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Caldwell, Mildred McDonald "Micki"  
Mildred "Micki" Caldwell Mildred "Micki" McDonald Caldwell, 90, of Tallahassee, passed on from this earth to be with her best friend Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was born in Plant City, Florida but spent her youth in the small mining town of Pierce, Florida. Micki graduated from Mulberry High School in 1942 where she was a cheerleader and member of the women's basketball team. Micki met the love of her life, Bob, at the age of 14 while attending summer Bible School at Mulberry United Methodist Church. After graduation she began work at the Lakeland Food Machinery Corporation in the procurement office during World War II. She later transferred to the Long Beach, California Branch, at the age of 19, with her friend Betty Nipper. After Bob returned from deployment in the Pacific in 1944 he asked her to marry him while he was temporarily assigned to the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christy, Texas. They were married May 5, 1945 and she spent the next 22 years as a Navy wife. Bob and Micki embraced their military lifestyle moving and making homes in St. Simons Island, Ga; New Port, RI where daughter Janet was born; Jacksonville, FL; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Terry was born; Auburn, AL; Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center in MD where Anne was born and Key West, FL. In 1963 Bob retired from the Navy. They made their final home in Tallahassee, where Bob was employed by the State Department of Education 51 years ago. They joined Saint Paul's United Methodist Church and were members of the Burleigh Law Sunday School Class. They enjoyed class trips to Alaska, Branson, MO, St. Teresa and enjoyed many class events. Micki worked in the Florida Legislature for 20 years beginning as a page mother and then as a microphone switchboard operator in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Micki made friends wherever she went. In Auburn, she raised money for the March of Dimes and had a Brownie Girl Scout Troop. In Maryland, she was a Gray Lady at the Naval Air Test Hospital and was an avid bridge player. In Tallahassee, she and Bob were active members of their supper club for forty years and volunteered for 16 years delivering Meals on Wheels. Every other year, Micki and Bob attended his Flight Squadron reunions all over the United States. Her greatest joy was raising her children and seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had a reason to celebrate: births, birthdays, christenings, weddings and anniversaries. Her extended family brought her much happiness. It was always a party when all gathered for football games and holidays. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Flossie McDonald, her brothers, Glen McDonald, Talmadge McDonald, Burson McDonald and Paul McDonald; grandchildren Katherine Schroeder and Trap Clark; son-in-law, Robert "Bobby" Clark. Micki is survived by her husband of 70 years, Robert "Bob" Caldwell of Tallahassee; children, Janet Clark of Tallahassee, Terry Caldwell (Cindy) of Lakeland and Anne Schroeder (Hans) of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Lee Anne Lariscy (Anthony) of Ochlockonee Bay, Carson, Susannah and Lilah Schroeder all of Tallahassee, Sarah Caldwell of Panama City Beach and Robert Caldwell III of Lakeland; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Blaze, Cameryn and Dane Lariscy all of Ochlockonee Bay, FL She is also survived by her sister, Mary Durrance (Ken) of Gainesville, brothers, Dellwood McDonald (Ginny) of Land-O-Lakes, Kenneth McDonald of Lakeland and brother-in-law, Roy Caldwell (Marian Ann) of Clemont and many nieces, nephews, and close family friends. A special thanks to some of our caregivers, Michelle McClelland, Princess Montgomery, Avril Wood McGrath and Brittany Graham. Mildred will lie in state Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 N Meridian Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32303 and/or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32308. Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. ( www.bevisfh.com 850-385-2193)
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 29, 2015
Chason, Dorothy Lois Kessel  
Dorothy Lois Kessel Chason Dorothy Lois Kessel Chason passed away at Westminster Oaks on July 26, 2015. Dottie was born in Peekskill, NY, March 5, 1926. After graduating from Peekskill High School she enlisted in the US Cadet Nurse Corps and completed her training as an RN from the School of Nursing at St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, NY. While serving as an Air Force nurse during the Korean War, she met her future husband, Thad, when both were stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. They were married at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill on November 20, 1954, and moved to Tallahassee immediately thereafter. Soon after moving to Tallahassee she gave up her nursing career and became a full time wife and mother. She was active as a volunteer in schools, church, the TMH Auxiliary and various other organizations. After many years of being in a male dominated