The DeFuniak Herald – March 10, 1960 Obituaries, Birth notices, & a Wedding announcement

Mrs T P Andrews 77 died Wednesday Mar 2, she was a native of Holmes Co and resided in DeFuniak for past 37 years.  Services were held Friday. Survived by one daughter Mrs Boggan Wright; 4 sons, Leo, Glenn, Hubert & Gay; one sister Mrs Dempse Merrell; 18 grandchildren & 7 gr grands.

Mack Goddin – Graveside services were held Friday Mar 4 in Mt Zion Cemetery near Ponce de Leon, for Mack Goddin who died on Wednesday at home of his daughter, Mrs Mallie Goddin. He was a native of Holmes Co.

Miss Gussie Hamilton died Wednesday [March 2, 1960] at local hospital. Services were held Saturday with interment in Magnolia.  She was a native and lifelong resident.

Mrs Sarah Dawkins Wesley (see Mar 3 1960) 64, widow of the late Rev Herman P Wesley died Sunday in a Flomaton hospital.  Services were held Monday, graveside services at Magnolia. Survivors are 2 sons James R & John F; sister Mrs W E Crown and 6 granchildren.

Daniel Pressley Lindsey 82, died Sunday Mar 6, in home of a son Morris Lindsey.  A native of Butler Co, Ala he has lived in Walton for past 60 yrs.  Services held Tuesday  with interment in Cluster Springs Cemetery. Survived by 2 sons, Morris & Rev Gosper Lindsey, 2 brothers, Rev E C & B O Lindsey; one sister Mrs Alice Alford.

Mrs Ada Anna Huggins 84, died Saturday Mar 5, services were held Monday with burial in Otter Creek cemetery.  Survived by on sister, Mrs Emma Andrews, 4 step-sons, ClarenceClaude, Curtis & Marcus Huggins; 2 step daughters, Mrs Monett Arrants & Mrs John Singletary.

Births at the Walton Hospital

  •             Mr & Mrs Doyce G Burgess, daughter –  Donna Jean, Feb 5
  •             Mr & Mrs James M Cooper Sr, son – Charles William, Feb 9
  •             Mr & Mrs Franklin J Gill, son – William Franklin, Feb 21

Wedding Announcement

Cpl Jerome Holley, s/o Mr & Mrs W A Holley, & Miss Maybell Carter, d/o Mrs Ada Carter; were married in Geneva, Ala on Saturday Feb 27.

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The DeFuniak Herald – January 1946 – Obituaries & weddings

1946  Jan 3:  Thomas R Kirkland, 55, died at the family home in East DeFuniak Saturday afternoon,

Dec 29 1945 from a bullet wound thought to be self inflicted.  Mr Kirkland was a veteran of

of WWI. Survivors are Mrs Kirkland 2 daughters, Mrs Bobbie Jean Burgess, wife of Sgt.

Adga Burgess were on honeymoon in New York; and MissBetty Kirkland; 2 sons,

John & Dave Kirkland. Services were held Monday with interment at Magnolia cemetery.


Olive Jenks Murphy 86, widow of Marion A Murphy died Dec 28.  Mrs Murphy was born

in Terre Haute, Ind, Sep 2 1859. Her father was Daniel Jenks, born in New York State and

her mother was Margaret Braden born in Virginia.  Her father died, leaving mother to sup-

port 2 small children. Later her mother married Alfred Thomas, of Kentucky.  Marion  & Olive

were married in 1879, moved to St Louis, Mo til coming to DeFuniak some 40 yrs ago.

Marion died in 1920. Olive is survived by Mrs Edith Bundy, Mrs F W Huf and son Francis

Marion Murphy, 5 grandsons, 5 gr daughters and 18 gr grands. Services were held Sunday

With interment in Magnolia.  (article names all grand- children)


Mrs W A Underwood passed away at her home on Dec 13 1945. She was born in Dale Co, Ala.

She was Miss Minnie Lee Kennedy before her marriage to William Anderson Underwood in

1887. In 1900 they moved from Dothan to Glendale where they lived for more than 35 yrs.

Survivors are her husband, 3 sons, J L, B G & Burl Underwood; 4 daughters Mrs J H Laird,

Mrs Larry Stein, Mrs A W Dannelley and Mrs Jack Bodiford.


Miss Mary Butler Kennedy d/o Mr & Mrs J J Kennday & Lt Thomas Joseph Smart s/o

Mrs Ellon Wales Smart and the late Mr Smart of Cincinnati, Oh married on Jan 12 1946.



1946 Jan 10:  Mrs Charlotte Adeline Cawthon, widow of the late John Cawthon whose death

occurred Tuesday at the Pensacola Hospital will be held Thursday at Steele church.

