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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 M. “Jim” Baird

James M. “Jim” Baird of Graceville died after a long illness on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church of Graceville with Rev. Mike Pearson officiating. Burial will follow in Marvin Chapel Cemetery with James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville directing.

Jim was born in Birmingham, AL on August 12, 1936 to the late Vesta and James Pope Baird. A 1954 graduate of Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL, Jim continued his education at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His major was business and he was on the Florida State swim team. He married Jakie Camille Jones on July 17, 1971.

Jim was a supporter of Boy Scouts of America. He had reached the rank of Eagle Scout and he also won the God and Country award. Another award that Jim treasured was the Order of the Arrow. He was active in Dothan Civic Clubs such as the Optimist Club. In Geneva he was active in the First Baptist Church and member of the Rotary Club. He was owner of Jones-Baird Chevrolet in Geneva for many years. Since retirement He and Jakie have made their home in Graceville. He was an avid lover of water sports.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jakie, one son Jacob Baird and his sister-in-law Margaret Jones Brooks.

Expressions of remembrance and sympathy can be made at

Cindy Trant Harris Sasser

Cindy Trant Harris Sasser, 58 of Graceville, passed away Monday, February 12, 2019 at Wiregrass Rehab and Nursing in Geneva, Alabama. 

Cindy was born in Graceville, Florida on March 22, 1960 to the late Willis Franklin Trant and Frances Nell Ragan Trant. A 1979 Graceville High School Alumni, Cindy worked in security for a number of years. She loved having coffee and visiting with friends, as she joked around, laughing and sharing. She loved music and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

A Celebration of Her Life will be 5 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Worley officiating. Burial will be on Saturday at Marvin Chapel Cemetery, James & Lipford Funeral Home directing.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday 4 p.m. until time of service.

 Cindy is preceded in death by her parents and husband Keith Harris.

 She is survived by one brother Willis Trant, one sister Frankie Locke; two nieces

Nicky Hudelson, April Pelham; great nieces and nephews Gailand George, Sianna George, Darika Hudelson, Kieren Hudelson, Jesse Carroll, Hope McCallister, Trant McCallister.

 Expressions of sympathy and remembrance can be made at

John Patten

John Patten, 59 of Graceville lost his battle with Leriche Disease on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan surrounded by his loving family.

 John was born in New Port, Connecticut on April 20, 1959. He moved to Jackson County  at an early age where he met and married the love of his life. John worked as a brick mason for over 35 years and then worked in maintenance at Bonifay Nursing Home for a number of years before his health started to decline. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Graceville. 

Celebration of His Life will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home in Graceville with Rev. Eddie Biss officiating.

Survived by his beloved wife Angie Goodman Patten; three daughters Elaine Patten, Christa (Drew) Davis, Sabrina Patten, Graceville; three grandchildren Makinlee Skipper, Lawson Skipper, and Braiden Carroll.

Expressions of remembrance and sympathy can be made at

Jessica Renee Underwood

Jessica Renee Underwood, 30 of Graceville,FL formerly of Panama City Beach, FL entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, January 12, 2019 after losing her valiant battle with Cystic Fibrosis at home surrounded by her family. 

She was born on March 16, 1988 in Panama City, FL to proud parents Sarah and Stephen Underwood.  She attended Bay County Schools until the 5th grade when she began homeschooling and completed her education and graduated.  She attended Chautauqua Charter School in Panama City, FL from ages 18-22 where she learned what it was like to be a part of service and the community and gained confidence with her peers. She was an amazing young woman with so much heart and spirit that loved everyone and never allowed her disabilites or illness to define who she was or stop her from enjoying life.  Her passion was animals and she fostered dogs and cats for various organizations and dreamed of one day being a veterinarian.  Since relocating to the country, she loved sitting on the dock and just watching the turtles and waterlife and enjoying the beautiful sun.

She loved everyone and everything unconditionally and she will be missed immensely. She never met a stranger and welcomed everyone into her life and home. She loved Jesus and even though she spent her life enduring a terrible illness, she was faithful and knew that one day her dream of being in Heaven with Him was going to come true where she would no longer be in pain or sick and she would soar as an Angel.  She always wished for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis so in lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Jessica’s memory be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

A Celebration of Her Life will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Chapel of James & Lipford Funeral Home. 

She is survived by her loving parents, Sarah and Stephen Underwood, and younger sister Marissa Underwood.

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