Tuesday, April 17, 2018

ROCKS OF CHUMUCKLA

IF YOU FIND A ROCK...

.... You or the next person who finds the rock that you photograph and then pass-forward might be up for a small prize (see below) .  
Look for hints when you post a photo of your rock at the CHUMUCKLA ROCKS FB page
  


As an alternative you can email your photo and a short description of your find to vic@buzzcreek.com. We will post if for you. We won't post private information and only your name if you agree to it.

To enhance the experience of a FINDER -  take a digital photo and post it with a brief note about the area where you found it.  Maybe a store area or a community location.  Enjoy it a few days and then "re-gift" the rock to a random location that is not hard to find so someone else can enjoy the FIND.  Or use one of the photos from the fb page to repost.

Every month or so, all the posts to the page will be collected and a random poster will be selected to win a modest prize - like a book from the Jay Historical Society or some interesting item.  

Good luck and enjoy the fun.  Here are some examples








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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jay Museum visiting

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Brenda Elaine Hopkins McGraw 1951-2018

Brenda Elaine  Hopkins McGraw

Brenda Elaine Hopkins McGraw, 66, of Jay passed away on March 2, 2018. She was born on July 15, 1951 in Pensacola to Aaron and Helen Hopkins.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, she celebrated 49 years of marriage to her husband, Clifford. She was a Godly wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, sister-in-law, and friend.

Brenda was a lifelong member of the IPH Church where she ministered alongside her husband for 45 years.
She was preceded in death by son, D’wayne McGraw and father, Aaron Hopkins.

Survivors include: husband, Clifford; daughter, Tina (Jeff); grandchildren: Christopher, Joshua, Abigail, Benjamin, and Brady; mother, Helen Hopkins; sisters, Hazel (Burdell) and Helen; brother, Troy (Virginia); and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Covenant Church of God, 4645 School Lane, Pace, FL.
Special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their exceptional care.

Joyce Morris Raney 1937 - 2018

Joyce Raney

Joyce Morris Raney


Service
Sunday, March 4th, 2018 2:00pm
New Bethel Baptist Church

Today a very special lady had a memorial service at our church which was her church also, her vocal voice was so special, Roy and I were sick,unable to be there, we will never forget Joyce Raney,

Friends in Chumuckla . On Thursday afternoon my Aunt, Joyce Morris Raney passed away. She was the daughter of the late John (Obb) and Vera Mae Morris.


Lost one of my dear, sweetest sister's in Christ last week to the Heavenly Angel Choir! Ms. Joyce Raney sang like an angel & I will miss her beautiful voice until I am singing with her in the Heavenly choir,TOO! Prayers continue for her FAMILY & all of her friends who miss her as much as I do!!! See you when I get home, Ms. Joyce

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jean Walther Kirkland - 1960 - 2018

Jean T Kirkland
Jean Teresa (Walther) Kirkland, 58, of Jay, passed away from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, due to a brief illness.

Jean was born in Milton on December 25, 1959, and was a graduate of Chumuckla High School. After graduation, Jean began her employment with the Santa Rosa County Clerk’s Office in Milton. She enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years. She was most proud of her sons, Jonathan and Josh, and felt that was her greatest accomplishment. Also, for the last five years she has been consumed with pride and joy over her only granddaughter, Dixie.

Jean was preceded in death by the father of her children, Johnny Kirkland; her parents, Norman “Plug” and Grace Walther; her oldest sister, Martha (Ed) Levins; her nephew, Tim Levins; and niece, Alisa Walther.

Jean leaves behind to forever cherish her memory, her loving boys, Jonathan and Josh; and special granddaughter, Dixie. Also, she leaves behind, her very best partner in crime, “wife-in-law” Patsy Kirkland, as they often referred to each other. Jean is also survived by her two sisters, Marie (Wayne) Goddard and Jane (David) Chavers; and her favorite brother, Jack (Eddnie) Walther; brother-in-law, Ed Levins; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Coldwater Community of Christ Cemetery.









Monday, February 19, 2018

James "Wendell" Enfinger - Obituary


James Wendell "Wendell" EnfingerFuneral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

On February 13, 2018, James “Wendell” Enfinger lost his battle with colon cancer and went Home to be with Jesus.
Wendell worked for 2-3 years at Piggly Wiggly in Milton, 27 years at Sears (Warehouse), 16 years at Westinghouse, and 16 years with CSX Railroad. He retired on February 28, 2014 due to health problems. He decided after working 50 years, it was time to retire.

Wendell came through 67 chemo treatments, two major surgeries, and several procedures. He was proud of being a bronze level blood donor, even receiving a spot on the wall as a 28 gallon blood donor.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Henry “Buddy” Ezekiel Enfinger; mom, Eula Mae Enfinger; and brother, Charles Quinnon Enfinger.

Wendell was a loving husband to his wife of 52 years, Helen; caring dad to their only son, Randy; a good brother to Harvey (Winnie) and Donald (Ethel Rene) Enfinger; he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, many friends and co-workers.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

Wendell left us while at the West Florida Hospice Unit at West Florida Hospital. The family would like to thank everyone at the hospital and especially the nice people at Covenant Hospice who helped us get through this.




Condolences for Helen and Both Their Families,

Monday, February 05, 2018

Brenda Ard Kelley 1949 - 2018

Brenda L. Kelley, age 68, of Chumuckla, Florida, passed away, Saturday, January 13, 2018.


Brenda was one of four children born to the late Jessie James & Winnie Ard. She retired from the Santa Rosa Property Appraiser Office with ten years of service.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Curtis Ard; and a sister-in-law, Betty Jean Ard.
Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jerry Kelley; a son, Jeffrey (Teresa) Kelley; a daughter, Stacey Craig; four grandchildren, Brianna (Matt) Taylor, Kennedy (Ryan) Schotsch, Parker Kelley, and Zachary Hirman; three great-grandchildren, MaKenna Peacock, Mason Taylor, and Lincoln Schotsch; a brother, Gerald (Darla) Ard; and a sister, Debra Sue (Johnny) Pierce.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Ard Field Church of Christ Cemetery in Jay, Florida, with Pastor Greg Kell officiating.

Brenda was full of love! She enjoyed spending every single moment with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Brenda worked part-time at Pruitt and we would like to thank Mrs. Linda and Ms. Sharon for the support they showed our family during this time.

A very special thank you to the staff and the physicians at West Florida Hospital. The physicians provided great care for Brenda and to provide treatment for a very challenging unknown diagnosis.

She will forever be in our hearts and be missed tremendously. We LOVE you Mom!




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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Tina Yvette Gillman 1964 - 2018


Tina Yvette Gillman, 53, of Milton, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, January 11, 2018.

Tina was born in Milton, Florida, to Rita Cotton Gillman and Roger Gillman, and she lived in Milton her whole life. She was a 1982 graduate of Milton High School, and she worked for over 20 years at West Florida Hospital as a medical transcriptionist.

Tina loved life and was known for her cheerful personality and laughter. She had a Heart of Gold and loved God, her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Gillman; her paternal grandparents, Dallas and Jessie Gillman; and her maternal grandparents, Ruthard and Edna Cotton.

Tina leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Rita Cotton Gillman; her sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Glenn Ruedy; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Susan Gillman; four nieces and nephews, Courtney (David) Hudson, Cassy Gillman, Jarrett Ruedy, and Lexi Gillman; and a great-niece, Addison Hudson.

Homegoing Services for Tina will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Wiggins officiating.

Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel, directing.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, prior to services.


Friday, January 12, 2018

John Horton 1926- 2018

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John Russell Horton, 91, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Hillcrest House in Dallas, Texas. John was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Floyd Horton. He lived in Tuscaloosa until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla, Florida. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball.

In 1943, at 17, John convinced his mother to allow him to enlist in the Navy and was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific including the invasions of Tarawa, Saipan, Kwajalein, Guam, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947.

Returning to Pensacola, Florida, after the war, he met and married Elaine Manning and they had two daughters, Brenda and Sandy. John spent many years working for Sherrill Pure Oil Company in Pensacola before starting his own company, Horton Energy Products. John loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grand kids to whom he was known as Pops. We are most appreciative that he lived the last two years of his life in Dallas, Texas, where his great-grandson came to know and love him, just as his grand kids did.

