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Obituaries – November 30 2022

LINDA ANN ADAMS

Linda Ann Adams of Blountstown passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, at her home. Linda was born in Wausau, Florida to the late Alex Broward Wood and Phelicia Amanda Foley Wood. She attended Chipola College in 1959 where she met her husband Tom Adams who was venturing on a career in the funeral service. They eventually moved to Blountstown in 1966. Linda graduated from Florida State School of Music in 1970 with her degree in music education and began teaching one of her loves, the piano, in her home. She began her school teaching career in Choral Music in 1971 at Blountstown Middle School and Blountstown High School and soon began as music director at Blountstown First Baptist Church in 1972 where she led the Adult Choir, Youth Choir and created a Handbell Choir while still teaching at the schools and the piano to students in the afternoons. First and foremost, she was a musician and an educator, always giving to her community and trying to lend encouragement and guidance to her students. She brought to the community musicals, madrigal dinners, concerts for the seasons, cantatas, and culture. She was instrumental in shaping many voices and talents in Calhoun County. She had such a love of the arts and culture that she taught humanities in the schools for several years. She worked tirelessly in her church for twenty-five years through her deep love of her Lord and her true love of music. She shared her talents and multiplied them through all she touched. In her retirement she loved spending her time helping her son in the funeral home and reading novels.

She is preceded in death by her husband Tom Adams in 2002; a brother Avery Wood and two sisters, Janice Wood and Patricia McEntire.

Survivors include her son, Tim Adams and his wife Tonya; her daughter, Allyson Adams; her grandchildren, Ashley Adams and his wife, Emily, Kristen Adams, McKenzie Adams, Heather Sullivan, Holland Metcalf and her husband, Josh; her great granddaughter Daisy Metcalf; her brothers, Howard Foley Wood and his wife, Mary Nell and Donald Wood and her sister, Geneva Greer and many nieces, nephews and very special friends.

Services to celebrate and honor Linda’s life were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Rhoads officiating. A private committal will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Calhoun County Library in Linda’s name, PO Box 336 Blountstown, Florida 32424. 

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


JAMES CARL 

CHAFIN, JR.

James Carl Chafin, Jr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 in Dothan, AL with his loving family by his side. James, known to family and friends as “J. Carl”, was born on October 17, 1953 in Jacksonville FL to the late James Carl Chafin, Sr. formerly of Blountstown and the late Pansy Martin Chafin, formerly of Altha. In 1981, he married the love of his life, Susan Denham of Orlando, FL. Shortly after, they made their home in Altha. As he had a strong passion for helping others, J. Carl was employed in the Mental Health field most of his life, retiring from the State of Florida in 2008. J. Carl, a talented musician, was known for his singing and guitar playing abilities all his life, writing many hundreds of songs and playing with numerous local talents in his younger days. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Carl Chafin, Sr. and Pansy Martin Chafin, and a sister, Shirley Snyder of Columbia, SC. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Susan Denham Chafin, son, Corey Ryan Chafin and wife, Samantha, son, Cale Denham Chafin and wife, Lauren; grandchildren, Charlotte Chafin, Caroline Chafin, Tripp Chafin, Demi Chafin, sister, Pamela Chafin Roach Motes of Jacksonville, FL and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL is in charge of all arrangements. 850-674-2266.


LILLIE MAE MATHIS

Lillie Mae Mathis, 99 of Blountstown, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, at her home. Lilly was born in Blountstown to the late Frank and Sarah Yon and lived in Blountstown most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Gods Way Ministries Church in Blountstown.

Lilly is preceded in death by her husband Lester Mathis, a brother, Leroy Yon and a sister, Annie Ruth Hallstead.

Survivors include her son, Albert Thomas of Blountstown; her brothers, Chester Yon and Clifford Yon both of Ft. Lauderdale; a sister, Gladys Watts of Ft. Lauderdale; her grandchildren, Sean, Reggie and Alfonzo and a great grandchild, Keiara. 

