John Mooneyham (1932 - 2014)

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John left this world on his own terms, which, if you knew him, is how he would have liked to go. He died at home, having been cared for by two angels on earth and Emerald Coast Hospice. As a youngster, John Mooneyham threw newspapers in Missouri. He was a driven, hard-working, family man. He worked at the rock quarry when he was not studying at Kemper Military School or Westminster College. He met and married his soul mate, Louise Townsend in 1954. They shared 53 years before Louise passed away in 2007.
John's career started when he joined the U.S. Army to see the world and was stationed in Georgia five times. He was initially with the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg. John earned his Juris Doctorate of law at the University of Missouri and for the remainder of his years in the U.S. Army, he served as a defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, Staff Judge Advocate, and a military judge. He held court in the Panama Canal Zone which was, by his account, his favorite station. Upon retirement from the army, he became the Public Defender in DeFuniak Springs for Walton County. He was a fair and honest man and the number of people he helped far exceeded anyone's expectations.
Services will be held at a later date at Barrancas National Cemetery on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Anyone wishing to be notified of the date of the services may leave their name and contact phone or e-mail at
Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to Emerald Coast Hospice 340 Beal Pkwy. N.W. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
This was lovingly submitted by John's surviving daughter, Betsy Mooneyham.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014
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