John T. Johnson

January 17, 2018

John T. Johnson, 65, of Century, Florida passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 9301 Academy Street, Century, FL, with Glenn Johnson officiating.

Marilyn Edwards Branch

January 16, 2018

Mrs. Marilyn Edwards Branch, 68, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, in Fairhope, Alabama.

Mrs. Branch was a native of New Orleans, LA, former resident of Bratt, FL and had resided in Atmore, AL for the past 48 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was the bookkeeper at the Presbyterian Church of Atmore and was a member of the Bratt First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Lizzie Edwards; one sister, Sharon Zettlemoyer; and two brothers, Alfred Edwards and James Edwards.

She is survived by her two sons, Travis (Tina) Branch of Daphne, AL and Michael (Julie James) Branch of Atmore, AL; three brothers, A.J. (Willie Jean) Edwards of Bratt, FL, Carlie Edwards of Bratt, FL and Bernie (Debra) Edwards of Bratt, FL; and six grandchildren, Christian, Amy, Sarah, Hagan, Jaxson and Zachery.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Delbert Redditt officiating.

Burial will follow at the Godwin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wade Edwards, Robie Edwards, Chris Edwards, Josh Edwards, Cary Jordan and Christian Braden.

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

Marilyn Edwards Branch

January 14, 2018

Mrs. Marilyn Edwards Branch, 68, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 in Fairhope, Alabama.

Mrs. Branch was a native of New Orleans, LA, former resident of Bratt, FL and has resided in Atmore, AL for the past 48 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was the bookkeeper at the Presbyterian Church of Atmore and was a member of the Bratt First Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, T.J. & Lizzie Edwards, one sister, Sharon Zettlemoyer and two brothers, Alfred Edwards and James Edwards.

She is survived by her two sons, Travis (Tina) Branch of Daphne, AL and Michael (Julie James) Branch of Atmore, AL; three brothers, A.J. (Willie Jean) Edwards of Bratt, FL, Carlie Edwards of Bratt, FL and Bernie (Debra) Edwards of Bratt, FL and six grandchildren, Christian, Amy, Sarah, Hagan, Jaxson and Zachery.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Delbert Redditt officiating.

Burial will follow at the Godwin Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Wade Edwards, Robie Edwards, Chris Edwards, Josh Edwards, Cary Jordan and Christian Braden.

Betty Jean Price

January 12, 2018

Mrs. Betty Jean Price, age 75, of Flomaton, AL passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 in Pensacola, FL.

Mrs. Price was born in Century, FL and had been a resident of the Flomaton community where she was a homemaker and a member of Little Escambia Baptist Church. She loved to sew, crochet, and playing with her grandbabies. She loved her cat, Little Bob. Mrs. Price was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Louise Knowles Carnley; her husband, William ‘Bill’ Price, and son, Warren ‘BoBo’ Burkett.

She is survived by her daughters, Ruby (Mark) Bagley of Jay, FL, Nancy (Joe) Heins of Denver, CO, Neva (Jeff) McQuarrie of Dumfries, VA; son, Jonathan Price of Pensacola, FL; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Little Escambia Baptist Church from 1 PM until a 2 PM service time with Dr. Larry Patterson and Rev. Jonathan Hill officiating.

Intement will follow in Little Escambia Church Cemetery, Flomaton, AL.

Pallbearer will be Christopher Miller, Mark Bagley, Joe Heins, Levi Findley, Kevin Gray, Tommy Knowles, Billy Ray Watson.

Ronald David Goodman

January 12, 2018

Ronald David Goodman, age 61 of Cantonment, Florida, left his earthly home and went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Hal T. Goodman, Sr. and his sister, Julie Burnette Goodman.

