Harold John Wyers, MSGT, USAF (ret), succumbed to cancer Wednesday night, July 31, 2019.
He was born August 30, 1928 in Plymouth, England. His family endured the Nazi Blitz of World War 11 and after his father retired as a Chief Petty Officer in The Royal Navy, the family immigrated to the United States in 1947. While a resident alien, Harold was drafted into the U.S. Army, which he served for 2 years and became a United States Citizen. Shortly thereafter, Harold joined the United States Air Force, where he flew as a tow reel operator on tow target planes and later became a specialist working on ejection seats. He also had two tours of duty in Vietnam and Thailand during the conflict. Again, he had to evade hostile rocket attacks from the Viet Cong. And again, the enemy could not hurt him! Harold retired from Active Duty in 1975 and went on to a career in Federal Civil Service, retiring as a GS-11.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret Wyers; and his beloved wife, Edie Wyers.
Survivors are his son, Rex Wyers; daughter, Sandy Davidson; plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other very special family members and also his best Air Force Buddy, Richard Jahkel of Pensacola.
Harold will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at American Legion Post 240, 8666 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, Florida 32507. Interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery.
The family wishes any donations be made to Waterfront Mission in lieu of flowers.
Timothy Wiley Godwin, 68, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2019.
Rondle “Ronnie” Christopher Castle, age 36 of Pensacola, Florida, passed away on July 30, 2019 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida.
He was born in Texas City, Texas on May 2, 1983 to Rondle G. Castle and Gladys I. Castle. The family moved to Pensacola in January of 1990. He attended Pine Forest High School.
Ronnie’s passion was riding motorcycles; he loved fishing and adored his pets. His diligent work experience included installing garage doors and HVAC systems.
He is preceded in death by his Grandmother, Rosalie J. (Castle) Swinford; Grandfather, Otis Newell and Grandmother, Alma Newell.
He is survived by his father, Rondle G. Castle of Charleston, IL; mother, Gladys I. Castle (Newell) of Apalachicola; sisters, Denise C. (Castle) Kennedy of Bremerton, Washington and Megan R. Whitsett of Pensacola.
His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his family and friends who have been blessed to know and love him.
Ronnie’s Celebration of Life is being held Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Family Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, Florida 32504.
William Michael Bliss, 64, of Milton, Florida passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019.
Daniel James Thorp, 68, of Milton, Florida passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Patricia Anne Griffin was born June 18, 1931 in Bronx, New York and passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
She was the last surviving member of the Barry Family.
Patricia is survived by her 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by 2 daughters and 1 son.
She took great Pride and Joy being an operating room nurse for over 50 years. She spent many years working in the OR at Montefiore Hospital in New York and finished her career here in Pensacola working the OR at Baptist Hospital.
She was loved by so many friends and co-workers and the Doctors she worked with, they all loved to be around her. She spent her retirement years taking care of her family in any way she could.
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1212 East Moreno Street, Pensacola, Florida 32503. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 1300 E. Hayes Street, Pensacola, Florida 32503.
Marconi Caseria Lopez, Captain, United States Army (ret), 80, of Milton, Florida was called home on July 26, 2019.
He was born in Binalonan, Pangasinan, Philippines on August 4, 1938 to Alejandro and Modesta Lopez. He married his loving wife, Olivia Relova Lopez of 49 years in 1969.
He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces/Green Berets. Along with the accomplishment of being battlefield commissioned in Vietnam, Marconi was also awarded numerous decorations including a Silver Star with Valor, 3 Bronze Stars with Valor, 2 Army commendation medals and a Purple Heart. Marconi enjoyed fishing, eating, traveling, family get-togethers and watching sports.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Jimsey Lopez of San Jose, CA and Abelardo Lopez of Kauai, Hawaii.
Marconi is survived by his devoted wife, Olivia Relova Lopez of Milton, FL and daughters, Marcia Colburn of Milton, FL, Patty Mahayag of Kennesaw, GA and Aimee McCartney of Tallahassee, FL; plus six grandchildren, Jocelyn Mahayag, Jossette Mahayag, Jacob Colburn, Jaylen Mahayag, Jonah McCartney and Zach Colburn and sons-in-law, Charlie Colburn, Rob Mahayag, Jeremy McCartney and his sister, Mary Guerrero of Gilroy, CA and Andy Lopez of Binangonan, Philippines.
