Donald H. Wommack
Donald H. Wommack passed away on July 15, 2019 with his loving family by his side in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born on October 28, 1934. He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Mammie Wommack, brothers Bill, Sylvester and sisters Vera, Trudy and Myrrel, and a granddaughter Isabella Gardner. He is survived by a wife Sarah of 64 years, daughters Paula Avant, Donna Gardner (Walter), Cynthia Reeves (Eric), son Gregory Wommack (Sandi), nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a brother Sam Wommack.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Souls’ Port United Pentecostal Church, 9301 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Burial will follow at Tallahassee Memory Gardens.
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.
Carmela Naranjo, 105, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Tallahassee.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 942-2929. Burial will follow at Oakfield Cemetery in Monticello. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.
Carmela was born April 24, 1914 in Rodas Santa Clara, Cuba to Jose Reyes Gutierrez and Maria Cruz Cruz.
Carmela married her husband Antonio Naranjo in 1944 and they moved to Manhatten, NY in 1948. She resided in New York before moving to Monticello in 1982. She lost her husband in 2004 and later moved to Tallahassee in 2012.
She was a very independent woman, loved to travel, cook and sew. Early on she was active in the Red Hat Society in Monticello. Family was very important to her and she was loved by all that knew her.
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Hernandez (Telmo) of Sattelite Beach, FL, and Julia Santana (David) of Long Island, NY; grandchildren, Debra Pumpurs (Juris) of Tallahassee, Dr. Thomas Hernandez (Silvana) of Jupiter, Fl, Dr. Allan Hernandez (Ann) of Miami, FL, and Alexis Santana (Michael Fischetti) Long Island, NY; great-grandchildren, Ian Pumpurs, Taylor Hernandez, Myles Pumpurs, Catalina, Sofia, and Emma Hernandez.
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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.
Jessica Nichole Smith - October 3, 1988-July 16,2019
Jessica Nichole Smith, age 30, passed away suddenly on July 16th, 2019. She was a kind and loving person who cared for others, and helped when she was able to. She became a CNA at the age of 22 and then a mother. She devoted herself to taking care of her grandfather during the last year's of his life and she will be missed greatly. She leaves behind her husband, Jarvis Smith, her son, Andrew Messer, and her daughter, Jesslyn Smith. Her mother, Lisa Scarborough (RJ), one sister, Amy Rodgers (Dylan); one brother, Ryan McCormick; one niece, Karlie; one nephew, Jesse; aunt, Donna McMahan and many cousins. A viewing will be held at Beggs Funeral Home on July 22nd, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a graveside service on July the 23rd, at 1:00pm, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Tallahassee Florida.
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.
William Emerson Adams
William Emerson Adams, 12, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at his home in Tallahassee.
Emerson (Big E) was born May 2, 2007 in Tallahassee to William and Kendra Adams.
“Big E” had a passion for baseball – especially the catching position. As #53 he played his entire baseball career with Chaires Capitola Little League where he was a 3 time sportsmanship award winner and all star player. He also played travel baseball with the Panama City Beach Bashers as catcher. Emerson was in seventh grade at Swift Creek Middle School and was recently accepted into the National Junior Honors Society. He loved the catching position, hunting, and off shore fishing.
He is survived by his loving parents Bill and Kendra Adams, loving sister, Marina Adams; grandparents, Donald and Patricia Adams, Lea Herrel, W.E. Bishop and wife Gayle; Aunt Elizabeth Walker (Dexter), Uncle John Adams, Uncle W.C. “Buddy” Herrel (Debbie), Aunt Andrea Boggs (John), Uncle David Core (Cynthia) Nina Stone (Sam) and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services will be held 1:30 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Morningside Baptist Church, with burial following at Bishop Cemetery in Aucilla, Fl. The family will receive friends and family following the graveside at The Ball House in SouthWood, 3255 Hemingway Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32311.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ronald McDonald House or a charity of your choice.
Ronald Allan Fraser
Ronald Allan Fraser, 79, passed away Sunday, September 29, 2019 at his home
A Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Beggs
Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Fl 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Ronald was born September 21, 1940 in Cornwall, Canada to Herbert J. and
Doris M. Fraser.
