Jimmie William Kite

February 8, 2016

Jimmie William Kite went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 4, 2016, unexpectedly. He was born June 4, 1939, in Pensacola. He began his love of farming as an employee of Foster’s Dairy at age 15. He married the love of his life of 56 years Barbara Ann Driver Kite in 1959. He was a welder/pipefitter by trade for more than 20 years. Because retirement wasn’t in his vocabulary, farming became his passion. His love for farming was a source of pride and livelihood he passed down to his children and his grandchildren.

The most memorable years of his life were spending time with his boys and his grandchildren. He enjoyed coon hunting, fishing, and watching his boys ride racehorses. As his  grandchildren came along they provided many memories that were a source of pride and joy for him daily. There was no lack of personality for this Daddy and Pawpaw. For all that knew him, his animated spirit will never be forgotten.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen Garrett Kite Glidden and Rufus Kite; four siblings; and his first grandson, Bryant Carlton Kite.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Driver Kite, three sons; Dale (Sharon) Kite, Joey (Brenda) Kite, and Darrell (Sherri) Kite; and one brother, Howard Kite; grandchildren, Kristina Bovia (expecting Jimmie’s first great grandchild, Roxanne), Heather Winfree, Justin Kite, Hunter Kite, and Cody Kite.

Pallbearers will be Dale Kite, Joey Kite, Darrell Kite, Justin Kite, Cody Kite, and Hunter Kite.

Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Kelly, Mike Kelly, JR Miller, Trey Bovia, Bryan Winfree, Charles Jones, Bruce Lee, Randy Weaver and Shane Gibson.

Visitation will be held at Victory Assembly of God on Tuesday February 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with funeral services to immediately follow.

Interment will be held at Highland Baptist Church.

Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens will be in charge of arrangements.

Charles F. “Chuck” Varvorines

February 8, 2016

Charles F. “Chuck” Varvorines, 61, passed away on February 6, 2016. Chuck was a resident of Walnut Hill for the past 28 years. He loved to sing and enjoyed karaoke with his friends. Chuck never met a stranger and enjoyed meeting new people and cruising to different places. He liked to work on small engines in his spare time and spent many years as a volunteer 4-H leader. Chuck really liked to travel and spent many years as a long distance truck driver. He was retired from the Florida Department of Corrections and was a current member of the direct support team at the Escambia County Jail. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Robin; sons, Andy Varvorines and Drake (Brittany) Varvorines; granddaughter, Kileigh Varvorines; grandson, Oliver Varvorines; his mother, Burgie Ewing; sisters, Shirley (Chris) Strait and Caroline (Don) Musgrave; and brothers, Paul and Tommy Varvorines.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Family will receive friends at 5 p.m. prior to services.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Denson Green

February 6, 2016

Mr. Roger Denson Green, age 77 of Flomaton, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in Jefferson, LA.

Mr. Green was born in Fairfax, AL,  and had been a life-time resident of Flomaton. He owned and operated Green’s IGA for a number of years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Linda Allen Green of Flomaton; two sons, Joel (Rhonda) Green of Fairhope, and Josh Crutchfield of Flomaton; three daughters, Janet (Blaine) Chastang of Bay Minette, Jeana (Robert) Tarziers of Fairhope and Leisha Haag of Milton; two sisters, Joy (Carl) Anderson of Flomaton and Pat (Jim) Justice of Flomaton; and 14 grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Flomaton Cemetery with Rev. Charles Lewis officiating.

Flomaton Funeral Home diirecting.

Pattie Marvine Odom Stone

February 5, 2016

Pattie Marvine Odom Stone 88, of Walnut Hill, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016. She was born June 5, 1927, in in Perry, FL to the late Marvin and Bennie Ethel Cash Odom. She was a graduate of Taylor County High School in Perry, FL, Class of 1945. Florida State University conferred on her a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1948 and a Master of Science Degree in 1968. She did other course work at Stetson, Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida and during these high school and college years she worked at various jobs. On August 27, 1948, Pattie Odom married George G. Stone in the First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.

