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.
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.
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.
Dorothy Boland Reid
Dorothy Boland Reid, 88, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 16, 2020.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. EST
at Wacissa United Methodist Church, 14492 Waukeenah Highway, with burial at
Beth Page Cemetery. The visitation will be an hour prior to the services at the
church. She was born and raised in Wacissa, FL. After marriage to the late
Benjamin F. Reid she lived the remainder or her life in Tallahassee, FL. She was a
wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was always willing
to give to her family's needs. She was known to many as "Ne Naw" and always
willing to help her friends when she could. She loved to fish in fresh water and salt water, quilt and crochet. She loved the mountains where she spent time in Rosman, North Carolina, Brevard, North Carolina and Balsam Grove North Carolina. She leaves behind a son Pat Reid (wife Terryann); daughter Benjie D. Young (husband Douglas) of Tallahassee; six grandchildren Larry and Ben Driggers and Tanya, Heather, Justin and Alyssa Reid and eight great grandchildren and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Franklin Reid, parents, James Patrick Boland and Jessie Suber Boland, her sister Minnie Lee Boland Reid, brother-in-law James Wesley Reid Sr., and nephew James Wesley Reid Jr. and great granddaughter, Isabella Reid. Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee Chapel (850-942-2929) is in charge of arrangements. If you send flowers they must be at the funeral home today by 5:00 o'clock EST or Wacissa Methodist Church before 9:00 o'clock EST tomorrow.
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.
With profound sadness we announce the passing of Dan Kelley.
Dan Kelley, age 88, went home to be with the Lord, while surrounded by his family
on January 21st, 2020. Dan was born February 6th, 1931 in Tallahassee, FL.
Dan was preceded in death by his first wife of 39 years Betty Kelley.
He leaves behind his wife of 24 years Mary (Harnage-Miller) Kelley; his daughter
Alita Presley, husband Shane; Son Kyle Kelley, wife Judy; Son Enoch Kelley, wife
Vickie; daughter Susie Kelley; Daughter Mary Ann York, husband Bobby; daughter Deborah Wall; son Melvin Miller Jr, wife Lisa; daughter Shelia Rivera, husband Anibal Sr; daughter Vicki Cook, husband Ricki. He also leaves behind 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Born and raised Tallahassee, FL, he last living child of his parents Luther C Kelley and Jessie Mae.
Dan joined the Navy at 17 and served for 4 years. During his time in the Navy he was awarded the Korean Medal with two stars and a UN Ribbon. After his service in the Navy, Dan came home and began a career at Tallahassee Fired Department. After 31 years of service he retired as a Captain.
After retiring from TFD Dan decided to occupy his time as a beekeeper, although he may have given away more honey than he sold. Dan was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was lifelong Christian and attended Faith Holiness House of Prayer. In his younger days Dan attended Oak City Assembly of God.
Dans family will receive visitors at Beggs Funeral home on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00am. The funeral will begin at 12:00pm. The graveside service will be held at Bethel Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Beggs Funeral Home 3322 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32311
Bethel United Methodist Church 1470 Bethel Church Road Tallahassee, FL 32304.
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.
Delmer Lee Sleasman (Del)
Delmer Lee Sleasman (Del) was born on September 30, 1949 in Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania to the late Charles and Goldy Sleasman. He passed away
peacefully on January 21, 2020 after a long illness. Del served in the US Airforce
and retired as a Master Sergeant after over 20 years. He worked at Leon Iron
and Metal in Tallahassee, FL for many years.
Del leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Linda Hollinger Sleasman:
a son, Chris Charles Sleasman: a brother, Danny Sleasman (Pennsylvania):
Brother-in-laws Johathan Facteau, James Hollinger and John Hollinger:
Sister-in-laws Pat Sleasman, Delois Hollinger, Blondell Hollinger, Loretta Hill,
Elayne Hollinger and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at
Tallahassee National Cemetery.
Ramsey Gray Mullins
Ramsey Gray Mullins went to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning,
12/18/19, after a lengthy illness. She was born March 22, 1970 at Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital to parents Dennis & Patsy Gray.
Ramsey attended North Florida Christian School and graduated in 1988 from
Rickards High School. She graduated from Lively Technical Cosmetology
School and was a hair stylist for many years at Haute Headz and other salons.
She moved on to Suntrust Bank where she was head of HR. She was employed
for several years at Coldwell Banker Hartung & Noblin, Inc. At her death she was employed at Florida State University as an Administrative Associate. She made many friends along her lifetime journey.
Ramsey had an infectious personality, a hilarious sense of humor, a love for life & a stubborn streak. She enjoyed the beach & boating and relaxing at Lake Seminole.
Ramsey loved her family & friends and she was a much loved & cherished wife, mother, daughter, aunt, niece, cousin & friend. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Grant Mullins; daughters Grace Hughes & Hope Hughes; parents, Dennis & Patsy Gray; niece, Rachel (Josh) Strickland; great-niece, Rylie Gray Strickland; nephew, Joshua Taylor; in-laws, Bob & Sylvia Baker & loving uncles, aunts, cousins & many friends.
She was predeceased by grandparents J. W. & Rochelle Chancy & Parks & Delois Gray; sister, Carla Gray-Taylor; uncle, Milford Gray.
The funeral service will be held Monday, December 23rd at Evangel Church, 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by the service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Evangel Church Building Fund, in memory of Ramsey Gray Mullins, 2300 Old Bainbridge Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32303
Burial will be private
Beggs Funeral Homes, Inc., Apalachee Chapel, (850) 942-2929, is in charge of arrangements.
Ernest Lee Stephens
Ernest Lee Stephens went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 22, 2020 two
days shy of his 76th birthday.
Nicknamed Bud or Buddy, if you knew him you understand how fitting of a
nickname it was. He never met a stranger and if you spoke with him for 5
minutes he was your Buddy.
He was an incredibly kind man and as genuine as they come. He always had
solid advice to give or at the very least a good recipe. He served his country
as a member of the United States Navy and was able to travel the world making friends everywhere he went. He loved his family and enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren every chance he got. He was an excellent cook and a dedicated Florida State fan. He was a proud member of the Animals of Section B and rarely missed an FSU baseball game,
Ernest was an extremely hard worker and earned 2 retirements in his lifetime, the first being with the Military and the second with the State of Florida. After his second retirement his diligent nature wouldn’t allow him to remain idle. So he promptly went back to work serving the State of Florida in the Department of Environmental Protection. He would tell anyone who asked that he like his job and loved being around people.
Ernest was a rare breed in each and every way. He loved the Lord and his generous and kind hearted behavior showed it.
Ernest will be missed by all who knew him and those who were fortunate enough to make his acquaintance.
He is preceded on death by his parents Gilbert and Frances Mae Stephens as well as his siblings Annette Stephens Fox and Mack Conrad Stephens. He is survived by siblings Lavonia Stephens Roland of Melbourne Ark. And Earl Stephens of Rockport TX. Children, Precious Faith Curtis, and Kenneth Lee Stephens (Elizabeth) as well as grandchildren, Shiloh, Ivy, and Elijah Stephens, all of Texas, not to mention several cousins and loved ones scattered all over.
A Memorial Service will be held at Eastpoint Church of God in Eastpoint, FL at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020 with a burial service to be held at the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee, FL on Friday January 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend both services.
Christen Marie Johnson
Christen Marie Johnson, fifty-six years of age, departed this earthly life on
December 11, 2019, with her family by her side. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida,
to J.D. and JoAnn Johnson on April 28, 1963. She lived in Tallahassee her whole life,
growing up alongside her sister, Dana Sullivan. The two spent Sundays in church and
adventuring in the Apalachicola Forest. Chris was a daddy’s girl. Chris always
accomplished anything she set her mind to. Chris was a caregiver to many, which
is one of the reasons she chose to work at Gretchen Everhart School. Chris had
outstanding drive, determination, and dedication which she applied to everything
she did. By doing this, she eventually became head mortgage closer at Capital City
Bank, and she even became a licensed real estate agent. Ultimately, she found her home at Donald Guy Heating and Cooling as office manager where she was treated like family. Chris decided to chase her dreams, and she pursued a paralegal degree. She was to graduate in May of 2020. She had just landed her dream job at an attorney's office and was to start work on December 9, 2019. Chris excelled at everything she did. For her excellent college grades, she often appeared on the president’s list. Chris was a lover of all animals. Chris gave her life to her children. She was their protector, and her children always came first. Chris never missed one of their softball or volleyball games, she loved cheering her children on. She always supported them. Throughout their childhood, her favorite thing to do was take them on vacation. Her grandchildren, who call her Mema, gave her life new purpose. Chris’s spare time was spent making precious memories with her family, helping care for her mother, or doing what she loved most, relaxing and watching television. Chris loved to soak up the warm summer days, lounging by the pool, or listening to the waves crash at the beach. Chris also loved to sing. Chris was a strong, amazing woman. She was very compassionate, with a huge heart. Chris touched the lives of many. Left to cherish Chris are her mother, JoAnn Johnson, of Tallahassee; her daughter, Toni Beagles (Seth), of Crawfordville; her grandchildren, Remi and Shiloh Pageau, Ivy D.Beckstead, and Aiden Beckstead, of Crawfordville; her daughter-in-law, Stefanie Beagles, of Tallahassee; her brother-in-law, Daniel Sullivan, of Fort Walton Beach; her nephew, Alex Sullivan, of Mississippi; her nephew, Johnson Sullivan, of Fort Walton Beach; her nephew, Richie and Tucker Beagles (Tiffany), of Crawfordville, and many other friends and family whom she loved dearly. Her father J.D. Sullivan and her sister Dana Sullivan preceded her in death. Her daughter, Lindsay Beagles also preceded her in death. Her nephew, Clyde Sullivan, has since passed away also. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the amazing staff at the M.T. Mustain Center, for their care and compassion. A joint memorial service for Chris and Lindsay is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Beggs Funeral Home. The family will visit with guests immediately following the service. Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee FL, 32311, (850) 942-2929.
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.
James E. Miller (Eddie) (Fast Eddie)
James E. Miller (Eddie) (Fast Eddie) devoted husband, father, grandfather, and
friend, went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2020. Eddie was born on June
17, 1956 in Barnesville, GA. He entered into the insurance business at a very
young age and continued until the day the Lord took him home. Eddie loved to
play golf with his buddies and his collection of cars were his pride and joy at
home. The kids and grandkids would try to count how many he had all over
the house. Eddie leaves behind his loving wife of 34 yrs, Juanita Miller, his twin daughters Brandy and Brooke Miller, daughter Angela Carter (Danny), son Brian Miller, his grandchildren, Madison Victoria, Peighton, Makaylon, Brayden, Brynlee, Sandra, Aiden, Arik, Destiny, Serena, Nick, Kelly Ann, Megan, Kristen, Matthew, and Jackson; brothers, Mike Kimbell (Joy), Robbie Miller (Angie), Freddy Miller (Rhonda), Johnny Miller (Vickie); and sisters, Brenda Thrasher(Larry) and Betty Sue Laney (Ray). Eddie will also be missed by his multiple daughters and foreign exchange students he took under his wing along the way.
Memorial service will be held at Beggs Funeral Home on January 30th, Thursday, at 4pm. Wake will follow at the home of Angela Carter.
On January 26, we lost a great man, my hero, JD Kemp. JD went by many titles,
Geologist, Well Driller, Racer and car builder, but the title nearest and dearest to his
heart was Papa Bear. The entire family has come to call him that, but it was when two
little high-pitched voices called him “Papa Bear Papa Bear,” followed by a knee tackle,
or a hug, a kiss, and a snuggle that made his heart swell. He loved that most of all. In
2009 he became a beloved partner and later husband. It wasn’t much later that he was
adopted (sometimes called a hostage situation) by two young women who loved him as their father, their Papa Bear. In 2016 he became what he never expected to be, a grandfather, doubly so a year later in 2017. That role of Papa Bear was what he truly excelled at. JD was the anchor which made the family he gathered around him: his wife Gayle, his daughters Allyne and Danielle, and later Ashlie and Kelly, his friend and son-in-law James aka Earl, and his grandchildren Jamie (JJ) and JT. He also loved his sister Kitty and her husband Rick, his biological children Jennifer and Savanna and his step-son Phillip who were always deeply embedded in his heart. He also loved his racing family – the usual suspects: JK Jackson, Chris Moore, JR and Joanie Prescott, Tracy and Robert Lewis, Rob and Tracy Ippilito, Mike and Stephanie Lollar, as well as all of the other crazy gear head racers from Tallahassee to Las Vegas and across the globe. JD never met a stranger and had many, many friends spread far and wide across the globe. His well driller buddies, his fellow geologists, his online like-minded car-builder buddies, and every person he’d worked or played with throughout his 65 years of life was precious to him and often popped up, by name, in his infamous stories. JD loved to tell stories. Funny ones, historical ones, stories of his adventures and the colorful, people-filled life he led. And people loved to listen, usually. He could be a little longwinded, too.But JD knew how to engage people, include them, entertain them, make them feel special. Whether it was in person or via a PA system at a race, he always had a story, a laugh, and a positive spin for everyone. About his laugh, he loved to laugh, to make other laugh, and in doing so made life more enjoyable for all of us. His laugh, his deep voice, his 1971 vintage mustache, and his similarity to Wilford Brimley were things people never forgot about JD Kemp. JD was my hero and my touchstone. His loss leaves a huge hole in my heart and many others. May he always be remembered with laughter and love, JD’s gift to all of us.
Jessica Ann Spears (Jessie)
Jessica Ann Spears (Jessie), 33, left this earth suddenly on December 30, 2019, as a
result of injuries from a vehicle accident. Jessie was born on September 9, 1986, to
Danny and Ginger Spears. She is survived by her three children, Erin, Caleb, and
Peyton, her mother, Ginger Spears, her maternal grandparents, Mack and Bernice
Johnson and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends, all of who loved her
to the fullest. Jessie was preceded in death by her father, Danny Spears, and her
paternal grandparents, Margaret Taff Spears (Margie) and John William Spears.
Jessie was full of life, unpretentious, compassionate, very tender hearted and lived life to the fullest. She had a love of the outdoors, including, fishing, hunting and racing that she learned from her father. Jessie loved everyone, especially her three children, Erin, Caleb and Peyton, who adored her. While she left this earth too soon, she touched so many lives. Jessie is now finally at peace in a beautiful place. A memorial service honoring Jessie will be held at a later date. “ Shine on Jessie” you will be missed but your precious memory will live forever in the hearts of those who loved you.
Russell Franklin Handy
Russell Franklin Handy passed unexpectedly on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1939 in Angola, Indiana to parents Russell F. Handy, Sr. and Irene L. Drummond. He graduated from North Miami High School, Florida Southern College, and Wayne State University where he received a doctoral degree in inorganic chemistry.
Upon retirement, he moved to Tallahassee to be near his family. He was active in Holy Comforter Episcopal Church’s choir where he also served as a Stephen Minister and grief counselor.
Russell is survived by his wife, Dolores; his children, Christopher Handy and Anne Newman; his grandchildren, Ryan Handy, Adam Handy, Rhys Newman, and Emma Newman; his sister Catherine Elkiss, and his brother, David Handy.
A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
Lindsay Marie Beagles
Lindsay Marie Beagles, thirty-five years of age, departed this earthly life on
December 8, 2019. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida to Tony Beagles and
Christen Johnson on June 26, 1984. She married the love of her life, Stefanie
Beagles, on November 9, 2018. Lindsay had just received a promotion as
vendor liaison for MyFloridaMarketplace at the Department of Management
Services. Lindsay enjoyed learning new things, which drove her to explore
different areas of employment. She enjoyed her time at Florida State University
as a groundskeeper, and she also worked as a correctional officer at Wakulla
Lindsay loved her family dearly. In her spare time, you could find her making wonderful memories with her grandmother, mother, sister, and nieces. Lindsay adored her nieces. Lindsay’s best friend was her grandmother, whom she called every single day. Her mother was someone she always turned to for leadership, compassion, and understanding. Lindsay and her mother were two peas in a pod and they created laughter for everyone around them. Lindsay enjoyed playing softball from elementary school through high school, and, in adulthood, she joined city teams Lindsay also thoroughly enjoyed other activities such as bowling, hiking, and canoeing. Fishing was Lindsay’s passion though. You regularly could find her on the St. George Island Bridge. Deep sea fishing with her dad was one of Lindsay’s favorite things to do. Any chance they got together was spent full of love, laughter, and eating many pounds of crawfish. Wherever Lindsay was, her precious wife Stefanie was by her side. Lindsay originally fell in love with her soulmate in high school. Life brought them back together in 2015. Lindsay and Stefanie had just recently celebrated their first year of marriage together. They went on many adventures and lived life to the absolute fullest. The love they shared was undeniable. Long known for her laughter, positive outlook on life, caring, and compassionate nature, Lindsay made this world a better place, and touched the hearts of many.
Those left to cherish Lindsay are her wife, Stefanie Beagles, of Tallahassee; her father, Tony Beagles (Jennifer), of Mexico Beach; her grandmother, JoAnn Johnson, of Tallahassee; her sister, Toni Beagles (Seth), of Crawfordville; her nieces Remi Pageau, Shiloh Pageau, and Ivy D.-Beckstead, of Crawfordville; her nephew, Aiden Beckstead, of Crawfordville; her uncle, Daniel Sullivan, of Fort Walton Beach; her cousin, Alex Sullivan, of Mississippi; her cousin, Johnson Sullivan, of Fort Walton Beach; her uncle and aunt, Richard and Amanda Beagles, of Crawfordville; her cousins, Richie and Tucker Beagles (Tiffany), of Crawfordville; and many other beloved friends and family whom she loved. Lindsay was followed in death by her mother, Christen Johnson. Her grandfather J.D. Johnson, grandparents Earl and Wilma Beagles, and her aunt Dana Sullivan preceded her in death. Her cousin Clyde Sullivan has since passed away also.
A joint memorial service For Lindsay and Chris is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday January 18, 2020, at Beggs Funeral Home. The family will visit with guests immediately following the service.
Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929
Kimberly "Kimmy" Kay Harvin
On December 5th 2019 Kimberly “Kimmy” Kay Harvin went home to be with
Jesus. From the moment of her birth and throughout her life, Kimmy was always
a special child. Though she had serious health issues throughout her life she
never let those things slow her down. She enjoyed life to the fullest, laughing and
smiling right up until Jesus took her home. Though Kimmy never spoke a word
her life spoke volumes. Everywhere Kimmy went she was a blessing to people.
Kimmy never met a stranger she only met new friends. Kimmy’s life demonstrated unconditional love for others. She had a pure heart and a love for God and a love for people. From her chin fist bumps to her broad smile, Kimmy always brought joy into the lives of others. Kimmy will be remembered most for her love of music and dancing and her love for her little babies Dora, and Curious George, T-Rex and Megasaurus. Now Kimmy dances before the throne of God as the saints sing praises to our savior. Kimmy’s life was a ray of sunshine in our lives and all those who loved her will miss her greatly but the heavens are rejoicing in her homecoming. She is no longer encumbered by this physical body and its limitations. Kimmy is now free to be all God created her to be, free to dance, free to sing, free to run and free to play. Our sorrow is deep but our joy overflows in the knowledge that she is safe in the arms of Jesus and one day we will see her again in heaven for blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.
Kimmy is survived in this life by her father James Kevin Harvin and mother Letty Jane Harvin, sister Serena Danielle Nelson, grandmother Anita Marie Harvin, grandmother Devon Harrell and Aunt Kay Morton. Her brother-in-law Matt Nelson, nephew Jacob Nelson, Aunt Betty White (Kenny), Aunt Sue Gee (Brian), Uncle Ronald Reeves (Joetta), Aunt Wava Harrell (Frank) and a host of cousins and friends also survive her.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Kimmy’s honor to the Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs.
A Service of Remembrance will be held, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Northwoods Baptist Church, Capital Circle NW.
Send donations to: Shine Tallahassee, PO Box 12669, Tallahassee Fl. 32317
Napoleon Broward Raker, Jr
Napoleon Broward Raker, Jr., of Tallahassee, FL passed away peacefully with family
by his side on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the age of 77. Broward was born in
Tallahassee, FL on January 2, 1942 to Napoleon Broward Raker, Sr. and Elvie
Marzette Ross Raker.
