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Montalto Jr., Sam - Fort Walton Beach  
Sam Montalto, Jr. / PIC 1940 – 2016 Sam Montalto, age 75, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016. Sam was born on June 29, 1940 in Birmingham, AL to Louise Wingo Montalto and Salvatore (Big Sam) Montalto. He attended Woodlawn High, class of 1959. Sam was in the109th Medical Evacuation Army Reserves and served in Fort Polk, LA. Sam moved from Birmingham to Fort Walton Beach in the early 70s and opened Pandora's Steak House on May 10, 1978. He opened the second Pandora's in Grayton Beach in 1995. Sam owned and operated many businesses throughout his life including the Summerhouse Restaurant. In 1996 the staff at the Summerhouse came to Sam with the idea of doing a one day charity golf tournament, benefitting the special needs children of Okaloosa County. Sam liked the idea but would only do it if it were "done right". That meant a very organized 3 day tournament that included a live auction, players party and, of course, plenty of good food. And so, in 1996 the Summerhouse Pandora's Invitational Golf Tournament commenced. When the Summerhouse closed, Sam was determined to continue with what had become a must attend annual event for golfers, who came from all over the United States and Canada. After 20 years and over two million dollars raised for special needs children in the community, Sam decided this was the final year. But as God would have it, he was unable to attend the final year. But in his honor, the volunteers who had worked tirelessly with him over the past twenty years continued to finish what Sam had started. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his sister JoAnn Montalto Polumbo and his stepmother of 35 years, Cary Sazera Montalto. He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, Sherie Montalto, his brother by choice, Jerry (Anita) Lawson, children Lori Montalto, Monte Montalto, Layne (Bob) Lavett, Shannon Montalto, Ryan (Janessa) Montalto, and Brandon (Brandi) Montalto. Surviving grandchildren are Sal (Brittany) Montalto, Jackson Bradford, Shelby Bradford, Will Davis, Matt Davis, Mia Montalto, Ann Sehman, Madden Montalto, Ella Montalto and Addison Montalto. Sam is also survived by two great grandchildren, Samuel Montalto and Oliver Montalto. Sam's family would like to thank Dr. Michael Given for the special medical attention and the kindness he showed to Sam and his family. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 27 at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. There will be a funeral service immediately following the visitation. We would then like everyone to proceed to Sam's final resting place at Beal Memorial Cemetery. After laying Sam to rest, the Montalto family would like everyone to join them at the Elks Lodge on Okaloosa Island for a celebration of life.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Apr. 26, 2016
Murray, James M. - Miramar Beach  
James Matthew Murray passed away April 27, 2016. James Matthew Murray, son of the late John Carroll Murray and Myrtle Margaret Zirlott Murray, was born October 30, 1946 in West Fowl River, Alabama. He attended St Michael's School in Heron Bay, AL and graduated from Alba High School in Bayou La Batre, AL. He was a lifetime devout Catholic. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Miramar Beach under Pastor Father Tom Guido's leadership. While attending High School at Alba he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Gail Marie Artigue Murray. James and Gail celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 2015 surrounded by family and friends. James Matthew Murray was preceded in death by his parents, John Carroll Murray and Myrtle Margaret Zirlott Murray and his brother-In-Law, Oliver "Ollie" Zirlott. He is survived by his wife, Gail Marie Artigue Murray; his sister, Audrey Carol Zirlott; four children; daughter, Colette Michelle Murray Zawisza (Stanley), daughter, Melissa Katherine Murray Osborne (Jeffrey), daughter, Theresa "Theri" Alaine Murray Isaacs (Steven), and a son, James "Shorty" Matthew Murray II (Rhonda). He was also blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Emily "Emm" Marie Thomas (fiancé Trent), Abigail "Abby" Nicole Osborne, Olivia "Livvy" Claire Thomas, Nicholas "Nick" Alden Osborne, Sarah Katherine Osborne, and James "Jimmy" Matthew Murray III, five sisters-in-law, five brothers- in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5:00–7:00 pm at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home. There will also be a visitation from 10-11am on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection, 259 Miramar Beach Drive, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. His entire work life involved a ship or boat of some type, whether it be that he was working on them, designing them, building them or owning them, he had a true passion for ships. He started working on boats as a kid as a means of helping support his family through commercial seafood harvesting. He worked in the shipbuilding industry starting as a ship fitter and worked his way up. He worked in the yard as well as the office while mastering the trade and craft of boat design and building. He opened his own shipyard in Valparaiso, FL in 1977 and shortly thereafter relocated the operation to Freeport, FL. He built many beautiful vessels but not without the support, hard work and loyalty of his shipyard team. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Emerald Coast Cancer and specifically Dr. Henry for his loving care. We would also like to thank Emerald Coast Hospice who carried us through this journey. You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
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