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Wester, James Emory - Sneads  
James Emory Wester, 82, of Sneads died Friday, June 17, 2016 at his residence. James was a native and lifelong resident of Jackson County and was a Behavior Specialist at Florida State Hospital. He liked hunting, but loved to go fishing. James had a love for people and never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory A. and Maida Snead Wester. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Faye Wester; one son, James Gregory Wester; two daughters, Kelli Soles and husband, Patrick all of Sneads, Donna Chason and husband, Berry of Grand Ridge; one sister, Mary Helen Wester of Sneads; seven grandchildren and nine great -grandchildren. Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at James & Sikes Sneads Chapel with Revs. Steve Benefield and Gino Mayo officiating. Interment followed at Pope Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Sneads Chapel directing. The family received friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at James & Sikes Sneads Chapel. Please leave any sentiments, or your favorite stories for the family on James's obituary page at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 29, 2016
Whitfield, Dorothy M. - Chipley  
Mrs. Dorothy M. Whitfield, 76 of Chipley, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center of Dothan, Alabama, surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was a native of Augusta, Georgia and resided in Chipley for numerous years. She was of the Baptist Faith and a faithful member of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Chipley, where she served as the President of the Senior Women, a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Senior Choir, a part of the Pastor's Aide Committee, and Assisted with the Youth Department, until her health failed her. She was also a member of the Christian Band of Benevolence, and the Second West Baptist Association's Deaconess Council. She leaves to cherish her memories two sons: Edward Whitfield (Debbie) of Tallahassee, and Vincenzo Whitfield (Sarah) of Ontario, CA; three daughters: Pinkie Whitfield of Chipley, Zena Mitchell of Miramar Beach, and Orita Mitchell of Dothan, Alabama; one brother: Tommy McCrary (Barbara) of Decatur, Georgia; one sister: Roberta Jenkins of Stone Mountain, Georgia; one sister-in- law: Dorothy McCrary of Graceville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Home Going Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 from the sanctuary of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Chipley, with pastor, Rev. Tony Davis and Rev. Cleve Wedderburn, officiating. Committal Services followed in the Northside Cemetery, Chipley. The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.., Friday, June 24, 2016 in the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel of Chipley. Mrs. Whitfield laid in repose at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time for services at 11 a.m. Arrangements were entrusted to the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, FL. Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.cooperfhchipley.com.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 29, 2016
Williams, Herman - Marianna  
Herman Williams, 19, of Marianna, died Monday, June 20, 2016, at Jackson Hospital. He was preceded in death by Harrison Rogers, Rosa Bell Rogers (grandmother), David Miller (grandfather), Agnes Osborne (grandmother), Antony Osborne (brother), Terrance Williams (brother) and Veronica Osborne (sister) He leaves to mourn, his mothers, Cindy Parker and Sharon Baker; father, Herman Osborne Williams; aunts, Barbara Myrick, Mary A. King, Dora Rogers, Heather Johnson, Tawanda Baker, Natasha Smith, Shakeycha Hall; uncles, Herbert Osborne, Henry Osborne, Peter Rogers, Paul Rogers, George Rogers, William Miller, Fredrick Hall; grandmother, Cleola Johnson; grandfather, Arthur Baxer (Annie); brothers, Armond Miller (Angie), Jessie Miller, Orlando Miller, Kenneth Osborne, Travis Osborne, Herman Osborne, Tony Osborne, Markeith Osborne, Tyree Williams, ShaQuille McDole, ShaQuarious Baker, JaDarious Bell; sisters, LaKeisha Osborne, Felecia Spikes (Daryl), Sherika Osborne, Tynesha Williams, Brittany Parker, Jamoiya Graham; special friend, Tamyra Pender; friends, Brandon Gibson, Brandon Griffin, Tre Baxter, Eric Heffner, Tre Long, Tre Clemmons, Johnathan Schack, Jarrien Dudley, Jamel Long, Clifford Scott, Jr, Rebekah Griffin, Kate Griffin, Beth Griffin, Jayden Harley and his Basketball Team. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Marianna High School Gymnasium. A viewing was held from noon to 2 p.m, Saturday, prior to services. Interment followed in Orange Hill Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. Please leave any comments, stories, or expressions of sympathy on Herman's obituary page at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 29, 2016
Winstead Sr., Grady Howell - Graceville  
