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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

Website URL: http://www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com/

Dorothy L. Marr

Dorothy L. Marr, 93, of Sneads passed away June 15, 2017 at Jackson Hospital. 

Dorothy was born April 17, 1924 in Newark, OH. She graduated from Newark High School in 1942 and was a member of the Rainbow Girls. After the outbreak of WWII, Dorothy wanted to help with the war effort and went to work with North American Aviation helping build P-51 Mustang Fighter Planes in 1942. She matriculated at Muskingum College, where she was a classmate of former astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glen and transferred to Ohio State University. She married her husband, C. Harold Marr on August 8, 1945. They took up residency in Barrington, RI and Harold went to work for Southern New England Phone Company in Norrwich, Connecticut. She was an avid square dancer, graduated from the Monarch Connecticut Square Dance Club, acheived advanced level 2 dancer, and participated in National Square Dance Conventions in Indianapilos, Houston, Knoxville, Birmingham, Louisville and many others. Dorothy was a member of the Three Rivers Dance Club from 1948-2010. She was an avid gardner and cattle rancher in Sneads for the past 35 years.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Marr; one daughter, Janet H. Marr; one grandson, Christopher Marr; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Beeney and wife, Nancy of Altoona, PA.

Memorial services were held at the Marr residence in Sneads. Memorialization will be by cremation with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

Shirley O’Connor Morris

Shirley O’Connor Morris, 72, of Marianna died June 8, 2017 at Bay Medical Center. 

Shirley was an avid yard saler and treasure collector. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who dedicated her life to her family and raising children even if not her own. She was beloved by everyone she encountered.  

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald O’Connor, Sr. Shirley is survived by her husband, Jerry Morris of Marianna; sister, Susan Thatcher from Ticonderoga, NY; four sons, Lucas Morris of Marianna, Donald O’Connor and wife, Sheree of Naylor, GA, Andrew O’Connor and wife, Debra of Marianna, Ricky O’Connor and wife, Gina of Valdosta, GA; three daughters, Amy Lipford and husband, James, Sherry O’Connor and husband, Joseph Andrews, Katie O’Connor and her spouse, Zach Hunter; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and great friends. She leaves behind a living legacy. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel with Rev. LaVon Pettis officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

Bobby Gene Simmons

Bobby Gene Simmons, 66, of Marianna passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Bobby was born in Talladega, AL on April 29, 1951. He has lived in Marianna 31 years and ran his own business, Simmons Service. He loved spending time with family and friends. Bobby was a diehard Nascar fan and was a member of the Moose Lodge 1026.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Johnson; stepfather, James Johnson; brother, David Johnson and father, James Johnson.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 41 years, Wanda Simmons; six children, Bobby Gene Simmons, Jr., April Nora Sims, Cheryl Stafford, Linda Solis, John Wallace and William Wallace; brother, John B. Simmons; two sisters, Virginia Williams and Louis Warren; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel.  Flowers will be accepted or those wishing may make a memorial contribution to the charity of choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

Barbara Taylor Barber

Barbara Taylor Barber, age 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Cottondale, Florida, on June 9, 2017. 

Barbara was born at her home in Malone, Florida, on September 25, 1941, to the late Dalton and Frances Davis Taylor.  She graduated from Malone High School and worked for many years at Malone School and later at Farmer’s Bank of Malone.  Barbara met Wallace Barber on a New Year’s Eve blind date, after which they began a whirlwind courtship and were married at Malone Methodist Church on March 24, 1984. They were blessed with many happy and active years together.  She and Wallace loved the people of Cottondale Baptist Church where they became members together.  They treasured the many church trips with “The Beekeepers” on the church bus with Wally Sapp driving and planning all the fun along the way. These wonderful church friends, as well as many lifelong friends, were the hands and feet of Christ during her recent illness.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved son, Shane Gardner.  Surviving Barbara are her husband, Wallace Barber; children, Melinda Barber of Cottondale, Ray Barber of Arlington, Texas; sister, Dianne and her husband Jack Oswald of Marianna; brother-in-law, Glenn Barber of Marianna. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Brittany Gardner McCroan and husband Justin, of Port St. Joe, Brandon Gardner and Lauren Martin of Marianna; daughter-in-law, DeeDee Gardner Martin and husband Carlan, of Marianna; nephews, Chris Oswald, Joe Oswald and Jay Barber.  Barbara also leaves behind many loved Taylor and Davis family members.

The family expresses special thanks to caregivers Mary Quilin and Emerald Coast Hospice.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at Cottondale First Baptist Church with Rev. Jack Brock officiating. Private Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017, at the church.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 4374 Lafayette St. Marianna, FL 32446 or Cottondale First Baptist Church, 3172 Main St. Cottondale, FL 32431

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

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