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Mr. David A. Hallman

Mr. David A. Hallman passed away unexpectedly on October 6, 2014. He was born on July 2, 1957, in Deland to Warren and Lillian West Hallman.
He grew up in north Florida and graduated from Chiefland High School. He attended the University of Florida on an academic scholarship and was the first member of his family to graduate from college. After working for four years as a legislative assistant for the Florida House of Representatives, he entered the U.S. Navy and served as a naval officer for four years. While serving in the U.S. Navy he met his wife, Hideko Inoue. Upon honorable discharge he attended the University of Florida Law School, graduating with honors in 1989. After a decade of private practice, he entered the public sector first as General Counsel to the Florida Department of Transportation, then as County Attorney for Walton County and in 2007 was selected as County Attorney for Nassau, where he served admirably until his death.
David was Board Certified as a Specialist in City, County and Local Government Law and in 2009 was selected as President of the Florida Association of County Attorneys. He was recognized in 2009 for his service on the Gulf Oil Spill Statewide Legal Task Force and in 2011 received The Presidential Appreciation Award for Service to the Florida Association of County Attorneys. He was the Florida State Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He served for years as a member of The Florida Bar Statewide Standing Committee on Professionalism and was its chair in 2013. Florida Trend magazine named David as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite.” He was a founding member of the Robert M. Foster American Inn of Court and served as its Secretary-Treasurer, was President-Elect of the Nassau County Bar Association and served on The Jacksonville Bar Association’s Judicial Relations Committee. He also served on the board of directors of Northeast Florida Community Hospice, as chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee for his local United Methodist Church. He was a member of the board of directors of the Nassau County Farm Bureau. He has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International Foundation.
David is preceded in death by his mother, Lillian West Hallman, who passed away in 1973.
He leaves behind, his wife of 28 years, Hideko I. Hallman, Fernandina Beach; his parents, Mr. Warren Hallman and his wife Kay, of Chiefland; a sister, Teri Jones and her husband, David, of Chiefland; brothers, Glenn Michael “Mike” Hallman and his wife, Susan, of Chiefland, John Scott Hallman and his wife, Sherry, of Chiefland, Myles Franklin Smith and his wife, Tammy, of Ft. White, Russell Carlton Hallman and his wife, Amy, of Chiefland, numerous nieces and nephews as well as he and Hideko’s two canine companions.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at the Yulee United Methodist Church with Pastor Charlie Sward, officiating.
Serving as active pallbearers were his brothers, Mike and Scott Hallman, also Danny Leeper, Junior Boatwright, Pat Edwards and John Drew.
Mr. Hallman was laid to rest at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, in the family plot in the Pierson United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pierson.
His family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Department and Nassau County Fire and Rescue were posted as Honor Guards.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Warner Center for Caring at Baptist Medical Center of Fernandina Beach, c/o Community Hospice of N/E Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Please share his Life Legacy and leave your condolences and memories at www.oxleyheard.com.

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Mrs. Margie Michelle Hendricks

Mrs. Margie Michelle Hendricks, 40, of Cross City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
Mrs. Hendricks was a homemaker and a mother. She, at one time, had worked at the Cross City Rehab and at various restaurants. She enjoyed riding horses, reading and fishing.
She is survived by son, Ronald Hendricks, Jr. of Cross City; daughter, Laura Mae Hendricks of Cross City; mother, Bertha Burns of Steinhatchee; brothers, Gerald Cannon of Cross City, John Henry Thomas Osteen of Cross City, Roger Gainey of Horseshoe, Darrell Cannon of Steinhatchee and James Darren Corbin of Cross City; and sisters, Cornelia Cannon of Steinhatchee, Billy Jean Osteen of Cross City, Lacey Osteen of Trenton, Christy Osteen of Cross City and Anna Wood of Old Town. She was preceded in death by husband, Ronald Hendricks, Sr., brothers, Christopher Osteen and Rudy Gainey and father, Rudolph Sylvester Gainey.
Funeral services will be held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 12 noon with Rev. Dwayne Kight officiating. Interment will follow at Lee Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Geneva M. Lovett

Mrs. Geneva M. Lovett, 96, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at the Tri-County Nursing Home. Geneva was born on August 25, 1918 in Cobbtown, Georgia, to Jessie McDaniel and Abby Kicklighter McDaniel. She was a lifelong resident of Gilchrist County, retired from the Gilchrist County School Board and was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
She is survived by her 3 sons; Warren Lovett of Bell, Glyn Lovett of Fanning Springs, and Greg Lovett of Bell; a sister, Edna Mae Powell of Savannah, Georgia, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Priscilla Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Black officiating. Interment was private.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www. watsonfhtrenton.com.

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Mrs. Tammy Marie Richardson

Mrs. Tammy Marie Richardson, 48, passed away at her home in Old Town on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
Mrs. Richardson was born in Gainesville on September 16, 1966 and was a lifelong resident of Dixie County. She and her husband owned Flying Angel Transportation, a non emergency transportation company. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and enjoyed sewing, embroidering and many other crafting projects, singing karaoke, riding go-carts, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Dennis Richardson of Old Town; daughter Tamber (Gary) Williams of Old Town; step-children, Scotty and Kevin Richardson; parents, Ed and Jackie Davis; sister Amy Shiver and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Cecil Hysmith officiating. Interment followed at Old McCrabb Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday evening, October, 10, 2014 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, (352) 498-5400.

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Mrs. Anne Scaff

Mrs. Anne Scaff, 77, of Lake City, died early Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2014, at Haven Hospice in Lake City.
Born on July 24, 1937, in Simcoe, Ontario Canada, Anne was the daughter of Charles and Rose Csercsics and was one of three children. She was educated in the Simcoe School District and graduated from the Delhi School District. Her family owned a farm in Norfolk County where her future husband went to work in tobacco during the summer. They courted under the big maple tree. Anne and Lester were married on December 12, 1959 and moved to Lake City. Together with her husband Lester, Anne started Scaff’s Inc.® dba, S&S Food Stores® in Lake City in 1961. They now own 45 convenience and grocery stores, located throughout Northeast Florida as well as two Wendy’s® locations and have consistently been in Florida Trend’s® Top 200 Private companies since 1999.
Anne was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Lake City. Her faith drove her many charitable works in Lake City, which included serving as a member of the Financial Council of Epiphany Catholic Church. She served on the Foundation for Florida Gateway College Executive Board of Directors and was a Finance Member for over 30 years.
Along with her husband Lester, she co-founded the S&S Charities Golf Tournament® and the Lester and Anne Scaff Foundation Inc.® Anne also founded the Anne C. Scaff Take Stock in Children Endowment Scholarship® and was a member of Altrusa International®. One of Anne’s favorite jobs for many years was to teach the New-Hire Class at S&S Food Stores®. This gave her the opportunity to meet each new employee. Anne led a very long and active life until her passing.
Anne is pre-deceased by her brother, Steve Csercsics. Anne is survived by her husband, Stafford Lester Scaff; her brother, Joe Csercsics; and her sister-in -law, Rose Csercsics; as well as, fifteen nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Suwannee Valley Care Center® (Haven Hospice), 6037 West US Hwy 90, Lake City, Florida 32055.
Visitation with the family was held Monday evening, October 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral mass was celebrated by Father Mike Pendergraft on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., at Epiphany Catholic Church. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
Please leave words of comfort for the family online at www.gatewayforestlawn.com.


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Mrs. Clara Margaret Faison

Mrs. Clara Margaret Faison, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, of Ocala, passed away September 28, 2014 at Munroe Regional Medical Center.
She was born on September 5, 1924 in Sumner to Hattie and Richard Wilkerson, and was a member of the Church of Christ of Ocala.
She is survived by her daughter, Lucy Faison Davis,; sons, Albert (Buddy) Faison and Grover C. Faison; sister, Rochelle Summers. In addition, she is survived by six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband Grover Cleveland Faison; sisters Allie Owens and Bertha Lee Wilkerson; and brothers J. D. Wilkerson and Billy Ray Wilkerson.
Graveside service was held at Barnes Cemetery on October 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Danny Giltner of Community Harvest Baptist Church officiating.
Arrangements were coordinated by Countryside Funeral Home.

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Mr. Donald Ray Joyce, Sr.

Mr. Donald Ray Joyce, Sr., 79, of Cedar Key, passed on October 3, 2014. He was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Emma and Thomas Joyce. His formative years were spent in Indianapolis, Indiana where he met and married his childhood sweetheart, Caroline. Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aircraft hydraulics specialist before moving his family to Florida. He then began a career with the City of Miami Fire Department that spanned 27 years. His roles included serving as a Board Member of the Miami Fire Museum, consulting on firefighting infrastructure in Venezuela, and retiring as the City of Miami Fire and Rescue Training Facilities Division Chief. Subsequently, Don and Carol moved to Cedar Key to build their dream home and opened a local gift and stained glass shop. Pursuing his passion for the art of stained glass, Don created numerous works, many of which are found in local community churches, as well as the museum and school.
He is described by family and friends as a man of character and strong faith, a loving father, and a devoted husband. Carol and Don recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. His favorite leisure activities included boating, fishing, kayaking, and spending time with his family. He also found inspiration in the beautiful Cedar Key Island sunrises, bird-watching, observing dolphins, and sharing sunsets with Carol.
He is survived by his wife Carol; his children Diana (Dave, son-in-law), Wanda (Dan, son-in-law), Allen (Lisa, daughter-in-law), and Phyllis (daughter-in-law), 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 more great-grandchildren on the way! He is preceded in death, by his son, Donald (Buddy) Joyce Jr.
Don will always be remembered as a caring, compassionate person who put others’ needs before his own, someone who loved contributing to community projects, and a man who keenly respected the contributions of veterans and first responders. During his final days, he expressed how grateful he was for the wonderful life God had given him, his faith, his family, his friends, and the beauty and peace he had enjoyed.
Arrangements are under the care of Heirs-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Visitation will be held at the Cedar Key Methodist Church (352) 543-0011, located at SR-24 and 4th Street at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, followed by a celebration of his life at 11:00 a.m., and a reception at noon.
In lieu of flowers, Don requested donations be made to the Cedar Key Fire Rescue at P.O. Box 128, Cedar Key, FL, 32625. Cards of condolence may be forwarded to P.O. Box 670, Cedar Key, FL 32625.

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Mr. Freddie Burrell Kilpatrick, Jr.

Mr. Freddie Burrell Kilpatrick, Jr. of Chiefland, passed away September 30, 2014.
He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, July 2, 1924.
He joined the Navy in 1942 ending up in Jacksonville where he met and married his wife, Virginia Magdalena Jones, and together they had two children Steve and Patricia Kilpatrick.
He is survived by his children Patricia and Lee Mulder, and Steve and Peggy Kilpatrick; his grandchildren, Kala and Jacob Lawson, Sealey Kilpatrick, Lauren and Mike Cross, Leigh Hinson, David and Martha Pinner, Lindsey and Ricky Holland; and his great-grandchildren, Lillie Lawson, Harper Cross, Ashley & Michael Mulder, Alex and Nicky Pinner, Kylee and Easton Holland, Jarred, Kayla and Libby Newell.
He was active in sports in the Navy and was a Golden Glove boxer and played baseball in Puerto Rico. He eventually went on to play semi-pro ball in Kansas, then on to the Red Sox. He attended Bob Jones University and went on to work with the Pure Oil Company for 20 years. He then owned and operated the Little T Restaurant where he had the opportunity to become involved with FWC as a Reserve Officer and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office as a bailiff.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chiefland.
Freddie was a mentor to many, a steward of the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish.
A viewing was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church, Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed at the Chiefland Cemetery.
He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, (352) 493-0050 is honored to serve the Kilpratick family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mrs. Roberta Ann Wryals

Mrs. Roberta Ann Wryals, 67, of Fanning Springs, passed away at home on September 13, 2014. Mrs. Wryals was born in Parkersburgh, West Virginia on May 14, 1947 to Richard and Esther Ricker. Roberta was a a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. Mrs. Wryals was a Lab Supervisor for the Williston Hospital for many years and enjoyed her work very much. She and her husband built their beautiful home in Fanning Springs themselves and enjoyed their country life.
She leaves her loving husband, Carl E. Wryals of Fanning Springs; mother-in-law, Malissa Hyatt; Cecil Ray Rooten, Seth Sims, Jermiah Wryals, Jan, Dick, Drew, Becky and 4 grandchildren.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Roberta Ann Ricker Wryals will be on October 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the family’s home in Fanning Springs.
Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com and arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services (352) 493-0050.


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Mr. Robert “Bob” Burt

Mr. Robert “Bob” Burt, 79, of Branford, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in the Suwannee Valley Care Center, Lake City, after a short illness. The Beaverton, Michigan native moved to Branford in 1976 from Jacksonville. Mr. Burt was a veteran of the United States Army, the owner/operator of NESSA Chemical Co., Branford for 20 plus years and was of Protestant faith.
Mr. Burt is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn T. Burt, Branford; two daughters; Vicki (Ed) White, Branford, and Valerie (John) Thomas, Bell; one son; Jeff (Angie) Burt, Lakeland; ten grandchildren; Rebecca White, Katie White, Levi White, Branden Thomas, Selena Thomas, Jared Thomas, Savana Thomas, Justin Burt, Olivia Burt and Wyatt Burt.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at the Daniels Memorial Chapel with Mr. Bob Fletcher officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until service time.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, are in charge of arrangements.
Please sign our guest book at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.

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Mr. Terry Drew Dees

Mr. Terry Drew Dees, 64, of Cross City, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.
Mr. Dees began working as an ironworker at the age of 16 and worked all over the country building anything from auto plants to power plants and anything in between.
He was a lifelong avid Gator fan and spent his time hanging out with his best friend Bob. He loved fixing things, fishing, hunting, farming and cooking. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union and was a Gator Booster. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by a son, Tommy Glenn Dees; daughter, Destiny Henderson of Cross City; grandchildren, Seanna, Blake and Haden; sister, Cindy Dey of Cross City and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Zelda Jo Dees and brother Glenn Dees.
A graveside service was held at the New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Jarrett Thomas and Rev. Cecil Hysmith officiating. A visitation was held at the cemetery 30 minutes prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Mrs. Ruby Allen Griffin

Mrs. Ruby Allen Griffin, 92, of Burleson, Texas, formerly of Chiefland, passed away September 23, 2014 at her daughter’s home in Burleson. She was born November 27, 1921 in Chiefland to Robert Wesley & Stella (Locke) Allen. Ruby was a graduate of Chiefland High School and was instrumental in starting the Woman’s Missionary Union at First Baptist Church in Chiefland where she was a member before moving to Texas. She also served in the church working with Youth Choir, GA’s and Sunbeams, taught Adult Ladies SS Class, as well as classes for preschool through youth. She also enjoyed serving as Church Hostess.
Her first job was in a drug store, followed by work at the WPA during WWII where she made blackout curtains, rolled bandages and repaired uniforms. She and her husband owned Rite Way Service Station where they made sandwiches for the many servicemen traveling through in convoys. Working for four different drug stores she finally owned Griffin’s Drug Store. After selling the drug store she continued to work for Andrews Drugs and Griffin’s Dept. Store.
Teaching young students to read became a real passion during her last working years at Chiefland Elementary. Sewing, reading, and working are hobbies that filled her spare time. Even with her eyesight almost gone, she tried to cook for and feed her neighbors at Thomas Square Apartments where she lived until a year and a half ago when she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. Her final weeks were spent napping, making her bed, and sorting through her fashion jewelry and playing with her pal, Xena, the family Schnauzer.
Having the house full of grandchildren gave her the most pleasure as her last week was filled with their singing and playing the guitar while sitting next to her bedside. The children shared hymns and scripture verses and talked of their faith. Seeing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren following Christ gave her the most joy and peace. She will always be remembered as such a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.
She is survived by her son, John B. (Dixie) Griffin of Chiefland; daughter, Mary Jane (Bert) Farnell of Burleson, Texas; granddaughters, Gerie A. (David) Forde of Williston, Susan Mirriam (Dan) Christophy of Gainesville, Kathy Lynn (Tad) Ramey of Crestview; grandson, Kyle (Tina) Farnell of Burleson, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Lane of Chiefland, and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John Hellis Griffin, her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Burial will follow at Chiefland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, FL 32626, (352) 493-0050 is honored to serve the Griffin family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mr. Samuel Edward Jackson

Mr. Samuel Edward Jackson, 96, of Cross City, better known to his family and close friends as “Mr. Red”, passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. He was born in Smarr, Monroe County, Georgia on June 26, 1918 to Gus and Annie Mae Jackson.
In 1937 he joined the United States Army and served his country honorably in both the 29th Infantry Division and the 501st Paratroopers in WWII. He was married to his sweetheart Elizabeth LaCount in the summer of 1953. They were a loving devoted couple for 60 years. The couple had one daughter, Susan Elaine Jackson Moore. The couple moved to the Cross City area in 1984 to indulge Mr. Red’s passion for fishing, where he became a charter fisherman for many years. As a talented carpenter he became well known in the community where locals kept him busy designing and building rocking chairs and swings. The couple also indulged in square dancing, where he served as President of the South Georgia North Florida Square Dance Association.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Sarah E. Hinson; great-granddaughter, Natalie Hinson; sister Nell J. Smith; and sister-in-law Janette (Ernie) Schulz.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. A visitation was held an hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Mrs. Effie Elizabeth Lamb

Mrs. Effie Elizabeth Lamb, 59, of Chiefland, passed away following a brief illness on September 27, 2014.
Effie worked as a CNA at Shands Hospital UF for many years. She enjoyed country music, reading, traveling and going to other places. Her most enjoyment in life was her family and grandchildren.
She leaves behind her loving family; a son, Frankie Lamb of Alabama; her daughter, Rhonda Melton of Chiefland; grandchildren Morgen Lamb of Alabama, Misty Melton, Nicholas Melton, and Keri Melton of Chiefland; her brothers, Jackie, Fred, Avery and Bobby; her sisters Erma and Imogene, all of Chiefland, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Avery and Mary Josephine Peterson, and a husband Willie Franklin Lamb
Graveside services were held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Walker Creek Cemetery in Hatch Bend. There was a viewing one hour prior to the service. Pastor Billy Keith of Rafter Cross Cowboy Church officiated.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, FL. (352) 493-005. Hiers-Baxley is honored to service the Lamb Family and online condolences can be made at our website www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Florine Johnson Langley

Mrs. Florine Johnson Langley of Desoto, Texas passed away recently. Mrs. Langley formerly lived in Gilchrist County. No other details were available at press time.

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Mr. Arthur Floyd Livingston, Sr.

Mr. Arthur Floyd Livingston, Sr., 74, of Chiefland, passed away on September 20, 2014.
Mr. Livingston was born on May 24, 1940 in Hannibal, New York and moved to the Chiefland area in 1996. Art worked as a contractor and sheetrock installer in the home construction field.
He is survived by his children, Arthur Jr., Brian, Clinton and Debbie. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Helen Livingston and his dear wife Edna.
Funeral services will be in Hannibal, New York and burial will take place at the Fairdale Cemetery in Hannibal, New York.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, Florida (352) 493-0050.

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Mr. Willard Melvin Corbin

Mr. Willard Melvin Corbin, 80, passed away at his home in Jena on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
Mr. Willard was born on December 8, 1933 in Rocky Creek to William Henry Corbin and Magdalene Ellison Corbin. He was a commercial fisherman and a business owner. He built a number of boats of different sizes and was a major supporter of football. His teams were the Dixie County Bears and the Florida State Seminoles. He never missed a chance to cheer them on. In 1972, while his son Melvin played for the Dixie County Bears, he was named Bear Booster of the year and he remained a booster until his passing.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte M. Corbin of Jena; son, Willard Melvin (Linnie) Corbin, Jr. of Jena; daughters, Deborah (Randy) Jones of Jena and Marilyn Philmon of Cross City; brothers, Robert Corbin of Gulfport, Mississippi, Rayburn Corbin of Jena, Benny Corbin of Steinhatchee and Theadus Corbin of Jena; sisters, Patsy Highsmith of Cross City and Vivian Daniels of Cross City; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by daughter Debbie Charlotte Corbin and sister Loretta Lamb.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Sammy Corbin, Rev. Carolyn Oglesby and Bro. John Sherrill officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery. A visitation was held an hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Mr. Conister Fred Daniel

Mr. Conister Fred Daniel, 84, passed away on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at his residence in Trenton. Conister was born on June 4, 1930 in Belmont County, Ohio to William F. Daniel and Ora McMurray Daniel. He retired from the carpentry industry as a cabinet maker, and he was a member of Cherry Sink Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker Daniel of Trenton. He is also survived by his five children.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with Mr. John Zellner officiating. Interment followed the service at the church cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton, (352) 463-8888.
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book, go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com.

