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 – 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


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – September 1921 – Misc. announcements

1921 Sep 1– J R Turner of Ealum 70 yrs and one week old, born & raised in Walton Co, died Saturday. The body was laid to rest in Cluster Springs cemetery Monday.  He leaves a wife, 6 girls and one boy to mourn his loss.


The 10 yr son of Mr & Mrs Jasper brown of Ealum, died at his home Saturday (August 26, 1921) and was buried at Cluster Springs Cemetery on Sunday.  Death came after short illness of meningitis.



1921 Sep 8– Daniel Hardee, 13 yr son of Thomas Hardee, lost his life while trying to help his playmate, Dallas Scott, who had become entangled in shaft of mill. Accident happened last Friday at Scott Mill. He was thrashed to pieces and died from all his injuries on Saturday.  Sadly the boy’s mother died only one month prior. The boy leaves a heart broken father and 3 sisters to mourn his death.  Funeral services were conducted last Sunday in the Methodist Church.

WEDDING: Adam Hardy, 66 yrs of age, married Miss Sallie Smith, 13 yrs of age, last Saturday; the brides’ parents having signed all papers making the marriage legal. They reside in the Valley neighborhood near Knox Hill.


UPDATE: Putnam Ponssell, alias Jim Wingo and J V Martin, alias Jack Morris, were placed on trial in Crestview Tuesday charged with murder of John Tuggle, 5 July.  Ponsell pleaded guilty and made a full confession in court.  He hit Tuggle with iron bar, Martin hit 2 more times.


1921 Sep 15– Ponsel & Martin to Hang Sep 23rd.


Coy Holmes tried for murder of Claude Martin which took place May 22.


The lynching of Ponsell & Martin on Tuesday night last week was narrowly averted. People from Santa Rosa & Washington counties had the matter all planned.


1921 Sep 22– Coy Holmes found guilty with recommendation of mercy of court which means a life sentence.



Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – June 1921 – Obituary & wedding announcements

1921 Jun 23– Card of thanks from Mr & Mrs J M DeShezo concerning the death last week of their son Earl, who died in Moultrie, Ga.




1921 Jun 30– Mr. J H Allen, editor of the Breeze and Miss Mattie Bell were married at home of bride’s parents at Argyle late this afternoon, ceremony performed by Rev D J Currie. The couple’s honeymoon was at New Orleans.

Sheriff Thad Bell & Miss Manila Garrett were married at the home of the bride’s sister in Eucheanna, last Sunday. Judge A R Campbell officiating.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The DeFuniak Herald – February 11, 1915 – Wedding

Wedding Annoucement


1915  Feb 11 Miss Nellie Floy Wilson, teacher in the DeFuniak schools and a great favorite here,

was united in Marriage last week to Mr A D Williams at Sweetwater, AL.  The Montgomery

Advertiser is telling of the affair. “Miss Nellie Floy Wilson and A. Douglas Williams were

Married  on Tuesday afternoon, Feb 9 at home of the bride’s parents, by Rev. W F Calhoun,

of  Hartford, Al.   Mr & Mrs  Williams left for a wedding trip and will be home at Grace-

ville, Fl after Feb. 20th.  The bride is the daughter of Rev & Mrs H E Wilson.


Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson

The Breeze – November 30, 1911 – Pages 1 & 4




(BRUCE) On Sunday afternoon at six o’clock Mr. J. F. Stapleton of this place and Miss Clara Morrell, of Ebro, were quietly married at the residence of J. J. Ward, Mr. Ward officiating. After the wedding supper was served and the couple left for thehome which the groom had prepared. Ben McKinnie and J. A. Sutton, of Ebro, attended the wedding.

(ADDITIONAL LOCALS) Among the other items that were crowded out last week was the announcement of the marriage the Sunday previous of Mr. Alfred Buchanan and Miss Mabel Buck at the home of the bride’s parents at Camp Walton, the Rev. Mr. Stock officiating. We dare any one to wish these young friends of ours more joy than we do.

Mr. Dunvar and Miss Strong, of Caryville, came down on the mail train Tuesday night and returned on the accomodation as Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar. They did not know that their mission in town was known, and were very much surprised when they were liberally showered with rice as they boarded the train to return.


Contributed by Michael Strickland