The DeFuniak Herald – November 1944 – Obituaries & births

1944 Nov 16:   Jesse Melvin Childers, the young son of Mr & Mrs J A Childers died at the family home

Tuesday night Nov 7 after a brief illness of diphtheria. Services were Wednesday after-

Noon at the home.  The little daughter of the family is also quite ill with same disease.


Mr  Maynard M Bannister died unexpected Monday morning at his home.   The Bannister

Family came here from Florala, Ala many years ago.  Services were held at family home, with

interment at Magnolia.  Surviving family include the widow and 2 daughters Mrs Lura

White and Miss Thelma  Bannister, son Ray M Bannister and 2 gr sons Maynard & Fred

White, and the little son of Mr & Mrs Ray Bannister; sisters Mrs E M Lee, and Mrs O L



Mrs Sherman Hutto was found dead last Monday with her head in a small spring of water,

near her home.  Mrs Hutto was a victim of epilepsy and it is presumed she had an attack

and fell into the spring.


Lakeside Clinic

  •             T/Sgt & Mrs H W Alford, son Nov 8
  •             Mr & Mrs Willie Drake, girl Nov 13


1944 Nov 23:   P W Smith, died at his home on the Freeport road early Monday morning. Services were

held at the home Tuesday, interment in Magnolia Cemetery.   Percy W Smith was born in

Booneville, Mo on Mar 21 1869.  He spent his boyhood day in Lamar Mo, going from there

to Tyndall, S D from which place he moved to Walton Co arriving here on Thanksgiving day

in 1901.  Survivors include widow, 3 sons Lewis T, Hugh P & Kenneth R Smith; 2 daughters

Mrs Anna Hollingsworth and Mrs Maxwell Master; one sister, Mrs W P Finks of Mo.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – May 1944 – Obituaries and Announcements

May 18, 1944

Mrs M S Pender died Thursday night [May 11, 1944] at the home of her daughter Mrs Charles King. A brief service was held Saturday [May 13, 1944] following which the body was taken to Greenwood the home of the deceased for burial.  Mrs Pender who was 80 was a native of Georgia. Survivors are 5 daughters, Mrs Charles King, Mrs Harry McCaskill, Mrs L E Johnson, Mrs I D Burkett and Mrs L H Vivian.

Births at Lakeside Clinic:

Cpl & Mrs Douglas Farrior, son, May 9

Mr & Mrs Oscar Harrison, son, May 14

Missing in Action Announcement, Prisoner of War, World War II Era:

Mrs Susan Beckham received a message from war department Tuesday [May 16, 1944] to the effect that her son, Major Walter Carl Beckham who had been listed as missing in action since February 22 of this year was a prisoner of war in Germany.  [Several long articles and pictures]

May 25, 1944 

M T W Cawthon,  known as ”Uncle Buddie” died Monday night [May 22, 1944] at his home. Services were held Wednesday morning [May 24, 1944] with interment in Magnolia cemetery.  He is survived by widow, 3 sons, 3 daughters, 6 brothers and 2 sister.  Sons are Randall, Leslie & Lloyd, daughters are Mrs Pauline Annis, Mrs Ruby McCarthy & Mrs Gypsy Newberry; brothers are W L, Burruss, Frank, T Hope, Harley & Walter, Sister, Mrs Mary Lou Turner, another brother S A died several years ago. [See]

Engagement to Be Married: Cpl Joe E Peters, US Army engaged to Betty, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs F C Jackson of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England was announced [Tuesday] Apr 4.

[Summarized by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

The DeFuniak Herald – January 1944 – Obituaries + birth announcements; wedding

1944 Jan 13  Howell Jones, abt 70 yrs of age and former resident of Defuniak died at his Memphis

Tenn home Saturday.  While Mr Howell’s death was not expected, his health has been poor.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs Howell Jones, and 3 daughters Mrs V N Davis,  Mrs. A J

            Frazer and Mrs J E McCaskill.  Mr Jones’ father, the late A P Jones was a merchant in

this place.


