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Obert Funeral Home

Obert Funeral Home

Bernard Lee Shutes

Bernard Lee Shutes, known locally as “Vivian”, 84, of Jackson County, Florida died July 15, 2018 with his family by his side following a brief illness while in the care of Covenant Care Hospice in Panama City Florida.  He was born in Kynesville on September 15,1933 to Gordon Bernard Shutes and Ollie Fennell Shutes. Paternal grandparents were Gordon Lee Shutes and Mamie Lash Shutes. Maternal grandparents were Laney Love Arnold Fennell and Amos P Fennell.

He attended Kynesville Elementary School; was a 1951 graduate of Cottondale High School; a 1953 graduate of Chipola College; and a 1962 graduate of Auburn University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956, with basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C., followed by serving in Okinawa, Japan. 

Following graduation from Auburn University, he honed his broad knowledge of industrial construction including power plants, paper mills and automotive assembly plants around the country.  Upon completing a project at Port Panama City, to afford his family the opportunity to stay in area, he opened Shutes Construction Company, specializing in custom residential and commercial.  After his children were grown, he returned to large scale industrial construction and the travel it demanded.

Following his retirement he returned to his roots of Jackson County.  When his health failed he moved to the Clifford Chester Sims State Veterans Nursing Home.  He spent his last days in the compassionate care of Covenent Hospice.

While very intelligent, he strived to obtain broad knowledge of many subjects whether it be engineering, the arts, philosophy, legalities – or human nature.  He had a very strong body that he utilized to the fullest, working from a very young age learning construction from his father and uncles. He maintained that strength through his last days.  He was a giver – whether it be of his time, his labor, his knowledge of building and engineering, his material resources or his very broad shoulders upon which many would lean.  

His many interests included a love of music, travel, museums and a variety of arts.  He was an avid supporter of western heritage museums, the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, and The Dayton Art Institute Guild, to name a few.  He was a private pilot and enjoyed the freedom afforded in traveling via his own planes for his business and pleasure. He was an advocate for the American Legion Boys State program, was bestowed the honor of a Kentucky Colonel, he served as a Gideon, was a member of Kiwanis International, and generously served on the building committees of various churches and organizations that he belonged over the years. 

A natural athlete, he loved the game of basketball and played on Cottondale High School’s State Championship team his senior year.  He continued to play basketball while attending Chipola and during his service in the Army.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, Vivian is predeceased by his eldest daughter Miriam Elaine Shutes, granddaughter Kathryn Michaela Crosby and sons-in-law, Michael D. Crosby and Bill D. Moreland; and a brother, J.W. Shutes. 

He is survived by his sister, Muriel Shutes Baxley, Lynn Haven; daughters Jennifer Shutes Crosby Moreland, Atlanta, Georgia; Brenda Shutes Reed, Panama City; former wife and mother of his children, Fredda Williams Shutes, Panama City; former sister-in-law Aletta Shutes, Tallahassee, granddaughter, Amanda Reed Hodges (Brian), grandson, Brandon Reed, great-granddaughters Alexis Reed and Briana Hodges all of Panama City, and beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are provided by Obert Funeral Home, Chipley, Florida.  Visitation, services and burial will be at Bethlehem Baptist Church on Saturday, July 21st with visitation from 10:00-11:00 and services to follow from 11:00 - 12:00 with the Reverend Jim Sharkey officiating. Burial shall be in the Bethlehem Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to The Cal Farley Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890 Amarillo, TX 79174-0001,  Ph.(800)687-3722 or The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8382 Baymeadows Rd Ste 9, Jacksonville 32256 - Ph.(904)733-3560.

Hester Lee Lucas Wells

Hester Lee Lucas Wells, age 89, passed from this life on July 13, 2018, in the Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Chipley, Florida.  She was born and reared in Holmes County on a farm on Ten Mile Creek.  She attended Esto School through the ninth grade, transferring to Holmes County High School in Bonifay, and graduating in April 1945.  Hester has the distinction of being a student in the last eight-month school term in the State of Florida. She attended Mt. Zion Church near Esto, and was baptized in nearby Ten Mile Creek. After marriage, she attended Primitive Baptist churches in Panama City, the Bethel community in Washington County, and Chipley Chapel.

Hester was predeceased in death by her parents, Herbert Timothy Lucas and Pauline Hartzog Lucas, two brothers, Milton Cortez Lucas and Daniel Leon Lucas, one sister, Era Martiel Lucas White, and a  grandson, Ryan Lee Wells. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Perry Wells, and their four sons: Tim (Debbie), Grant (Lynn), Emory (Robbin), and Gordon (Donna). She leaves eight grandchildren: Laura, Julie and Perry Edward Wells II (Tim), Dan Murray and Deanna Marie Wells (Gordon), Lucas McLean and Virginia Marie Wells (Grant), and Courtney Elyse Wells (Emory).  She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom she loved dearly.

Hester and Perry married in October 4, 1952 in Cottonwood, Alabama. Their first home was in Panama City.  In 1970, the Wells family moved to Chipley, Florida to own and operate the Sears Catalog store where Hester was an integral part. She later ran the historic T.L. Wells and Bro. department store in town. Hester was an accomplished seamstress and cook, and throughout her life enjoyed attending bluegrass events, gospel sings, and church sings. 

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 17, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with Eric Smith officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., with the service immediately following. Interment will follow at Bethany Baptist Church cemetery in Holmes County where three generations of Hester’s ancestors are buried. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Bethany Baptist cemetery fund.

Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing.

Jannie Hughes Kent

Jannie Hughes Kent age 78, of Alvin, Texas went home to be with the Lord on May 10, 2018.

Jannie was born on November 9, 1939 in Chipley, Florida to Joe Hughes and Lena Jackson. She worked at the IGA in Cottondale, Florida as a cashier for 10 years. She never met a stranger and she loved the Lord. She loved her kids, grandkids, and all of her family. She loved to fish any chance she got. She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister and friend. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her two daughters: Connie Elkins and husband Don of Alvin, Texas, Judy Stephens and husband Johnny of Alford, Florida; sons: Michael Wayne Kent and wife Brenda of Crestview, Florida, Gregory Keith Kent and wife Anissa of Dothan, Alabama; two brothers: Jerry Hughes and wife Louise of Cottondale, Florida, Jimmy Hughes and wife Inez of Alford, Florida; one sister: Josie Hall and husband Robert of Bascom, Florida; ten grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 2P.M. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Round Lake Baptist Church in Alford, Florida. Interment will follow in the Alford City Cemetery. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing. 

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

Anthony Roland Taylor

Sweet baby boy, Anthony Roland Taylor, was a little fighter who lived and loved in his mother’s arms until Jesus welcomed him home on April 18, 2018.

Anthony was born on April 17, 2018 at Gulf Coast Medical Center to Heath Roland Taylor and Savannah Brooke Capps. Although brief, the time he spent on this earth will forever impact those who loved and cherished him. Mommy and Daddy love you!

He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandmother: Donna Capps; maternal great grandparents: Wesley and Aileen Sistrunk; paternal great grandmother: Sharon Nicholsl.

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

Funeral services will be held 2P.M. Friday, April 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Cottondale with Rev. Brian Braxton officiating. Interment will follow in 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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