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Gorman, Samantha  
Samantha Mae Gorman Samantha Mae Gorman, 12, of Cantonment, FL., passed away Monday, May 16, 2016. Samantha was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. "With hair the color of the sun and with her infectious smile Samantha attracted many friends." She attended Lipscomb elementary and was a 6th grader at Ransom middle school. Samantha began playing softball at the age of 4, which quickly grew into her passion. She played softball at Northeast Pensacola (NEP) and with West Florida Elite. Samantha is survived by her parents Kimberly (Laxton) Gorman and Rick Gorman; sister Madison Gorman; great grandparents Isabelle and Richard (deceased) Gorman; grandparents Cyril and Shirley Laxton, and Donna and Dennis (deceased) Gorman; aunts and uncles Tim and Leslie Moore, Michelle (Laxton) Himert, Mike Gorman, Dan Gorman, Cheryl (Gorman) and Kurt Ettlinger; and numerous cousins. In remembrance of Samantha there will be a Mass with a memorial gathering for friends and family immediately following the service on Friday, May 20th at 10 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord, 9945 Hillview Drive, Pensacola, FL with Father Pat Foley Celebrant. To send condolences please visit www.watersandhibbert.com and remember Samantha with #flyhighSam, #21forever, #forSam21 WATERS & HIBBERT FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 19, 2016
Harvey, Donald  
Donald M. Harvey Donald M Harvey, 102 yrs old, is home with The Lord, May 15, 2016. Born in Cottage Hill, FL, he was the fourth of six children. He personified patience & generosity. He is survived by his children Bob, Elaine, Phil, Julie, and Tim; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, wanting all to meet him again in heaven. He owned Harvey Hardware starting in the 30's in Pensacola, FL. He retired in 1974 and enjoyed golf, fishing, & delivering meals-on-wheels, into his 90's. He requested to donate to your favorite charity in lieu of gifts. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 20, 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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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
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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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
Johs, Milagros  
Milagros Ortega Johs (Millie) 1921-2016 Milagros Ortega Johs, (Millie) age 94, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2016 in Pensacola, Florida. Milagros was born August 5, 1921, in San Juan, Puerto Rico to Zoilo Ortega and Milagros Rivera. Milagros had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church and most recently The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel. While a member of Little Flower, Milagros helped those in need through her volunteer work with both the Ladies Sodality at Little Flower Parish as well as with the Manna Food Bank. As a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, she provided a caring and loving environment for the family. She enjoyed traveling within the U.S., spending many years of "on the road camping" with her husband, Henry Johs and their many friends. An active participant in social events, she will be remembered as the "Dancing Queen" by her cottage friends at Waterford at Creekside. Milagros was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Henry Johs and by her sister, Maria de Lourdes Ortega. Milagros is survived by her two sons Ludwig Z. Johs and his wife Sharon (Duplantis) and Henry E. Johs and his wife Marjean (Coddon). Four grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive her. A visitation will be held Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm at Oak Lawn Funeral Home with a mass at 9am at The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel on Friday. An interment will follow at NAS Pensacola where she will lie in rest next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Little Flower School at 6495 Lillian Hwy, Pensacola, Fl 32506 or Regency Hospice at 50 Beverly Pkwy, Ste. 200, Pensacola, Fl, 32505. 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 25, 2016
Jordan, Dora Ann  
Dora Ann Jordan 1935-2016 In Loving Memory of Dora Ann Jordan, 80, a Native of Sarasota, Fl and a resident of Pensacola, FL passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She enjoyed spending time with family and mostly making her granddaughter laugh. She is survived by her daughter Cindie (Mike) Cagle and granddaughter Hannah of Pace, FL; daughter Becky (Clay) Wilson. Interment will take place at Palm Memorial Park Cemetery, Sarasota, Fl. Arrangements entrusted to Eastern Gate Funeral Home, Pensacola, FL. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 21, 2016
Karrer, Vickie  
