Obituaries

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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BRADLEY FRANCIS KERNION

Bradley Francis LaBedoyere Huchet de Kernion departed this life on July 3, 2018 after a tragic accident at Grayton Beach. Born April 16, 1950, Brad was a native of New Orleans and resident of Freeport, Florida for the past 20 years. Beloved son of the late Kathryn and Althen Kernion. He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, ...

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CAROL MOORE RYCROFT 1959-2018

Mrs. Carol Moore Rycroft, age 58, passed away on July 2, 2018. She was born on August 17, 1959 in Miami, Florida to Gilbert L. Moore and Eddie Joanne Mathis Moore. Mrs. Rycroft was a resident of Walton County, Florida. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked with the Department of Corrections for the State of Florida. ...

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JACK HUNT CORNELIUS 1942-2018

Jack Hunt Cornelius, 76, Freeport, Florida, passed away June 28, 2018, unexpectedly and peacefully, while at home. Jack was born January 24, 1942, in Plant City, Florida, in his grandparents’ home, also his mother’s birthplace.  His parents were Paul and Marion (Breuggeman) Cornelius, of Homestead, Florida.  He married his college sweetheart, Mary Leckie (while still in college), of Piedmont, South ...

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SUSAN JEAN MESSER 1957-2018

Mrs. Susan Jean Messer, age 61, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018. She was born on January 17, 1957, in Passaic, New Jersey to Andrew Lach Sr and Jean Sagan Lach. Mrs. Messer was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She enjoyed walking, embroidering, reading, and especially spending time with Johnny.  Mrs. ...

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SYBIL “ANN” BRAY 1955-2018

Sybil “Ann” Bray, age 63, of Eucheeanna, Florida passed away Thursday, June 21, 2018, at her residence. She was born May 7, 1955, in Opp, Alabama, the daughter of John and Nell Parker Holmes. She is preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Walker Bray, one sister, Gail Nelson and one brother, Lamar Holmes. Ann is survived by ...

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