The DeFuniak Herald – August 1, 1946 – Obituary

1946 Aug 1:   Josiah Howell 65, passed away at his home in Pensacola, Friday July 28. Services

were held at Pleasant Ridge church Sunday.  He was a native of Walton, but lived at

Pensacola for 2 yrs, being employed as bridge tender by the State Road Dept.  Interment

was made in the church cemetery.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – July 11, 1946 – Obituary

1946 Jul 11:   Mrs Fannie Wise Gatlin passed away Sunday at Pensacola Hospital. Services were

held Tuesday at Magnolia Cemetery.  Mrs Gatlin visited here on many occasions with

her sister Mrs R E Gatlin and the Obie Gatlin family. She was native of Elba, Ala and

the gr daughter of the late H B Prescott. Survivors included the husband, W I Gatlin,

and a daughter, 3 sisters, 4 brothers, an uncle J C Prescott, an aunt, Mrs Dora Wise.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – March 1946 – Obituaries

1946 Mar 7:  Willis Coady Redmon, 31 yrs a native of Ponce de Leon was killed in auto accident

on Feb 28.Funeral services were held in family home Saturday. Survivors are his mother,  Mrs

Jimmy Redmon and 2 sisters, Lola Redmon & Mrs Lester Hall. Interment made in

Ponce de Leon cemetery on Mar 2.


Curtice A Hodges 74, died March 5 at his Vernon home and was interred in the

Damascus cemetery. Surviving are his widow, 5 sons, and 5 daughters. One son, H C

making his home in Defuniak, 32 gr children & 5 gr grands. Eight grandsons acted

as pallbearers for the funeral service which was held on March 6.



1946 Mar 14:  Mrs Maude Cole Manning, wife of Wendell W Manning died Tuesday in Ponce

de Leon. Funeral services at the Ponce de Leon cemetery Thursday Mar 11 with in-

terment following.  Survivors include the husband, one daughter, Elizabeth Ann, 4

step-children, Wendell Manning Jr USMC, Mrs Lance Jones, Gay P & James W

Manning; 4 sisters Mrs M Austin, Mrs Verlie Harper, Mrs M Deverts, Mrs T V

Powell, 3 brothers Spencer, Paul & Travor Cole.


Thomas Jefferson Adkinson 82, died at his home near Glendale, Saturday.  Born in

Coffee Co, Al he lived in Walton Co for the past 40 years.  The funeral was held from

Gum Creek church with interment following in Gum Creek cemetery.   He is survived

by 2 sons, David H & Oscar S Adkinson, 3 daughters, Mrs Eva Owens, Mrs Lela Jones,

& Mrs Callie A Dobbs, one brother Bully Adkinson and one sister Mrs Leona Nobles.


Mrs Harry McGee, who made her home at the Walton Hotel died a Thomasville, Ga

Hospital February 10, where she had gone for treatment.  The remains were cremated

in Macon, Ga and brought here for a memorial service at St Agatha’s Episcopal Church

on Sunday Mar 3.  The ashes were then shipped to Richmond, Va to the home of Mrs

McGee’s daughter, who with her father survive.


Joseph Johnson Cotton 42 yrs, died Saturday March 2 in his home. A native of Geneva,

Ala, he had lived here about one year. Services were held at Magnolia Chapel, with inter-

ment  in Magnolia. Survivors are wife and several children.


John McLeod 80 yrs. Died at his home near Eucheeana, Wednesday, February 27. He

was a native of Walton and lived in this community for 60 yrs. Services were held at

Valley Church, interment followed in church cemetery.  Survivors are 4 dau, Mrs D

Brannon, Mrs Abbie Tew, Anna & Mary McLeod; 3 sons, Alex, John Angus &

Raymond McLeod, one brother Lee, 2 sisters Mrs Sarah McCollum and Mrs Kate



1946 Mar 21:  Wilbur B Cawthon, veteran of both WWI & WWII, died at Legion, Texas

Veteran’s Hospital Wednesday Mar 13. He served the past 30 yrs in the Army en-

listing when 17 yrs of age. The body was brought here for burial at Pleasant

Ridge Cemetery on Sunday, with full military honors.


Susan Frances Simmons died Saturday March 18, at her home near Bruce at age

of 79 yrs.  Services were held at Black Creek Church Sunday with interment in

Black Creek cemetery.


Mrs Nancy A Nolin, 88, passed away at her home in Darlington Friday, March 22.

Mrs Nolin was a native of Pike Co, Ala but resided in Walton for many years.  She

is survived by several sons & daughters, her survivors include approximately 91,

including children, grchildren & gr grands.  Eight of her grandsons were pallbearers,

included Mayo Nolin, Earl Day, Warsaw Danley, Mike Berry, Tom Weeks, John Singleton,

Buddie Allen & George Nolin.


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The DeFuniak Herald – January 1946 – Obituaries & Weddings

January 3, 1946:

Thomas R Kirkland, 55, died at the family home in East DeFuniak Saturday afternoon, Dec 29 1945 from a bullet wound thought to be self inflicted.  Mr Kirkland was a veteran of of WWI. Survivors are Mrs Kirkland 2 daughters, Mrs Bobbie Jean Burgess, wife of Sgt. Adga Burgess were on honeymoon in New York; and Miss Betty Kirkland; 2 sons, John & Dave Kirkland. Services were held Monday with interment at Magnolia cemetery.

Olive Jenks Murphy 86, widow of Marion A Murphy died Dec 28.  Mrs Murphy was born in Terre Haute, Ind, Sep 2 1859. Her father was Daniel Jenks, born in New York State and her mother was Margaret Braden born in Virginia.  Her father died, leaving mother to support 2 small children. Later her mother married Alfred Thomas, of Kentucky.  Marion  & Olive were married in 1879, moved to St Louis, Mo til coming to DeFuniak some 40 yrs ago. Marion died in 1920. Olive is survived by Mrs Edith Bundy, Mrs F W Huf and son Francis Marion Murphy, 5 grandsons, 5 gr daughters and 18 gr grands. Services were held Sunday With interment in Magnolia.  (Article names all grandchildren.)

Mrs W A Underwood passed away at her home on Dec 13 1945. She was born in Dale Co, Ala. She was Miss Minnie Lee Kennedy before her marriage to William Anderson Underwood in 1887. In 1900 they moved from Dothan to Glendale where they lived for more than 35 yrs. Survivors are her husband, 3 sons, J L, B G & Burl Underwood; 4 daughters Mrs J H Laird, Mrs Larry Stein, Mrs A W Dannelley and Mrs Jack Bodiford.

Miss Mary Butler Kennedy d/o Mr & Mrs J J Kennday & Lt Thomas Joseph Smart s/o Mrs Ellon Wales Smart and the late Mr Smart of Cincinnati, Oh married on Jan 12 1946.

January 10, 1946:

Mrs Charlotte Adeline Cawthon, widow of the late John Cawthon whose death occurred Tuesday at the Pensacola Hospital will be held Thursday at Steele church. Survivors are 2 sons, Dudley & Dawson Cawthon, daughter, Mrs Lois Hetherington, Brother Tom Steele, 2 sisters Mrs W A Woodham of DeFuniak, and Mrs A W Woodham of Andalusia.

E R McKee 71, the South’s first forest ranger died in Pensacola today of heart ailment. In 1909 McKee was assigned to Choctawhatchee National Forest and he retired after 22 yrs of service as a ranger in 1934, because of disabilities suffered while fighting forest fires.

Mrs J Z Mayo died at her home in Ponce de Leon on Saturday Jan 5.  Services were Held Monday from the Baptist Church in Ponce de Leon.  Surviving are her husband, J Z Mayo, 3 sons, Curtis M, Dewey, & Broward; 7 daughters, Mrs Annie Lou Hardwick, Mrs Ola M Evans, Mrs Mary Lee Sockett, Lillie Mae Mayo, Mrs Gladys M Cook, Mrs Lynette West, Mrs Winifred Smith; one brother Mr John Sutton, 3 sisters, Mrs Nancy Padgett, Mrs Lou Matthews & Mrs Sarah Ward, 14 grandchildren & 1 gr grand.

