Julius Scheidl

Julius Scheidl, 93, of Destin, Fla., passed away at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Dec. 25, 2012, with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept 8, 1919, in Epsie, Mont., to Julius and Anna Scheidl.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving his country in the Merchant Marines. Three of the ships he was assigned to were torpedoed and he was one of the few survivors. He moved to this area in 1955 and opened his first jewelry store in Fort Walton Beach under the name of Scheidl Jewelers.

After many successful years, he opened Destinís first jewelry store in 1977. This jewelry store eventually became known as what is now called Destin Jewelers. He was one of only 50 hand engravers in the United States.

He loved all things ocean-related including scuba diving, boating, and fishing, and tending to his large aquarium which he had built into the wall of his living room. He and his wife, Mary, were devoted gardeners and members of the Destin Orchid Society filling their atrium with dozens of rare tropical flowers and plants. Together they were avid world travelers journeying to China, South America, Russia, and more.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ursula George; half-brothers, Herbert and Camelia Scheidl; and stepdaughter, Mary Ann Radcliff.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; son, Julius (Charlotte) Scheidl, Jr. of Navarre; daughter, Colette (Moe) Melanson of Shalimar; and stepson, Frank (Philis) Hurd of Pass Christian, Miss.; granddaughter, Colella (Shane) Quinlan and their children, Liliana and Grayton of Las Vegas, NV, and grandson John Lackeos of Shalimar; step-grand sons, Chuck (Darlene) Radcliff, Tim (Deena) Radcliff, Ken Radcliff, and Keith Radcliff, all of Georgia; step-granddaughters, Michelle (Sean) Townsend and Robin (Ken) Zantow of Mississippi; several step-great-grandchildren; and one niece, Belinda (Kelly) Lalor and son Casey of Houston, Texas.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Yvette Novak, Rose Rossie, Alyce Jones, and to the staff of the FWBMC.

A time of visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E. in Fort Walton Beach. Prayer service will be held at 1 p.m. following the visitation with the Rev. Paul White officiating.

Interment will take place at the Destin Memorial Cemetery.

Joe Tom Simmons

Mr. Joe Tom Simmons, 73, of DeFuniak Springs formerly of Louisville, Ky., after 25 years in Fort Walton Beach, passed away Dec. 21, 2012. He was born Jan. 8, 1939, in DeFuniak Springs and raised in Freeport by Willie Simmons and Lela Toole Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was Christian by faith and a member of the Cornerstone Church of DeFuniak Springs.

Mr. Simmons is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Guy Simmons, Miles Simmons, Charles Simmons, Billy Simmons, and one sister, Dell Martin.

Joe Tom is survived by his wife, Glenda Edwards Simmons of DeFuniak Springs; sons, Joe Tom Simmons, Jr. of Oakley, Calif., Bruce Allen Simmons and wife Carrie of Freeport, Nathan Glenn Simmons of Louisville; daughters, Tanya Marie Stuart and husband Dave of Destin, Jolinda Williams of Fort Walton Beach, Jennifer Schulten and husband Matt of Louisville; brothers, Wayne Simmons and wife Diane of Freeport, Hugh Simmons and wife Naomi also of Freeport; sisters, Odessa Matthews and husband Jimmy of Westville, Fla., Thelma Camara and husband Izaias of DeFuniak Springs; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Memorialization will be by cremation. Friends are invited to attend Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Dec. 26 at Cornerstone Church, 2044 Florida 83 in DeFuniak Springs.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bereavement Fund in Glendaís name at any Beach Community Bank.

Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.