Joshua Earl Merritt, 34, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Betty Jane Armstrong, 93, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
Eugene Neil Pollan, Sr., 70, of Dothan, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
Harold Clifford Goodwin, 55, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Mary Jean Golson Atkins, 97, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020.
Sharon Ann Gassaway, 60, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020.
Timothy Randall Evans, 62, of Holt, Florida passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020.
Leah Wright, 78, of Jay, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2020.
Margaret Morris Brady, 76, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 10. 2020.
Franklin Michael Luther, 76, of Mary Esther, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Joyce Kaye Kelly went home to the Lord Thursday, September 10, 2020 at age 76. She was born November 10, 1943 in Ottawa, IL and was a lifelong resident of Escambia County.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Michael Wade Kelly; her children, Mark Anthony Kelly (Donna) and Daniel Wade Kelly (Karen); her grandchildren, Mark A Kelly Jr. (Ashley), Brianna Kelly Stump (Jeff), Scott Kelly, Jenny Kelly Duncan (Travis), Nikki Kelly Keller (Lance) and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She is also survived by her devoted brother, Larry D Johnson (Sally) and sister, Roberta Johnson Laton (Larry).
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Johnson and father, Herbert Johnson.
Joyce was a devout Christian who loved going to church, reading the Bible with her sister, and bringing the Lord's word to everyone she met.
Joyce was a devoted wife to Michael and a loving mother to her sons, Mark and Danny. She was loved by everyone and will be missed by all.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 with visitation from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, service at 1:00 pm at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 5627 North Davis Hwy., Pensacola, Florida 32503. Interment will follow service at Myrtle Grove United Methodist Cemetery.
Ronald Lane Gillis, 73, of Milton, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Ray Dean Parkinson, 84, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Leona Gertrude King, 84, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
William David Worthington, 48, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Courtney Denise Smith, 51, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Sara Hornig Parmer, 48, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, September 7, 2020.
Benjamin Rhyne Cecil, 23, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
David Eugene Resmondo passed from this life on Saturday, September 5th, 2020, at the age of 82. He was born August 3, 1938. He was a native and lifelong resident of Escambia County.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Lively Resmondo; their children, Daniel W. Resmondo and Jo Ann Resmondo Guffey (Mike); grandchildren, Michael Guffey, Jennifer Guffey, Katie Guffey Cantrell (Britain), Nicholas Guffey, Cody Resmondo and Jarrod Resmondo.; six great-grandchildren, Karli, Kaysen, Brooks, Jacob, Jaxon, and Myli.
He is also survived by his brothers, Irmie S. Resmondo, Jr. (Sandy) and Donald R. Resmondo (Lucie); sisters, Darrah (Sis) Resmondo Fowler and Emogene Resmondo Johnson (Bill), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
David was preceded in death by his son, David E. Resmondo, Jr.; father, Irmie S. Resmondo, Sr.; mother, Emma Anita (Quarrier) Resmondo-Dean; his brother, Robert E. (Bobby) Resmondo; nephew, Ronnie Resmondo; brother-in-law, Lester Fowler and in-laws, James Lamar Lively and Ilder Ruth Lively.
He was a member of the Innerarity Point Church of Christ. He was a patriotic American and proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the late 1950’s on a number of Navy ships and sea-going tugs. Among his assignments was serving aboard the USS Staten Island in support of Operation Deep Freeze IV in Antarctica. He retired from Newport Industries/Reichold Chemicals after 44 years of service. He and Barbara were among the first families involved with the start-up of what became Baars Field, where he coached his children’s baseball teams. He was an avid cast net thrower. He loved catching mullet and sharing them with friends and relatives. He grew up fishing the waters of Perdido Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. He was dearly loved and will be missed.
Graveside services will be at the Old Spanish Cemetery, Lillian, Alabama. Minister, Andy Cates, of the Innerarity Point Church of Christ, will officiate. A veteran’s Honor Guard will participate.
