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Virgie Keels

Mrs. Virgie Keels, 97, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 15, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida, surrounded by her loving family.  She had devoted herself to being a homemaker for her daughter and grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Virgie also worked as a School Cafeteria Aide in a High School.  She was a recent Chattahoochee resident living with her daughter in Tallahassee for a while.  While in Chattahoochee, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and a member of Chapter 43, Order of Eastern Star.

Virgie is survived by her daughter, Laura Hays and husband Richard of Tallahassee, Florida;   four grandchildren, Theresa Greenfield and Jay Paul Ayers, both of Tallahassee  and   Douglas Hays and Jeffrey Hays, both of Cape Canaveral, Florida;   also a large number of great great-grandchildren of whom she loved very much.

Visitation will take place from 2:00 until 3:00 PM EST, Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Chattahoochee, one hour prior to Funeral Service starting at 3:00 PM EST.  Family requests in Lieu of flowers, those wishing may send contributions to Virgie’s favorite charity, Lighthouse Children’s Home, 7771 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32309-1417   or   Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL. 32308-5428.

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Shirley Ilene Furry

Mrs. Shirley Ilene Furry, 91 of Chattahoochee, FL passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018 and had lived in this area for the past 20 years coming from Punta Gorda, FL.  Shirley was a retired group leader for the Building Department in Charlotte County.

She enjoyed traveling, cooking, going to yard sales, gardening and tending to her plants.  She loved her children, grandchildren, church and church family.

Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Millie Kiser of Georgia, Nethel Iverson and husband Rick of Sneads, and Thelma Jennings of Chattahoochee; three sons, Larry Scoles of Sneads, John Scoles of Punta Gorda, FL and Steven Furry of Cape Canaveral FL; 34 grandchildren and many other family members.

Shirley is proceeded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Robert Furry.

Visitation with the family will be held one hour prior to Funeral Services at 10:00 AM CST on Saturday, February 17, 2018 with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00 AM CST at McAlpin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Juno Douglas officiating.  Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Ridge, FL.

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Tommy Wayne Barfoot

Tommy Wayne Barfoot, 87, of Sneads, Florida, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully Friday, February 9, 2018, in the Marianna Health and Rehab Center.  Mr. Barfoot is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Daisy Leona Weeks Barfoot; his son, Timothy “Bo” Joel Barfoot; his parents, John Seabron Barfoot and Vannie Mae Barfoot; and siblings Eve Troutman, Fred Barfoot, Clara Winston, John D. Barfoot, Pat Barfoot, Bruce Barfoot, Pete Barfoot, and Voncile Grace.  “Pa” is survived by his daughter, Debbie Howell Davis and husband Ricky of Sneads; one grandson, Travis Sebron Howell and wife Mindy of Sneads; two great-grandchildren, Travis Bowden Howell and Taylor-Reese Victoria Howell; granddaughter Heather Davis Carpenter and husband Brian of Westville, Florida; granddaughter April Davis of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandson Josh Davis of Pensacola, Florida; and great-grandchildren Ethan, Meredith, and Brice Carpenter.  Mr. Barfoot is also survived by four sisters-in-law: Ollie Barfoot, Wilma Barfoot Charles, Mabel Barfoot Kirkland, and Betty Weeks. 

A special thank you to Irvin and Shirley Ranew, a devoted nephew who sacrificed his time and money (for lottery tickets) to care for Pa and to bring sunshine and companionship to his life.  Uncle Tommy especially enjoyed Shirley’s pecan pies.  For your special, loving care, we will be forever thankful. 

Mr. Tommy was born in Opp, Alabama on March 3, 1930.  He moved to Sneads with his family when he was 14 years old.  He graduated from Sneads High School in 1948, where he played basketball and was known on the court as “Bulldozer.”  After graduation, Mr. Tommy went to work at Florida State Hospital where he worked as the Stores Supervisor.  After 47 devoted years of service, he retired and shared many wonderful memories with his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

A member of the Sneads First United Methodist, Mr. Tommy served his Savior and his church as a member of the Choir, as a Trustee, the church Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, and in the Methodist Men’s Club. He loved spending time with his church family and with his children and grandchildren.  He especially enjoyed watching them play sports and attending their activities.  He was also a member of the East Jackson County Lion’s Club in which he was active in their local charity activities. 

Pa especially enjoyed making and sharing his famous homemade peach ice-cream.  Mr. Barfoot will forever be known for his sweet, giving, godly spirit and for his generosity to his family and friends.  He was loyal to his God, to his wife, to his family, to his job, to his community, and to his church.  Those blessed to have been touched by his life will cherish the memories and his godly testimony. 

A real special thank you to the staff of Emerald Coast Hospice and the Marianna Health and Rehab Center.  These two agencies have provided loving, gentle care for Pa and for our family.  Words are inadequate, and we could not have made this journey without your professional and affectionate care.   

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested charitable contributions be made to Sneads First United Methodist Church.  

Mr. Barfoot’s home-going celebration will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018, at Sneads First United Methodist Church at 10:00 am with Reverends Ernie Gray and Juno Douglas officiating.  Burial will follow the funeral on Monday at Pope Cemetery in Sneads, Florida. The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, February 11, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 pm at McAlpin Funeral Home (formerly Lanier-Andler Funeral Home).

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