Yvonne H. Morrell

Yvonne Hope Strickland Morrell, 77, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., died Aug. 21, 2013 in Sandestin.

Yvonne was raised in Broxton, Ga., and graduated from Broxton High School. She was a copy writer at WDMG Radio in Douglas, Ga. After her marriage in 1954, she was a homemaker, a seamstress, and a gourmet cook. She had three daughters, was a partner in Thrifty Foods market in Crestview, and taught kindergarten and piano.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice performance from the University of West Florida at Pensacola. After the death of her husband in 1982, she relocated to Oregon where she worked for the Lake County School District. She returned to Santa Rosa Beach in 1987 and became an award-winning realtor, retiring in 2007. She was active in the community chorus and theatre. Yvonne took great delight in singing with her daughter and granddaughter in the church choir. She received the Green Thumb Garden of Merit award for a garden of her own design at her home on Hogtown Bayou.

Yvonne’s faith in God inspired her lifelong quest for deeper spiritual understanding and her love for music. For the wronged, downtrodden, or maltreated, she was a voice of conscience, often the only person who would speak out. She loved unconditionally. She found beauty in everyday things, and when she sang, the beauty and love in her voice flowed into our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Morrell; father and mother, Claudie Arlando Strickland and Lois Aline Wise Strickland.

Yvonne is survived by her three daughters, Lea Anne Morrell of Raleigh, N.C., Mendelene M. Broussard of Freeport, Fla., and Julie Lynn Morrell of Santa Rosa Beach; grandchildren, Ryan Harrison McNay and Kendell Lynnlea McNay; sister, Ann Jeannette Greene of Lake Park, Ga.; sister-in-law, Elma Strickland Morrell; and her much beloved nieces, nephews, and, cousins.

Yvonne’s family would like to express their gratitude to her caregivers at Crystal Bay and Emerald Coast Hospice for their kindness and compassion.

A celebration in honor of her life will be held Oct. 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you plant something in your garden or send a donation to your favorite charity in Yvonne’s honor.

Michael R. Waite

Michael R. Waite, affectionately known as “Cornbread,” passed away Aug. 24, 2013, in Seagrove Beach, Fla. 

Cornbread was born in Madrid, Spain, March 15, 1960.  Shortly after his birth, his father, Ray Waite of the U.S. Air Force and his mother, Phyllis Waite, settled in Fort Walton Beach. Cornbread would spend the rest of his life along the Emerald Coast.  He attended Choctawhatchee High School and soon after began his life long occupation as a fisherman. 

Other than his two children, Michael Ryan Waite and Ann Caroline Waite, his greatest love was being at sea. He was an avid outdoorsman. If he wasn’t fishing, he was hunting or simply walking in the woods. Also, while hunting it was the rare opportunity that you could find him wearing shoes other than flip-flops. His beloved mother, Phyllis Waite, was a member of the Chippewa Indian Tribe, and he had the same true spirit of an American Indian as his mother did. He was a kind soul and a strong man. He had a smile for everyone he met. Although he was a rugged man of the sea, he was also the consummate gentleman. He was much loved and he will be missed. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Debrah Persons and Vicki Waite, and his beloved dog, G-Dog. 

He is survived by his son, Michael, who is also a fisherman and boat captain; daughter, Caroline who just graduated from L.S.U.; sister, Joni Powell and her husband Barry and their children, Brian and Elizabeth; niece, Heather Jernnigan and her husband Brian and their children Brandon and Caleb;  and his long time love, Aimee Alderson.

Cornbread’s life will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 aboard the New Florida Girl in Destin Harbor.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael R. Waite’s name to the Coastal Conservation Association of South Walton at http://www.ccaflorida.org.