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Peoples Funeral Home

Peoples Funeral Home

5441 Cooper Street Graceville, Florida 32440 (850) 263-6834

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Randolph J. Butler

Mr. Randolph J. Butler, affectionately called Randy, of Newark, New Jersey and formerly of Marianna, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 24th in New Jersey.  He was 73 years old.

 He was born in Marianna on June 22, 1945, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Martin Butler.  He was a graduate of Jackson County Training School’s Class of 1963.  He was a skilled, left-handed basketball player who led his team to a state championship.  After high school Randolph moved to New Jersey and worked briefly for a steel mill company before gaining employment with E.I. Dupont/Cookson, as a technician for over 25 years.  After retirement, he spent most of his time with family and friends.

 He further enjoyed watching and commentating on just about every sport, especially football and basketball.  He also enjoyed traveling back home to Marianna, having a good cup of black coffee, watching western shows, playing the slot machines and going to the racetrack.  Randolph was the life of the party and you always knew he was there because you heard him before you saw him.

 Randolph leaves a lifetime of unconditional love and precious memories with two daughters, Margo Butler-Bourdeau (Marc) pf Pennsylvania and Constance Patrice Butler of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Yul Baker (Irene) of Pennsylvania and Tenisha Baker of New Jersey; three great grandchildren, Kevin, Marc and Zoe; one adoring sister, Dora Butler Donald and her son Lorenzo Heartice of Marianna, Florida; companion of more than 30 years, Dianna Livingston and her children, Marcus Thorn, Belinda McAllister (Nicholas and Marquis), Yolanda Livingston (Diyan, Meca, Richard and Dominique); four great grandchildren, Diyae, Mahaadi, Ajiyah and Terrina all of Newark, New Jersey; his best friend, Jessie Hayes; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and sorrowing friends.

 In addition to his parents, Randolph was further preceded in death by a doting sister, Margaret (Hosie) Daughtry. 

 A homegoing celebration for Randolph will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 1p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Daryl Johnson, Rev. Felix Long, Jr. and Rev. Kevin Williams officiating.  Interment will followed in the Orange Hill Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the caring staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, Florida.

Samuel Brown, Jr.

Mr. Samuel Brown, Jr., of Panama City, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 18th at North West Hospital in Pensacola, Florida surrounded by his loving family.  He was 84 years old.

 He was born in Cross City, Florida to the late Deacon Samuel Sr. and Rosa Lee Brown Carroll.  Upon moving with his family to Panama City, he attended and graduated from the Bay County Public School System at Rosenwald High School in 1952.  After high school, Sam joined the United States Armed Forces, serving during the Korean conflict and later became a member of the Army boxing team.  He was also a member of the Army Reserves.

 Precious memories will forever remain with a loving and devoted family; six sons, Eugene Brown (Joyce), Harold Brown, Reginald Brown, Vincent Brown, Patrick Brown and Vernon Mathis; four daughters, Carolyn Brown McCoy, Corrine Brown, Christell Brown Peters and Calinda Brown all of Panama City, Florida; one sister, Corrine Mobley of Tampa, Florida; three brothers, David Brown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Harold Carroll (Reba) and Connell Carroll both of Atlanta, Georgia; 12 grandchildren, Letriece McCoy, Paul McCoy Jr., Hope McCoy, Tremika Brown, Trenisha Brown, Saquilla Brown, Cameron Brown, Matthew Brown, Zharayvan Brown, Alexis Peters, Tevin Brown all of Panama City, Florida and Layla Brown of Los Angeles, California; five great grandchildren, Cortez McCoy, Marc Logan, DeVari Spencer, Sarah Clark and Sean Clark; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to cherish his memories.

 A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, October 27th at 12 noon at Macedonia  Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City, Florida with Dr. Jesse L. Nelson, Senior Pastor and Elder James E. Russ officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home in Marianna, Florida. 

Brian Eugene Poole

Life began for Brian Eugene Poole, loving called ‘Dinky’ of Cottondale, Florida  on November 8, 1978 in Marianna, Florida to Mae Rhynes and Michael Poole.  He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, October 9th in Tallahassee, Florida.

 He accepted Christ into his life at a very young age and joined Bethlehem African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 Dinky attended  the public schools of Jackson County and was a graduate of Marianna High School Class of 1997.  He furthered his education obtaining certification in Electrical Engineering and Corrections.  He worked as a Licensed Electrian and Corrections Officer.

 He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Wesley Gardner; a brother, Lamond Poole and a sister, Latarsha Pittman.