He is survived by his wife – Karen Williams Goodman, his mother – Nelle Burnette Goodman, sister – Rhetta Goodman, brother, Hal T. “Tim” Goodman, Jr., parents-in-law – Rev. Curtis and Mrs. Dolly Williams, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many sons, daughters, brothers and sisters in Christ.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Apple of His Eye Ministries, P.O. Box 22, Cantonment, Florida .
There were very few times in Ron’s life when he got in a hurry. The first was at his birth – late on a chilly December night our parents almost did not make it to the hospital before he appeared in the wee hours of December 27. Then, last Saturday night, he left this earth very quickly to go be with His Lord, without even saying good-bye.

Ron was born “the son of a preacher man,” hearing about Jesus from the very beginning. When he was 3 or 4 years old he was riding his tricycle in the back yard while Mama was hanging out clothes. He said, “Mama, Rhetta is saved, isn’t she?” Mama said yes. He then asked, “I’m not saved, am I?” Mama said, “No, do you want to be?” He did, and she led him in asking Jesus to be His Savior. Did he live like Jesus, from that day on? No, like most of the rest of us he hit some rough spots along the way, especially as a young teen. But in his junior or senior year of high school – he had a literal “upper room” experience with the Lord. He was baptized with the Holy Spirit and answered the Lord’s call to serve Him with the many gifts he had been given as guitarist, vocalist, psalmist, teacher. His passion in life was making music to glorify God. He was a gifted musician and psalmist – one of the best guitarists and vocalists around!

After graduating from Anniston High School in Anniston, AL in 1974, he enrolled in Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries in 1978. While there he sang in a Gospel Quartet and helped form and play in what probably was the first Christian Rock Band on campus.

He served in various capacities of ministry after college in the Huntsville, AL/Fayetteville, TN area – where he also had a job as the “slaw chef” at a local KFC. He served as pastor of a small congregation in Enterprise, AL. He came to the Cantonment area and served as a youth leader at Cantonment Pentecostal Holiness Church where his dad was pastor. Several young men testify of his impact on their lives during this time of ministry.

He courted and married Karen “Kay” Williams, he would say one of the best things he ever did. They settled in Pensacola and he took a position as Job Estimator for a commercial paint contractor. He stayed with that career choice. His last boss, Wilson Robertson, once said he was the best job estimator around. He was employed by Robertson-Curtis at the time of his passing.

Ron was privileged to become a part of the Brownsville Revival – singing on the worship team, in the choir and playing his guitar. He and Karen later established Apple of His Eye Ministries which included a fellowship group in their home and ministry to Israel – where he took every opportunity to lead people into the presence of the Lord through music.
Three years ago, last December, Ron suffered a stroke, which greatly affected his ability to express his musical gifts. That, combined with his on-going battle with diabetes and its effects, were very hard on him, physically and emotionally. We were praying for God to completely restore him, and He chose to do just that, just not in the way our minds had pre-conceived. He is now completely made whole and in the Presence of Jesus, our Savior and Lord!

Friends were  invited to a visitation with the family on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home which was immediately followed by a service.

Arrangements were entrusted to Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home.

Melvin Findley

January 12, 2018

Mr. Melvin Findley, age 85, passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida.

Mr. Findley was a native and life long resident of Century, FL. He was an RN for 35 years with various local hospitals and nursing homes. He was a member of the Poplar Dell Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Sarah Findley, granddaughter, Lori Simmons, great granddaughter, Zoey Simmons and two brothers, Paul Findley and Shorty Findley.

He is survived by his two daughters, Brenda Jernigan of Byrneville, FL and Cathy (Jacky) Smith of Flomaton, AL; one sister, Sharon Hood of Brierfiled, AL; one grandchild, Natasha Crapps of Molino, FL and two great grandchildren, Jaden Simmons of Flomaton, AL and Sarah Crapps of Molino, FL.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mitch Herring officiating.

Burial will follow at the Flomaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 6 to 9 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Findley, Danny Findley, David Findley, Larry Stuckey, Eric Dortch and Jake Wright.

William Lawrence Smith III

January 12, 2018

William Lawrence Smith III, age 76, passed away peacefully January 11, 2018.

