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Aplin, Andrea Lee - Bettendorf  
Andrea Lee Aplin, 31, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015 in Blue Grass, Iowa. A memorial to celebrate her life is 1-5 p.m. Aug. 7 at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Contributions in Andrea's memory may be made to the family to benefit her sons' educations. Andrea was born Dec. 20, 1983 in Cadillac, Michigan, to Alvin and Jan (Alderson) Aplin. Andrea started on the swim team at age 5 and continued on the team while attending Bettendorf High School. She also set many records through the Bettendorf Swim Club. Andrea, an A student, earned a large scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her master's degree in education from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. The stay-at-home mom lived for and loved her children dearly. Those left to honor her memory include her sons, Jonah Aplin and Silas Anderson, and her fiancé, Matthew Anderson, of Bettendorf; her mother, Jan (Rich) Porter, of Blue Grass; her father, Alvin Aplin, of Crestview; her cousins, Brian Rzepczynski and Scott Hubacek, of Naperville, Illinois; her aunts and uncles, Pam and Tim Huber of Bettendorf, Hahna and Len Rzepczynski of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Dawn Mendias of Anchorage, Alaska; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from the South, whom she loved very much; and many close and dear friends, including Erin Clark. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Andrea's obituary page at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com or http://obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6, 2015
Brame, John - Crestview  
Retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major John Brame fought a good fight, until God ended his battle with peaceful rest on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. John Brame was born March 29, 1943 in Kittrell, N.C. to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Brame. He was the youngest of six siblings. He often talked about his childhood experiences in the cotton and tobacco fields, where he learned you could only depend on family, and how important it is to have God in your life. Those hard childhood years gave him determination to want more. After graduating from Henderson Institute in 1962, he experienced the big city of New York. There, he discovered what he didn't want in his life. In 1964, he joined the army and later was stationed in Euro-Germany, until the war started in Vietnam, where he served two long years. His remaining tours included: *Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 502nd. *Fort Dix, N.J., with the Third Basic Combat Training Brigade *Fort Benning, Ga., 1st Infantry Training Brigade *Youngstown State University ROTC *Fort Ord, Calif., with the 2/9 Infantry Brigade, during the Operation Just Cause campaign *Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, first tour with the 1/5th Infantry Battalion, and second tour with the 2/9 Infantry Battalion After 28 years of service, he retired Oct. 1, 1992. He received scores of medals, ribbons and badges for his dedicated service. In 1995, he began to work with the Prevention Program at Crestview High School, and later with the ROTC Program. He was an active member of the Crestview Concerned Citizens Group and VFW Lodge 52. Along with his family, he joined Evelenar Missionary Baptist Church and remained a faithful servant as usher, choir member and trustee, until his health failed. John was quick to make friends - he would start a conversation with anyone, anywhere, never meeting a stranger. He leaves to cherish his memories: Dethra, his wife for 38 years; sons, Guye Brame (Tanisha) of San Jose, Calif., and Gavin Brame of Pensacola; daughter, Johnnet Brame of San Jose; three beautiful granddaughters and four handsome grandsons; his brother, William Brame of Philadelphia, Pa.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. "CSM John Brame will be missed by us all…'Hoo'ah!'" his family stated. The viewing and family visitation is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 20 at McKinnie Funeral Home chapel, Crestview. The funeral is 11 a.m. Aug. 21 at Evelenar Baptist Church, 2820 Carver Ave., Crestview. Brame will be laid to rest at Live Oak Memorial Park in Crestview with full military honors. Sign the guest book and offer condolences at http://obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16, 2015
Kelley, Thomas Clayton - Crestview  