Marconi will be cremated and a Committal Service will be held Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 1:30pm at Barrancas National Cemetery with the procession leaving at 1:00pm from Olive Baptist Church-Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32507.
Wilbur Settles, 81, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
Neil Alan Cobb, 69, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
Edna S. Kennedy, 80, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
Stephen Allan Cooper, 60, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
Larry Wayne Ward, 68, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
Sarah Maria Ramirez, 81, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
Virgil Leon Richardson, age 51, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida surrounded by loving family. Virgil was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 28, 1967 to Phillip and Luevinia (Wilson) Richardson. He was their youngest son. He proudly served as an infantryman in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Division, Air Assault (“Screaming Eagles”) from 1986 to 1989, earning the Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge M16 Rifle, Sharpshooter Badge Hand Grenade, Army Lapel Sutton, and Air Assault Badge. He was honorably discharged with service connected disabilities. He worked for several years at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Appeals Management Center in Washington, D.C. Over the years he lived in many places including Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and finally returned to Florida for good in 2015.
Virgil loved to fish and enjoyed spending time on his boat, traveling with his wife, company of family and friends, cooking fabulous southern meals, cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Dallas Cowboys, and living his life in Florida again. He never met a stranger and always made lifelong friends wherever he went. He was a strong man, perpetually optimistic and hardworking, incredibly smart and funny, exceptionally loving and caring, and overall just an extraordinary human being. He never wasted a single moment and enjoyed life to the absolute fullest. His laugh was infectious and his smile could brighten even the darkest day. His absence leaves a void not only in the hearts and lives of those who love him, but in the world in general. He will be so missed by so many.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents Phillip and Luevinia Richardson; sister, Annette Richardson; brothers, Robert Lee Richardson and Phillip Rattley; and best friend, Bill Keeler.
Left to cherish the memory of the extraordinary man that he was are his wife, Janette (née White); children, Karoz Virgil Richardson and Javon Virgil Richardson; bonus children, Katelyn Janette White, Ashlee Jordan Richardson, and Noah Jacob Jay; brothers, Robert (Sandra)Anderson, Larry Richardson, John (Denovilee) Richardson, Willie James (Bernice) Richardson, and Charlie Richardson; sister, Genice (James) Dixon; bonus grandchildren, Olivia Mapes, Jace Richardson, Elias Richardson, Norah Richardson and Kashtyn Jay; special nephews, Christopher Richardson, Brandon Richardson, and Kenny Combs; special niece, Malia Richardson; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as countless friends; and of course his ever faithful canine companions, Boss Hawg Richardson and Romo Richardson.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to the American Cancer Society and/or the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research.
James “Dean” Jerkins, 53, died from complications of a long time illness on July 22, 2019.
He was born in Shreveport, LA and resided in Pensacola, Florida and he attended Pensacola High School.
He is preceded in death by his father, Clifton Franklin Jerkins. He is survived by his son, Skylar Jerkins; his mother, Peggy Glarum, Atmore, AL.; sister, Sandra Denise Tillman, Freeport, FL and numerous other family and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2019 with visitation from 10:00 – 11:00 am and service at 11:00 am at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, Florida 32504. Harold Altman will be Officiating.
Evola Walden McCasland, 94, of Cantonment, Florida passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019.
Douglas Blackshire Bush, 57, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2019.
William John Sowden, Sr., 73, of Pensacola, Florida went to be with the lord on July 21 2019 with his son, grandson and granddaughter at his side.
Bill was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to William and Nadine Sowden on March 21, 1946 and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1964. William served in the U. S. Army from 1965-1968 and worked for REA Express, Hertz Corporation and John Deer Ottumwa Works, retiring in 2003.
He married Linda Y. Ward on June 12, 1966 and enjoyed time with his family and friends. He loved doing woodworking and going to the Palafox Market in Pensacola, Florida. He will be missed deeply by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, William and Nadine Sowden; sister, Betty Nine and nephew, Brian Housley.
He is survived by his son, William (Lorissa) Sowden; daughter, Yvonne Baldwin Greene; grandchildren, Mike and Catherine Sowden and Dylan Baldwin; siblings, Bob and Olga Sowden, Ronnie and Vickie Sowden, Jay and Paul and Melissa Sowden, Mary and Rick Vaught, Patty Aalbers, Melody Wiedman and many great nieces and nephews.
His body has been cremated and his memorial service will be August 10, 2019 at 3:00pm at Northgate Alliance Church, 2705 North Court Road, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.
