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Baker, James  
James Ellis Baker, Jr. 1929-2016 Captain James Ellis Baker, Jr., 86, of Pensacola, FL, passed away on Thursday, May, 19, 2016. Captain James Ellis Baker, Jr. was born June 3, 1929 in old Sacred Heart Hospital to Minnie May Oliver Baker and Captain James Ellis Baker. A native of Pensacola, FL and a lifelong member of Christ Church. He graduated from Pensacola High School and then graduated from the Naval Academy in 1951. He served in destroyer, cruiser, mine warfare and amphibious forces and commanded the minesweeper NIGHTINGALE and the destroyer ROWAN. His other assignments were to NATO staff in Europe, three times to combat zones in Asia and several times in the Pentagon. After 29 years of service with distinction, he retired to his home in Arlington, VA. He was best known for his sense of humor and being the life of the party. Jim was exceedingly witty, intelligent, steadfast friend, "good company" for the numerous people who enjoyed his hospitality, generosity and kindness. He loved gardening in his free time, as well as spending time with his friends at the Crystal City Sports Pub. He later moved to Pensacola to take care of his sister, Connie, until her death. He was the devoted uncle of Lillianne Godfrey. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Captain James E. Baker and mother, Wilhelmina Baker and sister, Colonel Constance Baker Godfrey. He is survived by his niece, Lillianne Godfrey of Pensacola, FL and his half brothers, Marvin P. and Tony Baker. A memorial service will be held, at 11:00 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Christ Church, followed by a reception in the Parrish Hall. A private military burial will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society. Attn: Combat Casualty Assistance, 875 North Randolph, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203-1977. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
Brooks, Mary  
Mary Catherine Brooks 1936-2016 Mary Brooks of Cantonment, FL passed away May 21, 2016. She was born to the late Netty Phillips and Johnny McDonald on May 3, 1936. She had a wonderful and loving partnership with the love of her life with whom she has joined in heaven, Mr. James Vernon Brooks. Mary was a very thoughtful, giving, and devoted wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Those who knew her will always cherish those moments shared with her but are comforted knowing that she is now pain free. Mary will be dearly missed by family and some of her closest friends who were like sisters to her. Those that have preceded her in death include her brothers Carl, Elvin, Wilmer, and Wilburn. She is survived by her sisters, Marie Powell, Dorothy Diemer, Vera Volovecky, husband Johnny, Bertha Comans, husband Earl, Vivian McDonald, and her brothers Herman McDonald; wife, Dorothy, Charlie McDonald, wife Wynonna, and Don McDonald, wife Judy; Her children, son Tommy Jordan, wife Brenda, and daughter Cindy Burkett, husband Mike; Grandchildren Jennifer Gray, husband Joey, Michael Jordan, wife Erin, Timothy Jordan, wife Meagan, and Justin Burkett, wife Mona; Her great-grandchildren include Atlee, Kendra, Azriel, Kyler, Tydus, Blake, and Jack. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Victory Assembly of God Church at 2:00 p.m. FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy 29S, is in charge of arrangements. You Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 24, 2016
Copenhaver, Ida W.  
Ida Wolff Copenhaver 1919-2016 Ida Wolff Copenhaver, of Pensacola, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in her sleep at The Waterford at Carpenter's Creek after a long illness. She was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ida was born in New York City to Louise Zanes Wolff and Charles Wolff, III. Her childhood years were spent in New York City, NY, Ontario, Canada, and Elizabethton, TN. She graduated from St. Anne's School in Charlottesville, VA. Ida graduated from Vassar College in 1939. In 1941, she married Lawrence L. Copenhaver (Cope) on July 9 in Johnson City, TN. After WWII, she and Cope lived in Elizabethton, TN, and briefly lived in Alabama before settling in Pensacola, FL. Ida was actively involved in their children's school and other activities. In addition, she was a community and church volunteer. Ida was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, served on the Board of the YWCA and other organizations, and participated in United Fund campaigns. Ida and Cope were founding members of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. They moved to St. Louis, MO, for a year and then to Port St. Joe, FL. She was an active member of St. James' Episcopal Church in Port St. Joe. Her husband, Cope, passed away in 1978, and she moved back to Pensacola in 1984. Ida was a member of Nomads, Pensacola Federation of Gardens Clubs, several book clubs, and bridge clubs. At St. Christopher's Church, she served on the Altar Guild, worked on the annual Christmas Caravan, and was a member of Episcopal Church Women. Ida was a talented seamstress and needle pointer as well as decorator and collector of dollhouse and miniatures. Ida was preceded in death by husband, Cope; her parents; her sister, Isabel Wolff Field; brother, Charles Wolff, III and grandchild Madeleine Louise McCuean. She leaves behind her children, Ida Copenhaver Ginter (Jim), Larry Copenhaver (Samantha), and Tavia McCuean (Doug); her grandchildren, Lawrence Copenhaver, Elizabeth Copenhaver Walker, and Anne Torrey McCuean; great-grandchildren, Noah Thomas and Avery Elizabeth Walker, and step-grandchildren, Krystin Boehnke and Alex Boehnke as well as nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. Memorial Service will begin at 11:00am, Monday. May 23, 2016 at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church with Rev. Susan Sowers officiating. Guests are invited to join the family in a celebration of her life at a reception in the church parish hall after the service. A private family committal was held at Bayview Memorial Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 3200 N 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503 or Emerald Coast Hospice, 1555 N Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32501. The family would like to thank the staffs of The Waterford at Carpenter's Creek and Emerald Coast Hospice for their caring attention and support. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
Cranston, David  
David James Cranston 1937-2016 David (Dave) James Cranston, 78, of Pensacola, passed away on May 18, 2016. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army reaching CW02 before retirement. He was also in the business of shoe sales in Philadelphia, PN, a man who knew all there was to know about fine shoe wear. He was born in Cortland, NY. He relocated to Pensacola in 2001 at which time he married Beverly Jean Tyler Stewart, a high school classmate. He enjoyed working in his yard and planting all types of flowers, loved to play golf, and enjoyed working his crossword and any other challenging mind games. He will truly be missed by his extended family and friends. He loved his family time especially when it came to all his grandchildren, we love you. He was a member of Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife; Kathleen Ambruso Cranston, parents, Grace Knight and David Elnathan Cranston, and sister Grace Colgrove. He is survived by his wife Beverly Jean, son David E. Cranston and wife Daicy, grandchildren, David J., Jaden and Kailyn Cranston, Zach, Tara, and Tiffany Tyler; great grandchildren; Rachael, James Dean and Storie Sheppard, along with other family members. He is also survived by the only cat of his life - Sweetie - who is already missing him dearly. Pallbearers will be Dave E. Cranston, Dave J. Cranston, Todd Tyler, Gregg Tyler, Scott Dean, and Richard Ezell. Visitation will be on May 25, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00am at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church with a funeral service to follow at 11:00am. Reverend Riley Richardson will be officiating and interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 12:30pm. A Reception will be held back at the church after interment. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 24, 2016
Crawford, Robert  
CWO4 Robert C. Crawford 1930-2016 Robert "Pappy" Crawford, 85, of Pensacola, passed away May 17, 2016. He served 30 years in the U. S. Navy reaching CWO4 before retirement. He also worked at NARF for 15 years and was a member of the Military Bass Club. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Crawford; brother, Richard Crawford and sister, Carol Crawford. He is survived by his daughter, Renee (Marc) King; son, Robert Crawford, Jr.; granddaughter, Sydney King and grandsons, Chris Thames and Ryan King. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 10:30 am until the 11:30 am funeral service at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South. Reverend Bill Flannigan will be officiating and interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marc King, Robert Crawford, Chris Thames, Randy Howard, Sammy DeLoach and Brown Leaton. FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Dunakin, Doris  