Broward worked in the appliance and HVAC industries and as a maintenance
technician for a property management company in Tallahassee. He was an avid
hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time outdoors. From September to April, he spent most of his time in the woods; from May to August, he spent most of his time on the water. Broward competed in archery tournaments and was a member of the Tallahassee Bowhunters Association. He enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the Southern Trail Riders Association. His other hobbies included collecting stamps and gardening.
Broward was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children – Randa (Butch) Roach of Tallahassee, Angie Stahl of Crawfordville, Gigi Raker and Bo (Amy) Raker of Tallahassee; brothers – Robert (Lindia) Raker of Tallahassee and Roy (Darlene) Raker of Havana; sister – Elizabeth (Fred) Sharpton of Milton; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m. at the Crawfordville Cemetery, 2984 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL with Reverend Bobby Steele presiding.
Arrangements will be handled by Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Broward to Big Bend Hospice Inc., 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Dorothy Jean (Glass) Green
Dorothy Jean (Glass) Green, better known as Dot Jean to friends and family,
passed away peacefully on December 26, 2019.
Dot Jean was predeceased by her sister Isabel Glass Lamb and her three
husbands, Jean Worth Owen, William George Jones, Jr. and Robert Louis Green.
She is survived by her four children, Isabel Jayne Owen (former husband,
Robert Robinson), John Worth Owen (Linda), all of Tallahassee, FL, Thomas
Jay Owen (Linda Kelsey) of Crawfordville, FL and Ronald Wayne Owen
(Amber) of Ft. Worth, TX. In addition, there are four grandchildren, Kenneth
Robinson (Leslie) of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Rachel Robinson
Roopnarine (Colin),and Michael Owen both of Tallahassee, FL, Lawrence Byron
Owen of Dallas, TX and five great grandchildren, Ty Robinson and Jaycee Robinson of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Percy Roopnarine and Zoe Roopnarine of Tallahassee, FL and Charley Belle Owen of Dallas, TX.
Dot Jean was born in Gainesville, Florida, April 11, 1924, the daughter of Robert Emmett Glass and Martha Livingston Glass and has lived in Tallahassee since 1938.
She was a graduate of Leon High School, attended Florida State College for Women and graduated from University of Florida in 1938. During her college tenure she was part of the Student Government, served on the Student Judiciary and was a member of the sorority, Chi Omega.
In 1968, she was one of the first women to receive a Florida Certified Public Accountant designation. She worked for the Florida Department of Transportation as an auditor, moved to the Florida State Auditor’s office where she helped design the SAMAS (Statewide Automated Accounting System) and when she retired from the state she was working for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. She continued working in private practice as a Certified Public Accountant and as a real estate broker/salesperson in Wakulla County.
Dot Jean enjoyed a full life of volunteering and belonging to various organizations including Gator Alumni Association, Economic Club of Florida, Town Club, Tallahassee Garden Club, heritage organizations, Goodwood Museum, Girl Scouts, Junior League of Tallahassee and Florida State Archives. She loved the outdoors and participated in nature activities all over North Florida and North Carolina with her last trip down the Nantahala when she was 84.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., January 7, 2020 at St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Peter’s Cathedral, 4748 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309 or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308, would be appreciated.
Guy Raburn Thomas
Guy Raburn Thomas passed away January 23, 2020 at home in Tallahassee. Guy was born January 21, 1927 in Attapulgus, GA. He graduated from Attapulgus High School and Georgia Tech and served his country in the United States Navy. Guy spent the majority of his professional career in banking with Tallahassee Federal Savings and Loan until his retirement in 1985. Following his retirement, he appraised real estate for several years with The Pillion Company. He was a faithful member of Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Guy was preceded in death by his parents William and Ethel Vanlandingham Thomas, his beloved wife Sara Bowman Thomas, brothers Hunter, Bruce, Kenneth and Edwin Thomas and his sister Anita Barineau.
Guy is survived by his grandson Ryan Fitzgerald and his wife Dang, great grandchildren Kenneth and Dean, his best friend Susan Owens, brothers in law Louie Barineau and James Bowman(Becky), nieces and nephews Anita Gibson (Edd), Joyce Armbruster(Dave), Jim Barineau (Carol), James Thomas, Jr. (Dana), Jeff Bowman (Ann), Scott Bowman, Todd Bowman and a myriad of friends.
