Lucille Evans Ashley

Lucille Evans Ashley of Ridgecrest, La., died Nov. 2, 2013, in Destin, Fla., where she had resided with her daughter for the past 15 months.

Mrs. Ashley was born in Lincoln County, Miss., to Lucretia Porter Evans and Hilary Evans. She went to school in Brookhaven, Miss., and later became a registered nurse. Lucille married James E. Ashley of Wilkinson County, Miss. They lived a number of years in Germany while James was in the military, and she traveled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean. Lucille loved to travel, cruise and especially to dance and enjoyed golf at the Panola Woods County Club. She was a faithful member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church and a long time member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed participating in Eastern Star Chapter 37 in Vidalia.

Mrs. Ashley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; daughter, Gerldean “Geri” Randall; grandson, Stan Allen; and great-great-granddaughter, Lillian Napier.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Dale Watson and son-in-law, Abe Watson, of Destin; grandchildren, Jack Wellborn, Jr., James Wellborn and wife, Renee, and John Wellborn all of Destin, Sheri Johnson and husband, Johnnie, David Allen and wife, Margaret, of Natchez, Dana Allen and wife, Dana, of Lafayette, La., and Josh Randall and wife, Katherine, of Baton Rouge, La.; step-granddaughter, Alicelyn Hudson and husband, Ames, of Destin; great-grandchildren, Ashlee and husband, Paul, Emily and husband, Dustin, Caroline, Ashton, Jack III, Josephine, Hillary, Chelsea, Jordan, Brook and Easton; great-great-grandchildren, Chloe, Carter and J.P. She is also survived by cherished nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Pallbearers will be Jack Wellborn, Jr., John Wellborn, David Allen, Dana Allen, Josh Randall and Paul Scarpulla.

Mrs. Ashley inspired her family with her courage, her tenacity and her strength. She had a great love of life, and she will be remembered by her great spirit.

Special thanks from the family to the nurses and staff at Grand Boulevard Health and Rehab and Fr. Frank Cooper, Mrs. Ruth Rosselle, and Deacon Bob Dean of Christ the King Episcopal Church, Santa Rosa Beach.

Funeral services were to be Nov. 9 at Laird Funeral Home Chapel in Natchez, Miss., with the Rev. Don Bush of Shreveport, La., officiating. Burial was to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Natchez.

Ira McLeod

Mr. Ira McLeod, 94, passed away Nov. 5, 2013. He was born May 14, 1919, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., to Charles and Elizabeth McLeod.
Mr. McLeod was a member of the fifth generation of his pioneer family that settled in Walton County in the early eighteen hundreds. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs.

He retired from the State of Florida after 35 years of service. He served as an investigator for the State Attorney General, investigator for Florida Marine Patrol, inspector for Florida Department of Highway Safety Patrol and Motor Vehicles, and deputy sheriff for Okaloosa and Walton Counties also.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands.

Mr. McLeod was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Jessie McLeod; brothers, Charles McLeod, Alfred McLeod and Donald McLeod; and sisters, Grace McLeod and Mary Lou Counts.

Mr. McLeod is survived by his sister-in-law, Eva Mae McLeod of Crestview, Fla.; nephews, Kenneth McLeod and wife, Susan, of Tallahassee, Ira Raymond McLeod and wife, Debbie, of Fort Walton Beach, Alfred McLeod and wife, Darlene, of Crestview and James McLeod and wife, Sydney, of Lincoln, Calif.; nieces, Janice Lipscomb of Destin and Barbara Ferguson of DeFuniak Springs; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Visitation services will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs.

Funeral services will be held at noon Nov. 14 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel in DeFuniak Springs, with Joel Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.

Floral arrangements are being accepted.

Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. –