Milam Funeral Home Obituaries

James “Jim” Phelps Wiggins

James “Jim” Phelps Wiggins, 62 of Gainesville, FL passed away at his home on Tuesday June 25, 2019. Jim was born October 23, 1956 in Miami, FL to Bill and Dorothy Wiggins. He served in the US Army for 12 years. Mr. Wiggins spent the majority of his life working and supporting the police labor movement until his passing. He was extremely passionate about sports and fishing, and an avid Gators fan.
He was preceded in death by his father Bill and sister Jeanne Wiggins. Survivors include his mother Dorothy, sister Cheri Wiggins, five children Amber (Joe) Feldpausch, John (Stacy) Wiggins, Angie (Tommy) Sapp, Jennifer Wiggins, Erica Wiggins, and seven grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday July 1, 2019 at Sorrento Community Clubhouse 5045 NW 21st Drive Gainesville, FL 32605. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to North Central Florida Police Benevolent Association 8342 NW 54th Street Gainesville, FL 32653. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Charles W. Shorter

Charles W. Shorter, 91 of Gainesville passed on June 29, 2019. Charles was born in Roanoke, VA. He served his country in the United States Navy for 22 years. Charles went to work at the United States Postal Service as a carrier after his military career. He enjoyed bowling and played on many leagues. His family gave him the most enjoyment in life.
Mr. Shorter leaves behind his loving family, two daughters, Sharon Harrell and Patricia “Trish” Hunter both of Alachua, FL., 7 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his Parents George and Annie Shorter, two sons, Robert Shorter and Charles W. Shorter Jr. and his wife, Grace Shorter.
Graveside services will be Friday, July 5th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Meadows Cemetery East 3700 SE Hawthorne Road Gainesville, FL.

William “Bill” Lyon Mulligan

William “Bill” Lyon Mulligan, 74 of Newberry, FL passed away on Monday July 1, 2019. Bill was born January 10, 1945 in Houston, Texas to John Mulligan and Sarah Connor Mulligan. Bill joined the United States Air Force and served from 1963 until 1983, finishing his career as a Tech Sergeant, and having been awarded many medals including those he earned while serving in Vietnam. He was trained as an aircraft mechanic and after leaving the Air Force he worked for NASA.
Bill was a loving husband and devoted father who enjoyed golf and fishing. He is survived by his wife Patricia Lee Mulligan, daughter Kelly Lewis, son Sean Mulligan, his brother Thomas Mulligan, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday July 8, 2019 at the Newberry Cemetery in Newberry, FL. Military Honors will be rendered by the Air Force Honors Team from Moody Air Force Base.

Carol Bishop Handley

Carol Bishop Handley of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully June 13, 2019 with her son by her side at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 71.
Mrs. Handley was born August 29, 1947 in Miami, FL and moved to Gainesville, FL in 1974. She was a retired hairstylist, former owner of Gator Barber & Style Shop. She was a homemaker and a former volunteer at the Alachua County Humane Society. She loved her family and all of her friends, old and new. She enjoyed gardening, helping wildlife and cherished all that nature had to offer.
She is survived by her son, Wayne Handley (Angela) of Newberry, FL, sister, Kathy McPherson (Danny) of Miami, FL, brother, Richard Berniker (Robyn) of Woodbury, NY, a granddaughter, Kelli Handley of Gainesville, FL and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Graham, brother, Michael Bishop and husband, Jerry Handley.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in her name to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. e. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Geraldine “Jerry” Helen Buel

Geraldine “Jerry” Helen Buel, age 94 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Monday June 24, 2019 at her home. She was born in Dunkirk, NY on December 19, 1924 to Earle and Ruth Mulville.
She attended bible college and nursing school and had a long career as a registered nurse. After retiring she enjoyed a second career in real estate with Turlington Realty. Jerry enjoyed quilting and china painting. She was a charter member of Northwest Baptist Church. Mrs. Buel was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother and was a source of wisdom and guidance for the entire family. She was always a woman of strong faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Eli Buel, sons Randy, Rob, and David, and a grandson Toby, Jr., Survivors include her daughter Becky ( Murray ) Zolt, sons Mark ( Deborah) Buel, Toby ( Tamara) Buel, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday June 28, 2019 at the Chapel in the Meadows at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, with interment following. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northwest Baptist Church 5514 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606 www.mynwchurch.com/give. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Gary Malcolm Bivens

On Saturday June 15, 2019, Gary Malcolm Bivens, loving husband and father of seven children, passed away at the age of 82. Gary was born on September 26, 1936 to Avery Tate Bivens and Ellajean Cochran in Birmingham, Alabama. When Gary started his own family he moved from Miami, FL to Trenton, FL. Gary opened and operated Bivens Roofing, Inc . After many successful years in business he retired and fulfilled his lifelong dream of traveling across the US in his RV. Gary was a talented entertainer who sang and played his guitar for family and friends. He loved to watch the birds that visited his many bird feeders. He named all of his birds but especially enjoyed the cardinals. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother and his son Ronnie Tate Bivens. Gary leaves behind his beloved wife Patricia Mae Bivens, six children: Steven Bivens ( De De), Dale Bivens (Christine), Wanda Burton (Doug), Melinda Clapp (Michael), Deborah Zalewa (Michael), Kenneth Shorten (Stacie), 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Gary Bivens will be greatly missed. His kind unassuming ways and wonderful smile would brighten your day. His loved ones are all the better for having known such a kind and loving man. Per his wishes there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to the ENA Foundation, ena.foundation@ena.org. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

George Richard “Richie” Koszty

George Richard “Richie” Koszty (83)
of Naples, Florida found peace this past Tuesday, May 28, 2019, despite his steadfast resolve.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles “Vasil” Koszty (d. 1973) and Anna Remeta Koszty (d. 1971) of Rahway, New Jersey. He was the very last born of their troupe of children, and doted on by one and all.

As a first generation American, Richard followed in his older brothers’ US Military Service boot prints, proudly serving in the United States Army 1959-61 in Anchorage, Alaska during the Cold War.

In the 1960s, Richard worked as a distinguished quality control technician at Singer-Kerfott’s Aerospace Guidance System Division in New Jersey. His delicate electronics became an integral part of the very first moon landing in 1969.

The youngest of his siblings, Richard was close in age to many of his abundance of nieces and nephews, and known to family as Beloved Uncle Richie, the good-humored jokester. So many stories of joyous times continue to come into the light.

As a young man, Richard enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends in the northeast. After moving to south Florida in 1973, family camping vacations became his go-to getaway. He dabbled in sketching and painting, as well as tinkering for hours on end on his electric organ.

For much of his life, Richard took pleasure in the brotherhood and camaraderie of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Passaic Valley Lodge #2111 was his initial home, before transferring to Naples Elks Lodge #2010, to eventually rise, through much hard work and dedication, to the esteemed position of Exalted Ruler. He continued to serve and assist children’s charities as Past Exalted Ruler, Chairman of the Board, and five years as a Trustee.

At his home in Naples, Richard was often found puttering among his flourishing tropical gardens and goldfish pond. In his retirement years he revisited his fondness of ballroom dancing and added his own special magic to the nightly bocce ball tourneys at Vanderbilt Beach.

Richard was the ultimate do-it-yourself guru, and was known to friends and neighbors as “Mr Fix-it.” His intuitive skills, guidance, and dogged persistence to conquering any challenge instilled in his children the life skills needed to succeed.

Richard is survived by his children, Wayne (Debbie Blanton) Koszty and Stacey (Kevin) Wheeler, their mother Treasure Bernard (Joseph d.) Uchison, and many, many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.
Richard is also survived by his cherished brother, Peter Kosty and Pete’s loving wife, Grace Depew Kosty.

Preceding Richard in death are his siblings: Mary (Mike Laggo); Anna (Charles Karol, George Nyerges); John (Marguerite “Coyle” Flanagan) Kosty; Helen (Andrew Soyka); Michael (Ethel) Kosty; Pauline (John Kroboth); Charles, Jr “Chet” (Beverly Jeffries) Kosty; Emery (survived by Emily Fabian) Kosty; Irene (Leo “Lee” Minch), Emily Koszty, and Joseph “Buddy” (Mary Ann West) Kosty.

Funeral services for Richard will be held at 9:30 am this Friday, May 31 at Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street,
Gainesville, FL 32607 (352-376-5405)
His interment will be 2:30pm in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to St Jude Children’s Hospital. http://giftfunds.stjude.org/GeorgeRichardKoszty

Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dr. Arno Zane Palmer

Dr. Arno Zane Palmer left the bonds of this life to claim his victory in Jesus in the early hours of Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He leaves behind a loving family and countless life-long friends and a legacy of laughter and love. He was born in Ada, OK on February 14, 1922. He served in the US Navy during WWII and after his service married Dorothy Jeane Crow in 1945. He completed his Bachelor of Science at Oklahoma State and his PHD at University of Missouri. After college he worked for Swift & Company, before accepting a position in Gainesville, Florida in 1955 for a career as a Professor in Animal Science at the University of Florida (IFAS).

While working as a Professor, he received many honors and awards including the Signal Service award/Field of Meats/University of Florida, American Society of Animal Science Award in Meats Research,and Superintendent of the Southeast Meat Judging Committee. He delivered lectures and seminars to participants from more than 13 Central and South American countries. The Florida Beef Council and The Florida Cowbells Association cited Dr. Palmer for his efforts in planning and conducting the annual “Know Your Beef Short Course.” He was recognized by the Florida Beef Council and The Florida Cattlemen’s Association for his contributions in the planning, research and development of the Florida Baby Beef Grading Program. Following his retirement from the University of Florida, he continued consulting with the United States Agency for International Development in Belize and other private firms.

He was also recognized for his service to the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville annual beef sale. Alachua Lions Club recognized him for his outstanding contributions to the cattle industry and Student Agricultural Council awarded him with outstanding service and dedication as faculty advisor to the University of Florida students.

Dr. Palmer was a life-long member of North Central Baptist Church and served in many leadership positions including Chairman of the Deacons.

Dr. Palmer is preceded in death by his parents Sloan and Grace Palmer, his brothers Aubrey and Orville Palmer and sister Rose Schaap, and his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Crow Palmer. He is survived by his brothers Paul Palmer (Arlyle), Merle Palmer (Sue), and Sister-In-Law Ruth Palmer, his children Charlotte Hart (Fred), Robert Palmer (Jamie), Rebecca Deaux (Jim), and Nancy Palmer Johnson and grandchildren Fred Hart Jr. (Jill), Aubrey Hart (Christy), Billy Hart (Kim), Jon Palmer (Amy), Amy Palmer Garcia (Jeff), Shelley Sumner (Cory), Kim Jones (Robert), Tracey Hawkins (John), Emily Bell (Michael), Jacob Simmons, Owen Simmons, Kyle Simmons (Kristin), and Justin Simmons and 33 Great Grandchildren.

Dr. Palmer was most admired for his influence as the family patriarch, and community and church leader. His legacy is only surpassed by his unlimited love for his family and our Lord and an occasional fishing trip.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at 10:00 am at North Central Baptist Church, 8001 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606

In lieu of flowers you may choose to honor his memory by sending a contribution to North Central Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Robert “Bob” N. Singer

Robert N. (Bob) Singer passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the age of
82. Bob was a devoted husband to his wife Beverly (Tyre) Singer. They were happily married
for 37 years. He is also survived by step-son Lance (Tina) Johnson and two grandchildren, Asher
and Addrey Johnson, as well as one brother Neal (Jill) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bob was
one-of-a-kind, and ate life with both hands. Family and friends will remember him as caring,
compassionate, and gregarious. He would brighten any room with his warm presence,
lightning-quick wit, and endearing sense of humor.
Bob attended Brooklyn College, beginning in
1954. His studies were put on hold when he
voluntarily enlisted in the US Army during the
Korean War, serving from 1955-1958. He was
honorably discharged, and returned to Brooklyn
College in 1958, where he was a standout guard on
the Brooklyn College basketball team. He
graduated in 1961 with his B.S., went on to
complete his M.S. at Penn State University in 1962,
and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1964.
Bob then served on the faculty of several
universities, including a 17-year tenure at Florida
State University. He moved to the University of
Florida in 1987, where he served as Chair of the
Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences for the
next 15 years, during which time he led the
department to international prominence.
Bob’s accomplishments as a scholar, leader, teacher, and mentor are legendary. He will be
remembered as a true pioneer in the fields of motor learning and sport psychology. His
research focused on understanding cognitive processes and learning strategies involved in skill
acquisition, expert performance, and the development of expertise. He was a prolific
researcher – having published 17 books, over 200 research, scientific, and professional articles,
and 25 book chapters over his remarkable career. His extensive and timeless scholarly
contributions are perhaps best exemplified by two seminal books, Motor learning and human
performance: An application to physical education skills, published in 1968, and the Handbook
of Research on Sport Psychology, published in 1993. Both were landmark contributions that
served to advance the related fields of motor learning and sport psychology – in substance and
respectability – in ways that cannot be overstated. His more than three dozen former Ph.D.
students who have carried Bob’s influence throughout the world as faculty members and
practitioners will fondly remember Bob as a firm yet gentle, inspiring, and dedicated mentor.
Bob was a selfless, tireless, and innovative servant leader in the field of sport psychology.
Among other influential leadership positions, Bob served as Head of the Sport Psychology
Division of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee, President
of the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association,
President of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and President of
the International Society of Sport Psychology. Bob was actively involved in international
developments and the advancement of sport psychology through his enormous international
network of friends and colleagues, as reflected in the nearly 400 presentations he made in
more than 50 countries during his career. Bob highly valued the opportunity to apply his
scholarly expertise to the benefit of others, and served as a skilled consultant to athletes and
coaches across many sports. His reputation extended beyond sports, to other areas of
expertise. For example, when President Reagan was shot, the head of his detail called upon
Bob’s expertise in the psychological factors underlying movement automaticity during the
investigation. Never one to seek recognition for his accomplishments, Bob was nonetheless
highly decorated for his incredible impact. Among other awards, he received the inaugural
award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Exercise of Sport and Exercise
Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished International Sport
Psychology award from the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the Distinguished
Scholar award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical
Activity.
In addition to dedicating his life to studying the psychology of sport and physical activity, Bob
practiced what he preached. He was a two sport athlete at Brooklyn College, where he played
both baseball and basketball. He was particularly fond of racquet sports, however, and was an
accomplished tennis and badminton player. Bob was a generous supporter of, and ambassador
for the performing arts. As a leader in the field of kinesiology, Bob had a natural affinity for
dance, and was a champion of storytelling through the art of movement. Fittingly, memorial
donations in Bob’s name (and in lieu of flowers) can be made to the University of Florida
Performing Arts, made out the UF Foundation Inc., Fund 4437, and sent to P.O. Box 14425,
Gainesville, FL 32604-2425, attn: Gift Processing. Please note Bob Singer or UF Performing Arts
[fund #4437] in the memo area.
A memorial celebration of Bob’s life will be held June 29, 2019, 5:00 PM at the Center for
Performing Arts, Fackler Foyer, 3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Adolfo Enrique Garcia

Adolfo Enrique Garcia of Gainesville Florida, passed away at 83 years of age on May 20, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital at the University of Florida from complications associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Adolfo was born on June 10, 1937 in Cúcuta, Colombia. He was one of six children, three boys and three girls, born to Nieves & Jorge Garcia. Adolfo outlived all his brothers and sisters and is survived by his spouse of 52 years, Julia Ines Garcia. He is also survived by his daughter Maria Ines Garcia (spouse Mark Orient), and granddaughter Julia Isabella (Bella) Orient.

Adolfo graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá and got a Masters degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. He and Julia met in Bogotá and after their marriage, Adolfo and Julia spent their married life back and forth from Colombia and the United States spending time in Chicago, Texas, and Bogotá before settling in Gainesville, Florida to be near family. They often visited Washington, DC where their only daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild live.

Adolfo was known to his family and friends as the person who could bring a crowd of family and friends together over a meal. Adolfo put his heart and soul into his food as a way to show his love of family, friendship, and the importance of community. He was always up for a spirited conversation about the issues of the times and there was never a dull moment when Adolfo was around which made the meals that much more treasured. He will be dearly missed by his family, extended family, and many friends.

A memorial service followed by lunch will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 25 at Queen of Peace Catholic Community, 10900 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville Fl, 32607. All family and friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent on behalf of Adolfo & Julia Garcia to Heifer International
https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraiser/2125519 an organization dedicated to ending hunger while promoting sustainabil

Julia “Judy” M. Durrance

Durrance, Julia M. (Judy) of Newberry passed away on May 18 at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville. She was born on May 20, 1928 in Webster, Florida to Leonard K and Leila Effie Bass Jones. She was a long-time employee of the Bank of Newberry, where she retired in August 1993. She was active member/officer of the Jonesville Community Cemetery and enjoyed working in her yard and flower gardens.
She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Sandoval; her son, Gerald (Vicki) Durrance; four grandchildren, Scott (Julie) Hitt, Brent Hitt, Amanda (Keith) Wheeler, and Lindsay (Kyle) Kueker; six great-grandchildren, Joey, Cheyenne, Braeson, and Kylan Hitt and Kash and Kynlee Wheeler; her brother Leon (Rheta) Jones; and sister-in-law Linda Jones. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe Durrance; her parents, LK and Effie Jones; her siblings Beuford Jones, Eva Miller, Quincy Jones, Donnie Jacobsen and Carl Jones.
Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 21 from 5 to 7 pm at Milam Funeral Home, 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 am at Bronson Road Church, 13830 NE 80th Ave, Newberry, FL with Brother Andy Cook presiding. Interment will follow in the Jonesville Community Cemetery, SW 15th Ave, Newberry, FL. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Bronson Road Church Building Fund, 13830 NE 80th Ave, Newberry, FL 32669; Al’z Place (A daycare program for individuals with memory impairments), 1610 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605; or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

George Alexander Dell, Jr.

