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Smith, Cecelia (In Memoriam)  
Memorial Service For Cecelia Smith The memorial service for Cecelia Smith, who died in Tallahassee June 22, will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Tallahassee at 3pm on Wednesday, June 29.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from June 28 to June 29, 2016

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Stevens, William Knapp  
William Knapp Stevens William Knapp Stevens of Mexico Beach, FL, passed away Monday June 27, 2016. He was born on March 28, 1943 in Marianna, FL, to Andrew Jack Stevens and Sara Golson Stevens. At the age of 7 his family moved to Tallahassee, FL he attended school there graduating from Leon High School 1961. After graduation Billy headed to the University of Florida. A Gator he became a Gator he remained. After graduating BK met and married the love of his life Charlotte Freeman Stevens. They married December 27, 1966 and headed to Richmond, VA. to attend dental school. Following dental school, he joined the US Army as a Captain at Redstone Arsenal, AL. In August, 1974 BK moved back to Tallahassee and started practicing family dentistry. His patients became his extended family and he enjoyed hearing about their lives and watching their families grow. His favorite hobbies were fishing and having a garden each year. He also had a special place in his heart for dogs. Family was so important to him. He was a loving son, loving brother to his sisters, a wonderful father and loving husband. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and Sara Stevens and his son Jack Stevens. He is survived by his wife Charlotte; a daughter Amy Stevens Davis and husband (AL); a granddaughter Sarah Beth Redlhammer; two sisters Sally Stevens Anderson, and Jackie Stevens, a niece Lynn Grubbs Howe; and four nephews Steve, Robert, Dale and Jason Anderson. Our family would like to thank three ladies for their generous care of our loved one and the comfort they gave to our family: Faye Causey, Elaine Adkison and Gabby Blackmon. We thank you. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a charity of your choice or to the Humane Society of Port St. Joe, Florida. We have lost our sunshine, but heaven has gained its brightest star. Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach on Wednesday June 29 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Graveside services will follow in Holly Hill Cemetery in Port St. Joe, FL. Afterward the family will receive friends at the Stevens' Home, 508 Highway 98, Mexico Beach, FL. Services are under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 28, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Scurry, Emmery  
Emmery J. Scurry Emmery Jacoby Scurry, 44, of Monticello, FL passed from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Services are 12 noon Saturday at Greater Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Monticello, with burial in Turkey Scratch Cemetery. Viewing-visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday at TILLMAN OF MONTICELLO 850-997-5553. Born in Albion, NY, he was raised in Monticello and Perry. He graduated from Taylor County High School and was a logger. He is survived by his daughter, Yacobi S. (Keith) Gibbs and Imani N. Scurry; sons, Emmery and Jacoby Scurry; mother, Willie Mae Scurry (Theodore) Ingram; father, Henry Sneed; step-father, Charles (Elouise) Livingston; brothers, Charles (Pamela) and Kelvin Livingston; sisters, Sarah (Anthony) Black, Charlotte Hugger, Minnie Garrett, Sandra (William) Davis and Stephanie Smith; grandmother, Lizzie Washington and numerous other relatives and friends.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 23, 2016
Shaara, Helen Elizabeth Krumwiede  
Helen Elizabeth Krumwiede Shaara Helen Elizabeth Krumwiede Shaara, 88, of Tallahassee, passed away on June 4, after a lengthy illness. She is the daughter of Howard and Elizabeth Krumwiede, of Highland Park, NJ. Born in New York City, Helen grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Douglass College (now part of Rutgers University). She and her family moved to Florida in 1955, settling first in Inverness, then moving to Tallahassee. Helen spent thirty-seven years as a social worker and supervisor for the Florida Department of Health and Human Services, retiring in 1993. She has since served as a volunteer for the Leon County Public Library, among other charitable works. She is predeceased by her husband, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Shaara. Helen is survived by her sister, Jean K. Boek, of Washington, DC; Son Jeff Shaara, his wife Stephanie and granddaughter Emma, of Gettysburg, PA; daughter Lila E. Shaara and her husband Rob Rayshich, and grandsons Fred Rayshich and Max Rayshich, of Pittsburgh, PA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, June 25, at Culley's Meadowood Memorial Park at 700 Timberlane Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leon County Library. Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home is handling the services.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from June 10 to June 24, 2016
Simpson, Emily Saunders  
