Margaret Merckle

Mrs. Margaret Merckle, 86, passed away Oct. 29, 2012. She was born Aug. 8, 1926 in Bakers Ridge, W. Va., to Charles Close and Lena Stevens Close.

Mrs. Merckle was a resident of Freeport and Sardis, Ohio. She was Catholic by faith. She worked as a physical therapist and enjoyed walking her dog “Teddy.”

Mrs. Merckle is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stafford Merckle, five brothers Harold Close, Paul Close, Carl Close, Walter Close, Edward Close, and two sisters Mary Wintell, and Irene Morgan.

Mrs. Merckle is survived by sons, Roy Mann, Stafford Merckle and wife Rhonda; daughters, Linda Mann, Margaret Highly and husband Jackie; sisters, Betty Lou O’Donnell, Virginia Mobley, Ann Silver; granddaughter, MaKayla Merckle; and great-granddaughter, Farrah Merckle.

A time of Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 31 at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home, 150 East Highway 20 in Freeport.

Funeral services will held at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Joel Glenn officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hatcher Cemetery.

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

Charles William “Bill” Felker

Bill Felker passed over to the other shore Oct. 23, 2012, after a long battle with a variety of illnesses, chiefly, Alzheimer's Disease.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., on Nov. 11, 1921, Bill resided in Santa Rosa Beach with his bride, Del, of almost 70 years. Bill and Del were active members in the early years of The Community Church, where they will be laid to rest next to their daughter, Susan, on Nov. 17.

Bill was preceded in death by Del and Susan in 2010 and his daughter, Melinda, in 1997.

He is survived by his daughter, Martha and her husband, Bob; his sons, Bill Jr. and Richard; daughter-in-law, Shari; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Local arrangements are being handled by Emerald Coast funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Rd., NE, in Fort Walton Beach. The family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to all the family and friends whose love, support and prayers have aided us in these difficult times, and especially to Bill's daughter-in-law, Shari, who devoted every waking moment to help care for Bill, as she did for Del during their waning years on Earth.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a flower or tree in Bills memory, and nourish it fondly. Donations to The Community Church of Santa Rosa Beach, and Emerald Coast Hospice are greatly appreciated.

The family enjoins you all to keep your faith in God and to never stop praying for the ones you love. For to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.

We will see you on the other side, Pop, for you will dwell, finally, with your "bride" in the house of the Lord forever and ever.