George Alexander Dell, Jr. died May 17, 2019, surrounded by his family at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida.
He was born in Gainesville, Florida on March 29, 1928 to George Alexander Dell and Johnnie Lindon Dell. He and his brother Charles converted to Catholicism in 1941. In 1944 he graduated from PK Young Laboratory School. Following his graduation from the University of Florida in 1948, he matriculated to St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1952. He interned at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. His Residency in Pediatrics was completed in 1957 at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His training included two years of service in the United States Air Force as the Chief of Pediatric Outpatients at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia.
He practiced as pediatrician in Gainesville, Florida from 1957 to 2003 when he retired. During his career he was privileged to work with many excellent physicians and provide care to multiple generations of families.
In 1951 he married Shirley Allen and had three children, Claudia Dell Stolz (Richard Alan), Ann Dell Bzoch (Kevin) and George Alexander Dell, III (Nannette). He has four grandchildren, Cali Dell Bzoch, Ann-Lorrayne Bzoch, George Alexander Dell, IV and Elizabeth Parker Dell. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Allen Dell, his bothers James Maxey Dell, MD and Charles Alexander Dell, his sister Mary Virginia (Sunny) Harper and his son-in-law Richard Alan Stolz.
He attended Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church and then Holy Faith Catholic Church. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Gainesville Rotary Club, the Gainesville Golf and Country Club, The Heritage Club, the Skippers and the Jocanters.
During his career, he was a member and president of the Alachua County Medical Society, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Alachua General Hospital, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Teaching appointment, University of Florida, Department of Pediatrics division Neonatology, Teaching appointment for Student Teaching Private Practice, University of Florida School of Nursing, Appointee Florida Children’s Commission, Member Alachua County School Health Advisory Council.
He held multiple positions with the Florida Pediatric Society, becoming President of the Society from 1989 to 1991. The Florida Pediatric Society honored him with a special tribute for Outstanding Achievements and Efforts in Enhancement of the State of Florida’s Child Healthcare System. In 1998 he was elected Florida’s Outstanding Pediatrician by the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The family would like to thank Dr. I. Alexis Dell (niece), Dr. Christopher Cassisi and the staff at Oak Hammock for their wonderful care.
A Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
A celebratory Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32607, c/o Father John Phillips.
Following the funeral, the burial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32641.
On Saturday June 15, 2019, a celebration of life will be held, from 2 to 4 PM in the Oak Room at Oak Hammock, 5100 SW 25th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Eldora Meade Boyd

Eldora Meade Boyd, age 86 of Micanopy, Fl, passed away Sunday May, 12, 2019. Mrs. Boyd was born September 19, 1932 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Ivan Meade and Esther Lewis-Meade.
Dora as she was affectionally known, worked as a house parent at Tacachale Center for the State of Florida for over 20 years. This progressive community of caregivers enhanced the quality of life of many residents and is one of the oldest and largest communities in Florida of its kind.
She was an avid reader and could always be found in the company of her beloved Pomeranian and furbaby, Shebe. She had a deep appreciation of nature and very much enjoyed venturing out for long walks. Dora especially enjoyed her time in Oroville, California where she walked 2 miles per day around the Dam.
She is survived by daughter Rosa Massie (Thomas), son Mitchell “Mickey” A. Boyd, grandson Dale “Jon” Witt (Angela), granddaughters Lauren Haley Witt and Cali Faye Witt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell “Mr. Sugarman” Boyd, and her son Michael J. Boyd.
The family will receive family and friends Monday May 20th, 2019 at The Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Funeral services will be graveside at 2:30 pm at The Micanopy Historic Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions may be made to The Humane Society of North Central Florida at 4205 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609. Arrangements are in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352)376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Hazel Lee Harrison Williams

Hazel Lee Harrison Williams, age 86, of Jacksonville, Florida, departed this life on May 11, 2019, with her family by her side, after bravely battling Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for several years. Hazel was born on November 25, 1932 in Laurel, Mississippi, to the late Zack and Ruby Harrison. After High School Hazel moved to Jacksonville, Florida to look for work, and there met her husband to be, James Frank Williams. After their marriage two sons, Ernest Ray Williams and Jack Leonard Williams, were welcomed into the family.

Hazel loved the outdoors and instilled a passion for fishing in her two sons. For many years the family spent memorable hours together fishing and preparing fried fish feasts.

Hazel was preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank. Throughout their marriage Frank was a member of the U.S. Navy and Hazel was a loyal Navy Wife throughout his career. Hazel was an excellent cook, and a happy and outgoing person. Anyone who met her instantly felt her warmth and joy. She invited many young Navy recruits, who were unable to travel to see their own families during holidays, to their home for holiday meals in a family atmosphere. It was her gift which she shared with many people during her lifetime. When Frank was given assignment to Taiwan, she packed up the family and they all lived in Taiwan until Frank was sent back to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station to complete his career in the Navy

Once her children were grown, Hazel turned her attention to activities that gave her an outlet for her boundless energy and love for people. During the day she sat with people who needed extra help in their home. Each one of these folks became her “extended family”. Next, she volunteered to work at the Hospice Thrift Shop. She loved greeting visitors to the shop and helping sort donations. Last, but certainly not least, Hazel loved to garden. Her yard was her passion. She had a green thumb and loved filling her yard with all kinds of flowering plants and shrubs. Grudgingly, she finally had to hire a helper to mow the grass and weed the flower beds.
Hazel is survived by her two sons (Ernest & Jack), one daughter-in-law (Ann), two grandchildren (Frank Q. Williams & Jeannie L. Miller), one step-grand-daughter (Jenifer Rodriguez), one grand-daughter-in-law (Danielle) and two great grandchildren (Chloe & Carson). Hazel’s family would all agree that as a mother she was like glue. Even when you couldn’t see her, she was holding the family together.

During this time of transition, the Family wishes to thank the following institutions for their skilled and loving care provided to Hazel up to and including her passing from this life: Taylor Manor, Taylor Care, and Community Hospice of Jacksonville. Also, thanks are extended to family and friends who sustained her with visits, phone calls, and cards.

A Service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 beginning at 10:30 AM at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator 501 NE Cholokka, Blvd, Micanopy, FL. Following the service, all are invited to share in light refreshments with the Williams family in the fellowship hall. Following the events at the Episcopal Church there will be a brief service of interment at the Micanopy Cemetery 401 W. Smith Avenue, Micanopy at 1:00 PM.

A Celebration of Hazel’s life will be held at her home on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Guests are invited to drop by and visit with the family and share a special story you have about Hazel. Light refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Hazel’s name to: Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring Community Hospice & Palliative Care 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, Florida 32257. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352-376-5361). www.milamfh.com

Mary Czuprinski Dorsey

Mary Czuprinski Dorsey, age 88, passed away on May 12, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. Mary was born in New Britain, CT, attended New Britain High School, married her high school sweetheart, Frederick Dorsey, Sr and then lived for over 40 years in Melbourne Florida until she and her husband Fred moved to Gainesville in 2003 to live with her daughter and her family in Gainesville.

While living in Melbourne, Mary enjoyed a long career working at Brevard Community College (BCC) in the Learning Lab and as the Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs. During her career at BCC, she was also a student, and worked toward her degree. Prior to working at BCC, Mary worked for the Boeing Corporation in Cocoa Beach during some of the most exciting years of the space program. She was an active member of Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne and Queen of Peace in Gainesville.

Mary and Fred enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 56 years, until his death in 2007. She was devoted to her husband and her family and found great joy in hosting gatherings for her friends and family. Her home was a most special place for her children (Fred Dorsey and Elaine Dorsey McDonald) to come and bring her grandchildren. She also opened her home to entertain her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and her many lifelong friends in Melbourne.

Mary is survived by children Frederick Dorsey (Sherry), Elaine Dorsey McDonald (Bryan), brothers Alexander Suprin and Stanley Czuprinski, beloved grandchildren Katie Dorsey Nealon (Tom), Alex McDonald, Parker McDonald, and Sarah McDonald and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held on June 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church 10900 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607 and a Graveside Service will be held on June 8t, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Florida Memorial Gardens Cemetery 5950 US Highway 1 Rockledge, FL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church or Ascension Catholic Church 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32939. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361

Richard A. Jackson

Richard A. Jackson, 74, of Gainesville, FL, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. Richard was born on August 19, 1944 in Clarksville, TN to Francis Marion Jackson and Margie Edie Baggett Jackson.

Richard graduated from High School in Hialeah, FL in 1962 and joined the Army in 1964, serving in Special Forces while in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969, separating from the Army in 1975 as an E6. He moved to Greensboro, NC, after leaving the Army and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Miami Springs, FL, and started working with the G.E. Plant in Hialeah. He met his wife, Sharon Mack, while working in Gainesville with his job in Hialeah. They dated until he and she got married on July 29, 1979 and then made their home in Gainesville, where she was living. In October 1978, they had their first child, Richard Christopher. In October 1981, they had their second son, Darrell Wayne.

He worked from 1977 until 2000 when he retired due to an injury he sustained in September 1990 while working in various heating/air conditioning jobs. In 1992, after being bored and tired of being a house husband, he started working overseas in various countries as Egypt, the Johnston Islands, & Saudi Arabia. In 2000, he retired after completing 5 contracts, and then he came home. Richard’s passion was planting. He loved going to Lowe’s and Walmart, hoping to find plants that had been put on the discount table, because he was very certain he could bring it/them back to life. He was a Jack of all trades. When someone called for help, he jumped feet first to see if he could resolve the problem.

He was survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sharon Mack Jackson; sons, Richard Christopher and Darrell Wayne; granddaughter, Annabelle, and his two fur babies, Vito and Sparky. Also various siblings.

Viewing will be held Saturday afternoon May 18, at 3 p.m., services following at 4 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to American Cancer Society, E.T. York Hospice, and Haile Plantation Pet Rescue, in Richard’s memory. ARRANGEMENTS ARE UNDER THE CARE OF MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32605. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Patricia “Trish” Robbins Parker

Patricia “Trish” Robbins Parker, age 66, of Fayetteville (Fort Bragg) North Carolina, died peacefully May 3, 2019 at Superior Residences of Cala Hills in Ocala, FL after a long struggle with The Early Onset of Alzheimer’s Dementia.  Her husband of nine years, Rob Parker was by her side.

At an early age, Trish and her family moved to Melbourne, Florida.  She spent most of the remainder of her life in the Melbourne and The Satellite Beach area.  She loved the beach, taking long walks and exercising with her close friends. Indeed, a unique individual, Trish was an expert Angler.  Born with the gift of Fly Fishing she worked as a fishing guide navigating the streams and rivers in North Carolina for those who sought her expertise.  She was a member of the Melbourne Yacht Club and seasoned navigator who enjoyed sailing the Indian River, the Bahamas and the Deep water off California.  She was a gourmet cook, mother of three beautiful children and had the most fun-spirited personality. Trish was truly adventurous.  She sought and received her concealed carry permit and became a competent marksman at the Palm Bay Rifle and Pistol club.  She was passionate about good music, and loved animals. She graduated from Melbourne High School and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in the Social Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.   She successfully assisted in the management and financial operation of “Rainbow Landscaping Company” for many years and later received a CDL Specialized Drivers License and was employed as Bus Driver for the Brevard County School Board. She married her longtime friend, Rob Parker, on May 1st, 2010 and they enjoyed exercise and relaxing at home with their dogs.

Patricia is survived by her husband, John R. “Rob” Parker,  Daughter, Michelle McHugh; Son, Christian Marcher, his wife Willough Jenkins Marcher, and their daughter, Noemie; Her Mother, June White Arbogast and June’s Husband Mickey; Her Step-Mother, Lynn Robbins and Lynn’s Husband C.J. LeBlanc; Sister, Stacy Dantonio and Stacy’s Husband Anthony; and her Brother, Brian Robbins. She is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Robbins and her daughter, Courtney Marcher; Finally, she adores and enjoys many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Eric Thomas Anderson

Eric Thomas Anderson, age 28 passed away in Deland, FL on Thursday May 2, 2019. Eric was born on February 11, 1991 in Gainesville, Florida, the youngest of four Anderson children. A Gator from early on, he attended Baby Gator Preschool, P.K. Yonge Elementary School, Howard Bishop Middle School, Gainesville High School, Santa Fe College, and the University of Florida. He was baptized and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church and later attended University Lutheran Church as a college student. For four seasons, from 2009 to 2012, he participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the Troopers. He received his bachelor’s degree from UF in 2017 with a triple major in philosophy, mathematics, and biochemistry. While in college and beyond, he devoted many hours to volunteering at the Helping Hands medical clinic for the homeless. In recent years, he became a member of the Baha’i Faith and, along with other Baha’i members, dedicated himself to mentoring disadvantaged youth. For the past seven months he had been residing in Louisiana and working for the city of New Orleans. Eric, known as Thomas to many of his friends, is survived by his mother, Kathryn Henderson (Harold), two brothers, Kenny and Brian Anderson, a sister, Amy Anderson, several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a niece. He is predeceased by his father, Walter Anderson, and grandparents, Richard and Clarice Anderson. The family has established an endowed scholarship fund in Eric’s name at the Santa Fe College Foundation, Inc. Contributions to this fund can be made by check to the Santa Fe College Foundation, Inc., 3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606 or at sfcollegefoundation.org, indicating the donation is for the Eric Thomas Anderson scholarship fund. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 11, 2019 at First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows Central. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 s. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

C. Valentine “Val” Bates

C. Valentine “Val” Bates, a local attorney, died on May 1, 2019 after an extended illness. He was born in Leesburg, Florida in 1942, and was raised in Live Oak, Florida. After high school, he attended and then Graduated from UF. He was commissioned an Air Force officer through UF ROTC and served in Okinawa before he joined SAC Headquarters where he served with distinction. Val then returned to UF and entered Law School.
After graduating, he began his legal career, all 47 years in Gainesville; he served on numerous judicial Panels, Committees & Boards throughout his career, both on the local and state level.
Val joined the local Gainesville ELKS Lodge #990 in 1972. His quiet, yet effective leadership skills were quickly noted, and he was asked to serve as Exalted Ruler when a vacancy occurred, serving much earlier than is traditional. From there, Val became active on the District and State Levels, again serving on numerous Committees. In 1993, he was elected as the President of the FLORIDA STATE ELKS ASSOCIATION and asked to serve on the (national) GRAND LODGE Judiciary Committee. In 1994, he was appointed to the Elks National Board of Grand Trustees where he served the last year as its Chairman. In 1998, he was elected as the Elks National President in Anaheim, CA. Val and his wife, Claudia, traveled to every state, Puerto Rico and Panama that year as he visited numerous Elks lodges and met thousands of Elks.
After serving as the Elks National President, he again served on and advised many National Elks Committees while also acting as the sponsor for the Elks Lodges in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
He was proud to serve in an organization that helped so many in numerous ways.
Val was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Alan-Michael Simmons & Grace Charlotte Bates; he is survived by his wife of 32 years, Claudia (MacKenzie) Bates, his daughter, Lisa Bates-Lester, sons, Jeffrey Bates (Jennifer) and Jay Simmons (Wendy), his grandchildren, Michael, Chad, Maggie, Destiny, Connor, Kaitlyn, Kennedy, Jack and Luke; his brother, Philip (Robin), and many nieces and nephews, and hundreds of friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Elks national Foundation 2750 N. Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL 60614-1889, and/or Florida State Elks Association Harry-Anna Investment Fund, Inc. P O Box 49 Umatilla, FL 32784-0049. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday May 9, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church 106 SW 3rd Street Gainesville, FL 32601. A reception and hosted luncheon will immediately follow the service at Gainesville Garden Club 1350 NW 75th Street Gainesville, FL 32605. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ruth Katherine Johnson

Ruth Katherine Johnson, of Gainesville, passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice Tuesday April 30, 2019. She was 101 years of age. She was born in Springfield, Missouri to Oscar and Blanche Alfry Freeman. She came to the University of Florida, and proudly graduated with a teaching degree. She was a huge Gator fan!
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Robert Johnson, and her brother Kenneth Freeman. She is survived by a nephew Jack Falkenhof of Lake Wales, FL. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com GO GATORS!

