Richard M. Steele, Sr.

Richard M. “Rick” Steele, Sr., 59, passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2013.

Rick is survived by his wife Duval; parents, Ron and Yvonne Steele; son, Rick (Leigh) Steele; grandchildren, Grace and Grant; step-son, D.J. (Kaileigh) Borries; and brothers, Rod Steele and Russ Steele. 

Rick grew up on the Gulf of Mexico and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School. He was a talented musician, athlete and state-wide water ski champion. He was a proud FSU Seminole who lived life fully by running marathons, triathlons and traveling with his wife. Rick recently earned his black belt in karate, under Grand Master Sung Hong.

He founded a successful media advertising company, Gabriel Media, with two loyal partners, Allen Schemmel and John Padgett.

Despite his earthly success and achievements, Rick was most proud of knowing his Savior Jesus Christ, loving and living life with his best friend and wife, Duval, and his close relationship with his son, Rick.

The services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at First Baptist Church of Crestview.

Donations should be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Cremation and Funeral Services of Nashville in charge of arrangements.

Henry M Sherry

Henry M Sherry, 88, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed on Dec. 7, 2013, at his daughter's home in Georgia with family, friends and beloved pointer, Sunny, at his side.

Mr. Sherry was born on Dec. 8, 1924, in Savannah, Ga., to Henry and Gladys Greene Sherry. He was raised at Bethesda Boys Orphanage from 1928-1939, along with his “100 brothers.”
On his 17th birthday in 1941, Mr. Sherry joined the U.S. Navy. He proudly served his country in WWII and Korean War before retiring as a chief petty officer in 1965.

Mr. Sherry settled in Fort Walton Beach where he resided for the next 50 years. He later retired from Vitro Services. He then began a new career selling real-estate. In his spare time, he volunteered with hospice and was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodge of Okaloosa County.

Mr. Sherry's interest included family, fishing, bird hunting, dancing, telling tales, and making those around him smile, as he never met a stranger.

Mr. Sherry was preceded in death by his uncle, James T. Greene, and beloved sisters, Adele and Ann.

Survivors include his son, Michael Sherry of Destin; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen Ann and Takatoshi Yamamto of Acworth, Ga.; grandsons, Brian and wife, Michelle Powers, Jenkins of Smyrna, Tenn., and Austin Sherry of Nashville, Tenn.; granddaughter, Michelle Jenkins of Cartersville, Ga.; and great-grandchildren, Michael and Blake Henry Jenkins of Smyrna, Tenn. He leaves many nieces and nephews and a special mention of longtime companion, Shirley Smith, and her family, of Fort Walton Beach.

Funeral services were to be held Dec. 11 at Bonaventure Funeral Home in Savannah, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, GA 31406.