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Gary Minkema

Sep 06, 1952 - Dec 06, 2023

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Tallahassee, FL

"Gary Wayne Minkema, 71, of Tallahassee, passed away on December 6, 2023. No services are planned at this time. "

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Winona B. Wegner

Feb 21, 1933 - Feb 26, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"Winona B. Wegner, 91, of Tallahassee, passed away February 26, 2024 at Westminster Oaks. She will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. Lifesong is assisting with local arrangements. No local services are planned. Faulmann \u0026amp; Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home (586-293-3390) in Fraser, MI is assisting the family with funeral arrangements in Michigan."

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Craig Allan Grant

Apr 05, 1948 - Feb 23, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"Craig Allan Grant, 75, of Lee, FL, passed away February 23, 2024 in Tallahassee, FL. No local services are planned. Please continue to review the website for a complete obituary. Lifesong is assisting the family with arrangements."

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Ray Crosby Hulett

May 24, 1954 - Feb 24, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

Ray Crosby Hulett, 69 of Barney passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Ray, who was so affectionately known by everyone as "Papa" was born May 24, 1954 in Jasper, FL. to the late Gene & Maude Crosby Hulett. He owned his business of landscape renovation before he retired. He was a member of Morrison Baptist Church where he served as a deacon since 2004. Ray was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather that enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his family and his side kick Chloe. He also enjoyed working in his vegetable garden, spending time with his goats, chickens and his other farm animals. Survivors include his wife of 50 years Cynthia Hulett of Barney; children, Mitchell (Lisa) Hulett of Norman Park, and Melissa (Patrick) Sullivan of Valdosta; grandchildren, Gavin Mitchem, Hailey Steele, William Hulett, Taylor Newsome, and Abby Parks; 7 great grandchildren; two brothers, Stanley Hulett of Valdosta, and Sammy Hulett of Barney; sister, Gina Lynn Childers of Barney; and several nieces & nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Hulett; grandson, Ryan Warren; brother, Quinton Blair; and sister, Sally Jane Hulett. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Morrison Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Coleman officiating. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Morrison Baptist Church, 1915 Yates Road, Barney, GA 31625. The family asks that everyone come dressed casual. To to the family or in memory of Ray "Papa" Hulett, please

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William Franklin Bruce

Aug 18, 1944 - Feb 23, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

William Franklin BruceWilliam Franklin “Bill” Bruce, 79, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23, 2024, at the Big Bend Hospice First Commerce Center for Compassionate Care in Tallahassee, FL.Bill was born on August 18, 1944, in Pavo, GA. He graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee, FL in 1962.As a Vietnam Veteran, he served his country in the US Army from 1966 to 1969. After his military service, Bill was a minister of music at several churches. He later began his career in sales where he was able to meet a multitude of people. He never met a stranger! Bill never lost his passion for music. He continued to play his trumpet, as well as, sing in quartets and church choirs. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Tallahassee, FL. After he retired, he doted on his grandchildren who were his pride and joy.Bill leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter, which will be cherished by his surviving family, his daughter Laural Bruce Arnaldo of Tallahassee, FL (husband Paul) his beloved grandchildren Jacob Arnaldo and Emma Arnaldo, his sister Kathy Bruce Romans of Tallahassee, FL (husband Danny), his brother Larry Bruce of Crawfordville, FL (wife Sue), a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends.Mr. Bruce was proceeded in death by his parents Samuel Richard Bruce and Emma Lea Williams Bruce and his daughter Cynthia.A service will be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Pkwy, Tallahassee, FL 32311. Visitation with family will be at 11am. The home-going celebration will be held at 12 noon. Interment will be at the Tallahassee National Cemetery at 2pm.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 6098, Tallahassee, FL 32314; Faith Radio Network, Inc, P.O. Box 181000, Tallahassee, Florida 32318; or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

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Laura P. Wright

Jul 25, 1951 - Feb 08, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"Laura P. Wright, a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on February 8, 2024, in Tallahassee, Florida. Laura was born on July 25, 1951, in Commerce, Georgia, to Robert and Eula Mae Wright (Williamson). She spent most of her life in Jacksonville, Florida, where she graduated from Stanton Vocational School and later retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff\u0027s Office. Laura was a natural leader with an eloquent speaking style and a charismatic personality. She was an empath who deeply cared for others and always put their needs before her own. She was a loving mother to her daughters, Marvia Franklin-Cooper (Rhonda Cooper) of Tallahassee, Florida and Randrea Mitchell of Jacksonville, Florida; and a proclaimed son, Antione Harris (Stephanie Harris) of Macclenny, Florida. She was a devoted grandmother to her grandchildren, Micah Franklin, Madyson Murchison, and McKensey Murchison, and great-grandmother to Makai and Marlo Franklin of Jacksonville Florida. Laura is also survived by her sisters, Barbara Chandler and LaVerne Geh of Georgia; a number of nieces and nephews, including Tkeyia Williams and Josie Anderson of Jacksonville; and grand nieces and nephews, Kaia, Carson, and Caeden Harris, Mikiya Stephens, Jassier Anderson, Jeriel Anderson, as well as great-grand niece and nephew Kazi, and Jenesis Ayers. Laura was preceded in death by her Stepfather, Lodgin and mother Eula Mae Williamson, and her brother, Joe Wright. Thank you to all who have donated, sent cards, lovely messages, spoke kind words or perhaps quietly thought of the family during this time. Laura will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. Her memory will forever be cherished, and her legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to have known her. Special thanks to Latrell Carroll who largely exceeded our expectations in coordination of care. You are greatly appreciated. There Is No Night Without A Dawning Poem by Helen Steiner Rice There is no night without a dawning No winter without a spring And beyond the dark horizon Our hearts will once more sing… For those who leave us for a while Have only gone away Out of a restless, care worn world Into a brighter day I’m Free Poem by Anne Lindgren Davison Don’t grieve for me, I’m free. I’m following the path God laid out for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I’ve found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left this world a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, A loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. Acknowledgements – Laura P. Wright We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support we have received from family, friends, and the community. Your presence here today, kind messages, and acts of benevolence have been a source of strength and fortitude for the family in this challenging time. We are grateful for your support and substantiation of love, your time, and for honoring the memory of our beloved Laura Wright, who carried the moniker of daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, aunt, friend and so much more. As we mourn the loss of such a remarkable woman, we find solace in knowing that she touched the lives of so many and left an indelible mark on each and every one of us. Her generosity, kindness, and unwavering love will continue to guide and inspire us in our lives. We are forever grateful for the memories we shared with her and for the impact she had on all of us. Laura\u0027s legacy will live on through the love and compassion she showed to everyone she met. She always had a kind, if not humorous word and a warm smile for those in need, and her selflessness knew no bounds. We will always remember her for her unwavering strength and determination, as well as her unwavering faith and resilience in the face of adversity. She taught us all the true meaning of perseverance, pushing forward, and the importance of cherishing every moment we have with our loved ones. As we celebrate her life, we want to thank you again for all of your support and for being today to honor Laura P. Wright. The family is being assisted by Jackie Fulford and James Sircy of Young Fulford Funeral Home and Crematory, Tallahassee, FL. 850.610.4444"

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David Steinmetz

Oct 17, 1948 - Feb 02, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"David Steinmetz, a veteran of the Vietnam War, peacefully passed away at his home on February 2nd, 2024, at the age of 75. Born in Cresco, Iowa, David relocated to Tallahassee with his family in 1971. He thrived working with his hands, channeling his creativity into outdoor landscapes. In addition to his passion for gardening, David had a successful career as a professional carpet cleaner. During this time, he not only honed his skills in cleaning but also served as a mentor, fostering apprentices in mold remediation. David leaves behind a lasting legacy characterized by a tireless work ethic and a deep appreciation for life\u0027s simple pleasures—values he instilled in his beloved children. Among his most cherished memories are the countless rounds of golf shared with his daughter, Meredith, and the memorable fishing expeditions he embarked on with his son, Josh, and the cherished moments of sibling banter between the two. He took great pride in his children\u0027s accomplishments, eagerly sharing their successes with anyone willing to listen, and expressing his profound admiration for the loving, humorous, hardworking, and passionately dedicated adults they had become. He is preceded in death by his parents, Phyllis and Harold Steinmetz, as well as his sisters, Karla Salisbury and Carol Steinmetz. David is survived by his loving children, Joshua Steinmetz (Jessica) of Tallahassee and Meredith White (Ray) of Jacksonville, along with his sister, Christine Willis (Robert) of Atlantic Beach. David\u0027s memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at the Tallahassee National Cemetery on Monday, February 26, at 1pm. Todd Wahlquist is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com)"

