Sunday, December 31, 2006

Loveda and Children

Loveda R. is Tommy's mom. Here she is with her great-grandchildren. Christmas-06.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Tom Wishes All a Merry Christmas

Tom says this is the first picture Jeanette has made with her new digital camera! It looks just like Tom is saying "Merry Christmas".

Saturday, December 09, 2006

To a brother I did not Know.

To a brother I did not Know.
On this day Dec. 09 60 years ago, Donald Eugene Davis was born with a hole in his heart. Doctors tried to fix it, but could not. Everyone who knew him liked and loved him. I did not not know him but it seems like I did . He died July 2, 1965. See I was born in 1966. Happy birthday Brother.

Redneck Parade

Bam's blog takes note of the parade.

Monday, December 04, 2006


by Cary Ellis, Jr. of Bogia, FL

Another hot day in the river swamp. Too bad the gnats aren't as visible as they are in real life. Some of the flavor of the river is lost without the swatting and eye infections. Don't recognize the waterman, but he looks as if his fingers are on fire, and he is trying to blow it out. I'll ask around if anyone knows of a poor fellow with
burned hands. That's sure to be the guy.

The other spring indicated on the map link on this website is Mystic Springs, about 1/4 mi. N. of Bogia and on the west side of the river. When the first crackers came to the 'Scamby River Basin' to claim their Spanish Land Grants (or as squatters), the Mystic Springs area was known as the "Hot Ponds". At one point near the turn of the century (that's the turn of the 19th C.), there was a hotel and an outpouring area where patrons (and locals) bathed in the pool of tepid water.

 My Grand Mother told me that water was a warm 84-86 degrees degrees before the quake (see below) and 74-75 aferward.

One of those frequent, and barely noticeable, shifts in the earth's crust that we experience on a semi-regular basis here, closed the source some in the mid 1950's, and the water began to surface in a colder state. Those living nearby told me only yesterday, that the temperature has begun to rise again in the pond itself, indicating that we could have a hot pond returning. Most folks now think this pond is simply another dead lake on the river, or a disappearing slough, but once it had been of great value.

There even was a special Spanish Land Grant for the 'Ponds' alone, dating from the 1700's.
After opening in early 1900, the 'Hotel Mystic Springs' closed in the mid 1920's. Thereafter an enterprising fellow rented and opened the first floor of the old hotel for Friday and Saturday night dances. This lasted for 6-8 years, but it eventually closed down, too. Prohibition was over (actually, prohibition never really affected us here. The "home fires" burned right on), the Depression was on, and the sawmills were starting to move to new timber.

There was little money for the dancing and fun of the roaring 20's. Jobs and food were hard to get here, even prior to the stock market crash.

The locals  to use the "cement pond" catch basin as a swimming hole until the W.W. II years. Mama drowned in that pool, in '27 or '28. She revived, thankfully, and went on to a life devoid of trips to the swimming hole, beach, or swimming pools. Years later, in the midst of the time in life when I knew more than my parents did, I sometimes wondered if that drowning had anything to do with Mama's obvious deficiencies. (I never had the nerve to even MENTALLY question why Dad was "slow").

Several years passed, I was a good deal older.  I was once again walking, and talking with them, and I noticed both had suddenly become more intelligent, and very wise. Obviously it was a "Miracle Recovery". What a relief it was to know I came from such resilient blood..

I have a picture of the Hotel in Chumuckla Springs. Have you seen it? If not, I will share it with you. Thanks for all you have shared with me and everyone else.
'till next time, Cary




Monday, November 27, 2006

Shirley Jean Peaden Rutherford

Shirley Jean Peaden Rutherford


Shirley Jean Peaden Rutherford, 49, of Pace, entered into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father, on Thursday, November 23, 2006. Shirley was born to Ann Martin and the late Rev. George Lee Peaden on March 25, 1957. She was a native and lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County. She had attended Pensacola Junior College and Troy State University where she received her Masters Degree in Criminal Law. She retired from the Santa Rosa County School System with over 22 years of service. Shirley was a loving Wife, devoted Mother, and an outstanding Grandmother!