Thomas Clayton Kelley died Aug. 27, 2015 at home, surrounded by his loving, supportive family. His parents, Charles and Bessie Kelley; his brother, James Bailey; his brothers in law, George Sorrell and James Duckett; and his "brother from another mother," Tiny Nichols, preceded Tom in death. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Enfinger; children, Tammy Kelley Odom (Chris), Garrett Derkaz and Preston Kelley; sisters, Marie Duckett and Judy Sorrell; grandchildren, Christopher (Katrina), Cody, Mychael, Auburn, Karlie and Parker. Others include his great-grandchildren, Channing and Addison; his parents in law, Bobby and Frances Enfinger; his sisters in law, Lucy Adams (Nelson) and Donna Cassel; his brother-in-law, Randy Enfinger; nieces and nephews Scotty, April, Kristan, Shaundra, Brittaney, Alyssa, Ryan, Halley, Allison, Austin and Kelsey; and his special friends, Richard Thomas and Wayne Shaw. Tom had an amazing, colorful life. He began playing piano in clubs at age 10. He also played with big bands, swing bands, rock and roll bands, and his favorite, jazz and blues. He grew up in the Birmingham area, and owned various businesses over the years: among these were print shops, and pharmaceutical manufacturing, trucking and medical supply companies. He moved to Crestview in 1981 and opened MASH Medical, and later, Professional Medical Associates, and the Sleep Disorder Center. Tom was successful at every business venture he had, but his proudest accomplishments were his three children, Tammy, Garrett and Preston, and his wife, Nancy Enfinger. After a wild, crazy 25 years or so - certainly not to be detailed in an obituary - Tom fell in love with Nancy and her son, Garrett. From then on, Tom devoted his life to his new family, married Nancy, and had a son, Preston. Garrett fell asleep under his baby grand piano many a night while he performed for an audience of one. As a father, Tom was involved in his kids' lives, coaching their Little League teams, taking them for rides in his 1930 Ford Model-A, making trails in the woods, and everything else, all while regularly playing music with them. Tom always said he was the richest man alive because of his wonderful family and friends. In his final hours, Tom listened to Tammy singing, Garrett playing the piano, and Preston playing the trumpet. Being surrounded by his loved ones, and listening to his children perform for him musically was a great comfort. At his death, Preston played "Amazing Grace" on his trumpet while we all told him we loved him. The memories of this day will provide comfort to his family as we miss our crazy, fun and talented Tommy. The family would like to thank Dr. Dennis Stewart, Dr. David Mann, Dr. Michael Roberts, North Okaloosa Medical Center's staff and Emerald Coast Hospice (April, Angela and Jessica) for their loving care of Tommy. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Visitation was held at 5 p.m. Aug. 29, with the celebration of his life following at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Crestview High School Band (The Big Red Machine). Sign the guest book and leave condolences at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com or http://obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30, 2015
Lewis, Armanda (Hayes) - Crestview  
Armanda Lewis was born Jan. 18, 1922 to Abraham and Rosa (Gilbert) Hayes in Blackman, Florida. Mrs. Lewis - with family by her side - made her final transition to her heavenly home on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. She was 93 years old. She leaves to cherish her memories: her children, Opal Morris, of Merritt Island, Florida; Annie Wright of Atlanta, Georgia; Joyce Humphrey, of Brandon; the Rev. Tommie Lewis of Crestview; Carolyn Hines of Conley, Georgia; and Claude Lewis of Haines City, Florida. Others include her brother, Clyde Hayes of Crestview; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family visitation is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at McKinnie Funeral Home in Crestview. The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 603 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Crestview, with the Rev. Dwight Baggett officiating. Sister Lewis will lie in repose for viewing one hour before the service. Interment will follow at Springhill Cemetery. Leave condolences at http://obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30, 2015
Pate, James Edward "Lassie" - Crestview  
James Edward "Lassie" Pate - born Aug. 17, 1926 to Frank Pate and Dorothy Thompson in Sour Lake, Texas - died Aug. 5, 2015 at his Crestview home. He graduated as valedictorian from Blackshear High School, Sour Lake, and married Martha Marie Perryman Aug. 2, 1945 in Liberty, Texas. The World War II and Vietnam veteran served in the U.S. Air Force with distinction for 21 years, with duties in the Philippines, Japan and Guam. He retired in 1971 at Eglin Air Force Base and decided to call Crestview his home. He then worked for 19 years as a Northwest Airlines ticket agent and 13 years as an Okaloosa County Schools bus driver, before retiring from both. He and his wife became foster parents in 1970, touching the lives of more than 100 children, and adopted six. Deacon Pate was a dutiful, faithful member of Peoples Missionary Baptist Church, and served various organizations within the community, including Aid Society Outreach. Survivors include his children, James Earl Pate (Elaine), Lafayette, Louisiana; Bridget Pate, Killeen Texas; Donnell Pate (Shakira), Pace; Bryant Pate (Brittiany) and Alex Pate, both of Crestview. Also: his sisters, Dorothy Brailsford, Bronx, New York; Ruby Hankins, West Orange, New Jersey; Ella "Bernice" Williams, Brooklyn, New York; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Brown, San Antonio; Hattie Pate, Panama City; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family visitation is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at McKinnie Funeral Home, Crestview. The viewing is 10-11 a.m. Aug. 15 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 603 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., Crestview, before the funeral. The Rev. Dwight Baggett will officiate and Rev. George Thomas will give the eulogy. Interment is at Springhill Cemetery. McKinnie Funeral Home is in charge of services. You may leave condolences at www.obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 10 to Sept. 9, 2015