Mrs Christian Stubbs passed away at her home at Rock Hill Sunday morning Jan 9th,

and was buried in Euchee Valley cemetery Tuesday afternoon.  She was a native of

Walton Co, survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs Blanche Smith & Mrs Mary Lou

Torrence, and several grandchildren.


John Duncan Anderson of Walton Co passed away at his home in Eucheanne Sunday

night, Jan 9th after an illness of 2 yrs.  Mr Anderson was 63 yrs and live an entire life-

time in this county.  Services conducted at the home Monday and interment was made

in the Valley Cemetery.  Survivors include widow and foster son Emory Campbell

who is in the Army stationed at Eglin Field.


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Miss Anna Knepper, d/o Mr & Mrs P O Knepper to Lt Elvin Mason Gurnea USNR

at Seymour Johnson Field, NC.   The groom is native of Goldsboro, NC


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Miss Audrey Miller, d/o Mr & Mrs Bragg Miller of Florala, to Mr Gerald W Pittman,

Of Ft Pierce on Dec 30th 1943 in DeFuniak.


Mrs J H Hinote died at her home Saturday, Jan 8th.  Before her marriage to Mr Hinote,

July 2nd 1896 she was Miss Ida Leona Meigs. Born in Walton Co nor far from Mossy Head,

She lived her entire life within 10 miles of birthplace.  She was the mother of 11 children,

5 boys & 6 girls. They all survive her but one daughter, Mrs Ruby Laird who passed away

8 yrs ago.  Survivors are Mrs Gladys Shelley, Mrs Maggie Chesser, Mr Loyd Hinote,  Sgt.

Curtis Hinote, Johnnie Claude, Newton Hinote, Mrs Mae Adams, Mrs Annie Richardson,

& Mrs Nora Boothe, 24 gr children, & 3 gr grands.  Interment was at Crowder Cemetery.


Mrs Ada Lindsey, wife of  A L Lindsey, died Tuesday morning at her home.  The deceased

was 57 yrs and a native of Walton Co.  Services were Wednesday and interment was made

at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.





Mr & Mrs Charles McLane, daughter Frances Jean, at Eglin Hospital, Jan 7th.

Mr & Mrs J F Adams of Liberty, a son Jan 5th.

Mr & Mrs N F Holley of Darlington, a son Jan 6th

Mr &  Mrs L D Peterson of Pensacola, a son Jan 7th

Mr & Mrs  Hutch Padgett of Ponce de Leon, a son Jan 9th

Mr & Mrs Buford Swander of Defuniak a daughter, Jan 11th

Mr & Mrs Alcus Reddick of Niceville, a son, Jan 11 1944


1944 Jan 20 Mrs Cynthia Padgett, age 82 passed away at her home in Gaskin, Friday Dec 14 from

heart attack.  The deceased had lived in that community since 1902, coming from

Covington Co, Ala.  She was married twice and is survived by 3 sons, Lloyd Mosely,

C Rex  Padgett,  and  R Q Padgett.   She was the mother of 7 sons, four of whom preceed-

ed her in death.  Services were held Saturday at Gaskin Baptist Church and interment

was made in church cemetery.


Mrs Dallas Miller age 22, was so badly injured from burns, sustained in a wreck, that

she died at Lakeside Clinic Monday.   In trying to avoid a hog in road, her truck over-

turned and caught fire, Mr W A Burkett went to her assistance.   She was severely

burned all over her body, blankets were wrapped around her and Mr Burkett and

Woodrow Holley brought her to the clinic in Mr Holley’s car.  Services were held

on Wednesday at the Cluster Springs church, burial in church cemetery.


Mrs Celia Gainey died at her home Monday morning Jan 18 at age of 82 yrs.

She had lived in Walton Co 75 yrs.  Services held on Wednesday , interment at

Magnolia Cemetery.





Born at Lakeside Clinic–

Mr & Mrs Ruby Thompson, Santa Rosa,  son Jan 14

Mr & Mrs Leon McDuffie, Red Bay, girl Jan 17

Pvt & Mrs Forrest Fiers, DeFuniak, son Jan 17

Mr & Mrs Wesley Brown, Portland, girl Jan 18

Mr & Mrs Albert Collingsworth, DeFuniak, son Jan 18


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson