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McAlpin Funeral Home (Formerly Lanier-Andler)

McAlpin Funeral Home (Formerly Lanier-Andler)

8261 U.S. 90 Sneads, FL 32460  (850) 593-9900

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Karen Elaine Horton Howell

Karen Elaine Horton Howell was born July 1, 1948 to the late MSgt. Edwin Horton (Ret. USAF) and Monta Horton at Eglin AFB, Florida.  After spending part of her childhood in Tripoli, Libya, she grew up in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School.  She met the man who would become her husband of over 49 years while working as a resort lifeguard.  It was love at first sight for him, but she would need a bit more convincing.

She married Bernard Howell on August 30th, 1969.  The first of two children arrived in 1972.  In 1974, she moved to Bernard’s hometown of Chattahoochee, Florida. A second daughter joined the family in 1977.  Karen operated her own in-home daycare for several years.  When the girls were old enough to be trusted not to burn down the house, Karen went out into the workforce.  Over the next 15 years, only one fire was reported.  Karen worked at Knots N Such Florist and Gifts and after its closing, Magnolia’s of Chattahoochee.  Karen was a magnificent floral designer and decorator. Many in town and surrounding areas attest that no one else’s work could ever hold a candle to the beauty and quality of hers. Her golden heart and loving spirit were the added bonus to her customers.

Karen was a voracious reader and loved all things sci-fi, fantasy and action/adventure.  (It is a little known fact that she was actually the 7th Avenger and the original Mother of Dragons.)  She truly had a zest for life.  She loved going on road trips with her children and the “sister of her heart” Frances Basford (they never got lost, but rather had “adventures”).  She found renewed strength in working in her daughter Susan’s vineyard, and gained newfound youth in activities with Christie, Johnny, and JJ like winning the biggest prizes at Dave and Busters, catching the biggest fish on Lake Seminole, and watching her J-Boy play sports. Karen was the “Grannay” of the ballfields, having adopted dozens of children and their families and loving them like her own.

Karen was a devoted and selfless wife and mother. She is survived by husband Bernard (her silver knight), daughters Susan (her sunshine) and Christie (her laughter) and grandson JJ (he who made her cup runneth over).  She also leaves behind two beloved sons in law she considered sons: Bruce Paul and Johnny Dolan. Additional survivors include special “sisters” Marti Howell Conner and Frances Basford and her wonderful neighbors Betty “Mama Bear” Barfield and Sheila “SheShe” Blount. Karen was a lover of animals great and small.  Besides being the proud grandmother to numerous grand-dogs and grand-cats, she will be missed greatly by her own kitties: Raider, Ghost, and Callie.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to either of the following causes that were dear to her heart:  Jackson County Partners for Pets 4011 Maintenance Drive Marianna, FL  32448 and Gadsden County Humane Society PO Box 1268 Havana, FL  32333

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at McAlpin Funeral Home in Sneads, Florida on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST with Reverend Robert Johns and Reverend Mike Hutcherson officiating.  Visitation with family and friends will be Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST at McAlpin Funeral Home. 

Interment will be private on a later date.

Charles Edward Rabon

Charles Edward Rabon was born on August 20, 1946, to Edward and Iris Alderman Rabon. He was a 1964 graduate of Grand Ridge High School where he was loved both on and off the basketball court. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served 3 tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a sergeant(E-5). He embodied incredible work ethic, a genuine respect for others and a consistent desire to develop professionally. He spent the next 25 years working overseas with Lockheed, Boeing, Pan Am, and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Although most of his life was spent moving from one place to another, stability came in the form of the birth of his daughter, Nikki, whom he shared with former spouse, Diana Rabon. Of all the accolades and decorations Charles received throughout school, the Marine Corps or his professional career – he always considered his daughter to be his proudest accomplishment. He made the decision to transfer stateside so that she could attend school in the U.S., and ultimately ended up working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Houston, TX. He loved his job and he loved his people. This August marked his 20th year of civilian service to our government.

Although he was a resident of Houston for almost 20 years, he still received the local Jackson County newspapers to keep up with his community. He enjoyed staying in touch with old friends and family through weekly phone calls.

He presented with a tough exterior but had a generous, kind and compassionate heart; as his family and friends can attest. His keen ability to improvise, adapt and overcome proved integral throughout his life. He loved fishing, entertaining others and listening to his music loud. He was a provider and protector by nature, and when he loved - he loved big.

Charles Rabon intended for his next promotion in life to be a full-time fisherman on Lake Seminole, but he received a job opportunity from the Lord on December 16, 2018 that he just couldn’t pass up.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Iris Alderman Rabon; his father, Edward Rabon, as well as many beloved family members; including a special aunt, Eunice Howell Ford, who loved him like a son.

Charles leaves behind his daughter, Nikki Rabon; brother, David Rabon, wife Olga; nephews: Joseph Rabon, wife Danielle and Johnathon Rabon; also, by his many close friends at the FAA, precious cousins and extended family, as well as his special friends Jose and Nely Bravo.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Sneads Assembly of God Church on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM CST with Reverend Juno Douglas officiating and McAlpin Funeral Home directing.  Visitation with friends and family will take place one hour prior to services.

Norman Pasco Scott

Norman Pasco Scott 87 was born September 5, 1931 and went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 20, 2018.  Norman served in the Army and Army Reserves for 28 years. He started his career with May’s Drug Store in Quincy, Florida.  He moved to Chattahoochee to be the store manager for Jessup’s Drugs later retiring from Massey’s Drugs. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and enjoyed the Brotherhood gatherings.  He loved camping and fishing with friends and family.

He is survived by two sons, Carey Scott (Danna) and Randy Scott (Cathy); one daughter, Tami Cribley (Donnie); eight grandchildren Chris, Niki, Steve, Shawn, Johnny Misty, Justin, Jessica (his dedicated care taker), and many great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years Evelyn Scott and a daughter Brenda Cheryl Scott.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Chattahoochee, Florida on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST with Reverend Mike Hutcherson officiating and McAlpin Funeral Home directing.

Interment will be private at Pope Cemetery.

Hugh Don Wilson

Hugh Don Wilson, 80, of Kinard, Florida passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born in Sneads, Florida on October 6, 1938.   Don was a veteran of the US Navy and was honored to serve his country.  He was a hardworking man, a loving father, proud grandfather and great grandfather.  Don loved fishing and was an avid league bowler.  He was a pilot and was very proud of his private pilot license he had attained.  He loved his family and spending time with them.  Don will be missed by his family and many friends. 

Don is survived by his daughter, Donl Wilson Atkins of Kinard, FL; one son, Billy Wilson of Savannah, GA; two brothers, Tim Wilson of Atlanta, GA and Danny Wilson of Oxford, GA; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Helen Wilson; three daughters, Terrie Wilson Kelley, Wendy Lee Wilson, and Shirley Bolt Estes; and one brother Gene Wilson.

Visitation for family and friends will take place at Mill Springs Baptist Church Friday, December 21, 2018, at 1:00 PM CST.  A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:00 PM CST with Reverend Steven Conrad officiating. Interment will be private on a later date.

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