Buford Cedric Scott

Buford Cedric Scott, Sr. age 90 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Monday April 29, 2019 at the E T York Hospice Care Center. Buford was born in Gainesville on August 27, 1928 to W.H. and Lillian Scott. Graduated from Gainesville High School and served in the Merchant Marines in WWII. Mr. Scott started as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in 1947 and retired after 36 years. He was a charter member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Buford enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Victoria Page Scott and grandsons Joseph Aulet Scott, and Jonathan Lee Davis, and his daughter in law Phyllis A. Scott. He is survived by his sons Buford “Scotty” C. Scott, Jr., Ronnie (Judie) P. Scott, sister Norma Scott Smith, brothers Royce M. Scott and Franklin Talmadge Scott, five grandchildren Kylie Rogers, Erin Bartee, Adam Scott, Taylor Scott and Ryan Scott. Four great grandchildren Camden Rogers, Adelyne Rogers, Harley Bartee, and Finley Bartee, and his best friend, his poodle Toby. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church 826 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

James L. Stringfellow

James L Stringfellow Obituary
James Livingston Stringfellow, 85, died Monday April 29, 2019 at the ET York Haven Hospice
Care Center in Gainesville. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Jennie Wallace Stringfellow; brother
Hart R. Stringfellow, Jr.; three sons, James L. Stringfellow Jr, (Marcus Barlow), Richard Hart
Stringfellow (Karla), Douglas Alexander Stringfellow (Robbie), daughter Martha Murphree Stringfellow York, (Guy) and seven grandchildren: Alex, Andrew, Hart, and Celeste Stringfellow, and James, William and Sarah York.
Born November 4, 1933, Jim was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and fourth generation descendent of one of Alachua County’s early pioneer families, that began with his great grandfather, Dr. William Hall Stringfellow, one of Gainesville’s first physicians and who was the first speaker at the 1852 meeting that saw a vote to locate the county seat to Gainesville.
Jim was a leader from an early age. He attended P.K. Young which in 2006 honored him as a Distinguished Graduate. He continued his education at the University of Florida where he played the violin in the UF Symphony, was on the UF Tennis team and served two years ROTC graduating in 1955 with a B.S. in marketing.
He went on to serve four years as a navigator in the U.S. Air Force retiring in 1959 with the rank of Captain.
Jim returned to Gainesville and became partner in Stringfellow Supply Company, a building materials business started by his grandfather. During this career he served as president of the National Building Material Distributors Association.
While running a successful business, Jim made time for his passions: helping children, improving health care and enhancing the Gainesville area’s quality of life.
His early community service included chairing the Gainesville Airport Advisory board 12 times, leading the team that built the first control tower, hired the first airport manager, developed the first airport master plan and obtained the first FAA grant to enable the main runway to accommodate heavy jets for commercial flights.
Jim was always keenly interested in the financial operations of our local governments. In the 60’s and 70’s he was president of the Alachua County Taxpayers Association, a watchdog group that monitored city and county finances. He served on the MPTO Citizens’ Advisory board, the Healthy Community Initiatives study group on government finances, and the Alachua County Blue Ribbon Committee on Finances.
Other city boards on which he has served include the City Beautification Board, the Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board, and was president of the city’s Evergreen Cemetery Association.
In 1974 Jim was on the chamber of Commerce board that established the Leadership Gainesville Program. He was elected Chamber president in 1975.
He spent decades in community healthcare governance, serving as chair of Alachua General Hospital Board, founding chairman of Vista Upreach Rehab Hospital, and North Florida Home care.
In 1978 Jim began a tour of volunteer service to the newly formed Santa Fe Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare company, as well as serving on the board of directors of AVMED Health Plan.
In 1985, Jim served as the founding chairman of the board for Hospice of North Central Florida, a then fledging attempt to start a service to provide medical, physical, emotional and spiritual care to the terminally ill in this area. Thanks to his initiative and involvement, Haven Hospice thrives and serves thousands of families.
Jim was named Rotary’s Volunteer Center “Health Volunteer of the Year” in 1988.
Jim was a modest man and not one to talk much about his community service, other than to say that he always wanted to help meet community needs.
In his roles as advocate for early childhood intervention, Jim served on the Healthy Family
Advisory Board, the Alachua County Children’s Alliance, and the United Way of North Central
Florida where he spearheaded the “Success by 6” Program. Additionally, he helped create Alachua County’s flu-mist program which provides free flu-mist immunizations to Alachua county students.
Jim was a long-time supporter of the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County, an agency that funds child care for working parents.
Perhaps the service accomplishment he was most proud of was his involvement in Partnership for Strong Families, started in 2003 as part of the state’s privatization of foster care, adoptions and related services, and he served as board Chairman which involved frequent visits to Tallahassee to advocate funding for quality child welfare services. In 2011 he was named “Child Advocate of the Year” by the Florida Coalition for Children.
In 2014 Business Gainesville Magazine recognized him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jim was an avid gardner and a passionate athlete. He played handball, tennis, golf, and ran both the New York and Boston marathons. He loved to fish and spent many weekends on his beloved “Jennybelle” with his children. He was a private pilot and built his own aircraft.
Jim was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a 60-year Member of the Kiwanis Club. A man of faith, Jim was lifelong member of Holy Trinity Episcopal church, where he has served as vestryman, church school teacher, Junior Warden, member of Diocesan Foundation Board, and Diocesan Finance Committee. In 1991 when the church was destroyed by fire, Jim chaired the church reconstruction committee.
For all his leadership and accomplishments, Jim was a sweet man known to his family as Pappa, who gave unconditional love to his children, grandchildren, and the children of the entire community.
Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday May 4, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 N.E. 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. The family invites friends to join them after the service in the Parrish Hall, followed by interment in Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Partnership for Strong Families 5950 NW 1st Place Suite A Gainesville, FL 32607 online at www.pfsf.org OR Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606, online at www.beyourhaven.org. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Thomas “Tommy” Perry Hicks, Sr

Thomas Perry Hicks, Sr. (“Tommy”), age 83, of Gainesville and Melrose, Florida passed away peacefully on April 23, 2019. He was born on May 5, 1935 in Tampa Florida to Dillard Dashwood Hicks, Sr. (“Dash”) and Jessie Mae Hicks. Tommy Sr. graduated from Gainesville High School in 1953 and attended the University of Florida. He served two years in the Marine Corps, stationed in Japan. He worked as a congressional aide, in property investments and in real estate.
Tommy Sr. was a Mason and a member of the Shrine Club, the Elk Club, the Jaycees, the Exchange Club and Gainesville Quarterback Club. He was one of the first members of the Gator Touchdown Club. In later years, he enjoyed his Wednesday lunches with a group known as the “Has Beens.”
Tommy Sr. loved the Gators and his place on Lake Swan. He was an enthusiastic member of the “Give’em Hell, Pell” fan club and looked forward to home games where he would join his buddy, Beazy Stephens, for the games. Between the two of them, the Gators would win every game if the coaches would only have consulted them. Some of his favorite football road trips were with Ike Gainey (Leader), Ronnie Neder (Tailgunner), Gene Craig (Wingman) and Tommy Sr. serving as the other Wingman. The stories he could tell would make one laugh, while also hoping that the stories may not be entirely true.
Tommy Sr. loved having friends and their families to his home on Lake Swan. He loved to cook, often grilling burgers and ribs. His favorite time of day at the lake was late afternoon. The kids would have to come ashore and the adults took over the boat, known as the Bizmarck and later a pontoon boat, for an “attitude adjustment” ride- a very slow cruise around the lake.
Tommy Sr. was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dillard Dashwood Hicks, Jr. He is survived by his three children: Thomas Perry Hicks, Jr., Alison Cox (David) and Stephanie Ference and by three grandchildren: Jordyn, Kyle and Brice.
Tommy Sr. loved casual get-togethers so the family is inviting friends to join them at the Gainesville Country Club on May 1, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm to share stories and fond memories of Tommy Sr.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES
311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dennie “Denny” Wackerly

Dennis (Denny) Wackerly, Professor Emeritus, Department of Statistics at the University of Florida, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Gainesville, FL while under the care of Haven Hospice. He was 73.

Denny was born on September 29, 1945, in Canton, Ohio to Donald and Mildred Wackerly.  After working several industrial jobs in his youth, he turned his focus to education, which ended up becoming his passion and career.  Denny met the love of his life and his wife of 52 years, Joan Shepler, at the University of Dayton in 1965, on his way to earning his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computer science in 1967.  A Master’s degree in statistics (1969) and Ph.D. in statistics (1973) from Florida State University followed, leading to an Assistant Professor position at the University of Florida in 1973.  He was named Associate Professor and granted tenure in 1977, then promoted to Professor in 1986.  Denny also served as Associate Chair of the Department of Statistics from 1992 to 2000.

During his 35 years at the University of Florida, Denny was a renowned teacher of statistics.  His teaching, mentoring and encouragement helped thousands of students throughout the years.  Denny received the Teacher of the Year award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1992. One of his favorite roles was serving as the Undergraduate Coordinator, helping to grow the undergraduate statistics major as an option for mathematically talented students. Denny was also the lead author on the four most recent editions of the highly regarded textbook, “Mathematical Statistics with Applications”, used by many universities across the U.S. and around the world.

Denny always made time to be a loving father, throwing batting practice and timing countless swim meets along the way.  He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed traveling whenever he could.  Despite his FSU education, Denny was a passionate fan of the Florida Gators and often enjoyed going to football, basketball and baseball games with his friends and family.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons, David (Lynn) and Daniel (Kim).  He also leaves behind his beloved granddaughter, Lauren.

A Visitation for Dr. Wackerly will be Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 29,2019 at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Avenue Gainesville.

William E. Austin, Sr.

William E. Austin Sr. (Bill) passed away on Friday, April 19, 2019 at his home in The Village, Gainesville Florida. Bill was born on November 2, 1925 in Charlotte, N.C. The only child of the late Culpepper and Eddie Smith Austin, he graduated from the public schools of Mecklenburg County, N.C. (Long Creek) in 1942. He received an AA degree from Lees McRae Junior College, Banner Elk, N.C. in 1944. Immediately following his graduation from Lees McRae, he entered the U.S. Army and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters. His unit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and was redeployed to the Philippines after the German surrender. After serving with the Japanese occupation forces, he was discharged and returned home in May of 1946 having achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He also served for a year as an activated reservist during the Korean conflict. Returning to North Carolina, he briefly attended UNC Charlotte and The Citadel before graduating from N.C. State in 1950 with an engineering degree. His professional career was devoted to agriculture and natural resource conservation. He served with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS/NRCS) in various states including: North Carolina, Indiana, Alabama and Florida. His last position with the agency was in Gainesville, Florida, serving as State Conservationist. He returned to Raleigh, North Carolina, following retirement from SCS to head the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation for two years. He was a member of a number of professional and civic organizations including: Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Soil Conservation Society of America, American Society of Agricultural Engineers and American Geophysical Union. He is listed in “Who’s Who in Government” and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also devoted over 26 years volunteering with SunState Federal Credit Union in Gainesville on the Board and Supervisory Committee and received the Volunteer of Distinction designation for his years of service. He was a protestant and spent his retirement years in Gainesville and Welaka, FL. His late wife, Anna C. Austin and he are survived by three children, five Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren. They are: Son, Bill Jr. and wife Peggy of Palm City, FL, their children Molly (Jersey City, NJ) and Paige (Fort Myers, FL). Daughter Terry A. Howard of Gainesville, FL, and her children Christine, (Jason) Shoop, Holly Springs, NC, children Hailey and Holly, and Amanda (Kyle) Hogg, High Springs, FL, children Cambell, Cailyn and Karlee and son Randy and wife Amy of Dacula, GA their child Aaron (Erika) of Bainbridge, GA, children Aiden and Emmit. Interment will be in the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL. Expressions of remembrance may be sent to the American Red Cross. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361

George Richard Koszty

George Richard “Richie” Koszty (83)
of Naples, Florida found peace this past Tuesday, May 28, 2019, despite his steadfast resolve.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles “Vasil” Koszty (d. 1973) and Anna Remeta Koszty (d. 1971) of Rahway, New Jersey. He was the very last born of their troupe of children, and doted on by one and all.

As a first generation American, Richard followed in his older brothers’ US Military Service boot prints, proudly serving in the United States Army 1959-61 in Anchorage, Alaska during the Cold War.

In the 1960s, Richard worked as a distinguished quality control technician at Singer-Kerfott’s Aerospace Guidance System Division in New Jersey. His delicate electronics became an integral part of the very first moon landing in 1969.

The youngest of his siblings, Richard was close in age to many of his abundance of nieces and nephews, and known to family as Beloved Uncle Richie, the good-humored jokester. So many stories of joyous times continue to come into the light.

As a young man, Richard enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends in the northeast. After moving to south Florida in 1973, family camping vacations became his go-to getaway. He dabbled in sketching and painting, as well as tinkering for hours on end on his electric organ.

For much of his life, Richard took pleasure in the brotherhood and camaraderie of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Passaic Valley Lodge #2111 was his initial home, before transferring to Naples Elks Lodge #2010, to eventually rise, through much hard work and dedication, to the esteemed position of Exalted Ruler. He continued to serve and assist children’s charities as Past Exalted Ruler, Chairman of the Board, and five years as a Trustee.

At his home in Naples, Richard was often found puttering among his flourishing tropical gardens and goldfish pond. In his retirement years he revisited his fondness of ballroom dancing and added his own special magic to the nightly bocce ball tourneys at Vanderbilt Beach.

Richard was the ultimate do-it-yourself guru, and was known to friends and neighbors as “Mr Fix-it.” His intuitive skills, guidance, and dogged persistence to conquering any challenge instilled in his children the life skills needed to succeed.

Richard is survived by his children, Wayne (Debbie Blanton) Koszty and Stacey (Kevin) Wheeler, their mother Treasure Bernard (Joseph d.) Uchison, and many, many nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren.
Richard is also survived by his cherished brother, Peter Kosty and Pete’s loving wife, Grace Depew Kosty.

Preceding Richard in death are his siblings: Mary (Mike Laggo); Anna (Charles Karol, George Nyerges); John (Marguerite “Coyle” Flanagan) Kosty; Helen (Andrew Soyka); Michael (Ethel) Kosty; Pauline (John Kroboth); Charles, Jr “Chet” (Beverly Jeffries) Kosty; Emery (survived by Emily Fabian) Kosty; Irene (Leo “Lee” Minch), Emily Koszty, and Joseph “Buddy” (Mary Ann West) Kosty.

Funeral services for Richard will be held at 9:30 am this Friday, May 31 at Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street,
Gainesville, FL 32607 (352-376-5405)
His interment will be 2:30pm in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to St Jude Children’s Hospital. http://giftfunds.stjude.org/GeorgeRichardKoszty

Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Adolfo Enrique Garcia

Adolfo Enrique Garcia of Gainesville Florida, passed away at 83 years of age on May 20, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital at the University of Florida from complications associated with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Adolfo was born on June 10, 1937 in Cúcuta, Colombia. He was one of six children, three boys and three girls, born to Nieves & Jorge Garcia. Adolfo outlived all his brothers and sisters and is survived by his spouse of 52 years, Julia Ines Garcia. He is also survived by his daughter Maria Ines Garcia (spouse Mark Orient), and granddaughter Julia Isabella (Bella) Orient.

Adolfo graduated from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá and got a Masters degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. He and Julia met in Bogotá and after their marriage, Adolfo and Julia spent their married life back and forth from Colombia and the United States spending time in Chicago, Texas, and Bogotá before settling in Gainesville, Florida to be near family. They often visited Washington, DC where their only daughter, son-in-law, and grandchild live.

Adolfo was known to his family and friends as the person who could bring a crowd of family and friends together over a meal. Adolfo put his heart and soul into his food as a way to show his love of family, friendship, and the importance of community. He was always up for a spirited conversation about the issues of the times and there was never a dull moment when Adolfo was around which made the meals that much more treasured. He will be dearly missed by his family, extended family, and many friends.

A memorial service followed by lunch will be held at 11 am on Saturday, May 25 at Queen of Peace Catholic Community, 10900 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville Fl, 32607. All family and friends are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent on behalf of Adolfo & Julia Garcia to Heifer International
https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraiser/2125519 an organization dedicated to ending hunger while promoting sustainabil

Don A. Halperin, Ph.D

Don A. Halperin, FAIG, Director Emeritus, School of Building Construction, at the University of Florida, passed away on Monday April 15, 2019, in Gainesville, FL while under the care of Haven Hospice. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Moses P. and Sara Halperin.
Don earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Case School of Applied Science. He earned a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering in 1958 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences in 1964 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. An avid supporter of education, he has provided for scholarships at all three of the colleges he attended: Case Western Reserve University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Because he attended the University of Illinois on a scholarship and later was a member of the University of Illinois Foundation’s President’s Council, Consular Circle, he established the Don A. Halperin Endowment Fund to support students enrolled in the architectural structures program in the School of Architecture. His fund will grant the Don A. Halperin Architectural Structures Award.
In 1983 he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Constructors, an honor only one percent of the members ever attain and at that time was only one of two educators so honored from the School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.
He served in the United States Army and was discharged in 1949.
Dr. Halperin received the “W.G. Thompson Employ the Handicapped” award from the Florida B’nai Brith. He was named consultant in architecture for the Florida Easter Seal Society.
An avid supporter of Gator Football, he attended home games as often as possible even when confined to a wheelchair.
Besides being a licensed Certified General Contractor, Don Halperin was the author of several books: The Ancient Synagogues of the Iberian Peninsula, Principles of Timber design for Architects and Builders, and Building with Steel. He also co-authored Construction Funding: The Process of Real Estate Development, Appraisal and Finance, and Principles of Timber Design for Architects & Builders. In addition, he illustrated and illuminated a Haggadah of Passover Manuscript, a traditional Haggadah with full English translation and beautiful illustrations for the text.
He was preceded in death by Elsa P. Halperin, his wife of 46 years, and by his parents. He is survived by two sons; Phil (Polina) Halperin of Netanya, Israel and Ken (Caryn Wexler) Halperin of Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition, he has 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, a brother David Halperin of Negev, Israel, and 2 nephews.
Funeral Services were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Israel 3830 NW 16th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32605 / www.bnaigainesville.com.

