Mary Frances Sparks Shamburger

December 1, 2016

Mary Frances Sparks Shamburger, 72, went to her eternal home on Nov. 29, 2016. She was born in Century, Fla., to the late James and Mildred Sparks. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Rayleen Shamburger Scott. She leaves to cherish her memory Ray (Rayford) Shamburger, her husband of 43 years; her sister, Peggy Sparks Skipper (Arnold); brother-in-law, Ken Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

Fran graduated high school in Flomaton, Ala. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Livingston University. She touched the lives of many students through the counseling services she provided while employed in the Chesapeake Public Schools. She retired from the school system in 2004.

Fran loved to travel in Europe and Newfoundland and made several trips there. She was a master gardener and maintained a beautiful yard with flowers in abundance. She and Ray were members of Greenbrier Presbyterian in Chesapeake, and Fran enjoyed teaching several Bible studies. Fran loved the Lord. She was His good and faithful servant.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk, VA 23434. A graveside service is planned for a later date in Livingston, Ala. Memorial donations may be offered to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Dr., Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23503. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, is assisting the family.

Randy Dale Gehman

November 28, 2016

Randy Dale Gehman, 59, of Akron, PA, went home to be with Jesus on November 22, 2016 at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dale was the loving husband of Darlene Horst Gehman for 34 years. He was the devoted father of Mathew Dale, husband of Linda Welch Gehman, Yangon, Myanmar; Sarah, wife of Simeon Beatty, Akron, PA; Hannah, wife of Ovidiu Gabor, Lititz, PA; Abigail, wife of Jerry Allgyer, Stevens, PA; and grandpa to Eliana and Katelyn Gehman and Mihai Gabor. He was born in Carlisle, PA and was the son of Martin E. and Vernie Lee Barnhill Gehman of Atmore, AL.

He is also survived by his siblings, Martin “Jerry” (Faith) Gehman, Atmore, AL, David (Shyrell) Gehman, Atmore, AL, Joseph (Rhonda) Gehman, Pellham, AL, and Martha (Todd) Gookin, Atmore, AL.
He was passionate about Jesus, his family, and broadcast engineering. He enjoyed star gazing, traveling, photography, and walking his dog in Akron park. Dale was a member of Poarch Band of Creek Indians and served on the Tribal Council for 13 years. He was an active member of New Life Fellowship, Ephrata, PA.

A viewing will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, at New Life Fellowship with Kevin Horning and Dave Witmer officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trans World Radio, (PO Box 8700 Cary, NC 27512 or www.twr.org/donate) in memory of Dale.

James Arnold Steadham

November 28, 2016

Mr. James Arnold Steadham, 80, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016, in Pensacola, FL.

Mr. Steadham was a native of Blacksher, AL, former resident of Shelby, NC and has resided in Cantonment, FL since 1997. Mr. Steadham was a retired from the United States Marine Corps with 20 years of service, Veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam. He was an inventor, fabricator, certified welder, farmer and gardener. He is preceded in death by his wife, Meveric Fay Steadham; son, James “Jimmy” Steadham; daughter, Yvonne Steadham; stepdaughter, Sheree David; parents, James Ernest and Lydia Steadham; three sisters, Mildred Eugene Wilson, Luverne Autrey Dennan and Sudie Belle Stevens; one brother, Thomas Clifford Steadham and step-grandson, John Paul Arnold Tucker.

He is survived by his three brothers, Eubie Steadham of Cantonment, FL, Glen Ervin Steadham of Folsom, LA, and Gordon Ernest Steadham of Patterson, LA; two sisters, Gayle Eulen Autin of Lafayette, LA, and Quida Faye Turner of Orange Beach, AL; one stepdaughter, Angela McClintock of Shelby, NC; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and two Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, December 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Bruce Turner officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, December 2, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home in Atmore.

Burial will follow at the Steadham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be the Military Bodybearers.

Bryant Thomas Cooper

November 27, 2016

Bryant “Coop” Cooper, 19, of Jay, died Friday, November 25, 2016, in the Children’s Hospital of Sacred Heart in Pensacola.

He was a Georgia peach born February 23, 1997 at Henry General Hospital in McDonough, GA. Bratt would eventually become his home where he knew everyone’s name.

Bryant was chosen Monday, October 27, 2014, to drop everything he knew about the world he lived in and the life he loved so dearly, to go on a journey many experience, but only few understand-especially for children.

Bryant fought Stage 4 Neuroendocrine cancer bravely, compassionately and unselfishly with so many other children who were in the same fight, just a different name.

Bryant absolutely loved deer hunting, fishing, hog hunting and mud riding. He loved his truck and especially after cancer, he spent a lot of time riding back wood dirt roads. He could ride for hours. He loved Alabama football, just not as much as his dad or brother.

His friends were very special to him and a big part of his life. One of his favorite things was when they would all go to a movie, out to eat, the yogurt bar and Waffle House at 2 in the morning.

Bryant’s life dream was to be a mechanic with John Deere. Had cancer not been part of God’s plan for Bryant, he would be attending a two-year college program at this point to achieve that dream. Nothing made him happier than getting dirty with a John Deer tractor.

The service will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Bratt with the Rev. Delbert Redditt directing.

Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, November 28 at Petty Eastside Chapel Funeral Home in Atmore.

Bryant is survived by his father, Marion Cooper of Bratt; his mother, Janet Little Cooper of Jay; his older brother, Austin Cooper of Pensacola; paternal grandmother, Doris T. Cooper; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

Bryant was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rev. Thomas and Joyce Little of Jay; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Cooper of Bratt; his uncle Carl Cooper of Bratt and his cousin Reagan Reid Little of Louisiana.

