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Obituaries – January 25 2023


Mrs. Georgia Ann Williams, of Blountstown, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Friday, January 20, 2023, in Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Florida. 

Mrs. Williams retired from the Calhoun County School Board. She was a member of the Prayer Chainers Mission of God under the leadership of Apostle G.B. Sheard.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM CST in Magnolia Cemetery located at 326 13th Avenue in Blountstown, Florida with Apostle G.B. Sheard officiating. 

Mrs. Williams will lie in state from 10:00 AM CST until time for the service. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 27, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST from the chapel of Vann Funeral Home. 

She leaves to celebrate her wonderful life, a loving family, husband, Joe B. Williams, Sr. of Blountstown, Florida; five children, Dennis L. Jones (Debra Kay) and Cassandra Jones, both of Blountstown, Florida, Elijah Hogue of Quincy, Florida, Martin Hogue (Kimberly) of Greenwood, Florida and Theodious Moore of Blountstown, Florida; two step-children, Melissa Paden (Eric) and Joe B. Williams, Jr. both of Chattahoochee, Florida; six siblings, Roosevelt Owens (Madeline) of the Phillippines, Jennelle Huie and Linda Hogans (James), both of Blountstown, Florida, Dorothy Battles of Bascom, Florida, J.D. Owens of Hinton, Georgia and Janger Nell Daniels (George) of Gretna, Florida;  one special son, Therrion “TY” Williams of Quincy, Florida; three sisters-in-law, Pearlie Mae Jackson (Rudolph) of Texas, Gussie Matthews of Blountstown, Florida and Hattie Solomon of Bristol, Florida; one brother-in-law, Leroy Williams of Blountstown, Florida and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, step grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many dear friends. 

Vann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Roy Douglas Jackson, age 79, of the Alliance Community, FL passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023, at his home. Roy was born February 3, 1943 in Alford, FL to Fay and Florence Jackson. Roy lived in Jackson County the majority of his life and was a member of Mt Olive Baptist Church. He was in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, worked with the Department of Corrections for over 20 years, and took great enjoyment from farming and being outside . Roy loved riding his gator with his dog, Pete, working in the fields, and talking to people in the community about Christ.  Roy was baptized in the fish pond on his property and had a strong faith and desire to do good. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wife, Ann Jackson of the Alliance Community; son, Roy D. (Ross) Jackson II and Brenda of Altha, FL; daughter, Bonnie Jackson Seay and Charlie of Marianna, FL; brothers, Coy Jackson and Gladys of Chattahoochee, FL, Pasco Jackson and Janet of Sneads, FL, Johnny Jackson and Marci of Sneads, FL; sister, Louise Dunham and Glenn of Sneads, FL; grandchildren, Turner and Emily. 

Family received friends Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10:00 AM CST at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Altha, FL. Funeral service follow at 11:00 AM CST with Reverend Bob Davis officiating. Interment followed at Mt Olive Cemetery. 

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


Hettie Juanita (Nita) Layfield Blackwell was born February 26, 1941, in Abe Springs, Florida.  She was the daughter of Leroy and Rosie (Roberts) Layfield and one of nine children and graduated from Frink school.  Her Senior year she was the Yearbook editor, class secretary, FHA President, Girls Chorus President, was also a member of the 4-H, library club, and participated in the senior play.  In both her Junior and Senior years at school she was voted best in sports and voted as the friendliest.  She loved to dance and taught her sisters all the right moves, she had those girls doing the twist, Charleston, waltz, and even attempted to teach them to clog. Nita also loved to drive a tractor and helped plow fields on her family’s land.

Nita met the love of her life Gareld Nelson (Tom) Blackwell while working at Pope’s Marina in Blountstown. Once he had won her over, they were married in 1963. They had three daughters that all have a combination of their personalities which made for an interesting 59 years of marriage.   

Among her many talents she found time to work in the Port St Joe High School cafeteria and was the Abe Springs Pentecostal Church secretary for years.  She loved growing and receiving flowers, some of which loved her back some that did not fair so well.  She enjoyed doing yard work, which at 81 years old was pretty phenomenal. She would weld an axe to cut a tree stump because it looked ugly and needed to go.  She was an excellent seamstress, sewing anything from simple skirts and dresses to prom dresses and even made a few wedding dresses.  She had begun making artwork and her family will treasure each and every unique piece she created.  

