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Marianna Chapel Funeral Home

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home

3960 Lafayette Street Marianna, Florida  32446  (850) 526-5059

Website URL: http://www.mariannachapelfh.com/

Robert “Hilton” Yon

Robert “Hilton” Yon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 08, 2017.

By his side were his devoted wife, and three daughters.

Son of the late Henry and Millie Yon, he was born December 30, 1932.  

He was employed as the Assistant Superintendent, with Wilson and Toomer Fertilizer Company, in Jacksonville, Port Everglades, Ft. Pierce, and Cottondale, Florida for a total of 18 years. The last 22 years of his employment, before retiring in 1991, he worked for Bell South of Chipley, Fl. He was an active and faithful member of One Accord Sunday School class of North Florida Baptist Church. His hobbies and accomplishments included teaching himself to build and remodel houses, hunting, fishing, camping with his family, and traveling all the states after retirement, with his wife Jeanette, in their motor home.  He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by many close family and friends including his beloved wife of 62 years, Jeanette Johnson Yon; three loving daughters: Diane (Richard Sprayberry) Childersburg, Al, Denise (Bruce Congleton), and Jan (Adalberto Martinez), of Tallahassee, Florida; 8 grandchildren: Sunshine McLendon of Quincy, Fl, Ashlynn (Jason Adank) of Tallahassee, Fl,  Jana Barnes (Lee), of Tallahassee, Fl, Brittany Neel, of Havana, Fl, Richard Sprayberry (Jamie), Madison, Al, Heather Shields, (Ray) of Tallahassee, Fl, Paige Huffman, Tallahassee, Fl, and Christy (David West) Tallahassee, Fl; and 13 great-grandchildren: which he adored, loved to hold, and play with while displaying the biggest smile you have ever seen. He has three surviving sisters: Evelyn Andrews Wages, Betty Yon Finch, and Peggy Yon Mills. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry & Millie Yon, one sister, Bernice Yon Barnes, and one brother Huston Yon.

Hilton loved God, people, and his country.  He was very smart, friendly, and never met a stranger.  He greeted everyone with a smile and will be remembered most for his witty sense of humor and jokes.  One practical joke involved him hanging a monkey on his daughters’ bedroom door, so when they woke up for school and opened their door, the monkey was right there in their face. All the while, daddy-o  was around the corner, laughing quietly, until his three girls screamed with excitement.

Services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017, at 1 pm (CST) time at First Baptist Church of Cottondale, Florida. Family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until time of service. Burial will be at the Baptist Cemetery in Cottondale, Florida immediately after the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation in honor to “Courage Through Cancer Ministry,” P.O. Box 4067, Tallahassee, Florida 32315

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at www.mariannachapelfh.com. Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Jerome J. Lebica

Jerome J. Lebica age 95 formerly of Marianna passed away on Saturday, July 29. 2017 at Brookdale Madison North assisted living facility. He was born on September 9, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois to the late John and Bernice Lebica. Jerome was a WWII Veteran that served his country in the United States Army Air Corps Division. He also worked for the United States Postal service where he retired as Postmaster in 1977. Jerome was the owner of the Breezy Hill Motel in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin from 1963 until 1977. He, along with his father moved to Marianna in 1985. After a decline in Jerome’s health in 2012, he moved to Brookdale Madison North where he enjoyed visits from his family and a glass of brandy.

Jerome was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ray and Ted Lebica; children, Chris Lebica Knisely and Ginny Lebica. He is survived by his children Sue Lebica Lutze of Oklahoma, Tom Lebica (Elsa) of Marianna, FL, Mary Lebica Lamb (Jim) of Saratogo, California, Paul Lebica of Columbus, Ohio, Chuck Lebica (Delmi) of Culver City, California, Jay Lebica (Barbara) of Hartford, Wisconsin, Larry Lebica (Mary) of Windsor, Wisconsin, and Louis Lebica (Linda) of Henderson, Nevada.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Saint Peters Catholic Church (501 N. Sherman Avenue Madison, WI  53704). A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Calvary Cemetery (801 Indiana Ave, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965) with military honors.

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of  arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may submitted online at Marianna Chapel Marianna, Fl

Jewel E. Benefield

Jewel E. Benefield age 82 of Grand Ridge, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at her home. She was a native of Jackson County and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Grand Ridge.  Jewel had worked at Florida State Hospital as a nurse’s aid. She was a caring person who took care of family, friends and strangers in need. She loved cooking and canning vegetables.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Pearl Ellis, a son Ralph Roberts and grandson Matthew Roberts, brothers, Joe, Bill and Ed Ellis and a sister Hazel Ellis.

Survivors include, her devoted husband of 60 years, Charles Benefield; children Alvin Roberts (Janis), Martha Tharp (Dennis), Brenda O’Steen and Jerry Benefield (Lona); brother Earl Ellis (Marlene); sister Margaret Ellis; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Services will be held on Monday July 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Dallas Ellis, Rev. Johnny Ellis and Rev. Alvin Roberts officiating.  Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 5 to 7 P.M. at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home.

 Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at www.mariannachapelfh.com

Anthony Joseph Conklin Sr.

Anthony Joseph Conklin Sr. age 60 of Marianna passed away on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on May 16, 1957 in Newark, New Jersey.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may submitted online at Marianna Chapel Marianna, FL

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