Loring Wheeler Stanhope

Loring Wheeler Stanhope, 72, of Miramar Beach, peacefully entered into eternal rest Nov. 6, 2013, surrounded by his family. Loring was born in Detroit, Mich., to the late Loring Edgar Stanhope and the late Irene Marie Young Stanhope.

He is predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Marie Buentello.

Loring is survived by his step-father, Theodore Gladwell of Navarre; nephew, David “Beau” Buentello of Navarre; loving wife, Lisa Stanhope; step-daughters, Kristin Gal of Bluewater Bay and Stephanie Hess (Adam) of Savannah, Ga.; and grandchildren, Jordan and Haley Hess.

Loring's career started at U.S. Steel in California where he worked for 16 years. He continued on as a machinery repair technician at Rockwell International, ultimately merging with The Boeing Company and working as facility engineer. After moving his facility to Fort Walton Beach, he retired after 25 years in the Aerospace Industry. After retiring, he continued to stay active by designing and selling office furniture at Desko.

Loring loved the Lord and was a very active member of his church. He served as elder chair and as stewardship chair at First Christian Church, DOC, and was a faithful member of the choir. Loring held other church positions including being a deacon, Sunday school teacher, cold night volunteer, and youth camp counselor.

Loring also enjoyed attending Good News United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa Beach. He was an active member of the choir and enjoyed fellowship with the “Prime Timers.”

 Another great passion of his was The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus. He loved singing, being a board member and section leader, and designing scenery and sets. Other hobbies that he thoroughly enjoyed were fly fishing (including tying his own flies) and photography. He was always thrilled when he was able to capture nature or photograph a friend's wedding.

All in all, he was a very loving husband and father, faithful leader, and friend to everyone he met. He will be truly missed for he was one in a million.

There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Christian Church, DOC, 201 St. Mary Avenue, Fort Walton Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Christian Church, DOC, PO Box 2319, Fort Walton Beach.

Services under the direction of McLaughlin Mortuary.


Mary Pender Derck        

Mrs. Mary Pender Derck, 60, passed away Nov. 6, 2013. She was born Aug. 29, 1953 in Marianna, to Robert Pender and Evelyn Thomas Pender.

Mrs. Derck was Methodist by faith and a member of Point Washington United Methodist Church. She was a resident of Santa Rosa Beach. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga., receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She owned and operated Uptown Girls, Lilly Pads and Goodie 2 Shoes in Grayton Beach. She was very experienced in fashion design and interior design. She was a very talented cook and greatly enjoyed her work.

Mrs. Derck is preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Thomas Pender.

Mrs. Derck is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Tony D. Derck of Santa Rosa Beach; father, Robert R. Pender of Seagrove Beach; sons, Keanen Derck of Santa Rosa Beach, Daniel Derck of Hicksville, Ohio; daughter, Tracey Harris and husband Philip of Atlanta; brothers, Bob Pender Jr. of Marianna, John Pender of Atlanta; and sister, Evelyn A. Pender of Tallahassee. 

Funeral services were to be held Nov. 11 at Point Washington Methodist Church with the Rev. Spencer Turnipseed officiating.

Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to Emerald Coast Oncology at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast.

Burial will follow in the Gulf Cemetery.

Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.