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Obituaries – January 4 2022

ABBYE FAUROT

Abbye Faurot, daughter of Allie Mae Ayers and Mack Ayers, born October 6, 1924 in Alford, Florida and passed away peacefully at home on January 1, 2023.

After graduation from Blountstown High School, Abbye went to work in Washington, D.C. for the War Production Board.  Shortly after returning home after the war she worked for the Florida State Legislature.  In 1943 Abbye married her high school sweetheart, Billy Faurot.  Abbye and Billy originally operated a family laundry in Blountstown.  Later in life Abbye retired from the State of Florida General Services Commission.  They were happily married 77 years until Billy’s death in 2020. 

Abbye and Billy were the parents of Barbara Nash (David) of Weatherford, Texas, Arthur Faurot (Melba) of Blountstown, Leslie Hand (Eddie) of Tallahassee, Spencer Faurot (Sharleen) of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Alan Faurot (Jane) of Hosford, Florida.

Abbye is the grandmother of Lisa Nash, Sam Nash (Gwen), Adam Faurot (Christy), Ben Faurot (Katie), Amy Hand, Alison Manning (James), Seth Faurot (Holly), Stacie Gemmer (Chris), Shallen Thomas (Matt), Alana Faurot, Leah Hounshell (Ryan), and Sarah Faurot.   She is also great-grandmother to 22 great- grandchildren.

Abbye was a Master Gardener and for many years shared cuttings of her plants to friends and family.  She was an excellent cook and hosted large family meals.  She was an accomplished artist, seamstress, authoress of two novels (Chipola Roads and Rachel) as well as a researcher and publisher of the Faurot family and Ayers family histories.  

Graveside services will be held Friday, January 6, 2023 at 10:00 CST at Boggs Cemetery, Blountstown, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pioneer Settlement in memory of Abbye Faurot.

Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., 850-627-7677, is in charge of arrangements


JIMMIE WILMER WATSON

Jimmie Wilmer Watson of Bristol, Florida passed away Monday, December 26, 2022, at his home surrounded by family. Jimmie was the son of the late Wilmer and Essie Marie Mims Watson of Pensacola, Florida. He graduated from Mississippi College in 1958 and moved to Bristol, Florida to further his education at Florida State University. In 1959, he began teaching sciences at Liberty County High School in Bristol. Here he began the first baseball program and assisted in coaching football and basketball for 20 years. The last 10 years of his career were completed at Blountstown High School where he taught math and science and served as head coach of girls’ softball and assistant coach for football. He was an active member of Lake Mystic Baptist Church where he served in various capacities and touched many lives. 

Jimmie married the love of his life, Yvonne C. on August 30, 1957. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Essie Marie and daughter, Alison.   

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; his children Craig Watson and wife, Sandra (Blountstown, FL) and Alicia Goodman and husband, Nathan (Blountstown, FL); four grandchildren Bryan Watson and wife Shanna (Brynleigh), Jeremy Watson and Danielle Baggett (Cole, Peyton, Brody, Lily), Chesten Goodman, Chessa Goodman and fiancé Chase Forehand. 

Services to celebrate and honor Jimmie’s life were held 11:00 a.m. EST Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the Lake Mystic Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Chumley officiating. Visitation was held immediately before the service at 10:00 a.m. EST. There were special seating for past players coached by Coach Watson. 

Peavy Funeral Home was  in charge of all the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at https://peavyfuneralhome.com/ (850) 674-2266


DANIEL WAYNE STEPHENS

Daniel Wayne Stephens, age 37, of Marianna, Florida, passed away from heart failure, Thursday, December 22, 2022. Daniel was born February 23, 1985, in Jackson County to Charles Wayne and Becca Williams Stephens. Daniel grew up in the Hasty Pond Community and enjoyed farming and cattle. He never met a stranger and his gift for gab was enjoyed in several counties. Big “D” as he was known, enjoyed fishing, cattle sales, and attending Claire’s Cow Shows. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Wayne Stephens. 

Survivors include, mother, Becca Stephens, brothers, Jason (Gail) Stephens and Bradley (Olivia) Stephens, grandparents, Lester and Helen Williams and Barbara (Danny) Cox, niece Hayley, nephew Ben, very special niece, Claire, uncles, aunts, cousins, and more friends than can ever be listed. 

Family received friends at 10:00 AM (CST) Friday December 30, 2022, at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, FL. Funeral Service followed at 11:00 AM (CST) with Rev Roland Gilliland and Rev Dewayne Tolbert officiating. 