Bonnie Shiawne Hinson

Bonnie Shiawne Hinson, 69, lifelong resident of Gainesville, FL left this earth on April 4, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born on October 28, 1949 to Jack E. & Patsy H. Eddy. Bonnie retired from the Alachua County Social Services Department.

 

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richy Hinson, and daughter Tracie Mainor. She is survived by her brothers Jack H. & his family, and Randall S. Eddy, step-daugher Angela J. Sharp, grandchildren Elissa A. & Evauna I. Allen, Anthony L. Ramsey, Isabella E. Sharp, and great-grandchildren Maddix L. & Maverick B. McHaffie.

 

A graveside service will be held at Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, 3900 SE SR100, Starke, FL 32091 on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following at Parkview Baptist Church.

 

For those who wish to send flowers, please send to MILAM FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361.

Cleta Carlton “C.C./Carl” Jones

Cleta Carlton “C.C./Carl” Jones, 81, of Archer passed peacefully at home after an extended illness on Tuesday April 9, 2019, surrounded by his family. Born June 20, 1937 in Paxton, FL to Leonard K. and Lela Effie Bass Jones, he was raised and lived in the Newberry area. He was a building contractor much of his life. Carl was also a firefighter for the City of Gainesville for about 7 years. He and his brother, Leon, were partners in Jones & Jones Construction, and then he partnered with his nephew, Gerald Durrance, in All Florida Enterprises, Inc. for 25 years. He and his family owned and operated a farm for many years, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Outside of work, he would gather with his family for deer hunting and stock car racing.
Carl was preceded in death by his siblings Eva Miller, Donnie Jacobsen, Beufard Jones, and Quincy Jones. He is survived by his loving family, wife Linda Jones; son Alan Jones (Michelle Paredes); daughter Cindy Alldredge (Tim); brother M. L. “Leon” Jones; sister Judy Durrance; grandchildren Mindy Grimes (Timothy), Shelby Deese (Shawn), Dustin Bielling, and Kristen Hubbard; great-granddaughter Delanee Grimes.
The family will receive friends at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 2pm-4pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday April 15th at the Bronson Road Church, 13830 NE 80th Ave, Newberry, at 12:30pm with brother Andy Cook presiding. Interment will follow in the Forest Meadows West cemetery. The family requests that those who wish to please make memorial contributions in Carl’s memory to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.

Gloria Diane Dorsey

Gloria Diane Dorsey, a Gainesville native and life-long resident until 2018 when she moved to Ocala for lifetime specialty care, departed this life on April 3, 2019.
Diane retired from Bell South/AT&T after 32 years and from Alachua County School Board after 10 years. She was an avid reader of southern novels and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She loved animals, especially cats, two of whom lived many years with her. Diane’s favorite charity was Gainesville Humane Society. A donation in her honor is a fitting memory.
Diane, born in 1938, is survived by her sister, Peggy (Darrow) Mixon and a brother Bruce (Jeanne) Dorsey both of Gainesville. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Edward and Mary Dorsey, and two brothers, Randall Dorsey of Fort Myers, FL., and Jimmy Dorsey of Florala, Ala. Diane cherished three nephews, Terry Dorsey, Jim Dorsey, John Dorsey and their families in the Cape Coral/Fort Myers, FL. area. She also has two beloved nieces, Suzanne (Phillip) Waite of Irvine, KY. And Debbie Dorsey, Gainesville.
The Family wishes to thank all who met Diane’s medical needs and those who sustained her in other ways.
There will be no viewing. Burial will be private in Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.

Patricia Schultis Kreis

Patricia Schultis Kreis, 88, died peacefully and surrounded by her family at 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at UF Health Shands Hospital from pneumonia.
Patricia was born May 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, PA to Gilbert and Loretta Schultis. The oldest of four children, she was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college; she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ohio University. While in college, she met her husband Don and was a member of Alpha Gamma sorority. She retired from the Sarasota County School District after teaching 25 years and relocated to Gainesville to be closer to family. While in Gainesville, she homeschooled her grandsons for several years and enjoyed Bible studies at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughters, Laura Guyer and Sue Hoffmann, grandson Benjamin Guyer (Rachel), grand-daughters Melissa Hoffmann, Emily Hoffmann, and Breanna Hoffmann, brother Gil Schultis (Mary) in Ohio, 3 nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Kreis of Sarasota and grandson Matthew Guyer of Fairfax, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation in her memory to the Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence Network, www.peacefulpaths.org, 352-37-5690. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Barbara Gail Fenn Kirby

Barbara Gail Fenn Kirby passed away peacefully on March 29, 2019. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 28, 1933 to Flo and James Fenn.
Barbara graduated from Howard College (now Samford University) in 1954 with a Bachelor of Music degree. She married the love of her life, Taylor Kirby in November of 1954 and lived for a few magical years in Paris and then 6 months at Oxford-developing a love of travel and making lifelong friends and connections. In addition to making the most perfect home life for Taylor and her 3 daughters, she also taught piano lessons to many students over many years. She was involved in the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville as the Assistant Organist, a Sunday School teacher, and always willing to contribute to areas of need. She was also very active in numerous organizations including Alachua County Medical Auxillary and local, state and national music teacher and Organist societies.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Taylor. She is survived by her sister, Evelyn (Gordon) Grender, and her daughters Evelyn (Ronald) Jones, Elizabeth (Tim) Kendrick, and Susan (Russ) Geiger and her 6 grandchildren (Daniel, Evan, Ryan, Chelsea, Connor, and Sarah).

Barbara’s Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the First United Methodist Church with memo “Pipe Organ Fund”, 419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Prana “Alex” Ashodian

Prana “Alex” Ashodian, age 39 of Jonesville, FL, passed away in France on March 17, 2019. Prana was born in Belmont, MA on June 7, 1979 to Ralph Ashodian and Pamela Olcott.

Sensei “Alex” taught the arts of self-defense for 20 years at the Purple Dragon School. He was also a licensed Yoga teacher and Thai Massage practitioner. Growing up in Gainesville and Newberry, he loved nature, woods, and vacationing at beaches. He shared so much of his passions with others and loved teaching.

He was preceded in death by his father, and is survived by his mother, Pamela, his sister, Rachel Roffman, and his former wife, Amber Rose Wilson.

A Celebration of Life will be on April 11, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM at ElderCare of Alachua County/Senior Recreational Center 5701 NW 34th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers donations in his honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.

Captain Donald “Mase” Mason Wells

The family of Captain Donald Mason (Mase) Wells (USN Ret.) announce his passing on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the age of 94 years in Gainesville, FL. He was very active in the Gainesville community and will be missed by his many friends and family members.
Mase was born on October 25, 1924 in Salem, MA to William and Nyllis (Gardner) Wells. His family moved to Marblehead, MA (Birthplace of the US Navy!), where Mase attended school. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Phyllis (Les) Wells; his daughter Holly Wells of Newberry, FL., and her daughter Heather Wells of Green Cove Springs, FL.; his son Peter Wells and his wife Lynne of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, their children Lindsay Wells Bedell (Daniel) of Atlanta, GA and James Wells (Monika Chadwick) of San Francisco, CA.
Captain Wells spent one year at Severn Academy in Annapolis, MD, before becoming a proud member of the class of 1947 at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, MD. His desire to attend the Naval Academy first began when his Boy Scout Troop visited the Academy during the first National Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, D.C. in 1937. He knew what his career would be when he stepped foot on the campus, continuing his love for the ocean that he developed in Marblehead, MA, the Sailing Capital of the World, and home of the U.S. Navy.
He had a lifelong passion for the U.S. Navy and proudly served on active duty for over 30 years, 18 of which were sea duty, including destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers, and amphibious ships. He commanded two submarines, a large amphibious ship, and was a Commodore of an amphibious squadron of eight ships where he served as Commander Caribbean Amphibious Ready Group and Commander Amphibious Task Force, Sixth Fleet.
Ashore, Captain Wells served as an instructor at the U. S. Navy’s Submarine School. He was an exchange student at the Royal Naval Staff College in Greenwich, London, England. Following this, he served on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces, Europe, stationed in London. During their 4 years in London, his family enjoyed being “Brits” by immersing themselves in British Culture. Mase and Les learned to drive on the left side of the road, they eventually bought a house and enjoyed socializing with their British friends and neighbors, with whom they have stayed lifelong friends. Holly and Peter attended English schools so were as English as their friends. While in London, the family took excursions to many foreign countries including Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jerusalem, Jordon and Egypt. During his active duty in the U.S. Navy, Captain Wells was awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Commendation Medal and two Presidential Legion of Merit Awards.
On retiring from the U.S. Navy, in 1976, with over thirty-three years of service, Mase joined Environmental Science and Engineering, Inc., an employee owned company in Gainesville, FL, where he served in various positions until he was promoted to General Manager and Executive Vice President. He was a member of ESE’s Board of Directors. During his twelve years of service with the company, he oversaw its growth from about 70 people to well over 1,400 engineers and scientists.
Mase was a leader in many professional, civic, and military organizations. He served on the Board of PSMA, a national organization of chief executive officers and business managers of professional service firms. In Gainesville, FL Mase served on many civic, youth, fund raising, and charitable committees and boards. He was a USNA Blue and Gold Officer, he served for five years on the Board of Trustees, he also served on the Board of Directors of the USNA Class of ’47, and was a life member of USNA Alumni Association. He served as Gainesville, FL chapter president, as state president, and for six years on the National Board of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). For 39 years, he maintained perfect attendance as a Rotarian, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Mase and Les wrote the Lady Gator Golf Tails, a booster publication, and oversaw the website for the University of Florida Women’s Golf Team, for over 30 years. They spent many years traveling to tournaments with the Women’s golf team. The family often reminisced about their time in London, and returned to Europe several times with the entire family, for some of their most memorable vacations. They continued traveling the world until several years ago, Mase traveled to over 75 countries.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 4 to 6 pm at the Gainesville Country Club for friends and family. There will also be one for family and residents of Oak Hammock in the Upper Commons on Sunday, April 14th at 6:30 pm. He will be formally interned at the US Naval Academy’s Cemetery later this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, 5000 SW 25th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608

Thelma Marie Sanchez

Thelma Marie Sanchez, 92 of Trenton, died Saturday March 23rd at Palm Gardens of Gainesville. Born in Knoxville TN, she lived in Newberry/Trenton her entire life. After employment with UF, she worked as a cashier for Myra Terwilliger Elementary and retired after years of service with the Alachua County School Board. She was a former member of the Suwannee River Radio Club. She was Baptist.

She is survived by two sons, Gene (Coralene) and Jimmy, Trenton, FL, two sisters Katherine Houser, Trenton FL., MaryRuth Lynch, GA., Daughter in Law ,Tina Sanchez, Four Grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 10 siblings, her husband of 63 years James Howard Sanchez, two sons, Johnny and Tommy Sanchez.

Visitation will be at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with services at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Andy Cook officiating.

Terry Tim Nelson

Terry Tim Nelson, 79 of Gainesville, passed away at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Terry was born in Rio Grande City, Texas on October12, 1939. He moved to Gainesville in 1961 from Stuart, Florida. Mr. Nelson graduated from Martin County High School. Terry joined the US Navy and served his country aboard the Bon Homme Richard Carrier ( CVA-3). He graduated from Central Florida Junior College in Ocala. Mr. Nelson was an avid Gator Fan, enjoying all Gator Football and Gator Sports. He was the last Founding Member of Fighting Gator Touchdown Club. Terry also was a member of the American Legion’s. He enjoyed finding time to go fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Terry Diane Nelson, a sister Peggy Lucille Nelson Rogers of Tallahassee, FL., nieces and nephews, as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Florence Lucille Nelson and a brother, Jerry Nelson.
Visitation will be on Tuesday March 26, 2019 from 5:00 pm to
7:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home. There will be graveside services at Forest Meadows Cemetery East on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm.3700 SE Hawthorne Road Gainesville, Florida.

Phillip “Phil”Patrick Carroll, Jr.

Phillip “Phil” Patrick Carroll Jr. died on March 17, 2019, St. Patrick’s Day, at 10:41 A.M. exactly 74 years to the day after he married his late wife Lillie Bernice Kelly Carroll of Gainesville who died in 1995. He died after a two-day downward physical spiral, and he was lucid until the end.
Phil was a native Floridian raised in Haines city. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Engineering in 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served as Engineering Officer in USS Cony (DD-508). He then worked at Food Machinery Corporation in Lakeland developing food cropping machinery and then for Fosgates in Orlando building the first concertrated orange juice plant. As a DuPont Construction Division employee, he supervised the pipefitters building the Savannah River nuclear fuel plant. In 1955 he was transferred with DuPont to Wilmington, Delaware. He spent the rest of his career in engineering and management positions. He was a manager at the Mechanical Development Laboratory building one-of-a-kind machines primarily for the textile and shoe industry. He managed DuPont’s Mechanical Consulting group. His last job was leading Engineering’s Quality Assurance team, which consisted of over 300 engineers worldwide.
His best friends were the folks who worked for him and his neighbors. He and Bernice reveled in giving dinner parties at home. He always enjoyed a Manhattan before dinner. People describe him as a consummate Southern gentleman. Phil was known for his wit, wisdom and sense of humor. He was an avid card and poker player. His had a amazing workshop and enjoyed home projects and fixing Bernice’s antiques. He and Marguerite spent many years seeing the world including Antartica, Africa, China, Pacific Islands, South America and Alaska. He was an avid Gator fan.
Phil is survived by their son Phillip “Flip” Patrick Carroll III of Bloomfield Hills, MI and grandson Phillip “Patrick” Carroll IV of Lakeland. Bernice and Phil’s other child, Catherine Christine Carroll Smith died on June 6, 2017, but is survived by her husband Maurice Elmer Smith and daughter Sarah Christine Carroll Still and her husband Aaron Still. Phil was preceded in death by both of his siblings: Sr. Mary Michelle Carroll, Mother Superior in the Sisters of Mercy and Joanne Payne of Houston, TX. Phil’s second wife, Marguerite Carroll preceded him in death on August 30, 2017 and is survived by her daughter Dyanne Hughes; son Neal Aker and wife Sharon Aker; and son Jim Aker and wife Debbie Aker. Marguerite’s grandchildren are Logan Aker and wife Jennifer, Scott Aker, Keith Aker and wife Heather, and Kimberly Aker. Great-grandchildren are Stella, Nora and Maya.
Phil passed away with the same silver hair combed straight back that he gained in his 30’s. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be missed dearly.
Phil’s service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday March 23, 2019, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 505 Broome Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. A reception will immediately follow at the Osprey Village Senior Community Dining Room, Floor 1, 74 Osprey Village Drive, Amelia Island, FL 32034. A Graveside Service will take place on Monday, March 25,2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery 401 SE 21st Ave. Gainesville, FL. 32641
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Larry Ellis Awbrey

Larry Awbrey
Larry Ellis Awbrey, 66, of Gainesville, Fl. passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019. He was born September 16th, 1952 at Alachua General Hospital to Janet and Alfred Awbrey.
As a Gainesville native, he attended Stephen Foster Elementary, Howard Bishop, and graduated from GHS. As a boy, he enjoyed playing baseball but his true passion was football, coached by legendary Jim Niblack. Larry always gave 100% to the team.
Upon graduation from high school, he began his studies at SFCC while also commencing a career at the United States Postal Service and retired after 38 years. As a second career, he pursued real estate, and loved working for Turlington Real Estate.
Larry’s real passion, aside from anything involving the Florida Gators, was his love of his family and their many adventures traveling. He always deemed himself so lucky to have such wonderful friends with whom he made incredible memories. He loved being on the water as well as trips to their cabin in North Carolina, and anywhere else Linda planned for the family to go. He was dedicated to his family as a loving husband, father, granddad, son, brother, and beloved by his dog Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, and is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Linda Brown Awbrey. Daughters, Ashley Awbrey and Alexandra Astran (Blake), brother Fred Awbrey, and his grandchildren Ellis and Cade. Grandmother-in-law, Mildred Leonard, Mother-in-law, Doris Brown, brother-in-law Thomas Brown (Carrie, Sean, Natalie), and sister-in-law Deborah Brown.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 am at Holy Faith Catholic Church. As Larry would have wanted, please wear your tropical attire.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Coastal Conservation Association online or mail to: P.O. Box 568886, Orlando, Fl. 32806, or to the Friends of The Smokies at www.zafriendsofthesmokies.org.

Linda Murphy Traupane

Linda Murphy Traupane, Longtime resident of Gainesville, FL and retired employee of Santa Fe College passed away Monday March 18, 2019.
Linda and her three sisters were the daughters of the late Cyril and Ethel Murphy. She graduated from the Heidelberg High School in Germany and attended the American College of Paris. She met her husband Gary in Berchtesgaden, Germany while on a skiing vacation in 1964. Linda participated in many activities at the Gainesville Woman’s Club. She was also involved in fund raising for the March of Dimes, since her own twins were born premature.
Mrs. Traupane is survived by her husband Gary of 53 years; son Craig ( Sara Dawson ) Traupane of Palm Springs, California; daughter Kelley (Donnie) Horn of Boca Raton, FL.; and her granddaughters Savannah Horn and Lauren Traupane.
Friends are invited to join the family in The Lodge at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery 7204 County Road 234 Gainesville, FL 32641, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday March 30, 2019, with the burial being private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions maybe made to Haven Hospice and/or the March of Dimes.

Bruce Eugene White

Bruce Eugene White, 91 , of Gainesville, FL died peacefully at The Village at Gainesville on March 7, 2019. Born in Brusly, Louisiana he was the only child of Inez Verena Bourgeois and Joseph Frank White. He graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and was a chemical engineer for Buckeye Cellulose for 40 years. Bruce was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War where he was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star Medals.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Susan Ross White, daughters Susan “Bena” Spooner, Eva White and Michelle Scheffler and son Mark White. He is survived by- son Bruce White, Jr. and daughters, Paula Jacobson (Bob) and Jennifer Janelle (greg) as well as 4 grandsons, Sean (Kathy), Michael Jacobson, and Alex and Michael Janelle.
Bruce’s family is very grateful to the staff at The Village at Gainesville and the caregivers at Touching Hearts at Home for their loving care of Bruce. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to The Village at Gainesville Foundation https://thevillageonline.com/foundation/

A. Janet Moore

A. “Janet” Moore, 93, of Gainesville, Florida passed away on March 7, 2019. She was born on October 2, 1925 in Krydor, Saskatchewan, Canada to Harry Woznica and Mary Ustiak Woznica. Janet owned and operated Moore Haven Mobile Home Park from 1960-1987.

Janet is preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Moore and son, Gary Mitchell Moore. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Mollman (Kenneth), two grandchildren, Steven Mollman and Scott Mollman, and great-grandchildren, Luke Mollman and Levi Mollman.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Dennis Alan Woody

Dennis Woody Obituary

Dennis Alan Woody, age 68 of New Port Richey, FL passed away on Tuesday March 5th. He was born on January 11th, 1951 in Vermillion County, Indiana to Milton and Dorothy Woody.

Dennis graduated from Turkey Run High School in Marshall, Indiana. After studying business in college, Mr. Woody went on to become Materials Manager at EXCEL Auto Parts Company in South Fulton, Tennessee. He would go on to finish his career at MTD Technologies in Pinellas Park, FL, where he continued duties as a Materials Manager. He enjoyed fishing, coaching youth sports, relaxing at the beach, and providing for his family. His clever sense of humor and infectious laugh were appreciated by many. His kind heart was felt by all whom he encountered.

He was preceded by his parents, and is survived by his sons John (35) and Paul (32). After cremation, his remains are to be managed in accordance with his wishes by his survivors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to International Bipolar Foundation (https://ibpf.org/donate).

Kathy Jean (Long) Watkins

Kathy Jean (Long) Watkins, 55, died peacefully March 26, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Rockledge, FL on August 20, 1963 and raised on Merritt Island, Kathy died Tuesday afternoon at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. Kathy was a long-time resident of Gainesville, never leaving after attending University of Florida. She received her nursing degree from UF and went on to work as a nurse at numerous hospitals, and long-term care facilities as well as teaching at Santa Fe Community College in the nursing lab.
Kathy was a child of nature and loved all living creatures, especially four-legged ones. She saw the beauty in even their skeletal form. She collected items from her many walks and displayed them throughout her home along with all things dog memorabilia. She was creative and artistic which also was evident in her humor. She may have been quiet, but she said a lot in a few words.
Kathy was strong, independent and tenacious to the end. She received supreme care at Haven Hospice, a wonderfully caring compassionate place. She was also fortunate in the loving care given by her doctors in and out of hospice. We thank you all for taking such splendid care of Kathy.
Kathy was predeceased by her parents, George H Long, Jr (1996) and Maxine Carter Long (1991), and a younger brother Bruce David Long (1968). Her surviving family include: her brother Doug Long of Merritt Island, FL and wife Ruth and their children Jennifer Wivholm (husband Brandon) and George Long Jr (wife Kerry); her sister Gerry Long of Raleigh, NC; her sister Sharon Long of MN and spouse Peggy; her brother Don Long of Canaveral Groves, FL and wife Nannette and their children Brandon and Melissa; her sister Pam Dowdy of Port St John, FL and husband Tim; maternal aunt Kathleen Rouse of Oviedo, FL; maternal uncle Dean Carter of Desert Hot Springs, CA; grand-niece and nephews: Connor and Riley Wivholm and Jackson Long. Definitely not last are her wondrous friends of which her life was much brightened by their presence. Her surviving canine children, Tsunami (Nami) and Dogzilla (Zilla) have found new loving homes which was Kathy’s last and dearest wish.
Kathy will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11 am which is her mother’s birthday. The cemetery is a beautiful historic tree-lined atmospheric place that she chose herself, even going so far as to take her dogs for walks there. The remains of her canine children: Zora Love, Mayzie Grace, and Nuisance (Nuse) Bella will be with her forever.
Nami and Zilla and all of us will miss you Kathy.
“In a perfect world, every dog would have a home”

Shirley B. Clark

Shirley Barrs Clark of Branford, FL passed away peacefully, on her 72nd birthday, Saturday March 2, 2019. She was born in Day, FL and was raised in Mayo. She lived a very busy and productive life, not to mention raising a home and a family. She was very active in many activities and positions in Branford and Suwannee County. She was a member of the O.E.S. Chapter 112, Branford Rotary Club, Suwannee River League of Cities, Suwannee County Historical Museum Board, Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce, and Branford Women’s Club. She was also the Music Director at Branford United Methodist Church and member for over 40 years, proudly served on Branford Town Council for 22 years, and Branford Library Manager for 25 years.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Don Clark, her parents Howard Barrs and Melvena Goodwin Corbett, and her brother Larry Barrs. She is survived by her daughter Rhonda C. Kleckner (Ken) of Alachua; son Kevin Clark (Melissa) of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren Matthew Kleckner, Emma Kleckner, Amy Kleckner, Laura Kleckner, and Elijah Clark; brothers-in-law Wyatt Clark (Charlene) and Wyman Clark (Jeannette) both of Live Oak; sisters-in-law Marlene Giese, Marilyn Daughtry, and Edwina Clark all of Live Oak; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services for Shirley will be held on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Branford at 1:00pm, with interment following in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:30am until service. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to PMG Awareness Organization, Inc. 15642 Sand Canyon AVE, Unit 51235, Irvine, CA 92619, or https://pmgawareness.or/make-a -donation/.

Kim M. Massagee

Kim M. Massagee, 53, gained her wings of February 26, 2019. She was the wife of Tom Massagee. They shared 35 years of marriage together.
Born in Batavia, New Yorkm she was the daughter of Mary Snyder. She was a long time board member of the Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show. She was a devoted 4H leader for over 20 years, touching the lives of many of Alachua County’s youth through the years. She will be remembered for her devotion of being an amazing mother, grandma and wife. She was the most kind hearted, selfless woman with so much love for everyone she met.
She is survived by her husband Tom Massagee, children Tara (Alan) Stanley, Ashley (Mark) Handzel, Thomas (Paula) Massagee, grandchildren AJ, Tas, Kelli, Amelia, and McKinley.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday March 3, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers, may be made to Alachua County 4H Scholarships in her name. Please contact Cindy Sanders @ (352) 955-2402

Mack Van Hammock

Mack Van Hammock, 77 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Monday February 25, 2019. Mack was born in Gainesville on August 7, 1941 to Felton and Elizabeth Cameron Hammock.
He graduated from West Palm Beach High School. Following that he joined the US Navy and served in Vietnam for four years. Upon leaving the US Navy, he returned to Gainesville and trained as an air conditioning repairman. Later he worked at the Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center, retiring after 35 years.
He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and also taught hunter safety courses through the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardening. Mr. Hammock was a devoted family man and was always helping others.
He was preceded in death by his sister Marie Hammock Whittacre. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Harris Hammock, son Eric V. Hammock, brother John T. Hammock, grandsons Evan & Gavin Hammock, step-daughter Lori Armstrong of Melbourne, FL, step-sons Schott (Karen) Beckham, with grandson Cameron Beckham, of Melbourne, FL and Larry (Dana) Beckham of Palatka, FL.
There will be a visitation at the Milam Funeral Home on Friday from 5-7 p.m., with Graveside Services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 2, 2019 at the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery 24315 County Road 1493 Alachua, FL.

Alex Jarred “AJ” Allen

Alex Jared Allen, ( AJ ) was born on June 8, 1996 in Gainesville, FL. And passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. AJ was called into missions. He was an organ donor, and continued to save lives even unto death, Alex was a member of the Santa Fe Raider Regiment and graduated from SFHS in 2014. He played on the praise team, the drums, ND bass guitar at Living Covenant Church of Alachua, FL. And then at Witness’s of Christ Ministries in High Springs, FL. He loved Family only second to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a heart that beat to the rhythms of Love, Peace and Unity.
He is survived by his parents, Terri and James Cram, and sister Katie (Austin), grandparents Nancy Allen of Newberry, Fl., Kathy and Stan Birthisel of Gainesville, Joe Ruise of Macclenny, and biological Father, Johnny Ruise of Jacksonville, and many loving Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Alex is preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert A. (Bob) Allen Sr.
Services will be officiated by his Grandfather Joe Ruise Pastor of the Emmanuel Church of Macclennny, FL. On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Forest Grove Baptist Church 22575 NW 94th Avenue Alachua, FL. 32615 with visitation starting at 2:00 pm

Clark D. Shoemaker

Clark (C.D.) Shoemaker passed away Sunday, February 24, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was 49. Clark was born and raised in Gainesville, FL and graduated from Gainesville High School. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved all people. Clark loved horses from an early age and was a lifelong member of the American Paint Horse Association. He enjoyed many years of showing horses with his mother and family. Clark moved to California and continued his passion for horses as he gave instruction to equestrians of all ages at the Baywood Equestrian Center. His love of children and community was reflected in his work along with his partner, Charlie Linch, as they connected with a nonprofit group in Richmond, CA to help save the Solano Play Lot along with their neighbors. The project was featured in the Bay Area news as a success encouraging other communities to restore local playgrounds via community support. Solano Lot became a pinnacle playground in the area and meeting place for families all over the Richmond area and is across the street from Clark and Charlie’s first home together. Clark frequently visited Florida and loved fishing at Suwannee together with his father Sam. Their most memorable fishing adventure included Charlie with them as they caught a Redfish every time they put their baited hooks in the water.
Clark is predeceased by his grandparents Sam & Fannie Ruth Shoemaker and Ernest & Charlotte Campbell; and his and Charlie’s sweet dog of 16 years, Chloe. He is survived by his partner of 18 years, Charlie Linch; mother Margaret C. Shoemaker; father Sam Shoemaker (Lura Martin); beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Clark to Northern Nevada HOPES 580 W 5th Street, Reno, NV 89503 (775) 786-4673 or HOPE-Horses Helping People 9722 SW 153 Avenue Archer, FL 32618 (352) 495-0533.
A service will be held Friday, March 1 at Milam’s Chapel in Newberry at 11:00 am with a time for visitation at 10:00 am.

John Anderson Douglas

John Anderson Douglas, you may know as “Johnny”, crossed over to eternal life on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Born in Douglas, GA on November 24, 1945, raised in Pearson, GA and was a life long resident of Gainesville and Archer, FL. John is survived by his wife, Lynda; sibling Joyce Holton (children Robert); children Christine (husband Larry, children Donald, Sarah, and Joseph (children Olivia)); Kimberly (husband Stephen, children Taylor, Lauren, and Jordan); Charles (wife Holly, children Teegan); his loyal schnauzer Axel; and many family and friends.
In his time with us, John was a friend to many, a man who valued his family, a veteran who served in the Army from 1966 to 1969, and a mentor to those he worked with at Metal Container from 1982 to 2006. He loved to be surrounded by his children and grandchildren teaching them how to fish, scallop, ride four-wheelers, shoot guns, doing cannonballs in the pool and living life.
A celebration of his life is planned for March 2, 2019 at 3 p.m. at his home in Archer, FL.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask a donation to be made in John’s name to the NVHS National Veterans Homeless Support (https://nvhs.org/). It is a charity that he has supported over the years and was important to him as a Veteran.

Carolyn Schoenau

Carolyn Schoenau, age 86 of Gainesville, FL passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Carolyn was born in Gainesville on October 26, 1932 to Horace Slaton and Velma Williams Slaton. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Ronald H. Schoenau, and sons, Michael Yeilding, Steven Bret Yeilding, Gregory Bennett (Joey Sequeira) Yeilding, grandchildren Casey (Tim) Pelfrey, Katherine Yeilding, Kevin Yeilding, and great grandson Gabriel Pelfrey, all in California, sister-in-law Margerita Schoenau, and many loyal friends and extended families.
She had a long and distinguished career, winning many awards at the University of Florida Department of Anesthesiology where she was instrumental in establishing the administrative section of the department. After 29 years she retired in 1993 as Business Manager. She was focused, goal oriented, smiling, loyal, non-judgemental, vivacious, always a lady, and an avid Gator fan. Ron and Carolyn’s homes were always open to special friends.

Carolyn’s love besides Ron and family was bridge. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) since 1959, attaining the rank of Life Master (LM) in 1965. At the time of her death, Carolyn had been a LM longer than only one other person in North Central Florida. Over the years, Carolyn won major events at a number of regional tournaments in the Southeastern US. Carolyn was the dedicated manager of Gatorbridge which met weekly on Tuesday afternoons for 18 years.

Joined by her husband Ron, Carolyn was an avid bromeliad enthusiast. They joined the Bromeliad Society International (BSI) in 1975 and enrolled in judging school two years later, receiving their certifications as Internationally Accredited Judges at the World Conference in 1982. They participated in planning and headed major committees for World Bromeliad Conferences over many years. Carolyn served BSI in several capacities including Membership Secretary, member of the board of directors, Affiliated Shows Chair. They were members of several local bromeliad societies including Orlando, Seminole, Tampa, Daytona and Gainesville, devoting their energies almost exclusively to the local society in recent years.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Southwest United Methodist Church, 2400 SW Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32608. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gainesville Bromeliad Society, c/o 5915 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, or Gainesville Bridge Club, 4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605

Alois J. Byers (nee Derry)

Alois Jean (Derry) Byers died on February 1, 2019 in Plano, TX surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Born on July 20, 1917 in a hospital in Louisville, KY, Alois Byers is survived by three daughters Sue Wilson of Richardson, TX, Deborah Charlton (Michael) of Chevy Chase, MD, and Sandy Edwards (Carl) of Katy, TX and son-in-law Barry Baker of Loudon, TN.

Alois had nine grandchildren: Sue Charlton of Kensington, MD, Dan (Mikel) Charlton of Skokie, IL, Rob (Lynsey) Wilson of Lantana, TX, Lella Baker of Marlborough, MA, Sarah (Baker) (Don) McDowell of Okemah, OK, Christy (Wilson) (Chuck) LaStrapes of Gonzales, LA, Madison (Edwards) (Hector) Morales, Houston, TX, Nathan (Evie) Baker, Harrison, TN, David (Hannah) Edwards, San Antonio, TX.

Alois had 15 great-grandchildren: Katie & Gracie Cabral, Jonathan & Grayson Charlton, Rylan & Harlow Wilson, Donald, Patrick, Kathryn, Emily & Lauren McDowell, Maya, Elise & Sawyer LaStrapes, Evan Nogales Baker.

She was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Becky Baker, her husband, Walter Byers, her special friend, Jim McCathren, and her mother, Mae Derry.

She was married to her high school sweetheart, Walter Byers, in 1938. She and Walter were married for 54 years before his death in 1993. On their anniversary, Walter gave her a red rose for every year of marriage. Every year, without fail, Alois would say “Walter, you shouldn’t have.” After graduating from high school, Alois borrowed fifty dollars to attend business school where she trained as a secretary and subsequently worked at the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Walter and Alois moved multiple times during their marriage: Ft. Wayne, IN, Kendallville, IN, St. Joseph, MI, Toledo, OH, Worthington, OH, Richmond, VA, and Atlanta, GA to name a few. During an interview that her grandson Rob conducted on her 100th birthday, Alois recounted living in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. A life-long Democrat, Alois recounted meeting Jimmy Carter and volunteering for Sen. John Glenn. In retirement, Alois was an active volunteer for over 25 years at North Florida Regional Hospital, a member of the Gainesville Garden Club and an election day poll worker.

Retiring to Gainesville, Florida in 1983, Alois and Walter became active members of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. Life-long gardeners, Walter would give Alois a rose from his garden almost every day. Alois “puttered” about her gardens growing various flowers and vegetables. Alois would drive her family crazy while playing cards as she would debate which card to play which often resulted in the exasperated utterance of Walter stating, “It’s a fast game, Alois” to which she would respond “Oh, Walter.” Much to the dismay of her grandchildren, Alois would often win after Walter would allow portions of the game to be replayed upon Alois discovering a card she did not know she held. She was very lucky in both cards & love!

After Walter’s death, Alois remained in Gainesville for many years. Alois became an avid Gators fan when she began dating Jim McCathren, a long-time coach in the basketball program at the University of Florida, when she was 80 and he was 86. To the chagrin of many of her grandchildren, this was during the era when UF football was quite competitive and Alois would make sure that her grandchildren knew the scores on winning Saturdays and she knew all the players and their positions!

Jim died in 2012 at the age of 101. Alois moved to Plano, TX in 2012 to be closer to her family. She was able to spend time with her grandchildren Rob, Sarah, and David who live in the area. Shortly before her 100th birthday, she danced with her eldest great-grandchild, Donald McDowell at his wedding reception in Oklahoma after McDowell’s marriage to Jasmine Justus.

She was truly a member of the greatest generation. Alois’ love of bargain hunting, her humor, her abiding Christian faith, her lifelong learning and spirit of volunteerism live on in her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Always the life of the party, she will be deeply missed by those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

Memorials may be made in her name to: First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, 419 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.