Until his retirement, he was employed with Joiner Electric as an electrician in
Tallahassee, FL where he has resided for the past 42 years.
He is survived by his son, Eric Fraser of La Mesa, CA; brothers, Rick, Jack, Bob,
Gary, David and Charlie; sister, Carol, Bev, Marylin, and Heather.
He is preceded in death by his 3 brothers, Keith, Darwin and Terry, and 2 sisters, Arda and Doreen.
He will be missed dearly by his many family and friends.
Deborah Ann Scarborough
Deborah Ann Scarborough, 67, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at her home in Tallahassee.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Heritage Assembly of God Church with burial following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to service at Church.
Deborah was born in Tallahassee December 18, 1951. She married Charles Scarborough and was employed for 35 years with the Leon County School food service until her retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Scarborough; mother/guardian, Margie Folsom of Tallahassee; son Daniel Scarborough of Tallahassee; daughter, Tonya Milton (John Milton Jr.) of Tallahassee; sisters, Elaine Costa (Willie), and Brenda Folsom (David) of Tallahassee; brothers, Edward Sheffield (Bettie) of Eddison, GA, Ralph Sheffield of Mayhaw, GA, and Clifton Folsom (Martha) of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Bryce Milton (McKenzie), Jessica Elmore, Caitlin Scarborough, and Kennedy Milton; and great-grandson, Kai Milton, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Kathleen Sheffield and one brother, Don Wayne Sheffield.
Betty Jean Ragans
If life is marked by love and memories, then Betty Jean Ragans, of Tallahassee,
Florida, lived a rich life. For eighty-six years, Betty graced us all with her
unyielding devotion to family and friends. She was a loving mother and wife
and will forever be remembered for her friendly smile, gratitude, and never-
ending desire to help others. Betty is survived by her husband, J.T. Ragans,
her love of sixty-five years. Together, they raised two children, Kenny (Gina)
Ragans and Lisa (Fletcher) Morgan, and were blessed by the love and energy
that only six grandchildren, Courtney (Jarrod) Gwaltney, Ben (Kristin) Morgan, Mary Katherine Morgan, Sam Morgan, and Tyler Ragans, and two great-grandchildren, Tucker and Peyton Gwaltney, could provide.
Betty peacefully passed from this life on November 26, 2019, lovingly surrounded by those closest to her heart - our family. We will miss her steadfastness and drive that we have known all too well, but we are comforted by the endless loving memories we share in Betty -- wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.
Whether she is the “good-looking blonde” that J.T. came to know or the family-oriented mom whose talents and creativity could make “something from nothing,” Betty was an undeniable pillar of strength in our Ragans’ home. She was a down-to-earth, no-nonsense woman, who could “take the bull by the horns” when things needed to be done. Seldom would she sit idly by and would often be the first one up and ready to go. She was selfless, giving, humble, and hard-working. Betty enjoyed traveling, gardening, doing cross-word puzzles, and paint-by number activities to pass the time and keep her mind sharp. Material possessions held no value; her family and friends and the memories shared with us were her greatest treasures.
Her thirty year career with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission gave Betty a second family to support. Although hired to provide administrative support, Betty offered the same devotion to her work family, ensuring everyone’s needs were met to the highest caliber. After retiring, Betty and J.T. raised and cared for many Greyhounds, again demonstrating her capacity to love and care for others.
The family will be remembering Betty, a loving, passionate, pillar of strength who never waned in her love of family and who “soldiered on” even in the toughest of times on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 3p.m., at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL.
In lieu of flowers (Betty preferred to enjoy them in the yard, rather than a vase), donations can be made to one of the following charitable organizations: American Cancer Society or Greyhound Rescue and Adoption (https://great-greyhound.org/).
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.
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.
Ada Lisa Hower Delosh Redmond
Ada Lisa Hower Delosh Redmond Passed away on July 13, 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 Basurto and current husband Brian Redmond.
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.
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
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
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.
Barbara Phelps Jackson
Barbara Phelps Jackson, 80, died Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Big Bend Hospice.