Doris Deares Dunakin 1927-2016 Doris Deares Dunakin, 88, of Pensacola, Florida, transitioned from her earthly body into Spirit on May 20, 2016. Doris was born on November 21, 1927 in Everett, Massachusetts to Everett Deares and Sadie Ross Deares. After marrying William Earnest Dunakin, Doris lived many years in New Jersey, where she devoted herself to homemaking and raising her three children. Doris relocated to Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1985, where she worked many years for Ameri-Life before retiring and relocation to Pensacola in 2009. For many years, Doris enjoyed sketching and painting in watercolors. Doris had a soft spot for animals, especially cats. She actively supported the ASPCA and was a member of the Humane Society of the United States. Doris is survived by her daughter, Maralee Cropsey, sons Ross and Scott Dunakin, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. In accordance with her wishes, a private memorial will be held with arrangements through the National Cremation & Burial Society of Milton. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Humane Society of the United States or to a local animal shelter. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Forsyth, Robert  
Robert J. Forsyth 1928-2016 Captain Robert Joseph (Bob) Forsyth, USN (retired), 88, of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 20, 2016 surrounded by family. He was born March 24, 1928 in Staten Island, NY. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Staten Island, and Regis High School in Manhattan. He attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI and graduated from Villanova University in 1951 on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He later earned an MBA from George Washington University in Washington DC. His Naval career included service in destroyers in Korea and Vietnam. He served as Commanding Officer of the Fleet Ocean Tug USS CHOWANOC (ATF-100), the Destroyer USS SHIELDS (DD-596), and the U.S. Naval Communication Station, Rota, Spain. After 27 years of service with distinction, he began a second career with ITT Corporation in New York City as a manager of finance and capital projects. He retired to Perdido Bay in 1993. Bob was best known for his love of conversation and willingness to roll up his sleeves and help do whatever needed to be done. He was a generous individual who loved golf, learning about art, traveling and spending time with his family including many grandchildren. He was passionate about social issues and was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit parish. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Atha Forsyth, and sisters, Irene O'Neill, and Elizabeth Hickson. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Eileen R.; their children Robert Joseph Jr., Brian A., Stuart T., and Nora M. (Jacobsen); and sisters Ann Johnson, Joan Kuebler, Mary Vignec, and Rita Betsch. A funeral Mass will be held at 8:30 am, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit on Gulf Beach Highway. A military burial will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery at 10:15 am, followed by a reception at the Church of the Holy Spirit Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society at https://donate.nmcrs.org Arrangements under Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 24, 2016
Henderson, Merlin Knight "Mike"  
Merlin Knight "Mike" Henderson 1946 - 2016 Merlin Knight "Mike" Henderson, a Pensacola native, recently passed away peacefully at his retirement home in Baja California, Mexico. Mike, 69, was born at Pensacola NAS June 17, 1946. He was the son of Merlin and Annie Stevens Henderson of Warrington. Mike was the fourth generation of his family in Escambia County. He was proud of the fact he was the son of a son of a sailor, and always thanked Jimmy Buffet for the song. The Escambia High graduate was a trombonist who attended the University of Southern Mississippi as a scholarship music major but graduated with a degree in communications. His newspaper career started with the New Orleans States Item. He moved back to Pensacola in 1969 and worked for the Pensacola News Journal as a reporter and editorial page associate. His column suggesting Pensacola create a seafood festival was the catalyst for the Pensacola Seafood Festival. He earned numerous journalism awards in Florida, California and Nevada. The News Journal nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive coverage of Dupont's intention to dump hazardous materials in the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola. In 1981 Gannett transferred him to Salinas, California where he was editorial page editor and city editor. In 1985, Gannett transferred him to the Reno Gazette Journal in Reno, Nevada, where he retired in 2001. Mike spent the next five years working on the staff of Nevada's Second Congressional District, focused primarily on homeland security, veterans' affairs and military issues in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. His greatest joy came from helping veterans. Mike and his wife Mary, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary just before his passing. They were best friends and shared an amazing life together. Six years ago Mike and Mary retired to Mexico. The past few years he was focused on writing fiction and enjoying retirement. He loved writing, music, golf, the Chicago Cubs, the New Orleans Saints, and his two cockapoos, Gumbo and Saz.. Mike is survived by his loving wife, Mary Richards Henderson. He is also survived by his daughter, Hilary Perez and her husband Enrique of Round Rock, Texas, and two grandchildren, Miguel and Caileen Perez. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Sammie Gay "Skip". The greatest treasures are the treasures of the heart and Mike was a treasure. He was a gentle spirit with a sharp and wonderful mind, he was a fair and honest newsman, he was a loving husband, and a true southern gentleman. Private services will be held in Pensacola in the fall with interment at Bayview Cemetery. Donations to the American Heart Association would be welcome. Cards of condolence may be sent to Mary Henderson, 848 N. Rainbow, #3378, Las Vegas, NV 89107. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
Hynes, Joan  
Joan Ann Hynes 1932-2016 Joan Ann Hynes, 84, of Cantonment passed away March 26, 2016. She was born on July 27th 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Joseph and Barbara Kross. She was a much-loved wife, mother, grand mother and great grand mother. After attending college in Chicago, Joan married Donald Hynes and they set off to see the world while Don served in many capacities in the United States Navy. Joan also served her country in Federal Civil Service as a Computer Programmer and leader in the creation, development and application of the technology in the Navy's pay and supply systems. She served at many Navy and Marine facilities to include commands in San Diego, CA, Guam, MI, Corpus Christi, Texas, Marine Corps Headquarters, Washington DC, and aboard Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. When retired, she filled her life and the lives of all who loved her with her love, compassion, wisdom and a most powerful positive outlook and encouragement for family and friends. Joan was also known as an avid traveler, bowler and longtime participant and medallist in the National Senior Games. She was preceded in death by husband, Don in 2003; son, Patrick in 2007; and her brother, Joe Kross. Joan is survived by her brother, Bob of Chicago, II; daughter, Helen; son, Michael and his wife Debra. Her beloved grandchildren meant the world to her in every way and she will be greatly missed. Patrick Hynes, wife Marla, Sarah Kuhn, husband Greg, Ryan Hynes, friend April Campbell, Marilyn Quintanilla, husband Jonathan, Andrew Hynes, Kevin Hynes, Jami Farber, husband Jeremy, Joshua Hynes, Eric Maurer and Lindsey Maurer, as well as 9 great grandchildren. It was Joan's wish that there be no formal services. FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH was entrusted with arrangements. You may send a condolence to the family at www.fcfhs.com Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Jeter, Ashley  
Ashley C Jeter, Jr Ashley C. Jeter Jr, of Pace, Fl, passed away April 29, 2016. Ashley was born in Montevallo, AL, on November 6, 1936 to Ashley Jeter, Sr and Lena Jeter. He attended Marion Military and was an alumnus of his beloved Auburn University. He received a BA from Alabama College, (University of Montevallo.) Ashley devoted 30 years of his life to working with neglected, dependent children. At Rodeheaver Boys Ranch in Palatka, FL , he served as a Title I teacher, houseparent, director of development, and Executive Director. At Arizona Boys Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ, he was houseparent, coach, fund raiser, and mentor. The motto was "It is better to build boys than to mend men." He touched many lives, and they in turn touched his. Ashley was bigger than life and had many experiences. He was a school teacher and coach, worked in the hotel industry, and managed the Key West Convention Bureau. He was an avid golfer, and in his younger years, he traveled with a repertory theatre group, and had many successful parts in Tennessee Williams' plays. He was associated with the Florida Jaycees, United Way, and many other organizations. After his official retirement, he returned to a job he loved. He co-hosted a morning radio show at WIYD in Palatka, FL, where he shared the airwaves with Bob Henry and Mary Makie. Left to grieve his passing are his wife Melba Jeter; his son, Ashley Fitzgerald; daughters Angeline (Tom) French, Sara Elizabeth Jeter, and step-daughter Jelynn (Danny) Sweeney; grandchildren Julie Fitzgerald, Mary Lee Lambert, Bonnie Jane Nappo, Jeremy Hobbs, and Jodi (Jerry) West; great grandchildren, Devan, Emberly, and Addilyn West; his sisters, Dr. Sara Pankaskie, and Beth (Larry) Bishop; nieces, Ashley (Marty) Higginbotham , and Kate (Christopher) Hegge; nephews, Charles Carter (Lindy) and Larry Carter. Many of the young men he mentored, too numerous to list, stayed in touch with him through the years, and they too will grieve his passing. He spent the last six years of his life at Consulate Health Care in Pensacola, FL, where he formed a loving friendship with many of the devoted staff. His family wishes to thank each and every staff member who touched his life and cared so much for him. The family would also like to thank Convenant Hospice for their intense compassion and comfort in his final hours. Family Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held at a later date in Palatka, FL In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a charity of choice. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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