family, she was thrilled to welcome two daughters-in-law to the family in 1979, which later resulted in the exciting life of a grandmother. She welcomed a third daughter-in-law in 1999. She loved spending time at St. Teresa Beach, reading, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. She was an active member of Bradfordville First Baptist Church, where she served as needed and hosted many church events in her home. She is survived by her husband, Thad, and sons Jack (Donna), Jim (Kelly), and John (Lisa), all of Tallahassee, as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. While she will be missed tremendously, she will be welcomed into heaven by our Almighty Father, as well as family and friends who have gone on before her. A Memorial Service will be held at Bradfordville First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 31, 2015. The family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 AM at the Church on Friday and following the Service. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation for the loving care extended by the staff at Westminster Oaks and to the staff and volunteers of Big Bend Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who so desire may make contributions to the Bradfordville First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, Big Bend Hospice, the Alzheimer's Association, or the Westminster Oaks Benevolence Fund.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from July 28 to July 30, 2015
Crombie, Bill  
Bill Crombie William Lawrence Crombie, 78, passed away on July 21, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Most recently a resident of Panacea, Florida, Bill was born in West Terre Haute, Indiana, to Lawrence and Lillian Crombie. He was retired from the United States Army and United States Postal Service. A long-time resident of Concord, Florida, Bill joins in death his wife of fifty-four years, Jean; brothers, Kenny, Dick, Jack and adored companion, Gretchen. He is survived by his sister, Diane; sons, Billy and Larry; grandchildren, David, Lauren, Sarah, Zachary, Andre', Cal and two great-grandsons, Ethan and Hayes. Bill also leaves behind a host of other family and friends who will undoubtedly remember him for his sharp wit and humor, even to the end. In lieu of flowers and/or cards, please send contributions in his honor to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 28, 2015
Davis, Jesse  
Jesse Wilmer Davis, Jr. Jesse Wilmer Davis, Jr. 83, of Havana, FL passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at his residence. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Concord Victory Assembly of God Church with Rev. Lannis Stephens officiating the service. Interment will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Eliam Cemetery Melrose, FL with Military Honors. Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements. (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com ) Mr. Davis was born August 8, 1932 in Linden, FL the son of the late Jesse W. Davis, Sr and the late Nora Taylor Davis. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and was a Master Electrician. He served as a Deacon at Quincy First Assembly of God for many years, and later served as a deacon at Concord Victory Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Davis of Havana, FL, his three sons James W. Davis of Gainesville, FL; Donald E. Davis (wife Mechele) Camden, NC; and Glen W. Davis (wife Nita) of Sparr, FL; a daughter Sharlene M. Dean of Texas. Two sisters Helen M. Davis of Gainesville, FL and Shirley A. Duggan of Dade City, FL. Six grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 4, 2015
Davis, Roberta  
Roberta T. Davis Roberta Thompson Davis, 72, of Greenville, FL passed at Capital Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Chapel AME Church, with burial in St. Matthews Cemetery. Viewing-visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday at TILLMAN OF MONTICELLO 850-997-5553. A lifelong resident of Greenville, Mrs. Davis was a 1960 graduate of Greenville Training High School and a member of Allen Chapel. She had been an attendant at Jefferson Nursing Home. Holding sweet memories near to their hearts are her devoted daughter, Dorcia (Martin) Lee; son, Nathaniel Davis; grandchildren, Dominique Davis, Tony Davis, Deondra Lee, Denetra Lee and Daja Lee; brother, Willie James Thompson; sisters, Cora Minton, Jessie Bell James and Louise Greene; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Huey Davis; parents, James and Irene Johnson Thompson; brother, James Thompson, Jr.; sisters, Cynthia T. Young, Carrie Thompson and Pattie Mae Thompson.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 30, 2015
DeWert, Scott "Tyler"  
