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Obert Funeral Home

Obert Funeral Home

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.

Mary Lois Obert

Mary Lois Obert, age 89 of Sneads, went home to be with the Lord on November 19, 2018 at her residence.

Mrs. Mary was born on July 24, 1929 in Moultrie, Georgia to John and Julia Arrington Thompson. She was a member of New Beginnings Worship Center in Grand Ridge, Florida. 

She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Julia Thompson; husbands: Rev. Charlie Glenn Miller, Rev. Houston Obert; brothers: Horace Thompson, Ed Thompson.

She is survived by her three daughters: Glenda Goins and husband William of Durham, North Carolina, Gail Elizabeth Parsons of Sneads, Florida, Charlotte Jackson and husband Tommy of Grand Ridge, Florida; bonus children: W A Obert, Roland Obert and wife Martha, Charles Obert and wife Hazel, Wilma Hamilton and husband Earl, Marilyn Obert Branch, Mary Powell and husband Buddy; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held 3P.M. Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at New Beginnings Worship Center in Grand Ridge, Florida with Rev. Mike Daniels and Rev. Robert Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery, Grand Ridge, Florida with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Tommy J. Williams

Tommy J. Williams, age 68 of Marianna, went home to be with the Lord on Ocotber 2, 2018 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. 

Tommy was born on July 8, 1950 in Jackson County, Florida to Wilber and Hazel Coley Williams. He was a lifelong resident of Jackson County and worked as a Truck Driver. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Wilber and Hazel Williams; brother: Eugene Williams; sister: Verna Lou Mathis.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Freta Williams of Marianna, FL; son: Tommy Williams II and wife Lisa of Cottondale, FL; two daughters: Shannon Tharp and husband Doug of Cypress, FL, Sirena Liles and husband Roger of Marianna, FL; stepdaughter: Jazmine Knight and husband Billy of Sneads, FL; two brothers: Carl Williams and wife Violet of Altha, FL, Edward Williams and wife Janet; twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 11A.M. Friday, October 5, 2018 at Altha Church of God in Altha, Florida with Rev. Allan Nichols officiating. Interment will follow in Sims Cemetery in Marianna, Florida. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

David Wayne Lipford

David Wayne Lipford, age 77 of Cottondale, passed from this life on September 16, 2018 at his home.

David was born on November 9, 1940 in Jackson County, Florida to Jim and Mary Porter Lipford. A lifelong resident of the Florida Panhandle, he owned and operated Gene Finch Auto Sales for 20 years and Country Side Truck Stop for over 5 years. He was a Certified Horticulturist, avid grass cutter, and a great chef. Most of all he will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Jim and Mary Porter Lipford; siblings: Preston Lipford, Pete Lipford, Sara Lipford Harris; daughter: Jill Lipford Stephenson.

He is survived by his loving children: Sandy Finch and husband Gene of Cottondale, Florida, David Wayne Lipford and wife Camille; three brother: Punch Lipford and wife Barbara of Bonifay, Florida, Norman Lipford of Crawfordville, Florida, Herman Lipford and wife June of Marianna, Florida; grandchildren: Shena Grantham and husband Terence of Tallahassee, Florida, Taylor Allen and husband Sam of Milton, Florida, Megan Stephenson of Pensacola, Florida, Morgan Allen and husband Bryce of Lynchburg, Virginia, Brennan Harrison and fiancé Katy Jo Helm of Chattahoochee, Florida; great grandchildren: August Allen, Emmett Grantham; numerous nieces and nephews; Rusty his companion.

Graveside funeral service will be held 2:30 P.M. Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Lipford Cemetery in Marianna, Florida with Rev. Chris Franklin officiating. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

The family will receive friends for visitation from 4-6P.M. Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Cottondale Assembly of God Church in Cottondale, Florida.

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