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Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.
Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.
"Rotary has become a way of life for me - with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone," Sam said when he was nominated last year. "I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I've helped someone live better."
Sam's term as Rotary's 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.
"Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was," said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. "In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam's millions of friends around the world in your thoughts."
Under Sam's leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years.
Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda (ICGU), whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd. (UCB) and director of Uganda Development Bank. He has also served as corporation secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda (BOU).
He had served as member and chairman of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd (now Opportunity Bank), The Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies (CAFS), Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.
Sam also was the currently vice chair of the Hospice Africa Uganda, and member of the board and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education) in Uganda.
"Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community and the world," Riseley said. "In addition, we are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available."
Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide further details soon.
Ralph was born in 1931 in Roanoke, AL, to Richard and Bernice Fallin. He graduated from Handley High School, and retired from Borden's Dairy as Branch Manager of the Fort Walton Beach office. He earned recognition on the Borden's Honor Roll of Champions.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Barbara Moore Fallin; his brother Doug Fallin, his sisters Shirley Miller and Doris Anderson; his four children, Wade Fallin (spouse Kathy), Cathi Fallin, Cindy Pergrim (spouse Jerry), and Dani Herfel (spouse Christopher); his 7 grandchildren, Jennifer Jaress, Vikki Thompson, Tommi Fallin, Cory Pergrim, Evan Pergrim, Bryce (Daniel) Herfel and Kellen Herfel; four great-grandchildren, Summer Jaress, Jessa Jaress, RJ Thompson, Zoey Thompson; and his ""adopted"" daughter Jeanne Laidlow (spouse Lynn), and children Kristen and Brett.
Ralph was deeply loved by so many for his humor, generosity, hard work, faith, and loyalty. He served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne Infantry and the Alabama National Guard. He was an enthusiastic member of the Krewe of Bowlegs for 49 years, including reigning as Captain Billy Bowlegs, XXXII. Ralph was also a dedicated Rotarian (including past President), who took great pride in his 36-year perfect attendance record. He felt very fortunate to have served on the crew hosting the Bob Hope Benefit Shows here in the 1980s that supported the AF Enlisted Men's Widows and Dependents Home Foundation. He also served on the Grievance Committee of the 1st Judicial Circuit for the Florida Bar Association. His other organizational memberships included the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Human Society, and the Masonic Lodge. His membership and service as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church was deeply important to him, particularly his participation in the men's group and golf group. Ralph loved golfing, fishing, being with family, researching genealogy, church activities, and all things Bowlegs.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach on Thursday, June 8. Viewing will begin at 12:30 PM and the service will start at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church, 134 SW Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Heaven has gained a great Rotarian in deed.
John, a native of Okaloosa County, was a proud sixth-generation Floridian. He was born in Baker to Lucille Martyn Ray and John Henry Vaughan. He grew up in Crestview with his younger brother William "Buddy." After graduating from Crestview High School, he received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University and MS and PhD degrees in Physical Science and Organic Chemistry from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. John served in the Navy as a Naval Aviator and flew throughout the Caribbean. He spent his career with Inland Container Corporation, starting in Rome, Georgia, becoming senior vice president at the corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served as vice president of Harima, a Japanese joint venture. Upon retirement in 1995, he returned to his ancestral home on Garnier's Bayou. At the time of his death, John was serving as a director of Plasmine Technology Inc., a specialty chemical company with headquarters in Pensacola.
