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Trucker arrested in

stabbing and rape

Robbyn Brooks i
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A truck driver
from Arizona has
been arrested in
conjunction with
the woman found-O
stabbed at a rest area
along Interstater 10 r
Monday morning.
Elgin Lovell Elgin Hogan
Hogan, 'l37, is a
resident of Tucson with a past criminal*
history, according'to Sgt. Scott Haines
S withthe Santa Rosa County Sheriff's
S Hogan allegedly left an unidentified
S50-year-old woman bleeding from stab
wounds at a rest area Monday.
The woman's hours-long ordeal,
according to a witness who works at
the rest area, began when she accepted
a ride with a truck driver.
"He just dumped her off here,"
said Karol Johnson, who was works at Ann Spann I Crest ~ew News BuUehn
Okaloosa County Rest Area 1-10. A 50-year-old Ocala woman was found bloodied in this restroom.
"He just rolled up and dumped her
off like she was nothing." I.:.- "
A morning visitor at the rest area .i.
at Mile Marker 60 first discovered the.
woman, bloodied and in the bathroom,
about 7:45 a.m.
The visitor then notified the security
guard on duty. Johnson was nearby
and gathered items to help with the
woman's wounds.
"It was multiple stab wounds,"
S Johnson explained.
"He got her in the eve, in the face, in
the mouth, in the ear," she said, pointing
to the right side of her own body. Ann Spann I Crestlicew News Bulletin
A trucker allegedly stabbed a woman with a screwdriver and left her at this rest
See STABBING A3 area on Interstate 10 at Mile Marker 60.

Couple wanted for carjacking, burglary, larceny

Brian Hughes and
Robbyn Brooks
Crestview News Bulletin
CRESTVIEW Suspects wanted for
Saturday's carjacking at Wal-NMart are
also being sought for other crimes.
Guillermo Hernandez, 32, and
Valerie Moreno, 21, are now wanted for
burglary and larceny by the Okaloosa
County Sheriff's Office.
Before the carjacking took place,
the pair was given a ride to DANCO
Transmissions in Crestview by a tow
truck operator.
The truck operator gave the couple
and two children a lift around 11:30
a.m. because he was towing their 1995,
Ford Mustang by order of the Florida
Highway Patrol.
The FHP cited "traffic violations" by
Hernandez, who had a Texas driver's
About 10 p.m., Danny Allen, owner of

DANCO Transmissions, discovered the
front gates to his business had been torn
open, the shop broken into, and several
items taken, including gasoline.
The Mustang, originally in possession
of Hernandez and Moreno, "had been
burglarized and the steering column
had been damaged as if the suspects
were attempting to start the car without
keys," according to a Sheriff's Office
A 2001 silver Jeep Liberty had also
been taken, although Allen told an
officer the Jeep was missing a valve
cover and would not function long.,
* The Sheriff's Office offense narrative
indicates the Jeep was utilized to rip
open the gates to the business.
The tow truck driver told an officer
Hernandez had several gang-related
tattoos on his neck and recalled a tattoo
of a pope or priest on the left side of his
Allen estimates about $1,000 property

Guillermo Hernandez and
Valerie Moreno

damage to his business and said the Jeep
was worth about $5,000. .
Hernandez and Moreno have also
been photo identified by a carjacking
Hiram Winstead, 78, was leaving
Wal-Mart about 4 p.m. Saturday when
he was approached by a Hispanic man.

Baker teacher

suspended for

bus incident
Brian Hughes
Crestview News Bulletin
BAKER Following recommendations by
Arden Farley, director of Okaloosa Schools'
District Equity Office, Baker School teacher
John Fowler was suspended for two days
after allegations of improper behavior while
chaperoning a band trip.
Fowler, a math teacher, was aboard the
bus as a parent chaperone, not in his capacity
as a teacher.
Following Monday night's School Board
meeting, Fowler was suspended Tuesday
and Wednesday without pay for the incident
that occurred on Nov. 2 while the band was
returning from playing at a football game in
Panama City.
Parent and band booster club president
Frank Higgins said his daughter Joanna, 17,
was singled out for excessive discipline on
the bus.
Farley's investigative summary
confirmed accounts by three other parent
chaperones aboard the bus that Fowler
"made inappropriate physical contact" with
Joanna Higgins and that he "exercised poor
Farley also determined "Mr. Fowler's
behavior escalated the situation on the bus
and created a safety hazard for the bus
According to reports, Fowler had crowded
Higgins, who is claustrophobic, into her
seat and-then used physical force to restrain
her when, in a panic, she tried-to move to
another seat.
"Mr. Fowler accepted the report's findings.
He's also undergoing sensitivity training,"
Farley said, stressing Fowler's value as an
educator. "He's an excellent teacher, and he
was very receptive to the training."
"I think it's important that we stress
professionalism," said Dr. Alexis Tibbetts,
superintendent of the Okaloosa County
School District.
"I think everyone in the district,
including teachers and support staff and
administrators, have to be held to very high
standards," Tibbetts said.

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Families enjoy science

lessons with students

Ann Spann I Crestview News Bulletin
Walker first grader Kaeleb Archer flashed a big grin as he glided across the
floor on a hovercraft.

Students enjoyed a fun
Science lesson as they
glided across the floor on a
hovercraft and crawled into
an inflatable planetarium
during a recent "Family
Science Night" at Walker
Elementary School.
The event was the
second in a series of three
family nights planned at the
school, which are designed
to promote awareness
several subjects.
Families were treated
to a pizza dinner by the
Walker Parent Teacher
Organization and invited
to explore a variety of
activities and exhibits,
ranging from a weather
station with meteorologist
Mitch English of "The Daily
Buzz" to learning how to
stay safe while surfing the
-Dr. Patricia Allen,. a
local paleontologist shared
fossils, crystals, and other
artifacts from her collection,
with the assistance of her
granddaughter, Seana
Miller, a Walker first
Members of the Masonic
Grand Lodge of Florida
filmed students and gave
families the DVD as part
of their Child Identification
Both the hovercraft and
planetarium were from Star
Base Lab at Maxwell AFB in
Star Base teacher,
Chip Houghton and his
colleagues brought the
exhibits from Maxwell AFB
at no charge to the school.
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The Baker Block Museum
will host their annual
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on Saturday, Nov. 15.
The festivities will
begin at 5 p.m. with
children making Christmas
The lighting of the tree
in the museum's Heritage

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A special "Salute to
Veterans" will be featured
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with local veterans sharing
stories about Christmas
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A candlelit ceremony
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STABBING continued from Al

"She also had a stab on
her arm, like maybe she
tried to cover her face, and
big scratches down her
Johnson said the woman,
although badly injured, was
able to give police a good
Hogan was detained in
Santa Rosa County not long
after officials first took the
woman's statement.
Johnson said the
victim recalled seeing a
McDonald's, perhaps in
Ponce de Leon, across the
street from where she said
the truck driver raped her.
"She told him 'no' on the

sex," Johnson said. "She
thinks that's what made
him angry."
Then came the stabbing.
The victim told Johnson and
the security guard that the
trucker used a screwdriver
to try to kill her.
"I asked her how she got
out of it, with him acting
crazy," Johnson recalled.
"She said she just kept
Johnson said the woman
had no money and no
identification. The woman
explained a truck driver
she'd previously ridden
with had stolen them.
"All she had was some

stuff in Winn Dixie bags,"
Johnson said.
"She was sitting there,
bleeding and hurt, and just
kept saying, 'I am so mad
at myself. I should have
known better.' "
Calls seeking the victim's
condition on Tuesday were
not returned.
The Okaloosa County
and Santa Rosa County
Sheriff's Offices are assisting
Walton County in the active
"I just kept thinking I'm
glad she's alive," Johnson
said. "He had hurt her
so bad. Nobody deserves

CAR JACKING continued from Al

The man attacked
Winstead, knocking him to
the ground, and stole his
The incident was caught
on security cameras.
The carjacker made off
with a 1993 GMC Sonoma,
according to Lt. Jamie
Grant with the Crestview
Police Department.
Winstead was treated for
cuts and bruises at North
Okaloosa Medical Center
and released Saturday
Sonia Pinckney, a
neighbor, spoke to
Hiram Winstead after the
"He said he was lying
there hollering for help and
people just walked around
him. It's sad."
Lt. Jamie Grant with
the Crestview Police

Department reported the
couple wanted for these
crimes had earlier applied
for a $25 gas and lodging
voucher from the Crestview
Ministerial Association.
They had indicated they.
wanted the voucher for a
room at the Econolodge
near Wal-Mart.
"They were trying to
get a room there but didn't
'have any money," Grant
Because they had no
valid identification, they
were denied the voucher,
Grant said.
In addition to the
noticeable tattoos on
Hernandez, the suspect is
reported to be about 5 feet,
4 inches tall and weighs
about 160 pounds.
He was wearing a black
jacket with partial red

sleeves and dark-colored
pants at the time of the
carjacking, according to a
police news release.
Police don't have much
information on the woman.
Hernandez is sought
by the Crestview Police
Department on carjacking
and battery on an elderly
person charges, and Moreno
is sought on principle,
first-degree charges for
carjacking and battery on
an elderly person.
The two are wanted
by the Okaloosa : County
Sheriff's Office for burglary
and larceny, grand theft.
may contact the Crestview
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Crestview Police Dept. crime reports
lohn Wade Bruce, 39, Mothershed, 26, of 2754 22, of 86 Central 7th St., Santa
was charged with one count Savannah Lane, Crestview. Rosa Beach, was charged
ot violation of probation/ %,as charged with two counts with one count of fraud -
worthless check, each of forgery and uttering unauthorized possession of a
11/3: lonathan Earl Burns, forged checks and one count counterfeit identification card.
38, of 220 North Lloyd St., of grand theft. Kenneth D. 11/18: Daniel R. Lawson,
Crestview. was charged with Baxter, 19. of 2832 Old Mill Way, 23, of Baker, was charged with
one count each ot possession Crestview, was charged with driving under the influence of
of drug paraphernalia, racing on highway (any manner alcohol or drugs. Antrione J.
introduction of contraband of participation A 16-year- Rogan, 19, of 3354 Shoal Creek
into a county detention facility, old Baker resident was charged Cove, Crestview, was charged
and possession of both a with one count of grand theft. with operating a motor vehicle
controlled substance without 11/16: Kenneth Tyrease without a valid license. *
a prescription and less than 20 Singletary, 27, of Il1 Grimes William I. Sullins, 46, of 350 Bass
grams of manjuana. Anthony Ave, Crestvie%,, was charged Haven Dr, DeFuniak Springs,
Wornock Ladson, 46, of 220 with one count each of resisting was charged with one count
Mitchell Ave., Albany, Ga., was an officer obstruction without of retail theft. Nicole Marie
charged with possession of less violence, criminal mischief O'NeaL 24, of 483 E Chestnut
than 20 grams cq marijuana. totaling $200 and under, Ave. Crestview, was charged
* George L. Gillett. 25, of 113 and petit theft from $100 to with one count of retail theft.
Kennedy Drive, Crestview, was less than $300. Andrew M. 11/19: Charles Blake Jackson,
charged with one count of retail McKinney, 46, of 301 E. Edney 22, of 5841 Friendship Lane,
that Ave., Crestview, was charged Crestview, was charged with
11/10: johnrue Griffin, with one count each of fleeing/ one count of possession of
31, of 3123 E Chestnut Ave., attempting to elude a police paraphernalia.
Crestview, was charged with officer, reckless driving and 11/23: Tyson T. Ford, 27, of
one count each of possession leaving the scene of an accident 595 McClelland St., Crestview,
of a controlled substance with with property damage of more was charged with knowingly
intent to sell within 1,000 feet than $50 Drico Warren Alien operating a motor vehicle
of a convenience business, Gra\, 40, ot 509 South Lincoln without a valid license.
aggravated fleeing and eluding. St., Crestview. was charged 11/27: A 14-year-old
kidnapping and resisting/ with one county of domestic Crestview resident was charged
obstruction. battery second or subsequent. with two counts of battery
11/15: Crystal Marie Sebastian Cedillo-Casteneda, (domestic violence).

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It's a time of 'goodbyes' and 'hellos'

From the
GM's Desk
Kelly Humphrey

Last week, the Crestview
community said goodbye to
beloved former city councilman
Sam Hayes.
His funeral was an incredibly
moving experience, as befits a
man who served his neighbors,
city and country in such

tremendous ways. The number
of mourners in attendance and
the diversity of those sharing
their memories of "Mr. Sam"
were testaments to the scope of
his many civic contributions.
Sometimes it seems like we
are always saying goodbye to
someone special. On the other
hand, we often get the chance to
say hello to familiar faces as well.
Here at the Bulletin, we are
welcoming back two former
employees who are helping us in
our continued quest to provide
our customers with the best
possible product and service.

On the advertising side, we're
joined by account executive
Jeremy Cadle. Jeremy's job is
to serve our advertisers, and
to solicit new business for our
publications. He has already hit
the ground running for us.
Next week, we'll welcome
back former sports editor Kyle
Wright. In his new capacity, Kyle
will serve as the editor of the
Bulletin. He is following current
editor Robbyn Brooks, who's
decided to rejoin the reporting
ranks at our sister newspaper,
the Northwest Florida Daily

Kyle and his wife, Sunny, are
Milligan residents. He is looking
forward to getting involved in
the community and representing
the Bulletin.
"It is exciting and humbling to
have the opportunity to return
to the News Bulletin," he said.
"I look forward to the chance to
reconnect with the people who
were so helpful to me when I
was at the News Bulletin before,
and I look forward to helping the
News Bulletin continue to tell
the stories of the people of north
Okaloosa County."

Iowa and New Hampshire how key are they? Pt. 1



Lou Frey

Rhodes Cook's newsletter
Vol. 8 No. 2, dated April 2007,
(subscribe by contacting has
a wonderful analysis of the
Iowa and New Hampshire
elections. He says, "As a bulk of
the presidential primaries have
moved forward on the calendar so
has the end date of the competitive
stage of nominating contests. As a
result, nominating campaigns that
used to run the entire length of the
primary season now end before
the ides of March."
Of course this has changed to
where Feb. 5 has become Super
Tuesday with over 25 states
participating in that election. At
the present time Iowa is scheduled

for the third of January, with the
New Hampshire primary a few
days later. After that we have
elections in Nevada, Michigan,
South Carolina, and Florida.
The rush to become one of the
first states has been national. In
my own state of Florida from
1972 through 2004 we held the
presidential primary on the second
Tuesday in March. This worked .
well for a while. However, in 2000
we had a primary turn out vote
of 20 percent and in 2004 the turn
out was 10 percent. The reason
was simple. The election was over.
Cook continues:
"Since the primary-dominated
era of presidential nominations
began in 1972, 11 of 13 major
party nominees won Iowa, New
Hampshire or both en route to
becoming their party's standard-
bearer. And the two exceptions
who won neither, Democrats
George McGovern in 1972 and Bill
Clinton in 1992, finished a solid
second in New Hampshire that
gave them momentum for the

contests that followed."
Jimmy Carter ('76 and '80), Al
Gore ('00), John Kerry ('04) and
Jerry Ford ('76) won both Iowa
and New Hampshire. Walter
Mondale ('84), Bob Dole ('96) and
George W. Bush ('00) won Iowa,
but not New Hampshire. Michael
Dukakis ('88), Ronald Reagan
('80), and George Bush ('88) won
New Hampshire, but not Iowa.
As indicated before McGovern
('72) and Clinton ('92) won neither
but both placed second in New
Let me once again say that it
doesn't make much sense to turn
the nominations of our president
over to two states that have few
electoral votes and no diversity in
their population. However, this is
the system we have. The question
that will be answered is, because
of the bunching of the primaries
up to and including Super
Tuesday (Feb. 5), can a candidate
survive without winning either, as
McGovern ('72) and Clinton ('92)

