Sandra (Sandy) Redding
Sandra (Sandy) was born on October 14, 1952 in Ludowici, Georgia. She was the
daughter of the late Allen Penton Moody and the late Jettie Mae Price Marshburn.
Sandy graduated from Vashti in Thomasville, Georgia as salutatorian in 1970.
Sandy retired from the State of Florida, Office of Attorney General as an Accounting
Services Administrator in 2014. She loved to travel especially to the North Georgia
Mountains and was able to do so until the death of her husband Kenneth Redding, Jr.
Survivors include her children, Dina Oliveto (Landon), William “Bo” Bryant
Atkinson, III, Karen Berry (Rodney), Tammy Thomas (Ike), Kenneth “Rusty” Redding,
III (Sandra DeMay); grandchildren, Kayla Turner (Travis), Riley Redding, Brandon Benitez, Brittany Benitez, Mandalyn Thomas, Jacob Thomas; great-grandchildren, Briar Turner, Nathaniel, Chase and Kamdyn Chimento; a sister, Sharon Solomon and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will take place at 1:00 PM, May 20, 2020 at Tallahassee National Cemetery on Apalachee Parkway.
A memorial service will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made for Sandy's son William "Bo" Bryant Atkinson III c/o Dina M Atkinson @ Suntrust Bank.
Lynda Cawthon Darnell
Lynda Cawthon Darnell, a longtime resident of Tallahassee, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2020, in Peachtree City, Ga, with family members by her side. Mrs. Darnell was 82.
A native of Chipley, Fl, she was co-Valedictorian of the 1956 Class of Chipley High School. She was a graduate of Florida State University, where she majored in education and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Mrs. Darnell taught for many years in the city’s public school system and was active in community activities, especially as a long-time member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Ed Wynn Sunday School Class.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend to all who knew her.
Mrs. Darnell is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Dix Darnell; a daughter, Allison Darnell Shad (Tommy); a granddaughter, Ashley Shad Yeager (Grant); and a grandson, Allen Shad. She was predeceased by her son, William Douglas Darnell; her sister, Mary Fenn Cawthon; her brother, Allen Corbin Cawthon 111; and her parents, Allen Corbin Cawthon Jr. and Etta Powell Cawthon.Beggs Funeral Home on Apalachee Parkway is in charge of the funeral arrangements. A graveside service and burial will be held Tuesday, May 26, at Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Grace Hospice, 80 Candler Road, McDonough, Ga. 30253.ere.
Judith Mandakunis, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away June 17, 2020 at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband Steve Mandakunis, five children, and a host of grandchildren. Judy was immensely proud of her children and grandchildren, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.
Barbara Scarboro Weber
Barbara Scarboro Weber died on March 4, 2020 at the age of 92. She left
behind her precious children, Kenneth Weber, Debra Weber, Kathy Sciara
and husband Jim, Cindy Weber and husband Robert; her beloved grandsons
Levi Sciara and wife Jessica, Dylan Weber-Owens, and Jesse (Joe) Weber-
Owens; and her treasured great grandson, Leo Sciara. She was greatly
loved by her family.
Born in Miami in 1927, Barbara was predeceased by her devoted husband
of 67 years, Chaplain Joe F. Weber; her parents, Robert and Edith Scarboro; her sister, Sue Gilbert; and her brothers, Jerry Scarboro and Bobby Scarboro. She leaves one brother, David Scarboro; one sister, Patsy Studebaker; in-laws Lynda and Jerry Hutcheson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Barbara attended Florida State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She met her husband Joe at the seminary. He took her on an exciting and interesting journey through many years of church pastorates and Veteran’s Administration Hospital chaplaincy ministry.
Faithful to the Lord and His church, she spent her life making a home for her family, rearing her children, and serving in churches. She taught Sunday School in Texas, New Mexico, Florida and Tennessee, and was also involved in mission groups in those states.
Barbara and Joe lived in Tampa, Florida for 34 years before moving to Westminster Oaks Community, Tallahassee, in 2008. They were members of Immanuel Baptist Church, Tallahassee.
A small family funeral is planned. Beggs Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Tallahassee - Florence Angela Hilwig, age 96, died on May 8, 2020 in Tallahassee, FL.
She was born to the late Allie and Alice Wilson on February 8,1924 in Washington D.C.
She was a graduate of Lackey High School and after 27 years of service retired from the
District Fire Department in Washington, D.C.
