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Donnie Ray Holman

Donnie Ray Holman age 64 of Graceville, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home. Donnie was born in Graceville on July 31, 1954 to the late Oliver M. Holman, Sr. and Susan Burnham.  Donnie was graduated from Poplar Spring High School in 1972. He was longtime roofing contractor for the Geneva and Jackson County areas. 

He was preceded in death by his father, three brothers Joe Wallace Holman, Oliver Holman, Jr. and Charles Holman former Mayor of Graceville. 

Donnie is survived by his mother Susan Burnham,  son Alan Holman of Abbeville, AL, daughters Michelle Holman of Columbus, GA, Rene Holman of Columbus, GA, and Caitlyn Holman of Graceville, FL, sister Kathy Ann Downing of Graceville, FL, seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service for Donnie will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in the Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Raymond O’Quinn officiating. 

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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Nora Baxley Edgerton (1929 - 2019)

Nora Baxley Edgerton, 89, of Graceville, Florida, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Flowers Hospital after a brief illness. Nora was born in Slocomb, Alabama on December 4, 1929, to the late Willie and Nena Baxley. A graduate of Holmes County High School, Nora was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Graceville. She was also a member of the Graceville Garden Club, Twix and Tweens, and a volunteer at the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital. She retired from Graceville Oil Company after over 40 years as a bookkeeper. She continued bookkeeping for several businesses, up until her passing. Nora was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother, and friend, who was devoted to helping others. She enjoyed playing dominos, doing the jumble, traveling the world, spending time with her family, and her beloved dogs Sugar and Taco.

Nora is predeceased by brothers Harold, Lloyd, JB and sisters Flora, Margaret, and Bertha. She is survived by her two daughters: Phyllis Vaughn-Gadd (Chris) of Tallahassee and Lenora Quimby of Vero Beach; Grandchildren Tara, Taylor, Alex (Kim), Nora, and Lily; 4 great-grandsons Will, Grayson, Cal and Tye, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home in Graceville, Friday, May l7th from 5-7 pm. The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church, Saturday, May l8th at l0 am. Naethan Hendrix and Duane Baxley will officiate the service, with burial to follow at Noma Cemetery. 

Flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Graceville. 

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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Robert “Rabbit” Lee Gillman

Robert “Rabbit” Lee Gillman age 70 of Graceville, Fl passed away on Monday, May 1, 2019 at his home. He was born in Pike County, Kentucky on August 14, 1948 to the late Clarence G. and Maxie Blackburn Gillman. He has been a residence of Graceville for forty years moving here from Lakeland, FL. Robert served his country in the United States Army, and had worked as a welder and a mechanic for Truck Equipment Company for several years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dallas Gillman, and a brother Bill Gillman.  Robert is survived by four sons, Daniel Gillman of Newport, NC, Robert Gillman of Chillicothe, Ohio, Danny Gillman of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Clarence Gillman of Indian Trail, NC, daughter Roberta McCallister of Graceville, FL, brothers Teddy Gillman of Graceville, FL, Larry Gillman of Avon Park, FL, and David Gillman of Madison, AL, three sisters Matilda Howell of Auburn Dale, FL, Margaret Jones of Graceville, FL, and Naomi Miles of Troy, AL. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Services for Robert will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Salem Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Cottondale, FL. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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