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Broward Carmichael Jr., age 62, of Bonifay, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born May 29, 1952 to Broward and Pleeta Sims Carmichael in Bonifay. Broward was a devoted Florida Gator Football fan. He also loved farm life, gardening, and serving his community as a small business owner. He had a special love for his grandchildren and always looked forward to visiting them. The Family would like to thank Emerald coast Hospice, Baycare, Dr. Murshed, Dr. Johnson and Doctors Memorial Hospital for their loving care and kindness to Broward and his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy Ray Carmichael and Joe Earl Carmichael. Broward is survived by his wife, Darlene; one son, Murray Mitchell; one daughter, Lee Ann Bollon and husband Benny of Bonifay and Montana Carmichael in which he raised of Bonifay; one brother, James Carmichael of Bonifay; three sisters, Dorothy Bryant, Doris Padgett and husband Rio, and Deloris Smith all of Bonifay; two grandchildren, Marissa and Alexandra Bollon and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. A time of visitation was held Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Bonifay, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services took place Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Bonifay, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Presley and Danny Carnley officiating. Committal services followed at Live Oak Assembly of God Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
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Thomas Eugene (Gene) Nettles age 93 peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 13, 2014. He was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Lynch, Ky., and moved to Chipley when he was 16 years of age. At this early age he proudly took on the responsibility for his widowed Mother and four siblings. He was considered a golf professional, working and playing Falling Waters Golf Course before and after he proudly served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. If you were fortunate enough to play a round of golf with Gene, you will remember him as a tough competitor on the golf course. He retired after 30 years with the Florida Department of Transportation as a Bridge Civil Engineer for the Pensacola Bay (3-mile), the Bob Sikes, and many others bridges in the Florida Panhandle. He will be remembered for the things he loved most, God, family, woodworking, gardening and golf. He is preceded in death by two brothers, SR Nettles Jr., and James Nettles and one sister, Florence Swindle. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Mary Culpepper Nettles; four children, son, Don (Margaret) Nettles of Tallahassee, daughter, Judy Harry of Baton Rouge, La, son, Edward (Kathy) Nettles of Milton and daughter, Jo Malpas of Mobile, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Lee Nettles of Tallahassee, Deidre (Rodney) Vick of Stuart, Mark (Melina) Harry of Gonzales, La., Heather(Louis) Cassida of Pace, Todd Harry of Fleming Island, Kellum (Mark) Kirchharr of Pace and Meredith Nettles of Washington DC.; nine great grandchildren, Savannah, Loc, Cameron, Kailey, Chandler, Olivia, Sofia, Claudia, Ty, Jaxson and Bronson; brother, Howard (Jenny) Nettles, of Indianapolis, Ind.; a Sister-in-Law, Doxie Nettles of Cary North Carolina and many nieces, and nephews. A Funeral was held Monday June 16, 2014. Visitation was at 1 p.m., with the service at 2 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Main St. Chapel in Chipley, with Seth Swindle officiating. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Chapel at Homestead Village % of Rev Charles Folkes 8563 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, Al 36532, or your favorite charity. Pallbearers were Lee Nettles, Mark Harry, Todd Harry, Louis Cassida II, Mark Kirchharr and Roger Swindle. A special "Thank You", goes to the Staff of The Huntingdon Assisted Living, Fairhope, Ala., for their loving care. Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery, Chipley. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net.
