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Cooper Funeral Home

Cooper Funeral Home

Calvin Bentley Woodson

Mr. Calvin Bentley Woodson, 80 of Chipley, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in the Novant Presbyterian Medical Center of Charlotte, North Carolina.  

He was born on April 17, 1937 to the late Ralph & Arlene (Kates) Woodson in Chatham, Virginia.  Calvin was a member of the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he served diligently as a Deacon.  He served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years before retiring.  Upon retiring he became the first black volunteer fire fighter in Washington County, Florida.  He was also a member of the VFW Post and the Lions Club both of Chipley.  Calvin was a mentor to many and left an imprint on this earth that could never go unnoticed.  

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 31 years, Lola M. Woodson of Chipley, Florida;  three daughters:  Winter Dortech, Regina Brim, and Melanie Dunston;  grandchildren:  Christopher Dunston, Denzell Dortech, Josee Lahoz III, Elizabeth Lahoz, Briana Lahoz, and Savannah Martinez;  one sister:  Sandra White;  sister-in-law:  Edna McFadden; brothers-in-law:  Wilford Coleman and his wife Alfredia, and Jared Kent and his wife Pam;  aunts:  Dorothy Smith, Catherine Smith, Eloise Thompkins, and Angeline Witcher;  uncle: Samuel Jones; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many sorrowful friends.  

The family will receive friends from 6-7 P.M., Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Chipley, Florida. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11 A.M. CST from the sanctuary of the Orange Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Chipley, Florida with pastor, Rev. Malcolm O. Nelson, Rev. James Johns, Elder Tony Howard, Rev. Earl Cooke, and Rev. George Davis, officiating.  Committal Services will follow on the Church Cemetery with Full Military Honors performed by the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard.  

Mr. Woodson will lie in repose at the church on Saturday one hour prior to services with the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida, directing.  

Annie McClain Moore

Mrs. Annie McClain Moore, 78 of Bonifay, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the Bonifay Nursing & Rehab. Center of Bonifay, Florida. 

She was born on July 21, 1938 in Chipley, Florida to the late Hosea McClain, Sr., and Zula (Clemmons) McClain.  Being raised in a Christian home, she professed Christ at an early age and became a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Bonifay, Florida.  She later became a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Argyle, Florida.  She was a seamstress for numerous years.  

She leaves to cherish her precious memories two daughters:  Carol Phane Moore of Pensacola, Florida, & Sonya Moore of Bonifay, Florida;  two sons:  Donald Moore and his wife Amanda of Bonifay, Florida & Rory Moore and his wife Gloria of Marianna, Florida;   a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  two sisters:  Catherine Jenell Arnett & Carol Tyler and her husband Rev. Earl, both of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida;  three brothers:  Tim R. McClain Sr., Lesly B. McClain & Robert McClain, Sr. and his wife Lettie, all of Bonifay, Florida;  along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be held 11 A.M. CST, Saturday, June 24, 2017 from the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Bonifay, Florida with Rev. Willie E. Brown, & Elder Kelvin Johnson, officiating, and Rev. Shelly Chandler, Pastor.  Committal Services will follow in the Bonifay City Cemetery of Bonifay, Florida with the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida, directing.  

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. CST, Friday, June 23, 2017 in the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel of Chipley, Florida.  Mrs. Moore will lie in repose at the church on Saturday 1hr. prior to services.  Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.cooperfhchipley.com.

Alton Gene Davidson

Mr. Alton Gene Davidson, 87 of Chipley, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at his home.  

He was born on September 19, 1929 in Washington County.  He was preceded in death by his parents:  William Bill Davidson and Mary Green Davidson; a brother:  Carlton Davidson; and a sister:  Lavern Schultz.  

Alton was a native and a life- long resident of Chipley and was of the Baptist faith.  He served his Country honorably and was a veteran of World War II.  Alton was a farmer and the retired owner/operator of Alton’s Service Station & Garage and Parts Department for more than 30 years. 

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 68 years:  Hazel Slay Davidson of Chipley, Florida; beloved children:  Rhonda Davidson, Phillip Davidson and his wife Lesia, and Dennis Davidson, all of Chipley, Florida; seven (7) grandchildren & a host of great-grands; a brother:  Dave Davidson of Niceville, Florida; a sister:  Vernell Sheppard of North Carolina;  along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  

A Memorial Service honoring Alton’s life will be held 10 A.M., Friday, April 28, 2017 from the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Chipley, Florida with pastor, Rev. Mike Orr and Rev. Travis Mask, officiating.  Military Honors will be performed by the Ft. Rucker Honor Guard. Memorialization will be by cremation with the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida, directing. 

Friends may express their condolences online at www.cooperfhchipley.com.  

Alice Virgina Boston Slack

Ms. Alice Virgina Bryant Slack, 66 of Chipley, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 13, 2017 in the Northwest Florida Community Hospital of Chipley, Florida.  

She was born on August 4, 1950 to the late Henry and Lena Boston in Chipley, Florida.  Alice accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was a member of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Chipley, Florida.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and dear friend to many. 

Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter: Quantina Loraine Morris; six siblings:  Viola Wright, Frank Boston, Norman Boston, James Boston, Donald Boston, and Thomas Boston.  

She leaves to cherish her memories two children:  Cheryl Bryant Sheffield and Curtis Bryant of Chipley, Florida;  three grandchildren:  Selena Godwin of Chipley, Florida, Di’Liesha Bryant of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dontavious Bryant of Panama City, Florida;  one great-grandchild:  Brylen Daniels of Chipley, Florida;  four sisters:  Jeanette McDonald and her husband James, Pearl McDonald and her husband Charles, Mary Campbell and her husband Chester, all of Chipley, Florida and Fannie Wilson of Tallahassee, Florida;  two brothers:  Willie Boston and his wife Ollie and Jake Boston and his wife Rhonda, both of Chipley, Florida;  god-daughter:  Nicole Lewis of Chipley, Florida;  along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  

A Celebration of Life will be held 2 P.M. CST, Saturday, March 18, 2017 from the sanctuary of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Chipley, Florida with Rev. Tony Davis, Pastor, Elder Floyd Harper, Rev. L.V. Farmer, and Rev. Thomas Smith, officiating.  Committal Services will follow in the Northside Cemetery of Chipley, Florida with the Cooper Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida, directing.  

Public Viewing for Ms. Slack will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 12 Noon until 9 P.M. in the Cooper Funeral Home Chapel of Chipley, Florida.  Ms. Slack will lie in repose at the church 1hr. prior to services on Saturday.  Friends may sign the guestbook online at www.cooperfhchipley.com

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