Mary Irene Archer Rice [April 30, 1925 - February 1, 2019]
Mary Irene Archer Rice, 93, passed away on February 1, 2019, after a lengthy
struggle with Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Rice was born and raised in North Carolina.
She later moved to Florida and retired from the City of Tallahassee, as
Director of Payroll, with over 20 years of service. Prior to working with the
City, she managed both the Diana and Lerner’s shops in Tallahassee. After
retiring, she and her husband moved to Dothan, Alabama where they enjoyed
many wonderful years together. After her husband’s death, she relocated to
North Carolina in 2003 to be near her family.
As her health declined, Mrs. Rice moved in with her granddaughter where
she enjoyed lots of noise, love, and laughter. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, her daughter brought her back down to Florida where she would spend her final days. While in Tallahassee, she was able to connect closely with her great-grandchildren who lived there. It was a special time for all.
She loved to travel and was blessed to take a special trip to Israel that was life-changing for her. She was a wonderful cook and made some very special cakes that both her family and friends enjoyed. Mrs. Rice was always very active in her church serving through missions work and the women’s auxiliary groups. She truly loved singing in the choir and passed her love of singing down to her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Rice was one of 11 siblings. She cherished her annual Myrtle Beach trips with them.
Mrs. Rice is survived by one daughter, Merica Freeman Granger (Mike); and one son, Gary Bernard Bradford; one brother, Jack Archer (Odessa); one sister, Dot Isenhour; two sisters-in-law, Louise Archer and Martha Archer; five grandchildren, Scott Granger (Laura), Jennifer Carey (Tim), Amy Wilcox (Jeff), Brent Bradford (Stacy), Lane Bradford (Amanda); 14 great-grandchildren and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Monica Diane Freeman; her husband, John H. Rice; her parents, David and Pearl Archer; five brothers, Robert, J.B., Ray, Kenneth and Ted Archer; three sisters, Evelyn Archer, Alsie Arndt and Connie Kelly.
A memorial service will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 2351 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL at 11:00 on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church.
Mrs. Rice's family would like to express special thanks to Jan Sanders who helped the family with her care while she lived in NC and to Covenant Hospice, TMH Adult Day Care, and the nursing staff at Brookdale for the wonderful care they provided during the latter stages of Mrs. Rice's illness.
Bobbie Radford Forrest
Bobbie Radford Forrest, 91, passed away at her home surrounded by her family
on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
Bobbie was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her childhood
sweetheart on December 25, 1944 in Vienna, Georgia. Bobbie helped raise
three children with patience, discipline and humility. Most of her adult life she
was a Sunday School Teacher and a Youth Director at Palmetto Baptist Church
in Sanford. Florida. She was best known for being everyone's "Granny". She was
a Granny to everyone she met and treated them all as family.
She is survived by her husband Allen Kenneth Forrest, her three children, Kenneth Allen Forrest (Sheila), Jerry Radford Forrest (Fran), and Lana Jean Forrest Brown (Patrick), 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, Florida on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 6-8pm. Funeral Service will be Held at Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, Florida, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2pm with the burial service following at Oakfield Cemetery, Monticello, Florida.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Jefferson Senior Citizens Center.
John Milton Walker, Jr.
John M. Walker Jr., age 49, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
on October 9, 2018. He was born in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia
State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and lived in Cumming,
Georgia for many years. He was a business and financial analyst. He moved to
Monticello, Florida in 2014, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He
was employed at Flowers Food Corporation in Thomasville, Georgia. He enjoyed
playing guitar, martial arts, watching baseball, reading, and fishing.
He is proceeded in death by his father, John M. Walker, Sr. He is survived by his wife Brenda Walker, his mother, Runette Walker, and his brother, David Walker (Christi).
A Graveside Service was held at Oakfield Cemetery in Monticello, Florida on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello, Florida handled the arrangements.
Hazel Cox Allen
Hazel Cox Allen, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Tallahassee.
She was born on November 14, 1931 in Holmes County Fl. to William and Litha
Hudson. She loved sharing the gospel at the Leon county jail, and was a cook
at the Lighthouse Children's Home for many years. She loved spending time in
her garden with her great grandchildren, Braxton and Tyler. She was a member
of New Hope Baptist Church.
