Tuesday, December 11, 2012

William Vann (pre-notice)

From His son, John Vann :
UPDATE:  Graveside Service:

Saturday December 15, 2012 at Old Calvary Pentecostal cemetery AKA The Old Molino cemetery in Molino Florida.. Just off Hwy 182 or Molino Rd. at Veazey lane... Time: 2:00 pm.
Ok. For people that are interested. Bill Vann is My Dad.  We know right now will be buried Saturday Dec.15 2012. We had a little setback yesterday, The Covenant Hospice sent his body to the wrong Funeral home. Yea, go figure... He had made all his own arrangements and paid in advance so, it would be easy. NOT!!! Had to chase down his body. But Trahan funeral home in Pensacola is handling everything. If you want to send flowers then send them there. They will deliver them to the graveside memorial.. That is all He wanted to make it easy on everyone.Only cost an extra $700.00 to get the wrong people to release body back to Trahan. But if you had rather make a donation to Covenant Hospice Please feel free to do so...He will be buried at the Old Calvary Pentecostal cemetery in Molino Florida. Also known as the Old Molino Cemetery... Will post any changes as I am aware.For driving directions contact me. Thank You for all the warm wishes and prayers at this trying time. JOHN.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

My Barbers at John's II in Pace

 I dropped off a poinsietta and a used copy of my book to "D" at Johns II where I get my hair cut in Pace.  The shop is pretty close the JUNCTION of County Road 197 so I thought her military customers might enjoy skimming the book as they wait for cuts.  "D" is retired Navy. Her husband is too and helps run NJROTC at an Escambia County School. Ken Misenheimer has just entered the door at the front. He cuts my hair too and is good friends with Tom Carter and Neal Enfinger.

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Redneck Parade vs White Trash

Doug the farmer in Chumuckla is hoping to keep white trash drunks off his folk's property as the Rednecks hold their parade. He put up some PRIVATE PROPERTY signs today and will press charges on anyone who trespasses.  His dad chased down a drunk who was spinning around in the rye field behind - destroying the crop last year.  This year Willard (Dad)  is in nursing care with a stroke, and Doug's mom is house-bound (doing better). Doug is disabled himself - so he put up the signs today. Doug says the parade is supposed to help the community people ... HA ! It probably does but at a price. And for all the veggies and help Willard and Doug give away to help less fortunate in the community from their own garden --- they will of course see nothing from the wonderful charity of the "Redneck Event". Not that they would be looking for help -- but it is just an observation from a disconnected party. ( Well sort of disconnected -- Doug and Willard always have okra, tomatoes, collards - you name it for ME when I drop by - and I DID give Doug some banana pudding from Salter's Market (Pam makes it ) a few days ago).

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Overflow Parking for the Redneck Parade

Click this link to get a parking map for the parade.  the two page description has a map and some discussion about Chumuckla.  You can print it out and take it with you.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Ronald L. Mack, Sr.January 31, 1938-November 28, 2012

Ronald L. Mack, Sr. January 31, 1938- November 28, 2012 Ronald L. Mack, Sr., 74, of Milton, passed away on November 28, 2012. Ronald was born in Pensacola, but had lived in Milton since 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Mack; father, Roy Mack; mother, Inez Warren; brothers, Jimmy, James, and Eddie; and sisters, Arsival, Vera, and Louis. He is survived by his sons, Edward Mack, Willie Mack (Susan), Ronald Mack, Jr. (Sandra), Henry Mack (Sheila), and Daniel Mack; brothers, Nathaniel Mack (Joann), David Mack, Robert Warren, and Roylene Harrelson; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. at Trahan Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Ardfield Cemetery in Chumuckla. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits . Published in Pensacola News Journal on November 30, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ray Allen, Jr 1926 - 2012

Obituary for Ray Allen
Ray Franklin Allen, Jr., age 86 of Milton, FL passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

He was born on Jan. 01, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida to the late Ray and Madeline Allen, Sr.

Ray has resided in the Allentown/Milton area for most of his life.

He attended First Baptist Church of Milton. He retired from Federal Civil Service with over 35 years of service and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Madeline Jernigan and Laurel Howell; one brother, Alex Allen.

Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis; children, Deborah (Ben) Lloyd of Pensacola, FL and John (Cindy) Allen of Baton Rouge, LA; two grandchildren, Leigh and Jack Allen; sister, Shirley McDaniel; numerous niece, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at the Lewis Funeral Home Milton Chapel with Dr. David Spencer, officiating. Burial will follow in the Jessie C. Allen Cemetery in Allentown. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 12:30PM to 2:00PM prior to services.