Shirley was preceded in death by her father, Rev. G. L. Peaden; Stepfather, Doyce Martin: brother, Jody Peaden; sister, George Ann Russ, and a special father figure, Richard Jernigan.

Shirley leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 34 years, Earl Rutherford; son and daughter in law, Wesley and Kristal Rutherford; daughter and son in law, Tammy and Neil Passmore; four precious grandchildren, Zachary and Leah Rutherford, and Victoria and Mary Ruth Passmore; mother, Ann Martin; sister, Ann Lou Milam; brothers and sisters in law, Pat and Alice Peaden, and Ricky and Susan Peaden; father in law and mother in law, A.E. "Hackie" and Rolena Rutherford; a very special mother figure, Jeanette Jernigan, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 27, 2006 at the Lewis Funeral Home in Milton with Rev. Richard Bradley officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with LEWIS FUNERAL HOME directing.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Monday, prior to services. Active Pallbearers will be Bobby Burkett, Charlie English, John Barnes, John Price, Dale Peaden, Lee Peaden, and Matthew Peaden

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Middle East Correspondent

Matt Settle reports again. Matt is originally from Jay. Here are some of the photos. The text of his email is in the "comments" link just under this post. He seems to be doin OK . His assignment is in Kuwait. I wish we could get a few reports from some of our other ex-patriates from the Chumuckla community.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Arthur Dennis " A.D. " Rutherford

Arthur Dennis " A.D. " Rutherford

Arthur Dennis "A.D." Rutherford, 57, went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2006.

A.D. was a Vietnam veteran while serving in the U.S. Marines.

A.D. is survived by his parents, Arthur E. and Rolena Rutherford; two sons, Paul Rutherford and Kevin Rutherford; three daughters, Regina (John) Grayson, Crystal (Anthony) Wingate and Karrie (Jonathan) Peaden; four grandsons and two granddaughters; five brothers, Jimmie Rutherford, Seaborn (Sylvia) Rutherford, Earl (Shirley) Rutherford, Alton (Candy) Rutherford and Steve Rutherford; two sisters, Joyce (Frank) Kolb and Audrey (Lamar) Brown; and seven nephews and eight nieces.

Visitation was held at Lewis Funeral Home on Sunday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a graveside service.

In loving memory from his brother, Jimmie.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Obituary- Idelle Nobles Bray - 1908-2006

Idelle Nobles Bray, born December 12, 1908, passed away October 22, 2006. She lived in the small West Willard Norris Road community most of her life. In May 1999, she became the second resident of the Forsyth House in Milton, living there for five years, then moving to the Heritage of Santa Rosa Nursing Home. She was a charter member of Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church and was an active member until she left the community. She was also the oldest member of the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, George L. (Roy) Bray, parents, Henry W. and Nancy Rebecca Nobles, brothers, Gillis and Clifford Nobles, sisters, Adelle Barry and Mabel Windham.
She is survived by a son, George (Gertrud) Bray, daughter, Rebecca (Earnest) Jernigan, four grandchildren, Julie Jernigan, Sandi (David) Coppedge, Greg (Kathy) Jernigan and Dale (Carolyn) Bray, seven great grandchildren, Amy and Amanda Allen, Ashton and Kandace Jernigan, Chris, Scott and Todd Bray, David Jr. and Selena Coppedge, one sister-in-law, Della Nobles, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at the Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Mullins and Rev. LaDon Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with LEWIS FUNERAL HOME directing.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday evening in the Lewis Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church, Prayer Room Fund, 8000 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, Florida 32571.
Our special thanks go to the south hall nurses, CNA's and staff of the Heritage Nursing Home who were so good to care for our mother. You are truly called of God.
Active pallbearers will be Lamar Nobles, John Nobles, Carlton Ward, Joe Shofner, Eddie Tribble and Andy Elliott.
Honorary pallbearers are Colbert Campbell, Robert Conway, Marion Tidwell, Chuck Thames, T. L. Diamond, Byrd Mapoles, Ted Rhodes, Felton Smith, Charles Vanlandingham, Katherine James, Exie Stanley, Ethel Tribble, and Janet Greenblatt.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Remembering Charlie Hatfield

The 35th Infantry Regiment remembers its own at this site. Charlie Hatfield, from Chumuckla died in Vietnam, July 1966. Thanks to Tom Reynolds for finding this.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Middle East Correspondent

Matt Settle sends more information on his activities in Kuwait. Read about it in the "comment" link just below this post to the right.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

End of The Line

A.D. Rutherford was executed this week for a murder committed twenty years ago. Some of us went to Chumukla School with A.D. and his brothers and sisters. We made some trips with the FFA to their home where their father showed us how to make cane syrup from our FFA sugar cane plot. What a lot of work! Most would agree, A.D. was prone to the "rough side of life" as a youth. The whole episode as described in the News Journal article is a sad one, for his family and for the victim who died years ago.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Repton, Alabama

Chumuckla, FL High School used to play basketball against Repton, Alabama in the 1960's. Repton was a bigger school, but they did not have a lower class school to match Chumcuckla (Tripple C) so we were in their league. Today, Chumuckla is in resurgence with people seeking lower cost rural living out of the urban area of Pensacola, while Repton is too far from jobs and the forestry and agricultural jobs once there have been mechanized or moved on. Repton is a dead town. We could probably beat them in basketball now -- on a good day! More pictures of Repton and Burnt Corn in the Flickr site from the sidebar. More at INCOUNTRY too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Garia Manning Sanders' Husband

Robert Edward " Bob " Sanders


Robert Edward "Bob" Sanders, age 58, of Milton, died Saturday, September 23, 2006 in a local hospital. Bob was born June 24, 1948, in Horse Cave, Kentucky. He left Horse Cave, KY, for a twenty year U.S. Naval career. He retired in Milton in 1990. He is a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church.

Bob is survived by his wife, Garia Manning Sanders, of Milton; son, Chris (Heather) Sanders, of Mobile, AL; daughter, Kim (Larry) Culpepper, of Milton; grandson, Carson Culpepper, of Milton; and his sister, Margaret (Maxie) Hatcher, of Cave City, KY.

Funeral services for Mr. Sanders will be 10AM, Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Stewart and Rev. Greg Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Primitive Baptist Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6 to 8PM, Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Lewis Funeral Home in Milton. LEWIS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Garia is the media specialist at S. S. Dixon Primary School. 

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Jay Native Back in Kuwait

REPORT FROM MATT SETTLE (Navy) What can I say? This week has been an eye opener for all. We started the week with a Negligent Discharge. For everyone that not familiar with this term, a “ND” is a really serious offence. It is where a person fires a weapon that was not intended to fire. Luckily, the first one (yea there was more than one) was into a clearing barrel. The good thing is that the clearing barrel (a device that is intended to capture a rifle round fired into it a very close range) worked as advertised. The second “ND” was during training where a Petty Officer was showing someone how to clear an M-9, 9-mm pistol. When he pulled the slide back and released it, the weapon went off into a near by sand bag. Not sure how that happened, but it did. And the third (and hopefully final one) was with a crew serve weapon on one of the boats. A crew serve weapon is the Navy’s term for a machine gun. That round went off into the ocean.

Well, why am I telling this story. I wanted to point out that no matter what you read or what people back home tell you, this is the real world. We are using real weapons, real bullets and real people. The situations every day that we experience are real. What we do every day has risks associated, risks that are minimized if people follow the correct procedures. It is only when people get sloppy and do not follow these procedures that the risks out weight the benefits. Everyone is OK and we will get over this very large hurdle. But we have along hill to climb to get over this one.

OK, now to the old cheerful me. Good news, the Chiefs have a bye this weekend. GO CHIEFS! The Battlestar Galactica has found the mother world but the Ceylon’s are there awaiting the Battlestar. OK, there is not much TV in these parts so a man has to make do with what is available. Actually, I have gotten into the Battlestar Galactica series. I guess I will have to watch it from now on.