Katherine Marie March, 65, of McDavid, Florida passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Gene Allen Cox, 72, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Thomas “Tommy” Boyd Clardy, of Pensacola Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2019 next to his loving wife, Sharon Clardy and their dog Cody after a long battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Clardy and Betsy Clardy; brother-in-law, Robert Deaton; and father-in-law, Donald Moorehead.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Clardy; sister, Barbara Clardy Deaton; nephew, Jay (Mel) Deaton; nieces and nephew, Molly, Megan, Macy, Sam, and Marla; step-daughter, Laura Little; and her three children, Dalton, Reagan, and Davis; extended family, mother-in-law Barbara Moorehead; sister-in-law, Dana Ward and her son, Michael (Kelly) Bailey and their sons, Aiden and Flynn; brother-in-law, JD (Kate) Moorehead and their sons, Luke, Jake and Max.
Tommy was a lover of art, nature, his beloved pets, Toby and Cody and the beauty of God’s creation. He was born is Murfreesboro, TN. and he graduated MTSU where he received his BA degree in art education. He had a strong work ethic, and never missed a day of work in his 30 years as graphic artist in the advertising art department of the Commercial Appeal Newspaper in Memphis, TN. He had an amazing talent in creating beautiful paintings of bold colorful flowers and abstract designs and he was a former member of Quayside Art Gallery of Pensacola FL. Tommy was a man of his era, and had great love for all types of music and his automobiles.
He was loved by all who knew him, family and friends and he will be missed beyond words.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Family requests any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, (www.cancer.org) or to the animal rescue organization of your choice.
Tony Dawayne Barfield, 61, of Panama City, Florida passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019.
Betty Jeane Slote, 93, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
Patrick Vincent Grantello, Jr., 64, of Destin, Florida passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Grantello; his children, Patrick Vincent (Jessica) Grantello, III, Joann (Brian) Torvik and Christine (Jim) Grantello and five grandchildren.
W. Kim Connerley, 68, of Gulf Breeze, Florida, passed away unexpectedly July 17, 2019. This one-in-a-million humble gentleman loved life, loved his friends and loved his family. He was born in Washington, Indiana, on October 28, 1950, to Don T. and Phyllis (King) Connerley and was adored by older sister Penny Collette. In 1956 the family moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Kim's parents encouraged active minds. Dinner time incorporated learning all the state capitals and other historical trivia. He later became an avid crossword puzzle fan. As an "original Titan" during Woodham High School's (WHS) first three years, Kim was the basketball team manager. After graduating WHS he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of West Florida.
Kim was a sports enthusiast, beginning with his foray into the Elks Little League baseball. His amateur sports resume lists racing his Porsche 356-B on unused Pensacola Airport property in sanctioned events; becoming a Kenpo Karate black belt; playing short stop in the City of Pensacola co-ed softball league; and joining local runners for 5K runs and distance runs like The Chicago Marathon and inaugural Walt Disney World marathon. He also enjoyed hang gliding in Tennessee, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and snow skiing in Utah with his dad.
In the 1980's he discovered pleasure sailing and later racing. His passion for the sport was evident in the number of trophies earned and his relationships with fellow sailors. It was through sailing that he found his soul mate and wife of 32 years, Julie (Bilby) Connerley. He worshipped her and she always called him "Husband." Even friends laughingly called him "Husband" instead of Kim.
Kim had the strength of character portrayed by John Wayne. Integrity, loyalty, compassion, and self-sacrifice were his trademarks. He always greeted everyone with a genuine smile, helpful attitude, and he unfailingly stood when a woman entered the room or approached the table.
Having spent 44.5 years as a company comptroller for a federal government contractor, Kim retired in 2017. He was a member of the Capt'n Fun Runners, Navy Yacht Club Pensacola, Order of the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez, Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge, Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, Pensacola Heritage Foundation, Pensacola Historical Preservation Society, US Sailing Association, and UWF Historic Trust.
He was preceded in death by both parents. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Julie; son, Jon Kristopher Connerley; sister, Penny Connerley; brother-in-law and sister-in law, Larry and Dreama Bilby; several cousins; countless friends; the family's devoted dog, Pumpkin; and felines Little Bit and Black Jack.
An Elks Funeral begins at 3:00 pm August 25, 2019 at the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge followed by a Celebration of Life until 6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes that you find happiness in living life--just as he did.