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John Steven Watson

Mr. John Steven Watson, age 75, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Watson was a native and resident of Jay, FL and had spent most of his life in the Byrneville, FL community. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving with the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a retired truck driver, loved playing the guitar, loved horses and race cars. He was a member of the Byneville Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Vendell Watson and brother, Gary Watson. He is survived by his wife... 

February 19, 2020 | Read more »

Lucas Randall Courtney

Lucas Randall Courtney, 24, of Cantonment, FL, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020. He was born in Pensacola, FL, attended Tate High School and was employed at the Boyd Plumbing Company as a service plumber. Lucas enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He loved to sing karaoke and was happy to show off his singing talent from Pensacola all the way to Camden, AL. He was happiest when he was with friends and family. He loved being an uncle to Kash and was happy to teach him all sorts of bad habits. He is preceded... 

February 11, 2020 | Read more »

Terry Dennis Rigby

Terry Dennis Rigby, 60, of Oak Grove, FL. passed away February 10, 2020 in Pensacola, FL. He was born in Columbia, S.C. on March 28, 1959. He attended Auburn University. He was a retired fleet maintenance supervisor for Escambia County Solid Waste with over 32 years of service. In 2018, he was honored by the Escambia County Commission for his long career. He served as a volunteer for the Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department, next month would have made 40 years and served as chief from 1988 to 1989. In 2012, he was named Officer... 

February 10, 2020 | Read more »

Levon McKinley

Levon McKinley, age 75, went to join his loved ones in heaven on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. He struggled many years with heart problems and passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Levon McKinley was born on November 15, 1944, in Atmore, AL, to Bessie Mae Browning, age 40, and James Thomas McKinley, Sr, age 42. He had four brothers and four sisters, and spent his early years living in Atmore, AL. He was the first and only child to graduate from Escambia High School in 1962 and decided to join the military in... 

February 9, 2020 | Read more »

Glenda Elizabeth Gulsby Hamilton

Glenda Elizabeth Hamilton passed peacefully on February 7, 2020 at the age of 79. Glenda was born on April 29, 1940 to Aubrey Cecil (Peck) and Margaret Elizabeth (Pinky) Gulsby. She grew up in the Pensacola and Molino area and even spent some time in Mobile. In 1956, at the age of 16, she met and fell in love with a handsome young man in an Air Force uniform and later married him becoming Mrs. Charles Hamilton. After Charles became ordained to preach, Glenda served as Pastors wife for over 30 years. Over the years she became... 

February 9, 2020 | Read more »

Helen Stacey Houck Courtney

Helen Stacey Houck Courtney, 86 of Atmore, AL, passed away February 8, 2020, in Atmore. She was born on February 16, 1933, in Canoe, AL, to the late J.D. Curtis and Nettie Louise Smith Stacey. She worked most of her life as a certified nursing assistant. She was of the Baptist faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Lewis Houck, siblings Curtis Stacey, Eloise Ellis, Maedell Bartley. She is survived by her son Larry (Betty) Houck and daughter Martha Floyd both of Atmore, AL; four brothers Elvin (Carolyn) Stacey... 

February 9, 2020 | Read more »

John Dawson Hendricks

John Dawson Hendricks, 84, of Jay, Florida, went to his heavenly home on February 5, 2020. John D was a lifelong resident of Jay. He was a graduate of Jay High School, Class of 1954. After high school, he went to work for Chemstrand and Solutia during his 34 year tenure at Monsanto. When he wasn’t at Fort Morgan fishing, you could find him atop his John Deere tractor, or wielding a weed eater at Mount Carmel Methodist Church where he was a lifelong member and Trustee for many years. John D is preceded in death by his parents,... 

February 9, 2020 | Read more »

Morris B. Stone

Morris B. Stone, age 49, died peacefully and entered God’s Kingdom called Heaven on Feb 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Morris was born on June 4, 1970 in Pensacola, FL to Marcus Stone and the late Gloria Stone. Morris was a graduate of Tate High School and worked in management at Walmart until he medically retired in 2010. He loved the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Dallas Cowboys, fishing, bowling and a big dip of Copenhagen. Morris is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Stone; and his brother, Kenneth Morgan... 

February 9, 2020 | Read more »

Sara “Tiny” Waters

Mrs. Sara “Tiny” Waters, age 66, passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in Atmore, Alabama. Mrs. Waters was a native of Atmore, AL and had resided in the Century and Flomaton area for most of her life. She was a member of the Gospel Light Temple Church. She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James Earl Waters; parents, Thomas and Jewell Hanks; daughter, Kim Sims; two brothers, Thomas Hanks and Kenneth Hanks and two sisters, Genene Baggett and Mary Griffis. She is survived by one son, Jamie Waters of Flomaton,... 

