Pamela Hulbert Dannelly

July 29, 2015

Pamela Hulbert Dannelly, 68, was born on February 16, 1947 in Pensacola, FL to Herbert and Janice Hulbert. Pam grew up in Pensacola, graduated from Pensacola High School in 1965 and attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. She married William A. (Bill) Dannelly in 1969 and had two sons, William Christopher and Jeffrey Allen.

Pam taught at Pensacola Liberal Arts for two years and went on to excel at teaching chorus at Ransom Middle School in Escambia County. During her 32 years at Ransom, Pam filled hundreds of students with her love of music. She was twice selected as Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for County Teacher of the Year each time. Under her direction, the chorus program at Ransom grew from 34 students to over 230 students each year. In addition to teaching chorus, Pam was a piano teacher to many in our community and, more recently, continued to teach her own grandchildren. Her love for music was infectious and permeated her life and the lives of her family. Many of her students have gone on to have careers in music and/or teaching.

Pam was active in volunteer work with the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival children’s stage, the Interfaith Jail Ministry, the Suit Yourself Ministry and was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Pam gave much of her time and talents over the years serving in many areas of First United Methodist Church, where she was a lifelong member. She taught numerous Sunday school classes, was a communion steward and coordinator, an active participant in the adult choir and hand bell choir, and served as a mid high coordinator. Pam also served as president of the United Methodist Women and chaired their Christmas Creations program for many years. She had an amazing faith, a deep love for her church, and kept her love of God and her family a priority in everything she did. Pam’s strong faith never wavered during her journey and she consistently kept her focus on Him, witnessing to others along the way.

Pam’s husband, Bill, and her boys, were the loves of her life and she loved her daughter-in-laws as her own. She truly adored her four grandchildren and instilled in them her love of music and family. Her favorite times were when her family was together and she always made them her focus.

She is preceded in death by her father, William Herbert Hulbert and her son, William Christopher Dannelly.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Bill Dannelly; son and daughter-in law, Jeff and Jennifer Dannelly, Niceville, FL; daughter-in-law, Kathy Dannelly, Duluth GA; grandchildren, William, Emerson, Grayson and Harper Dannelly; mother, Janice Hulbert, Pensacola, FL; brothers and sisters-in law, Alan Hulbert and Sue Sumner, Alpharetta, GA, Rick and Pam Hulbert, Helena, MT; nephews, nieces, cousins and many extended family members and friends.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Pam’s life will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00am at First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright Street, Pensacola, FL. Dr. Henry Roberts and Dr. Wesley Wachob will be officiating. Following the service, a reception will be held in The Wright Place.

The family would like to thank the Sacred Heart Oncology Group, as well as the wonderful nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital, for showing Pam such love and respect while she was with them.

Because she was such an intricate part of so many lives and was loved by all, she will be deeply missed.

Because of Pam’s lifelong love of music, in lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church\

Jo Ann Joyce

July 28, 2015

Jo Ann Joyce, 77, went home to be with the Lord, July 27, 2015. Jo Ann was born August 25, 1937, in Evergreen, AL to the late Gertrude and Zell Potts. The family moved to Pensacola when she was at a young age and she has lived here most of her life. Jo Ann is a born again Christian, King James Bible believer and a member of Charity Baptist Church. She is now in Heaven with her many loved ones and friends, especially her Christian mentor and sister in Christ, Mary Sims.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lamar Potts; and a sister, Gloria Jean DeCosta.

Jo Ann is survived by her loving husband, Ronnie; daughter, Kimberly Schaaf; son, Leonard Joyce; sister, Mazelle (Jack) Lewis; brothers, Wendell (Ruby) Potts, Alvin (Marie) Potts and Haywood (Teresa) Potts; grandchildren, Brandon (Megan), Kayla, and Calvin Schaaf, and Megan Martin; and many nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann and Ronnie were married 53 years and 73 days on this earth, but will be reunited in Heaven one day for eternity.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gospel Country at WHBR Christian Television Network, 6500 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with burial following at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens. Dr. James McGaughey will have the honor of officiating Jo Ann’s Going Home Celebration.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to services at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North.

