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Brenda Stewart Spence

June 18, 2024

Mrs. Brenda Stewart Spence, age 83, passed away peacefully in Pensacola, Florida with her family by her bedside on June 17, 2024 , after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was a native of Phillipsville, Alabama and a resident of Pineville Florida for the past 67 years.

Mrs. Spence loved her family and would do anything for them. She spent many years as a preschool teacher sharing her love with others. She loved to cook especially to make cakes, pies and divinity candy. She also spent countless hours doing word search books. Most of all she taught her children and grandchildren to be strong.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years and 11 months Alton Spence; parents Frank Johnson & Mattie Bell Downey Stewart; 6 Sisters, Christine Heathcock, Frances Hadley, Dorothy Goodson, Evelyn Goins, Jeannette Fickling & Annette McCullough; 6 brothers, Frank Stewart Jr., Edward Stewart, Everette Stewart, Ivan Stewart, Winston Stewart, & Calvin Stewart; numerous nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her children, Howard Spence of Walnut Hill, Florida & Connie (Wendell) Harden of Harvest, Alabama grandchildren, Jessica Ingram of Walnut Hill, Florida, Gunnar Harden of Portland, Oregon, Hunter Spence of Walnut Hill, Florida, Fisher Spence of Atmore, Alabama & Savannah Spence of Atmore Alabama; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Graveside Services will be held at Pineville Community Cemetery, Tuesday June 18, 2024 at 3:00 PM with Sister Helen Stewart officiating.

Petty Funeral Homes, LLC is in charge of all arrangements.

Joan Boutwell Warrick

June 4, 2024

Mrs. Joan Boutwell Warrick, age 80 of Old Pollard Road in Jay, Florida, passed away Monday afternoon June 3, 2024, at a local nursing facility. Mrs. Warrick was a native and longtime resident of Jay. She was a retired health services administrator with Alabama Ductile and was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Warrick of Jay, FL; sons, Randall Houston of Jay, FL, Wesley Houston of Brewton, and other family members, friends.

No formal services for Mrs. Joan Boutwell Warrick will be held.

Former Florida Governor, U.S. Senator Bob Graham Dies At 87

April 17, 2024

Bob Graham, former Florida governor and U.S. Senator, died Tuesday.

Graham served two terms as governor (1979-1987) and three terms as a U.S. senator (1987-2005). He was 87.

“We are deeply saddened to report the passing of a visionary leader, dedicated public servant, and even more importantly, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather: Bob Graham,” the family said in a statement Monday night.

“”As a legislator, Florida’s 38th Governor, and a United States Senator, Bob Graham devoted his life to the betterment of the world around him. The memorials to that devotion are everywhere from the Everglades and other natural treasures he was determined to preserve, to the colleges and universities he championed with his commitment to higher education, to the global understanding he helped to foster through his work with the intelligence community, and so many more,” the statement continued.

“While he valued his opportunities to represent others in public office, the jobs Bob Graham most loved were those he spent working alongside everyday Floridians. His more than 400 workdays, in occupations ranging from construction to farming to hospitality, created wonderful friendships across the state and forever changed his perspective on Florida and his approach to public service.”

“As his family, we will never forget his love for us, the love he had for Florida, the United States, and the world, and the love so many people showed him. We thank God for the gift of his life.”


April 13, 2024

These Are This Week’s Road Construction Traffic Delay Hotspots

March 31, 2024

Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.

Escambia County:

