James and Lipford Funeral Home

James and Lipford Funeral Home

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

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Vender Lamar Elmore

Vender Lamar Elmore, 78 of Geneva, AL formerly of Noma Community, Bonifay, FL passed away Friday. June 7, 2019.

 Lamar was born in Noma on November 14, 1940 to the late Clarence and Vertie Corbitt Elmore. A U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, Lamar was an electrician for many years and a member of Noma Baptist Church.

A Home-going service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Noma Baptist Church with Bro. Don Irwin officiating. Burial will follow in Noma Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.

Family will receive friends at Noma Baptist Church, Saturday, 10 a.m. until time of service.

Preceded in death by his parents, one brother Ronald Elmore and one sister Linda Ennis.

Survived by four children Susie Robbins, Bryan Lamar Elmore, Jason Ellison, Mary Jennifer “Sissy” Johnson; one brother Wayne Elmore(Connie); one sister Connie Fortune; six grandchildren Shelby Robbins, Sara Robbins, Major Ellison, Marshal Ellison, Christopher Austin Johnson, Mary Kaitlyn Johnson; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Frances Skipper Merritt

Mrs. Frances Skipper Merritt, 81 of the Noma Community, Bonifay, Florida, passed away at her residence surrounded by her loving family on Monday, June 10, 2019.

A Home-going service will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Noma Assembly of God Church with Bro. Clyde Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Noma Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.

In lieu of flowers family request memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

Family will receive friends at Noma Assembly of God Church tonight 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Mrs. Frances was born in Gordon, AL on May 20, 1938 to the late George Glover Skipper and Anne Elizabeth Dickens Skipper. Mrs. Frances along with her husband

Paul, owned and operated Saniko Sanitation for a number of years before retiring.

She loved spending time with all her family and cooking for them. She was a long time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #129 Marianna, FL and Noma Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Paul E. Merritt.

She is survived by ten children Tommy (Pam) Merritt, Dothan, AL, Martha (Tony) Dodd, Graceville, Gene (Sandi) Watson, Slocomb, AL, Dwayne (Glenda) Watson, Bonifay, Timothy (Nancianne) Watson, Graceville, Mark (Fran) Merritt, Denver, CO, Tony (Susan) Watson, Noma, Tony (Dawn) Merritt, Slocomb, Alesia (Johnny) Ryken, Slocomb, Candace (Noah) Nelson, Noma; two brothers Buddy (Mary) Skipper, Noma, Terry Skipper, Noma; great aunt Grace Rathel, Bascom, FL; twenty-seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Joe Cecil Wright

Rev. Joe Cecil Wright, 79 of Columbia, AL went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Signature Healthcare of North Florida.

Bro. Wright was born in Brownsville, TN on June 23, 1939 to the late William Robert Wright and Annie Maybell Rose Wright. A beloved husband, father and grandfather, of the Pentecostal faith, he was called into the ministry at a young age. Bro. Wright has ministered and Evangelized for over 50 years in churches all over the United States.

Predeceased by his parents and thirteen brother’s and sister’s.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jo Ann Keeton Wright; five children Joe C. Wright, Jr., David L. Keeton, Vickey S. Larson, Barbara A. Wright, Teresa Jeffers; one brother Eugene Wright, one sister Jeanette Glass, over thirty grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Wynell Fowler

Mrs. Wynell Fowler, 89, of Graceville passed away, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Signature Healthcare of Graceville.

 Mrs. Wynell was born in Geneva County, AL on July 31, 1929 to the late Arthur and Essie Blount Boutwell. She married the love of her life Lee on January 20, 1947.

Mrs. Wynell a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, enjoyed  spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking for them. She also enjoyed reading her Bible, rocking and working outside.

A Home-going service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Chitty officiating. Burial will follow in Beulah Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.

Family will receive friends Friday, 1 p.m. until time of service.

Predeceased by her husband of 72 years Lee Fowler.

Survived by six children Roy (Jean) Fowler, Ray (Deborah Ann) Fowler, Ronald Fowler, Rex (Karlie) Fowler, Retha (Dalton) Upchurch, Ricky Fowler; two brothers Moody Boutwell, Don Boutwell; one sister Billie Jewel Overstreet; fourteen grandchildren, Sixteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews.

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