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A Community Digest of current information, news and stories from the hamlet of Chumuckla, Florida.

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:23:00 +0000

IF YOU FIND A ROCK....... You or the next person who finds the rock that you photograph and then pass-forward might be up for a small prize (see below) .  Look for hints when you post a photo of your rock at the CHUMUCKLA ROCKS FB page.   As an alternative you can email your photo and a short description of your find to We will post if for you. We won't post private information and only your name if you agree to it.To enhance the experience of a FINDER -  take a digital photo and post it with a brief note about the area where you found it.  Maybe a store area or a community location.  Enjoy it a few days and then "re-gift" the rock to a random location that is not hard to find so someone else can enjoy the FIND.  Or use one of the photos from the fb page to repost.Every month or so, all the posts to the page will be collected and a random poster will be selected to win a modest prize - like a book from the Jay Historical Society or some interesting item.  Good luck and enjoy the fun.  Here are some examplesFYI Local Authors and History[...]

Jay Museum visiting

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:52:00 +0000

Check out this review of Jay Museum on Google Maps

Genealogical Society Meets April 21

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:32:00 +0000


Brenda Elaine Hopkins McGraw 1951-2018

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:44:00 +0000


Brenda Elaine Hopkins McGraw, 66, of Jay passed away on March 2, 2018. She was born on July 15, 1951 in Pensacola to Aaron and Helen Hopkins.

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, she celebrated 49 years of marriage to her husband, Clifford. She was a Godly wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, sister-in-law, and friend.

Brenda was a lifelong member of the IPH Church where she ministered alongside her husband for 45 years.
She was preceded in death by son, D’wayne McGraw and father, Aaron Hopkins.

Survivors include: husband, Clifford; daughter, Tina (Jeff); grandchildren: Christopher, Joshua, Abigail, Benjamin, and Brady; mother, Helen Hopkins; sisters, Hazel (Burdell) and Helen; brother, Troy (Virginia); and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Covenant Church of God, 4645 School Lane, Pace, FL.
Special thanks to Covenant Hospice for their exceptional care.

Joyce Morris Raney 1937 - 2018

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:41:00 +0000

Joyce Morris Raney

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 2:00pm
New Bethel Baptist Church

Today a very special lady had a memorial service at our church which was her church also, her vocal voice was so special, Roy and I were sick,unable to be there, we will never forget Joyce Raney,

Friends in Chumuckla . On Thursday afternoon my Aunt, Joyce Morris Raney passed away. She was the daughter of the late John (Obb) and Vera Mae Morris.

Lost one of my dear, sweetest sister's in Christ last week to the Heavenly Angel Choir! Ms. Joyce Raney sang like an angel & I will miss her beautiful voice until I am singing with her in the Heavenly choir,TOO! Prayers continue for her FAMILY & all of her friends who miss her as much as I do!!! See you when I get home, Ms. Joyce

Jean Walther Kirkland - 1960 - 2018

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:09:00 +0000

Jean Teresa (Walther) Kirkland, 58, of Jay, passed away from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, due to a brief illness.

Jean was born in Milton on December 25, 1959, and was a graduate of Chumuckla High School. After graduation, Jean began her employment with the Santa Rosa County Clerk’s Office in Milton. She enjoyed a successful career for over 20 years. She was most proud of her sons, Jonathan and Josh, and felt that was her greatest accomplishment. Also, for the last five years she has been consumed with pride and joy over her only granddaughter, Dixie.

Jean was preceded in death by the father of her children, Johnny Kirkland; her parents, Norman “Plug” and Grace Walther; her oldest sister, Martha (Ed) Levins; her nephew, Tim Levins; and niece, Alisa Walther.

Jean leaves behind to forever cherish her memory, her loving boys, Jonathan and Josh; and special granddaughter, Dixie. Also, she leaves behind, her very best partner in crime, “wife-in-law” Patsy Kirkland, as they often referred to each other. Jean is also survived by her two sisters, Marie (Wayne) Goddard and Jane (David) Chavers; and her favorite brother, Jack (Eddnie) Walther; brother-in-law, Ed Levins; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.

A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Coldwater Community of Christ Cemetery.

James "Wendell" Enfinger - Obituary

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:10:00 +0000

(image) Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

On February 13, 2018, James “Wendell” Enfinger lost his battle with colon cancer and went Home to be with Jesus.
Wendell worked for 2-3 years at Piggly Wiggly in Milton, 27 years at Sears (Warehouse), 16 years at Westinghouse, and 16 years with CSX Railroad. He retired on February 28, 2014 due to health problems. He decided after working 50 years, it was time to retire.

Wendell came through 67 chemo treatments, two major surgeries, and several procedures. He was proud of being a bronze level blood donor, even receiving a spot on the wall as a 28 gallon blood donor.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Henry “Buddy” Ezekiel Enfinger; mom, Eula Mae Enfinger; and brother, Charles Quinnon Enfinger.

Wendell was a loving husband to his wife of 52 years, Helen; caring dad to their only son, Randy; a good brother to Harvey (Winnie) and Donald (Ethel Rene) Enfinger; he also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, many friends and co-workers.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at the funeral home.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.

Wendell left us while at the West Florida Hospice Unit at West Florida Hospital. The family would like to thank everyone at the hospital and especially the nice people at Covenant Hospice who helped us get through this.

Condolences for Helen and Both Their Families,

Brenda Ard Kelley 1949 - 2018

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:04:00 +0000

Brenda L. Kelley, age 68, of Chumuckla, Florida, passed away, Saturday, January 13, 2018. Brenda was one of four children born to the late Jessie James & Winnie Ard. She retired from the Santa Rosa Property Appraiser Office with ten years of service. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Curtis Ard; and a sister-in-law, Betty Jean Ard.Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jerry Kelley; a son, Jeffrey (Teresa) Kelley; a daughter, Stacey Craig; four grandchildren, Brianna (Matt) Taylor, Kennedy (Ryan) Schotsch, Parker Kelley, and Zachary Hirman; three great-grandchildren, MaKenna Peacock, Mason Taylor, and Lincoln Schotsch; a brother, Gerald (Darla) Ard; and a sister, Debra Sue (Johnny) Pierce.Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel.A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Ard Field Church of Christ Cemetery in Jay, Florida, with Pastor Greg Kell officiating.Brenda was full of love! She enjoyed spending every single moment with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.Brenda worked part-time at Pruitt and we would like to thank Mrs. Linda and Ms. Sharon for the support they showed our family during this time.A very special thank you to the staff and the physicians at West Florida Hospital. The physicians provided great care for Brenda and to provide treatment for a very challenging unknown diagnosis. She will forever be in our hearts and be missed tremendously. We LOVE you Mom!Send a gesture of sympathy to Brenda Ard Kelley's familyBrought to you byLewis Funeral Home6405 Highway 90 West Milton, FL 32570Phone: 850-623-2243www.lewisfuneralhomes.netFrom[...]

Tina Yvette Gillman 1964 - 2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:51:00 +0000


Tina Yvette Gillman, 53, of Milton, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, January 11, 2018.

Tina was born in Milton, Florida, to Rita Cotton Gillman and Roger Gillman, and she lived in Milton her whole life. She was a 1982 graduate of Milton High School, and she worked for over 20 years at West Florida Hospital as a medical transcriptionist.

Tina loved life and was known for her cheerful personality and laughter. She had a Heart of Gold and loved God, her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roger Gillman; her paternal grandparents, Dallas and Jessie Gillman; and her maternal grandparents, Ruthard and Edna Cotton.

Tina leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Rita Cotton Gillman; her sister and brother-in-law, Lori and Glenn Ruedy; her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Susan Gillman; four nieces and nephews, Courtney (David) Hudson, Cassy Gillman, Jarrett Ruedy, and Lexi Gillman; and a great-niece, Addison Hudson.

Homegoing Services for Tina will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, with Dr. Mike Wiggins officiating.

Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel, directing.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Pine Terrace Baptist Church, prior to services.

