Anna Mildred Whitehead Edenfield went home to be with the Lord at 6:08 p.m. at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City, on Saturday evening, January 12, 2019 at the age of 98. Mildred went peacefully and was surrounded by family, loved ones, and wonderful caregivers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Lucille Whitehead, her husband John Frank Edenfield, of 57 years, her daughter Ruth Ann Edenfield, her two sons Clifford Dowling Edenfield and Chester Winifred Edenfield, her sister Gladys Dennis and brother Johnny Whitehead. Mildred was Pentecostal Holiness by faith and knew our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Mildred leaves behind her oldest son Charles Franklin Edenfield and wife Tammie of Matthews, NC, her twin daughters Martha Jeanette Burnette and husband Thomas of Panama City, FL, and Mildred Jeannine Peacock and husband Keith of Altha, FL. She also leaves behind a daughter-in-law Sidney Edenfield, a sister-in-law Alene Whitehead, both of Altha, FL, and best friend Mary Young of Panama City, FL. A rich and full life for Mildred included her 13 Grandchildren: Andrew, Joseph, Mary, Heather, Cliff, Aresha, April, Chasity, Zachary, John David, Kristen, Tanner, Trent, 15 Great-Grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Mildred was born on October 10, 1920 in Altha, Florida to loving parents and was raised up in the Holiness Faith. She married her husband Frank on June 26, 1941. She first was a homemaker, then began to work outside of the home at the tobacco farm in Quincy, Florida and then as a welder at the Shipyard at the Port of Panama City. She then returned to school to receive her Licensed Practical Nursing Certification in May, 1963 and her Emergency Medical Technician Certification in December, 1977. She worked in various Health Care facilities in the area until her retirement in 1984. She continued working part time as a caregiver to others, so kept up her license until she was in her early 70’s. When she was not working or busy raising children, she enjoyed shopping, crocheting, organ lessons, pottery classes, singing, dancing, and working with her flowers. When able Mildred attended the Altha Church of God with Jeannine and also attended the Central Pentecostal Ministries Church with Jeanette.
Mildred lived a very full and long life, loved her family dearly, and was blessed with very good health most of her 98 years.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 am (CST) at Altha Church of God with Reverend Allan Nichols and Reverend Vint Norris officiating. Interment will follow in Edenfield Cemetery in Altha. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm (CST) until 8:00 pm (CST) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL.
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