Pallbearers will be Steven Barry, Wayne Blackmon, John Lovrien, Ian Skelley, Kenneth Stanford, and Sandy Wyatt.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Vaughn Simpson

July 28, 2015

Our mother was born November 7, 1923, in Molino. She passed to her heavenly home on July 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was a lifelong member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice and William Vaughn; son, Billy L. Simpson; three sisters, Bette Luth, Leslie Geranson, and Emma Ruth Churchill; and one brother, Melvin Vaughn.

Mom is survived by two sons, Michael (Shirley) Ghiorso and Fred (Diane) Ghiorso; two daughters, Kim (James) Freeman and Peggy (Michael) Smith; and two brothers, Roderick (Virginia) Vaughn and Luther Vaughn.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with burial to follow in Crabtree Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Kasie Helpzkidz (www.khkidz.org).

Pallbearers will be James Freeman II, Tim Freeman, and Gregory Monroe.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Escambia County Sheriff Traffic Unit.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Christine Jones Harris

July 27, 2015

Christine Jones Harris entered into God’s arms on Sunday, July 19, 2015. She was born in Biloxi, MS on May 5, 1962. She was 53 years old.

Chris attended Tate High School in Gonzales, FL, graduated from Northview High School in Dothan, AL and from Wallace Community College in Dothan. She attended University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a retired legal secretary/paralegal, spending most of her career in Baton Rouge, LA.

Chris was a loyal, loving daughter, sister and mother. She enjoyed spending time with her aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. She loved reminiscing with her caregivers about her family and she could make them laugh and would remind them to “Live, Love, Laugh”. They weren’t just words to her; it was a choice and a way of life. She was very organized and could complete a task while others were still thinking about it.

Chris was always thinking of others and unselfishly putting them before herself. Even when she was so ill, she was always concerned about others; yet she left you no doubt just how she felt and what she thought about things. She enjoyed crocheting baby blankets, afghans, hats and scarves and giving them to friends and family. She was an awesome cook, enjoyed morning walks on the beach and could put a puzzle together in record time. Chris could accomplish anything she attempted and met every challenge with determination and courage. She was always determined to see everything to its completion. This and her enduring spiritual strength proved to be her greatest qualities as she courageously battled cancer for eight challenging years. She always had a smile and a loving, generous heart for everyone she met or knew. She always saw the good in everyone.

Chris was preceded in death by her father, Morris C. Jones of Pensacola; maternal grandparents, Doyce and Eniz Davis, Biloxi, MS; paternal grandparents, Aaron and Hazel Jones of Pensacola; uncles, Donald Davis, Robert Davis and James Davis all of Biloxi, MS.

Chris is survived by her son, Mark C. Harris of Baton Rouge, LA; mother, Ida A. Hoover, Biloxi; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jean Jones of Grayson, GA; niece and nephew, Erin and Nicholas Jones of Grayson; uncle and his wife, John (JT) and Dee Davis of Biloxi; cousins, Vikki Davis Kershaw, Beth Bigner, Monica Davis, John Davis, and Theresa Rotz; and innumerable loving relatives and friends.

Chris’s family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to everyone at West Gate Village and her hospice team from Comfort Care for their continual unselfish care they so lovingly gave her from their hearts.

A Memorial Celebration of Chris’s life will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Faith Chapel North in Cantonment. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Services will begin at 12 p.m.

Interment will immediately follow at Whitmire Cemetery in Pensacola.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Comfort Care of Brewton, 215 Belleville Avenue, Brewton, AL 36426 or to West Gate Village, 100 Pineview Street, Brewton, AL 36426

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Lois “Voncile” Stewart

July 27, 2015

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Voncile went to be with the love of her life Randolph.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Stewart; son, Lloyd Stewart; parents, Joe and Birdie McCrory; two sisters; and five brothers.

