James L. Forte

December 17, 2014

Mr. James L. Forte, 78, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in Atmore.

Mr. Forte was a native and lifelong resident of Atmore. Mr. Forte was a Veteran of the US Air Force and was a former Commander of the American Legion Post 90 of Atmore. He was a member of the Brooks Memorial Baptist Church for 19 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Rowell Forte; sons, Roger Forte, Mark (Tina) Digmon and Mike (Beverly) Digmon; grandchildren, Amber (Saul) Duhe, Holly (Cody) Roberson, Kelly Digmon, Ashley Digmon and Morgan Digmon; and three great-granddaughters, Taylor Duhe, Jordan Duhe and Gemma Roberson.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Herd, Rev. Nathan Brown and Rev. Diane Everett officiating.

Burial will follow at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 9 a.m. until service time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Davis, Jeremiah Daugett, Cody Roberson, Justin Lisenby, Holden McCaskill and Josh Rodgers.

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

Grady Keith Glover

December 17, 2014

Grady Keith Glover, age 53 of Jay, passed away on December 15, 2014. He was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to many and will be dearly missed. He was self-employed and enjoyed working on cars, doing paint and body work, spending time with his grandkids and his morning trips for coffee to J&J.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Simmie and Ola Fuller of Jay and Leonard and Ethel Glover of Century.

He is survived by his father and mother, Clark and Marie Glover of Jay; sons, Darrel (Lindsay) Glover and Nicholas (Tammy) Glover of Jay; brother, Larry (Robbi) Glover of Jay; seven grandchildren, Ocean, Bentley, Bailey, Hunter, Kinslee, Grady and Eden; girlfriend, Lisa Flowers and her children Timmy and Jasper; two nieces, numerous family and friends and his faithful companion Shadow.

A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. with Brother Doug Hogg officiating.

Burial will follow at Jay Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Nicholas Glover, Tony Coffield, Steve Brown, Mike Brown, Jerry Lynn Lacy, and Ricky Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin Johnson, Tony Williamson and James “Doc” Griffin.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Wilbert Ledkins

December 17, 2014

Ronald Wilbert Ledkins, 81 of Perdido, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014, at his residence. He was retired from the State of Alabama as a maintenance tech. He was born in Bratt on May 8, 1933, to the late Edward T. and Ethel Nichols Ledkins.

He is preceded in death by five brothers, Britt Ledkins, Alvis Ledkins, Cecil Ledkins,Louie Ledkins and Frankie Ledkins.

Survivors include three sons, George Edward Ledkins, of Atlanta, Ronald Eugene Ledkins and Michael Keith Ledkins both of Perdido; one daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Couch of Atlanta and his grandchildren.

Services will be Friday, December 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Grindle officiating.

Interment will follow in Godwin Cemetery.

Family will receive friends on Friday, December 19, 2014, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until service time.

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

Odie G. Bell

December 17, 2014

Odie G. Bell went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2014, with his family by his side. He and his twin brother, Omer Clayton Bell, were born on April 18, 1922, in Octavia, Oklahoma.

He was predeceased in death by his father, Edgar Houston Bell, and his mother, Willie Mathus Bell, six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his daughters, Belinda (Johnny) Whitfield, Deborah (Louie) Kemp, Theresa Baker and Elaine (Jeff) Seay; son, Michael Bell; and step-son, Davon Bell; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Odie was a WWII Navy pilot and after his military service, he and his twin brother, Omer, started their own crop dusting business in Texas. In 1954, Odie later went on to establish the Bell Flying Service at the Pensacola Municipal Airport and was both owner and manager until 1963. In 1963 he moved to Enterprise, Alabama, and became a civilian helicopter flight instructor at Fort Rucker, Alabama, until his retirement after 30 years. He and his twin brother, Omer, were fortunate to have participated in the first Honor Flight from Pensacola to Washington, DC, honoring WWII veterans.