John Horton 1926- 2018

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:08:00 +0000

John Russell Horton 1926 - 2018John Russell Horton, 91, died Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Hillcrest House in Dallas, Texas. John was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Floyd Horton. He lived in Tuscaloosa until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla, Florida. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball. In 1943, at 17, John convinced his mother to allow him to enlist in the Navy and was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific including the invasions of Tarawa, Saipan, Kwajalein, Guam, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947. Returning to Pensacola, Florida, after the war, he met and married Elaine Manning and they had two daughters, Brenda and Sandy. John spent many years working for Sherrill Pure Oil Company in Pensacola before starting his own company, Horton Energy Products. John loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grand kids to whom he was known as Pops. We are most appreciative that he lived the last two years of his life in Dallas, Texas, where his great-grandson came to know and love him, just as his grand kids did. John was predeceased by his parents and brother, Jacob. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Elias (Matthew) of Dallas, Texas, and Sandy Smith (Timothy) of Leesburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Claire Elias Gordon (Jeff) and Sarah Elias of Dallas, Amanda West Jones (Pete) of Panama City, Florida, and Johnathan West of Arlington, Virginia, one great grandson, Matthew Gordon and his sister in law, Frances Horton of Pensacola, Florida. Graveside services and burial with full military honors will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 12, at Barrancas National Cemetery. Family and friends will depart Olive Baptist Church (the old Warrington Baptist Church), 103 West Winthrop Ave, Pensacola, Florida, at 9:15 AM to travel to the graveside services. EULOGY - by Claire (granddaughter)My memories of our Pops run long and deep. I am grateful that he was able to live such a long and rich life, and at the same time I know that there will be a huge void in our lives as he was such a huge pillar in the architecture of our entire family. He was larger than life and lived that way. What a legacy he leaves behind! He touched his children, grandchildren and everyone he met in such memorable ways! Pops loved Alabama football, golf, catfish and his daughters and grandkids. And how fitting that Alabama won the National Championship on Monday – Roll Tide!He was born on February 18, 1926, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Jake and Ella Horton. He lived there until he was eight years old and then moved to Chumuckla. He attended Chumuckla High School where he played basketball. In 1943, at 17, Pops convinced his mother (Big Momma) to allow him to enlist in the Navy and he was trained as a Pharmacist’s Mate. He was assigned to the USS Sheridan and participated in seven landings in the Pacific, two different landings in the Philippines and was at Okinawa but did not go ashore. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the surrender documents were signed. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps and Bronze Star Medals for gallantry in evacuating wounded on the first day of the invasion of Tarawa. He was discharged from active duty in January 1947. Returning to Pensacola, after the war, he met and married our grandmother Elaine Manning and they had two daughter[...]

The Class of 1967 - FIFTY YEARS

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:35:00 +0000

I think we were not ready for this. Whoever said people lived this long?  I remember when we were 17 and 18 years old in these photos and we, to a person, sincerely believed everyone over forty was on death's door.  Yet here we are -- some of us -- aged 67-69 and imagining ourselves as if we are then and it is not now. Strangely as we look at each other we don't see a lot of change. But if we are comparing our own photo of back then to one now -- it can be a revelation.Thanks for memories, classmates.  We had some times back then and we have had great times since. Somehow we never got around to a fiftieth reunion.  Maybe next year we can try.  Maybe we can do a flash mob over a local restaurant in Jay, where the population is big enough to support a fine dining restaurant.I send an appeal to those who read this.  Our class is so disparate and private, a lot of us simply dropped off the grid  and we find it hard to contact them. If you know one or two of us in these photos and want to pass this along, please do.   Sharing an email or address might help.Here we are. A bunch of amazing folks.Look at these pictures. There is an entire encyclopedia of information behind each and every one. Life presents a thousand paths a day and there a a thousand options on each path. It makes for an impressive gps map of life for every individual. There is pain, joy, success, failure, struggles and pure fun.   I am in awe of these people.And of those we lost -- the memories are kind and precious and treasured. ........... Bob Winslow,  Martha Walther LevinsMORE OF OUR CLASS as we were in 1964We consider them Class of '67regardless of their future pathSome transferred to other schoolsSome married earlySome dropped out to workALL were Achievers in some way.Some were lost in the fog - some have diedMaybe we'll touch base again one dayFrom[...]


Sat, 11 Nov 2017 20:54:00 +0000

FOLLOW THESE NEWS FEEDS AT 2YONDERSPECIALIn the Eleventh Month, On the Eleventh Day, At the Eleventh Hour (Several special reads strung together.) Beautiful America - The Charlie Daniels Band (Official Video) are full of antioxidants that may have anti-aging potential NATION'S SICKNESSPsychologists say more and more young people are entitled RUNNING AMOK‘It’s OK to be white’ campaign rankles higher education (but, "Black Lives Matter is OK.) best — and worst — master’s degrees if you want to make money DOMAINGentrification is sweeping through America. Here are the people fighting back trees shed their leaves SECURITYWhen The Football Comes Out, Who Watches The President? soldier in Niger ambush was bound and apparently executed, villagers say RICOPower line repaired by Whitefish Energy fails, leaving millions without power — again ("None of the issues reported today with the outage have anything to do with the repairs Whitefish Energy performed," a spokesperson for Whitefish told Buzzfeed.) Bloodbath in the Old Dominion Louts and Dunces Party Europe Is Out-Trumping America “The last resort of the competitive economy is the bailiff, but the ultimate sanction of a planned economyis the hangman." ~ F. A. HayekFrom[...]

Patricia Brandenburg Wariner 1951-2017

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:17:00 +0000

Born September 21, 1951 in Pensacola, FL, Patricia Brandenburg Wariner of Milton, FL left the physical pain and discomforts of this world behind and moved onto glory November 8, 2017. She is preceded in death by her daughter Rachel Barlow and her parents Betty (Ed) Hattaway and Frank Brandenburg. She is survived by her sister Gloria Brandenburg Hughes and brothers Frank (Susan) Brandenburg and Bill (Carole) Brandenburg, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.Patricia had a caring heart beyond measure. She was a selfless advocate for people with disabilities and served over 20 years with Community Transportation in Escambia and Santa Ross Counties. After retirement she became very active with the Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County. She had a true love of genealogy and spent endless hours helping others with research, visiting cemeteries and documenting headstones. She served on the boards of Escambia and Santa Rosa genealogical societies and was a major contributor in volumes I and II of The Heritage of Escambia County, FL and The Heritage of Santa Rosa County, FL. Patricia was also inducted into the Florida Pioneers, Daughters of the Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy and she really enjoyed her mornings with the guys of the Breakfast Club. She had recently developed an interest in photography and spent countless hours looking for the right angle and chasing the perfect shot. She enjoyed sharing these photos on Facebook and other social media.Aunt "Trisha" was more than just an aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was a stand-in mom and faithful friend. She loved her family, she never forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday, no matter how many miles apart you might have been. She was proud of each accomplishment and celebrated each milestone. She had a positive outlook, was beautiful, fearless, fierce, strong and loving. She was a humble and gentle person with a beautiful smile, a wonderful sense of humor and a quiet steadiness that inspired others and she could definitely lower the "Hammer" when necessary. Losing her leaves a void for all her family. Nobody else will fill her shoes.If you knew Patricia, you knew she was a University of Florida fan. Baseball, basketball, football, whatever...if the Gators were playing, she was watching and if you were around you were watching too. The Gator Nation has a new angel.Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-nephews.Honorary Pallbearers will be her nieces and great-nieces.Trahan Family Funeral Home, 6539 Trammel Dr. Milton, FL is handling arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday, November 11th at 12:00 PM with services following at 1:00 PM. Pastor Michael Heisler officiating. Burial will be at Whitmire Cemetery.Email: trahanofmilton@yahoo.comAdmin | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Webmaster | ObitTree | Funeral Home Websites Powered by FrontRunner ProfessionalFrom a renewed friendship -Stephen Worthington (Frodo)Patricia and I first met in the late 60's. We swept each other off our feet, and then I had to return to Alabama where I was living at the time. We were so young, and sure that life was never ending. We lost touch, but apparently, our time together had a powerful effect on us both, since we both thought of each other often through the years. Then not too long ago we found each other on Facebook, once again it had a powerful effect on us both, even though we were many miles apart. I told her that I had held onto two photos through the years, and every now and then I made an attempt to find her, just to see how she was, how her life had gone. We had both been through so much, as we all have, or will, if we live long enough, but we felt so c[...]


Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:12:00 +0000

The Save the Collards Foundation is proud to support a world of conflict free collards.  Eat your collards in peace.  Drink the "pot likker" - not the "kewlaide".Properties with acreage - live there or develop.  Talk to Family3104 Pond Trace (on Mulat Bayou) old house and 7 acres (with half acre fresh water pond too)Contact Toni Platt email  Not yet with a realtor. Talk to family.5243 Tinsley Rd. Parcels both sides of road.   (google addresses)30 acres. old pristine 1920s style cottage and about 30 acres includes across road.Contact Toni Platt email  Not yet with a realtor. Talk to family...........................................................             9019 Chumuckla Hwy (see links at PDF views that are printable from Satellite.................................................. text to vic 850 994 6120SAVE THE COLLARDS MISSION - INFORMATIONWD 40 can extend the life of your razor. Use it after every shave.BUZZ CREEK  (history and documentaries)/////////// THE STORE of DVD's BooksMore area history and writers dot com - a place on earth.CHUMUCKLA NEWS .. recent newsposter for sale - oakes meatsFOUND A ROCK?  CLICK HERE or HEREWME3.NET  a time tunnel to other thingsIN COUNTRY - a blog of a wanderer who may be lost or not.Junction 197 - the book  (free download pdf,  audio)Vic's Facebook Page TALKS - He cannot see but talksME3TV - a Facebook window to more than a littleJAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - where surprises appear regularlySanta Rosa Genealogical Society, FBA LANDING A DAY - a very interesting approach to geographyMILTON POSTFORT MIMS - the 1813 MassacrePANHANDLE PIONEERS - Florida Panhandle people looking at rootsUSS O'Callahan - a USN Veteran site for "green" sailorsUSS Houston the LAST STAND ... in memory........... more -- booksRIVER RESOURCES  salvaging logjams and much more sawmill workTEKTON Mill Works -- milling lumber to spec and moreJUDGING SHADOWS - a blog researching old unsolved murders in our very own backyard -- Florida Panhandle.Dr. Bryan Rucker - History ... Patagonia PressFB Page. (History that is local)More Books and Resources - localSharon Marsh - NW FLORIDA History BlogIVO Duvall, "A Boy In Alaska" A WW2 Vet and Alaska pioneer writer................ Ivo talks about the disaster of Convoy PQ17Learning --- more historiesCabeza DeVacca is HEREFirst European to describe North America as he stumbled through Florida to Texas and California over a 9 year ordeal. He passed by Escambia Bay at one point. He and couple others were all that survived the ill-fated Narvaez expedition that started near Punta Gorda, FL. One of the most amazing tales ever told. Voted BEST News Feed (John Platt)Save a collard --- eat a collard.  These are the things that make life.A public service message ....Eat your vegetablesFrom[...]

Jannie Rhinehart Sauls Hubbard 1928-2017

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Jannie Sauls Hubbard, 88, of Milton passed away on July 18, 2017. She was born on September 22, 1928 in Graceville, GA, but has lived here since 1959.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Raymond Presscott Rhinehart; mother, Mary Tolbert; daughter, Jane Madden; and her first husband, Rev. Russell Sauls.

Survivors include: her husband of 25 years, Rudy Hubbard; sons, Jim (Linda) Sauls, Dan (Pam) Sauls, and Rudy Jr. (Jeannie) Hubbard; daughter, Teresa (Richard) Bowyer; one sister, Betty Fowler; one brother, Billy (Carolyn) Rhinehart; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Pine Terrace Baptist Church.

Robert Q. |Germann 1963-2017

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:06:00 +0000

Robert Q. Germann, 54, of Chumuckla, FL. was called home to be with his Lord, Monday, July 24, 2017.He was born on July 9, 1963, to William E. and Dorothy J. Germann.He gave his life to the Lord in 2007 and loved the Lord with all his heart. He was truly an inspiration to everyone he met, with his faith in God. He never complained but always had an uplifting spiritual word. He was a wonderful husband, father, and son.He was proceeded in death by his father, William E. Germann and father in law, Jerry Kilpatrick.He leaves behind his wife, of 35 years, Karla Germann; son, Adam (Richelle) Germann and Keith (Hannah) Germann; Mother, Dorothy Germann; Mothers-in-law Mildred Allen and Tryllis Kilpatrick; Brother Billy Germann; Grandchildren Leland, Alanna, Brayden, Jase and Kelsen Germann; Brother in Law, Allen (Angie) Kilpatrick; Sister in law Lana (Gordan) Howell. Special nieces and nephews that he loved dearly and a host of friends that he considered family. Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is entrusted with arrangements.Visitation will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 6 - 8 p.m., at Cornerstone Christian Church, Jay, FL. Funeral will be held Friday, July 28, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. also at the church, with Rev. Steve Zepp and Rev. Larry Pearson, officiating.Pallbearers will be: Scottie Cook, Brian Bradshaw, Damon Frady, Nolan Frady, Brandon Kilpatrick and Casey Kilpatrick.Honorary pallbearers will be: Allen Kilpatrick, Jerry Morrell, Josh Morrell, Doug Hatfield, Jimmy Howell, Danny Melvin, Mickey Diamond, Todd Watson, Kenneth Oakes, Gordan Howell, Robert Kelley, Jimmy Miller, and Marty Griswold.The Family would like to give a special thank you to Sacred Heart Cancer Center Oncology department, Dr. Sunnenberg, Dr. Dissanayake, for the excellent care and compassion that was given to Robert and his family during this time.Express your condolences in our guestbook at in Pensacola News Journal on July 27, 2017From[...]