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


BERNICE WILLIS HALL

Bernice Willis Hall, age 82, of Altha, FL passed away Friday December 30, 2022 in Altha. Bernice was born on January 8, 1940, in Altha, FL to Coy and Lessie (Mears) Willis and had lived in Altha all her life. She retired from the U.S. Post Office as Postmaster and was a Homemaker.  Bernice always tried to help everyone with all she could and placed everyone else’s needs in front of hers. She was loving and caring as could be asked to everyone.  Whether you were family or a stranger in need.  She truly loved her family. Bernice loved riding the side by side, her garden, rose garden and satsuma trees. She also enjoyed watching wildlife, and the mountains. Bernice was of the Christian Faith. She was preceded by her Parents and her husband, Polan Hall and son, Tom Hall.  

Survivors include daughter, Deborah Jeannie Nix and husband, Robert of Sneads, FL; sisters, Mavis Mills and Tommy of Altha, FL., Virginia Willis and Ronnie of Altha, FL.; brother, James Willis of Marianna, FL.; grandchildren, Nikki, Eddie and Rhonda, Joseph and Kathryn, Christopher and LeAnne, and a wonderful abundance of great and great-great grandchildren. And several great and great-great-grandchildren coming soon. Special friends, Ernie Baxter and Danny Carol Cole.  

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 11:00 am (CST) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Dewayne Tolbert officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 am (CST) until service time. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Altha, FL. 

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


ELIZA ANN PIPPIN

Eliza Ann Pippin, 77 of Cottondale, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Jackson Hospital. Ann was born in Graceville to the late Lemmie and Lillie Miles and was a homemaker.

Other than her parents Ann is preceded in death by her daughter Sherri Bush.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years James Pippin; her sons, Richard Rowley and Chris Bush both of Cottondale; her sisters, Patsy Newsome of Marianna and Maebelle Grantham of Blountstown; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.

A memorial was held to honor Ann’s life 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 30, 2022, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend David Goodman officiating. 

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


RHONDA LEE DUEITT

Rhonda Lee Dueitt, age 63, entered her eternal home on the evening of December 24, 2022, to reunite with the many friends and loved ones waiting for her arrival in Heaven. She was born July 21, 1959, in New Augusta, Mississippi, and graduated from New Augusta High School. Rhonda worked in several different occupations in Mississippi (MS), including levee construction, building manager, and medical office management. After moving to South Carolina, she focused on the medical field and worked at an MRI center, then an Ear/Nose/Throat office in Powder Springs, GA, and finished her public career at Tallahassee Ear/Nose/Throat in Florida. In 2007 she moved to Florence, MS, and became a full-time mom and homemaker and continued that right up to her last day in Blountstown, FL, at the top of her field. Rhonda has lived in Calhoun County since 2010 and was a Blountstown First Baptist Church member. She enjoyed photography, watching birds, walking, swimming, family gatherings, and all the interests of her girls.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ezra and Winnie Bond; daughter Autumn Dawn Bond; In-Laws, Ben and Maxine Dueitt; siblings, Charlie “Jack” Bond, Ed Bond, Vondell Lowe, and Sue Kittrell; brothers-in-law, Mont Lowe, Alfred Hill, Robert Myers, and Eddie Webb; nephews, Donnie Gilman, Allen Hill, and Jeff Lovelace; nieces, Katherine Webb, Audrey Enlow, Patti Bryant, Kaitlyn Herrington, and Robbie Leigh Bond.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of almost 30 years, Mike Dueitt of Blountstown; daughter Winnie Mayfield, daughter Rebekah Mayfield;  Her sisters, Katie Hill of Pascagoula, MS, Mary Alice Webb of New Orleans, LA, Josephine Girouard of Butte La Rose, LA; sister-in-law, Eunice Faye Bond; nephews, Howard Lowe, Joe Lovelace, Brent Bond, Edward Webb, Jr, and Raymond Webb; nieces, Carmen Herrington, Sam Lovelace, Rena Trevett, Holly Giudice, and Wendy Planavsky; other relatives and friends. 

To accommodate the many people who loved her the first service will be at Moments Funeral Home in Lucedale, MS Monday, January 2, 2023. Visitation was from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, with the Funeral Service beginning at 3:00 PM in the funeral home sanctuary with Tim Herrington officiating. A second memorial service will be Saturday, January 21, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Blountstown, FL, at 2:00 PM. 

Rhonda loved hummingbirds and monarch butterflies, so instead of sending plants, the family kindly requests that you put up a hummingbird feeder or plant flowers and milkweed in her memory so you may enjoy watching them as she did.

The family also requests and would greatly appreciate texts, emails (mike.dueitt@gmail.com), or letters sent to their home (25051 Charles Pippin Rd NE, Blountstown, FL, 32424) with your favorite stories and memories of Rhonda.

Moments Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements and Adams Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com 850-674-5449

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