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Bethel, Mrs. Christina "Punkin" (Hughes) - Chattahoochee  
Mrs. Christina "Punkin" Hughes Bethel, 39 years of age, of Chattahoochee, FL., died on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Green Cove Springs, FL. The service is 11:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at St. Stephens P.B. Church, of Gretna, FL, with burial at St. Paul Cemetery, of Gretna, FL. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 1 to 7 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, FL. She is survived by her husband, Charles Bethel, of Chattahoochee, FL, two sons, Davarious Highman, Charvis Bethel, both of Chattahoochee, FL, two brothers, Charles Hughes, Jr, (Angela) of Bettie, TX, Christopher Hughes, of Lake City, FL, two sisters, Marilyn Hughes Moye (Johnny), of Gretna, FL, Erica Hughes Taylor (Earnest), of Gretna, FL. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on May 28, 2015
Bullock, Charleston Jerome - Tallahassee  
Charleston Jerome Bullock, 62, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Tallahassee, FL. Funeral Services were held 11:00 AM (EST), Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church, Quincy, FL. He is survived by his spouse: Mary F. Bullock; daughter: Catina Bullock-Cox; and sons: Charleston Bullock, Jr., Edward Bivins, Michael Bullock, and Quinton Bullock, along with other sorrowing relatives and friends. Services Entrusted to: Reed & Hall Mortuary Corp, 116 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351 (850) 627-5700, www.reedhallmortuary.com
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 4, 2015
Cooper, Mrs. Lelia I. - Quincy  
Mrs. Lelia I. Cooper, a Quincy native died June 1, 2015 following a short illness. At the time of her passing, Mrs. Cooper, a retired Gadsden County educator, lived in Colorado with her daughter Gloria. Mrs. Cooper was a devoted leader of the Cub Scouts in Quincy, Florida. A family and friends viewing will occur on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arnett Chapel AME Church. The Celebration of Life services will be at Arnett Chapel AME Church Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:30AM. In lieu of flowers and donations, please support your local hospice organization.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 18, 2015
Cowen, Sydney Spurgeon (Featured) - Chattahoochee  
Sydney Spurgeon Cowen Spurgeon Cowen, Korean War veteran and church elder, dies Sydney Spurgeon Cowen, a Korean War veteran, retired CSX railroad man, Presbyterian elder and great grandfather, died May 14, 2015, in Chattahoochee, Florida. He was 87. Born December 15, 1927, Flat Creek, Florida, Mr. Cowen graduated from Greensboro High School. Spurgeon volunteered and enlisted as a rifleman in the U.S. Army in October 1946. Private First Class Cowen served overseas in Korea as company cook and baker in Company F of the 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Division, until discharged in 1948. In September 1950, at the outset of the Korean War, Spurgeon was recalled to active duty and assigned to Company G, 28th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, SC, where he served as drill sergeant. Upon his discharge in October 1951, Sergeant Spurgeon Cowen returned to Gadsden County and took a job helping build the Jim Woodruff Dam. He left that job in 1952 to work as a switchman for the L&N Railroad, retiring from that job in 1989. Spurgeon was a member of Tallahassee Twirlers Square Dancers; the American Legion; a lifetime member of the Gadsden County Historical Society; Golden Days Club member in Chattahoochee and Joy Club member in Sneads; the Golden Railroaders; a patron of the Cowen Public Library, Chattahoochee; a Chattahoochee Presbyterian Church elder; and member of Gideons International. He sang tenor in the "Thirty-niners Choir" and delivered Meals on Wheels to area shut-ins. His family will hold a visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Lanier-Andler Funeral Home (850-663-4343) on Highway 90 East in Sneads, Florida. A funeral service will be held at the Chattahoochee Presbyterian Church, 425 Main Street at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 18, 2015. Graveside services will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Highway 90. Spurgeon Cowen was the fifth child of Edward and Ida May Gilchrist Cowen of Flatcreek, Florida. He is survived by his wife Johnnie Melvin Cowen, Chattahoochee and three daughters, including Rosemary C. Dumoulin and husband Colonel John of Bay Saint Louis, MS; Barbara C. Gwyn and husband Ralph of Kennesaw, GA, and Kellye Gilley of Chepachet, RI; two sons, Michael L. Cowen and wife Teresa of Aiken, SC, and Scott Melvin, Jr, of Birmingham, AL; four brothers, Daniel Cowen of Jacksonville, FL, E.J. Cowen of Cantonment, FL, Joseph Cowen of Cashiers, NC, and Kenneth Cowen, Quincy, FL; sister Mary Emma Bassett of Gretna, FL; eight grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Mr. Cowen was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Frances Cowen, his second wife Bettie Barnett Cowen, his brother, William Cowen, and his sister Elizabeth Cowen Zorn. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Gideons International, 2041 Forest Glenn Court, Tallahassee, FL 32303 or the Cowen Public Library, 300 Maple Street, Chattahoochee, FL 32324.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on May 21, 2015
Davis Sr., Mr. Carlon - Tallahassee  
Mr. Carlon Davis, Sr. 47 years of age, of Tallahassee, FL, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Tallahassee, FL. The service is 11:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Fellowship Independent Baptist Church, of Quincy, FL with burial at Sunnyvale Cemetery of Quincy, FL. The family will receive friends from 1 to 7 p.m., on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, FL. He is survived by his wife, Wanda R. Davis, of Tallahassee, FL, four sons, Carlon Davis, Jr., Dontavious Davis, Montrell Davis, Vontrell Davis, all of Midway, FL, one daughter, Shinease Davis, of Midway, FL, two grandchildren, Damien Seabrooks, La'Zariah Bunion, both of Midway, FL, two stepsons, Travis Richardson, Devontae Burke, both of Tallahassee, FL, mother, Beulah Mae Wright, of Tallahassee, FL, six sisters, Mary D. Branton (Freddie), Angela D. Smith (Ronnie), Gloria B. Rosembert (Keith), all of Tallahassee, FL, Wanda Davis , of Williston, FL, Ruthie B. Foster (Nelson), of Midway, FL, Emma B. Gillis (Cleveland), of Jacksonville, FL, two brothers, Vincent Davis, Johnny Burke (Javashia), both of Tallahassee, FL. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 11, 2015
Davis, Mary M. - Quincy  
Mary M. Davis, 83, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Riverchase Health & Rehabilitation Center in Quincy, FL. Funeral service will be held 1:00 PM (EST), Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church, Quincy, FL with burial at Sunnyvale Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:00 – 7:00 PM, Friday, June 19, 2015 at Reed & Hall Mortuary. Services Entrusted to: Reed & Hall Mortuary Corp, 116 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351 (850) 627-5700 - www.reedhallmortuary.com
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 18, 2015
Deason, Carlos Edison (Featured) - Quincy  
Carlos Edison Deason, 89, of Quincy, passed away May 14, 2015 in Tallahassee. He was born July 27, 1925 in Bristol, Florida to William A. and Ethel Peters Deason. He was a lifelong resident of this area and an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in numerous leadership positions. He was also a graduate of the Florida State University where he received his Bachelor's, Master's and Advanced Master's degrees in education. Carlos successfully completed 43 years of public service on December 31, 1987 when he retired as principal at Shanks High School in Quincy. Carlos began his long career soon after high school by serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II and then began his career as teacher, coach, county supervisor and principal. Deason began his teaching and coaching career at Liberty County High school in 1947. In 1952, he moved to Quincy High School in Gadsden County and began a rebuilding program in a school where the football teams had gone winless for 2 years. In 1954, his team won the Conference Championship. The following year the team repeated as Conference Champions and went undefeated. At the conclusion of his coaching career at both Liberty County High and Quincy High, Deason's teams had won 138 games, lost 52 games, and tied 7 games. Additionally, his teams had been undefeated 4 times, had won 9 Conference Championships, and had won 4 out of 6 bowl games. He was named Conference Coach of the Year 8 times and was All Big Bend Coach of the Year twice. He also served as Coach for the North Squad in the Annual Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) Senior All-Star football game in 1960. In 1991, he was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame. In 1967, Deason was appointed principal at Quincy