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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/

Richard Andrew Neel

Richard Andrew Neel, 67, of Sneads went to be with the Lord after a battle with COPD and pneumonia on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Jackson Hospital.

Born in Quincy, Florida, Mr. Neel was a long time resident of Jackson County. He proudly served four years in the United States Air Force after which he served 17 years with the United States Postal Service while farming and going to college. He then went on to retire from the Department of Corrections. Mr. Neel was well loved and liked by everyone and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Neel; three children, Anthony W. Neel, Linnie P. Neel, and Andrew C. Neel; two sisters, Patricia Phillips and Wenonah Sorrel and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 11 am, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Providence Baptist Church in Grand Ridge.

Our family would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of condolences.

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

Dean Carlton Phillips

Dean Carlton Phillips, 56, of Marianna, Florida died Friday, December 28, 2018 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.   He was born July 25, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dean is survived by a brother, James Phillips of Tennessee; a sister, Carol Cummings of Chattahoochee, Florida; three nephews, Matthew Phillips, of Chattahoochee, Daniel Cummings of Sneads, and D. J. Ratajski of Grand Ridge; one niece, Cherilynn Evans of Pensacola; a great niece Amberleigh Miles, also of Pensacola; two great-great nieces, Annabelle Miles and Emilia Miles.

A memorial service will be 11a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Ascension Lutheran Church with Reverend Steve Mazzaferro officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at

James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Willis Clinton Powell

Willis Clinton Powell, 79, of Greenwood, died Friday, January 4, 2019 at his residence.

Clinton was born May 22, 1939 in Jackson County, FL to the late J.W. and Lois Conrad Powell. He was a lifelong resident of the Dellwood Community where he spent many years farming. Clinton served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Florida Department of Corrections. He was a lifelong member of Welcome Assembly of God Church where he served as a deacon for many years.

Clinton was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Pearl Powell, Levon Fowler, and Mary Lou Tyus; along with his brother, Joe Powell.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria B. Powell; two sons, Willis Powell  (Kim), John Coy Powell (Tami); daughter, April Powell; brother, John M. Powell (Dianne); sister, Cora Strickland; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2019 at Welcome Assembly of God Church with Pastor Steven Subel officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel Directing. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Welcome Assembly of God Church.

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

Virginia Blount

​Locally beloved and nationally acclaimed as a champion for children, Virginia Burch Blount passed away at home in Grand Ridge on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

​Born to Ruby and Jessie Burch, Virginia grew up as the only sister to brothers, Kenneth, Jerome, Marvin, and Lafayette. In that family, she learned the value of hard work and the joy of loving.

​Virginia delighted in learning and planned, even in childhood, to become a teacher. After graduation from Grand Ridge High School she continued her education by earning a B.S. at FSU and later a M.S. and Ed.S. from Troy University. During her 42-year career with the Jackson County School District, she first taught elementary school at Grand Ridge then was named curriculum coordinator for the school. In this capacity, she was responsible for implementing the Open Court reading program which garnered national recognition for significantly increased student achievement.

​Subsequently, Mrs. Blount served as principal at Sneads Elementary where she led the school to distinguished “A” school status year after year.

​Mrs. Blount’s legacy rests upon her sincere desire to help and serve each child. Her generosity, concern and diligence made the difference as she was often an unsung heroine to both children and adults whom she helped whenever and however she could.

​Virginia is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Jerome, Kenneth, and Marvin. 

She is survived by James “Shorty” Blount, husband of 59 years, daughter, Miranda Hicks of Dallas, Texas, beloved grandson, Jameson Blount Maddox of Columbus, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Grand Ridge First Baptist. Interment will follow in Cypress Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Grand Ridge Baptist Church.

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