James and Sikes Funeral Home

James and Sikes Funeral Home

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

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Fred Julian Tyre

Fred Julian Tyre, 75, of Grand Ridge passed away peacefully Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Tyre was born in Calhoun County on September 25, 1943 to Fred J. and Nellie Dykes Tyre. 

Fred was a lifelong resident of Jackson and Calhoun Counties.  He attended Altha Public Schools and went on to attend Chipola Jr. College where he wrote and sold term papers to earn extra money. Mr. Tyre was known as a farmer, equipment repairman, clearing land and raising livestock since he was a young child following his family’s heritage.  In his professional life he worked at the Grand Ridge Post Office, was co-owner of M & F Sod Company; owned and operated Fred Trye Farm and retired as shop supervisor of the Mechanics Division of Qunicy Farms.  He hauled many loads of watermelons to market. Fred enjoyed having multi-acre gardens; at times he raised hogs, goats and chickens and kept around 200 head of cattle. He loved spending time with friends at fish fry’s where he always had a joke or recent misadventure that would fill the room with laughter.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Doris O’Bryan Tyre; daughters, Susan Skinner of Ridge, Darlene Bishop and husband, Mark of Greer, SC; Saundra Thigpen and husband, Trent of Jacksonville, Julie Potter and husband, Eddie of Marianna, Vanessa Bishop and husband, Matt of Grand Ridge; the mother of his children, Barbara Tyre of Marianna; a brother, Edmond Tyre and wife, Lenoria of Frink, FL; two sisters, Sonjia Lee and husband, Roger of Panama City, Monicia Tyre of Grand Ridge; his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, known to them as Grandpa on the farm, PingPa or Grand Pa Hammerknocker.

Funeral services will be 3 pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel with Chaplain Gino Mayo,  Rev. Victoria Scofield and Sister Mary Frances Dudley officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 2 pm until funeral time at James & Sikes Maddox Chapel. Expressions of  sympathy maybe made on line at www.

Paul Lee Albert Smith

Paul Lee Albert Smith of Malone, FL, better known as the pink man or fish man,  passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. He was a long time resident of Jackson County. He enjoyed fishing, and farming in his down time. He also worked the Marianna Farmers Market for 30 plus years. Paul loved his family and friends more than anything. 

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Darlene. His 2 biological children Paul (Tuffy) Smith (Tammy) and Sherri Dominy, both of Marianna, FL.  He is also survived by two adopted grandchildren Barbara Smith Of Marianna, and Brandye McCollum of Panama City, FL, & grandson and granddaughter Dakota Sheridan Smith & Marcus Powell of Marianna, Fl and 3 great-grandchildren-Dawson Parker Smith, Kylee Kayde Register, and Tanna Ryliegh


Essie M. Baxter

Essie M. Baxter, 89, of Sneads, FL died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Jackson hospital.

Ms. Baxter was born in Sneads, FL and was a lifelong resident of Jackson County. She retired as a nurse from the Department of Corrections after 31 years. She enjoyed canning, cooking, and eating out. Ms. Baxter loved to bake cakes and baked many of them. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of Salem Wesleyan Church. She was an organist, sang in the choir, and enjoyed working in the church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Coy Lee Baxter; son, Dewey Baxter; brother, Maxwell McKinnie; one sister, Tessie Poole.

Survivors include three daughters, Sondra Anderson (Jeff) of North Carolina, Janet Lopez (Jose) of Grand Ridge, FL, Rebecca Mitchell (Larry) of Dellwood, FL; one daughter in law, Betty Baxter; two brothers, Jerry McKinnie (Marie) of Grand Ridge, FL, Oscar McKinnie (Katie) of Sneads, FL; one sister, Margaret Robbirds (James) of Sneads, FL, Shirley Hare (Doug) of Sneads, FL; 13 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. 

The family will receive friends Monday, May 27, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Salem Wesleyan Church.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Salem Wesleyan Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing. 

The family would like to thank, Dr. Chin, Dr. Krishna and the staff at Jackson Hospital for the loving care they gave their mother. They also extend a special thank you to loving care giver, Debra O’ Connor of Gail’s Traveling Angels.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Wesleyan Women’s Group: 2764 Salem Church Road, Sneads, FL, 32460.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online at

H. Michael Calhoun

H. Michael Calhoun, 66, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, passed away suddenly at his home on May 20, 2019.

Mike is a native of Cordele, Georgia and moved to Jackson county in 1995 where he worked as a registered nurse until retiring to work with his wife, Dr. Jana Calhoun.  He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a freemason. He was an avid outdoorsman and spent many happy hours boating, fishing, and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Herbert Calhoun, and grandparents. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Jana Calhoun; daughter, Shelby Jackson-Fox [Carlos], grandsons, Juan and Joao Tavares; mother and stepfather, Jean and Dale Kelley. Sister, Judy Cape. Brothers, Scotty Calhoun[Candi], Dale Kelley II [Danyal], Tim Kelley [Ami] and numerous well loved nieces, nephews, great niece and great nephews. He will greatly missed as brother, Uncle Mike and most especially “sweet  baby”.

Memorial services will be announced by James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel.  In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Partners for Pets. Mike was a huge dog lover and will be missed greatly by his bulldogs Calhi and Jasmine.


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