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Mr. Charles Ray Sanders

Mr. Charles Ray Sanders, 71, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Charles was born on November 29, 1942 in Bell, to Clayton C. Sanders and Clyde Martin Sanders. He was a lifelong resident of Bell. Mr. Sanders retired from the United States Postal Service and he was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his two sons; David Sanders and Tracy Sanders, both of Bell, two brothers: Hugh (Avie) Sanders and Mike (Tammy) Sanders both of Bell; a sister, Charlene Sanders of Bell; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Philman officiating. Interment to follow the service at Bell Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, (352) 463-8888.
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Colton Tyler Snellgrove

Colton Tyler Snellgrove, 18, of Suwannee, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
Tyler was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God. He enjoyed arrow head hunting, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his father, Curtis Ray Snellgrove of Suwannee; mother, Ada (William) De Carlis of High Springs; brothers, Curtis Lane Snellgrove and Luther Cole Snellgrove, both of High Springs, and Kelton Spahler of Old Town; paternal grandmother, Sonja (Bob) Reed of Suwannee and paternal great grandfather, Luther Ray Snellgrove of Cross City.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Hurst officiating. A visitation was held on Thursday evening, Sept. 18, 2014.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Ms. Sarah Spirit,
Kaleb Kuhlmann,
Kylie Kuhlmann,
Johnathon Kuhlmann,
Destiny Stewart,
Brandon Stewart and Alanna Stewart

The seven lives lost tragically on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Bell were remembered in a memorial service on Sunday that was open to the public at 5:00 p.m., in the Bell High School, followed by a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m., also at the school. The funeral services will be held privately.
Lost in this tragedy are Sarah Spirit, a loving mother, born on January 14, 1986 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and living most of her life here in Florida. Sarah was preceded in death by her brother Kyle in 2001; Kaleb Mathew Kuhlmann, born on May 20, 2003, a student at Bell Elementary School, who loved playing baseball; Kylie Marie Kuhlmann, born on April 16, 2005, also a student at Bell Elementary School; Johnathon Neil Kuhlmann, born on March 19, 2006, a Bell Elementary student, who also loved playing baseball; Destiny Nicole Stewart, born September 27, 2009; Brandon James Stewart, born July 3, 2010; Alanna Brooke Stewart, born on June 22, 2014.
Surviving family members are, Christine Jeffers, mother and grandmother; Frank Forgue, grandfather; Edward Kuhlmann, father; James Lawson Stewart, father; Walter Kuhlmann, grandfather; Deborah Kuhlmann, grandmother; Aletha Stewart, grandmother; Joyce Clarke, grandmother and great-grandmother; Sarah Russell, great-great-grandmother; W. C. Douglas, great-great-grandfather; Inez Kuhlmann, great-great-grandmother; Joshua Spirit, brother and uncle.
A memorial fund has been set up and donations may be made to the Bell Tragedy Fund, c/o Alarion Bank, 16404 NW 174th Drive, Alachua, Florida 32615.

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Mrs. Betty J. Workman

Mrs. Betty J. Workman, 89, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at her home in Chiefland, where she was a resident for the past 40 years.
She was born September 10, 1925 in Tiro, Ohio to the late Edward and Hazel Amstutz. She was very outgoing and free spirited, well known to speak her thoughts and opinions. She enjoyed going to bingo, attending auctions and spending time with family and friends, whether it was a family dinner, a day out with friends or a simple telephone call.
She joins her late husband, Charles “Pop” Scarberry, who passed in April of this year, her parents, daughters Linda Guthrie and Susan Snodgrass, a brother and sisters. She is survived by her son, Bob (Rose) Au of Chiefland; daughter, Jane (Bennie) Thompson, of Chiefland; sister, Bonnie Palmer of Ohio; grandchildren, David (Kristi) Cannon, Brian (Tara) Cannon, Alan (Brandy) Cannon, Lisa (Tom) Daniels, Robbie Tanner and Jennifer King, all of Chiefland, Bobby Au, Tammy Au and Kristi Au, all of Ohio, Crystal (Mud) Noldes of Perry, Mickey (Kimberly) Thompson of Sneads, Brenda Beach of Old Town, Eddie (Stacy) Guthrie and Chris (Michael) Mathews of Tennessee, Neila (Mark) McKinney of Gainesville and Daryl Snodgrass of Trenton; 35 great-grandchildren; nieces, Sonja (Danny) Hillard of Ocala and Marylou (Lee) Cronister of Ohio, as well as numerous extended family not mentioned.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Webber officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery in Chiefland. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, (352) 498-5400.

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Rev. Cody Bennett

Rev. Cody Bennett, a faithful, obedient servant of the Lord, went to be with his Savior on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Rev. Bennett was born in Jacksonville on November 25, 1924. He was saved in 1935 and called to the ministry in July of 1935. He pastored numerous Southern Baptist Churches in Florida and Alabama until retiring. He still remained in the ministry as an interim pastor for a number of churches after retiring until his health no longer permitted it. He began serving in the United States Army in April of 1943, reaching the level of Sergeant and Squad Leader of Company I, 135th Infantry. During his time of service he was the recipient of 2 purple hearts. He enjoyed his family and cooking for their get-togethers.
He is survived by sons; Michael Bennett of Trenton, Mark (Lisa) Bennett of Middleboro, Kentucky and Paul (Cecilia) Bennett of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters, Melba (Fred) Cook of Ashford, Alabama and Judy Drake of Clearwater; brother, Howard Bennett, formerly of Trenton and presently of Des Moines, Iowa; 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Chloe Bennett, wife of 22 years, Mittie Bennett, son, Ed Bennett and daughter, Marsha Miller.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sonshine Memorial Gardens in Bell. A visitation will be held Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2014 at the funeral home between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Celebration of Life for Willie Coates

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., family and friends are invited to come celebrate the life of Willie Coates, loving husband, father and PopPop, at the Masonic Lodge, 125 NE 2nd Street in Trenton.

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Mr. Michael Thomas Hartford

Mr. Michael Thomas Hartford, 26, was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Gary and Cathy Hartford.
Michael moved to Florida at the age of two, and lived in Chiefland the majority of his life, and recently lived in the Okeechobee and Titusville areas. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors and being on the water.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Michael Hartford; his grandmother Jayne Hartford of Dubuque, Iowa; great-grandparents Leo and Thalia Alderman, of Leesburg, and David G. Huntt of Leesburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mehie of Dubuque, Iowa
Survivors include his mother, Cathy Hartford of Titusville, her partner William Moore; sisters Ashley (Chance) Crawford of Chiefland and Courtney Moore of Titusville; and brother Jonathan Moore of Titusville; his Pop and Granny, Bryan and Linda Bailey of Chiefland, grandparents David L. and Kathy Huntt of Leesburg, grandfather Mike Hartford of Dubuque, Iowa, great -grandmothers Lou Hartford of Farley, Iowa, and Nathalie Huntt of Leesburg; two aunts, Rachel (Denver) Turner, of Inverness and Trish (Greg) Turner of Trenton; three uncles, Bubba (Lori) Bailey of Chiefland, Gerry (Sherry) Hartford of Dubuque, Iowa, Gregg Hartford of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; nephew Kaiden Gary Horne; and niece Aniston Crawford of Chiefland. Several cousins, great aunts and uncles and friends.
Services to be announced at a later date.

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Mr. Michael Lee Kyle

Mr. Michael Lee Kyle of Montverde passed away September 12, 2014 at Broward Health Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on February 14, 1959 in Fayetteville, North Carolina and raised in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. In his time in Montverde, Michael was a member of the First Baptist Church of Montverde.
Michael was an avid car enthusiast, proven by the restoration of his beautiful 1955 Chevy. He enjoyed traveling and fishing. He worked as an MEP engineer throughout the states and several countries, which included the Caribbean, Asia, and Bahamas.
Michael is survived by his wife, Sheryl Kyle; his daughter, Melissa Kyle; his father and step mother, Neil and Barbara Kyle; his sisters, Judy Turmenne and Chrissy Kyle Francis, and brother David Kyle. Michael is preceded in death by his mother, Edith Kyle. He was well cherished by many more family members, including cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., Mt. Olive Cemetery with Pastor Jonathan Winningham officiating. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday evening, Sept. 15, 2014 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Flowers are always appreciated, but the family would also/instead appreciate a donation towards a cure for Lymphoma. Please donate in Michael’s name.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Curtis Dwayne Land

Curtis Dwayne Land, 52, of Fort Myers, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. Curtis was born September 26, 1961 in McClenny to Howell Daniel Land Sr. and the former Dorris Cain. Curtis was of the Baptist faith and worked as a heavy equipment operator on big farms, mainly growing watermelons. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Land was preceded in death by his father, Howell Daniel Land, Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Dorris Cain Martin, and step-father Sidney Martin, of Newberry; three daughters, Casey Nichole Land, of Tallahassee, Alabama, Kaylee Danielle Land, of Ocala, and Payton L. Land, of Fort Myers; one brother, Howell ‘Danny’ Land, of Mayo, a step-brother, Alan Martin, of Newberry; two grandsons; his companion, Sue Jefferson, of Ft. Myers, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Midway Baptist Church in Mayo, with Bro. Danny Rogers officiating. A private interment followed in Land Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service, also at Midway Baptist Church. All arrangements were under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home of Mayo.
You may send condolences to the family at joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.

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Mrs. Diane Kay Whiddon

Mrs. Diane Kay Whiddon, 63, of Bell, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.
Mrs. Whiddon was born in Flint, Michigan on September 18, 1950. She moved to Bell 29 years ago from Perry. She worked in the dairy industry as a milker and feeder.
She is survived by sons, James Clinton Long of Flint, Michigan and John Levy Martin of Bell; daughters, Barbara Whiddon of Bell, Misty Carter of Perry, Patty Martin and Kathy Martin; brothers, Daniel Long of Alabama, Bobby Long of New York, and Douglas Long of Haines City; sister, Sandra Martin of Haines City; and 6 grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at Trenton Cemetery Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. A visitation was held at the funeral home, Wednesday evening, Sept. 17, 2014 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Mr. Raymond George Avery

Mr. Raymond George Avery, age 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at his residence in Bell. Raymond was born on August 2, 1932 in Burke, New York to George Curtis Avery and Mildred Minnie Holmes. He moved to Bell in 1964 from Largo. He retired from the Gilchrist County School Board and he was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by a son, Melvin Avery, a sister, Marion Avery Reed and his brothers, Charles Avery and Myron Avery.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Akins Avery of Bell, a daughter, Donna (Robert) Ford of Lake City, 3 sons; Doug Avery of Tampa Bay, Michael (Diane) Avery of Bell, and Roy (Nickole) Avery of Bell, a sister, Betty Avery Thomas of Tarpon Springs; and 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmy Corbin and Pastor Archie Knowles officiating. Interment was at Bell Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton, FL 32693, (352) 463-8888.
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book, go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Flora G. “Flo” Butler

Mrs. Flora G. “Flo” Butler, 70, of Horseshoe Beach, passed away Monday, Sept., 8, 2014.
Mrs. Butler was born December 4, 1943, in Marianna, Arkansas to Selma Venice Davidson and Dillard Thomas Duty. She graduated from Ribault High School in Jacksonville in 1962 and then from Jacksonville University with her Associate of Arts Degree. She married Carl Wayne Butler on December 15, 1963. She moved to Horseshoe Beach in 1974 and worked for the Florida Department of Corrections. She worked through the ranks from bookkeeper to Investigator and retired in 1999. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Beach.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Carl Wayne Butler of Horseshoe Beach; daughter, Teiko Denee Butler Hurst of Old Town; son and daughter-in-law, Carl Wayne ”Darby” Butler, II and Lola Sikes Butler; grandchildren, Shelton Blaine Hurst, Kailee Layne Hurst, Jordan Butler and Madisyn Butler, brother and sister-in-law, Edward Thomas and Peggy Duty; sister and brother-in-law, Callie and Donald Reynolds and brother Lloyd Duty. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Selma Venice and Dillard Thomas Duty; sister, Margaret Duty Bates, and brother Dillard Thomas Duty, Jr.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Lindsey and Rev. Gene Coons officiating. Interment followed at Butler Cemetery. A visitation was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 9, 2014 at the funeral home between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, (352) 498-5400.

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Mr. Robert Angelo Butler

Mr. Robert Angelo Butler, 69, of Newberry, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at his home. Robert was born July 9, 1945 in Gainesville, to Hiram and Hazel (Register) Butler. He was a Christian and a member of more than 30 years of Impact Family Church in High Springs. Robert was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War. A plumber for more than 50 years, he was the founder, owner, and operator of Butler Plumbing since 1979. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his three granddaughters. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, gardening, snow skiing, traveling, scalloping, hosting church fellowships at his home, and cooking for his family and friends. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents Hiram Stanford Butler and Hazel Register Mullis, and two brothers, James and Stanford Butler.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Annette Gould Butler, of Newberry; two sons, Robert Allan Butler, of Trenton, and Michael Jade Mullis, of Newberry; two brothers, John C. Butler, of Newberry, and Roy Mike Mullis, of Lake City; three granddaughters, Regan, Ranie, and Rylie Butler, all of Trenton, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at Impact Family Church, 16710 NW US Hwy 441 in High Springs, with Pastors Edwin and Angela Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Jonesville Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, also at Impact Family Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Impact Family Church Youth Department, in care of Impact Family Church, P. O. Box 903, High Springs, FL, 32655. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. You may send condolences to the family at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.

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Mr. John Edwin Field

Mr. John Edwin Field, age 71, passed away on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at his residence in Trenton. John was born on October 20, 1942 in Dunedin to Eugene Field and Margaret Livingston Field. He was self-employed in retail sales. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
He is survived by his son, John Wesley Field of Trenton, four sisters; Jean Hall of Newberry, Mary Ann Rothwell of Keystone Heights, Emma Lee Underwood of Alachua, and Joyce Kazarorf of Orlando, and two grandchildren; Cody and Patricia Field.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Pastor Travis Wood and Pastor John Evans officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton (352) 463-8888.
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Toni Marie Coleman Gause

Mrs. Toni Marie Coleman Gause went home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Toni was born January 28, 1956, at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia, to Amelia and Elbert Coleman. She was a multi talented and a very compassionate person.
She is survived by her son, Justin (Shay) Gause of Gainesville; brother, Jess Coleman of Orlando; her mother Amelia (L.C.) Cannon of Chiefland; and survived by a precious granddaughter, Kahlan. Survivors also include Bruce (Jennifer) Cannon of Okeechobee, David (Debbie) Cannon of Lake City, Donna (Walt) Carlisle of Sumter, South Carolina; and Melton (Dawn) Cannon of Virginia, in addition to her many close relatives and friends.
Toni was pre-deceased in death by her Daddy, Elbert Coleman; her paternal grandparents Elsie and T Coleman; maternal grandparents, Gladys and Henry Meriwether.
Services were held at Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev Tom Keisler and Rev. Travis Hudson officiating. Visitation began one hour prior to the service
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 352-493-0050. On line condolences may be sent through our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Essie H. Chafin

Mrs. Essie H. Chafin, age 97, of Gainesville, formerly of Trenton, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville.
She was born on March 22, 1917 to Comfort and Polly Hull in Barnabus, West Virginia. Mrs. Chafin was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Trenton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elbert Chafin; her daughter, Donna King; her grandson, Joe Iddings and her brother, Edgar Hull.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Chuck Clarke of Gainesville and one great-grandson, Adam Iddings.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 9th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32607.
Visitation for Mrs. Chafin will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Stephen Aherns officiating. Interment to follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton. Please sign Mrs. Chafin’s memorial page at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Willie Coates

Mr. Willie Coates, 69, of Trenton, passed away on August 27, 2014.
He worked his entire life as a master carpenter until his retirement. He was a loving, caring husband and father. Willie loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and working in his garden.
Willie is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Carol Coates; his sons, Jason (Krista) Coates of Chiefland, Kevin (Stacey) Coates of Trenton; his daughters, Amber (John) Frazzini of Orange City, Mindy (Al) Dow of Texas; 13 grandchildren; his brother, Ron Coates; and sisters, Marlene (Richard) Phillips, and Carlene (Thomas) Cross.
The family plans to hold a private memorial at a later date for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, Florida 32626, phone (352) 493-2333.

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Mr. James Marshall Futch

Mr. James Marshall Futch, 85, of Crawfordville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.
Mr. Futch was born in Cross City, Florida on September 26, 1928. He married Geraldine Mary Hutchins Futch, who passed away on July 4th of this year, and they raised their children primarily in Dixie County. Mr. Futch passed away on what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary. He was a Florida Wildlife Officer with the State of Florida, retiring in 1983 after 21½ years. He was a member of Lydia Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and gardening.
He is survived by children, Jimmie (Marilyn) Futch, Ronnie (Ellen) Futch and Linda Futch (Jerry Chavous) all of Dixie County and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Jarrett Thomas and retired FWC Bureau Chief, Paul Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in Cross City Cemetery. A visitation will be held one 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. Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Kinsey

Mr. Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Kinsey, age 72, of Bell, went to Heaven on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.
Kenny was born on December 17, 1941, in Bell to the late Carl and Letha Kinsey.
He spent most of his childhood with his special Aunt and Uncle, Will and Bert Parrish. Kenny was the 2nd of six children. His brothers and sisters included the late Ronald Kinsey, the late Glenda Severance, Corliss (Billy) Smith, Sandra (Gary) Barrs, and Carol (Mike) Park.
Kenny retired from the Gilchrist County Road Department. In his early years, he liked duck hunting, riding the back roads enjoying nature, and looking for arrowheads. Kenny also enjoyed farming and spending time with his children.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 23 years Alice (Ali) Kinsey, and eight children; Cheryl O’Quinn, Renae (Randy) Layfield, Thor (Michelle) Kinsey, Shani (Matt) King, Jason Kinsey, Stephen (Shirley) Shell, Nickole (Roy) Avery, and Eli (Kim) Hines. He had 20 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He also had many nieces and nephews.
Kenny loved all of his children and grandchildren very much. As he grew older, you could find him parked in the back of his field watching the sunset disappear.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home, Trenton. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

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Mr. Paul L. Langford

Mr. Paul L. Langford, age 56, of High Springs, formerly of Worthington Springs, passed away at UF Shands on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
He was born on June 20, 1958 to George and Rosa Lee Langford in Alachua County. Mr Langford was a farmer and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Langford is survived by his daughter, Libby Langford of Gainesville; son, Paul Langford of Fanning Springs; sister, Darlene Langford of High Springs; brother, George Langford of Atlanta, Georgia; several grandchildren, five nieces, four nephews and several aunts and uncles.
A memorial service for Mr. Langford was held on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Osteen officiating.
Arrangements were under the care and direction of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton, FL, 32693. Please sign Mr. Langford’s memorial page at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Dr. Neil White

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Neil White on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the Florida Museum of Natural History.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Neil White Excellence in Teaching Award may be sent to the Department of Mathematics or the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Admission Assistance Fund #012007. Checks should be made payable to UF Foundation, indicating memorial gift on the check.
More information can be found on his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.

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Mr. Christopher Paul Brigalia, Jr.

Mr. Christopher Paul Brigalia, Jr., 34, of Steinhatchee passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.
Chris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee. He enjoyed spending time with his children, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by sons, Christopher Paul Brigalia, III and Eli Irby Brigalia, both of Steinhatchee; daughter, Summer Meleah Brigalia of Steinhatchee; fiancee, Mary Katherine Mack of Steinhatchee, mother, Sheree Meleah Eluere of Steinhatchee; father, Christopher Paul Brigalia, Sr. of Butte LaRose, Louisiana; stepmother, Karen Marie Brigalia of Butte LaRose, Louisiana; stepfather, Edward Anthony Eluere of Steinhatchee; stepfather, Terry Lynn Wineinger of Nashville, Tennessee; sister, Heather Helene Durapau of Patterson, Louisiana; brother, Travis C. Brigalia of Nazareth, Pennsylvania and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee with Rev. Leon Holden, Rev. Aaron Turner and Tim Files officiating. Interment followed at Waters Memorial 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, Cross City.

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Mrs. Catherine “Peggy” Gramling Drawdy

Mrs. Catherine “Peggy” Gramling Drawdy, 83, of Steinhatchee, Florida, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
Mrs. Drawdy was a lifelong resident of Steinhatchee and a charter member of First United Methodist Church of Jena. She was a much loved member of the local Chapter of Beta Sigma Fi and the Sunset Squares Square Dance Club.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Ben Drawdy of Steinhatchee; daughters, Deborah Gramling Osman of Steinhatchee, Cathy Gramling (Nick) Lyras of Live Oak; step-daughters, Delaine Drawdy (Skipper) McCall of Steinhatchee and Nancy Drawdy (Shannon) Todd of Perry; sons, Charles “Buster” (Dee) Gramling of Steinhatchee and John Gramling (Jamie Corbin) of Steinhatchee; stepsons, Ben Drawdy of Steinhatchee and George Drawdy of Salem and a host of loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held at the Friendship Chapel Church of God in Steinhatchee on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Robert Nielson officiating. Interment followed at Waters Memorial Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home Monday evening, Aug. 25, 2014 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Frank L. Padilla, Sr.

Mr. Frank L. Padilla, Sr., 90, of Bell, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.
Mr. Padilla was born in Boca Grande, Florida on April 10, 1924. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Baptist Bible Institute and became a missionary to Louisiana, starting missions, and then pastored churches in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama. He moved to the Tri-County area in 1972 and was currently a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Bell. He taught Sunday school and was involved in RA’s and missions. Mr. Padilla loved woodworking and making things by hand, especially wooden boats and shell art.
He is survived by son, Frank (Mary Jo) Padilla, Jr. of Bell; daughters, Penny Miller and Melody (Dwayne “Top”) Rollison, both of Cross City; brothers, William (Elaine) Padilla of Chiefland, and Jack (Fran) Padilla of Grandbury, Texas; sisters, Marjorie Shankle of Cross City and Rosa Lee Peiffer of Lake City; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years who passed away only six days earlier, Helen Pauline Padilla, parents, Walter Padilla and Mellie Young; daughter, Candy Dyson; brothers, Buddy Padilla, Bobby Padilla, and Ray Padilla and sister, Doris Seals.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Corbin officiating. He was interred at Sonshine Memorial Gardens in Bell. A visitation was held at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Gideon Bibles in his memory.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. John L. “Jack” Spangler

Mr. John L. “Jack” Spangler, 78, of Trenton, passed away quietly with his family at his side on August 20, 2014. Mr. Spangler was born in Springfield, Ohio and served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked for over 20 years at Lancaster Correctional Facility in Trenton before he retired. John enjoyed fishing, studying the Bible and wooden ship models. He was a member of Turning Point Ministries, where he loved Bible studies, church fellowships and preparing Thanksgiving meals for people and his family. He did many kind deeds for others, many times without them knowing who was helping them. The most enjoyment in life came from his family .
He leaves many behind to cherish his memories, his children, Kelly and Tracy Bell of Chiefland, Dawn and Scott Elmore of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and his grandsons, Coby Beck, Braxton Beck, and Carson Elmore. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Judith in 2003. He also leaves behind his dear friends, Gene, Ann, Ken and Marge, and many other friends.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Chiefland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the Spangler family encourages others to donate to local food banks or to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties, 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, Florida 32626. The family wishes to thank Haven Hospice Chiefland team for helping them through this extremely difficult time. They were a blessing.
Arrangements under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-Chiefland. Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Gail R. Sullivan

Mrs. Gail R. Sullivan, 58, of Chiefland, passed away on August 24, 2014.
Gail was born in Lorain, Ohio and moved to this area many years ago with her family. She was a secretary and enjoyed country music, shopping, jewelry and loved the Gators.
Mrs. Sullivan leaves behind her husband, Ernest Sullivan of Chiefland; her son, Jordan Sullivan of Chiefland; her sisters, Terri (Rick) Ezell of Chiefland and Patti (Lloyd) Collins of Cedar Key; her brothers, Wesley (Darla) Dunn of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania and Scott (Eileen) Dunn of Fredericksburg, Virginia; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Cruse of Trenton, Hope (Mitch) Hodge of Trenton, and Lisa (Michael) Gainey of Cross City and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was precede in death by her parents, Wesley and Noma Dunn.
Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 starting at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. with Brother Billy Philman and Pastor Rocky McKinney officiating. Burial will follow the service at Chiefland Cemetery. Online Condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.


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Mrs. Julia Marie Bunkley

Julia Marie Bunkley of Branford, at the age of 80, loving mother and devoted servant of God, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17. 2014, after an extended illness.
Marie was born in Columbia County on December 2, 1933 and graduated from Bell High school in 1952.
She worked much of her life with the Gilchrist County School District. She was devoted to her work with children and was recognized as the Employee of the Year in 1997.
Marie was a respected member of her community and the Landmark Baptist Church (formerly Magnolia Baptist). Sister Bunkley will be remembered as a devout Christian and a kind and giving soul.
She is survived by her children and their families; Mike and Paula Bunkley, Michele and Mark Edwards, Christie Bunkley and Trina Coggins, Jeremy and Brandy Bunkley. Grandchildren; Hannah Livingston, Jolinda Zinsli, PJ Bunkley, Buck Douglas and Zachary Bunkley. Great-grandchildren; Haley Zinsli, Alyssa Bunkley and Ashton Bunkley. Brother, Andy Boswell and sister, Peggy Thomas. Marie is also survived by many nieces, nephews and loyal friends.
She will be welcomed into Heaven by her husband Ernie Bunkley, parents Peg and Josie Boswell, sister Mattie Branch and brother John Boswell.
Visitation was at Daniels Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Branford.
Services were held at Landmark Baptist Church on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Graveside services followed at Santa Fe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Nature Coast Hospice at 150 N. Main St., High Springs, FL 32643.
Please sign our guest book at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Home of Live Oak and Branford was in charge of all arrangements.

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Mrs. Charlotte L. Fullen

Charlotte L. Fullen, age 83, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at her residence in Hampton.
Charlotte was born on January 27, 1931 in Morriston, to Edward Eustis Limbough and Grace Priest Limbough.
She was a grant writer for the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. She was also instrumental in bringing Bear Archery to Gainesville. Charlotte was a member of the Morriston Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her son, Eddie Fullen.
She is survived by her son, Chuck (Laura) Fullen of Trenton, and her granddaughter, Heather Fullen (Ryan) Davis of Gainesville.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the High Springs Cemetery with Brother Steve Limbough officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home. .
To offer online condolences or to sign the guest book go to www.watsonfhtrenton.com.

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Mr. David Gore

David Gore, 58, walked into the arms of Jesus at his home in Chiefland, surrounded by his family. David was born August 30, 1955 to David C. Gore Sr. and Violet Geiger Lester. He lived and worked in Chiefland all of his life, retiring from Central Florida Electric Co-op, after his diagnosis, with 41 years of service.
David was a born again believer of the Baptist Faith and loved spending time outdoors with his family and friends, especially in Gulf Hammock hunting.
David was pre-deceased by his father, David C. Gore, Sr., his stepfather, Floyd Lester, and his brother Greg (Connie) Gore.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 38 years, Karen, his two sons and daughters-in-love, Jared and Kyndal, Jason and Stephanie, and his two hunting buddies, grand-daughters, Brylan and Baylor. His mother, Violet Lester, sister and brother-in-law, Susan and James Horne. His in-laws that loved him like their own, G. C. and Jackie Cannon, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Craig Mikell, nieces and nephews, his hunting buddy John (Angie) Jordan and a slew of co-workers and friends.
Visitation was held Friday, August 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel and funeral services were Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Concord Baptist Church of Chiefland, with Pastor Jamie Brock and Dr. Greg Douglas officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery in Chiefland.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services was honored to serve the Gore Family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Mary Edith Hewitt

Mary Edith Hewitt, 96, of Old Town, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Mrs. Hewitt, her husband and father, who sold the original washing machine patent to Mr. H. L. Maytag, served as real estate brokers in the 40’s and 50’s in Youngstown, Ohio. She left Youngstown moving to Clearwater then to St. Petersburg, and moved 16 years ago to Old Town. She was known for her hot sauce that she named Triple H (hot, hot, hotter), claiming that she made more men cry than any woman in the State of Florida. She enjoyed collecting dolls of all kinds and was a member of the Old Town Church of Christ.
She is survived by her son, Donald (Carol) Salvatore of Indio, California; daughters, Carole (Myron) Brown of Greer, South Carolina, Patricia Mae (Ron) Nelson of Madina, Ohio and Mary-Belle (Scott) Clough of Old Town; half sister, Elsie Mae Hinson of Sebring, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Old Town Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. the morning of the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. James N. “Poley” Horne, Jr.

James N. “Poley” Horne, Jr., 84, of Bell, passed away August 17, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. Poley was born in Trenton to the late Joseph Farris and Ida Bell (Sheffield) Horne on May 29, 1930 and spent his whole life in Gilchrist County. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked 33 years with Southern Bell. He was a member of the NRA. Poley enjoyed fishing, hunting, fish fries and family reunions. He was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with them all. He was well liked and loved by the community and touched many people’s hearts. He was a member of the North East Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Dale L. Horne of Bell; daughters, Sherri E. Horne Monroe of Gainesville, Ann M. (Aaron) Wilhite of Orange Park; sons, James N. Horne, III of Gainesville, James M. Horne of Kearny, New Jersey, Howard D. (Linda) Horne of Cummings, Georgia, Myron A. Avery, of High Springs, Gerald G. (Kim) Avery of Twin City, Georgia; five sisters, three brothers and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by two daughters, Polly A. Shipley and Tina R. Avery, his parents, two sisters, Florrence Beasley and Ida Olivia Horne, and one brother, “Little Boy”.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Funeral Services will be a graveside Service at Pine Grove Church Cemetery in Trenton, at 10 a.m.
The Horne Family and Friends would like to thank Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland and Shands Rehab Health Park of Gainesville for their kindness and care of their loved one.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services,
Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Helen Pauline Padilla

Helen Pauline Padilla, 86, of Bell, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Lafayette Health Care Center.
Mrs. Padilla was born in Sanford on December 5, 1927. She moved to Bell with her family 36 years ago.
She worked for General Electric, but her life was always that of a Pastor’s wife, mother and grandmother.
She was a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Bell, attended all church functions, was a Sunday school teacher, a member of WMU and GA’s and a Mentor. Mrs. Padilla enjoyed sewing, working in the yard, needlework and swimming.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Rev. Frank Padilla, Sr. of Bell; son, Frank (Mary Jo) Padilla, Jr. of Bell; daughters, Penny Miller of Cross City and Melody (Dwayne) Rollison of Cross City; brothers, Wilbur (Jean) Whitley, Jr. of Bell and Rodney (Diane) Whitley of Lafayette, Louisiana; 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents Morris Sjoblom and Lula Whitley; step-father, Wilbur Whitley; daughter, Candy Dyson; brothers, Morris “Buck” Sjoblom and John Sjoblom and sisters, Charlotte Mayes and Gladys Fahle.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Corbin officiating. Interment followed at Sonshine Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Randall Ray Shinall

Randall Ray Shinall, 69, of Trenton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Mr. Shinall was born in Cartersville, Georgia on May 5, 1945. He was a plasterer and stucco installer who took great pride in his work. He recently moved to Trenton from Covington, Georgia, and enjoyed watching NASCAR racing. He was a non-denominational Christian.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Sue Shinall of Cummings, Georgia and Candy Rae Smith of Tallahassee; brothers, Rickey Shinall of Cross City, Jerry Sullivan of High Springs, Tommy Gibson of Valdosta, Georgia and Jimmy Shinall of Cross City; sisters, Brenda Cannon of Old Town, Mary Gail Shinall of Covington, Georgia, Judy Dale Lott of Chula, Georgia, Marie Howard of Wellford, South Carolina and Joyce Barber of Cato, New York; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Buddy Johnson and Danny Shinall and sister, Etta Jane Johnson.
A memorial service was held at Suwannee River Baptist Church Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida.


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Mrs. Dorothy Louise Hodge

Dorothy Louise Hodge, 92, of Cross City, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Cross City Rehabilitation.
Mrs. Hodge moved to Cross City three years ago from Tennessee. She was a homemaker and a mother who loved to read, sew, cook, and everything that went with being a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She is survived by her son, Richard Hodge of Laidley, Australia; daughter, Cora Meschen of Old Town; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Lyndele Earl Hodge; sons, Forest Raymond Hodge and Robert Randall Hodge and daughter, Dorothy Louise Gallion.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, followed by a graveside service at Lee Cemetery at 11 a.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Howard M. Peppers, Jr.

Howard M. Peppers, Jr., 83, passed away at his home in Cross City on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
Mr. Peppers was born in Live Oak on September 15, 1930, the middle child of 12 children born to Howard M. Peppers, Sr. and Pearl Peppers. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1953. He was a self-employed master carpenter and mason. He was a member of the Ramsey Bend and Cypress Ridge Hunting Clubs and enjoyed hunting, fishing, joking around and visiting with family and friends. He never missed an opportunity to share a funny joke or tell a tall tale.
He leaves behind his constant companion and love of his life of 20 years, Cleo Williams of Cross City; his beloved grandchildren that he was “Papa” to, Shelby and Griffin Williams and their parents Will and Shelia Williams; brothers, Gilbert Peppers of Live Oak and Steve Peppers of Crawfordville; sisters, Lavelle Avery of Live Oak, Betty Sanders of Valdosta, Georgia and Barbara Owens of Wellborn, and numerous nieces and nephews that loved him like a father.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard M. and Pearl Peppers, brothers, Noah, Noel, Duke and Claude Peppers and sisters, Thelma Hingson and Aileen Peppers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frankie VanAernam officiating. Interment followed at the Live Oak City Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home Saturday evening, Aug. 9, 2014 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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Mr. Herschiel Brookins

Herschiel Brookins passed peacefully on August 1, 2014. Herschiel was born February 24, 1931 in Chiefland to the late Foster and Parnie Brookins.
Herschiel graduated from Chiefland High School and started his career with the City of Jacksonville.
He married Peggy Parrott, his loving wife of 49 years who passed away April 28, 2003. He joined the US Naval reserves in 1950, proudly serving until he retired in 1984 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia. He flew missions to some 40 to 50 places overseas including Cyprus and Vietnam. After 23 years with the city, he retired as Assistant Superintendent of Streets and Drainage. Upon his retirement from the city he became the Project Engineer for the construction of Sawgrass. He later was the General Superintendent of Ivy H. Smith Company, then formed his own company Brookins Utility Inc. He was most proud of the fact that he fully retired in 2002 after working 53 years without missing one day of pay! 
Herschiel was a Master Mason of Temple Lodge #23 of Jacksonville. He was also a member of the Fleet Reserve Branch #91. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl Brookins Pearthree, Terri Herrick Bond, and son, Denton Gregory Brookins, his sister, Betrenda (A. J.) Mims and brother William Thomas (Laura) Brookins. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Herschiel was also very well loved by Connie, her daughter Pam (Mike) and Misaiah Ibous and many other close friends and family. 
The family received friends at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Hardage-Giddens Hendricks Chapel. Interment followed in Mandarin Cemetery.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.Hardage-GiddensHendricksAve.com, Hardage-Giddens, Hendricks Chapel is serving the family.

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Mrs. Mary Cason Geiger

Mary Cason Geiger, 89, of Chiefland, passed away at her home on July 31, 2014. She was a lifelong resident of Levy County, born to the late George Washington and Delia Ann (Boatwright) Weeks. She worked several places during her life, including Georgia Pacific, Andrews Pine Tree Nursery and Hudson Dry Cleaners, but her most enjoyable task in life was being a loving mother and homemaker. Mary was a member of The Church of Christ. She enjoyed working in her yard and gardening, however her family and grandchildren brought her the most pride. They were the apple of her eye.
She is survived by her husband, William Zack Geiger, Jr, of Chiefland; daughters, Darlene Cason and her companion Tom, of Albany, Georgia, Carol Cason Jones, Ann (Fred) Moody, both of Chiefland; sons Ervin Clyatt (Joyce) Cason of Alma, Georgia, William Zack (Connie) Geiger, III of Palm Harbor; a very special niece, Dorothy Brasiel, of Chiefland; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one sister and seven brothers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Pastor Chuck Cook officiating. Visitation was at 4:00 p.m.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Pastor Elizabeth Jones

Pastor Elizabeth Jones of Trenton, 88, wife of the late Bishop R. L. Jones Sr., Pastor of First Assembly Holiness Church of God in Christ and A Prayer Warrior, answered the call of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, July 25, 2014 in Gainesville, at the residence of her daughter Earlie.
The homegoing celebration was held 2 p.m, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Living Praise Church of God, where Pastor Terry Davis is Pastor, with Bishop R. B. Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, officiating. Burial followed at Trenton Community Cemetery. 
Pastor Jones was viewed at the funeral home on Friday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and later on Friday at Living Praise Church of God, Trenton, where the family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Pastor Jones was viewed at the Church on Saturday 30 minutes prior to the service and with the processional. The procession formed at Pastor Jones’ residence, 509 NW 5th Ave, Trenton at 1:30 p.m. 
Those left to cherish her memory are her 11 children; Joe Jones preceded her in death, Ann Ahmed, Willie Lee (Sharon) Jones, Richard Jones Jr., Leroy Jones, Earlie Mae Jones, Mary (Jose) Rodriguez, Julie (Sam) Bean, Edward (Ann) Jones, David Jones, Carolyn (Rubin) Velazquez and Kenny (Cassandra) Jones; sisters, Rose Young and Lily Mae (James) Mullen of Pensacola; 55 grandchildren; 100+ great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Duncan Brothers’ Funeral Home.

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Mr. Walter John MacMichael

Walter John MacMichael, 80, of Chiefland, passed away July 25, 2014.
Walt was born June 26, 1934 and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Ford Motor Company in Detroit after 33 years as a phone and cable technician,
Walt and his wife Kay were snowbirds between Chiefland and West Bloomfield, Michigan for 11 years, then moved to Chiefland permanently in 2011.
He leaves behind his friends and neighbors in Buck Bay and Fowlers Bluff, as well as the drivers he rode with from the Dodge dealership in town where he helped with transporting vehicles. He also left behind his old friends he grew up with in Detroit and the friends he made at Ford.
His major hobbies were yard work and gardening, fixing things and lapidary work. Picking up Lake Superior’s agates on the beach, camping, wine making and lapidary were his most favorite things.
He leaves behind his wife, Kay, of 29 years; daughter, Gail Burk; son Kevin (Jennifer) MacMichael and his two sons Kyle and Teagen and two stepsons; son James MacMichael and his daughter Samantha; sisters Joan Roland, June Mancuso, Jane (Marc) Reaume; stepdaughter Joanne (John) Adams and six granddaughters; brother John Kempel; Aunt Isabel Willing; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Walt was not expected to survive an illness in 2000, but he said God sent him back. God gave him 14 more wonderful years.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Interment followed at the Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery.
Visitation was Friday, August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials in Walt’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice or to Fowlers Bluff Baptist Church 4310 NW 152nd Ave, Chiefland, FL 32626
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, is honored to serve the MacMichael family.
Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mrs. Carol Marie Allen

Carol Marie Allen, 58, of Chiefland, passed away July 24, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, after a sudden illness. She was born to the late Harry E. and Lora (Lunn) Matthews and relocated to this area as a child. She worked as a bookkeeper for the City of Chiefland for 16 years. Carol enjoyed reading and working in her yard. Her greatest joy came from her grandbabies.
She is survived by her husband Howard Allen; her daughter Haley Allen, both of Chiefland; sister, Pat Philman of Bell; mother-in-law, Dorothy ‘Bonus Mom’ Allen of Chiefland; nephew Kevin Trail; and grandchildren, Madelynn and Caul.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services were Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service with interment following at Long Pond Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday, July 27 at the funeral home.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Allen family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. John J. Benfield

John J. Benfield, 90, born in Salem, Ohio on September 20, 1923, passed away on July 13, 2014, in Chiefland. John grew up in St. Petersburg, where he met and married the late Betty Louise Williams. He is survived by their seven children; Kathleen, John Jr. (Mary), Paul (Caren), Patricia (Ray) Bowers, Kenneth, Susan (Albert) Crise, and James. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
John served in the Navy during World War II and Korea. He retired from the Navy Reserve as QMCM in 1981, after 38 years of military service. He was employed by the United States Postal Service in St. Petersburg for 37 years, before retiring in 1983.
John enjoyed woodworking and building models. In his retirement years he enjoyed the quiet life of the country in Old Town.
John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.
The family would like to thank the staff of nurses and doctors at Haven Hospice for the special care and support they provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.
Visitation and funeral services will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland on Wednesday, July 23. Visitation is at 9:00 a.m., followed by funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. He will be buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with military honors at 2:30 p.m.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, is honored to serve the Benfield family. Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mr. Albert Edgar Francis Byrnes

Albert Edgar Francis Byrnes, 81 of Chiefland, passed away on July 24, 2014. Mr. Byrnes was born in Alston, Massachusetts on August 27, 1932 to Albert Edgar and Muriel Virginia Byrnes. Mr. Byrnes served his country for over 20 years, in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War eras. After his military service, he worked for Florida Power & Light and moved to this area in 1989 from Homestead. Albert and his wife Joe Ann attended Manatee Springs Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Joe Ann; his children, James Albert and Susan Byrnes, Marcella Ann & Richard Addison, and 4 grandchildren, Samantha Liles, Jessica Wright, Tiffany and Brandy Byrnes.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 5-7 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel. The funeral service will be Thursday, July 31, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., also at the chapel. The burial will follow at Jacksonville National Cemetery, with honors.
Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Darryl Lee Clay

