Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jimmie Ellis1928-2014

Jimmie Ellis 1928-2014 Jimmie Ellis, lifelong resident of Santa Rosa County, passed away Monday, January 20, 2014 at the age of 85. He is survived by his sister, Lucille Cameron of Milton, FL; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and very close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn (Daigo) Ellis. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a life long Horseman of some reknown. His love for his horses and dedication to family and friends was unsurpassed. Loved by many and missed by all. Funeral services will be Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1 PM at National Cremation & Burial Society with Pastor Brian Deida officiating. Interment will follow in Juniper Cemetery in Chumuckla. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 Noon until the service hour. . Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 23, 2014 Burial: Juniper Cemetery Chumuckla Santa Rosa County Florida, USA

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Marcel Edward Gauthier 1977- 2014

Visitation
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
11:00am - 2:00pm
Chumuckla Community Church
8008 Chumuckla Highway
Pace, FL. 32571

Funeral Service
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
2:00pm
Chumuckla Community Church
8008 Chumuckla Highway
Pace, FL. 32571

Burial will follow
Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery
5405 Calvary Church Rd
Milton, FL

Marcel Edward Gauthier, age 36 of Santa Rosa County, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

Marcel was born and raised in Santa Rosa County and resided here for most of his life. He was the owner of Ledbetter Construction Company and had been a licensed residential builder since 2005. He took pride in his work and his reputation. Marcel's first love was his family and following in a close second was his hunting dogs. Marcel's membership in many clubs included: South Eastern Dog Hunters Association, Blackwater Foxhunters Association, Allentown Kennels and Santa Rosa Foxhunters Association. Marcel loved to hunt and made many great longtime friends while enjoying this pastime.  OBITUARY AT LEWIS FUNERAL HOME WEBSITE.

Marcel was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and hunter! He leaves many to cherish the memory of a life taken too soon.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sanders Courtney 1941 - 2014

Sanders Courtney age 73 of New York Community Chumuckla, FL passed on the 10th day of February 2014. He was a plumber most of his life until he retired. He loved fishing, driving around, going to see friends and sitting around the campfire with everyone. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivory and Woodrow Courtney; sisters, Sady (Arnold) Enfinger Maxine Courtney, Evelyn Lowery, and Juanita Bush; brothers, Gene (Virtis) Courtney, Wilson Courtney and Alton Adkisson. He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 40 years, Joyce Courtney; son, Lamanuel (Kandy) Courtney; daughter, Elizabeth (Tim) Harrelson; grandchildren, Ashley, Sara, Makayla, Cordale and Jackson; one great-grandchild on the way, Lucas Barber; sister, Emmagene and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 pm at Jay Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 1:00 pm with Brother Bobby Carnley officiating services. Burial will follow at Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jonathan Scott, George Tedder, Bobby Adkisson, Mike Adkisson, Daniel Madden, and Jerome Lail. Honorary pallbearers are Jonathan Holland and Wayne Hawthorne. The family would like to thank Roxanne Dunsford and all the Hospice nurses. They were very sweet and informative. They did a remarkable job. They would also like to thank Dr. David Smith; he has been there for us through everything. A special thanks to Angela, one of the nurses, she went beyond the means of a nurse. Angela loved listening to stories about him and the family. She always made sure he was comfortable and she would make us laugh to keep us more at ease about the situation. Jay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Morgan Baker 1917 - 2014

Obituary for Morgan Baker

Morgan Baker, 96 of Allentown, FL passed away February 10, 2014 at home.
Morgan was born in Loango, AL on Oct. 30, 1917:
He was a retired farmer and a former chairman of the ASC committee. He served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Farm Bureau and was the first farm manager at the Florida Experiment Station. Morgan was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 56 years and was a Deacon Emeritus. He lived in Santa Rosa County most of his life and was also a member of the Scratch Ankle Camping Club.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Edna
Son, Steve (Mary Ann) Baker
Step-son, David (Ramona) Hart
Step-daughter, Janice (Durward) Baker
Granddaughters, Susan (Stoney) Kelly & Jan Brown
Grandsons, Brad (Valarie) Baker & Keith Baker
Step-granddaughters, Lisa (Mike) Utke & Jessica Hart
Step-grandsons, Jeremy Hart, Woody Baker, & Mathew (Crystal) Baker
14 Grandchildren
4 Great-grandchildren

http://www.lewisfuneralhomes.net/book-of-memories/1801797/Baker-Morgan/service-details.php

