The DeFuniak Herald – February 21, 1935 – Obituaries

The death of Mrs M A  Stinson, wife of the late Dr W H Stinson, who died in 1918, occurred Sunday morning at her home on Guava Street following an illness of about 2 weeks. Services were conducted from the home Monday morning at 11:00.  She was Missouri Ann Colquitt and a native of Alabama, having passed her 80th birthday, being born on Aug 5 1854. Dr & Mrs Stinson moved to DeFuniak from Rose Hill abt 35 yrs ago. Survivors are 3 children: W I & Cecil both of this place, and Mrs George Burkhart of St Petersburg, 4 gr children and nieces & nephews.

Hal Richardson died early Tuesday at his home on 12th street of pneumonia. Hal C Richardson was born in Sept 1890 at Darien, Ga., son of Mr & Mrs David Eugene Richardson. When he was eight yrs old his family moved to this place. In April 1922 he was married to Miss Christian Currie, daughter of Dr & Mrs D J Currie, paster of the local Presbyterian church for many years. A World War vet and member of post American Legion. Survivors are his widow, and one son, Hal Jr., one brother J P Richardson of this place and 5 sisters, Mary Richardson also of Defuniak, Mrs Quarterman McCaskill of Marianna; Mrs Reed Walker of Darien, Ga, Mrs Jim Northcutt of Notasulga, Ala and Mrs Robert Oliver of Centenary, S C.  Service on Wednesday and interment in family lot at Magnolia.

Mr Norman Gillis died on Friday, Feb 15, he was called “Uncle Norman” by many.  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday from Valley church, interment was in Magnolia cemetery. Norman Gillis was born 85 yrs ago at the Pensacola Navy Yard, a mere child when his family moved to Knox Hill, abt 1916 he moved to Defuniak.  He was married to Miss Nannie McSween and 4 children survive this union. Survivors are his widow, 2 brothers, Duncan of this place, Daniel of Panama City, a daughter Miss Kate and 3 sons, Alwyn of Orlando, Angus Of Akron, Oh. and Wm Campbell Gillis also of Akron, Oh.

Angus Davis aged abt 50 yrs killed himself shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home at Freeport, by a self-inflicted shotgun wound.  Davis made his home with a brother, William and a sister, Christine. Mr Davis had been in poor health and it was thought that he committed suicide in a fit of despondency over his condition.  Services were held Thursday, interment in the Davis cemetery, an old burial ground NW of Freeport.  He is survived by 3 brothers William, James & Alex Davis, sisters Christine & Mrs Arthur Stanley, niece, Dottie B Stanley.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 28, 1946

Lt. McSween declared dead. Mr & Mrs J C McSween have received work from the war dept. that their son Lt R D McSween who has been missing since July 1943 has been declared officially dead as of Jan 11 of this year. He was a bombardier on a Liberator bomber which departed from Rushmupur, India on a mission to Rangoon, Burma July 2 1943. No trace of the bomber or crew has ever been found.

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The DeFuniak Herald – February 14, 1946

Mrs Bessie Burnham’s funeral rites were held at Marianna on Monday.  Mrs Burnham, 56 was widow of Charles Burnham. Services were held at home of her sister Mrs Paul Long, interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.  Survivors are son Charles F Burnham, a daughter Mrs Darcy Tatum, sisters, Mrs Edna Long, Mrs S W DuPre, and Mrs J C McSween.

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The DeFuniak Herald – April 28, 1960 Obituaries

Mrs Grace Y McSween 73, died Monday Apr 25 in local hospital. She was a native of Baltimore, MD, and had resided in DeFuniak since 1916.  Services held today with burial in Magnolia. Mrs McSween is survived by one son, Harry Y McSween, on step daughter, Mrs Theron Nesbitt, on step son Dr J C McSween; 2 sisters Mrs S W Dupuy and Mrs Edna Y Long and 3 grandchildren.

Ted R Bowers, 54 died Saturday Apr 22 in home of son Leo Bowers of  Ponce de Leon. He was a native of Walton. Survivors include his wife, Mrs Berria Bowers, 2 sons, Ballard E & Leo Bowers, 2 daughters Mrs Clifton Bell & Miss Melva Bowers, 2 brothers Eluid & Gus Bowers, 3 sisters Mrs Abbie Hunt, Mrs Hattie Johnson & Mrs Addie Rushing and 5 grandchildren.  Services were held Monday with burial in New Ponce de Leon cemetery.

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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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