Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson, 60, was born at Castle AFB, Calif., on Jan. 18, 1952, and lived in several places while growing up during his father's military service. He arrived in Fort Walton Beach in 1963 and succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis on Jan. 11.

He is survived by his older brother, Sam Thompson, and his best friend and favorite dance partner, Jean Dutton.

During his teen years, he was an avid surfer and had many surfing buddies, including his brother, Sam. He graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1970. Until recently, he was a regular at Destin Gold's Gym and was an award winning country and western dancer. He was employed by the Players' Club and Tivoli by the Sea Condo Association, both at Sandestin.

It is suggested that memorial donations be made to Hope Medical Clinic in Destin or Okaloosa County Habitat for Humanity.

A service celebrating his life will be held at Scully's on the Bayou in Fort Walton Beach on Chris' birthday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. If you'd like to honor Chris by wearing "yellow on Friday" as he did, please do. There will be an opportunity to share stories and fond memories of Chris during the service.

Fr. James A. Jorden

Fr. James A. Jorden of Destin, Fla., passed away Jan. 9, 2013, at Superior Residence of Niceville, Fla. Fr. Jorden was retired from the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, having most recently served the parishes of St. Mary's in Fort Walton Beach, Corpus Christi in Destin, and Hurlburt Field.

He was a veteran of the Army and the Navy, having served as a military chaplain. Prior to entering the Navy Chaplain Corps, he served numerous parishes throughout the Panhandle of Florida and as a campus minister at Florida A & M University.

Fr. Jorden was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David, Ted and Michael; and sisters, Carolyn and Patricia.

He is survived by Nancy Allen of Destin, Fla.; brothers, John (Carol) Jorden of St. Charles, Mo., Jerry (Marti) Jorden of St. Louis, Mo., and Bart (Sheri) Jorden of Bradenton, Fla.; sisters, Barbara Roberson of St. Louis, and Sandy Hart of Kentucky; along with many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his precious puppies, Jamie and Rocky.

A very special thank you goes out to Emerald Coast Hospice, especially Jennifer Gilbert, Shannon Snowden, Kathy Sowers, and Jerri Paoli, and the Superior Residence of Niceville for the unselfish dedication to the care of Fr. Jorden.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Corpus Christi Church, 310 Beach Drive in Destin, under the direction of Fr. Robert Morris.

Burial will follow in St. Louis at a later date.