John was active in community and government affairs. He served as chairman of the Indiana Environmental Management Board, president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, and Indiana delegate to the Whitehouse Economic Development Conference of 1978. He also served on the Indiana Science Advisory Committee and the Industrial Advisory Board to the Purdue University Schools of Science and Engineering. His community service included directorships on the Indianapolis and Okaloosa Symphony Orchestras, the New Hope Home for the Severely Handicapped, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Rotary International, Emerald Coast Archeology Society, and the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County. He has the distinction of being twice awarded Indiana's highest honor, Sagamore of the Wabash, by both Democrat and Republican Governors. John was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and served as clerk of session in both Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis and First Presbyterian Church, Fort Walton Beach. He was very active in his church as a Sunday School teacher, trustee of endowment, usher, and friend at weekly men's breakfast.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach. A reception will be held at the church following the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in Crestview. Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com
James Randell "Randy" Stokes (1932 - 2015)
James Randell 'Randy' Stokes Sr. died Dec. 8, 2015. Randy was born in Andalusia, Alabama, on Sept. 2, 1932. He grew up in Andalusia and left high school during the Korean War to join the US Army. His military service in-cluded becoming an intelligence sergeant where he graduated in the top eight, at the age of 18, from the Light Artillery Battalion Leadership School. He was honorably discharged in June of 1952. After his military service, Randy returned to Andalusia and graduated from high school where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. In 1953 he attended Troy State University where he played football while studying pre-engineering. Randy left Troy in 1954 to pursue his dream of becoming an architect, and attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture in 1959. Randy moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1959 and went to work as an architect with Ricks and Kendricks Architect, Inc. that same year. In 1969, Randy received full mem-bership into the firm which later became Ricks/Kendrick/Stokes/David Architectural firm. In 1988, Randy started Stokes Associate Architect, Inc. which today is called Stokes Architectural, Inc. He was honored by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects for his leadership in community activities and service benefit-ting the profession of architecture. Randy has left a legacy throughout Okaloosa County by his involvement in so many local architectural designs such as his first project, Saint Mary's School and Church. Later he co-designed Niceville High School (the first air conditioned school in Okaloosa County and the second in the state of Florida); Choctawhatchee High School; Fort Walton Beach High School; the master plan and the initial construction phase of the now Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida; Baker High School's expansion; the newer Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce building; the Walton County Chamber of Commerce building; White Wilson Medical Center; Westwood Retirement Center; and many other projects, churches and schools throughout the Florida Panhandle. His community service is also legendary, he served as mayor of the City of Mary Esther; president of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce; twice President of the then local YMCA; three time councilman for the City of Mary Esther, before becoming the mayor; and served on many boards and committees for the betterment of his community. He was a longtime member and past president of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club, where he was instrumental in establishing the Kay Stokes Memorial Nursing scholarship following the death of his beloved wife, Kay; as well as establishing the James M. Sutton Scholarship Fund. He was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs and was the XXXIII Captain Billy Bowlegs.
Randy was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine "Kay" Chine Stokes; his father, Earl Hampton Stokes; his mother, Pauline Kirkland Stokes Waters; and his twin brother, Eugene M. Stokes, who died at birth. He is survived by his son, James Randell Stokes Jr. and wife, Andrea; daughters, Judy Reisenberg and hus-band, Ken, Jennifer Petrillo, and Janet Chalk and husband, Don; his grandchildren, Ross Butler, Annie Hardy, Ryan Petrillo, Christina Petrillo, Drew Chalk, Conner Chalk, LylaKae Stokes, Bryna Stokes, Rand Stokes and Champ Stokes, all of the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, Florida, area; nieces he loved like daughters, Terri Roberts and husband, Mike, Melli Pappas and husband, Johnny, of Fort Walton Beach; many nieces and nephews and cousins he dearly loved in Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, Florida, Andalusia and the Youngstown, Ohio, surrounding areas. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Stillwell (California); his half brothers, Tommy Waters (Alabama), Kevin Waters (California), and Jerry Waters (Florida); and half sister, Silvia Waters Mauldin (Okla-homa); and dear family friend, Alice Rodgers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Fort Walton Beach Rotary Scholarship, Inc. with a memo to: The Kay Stokes Nursing Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 892, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. This fund provides scholarships to local nursing students and has been in place for over 30+ years.
Visitation will take place at the Church of Christ Church located on 232 Hollywood Blvd NE, on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Bob Rigdon officiating the service. The grave-side service will be a private service for family. Pallbearers are: Ross Butler; Ryan Petrillo; Drew Chalk; Conner Chalk; Trae Pappas; and Don Chalk. Expressions of sympathy can be viewed or submitted online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com.
Kenneth Eugene Williamson (1925 - 2015)
Ken was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and raised on a farm in Lowndes County, Alabama. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery in June 1942, and immediately entered the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in North Africa and in the China-Burma India Theaters. In the CBI, he was stationed in Kunming, China, as a member of the Fourteenth Air Force, until the surrender of Japan, and returned home in April 1946.
He entered the University of Alabama in September 1946, in the electrical engineering school, graduating with a BSEE in 1950. He met his wife, Doris in December 1946, and they were married in June 1947. Upon graduating, he was employed by IBM, in Montgomery, and was assigned in Atlanta and Mobile, before being assigned in 1954, to Eglin, where he installed the first all-electronic computing system for the Air Proving Ground Center.
He was employed by Vitro Services in 1955, as their chief computer engineer. He remained with Vitro, serving in numerous capacities, until 1972, when he became President and CEO of Vitro Corporation, the position he held until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure as president, Vitro became an international company with customers in Sweden, England, Scotland, Italy, Brazil, Pakistan, Germany, Spain, Canada, Korea, Israel and numerous US military establishments.
His proudest accomplishments were his civic involvements in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was president of the Air Force Association, Eglin Chapter; president of the Eglin Old Crow Chapter; president and lifetime director of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce; president and member of the Fort Walton Rotary Club since 1955; president of Edwins Elementary School PTA; president of the Eglin Chapter National American Ordnance Association; an elder of the First Presbyterian Church; chairman of the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Board of Trustees; founding board member of the Okaloosa-Walton College Foundation; founding board member of the Okaloosa-Walton College Institute of Retired Executives; founding commissioner of the Florida Spaceport Authority; a member of the University of West Florida Advisory Board; a Mason Scottish Rites member and Shriner; Captain Billy Bowlegs XXX; and a member of the University of Alabama Alumni Association.
Ken is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris; his daughter, Pamela Maygarden of Pensacola; his grandson, Judge, and wife, Amy; and great-grandchildren, Eli and Sydney Maygarden of Gulf Breeze, Florida; granddaughter, Kendall, husband, Jeff; great-grandchildren, Conner and Claire Hampton of Huntsville, Alabama; and brother and wife, Clarence and Frances Williamson of Inverness, Florida; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
A Visitation will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 134 Beal Parkway SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m. A Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach. For online condolences, please visit www.Mclaughlinmortuary.com.
Christopher A. "Chris" Johnson, Jr. (1933 - 2015)
Christopher A. Johnson, Jr., of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at home on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, after a lengthy illness with his family by his side.
He was born in Pensacola, Fla., on Nov. 8, 1933, the only son of Chris A. and Annie P. Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Suzanne Johnson Cobb; brother-in-law, Jimmie O. Cobb; and brother-in-law, Ronald P. McLellan.
Chris attended local schools, graduating from Pensacola High School in 1951. He graduated from Florida State University in 1955 with a B.S. in Accounting. While at Florida State, he was a member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity, and is a Life Loyal Sig. After graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Air Force Auditor General and had special training at the Wharton School of Business.
He is a Navy veteran and served aboard destroyers in the Pacific Fleet. Upon his return to Pensacola, he became a staff accountant with the CPA firm of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland, and Gund.
On May 28, 1960, he married Susan Jane Scheuer of Warrington, Fla.
He passed the CPA Examination in February 1962, and was admitted as a partner in the firm. In 1964, the firm asked him to open an office in Fort Walton Beach, because of the many clients there. So, in October 1964, Chris, Susan, and their 3-year old son, David, started their new life in Fort Walton Beach, where he became one of the first certified public accountants in the city.
