Monday, April 28, 2008


1922-2008Velvie Hatfield, age 85, of Chumuckla, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was born November 7, 1922 in Elba, Alabama. Velvie was the daughter of the late Lena and Oscar Jackson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hatfield; son, Charlie Hatfield; and daughter, Doris Crews.Mrs. Hatfield is survived by her two daughters, Christine (Carlos) Campbell, of Chumuckla, FL, and Faye Hatfield, of Dallas, TX; son, Robert (Christine) Hatfield, of Jay, FL; two sisters, Inez Hall, of Fairhope, AL, and Dorothy Cardwell, of Pensacola, FL; six grandsons, Paul (Laura) Campbell, Greg (Reyna) Campbell, Brian (Tracey) Hatfield, Vincent (Amy) Hatfield, Matt (Jennifer) Crews, Dan Crews; and eleven great-grandchildren.Mrs. Hatfield had another family, her church and community. She loved Jesus and friends. Velvie enjoyed listening to her pastor, the church choir, and loved fellowship with her church family. She was a loving and special grandmother who made quilts for all her children and grandchildren to treasure.Funeral services for Mrs. Hatfield have been entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel and will be held at 2:30 PM, Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at Chumuckla Methodist Church with Pastor Clive Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home, directing. The family will receive friends two hours before services.Friends may express their condolences to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.netPallbearers will be her six grandsons; honorary pall bears will be Willard Davis, Rufus Ard, Jack Caraway, and her Sunday School Class.The family would like to express Special Thanks to Frank Moore and the UAB doctors and nurses for their expert and loving care

Film crew captures school's success

Chumuckla Elementary School's support of positive behavior among its nearly 275 students will become a model for schools across the country.
The University of South Florida had a film crew at the school recently to highlight its use of Florida's Positive Behavior Support project, which is used as an alternative to traditional discipline methods, to increase academic performance and safety, and establish positive school cultures.

Of the more than 300 Florida schools using the program, Chumuckla Elementary is the only one chosen for the instructional video, which should be completed by fall.

"Chumuckla Elementary has one of the most comprehensive support systems in place for students we have seen," said Therese Sandomierski, technical assistance provider for the project.

The school uses activities like the Movin' On Up Club and Great Gains to help its kindergarten through sixth-grade students who may be struggling academically. Disciplinary referrals have dropped nearly 50 percent at the school, which consistently has earned an A based on scores from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

"It is an example of what other schools can do, and that will be shared with the rest of the state and the country through the video," Sandomierski said.

The school's TRIBE expectations — Trustworthy, Respectful, Responsible Indians Believe in Excellence — fully support positive behavior, said Karen Barber, principal.

"We know student achievement goes up with increased appropriate behavior," she said. "The program helps with the TRIBE expectations for ourselves and the students, and recognize when students are making positive choices for behavior or academics."

Fourth-grader Erica Waters has noticed a difference in classmates' behavior.

"It's very good we have such a good opportunity to get people to have good conduct," she said. "People really try to earn the respect of their teachers."

Last year, Chumuckla Elementary and Woodlawn Beach Middle School were among the 25 percent of Positive Behavior Support schools to achieve Model School status for demonstrating innovative, creative and functional ways of supporting the program.

Pensacola News Journal , April 28, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Velvie Hatfield

This note just in:
The doctors have told her family that there is nothing else they can do for her. So life support will be removed in the near furture. The Lord still works mericles so continue to pray for Velvie , but especially her family at this time. I will keep you informed as I learn more. Tom
(see more about her house fire and church response below)

Friday, April 18, 2008

JOHN (J.T.) BARNES1922-2008

J.T. Barnes
JOHN (J.T.) BARNES1922-2008
John (J.T.) Barnes, age 86, of Pace, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2008. He was born February 22, 1922 in Cora, FL and lived there until his family moved to Chumuckla when John was 6 years old. John started the first and graduated from the 12th grade at Chumuckla High School being in the first class to graduate. John entered the U.S. Army shortly after completing high school. He was in the U.S. Army Calvary serving in WWII in the European Theatre where he was injured and received the Purple Heart along with other combat medals. After being discharged, he entered the University of Florida where he received his BA and MA degrees. After graduation he taught at Escambia Farms High School until he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist until his retirement. He later worked as a Veterans Services Officer for Santa Rosa County and retired a second time after several years of service. John belonged to many organizations including the Kawanis, American Legion, V.F.W, and the Navy League. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben & Mattie Barnes; sisters, Clara Lloyd (Roma), Onie Wall (Ervin), and Eva Harter (Joe); brothers, Vernie (Son) Barnes (Evelyn), Watson Barnes and Billy Barnes. Survivors include his sister, Wara Voss (Bill); sisters-in-law, Lessie Barnes and Barbara Barnes; many nieces, nephews and a very special friend Al Dofita and family. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2008 at 6 PM from the Chapel of National Cremation and Burial Society in Milton with Rev. John F. Webb officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, April 18 from 5 until 6 PM. In accordance with John's wishes his body will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.National Cremation and Burial Society of Milton has charge of the arrangements.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 4/18/2008.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Norean Simmons
Mrs. Norean Simmons, 90, of Chumuckla, passed away Sunday April 13, 2008. Mrs. Simmons was born in Dale County, Alabama and had resided in Chumuckla for the past 68 years.Mrs. Simmons was a member of the Chumuckla United Methodist Church. Mrs. Simmons is preceded in death by her parents Martin and Bessie Jones; her husband of 55 years M.A. Simmons; a daughter and son in law, Ruthie and Gerald Bostwick, and a son Charles Simmons.Mrs. Simmons is survived by a son, Ray (Jane) Simmons of Chumuckla; three daughters, Shirley (Billy) Hopkins of Chumuckla, Betty (Doug) Horton of Wallace, and Eddnie (Jack) Walther of Coldwater; eleven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at the Chumuckla United Methodist Church with Rev. Clive Knight 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 Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel, on West Spencerfield Road.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 4/15/2008.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Velvie Hatfield's House Burns

Velvie Hatfield 85 was cooking in her kitchen when some grease exploded and caught her clothing on fire.... the home she's lived in for over 40 years also quickly caught fire.
She tried to put the fire out and fell out the back door and could not get up.
Frank Moore, passing by, saw the fire and called 911 and he saw Mrs. Hatfield was on fire and ran over and pulled her from the fire and put out the fire on her. She was life flighted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola with 2nd degree burns on 50 percent of her body. Thats all I know right now. Doug. MORE HERE. Please feel free to add comments below.