Services to celebrate Lilly’s life will be held 12:00 p.m. from the God’s Way Ministries Church with Bishop Micah Martin, Lynette Williams Martin and Pastor Judson Stafford. A wake was held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2022, also at the God’s Way Ministries Church. Interment followed in Graves Creek Cemetery in Blountstown.

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


GARY JAY BUTTON 

Mr. Gary Jay Button, age 56, of Hosford, FL passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at his home. Gary was born on November 30, 1965 in Willow Springs, Missouri to Gearld and Shirley (Campbell) Button and had lived in Liberty County since 2020 coming from Cumberland City, TN. Gary worked as a logger, truck driver, carpenter and also worked with the Liberty County Road and Bridge Department. He was a member of Mt. Zion UPC Church in Hosford, FL. Gary enjoyed woodworking, cooking, shopping, fishing, camping and most of all he truly loved his family. 

Survivors include, two sons, Johnathan Button and wife, Amber; Daryl Button and wife, Kimberly, one daughter, Tiffany Miller and her husband, John; two brothers, Elvis Button, James Button; two sisters, Zona Gould, Joanna Sanford and husband, Leon; four grandchildren, Kimberlynn Button, Brilynn Button, Malachi Button, and Wyatt Miller. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Gearld and Shirley (Campbell) Button, and one brother, Carl Button. 

Funeral Services were held Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm (EST) at Mt. Zion UPC Church in Hosford, FL with Pastor Aaron Elkins officiating. The family received friends Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 2:00 pm (EST) until service time at 3:00 pm (EST). Interment followed in Sanders Cemetery in Hosford, FL. 

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


TONY LEE CONLEY

Tony Lee Conley, 58 of Marianna, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022, in Jackson Hospital. Tony was born February 29, 1964, to the late Jack Conley and Mary Joyce Schenck. Tony lived in Marianna most of his life and was a vocational instructor for Tallahassee Community College. He was a master in many fields including electrical, air condition repair and welding. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and spoiling his grandchildren.

Other than his parents Tony was preceded in death by his brother, Wade Conley and his bonus father George Schenck.

Survivors include his son, Stacey Lewis and his wife, Ashley of Hosford; his daughter, Heather McLendon of Clarksville; his grandchildren, Trenton, Taylor and Trayson Lewis, Tryston Lopez and Chandler McLendon; his brother, Jackie Conley of St. Petersburg, his sisters, Lorraine Love of St. Petersburg and Evelyn Traynom and her husband, Richard of Marianna; his past wife and father-in-law Patricia Conley and William Fant Sr.

Services to celebrate Tony’s life was held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2022, from Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Darrell Johnson officiating. Interment  followed in New Salem Cemetery in Marianna. 

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


ORVAL LEE ROBERSON

Orval Lee Roberson, age 93, of Altha, Florida, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2022. Orval Lee was born July 4, 1929, in Campbellton, Florida, to Sherman and Elnora Roberson. He lived in Campbellton until he joined the Navy on July 16, 1946, and served in the Navy until February 16, 1950. Orval Lee was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Orval Lee worked for the Florida Department of Transportation until he retired after over 30+ years. He served as Mayor of Altha for two terms. He was a member of the Masons, Moroco, Shaddai, and Hadji Scottish Rites bodies and York Rite., where he was an active member until his health declined. He was also active in Eastern Star. His many hobbies, included fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Rebecca Joann Roberson.   

He is survived by daughters, Joan Bookman and husband, Michael of Tampa, FL, Jana Whitehead and husband, Sam of Altha, FL; grandchildren, Joseph and wife, Deanna Branton of High Springs, FL; Kelly and husband, Stephen Tarantino of Rockville Center, NY, Jesse Hill of Altha, FL; great grandchildren, Stephanie, Cassandra, and Kierra; great-great grandchildren, Javon and Jayleigh. Family received friends Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 9:00 AM (CT) at the Peavy Funeral Home Chapel. The memorial service will begin at 10:00 AM (CT). Memorialization will be by cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice or the charity of your choice.