John was predeceased by his parents and brother, Jacob. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Elias (Matthew) of Dallas, Texas, and Sandy Smith (Timothy) of Leesburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Claire Elias Gordon (Jeff) and Sarah Elias of Dallas, Amanda West Jones (Pete) of Panama City, Florida, and Johnathan West of Arlington, Virginia, one great grandson, Matthew Gordon and his sister in law, Frances Horton of Pensacola, Florida.

Graveside services and burial with full military honors will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 12, at Barrancas National Cemetery. Family and friends will depart Olive Baptist Church (the old Warrington Baptist Church), 103 West Winthrop Ave, Pensacola, Florida, at 9:15 AM to travel to the graveside services.



EULOGY - by Claire (granddaughter)

My memories of our Pops run long and deep. I am grateful that he was able to live such a long and rich life, and at the same time I know that there will be a huge void in our lives as he was such a huge pillar in the architecture of our entire family. He was larger than life and lived that way. What a legacy he leaves behind! He touched his children, grandchildren and everyone he met in such memorable ways! Pops loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grandkids. And how fitting that Alabama won the National Championship on Monday – Roll Tide!

He was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Horton. He lived there until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball.

In 1943, at 17, Pops convinced his mother (Big Momma) to allow him to enlist in the Navy and he was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947.

Returning to Pensacola, after the war, he met and married our grandmother Elaine Manning and they had two daughters, Brenda and Sandy. Pops spent many years working for Sherrill & Pure Oil Company in Pensacola before starting his own company, Horton Energy Products.

Some of my oldest memories of Pops are of his home that he loved and loved to share with his children and grandchildren running around, and playing in the pool. We had some amazing times there and share a lot of memories. And while he and my Granny were not together any more during the years that we were young (they were still very close), I have so many memories of him constantly coming over to her house or calling her to see what we were up to. He enjoyed the time with us, and us with him.

He gave the BEST advice. And he also gave it often. If he was watching the weather channel, he would call us (whether in Dallas or Virginia or Panama City Beach) to tell us about a storm passing through. (He loved following the Weather Channel). He would give advice on almost anything – especially if you asked. When I began working and was telling him about my travels, one of the funniest things I remember him saying is that when he traveled he would go to the cemetery and look up names to put on his dinner expense reports!

Pops gave lots of advice on driving. He would always give us a lecture about safety on the roads. And when it came to choosing favorite stories, everyone’s boiled down to being on the road with Pops. While he might have lectured us on road safety, he found himself in a sticky situation when babysitting Mandy and Johnathan when they were teenagers and he got lost driving them home in their neighborhood. Embarassing Mandy and Johnathan as they drove around in circles, at a certain point he asked “Where do I turn??” and when Mandy said “right here!!” he turned and they would up in a ditch. And the kids on the floorboard – still ensuring none of their friends would see them.

I once drove him from Pensacola to Dallas, when I first moved to Dallas, in a little red Honda I owned. It was small. And it was jam packed with my belongings – laundry baskets full of clothes, a printer, all types of junk. His passenger side seat was so far forward, he kept joking that if the airbag deployed he would “be a goner!” And every time he would doze off I would accidentally go over the raised median markers and it would startle him and wake him up! So he didn’t sleep a wink. We made it to Dallas, and unfortunately that night my car was broken into and they stole everything. The first thing he said was that he wish that would have happened 700 miles back! He always knew how to diffuse a situation – especially for all of us whenever we were in a tough place.
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I am most grateful that he came to live with us in Dallas for the past couple of years, and we got to spend so much time with him and Matthew really got to know him as well. Pops called Matthew his “buddy boy” and was always asking where the “little man” was. Pops loved to tease Matthew!
Another testament to his personality and how much character he had – was seen at the nursing home he lived at these last several months. Even though he was there for only a short time, so many of the staff really got a kick out of his personality and all of his joking around. He kept them on their toes and every time they would pass by he would shout “Yo!!”. It became something they all said back and forth. In such a short time they told us no one had ever made such a large impression on them!


Pops, we will always miss you. But we have so many wonderful memories to hang on to. Your guidance and love will carry us through to the end of our days. The past couple years when Pops was with us in Dallas, he would say almost daily that it was time to get on the road back to Pensacola. Pops, you are home now. We love you – and we will see you again one day!