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Williams Funeral Home

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Nora Baxley Edgerton (1929 - 2019)

Nora Baxley Edgerton, 89, of Graceville, Florida, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Flowers Hospital after a brief illness. Nora was born in Slocomb, Alabama on December 4, 1929, to the late Willie and Nena Baxley. A graduate of Holmes County High School, Nora was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Graceville. She was also a member of the Graceville Garden Club, Twix and Tweens, and a volunteer at the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital. She retired from Graceville Oil Company after over 40 years as a bookkeeper. She continued bookkeeping for several businesses, up until her passing. Nora was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother, and friend, who was devoted to helping others. She enjoyed playing dominos, doing the jumble, traveling the world, spending time with her family, and her beloved dogs Sugar and Taco.

Nora is predeceased by brothers Harold, Lloyd, JB and sisters Flora, Margaret, and Bertha. She is survived by her two daughters: Phyllis Vaughn-Gadd (Chris) of Tallahassee and Lenora Quimby of Vero Beach; Grandchildren Tara, Taylor, Alex (Kim), Nora, and Lily; 4 great-grandsons Will, Grayson, Cal and Tye, as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home in Graceville, Friday, May l7th from 5-7 pm. The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church, Saturday, May l8th at l0 am. Naethan Hendrix and Duane Baxley will officiate the service, with burial to follow at Noma Cemetery. 

Flowers are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Graceville. 

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Robert “Rabbit” Lee Gillman

Robert “Rabbit” Lee Gillman age 70 of Graceville, Fl passed away on Monday, May 1, 2019 at his home. He was born in Pike County, Kentucky on August 14, 1948 to the late Clarence G. and Maxie Blackburn Gillman. He has been a residence of Graceville for forty years moving here from Lakeland, FL. Robert served his country in the United States Army, and had worked as a welder and a mechanic for Truck Equipment Company for several years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dallas Gillman, and a brother Bill Gillman.  Robert is survived by four sons, Daniel Gillman of Newport, NC, Robert Gillman of Chillicothe, Ohio, Danny Gillman of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Clarence Gillman of Indian Trail, NC, daughter Roberta McCallister of Graceville, FL, brothers Teddy Gillman of Graceville, FL, Larry Gillman of Avon Park, FL, and David Gillman of Madison, AL, three sisters Matilda Howell of Auburn Dale, FL, Margaret Jones of Graceville, FL, and Naomi Miles of Troy, AL. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Services for Robert will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the Williams Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Salem Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Cottondale, FL. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of service.

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Kenneth Ray Smith

Kenneth Ray Smith age 75 of Fadette, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. He was born on May 19, 1943 in Fadette, Alabama to the late David and Annie Ruth Smith.

Kenneth was a lifelong resident of Fadette and attended New Hinson Baptist Church. He enjoyed tinkering on projects and fishing. Kenneth was an electrician by trade.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Juanita Smith; brothers, Foy Smith and Robert Smith.

He is survived by his children, Sherry Carter and husband Kenneth of Salem, Alabama, and Todd Smith and wife Kim of Columbus, Georgia; one sister, Ruby Hagler; grandchildren, Drew Ellis, Corey Ellis, Cashe Smith, and Cooper Smith; great grandchildren, Logan Ellis and Levi Ellis

Graveside services for Kenneth will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the Whitaker Cemetery.

The family will be accepting flowers. Williams Funeral home is in charge of all arrangements.  Expressions of sympathy can be made at www.williamsfhs.com

Sarah Joanne Martin

Sarah Joanne Martin of Bonifay, Fl passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019.  She was born April 17, 1938 in Knoxville, TN to Dr. Harold Harmon Walker and Ruth Marsh Walker.  Sarah grew up in Knoxville along with her older sister, Betsy. 

She attended McCampbell Elementary and Christenberry Junior High Schools. She was the in the first graduating class of the then-new Fulton High School. Sarah was and active child that loved being outdoors. In those days before air-conditioning, summers were spent with relatives in Maine. Sarah loved swimming in the nearby river and picking juicy raspberries and blueberries. She attended Bates College in Main for a year and then finished her degree in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee. She taught elementary school for a year in Indiana and continued teaching in Michigan where she met her husband, Paul Martin. In 1968, along with their daughter Harmony, they moved to Juneau, AK for the next chapter in their teaching careers. Later they settled in Anchorage, AK. On July 1, 1980 Sarah and her daughter Harmony moved to Bonifay, FL where she resided until her death.

Sarah loved music, creative writing, and various crafts. She loved the outdoors, her flowers, socializing with friends, and her beloved pets during her years in Florida. Bud, Einstein, and Willie held special places in her heart for their loyal companionship.

Sarah also enjoyed travel, especially a trip made with her daughter and son-in-law to New Zealand and Autstraila and several Road Scholar trips with her sister. Alaska was always special to her though. She loved to reminisce about her adventures in Alaska, especially her fishing adventures on Kenai River. She had many dear friends there that she kept in contact with over the years and that she missed dearly, especially Collie Johansen of Anchorage, AK. Sara attended the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses where she also left behind many dear friends. Their calls and visits were much appreciated during her time of illness.

Survivors include one daughter, Harmony Rathbun and her husband Chris, one grandson, Christopher Jared Rathbun of Bonifay, sister Betsy Reitbauer of Ann Arbor, MI, nephew Larry Reitbauer of Brigham, UT, niece, Susan Dice of Tecumseh, MI, and one great niece, Allison also of Tecumseh, MI.

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online www.williamsfhs.com. 

Williams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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