene Trexler and Sara Frances Haruyama.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Oaks Frances Chapel on the lower level of Oak South on Sunday, January 27th at three o’clock presided by Rev. Bob Evans Discipleship & Congregational Care Pastor of Wildwood Church, Tallahassee. A funeral service will be held at Haskell-Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana on Saturday, February 9th at one o’clock presided by Rev. Edward Fisher, viewing will be at noon. Interment will follow in the family plot at Vevay Cemetery in Vevay, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation.
Hazel Cox Allen
Hazel Cox Allen, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Tallahassee.
She was born on November 14, 1931 in Holmes County Fl. to William and Litha
Hudson. She loved sharing the gospel at the Leon county jail, and was a cook
at the Lighthouse Children's Home for many years. She loved spending time in
her garden with her great grandchildren, Braxton and Tyler. She was a member
of New Hope Baptist Church.
Hazel Allen is survived by her son, Bobby Cox SR. (Michelle) of Tallahassee;
Grandchildren, Mindy Colman and Bobby Cox JR. (Kayla) of Tallahassee; Great grandchildren, Braxton Colman and Tyler Cox of Tallahassee; Brother Billy Hudson (Betty) of Tallahassee; Sister Barbara Bratcher of White City; Stepson Cliff Allen (Corey) of Tallahassee; Step grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan and Nicholas, and many nieces and nephews. Hazel was preceded in death by her husbands, BJ Cox, and Robert Allen; her parents, William and Litha Hudson; sisters, Edna, Pearlie, Lillian, Laura, Pauline and Nancy; and brothers, Ben, Eddie and Doye.
A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy in Tallahassee, on Wednesday March 20th from 6-8pm.
Mrs. Allen’s funeral service will be held at Southwood Baptist Church, 5177 Capital Circle Sw. on Thursday, March 21st at 10am with the internment following at New Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to the Lighthouse Children's Home. 7771 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee FL. 32309.
Michael “Mike” Ralph Granger
Michael “Mike” Ralph Granger, 66, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, in Tallahassee, FL.
Born and raised in Leon County, Mike lettered in baseball and basketball at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, FL. Years later, he went on to pursue his love for baseball through umpiring hundreds of local area games from the Recreational Park to the Collegiate level. He was also chosen to be a representative for Boys’ State through the American Legions. Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was also an avid hunter and fisherman. If he wasn’t hunting or fishing, you could find him enjoying a good Bluegrass Festival.
Mike, aka “Danger Granger,” or “Officer Friendly,” joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in March 1982 after ten years with the Tallahassee Police Department. He retired from FDLE in 2012 as a special agent with the Governor’s Mansion/Protective Operations Section. Throughout his career, Mike provided security services to Governors Bob Graham, Wayne Mixson, Bob Martinez, Lawton Chiles, Buddy MacKay, Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, and Rick Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Merica Freeman Granger; two children, Scott Granger (Laura) of Crawfordville, Jennifer Carey (Tim) of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren, Josiah, Eliana, Isaiah, Jordan, Ruth, Lily Kate and Tindell; his mother, Reba Tindall Granger, one sister, Dianne Beane (Bo); one brother, Gary Granger (Tonya); nieces & nephews: Justin & Rachel Beane, Travis & Marci Beane, Sarah & Faith Granger; four great nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, where he loved singing in the choir and teaching marriage classes alongside of his wife, Merica.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church. The services will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church with burial at Woodland Cemetery in Gadsden Co.
Beggs Funeral Homes 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 942-2929 is assisting the family with arrangements, or beggsfuneralhomes.net.
Dustin Wayne Brown
Dustin Wayne Brown, 28, of Panama City, died May 10, 2019. He was born October 29, 1990 in West Palm Beach, the son of Angie Williams Skiver and Chad A. Brown. He attended schools in West Palm, Panama City and Tallahassee where he finished in 2008. He played sports in school and loved to play the guitar. He was a member of Life.Church in Wellington, FL. and was a devout Christian who loved working in the church.
He is survived by his parents, brothers, Derrick and Dalton Brown, stepfather, Witt Skiver, stepmother, Michelle Brown. He also leaves his maternal grandmother, Wanda Williams Seay and paternal grandparents, Kennon and Nancy Brown, uncles Greg Williams (Kim) and Mike Williams (Marylou), aunts Teresa Brown Jakubek (Mark), Melinda Brown Lampitt (Mark), cousins Brian, Brittney, Tyler, and Zack Williams, KC , Peiton, and Alex Lampitt, his dearest friend Adriana Stephen-Strayhorn, his step grandmother, Marcia Winchester Marwede, and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Earl Wayne Williams.
A Celebration of his life will be held Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee with Pastor Doug Bedgood officiating. The family will receive visitors at Beggs Funeral Home - Apalachee Chapel, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32311, from 6 to 8 Thursday evening.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Life.Church, 3061 State Road 7, Wellington, FL 33449, in Dustin’s memory. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Beggs Funeral Home, Tallahassee.
James N. Daniels “Connie”
James N. Daniels “Connie” 70, of Graceville, FL passed away Wednesday,
February 6, 2019.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019 at
Indian Springs Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until
2:00 p.m. prior to service.
Contributions, may be made to Harmony Baptist Missionary Church Building
Fund, 1049 Sanders Ave., Graceville, FL 32440.
Connie was born June 12, 1948 in Monticello, Fl to Jasper and Wyolene Daniels.
He was a grounds keeper for the City of Tallahassee residing in Tallahassee until moving to Graceville 2 years ago. He was a part of the Coast Guard Auxillary, loved to draw, garden, and work with his hands. He never met a stranger, he was friends to everyone. He was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church but attended Harmony Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Daniels; brother, Clarence Daniels (Charline) of Tallahassee; sisters, Dottie Nelson of Fruitland Park, FL, and Susan Simmons (Mike) of Miccosukee, FL, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Ruth Dixon.
Mattie R. Story Boland
Mattie R. Story Boland age 88, of Wacissa, passed away peacefully in her sleep
around 2:20 am on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
(TMH). She was surrounded by her loving family. She received many visits and
calls by family and friends.
Born August 8, 1930, in Jefferson county she was the daughter of James Bird
Roach Story and Mary Elizabeth Tharp Story. She was a compassionate, kind-
hearted and hardworking woman who always put others first. She was a loving
dedicated wife for 64 years and a wonderful mother. She talked a lot about her memories working at TMH as a nurse’s aide. She also worked at Rose Printing Company, S & H Green Stamp Store, and the Leon County school system. She loved bright colors and all things that sparkled. She loved going to the beach, the flea market, cooking for the family, riding the golf cart down to the pond to go fishing, tending to her dogs, cats, chickens and playing and swimming in her pool. In addition to her parents she was proceeding in death by her husband Wilton Boland and her sisters Mary Irene (William Clark), Rochelle (James Bailey) and Lilly Florence (Pete Spratt). She lived a happy life dedicated to God, her husband Wilton Boland, their son Donnie Boland, their daughter Connie Boland Lord, (husband Bobby), her grandchildren, Jimmy Boland (Monica), Danny Boland, Debra Boland-Mims (Jeff), Tamela Lord-Penrod, Tasha Lord (Shawn), Tara Lord (Billy), Tyler Boland and Trevor Boland (Caitlin), great- grandchildren, Charlie, Kyle, Airon, Wesley, Mallory, Hunter, Thomas, Heidi and Owen. Great-great grandchildren, Jonce, Elizabeth, Abigail, Marcus, Aza, Cole, Siren and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Services will be held on Friday April 26, 2019 at 2:00pm at Wacissa Pentecostal Holiness Church with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Beth Page Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Wacissa Pentecostal Church 152 Tram Rd Monticello, FL 32344 or Big Bend Hospice House 1723 Mahan Blvd Tallahassee, Fl 32308
Mary Irene Archer Rice [April 30, 1925 - February 1, 2019]
Mary Irene Archer Rice, 93, passed away on February 1, 2019, after a lengthy
struggle with Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Rice was born and raised in North Carolina.
She later moved to Florida and retired from the City of Tallahassee, as
Director of Payroll, with over 20 years of service. Prior to working with the
City, she managed both the Diana and Lerner’s shops in Tallahassee. After
retiring, she and her husband moved to Dothan, Alabama where they enjoyed
many wonderful years together. After her husband’s death, she relocated to
North Carolina in 2003 to be near her family.
