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.

Ice Flyers Fill Arena, Fall To Birmingham

February 3, 2024

By Bill Vilona, Ice Flyers Correspondent

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The Ice Flyers had a filled arena Friday on their special 15th anniversary weekend, created plenty of scoring chances, had strong goaltending and evoked crowd reaction from several hard checks.

But a too-familiar, empty feeling, became the final narrative.

The Birmingham Bulls got a deflected goal midway through the second period and made it stand in a 1-0 victory against the Ice Flyers before a sellout crowd of 8,049 at the Pensacola Bay Center.

“(Bulls) made one more play than we did and that’s what the game came down to,” said Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham. “Tip your hat to Birmingham, they’re the top defensive team in the league for a reason. They are very structured. They defended very well.”

It was the Bulls sixth consecutive win against the Ice Flyers, further burnishing their position atop the SPHL standings. Birmingham backup goaltender, Drennan Atherton, a Winter Haven native, who played a game earlier this season for the Ice Flyers, earned his first shutout by stopping all 34 Ice Flyers shots.

His performance included several big stops in the first period and kept the packed arena from having a goal dance celebration to start the annual $5 ticket weekend. The Ice Flyers will get another opportunity Saturday in a sold-out game against the Macon Mayhem to complete back-to-back discount games.

“I’m disappointed for the guys, because again, I know how badly they wanted to get a win for the big crowd,” Graham said. “But I told them (afterward), we get back here, we’ll have a big crowd (Saturday), we have to get points.
“The urgency of this group, they have to start playing with a desperate, killer instinct. And will it happen? That’s the million-dollar question.”

The Ice Flyers (15-17, 2 OT losses, 32 points) had three power play chances in the game. They were only whistled for one penalty. They were able to pull goaltender Stephen Mundinger with 2:46 remaining and a timeout with a faceoff in the Bulls zone.

But even with chances in that final sequence, they could not get a shot into the net and Birmingham (24-6, 6 OT losses, 54 points) improved to 7-3 in the series with Pensacola this season.

“I go back to the first period all the scoring chances, Grade-As, that we had in the slot and we don’t bear down,” Graham said. “We missed the net a lot. And didn’t create enough second chances, greasy goals around the net. That is the issue for our team. We’ve talked about it this year, we have a forward group that we want it the easy way.

“We’ve gone through this in this season about crashing the net, getting positioning around the net front and scratching and clawing for goals.”

The game’s only goal came on what started as a pass. Birmingham’s Dillon Radin was created for a goal when his play in the goal crease area led to the puck bouncing off a skate and into the net.

“Unfortunately, bounces didn’t go our way,” Mundinger said. “We’re right there. One of those things where we ran into a hot goalie, he played well, but I think if a couple bounces go our way, that game is 5-0. It’s frustrating, but we’re playing good hockey.”

Mundinger was awed by scene in the arena where people were literally sitting in the final row near the Bay Center roof. From ice level to rafter left, the seats were filled. And it will occur again Saturday.

“I feel like every week here, you think like you get the best and it just keeps more and more,” Mundinger said. “Nothing but great things about playing here… more than I could have ever dreamed of when coming here. This is a special weekend. You want to win for everyone that’s there. “

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WHAT’S NEXT?
WHO: Macon Mayhem vs. Ice Flyers
WHEN: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center

Here Are The Road Work Construction Spots To Watch Next Week

January 20, 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:

  • 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. Signage will be in place to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  • Lillian Highway (State Road (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 lane closures and intermittent nighttime lane closures, between U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway, Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 26 as crews perform concrete and striping work.
  • County Road (C.R.) 4 over Canoe Creek Bridge – C.R. 4, between Byrneville and Bratt, will be closed until 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.
  • Scenic Highway (U.S. 90) Resurfacing from north of Interstate 10 (I-10) to Davis Highway- Drivers will encounter intermittent nighttime lane closures, between I-10 and Davis Highway, Sunday, Jan. 21 through Thursday, Jan. 25 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews mill and pave the roadway.
  • Mobile Highway (U.S. 90) Resurfacing from Nine Mile Road (U.S. 90A) to west of Pine Forest Road (S.R. 297) – Drivers may encounter daytime lane closures, between Nine Mile Road and Pine Forest Road, Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as crews pave the roadway.
  • I-10 Routine Utility Maintenance from the Alabama state line to Exit 22 (Avalon Boulevard) – Motorists will encounter intermittent nighttime lane closures Tuesday, Jan. 23 through Thursday, Jan 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to repair overhead lights.

