Gerald “Jerry” Hardcastle, 88, was born November 14, 1930 in Godley, Texas to Noal (Bud) and Lenora Hardcastle and died October 31, 2019 in Pensacola Florida of natural causes with his nephew, Richard at his bedside. He was the fourth of six siblings.
He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Hardcastle Earle; brother, George Hardcastle; sisters-in-law, Ettie Lee Hardcastle, Ann Hardcastle, and Barbara Hardcastle; eleven nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren; special friends, O.J. (Buz) Humphrey and the Coburn family of Seattle, Bill Moffett of San Francisco, CA, and Gervais family of London, UK.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, Samuel Hardcastle, Harold Hardcastle, Rodney Hardcastle; brother-in-law, John Earle and niece, Sherry Hardcastle-Cesarez. His sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hardcastle followed him in death November 2, 2019.
At the age of 19, in June of 1950, Jerry earned a B.A from the University of Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1951 and served at the 13th Naval District Headquarters in Seattle. After commissioning at Officers Candidate School in March 1953 at Newport, Rhode Island, he served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., then on the USS Randolph with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. After his release from active duty in 1956, he began teaching in the Seattle Public School System in September of the same year. In the years following, Jerry earned his M.A. in History from Harvard University, and did further graduate work at The University of Washington and Oxford University. He taught History at Garfield, Ingraham, and Nathan Hale for 26 1/2 years. During that time, he also worked for McGraw-Hill as a writer and consultant on U.S. History textbooks. After his retirement in 1981, Jerry traveled for 7 years and upon his return to Seattle, he worked for Laird Norton Trust Company from 1991-1996.
"Uncle Jerry," a retired educator never lost his passion for teaching. His beloved nieces, nephews, and "grand’s" received reading assignments from him regularly in the form of books, articles, and cherished letters. He hosted wonderful "field trips" for them too. On the streets of London, hiking trails of Germany, rainforests of Belize, Mayan ruins, beaches of Maui, cruises to Alaska, visits to D.C, and of course Seattle, he taught lessons in history, culture, language, and geography - nonstop. His passion for education coupled with his generosity also inspired him to provide opportunities for them to study or volunteer abroad. As one might expect, he was also an avid reader. He was in the middle of 2-3 books at the time of his demise.
Friends and parishioners are invited to join the family for a memorial service at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 7979 N. 9th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. They will host a brief reception afterward in the parish hall. A graveside service of committal will be held at Trinity Parish Church in Seattle on November 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Special thanks to the caring staff and volunteers at The Residence, Covenant Memory Care Center.
Flowers for the service will be provided by the family, so Jerry asked that you make memorial donations to Trinity Parish Church, 609 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104 (or online at http://www.trinityseattle.org/give-online.aspx); or to the Nature Conservancy, 74 Wall Street, Seattle WA, 98121 (Support.nature.org for online donations).
Coleen Ann Chism, 73, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Harry Wilson Whipple, Sr., 83, of Milton, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
A Committal Service will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 10:30 am at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Shelter B, Pensacola, Florida 32508.
Velma Jean Leonardi, 69, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
Katherine Susanne Lee, 35, of Century, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Bobbie Diane Mosley, 59, of Milton, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Roosevelt Lee McKenzie, 85, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Elder Roosevelt McKenzie was born in Hammond, Louisiana, April 25, 1934, to the late Viola Boyd. He was later adopted and raised by the late Barney and Mary McKenzie. He enlisted in the United States Army in August 1953 and served 2 years active duty and later served in the Army Reserves for a number of years. Upon separating from the military, he was employed at Monsanto where he worked for 35 years. In 1961 he married Shirley Wiggins and to that union was added five children.
He served as a deacon at St. John Baptist Church for many years until he accepted his calling to the ministry. In 1985, he founded and became pastor of Apostle Faith Holiness Church. He pastored there until his health began to fail in 2006.
Elder McKenzie loved his family and leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Shirley (Wiggins) McKenzie; sons, Garland (Hermena), Anthony (Paula) McKenzie, Michael (Sharon) McKenzie and two daughters, Mary D. (James) Knight, and Tonja Tucker. He was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who loved and adored him. He is also survived by his very devoted brother, John James and his wife, Sarah, along with four sisters, Maxine Williams, Collette Richardson, Mary Knight, and Rose Swan.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 with visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 am and service at 11:00 am at Pentecostal Temple Church, 6550 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida 32503. Interment will immediately follow the service at Barrancas National Cemetery, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, Florida 32508.
Paul James Pringle, 85, of Niceville, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Cody Mikiel Carleson, 21, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 with visitation from 2:00 - 3:00 pm and service at 3:00 pm at Family-Funeral & Cremation, 7253 Plantation Road, Pensacola, Florida 32504.
Sherryl S. Erickson, 57, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
John Ben Yows, 84, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Don Joseph Staples, 70, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Barbara Ann Stewart, 88, of Milton, Florida passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Rose Lawn Cemetery, 2942 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563.
Lorraine S. Byrd, 90, of Pensacola, Florida passed away surrounded by family on October 25, 2019. Lorraine was born in Ponce de Leon Florida on February 12, 1929 to Annette Belle Humphrey and Dexter Southard. She would always talk very fondly of her parents and her times growing up at the area springs.
Lorraine had an extreme zest for life. She was a very creative person. As a young woman she was an award winning member of the Pensacola Garden Club and she loved to make abstract arrangements using flowers and found objects. Her creative nurturing nature lead her to a career teaching the mentally disabled the art of ceramics and horticulture at ARC here in Pensacola.
She was also a member of the West Florida Literary Federation. Lorraine was a natural storyteller and always had a passion to write. She was also quite the conversationalist and everyone who met her became mesmerized by her stories and heart. She loved people and never met a stranger.
Lorraine was always drawn to nature and had an extreme passion for the Great Smoky Mountains; making trips there every chance she had. In her free time, she loved to dance and listen to live music. She would drop everything for the chance to see one of her favorites, Grayson Capps from Brewton Alabama and she also loved to spend her Sundays at The Frog Pond Sunday Social.
Her family members loved her amazing southern hospitality and delicious home cooking! She loved God and was a member of the Warrington Methodist church for many years.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin R. Byrd; her sons, Kenneth Byrd, Richard Byrd and sister, Marian Trotman.
She is survived by her son, Ronald K. Byrd; sister, Glenda Bowden; grandchildren, Jessica Reiser, Leslie St. Croix, Laura Baker, Rachel Vasquez and her great grandchildren, Arizona Guillory, Tory St. Croix, Alliahna St. Croix, Zachary Baker, Madeline Vasquez, and Brennan Vasquez.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Barrancas National Cemetery. Please come early to check in, all visitors need valid driver’s licenses to get in. We will meet at Shelter B. Also, if you can’t make the service, please join us in a celebration of Lorraine’s life at The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze, 33 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL, starting at 4 pm. We hope to see you for a bay sunset toast in honor of our sweet Lorraine.
James Frederick Garvey, 87, of Navarre, Florida passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
William “Morgan” Stith, III, 53, of Pensacola passed away on October 24, 2019 after a brief illness.
William was born September 12, 1966 to William Stith, Jr. and Diann Anderson Stith.
Bill called Pensacola home and spent most of his life there. He graduated from Pine Forest High School and the University of West Florida, where he earned a Master’s Degree in English.
Before earning his degree, Bill spent a lot of years in restaurant management doing a variety of jobs. Some of the restaurants he managed are The Fish House, Pensacola Yacht Club, Ruby Tuesday’s and The Oyster Bar Perdido Key, but his passion was teaching. During the last ten years he taught at the University of West Florida. His most recent job was Interim Director of the Intensive English Program at UWF. Bill loved teaching and helping his students achieve their goals.
Bill is preceded in death by his grandmother, Pearl (Granny) Anderson; grandparents, Bill and Jane Stith; great aunts, Elsie Amos, Merle Floyd, Laverne Yeazel and Bette Cobb.
Left to cherish his wonderful memories are his mother, Diann Anderson; his father and stepmother, Bill and Janice Stith; stepbrothers, Doni (Karla) Jones and Dale (Jennifer) Jones; aunts, Tena (Winston) Ellis and Leah Snider; great aunts, Ann Hatcher and Ellen (Jim) Hadden; great uncle, Robert Hinson; uncles, Terry (Joey) Stith, Richard (Cindy) Stith, Sr. and Donnie (Debbie) Stith; special cousins, Cherie Meyers, Cindy (Brad) Johnson, Richard (Deanne) Stith, Jr., Jerry (Alicia) Snider and numerous other relatives.
Per Bill’s wishes service will be private.
Donald Dean Morgan, 75, of Bay Minette, Alabama passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Philip Ross Westney, 61, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Luis Walter Fuentes, 76, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Brenda Carol Hare, 71, of Pensacola, Florida passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Marvin Allen Fooks, 70, of Killen, Alabama passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Mark William Bass, 84, of Gulf Breeze, Florida passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019.
James kenneth Ford, 56, of Pensacola, Florida passed on Friday, October 18, 2019.
William Alan Bland "Bill" passed away on October 17, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.
Bill was a very special man and loved by anyone that met him. He was kind, considerate, caring, and he loved his dogs. He loves all animals and enjoyed being around them. Bill also loved the outdoors, and loved camping, fishing, swimming, and he loved car races. Bill was a welder by trade and loved his job. He rarely missed working and worked right up until 2 months before he passed.
Bill is preceded in death his parents, and by two sister-in-laws, Violette Loraine Corey and Laurie Miller, who just passed away on March 24, 2019.
Bill is leaving behind his loving wife, Diane Bland; daughter, Kristine (Mike) Wilson; grandchildren, Angelia, Brian, Tabatha, and Kelly; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also leaving behind his lost but found family, Brenda Hayes, Rebecca, a brother, John Roger and two brothers he never met; brother-in-law, Mike Miller and sister-in-laws, Patti Phinisee, Beth Humfeld, and Tracy Humfeld.
Bill loved all of his friends very much and wants them all to know that. Thank you to Vitas Hospice for all of the love and kindness they gave during his fight with this horrible kidney cancer. Thank you to the wonderful people at the Family-Funeral & Cremation that treated him with such respect when they took him from our home. Also a special thank you to Anita Hall and John Snow that rarely left his side during the last month of his life.