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Mr. Bobby Lee Bryan

Bobby Lee Bryan, 76, of Old Town, passed away Monday, Apr. 7, 2014.
Mr. Bobby was born on September 27, 1937 to Charles and Blanche Bryan in Cross City. He served in the United States Air Force and then went on to serve 25 years as a Florida Highway Patrolman. He also served as a Deputy Sheriff of Dixie County and was a self employed electrician. He was a game manager for various hunting clubs and enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening and playing Santa Claus every year. He was a charter member and former pastor of Faith Baptist Church where he also currently served as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was a former pastor or interim pastor of the following churches: Hatch Bend Baptist, Scrub Creek Baptist, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fellowship Baptist, Suwannee River Baptist and First Baptist of Cross City and was a supply pastor at many other churches. He was very faithful with church visitation.
He is survived by his wife of 54½ years, Alice Bryan of Old Town; son, Robert (Cindy) Bryan of Decatur, Alabama; daughters, Anna (Bill) Allen of Old Town and Janet (Durrell) Hicks of Trenton; grandchildren, Adam, Cameron, Joshua, Rebekah, Brandon, Jared, Breanna, Justin and Tabetha; great-grandchildren, Avery and Wyatt and brother, Jerry Bryan of Old Town.
Funeral services will be held at Faith Baptist Church Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dwayne Kight officiating. Interment will follow at Old Town Cemetery. A visitation was held Wednesday evening, Apr. 9, 2014 at the funeral home.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Reginald J. Castor

Reginald J. Castor, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center. Reginald was born on May 31, 1941 in Keene, New Hampshire to Richard Castor and Lena Willette Castor. He moved to Trenton in 1968 from Gilsum, New Hampshire. He retired from the construction industry where he worked with sheet metal. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Todd Castor and his brother, Roland Castor.
He is survived by two daughters: Pamella Hatch of Trenton, and Regina Hill of Chiefland; two sons, Patrick Castor of Live Oak, and Kim Castor of Trenton; a sister, Leona Lancey of Sarasota; 16 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 at Union Baptist Church with Pastor Travis Moody officiating. Interment followed the service.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Blondel L. Hancock

Blondel L. Hancock, 95 of Chiefland, passed away on March 31, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville. He was born in Key West to the late Wilford and Julia (Knight) Hancock. He was a member of Chiefland Baptist Church and proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII where he completed Officers Training School. Mr. Hancock was a commercial fisherman. He enjoyed drawing on anything he could get his hands on and was affectionately known to most as “Mr. Doodles”.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Field Hancock; daughters Helen Provost and Christy; sisters, Ruth Alleth Garcia, and Frederica Gertrude Clarke; brothers Kenneth Hancock and Manuel Hancock.
He is survived by his sons, Gary (Susan) Horne of Chiefland, Michael (Marjorie) Horne of North Carolina; his siblings Mary Hancock Wilson, Carl Hancock, and Karrania Hancock; numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Rev. Marty Medford officiating.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, was honored to serve the Hancock family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Charles William Ottinger

Charles William Ottinger, age 66, passed away Friday, Apr. 04, 2014 at his home in Old Town.
Mr. Ottinger was a self-employed radio technician; he enjoyed working with ham radios and computers. He was a member of the Ham Radio Operator Association.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson William Ottinger Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy; his sons, Phillip (Angie) Ottinger of Cross City, William (Angela) Ottinger of South Carolina, Bradley (Charlotte) Ottinger of Old Town; his daughter, Alicia (James) Mills of Tallahassee; his ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Karen Ottinger of Jackson, Mississippi.
No services are planned at this time. A dinner will be held at the Ottinger family home, 617 NE 290 Ave, Old Town, on Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Lila Williams “Toosie” Price

Lila Williams Price, “Toosie”, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center. Lila was born on June 21, 1929 in Zela, West Virginia. She moved to Bell in 1991 from Pompano Beach. She retired from the electronics industry as a supervisor.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Max R. Price, a sister, Doris Rhodes and two brothers, Alvin Chester Williams and Wilbur Emmett Williams.
She is survived by two sisters: Martha Wayne of Bell, and Ann Higdon of Ohio, a brother, Bill Williams of Trenton, five nieces: Libbie Estes and Mary Barron both of Bell, Debbie Brown and Judy Harris both of West Virginia and Mary Ellen of North Carolina; two nephews, Gary R. Williams of Pompano Beach and Robert Williams of North Carolina; a great niece and two great nephews.
Graveside Services were held on Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 at Bell Cemetery with Mr. Danny Allen officiating. Interment followed the service.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Charles Bradford Scarberry

Charles Bradford Scarberry, 78, known to his friends and family as 91, Pop and the Spoon Man, of Chiefland, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014 at North Florida Hospital with his family around him.
He was born on June 17, 1935 in West Virginia. In proceeding with his life, he served in the United States Navy. He lived in Chiefland the past 24 years. His hobby was playing the spoons. He was in the Holland Band with Patti and Al and the Philman Family Band that played at Ayers Rehabilitation in Trenton. He enjoyed woodworking, working outside in the yard and especially enjoyed telling jokes and spending time with family and friends. He carried his well known sense of humor right up to the end. Pop will be remembered for his easy going personality.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn and brother Ronald.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Betty Workman; daughter, Jane (Bennie) Thompson of Chiefland; son, Bob (Rose) Au of Chiefland; stepson, Harvey (Gale) Wright of Fanning Springs; sister, Connie Dennison of Starke; grandchildren, David (Kristi) Cannon, Brian (Tara) Cannon, Alan (Brandy) Cannon, Lisa (Tom) Daniels, and Robbie Tanner, all of Chiefland, Tammy Au, Bobby Au and Kristi Au, all of Ohio, Crystal (Mud) Nobles of Perry and Mickey (Kimberly) Thompson of Sneads; 28 great grandchildren; nieces Sonja (Danny) Hillard of Ocala, Marylou (Lee) Cronister of Ohio, as well as numerous extended family not mentioned.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Dennis Webber officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery. A visitation was held on Tuesday, Apr. 8, between the hours of 5 and 7 pm.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Lonnie Harland Schofield

Lonnie Harland Schofield, 67, Fort White resident, passed away Friday, Mar. 28 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He attended the Church of God and owned and operated A1A Tree Service. He loved to hunt, fish and play horse shoes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Franklin and Olive Mae Schofield; brothers, John Calvin Schofield, Daniel David Schofield and James Franklin Schofield.
Survivors include long time spouse, Ann Brown Schofield of Fort White; four sons, Randall, Westley (fiancee, Tina Lynn Dormines), and James, all of Fort White and Virgil Jarroe of Spooner, Wisconsin; one daughter, Angel Schofield Abner of Minter, Alabama; brother, Clifford (Patricia) Schofield of Fort White; sister, Ethel (Edward) Brown of High Springs; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, High Springs, with Pastor Sam J. Brown officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Horeb Cemetery.
Services were under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs.


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Mrs. Margaret Violet Dyals

Margaret Violet Dyals, 74, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 at her home in Cross City surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Dyals was born in Cross City on October 10, 1939 to A.J. and Artizel Brannin. She was a homemaker and a mother. She enjoyed collecting chickens, cooking for her family, working in the yard growing flowers, traveling to the mountains and bargain shopping at yard sales. She was a Baptist.
Mrs. Dyals was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin H. Dyals.
She is survived by sons, Dwight (Debbie) Knight of Old Town, Tracy (MaryAnn) Knight of Cross City, Marshal (Joy) Philmon of Cross City, and Jessie (Beckie) Philmon of Cross City; daughters, Starlet (Larry) Cannon of Old Town, Cindy (Roy) Phelps of Tallahassee and 6 step-children; brothers, Marvin (Ann) Brannin of Old Town and Allen Brannin of Cross City; sister, Mary Lee (Ron) Weimer of Lake Wales; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great -grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Kight officiating. Interment followed at Old Town Cemetery. A visitation was held Wednesday evening, March 26, 2014.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Bertie Hines

Mrs. Bertie Hines, 90, of Steinhatchee, passed away Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014 at the Tri-County Nursing Home in Fanning Springs.
Ms. Bertie was born in Columbia County to Tom and Mammie Corbin on February 22, 1924. She was a homemaker and a mother and participated in many charitable organizations. She loved to fish and won two trophies in the Red Belly competition. As a family member said, “the red bellies feared her.” She also enjoyed hunting, canning, gardening and picking and shelling peas. She was world famous for her chocolate cake. Ms. Bertie belonged to the Hines Hunting Club and was a member of Lydia Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by sons, Thomas Corbin, Danny Jo (Boonie) Corbin and Carl Cecil Hines.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Pete Hines of Steinhatchee; sons, Eddie (Bobbett) Hines of Steinhatchee and Curtis (Elaine) Hines of Cross City; daughters, Dot (Bobby) Futch of Rocky Creek and Flossie (Scout) Riels of Cross City; sister, Mammie Lou Futch of Rocky Creek; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Allen and Rev. Jimmy Corbin officiating. Interment followed at Mingo Cemetery. A visitation was held on Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014 at the funeral home.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Jack Martin Holland, Jr.

Jack Martin Holland Jr., 89 passed away March 29, 2014 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at his Tallahassee home. Jack was born in Macon, Georgia, January 6, 1925, but lived most of his life in Florida.
Jack is preceded in death by his father Jack M. Holland and his mother Ruby Claire Holland.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Neva C. Holland, Tallahassee; son Jack Martin Holland III, Tallahassee; Daughters Jeri Lynn (Paul) Francoeur, Ormond Beach; Joan Ellen (Michael) Nyland, Gainesville; and granddaughter Lauren Ashley Francoeur, Ormond Beach. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Journalism and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 where he served with Patton’s 3rd Army from the Battle of the Bulge to the end of WWII gaining a battlefield commission to 2nd Lieutenant. He served as commander of the Gainesville Army Reception Station and later retired as a full Colonel after 41 years’ service. He was the founder, publisher and editor of the Chiefland Citizen Newspaper and Levy County Publishing Company. He also owned and published 2 other newspapers. Jack served as Mayor and city councilman for the City of Chiefland, Florida. He retired from the Florida House of Representatives in 1991 where Jack served as Staff Director on numerous committees. After his retirement he continued serving veterans and seniors, lobbying State and Federal legislative bodies on behalf of AARP and the Ft. Benning Retiree Council. He was an active member and officer in numerous military, veteran and civic organizations. He was a member of Chaires United Methodist Church where he served 10 years as Treasurer. Jack enjoyed gardening, painting, and writing numerous books, hundreds of articles and speeches. During his lifetime he received numerous medals and awards for his outstanding service in publishing, public service and military achievements.
Services were held at Chaires United Methodist Church, 9243 Parkhill Road, Tallahassee, on April 2. Burial was held April 3, at the Bronwood Cemetery, Bronwood, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Chaires United Methodist Church, 9243 Parkhill Road,Tallahassee, Florida 32311 and The Alzheimer’s Project, Inc., 301 East Tharpe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303.

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Mrs. Thelma Nobles Holt

Thelma Nobles Holt, of Trenton, passed away on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 in Gainesville. Having struggled with declining health for some years, she was surrounded by her loving family at the end. Mrs. Holt was born March 30, 1940 in Gainesville to Bertie Mae Collins Nobles and Johnny H. Nobles. Thelma retired from the G.E. battery plant in Alachua, and spent many good days at the river with her friends. An active member of the Archer Church of Christ, she was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother, and was loved and cherished by many others, and will be truly missed.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Padgett.
She is survived by the love of her life, husband of 55 years, Donald Holt; sons, Donald (Beverly) Holt, Jr. and Anthony (Shawn) Holt; her daughter Kay (Robert) Burgin; four beautiful grandchildren, Robert Burgin, Stephanie Holt, Holt Burgin, and Lauren Holt; great-grandson, Jaxson Burgin; her sister, Brenda Plummer; brother, John (Debbie) Nobles; and sister-in-law, Gail (Joe) Pruitt.
Graveside Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014, at the Newberry Cemetery in Newberry. Arrangements were under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Margaret Martin

Mrs. Elizabeth Margaret Martin, of Cross City, passed away Monday, Mar. 31, 2014.
Mrs. Martin was born in Trenton on June 5, 1929 to Warren and Lizzie Colson. She was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother whose family was her world. She enjoyed reading, gardening, needlework and crocheting. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cross City.
She is survived by sons, Jerry (Virginia) Martin and Frank (June) Martin, both of Cross City; daughter, JoAnn (Joseph) Martin Gee of Cross City; brother, Elvin Bud Colson of Old Town; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Cross City, with Rev. Jim O’Hare officiating. Interment will follow at Robinson Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday, Apr. 4, at 10 a.m., an hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Thomas L. “Ernie” Roberts

Thomas L. “Ernie” Roberts, 79, of Bluff City, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014, at Lakebridge Healthcare Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born April 15, 1934 in Bell. He was the son of the late Theodore and Clara Lee Roberts. He was retired from the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Mountain View Church of Christ.
Mr. Roberts is preceded in death by his son, Thomas Mitchell Roberts; stepmother, Estelle Roberts; and brother, Willie Roberts.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Hall Roberts; daughter, Ann Roberts (Calvin) Purvis of Kingsport, Tennessee; two granddaughters, Jade (Damon) Moore of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Ashton Roberts of Knoxville, Tennessee; two great-grandsons, Remi Moore and Geode Moore of Knoxville, Tennessee; four brothers, Wilton Roberts and Billy Roberts of Bell, Glen Roberts of Alford, and Danny Roberts of Milledgeville, Georgia; four sisters, Doris Moon of Chiefland, Marion Knighton of Bell, Mary Hicks of Booker, and Sarah Malone of Inverness.
The family received friends Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. The committal and interment was held on Saturday, Mar. 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Cemetery on Cleveland Church Road in Abingdon, Virginia. Military Honors were provided by the Bristol VFW Honor Guard Post # 6975.
Arrangements especially for Mr. Roberts and his family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Mr. Lawton Otto Thomas

Lawton Otto Thomas, age 81 of Lake Mary went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Mar. 25, at his home following complications from a stroke.
Otto was born on April 28, 1932, in Bell. After graduating from Bell High School, he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean conflict. He returned home and attended Jacksonville Barber College on the GI Bill. Upon completion he and his wife moved to Sanford in 1954. He began his career as a barber in downtown Sanford. By 1960 he opened Otto’s Barber Styling which still operates today. Otto attributes the shop’s success to his loyal and long standing barbers Phil Pace, Leon Wilkerson, Ernest Skinner, Richard Monaco, Charlie Mathis and Bob Bowery. He appreciated and enjoyed serving his customers throughout his 59 years of service in this community that he loved so well.
He served his Lord faithfully as Deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church for many years.
He loved being outside in God’s beautiful creation enjoying the Florida sunshine, farming, working in the yard and especially golfing.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Maxine; son, John Thomas of Counce, Tennessee; daughter Dr. Janet Parker and son-in-law John Parker of Maryville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Rachel Thomas and Ellyn Thomas; brother, Horace Thomas; sisters, Doris Waller and Evenelle Denmark; special brother-in-law, Leon Wilkerson and wife Carrie of Debary, and their children, Matthew Wilkerson and Jessica Wilkerson.
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Zia Fatemi, M.D., Central Florida Regional Rehab Center, caregivers Cathy, Nadine, JoAnn, Stephanie and Hospice of the Comforter.

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Mrs. Maxine Valentine Turner

Maxine Valentine Turner, 70, of Jena passed away Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2014.
Mrs. Turner was born in Carbur, Florida on September 24, 1943 to James and Annie Mae Valentine.
She drove a bus for the Dixie and Taylor County School Systems. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley music and reading. Her favorite books were Louis L’Amour westerns. She was a member of the Jena Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Annie Mae Valentine and brother, Ronnie Valentine.
She is survived by sons, Alton “Buddy” (Phyllis) Turner, Jr. of Jena and Charlie Brown Turner of Jena; daughters, Marlene Murel (Alec) Harrod of Salem, and Lynn Tumlin of Jena; brothers, James Valentine and Ray Valentine, both of Jena and Larry Valentine of Perry; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Jena Pentecostal Holiness Church on Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Bro. Wayne Philmon and Rev. Randy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2014 at the funeral home between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.


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Mrs. Mildred “Millie” Childs

Mildred “Millie” Childs, 69, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 28, 1944 Eagle Lake, ME, the daughter of Wilford and Virginia (Dube) Pelkey. Millie grew up in Woodville, ME. She had many accomplishments, including earning her Beautician’s and Bartender’s licenses and worked as a cook in restaurants and nursing homes. Millie enjoyed cooking, crocheting, painting, puzzles and crafts. Her family is what she treasured the most in life. She is survived by five children, Robin Wiley and partner Dale Simonds, Kevin Gilbert, Lisa (Chuck) Eaton, Tammy Champoux and partner Bob Taylor, Mary (Daniel) Stewart; ten grandchildren, Michelle, Edward, Mary, Crystal, Holly, C.J., Kevin, Beau, John, Mariah, Siera, Mackenzie, and five great grandchildren, Jacob, Ethan, Cody, Noah, & Jayden. She also leaves behind eleven siblings, Sylvia, Milford, Raymond, Theresa, Nelson, Roger, Marlene, Dean, Melvin, Donald, Carolyn, and their spouses as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Robert, a brother Norman and sisters Lorena & Jeannette.
The family would like to thank all the caring nurses and staff at New Hope Hospice.
Services were held at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, Brewer ME on March 20, 2014. Interment was held in Chiefland at Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, was honored to serve the Childs family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Charles Warren Force

Charles Warren Force, 64 of Inglis, passed away on March 17, 2014 after a long illness. Mr. Force was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to his area many years ago.
He survived by his loving family, a sister, Alice Phillips-Oakley of Cedar Key, two brothers Ronald Force of Silver Lake, New Hampshire and Richard Douglas Force of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Funeral Services will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Cedar Key, with pastor Todd Pope officiating. Burial will be private at the Cedar Key Cemetery.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland, (352) 493-0050 is honored to serve the Force family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Ernest Albert Haile, Jr.

Ernest Albert Haile, Jr., was born on November 16, 1922 in Valdosta, Georgia to Ernest A. Haile Sr. and Ethel Simmons Haile. He was the 12th of 16 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, 14 of his 16 siblings, his grandson Coltrane Gardner, and his wife of 62 years, Julia Haile. He died peacefully March 7, 2014 after a brief illness.
Mr. Haile graduated from Dasher High School in Valdosta, Georgia. He served and was honorably discharged after three years in the U S Army during World War II where he was stationed in India and Alaska.
He married Julia Lee Hackley in 1946 and together, they attended Florida A & M University in Tallahassee. Mr. Haile, always hard-driven and diligent about obtaining his goals, received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in mathematics within a period of three years while also working part-time.
Mr. Haile taught school in Blountstown, Florida and returned to Valdosta to teach math and work as an assistant principal at Dasher and Pinvale High Schools where he also coached basketball.
In 1957, Mr. Hail accepted the position of principal of the Chiefland Elementary and Junior High Schools, the segregated school for blacks. After Junior High, blacks were bused to Williston for high school. When the schools were integrated, the old black school was destroyed by a fire before the new school year began. Mr. Haile was then offered the job of assistant principal at the newly integrated Chiefland High School where he remained until his retirement.
Mr. Haile’s lifelong involvement with schools, churches and community has left a memorable legacy of many individuals who were strongly urged and helped to improve their lives by achieving their best. He mentored, inspired and aided many of his students to attend college who would never thought to do so.
Mr. Haile was a mainstay of St. James Methodist Church and regularly attended First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.
In February 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Haile were named the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year for 2006 for their untiring and dedicated volunteer service to the community. They were also history makers as they were the first Blacks to receive that prestigious award.
His hobbies included making furniture, gardening, playing piano and organ, playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles and other word games. (He loved TV, making sure there were at least one TV in EVERY room of his home, with as many as three in one room). His favorite shows were Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Sanford and Son, all the Judge shows, and PT109, Tuskegee Airman.
Ernest leaves to cherish his memories: his sister, Minnie Lee Moran of Apple Valley, California, his daughter, Ester (Carl) Gardner of Tye River, Virginia, and his son Malcolm (Gladys Faye) Haile, Sr. of Tampa, godson, and best friend Robert “Bob” Williams of Chiefland; a grandson, Malcolm Haile, Jr. of Tampa; a host of nieces and nephews namely, Edna (Sam) Newton of Covington, Georgia, Mary Alice Johnson of Long Island NY, Ann Primrose, Henry (Earlene) Foster, Leila Rolle and Ethel Wiggs, all of Valdosta, Georgia, Martha Randolph, Dilsy Hogan, Geneva Wesley, all of Tallahassee, Margie Young of Havana and Industry (Rev William) Brunson of Columbia, South Carolina. He leaves also to cherish his memories many students, friends and neighbors and another godson of Mr. and Mrs. Haile Cotie W. Jones of Baltimore, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that your tax deductible donations be made to the Levy County Schools Foundation, Ernest and Julia Haile Scholarship, 4 West Park Avenue, Chiefland, Florida 32626.

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Mr. Michael Allen Hummel

Michael Allen Hummel, 61, of Bell, passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014. He was born January 11, 1953 in Ft. McPherson, Georgia, at the base hospital. Michael moved to Bell in 2002. He served in the United States Marine Corps.
Michael had a heart of gold and always helped people. He enjoyed cooking, the outdoors and spending time with friends.
He is survived by fiancee Rosie Wright, family from Washington State and many friends.
Michael is preceded in death by his father, James R. Hummel, Sr. who service in the U. S. Army; and mother Clarice L. Peak.
Memorial service will be announced later.

