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James and Sikes Funeral Home

James and Sikes Funeral Home

Maddox Chapel  4278 Lafayette Street Marianna, FL 32446 (850) 482-2332

Website URL: http://www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com/

Thomas F. Batts

Dr. Thomas F. Batts, 78, of Grand Ridge, FL. died Saturday, October 27, 2018 at his home with his family at his bedside.

He was born in Shorterville, AL, Dr. Batts had resided in Jackson County for the past 59 years while spending majority of those years ministering throughout the United States. He started preaching at the age of 15 in 1955. He earned a Masters in Theology and Doctorate in Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. He always displayed the love and compassion of Jesus. He was an excellent communicator of the Word who wisely preached normally no more than 30 minutes without notes and effortlessly quoting scriptures. He was also a great athlete, loved playing basketball, baseball, and golf; played semi-pro baseball when he was younger.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Bascom and Bessie Batts, and his brothers: Preston Batts, Reginald Batts, and Foy Batts.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda; three children, Daryl Batts and Trilla Mays of Columbia, SC, Todd Batts of Grand Ridge, FL.; Grandchildren, Malorie Batts Schumann & Tyler Batts both of Greenville, SC, Ronnie Mays of Gaston, SC; sisters, Wanna Lee Gosdin and Lillian Steverson; brothers, Curtis Batts and Charles Batts. 

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel. Interment will follow in Dykes Cemetery in Grand Ridge with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel.

Edith Chaskel Spann

Edith Chaskel Spann. 95, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Athens, GA. 

Born in Indianapolis, IN, she spent her childhood on the family homestead on the Ohio River town of Florence, IN prior to joining the WAC’s in 1943. She was a World War II veteran and a homemaker. After her discharge on Christmas Eve 1945, she and her new husband moved to his hometown of Marianna, FL. They later lived in Quincy, FL and Mobile, AL before she moved to Athens, GA in 1993. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lorraine Given Chaskel and Eugene F. Chaskel; her husband, Herbert W. Spann, Sr., and her brother, James O. Chaskel.

She is survived by her children, Lorraine Spann Edwards, Athens, GA.; Herbert W. Spann, Jr. (Natalie), Alabaster, AL; grandchildren, Leigh Edwards Davis (Stephen), John Spann Edwards (Melissa), and Gilbert Spann, Mobile, AL. Survivors also include nephews Conrad Chaskel (Renee), Findlay, OH; Rodney Chaskel (Kathy), Findlay OH; nieces, Chris Chaskel Daniels, Findlay, OH; and Cathy Chaskel Cummings (Pete), Fort Worth, TX. Survivors also include four great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be Friday, November 2, at 10:30 a.m. in Marianna, FL in the cemetery at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where she was baptized, confirmed and sang in the choir. James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel will be directing.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the care and love provided by the Charlie Norwood VA facility in Augusta, GA, particularly the Home Based Primary Care Team stationed in Madison County, GA and the Blind Rehab Unit, Augusta, that permitted her to remain independently at home. Appreciation is also expressed to St. Mary’s Hospital, especially the St. Mary’s Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be provided for disaster relief in the Florida Panhandle, which took the brunt of Hurricane Michael, particularly Mexico Beach and Marianna, Fl or contributions to the cemetery fund at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4362 Lafayette St., Marianna, FL 32446. Suggested charities include Chipola Family Ministries, 3004 Highway 71, Marianna, Fl 32446 or gofundme/the moms & Pops of Mexico Beach.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

Betty H. Morse

Betty H. Morse, 82, of Marianna died Wednesday, October 23, 2018, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

A native of Jackson County, Ms. Morse, retired from the State of Florida as a Horticulture Supervisor at Sunland Center.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Morse, of 63 years, Father, Allen R. Hill, Mother, Thelma Peacock Hill, Step Mother, Vera Renfroe Hill, Brother Raymond Hill, Sister’s Mary Steel, Ann Chyc, and Lorine Cooper.

Survivors include one son, Charles Larry Morse (Brenda); One Daughter, Beverly Griffin (Robert); Two Brothers, Dr. Gene Hill (Marsha) of Auburn Ala., Roy L. Hill (Gail) of Cypress; Three Sisters, Mattie Braswell of Chipley; Brenda Gail Howell (Roger) of Grand Ridge, Johnny Ruth Wester (Wallace) of Cypress; Four Grand Children, William Robert Sims (Amanda), Charles Adam Morse (Christina) Calvin Benjamin Morse (Victoria), Kelly Sims Land (Jeff); 9 Great Grand Children, and 2 Great-great Grand Children.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with Stake Presidency, Second Counselor for the Church of Latter Day Saints Mr. Danny Sims and Dr. Gene Hill, officiating. 

 The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Cypress  Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home directing.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

Lena Mae Reza

Lena Mae Reza, 72, of Altha died Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at her home.

A native of Port Arthur, Texas, Ms. Reza had resided in Florida for the past 39 years. Lena was retired, loved to fish, and most of all loved her family, where in return she was very much loved by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Reza; parents, two sisters, and one brother.

Survivors include four children, Lena Anderson, Michael Falgout, Florence Simon and husband, Pedro, Michel Brodnax and husband, Roger; two step children, Humberto Reza Jr. and Laura Broxton; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with Rev. Chester Padgett officiating. Interment will follow in Go Rest High Cemetery in Altha, FL with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.jamesandsikesfuneralhomes.com

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