Pearl Harbor anniversary observed Dec. 7

The Miller


Jeff Miller
On the 66th Anniversary of
Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Day, we reflected on those 2,400
Americans who lost their lives
from a surprise attack and honor
those who defended our freedom
during World War II.
The character and strength of
that generation is astonishing,
ordinary Americans, who through
extraordinary acts of courage,
forever changed the face of
the world. The World War 1
generation defeated history's
greatest tyranny, leaving graves
but delivering freedom from
Europe to Asia.
Today the National World Wir
II Memorial serves as a monument
to the more than 400,000 service

members who died, and the
millions who supported the war
effort from home.
A day will soon come when
those who knew our heroes will
also be gone; when no visitor to
Pearl Harbor, Normandy or the
many other final resting sites can
stand before a grave remembering
a face or a voice. But the day
will never come when America
forgets them. Their legendary
heroism will live on as our
nation and the world will always
remember their actions and what
they sacrificed for the future of
Northwest Florida has over
7,000 World War 1 veterans
currently living in the area.
These individuals deserve to be
recognized as the brave heroes
that literally saved the world.
Through the Emerald Coast
Honor Flight, with the help
of individuals and businesses
throughout Northwest Florida, it
is my hope that every one of the

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7,000 World War II veterans in the
area can travel to Washington,
D.C. at no cost to them, to visit
those memorials dedicated to
honoring the service and sacrifices
of themselves and their friends.
Emerald Coast Honor Flight
is working with the Rotary
Club of Pensacola, a non-
profit organization, to honor
America's veterans for all their
sacrifices. Honor Flight will
fly our heroes from Escambia,
Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton,
Washington, and Holmes counties
to Washington, D.C. to visit and
reflect at their memorials. Top
priority is given to the senior
veterans World War 1 survivors,
along with those other veterans
that may be terminally ill.
Honor Flight is about honoring
the courage, valor, and sacrifices
of the brave men and women
who served during World Wak
II. I am extremely proud of our
community for stepping up
to the plate and showing our

In the Republican Party former
governor Mitt Romney (MA) early
on put a lot of his political capital
into Iowa. He has campaigned
there for months and has spent a
lot of money in television ads.
Everything was going well for
Romney until former governor
Mike Huckabee (AR) caught
fire. Romney has not increased.
his lead, presently around 28
percent, but Huckabee has gone
from nothing up to 24 percent.
John McCain (R-AZ) has decided
to forego Iowa and put all his
chips in New Hampshire and is
running last in Iowa among the
major candidates. If Romney does
not win in Iowa he is finished.
If he barely wins in Iowa he is
injured, but can stagger on to New
Hampshire, where he must win.
Lou Frey Jr. is a former member
of Congress (FL 1969-79), Past
President of the Former Members
of Congress, and a partner in
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor
and Reed, P.A., Orlando, Fla.


appreciation for the Greatest
Generation. I hope that our
veterans will all have a deeper
understanding of how much their
country loves them.
On every forthcoming Pearl
Harbor anniversary, we pause to
honor those who perished in the
surprise attack, who left us never
knowing how much they would
be missed. We pray for them, with
an affection that grows deeper
with the years. And we remember
them, all of them, with the love of
a grateful nation. May our troops
and our nation continue to be
You may find out more
information on Honor Flight by
visiting the Web site at www.
U.S. Representative Jeff Miller was
sworn in as congressman of the
First District Congressional District
of Florida in 2001. He was elected to
his fourth term in 2006.


