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Obituaries – March 8 2023


Anna Lou Suggs, 80, of Altha, FL passed away at her home Wednesday March 1, 2023. Anna was born August 6, 1942, to Hugh and Ruth Comerford and moved to Altha in 1990 from Indiantown, FL. Anna was of the Holiness faith and bookkeeper by trade. She enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing, cooking, and loved working, and being the boss, but truly love her family. Anna was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank Suggs. 

Survivors include sons, Ronald M. Suggs and April of Altha, FL, Carlton Reese Suggs and Terry of Altha, FL; sister, Angelina Comerford Sewell and William Earl of Altha, Fl; 3 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. 

Family received friends Tuesday March 7, 2023, at Red Oak Mennonite Church in Altha, FL starting at 10:00 AM. Funeral service followed at 11:00 AM with Reverend Allan Nichols, William Sewell and Reverend Darryl Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Hugh Comerford Cemetery in Altha, FL. 

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


Emanuel E. Troyer, affectionately known as ‘Junior’ to friends and family far and wide, died February 27, 2023 at his residence in Due West, South Carolina. He was 93 years old. The funeral service was held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Shiloh Mennonite Church with interment following. 

Born March 2, 1929 in Princess Anne County, Virginia to Emanuel E Troyer and Katie Beiler Troyer, he grew up in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake with his ten siblings. Junior attended Fairview Mennonite School where he met Evelyn Zook. They married and after initially locating in Ohio, moved to Michigan where they raised five sons. There, he rented farmland while holding other jobs outside of the farm, saving enough money to purchase property on Thompson Road near Clarksville Michigan. His work life was varied and included developing a dairy herd, driving a school bus route, and delivering KZ and Coachmen RV’s to dealerships around the country. Junior was an accomplished carpenter, building and remodeling homes for himself and others. An integral part of his life was his long-time membership of Bowne Mennonite Church. Never one to fear change, he moved willingly for new experiences and became part of the local Mennonite church.

In his later years, Junior and Evelyn made their home in Due West, South Carolina, where they were blessed to live next door to their oldest son Gary and his wife Ruth. They enjoyed wintering in warmer climates in Phoenix, Arizona and Bradenton, Florida. Always ready to play a hand of Rook, he could beat most anyone on the shuffleboard court (according to him).

Junior is survived by his sons, Larry (Sharon), Dave (Martha Joy), Phil (Deirdre), and Jon (Mary); daughter-in law, Ruth; grandchildren, Sharla Graber (Greg), Dwight Troyer (Donna), Nathan Troyer (Maribeth), Kim Lierman Troyer (Charlie), Jeremy Troyer, Rebekah Parker, Tricia Carnley (Dwayne), Katie Hood (Nathan), Randy Troyer (Hannah), Daniel Troyer, Mary Hansen (August), Julia Florack (Ed), and Will Troyer; 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Zook Troyer, son Gary Troyer, grandson Jason Troyer and all of his brothers and sisters; Rose Viola Lehman, Ora E., Levi E., David E., Samuel E., Sarah Anne Tennefoss, William Paul, Edwin Leroy, Martha Esther Yoder and Laura May.

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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Troyer family.


Mrs. Floriene Thomas, of Blountstown, Florida transitioned to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at her residence. 

Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Blountstown, Florida under the leadership of Pastor Doctor C. L. Wilson. To know her was to love her. 

Homegoing Celebration of Life Services were held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 4, 2023, from the sanctuary of the Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church located at 16345 SE River Street in Blountstown, Florida with Pastor Doctor C. L. Wilson, Pastor Gloria Parrish, Reverend Willie W. Mosley, Minister Patricia Mosley, and Evangelist Jacqueline Solomon 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, March 3, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Vann Funeral Home.

