Beggs Funeral Homes

Harry Corbett “Buddy” Dean

​Harry Corbett “Buddy” Dean, 87, beloved husband and father, passed on early Friday morning May 12, 2017 at Big Bend Hospice House to be with his Heavenly Father. Born in Marianna, FL January 8, 1930, moved to Tallahassee in 1931. He was in Elementary Education at FSU Development Research School and graduated from Leon High School. He has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from FSU 1951. He served in USAF 1951-55 in the Korean War and retired from several State of Florida agencies.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Carol Dean Jones, and his parents Henry C. and Mabel Rountree Dean. Surviving him are his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Wallace Dean; daughters, Katherine Dean DonTigny (Michael) of Hillsboro,OR, Lynda Dean Jensen (Frank) of Dahlonega, GA, Sandra Dean Bell (Robert) of Pace, FL, stepsons, Charles H. Culpepper, Jr. of Tallahassee, Michael C. Culpepper of Tallahassee, brother-in-law, Alfred Wallace of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Sierra Bustya, Benjamin Jensen, Tyler Bell, Malcolm Jensen, Tanner Bell, step granddaughter, Alison Culpepper and step grandson Brian Culpepper, and many dear friends .
Buddy was a faithful member of Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church. He and Carolyn enjoyed many adventuresome travels for most of their marriage.
In lieu of flowers, donations requested to Big Bend Hospice or Tallahassee United Methodist Church. A graveside burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at Oakland Cemetery.
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of arrangements.

Betty M. Bailey
Betty McDaniel Bailey, age 87, passed away April 10, 2017, she was born in

1930 to George and Esther McDaniel. She is predeceased by her parents and

her brother GW. She is survived by her husband Tom Bailey and 2 children;

son, Gerald Bailey (Pat) and daughter, Judy Nazaruk (Steven). 4 grandchildren;

Chasity Phillips (Brent), Chris Bailey (Jody), Kasie Singletary (Craig) and Keith

Taylor (Michele). She had 6 great-grandchildren.
Betty was born in Ozark, Alabama and grew up in Lamont, Florida. She attended

Jefferson County Schools and graduated from Business school. She was married

to Tom Bailey for 66 years. Betty ran The Star Restaurant in Lamont for 20 years,

she played piano at the Lamont Baptist Church, was a member of the Women’s

Missionary Union at Lamont Baptist Church and also a member of the Lamont Homemakers Club.
Betty was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or holiday. She and Tom took many trips during their retirement.
The family would like to thank all of the doctors for helping her live 87 years. Thanks to Big Bend Hospice for their End of Life Care and thanks to Ruby Jackson for her Home Health Care. Thanks to the community of Lamont and the Church family for their visits.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Lamont Baptist Church, with a visitation prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Clark Edward and Reverend Mark Holley will lead the service. Burial will be at Walker Cemetery in Madison County.

Cornelia “Connie” Rhodes
June 17th, 1938- September 1st, 2017
Cornelia Rhodes arrived in heaven on September 1st, 2017. She was preceded in rest by her loving husband Everett Rhodes and son, Everett Scott Rhodes.  
Connie worked her way up in the Department of Administration, Division of Retirement for 42 years, finally retiring as Bureau chief. She was very active in Softball, League One, and finally put up her bat at 56 yrs old. She was their pitcher for over 30 years.
She is survived by Georgia family, Lavenia W. McKinney (Walter), Janita Broadway (Wedrel), Jimmie Lee Davis (Jerry), Ronnie Woods (Merry), Derald Woods (Barbara), and Kevin Woods (Vicki) and their children. Cornelia is also survived by her son Allan Rhodes; daughter, Donna Carmichael; two grandchildren, Travis (Veronica), Asbell and Nisha Rhodes; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Chaselyn Asbell, and one great grandchild Kaitlyn Asbell.
Funeral services will be held on 10:00 am, Friday, September 8th, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Burial will follow at MeadowWood Memorial Park. There will be a fellowship at New Journeys Baptist Church. A visitation will be held the night before on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at the Apalachee Chapel.

Margaret Sherman

Margaret Sherman, loving wife, mother and grandmother went to meet the Lord on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Walt Sherman; two daughters, Tracy Killian and Tina Orr; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday October 19, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Chapel. A graveside service will be held in Winchester, KY on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Frances Austin Dover

​Frances Austin Dover, 76, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Tallahassee, FL.
Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Home
with burial at Oakland Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Reception to immediately follow at the home of Karol Dover Selvaggio, 2811 Trebark Drive, Tallahassee, FL.
Frances was born September 19, 1940 in Tavares, Florida to Marion and Elizabeth Austin. Frances
worked as the Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Dental Association for 24 years
until retirement and was a member of The Forest Hills United Methodist Church.
Frances is survived by her husband, Henry B. Dover, Jr., daughter, Nancy Burgess, son, Bill Igou, step-sons David and Stephen Dover, step-daughter, Cynthia Dover Martin, six grand-daughters,
Francie Foster, Torie Burgess, Jessie Pippin, Crystal Pulice, Kayla Dover and Sarah Martin, three grand-sons, Austin Igou, Daniel and Josh Martin, and one great-grandson, Luke Isaiah Foster.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, mail to “The Porch Light”, 1015 Sikes Boulevard, Lakeland, FL 33813 or online at ThePorchLight.org. The Porch Light is a branch of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes where Frances’ granddaughter, Francie, works. The Porch Light provides a “safe home”, counseling, and advocacy for child victims of human trafficking. Please include “In Memory of Frances Dover” in the memo of your gift.

Raymond Pearson Higgs, Jr.
Raymond Pearson Higgs, Jr., age 80, of Lamont passed away Sunday

August 13, 2017 in Thomasville, Georgia. Raymond was born in Tampa,

Florida on March 1, 1937 to the late Raymond Pearson Higgs, Sr. and

Bronye Sanders Higgs. He was a truck driver for Ace Hardware and

loved trains. He was a Board Member for the Sunshine State Jack

Russell Terrier Club for 9 years. He was an outdoorsman at heart,

he enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. Raymond was one

of the last true cowboys.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Burke Higgs; his son Raymond Higgs

III; his 5 daughters, Tammy Cooper, Robin Arbuckle, Mindy Johnson, Bronye Pollock and Kelly Rockquemore; his 2 step-sons, Norman Watts and Dwayne Watts; his step-daughter Kimberlee Lutz and his brother Gene Higgs. Raymond is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel 485 E. Dogwood St. Monticello, Florida. If sending flowers please patronize Gelling’s Florist at 190 E. Dogwood, in Monticello, phone 850-997-2015.

Lavenia Hughey Tharpe

Woodville - Lavenia Hughey Tharpe, 82 went home to be with her Lord October 14, 2017. She was born to the late J.B. Hughey, Jr. and Kathleen Hughey in Madison, Florida. Lavenia was a loving and faithful wife, mother, and (Mema) and was a member of Praise Cathedral Church.
Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years Burtcham Tharpe, three daughters, Cindy Starling (Arnie) Donna Edenfield (Donnie) and Susan Tharpe, three sons, Bronson Tharpe, Steve Tharpe (Laura), Jeff Tharpe (Suzan) one sister, Margie Andrews; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2pm at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway with Pastor Joe Clemmons officiating. Burial will follow at Connell Family Cemetery, Limestone Rd. The Family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8 pm also at Beggs Funeral Home.

Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Naughton

Virginia Elizabeth “Betty” Naughton passed away in the loving arms of Jesus, her loving family and friends on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Florida.
Betty was born August 10, 1951, in Madison, Florida.  After graduation from Madison High School she attended North Florida Junior College and later graduated from Florida State University where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.  Betty taught school in Madison County and Madison Academy.  She also worked in Public Relations at North Florida Junior College, a former paralegal in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.
            Betty was a loving mother to her daughter Elisabeth, whom she adored.  Elisabeth was her mother’s greatest joy.  Betty loved spending time with family and friends, preparing gourmet meals, working in her garden and had an amazing talent in home decorating. 
            Betty was an active member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Madison and Co-Cathederal of the St. Thomas More in Tallahassee.
            Betty was preceded in death by her parents Alba and Ferd Naughton, II and brother, Ferd Naughton, III.  She is survived by her beloved daughter Elisabeth Wilson, three sisters, Barbara Beggs (Billy), Mary Carol Kaney, Louise Waldron (Allan), sister-in-law Martha Naughton, cousins, nieces and nephews and a special grand-niece Keeley McKeogh.
            The family is most grateful to the doctors and nurses who have cared for Betty, especially those at Big Bend Hospice.  A very special thank you to Betty’s many dear friends who formed a strong support group for her throughout her illness.  A special thank you to Laura Scott-Dorsch who pushed all boundaries to ensure that Betty had the highest quality of life possible.  Each of you helped Betty live longer because of your never ending love, kindness and support.
            Visitation will be Tuesday, April 18th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Co-Cathederal of the St. Thomas More on Wednesday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m. with burial at Oakridge Cemetery in Madison, Florida.
            Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida  32301 or Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, Florida. 

Joel Elaine Leigh

Joel Elaine Leigh, 81, of Natchez, MS passed away peacefully in Tallahassee on October 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.
She was born December 11, 1935 in Franklin County, Mississippi to Mary Lou Spring Martin and Floyd Ross Spring.
Joel was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend who lived life to its fullest. While her family finds comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain, they mourn the loss of such an exceptional woman.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husband, AJ Leigh, also of Natchez. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Darlene Roberts (Allen), Robert Stacey Allbritton, and Carrie Jolene Poole (Andrew) as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, friends and extended family.
There will be a graveside service held at 2 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Mount Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Smithdale, MS.

Bernice Bennett Conrad

Bernice Bennett Conrad, 92, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in

Tallahassee surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 at

Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311,

(850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m.

prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Baptist College of Florida, 5400 College Dr., Graceville, FL 32440, or, Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Bernice was born July 12, 1925 to Willie R. and Alma Heard Bennett in Bainbridge, GA.,
Moving to Tallahassee when she was 14. She was married to Rev. T. B. Conrad (deceased 1993) for over 50 years, serving as a pastor’s wife for over 30 of those years and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Cramer (Marc) of Tallahassee, and Pat Carmichael (Warren) of Marco Island, FL; sister, Jo Ann Johnson of Tallahassee; four grandchildren, Jenna Cramer Jones (David) of Chicago, IL, Brantley Carmichael (Georganna) of Greensburg, PA, Patrick Carmichael (Courtney) of Knoxville, TN and Ross Cramer of Gainesville, FL and six great-grandchildren.
Bernice was a devout Baptist but became shut-in in her later years. At that time, she became a friend and donor to New Beginnings Baptist Church of Woodville, FL.
Bernice was passionate about The Baptist College of Florida (formerly Baptist Bible Institute) in Graceville, FL where she and her husband attended in the 60’s. She established a scholarship fund in honor of her husband and built a girl’s college dorm home in a complex at The BCF named Conrad Court.