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Diane Marie Eyles

Jun 15, 1957 - Feb 07, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"I was born on June 15, 1957, in Fitchburg, MA to my parents, James William Eyles and Marguerite Lorraine Pitre. I went home on February 7, 2024, to be with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My father retired after 20 years from the Coast Guard as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate and my mother was a Registered Nurse. Opportunities throughout my life allowed me to travel both domestically and internationally. I moved to Tallahassee, FL in 1994, where I have remained since. In 2002, I graduated from Flagler College with honors, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. During my life, I loved working and was employed in many different positions. The most rewarding work was working for two non-profit organizations, Consumer Credit Counseling and Goodwill Industries of The Big Bend. My work at Goodwill, as a Donation Acquisition Specialist, gave me tremendous joy to have the chance to make a real impact to improve people’s lives. I owe gratitude and am truly grateful to my coworkers, friends, and professional relationships made while working at Goodwill, many of whom assisted me on my journey home. Preceding me in death were my parents, grandparents, and my oldest sister, Kathleen L. Eyles. In November 2022, I unexpectedly lost my husband, Lyman Douglas Lemacks. I had the privilege of donating my kidney to my brother, Mark James Eyles, in August of 2005. He resides in Saco, Maine with his wife, Terry Eyles. To my coworkers at Goodwill, I am thankful for assisting me after the death of my husband. I also want to acknowledge the emotional support and steadfast loyalty I received from my precious brother, Mark. I have always enjoyed my dogs. A very special thank you to thank Dr. Matthew Wanous and Dr. Contessa Bowman who made it possible to care for my dogs - a blue Pitbull named Tiny, who I leave behind, as well as the six dogs that blessed my life and preceded me in death. A music scholarship has been established with Florida State University College of Music in honor of my husband, Lyman Douglas Lemacks. My husband, Doug and I will be interred at Roselawn Cemetery. There will be a graveside service at 2:00PM on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation or becoming a living kidney donor. If you are a dog lover, please support the Good Karman Dog Project through Cumberland Animal Hospital in Havana, FL. If you want to change lives, donate your gently loved possessions to Goodwill Industries of The Big Bend. To my brother, Mark, remember, I will be “dancing on the stage of memory.” Kelly Barber of Bevis Funeral Home (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the family with their arrangements."

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William Earl Lake Sr.

Nov 07, 1937 - Jan 30, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"William Earl Lake Sr. passed away peacefully on January 30, 2024 at the age of 86 in Tallahassee, Florida. William was born November 7, 1937 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to Edward and Mildred Lake. William grew up in South Amboy, New Jersey and graduated from Hoffman High School. He was a graduate of Pennsylvania Military College and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1960 - 1962. He was first stationed at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey and then served in Seoul, Korea with the Army of Occupation. William was a resident of Sayreville, NJ until after his retirement when he moved to Hobe Sound, FL. William was a Customer Service Director at Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company where he worked for 25 years. He also worked at E.I. DuPont at the Parlin, New Jersey plant for seven years before retiring in September, 1995. As a retiree, he enjoyed being a part-time substitute teacher in South Amboy, NJ. William loved spending time with his family, and was an active member of the Elks Lodge in Sayreville, NJ. He enjoyed playing golf and taking boat cruises around the Barnegat Bay with family and friends. Many enjoyable nights were spent on the decks of Toms River or lanais of Hobe Sound with his favorite scotch and sharing human interest stories. William is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Grace Lake, who filled his life with love and laughter. He is also survived by his three children: Maggie Murray and her husband Paul, Bill Lake Jr and his wife Christina, and Eddie Lake and his wife Leanne. “Pop Pop Bill” is also survived by 7 grandchildren - Katie \u0026amp; Kellen (Maggie’s), Cooper, Ava \u0026amp; Ella (Bill Jr’s) and Jack \u0026amp; Lauren (Eddie’s). He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Donald and Peter Lake. On March 1, 2024, at 11:00 AM, William will be buried at the National Cemetery in Tallahassee, FL, with a military memorial service and a celebration of life luncheon to follow. Todd Wahlquist is assisting the family with their arrangements (850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com)."