Survivors are 2 sons, Dudley & Dawson Cawthon, daughter, Mrs Lois Hetherington,

Brother Tom Steele, 2 sisters Mrs W A Woodham of DeFuniak, and Mrs A W Woodham

of Andalusia.


E R McKee 71, the South’s first forest ranger died in Pensacola today of heart ailment.

In 1909 McKee was assigned to Choctawhatchee National Forest and he retired after

22 yrs of service as a ranger in 1934, because of disabilities suffered while fighting

forest fires.


Mrs J Z Mayo died at her home in Ponce de Leon on Saturday Jan 5.  Services were

Held Monday from the Baptist Church in Ponce de Leon.  Surviving are her husband,

J Z Mayo, 3 sons, Curtis M, Dewey, & Broward; 7 daughters, Mrs Annie Lou Hardwick,

Mrs Ola M Evans, Mrs Mary Lee Sockett, Lillie Mae Mayo, Mrs Gladys M Cook, Mrs

Lynette West, Mrs Winifred Smith; one brother Mr John Sutton, 3 sisters, Mrs Nancy

Padgett, Mrs Lou Matthews & Mrs Sarah Ward, 14 grandchildren & 1 gr grand.


Mr G D King 70, died from pneumonia Jan 4 in the Highland Baptist hospital in

Birmingham, Ala. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Willie Maud King, 3 sons, Hercules,

David and Gilbert King; 8 daughters, Mrs Jack Griffin, Mrs J M McNabb, Mrs T A

Gordy, Jr, Mrs C B Clark, Mrs W C Morris, Mrs J P Tart, W A V E June King, Cadet

Nurse Joan King.  Also 3 step children Eulon Howell, Mrs Herman Roney, Mr Leroy

Howell.   Services were held Sunday at the home, interment at Perry Grove Cem, near



Mrs Mary Jane Bryan, widow of the late John A Bryan, died at her home Friday Jan 4.

Born near Dothan Ala in 1878 she lived in DeFuniak for past 18 yrs, she was 67 yrs.

Funeral held from home Monday  with burial in Steele Cemetery.  Survivors son Jesse

Franklin Turberville, 3 daughters, Mrs Claudie Lolly, Sella Pullum and Miss Ester

Turberville; 5 brothers and 5 sisters.


John Edward Bowers, a lifelong resident of Walton Co died at his home on Alaqua,

Friday, Jan 4.  Mr Bowers was 75 yrs of age.  Services were held at Steele church on

Sunday, and interment was made in the church yard cemetery.   Survivors include 2

Sons, Charles E  and Lt James C Bowers; a daughter Mrs Hardy B Crawford, and

7 grand children.


1946 Jan 17:   Grady Theron Davis T M II declared dead.  Mr & Mrs B M Davis received notice

from Secretary of the Navy that their son is presumed dead. He was a torpedo-man

aboard the submarine “Pickerel” that failed to return from patrol in the West Pacific

in August 1945. (picture)


Edward D Brownell died at home of John A Gillis, Ponce de Leon Sunday.  He was

a native of Holmes Co and was 87 yrs old. Funeral Monday from Camp Ground Church

with interment following at Camp Ground Cemetery.


Eugene W Faircloth died at home Thursday Jan 10. He was a native of Georgia and had

lived here all most all his life. He was 50 yrs old and veteran of WWI. Services held on

Sunday from residence of Mrs Gertrude Lodge Cooper, interment at Magnolia with

Military honors.


Joe Arrington, son of Mr & Mrs Bob Arrington was killed near Jacksonville on Tuesday

having been struck by a pile driving machine. He is survived by a widow and son Joe, Jr.

his parents and one sister, Mrs Alyne (Kenneth) Smith. The body will be brought here.

Services will be held Sunday, with interment in Magnolia.


Mrs Eva Raley died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Lulu Evans on Monday Jan 14. She

was born in Alabama in 1855, she was 90 yrs and had lived in DeFuniak for 45 yrs. Mrs

Raley is survived by one son, Mr Angle, 2 daughters Lulu Evans & Mrs Gainey.  Services

were held Tuesday at the Baptist Church, with interment at Magnolia.


Wm Lee Cawthon, died Wednesday. Born March 2 1864 near Paxton, the son of late

Mr & Mrs Murray & Mary Cawthon.  He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lucy Ellis,

by several years and by his youngest son Landrum Cawthon who died abt 4 yrs ago.

Survivors include 2 sons, Howard & Dr Wm  Davis Cawthon, 2 gr children Sarah Catharine

& Landrum Cawthon Jr; one Sister Mrs Mary Lou Turner and 4 brothers, Buruss, Dr Frank I,

T Hope, and Walter Cawthon. Funeral services are Thursday (Today) at the Presbyterian church.


