Hilda Johnson McDonald

Ms. Hilda Johnson McDonald, a lifelong resident of Chattahoochee, Florida passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Marianna, Florida.  She made a career working at Florida State Hospital in the Accounting Department and retired after more than 35 years of dedicated service to the hospital. Hilda was a member of First Baptist Church Chattahoochee and enjoyed going to church when she was able.  She was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends.  She will be missed deeply by her family and many friends, but never forgotten.

Hilda is survived by four nieces and three nephews; many great nieces and nephews; and one very special friend that was like a son to her, Mr. Ron Pickens.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Simmie Johnson, her husband, Gregory McDonald; one sister, Velma; as well as seven brothers, Albert, Joe, James, Hubert, Earl, Dillard and Arlon.

Funeral Services will be held in the McAlpin Funeral Home Chapel in Sneads, Florida on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 PM CDT.  Visitation with family will start one hour prior to services and will continue until time of service.  Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Chattahoochee, FL.


Ralph (Billy) Banks

Ralph (Billy) Banks, age 71, of Grand Ridge, FL, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Marianna, FL. Billy was born on September 4, 1947 in Jackson County to Ralph Banks Sr. and Edna Earl (Hamilton) Banks. He farmed for most of his life and he was employed by Anderson Columbia for his last 12 working years as a heavy equipment operator until he became ill in September of 2017. Billy was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and especially spending time with his girls. Billy was a man of faith and lived life serving others.  He will be missed but not forgotten.

Survivors include his mother Edna Earl Banks (92); his devoted wife of 47 years, Ima Jean (Edenfield) Banks; one daughter Tammy Banks Green and fiancé Jeff Tissue; one son Scotty Banks; three granddaughters, Amber Pruett, Christin Baxter, and Mikayla Suber; three great grandchildren Aubree, Rylann and Mavrik; four sisters, Wanda Dudley of Grand Ridge, FL, Barbara Craycraft of Marianna FL, Debbie Chambliss and husband Andy of Marianna, FL and Neil Bland of Marianna, FL.

He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Banks Sr. and brother Bruce Earl Banks.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 5:00pm (CDT) until 7:00 pm (CDT) at McAlpin Funeral Home.  Celebration of Life services will be held Monday, June 3, 2019 at 10:00 am (CDT) at Praise Life Center in Grand Ridge, FL with Rev. Sonny Coburn and Rev. Gary Cook officiating. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Ridge, FL.


George Allen Goodson

George Allen Goodson, 74, of Sneads, Florida passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019. He was born in Jackson County on September 25, 1944 and has been a lifelong resident since then.  Allen always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. He was a hardworking man who retired from Florida State Hospital after a long career and was a big fan of Florida Gators Football. Allen and his loving wife Shirley had a collaborative and caring relationship.  It was based on mutual support and a deep love for each other. Allen’s daughter and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. He was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with the family he was so proud of.  He enjoyed fishing and working with his hands in his workshop. Allen will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. 

Allen is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Goodson; one daughter, Becky Tatum (Stephen) of Niceville, FL; two grandchildren, Will McDaniel and Kristen McDaniel;  two sisters-in-law, Alice Goodson of Millbrooke, AL and Hilda Goodson of Grand Ridge FL; two brothers-in-law, Freddie Culver of Quincy, FL and Harvey Culver (Shari) of Malone, FL; two aunts, Wynona Ridaught of Keystone Heights, FL and JoAnn Goodson Moneyham of Sneads, FL; and one uncle, O. A. Goodson of Grand Ridge, FL; as well as, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Alice Goodson; two brothers, Bobby Goodson and Howard Goodson; and one sister-in-law, Joyce Williford.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at McAlpin Funeral Home on Sunday, May 19, 2019 and will begin at 2:00 PM CST with Rev. Steve Benefield officiating. Visitation with family and friends will be held one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Pope Cemetery in Sneads, FL.

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