As her health declined, Mrs. Rice moved in with her granddaughter where
she enjoyed lots of noise, love, and laughter. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, her daughter brought her back down to Florida where she would spend her final days. While in Tallahassee, she was able to connect closely with her great-grandchildren who lived there. It was a special time for all.
She loved to travel and was blessed to take a special trip to Israel that was life-changing for her. She was a wonderful cook and made some very special cakes that both her family and friends enjoyed. Mrs. Rice was always very active in her church serving through missions work and the women’s auxiliary groups. She truly loved singing in the choir and passed her love of singing down to her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Rice was one of 11 siblings. She cherished her annual Myrtle Beach trips with them.
Mrs. Rice is survived by one daughter, Merica Freeman Granger (Mike); and one son, Gary Bernard Bradford; one brother, Jack Archer (Odessa); one sister, Dot Isenhour; two sisters-in-law, Louise Archer and Martha Archer; five grandchildren, Scott Granger (Laura), Jennifer Carey (Tim), Amy Wilcox (Jeff), Brent Bradford (Stacy), Lane Bradford (Amanda); 14 great-grandchildren and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Monica Diane Freeman; her husband, John H. Rice; her parents, David and Pearl Archer; five brothers, Robert, J.B., Ray, Kenneth and Ted Archer; three sisters, Evelyn Archer, Alsie Arndt and Connie Kelly.
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 2351 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL at 11:00 on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church.
Mrs. Rice's family would like to express special thanks to Jan Sanders who helped the family with her care while she lived in NC and to Covenant Hospice, TMH Adult Day Care, and the nursing staff at Brookdale for the wonderful care they provided during the latter stages of Mrs. Rice's illness.
Ada Lisa Hower Delosh Redmond
Ada Lisa Hower Delosh Redmond Passed away on July 14, 2019 in Panama City Florida. She was born on October 24, 1970 in Daytona Beach, Florida and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. She graduated from Leon High School with a 4.0 GPA, she also graduated from FSU with her bachelors’ degree also maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
After college she toured with the LPGA as an instructor. She then moved to Jacksonville and Atlanta with her husband Kevin Delosh, where she sold Mary Kay Cosmetics. While she was is Atlanta, she worked at Woodstock High School and owned a shop called Earth, Paint, and Fire for 10 years. After divorcing, she moved back to Florida 6 years ago residing in Panama City.
She is survived by her Mother and Step father Margaret and Don Sasser, her sister Heather (Jack) Kellis and two nephews Jared and Brandon Kellis, another sister Lisa Katheryn Bursoto and current husband Brian Redmond.
Ruby M. Griffin
Ruby M. Griffin, 83 of Zephyrhills, passed away on March 29th, 2019. She was
born on January 29th, 1936. Ruby was a wife, mother of four sons, and a “farmher.”
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerald Griffin, Sr., brother, David
Harnage, sister, Mary Kelly, and four sons, Gerald Griffin Jr., Thomas Griffin,
Harold “Steven” Griffin, and Timmy Griffin. She was blessed with 21 grand-
children, and 23 great-grandchildren.
The viewing will take place at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway,
Tallahassee FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. A second viewing will take place at Zephyrhills Alliance Church, 7251 Fort King Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33542 from 11:30 until 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Ruby's final resting place will be at the Geiger Cemetery in Zephyrhills, FL. In lieu of flowers please donate to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Gary Willard McMahan
Gary Willard McMahan passed away on July 12, 2019 with his loving family by his side.
Gary was born in Tallahassee on August 5, 1961 to Clyde and Joan Tatum McMahan. He was a custodial supervisor for the Leon County School Board. Gary loved spending time with his grandchildren, watching westerns and loved the Florida State Seminoles.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Mary Jane McMahan, Daughters Shelia McMahan-Dukes (Ahmin) of Crawfordville and Heather Harris (Chris) of Crawfordville; son Scott Sadberry (Dana) of Crawfordville; brothers Clyde McMahan of Crawfordville and Donnie Burdick (Cyndi) Monticello; twelve grandchildren Caleb, Kayla, Kyrah, Harley, Hayden, Caitlyn, Christopher, Airian, Joseph, Karl, Hailee, Nikayla and one on the way Jaelynn. He is also survived by his four-legged daughter Sugar. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers Kyle McMahan, Paul McMahan, and John Tatum.
There will be a visitation on Monday July 15, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m., with the funeral services on Tuesday July 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home 3322 Apalachee Chapel (850) 942-2929, with burial taking place at Tallahassee Memory Gardens 4037 North Monroe Street.ere.
Sylvia Reaves Sprenkle Amert
Sylvia Reaves Sprenkle Amert, 80, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home in Pinetta, Fl.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, FL with burial at Fellowship Baptist in Hahira, GA. The family will receive friends from 11:00, until 1:00 prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Children’s Fund, 7771 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
Sylvia was born October 3, 1938 in Madison, FL to Silas and Louelle Reaves. She resided in Monticello, Valdosta, Michigan and Illinois before moving to Pinetta, Fl in 2010. She retired after 40 years of working, was a member of Georgia Gospel Music Association, enjoyed being with her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sylvia was a prayer warrior, starting a prayer chain for the sick, and would send birthday and get-well cards out.
She sang in the Church Choir as often as she could and sang with Masters Gospel Group for 38 years.
She is survived by her children, Lisa Surrency (Gary) of Adel, GA, Hal Sprenkle (Ramona) of Pinetta, FL and Jodie Sprenkle (Sabrina) of Bainbridge, GA; Murrell Bennett (Rhonda) like a son to me; brother, Stan Reaves (Sandy) of Young Harris, GA; Sister, (B.J.) Barbara J. Reaves Smith Vetrone of Tifton, GA; Sisters-in- law, Pat and Joan Reaves, Linda Reaves Harris, Sharron Peters and Carol Johnson; grandchildren, Garrett and Kathryn Surrency, Kacey and Craig Myers, Cortni Sprenkle Brown, Eli and Kelsey Sprenkle, Zachary, Tori and Hannah Sprenkle; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Atley and Aiden Surrency, Evan and Abby Myers, Graci Brown, Ellie Sprenkle, Eian and Easton Sprenkle; and a special friend Denny Scarberry, and very special nieces and nephews.
Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, David John Amert, and her brothers, Joe, Sammy and Jerry Reaves.
John Frederick Waugh
John Frederick Waugh, 49, passed away peacefully, surrounded by
family and friends, on July 10, 2019. He was born in
West Palm Beach, Florida on October 9, 1969 to Viola McWhorter
Waugh and James Lawrence Waugh, Jr. He was christened and confirmed
at Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach. He graduated from
Twin Lakes High School in 1987. He grew up in Palm Beach and lived in
Stuart briefly while he continued to work at the family business,
Halsey and Griffith, before relocating to the Tallahassee area where he remained. John’s passion was fishing and he was an avid, accomplished fisherman his entire life. He was lucky to have been blessed with many friends. He is survived by his sisters Lee Ann Elfers (Fred Elfers), Carolyn Jane Waugh and Joan “Francie” Cho (Yon Cho). His parents and brother, William Scott Waugh, predeceased him. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Fred Elfers Jr, Elizabeth Elfers Green, Tyler Waugh Carlson, Clara Cho, James Cho, William Cho and John Cho and great-nieces and great-nephews Lorelei Elfers, Landon Elfers, Wyatt Green, Brody Green and Grayson Green, and by his cousins Charles L. Siemon, James L. Siemon, Robert L. Siemon, George L. Siemon, Margaret Ruth Siemon, Cheryl McWhorter Star, Gail McWhorter Hansen, Shauna McWhorter Tucker and Shane McWhorter. His ashes will be interred at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery, WPB, FL and a service will be held in West Palm Beach at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Big Bend Hospice Foundation, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308, www.bigbendhospice.org
Robert Durham Peck, IV
Robert Durham Peck, IV, 65 of Tallahassee, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Bob courageously lived independently for 34 years after surviving a spinal injury he sustained at the age of 31.
A Memorial Service will be held 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 11:00 until 12:00 p.m. prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ability 1st – Center for Independent Living of North Florida, 1823 Buford Ct, Tallahassee, Fl 32308.
Bob was born July 11, 1953 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Robert D. Peck III and Marjorie Brown Peck. He was employed by the State of Florida as a Government Operations Consultant.
He moved to Perry, FL in 1975 before settling in Tallahassee in 1987.
Bob worked aquiring the large Federal Grants for the State of Florida for the Department of Health that played an integral part of implementing ADA legislation.
Bob attended the University of Colorado receiving his AA degree. He received a BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan and a Post Graduate Degree from FSU in Public Administration.
He is survived by a daughter, Britnee Cash (Darrell) of Perry, FL and their children, Jackson, McKenzee and Kennedy Cash; sister, Sara Batton of O’Brien, FL and children, Tiffany, Tyler and Zack; brother, Bill Peck (Lee) of Crawfordville, FL, son, Robert Peck (Mollie); and brother, David Peck (Naheed) of Gainesville, FL.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marjorie Peck.
MARY HELMS SLAPPEY
Mary Eunice Helms Slappey, of Tallahassee, maker of the world’s best sweet
tea and pound cake, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior
on June 4, 2019, at age 91. She was born July 13, 1927, in Ashford, Alabama,
to parents Wiley Jack Helms and Mamie Lillian White Helms.
Mary was a 1946 graduate of Seminole County High School in Donalsonville,
Georgia. Immediately after high school she moved to Tallahassee and began
working with the State Auditing Department, later known as the Auditor
General of the State of Florida. She worked there her entire career, retiring
In 1955, she married Frank R. Slappey of Tallahassee. Together they had two children, Kay and Mark. Mary was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church for over 70 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, her brother Fred Helms, and sister Ruth Helms Cooper.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include children Kay Schnitker (Clay) of Madison, FL, and Mark Slappey (Susie) of Jacksonville. Grandchildren that will miss their beloved Gran are Jennie S. Schnitker (Matt) and Erin S. Mullaney (Kyle) of Jacksonville, Carli S. Nichols (Collin) of Atlanta, and Evan C. Schnitker of Tallahassee. She also has one great-grandson, Michael Wilder Mullaney of Jacksonville. She is survived by sisters Wylene H. Winters and Pat Gunter (Deryle Hinson) of Tallahassee and Bobbie Adderhold (Tom) of Johns Creek, GA, as well as brothers Clifford Helms and Benny R. Helms (Joann) of Tallahassee, and Wiley J. Helms, Jr. (Emma) of Brandon, FL. In addition, she leaves numerous nieces and nephews that were proud to call her their Aunt Mary.
The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Augustine Plantation Memory Care and Big Bend Hospice for the loving care they gave our beloved mother over the last few months.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 14, 2019, at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, with visitation at 10 am, followed by the service at 11 am. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Tallahassee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to Big Bend Hospice or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at beggsfuneralhomes.net.
James Preston “Pot” Clark
James Preston “Pot” Clark, age 86, peacefully entered his heavenly home and
embraced his “sweet little momma” on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019, in Lamont,
FL. Born on June 20, 1932 in Chaires, FL to Charles and Blanche Clark, Monticello
became his home in 1942. After graduation from Jefferson County High School,
he worked for the railroad until being drafted during the Korean War in 1955.
He served as a PFC in the 505th Military Police in the Army. Lovingly known
as “Pot”, he retired from Florida Power Corporation after 37 years of restoring
power as a Lineman.
As a young man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking for others. He spent his older years “Cooking for Jesus” at the First United Methodist Church as well as cooking for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. He was a regular volunteer in community clean ups, even until the age of 82.
A loving father, grandfather “Pops” and great-grandfather he is survived by his loving wife of twenty-one years, Millie Jo Clark, his son Charles “Michael” (Trevor Ann), daughter Carla Cox, and grandchildren: Bobby (Rachel) Bassett, Stephen (Meghan) Bassett, Michaela Ann Clark, SarahKate & Gracelyn Clark, Tristan & Dylan Brumbley, Tres (Ashlyn) Brumbley, as well as great-grandchildren: Shelby Bassett, Ricky Bassett and has a great-grandson Braxton due any day. He is survived by his sisters Alice Sellers and Sarah Purvis and several nieces and nephews. James is preceded in death by his mother and father.
Services are as follows: Viewing at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, FL, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10 am, Central Baptist Church, 625 Tindell Rd., Monticello, FL with burial following at Elizabeth Baptist Cemetery with full military honors.
Because Pot was a lifelong Florida Gator fan, feel free to wear your orange and blue and dress casual. In lieu of flowers, Pot requested donations be made to Central Baptist Building Fund or Big Bend Hospice.
Aubrey Cline Mayo
Aubrey Cline Mayo, 83, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away in his home on
July 1, 2019. Aubrey was a fighter and he fought hard to beat the Big C, but
ultimately lost the battle. He peacefully accepted God’s plan for his life and
went on to meet his precious Savior, Jesus Christ, while surrounded by the
love of his life, Betty, and his children, and grandchildren.
Aubrey was born on January 25, 1936 in Marianna, Florida to his parents,
James Roy Mayo and Lucille Flanders Mayo. He was one of four sons, which
include the late Roy Mayo (Joan), Kenneth Mayo (Marie) (late wife Barbara),
and Wayne Mayo (Ernestine).
He graduated from Leon High School in 1955 and attended Florida State University. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jean Ragans, on April 19, 1959 at First Baptist Church in downtown Tallahassee. Aubrey and Betty (whom he often called “Bright Eyes”) were married for 60 beautiful years. Together they had three daughters.
Aubrey is survived by his wife, Betty Ragans Mayo of Tallahassee, Florida; his daughters, Kimberly Mayo Morris, Janet Mayo Whitfield (Jeffrey) and Jill Mayo Weisman (Scott); and five grandchildren, Heather Roberts (Tim), Keith Whitfield, Chase Aubrey Morris (Cierra Roylance), Shelby Eichler (Christopher), Ella Weisman, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, James Roy Mayo; his mother, Lucille Flanders Mayo; and his brother, Roy Mayo.
His hard work ethic began at the early age of 6, selling boiled peanuts with his brothers on the corner of Monroe Street and College Avenue. He later worked for the State of Florida for 31 years, the last 16 of which were for the Florida Legislature - Joint Legislative Management Committee, where he served as Chief of Operations for the Legislative Data Center. He retired in 1988. Aubrey kept himself busy partnering with son-in-law, Jeff Whitfield, at Whitfield Construction Inc., and managing Mayo Brothers Rental Properties. He also served as a board member with Courage through Cancer Ministries, and as a deacon at North Florida Baptist Church, where he was a member for 47 years.
Aubrey, a true southern gentleman, was known as a kind, loving, strong, Godly man who had a heart for spending time with people and sharing his love of God. He was a man with many passions. Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting at Mosquito Creek Farm, fishing, spending time at the Shell Point beach house, watching FSU ballgames, traveling, cooking huge meals for his family and friends, and helping others in any way possible. Aubrey loved to stay active, keeping his hands and mind busy with construction/carpentry projects. For extra fun, you could often find Aubrey on his riding lawn mower, either at his home or someone else’s. His ultimate joy was spending time with his family, and you could always count on “Papa” to initiate the plans for the family gatherings. His family was his world!
Aubrey, Honey, Daddy, Papa, Brother, Uncle, Friend will be greatly missed, but knowing he is walking the streets of gold gives us peace and comfort at this difficult time.
Shirley Jalene Parker
Shirley Jalene Parker, 85, entered her forever heavenly home on Monday,
February 4, 2019 no doubt hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
She slipped peacefully into Heaven while holding the hand of her beloved
Sister and surrounded by loved ones. Shirley was born March 21, 1933 in
Chicago, IL to Charles K. and Edna Marie Bitner. She worked in the
nursing field at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where she retired in
1998, subsequently, she returned to work at TMH Child Care Center where
her granddaughter attended until kindergarten, she continued to volunteer
at the hospital and sat with patients for many years after retirement. Shirley also retired from the Florida Department of Highway Safety prior to her years at TMH. She attended Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee before moving to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge.
She was adored and loved by her three children and her grandchildren. Shirley was known for her fun-loving, adventurous and only slightly mischievous personality. Blessed with an uncanny ability to bring joy and laughter to any situation, her love, generosity, and great sense of humor were cherished and appreciated by all. She loved the outdoors and fishing. She was an excellent cake maker and loved making cakes for many of our weddings. Birthday’s and other family functions. She enjoyed making ceramics and other creative things which she would give to family members to enjoy. One of her favorite enjoyments was being at the beach with family members or just enjoying a good book to read.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Lorraine Murillo (William) and Michelle Jalene Parker, her son Ralph Douglas Parker (Debbie) who were the central focus of her life; and her sister Judy Mullins (Barry); nine grandchildren who were the pride and joy of her life, five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed but her spirit lives on in the heart of her children, grandchildren, and a multitude of people who loved her.
A Celebration of life for Shirley will be held 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Julian Billingsley, of Tallahassee, passed away on June 10 at the grand age of 94.
Julian was born October 15, 1924 in Tallahassee, FL. He served in the army and
was stationed at Clark Air Force base in the Philippine Islands, where he met
his wife Marina Itturalde. Julian and Marina were married in 1950 and shared
42 years of marriage together.
Julian, the youngest of four children born to Fellows Henry Billingsley and Pearl
B. (Thompson) Billingsley, grew up and lived on a farm in the Baum area his
entire life. The original Billingsley homestead continues to be owned by his
descendants and other family members and has been in the family for over 100
years. Julian graduated from Leon High School and attended the Univ. of Florida for 4 years where he studied animal husbandry. He worked as a salesman for agricultural industries most of his life, first for Moorman Feed and then for Na-Churs Plant Food Co. He loved his farm and cattle and was able to continue running his farm with the help of friends and nephews until he died.
He was a member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee for Leon, Jefferson and Wakulla counties for most years from 1985 to 2018. Julian was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church where his father and grandfather were also members. Even into his late 80s he cooked dinner for the Wednesday night suppers.
He was preceded in his death by his parents, wife Marina, brother Henry, two sisters, Ethel Davis and Edith Fleming, and son-in-law Joel Mitchell. He is survived by his two daughters Katrina Billingsley (Bob Eganhouse) of Oak Hill, VA and Julie Billingsley of Bridgman, MI. He was very proud of his two daughters and their families and loved his family very much. Grandchildren who will miss their Grandpa are Matt Eganhouse (Kara) of San Diego, CA, Danielle Eganhouse of Sterling, VA, and Jennifer, Leif and Trace Mitchell of Bridgman, MI. He has two great-grandchildren, Emma and Kellan Eganhouse, also of San Diego, to whom he was “G-G-Pa”. In addition, he leaves numerous nieces and nephews including Richard (Jean) Billingsley, Wayne and Don Billingsley, William (Phyllis) and Judy Davis, two great-nephews, James and Jeffrey Billingsley, and three great-nieces Gentry Roberts, and Katherine and Elizabeth Billingsley.
For over 20 years, Julian has enjoyed a wonderful friendship with Bobbie Fountain, a fellow member of the Indian Springs Baptist Church. He also greatly appreciated two of his lifelong friends, Claude Gibson and Roscoe Bivens who will miss him. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. He was also known for bringing gifts of pecans, watermelons, and whatever fruit and vegetables were in season to his many relatives and friends.
Arrangements made by Beggs Funeral Homes. The funeral service will be held at Indian Springs Baptist Church, Saturday, June 15, 2019 with Visitation at 10 AM followed by an 11 AM service and Interment at the Billingsley family cemetery.
Garry Albritton Walker
Garry Albritton Walker, 16, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019. Funeral
services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at Heritage Assembly
of God Church with burial following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family
will receive friends Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)
Garry was born in Tallahassee, FL on October 16, 2002 to Wilma Priscilla
Walker. He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents, Rev. Billy
Walker and Ethelene Walker, and his aunts, Euletha May and Arlene Walker.
He is survived by his sister, Eva Spence of Tallahassee, FL; his aunts Naomi (Mike) Parramore, Becky (Bill) Spencer, Theresa Connell, Rachel (Wayne) Worthington of Tallahassee, FL and Susan Gregory of Dallas, TX; uncles Reuben Walker, Bill Walker, Dexter (Elizabeth) Walker of Tallahassee, FL and Tim (Sharon) Walker of Moultrie, GA; and numerous cousins.
Garry was a sophomore honors student at Rickards High School and was actively involved in JROTC and many community events. He was passionate in his faith, consistently setting the example for his peers in his youth group. He was greatly loved and could be seen many times assisting elderly individuals into their vehicles. Garry was a gentle soul. He had a quick wit and a quirky sense of humor, and he could debate with anyone. Garry was well loved, respected, and will be missed at home, church, school, and in the community.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309, or Heritage Assembly of God Missions, 298 Crossway Road, Tallahassee, FL 32305.