From the start, he became active in the community. He joined the Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, later served as president, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is past president of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Social Services, and the Florida State University Alumni Association. He also served as a member of the Police Pension Board for the City of Fort Walton Beach. He was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs for many years, and served as Capt. Billy Bowlegs XXIX. A life-long Catholic, he was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church, where he served on numerous committees including over 40 years on the Finance Committee. For over 12 years, he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist.
Chris Johnson was a man of outstanding character, possessing integrity of the highest degree. He never met a stranger. He was just as comfortable with a general or a judge as he was with a group of boy scouts. Whenever he saw a baby, his face would light up. He treated every person as if they were the most important person in the world, because, in his eyes, at that moment, they were. Chris lived his life according to the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Chris was a devoted husband, beloved father, a proud grandfather, and a faithful friend. He loved spectator sports, playing golf on Saturdays, and rooting for his Florida State Seminoles.
Chris is survived by his loving wife, Susan; his son, David and wife, Sherri of Marianna, Fla.; daughter, Ginny Scheidt and husband, Stephen of Niceville; daughter, Suzy Gavin and husband, Clif of Pensacola; sister, Ruth Chadbourne and husband, Edward of Pensacola; sister, Martha McLellan of Pensacola; sister-in-law, Virginia Amberson of Fleming Island, Fla.; sister-in-law, Lynda Richmond of Birmingham, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Chris and Will Johnson, Jack Scheidt, and Susanna Gavin; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28 with Father John Licari celebrating.
Visitation will be in the church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. followed by the recitation of the Rosary. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Pensacola immediately after the Mass of Resurrection. Pallbearers will be: grandsons, Chris and Will Johnson; nephews, Richard Cobb, Edward Chadbourne III, and Ronald P. McLellan; and life-long friend, Robert Benz. Flowers are acceptable, but memorials may be made in Chris' name to Saint Mary School, Rotary Club of Fort Walton Beach, and Life, Inc. The family wishes to sincerely thank the wonderful caregivers of Home Instead and Covenant Hospice for their compassion, care, and concern. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Theodore Dale "Ted" Rahe (1927 - 2014)
Theodore Dale "Ted" Rahe, a man of faith, family and charity, died Oct. 30, 2014, after a brief illness. He was 87. During his last days, Ted was encircled by his beloved family – Mary Ann, his wife of 62 years, and their children and grandchildren.
He was born in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 1927, the eighth child of Henry and Kathryne (Wagner) Rahe. He served in both the U.S. Navy and the Army, and he earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree (in hospital administration) from the University of Iowa. After a career in medical administration, Ted founded a condominium management company on the Emerald Coast and continued that work until he fell ill.
Ted had been a champion of the disadvantaged since the mid '60s, when he chaired a committee in Jefferson County, La., that succeeded in getting a new juvenile detention center built. A supporter of finding help for homeless families, he worked for many years with the Okaloosa/Walton Coalition on the Homeless and later with Fresh Start for Children and Families, in recent years reporting for duty each week at the organization's thrift store, Repeat Street. He was a board member or volunteer with more than a dozen organizations, including serving as board president of White Sands Manor Retirement Home, Serra Club of Okaloosa County and Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club. He was a member of Rotary for more than 50 years with 38 years of perfect attendance. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
He met Mary Ann Walsh in high school and courted her, most memorably, on a one-horse sleigh ride. They reconnected one summer during college while performing in a theater production of The Winslow Boy. They were married in 1952 and raised their six children together. Their lives were colored by Ted's adventuresome spirit, which included a love of horses, sailing, tennis and the outdoors.
In addition to his wife, Ted is survived by his children, Elizabeth Copeland (Dennis), Katie Belew (Doug), Matthew Rahe, Mary Theresa Rahe, and Serra Abel (Gregg); grandchildren, Theodore Copeland, Nicholas Copeland, Daniel Belew, David Belew, Isabel Kenney, Lauren Abel and Sam Abel; sister, Esther Kofron; brothers, Norm Rahe and Hank Rahe; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Theodore John Rahe; his parents; and four siblings, Beatrice Rahe, Marguerite Thornton, James Rahe and Marian Teahen.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fort Walton Beach, with a rosary at 10 a.m. The family requests that donations be sent to Fresh Start for Children & Families or Emerald Coast Hospice.
Sidney Lee Rosenbaum (1927 - 2014)
Sidney Lee Rosenbaum died Aug. 21 of a heavy heart. He passed 82 days after his wonderful and much beloved wife, Betty Zdenek-Rosenbaum, died of cancer. He never recovered from losing her. Sid was born in Meridian, Miss., to Ike and Anne Rosenbaum in 1927, and began his multi-facetted life which included a tour in the Navy and schooling at the Wentworth Military Academy, then the University of Southern Mississippi, and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received a B.A. He served in the Navy in 1945, and was discharged in 1946, with the rank of musician third class. He then worked in music before returning to Jackson, Miss. where he worked in insurance, with the understanding he wouldn't compete with his cousin, Lee.
Thus began a career that ranged from selling suits to managing the El Tropicana hotel in San Antonito, Texas. He ran many hotels from that point on that were in financial difficulty, saving them all.
When Sid alighted in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. he became very involved in the community, being one of the persons who started Bridgeway and being honored for his work with the Northwest Florida Area Agency on Ageing. He was a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish rite. He was a Fort Walton Beach city commissioner, and a member of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club.
Survivors include son, Ike Rosenbaum; sister, Maud Fliegelman of Louisville, Ky.; five nephews and nieces and numerous cousins and many friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, brother, son and parents.
William A. Howard (1933 - 2014)
Bill went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2014, born in Hampstead, N.C., in 1933. Korean veteran, U.S. Air Force, member of the First Presbyterian Church, dual member of Alpha Lodge, Grand Lodge of Scotland, Past Rite Eminent Grand Commander, State of Florida, Hadji Temple and Fort Walton Beach Rotary.
He is survived by wife of 59 years, Charlene; daughters, Dreama Perkins, Sherry Newberry, husband Jack; son, William Mark, wife Carrie; grandchildren, Patricia and Kristen Perkins, Emily Howard, David Whitlock; great-grandchildren, Madison and Thomas.
Services at McLaughlin Mortuary, Sunday, May 25, at 2 p.m. Memorials to Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 214-888-0220, and Hadji Temple Transportation Fund, 850-476-9394. Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from May 23 to May 24, 2014
James M. "Johnny" Johnson III (1945 - 2014)
James M. "Johnny " Johnson, III, passed away in Shalimar, Fla., on May 7, 2014. Johnny was born on Dec. 18, 1945, in Mobile, Ala., to James M. and Annie Mae Johnson. He moved to the area in 1956. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1964 and received a BS degree from Auburn University (War Eagle!) in 1969.
Johnny entered the U.S. Army and served as an air defense artillery officer in Germany and in Vietnam, receiving the Bronze Star. He returned to the area in 1972, received an MBA from the University of West Florida and began a career in banking in Okaloosa County at Valparaiso Bank & Trust, Vanguard Bank, Sunshine Bank, Regions Bank and Premier Community Bank.
Johnny was active in community affairs and served as President of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce and President of United Way. He was a member of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year and was especially proud of 42 years of perfect attendance at club meetings. Since 1974, Johnny was an active member of the Krewe of Bowlegs serving on the Board, Honor Guard, First Mate XXXI and Captain Billy Bowlegs XXXVII in 1991-1992.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Marie; his mother, Annie Mae Johnson; his sister, Anita Dunn; his brothers, Dan (Marci) Johnson and David (Laura) Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Private graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. Sharon A. Schuler at Beal Memorial Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will be held at Two Trees Restaurant from 1 to 3 p.m., on Monday, May 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Johnny's name to the FWB Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, P. 0. Box 892, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
William Scott (Scotty) Foster (1950-2014)
William Scott Foster, 64, of Mary Esther, Fla., passed away unexpectedly at his cabin that he loved in Florala, Ala., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was born Jan. 25, 1950, in Opp, Ala.
Mr. Foster (Scotty) graduated from Opp High School, The University of Alabama in 1971, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1975, and received his L.L.M. in tax and estate planning from the New York University School of Law in 1976. He established his practice with Armbrecht, Jackson and Demouy, in Mobile, Ala., in 1976, before moving home with his family to Mary Esther in 1983, where he joined the law firm of Estergren, Fleet, Fortune and Anchors. He later formed the firm, Anchors, Foster, McInnis and Keefe, which later merged into Anchors, Smith and Grimsley.
Scotty was a member of St. Simon's Episcopal Church, and served as Captain Billy Bowlegs XL in 1995 for the Krewe of Bowlegs. He also served as President of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club in 2005-2006, was a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year and was heavily involved with the Rotary charity Golf Tournament for many years. Scotty was an avid scratch golfer while in Mobile, but this passion was supplanted by his true love of the water. He loved boating on Santa Rosa Sound, was a tried and true Bama football fan, and his love of hunting was passed onto his two sons. His devotion and the sacrifices he made for his family were an inspiration, as were his southern charm and gentlemanly nature. Scotty and wife, Carlee, were always entertaining family and friends at their home and were gracious hosts with their "more the merrier" attitude. In his eyes, new acquaintances held the same stature and were made to feel as welcome as family members or close friends. He would gladly give the shirt off his back or the keys to his car to a stranger in need. All who were fortunate enough to know him will sorely miss his warm smile, firm handshake, jovial laugh and entertaining nature.Scotty's parents, John Clifford Foster and Celeste Gresham Foster of Opp and Mary Esther, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Carlee Foster; two sons, Scott Foster and Gresham Foster; his sister, Lynne Foster Mathews and husband Charlie; his brother, John Clifford Foster III; brother-in-law, Nick Cheriogotis; father-in-law, Spiro Cheriogotis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Saint Simons on the Sound. Immediately after the service, a reception will be held at Aunt Martha's Bed and Breakfast in Fort Walton Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name Scotty Foster to Horizons, 123 Truxton Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 or the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 892, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549.
James George (Jim) Davis (1938 - 2013)
James George "Jim" Davis passed away Sept. 1, 2013, following a battle with an inoperable brain tumor originally diagnosed in February 2013. He died peacefully and without suffering, in his home on Okaloosa Island, surrounded by the care and love of his family. Jim was born to Helen and George Davis and grew up in Philipsburg, Montana. Jim was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and earned his Bachelor of Management from Georgia Tech University. Jim and family moved to their current home on Okaloosa Island in 1971 and he enjoyed a successful career of over 30 years at Gulf Power Company. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol; his son, Jeffrey James Davis and wife Kim, of Cornelius, N.C.; and daughter, Tiffiny Coffey and husband, Glen Coffey, of Punta Gorda, Fla. He is also survived by his brother, Scott Davis and wife, Jannie, of Frenchtown, Montana. Jim and Carol have four grandchildren: Camille Davis, Leah Davis, Reed Coffey, and Lila Coffey.
Jim was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, where he was a Deacon and an Elder. He was an active Rotarian of 34 years, and upon in his retirement from Gulf Power enjoyed extensive global travels with Carol. Together, they lived a full and blessed life. Jim played accordion, percussion, loved world music, gardening, fishing, golf, and was full of ingenuity and wit.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to First Presbyterian Church, or to your favorite charity.
Alexander Metzner Jr. (1934 - 2013)
Alexander Metzner, Jr., 79, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away July 10, 2013, with his daughter at his side.