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EMS takes patients "home for the holidays"

Emergency Medical
Services (EMS), a division
of the Okaloosa County
Department of Public
Safety, is offering free
transportation on a space-
available basis to county
residents who would
otherwise be unable to
come home for holiday
celebrations. EMS will
provide free round trip
transportation originating
and ending in Okaloosa

The "Home for the
Holidays" program will
provide transportation on
Christmas Eve or Christmas
Day only, from the hours
of 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. All
requests for transportation
must be received by Dec. 20
at 12 p.m.
The program is designed
to allow patients in
skilled nursing and adult
congregate living facilities
to go home and be with
family members for holiday

dinner. Patients must be
self-supporting while at the
residence, and be left in the
care of a responsible family
"The Home for the
Holidays program has been
very successful, and brought
good cheer to local families,
as well as the Emergency
Medical Services staff that
look forward to providing
this special service each
year," stated EMS Division
Chief Al Hemdon.

"This is Okaloosa County
Department of Public
Safety's way of saying
'Happy Holidays' and
demonstrating that we truly
care about the health, safety
and welfare of residents
in Okaloosa County,"
explained Public Safety
Director Dino Villani.
For additional
information or to schedule
transportation, please call
651-7150, weekdays from 8
a.m. 5 p.m.

RMS Student of the Week, Teacher of the Year named
Articles by Richbourg students

Student of the Week

Amber Treaster
Richbourg Middle School

Richbourg Middle
School is naming a student
of the week in each grade
level this year; teachers
are nominating students
based upon improvement
in grades or for doing
something exceptional.
Charanya .(of Thai
origin) Sharee Reynolds,
an eighth-grader, is one of
our nominees. Her name
means sunshine, princess,
strength, and mighty.
Some of her friends think
it is ironic.
She says that getting
student of the week means
a lot to her because she
does well, she takes some
of the hardest classes at
R.M.S., and because she
has a good work ethic.
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for students who want to
be student of the week,
Charanya says to work
hard, study the necessary
material, and practice
on things you don't
understand until you do,
and most of all she says to
work with enthusiasm.
Even a student of the
week doesn't know what
to do with her life for sure
when she grows up; she
thinks she may want to
be a doctor. "On a more
personal view I really
want to work in the Anime
community as a scripter,
even a singer," she told me.
She wants to go to college
at F.S.U. after high school.
She likes the student of
the week idea because
it awards recognition -to
students who have worked
hard and those who do
their best.

Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Giambrone
Richbourg Middle School
Lynn Griffith,
Richbourg's Literacy
Coach, has been named
Richbourg Middle School's
Teacher of the Year. She
has been in the education
field for 10 years.
Mrs. Griffith has a
bachelor of science in
psychology, and has one
class left to complete
a master's degree in
education leadership, from
the University of West
Florida. She is certified in
psychology, middle grades
integrated curriculum,
social science, and English.
Wow, Mrs. Griffith is one
qualified teacher.
She has avery supportive
family as well. She
married Wendell Griffith,
a professor at Okaloosa-

Walton College. She has
two sons, Brett Lee, age 22,
of Tallahassee, and Luke
Lee, age 12, a sixth-grader
here at Richbourg Middle
School. Mrs. Griffith also
has many hobbies outside
of teaching. They include
reading, horseback riding
(dressage), and spending
time with her family and
"Any of the nominees,
my teaching colleagues,
would have been an
excellent choice for
Teacher of the Year. To
win is something that is
hard to describe; it just
feels awesome. Just being
an accepted part of this
faculty, the Richbourg
family, is its own award,"
said Lynn Griffith.

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Having a pet 'in the room
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Cecil Hawkins
Cecil Hawkins, age 81, ot Crestview, passed away
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007. He was born on March 16,
1926 in Andalusia, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of
Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Mr. Hawkins
was retired from Fleming Lumber Company and
was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Hawkins; one
stepson, James Roberts; five daughters, Nell Adams,
Penny Wang, Gayle Wilson, Connie Hawkins and
Hope Marbut; one brother, William T. Hawkins; one
sister, Mary Anderson; 11 grandchildren and seven
Memorial services were held at 5 p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 11 at the First Pentecostal Church with Pastor
Wilbur Hawkins officiating. Brackney Funeral
Service, Crestview, was in charge of arrangements.

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