Janice Harris Simmons 1948 - 2017

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:07:00 +0000

Trahan Family Funeral HomeLike Page5 hrsJanis Kay Simmons was called to the Lord on July 19, 2017, at the age of 69.She was born in Defuniak Springs, FL on February 27, 1948 but lived all her life in the Chumuckla Community. To all who knew her she was a sweet and caring person that touched the lives of each and every one she met.Janis worked at Santa Rosa Extension Office for 32 years. She loved her job and the people she worked around, especially her boss of 28 years, John Atkins. She was a dedicated member of Ebenezer Church where she was the Treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years. Every child that she taught became one of her kids. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, and spending time with her grandbabies and family. She would always make sure she was at every ballgame that her grandkids had. Memaw was their number one fan. She made sure she was at church every time the doors opened.She was preceded in death by her parents, Easter and Bennie Harris.Survivors include: her husband of 47 years, Bobby Simmons; two sons, Stephen Simmons (fiancée Cindy Turman) and Dale (Marissa) Simmons; four grandchildren: Lela Simmons, Justin Bankston, Makenna and Brayden Simmons; one brother, Phil (Marba) Harris; sister-in-law, Francine Crook of Brewton, AL; a very special niece she loved like a daughter, Tena Dunson; her church family at Ebenezer Church; and numerous nieces and nephews.Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton, 6539 Trammel Dr., Milton is in charge of arrangements.Visitation will be held Monday, July 24, 2017 from 6-9 pm at Trahan Family Funeral Home in Milton. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm at her other home, Ebenezer Church in Jay, FL with Brother Bobby Carnley officiating. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery.Active pallbearers will be Ira Jones, Wesley Rutherford, Morgan Kimbrough, Joey Cook, David Deese, and Reggie Odom.Honorary pallbearers will be John Doyle Atkins, Willie Phiffer, Don Salter, Ray Morris, Dan Mullins, Earl Crook, Mike Donahoe, Zach Carnely, Colby Odom, Jay CarnleyThe family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ACTS Ebenezer Youth Group at Ebenezer Church, in memory of Janis Simmons.From[...]

JUNCTION: County Road 197 (the book)

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:35:00 +0000

Please share the link to this page which is sponsored by SAVE THE COLLARDS with supporting ephemera from BUZZ CREEK and WME3 NETWORK . In a world where hope is a step away from even more hope -- we strive for a future of conflict free collards and Okra without peer. (The book is out of print ... although some used copies appear on Amazon or other sources from time to time)THE COMPLETE BOOK  MILD ADVENTURE FOR THE ARMCHAIR RURALIST also known as  JUNCTION: COUNTY ROAD 197.READ online or download the PDF files to read offline. This blog will also include "post script" information to fill in the details of some of the chapters and also to follow up with information on the lives of those mentioned in the stories.PART 1PART IIPART IIICLOSING ESSAYSCOVER ACOVER BINSIDE COVERBOOK IN AUDIOdownload or listen from the cloudlisten to files in order listedTEXT FILE OF THE BOOK(let your onboard voice reader take over --- roy) From[...]

