Josephine Barnett Fox

Surrounded by her family and friends, Josephine Fox, 93, of Destin peacefully went to the arms of her Lord Dec. 17, 2013 at Destin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Jo was born in Charlotte, N.C., and as one of 12 children, always had fond memories and great stories of her early years. She married her childhood sweetheart, Julian Ray Fox in 1944.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Julian, and her son, Julian Ray.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Sue Barnett; brother, David Barnett; sons, Larry (Ritz) of Destin, Richard (Pete) of Dacula Ga.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her caregiver and best friend, Pattie Buchanan.

Jo enjoyed tennis, golf and her volunteer work with Covent Hospice. She was a member of Destin United Melodist Church.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Destin Healthcare for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name may be made to Covent Hospice of Fort Walton Beach.

Hillsboro Memorial Gardens of Brandon, Fla., is entrusted with the arrangements. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Harry A. Murphy

Harry A. Murphy passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, at the age of 96. Harry was born Aug. 12, 1917, and raised in Philadelphia, Pa.

Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Mediterranean Campaign until 1945. Harry met and married Joan Steele. They were very active during their nearly 66 years of marriage, traveling extensively and enjoying many years as square dancers.

Harry retired as a production engineer from General Electric's Missile and Space Division. He and Joan moved to Cape May, N.J., prior to retiring to Destin, Fla., to be near their son, Allen Murphy.

In addition to his wife and son, Harry is survived by a half-brother, Don Barron. Harry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Barron.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 19 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Walton Beach. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 363 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

Lloyd Anthony Pye, Jr.

Lloyd Anthony Pye, Jr., 67, of Destin, Fla., passed away at home on Dec. 9, 2013. He was surrounded by friends and family.

Lloyd was a native of Amite, La., and a graduate of Tulane University where he played football. He served in the United States Army in intelligence before becoming a writer, researcher and speaker.

Lloyd wrote for television shows in the 1980s such as Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Magnum PI. By the 1990s Lloyd was becoming a well-known speaker and writer in the field of alternative knowledge. Lloyd published several books about his days in college football and his research into alternative scientific theories about human origins and hominoids.

Lloyd made many appearances on international radio and television shows including the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel detailing his life's work.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd A. Pye, Sr., and a brother, James Daniel.

He is survived by his mother, Nina; brothers, Thomas and Jonathan; his sister, Susan; and scores of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lloyd's life was a constant adventure taking him throughout the world to countless places. Lloyd will be remembered for his love, spirit, intellect, wit and passion.

Lloyd will be profoundly missed by all who knew him.

There will be a memorial service held at 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Blythewood Plantation in Amite, La.

Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.


Fletcher J. “Sonny” Herndon, Jr.

Fletcher James "Sonny" Herndon, Jr., 74, passed away on Dec. 17, 2013. He was born March 26, 1939, to Fletcher and Louise Herndon in Apalachicola, Fla.

Fletcher, known as Sonny, grew up in Chattahoochee, Fla., and graduated from Chattahoochee High School in 1958.

He served in the U.S. Army and was manager of Eli Witt in Tallahassee, Fla. He later became owner and manager of Panhandle Paper Company in Fort Walton Beach.

Sonny was a member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club and a long standing member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He is a former member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., and a current member of the Destin Methodist Church.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Nichols Herndon; and his children, Fletcher “Jay” Herndon, Kim Garcia (Reggie) and Amy Fussell (Zach); grandchildren, Margaret Gwynn, Lina Gwynn, Clifton Gwynn and Elizabeth Fussell, all of Tallahassee; and sisters, Annette Batchelor, Ruby Bogart and Mary Atkinson (Stuart).

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Heritage Gardens Funeral Home of Niceville is entrusted with the arrangements.