Monday, September 26, 2011

Theodore G. "Ted" White 1931-2011

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Theodore G. "Ted" White


Theodore G. "Ted" White, age 79, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011.

Ted retired from Monsanto after 31 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as an Air Traffic Controller, valuing that time of his life greatly. He was an avid golfer, being known to "shoot his age" quite frequently.

He was preceded in death by his parents,

James J. and Edna Haynes Noel; sister, Jane Bouler.

Ted is survived by his four children, Noel Anthony (Abby) White of Texas, Toby White of Chumuckla, Wendy (Thomas) Watts of Atmore, and Tracy (Charles) Burgess of Jay; grandchildren, Jessica White, Kendall (Kat) White, Kendrick (Amber) White, Kelley Nunemaker, Christina (John) Brown all of Texas, Kevin (Melissa) Lovett of Pace, Colton White of Chumuckla, Jansen Burgess and Taylor Burgess of Jay; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Christina (Michael) Harrison; mother of his children, wife of over 20 years and continued loyal friend, Elsie White; his faithful companion, his dog "girlfriend" Susie-Q; and many nieces, nephews cousins, and friends.

He was very passionate about his family and loved his grandkids with all his heart. He instilled in us integrity, loyalty and most of all love. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at the Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel with Rev. Curtis Powell, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel directing. Family will receive friends from

6 to 8pm on Monday, September 26, 2011 at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Raymond Diamond 1940 - 2011

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Raymond Diamond

1940 - 2011

Raymond Diamond of Jay was born in Century, Florida on April 3, 1940 and passed away surrounded by his family on September 9, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Julia Faye (Nowling) Diamond, his daughter, Vaneica (Jimmy) Burgess of Jay, his grandchildren, Ashlynn Burgess, Chandler Burgess and Andrew Diamond, all of Jay, his sister, Elaine Golden (Roy) of Pace, his daughter-in-law, Lucinda Diamond of Jay, his brother-law, Elton Nowling of Jay, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Raymond was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Diamond Jr., his father, Bernie Lee Diamond and his mother, Elise Jackson Diamond.

Visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. with family gathering at 5 p.m. at the Jay Funeral Home. The funeral will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Cora Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Carnley, Bro. Frederick Barrow, and Bro. LaDon Hall officiating services. Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Don Bales, Keith Caraway, Charles Carnley, Lee Deese, Mickey Diamond, Merlin Edwards, Glen Gavin, Ricky Godwin, Tony Gomillion, Ben Hudson, J.B Hudson, Dan Langham, Curt Lowry, Frank Lowry, John Lowry, Bubba McCaskill, Gary McCaskill, Jimmy McCaskill, Doyle Marshall, Jimmy Nelson, Douglas Odom, Reggie Odom, Leroy Peacock, Frank Rowell, Tony Simmons, Tommy Smith, David Walther, Roger Watson, Sammy Lowry and Jimmy Lowry.

Active pallbearers will be Jansen, Burgess, James Diamond, Bruce Godwin, Daniel Golden, Steven Jackson and Michael Nowling.

Raymond was a pillar of the community and was well loved by all who knew him. He was very passionate about his family and loved to fish and work. He was well known as the owner of Diamond's Grocery where he worked for 50 years. He was also a bus driver for 41 years and enjoyed farming.

A special thank you to Dr. David Smith, Dr. James Stringfield, Dr. Lance Raney and Dr. Jeff Kelley. The family would also like to thank the nursing staff of Jay Hospital and the 3 West nursing staff at Baptist Hospital, as well as the Jay Volunteer Fire Department.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and the community.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Essye Wyman (1928-2011)

Essye Wyman (1928 - 2011) Our much loved Mom, Essye Wyman, 83, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 5, 2011, after suffering a stroke. Essye was born in Esto, Fla., on Aug. 15, 1928, to Shelby and Mary Davis. After high school she went to Business College in Jacksonville, Fla., where she met her future husband, David Wyman. They married in 1948 and eventually settled in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., where they raised six children. Essye worked at the Fort Walton Beach High School library, retiring in 1991 after 20 years of service. In addition to working for the school system, she loved her second career as a waitress. For 47 years she worked at various area restaurants, including The Blue Room, Marina Bay, and most recently Brooks Bridge Barbecue. Essye was active with First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach. She and her husband were also avid boosters for the NWFSC Raiders. Essye's most loved activities were spending time with her family and friends, and taking daily walks. Essye was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, David Wilbur Wyman; as well as two sons, David Jr. and Gregory Lee; and both of her parents. She is survived by four children, Glenda (Lindsey) Harp, Bruce (Debbie) Wyman, Gail (Roger) Renfroe, and Diane (James) Baughman; her brother, Willard (Miriam) Davis; two nieces; one nephew; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. officiated by Dr. Howard Gates of First Baptist Church, in the chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach. Burial will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed and submitted online at Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from September 7 to September 8, 2011