Wayne Henry Hubbard

​Wayne was a loving husband, proud father, and a grandfather that always knew how to make the kids laugh. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edith Hubbard; his two sons Stephen and his wife Julie and Stanley and his wife Patricia; his seven grandchildren, Audriana, Joshua (Ashley), Stephanie, Aubrey, Jessica, Joseph, and Caitlin; and three great grandsons, Hunter, Tyler, and Caiden. He is predeceased by his brother Jeff. Wayne was a hardworking man and dedicated years of service to the telephone company before he retired. He enjoyed watching football, working with his hands, and fishing on the boat. He loved taking regular trips to the Appalachian Mountains, especially in autumn when the leaves change. But more than anything, he loved his wife, his boys, and all of his grandkids. His legacy will live on in his family as they carry him with them and remember him always throughout this life. The funeral will be held at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 on Tuesday, May 2 at 2:00 pm. Family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 prior to service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chaires United Methodist Church, 9243 Parkhill Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317.

Ernest Stanton Doster
Ernest Doster of Tallahassee, Fla died of a broken heart on May, 2nd, 2017.  Ernest lived a very long and happy life which forever changed for him on January 24, 2012, when his beloved wife and soulmate, Maxine, passed away.   On January 21st, the 67th anniversary of their marriage, Ernest and Maxine had a wonderful final celebration of their marriage with their son, Russell, and his family.  Later that evening Maxine suffered a heart attack and passed away three days later.  Her death left a huge void in his life, but he pressed on living a productive life in a manner that would please Maxine.
Ernest was born on May 22, 1922, the 13th and last child of Simeon Winchester Doster (1869 – 1933) and Annie Tom Seay Doster (1879 – 1948) of Dale County, Alabama.  Raised on farms in southern Alabama and southern Georgia Ernest was always surrounded by his brothers and sisters, although closest to his next older brother, Jim.  It was through his life on the farms that Ernest learned so much about animals and how to love them.  His father died when Ernest was only 10, leaving his mother to struggle with the running of the farm and the raising of the children who still remained at home.  She succeeded in these tasks and was able to see all remaining 10 of her children become successful citizens.
In 1929 the family moved to Donaldsonville, Ga where Ernest continued his childhood education and met his future wife and love, Maxine, the daughter of John and Edna Trawick Adams of Iron City, GA.  Graduating from high school in 1941, Ernest enrolled in Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he studied till 1942, at which time he joined the U.S. Marine Corps serving until 1946.  Throughout WW II, Ernest served in military camps around the U.S. and was being deployed to the Asian battlefields on the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Point Cruz, when Japan surrendered after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the midst of the war Ernest and Maxine were married in Jacksonville, Fl at the home of her parents. The marriage was a war-time affair and Maxine and Ernest were only permitted a few days of honeymoon.  After the end of the war, Ernest was honorably discharged and he and Maxine moved to Gainesville, Fl where he attended the University of Florida.  Money was tight and they depended on his income from the GI Bill, and his working with the university pest control department, and delivering the Florida Times Union newspaper, while Maxine worked as a nurse at the university infirmary.
After graduation Ernest and Maxine moved to Quincy, Fl where he was self-employed in the fertilizer business and later the furniture business while Maxine continued work as a private duty nurse.  It was during this time that he and Maxine experienced the births of four children, Russell, Belinda, Leslie and Margaret Eve.  Although Margaret Eve sadly died at birth, they were still left with three growing children and money was still tight.  It was during this time that he and Maxine became deeply committed to Jesus Christ and devoted their lives to living in the ways of the Lord.  As part of their Christian faith he and Maxine became charter members of the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy.
In 1956 Ernest became employed with the Florida Probation and Parole Commission and in 1959 he was promoted to district supervisor and the family moved to Tallahassee.  He continued with the Probation and Parole Commission till 1975. He worked with the Department of Corrections from 1975 until 1989 and retired as Circuit Administrator of the 2nd Judicial Circuit.  During this time the children finished their educations, married and had children of their own.
In 1990 the Florida Supreme Court certified him as a mediator in the County Court System where he served till 1997.  He also served 8 years on the Board of the State Retirement Commission.
He and Maxine always remained very active in their religious life and were members of Parkway Baptist Church for 20 years, charter members of the Bradfordville First Baptist Church for 28 years, and East Hill Baptist Church for their final religious home.  While living at Westminster Oaks he took on the joyful task of conducting Sunday Afternoon Bible Lessons.  He was a long-time member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club, where he served as president from 1977 – 1978 and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Ernest is survived by his two sons, Russell Stanton Doster and John Leslie Doster.  Russell is married to Diane and their children; Christi Griner, Stanley McClain and wife, Ricki, Brett Doster and his wife, Iris, and Matthew Doster and Lauren Lee were devoted to Ernest and he shared in their devotion.
Ernest was pre-deceased by his devoted daughter Belinda Doster Wheeler, who is survived by her husband, John Wheeler and their children and spouses; Michael and his wife Vicky, Thomas and his wife Amy, and Amy and her husband, Robert.
Someone very close to Ernest was his sister-in-law Joan Lee who is the last remaining sister of Maxine.  The world will be an emptier place for Joan now that she has lost Ernest, who was her last surviving brother-in-law.  Ernest is also survived by numerous grand-children, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 8, 2017 at East Hill Baptist Church with burial following at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.