Mrs. Stone taught in the Escambia County, FL schools for 37 years and was active in various teachers’ organizations and fraternities during this time. She was Teacher of the Year in Escambia County (FL) in 1975 and was the recipient of Freedoms Foundation a Valley Forge Medal for being an outstanding teacher of Americanism and the American economic system in 1978, one of only 33 medals given nationwide. She was also very active in political and civic endeavors in Northwest Florida serving on variety of boards and committees involving education, health, lobbying for Escambia Education Association and government. Mrs. Stone joined First Presbyterian Church in Atmore on December 12, 1954, and was ordained an elder on February 24, 1969, for the class of 1971. Later Mrs. Stone served as an elder from 1972-1974, 1976-1980, and 1980-1981. During her years in this church, she active in the Women of the Church, VBS, and youth group, Sunday School and served as Clerk of the Session, a Commissioner to Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. In her later years, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Atmore. One of her favorite activities was traveling the world.

Her parents; husband, George G. Stone; and brother, Dean Odom, precede her in death.

She is survived by her children, Ruth Stone of Tallahassee, Laura (Jerry) Ferrell of Uriah, AL, Jean (Glen) Wiggins of Walnut Hill, Bruce (Anita) Stone of Miami, and Bob (Cathy) Stone of Springfield, VA; brother, Bo (Brenda) Odom of Rome, GA; three sisters, Jo Ellen (Charles) Brantley of Foley, Linda (Cliff) Kirk of Belize, and Marilyn (David) Culpepper of Perry, FL. She had 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 3 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Debora Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. until service time from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodist Church Children’s Home, 3140 Zelda Court, Montgomery, AL, 36177-9257.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Burnice Hammac

February 5, 2016

Mrs. Burnice Hammac, age 83, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, in a Century health care facility.

Mrs. Hammac was a native and long time resident of Escambia County, Alabama. She was a homemaker and was of the Holiness faith.

She is survived by four sons, John Ray Gulsby of Pensacola, Lamar Gulsby, Larry Gulsby, and James Gulsby all of Molino; two sisters, Eleta Drawbaugh of Brewton and Brenda Lee Williams of Molino; one brother, C.E. “Junior” Hammac, Jr.; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Craver’s Funeral Home with Rev. Junior Hammac and Rev. Eddie Hammac officiating.

Interment will follow at Hanberry Cemetery with Craver’s Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be held at Craver’s Funeral Home on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Jerald Williams, Houston Gray, Tyler Driver, Tyler Coleman, Matthew Fillingim, and Chris Bucci.

Leonard Charles “Chuck” Chase

February 5, 2016

Leonard Charles “Chuck” Chase, 94, passed away peacefully in Pensacola, on Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, and an amazing grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Jeanne A. Chase; parents, Zodie and Geneva Chase; six brothers, Lester, Edney, Elby, Robert, Zodie Jr., and Walter, and two sisters, Lois and Eula Mae.

Those left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Carole Draughan and husband Randy of Pensacola and Sue Casper and husband Gary of Coden, Alabama; grandson, Mike Casper (Sheilah); granddaughters, Jennifer Morris (Kevin), Michelle Cartwright (Scott), Jodie Dyer and Mandy Russell (Steven); great-grandchildren, Matthew Casper, Michael Casper, Savannah Cartwright, Trent Dyer, Zachary Morris, Sierra Casper, Cameron Casper, Lindsey Morris, Jacob Morris, Taylor Dyer and Olivia Russell. He is also survived by his brother, Jesse Chase.

Chuck was a decorated World War II veteran having served in the United States Army, member of the 101st Airborne Division, paratrooper. He fought in the Invasion of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge. He was the president of the Illinois Amalgamated Transit Union. He was a past Commander for the American Legion Post #340, and was also a member of the VFW Post #706, the Moose Lodge #557 Chapter 898 in Pensacola. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was very proud of them all. He will be remembered the most for his love of family, sharing stories about his life and his ability to fix and repair anything.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Faith Chapel North with burial services at Barrancas National Cemetery on Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Pallbearers were Randy Draughan, Gary Casper, Mike Casper, Trent Dyer, Zachary Morris and Jacob Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Casper and Michael Casper.

Daddy, Grandpa and Chuck will be greatly missed and we are fortunate to have had him with us for so long. We know that he is now with his beautiful bride, Jeanne.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Deborah Elizabeth McKenzie Archer

February 5, 2016

Deborah Elizabeth McKenzie Archer was born November 3, 1952, and passed away January 20, 2016. Deborah was preceded in death by her father, William H. ‘Bill’ McKenzie; stepfather, Henry Jackson Jr.; grandparents, AB and Annie Ruth McKenzie and JW and Clare Booth and special person in her life and family friend, Eunice Enfinger.