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Margaret Meredith Spiers passed from this world to Heaven to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Margaret was born Sept. 9, 1924 and was delivered at home in Ponce de Leon. She grew up in New Orleans, La., coming back in 1944 to graduate from Ponce de Leon High School. She was an Air Force wife for 22 years living in several places around the United States and Japan. She was a Holmes County school bus driver for nine years and had a special relationship with several of those children whom are grown today. She enjoyed traveling and the one that stood out the most was her trip to the Holy Land. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Ponce de Leon until her declining health. She is preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Wesley Meredith and Susie Norris Meredith; her first husband, Paul L. Davis who died after four years in a trucking accident; her second husband, James D. Spiers; grandson, Shane Frierson and brothers, James W. Meredith, Vernell Meredith, and Bobby Meredith. She is survived by her children, Sue Rushing and husband Kirby of DeFuniak Springs, Floy Strain and husband Mike of Picayune, Ms., Cindy Owen and husband Roger of Ponce de Leon, Jesse Spiers and wife Lydia of Ponce de Leon and Jimmy Spiers and Mark Spiers both of DeFuniak Springs; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; six great great-grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Powell of Pensacola and sister-in-law, Mary Meredith of New Orleans, La. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Ponce de Leon beginning at 12 p.m. with Brother Greg Alford and Brother Larry McGowan officiating. A time of visitation was held two hours prior to the service. Committal services followed at New Ponce de Leon Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
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John Talmadge Powell was born Dec. 23, 1928 in Black, Ala., and died June 9, 2014 peacefully at his home in Winter Haven from Heart Failure. John was a Korean War Veteran and was retired from the US Army. John was a Shriner, a 32nd degree Mason and a lifetime member of Bethlehem Masonic Lodge in Bonifay. John was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Winter Haven. John was preceded in death by his parents, A.R. and Maudie Powell; son, David Powell; brothers, J.R. Powell, Jr., and Walton Powell and sisters, Mona Gainer and Jimmie Wynn. John is survived by his wife, Sandra Powell; daughter, Phyllis Powell Bruner of Scottsville, Ky.; sisters, Julia Worley of Eloise, Janie Hampton of Winter Haven, Betty Hough of Lakeland, Paige Brooker of Lake Wales, and Shirley Grimes of Eagle Lake; one brother, Bobby Powell of Eagle Lake; four grandchildren, Dr. Wayne Bruner of College Station, Texas, Brandalyn Reddick of Ocala, April Poole of Deatsville, Ala. and Casie Powell of Deatsville, Ala. and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation was held at Oak Ridge Funeral Care on Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care. Military graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Bonifay City Cemetery in Bonifay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Boulevard, NW, Winter Haven. Condolences may be sent at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com
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Mrs. Elinor Jane Commander, age 84, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. She was born Nov. 10, 1929 in Thomasville, Ga., to N. B. and Katie Croft Hall. Mrs. Commander was a charter member of Northside Baptist Church of Ponce De Leon. She loved her church dearly. She always made sure there were beautiful flowers in the church and that there was lots of wonderful music. She ministered to countless people in Ponce De Leon and the surrounding communities with either a meal or one of her famous cakes. She was a Hair Dresser for over 40 years at Elinor's Beauty Shop. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as well as great pride in their accomplishments was known by everyone who knew her. Mrs. Commander was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Shelley Hall whom she loved dearly and cared for him during his years of illness. Mrs. Commander is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gerald Lee Commander whom she married on July 19, 1952; children, Jerry Commander and wife Cathy of Westville, Janey Downing and husband Danny of Dothan, Ala.; nieces who were like daughters, Julie Hall Fisher and Jenny Hall Snuffer; grandchildren, Cyndee Hinson and husband Rob, Caysee Commander, Lee Commander, Jarod Cox and wife Amy, Danielle Downing and Andrew Downing and great grandchildren, Brianna Bossert, Katee Brown, Emma Claire Hinson, Tyler Cox, and Bradley Cox. Visitation services were held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church; 2831 North Highway 81, Ponce De Leon. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Harrison officiating. Pallbearers were Lee Commander, Andrew Downing, Jarod Cox, Bill Fisher, Rob Hinson, and Randy Osteen. Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of Northside Baptist Church. Burial followed at New Ponce De Leon Cemetery. Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Thomas G. Burgess, age 77, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born in Westville, to William Thomas Burgess and Gladys Spears Burgess. Tom was a long time resident of Santa Rosa County. He was a member of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. He was raised in Holmes County where his parents owned land. He learned the beauty of country life during his youth and took pride in helping his Dad, cultivating vegetables and picking up cotton in the time of harvest. After he graduated from Ponce de Leon High School, he joined the Air Force where he served in the Strategic Air Command division. He later served in the Air Force Reserve. He worked the rest of his working years as a fiberglass mold builder. He was well known in the panhandle area for his expertise in doing the work he loved to do. Tom is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Consuelo Latour Burgess of Pace; his children, Stephen Burgess of Pace and Sandra Bretschneider and husband Adam of Pensacola; two granddaughters, Tahlia and Elyza; one sister, Helen Bedsole of Pensacola; one brother, Jerry Burgess and wife Beulah Mae of Westville and numerous nephews and nieces. A time of visitation was held Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Olive Baptist Church, 1836 East Olive Road, Pensacola, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, 2014 at Beulah Anna Baptist Church, 1363 Coursey Road, Westville beginning at 11 a.m. with Dr. Stan Lewis officiating. Committal services followed at the Beulah Anna Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Air Force. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
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Mr. Denzel "Doc" James Dockery, age 83, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born June 2, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Theo Gobal and Helen Kellar Dockery. Mr. Dockery was a resident of Port Charlotte and Ponce De Leon. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He and his wife created the red and white diver down flag for the safety of scuba divers. This flag has helped save the lives of many divers around the world. He and his wife developed the Vortex Spring Diving Resort in Ponce De Leon. In the 1960's they developed the Diatom Filter® for water filtration which became an industry. They also invented the Numatic Yokes in the diving industry, and the Preset Piston Regulators. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Dockery was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Carlson Dockery; one son, Devan Dockery, and one grandson, Miles Dockery. Mr. Dockery is survived by his son, Daryl Dockery and wife Angela of Ponce De Leon; one daughter, Connie Taylor and husband Danny of DeFuniak Springs; four brothers, Dewight Dockery and wife Nancy, David Kirk Dockery and wife Marlene all of Michigan, Forrest Dockery and wife Jane of California and Randy Dockery and wife Diane of Michigan; nine grandchildren, Erika Rice, Mariah Taylor, Logan Taylor, Andrea Kaczorowski and husband Joel, Dena McCormick and husband Micah, Chase Crow, Jeremy Dockery and wife Renea, Carrie Dockery, Ryan Dockery, and 12 great grandchildren. A time of visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue; DeFuniak Springs. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue; DeFuniak Springs, with the Rev. Kenneth Harrison officiating. Floral arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Houston Wade Carroll, age 77, entered into eternal life Saturday, May 31, 2014, he was born on Feb. 1, 1937 in Holmes County. As a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, his life wasn't measured by material possessions, but by the love and closeness he had for his family. He will be greatly missed by all. He married the love of his life, Odie Mae on May 18, 1963 in Andalusia, Ala. We rest in the blessed assurance that his eternal salvation is secure by his faith in our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Survivors also include their four children, Dale Pentz and husband John, Denise Martin and husband Tim, Earnest Carroll and wife Crystal and Brenda Barton and husband Steve; five grandchildren, John Pentz IV and wife Tamara, Vanessa Black and husband Richard, Samantha Arrington and husband Will, Dustin Barton and Nitosha Bradley; two step grandchildren, Crystal Sconiers and Pam Ramos; two brothers, Carlton Carroll and Harvey Carroll; two sisters, IlaFaye Anderson and Edna Mae Cross and 14 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carley and Jessie Padgett Carroll; loving daughter, Theresa Carroll; sister Melanay Odom and step grandson Timmy Martin. A Funeral service was held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Leonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Uvonne Carroll and the Rev. Rodd Jones officiating. Interment followed in Leonia Cemetery, Westville with Sims Funeral Home directing. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Sims Funeral Home Chapel.
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