Santa Rosa County:

  • 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, January 21, through Friday, January 26, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for stormwater drainage improvements and paving operations.
  • S.R. 87 Resurfacing from Hickory Hammock Road (C.R. 184) to Technology Avenue – Drivers may experience intermittent S.R. 87 single-lane closures, between Hickory Hammock Road and Technology Avenue, Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 26 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for turn lane construction and paving operations.
  • S.R. 89 Resurfacing from North of S.R. 87 to Highway 178 – Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures, between S.R .87 and Hwy. 178, Monday, Jan. 22 through Friday, Jan. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as crews perform turnout widening and paving work.
  • I-10 Westbound at Blackwater River Resurfacing – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts Sunday, Jan. 21 to Thursday, Jan. 25, from the Ward Basin Road on-ramp (Exit 28) to the Blackwater River Bridge eastern approach:
    • Intermittent single-lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for milling and paving operations and to place low-profile barrier wall.
    • A slight shift of the I-10 westbound travel lanes toward the inside of the roadway. The new configuration will provide space for crews to work in the construction zone behind the barrier wall and is expected to be in place through Feb. 2024.

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

Elijah Ray Ramos

January 12, 2024

Elijah Ray Ramos, of Molino, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at the age of 19. He was born in Pensacola, Florida on March 11, 2004 to Ray and Crystal Ramos. After high school, Eli went to work for the family business where he worked until his passing. Eli was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and hanging out with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Faye Campbell; grandfather, Billy Ray Campbell; grandmother, Juanita Ramos; and his great uncle, Raul Ramos, Jr.

Eli is survived by his father, Ray Ramos; his mother, Crystal Ramos; grandmother, Kay Campbell; grandfather, Raul Ramos, Sr.; his aunt/sister, Ciara (Codie) Callaway and their boys, Lawson and Fletcher; great-grandparents, Billy and Joyce Campbell; his uncles, Roy Ramos and Rodney Ramos; aunts, Wanda Ramos and Wendy Ramos; great aunt, Trudy Campbell; great uncle, mentor, and buddy, Tim Thomasson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and many friends.

The family of Elijah Ray Ramos will receive friends for visitation at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Philip Dean officiating. Burial will follow at McCurdy Cemetery (Fannie Road) in Century, Florida.

Pallbearers include Trey Campbell, Kody Lee, Tyler Swauger, Caleb Banks, Chad Sims, and Eddie Brown.

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

Barry E. Van Hoosen

January 11, 2024

Mr. Barry E. Van Hoosen, age 64, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at a Century, FL healthcare facility.

Mr. Van Hoosen was born in Century, FL and had lived most of his life in the Brewton area. He had lived in Mobile for a time before returning to Brewton. He was a member of the T.R. Miller High School Class of 1977 and later received an associate degree from Bishop State Community College. After working for the railroad for a few years, he became a Funeral Director. He was co-owner of Craver’s and Flomaton Funeral Homes. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. Barry was preceded in death by his father, James Eugene Van Hoosen; his stepfather, Lavon Kelly; and a brother, Keith Van Hoosen.

He is survived by his mother, Shelby Kelly of Brewton; three daughters, Erin (Carl) Lambeth of Brewton, Lauren Yoder of Brewton, and Jessica (Jeremy) Fant of Grand Bay; a brother, Larry Van Hoosen of Brewton; half-brother, James E. Van Hoosen, Jr. of Mobile; half-sister, Felicia Dyess of Jacksonville, FL; stepsisters, Belinda Hintze of Chesapeake, VA, Brenda Kelly of Flomaton, Beverly Cheniae of Virginia Beach, VA, and Elizabeth Spracklen of Fort Worth, TX; six grandchildren, Austin Lambeth, Tucker Lambeth, Addison Yoder, Kennedy Yoder, Ayden Tipton, and Kyler Tipton.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Dr. Gene Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Pollard Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Craver’s Funeral Home on Saturday from 2:00 P.M. until the 3:00 p.m. service time.

Pallbearers: Carl Lambeth, Austin Lambeth, Tucker Lambeth, Jeremy Fant, Jason Jackson and Jamie Neal.

Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.craversfh.com

Andre Ash Deslonde

January 9, 2024

Mr. Andre Ash Deslonde, age 78, passed away Friday, January 5, 2024 at a Pensacola hospital.

Andre was born in Century, FL and had been a lifelong resident of the Century/Flomaton area. Prior to his retirement, he was a Journeyman Electrician at Container Corporation. Following his retirement, he served as a Funeral Assistant at Craver’s and Flomaton Funeral Homes. He later worked as a salesman ay Barrow’s Furniture Annex in Flomaton. at He was an avid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He was a people person who loved his community and loved talking to people about his family and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James D. Deslonde and Elizabeth A. Deslonde. He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Atmore.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Linda Deslonde of Flomaton; a son, Brett (Paula) Deslonde of Perdido Key, FL; a daughter, Andrea (Albert) Mosquera of Huntsville, AL; two brothers, James (Charlene) Deslonde of Brewton, and Mike (Anna) Deslonde of Brewton; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private service was held on Wednesday morning January 10, 2024, at Flomaton Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing.

Thomas Clayton Ward Jr

January 1, 2024

Mr. Thomas Clayton Ward Jr. age 80 passed away at his residence in Century FL. Wednesday December 13, 2023.

Mr. Ward was a life-long resident of Century FL. and was of the Baptist faith. He was a retired owner/operator of Thomas Ward Trucking, and retired Veteran of The United States Army where he served during the Vietnam era, serving alongside his late brother James L. “Booter” Ward.

In his spare time, Mr. Ward enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren which his love was unsurpassed.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years Kathy Ward of Century FL; stepson Scotty Hagan of Pensacola FL; daughters Debbie (Dennis) Finegan of Green Cove Springs, FL. Karen (Andy) Layton of Milton FL; brother Bennie (Jenny) Ward of Cantonment FL; Sisters Delois Brown of Bratt FL. Joyce Burkett of Byrneville FL. Barbara (Donnie) Kilcrease of Byrneville FL; grandchildren that were the light of his life Andrew (Taylor Hendrieth) Howell, Christina Finegan, Wesley (Brooke) Layton, Ashley Finegan, Delaney Hagan, Ian Hagan; several nieces and nephews, and a friend like family Jeff (Junia) Fisher of Flomaton, AL.

Mr. Ward is preceded in death by his father and mother Thomas Clayton Ward Sr. and Ruby Flowers Muse; first wife Margeret Ann Ward: brothers Byron “Bit” Martin, James L. “Booter” Ward.

Visitation will be held Sunday December 17, 2023, from 1P.M. until 2 P.M. service time at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Clayton Ward Jr. will be held Sunday afternoon December 17, 2023, at 2 P.M. from the chapel of Flomaton Funeral Home with Brother Tim Floyd officiating. Interment will follow in Byrneville Cemetery with Flomatn Funeral Home Directing.

Jennifer Smith Is Kingsfield Elementary’s Teacher Of The Year

December 28, 2023

Jennifer Smith was named the Kingsfield Elemenatary School Teacher of the Year.

NorthEscambia.com is wrapping up 2023 by honoreing the Teacher of the Year from North Escambia schools over the next several days. Escambia County’s overall Teacher of the Year will be named in January.

Cantonment Man Caught During Traffic Stop Gets Five Years In Prison For Fentanyl Trafficking

December 13, 2023

A Cantonment man was sentenced this week to state prison on drug charges that resulted from a seat belt violation traffic stop.

Samuel Lee Purifoy, Jr., was sentenced to five years in state prison, with credit for 52 days served, for possession of fentanyl.

An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Purifoy’s vehicle in the area of North S and Delano Street. Purifoy smelled strongly of marijuana and appeared to be under the influence of marijuana, according to an arrest report.

A search of his vehicle uncovered marijuana and  86.3 grams of drugs in the vehicle, and $1,710 in cash was in his pocket, the report states.

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