Franklin Roosevelt Enfinger

Obituary for Franklin Enfinger

Franklin Enfinger, 80 of Pace, Florida passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Frank grew up in Pace and graduated from Chumuckla School in 1951. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He then worked at Air Products for 20 years before going into business for himself. He owned several businesses and operated them until his failing heath forced him to retire in 1995.
Frank loved other people,and was known for his sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone in need.
Frank was preceded in death by his mother Hazel Enfinger, his father Francis Enfinger, and numerous brothers and sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Gwendolyn: his four children: Frankie (Julie) Enfinger, Anne (Doyce) Lockett, Darrell Enfinger, Denise (Mike) Fritz; ten grandchildren and ten Great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be deacons of Wallace Baptist Church. The Family would like to thank all the medical staff who cared for him during his illness.
Visitation will be Saturday February 15, 2014 at Wallace Baptist Church 1-2PM. Funeral services will follow at Wallace Baptist Church Saturday February 15,2014 at 2PM. Burial at Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery. 

http://www.lewisfuneralhomes.net/book-of-memories/1802207/Enfinger-Franklin/obituary.php

Friday, February 07, 2014

Ray Barnes - 1939 - 2014

Vernie Ray Barnes

Vernie Ray Barnes, (74) of Pensacola, FL passed away and went to be with the Lord on January 27 2014. Mr. Barnes was born on 1 September 1939 in Chumuckla, Fl

Ray was preceded in death by his father Vernie (Son) Barnes and his mother Evelyn Miller Barnes also of Chumuckla, FL. He is survived by his three children; Stanley Warnock, Scott & Dale Barnes.

Ray Barnes retired from the Escambia County Sherriff's Office and also served proudly in the US Army.

Honorary pallbearers are: Dick Salter, Roy Diamond and Danny Lodge.

Services will be Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 1 pm at Chumuckla Community Methodist Church, Pace, FL



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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Feb. 7, 2014
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Debra Elaine Cotton 1973 - 2014

Debra Elaine Cotton
August 27,1973 - January 21,2014

Debra Elaine Cotton, 40, of Pace, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. She was born in Milton, Florida on August 27, 1973. Debra is survived by her parents, Frank and Joyce Kolb of Pace; her daughter, Shelby (Adam) White of Jay; her son, David Perritt and daughter, Abbie Perritt of Pace; grandchildren, Emma White and Weston Perritt; her sister, Tracy (Keith) Strickling of Jay and nephews Trent, Ryan and Nathan; her brother, Justin (Brandy) Kolb of Berrydale and niece, Raelynn; Grandmother, Vera Bickmore of Pace; Maternal Grandparents, A. E. and Rolena Rutherford of Pace; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Frank C. Kolb and Uncle A. D. Rutherford of Pace.

Although, Debra has left us, we will remember her for her contagious laughter, free spirit, and creative abilities. We will always love you.

The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers during this time. "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." ~ Revelation 21:4

Visitation will be held at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel from 11-1PM. Funeral service will follow at Lewis Funeral Home Pace Chapel on January 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM with Revs. Robby Kolb and Roger McGraw officiating. Burial will follow in the Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery in Chumuckla, FL.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 28, 2014

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Thomas Harry Frazier 1945 - 2013

Tom is the grandson-in-law of Irene Campbell Langham of Chumuckla (the Charles and Jane Delilah Hart Campbell Family). He and his wife, Kathryn Howard Frazier (Daughter of Bernadine (Langham) and Johnny Howard) lived and worked most of the their lives in Cantonment and in retirement recently moved to St. Augustine.

 Thomas Harry Frazier was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on June 28, 1945 to Harry and Viola Frazier. As a small child he lived in Chicago, and his family moved to Florida in 1952. He graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of Florida, where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and where he met his wife, Katherine Howard. Tom and Katherine were married for 45 years and raised their family in Pensacola. Tom worked many years for the School District of Escambia County. His proudest accomplishment in his work was being the founding principal of Jim Bailey Middle School.

 While living in Pensacola, Tom was active with the Pensacola Jaycees, Pensacola Little Theater, Northwest Florida Gator Club, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, and playing cards, and was an accomplished pianist. In 2012 Tom and Katherine moved to Saint Augustine to live near their grandchildren.

