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Aug. 25, 2010Edward Bailey Brinson

Edward Bailey Brinson died in his home in Monticello, Fl on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 after a courageous

battle with cancer.

Bailey was born April 11, 1926 in Thomasville, Georgia to Martha Hawkins Bailey and Dr. John Bradford Brinson. He was born the youngest of three children, his older brother being Dr. John Bradford Brinson, Jr. and sister Carolyn Brinson May. He was reared in the family home in Monticello, in a household which included his Grandmother Bailey and later his Grandmother Brinson.

As a child, Bailey attended public schools in Monticello before transferring to Emory at Oxford for high school. When he was 18 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and received training as a flight cadet. Bailey reflected that his one regret was that the war ended before he was able to complete his training and became an Air Force pilot.

After discharge from the service, Bailey was one of the first men to enroll in the newly coeducational Florida State University. He was always proud to be a Seminole.

In 1948, Bailey purchased his farm in Jefferson County where he raised cattle for the next 62 years. He loved the farm and was still farming, with a sizeable herd of cattle, into the spring of this year.

On December 25, 1962, Bailey met Beulah (Bootsie) Laslie and it was love at first sight. After a whirlwind courtship, which had Bailey constantly traveling from Monticello to Albany, Georgia, where Beulah was then teaching school, the couple married on July 27, 1963. The couple was ultimately blessed with four children: Margaret Laslie, Edward Bailey, Jr., Carolyn Joan and Joseph Laslie. Throughout his life, Bailey was a proud and devoted father and husband who unselfishly gave of himself to his wife and his children. He taught his children his values and showed his love through his actions.

Later in life Bailey was blessed with nine grandchildren, each of whom had a special bond with "Granddaddy." The grandchildren loved their time on the farm with their Granddaddy, including tractor rides, and such times were treasured by Bailey and the grandchildren alike.

Bailey loved history and was a master storyteller. He was a fifth generation Floridian and a descendant of some of Florida's earliest settlers, including John Branch, Florida's last territorialgovernor. He would fascinate listeners with stories told to him by his grandmothers about life in old Florida or tales of his own childhood adventures.

Bailey was active in a number of civic organizations including Kiwanis Club of Monticello, in which he was a member for over fifty years; Florida Farm Bureau; American Legion; Soil and Water Conservation Board; the Boy Scouts, in which he served as a leader for many years; Monticello Opera House; Jefferson County Historical Association; and the Dick Howser Centerfor Childhood Services, where he served as a board member for over 15 years.

Bailey was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Monticello where he served as deacon and elder, official greeter and bell ringer. His faith in God was unyielding.

Throughout his life, Bailey was a kind and generous man, who strived to make the world a better place, and to be a good steward of all that he had been given. Bailey always considered himself the luckiest man in the world. He was truly blessed and was a blessing to all those whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Laslie Brinson; daughter Margaret, her husband Scott Kolke, and their children, Brinson, Preston, and Richard, of Tallahassee; son Edward, his wife, Mary, and their daughter, Martha, of Monroe, Louisiana; daughter Carolyn, her husband, Louis Norvell, and their children, Henry, Margaret Laslie, Caroline Bailey, and Samuel Brinson, of Tallahassee; son Joe, his wife. Nicole, and their daughter, Bailey, of Jacksonville, Florida; sister Caroline Brinson May, of Quincy, Florida; and brother Dr. John Bradford Brinson, Jr., and his wife, Joyce, of Monticello.

He is survived by sister-in-law Martha Jean, and her husband, Sylvester Woodward, of Quincy; sister-in-law Mary, and her husband, Robert Grodner, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; sister-in-law Eleanor, and her husband, Taylor Griffin, Jr., of Deland, Florida; sister-in-law Harriet, and her husband, John Reynolds, III, of Augusta, Georgia; brother-in-law John Laslie of Attapulgus, Georgia; and brother-in-law Berry Laslie of Tallahassee.

He was preceded in death by parents; his mother- and father-+in-law, Annie Berry and Joseph Taylor Laslie, of Attapulgus, Georgia; his sister-in-law, Joan Laslie Livingston, of Bainbridge, Georgia; brother-in-law, Marine Lt. Joseph T. Laslie, Jr., of Attapulgus, Georgia; brother-in-law, Fount H. May of Quincy; and niece, Joyce Curry Brinson, of Monticello.

He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews from the Brinson and Laslie families, to whom he was always a devoted uncle, who would always welcome them to the farm (and was particularly eager to go for a ride on the farm), and for whom he held a special place in his heart for the each and every one of them.

The family received visitors at the family home on Friday, August 20, 2010.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Monticello at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in memorium may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello, Florida, 290 East Dogwood Street, Monticello, Florida 32344-1931.

Beggs Funeral Home handled arrangements for the family, 850-997-5612.

Aug. 20, 2010Annie Mae Mitchell

Annie Mae Mitchell, age 78, a custodial worker, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2010, in Thomasville, GA.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello, Florida, with burial at the Gilley Cemetery in Monticello.

Ms. Mitchell will rest in the mortuary from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2010 at the Richardson's Family Funeral Care, 2627 South Adams Street, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends May Sign Guest Registry, at www.

She is survived by her five sons: Bobby Mitchell (Jeanetta), Kenneth Ponder, Clarence Mitchell, Jr. (Sandra), Willie James Mitchell, Sr. (Cheryl), and Alfonza Mitchell; a god-daughter: Diann Horne; two sisters: Leona Thompson (Lewis) and Jannie Belle Mitchell; two sisters-in-law: Geneva Mitchell and Barbara Mitchell; a devoted friend: Alma Jenkins; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.

Richardson's Family Funeral Care, Inc., in Tallahassee, is handling the arrangements for the family. 850-576-4144.

Aug. 18, 2010Kenneth Clayton Hamilton, Sr.

Born March 18, 1928, died August 13, 2010. Visitation was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday August 16, 2010 at Bevis Funeral Home. Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee, FL. The internment followed at Tallahassee Memory Gardens.

Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 58 years, Leslie Hamilton.

A native of Gattman, Mississippi, Kenneth had lived in the Tallahassee area for over 50 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Phyliss Connell (Aubrey) of Monticello; Carolyn Gilley (Robert) of Crawfordville; and Gina Mullins (Alaric) of Crawfordville; one brother, Bolin Hamilton (Orene) of Mississippi; nine grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth C. Hamilton, Jr.

Aug. 13, 2010Hoyt Kinsey Sheffield

Hoyt Kinsey Sheffield, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother, passed away in Tallahassee, Florida, August 10, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 14, at the Lamont Baptist Church, Lamont, Florida. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Olive Baptist Church cemetery in Monticello, Florida.

Mrs. Sheffield was born on March 31, 1918, in Aucilla, Florida to Mitchell Doverd and Anita L. Norris Kinsey. She graduated from Aucilla High School and was a member of the girl's basketball team. On January 16, 1938, she married Luther Russell Sheffield. She resided in Aucilla, Lamont, Madison, and Monticello throughout her life and was the loving mother of seven cherished children.

Mrs. Sheffield was the epitome of a true Southern lady. She was a superb cook and gracious hostess to many. Her homemade biscuits, cornbread, fried chicken, potato salad, pecan and pumpkin pies, and sweet iced tea were legendary. She always had an ever present beautiful smile and a twinkle in her eye. She had a special touch and caring way with children. She had a fondness for animals, appreciated the beauty of nature and loved to fish. Mrs. Sheffield loved to travel and enjoyed many vacations with family and friends at St. George Island and the Great Smokey Mountains. She collected many treasured seashells during her long morning walks on the beach. She was an avid reader, a terrific Wheel of Fortune puzzle solver and took pleasure in watching old movies. Some of her favorites included Gone with the Wind and Dr. Zhivago.

She is survived by her seven children; Russell Sheffield (Irene), Auburndale, Florida; Mitchell Sheffield (Myra), Lamont; Harvey Sheffield (Karen), Tallahassee; Carolyn Sheffield Reams, Lamont; Helen Sheffield Flyte (Hank), Monticello; John Kenneth Sheffield (Vicki), Monticello; and Joyce Musser, Madison; 17 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; and many other beloved family members. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, her parents, four brothers, two sisters, and a son-in-law, Laurie H. Reams.

Serving as active pallbearers are her grandsons; Harrison Copeland, William Dull, III, Devin Reams, Hugh Reams, Kirk Reams, Ike Sheffield, John Sheffield, Michael Sheffield, Mitch Sheffield, Ken Sheffield, Scott Sheffield, and Ron Webb.

Aug. 13, 2010Linton P. Stokes

Linton Peter Stokes, 77, of Monticello, FL passed away at home Monday, August 2, 2010.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 14,2010 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah witnesses in Monticello. Viewing-Visition will be held on tomorrow from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Tillman Funeral Home, Monticello (850) 997-5553. Burial will follow at New Bethel (Madry) Cemetery in Monticello.

A native of Monticello, Mr. Stoker had lived in Washington, D.C. for many years where he retired as a a biologist from the National Institute of Health.

Survivors include, daughter, Michelle Stokes, of Alexandria, VA, sisters, Daisy, S. Bowman, Martha S. Hall and Maggie Stokes, all of Monticello, 31 nieces and nephews, along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Mr. Stokes was predeceased by his parents, Amos and Daisy Bellamy Stokes; brother Amos K; and his sisters, Louise Gibbs, Alice Webster, Leland Robinson, Ollie Mae Seabrooks, Mary Wright and Florrie Stokes.

Aug. 11, 2010Jackie "Jack" Lee Stout

Jackie "Jack" Lee Stout, age 80, a retired health inspector with the Florida Department of Health, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2010, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello Chapel, 485 E. Dogwood Street, Monticello, Florida at 10:00 A.M. The family will receive friends, on Tuesday, August 10 at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel from 7:00-9:00 P.M. Internment will follow the service at Oakfield Cemetery.

Mr. Stout was a native of Yukon, Oklahoma and had lived in Oklahoma City, Port Mansfield, Texas and Tallahassee. He liked to build homes, had a zeal for life and would take on any project no matter how large or what it would entail. He loved being on the water.

Mr. Stout is survived by his wife Lynn Stout of Monticello; two sons Mike Stout (Vickie) of Brookfield, CT and Jerry Stout (Teresa) of Monticello; one brother Ben Stout of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons Mark Allen Stout and John Lee Stout.


"Jo" Parrick died Thursday, July 22, 2010, just a few weeks short of his 97th birthday. Born in Hiawassee, Arkansas on Aug. 4, 1913, he was one of seven children born to Nancy Bell Deer Parrick and Clyde Eugene Parrick. As a teen he traveled, on foot, twice between the Arkansas/ Kansas area to California and back, once with his dad and once by himself. They followed Route 66 when it was just two dirt tire tracks across America. They made the trip with no money, and survived by exchanging work for food or shelter along the way. During the Depression era, at age 22, he married 16-year-old Dorothy Marie Cobler, and they had two children: Dorothy Louise and Kenneth Lee. After living about a decade in California, Jo and Dorothy and their children moved to Gravette, Arkansas, where they purchased and created an 80-acre farm, complete with house, two barns and outbuildings, all before electricity arrived in their area. While building the farm. Jo also worked for many years as foreman of the Peterson Feed Mill in Decatur, Arkansas. Music was always an important part of his life, and even as a young adult he played fiddle and harmonica at barn dances. He was paid with nickels and pennies, whatever the dancers could afford to give him. He later learned to play the accordion, mandolin, and organ. He passed his love of music on to his children by providing piano lessons to them for many years, and paving for assorted musical instruments. His sense of adventure and love of nature was also shared with his children. Jo was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and five sisters: Mary Imogene Orendorff, Bertha Idress Collins, Margaret Ivy Markum, Alice Irene Bayless, Rhoda Jeanette Newkirk, and a brother Floyd Lee Parrick. He was also predeceased by one granddaughter, Nanci Jean Henderson. He is survived by his daughter Dorothy (John Hedrick) Miller and four of her children, Sherri (Steve) Wellborn, Donna (Neil) Parker, Steven (Norma) McKenna, and Savannah (Matt) Rogers. He is also survived by his son Kenny (Diana) Parrick and their two children Jimmy (Tiffany) Parrick and Karla (Leverne) Locklear. Surviving great-grandchildren include Justin Henderson, Nichelle (Gui) Parent, Dylan Ortiz, Jacob Parker, Katie Parker, Janie Parker, Steven McKenna Jr., Karina (Jared) Olsen, Sherri McKenna, Nicolas Rogers, twins McKenna and William Rogers, Sergio Joseph Rogers, Mallory and Amber Locklear, and Madeleine Parrick; and two great-great grandchildren Jacob Henderson and Kailee-Anna Henderson.

Jo spent his last two years living in Monticello. Florida at Crosslandings Health and Rehab Center, to be near his daughter, who also resides in Monticello. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, FL, or the charity of your choice.

The family of Joseph Parrick would like to extend their special thanks to the staff of Crosslandings who provided excellent and loving care to their dear patriarch during his stay there. Mr. Parrick was buried next to his wife of 71 years in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hiawassee, AR, - a place they always called "our other farm."

Aug. 11, 2010James Wilson "Jim" Norris Jr.

James Wilson "Jim" Norris, age 67 a retired Insurance Agent passed away at home on Thursday, August 5, 2010, in Thomasville, GA.

Funeral services will be at Transforming Life Church Assembly of God, 1206 Springfield Road, Lloyd FL, on August 8, 2010, at 3:00 P.M. interment will follow at Walker Cemetery Monticello, FL The family will receive friends at Beggs Funeral Home Monticello, FL, Saturday August 7, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00.

Mr. Norris was a native of Quitman, GA and he also lived in Baxley GA., Monticello FL, Texas, and Louisiana, then moving to Thomasville where he resided for the past 13 years. He was a member of The National Rifle Association, and Ducks Unlimited, and was an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He especially loved fellowshipping and spending time with his family members. He enjoyed his retirement job at Lowe's as a hardware man. He was a member of Rose City Church of God.

Mr. Norris is survived by his wife Evangalee "Vangie" Hightower Norris, Thomasville, GA, son Jimbo Norris (Kerry) of Valdosta Ga, brother Jerry Norris (Margaret) of Little River, SC., mother-in-law Rena W. Hightower of Monticello, FL, brother- in-law Cecil Hightower Jr. (Cindy); Sister-in-law Evelyn Buzbee (Kennon) five grandchildren Rachel, Ryan, Summer Norris and Tyler and Hunter Ragan.

He was preceded in death by a son, Heath Norris.

Aug. 11, 2010Marilyn Yvonne Walker Case

Marilyn Yvonne Walker Case, age 56, a cosmetologist, passed away Friday, August 6, 2010, in Tallahassee, FL.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Tallahassee, on Wednesday, August 11, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends, and there will be a Rosary Service at Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee Chapel Tallahassee, on Tuesday, August 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Case was a native of Denver, CO. and had also lived in Clearwater, FL. She was a longtime resident of Jefferson County, a graduate of Jefferson County High School, was active in the Catholic Church Ministry, and was a member of the Jefferson County Home Demonstration Club.

She is survived by her husband Terrence David Case; son, John Paul Case; daughters, Nicolette Marie and Gabrielle Angela Case, all of Monticello, FL; brothers, Richard F. Walker, Jr. of Tallahassee, Edward L. Walker of Wacilla, AK, and Louis R. Walker, of Monticello; sisters, Kelly Ann Walker and Chris Garrison of Tallahassee; nieces and nephews, Edward Lee Walker, Jr., Shanna Marie Walker, Kevin Randal Walker, Rachel Lauren Walker, Brandi Leigh Goodman Walker, Christopher Ryan Case, Jenna Case, and Kelsey Case.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard F. Walker, Sr. and Angela Barreras Walker.

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