She is survived by her husband of 2 years, Jimmy Beavers of Quincy. She is also survived by son, Donnie Jackson (wife Lori) of Denver, Colorado, and daughter, Serita Jackson of Tallahassee, grandchildren Morgan Jackson of Crawfordville, Chelsea Moncrief (husband Chance) and Keith Hanson of Missouri, two great-grandchildren, brother, Wilson Taylor Phelps (wife Ethel) of Greensboro, GA, and special friends Annette Kirkland and Lyn Hendrickson. All loved and adored her.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Rual Jackson, her parents Wilson Thrasher Phelps and Gracie Oaks Phelps, and siblings Bell Booth, Vivian Thurmond, Willivada Starr, Milida Thumond, Evelyn Campbell, Evona Copeland, Winthrop Phelps, Luther Phelps and, Harold Theo Phelps.
Barbara retired from Budget and Purchasing at the Tallahassee Police Department after 25 years. She was a member of the Woodville First Baptist Church. She has thoroughly enjoyed her life and the many special friends she has made, including her deer hunting family. Barbara will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know her.
Services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Woodville, FL. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Arran Cemetery in Crawfordville. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee 32308.Type your paragraph here.
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.
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.
Bettiemae Moon (née Isabelle Rosamond Lymangrover)
Bettiemae Moon (née Isabelle Rosamond Lymangrover) passed peacefully on Monday, July 22, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida after a brief illness at age 101. She was born on February 25, 1918, the eldest daughter of the late Floyd and Hazel Lymangrover. She married the love of her life Paul Fawley Moon on December 26, 1943 who proceeded her in death on July 4, 2009. She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Wadsworth (James) of Tallahassee, and Nancy Turlak (John) of Redmond, OR; four grandchildren, Lisa Wadsworth (Tim), Karen Turlak, Arthur Turlak (Emily), and Justin Turlak (Aurora), and two great grandsons Kolby and Trace. She will be greatly missed by her extended family especially Lonna Sprenger and her children Tara and Matt and many other dear friends. Bettiemae was a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club, Magnolia Circle, and prior to retiring to Florida she was a 30-year member of the “Needle Nuts” sewing group in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mary Ellen Mays Bryson
Mary Ellen Mays Bryson, 88, of Tallahassee, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019,
surrounded by her family after an extended illness. A Tallahassee native, born on February 24, 1931, she was a loved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Col. Walter J. Bryson, III; daughters, Julia Oven (Raney), Letitia Willis (Craig); son, Walter J. Bryson, IV (Sharon); grandchildren, Lea Amiss, Rachel Amiss, Mary Caitlin Willis, Caroline Willis, and Alex Bryson; great grandchildren, Camryn Miller, Cael Miller, and Laney McDonald; and stepbrother, George Walker. In honor of her memory, family and will gather for a celebration of her life at her beloved St. Teresa Beach on Saturday, September 14, at 2 p.m. Donations in her honor can be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent or Big Bend Hospice.
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.
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.
Azelle Chancy Lambert, 98,
Azelle Chancy Lambert 98, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019. A
graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2019 at
Bethpage Cemetery. Azelle was born December 18, 1920 in Perry, FL to Henry
L. and Annie B. Chancy. She was married to William “Bill” Lambert who
preceded her in death, and was a babysitter for children for 17 years. Azelle
was a member of St. Marks First Baptist Church, a Sunday School teacher
for 22 years, and a member of the Women’s Missionary United. She is
survived by a son, Milles Henry Lambert (Kathy) of Crawfordville, FL; and
a daughter, Annie “Ann” Gertrude Marcy of Middleburg, FL.; grandchildren,
Beth Burrill (Chad), Jennifer Williams (Jacob), Tommy and John Marcy, and Wendy Warner (Ryan); and 6 great-grandchildren.She is also preceded in death by her sister, and three brothers.
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.
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.
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.
