Thomas Wayne Snyder, 62, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019. He was born May 12, 1956.
A faithful member of the Church of Christ, he was baptized at the age of 13 and went on to be a gospel preacher for 36 years, serving in various communities all of the southeast. He trained young men to be ministers of Christ at the Northwest Florida School of Biblical Studies for 20 years.
A celebrated artist and talented woodworker and a lover of all things nautical, he crafted jewelry boxes from the driftwood he collected by going out onto the river with his father, creating memories he would always treasure.
His character is shown through the home he lived in for the past 15 years, as he was able to combine his artistic abilities with his carpentry skills and work side-by-side with his wife Pam to renovate it into a home that was prettier and safer than when they bought it. His intelligence and creativity worked together to solve uncountable problems and to improve uncountable systems. His dedication to hard work and his appreciation for God, for the simple, the intelligent, the humorous, and the beautiful, made life richer and more beautiful for his wife and daughters and all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his Mama, Helen Rivers Snyder; his daughter, Caitlin and his brothers, Johnny and Tony. He goes to be reunited with all of them in Paradise.
Tom is survived by Pam, his faithful wife and gopher of 42 years; his daughters, Kay, Candice (Ryan), Kathleen (Nicholas), Kimberly and Charlai; grandchildren, Felicity and Brock. He is also survived by his father and his three sisters.
A service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:00am at the Church of Christ, 10050 Pensacola Blvd., Pensacola, Florida 32534, with a gathering immediately following the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Tri-Cities School of Preaching, 1162 Hwy. 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Thomas Earl Lee, Jr., 77, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Thomas was born in Grand Bay, Alabama on December 13, 1941 to parents, Thomas Lee and Berline Travis. He was preceded in death by his parents and his cousin, Louise Matthew. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Debra Lee (Robinson); daughters, Barbara and Nadine Travis; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thomas was a devout member of the Englewood Baptist Church, loved to fish, golf and being outdoors. He loved dinners out and dancing with his wife, Debra and enjoyed listening to the blues with his favorites, B.B. King and Wilson Picket. Thomas served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/2 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry W/Palm, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon “4” and the Army Service Ribbon.
He recently was awarded a State Championship ring for being a member of the 2A State Championship football team from 1960 and 1965 with Booker T. Washington football in Conroe, Texas. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
Follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in
the house of the Lord forever.
With sadness, we announce the passing of Susan Elaine Potter, Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Susan lived most of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia and moved to Pensacola, Florida 3 years ago.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Laurin Potter and her mother, Betty Williams. She leaves behind her father, Allen Williams; sisters, Linda Williams (James Shirk), Stefanie Edwards (Chad) and niece, Aspen Edwards. She will be missed by all.
Toni Rae Morris, age 67, came into this world on October 6, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia, and left this life she loved so dearly on January 29, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida.
Toni was preceded in death by her parents, Homer H. Morris and Virginia Wade Morris. Also waiting for her on the other side were a host of relatives and precious friends who she always looked forward to seeing again, especially her beloved grandmothers, Myrtle Wade Hunton and Nora Morris. In addition to her Morris and Wade families, people waiting on the other shore to welcome her have the names of Gilstrap, Morgan, Anderson, Scantland, Cameron, Allen, Wilson, Sosebee, Thomas; the list of those gone before who loved her seems endless. What a grand reunion that must have been.
She is survived by cousins and a multitude of friends who she considered the family with whom she chose to walk beside in her journey through this life. That journey took her through homes in Georgia, Nashville, TN and Panama City, FL. She made cherished, lifelong friends in each place. She also leaves behind her most trusted circle of love, Janice Gilstrap, Cheryl Morgan Shepherd, Joey Gilstrap, Jennifer Gilstrap Smith, Marc Smith, Jami Gilstrap, Makenzie Smith, Brody Smith, Tracee Allen Simmons, Joyce Wright, Gary Anderson, Don Anderson, Martha Anderson, Marilyn Parsons, Jan Maddox, Carl Maddox, Robbie Wilson and the extended family members of that entire circle.
Toni faced life head-on, on her terms. If she had a dream, she went for it. Even when the results turned out differently than she had planned, she always saw the good in the pursuit. She refused to dwell on negativity and would not tolerate it from others. She was a sweet, gentle soul, who believed everyone is important and should be respected. She was truthful, loyal and honest. She was a great friend and unpaid counselor and therapist to all who encountered her.
Her favorite things were music, singing, dancing and traveling. When she sang, angels smiled. While she hadn’t danced in a while due to a knee problem that was the one thing she looked forward to most. Trips to her beloved St. Simons Island, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee were always special to her. But traveling did not have to be a big ordeal, even if it was just a Sunday afternoon drive, just to get in the car and go, it didn’t matter. Just turn the radio up and put it in drive, she was an expert shotgun rider.
This poem was written by Toni’s lifelong friend, Cheryl Morgan Shepherd:
"My arms are wrapped around you holding you so tight,
Clutching broken pieces of our hearts with all our might.
She has never left us, she lives within us still,
For her love is ever eternal,
And sharing hearts was her true will.
Hearts that joined together so many years ago,
Never separated through distance, joys, or even woes.
Those beautiful blue eyes, that gorgeous long blonde hair.
That smile that brightened the day
When thoughts so needed her there.
Always true, always strong, never turned her back,
On those she loved with friendship deep,
Tenacity she never lacked.
So, breathe her in and feel her soul,
It's alright to cry and grieve
We're holding each other's hands and hearts
For our Toni will never leave."
Heaven must be a little brighter these days. We know that if David is still dancing before the Lord, Toni is dancing right beside him. And to borrow a line from Vince Gill, “I wish I could see the angels faces, when they hear your sweet voice sing.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Until then, and beyond, be kind and love one another, because in the end, that is all that matters.
Lawrence Lane Ensley, 67, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Lawrence Lane Ensley, "Larry", passed away in Pensacola, FL on January 29, 2019 at the age of 67. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Ensley and Ann Caffaro, his beloved pets Cricket, Cooper, and Mittens, and his 1976 Corvette Stingray. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Karen, his daughters, Lauren Valencia (Joshua), Holly Houghton (Patrick), Jennifer Evans (Michael), six grandchildren, his brother, Lee Ensley (Emily), and numerous other loving relatives. He is also survived by his three dogs: Chance, Coco Chanel, and Sugar.
Originally born in Norfolk, Va, Larry's parents eventually settled in the Brownsville area of Pensacola. As a child, Larry loved sports and was a prominent member of his baseball teams: West Pensacola and Myrtle Grove. In fact, in 1964 at age 12 he won the West Pensacola Dixie Youth Batting Title with an impressive batting average of .493. Larry later became a multi-sport athlete at Escambia High School, participating in Baseball, Track, Football, and Wrestling. After high school he graduated from the University of West Florida with a Degree in Psychology and was Social Chair of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Post college Larry spent time in the Marine Corps before returning to Pensacola to begin a career in the local food industry. Early in his career, Larry managed Shakey's Pizza on Fairfield Drive, which was often noted as having the best pizza in town. He later provided groceries to many restaurants, schools, grocery stores, and Naval Air Station Pensacola. In North Florida, you have likely bought and eaten something he was responsible for.
After retiring in 2010, Larry became a substitute teacher for the Escambia County School District. He was beloved by many teachers and students who called him "Mr. E". Larry is remembered for his laid back and joking manner, his love of entertaining, cooking, dogs, the Dodgers, and true crime series.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, family encourages donations be made to the Junior Humane Society of Pensacola or the animal welfare charity of your choice.
Michael Lee Clay, 59, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Syble Fern Dickerson, 85, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Kenneth L. Wood, Sr., of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, January 27, 2019.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 2:00pm at Myrtle Grove Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida 32506.
Danny Tripp, 70, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019.
It is with great sadness that the family of JERRY GORDON SMITH, 76, announces that he went home to be with the Lord on January 23, 2019 at 1:55 AM CST.
Jerry was born in Murfreesboro, TN on June 5, 1942 and was raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Lutheran High School in 1960 and then attended East Los Angeles College where he got an Associate’s Degree in Arts. Following college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years. Jerry spent most of his life in sales; however, he was also a licensed/ordained minister pastoring Faith Outreach Ministries in Dyer, TN for several years in the early 1980's. His last position held in Pensacola was selling RVs for Carpenter’s Campers where he was frequently Salesman of the Month.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Harold Smith and Gerline McMurry; his stepfather, Doyle McMurry, who raised him; and an infant son.
Survivors include three children, son, Wayne Smith (Julia); son, Bradley Smith and a daughter, Tammi Clarke (Jason); a sister, Sherrie Sheldon (David); seven grandchildren, Taylor, Brittany, Justin, Alexis, Carly, Kolbie and Braden; great-grandson, Beckem; nephew, Matthew and niece, Melissa. He is also survived by the mother of his children and best friend of 38 years, Elizabeth Smith. He will also be greatly missed by an aunt and cousins living in California and many friends who love him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM CST at Ferry Pass Baptist Church, 9270 N. Davis Hwy., Pensacola, FL., officiated by Pastor Ken Cook. His interment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia where there will be a military memorial service, date and time to be decided.
Larry Wayne Faxon, 60, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Larry was born on September 12, 1958 to Robert L. Faxon, Sr. and Betty Faxon.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert L. Faxon, Sr. and his grandmother, Mattie Rae Adcock.
He is survived by his brother Robert Faxon Jr. (Glenda) and his sisters, Janice Faxon, Donna Carr (David), Patricia Gant; Sandy Forester (Ernie), Teresa Benauer (David) and numerous other relatives and close friends.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Victory Life Church, 7235 Hwy 90, Milton, Florida 32571.
Glen Argle Hall, 77, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Covenant House (hospice) at Sacred Heart Hospital following a short illness. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Glen was born in Oklahoma City, OK on October 14, 1941 to Argle and Reba Hall. He graduated from Oskaloosa Rural High School and earned an Associate's Degree in Industrial Arts from Kansas State College of Pittsburg, Pittsburg Kansas. Glen served 20 years in the Army with the Army Security Agency, which later became the Intelligence and Security Command. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He was an avid amateur photographer and a model railroader, achieving Master Modeler status within the National Association.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Adele Latinis and a son, David. He leaves behind his son, Michael and grandchildren, Hayley Greene and Michael, Jr., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Glen’s ashes will be interred with his family at the cemetery in Caney, Kansas at a later date.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00pm at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 5200 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola, Florida.
David Wilson Mobley, 68, of Pensacola, Florida passed away January 21, 2019 at Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, FL.
David was preceded in death by his father, Rufford Mobley and his mother, Annetta Mobley; sisters, Deborah Smith, Dorothy Mobley, Beverly Ballinger, Rosemary Burgess, Shirley Patel and a brother, Marlin Younce.
David is survived by a son, Craig Mobley and a daughter, Ashley Cave; grandchildren, Shelly, Micah and Caleb Mobley; sisters, Janet Yeazel and Glena Buchholtz and brother, Glen Younce.
David is a proud Vietnam Era Army Veteran and is retired from CSX Railroad working as a Carman. He also worked at DP&L in Dayton and Howard Paper in Dayton. He was a proud Buckeye and loved the Ohio State Buckeyes and UD Basketball.
A dinner and celebration of David's life will be held at Memories Banquet Hall, 5173 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, OH. on February 17, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. Interment will take place at Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, OH, at a later date.
Richard Gerald Krause, 74, of Mary Esther, Florida passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
Paul R. Dewing, 77, of Pace, Florida passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
He was born in Waltham, MA on October 20, 1941 to parents, Ellery J. Dewing and Priscilla Anagnostou.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine; daughter, Lisa (Dennis) Finkel; stepson, Derek Cahill; granddaughters, Caeley Cahill, Jacqueline, Lindsey and Lelia Finkel; grandson, Cullen Cahill; great-granddaughters, Aleyah and Anylah; brothers, George and James (Marge) Dewing and sister, Barbara (Bill) Kanuch; sisters-in-law, Marie Pace and Rita Hartman and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doris and Joe Brancaccio; loved like a daughter, Tama Barber and loved like a son, Michael Hanson.
Paul owned and operated his own contracting business for over 50 years and was a dedicated Vocational High School teacher for 17 years. He served in the United States Army National Guard and was the Exalted Ruler of the Weymouth-Braintree, MA Elks Lodge #2232.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 with visitation from 4:00-5:00pm and service at 5:00pm at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, Florida 32504.
Daniel W. Lehane, 61, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Donna S. Moore, 66, of Shalimar, Florida passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Peter Frank DeVito, 71, of Milton, Florida passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019.
Sabine C. Bates, 75, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019.
Sheeri E. Banks, 72, of Miramar Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Sarah Morgan, 76, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Maria Pereia, 88, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Karen Louise McPherson, 68, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Gertrude Olivia Bodeker, 105, of Fairhope, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Nancy Lynn Greathouse, 77, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Nancy was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, living a long and happy life, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of forty-four years, Robert E. "Bob" Greathouse; her parents, Irving F. Welch and Nannie M. Welch; her grandson, Bryan Greathouse; her nephew, Brandon Welch and her sweet sister in law, Hazel Kathryn "Kay" Greathouse.
She is survived by her brother, Nick Welch (Donna); her brother-in-law, Thomas C. Greathouse; her loving sons, Robert Gene (Paula); David; Paul; Chris (Jamie); her grandchildren, Brandon; Krista; Zachary; Alyssa (Chris); Kerstian; Haley; Ashley; Brianna; her precious great grandchildren, Mariah; Clayton; Ramsen Brian; Kenleigh Grace; nephews, Gerald Welch (Katie); Jay Greathouse (Belinda); niece, Lucinda Greathouse; her closest and most dear friends, Emmy Bennett; Beverly Martin and Trisha Morrison. Nancy has left her kindness and hospitality in so many friends and family's hearts.
Nancy spent almost thirty years with Baptist Hospital as the Director of Volunteer Services. Over the years, she gained many friends and memories while enjoying the brightening of so many lives, whether she knew it or not. Nancy loved to tell people of all her family's accomplishments and how proud she was of each family member. Nancy enjoyed going on much deserved getaways when not enjoying the presence of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nancy heard the final "all aboard" and took her "final cruise" with the Lord on January 15, 2019.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:00 am at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Church, 1030 N. 57th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32506.