Diaz Bengoechea, known for most of her life as Pamala (Pam) Ann Krause, 69, passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 in Tallahassee, FL. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Pam was born in Union City, TN on January 12, 1945. The daughter of an Air Force officer, she lived in Dayton, OH, Tucson, AZ, Warner Robins, GA, Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines before moving to Tallahassee in 1963. She retired from medical transcription after more than 30 years.
She is survived by her son John (David) Krause; granddaughter Kayla Krause; two sisters, Lisa Williamson of Tallahassee, FL and Shawn Cuddeback of Greensboro, GA; and several nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents James Doyne Crouch and Rhea Maxine Lancaster.
Leonard Alton Scarborough
Leonard Alton Scarborough, 81, passed away February 22, 2014.
He was a Tallahassee FL native living here his whole life. He loved fishing and driving trucks.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie Scarborough; sons, Linn, John and Aushley Scarborough and John Cornish; daughter, Tammy Daniel; and grandchildren, Colby, Chelsea, Chasiti and Kendell.
A visitation will be held from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Reece Meadows, 78, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 with burial at Godwin Cemetery in Cairo GA. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Reece was a native of Moultrie, GA, living most of his life in Tallahassee. He retired as Master Sergeant from the Florida National Guard after 37 years. He enjoyed gardening, and enjoyed his fruit trees, watching his fruit and vegetables grow, and was of the Baptist Faith.
A devoted father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, JoAnn of Tallahassee; sons, Keith Meadows (Dorothy), and Byron Meadows (Melissa) both of Tallahassee; sisters, Mary Sue Bozeman and Bebe Diane Bishop (Walter); grandchildren, Bradley, Cody and Sydney Anne and a niece and numerous nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Dixon Meadows and Ethel Tucker Adamson.
Cleother L. Walker
Cleother L. Walker (affectionately known as Uncle Bubba, Skeet and Mr. Chico), 66, died in the comfort and care of family members on February 18 in Tallahassee, FL.
He is survived by 3 sisters Jeannette, Geneva and Deborah Walker and brother John M. Walker all of Tallahassee, 3 grandsons, Nathaniel and Phillip Cappello of Tallahassee and Brad Cappello of West Palm Beach, 1 great grandson, seven nieces and 1 nephew. He is also survived by his former wife and forever friend, Betty Walker.
As he would have wanted, the family will host a Celebration of Life party on February 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Woodville Community Center, 8000 Old Woodville Rd.
Elizabeth Agnes Forsyth
Elizabeth Agnes Forsyth, 71, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
Funeral services will be held from 7:30 until 8:00 p.m., Friday February 21, 2014 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Family will receive friends from 5 until 7:30 p.m. prior to services.
She is survived by two sons, Michael and Darren Forsyth; daughter, Elizabeth (Bill) Duncan; one brother, one sister, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donna Lynn Hines
Donna Lynn Hines, 61, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014.
A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Panacea Community Cemetery in Panacea, FL.
Donna was a native of Washington, D.C. residing in Florida the rest of her life until her death.
She is survived by her husband, Henry M. Hines Jr.; mother, Myrtle Ellen Jenkins; father-in-law, Henry Hines; brothers, William Robert Walther and William Patrick Dunnigan; sister, Diane Ellen Sandstrom; brother-in-law, Charles Hines; and four nieces and one nephew. Beggs Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
Dean Clinton Kowalchyk (1956-2014)
Dean Kowalchyk, 57, was unexpectedly called upon to return to his Father Saturday February 15th, 2014.
Dean was a graduate of the University of Chicago and Ohio State University, the Senior Assistant General Attorney for the Florida State Government, and an active member and teacher at Thomasville Road Baptist Church.
Everyday Dean practiced what he preached to his Sunday school class and showed God’s love, humility, kindness, and forgiveness to everyone around him. He was a loving father who raised three children, Mary, Walker, and Caroline Kowalchyk, and instilled these fundamental values, as well as many others, in them so that they would grow up to have the same impact on other’s lives that he did. He taught them, not through words but through actions, to treat others with respect, to show dedication in everything they do, and to always look on the bright side no matter the circumstances.
