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Evans, Lawrence  
Lawrence Benjamin "Bud" Evans, Jr. Our husband, father and friend passed away peacefully on May 19, 2016. "Bud" was born March 4, 1930 in Tallahassee, Florida to parents Dr. Lawrence Evans, Sr. and Lura Bowen Evans. He was raised in Tallahassee and was always proud that he was a second generation graduate of Leon High School following both of his parents. He was active in sports at Leon (baseball and football). He was an avid golfer all of his life introduced to the game in the early 1940's by his Dad at Capital City Country Club. He was most proud of his time in the marching band and orchestra at Leon. He was a trumpet player of some ability and performed with a swing band at venues all over north Florida during those years and even into his college days. After high school, he attended Florida State University and transferred to the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and was a member of the SAE Fraternity. Despite the dual college resume he was always an avid Seminole fan. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict. While in high school, he met his soul mate and the love of his life, Mary Kate "Kitty" Miller. Throughout their over 64-year marriage, she was always the joy of his life. Bud and Kitty raised five children in Tallahassee who all survive him: Laura Nixon (Nick) of Tallahassee, LeeAnn Brock (Dewey) of Quincy, FL, Larry Evans (Lynn) of Johns Creek, GA, Les Evans of Tallahassee, and Lis Newton (Billy) of Cartersville, GA. Additionally he is survived by 4 grandchildren: Andy Brock (Amanda), Laurie Lee Newton Morris (Justin), Ben Newton and Carter Evans. He is also survived by 2 great grandchildren Jenni and Eli Brock. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Patty Maddox. Bud was a distinguished architect designing many public and private buildings but devoted the final 29 years of his career to designing churches. In that span he designed over 300 churches all over the southeast , including many renovations. His last and perhaps his crowning achievement was the Bradfordville First Baptist Church. He was a humble and dignified man. He was totally dedicated to Kitty and loved spending time with his children, either with his boys on the golf course or with any of them when they came to visit. He really loved playing with his golfing buddies (The Silver Buzzards) at Golden Eagle. His time here, while full of achievement, acclaim and success seems much too short for those of us who loved him and will miss him. His was truly a life well led. "Fairways and greens", husband, father and friend, your legacy will live on through each of us. The family would like to thank the administration and staff at Brookdale Senior Living on Centre Pointe Blvd. in Tallahassee and the kind and caring people of Covenant Hospice. A graveside service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from May 23 to May 25, 2016
Kennedy, Joseph Daniel  
Joseph Daniel Kennedy Joseph Daniel Kennedy ("Dan"), 68, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on May 18, 2016. Dan was born April 16, 1948 to the late Paul E. Kennedy and Grace S. Kennedy. He was a 1966 graduate of Carroll High School in Ozark. He is survived by his son Joseph Daniel Kennedy II (Alexis); brothers, Charles Kennedy (Joan), Walter Kennedy, and Fred Biddy (Deborah). Several nieces and nephews survive as well. He was preceded in death by his brother Paul "Butch" Kennedy. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Ability 1st, 1823 Buford Court, Tallahassee, FL 32308. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at Holman Funeral Home, located at 995 South Union Avenue in Ozark, Alabama. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 24, 2016
Losey, Doris J. (In Memoriam)  
In Loving Memory Of Doris J. Losey 5/24/1958 - 7/18/2004 Happy Birthday Sweetheart We miss you, your zest for love, life & the inner strength you gave us all. We will love you always. Your Family and Friends
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 24, 2016
Nelson, Rosemary  
Rosemary S. Nelson Rosematy Simmons Nelson, 58, of Tallahassee, FL passed on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Phillip AME Church, Monticello, with burial in Tallahassee National Cemetery. Viewing-visitation is Wednesday, May 25, at TILLMAN OF TALLAHASSEE 850-942-1950. She was a former Taltran and Leon County school bus driver. Survivors include her husband, Herbert Nelson; sons, Antonio and Dewayne Nelson and Terrett Nix; six grandchildren; one sister, Cecelia Mitchell and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 24, 2016
Sheldon, Meredith Gayle  
Meredith Gayle Sheldon Meredith Gayle Sheldon departed from this world on May 21, 2016 from breast cancer. She was born on October 5, 1969 in Boynton Beach, FL. Meredith is preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Weischet Swanson and her father Philip Swanson. She is survived by her husband of 25 years Matthew Sheldon, son Zane Sheldon, daughter Zoe Sheldon, both of Tallahassee, FL, brother Matthew Swanson (Tracie) of Boca Raton and numerous nieces and nephews. Meredith graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1987. She attended Florida State University, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in 1991 and later obtained a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1996 from the University of Wyoming. Meredith worked as a Speech Therapist at West Florida Hospital from 1996 until 2002, then worked in school settings in Pensacola and Tallahassee until 2015. Special thanks to everyone at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Cancer Center and Covenant Hospice. A memorial service will be held at Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2:00 P.M., where she was an active member. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Missions at Tallahassee Heights United Methodist Church, the Library at WT Moore Elementary School in Tallahassee, or Covenant Hospice. Arrangements trusted to ICS Cremation & Funeral Home, 357 NW Wilks Lane Lake City, FL 32055. 386-752-3436. www.icsfuneralservices.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 24, 2016
Thedford, Wilma Catherine Layton "Billie"  
Wilma Catherine Layton (Billie) Thedford Wilma Catherine Layton (Billie) Thedford died at home Friday evening, May 13, 2016. She and Frank moved from Tampa to Tallahassee in 2004 to be near grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billie was a strong woman who knew what she wanted. And she usually got it. She was a hard worker, loyal employee and lover of all things Eastern Air Lines. Her happiest years were the forty she spent with them. From an early age she knew she wanted to work for an airline. At age 19 she took a job with Eastern, but getting hired was not easy. It was 1942 and the War Power Commission had classified her current temporary job with Postal Telegraph as an essential wartime job. That meant she couldn't leave without special permission, permission the commission wasn't willing to give. She appealed and had a hearing before a board of twelve. Intimidated but determined, she convinced them that they were denying her her life's goal and that if she waited for the war to be over, the returning men would take all the jobs. They granted her appeal. That began her dream job. Over the years, she performed many duties and finished her career writing a training manual that was used throughout the system. She always said that she was just as enthusiastic in 1983 when she retired as she was in 1943 when she started. After retiring, she volunteered when times were especially busy and was called "Mrs. Eastern Air Lines." She started the Tampa chapter of the Eastern retirement club and was its first president. In 2002 Billie had the honor of her lifetime. She was inducted into the Eastern Air Lines Hall of Fame. A large ceremony was held in Miami and she couldn't have been more proud. Eastern gave her lifetime friendships, travel opportunities, many promotions, and a chance to teach. She considered herself fortunate. We know Eastern was fortunate. Through the years, Billie was a member of the Pilot Club, taught Sunday School at Palma Ceia Methodist Church, hosted showers and parties, and worked in her yard. Billie loved….. …the water. She was a beautiful swimmer who worked summers as a lifeguard. Those strokes were still pretty at 92. …a good tan. An original sun worshiper who couldn't understand going to the beach except between 10:00 and 2:00. …all things clean. Nothing was ever quite clean enough. The sound of the vacuum made her smile. You learned to never put a glass down and expect it to stay there. …travel. Working for an airline gave her many opportunities to travel the world and she took advantage of most of them. She returned many times to her favorite Mittenwald, Germany. …children. All babies were precious and she spoke to and touched each one she saw. Many is the time she flew to Tallahassee just to babysit Larry, Brandi, and Jeff. …to be well dressed. She was a shopper and had a good eye for style. She loved any excuse to dress up. …jewelry. No stone was too big or sparkle too bright. Frank indulged her. …sports on TV. Weekend afternoons were spent watching football, baseball, and golf. She was a Seminole and Frank was a Gator. Frank mostly kept quiet. …cokes. Her lifelong favorite beverage. During her last week she probably had ten. …dancing. She and Frank belonged to Labraro's Dance Studio. They took ballroom dancing lessons for five years, had recitals, and made great friends. She loved every minute. Dancing was not Frank's thing. …strong career women. She had close friendships with women she met through work. She was not one to just talk about exchanging recipes. …Frank. For seventy two years she thought he was the most handsome man she had ever seen. Billie was born in Millboro, Virginia, August 26, 1922 to Willie Edward Layton and Mary Letha Keller Layton. The family moved to Clifton Forge, Virginia when she was in the second grade and she graduated from Clifton Forge High School. At five feet, she was the captain of the basketball team. She is survived by daughter Barbara Keller Thedford Davidson and partner Anne Davis; grandson Larry Davidson, wife Gina, and great-grandchildren Ty and Jillian; granddaughter Brandi Dickson, husband Paul and great-granddaughter Delaney; grandson Jeff Davidson, wife Karissa and great-grandchildren Kylie and Luke; brothers Jim Layton and Skip Layton; sisters-in-law Betty Sue, Ruth, Joyce and Sandra; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Sylvia and Margaret and brother Ken, her parents, and Frank in 2011. We are grateful to… Her Sunday School class at Killearn United Methodist Church. They welcomed she and Frank and provided activities, friendships, and a sense of belonging. Jan, for years of loving companionship. Linda, who lovingly did her hair every Saturday. Katy, who kept her nails just so. Karen, who kept things orderly. Susan, for being the angel who loved and cared for her like a daughter. A memorial service will be 1:00 Friday, May 27, at Killearn United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billie's name to Big Bend Hospice. What a caring group they are.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from May 19 to May 26, 2016

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Bosby, Eddie  
Eddie G. Bosby Eddie Glynn Bosby, 58, of Tallahassee, FL passed on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Funeral services are 12 noon Wednesday in the TILLMAN OF TALLAHASSEE CHAPEL 850-942-1950. Burial with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. in Tallahassee National Cemetery. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a certified horticulturist who loved fishing, hunting and karate. Survivors include his son, Christopher (Quinieisha) Bosby; grandsons, Christopher and Carter; mother, Mrs. Kattie Lue Bonner Morgan; sisters, Dr. Gloria (Alfred) Lamb, Denise Bosby and Priscilla (Gary) Scott; brothers, James E. and Charles E. (Rosemary) Bosby and a special friend-caregiver, Dwight Mizell. Eddie was predeceased by his father, Walter Bosby, Sr.; brother, Walter Jr.; and his longtime companion, Janice Kennedy.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2016
Cox, Valerie J.  