Mary Francis Fox, 77, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
LONG TIME BUSINESS LEADER DIES IN FLORIDA
George M. Rice II, 83, of Pensacola, FL, formerly of Wilmington, OH, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at Covenant Care Hospice after a lengthy illness with vascular dementia and heart complications. He was born in Wilmington’s Hale Hospital on Feb. 5, 1937 to Sam B. Rice and Alma “Polly” (West) Rice. George grew up in the family home on Peterson Place and attended Wilmington Schools until his sophomore year at WHS when he transferred to Kentucky Military Institute in Louisville, KY. He excelled in Military School as an athlete and a member of Band Company where he played the tenor sax. In his Senior year at KMI, he became Commander of Band Company which won the “Best Company” Award during graduation services for the Class of 1955. George enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University, became a member of the football team, a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and the AFROTC.At the time of his graduation from OWU in 1959, he became a 2nd Lt. in the USAF. He was on Active Duty status in the Air Force for 4 1/2 years. He opted out of military service for 2 years to pursue a position with Armstrong Cork Company in NYC. While in NYC he attended Norman Vincent Peale’s Marble Collegiate Church.It was in the Young Adult Group that he met a young nurse, Betty Jean Hesse, who had been invited to attend this group by one of her patients. Eight months later on Nov. 8, 1964,they were married in the First Reformed Church of the Palisades in Fort Lee, NJ, the same church where her grandparents, parents and both sisters had been married. In January 1965, George and Betty moved to Wilmington, OH, where George began working with his father Samand brother Birch in the family owned furniture store, G.M. Rice Furniture and Appliances.
During his 51 years in Wilmington, George was actively involved in the business community. George was the founder of the Wilmington Area Toastmasters International Club in 1966. Members from both the Clinton County Air Force Base and the business community joined that group which existed for over 6 years. George was also a member and past Director of the Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce for 40 years.He was a member of the Wilmington Jaycees and was actively involved in the Miss Southwest Ohio Pageant Committee which was the first step to the Miss Ohio Pageant. In 1966 he joined the Wilmington Noon Rotary Club and was a member for 49 years. To say that George enjoyed Rotary would be an understatement. George loved Rotary and what it stood for, “Service Above Self”. He served on each committee at various times and also climbed the ladder of officers. In 1976, he served with honor as the 50th President of the Wilmington Noon Rotary Club.Whether he was scooping up ice cream at the Banana Split Festival, helping to set up booths for the former Rotary “Art Show on the Square”, or squeezing lemons at the “Lemon Squeeze” booth during the Clinton County Fair and Corn Festival, George was there. His last assignment for the Wilmington Club was serving as the chair for redesigning the Club Flag. Additionally, he was a member and Past President of the Downtown Retail Merchants Assoc., member and Past President of the Clinton County Cancer Board and member and past Director of the Clinton County YMCA. George was elected to Wilmington City Council representing the 3rd Ward in the early 1980’s and thoroughly enjoyed his time as an instructor at Southern State Community College in the Small Business Management Program.
In addition to being a businessman, his passion was his service to our country. In early 1966, he became part of the Air Force Reserve Unit at Clinton County Air Force Base in Wilmington. He was Aide to the commanding officer, General Donald J. Campbell until the Base closed in 1972. During his tenure at the CCAFB,the then Captain Rice attended and graduated from Squadron Officers School in Montgomery, AL. In 1975 he graduated from the Air War College Section at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH. Shortly after that, he transferred to Rickenbacker AFB in Columbus, OH, where he served as the Intelligence Office for the 302nd Tactical Squadron for 10 years. He remained in that position until he was promoted to Colonel in 1985. Shortly after his promotion, he was reassigned to Beighler Armory where he served as the Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department/State Area Command. He served in that position until June of 1990 when he retired from AF Active Reserve after 31 years of service. His U.S. military decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2), Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon-Short and in 1990, he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal.
George was a birth rite Methodist and grew up in the Wilmington Methodist Church. His great grandfather was a Methodist minister and dear friend of Bishop Steven Merrill who served the then “Ohio Conference”. George’s grandfather, “G. M.” Rice, for whom he was named, was named for Bishop Merrill. George was very active in the Wilmington UMC and served as a Sunday School teacher, Trustee, Chairman of the Usher Group and in 1975 served as the Chair of the Building Committee for the new Educational Wing. When the Rice’s moved to Pensacola, they became associate members of the WUMC and joined the Perdido Bay UMC as active members. Both George and Betty have been blessed with their membership at Perdido Bay UMC and feel they found a new extended family.
Prior to his advancing illness, George became a member of Five Flags Rotary Club in Downtown Pensacola. He enjoyed the new club very much as they had lunch meetings on Monday at noon with interesting speakers, just like they did in Wilmington. George found living in a military city with a large Navy Base not only interesting but stimulating. Military retirees love to tell stories about their careers and there are many military retirees in Pensacola. George’s love for his country and the military often found him visiting the US Naval Air Museum only 15 minutes from his new home. Anyone visiting the Rice’s were guaranteed a visit to the Base and Museum compliments of George.