The weather is starting to get cooler. Now hold on to your chair, the high today was 104 degrees. Now that may not seem cool, but four weeks ago the high was 135 degrees. I hear that the temperatures in Kansas City are in the low 60’s at night. Well, that is a 30 degrees change for the highs in the summer. We have had a thirty degree change so far in our highs here in Kuwait. The humidity is in the teens so the heat is dry and the lows are in the high 70’s or low 80’s. Actually the mornings have been quite nice. My Kuwaiti crud has almost gone away. I had called it the Kuwaiti Crude in pervious e-mails but crude is what they send through the pipes in the picture below. The Kuwaiti crud is the cold everyone gets just for being here. Sorry for the black spot. My camera does not like the desert sand. L

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Teachers Remembered

These are some Chumuckla Teachers in 1958. L-R ... McCory, Hornseby, Magee, Brown, Campbell, Stewart, Thompson, McCaskill. Melba McCaskill passed away recently. See the notice below. Margaret Campbell and Dovie Stewart are still in Chumuckla or Brownsdale.

Chumuckla Postcard

In a few weeks, Sammy's Crossroads Market will have a supply of the new CHUMUCKLA POSTCARD. This view is an aerial shot taken in August of this year. It was a lucky shot taken from a flight in a landing pattern for Pensacola. To get this lucky, you have to have A. Good Weather, B. Good time of day, C. The correct side of the plane, D. A window seat with no scratches on the window and E. The landing pattern has to take you on the right path. These postcards will be 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and will sell for about a dollar. Get several to share!

Chumucla Goat Farm

I expect there are a number of goat raising opertions in Chumuckla. This farm is a photo feature at the Chumuckla website. Country living is one of the things the hamlet of Chumuckla offers and with the open space available, goats and other livestock are suitable to the lifestyle. I hope to hear more about these small operations in future posts here on the blog. If you know of one, send the story and photos by email.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Melba Ruth McCaskill 1920-2006
Melba Ruth McCaskill, age 86, of Chumuckla, passed away Friday, September 01, 2006. Mrs. McCaskill was a native of Geneva, AL. She was born June 18, 1920 to the Hugh Shealy and Alberta Owen. She was a graduate of Troy University. She later moved to Chumuckla to teach school, where she met and married her husband, J.D. McCaskill. She went on to teach for the Santa Rosa County School System for 35 years. Mrs. McCaskill was a longtime, faithful member of the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband J.D. McCaskill.Mrs. McCaskill is survived by her three daughters, Marian (Rick) Hunsucker, of Pace, Jill (Thomas) LeDew, of Pace and Jane Wilson of Pace; six grandchildren, Chad (Kristin) Hunsucker, Amy (Andy) Bell, Jeannie Leigh LeDew, Suzanne Michelle LeDew, J.D. Wu, and Jacob Wu; two great-grandchildren, Bree and Drew Bell; and her sister Madie Cortese, of Tampa, FL.Funeral services for Mrs. McCaskill will be 3:00PM, Sunday, September 3, 2006, at Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Jones and Rev. J.W. "Woody" Hunsucker officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00PM, Sunday, prior to service, at Elizabeth Chapel Church. Burial will follow in Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing.Pallbearers will be Chad Hunsucker, J.D. Wu, Jacob Wu, Andy Bell, Steve Bozeman, and Tommy Bozeman.Honorary Pallbearers will be Colbert Campbell, Robert Conway, George Henry Bray, Marion Tidwell, Tubby Jernigan, Chuck Thames, Jack Caraway, Claude DeVane, Ted Waters, Terry Neustaedter, and Rev. LaDon Hall.LEWIS FUNERAL HOME in Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Myrtle May Kilpatrick Visit

I visited a lot of folks when I was down home. Thomas, Jr, Skeeter, Marion, Wayne, Doc, and even Lucille who is 100 years old and had no clue who I was as she rested in bed in the Sandy Ridge Nursing Home. I saw a lot of my friends. For most folks, I was able to leave some vegetables. I usually get a large supply from Salter's Farm Market and then divvy them out as I visit the "old folks". Vegetables are far better than flowers. You can eat vegetables. Myrtle Mae wants me to come back by sometime with Karen and Alex so she can fix us a meal. It is always nice to put people in their 90's to work. They like it and it benefits the pallet. Myrtle Mae's grandson-in-law, Ricky, is retired from the Highway Patrol and helps manage the Griswold Farms facilities (peanuts and cotton). My brother-in-law, James, used to work a lot with Ricky and they became known as SM1 and SM2. The M stands for magnate - and they seemed to attract problems when they teamed up in law enforcement.
See the okra? It was put to good use. This is especially nice looking okra - myself being an expert, having had a 5 acre okra plantation with my brother when we were in our "slave phase" down on the farm which is to the lower left of the Chumuckla Crossroads aerial below. That is TD, Jr. in the chair (founder and CEO emritus of Salter's Farm Market). Milton Salter (Thomas, Jr.s Mom) is well over 90. I captured this "Milton Salter Sighting" at the Farm market. Pat Kilpatrick is walking toward the camera from his home - soon to become a parking lot for maybe a shopping center at the corner of Woodbine Road and Hwy 90. The former mass of Live Oaks were undone by Ivan a few years back. Uncle Sammy's Crossroads Market is in a photo above and is located near the crossroads in the photo below. I got lucky on this shot, returning from a brief trip to Houston. The landing pattern for Pensacola was 'just right' that day. MORE PICTURES.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Burnt Corn, Alabama

If you have never been to Burnt Corn, maybe you should go. It is about 60 miles north of Pensacola, Florida. It has not changed much in a hundred years. There are some historicial connections between this area and many small towns in South Alabama and NW Florida because of the skirmish with Creek Indians here in 1812 and the aftermath - a bloody massacre at Ft. Mims. Rosie, a very good friend of our family, lives there. We found her house with the help of Roosevelt Betts and David Rankins (pictured). The town of Monroeville, home of Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Jim "Bruce" Grant, Sr. 1927-2006

Bruce Grant, of Chumuckla, FL went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 10, 2006. Bruce was born in Coffee County, AL on August 17, 1927 to Claude & Maggie Grant and grew up in Chumuckla, FL. He served in the U. S. Army and was a long time resident and mail carrier in the Gulf Breeze & Holley-Navarre area before retiring and returning to Chumuckla. He was a member of the Chumuckla United Methodist Church.

Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ruby Jane Grant, his parents and two brothers, Ray & Dick Grant.

He is survived by a son & daughter in law, Jim & Jennifer Grant of Autaugaville, AL, two daughters & sons in law, Janie & Melvin Gaylard of Cantonment and Diane & Joe Dodge of Ackworth, GA, six grandchildren, who were the light of his life Amanda(Scott) Brooks, Alicen Grant, Melanie, Jason and Justin Gaylard and Jeffrey Dodge, one great grandson, George Brooks, three sisters, Odene Segrest, Winnie (Donald) Campbell and Doris (Billy Ray) Foster, a host of nieces, nephews, in laws and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 10 am Monday August 14, 2006 at Faith Chapel North-Cantonment with Rev. Clive Knights and Rev. Fred Funches officiating. Active pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters and nieces. Interment will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Chumuckla.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday August 13, 2006 from 5pm to 7pm.

Bruce was a kind and loving man and will be greatly missed, the family request in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Bruce to Farm Hill United Methodist Church Youth Fund or Chumuckla United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Looking for any info on Wallace School. How long was it a school, when it was bult, how meny studunts went there and when it stoped being a school? Thank you Doug Davis.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Cynthia's Wedding Picture

Cynthia Campbell and Tommy Mitchell were married April 3, 1999. This is for all of you that have never seen Tommy and want to know what he looks like. Frankie Enfinger was the person that introduced us.