She married Jerry Hilwig and together they had three sons, Jim, Joe and Pat.
After retirement she spent 25 years volunteering at Southern Maryland Hospital
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son Pat. She is survived by son Jim (Lisa), Joe (Sheila), six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Eugene “Gene” Talmadge Goodman
Eugene “Gene” Talmadge Goodman, 85, of Whigham, GA, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020 Tallahassee, FL.
A private graveside service will be held for family only at Aenon Baptist Church Cemetery Tallahassee, FL.
Gene was born September 12, 1934 in Albany, GA to Lester and Jessie Shiver Goodman. He retired from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jordan Goodman; daughters, Betty Jean Lewis (Joe) of Woodville, Diane Palmer (Riley) of Tallahassee, Margaret Goodman (Kathy) of Tallahassee, and Dana Cook (Shawn) of Whigham, GA; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL. 32308.
Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Gene’s life will be held at a later date for family and friends,
Jeffery C. Hurdle
Jeffery C. Hurdle, Sr. 59, of Tallahassee, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, July 30, 2020 at his home.
Jeff was born October 15, 1960 in Tallahassee, FL to Fenton C. Hurdle and Rebecca C. Bauldree. He was a lifelong resident of Tallahassee, and worked previously as a heavy equipment mechanic at Marpan Supply and Flint Equipment. He was currently employed with the Lighthouse Children’s Home. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, working on tractors, and his mother, Rebecca, told how he loved to take things apart and put them back together since he was 2 years old. Jeff was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother, Rebecca Bauldree of Whigham, GA; son, Jeffery C. Hurdle, Jr. of Tallahassee; Fiancé, Kim Hampton; sisters, Crystal McElvy (Joey) of Whigham, GA, Heather Fisher (Darrow) of Tallahassee, Jennifer Cooper (Matt) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Angie Allen of Cairo, GA; brothers, Robert Lee Mullins (Michelle) of Tallahassee; James Bauldree (Tracey) of Cairo, GA.
He is preceded in death by his father, Fenton Carroll Hurdle.
Family will hold a private Memorial Service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lighthouse Children’s Home.
Theresa Jean Beaver
Theresa Jean Beaver, 74, of Tallahassee passed away March 26, 2020.
Theresa was born September 9, 1945 in Washington D.C. to Sylvio and Margurite Pironto. She retired from the St. Petersburg Times and also worked for the Red Cross in West Palm Beach, FL. She retired in Tallahassee,FL.
Theresa loved her grandchildren .Theresa was an avid lover of animals but most especially her dogs, and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard Anthony “Tony” Green, (Laura Lasseter) and Dominick Green (wife Jennifer); grandchildren, Jack, Mary Lauren, and Courtney Green.
A mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church on Friday June 19th at 1pm in the main church.
In lieu of flowers donations accepted by Leon County Humane Society 413 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
Alvaline (Abby) T. Kendall
Alvaline (Abby) T. Kendall, age 86 passed away peacefully on May 8, 2020. She was
born October 4, 1933 in Monticello, FL. She was a dedicated Christian and a Charter
member of Christian Life Fellowship. Abby enjoyed her many days at FSU baseball
and football games.
Abby is survived by her sons Bob Kendall (Shirley) and David Kendall. Her grandson
Lee Kendall. Two sisters Frances Sever (Louis) and Marie Blasingame. Sister-in-law
Louise Tryon. And her many nieces and nephews which she loved deeply.
She was predeceased by her parents Herbert & Alvie Tryon and brother Lee Tryon.
A private family service will be held May 13, 2020, with a Memorial Service planned at a later date.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, 850-942-2929.
Robert Francis Sullivan
Former Boca Grande resident Bobby Sullivan, age 83, died July 13th, 2020 after
fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
At his request a service in his honor will be held at the Tallahassee National
Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Pkwy. Tallahassee, Florida 32311 on Tuesday, July 21st,
2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Bobby was born in St. Augustine Florida (a true Florida cracker) on January 1st,
1937, to Francis Samuel Sullivan and Frances Marie Zaremba Sullivan Coleman.
He was raised by his step-grandmother Nona Toledo Coleman, originally from Cayo Costa, FL. Bobby accomplished many things in his life. He was known for his loyalty and work ethic. He was one of ten graduates of Boca Grande High School in 1955. Additionally, Bobby served in the armed services; Air Force and US Coastguard encompassing a 30 year career servicing our great country. His last duty station was as Commander of the New Smyrna Beach Coast Guard Station. He then retired from the Coast Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer.
Following his tenure in the service Bobby returned to Boca Grande. He was a member of the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce. Initially, Bobby owned a landscaping and lawn service business. Later, he and his partner Babe Darna, owned and operated Statewide Pest Control, servicing the residents of the island for many years. Bobby also owned the Boca Bug Tarpon Boat with his brother John (Jackie) and helped many people catch their first tarpon. His plans were to retire on Boca permanently. However, for the love of family and desire to be closer to them and to experience a different side of life, he later moved to Gadsden County Florida. He bought a farm and enjoyed farming, raising veggies and growing flowers. He enjoyed all the wildlife. He also had a bird sanctuary that along with his dearly beloved loyal companion Sophie, his labradoodle, they fed and tended to daily.
Bobby is survived by his sister Shelia Coleman Manny and brother John (Jackie) Sullivan. He was endeared by many nieces and nephews, most especially by Stacy Sullivan Adams, John Walter Sullivan and Katie Craft Mabe.
He was a good good man!!
Leona Stewart Pitts - 1/22/1933-3/3/2020
Heaven gained a Beautiful Soul, Leona S. Pitts, age 87, of Monticello, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Leona was a genuine person who loved her family fiercely. She had a way of welcoming people into her home and making them feel loved. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. The unconditional love she had for her family was unimaginable, her devotion to them was something to aspire too. The dedication she had for her family was surpassed by her faith and love for her Lord and Savior.
Leona is survived by her husband and soul-mate of 69 years, Gerald M. Pitts, her children Michael Pitts, Thea Ellis and Stephen Pitts, her 4 granddaughters, Leslie Pitts, Stephanie Lyons, Jaclyn Antes, and Krista Mediate, and her 13 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel in Monticello Florida.
Elvan Wayne Johnson
Elvan Wayne Johnson, born July 30,1938, passed away unexpectedly on June 04,
A native of Perry, Mr. Johnson was a Vietnam era veteran and served in the United
States Navy for 14 years. After his military service he resided in Boston, Mass.,
where he worked at the Massachusetts State Police as a dispatcher. He then went
on to work for Citicorp Group and ultimately retired from the Department of
Veterans Affairs in Boston.
Mr. Johnson and his wife moved to his home state of Florida for retirement where he resided until his passing.
He was preceded in death by: his sons, Anthony Wayne Johnson and Nicholas Metrick, and siblings Thomas Johnson of Tallahassee and Betty Joe Hughes of Florida.
He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Rebecca Johnson; his daughter, Desiree Johnson of Las Cruces N.M.; his son, Juan Jose Johnson and his wife, Lisa of Batesville, Ark.; daughter, Mary Carmen Dodero of Spain; son, Eugene Rector of Lowell, Mass.; his grandchildren, Alexander McCusker, Maggie Mombourquette and Micheal Ash; his siblings, Donnie Johnson and Dora Jane Miller of Perry; Delores Guidry of Lafayette, La., and Marie Gordon Martell of Georgia; and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his dear companion, his dog, Kitty.
A graveside service will be held Friday, June 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Tallahassee National Cemetery.
Rudolph Watson, 90, of Tallahassee passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2020.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Tallahassee
Heights United Methodist Church with burial at Hannatown Cemetery in
Bainbridge, GA. Family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850)
Rudolph was born in Tallahassee June 26, 1929 to Max and Emma Watson. He graduated from Florida State University in 1960 with a Bachelors of Science degree and was an accomplished Manager for Lanier Business Products for 22 years, and a long term Minister. He loved spending time with his family, his most favorite thing to do. Rudolph was also a Korean War Veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Johanna J. Watson; son, Kevin Watson (Diana) of Deltona, FL, stepsons, James Batten of Tallahassee, and John Batten of Hilton Head, S.C.; daughters, Ruth Anne Harley (Tim) of Aiken, S.C., and Renee Brimer (Pete) of Dacula, GA; sister, June W. Revells of Chattahoochee, FL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by 2 daughters, Kathy Watson and Kim Batten.
Floyd “Edward” Register
Floyd “Edward” Register passed away March 10th, 2020 at the age of 79. He moved to Monticello, Florida in 1998, resided in Madison, Florida for 29 years and was born in Graceville, Florida on October 30th, 1940. Ed was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion and he enjoyed fishing and gardening. He served in the US Army and was a rural mail carrier for the US Post Office.
