Judy Gagliano, 54, passed away on November 28, 2013 in Tallahassee, FL.
Judy was a native of Mineola, New York, residing in Tallahassee. She loved making jewelry with beads, the outdoors, and was a passionate birdwatcher. She had the sweetest heart and everyone loved her.
Judy is survived by her daughter, Jamie Henry; step-daughter, Katherine Poole; sisters, Susan Coe, Nancy Gagliano Moore, Laurie Walsh; and two grandchildren, Kiersten and Harper Henry.
Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Liborio Francis and Majorie Ann Semple Gagliano; husband, Stanley Poole.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date.
Wilma Josephine Thompson
Wilma Josephine Thompson,79, Monticello, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was born in Jefferson County, Florida, on January 22, 1934. She was the daughter of the late J. M. Wirick and Marietta Wirick. She was married to the late Reverence O. E. Thompson of Monticello. She is survived by sisters Mildred Boykin (Guy), Lake Helen, Fl., and Jacquelyn Lamb, Thomasville, GA., niece Connie McElvey (Robert), of Lake Park, Ga., nephew Randy Howell (Carol), Thomasville, Ga. and several great nephews and nieces. Mrs. Thompson retired from the Jefferson County Board of Education. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Springfield Cemetery, Lloyd, Fl.
Kathleen M. Foster
Kathleen M. Foster, 94, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013 in Tallahassee.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Sardis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for the upkeep of Sardis Cemetery, 4543 Waukeenah Hwy., Monticello, FL. 32344. Beggs Funeral Homes, 485 E. Dogwood St, Monticello, Fl 32344, (850)997-5612 is in charge of arrangements.
Kathleen was a native of Jefferson, Co. and former resident of Jacksonville, residing in Tallahassee at the time of her death. She retired from the State of Florida as a medical technologist and was a member of Swain Memorial Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
She is survived by two sons, Ray E. Foster (Barbara) of Tallahassee, and Harry Foster of Jacksonville; a brother, Paul McClellan of Monticello; two grandchildren, Christin Foster Gonzalez and Jessica Foster; and one great-grandchild, Sophia Gonzalez.
Sherita Ann Cheshire
Sherita Ann Cheshire, 34, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Sherita was born January 22, 1979, in Tallahassee, FL, to Ellis Arnold, and Peggy Bozeman Cheshire. She graduated from North Florida Christian in 1997 and received her Medical Assistant Degree from TCC. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lloyd. Sherita will be remembered for her love of singing, caring spirit, and laughter.
Sherita is survived by her father, Ellis Cheshire; stepmother, Carolyn Cheshire, both of Monticello; brother, Everett Cheshire (Lisa), and beloved niece and nephew, Ashley and Elliott Cheshire, of Crawfordville; stepbrother, Michael Bentley, and stepsister, Brenda Brown, of Monticello; her fiancé, John Yates, of Monticello; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Cheshire; her grandparents, Ben and Maggie Cheshire, and Roy and Pauline Bozeman.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home, Apalachee Parkway Chapel, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL, 32311, (850) 942-2929. A private service will be held for the family, with a Memorial Service to follow for family and friends at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Lloyd.
Kim Mai, 52, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013.
A native of Vietnam, and former resident of Georgia, she lived most of her life in Tallahassee, FL.
She is survived by her beloved husband Vince John Toplosky of Tallahassee; her mother, Vo Thi San; one daughter, Christina Watford Younglove of Tampa; brothers, Son T Mai, and Johnnie Lee Smith, Jr.; sisters, Terri Ann, Kathryn, and Denise Smith; grandson, Carter Younglove; loving nieces and nephews Danielle, Johnnie, Thomas, Roxanne, TJ and Ava. She is preceded in death by her father, Johnnie Lee Smith, Sr.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)942-2929. Family will receive friends from 1 until 2:00 prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
Barbara Ann Kiger
Barbara Ann Kiger departed this world November 16, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Wayne Wood Kiger; four children, Wayne Stanley Kiger (Paula) of Tallahassee, FL; Mary Kiger Oglesby (Jamie) of Thomasville, GA; James Arthur Kiger (Brenda) of Douglasville, GA; and Patrick Allan Kiger (Laurie) of Charleston, SC, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kiger was born in Grand Rapids, MI January 30, 1935 to Robert Stanley Sadowski and Lottie Sadowski. Mrs. Kiger is survived by two sisters: Madeline Rutowski of St. Charles, MO, and Nancy Ditmar of Brighton, MI, and a brother, Bob Sadowski of Grand Rapids, MI. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Kiger Paredes; a son, Chuck Kiger; and a sister, Susan Webster.
After completing an ASN nursing program at Mercy Central Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, Mrs. Kiger began her nursing career in Grand Rapids. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Valdosta State University and served as Assistant Supervisor of Nurses at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, GA. After losing her sight in 1985, Mrs. Kiger became a published author (of Payback and Cold Storage). She also used her organizational and leadership talents in a variety of ways, including the presidency of the boards of Independence for the Blind and the Tallahassee Writers Association. She was President of the Eastern Deanery of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women from 2004-2006, and Diocesan NCCW President from 2006-2008. She was the recipient of the Paula Bailey Community Service Award from FIRE (formerly Independence for the Blind) in 2007.
Despite the numerous professional and community achievements amassed by Mrs. Kiger, she was always happiest surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family members. She may not have been able to “see” the countless dance recitals, band concerts, gymnastics meets, and other activities she attended, but her enthusiasm surpassed that of the sighted attendees at each and every event.
A visitation will be held at Beggs Funeral Home – Apalachee Chapel (Tallahassee, FL) on Monday November 18 from 4-6 p.m. with a rosary to be said at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Tallahassee, FL, on Tuesday, November 19 at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to either Lighthouse of the Big Bend (www.firesight.org), Water for Life (http://crs.org/water-sanitation/), or the Christian Foundation for Charity and Aging (www.hopeforafamily.org).
Keith Byrd Drake
Keith Byrd Drake, 69, of Quincy, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in Tallahassee, Florida. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 22, 2013, from 4pm to 6pm at the Gadsden Historical Society, 304 W. King Street, Quincy, Florida. The memorial service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at Bible Believers Fellowship, Tallahassee, Florida.
Mr. Drake was born on June 30, 1944 in Miami, Florida; the son of the late Byron Keith Drake and Beulah Remley Drake of Hazelhurst, Georgia. He retired from the State of Florida Public Defenders office after serving as an investigator for 33 years. He loved his family. He loved his dogs and cats. He enjoyed watching college football and baseball. He always had a new joke and a smile.
He is survived by his wife Martha Ekermeyer-Drake of Quincy, Florida. His three children Kevin Drake (wife Jennifer), Allison Drake-Baker (husband Chris), and Rick Drake all of Tallahassee, Florida. One grandson Ricky Drake. One sister Adrienne Taylor (husband Mike) of Simpsonville, South Carolina. One beloved best friend black lab, Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org or mail donations to Autism Speaks, 1600 State Rd., 2nd Fl., Princeton, NJ 08540.
Joanna Lee Strickland
Joanna Lee Strickland, 38, of Tallahassee passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at New Light Church, with burial at Oakfield Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Joanna was born in Vicksburg, MS and employed with the Dept. of Revenue.
She is survived by her husband, Travis Strickland; mother, Vera L. Wigley and step-father, Mike Wigley Sr.; father, Joe Edward Graham, Sr.; sons, Joseph Albert Barcenas and Joshua Joseph Spence; daughters, Alison Marie and Christian Danielle Hall, Shana Brooke Strickland and Katilyn Marie Barcenas; brothers, Joe Graham Jr., and Michael Wigley Jr.; and a sister, Kimberly Wigley Saxton.
Beggs Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
James Elton Williams
James Elton Williams, 83, of Tallahassee, passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 9, 2013.
After his discharge from the service, Jim and Betty resided in Monee, IL where they raised six children. Jim developed a successful ornamental iron business and in 1976, sold his business and retired to the Tallahassee area. Jim loved fishing, gardening, wood working and the outdoors. He loved spending time with family and friends.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a Veteran of World War II.
Jim is survived by his wife Betty of 63 years, son, Larry Williams (wife, Karen) of Thomasville, Georgia, daughters Dena Williams of Tallahassee, Debra Gwaltney (husband, Sam) of Tallahassee, Donna Williams (husband, Eddie) of Lake Charles, LA, Denene Hurst (husband, Joe) of Cedartown, Georgia, Denise Seiz (husband, Charlie) of Cedartown, Georgia, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Jim was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Visitation is planned for Monday, November 11, 2013 from 4 to 6 pm at Beggs Funeral
Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)942-2929. Funeral
Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Beggs Funeral
Home. Jim will be laid to rest at Oakfield Cemetery in Monticello, Florida.
Rosemary Miller Watson
Rosemary Miller Watson passed away on Sunday November 3, 2013 at her home in Tallahassee, Florida. Born in Lakeland, Florida, Rosemary was the daughter of William Louis Miller and Mary Frances Miller. She was a graduate of Florida High, and after receiving her degree from North Florida Community College went on to study at Florida State University. Rosemary worked for most of her professional career at Florida State University in the Human Resources department, retiring in 2006 after 38 years of service in state government.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband: Jesse (Jay) Watson Jr.
Surviving are her mother Mary Frances Miller, two sons and daughter-in-law, Kevin J. Watson, Michael T. Watson and wife Kelly Watson.
Rosemary will always be remembered for her caring spirit, giving nature and positive outlook. She will be deeply missed by her friends and family.
Visitation and viewing will be held on Friday from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at
Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929.
Rosemary will be laid to rest next to her husband in Bartow, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to a charity of your choice.
Willadene Dean Owens, 82, of Tallahassee, FL passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013. “Dean” was retired from Publix Super Market, Lakeland, FL after 30 years with the company. Her husband of 44 years, Arthur Ray Owens, predeceased her in 1991. She is survived by three children, Sandra Morris (Jerry), Melissa McClure (Dennis) and Eddie Ray Owens, as well as her beloved dog, Kirby. She also leaves behind six grandchildren along with several other relatives and many friends.
Dean was born in Crossville, AL and was the seventh of eight children born to Joe Green and Rose Anna (Duckett) Shirey, all of whom have previously passed on. Dean was a member of Christina Park Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL.
Services will be held at Adams Brown Funeral Home in Albertville, AL on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm. with the viewing at 1 pm. Interment will be at Freeman Chapel Cemetery in Crossville, AL immediately following the service.
As an alternative to flowers, contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308. Special thanks to the caring staff at Big Bend as well as to Sue and Cathy, her faithful caregivers.
Local arrangements are handled by Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850)942-2929.