Senior Profile

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Mack keeps memory of his MIA brother alive

Wind chimes sway back and forth in the breeze. Squirrels play in the yard, scampering along with pecans in their mouths. Inside the back room of his Navarre home, the screened windows providing a view of this playground for nature, Nat Mack sits back in a chair. Tears begin to well up in his eyes. […]

Ray and Bobbie Tolbert set to celebrate 70 years of marriage

Ray and Bobbie Tolbert set to celebrate 70 years of marriage

Wind chimes ring as Ray and Bobbie Tolbert sit inside their screened in porch on a warm September afternoon. They have a view of the water from their home in Holley and just a few feet away is a large tree in the backyard. It’s where the couple was married nearly 70 years ago. Read […]

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Johnny’s Tree Club is always open

Country music plays in the background on a beautiful sun-kissed summer evening in Navarre. A short distance away is Santa Rosa Sound, visible through the trees, and neighbors of Johnny Champagne are sitting in chairs around a tree enjoying a glass of wine. Welcome to Johnny’s Tree Club. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Cell phones didn’t exist. Computers and high-tech video games didn’t either. Television access was limited, with just under 65 percent of the homes in America having one at the time. Children of that era had to find something else to do with their free time and baseball, entrenched as the nation’s pastime back then, was […]

Age is just a number to Eure

Age is just a number to Eure

Age truly is a number for Margaret Eure. She turned 91 in June and is as active as ever. “I rode my bike this morning,” Eure said. She does that almost every morning. Five days at least, depending on the weather of course. Read the full article in the July 26 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Former physics prof finds new role as actor

Former physics prof finds new role as actor

John Askew was a minister in last year’s dinner theater show at the Holley-Navarre Senior Center. His role this year is a little different. Really, it’s night and day between the two, and maybe a bit more challenging for the native of England. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Wren finds humor in all situations

Wren finds humor in all situations

Cheri Wren can find humor in almost any situation. It’s sort of like her therapy. “I love comedy and my family has always dealt with crisis through comedy,” Wren said. “People sometimes think I have a strange sense of humor.” Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Caroline Dearman sits in a rocking chair on a picture-perfect February afternoon and takes a reporter on a journey back in time. She talks about growing up in Mississippi in the early part of the 20th century and recalls some of her favorite memories as if they happened just the other day. Read the full […]

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

Aileen Brandon is a determined woman. She didn’t stop driving a car until she was 86 and even now, at 92 years old, the Navarre resident still gets outside and does yardwork on occasion. But to gain a better understanding of Brandon’s determination, one only needs to flip the pages of her life story backwards […]

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

It was the war he couldn’t wait to fight. Patrick McCrary wanted to be in Vietnam. “I dropped out of high school to join because I was afraid I was going to miss out on the war,” McCrary said. “I wanted to hurry up and get into the Marines.” But time shapes opinions. A new […]

Retiree embraces new role as National Seashore volunteer

Retiree embraces new role as National Seashore volunteer

Roman Stanley has found a great way to stay busy in his retirement life. He volunteers at Gulf Islands National Seashore, working the front desk in the visitor center at the headquarters at Naval Live Oaks. While he admits he’s never been a big-time outdoor enthusiast, he loves seeing people partake in all that the […]

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Couple’s volunteering spirit enlivens senior center

Janet and Mark Pokroy used to ride their bikes around the Holley-Navarre Senior Center in the summer months when they were down here visiting the area. Their first impression of it from the outside looking in was an interesting one. “It looked closed. There was no one around. We had no idea what it was,” […]

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Military career sparked by early love of planes

Growing up in South Carolina, retired Master Sgt. Ronald Adams always wanted to fly airplanes. He joined the military hoping for a chance to experience the thrill so few people ever do. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Meekers share a bond that’s as good as gold

Meekers share a bond that’s as good as gold

Perhaps it is only appropriate that as Norman and Violet Meeker talk about their life together, they are on the campus of the University of West Florida preparing to compete at the Pensacola Senior Games – Norman in the 400 and 800 and Violet in the discus – on a hot and humid September morning. […]

Brothers reflects on life in the sky

Brothers reflects on life in the sky

Ernest Brothers spent 37 years as a pilot for American Airlines and of the more than 30,000 flight hours he logged in his career, he’ll never forget his final moments as a pilot. Touching down in Dallas after a flight from Hong Kong, Brothers wasn’t expecting the reception he received on the final day of […]

Hurd proves age is simply a number

Hurd proves age is simply a number

John Hurd is told someone called him the Usain Bolt of the Senior Games because every time he runs a race he seems to prevail much the way the famed Olympic sprinter does. Maybe the comparison does end at their love for sprinting but Hurd, who laughs at the comparison, has quite a resume, winning […]

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry Adams said he wouldn’t trade his wife for anything in the world. Evelyn, his wife of 77 years, quickly chimes in with a pretty funny response. “Well you couldn’t now, not in the shape you are in,” Evelyn said with a laugh. “You are stuck with me.” That lighter moment offers a glimpse into […]

Buttell has eye for mischief and a heart of gold

Buttell has eye for mischief and a heart of gold

Patrick Buttell, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., came into this world in 1942. Raised in his parents’ Midwestern home, Buttell had two older brothers and three sisters. Out of the six children in his family, Buttell was born the second youngest of the group. “I believe I was on the spoiled end of the spectrum. […]

The Story of a Lifetime

The Story of a Lifetime

An 86-year-old resident of Navarre, Maj. Robert M. Fletcher Sr., has seen more of the world than most people could see in two lifetimes. Fletcher served his county honorably in the United States Air Force for an exciting and adventurous 25 years; years of active duty which included tours in both the Korean and Vietnam […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

Senior Profile: Steve Bellamy

“So what would you like to know?” asked Stan Bellamy, one of the residents at The Beacon Assisted Living and Retirement Community in Gulf Breeze. Stan, a retired engineer, relocated with his wife, Leta Bellamy, to Gulf Breeze from Indianapolis, Ind., about 20 year ago in order to enjoy their retirement. After some problems with […]

Miss Kim shares stories of traveling life

Miss Kim shares stories of traveling life

Kim Fenger sits back in a comfortable chair inside her room at The Beacon in Gulf Breeze and recalls a time when the world was a much different place. Known as Miss Kim to family and friends, Fenger was born in Korea in 1932 and remembers growing up in a country that was under the […]