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Obert Funeral Home

Obert Funeral Home

Agnes Marie Brown

Agnes Marie Brown, age 93 of Marianna, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on June 13, 2017 at Jackson Hospital.

Agnes was born on December 14, 1923 in Stantonville, Tennessee to Clarence and Mattie Clark Higgins. She moved to the Jackson County area in 1987, coming from Indiantown, Florida, and was a church member at Lighthouse Community Church in Marianna.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence and Mattie Higgins; husband: William Charles Brown; granddaughter: Tami.

She is survived by her four daughters: Linda Tharp of Marianna, Florida, Ramell Davis of Marianna, Florida, Delois Moss and husband Marshall of Alford, Florida, Patricia McBride of Lexington, Tennessee; grandchildren: Debbie, Sherri, Judy, Nette, David, Wayne, Jeffery, Teresa, James, Kathy, Larry, Melanie, Gennifer, Brandy, Tanya, Missy, Tracy; thirty-nine great grandchildren; thirty-one great great grandchildren; one great great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 11A.M. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Lighthouse Community Church in Marianna, Florida with Rev. Frances Dudley officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Marianna. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida will be directing.

The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at the church

Travis Taylor Ham

Travis Taylor Ham, age 28 of Chipley, passed from this life on May 28, 2017.

Travis was born on November 29, 1988 in Dothan, Alabama to Robert C. Ham and Mary Harris. He was a graduate of Cottondale High School and worked as a Corrections officer at Northwest Florida Reception Center in Greenhead.

He is survived by his significant other, Kristina Hodges of Chipley, Florida; father: Robert C. Ham and wife Maria of Malone, Florida; mother: Mary Harris of Wausau, Florida; two sons: Jeremiah and Jaran of Chipley, Florida; daughter: Scarlett of Chipley, Florida; paternal grandmother: Frances Baxter of Chipley, Florida; brother:  Lance Hutchins of Wausau, Florida; sisters: Amber Register and husband Robert of Graceville, Florida, Alida Ham of Malone, Florida, Carlotta Kornegay and husband Jacob of Marianna, Florida.

A celebration of life will be held 7P.M. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Grace and Glory Worship Center in Chipley, Florida. The family will receive friend for visitation from 5-7P.M. at the church. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing

James Whitney Nelson

James Whitney Nelson, age 40 of Marianna, went home to be with the Lord on May 22, 2017 at his residence.

Whitney was born on January 5, 1977 in Panama City, Florida to James Royce Nelson and Mary Sue Martin. A lifelong resident of the panhandle, he was a 1995 graduate of Chipley High School. He was a church member at New Hope Baptist Church in Marianna, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Crissy Nelson of Marianna, Florida; sons: Austin Nelson and Christian Nelson of Marianna, Florida; daughters: Lauren Nelson, Tasha Jones, Kimberly Jones, Jasmine Jones all of Marianna, Florida; step-father: Gene Martin and wife Ruth of Chipley, Florida; step-mother: Tamara Nelson of Chipley, Florida; brother: Garrett Martin and wife Blair of Chipley, Florida; uncles: Wayne Nelson and wife Betty of Chipley, Florida, Eugene Nelson of Panama City, Florida.

Funeral service will be held 11A.M. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at New Hope Baptist Church in Marianna, Florida with Rev. Brandon Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery in Cottondale, Florida. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

James William Neel

James William Neel, 77, of Greenwood, FL, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his residence.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Jackson County with the exception of a brief time spent in Calhoun and Liberty Counties.

He retired in 1997 from the Florida Department of Corrections after more than 30 years of service with the state of Florida.

He enjoyed fishing, going to auctions, building popsicle stick houses, and playing his guitar and singing.

James was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Burley Hamilton Neel; wife, Rhonda Neel; and sister, Mary Neel Gilley.

He is survived by two sons, Kenny Neel and William Neel of Greenwood; two daughters, Angie Pettis and husband, Russell of DeFuniak Springs, and Connie Young and husband, Steve of Marianna; one brother, Roy Neel and wife, Tammy of Tallahassee; one sister, Thelma Beloat and husband, Pete of Grand Ridge; eight grandchildren, Mary Kathyrn Pettis Hession and husband, Michael (BoBo) of Richton, Mississippi, Anna Pettis Towery and husband, David of DeFuniak Springs, Morgan Neel of Grand Ridge, Michael Young, Mason Young, Taylor Young, Sarah Young, and Katelyn Young, all of Marianna; one great granddaughter, Lynlee Towery of DeFuniak Springs, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Welcome Assembly of God Church in Dellwood, Florida on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Russell Pettis officiating.  Interment will follow in the Welcome Assembly of God Cemetery with Obert Funeral Home directing.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service, at Welcome Assembly of God Church.

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