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Obituaries – April 17, 2024


James S. “Jimmy” Chester, Sr , 88, of Telogia, Florida passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus surrounded by his loved ones on April 14, 2024.

   Born  October 2, 1935 to Nathan and Nellie Chester, Jimmy was the only son of five children. Raised on the banks of Yellow Creek, Jimmy was tasked with caretaking for his sisters from a very young age. When Jimmy was 3, his childhood home caught fire and while his parents fought the blaze, he was placed on a blanket with his one year old sister and given the job of alerting the adults should the fire come near them. It did, and he did. Taking care of his loved ones is a trait he carried throughout his entire life.

 An avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and enjoying nature were in his blood. From a young age, he would kill a deer, a hog, or catch a mess of fish to provide for his family. In his later years, he loved to garden, and to share his bounty with any who came around. Whether it was squash, cucumbers, kumquats or satsumas, if he had it, he was going to make certain you didn’t leave empty handed. Throughout his life, he taught his knowledge of all things outdoors to many of the local children and they have since passed their skills on to others, in effect, teaching generations of people to love and respect the land and the blessings it provides.

From childhood, he had eyes for Follette, the pretty brunette who lived down the road. He used to ride his bike over (it was the only bike in the area) and give her rides on the handlebars. Years later, they were on a double date, he with a girl and she with another boy and he cranked up his car radio and crooned along with Hank Williams “Hey Good lookin’, whatcha got cookin?” Follette says that he might have been on a date with someone else, but she knew he was singing to her.   According to his mother, she was “the only girl he ever loved”. They married in 1958. This year, they celebrated their 66th anniversary. What role models they were for everyone. Through thick and thin, hard times and plenty, until death parted them, they did life together and created a legacy of how to love each other and others. By the way, “Hey Good lookin’” was sung regularly throughout the household.

Throughout their marriage, they had three children, Sonjia, Lynn and Jamie. Their kid’s friends often remarked how they always felt right at home when they came over. There was always food at the table or a room if needed for a spare kid or two. As their family grew, the grandkids and great grandkids were loved dearly by their Papa. He loved to get on the floor and play with them for hours. It brought him great joy to teach them to walk, how to shoot a gun, bait a hook, skin a deer, drive an outboard motor, make earrings out of lizards, bumblebee kites and grunt for gators. Hugs, “I love you”, “Say your prayers” and mischievous winks from him were commonplace in the household. From a young age, all of the kids learned quickly that they could find sticks of chewing gum in the pocket of Papa’s shirt and that there was no problem that you could face that was so big that sitting with him in his recliner wouldn’t fix. Sharing a bowl of vanilla ice cream was a favorite past time also. There seemed to be no safer place in the world. He was also like a second father to many of his nieces and nephews, always committed to helping his entire family, a true patriarch.

Out of high school, he began working for the Apalachicola Northern Railroad later St Joe Company. He ended up working for the railroad for 45 of his 88 years. From telegraph operator, depot administrator, and going on calls for derailments, he wore many hats during his tenure. At the same time, he also ran a thriving fish bait business, supplying bait to many stores throughout the southeast. Farming was perhaps his life’s work, though, as the pine trees of Telogia seemed to be a part of his DNA.

He loved God, his country and his family. He is known for having a quick wit and a dry sense of humor, being quick to listen and slow to speak, being loyal and honest to a fault, and fiercely protective of those he loved. He had flawless integrity. He was stubborn, smart and stoic, never complaining regardless of what his circumstances were. A champion of the underdog, he always lent a helping hand to those in need if he was able. We may never know who all was on the receiving end of his generosity as he never spoke of it. He simply saw the need and filled it.

He was a simple man who lived a simple life, but he lived it well and he loved his people well. Tales will remain of his alligator catching days for years to come.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nathan and Nellie Chester and sisters Eloise Phillips and Judy Summerlin. He is survived by his bride of 66 years, Kay Follette Chester, children Sonjia Whitfield, Lynn Wilson (Ace), Jamie Chester (Selene), grandchildren, Kelly Lathem, Casey Lathem-Hearn (Mark), Kristen Deason (Daniel), Riley Wilson, Luke Wilson (Coco), Sammy Wilson and Landon Wilson, 5 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Janet Morris (David) and Patricia Taylor (Joe) and a host of nieces and nephews. Everyone agrees that our patriarch leaves big boots to fill.

Graveside service will be held graveside at Good Hope Cemetery Wednesday, April 17 at 11am. Visitation will be one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Torreya Healthcare 17316 SR-65 Hosford, FL 32334 in hopes that it will help the local community. Todd Wahlquist is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193,


Fred “Freddie” Lewis Henson, 88 of Telogia, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024, in Tallahassee. He was born in Franklin, North Carolina, March 15, 1936, to Fred and Gladys Henson. Fred moved from Franklin North Carolina in the early 60s to Plant City Florida where he owned and ran a service station for many years. He later went to work for Shop and Go convenient stores, and met the love of his life, Mickey. He retired as a Regional Manager with Shop and Go and found their retirement home in Telogia in 2000. He loved fishing and hunting and telling old stories of his younger days from running a little shine in the mountains to stories of big bucks and the race that went with it. When it came to the woods Fred was well loved and highly revered. He was one of the last “old timers” around his area and will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

He is preceded in death by his two sisters, Mary Will Cansler and Shirley Ann Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey Henson; his  children, Dawn Parker and Jean Ferrer; his grandchildren Ethan Parker, Hunter Parker, Gavin Touchton, Jennifer Ferrer-Salo, Travis Ferrer, and Shannon Ferrer; his great grandchildren, Dylan Ferrer, Allie Ferrer, Lillie Grace Salo and Rayleigh Salo as well as a host of other extended family.