 Precious memories will forever remain with his wife, Marquita Poole of Cottondale, Florida; three children, Iyana Brown, Brianna Poole and Bryce Poole; his mother, Mae Rhynes of Cottondale, Florida, his father, Michael Poole of New York; honorary dad, Monroe Rhynes of Marianna, Florida; ten siblings, Carla Rhynes (James) of Chipley, Florida, Cherrika Thomas (David) of Marianna, Florida, Kim Poole of Marianna, Florida, Melissa Poole of Tallahassee, Florida, Shaneika Lovett (Demetri) of Marianna, Florida, Victoria Jackson (David) of Tallahassee, Florida, Krystal Knox (Terrell) of Tallahassee, Florida, William Poole (Laquanda) of Gainesville, Florida, Shandrell Poole of Greenwood, Florida and Latrecia Jackson of Tallahassee; his godmother, Judy Sims of Greenwood, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

 A homegoing celebration for Dinky’s life will be held Saturday, October 20th at 11:00p.m. at St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Obediah White is the Pastor/Teacher, and Rev. Carl Hill, Min. John Holland and Min. James Rhynes will be officiating.  Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Church Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the Caring Staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.

 The remains will lie-in-repose for one hour prior to the 11a.m. funeral time on Saturday at St. Mary.

Rose Ella (Ellington) Johnson

Rose Ella Johnson, 91, of Marianna, FL, passed away early Saturday morning, August 4, 2018 at Jackson Hospital.  She has been a resident of Marianna, FL since May 2009.

Rose was born on July 13, 1927 in Atlanta, GA to Bennie Pope and Mary Fred (McCullough) Ellington.  Growing up, she lived in Thomaston, GA with her parents & three brothers.  Rose and her brothers grew up with numerous first cousins, as her Mother was one of 13 children.  Her closest first cousin being Betty Watson Ellington (89) of Atlanta, GA.  They grew up doing just about everything together as children, to include dressing alike and working in the same places as young adults.  Betty and Rose were more like sisters than cousins!  

Rose enjoyed the beach, sewing and dancing.  She also loved to play the piano and sing.  She was a member of two trios at the time of her high school graduation in 1945 from Robert E. Lee High School, Thomaston, GA.  While in high school she worked as a dental assistant and for a local jewelry store.  After graduation, her family moved to Orlando, FL where she worked for the GE Credit Agency.  During this time is when she met her husband, Oliver. Oliver was in the Air Force and stationed at what was then known as McCoy Air Force Base. Rose married Oliver Sheldon Johnson on August 13, 1955 in Orlando, FL; they were married 48 years.  Oliver spent 23 years in the Air Force as a crew chief on the B-52 bomber and flew numerous missions during WWII, Korea & Vietnam.

During Rose and Oliver’s time in the military, they moved to several places within the U.S., to include Guam.  Rose worked in Civil Service as an Executive Secretary to many Base Commanders.  After their military career, she and Oliver owned a successful pest control business for over 10+ years in Orlando.  During her late 60’s & 70’s, while living in Fort Walton Beach, she attended classes at Gulf Coast State College for music and voice lessons and participated in local performances sponsored by the college.

Rose enjoyed being a member of numerous organizations throughout her life.  Organizations she felt had an impact on others:  Hospice Volunteer; Order of the Amaranth; Daughters of the American Revolution (1996-2018) and a DAR Chapter Regent.

Rose was a gentle, loving Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother & Great-Grandmother.  She was a Christian woman and enjoyed attending church when she was able and reading her Bible daily. She had a way of making those around her feel loved and special.  She was respected and loved by all who met her.

Rose was preceded in death by her loving husband, Oliver Johnson; her parents Bennie and Mary Fred Ellington and three brothers; Johnny, Bobby and Richard.

Rose is survived by her two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with a great-granddaughter due in March 2019: son, Franklin Sheldon Johnson and daughter-in-law Christie Johnson, their children: Alex Johnson of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Bryan Johnson and wife Jessica (daughter, Addison Presley, due in March 2019) of Boynton Beach, FL; daughter, Susan Johnson Armstrong and husband, Clayton Armstrong of Marianna, FL and their children: twins Tyler and Katelyn, Stuart and wife Billie Jo Kortus (daughter, Haylie Jo ) of Hayden, ID, and Sean and wife Alicia (son, Landon James) of Southern Pines, NC.

Rose was in the care of the wonderful staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna.  She was laid to rest alongside her husband, Oliver, at the Bay Pines VA National Cemetery, Saint Petersburg, FL.  A memorial for Rose will be held with close family and friends in October.

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