Tina Robin Kimbrough Dixon

Tina Robin Dixon


Tina Robin Dixon, 42, of Pensacola, died Tuesday, July 4, 2006.

Mrs. Dixon was born May 3, 1964 in Santa Rosa County and graduated from Pace High School.

Survivors include her husband Maurice "Mo" Ervin Dixon, III; daughter Kayla Husted; her parents Billy and Paula Kimbrough; as well as sisters Sonja (Paul) Young, Charlene Kimbrough and Kim (Rodney) Free; brother Morgan (Missy) Kimbrough; and three nephews, Paul, Conner, and John Morgan.

Visitation will be 10:00 am until the Funeral Service time at 11:00 am Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Sam Fitts officiating. Burial will follow at Bayview Memorial Park.

HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Class of 1971 Reunion

Pictured from left to right: Betty Simmons Horton, Doyle White, Patty Joiner Hawthorne, David Crane, Sandra Davis Neal, Frankie Enfinger, Gerald Ard, Cynthia Campbell Mitchell, Joyce Rutherford Kolb, and Dana Robinett.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Help Support and Grow the Town

I'd really like to see Chumuckla folk come together more often. It seems that we need more people that will stand up for our little town, we have a local volenteer fire department but no volenteers. We have a community center that is used for senior fellowship during the week but only a handful (of locals) attend. the Opry is great, but not enough interest in building businesses that will allow more young families to stay. If some of the land along the road in downtown Chumuckla was built up, in my opinion, more young families would prosper, and settle down closer to their elderly parents and grandparents. Your Comments are welcome, thank you
With brotherly love, Chester Hawthorne c/o

Obituary - Saundra Lee Hunter

Saundra Lee Hunter "aunt Sandie"
Saundra Lee Hunter, age 56, of Chumuckla died on Monday, June 19, 2006. She was a longtime resident of Chumuckla and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; John Miller, Jr., and Ivy Whewell Miller.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Denny Hunter; a son, Harold Denny Hunter, III; a daughter, Natasha (Dwayne) McCurley; brothers, Jack, Scotty and Robby; sisters, Elaine, Connie, Linda and Jean; brother-in-law, Steve Hunter; sister-in-law, Carol Williams; and two grandchildren, Kayla Hunter and Curtis Watson.
Funeral services will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Chumuckla United Methodist with the Rev. Clive Knights and the Rev. Larry Westman officiating. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel. Cemetery.
A visitation wll be at the church 1 hour prior.

Friday, June 02, 2006

People We Know

If you can figure out who these people are, and leave a good explanation below in the comment section, you will be eligible for an undisclosed random prize from Be sure you leave an email contact address.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Duke Lamar Campbell 1922 - 2006

Duke Lamar Campbell, 83, died at home, May 17, 2006 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Lamar was born in Pace, Florida in 1922. His parents moved to Chumuckla in 1932.
After his graduation from high school (Chumuckla School), he joined the Navy and served mostly in the Philippines during World War II. He and Frances Manning married in 1948 at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He retired from the Navy after 22 years of service. He traveled to Europe, China and served 2 years in Japan with his young family. They also lived in California, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina and Florida during his Navy career.
He loved his family and the land in Chumuckla. The summer of 1960, he was stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and he moved his family to Chumuckla. During his last tour of duty in Norfolk, VA, he commuted most weekends to be with his family.
He and Frances built a house on the land that has been in the family for three generations and that is where he died. He drew much pleasure from riding the tractor, harvesting hay and taking care of his cows, just as his father had done. After retirement from the Navy, he helped start and worked part time for the Chumuckla Water System. His truck could be seen daily at the "Pump House" as he insured the quality of the water. He retired from the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service after 18 years. He flew in small planes taking aerial photos of Santa Rosa County and Texas for the ASCS. He traveled all of Santa Rosa County and knew every back road and farmer. He had a profound appreciation for the land, trees and nature which he taught to his daughters and grandchildren. He was a member and past treasurer of Chumuckla United Methodist Church and was active for many years in the Chumuckla Ruritan Club.
Lamar is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances; daughters and sons-in-law, Faye and Dave Westfall of Gainesville, GA and Kittye and Winston Norris of Pace, FL; grandchildren, Kristen Westfall and Spencer Minch, Kimberly and Kevin Enns, Kate Westfall, Kyle and Brandy Norris and Kurt Norris; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Olyn Matthews; sister-in-law, Myrtle Campbell; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother, J. Lee Campbell and his mother and father, Dessie and Jim Campbell.
The family is very grateful to Tryllis Kilpatrick, who daily provided love, care and comfort to Lamar and Frances. We appreciate Leo Nichols and Bonnie Haye, who were always ready to come when we needed them.
The family will receive friends and family at Chumuckla United Methodist Church from 3:00-4:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2006. The service will begin at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Clive Knights officiating. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Chumuckla United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of DONNIE SOWELL FUNERAL HOME.