Memorialization will be by cremation. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at 850-674-5449.


Nannie Lou Mills, 102, passed away peacefully at her home on April 13, 2024. At her request no services are planned. Her family will honor and remember her privately. She was of the Baptist faith and loved the Lord and her family deeply. She will be greatly missed.

She was born May 15, 1921, in Houston County, Alabama to the late Harvey Gent and Mary Elizabeth (Creel) McAllister. At a young age she and her family left their farm in Alabama and moved to Florida; first settling in Bay County then later moved to Liberty County. She met, fell in love with and married Marion Preston “Buddy” Mills. They had four children and were married until his death in September 1987.

In her younger years she loved drawing, painting, playing dominos and working on jigsaw puzzles. Later she began to love fishing, gardening, and family gatherings. Until her kids were grown, she was a housewife and mother, taking on a few short-term jobs. She worked for the Liberty County School Board in the Hosford Elementary School lunchroom for a short time, then became a school bus driver for many years. She had so many fond memories of the many children who rode her bus, and often said she hoped they were all happy and doing well.

Other than her parents she is also preceded in death by her husband, Marion Preston “Buddy” Mills, an infant daughter and son, Tony Jack Mills; her daughter in law, Robin Marie Mills; her beloved sister, Aleen Stanley and her brothers, Agnew “Judge” McCallister (Lottie), Edwin “Ed” McCallister (Ethelle Clayton), Floyd McCallister (Dorothy), Hilton McAllister (Mae), Houston and Lytell McAllister.

She had a long, blessed life but did become lonesome after losing so many friends and family members but God smiled on her the last eight plus years and sent much happiness and joy to her through her great-great granddaughter Preslie Burke who she adored.

She is survived by her son Eddie Joe Mills, her daughter, DeLane Burke and her husband Bud; five grandchildren, Danny Mills and his wife Cheryl, Donna Byler and her husband Thomas, Marc Burke and his wife Teresa, David Mills and his wife Amy and Amy Mills Smith; her great grandchildren, Jason Mills, Jarren Mills, Marissa Pitts (David), Caleb Byler, Micah Byler (Grace), Preston Burke (Natalie), Kortney Ivanenko (Nikolay), Colton Mills (Hannah), Faith Mills and Seth Smith (Hannah); great-great grandchildren, Kinslyn Pitts, Alayna Byler, Emalyn Byler, Carter Mills, Calvin Mills, Preslie Celeste Burke, Peyton Smith, Sophie Smith, Weston Smith, Konnor Smith and Barrett Smith. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Carrol McAllister and a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Whitney Edwards of Grey to Glory and Jordan Taylor of Covenant Care for their assistance, support and loving care through this difficult time.

Jacobi (Cobi) Lane-Moore

Jacobi was the first gift of life to Missionary Deborah Engram, being born on May 1st, 1983 at Calhoun General Hospital in Blountstown.  His father is Charles Moore.   Jacobi was called home for his heavenly reward on April 1st, 2024 at Gulf Coast Hospital in Panama City, Florida.Jacobi’s life was full as he loved his family and friends dearly.  “Cobi” as he was affectionately known, attended grade school at Bristol Elementary and then to Liberty County High School.A sweet gentle spirit has left a void the hearts of those he left behind:A loving and devoted mother; Missionary Deborah Engram (Cuyler) of Bristol, Florida, A Son, Kaleb Lane of Brunswick, Georgia, Siblings Serrina Dawson Paige (Nic); Lawrence Dawson Jr. (Stephanie) both of Blountstown, Florida.  Godparents Stephen and Vanessa Ford of Bristol, God siblings Jace Ford, Justin Ford, Stephanie Roberts, and Tessa Ford Byler.  Nieces Amiyah Dawson and Aaliyah Dawson, Nephews Keyston Grant and Omarion Dawson.  Special Aunts Mary Ann Lane and Jacqueline Yon of Bristol, Florida and special Uncles Edward Colley of Bristol, Florida and Kenny Moore of Blountstown, Florida and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, other relatives and sorrowing Friends.Cobi is now with his Grandparents Mother Rosa Lane and Deacon Dusty Lane, and Beatrice Moore who preceded him to the Father. Services were held Saturday April 13,2024 for Jacobi at St.Luke Church of God in Christ located in Bristol FL.


Michael Bruce Graham, 50, of Altha, Florida, born February 12, 1974 passed away on Monday, April 8, 2024, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Michael was born in Atlanta, GA. but spent his childhood in Altha.  He attended Altha Public School and thoroughly enjoyed being an Altha Wildcat and was a key player on the basketball team.  Michael always loved animals, and after high school he got a job with the Tarzan Zambini Circus, where he was in charge of taking care of the tigers and elephants and was also a truck driver.  He traveled the U.S. and Canada with that circus.  His truck driving also led to him hauling equipment for many big-name bands, his favorite being Aerosmith, and helping them set up equipment for their concerts around the U.S.  Later, he worked with The Great Pages Circus, with his dear friends Hans & Colleen, taking care of the camels.  He was also an avid  FSU fan.  He recently moved home to be closer to his family and friends, and enjoyed working for the Bumper to Bumper company at the Altha auto parts store.  He is remembered by many family and friends across the country.

The family will receive friends 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.,  Saturday, April 20, 2024, at the Altha Church of God, with Pastor Allan Nichols officiating.

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