Darryl Lee Clay, 59, of Chiefland, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Haven Hospice Tri-County Care Center. Mr. Clay was born in West Palm Beach, September 28, 1954 and moved to Chiefland fifty years ago. He was a Jehovah’s Witness and did maintenance work at area dairy farms.
He is survived by his mother, Dawn C. Simpson of Trenton; sister, Diane Ridgeway of Trenton; brothers Rusty Clay, Darin Schmitz and Douglas Simpson of Trenton.
Arrangement are under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Ethel Clyatt

Ethel Clyatt, 95, of Cleveland, Ohio, formally of Florida, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, in a local health care facility. She attended Benton First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.J. Clyatt; her parents, Leonard and Oni Manning Taylor; son William Clyatt and son-in-law, David Binns, Sr.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn Binns of Cleveland, Ohio and Samuel “Jeff” Clyatt of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, David Binns and wife Jana of Ooltewah, Tennessee and Robbie Binns and wife, Tyreia of Cleveland, Ohio; four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Chiefland Cemetery in Chiefland.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, is honored to serve the Clyatt family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Jimerson C. Crocker

Jimerson C. Crocker, 53, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Jimerson was born on February 9, 1961, in Gainesville, to Charles Randolph Crocker and Lucille Laverne Mathis Crocker. He was a lifelong resident of the area. He was an automotive technician and he attended Bronson Road Baptist Church.
He is survived by his niece Julie (Duston) Boyte of Newberry; and his nephews Tye and Duston, and a niece Kailey. He is also survived by eight brothers, Bobby of Tennessee, Chuck, Steven, Ron, Scott, Tommy, Don and Jimmy, all of Newberry, and two sisters, Alice English of Ocala, and Mary Brown of Newberry.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Newberry Cemetery with Pastor Andy Cook officiating. Interment followed the service.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Georgia Kay Hall

Georgia Kay Hall, 64, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Shands of the University of Florida. Mrs. Hall was born in Decatur, Illinois, August 6, 1949 and moved to Chiefland from Clearwater in 1969. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Trenton.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her daughter, Virginia Hall of Chiefland; son, Chad Hall of Michigan; mother, Phyllis Williams of Chiefland; sister, Jackie Sanderin of Trenton; brother, Jeff Williams of Chiefland; four granddaughters, Angie Hall, Desiree Hall, Brianna Hall, Amber Hall and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland, with Keith McConnell officiating. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery in Trenton.
Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Harriett Vera “Jackie” Mallory

Harriett Vera “Jackie” Mallory, 81, of Live Oak, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Mallory worked for the Division of Forestry as a fire tower watcher for ten years. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, canning and spending time with her grandchildren. She was Pentecostal.
She is survived by five children, Dale Messer of Live Oak, Vickie Messer Hogan-Sparrow (Randy) of Lake Butler, Teressa Hutchison Durden of Perry, Bobby Hutchison (Annette) of Crawfordville and James Amick (Juliett) of Live Oak; brother, Lester Roberson of Rivera Beach; sister, Bobbie Green of Hickory, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Francis Roberson of Cross City; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Lockler, her father, Herbert Roberson, her step-father, Broward Crawford and her son, Ralph Amick.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Carl Robert Remscheid, Jr.

Carl Robert Remscheid, Jr., 88, of Chiefland, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Remscheid was born in Schenectady, New York, February 8, 1926 and moved to Chiefland eighteen years ago from Melbourrne. He was a Protestant and served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Eudella Remscheid of Chiefland; daughter, Connie Remscheid of Venice; sons, Bobby Remscheid and Emil Remscheid, both of Merritt Island, Charlie Remscheid and Dick Remscheid both of Galway, New York; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Master Justin Paul Rendell

Justin Paul Rendell, of Steinhatchee, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Shands of UF. He was 15 months old.
Justin was born in Nashville, Tennessee on April 19, 2013, weighing only 1 lb. and 14 oz. He fought for his life throughout his first 5 months at Vanderbilt Hospital. He came home and for 6 months lived a good normal life before developing a brain tumor (ATRT) at 11 months of age. He has fought harder than a grown man works, for the past 4 months. In his short life he touched many people throughout the world, with many in continuous prayer.
He is survived by his parents, Jason and Linda Rendell of Steinhatchee; maternal grandparents, Linda Braswell of Pensacola, Aubrey Braswell of Pensacola and Chris Floyd of Pensacola; paternal grandparents, Troyce and Mike Sneary of Pensacola; brother, Matthew Phillip Neumann, Jr. of Steinhatchee; sister, Deanna Lynn Hathaway of Steinhatchee and aunt and uncle, Roberta and David Baker of Steinhatchee.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at Jena First Baptist Church, with Rev. Bruce Sullivan officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery. A visitation was held at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Robert Dewitt Shelton

Robert Dewitt Shelton, 53, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at his residence in Chiefland. He was born on January 16, 1961, in Eden, North Carolina, to George William Shelton and Shellie Trent Shelton. He moved to Chiefland 45 years ago from Ridgeway, Virginia. He was an automotive technician and of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Jenelle Sims Shelton of Chiefland; his mother, Shellie Trent Shelton of Chiefland; two daughters, Kimberly (Cole) Booth of Chiefland, and Kellie Shelton of Chiefland; his maternal grandmother, Margarette Trent of Eden, North Carolina; his father-in-law, Cecil Sims of Trenton; and two grandchildren, Mason Booth and Kinsey Booth.
Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Hardeetown Baptist Church with Pastor Sean Campbell officiating. Interment followed at Long Pond Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtren ton.com.

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Mrs. Darlene Smith

Darlene Andrea Smith, 53 years old, passed on to her heavenly home on July 28, 2014, after fighting a year-long battle with cancer. She was under the care of Haven Hospice of Chiefland, and was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her passing. Darlene was born on December 3, 1960 in Tampa, to Audrey and Henry Lamar Thomas. She resided with her husband Woodrow Smith, in Gilchrist County most of her adult life and lived in Rosewood, Levy County, with him at the time of her death. Darlene taught elementary school at Cedar Key and Trenton for several years before being employed by the Gilchrist-Dixie-Levy Soil and Water Conservation Districts. She retired from there last year when she was diagnosed with her terminal illness. She enjoyed working with children and educating the general public about conservation practices.
She is survived by her husband, Woodrow Smith; two sons, Brian and Todd Smith; three daughters, Kristen Braught (Ross), Teresa Canova Smith, and Yolanda Mauldin Smith, all of Levy County. She had seven grandchildren; Gavan Smith, Cason Smith, Lindsey Grace Brault, Ryan Brault, Ross Brault, Jr., Angel Brault, and Porter Carlisle. Darlene had four surviving brothers; Howard Thomas, Harold Thomas, Mike Thomas, and Hugh Thomas. She was a wonderful aunt to multiple nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held, Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service following at Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland. It is asked that any donations be made to the Haven Hospice of Chiefland, Florida.
Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Wanda L. Wood

Wanda L Wood, 72, passed away in Jacksonville on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Mrs. Wood is survived by her daughter, Terri Lynn Wood.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, July 26, at 11:00 a.m., in the Old Town Methodist Church, with David Leonard officiating. Interment followed at Bethel Cemetery in Trenton.
Arrangements by Naugle Funeral Home and Cremation Services, www.nauglefuneral.com.

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Mrs. Ethelyn “Harvella” Cook

Ethelyn “Harvella” Cook, 87, of Bell went to be with Jesus on Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born in Dorothy, West Virginia, on October 6, 1926. She moved to Bell three years ago from her home state of West Virginia. Her love for Jesus brought her to Bell Church of God where she was a faithful member. Her favorite holidays were Easter and Christmas. Mrs. Cook loved friends and family and had a big smile to everyone she met. Her light for Jesus shone every day in every way. She was a homemaker.
Left to cherish her precious memories, are her husband Eugene of 61 years; her two sisters, Sylvia Bailey and Nina Jean Shannon; four children, Mary and her husband Edgar and Christy all of Bell, Marvin and his wife Darlena of Cocoa, and Alpha Jean of Spring Hill; seven grandchildren, Scott and Todd of Bell, Lonnie of Springhill, Joshua, Shawna, Mark and Aaron all of Cocoa, and nine great-grandchildren; Logan, Jenna, Ashley, Tiffany, Shawn, Casyn, Brayden, Myla and Emma.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bell Church of God with Pastor Dale Thigpen, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery in Orgas, West Virginia at a later date.
A special thank you to her nurse, Sallie Campbell and the wonderful staff at Haven Hospice of Chiefland.
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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Mrs. Lona June Howard

Lona June Howard, 82, of MacClenny, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in the Suwanne Valley Care Center, Lake City, following an extended illness. She was born in Bell and resided in Jacksonville before moving to MacClenny in 1975. She worked for Prudential Life Insurance Company in Jacksonville for many years and worked for Avon Products for over 40 years and served as northeast Florida district manager. She was a graduate of Bell High School, a member of the Prospect Primitive Baptist Church of Jasper, and served as church clerk and treasurer for many Primitive Baptist churches. She enjoyed exercising and her church services and traveling trips as an Avon representative.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lisa June Wootters of Bell and Molly Wallace of High Springs; three sons, Horace Wayne Stokes of Bell, Michael Williams of Lake City and Danny W. Stokes, Sr. of Macclenny; and two sisters, Martel Carrier of Rome, New York and Cloia Ann Morris of St. Maries, Idaho. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 5, in the Wayfair Primitive Baptist Church in Bell, with Rev. Mike Williams, Elder Albert Altman and Mr. Jimmy Thornton officiating. Interment followed in Wayfair Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Guerry Funeral Home. Please make memorials to Haven Hospice, Suwannee Valley Care Center, 6037 West U.S. Highway 90, Lake City, Florida 32055.
www.guerryfuneralhome.net

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Mr. Robert Steve Kato, Sr.

Robert Steve Kato, Sr., 68, of Cross City, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home.
Born in Jacksonville, Mr. Kato moved to Cross City in 2007 from Hilliard. He served in the United States Army, serving in Germany. He worked for FMC Chemical Company for 20 years as a supervisor and later opened and operated 1st American Drywall, until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, and rebuilding and running hot rods. Mr. Kato was a Protestant.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen Kato of Cross City; son, Robert (Jessica) Kato, Jr. of Pawnee, Oklahoma; daughters, Dawn (Leonard) David of Chesapeake, Virginia, Michele (Edi) Vazquez of Jacksonville, and Jennifer Zielie of Oregon; brothers, John (Anna) Kato of Jacksonville, Jack (Amanda) Kato of Crystal River, and Dan (Vicky) Kato of Jacksonville; sisters, Evelyn Harvey of Cross City and Margaret Asbury of Panama City; sister-in-law Vickie Kato of Hilliard; nineteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Kato.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Butler Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday evening, July 25, 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.

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Mr. Stephen A. McClintick

Stephen A. McClintick, 70, died peacefully at his home in Cedar Key, on July 16, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born on May 5, 1944, in Anderson, Indiana, to Theodore and Mary (Deakyne) McClintick. He graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1962. He worked at Delco Remy until retiring in 1987, after 25 years. Steve was an avid golfer and a member of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
He is survived by his sons, Stevie (companion Jahn), and Ted (Natalie); daughter Melissa, step-daughter Melanie (Bart) Smith, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Burial was at Brookside Cemetery in Lapel, Indiana on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the McClintick family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Nevin M. Stewart

Nevin M. Stewart, 87, of Jena, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the VA Medical Center, in Gainesville.
Mr. Stewart, a lifelong resident of Jena, served in the United States Navy as a member of UDT, Unit #30 (underwater demolition team, often called frogmen). He worked for Buckeye in the power house until retiring to pursue porpoise capture and commercial fish spotting. He later retired with Raffield’s Fisheries in Port St. Joe. He was a longtime pilot, 52 years, using his skills to spot and capture porpoises for use all over the world. One of his major accomplishments was that he captured five of the six albino porpoises ever in captivity. He enjoyed riding around with his puppies and spending time in nature. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jena.
He is survived by daughters, Karen (John) Callahan of Sanford, Ina (Jim) VonStein of Jena. Elaine (Justin) Davis of Jena, and Danita (Ted) Deacon of Jena; sister, Leona Pitts of Monticello; eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service was held at Mt. Olive Cemetery, on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., with Reverend Vaughn Farnell officiating. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Saturday evening, July 19, 2014.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Caraway Watts

Frances Elizabeth Caraway Watts, 64, of High Springs, went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2014.
Frances was born on August 10, 1949, in Lake City. She was raised and lived in the area most of her life. Frances was employed at Plantation Oaks as a CNA. For many years she worked as caregiver with the elderly helping with their daily needs. She loved serving the Lord in this capacity by helping others.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Watts; mother, Lela Caraway; brother Nelson (Charlene) Caraway; sister, Jeanie Caraway; children, Alan (Tonya) Yarbrough of Powder Springs, Georgia, Robbie (Colleen) Yarbrough, and Heather (Matt) Phillips, both of Bell. She was Nana to Theron, Nathan, Patrick, Rebecca, Kailee, Matthew, Christina, Elizabeth, Ethan, Jaxon, great-grandson Elijah, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in High Springs.

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Mrs. Helen Bishop

Helen Bishop, age 96, of Cedar Key, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 26, 1917. She was raised in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1987. She was a Christian. Helen really loved family parties and eating. She believed in praying and healing. Helen is described by her family as a real people person.
She is survived by children Lilly Rooks and Cheryl Richburg, both of Cedar Key, Rhonda Trump of Canton, Ohio, Jimmy Bishop of Hudson, and Joseph Bishop of Cedar Key; brother Pete Scantley of Chicago; twelve grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at Cedar Key Cemetery on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Online condolences may be sent through our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. James “Jim” Hiram Crary

James “Jim” Hiram Crary, 77, retired, passed away July 11, 2014, at his home in Bronson. Mr. Crary moved to the area in 1978 from Watertown, New York.
Jim served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force, and retired after many years of dedicated service. He was a people person, enjoyed family and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his daughters, Vicki Vanscoy and Renee’ Blanchard of Bronson and Debra Atkinson of New Mexico; sons, Mark Crary of New York, and Stephen Crary of Texas; twelve grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Crary will be private, and burial will be in New York. Online condolences can be made at our website www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services

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Mr. Albert “Al” William Durall

Albert “Al” William Durall, 85, of Chiefland, passed away July 8, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. He was born in Puxico, Missouri to the late Homer J. and Thelma Bose Durall. Al moved to Florida in 1973, then opening his automotive paint and body business. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed being outdoors, planting flowers, doing yard work, and enjoying the birds and animals.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Smith York Durall of Chiefland; daughters, Amy Douglas, Michelle Mannas, and Alberta Bowman, all of Missouri; sons, Gary Durall and Ronnie Durall, both of Louisiana, Todd Smith of Cedar Key, Andy York of Clermont; a sister, Joyce Collins of Missouri; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
At Al’s request, there will be no memorial services, however, any expressions of sympathy can be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties, 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, Florida 32626.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service, is honored to serve the Durall family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Herman Paul Harvey

Herman Paul Harvey, 79, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his home in Old Town.
Mr. Harvey served in the United States Air Force for 29 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. While in the service, he managed the dental clinic at McDill Air Force Base. After retiring he became the manager of the St. Petersburg Dental Clinic for 10 years. He was a world traveler, going to Germany, Paris, Thailand, Belize and Copenhagen, a licensed ham radio operator and a gun enthusiast. He moved to Old Town from Tampa twenty years ago and was very active in the Masonic Lodge. He was a current member of the Joppa Lodge, former Worshipful Master at Brown Lodge, former President of the Suwannee River Shrine Club, and served as a District Instructor and District Deputy. He was a Methodist.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bernice Harvey of Old Town; sons, Eugene (Lisa) Harvey and Thomas Paul (Donna) Harvey both of Tampa; grandson Hunter Harvey and sister Evelyn Williams of Crystal River.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carl Rainer officiating. Interment followed at Forest Meadows East in Gainesville. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Eugene “Gene” Randolph Hodges, Sr.

Eugene “Gene” Randolph Hodges, Sr., 77, passed away at his treasured Gulf Hammock hunting camp on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
A 1954 graduate of Cedar Key High School, Gene served four years in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he returned to Cedar Key, and worked as a commercial fisherman, ran the local hardware store, and was a food inspector for the Department of Agriculture. He held many positions in the Florida government from 1972 to 1988, including as a Florida State House Representative, Legislative Representative, and a member of the Florida Parole Commission. He also served his town of Cedar Key as fireman, city judge and police chief. During his term in the Florida House of Representatives, Gene played an integral part of creating a bill which provided funding for rural schools, allowing Cedar Key School to reopen its doors and remain open. After his retirement in 1996, he continued to serve in local politics as mayor and city council member of his home town.
As a 4th generation Floridian, Gene was passionate about his beloved family hunting camp in the Gulf Hammock woods, where he spent much of his time ensuring that it remained an enjoyable gathering place for family and friends. He also loved the water and all it had to offer, including fishing and lobster diving. He preferred all of these activities surrounded by his family, who were his true passion.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Jones Hodges of Cedar Key; his three children, Randy (Debbie) Hodges, Michael (Anna) Hodges and Gina (Bill) Tovine; step-daughter Jamie Neff; an adopted son and grandson, Bobby Trammell; his sister, Nancy (Don) Duden; and his brother Hal (Karen) Hodges. He is also survived by his former wife, and mother of his children, Frances Knight Hodges. Gene has seven grandchildren and three great-granchildren.
Visitation was held at Knauff Funeral Home on July 10. The funeral service was held at the United Methodist Church of Cedar Key, with graveside service at Cedar Key Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Gene’s memory to the United Methodist Church of Cedar Key Building Fund, Post Office Box 338, Cedar Key, Florida 32625.

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Mr. Elmer Logan Kato

Elmer Logan Kato, 68, of Hilliard, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Mr. Kato was a self employed electrician in the Jacksonville area until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vickie Kato of Hilliard; sons, Larry (Jerri) Kato of Hilliard, David (Deborah) Kato of Callahan and Ronald Kato of Hilliard; daughters, Tammie (Les) Edwards of Jacksonville and Marie Thompson of Callahan; brothers, Robert Kato of Cross City, John Kato of Yulee, Jack Kato of Inverness and Dan Kato of Jacksonville; sisters, Evelyn Fowler of Cross City and Margaret Asbury of Panama City Beach; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Butler Cemetery, Horseshoe Beach.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Robert Hubert Sanders

Robert Hubert Sanders, 79, of Trenton, passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties, on July 13, 2014, with his family at his side. Mr. Sanders was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and moved to this area in 1997. Mr. Sanders was a member of Long Pond Church. He honorably served his country in the US Navy. Robert was a plumber pipe fitter for Union #520 for twenty-five years. He enjoyed watching, finishing home and refurbishing projects. Mr. Sanders enjoyed his work and his family brought him the most joy in life.
Survivors are his wife, Betty L. Sanders of Trenton; his children, David A. Sanders of Trenton, Danny Sanders and Ttonya Delaney of Chiefland; a brother, Harold Sanders of Jensen Beach; a granddaughter, Presliegh Shivers of Chiefland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jason and Lottie Sanders and several brothers and sisters.
A celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Long Pond Baptist Church of Chiefland. A committal burial service followed at the Long Pond Church Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

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Mr. Caleb Andrew Young

Caleb Andrew Young, 25, of Suwannee, little brother, beloved son, fiancé, and friend to many, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014, as a result of an automobile accident.
Caleb was born on April 26, 1989. He was employed as a commercial parts pro for Advance Auto in Chiefland. He was a Dixie County Volunteer Fire Fighter and had completed his Fire 1 training. He enjoyed hunting, riding horses, boating and working on cars, after he tore them up. He was a member of Suwannee Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother, Shirley Colson of Suwannee; father, Rolland Young, Jr. of Chiefland; fiancé, Billie Jean Neeley of Bronson; sisters, Rebecca (Robert) Madden of Chiefland and Ashley (Ben) Edwards of Suwannee; nieces, Robyn, Ryley, Amy and Tymber; and paternal grandparents, Bill and Karen Sharpe of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Suwannee Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Edwards officiating. Interment followed at Hodge Cemetery. A visitation was held on Thursday evening, July 10, 2014 at the funeral home.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Hope Garrett (Buddy) Colson

A memorial service for Hope Garrett (Buddy) Colson will be held on July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Community Center in Trenton.
To honor his memory, a reunion luncheon with friends and family will be held. Those in attendance, are asked to bring a covered dish.
Jennings Lake SDA, Associate Pastor, Todd Troyer will officiate.

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Ms. Laurel Ann Creel

Laurel Ann Creel, 51, of Cedar Key, passed away on July 1, 2014 at Shands Hospital at UF in Gainesville.
Laurel was born December 23, 1962, in Jacksonville, and lived most of her life in the Cedar Key area. She was a registered nurse for many years. She enjoyed sailing and time with her family.
She is survived by her father, Alvin Creel, of Cedar Key, a sister, Deborah Creel, brothers Lawrence Creel and Richard Creel. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Creel in 2006.
Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel with Pastor Walter Turner officiating. Burial followed at Shiloh Cemetery.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Creel Family. Online condolences can be made at our website www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Ina Marie Sheffield Vernon Fisher

Ina Marie Sheffield Vernon Fisher, was born May 15, 1924, and passed away Thursday, July 3. She was born in Judson (Levy County) to James Dudley and Laverne Cannon Sheffield.
She was married to Ted Vernon and is survived by their two daughters, Beverly Cheryl (Gary) Hurst and Brenda Sue (Ed) Croft. She is also survived by grandchildren James Nelus (Stephanie) Ripley, Cecil Deen (Candice) Craft, Katherine Victoria (Richard) Edmonds, Tracy Craft, Christopher (Emily) Craft, Eugenia (Alan) VanSickle, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
In later years, after the passing of her first husband, Ted, she married Henry Frank Fisher, who is now deceased.
In her early years, Ina attended school in Levy County. She worked with Western Union as a young adult, and then was a homemaker who went on to work in many restaurants in Levy and Dixie counties as a waitress. In her later years, she worked with the State of Florida in Trenton at Lancaster Youth Development Center in and in Gainesville at Sunland Training Center, which is now Tachachale. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Trenton.
Funeral services were conducted July 9 at 11 a.m. at Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Chiefland. Rev. Brian Divada and Gary Heath officiated.
Burial was in Pine Gove Cemetery under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Geraldine Mary Hutchins Futch

Geraldine Mary Hutchins Futch, 79, of Crawfordville, went to be with the Lord on July 4, 2014.
Gerry was born on January 10, 1935, in Michigan. Her family moved to Old Town when she was a young girl. She later met and married her husband, Marshall Futch. They raised their children primarily in Dixie County, and were members of Lydia Baptist Church. She retired after several years of service with the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department.
Gerry is best known to her children and grandchildren as being a hard worker, good wife and mother, and holding strong family values passing down traditions that taught them to come together. Some of those traditions included Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes and big family get-togethers. Gerry is best remembered as a generous, thoughtful woman. “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil... Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Marshall Futch, and her children: Jimmie (Marilyn) Futch, Ronnie (Ellen) Futch, and Linda Futch, all of Dixie County, as well as a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jarrett Thomas and Jimmie Futch officiating. Interment followed at Cross City Cemetery. A visitation was held at 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Following the services, family and friends gathered at Lydia Baptist Church for fellowship.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Suzanne Elizabeth Royston Hogate

Suzanne Elizabeth Royston Hogate, 69, of Williston, went to be with our Lord and Savior on June 30, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri County in Chiefland after a brief illness. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 6, 1945, to the late John M. and Marjorie (Wolf) Royston. Suzanne attended Meadowbrook Church in Ocala. She owned and operated Two by Two Preschool in Williston for 18 years and was known as Ms. Sue to the many children and their families that she provided love, guidance and care to. Her favorite pastime was spending time at the beach, and she also enjoyed cooking, traveling and eating out. Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays were special holidays to her, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Suzanne will be missed by those she leaves behind, her husband of over 50 years, Roy Hogate of Williston; daughters, Suzanne Mills of Williston, Sandy (Paul) Wilson of Williston, Robin (Jeff) Starnes of Bronson; sister Jeannie Steigerwalt of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Alexandria Fugate, Woodroe Fugate, Kaitlyn Wilson, Hayden Wilson, Kole Starnes, Madison Starnes, Kyler Starnes; niece and nephew, Emily Steigerwalt and Peter Steigerwalt.
Funeral Services were Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Church in Ocala, with visitation one hour before the services. Interment was in Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Hogate family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mr. James William “Jimmy” Johnson

Mr. James William “Jimmy” Johnson, 77, of Dade City, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at his home. He was born June 20, 1937 in Columbia, Tennessee. He moved with his family to Pasco County in 1947 and lived in Dade City most of his life. He was a 1955 graduate of Pasco High School and attended Florida Christian College in Temple Terrace in 1956. He owned and operated Johnson’s Tractor Company in Dade City where he sold Oliver tractors and farm machinery until closing the business in 1980. He worked for Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, holding several different positions until his retirement in 1999. He also devoted approximately 10 years of volunteer service with Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, holding positions as firefighter, assistant chief and chief. He was a member of the Trilacoochee Church of Christ, where he lovingly served as a song leader for over 40 years.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his first wife, Ginger Russell Johnson. He is succeeded by his current wife, Denise Johnson of Dade City; two sons, Ted (Trish) Johnson and David (Nancy) Johnson of Dade City. He has five grandchildren; Josh, Allison, Gavin, Meg and Caleb; and one great-granddaughter, Kylie. He also has one sister, Nancy (Dub) Jeter of Tallahassee.
“A true gentleman, full of laughter and love for God, his family and fellowman.”
Funeral services were held on 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home. Interment followed at Floral Memory Gardens. Donations can be made to the Moffitt cancer Center in Tampa or a monetary donation in Jimmy’s name to a relative or friend who may be struggling.

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Mr. Allen E. Lomnick

Allen E. Lomnick, 77, passed away on July 6, 2014, in Gainesville. Allen was born on October 12, 1936 in Newberry, to Benjamin Lomnick and Agnes Hightower Lomnick. He was a lifelong resident of the area. He was an automotive technician.
He is survived by four daughters; Betty Kinder of Bell, Barbara Lomnick of Tampa, Cathy Sparks of Newberry, and Patty Menotti of Jacksonville; eleven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Online condolences or to sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Walter A. Mock

Walter A. Mock, 79, of Old Town passed away July 5, 2014 following a brief illness.
Mr. Mock was born in Carrabelle, but had lived in Old Town for six years after moving there from Perry. Mr. Mock was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from the Proctor and Gamble Paper Company in Perry. Mr. Mock was a member of the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church and was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Mabel Mock, a son Walter A. Mock, Jr., three sisters and one brother.
Mr. Mock was survived by his wife of 45 years, Peggy Mock; his daughters Angelia J. (Ronnie) Dean and Stacy (Dean) Watson; his sons Jimmy Sutton and Freddie (Stacy) Mock, a daughter-in-law Bambi Mock; his brothers, Herbert (Catherine) Mock, Theron (Sherry) Mock, and Donnie (Betty Ruth) Mock; and a sister Jessie Mae (Jim) Bockelman. Fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members, also survive.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Mock at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Randy Richardson and Pastor Wendell Rudd officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Watson Funeral Home.

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Mr. Fred A. Shewmaker

Fred Shewmaker left his earthly body on Monday, June 30, 2014. He was born December 3, 1931, in Beech Grove, Arkansas to L. G. and Grace Shewmaker. He moved with his family to Port Huron, Michigan and Long Beach, California.
Fred graduated from high school in 1949 and continued his education at Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas. His studies were interrupted by his enlistment into the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He returned to Abilene to graduate in 1957. He married his wife, Joyce, in Portland, Indiana, in June of 1957 . After spending 6 months in Hawaii they moved to California where they began to raise their family. Fred began preaching the gospel while living in California and from April 1964 to December 2001, worked as a preacher with many churches of Christ in the states of California, Ohio, Indiana and Florida. After his wife, Joyce, passed in January of 2001, he continued preaching with the North Miami Church of Christ in his last full-time work until he retired at age 70. He continued to preach the gospel as he traveled to Canada, Australia, South Africa, and India. In 2002 he relocated to the New Smyrna Beach area and worshiped with the Central Avenue Church of Christ until October of 2013 when he moved to Trenton. He became ill while traveling in Tennessee and passed from this earthly life in Franklin, Tennessee at 4:30 a.m., Monday, June 30.
He is survived by his sister, Marcella (Stan) Bethel, and by his 5 children, James (Cynthia) Shewmaker, Sarah Rosado, Suzi Harrison, John Shewmaker and Marti (Danny) Allen. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a niece, a nephew and a host of friends and other family whom he cherished.
Fred enjoyed almost 83 years here with us and he left with a hope of a home eternal with our Lord. He would want us all to share his hope and be prepared to end our own earthly travels and enter eternal life on the day of resurrection and judgement when our Lord and Master, Jesus the Christ returns to gather home those who have been faithful.
A service was held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Brentwood Roesch Patton Funeral Home, 9010 Church St. East Brentwood, Tennessee with his oldest son, James Shewmaker, of Winter Haven, officiating.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at Midway Cemetery in Bell. Interment to follow the service.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Online condolences or to sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com.

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Mr. Hope Garrett (Buddy) Colson

Hope Garrett (Buddy) Colson passed away at his home over the weekend following a brief illness. Buddy is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lossie Deen and his father, Bud Colson. He is survived by his mother, Lucie Dechant; his three brothers, Lee and Bob Colson and William Dechant; his daughter, Amy Colson Swan; and his son, Jason Garrett Colson. He is also survived by several grandchildren and his beloved dog Petey. Buddy was cremated.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Mr. Lawrence L. “Larry” Keene, Jr.

Lawrence L. “Larry” Keene, Jr. 81, of Newberry, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, following an extended illness. Larry was a lifelong resident of the Newberry area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired from the railroad after 40 years of service, and the long time owner of Keene’s Cabinet Shop in Newberry. He was a member and Past Master of Ira Carter Lodge # 150 Free & Accepted Masons and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry.  Larry was an avid fisherman and gardener.  He was known by many as Lovable Larry.
 Larry is survived by his wife of 63 years Marlene Keene, a son Craig (Michelle) Keene of Gilchrist County, two daughters Teresa  (Michael) Keene Dillon of Pierson and Colleen Keene of Gainesville, a brother Eddie Keene of Bronson, and a sister Eunice Smith of Fanning Springs; six grandchildren, Robin Johnson, Nicholaus Johnson, Kristin Southard, Dustin Keene, Aaron Jeffcoat and Dalton Jeffcoat, and seven great-grandchildren.
 A memorial service was held for Lovable Larry at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Newberry, with Pastor Andy Cook  and Pastor Jack Andrews officiating. Graveside Masonic Rites followed at Newberry Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted, but memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, 33607.
Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Donna Lou Griffith Peters

Donna Lou Griffith Peters age 76, of Todd, North Carolina, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Peters was born April 28, 1938, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Walter and Gladys Farley Griffith. Mrs. Peters was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Benjamin Griffith. Donna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her calling as a pastor’s wife for 47 years, being an integral part in their ministry with her husband Richard.
Mrs. Peters is survived by her husband of 58 years, Richard Peters; two sons, Mike Peters and wife Lisa and Rev. Randy Peters and wife Kathy all of Todd, North Carolina; two daughters, Malinda Lambert Johnson of Wellford, South Carolina and Terri Hilliard and husband Mark, of Bell; two foster daughters, Tracy Jill Ferguson Vance, of Ohio and Jody Ferguson Thomas, of Maryland. Also surviving, are ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, c/o June Weaver, P.O. Box 791 Jefferson, North Carolina 28640.
Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family through our website at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.
Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Peters’ arrangements.


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Mr. Kevin Barron

Kevin Barron, 39, of Trenton, passed away at his home, Monday, June 23, 2014.
Mr. Barron was born in Gainesville, and was a native of Trenton. Kevin was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time on the Suwannee River, but his main interest was family and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Barron; father, Sandy Barron; mother, Marcella Gentry; son, Tyler Barron; daughter, Maddie Barron; brother, Kelly Barron; sister, Stephanie White; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be Friday, June 27, 2014, at Hardeetown Baptist Church, Chiefland, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to service.
Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland is in charge of the arrangements.

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Mr. Larry Spurgeon Dalley

Larry Spurgeon Dalley, 77, of Cross City, Florida, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014.
Mr. Dalley came to Cross City in 1949 and attended Dixie County High School. After graduating, he moved to Texas where he lived until 2008 when he returned to Cross City to marry Linda. He spent 35 years driving an 18 wheel truck, hauling freight of various kinds. He was a general aviation pilot and enjoyed flying, riding his motorcycle, riding in his boat and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cross City.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Dalley of Cross City; twin sons, Michael (Tracie) Dalley of Ft. Worth, Texas and David Dalley, of Mansfield, Texas and son Jason (Cookie) Chavous of Goldsboro, North Carolina; daughters, Teresa (Mark) Yeary of Kennedale, Texas and Janelle (Jay) Whitaker of Sebring; brother, Glen (Shirley) Dalley of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren and ten great- grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home

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Mrs. Elva I. Hayes

Elva I. Hayes, 91, of Gainesville, formerly of Drury Township, Rock Island County, Illinois, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville.
Elva was born, April 10, 1923, in Muscatine, Iowa, a daughter of Millard and Lesta Dell Smith Millard. She married Elmer R. “Bud” Hayes on June 6, 1942, in Grandview, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1982.
Elva was a homemaker. She and her husband Bud farmed in Rock Island County until 1976, when they retired and moved to Florida.
She was a former member of Trenton United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and reading. Elva and Bud enjoyed camping and fishing. After Bud passed away, Elva lived at Millhopper Pines in Gainesville for 20 years, where she and a group of ladies enjoyed playing bingo.
Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law; Michael and Donna Hayes, of Trenton, and William Hayes, of Newberry; former daughters-in-law, Eileen Hayes Ellsworth and Jennie Johnson; grandchildren and spouses; Jeff (Lori) Hayes, of Bell, Brenda Hunter, of Austin, Texas, Jim (Lori) Hayes, of Davenport, Iowa and Carla (Kurt Zimmerman) Long, of Joy, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Max and Scout Hunter, Ashley Hayes, Bryce and Katie Long, Grace Hayes and Austin and Kayla Riggs and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Elva was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers; Clifford, Clayton, Victor, Lawrence and Carl Miller and sisters; Helen Monson, Nina Reynolds, Grace Flaherty and Bernice Miller.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 26 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Avenue, Milan, Illinois, where visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Illinois City Cemetery, Illinois City. Online condolences may be offered at: wheelanpressly.com

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Mr. Albert Harold Langford

Albert Harold Langford, of High Springs passed away on June 4, 2014, at High Springs, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Judy Langford; one son, Harold Wayne “Kim” Langford of High Springs; one daughter, Carolyn Loretta Godden of High Springs; his brothers, C.T., Dale, Dennis and Jerry Langford all of High Springs; his sisters, Madeline Norman, Jean Payne and Gail Thomas all of High Springs, and Karen Avinger of Santa Fe.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ladonna, and his sister, Louise.
Flowers are welcome. The family requests that donations be made to Haven Hospice.
Visitation was Friday, June 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church, High Springs. Funeral services followed on Saturday, June 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, High Springs.
Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

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Mr. Michael James “Magoo” McGuire

Michael James “Magoo” McGuire, 61, of Old Town, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014.
Mr. McGuire was born in Brooklyn, New York. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, in 1970 through 1973. He moved to Old Town from Port St. Lucie 10 years ago. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a retired member of the Rough Riders Motorcycle Club. He also like tinkering with a lot of projects.
He is survived by his wife Carleen McGuire of Old Town; sons, Dennis Patrick McGuire and Ronald Dimsey of Toms River, New Jersey; daughter, Myrahia (Michael) Pearce of Old Town; grandchildren, Alana Dimsey, Michael John Pearce, III, Morgan James Pearce, Mathew Jacob Shawn Pearce and Jarred Dimsey; brother, James (Heidi) Hussey of Yuma, Arizona; sisters, Denise (James) Shinemen of Utica, Michigan, Ann (George) Madison of Yuma, Arizona and Patricia King of New York.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Steven McGuire and Edward Hussey.
A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Hobe Sound, Florida on August 3, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Samuel Garrett Roberts

Samuel Garrett Roberts, 80, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home in Cross City.
Mr. Roberts was born and raised in Dixie County. He spent time in the Merchant Marines and then moved to Jacksonville, where he worked for Thompson Beckman Construction installing underground tanks. He moved back to Cross City and became an inspector with the Dixie County Building Department for twelve years. He enjoyed going to flea markets and collecting guns and knives.
He is survived by a brother, Darby Roberts of Tifton, Georgia; sister, Jean Edmonds of Old Town; nephew, Lenton (Juno) Edmonds, and many other nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by sisters, Anna Belle Bondurant and Alice Edmond Twoomly and brothers, B. C. Roberts and Warren Roberts.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the Cross City Cemetery, with Brother Lenton Edmonds officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.


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Mr. Howard Roy Beem

Howard Roy Beem, 76, of Steinhatchee passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014, after a long illness.
Mr. Beem was a long distance truck driver for 37 years. He was also a heavy equipment mechanic for the Citrus County Road Department in Florida and a milker and laborer at Presley Dairy in Opp, Alabama. He moved to Steinhatchee in 1997 from Chiefland. He enjoyed picking, finding and collecting things and restoring them for gifts. He was a Lutheran.
Mr. Beem is survived by his wife, who he married in 1975, Linda Beem of Steinhatchee; daughters, Gannie (William) Roberts of Crawfordville, Jammie (Randy) Ransom of Trenton and Lori (Bryan) Bailey of Chiefland; sisters, Julieann Nelson of Greely, Colorado, Sue Ellen Lewis of Michigan and Cheryl Coyer of Saginaw, Michigan; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Virgil Bernard Burger

Virgil Bernard Burger, 91 of Gulf Hammock, passed away June 12, 2014.
Mr. Burger was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He moved to the Dade City area, where he became a police officer in Pasco County for 25 years and served as police lieutenant for four years. He also owned and operated a nursery business for over 38 years. He moved to Gulf Hammock in 1993 and became a member of Concord Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Mr. Burger is survived by his loving wife, Madge Casey Burger of Gulf Hammock; daughter Lou Ann Banks; step-daughter, Emily Casey; a brother, John Burger; sisters, Irene Gillis and Virginia Yager; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Sarah, Kristy and Crystal; and four great-grand children.
He is preceded in death by four sisters and his parents.
A visitation was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Graveside funeral services followed on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery, 11531 US Hwy 301, Dade City, Florida.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Frederick “Fritz” Martin DeLong

Frederick “Fritz” Martin DeLong, 76, of Trenton, passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 10, 1938, to Fred and Mary DeLong.
Following his graduation from Fort Lauderdale High School in 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served his country for eight years. Then he met the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Dona. After they married, Fred began a successful career which included 25 years as an associate at Burdines.
During this time, Fred and Dona welcomed two beautiful children, Melanie Shelton, of California and Jeffrey DeLong, of Trenton, into their lives while Fred worked on his college degree, which he subsequently received in 1974.
Following his “official” retirement in 2000, he began working at Haile Plantation Country Club in 2001, where he continued to enjoy his lifelong hobby of golf and met many wonderful people whose company he and Dona greatly enjoyed the past 13 years.
Tragically, Fred and Dona’s beloved son, Jeff, passed away in 2006 at the age of 41. Jeff left three amazing grandchildren, Jeffrey, Laura and Jennifer, for Fred and Dona to cherish.
Fred is also survived by his two lovely great-granddaughters, Rowan and Lillian.
If you wish to make a contribution in honor of Fred, please do so to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service with military honors was held on Monday, June 16, 2014.
Arrangements were under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

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Mrs. Lieselotte “Lilo” Greene

Lieselotte “Lilo” Greene, 86, of Chiefland, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
Lilo was of the Lutheran faith and a 62 year resident of Chiefland, relocating from Germany, in 1952, with her husband Wilbur “Bill” Greene, who passed away in 1981.
Mrs. Greene was born to Franz and Hedwig Zoegner in Russelsheim, Germany. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She spent her spare time knitting, crocheting, traveling, and cooking, but above all just loving time with her family.
Mrs. Greene leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Frank (Ann) Greene of Micanopy, Donald (Julie) Greene of Trenton, Robert (Tracy) Greene of Old Town; daughter Pat (Ronnie) Emmons of Chiefland; brothers Willi Zoegner of Germany and Hainz Zoegner of Texas; sister, Karin Pflug of Germany, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the chapel of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland. Pastor Billy Philman officiated. The family has requested in lieu of floral arrangements that donations be made to Haven Hospice in Chiefland.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home.

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Mr. Tommy Holder

Tommy Holder passed away Sunday night, June 8, at home with family and friends around him.

