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James and Lipford Funeral Home

James and Lipford Funeral Home

5390 Cotton Street Graceville, FL  32440  (850) 263-3238

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

Willis “Frank” Franklin Trant

Willis “Frank” Franklin Trant, 93 of Graceville passed away, Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Signature Healthcare of North Florida.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Worley officiating. Burial will follow in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home directing.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Mr. Frank was born in Black, Alabama on July 30, 1925 to the late Willis A. and Hettie Farmer Trant. A U. S. Navy Veteran, Mr. Frank retired as a Derrick Truck Operator with West Florida Electric Cooperative following over 40 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Nell Trant, two brothers Warren H. “Jim” Trant and Sydney Wayne Ward.

Survived by one son Willis O’Neal Trant, Graceville; two daughters Frankie Lou Locke, Graceville, Cindy Nell Harris Geneva, AL; two grandchildren Nicky Huddelson, April Pelham(Keith); seven great grandchildren Gailend, Sianna, Darika, Kieren, Jesse, Hope, and Trant.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.jamesandlipford.com

David Ewell Bass

David Ewell Bass, 83 of Graceville, Poplar Springs Community, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018 at Northwest Florida Community Hospital. 

David was born on March 27, 1935 in Holmes County to the late William Edrie “Buster” Bass and Ruth Estelle Kelley. A 1953 graduate of Poplar Springs High School, David was drafted into the U.S. Army. He then worked with Gold Kist Peanut and Registers Dairy. He started working in construction with Slingluff, West Florida Enterprises and Horton’s Construction for a number of years. David eventually went out on his own along with his boy’s and was known for his detail in painting and carpentry. A Dad and “Pawpaw” such as David, leaves his mark in the world through the love he gives his children and grandchildren. David will be missed not only by them, but by everyone who knew him.

 A Home-going service will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Bro. Raymond O’Quinn officiating. Burial will follow in Brown-Bush-Tindel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville Directing.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

 Preceded in death by his parents, one son Edrie and one brother Tommy Bass.

 He is survived by his beloved wife Frances Bass, Todd Bass(Tara), Graceville, David Bass(Jennifer), Noma, Mechele Bass(Greg Bush), Graceville, Shannon Bass Kukla(LTC Matthew Kukla) Huntsville, AL, Michael Bass(Jamie), Graceville; seventeen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.jamesandlipford.com

R. Lamar Smith

R. Lamar Smith, 65 of Graceville, Poplar Springs Community, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Lamar was born in Graceville on October 9, 1952 to the late Ralph and Mary Bell Wood Smith. A graduate of Poplar Springs High School, Class of 1970, Lamar was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served for over 13 years. He loved golfing, fishing and was an avid Gator fan.

 Family will receive friends at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home,

6 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018 with a Celebration of His Life to follow with Bro. Jerry Moore officiating.

 Predeceased by his parents and one brother Lance Cpl. Albert E. Patrick Smith.

 He is survived by one son Ralph Smith(Terri), Graceville, one brother Mike Smith(Shelly), Ft. Smith, AR, three sisters Mary Blair(Ronnie), Graceville, Patricia Martin, Columbus, GA, Melba Morrow(Jim), Highland View, TX, three grandchildren Ender, Austin, Isabella, several nieces, nephews, cousins and two very special fur-babies Sparky and Daisy.

 Expressions of sympathy can be made at http://www.jamesandlipford.com

Johnny Ray Fortner

Johnny Ray Fortner, 59 of Graceville, FL, joined his beloved mother and father in their Heavenly Home on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Johnny was born in Avon Park, FL on August 30, 1959 to the late Billy Ray and Sarah Bessie Budd Fortner. He worked as a heavy equipment operator with Conlan Company until he medically retired in 2009. Johnny was an excellent father and grandfather in which his grandchildren had a very special place in his heart. He was a hard worker and his favorite pastime was gardening, collecting John Deere tractors and carpentry.

A Celebration of His Life will be 2 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with his son, Pastor John E. Barnes officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

Survivors include three children Jennifer Fortner, Marianna, Jessie Alton Barnes, Graceville, John E. Barnes(Tammy), Clarksville, TN; two sisters Shari Moffet(Russell), Grand Ridge, FL, Freda Adams, Graceville; mother of the children Candace May Proper, Bonifay, FL; eleven grandchildren Christine, Candace, Jonathan, Jenessa, Jason, Mariah, Dominick, Stephanie, Heather, Jessie, Cecilia; four great grandchildren; four nieces and nephews, Lacy Adams, David Ray Adams, Sarah Batts and Chrissy Deon.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.jamesandlipford.com

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