Voncile is survived by four daughters, Lois (Tommy) Crutchfield, Essie (Walter) Boswell, Linda Armentor, and Liz (Tommy) Graham; two sons, Robert Stewart and Lee (Rose) Stewart; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Frankie Godsey officiating.

Burial was in Pugh’s Chapel Cemetery in Molino.

John Gregory Bowman

July 27, 2015

John Gregory Bowman (Greg) of Molino, passed away on July 23, 2015, at 57 years young. He was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina to John and Louise Bowman of Molino. Greg enjoyed the outdoors whether he was in the woods hunting with his daddy, on the beach fishing or surfing, or on the river fishing. He was an avid Alabama fan. Greg enjoyed a long career as a welder. He loved his son, Jacob, from the moment he was born until the day he went to be with the Lord.

He is preceded in death by his father John R. Bowman.

He is survived by his mother, Louise Bowman; his twin sister, Gwen Bowman; his younger sister, Donna Moore; his son, Jacob Smith; his nephews, Brandon Moore and Braden Moore; and his furbaby, JR.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

His uncle, Jackson McNabb, will deliver the eulogy.

Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Judson Dean

July 27, 2015

Mr. Judson Dean, age 91, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at his Flomaton residence.

Mr. Dean was born in Evergreen, Alabama and had been a resident of Flomaton since 1947, coming from Atmore. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated the Western Auto store in Flomaton for a number of years. Mr. Dean was a long time member of Flomaton First Baptist church, and was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Dean.

He is survived by two sons, Wayne Allen (Gay Dyees-Dean) of Atlanta, GA, and Larry Eugene (Debora) Dean of Pensacola; close friends and care takers, Kathy Chumley and BriannaC olter, both of Flomaton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 9 a.m. from the chapel of Flomaton Funeral Home with Rev. Dustin Stockstill officiating.

Private interment will take place at Flomaton Cemetery.

Edith Imogene “Jean” Purvis

July 27, 2015

Jean was born February 6, 1939, in Excel, Alabama to Charles R. and Ida M. Jordan. She went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 25, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Jean was the sunshine of our family. She loved working in the yard and grew beautiful flowers. She was a great cook and loved to sew and paint ceramics. She was loved by all who knew her and always greeted you with a smile. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Molino.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Gina Renae; two brothers; and two sisters.

Jean is survived by Charles Purvis, her loving husband of fifty seven years; her children, Debbi (Gregory) Jinright, Tracy (James) Patterson, Amy (Jeff) Lathan, and Alan (Michele) Purvis; two brothers, Fred (Bertha) Jordan and Jerald (Judy) Jordan; one sister, Joyce Blanton; 12 grandchildren; Emily Williams, Miranda (Ben) Sevcik, Rachel, Hannah, Nathan and Andrew Patterson, Madelyn, Mallory and Morgan Lathan, Justin, Layne and Logan Purvis; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Highland Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

Interment will be at Eastern Gate Cemetery on Nine Mile Road at 11:30 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Justin, Layne and Logan Purvis, Nathan Patterson, Ben Sevcik and Rodney Middleton.

Our family would like to extend a special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their love and care.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Covenant Hospice, 2001 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501, online at www.choosecovenant.org/hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 9601, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or www.alz.org.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia McKelvain

July 27, 2015

All of Heaven is celebrating the arrival of another precious saint of God! Mary Virginia Steadham McKelvain passed away after a brief illness in Escambia County, Florida on July 24, 2015. She was born on July 9, 1935 and turned 80 years old just a few days before her passing. Ms. Virginia was a lifelong resident of Jay and a member of Cornerstone Christian Church of Jay.

Many loved ones are in Heaven to greet her, but most importantly she is face to face with the one she wanted to see the most; her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is literally in His arms with no more suffering, pain, hardship or disease of any kind.

Ms. Virginia was preceded in death by her father, Henry Clyde (Bub) Steadham; her mother, Lucile Enfinger Steadham; two brothers, Clyde Steadham and Winston Steadham; son-in-law, Raymond Diamond Jr.; and her baby boy, Mark Eugene Griswold, whom she never got to see here on earth.

She leaves behind her children, Mary Opal Branch (T-Don), Cynthia Darlene Marshall (Doyle) and Lucinda Ann Diamond; her grandchildren, Chasity Reid (Randy Sims), Amber Deese (David), Mary Laura Boutwell (Blake), Heath Marshall (Molly) and Andrew Diamond as well as her great-grandchildren, Tori and Blake Reid, Sawyer, Cooper and Carrington Deese and Grant Marshall. Her living brothers and sisters are, Barbara Levins (Hubert) of Cantonment, Charles Steadham (Myra) of Atmore, Carl Steadham (Flo) of Bay Minette, Annie Ruth Kelley (Tink) of Jay, Dorothy Owens (Tommy) of Jay, Lillian Ward (Roy) of Jay, Amelia Steadham of Jay; a sister-in-law, Linda Steadham of Flomaton; and two special nieces, Deanna Rutherford and Leslie Borders; along with many other nieces and nephews.

All who knew Ms. Virginia loved her. She was a package full of sweetness. She tenderly and deeply loved her family and friends and showed much kindness to all of her acquaintances.

She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her Momma, Grandma and Mimi. Besides living for the Lord, they were her reasons for waking up each morning and putting one foot in front of the other. She not only helped to raise them and other family members, she was also a mother figure to many others not related to her. She instilled morals of family love, hard work, stewardship and the love of Jesus in each of them. Ms. Virginia will be an example for years to come for all of her family to pattern their lives after.

Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Ms. Virginia will be greatly missed by all those she left behind. However, God promises us if we turn our lives to Him and serve Him as she did, we will be reunited with her one glorious, triumphant day in Heaven!

Funeral services will be held at Cornerstone Christian Church at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, with burial following at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Chumuckla. Pastors Frederick Barrow and Bobby Carnley will be officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Ms. Virginia’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Jeff Kelley and Terry Kelley.

Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.

Eastside Chapel in Atmore is in charge of the arrangements.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jay Hospital and Dr. Jeff Kelley, Baptist Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital. They also want to send heartfelt thanks for all of the calls, texts and prayers from many of their family and friends.

Fred Harold Allen, Sr.

July 26, 2015

Fred Harold Allen, Sr., age 83, of Cantonment, passed away at home on Thursday, July 23, 2015. He was born October 5, 1931 in Mobile. After graduating from Murphy High School in Mobile in 1949, he worked his way through college, earning a degree in chemical engineering from The Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) in 1955. While still in school, Fred joined the National Guard and was activated to serve in the Korean War.

He married Patsy Templin, also of Mobile, in 1956 and they moved to Pensacola after he accepted a job with the Monsanto Corporation in 1957. Fred and Pat were wonderful parents to their three children, Fred Jr., Keary, and Rachel and their foster child, Ronnie Gattis. Church and family were very important to Fred. While living in Molino, the family was active at Aldersgate United Methodist. In later years, after moving to the Cantonment area, Fred enjoyed many years of involvement at Gonzalez United Methodist Church. He retired in 1996 after working 39 years at Monsanto as a project engineer. He was a wonderful father to his children and he will be sorely missed.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Pat Allen; his parents, Charles Frederick Allen, Sr. and Fannie Jerusa Orso Allen; his older brother, Charles Frederick Allen, Jr.; and his foster son, Ronnie Gattis.

Survivors include his children, Fred Allen, Jr. and his wife Paula, Keary Allen and his wife Sheila, and Rachel Terry and her husband Greg; seven grandchildren, Aaron Allen, Maranda Shelton, Brittany Harris, Stephen Terry, Katy Terry, Ben Terry, and Ashley Allen; great-grandchildren. Bailey Allen, Brooklynn Allen, Blake Allen, Amelia Shelton, Enzel Shelton, Scarlet Harris, and Irelynn Harris; his brothers, Noel Allen and Connie Allen; and his sister, Dorothy Williams.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 27, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Faith Chapel.

Internment will be at Gonzalez United Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gonzalez United Methodist Church.

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