Tor O. Enge, 86, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Steven Lionel Trundy, 63, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Rodney Dermont Smith, 50, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020.
Doris Watson, 62, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Janice Lee Modesitt, 76, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Connie Lynn Carreker, 70, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
William Semple Spiegel, Jr., 95, of Pace, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020.
John Lyle Hancock, 77, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020.
Misty Celeste Pollard, 43, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
James C. Northcutt, 91, of Navarre, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Cynthia A. Fell, 56, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Theresa Ann St. Croix, 55, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Leann M. Slayton, 63, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Erika Leigh Weberg, 37, of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Robert Edward Reynolds, 82, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Joseph Walter Cook, Jr., 71, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Born in Philadelphia on November 25, 1948, Joseph Cook spent his early childhood in the City of Brotherly Love. At an early age, Joe reportedly had to walk uphill both ways to school in the snow with newspaper stuffed in his shoes for warmth. It’s hard to say if this experience contributed to one of his two lifelong passions, but it should be noted that Joe became a sailor, not a downhill skier. At the ripe old age of 11, Joe felt the call of the sea and began the construction of what would become the first of many sailboats built by his hands. His mother, overcome with the news of his newfound passion, joyously exclaimed “get out of my kitchen...there’s probably some stuff you can use down at the surplus army/navy store...use it somewhere else...” Luckily, his passion for sailing was matched by an almost super natural talent for woodworking. Using his native carpentry skills and surplus canvas, a spirited and capable vessel was born. Borrowing a neighbor’s wagon and enlisting some friends' help, the boat was towed down to the Delaware River on a sunny day in March, and Joe set forth on the journey of a lifelong love of sailing, one he would share and instill in so many others. A natural born sailor, I’m sure he beat Washington’s time on his first Delaware River crossing that cool March afternoon.
Whether it was his passion for the sea or his spirit for service to others, a career in the USN was soon to follow. After graduating from Father Judge High School in Philadelphia, he joined the Navy and upon graduation was selected as Honor man of his company in the navy “Cook was selected Honorman of his company by his company commander and fellow recruits on the basis of his high initiative, outstanding military bearing, leadership ability, pride in the Navy, adaptability to military training and because he displayed a high example to his shipmates.” He went on to serve with distinction at every level, including a tour in Vietnam.
It was also during this time Joe was to discover his number one lifelong passion, his wife Rose. He would pursue this passion for the rest of his days, raising a son and daughter together. All who knew Joe, knew him as “Joe and Rose”, and the two were rarely apart. When Joe was elected Commodore of Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, Rose became “Momma-dore”. A carpenter’s spirit to the end, Joe never stopped building his love for Rose, his children, and grandchildren.
After leaving the Navy in 1970, Joe would go on to use and teach his considerable carpentry and building skills. Long before the days of HGTV, Joe could be found consulting, designing, and building. Along the way, he received his degree from Temple University, Magna Cum Laude of course because he never built anything halfway. While we can’t say with certainty that everything he did was open concept and white cabinets, it can be said that when it came to carpentry and architectural engineering, Joe Cook had few peers. His ability to create with his own hands was a talent too rare to hide, and soon he was teaching vocational education. Joe’s eye for design would lead to many consulting jobs for various bathroom and kitchen companies. If HGTV had been a thing, Joe would have had a show, although we suspect he might have questioned some of the buyer’s odd requests. Such that it was, he served as an instructor and Site Coordinator for the National Association of Home Builders. Even as good as Joe was with his hands, he was even better at inspiring others to use their own. He would finish his career as a Program Manager with Americorp and eventually the Volunteer Coordinator for the VA. With Joe leading by example, his team’s helped build communities all over the country and recover from disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
Upon retiring from a life of service and helping others find the strength in their own hands, Joe and Rose moved to Pensacola. Here, Joe continued to pursue his two passions, sailing and his wife Rose. Even though he had officially retired from a life of service, he never stopped volunteering and helping out those around him. Long standing member of Grand Lagoon Yacht club, he served as the Fleet Captain and as Commodore. It might be said that at least half the screws holding the dock and buildings together came from his hands. Many a person learned to sail from Joe’s instruction on a day out sailing Big Lagoon in his schooner, Spirit. Spirit was a graceful sight on Big Lagoon, and always one to watch. Joe’s ability to handle a large boat as if it were a row boat was legendary. If he had been piloting the Titanic, they would not have hit the iceberg. He probably would have circled it so folks could get pictures, then headed on. One busy summer weekend, a sailboat was seen entering the crowded anchorage at Fort Pickens. It was a typical holiday weekend, with boats anchored so close that one could almost walk across the anchorage and not get wet. Upon seeing a sailboat approach under sail, growing concern turned to admiration as we watched Joe deftly tack Spirit through the anchorage and back...under sail...single handed...while waving and smiling...passing near enough to say hello. We suspect that he did the same thing on the Delaware River those many years ago.
