Sunday, February 14, 2010


Otha Easter Harris

1923 - 2010

Mr. Otha Easter Harris, 86, of Chumuckla, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010.
Mr. Harris was born in Chumuckla and was a lifelong resident of the Santa Rosa County area.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and he was the last surviving member of the 1941 State Basketball Championship Team from Chumuckla. He was a lifelong member of the Chumuckla Methodist Church.
Mr. Harris is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Bennie Evelyn Strickland Harris; a son, Michael Harris; and his parents, Ernest Phil Harris and Vernie Ard Harris.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Harris; his son, Phil (Marba) Harris; his daughter, Janis (Bobby) Simmons; his grandchildren, Stephen Simmons, Dale (Marissa) Simmons, Nikki (Jared) Palmer, Lisa (Brock) Stewart; four great-grandchildren, Lela, Justin, Makenna and Brayden Simmons; a step-son, Lamar (Gail) Harris; his sisters, Letha Myers, Lavenia Nelson; his brother, Hoover (Lillian) Harris, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Pace, with Rev. Clive Knights and Rev. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel directing.
The family will receive friends from 6 pm until 8 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Pace.
Active Pallbearers will be Harry Harris, Keith Harris, Clark Harris, Doug Horton, James Campbell, and Brian Bartkiewicz
Honorary Pallbearers will be Copeland Griswold, Alvin Enfinger, Rufus Campbell, Don Salter, Donnie Sowell, John Atkins, Mike Donahoe, and Dan Mullins.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Covenant Hospice.
Friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at

Published in Pensacola News Journal on February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Gillis Randall Childers
Randy Childers, of McShan, AL, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2010 at home.
Randy Childers was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He loved to be on the water whether if be fishing, boating or working.  He was an extraordinary person who was able to do anything he wanted from football, boating, fishing, electrician, construction, catfish farming, restaurant owner (cook), and everything in between.  He always made time for friends and family no matter how busy his life was for him. He lived a very happy go lucky life and never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Childers.
Survivors include his wife, Kris M. Childers; daughter, Raven M. Childers; and son, Neil R. Childers, all of McShan, AL; sisters, Patricia Mathews of Lakeland, FL and Donna Zieglar of Plant City, FL; grandchildren, Alexia B Childers of Caledonia, MS and Haley Ridings of Millport, AL.
Services will be held Saturday, February 20 at 4pm at 8270 Welcome Church Road Milton, Florida.
As an alternative to flowers and other funeral items, we ask that your sympathy for the family may be shown in the act of a monetary contribution during their time of need to BMH-GT Business Office Manager, PO Box 1307, Columbus, Mississippi 39703. RE: Gillis R. Childers. Phone 662-244-1653.
Published in Pensacola News Journal on February 14, 2010
Randy was at Chumuckla School in 1957. Parents were teachers / principal.