The DeFuniak Herald – December 1944 – Obituaries

1944 Dec 21:  Mr Ed Lofton formerly of Ozark, Ala passed away at home of brother T I Loftin, Monday

Dec 18.  Services were Tuesday and interment made in Magnolia.


T M Pilcher died following an appendectomy at Panama City Sunday. A Widow and three

sons survive, Pvt Carson Pilcher & Lt Morris Pilcher and Tech Sgt Ray Pilcher. Services

were held in Panama City on Tuesday.


Mrs Norman Gillis (Nannie McSween) services were held Saturday at Euchee Valley Church.

Sudden death of Mrs Gillis occurred  on December 13 at age of 86. Survivors include one

daughter Miss Kate Gillis, sons, W C & A M Gillis; sister Mrs Ed Crawford and brother

J C McSween Sr.  Interment was made in Valley cemetery.


Mr Henry Claud Miller died Thursday after days of illness. Services were held Friday with

Interment in Magnolia. Survivors include a widow, one sister and two brothers.


Charles Arthur Casey, infant son of Mr & Mrs T C Casey passed away at home Sunday

Dec 10 near Gaskin, Fl. Services were held Monday with interment at Pentecostal Cemetery.


Clayburn L Truett who received fatal injuries when a bus struck him and ran into the station on

Nov 28 in Columbus, Ga.  Services were held on Dec 1 1944, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery,

in Macon, Ga.  He was born in Gaskin, Fl and made his home in Macon for two years.  Sur-

viving are his wife, the former Vivian Coleman, a daughter Ouilla Truett, his parents Mr & Mrs

John C Truett of Gaskin, 2 sisters Miss Adell Truett and Mrs Horace Tillis, 2 brothers, Sherman

G Truett and Vertice Truett.


Ralph Frank Taylor, 36, died in Pensacola Hospital Wednesday.  He came here from Tnn.

Services were conducted at Red Bay Friday.  He was survived by his wife Mrs Mary Alyce

Rigdon Taylor, a brother Clyde Taylor, sister Beatrice Bennett.


1944 Dec 28:   PFC Thomas Jimmerson, killed in action.  Mrs Josephine Jimmerson has been notified

by the war department that her son Thomas A Jimmerson was killed in action in France on

Dec 12. Soldier Jimmerson, 25, lived near Glendale and was inducted in Army June 16 1942

At Camp Blanding.  His mother now lives in Florala, Ala.


Lt Herbert W Bohannon of Jacksonville Fla has been reported missing in action since Oct 21,

in France.  He is brother to L L Bohannon of this city.  His wife and mother reside in



Henry L Griggs died suddenly from heart attack at Saufley Field near Pensacola where he

was a civilian employee on Thursday Dec 21.  His wife formerly Miss Orene Gillis of this

city is a teacher at Pensacola High School. Services on Saturday  with burial in Euchee

Valley Cemetery. The American Legion provided a military escort and military honors

at the grave as the deceased was  a captain in the Army in WWI.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson