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Williams Funeral Home

Williams Funeral Home

Rufus “Mose” Barron

Rufus “Mose” Barron age 76 of Graceville passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Flowers Hospital. He was born in Marianna on August 24, 1940. Mose retired from the Department of Transportation after 43 years of service. He was an active member of Galilee United Methodist Church in Graceville and enjoyed fishing.

Mose was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Madeline Barron; one brother, Landys Barron and brother-in-law, Wayne West. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years Elaine Barron; sisters, Helene Barron West and Harriett Barron Cox (Ronnie); sister-in-law, Betty Barron; three God Daughters, Kendall Maxwell, Ashlee Shields, and Paisley Rowe; nieces and nephews, Kim Maxwell, John West, Lisa Cox, and James Cox. Mose is also survived by a host of great nieces and great nephews, cousins, and special friends Rodger and Wendy Chambers.

Funeral services for Mose will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at the Galilee United Methodist Church in Graceville. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in the Williams Funeral Home.

Williams Funeral Home of Graceville are in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be made at Williams Funeral Home

Margaret Creel

Mrs. Margaret Creel age 70 of Taylor, Alabama went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

She was born in Plant City, FL on March 22, 1947. Margaret attended Fadette Pentecostal Ministries Church. She loved singing and gardening flowers.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Langford and Virginia Thornton. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Rev. Jim Creel; children, Rick Creel (Melanie), Mike Whistin (Shelia), Tina Creel, Crystal Butler (Douglas), and Lora Carver (Steve); ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Margaret will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in the Fadette Pentecostal Ministries Church with Rev. Joe Ernest and Rev. Johhny Strickland officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to say a special thankyou to the staff of Alacare Hospice of Dothan for their care and dedication to Mrs. Margaret.

Williams Funeral Home of Graceville are in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.williamsfhs.com

Marion “M.D.” Baxter

Marion “M.D.” Baxter age 80 of Graceville passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017. He was born on July 15, 1936 in Malone. He was Baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on February 18, 1975. M.D. drove a school bus for the Jackson County School Board for sixteen years. He loved his job and his coworkers. M.D. loved Jehovah God and his family. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren held a special place in his heart.  He enjoyed farming and fishing. Everyone that met M.D. was very fond of him.

M.D. leaves behind his family that loved him dearly; wife, Pearl Baxter; children, David Kent (Graceville, FL.), Hazel Dugan and husband Dickson (Connecticut), Becky Owens (Graceville, FL.), Susie Gipson and husband Mark (Graceville, FL.), Cynthia Martinez and husband Luis (Graceville, FL.), and Tammy Trim (Dothan, AL.). He is also survived by one brother, Leon Baxter and wife Sara (Dothan, AL.), seventeen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chipley, FL (2048 Hwy 77, Chipley, FL. 32428) at 2:00 p.m.

Williams Funeral Home of Graceville, FL will be in charge of the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted at www.williamsfhs.com.

Odell Ward

Odell Ward age 82 of Marianna passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was born to the late M.D. and Inez Ward.  Odell was a Veteran of the United States Army and attended Trinity Baptist Church in Marianna. He worked as the Supervisor of Maintenance for 35 plus years at Doizer Boys School and 7 years with the Sunland Center. Odell was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed farming, fishing, and camping. His greatest joy was spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents M.D. and Inez Ward, 4 brothers, and 1 sister.

Odell is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Evelyn Ward, son Michael Ward, daughters Sherry Pinckard, Tammy Wilson Neal (Clifton), Melinda Sherrill Canuso (Gabe), 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.

Services for Odell will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Roland Rabon officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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