Sunday, December 14, 2014

Eugene Stegall - Chumuckla Class of '66

Betty called to let me know of Gene's passing and suggested folks could call her at either (850) 346-8174 or (850) 346-8154 to express condolences, or mail cards to 7318 Hayward Ave, Pensacola FL 32526.  She suggested that flowers or plants not be sent since she didn’t have any way to properly care for them following the funeral, and that Barrancas National Cemetery doesn’t permit flowers at graveside.

With Sincere Condolences to Gene's Family,
Jim Campbell

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Edna "Odene" Segrest 1929 - 2014

Edna "Odene" Segrest, 85, of Chumuckla, Florida, died Thursday, December 4, 2014, at her home. Odene was born November 12, 1929 in Elba Alabama. She is preceded in death by her parents, Claude N. and Maggie Lou Grant; husband, Wilfred Segrest; and her son, Denny Segrest. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Mack Wombles; sisters, Winnie Campbell and Doris (Billy) Foster; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Lewis Funeral Home in Milton. Odene's nephews will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. A note to my Mother: You were a strong lady, with kind eyes. You prayed and gave love to many people. Much of our strength came from the knowledge and respect you poured into our lives. You built a bridge of faith between your life and ours. You taught us to face a real world remembering to be strong and yet gentle. Your service to life was a great example and we are proud you are our mother. I love you Mama, and will miss you always, Linda.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Much history this month, 200 years ago. RIGHT HERE. Read the following blog post. Note the Montgomery fort mentioned is not the Montgomery we know now, but a Fort near the Fort Mims ruins and Stockton, Al. RIGHT NOW in NOVEMBER, the Chumuckla Indian village was about to be attacked. Jackson's main army is marching toward New Orleans, having discovered information in Pensacola that the British were sailing with an army out of Jamaica to attack there.

At that point in time , The Redsticks had made Mess of things and allied with the Brits. The White sticks and other tribes wanted nothing to do with that or Tecumseh's Shawnee religion. THE 1812 war alliances and the 1813 Fort Mims massacre began a shift in American policy and public opinion away from assimilation and toward removal. All the tribal alliances with Jackson at the time were not enough to overcome the shift in thinking. Jackson, on becoming president, took an opportunity to lock in Democtratic Party power by removing the Indians to make way for settlers and the future of his party in the South.

Crockett at Chumuckla Springs


More video with History  from Uncle VIc

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Edward Quinnon Campbell (1921 - 2014)

Edward Quinnon CampbellEdward Quinnon "Buddy" Campbell, born February 9, 1921, was called to his eternal home by his Heavenly Father on October 3, 2014. He was graced with 93 ½ years of Earthly life where he had prepared for this journey and was well prepared. He loved the Lord and believed wholly in the Bible and its teachings without concession. He is a Charter member of Berrydale Baptist Church and was dedicated to supporting and ensuring the Church operated according to Biblical standards. His faithfulness was evident in his daily living and his life was his belief in action. He believed in attending church, helping others, getting along with each other, and working hard. His love of the Lord was followed by his love of life, family, and friends. Family and friends could always depend on him in times of need knowing that he would do whatever he could. He loved everyone and never met a stranger. Farming was a favorite pastime of his; he loved to plant, tend, and grow vegetables which he generously shared with everyone. Edward valiantly served in the Army Hq. Co. 238th Engineer Brigade European Theatre of Operations during World War II. He was involved in the Invasion of Normandy - he has recounted being dropped off shore about what seemed to be a mile out and having to wade to shore. In November, 1944, at the Battle of Aachan, Germany, his feet were frozen and he was hospitalized and treated then returned to duty. In January, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge following the German break-through his feet were again frozen and sent for treatment. These injuries caused problems for the remainder of his life. After being discharged, he farmed and also gained employment at NAS Whiting Field and performed several different jobs during his 40+ years including Supply and Fuel. While working in Fuel he realized that a lot of fuel was being wasted using the system they had. He created and began using a system that saving the fuel. His superiors were so impressed with his system they proposed the system to their superiors and it was adopted as the approved method for fueling. His system was implemented nationally and he was recognized for his innovation.He leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Lillie Nell Anderson Campbell; six children: James Edward (Sylvia); Roger Earl (Joy); Anthony Wayne (Carolyn); Richard Lavon (Cindy); Raymond Lavon (Traci); and Nelda Kay (Ray) White; six sisters: Betty Jane (Bert) Larson; Alma Lois Simmons; Nadie Griswold; Catherine Simmons; Jewel Driskell; and Mildred Smith; 16 grandchildren: Kelly (Thomas) Ward; Tonya (Brock) Morais; Jessica (Matthew) Storey; Geoffrey Campbell; Chris Campbell; Scott Campbell; Kimberly (Jayson) Douglas; Kara (Daniel) Cook; Shane Campbell; Jonathan Campbell; Laura (Brian) Carnley; Levi Campbell; Sarah Campbell; Brittany White; Brandon White; Bethany White; and a multitude of great-grandchildren, and one great-great-child.He is preceded in death by his parents: Edward "Bob" Frank Campbell and Sallie Ola Slade Campbell; two sisters and two brothers: Willie Vera Spicer; Ann E. Campbell (infant); Franklin Campbell; and Ira "Son" Campbell.The family extends a heart-felt "thank you" to Dr. Muthusamy Velusamy for his incredible care of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, shining example, and hero. Dr. Velusamy treated him with expertise, compassion, and respect. He knew that he was elderly but he looked at him as a person not an age. When other doctors said that they wouldn't treat him Dr. Velusamy saved his life and extended it by years. We are eternally grateful for him. We also would like to thank the Hospice unit and doctors at West Florida Hospital who treated him who caringly helped guide our decisions and made his last days better.Funeral proceedings will be Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Berrydale Baptist Church with Reverend Earle Greene officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for family members and 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for friends and guests. Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Chumuckla, FL with military and masonic rights. Pallbearers will include Frank Lowry, Levi Blackmon, Derek Blackmon, David McCurdy, Wayne Cook, and Gene Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be: James Simmons, Herbert "Bud" Rowell, W.L. Bray, Sam Davis, Duane Bond, Don Cassidy, Jim Cagle, and Masonic brothers from Lodge #16. - See more at:

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gerald Martello 1937 - 2014

Gerald Anthony Martello was surrounded by his children and loving wife, 
Bernice, when his battle with cancer ended.  On September 27, 2014, he 
departed this Earth for an abundant life in Heaven and today, he is 
whole, celebrating with his Heavenly Father.  Gerald was born on March 
22, 1937 to Tony and Ernestine Martello.  He was born in Hattiesburg, MS 
and then resided in Natchez, MS until making his home in Baker, 
Florida.  The Baker community enriched his life as he developed many 
friends and loved ones since 1964.  He had been married to the love of 
his life, Bernice, for the past 53 years and together they have a 
beautiful family.  He and Bernice have been members of Our Lady of 
Victory Catholic Church in Crestview for over 50 years.  Gerald was a 
charter member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus, a Fourth 
Degree Knight, and brother to many other Knights.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Ernestine 
Martello; his brother, Robert Martello and his son, Vincent Anthony 
Martello.  He is survived by his wife Bernice Martello; son, Chris 
Martello of Baker; daughter, Tena Battistelli and husband, Frank of 
Cibolo, TX; and son, Michael Martello and wife Lee of Crestview; and 
daughter-in-laws, Teressa and Darla Martello. He deeply loved his eight 
grandchildren: Katrina Figger, and husband Matt of Columbia, South 
Carolina; Mia, Rice and Madison Martello; Vince, and wife Jacqueline, 
Kala and Angelo Battistelli; and Carson Martello.  He also adored his 
great grandson, Vincent Anthony Martello, II and was anticipating the 
arrival of his first great granddaughter, Baby JennaLeigh 
Battistelli.  Gerald shared a deep love for his sister-in-law, Donna 
Martello and daughters, Melinda and Robyn of Natchez, Mississippi, as 
well, as the numerous Mississippi cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Family 
and faith meant everything to Gerald. Gerald attended high school at 
Cathedral High in Natchez, Mississippi where he developed his passion 
for the game of basketball.  He continued at Copiah-Lincoln Community 
College, where he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Co-Pi 
Alumni Association on October 11, 2014.  His love of basketball 
continued and was shared between his children, along with numerous Baker 
and local youth.  Many young men still refer to Coach Martello as one 
who gave guidance and motivation to the future leaders of the Baker 
community.  Gerald devoted his life to children through a career as an 
educator for over 30 years. The family will be accepting visitors at 
Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 1 for the Holy 
Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and visitation at 5:30 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be 
celebrated on Thursday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Victory 
Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Aubrey Jordan Memorial 
Cemetery in Baker.  Bernice and family invite all former basketball 
players of Coach Martello to be Honorary Pallbearers. In lieu of 
flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Care 
Center. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home in 
Crestview.  Guest book and condolences are available online at

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade has been canceled?