Willett, Wayne Paul - Crestview  
Wayne Paul Willett, the son of Auda Klingingsmith Willett and Robert Ellis Willett of Stillwater, Oklahoma, died Aug. 5, 2015. A Crestview resident, he was the last surviving sibling of six sisters and one brother, all born and raised in Stillwater. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Lillie Edwards Willett, and four children, Cindi Willett Harris, Dallas, Texas; Dee Willett Smith (Bill), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Wayne P. "Gus" Willett II (Michelle), Laurel Hill; and Sherry Edwards Adams, (Ashley), DeFuniak Springs. Survivors also include seven grandchildren, Alden, Andrew (Raquel), and Matt Harris, Dallas; Scott Paul Willett (Colleen), San Diego, California; Kayla, Jenna, and Eli Adams, DeFuniak Springs; and a great-grandson, Kingston Harris Piccola, Dallas. Wayne was born and raised in Stillwater. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War in the 7th Division, 17th Buffalo Regiment, 4.2" Mortar Unit. Wayne, who had lived in Okaloosa County since the late 1950s, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He played and coached men's softball teams for over 40 years. He retired from the Crestview NAPA Auto Parts Store in 1998. The loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor will be greatly missed by all. The family will receive friends at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 with the funeral service starting at 3 p.m. at Brackney Funeral Service, Crestview. Pastor Dale Walters will officiate. Burial is at Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery. You may leave your condolences at www.brackneyfuneralservice.com or www.obits.crestviewbulletin.com. These arrangements were entrusted to Brackney Funeral Service. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6, 2015
Williams, Raymond Eugene  
Philippians 4:14, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," was Bro. Raymond Eugene Williams favorite verse. He went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 23, 2015 at the age of 84. Born Aug. 6, 1931 in Florala, Ala., to Emmanual Pedro Williams and Tressie Maybell Preocher Williams, Raymond had two brothers, Gene and Jack. He married Margaret Jane McKee March 17, 1951 and had two sons, Johnny Ray and Mark. Raymond served in the United States Army National Guard through 1966, retiring as staff sergeant. He accepted Christ into his life in 1966, and had an exceptional passion to serve Christ for the rest of it. He was deacon at Caney Creek Baptist Church, DeFuniak Springs, and served as choir director. He traveled with the choir and played guitar. In 1980 Raymond was awarded a Ph.D. in Theology from Clarksville School of Theology in Tennessee. In 1974 he became interim pastor at Southside Baptist Church in Crestview, and accepted the position permanently in 1975. He was named pastor of New Beginnings Church in Crestview in 1993, and retired there March 16, 2014. Survivors are his wife, Margaret Jane McKee Williams; son, Mark Eugene Williams; daughter-in-law, Amanda Nicole Mioduszewski Williams; three grandchildren, Trenten Michael Williams, Tanner Ray Williams and Makenzie Emma Williams; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends. His parents, his son, Johnny, and brothers Gene Edwin Williams and James Jack Williams preceded him in death. Upon remembering her husband, Margaret reflected on his dream to take her to Hawaii, which he achieved after 50 years of marriage. She said, "Those were happy times." Bro. Raymond will be remembered by so many that he has touched over the years. He loved everyone. It was his desire that all would come to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25, and the funeral is 2 p.m. Aug. 26, both at New Beginnings Church, 412 James Lee Blvd. W., Crestview. Burial is at Caney Creek Baptist Church, DeFuniak Springs. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com or http://obits.crestviewbulletin.com. The News Bulletin publishes North Okaloosa County residents and former residents' obituaries, including a photo, for $95 in print and online. Family members should write the 500-word announcements and funeral homes should submit them to the newspaper for confirmation. We may edit submissions for style. Call 850-682-6524 or email news@crestviewbulletin.com for more information.
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24, 2015
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