During the celebration of his 80th Birthday,George was presented with a “Paul Harris Fellowship”. This donation and honor from his family, supports Rotary International work projects around the world.Colonel Rice is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Jean (Hesse), his daughter Wendy Rice-Isaacs(Jon Isaacs) of Coto de Caza, CA, his sonDr. Captain G. Merrill Rice (Dr. Carolyn) of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, granddaughters Jane and Lauren Isaacs, attending The Ohio State University,granddaughter, Carrigan Rice attending Georgetown University,grandson, Sam Rice of Norfolk, VA, a senior at Grandby IB High School, and his granddaughter Carson Rice of Yokosuka, Japan. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jeanne Rice of Washington C.H., OH, a niece Allyson Rice Stultz(Jeff), nephew, Barry P. Rice both of Columbus, OH, and nieces and nephews in NJ and TX. He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, S. Birch Rice.
The family would like to thank the Staff of Creekside Memory Care Center, especially Ms. Linda and Ms. Nickoleigh of Cottage 7, where George resided for the last seven months. They would also like to commend and thank the staff of Covenant Care Hospice Inpatient Unit at the West Florida Hospital for their outstanding compassionate care during the final week of his life.
Funeral services with Air Force Honor Guard for Colonel Rice will be held at the Perdido Bay United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 12th at 10:30 a.m. CST. Masks will be required. Services will also be live streamed on the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Rev. Dr. David Saliba and Rev. Dr. Levi Gardner will lead the service. Retired AF Chaplain, Donald Ailsworth, will assist at the Honor Guard Flag Ceremony. Family Funeral and Cremation Funeral Home is serving the family in Pensacola. Burial will take place in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington, OH,at a later date. Littleton Funeral Home of Sabina, OH, will serve the family in Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the “Building the Heart” Fund of Perdido Bay UMC, 13660 Innerarity Point Rd, Pensacola, FL 32507, or to the Memorial Fund of the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 51 East Locust St.,Wilmington, OH 45177.
Janet Ames Borman (Jan), 94, of Pensacola, Florida, went to be with the Lord and her loving husband, Bud, on September 4, 2020.
Jan was an artist and a teacher. She graduated from Washington University, in St. Louis, MO, in 1948, with a bachelors in Fine Arts,and from Webster College, St. Louis, MO, in 1969, with a K-12, Teacher’s certificate. Jan’s creative spark had her designing perfume bottles; advertising for Scruggs Department store;map making for the Air Force during the Korean War; and teaching in the public schools in St. Louis, MO, Jefferson City, MO,and Gulf Shores, AL. After retiring, she experimented with pen and ink, water color, stained glass, and designed a flag for the newly incorporated Orange Beach, AL. Also, with the help of the Friends of the Library, set up an annual poetry contest for the area students, K-12. Jan and her husband, Edward (Bud), loved to travel and Jan would sketch what she saw instead of taking photographs. Even in the last years of her life, she used her skill to bring joy for others by holding art classes at her adopted church, St. Luke UMC, in Pensacola, FL and designing a colorful storyboard for the little ones at the Studer Family Children’s Hospital, in Pensacola, FL.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Borman; youngest child, Michael Edward Borman; her parents, Raymond and Edith Ames; her sister, Nancy (Bob) Ames Lindstedt; and her brother Ray (Jean) Ames.
Janet is survived by a family who loved her so much; daughter, Anne Borman (Joel Nadler); son, Keith (Jennifer) Borman; daughter Bethany (Michael) Menah; and daughter-in-law, Melinda Borman. She was also survived by her sister’s son, Tom (Jan) Lindstedt, and her brother Ray’s children: Ray (Jacque) Ames, Debbie Smith, Lindy (Jerry) Jameson, and Matt Ames.
She was so proud of all her grandchildren: Cy (Kate Carpenter) Nadler; Zac, Amanda, and Max Borman; Angela and Julie Menah; and Jackson and Olivia Borman.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: All About Dogs, Coastal Rescue, P.O. Box 476, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555 or St. Luke UMC 1394 E. Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL.
Arrangements will be handled by Family Funeral. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at the St. Luke United Methodist church, 1394 E. Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL, at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 19. The service will be live streamed on Face Book or at https://stluke-umc.org/watch . Visitation with the family is a 1:00 pm.
Larry William Kilburn, 59, of Crestview, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
A Graveside service will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, Florida 32508. The procession will meet at 1:00 pm at Olive-Baptist Church Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32507
Richard Steven Cowart, 67, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
Mabel Marie Borders, 76, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
A Graveside service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 11:30 am at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, Florida 32508. The procession will meet at 11:00 am at Olive-Baptist Church Warrington Campus, 103 West Winthrop Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32507.