From Lewis Funeral Home web obituaries

James Ira Salter

James Ira Salter Jr., 87, of Milton died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.  Visitation: 10 a.m. Sat­urday at Pine Terrace Baptist Church until services begin at 11 a.m. Lewis Funeral Home is directing..
J.I. Salter is one of the sons of Ira Salter who taught many of us at Chumuckla School  He became a doctor and in recent years had retired from the Carolinas to be near his roots.  I think his brother is Bill Salter (of the outdoor sign company).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wastle Spears 1938-2012

Wastle Spears 1938-2012
On October 28, 2012, he celebrated his 74th birthday by going home to meet our Lord. Wastle passed away at West Florida Hospital in the company of family and friends. A native of Chumuckla, Wastle was a graduate of Chumuckla High School, class of 1956. He spent much of his early life farming and was always involved in the Chumuckla community coaching the "Best little league baseball team ever." He retired from Monsanto in 1996 after 35 years in the sheet metal shop. As promoter of Five Flags Speedway from 1990 to 1997, he was a major contributor in the local racing community. Since retirement he has enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending as much time as possible with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie Glenn and Emma Lee Spears as well as sister-in-law, Gayle Spears, and nephew, Teddy G. Dotson, Jr. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years Lillian "Polly" Elizabeth Simmons Spears, his son Terry Spears (Helen) and daughter Tina Morton (Larry), grandchildren Ashley Spears, Trenton Spears, Taylor Morton and Terrian Spears, brothers - Herschell G. (Celeste) of Dothan, AL, Louie Orrell (Margie) of Milton, Gene A. of Cantonment, Billy D. (Shelby) of Flomaton, AL, and David (Teri) of Pace, sisters - Judie Dotson (Ted) of Milton, and Linda Grooms (Marion) of Gulf Breeze, Sister-in-law - Mildred Salter of Pace and brother-in-law Mason Simmons (Ruby) of Jay, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and special friends - Leon Weeks, Kenneth Harris, Dick Salter, and Ed Mosely. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2 pm at Lewis Funeral Home in Pace with burial to follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery on Chumuckla Highway. Pall Bearers: Gordon Howell, Buddy Powell, Timmy Cook, John Salter, Louie Salter and George Guilford Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits .Published in Pensacola News Journal on October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dollie Penton Lockett 1917-2012

Dollie Penton.Dollie Penton Lockett 1917-2012 Dollie Lockett, age 95 of Pensacola, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 4, 2012. She was a member of Ensley United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and needle point as well as baking, cooking and being a homemaker. Her life was her family and her domestic talents. Dollie loved to travel around the country with her husband Lewie, on their yearly vacations. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Lewie Lockett; her parents, Mose T. and Susie Anna Harris Penton; four brothers, Thomas, Glenn, DeLois and Luther Penton; two sisters, Bessie Burkett and Grace Coffield. Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Davis of Pensacola; son, James A. Lockett (Beverly) of Shreveport, LA; granddaughter, Ginger Lockett Talley (Carl) of Dallas, TX; grandson, Eugene Lockett of Dallas, TX; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 8, 2012 at FAITH CHAPEL NORTH FUNERAL HOME, 1000 Hwy 29 Cantonment with Rev. Mark Dees and Rev. Jesse Evans officiating. Interment will be in Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Chumuckla. The family will receive friends at Faith Chapel North one hour prior to the service on Monday. Donations may be made to Ensley United Methodist Church, 25 E. Johnson Ave. Pensacola, FL 32534 or to Covenant Hospice. Condolences may be placed online @fcfhs.com. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Rena Pauline Boutwell 1935-2012

Rena Pauline Boutwell 1935-2012 Rena Pauline Boutwell 1935-2012 Rena "Pauline" Boutwell, age 77 of Chumuckla, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, M.D. Boutwell; grandson, Christopher Ray Boutwell; parents, Alto and Orene Kelley; 3 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by two brothers, Jerry and Rex Kelley; three sisters, Christine, Aveline and Carolyn; five children, Randy Boutwell, Mary (David) Gambrell, Betty (Sherman) Kinsey; Dennis (Elaine) Boutwell, and Tim (Tonya) Boutwell; 18 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1:00PM Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Chumuckla Community Church (formerly Elizabeth Chapel) with Pastor Wayne Plotner. Burial to follow in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 11AM prior to serivice. Friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits .Published in Pensacola News Journal on October 6, 2012.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Terry Dwayne McArthur (1958 - 2012)