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


 GERALD D. 

SEGERS, SR.

Gerald D Segers, Sr of the Red Oak Community passed away Thursday, Nov 17, 2022.

Gerald was born born in Altha, FL, October 30, 1934.  His parents were Graves H. and Mary Hand Segers.  Gerald attended school at Macedonia, Blountstown, and Chattahoochee, completing his education at Chipola College.  Gerald has one sister, Gwendolyn Deese(Houston), of Altha, FL and one brother, Quincy Segers (Marie) of Cypress, FL. 

Gerald enlisted in the Army, February 1953.  His basic was in Ft Campbell, KY and was followed by Airborne training Ft Benning, GA.  After being stationed with the 57thEngr Co in Germany.  His military duty ended in 1956.  

Gerald began working in construction with companies from Tallahassee, Texas and Arkansas.  Later he joined his cousin, Douglas Segers who was employed by Standard Dredging.  Gerald knew hard work, earning the respect and lifetime friends of his co-workers.  One friend, Otis, was dating Shirley from Memphis.  Shirley asked Otis to bring Gerald to meet her forever friend, Laurie Kay Miller also of Memphis.  Gerald and Kay were married Mar 11, 1959 in Memphis, TN.  In the mid 60’s Gerald left the Mississippi River and became a full time truck driver.  This was not a new experience.  While stationed in Germany he received recognition for achieving his tasks well and quickly while delivering IBM equipment from base to base in excellent condition.  New employment was  in Memphis, TN and allowed Gerald to stay home with his young family. 

Gerald continued to live in Memphis until 1984 when the Truckers Union began strike.  He returned to Florida and soon after made their home in Havana.  In 2017, due to failing health, Gerald and Kay moved back to his Calhoun County roots to be near family.  

Gerald was predeceased by his parents, his brother Graves H Segers, Jr. and his very special friend and nephew, Graves Parrish.   

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Laurie Kathryn of Altha, FL; son, Gerald D Segers, Jr. of Memphis, TN and nephews, Dowling, Weldon and Fletcher Parrish, Randall, Philip,  and Aaron Segers; nieces, Garnet P Walden and Belinda Segers.  The family thanks and appreciates the caring staff at River Valley Rehabilitation of Blountstown,  Covenant Care and Peavy Funeral Home.

Memorial service to honor Gerald will be Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 2 pm at Magnolia Baptist Church located near Altha, FL.  The family invites all attendees to join them immediately afterward in the Fellowship Hall for a meal and visitation. 

Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements.  850-674-2266.


WILLIE JAMES GATLIN

Deacon Willie James Gatlin, age 102, of Blountstown, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Florida.

Deacon Gatlin was a member of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church located in Blountstown, Florida. To know him was to love him.

The Celebration of life service for Deacon Willie James Gatlin will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 12 O’clock Noon from the sanctuary of Rivertown Community Church located at 19359 SR 71 North in Blountstown, Florida where Reverend Paul Smith is the Senior Pastor. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Blountstown, Florida.

Deacon Gatlin will lie in repose at the church from 10 AM until time for the service on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 2, 2022, from 3 PM to 5 PM from the sanctuary of the Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church located at 16345 SE River Street in Blountstown, Florida 32424 where the Reverend Doctor C.L. Wilson is the pastor.

Deacon Gatlin leaves to cherish his legacy and love, a devoted family; six children, Willie Frank (Jeanette) Gatlin of Pensacola, Florida, Lucille Gatlin of Blountstown, Florida, Marilyn (Reverend R. Maurice) Roland of Pensacola, Florida, Cathy (Henry) Bess, Linda (Larry) Baker, and Cynethia P. Gatlin, all of Blountstown, Florida and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Vann Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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