Lamar Campbell - Farewell

I remember an uncle, a sailor, a farmer and a gentleman and my friend. Duke Lamar Campbell died May 17.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Obituary - Howard Higdon Enfinger

Howard Higdon Enfinger Retired: US Air Force HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Howard Higdon Enfinger, 77, husband of 53 years of Mildred Shears Enfinger entered into rest on Sunday, May 14, 2006 at the residence. Graveside funeral service with full military honors will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Reverend Robert Mosley officiating. Survivors include his daughters, Debra Gonzales and husband Danny Pittman of Hephzibah, Cathy Weppler and her husband Don of Tucson, AZ, Susan Fording of Augusta, Rose Tankersley and her husband Carl of Harlem and Tammy Krepps of Hephzibah; son, Timothy Enfinger and his wife Loretta of Grovetown; brothers, Jimmy Enfinger of Hephzibah, Franklin and Wilton Enfinger both of Milton, FL; sisters, Gwen Riddles and Miriam Davis both of Milton, FL; nine grandchildren. Mr. Enfinger was born in Milton, FL to the late Francis and Hazel Sharritt Enfinger. He retired at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after 28 years from the US Air Force and served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The family will receive friends (Today) Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road Augusta, Georgia 30906. Sign the guestbook at Augusta Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 5/16/2006.
Report Filed with by Doug Davis.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Tri-City Ledger - Alger Sullivan Historical

Tri-City Ledger columns by the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society from February 9, 2006 to March 9, 2006 are now posted on the ASHS web site.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Obituary - A. C. Diamond

Albert Colin "A.C." Diamond went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, February 4, 2006 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born to Chip and Cora Diamond on March 17, 1932 in Jay, Florida.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Obituary - Jack Matchett

Jack died Feb 5 - at peace - . A complete obituary is in the "comment" section below. More about Jack. (note: obituaries will be published in the blog in the future. Past Obituaries will remain available as an archive at

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Mr. Joe Burch Has Back Problem

A few years ago, Dad and I stopped by to visit with the Burches on the "Old Spanish Trail". Here is a photo. I just got word Mr. Buch has a real problem with his back. Norma Jean has recently taken up modern miracles and uses email. If you have a chance, send them a note of encouragement to: Hope you like the photo.

Claud Davis

I just thought I'd post this photo of Mr. Claud Davis of Allentown. He is about 97 years old. This photo was made in 2002. The house he lives in was built about 1840. He still runs a herd of cattle and chops his own wood. Claud was in the US Navy from 1926 to 1946 having served mainly in the Asiatic Fleet prior to WWII and of course serving throughout WWII. My Dad who was 82 at the time took me by to visit Mr. Davis. Dad died about a year or so later. You can learn more about the Asiatic Fleet HERE. I have some video of this visit which includes a lot of his memorabilia from the Navy. I hope to soon include this footage and a number of other interviews with Asiatic Fleet Sailors in a single DVD soon. Another story from the Asiatic Fleet is in the film about the USS Houston.Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Pace area Library

The following page from the "The EscaRosa Press" (The New Library!)
And I want you to know, my book is already in it! Of course it is virtual. Read it HERE.