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.
James Kenneth Cone, 78, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
A Committal Service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 11:30 am at Barrancas National Cemetery. The Procession will meet at 10:45am at Olive Baptist Church-Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Ave., Pensacola, FL 32507.
Jason Walker Dyess, 46, of Milton, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Jeanette Stanford Eady, 87, of Niceville, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Mrs. Frances Bennett, “Fran” of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed to the Lord peacefully on 2/5/2019 in her home.
Fran was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 16, 1923. She was a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and went on to become a Dental Hygienist until the beautiful day she met the love of her life, Darrell Bennett. They married in December of 1944 and had a beautiful life together for 74 wonderful years. She was a wonderful housewife and raised two amazing sons while Darrell was a Pilot for the U.S. Navy for 25 years.
Fran was preceded in death by her mother, Angela and her father, John and her sister, Mary.
Our beloved wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and auntie, survived by her husband, Darrell; her two sons, John and James, as well as 7 grand-children and 14 great-grandchildren.
Per Fran’s wishes, there will be no services. In Fran’s behalf, a donation to the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association (www.thinkpinkpensacola.org) or the local ASPCA (www.aspca.org) would be greatly appreciated, in lieu of flowers.
Patricia Mae Drake, 79, of Pace, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Ted Kemp Ringer, 61, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019.
Judy Elaine Boggs, 71, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida went home to her final resting place on Sunday, February 03, 2019 while a patient at the Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Her death followed a number of surgeries during a long illness, which found her hospitalized repeatedly over the last three years.
Judy was born in Athens, Alabama on May 12, 1947 and was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Byles and Mary McNeese. Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Jerry Byles, and wife, Faye and Bobby Byles. Judy leaves behind a sister, Rebecca Clutts and her husband Harold Clutts, of Huntsville, Alabama as well as a brother, Estel Byles of Savannah, Georgia. Also left behind were her daughter, Deana Stephens and partner, Rico Reed, of Shalimar, Florida, her son, Shannon Anderson, and partner Dominique Walenburg of Niceville, Florida, and step-son Steve Anderson, of Shalimar, Florida. Grandchildren left behind are Teresa Ellis, Brittany Nicholson, her partner, Calvin Stoudmire, Jami Stephens, Savannah Stephens, Alexandria Saunders, Kailee Anderson, Alyssa Anderson, Jade Anderson and Ryan Stephens. Great Grandchildren left include Tiniyah Jones, Skyler Jones, Justin Jones Jr. and Caleana Stoudmire.
Judy loved traveling and spent two years among the Monks in Thailand, a country which she grew to love. She enjoyed visiting the beaches around the Fort Walton Beach area but, most of all, she loved her Family. Family values and keeping the Family close together meant the world to her. Judy always thought of others and wanted the very best for everyone. She would go out of her way to help anyone in need regardless of whether they were family, friends or strangers. She had a loving heart and was always considerate of others. When her children were small, she opened her home to their friends and when parents were looking for their children their first stop would be Judy’s home and, in most cases, their child would be there.
When we remember Judy, we will recall a lady who was very resilient and, even though at death’s door on many occasions, she would bounce back time after time, which she always attributed to miracles sent by God. I’m convinced the Lord allowed her to remain on this earth to be an example to all of us. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her.
Kenneth Lee Thompson, 75, of Milton, Florida passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
He was born October 3, 1943. He graduated from Milton High School, where he was in chorus and was the President of the FFA. After high school he served in the Army and Army Reserves. He then began a career at Monsanto that last 29 years. He was a life-long resident of Santa Rosa County.
Kenneth was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending much of his time in the Blackwater Forest. He was also an excellent carpenter and brick mason and he took great pride in his work.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Effie (May) Thompson; a brother, Charlie Thompson; infant daughter, Patricia Carol Thompson and nephew, Robbie Thompson.
Kenneth is survived by three daughters, Kim Porter-Rhodes (Jerry), Jennifer Perry (Jason) and Sara Gandy (Billy); six grandchildren, Hannah Thompson, Dakota (Cody) Perry, Conner Gandy, Katelin (Katie-Bell) Gandy, Acelyn Porter, and Willard Porter. He also leaves behind one niece, Susan Ormond and a host of friends and cousins.
Herminia Contreras, 71, of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida passed away on February 1, 2019.
Herminia Contreras was born April 25, 1947 in Weslaco, TX.
Herminia had a smile so bright she put the sun to shame and a laugh so warm she melted even the most frozen of hearts.
Unyielding in her devotedness to her children and grandchildren her love for them shined brighter than all the stars combined. She was always finding new adventures in even the oddest of places. With a love for nature and all creatures large as well as the smallest excluding flies, roaches and mosquitoes (those were not her favorites) birds being her favorite.
Forever living on in the hearts of not only her children and grandchildren, but the hearts and souls she touched. She left her mark in this world.
Supportive, strong, unwavering, commanding, forgiving, loving and adventurous, these words as simple as they may be will never be able to fully describe Herminia Contreras. Daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, friend. She will be greatly missed, loved and remembered.
This world has lost an angel who will watch over us and always smile over us.
“I told you I was sick”