Mrs Elsie Brannon Newman died at her home Wednesday with the funeral services this

morning, Thursday at Baptist church at Ponce de Leon.


William Lincoln Mathews died Wednesday Dec 19, 1945.  He was born in Storington

County, Ontario, Canada on Apr 9 1865 was was united in marriage to Eva Charolet

Robinson on Sep 14 1887.  This was a pioneer family in Western Canada, then the

family moved to Florida in 1910 being residents of Walton ever since.  He leaves

one son, G F Mathews and wife, 5 gr children, and one daughter Ruby who stayed with

him in the home.


FAMILY REUNION ANNOUNCEMENT – 1946 Jan 24:    Harrison family reunion. The 13 children of Mr & Mrs Sam Harrison gathered at

the family home near Darlington on Sunday. The 11 sons and 2 daughters with their

families enjoyed dinner. Mr & Mrs Harrison are each 67 yrs old.


WEDDING:   Miss Edna Shuler d/o Mr & Mrs Gary Shuler became the bride of MSgt Thomas Franklin

Nelson Jr s/o Mr & Mrs T F Nelson of Culpepper, Va on Tuesday at the chapel of the

Orlando Army Air Base.


1946 Jan 31:   Robert E L McCaskill Tuesday Jan 29 at the age of 74 yrs, his birth date being

June 4 1871.  The eldest of the children of J J & Sarah Elizabeth McCaskill he was born

near Euchee Valley church.  Mr McCaskill was married to Miss Florence Griffin on

September 18 1895 at Methodist Church in DeFuniak.  Mrs McCaskill and 3 daughters

Survive. The only son Harold died from injuries received in auto accident some 3 yrs

ago.  The daughters are Mrs Margaret Paulson, Mrs Angeline Levy, and Miss Evelyn

McCaskill. Three grandaughters Charlene Levy, Adelaide & Susanne McCaskill and

a daughter in law, Mrs Harold McCaskill, sisters Mrs D W Burke, Mrs W O Campbell

and Mrs W I Stinson and brother J J McCaskill. Services were held Wednesday with

interment in Magnolia.


Alton Hurley, s/o Mr & Mrs Walter Hurley was fatally burned on Friday, Jan 25, when

his nightgown ignited from heater and lived until Saturday.  Services were Sunday at the

home and interment was made in Magnolia.


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENT:      R L Sikes, 3rd District Representative proposed an bill for further reparation to the families

who were so sorely bereft when a saturation bomb was accidentally dropped during a night

bombing operation at Eglin Field on Aug 11, 1944. The families were awarded $29,000.

with Sikes’ bill an additional payment would be $3,000 to estate of James M Cosson; $3,000

to estate of Winnie Cosson, $3,000 to estate of James M Cosson Jr, all deceased, $2,500 to

Mrs James Cosson; $2,000 to guardian of Thomas Cosson, $3,000 to the guardian of Franklin

D Cosson, $4,000 to Mrs Pearl Cosson, $4,000 to the guardian of I D Cosson.


John A Van Deman of Benzonia, Michigan, a former resident of this place was received

this week.  Mr Van Deman and his 2 sisters, Misses Alyce & Harriett spent several

winters here, the sisters preceded their brother in death, no relatives known as none

of the trio had ever been married.


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The DeFuniak Herald – July 13, 1944 – Obituaries, marriages, & births

1944 July 13–  Miss Mary Carolyn Walden, d/o Mrs Rubye Holland Walden and the late Thalmer Marion Walden married  Sgt Charles King, Jr mar Jul 11 1944.  (picture & long article)


Paul McDaniel, son of Mrs & Mrs John McDaniel died of a ruptured appendix at Florala hospital. A Card of thanks noted.


Odelle Danley d/o Mr & Mrs M D Danley married James Elton Kennedy July 8, 1944.


Lakeside Clinic

  •             Mr & Mrs Ralph Rushing, girl Jul 5
  •             Lt & Mrs A N Dawson, girl Jul 5
  •             Mr & Mrs Floyd Kemp, son Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs J D Lane, girl Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs Walter Eyestone, son Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs Victor Hall, son Jul 6
  •             Sgt & Mrs J L Matthews son, Jul 8
  •             Mr & Mrs Athern Hart, girl Jul 9
  •             Mr & Mrs Andrew Bryant, son Jul 8
  •             Sgt & Mrs Raymond Dilley, son Jul 10
  •             Mr & Mrs H N Infinger, son Jul 12


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The DeFuniak Herald – February 9, 1911