John Stuart Hutchinson

John Stuart Hutchinson died on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, LaDonna. A private family service will be held at a later date.
John was born at home in Otis, CO, the 5th child of Carl Avon Hutchinson and Viola Derr Siple. He is predeceased by twin sisters and two brothers.
He graduated from Otis High School and joined the U.S. Navy near the end of WWII. Upon discharge from the Navy, he entered college at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley (now called the University of Northern Colorado). There he met his wife-to- be LaDonna Beth Peterson and they married on March 21, 1949. He earned both bachelor and masters degrees from UNC, and moved his family to Oregon to take a teaching position in a high school in Portland. After five years of teaching he was
promoted to a science curriculum supervisor. While in this position, he attended Oregon State University in Corvallis and earned his PhD. In 1966, he took his family to Manila, Philippines, where he served two years as a science curriculum consultant. He moved his family from the Philippines to Tallahassee in 1968 to join the Science Education faculty at Florida State.
After two years at FSU he became the science supervisor for Leon County Schools. He retired from LCS in 1991. He was an avid square and round dancer and loved canoeing the rivers of N. Fla. In retirement, he also enjoyed volunteering, traveling, bird watching, researching his family tree and playing bridge with his precious life mate while living at Westminster Oaks.
Other survivors include, daughter Linda Hutchinson Loyd (Gary), sons Rick(Christie) and Kent. Grandchildren Kelly Loyd, Jesse Loyd (Kelly), Jacob Loyd (Katie), Micah Loyd, Christopher Hutchinson (Paige), Stuart Hutchinson, step-granddaughter Jessica Marsh (Stephen). Great-grandchildren, Brody Loyd, Brynn Loyd, Bailey Loyd, Angel Marsh, Colby Marsh.

Virginia Ann Grantham
Virginia Grantham passed away Wednesday April 5, 2017. She was born on October 11, 1947 in Cordele, Georgia. At the age of 5, her parents the late Grover Loden Wade and Neata Rutherford Wade relocated to Monticello. 
She is survived by a daughter Rhonda Brant (Vernon), a brother Steven Wade (Laurie), and two sisters, Mary Joe Wade (Todd Thigpen) and Rita Atkinson (Eugene). One nephew and two nieces. Also survived by her special friend, her dog "Buddy". 
A Service of Remembrance will be held Thursday April 13, 2017 at Beggs Monticello Chapel at 5:00 P.M.
Donations may be made to: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation 60 East 56th Street 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 Toll-Free: 1-866-FIND-A-CURE or American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

George Robert Nugent

George Robert Nugent, age 85, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away

at his home Saturday, September 9, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his mother Marcella K. Freeland, William

J. Nugent (brother), and his life partner Helen Whitaker of 30 years.
He is survived by his daughter Theresa Lynn Nugent, Cheryl Brim, and

Frank Brown (step children), grandson Ben Brim, 2 great grandchildren,

nieces, nephews, and their families.
George was born September 28, 1931 in Butler, Pennsylvania. He

graduated high school in 1951 from Chester High School, in Wooster Ohio.

As a young boy George delivered newspapers, cut lawns and was featured in the newspaper as “Today’s Newspaper Boy Is Tomorrow’s Leader”.
George loved the country, and also lived on a dairy farm, enjoyed riding horses, playing basketball, loved football, and mushball.
He joined the Navy in 1952, and received: China Service medal, United Nations Service medal, Korean Service medal, National Service medal, and Good Conduct medal. George was also a Golden Glove boxer. George had many stories to tell.
George was proud to serve his country, and was a very honorable, hardworking, funny, and loving kind person. George met no strangers, He was owner of Pioneer Brake & Auto and worked in the Automotive Business for many years.
He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017 at Tallahassee National Cemetery
with Military Honors.

David Alton Graham, Sr.
David “Alton” Graham, Sr., 69, peacefully entered the loving arms of Jesus on October 8, 2017 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee.  He was born in Montgomery, Alabama on December 29, 1947 to William David and Lubie Williams Graham.
Alton, affectionately known to many as “Big Al”, loved the Lord with all his heart and was a member of Four Square Gospel Church.  He served many years with law enforcement reserves and retired from Talquin Electric with 37 years of service.  His biggest passion was Alabama football “Roll Tide”, taking night rides with his loving wife and best friend, Frances “mama”, spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting and riding in the woods.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 30 years, Frances L. Graham, sons David A. Graham, Jr., Michael H. (Paige) Graham and their mother, Linda G. Graham, Ralph (Alyson) Motes, sister-in-law Judy Graham and eight grandchildren, Brandon Graham, Victoria Graham, Brianna (Wally) Edenfield, Michael (Katelyn) Graham, Dylan Graham, Chase Motes, Chance “Chun” Motes and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Alton is predeceased by his parents and brother Bobby Graham. 
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Tallahassee Memory Gardens, 4730 North Monroe Street.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Heb 13-8.
“Yeah Lord” … “Roll Tide”

William P. “Skip” Smith, Jr.

William P. “Skip” Smith, Jr., 56, of Tallahassee, Fla. died after a courageous

battle with cancer on September 4, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife

Sharon Cook Smith and precious sister Becky Smith Liner – both of

Tallahassee – adored nephew William “Will” Thomas Liner of Montgomery,

Ala., and cherished uncle Elzie Smith of Okeechobee, Fla., as well as

numerous family members and countless friends.
Skip was born September 7, 1960, in Tallahassee, Fla. to William P. “Skipper”

