Died: May 2, 2007
Born: July 23, 1915, Seattle
Parents: Harry and Claire Hoskins
Preceded by: Husband Willard “Bill” Harvey; possibly by son Wes
Survived by: Daughter-in-law Carol and granddaughters, Jennifer Miller, Lee Harvey, Claire McCarty and Dianna White; great-grandson Christopher William Jones, extended family members Sandra and Virginia Meeker, Bill, Allison, Alene and Derek Blevins
Service: May 18, First Methodist Church, Niceville
Burial: not given
Funeral Home: not given
Other: Picture; married in 1937; husband died in 2001; 1956 family moved to Ohio where she taught for 20 years.
Grace Benjamin Valorie
Died: May 3, 2007, St. Catherine’s Nursing Home, Jacksonville, Fla.
Born: Feb 16, 1924, Framingham, Mass.
Parents: Alfred and Grace Benjamin
Preceded by: not given
Survived by: Son, Joseph A. Valorie and family, Fort Walton Beach; daughters, Sandra Loughman, Jacksonville, and Beverly Brouwer, Maui; 8 grandchildren; 11 Great-grandchildren; sister Norma Matthews, Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, Stan Benjamin, Greenfield, Mass., and Ken Benjamin, Longmont, Colo.
Services: May 19, 2006, Chapel of the Cross, Fort Walton Beach
Burial: not given
Other: Her nickname was Amazing Grace; was a resident of White Sands Manor in Fort Walton Beach for over 20 years prior to going to Jacksonville.
Preston Dewitt Goforth, Jr.
Preston Dewitt Goforth Jr., age 59, of Ponce de Leon, Fla., passed away Thurs., May 10, 2007, at his residence. Cremation services are being provided by Panhandle Direct Cremation Service of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
Michael Joseph “Joe” Hynes
Died: May 9, 2007
Born: Feb. 25, 1921, New York City, NY
Parents: not given
Preceded by: Wife, Peggy
Survived by: Sons, Michael Hynes, Lighthouse Pointe, Fla. and Kevin Hynes, Fort Walton Beach; daughter, Joanne Mandel; grandchildren, Delaney and Sean Mandel, Columbus, Ohio; sister Mary Mikell, Long Beach, NY
Services: May 15, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Burial: Beal Memorial Cemetery
Funeral Home: McLaughlin Mortuary
Other: The son of Irish immigrants; served during WW II in Army Air Corps; graduate of Hofstra University; married in 1959; moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1967; Civil Service employee at Eglin Air Force Base as an engineer.
Timothy Paul Padgett
Died: May 8, 2007, Afghanistan
Born: Jan. 13, 1979, Geneva, Ala
Parents: see below
Preceded by: Maternal grandparents, Hansel and Gladys O’Neal
Survived by: Father, Tommy Padgett and wife Marilyn, Waller, TX; mother, Glenda O’Neal Penton, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Eloise and Jack McDonald, Milton, Fla. and Eugene Padgett, Bainbridge, GA; daughter, Summer Lynn Padgett, Gaskin, Fla.; bother, Tex Padgett and wife Wendy, Molino, Fla.; sister, Serena Padgett, Pensacola, Fla.; fiancé, Stacey Chapman, Key West, Fla
Services: May 16, 2007, First United Methodist Church, DeFuniak Springs, FL
Burial: Glendale Natural Preserve Cemetery, Glendale
Funeral Home: Clary-Glenn Funeral Home
Other: Picture; Staff Sgt. U. S. Army; died in Operation Enduring Freedom in Southern Afghanistan; lived most of his life in Walton County; graduated from Walton High School in 1997; was a firefighter and paramedic with the State of Florida; entered active duty March 14, 2003; was a Special Forces medical sergeant; lists other accomplishments while in the service.