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Peoples Funeral Home

Peoples Funeral Home

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

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

William (Bill) Otto Kleinhans

 

William (Bill) Otto Kleinhans died at home with family by his side on Saturday, April 21st, at the age of 88.

Bill was born to Frederick George and Hedwig Konrad Kleinhans on January 22, 1930 on Long Island, New York.  He attended William Cullen Bryant High School and graduated in 1948. From there, he entered the Navy as an enlisted volunteer (USNEV), where he served aboard both the U.S.S. Manchester and the U.S.S. Helena. He served from 1948-1949, before continuing his service as a member of the Naval Reserves.  Upon completing his active duty, Bill graduated from New York State Ranger School in 1951.

Bill’s forty-four-year career as a forester began in 1951 when he was hired by International Paper Company to work in Camden, South Carolina.  His career took him to Edgefield, Marion, and finally, in 1956, to Conway, South Carolina.  After leaving South Carolina, Bill and his family lived in Richmond Hill, Georgia, from 1973-1978.  In 1978 he and his family moved to Marianna, Florida.  He worked as a forester until his retirement in 1995, but remained active in forestry long after this time, completing his last land management plan in 2017.

Bill considered himself not only a forester, but also a woodturner, conservationist, and educator.  It is his works within the community for which he will be best remembered.  He was an active member of First United Methodist Church beginning in 1979.  He joined the Optimist Club in 1979 and had the honor of serving as their Distinguished President from 1983-1984.  He was passionate about environmental education and served as a member and chair of the Marianna City Tree Board and as a member of the Project Learning Tree Steering Committee for 17 years. PLT is an international environmental education program.

The true work of Bill’s lifetime was his service to the Boy Scouts of America.  In 1948, during his final year of high school, he began his seventy-year scouting career as an assistant Scout Master, and, in 1956, got his first troop of his own.  He was proud to serve as Scout Master, continuously, for the next sixty-two years. Under his leadership, Troop 3 in Marianna has produced 29 Eagle Scouts.  He also served as the Environmental Conservation Director at Boy Scout Camp Alaflo for twelve years. 

Throughout his lifetime, Bill was honored with many awards.  These include: Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow, Boys Scouts of America District Award of Merit, Florida Forestry Communicator of the Year, Stone Container Corporation Employee of the Year, Fellow of the Society of John Wesley, Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year, Optimist of the Year, Jackson County Citizen of the Year, and Rotary Club Citizen of the Year.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and son, Freddy.  He is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Gladys; daughter Evie (Garry) Kleinhans Sheward of Havana, FL; granddaughter Elizabeth Sheward of High Springs, FL; step-children Susan (Chris) Jackson Silver of Gainesville, GA and Bill (Linda) Jackson of Van Nuys, CA; grandchildren Tanzi Jackson and Christopher Jackson of Van Nuys, CA and Murray Jackson, of Atlanta, GA; cousin Senta (Heinz) Schmidt of Long Island, NY; special friends Jason and Estelle Whiddon; and many more loving friends.

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Marianna on Tuesday, April 24th.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 am (CST) followed by funeral service at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bill’s name to Boy Scouts of America Troop 3 in care of troop’s treasurer Melissa Krebeck at 3054 Noland St. Marianna FL 32446.  Services have been entrusted to the caring staff of Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, FL.

Dorothy Lee Johnson

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Johnson of Marianna, Florida, the Evergreen Community entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 6th in Jackson Hospital.  She was 77 years old.

Born August 4, 1940 to the late Ernest and Rosie Lee Bulloch Williams, she was of the Baptist faith and a member of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church.

She was retired from the Jackson County School Board.  She worked in the Culinary Department at  Marianna Middle School for many years.

Precious memories will linger with her husband, Harold S. Johnson of Marianna, Florida; three daughters, Barbara Pierre’ (Charles) of Marianna, Florida, Brenda Williams (Tyrone) of Tampa, Florida and Pamela Thomas of Marianna, Florida; three sons, Paul Lettinhand, Rev. Wallace Godwin and wife Vickie, and Lester Thomas and wife Deborah all of Marianna, Florida; 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Johnson of Tallahassee, Florida and Angela Johnson of Quincy, Florida; one brother-in-law, Gerald Johnson and wife Martha of Tallahassee, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, April 14th at 11a.m. at Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Wallace Godwin, Rev. Henry Forward, Minister Larry Bush, Elder John Lampley, Rev. Samuel Everett and Rev. Randy McMillan officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the caring staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, Florida.

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

Refroe Earl Long

Mr. Refroe Earl Long of Marianna, Florida, the Mt. Tabor Community entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 5th in the Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center at Northwest Hospital in Maryland.  He was 77 years old.

He was born October 13, 1940 to the late Earl and Allie Leslie Long.  His only brother, DeFlynn preceded him in death.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hannah Bell Long.

He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.

He earned his B.S. and Masters degrees in Education and was employed as a teacher for the Jackson County Public School System.  He taught at Marianna Middle School for many years before retiring.

Precious memories will linger with one daughter, Refronia Nicole Long (Derrick) of Baltimore, Maryland; three grandchildren, Earl Griffin of Marianna, Florida, Devon and Alannah Jones both of Baltimore, Maryland; step-son, Eric Mann and children of Marianna, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Lucy Tabb of Marianna, Florida and Eotree McClain of  Miami, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A homegoing celebration will be held Saturday, April 14th at 11a.m. at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Dwingt Cockerham, Sr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery with arrangements entrusted to the caring staff at Peoples Funeral Home of Marianna, Florida.

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

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