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Vann Funeral Home

Vann Funeral Home

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

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Marion F. Spates Allen

Mrs. Marion F. Spates Allen, known as “It,” of Bascom, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on April 10, 2018 in Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL.

She was a member of the New Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She was educated in the Jackson County School System and retired from Sunland at Marianna with 33 years of service.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at New Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church 5239 Liberty Hill Road Bascom, FL 32426 with Rev. Richard D. Wilson, Rev. Samuel Everett, Rev. Timothy L. Allen, Rev. LeRoy McLeroy and Elder Dr. Nelson D. Wilson, Pastor, Officiating.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Vann Funeral Home will be in charge of the service.

The viewing will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 .M. at Vann Funeral Home.

Mrs. Allen will lie in repose at the church from 1:00 P.M. until time for the service.

She leaves a lifetime of precious memories, a loving and devoted family:

Husband: Donald Ray Allen Sr., Bascom, FL

One Son: Donald Ray Allen Jr., of Bascom, FL

Two Granddaughters: Lilianna and Mya Allen

Brothers: Johnny Spates (Sandra) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Ira Spates of Palm Coast, FL; Stephen Spates of Marianna, FL and Loucious Spates (Bonnie) of Greenwood, FL

Sisters: Bobbie Benboe of Campbellton, FL; Mildred McLeroy (Rev. LeRoy McLeroy) and Betty Gould, both of Bascom, FL; Catherine Spates and Shirley Spates, both of Tallahassee, FL

Five Brothers-in-Law: Henry, Timothy, Gregory, Thuch Henry and Bill Allen

Four Sisters-in-Law: Diane Johnson, Joanne, Patricia and Princess Allen

Special Nephews: Daryl Hunter and Kagen Hearns

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

James Thornton

Mr. James Thornton, of Marianna, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Monday, April 9, 2018 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. 

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at New Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church 2870 Barnes St Marianna, FL with Rev. Ronnie Spears and Apostle Jeffrey Wooden, Officiating.

Interment will be in the Orange Hill Cemetery, Marianna, FL

Vann Funeral Home will be in charge of the service.

The viewing will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Vann Funeral Home.

Mr. Thornton will lie in repose at the church from 1:00 P.M. until time for the service.

He leaves to cherish a lifetime of love and fond memories, a loving and devoted family: 

Two Daughters: Charease Charlton (Judson) and Kiesha Kennedy (Jermaine), both of Greenwood, FL

Son: James Thornton Jr of Greenwood, FL

Step-Daughter: Demetrial Wilson of Dothan, AL

Sister: Gail Spears (Rev. Ronnie Spears) of Marianna, FL

Three Brothers: Thomas Blount (Jean), Edward Thornton (Jacqueline) and Gary Thornton, all of Marianna, FL

Four Aunts: Carolyn Harmon (Thomas), Mordee Blount, Thelma Blount and Beatrice Blount, all of Marianna, FL

Eight Grandchildren

Special Friend: Sally Little of Marianna, FL

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

Howard Bess

Mr. Howard Bess of Marianna, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. Bess attended Mayhaw High School in Blountstown, Florida. He was a member of the Caverns Road Church of Christ in Marianna, Florida and employed by Mowery Elevators.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM from the sanctuary of the Second West Florida Missionary Baptist Association located at 4110 Herring Avenue in Marianna, Florida 32448 with the Reverend Wallace Godwin, Minister Larry Bush, Superintendent Delano Reed, Minister Nathaniel Pollock, and Doctor Elijah Cole officiating. Interment in Sunset Gardens in the Saint Rose Community of Grand Ridge, Florida.

Mr. Bess will lie in state from 10:00 AM until time for the service.

A viewing will be held at Vann Funeral Home on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 

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

Wife: Gloria Smith Bess of Marianna, FL

Two Daughters: Sharon Bess; and Laurietta Bush (Minister Larry Bush), both of Marianna, Florida

Three Sons: Howard Bess and Howie Bess (Deidra), both of Bristol, Florida; and Christopher Bess (Shannie) of Marianna, Florida

Sister: Peggy Johnson (William) of Grand Ridge, Florida

Three Brothers: Henry Bess (Kathy); and Buster Bryant (Vera), both of Blountstown, Florida; and Charles Yon (Mary) of Marianna, Florida

And a host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends

Annie Pearl Long

Mrs. Annie Pearl Long, age 101, of Marianna, FL, transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Jackson Hospital.

She was a member of The Greater Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Mother of the Church and a member of the senior choir.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the Greater Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church 4691 Highway 162 Marianna, FL 32446 with Rev. Victor Sweet, Rev. Felix Long Jr., Rev. Dr. Adrian Abner and Rev. William Harvey Pastor, Officiating.

Interment will be in church cemetery.

Vann Funeral Home will be in charge of the service.

The viewing will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Vann Funeral Home. 

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

She leaves a lifetime of precious memories to a loving and devoted family:

One Son: Willie L. Godwin of Marianna, FL

Three Daughters: Annie L Speights (Perman) of Copiague, NY; Carrie L Keel of Miami, FL and Marilyn Long-Holden of Marianna, FL

Two Sisters: Alice Shack Barnes of Marianna, FL and Christine V. Long of Greenwood, FL

One Sister-in-Law: Mary L. Vann of Greenwood, FL

Fifteen Grandchildren; Forty Great Grandchildren; Twenty Great, Great Grandchildren and Seven God-Chosen Sons

And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, other relatives and her Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church Family

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