She leaves to cherish a lifetime of fond, yet precious memories, a loving and devoted family: her children: Willie E. Emanuel (Joyce) of Port St. Lucie, Florida; Alliene E. Davis of Blountstown, Florida; Richard L. Emanuel of West Palm Beach, Florida; Alvin L. Thomas (Helen) of Woodstock, Georgia, Dexter L. Thomas of Blountstown, Florida; and Vernita Thomas of Canton, Georgia; her grandchildren: Raymond Emanuel (Nikki), Aretha Woodard (Anthony), Anthony Peterson, Roderick Peterson (Sandra Ann), Stefanie Emanuel, Jarrett Emanuel, Chase C. Brown, Ladorin Emanuel, and Dacia Coleman; her great grandchildren: Justin Stubbs, Ashley Peterson, Rashae Peterson, Roderick Peterson, Jr., Randal Peterson, and Noel Emanuel; one Goddaughter, Doris Jones and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Ms. Alene Waldroff Grice, 80, of Bristol, FL passed away peacefully at her home the evening of Monday February 27, 2023. She made her transition surrounded by her loving family, who were her caregivers. Alene was a wonderful Mother, Memaw, Sister, and Aunt, who worked hard to raise her two daughters. She loved spending time with the joys of her world, which were her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alene enjoyed yard work and gardening. She worked many years with her brothers in Altha at the Waldroff Dixie Dandy grocery store. Alene was born and raised in Altha, living there most of her life. 

Alene was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Allie Mae Waldroff; brothers, Danny Gene Waldroff, Charles Waldroff, and Gary Waldroff; sister-in-law Carolyn Waldroff, all of Altha. She is survived by her devoted daughters, Nancy Grice of Bristol and Becky Grice (Scott Kimbrel) of Bristol; grandchildren, Kourtney (Lance), Kylie (Caleb), Karly, Renae, Kayden, and Kayleen; great grandchildren, Zoie, Lexie, Arie, Jett, and Jace, all of Bristol; brother, Stanley Waldroff and sister-in-law, Gail Waldroff of Altha; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. 

Family received friends Monday March 6, 2023, at 1:00 PM at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, FL. Funeral service  began at 2:00 PM with Reverend Michael Morris officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Altha, FL. 

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


With great sorrow, the Barnett, Howard, Mallory, and Phillips families announce the passing of our kind and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend, Glen Edward Barnett, 70, of Clarksville, Florida. Glen was surrounded by his wife, family, and friends at the home of John and Christine Mallory on March 1, 2023. Glen’s legacy began on December 29, 1952, in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, but he would not really begin to make his mark on the world until he and his family moved to Clarksville, Florida in 1961. His parents then enrolled the children into Carr school, or miles as he fondly called it. During his years there he made many lifelong friends who still pass along stories of the good times they shared at the school. Glen went on to attend Blountstown High, Chipola College, receiving an AA degree, and finally finishing his education at Gulf Coast Community College, where he received his bachelor’s in social science. Through the years, Glen would work at Sunland and the Social Security office in Jackson county Florida. The positions he filled were always served others. Glen would spend his entire working career in the service of others, improving the quality of their lives. During this time, Glen would become a husband, father, and uncle. His time as a husband would be short-lived as some things are only meant for a season. Glen was a very devoted father to Amy Barnett. They made many wonderful memories together during her childhood. Glen was also an avid bowler. He was a member of a league that met once a week in Marianna Florida. It was on this league he met Sally Phillips. It wasn’t long before he became like a member of the family to the Phillips. Glen attended many family gatherings at the Phillips home. At one of these gatherings, he met Sally’s sister and future wife, Dottie Howard, however it would not be until another 30 years before Glen and Dottie would marry. On May 22, 2021 Glen and Dottie finally wed. Glen was a devoted and loving husband to Dottie during the few short, but fulfilling years they had together. He spent his days doing his best to bring joy to her life. She could depend on him for anything, and he loved doing her honey-do list. Especially if the task involved driving his tractor. In the end, it would be her that stood by his side to help him like he had helped so many others in his years. For five heartbreaking months he fought for his life. Over the years Dottie, now a grandmother, has suffered her own set of problems leaving her body fragile, yet for him she would carry the weight for both of them. Soon more would come to their aid. His brother-in-law and wife opened their home so that Glen and Dottie could remain together during his final days. 

Glen is survived and missed by his loving wife, Dottie Howard Barnett, his daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Amy Barnett Tedeschi, and grandchildren Logan and Evan Tedeschi, two stepchildren, Angela Howard, and Matthew Howard, and three step-grandchildren, Caleb, Alec, and Daniel Howard, one brother, Tom and Mavis Barnett, six nephews, and seven nieces, one sister, Faith Barnett, and four more nieces and nephews. In total, Glen leaves behind 11 grand-nieces and nephews and two great-nieces and nephews. His memory lives on in a host of cousins and a host of friends. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, David and Elizabeth Barnett. Anyone who would like to celebrate the life of Glen Edward Barnett is invited to gather on March 12, 2023, @ 3 PM at Poplar Head Baptist Church, 19118 N. West State Rd. 73, Clarksville, FL 32430. 

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

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