Josephine Elizabeth Morris Lee - January 18, 1922 – July 18, 2019
Josephine Elizabeth Morris Lee, aged 97, passed away peacefully at her home
on July 18, 2019. The elder daughter of Elizabeth Henry and Louis Gramling
Morris, Jo was born in her grandparents’ home on East High Street and was a
lifelong resident of Monticello. As the elder of her girlhood “pack,” she was
the leader of many adventures and not a small amount of fun mischief –
stories that her children and grandchildren loved hearing time and again.
Jo graduated from Monticello High School in 1939, having been voted the
most popular girl in her senior class. She was known for her fun-loving spirit
and great talent in dancing, especially the jitterbug! Jo met Thurman T. “Hank”
Lee while a student at Florida State College for Women, and they married one
year later, on January 22, 1941.
Jo was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, where she served as Elder and Deacon and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s organization for many years. She was an avid bridge player and member of the Wednesday afternoon bridge club. A very devoted participant of the Founder Circle of the Monticello Garden Club and the Jefferson County Historical Association, she ran the Historical Association’s White Elephant shop for many years, helping to preserve the community treasures that she greatly appreciated.
Jo enjoyed exploring antique shops throughout the southeast and loved fresh flowers and the many birds that frequented her bird feeders. She had an eye for arranging flowers wonderfully. Her sincere warmth, engaging smile and friendliness drew people to her. She loved her family, friends, church, and community with fervor and was fervently loved in return. Her family and friends fondly remember her inviting home that was filled with color and beauty, her sense of fashion, her melodious and contagious laughter, her fun spirit, and her famous iced tea! Jo embodied strength of character and was an eternal optimist, looking always for the good in both people and in the periodic challenges of life.
Jo is predeceased by her beloved husband of 65 years, Hank Lee. Her survivors include her children, Linda Lee Wheeler (Cary) of Monticello and Dr. Louis Lee (Barbara) of Thomasville, GA ; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Walker (Derek), Lee Wheeler (Becky) of Tallahassee, Robert Lee (Megan) of Denver, CO, Jo Walthall (Ryan) of Thomasville, GA, and Dr. William Lee of Chattanooga, TN. She delighted in seven great-grandchildren, ages eight months to 14 years. Also surviving her is her cherished sister, Marianne Miller of Monticello, nieces Joy Johnson (Dozier) and Elizabeth Smith (Mike), and nephews Gibby Miller (Maxie) and Morris Miller (Anita). Numerous friends amassed over nearly a century of generous loving and living hold special memories of Jo, as do the kind caretakers who tenderly cared for her in recent years. Those who loved Jo all feel a void in their lives now that she is gone, but their hearts remain full because of her love and spirit. They rejoice in the promise that they will be reunited with Jo again.
A celebration of Jo’s life will be held Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello. She will be interred at Roseland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello: 290 E Dogwood Street Monticello, FL 32344. Beggs Funeral Home Monticello Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Irma Heard Earnest
Irma Heard Earnest, 80, died on November 9, 2019 at her home in
Tallahassee FL after a lengthy illness. Her Funeral services will be
Wednesday November 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Monticello
followed by the internment at Oakland Cemetery Monticello. The family will
receive visitors Tuesday November 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 8: p.m. at Beggs
Irma was born on May 22, 1939 in Bainbridge, GA to Jim and Louise heard.
She married Winston Earnest on September 7, 1954. She is survived by
her husband Winston, 5 children, Susan LaRock, Charlie Earnest, Theresa
McKown, Randy Earnest (Donna), Tammy Strickland (Edward), 11
grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, brother Wallace Heard and Tillman
Heard (Bertha), sisters-in-law Earlene Heard, Judy Earnest, brothers-in-law,
Carlton Earnest, James Earnest and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Louise Heard, brother
Charles Heard, brother-in-law, Charles Earnest (Betty), and sister-in-law Margo Heard.
She was a devoted wife and mother. Irma was a longtime native of Monticello and recently relocated to Tallahassee. She retired from command enterprises aka artistic creations in 2006 after a lengthy career.
The family is requesting donations to Big Ben Hospice in lieu of Flowers.
James Calvin Davis - 1935-2019
James Calvin (Jim) Davis of Tallahassee, FL died peacefully on October 27,
2019 at the Westminster Oaks Bertram Health Center after suffering from
Alzheimers Disease for the past several years. He was born on December 14,
1935, the son of the late Eugene Moor Davis and Mary Pigott Davis. James
grew up in Gadsden County and Tallahassee, attending Leon High School
(Class of ’53) and Trinity United Methodist Church and exploring the woods
and river banks of his home, the “Brickyard,” and the coast at St Teresa Beach.
James received his BA from Emory University and Masters of Music Education
from FSU. After teaching at the middle, high school and community college
level in Brevard County, he joined the faculty of Tallahassee Community College
in 1968, where he taught Humanities and Music History until his retirement 1995. James served as the Chairman of the TCC Faculty Senate for three terms and was the Chairman of the Faculty Commission of the Florida Association of Community Colleges in 1993. He also served as the President of the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association. Intermittently throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, he worked as the Director of Music at Trinity United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee. He also served on the board of the University Musical Associates, and sang in the Tallahassee Community Chorus and Bach Parley. James was most passionate about sharing with his students the history of Western Civilization, saying that after more than 30 years teaching, “I still get excited when students come to the realization that their cultural heritage is very much a part of living in the present. The job we have in the humanities to present the great art, music, literature, and philosophy of the past is never a dull one, always interesting and challenging with each new class.”
James is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Rochelle Morriss Davis of Birmingham, AL. They enjoyed a full and loving life together: raising a family, supporting each other in their teaching careers, worshipping and serving the community through First Presbyterian Church, and hosting friends and family with a generous spirit and bountiful table. Family survivors are numerous and all felt that James was their beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and cousin. Survivors include son Steven (Amy) Davis of Cocoa, daughter Suzanne (Robert) Dixon of Asheville, NC, granddaughters Lucy, Sarah and Mary Ruth Dixon, and siblings Lillian (Carlisle) Byrd and Preston (Georgia) Davis of Tallahassee. James also thought of his many nieces and nephews as if they were his own children and loved following the adventures of their families spread across the country. He was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Margaret (Roy) Forbes of Hilo, HI, and Eugene (Annie) Davis, George I. (Ruth) Davis, Emily (Robert) Jenkins, and Foster (Helen) Davis, all of Tallahassee.
James did not hold back in living. A true believer and devoted disciple of Jesus Christ in the most humble and joyous manner, he had a way of making us feel challenged to be the best version of ourselves without sacrificing a fun-loving appreciation for the important things in life.
He could whip up the latest fancy treat from Gourmet Magazine or please a crowd with freshly caught broiled mullet and grits. He was always finding ways to get the huge and diverse family together, from a holiday turkey and dressing to an impromptu carport gathering with a bushel of oysters. He never missed an opportunity to reminisce or debate with siblings on the porch at the coast.
To the end, he needed to be able to get out and see the world, being comfortable in different cultures and relying on enthusiasm to overcome language and cultural barriers.
He is remembered by a few lucky Tallahasseeans for his summer tours in Europe where he encouraged his fellow travelers to join him on “just a short walk” all the way across town to find a hidden altarpiece or little known painting that could not be missed.
Ever the student of great art and music, James was most happy in the natural beauty of the landscape of his home. He loved watching the storms come in from across the gulf, seeing the sun set over the salt marshes, enjoying the cool shade of a moss-covered live oak and growing beautiful flowers. Whether leading or participating in church and community choirs, harmonizing the Doxology at family dinners, or directing college students, his sweet tenor voice will resonate with us for generations.
James ministered to folks who were down on their luck— the homeless, homebound, incarcerated, and sick. He taught us by example that it is our responsibility to do the same. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, generosity, integrity, creativity, and love of life that we will try to carry forward.
Due to the slow decline of his cognition and function associated with Alzheimer’s dementia, we have had the time to say goodbye and express our gratitude in many ways. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Westminster Oaks Health Center for their loving, tireless care of James for the last several years of his life.
A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at First Presbyterian Church on November 9, 2019 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, you may send a gift to First Presbyterian Church, Big Bend Hospice, The Alzheimers Project, Westminster Oaks, or any of the educational or musical institutions mentioned, to honor the memory of James C. Davis.