Smith and Ann Carlisle Smith. He married the love of his life and devoted

partner, Sharon Cook Smith, on August 15, 1998.
After graduating from North Florida Christian School in 1978 and the Florida State University in 1982, where he majored in Accounting and Finance, Skip went on to begin his banking career with Tallahassee’s Barnett Bank in 1984. After 14 years in small business and consumer lending roles, Skip joined Capital City Bank in 1998 and has made countless contributions to the institution’s business banking area while rising through the ranks. The consummate professional, Skip was well respected for a banking expertise accumulated over more than three decades in the industry and an unwavering standard of service that quickly became his trademark.
Skip was every bit a skilled and accomplished banker, but his life’s resume contains so much more than professional achievements. One of the traits that stands out most when remembering Skip is his heart – because it could be seen in everything he touched. He was endlessly kind and generous beyond measure. Everyone – whether client, family member, friend or one of the thousands of members of the community who benefitted from Skip’s passionate philanthropy -- got Skip’s best. He held back nothing.
Skip was a member of the Jackson Masonic Lodge and Marzuq Shrine Temple of Tallahassee, where he was devoted to helping raise funds for the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital. For 20 years, he served on the board of the Florida Sheriffs Association Committee of 99, which honors outstanding service among deputies and officers. He also was recently appointed by Sheriff Walt McNeil to the Citizen Advisory Council.
Among his greatest passions was the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity, with which he served many years as an advisor to the local chapter as well as on the national level. Skip was a member of the board of trustees for the Epsilon Sigma chapter and served as treasurer of the Housing Association. He also served on the National ATO Foundation Board of Governors. Skip is remembered by several generations of ATO undergraduates as a mentor, advisor, friend and role model.
For all these efforts and more, he was chosen by Capital City Bank as the recipient of its Julian V. Smith Award in 2005, which annually recognizes one associate within its ranks who exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of community service and generosity.
He was also an active supporter of the local business community as a member of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and related committees, and a Leadership Tallahassee Class XII graduate. A long-time supporter of the Tall Timbers Research Station, he was an avid and accomplished outdoorsmen who loved quail hunting. Skip was an active member of First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, where he served on the finance committee for many years. His faith was reflected in all areas of his life.
In every way possible, Skip was an example to all who were fortunate enough to watch him work – both within the walls of the Bank and out in the community. The legacy he leaves behind will continue to inspire others for many years to come.
Skip is preceded in death by his father William P. “Skipper” Smith and his mother Ann Carlisle Smith.
A visitation will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Welcome Center at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, 108 West College Avenue. The service will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Skip’s memory to some of the organizations and charities nearest to his heart.
        Alpha Tau Omega Foundation, Inc., 32 East Washington Street, Suite 1350, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3516. Gifts in Skip’s memory may be made by mail, online at www.ato.org/donate or brought to the services this week. Checks should be made payable to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation. Please indicate the gift is in memory of Skip Smith.
            FSU College of Business, Office of Development, P.O. Box 3061110,
            Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110, or business.fsu.edu/give
            Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, Care of Marzuq Shrine Temple, P.O. Box 37130,
            Tallahassee, FL 32315.

Joseph Woodrow Kelley

Joseph Woodrow Kelley, 69, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his home in Tallahassee.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Wacissa Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial at Beth Page Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to service.
Joseph was born in Newnan, GA March 3, 1948 to James W. and Imogene W. Kelley. He was self employed as a painter.
He is preceded in death by his wife Karen JoAnn Kelley.
He is survived by his sons, Joey Allen Kelley and Anthony Ray Stringfellow; daughter, Teresa JoAnn McKenzie (Donald); brother, Wayne Kelley, Sr.; sisters, Jennifer Lee Malphus; and grandchildren, Christopher, Karen and Kristi McKenzie, and Anthony and Joseph Stringfellow; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Caleb, Jeremiah, Kimberly, Marley, Abby and Ally.

Reverend C. Wayne Miller
Reverend C. Wayne Miller, age 80, passed away April 24, 2017 at his home

in Monticello, Florida. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on August

27, 1936 and moved to Monticello in 2002.
He was a loving father, husband and follower of Christ, a veteran of the

U.S. Airforce and served as a Reverend in Ministry for 34 years.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Juanita Miller of Monticello, Florida; his son,

Jonathan (Bonnie) Miller of Gilbert, Arizona; his daughters, Nancy Miller,

Karen Miller, Charlene Miller all of Monticello, Florida and Felcy Gabriel of

Tallahassee, Florida; his brother, Albert (Theresa) Dean Miller of Allentown,

Pennsylvania; his sisters, Daryl (Jack) Christner of Columbus, Ohio and Kay (David) Taylor of Delta, Colorado; his grandchildren, Travis (Jennifer) Miller of Oklahoma, Derric Miller of Kansas, Elizabeth Miller of Monticello, Florida, Rachel David and Sharon David of Tallahassee, Florida.
Services will be held at the Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene, 1983 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 on Saturday April 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with a visitation prior to the service from 8:00-10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Life Church of the Nazarene 4513 Crawfordville Road, Tallahassee FL 32305

Patsy Ann Warinner

Patsy Ann Warinner TALLAHASSEE - Patsy Ann Yon Warinner, 80,

passed away April 19th, 2017 after a brief illness.  
 Ms. Warinner was born and raised in Florida. She attended Wesleyan

College in Macon, GA and graduated from Florida State University

with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Frank E. Warinner

and moved to Georgia where they had three children. After their divorce,

she returned to Florida and began working for the Florida Department

of Environment Protection – Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems.

 She retired after a lengthy career.
She was an avid reader, a passionate follower of College Football, and loved her home state of Florida.
 She was preceded in death by her siblings, David P. Yon, Pershing L. Yon, and Nena Hope Diffenbaugh; and her second child, Charles E. Warinner.  Survivors include two children, F. Daryl Warinner and wife Theresa of Woodstock, GA, Nena A. Lund and husband David of Gainesville, GA; four grandchildren, Charles and Theo Warinner of Woodstock, GA, Kaitlyn and Nathan Head of Gainesville, GA; one great-granddaughter, Nadine Warinner of Austell, GA; and lifelong friend, Phil Teagarden.
A graveside celebration of Ms. Warinner's life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee, FL by Reverend Richard Jones.
Arrangements are being provided by and condolences can be sent to Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.

Susie Poppell Newton

Susie Poppell Newton, 95, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Crawfordville.
A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Woodville Cemetery.