Vickie Lynn Karrer Mrs. Vickie Lynn Karrer, daughter of the late Harold Stanley and Bertha Earleywine Stanley was born May 17, 1945 in Anderson, Indiana. She attended Ball State University and later moved to Philadelphia, PA, where she met her future husband Allan E. Karrer. They were later married in Anderson, Indiana, on July 30, 1970. Vickie was a loving, devoted Navy wife enduring the many separations and hardships of her husband's military career. She was an independent and spirited person and traveled alone to foreign countries in Europe and Asia to meet her husband while on deployment. Vickie was a career real estate salesperson and Broker; she practiced in various cities in the United States. Vickie and her husband settled in Pensacola in 1978 where she continued her real estate career until retirement. Her primary hobbies were cooking, plants and the love of animals. She liked trying various cuisines like French, Asian, Mexican and Indian. She raised various flowers and vegetables; however, her love of animals was the passion. Her pets were rescues, she faciliated adoptions of rescued pets and was an active member and contributor to numerous animal rescue and protection groups. Vickie was active in the Order of the Eastern Star; she held various offices and chaired charities. She was well liked by everyone and is frequently described as a sweet and loving person by people that she meets. Vickie fought a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer and peacefully departed this life on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at West Florida Hospital, Pensacola, Florida. She is now at peace with the Lord and the pain is gone. Her devoted, loving life will forever be cherished by her husband, Allan E. Karrer, and in the lives of her sister, Terry Kay Carrick, Anaheim, CA; her cousin Jerry Earlywine, Pendleton, IN; her sister-in-law, Regina Karrer, Merritt Is, Fl.; her nieces, Anaheim, CA; and the in lives of her sisters in the Eastern Star and various other acquaintances. Services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 27, at the Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Rd., Pensacola, Fl., phone (850) 453-2321. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. and services with start at 5:45 p.m. and conclude by 7:00 p.m. There will be no grave site service. Refreshments will be available at 5:00 p.m. Please do not send flowers. Please make any contributions in the memory of Vickie L. Karrer by mail to the Pensacola Humane Society, Attn: Web Donations, 5 N. Q Street, Pensacola, FL 32505. Provide your name and address, donation amount, direct this donation to The Shelter Dogs & Cats, in memory of Vickie Karrer. (online: http://pensacolahumane.org/support ) Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 25, 2016
Langston, James  
James Duane Langston 1931-2016 James Duane Langston, 84, of Pensacola, FL, formerly of Calhoun, GA, died May 18, 2016 at Sacred Heart Hospital. James served his country in the United States Armed Forces and was a certified watch maker and jeweler for more than sixty years. He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Langston, mother, Della Langston, and sisters Betty Brand and Marie Angel. Surviving are his loving wife, Dorothy Jean, sons Steve, Brian (Wendy), Alan (Patty) and daughter Sharon Langston; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; brothers Larry (Eloise) and Kenneth (Conchua). Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Family-Funeral & Cremation. Viewing will be at 11:00 am with services following at 12:00. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
Lewis, William  
William Ross Lewis 1931-2016 William Ross Lewis, Jr., 84, of Pensacola, FL passed away on May 16, 2016. He was born on October 15, 1931 in Pensacola, FL to the late William Ross, Sr. and Lillian Johnson Lewis. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1949 and joined the U. S. Navy in 1950. He served during the Korean War from 1951-1952 in Japan as an aircraft mechanic. While stationed at Whidbey Island, WA, in 1953-1954, he met the love of his life, Doris A. Byers of Bellingham, WA. On November 11, 1955 they married in Pensacola, FL. He retired from Pensacola Naval Air Station after 35 years as a Quality Assurance Inspector at the Naval Air Rework Facility. He enjoyed sailing and woodworking. He spent 5 years building the interior of their 31' Southern Cross sailboat. They spent many peaceful hours sailing the waters along the Gulf Coast. He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Ross was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Anna Nadine Warren and her husband Rupert Lee Warren. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris B. Lewis; his son, Randy (Vicki) Lewis; his daughter, Kathleen (Chuck) Brown; his grandsons, Derek (Dani) Brown and Timothy (Brandi) Hadden; his granddaughter, Danielle Brown and 4 great grandchildren. Ross was a devoted husband and father, always making sure his family was loved and taken care of. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from ten o'clock to eleven o'clock on the morning of Monday, the 23rd of May, 2016 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Immediately following the visitation, a memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock. The interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Pre-K, 6305 North Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola, Florida 32526. Arrangements have been entrusted to Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on May 22, 2016
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