William “Keith” Hicks

William “Keith” Hicks, age 60 of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully after a long illness on January 28, 2019 at E. T. York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL.
Keith was born in Jacksonville, FL on June 27,1958
He was a 1976 graduate of Buchholz High School.
Keith worked in management at Grandy’s Restaurant who he worked for the entire 29 years they were open. He was last employed at David’s Real Pit BBQ.
Keith loved the Jacksonville Jaguars and NASCAR. He was an AVID Gator fan and was a former member of several Gator Booster Clubs including the Fighting Gator Touchdown Club. He was also a former member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents William “Bill” Hicks and Patricia “Pat” Hicks. He is survived by his siblings Carolyn R. (Robb) Jones of Knoxville, TN, Michael B. (Karla) Hicks of Santa Margarita, CA, Marilyn R. (Joe) Owens of Gainesville, FL and Terri K. Hicks of Gainesville, FL. His uncle Fredric Hille of Minneapolis, MN along with 6 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Graveside service will be held on Monday February 18th at 11:00 am at Forest Meadows Cemetery West 700 NW 143rd Street, Newberry, FL.
The family would like to thank Haven Hospice for their care and compassion during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that any charitable gifts be made in honor of William Keith Hicks to E. T. York Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606.

Fred L. Beard

Fred L. Beard passed away peacefully on February 11, 2019 at age 84 in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Trion, GA in 1935 to Griffin and Irene Beard.
Fred was an Air Force Veteran, Graduate of Armuchee High School in Armuchee, GA and graduate of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL. He worked many years for Sperry Rand Corporation, Florida Farm Bureau and retired from The University of Florida. Fred was a proud member of West End Men’s Golf Association and Westside Baptist Church. He will always be remembered as an avid golfer and a loving husband, father, and friend.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Wynema H. Beard and son Kevin L. Beard. Survived by son Alan L. Beard, his wife Elizabeth Beard, and granddaughter Krista Beard.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Frances M. Coker

Frances M. Coker, 87, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Gainesville, FL.

Fran was born in Cairo, Georgia on September 24, 1931 to William and Ramella Elkins Matthews. After the untimely death of her parents, she came into the care of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home where her faith in the Lord was nurtured. A graduate of Lakeland High School, she married Charles “Buster” Coker in Arcadia and eventually settled in Punta Gorda, FL where they raised their family. Fran enjoyed a successful career as an office manager and bookkeeper. She was a devoted Christian and a talented singer, finding special joy in traditional Christian hymns. Fran was an enthusiastic gardener and liked nothing better than spending a day working in her yard. She played the piano, enjoyed crochet, was an accomplished seamstress and a wonderful southern style cook. She had a quick wit, was very well read and enjoyed lively debate on any topic.

Fran was preceded in death by her loving husband Charles, brothers James and Malachi and her sister Eunice. She is survived by her three children: Mike Coker (Denise), Annette Coker Caprario (Richard), Robert Coker (Tina), grandson Christopher Coker and great grandson Jadon Coker.

She will join Charles in burial at the Florida National Cemetery in
Bushnell, Florida at 10 am on Monday February 18, 2019.

Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th
Blvd. Gainesville, Fl 32606.

Denise Tyre Barnett

Denise Tyre Barnett of Hawthorne, Florida passed away on February 8, 2019. She was born in St Augustine, Florida in 1945, spent her early years in Sanford, Florida, then the family moved to Gainesville where she graduated from Gainesville High School in 1963. Her parents were Lois and Park Tyre of Gainesville. She worked for the Superintendent of Alachua County Schools and the School Board in the printing department and student records departments for a total of forty-four years. She also worked with Stewart’s Catering for many years and at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville prior to going to Alachua County Schools.

Denise loved fishing in the lakes and rivers of the area. She loved going to the beach. She loved animals and had a number of wonderful dog companions. She was an excellent cook and a creative decorator, helping organize a number of Gainesville High School Reunions. She was a loyal and generous friend.

Denise was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Joe” Barnett and her parents Lois and Park Tyre. She is survived by her sister, Dot Tyre Saatkamp (Herman), brother, “Chip” Tyre (Cindi), step-daughter, Heather Barnett Ward (Brian) and their sons Owen and Cody Ward, niece, Barbara Saatkamp Taylor (Mike), grand nieces, Campbell and Sarah Taylor, nephew, Joseph Saatkamp (Lauren), nephew, Ashley Stephens (Lindsey), grand niece, Abigail Stephens, grand nephew, Caeden Stephens, plus many, many cousins, an Aunt and an Uncle, and a large circle of long-time friends who are also family.

A memorial service will be Friday February 15 at Milam’s 311 South Main Street, Gainesville at 4:00 followed by a reception at Denise’s home in Hawthorne. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to your favorite animal shelter or similar organization in Denise’s name.

Elsie Bea Cellon

Elsie Bea Cellon of Alachua, FL, passed away Thursday February 7, 2019 at NFRMC. She was 84. Born in LaCrosse, FL, Bea graduated from Alachua High School in 1952. She was a homemaker who adored her family. She is survived by her loving family, husband of 65 years, Kenneth Cellon; daughter Cheryl Cellon Lindquist; sons Jeff and Richard Cellon; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Andy Strickland.
Graveside funeral services for Bea will be held Wed February 13, 2019 at 1:00pm, in Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse.

Howard Ray Prouty

Howard Ray Prouty, age 88 of Hawthorne, FL passed away on Thursday February 7, 2019 in Gainesville, FL. Howard was born in Manchester Depot, Vermont on July 31, 1930, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Etta (Jefts) Prouty. Howard was the 10th child of 12.
Howard was a logger for Coleman’s of Rawsonville, Vt. Then worked at Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Peru, Vt. for many years and was also employed by Merrill’s Excavating of Londonderry Vt. before retiring. He loved the outdoors, caring for lawns, landscaping, and spending time with family and friends.

Howard was predeceased by his son David Lyn Prouty, and out lived
2 wives Joan (Rawson) Prouty and Ella (Barrett) Prouty
Survivors include his daughter Laura Mae ( Leopold ) Fillion; stepson Cornelius Burnham and daughter in law Terry Prouty. In addition, he is survived by his 5 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at (day) (date) (time) at Milam Funeral Home Chapel at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: West Putnam Volunteer Fire Dept. 104 Race St. Hawthorne FL 32640.

Robyn A. Sullivan

Robyn Annette Sullivan, 74, passed away Tuesday, February 5, surrounded by family at home. Robyn was born in Christchurch, New Zealand to the late Joan and Cecil Dawson. Raised in the South Island, in the sheep country, she moved to Dunedin to enter Teachers College at Otago University where she met her beloved husband. They were married in 1964, moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and, were blessed by the arrival of the first son Samuel in 1966. In 1972, they moved to Paris, France. Twins Robert and David joined the family in 1981. The family moved to Gainesville in 1983 where they spent some of the happiest times. In 2004, she was naturalized as a United States Citizen.
Robyn was an active member of the University of Florida French club, the Gainesville Garden Club and was especially attached to her “stitching circle”. She was fond of making items with her hands including handmade “blankies” and christening gowns for her grandchildren who were a great blessing to her in her later years. Gardening was a favorite activity with a love of nature and the unique Florida environment — native trees were her garden. She has traveled the world from Eastern Europe to China and Japan strengthening her understanding and respect for different cultures and societies that left her with a broad range of friends she always fondly remembered. Raised Anglican, she was largely non-religious after leaving New Zealand but instilled a firm sense of doing right by others and love for all people in her children.
She is survived by her husband Neil Sullivan of Gainesville, sons Samuel of Gainesville, Robert (Ashley) of Green Cove Springs, and David (Rachel) of Katy, Texas, granddaughter (Ella), and grandsons (Grayson, Henry, and Jameson).
A memorial service to honor Robyn’s life will be held Friday February 15, 2019 at 2pm at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Florida. 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Alachua County Pink Heals 1949 NE 27th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609

George Eugene Davis, III

George Eugene “Gene” Davis III, age 63 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday, January 26 th , 2019.
Gene was born in Gainesville on November 30 th , 1955. He graduated from Gainesville High School in
1974 and completed his Bachelor of Finance from the University of Florida in 1979.
In 1975, he married his sweetheart Sharon Mikell Davis and together they had two daughters, Shannon
and Kristen. Gene owned Davis Gas Company, which his father George Davis began in 1963. He also
followed in his father’s footsteps and grew Fraser Fir Christmas trees in Cashiers, NC as he gradually
retired from the propane business in Gainesville.
Gene was a man of many talents and interests. As a young man, he became interested in waterskiing.
This interest led to a lifelong love of the sport. He was a jumper who competed in local, regional and
national tournaments. He also fell in love with the technical side of competitive skiing. He was a senior
judge and technical controller for many tournaments including the Masters, Nationals, and World
Championships. In addition, he served as the Executive Vice President of the AWSA Southern Region and
President of the AWSA for several years.
He was an avid Gator fan and enjoyed attending games with his family. Gene loved vintage cars,
primarily Ford’s. He had several Mustangs and Broncos, but he was especially proud of his beloved 1937
Ford F-100. Gene had an infectious nature about him. He never met a stranger and could make anyone
he met laugh.
Gene is preceded in death by his father, George Eugene Davis Jr. He is survived by his wife of 43 ½ years,
Sharon, daughter Shannon Davis Birnbaum (Kevin), daughter Kristen Davis, sister Trish Davis, sister
Cindy Souther (Roby), and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind countless friends, many
whom count Gene as a brother.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. For those who wish to contribute, please consider
donating blood to your local blood bank or monetarily to the US Waterski Team (AWSA General – All
Teams). Please note that this donation is in memory of Gene Davis at checkout. Website:
https://shop.usawaterski.org/products/u-s-team-donations-support-your-sport.

Kathy Lynn Harper

Kathy Lynn Harper, 59, Gainesville, FL, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Born April 17, 1959, in Huntington, WV., the daughter of the late Lindsey Cole Jr. and Georgia Marie Power Cole.
Kathy retired after 32 years of service from the VA Medical Center. Her joy in life came from spending time traveling with her husband, watching baseball and college football with family, and making memories with her grandchildren.
Kathy will forever be remembered by her husband, Ronald Ray Harper. As she has passed, she leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her three daughters, Lindsay Jarrett (Bryan), Daytona Beach, FL, Rhonda Harper, Gainesville, FL, and Lori Barber (Justin), Newberry, FL. Her six grandchildren, Joshua, Cameron, J.J., Zoe, Jordan and Jackson will hold their memories of MAMA close.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Vane and her brother, Larry Cole. She leaves behind brother, Roger Cole, (Edna), Proctorville, OH, Patty Smith of Lavalette, WV and Tammy Lewis, Gainesville, FL and best friend Judy Smith.
A celebration of life will be held at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, FL on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 2:00p.

Kevin Eric Keith

Kevin Eric Keith, 37, of Gainesville, FL passed away on January 22, 2019. He was born on May 2, 1981 in Gainesville, FL to Eric E. Keith and Brenda S. Keith. He graduated in 1999 from Eastside High School and later from Santa Fe College with an Associate’s degree in Automotive Service Technology. He was an Industrial Mechanic and worked as a Fleet Technician at Alachua County Fleet Management. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and felt most at home on the sea.
Preceded in death by his father, his paternal grandfather Ernest Keith, his maternal grandfather Jerry Keen, his cousin Michael Meuser and his uncle Ernest Keith Jr. Kevin is survived by his loving girlfriend, Melinda Hart and her son David Sowers, his mother Brenda Keith, brother Karson Keith (Crisie Hoffman), and many friends and family. He is also survived by his beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback, Isabelle.
A memorial service will be held at Austin Cary Memorial Forest on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kevin’s honor to the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, 4001 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608.

Harold “Tom” Leon Sebring Jr.

Harold Leon Sebring Jr., known as “Tom” by his friends, died on January 20, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tom was 89. He was born on September 14, 1929 in Gainesville, Florida to Justice Harold L. Sebring and Elise Bishop Sebring. His early years were spent in Gainesville and he later attended Sewanee Military Academy, where he became the Mid-South Boxing Champion. After graduation from Leon High School in Tallahassee, he attended the University of Florida and later graduated from Florida State University. When asked about the transfer from one college to its rival college, Tom would proclaim, “I left under suspicious circumstances”. He had a very special gift for making people laugh. He was also an avid sportsman who had a passion for hunting and fishing. He was considered by many to be the best “shot“ they had ever seen with a shotgun.

Tom’s next adventures took him to the Florida Keys, where he remained for many years taking part in fishing tournaments, spear fishing, writing poetry and further perfecting the art of storytelling. He was a regular at The Islamorada Fishing Club and Cheeca Lodge. Tom was the closest thing to Ernest Hemingway…well, since Ernest Hemingway.

After some years in the bond business, having enjoyed the Keys and with a multitude of African safaris under his belt, Tom pursued his love for shooting and began competing in “Sporting Clays”. It became evident this was his true calling. He quickly found success as he engaged in this sport. He traveled the world with his longtime companion, Bettie Bedell, collecting medals along the way. Bettie caught Tom’s eye in high school and they rekindled later in life; a union that lasted over 30 years until his death.

Tom was the first American to win a gold medal in the European FITASC Championships. The story goes, it was customary for the gold medalist to stand on the podium while his home country‘s National Anthem was played. Tom’s victory was such a surprise to the Europeans, the tournament officials could not find a copy of the US National Anthem. Tom also won the USSCA National Sporting Clays Championship, among countless other championships both local and abroad.

Tom made many friends on his journeys and filled their lives with much laughter. He will be very missed.
He is survived by his son Harold Leon “Tripp“ Sebring, III, his daughter in law, Deanie Sebring and his granddaughter Katherine Marie “Katie” Sebring.

A memorial service will be held in Tom’s honor at 11am on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 100 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601. There will be lunch reception following the service in the Holy Trinity Parrish Hall.

Opal Geneva Hunt Wood

Opal Geneva Wood, 89 of Newberry, Florida passed away on January 22, 2019 surrounded by her family. Retired from General Electric in 1990. She was of the Baptist Faith. She was loved by her family and all grandkids (five generations), loved fishing and going out to eat. Preceded in death by her parents Earl Hunt and Callie (Hunt) Humphries, her sister Barbara Ann Waters (MJ) and her brother W.E. Hunt (Punk), husband Jimmy Wood and Grandson Chad Holder. Survived by her children – Marion Holder (Fred) and Danny Wood (Betty); grandkids – Frieda Long (Robert), Tina Holder, Chris Wood (Betty) and Christy Munden (Mark); great grandkids – Nicholas Long (Lisa), Brooke Long (Raun), Heather Egyed (Travis), Calli Munden and Paisley Munden; great great grandkids – Marley, Ayden, Amber, Stephen, Sydnii, and Skylar.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Opal’s honor to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday January 25, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, with a visitation held one hour prior. Interment will follow in Newberry Cemetery.

Lillian Hazel Hicks

Lillian Hazel Hicks, age 93 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Wednesday January 16, 2019. Lillian was born February 3, 1925 in Covington, Alabama to Charlie and Lois Sexton.

Mrs. Hicks worked as a homemaker taking care of her 8 children, then worked as a Cottage Parent at Sunland Training Center, retiring after 20 years. She enjoyed fishing, farming, dancing and was a great cook.
Lillian was preceded in death by a son Melvin Douglas Turbeville. She is survived by her husband, Otto B. Hicks, Jr,; daughter, Carol Reynolds; sons, James Turbeville, Terry Turbeville, Curtis Turbeville, Donny Turbeville, Dale Turbeville, and David Turbeville; 28 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday January 19, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a viewing for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Santa Fe Cemetery in Hampton Lake, FL.

Howard Malcolm Patton

Howard Malcolm Patton

Howard M. Patton left this Earthly life January 14, 2019. Howard was born to parents Hugh and Bernice Patton on January 10, 1924 in a Lumber Camp in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He earned his U.S. Citizenship in the in-fantry in W.W.II, marching from Naples, Italy to Berlin, Germany, crossing the Remagen Bridge with seconds to spare. He started his career with the New Hampshire Insurance Co., then transferring to Wisconsin where he built a successful agency in Milwaukee. He was one of the first agents in the country to earn both the CLU and CPCU designations.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Emily Logan Patton, his sister, Frances Patton Hastings and many Nieces, Nephews, Grands and Great Grands.
Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. There will be no services or memorials per his wishes.

Margaret “Peggy” W. Blitch

MARGARET WATSON BLITCH

Peggy Watson Blitch, 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 13, 2019. Peggy was born in Gainesville, Florida on July 7, 1937 to the late William B. (Billy) Watson and Margaret DeMilly Watson.
Peggy attended P.K. Yonge School from kindergarten until she graduated in 1955. She attended Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri then returned to the University of Florida where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1959. She and Riley Blitch were married in 1959 and she began her teaching career at J.J. Finley School in 1960. Peggy taught kindergarten and first grade at Finley and Glen Springs Elementary until 1972 when she joined the faculty of Martha Manson Academy and retired in 1995. She was a speech therapist at The Morris Center for a few years until she retired completely in 1998. During her teaching years, she was active in the Junior League, the Saint Elizabeth Circle at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and was on the board of Evergreen Cemetery and the Matheson Center.