February 8, 2020 | Read more »

Robert N. Fournier

Robert N. Fournier went home to be with his Heavenly Father Jesus Christ Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the age of 84. He passed away peacefully with his wife at his bedside at their resident in Cantonment, FL. Bob was born January 10, 1936, in St. Petersburg, FL. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Iris Fournier; grandmother, Ina Lingle who he loved dearly; brother; Richard E. Fournier; son, Bobby; and stepson, Terry Snelson. Bob is survived by his wife, Fran, of 33+ years; step daughter, Teresa Kelly; eight grandchildren,... 

February 8, 2020 | Read more »

Angela Findley

Mrs. Angela Findley, age 64, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida. Mrs. Findley was a native and former resident of Louisiana and had resided in Century, FL for the past 38 years. She was a 25 year employee of Century Pharmacy and an honorary member of the Sisters on the Fly. She was of the Baptist Faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Deanna Aucoin and granddaughter, Nickole Lowery. She is survived by one son, Blaine (Tamara) Findley of Century, FL; one daughter, Amanda (Clint) Lowery... 

February 8, 2020 | Read more »

Johnny Ray Chance

Johnny Ray Chance, 56, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020. Johnny Ray was a resident of Molino, Florida. Johnny Ray was born in Pensacola, Florida, on March 19, 1963. He was a trucker by trade and enjoyed traveling all over the country. He loved his family and had a heart of gold. Johnny Ray would do anything for anyone, as well as, being one of the funniest men you would ever meet. He loved to fish and was good at it too. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Chance; step-father, R. T. Anderson; and nephew,... 

February 4, 2020 | Read more »

Richard “Dick” Nicholson

Richard “Dick” Nicholson passed away January 29, 2020. He was born at the old Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola on June 13th, 1940. He was the youngest son of Jim and Thelma Nicholson and grew up with his older brother Ray on the family farm in Molino, Florida. When he was a kid he and his brother raised 100 hatchling hens and they sold the eggs for $1 dollar a dozen. At the tender age of 10 he raised enough money selling eggs to buy his first piece of land – 10 acres. He graduated from Tate High School in 1958 where he... 

February 1, 2020 | Read more »

Jewel Bondurant Dean

Mrs. Jewel Bondurant Dean, age 88 of Flomaton, AL passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at a Mobile,  AL health care facility. Mrs. Dean was a native of Repton, AL, and a life long member of the Flomaton community where she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Flomaton.  She enjoyed working in her yard, baking cakes and her family.  Mrs. Dean was preceded in death by her parents, John Dewey and Alta Shipp Bondurant; husband of 28 years, Werth Kemble Dean;  four brothers, Frank Bondurant, Calvin Bondurant,... 

January 31, 2020 | Read more »

Ralph “Chuck” L. Godwin, Jr., age 62, was born in Pensacola, Florida on August 16, 1957. He resided in Cantonment, Florida and passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020. Chuck attended Tate High School and graduated from Troy University. He had his own business as an accountant. Chuck loved fishing, but loved his family more than anything. He was an amazing father and husband, who will be greatly missed. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph L. Godwin, Sr. and Barbara Godwin. He is survived by his wife of 27 years,... 

January 31, 2020 | Read more »

Ralph “Chuck” L. Godwin, Jr.

Ralph “Chuck” L. Godwin, Jr., age 62, was born in Pensacola, Florida ,on August 16, 1957.  He resided in Cantonment, Florida, and passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020. Chuck attended Tate High School and graduated from Troy University. He had his own business as an accountant. Chuck loved fishing, but loved his family more than anything. He was an amazing father and husband, who will be greatly missed. Chuck is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph L. Godwin, Sr. and Barbara Godwin. He is survived by his wife... 

January 27, 2020 | Read more »

Jessie Lee Jay

Mrs. Jessie Lee Jay, age 83, of Atmore, Ala., passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Pensacola, Fla. She was born in Lower Peach, Ala. to the late Lewis Fredrick and Annie Elizabeth Jay. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Edward Jay; a brother, Bo Green and sisters, Martha Griffin, Annie Laura Welch and Edith Heatherington. Mrs. Jay is survived by her children, George Allen (Shelly) Jay, Frank Edward (Karen) Jay, Julia Elizabeth Norwood, all of Atmore, and Laura Lee (Paul) McKinley of Callahan, FL;... 

January 27, 2020 | Read more »

Willie T. English

Willie T. English, 89, of Walnut Hill, FL, passed away Wednesday January 22, 2020, in Walnut Hill. He was a forest ranger for the State of Florida, born in Pineville, FL, on May 9, 1930, to the late Thomas and Fannie Rolin English. He is preceded in death by hisarents; wife, Minnie Ruth English’ a son, William English; two sisters, Evelyn Spence and Aliene Weaver. Survivors are two sons, Bill (Angie) English and Thomas English all of Walnut Hill, FL; five grandchildren, Erin Karaim, Gunnar English, Daniel English, Emily... 

January 27, 2020 | Read more »

William H. (Bill) Fairchild

William H. (Bill) Fairchild, 78 was called Home To The Lord On January 21, 2020. He lived in Cantonment, Florida but was formerly from West Hazleton, Pa. Born December 17, 1941. The son of the late Roger V. and Virginia (Hoffman) Fairchild. Bill was a gentle soul, a great person whom I will always consider family. He loved hunting & fishing, a talented wood craftsman. A companion to my mom who passed in June. He is survived by his brother, sons & daughters His ashes will be scattered at his favorite hunting site &... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Edwin Leroy Whatley

Edwin Leroy Whatley, 75 of Bratt, FL, passed away January 20, 2020, in Pensacola, FL. He was born in Ringgold, GA, on December 6, 1944, to the late Earnest Levell and Rose Marie Fowler Whatley. He served in the United States Navy. He was a commercial truck driver for over 47 years then later retired from White’s Pallets in Flomaton, AL. Mr. Whatley enjoyed woodworking and building birdhouses. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Ronnie Whatley, Jerry Whatley and Leon Whatley. He is survived by his wife of... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Keith Etheridge

Keith Etheridge, 57, passed away on January 21, 2020. Keith graduated from Escambia High School in 1981. He is preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Etheridge in 2019. Keith is survived by his father, Ray Etheridge; sisters, Vicki (Bob) Gay, and Paige Hughes; nephew, Dusty (Savanna) Gay; nieces, Whitney, (Ryan) Gray, Erica (Chris ) Bonanno; and great nieces, Alyssa, Lily, Lacey, Cambria; and great nephew, Cale. He worked at J. M. Tate High School for 10+ years as a custodian, (Go Aggies), and served as a union representative.... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Virginia Bullard Hobbs

Virginia Bullard Hobbs 74, was born March 31, 1945, in Pensacola, Florida, to the late Oscar and Aline McGill Bullard. She was taken from her earthly body and greeted by her late husband, Teddy Hobbs on January 23, 2020 in Cantonment, Florida. Virginia enjoyed fishing and being surrounded by the outdoors. She always loved the mountains. Virginia would devote thirty-six years to caring for her paralyzed husband, the love of her life. She will be missed by all who knew her and remembered for her care and compassion. Virginia was... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Kathryn Louise Burkett Oglesby Thomas

Kathryn Louise Burkett Oglesby Thomas, 91, was born September 25, 1928, in Bay Manite, Alabama, to the late Robert and Ara Crabtree Burkett. She was taken from this earthly home on January 23, 2020, surrounded by family in the comfort of her daughters home in Cantonment, Florida. Kathryn loved spending time with her family and friends. She never met a stranger and always took great pride in helping others anyway she could. Kathryn retired from St. Regis Paper Co. following thirty-five years of dedicated services. She will be... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard

Mrs. Shirley Marilyn Vickrey Fayard, age 81, of Atmore, AL, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Atmore. She was born in Huxford, AL, to the late Bernard E. “Bunk” and Daisy Myrtle Kent Vickrey. She was a faithful member of Presley Street Baptist Church serving as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and member of the choir. She retired from First National Bank of Atmore after 48 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Billy Turberville; brothers, Lawrence Vickrey and Doug Vickrey. She... 

January 26, 2020 | Read more »

Rufus McClain

Mr. Rufus “Buck” McClain, age 79, passed away, Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. McClain was native of Boykin, AL, former resident of Conecuh County, AL and had resided in Atmore, AL for the past seven years. He was a retired logger. He is preceded in death by his wife, Janice Bradley and parents, Frank and Mary Voncile McClain. He is survived by one son, Anthony McClain of Houston, TX; one brother, Frankie McClain of Brewton, AL; two sisters, Theresa McClain of Atmore, AL and Eva Mae Heard of Moss Point,... 

January 25, 2020 | Read more »