Scott "Tyler" DeWert Scott "Tyler" DeWert, 24, died unexpectedly Friday July 31, 2015. As everyone who knew Scott, knows he was easy going, free spirited, lived life to the fullest, and had the smile that made everyone else smile. Scott is survived by his mother Mary Cay Heeg and his father Kenneth DeWert; his stepfather Joseph Heeg, Sr. and his stepmother Angelique DeWert; his brothers Sean and Trey DeWert; step-brothers Joseph Heeg, Jr., Kyle and Taylor Hightower; step-sisters Natalie Heeg and Alaina Hightower; nephews Joseph Heeg, III, Jamison Heeg, and Caiden DeWert; niece Gabriella Heeg; maternal grandparents Doris D'Haeseleer and Walter D'Haeseleer (Jeanne D'Haeseleer); paternal grandfather William DeWert; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins and all of Scott's friends which were family to him. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Mable Joan DeWert. Scott was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and moved to Tallahassee when he was 6 years old, and attended DeSoto Trail Elementary School, Deerlake Middle School, and graduated from SAIL High School. Scott was working at Andrew's assisting with catering. He had several talents, of which many were related to being outside. Scott had a great passion towards life, nature, his dog Fenrir and his bike. Scott's family will receive friends Wednesday August 5th 6-8 pm in the Capital Room of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home Riggins Road location. Funeral services will be 10:00am, Thursday, August 6th at St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral Church, Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers or donations, Scott would have liked to have family and friends perform an "Act of Kindness" for someone in need.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 4, 2015
Fain, Obera  
Obera Wesley Fain Obera Wesley Fain, 93, of Tallahassee died Sunday (7/26) at the Broadview Assisted Living Center. A native of Talladega, AL, she came to the Tallahassee area 2 years ago from La Mesa, California. She had been a book keeper prior to retiring and was a Methodist. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. Her hobbies included gardening, arts and crafts, and bird watching. Survivors include her daughters: Charlotte E. Radler of Mansfield, Ohio, Patricia R. Greene of El Cajon, California, Martha F. Evans of Tallahassee; sisters: Nell Belcher of Nashville, TN, Christine Riddle of Birmingham, AL; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Friday (7/31) at 2:00 PM in Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Chapel, Riggins Road. For those who wish, the family suggests memorial donation to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, FL 32308 ( http://www.bigbendhospice.org/gift_now.html ) in lieu of flowers.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 29, 2015
Friday, Doris  
Doris Friday Doris Friday, 82 passed away Friday, July 31, 2015. The graveside service will be Monday, August 3, 9:00 am at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy. A native of Quincy, she has lived in Hosford the past 3 years. She attended Grace Methodist Church in Telogia, her loves were flowers and dancing. Survivors include four sons; James Friday of Hosford, Donnie Friday of Quincy, Bobby Friday of Panama City, and Stephen Friday of TX, daughter; Linda Smith of Hosford, brother; Walace Ulmer of Quincy, twenty four grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Independent Funeral Home (850-875-1529) is handling arrangements.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 2, 2015
Hall, Horace (In Memoriam)  
Heartfelt Appreciation Horace Hall We are indeed grateful to you, our many friends for the outpouring of love you so generously shared with us during the passing of our beloved Horace. We extend special thanks to his pastor, Reverend Dr. R.B. Holmes, Jr. and the Bethel Baptist Church family for their love and support. May God's abundant blessing always be yours. The Hall Family
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 2, 2015
Ham Sr., Houston  
Houston L. Ham, Sr. Houston L. Ham, Sr., 82, a resident of Tallahassee, peacefully passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The son of the now late William Grady Ham and Minnie Taylor Ham, he was born October 11, 1932 in Cottondale, Florida. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a retired statistician. He, along with his late wife, Lydia Jeanelle Ham, was a faithful member at Fellowship Baptist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling. He especially enjoyed all of the camping excursions he and Jeanelle made with the Fellowship Baptist camping group. He was a very kind-hearted man and was always willing to help in any way that he could. Even though the last few years were challenging for him, he remained joyous. He loved sitting in the backyard singing hymns and reading his Bible. He was a faithful husband, a good daddy and a loving papa. He is survived by his children, Cynthia Ham; son, Houston L. "Hugh" Ham, Jr., and his wife Kristi; grandchildren, William Kyle Ham and Hannah Ham. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Elsie Mae Ham and Eloise Virginia Russell. The funeral is 11:00 AM, Monday, August 3, 2015 at Fellowship Baptist Church, with interment following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Monday, August 3, 2015 at Fellowship Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church or the L & L Assisted Living Facility. Expressions of sympathy may be conveyed at www.abbeyfh.com .
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2015
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