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Baxter, Shirley  
Shirley W. Head Baxter 1939 - 2015 Shirley Baxter, of Pace, FL, entered heaven, April 23, 2015. She was born January 20, 1939 in Salem, SC to Rufus and Maude Head. Shirley was a wonderful artist and writer who loved to travel. In recent years she was active with the Panhandle Writer's Group and was on the Board of Directors for The Pregnancy Resource Center. Survivors include her beloved husband, Joseph J. Baxter; children, Cindy (Mark) Cotton of Pace, and Jay (Missy) Baxter of Trinity, AL; grandchildren, Leslie (John) Brandt, Casey Cotton Amorelli, Jennifer Cotton, Gray Baxter, Blakeley Baxter; and 4 great-grandchildren; her brother, Harold (Roberta) Head of Seneca, SC; brother-in-law, Max (Joyce) Baxter; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Milton. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 3:00 p.m. and the interment at Serenity Gardens. Pallbearers are: Obie Willis, Dan Kennedy, Gray Baxter, Chris Baxter, Drew Baxter, Billy Roberson, Ray Roberson, and Paul Saba. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Pregnancy Resource Center - www.prcofmilton.org/ Trahan has been entrusted with the arrangements. Trahanfamilyfuneralhome.com A very special thanks to ICU, the 4th floor nurses, and the staff at Santa Rosa Medical Center for their love and care of our precious Shirley. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Berry, Jessie Lee  
Jessie Lee Thames Berry 1925 - 2015 Jessie entered eternity peacefully in her sleep on April 24, 2015 in Pensacola, Florida. Jessie was born on May 5, 1925 in Laurel, Mississippi to Edna Stennett and Lottie James Timothy Thames. Her father was an itinerant Assembly of God preacher and farmer who passed away when Jessie was ten. Jessie's mother had to work night shifts in the cotton factory and being an only child, Jessie learned to be independent at a young age. Jessie graduated from Laurel High School in 1943 and set off for training in Atlanta with the Civil Aeronautics Authority (future FAA). Upon completion, Jessie was assigned to Jacksonville, where she met a tall Navy sailor named Robert "Bob" Leon Berry. Bob was from Waverly, Nebraska, and knew immediately that he wanted to marry the blue-eyed beauty who he would forever refer to as his "bride." In 1945, Jessie and Bob were married and moved to Pensacola to be near Jessie's mother. Their first child, Robert "Frank" Franklin, was born the following year. During this time, they owned Berry's Gas Station on West Cervantes St. In 1948, they moved to Nebraska to be with Bob's parents, Lee and Edith, who owned and lived in the back of a grocery store. Jessie's mother bought her a full-length fur coat to wear as it was her first time being in a cold climate. Jessie fondly recalled her time in Nebraska and the family grocery where local farmers would exchange their produce for other goods. That year, their second child, Michael Gene, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1949, they returned to make Pensacola their permanent home and Jessie gave birth to their youngest child, Patricia Diane the next year. When her children were in grade school, Jessie worked as a secretary at the General Services Administration office on South Palafox St. She eventually transferred to an Administrative Assistant position for the Personnel Director at the Post Office. Jessie retired from the Federal Government in the late 1970's. After Bob retired from Gulf Power in 1980, they both went to work for their church in the treasury department where Jessie was also the Missions Secretary. They would continue working together and sharing an office at the church until their retirement in 1999. Jessie was a faithful member of Brownsville Assembly of God for 70 years. Her church and her Christian faith were the cornerstones of her life and are a lasting part of her legacy. Being an only child, Jessie always wanted a big family and was most happy spending time with her eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Jessie enjoyed swimming and vacationing on the Gulf and she was an avid music lover. Jessie brought much joy and laughter to her family and will be remembered as a generous, loyal, smart and spirited woman. She has left a lasting legacy of love and faith for her entire family. Jessie Lee was a gift to each of us and we are grateful for her presence in our lives for so many years. We will carry her memory and love in our hearts always. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Robert Leon Berry. She is survived by sons, Robert Franklin (Beverly) Berry and Michael Gene (Jennifer) Berry, and daughter Patricia Diane (Stephen) Vanlandingham; grandchildren Robert Sherman (Alison) Berry, Denise Michelle Berry, Jason Michael Berry, Lee Elloise (Matthew) Barnhill, Amy Elizabeth (Joshua) Barnhill, Vikki Lee (Scott) Jordan, Lesley Erin (Steven) James and Ashley Rebecca Vanlandingham-Godwin; and great-grandchildren Easton Berry, Collin Berry, Emilie Brill, Scott Berry, Connor Wood, Grady Wood, Lottie Barnhill, Shiloh Barnhill, Mykena Jordan, Hannah James, Sarah James, Jacob James and Mason Godwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brownsville Assembly of God. A celebration of Jessie's life will be held at Brownsville Assembly of God, 3100 W. De Soto St, Pensacola, FL on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM with Dr. Evon Horton and Rev. John Kilpatrick officiating. The family will receive friends at the church at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Caro, Mary  