Terry Dwayne McArthur 1958-2012 Terry "Dwayne" McArthur, 53, of Chumuckla, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2012 following a battle with lung cancer. Mr. McArthur was a native of Pensacola, Florida and resided in Chumuckla for the past 24 years. He is preceded in death by his sister, Janet McArthur. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Diana; his two daughters, Jamie Zajac (Josh) of Milton and Michelle Tabb (Mickey) of North Carolina; a granddaughter in waiting, Elizabeth Grace (Jamie & Josh); his father, James D. McArthur (Chickie) of Pensacola; his mother, Elaine McArthur of Jacksonville; a brother, James W. McArthur (Joyce) of Pensacola; his in-laws who loved him dearly and many other loving relatives and friends. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. It was Dwayne's wish to be cremated and his ashes sprinkled back to the Earth by his wife in a private ceremony. A Celebration of Life for Dwayne is being planned for the near future. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits. Published in Pensacola News Journal on September 9, 2012

Friday, September 07, 2012


This is THE PLACE - A Place Called Chumuckla
Click the link to learn details of the Reunion.
Please pass this link along to ALL your Chumuckla freinds.  IF you have ANY questions email Vic.  vic@buzzcreek.com

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

James Willard Carnley December 23, 1942 - June 30, 2012

James Willard Carnley (December 23, 1942 - June 30, 2012) Mr. James Willard Carnley, Sr. age 69 of Peterman, AL died Saturday, June 30, 2012 in a local hospital. Mr. Carnley was a native of Chumuckla, FL but had been a resident of Peterman for most of his life. He was a member and deacon at the Beatrice Baptist Church in Beatrice, AL and served in the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Marie Hardy Carnley, of Peterman; one son, James Willard Carnley, II, of Peterman; one daughter, Brittany Steelman, of Milledgeville, GA; one brother, Glenn Carnley, of Texas; two sisters, Diane Carnley, of Pensacola, FL and Carol Carnley of North Carolina; and one granddaughter, Scarlett Elizabeth Carnley. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM from the Beatrice Baptist Church in Beatrice with the Rev. Jeff Robison officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, July 2, 2012 from 6-8 PM at Johnson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Pineville Cemetery in Beatrice with Johnson Funeral Home directing.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Dewey Devon Spicer December 31, 1931 - August 27, 2012

Dewey Devon Spicer August 28, 2012 Mr. Dewey Devon Spicer, age 80, of Century, passed away on Monday, August 27, 2012, at Century Care Center. Mr. Spicer was a native of Chumuckla and a former resident of Jay before going to Century. During his working years, Mr. Spicer worked as a farmworker. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Malcolm ‘Junior’ Spicer, Jr. and B.C. Spicer and nephew, Larry ‘PeeWee’ Spicer. He is survived by his sisters, Shirley Thomas of Pensacola and Mary Ard of Chumuckla; nephews, Tom Spicer and Mike Spicer, both of Chumuckla and Johnny Ray Spicer of Century; and special niece and caregiver, Pat Spicer of Brewton. A memorial service will be held for Mr. Spicer at a future date. Flomaton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Clara Joyce Schultz 1944 - 2012

Mrs. Clara Joyce Schultz, age 68 of Monroeville,AL died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Schultz was a native of Chumukla, FL but lived in Monroeville for the past seven years. She was a member of the Monroeville First Baptist Church and the Mt. olive Baptist Church. Mrs. Schultz is preceded in death by her husband David Nikolas Schultz. Survived by her son, William Schultz and wife Jillian of Monroeville;

One granddaughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Schultz, of Monroeville; one brother, Lincoln Wayne Schultz, of Idaho; four sisters, Francis Joiner, of Castleberry, AL, Wynona Joiner McDonald, Ernestine Anita J. Ervin, Janette Elizabeth J. Kesler. Memorial services will be held Friday September 7, 2012 at 2:00PM from the Monroeville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Micah Gandy officiating.

Memorials may be made to Celebrate Recovery c/o Phil Synder in Monroeville,AL . The family will receive friends at the church starting at 1:00 PM prior to the services. Visit our online registry at: www.johnsonfh.org

Monday, September 03, 2012

Joyce Joiner Schultz - 1946 - 2012

Preliminary Notice - from her sister, Jeanette -- Janet Kesler
To all of Joyce Schultz's , family and her dear friends , Joyce passed away last night in her sleep (Saturday). please know that she is with Our Lord now . and happy. Please pray for her son and his family , and her sisters and brothers.we will miss her.  (Her sister Jeannett Joiner Kesler).
Some of Joyce's stories about growing up in Chumuckla are HERE . Do read them. She wrote vivid memories of a time that many of us shared. Joyce was widowed some years ago. She made her home in Monroeville, AL.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


From 2011-AUG-Mims2L

Interview with the Author of "Heartless Panther" Brian Sullivan.
The book is an ebook from Amazon  This  historical novel brings the age of the Creek Wars and the War of 1812 into some clarity for the Gulf Coast Region.  It is worth it just to learn some of the actual history and to learn some of the cultural aspects of the various people living in the region at the time. Plus - it is a quite well told tale with fascinating interwoven plots - all connected to the history.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Daniel "Richard" Enfinger 1955-2012

Daniel "Richard" Enfinger, 57 of Chumuckla Community, passed away on August 9, 2012.

Richard was a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County, a local contractor and an avid horseman. He touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel C. and Louise Enfinger and his "second mom" Laurel Howell.

He is survived by his sisters, Rhonda (Paul) Forte and Glenda (Denny) English; brothers, Dennis (Martha) and David (Renita) Enfinger; nephews and nieces, Scott Forte, Dustin (Erin) English, Kenna (Chad) McDaniel, and Daysha Enfinger. Lifelong best friend, Gordan (Lana) Howell; and "second family" Laverne (Vera) Howell, Jimmy (Sharon) Howell, Nancy (Sandy) Wyatt, Lana (Mike) Martin, Stephen (Gail) Howell, Jeremy (Riley) Wyatt and their children.

Funeral services will be held at 10AM Monday, August 13, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel with Rev. Andy Martin and family friend Jeremy Wyatt, officiating. Burial at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4PM to 6PM on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Drew Meyers, Dan Lozier, Ricky O'Kelley, Henry Tipton, Michael Neal, Marcus Brannon.

Honorary Pallbearers: John Leonard, Tony Tindell, Johnny Baggett, Timmy Cook, Mike Neal and Kevin Rose.

Friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net.  Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Myrtle Gertrude Carswell Campbell 1923-2012

March 20, 1923 - July 27, 2012.   Myrtle Gertrude Carswell Campbell, 89, born in Noma, Florida , a life resident of Santa Rosa County  and widow of J. Lee Campbell. Myrtle was the loving mother of Jim and Vic Campbell and Wanda Campbell Roberts.  She found much joy as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Myrtle was born to Navy Victoria and John Robert Carswell as the 9th of 10 children who are all deceased except one, Amie Carswell Howell Hendrix who resides in Jacksonville. Her siblings were, Malgram, Manual, Cecil, Vera, Onie B., E.W., Amie, Bobby, and R.V.  She was a 1941 graduate of Allentown, High School and married J. Lee Campbell in 1944.

She loved children’s ministry and served our Lord in many area churches. Her most loved service was through the Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Myrtle is survived by  children, Jim (Lynne Mock) Campbell, Vic (Karen Gatewood) Campbell and Wanda (John) Roberts: Grandchildren (Jim) Benjamin (Holly Stephen), Kevin (Angie Tancer), Daniel. (Vic) Alex. (Wanda) Wesley, Mary Beth (Josh Barrows), Anna (Matt Peden), Naomi (Nathan McIntosh), Matt (fiancee Margaret Spitznagel): and, eight great-grandchildren. Louise (Bobby Carswell), and Frances (Lamar Campbell), are surviving sister-in-laws.

Funeral Service will be 2 PM, Sunday, July 29 , 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel with Chaplain David Gibson officiating and Dr. Michael D. Wiggins officiating. Visitation will be from 1PM until time of service. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Elizabeth Chapel  Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Myrtle’s grandsons.

In Lieu of Flowers we suggest donations directly to Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383-0348.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chumuckla Reunion September 29

Please contact Vic Campbell to take charge of or serve on any of the following committees for the reunion. 9/29 2pm at the Farmers Opry.
1. Program Committee and recruit EMCEE (Ann Brock Smith-chair)
2. Finance Committee (to assure minor expenses are covered Tim Burch will offer help not chair)
3. Photo SHOW Program committee ( Ann Brock Smith-chair) Please send ANN your photos by email or other digital source).
4. Registration Committee (Gerald and Kim Kelley-chair)
5. Family of the Year Committee (Janis Simmons? Carole Bryant?)
6. School History Presentation committee (?)
7. Display Table committee (?)
9. Promotion of Event Committee (Garia Manning Sanders, Virginia White Land - more?)
10. Museum Tour Committee(?) A morning tour NOT a part of the actual reunion event but an add on extra for those who wish to go (Lavern Howell's museum).
............................. Photos from past reunion below ....................

Trevor James Thomas (November 28, 1990 – July 3, 2012

Trevor James Thomas, 21, of Jay, FL passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 on Chumuckla Highway in a tragic car accident on his way to work. He was born at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL on November 28, 1990 on his Grandmother Judy Ballard’s birthday. Trevor was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rex Thomas and Judy Ballard, his cousin Eric Thomas and uncle, Mike McLean. He is survived by his fiancĂ© Leanne Hughes, parents, Dale and Pam Thomas, siblings Whitney Thomas-Singleton (Brian) & Marshal Thomas, nieces, Kali Vernon and Chloe Singleton, grandparents, Ann Thomas (Roy Dickey), Carlton McLean and Silas Ballard and future in-laws Kimberly Brooks, Brittany Brooks , Sarah Brooks and James Hughes. Trevor was a 2009 honors graduate of Jay High School. Heplayed trombone from 6th to 12th grade in the JHS Band, and was Band President his Senior year. While in band, Trevor met his best friend and love of his life, Leanne Hughes. He proposed to Leanne on December 10, 2011 on Pensacola Beach. They’ve been happily together for seven years. He was a student at the University of West Florida majoring in Chemistry and also working at the woodbine McDonalds. Trevor was such a special person. He was very intelligent, incredibly loving, and extremely happy. He always had a bright smile on his beautiful face that touched everyone’s heart that knew him. He loved music, was constantly singing and had an amazing voice. He spent the majority of his time with his family and friends whom he loved dearly. Trevor’s hobbies included, gaming on the Xbox 360, reading, basketball, football, fantasy football, playing magic cards, and playing with his and Leanne’s dog, Tater. Trevor had a soft spot in his heart for people in need. He was a very giving person and would help people any way he could. Trevor will be deeply missed and loved by all those who treasured him. A visitation will be held at Jay Funeral Home from 6-9 P.M. on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at True Worship Assembly at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Johnny Johnson officiating services. Burial will follow at Pineview United Methodist Church. Pallbearers will be Willis Cannon, Derek Diamond, Zach Dykes, Zachary Godwin, Robbie Rawls, and Jake Sasser. Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chumuckla School Reunion - Sept. 29

Now annually - LAST Saturday in September at the Farmers Opry. 2-4:30 pm,  Opry dinner ($12.50) at 4:30 and optional  show ($10) at 7pm.   The REUNION visiting time will of course exetend through the dinner so people will have plenty of time to share and talk through the meal hours until 7pm when the music show begins. I encourage everyone to attend both the dinner and the show because it is a wonderful meal AND the show is great.  It is understood though that some of the older attendees will want to leave before dark - but it will still be light after the early meal.

Separtate MORNING tour of Skeeter's Museum at 10AM for those who meet at the School Parking area (Lunch on your own - HOWEVER - I will check with the opry about offering a pre-set number of sack lunchers for those who go on the tour ). This will be posted with details and any adjustments with the reunion notes.  Each year ONE of several tour options will be offered -The Museum, A Local Farm, Coon Hill Cemetery, and The School are the current choices. THIS year - THE MUSEUM. (Free).

See Reunion Program --  to follow here and at Chumuckla.com and FB Chumuckla group. (All classes, all friends, all staff and teachers, families - invited).

Please share this blog link  by email with your Chumuckla contacts. Thank you!
There will be committee members for several Reunion oriented program topics but thankfully the confusion of pot luck, kitchen fees, cleanup committees and set up work is all removed by using the fantastic facilities at the FARMER's OPRY.  I know a lot of people that are RELIEVED to know that!
Committee TOPICS

A committee to pick and orient the EMCEE and program schedule
Committee for A Visual slide show using the Opry's video equipment .. Photos of years past

A "Famiy of the Year" committee to help us honor one specific FAMILY in the course of the day. This is a NEW concept and the FIRST FAMILY to be honored will be THE HARRIS FAMILY.

A School History Committee to help present  key topics in the schools history in one part of the program

A registration committee to be sure we get good lists of people who attend with email and address information to help with future reunions

A Finance  Commitee to determine if we need to even consider a fund to defray minor expenses that happen with reunions like... name tags .. signeage ..  or perhaps we seek a donor.

A Promotion Committee to take on the job of getting the information out both THIS year and NEXT year and possibly consier some kind of meaningful memento for attendees to take home with them.

Monday, June 11, 2012


This note from Joy Manning ...
Allentown/Central Alumni Meeting to be held on June 16 at 5:00. Potluck Dinner. Music, Memorabilia, Reminisce, Central Cafeteria. It is always the Sat. before Father's Day. Contact Joy Manning for more information ... they need some younger members on the planning team.
The Chumuckla School Reunion is in planning stages still. Likely to be a date in Sept. or Oct. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Norman Charles Walther (Plug) 1923 - 2012

December 18, 1923 May 30, 2012 Norman Charles “Plug” Walther, 88 of Chumuckla, FL passed away May 30, 2012. A lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County, FL, Norman was the devoted husband of the late Grace McCoy Walther. Norman was also a devoted and loving father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. Norman was a 1943 graduate of Allentown School, after graduation he enlisted into the U.S. Army and became a medic. Following his time in the Army, with much encouragement from his siblings, he enrolled in the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Agriculture.

He began his teaching career in agriculture at Chucuckla High School, Norman’s great love for gardening and growing crops was always a great joy to him. Even in the summer of 2012 Norman was still growing vegetables, not only for family, but neighbors. This was something had done all his life. Norman also enjoyed the plant nursery he established in order to educate people on the methods of growing and the different varieties of scrubs and trees.

 He instilled the love of farming to many students while teaching at Chumuckla High. Norman was the eighth child out of ten who were born to the late Will and Nancy Walther; he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Levins, granddaughter, Alisa and three sister in laws, Geneva Lynn, Sula Fulford and Judy Knight . He survived all of his siblings and reigned at the last several Walther reunions as the patriarch of the family, or as some of us put it, “The King of the Hill”; Carrie Lee Walther Carpenter, James Walther, Woodrow Walther, Gordon Walther, Lester Walther, Cecil Walther, Emma Walther Zarahn, Irene Walther Blaisdell and Earl Walther; Norman is survived by his children; Marie (Wayne) Goddard, Jack (Eddnie) Walther, Jane (David) Chavers and Jean Kirkland; grandchildren, Michele, Chris, Jennifer, Marcia, Stacey, Tim, C.J., Josh, and Jonathan; great grandchildren, Caden, Annie, Mickey, Morgan, Mason, Mia, and Macy; two sister in laws, Alice Myers and Catherine Redford of GA and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel with Rev. Hubert Smith officiating and Ann Walther Sprague officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of service. Burial will follow at Coldwater Community Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Norman’s grandsons, Tim, Chris, Jonathan, C.J., Joshua and Keith and Clark Harris.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Norman’s granddaughters, Michele, Jennifer, Marcia and Stacey and Billy Walther, Dennis Walther, Kenneth Harris, Willard Davis and close family and friends.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mr. Larry Clifford Spicer (April 13, 1956 - April 13, 2012)

Mr. Larry Clifford Spicer
(April 13, 1956 - April 13, 2012)

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Mr. Larry Clifford 'Pee Wee' Spicer, age 56 of Brewton, AL died on April 13, 2012 at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital in Brewton, AL.

Mr. Spicer was a native of Brewton, AL and had worked fourty plus years as a truck driver in the transportation industry. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Ray's Chapel in Bogia, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, B.C. and Ruthie Spicer and a brother, Billy Spicer.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Spicer of Brewton, AL; daughters, Stephanie (Jason) Morgan of Byrneville, FL; Mandi (Larry) Kinley of McDavid, FL; Alicia (Harold) McGhee of East Brewton, AL; brothers, Tom Spicer of Chumuckla, FL; Mike Spicer of Chumuckla, FL; Johnny Ray Spicer of Century, FL; sisters, Mary Ard of Chumuckla, FL,; Shirley Thomas of Pensacola, FL and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Sunday evening, April 15, 2012 at Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel from 6 until 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Flomaton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nathan Brown and Rev. Chip Barbas officiating. Inerment will follow in Ray's Chapel Cemetery, Blogia, FL.

Please share your memories and condolences with the family at www.flomatonfh.com.

Flomaton Funeral Home Directing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Clyde Lawrence Moore, 81

Clyde Lawrence Moore, 81, of Molino died Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Visitation: 1 p.m. today at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North in Cantonment until services begin at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Christopher Ray Boutwell 2/18/1986-2/10/2012

Christopher Ray Boutwell, age 25 of Chumuckla, FL passed away on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.

Christopher was born and raised in Chumuckla, FL. Chris was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt, fish, wakeboard on the river, and watch the Alabama Crimson Tide play ball. But his most loved past time was spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his Grandpa "D"

Chris is survived by his parents, Dennis and Elaine Boutwell; sister, Amber; god mother, Vanessa Marlowe; god sister, Michele Morgan; god brother, Shawn Marlowe; fiancé, Mallory Beach; grandparents, George and Sarah Blackmon and Pauline Boutwell; and numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Elizabeth Chapel Community Church with Rev. Wayne Plotner, officiating. Burial to follow in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-9pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home Milton Chapel.

Friends may send condolences to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on February 15, 2012 Print

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ada Diamond, 2-6-2012, (1915 - 2012)


Ada Bauldree Diamond, January 21, 1915 - February 6, 2012

Ada Bauldree Diamond, age 97, of Jay, FL (Brownsdale) went to be with her heavenly father on Monday, February 6, 2012.

Mrs. Diamond was born January 21, 1915 to the late James Richard Bauldree and Annie Myers Bauldree in Enterprise, AL. Her family moved to Jay, FL in 1927. In 1933, she married John Daniel (J.D.) Diamond and had nine children. Together they farmed and operated a grocery store until they retired in 1967.

After retirement, they enjoyed camping and fishing with family and friends. She was a member of Jay First Assembly of God and loved to go to church and listen to preaching and gospel music.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, John Daniel Diamond; sons, Richard Edward Diamond, Charles Rudolph Diamond and John Clinton Diamond; sons-in-law, Hardy Renfroe and Dennis Williams; one grandchild, Vickie Diamond; two sisters, Ethel Mae Stewart and Cora Lee Noles; six brothers, Hubert Smith, Lloyd Smith, James Bauldree, T.D. Bauldree, Willard Bauldree and Alfred Bauldree.

Survivors include: five daughters, Addie Rue (Bud) Mote, Linda Williams, Annie Merle Renfroe, Paulette (Tommy) Roberts and Delorise Ann (Glenn) Gavin; one son, James Earl (Faye) Diamond; two daughters-in-law, Doris Diamond and Mary Diamond; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Jay Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M, Thursday, February 9, 2012 at Jay First Assembly of God with Rev. Ron Carnley and Rev. Frederick Barrow officiating. Burial will follow at Cora Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at The Terrace at Ivey Acres Assisted Living Facility, Covenant Hospice and Dr. Jeffrey Kelley for the special care given to Mrs. Diamond during her last few months.

Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on February 8, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mary Ellen Enfinger 1934 - 2012

Mary Ellen Enfinger, 77, of Chumuckla passed away unexpectedly
on Monday January 30, 2012. Mary was born on April 20, 1934 in Jay, FL
and had resided in Chumuckla for most of her life.

Mary retired in 1997 after raising 5 children and working most of her life as a cook in local restaurants. Everyone that knew her always looked forward to “Mrs. Mary’s”cooking…she always said that if you went away hungry it was own fault!

She was preceded in death by her husband Archie Enfinger and her parents.
Survivors include two sons Larry (Linda) Enfinger of Chumuckla, Garry (Brandy) Enfinger of Milton; three daughters; Lou Ellen (Tony) Burks of Pace, Karen (Ken) Gramm of Milton, Karlene (John) Jernigan of Chumuckla; two sisters Julia Joyner of Columbus, GA,, Joyce Casler of Jay, FL; 9 grand children and 4 great grand children, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be; George Joyner Sr., Wayne McMillan, Terry Capers, Lamar Waldrop, Russell Enfinger, and Matthew Thorne (Aunt Mary’s special great- nephew).
Funeral will be officiated by her nephew John Patrick Whitfield.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Denny Grant Segrest 1956-2012

 Denny Grant Segrest, went to swag the gates of Heaven on Monday, January 23, 2012. We may never understand why God takes someone before we're ready, but obviously He is planning a fantastic party and needs an outstanding decorator; God chose the best!

Denny was born August 8, 1956 and spent his entire life in Chumuckla, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilfred Segrest, and his grandparents, Claude Grant, Maggie Kelly Grant, and Robert and Bessie Segrest.

He is survived by his mother, Odene Grant Segrest; his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Mack Wombles; his special cousin, Glennie Faye Hearn; his God-children, Melanie Gaylard Gibbs, Jason Gaylard, Justin Gaylard, and Mikayla Thomas; his special phone friends, Tessie Williams, Dot Germann, and Lillian Ward; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, who all loved him very much.

Denny never met a stranger. He was a bright and shining star who touched the lives of many people all over the world. To know him was to love him.

Visitation will be Friday, January 27, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at the Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel. A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the funeral home with burial to follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.

Pastor Joey Rogers and Bishop Vincent Warren will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Denny's cousins. Lewis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on January 27, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Some Wind Damage WEAR

Chumuckla neighbors affected by a recent storm - were probably glanced by a tornado. This news story has video as well.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Danny Lewis Holt 1948-2012

Danny Lewis Holt
Danny Lewis Holt


Danny Lewis Holt, loving husband, father and grandfather passed to his heavenly home January 17, 2012. Danny was born January 19, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the only child of Hilery Holt and Gladys Lambeth Kirkland who proceeded in him in death.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 45 years, his son Dan (Pamela), daughter Nancy (Richard) Brown and his grandchildren: Kristen (Carl) Carter, Katelin Holt, Emma Holt, Garrett Brown and Seth Brown. Survivors also include special cousins Robert (Linda) Holt of Flomation, AL and Gary (Anne) Holt of Pace, Sister-in-law, Carole (Floyd) Griffin of Baker, Brothers-in-law, Billy (Paula) Kimbrough and Jim (Elaine) Kimbrough of Chumuckla, Atwood (Sandra) Kimbrough of Pace and John (Addie) Kimbrough of McDavid as well as numerous other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Danny graduated from Chumuckla School in 1966. He attended Okaloosa-Walton Junior College where he played baseball and ran cross country. A general contractor in Santa Rosa County for 38 years, Danny was also a major participant in land development. He attended Milton First Assembly of God and taught a Wednesday night adult Bible class. While he spent many hours building in the local community, he was most recognized by his kindness, generosity and smile. Danny's well known testimony of his miraculous healing of cancer in 1985 will survive his death.