His greatest joy in the last year and a half came from the time that he was able to spend with those three little boys. Another happy result of the move was living near Gainesville and being able to go to lots of Gator functions. In Saint Augustine he was a member of the Christian Science church and the Gator Club of Historic Saint Augustine and took classes at Saint Johns River State College. Tom was a loving husband and father and the best Grampa to his boys. He was a joyful, fun-loving, intelligent, helpful, wonderful person—a true blessing to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his father. He is survived by his wife, Katherine; his daughters and son-in-law, Holly Frazier and Suzanne and Jared Sandoval; his three grandsons, Jonah James Sandoval, Elijah Thomas Sandoval, and Silas Jaxon Sandoval; his brother- and sister-in-law, Keith and Laura Howard; and his nieces, Katie Howard and Annie Howard. The memorial service will be held at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Beverly Parkway, on Monday at 12 noon.

Visitation preceding the service will begin at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation (earmarked for Bailey Middle School), 30 E. Texar Drive, Pensacola, FL 32503. FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.

 Memorials: Escambia County Public Schools Foundation (earmarked for Bailey Middle School) Visitation: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Faith Chapel South 100 Beverly Parkway Pensacola Florida 32505 (map/driving directions) Service: 12:00 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Faith Chapel South 100 Beverly Parkway Pensacola Florida 32505 (map/driving directions) http://www.fcfhs.com/?menuitem=2124&siteid=158&action=1&value=12&obituaries_action=2&obituaryid=152979

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Floyd Quentin Enfinger 1922 - 2013

On Monday, October 14, 2013, Floyd Quentin Enfinger sailed his final voyage to family who welcomed him to Heaven's shore. Floyd was born March 6, 1922 into the family of Lewis Thompson Enfinger and Jessie Ora Steadham Enfinger, the second of six children. His parents, brothers Adrian and Alvin, and sister Ora Dean Enfinger Bailey preceded his departure. Raised on a Depression Era farm in Chumuckla, Florida, he learned to accept great responsibility at an early age. Achieving independence began by entering the CCC program in April of 1940 and moving from that to a 20-year career in the United States Navy that began on November 8 of the same year. Floyd met Gloria Atkinson, a young North Carolina farm girl, while he was on leave in Washington, D.C. and she was out on the lawn of the capital grounds. Knowing each other only a month and 2 days, they were married on June 21, 1946. Floyd served 20 years active duty before returning to his home in Chumuckla, Santa Rosa County. He became a farmer and worked for 22 years before retiring at American Cyanamid in 1984. Floyd continued to farm for an additional 10 years. He retained much of his equipment, not failing to have a garden to share with others for many years. He is survived by his wife - Gloria; 5 children - Jennifer Freeman, Floyd Q. Enfinger, Jr., Neal Christopher (Sandy) Enfinger, Beverly (Rob) Donnell, and Teressa (Bruce) Wedlund; 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including special friends Vic Campbell and Greg Cotton. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30AM on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Lewis Funeral Home - Pace Chapel with Pastors David Rowan (Faith Baptist Church, Milton) and Tom Sharron (Chumuckla Community Methodist Church, Chumuckla) officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery at 2:00PM. The Patriot Riders will provide veteran honor escort. The family received friends from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Lewis Funeral Home - Pace Chapel. The American Legion and VFW were present to honor his service. Lewis Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. Express your condolences in our guestbook at pnj.com/obits 

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Martin Salter 1944 - 2013

Martin Austin Salter was born on March 20, 1944. He lived his entire life at a little place called Rabbit Hill near Chumuckla in Santa Rosa, Florida. That is where he passed away on September 26, 2013. He fought a good fight, but his body was just too frail. A true Southern Gentleman left his circle of earthly family and friends and joined a much bigger Heavenly circle. What a rejoicing that must have been when Martin looked upon the face of his Savior, Jesus Christ.

He graduated from Chumuckla School in 1963. Throughout his high school years, he was a star member of the basketball team. He loved his team mates. He went on to referee basketball games throughout the area for many years. It was at one of those games that he met a girl named Martha Ann Raines and fell in love with her at first site. They were wed on April 10, 1965. It was a happy marriage until Martha passed away on January 05, 2012. He was with her again on Thursday afternoon where she had the evening supper table waiting for him as she had promised.

Martin retired from American Cyanamid/Sterling. He formed many friendships during those many years of work.

Mr. Salter enjoyed being a cattleman. Nothing gave him more pleasure than buying a new calf or seeing one born on his farm. It was in his genes. His heritage stretched back to ancestors that were cattlemen in the panhandle of territorial Florida. The Lord gave Martin a vivid dream that he shared often. He dreamed that in Heaven he would have beautiful fields full of cattle. That delighted him.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a keen shot and loved fishing on the creeks and river. He and his brothers, Jackie and Danny, could catch fish when no one else could. Catfish was always on the menu at family reunions. Auburn was his team and he enjoyed watching the Tiger's football games. Martin had a gift for telling wonderful stories. Everyone that knew him can remember at least one of those amusing true tells about family, friends and local adventures.