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Mr. Gary Alton Horne

Gary Alton Horne, 73, of Chiefland, passed away with his family at his side on June 12, 2014.
Mr. Horne was born in Homestead, and moved to this area many years ago. He proudly served his country in the US Navy. Gary was a lineman and communications technician with BellSouth for over 29 years in Miami and also worked in Alachua County for five years.
Mr. Horne was of the Baptist faith, a song leader at Key West Baptist Temple, member of Grace Baptist Church in Miami and Gainesville Baptist Church. He enjoyed gospel music, recording music and transposing music for singers. He also served as a deacon at Grace Baptist Church in Miami.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Susan R. Horne of Chiefland; sons, Jeremy L. Horne and Jerrod L. Horne; a daughter, Jennifer Horne Lineberger; a brother, Michael W. Horne; grandchildren, Shane Collins, Kyle Collins, Cody Brannan, Jacob C. Horne, Megan Horne, Gary Lineberger, Catherine Lineberger, Susan Lineberger and Franklin Lineberger.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Horne Provost, his mother, Grace Field Hancock and his stepfather, Blondell Hancock.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Concord Baptist Church, 5551 NW County Road 336, in Chiefland, with Pastor Marty Medford officiating.
Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

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Mr. Woodard Henry Hucks

Woodard H. Hucks of St. Augustine passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, at Flagler Hospital. It was his 95th birthday. He was born in Marion, South Carolina on June 6, 1919. Woody served throughout World War II in the United States Army Air Corps, participating in campaigns in North Africa, the Italian Peninsula and China. He was discharged in June l945 and returned to St. Augustine, where he worked for Greyhound Bus Lines for over 30 years.
Woody was active in many civic organizations, including life memberships in the St. Augustine Elks Lodge #829 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2391. He was an avid fisherman and in later years especially enjoyed his long walks on Vilano Beach.
He is survived by his brothers Lemuel Griffin and Billie Griffin, numerous nieces and nephews and his longtime companion Juanita Mays. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Lee Goodwin, sisters Elsie Hucks Williams, Idell Hucks Sanders and Estelle Hucks Bass and brothers Orie Griffin and John J. B. Griffin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 16, at McDowell Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the McDowell Baptist Church, 16 Bay View Drive, St. Augustine, Florida 32084, will be graciously accepted.

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Mrs. Martha E. Korpi

Martha E. Korpi, 97, of Cross City, passed away Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Cross City Rehabilitation.
Mrs. Korpi moved to Dixie County from Lake Worth 35 years ago. She was a homemaker and a mother.
She is survived by her brother, Levi Matson of Old Town.
She was preceded in death by her husband Reno Korpi and son, David Korpi.
A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 19 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Gene Coons officiating. Interment will follow at Fowlers Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Thelma Smith Lindsey

Thelma Smith Lindsey, 88, of Archer, went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2014.
Mrs. Lindsey was born in Levyville and was a lifelong resident of Levy County.
She worked for GE and Gates for over 20 years. Thelma loved the outdoors, fishing, Gator football and baseball, sewing and crocheting. Her family brought her the most joy in her life. She was a member of Otter Creek Baptist Church.
She leaves behind her loving family; twin daughters, Vivian Nadine Griffis and Carolyn Geraldine Ellis; a brother, Barry Smith Jr.; two sisters, Ethel Hancock and Elma Holt; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great -grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Otter Creek Baptist Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the service will start at 11 a.m. Burial services will follow at Chiefland Cemetery.
Visit our website www.hiers-baxley.com to leave expressions of sympathy. Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

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Mr. Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas, 84, of Fanning Springs, passed away June 14, 2014.
Jack was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and proudly served his country in the Korean War as a member of the United States Army. Jack was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Shamrock Lodge. Jack was also a past-president of the Dixie County Shrine Club and a current member of the Suwannee River Shrine Club. Jack moved to Old Town in 1980 and retired after 36 years with Nabisco Brands. He enjoyed spending time with his family, boating, fishing, and golf.
He is survived by his wife Lorina D. Lucas, of Fanning Springs; daughter, Shelley Weber; sons, Jay and Jeff Lucas; step-daughter, Beverly Baumer; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Colene C. Lucas.
A service celebrating his life was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

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Mrs. Sarah R. Meeks

Sarah R. Meeks, 71, formerly of Chiefland, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at her home in Suwannee.
She was born, November 13, 1942, to George W. Truitt Robbins and Mary Eleanor Robbins of Bronson.
Sarah was a homemaker and a schoolteacher in Chiefland for many years. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, painting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, David W. Meeks, Jr.; sons, David W. Meeks, III and his wife Debbie, and Jon R. Meeks; daughter, Patti Lee Meeks and her husband, David Renaud; and five grandchildren, Truitt Renaud, Vance Renaud, Eliza Renaud, Jack Meeks and Emma Meeks. She is also survived by a large and much loved extended family and many cherished friends.
Visitation was Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Chiefland. At Sarah’s request, there will be no funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice of Chiefland (DeAnna Beverly), c/o Haven Hospice, 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland. 32626.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services. Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Violet Raulerson

Violet Raulerson, 83, passed away on June 10, 2014, following an extended illness. She was the daughter of Arthur and Annie Dunn Miller of Dry Creek, Kentucky.
She is survived by her son, Michael (Sonya) Bowen; her daughter Cookie Winters; her brother Kenneth Miller; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Woodford Bowen and Faren Raulerson; her daughter, Robin Overy; brothers, Otis Miller and Austin Miller; and her sisters, Patsy Ottinger, Effie Miller, Dorothy Smith and Elsie Miller.
Visitation was held Saturday, June 14 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Evans Carter Funeral Home. Graveside services followed at High Springs Cemetery. Pastor James West of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church officiated. Active pallbearers were her grandsons, Damon Winter, Daryl Winter, Jacob Winter, Zachery Winter, Steve Bowen and James Miller.
Arrangements by Evans Carter Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Willie Mae Smith

Mrs. Willie Mae Smith, 88, of Old Town, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Mrs. Smith moved to Old Town in 1984 from Orlando. She was a homemaker and a mother and enjoyed gardening and spreading the word of the truth. She attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cross City.
She is survived by sons, Kermit (Rita) Smith of Lake City, Gary Smith of Dallas, Texas, Ray (Sandy) Smith of New Smyrna Beach, Mike (Jackie) Smith of Old Town, and Vincent Smith of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Willie Jean (David) Howard of Orlando, Belinda Laursen of Sanford, and Yvette (George) Myers of Old Town; twenty grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kermit R. Smith and sons, Ronald Smith and Claude Smith.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Sid Beckham officiating. Interment followed at Old McCrabb Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
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Mr. Richard Kent Borden

Richard Kent Borden, 60, of Old Town passed away June 8, 2014. He was a tug boat captain. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, is honored to serve the Borden family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. John Bunting, Sr.

John Bunting Sr., of Newberry, and longtime resident of West Palm Beach, passed away on May 17, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
John was born on August 15, 1956 to Franklin Bunting, Sr. and Julia Faferko-Bunting in Fling, Michigan.
John was a loving and devoted family man. He loved spending time with family and friends. His motto was, “work hard, play hard”. He passed on his faith in Christ and family values to all his family. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife Linda Latshaw-Bunting of Newberry; his son, John Bunting, Jr. of Wellington; daughter, Jenifer (Robert) Graves; and two grandchildren, Sharon and Louise of Port St. Lucie; sister, Julie Denney of Newberry; brothers, Franklin (Theresa) Bunting of Williston, David (Kathryn) Bunting, Sr. of Royal Palm Beach, Stephen (Lynne) Bunting of Newberry, Rick (Sonya) Bunting of Okeechobee, and Todd Bunting, Sr. of Williston; several nieces and nephews; and extended family in Bell.
Per John’s request, there will be no memorial service. Please remember him as he was and know he is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Mrs. Lois Theresa Foster

Lois Theresa Foster, 50, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014 at her home in Old Town.
Mrs. Foster, a lifelong resident of Dixie County, was a homemaker and a mother. She enjoyed yard work and was a member of Central Baptist Church.
She is survived by son, Michael Byrd of Cross City; daughter, Jennifer Lord of Jacksonville; brother, Stephen Kearney of Miami; sister, Barbara Foster of Cross City; nephews, Kristopher Kane and Johnathan Kane; and nieces, Nichole Foster and Diane Keen.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Christal Greene.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach, with Reverend David Downing officiating. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral ome.

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Mr. Phillip N. Kohler

Phillip N. Kohler, 74, of Chiefland, passed away at his home on June 2, 2014. He was born in Blair, Nebraska and moved to this area from Virginia in 1968. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked in his own business as a machinist for aircraft companies all over the United States. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and working in his shop.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Eaton Kohler of Chiefland; his sister in law, Marge Kohler of Nebraska; his step children, Colleen, Bob and Julie; a very special granddaughter, Emily, who loved him and he her; and his nineteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
His family will have a private service at a later date.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, is honored to serve the Kohler family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Shirley Ann Panijan

Shirley Ann Panijan, 73, of Old Town, passed away June 7, 2014 in Gainesville.
She was born in Tuxedo, North Carolina and moved to Old Town from South Carolina. Shirley showed and bred German Shepherd dogs. She also loved to fish.
She is survived by her husband, David Panijan and sister, Dorothy (Buddy) Britton, all of Old Town.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Pearl Lee Jeffcoat.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, is honored to serve the Panijan family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Joseph E. Vaught

Joseph E. Vaught of Hickory, North Carolina passed away Sunday afternoon.
Mr. Vaught had a long life, transitioning to the Lord at the age of 98. During his life, he worked various jobs, from miner in Leadville, Coloradio; to construction superintendent for PS West Construction of Statesville, North Carolina, where he was employed for over 40 years. In his later years, at 90, he turned to writing, publishing four books. He also wrote a column, Observations from the Halfway House, for the Gilchrist County Journal.
The Vaught’s resided in Hickory from 1950 until they moved to Bell in 1996, returning to Hickory in 2012. Upon returning to Hickory, they resided first at Pinecrest Retirement Center and then, in the spring of this year, moved to an apartment.
He was a committed Christian, teaching Sunday school for many years and serving as a deacon at Highland Baptist Church. At the age of 96, he and Dr. Grace taught a Vacation Bible School class at First Baptist Church of Branford, for adults while the children attended their classes.
Joe was also a member of the Masonic organization where he served as Master of the Lodge in Hickory and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES) where he served as Patron several times. At 96, he was the oldest Patron in OES of Florida when he became Patron of Chiefland OES, Trenton.
While living in Hickory, they opened their home to an International Exchange Student, Reinaldo Antonio Garcia, from Brazil, and displaced teens. Joe and Dr. Grace had love for each other and for everyone they met. Married for over 68 years, Joe told everyone how beautiful Dr. Grace was and how his one regret would be leaving her when he died.
He was the loving husband of Dr. Grace C. Vaught; father of Mrs. Michael (Susan) Lindsey of Hixson, Tennessee; and Mrs. Tipton (Elizabeth (Betsy)) Deitz, of Conover, North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his son Curtis (Curt) J. Vaught. Joe leaves behind six grandchildren: Mrs. Daniel (Susan Lucynda (Cyndi)) Fifield of Aberdeen, North Carolina; Mrs. Matthew (Stacy) Norbeck of Reno, Nevada; Mrs. Timothy (Stephanie) Wyatt of Montgomery, Alabama; Captain Justin Smith, USMC, of Wilmington, North Carolina, Mrs. Jerod (Jenna) Teague of New Bern, North Carolina; and Jessie Smith of Hickory, North Carolina. He was also the proud grandparent of ten great-grandchildren.
The memorial services for Joe were held at Highland Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 3 p.m. The service included Masonic Rites with members of the Hickory Masonic Lodge serving as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flower, the family request memorials be made in Joe’s name to the Shriner’s Children.


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Mrs. Pearl Smith Barber

Pearl Smith Barber, 68, of Gulf Hammock, went to be with her Lord on May 29, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties, in Chiefland.
She was born in Gulf Hammock to the late R.V. Smith and Pearl Grace Smith of Gulf Hammock.
Mrs. Barber spent most of her life in Levy County. She worked for 37 years as senior vice president and head cashier at Perkins State Bank. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church. Ms. Pearl played basketball for Bronson. She loved dancing, spending time at the beach, sewing, reading, fishing and shopping, but the most dearest and nearest to her heart was spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father R.V. Smith and one sister.
She is survived by her loving husband, Milton T. Barber of Gulf Hammock; daughter and her husband, April (John) Trimm of Bronson; mother, Pearl Grace Smith of Gulf Hammock; sisters Audrey (George) Castell of Orange Park, Lois (Tommy) Livingston of Chiefland, Aline Smith of Gulf Hammock, Inez (Lloyd) Worthington of Williston and Connie (Gerald) Ward of Chiefland; and two grandchildren; Sarah Trimm and J.R. Trimm.
Funeral services were Monday, Jun. 2, 2014, at 10 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Bronson. Interment was at Rosemary Cemetery in Bronson. Visitation was Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services was honored to serve the Barber family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Edgar “Ed” Futch

Edgar “Ed” Futch, 80, of Old Town, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at his residence.
Ed was of the Baptist faith. He was born to Queed and Eula Futch in Cross City and has lived in the local area all of his life. He is a retired lineman and a proud member of the IBEW. Ed was the last living Constable of Dixie County.
Mr. Futch enjoyed helping others do most anything, he also enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all he loved being around his family.
Mr. Futch leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 32 years Marie Futch; sons, Buddy Stills, Richie Edenfield and Tim Edenfield all of Cross City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 in the chapel of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014, at Faith Baptist Church in Old Town. Pastors Cecil Highsmith and Bobby Lindsey officiated. Burial was at Long Pond Cemetery in Old Town.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland.

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Mr. Thomas J. (Jimmie) Martin

Thomas J. (Jimmie) Martin, 89, passed away on May 22, 2014.
The son of Austin (Shug) Martin and Minnie Slaughter Martin, Jimmie was born on August 21, 1924.
He is survived by his wife Geraline Martin; two daughters, Anita (Jon) Howard of Zephryhills and Barbara Martin of Wilmington, North Carolina; three sons, Jim (Carol) Martin of Fort White, Wayne Martin of Ocala and Gerald Martin of Bell; one step-daughter, Sherry (Jay) Lindsey of Bell; one sister, Ethel Blanchard of Ocala; 13 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jimmie will be buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville.

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Mrs. Elba Beatrice Nettles

Elba Beatrice Nettles, 79, of Bell, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Mrs. Nettles was born and lived her entire life in Bell. She formerly drove a school bus for the Gilchrist County School System and enjoyed crocheting and needle work, working in the yard, reading and being a caregiver to people. She was a member of Bethel Church of Christ.
She is survived by her son, Randy Nettles of Bell; daughter, Paula (Mike) Bunkley of Bell; foster daughter, Joyce White of Williston; grandchildren, Hannah Livingston, P. J. Bunkley; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Bunkley and sister, Florice Arnold of Branford.
A graveside service was held Monday, Jun. 2, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Bethel Church of Christ Cemetery, with Bro. David Halter officiating. A visitation was held Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Mildred Nutter

Mildred Nutter, 86 of Chiefland, passed away May 26, 2014, at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton.
She was born on June 22, 1928, in Warner, New Hampshire, to Gideon and Mildred (Nichols) Valley.
Mildred moved to this area in 1981 from Key Largo. She was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed polka, singing on the radio, reading, crossword puzzles and birds, especially hummingbirds. Mildred was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her pride and joy… her family and her grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Perley W. Nutter and eight siblings.
She is survived by her daughters, Patty (Jay) Clark of Rosewood, and Ginger Nutter of Chiefland; brother, Tuffy (Tina) Nutter also of Chiefland; five grandchildren, Jasmine Nutter, Franklin Nutter, Sharon Nutter, Jessica Mae Engel, Shelia Engel, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held Monday, June 2, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Reverend Travis Hudson officiating. Interment followed at the Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Nutter family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com.

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Mr. Daniel Webster O’Steen

Daniel Webster O’Steen, 85, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Daniel was born on July 15, 1928 in Gilchrist County to John Bennie O’Steen and Susie Bruce O’Steen. He was a lifelong resident of Gilchrist County. Mr. O’Steen was a farmer his whole life and he was also a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velma Waters O’Steen of High Springs; two daughters, Loretta (Dennis) Sapp and Laraine Fleming all of High Springs; two sons, Larry O’Steen and Lance O’Steen both of High Springs; two sisters, Bonnie Simmons of High Springs and Irma Graham of Plant City; two brothers, J. B. O’Steen and Andrew O’Steen, both of High Springs; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Dana, Tina, Teresa, Trevor, Trina and Traci and twelve great-grandchildren, Trent, Raya, Alaina, Aubrie, Anisten, Morgan, Gaven, Ava, Braxton, Zoe, Olivia and Landon.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church with Pastor Lewis Cooper officiating. Interment followed the service at the church cemetery. Visitation was held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Watson Funeral Home.
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. Henry Mose Smith

Henry Mose Smith, 89, of Old Town passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties after a long illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Levy County. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was the former owner of the Tennille Crossroads Grocery Store for over 30 years, and for many years was an auto sales dealer. He loved fishing, growing fruit trees and gardening. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by sons; Allen and Wayne Smith, both of White Springs, Charles “Peanut” Smith and William “Ricky” Kroll, both of Old Town; daughter, Teresa Mellette of Branford, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Waters Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Steinhatchee, on Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Alice Irene Warren

Alice Irene Warren, of Cross City and Gainesville, died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on May 23, 2014, at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, following an extended illness. She was 92 years old.
Mrs. Warren was born in Covington County, Alabama. She was a war bride from 1942 to 1944 when her husband Raymond served in the South Pacific. They resided in Graceville, Quincy, Jacksonville, and Little Rock, Arkansas, and returned to Cross City 35 years ago to retire. They became Dixie County residents from 1964 to l967 and again in l977.
Irene was the daughter of George and Ada Dunn and the beloved wife of Raymond Edward Warren. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and an aunt.
Over the years she was a member of First Baptist Church in Graceville, Quincy, Cross City, and Gainesville, and Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her favorite activity was participating in church missions, particularly in any project where helping people was involved. She and Raymond believed that “God gave each of us hands, feet, eyes, ears, a voice, and a heart that we might love and care for each other.” She was a longtime member of WMU (Woman’s Missionary Union), serving in various leadership capacities, including regional director. She served as a Sunday School teacher to children, young people, and adults, and as a Baptist Girls Auxiliary leader. In addition, she sang in her church choir for over 65 years. She participated in nursing home visitations and projects, was a trained Hospice volunteer, and was active in Bible distribution events with Gideons International. In the past, she was a supporter and board member of United Christian Service of Dixie County. She was exceptionally skilled as a mentor to young married couples. She loved traveling with her children and grandchildren and actually traveled around the world with her granddaughter. At one point in her life she considered painting her favorite hobby. She loved putting together large puzzles and playing Scrabble and Chinese checkers! Irene especially enjoyed cooking, entertaining in her home, sewing, reading, studying the Bible, and maintaining her friendships.
Irene is survived by her daughters; Sandra Sharron of Gainesville, Sherry McNeel of Tampa, and Connie Liles of Tallahassee; grandchildren Jarrett Liles and Warren Liles of Tallahassee, and Kristina (Matt) Sharron Enos of New York City; great-grandchildren Luke, Joshua, and Juliet Liles of Tallahassee. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years; three brothers, James Dunn, Tad Dunn, and George Dunn; and sister Geraldine Shows.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Cross City at 2 p.m. with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. A visitation will be held at the church at 1:30 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, or the charity or church of your choice.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Clint Joseph Williams

Clint Joseph Williams, 31, of Branford, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, while working in North Dakota.
Mr. Williams was born in Tyler Town, Mississippi on May 31, 1982. He was working as a oil sampler in the oil fields of North Dakota. He enjoyed fishing, DJ’ing, doing graphics on the computer and playing baseball.
He is survived by his parents, Tim and Jackie Williams of Branford and Katrina and Wyatte Osteen of Branford; brothers, Clay Williams of Branford and Trey Smith of Trenton; sisters, Nicole Barnes of Starke, Kristin Williams, Kayla Williams and Olivia Williams, all of Branford and maternal grandmother, Vauncile Bell of Branford.
Funeral services were held at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church on Saturday, May, 31, 2014, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Brett Patterson and Rev. James West officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Karen Audrea Young

Karen Audrea Young, 54, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, at her home in Old Town.
Mrs. Young was a lifelong resident of Dixie County. She was a homemaker and a mother who enjoyed fishing, camping, scalloping and gardening. Mrs. Young was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by daughter Cyndel Young and sister Linda Gail Dyals.
She is survived by her husband James N. Young of Old Town; daughter, Angel Mae Young of Old Town; parents, John Melvin and Linda Mae Dyals of Old Town; grandchildren, Dalton Ashton Devitt, Blakelyn Mycyndel Devitt and Mason James Devitt; brother, Merlon Dyals of Old Town and sisters, Sissy Elton, Vicky Dyals and Dixie Wright, all of Old Town.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Lindsey officiating. Interment followed at Old Town Cemetery.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Jeanette M. Cannon

Jeanette M. Cannon, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center. Jeanette was born on March 14, 1938 in Bell to Robert L. Martin and Isabell Wooley Martin. She was a lifelong resident of Bell. She was a homemaker and also a lifelong member of Jennings Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Denny Cannon and a son, Bubba Cannon.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Wendy (Allen) Luzader of Trenton, and Denise (Todd) Troyer of Trenton, a son, Robbie (Bobbie) Cannon of Bell; 2 sisters, Imogene Marlowe of Houston, Texas, and Arenette (Ray) Cannon of Bell; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Jennings Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Anthony Crawford officiating. Interment to follow the service at New Hope Family Church Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Nancy Cannon Gay

Nancy Cannon Gay, 69 a longtime resident of the local area, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Starke. Mrs. Gay was of the Methodist faith. She was born to Eb and Nettie Cannon in 1944. She enjoyed walking, watching television, assisting residents at the nursing home where she lived, but above all she loved her family.
Nancy leaves to cherish her memory; son, Terry Harp of Keystone Heights; daughters, Brenda Brown of Hawthorne, Michelle Marti of Gainesville, Elizabeth Gay of Bunnell and Beatie Gay of Keystone Heights; brothers, Buddy Cannon of Chiefland and Freddie Cannon of Bell; sisters Mary Lu Conner of Trenton, Katherine King of Bronson and Francis Norman of Lawtey; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., May 27, 2014 at Cedar Key Cemetery in Cedar Key. Reverend Jimmy Scott will be officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland.
For further infomation, please call (352) 493-4777.