Mary Agnes Caro 1937-2015 Mary Agnes Caro, 78, died April 22nd at West Florida Hospital. She was born January 15, 1937, in Pensacola and lived here her entire life. A 1955 graduate of Pensacola High School, she was employed at NAS Saufley Field and later worked in NADEP Production Control and Material Control. She retired after 35 years and enjoyed quilting, reading and travel in the U.S. and England. A licensed single-engine airplane pilot and pet lover, Mary was a warm and generous person who kept a positive outlook on life. She was predeceased by her father, George Homer Caro; mother, Mildred Petway Caro; step-mother, Glenda Ward Caro; and brother, George Homer Caro, Jr. (Bud). She is survived by many good friends; loving cousins; a step brother, Joseph Beckham (Tallahassee); a niece, Sofie Nottolli Beckham (Asheville); a grand niece, Madeleine Rose Droege; and grand nephew, Wyeth Able Droege. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Westwood Christian Church, 1111 North 57th Avenue in Pensacola (32506). In lieu of flowers, donations to the church in Mary's name would be appreciated. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Cauley, Joyce  
Joyce Willene Cauley (nee Godwin) Mrs Joyce Willene Cauley (nee Godwin), 84, a former resident of Pensacola died peacefully on Thursday morning, April 16th in The Highland Manor Nursing Home in Elko, Nevada. Joyce was born in Red Level, Alabama on 22 March, 1931 to Bascom & Losia Godwin. She had a happy childhood growing up with an older brother, Monroe, and a younger sister, Helen. She graduated High School in May, 1949. Not long after graduating she met and married David Cauley from Bay Minette, AL and became an active Military Wife moving to many different locations in the U.S. and overseas, including Mobile, San Antonio, Hawaii, Japan, and England while at the same time raising two young sons. She moved to Pensacola in 1969 and started a new career in Insurance Sales and gained a Diploma in Life Insurance Marketing. She worked for both Independent Life and Mutual Savings Life where she was a hard working and popular member of staff. She continued to reside in Pensacola until 2007 when failing health necessitated a move to Nevada to be nearer family for help and support. Joyce was a true Southern lady - loving, selfless, and fun to be around. She loved her family dearly and will be sorely missed by them as well as all of those who knew her and experienced her warmth and friendship. The family would like to say a special thanks to the staff at The Highland Manor, Elko, Nevada. Their professionalism and compassionate care of Joyce during the last few years of her life will always be remembered and appreciated. Joyce is survived by her two sons, David D. Cauley, Elko, Nevada and Michael B. Cauley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as 4 grandchildren, and 13 great grand-children. A graveside committal service for Joyce will be held on Sunday, 26th April at 3pm at the Fairmount Baptist Church, Red Level, AL with the Rev. John Bell officiating. All friends and family are respectfully invited to share in a final goodbye and celebration of her life. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 24, 2015
Chasen, Shelia  
Shelia Y. Chasen 1948-2015 Sheila Y. Chasen, 67, of Pensacola, FL passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015. Mrs. Chasen is survived by her sister, Clifford Lee Griffin; brother, Cornell Chasen; sons, Philip Arshaq-Ali and Nathan Givens; daughter, Keesha Davis; ten grandchildren, Deon Davis, Keyona Davis, Zzalandrya Ali, Daniel Davis, Arianna Pope, Kaylynn Arshaq-Ali, Sarah Davis, Xavier Veasley, Lorenzo Arshaq-Ali, and Charlie Arshaq-Ali; one great granddaughter, Nyla Pope and a great grandchild on the way. Lil Sis, Goodbyes are not forever, And nor is the end. When angels come to call away, A loved one and friend. The empty place that's left behind. Within this world we know. Reminds us just how brief a stay. We have before we go. So when it's time to bid farewell. To one we'll dearly miss. Let's just say we'll meet again. And promise them with this…The true gift is that Love remains. Although we now must part..Until forever and beyond. I'll keep you in my HEART -Author Unknown Big Sis, It's your time to be first. Please save me a seat. Visitation will be held at 10:00 am with a Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 am Friday, April 24, 2015 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Apr. 23 to Apr. 25, 2015
Cooey, Don  