Martin was a member of Pine Level Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He loved serving the Lord, sharing the message, and the Gospel was always on his lips. Throughout his life, Martin brought many souls to the Lord. His crown will be beautiful when he places it at His Father's feet and Jesus says, well done my good and faithful servant.

He is preceded in death by his wife Martha Ann Raines Salter; his mother and father, John Duncan "J. D." & Ruth Wynell Hayes Salter; his brothers, Danny and baby John Salter; his grandparents, Sidney Martin & Ruth Williams Hayes, and Cuyler & Emma McGlothren Salter.

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted daughter, Angela and her husband Michael Pennell; his grandchildren, Bradley (Candace) Pennell, Katie (James) Carnley; five great grandchildren Bryce, Faith, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Gabriel; his brother, Jackie (Jane) Salter; aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Post and Jazzman, his four-legged friends, will miss their master.

Special thanks to Dr. David Smith, Dr. Rogers, Dr. Humeda and their staffs for their kind attendance to Martin throughout his illness. Also a big thank you to Fresenius Medical and Amedisys for their loving kindness and care.

Martin would probably want to remind us of this comforting scripture: "So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord."

Arrangements will be held at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, FL. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct.1st, from 6-8 P.M. Funeral will be Wednesday, Oct.2nd, at 2 P.M. Burial service will follow immediately afterwards at Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on October 1, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Eulogy for Alvin

Several people asked for this. It will be easy to share this link by email. It was my great honor to present this at the funeral for Alvin Enfinger:

Eulogy for Alvin - Exodus 20:12
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HONOR

Honor thy father and thy mother ..
… and thy brothers and sisters
… and thy uncles and aunts
…. and thy cousins and thy in-laws
… and thy neighbors
… and thy community and thy country
….
and thy fellow man.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
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Alvin  Henry Enfinger - A man of honor and respect. NOT that he expected YOU to honor him or even to respect him --- but he would RESPECT you and HONOR your presence. IT was a part of his nature. Built in. A heritage ingrained in him from birth by family that carried a sense of honor forward to the next generation.

I think some of us here witnessed yesterday a continuation of this respectfulness and honor of family and neighbors among the descendants of Alvin and Annie Doris Gilman Enfinger.  They stand proud. They look you in the eye. They KNOW who they are and they show respect and honor for this extended family in the life of their father / grandfather.

This HONOR - This RESPECT  as it is given  - it is returned with Admiration.  The lives of Alvin and Doris Enfinger gave the world a next generation and a next that Honors their union.  
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Alvin’s honor and respect were directed toward the future generations and just as much toward the generations and the heritage that brought him into our world.  His respect and admiration and honors given to  his own and other families who set the stage for this  “LAND THE LORD GAVETH HIM”  was legendary - in his care of churches and cemeteries where those pioneers worshiped and were laid to rest.  You cannot bring the historic Coon Hill Cemetery into a conversation without an expression of gratitude for Alvin’s work there.
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His childhood sweetheart, Annie Doris Gillman - the mother of his children - was an ardent  historical researcher and helper until her death at far too early an age. She dug far into the Campbell lineage and found records that added color and honor and remembrance to the memories of Alvin’s grandmother’s family. She found lost civil war records and more. Alvin’s grandmother was my grandfather’s sister. His dad, Lewis was my dad’s first cousin. Alvin is my second cousin.
In the hard times of the depression - which was essentially an extension of the long years of Southern Reconstruction -- the small and tightly knitted family relationships around the hamlet of Chumuckla thrived on integrity and hard work and honor and respect. They did not have a lot of anything else to trade on. Alvin talked of the many meals of biscuits and molasses when other food stocks were low or out of season.  
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Alvin’s mother died after her fifth child (1931), leaving a lot of young children and a lonely father to try to care for them all.  Lillian and Floyd became cooks and housekeepers and other chores were taken up by the others including Alvin. Soon, some of the children were put in the care of other family members. Adrian, Alvin and Ora Dean went to live with their Grandmother (my Great Aunt Mag Enfinger). Jessie Jean went to Aunt Fannie Steadham Wilson --- Gaston. Lewis was able to keep working and maintain an income.
Alvin’s mother was Jessie Ora Steadham Enfinger. She brought a tremendous heritage of honor and respect to the union of she and Lewis.  Her heritage tracks back to the surviving Steadham brothers, famous for their close escape from the great massacre at Fort Mims in 1813, 200 years ago last week. The Steadhams in this area trace roots back to one of the brothers, Jesse Steadham.  The Fort Mims legacy is a part of many families in our county.
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Depression times yielded to the war years and all the young men were subject to winds of war. In closing those depression years - Floyd helped Alvin break a horse in late 1939 on some fresh plowed ground. Floyd put on the halter and Alvin took the horse onto the fresh earth to let him buck out on soft ground. This was done riding bareback.  

