Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lavern "Skeeter" Howell 1927-2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016,    4:00pm - 7:00pm
Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel

Friday, November 11th, 2016, 11:00am
Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel  (See Website)
Address 6405 Highway 90 West
Milton, FL  32570

Sunday, October 30, 2016

CHUMUCKLA CLASSES (2) for id - ca 1939?

Chumuckla School Classes ca 1939 - From Willard Davis Collection

Thought to be ca 1937.  These two photos (Prior post is photo 1) were found in the affects of Willard Davis after his death. Alas we need some clarification of who the people are.  

FB - conversation from earlier (please feel free to comment below or on fb) 
Gail Allred Top row, l to r, sixth child, fourth girl, is my mother, Maunette Hayes. The girl directly in front of her is Opal McCall. Mother was born in 1931. This picture was taken about 1939.
Gail Allred I believe that the seventh child, top row, l to r, may be Erma Ruth Stewart. Somewhere in the photo will probably be Donald Stinson and Jean Enfinger and Doug's mother.
Lynn Luker Atkins Omgoodness! Momma! My heart is so full right now! Sweet picture!!!
Vic Campbell Sharon Lee Pinckard your mom may be in these
Sharon Lee Pinckard I'll forward this to her. Thanks

CHUMUCKLA CLASSES for id - ca 1937?

Photo from Willard Davis Collection ca 1937? Chumuckla School

Thought to be ca 1937.  These two photos (next post is photo 2) were found in the affects of Willard Davis after his death. Alas we need some clarification of who the people are.  Doug Davis reports the tall lady in the back of this group is said to be Mrs. SIMMONS.  Her husband may have been a teacher there as well, or perhaps principal?  They lived in the old house that Homer  and Minnie Burns lived in before a fire there caused it to need replacement in the 1960's.  At intersection of Ed Enfinger Road - past the school.  Family are trying to identify those in the photo. You can see this photo in a larger version by just clicking on it.   If logged into google you can comment below.  An earlier comment on fb by Gail Luker Allred.  is here -- " I'm pretty sure that the fourth child, top row, r to l, is Ruth Wynell Salter. The teacher may be Mrs. McCaskill. Aunt Ruth Wynell was born in 1928."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mildred Golden Simmons Salter Sept. 19

Mildred Golden Simmons Salter, 84, of Chumuckla, Florida, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015.
Mildred was born in Jay, Florida. She graduated from Chumuckla High School and was a member of Chumuckla Community Church. Mildred was a native of Santa Rosa County her entire life.

She was preceded in death by parents, Porter C. Simmons and Verla Maebelle D. Simmons; and spouse, Thomas D. Salter, Jr.

She is survived by her five children; Thomas D. Salter, III, Pamela A. Salter, Judy Renee Salter, Lewis M. Salter (Lynda), Deborah S. Crews (Ricky), grandchildren; Stephen A. Diamond, Christina Y. Cross, Alyssa Ivey Crews, James Balk, Sylvia Balk, Shelby Balk, great-grandchildren; Robert Cross, Gavin Cross, Ethan Diamond, Owen Thomas Diamond, Noah Diamond, Colt Cross, sister; Lillian (Polly) Spears, and brother; Mason Simmons (Ruby), many sister and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel, with Pastor Tom Sharon officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., prior to the service.

Interment will follow services at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery, Chumuckla. Stephen A. Diamond, Marty Griswold, Alan Miller, Terry Spears, Bill Enfinger, and Rusty Enfinger will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to thank Dr. C. David Smith and his excellent staff for many years of extremely good care of our mother. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Circle of Love group from the church for the many visits, prayers, and special gifts.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Matthew Butler - 1970 - 2016

This is Pamela Patterson's son -- Chumuckla HS  '67. It is posting late here - with apologies. I was unaware. (Vic)

Jimmie Mathew “Matt” Butler, 45, of Milton, FL, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016. 