DON COOEY 1933 - 2015 With constant reverence to our Lord Jesus Christ, Don Cooey died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 23, 2015. He was born in Westville, Florida. The family relocated to Pensacola in 1940 and he graduated from Pensacola High in 1952. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and an Army Reservist there afterwards. He was a Warrington Volunteer Fireman in the 1960's. He retired from Gulf Power Company after 33 years of dedicated service and was a proud member of the First Baptist Church downtown. Don was a regular at Hopkins Boarding House for over 30 years. He never met a stranger and was loved by friends and family and he always carried a smile. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cheetam and Lee (Morrison) Cooey; his siblings, Bill, Bob and Dale Cooey. He is survived by his three daughers, Debra, Donna, Lisa and their mother, Gail; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all. A memorial reception will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Garden Street. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Escambia County Public Library in his honor to help inspire young people with his love of reading a good book. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 24, 2015
Duval, Maggie  
Maggie Voncile Duval "Von" 1929-2015 Maggie Voncile "Von" Duval, 85, passed away on April 22, 2015. Maggie managed Carson's Pawn Shop for 42 years. She was the beloved sister of Duncan C. (Doris) McArthur; loving mother to, Sharon (Gary) Stevens; grandsons, Richard Cerda (deceased) and Roman Cerda; 4 great grand's, Stephanie, Richard, Callie and Cheyenne; 3 great great grand's, Khai, Mikayla and Zayne; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Maggie will be missed by all. She has gone to be with the New Orleans Saints. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Bill Flannigan, officiating. Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Covenant Hospice at West Florida Hospital. FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 S. Hwy. 29, Cantonment, 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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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 25, 2015
Ganis, Benjamin  
Benjamin F. Ganis Master Chief Benjamin Franklin Ganis Born March 31, 1929 Died April 23, 2015 Benjamin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 yrs, Claire Ganis. He leaves a son; Bruce Ganis, two daughters; Debra (Dennis) Winters, Carol (Billy) Stone, three grandchildren; John Winters, Melissa (Tim) Russo, Ben Stone and seven great-grandchildren; Madison, River, Brody, Jillian, Dexter, Kyle and Kayla, and many numerous family & friends. Besides being the best husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he loved his country. Benjamin served in the United States Navy for thirty years defending his country all over the world. He was a member of the FRA Branch 22, American Legion Post 240, AM Vets Post 292 and the Moose Lodge. Benjamin was an avid Gator Fan!! In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Fleet Reserve Association, Pensacola Branch 22, P.O Box 3144, Pensacola FL. 32516. Visitation Monday, April 27th 4-6:00 pm with Funeral Service Tuesday at 11:00 am at Oak Lawn Funeral Home. Burial to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:45 with Military Honors. www.oaklawnfunerals.com Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 26, 2015
Hood, Robie  
Robie Leo Hood 1927-2015 Dr. Robie Leo Hood, D.C., died on Friday, April 10, 2015 after a long illness. Robie was born on 8/08/1927 in Phenix City, Alabama. He was 87. He resided at The Health Center of Pensacola since 2003. The family greatly appreciates the HCP staff along with the Covenant Hospice nurses and volunteers, for the loving, attentive care they provided him all these years! He was preceded in death by his parents Gurvis and Beaulah (Martin) Hood, his firstborn son D'Artagnan, stepfather Melton Hawes, stepmothers Florrie and Ruth Hood, sister Ann Pennell, and 3rd wife Joan Freeman Scheinholtz Hood. He was a 1944 graduate of Central High School,Phenix City, served as a corpsman in the U. S. Navy, attended Auburn University, and graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there, he met and married Dixie Oliphant, moved to Pensacola and started a family, and opened his first practice in 1955. They relocated to Milton, where he was the first and only Chiropractor in Santa Rosa County for many years. After a series of strokes, he retired much earlier than planned, so he took off for an adventure, and traveled all over the Pacific Northwest before permanently returning to Pensacola in 1990. Robie is survived by his ex-wife Dixie, their 5 children: Lisa Hagan, (Joe), Harlon, Robin Norris, (David), Leslie Moore, (Robert), and Stewart, (Christie), 2 stepchildren: Suzanne Spence, (Mike), and Steven Scheinholtz, (Sonia), 6 grandchildren: Brian Hagan, and Johanna Hagan-Jordan, (Josh), Eric and Valerie Norris, Robbie, (Rebecca) and Matthew Moore, 6 stepgrandchildren: Greg Hagan and Gail Hagan-Guttenman,(Rick), Kathyrn and Linzy Spence, Zak Scheinholtz and Liz Hall, 2 great grandchildren: Ryleigh Moore, Anderson Bowling and Thomas Jordan and one on the way. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association or Covenant Hospice in memory of Robie Hood. He will forever live in our hearts and memories.A memorial service and Rosary prayers, will be held on Tuesday, 4/28/15 at 10:00 a.m. at Family-Funeral & Cremation 7253 Plantation Rd., Pensacola, FL with Deacon Tom Kennell of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Milton, FL, officiating. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS, Pensacola. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Johnson Jr., Christopher  
Christopher A. Johnson, Jr. Christopher A. Johnson, Jr., of Fort Walton Beach, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, after a lengthy illness with his family at his side. He was born in Pensacola, FL, on November 8, 1933, the only son of Chris A. and Annie P. Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Suzanne Johnson Cobb, brother-in-law Jimmie O. Cobb, and brother-in-law Ronald P. McLellan. Chris attended local schools, graduating from Pensacola High School in 1951. He graduated from Florida State University in 1955 with a B. S. in Accounting. While at Florida State, he was a member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity, and is a Life Loyal Sig. After graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Air Force Auditor General and had special training at the Wharton School of Business. He is a Navy veteran and served aboard destroyers in the Pacific Fleet. Upon his return to Pensacola, he became a staff accountant with the CPA firm of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland, and Gund. On May 28, 1960, he married Susan Jane Scheuer of Warrington, FL. He passed the CPA Examination in February, 1962, and was admitted as a partner in the firm. In 1964, the firm asked him to open an office in Fort Walton Beach, because of the many clients there. So, in October, 1964, Chris, Susan, and their 3-year old son David started their new life in Fort Walton Beach, where he became one of the first certified public accountants in the city. From the start, he became active in the community. He joined the Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, later served as President, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is past President of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Social Services, and the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also served as a member of the Police Pension Board for the City of Fort Walton Beach. He was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs for many years, and served as Capt. Billy Bowlegs XXIX. A life-long Catholic, he was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church, where he served on numerous committees including over 40 years on the Finance Committee. For over 12 years, he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist. Chris Johnson was a man of outstanding character, possessing integrity of the highest degree. He never met a stranger. He was just as comfortable with a general or a judge as he was with a group of boy scouts. Whenever he saw a baby, his face would light up. He treated every person as if they were the most important person in the world, because, in his eyes, at that moment, they were. Chris lived his life according to the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Chris was a devoted husband, beloved father, a proud grandfather, and a faithful friend. He loved spectator sports, playing golf on Saturdays, and rooting for his Florida State Seminoles. Chris is survived by his loving wife, Susan, his son David and wife Sherri of Marianna, FL, daughter Ginny Scheidt and husband Stephen of Niceville, daughter Suzy Gavin and husband Clif of Pensacola, sister Ruth Chadbourne and husband Edward of Pensacola, sister Martha McLellan of Pensacola, sister-in-law Virginia Amberson of Fleming Island, FL, sister-in-law Lynda Richmond of Birmingham, AL, and four grandchildren Chris and Will Johnson, Jack Scheidt, and Susanna Gavin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 28 with Father John Licari celebrating. Visitation will be in the church from 9:30 to 10:15 am followed by the recitation of the Rosary. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Pensacola immediately after the Mass of Resurrection. Pallbearers will be grandsons Chris and Will Johnson, nephews Richard Cobb, Edward Chadbourne III, and Ronald P. McLellan, and life-long friend Robert Benz. Flowers are acceptable, but memorials may be made in Chris' name to Saint Mary School, Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, and Life, Inc. The family wishes to sincerely thank the wonderful caregivers of Home Instead and Covenant Hospice for their compassion, care, and concern. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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