Janet Ridgely Cass

Janet Ridgely Cass, 78, of Destin, passed away after a brief illness Sept. 16, 2013. She was born March 20, 1935 in Cumberland Md. She attended Allegeny High School in Cumberland Maryland. After high school, she moved to New York to study fashion design. Later she went back to receive her BA in Education from Texas A&M, Master’s from University of West Florida and her Specialist Degree in Education from Florida State University. 

She moved to Destin in 1976, where she taught school at New Heights Elementary and 14 years at Destin Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher. She was active in the Destin city government, serving on the environmental committee. She loved to travel around the world and biked several times across the United States.  

Janet is survived by her son, Randy Cass and daughter-in-law Judy Cass of Briggsdale, Colo.; daughter, Muri Kersanac  and son-law Tim Kersanac of Destin; and grandsons, Justin Cass, Jared Cass, Joseph Kersanac and Tyler Kersanac.

The family is requesting no flowers. 

There will be a celebration of her life at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 on Wednesday, September 18 at Clement Taylor Park on Calhoun Avenue in Destin.

William Kenneth Killebrew

William Kenneth Killebew, 75, a 10-year resident of Destin, died after a long illness Sept. 15, 2013, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. He was the son of the late William Thomas “Captain Bill” Killebrew, a local TV personality for years in Memphis, and the late Marie Buyckley Killebrew of Memphis.

He was born at home in Dresden, Tenn. After the family moved to Memphis, at age 5, he ran away from home and was found on his way to the Memphis airport with his toy airplane tucked under his arm. He meant to fly. He went on to attend Memphis State University and join the Army Reserve.

He was granted a loan from Mr. Hartog, founder of Hart’s Bakery in Memphis, for flying lessons. He then crop dusted to accumulate hours for his commercial pilot’s license. He joined Southern Airways in 1965 and retired as captain on the DC-10 from Northwest Airlines in 1998 with 33 years of service. He was an ardent animal lover and his three cats, Sopohie, China and Shadow, were a constant source of joy and comfort to him.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Johnson Killebrew; son, William Kenneth Killebrew, Jr.; and sister, Kay Killebrew Conaway, all of Memphis.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Johnson Killebrew; son, Keith McClellan Killebrew of Fayetteville, Tenn.; sister, Judy Killebrew Lambert of Medon, Tenn.; stepson, Jason Collard, West Memphis, Ark.; and stepdaughter, Shannon Armstrong, Destin.

He is alsos urvived by grandsons, William K. (Trey) Killebrew, III and Trevor Harding of Denton, Texas, Thomas Killebrew and Jackson Killebrew of Fayetteville, Alex Armstrong of West Memphis, Charlie Armstrong of Destin, White Collard and Grey Collard, West Memphis; and granddaughters, Elizabeth “Bee” Armstrong, Destin, and Sydney Collard, West Memphis. He also leaves his nephew, Michael Lambert of Medon, and his nieces, Natalie Lambert Hill, Clinton, Miss., and Molly Conaway Dill, Memphis.

His giving spirit and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his many friends. He was a character one never forgets.

After cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Destin United Methodist Church.  

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to either Destin United Methodist Church, 200 Beach Drive, Destin FL 32541, or to the ALS Association, Florida Chapter, 3242 Parkside Center, Tampa FL 33619.

James William (Jim) Jones

James W. “Jim” Jones, 60, passed away Sept. 5, 2013, with family by his side. He was born on June 14, 1953, in Augsburg, Germany, and adopted by Master Sgt. Robert H. and Mrs. Venita Jones.

Jim and his wife, Gail, moved to Destin, Fla., from Georgia in 1983. Jim was a construction foreman on many residential homes in Okaloosa and Walton counties. They enjoyed remodeling their own home they purchased in Santa Rosa Beach in 1990.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, “Daddy Bob” Jones and mother, Nita Jones Smith, of Colquitt, Ga.

Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Gail; brothers, Chuck Jones of Colquitt, and Bob (Debi) Jones of Camilla, Ga.; sons, Jeremi Jones and fiancé, Tina, of Colquitt, and Tarkus Jones and fiancé, Sherine, of Houston, Texas; and daughter, Christy Cook Bryan of Colquitt. Jim also had eight grandchildren, Cody Clemente, Arianna Jones, McKenzie Jones, Hayli Jones, Noah Jones, Jack Jones, Kelsea Grimes, Tate Bryan and several extended family and friends.

As Jim had requested, a cremation has taken place.

A celebration of life service was held in Colquitt, Ga., at Pirates Cove on Sept. 8.

Sincere appreciation is extended to the doctors and staff of Sacred Heart of Miramar and Pensacola for the care Jim received since 2011.

Trahan Family Funeral Home, 888-668-8880, is in charge of arrangements.