William King Sharp

November 27, 2016

William King Sharp (Pete, Bill) passed away November 24, 2016. He was born in McAllen, Texas on June 14, 1942 to A.B. Sharp and Joyce Church, who both preceded him in death.

He was in the Army during the Vietnam War then became a successful homebuilder in Houston for many years until he retired and moved to Pensacola in 2005. He loved to cook, laugh and be full of mischief. We will miss all the fun we had with him and all the many things he helped us do.

Pete (Bill) is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan, his children, David (Dayton, TX), Greg and wife Ashley (LaPorte, TX), and Cassandra (Milton, FL), two precious grandchildren, Hunter and Emma, his sister, Linda (Pensacola) and his very special friends, Vicki Pulse and Henrietta Cook of Pensacola.

Pursuant to his wishes, there will be no service. Our thanks to all of his many doctors, West Florida Hospital, Life Care Center and Covenant Hospice for the care they all gave him in the past few years.

Green “Frank” Nims

November 18, 2016

Green Franklin Nims, of Cantonment, Fl, age 82, passed away on November 16, 2016. He was born on July 12, 1934, in Poarch, Alabama to the late Walter Greenberry and Tura Hall Nims.

Frank proudly served 2 years in the United States Navy and 10 years in the Navy Reserves. He retired from Monsanto after 31 years of service. Frank was an avid Alabama Football fan and he enjoyed working in his yard. What he cherished most was watching his grandchildren participate in various sporting events.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Tura Nims; brother, Albert Nims; sister, Betty Sue Watson; and his grandson, Kenneth Brian Malone.

Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years, Miley Booker Nims; sister Elaine Nims McAuther; daughter, Phyllis (Kenneth) Malone; son, Craig (Janice) Nims; daughter, Debra (Ralph) Story; granddaughters, Shawn (Lee) White, Misti Nims, and Kasey (John) Saenz; grandsons, Eric (Meredith) Nims, and Rodney Story; great-grandchildren, Dusty Boutwell, Trey Boutwell, Jake White, Austin Nims, Brianna White, Hannah Story, and Ava Saenz.

Pall Bearers will be Eric Nims, Rodney Story, Dusty Boutwell, Trey Boutwell, Jake White, Austin Nims, John Saenz and Lee White.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 19, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Reverend Ricky Skaggs officiating. Interment will follow at Spruell Cemetery.

Nancy Jo Vickery

November 18, 2016

Nancy Jo Vickery, 78, of Cantonment, FL, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She was a longtime member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Nancy was an avid bowler, loved gardening and yard sales.

She is preceded in death by her husband, W.L. ‘Red” Vickery; son, Randy Vickery; and her father, E.T. Pledger, Jr.

She is survived by her son, Jimmy Vickery; daughters, Janice (Tony) Chason, Sheila (Ron) Adams and Brandi Bell; mother, Neta Bell Shelton Pledger; grandchildren, Mikey, Dale, Jennifer, Michelle, Jeffery, Daniel and Amanda; siblings, Carolyn (J.E.) Vickery, Charles (Barbara) Pledger of Marianna, FL, Tommy Pledger of Marianna, FL, Marjorie (Millard) Lipford and Ann Kirkland of Mariaana, FL; 24 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Stratton, Mike Kimmons, Steve Vickery, Dale Chason, Jeffery Vickery and Michael Granat.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 18, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor Jason Douglas officiating.

Interment was at Cottage Hill Baptist Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

Joseph Hatcher

November 18, 2016

Mr. Joseph “Jake” Hatcher, Jr., 66, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in Atmore, Alabama.

Mr. Hatcher was a native and former resident of Pensacola, FL and had resided in Atmore, AL since 1992. He was a member of the IBEW Union of Pensacola, former Mason, Shriner and was an avid drag racer. He was of the Baptist faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Betty Hatcher.

He is survived by his wife, Shelby Chavers Hatcher of Atmore, AL; one son, Joseph Crawford “Jody” (Kim) Hatcher, III of Pace, FL; one step-son, Michael (Kathy) Chavers of Century, FL; one step-daughter, Libby Chavers (Ryan) Wright of Jacksonville, AR; one brother, Jimmy (Cindy) Hatcher of Pensacola, FL; one sister, Beth Hatcher of Pensacola, FL; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Kathy Chavers and Jim Brown officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 1 p.m. until service time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

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

Jean Therese Owens

November 18, 2016

Jean Therese Owens, 87, of Cantonment, FL, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas B. Owens; her parents, John and Hazel Marshall; grandson, Eric Crowley; and her sister, Ruth Madden.

She is survived by her sons, Paul Douglas (Pat) Owens and David Owens; daughter, Lisa Owens; granddaughters, Selena (Robert) Arnold of Navarre, FL, Kristena Owens of Panama City, FL and Melody Owens; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 18, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Stanton officiating.

Interment was at Eastern Gate Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

Deborah Flowers Digmon

November 18, 2016

Mrs. Deborah Flowers Digmon, 60, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, in Hampton, GA. She was born on December 15, 1955, to the late C.W. “Tobe” and Zelma Flowers.

Mrs. Digmon was a native of Atmore, Alabama and had been living in Georgia for the past 20 years. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Glenn Digmon; her parents; three brothers, Edward Flowers, James Flowers, and Curtis Flowers; and three sisters, Claudette Burkette, Brenda Flowers, and Annette Strength.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheena Baker of Hampton, GA; one brother, Danny Flowers of Molino, FL; grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Baker.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Turberville officiating.

Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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