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James and Sikes Funeral Home

James and Sikes Funeral Home

Maddox Chapel  4278 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 (850) 482-2332

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Cleo Hall

Mrs.Cleo Hall of Malone, age 77, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Dothan, AL.

Cleo was born on April 21, 1940 to the late Leonard and Alma Glisson Mathis. She was a loving wife and mother.  She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church of Malone, FL.  Cleo enjoyed sewing and cooking for family and friends.

First and foremost, Cleo loved the Lord, her husband of 59 years, and her family. Cleo met her husband, Ben, when she began working at Rhyne Furniture Company nearly 60 years ago.  They were married on January 16, 1959.  That union produced two children, Gay & Richie, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Cleo is survived by her husband Ben D. Hall; one daughter, Gay Pettis and her husband, Michael; one son, Richard Hall and his wife, Jane; five grandchildren, Christopher Pettis, Benjamin Hall, Cameron Pettis and wife, Shelby, Christopher Hall and Jana Hall; two great grandchildren, Abel Pettis and Elizabeth Pettis; sister in laws, Faye Croom, Wynell Fontain and her husband, Ronald, Lezell (Liz) Nelson; brother in law, Stanley Slay and numerous nieces, nephews, one step sister, Naomi and friends.  She will be greatly missed by all.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with Reverends Duane Littlefield, Joe Murkerson, and Sonny Pittman officiating and James and Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. 

The Family will receive friends Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to First Freewill Baptist Church of Malone, FL building fund.

James Ronnie Harris

James Ronnie Harris, 67, of the Shady Grove Community, passed from this life on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Jackson Hospital.

Mr. Harris was a native of Jackson County, Florida.  He was a 1968 graduate of Grand Ridge High School.  He retired from the State of Florida, Department of Corrections, after forty years of service.  He retired as Warden at Northwest Florida Reception Center, Chipley, Florida.  He was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.  He was a consultant with the American Rose Society and he was proud of this honor.  He was a member of Shady Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He loved playing golf and fishing with his friends.  He was a sports enthusiast, especially baseball and FSU football.  He also was an avid history enthusiast.  He loved and was known for his rose gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and Alice Harris and his brother, Ralph Wayne Harris.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sandra; two sons, Ron Harris (Cindy) and Brian Harris, of Shady Grove Community; two granddaughters, Cortney McClendon (Ethan) and Ashlyn Harris; two great-grandchildren, Kyra Lynn McClendon and Emory James McClendon (EJ) and one sister, Alice Laverne Stoutamire (Ollie) of Shady Grove Community.  

Funeral services will be 12 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Shady Grove Pentecostal Holiness Church with Reverends David Robertson, Oren Simpson and Donnie Thomas officiating.  Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 23, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Early Grady Brackin, Sr.

Early Grady Brackin, Sr., 94, of Marianna, passed away January 15, 2018 in Marianna, Florida.  He was born July 1, 1923 in Dothan, AL.  He spent his early years in Enterprise, AL, moving back to Dothan in 1939 where he graduated from Dothan High School in 1943.  He was the last surviving member of his high school class.  Following graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corp.  After attending training schools in Nebraska, Texas and Las Vegas, he was assigned to a crew on a B-17 and served in Saipan with Air Sea Rescue until February 1946.

After the war he returned to Dothan and worked with the fire department before going to college at Troy State Teacher’s College  (now Troy University).  He majored in music and fronted the Troy Wavemen Dance Band for three years. He spent his life as a band director at several locations, the last of which was Marianna.  He organized and directed the Marianna Middle School Band where he taught for 14 years until his retirement in 1985. At the time of his retirement there were 371 students in the band program. While at Marianna he founded the Small School Honor Band which allowed the top band students in the surrounding counties to gather once a year and perform advanced music under a guest clinician.  Through the years, when he would encounter a former student, he might not remember the student’s name but he could always remember which instrument the student had played.   Grady continued his involvement in music by serving as mentor to young band directors and as a guest judge and clinician at various contests and concerts.  He conducted his final concert in Tifton, GA at the age of 91.

After retiring, he and his wife Bobbie travelled during the next 10 years enjoying children and grandchildren.  In 1995 they bought land in the north Georgia mountains, close to Blairsville.  With the help of their children, grandchildren and friends they began building a cabin in 1999 and continued to enjoy their time in the mountains until Bobbie’s death in 2015.  Both were active members of the First United Methodist Church in Marianna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers – Tydle Ray, Joe and John, his first wife – Joyce Deuel Brackin and his second wife of 49 years – Barbara (Bobbie) May Brackin.

He is survived by three sons – Earl Brackin, Jr (Lisa) of Calhoun, GA, Ray Barber (Patti), and Randy Barber (Darlene) of Tifton, GA, and Jody Burke (Bo) of Marianna, FL, 12 grandchildren, including Ben (Kara) Burke and Daniel (Emily) Burke, formerly of Marianna, 14 great grandchildren, and Blanche Amison, devoted friend and caregiver.

The family will be gathering at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Bo Burke. 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Marianna with the Reverend Dr. Nathan Attwood officiating.   Interment will follow in the Dothan City Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at First United Methodist Church of Marianna and asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Marianna.

John Dan Hughes

John Dan Hughes, age 83, of Grand Ridge died January 12, 2018 in Marianna. He was  born February 18, 1934 in the Leonia Community of Holmes County.  Preceded in death by his parents:  George B. Hughes and Hortie Mella Gillman Hughes, and his six older brothers and sisters:  Rupert Hughes, Eunice Carroll, Lois Adams, Verna Andrews, Lonie Weeks and Houston Hughes.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Sarah Ruth Talley Hughes; his four children:  Latilda Rose Hughes-Neel (Bruce) of Freeport, Florida; Joel Travis Hughes (Mellody) of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; Melissa Jane Hughes-McCall (Kurt) of Middleburg, Florida and Eric Dan Hughes (Elizabeth) of Cleveland, Georgia; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

John graduated from Ponce de Leon High School, and held a Bachelor of Science degree in English & Social Studies and a Masters degree in Education Administration, both degrees from Troy State University.

John was a teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator at Grand Ridge School over a 30-year career.  He was the Grand Ridge School Beta Club Sponsor, 1976 Chairman of the Florida State Beta Club and served on the National Beta Club Board of Directors from 1976-2000, serving as Chairman of that organization from 1978-1989.

John was a member of Grand Ridge Baptist Church where he served as music director, deacon and Sunday School teacher.  He was also a member of Gideon International, an organization dedicated to the distribution of Bibles.

John was an avid fisherman.  He also enjoyed travelling with his wife Sarah and researching his family genealogy, which led him to write several books about his family history.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday,  January 16, 2018 at Grand Ridge Baptist Church followed by Graveside Services at Cypress Cemetery. The family will recieve friends from 10 a.m. until  the funeral time at 11 a.m.. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.

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