The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

William Abner Bishop died at the home of his son, D W Bishop in Miami on Friday Feb 20 after two weeks illness. The deceased was 78 yrs was first married to Miss _____, to this union was born 3 sons & 3 daughters, 3 of these and the wife preceding Mr Bishop in death by many years.  He later married Mrs Modie Tharpe to which union were born 2 sons.  Born and reared in Holmes Co., he was associated with his brother J F Bishop in the saw mill business, until  his brothers’ death.  The body arrived here from Miami Friday. and survived by 2 daughters, Mrs C L (Laurton) Neel & Mrs C D (Melinda) Thomason, 3 sons D Webb, J C & John D Bishop; one brother G M Bishop. Services were At Otter Creek Church Friday Feb 22 with interment followed in church cemetery.

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The DeFuniak Herald – December 30, 1965 Obituaries

Mr Robert E Bishop age 50, of Destin, Fla died Monday in Montgomery, Ala. Born in Fairmont, Minn, he moved to Destin in 1958. Services on Wednesday Dec 29th and burial followed in Santa Rosa Cemetery with graveside military services. Survivors: his wife, Mrs Juanita Bishop, 2 sons Donnie Ray & Robert  Danny Bishop, father Mr Edward E Bishop, 2 bros, Donald & Vernon Bishop.

Train Wrecked, car hits cargo, Mrs Edna Louise Brown 42, of Dorcas was killed.

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The DeFuniak Herald – May 6, 1965 Obituaries

Mrs Frances Pricilla Wheeler, aged 96, of Freeport died Wednesday [April 28, 1965] in local hospital. She was native of Coffee Co, Ala and had resided in Freeport since 1960. Services held Saturday from Black Creek Methodist church with interment followed in church cemetery. Survivors are one son, J W Wheeler, 4 daus Mrs Cora Lee Bishop, Mrs Jane Simmons, Mrs Mary Frances Richards, and Mrs Lizzie Simmons, 9 gr ch and 13 gr gr. [See full obituary at]

James Saul Melvin, aged 62 yrs, died Saturday [May 1, 1965], a native of Ponce de Leon but resided in Freeport since 1904. Services Tuesday [May 4, 1965] with interment in Hatcher Cemetery. He is survived by his widow, Mrs Bessie Melvin, 3 son, Ned, Fred and Grady Melvin; one dau Mrs Bill Caswell; 2 bros, H P and Warren Melvin, 3 sis Mrs Maude Morris, Mrs Annie Blankenship and Mrs Minnie Gay; 4 gr and 1 gr gr. [See full obituary at]

Mrs Minnie Bell Alberson, aged 72, of Gaskin died Sunday [May 2, 1965] in a Geneva Co hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Walton Co. Services were Wednesday [May 5, 1965] with interment in Gaskin cemetery. Survivors include 2 sons, Vernon and Hughey Alberson, 3 daus Mrs Pearlie Mae Henderson, Mrs Gladys Adams and Mrs Estelle Simpler; 2 bros B D and L G Alford; 4 sis Mrs Mattie Warren, Mrs Donnie Duke, Mrs Kate Dean and Mrs Rose Duke; 14 gr and 10 gr gr. [See full obituary at]

Mr Verbon Richard Owen, aged 45, died Friday [April 30, 1965] at his home. He was a native of Oneonta, Al and resided in DeFuniak since 1954. Services held Sunday [May 2, 1965] at Oneonta, Al with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery there.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs Jean Owen, and son Michael Owen, 3 dau Valerie, Shannon and Jeffire Ann Owen; 3 bros, W E, Lloyd J and Hilton; 2 sis Mrs Grace Maddox and Mrs Paul Hule and his father B J Owen of Oneonta, Ala. [See]

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The DeFuniak Herald – November 24, 1960 Obituary

Mrs Dora M Hart 60, died Thursday Nov 17 in Orland hospital. Mrs Hart was a native of Holmes Co. Services were held Saturday Nov 19 from Northside Baptist church with burial in New Ponce de Leon cemetery. Survivors include her husband, John H Hart, 7 daughters, Mrs G W Redmon, Mrs G E Barley, Mrs S G Barnard, Mrs P R Hanson, Mrs R E Ramer, Mrs S G Gilmore, and Mrs R R Kelly; 5 sons, Glenn and N Bishop; Hilton, W H, and R F Hart, one brother Floyd Whitton, and a sister, Mrs Abbie Stanley, 23 grandchildren and 4 gr grands.

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The DeFuniak Herald – August 17, 1950 Obituary

Mrs Susana Bishop, aged 71, died in a Pensacola hospital, Friday Aug 11, following an illness of about 5 days. Mrs Bishop was a former resident of DeFuniak, having lived here a number of years, and later moving to Crestview. Services were held Sunday Aug 13, the interment being held at the Sandy Creek cemetery. Survivors are 3 sons, Curtis, Caro, Morris; and daughter Mrs Stell Glover, as well a number of grand-children.

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The Defuniak Herald – December 4, 1947 Obituaries & Birth notices

A former DeFuniak woman, the former Ethel Clark of this county, her husband and 3 month old son died at their home in Pensacola Wednesday of last week as a result of gas fumes emanating from the basement. Funeral services for Mr and Mrs Otis Dan Baggett and their son, Harry Otis, were held at Euchee Valley church with interment in Euchee Valley Cemetery. Mr Baggett is survived by brother Claude C, 3 sisters, Mrs Pearl White, Mrs Nell Ree White and Mrs Nanny Clark. Mrs Baggett 21 is survived by Her parents Mr and Mrs H L Clark, 6 sisters, Ms Virginia Howell, Mrs Stella Bishop, Mrs Julia Hussey and Misses Bobbie, Joan and Alice Clark, 3 brothers Heuer, James and William Clark. The couple had been married abt a year and half, and were so happy when son was born in July.

Mrs Mary Spears Bishop, 87 died last Wednesday at the home of a niece, Mrs Perry Lee Spears, near Darlington. Services were held Thursday at Leonia cemetery where interment followed. Survivors include one son, B O Bishop, sister Mrs Sarah Ann Clark and 2 nephews J D Clark and Perry Lee Spears.

Births at the Lakeside Clinic:
Mr and Mrs J C Bellflower, girl, Nov 26 3 lbs 4 oz
Mr and Mrs Have Barton, boy, Nov 29, 9-1/4 lbs

John C McSween 86, died at home Friday morning. Services were held Saturday, interment at Magnolia. Survivors include widow, Mrs Grace McSween, 2 sons Dr J C and Marry McSween; 3 daughters Mrs F B Calloway, Mrs Kate Smith and Mrs T G Nesbitt.

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The Breeze – March 21, 1912 – Obituaries


Mrs. Frank Buchanan passed away in Florala while on her way here from her home in Geneva. Her pregnancy was the reason for her death. She is buried in the village cemetery with her baby.

Mrs Catherine Bishop, the wife of James M Bishop of Argyle, born to M/M Wm. She was born on 15 December 1846. Married 26 March 1869; mother of 5. [Long obituary.]

[Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler]