Ernest “Skip” Knopp Jr.

Ernest “Skip” Knopp Jr., age 73 of Fountain, passed from this life on May 31, 2019 at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Chipley, Florida.

Skip was born on August 6, 1945 in Nankin Township, Michigan to Ernest Carl Knopp and Magdalen Zemke. He had been a resident of Florida since 1957, coming from Michigan. He was of the Protestant faith and was a Brick Mason by trade. He courageously served in the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War. Skip was a member and valuable asset of AmVets Post 231, Fountain, Florida, where he was the Canteen Manager. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother: John “Butch” Knopp and wife Darlene of Wewahitchka, Florida; sister: Judy Heisler of Miami, Florida; special friends: Edward and Debra Lowe of Fountain, Florida.

Memorialization will be by cremation with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida in charge of arrangements.


Joe Lewis Higgins

Joe Lewis Higgins, 93 of Marianna, originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, May 10, 2019.

Joe was born in Waterloo, Alabama to Donald and Tishia Higgins and moved to Mishawaka as a teenager with his family. 

He was a WW2 Veteran serving in the US Army in France in various locations. He retired after thirty years with the Northern Indiana Brass Company in Elkhart, Indiana and was a member of the First Church of God.   He adored and was adored by his grandchildren, known to them as the candy man always having candy and sweets nearby. He was an avid fisherman and fished all over the US and Canada and loved traveling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Tishia Higgins of Waterloo Alabama, Sisters Blanche Garrett of South Bend, Indiana and Mary Dzvonar of Mishawaka, Indiana.

He is survived by one sister, Lois Claeys of South Ben, Indiana, his daughter Linda Sue Higgins (Trefz) of Marianna, granddaughters Wendy Lee Gay and husband Kevin Dale of Alford, Shalon Renae Register and husband Jeffrey of Marianna,  great grandchildren Nicole Williams, Amber Bradley, Brooke Bradley, Danae’ Williams, great grandsons Joshua Rogers and Ian Sparks Register great great granddaughter Brinley Grace Staten and great great grandson Killian Cole Williams along with a host of neices and nephews. 

The family will have a private graveside and Celebration of Life service.

Internment will follow in the Baptist Cemetery in Cottondale with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emerald Coast Hospice.


Patricia Jane Griffin


Patricia Jane Griffin, age 84 of Greenwood, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on April 16, 2019 at home.

She was born at Royal Oak, Michigan and lived many years in Florida. She was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; Roland and Grace Mildner; brother: Mike Mildner. She was an avid quilter, gardener and many other activities including her love of flying small planes. 

She is survived by her husband, Phil of Greenwood, Florida. Roland and Susie MIldner of Naples, Florida, sister Sally Scott of St. Augustine, Florida, son Walter and Chrissy Bentley of Cleveland, Ohio, daughter Debra and Jack Mandula of Cleveland, Ohio, son Robert and Peggy Bentley of Janesville, Wisconsin, daughter Terry Bentley of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, step-children Rick and Chris Griffin, Mike and Luann Griffin of Janesville, Wisconsin, Ellan and Bobbie Griffin of Delavan, Wisconsin, Ron and Crystal Griffin of Whitewater, Wisconsin, and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. 

There will be no service or viewing, by her request.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas

Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida in charge of arrangements.

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