Mr G D King 70, died from pneumonia Jan 4 in the Highland Baptist hospital in Birmingham, Ala. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Willie Maud King, 3 sons, Hercules, David and Gilbert King; 8 daughters, Mrs Jack Griffin, Mrs J M McNabb, Mrs T A Gordy, Jr, Mrs C B Clark, Mrs W C Morris, Mrs J P Tart, W A V E June King, Cadet Nurse Joan King.  Also 3 step children Eulon Howell, Mrs Herman Roney, Mr Leroy Howell.   Services were held Sunday at the home, interment at Perry Grove Cem, near Samson.

Mrs Mary Jane Bryan, widow of the late John A Bryan, died at her home Friday Jan 4. Born near Dothan Ala in 1878 she lived in DeFuniak for past 18 yrs, she was 67 yrs. Funeral held from home Monday  with burial in Steele Cemetery.  Survivors son Jesse Franklin Turberville, 3 daughters, Mrs Claudie Lolly, Sella Pullum and Miss Ester Turberville; 5 brothers and 5 sisters.

John Edward Bowers, a lifelong resident of Walton Co died at his home on Alaqua, Friday, Jan 4.  Mr Bowers was 75 yrs of age.  Services were held at Steele church on Sunday, and interment was made in the church yard cemetery.   Survivors include 2 Sons, Charles E  and Lt James C Bowers; a daughter Mrs Hardy B Crawford, and 7 grand children.

January 17, 1946:

Grady Theron Davis T M II declared dead.  Mr & Mrs B M Davis received notice from Secretary of the Navy that their son is presumed dead. He was a torpedo-man aboard the submarine “Pickerel” that failed to return from patrol in the West Pacific in August 1945. (picture)

Edward D Brownell died at home of John A Gillis, Ponce de Leon Sunday.  He was a native of Holmes Co and was 87 yrs old. Funeral Monday from Camp Ground Church with interment following at Camp Ground Cemetery.

Eugene W Faircloth died at home Thursday Jan 10. He was a native of Georgia and had lived here all most all his life. He was 50 yrs old and veteran of WWI. Services held on Sunday from residence of Mrs Gertrude Lodge Cooper, interment at Magnolia with Military honors.

Joe Arrington, son of Mr & Mrs Bob Arrington was killed near Jacksonville on Tuesday having been struck by a pile driving machine. He is survived by a widow and son Joe, Jr. his parents and one sister, Mrs Alyne (Kenneth) Smith. The body will be brought here. Services will be held Sunday, with interment in Magnolia.

Mrs Eva Raley died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Lulu Evans on Monday Jan 14. She was born in Alabama in 1855, she was 90 yrs and had lived in DeFuniak for 45 yrs. Mrs Raley is survived by one son, Mr Angle, 2 daughters Lulu Evans & Mrs Gainey.  Services were held Tuesday at the Baptist Church, with interment at Magnolia.

Wm Lee Cawthon, died Wednesday. Born March 2 1864 near Paxton, the son of late Mr & Mrs Murray & Mary Cawthon.  He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lucy Ellis, by several years and by his youngest son Landrum Cawthon who died abt 4 yrs ago. Survivors include 2 sons, Howard & Dr Wm  Davis Cawthon, 2 gr children Sarah Catharine & Landrum Cawthon Jr; one Sister Mrs Mary Lou Turner and 4 brothers, Buruss, Dr Frank I, T Hope, and Walter Cawthon. Funeral services are Thursday (Today) at the Presbyterian church.

Mrs Elsie Brannon Newman died at her home Wednesday with the funeral services this morning, Thursday at Baptist church at Ponce de Leon.

William Lincoln Mathews died Wednesday Dec 19, 1945.  He was born in Storington County, Ontario, Canada on Apr 9 1865 was was united in marriage to Eva Charolet Robinson on Sep 14 1887.  This was a pioneer family in Western Canada, then the family moved to Florida in 1910 being residents of Walton ever since.  He leaves one son, G F Mathews and wife, 5 gr children, and one daughter Ruby who stayed with him in the home.

