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Obituaries for February 22, 2024; • Charles Horton Sr.• Barbara Lewis• Glenn Smith• Mildred Taylor

Mildred Taylor

            Mildred Louise Bennett Taylor passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Ascension Heart Bay Medical Center, in Panama City, FL surrounded by her family. She was born on August 27, 1930 in Jasper, Georgia.  She was the second of eight children born to Herbert Zachariah and Virgie Lou Wooten Bennett.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Virlyn Ralph Taylor, infant daughter, Patricia Taylor, two brothers: James and Claude Bennett and a sister, Genevia Atkins.

            Survivors include:  Children: Pamela Harrison (Edward), Steve Taylor (Michelle), and Danny Taylor (Connie), of DeFuniak Springs, FL. Siblings: Bonnie Millians, Dorthy Matthews, Louis Bennett and Jerry Bennett all in GA. Six grandchildren: Tina Martin, Sheila Carter (Timmy), Mariah Taylor, all of DeFuniak Springs, and Logan Taylor (Mallory), Charlotte, NC. Five great-grandchildren: Brittany Wilkinson (Nicholas), Hailey Carter, Lauren  Carter, of DeFuniak Springs, Brooks Taylor of Charlotte, NC, and first great-great-grandson, baby boy Wilkinson due June 2024, of DeFuniak Springs, and two step-grandchildren, Erika Rice and Taylor Martin, of DeFuniak Springs.

            As with most families born during this period in our history, she worked in the kitchen preparing meals for the rest of the family. During her senior year in high school, she was given an opportunity to substitute teach a third-grade class. Later, Georgia Marble Company hired her as a stenographer and she designed her first monument for the office. On April 19, 1950, at the age of 19, she married Virlyn Ralph Taylor. Mildred enjoyed sewing and designing costumes for her children.

            In 1959, the family moved to DeFuniak Springs where Virlyn took a job with Henko’s Poultry Plant. Mildred stayed at home for a few years raising the children.  She found a homemaker’s club to join. She then got a job selling Stanley Products, managing Mason and Mason clothing and carpet store. Later she worked at Rhodes Jewelers as a sales clerk selling jewelry and fine gifts. While working at Rhodes Jewelers as a sales clerk, Mildred sold Eddie the engagement ring for her daughter, Pam.

            In 1973, they purchased the poultry farm. In 1977, they moved next to the farm. Mildred joined Walton County Farm Bureau and in 1979 became a member of the Board of Directors. In 1981, she became a very active member of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.  As a member of both Farm Bureau board and Women’s Committee, she traveled to 10 counties and even out of state while representing Walton County. She was an active member of Farm Bureau for 51 years.

            When she was a member of Homemakers Club (1959) and Farm Bureau, she became very active in preparing the displays for the fair booths.  For many years, she enjoyed organizing and working in the food booth at the Walton County Fair. Mildred was presented her Fifty Year Certificate and pin as a member of the Homemakers in 2009.  She was an active member for 65 years of the Home and Community Educators.

            There are a few things that you could depend on at Taylor’s house. Food was never in short supply. A variety of southern food was always around, including grown vegetables out of their garden. She enjoyed baking and decorating cakes and even tried her hand at making her first wedding cake for her sister. She continued to bake and decorate cakes for many different occasions as a side business. From that day forward, she also made specialty cakes for all of her children and grandchildren.

            Mildred loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always stayed busy doing things to help the family, making cakes, cobblers, pies, canning vegetables, making pickles, jelly and more. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, painting and doing jigsaw puzzles. Mildred was loved by family and friends and she will be greatly missed.

            Receiving of Friends will be held from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.

            Graveside services will be held from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, 4778 Old Burnt Mountain Road Jasper, Georgia, 30143.

            In lieu of flowers, cards may be given to the family and donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 99 Eglin Pkwy NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 or online at www.cancer.org.

            You may view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Homes & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.

Glenn Smith

December 6, 1942 -February 18, 2024

            It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Glenn Henry Smith on February 18, 2024 in Jasper, Georgia. Glenn was born on December 6, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He subsequently lived in Cherry Hill, New Jersey before relocating to Marietta, GA, retiring to his mountain haven in Japer.

            He was a national and regional sales manager in medical sales, an accomplished baseball pitcher, and lover of all sports, including tennis, golf, and racquetball. In retirement, Glenn spent each day at the Bent Tree dog park with his beloved dogs and dog park friends.

            He is survived by wife, Deborah Ann (Costello) Smith, daughters Lauren Arno (Howard Klotzkin), Allison Dellamaggiora (Jeffrey), Bridget Hradsky (Robert). He adored his grandchildren Mackinsey, Zachary, Samantha, Sean, and Jude. He was preceded in death by parents, Morris and Ada Smith and Son, Sean Michael Costello.

            He always lived life to the fullest, willing to do anything for someone in need. Glenn had a huge heart, loving unconditionally. Glenn made everyone who knew him, laugh at all his many stories, along with his dry, quick wit. Our family is grateful to know that Glenn is finally at peace.

            Graveside services will be held at Crestlawn Cemetery on February 21, at 1 p.m. All are welcome. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research, or Plant a Tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith Family.

Charles Horton, Sr.

December 10, 1939 -February 14, 2024

            Rev. Charles Radford Horton, Sr. 84, of Lilburn, Georgia, went home to be with Jesus on February 14, 2024 at the home of his loving son and daughter- in- law Charles, Jr. and Peggy Horton. He was born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on December 10, 1939 to Leonard Romeo Horton, Sr. and Agnes Mae Rainwater Horton.

            He played football for SouthWest DeKalb High School, served in the Army National Guard, coached little league baseball, he helped establish and served as the first vice president of the Lupus Foundations Atlanta Chapter, helped out with numerous projects with the Berkmar Band Boosters for all three children, retired from Chem Central Corporation and helped take care of two of his grandchildren. Rev. Horton was a long term member of Ophir Baptist Church, a Past Master of Sweetwater Masonic Lodge and has served numerous times as a worthy patron at Sweetwater/Anne Winn chapter order of the Eastern Star as well as served numerous times in the Georgia OES grand family. He has presided at weddings, funerals and helped in numerous revivals in the North Georgia area. He enjoyed singing and watching westerns. When recovering from illnesses at rehab facilities, he would minister to other patients by praying or reading the Bible to them. He was never afraid to mention Jesus to others.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leonard Romeo Horton, Jr., sisters Yvonne Horton Harrell, Betty Horton Green, daughter in Law Alison Abel Horton, nephews Christopher Horton and David Horton, numerous aunts and uncles.

            He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Wilma “Louise” Collett Horton, sons Charles “Chuck” Horton (Peggy),Randall “ Randy” Horton (Carla), daughter Karen Owens (Mark). A special aunt Jean Grant, a blended family of 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other extended family also survive to cherish his loving memory.

            A funeral service for Charles was held on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Ophir Baptist Church with Revs. Joe Dan Wilkins, Nicky Gravitt, Richard Martin, and Rudy Tribble officiating.

            A Masonic graveside service was conducted in the church cemetery immediately following the service.   

            Special thanks to his angel, Melissa Vaughn at Bright Star Home Care and Agape Hospice.  

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Ophir Baptist Church, Sweetwater Masonic Lodge or Anne Winn Chapter 203 OES.

Barbara Lewis

            Barbara Ann Sams Meehan Lewis, 77, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 at her home.  She was a retired Budget Analyst for Fulton County Government.

            She was born May 10, 1946 in Pickens County.  She was a daughter of Fred Kilby Sams and Mildred Brookshire Sams and granddaughter of William Irwin Martin Sams and Frances Honea Sams. 

            Barbara is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Melinda Sams of Calhoun; and her half-sister, Mrs. JoLynn Parker of Talking Rock.  Several cousins, nieces, and nephews also survive. 

            She was twice preceded in death by husbands, Ralph Bradford “Brad” Meehan and Reverend Clinton Lee Lewis.

            She was a current member of Conns Creek Baptist Church and former member of Four Mile Baptist Church.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Sunday, February 18, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Kenny Sutton officiating. Entombment was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Jasper.  Pallbearers were Jason Goodnight, Gary Pendley, Everett Jones, Steve Sams, Bruce Wheeler, and Chuck Wheeler.  Honorary pallbearers will be Horace Sams, Mike Wheeler, and Larry Hicks.

            Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. 

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