Dean will be remembered by his children, friends, co-workers, and close church family as a caring man who loved God, a man who always put others before himself, a man who would have bent over backwards to help when it was needed, and a man who always knew just what to say when it seemed like your world was crashing down around you.
Remaining family members include: His children, Mary (18), Walker (16), and Caroline (15) Kowalchyk, his two sisters Gayle Kowalchyk and Kim Innis, his half-sister Rachel and his brother-in-law EL Lancaster. Dean was preceded in death by his father John Nicholas Kowalchyk, his mother Mary Louise, and his sister Karen.
Dean’s life will be remembered and celebrated on Friday February 21, 2014 at 11:00 am at Thomasville Road Baptist Church where Dean was an active member. Friends, family, co-workers, and members of the church are all welcome to join in honoring Dean’s life. The visitation ceremony will be Thursday February 20, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929, and all are welcome to give their condolences and grieve with family members.
You have reached the gates of heaven and may angels lead you in.
The Beggs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the ceremonies (850-942-2929)
John A. Ward M.D.
John Ardis Ward M.D. passed away at home in Monticello, Florida on February 12, 2014 with family and friends surrounding him.
Dr. Ward was born in Arlington, Georgia on August 3, 1921 and grew up in Shellman, Georgia. He was predeceased by his mother, Martha Cobb Ward, father, Charlie Ardis Ward, wife, Dorothy Bevis Ward and brother, Charles McCuin Ward M.D. He is survived b y his daughter, Martha S. Ward M.D., son David Ward (wife Linda) and son Charles M. Ward II (wife Jennifer) as well as grandchildren John T. Ward, Daniel W. Ward, Isabella G. Ward and Charles H. Ward.
Dr. Ward graduated from Shellman High School in Shellman, Georgia in 1938. He joined the US Navy in August 1941 and served in the South Pacific as a Navy Corpsman. The Navy assigned him to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1944 where he graduated as an undergraduate in 21 months. He was accepted to Emory University College of Medicine in 1946 where he graduated in 1950. He completed his internship at Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1951. He returned home to Shellman, Georgia to practice medicine from 1951 – 1955. In 1955 he moved to Monticello to join the medical practice of Dr. William Hunter. He practiced medicine in Monticello until 2001 when he retired from his practice with Dr. John Brinson.
In addition to his medical practice where he served the people of Jefferson County and surrounding counties and delivered thousands of babies, he was also an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and golfer. He served three terms on the Jefferson County Commission and was very involved in the civic affairs of Jefferson County.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the countless friends and neighbors who played such an important role in supporting Dr. Ward and his loved ones. It would be impossible to convey how much each of their acts of kindness and friendship has meant to all of them throughout the years.
A graveside service will be held, 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Oakfield Cemetery in Jefferson Co. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 485 E. Dogwood St., Monticello, FL 32344, (850) 997-5612.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Aucilla Research Institute, 555 North Jefferson Street, Monticello, Florida 32344 for archaeological research in Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
A loving wife, mom, and grandmother, Helene Coram, 79, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 7, with her devoted husband and family members by her side. Born April 18, 1934 in Pirmasens, Germany, where she met the love of her life Bruce, a member of the United States Army Signal Corps, while working at the base library. After receiving permission from her family, Bruce married Helene, then had a son Jim and returned to the USA to live and raise a family. Settling in Satellite Beach, Florida where Bruce went to work for RCA in the space program, they had another son Phil and raised them to appreciate family and hard work. Bruce and Helene were fortunate to have 60 wonderful years together.
Helene was not one to sit around, and after the kids were old enough, she went to work for Publix Supermarkets where she made lots of friends, both co-workers and customers. She loved life and people and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, spending time playing cards and games with family, especially her grandkids.
After the boys finished school in Gainesville, Florida, Bruce’s work took them to Salisbury, North Carolina. There she met a group of special ladies from Germany, where they would meet regularly at each other’s homes for their “Kaffee Klatsch” where they would eat heartily, drink wine, talk about family, their youthful times in Germany, and complain about their husbands.
One of her favorite places was the family cabin in the mountains of North Carolina. Family and friends would visit and enjoy each other’s company and Helene’s cooking in peaceful surroundings. She was always there for family and friends and had an impact on everyone she came in contact with. Family and Friends will gather at the cabin later this summer for a remembrance service.
She is survived by her beloved husband Bruce, sons Jim and wife Andrea of Williston, FL, Phil and wife Kelly of Tallahassee, FL, three grandchildren Taylor, Hillary and Mathew, and her beloved nephew, Norbert Engel of Speisen-Elversberg, Germany, who visited several times over the last few years. Helene will always be in our hearts and never will be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Covenant Hospice, 1921 Capital Circle N.E., Tallahassee, Fl, 32308, or www.covenanthospice.org.
Paul Daniel Godwin, Jr., 36, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014.
A Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday February 16, 2014 at Wakulla Springs Baptist Church, 1391 Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville, FL 32327.
For an amazing man, Paul Daniel Godwin, Jr. of Tallahassee, The Hand came for him and took him home. He was born April 14, 1977. Paul was an outgoing person, was always willing to help anybody who needed it. He had this amazing height about him you couldn’t help but be drawn to, his laughter would make you laugh no matter how bad your day was. If you were around Paul you’d instantly feel better about life. He was and is the Sunlight In The Room and In Our Hearts. He loved deer hunting and providing for is family. And that’s what he lived for, his family. That’s what brought him love and joy in his life, his wife and two children. He will be missed and loved beyond measure, love will last for eternity until we see your smiling face again. We love you Paul.
He is survived by his loving wife, Angie Godwin; son Eligh Padgett; his precious babygirl, Danielle; his mother, Pat Godwin; brothers, Jamie and Roger Godwin; sisters-in-law, Leslie and Tammy Godwin; nieces, Kaylee, Emily, Taylor, Jamie, and Patience; nephews, Jamie Jr. and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Daniel Godwin, Sr.
Jack McCutcheon, age 85, retired Services Manager with Ford Motor Company passed away February 7, 2014, in Thomasville, GA.
The family will be having a Mass of Remembrance at a later date. The family will be having a visitation on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello.
Mr. McCutcheon, was a native of Tulsa, OK and had lived in Livonia, MI, Detroit, MI then moving to Monticello, FL in 1990. He enjoyed golf, gardening and his family. He was a member of the Jefferson County Cub. He serve in WWII in the US Navy.
Mr. McCutcheon is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Monticello, FL one daughter Patricia Fowles of Ochlocknee, Georgia. Two grandchildren, Stacey Phillips of Denver, CO, Hallie Fowler of Nashville, TN and one great grandchild, Brendon Phillips of Denver, CO.
Christine Retha Rogers Tuten
Christine Retha Rogers Tuten, 74, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2014.
A Service of Remembrance will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Monticello. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Monday in the Monticello Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3709 W. Jetton Ave., Tampa, FL 33629.
A native of Madison Co., FL, and former resident of Clanton, AL and Perry FL, she has resided in Monticello since 1971. Christine was former owner of Badcock and the Monticello Stock Yard. She was also actively in Agra Business in Jefferson and surrounding counties and retired from the Jefferson Co. School Board System and currently secretary for Beggs Funeral Homes Monticello Chapel.
She is survived by her husband, J.N. Tuten Jr. whom she married in 1960; son, Gary Tuten and wife Cathy of Monticello; brother, Freddie Rogers of Perry; sisters, Cossette Driggers and Ellamae Grubbs both of Perry; brother-in-law, Cecil Wright (Wilma) of Perry; sister-in-law Catherine Osborne of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Chris Tuten and wife Shaughnessy, and Jennifer and Matthew Tuten; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Goddard and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.