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Brady Roland Taylor and Brody Anthony Taylor

Twin baby boys Brady Roland Taylor and Brody Anthony Taylor , upon the wind of Heaven’s love, entered hand in hand into God’s presence on January 20, 2019. 

Brady and Brody were born on January 20, 2019 at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center to Heath Roland Taylor II and Savannah Brooke Capps. The boys were full of fight and heart and their strong spirits touched everyone around them. Their time on earth, while brief, will be forever cherished and the love for them will never diminish. 

They were preceded in death by their big brother Anthony Roland Taylor, maternal great grandmother Donna Capps, maternal great grandparents Wesley and Aileen Sistrunk,  and paternal great grandmother, Sharon Nichols.

They are survived by their loving parents, Heath Roland Taylor II and Savannah Brooke Capps of Chipley, Florida; maternal grandparents Mark Anthony and Shauna Foran of Cottondale, Florida; paternal grandparents Heath and Regina Taylor of Chipley, Florida; maternal great grandparents Brady and Naoma Foran of Cottondale, Florida; maternal great grandmother Charlotte Foran of Grand Ridge, Florida; paternal great grandmother Sara Thomas of Graceville, Florida; paternal great grandfather James Nichols of Graceville, Florida; maternal great great grandmother Linda Capps of Panama City, Florida and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and loved ones. 

 Heath and Savannah give heartfelt thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Livingston, Dr. Tricia Percy, the Labor and Delivery, NICU and mother/baby staff of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center as well as special friends, nurses Teresa Kirkland, Niki Williams, Morgan Hill, Kathy Holmes, Jennifer Smith and honorary “Auntie”  Dr. Bridget Cobb.

 Funeral services will be held 1P.M. Friday, January 25, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with Pastor James Gray Braxton and Pastor Jeff Scalf officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior at the church. Interment will follow at Magnolia Church Cemetery in Altha, Florida with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

“Babies who are taken too soon were never touched by fear. They never knew sadness, never felt alone, and most importantly, always knew love”

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Van Goodsell Roark

Van Goodsell Roark, 61 of Cottondale, passed from this life on November 17, 2018 at his residence.

Van was born on December 5, 1956 in Lenoir, North Carolina to Emmett and Doris Stephens Roark. He was an Electrician by trade and attained his Bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. His life was spent helping others, taking mission trips to Africa, and working with Samaritan’s Purse after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. He loved spending time outdoors skiing, deep sea fishing, and diving. He was a member of Alford Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father: Emmett Goodsell Roark; sister: Lynda Stephenson.

He is survived by his mother, Doris Roark of Cottondale, Florida; brother: Steve Roark and wife Charlotte of Cottondale, Florida; sister: Jane Gage and husband John of Smithville, Virginia; nephews: Doug Ware of Tallahassee, Florida, Mark Streb and wife Chris of California, David Roark and wife Colleen of Bonifay, Florida, Patrick Roark and wife Elizabeth of Chipley, Florida; nieces: Krista Rankin and husband Brent of Tallahassee, Florida, Amy Herring and husband Matt of Holly Springs, North Carolina. 

A memorial service will be held in his honor 11A.M. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Alford Baptist Church in Alford, Florida with Rev. Bob Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in his honor to Samaritan’s Purse or the Alford Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Raymond “Ray” D. Herring

Raymond “Ray” D. Herring, age 72 of Chipley, passed from this life on November 22, 2018.

Ray was born on December 24, 1946 in Ocala, Florida, to James and Betty Herring, Jr. Ray’s family moved to Chipley in 1962.  A graduate of Vernon High School, Class of 1965, Ray went on to serve his country in the United States Army and National Guard. He was recruited and played for the Army Baseball team; he was also an expert marksman and sharpshooter. Ray worked for the Washington County School Board Maintenance Department, retiring in 2008.  Ray’s life centered on family, sports, fishing, and hunting; he was known as “Coach” to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Betty Herring, Jr. and beloved son, Shannon Ray Herring.

He is survived by his daughter, Laurie Ann Herring and husband, Brian Kellett of Panama City, Florida; son, J.R. Davis and wife, Holly, of Hawaii, daughter, Brenda Davis of Georgia; three brothers: Roy Herring and wife, Jackie; Donald Herring; James “Jim” Herring and wife Kathy of Chipley, Florida; grandchildren: Warren Gainey; Aidan and Zane Herring-Shook, Christin and Brandon Kellett; Tristan, Nathan, and Cody Herring, Ava and Ethan “EJ” Davis.

Graveside funeral service will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Chipley, Florida, with Military Honors. 

The family will receive friends for visitation from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Grace and Glory Church in Chipley, Florida. Arrangements under the direction of Obert Funeral Home.

Pallbearers asked to serve are Johnny Johnson, Stacey Hartzog, Joey Hartzog, Scott Harris, Matt Harris, Shawn Gainey, and Johnny Gainey.

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