Obituaries

JOHN EDWARD POSS 1927-2018

Mr. John Edward Poss, age 90, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at his home in DeFuniak Springs, FL, surrounded by children, grandchildren, and friends.  He was born on September 5, 1927, to Leonard and Ethel Poss. John was born in Quitman County Georgia but considered Thomson, Georgia, home where he was raised on the family farm.  After serving in ...

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FRANCES RUSHING SPENCE 198-2018

Mrs. Frances Rushing Spence, age 80, passed away on July 30, 2018. She was born on May 1, 1938, to William Esker and Daisy Rushing Esker. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her Siblings, Lillie, Thedwell, Theodore, Theopolis, Willie Pearl, Albert; and she is survived by Alice, Donald, Lena. Angels escorted her from the presence of ...

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GERALDINE MEADOWS DILLON 1928-2018

Mrs. Geraldine Meadows Dillon, age 90, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018. She was born on May 9, 1928, in Harlan, Kentucky to Howard Meadows and Ova Kidwell Meadows. Mrs. Dillon was a resident of Milton, Florida moving there from Freeport, Florida. She was Baptist by faith and a member of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida and a ...

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JERRY JONES 1946-2018

Jerry Paul Jones, age 72, of Defuniak Springs, Florida, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Sandestin, Florida, following a brief illness.  He was surrounded by many loving family members and friends and will be missed immensely. He was born April 10, 1946, in Bonifay, Florida, the son of W.C. “Ben” Jones and Edna Ruth Jones. ...

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SGT. ROBERT JEROME SAMUEL 1948-2018

Retired Sgt. Robert Jerome Samuel departed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Sgt. Samuel was born December 19, 1948, at Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs, Florida to Herbert and Mary Frances Samuel and was the firstborn of their three children. He graduated from Tivoli High School in 1968 and was quickly ...

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MARY ELLEN MCKNIGHT 1950-2018

MCKNIGHT Mary Ellen, 68, of DeFuniak Springs, FL and formerly of Lexington, passed away July 10, 2018, of cancer. Born June 14, 1950, in Dallas, TX to the late Earle W. Gray, Jr. and Mary Lou Gray, she graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Birmingham, AL and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Mary Ellen was ...

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MARILYN GAIL SMITH CECONI 1952-2018

Marilyn Gail Smith Ceconi passed away on July 7, 2018, at age 66.  She was born on March 7, 1952 in Paducah, Kentucky to Charlotte Carr Smith and the late Robert Glen Smith.  Gail was a graduate of King High School in Tampa, Florida, and was a member of University Baptist Church.  Gail loved gardening, the beach, and was proud ...

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MAVIS MORRIS MICKLE 1941-2018

Mrs. Mavis Morris Mickle, age 76, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida passed away Friday, July 13, 2018.  She was born in Geneva, Alabama to Talmadge Adkison and Tinnie Forehand Adkison.   Mrs. Mickle was a lifelong resident of Walton County. She was Baptist by faith. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed fishing, cooking, and spending time with ...

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RITA HELEN STRAND 1926-2018

Mrs. Rita Helen Strand was born December 16, 1926, in Burlington (the Chocolate City), Wisconsin, the daughter of Stanley and Marie (Vos) Szydlowski and died on July 4, 2018 at Brookdale in Miramar Beach, Florida. Rita met Alfred Strand from Saint Maries, Idaho and they married January 6, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Burlington, Wisconsin). After enjoying many years ...

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CHELSEA BERLER 1984-2018

Mrs. Chelsea Berler, age 34, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018. She was born on March 13, 1984 to Scott Perkins and Debra Crawford. Mrs. Berler was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. She was a devoted wife, sister, and daughter.  She owned and operated Solamar Agency in Birmingham, Alabama and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Chelsea founded the ...

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