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Bobra Jane Pitman Palmer

Bobra Jane Pitman Palmer was born on January 18, 1942, the first baby born in Jackson Memorial Hospital.  She participated in many activities and was part of the Rockettes as well as Marching Band, Concert Band, and Yearbook.  She was the co-valedictorian of her 1960 high school class along with her best friend.  She kept her best friends from high school throughout her life and they got together at least once a year at the beach. 

She went to Chipola Junior College and then on to the University of Florida where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in only three years.  She was a member of Delta Delta Delta and participated in many different roles throughout her life.  She married Norman Dean Palmer after graduation and after he finished his degrees, they moved to Tennessee where she graduated with her Masters of Arts at Vanderbilt University.  They moved to Orlando briefly and then returned to Gainesville where their daughter, Carlton-Jane was born.  She taught throughout her life, including 37 years at Santa Fe Community College where she was Professor Emeritus.  Even in retirement, she worked in the Mathematics lab and was loved and highly respected by her colleagues.

She moved her membership from Marianna First Presbyterian Church to the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville in 2004 and was a faithful member of the Chancel Choir.  She also directed Family Promise for FPC for two years, assisting those in need of getting back on their feet.  She was a faithful servant of God and lived a virtuous life.

Her twin grandsons Lleyton James and Tycen Dean Beck were the light of her life and she loved taking them to church camps and University of Florida Baseball camp.  She loved teaching them card games and pieces on the piano and cheering them on at their games.

One of her favorite things to do was sit and read at the beach as she was an avid reader.  She also loved to travel with her family.  Her mother, Alyne McQuagge Pitman, took her and her siblings on trips upon her retirement and Bobra continued that tradition with Carlton-Jane.  Her favorite place to go was Italy and they were able to make several wonderful and memory-making trips together.

Bobra graduated to the Church Triumphant on January 10, 2019, a week before her 77th birthday.  She is survived by her brother, Robert Woodrow Pitman Jr.; her sister, Alyne Pitman Farrell; her niece, Jennifer Alyne Farrell Staniec (Mark); her daughter, Carlton-Jane Beck-Findley (Jim); and her grandsons, Lleyton and Tycen Beck.  She also has a wonderful large extended family through her former and present son-in-laws.  Bobra was extremely intelligent and had a wonderful heart.  She will be sorely missed.

Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville on April 15th, 2019 at 2:00 pm.  Attendees are requested to wear the blues, greens, and turquoises of the sea to represent what she loved so dearly.  There will be a gathering of friends and family at B.J.’s Restaurant immediately following.  

Services will be held at Marianna First Presbyterian Church at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge of Gainesville or the UF Cancer Center. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.Jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

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Walter Wiggins

Walter Wiggins, 88, of Marianna, Florida, passed away Thursday evening, April 4, 2019.Walter was born on December 11,1930 in Tarboro, NC. He was the third child of eight born to Charles Ambrose and Lannie Kent Wiggins. He moved to Marianna and graduated from Marianna High School in 1949 where he participated in football, baseball and was President of the TAC club. Upon gradation, Walter served in the US Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. After leaving Germany, he returned to Tarboro where he met and married the love of his life, Rebecca Wooten. After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Marianna where Walter purchased what was to become Quality Hardware. The couple soon had two sons, Stuart and Bryan.

Walter served Marianna and the surrounding communities through many organizations. He was a life time member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and taught Fifth Grade Boys Sunday School for more than forty years. He awarded countless pocket knives to many of the youth that came through his class. He coached Dixie Youth Baseball for twelve years and Pee-Wee Football for six. He was president of the Marianna Optimist Club, which promoted the youth of Jackson County. His true passion was watching all his grandchildren participate in their numerous activities. It didn’t matter if it was a dance or music recital, band halftime show, soccer, baseball or football game, or a Pinewood Derby, Granddad was there.

Walter is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Rebecca Wooten Wiggins, his parents, Charlie Ambrose and Lannie Kent Wiggins, his sisters, Doris, Elsie, and Anita, his brothers, Kent, Bryan, and William (Bill). He is survived by his two sons, Stuart (Charlene) and Bryan, five grandchildren Amanda (Paul) Fowler, Bo (Destinee) Wiggins, Christin (Nathaniel) McBride, Sam Wiggins and Ben Wiggins, three great grandchildren Aiden Fowler, Elijah Wiggins and Christopher McBride, his sister, Sue Reid, two sister-in-laws, Jean Wiggins and Ann Wiggins and many, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Rivertown Community Church in Marianna with Mike Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. The family will receive friends, Sunday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. until funeral time at the church.  

Condolences may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

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Doyle Shelby Robinson

Doyle Shelby Robinson, aged 88 years, died on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

He was born on April 30, 1930 in Marianna, Florida. The youngest child of James Monroe and Mittie O’Dessie (Ross) Robinson, Doyle grew up on a farm in Bascom where he lived until he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea. On June 13, 1956 Doyle married Frances Merle Olive, the love of his life, in Bascom, Florida. Doyle raised hogs and grew peanuts, corn and soybeans until selling his farm in 1982 to pay off medical bills following Frances losing her battle with breast cancer. Doyle then went to work for the Jackson County Health Department testing water wells until 1989. He then worked as a security guard for the paper mill in Donalsonville, Georgia for several years. Doyle continued to farm around Bascom and Malone for relatives and friends until his health prevented him from doing so and he retired in 2010. For many years, Doyle was a regular at Bryan’s Store in Bascom where he spent hours visiting and drinking coffee.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his daughter, Catherine Frances Wasley, a granddaughter, Frances Pheigh “Frani” Robinson and all of his siblings.

Those left to cherish him are his son, Thomas “Tom” (Orallee “Chip”) Robinson of DeRidder, Louisiana; son, James “Jamie” Robinson of Bainbridge, Georgia; granddaughters, Shauna (Jonathan) Blanton of DeRidder, Louisiana, Toquanna Mitchell of Marianna, Florida, Marlie Robinson of Marysville, Kansas, Haylee “Ray” Robinson of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Alexis “Lexi” Robinson of Bainbridge, Georgia; grandsons, Lorenzo Robinson of Fairbury, Nebraska; Keegan (Brittny) Robinson of Salina, Kansas, Kyle Robinson of Bayou George, Florida, Kody Clayton of Troy, Alabama and Dylan Robinson of Bainbridge, Georgia; three great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons and a host of friends.

Doyle will be remembered for his kindness, his love of a home-cooked meal and a good fish fry.

His family would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to Ben Floyd and countless others who have helped Doyle over the years when he was no longer able to cook or drive. He remained independent living on his own terms a few short miles from where he grew up.

A memorial service to allow friends and family to pay their respects will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bascom, FL. A pot luck dinner will be served at noon. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

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