Matt was born on August 26, 1970, in Pensacola to Jimmie and Pamela Butler, and resided in Pace for the first half of his life. He was a graduate of Pace High School, the University of West Florida, and the University of Alabama. Matt was a very active member of Immanuel Baptist Church for many years. He participated in the choir and mission trips, but mostly loved working with the children. His love of working with children continued during his college years, serving the summer months specifically with the Techwood Center in inner city Atlanta, Georgia. He settled after his college years in Dallas, Texas, where he resided until August 2013, when he moved back home to Northwest Florida. While in Dallas he worked in varying positions with public relations and in his spare time loved participating in the arts. He was well gifted in song, dance and acting. Matt was very much a people person and enjoyed life.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry M. and Lou V. Butler of Milton, and James D. Patterson of Pace, Florida.

Matt is survived by his father, Jimmie L. Butler of Pace; his mother, Pamela G. Patterson of Milton; his sister, Traci L. (Paul) Peaden of Milton; nephew, Jase D. Peaden of Milton; grandmother, Judy I. (Harold) Strength of Flomaton, Alabama; numerous loving uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Matt at Immanuel Baptist Church, Pace, Florida, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, with Clain Roberts officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. 

The family would like to give a very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Dennis Mayeaux, the staff and nurses at Sandy Ridge Health and Rehabilitation, and the staff and nurses at Regency Hospice – Pensacola.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

THE JAY STUMP TALKS - Candidates 2016

THE JAY STUMP TALKS - Candidates 2016

Most of the local and state candidates showed up for the fish fry and stump talks in Jay, August 6. The few that missed would be sad to know that we estimate for every local citizen who showed up, another 50 to 100 voters are influenced. This is because the town of Jay is an older pioneer genetic base for the region and families and networks are centuries old. So, because of the deep roots throughout the county - even large parts of the South County are affected by what people in Jay hear and talk about.  Conversely, the more shallow roots but much greater numbers of South County residents require attendance to be 4 to 8 times larger for the same "reach".  Congratulations to all the candidates for participating in the GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION.   Here is the AUDIO from the Jay STUMP TALKS.  Feel free to note the time stamps for YOUR favorite candidates.

Do feel free to join in the Jay Historical Facebook Page Group
The site has become a fascinating repository of short stories
and reminiscing by members and others. It is an enjoyable stop 
along the highway of information.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Willie Mae Cook Enfinger - 1925- 2016

Obituary for Willie Enfinger

Willie Mae Cook Enfinger, 90, passed away peacefully in her Chumuckla, FL residence on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Mrs. Enfinger was born November 3, 1925 to Duncan Charlie and Mary Annar Ellis Cook and was a lifelong resident of Chumuckla. She was a kind and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. After retirement, Mrs. Enfinger became an avid and lucky gambler and made many trips to play at the slot machines!
She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Gaston Enfinger; her daughter, Margaret Ard Sanchez; and two grandchildren.
Survivors include: five daughters: Annie Harris (Gerald Finch) of Pace, Brenda Correll Simmons of Gateswood, AL, Linda Sauls (Jim) of Milton, Vicki Stillings (Mark) of Gulf Shores, AL, and Kathy Bloor (Roger) of Niceville; two sons, Rufus Ard (Patsy) of Chumuckla and Ronald Ard (Diane) of Pace; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; and twenty-four great-great-grandchildren.
Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Chumuckla Community Church.
Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Miriam Davis - 1931-2016

Miriam Faye Enfinger Davis, age 85, of Chumuckla passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Miriam was born on June 28, 1931, in the Wallace community to Francis Monroe and Hazel Sharritt Enfinger.
She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, working with the G.A.'s and in the church nursery. She also loved her time working as a nurse's aide at Jay Hospital and Santa Rosa Hospital.
Miriam was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 69 years, James Willard Davis; her son, Donnie Davis; and siblings: Lillian (Phil) Heath, Vernon (Else) Enfinger, Dorothy Donnelly, Vera (Aubrey) McBride, Althea Blum, Frances (R.B.) Raybon, Howard (Mildred) Enfinger, Edwina Mock, Franklin Enfinger, Jean Sumlin, and James Enfinger.
She is survived by her children: Brenda (Larry) Gillman, Sandra Neal, and Doug Davis; five grandchildren: Tony (Pika) White, Donna White, Leslie (Pete) Zielinski, Sandra (Tony) Kuhl, and Gordon Gillman; five great-grandchildren: Davis and Ethan White, Tony and Taylor Kuhl, and Elizabeth Gillman; one great-great-granddaughter, Brelynn Kuhl; sister, Gwen (Bert) Riddles; brother Wilton (Nola) Enfinger; sister-in-law Gwendolyn Enfinger, and many nieces and nephews.
Many thanks to Covenant Care and to our Mom’ s personal caregivers. You are truly our angels on earth.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Allentown at 10:00 a.m. with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Brother LaDon Hall, assisted by Brother Dustin Lambert, officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Care 5041 North 12th Ave Pensacola, FL 32504.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Winston Dwight Campbell, age 85, of Milton died June 21, 2016.

Winston Dwight Campbell, age 85, of Milton died June 21, 2016. He was born in Chumuckla and resided here most of his life. He was a USAF VETERAN of Korea and retired Aircraft Mechanic, U.S. Civil Service, Eglin AFB. Survivors include: Daughters — Regina Powell (John) and Kim Campbell (Drew); Grandchildren — Kyler Jafari (Derrik), and Nevin Zamora; Sisters — Louise Gregory and Lucille Lee; Brothers — Rufus Campbell, Glen Campbell, and Colbert Campbell. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until funeral service begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Wallace Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Margaret Campbell - 1929-2016

Margaret Juanita Campbell, 86, of Chumuckla passed away on June 11, 2016.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Mitchell, and one brother, Lorenza Stewart.
Survivors include: husband, Glen Campbell; daughter, Renita Enfinger (David); three sons, Ronald Campbell (Kim), Keith Campbell (Robynn), and Dale Campbell (Tracey); four sisters, Mildred Hare (Jack), Mavis Morris (Bill), Ruthie Fortune (Ed), and Lanara Southard (Howard); one brother, Lorandal Stewart (Beth); son-in-law, Tommy Mitchell; sister-in-law, Jeannie Stewart; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Wallace Baptist Church. Reverend Andy Martin and Reverend Ladon Hall will be officiating. Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Follow up to Catalpa

This is little Mary Ellis Young who now has some catalpa worms to take to her son in Pennsylvania to capture a fifty pound Yankee Blue catfish. Her son took up fishing after he nearly died from an abscessed molar. She is also making the trip for some graduating grandsons. Scott Griffin, who currently sports bad molar infections got these off his tree for her. See catalpa story at the Chumuckla Blog and at  me3tv.org. Mary's brother, Danny Ellis and I, once upon a time, used a rattlesnake for our school science project. Danny is battling cancer now in Ozark, Al. The snake story is in my book (out of print) Jct. 197. Found the story about me and Danny. HERE it is for you......

The Story With Danny Ellis and Uncle Vic a half century ago.

Junction: County Road 197
In New Jersey, there is a large horse racing complex called "The Meadowlands." There are fancy restaurants inside and computer-controlled betting windows. From the track, you can see the skyline of New York City. It is a beautiful place to go for dinner and to invest in the horses. Of course, if you were to go there to bet on them, that would be sinful. Being a cautious man, I went there to "invest" in them. I had not attended a horse race since August 1965. I can remember the hot Saturday afternoon well. From that day forward, I believed myself banned from all race tracks forever.
Jesse Ellis and his family raised thoroughbred horses. Their farm was off Chumuckla Springs Road. Every Saturday in the summer, Jesse would have folks from all over come to his farm to race their stock against his. There was no betting, you understand, because a sinful nature was frowned upon in that part of the county.
One fall Saturday afterward, as I rode tall in the saddle on my gentle mare "Ripple," making tracks in the unpaved Chumuckla Springs Road, I crossed paths with a modest red diamondback rattlesnake. Following my usual inclination to collect snakes, I took Ripple to the side of the road and hitched her to a tree. I found a stick for snake catching and went about the business of capturing the venomous reptile. Danny Holt happened on the scene as he drove down the road. I asked for a lift to the Ellis Place, where I thought I might find a big jar or a sack. Danny was a year older than me and a good deal smarter. He offered a ride, but not inside the car. I could ride on the hood and I could pick Ripple up later.
Forgetting the sensitive nature of horses, I showed up at the races on the hood of Danny Holt's car with a live rattle snake in my hands. I never saw such a wild frenzy of horses. Records would have been broken—had there been time to keep any—and if the horses had remained inside the race track. It took weeks to get some of them out of the swamps.
Needless to say, I was never invited back to the races. The snake fared even worse. It was sacrificed for a science proj ect that Danny Ellis (Jesse's son) and I completed for biology class at school.
Fortunately for me, Jesse had not notified the Meadowlands of my previous behavior, and I was admitted to the New Jersey track without a search.
Up here they have what is called "harness racing." The horse pulls a little cart with a man in it. There is a special thrill to hear the bugle play, to watch the horses race, and to read the racing program as if you know what you are doing.
I invested two dollars in "Perry Noyd" in the first race, "Wide Load" and "Family Tree" in the third, and "Prince Lee Knight" in the fourth. Later, I threw away caution and began to bet.
After betting two dollars on "Vicarious Thrills" in the seventh, my wife stopped me. I had lost twenty dollars from my investments, and she did not approve of mortgaging the house to bet on "Little Lou Rain" in the eighth race.
"Little Lou Rain" won and paid ten to one. If I had bet on him, I could have retired to a life of idleness. (My wife questions that this is a "goal" since she believes me to be fairly idle already.) Anyway, idle hands lead to mischief. So maybe I would have become a broker and taken up betting on the stock market.

My wife will not allow me to carry more than a dollar fifty in my pocket. So I am considering selling my blood to get enough cash for my next investment. I have a hunch the horse named "Little Rattler" will be a big winner for me.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catalpa Worms with Kenny Kelley

An expose on the worm that by magic turns into a14 lb catfish. Kenny Kelly reporting. Also, a lot of people would be surprised to know the "Rain Crow" (yellow billed Cuckoo) is also a fan of these worms. You hear them sometimes just before a rain --- it is not a CAW -- but more of a "Coo COO" in a deep voice.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Doug and the old family 8n

My friend, Doug Davis explains some of the history and family farm significance of their old 1950 8n FORD REDBELLY.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Chumuckla Reunion

Good News. Cheri Elliott is planning an APRIL 30 REUNION of Chumucklans at her place on Willard Norris Road.   Keep up the details. Here are the basics !
Great News ! Cheri Elliott ( see facebook) has cranked up a great informal barn reunion at her place in late April. Do contact her for details. Here are the basics.
From Cheri Elliott :
Save the date! Chumuckla School buddies on a roll.
Saturday, April 30 at 6 PM
Open invitation. Contact Cheri for details.
Southern Fried Band!
BBQ by Oakes!
BYOB...and bring chairs.
Text me if you have questions 850.516.8225

Monday, March 28, 2016

James Willard Davis, 1930-2016

James Willard Davis
James Willard Davis, 86, of Chumuckla, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016. Willard was born near Jay, FL on March 4, 1930 to S.S. and Mary Etta Davis. He worked at the Experiment Station for 6 years before going to Monsanto, where he retired after 31 years. A lover of the outdoors, Willard was proud of his extensive gardens, especially his tomatoes, and loved to share his crops with family
and friends. He was also a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by: his parents; his son, Donnie; and his sister and brother-in-law, Essye and David Wyman. He is survived by: his wife of 69 years, Miriam; his children, Brenda (Larry) Gillman, Sandra Neal, and Doug Davis; five grandchildren: Tony (Pika) White, Donna White, Leslie (Pete) Zielinski, Sandra (Tony) Kuhl, and Gordon Gillman; five great-grandchildren: Davis and Ethan White, Tony and Taylor Kuhl, and Elizabeth Gillman; one great-great granddaughter, Brelynn Kuhl; two sisters-in law, Gwen (Burt) Riddles and Gwendolyn Enfinger; one brother-in-law, Wilton (Nola) Enfinger; and many nieces and nephews. MANY thanks to Pat Noles, who was his caregiver for 3 ½ years. Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until funeral services begin at 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church in Allentown on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 with Brother LaDon Hall, assisted by Brother Dustin Lambert, officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, 1000 Chemstrand Rd. Cantonment, FL 32533.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Mary Dawson

"Aunt" Mary
Mary Elizabeth “Aunt Mary” Howell Dawson, 72, left this world on March 7, 2016 to be with her lord Jesus Christ. She was born in Chumuckla, FL. She attended Chumuckla school where she earned a nursing scholarship. She then served 36 years at Chemstrand/Monsanto. She also ran Aunt Mary’s Country Store where she loved keeping her family and friends fed. She definitely lived her life for her children and grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Margaret Howell; brother, Bobby “George” Howell; and the father of her children, Gerald “Doc” Dawson.
Mary leaves behind a daughter, Stephanie (Mike) McClendon; son, Darin (Lori) Dawson; ex-daughter-in-law, Tabatha Salter Mayo; 5 grandsons: Troy Dawson, Brett Williams, Valente’ McDougal, Tres’ Dawson, and Brendan McClendon; great-granddaughters, Berkleigh McClendon and Tianna Turner; 2 sisters, Brenda (Tommy) Bozeman and Ann (Roger) Cobb; brother, Samuel (Carol) Howell and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Brett Williams, Tres’ Dawson, Nick Waters, Christian Howell, Gaige Wilkinson, Brandon Wilkinson, Wyatt Kozell and Kris Noa.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Howell, Steve Bozeman, Marcus Brannon, David Kelley, Jerry Cassady, Tommy Smith, Vic Campbell, Steve Oreskovich, Paul Wilkinson, Jeff Pinyon, Tim Smith and Brian Parker.
The family wishes to thank family, friends, and Emerald Coast Hospice for their care and concern during this difficult time.
Trahan family Funeral Home of Milton is entrusted with arrangements.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th at Chumuckla Community Church (Elizabeth Chapel) with Wayne Stevens and Tom Sharron officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service, at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Joseph Edward Hawthorne - 1932-2016

Ed Hawthorne of Chumuckla passed away Monday January 18. He and his wife, Ruth founded the corner store in Chumuckla, which today operates as a Tom Thumb. The notice from the Pensacola News Journal is posted here for information. Arrangements are not yet completed as travel plans develop. An obituary will be posted here when available. Our condolences and prayers are with Ruth and her family in this difficult time.
Joseph Edward Hawthorne, 84, of Chumuckla died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is directing.

Mr. Joseph Edward Hawthorne, 84, of the Chumuckla community, died on Monday January 18, 2016. He was born in Jay, on January 16, 1932; son of the late James Hawthorne and Mattie Lee (Bass) Hawthorne. He was the husband of Ruth (Barley) Hawthorne.

Edward served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a franchise owner of Gordon Potato Chip (co-owned with his wife), Sunshine Grocery in Brownsdale and One Stop Bait and Tackle in Chumuckla, FL. He enjoyed, hunting, fishing and flea markets.

He was preceded in death by: sons, Chester Hawthorne and Jeffery Hawthorne; brothers, Aubrey and Ray; and sister, Betty Nowling.

Survivors include: his wife; his daughters, Diane (John) Marceau, and Cynthia Bloyd; daughter in law, Shirley Hawthorne; grandchildren: Kevin (Jessica) Carroll, Sean (Ashley) Carroll, Joseph (Erin) Bloyd, Joshua Hawthorne, and Tony Pierson; great granddaughter, Vada Victoria Carroll; great-grandson, A.J Pierson; sisters, Loretta (Tommy) McCory, Irene Joyner, and Ann Blanton; brother, James E. Hawthorne, Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Chumuckla Community United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tom Sharon officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Trahan Family funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER - CEMETERY - Elizabeth Chapel

January 2016 Community News Report

Dear Neighbors,
The following newsletter is provided to the community to inform you of any decisions or changes that have taken place with our local cemetery.

In or around 1938 Mr. Jim Pace of the Pace Company donated 40 acres to the community of Chumuckla for a church and cemetery. The church was given the name of Elizabeth Chapel as a memorial to Elizabeth Jernigan, a dear friend to the Pace family. Many changes have taken place since then. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.

Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery from the AIR - 2015

Friday, January 01, 2016


Mary Jo has Chumuckla roots .... Kimbrough and Jernigan.  Mary Jo Trenkler: SOUTHERN SPEAK AND DIRTY WORDS: When I first started writing in college, I was writing radio commercials. I was scared to death. It was so important to me that I not wr...