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Obituaries – November 10 2022


Karen Elizabeth Blackburn, 82 of Clarksville, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. Karen was born May 17, 1940, in Plant City, Florida to the late Albert and Trudy Fant and had lived in Calhoun County all of her life. She worked in elder care with the Calhoun County Senior Citizens for 15 years until her retirement and was a member of the Travelers Rest Freewill Baptist Church in Clarksville.

Other than her parents, Karen is preceded in death by her son Johnny Blackburn; her brothers, Eugene, Carl and Edward Fant; her sisters, Carolyn Anemos, Julia O’Bryan, Lillian Bramblett and Beneva Fant.

Survivors include her husband Thomas Lloyd Blackburn of Clarksville who would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving day this year, her son, Mike Blackburn and his wife Sheila of Blountstown; her daughters, Lisa Davis and her husband Tony of Clarksville and Shelly Seddon and her husband Joseph of Whittier, North Carolina; her brother, William Fant of Altha; her sisters, Dolly Mercer of Sneads, Thelma Fant of Marianna and Jennie Stricker of Altha; her grandchildren, Erin Blackburn, Leslie Miller, Albert Blackburn, Greg Blackburn, Lauren Johnson, Michael Blackburn, Marissa Barfield, Maegan Russell, Morgan Clark and Tommy Hall as well as twenty great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a daughter in law Amy Blackburn. One of the greatest joys of her life was visiting and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services to honor and celebrate Karen’s life were held  at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2022, at Adams Funeral Home with a time of visitation one hour prior to the services. Interment followed in Pine Memorial Cemetery near Blountstown. 

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


Mr. Albert “Al” Lee Fant, age 70, of Blountstown, FL, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in Blountstown, FL. Al was born on December 15, 1951, in Marianna, FL to Clarence Edward Fant and Kathryn Pauline (Kennedy) Fant. He had lived in Calhoun County most of his life. Al enjoyed going to visit his brother Gene. He was a member of the Holiness faith. Al is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Edward and Kathryn Pauline Fant, brother, Billy Fant, and sister, Judy Danley. 

He is survived by: son, Trampus Scott Fant of Blountstown, FL; daughters, Brandy Vasquez and Ivan of Naples, FL, Sandra Hernandez and Rony of Quincy, FL; brother, Gene Fant and Francis of Clarksville, FL; sister, Dale Dean Shaw of Blountstown, FL; special granddaughter, Veronica Goff (Frog); 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

A memorial service were held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, FL with Chaplain Roger Cosson officiating. Memorialization was by cremation. 

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


Janie May Hand Hobbs, 69, of Altha, Florida. Janie was born in the Alliance community, on May 1st, 1953 to Seebron and Maxine Hand. She had the rare distinction of being delivered by Dr. Dowling. She was one of 8 children.  She grew up in the Red Oak community.  She graduated from Blountstown High school in 1971. She lived in Miami, FL, Kansas, as well as Germany and many other places before moving back home to Calhoun County to settle down. She was a cosmetologist for the state in Chattahoochee.  She worked as a nurse for many years at The Parthenon in Blountstown as a LPN and in Chattahoochee for the State Hospital. She worked night shift most of her career and she was a night owl even on her days off. She led a quiet life keeping to herself and visiting family. She had many siblings and she made sure to visit them all frequently. She was an avid reader of all things romance. She was a gardener, who believed in the “set it and forget it method”. She really did love plants, African violets and roses were her favorites. She was a single mom, which is the hardest job in the world, to Bo and Lynette. She loved her grandchildren Braddock, Molly and Jack Hobbs, Eve and Asa Miller. She loved to go thrifting or to yard sales with her grandchildren. And instilled a love for thrifting in her own children as well.  She was known to sit on her porch and wave at cars and “holler” at her neighbors. She loved people and getting to talk to anyone. She often would sit up at Smith’s grocery store and talk to whoever was fortunate to be at the store that day. She was preceded in death by her father, Seebron C Hand and mother, Erma Maxine Hand, her much loved brother Joesph Daniel Hand as well as sisters, Rebecca Hand Duggan and Rose Hand Booth. 

She was survived by her sisters, Jesse Ehrich, Susan Hand, Sara Simmons and Frank Hand; her children, Bo Hobbs and wife, Jackie and children Braddock, Molly and Jack Hobbs; daughter, Lynette and husband, Jeremy and children, Eve and Asa Miller. 

We would like to thank all of the staff at Blountstown Health and Rehab for their kind care to our mom. The countless hours spend encouraging her, loving her and praying for her. She thought the world of all of you. To her nurses, thank you for your kindness to our mom. To Covenant Hospice, thank you for the love and professionalism you showed to her in her last days. To all of her cousins and friends who visited and prayed for her, thank you. Mama loved you each so much, she spoke of each of you by name and shared so many memories with us.  

Memorial services were held Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 5:00 pm (CST) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel. Memorialization will by cremation. 

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


Mrs. Mary Marie Wimberly, age 76, of Sumatra, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at her home in Sumatra, Florida. Marie was born on November 12, 1945 in Eastpoint, Florida, to Lavere and Thelma (Lolley) Walker. She had lived in Sumatra since 1979, coming to Liberty County from Port St. Joe, Florida. Marie worked for 28 years as a lunchroom manager for the Franklin County School System. She enjoyed sitting around the campfire with her friends, Fred and Jean Leatherwood, Bill and Carolyn Scott, and Jack Wilder. Marie also loved spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved worshiping the Lord and was a member of Sumatra Baptist Church in Sumatra, Florida. Marie is preceded in death by her parents, her children’s father, David Barfield, her husband and the love of her life J.Y. Wimberly, and her sister. She is survived by:

Sons: Wayne Barfield of Sumatra, FL, Toby Barfield and Lynn of Crawfordville, FL; daughter, Cheryl Varnes and Don of Sumatra, FL; 1 brother and 3 sisters; 8 grandchildren: Ashley, David, Callie, Charith, Misty, Haley, Teri and Emily; 16 great grandchildren: Hadley, Brantley, Sawyer, Skyler, Theodore, Nathaniel, Abigail, Zoey, Zaden, Zayne, Za’Darion Jr., McKenzie, McKenna, Allie, Aiden, and Addison.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 10:00 AM CT (DST), 11:00 AM ET (DST) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel in Blountstown, Florida with Rev. Bill Scott and Rev. Wayne Sumner officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation. A private interment will take place at Sumatra Cemetery at a later date. 

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

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