INDEPENDENCE -- that day

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:19:00 +0000

The greatest GenerationMy dad, J. Lee Campbell was first cousin to a bunch of Campbell's -- children of my great uncle, Cuyler Campbell. My grandfather (Cuyler's brother)  was Jim Campbell. My dad was James Lee and my brother is James Edward II (after grandpa).In a small community like ours - in Chumuckla, Florida - the family ties are THICK and stretch back in these woods for a couple hundred years. So first cousins are almost like siblings and even second cousins are bonded by family lore and heritage and usually geographical proximity. It's a family model similar toThe stories get thicker and deeperthousands across America. You know the people. You know a level of trust you have with few other social networks in your world.But even so -- you begin to lose clarity of lineage as the families expand and your second cousins have grand-kids.  The names begin to blur.  In my case, I have to refresh my memory every year. It gets embarrassing to ask some of the now twenty-something cousins what their name is -- AGAIN.It helps to ask who their mom or grandma is.  I am going to have to write up a family tree chart.picture timeBut, beyond the embarrassment I find myself increasingly amazed at the younger generation. They are following their dreams in all manner of fields.  Engineers, Medicine, Psychology, Educators, Farmers and business people.  Many are very advanced degrees.Some of the twenties generation are still in school and the little ones are just getting started.  The talent and power of these independent people - as a family -- and as individuals is a gift to America - and to the next generation to follow them ! I am amazed.AmericaThe gathering every INDEPENDENCE DAY atthe barn in Chumuckla is a tradition for the Cuyler and Bessie  Campbell descendants for decades.My brother Jim and I take advantage of every opportunity to soak up this bit of heritage that comes alive in this place every July. It is something to savor.All Sizes of cousinsThe fish are mullet caught by one of the cousins, Joe - who lives in Alabama. He used a cast net to take in a haul out of the Perdido Bay.  He cleaned them. His daughter often helps. Another cousin, David, cooked them.  Another fried up the hush puppies.There was a pot luck table full of more food.  So many farmers are involved it is expected that every bounty the earth can provide will be laid out for discerning tastes. And it was. And it was good.   Very good.                                                         In America last Tuesday.Generational ExchangeGenerations Helping HandsEnough to feed Coxie's ArmyJoe caught the mullet and he eats the mulletMy brother, Jim can tell a story so it seemsThe youngster here comes from a strong moldA family within the family -It is Sharon's barn but Ronnie is down from NCThere were a lot more cousins herebut they are shared in a private familyalbum.  Must have been 20 smaller kidsand then everybody under 60 is the youngerfolks. The ones over 80 are getting oldand the ones over 90 aresimply superhuman.My Brother, Jim - Retired from reserves as a Navy Captain. Our cousin, Clay who was here retired an Army Colonel. The BIRD on either collar is the the same. It is an American INDEPENDENT BIRDThis Post brought to you by www.savethecollards.comand www.wme3.netFrom[...]

Gerald Kilpatrick. 1941 - 2017

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 01:24:00 +0000

December 16, 1941 – April 13, 2017

Gerald “Jerry” Olen Kilpatrick, 75, of Chumuckla, Florida, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Jerry was born on December 16, 1941, in Chumuckla, Florida, and lived there his entire life. He graduated from Chumuckla K-12 School, and worked at American Cyanamid/Cytec and then at Griswold Farms upon retiring. 

Jerry was a devoted husband, a doting father, and an adoring grandfather and great-grandfather. A naturally gifted storyteller, he was blessed with the gift of gab and never knew a stranger. He was a good-natured jokester who always wore a welcoming smile and induced hearty laughs from everyone in his presence. He was generous of himself and his time and he was always willing to the go the extra mile to lend a helping hand wherever one was needed. Jerry was a kind and tenderhearted man who was deeply loved, genuinely respected, and sincerely admired; he will be missed by all those who were blessed to know him. 

Jerry is preceded in death by his father and mother, Willie Allen and Myrtle Mae Kilpatrick; his brother, Rodney Herbert Kilpatrick; and his nephew, Herbert Ryan Kilpatrick.

He is survived by his wife, Tryllis Kilpatrick; his children, Karla and Robert Germann, Allen and Angie Kilpatrick, Alana and Gordon Howell, Chris Huggins, and Tim Huggins; his grandchildren, Adam and Richelle, Keith and Hannah, Brandon and Bonita, Casey and Rachel, Damon and Alisha, Nolan and Morgan, Mitchell and Magan, Hannah, and Haley; his great-grandchildren, Alana, Braydan, Kelsen, Leland, Jase, Mali, Tambrey, Trace, Tucker, Madison, Braydon, Bristol, and Lincoln; and his nieces, Renee and Rhonda.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Chumuckla Community Church with Pastor Tom Sharron and Donnie Sowell officiating. Interment will follow in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Lewis Funeral Home, Pace, directing. 

