The DeFuniak Herald – September 1944 – Obituaries

1944 Sep 7:  Rev. John D Alford 82, passed away at his home Sunday night Aug 27 1944 in the Cluster

Springs community.  He was born in Coffee County, AL, January 1, 1862.  In 1880 he was

married to Miss Bama Preacher and to this union was born 13 children, 8 boys and 5 girls,

of which 5 of them preceded him in death and his wife also passed away in the year 1919.

He was a minister of the Primitive Baptist church for 35 yrs. During this time he baptized

over 1,000 members, conducted 300 funerals, and united in marriage 400 couples.  In the

year 1921, he was again married to Miss Alice Lindsey. To this union there were born 5

children, 4 boys and a girl all of whom are living.  Those who are left to mourn his passing

are his wife, Mrs Alice Alford, Pvt Wiley J Alford, somewhere in France, Jesse D Alford,

Dorris Alford, J C Alford, Maxwell Alford.  The older children are Luther, Art, Tom, Jerry,

Howell, & Henry Alford, Mrs Clayton Moore, Mrs Mattie Robinson. Services were Tuesday

evening Aug 29.  Interment was at Cluster Springs Cemetery.


1944 Sep 21:  Charles A Plante died suddenly at his home in Santa Rosa, Fl Sunday Sep 10. He

was born at Stanbridge P Q in 1864; less than a year ago he came to Fla from Worcester,

Mass.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs Wilfa G Plante,  sister Marie Louise Plante and

Several nieces and nephews. Burial was in Danville, Vt.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – August 1944 – Obituaries

1944 Aug 17– Funeral services for Gehune Berry Mixon, 43, of DeFuniak Springs who was fatally

injured in a fall from a water tank under construction at Barin will be held Tuesday at

Pine Level, Al church, interment follows at Pine Level Cemetery. Survivors are wife,

Mrs Mamie Mixon, children Elvin & Irene, mother Mrs Eva Barnes, 4 brothers, Sam,

Willie, Winford & Moricia Mixon; 3 half brothers J T, Winner & Robert Barnes, 2

Sisters Anna & Lizzy Mixon.   (from Pensacola Journal)


James Cosson, 51, his 2 children James Cosson, Jr, 14; Winnie Cosson 12, Alfred Cosson 45,

(brother to James, were all killed when sticks of bombs fall near home of James, as Eglin bomber

misses target.  Injured were Mrs Alfred Cosson, 45; Mrs James Cosson 48; 3 sons of  Mr & Mrs

James Cosson, Idee 13, Frank 10, & Thomas 4, injuries to the younger boy were not

serious.  Tragedy was Friday evening while the two brothers and their families were visiting.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Plesant Ridge Church, interment followed in cemetery.

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1944 Aug 31– PFC Roy E Brannon killed in action. A dispatch from Washington as of date of Aug  29

lists among soldiers lost, the name of Pfc Roy E Brannon of Rt 1 DeFuniak as ”killed in action

in Mediterranean area”


Mrs Edna Beardsley Hicks has received word that Chief Warrant Officer Theron G Hicks

has been killed in action. He leaves widow, son Jerry and his mother.


William D. ‘Billy’ Anderson 19, listed as missing in action as of June 6, Normandy invasion,

has now been listed as POW in Germany.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson