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Deena Michelle Halstead Zimmerman

Deena Michelle Halstead Zimmerman received the precious gift of life on April 16, 1973 in Dothan, Alabama bringing joy to her parents, Debra Barnes Matthews and Harold Dean Halstead.  Deena went to her heavenly home on Monday, May 28, 2018 at the age of 45.

 A 1991 graduate of Spruce Creek High School in Daytona Beach, Deena furthered her education at Chipola College receiving a degree in Nursing and certification in Cosmetology.  She was employed at Graceville Correctional Facility as a Registered Nurse and was a former employee at Jackson Hospital.

 She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Roswell and Herberta Jenings Barnes and paternal grandfather, Harold Halstead.

 Her love and memories will live on through her daughter, Madison Nicole; son, Mason Cole; parents, Debra and Chris Matthews of Marianna, Dean and Robyn Halstead of Pensacola; brother, Michael Shane Halstead and wife Tammi of Panama City Beach; sister, Tara Halstead of Pensacola; stepbrother, William (Will) Clarence Green and wife Sarah of Pensacola; stepsister, Valerie Nicole (Nikki) Manges and husband David of Japan; paternal grandmother, Hope Halstead of Pensacola; also a niece, nephews, aunt, uncles, cousins and friends.

 Deena was a sassy free spirit who loved spending time at the beach and with her family.  Her beautiful infectious smile welcomed in many friends with her keen sense of humor.

 A service celebrating Deena’s life will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:00p.m. at Rivertown Community Church (RCC) with Pastors Paul Smith and Lavon Pettis officiating.  Private interment will take place at Bayview Cemetery in Pensacola with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.

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Nancy Highsmith

Life began for Mrs. Nancy Highsmith of Greenwood, Florida on June 8, 1933 in Greenwood, Florida to the late Ben and Odell Williams Sims.  She entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 19th at home.  She was 84 years old.

 A native of Jackson County, she was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.  She retired from the Dade County Public School system as a bus driver.  Upon relocating back to Greenwood, she worked for the Jackson County Public School system as a bus driver and worked several years, before retiring again.

 Love and precious memories will forever remain with her husband, L.D. Highsmith of Greenwood, Florida; two daughters, Regina Harris and husband Richard of Greenwood, Florida and Selena Highsmith of Miami, Florida; four sons, Cecil Highsmith, Steven Highsmith both of Marianna, Florida, Luman Highsmith and wife Tiffany of Clearwater, Florida and Marcus Highsmith and wife Lattica of Richmond, Texas; daughter-in-law, Venus Highsmith of Miami, Florida; son-in-law, Blake Moore of Greenwood, Florida; two sisters, Gehazel Sims of Greenwood, Florida and Edna Golden (Jimmy) of East Orange, New Jersey; two brothers, Ben Sims, Jr. of Greenwood, Florida and Edward Sims and wife Eloise of Irvington, New Jersey; one aunt, Callie Sims of Greenwood, Florida; 32 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, May 26th at 11a.m. at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Dwight Cockerham, Sr. is Pastor.  Rev. Kevin Williams, Rev. Jesse Douglas, Rev. Jordon Williams and Rev. Dr. Isaac Williams officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna

 The ramains will lie-in-repose for one hour prior to the 11a.m. funeral time on Saturday at Mt. Tabor.

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Bettye Ruth Wood

Ms. Bettye Ruth Wood of Marianna entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 26th at Jackson Hospital in Marianna.  She was 69 years old.

 A native of Jackson County, she was a 1969 graduate of the Jackson County Training School fighting Panthers.  She was an avid sports fan, her favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys.   Bettye was a loving sister, a caring aunt and friend.  She will be deeply missed by many.

 Precious memories will forever remain with one daughter, Taquana Renee’ Wood of Manteca, California; three grandchildren and one great grandchild; two sisters, Edna Williams Swilley of San Jose, California and Sylvia Diane Williams of Tallahassee, Florida; one brother, Gary Eugene Williams of New Orleans, Louisiana; special friend, Rocky Swilley Summers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 A service of remembrance will be held Saturday, May 26th at 10a.m. at the pavilion at Citizen’s Lodge.  Words of Comfort will be given by Rev. Glorida Borders Wynn and Rev. Ohara Johnson; reflections will be given by family and friends with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.

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