January 24, 1946:

Harrison family reunion. The 13 children of Mr & Mrs Sam Harrison gathered at the family home near Darlington on Sunday. The 11 sons and 2 daughters with their families enjoyed dinner. Mr & Mrs Harrison are each 67 yrs old.

WEDDING:   Miss Edna Shuler d/o Mr & Mrs Gary Shuler became the bride of MSgt Thomas Franklin Nelson Jr s/o Mr & Mrs T F Nelson of Culpepper, Va on Tuesday at the chapel of the Orlando Army Air Base.

January 31, 1946:

Robert E L McCaskill Tuesday Jan 29 at the age of 74 yrs, his birth date being June 4 1871.  The eldest of the children of J J & Sarah Elizabeth McCaskill he was born near Euchee Valley church.  Mr McCaskill was married to Miss Florence Griffin on September 18 1895 at Methodist Church in DeFuniak.  Mrs McCaskill and 3 daughters survive. The only son Harold died from injuries received in auto accident some 3 yrs ago.  The daughters are Mrs Margaret Paulson, Mrs Angeline Levy, and Miss Evelyn McCaskill. Three grandaughters Charlene Levy, Adelaide & Susanne McCaskill and a daughter in law, Mrs Harold McCaskill, sisters Mrs D W Burke, Mrs W O Campbell and Mrs W I Stinson and brother J J McCaskill. Services were held Wednesday with interment in Magnolia.

Alton Hurley, s/o Mr & Mrs Walter Hurley was fatally burned on Friday, Jan 25, when his nightgown ignited from heater and lived until Saturday.  Services were Sunday at the home and interment was made in Magnolia.

R L Sikes, 3rd District Representative proposed an bill for further reparation to the families who were so sorely bereft when a saturation bomb was accidentally dropped during a night bombing operation at Eglin Field on Aug 11, 1944. The families were awarded $29,000. with Sikes’ bill an additional payment would be $3,000 to estate of James M Cosson; $3,000 to estate of Winnie Cosson, $3,000 to estate of James M Cosson Jr, all deceased, $2,500 to Mrs James Cosson; $2,000 to guardian of Thomas Cosson, $3,000 to the guardian of Franklin D Cosson, $4,000 to Mrs Pearl Cosson, $4,000 to the guardian of I D Cosson.

John A Van Deman of Benzonia, Michigan, a former resident of this place was received this week.  Mr Van Deman and his 2 sisters, Misses Alyce & Harriett spent several winters here, the sisters preceded their brother in death, no relatives known as none of the trio had ever been married.

[Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

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.


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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.


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The DeFuniak Herald


October 5, 1944

Mr. L. H. Atwell died of heart attack last Friday morning. A native of Grove City, Penn. Has been a resident here for past 25 years.  Survivors were three sisters and two brothers in Penn. A son Robert H. Atwell of Washington state. Funeral was held Sunday at Presbyterian Church after which the body was interred beside that of his wife who had preceded him in death some two years ago.  He was veteran of Spanish American War of 1898.

Laura Bell McLendon, daughter of Mr.  & Mrs. Ralph McLendon, was killed by a fall from a truck in which the family was riding Sunday. Services were held at family home Tuesday.

October 12, 1944

Mrs. Mary Lou Hardy, 38, wife of Shepherd Hardy, passed quietly away at her home near Ponce de Leon last Wednesday, October 4. Mrs. Hardy died after almost two years of illness. She leaves a husband Shepherd and seven children, Mary Jr., Monroe, Ezra, Leo, Earl, Rosette, and Charles; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Holman, Mrs. Nora Elliott, Mrs. Letty Champion, and Miss Idealia Smith, two brothers, Dan Smith and Benjamin Smith who is serving in South Pacific with the U S Army. Services were Thursday at Red Bay Presbyterian church, interment in Red Bay Cemetery.

Pvt. Henry Dalton Ard died in action overseas. He was son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ard and died of his wounds somewhere in France. Pvt. Ard’s brother, Okland Lee Ard was in the same company with his brother having reached England together in June 1944. Dalton, who would have been 21 years of age on November 28th died the same day he was wounded in action. The Ard brothers are nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Holly and Mr. and Mrs. Jake Ard of Paxton.

