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Vann Funeral Home

4265 Saint Andrews Street Marianna, FL 32448  (850) 482-3300

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Tommy Lee Williams

Mr. Tommy Lee Williams of Marianna, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Sunday, March 31, 2019 in Jackson Hospital. 

Funeral services for Mr. Tommy Lee Williams will be held Friday, April 05, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. CST from the sanctuary of Sunland Chapel located at 3700 Williams Drive, Marianna, FL 32446.

Interment in the St. Peter’s Family Cemetery in Woodville, FL 

Vann Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Williams will lie in repose at the chapel from 10:00 A.M. until time for the funeral service.

The viewing will be held Thursday, April 04, 2019, from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Vann Funeral Home.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, a loving and devoted family:

A Devoted Niece: Marsha Williams-Hill (Ron)

One Sister: Sarah Williams-Sanders (Thomas)  

Three Brothers: John N. Williams (Cynthia), George Williams and Charles D. Williams (Irene)

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends

Maurice Myrick

Mr. Maurice Myrick of Marianna, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Friday, March 29, 2019 at his residence. 

He was a member of Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Funeral services for Mr. Maurice Myrick will be held Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. from the sanctuary of Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 4194 Union Road, Marianna, FL 32446. The Reverend Hollis McClendon officiating.

Interment in the Springfield Cemetery in Marianna, FL 

Vann Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Myrick will lie in repose at the church from 12:00 noon until time for the funeral service.

The viewing will be held Friday, April 05, 2019, from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Vann Funeral Home.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, a loving and devoted family:

A Loving Wife: Jeanette Myrick of Mariana, FL

Two Daughters: Alison Myrick and Courtney Myrick both of Marianna, FL

Three Brothers: Calvin Myrick (Gloria) of Marianna, FL, Charles Myrick (Carolina) of Martin, VA and Keith Myrick (Barbara) of Cottondale, FL

Five Sisters: Sharon Pollock (Willie) of Malone, FL, Pastor Lutricia Williams, Virginia Staley (George) both of Marianna, FL, Gail Gamble (John) and Esther Myrick both of Port Charlotte, FL

Four Grandchildren

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends

Louise Smith

Ms. Louise Smith of Marianna, Florida transitioned from life temporal to life eternal on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Southeast Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama.

Homegoing Celebration of Life services for Ms. Smith will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. from the sanctuary of Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church located at 4194 Union Road in Marianna, Florida 32446 with the Reverend Hollis McClendon (pastor) officiating. Interment in the Springfield Cemetery in Marianna, Florida. Vann Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Smith will lie in repose at the church from 1:00 P.M. until time for the service.

The viewing will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Vann Funeral Home.

She leaves to cherish his precious memories, a loving and devoted family:

One Sister: Eldest Pelt of Marianna, FL

One Sister-in-law: Mae Taylor of Tampa, FL

A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

Ollie B. Porter

Ollie B. Porter, age 85, transitioned to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18, 2019.  She was born January 10, 1934, in Marianna, Florida to Evelyn Bell Smith and Clarence Bell.  Through this union, Ollie had one sister, Cora B. Mack.

Ollie was a graduate of Florida Normal Industrial Memorial College in St. Augustine, Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree.  She began her career as a teacher at Union Grove School in Florida.

On June 10, 1956, Ollie married Eddie L. Porter.  Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage.  Ollie and Eddie relocated to Newark, NJ shortly after they were wed. 

Ollie continued her career as a teacher in the Newark Public School system on September 1, 1960.  She served as an educator for 38 years.  Ollie tirelessly advocated for the rights of Newark’s children to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for academic success.  Teaching children to read was her passion and area of expertise.  As an avid reader, Ollie recognized how mastering the skill of reading was the key to every child’s future.  She was a member of the Newark Teacher’s Union, the New Jersey Education Association and numerous other affiliations.

Ollie was a faithful member of St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark, New Jersey for over 60 years.  She served her community as a member of the Missionary Society at St. James by helping to feed and clothe the homeless and underserved families in the community.

Ollie is survived by her husband Eddie; her children, Jacquelyn and son in-law Elliot Farms, Angela, Tijuana, and Sharese; grandchildren, Emerald, Trey, Makeda and Amari; her sisters, Cora B. Mack, Marlo Bell-Engram, and Edna Bell-Choice; her brother, Freddie Barnes; her in-laws, Roy Porter, Helen Godwin, Iola Bell, and Lillie Mae Porter; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends, Coreatha Everette, Mamie Churchwell, Lucinda White, and Rev. Dr. Mary White Williams.  Her mother and father in-law Frozena and Emory Porter, and brother in-law Robert Porter, preceded her in death. 

Family, friends and others whose lives were touched by Ollie are invited to Vann Funeral Home in Marianna, FL on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 3:00-6:00 pm to offer condolences to the family.  Funeral services will be held on March 30, 2019, at 11:00am at Henshaw Chapel AME Church, Cottondale, FL. Interment in the Mount Tabor Cemetery, Marianna, FL. 

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