Ed is survived by his wife, Brenda Register; his son, Wendell Edward Register; his daughter, Linda Kay La Ferriere; his sister, Shirley Faglie; his 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents Floyd & Thelma Register and his sisters, Ora Blanche Shiver, Eva Gray Williams and his son Robert Joseph Register.
A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home at 485 E. Dogwood St. in Monticello, Florida on Thursday March 12th, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Elizabeth Baptist Church at 4124 Bassett Dairy Rd. in Monticello on Friday March 13th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. A military honors interment will follow at the Tallahassee National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Elizabeth Baptist Church.
Patrick Blaine McGhin
Patrick Blaine McGhin age 55, passed away at home Wednesday, February 12, 2020,
with his family, after a long battle with infections. Patrick was born in Fairfax County,
April 3, 1964 to Clifton and Joyce McGhin. Patrick and his family moved to Tallahassee
early in his life. Patrick attended Hartsfield Elementary and Florida High School
excelling in baseball and football earning a scholarship to Appalachian State University.
Patrick returned home after a knee injury and began his surveying career with Leon County. Patrick transferred to the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Running the survey crews. Patrick retired after 34 years of service. Patrick's favorite things were his family, friends and fishing. He could be found sitting behind the outfield fence of his son's Little League games, or standing at the top of the football stands watching his son's play ball. Patrick's love for his wife and sons was beyond compare, and everyone knew how proud he was of his boys. Patrick leaves behind his wife of 26 years Kathy, his son's Garrett and James, brother Tim (Lori), George, Richard (Helen) and his mother Joyce along with nephew's Jason (Jen) Justin, Jonathan (Rachael) and Dalton (Jessica). Patrick was proceeded in death by his father Clifton. Family will receive visitors Monday, February 17th from 6p-8p at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway. Celebration of Life Service will be Tuesday, February 18th at 2pm at Beggs. In lieu of flowers family requests donations in remembrance of Patrick to Big Bend Hospice.
John Marvin Wheeler
John Marvin Wheeler, 76, of Tallahassee, FL passed on to his eternal home on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. He was born November 18, 1943 in Thomasville, GA to the late James and Annie Ruth Maynard (Zeigler) Wheeler of Monticello, FL.
John married the love of his life, Belinda Doster, in 1968 in Tallahassee, FL. He was an avid fisherman, a skilled trombone player, and an outstanding vocalist who enjoyed gospel music.
John is survived by his loving children, Michael (Victoria) of New Port Richey, Thomas (Amy) of Tallahassee, Amy (Robert) Rios of Atlanta, GA, and Brittany of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Avery (Angel), Zachary, Abigail, Alyvia, Lilith, and Celeste; brothers, James (Linda) of Tallahassee, and Cary (Linda) of Monticello; wife, Sandra.
John was preceded in death by Belinda, his beloved wife of 43 years, and grandson Drew.
Visitation will be held in the Chapel of Beggs Funeral Homes on May 16, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 942-2929.
Services will be held graveside on May 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm, at Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, FL.
Herman Brantley Humphrey Jr.
On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Herman Brantley Humphrey Jr., loving husband and father passed away at age 72.
Brantley was born February 24, 1948 in Madison, FL to Herman B. and Ada Harris Humphrey. Brantley was a proud Navy Veteran. He married Pamela Folsom Humphrey on August 6, 1971. Brantley and Pamela raised two children Breckan and Shane Humphrey. He worked for Centurylink as a computer technician for 43 years.
Brantley had a passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles and was an avid music lover. Especially music composed by George Jones and the Righteous Brothers. He was known for his quick wit, straight to the point personality, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
Brantley was preceded in death by his father Herman B. Humphrey, his mother Ada Harris Humphrey and his sister Elizabeth Cothron.
He is survived by his wife Pamela, his two children, Breckan and husband Josh Gregory and Shane and wife Liz Humphrey, three grandchildren, Colton Gregory, John and Brynn Humphrey, and many nieces and nephews.
Brantley's ashes will be laid to rest next to his Mama Ada in Lee Cemetery in Madison county at a later time.
Christine Lee Mills Whitney
Christine Lee Mills Whitney, 84, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at her home.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Woodville
Christine was born June 11, 1935 in Maiden, NC to Roy and Corine Lee. She
attended cosmetology school and became a self-employed hairdresser. Christine
loved the outdoors, the flowers and plants, she loved to paint, and adored and loved her family and God.