Chumuckla Redneck Christmas Parade has been canceled For this year? Do not have more information.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Robin Lee Enfinger 1963 - 2014

Robin Lee "Robie" Enfinger, 51 of Pace, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014. He was a native of Chumuckla, Florida, and was the youngest son of the late William Harold Enfinger, Sr., and Effie Dueain Enfinger. Prior to his illness he was a proud member of the Home Depot Family of employees at the Pace Store. He is survived by his brothers, William Harold Enfinger, Jr. (Lisa) and Russell Connard Enfinger (Lisa), 14 nieces and nephews and NUMEROUS (too many to count) great-nieces and great-nephews. Visitation for friends and family will be Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel. Graveside services will take place at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery in Chumuckla at 2:00 p.m. (Saturday, September 6, 2014). The Family would like to thank ALL of the different organizations who have ever been involved with Robie in his life and most importantly his Guardian Angel Mom, Debra Daniels. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Robie's memory, be made to the American Cancer Society or ARC Santa Rosa. (ARC Santa Rosa Inc., 6225 Dixie Rd, Milton, Florida 32570)

Monday, August 25, 2014

School Reunion Cancelled (as planned)

THE REUNION (as planned) is now CANCELLED. However - a gathering of sorts will occur on that date at THE CUTTING Board on Woodbine Road in Pace (see below). There was no team volunteered or developed to run the reunion planning as we have done in the past recent years. The reservation with Living Truth Church (Farmer's Opry) is cancelled. But don't despair. As an alternative - ALL CHUMUCKLA FRIENDS are invited to come to THE CUTTING BOARD from 11am to 6pm on SATURDAY the 27th to have a meal and enjoy others who are there when you visit. Let your friends know when you plan to drop by and just visit with those who are there. People will come and go for the afternoon on their OWN schedule. There will be NO Program. Just enjoy your old friends from Chumuckla School and have a good time. A sign in sheet will be available for future contact and for you to indicate if you wish to help plan a future reunion activity. This news will be repeated at .  PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE OR LINK TO ALL YOUR CHUMUCKLA FRIENDS.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rufus Jackson "Jack" Caraway March 25, 1939 - August 15, 2014

Rufus Jackson “Jack” Caraway, 75, of the Wallace Community in Santa Rosa County, Florida, entered the gates of Heaven on Friday, August 15, 2014. He was born on March 25, 1939, in Santa Rosa County. Jack graduated from Chumuckla High School in 1958. He grew up farming and continued to farm while also working at American Cyanamid. He retired from Cyanamid in 1994. Jack was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, and work in his garden. He loved International Farmall tractors, vacationing in the mountains, and nothing was more precious to him than his wife and family. He was a member of the Chumuckla Community Church, and enjoyed participating on two mission trips to Peru and Costa Rica with the church’s dental team. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Velma Caraway, and sister, Janice Herndon. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 57 years, Anita Caraway; three sons, Dale (Barbara) Caraway, Keith (Rosemary) Caraway, and Bruce (Rene’) Caraway; a daughter, Susan (Greg) Cotton; six grandsons, Joey Caraway, Brandon Caraway, Chad Caraway, Scott Caraway, Jeremy Cotton and Mark Leflore; two granddaughters, Alisha Caraway and Gretchen Wiggins; thirteen great grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew, Hannah, Luke Brooklynne, Kendall, Sawyer, Kennley, Levi, Wyatt, Emery, Morgann and Jase; and a special friend Vickie Shiver. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Chumuckla Community Church with Pastor Tom Sharron and Rev. LaDon Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Lewis Funeral Home, Pace Chapel. Active Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary Pallbearers will be M. J. Arnold, Ted House, George Garrett, Oscar Pittman, Leon Weeks, Butch Wells, Earl Wendt and William Bond. Jack was a loving and caring Husband, Daddy, Papa, and Friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Roy Wray 1942 - 2014

Roy E Wray, 72, was born April 5, 1942, and was called home by the Lord on July 11, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce H. Wray; and three children: daughter Darlene Perreault and husband Richard Perreault; son, Kenneth Wray and wife Shannon Wray; and daughter, Charlotte Cannon and Chris Holly. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Carly Perreault, Hunter Cannon and Ryan Cannon.

Roy was a member of New Bethal Baptist Church. He retired from Air Products 20 years ago, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Visitation from 12 noon - 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at New Bethel Baptist Church. Service to follow at 2 p.m. with Lewis Funeral Home directing.

The family would like to thank New Bethal Baptist for their love and support in our time of need. Also, thank you to all of our family and friends for your support and prayers.