Born in Lindenhurst, N.Y., to German immigrants, Al enlisted in the Air Force after high school graduation and began a military career spanning more than 28 years. During this time, Al served as a missilier in Germany, an RF-4 navigator during Vietnam, and later worked with NASA, Technical Operations and at the Pentagon.
Upon retirement as a colonel in 1980, he moved his family to Shalimar where he became a founder and eventual president of the newly emerging Okaloosa County Republican Party. As an active member of Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club, he not only served as president but also sponsored the club's first female member and helped start new clubs in the local area. Al's community volunteer work also included serving on the Board of the Salvation Army and as a member of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority Board, holding the position of secretary/treasurer during his 1988 to 1991 term. Al was also a real estate investor and an avid sports fan, considering the Atlanta Braves as his favorite team.
Preceded in death by his wife, Gerry Metzner, Al is survived by his daughter, Schala Duckett and husband, Kelley, both of Mary Esther, Fla.; his sister, Rosemarie McKeithen of Suwanee, Ga.; and his three grandchildren, Daniel, Grace and Sarah Duckett, also of Mary Esther. A private memorial service at Fort Barrancas will be held at a later date where in accordance with his wishes, he and his wife's cremation ashes will be entombed together.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL 32579, 850-651-0721.
Ralph Gilbert Martin (1916 - 2012)
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ralph Gilbert Martin, 96, of Shalimar, Fla., passed away at home July 1, 2012.
Ralph was born in Chicago and grew up in Detroit. He was a graduate of Olivet College and joined the service in 1939, where he became a pilot for the Army Air Force fling P38s during World War II and served his country for the next 28 years. Ralph retired at Eglin in 1967 and has since been a resident of Shalimar.
Ralph traveled the world and had a love for people and life. He always had a smile on his face and had a kind word for all. He loved sports, but especially golf. Ralph was a technical advisor for the film, "Towards the Unknown," filmed at Edwards Air Force Base and instrumental in bringing the F105s to Eglin AFB. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, as well as numerous other associations.
Ralph, one of three brothers, is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jane; brother, Allen; sister–in-law, Ina, wife of brother, Howard (deceased); and children, Roger and wife, Jeanne Miller, Linda and husband, Jimmy Bailey and Steven. His grandchildren include Kimberly Martin and husband, Paul, Bret Bailey and wife, Jessica and Clint Bailey; and great-grandchild, Colt Bailey. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Rosa and Monica who provided endless hours of loving care, and Emerald Coast Hospice.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the mortuary. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla., at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club Scholarship Inc., P.O. Box 0892, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted on line at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com
Charles Walter "Walt" Ruckel Jr. (1927 - 2012)
Charles Walter "Walt" Ruckel Jr., 85, of Niceville, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Jan. 1, 1927, in Pensacola, Fla., to Charles Walter Ruckel and Marion Plew Ruckel of Valparaiso, Fla. He attended local elementary and high schools, completing his last three years of high school at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he graduated in 1944. In 1944-45, he attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., as a member of the U.S. Army Specialized Training Reserve Program.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an airplane mechanic from 1945-47 at Keesler Field, Miss., and Hickam Field, Hawaii, being honorably discharged as a corporal. He graduated from Soule' Business College in New Orleans in 1948. In 1974, he graduated from Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Niceville. On Feb. 2, 1948, he began working as a bookkeeper and teller in the bank founded by his grandfather, James E. Plew, Valparaiso State Bank in Valparaiso (later Valparaiso Bank & Trust, then Vanguard Bank & Trust). He was made Assistant Vice President in January 1950 and President in 1951, following the death of his father. He served as Chairman of the Board until December 2004, when he was granted Board Member Emeritus. He was a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
He worked in the real estate development business for 56 years under the name Ruckel Properties, Inc., which began on June 17, 1955, and has been actively developing real estate for homes and businesses in the Niceville, Valparaiso and Fort Walton Beach areas. His most recent real estate developments were Hawk's Landing residential community, Swift Creek residential community, Heritage Gardens Cemetery and Heritage Gardens Funeral Home.
