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Maguire, Frankie - Crestview  
Ms. Frankie Delane White Maguire, 72, of Opp, Ala. (formerly of Crestview, Fla.) died Friday, May 22, 2015, in a Dothan Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from Wyatt Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Liveoak Park Memorial Gardens in Crestview, Fla. Ms. Maguire is survived by her daughter, Lisa Plowman; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Scott Clark; five grandchildren, Amanda Rider, Christopher Darby, Amber Van Zeyl, Brandon Darby and Kaitlyn Morrison; two great-grandchildren, Trenten Rider and Graysen Rider; and sisters, Glenda Castle and Dianne Ellis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dolphus Franklin White and Euna Lee Dooling White. Gary Miller will be officiating with Wyatt Funeral Home directing.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from May 24 to May 25, 2015
Mathers, Robert Gilbert - Niceville  
Robert Gilbert Mathers, 86, of Niceville, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2015 in Niceville. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean (Barrie) Mathers; daughters, Linda Lyon and Barb Mathers; son, Dave Mathers LCDR, USN (ret); granddaughter, Victoria Rogers; and grandson, Brian Mathers. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Love Mathers of Medford, N.J.; and his mother, Ruth Anna Mathers of Fitzwatertown, Pa. Bob was born in Camden, N.J. on Aug. 4, 1928, and spent his early years in suburban Philadelphia. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and later was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1952, but was then immediately commissioned in the U.S. Air Force. After attending Penn State University and obtaining a degree in meteorology, he served 29 years in the Air Force before retiring as a colonel in 1981. His assignments included being chief forecaster for the military space launches at Cape Canaveral in Florida, working for the president's task force developing missions to help justify building the space shuttle, working at the Pentagon for the Join Chiefs of Staff, and being the Director of Operations at the Air Force Global Weather Central. In 1972 he chose an assignment in Vietnam as the head of all weather forecasting operations in Southeast Asia, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. After retirement from the Air Force, he taught earth science for 13 years at the Okaloosa-Walton Community College. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He loved God, his family, his country, and Penn State football. He was intelligent, humorous, athletic, and had a zest for life. Everyone who knew Bob remarked at his incredibly positive outlook on life, even to the very end. A funeral is scheduled for May 29 at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bob's life. Memorial donations can be made to the Niceville Sharing & Caring, 104 Bullock Blvd, Niceville, FL 32578. A special thanks to all of the wonderful neighbors on Rosewood Way, the amazing doctors and nurses at Eglin led by Clifford Nolt and Melissa King, and to Bob Gamon and the Men For God at Crosspoint Church for their fellowship and for helping Bob learn to grow in his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlintwincities.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 28, 2015
Moses, Raymond Eugene - Milton  
A legend of the fall and a part of The Greatest Generation, Raymond Eugene Moses, died Friday, May 22, 2015. After 85 years, he fairly and justly claimed he lived a good life and "did not get cheated." A child of The Depression, he grew up tough and smart in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was an excellent ballplayer with offers to play in the minor leagues. He joined the Navy after high school. After military service and living a year in Grand Cayman, Ray moved to the Northwest Florida area in 1968 and ran a successful small business-Select Men's Haircutting in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. His children all attended Choctawhatchee High School. A truly good man, he loved his wife of 55 years, the always lovely Mary Dian Moses and seldom missed an opportunity to boast of her beauty and intelligence. A father's greatest gift to his children is to love their mother, he did. Ray and Dian raised three children. Ray is survived by his wife, Dian; children, Carol, Raymond, and Michele; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He proudly told all that his children all went to college, twice! All earned post-graduate degrees. Ray served his country proudly on the heels of World War II, through Korea, Vietnam and the bulk of the Cold War. He experienced aircraft carrier catapults and landings, chased submarines about the North Atlantic, participated in mapping much of Brazil and South America in the late 1950s, taught aircraft maintenance to the Royal Libyan Air Force, and survived two military plane crashes. The American flag flew in front of his home every day. On the list of amazing things done, Ray built two homes. On Grand Cayman Island he dug a well through coral with a tool he invented for the purpose. The well still operates today. He dug two more wells in Fort Walton Beach; he poured the concrete pilings that support the older Destin Bridge on U.S. Highway 98. Ray loved to fish and pulled many speckled trout out of Choctawhatchee Bay. Hushed about his favorite fishing spots, he'd fish a barren patch of water if someone followed his boat. Without fanfare, he gave free haircuts to the elderly and to shut-ins. If someone came to the barber shop who was on hard times, Ray gave them a free haircut or took something in trade. Ray believed in hard work and getting something done every day. His work ethic, born from hard times, meant he never missed work, was honest and forthright, and never squandered money. Ray's unerring cultural smarts meant good and bad people were quickly sorted. To strangers, his hard edge and tight lip kept a distance; friends, he held close with a big laugh, strong voice, and fill-the-room charisma. Little kids in the barber shop would run to Ray, hug his leg or jump in his lap knowing instinctively Santa and Ray were kindred. He loved holidays. Holidays meant family at home and big meals - big American meals. Once, an unsavory character attempted to rob Ray's barber shop at knife point; Ray, then 60, pulled out a club from under the big Koken barber chair and offered, "I'll put the cash on the floor and fight you for it!" The robber turned and walked out the door. A patriarch, he wisely guided his family and gave them the tools to prosper; he was proud they did prosper. He left big footprints, he will be missed. The family hosts a commemorative gathering at Windsor Villas Club House, Monday, Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at 5 p.m. (write: trapcattrap@hotmail.com for directions.) Burial will be at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., Friday, May 29, 2015, time: 12:30 p.m. Trahan Family Funeral Home has the lead. The family wishes no flowers please. If inclined contribute to a cancer charity or Emerald Coast Hospice, Pace Branch, 4212 Hwy 90, Pace, FL, 32571. Online condolences can be made at www.trahanfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on May 25, 2015
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