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Marianna Chapel Funeral Home

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home

3960 Lafayette Street Marianna, Florida  32446  (850) 526-5059

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Margaret Mary Dowswell

Margaret Mary Dowswell, loving mother, wife, sister, and grandmother, age 84, passed away January 22, 2017.

Born in Akron, Ohio in 1932, she grew up on Kellogg Avenue in a big, boisterous family, maneuvering cold winters, Catholic school, and overcoming health challenges that gave her an enormous strength of spirit and feisty sense of humor that was all — “Margie.”  After an early and successful career in healthcare administration in Hartford, Connecticut, she moved to sunny southern Florida where she met and fell in love with John Dowswell. They married, and had two daughters in Merritt Island, and then moved up to the panhandle to Cottondale before the girls started school. It was in Cottondale where she spent many years as a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother —winning numerous bowling trophies, reading historical romance novels, maintaining a beautiful home, playing Euchre card games with family, enjoying music, travel, and trips to Biloxi, MS where she always won more than anybody else.

Some of Margie’s favorites were the color blue, attending Camp Christopher with her sister Casey and first cousins, traveling and creating special memories with her  sisters Lolly and Casey, White Diamonds perfume,  her kitty Mary Christmas, wildflowers, dancing, and  Luciano Pavarotti —especially when he sang Ave Maria. 

Margie is survived by her daughters, Ruthanne Wilkes of Dothan, Alabama and Laurel Dowswell, of Villa Rica, Georgia; her sisters Mary Kathleen Lee and Laurel Murray; son-in-law, Wendell Wilkes;  four grandchildren: Jason Wilkes, Jory Wilkes, Savannah Wilkes, and Hayden Dowswell Arnold; one great grandchild – Kabe Wilkes; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her dear husband John, her sister Marion and her brother Dick.  Margie will be remembered as a woman of loyalty, loving her husband and family dearly. She was feisty. She was fun. She had beautiful blue eyes that were kind, and saw the good in people. She was a loving, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, neighbor and friend. She is unforgettable.

The family will receive visitors at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday, January 26, from 5 – 7 pm. The funeral will be on Friday, January 27, at First Methodist Church Cemetery in Cottondale, Florida, at 2:00 pm.  

Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elvia Pittman

Elvia Pittman, 79 of Marianna, Fl passed away peacefully the morning of January 22, 2017. Born in Altha, on April 7, 1937, she spent her life along a 20 mile stretch of the Florida panhandle. She was the fifth of six children. 

Elvia attended Altha Public School until she met and married the love of her life, Otis Pittman, in 1952. The two of them moved to Marianna where they would raise their two daughters, Rachel and Judy. In 1963, Elvia and her (now late) husband became members of Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna where she continued to attend throughout her life. In 1970, she began working at Chipola Abstract and Land Title, where she retired as the Chief Operating Manager after 30 years of service. In her final years, Elvia, found love and companionship again in a high-school classmate, Mr. Clyde Segers of Blountstown, FL. Elvia’s life revolved around family, church, and work. She was a charter member of the Jackson County Optimist Club and served as the coordinator of the Joy Club at Eastside for years. She enjoyed gardening, playing dominos with her family and friends, and took great care in decorating her annual table at the Table of Love Celebration. But without a doubt her greatest joy was her family.  She particularly enjoyed feeding everyone and no meal was complete without her sour cream pound cake. Family meals always started the same way. First, she would call for prayer.  It was there that she shared her heart with her loved ones.  Her greatest desire, as she often expressed, was that those standing in her presence would know the Lord as their personal savior, so that they may all know the blessing of eternal life through salvation in Jesus Christ.  As she left this life for another, there is a blessed assurance that there is a future with her in heaven.

Elvia was preceded in death by her loving husband Otis, her father Luther and mother Flossie Pumphrey, brother Lenwood Pumphrey, sisters, Edra Peacock and Cecilia Moat, and a great-grandson Owen Ward. She leaves behind her husband, Clyde Segers; daughters and their spouses; Rachel and David Smith and Judy and Durwin Wester, grandchildren; Jamie (and wife Melody) Smith, Michael Smith, and Jerica (and husband Ed) Ward, all of Marianna, and Jason (and wife Kelton) of Tallahassee; great-grandchildren Zackery, Jordan, Laynie, Kashton, Gracyn, Elizabella, and Matilyn; a brother, Alfred Pumphrey of Marianna, and sister Eunice Fallin of Albany, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caregivers and nurses of MHRC and Covenant Hospice for the care they have shown her and her family.

The family will receive visitors at Eastside Baptist Church, on Tuesday at 1:00 pm. Services for Mrs. Pittman will begin at 2 with Pastor John Rollyson and Pastor Luther Pumphrey officiating. Graveside will follow at Pinecrest Memorial. Services are being handled by Marianna Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Covenant Hospice. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at

Ruby M. Peacock

Ruby M. Peacock age 100 formerly of Marianna passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Marianna Chapel Funeral Home.

Ann Jarvis Hinson

Ann Jarvis Hinson died the evening of Jan. 10 in Marianna after a brief bout with leukemia and heart complications. She was 87.

Hinson was born in Polk County, Fla., and grew up in Bartow during the Great Depression. She lost her parents at a young age and during the CB radio craze of the ‘70s her handle was Little Orphan Annie.In 1947, Hinson met her future husband, Richard L. “Dick” Hinson, at the Alpha Delta Pi house on the Florida State University campus. For their first date, they attended a Florida State football game.

After their marriage in 1948 and a honeymoon at Wakulla Springs Lodge, the young newlyweds moved to Marianna, where they raised four rambunctious sons on a farm along the Chipola River. The property is now home to the public Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area. In 1962, she played a large role with her husband in creating the independent Hinson Insurance Agency, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. Hinson was a canoeist, a fine swimmer and fan of wildlife, particularly birds. She loved movies, especially ones starring Richard Gere. An avid traveler, she visited many countries including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, England and Japan. Even though she was a polite Southern lady, Hinson had a dark wit and a sardonic sense of humor. She also knew how to throw a swell party.

She is survived by her four sons – Richard (and Mary), Robert (and Toni), Randall (and Debra), all of Marianna, and Mark (and Amy) of Tallahassee. Hinson was a doting grandmother to her four grandchildren – Melissa, Rob, Michael and Amy – and had six great grandchildren. Her brother, Robert Hendrick, makes his home in Winter Haven.

A memorial is planned for 10 a.m. (CST) Saturday, Jan. 14, at the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center in Marianna. A reception will follow the service.  The family requests that donations be made to the Chipola College Foundation or The Jackson County Public Library or the First United Methodist Church.

Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at

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