Services will be held Tuesday, January 28, at 10:00 AM at Pisgah United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Pisgah cemetery.
Contributions can be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Betty Lawson Hodges
Betty Lawson Hodges, 75, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019.
Betty was born October 29, 1944 in Moultrie, GA to Lester and Annie Lawson.
Her family moved to Tallahassee from Moultrie when she was a little girl. She loved to sew, bake and take care of people. She retired from the Department of Highway Safety exactly 30 years to the day at 52 years old. She started preaching full time at Lloyd United Methodist Church, and volunteered at Hospice and was the one of the original First Responders.
She is survived by her husband, James H. Hodges; two sons, James (Hillary) Hodges Jr. and their children, Brad, Brian, Hanna and Mary; and Gary Daniel (Doreen) Hodges, and their children, Kevin, Jennifer, Blake, and Tammy; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Johnny, and two sisters, Judy and Sharon.
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.
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.
Stephanie Dawna Carrin Grantham
Stephanie Dawna Carrin Grantham,50 of Tallahassee, Fl passed away last
Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Tallahassee. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m.,
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway,
Tallahassee Fl 32311 (850) 942-2929 with burial following at Broomsage
Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. prior to service.
Stephanie was born February 2,1969 in Tallahassee, to Sandra and William P.
Carrin Jr. She enjoyed attending Church, the beach; She had a way of expressing herself through music, her art, and writing. Her children and grandchildren were her pride & joy.
She is survived by her Mother, Sandy Carrin; husband, Willis Adams; ex-husband and good
friend Gary Grantham Sr; son, Gary Grantham, Jr; daughters, Nancy and Samantha Grantham, and Alexus Chmura; sister Antonia Carrin; and four beloved grandchildren.
She is Preceded in death by her father and 2 brothers, Willian P. Carrin III, and Raymond M. Carrin. And She will always be remembered as our "Stephan Wolfe."
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.
Clara Estella Byrd White
Clara went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 22, 2019,
at the age of 88.
She was born January 1, 1931, in Sarasota, FL to C.E. and Essie (Causseaux) Byrd
and was the baby of the family. Clara married Mizell White in 1948 and had two
children, Renee and Edward White. Mizell, Edward, her parents and siblings
(Mildred, T.A, Wilma, Elizabeth, Leroy, Milton, and Doyle) preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, daughter-in-law Janet White Baggett (Steve),
three granddaughters, Lori White McCoy (Abner), Jami Eddy (Steven), Alli Colson
(Matthew), and six great grandchildren, Abbey, Ellie and Bella McCoy, Emma and Landen Eddy, and Jackson Baggett.
Clara attended Leon High School and Lively Technical College where she received a Bookkeeping/Accounting Degree. She retired from the Tallahassee YMCA where she was the Chief Financial Officer. Clara later worked at First Baptist Church in the Weekday program where she retired at the age of 79.
Clara was a loving and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. She had an infectious smile and beautiful voice. Clara loved music and she used her gift of singing to serve the Lord and others. She sang in a quartet on the radio in the 1940’s, numerous church and civic choirs, weddings, funerals, and special programs. She was a choir director at St. Marks First Baptist Church, Crossway Baptist Church, and other Baptist Church’s in and around Tallahassee, FL.
Clara believed in serving others. She coordinated and directed the Reach for Recovery Breast Cancer Program and received an honorary lifetime membership on the Leon County Board in 2000. For 20 years, she coordinated and directed the Natural Bridge Memorial Service in concert with the Florida State Parks Service. Clara was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the Winnie Davis and Anna Jackson Chapter, where she served in many positions. For many years, she led monthly church services at Consulate Health Care.
Her final church affiliation was with Immanuel Baptist Church where she faithfully served for over 20 years. She was a member of the choir and the Joy Sunday School class. Clara will be sorely missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Family visitation will be at Beggs Funeral Home from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, December 27th. Her funeral service will be Saturday, December 28th at 1pm at Immanuel Baptist Church. Her interment will be at 3pm at Pigott Cemetery in Medart, FL. A reception will follow at Friendship Baptist Church in Medart, FL.