High School. During his years as principal, he served with distinction. He served on the FHSAA Board of Directors for 6 years; on the FHSAA Executive Committee for 4 years; initiated the first school-based health clinic in Florida, appeared on the Good Morning America Program to discuss the work and success of the health clinic; was a consultant to the Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) to make the resources of Dade County available to all other schools and counties interested in computerizing students' records; and received special recognition for setting up an innovative program to improve overall student achievement and improve students' test scores on State Student Assessment. Carlos was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ivaleen Sykes Deason, and son Randy Deason. He is survived by two sons, Ken Deason and his wife Pam and Terry Deason and his wife Martha Jane. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jim Deason, Chuck Deason, Matt Deason, Jared Deason, Liam Deason, Nathan Sturnlio, and Nicholas Sturnlio; and six great grandchildren. The family will receive friends, Friday, May 15, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. at Bevis Funeral Home in Bristol. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday May 16, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Bristol, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Bend Hospice, the LDS Missionary Fund, or any scholarship funds serving the students of Liberty or Gadsden Counties. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (850) 643-3636, www.bevisfh.com
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Published in Gadsden County Times on May 21, 2015
Drake, Doris Joan (Woody) - Tallahassee  
Doris Joan Woody Drake, 78, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away peacefully Friday, April 17, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service was held at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32308, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. A gathering of family and friends followed the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions were requested to be made to Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts, c/o Thomasville Road Baptist Church or Big Bend Hospice. Her strength, faith in the Lord and strong perseverance guided her through this battle just as it had several times before. While she ultimately succumbed to cancer, she constantly expressed her faith and praised God for her strength. Her continued determination to manage adversity gave hope to others. A compassionate individual, she encouraged family and friends, always remembering "Love never ends" (1 Corinthians 13:8). Our mother was a constant beacon of light and a pillar of faith. She gave everything to the Lord, and she is at peace. The gates of Heaven have opened wide, and Jesus has accepted her with open arms. He has replied "Welcome, good and faithful servant". The daughter of the late Doyle M. and Mabel M. Woody, she was born July 2, 1936, in Asheville, N.C. A member of Calvary Baptist Church, and a graduate of Lee Edwards High School, where she was school Editor and participated in a variety of clubs. She attended Brenau College, Gainesville, GA and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega and earned a degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina. After college, she married the late John R. Drake, III, and moved to Florida where they settled on the "Farm" in Quincy. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and true friend. She was known to many as GG, which she said stood for Goofy-Grandmamma. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 47 years; an infant brother; an infant son, Stuart Cole Drake; and two grandchildren, Case Austin Drake and Dustin Cole Drake. Our mama enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and just as her daddy provided unconditional love to her, so did she to each of us. As a child, she stood alongside her daddy at their family owned stores, "Woody Brother's Bakery" and "Maney Brother's Grocery". She carried her ever-present love into our home, which was the gathering place for many occasions. Our home was constantly filled with the aroma of homemade biscuits, homegrown vegetables, fried chicken, and fish-fry's with all the fixins', including the catch of the day, shrimp, scallops, oysters, fries, hushpuppies and cheese grits. If you were a guest in our home, you were offered plenty, and anyone and everyone was always welcome. She would tell