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Herman Edward Stuckey

Mr. Herman Edward Stuckey, 65, of Caryville, FL went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the comfort of his home, surrounding by his wife and family.

Mr. Stuckey was a native of Ponce de Leon, FL and a member of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Caryville, FL.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Ms. Aronia Stuckey and a son, Dexter Stuckey.

He is survived by his wife, Ollie Mae Works Stuckey; his children: Tanya Stuckey (Chris Gilyard), Tonya Hall (Dravier), Tameka Stuckey, Kimberly Anderson (Elton Rumph), LaToya Matthews (Troy Marshall) and Herman Stuckey; stepchildren: Zaneta Peterson (Trevis), Tameka Burks (James) and Arthur Hudson; eighteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sisters and brothers: Oliver Hughey (Joe Ruth), Fayleonteen Nettles (Samuel), Genora Goodman (Johnny), Manuel Stuckey (Joan), Angela Stuckey, Sharon Loggins (Michael), Andre Stuckey, Ken Washington (Emma), Bruce Stuckey (Wanda) and Janet Thompson (Claude); mother-in-law: Hazel Works; father-in-law: Ransom Works (Argertha); aunt: Nora Sheffield; sisters and brothers-in-law: Cleveland Works, Clementine Howard (Elder Tony), Cheryl Peterson, Almeanus Chambers and Darrel Works (Barbara); numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends 4-7 PM, Friday, April 26, 2019 in the sanctuary of Spirit-Filled Church of God in Christ, 2128 Pate Pond Road (Hwy 279 South) in Caryville, Florida.

A Celebration of life will commenced at 11 AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019 in the sanctuary of Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church, 308 Knox Hill Road, Ponce de Leon, Florida with the Elder Tony Howard delivering the words of comfort.

Mr. Stuckey will be laid to rest in the Euchee Valley Presbyterian Cemetery in DeFuniak Springs, Florida under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.

Jonah Mercer places sixth and medals at State

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Jonah Mercer joined an elite group from Marianna High School last Saturday at the State Wrestling Tournament. Mercer was one of three to medal in the Panhandle that extends from the Alabama line to the Leon County line in all 14 weight classes at the tournament. To say Marianna High School was well-represented is an understatement.  

Three wrestlers made it out of regionals to advance to state. Senior Jonah Mercer, junior Corey Davis, and junior John Maddox.  All three performed well and completed a remarkable season. 

Next  year, Marianna returns a host of experienced wrestlers and the future looks promising for more state medals, and a good possibility of a state championship or two.


James E. Edenfield

James E. Edenfield age 78 of Gaffney, SC passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019.  James was a native of Florida born on April 24, 1940 to the late Elton and Dora Bell Edenfield. He loved preaching and had served many years as a pastor. James enjoyed fishing, sports, wood working, but most of all he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren who he loved dearly. James truly loved people.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his half brother Michael Edenfield. 

James is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Josephine Edenfield, children Don Edenfield of Panama City, FL, Dallas Edenfield (Brandi) of Lake City, Fl, Mikki Bates (Gary) of Michigan, Kelly Elmore (Wayne)of Marianna, step-daughter Marcia Hollingsworth (Regi), South Carolina, step-daughter Rhonda Phillips (Ronny) of South Carolina, sisters JoAnn McCoy of Chattahoochee, FL and Janice Bush of Chipley, 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 4 great - great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service for James will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 15, 2019 in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Fussell officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until time of service.

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at


Kirby Harol Melton

Kirby Harol Melton, 74, passed away February 15, 2019 at his home in Altha. Kirby was born November 20, 1944 to Eldridge Melton and Lucille Ayers Melton.  He was a 1962 graduate of Altha High School and lived his entire life in Altha. Following high school, Kirby and his brother, Don, began a farming operation that became Melton Brothers Farms. They operated their family business together for the remainder of their lives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eldridge and Lucille Ayers, his brother Don Melton and his sister, Carolyn, who passed away at the age of 2.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Haley Melton Ellerbee (John) of Marianna, Cindy Melton Grantham of Altha and Will Melton (Julie) of Marianna. Six grandchildren and their spouses, Marsana Brunner (Charlie) of Blountstown, Tyler Ellerbee (Heather) of Grand Ridge, Ethan Ellerbee of Pensacola, Patrick Pitts (Aleysia) of Panama City, Payton Melton and Parker Melton of Marianna. Great grandchildren, Annalyn Meneses of Blountstown, Carson Stafford, Cheston Stafford, and Callen Ellerbee of Grand Ridge.

Kirby is also survived by a sister-in-law, Gladys Melton of Altha, great-nephew, Phillip Melvin (April) and their daughters, Taylor and Kara also of Altha. 

He had a special place for “The Boys” that are the farm family; Buddy Alday, Freddie Davis, Ricky Roberts, William Scott and Dylan Eady.

The family would like to express their gratitude to his kind and loving caregivers, Tonya Chason (Nanny TT), Linda Gates, Stanley Waldorff, Crystal Finuff Chason, and Carol Finuff.

Services will be held at Peavy Funeral Home on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow at Chipola Cemetery in Altha. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown.

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