Apr 14, 1931 - Dec 03, 2023
Feb 11, 1994 - Jan 31, 2024
"Mike Martin was the iconic baseball coach of Florida State University (FSU). He passed away on February 1st, 2024, in Tallahassee, Florida, at the age of 79. He was famous for his unwavering dedication to FSU baseball. Martin's legacy transcends his remarkable coaching career. Over 47 years, Martin served as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Thus elevating FSU baseball to national prominence despite never clinching the College World Series title. When he retired in 2019, Martin left behind an unparalleled record of 2,029 wins. Making him the winningest coach in college sports history. Throughout his tenure, Martin emphasized the importance of making a positive impact on people's lives. This included both on and off the field. His commitment to his players' personal growth and development was unwavering. Thus reflecting his belief that success extended beyond wins and losses. Martin's battle with Lewy body dementia, diagnosed in 2021, highlighted his resilience and spirit. Despite the challenges, his love for the game never wavered. So he continued to inspire others with his passion and dedication. Beyond his coaching achievements, Martin's legacy encompasses his role as a mentor, leader, and ambassador for FSU baseball. "
Madelon Elliott Sweat
Jan 24, 1934 - Feb 23, 2024
Madelon Elliott Sweat passed away peacefully at the age of 90 in Tallahassee, Florida. Born in Shreveport, LA to Jean Logan Elliott and Joseph Evans Elliott, Madelon’s journey was one of boundless love, adventure and service. Madelon grew up in Shreveport where she developed childhood friendships that she held dear throughout her life. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for a year before transferring to Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she received a BA degree in Costume Design and cultivated more lifelong friendships as a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. After graduating, she brought her artistic talents to Neiman Marcus in Dallas where she was proud of her work as a window set decorator. She continued to express her love of fashion throughout her life with a fun and colorful wardrobe. Her life took a serendipitous turn when she met her future husband, Bob Sweat, on a flight from Dallas to Shreveport in 1956. After a six-month, long-distance courtship, they married. Their chance encounter grew into a wonderful life together spanning 58 years and marked by joy, companionship and unwavering devotion. They spent their early years in Deland and then Jacksonville, Florida before settling down in Tallahassee and raising three children, Jim, Linda and Brandon. Family activities brought Madelon immeasurable joy and regularly included camping trips and deep-sea fishing adventures. Madelon was positive and outgoing with a zest for life. She received great pleasure from entertaining and socializing with family and friends. She loved to "cut a rug" with Bob and enjoyed singing happy songs. She was an avid bridge and tennis player for many years and later enjoyed golf with Bob. Her creative spirit and artistic talents were expressed in many ways including painting, basket weaving, knitting. pottery, various forms of needlework and other crafts. She loved nature and wildlife and had a passion for travel. She and Bob created many cherished memories traveling the globe and spending summers at their North Carolina mountain home in Burlingame Country Club near Cashiers. Madelon’s passion for the arts was also evident in her involvement as a member of the Le Moyne Art Center Board and the Violet Garden Club, where she shared her talent for painting and appreciation for nature. She was a dedicated member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, finding joy and laughter while entertaining others with the “Loonies” skit group. Some of her favorite memories were created sharing her passion for art and nature as a Den Mother for Brandon’s Cub Scout Pack. Madelon’s faith was a guiding light throughout her life. She was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church where she served as President of the Women of the Church, Deacon, Elder, Sunday School Teacher and Stephens Minister. Finding immense enjoyment in the company of family and friends, Madelon embraced every moment with warmth and enthusiasm. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter, a testament to a life well-lived and heart well-loved. Madelon is survived by her three loving children: Jim (Caryn), Linda Elliot (Jared) and Brandon (Stephanie); six grandchildren: Lauren Shoemaker (Brian), Connor Sweat (Megan), Logan Elliot (Taylor), Tanner Elliot (Caroline), Carter Sweat and Christian Sweat; three great grandchildren: Elliott Shoemaker, Oliver Shoemaker and Jack Sweat; and her sister Elaine Geiger (Claude). She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bob, her brother Joe Elliott, and her parents Joseph and Jean Elliott. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, at two o’clock in the afternoon at Faith Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church or the Le Moyne Art Center in her name.
Winona B. Wegner
Feb 21, 1933 - Feb 26, 2024
"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."
Craig Allan Grant
Apr 05, 1948 - Feb 23, 2024
"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."
Ray Crosby Hulett
May 24, 1954 - Feb 24, 2024
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
William Franklin Bruce
Aug 18, 1944 - Feb 23, 2024
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.
Laura P. Wright
Jul 25, 1951 - Feb 08, 2024
"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"
Oct 17, 1948 - Feb 02, 2024
"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)"
Diane Marie Eyles
Jun 15, 1957 - Feb 07, 2024
"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."
William Earl Lake Sr.
Nov 07, 1937 - Jan 30, 2024
"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)."