Charles O. “Ray” Carraway

March 5, 2015

Charles O. “Ray” Carraway, 85, of Pensacola passed away Monday, March 2, 2015.

Mr. Carraway was born in Nokomis, AL and moved to Century where he met his wife of 59 years. They married on June 8, 1956. They moved to Pensacola in 1961 where they raised a family. Ray was a member of Plainview Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping and fishing, and was a sweet gentle soul who loved making his girls happy. Ray loved making people laugh and always had a joke, prank or a story to tell to make you smile. His smile would light up a room and he will forever be our guardian angel.

Survivors include his loving wife, Carole J. Carraway; daughters, Tammy Shoop (Ron) and Cindy Rodwell (Bill); six grandchildren, Roxanne, Aaron, Jared, January, Alex and Ben; and seven great-grandchildren, Camryn, Ian, Kendal, Sophie, Sabastian, Natalie and Wyatt.

Services were held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Thursday, March 5, 2015, with Reverend Bill Flannigan officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Plainview Baptist Church.

Rita Foster

March 4, 2015

Rita Foster, of Cantonment, age 66, lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, February 28, 2015. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and christian. As the wife of a retired Naval Aviator and pastor, she lived all over the world. Along the way she fulfilled her life’s desire to become a mother and each of her sons have grown to be good and caring men. Her love was her greatest gift to the world. She lit the world with her smile and had the most infectious laugh. She loved deeply and cared greatly for everyone around her. She was involved in her church and supported her husband greatly during his 21 years in the Navy followed by 22 years of service at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Ron; three sons, Craig, Jim (Kristina) and John; granddaughters, Briana and Elise; two brothers, Michael and Skip (Dee) Wayman, and mother, Margaret Wayman.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Gordon Godfrey, Jr. officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5  p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Hospice in Pensacola.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Cantonment is entrusted with arrangements.

Cleta R. Eick

March 4, 2015

Cleta R. Eick, 71 of McDavid, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Mrs. Eick was born on September 8, 1943, to the late Allen and Helen Clanton Casady in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Eick.

She is survived by her children, Craig Eick, Paula Eick and Erick Eick; and her grandchildren, Julia Eick, Jaeden Johnson, and Ryan Eick.

A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Dortch

March 2, 2015

Billy Dortch passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and has been employed with International Paper for the last 40 years. Billy had many joys in his life: his love for his family, Spring Lake ,deer hunting, fishing, cooking ,and sitting around the camp fire. Probably one of his most favorite things to do was riding around Spring Lake with his two best friends, Buddy and Smokey. Everyone was always welcome in his home.

He is preceded in death by his parents, J.C. Dortch and Martez Gilmore Dortch.

Billy is survived by his wife, Joanne Dortch; his son, Adam (Hayley) Dortch of Bratt; daughter, Heather (Rodney) White of Bratt; five grandchildren, Hillary Dortch, Ali Martin, Peighton Dortch, Cameron White and Carsyn Dortch; one great-granddaughter, Talise Gregson; sisters, June (Roberto) Valenzuela of Colorado; Kristy (Steve) Gibson of Bratt; brothers, Randy (Sue) Dortch of Bratt, Tim (Gabby) Dortch of Nokomis and Mark (Sheila) Dortch of Bratt; his longtime best friend, Buddy Plair; and his favorite companion, Smokey.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home with Pastor Ted Bridges officiating.

Burial will follow in Godwin Cemetery in Bratt.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North in Cantonment.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 5401 Corporate Woods Drive, Pensacola, FL 32504.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Robert A. “Bob” Cawthon

March 2, 2015

Mr. Robert A. “Bob” Cawthon, 83, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2015, in Atmore.

Mr. Cawthon was a native of Bluff Springs and a lifetime resident of Century. Mr. Cawthon was a Korean War Veteran, VFW, Civil Engineer, CORE Engineer for years, and helped build several oil plants in this area. He was on the film crews at White Sands. His father, Robert F. Cawthon; mother, Ruby Coleman Cawthon; aunt, Josephine Anderson; and two brothers, John Jacob Cawthon and Wayne Cawthon, precede him in death.

Survivors include his son, Robert A. Cawthon, Jr. of Jay; daughter, Marie (Dale) Levins of Byrneville; one sister, Rose White of Pensacola; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 3 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at the Crary Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 2 p.m. until service time at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tony Levins, Terry Levins, Todd Levins, Brady Levins, Jody Levins, Joey Rogers and Zack Carter.

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

Ida Gibson Garcia

March 2, 2015

Mrs. Ida Gibson Garcia, 42, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Mobile.

Mrs. Garcia was a native of Mobile and a resident of Saraland for most of her life. Her sister, Tina Brady, precedes her in death.

Survivors include her father, Larry Gibson of Atmore; mother, Marsha Apostalo of Saraland; husband, Keith Garcia of Saraland; two daughters, Alyssa Garcia and Rebecca Garcia both of Saraland; and one brother, Larry Gibson, Jr. of Saraland.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Marty Gehman officiating.

Burial will follow at the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 12 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Gibson, Tony Gibson, Donald Gibson, Earl Weaver, Tregan McCreight, Robbie Brown and Jerry Gibson.

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

William Ernest Bowman

March 2, 2015

William Ernest Bowman, 87, of Pensacola, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2015. He was born on October 13, 1927, in Barrineau Park. Ernie graduated from Tate High School in 1945. Ernie served a tour in the U.S. Army and a tour in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ernie retired from Hygeia Coca Cola Bottling Company in 1988 after 41-1/2 years of service.

Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Junior Bowman; his mother, Myrtle Mae Beverly Bowman; and a sister, Marian Kathleen Bowman Liddell.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Marie Silvia Bowman; daughter, Tina Diane Bowman of Pensacola; son, William Ernest “Bill” (Wanda) Bowman of Ocean Springs, MS; granddaughters, Alicia Marie Bowman of San Francisco, CA, and Amanda Kay Bowman of Ocean Springs, MS; nieces, Linda June Liddell (Buddy) White of Navarre; Bobbie Sue Liddell (Jim) Malbeck of Lillian; and a sister-in-law, Nadine Silvia (John) Ware.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dallas Peel, R.N., Jerry Flannigan and Ken Carpenter for all their love and support through the years.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Bro. Bill Flannigan officiating.

Burial will follow in Bayview Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bowman, Tina Bowman, Wanda Bowman, Ken Carpenter, Jerry Flannigan, and Jim Malbeck.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Methodist Church or the Hadji Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel “Guy” Prothro

March 2, 2015

Daniel “Guy” Prothro, a proud Korean War Veteran, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015. He was born March 20, 1933, in Lamar County, Alabama, to Jim Richard Prothro and Jimmie “Nell” Brock Prothro. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne division. “Sarge,” loved spending time with his family, playing dominoes with his friends, NASCAR racing, Blue Wahoos baseball games, and especially Alabama football.

He is survived by his cherished wife of 52 years, and best friend, Vicki Mitchell Prothro; daughters Joy (Mike) Lasseter and Sharon (Gene) Cochran; son Stanley; grandchildren, Kelsi (Jesse) Finley, Kalin Lasseter, Keely Cochran, and Josh McCormick; and great-granddaughters, Bailey and Rylee Finley. He will also be missed by his large extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Faith Chapel North Funeral Home in Cantonment.

Funeral services will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Bro. Bill Flannigan of Plainview Baptist Church officiating.

Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

Pallbearers will be Buck Kelly, Ronnie Carden, Josh McCormick, Gene Wiggins, Phillip Odom, and Mike Lasseter.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Guy’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Lillian Fillingim King

March 1, 2015

Lillian Fillingim King, 73, of Molino, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her parents, AJ and Cora Harris Fillingim, and brother Jack Fillingim.

Surviving are her husband and best friend, Ian (John), of 54 years; daughters Deborah Rossi (Robert) and Angela Bonifay and sons David King (Jackie) and Ted King (Jenny); grandchildren Stephen Rossi, Jordan Jack, Jennifer Sanderson, Ian Nowling, and Olivia and Amelia King; step-grandchildren Christopher and Selena Jacks; and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marian Mobley and Maxine Smith; and a loving extended family.

Lil was a faithful member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church serving as Sunday school teacher, funeral food director (the best sweet tea maker ever!), and vacation bible school registrar.

She established the Molino Mid-County Historical Society in 2000 and served as its president until her death.

With the help of local Escambia County officials, she was instrumental in transforming the vacant Molino School into the much needed Molino Community Center providing a library, museum, meeting rooms, and multi-use auditorium.

Donations in Lil’s memory may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 6915 US 29, Molino, FL 32577.

Pallbearers will be Robert and Stephen Rossi, Jordan Jack, Robert Mobley, Christopher Jacks and Darryl Bishop.

Honorary pallbearers are Edward Escobar and Marty Lorenz.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Faith Chapel North.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at  11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Interment will follow in Aldersgate Methodist Church Cemetery.

James Robert Yoder

March 1, 2015

Mr. James Robert Yoder, age 65 of Brewton, passed away on Friday, February 27, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Yoder was a native of Charleston, West Virginia and a resident of Brewton since 1956 coming from West Virginia. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force and during his working years, he worked for the Escambia County Road Department as a foreman. Mr.Yoder was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church and is preceded in death by his parents, Hansel French and Alice Pearl Black Yoder, Sr. and his brother, Donnie Yoder.

Survivors include his wife, Monika Sue Yoder of Brewton; daughters, Barbara (Leo) Luker of Atmore and Christy Yoder of Brewton; brothers, Dale (Glenda) Yoder of Atmore, Charlie (Debbie) Yoder of Brewton and Hansel French (Judy) Yoder, Jr. of Kansas; sister, Flora (Mack) Odom of Orlando; grandchildren, Kayla Yoder, Whitney Tolbert, Dillian Crutchfield and Blake Luker.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at Craver’s Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 10:30 a.m. until service time at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. John Kemp and Rev. Woody Jackson officiating.

Craver’s Funeral Home Directing.

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