Hazel Allen is survived by her son, Bobby Cox SR. (Michelle) of Tallahassee;
Grandchildren, Mindy Colman and Bobby Cox JR. (Kayla) of Tallahassee; Great grandchildren, Braxton Colman and Tyler Cox of Tallahassee; Brother Billy Hudson (Betty) of Tallahassee; Sister Barbara Bratcher of White City; Stepson Cliff Allen (Corey) of Tallahassee; Step grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan and Nicholas, and many nieces and nephews. Hazel was preceded in death by her husbands, BJ Cox, and Robert Allen; her parents, William and Litha Hudson; sisters, Edna, Pearlie, Lillian, Laura, Pauline and Nancy; and brothers, Ben, Eddie and Doye.
A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy in Tallahassee, on Wednesday March 20th from 6-8pm.
Mrs. Allen’s funeral service will be held at Southwood Baptist Church, 5177 Capital Circle Sw. on Thursday, March 21st at 10am with the internment following at New Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to the Lighthouse Children's Home. 7771 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee FL. 32309.
James N. Daniels “Connie”
James N. Daniels “Connie” 70, of Graceville, FL passed away Wednesday,
February 6, 2019.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, February 11, 2019 at
Indian Springs Baptist Church. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until
2:00 p.m. prior to service.
Contributions, may be made to Harmony Baptist Missionary Church Building
Fund, 1049 Sanders Ave., Graceville, FL 32440.
Connie was born June 12, 1948 in Monticello, Fl to Jasper and Wyolene Daniels.
He was a grounds keeper for the City of Tallahassee residing in Tallahassee until moving to Graceville 2 years ago. He was a part of the Coast Guard Auxillary, loved to draw, garden, and work with his hands. He never met a stranger, he was friends to everyone. He was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church but attended Harmony Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Daniels; brother, Clarence Daniels (Charline) of Tallahassee; sisters, Dottie Nelson of Fruitland Park, FL, and Susan Simmons (Mike) of Miccosukee, FL, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Ruth Dixon.
James Henry Boland (Baby James)
James Henry Boland (Baby James), 68, of Monticello, FL passed away Friday, December 28, 2018.
A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Broomsage Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to service at Cemetery.
James was born November 15, 1950 to Jim and Lulu Mae Boland in Monticello, FL. He built his own store and business and ran it for 21 years and enjoyed talking to the people coming into the store. He was an avid hunter, loved to fish, loved nature and worked construction for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lavon S. Boland; son, Kevin Boland; daughter, Vickie Flowers; brother, James Boland Jr.; sisters, Edith Hubbard, Paulette Clark, Modessa Connell and Conella Duncan; grandchildren, Blair Wooley, Brooke and Jaycee Flowers, and Caylee Boland; and numerous family and friends.
He is preceded in death by a brother, Henry Boland.
Michael “Mike” Ralph Granger
Michael “Mike” Ralph Granger, 66, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, in Tallahassee, FL.
Born and raised in Leon County, Mike lettered in baseball and basketball at Rickards High School in Tallahassee, FL. Years later, he went on to pursue his love for baseball through umpiring hundreds of local area games from the Recreational Park to the Collegiate level. He was also chosen to be a representative for Boys’ State through the American Legions. Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was also an avid hunter and fisherman. If he wasn’t hunting or fishing, you could find him enjoying a good Bluegrass Festival.
Mike, aka “Danger Granger,” or “Officer Friendly,” joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in March 1982 after ten years with the Tallahassee Police Department. He retired from FDLE in 2012 as a special agent with the Governor’s Mansion/Protective Operations Section. Throughout his career, Mike provided security services to Governors Bob Graham, Wayne Mixson, Bob Martinez, Lawton Chiles, Buddy MacKay, Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist, and Rick Scott.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Merica Freeman Granger; two children, Scott Granger (Laura) of Crawfordville, Jennifer Carey (Tim) of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren, Josiah, Eliana, Isaiah, Jordan, Ruth, Lily Kate and Tindell; his mother, Reba Tindall Granger, one sister, Dianne Beane (Bo); one brother, Gary Granger (Tonya); nieces & nephews: Justin & Rachel Beane, Travis & Marci Beane, Sarah & Faith Granger; four great nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, where he loved singing in the choir and teaching marriage classes alongside of his wife, Merica.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church. The services will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church with burial at Woodland Cemetery in Gadsden Co.
Beggs Funeral Homes 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311 (850) 942-2929 is assisting the family with arrangements, or beggsfuneralhomes.net.
Jerry Alvin Grubbs, Jr.
Jerry Alvin Grubbs, Jr. “Alvin”, 61 of Monticello, FL passed away on January 30, 2019. He is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Jana Hunter Grubbs. Alvin is lovingly remembered by his parents, Jerry and Doris Grubbs; sister and brother in-law, Connie and Don Barfield; daughter and son in-law Jessica and Ronald Bishop; grandchildren Kristina Everly and RJ Bishop as well as many other family members and life-long friends.
Alvin graduated from Aucilla Christian Academy in 1975. He married the love of his life Jana on January 27, 1978. He was a loving family man, respected business owner and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed restoring classic cars and traveling. Alvin’s happiest times were spent on the family farm surrounded by everything he loved.
A graveside Service of Remembrance will be held at Roseland Cemetery on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel 850-997-5612.
Sandra Lynn Codemo
Sandra Lynn Codemo passed away peacefully in her sleep October 20, 2018. She was born, June 17, 1949 in Charleston, West Virginia. Sandra lived in Tallahassee, Florida for the past 20 plus years. She enjoyed spending time quilting, gardening and cooking for her family and friends. Before becoming physically disabled, she followed her passion in the healthcare industry through work as a certified Nursing Assistant. She was a homemaker and, along with her husband Bill, successfully raised two daughters. Sandra was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Tallahassee.
Sandra is preceded in death by her father, James Young. She is survived by her mother, Lucille Young; her siblings Ron Young, Cathy Sutta, Loretta Young, and Elizabeth Dampier; her husband of 51 years, William Codemo; her daughters, Jennifer Codemo-Thomas and Melissa Codemo Johnson; her grandchildren Sara Harrington, Phillip York, Andrew York, Mel Howard, and Alexis Howard; and her great-grandchildren Norman Jones IV and Gavin Jones.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Homes, with a visitation from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to services. Burial will take place at 12:00 noon at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. The family is under the care of Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Ms. Dorothy Lee Hutto
Tallahassee, Florida-Ms. Dorothy Lee Hutto, 86, entered into rest January 23,
Dorothy Hutto was born on September 3, 1932 at her grandmother’s home in
Bartow Florida. She is the only daughter of Ruth Armistead and Lonnie Lyons
and was a Native of Florida, living in several different cities throughout her life.
She spent 26 years in Saint Petersburg Florida, where she raised her family.
While in St. Petersburg, Dorothy was a member of Northside United Methodist
Church, where she taught Sunday school for 25 years.
Dorothy was a graduate of Summerlin Institute High School in Bartow Florida and attended the Florida State University College for Women. She married James R. Hutto, Jr. in 1953 and moved to Toledo Ohio for a short period of time. Her husband’s employment led them to St. Petersburg Florida where they lived for 26 years. She was a Homemaker most of her life but also provided In-Home Daycare Services. Upon her husband’s retirement they moved to Okeechobee Florida, then relocated to Tallahassee Florida where their two daughters live. Her mother’s failing health necessitated Dorothy’s return to Okeechobee. Shortly after her return, Ms. Hutto began her career as a Walmart Associate. She was very proud of the 15 years she was employed by WalMart. She retired as Manager over the Sewing Department. After her mother’s death in 1998 she returned to Tallahassee, where she continued to reside until her passing. While in Tallahassee Dorothy became a member of Chaires United Methodist Church. She also supported the United Methodist Children’s Home.
Dorothy had a genuine love for children and animals. She devoted her life to caring for her family and deeply loved each one! She maintained several lifelong friendships, enjoyed church activities, fishing, entertaining neighborhood children, listening to gospel music and attending all activities her children and grandchildren were involved in. Dorothy loved sewing, crocheting, and quilting. Her creations will be enjoyed for years to come.
Dorothy Lee Hutto is survived by her two brothers, Robert Lyons of Lecanto Florida and Lanny Lyons of Richardson, Texas, 4 children: Randall “Randy” Hutto (Kathy), Ruth Kendricks (Bobby), Gregory “Greg” Hutto (Lani) and Jeanne Hutto Robbins. 6 grandchildren; Dr. Victoria Selley (Dr. Jeremy), Randall “Little Randy” (Lisa), Kathryn Sherman (Jason),Dr. Bryan Kendricks (Dr. Amanda “Mandy”), Monica Hutto (Jacob) and Heather Hutto (Kenny). 10 great grandchildren; Lily Grace and Jackson, Ila and Isabella, Wesley and Caden, Silas and Carsen and Ava and Evan. She was very proud of the accomplishments made by her children and grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the United Methodist Children's Home: 1647 NE Captain Buie Road, Pinetta, Florida 32350
C/O The Madison Youth Ranch
Etta "Boots" Ruth Fredericks
Etta "Boots" Ruth Fredericks, 92, returned to her heavenly home, surrounded by her loving family, on March 14, 2019. Her devotion to Christ and her family was the solace that brought the ultimate peace of her passing.Boots was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Mark and Nina Hoover on December 6, 1926. She married her loving husband of 40 years, Robert, in 1944. They were blessed with a beautiful family of four children, Karen, Keith, Jody, and Krista.Boots was a devoted member and the beloved matriarch of her church. She was known for her gracious and loving spirit, her quick wit, and her fiery patriotism. She was considered by her friends and family to be the fairest reflection of dignified grace and style.Boots is preceded in death by her husband Robert Fredericks, her son Keith Fredericks, her granddaughter Amy Martin, and her infant grandson Bradley Fredericks. She is survived by her daughters Karen Bartlett, Jody Hart, and Krista Collier; her 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.Special thanks to the staff of Big Bend Hospice for their invaluable support and friendship.The funeral service will be held at Renaissance Church, 4852 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Fl. 32305, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.. An interment will follow at Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, 446 Hatchett Road, Lamont, Fl. 32336.
Sylvia Reaves Sprenkle Amert
Sylvia Reaves Sprenkle Amert, 80, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home in Pinetta, Fl.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello, FL with burial at Fellowship Baptist in Hahira, GA. The family will receive friends from 11:00, until 1:00 prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Children’s Fund, 7771 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
Sylvia was born October 3, 1938 in Madison, FL to Silas and Louelle Reaves. She resided in Monticello, Valdosta, Michigan and Illinois before moving to Pinetta, Fl in 2010. She retired after 40 years of working, was a member of Georgia Gospel Music Association, enjoyed being with her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sylvia was a prayer warrior, starting a prayer chain for the sick, and would send birthday and get-well cards out.
She sang in the Church Choir as often as she could and sang with Masters Gospel Group for 38 years.
She is survived by her children, Lisa Surrency (Gary) of Adel, GA, Hal Sprenkle (Ramona) of Pinetta, FL and Jodie Sprenkle (Sabrina) of Bainbridge, GA; Murrell Bennett (Rhonda) like a son to me; brother, Stan Reaves (Sandy) of Young Harris, GA; Sister, (B.J.) Barbara J. Reaves Smith Vetrone of Tifton, GA; Sisters-in- law, Pat and Joan Reaves, Linda Reaves Harris, Sharron Peters and Carol Johnson; grandchildren, Garrett and Kathryn Surrency, Kacey and Craig Myers, Cortni Sprenkle Brown, Eli and Kelsey Sprenkle, Zachary, Tori and Hannah Sprenkle; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Atley and Aiden Surrency, Evan and Abby Myers, Graci Brown, Ellie Sprenkle, Eian and Easton Sprenkle; and a special friend Denny Scarberry, and very special nieces and nephews.
Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, David John Amert, and her brothers, Joe, Sammy and Jerry Reaves.
Jane Monroe, age 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019 due
to God’s mercies, the compassionate care of Westminster Oaks and Big Bend
Hospice following a stroke on January 14th. She was born on April 29, 1923 as
Ella Jane Hamilton in Albemarle, North Carolina to Fuchsia and Iron Lee
Hamilton. She was the oldest daughter of seven children.
Jane met her future husband, Harold Bertram Monroe, while attending God’s
Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were married in 1943 and served
together as Harold pastored Wesleyan churches in Ohio and Iowa for over
fifty years while they raised three children. Jane returned to school at Drake University to complete her MA in Education and taught elementary children in Iowa and Ohio public schools for over 30 years. Jane was an extraordinary pastor’s wife, school teacher, homemaker and mother. She loved baking (famous for her yeast rolls), sewing, music and crafting.
Jane and Harold moved to Tallahassee in 2001 to be close to family. In 2005 they joined Westminster Oaks and experienced the benefits of living in fellowship and support at all levels of care; independent, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing.