Mrs. William McNeil of Lakewood, Fla. died October 7, and services were held at Florala Baptist church on Sunday and interment was made in the Florala cemetery. Mrs. McNeil was formerly Miss Eva Duke of Gaskin and is survived by husband, four small children, her mother, Mrs. H. H. Ballard, and one sister, Mrs. Glen Vickery.

Mrs. G. H. Murphy passed away at her home on October 2, 1944.  The deceased, the daughter of Cullen B. Edwards and Elizabeth Parish Edwards was born May 30 1872. She was the widow of the late G. H. Murphy whose death occurred November 14, 1938. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. M. Ealum and Mrs. J. F. Howell and one brother, Mr. A. S. Edwards. Services were held at Gum Creek cemetery and interment followed in churchyard cemetery.

October 19, 1944

Noah F. Fountain, 34 years, was killed in a truck accident at Freeport Saturday evening. Mr. Fountain, a son of Joe Fountain of Portland, was driving an oil truck which turned over and crushed him. Survivors are his widow, former Irene Godwin and two year old daughter Barbara, his parents and two brothers, Rayborn and Lavins Fountain. Burial in the Hatcher cemetery.

Mrs. Julia Randall died recently at home of her daughter Mrs. Harry Culbertson at Ft Wayne, Ind. She was a winter visitor to this place and about 87 years of age. She was born in Albion, N.Y. and united in marriage to Parry A. Randall a Fort Wayne attorney and civic leader in 1876.

Albert F. Bullard Sr. died Wednesday morning at the family home. Surviving are his widow, former Mary Virginia Cummings, daughter of late Rev. J. B. Cummings, three daughters, Misses Virginia and Jeanette Bullard and Mrs. J. F. Cooper, two sons Lt. A. F .Bullard Jr. of the Navy, and John now in Navy Training School; threee sisters, Retta Bullard, Mrs. Alderman & Mrs. Bryant; three brothers; Dr. Bullard and H. Bullard.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

October 26, 1944

Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon for Mr. Albert Fletcher Bullard Sr. whose death occurred Wednesday October 18. Interment was made in Magnolia. Mr. Bullard was born in Steadman, NC on September 1, 1879. Early in 1900 he moved to Geneva Co. where he became associated in naval stores with his uncle the late B. F. Bullard, Alex Seasons, and Charley Matthews. In 1908 he married Miss Euphie Autry of Steadman, NC who died in 1916. Children of this union were Mrs. Catherine Cooper and Sara Brooks, a son Lt. A. F. Bullard, a grandson James Fenimore Cooper, Jr. Mr. Bullard and his second wife were married in 1923; children of this marriage were John and two daughters Virginia and Janet. Other survivors were four sisters, Mrs. J. C. Bryant, Mrs. A. B. Watson, Miss Retta Bullard, and Mrs. L. F. Alderman; brothers Dr. John Bullard and H. H. Bullard.

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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.


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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.

(long story)



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.


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The DeFuniak Herald – July 13, 1944 – Obituaries, marriages, & births

1944 July 13–  Miss Mary Carolyn Walden, d/o Mrs Rubye Holland Walden and the late Thalmer Marion Walden married  Sgt Charles King, Jr mar Jul 11 1944.  (picture & long article)


Paul McDaniel, son of Mrs & Mrs John McDaniel died of a ruptured appendix at Florala hospital. A Card of thanks noted.


Odelle Danley d/o Mr & Mrs M D Danley married James Elton Kennedy July 8, 1944.


Lakeside Clinic

  •             Mr & Mrs Ralph Rushing, girl Jul 5
  •             Lt & Mrs A N Dawson, girl Jul 5
  •             Mr & Mrs Floyd Kemp, son Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs J D Lane, girl Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs Walter Eyestone, son Jul 6
  •             Mr & Mrs Victor Hall, son Jul 6
  •             Sgt & Mrs J L Matthews son, Jul 8
  •             Mr & Mrs Athern Hart, girl Jul 9
  •             Mr & Mrs Andrew Bryant, son Jul 8
  •             Sgt & Mrs Raymond Dilley, son Jul 10
  •             Mr & Mrs H N Infinger, son Jul 12


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