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Mark Flynn

Jul 02, 1953 - Jan 01, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"On January 1, 2024, Mark Flynn, aged 70, was able to trick cancer into staying here while his spirit broke free to soar about all of creation. Mark was the adored middle child of the late Maxine Rebecca Flynn (née Kaufman) and the late Timothy Vincent Flynn Sr. of Mobile, Alabama. He and his siblings, Rosalind Hinton (wife Tamara Kreinin) and the late Stephen J. Flynn (widow Patte Cummings Flynn) sadly lost their father at an early age. Their mother, owner and operator of Maxine’s Dress Shop, raised her three children with careful help from Lucille Robinson of Plateau, Alabama. As a young boy, Mark spent many an afternoon learning to stew and hunt squirrels with his elder neighbor Edward P Lauzon Jr. At age seven, Mark’s favorite pets, a cat and duck, ran away together to build a community of animals living on the moon. A brilliant mind, Mark attended Little Flower and Mcgill-Toolen Catholic Schools in Mobile. He graduated from Spring Hill College with bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, English, and Fine Arts. While attending Spring Hill, he met his first wife and the mother of his children, Lee Flynn. Together they traveled to Verona, Italy where Mark studied hand printing under Richard-Gabriel Rummonds. Mark’s devotion to learning earned him a master’s degree in Archives Administration and Records Management from the University of New Orleans, a master’s degree in Library Science and a specialist degree in Library Science from the University of Alabama. Mark was a bon vivant. He had an innate sense of humor and regularly professed to his children John Timothy “Jack” Flynn (wife Brittany Ford Flynn) and Madeleine Sophie Reinecke “Maddie” Flynn (partner Matthew Burdi) that he had been both a pirate and a cowboy before becoming a Papa. Mark had a love of music exemplified by his passion for the culture of his ancestral home New Orleans. He was a lifelong attendee of the N.O. Jazz \u0026amp; Heritage Festival and haunted storied venues; Rosy’s and the Maple Leaf. In his own right, Mark was a multi-instrumentalist who played the piano, harmonica, mandolin, kazoo, banjo, Irish penny whistle, concertina, and ukulele. Mark held librarian positions at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia before he settled in Tallahassee, Florida. It was there he would begin 21 years of service to the people of Florida as a librarian at the State Library of Florida. A true champion of libraries, Mark believed library services were essential to every community and fought tirelessly for their evaluation and expansion. In this noble service, Mark worked as a consultant for the nations of Barbados and El Salvador to expand their library infrastructures. Mark was instrumental in the development of the Florida Electronic Library of which he was named director. To this day, at least one community library maintains a shrine for Mark Flynn. Mark married the love of his life, Veronique Lambilliotte and so gained step sons Jeremy Dorminy (wife Jenny Dawson Dorminy) and Michael Dorminy (wife Jena Chaaban Dorminy). Together they shared many wonderful moments gathered around their Sunday dinner table. Later they would host happy hours, holding court with their neighbors on the front porch. He became affectionately known as “Pappy” to his grandchildren, Emily, John, Liam, Olivia, and Cameron Dorminy, each of whom have a favorite dessert he made in their honors. His repertoire included, cakes, pies, cookies, biscuits, cobblers, and soufflés. Mark retired as Dean of Libraries from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. There he was known for riding his bike to work every day, through the front doors of the library and straight into his office. He implemented many programs designed to bring students into the library, to nurture community, and provide a safe place to discuss ideas. His diligent planning, exemplary management, and inspiration made him a blessing to every community he touched. Through his kindness, collaborative spirit, and positivity, Mark leaves behind a beloved group of colleagues and friends. Mark is survived by his wife, son, daughter, step sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cat P’tit Loup. Mark is preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, his half-brother Timothy Vincent “Bobby” Flynn Jr., and half-sister Janice Flynn, his beloved dog, Limbo and cherished cat, Zorro. He leaves behind an enormous collection of rare books, compact discs, and musical instruments. Forever sunny, his favorite color was yellow, and he never met a stranger. Mark’s parting words were to celebrate every day of our lives and a clear message to all, “I Love you!” Plans for a celebration of Mark’s life will be forthcoming. In Lieu of Flowers, consider a donation in Mark’s name to one of the following organizations: The Roots of Music, www.therootsofmusic.org American Civil Liberties Union https://www.aclu.org, The American Library Association https://ec.ala.org Niki Carney of Bevis Funeral Home (850-385-2193 or www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the family with their arrangements."

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Marilyn Jean Nichols

Jan 19, 1932 - Feb 19, 2024

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Tallahassee, FL

"Marilyn Jean Nichols, known to most as “Jean”, entered into heaven on February 19, 2024 at the age of 92. She was born on January 19, 1932 in Meridian, Mississippi to parents John Douglas Lee and Sue Kathleen Alexander Lee. In 1953, she married Dr. Malcolm G. Nichols who preceded her in passing on January 29, 2015. Jean graduated from the University of Tennessee as a registered nurse and then moved to Clearwater, Florida where her and Malcolm raised their six girls. During that time, Jean was very active in their home church, Skycrest Baptist Church. She spent many years serving as a Sunday school teacher and was very involved in the special needs Sunday school class as well. For nearly 25 years, Malcolm had his own dental practice in Clearwater prior to him and Jean being commissioned as southern Baptist missionaries in 1978. They served 5 years in South Korea together. Upon their return to the states, they spent the remainder of their lives in Tallahassee, Florida. She served a very active role at Fellowship Baptist Church and Thomasville Road Baptist Church as a teacher in for the children’s classes as well as the singles ministry. During her last days, Jean was a proud grandmother and a great-grandmother. Survivors include her daughters Julia, Jennifer, Kathy, Sharon, Nancy and Cynthia as well as her granddaughter Kerrie Elizabeth and great-granddaughter Margaret Elizabeth. Per her wishes, Jean’s life will be celebrated privately by her loving family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Thomasville Road Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Big Bend Hospice’s First Commerce Center for Compassionate Care of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital or to Gideons International."

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