Peggy and Riley loved to travel with friends and visited most European countries as well as Canada, Mexico, much of the U.S. and sailed in The Virgin Islands several summers. She loved to spend time at her cabin on Lake Swan near Melrose, FL with her children and grandchildren. Peggy was a kind and gentle spirit, always loyal to her family and friends. She continued to teach and inspire those around her both before and during her 16-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Billy Watson. Survivors include, Riley her husband of 59 years, her son Riley Blitch Jr., and his partner Sean York, her daughter Jeanie and her husband Fred Sabback, and granddaughters Riley and Bailey Sabback. Her brothers Bill Watson, Jim Watson, and Jim’s partner Daniel Bell, her sister Ann Watson Braden, her devoted dog Maxx and Peggy’s beloved caregiver and friend Kim Curtis all of Gainesville, Florida.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. The celebration of Peggy’s life will continue in the Page Parish Hall after the service. In lieu of flowers donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Children’s Program or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Faye A. Hunter

Faye Alsobrook Hunter, 87, of Newberry, FL. Passed away on January 13, 2019. She was born July 5, 1931 in Orange Heights, Florida. She was the daughter of Harold Alsobrook and Annie Mae Phillips Alsobrook Nipper. She was a lifetime resident of Newberry, Florida.
She is survived by her husband, L.R. Hunter, and her sons Bill Martin (Kathleen) and Jimmy Martin and her brothers, Dan Alsobrook, Jimbo Nipper, and Charles Nipper all of Newberry, FL and sisters, Catherine Nipper, Madge Nipper of Alachua, FL, Mary Lou Singletary of Lexington Park, MD, and Betty Ann Strickland of Lady Lake, FL, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by brothers, Gene Autrey Nipper, Charles Alsobrook and Doug Alsobrook, sisters Dorothy Sellars and Betty Jean Colson.
Services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with family greeting friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Newberry, FL, with Rev. Jack Andrews officiating. Burial will follow at the Newberry Cemetery, Newberry, FL.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in Faye’s honor to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606.

Clyde R. Leaphart

Clyde R. Leaphart, 88 of Archer, FL was born in DeSoto City, FL to Maggie Brown and James Ward Leaphart on May 24, 1930. He was raised and went to High School in Sebring, FL and received his Business Administration degree at the University of Florida. Mr. Leaphart was employed with Travelers Insurance Company for 30 years and retired in 1985. He married Betty Hartman in Nashville, TN in 1963.
Besides his wife Betty, he is survived by a son, Thomas C. Leaphart (Allison) of Williston, FL., and a daughter, Brenda Kansky (Tim) of Laurens, SC.
Clyde and Betty moved to Gainesville in 1995 and have enjoyed their retirement here since. Clyde was a wonderful husband and father who will be missed very much.
A private service will be held at a later date. For those who wish memorials may be made to: Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606

Albert Traversa

Albert Traversa died on January 11, 2019 at Oak Hammock in Gainesville, Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 5, 1928 and was the second of five children born to Joseph Traversa and Maria Cristofaro Traversa.
Albert graduated from Lindenhurst High School on Long Island, New York and received his BA and MS degrees from Hofstra University. He was a member of the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1954, served in the Medical Service Corps, attained the rank of captain, and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1966.
Following his active duty in the Air Force, Albert completed courses at Columbia University to become certified as a teacher of all sciences in New York State. He also became certified as school administrator and supervisor and was initiated into Columbia University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 1961.
Albert taught science in Greenlawn, New York for one year. In 1956, he took a position in Syosset, New York where he was on the faculty as science teacher and department chairperson for 30 years.
Albert and his wife Mary Hausler, a fellow Syosset faculty member, continued to live in South Huntington, New York until Mary’s retirement in 1992. From 1993 to 2005, Mary and Al enjoyed their condo homes in Southbury, Connecticut and Boca Raton, Florida. In 2005, they discovered and decided upon a new year-round home, Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, which provided an interesting and comfortable life for both.
Albert was at home in the kitchen and enjoyed preparing favorite Italian recipes. According to “Chef” Albert, no dinner was properly served without wine and no vegetable was more delicious than broccoli rabe. Albert had a sense of humor and was happy to be among friends and family with a martini in hand. He liked to read mysteries. He loved his airedale terriers and they loved him. Travel brought Albert great pleasure, especially culinary exploration. Albert and Mary enjoyed visits to Italy and Germany, the homelands of their immigrant parents. However, China and Alaska were among Albert’s favorite destinations.
Albert’s first marriage to Catherine DiPeri ended in divorce. They had three children. Older son Joseph is deceased. Daughter Maria and son Leo live in New York City. In addition to his wife Mary, Albert is survived by his sister Sylvia Cecire, brother-in-law Bernard Cecire, brother Dan Traversa and grandson John Pizzarelli.
The family of Albert Traversa extends appreciation to the Oak Hammock Health Pavilion and Security staff members who provided kindness and sensitivity as well as professionalism during a difficult time. Funeral Services will be held privately at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Patricia Ann Powell Stotesbury

Patricia Ann Powell Stotesbury of Gainesville, FL went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2019. Pat was born on September 21,1934 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois to Col Charner Weaver Powell and Virginia Dare Campbell.
She met her husband of 64 years, Walter Bennett Stotesbury, Jr at Fort Stewart, Georgia and was married on March 28,1955. She moved to Gainesville where she lovingly raised her family.
Pats father was a Colonel in the US Army and she lived in many places throughout her childhood, including Manila in 1946.
She attended St Lawrence University and University of Georgia. Pat was employed by University of Florida Air Force as secretary. . She later worked for Panhellenic at UF, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Guardian ad litem. Pat served her family and the community with dedication and compassion. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Garden Club, Skippers and No Name Club. She was actively involved in Junior League of Gainesville for many years.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents and infant great grandchild, Amelia and a sister Charner Powell Weir. She is survived by her husband, 3 children, Sharon Montgomery (Mark), Walter Bennett Stotesbury, III, and Anne Keating (Dave), a brother John Randolph Powell ( Beth) 6 grandchildren, Alison Ligmanowski (Mike), Meghan Moran (Nate), Lauren True, Daniel Montgomery ( Nicole) and Emily and Joseph Keating, and 17 great grandchildren.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.
Services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 11, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Richard A. Habercam

Richard A. “Dick” Habercam, 94, of Gainesville, FL passed away on January 6, 2019. He was born on December 15, 1924 in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Mildred Habercam.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Grace R. Habercam, his daughter, Barbara E. Chumack, his grandson, Trey Coscia, and his granddaughter, Brianna M. Chumack.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with honors.

Michael David Gracy

Michael David Gracy passed away in the early morning Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 76. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three children.
Born February 24th, 1942, in Gainesville, FL to L. Cecil and Marguerite “Peggie” Hapeman Gracy, Michael was raised in a loving home of five children in the Duck Pond neighborhood of East Gainesville. He attended elementary and middle school at PK Yonge. After two years at Gainesville High School, he went on to graduate from Sewanee Military Academy, Sewanee, TN. In 1965 he graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in business administration. Michael then attended the United States Navy’s officer candidate school and served in the Vietnam War as a US Navy First Lieutenant.
Michael returned to Gainesville and met the love of his life, Susan Shaw. They married November 6th,1970, the same year (as he liked to tell his clients) he married Prudential. During his 48 year career in the financial services industry he earned many high accolades reserved for Prudential’s top producers. A longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Michael enjoyed serving his community through the church and philanthropic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
Of the many important family values and traditions his parents passed down, young Michael took particular interest in handling himself as a southern gentleman and becoming an avid outdoorsman. He pursued each of these, most notably quail hunting, throughout childhood alongside his lifelong friend, Bill Watson. In addition to bird hunting, a favorite avocation of Michael’s was playing golf at the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. He forged many meaningful friendships over countless rounds of golf exchanging handshakes, jokes and a few dollars.
Later in life his chosen activities involved his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed proudly cheering them on during little league sports competitions, piano and ballet recitals.
Michael Gracy was a kind, humble and gentle man who always had a smile to share. A smile that lit up the room.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents L. Cecil “Pappy” Gracy, Marguerite “Mammy” Gracy, sister Ann Elliot. He is survived by, his wife, Susan Shaw Gracy, children Michael David (Megan) Gracy Jr, S. Ellis (Todd) Clarkson and A. Bradley Gracy, grandchildren Cecil Gracy, Mac and Amelia Clarkson, and brother Larry Gracy, sisters Mary Feiber and Sarah (Joe) Nave.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Catherine Price and Rev. Steve Price officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. A reception at Gainesville Country Club will follow. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5-7 at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Christopher Todd “Manute” Herndon

Christopher Todd “Manute” Herndon, age 48, of McIntosh, FL passed away on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. Chris was born in Miami-Dade, FL on March 4th, 1970 to Gary Lee Herndon and Barbara Ann Beckom.
Chris earned his B.S. in Health Sciences from Florida Atlantic University, and his M.S.P.T (physical therapy) from the University of Central Florida.
He worked as a Physical Therapist after his graduation in 2001, and was particularly proud of his work on behalf of veterans at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center.
Chris was a loving husband and devoted father who enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family. He was well known for his passion for athletics, and competed in both marathon and Ironman events.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his loving wife, Laura Jean Herndon; daughter, Jenna Katherine Herndon; brother, Michael D. (Elizabeth) Herndon; step sisters Nicole Gendron Ramirez, Lori Gendron Lyberger, and Ashley Vassel; nephews Tyler Boone Herndon and Casey Beck Herndon.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6th, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First Street Gainesville, FL 32601. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Watch Me Run – www.watchmerun.org.

Emmie Kate Keith

Emmie Kate Keith was born on Sat. Dec. 29, 2018 at 4:00pm at North Florida Regional Hospital, and lived three hours. She was the sixth child of Steven and Charity Keith. She is survived by her loving parents; her sisters Samantha, Riley, and Rory Keith; paternal grandparents Stevie and Celeisa Keith; maternal grandparents Tammy and Charles Howe; paternal great-grandparents Gene and Tuelah Keith and Mary Holstein; maternal great-grandparents Carol Squitieri and Ray and Shirley Tomlinson and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Landen Riley Keith. She was very much loved!
Graveside funeral services will be held Sun. Jan. 6, 2019 at 3:00pm at Countryside Cemetery, with pastors Gene Keith and Bill Keith presiding.

Earl Bergadine

Earl Bergadine, Retired Commander United States Coast Guard Reserves, 85 of Gainesville, passed away on December 23, 2018 at Shands UF. Earl was born on January 16, 1933 in Marissa Illinois to Marvin and Doris Bergadine. He graduated from Marissa High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years and Retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserves after many years of Service. Earl also retired from the Florida Department of Transportation. He was a volunteer of Lake Forest Elementary School, Eastside High School including their Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters, and a member of the Gainesville Rose Society. He was very active with his church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as Elder Emeritus. His family and Military Service brought him the most enjoyment in life. Mr. Bergadine was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Veda Hurst Bergadine in 2015, parents, Marvin and Doris Bergadine, a sister, Florence and a grandson, Christopher Michael Goettling. He is survived by his daughter Jane (Van) Goettling, a son Tom (Joan) Bergadine, 9 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Milam Funeral Home, Funeral Services on Friday December 28, 2018 at 11:00 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 3411 NW 83rd Street Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Frances Juanita Parrott Spivey

Frances Spivey, 81, passed away at home on Sunday, December 23, 2018 after a prolonged illness. Frances was born at home in Lenoir County, NC to James and Hazel Mae Parrott (Heath) on May 12, 1937. In 1954, at the age of 17 she married the love of her life, Paul McQueen Spivey and became a military wife. She and Paul were married for 57 years. She was a founding member of Parker Road Baptist Church and a current member of Forest Grove Baptist Church. She was an avid Gator fan, never missing a game. She loved her family and her Christ. For those who loved, and still love, her, she was a true example of Christianity, caring for those she knew, and those she didn’t. Her love, humor and wit will be missed by those whose lives were touched by her. She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Spivey, mother and father, Hazel and James Parrott, and brother, Dempsey Parrott. She is survived by her 3 children, Paul J. Spivey (Debora Karras Spivey, wife) of Gainesville, FL; Debora Snyder (Jeffrey Snyder, husband) of Alachua, FL; Michael M. Spivey (Kim Gay Spivey, wife) of Newberry, FL; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother Frank Parrott of Kinston, NC, as well as a multitude of friends. A visitation will be held Thursday morning, December 27, 2018 from 11am-12pm and funeral services at 12:00 noon at Milam Funeral Home, 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida 32669, with interment being held immediately following at Forest Meadows Cemetery West, Newberry, Florida.

Gregory Edwin Smith

Gregory Edwin Smith, born on October 21, 1962 in Winter Park, Florida, passed away at his residence in Newberry, Florida on December 11, 2018, at age 56.
Greg was a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He owned and managed several businesses and properties. He enjoyed motorcycles, camping, old westerns, helping people, and watching old movies with his wife. He loved his family and animals very much.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents Riley S. Smith and Dorothy J. (Fawcett) Castleberry, siblings Barry Smith, and Diana Yee. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lisa D. Smith, son Gregory M. Smith and daughter in law Lori Smith, daughter Amber D. (Smith) Allison and son in law James Allison, brothers Randy Smith, Rodney Smith, Forrest Smith, and Lee Smith, sisters Marilyn Blanchard, Susan Chaffee, and Kathleen Smith O’Donnell, and five grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 2nd, 2019 at the Historic City Hall Municipal Building located at 25438 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry, FL 32669 at 2pm.

Elizabeth Truitt Furlow

Elizabeth Furlow died of leukemia December 18, 2018 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fl.
Elizabeth “Libby” Truitt Furlow was born in Washington, Georgia on 12/8/33 to Minnie Fortson Truitt and Horace Truitt. She grew up in Madison, Georgia, and graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia in 1955. After teaching high school in Savannah for a year and concluding an eight-year, long-distance courtship she married Leonard Furlow, Jr. several weeks after his graduation from Washington University Medical School in St Louis. They were married for 62 happy years. They had three children, Elizabeth (Beth), Trey, and John Furlow, and four granddaughters: Eva, Tessa, Lila, and Sadie Furlow.
From the time the family arrived in Gainesville in 1961, Libby volunteered at the First United Methodist Church. She has been a member of several organizations including her Garden Club and the Florida Museum of Natural History, where she was a docent for 56 years and a board member for 53 years, For over a decade she cleaned up the Museum’s Butterfly Rainforest each Thursday morning, sometimes with help from her granddaughters.
For the two years before her husband retired, she worked in his plastic surgery office. After he retired she accompanied him on some 50 volunteer surgery trips around the world, working in the operating rooms, clinics, or keeping the patients and their families comfortable.
She was a beautiful, thoughtful, generous, precious person. She will be painfully missed by her family, her many friends, and especially by her husband, who loves her immeasurably and forever.
A memorial service will be held 11 AM December 21, 2018 at First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. Later in the spring, the family will hold a small burial at the family cemetery plot in Madison Ga.
The Family suggests memorials to: The Florida Museum of Natural History and The Cade Museum.

Debra Wetherington Myers

Debra Wetherington Myers 62, of Chiefland went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2018 following a lengthy illness. She was born in Muncie, Indiana. She was a long-time resident of Chiefland where she enjoyed her family, cooking, church, caring for babies, singing, helping with the family produce business, but being with her family brought her the most enjoyment in life.
She leaves behind her Husband, Glen Myers, Sons, Jamie Wetherington, Jason Wetherington, Daughters Lavada Wetherington, Tina Wetherington, three Sisters, Cynthia, Sharon and MoDanna, over 20 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Visitation will be from 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday
December 22, 2018 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a service at 12noon. There will be a reception following the service at the funeral home.

Rosemary “Bunny” Bass

Rosemary “Bunny” Bass, age 73 of Salt Springs, Florida formerly of Gainesville, Florida passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 14, 2018. Mrs. Bass was born January 16, 1945 in Orlando, Florida to Claude and Rosie Wells.
Bunny graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Florida and worked as a bookkeeper for over 40 years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, swimming in her lake, her dogs and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband Morgan Bass, daughters Bambi (Roy) Cooper and Mary Bass, sons Shaun (Tina) Tufts, Robert (Brenda) Tufts, Shannon Tufts, Britton Tufts, Sam (Roslyn) Bass, brothers John Wells and Bill Wells, 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, December 21, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Ave. Gainesville, Fl. 32641.

Howard E. Jennings

Howard Edmond Jennings, 64, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi went to be with the Lord on December 14, 2018. He was a mechanic for 30 plus years and dedicated his life to his daughter. He enjoyed deer hunting and spent as much time as he could outdoors.
Survivors include his daughter Kim Jennings-Dennis (Joey), of Graceville, FL, brothers Wes Jennings of Zachary, LA and John Jennings (Suzanne) of Vancleave, MS, 4 loving grandchildren, Alex Williams (21), Madison Dowdy (18), Dylan Williams (16), and Cole Williams (14). He shared his life with his longtime companion Paula Webb Tarver.
He was preceded in death by his son Alexander Edmond Jennings, brother Robert “Rob” E. Jennings, father James Edmond Jennings, and mother Betty James Carter Jennings.
His cremation will be held in Gainesville, FL and memorial services will be held in Vancleave, Mississippi at a later date.