Susie is survived by her son, Terry Starling of Tallahassee; daughter, Peggy Goodeman of Crawfordville; sister Bertha Mann of Banger, Maine, and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bennett and Sophia “Grice” Poppell;  a son, Larry Starling; son-in-law, John Goodeman; and her brothers and sisters, Ollie, Pinkly, Limon, Burl, Ruby, Dick, Willy, Ruth, Margaret, Randy, Lamar, and Edna.

Lynda Gayle Hicks
1940 - 2017
If one had to choose two words to describe Lynda Hicks, they would have to be love and compassion. Always ready to give a hug and kiss, or a word of encouragement, everyone who met her couldn’t help but feel the motherly love that seemed to pour out of her. She held a deep love for all children and never seemed happier than when she had a child sit in her lap for a snuggle. “Come on over here and give me a kiss,” she would say motioning for you to sit in her lap. Her loving reputation was evidenced by the many who openly expressed their love for her or referred to her as their second mother. Even at an early age, her compassion and desire to help others was demonstrated by her decision to go to nursing school. A decision that would be of great help in her care of the Haitian people she served, and her own children she nursed back to health whenever they needed it.
This is not to say Lynda was all soft. On the contrary, buried beneath her loving demeanor was the silent strength of a warrior. Strength that allowed her to leave everything she was familiar with and follow her loving husband to a destination unknown, somewhere far beyond the horizon, and serve total strangers. Leaving a life of relative comfort behind, she plunged into an adventurous journey for Christ. She watched as she and her family suffered from malaria, typhoid, Dengue Fever, and countless other maladies brought on directly by her decision to serve Jesus. Hurricanes, being stranded at sea for 3 days and 3 nights, having her home invaded and being assaulted by militants, attempted coups, living a poor life, and separation from loved ones were par for the course for Lynda’s astonishing life. Yet, she did it all with a certain grace and acceptance, as if this is just how life was; never stopping to think, for a moment, that she was doing something extraordinary or living life like few ever would or even could.
She was able to do this because she drew her strength from a source of fathomless strength – her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her favorite Psalm, Psalm 91 says, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’ ”.  Without a doubt she trusted and was faithful and full of hope and life until the end. As her life faded, even though she couldn’t see and didn’t even quite know who was interacting with her, she was ready to express love for whoever was in front of her. With a quick wit and humor, it should be noted that she truly lived her life abundantly and to the fullest.
Today is a celebration of one of the world’s great women, who lived life abundantly and to the fullest. One of whom her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and everyone who loved her are proud to have known.
Today she is exactly where she always wanted to be. In the loving arms of her Savior, surrounded by His angels and receiving her crown of life eternal. She’ll hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” And, so it must be for now, but we carry on with us the glorious hope that one day we might be as fortunate as she; to have lived, loved and cared as much as she did and to have made a difference like she did. For all of this, her generations rise up and call her “Blessed”.
Lynda is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 58 years, Dr. Daylon Hicks. Six children: Kathryn Vowell and her husband Greg, Toscha Owen and her husband John,  Daylinda Rickenbaker, Daylon Hicks, Jr., Mark Hicks and his wife Ellen, Tim Hicks and his wife Leah.  Twenty grandchildren: Corey, Cody, Courtney, Cara, Laura, Ethan, Sarah, Emily, Rueben, Johnny, Anna, Jared, Lacey, Kelsey, Victoria, Marissa, Seth, Kiera, Micah, Kai. And thirteen great-grandchildren: Shane, Chevy, Colt, Adalee, Brantley, Cyris, Daelyn, Katana, Layla, Iris, Harley, Lindaya, and Evan. Also survived by her brother, Seth Wilson and his wife Wilma.
She is preceded in death by her father, Seth Wilson and her mother, Nina McCartney, and her sister, Janice Reeves. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 am, immediately followed by the memorial service at 11 am at Gospel Light Baptist Church.  The burial service will be in the Tallahassee National Cemetery.

BJ ‘Jackie’ Story Knowles Rasmussen
BJ ‘Jackie’ Story Knowles Rasmussen, age 85, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 29, 1932 to the late John Howard Story and Ethel Mayfield Story. She moved to Jefferson County in 1967. Jackie was a retired Registered Nurse and a Nursing Home Administrator in Texas and Tennessee. She was currently a Security Officer at Seven Hills Security.
She is survived by her sons; Michael Lynn Knowles (Julie) and Rick Knowles (Reathea) both of Monticello, Florida. Her grandchildren; Deborah Curry (Keith), Lorraine Pitts-Stephens, McKenzie Knowles, Casey Knowles, Alexis Alexandrou and Joleane Alexandrou. Also her great-grandchildren; Case Curry, Kaitlynn Curry, Bram Turvz and Madaline Stephens, David Twyman.
A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday August 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. The family will be receiving friends for a visitation 30 minutes prior to the service. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello, Florida.

Irvin Eugene Johnson

Irvin Eugene Johnson was born on February 25, 1921 and passed away

April 9, 2017 at the ageof 96. He was raised in Tallahassee where he

married Irene Spence on April 13, 1941. After his marriage and the

birth of his first son, Irvin was drafted into World War II - 2nd Army

Infantry Division. During the war, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge

fighting through France, Belgium, Germany and into Czechoslovakia.