  • Interstate 10 (I-10) at the Nine Mile Road Interchange (Exit 5) – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts near the I-10/Nine Mile Road interchange (Exit 5):
    • The inside lanes of Nine Mile Road, between the I-10 ramps at Exit 5, will be closed Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5 from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews perform median work.
    • Traffic on I-10 near Exit 5 is shifted slightly to the right so crews can begin bridge construction work. The shift will be in place until spring 2025.
  • U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) Resurfacing between Henry Street and Cottage Street in Century – Northbound and southbound traffic on U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) is shifted to one outside travel lane in each direction between Rudolph Street and Green Street. The shift will be in place through the spring as crews perform drainage improvements. Signs are in place to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  • County Road (C.R.) 4 over Canoe Creek Bridge – C.R. 4, between Byrneville and Bratt, will be closed through fall 2024 as crews replace the Canoe Creek bridge. Traffic is directed through a 5.6-mile detour using Bratt Road to Pine Barren Road, then back to C.R. 4.
  • North Palafox Street (U.S. 29) Resurfacing from Cervantes Street to Brent Lane (State Road (S.R.) 296) – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts:
    • The left turn lane from Pace Boulevard to Massachusetts Avenue is permanently closed. Signs are in place to direct drivers traveling on Palafox Street to Pace Boulevard.
    • The left turn lane from Palafox Street northbound to Pace Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue is permanently closed. Signs are in place to direct drivers traveling northbound on U.S. 29 destined for Massachusetts Avenue or Pace Boulevard.
  • Scenic Highway (U.S. 90), from north of I-10 to Davis Highway – Drivers on Scenic Highway, between I-10 and Davis Highway, may encounter alternating lane closures Sunday, March 31 through Thursday, April 4 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews mill and pave the roadway. Flaggers will be present to safely guide drivers through the work zone.
  • Lillian Highway (S.R. 298) Resurfacing from north of U.S. 98 to east of Fairfield Drive (S.R. 727) and Lillian Highway at Blue Angel Parkway (S.R. 173) - Drivers will encounter daytime and nighttime lane closures, between U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway, Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5 as crews perform earthwork, concrete, signing and striping work. Traffic flaggers will be on site to safely direct drivers through the construction work zone.

Santa Rosa County:

  • I-10 westbound at Blackwater River Resurfacing Project – Beginning 8 p.m. Monday, April 1 drivers will encounter an I-10 westbound inside lane closure, from the Ward Basin Road on-ramp (Exit 28) to the east end of the Blackwater River Bridge. The I-10 westbound inside lane will reopen to traffic by 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 3. The I-10 westbound outside lane will remain open. Additionally, drivers may encounter intermittent I-10 westbound inside lane closures, from the Ward Basin Road on-ramp (Exit 28) to the east end of the Blackwater River Bridge:
    • Sunday, March 31 and Thursday, April 4 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Wednesday, April 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.

These lane closures are required for bridge end slab replacement.

  • U.S. 98 Widening from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive – Motorists will encounter the following traffic impacts:
    • Median and turn-lane closures from Bayshore Road to Tiger Lake Drive.
    • Intermittent lane closures and additional median closures between Bayshore Road and Tiger Lake Drive Sunday, March 31, through Friday, April 5, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for stormwater drainage improvements and paving operations
  • S.R. 89 Resurfacing from north of S.R. 87 to C.R. 178 Drivers will encounter intermittent daytime lane closures, between S.R .87 and C.R. 178, Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5 as crews perform paving and earthwork operations.
  • S.R. 87 Resurfacing from Hickory Hammock Road (C.R. 184) to Technology Avenue – Drivers may experience intermittent single-lane closures on S.R. 87, between Hickory Hammock Road and Technology Avenue, Monday, April 1 through Thursday, April 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for construction activities.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

University Of Alabama Tag Vouchers Are Buy One, Get One Free In Escambia County

March 29, 2024

University of Alabama tag vouchers are buy one, get one free for the first 100 purchasers in Escambia County.

Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford said a donor has agreed to match 100 University of Alabama vouchers sold through

Additional vouchers may be used for another vehicle, including trailers and RVs, or to offset the renewal fee in a future year.

Click to buy your UA voucher and the tax collector will put a second one on the record of the first 100 purchasers.

Tate Tennis Boys And Girls Both Defeat Escambia 7-0

March 1, 2024

Tate 7, Escambia 0 (Boys)
Tate 7, Escambia 0 (Girls)

Tate High School boys and girls tennis teams both defeated the Escambia Gators 7-0 Thursday afternoon

Up next, Tate will be at Washington on March 5.

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William Raymond Godwin

February 23, 2024

Mr. William Raymond Godwin, age 81, passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family in Stockton, Alabama. He was a native of Bratt, FL; spent most his life in Little River with his beloved wife and the past 15 years in Bay Minette. He was a pipefitter in construction with 45 years of service.

Mr. Godwin enjoyed spending time with his family and going out to eat with them. He loved to travel and fish.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Clyde (Myrtle Ledkins) Godwin; his beloved wife of 60 years, June Godwin; three brothers, Jr. Godwin, Kenneth Godwin, and Douglas Godwin.

