Joseph Michael Hamm

Lieutenant Colonel USAR Joseph Michael Hamm, 69, surrounded by family, passed away on March 10, 2019, after a brief illness with cancer.  Memorial services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Culley’s Funeral Home on Riggins Road, Tallahassee, Fl.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until noon, with a memorial to be held from noon until 1:00 pm, followed by  military services at 2:00 pm at Tallahassee National Cemetery with military honors.

Michael  was born on September 12, 1949, in Marianna, Florida, to Joseph Grady Hamm, Jr., and Eloise Hollis Hamm.  He attended school in Marianna, graduating from Mariana High School in 1967.  He excelled academically, as well as in sports.  He attended Chipola Junior College on a tennis scholarship, graduating in 1969.  He attended Florida State University and graduated in April 1971 with a B. S. in Criminology.  While attending FSU, he was active in the Army ROTC and following  graduation and completion of basic training was commissioned a Lieutenant, starting a 28 year career in the Army Reserves.

In 1972, Michael began working with the State of Florida, starting as a probation officer with DOC, and later moving to the Florida Parole Commission where he finished his 35 year career as a Regional Administrator.

Michael loved fishing, duck hunting, Florida State sports, and preparing his special food dishes for others, especially ducks and shucking oysters.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pamela Henderson Hamm.  He is survived by his children and grandchildren, including daughter Paige Hamm (Matthew) Cohen of Wesley Chapel, step-daughters Anne Eldridge (Charles) Harden of Sopchoppy and Dana Eldridge (Wrenn) Harvey of Crawfordville, step-son Matthew (Jessica) Eldridge, and grandchildren Jonah and Marina Harvey, Valerie, Chance and Sarah Harden, and Elijah and Levi Cohen.   Also, he is survived by his father, Joseph Grady Hamm, Jr., his brothers Danny (Sandra) Hamm and Kenny (Cathy) Hamm all of Marianna and his sister Belinda (Rick) Boedy of Big Canoe, Georgia, as well as their children.

The family wishes to thank Big Bend Hospice, especially Ida and Becky, for this compassionate and loving care during Michael’s illness.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory can be made to Big Bend Hospice,  the American Cancer Society,  or a non-profit of one’s choice.


Jack Robert Brown Jr.

Jack Robert Brown, Jr. of Marianna, Florida passed away at the age of 83 on February 27, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Jack was born in Springfield, Missouri and moved to Marianna, Florida at the age of four. He graduated from Marianna High School in 1953 and excelled as a multi-sport athlete breaking both local and state records. After attending Marion Institute on a basketball scholarship, Jack graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He served in the Army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina for two years before moving back home to Marianna, Florida. While living in Marianna, Florida, he owned and operated the following businesses: Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Hinson Realty, Oak Realty, Brown Appraisal, Title Services of North West Florida, and Marianna Title Services.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Agnes Brown, and Brother-in-laws Joe Wheat and John Taylor. Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dru Brown, daughters Cami Brown Smith (Stephen) of Panama City and Margaret Brown Thompson (John) of Tallahassee; grandchildren Chase Smith (Melisa) of Waco, Texas; Ali Wingate of New York City, New York; Strom Wingate and Jack Wingate of Tallahassee, Florida; sisters Carol Ann Lamb of Birmingham, Alabama; Betty Taylor of Dallas, Texas; and brother Jerry Brown (Terry) of Marianna, Florida as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at 1:00 pm CST on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm CST. Following the service, the family will receive friends and family in the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial contributions to the 1835 Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Marianna, Florida, North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group or Big Bend Hospice.

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