guests and family alike, "If you leave hungry, it was your own fault". A true southern cook, her kitchen was always open. She was well known for her scrumptious homemade cakes, which she made for weddings, birthdays, holidays and special events. Holidays played an important part in all of our lives. We thank God for this past Easter and the special time we shared with our mom, as this was her most favorite holiday. In a recent conversation with the Big Bend Hospice Chaplain, Dar Box, she stated she always dyed one egg red, in remembrance of Jesus and the blood He shed for all of us. We were blessed with a caring and giving mom who loved us unconditionally. God gave her more talents than anyone we knew; including cake decorating, flower arranging, quilting, canning, calligraphy, stained glass, pottery, ceramic doll making, stenciling, oil and water painting and so much more. Thankful for the gifts she had been given, she used them daily and shared them with others by teaching an abundance of classes to all ages. In 2009, she retired from the City of Tallahassee after 27 years of dedicated and loyal service. She served her final years as the Director of the Sue McCollum Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center. Always giving to others, she often worked two jobs allowing her to share her talents. We loved our mother very much, and she will always be in our hearts and we will miss her deeply. She is survived by her family: John Roblin Drake, IV, (wife Holly); Mark Douglas Drake (wife Kathy); Doyle Mitchell Drake; Marlisa Kimberly Faris (husband Kenny) all of Tallahassee; and, Gerry D. Drake of Asheville, N.C. A sister Betty J. Hampton, Winston-Salem, N.C. Nine grandchildren, John R. Drake V (Johnny), Aaron Kyle Mullins, Kristin M. Mullins, Joseph R. Drake, Sarah Ann Katherine Drake, Matthew A. Drake, Cassie N. Faris, Drake Elliot Faris, and Nikki B. Drake. Two great grandchildren, Braden Gage Faris, and Kennedi Marie Jilg, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Our family is grateful and appreciates the love and compassion from her friends at Sterling/Brookdale and Big Bend Hospice during her illness.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 4, 2015
Eddings, Ms. Elnora - Gretna  
Ms. Elnora Eddings, 82 years of age, of Gretna, FL, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Quincy, FL. The service is 11:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at St. Paul P.B. Church, of Gretna, FL, with burial at Church's Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m., on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, FL. She is survived by one brother, Tillman Richardson (Maria), of West Palm Beach, FL, two sisters, Patricia R. Powell of Gretna, FL, Inell Young, of Quincy, FL. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on June 4, 2015
Ellis Sr., Alford  
Alford Ellis Sr. Alford was called from earth to his heavenly home on Sunday Morning, May 10, 2015. Funeral service was held on Saturday May 16, 2015 at St. John COGIC and he was interred in the Sunnyvale Cemetery. He leaves to cherish his memory, son, Alford Ellis Jr. (Katherine) of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Tanya Evette Ellis of Quincy; two granddaughters, Ashley Barnes of Tallahassee and Salena Ellis of Quincy; four grandsons, Neal Anthony Ellis of Denver, CO, Troy Ellis of Quincy and Travis Barnes of Quincy; two great-granddaughters, Ashlyn Barnes of Tallahassee and Ayonna Barnes of Quincy and two great-grandsons, Ashton Barnes and A'kye Barnes of Quincy; sister, Louvenia Ellis Sailor of Quincy; sister-in-law, Patsy Robinson Stanley of Philadelphia, PA, daughter-in-law, Angela Ellis-Gainous (Dewayne) of Quincy; Godsons, Willie Robinson, Tyrone Starks, Mason Robinson, Willie Stafford all of Quincy and Wilbert Washington of Havana; God-daughters, Toni Knight of Midway, Erica Chandler of Jacksonville, Sandra Robinson and Marilyn Barnes of Quincy; first cousins, Hattie Battle Ziegler and Bernard Dixon of Quincy; three nieces, Dr. Margaret Peoples Marsh (LaDon) of Ambler, PA, Vernia Peoples Baker (Bobby) of Quincy and Andrea' Robinson of Philadelphhia, PA; one nephew, Anthony Robinson of Philadelphia, PA and special friend Flozell Gilmore of Marianna and a host of sympathetic family, friends, god-children and co-Christians in Christ and his beloved church family of the St. John Church of God in Christ.
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Published in Gadsden County Times on May 21, 2015
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