Remembering Northwest Florida's COVID-19 victims
We are gathering photos and remembrances of people in Northwest Florida who have lost their lives to COVID-19. If you are a family member who has lost a loved one and would like them remembered in this story or in our photo gallery, email photos and text to email@example.com.
Our thoughts are with you as you grieve your loss.
Captain Lloyd Losinger
With great sadness, the Ocean City Wright Fire Control District announces the passing of Fire Inspection Captain Lloyd Losinger due to complications caused by COVID-19. Captain Losinger was a loyal friend and coworker, but more importantly he was a terrific husband, father and grandfather.
Jason “PeeWee” Goen
Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the death of Jason “PeeWee” Goen, an Okaloosa County correctional officer who died Friday at age 38 after battling COVID-19.
Goen died at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, according to Okaloosa County Corrections Director Eric Esmond.
“Jason was effortlessly kind, receptive, supportive and naturally gifted as an officer,” Esmond said in a statement. “As one of his co-workers so eloquently stated, 'Many have been influenced by Jason’s unending compassion, respect for all people, and service to the community.' He was a dedicated son, brother, boyfriend, friend, and loyal co-worker. We ask that you keep his family, friends, and our department in your thoughts and prayers. His absence is significant and will be ubiquitously felt for quite some time.”
"My beautiful 82-year-old mom Mary Rodriguez went home to the Lord on Dec 17, 2020 after fighting for her life for 27 days. She will always be in our hearts and forever known as the bravest and strongest lady I have ever known. I am proud to call her my mom and I thank her for letting me take care of her. I love you momma." - Christine Vokes
She was born on September 3, 1938 to Refujia Martinez and Elodio Ruiz in La Paloma, Texas. She went home to the Lord on December 17, 2020 in Crestview, Florida, with her youngest daughter Christine by her side. She was 82. Mary was a devoted, loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a faithful church member of several churches, including Center of Life & Hope (Laurel Hills, FL), Lifepoint Church (Crestview, FL), Faro Church (Lake Forest, CA) and St. Mary’s Church (Adrian, MI). She enjoyed being around her family, friends, watching old TV shows, singing worship songs and reading scripture. She is preceded in death by her husband, Teofilo Rodriguez; mother, Refujia Martinez; brother, Carlos Ruiz; and sister Raphaelita Ruiz. She leaves behind her daughters, Rose (Sylvester) Young, Betty Cathleen (Danny) Rosebaro, Christine Mandy (John) Vokes; sons, Teofilo Jr. (Helen) Rodriguez; and Robert (Irma) Rodriguez; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and brother-in-law, Juan Rivera. A celebration of Mary's life will be held on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., at Davis Watkins Crestview Memorial, 492 East Pine Avenue, Crestview Florida 32539.
David F. "Davey" Emory
David F. "Davey" Emory, 53, of Bayou George, FL died Wednesday, August 12, 2020 of COVID-19, according to his wife Paisley.
Vance Weimorts, age 63, a resident of Ponce de Leon, Florida passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He was born April 2, 1957 to Harry and Marylee Weimorts. He graduated from Ponce de Leon High School, class of 1975. Vance loved building different things, spending time with his family, hunting the local woods, and freshwater fishing. Vance is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Weimorts; children, Chase Weimorts and wife Ariale, Kacey Weimorts, Nicole Van Wagoner and husband Chris, and step-daughter, Samantha Stuckey; ten grandchildren: Hunter Weimorts, Fisher Weimorts, Ainsley Weimorts, Jaxon Weimorts, Madison Rodgers, Beau Ryan, Rylee Van Wagoner, Harlie Van Wagoner, Galen Van Wagoner, and Jasmine Stuckey; three brothers, Randy Weimorts and wife Jo, Ronnie Weimorts, and his twin brother, Victor Weimorts; and two sisters, Sandra Bryan and Margaret Walters and husband Mike.
Katherine Lynn Clardy
Our sweet Katherine was received by her Lord and Savior on December 5, 2020 at the age of 63, after a courageous battle with the coronavirus. Katherine was a wonderful woman, incredibly loving and devoted to her friends and family.
Loving wife, mother and grandmother Katherine Clardy’s love of life did not end with the loss of her life! Her loving family will continue to honor her legacy, of living their lives to the fullest, as Katherine wished and prayed for her entire life. She loved her family and instilled her loving nature, strong values and forgiving heart. Katherine lived a full life as a proud homemaker, lover of nature, gardener, awesome fisherman, pet lover and most recently the best home-schooling grandmother in the entire world.
Yes, she was an amazing woman! She was born on December 14, 1956 on Tachikawa Airfield in Japan. She was raised in Panama City, where she graduated from Bay High School in 1975. Katherine met the love of her life in high school and she and Dennis were married on Valentine’s Day 1978. The happy couple went on to build a wonderful life together and raise their daughter, Jennifer, in Panama City.
Katherine is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dennis Clardy, daughter, Jennifer Barton (Garry) and grandson Damien Barton. She is also survived by her brother, Andy McAllister, brother in-law, James Harris (Andrea), niece, Rena Nelson, brother in-law, Ron Clardy (Lorrie), sister in-law, Sandra Carson (Roger) and a host of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, James McAllister and Katie Roznik, sister, Brenda Harris (James) and sister, Barbera Nelson (Jaydell).
Julia Ann Thomas
Julia Ann Thomas, age 71, of Panama City, Florida passed away December 17, 2020 at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City. She was born March 28, 1949 to the late James Arbery Cornelison and Ann Adams Cornelison. In addition to her parents, Julia was preceded in death by one brother, John Cornelison.
Ms. Thomas is survived by one daughter, Janine Thomas and Jeremy Heath of Chipley, FL; one son, James Thomas, Jr. and Diana Davis of Panama City, FL; one sister, Cinda Trexler and Curtis Trexler of Panama City, FL; one brother, Jim Cornelison and Mary Helen Cornelison of Morganton, NC; six grandchildren, Jayda Thomas, Jallena Thomas, Hunter Heath, Jeremy Lee Heath Jr., Mark Rendon and Joseph Rendon; numerous nieces and nephews.
Lucy Carolyn Cain McGuffee
Lori McGuffee Dunn (right) poses with her mother, Lucy Carolyn Cain McGuffee of Niceville, who passed away from COVID-19 on Aug. 1. Lucy was the wife of R.C. (Bob) McGuffee, Jr. They were married 62 years exactly; she passed away on their anniversary. According to her obituary and Lori, Lucy battled the disease for nearly a month. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She was always there for her family no matter what sacrifice she had to make. Her husband said she had a 3-foot circle of love around her, and anyone who was blessed enough to step into that circle experienced that love and was a better person for it. She loved Jesus with her whole heart, which made her love others that way, too. The family still has not had a formal service due to COVID-19 concerns.
Desmond K. Jones
Remeeka Wilson lost her husband Desmond K. Jones (September 26, 1985 - August 27, 2020) of Fort Walton Beach to COVID-19 in August. "He was an amazing dad of a 1- year-old baby girl, excellent loving husband, loving son, brother, brother-in-law and uncle as well as a great friend to all," Wilson said. Desmond was a longtime member of Kappa Kappa Psi and leaves behind a host of loving memories with family and friends from his birthplace in Troy, Alabama.
Mary Frances Bond
Mary Frances Bond, 82, passed away Thursday, July 23, in Panama City from COVID-19. She was born on April 2, 1938, in Meridian, Mississippi. She graduated from Meridian High School in 1956 and attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. In May 1960, she married Charles Bond and moved to Panama City, where they raised two children, Kim and Chuck. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Panama City and a member of the Jaycees, Junior Woman’s Club and Daughters of the American Revolution, and co-chaired Children of the American Revolution for many years. She was the epitome of a great Southern lady and had the most beautiful Southern drawl. She loved her family fiercely and made everything she did beautiful and special. Her sweet birthday group of Judy Davis, Carolyn Branch, JoAn Gramling, Judy Haney and Kay Rivard brought her great joy and laughter.
Desi’rae Wysocki-McIntosh was a hard worker. She never complained. She never showed up late. She never called in sick — even when she was sick. The 26-year-old worked her late-night shift July 8 at the Tom Thumb on Florence Avenue in Fort Walton Beach while suffering from a fever, coughing and shortness of breath. This was one day before she was admitted to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where family members say she died in the intensive care unit after telling multiple family members via text message she tested positive for COVID-19. “She was my heart and soul,” her husband Scotty said. “She was very quiet. She loved animals, and they loved her. She loved being around animals. She loved being around me. We were pretty much inseparable. We always held hands and cuddled and kissed and hugged every chance we got. She was very sweet, loving and caring person.”
John Douglas Henderson
John Douglas Henderson Jr, 56, of Fort Walton Beach, passed away Nov. 1 2020. He was born in Fort Walton Beach on May 30, 1964, to Doug and JoAnne Henderson. John was a 1982 graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School. He graduated from Florida State University in 1988 — Go Seminoles! John was a master at his craft as a bartender, most recently at Swizzle Stick but also Jamaica Joe's, Fudpucker's, The Little Bar, Hogs Breath, Pandora's and Docie’s Dock. among others. His hobbies included woodworking and watching his Seminoles on Saturdays with his two tabby kitties, Cheeto and Dorito. Johnny loved people! He loved life, his Jimma, his family, and his wide assortment of friends from the Fort Walton Beach community in which he lived. In the 1990’s, John became a partner with his two good friends and opened Hoser’s Deli and Ale House on Okaloosa Island, which became a fixture in his heart and to the many who passed through the doors. John was always the go-to guy for a witty comment, a jovial laugh or a kind word of encouragement. His generosity extended to his friends with the annual Fourth of July blowout on the island. A “Friendsgiving” Thanksgiving Tuesday turkey day was also celebrated with Jimma and assorted co-workers and peers who couldn’t celebrate on Thanksgiving with their families.
Brandy Hearne, 41, died Sept. 4, 2020, after a battle against COVID-19 that started in early July. Hearne, the finance director at the Okaloosa County Tax Collector's Office, died surrounded by family at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where she was flown after being at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Hearne, was the mother to her son Alex, 13, and daughter Lillian, 6, and fur child Benson. She was the daughter of Carl Fontain, who at 73 likely never expected to see a day without her. She was the sister to Barry Boutwell — they were close. She was the best friend to Michelle Anderson and Courtney Ferguson, andAnd so much more to so many people.
Harold Willis Brown
Harold Willis Brown, 81, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Harold was born on July 12, 1939 to the late WJC and Geneva Brown. He was raised in Fitzgerald, GA and attended North Georgia College. He was a proud Army veteran. His career spanned many years in the insurance industry beginning with the General Adjustment Bureau, Travelers Insurance Co., and ended as an agent with Nationwide Insurance. He was a long time member of the Lions Club International and he served as president of the Sight Clinic for one year. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Kilcrease Brown of Pensacola, FL; daughters, Tracy Murphy (Scott) of Gulf Breeze, FL, Erica Barron (Matthew) of Hoschton, GA and Jill Bostick (Brian) of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren, Brooke Evans (Cody), Amanda Murphy, Sophie, Camille and Wade Barron and one great grandchild, Rhett Evans. Private family services will be held at Bayview Memorial Park, due to covid-19 concerns. The Rev. James Bell will officiate.