Nita was very humble woman and everyone’s rock. She was the best listener and best secret keeper. You could lay your burdens on her shoulder even if her own shoulders were heavy themselves. She was the center and glue of her family growing up and the absolute center of her husband and daughter’s world.  She was the kindest and sweetest person and would do anything for you, just don’t make her use that “ Niter eyebrow” and that “Niter Eye” and if you heard your middle name being called you knew that eyebrow was up even before turning around!! She was her daughter’s best friend in life and the absolute love of her husband’s life.    

She is survived by Gareld (Tom) Blackwell, two daughters, Michelle Ward-(Michael) of Altha, Tammie Salonen (Jani) of Yulee FL; one step-son, Harry Blackwell (Mary) of Blountstown; one step-daughter, Cathy Hall (Jesse) of Blountstown and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and her beloved Shorkie HeyHey; her surviving siblings, Carolyn Carroll of Clarksville, Linda Lolley of Clarksville, Jimmy Layfield of Kinard, Earlene Bishop of Blountstown, Elizabeth Osborne of Blountstown, and Myrtle Young of Clarksville.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leroy Layfield and Rosie Roberts Layfield, brother, Tommy Layfield, brother, R.L Layfield and daughter, Tina Marie Blackwell. 

She will be missed dearly by her family, but our saving grace and solace is that she is at Peace and with her family that have gone before her.  We are sure her daughter Tina was waiting at the Pearly Gates with her mother and father ready to show her the streets of Gold.  Hettie Juanita Blackwell is now “perfect” just as her daughter Tina.

Services to honor and to celebrate Nita’s life were held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dustin Malphurs officiating. Interment  followed in Poplar Head Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarksville. 

Adams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at 850-674-5449


Betty Faye Russell, 84, of Panama City, Florida, went home to her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 15, 2023, in Blountstown, Florida. Betty was born February 7, 2938, in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late John and Nellie Russell, one of twelve children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her six brothers, David, Robert, Earnest, Ronald, Jimmy and Frank, her four sisters, Shirley, Emma Jean, Madeline and Carolyn and her son Nathan Thomas.

Left to remember her legacy is her brother, William Russell; three children, Darlene Dubois, James Thomas and Karen Thomas; her two grandchildren, Amanda Rice and Jennifer McConnell and her husband, AJ McConnell; her seven great grandchildren, Kai Rice, Keelen Rice, Marcus Long, Kailey Harrison, K.J. Jones, Preston and Paisley McConnell and one great-great grandchild, Piper Campbell; two nephews, William and Glenn Barwick, also by many loving family members in North Carolina and Florida

Betty had moved to Florida around the 60’s but she loved to travel, especially going back to Willington, NC visiting her family. She worked in the fast food industry for many years and loved serving the Lord at her home church, Cedar Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time at the community center playing bingo and helping others in the community. 

Memorialization will be by cremation. 

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


Ana M. Varnadore age 66, a longtime resident of Altha, FL. Passed away on January 20th 2023. She was born in Jardin America, Misiones Argentina.  

Ana is survived by her son, Nahuel Ivan Greco Varnadore, her granddaughter, Giuliana Greco, step-daughter, Lissette Pena and her husband, Xavier Pena; her step-granddaughters, Deveni Pena, Jasmine Pena, and Bethany Pena. 

Ana lived a full life of love for her family and her fury friends, they were like her children too. In her younger years she enjoyed traveling around the world with her husband, Shorty Varnadore. From dredge life to farm life, Ana was always busy and nobody could keep her firecracker soul down. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. 

Family will receive friends Friday, January 27, 2023 from 5:00 PM CST until 6:00 PM CST at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial service will follow at 6:00 PM CST with Rev Dewayne Tolbert. 

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


LeRoy Jackson Moore, age 96, of Blountstown, passed away Saturday, 21, 2023, in Blountstown. LeRoy was born in Colquitt County, Georgia, to the late John Newton and Ella Moore. LeRoy lived in Blountstown for 83 years and was a logger by trade. In 1957, LeRoy uncovered a deadhead cypress log, and this discovery was instrumental in introducing the market for deadhead cypress for Neal Land and Timber Company. LeRoy and his brothers continued to work for the timber company for many years. LeRoy was one of the last surviving loggers of his generation.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ella Moore, brothers Frank Moore, Walter Moore, and Robert Lee Moore, and one sister, Corine Bishop, and Leroy’s beloved dog Bobo. Survivors include one son, Roy Lee Moore, and wife, Janice of Blountstown. Granddaughters Mary Sue Moore (Chase) McClellan of Frink, Florida. Barbara Ann (Jason) Bodiford of Altha, Florida.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, 26, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery in Blountstown. Graveside services officiated by Jimmy Baggett. 

All arrangements are under the direction of Charles McClellan Funeral Home in Quincy, Florida.

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