Grady Howell Winstead, Sr., passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his home in Graceville, following an extended illness. Mr. Grady was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on Sept. 28, 1935 to the late Van Buren Winstead and Mary Dovie Joyner Winstead. A. U. S. Army Veteran, Mr. Grady retired following 42 years from Carolina Telephone known today as Century Link. Mr. Grady then went to work with Walmart in Williamston, North Carolina and retired following 10 years. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Williamston, North Carolina. Predeceased by his parents, brothers James Winstead, Randolph Winstead, Rachel Winstead, J.D. Winstead, Calvin Winstead. Survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Shirley Winstead, Graceville; three children Terrie Wiggins (Allen), Williamston, North Carolina, Grady Winstead (Ann), Beaufort, South Carolina, Emily Taylor (Troy), Graceville; two sisters Ethel Mae Joyner, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Edna Evans, Columbia, South Carolina; six grandchildren John Ritchie Keel (Jesse), Joshua Van Keel (Tracy), Jessica Winstead, Zachary Winstead, Craig Capano, Ashlee DeWeese (Jonathan), six great grandchildren Clayton Shane Keel, Joshua Vance Keel, Casey Lee Clampet (Jamie), Jolea Keel, Riley Perciful, Savannah Perciful, Chase DeWeese; one great great grandson Bennett. A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m.(EDT), Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Williamston, North Carolina with Pastor Larry Stephens and Pastor Gary Jones officiating. Family will receive friends at the church 1 p.m. until time of service. Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.jamesandlipford.com/
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 8, 2016

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Boswell, Ralph J. - Bonifay  
Mr. Ralph Joseph Boswell, 78 of Bonifay, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama. His death resulted from a series of medical events that occurred during and following open heart surgery in July of 2015. Born Tuesday, June 1, 1937 in Bonifay, he was the son of the late Joseph D. Boswell and the late Violet Slay Boswell. He joined the United States Air Force at the age of 17 and enjoyed a 20 year career, retiring in 1974. Following retirement he made his home in Mesa, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Neilse Boswell, and sister, Ethel Wolfgang. Surviving are a son, Mark Boswell of Chandler, Arizona, daughters, Susan Brehm of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Penny Pennington of Chandler, Arizona, Kristen Wades of Phoenix, Arizona, and Gwynn Vargas, brothers, Ray Boswell of Bonifay, Lester Boswell of Bonifay, sisters, Ruth Wadell of Bonifay and Virginia (Ginger) Fritz of Jacksonville; 15 grand children. Mr. Boswell was cremated and laid to rest with his wife in Mountain View Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bonifay. Sims Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 8, 2016
Johnson, Donald - Bascom  
Donald Johnson, 76, of Bascom, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his residence. Don was born in Hopewell, to the late, Charlie Evans and Mary Ellen Johnson. He served in the U.S. Army and owned Johnson Welding in Bascom where he lived for the past 42 years. Don loved being a pilot, flying, Western movies, his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Willine Johnson; one son, Eddie Johnson both of Bascom; two daughters, Donna Dickson and husband, Jeff of Fluorescent, Colorado, Linda Gail Johnson of Manitou Springs, Colorado; one brother, Frankie Johnson of Ponce De Leon; one sister, Mary Helen Linton of Daleville, Alabama; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Viewing and visitation were held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. The family request that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 4374 Lafayette St. Marianna, FL 32446, American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to the charity of choice. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 8, 2016

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Abad Jr., Macario Argosino - Marianna  
Macario Argosino Abad, Jr., MD, "Doc Mac," 79, joined Our Creator on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Jackson Hospital, Marianna. Macario was born in Manila, Philippines on January 24, 1937 and resided in Jackson County, for 22 years. He started his elementary and high school education at San Beda College Manila, continued his Premedical College Degree in University of the Philippines - Diliman, subsequently finishing as an Optometrist at De Ocampo College, and graduated as Doctor of Medicine at Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation, Pangasinan. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines and obtained the highest distinction of Eagle Scout in 1954, Ave Maria Religious Award Recipient; Alpha Phi Omega as the Grand Chancellor 1956, Eta Chapter (U.P. Diliman); and one of the founding brods of Beta Sigma Fraternity at Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Doc Mac dedicated 22 years of service in the Department of Corrections initially working at North Florida Reception Medical Center in Lake Butler, Florida for 13 years. Afterwards, he was a Clinical Associate at Holmes Correctional Institution in Bonifay and at Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone. He worked at the Department of Health in Marianna. He humbly performed dedicated and faithful service as a volunteer medical clinician at Faith Health Clinic from 1998 to 2012. His main passion as a sabungero was fulfilled upon establishing his own Macabad Gamefarm and co-owning Casablanca Gamefarm. He won the 7-cock One-on-One Derby in the Philippines, 7-cock Florida Championship at Birds of the Feather Game Club in Louisiana, undefeated in 1992, and joined numerous competitions in the Philippines and the U.S. He was also an avid breeder of both thoroughbred race horses and show quality dogs. He was one the proud owners of SALBAD Bulldogs, SALBAD Boxers, and vom Macabad German Shepherds. He was preceded in death by his fathers, Macario A. Abad and Aurencio Laya, and his mother, Elvira S. Abad-Laya. Survivors from his siblings include Antonio Abad and his wife Leticia, from Connecticut, Eduardo Abad, CPA and his wife Charito, Elma Pelsang, MD and her husband Richard, both couples from California; from his first marriage to Lucila Averion Abad, RPh, mother to four children: Lucilita (Lilith) Abad-Salvador, MD and her husband Expedito Salvador, MD, Lourdes (Lally) Mosley, MD and her husband Joseph Mosley, RT(R), Macario (Sonny) Abad, Jr II, MD and his wife, Ma. Gigi Abad, MD, all of Tallahassee, and Macario (Cary) Abad IV, PT and his wife, Rosario Abad, MHA, of Jacksonville; from his second marriage to Eden Cerdan Abad, MD, mother to two children: Aurencio (Al) Abad, MD and his wife Rochelle Abad, MD and his daughter, Edelvira (Lyra) Abad, MD, all of Marianna. He had nine loving grandchildren: namely Joella, Lauren, Martin, Luis, Abby, Matthew, Pia, Anton, and Justin. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. CST, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Marianna with Father James Thoyalil, V.C. reciting. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. The family received relatives and friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., CST, Monday, May 30, 2016 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel Marianna. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at James & Sikes Funeral Homes • Maddox Chapel
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 1, 2016
Camilleri, Lucy - Sunny Hills  
Lucy Camilleri, age 90 of Sunny Hills, passed from this life on May 20, 2016 at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Chipley. Lucy was born on September 23, 1925 in Malta to James Edwards and Conchetta Consliglio. She became a resident of the panhandle in 1981, coming from Queens, New York, where she was employed by MetLife. She was a devout Catholic, and a member of the Rosarians . She loved to knit, sew, crochet, and was an excellent cook. She was an avid supporter of the Democratic Party. She will be remembered as a loving mother who was one of a kind. She was preceded in death by her parents; James and Conchetta Edwards; husband: Henry Camilleri; three sons: John Camilleri, Anthony Camilleri, Charles Camilleri; one daughter: Connie Camilleri; two brothers: John Edwards and Joseph Edwards. She is survived by her two daughters: Mary Moran of Sunny Hills, Rita Dykes of Chipley; two sisters: Marie Schembri of Canada, Theresa Edwards of Australia; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren. Memorialization was by cremation with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 1, 2016
Corbin, Carlton Lenzy - Chipley  
In Loving Memory of Carlton Lenzy Corbin (December 6, 1931 – May 22, 2016): a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Mr. Lenzy Corbin, age 84, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Jackson Hospital in Marianna, Florida, surrounded by his family. Lenzy grew up in the Chipley, area and had lived in the Chipley community his entire life. He was at all times a family man, and consummate gentleman who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Most importantly was his wife, best friend, and love of his life, Louetta "Lou" Corbin, who was by his side for 64 wonderful years of marriage. Lenzy began his career as a young man at McCaskill Ford in Marianna, where he became very successful in auto sales. He and his wife, Lou, later started their own business, Corbin Trucking Company. Their business was instrumental in the construction of many new emerging highways including Interstate 10 from Tallahassee to Pensacola, Florida. After retiring from the highway construction business, he was elected to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners and gratefully served the citizens of Washington County for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, M. F. Corbin and Mittie Corbin, his stepmother, Frankie L. Corbin, his brothers Lee, Macon, and Samuel H. Corbin, and sisters Mary Daniels, Mable Locke, Sally Gilbert, and Odene Gamble. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Corbin Weathington, who was waiting for him at the gates of heaven. Lenzy is survived by his wife Lou Corbin of Chipley, daughters Kathy Watson and husband Fred of Cottondale, Lynn Spicer and husband Wayne of Tallahassee, son Donald Corbin and wife Delores of Bastrop, Texas, and two brothers, Charles Randolph and Travis Corbin of Chipley. Lenzy is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jamie Watson (wife Mini), Haley Watson, Joseph Corbin (wife Michelle), Josh Rudd (wife Amy), Allison Culpepper (Franny), Teresa Crosby (husband Michael) and Lindsay Morrell (husband Andrew). He is survived by 12 great grandchildren: Will and Trent Watson, Emma Lee and RyLee Emanuel, Wesley Rudd, Glenn and Emma Crosby, Eli and Mozelle Corbin, and Addison and Kennedy Morrell. Visitation was held at Grace and Glory Church Chapel, Brickyard Road, Chipley, Florida, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Family graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Rock Hill Cemetery. Brown Funeral Home will facilitate the services.
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 1, 2016
Cox, Valerie J. - Marianna  
Valerie J. Cox, 66, of Marianna died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Marianna Health and Rehab. Valerie grew up in Indianapolis and lived in Marianna for the past 20 years. She enjoyed spending time doing crafts and sewing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Ross and Mary Elizabeth Slunaker and her step-mother, M. Bernice Slunaker. Valerie is survived by her husband, Billy Cox of Marianna; one son, Philip Cox of Marianna; three daughters, Jennifer Cox Nolan and husband, Tony of Lake City, Courtney Beck and husband, Alex of Bristol, Heather Taylor of Evergreen, Alabama; one brother, Vernon James Slunaker of Slidell, Louisiana; one sister, Mona Hancock of Greenwood, Indiana and five grandchildren Private graveside services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel will direct. The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 1, 2016
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