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Mrs. Violette M. Morin

Violette M. Morin, age 87, of Chiefland, passed away May 19, 2014 at Cross City Rehab. Mrs. Morin was born in Swanton, Vermont on December 7, 1926. Violette was a Nurses Aid for many years at the Copley Hospital in Morrisville, Vermont. She moved to Chiefland in 1987 and enjoyed knitting, gardening and woodworking.
Visitation was Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland and a Funeral Mass was held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9 a.m. with Father Joe McDonnell officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services-1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland.

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Dr. William J. Mott, D.O.

Dr. William J. Mott, age 66, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Dr. Mott was born on September 2, 1947 in Port Jefferson, New York to Charles William Mott and Florence Earhart Mott.
Dr. Mott was a loving and devoted family man. He loved spending time with family and friends. He would plan birthday parties, holiday events and travel with the family. Always encouraging them to plan big, achieve as much as you can, and of course, get the highest level of education to live out your dreams. His motto was, “work hard-play hard”. He passed on his faith in Christ and family values to all his family.
He was also a devoted and compassionate physician. He felt blessed to serve his community and their medical needs. Through “The Country Doctors Office” and many other venues he was able to help many people. Whether you were a nursing home patient or a friend he ran into in town; you could be sure he would greet you with a smile, a great story, or just some good conversation. He will be missed by many. Dr. Mott was also able to serve his country through military service in both the U.S. Navy as well as the U.S. Army, receiving honorable discharges in both.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Mott of Newberry; his daughters, Laura, Jenifer, Danielle, Allisia and Katherine; and son in laws, Aaron and Mike; and thirteen grandchildren. As well as an extensive family and friends.
Per Dr. Mott’s request there will be no memorial service. Please, just remember him as he was and know now he is in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Cards and letters may be mailed to Post Office Box 924, Newberry, Florida 32669
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton. Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Irene Carol Snyder

Irene Carol Snyder, 65, of Cross City, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Mrs. Snyder was born on August 25, 1948 in Stoughton, Massachusetts to Joseph and Clara Ambrosini. She moved to Cross City from St. Petersburg, in 2001 and was employed as the office manager for Dr. Minesinger for the past 10 years. She attended Central Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and the Church secretary. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning.
Mrs. Snyder is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Snyder of Cross City; son, John (Shelly) Snyder, Jr. of Seminole; mother Clara Ambrosini of St. Petersburg; brother, Joseph Ambrosini of Dennis, Maryland; and grandchildren, Lauren, Bailey, John IV, Alec, Ian, and Aaron.
A memorial service will be held at Central Baptist Church on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Burial took place at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Judy Jolita Swiston

Judy Jolita Swiston,71, of Old Town, passed away May 23, 2014, in Cross City after a long illness.
Judy was born on February 1, 1943 in Anclote. She was a graduate of Lake City Community College. Judy was an accomplished pianist and vocalist and had served in the past as choir director for Rock Sink Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Cross City. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she held the office of past Grand Organist for the State of Florida. Judy also was elected to serve on the City Council of Cross City in the past. Judy was a former owner of Dixie Pest Control and Southern Abstract and Title.
She is survived by her husband, John Swiston of Old Town; her sister, Janet Burg of Birmingham, Alabama; her daughters, Donna Cravey, Terry Rollison and Patty (Tommy) Cannon all of Cross City; sons, Bob (Sandra) Meekins of Old Town and John (Kelly) Swiston of Gulfport. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, and uncle.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Cross City, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Brown officiating.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Robert E. Trail

Bob (R.E.) Trail was born on March 11, 1916, in Bell. He farmed his grandmother’s eighty acre homestead as a young man, then served in the Army during WWII, traveling to France, England, Germany and even working on the Alaskan Highway, in Whitehorse.
After his service, he dreamed of moving to South Florida and chose Miami, where he met the love of his life, Marianne Emily Watkins, who preceded him in death in 2004. They married in 1949 and had four daughters; Marie Hussey, Diana Manders, Linda Sebolt and Karen Cutler; nine grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He worked in wholesale hardware, as buyer and manager before returning to Trenton after retirement, but kept active till the end on his own beloved farm. He was an avid woodworker, a master at repairs, and a great storyteller and much loved Dad. He passed away peacefully at home with his family on May 22.

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Mrs. Wanda Hollingsworth Bostic

Wanda Hollingsworth Bostic, of Fanning Springs, passed away at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties, Monday, May 12, 2014. She was 64.
Mrs. Bostic was born in Ft. White to Horace Cecil and Leona Beatrice Hollingsworth. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Sullivan Auto Group and was the owner of Bubba’s Place. She moved to Fanning Springs fourteen years ago.
Mrs. Bostic is survived by her husband Jimmy Lee Bostic of Fanning Springs; son, Scott L. Bostic of Fanning Springs; grandson, Bubba Bostic; granddaughters, Azlynn Bostic and Kylie Bostic; sister, Maxie Newsom of Ft. White and nephew, Lawrence Short of Fanning Springs.
No services have been planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Eron “EJ” Carver

Eron “EJ” Carver, Sr., 72, of Branford, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the Veteran’s Hospital, Lake City, following a long illness.
Mr. Carver was born in Gilchrist County. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during the Viet Nam conflict, also owner of Courtesy Cleaners in Bradenton for 25 years. He was a member of the Palmetto Masonic Lodge, the Bradenton Shrine Club and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two daughters; Suprena Carver (Steve) Madison and Christina (Randy) Patrick of Bradenton; sons, Enron G. Carver, Jr. of Jacksonville, Eron G. Carver, II, Macon, Georgia, Syd Carver of Bradenton; sister, Wynell (Paul) Durden of Gainesville; sixteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and his companion, Fannie Jane Watkins of Branford.
Funeral services were May 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Daniels Memorial Chapel with Rev. Carey McCullum officiating.
Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Gilchrist County.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. of Branford was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at danielsfuneralhome.com.

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Mr. Robert Allen Clarke

Robert Allen Clarke, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Robert was born on September 13, 1956 in Hollywood, to Alexander H. Clarke and Kathleen Thornton Clarke. He moved to Bell in 1997 from Hollywood. He was an automotive technician and he was of the Baptist faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Kathleen Clarke and a brother, Alexander Hamilton Clarke.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Butman Clarke of Bell, a son, Robert Allen Clarke, Jr., of Bell, 2 brothers: John Clarke of Bell, and Richard Clarke of Billings, Montana.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Bell Cemetery with Pastor Rickey Whitley officiating.
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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Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson, 80, of Cross City, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Susan E. Moore.
Born in Monroe County, Georgia, Mrs. Jackson moved here from Forsythe, Georgia in 1984. She was a homemaker who enjoyed square dancing, gardening, bird watching, sewing and needlework. She was a former member of the Forsythe, Georgia and Florida Square Dance Associations, the Forsythe Garden Club and the Savannah Garden Club. Mrs. Jackson was a Methodist.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Samuel E. (Red) Jackson of Cross City; granddaughter, Sarah Hinson; great-granddaughter, Natalie S. Hinson and sister, Janette Schulz of McDonough, Georgia.
A memorial service was held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, May 18, 2014 with Rev. Jim O’Hare officiating
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Rev. Leslie Clarence Jackson

Rev. Leslie Clarence Jackson, 102, of Old Town, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014 at Lafayette Health Care in Mayo.
Mr. Jackson was born in Ontario, Canada on August 21, 1911. After moving to the United States he became a United States citizen in 1940. He later joined and served in the United States Army where he drove a tank. After leaving the Army, he became a minister serving in the Methodist Church. He served in various churches including McCall’s Chapel Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Monte Bell Jackson of Old Town; son, Laverne (Norma) Jackson of Ontario, Canada; daughter, Diane (Henry) Morris of Piperton, Tennessee; step-children, Herbert Hurst, Jr. of Cross City, Patrick Bell of Old Town and Patricia Ergle of Alachua.
Funeral services were held at McCall’s Chapel Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m. with Rev. James Howes officiating. Interment will be held at a later date at Forest Hill East in Memphis, Tennessee. 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.

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Mr. Terry Glenn Philman

Terry Glenn Philman, age 53 of Bell, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Terry, son of Denton S. Philman and Doris Philman was born on July 7, 1960 in Ocala. Terry enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was a truck driver for many years. Terry was also an avid Nascar fan.
Terry was preceded in death by his father, Denton Philman and a sister, Deloris Philman Gilliam both of Bell.
He is survived by his mother, Doris Philman of Bell, two daughters; Scarlett Hannah Philman and Danika Alexis Philman both of Bell; two sisters, Kay (Dale) Turbeville of Sparr, and Donna (Terry Conner) Philman of Bell; four brothers, Vernon Philman, Denton “Buddy” Philman and Bruce Philman all of Bell and John (Pam) Philman of Chiefland, and many loving loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at New Hope Family Church Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Philman officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www. watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mrs. Georgia Love Wilder Deen Stubbs

Mrs. Georgia Love Wilder Deen Stubbs, 87, of Cross City, passed away Friday, May 16 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Mrs. Stubbs was born in Taylor County on December 17, 1926 to Charlie Cecil, Sr. and Georgia Love Wilder.
She began working in banking in Dixie County in 1955 as a teller, progressing to loan officer and vice president at Brandon State Bank in Brandon, Florida.
She later worked for Cross City Correctional in the medical offices.
During her later years she began a nursing home ministry, visiting various nursing homes, visiting her friends and making new friends.
She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church of Cross City since 1933 serving as a former choir director and Sunday School Teacher. She enjoyed working in her yard growing flowers, doing needlework, macramé and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by a son, Robert A. Deen, III of Denver, Colorado, a daughter, Martha Kay Deen Miller (Steve) of Mandeville, Louisiana; three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husbands Robert A. Deen and Eonis “Red” Stubbs.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Cross City on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Interment followed at Cross City 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.

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Miss Julie Ann Wade

Julie Ann Wade, 55, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, May 17, 2014. She died peacefully in her sleep. She was born October 18, 1958 in Evansville, Indiana.
She is survived by her parents, Bill and Shirley Wade; brothers, William D. (Valerie) Wade and Rodney (Kalee) Wade; nephew, Jacob; nieces, Kristen and Savannah; aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be greatly missed by her loving family, many caring church friends; the LARC staff and clients, where she attended for years; and van drivers for Levy County Transit. Her love for others was evident to all.
Celebration of her life was held at Concord Baptist Church, 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 with Pastor Jamie Brock officiating.
Burial followed at Ellzey Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideon’s or LARC.
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Floyd Henry Greene

Floyd Henry Greene, 56, of Old Town, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014 in an industrial accident in Plymouth, North Carolina.
Mr. Greene moved to Dixie County from Cordele, Georgia 17 years ago. He was currently employed by CBT Manufacturing, working a shut down at Domtar Factory in North Carolina at the time of his death, and was formerly employed by Georgia Pacific out of Georgia and AMAC Construction. He was very well respected by his co-workers and loved by his family and friends. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing, he was an avid Georgia football fan and was very crafty at working with his hands.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Lynda Greene of Old Town; sons, Timothy Windler of Cross City and Marcus Windler of Old Town; daughters, Miranda (Vic) Spaventa of Cordele, Georgia, Brooke Windler of Old Town and Jeannie Greene of Old Town; granddaughter, Victoria Spaventa; grandson, Camden Windler; parents, Billy and Frances Greene of Cordele, Georgia; and brothers, Richard Calhoun and Mike (Lisa) Greene both of Cordele, Georgia and Bruce (Nanci) Greene of Athens, Georgia.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 9, 2014 with Rev. Dwayne Kight officiating. Interment followed at Cross City Cemetery. A visitation was held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Lois Marie Hodge

Lois Marie Hodge, 86, from Newberry, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center, in Gainesville. Lois was born in Bell, on January 7, 1928, to Everett Bass and Julia Sapp. Lois married Thomas William “Bill” Hodge on December 13, 1944.
She is survived by her siblings Ann, Lindbergh, Betty and Mason. Lois had three children: Wayne (Carol) Hodge, Dale (Diane) Hodge, and Janice and her husband Craig. They gave her five grandchildren; Kellie, Little Dale, Amanda, Samantha and Travis; who in turn provided eleven great-grandchildren; Wyatt, Kayla, Tyler, Jordan, Kindale, Blayne, Levi, Tanner, Kutler, Chase and Jacob. Lois was a devoted member of Newberry Church of Christ. Lois and Bill worked the farm together until she was employed at the Newberry Cold Storage, where her outgoing personality was enjoyed by all for 30 years.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. Interment followed at Jonesville Cemetery. The family feels blessed to have had Hospice take care of our loved one, and ask for any donations in her honor to be sent to them - Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32606.
Arrangements were under the care of Milam Funeral nad Cremation Services, 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry.

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Mrs. Martha Ann Johnson

Martha Ann Johnson, 73, of Cross City, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Hospice of the Tri-Counties.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Cross City on September 15, 1940 to David and Mattie Lou Lee. She was a lifelong resident who devoted her life to her family and home. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and taking care of her home and grandchildren.
She is survived by sons, David (Gwen) Johnson and Tim (Christie) Johnson, both of Old Town and Mike (Dana) Johnson of Cross City; daughters, Trina (Joe) Giles of Cross City and Shannon (Johnny) Valentine of Horseshoe Beach; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Sonny Johnson and son Scott Johnson.
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 10, 2014 with Rev. Joe Brooks, Rev. Dwayne Kight and Bro. Lenton Edmonds officiating. Interment followed at Cross City Cemetery.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Edwina Holland King

Edith Edwina Holland King, 77, of Chiefland, passed away on May 8, 2014 with her family by her side. She was born in Homestead to Edward and Lillian Holland and moved to Levy County in 1998. Mrs. King was a devoted homemaker, who went to work at Southern Bell and Community Bank of Homestead after raising her daughter. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, church activities and looked forward to holiday celebrations and family reunions. Mrs. King attended Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland, where she taught Sunday School for many years, served as vacation Bible school leader, sang in the church choir and served as church secretary. She also served as Ladies Church Activities Leader, and Children’s Activities Teacher. Mrs. King loved church hymns, southern gospel, and praise and worship songs. She also was a member of the American Sewing Guild – Ocala Chapter. The most enjoyment of her life was her service to God and Church, her family and friends.
Mrs. King will be missed by her husband of 58 years, Clarence Lee King of Chiefland; her daughter, Sylvia Ann King of Chiefland; brothers, Stanley (Thelma) Holland of Franklin, North Carolina, and David Holland of Chiefland; a sister, Myra Gail (Gene) Appleby of Ligonier, Pennsylvania; many nephews, nieces, cousins and extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Lillian Holland.
Funeral services for Mrs. King were Monday, May 12, 2014 at Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland with Pastors Tom Keisler and Travis Hudson officiating. Interment followed at Hardeetown Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hardeetown Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

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Mr. John Carl Longmire

John Carl Longmire, 73 of Old Town, passed away on May 10, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. Mr. Longmire was born in Henderson, North Carolina to the late Eugene Miles & Dorothy (Starling) Longmire. He served his county in the US Navy then moved from Port St. Lucie to Dixie County where he worked for Dixie County Recycle for 10 years. He enjoyed Nascar and ball room dancing and was an instructor.
He is survived by his wife, Sally Longmire of Old Town.
Memorial services will be Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service with Rev. Carl Rainear officiating.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Longmire family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Julian Edward McMillan, Jr.

Julian Edward McMillan, Jr. (Eddie) passed away and went home to be with Our Lord on Sunday night, May 11, 2014. He was 67 years old. Eddie is survived by his wife of 49 1/2 years, Sandra Vickers McMillan. The two had just moved back to Gilchrist County to enjoy their retirement. Eddie is survived by his son, Russell Wayne McMillan; daughter, Julie Carol Thomas; his son-in-law, Bruce E. Thomas, Sr.; and his daughter, Jennifer Lynn McMillan, his seven grandchildren, Alex, Julianna, Bruce, Jr., Rebecca, Raychel, Jaycee and Bryn. They were the light of his life! Eddie is also survived by his mother, Edwina McMillan of Dover, brother, Ronald McMillan of Dover, and his sister, Sharon Polk (John) of Lakeland.
After completing his Law Enforcement career as State Fire Marshall for The State of Florida, he enjoyed working with his extended family as they farmed for the last 22 years. He loved life, never met a stranger and enjoyed being outdoors absorbing all of God’s creation!
A memorial service will be held in North Gilchrist County at L.R. Thomas, Inc. (Bell) on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 in the morning. The family is receiving visitors at The McMillan home in Bell.

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Mrs. Etta Lucille ‘Lucy’ Pelletier

Etta Lucille ‘Lucy’ Pelletier, 81, of High Springs, passed away May 7, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center, in Gainesville, with her family by her side. She was born in Largo to the late Ruben and Rosetta (Richardson) Gill. Ms. Lucy was of the Baptist faith, and was a private secretary and bookkeeper for Hillsborough Printing Co. In 1979 she moved to Chiefland, with her husband by her side, they opened and operated their own business, “The Print Shop of Chiefland” for 16 years. She enjoyed a variety of music including country, Irish Folk and religious. In the past she was involved with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Her hobbies were photography, crocheting, knitting, sewing and reading but spending time with and taking care of her family was her pride and greatest joy in life.
She is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Richard Pelletier, Sr., of High Springs; daughter, Linda (Jim) Bissonnett of Orlando; sons, Lee (Allison) Pelletier of Bell, Richard (Michelle) Pelletier, II., of High Springs, Marc (Dana) Pelletier of Hickory, North Carolina; step-daughters, Margo Janscar of Pinellas Park, Becky Suffoletto of St. Petersburg; a brother George (Mary) Gill of New Port Richey; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside Funeral service will be Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sylvan Abbey Cemetery, 2853 Sunset Point Road in Clearwater, Florida 33759. Visitation for Mrs. Pelletier will be Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, (352) 493-0050 is honored to serve the Pelletier family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mr. Bert Elzie Welch, Sr.

Bert Elzie Welch, Sr., age 67, passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014 at the V.A. Hospital in Gainesville. He was born on January 24, 1947, in Winter Haven, to Bert Welch and Rosa Lee Smith Welch. He moved to Bell 10 years ago from Davenport. He was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his three daughters; Carrie Welch of Davenport, Ashley Welch of Greeneville, Tennessee, and Summer Robertson of Greeneville, Tennessee, two sons; Bert Welch, Jr. of Bell, and Stephen Kennedy of Greeneville, Tennessee; six brothers, George Welch of Bell, Randy Welch of Tavares, Cecil Welch of DeFuniak, Glenn Welch of Auburndale, Gary Welch of Careyville, and Perry Welch of Chipley; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
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Miss Amy Chanthaboury

Miss Amy Chanthaboury, 20, of Old Town passed away Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014.
Miss Chanthaboury was born on March 2, 1994 and lived her lifetime in Dixie County. She was an “outdoors girl” and enjoyed swimming, four wheeling, hunting, and fishing. She was good with babies and enjoyed life in general.
She is survived by her mother, Sue Chanthaboury of Old Town; brothers, Kenneth Michael Chanthaboury, Andy Chanthaboury and Adam Chanthaboury, all of Old Town; sister, Kasey Chanthaboury of Old Town; nieces, Carson LeAnn Chanthaboury and Skyler Chanthaboury and best friends, Kelsey Watson, Madison Johnson, Stephanie Randal and Caitlin Fowler.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bounlap Chanthaboury.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rocky Bray officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mr. Eason Ward Crawford

Eason Ward Crawford, 77, of Lake City passed away Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 at the Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City with his family at his side.
Mr. Crawford was born July 3, 1936 in Plant City, to the late Daniel and Artie Blume Crawford.
Mr. Crawford has lived in Ellisville for the last 43 years were he owned and operated his own trucking business and farm. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening,giving most of the vegetables to his friends. Mr. Crawford loved taking care of his farm and enjoyed time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years: Vivian Norris Crawford; daughters, Lynne Crawford (Butch) Vaughn of Lake City and Karen (Justin) Jones of Trenton; son, Doug (Michelle) Crawford of Trenton; brothers, J. T. (Lillian) Crawford of Chiefland and Lester (Ilene) Crawford of Providence; six grandchildren; Amy Roberts, Brett Crawford, Alyce McCarty, KayLee Crawford, Justus Jones, and Carson Jones; three great-grandchildren; Kaleb Roberts, Kiaya Roberts, and Adeline Robson.
He was preceded in death by sisters; Jeanette Knight, and Bertie Crawford; and brothers, Ollie Crawford, T. H. Crawford, Vernon Crawford, and Amos Crawford.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Columbia Baptist Church with Reverend Darryl Tomlinson officiating. Burial was in the Crawford Family Cemetery.
Archer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Mr. Grady Hires

Grady Hires, 93, of Jena, went to meet his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. He was born in Dixie County, on August 17, 1920, to James and Mary Croft Hires and was the last surviving child of 21 siblings.
While working at Hines Turpentine Camp, he operated the commissary and transported camp students to the Oliver School in town. He later worked as a butcher for Peach’s Grocery Store for many years. He also served for one-term as a Dixie County School Board member before being elected as Dixie County Tax Collector, a position he held from 1960 until his retirement in 1984.
Mr. Grady is also remembered by many for the outstanding vegetables he grew on his farm in Jena, freely sharing his bounty with residents throughout the county. In his spare time, away from farming, he enjoyed pitching for numerous softball teams, for many years.
He is survived by his wife, of 41 years, Freddie Hamilton Henley Hires, of Jena; children, Don (Sandra) Hires, of Perry, Bobby Joe (Nelia) Hires, of Perry; Darlene (Bill) Geiger, of Chiefland and Rodney (Karen) Hires, of Cross City; step-children, Linda (David) Fultz, of Taylors, South Carolina, Sue (Maxie) Chewning, of Cross City, Connie H. Sheppard, of Cross City and Edd (Dana) Henley, of Jena; thirty grandchildren, forty-six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Keith Hires; his sisters, Mary Driggers, Marie Tillman, Ruby Penny, Flossie Lytte, Leonna Revels and Mayo Hires; his brothers, Arthur Hires, Clayton Hires and Joe Brown Hiers; his grandsons, Arthur Hires and Chad A. Reed, Sr.; and his son-in-law, David Sheppard.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., in First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee. Interment followed at Waters Memorial Cemetery, Steinhatchee.
Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

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Mrs. Elizabeth U. (Betty) Hitchcock

Elizabeth U. (Betty) Hitchcock, age 85, passed away on April 29, 2014. Mrs. Hitchcock was born in Pahokee, on December 27, 1928, to Edward and Julia Unwin. She married Robert (Bob) Hitchcock in 1947. The couple relocated to Alachua, where Betty and Bob together operated Hitchcock’s supermarkets for many years. Betty loved her customers and found great joy in serving others. Her love for people was evident, and her acts of kindness touched the lives of many. She was a devoted Christian and member of the Alachua Church of Christ, a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and friend.
She was predeceased by her husband, five brothers, and three sisters. Betty is survived by her son Alan (Cathy) Hitchcock, of Alachua, and daughter, Kathy (Marvin) Weaver of Trenton; grandchildren; Laura Brown, Ryan Weaver, Samantha Ward, Jake Hitchcock, Andrea Turner, Valerie McMahon, and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hitchcock were held at the Alachua Church of Christ on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Visitation was held on Thursday, May 1 at Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, Florida. Services were under the direction of Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

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Mr. George Milos

George Milos, 86, of Trenton, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He was born in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He served in the Navy in WWII and the Korean war. He retired from Corbin City Utilities of Kentucky.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Malinda Shelton Milos; one son, Brian Milos; two daughters, Denise (David) Tuggle and Gail Raven; three grandsons, Kristofer (Kelsey) Milos, Matthew (Chelsea) Tuggle and Joshua Raven; and two great-grandchildren, Korbin Milos and Piper Milos.
Services will be held at Bethel Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m.

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Mrs. Dorothy Marie Bonnell

Dorothy Marie Bonnell, age 79, passed away on Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Dorothy was born on January 5, 1935 in Trenton, to Robert O’Quinn and Allie Langford O’Quinn. She was a lifelong resident of Gilchrist County, a homemaker and a member of Northeast Church of Christ in High Springs.
She is survived by a daughter, Marianne (Casey) Carlisle of Trenton; two sons, Edwin (Deanna) Bonnell of Ocala, and Bryan (Belinda) Bonnell of Trenton; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John G. Bonnell.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Northeast Church of Christ, with Mr. Mark Beans officiating.
Interment was at Center Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Online condolences or to sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com .

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Mr. Robert Anthony Gardner

Robert Anthony Gardner 86, affectionately known as ‘RAGs’ passed away April 23, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. Robert proudly served his country in the US Army, Air Force and US Coast Guards where he was a three time War Veteran and received the Purple Heart Award.
Robert is survived by the dear friends he loved and thought of as his family, Heidi W. Reynolds, Les Wells and Todd Blunting, all of Williston.
After his cremation, Mr. Gardner will be laid to rest with honors at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, is honored to serve the Gardner family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. Gregory Wayne Gore

Gregory Wayne Gore, 56 of Chiefland passed away on April 22, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland. Greg was born in Gainesville and was a heavy equipment operator. He was a people person, always enjoying spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and grilling. His one dream was to become a minister.
He is survived by his mother, Violet Lester of Chiefland; his son Daniel (Traci) Gore of Sunman, Indiana; daughter Rebekah Turner of Maine; granddaughters Selena Escamilla of Chiefland and Briana Gore of Indiana; his life companion, Connie Ward of Chiefland; sister Susan (James) Horne; brothers David (Karen) Gore all of Chiefland and Steve (Kerry) Lester of Jacksonville, and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Floyd R. Lester, in 2012.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Rev. Travis Hudson officiating. Interment was at Antioch Cemetery in Chiefland.
Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .
Mrs. Wilma Marion Dale Guilott
Wilma Marion Dale Guilott, 91, of Chiefland, passed away quietly at home with her family at her side. She was born to William Clarence and Mary Ann Robinson Dale in Pocatello, Idaho. Mrs. Guilott was a homemaker and in her young days, worked as a wardrobe designer in Hollywood. She served as a president for the Relief Society Christ of Latter Day Saints, two missions Brooklyn, New York and Atlanta, Georgia. Mrs. Guilott enjoyed her cat, shopping, but her family and church brought her the most enjoyment in life. She moved to Chiefland in 2013 from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Mrs. Guilott was a member of the Chiefland Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints.
Wilma is survived by her daughters, Dale (Donnie) Pickard of Chiefland, Scot Aiena of North Carolina; sons Juel (Lola) Guilott Jr., of South Carolina, Ernest William (Denene) Guilott of Louisiana., Adam James Guilott of Louisiana., David Henry (Juliet) Guilott of Utah; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Juel G. Guilott Sr.
Funeral Services will be at Lake Lawn Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, is honored to serve the Guilott family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Betty Hitchcock

Mrs. Betty Hitchcock of Alachua passed away Tuesday morning in Gainesville.
Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs will handle the services.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, May 2 at the Alachua Church of Christ beginning at 11 a.m.
For more information contact Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs at (386) 454-2444.

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Mr. Gerald Alfons Mathieu

Gerald Alfons Mathieu, 73, passed away Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at his home in Cross City, Florida.
Mr. Mathieu was born in Elwood, Pennsylvania and moved to Cross City 9 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio. He served in the United States Marine Corp. He worked as a sales rep for the Paquin Company selling hydraulic and pneumatic components and at one time, owned a lawn service in Daytona Beach. He enjoyed golf, hunting, playing cards, sailing on the Great Lakes and studying history, particularly Civil War history.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Irene Revels Mathieu of Cross City; son, William David Cook of Cross City; daughters, Vicki Miller of Suwannee, Tammy Cook of Cross City and Brittany Mathieu of Old Town; sister, Gretchen (Lewis) Myers of Chesterland, Ohio; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son Gordon Wayne Cook and daughter Brenda Cook.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 at New Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Coons officiating.
A visitation was held Monday evening, Apr. 28, 2014 at the funeral home.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Nathan Drew Lee Simpson

Nathan Drew Lee Simpson, 37, of Fanning Springs, passed away April 21, 2014 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties after a long illness. Mr. Simpson was born in Seoul, Korea, and lived in Geneseo, Illinois. and in Ocala before moving to Fanning Springs. He was a supervisor for AT&T. He will always be remembered for his captivating smile and open heart. He touched all who had the honor of knowing him. His family gave him the most enjoyment in life.
He is survived by his wife, Keila Marie Simpson of Fanning Springs; a son, Kai Elijah of Fanning Springs; his parents, Don and Beth Simpson of Geneseo, Illinois.; a brother and his wife, Brent (Spring) Simpson of Geneseo, Illinois.; his grandmother Louise Simpson of Lanark, Illinois.; nieces Kayla and Alyssa Simpson of Geneseo, Illinois; his Father, Jerome (Lisa) Davis of Fanning Springs, many aunts, uncles, and cousins who will all miss him dearly.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Chapel- 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala..
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services is honored to serve the Simpson Family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Caroline Antoinette Tessaro

Caroline Antoinette Tessaro, 99, of Trenton, passed away April 21, 2014 at Tri County Nursing Home in Trenton. She was the wife for 50 years to her late husband, William Terssaro. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Price and a son Victor Tessaro.
She is survived by her children, William Tessaro of Bell, Barbara Smith of Oregon, Frederick Tessaro of California, and Joyce Lent of Chiefland, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was a wonderful and giving person that will be greatly missed and was loved by family and friends. Mom, you are now that bright angel in the sky watching over all of us.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, was honored to serve the Tessaro family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mr. William R. Trautman

William R. Trautman, 86 of Bell, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at the Gainesville Health Care Center. William was born in Ziegler, Illinois and moved to this area in 2007 from Springfield, Illinois. William was a retired Engineer Supervisor for gas and light company. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
William is survived by his devoted wife Nadine Trautman of 65 years of Bell, son William “Bill” (Janice) Trautman of Bell, son Michael (Judy) Trautman of Portland, Maine; three grandchildren Will, Mattie, and Gabriel; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son Paul Trautman.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Saturday, May 3, 2014. With William’s celebration of life service starting at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Greg Douglas conducting the service.
All are welcome to attend and share with the family. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the building fund at Pine Grove Baptist Church in memory of William.
Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel, Ocala (352)622-4141.

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Mr. Lee Ballard

Mr. Lee Ballard, 83, of Gainesville formerly of Cross City, passed away Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014.
Mr. Ballard graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and then enlisted in the Maryland National Guard in 1951. He served in Alaska from 1953-55. He worked as a Manager for Loss Prevention for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan retiring in 1990 after 27 years of service. He was a long time member and Past Executive Director of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and a Shriner. He enjoyed scuba diving all over the world and was a member of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. He was an avid traveler, having covered all of the 50 states and Canadian provinces. He and his grandson, Geoff, enjoyed touring many of the national parks together. Mr. Ballard was a member of the Westside Baptist Church where he was a deacon and senior adult Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, of 42 years, Pat Ballard; daughter, Diana Brown; and great granddaughter, Keeley Thomas.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ann Ballard of Gainesville; daughter, Dawn Ballard; step-daughter, Brenda (Chris) Hartwell of Gainesville; grandson, Geoffrey M. (Laura) Brown; step-grandson, Copelan Hartwell; granddaughter, Krissy Ashbaugh; and great grandsons, Joey Brown and Brett Williams.
A memorial service was held, Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014 at Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville with Minister of Youth and Families, Asa Walker and Dr. Fritz Fountain officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home or The Westside Baptist Church Building Fund in Gainesville.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mr. Norman Francis Garrett

Mr. Norman Francis Garrett of Old Town, born January 25, 1931, passed away April 17, 2014 from an extended illness.
Mr. Garrett was born in Pleasantville, Iowa and attended elementary schools there. He later moved to California, continued his education and graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, California in 1948. He retired in 1993 from Elliott Corporation in Jacksonville, where he was a Gas and Steam Turbine Technician and a Master Machinist. He lived in the Yulee area for 29 years before moving to Old Town approximately 10 years ago. Mr. Garrett was a Korean War Veteran and a past member of the V.F.W., the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) auxiliary and had a private pilots license with a single engine rating. He attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Cross City
He was preceded in death by son Brian Shayne Buford; father, Frank Barnett Garrett; mother, Dorothy Elizabeth Haug Garrett; sister, Florene Thelma Hancock Garrett; and brother, Garland Barnett Garrett.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Vada June Ritchie Garrett of Old Town; daughters, Starrla Buford Bennett of Augusta, Georgia, Josephine Hancock Mericle of Tampa, Dawn and Michelle Garrett, both of California; son, Darrin Buford of Yulee; granddaughters, Tabatha Pearson Treager of Fayetteville, North Carolina (Ft. Bragg) and Cheyenne Buford from Yulee; grandsons, Jedediah Pearson and Quintin Pearson of St. Augustine, Jackie Pearson of Folkston, Georgia, Caleb Mericle of Tampa, Anthony Eubanks and Dakota Eubanks of Tampa, and Shayne Buford of Yulee; and a number of great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services and interment will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with full military honors at a later date.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Martha Smith Gulick

Mrs. Martha Smith Gulick, formerly of Suwannee, passed away on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 at her home in The Cove at Tavares Village, Tavares, where she has lived for the past 11 years.
Prior to moving to Tavares, she and her husband Jim Gulick lived in Suwannee for 23 years. They served as Republican State Committeeman and Committeewoman for Dixie County for 17 years. She was a member of Mid Lakes Christian Church in Tavares. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Gulick. She is survived by her daughter Tika Gulick and two nieces, Genvieve Smith and Tirrill (Tom) Colberg.
A memorial service will be held at The Cove in Tavares Village on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date in Keen Cemetery, Suwannee.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, (352) 498-5400.

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Mrs. Betty Jo Hicks

Betty Jo Hicks, 83, of Plain City, Ohio, passed away on April 14, 2014. Mrs. Hicks moved to Ohio several years ago to be closer to her family, after residing in Bell for over 20 years. She was a former member of the New Hope Advent Christian Church. She enjoyed country music and Elvis, flowers, arts and crafts, and traveling in her motor home with her husband, John Jackson Hicks, who passed away in December 2005.
Mrs. Hicks is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry Allan and Linda Hicks of Plain City, Ohio; two grandchildren, John Hicks and Lori Sundbury; and three great-grandchildren, Ryann Hicks, Brenna Hicks and Brady Sundbury.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, where she was laid to rest next to her husband.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, was honored to serve the Hicks Family. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com

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Mrs. Joan Malinda Holt

Joan Malinda Holt, 73 of Lake Butler passed away Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 at ET York Haven Hospice in Gainesville. Mrs. Holt was born August 18, 1940 at Lake Shore Hospital to the late Howard and Isabel Banks Mann. She has lived most of her life in Lake Butler moving away to Gilchrist County where she worked as a CNA at the Medic Ayers Nursing Home until she returned to Union County 17 years ago. Mrs. Holt was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lake Butler and also volunteered at the S.R.E.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Holt, Sr.
She is survived by her two daughters; Beverly (Ron) Wise, and Christine (Bruce) Smith, of Lake Butler; son, Thomas A. Holt, Jr. of Lake Butler; seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; and her sister, Torena Rowe of Starke
Funeral Services for Mrs. Holt were held Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 in the First United Methodist Church in Lake Butler with Pastor Dan Search officiating. Burial followed at Elzey Chapel Cemetery.
Archer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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Mr. Donald O. Mathis

Donald O. Mathis, age 78, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 at Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. Donald was born on December 26, 1935 in Chiefland, to Jack Mathis and Hattie Thomas Mathis. He was a lifelong resident of the area and retired from the Division of Forestry.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bradley Mathis and a sister, Nell Hutchinson.
He is survived by his wife, Moena Watson Mathis of Trenton; a daughter, Cindy (Jerry) Driggers of Trenton; a son, Brady Mathis of Trenton; two sisters Nancy (Richard) Stone and Debbi (Gerald) Lanier of Trenton; a brother, Earl Mathis of Chiefland; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Bobby Lindsey officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties, 311 N.E. 9th Street, Chiefland.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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Mr. Ronald E. Nettles

Ronald E. Nettles, age 65, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 at his residence.
Ronald was born on April 14, 1948 in West Palm Beach, to James Edward Nettles and Mary Christine Griffen Nettles.
He has resided in Gilchrist County for about 15 years. He worked as a butcher his whole life. He was a simple man who enjoyed riding four wheelers, playing in the mud and hanging out with the guys.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Christine Nettles and his brother Michael Nettles.
He is survived by his three children; Larry (Barbara) Nettles of Williston, Terrie Nettles of Boynton Beach, and Tinia (John) McCleese, of Trenton.
He was Papa to five grandchildren: AJ Davis, Trevante McCleese, Lacianna Davis, Mackenzie Nettles and Marissa Nettles.
The family will be having a Memorial BBQ and bonfire on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Larry’s house, 14650 NE 75th Street (CR335) outside of Bronson.
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home, (352) 463-8888.
Offer online condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfh trenton.com

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Mrs. Vida Faye Weeks

Vida Faye Weeks, age 79, passed away on Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 at Haven Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. Vida was born on August 20, 1934 in Zephyrhills, to Henry Taylor and Mildred Smith Taylor. She was a lifelong resident of Dixie County, a member of Suwannee Fellowship Church in Suwannee, and she was retired from the Dixie County School Board where she was a bookkeeper.
She is preceded in death by her husband, M. J. Weeks, Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Sheila (Roger) Watson of Cross City; son, Mike (Deloris) Weeks of Suwannee; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside Services were held on Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery in Old Town with Pastor Jim Hurst and Dr. Michael Lowery officiating.
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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Mrs. Brooke Felty Koschatzky
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Miss Riley Koschatzky

Brooke Felty Koschatzky, 36, died April 9, and her 7 year old daughter Riley Koschatzky, died April 10, both from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Brooke joins her daughter and Riley joins her little sister, Spencer Grace Koschatzky who died Augugust 15, 2012.
Brooke was born in Gainesville on November 11, 1977. She is survived by her husband, Richard ‘Richie’ Koschatzky; daughter, Myah Koschatzky both of Cross City; parents, Steve and Patricia (Spencer) Felty of Old Town; mother and father-in-law Karl and Dianne Koschatzky, of Cross City; brother, Kyle Spencer Felty of North Palm Beach, brother-in-law, Jeffrey (Kelly) Koschatzky of Chiefland, sister-in-law Kristen (Matt) Herring of Cross City; aunts, Penny Robson of Cross City, Judy Hatcher of Cross City, Kay (Andy) Bowers of Okeechobee, and Karen (Clark) Knight of Key West; uncles, Dave Felty of Houston, Texas, Herbie (Suzanne) Raker of Cross City; cousins, Charlene and Joel Bechtold of Old Town, Nathanel Spencer and Danielle Spencer of Clearwater; her nieces and nephews and many more cousins and family members.
Riley was born in Clearwater, Florida on April 13, 2006. She was in the second grade at Anderson Elementary. She is survived by her Daddy, Richard ‘Richie’ Koschatzky; little sister, Myah Koschatzky both of Cross City; Papa and Nana, Steve and Patricia (Spencer) Felty of Old Town; Gramps and Grammi, Karl & Dianne Koschatzky of Cross City; aunts Kristen (Matt) Herring of Cross City, Karen (Clark) Knight of Key West, Kay (Andy) Bowers of Okeechobee, Penny Robson of Cross City and Judy Hatcher of Cross City; uncles Kyle Spencer Felty of North Palm Beach, Jeffrey (Kelly) Koschatzky of Chiefland, Dave Felty of Houston, Texas, Herbie (Suzanne) Raker of Cross City; cousins Charlene and Joel Bechtold of Old Town, Nathanel Spencer and Danielle Spencer of Clearwater; and many more family members.
Funeral services for both were held Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cross City with Pastors Jarrett Thomas and Mike Brown officiating. Burial followed the service at Long Pond Cemetery in Cross City.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, (352) 493-0050 is honored to serve the Koschatzky & Felty families. Condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .

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Mrs. Deborah K. Langford

Deborah K. Langford, 58, passed away on April 12, 2014 at her home in Trenton.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deborah had lived in Trenton since 1986. She was involved in animal rescue for many years and was passionate about taking care of her dogs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Margaret Frey.
Deborah is survived by her husband Wilbur H. Langford of Trenton; one son, Troy Wieske of Alachua; one granddaughter; and a sister, Cynthia Frey of Lake City.
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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.
Offer condolences or sign the guest book at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

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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.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting our website at www.hiers-baxley.com .


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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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