It was during one of those intense battles he became
separated from his unit and the war department issued a Western Union Telegram to his wife
notifying her that her husband was missing in action. After several weeks alone behind
enemy lines, he was eventually reunited with his unit and served his country faithfully until the
end of the war. After the war, he worked for the City of Tallahassee until his retirement.
Irvin was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Irene Johnson, his parents, Woody and
Aileen Johnson, three brothers Marvin, Wilfred and Frank Johnson, two sisters Florrie Roberts
and Leila Barnes. Irvin is survived by one brother Mack Johnson (Tallahassee), one sister Evelyn
Appleby (Jacksonville) and long time companion Pauline Simone. He is also survived by sons
Thomas (Jenelyn) Johnson Winter Park, Ralph (Frances) Johnson Havana, daughters Dr. Jenny
(Ted) Swearingen and Carolyn (Tom) Johnson Tallahassee. Additionally, six grandchildren
Bonnie Wells, Tracie James, Tom and Teresa Johnson, Chelsea Swearingen, Tennille Robinette,
and six great grandchildren Annabella, Thomas, Ethan, Joshua, AvaLeigh, and Harley.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 am, Towne East Baptist Church,
1055 Richview Rd, Tallahassee, FL. Family visitation will be at the church from 10:30 until 11:30, 1 hour before the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice.

Mary F. Jones

She loved greatly and was greatly loved. Mary F. Jones, age 93, died at home on August 27, 2017 with her family by her side.  She was the daughter of C.N. (Pete) and Amanda Sexton Fagan.
Mary was affectionately known as GG by family and friends.  She lived an experience filled life.  A child of the depression, she never forgot to be prepared.  She attended Leon High School and graduated from Greenville High and was immediately recruited to work in the war effort at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project.  She was married in Los Alamos and returned home to raise her children.  After they were older she went to work at FSU in the nuclear research department and later she worked for the Program in Medical Sciences, which was the forerunner of the FSU School of Medicine.  After her husband’s death, she built her dream house out in the the country near Lloyd.  For several years, she and her son-in-law, Harald grew flowers for the floral trade under the name of Fagan Jones Flowers.  She returned to Tallahassee in 2003 and  to the longtime family home where she was surrounded with grandchildren, dogs and love.
She is survived by her children: Gerald L. Jones (Helen), Susan J. Maciejewski, Nancy J. Darlow (Richard) and Stacie J. Hammack (Walter), her grandchildren: Juanita Williams (Heath), Sara Gross, Eric Maciejewski (Mira), Michael Darlow (Wendy), Thomas Hammack, Krista Blymiller (Johny), Matthew Jones and her great grandchildren: Michael Beaulieu, Erin Dahlen, Sydney Gross, Hannah Gross, Jacob Gross and Caden Darlow.
She was predeceased by her parents, Pete and Amanda Fagan, her brothers, Charles Fagan, Ted Fagan and Arthur Hale, her husband, Edgar R. Jones, her son-in-law, Harald Maciejewski, her sister-in-law, Marion Fagan and her nephew, Charles (Scooter) Fagan.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 31st 10am at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville Florida.

John Victor Rainwater, Jr.
John Victor Rainwater, Jr. age 74, passed away on Wednesday October 4, 2017 at his residence in Monticello, Florida. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas on December 15, 1942 and lived in Jefferson County the last 20 years, he held a Master’s Degree in Music. He was the Minister of Music at Chaires United Methodist Church for 16 years and also served at the Tallahassee Celebration Baptist Church.
A Service of Remembrance will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday October 8, 2017 at the Chaires United Methodist Church. John is survived by Miriam Rainwater; his two sons, John (Shannon) Rainwater, III and Bubba (Ashlie) Rainwater; his sister, Kay Newberry; 6 grandchildren and his beloved cat Daisy.

Richard (Dick) Paul Spinnenweber

​Richard (Dick) Paul Spinnenweber entered eternal life on Sunday morning, August 20, 2017, at his home in Monticello, Florida.
Born on November 19, 1932, in Cincinnati, OH as the son of John and Mildred Spinnenweber, who preceded him in death along with a brother, William, a sister, Rosemary and daughter-in-law, Susie.  Richard is survived by his wife Catherine Byrne Spinnenweber of 60 years. Additionally he is survived by his brothers J. Daniel Spinnenweber (Monica) and John B. Spinnenweber (Jean).  
Also, he is survived by his children and their families with whom he was very close;  Ann (Fred), Rick, Christopher, Katie (Art), and Jamie (Janie), as well as grandchildren Michael, Abby, Julianne, and Joseph Salancy, Artie, Nicholas, Catherine, and Ellie Salow, Austin, Amber, and Benjamin Spinnenweber.
Richard or “Mr. Dick” was well-known in the community as initially the owner of the KOA Campground and most recently the Good Sam Campground here in Monticello. As an Industrial Designer and graduate of the University of Cincinnati he looked at life from a beautiful view, always seeing what could be accomplished and NOT what couldn’t. His service to our country was with the Air Force during the Korean War. Next his career as a General Contractor and Builder spanned the rest of his life, which began first as an owner with his brothers in the family business, Spinnenweber Builders to Stran Steel in Cincinnati, OH, to Steel Systems in Miami, FL.. His real joy arrived when he was almost 65 and bought a campground and moved here to Monticello.  He delivered the business, which grew from two cabins to 15, with five cottages and numerous park models over the span of twenty years. He ministered quietly to the lost and forsaken of the community as well as travelers from around the world. Whether he provided them a cup of coffee or place to stay, even if it was for a short time, he treasured hearing their stories while sharing his. “Papaw’s” back hoe, which he used the day before he died, will forever remain the symbol of his fortitude, strength and faith!
The family will receive friends, Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 6-8 pm at Beggs Monticello Chapel, 485 E. Dogwood Street, Monticello, Florida.  The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Monticello, Florida at 11:00 am, Friday, August 25, 2017, with burial immediately following at Tallahassee National Cemetery.

Oneta NeSmith Drake Monroe
Oneta NeSmith Drake Monroe went to be with the lord on August 19, 2017 at the age of 91. She was born on March 25, 1926 to Sam and Ellen NeSmith in Pelham, Georgia. She lived and attended schools in both Georgia and Florida; she attended business school in Tampa where she resided prior to her marriage to Wendall Truett Drake in 1946. During her marriage to “Drake” they had two Children Myra Gail Christy Jones married to Richard, and Ronald Truett Drake. After being widowed in 1967, Oneta married Daniel Lloyd Monroe Jr who preceded her in death in 1988 and became stepmother to Daniel L. Monroe III, Barbara Hughes, Gloria Yawn and Frank Monroe who also precedes her in death.
Oneta was fondly known as Miss Nita or Grandma Nita in Waukeenah, Florida, where she attended Waukeenah United Methodist Church. She loved her family and friends. She had eight brothers and sisters and 12 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.
During her life she was very proud of her accomplishments. She often mentioned how she excelled in school and in her work. She retired from the State of Florida Department of Treasury, as an accountant. After she retired she led a prayer group at her church, and formed a prayer support group at New Life for troubled teens. She participated in the United Methodist Women group. During her later years she enjoyed her family and nature and watching the birds in her backyard. She also enjoyed reading and spending time at home.
Services for Oneta will be held Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 11:00AM at Waukeenah United Methodist Church. There will be a visitation held one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Waukeenah United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Waukeenah United Methodist Church. 

Lenita Louise McMullen
Lenita Louise McMullen, age 55, passed away on Wednesday August 30, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Orlando, Florida on March 30, 1962 to Edsel A. Matthews and Barbara Dredge Matthews.
Lenita has been a lifelong resident of Monticello, Florida. She enjoyed hunting and fishing. She also loved spending time at the beach, collecting shells and loved painting rocks.
Lenita is survived by her husband; James “Dalton” McMullen, her son; Hiram Lawrence (Bridget), her parents; Edsel A. Matthews and Barbara Matthews, her two brothers; Edsel “Eddie” Matthews (Cholea), and Donald P. Matthews (Paula). Lenita is also survived by her fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A traditional Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Wacissa United Methodist Church, Wacissa, Florida. Interment will follow at Beth Page Cemetery in Wacissa. There will be a visitation from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday September 1, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello. Donations can be made to Wacissa United Methodist Church, 14492 Waukeenah Hwy. Wacissa, Florida 32361, earmarked for Beth Page Cemetery.

Harry E. Brown

Harry E. Brown, born May 25, 1938 in Ocala, FL, died Monday, April 3, 2017

at his home in Attapulgus, GA.
He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Pearl Brown and his son

Henry Brown.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Betty Lee Brown; daughters,

Ruth Ann Brown Nappi (Fred) of Gerton, N.C., children, J.D. and Freddie

Ann; Terri Lee Vann McNeill (Tommy) of Monticello, FL, children, Tyler

McNeill and Tayler Sexton; Dee Dodd and Jogie Shearer; son, Victor Vann

(Siri) of Houston TX, children Christopher, Victoria and Samantha; brother,

Jerry Brown of Ocala; sister, JoAnn Pizell (Ron); children of Henry Brown, Jennifer Brown and Katie Moffatt. Along with 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, he had many nieces and nephews.
He was with P & G for 44 years in timber management.
Memorial services will be held 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929. Family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. before services.

Edith Lyndall Ragans Davis

Edith Lyndall Ragans Davis, 97, passed away on May 12, 2017 at Harbor Chase

in Tallahassee, Florida.  Edith was born on January 26, 1920  to Robert Early

and Della Lenora McDonald Ragans and lived in Madison, Florida all of her

life. She was the last surviving sibling of 11 children, to include brothers, Oscar,

Henry, Buddy, John, George, and Vernon, and sisters, Irene Andrews, Gracie

Gibson, Eunice Tyson, and Eddie Bevis. After completing her education in the

Madison Schools, Edith worked for American Sumatra Tobacco Company and

The Bank of Madison.  She met and married her husband of 58 years, Dr. J.

Aubrey Davis in 1946, when he came to Madison as a young veterinarian. There, they worked together, raised their family, and were an active part of the community their entire lives. 
Edith was a member of The Madison Garden Club and Madison Women's Club. She loved to arrange flowers, and to entertain large groups of friends and family with barbecues and fish fries. She was a lifelong member of The First Baptist Church and was involved and dedicated to the church in every way. Edith remained in her home that she and Doc built in 1951, across the street from First Baptist Church, until February, 2013. She then moved to Harbor Chase, an assisted living facility in Tallahassee, to be closer to her children.
Edith is survived by her son Dr. James A. Davis, Jr. and his wife Judy Livingston Davis, of Tallahassee, FL and her daughter, Becky Davis Frame and her husband, Tim Frame of Madison, MS. She was so proud of her five grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. They are James A. Davis, III and his wife Heather, and their children Anna, Eliza and Aubrey, of Charlotte, NC; Bri’Anne Davis Smith and her husband, Jay and their three children, Avery, Kate and Claire, of Tallahassee, FL; Alison Davis Wagnon and her husband Daniel and their three children, Kaitlyn Yarborough, Davis and Ben Wagnon, of Tallahassee, FL; Tim Frame, Jr. and his wife Katie, and their twin sons, Parker and Henry, of New Orleans, LA; and Andy Frame and his wife Anna, and their children, Sybil and Davis, of Jackson, MS. Edith leaves behind her sister-in-law, Juanita Ragans, (wife of Vernon), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins that brought so much joy to her life.   Memorial gifts can be made to the building Fund of The First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida, or to the charity of your choice.
With love and care given by Mary Alice Lewis and Frances Arnold, Edith was able to stay in her home as long as possible. The family is thankful for them, as well as Latoria Denson and Debbie Hampton, her sitters at Harbor Chase, who lovingly cared for her until the end. 
Graveside services will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday, May 17, at ten o’clock. Visitation will occur at graveside after the service and a reception lunch will follow at Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.   Burial arrangements by Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.