Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Julia Nicole Campbell and Dad

Ron and Brandy Campbell are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Grandparents are Ronald and Kim Campbell. Great Grandparents are Glen and Margaret Campbell. All live in Chumuckla.

Fort Mims - news

There is a good deal of historical connection between the Chumuckla Indian village and Fort Mims, especially in the era of the Creek Wars. Here is some news from Fort Mims.
Other topic: In other local news see comments under Curtis Cook post below.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Carolyn Pearl Ellis

Mrs. Carolyn Pearl Ellis, age 87, of Chumuckla, FL, passed away Thursday evening, August 23, 2007. She was born January 10, 1920 in Mobile, AL and had been a lifelong resident of Chumuckla.Her husband, Jake Ellis; parents, Sidney and Pearl McCurdy Barter; daughter, Gretchen Stephens; son, Jimmy Ellis; and sister, Elizabeth Park; preceded her in death.Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Hamel of Pensacola, Louise White of Milton, and Lisa Watkins of Memphis, TN; two sons, Glen Gard of Pensacola and John Ellis of Pace; brother, David Barter; 21 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007 in the Donnie Sowell Funeral Home with the Reverend Donald Levins officiating.Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Chumuckla, FL.DONNIE SOWELL FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm. Saturday at the funeral home.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 8/26/2007.

Ladeanne Russell Abell

Ladeane taught at Chumuckla for a year or two around 1971. She was married to Jackie Salter and they had one son Wesley.

Ladeane Russell Abell, age 61 of Milton, passed away Friday, August 24, 2007 in a local hospital. Born July 30, 1946 to Roy and Laura Russell, she was a native of Brewton, Alabama and had resided in Santa Rosa County most of her life, teaching physical education at Jay, Pearidge and Bagdad for a total of 31 years. Ladeane was a member of Pine Terrace Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.She is survived by: her husband, David Lee Abell; her son, John Wesley Salter / Carlyn Salter; three grandchildren, Brianna, Jacklyn and Weston; one sister, Chiquita (A. G.) Chavers of Pace; two brothers, Tim (Ann) Russell of Jay, Glennon (Shelia) Russell of Milton.Funeral services for Mrs. Abell will be 2:00 PM Sunday, August 26, 2007 in the Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel with the Rev. Mike Wiggins and the Rev. James Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in Fidelis Methodist Church Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon on Sunday until time of services.Active pallbearers will be Toby Russell, Benji Russell, Patrick Hullett, Joey Hullett, Earl Kirkland, and Casey Stewart.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 8/25/2007.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Curtis Cook - Hospital

THIS From his sister, Carole Bryant of Pace:
Curtis (Class of '67) is in Sacred Heart Hospital. The Dr.'s are almost positive Curtis has Lymphoma and pneumonia. There is a mass in the middle of his chest between his lungs and has spread to the top left lung. Also there is a lymph node under his arm about the size of a golf ball. They will take out the lymph node tomorrow and do a biopsy, that should give them a better idea as to what they are dealing with. Curtis had all the symptoms of Lymphoma,Fevers,Chills, Unexplained weight loss, Sweats, Lack of energy, Itching. Keep him in your prayers (Carole will update) Room 227 At SH Hospital.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

BENNY From Jihad to YOU

"fact of the matter is''''' its snot dripping hot . temps. ranging in the low 120.s not too many oaks to get under. these trees look like withered persimmon trees after they have been rolled over by a ford tractor and not too sharp of a bush hog .. coming to the streets of Chumuckla on the night of SEPT 16. Hope they keep the light on for me. You should be receiving a card soon, they only ship mail when a conex is filled so it might take a couple of weeks. It took three weeks to send one to home, and you are farther north. but in response to your ?? I be doing just fine staying busy. well take care of all. Much love to everyone Benny."
RESPONSE TO QUESTION: You were in the top 10 of our graduating class. We can't afford to lose that much IQ. Take care of yourself. Vic. (Picture is Benny Enfinger and son in 2003).

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Ruthard Fredrick Cotton, 87, of Chumuckla, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2007. Mr. Cotton was a native and lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County. He was retired from St. Regis/Champion Paper Mill with over 28 years of service. He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II and served two terms overseas. He was a member of the Chumuckla Methodist Church.Mr. Cotton is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Edna Ruth Cotton of Milton; six children, Jeffrey (Mable) Cotton of Chumuckla, Rita Gillman of Milton, Janice (Ernest) Jernigan of Chumuckla, Ronald (Twyla) Cotton of Jay, Gail (Billy) Golden of Jay, and Gregory (Susan) Cotton of Chumuckla; a brother, Eubie (June) Cotton of Pace, a sister in law, Ann Cotton of Pace; twenty grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.Funeral Services for Mr. Cotton will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, August 16, 2007, at the Lewis Funeral Home in Milton with the Rev. Clive Knights officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery with LEWIS FUNERAL HOME directing. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the Lewis Funeral Home in Milton.Active Pallbearers will be, Jeremy Cotton, Jeff Cotton, Paul Gillman, Steve Lastinger, Jeff Johnson, and Ben Ellison.Honorary Pallbearers will be, Jack Jerkins, Johnny Shaw, Floyd Enfinger, T. J. O'Kelley, Charles Steadham, Billy Holland, J. D. Fulford, Dalton Cobb, Marty Griswold, Buddy Pace, Jack Caraway, Leon Livingston, Winston Campbell, and Jerry Kilpatrick, Jim Boles, Wayne Cotton, Herb Cotton, Gerald Cotton.The family wishes to express a special Thank You to the Staff of Santa Rosa Health and Rehab and to Covenant Hospice to all the Special Care given to Mr. Cotton.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Coon Hill Repairs

This picture was made back in early June. Alvin has been doing a lot of work himself and with a crew to repair the damages at the cemetary. It seems every time the newspapers do a special article on Coon Hill, vandals appear from the woodwork. Alvin thinks there are two main kinds of trespassers. There are the more gentle kind looking for ghosts who have numerous websites proclaiming all kinds of ghost sightings all over the world ... and there are plain old mean people who like to wreak havoc. The gate is now a mile from the site so that should cut down on the traffic a lot. More Pictures of the damage and repair work HERE. At every opportunity we need to let people know they will be prosecuted with severe prejudice for damaging this property. Honest curiosity seekers, family of deceased and researchers are encouraged to contact Alvin Enfinger for access to the gate. We know we can't stop people, but we can encourage civility. "Do the right thing".
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