Davis Watkins Funeral Home
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1326 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Davis Watkins Funeral Home & Crematory
1474 Highway 83 North
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
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492 E Pine Avenue
Crestview, FL 32539
Fort Walton Beach Crestview DeFuniak Springs
850-864-1822 850-682-2252 850-951-1822
November 10, 1951 - October 16, 2014
Debbie is survived by her husband of 44 years, Richard Runyon of Crestview, FL; daughter, Misty Young of Crestview, FL; son, Jason Runyon and his wife, Alisha of Cadiz, Kentucky; granddaughter, Abbey Young of Crestview, FL; grandson, Josiah Runyon of Cadiz, Kentucky; brothers, Don Callahan and Mike Callahan, father-in-law and mother in-law, Richard and Lois Runyon; sisters-in-law, Diana Harvey and Linda Headly; and dear friend, Debbie Willett; and several nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. immediately followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 201 St Mary Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Interment will follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
Flowers are being accepted or the family suggest contributions, in Debbies memory, be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 2319, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
July 7, 1954 - October 15, 2014
Bernadine is survived by her loved ones and many friends.
The family will receive friends at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1326 Lewis Turner Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the services beginning at 6:00 p.m.
May 11, 1932 - October 15, 2014
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth L. Karasek.
Sophia is survived by two sons, William T. Karasek and William A. Perez both of DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
Serigne, Sr., Tommy
June 26, 1948 - October 15, 2014
He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Alma Serigne and one brother, James Serigne.
Tommy is survived by his loving wife, Marian Picou Serigne; one son, Tommy Lewis Serigne, Jr. and wife Denise Neicee of Ponce de Leon, FL; one daughter, Dawn Demauro and husband Deano of Ponce de Leon, FL; two step-daughters, Barbara Fradella and husband Vincent of Meraux, Louisiana and Deanne Kinkella and husband Ricky of Poydras, Louisiana; brother, Ronald Serigne and wife Veronica of Poydras, Louisiana; sister, Gloria Gallordo and husband Henry of McNeil, Mississippi; sister-in-law, Audrey Serigne of Chalmette, Louisiana, 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and extended family.
A celebration of Tommys life will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83 North, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433, beginning at 10 a.m. with Reverend Russell Hughes officiating.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory.
Jean Ward Burkett, Bobbie
February 5, 1931 - October 14, 2014
Bobbie Jean worked most of her life in the textile industry at the Van Heusen Factory in Geneva, Alabama. She was very talented with her hands. She demonstrated that with her piano playing, cooking, and gardening. She loved to be outdoors. You could always find her outside working with her flowers and plants. She was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is loved by all and will be greatly missed.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Howard Burkett; parents, John and Lena Ward; sons, Ricky and Jeff Burkett; brothers, Adoffious and Daniel Ward; and granddaughter, Jennifer McLeod.
She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Palmer and wife Renate, Stephen Palmer and wife Barbara; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Burkett; grandchildren, Leonard Palmer and wife Valerie, Melissa Garcia and husband Brad, Melanie Hall and husband Randy, Virginia Palmer, Christina Thompson and husband Troy, Robert Palmer and wife Heidi, Ryan Burkett and wife, Ashley, and Brenton Burkett; great-grandchildren, Austin Smith, Elaina Henson, Alysha Smith, Austin Thompson, Brady Garcia, Caden Barnes, Brodie Thompson, Cade Hall, Hunter Hall, Gage Thompson, and Laura and Bradley Palmer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They were a God-send in caring for our Momma.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014, in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home beginning at 3:00 p.m. with Reverend Jimmy Watson officiating. A time of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Committal services will follow at Limestone Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate, in Bobbie Jean Burketts name, to the Eucheanna Apostolic Church, 150 Adkison Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Their loving kindness will forever be appreciated.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.
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Davis Watkins Funeral Home
1326 Lewis Turner Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547