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Vann Funeral Home

Vann Funeral Home

4265 Saint Andrews Street Marianna, FL 32448  (850) 482-3300

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Arthur L. Baker

Deacon Arthur L. Baker of Marianna, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Jackson Hospital.

Deacon Baker was a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. He was an active member of in the community before and after retirement.  He was an active member of the Safia Temple #188 of Panama City (Shriner) and St Joseph #99 of Marianna (Mason) where he is the District Deputy Grand Master of District #5.  

Deacon Baker also held these past accolades:  Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge #99; Honorary Past Grand High Priest of W.C. Glenn Chapter #144; Sir Knight of Christian Commander #46; Past Commander in Chief of C.H. Henry Consistory #71; Grand Inspector General 33° Mason; Past Potentate of Safia Temple #188 of Panama City, FL; and Past Deputy of the Oasis of Panama City, FL. 

Deacon Baker was a current member and past Commander of the American Legion, Post 100; a current member and past Club President of the Marianna Optimist Club.  He was also past Lieutenant Governor of the North Florida District, Zone 3 of the Optimist Club; a current member, past Treasurer and Vice President of the New Golden Key Club; a current Life member of the Marianna Area Chapter 39 Buffalo Soldiers; a current member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #10246); and a current member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #22.  He was Advisor to and Past President of the Usher Board and President of the 3rd Sunday Choir.

Celebration of Life services  will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from the sanctuary of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church located at 3695 Poplar Springs Road in Marianna, FL with the Reverend Joseph Curry, Reverend David Cobb, Reverend Travis Ephriam, and the Reverend Dwight Cockerham, Sr. (Pastor), Officiating. Interment in the church cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge.

Deacon Baker will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 A.M. until time for the service.

A viewing will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. from the Chapel of Vann Funeral Home.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted family:

Wife of 40 years: Annie Baker of Marianna, FL

Three Daughters: Tracy Swint of Greenwood, FL; Sharon Baker and Tawanda Baker, both of Marianna, FL

Two Sons: Fredrick Hall (Gwen) of Wewahitchka, FL; and Michael Curry of Marianna, FL

Nine Grandchildren, Six Great Grandchildren, Siblings 

And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear and sorrowing friends.

Henry D. Smith, Jr.

Mr. Henry D. Smith, Jr. of Greenwood, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Flowers Hospital.

Mr. Smith retired from Apalachee Correctional Institution where he served as the Education Administrator. To know him was to love him.

The Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 12:00 Noon from the sanctuary of the Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church located at 3695 Poplar Springs Road in Marianna, Florida 32446 with the Reverend Dwight Cockerham, Sr. (pastor), the Reverend Walter Marcus Smith, the Reverend Joseph Curry, the Reverend Joe Jackson, and the Reverend David Cobb officiating. Interment in the Mount Tabor Cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Smith will lie in repose at the church from 11:00 AM until time for the service.

A viewing will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Vann Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith leaves to cherish his precious memories:

Wife: Linda Long Smith of Greenwood, Florida

Son: Henry David Smith, II (Pam) of Atlanta, Georgia

Two Daughters: Kristin McClellan (Detrick) of Midway, Florida; and Demetria Smith of Clearwater, Florida

Two Brothers: Bertram Smith (Monica) of San Antonio, Texas; Elroy Smith of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Four Sisters: Audrey Leeks of Marianna, Florida; Sallie Daniels (Wilson) of Dothan, Alabama; Martha Leslie (Hosea) of Marianna, Florida; and Rachel Crews (Tony) of Port St. Joe, Florida

Five Grandchildren: Kristopher Hawkes; David “DJ” Smith; Dylan McClellan; Kyla Russ; and Deja Smith

Mother-in-Law: Christine V. Long of Greenwood, Florida

Six Sisters-in-Law: Gloria Long Jones of Central Islip, New York; Delores C. Jennings (Nathaniel) of Ft. Montgomery, New York; Alma Pinkney of Sanford, Florida; Sharon Cooper and Joyce Cooper both of Greenwood, Florida; and Barbara Long of Missouri City, Texas

Two Brothers-in-Law: James Long (Debra) of Greenwood, Florida; and Culton Olds of Marianna, Florida

And a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Leo Speights

Mr. Leo Speights, age 80, of Marianna, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Alabama. 

Mr. Speights was a member of Magnolia African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Homegoing services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM from the sanctuary of the Second West Missionary Baptist Association with the Reverend William Harvey, Reverend Dwight Cockerham, Sr., Reverend Hollis McClendon, Evangelist Cynthia Gee and the Reverend Evelyn Creal-Wilcox officiating. Interment in Magnolia Cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Speights will lie in state at the church from 12:00 Noon until time for the service.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Vann Funeral Home on Friday, August 4, 2017.

Mr. Speights leaves to cherish his precious memories a loving and devoted family:

His Wife of 60 Years: Lizzie Speights of Marianna, Florida

Four Children: Roy Speights (Cheryl) of Greenwood, Florida; Tracy Speights of Marianna, Florida; Tawana Gilbert (Ken) of Pensacola, Florida; and Alvin Speights of Marianna, Florida

Five Grandchildren: Shanice Speights of Dothan, Alabama; Keysaan Daniels of Marianna, Florida; Dai’Shun Curry of Pensacola, Florida; and Malachi and Micha Davis of Malone, Florida

One Great Grandchild: Jakari Speights of Dothan, Alabama

Four Sisters: Mildred Holden (Clarence); Lizzie Davis (Mango); and Lucille Speights (Billy) all of Marianna, Florida; and Emma Dildy of Brooklyn, New York

Three Brothers: John Speights (Agnes) of Marianna, Florida; Walter Speights (Ruth) of South Orange, New Jersey; and Robert Speights (Virginia) of Fayetteville, North Carolina

Three Brothers-in-law; Two Sisters-in-law; Two uncles; Five aunts

And many sorrowing nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Joseph Anderson, Sr.

Mr. Joseph Anderson, Sr. of Panama City, Florida passed on July 28, 2017. 

Homegoing services will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM from the sanctuary of the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where the Reverend Woodrow Wilson is pastor. Interment in Hillside Cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Anderson will lie in state at the church from 9:00 AM until time for the service. 

He leaves to cherish his memories a loving family:

Wife: Mary Lambert Anderson of Panama City, FL

Two Daughters: Symenthia Ray of Panama City, FL; and Marsha Anderson of Louisianna

Niece: Peggy Stubblefield

Nephew: Temolia Youngblood, Jr. of Dallas, TX

And a host of other relatives.   

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