The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Chumuckla Community Church.

Jerry’s family is honored to have his grandsons serving as his pallbearers: Damon and Nolan Frady, Adam and Keith Germann, and Brandon and Casey Kilpatrick.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Creel, Adam and Ben Ellison, Paul and Tyler Griswold, Chris and Tim Huggins, and Darrell Paul. 

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Sunnenberg, Nancy Hatcher, and the oncology nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital.

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Veronica Waters. 1965 - 2017

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:12:00 +0000

Veronica Ann Waters

1965 - 2017

Veronica Ann Waters, 51, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Veronica was born in Milton, FL and resided in Chumuckla, FL all of her life. 

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Luvenia and Denis Nelson and Juanita and Harry Howell.

Veronica is survived by: daughter, Ashley (Christopher) Frobenius of Chumuckla, FL; son, Nicholas Waters (Dana Blackmon) of Jay, FL; grandson, Grant Frobenius; mother, Ann (Roger) Cobb of Jay FL; sister, Regina (David) Kelley of Chumuckla; brother, Marcus (Stacy) Brannon of Chumuckla and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until funeral service begins at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Chumuckla Community Church (formerly Elizabeth Chapel) with Earle Greene officiating.

Pallbearers will be Scott English, Todd Watson, JR Enfinger, Tim Smith, Justin Conner, Victor Dixon, Steve Bozeman and Sammy Jo Howell.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 9, 2017

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Bobby Waters. 1961-2017

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:10:00 +0000

Bobby R. Waters
1961 - 2017

Bobby Ray Waters, 55, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Bobby was born in Conecuh County, AL and had been a resident of Chumuckla, FL for 32 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Johnson and Gene Waters and brother, Eddie Waters.

Bobby is survived by his daughter, Ashley (Christopher) Frobenius of Chumuckla, FL; son, Nicholas Waters (Dana Blackmon) of Jay, FL; grandson, Grant Frobenius; sisters, Brenda Fox, Linda Baggett and Joan Johnson; brother, Tommy Waters and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 10, 2017 at Chumuckla Community Church (formerly Elizabeth Chapel) with Brother E. J. Waters officiating.

Clarence Ray Cook 1940-2017

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:15:00 +0000

Clarence Ray Cook, age 76, of the Chumuckla community, went home to be with his Lord on March 24, 2017. 

Clarence was a native and lifelong resident of Chumuckla and was of the Pentecostal faith. He will be remembered for his love of family, his friends, music, car racing, and gardening.
He was preceded in death by: His wife, Rosalind Pinckard Cook; His parents, Roy W. and Edith Cook; and one brother, Leon Cook.

He is survived by: His son, Scottie Cook (Melissa); One granddaughter, Rosalind Parker; One grandson, Calvin Cook (Kassi); One great-grandson, Wyatt Parker; Two sisters, Voncille Grant and Marie Cook (Otis); Two brothers, Eddie Cook (Laura) and Winston Cook; Three brothers-in-law, Flynn Pinckard (Naomi), Tharold Pinckard (Sharon), and Jack Pinckard (Anne); Several nieces and nephews; Special friend, Robbie Cook and her son, Chris Nicholas. 
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Chumuckla Community Church. Rev. Landon Willis will officiate with burial at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. 

Nelline Campbell Polk

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:09:00 +0000

Nelline Campbell Polk   1936-2017

Nelline Campbell Polk, 80, of Chumuckla, passed away March 20, 2017. She was a native and lifelong resident of the Chumuckla Community.

She was preceded in death by: parents Byron and Clara Mae Campbell, her son Marty Vann, 1 brother and 2 sisters.

Survivors include: son, John (Karen) Vann; 3 grandsons, Nick (Jessica) Vann, Adam (Nikki) Ellison and Ben (Jamie) Ellison; 4 grandchildren, Trenton, Caroline, Caylee and Caydence.

Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will begin at 2pm, Friday, March 24, 2017 at Chumuckla Community United Methodist Church with service following at 3pm with Pastor Tom Sharon officiating. Burial will be held at Elizabeth Chapel Community Church.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 23, 2017
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