He was a member of the Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club since it's chartering in 1948 and served as its president 1954-55. He was elected "Man of the Year" for southern Okaloosa County by the Rotary Club in 1957 and again in 1970. He was active in local civic affairs, including the Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce and United Way, all for which he was past president. He was also active in the Florida Bankers Association. He was Chairman of the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation and was Campaign Chairman of the successful funds drive that raised $1,200,000 for the building of the museum on Eglin Air Force Base property in 1985. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol (Florida Wing Staff).
He was a member of the Krewe of Bowlegs (and a past Captain Billy Bowlegs), Fort Walton Yacht Club, Bluewater Bay Sailing Club, Rocky Bayou Country Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Niceville. His activities included swimming, sailing, canoeing, camping, hunting, horseback riding, photography, reading, genealogy and flying aircraft. He held a commercial pilot's license with single engine land qualification, sea, glider, instrument ratings and instructor ratings. He had a passion for travel, visiting places across the USA, Central America, Australia and most of Europe.
He is survived by eight children, Charles Walter Ruckel III (Molly), Stephen Walter Ruckel (Rhonda), James Plew Ruckel, Gregory Meaut Ruckel (Rose), Martin Tille Ruckel (Phyllis), Marion Ruckel Skalicky (Andre), Sharon Joyce Ruckel and Philip Bond Ruckel; and 12 grandchildren, John Charles Ruckel, Sean Michael Ruckel (Lena), Kristin Ruckel Dickson (Oakley), Kathleen Noel Ruckel, Wava Ruckel Adams (Darren), Howard Madison Ruckel, Marysa Ruckel Kirby (Scott), Matthew Stephen Ruckel (Kristy), James Plew Ruckel Jr., Kaitlan Christy Ruckel, Jenna Marguerite Skalicky, and Sofia Elizabeth Skalicky; and 15 great-grandchildren, Shelby Elizabeth Ruckel, Hannah Kate Dickson, Brayden Brian Adams, Matthew Owen Dickson, Oliver Martin Adams, Noah Logan Dickson, Benjamin Matthew Ruckel, Mathias Doyle Ruckel, Vance Timothy Kirby, Maddie Grace Dickson, Gabriel Stephen Ruckel, Jonas Hammer Ruckel, Samuel Aaron Ruckel, Matthew Campbell Ruckel and Waylon Parker Ruckel.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 26, at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Niceville. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home.
You may express condolences to the family and sign the guestbook at www.heritagegardensfuneralhome.com. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.
Maximillian "Max" Tidmore Jr. (1947 - 2011)
Born March 7, 1947, in Trafford, Ala., Maximillian Tidmore Jr., who was a longtime resident of Okaloosa County, Fla., passed away on Oct. 24, 2011, at the age of 64.
He is survived by his wife, Maria (affectionately known as "Suz"); his two daughters, Cristin Faircloth (Bret) of Mobile, Ala., and Tiffany Ala (Art) from Montgomery, Ala.; and two granddaughters, Amber Faircloth and Isabella (Bella) Ala. He is also survived by his oldest brother, James (Verlon) Tidmore, and his sister-in-law, Etta, from Granbury, Texas; and his older brother, Wayne Tidmore, and his sister-in-law, Juanita from Trafford, Ala.; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maximillian Sr. and Era B. Tidmore.
Max served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He served as vice president at Copy Products Co., where he was employed for 23 years. He was a member of the Fort Walton Beach Rotary Club and served on their board for many years. He was a past president of the club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
His family and friends were a very important part of his life. He was a passionate member of the Sunset Corvette Club, traveling around the country to shows, where he won numerous trophies and awards for his '96 red Corvette coupe. Often he played the devil's advocate in political discussions, and let our local paper know his persuasion through many editorial publications. But perhaps he was best known for his great love of Alabama football!
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to TheKidney Foundation at www.kidney.org or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org