Mr. Godwin is survived by his two sons, Jason Godwin, of Bay Minette, AL; William S. (Tammy) Godwin, of Little River, AL; two sisters, Ellen Lowery, of Atmore, AL; Judy Godwin, of Stockton, AL; one grandchild Emily Godwin of Little River, AL; two great-grand-children Raiden Risher and Emma Risher.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 12:00 PM at Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC with Rev. Cornelius Phillips officiating

Burial will follow at Mamie’s Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 11:00 AM until service time at 12:00 PM at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC Atmore, Alabama is in charge of all arrangements.

Ledonia Pearson Wise

February 8, 2024

Ledonia Pearson Wise was born November 29, 1940 in Pine Hill, Alabama to Vagara and Mable Lee Pearson. Ledonia was the youngest of six siblings. She loved her family, Alabama football, dominoes and being outdoors. She often said she had a space between her toes because of the Alabama mud that squished through her bare feet when she was a kid.
Ledonia graduated from Pine Hill High School in 1959. She then attended Livingston State College (now University of West Alabama) where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree as an English major. She then taught English in Marietta, Georgia and Pine Hill, Alabama.

In 1969 she moved to Pensacola, Florida with her two children, Delaine (4) and Jeff (1). She began teaching at Beggs Vocational Center where she taught for 17 years. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. She taught academics to the high school boys who were enrolled in the automotive paint and body vocational class. In 1986 she began teaching at Tate High School where she taught until she retired in 1995. Shortly after moving to Pensacola, Ledonia met the love of her life, Robert J. (Bob) Wise. They were soon married and she became step-mother to Debbie (12) and Mike (11).

At the age of 12 Ledonia accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. This commitment never wavered throughout her life. She and Bob were active members of Olive Baptist Church for many years. Ledonia and her dear friend, Sarah Jane Mitchell, were instrumental in beginning the Single Adult Ministry at Olive. Much time was spent preparing and overseeing special events and weekly lessons for this group. After she stepped away from the singles’ ministry, she became an active member in Sunday School where she prepared beautiful bulletin boards to correspond with seasons or special activities of the Church. She was also a member of the choir where she kept an eagle eye on her kids during the service.

In the late 1990’s, Bob and Ledonia joined Marcus Pointe Baptist Church where they quickly became involved in Sunday School and enjoyed spending time in fellowship with friends there. Ledonia joined the choir and was a faithful volunteer for many years in the Music Ministry Office where she helped with various activities. Ledonia remained an active part of Marcus Pointe as long as her health allowed.

Bob and Ledonia loved to travel, especially to the mountains. They took many trips and saw a lot of beautiful scenery. The trip that meant the most to them, however, was a trip to The Holy Land in 1982. There they were able to see where Jesus walked and even spent time alone together praying in the empty tomb. This was the highlight of her life.

Ledonia is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Robert J. (Bob) Wise; her parents, Vagara and Mable Lee Pearson; brother and sister-in-law, Robert (Myra) Pearson; sister and brother-in-law, Annie Jean (Glenn) Duncan; sister and brother-in-law, Emmie Lou (Billy) Autry; brother, Jack Pearson; sister-in-law, Rosalee Pearson; her step-son, Michael J. Wise; and son-in-law Robert A.. Bush.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Delaine (Brad) Sirmon; son, Jeffrey L. Wise; step-daughter, Deborah J. Bush; grandchildren, Josh Bush, Justin Bush, Ashley (Rob) Hilbun, Jessica Wise (Justin Burdette), Dakotah Wise; great-grandchildren, Bethany, Levi and Samuel Hilbun, Ryleigh Wise and Owen Burdette; sister-in-law Carole Pearson and brother, T.E. Pearson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Staff of The Blake of Pensacola for the kindness and compassion shown to Ledonia and her family during the past six months. We were truly overwhelmed by the level of care she received from all of the staff, but especially her nurse, Danielle. We also would like to thank Vitas Healthcare, specifically Rachel Schwartz. She was kind and patient and we felt she truly cared for Ledonia.

Pallbearers include Wallace Duncan, Rob Pearson, Eddie Pearson, Rob Hilbun, Josh Bush, and Justin Bush. Honorary Pallbearers include The TEAM Sunday School Class of Marcus Pointe Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider a donation to Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center or Marcus Pointe Baptist Church Missions Program.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 South Highway 29, Cantonment, is entrusted with arrangements.

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