An approaching wedding of more than usual interest to DeFuniak people is that of Miss Gussie McCaskill to Mr Olin Campbell, will be solominized at the Presbyterian church on the evening of Wednesday Feb 15. The bride is the daughter of Mr and Mrs John J. McCaskill and the groom is the son of Hon and Mrs Daniel Campbell.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 1944 – Obituaries + wedding announcement

1944 Feb 24  Lt Ewart T Sconiers dies in German Prison Camp. Born near Alaqua some 26 yrs ago to

Mr Warren & Maude Sconiers.   (no arrangements announced – Long article & picture)


1944 Feb 27 Mrs Mildred Plew Meigs 53, author of many children’s poems died Tuesday at her

Valpariso home. Services were held Wednesday at the home.  Mrs Meigs was the daughter

of the late James E Plew, she was born in Chicago and moved to Valpariso in 1923.  Sur-

vivors include her husband, Clifford; her mother Mrs James Plew and sister Mrs C W Ruckel.


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Mrs Mary Douglass of Freeport announces the marriage of her brother J L Rice  80 yrs to

Mrs Christian Davis 70 yrs.


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The DeFuniak Herald – May 1943 – Obituaries and Wedding Announcement

May 13, 1943

The death of Mrs Mary Campbell McKinnon occurred Friday May 7 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Judge Daniel L Campbell and sister of the late Judge A G Campbell and is survived by two sisters Mrs C B McKinnon and Miss Emma Campbell, brother W O Campbell. Services at the Presbyterian church and interment at the family plot in Euchee Valley cemetery. [See]

Mrs J N McLeod a former resident of Point Washington passed away at Vero Beach, Fla on May 7th. Services were held in the First Methodist church in Point Washington on Monday. Interment was at Pt Washington cemetery.

May 27, 1943

Wedding Announcement: Mrs Cornelia (Adkinson) Spence daughter of Mr & Mrs M M Adkinson was married to Hal George Crawford of Mobile, Al on Sunday May 23 in Pensacola, Fla.  Mr Crawford is son of the late Mr & Mrs Hardy Crawford of Freeport and is employed at the Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co in Mobile, where they will live.

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The DeFuniak Herald – September 1921 – Misc. announcements

1921 Sep 1– J R Turner of Ealum 70 yrs and one week old, born & raised in Walton Co, died Saturday. The body was laid to rest in Cluster Springs cemetery Monday.  He leaves a wife, 6 girls and one boy to mourn his loss.


The 10 yr son of Mr & Mrs Jasper brown of Ealum, died at his home Saturday (August 26, 1921) and was buried at Cluster Springs Cemetery on Sunday.  Death came after short illness of meningitis.



1921 Sep 8– Daniel Hardee, 13 yr son of Thomas Hardee, lost his life while trying to help his playmate, Dallas Scott, who had become entangled in shaft of mill. Accident happened last Friday at Scott Mill. He was thrashed to pieces and died from all his injuries on Saturday.  Sadly the boy’s mother died only one month prior. The boy leaves a heart broken father and 3 sisters to mourn his death.  Funeral services were conducted last Sunday in the Methodist Church.

WEDDING: Adam Hardy, 66 yrs of age, married Miss Sallie Smith, 13 yrs of age, last Saturday; the brides’ parents having signed all papers making the marriage legal. They reside in the Valley neighborhood near Knox Hill.


UPDATE: Putnam Ponssell, alias Jim Wingo and J V Martin, alias Jack Morris, were placed on trial in Crestview Tuesday charged with murder of John Tuggle, 5 July.  Ponsell pleaded guilty and made a full confession in court.  He hit Tuggle with iron bar, Martin hit 2 more times.


1921 Sep 15– Ponsel & Martin to Hang Sep 23rd.


Coy Holmes tried for murder of Claude Martin which took place May 22.


The lynching of Ponsell & Martin on Tuesday night last week was narrowly averted. People from Santa Rosa & Washington counties had the matter all planned.


1921 Sep 22– Coy Holmes found guilty with recommendation of mercy of court which means a life sentence.



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The DeFuniak Herald – June 1921 – Obituary & wedding announcements

1921 Jun 23– Card of thanks from Mr & Mrs J M DeShezo concerning the death last week of their son Earl, who died in Moultrie, Ga.




1921 Jun 30– Mr. J H Allen, editor of the Breeze and Miss Mattie Bell were married at home of bride’s parents at Argyle late this afternoon, ceremony performed by Rev D J Currie. The couple’s honeymoon was at New Orleans.

Sheriff Thad Bell & Miss Manila Garrett were married at the home of the bride’s sister in Eucheanna, last Sunday. Judge A R Campbell officiating.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson