After a full and adventuresome life, Betty Lou Shelfer, 91, of Havana, Florida passed away Friday morning at Westminster Oaks, surrounded by her family.
She was born on August 19, 1923 at her family home in Havana, Florida. After graduating from Havana High School, she graduated from the Florida State College for Women in 1945, with a degree in Psychology and Social Work. At FSCW, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.
She enjoyed tennis, golf, and traveling. She was a long-time Seminole Booster, and an avid fan of all FSU athletics. She had a quick wit, often accompanied by a twinkling eye, and a sharp sense of humor. She also loved playing bridge. To the amazement of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she could summon Santa Claus to her Havana home (almost) every Christmas Eve family dinner, without ever batting an eye.
She is survived by her sons, Fred (Susan); Jim (Kathy); Steve; Bruce (Lynne); her daughter, Penelope (Michael Heinze); her grandchildren, Jason (Jana) Shelfer; Bo (Laurie) Shelfer; Clay (Colleen) Shelfer; Drew (Michelle) Shelfer; Brooke (Hugh) Lochore; Griffin Shelfer; Sommer (Joby) Blackburn; Jennifer (Seam Park) Shelfer; Carmen (Derek) Giddon; 12 great-grandchildren and another one on the way; and a wide extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Fred Griffin Shelfer, Sr.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Boynton Sr.; her dear sister, Sara Lee “Sister” Spencer; and her brother W.J. (Bill) Boynton, Jr.
The funeral was held on Sunday, June 7th at 3:00 p.m. at the Shelfer Family Cemetery in Havana, Florida. Charles McClellan Funeral Home of Quincy is handling the services. The family greeted friends and family at the home of Claude and Shari Arrington following the service.
Wilton “Dick” Avirett passed away on May 27, 2015 in Pahrump, Nevada.
Dick was born in Havana, Fl. on Nov. 27, 1932. He attended the old Havana High School before joining the U.S. Air Force. As a Staff Sgt. in the Air Force, he served as a Generals aid.
After finishing his time in the military, Dick moved to Seattle, Washington and became an employee of Boeing Airplane Co., where he worked for more than 30 yrs.
Before his retirement from Boeing, Dick was the supervisor of Quality Control. He had to approve each commercial airplane before it went into service. He was proud of the fact that he had approved over 3,000 airplanes for service, one of which was Boeings first 747.
Dick loved life and lived it to the fullest.
After retirement, he and his wife, Betty, settled in Pahrum, Nevada where they enjoyed a much drier climate, made many friends and never missed a garage sale.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Glenna Martin Avirett, second wife Betty Richards Avirett, son Gregory Avirett, parents Nettie and Roe Avirett, sisters Betty Avirett, Hattie A. Mitchell, brother Willie Roe Avirett.
Dick is survived by his son Russell (Sandy), grandchildren Jenny Attwood, Jeffery Avirett, great-grandchildren Stephanie Attwood, Katie Attwood, Jacob Attwood, Tyler Avirett and Kendra Avirett all of Black Diamond, Washington.
Local survivors are sisters Louise A. Bates of Havana and Mary Alice Croley of Quincy.
A service will be held at a later date at the Nicholson-Freeman cemetery in Havana.
Mrs. Doris Roberts, 79 years of age, of Havana, FL, died on Monday, June 1, 2015 in Tallahassee, FL. The service is 3:00 p.m., EST, Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Mt. Zion AME Church, of Havana, FL with burial at Church's Cemetery, of Havana, FL. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, June 5, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Roberts, of Havana, FL, five sons, Larry Jones, of Tampa, FL, Charles Roberts (Pricella), John Roberts (Orlanda), both of Tallahassee, FL, George Roberts (Anissa), of Aberdeen, Maryland, Steve Roberts, of Kansas City, Kansas and two daughters, Caroline Wyatt, Cairo, GA, Frandell Winn (Lyod), of Bainbridge, GA, host of grands and great grands, three sisters, Deaconess Katrine Harris of Tampa, FL, Bernice Glasgow of New York and Virginia Scott Pease of Tallahassee, FL. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.