Teresa Kay Mills, 61, of Niceville, Florida passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Dorothy Keith Bowers of Gulf Breeze passed away on Feb. 19, 2019, at age 85. Dorothy's lifelong passions included buying and selling antiques, restoring and refinishing furniture, collecting old kitchenware and cultural artifacts, creating art, traveling, listening to music, and sharing laughter and love with a network of lifelong friends and family that reached from New England to Florida to California to the Pacific Northwest.
Dorothy was born in Pensacola on Aug. 3, 1933, to Roscoe and Ida Keith. After graduating from Mississippi College and living for a time in Pensacola Beach, in 1962 she married a U.S. Navy pilot, John M. Bowers Jr., a native Tennessean who was then a flight instructor at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The locations Dorothy called home during her time as a military wife include Pensacola; Key West; North Kingstown, R.I.; Orange Park, Fla.; Alameda, Calif.; and Charleston, S.C. She also lived for more than a decade in Lebanon, Tenn., returning to Florida around 2004. Dorothy maintained close friendships with Navy wives and officers throughout her travels and also added fellow antiques dealers to her social and professional networks. She owned or co-owned two antiques stores, including Three Bags Full in Orange Park (which she operated with two friends) and The Tin Pig in Lebanon. She sold merchandise at various antiques malls in New England, Florida and Tennessee over the years.
Considering underprivileged people and helping those in need was a theme throughout Dorothy's life. She always sympathized with those outcast or disadvantaged, expressing kindness and compassion however she could. Among other efforts, she volunteered at the Interfaith Ministries Thrift Shop in Gulf Breeze, and for years she devoted time to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial and educational assistance to service members.
Dorothy was ever fascinated and entertained by stories from the colorful characters she met. She often recounted tales of suspected hauntings in old New England homes or colossally embarrassing pratfalls in public places. Creativity was a driving force in her life, as well. In addition to restoring furniture, she enjoyed drawing, oil painting, writing poetry, stencil and gravestone-rubbing. She was often open to trying new and adventurous things, no matter the outcome. She once took a ride in a hot-air balloon, for example, and loved it. She also tried downhill skiing—and hated it. Music was another of her many lifelong enjoyments. Her favorite recording artists included Nina Simone, Ahmad Jamal, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
Dorothy is survived by a sister, Grace Barry of Pensacola; a brother, Roscoe "Bucky" Keith of Hernando Beach, Fla.; many loving nieces and nephews; an ex-husband, John M. Bowers Jr. of Lebanon, Tenn.; and two sons, John M Bowers III of Oakland, Calif., and Keith Bowers of Corvallis, Ore.
A special thank-you goes out to a niece, Patsy Smith, and her husband, Connie "Smitty" Smith, of Gulf Breeze as well as caregiver Victoria Danks, who made extraordinary efforts to ensure Dorothy was loved and comfortable in her final years. Thanks also goes out to the staff of Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center, where Dorothy had lived since mid-2018.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox St. in Pensacola.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Children's Ministry, First Baptist Church, 500 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32501, or Interfaith Ministries, 4435 Highway 98, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
JoAnn Smith, 56, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
Vicki Durand Alteri, 51, of Freeport, Florida passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019.
Alvin Eugene Browning, Sr., 92, of Destin, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church of Ft. Walton Beach, 21 First Street, SE, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida 32548.
Florence M. Shipp, 63, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
William D. Elwell, 82, of Seminole, Alabama passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Ronald Sandiford, 59, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Phillip E. Creighton, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, 61, succumbed to cancer and has returned home to our Lord, on February 17, 2019.
Phil is preceded in death by his parents, Phillip Edward Creighton Sr., and Claudia Ann Brunelle.
He is survived by his brother, Wade E. Creighton, along with his three nieces Brianne, Bailey, and Sydney Creighton, two nephews Jacob, and Nicholas Creighton and one great nephew Liam Creighton. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in both Florida and Montana.
In Phil’s early years, he enjoyed surfing Pensacola Beach, like his mother, Phil loved any place with water, sand and sun. Like his father, Phil fell in love with football, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed these sports both in Florida and while he lived on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana spending many hours on Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River. Phil had a passion for his Creighton family heritage, which inspired him to author his book “Patriotic Cause.” In Phil’s later years, he spent his morning with friends, drinking coffee on the boat ramp, at The Point Restaurant in Perdido Key FL. Phil spent many hours volunteering at Innerarity Point Church of Christ where he came to love the spiritual guidance of Pastor Andy Cates.
When Phil joined the Montana Army National Guard, he received occupational training as a Cobra Helicopter Electronics Technician at Ft. Dix New Jersey. Phil discovered he had a profound skill in repairing electronic components. He continued his education in electronics earning a degree as a Casino Technician. Phil worked in other fields like; seismography oil fields to eventually attaining his commercial driver’s licenses.
A memorial service will be held at the Innerarity Point Church of Christ, 13250 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, FL. 32507, on March 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm hours.
Dolores Celeste Reynolds, 78, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Dorothy E. Barron, 86, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019.
John Kevin Bethea, 45, of Molino, Florida passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Sherry A. Simmons, 61, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Bernard Gates, 79, lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1939 and went on to serve in the United States Army including in the Vietnam War. Post military, Bernard retired from the Cleveland Police Department after 30 years of service and relocated to The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Ann Gates of 54 years, along with his five children, seven grandchildren, one brother, an aunt and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ponce De Leon and Annabelle Gates, along with three brothers and two sisters.
All arrangements have been made by Hiers-Baxley Funeral and Cremation Life Event Center located at 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL. A visitation will be held there on Tuesday, February 19th from 3:00 - 5:00 PM; including a prayer service starting at 4:00 pm. Online condolences may be sent to hiers-baxley.com.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 10:00 am, located at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 1351 Paige Place, Lady Lake, FL 32159. The committal service will be on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Bernard Gates’ memory.
Jeffery Lee Jacks, 48, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday February 13, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his mother Laura Raulston Peppers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Kimberly Janow Jacks; sons, Nathan (Aubrey) Jacks, Cody Jacks, Thomas (Lindsey) Jacks and siblings, Michael (Jennifer) Jacks, Missy (Garrett) Robinette, Seth Jacks, Samantha Lindley, Alisha Jacks and several nieces and nephews.
Jeffery enjoyed fishing, walking on the beach with his family, photography, cars, his dogs, and he loved learning and self education where he mastered everything he set his mind to do. He was employed by VFP Fire Systems, where he was a valued employee. In addition, he was in the fire protection business for 35 years.
There will be no service at this time; the family will plan a private memorial at a later date. The family would like to thank Marcus Berry and VFP Fire Systems for their overwhelming generosity, prayers, and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in honor of him.
Frances Newlin Borland
March 12, 1942 - February 12, 2019
Frances Gayle Newlin Borland went home to be with the Lord February 12, 2019, surrounded by her family at Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin, Florida. She is a resident of Birmingham, AL. Fran was born in Decatur, Alabama to Donald Murray Newlin and Katherine Forbes Hardiman on March 12, 1942. Her father served in three wars, retiring as an Army Major.
She started her school years in Decatur and was a talented trumpet and French horn player in high school for Butler High School, Huntsville. She was a Butler High majorette, then Drum Leader. She moved to Birmingham, graduating from Ensley High School in 1960.
In February of 1962, she married Robert Quinn Borland, an oral surgery resident at UAB. They moved to Dothan in 1964 with their first two daughters (Laurie and Leisha), to set up an Oral Surgery practice there. They had two more children, daughter Robiann and son Quinn. Fran was president of the Dothan Junior League, a long time Girl Scout Leader and dedicated volunteer for Save-A-Life Ministry in Dothan. Her husband, Bob, preceded her in death in October 2003. She and her entire family honored him a year later by opening a dental clinic in the Amazon jungle of Brazil in his name.
Fran married Roy Gagliano in September 2006, returning to her former hometown of Birmingham. Fran loved to dance, cook and serve others. She is survived by daughter Laurie Borland Montgomery of Columbia, TN; daughter Leisha Borland Hall (Mark) of Dothan; daughter Robiann Borland Gilbert (Brent) of Dothan; and son Robert Quinn Borland, Jr. (Elizabeth) of Marietta, GA. She leaves behind eight grandchildren.
A visitation and memorial service will be held in Dothan Saturday, February 16, 2019, with visitation from 1:00-2:00pm and service at 2:00pm at Westwood Presbyterian Church, 5480 West Main St., Dothan, Alabama 36303 and graveside service to follow at Memory Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Sacred Heart Hospital / Emerald Coast ICU unit in Destin, FL in lieu of flowers.
James P. Goodman, Jr., 71, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Winfred (Wimpy) Merrill Williams was born in Century, Florida, April 8, 1936 and died in Pensacola, Florida, February 11, 2019 at the age of 82. Wimpy was the 7th of 8 children born to Ethel P. Sawyer and Roy Williams, Sr.
Wimpy lived in Century till the age of 12 when his family moved to Pensacola. He lost his dad at the age of 14, so he worked at a grocery store during high school. He graduated from Pensacola High School in 1955. After high school, he worked at a TV repair shop and owned his own ambulance service.
He started at the Naval Air Station in 1957. He also served in the Florida Army National Guard from 1960 to 1963. He worked his way up at NAS to become an aircraft mechanic and a Planner and Estimator for the repair of aircraft. This last position allowed him to travel, which he really enjoyed. He was heavily involved in NAS softball, and he ran the Civilian Welfare and Recreation Association (CWRA) long-term. He retired from NAS in 1993 with 36 years of civil service.
He had several business endeavors throughout his retirement years including a deli, a lawn service, and a firewood business. He enjoyed Pensacola hockey and baseball, and recycling metal. He spent a great deal of time with his grandson, Benjamin, and often involved him in many of his activities.
Throughout the last 30 years of his life, he suffered many health challenges that included heart, lung, and kidney disease. Wimpy had an unusual inner strength, supported by his family, that enabled him to continue with life. In more recent years, health issues curbed his activity, but he continued to do as much physically as he possibly could. He did enjoy reading the paper, doing the puzzles in the paper, and online games and puzzles.
He is survived by his wife, Jaunita; his children, Carol Stratmeyer (Neil), Dale Williams (Lisa), and Kristy Lopez; and his grandson, Benjamin. He also leaves behind a granddaughter and great-grandson of the heart, Megan and Jameson Wallace. He has two surviving siblings, Carmie Coffield of Pensacola, FL, and Darrell Williams of Macon, GA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barbara Dean Lackey, 79, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, with the Celebration of Life beginning at 3:00pm at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, Florida 32504.
Vicki Kay Zborai, 63, of Delta, PA and Pensacola, FL, passed away on February 9, 2019 after a long battle with lung cancer.
She was born in Baltimore, MD on June 3, 1955 to Helen Jane Zborai and John D. Zatoski. She graduated from Kenndard-Dale High School in 1973. She spent her earlier adult years as a stay at home mom, caring for her family. A little later in life, she found a rewarding career working with special needs children in the public school systems in both North Carolina and Maryland. She spent her last two years of life living with her family in Florida, as she fought her battle with cancer. Vicki loved all animals and enjoyed serving as a foster home for dogs in need. One of her greatest joys in life was supporting her children and grandchildren in their sports, concerts and other activities; she was always their biggest cheerleader. She had such a caring and loving heart and would always do anything to help her family, friends and even strangers.
She is survived by her daughters, Shana Gore (husband Marc), Kayla Smith (wife Hilary); her grandchildren, Alex, Kamya and Mara; great-granddaughter, Amani (Amani’s mom Deondra); sister, Marcie Pope (husband Tom); nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends whom she truly considered family.
Vicki requested to not have a funeral, however, there will be a gathering to remember and celebrate her life at 7114 Woodside Rd., Pensacola, FL on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 3-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.
Faye Watson, 85, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019.
Thomas Francis Alger, 82, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019.
Stanley Howard Stoker, 75, of Destin, Florida passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019.
Paul Joseph Vitello, 84, of Navarre, Florida passed away on February 7, 2019 peacefully at his home with his three daughters by his side.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Jane (Haug) Vitello.
He is survived by his daughters, Victoria Manley (James), Paola Jarvis (Stephen) and Mary Vitello; seven grandchildren, Paul Manley, Megan Sprinkle, Sarah Talbi, Nathan Jarvis, Emily Jarvis, Elizabeth Jarvis, MD and Lauren Carroll; nine great-grandchildren, Mason Manley, Samuel Manley, Ariana Sprinkle, Tucker Sprinkle, Adam Talbi, Halima Talbi, Samuel Hicks, Luca Wigger and Claira Wigger. He is also survived by his brother, Phillip Vitello and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and many friends.
Paul was born to Salvatore and Francesca (Noto) Vitello and grew up on the “Hill” in St. Louis, MO. He served in the military and was stationed at the US Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton as a cook in San Diego, CA. He enjoyed his profession as a Master Plumber and was a proud union member. After retiring he and his family relocated to Navarre, Florida.
His Memorial Service and Mass will be held at Assumption Catholic Church of St. Louis, MO. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 12:00pm with a reception immediately following the mass.
His family requests in lieu of flowers and/or donations to please honor him in your memories and prayers.
Larry Howard Meeks, 73, of Panama City Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.