Emily Saunders Simpson Emily Saunders Simpson, 84, a longtime resident of Perry, Florida passed away on June 7, 2016 in the Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, LA after having just this past year moved to Mandeville, LA. Emily was born on March 14, 1932 in Eastman, Georgia to T.J. Saunders and Willie Mae Saunders. Growing up in first Dodge County then in Colquitt County, Georgia; Emily was a farm girl though she wasn't much for milking cows. She did though have a lifelong love of flowers. All grown up, Emily had a very rich and rewarding professional life; first as an X-Ray Technician, training at Macon City Hospital, which opened many medical related opportunities for her. She worked as the office manager for many years for Dr. Harold Ward, an ophthalmologist in Tallahassee, until he retired and then for several years with the heart transplant team at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Later she worked in purchasing for the Taylor County School Board and then for the State of Florida Department of Health, Children's Medical Services before she "retired" in 2002. During the later period she completed her degree and graduated from North Florida Junior College. After retiring Emily volunteered with the Taylor County Habitat for Humanity and became the organization's local Executive Director where she thoroughly enjoyed her involvement with this worthwhile program and truly considered the home owners her friends. Emily is preceded in death by her parents T.J. and Willie Mae Saunders who were longtime residents of Moultrie, GA. She is survived by her younger brother Earnest Saunders of Moultrie, GA; her sons, Michael and his wife Gloria of Hartsfield, GA, Steven and his wife Olivia of Mandeville, LA and William and his wife Cindy of Perry as well as ten Grandchildren; Laurie Ann, Michelle, Emma, Christopher, Daniel, Kevin, Carly, Nicholas, Ethan, and Sarah Claire; and six Great Grandchildren, Quinn, Hattie, Gable, Garner, Brooke, Logan and Zoey. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home of Perry. Graveside services will follow immediately afterwards in the adjacent Pine View Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Darrell Jones officiating. In Perry all arrangements are under the direction of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 22, 2016
Smith, Ceclia  
Cecelia Sompayrac Todd Smith Cecelia Todd Smith, 82, of Tallahassee and Jacksonville, died at midday Wednesday at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, where she was treated for congestive heart failure over a few days. She was two days shy of her 83rd birthday. Cecelia, born June 24th, 1933 was the younger of two daughters born to Catherine Sompayrac Todd, of Charleston lineage, and Dr. John I. Todd, a prominent Jacksonville dentist who hailed from Rome, GA. Both predeceased Cecelia as did her sister Catherine ("Kitty") Clark, of Lynchburg, VA and their brother John Jr., a Jacksonville lawyer. Cecelia attended Jacksonville public schools and graduated as Honor Society president from Robert E Lee High school in 1951. In Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College), Lynchburg, VA., she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and named in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities." In those years she was also a member and president of the Junior League of Jacksonville. Cecelia is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert P. Smith, Jr., whom she married June 13, 1959, in Riverside Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dr. Albert J. Kissling presiding. Their firstborn, Todd Carper Smith, became a journalist focused on foreign affairs, and was killed in Peru by band of Sendero Luminoso guerillas while preparing his Tampa Tribune story on the " Shining Path" insurgency there. Her elder daughter, also named Cecelia, is a Florida lawyer and the younger, Carolyn, is a professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist Univ. in Dallas. Cecelia's remains after Tallahassee cremation will be committed to the sea at the longtime oceanfront residence of the couple on Duval Dr. in Jacksonville Beach. Clergy of Christ church, Ponte Vedra (Episcopal) officiating. A memorial service will be announced later, to be held in Tallahassee at St. John's Episcopal Church.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 25, 2016
Stout, Dale  
Dale Eugene Stout Dale Eugene Stout, 89, of Chillicothe, died 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Adena Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born March 14, 1927, in Ross County to the late Herbert B. and Mabel M. Jaynes Stout. In 1972 he married his wife of 44 years the former Annette Smith who survives. Also surviving are children, Janet Holley, Pensacola, Fla., Darwin Harvey and Walter (Joanie) Harvey, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; special grandchildren, Ryan Holley, Tara McLanahan several step grandchildren, great grandchildren, Tyler and Corey McLanahan and Kenneth Holley, several great great-grandchildren; a sister, Margie L. Frump, of Chillicothe; many special nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law, Sallie Serrott, of Chillicothe. He was predeceased by a daughter, Sharon Taylor; a son, Bryan Harvey; brothers, John H. and Donald R. Stout; and brother-in-law, Johnny L. Frump. Dale interrupted his high school career to serve in the U.S. Marines in World War II and Korea and received a delayed diploma in a graduation ceremony at Chillicothe High School in 2001. He was a corrections officer in Chillicothe and Tallahassee, Fla. from 1951-1977 and retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the WARE FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Kurt King officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. You may sign his online register at www.warefh.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 25, 2016
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