Soon after, Floyd left to join the Navy. Alvin and Adrian remained in school. The principal at Chumuckla was the father of Alvin’s sweetheart, Annie Doris.  In 1941 they watched as their very own Chumuckla Basketball team went to the Florida state finals and WON the championship. Those players were all off to war within months. Some left early - before graduation - Empty chairs in their honor were on the stage among the graduating class who were present. Alvin saw that. He honored that.

In 1944 the war was still raging and more young men were needed. Alvin and his older brother Adrian (who had a temporary exemption for farming) were ready to sign up. Alvin joined the Navy. Adrian wanted the Navy but a fluke on the day he signed up - put him in the Army.
Alvin joined a small coastal patrol vessel designed for convoy protection and for his first week tried as hard as he could to heave his insides out over the side of the ship. But he survived. He had some convoy duty and soon the war was over. HIs brother Adrian, in the army in Europe, was killed in battle in Germany within days of the end of the war.

The loss of Adrian would affect all the family forever. Only a year before Adrian joined the Army - he had pledged funds to build the Chumuckla Methodist Church near the crossroads.  He and others in the community were HONORING one of their own , Seif Kilpatrick, a merchant marine, who died with his ship - lost without a trace in early 1942 - in the desperate attempts to get arms and material to Great Britain.  

The Kilpatricks, yielding to a plea from Alvin’s grandmother, Margaret Campbell Enfinger, donated the property for a Methodist Church in  HONOR of Seif. Little did he know at the time, but Adrian himself would soon become a sacrifice for the sake of freedom.

These things are a part of the fabric of a community and a family and the life of Alvin Enfinger and all those who were living those days with honor - and respect  - for one another.  When Alvin had an opportunity to retire from his business, years later, he would devote his labor of love to the building, expansion and care of the Chumuckla Church. He could serve God and honor his community and his forebears who gave him a heritage of honor.
After the war .. Alvin made many good decisions in sequence. He married Annie Doris. He attended the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (WAR EAGLE) and became a pharmacist. He worked for a time for others and then took an opportunity to go on his own making use of a loan secured through suppliers. He always poured the largest part of his earnings back into the business and the results of good management and a reputation for honor led to success with his business and his family. The business success allowed him to retire right back to his roots in Chumuckla - “the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
He was hardly retired though. He threw himself and his younger children into the farm life. A Red Angus dynasty of beef genetics grew and developed a worldwide reputation. At one time, he sold and shipped a plane-load of breeding stock to South Africa. The plane flew to Miami, then to Brazil and then to South Africa -  full of cattle and all survived and thrived.  Alvin’s work with the Red Angus breed is seen throughout the world to this day.
Annie Doris passed away far too soon. The children became managers of the business or found careers. Alvin continued to honor his past with friends and family in the area.  About a dozen years ago, my Dad, J. Lee Campbell contracted a blood disease that would eventually take his life. Dad was one of Alvin’s many friends and cousins who were a part of his life from boy to war to man to retiree ….. to the grave.

As dad gradually lost his abilities, Alvin added more care. His visits were frequent. He’d take dad for a meal of oysters at every opportunity - a repast they are both enjoying at this very moment in heaven if they have East Bay oysters there. But any oyster will do.

In his last months of mobility, Alvin physically put dad in his truck. There were several times when a loss of body control - would leave the Tom Thumb or Alvin’s truck awash in waste. Alvin would hose it out, clean up my dad and never complain. He’d take him again in a few days for more oysters or a ride in the open air of Chumuckla … “the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”  
To Alvin, this was honoring his heritage, his people, his cousin, yes -- but honoring and respecting humanity.  There are few who would do what Alvin did for my dad in his closing days on earth. It is my great honor to speak for him today.

Did you notice the American Legion HONOR GUARD yesterday at the visitation? They came to render honors to their fellow veteran, my cousin, Alvin Henry Enfinger.  The honor guard itself was aged, disabled and marked by the years. They were here to honor Alvin.

YET -  It was such a moment of respect when everyone there stood in HONOR of THEM as they departed the building. Honor begets honor. Respect begets Respect.

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. … And all God’s Children said AMEN. … and Amen.