He was born and raised in Homestead, Florida. He graduated from South Dade Senior High (Class of ‘59). He retired as a meat market manager for Publix Supermarkets.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Smith.

He will be forever loved and remembered by his wife, Pauline; daughter, Shannon Grandey; granddaughter, Savannah Grandey; stepdaughter, Susan Stephens; stepson and daughter-in- law, John and Tonya Stephens; step grandchildren, Mallory Stephens, Chance Stephens, and Kaitlyn Stephens; sister, Linda Bonham.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held, Monday January 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 7433 Pine Forest Road.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with arrangements.

Jerry O’Neal Carver

January 12, 2018

Jerry O’Neal Carver, 62, a native of Atmore, AL passed away January 8, 2018. For approximately  18 years he worked as a union insulator as a subcontractor. Jerry was an avid turkey hunter and an outdoorsman. He was always a happy-go- lucky person who never met a stranger. Jerry was an  extremely talented artist who built bird houses which looked like log cabins, stained glass art especially angels, and homemade knives. He was very active in Carney Lodge 549, F&AM of
Atmore, AL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul D. and Velma Carver and his wife, June Mathis Carver. Survivors are his children: Bridget (Christopher) Stanley; Leighton (Missy) Spicer David (Rachel) Spicer and Alidia (Ed) Tecon; a brother and two nieces; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service with Masonic Honors will be conducted at Oak Hill Cemetery at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Ann Handler

January 11, 2018

Carolyn Ann Handler, 70, of Cantonment, FL passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Carolyn retired from PJC with 30 years of service. She was married to Ralph Handler, Jr. for 51 years. She was a dedicated mother to Rob and Scott and grandmother to Blade and R.J. Carolyn spent many wonderful weeks at the Perdido Bay Fish Camp with her numerous nephews, nieces, sisters, cousins, brothers-in- law and sisters-in-law over the years.

She is preceded in death by her father, Phillip Woodbury Jennings, Sr.; mother, Ruth Marjorie Jennings; sister, Faye Ellen Mitchell and her brother, James Myrick Jennings.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ralph Robert Handler, Jr.; sons, Ralph Robert Handler, III, and Scott Timothy Handler; sisters, Marjorie Phyllis Gate (Buddy), Virginia Weinman and Ruthie Jennings and her brothers, Phillip W. Jennings, Jr., Michael Jennings and Henry F. Jennings.

Pallbearers will be James Bailey, Brandon Weinman and Tyler Lehman, Jason Gates, Pat Wilson and Jeremy Qualls.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Pastor Riley Richardson officiating.

Interment will follow at Gonzalez United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

Eleanor Marie Rouse

January 11, 2018

Eleanor Marie Rouse, 91, of Cantonment, FL, passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital on Monday, January 8, 2018. She and her twin sister, Thea Mae, were born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 16, 1926, to Theodore and Hermenia Meyer. She married Herman C. Williams and was widowed upon his death on May 9, 1974. In 1979, she married Donald “Duke’ Rouse who preceded her in death in 2014. She will always be remembered for her faith in Jesus Christ and the love she shared with her family.

She is survived by her children, Paul Williams (Laurie), Jack Williams (Magi), Barbara Thornley (Robert), Sandra Arnold (Michael), David Williams (Joann), Robert Williams, Herman Williams, Jr. and Terry Williams; grandchildren, Jason Claussen, Brandon Williams, Jessica Williams Bachinski (Matthew), Amanda Williams Olsen (Daniel), Melissa Williams, Wesley Williams (Mary Catherine), Erica Williams, Chelsea Williams, Ashley Williams, Christian Williams, Courtney Williams and Jordan Williams and her great-grandchildren, Olivia Williams and Owen Bachinski.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Thea Mae Noblin.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Carl Shiver officiating.

Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery on Monday, January 15, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with the arrangements.

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