Joe may have sailed past us for the moment and waved farewell, but we have no doubt that he will sail by us again soon.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
“Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Frankie Dwayne Wilson, 43, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Agnes S. Weber, age 103, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2020. She was born in Earl Park, IN to Michael and Anna Strasburger and was raised on a farm in Oxford, OH by her aunt (maternal) and uncle, Dora and Clarence Schwegman.
In 1934 she graduated from Stewart High School in Oxford and in July 1939 married J. Marshall Weber, beginning a 57-year loving marriage. After living for 18 years in Cleveland, OH, where Marshall was a school teacher, the family moved to Gainesville, FL, where Agnes assisted her husband in a small home-construction and real-estate business. Later, they lived in Crescent Beach, FL during the winter months and in Lake Toxaway, NC during the summer months. In 1986 they settled into a retirement community, Top of the World, in Ocala, FL, where Agnes was a member of the Ocala West United Methodist Church. After her husband’s death in 1996, Agnes lived independently until age 97 when she moved to the home of her son James “Jim” Weber in Pensacola in December 2013. Agnes was a devoted wife and a loving mother to her two children. She was also an avid golfer and bridge player.
Agnes was preceded in death by her son Jim by only a few days.
Survivors include her daughter Carol Weber of Alexandria, VA: one grandson, Michael (Sherrie) Weber of Lakeland, FL; four granddaughters, Angela (Tyler) Soderlind, Maria (Ryan) Christopher, Teresa (Ben) Cannington, and Jamee (Matt) Bush, and their mother Frances Campus, all of Pensacola and eleven great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Emerald Coast Hospice, Waterford at Creekside, and caregivers Rosalia and Christel for their devoted attention to Agnes in her final days. The family will hold a private memorial service in honor of Agnes’s life.
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, Sandra Jill Payne was granted her angel wings.
Jill was born on July 12, 1950 in Johnson City, TN to Lee and Maude Payne. She graduated from Tech High in Pensacola, FL and went on to become a Beautician. She then moved to Tampa, FL, where she worked for Marriott Tampa Airport for over 30 years. After retiring from Marriott, she moved back to Pensacola, FL to be with family.
Jill loved extravagantly and had a laugh that would fill a room with Joy. She was independent and strong willed and stood up for her love of God and family. She never met a stranger. She had a heart of gold and would always feed anyone that needed a meal or give them anything she had that they might need. She was the best Aunt you could possibly have.
Jill was preceded in death by her father, Lee Payne and mother, Maude Payne. She is survived by her twin sister, Susan Magashazy; her brothers, Tommy Payne (Nancy), Ben Payne (Teri) and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Per her request, there will be no services.
Miss me but let me go
When I come to the end of the day,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared.
Miss me, but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all part of the maker’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.
Louise Palmer Oelschlager, 80, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
David Clifton Childress, 74, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Frances A. Walker was born to Agnes and Hugh Anderson on June 10, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida and was one of seven siblings. She passed away peacefully on June 19, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Frances lived in Pensacola her entire life and was a member at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church. She married Frank Walker in 1949 and had four sons.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her five brothers; her sister; her granddaughter, Kristin and two sons, Frank Walker, Jr. and Robert Walker.
She is survived by her sons, John (Debra) Walker and David (Rose) Walker; daughter-in-law, Hoa Walker; grandchildren, Hans (Cho) Walker, Kim (Dan) Miller, Jason Walker, Laura Walker, Kathryn Walker, Emily (Austin) Beede, Laine (Adam) Tedder and Morgan Walker and seven great-grandchildren.
Her family will hold a private service at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (alzfdn.org/support-us/donate).
Ralph Edward Wheeler, 52, Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Mary Ellen Liem died peacefully in the arms of her family on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
She was a beautiful person, who dedicated her life to improving the lives of others. She taught music and was the first kindergarten teacher at the Episcopal Day School and worked closely with Reverend Van Davis to launch St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, where she served as choir director for thirty years. She believed it was important to give back to the community and country in which one lived, and was active throughout the community, taking great pride in her countless volunteer hours with Habitat for Humanity.
She was named one of America’s “Thousand Points of Light” by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.
She is survived by her brother, Joe Carlton of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; her children, Charlie, Alex, Maribeth and their spouses; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Liem.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at St. Christopher’s Church.
Carolyn Frances Fowler, 73, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020.