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Obituaries – November 3 2022


Mr. Major M. Godwin of Orlando, Florida, but formerly of Blountstown, Florida, transitioned from this life on Thursday, October 20, 2022, in Advent Health Orlando.

Mr. Godwin was a member of Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orlando, Florida. 

Homegoing Celebration of Life services were held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM from the sanctuary of Rivertown Community Church located at 19359 Hwy 71 South in Blountstown, Florida 32424 with the Elder Pretis Godwin II, officiating. 

Vann Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery located at 326 13th Street in Blountstown, Florida.

A public viewing was held on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church located at 16345 SE River Street in Blountstown, Florida 32424.

He leaves to cherish a lifetime of fond, yet precious memories, a loving and devoted family: his dedicated and loving wife Renae Godwin of Orlando, Florida; six daughters, Unita Ivory-Bush of Jacksonville, Florida, Trisha Smarr of Atlanta, Georgia, Sabrina Godwin and Lucretia Simmons both of Tallahassee, Florida, Akwete (Chris) Baker-Jackson of Blountstown, Florida and Amari Godwin of Orlando Florida; two sons, Maurice Godwin of Miami, Florida and De’Angelo Godwin of Atlanta, Georgia; six sisters, Saffronia Arline of Jacksonville, Florida, Jacqueline (Roland) Lord of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mary Williams of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dorothy Heller and Diann Jackson both of Blountstown, Florida and Vivian (Danny) Black of Bristol, Florida; two brothers, Pretis (Rose) Godwin of Lakeland, Florida and Derit (Toretha) Godwin of Greenwood, Florida and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


On a chilly day in February 1957, Carl “Rooster” and Shirley Stone welcomed a third daughter, Linda Nell, who was born in Dr. Snyder’s clinic in Blountstown. Linda was greeted by her older sisters, Patsy and Janice. Their lives would never be the same again. Linda was raised on her parent’s farm on County Road 69A where she raised an orphaned calf named Pistol Pete. She sold Pistol Pete to raise money for her braces. As a young girl she had a pair of red cowboy boots which she dearly loved. How she kept them on her super skinny feet was a testament to how much she loved them. Linda was the only daughter to be blessed with her father’s blue eyes. From her mother she inherited the courage to speak her mind.

Her grandparents, Jess, and Bessie Stone, were very involved in her young life and her maternal grandparents, Lucius and Lena Johnson, lived just down the road.  So, she was blessed to have an extended loving environment.

As her parents and paternal grandparents, Linda attended Altha School graduating in 1975, where she developed deep abiding friendships with Danny Carol Register and Bonnie Childs.  They became the Three Ya-Yas.

In 1979 Linda met the love of her life, Steve Arrant. On October 22, 1983, they had a country theme marriage ceremony in her sister, Patsy’s, front yard. Steve was her rock and world. They recently celebrated their 39th anniversary. Steve always wrote Linda a beautiful poem each anniversary. Together they raised their daughter, Sandra Nicole. Sandra was blessed to have an older brother, Stevie.

She never met a stranger and when you would see Linda, she had a big smile, sparkling blue eyes, an easy laugh and she would express her love for you and would wish you a blessed day. She, also, had a talent for speaking her mind whether you wanted to hear it or not! Such candor is a rare gift.

She retired from DOC this year and she was known for her strong work ethic and speaking her mind.

Linda enjoyed being a step grandmother to Austin and adored her nephews and nieces.

Friday afternoon, October 28, while at home, Linda unexpectedly passed with her beloved, Steve at her side. Much comfort has been taken in imagining her and Sandra’s reunion. She was preceded in death by her much beloved daughter, Sandra, and her father Carl “Rooster” Stone and father-in-law JB Arrant.

Linda is survived by her husband, Steve Arrant, her stepson, Stevie Arrant (Tanya), her mother Shirley Stone Bussey, her sisters Janice Kirkland (Dennis), Patsy Parker, (Joe), mother-in-law Nancy Ruth Arrant, step grandson Austin Arrant, brother-in-law Tony Arrant (Kathy) and several much-loved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned at a later date. As Linda was a great lover of animals, contributions to Partners for Pet Adoption Center, 4011 Maintenance Drive, Marianna 32448 would be a fitting memorial.



Jesse Wayne Padgett, age 72, of Marianna, Florida, passed away Friday October 28, 2022. Wayne was born November 26, 1949, in Belle Glade, Florida to John and Inez Padgett. Wayne had lived in the area for 30 years coming from Orlando, FL. He was a graduate of Maynard Evans High School and Jones College. Served in the Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was also a retired Correctional Probation Officer with the State of Florida. Wayne loved his grandchildren and especially enjoyed watching them play sports. He was an avid Florida Gators fan, enjoyed golf, dancing and country music. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, John Padgett and Inez Padgett; sister, Linda Jackson.  

Survivors include, wife, Patricia Padgett; sons, Lee Temples (Andra), Jason Temples (Kim); daughter, Monica Lisboa (Kenneth Davidson); brother, Steve Padgett; sisters, Charlene Corbitt (Larry), Renee Holderbach (Brian Kaczmarek); brother-in-law, Dave Jackson; grandchildren, KayLeigh Temples, Chloe Temples, Deacon Temples, Kennedy Temples, Kinslee Temples, Hudson Temples, Anthony Lisboa, KJ Davidson; great grandchild, Noel Lisboa; several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday November 3, 2022, from 1:00 PM (CT) until 2:00 PM (CT) at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel. The memorial service will begin at 2:00 PM (CT) with Reverend Michael Morris officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation. The family is requesting no flowers be sent. Donations can be made to the family or to a favorite charity. 

All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.


Helen Deloris McCourt, age 68, of Altha, Florida, passed away Friday, October 28, 2022. Helen was born May 19, 1954, in Richwood, WV to Charles and Nellie Sparks. She had lived in the Altha area for 21 years after moving from Clarksburg, WV. Helen was a homemaker, a member of the Baptist faith, and loved taking care of people. 

Survivors include, husband, Danny McCourt of Altha, FL; sons, Evan Lee Sparks of Mossy Pond, FL, Charles E. Thomas of Summersville, WV; brothers, William Sparks of Webster Springs, WV, Thomas Michael Sparks of Webster Springs, WV; several grandchildren. 

Memorialization will be by cremation with a memorial service at a later date. 

All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.


Douglas Steven Tipton, age 63, of Altha, Florida, passed away Friday October 21, 2022. Doug was born February 4, 1959, in Ohio to Langlie Odell and Margaret Reynolds Tipton. He was a truck driver, who enjoyed his family, friends, dogs, and model trucks. Doug was a warm, loving, and amazing father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was a person that looked past someone’s mistakes, always willing to love a person anyways. He helped those around him while never accepting a thing in return. He was bullheaded and proud, choosing to live and die his way. He spent his days in his yard or inside watching sports or westerns with his dogs. When he wasn’t home, he could be found at the homes of his friends sharing a coffee and a story or out fishing with his son. He will be missed but his legacy of love will continue to be shared through all of us. 

He is survived by his son, Adam Lerch (Natasha) of Altha, FL; daughter, Jessie Chapman of Ohio; brothers, Gary Tipton and John Tipton both of Ohio; sister, Paula Tipton of Ohio; 7 grandchildren. 

Memorialization will be by cremation with a memorial service to be scheduled for a later date. 

All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.

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