Christine is survived by her longtime companion, Bruce Whitney; sons, Ronald Mills (Elaine), Johnny Mills (Ilona) and (Jan), and Randy Mills; daughters, Betty and Debbie Mills; and a sister, Frankie McLaughin (Jim); nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her son, Richard Mills and her brothers and sisters.
Michael Allen Larsh
Michael Allen Larsh, 59, passed away unexpectantly, surrounded by family and friends
on June 9. A Florida native, Mike was born in Tallahassee Nov. 6, 1960 to Robert and
Sonya Larsh. Mike grew up in Miami and later moved to Thomasville, GA. where he
graduated from Central High School in 1978. Afterwards, he enlisted into the Marine
Corps and served for 4 years, learning a trade as a diesel mechanic. Mike was well
known in the community as one of the best mechanics in the Southeastern US. Mike
spent his free time boating, fishing, and riding his Harley motorcycle with his wife of 18
years, Teri Hedden Larsh.
Mike is also survived by his mother, Sonya Carter of Thomasville, GA.; two sons, Steven Michael Larsh (Nicole), and Jeremiah Johnson (Brittany) of Fort Valley, GA.; a daughter, Rachel Larsh Boydston (Lawrence) of Jacksonville; a step son, Michael Hedden (Crystal) and his granddaughter Ashley Hedden of Groveland, FL. Mike leaves behind four loving sisters, Karen Larsh Uhrig (Ken) of Alachua, FL., Linda Carter Dunlop of Cairo, GA., Kim Carter Rhodes of Thomasville, GA., and Cheri Larsh Arellano (Mark) of Orinda, CA.; and a step brother, Marcio Larsh (Suzy) of Miami, FL. Mike was also close to his nieces and nephews, Kelly Welch McAtee and Kiersten Rhodes of Ocala, FL., Jake Dunlop of Cairo, GA., and Lucas and Ruby Arellano of Orinda, CA.
Funeral services will be held on June 17, 2020, from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by his burial at Tallahassee National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Walter Earl Taylor
Walter Earl Taylor, 94, passed away at home on April 8, 2020, with his loving wife of
73 years by his side. He was born June 5, 1925, in Ceylon, Ohio. He had recently moved
to Havana, Florida and was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church. Walter
also lived in Tallahassee for many years, and was an active, contributing member of
Chaires United Methodist Church. He was retired from T. E. Taylor, Inc., a curbing
company which he owned with his son. Walter was a member of the greatest generation
and a proud veteran of World War II. He was a master carpenter and a wonderful,
loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Walt is survived by his wife, Mary, and his three children, Tim (Susan), Carrie Durden (Bobby), and Shelly Navarro (Sergio). Others left to cherish his memory are his 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren (who he loved so much!) and many adoring nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, all from Vermilion, Ohio. Services will be held at a later date at the Tallahassee National Veterans Cemetery.
Belinda Ann Sapp Crews
Belinda Ann Sapp Crews, age 69, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away Sunday July
19th, 2020 in Madison County, Florida. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida on
October 24th, 1950, to Max Sapp and Hazel Bowers Lacy.
Belinda was a Tax Trainer for the Department of Revenue and a member of the
Faith Baptist Church of Tallahassee. She enjoyed talking and meeting new people
and especially loved spending time with her grandkids. She also enjoyed creating
flower arrangements and doing things for other people. Belinda had a very giving
heart and compassionate soul.
She is survived by her son; Michael Eugene Gramling (Crystal) of Monticello, Florida. Her three (3) grandchildren; Jackson McDonald, Grayson Gramling and Brooke Gramling of Monticello, Florida. Her step-son; Robert Wesley Crews of Raleigh, N. Carolina and his (2) two children. Her brothers; Joel Sapp (Beth) of Nekoosa, Wisconsin and James Sapp of Tallahassee, Florida.
A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Monday July 27th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello, Florida 850-997-5612.
Muriel Elizabeth Matteson (Manzi) McNeir
Muriel Elizabeth Matteson (Manzi) McNeir, 95, passed away at the Big Bend
Hospice House in Tallahassee, FL on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. She was
born in Detroit, MI on November 5, 1924. Muriel was a veteran of World War
II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Peterson Field, Colorado
Muriel lived in Tallahassee, Florida since 2001 after having lived abroad,
primarily in London, England for many years. She was an active member of the
London Association of Retired Persons (ARP) and enjoyed being a volunteer tour guide, leading many trips and walks in London and surrounding areas. She enjoyed traveling to many places throughout Europe during her time living in London.
Muriel is survived by her son, Merle Manzi (Kristie) of Tallahassee, grandchildren, Randolph Manzi, Lakeland, FL, and Kimberly Manzi Vega (Eugenio), Deltona, FL; seven great grandchildren, and eleven great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Jesse Matteson, and her mother, Margie Matteson, of Punta Gorda, FL, and her grandson, Patrick Merle Manzi of Victoria, TX.
Muriel will be interred with military honors at the National Cemetery in Tallahassee with a service to be conducted there on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 10:00 AM, officiated by Reverend Ken Hamilton. The family is under the care of Beggs Funeral Home-Apalachee Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice or another charity of choice.
Henry Crill Merryday, Jr.
Henry Crill Merryday Jr., 93, of Tallahassee, passed away peacefully at 2/23/20,
following a brief illness. Born in Madison, April 1926, to Henry Crill Merryday Sr
and Anne Dunbar Beggs, he graduated from Madison High School in 1944. He
enlisted in the Navy being assigned to the oil tanker U.S.S. Chemung which
served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during WWII.
Crill attended University of Florida to study accounting but left in his 3rd year
to attend the Cincinnati College of Embalming. After being certified as a licensed
funeral director by the State of FL he went to work helping his uncle run the family business, T.J. Beggs Funeral Home in Madison.
He met and married the new high school science teacher, Danatta E. Jones beginning the love story that lasted over 59 years before her death. The Merryday’s life revolved around family, church, and helping friends and strangers who were fortunate enough to know them.
After the funeral business Crill went to work for the State of FL auditing companies in Illinois who were doing business in Florida. They returned to Florida in 1959 settling in Tallahassee where Crill began a career as salesman for Robinson Business Forms. The company merged with Lewis Business forms, where he eventually retired as regional sales manager.
The Merrydays have been members of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church for 60 years, and longtime members of the Ed Wynn Sunday School Class. Crill and Danatta served in nearly every church position available and were especially known for welcoming visitors and new members.
Crill’s sons joined Boy Scout Troop 115 at St. Paul’s, so he revived his scout career that got cut short when his scoutmaster had been drafted in WWII. He served as scoutmaster as well as numerous positions in the Suwannee River Area Council and the Order of the Arrow. For his service he was presented the prestigious Silver Beaver Award, but he was most proud of the Eagle badges earned by his 2 sons and 3 grandsons.
Crill enjoyed fishing, playing golf, annual beach trips, gardening and checking daily stock reports but his passion was helping others. He and Danatta were the rock of the family, served their church, the community, neighbors, or anyone who needed anything. They were a team of service. Now he has laid down his earthly cares and joined her in heaven. We will miss you but rejoice at your reunion!
He is survived by his children: Dana (Amy) Merryday, Crill (Jill) Merryday III and Glenn (Marvin) Powell; grandchildren: Audrey (Wayne) Haas, Emily (Brent) Philpot, Justin (Samantha) Powell, Jordan (Grace) Powell, Clint (Catherine) Powell, Ben (Maggie) Merryday, Henry and Hugh Merryday and 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial will be held at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1700 N Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Saturday February 29, 2020 at 11:00. Visitation at 10:00. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Florida Methodist Madison Youth Ranch, P.O. Box 38, Pinetta, FL 32350. Arrangements guided by Begg’s Funeral Home (850) 942-2929.
Lemuel Clayton Evans
Lemuel Clayton Evans, 53, passed away unexpectedly on February 7, 2020. Clay
was raised at Nutall Rise on the Aucilla River. He worked for the City of Tallahassee
as a power plant maintenance
mechanic and was a highly skilled welder. Clay was an avid outdoorsman that loved
sharing his passion of hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was
raised to respect and honor the
heritage of outdoors and passed that on to his son Tyler. Clay was always willing to teach others, especially kids, the way of life he excelled at. Clay enjoyed making memories and relaxing with family
and friends at his hunting camp and spent a lot of time there. As much as Clay loved hunting and fishing, he loved his family more. Jami and Tyler were his heart and soul. He will be missed more than words can express, but he will never be forgotten. He is preceded in death by his mother, Margie Hartsfield. He is survived by his wife Jami of 27 years, and his son Tyler (Tiffany Kalnin) Evans, both of Lamont, Florida; brother Hank (Amy) Evans of Perry, Florida; sister Amy (Michael) Hay of Wewahitchka, Florida; his Father Bruce (Melody) Evans of Nutall Rise; and his two nieces, Kelli Evans of Perry, Florida and Sara Brewer of Port St. Joe, Florida.
Visitation for Clay is Monday February 10, 2020 from 6-8pm at the Beggs Chapel in Monticello, Fl. Funeral services will be on Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 11am at the Beggs Chapel followed by burial at Walker’s Cemetery in Lamont.
Michael Dunning Ashworth
Michael Dunning Ashworth, 76, left his earthly life for his celestial reward surrounded
by family on Sunday, July 12, 2020. He was born on May 18, 1944, as the first of three
children to Ernest & Dorothy Ashworth. Michael spent his early years on the family
farm in Jewett, Texas with his two younger sisters. The family moved to Tomball,
where Michael excelled in school and developed a love of music and singing. His
goal at an early age was to be a pilot. His Mom told stories of him carrying pictures
of airplanes in his wallet as a teenager. He was accepted to the Freshman class of
Texas A&M in 1963 and was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
Michael started working toward his goal of becoming a pilot with the United States Marine Corps on July 26, 1968. After graduating in the top ten percent of his class at Officer Candidate School, he was given the option for pilot training with the Air Force at Laredo Air Force Base, where he received his Air Force Wings and was sent to Yuma Marine Corps Air Station to complete carrier landing qualification to receive his Navy Wings and training in the A-4 Skyhawk. After serving in Vietnam, flying over 300 missions and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross, he was sent to Aircraft Maintenance School in Tennessee and then back to Yuma where he served as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Michael graduated with a degree in aviation management from Auburn University in 1976 and was sent to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.
During his 20 year career in the Marine Corps, he served as the Commanding Officer of several air squadrons with the call sign ‘Blue Chip’. He achieved multiple medals and decorations for his dedicated service including being selected as a trainer at the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, commonly known as ‘Top Gun’. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1986 to Monticello, Florida.
During his career, he developed a love for running and ran three marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. In addition to running, he continued his love of music and singing. He taught himself to play the guitar early in his career and loved playing and singing around a campfire on the many camping, fishing, and hunting trips he enjoyed with family and friends. He taught his two sons to hunt and fish, which they continued to enjoy with each other right up to his last hunting season.
After retiring, he built his dream log home on a pond in the country. Although a different location, it was his return to a life similar to his early life in the country, fishing in his pond, and watching sunrises & sunsets from his deck with his high school sweetheart and wife Anita by his side. Together they contributed many volunteer hours to the community and their church, First United Methodist, Monticello. Michael was involved in every aspect of his church from worship, staff parish, pre-school advisor, Methodist Men, and choir.
Michael is survived by his wife, Anita; sons, Marcus Alan Ashworth (Leigh), Brian Keith Ashworth (Dawn), step son Jeffery Todd Hay (Gemma); grandchildren Anna, Jeffrey Mark, William, James, Hayden, Andrew, and Sophie; two sisters, Eva Hunnicutt (Lee) and Sylvia Ashworth; and niece Nicole. He is also survived by many close Marine Corps friends and families and will be missed by all.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Tallahassee National Cemetery Pavilion Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:00 EST. Summer casual attire is acceptable.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 325 West Walnut St., Monticello, FL 32344 for Methodist Men or Chancel Choir-music.
Johanna Watson, 83, of Tallahassee passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Hannatown
Cemetery in Bainbridge, Georgia. Donations may be made to Tallahassee Heights United
Johanna was born February 20, 1937 in Chattahoochee, FL to Uriah and Mary Edna Johnson.
She resided in Smyrna and College Park Georgia before moving to Tallahassee in 1976. She
was a member of Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church where she enjoyed Sunday
School, Bible Study and Wednesday night suppers at the church.
She was a district manager for Avon, enjoyed shopping, cooking, and being with family and friends.
Johanna is survived by her sons, James Batten of Tallahassee and John Batten of Hilton Head, SC, and Kevin Watson (Diana) of Deltona, FL; daughters Ruth Anne Harley (Tim) of Aiken, SC, and Renee Brimer (Pete) of Dacula, GA; brother, Clifford Johnson of Quincy, FL; and sister, Joyce McDaniel of Sneads, FL; many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Watson and by two daughters, Kim Batten and Kathy Watson.