Deborah is survived by her mother, Peggy Booth Jackson; loving husband of 34 years, Lloyd Franklin ‘Frankie’ Archer; her “greatest accomplishment”, her son, Michael David Archer and future daughter-in-law, DeAndra Thomas. She is also survived by her brother, Michael (Mike “Red”) (Rose); and her sister, Lydia Smith (Doug). Michael blessed Deborah with two grandchildren, Layne and Chance. Deborah’s former daughter-in-law and Layne and Chance’s mother, Brandy Tyner, was a very special person in her life and became Deborah’s best friend and her and Frankie’s “adopted” daughter. Deborah is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also left behind to grieve their loss are her fur babies, many cats because they knew where to go to get the best care and her river buddy, her Jack Russell, ‘Jack ‘.

Deborah was a lifetime member of Gonzalez United Methodist Church. She graduated from JM Tate High School, Class of 1970. Deborah worked for St Regis Paper Co. for five years and then finished her working career as a scalehouse operator for APAC Asphalt Co.

In 2004, Deborah unfortunately met cancer. After a very courageous battle, her strong will won out and she beat that disease for 12 years! She showed all of us how to put your mind to something and fight your way through. She had to do this not only with cancer but after also surviving a devastating car accident in 2008. In late 2015, cancer called again and she fought it with everything she had left.

Deborah had many interests but above all was her love for Frankie and Michael and being Grandma Deb to Layne and Chance. Next would have to be her love for the beach. There was no where she would rather be than lying on the sand or relaxing in the water. Water was her life. She would take Jack to the river every day just to be close to the water. If you knew her you probably saw her there. Her fur babies were her life as well. Cats, cats, and more cats. Never too many. If Frankie didn’t like cats when they met, he sure learned how to like them, quickly!

The family would like to thank Dr. Tan and the oncology groups at Sacred Heart Hospital, The Woodlands and West Florida Hospital. We would also like to extend a special thank you to a very dear friend to Frankie and Deborah, Gary Criswell. Our love for Deborah will remain everlasting. She will be forever missed and remembered by many.

A memorial service was held in Deborah’s honor on February 4, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Hubbert Caraway

February 5, 2016

Mr. Charles Hubbert Caraway, 89, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Stockton.

Mr. Caraway was a native of Atmore and a resident of Stockton for the past 30 years. Mr. Caraway was retired from the shipyard in Mobile. He is preceded in death by his brother, Author Caraway; and a daughter, Elsie Hart.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Jean Caraway of Stockton; four daughters, Irma Day of Rabun, Marie Mosley of Stockton, Diann Bryars of Perdido and Marilyn Day of Rabun; one brother, Jimmy Caraway of Atmore; three sisters, Eloise Copeland and Louise Williams both of Atmore and Mary Hamby of Ovett, MS; a number of grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Harville officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes is in charge of all arrangements.

Alice Marie Conwell

February 5, 2016

Alice Marie Conwell, 90, of Walnut Hill, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016, in Pensacola. She was a homemaker. She was born in Orlando on November 26, 1925, to the late Troy and Mallie Martin Davis.

She is survived by cousins and many friends.

Graveside services will be Monday, February 8, 2016, in Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Dave Taylor officiating.

Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Francies M. Burkette Kearley

February 3, 2016

Francies M. Burkette Kearley passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, following a short stay in hospice. Francies was 79 years old and is a 30 year resident of Walnut Hill. Francies lived a life that was full of the outdoors. Everyone who knew her knew of her passion for fishing and hunting. If she could just spend a few hours, or more, wetting a hook her day was made. So much the better if she caught something and could bring it home and serve a great meal with it. Her next passion was her grandchildren, to just be around them fishing, watching them play sports or just discussing the day’s events was something she would not willingly miss.

Her husband, Charles Kearley, precedes her in death.

She is survived by three children, James (Mary) Stepp of Hendersonville, NC, David (Vicky) Kearley of Walnut Hill, and her daughter, Marie (George) Paulsen of Pensacola. Francies is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kenny, Jason, Bannie, Jesse, Noelle, Taylor and Sarah along with four great-grandchildren, Alexia, Blake, Devon and Ava.

Francies will be missed by family and everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

Family and friends are invited to arrive at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South for visitation. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

She will be laid to rest with her late husband, Charles, at Barrancas National Cemetery.

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