He was a passionate and adventurous individual who loved his family, flying, hunting, college football and lived life to its fullest. He never met a stranger and loved to reminisce about his many past adventures. He will be deeply missed and warmly remembered by all those blessed to have known him.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Funeral services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Mark Smith officiating.

Graveside services will be held at Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church in Molino.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Whitfield, Louie Kemp, Bubba Peters, Michael Jones, Darren Williams and Houston Wright.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at The Terrace at Ivy Acres in Jay and Emerald Coast Hospice for all their compassionate and loving care for him and his family during his illness.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations may be made to The Terrace at Ivey Acres, 3964 Florida Avenue, Jay, Florida 32565.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Gene Louviere

December 17, 2014

Paul Gene Louviere, age 74, passed away December 13, 2014, in the nursing home at Century. He was born March 8, 1940, in Jeanerette, LA. Most of his career was with the oil field, which brought him to Century in 1971. Mr. Louviere was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Methodist Church of Century.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Rita Louviere of Morgan City, LA; and his granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Murphy of Flomaton.

Mr. Louviere is survived by his wife, Maxine Louviere of Century; two brothers; two sisters; and nieces and nephews all of Louisiana; his daughter, Paula (Larry) Murphy of Flomaton; Jon Louviere of Cleveland, Ohio; Kenny (Tammy) Louviere of Century; Tim Louviere of Milton; Chris Louviere of Pensacola; five grandchildren, Chase (Samantha) Murphy of Atmore; Summer and Dalton Louviere of Milton; Xena Louviere of Century; and one great-grandson, Bentley Murphy of Atmore.

A memorial will be held December 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Century.

Elvis “Tiny” Levoy

December 15, 2014

Elvis “Tiny” Levoy, 67 of Cantonment,  passed away on Wednesday, December10, 2014.

Tiny was born on April 10, 1947, in Battles Wharf, Alabama to the late Katie and Ed Levoy, Sr.

He graduated from Century High School class of 65’. He was an eight year veteran of the U.S. Air force and retired from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office after 29 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Century, 32 degree Mason of Century Lodge 213 F & A Mason (Past Master 1998 and 2009), A & A Scottish Rite, Knights of St. Andrews, and York Rite bodies of Pensacola, U.S. Police Canine Association, PBA, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Wheel’n Outdoor Adventures and PVA.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, George, Allen, and Ed Levoy, Jr.; and one sister, Montez May.

Tiny is survived by his wife and best friend of 47 years, Pat; daughters, Beth Levoy and Anne (Isaac) Brant; three grandchildren, Wayne “Bug” and Kristian “Sugarfoot” Isakson, Timmy Brant; two great-grandchildren, Colby Leslie and Karlie Isakson; his extended family, Ann Brant, Danny Engle, Cody Engle, and Hydie Engle; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his K-9 friends, Shema and Tara.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor Mitch Herring, Rev. Ken Johnson and Pastor Greg Lancaster.

Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery.

Honors provided by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Patriot Guard, Masonic and Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be Mike Steele, Rhett Smith, Robert Powers, Larry Mainer, John Johnson, Coy Campbell and Tommy Miller.

Honorary pallbearers are Members of the Century Lodge #213, The Ladies of the Sheriff’s Dept. –Dot Steele, Jeanine Williams, Michele Peavy, Dawn Hawthorne, Karen Nobles, Marty Heist Brown and Mary Rebber.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Century Lodge #213, Killam Road, Century, FL 32535.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 S. Hwy. 29, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com

John C. Worley

December 15, 2014

John C. Worley, 69, of Pensacola, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014. John was born on February 9, 1945, in Opp, Alabama.

He graduated from DeFuniak Springs High School, Class of 1963. He was a Mason at the Ferry Pass Lodge for 40 years. He was a softball coach for NEP for numerous years and later umpired at Cantonment and NEP. He worked at Monsanto for 17 years and later retired from Escambia County Roads and Bridges department after 15 years. He was an avid golfer and loved wood working. He was an active member of Hillcrest Baptist Church of Pensacola.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Vivian Worley.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Worley of 41 years; his children, Katherine Reding, Mike Allan, Rodney Allan, James Worley, Jacqueline Stoner; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mitchell Cartwright, Michael Ray, Matthew Reding, Jon Stoner, Dakota Worley and Lil John Worley.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December, 17, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Church with services to follow.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Mable Mininger Schneider

December 15, 2014

Margaret Mable Mininger Schneider, 92, of Walnut Hill, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014, in Pensacola. She was a homemaker, born in Ithaca, MI to the late Emanual B. and Hattie Mae Freeman Mininger. She was a member of the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church.

She is preceded in death by a son, Kyle Schneider; three sisters, Geraldine Hiebert,Virginia Johnson, and Betty Lavender.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Verle Schneider; one son, Royce ( Marilyn) Schneider, all of Walnut Hill; four daughters, Sally (Robert) Toews Kingsville, Ontario, Polly (Lyle) Wiebe Mitchell, Ontario, Rose (Carlos) Koehn, and Susan Schneider, all of Walnut Hill; daughter-in-law, Donna Schneider of Bratt; one brother, Robert (Ruth) Mininger of Moundridge, KS; three sisters, Pauline Harms of Brooksville, MS, Vada (Don) Seiler of Macon, MS and Elgene (Miguel) Martinez of San Antiono, TX; 22 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. from the Walnut Hill Mennonite Church with Rev. Wilbert Peters officiating.

Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Memorial Gardens.

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

Mark Anthony Dyke

December 15, 2014

Mark yielded his spirit into the hands of Jesus on December 12, 2014, at the age of 58. He was born in Tacoma, WA in 1956 to Edward and Dorothy Dyke. Mark was a devoted family man, avid sports enthusiast, and lover of the outdoors. He spent his life supporting his family, not only as a provider, but as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Hugh Dyke.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia Dyke; son, Christopher; daughter-in-law, Laura; and grandsons, Andrew and Aidan Dyke; son, Sean Dyke; daughter, Ashley and son-in-law, Erik Myers; brothers, Richard Dyke and wife, Pat, Bruce Van Dyke and wife, Robby, David Van Dyke and wife, Maggie, and Ron Gottheil and wife, Elisa; sisters, Mary Kathleen DeCaprio and husband, Dominic, Shelia Brown, Cynthia Smith and husband, John; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Faith Chapel North in Cantonment.

A private service will be held for the family at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach.

Flowers and condolences will be accepted by Faith Chapel North or may be expressed via their website at www.fcfhs.com.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

William Timothy Russell

December 13, 2014

William Timothy Russell (Tim) 70, of Jay, joined His Lord and Savior on December 12, 2014, surrounded by his family.

A loving husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and brother-in-law he was preceded in death by his father, Roy Russell; mother, Laura Russell; and sister, Ladeane Abell.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Ann; sister, Chiquita Chavers; brother, Glennon Russell; daughter, Roxanne Seib; son-in-law, Eric Seib; grandchildren, Will, Trace, and Carysn Seib and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Tim grew up in Fidelis on a dairy farm. He graduated from Jay High School in 1962 where he met his future wife Ann. Tim was a starting player on the Troy State basketball team. A studious athlete, he earned a degree in Criminal Justice at Troy State. A proud patriot, Tim served in the Army for 12 years including a tour of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Married in 1965, he was then stationed in Berlin, Germany where he played three years with the Berliner Bears and OSC German basketball teams and became a proud father. Tim continued his Army career in Frankfort, Germany where he worked as a CID investigator. Returning to his hometown in 1979, Tim became the manager of the Golden Peanut Company buying point. Over the next three decades he managed the purchasing of peanuts from local farmers. Tim loved the Lord, hard work, playing basketball and tennis, and his horses. He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir member at the Jay First Baptist for many years. His Pee Wee, Roxanne, and grandchildren brought him much joy every day. He will be truly missed as he brought joy to everyone just by his presence.

A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Jay First Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. There will be no graveside services.

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