Friends may call for visitation at Milton First Assembly of God Friday, January 20, 2012 from 5 p. m. until 8 p. m. Funeral services will be held at Milton First Assembly of God Saturday, January 21 at 10 a. m. Burial will be at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made to both The Gideons International, Santa Rosa Chapter and/or Milton First Assembly's building fund.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from January 20 to January 22, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Danny Holt - Funeral UPDATE

Funeral service information for Danny Holt.
Full Name
Danny Lewis Holt

Date of Death
Tuesday January 17th 2012

First Visitation
Friday January 20th 2012 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location
First Assembly of God Milton
6163 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL

Service Information
Saturday January 21st 2012 10:00am

First Assembly of God Milton
6163 Dogwood Drive
Milton, FL

Interment Information
Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery
8008 Chumuckla Highway
Pace, FL

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Martha Ann Salter (1949 - 2012)

Martha Ann Salter (1949 - 2012)

Martha Ann Salter


Martha Ann Salter of Chumuckla, died January 5, 2012 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. God called and she slipped from the arms of her loving family into the waiting hands of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Martha has joy in her heart knowing that she would reunite with love ones that had preceded her to Heaven.

Martha was born in Atmore, Alabama on February 13, 1949 to the late Walter Woodrow & Irene Stacey Raines. Her father died when she was 10 years old. Hard times followed for the family. Those hard times helped shape her life in a positive way. It made her strong, confident and not afraid of hard work. Martin Salter came into her life and it was love at first sight. They married on April 10, 1965 at Brownsdale Baptist Church in Santa Rosa County. Although Martha was 16 at the time, she went on to complete her education and held a number of positions. She was employed by the Santa Rosa School Board, was an x-ray technician, and lastly was a correctional officer for the state. Her most important job was that of a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

The church and her family were central in her life. Martha led many to the Lord. She was a proud member of Pine Level Baptist Church and loved her church family dearly. Martha was proud of her Native American heritage. She recently became a member of the Santa Rosa Creek Indian Tribe. She received her tribal name of Bright Star. Now, when her family views the night sky they will be reminded of her physical and spiritual beauty.

Every moment is precious when death is near. Martha was able to embrace those moments to talk with those she loved sharing last thoughts, memories and wishes. She leaves behind her husband, Martin; her only daughter, Angela (Michael) Pennell; Grandchildren, Bradley (Candace) Pennell and Katie Pennell; great-grandchildren, Faith Pennell, Gabriel Pennell, Jacob Lewis and Elizabeth Pennell; Siblings, Billy (Shirley) Raines, Hazel (Buddy) Beasley, Helen Cresson, Dale (Ray) Hyde, Ruth Cameron, Patricia Raines and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that she loved dearly.

The family would like to thank Dr. C. David Smith, Dr. Alejandro A. Inclan, Dr. Gerald Lowery and all the Covenant Hospice Doctors, Nurses and Employees.

Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel with Dr. Gary Crawford and Rev. Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Level Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 9:00 PM Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on January 8, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

George Henry Bray (1929 - 2012)

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George Henry Bray


George Henry Bray, 82, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. George was a native of Santa Rosa County and resided here most of his life. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years with tours of duty in Germany, France, Korea, and the United States; after retirement from the military, George was employed by the Florida Department of Transportation. He served as President of the Chumuckla Water System for over 30 years. He was a member of Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Idelle Bray, and his brother-in-law, Earnest Jernigan.

George is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Gertrud Bray; his son, Dale (Caroline) Bray; and grandsons, Chris, Scott and Todd Bray of Knoxville, Tennessee; his sister, Rebecca Jernigan; nephew, Greg (Kathy) Jernigan; nieces, Julie Jernigan and Sandi (David) Coppedge; great-nephew and nieces, Ashton and Kandace Jernigan, Amy Allen and Amanda (Thim) Sowell.

Funeral service for George will be 2:00 PM Friday, January 6, 2012 at Chumuckla Community Church (formerly Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church) with Rev. LaDon Hall and Rev. Clive Knights officiating. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM prior to service. Burial will at Elizabeth Chapel Church Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers are Raymond Baxley, Andy Elliott, Keith Germann, Johnny Nobles, Lamar Nobles, Wendell Nobles, Joe Shofner, and Eddie Tribble; Honorary Pallbearers will be W.L. Bray, Pablo Falcon, Robert Germann, Copeland Griswold, Billy Kimbrough, Charles Melton, Chuck Thames, Carlton Ward and Members of the Chumuckla Water System Board of Directors. Lewis Fuenral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may send condolences and share fond memories with the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.net.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Only The Lonely - Larry Roe

Here is wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR with a lonely song from Larry Roe, a NJ Buddy who pays tribute to Roy Orbison here.