Franklin White, Sr.

Deacon Franklin White, Sr., of the Springfield Community, Marianna, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the Jackson Hospital in Marianna, FL.

Deacon White was born on November 14, 1938 to the late Matthew James, Sr. and Clotee Gray White in Jackson County, Florida.

He accepted Christ into his life and joined Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church in Marianna, Florida in his youth.

In 1958, he moved to California where he met his soulmate, the former Emily R. Hall in 1959. They were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1960. Their union was blessed with four children.

Deacon White was an honest and hardworking man who loved to be of service to others. He provided for his family by working at Metal Craft Manufacturer in California. His work day began at 3 AM and continued until 11 PM at “The Station”, Frankie’s Stop & Save Gas Station and Minimart in Compton, California. He began working at “The Station” managing it which lead to him purchasing it. He was a proud owner, and took proud in the service and merchandise he provided to his community. He considered “The Station” a labor of love and a honest living. “The Station” became a family affair which included his daughters, a brother Donnie and his wife. “The Station” was a constance for him which brought him joy just thinking about it. 

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Florida and he continued taking care of his life as a truck driver with Circle City Transport in Dothan, Alabama.

Deacon White had many hobbies included hosting the family bar-b-que, which he was considered “the king of bar-b-que”; walking his dogs: Wonder Boy and Thunder; golf- Tiger Woods, favorite golfer; playing poker for pennies; and enjoying Smooth Peanut Butter, by the spoonful and later with a toothpick.

He was a member of Saint Joseph Lodge #99, PHA Free and Accepted Masonry.

In 2010, Deacon White joined Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church. His services were in many ministries including serving as a faithful and devoted Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Marianne Barner and Hillon Waddell.

Deacon White memories will remain in the hearts of his love ones: his wife, Emily R. White; his children: Terri Evans (Cornell), Trudie White Black (Wendell), Franklin White, Jr. and Leonard White; grandchildren: Stephanie, Brandie, Anita, LaDreanna and Kirby; fifteen great grandchildren; siblings: Cash White, Dee White, Matthew James White, Jr., Harlon White, Donnie White, Blondie Bellamy (William), Gloria White (Robert) and Shirley White; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Friday, November 2, 2018 in the M. Sue & Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel, 5441 Cooper Street, Graceville, FL.

Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the sanctuary of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Jacob City, Florida with the Reverend Obadiah White, pastor/teacher officiating.

Deacon White will be laid to rest in the Springfield AME Church Cemetery in Marianna, Florida under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.


Harriette Williams

Mrs. Harriette Williams age 90, of Campbellton, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Signature Healthcare at the Courtyard in Marianna, Florida.

Mrs. Harriette Louisa Williams “Lil Sister”,  was born on Tuesday, February 1, 1927 to Waymon Sr., and Georgia Daniels Williams.

 She was a native of Jackson County, Florida and a member of Friendship Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Campbellton, Florida.

 Mrs. Williams showed great love for everyone as was evident in her daily witnessing for the Lord as she visited other residents in the center.  She didn’t let her disability slow her down from ministering to others. 

 Mrs. Williams leaves to cherish her memories two sisters: Lear V. Wilson and Georgia M. Lockridge both of Campbellton, Florida; one brother, Hill Andrew Williams of Bonifay, Florida; a nephew and niece that she raised as her own;  Otis Williams, his son (OJ) and Mandia McKay, her daughter (Marjorie); a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Friendship CME Church on Avery Road in Campbellton, Florida with Reverend Barbara Campbell officiating.

 She will be laid to rest in the St. Paul/New Bethel Cemetery in Campbellton, Florida under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.

Although we are saddened by her passing, we rejoice in knowing that she in a land “where she’ll never grow old.” Farewell, Mrs. Williams. You were tired and needed your rest. You were called forth by God, and your soul was truly blessed. We will not weep and mourn because we don’t see you on this side anymore. We know that you’ll be waiting to meet us on the other shore.


Mamie Bryant Hayes

Mrs. Mamie Bryant Hayes, age 100, of Greenwood, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Monday June 12, 2017 at the Chipola Health and Rehabilitation Center in Marianna, FL.

She is survived by her children: Henry Hayes (Hattie) of Greenwood, FL, Mary Hall of St. Petersburg, FL and Nancy Johnson of Fayetteville, NC; ten grandchildren: two of whom she raised as her own, Alexandrina Hayes and Nikita G. Johnson; nineteen great grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren;

Public visitation will be Friday, June 23, 2017, 4-7 PM at the M. Sue & Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel, 5441 Cooper Street in Graceville, FL.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017, 12 noon, at the Greater Buckhorn Missionary Baptist Church, 4691 Hwy 162, in Greenwood, FL with the Reverend William M. Harvey officiating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, FL.

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