Fermon Minshew

December 18, 1924December 24, 2012
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Fermon Minshew, 88, of Pensacola, entered into the presence of his Heavenly Father on December 24, 2012.

He was born December 18, 1924 in Milton, Florida to the late Russell and Viola Minshew. A 1941 graduate of Pensacola High School, he became a popular musician as a high school student, playing trombone with dance bands across the Southeast. His work ethic and musicianship earned him a full scholarship from the music department at L.S.U., which he declined in order to serve in the United States Air Force. He later completed his education at Norwich University and Florida State University. Following his service as a bomber pilot in World War II, he returned to Northwest Florida where he spent his life in business and benevolence to his community. His exhaustive list of community activities included leadership in the Optimist club, Muscular Dystrophy Association, PJC Planning Committee, Pensacola Heart Association, United Way, and the First Baptist Church where he was ordained a deacon in 1956. He remained a faithful member until his death. In addition to his parents, Fermon was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Helen, his sons Russ and Ronny, and four sisters, Helen Schambeau, Gladys Wright, Mary Emma Wilson, and Virginia Taylor.

He is survived by his daughter Lisa; son Don; daughter-in-law Hila Minshew; two grandchildren, Jan Arnett and Joe Minshew; great-granddaughter Anabelle Arnett; and several nieces and nephews.

Fermon Minshew was a successful Realtor and homebuilder whose influence reached beyond his local community. He served as President of both the Pensacola Association of Realtors and the Florida Association of Realtors, working tirelessly to enhance his chosen profession for those who would follow him. He delighted in extensive travel, but found his greatest pleasure in being husband to his beloved Helen.

A celebration of Fermon’s life will be held Friday, December 28th at 2:30 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Rev. Don Minton officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be private.

Bayview Fisher-Pou has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2012

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December 29, 2012

You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family during this challenging time; and may God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved one again in Paradise. John 17:3

Jewel Snow

December 29, 2012

Our thoughts and Prayers are with you for your loss. From the La Mar Snow family


December 28, 2012


December 28, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Emma Jean Davis Redding Starke,Fla

John Broxson

December 28, 2012

Fermon was a distinguished person,a leader in our community and in Florida. I greatly admire both Fermon and his beloved wife, Helen. His father was my Sunday school teacher early in my life.
His presence will be missed!

Nancy Mosley

December 28, 2012

It was my great privilege to have known and been friends with Fermon, Helen and Don for the past twenty-five years. Fermon and Helen were both among the finest people I have ever known and bestowed all their best qualities on their son Don. They made me feel like a part of their extended family, and I will forever be grateful to them for doing so. Fermon was strong, kind and caring until the end, and I will miss him deeply. My solace is that he is with the love of his life, his beloved wife Helen.

My heart goes out to the family, and you all have my deepest sympathy for your loss.

All my love,


Ronnie Marshburn

December 28, 2012

I came to know and respect Fermon when I worked at the Pensacola News Journal and handled some of his advertising, my heart and prayers go out to the Minshew family knowing he is resting comfortable in a better place.

Glenda Gainey

December 28, 2012

Mr. Minshew was the first real estate broker I worked with when I became a new realtor and I will be forever grateful for how he taught me to feel about the real estate profession and the importance of integrity in working with the public.

Lethia Bryars

December 27, 2012


After a rocky start Scott and I came to love both you and Helen very much and enjoyed calling you friend and neighbor. You were a great story teller and I never tired of hearing you relate stories from your past. I could always tell that you were back there, in that moment in your heart and mind. I know that losing Helen was a hard blow for you but you are with her now and I know that she is so happy to have you with her once again!

You raised a fine son in Don. He is kind and gentle, friendly and always ready to lend a hand just as you and Helen taught him to be. He is well loved and admired by many, including me.

I have missed Helen so much and will miss you too but I am happy to know that you are once again together, holding hands and taking a walk side by side in the late afternoon light.

Love you much.


Bob Crooks

December 27, 2012

Minshew family. Sorry to hear of the passing of your father.