Obituaries

ZELDA RUTH TAFT

Zelda Ruth Taft, 87, died Friday April 24, 2017, at her home in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Prior to 2004, Zelda had been a resident of Fort Smith, Ark., since high school. She was born in Dierks, Ark. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Otto H. Taft, of Fort Smith; her son, Lon H. Taft; her sisters Jacqueline ...

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BLONDELL G. NORTON 1947-2017

Blondell G. Norton, age 70, of Temple, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017.   She was born on January 24, 1947 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, daughter of the late “Fate” Hamiliton and Ethel Starnes Hamilton. Blondell was a homemaker and attended Grace Life Church in Villa Rica, Georgia. She was the former owner of Aladdins Florist in Douglasville, Georgia. Blondell ...

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PHYLLIS KENDALL CASEY JURKIEWICZ 1945-2017

Mrs. Phyllis Kendall Casey Jurkiewicz, age 71, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017. She was born July 20, 1945 in Ships Cove, Newfoundland, Canada. Mrs. Jurkiewicz was Catholic by faith. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Mrs. Jurkiewicz is preceded in death by her father, Hubert Kendall of Newfoundland, Canada. Mrs. Jurkiewicz is survived by her mother, ...

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MATTHEW SCOTT CARNLEY 1996-2017

Matthew Scott Carnley, age 20, passed away Wednesday, April 19., 2017. He was born November 6, 1996 in Marianna, Florida to Victor and Stacy Knight Carnley. Matt was a resident of  Walton County. He attended Walton High School. He worked in the hardware industry. He was very creative and enjoyed art work and spending time with his family and friends. ...

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ROBERT SCOTT BROOKS 1961-2017

 Robert Scott Brooks was born on May 7, 1961, at 11:05 a.m., in Richmond, Virginia, as the third child of Austin and Jo Ann (nee Thurston) Brooks. He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20″ long. Even as a young child, “Scott” exhibited an eager enthusiasm, vibrant intelligence, and boundless energy; characteristics that, as he grew and matured, continued ...

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NEIL EUGENE MILLS 1948-2017

Mr. Neil Eugene Mills, age 68, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was born August 4, 1948 in Slocomb, Alabama to Willie and Mary Dean. Mr. Mills was a resident of Bonifay, Florida.   Mr. Mills is preceded in death by his father, Willie Mills, his mother, Mary Frances Dean, his son Christopher Mills, and his sister Sandra Parker. ...

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OLIN DOUGLAS BRYAN

Mr. Olin Douglas Bryan, age 72, a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 13, 2017. He was born on July 8, 1944 in DeFuniak to James and Gladys Bryan. Olin graduated from Walton High School in 1962 and went on to become well known in the community for his mechanical ...

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DUANE ALLEN TIMMONS

Mr.  Duane Allen Timmons., age 57, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was born August 6, 1959.  Mr. Timmons was Baptist by faith and a member of Oakley Baptist Church in Siler City, North Carolina. Mr. Timmons graduated from Walton High School in 1977, he went on to graduate from Okaloosa Walton and Troy University, with a Bachelor’s Degree ...

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EMORY GOODE, III

Emory Goode III, known to family and friends as “Pookey”, age 54, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  Born on New Year’s Day in 1963, he was the second oldest of four children born to Emory Goode II and Luetrishe Clemons Goode. He was a 1982 graduate of Walton High School.  For several years, he was ...

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JOHN RICHARD VETTER

Mr. John Richard Vetter age 70, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was born September 18, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada to John and Vivian Remsen Vetter.   Mr. Vetter was a resident of Freeport, Florida. He was Methodist by faith and a member of the Destin United Methodist Church in Destin, Florida. He was a veteran of the Vietnam ...

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