She is survived by children Gloria Murray (husband Carl), John Monroe (wife Pam), Barbara Shackelford (husband Paul), as well as five grandchildren: Shawn Lavy (wife Lisa); Abigail St. Hilaire (husband David), Megan Hill (husband Sean), Zachary Shackelford (wife Maggie) and Joshua Shackelford (wife Megan) as well as seven great grandchildren: Ally, Sam, Jed, Ginny, Ellie, Nova and Rilla. Her husband of 63 years precedes Jane in death; as well as brothers Charles Brooks, Burnest Lee and James Winfred Hamilton; and sisters Martha Irene Trexler and Sara Frances Haruyama.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Oaks Frances Chapel on the lower level of Oak South on Sunday, January 27th at three o’clock presided by Rev. Bob Evans Discipleship & Congregational Care Pastor of Wildwood Church, Tallahassee. A funeral service will be held at Haskell-Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, Indiana on Saturday, February 9th at one o’clock presided by Rev. Edward Fisher, viewing will be at noon. Interment will follow in the family plot at Vevay Cemetery in Vevay, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Retirement Communities Foundation.
Elmer Harold Leek
Elmer Harold Leek, 95 passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Funeral Services will be held 3:00, Friday, November 30, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church with burial following at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Elmer Leek was born in 1923 in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed from this life November 28th after a short illness. He was a shrimper for 20 years and a master plumber for 33 years. His hobbies included politics, organic gardening, and making his famous datil pepper sauce.
Survivors include: his wife, Maxine Leek, daughter Bonnie Leek Hall, step son Bobby Morrison, and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Shirley Jalene Parker
Shirley Jalene Parker, 85, entered her forever heavenly home on Monday,
February 4, 2019 no doubt hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
She slipped peacefully into Heaven while holding the hand of her beloved
Sister and surrounded by loved ones. Shirley was born March 21, 1933 in
Chicago, IL to Charles K. and Edna Marie Bitner. She worked in the
nursing field at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where she retired in
1998, subsequently, she returned to work at TMH Child Care Center where
her granddaughter attended until kindergarten, she continued to volunteer
at the hospital and sat with patients for many years after retirement. Shirley also retired from the Florida Department of Highway Safety prior to her years at TMH. She attended Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee before moving to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge.
She was adored and loved by her three children and her grandchildren. Shirley was known for her fun-loving, adventurous and only slightly mischievous personality. Blessed with an uncanny ability to bring joy and laughter to any situation, her love, generosity, and great sense of humor were cherished and appreciated by all. She loved the outdoors and fishing. She was an excellent cake maker and loved making cakes for many of our weddings. Birthday’s and other family functions. She enjoyed making ceramics and other creative things which she would give to family members to enjoy. One of her favorite enjoyments was being at the beach with family members or just enjoying a good book to read.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy Lorraine Murillo (William) and Michelle Jalene Parker, her son Ralph Douglas Parker (Debbie) who were the central focus of her life; and her sister Judy Mullins (Barry); nine grandchildren who were the pride and joy of her life, five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed but her spirit lives on in the heart of her children, grandchildren, and a multitude of people who loved her.
A Celebration of life for Shirley will be held 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Deloris Edith Brannen Strickland
Deloris Edith Brannen Strickland, 88 of Tallahassee died peacefully early Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2019. She was born in Glennville, Georgia on April 19, 1930 to Landis Laren and Lennie Todd Brannen. She was the oldest of five children and grew up surrounded by two brothers and two sisters, loving parents, and a large extended family. After she graduated from high school, she attended Georgia Teachers College (Georgia Southern University). There she met her future husband, Ernest “Gene” Strickland, and they were married on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1948.
After Deloris and Gene married they moved around a lot because of his job with Life of Georgia Insurance Company. They lived in Collins, Jeffersonville, Macon, and Milledgeville, GA before coming to Tallahassee in 1968. No matter where they lived they were always active in a local church and had the opportunity to make a number of new friends in each city. Deloris was primarily a stay-at-home mom until they moved to Milledgeville where she opened a daycare. After moving to Tallahassee, she owned and operated a daycare named “Happy Time Playschool.” She loved children and was very gifted in taking care of the children that were left in her care. In 1978, Deloris and Gene
purchased a place on a canal at Shell Point (Crawfordville, FL). After several more moves, they finally settled down and made Shell Point their permanent home.
The funeral services will be held at Beggs Funeral Home - Apalachee Chapel on
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Watermelon Creek Baptist Church
Cemetery in Glennville, Georgia. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday,
March 29, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Deloris is survived by two sons, Stuart Strickland and Stanley Strickland (Jane). She was
a loving grandmother to four grandchildren: Lauren Akesson (Rickard), Diana Sands(Luke), Travis Strickland, and Michael Turner. She has four great-grandchildren, Nathan Sands, Tucker Sands, Taylor Akesson, and Tristan Sands. Deloris has one sister, Wilmith Craig of Roswell, GA. Also, added to her family are two step-great- granddaughters, Ingrid and Louise Akesson. She leaves behind many special friends and extended family that she loved very much.
She is preceded in death by not only by her husband and parents; but her daughter,
Carol Strickland; two brothers, Delbert and Dwight Brannen; and sister, Geraldine Stallings.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pioneer Baptist Church, 486 Beechwood Drive, Crawfordville, FL 32327 or to the Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Wilbur E. Harrelson
Wilbur E. Harrelson, 88, Went to be with the Lord on October 8, 2018.
He was born in Vidalia, Georgia on October 19th, 1929. He spent the
majority of his life in Tallahassee.
He was pre-deceased in death by his parent's, Earl & Mary Estelle
Harrelson and, son-in-law Tommy Roberts.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an MP, and was a Veteran
of the Korean War.
He was Retired from the automobile business after many, many years.
He is survived by Bessie, his loving wife of 68 years. His daughter's Chery Roberts and Debbie Fleetwood. His Grandchildren T.A. (Gentry) and Dan Roberts and, Kyle and Carlie Fleetwood. Great Grandchildren Grady and AnnaReed Roberts.
He was an active member of The Masonic Lodge for many years.
He was also an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was active in his Sunday School Group and was an Usher for many years.
He is also survived by wonderful friends, neighbors and especially his church family at Immanuel.
He was kind, funny, loving, loyal, determined and very devoted to family.
Wilbur's life will be celebrated at Beggs 3322 Apalachee Parkway, on Tuesday October 23, 2018. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 prior to service in the Chapel. Burial will take place immediately following service at Tallahassee National Cemetery, 5015 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311.
In lieu of flowers of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shriner's Hospital 2900 N. Rocky Point drive Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 281-0300.
Ruby M. Griffin
Ruby M. Griffin, 83 of Zephyrhills, passed away on March 29th, 2019. She was
born on January 29th, 1936. Ruby was a wife, mother of four sons, and a “farmher.”
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gerald Griffin, Sr., brother, David
Harnage, sister, Mary Kelly, and four sons, Gerald Griffin Jr., Thomas Griffin,
Harold “Steven” Griffin, and Timmy Griffin. She was blessed with 21 grand-
children, and 23 great-grandchildren.
The viewing will take place at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway,
Tallahassee FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. A second viewing will take place at Zephyrhills Alliance Church, 7251 Fort King Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33542 from 11:30 until 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Ruby's final resting place will be at the Geiger Cemetery in Zephyrhills, FL. In lieu of flowers please donate to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Martha Anderson Fields
Martha Anderson Fields passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on November
3, 2018 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She was surrounded by her
family and was showered with love when she joined the Lord. Martha was an
exceptional and wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
She had a profound effect on all who knew her because of her incredible kind-
ness, compassion, thoughtfulness and giving nature.
Martha was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from Florida State
University, and had a long and distinguished career with the State of Florida,
culminating as the Director of Information Resource Management for the
Florida Board of Regents.
Martha was a selfless and generous contributor of her time and talents to a wide range of organizations in the Tallahassee community, including volunteer roles with St. John’s Episcopal Church and it’s bookstore, the TMH Cancer Center’s Healing Garden and multiple local groups and clubs. She loved travel, the beach, gardening, bridge, the FSU Seminoles and most of all her family and friends.
Martha is survived by Michael Montfort Fields, her husband and best friend of 50 years; their daughters Michelle (Branon) Thames and Melissa Fields (and fiancé Paul); brothers Tom (Judi) Anderson and John Anderson; sister Mary Lou (Wayne) Lackey; and three grandchildren Jackson, Caitlyn and Connor Thames.
Services will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at 3:00pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to your favorite nonprofit organization in Martha’s memory.
Garry Albritton Walker
Garry Albritton Walker, 16, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019. Funeral
services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at Heritage Assembly
of God Church with burial following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Family
will receive friends Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at
Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)
Garry was born in Tallahassee, FL on October 16, 2002 to Wilma Priscilla
Walker. He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents, Rev. Billy
Walker and Ethelene Walker, and his aunts, Euletha May and Arlene Walker.
He is survived by his sister, Eva Spence of Tallahassee, FL; his aunts Naomi (Mike) Parramore, Becky (Bill) Spencer, Theresa Connell, Rachel (Wayne) Worthington of Tallahassee, FL and Susan Gregory of Dallas, TX; uncles Reuben Walker, Bill Walker, Dexter (Elizabeth) Walker of Tallahassee, FL and Tim (Sharon) Walker of Moultrie, GA; and numerous cousins.
Garry was a sophomore honors student at Rickards High School and was actively involved in JROTC and many community events. He was passionate in his faith, consistently setting the example for his peers in his youth group. He was greatly loved and could be seen many times assisting elderly individuals into their vehicles. Garry was a gentle soul. He had a quick wit and a quirky sense of humor, and he could debate with anyone. Garry was well loved, respected, and will be missed at home, church, school, and in the community.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309, or Heritage Assembly of God Missions, 298 Crossway Road, Tallahassee, FL 32305.
Buddie J. Halbert
Buddie J. Halbert, 74, passed away Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018, at Capital Regional Hospital, Tallahassee, FL. Born April 8, 1944, in Columbia Missouri, to Raymond and Thelma (Ankrom) Halbert, he graduated from Hickman High School and later attended the University of Missouri. He later joined the U.S. Air Force serving as a radar operator flying early warning reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Shortly after serving his country, he relocated to Eustis, FL where he worked various journeyman and construction details at Disney, Eamons Tree Service, Gwaltney Nurseries, and Cee-Jay Pools. He was an active member at Bay St. Baptist Church and was involved with coaching Little League Baseball, and YMCA Indian Guides. After graduating from University of Central Florida, he worked as an internal auditor for various utility and construction companies before relocating to Tallahassee in 1989. Mr. Halbert worked for Florida’s Public Service Commission until retiring in 2011 where he then devoted much of his time to ministries such as Homestead Ministries, Take a Kid Fishing, Hands Helping Anglers, and Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief?). A true enthusiast for the outdoors, he was an avid hunter who shared his passion with his family and the public as a certified hunter’s education instructor. Mr. Halbert is survived by his wife Relda of 33 years, three sons Bobby, Brian, and Blaine, and five grandchildren, Grace Ann, Anna, Wyatt, Abigail, and Elena. The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to GoFundMe at https://www.gofundme.com/bud-halbert-legacy-fund. Details for funeral arrangements can be requested through Beggs Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.
Joseph Albert Herwig, Jr.
Joseph “Joe” Herwig Jr., 83 of Monticello, Fl, passed away after a long illness on
Saturday, October 27, 2018. He was born on October 2,1935 in the home of his
grandparents of the late Joseph Albert Herwig and Edna Ann Schlette. Until the
age of twelve he continued to live in the family’s brownstone in St. Louis
surrounded by other family members. This remained one of the happiest times
of his life. It was in St Louis where he attended Catholic schools and had the
honor of becoming an altar boy, that Joe became disciplined in his faith and
values. He learned the importance of family values, forming lasting friendship,
and the virtues of a hard work ethic.
Joseph’s family moved to Atlanta briefly, then to Jacksonville, where he graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Soon after, he joined the Army Reserve and moved to Gainesville where he attend the, University of Florida. He graduated in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, his lifelong dream.
On his birthday in 1980, Joseph met Janice Davis. Their lifelong love for one another began while attending a University of Florida football game, their first date. Joseph quickly asked Janice to marry him and they became husband and wife in 1985. They shared train collecting, travel, skiing, camping, friends, and time with their special extended family. They also had a love for the many pets they have shared over the years. The most fun Joe and Jan had, was with their good friends they've both made over the years at the Florida Gator football games. Joe was an avid Gator all the way!!!
Joseph was in private practice for over fifty years, and worked for “The Agency For Health Care Administration”, in the Office of Plans and Construction. He also worked for twenty-seven years as a Professional Engineering Administrator for the entire state of Florida. Joseph cared for those of he had the honor of working with in his industry. He never lost his passion for mechanical engineering. Joe felt strongly about sharing knowledge and time toward the betterment of Healthcare. Joe practiced mechanical engineering throughout the state of Georgia.
Joe was a very involved father, both Mark and Jody were in the Boy Scouts. He happily mentored them throughout all their activities growing up. His fondness memory was of the trips to Russia and Spain that he shared with Jennie Lyn. Joe was an extraordinary role model to his children. He also loved his grandchildren, Vanessa and Marco, and was very proud of them.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 38 years, Janice, and his little Tu-Tu🐾 of 12 years. His brother Vince (Charlene) Wascak. Children; Jacob Nagib, Joseph, Mark, Jennie Lyn, and “Baby Tori.” Grandchildren; Joshua Halloway, Vanessa & Marco. Great Grandson; Kyle Holloway, Father-in-law, Curtis Palmer.
Other family members include, Michael Davis (Randy Waak), Jim (Nancy) Bass, Heather, Sandy Wascak, Dana, Gracie and Hudson Beard, Merrell & Jimmie Batton, Dorothy Rouse, Sandy, Dennis, Amanda and Jennifer Fletcher, Craig Palmer, Lee Battron, Deloris and Loren, and other extended family members.
Janice would like to thank her close friends of Monticello that have stood steadfast beside her since February of 2017. She is forever grateful for all of your support and kindness shown during these many months.
Beggs Funeral Home of Monticello will be holding Celebration of Life service on November 12, 2018 at 11am, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 4665 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee Fl. 32309. Reception to follow at the Community Center.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Joseph’s name or to: “Best Friends Animal Society,”
5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab Ut. 84741.
Felice Lynn Johnston Shuman
Felice Lynn Johnston Shuman, age 82, passed away peacefully at
her home on Sunday, September 16, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home in Monticello on
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the funeral
service will be held on Thursday September 20, 2018 at the First
Presbyterian Church of Monticello at 11:00 a.m. Interment, burial
will follow at Roseland Cemetery in Monticello, Florida.
She was born in Tampa, Florida on August 22, 1936. She graduated
from Jefferson County High School in 1954. She married R. B. Cap
Shuman on September 2, 1955. She was the secretary at Jefferson
County High School for several years before joining Cap to work by
his side at Johnston's Locker Plant until they retired in 1996. She was
a member of the Presbyterian Church where she was the church organist for many years.
She is preceded in death by her husband R. B. (Cap) Shuman, October 2012 and her parents, Felix and Alice Johnston. She is survived by her two children; Bart Shuman (Becky) and Becky Shuman Bennett (Hal), five grandchildren; Scott Shuman, Sloan Shuman Pitts (Vann), Seth Shuman, Blake Bennett (Angie) and Connor Bennett, a brother; Felix Johnston (Cathy), four great-grandchildren; Kane, Dallas and Sawyer Bennett, and Peyton Pitts and a host of nephews and nieces.
Felice’s family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude for the loving care of their mother by her caregivers; Kathy Cook, Katie Elkins, Erma Morris and Belle Phillips.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice.
Laura “Diane” Hopson
Laura “Diane” Hopson, age 64, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Thursday
February 14, 2019 at home with her Son in Oxford, Alabama.
Diane was born August 18, 1954 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to John B. Morgan,
Jr. and Lela Mae Kelley Morgan. She attended Titusville High School in Titusville,
FL and graduated with the class of 1972. Diane worked for the Department of
Health for many years in Tallahassee, FL. She was a loving wife, mother and
friend to everyone she knew. She was an avid Florida State fan and watched
every game. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and watching Nascar with her late husband Bryan. Her grandchildren were her heart and she cherished every moment spent with them.
Diane is survived by her brother Dennis “Dink” Morgan (Ginger); her sons, Raymond Dennis Grissett (Lindsey) of Oxford, AL and Richard Eugene Hopson (Brenda) of Daytona, FL; her daughters Jodie Sellars (Kevin) and Brandie Aleene Register (Michael) both of Tallahassee, FL. She had 8 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bryan Eugene Hopson.
Services are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello, FL with a visitation on Tuesday February 19, 2019 from 6:00 -8:00 and a Funeral Service at the Chapel on Wednesday February 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Bethel Cemetery in Monticello.
Son Mai, affectionately known to his friends and family as Coup, passed away
Nov. 4th 2018 in Tallahassee, Fl. A memorial service will be held 11am, Friday,
Nov 9th, 2018 at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee,
FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 prior to service.
Son was born July 8th 1963 in Vietnam living most of his life in Tallahassee, Fl.
He was a loving brother and uncle whos greatest joy in life was to be surrounded
by nature and the plants that he so carefully nurtured. He will be remembered
and cherished by his sisters Terri Ann Smith, Kathryn Smith Chaffee, Denise Neilson; brother, Johnnie Lee Smith Jr.; and nieces and nephews, Christina, Danielle, Johnnie, Thomas, Roxanne, Troy Jr., Ava, Sienna, and Joseph.
He was preceded in death by his parents Johnnie Lee Smith, Vo Thi San and his sister Kim Mai.