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Mrs. Shirley Anne Kenyon

Shirley Anne Kenyon, age 76, passed away at her home in Old Town on March 17, 2014.
Ms. Kenyon moved here from Deerfield Beach in 2008. She was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, watching game shows and taking care of her cat “Snoopy”.
She is survived by her daughter Donna Sue Kenyon; her grandson John Williams III both of Old Town; her brothers John Christlow of Coral Springs and Leslie Brookes of Indiana; her sisters Jackie Burdick of Davie; Carla Weeder of Tamarac; Linda Nettles of Deerfield Beach; Sharon and Karen Ramsey of Peoria, IL.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Gladys Marie Middleton

Gladys Marie Middleton, 89, of Trenton, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014 at her daughter’s residence in Chiefland. Mrs. Middleton was born to Tom and Clara Watkins in McRoy, Arkansas. She was of the Christian faith and a charter member of the Trenton Assembly of God where her husband pastored. Gladys enjoyed gardening, canning and fishing. She had a great love for her church and family.
Mrs. Middleton leaves to cherish her memory, sons Lavoy Middleton of St. Augustine, Troy Middleton of New Port Richey and Ed Middleton of Bradenton; daughter Maretta of Chiefland; sisters Dean and Marylou; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Viewing was held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Knauff Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at River of Life Assembly of God in Trenton, with Pastor Jon Evans officiating. Burial was at Trenton Cemetary.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

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Mrs. Susan Marie Sanchez

Susan Marie Sanchez, 55, of Trenton, passed away on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. Susan was born in Gainesville in 1958 to Jack and Nancy Douglas. She lived in Gilchrist County most of her life and was a member of Union Baptist Church. Susan worked at Ace Hardware in Trenton, Ayers Nursing Home, and most recently as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
An amazing mother and loving grandmother, Susan is survived by daughters Lora (Paul) Compton of High Springs, Crystalina (Ken) Goetzman of Fort White, April (Scott) Holton of Trenton; son Allen Sanchez of Gastonia, NC; and, 9 grandchildren, Kelsea, Taylor, Kaleb, Kadence, Ryan, Shelby, Peyton, Asher, and Chloe.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Union Baptist Church, Newberry, on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 22405 Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669.

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Mrs. Peggy Marie Owens Sapp

Peggy Marie Owens Sapp, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Mrs. Sapp was born to Willie and Barbara Owens in Trenton. She was of the Christian faith and a charter member of Trenton Church of God. She enjoyed crocheting, writing poetry, playing the piano and making silk flowers for the local nursing home residents.
She leaves to cherish her memory daughter Carol Jean, sister, Onnie Mae Colson-Fowler of Trenton; nieces, Darlena Cuevas and Melita Ann Snavely; nephews, Randy and C. W. (Buddy) Owens.
The family received friends Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Trenton Church of God, funeral services followed. Pastor Jerry Davis and Dewayne Bowen officiated. Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Trenton.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

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Mrs. Azuloy Bryant Saunders

Azuloy Bryant Saunders, age 90, passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Tri-County Nursing Home in Trenton. Azuloy was born on September 26, 1923 in Bell to Charles K. Bryant and Mary Irene Everett Bryant. She moved to Chiefland 9 years ago from Hampton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chiefland Baptist Church.
She is survived by three daughters: Elaine Faison of Trenton, Lavonia Luke of Chiefland and Geraldine Via of Freeport; a son, Van Hagan of Trenton; a brother, Durwood Bryant of Lynn Haven; four step-children: Sidney Saunders, Cindy Saunders, Jenny Saunders and Vickey Saunders, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Saunders and son, Hiatt Hagan.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Priscilla Baptist Church with Reverend Marty Medford and Reverend Ray Castleberry officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
Online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Frank G. Scramlin, Sr.

Frank G. Scramlin, Sr., age 87, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Shands at UF. Frank was born on May 8, 1926 in West Palm Beach, to Earle W. Scramlin and Margaret Pixley Scramlin. He moved to Old Town 20 years ago from Ft. Pierce. He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator.
He is survived by ten children: Glenn Scramlin, Faye Griffith, Leonard Scramlin and Sandra Sexton all of Old Town; Pamela Mirade of Burnestown, Kentucky, Alan Scramlin and Jon Scramlin both of Maryland, Robert Scramlin of South Korea, Frances Kesler of West Virginia and Marla Querry of Virginia, 27 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Nettie B. Scramlin.
He will be buried next to his wife at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, 426 W. Wade Street, Trenton, FL. 32693 (352) 463-8888.
Online condolences or to sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Robert Daniel Walker, Sr.

Robert Daniel Walker, Sr., of Chiefland, passed away with his family by his side at his home on March 23, 2014. Mr. Walker was born on August 31, 1932 in Burlington, NC., and joined the US Navy in 1951. After serving his country, Mr. Walker eventually moved to Bradenton from Burlington, North Carolina. He also lived in Old Town, and eventually moved to Chiefland many years ago. He opened a family business, Walker Electric Inc. and worked until his retirement. He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam G. Walker, his children, Robert “Dan” Walker Jr. of Palmetto, daughters, Susan Danette Walker-Short, Chiefland, Lori Ann Walker-Bochat of Atlanta, Georgia, a sister Mary Jeanette Walker-Walker of Burlington, North Carolina; 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, James Larry Walker.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children 12502a USF Pine Drive Tampa, FL. 33612 (813) 972-2250
Funeral Services were held March 26, 2014 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida., with military honors..
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, was honored to serve the Walker family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .


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Mrs. Betty Sue Clark Collins

Betty C. Collins, age 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior February 4, 2014 in Jacksonville.
Betty was born May 28, 1941 in Trenton to James Gilbert and Stella (Tanner) Clark. She enjoyed her family and especially loved the babies and younger ones. Betty will be missed dearly by her loving husband of 50 years, Jimmy Collins; son Gary (Sonya) Collins) daughter Sharon (Todd) Helms; three brothers JC (Faye) Clark, Bill (Paulette) Clark, and John (Nancy) Clark; three sisters Alice Richburg, Clara Mae (Fred) Ashdown, and Christine Smith; three grandchildren Andrew, Cobi, and Adlee. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Wilson Clark, Ruby Browning, Myrtle Boggs, and Hazel Ripley.
Friends and family visitation was Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 at Hardage-Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home. www.townandcountryfuneralhome.com. Funeral Services were held at the funeral home chapel. Interment followed  at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville.

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Mrs. Rose Bass Hunt

Rose Bass Hunt, 77, of Gainesville passed away February 10, 2014 at the E. T. York Hospice Care Center after an extended illness. Rose was born February 23, 1936 to Johniford and Estell Bass of Bell. Rose has two siblings, J. T. Bass and Lula Mae Michael. She attended Bell High School graduating in 1954. Following graduation she moved to Gainesville, where she met and married her beloved husband of 53 years, W. J. Hunt. Rose and W. J. raised their daughters and operated their family businesses in the Alachua County area until his death in 2009. Rose was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, working side by side with her husband in all of their endeavors. She was an avid gardener and the only thing Rose enjoyed more than her flowers was her cherished family. A woman of faith, kindness and compassion, she reached out to any and all that needed her. A truer friend no one ever had. She will be missed by all that knew her and her beloved family.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Hunt and Wanda (Scott) Robinson; her niece (who was like a daughter), Kim (John) Lege; Grandson, Jared Robinson; step-grandchildren, Jordan Robinson, Jason Robinson, Stephanie Moody, Bernie Hamilton and their spouses; along with five step-great grandchildren.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband, W. J. Hunt, and her parents, Estell and Johniford Bass.
For anyone interested, they may make a donation to Haven Hospice (800)727-1889 in appreciation for the wonderful care that they provided for Rose and her family.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Chapel, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville.

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Mary Clarice Palmer

Mary Clarice Palmer, 94, of Newberry, passed away on Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 at Signature Health Care of Gainesville.
Ms. Palmer was born in Newberry in 1919 to Spencer Thomas and Mary Catherine Holt and lived her whole life in Newberry. She graduated Newberry High School and was a member of Newberry 1st Baptist Church. Mary was a quilter, a seamstress, and crocheted baby caps for newborn babies at the hospitals. She taught adult Sunday School at Newberry Baptist and Union Baptist churches.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Joyce Darlene (Daniel) Jones; son, Roy Wayne (Karen) Palmer; grandchildren, Daniel Wayne Jones and Soren Seale, and 5 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by three sisters and eight brothers.
Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014.at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Burial followed at Jonesville Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Gainesville.

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Mrs. Alberta Swanner

Alberta Swanner, 87, Branford, passed away on Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014.
The Glenn St. Mary native moved to Branford in 1979 from Oak Hill. She was a member of the Joyful Heart Quilters in North Gilchrist County and of Riverside Baptist Church.
Mrs. Swanner is survived by her three sons; John, Jim, Richard and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Jimmy Swanner.
Services were held Wednesday, Mar. 19th at Daniels Memorial Chapel in Branford with Rev. Howard Folsom officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Memorial Cemetery.


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Mrs. Gladys Marie Anderson

Mrs. Gladys Marie Anderson, 78, of Old Town, passed away Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Anderson was born in Orange River on March 25, 1935. She moved to Old Town from Englewood in 1979. She was employed by the State of Florida as a correctional officer, for 17 years, serving the Cross City Correctional Institute and Levy Work Camp. She enjoyed playing with her dogs, playing bingo, watching Gator football, thrift shopping, recipe collecting and sewing. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robbie Anderson.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert “Bob” Anderson of Old Town; daughters, Karen (Stephen) Siebelt of Englewood, Rhonda (David) Lamont of Bradenton and Melody (Allen) Kolb of Cumming, Georgia; brothers, Butch Bass and Pete Bass, both of Englewood; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Praise Christian Church in Old Town with Rev. Billy Monk officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Howard Smith

Howard Smith, 94, of Floral City, passed away on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 at his residence in Floral City. He was born on September 16, 1919 in Branford to the late Matt and Estelle (Langston) Smith. Howard was a Job Superintendent in the construction industry, and a U. S. Navy veteran of WWII. He arrived in this area in 1982, coming from Tampa, attended First Baptist Church, Floral City, and enjoyed fishing and gardening.
He is preceded in death by his wife Pearl Smith, and two sons Jerry Smith and Dewayne E. Smith.
Survivors include son Robert W. (Pam) Smith of Baldwin, and daughter Alice Faye Jones of Jacksonville; Dewayne’s wife, April Smith, six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
The family received friends at the First Baptist Church, Floral City, on Saturday, Mar. 8, 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m..
Funeral services continued on Monday, Mar. 10, with the family receiving friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., and funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at Priscilla Baptist Church in Bell. Interment followed at the Priscilla Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements were under the care of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness.

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Mrs. Lufair Elizabeth Wilson

Mrs. Lufair Elizabeth Wilson, 90, of Archer, formerly of Salem, Florida, passed away Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014.
Mrs. Wilson was born and raised in Salem, Florida. She was a homemaker who raised 6 “knothead” boys. She worked outside her home at various jobs including Taylor County District Schools, driving a school bus, Martin Electronics, Florida Reptile Land and Perry Hospital. She loved to cook and bake, loved her flowers and home grown food products including syrup and sausage. She was a member of the Spring Warrior Church of Christ in Salem, Florida.
She was preceded in death by husband, Buford Charles Wilson, son, Donald Worth Wilson, and brothers, Worth Morgan and Virgil Morgan.
She is survived by sons, Ray Morgan of Salem, Florida, Calvin (Patricia) Wilson of Salem, Florida, Troy (Susan) Morgan of Cross City, Ron (Deborah) Wilson of Panama City, and Alan J. (Larayne) Wilson of Archer, daughter-in-law, Cathy Wilson; niece, Faye Kirkland; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dan Chaney Officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida.

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Mr. Marion Bennett

Marion Bennett, age 85, passed away on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center.
Marion was born on February 14, 1929 in Trenton, to Hiram Bennett and Ruby Lee Read Bennett. He was a lifelong resident of Trenton, a cattleman and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Joy Bennett.
He is survived by his two daughters; Karen (L.T.) Johnson and Anita (Lee) Cameron both of Trenton; a son, Greg (Mary) Bennett of Trenton; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Black and Pastor Billy Philman officiating. Interment to follow at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Essielene Geiger Henderson

Essielene Geiger Henderson, 93 of Chiefland passed away on February 25, 2014 at Haven Hospice surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Henderson was born to William Zack Geiger and Lula Jesse Cox Geiger in Chiefland on Sept. 2, 1920, where she remained all her life.
Mrs. Henderson was a long time member of the Chiefland Church of Christ where she served as Sunday School Teacher for many years. She was a loving mother and true southern homemaker, making the home very special for her family. Mrs. Henderson enjoyed not only keeping a well maintained home, but also fishing, traveling and gardening. Her family, home, and Church gave her the most enjoyment in life.
Mrs. Henderson was preceeded in death by her daughter, Barbara Ann Matthews; son, Billy Gene Henderson; granddaughter, Robin Lynn Henderson; siblings, Estelle Sache and Rube Geiger; daughter in-law, Alice Faye Henderson and her loving husband, Hillary C. Henderson.
She was most proud of her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Henderson is survived by her son, H. C. Henderson, Jr. of Chiefland; daughter, Betty (Wayne) Henderson Dicks of Lake City and brother Bill Geiger of Chiefland as well as nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Chiefland Church of Christ, in Chiefland with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Officiating were Ministers, Tommy Andrews and Al Sandlin. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Levy County Schools Foundation, General Fund. P. O. Box 1386 Bronson Fl. 32621. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, was honored to serve the Henderson family. Condolences may be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Hubert “Ray” Lindsey, Jr.

Hubert “Ray” Lindsey, Jr., 54, of Fanning Springs died at home on the banks of his beloved Suwannee River on February 25, 2014 of natural causes.
Ray was born on July 2, 1959 in Ocala to Hubert Lindsey, Sr. and Theresa Vignoni Lindsey.
He attended Laurel Hill High School in Florida and had a thriving lawn service business with a partner in New Port Richey prior to relocating to Fanning Springs. Ray was self-employed as a professional painter working with various home builders as of late.
Ray was most at home in the great outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing for food, hiking and was very environmentally conscious. A kinder soul never walked the face of the earth. He was a gifted story teller and took a keen interest in history, so was always able to add insight to any conversation. People who had the good fortune to meet Ray always seemed to part ways with a smile on their faces. He will be fondly remembered by those he touched.
Ray was preceded in death by both of his parents and a third sister, Mona Lindsey Reeves.
Ray is survived by his beloved daughter and her spouse, Ashly Lindsey Decker and James Decker; his older brother, Joseph Thomas Lindsey; older sisters Paula Moyer and Mary Lindsey Bales, married to Douglas Bales; and his long-time partner, Diane Bass.
His funeral was held Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Pastor, Dr. Greg Douglas officiating. His remains will be interred alongside his father at Trenton Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Jeffrey John M.uckle’ Sr.

Jeffrey John M.uckle’ Sr., age 64, passed away February 26, 2014 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
Jeffrey was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 23, 1949 and lived in St Petersburg for over 30 years, working as a teacher and a musician.
He was known as the “Wolf of St Pete.”
He moved to Old Town in 2011.
He will be dearly missed by his family and his many friends.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Patsy M. Underwood

Patsy M. Underwood, 75, of Chiefland, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Feb. 25, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties. She was born in Nashville, Georgia to the late James Fountain ‘Dock’ & Eunie (Tyson) Mathis on Nov. 3, 1938. Mrs. Underwood moved to the Chiefland in 1955 from Lakeland, Georgia. She retired from the City of Chiefland and was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking but above all, serving her Lord and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Underwood; her parents, and 6 brothers and 6 sisters, Callie Weathering, Carrie Roland Montnuri, Edna Baisond, Mattie Goss, Curtis Mathis, Zonnie Buckhalter, Marcus Mathis, Thomas Mathis, Retha Crosby, William Jerry Mathis, James Mathis, and Rob Mathis.
She is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Alston Lee & JoAnn (Efferen) Hardee of Chiefland; daughter and son-in-law Deborah Anne & Walker Bassett of Perry; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Malorie (Sheppard) & Ben Lowe and grandson Caleb Dalton Hardee.
Funeral Services were held Sunday, Mar. 2 at 2:00 p. m. at Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland with Pastor Tom Keisler officiating. Interment followed at the Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday, Mar. 1 from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers or donations to Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties (311 NE 9th St. Chiefland, FL 32626) are appreciated.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services who were honored to serve the Underwood family. Condolences may be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Barton A. “Bart” Ward

Barton A. “Bart” Ward, 53 of Chiefland passed away February 25, 2014 at Shands in Gainesville. Mr. Ward was born July 21, 1960 in Tifton, Georgia and moved to this area when he was very young. He was a truck driver and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Bart enjoyed hunting, fishing and computers. He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Delilah Ward in 2009.
He is survived by his loving wife, Tonya Ward of Chiefland, children Rebekah Turner of Maine, Kira Ward and Ayleah Ward, both of Chiefland, a son, Isaiah Ward of Chiefland; his parents, Conway and Janice Ward of Chiefland; his sisters, Marilyn Elliott of Old Town, Melody Ward and Rose Au both of Chiefland; brothers, Buddy Ward of Ft. Lauderdale, Johnny Ward and Ricky Ward, both of Gainesville; and two grandchildren, Selena Escamilla and Joshua Turner.
A visitation was held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel, with memorial services following at 5 p. m. with Pastor Tom Keisler officiating.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service was honored to serve the Ward Family. Condolences may be offered by visiting their website at www.heirs-baxley.com.

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Mrs. Frances Williams

Frances Williams, 87, lifetime High Springs/Gilchrist resident passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
She was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, a retired school bus driver at Bell High School, a 16 year employee at North Florida Regional Medical Center and a cashier at Winn-Dixie for 8 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty (Nathan) Shepherd of Bell and Annette (Curtis) Bagby of High Springs; seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, Mar. 3, at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home of High Springs.

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Mr. Wilber Albert “W. A.” Allen

Wilbur Albert “W. A.” Allen, of Bell, passed away Feb. 22, at his daughter’s home in Old Town. He was 79. Mr. Allen was born Mar. 20, 1934 in Ft. White, to Lowell Wilbur Allen and Rocille Sweat Allen. He was a retired truck driver for the City of Clearwater.
Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Wolfe Allen.
He is survived by a son, George Allen (Dorothy) of Rutherfordton, North Carolina; daughter, Donna Bouchie of Old Town; two brothers, Jerry Allen of Jasper, Georgia and Larry Allen of Ft. White; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 173 SW Shiloh Road, Ft. White, with visitation at the church one hour prior. Interment will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, High Springs, (386) 454-2444.

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Ms. Rosa Lee Valentine

Ms. Rosa Lee Valentine, 82, of Jena, passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. She was the last living child of James A. and Elizabeth Valentine.
Ms. Valentine was born in Jena on Aug. 26, 1931. She was self employed in the fishing industry, hanging nets, fishing, and crabbing. She also worked in a seafood restaurant, and enjoyed working in her yard growing flowers and moving her furniture.
She was preceded in death by her son Jerry Valentine, her parents and siblings.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Lloyd) Dey of Cross City; grandchildren, Dwayne, Nicole, Gabriel and Clay; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son Jerry Valentine, her parents and siblings.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Ms. Rosa Lee’s home in Jena with Bro. Wayne Philman and Rev. Carolyn Oglesby officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery. A visitation was held Saturday evening, Feb. 22, 2014 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Deaneys W. Weeks, Sr.

Deaneys W. Weeks, Sr., age 81, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Deaneys was born Sept. 16, 1932 in Rudy, Arkansas., to Henry Paschal Weeks and Edna Mae Gentry. He moved to Bell in 1979 from Hudson. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after 27 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
He was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Weeks.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna Lynn Lucs of Orlando; two sons, Deaneys W. Weeks, Jr., of McAlester, Oklahoma, and Robert Allen Weeks of Hudson; three sisters, Kathryn Wyder of Kansas, JaneAnn Pharr of Ball Ground, Georgia, and Patricia Ray of Ravenel, South Carolina; two brothers, Larry Weeks of Charleston, South Carolina, and Carl Weeks of St. George, South Carolina; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren, with one more on the way.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Corbin officiating. Interment followed at Wayfair Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home. Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Calvin Wallace Bukszar

Calvin Wallace Bukszar, 64, of Old Town, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
Mr. Bukszar was born on March 31, 1949. He moved to Old Town 18 years ago, from Trilby. Before retiring on January 31, 2002, he worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Florida Department of Transportation for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing, sports, and restoring old cars.
He was preceeded in death by his wife Linda Bukszar; parents Frank and Sadie Lee Bukszar, and sisters, Glenda and Hilda Bukszar.
He is survived by son, Trevor Bukszar of Reno, Nevada; daughters, Tara C. Bukszar of Reno, Nevada and Tiffany Bukszar of Old Town; grandchildren, Taylyn Grace and Trent Richard; brothers, Julian Bukszar of Harvest, Alabama, Wilbur Bukszar of Shorterville, Alabama and Walter Bukszar of Dothan, Alabama and sister, Deloris Lee Scott of Wasilla, Alaska.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Old McCrabb Cemetery with Rev. Larry Peterson officiating.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida.

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Ms. Nancy Jane Neeley

Nancy Jane Neeley, 56, of Horseshoe Beach, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
Ms. Neeley was born on March 12, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. Known as the shrimp lady, she was the owner and operator of the Neeley Shrimp Company since 1975. She loved working in her yard, swamp buggy mud pulling, riding in the woods, chasing her grandchildren, fishing, dancing and life in general. She was a member of the Dixie County Chamber of Commerce and a Christian.
She was preceded in death by daughter Tammy Jane Neeley; brother Eddie Huggins and her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Day Cherry, Jr. of Horseshoe Beach; sons, Troy Jackson Neeley, Jr. of Jacksonville, Travis Jackson (Amanda) Neeley, Sr. of Horseshoe Beach, and Tommy Jackson (Michelle) Neeley of Virginia Beach, Virginia; brothers Danny Huggins of Newnan, Georgia and Larry Huggins of McDonough, Georgia; sisters, Marie Samuels of Old Town and Carol Hembree of Acworth, Georgia and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Cecil Hysmith and Rev. Bobby Lindsey officiated. Interment followed at Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach. A visitation was held at the funeral home Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2014 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida.

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Mrs. Ruby S. Welch

Ruby S. Welch, 97, of Eugene, passed away on February 14, 2014.
Mrs. Welch was born on May 27, 1916, the only child of Andrew and Ollie Sauls. She attended Dixie County schools and after graduation held various jobs and positions until settling with the Dixie County ASCS office for 30 plus years where she ultimately became the manager until her retirement. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cross City, serving on various committees and as a Sunday School teacher. She served as County Historian and as secretary-treasurer of the Dixie County Cattleman’s Association for over 5 decades beginning in 1951.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton Welch.
She was loved and admired by too many friends and family to number.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Cross City with Rev. Mike Brown and Rev. Ed Ivey officiating. Interment followed at Cross City Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday evening, Feb. 17, 2014 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida.

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Mr. Richard Herley Beckner, Sr.

Richard Herley Beckner, Sr., 71, of Bell, passed away on February 4, 2014 at his residence.
He was born on December 7, 1942. He moved to Bell 10 years ago from Tampa. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Joppa Masonic Lodge #4 in Fletcher.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Lawson Beckner of Bell; two sons, Richard H. Beckner, Jr., of Tampa, and Darby Beckner of Tampa, and a stepson, Izeck Shockley of Bell.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home of Trenton. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Nolan Anderson Buckles

Nolan Anderson Buckles, formerly of Winter Haven, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center, at the age of 90.
Nolan and family wanted to thank Dr. C and Dr. Bruce for their personal care and attention during his six years residing in Gilchrist county. They’d especially like to thank all of the staff, residents and volunteers at Ayers (especially his neighborhood, Garden Gate) for the love, friendship and ice cream given to him daily.
“Buck” was born in Normal, Illinois, on September 3, 1923 to Nolan A. and Minerva Tompkins Buckles. He served with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater on the Aleutian Islands from 1942 to 1945. Afterwards, he returned home and attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he met his lovely wife to be Jeanette (Jenny) Louise Griesemer. They were married on October 18, 1947. At the urging of his uncle George J. Mecherle ( The Farmer from Merna, founder of State Farm Insurance Company) he started his life long career with State Farm. He retired after 40 years of service having started out in the home office in Bloomington, Illinois, then transferring to the Southeast Regional Office in Jacksonville, where among his duties he was Activities President and finally, to the Florida Regional Office in Winter Haven. Nolan and Jenny were charter members of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Winter Haven and want to thank Rev. Dan Parrish for his service.
He is predeceased by his wife Jenny Buckles, and son, Thomas A. Buckles (who passed from cancer at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital the same morning as Nolan). He is survived by daughters Janice (John) McGilvray, Sue (J.W.) Wilson, Linda (Dennis) Krueger, Carolyn (Kevin) Connelly; son, Steven (Joanna) Buckles and five grandchildren.
A family viewing and private graveside service were held Friday, Feb. 7 in Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Master Justin Edward Chewning Pierce

Master Justin Edward Chewning Pierce, one and a half years old, of Cross City, passed away on February 9, 2014.
He was born on July 20, 2012. He is survived by his parents, Travis Pierce of Cross City and Courtney Chewning of Old Town; brother, Logan Chase Gray of Old Town; stepsister, Sandy Bates of Cocoa Beach; maternal grandparents, Amy and Billy Shiver of Old Town and Bobby Chewning of Old Town and paternal grandparents, Kathy and Matt Thomas of Cross City and Terry and Donna Pierce of Cocoa Beach.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Bryan officiating. Interment will follow at Old McCrabb Cemetery. A visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12 between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. .
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, (352)498-5400.

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Mr. Robert Arnold “Bob” Elmore

Mr. Robert Arnold “Bob” Elmore, 73, of Newberry, passed away February 6, 2014. He was born November 25, 1940, in Bradenton.
Mr. Elmore was Elder of Bronson Road Church. He retired from the Alachua County School Board and Gulf Oil.
He was a Motorcross Chaplin for Motor Racing Outreach in Amateur Motorcross Racing in Florida and MXer’s for Jesus. He was active in Prison Ministries, CMA Christian Motorcycle Association, and the Gainesville Hog Chapter.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Elmore of Newberry; daughters, Sharon (Darren) Knowles of Bronson and Shirley (James) Holmes of Little Rock, Arkansas; sons, Bobby Elmore of Newberry and Stephen Elmore of Gainesville; brother, James Elmore of Beverly Hills, Florida; sister, Virginia Elmore Beck of Baker; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., at Bronson Road Church in Bronson, Pastor Andy Cook officiated. Interment followed at Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Newberry. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m..
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Motorcycle Association Run for the Sun. www.cmausa.org .
Arrangements were under the care of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com .

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Ms. Carolyn Kearns Iannacchione

Carolyn Kearns Iannacchione, 78 of Fanning Springs, passed away following a long illness. Mrs. Iannacchione was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania on October 17, 1935. She was a homemaker and enjoyed golfing, puzzles and being a Red Hat Lady. She was a member of St. Albans Episcopal Church and moved to this area several years ago.
Mrs. Iannacchione was preceded in death by her son, David Wilson; a brother, James Kearns; a sister, Nancy Kearns; and her husband, Albert Iannacchione.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Wilson of Fanning Springs; a son, Allen Wilson of Ford City, Pennsylvania; a brother, Thomas Kearns of Forrest Hills, Pennsylvania; a stepson, Bobby; a step daughter, Connie; seven grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, is honored to serve the Iannacchione family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Mary Joyce Hawks Watson

Mary Joyce Hawks Watson, 84, passed away on, February 9, 2014 at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.
She was born on February 2, 1930 in Milledgeville, Georgia, to Gilbert Hawks and Inez Hawkins Hawks. She moved to Trenton 59 years ago from Macon, Georgia. Mrs. Watson was a registered nurse, working twenty plus years for local doctors, Dr. Jordan & Dr. Wise. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Miriam “Mickey” Johnson and Carolyn Hudson.
Mrs. Watson is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Ronald Watson of Trenton; two daughters, Rhonda (Chuck) Danley of Trenton, and Melanie (Tony) Clubb of Interlachen; a sister, Opal Stewart of Macon, Georgia; a brother, Thomas E. Hawks of Norcross, Georgia; and three grandchildren; Hillary (Brian) Cribbs, Heather Clubb and Jason Clubb.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Pastor, Dr. Greg Douglas and Pastor Tony Clubb officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joyce to: Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 16655 NW CR339, Trenton, FL. 32693 or to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL. 33802.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
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Mr. Norman “Mac” Earl Byrd

Mr. Norman “Mac” Earl Byrd, 65, died January 27, 2014, in his home. He was a beloved husband, father, and papa. He enjoyed spending time with his family, yard sales, gardening, and watching the Gators play football.
He was survived by his wife, Kathy Byrd; sons, Norman (Terry), Jr., and Randy (Sonya), Will (Lou), Byron (Andria), and Richard (Liana); daughter, Kim (Phil);  and 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Mr. Robert Gene Cates

Mr. Robert Gene Cates, 86, of Chiefland, passed away on January 19, 2014, after suffering a massive stroke.
He was born in Perrysville, Ohio, to Charlie and Florence (Yarger) Cates, on January 4, 1928. He was a 32 degree Mason and worked as a salesman all his life for Montgomery Ward Co. and Levitz Furniture. He moved from Michigan to Florida in 1970.
He leaves behind a daughter, Mary (Henry) Britten of Trenton; four sons, Lynn (Jackie) of Springhill, Robert (Cheryl) of Redford, Michigan, Gregory of Dallas, Texas, and Charles (Vivian) of Fort Collins, Colorado; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Mr. Michael Joseph Hines

Mr. Michael Joseph Hines, 49, passed away at his residence on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Michael was born on May 21, 1964, in Washington, DC., to Richard Lee Hines and Patricia A. Hogan Hines. He moved to Bell in 1987 from Pompano Beach. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland where he was also with the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Hines, and a sister, Linda C. Bell.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia A. Hines of Bell; a sister, Phyllis Papadopulos of Pennsylvania; and three brothers, Philip A. Hines of Bell, Stephen M. Bell of Vermont, and Richard A. Bell of Fanning Springs.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Watson Funeral Home.
The family will be having a Memorial Service at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home of Trenton. To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mrs. Mary Ruth Maynard McCord

Mrs. Mary Ruth Maynard McCord, 73, of Chiefland, passed away on February 1, 2014
She was born in Pike County, Kentucky, on October 27, 1940. Mrs. McCord was a Seafood Manager for Kash-n-Karry in Ocala until retirement, and then moved to Chiefland in 2004. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and was a faithful Christian lady who enjoyed her church, Faith Baptist Tabernacle of Williston.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie Buryl and Gladys Robinson; brothers, Willie and Samuel Robinson; an infant sister; and husband, Paul McCord.
Mrs. McCord is survived by her children, Keith and Debbie Maynard of Gulf Hammock, Craig Maynard of Old Town, BJ and Kat Maynard of Sarasota, and Tim and Maranda Maynard of Chiefland; a sister, Alice Maynard of Rush, Kentucky; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; special friends, George and Helen Kubu; her wonderful church family and many friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Williston, at 1:00 p.m. A visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Burial was at the Ellzey Cemetery.
Arrangments were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. Erick E. “Jr” McLeod, Jr.

Erick E. “Jr” McLeod, Jr., 51, of Old Town, passed away at his home on January 30, 2014. He was born in Clermont on November 9, 1962, to Erick E. McLeod, Sr., and the late Dicie (Popjoy). He worked in the construction field and enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dicie Locke; stepmother, Marie McLeod; and brother, Jimmie McLeod.
He is survived by his wife, Gaylia McLeod of Old Town; his children, Amanda (Don) Curry of Trenton and Crystal (Sammy) Pruitt of Chiefland; his siblings, Jennifer, Erica, Tracey, Brenda, Terri, Dwayne, Tammy, Tina Mae, Tina Marie, Mary and Michael Stephens, and Neil and Kathy Stephens; his father, Erick Edwin McLeod, Sr., of Georgia; mother and father-in-law, Kathryn and Ned Stephens; grandchildren, Logan, Skylar and Abby; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Pastor Gary Howell officiated. Visitation will be one hour prior the service. Interment will follow at the Chiefland Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. William James Stewart

Mr. William James Stewart, 53, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at his residence in Bell. William was born on October 17, 1960, in Bath, New York, to John William Stewart, Jr., and Irene Allen Stewart. He moved to Bell 24 years ago from Cape Coral. He was an electrician and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Vitrano Stewart of Bell; four daughters, Seirra Stewart, Mariah Stewart, and Carson Stewart, all of Bell, and Alyssa Stewart of Gainesville; a son, Greyson Stewart of Jacksonville, North Carolina; a brother, Thomas Stewart of Gainesville; and one grandchild.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home of Trenton. To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Anthony S. “Tony” Cruse

Mr. Anthony S. “Tony” Cruse, 41, of Trenton, passed away on Wed, Jan. 22, 2014, at Haven Hospice of Gainesville after a long illness.
Tony was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident of the Trenton area.
Tony was a deputy sheriff for Gilchrist County.
He was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Carlton Masonic Lodge in Trenton and the Shrine Club.
Tony was always willing to help others and giving of himself to the community.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Wesly and Pollie Bass.
Tony is survived by his devoted wife, Carolyn of Trenton; son, Matthew (Larah) Cruse of Bell; daughter, Gracie Cruse of Trenton; father, Kenneth (Belinda) Cruse of High Springs; mother, Linda (Mike) Fisher of High Springs; brother, Jason (Cheryl) Cruse of High Springs; and grandparents, Lonnie and Marcile Cruse of High Springs.
There was a gathering at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all were welcome to attend and share with the family.
Tony’s celebration of life was Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Pine Grove Baptist Church, the burial followed at Bethel Baptist Cemetery.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Gracie Cruse’s College Fund which has been set up at Capital City Bank in memory of Tony.
Arrangements were under the care of Roberts Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel of Ocala.

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Mr. Candice “Candy” Irene Padilla Dyson

Mrs. Candice “Candy” Irene Padilla Dyson, 63, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, passed away at 8:50 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at her residence with her loving family at her side.
Candy was born on October 19, 1950, to Frank and Helen Padilla.
She was in retail sales working for different companies such as The Avenue, Lane Bryant, and Dress Barn where she was a member of the Million Dollar Sellers Club.
Candy was a member of Central Baptist Church in Cross City. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi and Woman’s Club for years.
She loved to shop and travel throughout the country.
Candy loved to help her sister coach cheerleading and loved to bake cakes in her spare time. She also loved spending time with all six of her grandchildren and her niece Candice.
Mrs. Dyson is survived by her husband of 47 years, Mr. Roger Dyson, Sr., of Lake Charles, Louisiana; daughter, Charlene Daniels of Cross City; son, Roger (Laurie) Dyson, II, of Lake Charles, Louisiana; parents, Frank and Helen Padilla of Bell; brother, Frank (Mary Jo) Padilla of Bell; sisters, Penny Miller of Cross City and Melody (Dwayne “Top”) Rollison of Cross City; six grandchildren, Courtney and Cory Daniels, Alexandra, Caroline, Briley and Jack Dyson; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Central Baptist Church. Reverend David Downing and Reverend Jimmy Corbin will be officiating. Interment will follow at Sonshine Acres in Bell.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mrs. Mary Narcissus Harper

Mrs. Mary Narcissus Harper, 87 of Chiefland, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on January 21, 2014, from her residence. Mrs. Harper was born in Trenton on November 23, 1926, and remained a Levy County area resident. She was born on a farm and became a farmer’s wife, with a deep appreciation for agriculture and rural living.
Mrs. Harper enjoyed Bible studies, cooking (but not the cleaning up), playing the piano, fellowshipping, and traveling (with the Smokey mountains and Israel being two of her favorite places). She was a member of the Fowlers Bluff Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School for some 42 years in the area and supporting the ministry as a pianist or where ever needed. Mrs. Harper’s greatest joys were serving the Lord, her family and friends, and traveling to Israel.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Harper; husband, T.J. Harper; parents, William and Mattie McElroy; and brothers, Austin and Cy McElroy.
Mrs. Harper is survived by a son, Tom (Irva) Harper; daughter-in-law Rosa Harper; five grandchildren, Thomas, Jr., Judy, Karen, Tram and Tamara; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, as well others that knew her simply as “Aunt Cissy.”
Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., on January 25, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley’s chapel. Pastor Eddie Hatch of Fowlers Bluff Baptist Church and Pastor Gordon Keller of First Baptist Church of Chiefland officiated.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Nancy Mae Holland

Mrs. Nancy Mae Holland, 79, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at her home in Old Town.
Mrs. Holland served in the United States Marines Corp. She was a homemaker and a mother and moved to Old Town, 20 years ago, from Chandler, Arizona. She was a member of St. Vincent DePaul, Eucharist Minister Council of Catholic Women, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was a previous president of Catholic Relief and a Lector in the Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Glenn Roundtree and William C. Holland; daughters, Charlotte Ann Roundtree and Gloria Camacho; and brother, Billy McDermott.
She is survived by daughters, Carolyn Jean (Donald) Masters, Jeanette (Phil) Power, Renee Roundtree, Sandra (Thomas) Klecka, Pamela (Lannie) Stewart, and Karen (Mitchell) Wilkins; brother, James McDermott; sisters, Margrett (Dean) Bulpett, Roseann Sullivan, and Patricia (Edward) Emond; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Ms. Tammy Sue Koeth

Ms. Tammy Sue Koeth, 36, of Bell, passed away at North Florida Regional Medical Center on January 23, 2014.
She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and recently moved to Bell from Gainesville, where she worked in the medical field. Tammy was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed music and her family.
She is survived by her parents, Richard and Rebecca Koeth of Bell; sister, Kathy DeLaCruz of Dayton, Ohio; brother, Danny Koeth of Bell; grandmother, Marion Koeth of Cleveland, Ohio; two nieces and three nephews.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. Burial was at the Chiefland Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Sarah Irene “Nikki” Pope Luke

Mrs. Sarah Irene “Nikki” Pope Luke, 70, of O’Brien, passed away January 18, 2014, at Shands of UF in Gainesville. She was born in Seffner in July of 1943, to the late London and Sarah (Blalock) Pope, and moved to this area from Antioch in 1978.
She was a Southern Baptist and was a telephone operator for General Telephone. Mrs. Luke enjoyed personalizing Loretta Lynn songs with her family’s name. She was a cheerleading coach for two years and a volunteer reporter for the Plant City Courier for three years. She enjoyed shopping, crocheting, and swimming. With all her accomplishments in life, her family brought her the most pride and enjoyment.
She is survived by her sons, London “Lonnie” Chapman of Tampa, Lelan Charles Chapman of North Carolina, and Payton Wayne (Amy) Chapman of Waxhaw, North Carolina; siblings, George, James, Marjorie, and Jessie; three grandchildren, Cati Jo Chapman Thompson, Dwayne Chapman, and Michael Chapman; and her former husband, Ray Vernon Lyle of Tampa.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Reverend Gordon Keller officiated. Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Helen Nowack “Marty” McArthur

Mrs. Helen Nowack “Marty” McArthur, 92, a resident of Good Samaritan in Dowling Park, passed away on January 25, 2014, at Shands-Lakeshore in Lake City.
Mrs. McArthur was born in Norwalk, Connecticut. She lived in the Chiefland area for over 25 years and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bixler Memorial Church in Dowling Park and of the Methodist faith. Mrs. McArthur enjoyed reading, walking and visiting others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Alton” McArthur, in 2008.
She is survived by her son, Herbert (Eleanor) McArthur of Buford, Georgia; brother, Herbert (Constance) Nowack; two grandsons, Kevin (Stephanie) Miller of Dallas, Georgia, and Dariel Bell (Alice Fales) of Austin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland at 11:00 a.m., and Services will start at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.heirs-baxley.com .

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Mr. Jerry S. “Bill” Stephens

Mr. Jerry S. “Bill” Stephens, 65, of Live Oak, Florida, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Mr. Stephens was born on May 30, 1948, in Gilchrist County. He worked with Philman’s Custom Service and Gerald Roberts Land Clearing and Farming. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Forney of Old Town; grandchildren, Brittney and Brent; and brother, G. S. Stephens of Bonita Springs.
A graveside service was held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Walker Creek Cemetery in Hatch Bend.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mrs. Ethel D. Bagley

Mrs. Ethel D. Bagley, 101, of Trenton, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at the Tri-County Nursing Home in Trenton. Ethel was born in Trenton on December 30, 1912, to Samuel W. Dey and Luda Barco Dey. She was a lifelong resident of Trenton. Ethel was a retired bookkeeper and she was the oldest person and member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Otis McElroy and Charlie Bagley, her son, Caroll McElroy, and a sister, Ortha Mae Dey Prosser.
She is survived by a sister, Vera Dey Lindsey of Bell, a brother, Randolph Dey of Tarpon Springs, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Pastor Dr. Greg Douglas will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at the church cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home of Trenton. To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Robert “Bobby” W. Corlett

Mr. Robert “Bobby” W. Corlett, 64, of Fanning Springs, passed away January 15, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. He was born in Bourbonnais, Illinois, on September 11, 1949. He retired after a career as an aircraft parts machinist. Mr. Corlett proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Spending time with his family and celebrating holidays with them held a very special place in his heart. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and NASCAR racing. He and his wife were avid sharp shooters.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Martin and Cristel (Gessman) Corlett, and a brother, Terry Corlett.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Corlett of Fanning Springs; daughters, Krista (Mike) Jones of Wawaka, Indiana, Sandy (Ryan) Beck of Goshen, Indiana, Dianna Likens, of North Webster, Indiana, and Darlene Lockhart, of Tarpon Springs; sons, Steve Byrd of Corydon, Indiana, David Byrd of Louisville, Indiana, and Dennis Byrd of Jeffersonville, Indiana; sister, Pam (Bud) Vajarsky of Port Richey; aunt, Kaye Koubeck of New Port Richey; uncles, Frank (Millie) Corlett and Rich (Joann) Corlett, both from Port Richey; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland. Father Joe McDonnell officiated. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m., at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. William Robert “Wild Bill” Johns, Sr.

Mr. William Robert “Wild Bill” Johns, Sr., 63, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his home in Old Town.
Mr. Johns served his country in the United States Marines serving in Vietnam. He moved to Old Town from Palm Harbor in 1991 and was a self employed block mason. He worked for 10 years as an instructor with Cross City Correctional. “Wild Bill” enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching football. He was able to see his Florida State Seminoles win the National Championship.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jeffery Darlene “Jeff” Johns of Old Town; son, William Robert (Nicole) Johns, II, of Macclenny; grandchildren, Kayla and Weston; brother, Randy Johns of Steinhatchee; nephews, Gary John and K. C. Johns; niece, Kristy Roberts, and great-niece, Kaley.
A celebration of life will be held February 1, 2014, at “Wild Bill” and Jeff’s home in Old Town beginning at noon.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mr. John Mack Long

Mr. John Mack Long, 74, of Cross City, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the Gainesville VA Hospital, after an eleven-month illness, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Long was born in Dalton, Georgia, to William Harrison Long and Bula Faye Long. He attended Westside School until he joined the United States Air Force in 1957. He retired as Senior Master Sergeant after 21 ½ years. He came to Cross City in the late 1960s where he was stationed at the Air Force Base here and met and married Ina Clarice Gause Long on February 17, 1961. After retiring from the Air Force, he went to work for and retired from Baker Hughes as a civil engineer. He was a Past Master of the Shamrock Masonic Lodge #268, the Morocco Shrine Temple, the Suwannee River Shrine Club, and Dixie Shrine Club. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Fay Long, and brother, Randy Long.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Clarice Long of Cross City; daughter, Debbie (Bobby) Parrish of Cross City; granddaughter, Krystal (Matt) Parker; grandson, Tyler (Sarah) Parrish; three stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Bill and Jerry Long; and sister, Margaret Pacheco.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Reverend Gene Coons officiated. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shamrock Masonic Lodge, c/o Les Flaherty, PO Box 34, Suwannee, FL 32692.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mrs. Helen Martha Mills

Mrs. Helen Martha Mills, 86, of Chiefland, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Helen was born in Hialeah on March 21, 1927. She grew up in Miami where her parents raised and trained Greyhound racing dogs. It was in her youth when Helen began her life long love for training and showing of horses.
As a young woman she met Harold Mills, her husband of 67 years. Together the two of them built their life which involved growing their cattle farm and rodeo competitions on the weekends. Harold competed in calf-roping while Helen mastered trick riding and barrel racing.
She was active in the First Baptist Church of Chiefland, where she taught Sunday School for nearly 40 years. Her interest included horse riding, gardening, working cattle, and raising orphan calves.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Mills of Chiefland; her sons, Lee Mills and Lyn Mills both of Chiefland; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Chiefland. Reverend Gordon Keller and Tommy Andrews officiated. Burial followed at the Chiefland Cemetery. Visitation was Saturday, Jan. 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. Wayne Plennes

Mr. Wayne Plennes, 67, of Bell, died on January 14, 2014, at the Gainesville V.A. He was born in Wisconsin on May 26, 1946.
He served in the Army in the Vietnam War where he was a decorated soldier. When he returned he became a train yard man. He then moved from Wisconsin to Largo to work for Layman Building Materials. Then he became a master carpenter. He moved to Bell in 1993 and went to work for Avery Roberts of Lake Butler.
Wayne was predeceased by his wife, JoNelle “Jody” Plennes, brother, Neal, and parents, Katherine and Walter Plennes.
He is survived by his son, Russell Weenick of Branford; daughter, Natalie Raiford of Virginia; sister, Karen Both of Wisconsin; brother, Mark Plennes of Arizona; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held at Landmark Baptist Church, off Highway 129 in Branford, on January 29, at 4:00 p.m. There will be a luncheon at the church after the service. The burial will be at the National Cemetery later this year.

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Mrs. Syble Grace Eidson Reid

Mrs. Syble Grace “Granny” Eidson Reid, 90, of Fanning Springs, passed away January 16, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.
She was born in Bremen, Georgia, to the late William Henry and Lena (Stamps) Eidson on May 20, 1923.
She moved from Breman, Georgia, to Orlando in 1940, and then to Chiefland in 1960, making Levy County her home for the last 53 years. Her main and most important job was taking care of her family and home and she was an organizer and leader for 4-H, a seamstress, band booster, and caregiver. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, canning, and being with family and friends. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lee Reid; son, William Newton Reid; parents; two brothers; two sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Hailey Grace Kennedy
She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Wylene (Jackie) Kennedy of Fanning Springs, and Ruth Marie (Dennis) Clubb of Surrency, Georgia; sons, Martin Wyatt (Madge) Reid of Chiefland, Jerry Michael (Mary) Reid of Gainesville, Robert Lee (Ramona) Reid of Ocklawaha; brother, Billy Eugene Eidson of Carrollton, Georgia; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Hardeetown Baptist Church in Chiefland. Reverend Tom Keisler and Reverend Tony Clubb officiated. Visitation was two hours prior to the service on Monday. Burial was at Chiefland Cemetery following the services.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland.
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Mrs. June G. Edwards

Mrs. June G. Edwards, 78, of Trenton, formerly of New Philadelphia and Uhrichsville, Ohio, passed away at her home in Trenton, on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Born April 19, 1935, in Uhrichsville, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Albert L. “Abe” Craft and Eva S. (Severn) Craft Wilson.
June grew up in the Uhrichsville where she attended Uhrichsville High School and was a member of Newport United Methodist Church. She was employed in the dietary departments of Twin City Hospital and Union Hospital in Ohio for many years and will also be remembered for the years that she supervised the Uhrichsville swimming pool.
On April 19, 1953, June married Ralph E. Edwards with whom she enjoyed nearly 48 years of marriage until his passing on March 9, 2001.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Iona Craft.
June is survived by two sons, Greg Edwards and Gary (Lisa) Edwards of Uhrichsville, Ohio; three daughters, Gaylene (Richard) Breehl of Midvale, Ohio, Pam (Homer) Garcia of Gillette, Wyoming, and Amy (Andy) Staneart of Dennison, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Jim Hizer, Jason Edwards, Rebekah Edwards, Tiffany Castello-Akers, Makenzie Staneart, Lenzie Staneart, Crystal Davis, and Greg Davis; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Pat Edwards of Trenton; and many nieces and nephews.
A resident of Trenton for nearly two decades, June was a member of Chiefland First United Methodist Church, Chiefland Country Club, and the Fanning Springs Ladies of the Moose. She cherished the time that she spent with her family and especially enjoyed going out to eat with her sister.
Services for June were held at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison, Ohio.
Those wishing to honor June’s memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so to the American Heart Association.
Local arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland.

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Mrs. Shirley Frey

Mrs. Shirley Frey, 86, of Bell, passed away on January 3, at Plantation Oaks in High Springs. Mrs. Frey was a member of the Trenton United Methodist Church. Mrs. Frey was very active in the local libraries.
No services are scheduled and remembrances may be made to Hospice of The Nature Coast.

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Mr. Billy Farrell Hall

Mr. Billy Farrell Hall, 84, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at his home in Old Town.
Mr. Hall was born on December 1, 1929 in Spring Place, Georgia, to Thurston and Olis Hall. He served in the United States Army, serving in Germany. He was a lineman foreman for Florida Power for 35 years. He moved to Old Town from Inverness 22 years ago after retiring. He loved gardening and fishing and was a member of Scrub Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by sons, Gregory Steven Hall and James Farrell Hall.
He is survived by his wife of 60½ years, Annie Hall of Old Town; sons, Billy H. Hall of Old Town and Timothy Alan Hall of Carrabelle; brothers, Claude Hall of Inverness, Alford Hall of Brazio, Texas, and Nick Hall of Ocala; sisters, Mary Myles of Mt. Dora and Juanita Wadkins of Alabama; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Scrub Creek Baptist Church. Reverend Archie Knowles and Chaplain Steve Woodbury officiated. Interment followed at Scrub Creek Cemetery. A visitation was held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mrs. Betty S. May

Mrs. Betty S. May, 87, was born on October 18, 1926 and passed away January 9, 2014. Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Graveside services were at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Mr. John F. Neese

Mr. John F. Neese, 55, of Trenton, passed away on January 8, 2014.
John is survived by his mother, Norma Jones Neese of Chiefland; wife, Donna Neese; sons, Chris, Joe, and Eddie; and seven grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at the Trenton Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2:00 p.m., for friends and family.

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Mr. Branden Leon Railey

Mr. Branden Leon Railey, 24, of Gainesville, passed away on January 1, 2014.
He was born in Gainesville on May 10, 1989, to parents Dennis and Sandra (Fowler) Railey of High Springs. He grew up surrounded by family.
He graduated from home school and received an A+ certification in Microsoft. He was employed by R.T.I. He married Misty Lee on September 23, 2011, and they lived in Gainesville.
Branden enjoyed computers, technology, and games. He also enjoyed cooking and eating. He loved watching movies and being with Misty, his wife. Through his health difficulties, his work ethic remained strong. Branden was a kind young man with a wonderful sense of humor.
Branden was predeceased by his grandfather, Leon Fowler of Bell, and mother-in-law, Amanda Jocelyn.
He is survived by his wife, Misty (Lee) Railey of Gainesville; parents, Sandra and Dennis Railey of High Springs; maternal grandparents, Catherine Fowler of Bell; paternal grandparents, Rosa Lee and Tyson Railey of High Springs; father-in-law, Chuck Lee, Jr.; sister-in-law, Tiffany Dean; along with a host of family and friends.
At 24 years of age, Branden has left a never ending impression on us. The heart remembers most what it has loved the best.
Funeral services for Branden were Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., in the Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Wayfair Cemetery in Gilchrist County. There was a visitation on Monday, Jan. 6, at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Arrangements were under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Homes and Cemeteries of Gainesville. Please sign his online guest book at www.forestmeadowsfh.com .

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Mrs. Delma Holt Rogers

Mrs. Delma Holt Rogers, 92, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at her residence in Trenton. Delma was born on June 3, 1921, in Newberry, to Spencer and Mary Searcy Holt.
Delma and Lomer were married September 15, 1939, in Trenton. For the next six years they resided in the tri-county area and Tampa where Lomer worked at the ship yard. When the war ended in 1945 they moved back to Trenton and lived at their residence for 67 years. Delma was a homemaker and faithfully attended Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
Her greatest joy was loving and serving family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Lomer Rogers; two daughters, Mary Ann Lee and Janice Rogers both of Trenton; a sister, Clarice Palmer of Gainesville; three grandchildren, Vernie (Brenda) Dees, Lorrie Lee (Timothy) Akin, and Timothy Lee; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Glenn Thomas officiated. Interment followed the service at the church cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home of Trenton. To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com .


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Mrs. Eula Mae Davis

Mrs. Eula Mae Davis,78, of Old Town, passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the Tri-County Nursing Home.
Mrs. Davis moved to Old Town from Miamisburg, Ohio, 30 years ago. She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed gardening and watching Gator football. She was a Baptist.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her son Jerry (Mary) Saylor of Old Town; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Interment took place Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mr. Daniel Ray Graves

Mr. Daniel Ray “Danny” Graves, 55, of Trenton, passed away on January 4, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Mr. Graves was born in Ocala on March 11, 1958, and worked his entire career life for the Florida Highway Patrol, Levy County Sheriff’s Department, and the Williston Police Department.
He was a member of the Hardeetown Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge in Booker, and volunteer fireman for over 10 years with the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Myrtis Graves; his sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Steu Akers; brother in Law, John Bennion.
Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, Anita Ann Graves of Trenton; a son Daniel (Sonya) Graves of Jacksonville, North Carolina; a daughter, Juanita (Michael) Holman of Callahan; a sister, Sharon Bennion of Ocala; eight grandchildren, Nicholas Jr., Jamison, Gunner, Camron, AJ, Josh, Hayden, and Tatum; a nephew, John Bennion; a niece, Dawn Gavet; and many friends.
Danny enjoyed life and serving people, with many acts of kindness. He loved his Gator Football, all sports, Nascar, fishing and enjoyed being able to travel at the spur of a moment. He also enjoyed gospel music.
Funeral Services will be Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., just prior to the service. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Chiefland.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Megan Vermont “Vee” (Hinson) Hicks

Mrs. Megan Vermont “Vee” (Hinson) Hicks, 80, of Beverly Hills, Florida, died January 1, 2014, at Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto, after a long battle with cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by her family.
She was the beloved wife of Philip Hicks of Beverly Hills, Florida.
Mrs. Hicks was born on August 28, 1933, in Gulf Hammock, to John W. and Lonie Birge Hinson. She graduated from Bronson High School in 1951. After high school she was married to Winfield Wilkerson. They had two children, Wallace Gregory and Judith. During the years of her first marriage she became active in the Gainesville Women’s Club and in various local civic organizations.
She married Philip Hicks in 1971. During their 42 years of marriage they lived in Gainesville, Orlando, New Mexico, and Atlanta, due to his career as an engineer, college professor, and consultant. After retirement they settled in Beverly Hills, Florida.
Mrs. Hicks was very interested in genealogy and through her tracking of family history was honored to gain membership in the DAR and Daughters of the Confederacy. She remained active in Republican women’s organizations throughout her life and is a past president of the Winter Park Republican Women’s Club. She also enjoyed studying the history of Florida and was a fine memoir writer, who was published locally.
She had many interests but her first love was for her husband and family, both the children and grandchildren of her first marriage, and the stepchildren and their families from her second marriage. She was always positive in her outlook, unfailingly kind and generous to those she met in life. She was a wonderful cook, gracious hostess and always a loving wife and mother.
She was predeceased by her parents and by her first husband.
In addition to her husband, Phil, she is survived by a host of family.
Funeral Services were scheduled for Friday, Jan, 3, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home. Visitation was at 1:00 p.m., and the service was at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service followed with burial in the Chiefland Cemetery.
Flowers are being handled by Fernwood Flowers of Chiefland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461, 352-746-6578.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Ms. Connie Lee Hootman

Ms. Connie Lee Hootman, 67, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, after receiving fatal injuries in an automobile accident, in Trenton.
Connie was an incredible mother, sister, friend, and person. She lived life fully, always looking forward. Family was her focus in life. Born in Pinellas County, she traveled across the country before marrying and becoming a mother of four, a grandmother of 16 and a great-grandmother of three, most of whom live in the tri-county area. She has been a waitress, farmer, small business owner, and a hotel department manager.
Connie was well known in North Florida as a local Chiefland business owner, she was the office manager at Affordable Flooring for more than eight years. She enjoyed playing on the water and going on adventurous outings, seeing new places, campfires and cookouts. She was an honest, warm-hearted, kind and caring, happy, healthy lady with a great sense of humor. She had a love for convertibles, and would ride with the wind in her hair. She was very passionate about life, family, friends, and work. She was considered by others to be very intelligent, and enjoyed the company of people with integrity. She will be painfully missed by many, young, and old.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Eldon Hootman (1917 -1967) and Edna Anthea Bertrang Hootman Latta (1918 -2001) and by 2 husbands, James Cecil McDaniel (1942-1998) and John William Hulsey (1948-2003).
She is survived by her brothers Dennis, Terry, Bill, Jeff and Curt Hootman of the Tampa Bay area; sister, Marci Roth of the Tampa Bay area; sons, John, Rick and James McDaniel; daughter, Sheri Jay Ritchey; and her many grand- and great-grand children.
A memorial service has been scheduled for January 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at Otter Springs Campground in the Spring House Lodge. Dinner will be served. Pastor David Jones of Fanning Springs Community Church will be officiating.

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Mrs. Ada Theresa Nordquist

Mrs. Ada Theresa Nordquist, 96, of Steinhatchee, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at her nieces home in Perry.
Mrs. Nordquist was born in Aland, Finland, on April 18, 1917. She was a member of the Salvation Army most of her life serving in the Swedish Scandinavian Division before coming to the United States. She then served in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. She moved to Steinhatchee in 1981 after retiring where she was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church and lead a Steinhatchee’s Ladies Bible study until becoming ill. Her hobbies included baking (especially cookies), knitting, and bible studies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Nordquist.
She is survived by her son Arne (JoAnn) Nordquist of Jacksonville; grandson, Arne Nordquist, Jr.; three great-grandchildren; nieces, Marion Nelsen of Perry, Barbara (Paul) Schotte of Dover, Delaware, and Beverly Martin of Ontario, Canada; nephew, Ralph (Alice) Sundstrom of West Hartford, Connecticut, five nephews in Aland Island in Sweden along with their extended families; sister-in-law, Martha Nordquist; and family in Mississippi.
Funeral services will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church, Steinhatchee, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Aaron Turner officiating. Interment will follow at Waters Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mr. Howard Frederick Peters

Mr. Howard Frederick Peters, 80, of Old Town passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
Mr. Peters was born on December 8, 1933, on Paris Hill in the Town of Marshall, New York, to the late Glenn Thomas Peters and Hazel Olwen (Adams) Peters. He worked many various jobs including; dairy farming, backhoe service, truck driver, vocational arts teacher and mechanic for Hubbard Construction Company, Vestal Asphalt, Long Farms, Long Farms North, and Long and Scott Farms. He was a member of the Lake Square Presbyterian Church but attended Old Town United Methodist Church after moving here in 2012 from Weirsdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wives, Wynnette Peters and Sandra Peters; and a brother, Stuart Peters.
He is survived by sons, Allen (MaryLou) Peters of Old Town, and Jeff Peters of Sorrento; sisters, Olwen Guiles and Emily Guiles both of New York; and brother, Lynn Peters of New York.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Carl Rainear and Chaplain Steve Woodbury officiated. Interment followed at Sorrento Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Citrus County of the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464, in person at 304 N. Main Street, Chiefland, or at www.hospiceofcitrus.org in memory of Howard Peters.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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Mrs. Carrie Bell Wimberly

Mrs. Carrie Bell Wimberly, 88, of Chiefland, passed away December 23, 2013, at Palm Gardens in Gainesville. She was born in St. Petersburg and moved to this area in 1990. Carrie attended and completed courses at the Houston Millinery School in Houston, Texas, in June of 1988. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Chiefland, the Red Hat Society, and a member of Eastern Star since 1968. She handmade original, one-of-a-kind, hats. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, sewing, watching nature, and writing stories. Her greatest enjoyment came from her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Wimberly; son, Robert; and daughter, Mary.
She is survived by her daughter, Glamis Blount of Old Town; sons, Martel Luper of Cross City, Barry Luper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Vincent Luper of Ada, Oklahoma, Bertran Johnson of Tampa; sister, Grace Summer of St. Petersburg; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous friends and neighbors.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Chiefland. Pastor Hunt officiated. Burial followed at Chiefland Community Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Online condolences may be offered by visiting their website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. Henry D. Cribb, Sr.

Mr. Henry D. Cribb, Sr., 84, went to be with his Lord on December 28, 2013. Mr. Cribb was born August 18, 1929, in St. Petersburg to George F. Cribb, Sr. and Ruth Hess Cribb.
Living in and around Gilchrist County most of his adult life, Hank was a general contractor, farmer, and United Methodist Pastor. His last appointment, the Trenton United Methodist Church, where he served as pastor for fifteen years, held a special place in his heart. Remembered for many things, but mostly for his hearty laugh and big heart, Hank is survived by his brother, George F. (Sadie) Cribb, Jr.; three children, Jan (Jerry) Grimes, Henry (Pam) Cribb, Mary Ruth (Terry) Anderson; two stepchildren, David (Sarah) Clinton, and Christina (Johnny) Pitts; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of friends and loved ones who will miss him greatly.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 3, at 3:00 p.m., at Trenton United Methodist Church, 203 SE 2nd Street, Trenton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ayers Health and Rehab, PO Box 229, Trenton, FL 32693. Please mark the donation “In Memory of Hank Cribb.” Services were provided by Cremations Only of Gainesville.

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Mr. Daniel R. Marczynski

Mr. Daniel Royce Marczynski, 65, of Tampa, passed away surrounded by his family on December 26, 2013. He was born December 31, 1947, in Dunkirk, New York, the son of Walter Marczynski and Joyce M. DeWolf.
Daniel is survived by his wife of 36 years, Paula; daughters, Tara (Matt) Slusher, and Heather Marczynski; grandchildren, Cameron, Aloria, and Raegan Slusher; sister, Dianne Wick; brothers, Allen DeWolf and Mickey DeWolf; nephew, Travis Wick; niece, Crystal (Michael) Brace; and goddaughter, Suzanne Shorey. Daniel was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
A staple of the south Tampa community, Daniel graduated from Robinson High School and the University of South Florida. He taught science at H.B. Plant High School for 35 years. He prided himself in having taught several generations of families. He was loved by the Plant community and nicknamed “Mr. Mar.” He worked as the JV boys basketball coach, assistant varsity boys basketball coach, and assistant business manager for several of those years. He was a member of the Coaching Legends of Hillsborough County.
He was an avid Tampa Bay Rays fan (season ticket holder), and the #1 fan at Interbay Little League as he cheered on his grandchildren. There was no science documentary or History Channel program that he didn’t watch. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Paula, and he was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Daniel was always there to help friends with household projects, giving advice, or whatever else they needed him for. He will be greatly missed.
A special thank you to the Tampa General Intensive Care Unit and the South Tampa Health and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care and support.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Blount Curry Funeral Home MacDill Chapel. Burial services for Daniel will be at Townsend Cemetery in Bell, on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2:00 p.m., with a visitation at Daniels Funeral Home prior to service, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hillsborough Education Foundation or the Diabetes Foundation.

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Mrs. Dorcas Dorothy Miles

Mrs. Dorcas Dorothy Miles, 91, of Williston, passed away quietly on December 22, 2013, at Tri County Nursing Home in Trenton, with her family by her side. Mrs. Miles was born in Sylva, North Carolina, and has lived in the area since 1998 when she moved here from Boca Raton. She was a farm laborer for many years. Mrs. Miles enjoyed sewing, reading her bible, gardening, embroidery and making quilts. Her family brought her the most joy during her lifetime.
She is survived by her daughters, Dora Lee (Ray), Jane, Elizabeth, and Barbara; sons, Oliver (Margie), and William Alvin (Kathy); a granddaughter who took care of her, Gloria Martin of Bronson; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
A graveside service was held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at the Old Field Cemetery in Sylva, North Carolina.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland.


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