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Pittman Christian Memorial Chapel

Pittman Christian Memorial Chapel

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

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Franklin White, Sr.

Deacon Franklin White, Sr., of the Springfield Community, Marianna, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the Jackson Hospital in Marianna, FL.

Deacon White was born on November 14, 1938 to the late Matthew James, Sr. and Clotee Gray White in Jackson County, Florida.

He accepted Christ into his life and joined Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church in Marianna, Florida in his youth.

In 1958, he moved to California where he met his soulmate, the former Emily R. Hall in 1959. They were joined in Holy Matrimony in 1960. Their union was blessed with four children.

Deacon White was an honest and hardworking man who loved to be of service to others. He provided for his family by working at Metal Craft Manufacturer in California. His work day began at 3 AM and continued until 11 PM at “The Station”, Frankie’s Stop & Save Gas Station and Minimart in Compton, California. He began working at “The Station” managing it which lead to him purchasing it. He was a proud owner, and took proud in the service and merchandise he provided to his community. He considered “The Station” a labor of love and a honest living. “The Station” became a family affair which included his daughters, a brother Donnie and his wife. “The Station” was a constance for him which brought him joy just thinking about it. 

In 1996, he and his wife moved back to Florida and he continued taking care of his life as a truck driver with Circle City Transport in Dothan, Alabama.

Deacon White had many hobbies included hosting the family bar-b-que, which he was considered “the king of bar-b-que”; walking his dogs: Wonder Boy and Thunder; golf- Tiger Woods, favorite golfer; playing poker for pennies; and enjoying Smooth Peanut Butter, by the spoonful and later with a toothpick.

He was a member of Saint Joseph Lodge #99, PHA Free and Accepted Masonry.

In 2010, Deacon White joined Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church. His services were in many ministries including serving as a faithful and devoted Deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Marianne Barner and Hillon Waddell.

Deacon White memories will remain in the hearts of his love ones: his wife, Emily R. White; his children: Terri Evans (Cornell), Trudie White Black (Wendell), Franklin White, Jr. and Leonard White; grandchildren: Stephanie, Brandie, Anita, LaDreanna and Kirby; fifteen great grandchildren; siblings: Cash White, Dee White, Matthew James White, Jr., Harlon White, Donnie White, Blondie Bellamy (William), Gloria White (Robert) and Shirley White; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Friday, November 2, 2018 in the M. Sue & Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel, 5441 Cooper Street, Graceville, FL.

Funeral services will be 11AM, Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the sanctuary of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Jacob City, Florida with the Reverend Obadiah White, pastor/teacher officiating.

Deacon White will be laid to rest in the Springfield AME Church Cemetery in Marianna, Florida under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.

Wanda Pearl Laster Sanders

Mrs. Wanda Pearl Laster Sanders, 57, of McChapel Community, Marianna, FL to be with the Lord on October 18, 2018 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. She has ran her earthly race.

She was born to the late Jessie Earl and Essie Mae Laster on May 6, 1961 in Jackson County, Florida. She was raised in Graceville, Florida.

Wanda was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, to everyone who knew her. She was the most loving, kind and supportive woman you could ever meet. In the time of need she was always there.

Basketball and tennis were her favorite sports to watch as well as the soap operas. On a good sunny day, you could catch her on a fish pond, catching fish every summer she looked forward to going out o town to spend time with her loved ones.

She leaves behind a devoted and loving family which included her husband, Henry L. Sanders; children: Chance A. Laster (JoAnna), Leanthony A. Laster, Sharina A. Jones, Breanna A Baxter (LaBrandis); grandchildren: Da’Marius Laster, Anaisia Jones, Za’Neyssia Laster, Hezekiah Jones, Preston Laster, Amiyah Laster, Braylon Laster, Aiden Laster, Mason Laster, Aliyah Baxter; siblings: Robert Laster, Jessie Laster (Marilyn), Johnny Laster (Doris), Chester Laster (Evella), Elease Dixon (Ernest), Frank Laster (Cynthia), Jerry Laster (Chrissy), Donna Hayes (Edward), Debra Myrick (Eddie) and Bernard Laster; a aunt, Mary L. Sorey; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, New Easter Missionary Baptist Church, Graceville, FL with Pastor/Teacher Earnest T. Parker, Jr., and Reverend George Jones officiating.

She will be laid to rest in the Graceville Community Cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, FL.

Arthur Lee Rhynes

In humble submission to the will of God, Christian Memorial Chapel sadly announces the passing of Deacon Arthur Lee Rhynes, age 74, of Jacob City, Florida.

Deacon Rhynes transitioned into eternal rest and peace Friday, October 19, 2018 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama.

Although we are saddened by his passing, we rejoice in knowing that he in a land “where he’ll never grow old.” Farewell, Deacon Rhynes. You were tired and needed your rest. You were called forth by God, and your soul was truly blessed. We will not weep and mourn because we don’t see you on this side anymore. We know that you’ll be waiting to meet us on the other shore.

Deacon Rhynes was a native of Jackson County. He retired from Sunland Center in Marianna, Florida and a member of Saint Michael Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Plassie B. Rhyne (10/18/2016); his wife, Henrietta Walker Rhynes (11/23/2010); one daughter and two sons: Swanrietta Godwin, Calvin Lee Rhynes (July 6th 2015) and Shedrick Jones; a brother and sister: Leo Rhynes, Jr. and Quillar R. McNealy.

He also leaves cherished memories and years behind with his children: Vincent Jones (Tess) of Jacob City, Florida, Lonnie Jones (Rachel) of Caryville, Florida, Tores Rhynes of Jacob City, Florida and Arthur Rhynes, Jr. (Katrina) of Tallahassee, Florda; grandchildren: Maurice, Shedletha, Quinetta, Deona, Brandie, Brianna, Tiekeyrea, Tempestt, Camiyah, Teyanna, Diamond, Cylan, Dzyrr and Xavier; great grandchildren: Taneia, Nariyah, Zacari, Natarsh, Ivan, Phenix, Rielyn, Ashanti, Alexis, Lynretta and Lauryn; siblings: Wallace Rhynes of Marianna Florida; in-laws: J.B. Russ, Dothan, Alabama, Maxie Walker, Cottondale, Florida, Jimmy L. Walker, Tacoma, Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He also leaves a special friend, Dianne Biddings.

Visitation will be 3-7 PM, Friday, October 26, 2018 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 2 PM,  Saturday, October 27, 2018, Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Jacob City, FL.

He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, FL.

Hazel Delores Madison

To have had Hazel Delores Madison affectionately known as “Ms. Dee” as a daughter, sister, aunt or friend was to have a true love experience! On Thursday, October 4, 2018 the Angels of Heaven descended to earth and delivered her to our Heavenly Father.

Hazel was born on Saturday, November 1, 1952 to Mose and Iona Madison in Houston County, Alabama. Being raised near the Florida-Alabama “state-line” area during her childhood she spent most of her days being close to her parents and siblings as she was born with a speech and hearing impairment. Hazel’s disability promoted her the special privilege of being the family helper amongst close family members and friends spending most of all her time at home. Hazel was sent for a brief period to a specialized school for the deaf and blind. Subsequently, due to her health challenges she was taught by her parents and siblings the communication of “home language” with hand gesture, body language and physical touch. Hazel’s best form of communication by far was her brilliant smile.

As a child Hazel was active and loved playing dodge-ball, dolls, pushing a bike, pretend house, tag and her favorite ring-around-the-roses! Hazel was introduced to the value of money very early in life and grew to appreciate the denominations and undoubtedly knew coins versus bills. It’s no surprise green was her favorite color.

As Hazel grew into young adulthood she gave her life to Christ and was baptized. She was a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church as a youth, Third United Holiness Church as a young adult and concluded her membership at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, Florida. Hazel loved praising God and it showed by her always bobbing to the beat, participating in ministry as an usher and attending most services. She especially liked the musical programs. Hazel enjoyed fellowship and also greeted everyone with her well-known very firm handshake.

Hazel loved being social and it showed! She always was dressed beautifully and enjoyed being high-maintenance having her nails, toes, hair and makeup done. If you didn’t know any better, you may have mistaken her as a show-off as her shoes and purse always matched too. Ms. Dee always kept her purse by her-side, even when she slept. Her pastime was spent viewing pictures, newspapers and magazines, traveling, watching movies, baby-sitting her nieces & nephews, watching NFL football and doing the chores she loved.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and late sister, Betty Madison. 

She leaves to cherish her memories four sisters: Dorothy Madison and Shirley Washington both of Orlando, FL; Barbara Madison of Stone Mountain, GA and Bonnie (Robert) Bryant of St. Petersburg, FL; aunts: Evelrlean Stringer, Francis Austin and Ida Carswell; uncles: Major Madison, Warren Madison and William Robinson; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, god-sisters and close friends.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM, Friday, October 19, 2018, Third United Holiness Church, 892 8th Avenue in Graceville, FL.

Ms. Dee will lie in repose at 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2018, New Easter Missionary Baptist Church, 977 Hope Avenue in Graceville, FL.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2018, New Easter Missionary Baptist Church, 977 Hope Avenue in Graceville, FL with Pastor/Teacher Earnest T. Parker, Jr., and Evangelist B. Snipes officiating.

She will be laid to rest in the Saint Paul AME Church Cemetery in Campbellton, FL under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.

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