Valerie J. Cox Valerie J. Cox, 66, of Marianna died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Marianna Health and Rehab. Valerie grew up in Indianapolis and lived in Marianna for the past 20 years. She enjoyed spending time doing crafts and sewing. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Ross and Mary Elizabeth Slunaker and her step-mother, M. Bernice Slunaker. Valerie is survived by her husband, Billy Cox of Marianna; one son, Philip Cox of Marianna; three daughters, Jennifer Cox Nolan and husband, Tony of Lake City, Courtney Beck and husband, Alex of Bristol, Heather Taylor of Evergreen, AL; one brother, Vernon James Slunaker of Slidell, LA; one sister, Mona Hancock of Greenwood, Ind. and five grandchildren. Private graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel will direct. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2016
Hoffman, Lawrence E. "Crab"  
Lawrence E. "Crab" Hoffman Lawrence E "Crab" Hoffman, 95, of West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine, Florida passed away on April 18, 2016. His last battle ended in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas VA Hospital Charlie Company Hospice Unit with his son Rusty and his daughter-in-law Karen by his side. Ed graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1939 with his sweetheart and previously deceased (1976) wife of 32 years, Louise Bound Hoffman. He is survived by his sons, Lawrence E. "Redeye" Hoffman Jr. of West Palm Beach, John D. "Rusty" Hoffman and his wife Karen of Arlington, Texas, grandson Albert W. "AW" and his mother Judy Hoffman of West Palm Beach. He retired as Deputy Chief from the City of West Palm Beach, Florida in 1970. He was involved as President of the Professional Firefighters of Florida and Lobbyist for over 20 years with the PFFF, which later became the Florida Professional Firefighters (FPF). Then he lobbied for the Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) for another 30 years. During his 50+ years lobbying he was awarded many honors and resolutions from the many governors and the Full Florida Legislatures, including being named "Dean of Lobbying Corps". Before World War II he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became a Turret Gunner on Grumman TBF Avenger Dive Bombers with the Cactus Air Force at Henderson Field Guadalcanal. Ed was awarded numerous medals and citations for his service. He was called to action again during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and a lifetime member of the BPOE Elks Club. There will be a Celebration of Life on May 28, 2016 at The Shores Golf Course Clubhouse at 707 Shores Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32086 at 1PM. His ashes will be scattered, alongside his wife Louise at Sebastian Inlet in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Wounded Warriors Project. The Family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of the angels at the Dallas VA Charlie Company Hospice Unit.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2016
O'Pry, Patricia  
Patricia Ann O'Pry Patricia Ann O'Pry, 84, a resident of Tallahassee, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016. A daughter of the late Albert and Alma Gammel Carroll, she was born April 17, 1932, in Julia, Georgia. She was married to Julian R. O'Pry, Sr., of blessed memory. Also preceding her in death are her siblings, Albert, Jr. and Katie Lee. A licensed practical nurse, she had resided in Tallahassee since 1964, having come from Jacksonville and was a member of Thomasville Road Baptist Church. She loved to dance, and enjoyed competitive ball room dancing. She loved to travel, especially with her friends. Most of all, she loved children, but most especially, babies. Surviving her include her children, Julian R. "Rick" O'Pry, Jr., John A. O'Pry and Nancy O'Pry Gentry; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Reid; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Rex Stutchman. The funeral is 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Abbey Funeral Home, with interment following at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Abbey Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.abbeyfh.com .
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2016
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