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James and Lipford Funeral Home

James and Lipford Funeral Home

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

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James Houston (Jim) Joiner

James Houston (Jim) Joiner died peacefully in Holmes County Florida on May 12th at his home at the age of 90.  

Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years Betty of Holmes County Fla, by daughters Maria Allen of Morton IL, Beverly Joiner, Penny Woodham, and Karon Mattox of Holmes County, son and daughter in law Brad and Staci Joiner, son Chad of Holmes County. 12 grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren. Sister and brother in law Sue and Al Nix of Huntsville AL.  Brother in law Herman Bolden of Birmingham AL and Sister in law Jo Ann Roney of Dothan AL.

Jim is preceded in death by brother John A Joiner of Pensacola FL, Joe W Holman of Virginia. Sisters Willie Hall of Lynn Haven FL, Janice Corbitt of Panama City, FL, Hassie Stewart of Graceville FL. son in law Keith Woodham of Holmes County FL, and the twin daughter of Brad and Staci Joiner.

Jim was born on August 3rd, 1927 in Holmes County Fl. to John A and Corine Joiner. He graduated from Poplar Springs High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served in World War II in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Arkansas. After serving his country, he received degrees from the University of Florida and Troy University. He taught school in the Holmes County school system for 38 years. A man of great integrity, you typically knew where he stood on an issue. He enjoyed discussion of politics and societal matters until his passing.

Known as a tireless worker, Jim farmed peanuts and cattle into his 80’s.  He maintained his interest in agriculture until his death, last visiting family land and cattle a week before his passing.

He married Betty Bolden of Slocomb AL in 1955. They settled in the Poplar Springs community where they raised their family. He was a long time active member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities. 

Visitation is scheduled for 6 to 8pm Monday May 14th, with funeral Tuesday May 15th at 11am at Bethel Baptist Church.

Arleen Hughes

Arleen Hughes, 66 of Graceville, Florida passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, April 15, 2018.

Arleen was truly a remarkable women. From her early years, life circumstances dictated that Arleen would need to be a strong-independent woman. Always concerned for  others before herself, she was a true champion. She loved unconditionally and knew  how much her family loved her and she in return of that love for each of them. Her years as a CNA were over 30 years including 4 years at Gulf Coast Medical and the last 12 years at Bay Medical.

A Celebration of Her Life will be 5 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Padgett officiating. A time to visit will be after.

Predeceased by her husband Steven Oliver Hughes, one brother Richard Henry Albert, one sister Mary Eileen Albert.

Survived by her beloved children Aaron Michael Hughes (Stephanie), Yerington, NV, Heather Bengry (James), Graceville, FL; one sister Margaret Fiedler, San Dimas, CA; four grandchildren Trevor Bengry, Hailey Hughes, Steven Hughes, Maddie Bengry.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at

Mary Sue Depew

Mary Sue Depew, 67 of Graceville was called to her Heavenly home on Monday, March 19, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness.

A Home-going celebration will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 at Holmes Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Hogg officiating, James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing. Family will receive friends at the church 10 a.m. until time of service.

Flowers accepted or family request those wishing to make memorials to the Holmes Creek Youth Ministry 334 Cope Road Chipley, FL 32428.

Sue was born November 14, 1950 to Gaston George Shiver, Jr and Wilma Esther

Hall Shiver. A 1968 graduate of Graceville High School, Sue then went to college for medical transcription. She has worked in medical records for many years, working with Flowers Hospital, Campbellton-Graceville Hospital, Doctors Memorial Hospital and she retired from Rudd Family Healthcare. Sue was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She loved spending time with her family and sewing for them. Whether you were family or friend she always made time to send you a card for a special occasion or just to say she was thinking of you.

Predeceased by her mother, Esther Shiver and one brother, Jerry Shiver.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 36 years Liston “Bud” DePew (who always called her “Baby”), one son Chief Christopher Scott Birge (Rhonda), father Gaston George Shiver, Jr., one brother Jimmy Shiver all of Graceville, one sister Lydia Depew (Ray), Columbus, IN, three grandchildren Tonya Eaton(Tyler), Ft. Myers, FL, Taylor Birge, Case Birge, Graceville; two great grandchildren Landon Eaton, Declan, Eaton, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at

Harold Jenkins

Harold Jenkins, 82 of Slocomb, AL, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Mr. Harold was born in Geneva County, AL to the late Talmer Jenkins and Selma Bateman Jenkins. He was U.S. Army Veteran and was a retired semi-truck driver.

Mr. Harold was a member of Christian Home Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his parents, three sons James, Lee Allen and Kevin Jenkins, and a grandson T.J. Robinson.

Survived by the love of his life Sarah Jenkins, Slocomb, three children Maryanne Robinson, Graceville, Billy Ray (Jeanne) Jenkins, Wildwood, FL, Vicki Green, Graceville; one brother Kenneth Jenkins, Melbourne, FL, one sister Margie Brannon, Rehobeth, AL; nine grandchildren Marshall, David, Audrey, Logan, Kristen, Brandon, Lil Billy, Jason and Molly, several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be made at

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