Carl Timothy Thomas

Carl Timothy Thomas, 89 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Tuesday December 11, 2018. Carl was born in La Crosse, FL on September 8, 1929 to Timothy and Nettie Mae Thomas. He graduated from Alachua High School and served in the US Navy. He worked as an electronic technician for Southern Bell Telephone, retiring after 33 years. He was a member of Northwest Baptist Church and the Telephone Pioneers. Mr. Thomas enjoyed fishing, woodworking, reading, and was an avid Gators fan.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Peggy Odom Thomas, and is survived by his wife Estelle S. Thomas; daughter Terri T. (Kenny) Beach; sons Glen T. (Phyllis) Thomas and Wayne D. (Leslie) Thomas; three grandchildren Justin T. Thomas, Joel R. Thomas, and Taylor L. Beach; two great granddaughters AnnaRae and Avie Thomas.
Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Catherine O. Haguewood

Catherine O. Haguewood, 86, of Gainesville, Florida went to be with the Lord on December 9, 2018. She was born in New York City on May 18, 1932 to the late Dewey L. Flowers, Sr. and Alice Herman Flowers. She was a Registered Nurse who worked in the PICU at Shands for many years and was an active member of Alachua First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Haguewood and her two sisters, Vivian Gessner and Mary Miller.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Tony) Tomlinson and son, Bruce (Viola) Haguewood of Gainesville, Florida; grandchildren, Craig Tomlinson, Cory (Kristina) Tomlinson, Jennifer (Justin) Quillen and Lisa (Robert) Erickson; great-grandchildren, Anna and Lily Tomlinson; brothers, Freddie Flowers and D.L Flowers, Jr. as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 15th at 2:00 pm at Alachua First United Methodist Church at 14805 NW 140 ST, Alachua, FL 32616. For those who wish, contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Alachua First United Methodist Church, PO Box 668, Alachua, FL 32616.

Pamela Jean Bestic

Pamela Jean Bestic, 66, of Wilbur-by-the-Sea, Florida, passed peacefully on Thursday, December 6th, 2018, while surrounded by family. She was born Pamela Jean Remen in Clinton, Iowa on March 12th, 1952, to parents Bernice VanOfferen Remen and Earl Clayton Remen.

In her youth, Pamela enjoyed spending time outdoors, whether summering at Sackett Lake in Wisconsin, riding horses, or sailing competitively at the Hoover Yacht Club near her childhood home of Worthington, Ohio. Upon graduating from Worthington High School, she attended The Ohio State University where she attained her Pharmacy Technician Certification and subsequently went on to work in the field.

Later, as a wife, and a mother to four incredibly lucky children, Pamela excelled in the role of homemaker and nurturer, filling the home with love, laughter, and aromas from her spectacular cooking. A world class mother, sister, friend, and tireless champion of the defenseless, especially animals, Pamela left an indelible impression on all who had the good-fortune to know her and poured much of her energy into service, volunteering at Angels for Animals, an Ohio-based animal shelter and, more recently, in several capacities with The Catholic Church of Epiphany in Port Orange, Florida, among others. She is remembered admiringly by family and friends for her compassion, generosity, courage, childlike spirit and disarming sense of humor.

Pamela is preceded in death by her parents and survived by sisters Carol Remen (Port Charlotte, FL), Holly (Keith) Housman (Pisgah Forest, NC), and children Joseph (Katie)
Bestic (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL), Jacob (Mica) Bestic (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL), Jillian (Seth) Toomay (Dallas, TX), Jocelyn (John) Blakely (Columbus, OH), ex-husband Michael Bestic (Ponce Inlet, FL), as well as a covey of eight adoring grandchildren (Olivia, Owen, Tatum, Elliott Kate, Taylor, Nathan, Cora, and Gavin). She is remembered with love by longtime companion and confidant, Gordon Flood (Wilbur-by-the-Sea, FL). Private graveside service to be coordinated by family. For those who wish, please consider contributions in her memory to one of the following: Halifax Humane Society (Daytona Beach, FL) or Friends of the Marine Science Center (Ponce Inlet, FL). In lieu of flowers, written memories may be sent to 4028 Oriole Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127.

Martha Frances Ennis Groves

Martha Frances Ennis Groves, 90, of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by her family following a short illness on November 29, 2018. She was born on July 23, 1928 in Deepstep, GA to Erasmus Minor Ennis and Annie Lillian Ennis. She enjoyed gardening, nature, and loved her family.
Martha was preceded in death by the love of her life, William Stanley Groves, Sr., her parents and 11 brothers and sisters. She is survived by her children, Betsy Groves Friedman (Mike), William Stanley Groves, Jr. (Ann), and Frank Groves (Sandi), her grandchildren, Jaime Welch (Jeremy), Whitney Friedman (Jonathan Hicken), Chris Groves (Mercedes), Kim Groves, Michael Groves (Lindsey), Tracy Greimel, Nicholas Summerlin, and Stephanie Frazer (Dan), and 17 great-grandchildren, Sadie Welch, Aiden Groves, Xavier Cobb, Richard Cobb, Franchesca Cobb, Raymond Cobb, Riley Sanderson, Reagan Groves, Olivia Frazer, Nathan Frazer, Abbey Frazer, Benjamin Frazer, Lauren Frazer, Juno Summerlin, Luna Summerlin, Alec Greimel, and Anna Greimel. Also cherishing her memory are many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral & Cremation Services, a visitation for family and friends will be held 1 hour prior to service. A graveside service will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Marjorie Cooley Davis

Marjorie Cooley Davis, 85, of Gainesville, passed away November 24, 2018, with her family by her side.
She was born to the late Jack and Marjorie Cooley, Jan. 11, 1933, in Miami, Florida. She married the late Frank Davis and they moved to Williston, Florida, in 1966. She moved to Gainesville in 2012. Marjorie is survived by her bother George Cooley (Bettye), sister Sandra Hunter (Richard), five children: Gina Holder (Frank), Donald Frady (Donna Marie), Melodie Guedron (David Ramage), Amanda McElhiney (Scott), Debbie Spencer (Jack). She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Marjorie was predeceased by her loving husband in 2006.
Marjorie was a program director for Levy County government, specializing in job placement opportunities for area residents through CETA and JTPA programs. She was instrumental in helping to shape the futures of so many individuals all while providing a safe and educational environment. She was a founding member of the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, showing support of the island community. In 1997, Marjorie was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council.
At Marjorie’s request, no services will be held. The family asks that people make donations in support of Haven Hospice, in lieu of sending flowers.

Cecile “Cec” Cary Morse

Cecile “Cec” Cary Morse, 90, of Gainesville, FL, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2018. She was born March 27, 1928, in Manhattan, KS. She was a graduate of Manhattan High School and Kansas State University. Cec married her high school sweetheart, Dick Morse, in 1951. Following Dick’s service in the Air Force, they settled in Manhattan, KS to raise a family. In 1967, Dick took a job with UF and the family moved to Gainesville. Cec loved the beach, playing bridge with friends, and travel. She enjoyed a once in a lifetime trip to Paris, France with her sister, Donna. She loved to cook and was famous for her pumpkin bread.
Cec was affiliated with Kansas State University Alumni Club, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, University Women’s Club and United Methodist Women, and an active member of First United Methodist Church and Chapter FH of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold & Davida Cary, her beloved husband, Dick Morse, and siblings, Jody, Bud and Donna. Cec is survived by daughter Lisa (Mike) McCarthy, Maitland, FL; sons Scott Morse, Gainesville, and Tim Morse, Knoxville; grandson, Matthew McCarthy, Maitland.
A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First St, Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 372-8523. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Susan “Ann” Annette Southerland

Susan “Ann” Annette Southerland, age 56 of Alachua, FL., formerly of Gainesville, passed away on Saturday November 24, 2018. Ms. Southerland was born December 16, 1961 in Gainesville, FL., to James Howard Southerland and Matilda Southerland.
Ann graduated from Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL. Later, she went to work for Gainesville Police Department for about 15 years. Ann enjoyed going to St. George Island to the beach. She loved to be around her daughter and grandson. She loved them to the moon and back.
She was preceded in death by her James Howard Southerland and Matilda Southerland her parents, and is survived by her brother Jimmy (Donna) Southerland, her sister Pat (Spencer) Mann, her Daughter Abrianna Ward Southerland, and 1 grandchildren.
The viewing will be held at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, FL., on Wednesday, Nov.28,2018 from 5-7 pm and there will be a grave side service on Thursday Nov.29,2018 at 1 pm at Forest Meadows on 39th Ave. Gainesville, Fl at 1pm

Quitman Whitfield Hall

Waldo, FL – Quitman Whitfield Hall died Thursday November 22, 2018 at his residence after an extended illness. He was 91.
Mr. Hall was a lifelong resident of Waldo FL. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
He worked for Tom’s Peanut company for 34 years and was a security guard in Hague and he worked and retired from Tacachale. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to fish, hunt, garden and the gators.
He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Oscar Hall, mother Gertrude E. Hall, brothers Earl Hall, James Hall, Charles J. Hall and two great grandchildren Lance and Landon.
Survivors include his wife Allie Mae Hall of 71 years, daughters Linda Vlacos (Jerry), Virginia Hunter (James), son Charles Hall (Rebecca)
Five grandchildren – Travis Hunter, Alicia Vlacos, Kimberly Eliazer, Jaclyn Crawford and Amber Schissler
Thirteen great grandchildren – Skylar Fowler, Jessie Fowler – Gray, Jared Ashten Crawford, Jaden Crawford, Senae Crawford, Ethan Grady, Allie Grady, Jacob Grady, Ella Grady, Peter Eliazer, Savannah Schissler, Hunter Schissler, and Ashton Schissler.
Two great-great grandchildren – Jared Ashten Crawford Jr. and Nevaeh Fowler.
The viewing will be held on Tuesday the 27th from 5 and 7pm at Milam Funeral home.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 28th at 10am at the Waldo Baptist Church. The burial will be at Forest Meadows Cemetery on Hawthorne Rd. in Gainesville, FL.
Following the burial, family and friends are welcome to come to a gathering at the Hall residence at 13301 NE 140th Avenue in Waldo for refreshments.

Eva Kathleen Polk Smith

Eva Kathleen Polk Smith, age 90 of Gainesville, FL, passed away on November 14th at Ayers Health and Rehab Center in Trenton, FL, where she resided since June of 2012. She was lovingly known as “Kitty” which she nicknamed herself in her later years. She was born in Trenton, FL on April 22, 1928, the oldest child of George Clayton and Ollie Mae Polk. She graduated from Trenton High School in 1946 and married Jack Rudolph Smith in January of 1947. They were married for 58 years.
Kathleen was a devoted wife and primarily a happy homemaker as a mother of four children. She loved people and had many friends. She was known for her ‘gift of gab’ and always had a funny joke to share.
She is survived by her two sons, Howard ‘Smitty’ (Linda) Smith, Carrollton, GA and Ricky (Hollie) Smith, Melrose, FL, two daughters, Cheryl (Glenn) May, Gainesville, FL, and Jacqueline (Tony) Barber, Simpsonville, SC, eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, two sisters, Evelyn Floyd, Bell, FL and Jean Richardson of High Springs, FL. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Jack in 2005, a sister, Myrtleen Greene and a brother G.C. Polk.
Kathleen loved and served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Countryside Baptist Church in Gainesville. She and Jack loved gospel music and after Jack retired, they spent many days traveling in their motorhome. They enjoyed camping with friends and going to gospel sings.
The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the excellent care provided to “Kitty” during her residency at Ayers Health and Rehab Center. There are no words to describe the loving administration team and staff that provided such excellent care in attending to her every need. It was obvious that they loved her as much as she loved them.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held at Countryside Baptist Church 10926 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Nora Dalton

Mrs. Nora Dalton, age 97 of Newberry, passed away early Sunday morning November 11, 2018. Mrs. Dalton was born in Pavo, Georgia, on June 21, 1921. She was the eldest of 13 children. She was a retiree of the Medical Records Department at Shands. She also worked at Wilson’s Department Store and Hatcher’s Jewelry Store in Gainesville. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, fishing, and loving her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry and a member of the DORCAS by Faith Sunday School Class. Mrs. Dalton was preceded in death by her husband, Burnis H. Dalton. Survivors include daughters Susan (John) Merritt of Eustis, and Deanna ( Ronnie) Roland of Newberry; sons Bernard (Linda) Dalton of Orlando and Larry (Hilda) Dalton of Newberry; sisters Gladys Green of Quitman, Ga., and Betty Munn, Mary Vann of Hague, and Wilma Rippy of Gainesville; brothers Douglas King of Hephizibah, Ga., and Norman King of Bronson, Donald King of Hague. Nora was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Newberry 25520 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669, with a visitation one hour prior, with Pastor Jack Andrews conducting the services. Burial will follow at Newberry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice. 4200 NE 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32609; Florida Baptist Children’s Home, or to the First Baptist Church of Newberry.

Thomas “Tommy” Sanchez

The Sanchez Family are sad announce the passing of Thomas (Tommy) Sanchez from Newberry Florida. A life of love and joy true spirit of giving September 30th 1946 – November 6th 2018.

Lonald David “Lonnie” Hartwell

Lonald David “Lonnie” Hartwell went into the loving arms of his maker on Monday afternoon, November 5, 2018, following a brief illness at the age of 77. He requested an absentee ballot prior to surgery, so he could vote in the election of November 6, 2018. It was hand delivered by his wife of 20 years, Susan F Hartwell when she voted early. He worked for the US Postal Service in Gainesville, Florida and Jacksonville, Florida. He also taught at the William F Bolger Management Academy for the postal service in Potomac, Maryland, a position that brought him many pleasant memories, including its proximity to Washington DC. Lonnie was a volunteer for the Friends of the Alachua County Public Library and served as President for the Friends of the Library for one year. He was also a volunteer usher and later served as part of the head usher corps at the Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville. He and Susan were members of the SW United Methodist Church in Gainesville and the Harn Museum of Art. The most important part of his life was his family and gathering to celebrate with them. His first wife, Kathleen Hendrix Hartwell, his father Howard C. Hartwell and his mother Veda Mae Fry preceded him in death. Left with loving memories of Lonnie are his second wife, Susan Frances Kotarski Hartwell, his sister Bev (Fred) Latsko, his sons David (Libby) Hartwell and Chris (Brenda) Hartwell. Grandchildren include: Katie (Tim) Robinson, Marti (Blaine) Roberson and Copelan Hartwell, as well as great grandchildren: Hendrix and Harlynn Robinson, Rylee and Reece Roberson. Stepchildren: Wendy Worden and Erin (Rob) Kielb, and step grandchildren, Jackson, Campbell and Lucas Kielb. The family and friends are gathering for a private remembrance of this kind and wonderful man. For those who wish to honor Lonnie, a contribution in his name could be made to the Sierra Club, an organization he supported.

Barbara Louise Stringfellow

STRINGFELLOW,
BARBARA LOUISE, 63
1955 – 2018

Barbara Louise Stringfellow died on Monday, November 5, 2018, in Gainesville, Florida. She was 63. A lifelong resident of Gainesville, her parents were Fred Buford Stringfellow and Mary Graham Stringfellow. Barbara was a fifth generation descendant of pioneering early Alachua county settlers. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nancy Stringfellow Farnsworth from Tampa, Florida.

Barbara was a 1973 graduate of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and attended Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, leaving to work full time at Stringfellow Supply Company, a building materials business in Gainesville started by her grandfather, where she and her cousin, Jim Stringfellow, Jr., were vice-presidents of the company.

When Stringfellow Supply Company was purchased by Gulfeagle Supply of Tampa, Barbara stayed with the company at their Gainesville branch as senior accounts manager, retiring in 2015 to enjoy time with her husband, Carl Register, at their Lake Santa Fe home.

Barbara was an enthusiastic reader, along with interests in music, art, genealogy, cooking, environmental preservation, her cat Trippy, and traveling to Africa with her mother on photographic safaris, mostly in Kenya. She served on the Board of Directors at Haile Historic Homestead and Evergreen Cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Carl Register, and a brother, Sandy Stringfellow.

A Memorial Service will take place at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Friday, November 16, at 11:00 A.M., with refreshments inside Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Stringfellow Chapel, and the Lillycroft Room served after the service.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 N.E. First Street, Gainesville Florida, 32601, or to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida, 32606.

Ethel May (Schofield) Cooper

Ethel May (Schofield) Cooper, 97, passed peacefully on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at the E T York Hospice Care Center. Ethel was born on July 15, 1921 in Chelsea, MA to William Arthur Schofield and Dorcas Jenny (Siggins) Schofield. Her mother died when she was 18 months old and her father married Mercy Catherine (Warren) Schofield. She graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1939. Ethel married C. Charles “Curly” Cooper on June 28, 1941. They were longtime residents of Plainville, MA, moving to Gainesville, FL in 1996.
In Ethel’s lifetime she was a waitress, school lunch worker, cashier at a local general store, and for many years worked in the office of The Plainville Stock Company. She was a Girl Scout leader, member of the Plainville American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, and a member of the Plainville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school. Upon moving to Gainesville, she became a regular attendee of Trinity United Methodist Church, attending the Fishermen Sunday School class and ALERT. Ethel offered comfort and support to her friends and family, faithfully sending them cards during the good times and the bad.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, and her step-brother Howard Jacques. Surviving are her daughter Nancy Bibbo of Gainesville, her son Rick Cooper and his wife Marty of Rochester, NH, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at a later date in Plainville, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Nell F. Crider Albert

Nell F. Crider Albert died in Orlando, FL October 31, 2018 at Cornerstone Hospice after a brief stay in Florida Hospital of Orlando. She was born in Marion County, FL July 1, 1928. Her parents were Godfrey Lorenzo Crider and Edith Beatrice Sikes Crider. She was raised in Marion and Alachua counties and Micanopy, FL was considered to be home.
She graduated from P.K. Yonge High School and continued her education by attending several universities throughout the years, Auburn, Florida, Central Florida, and Wisconsin. She lived in Auburn, Alabama and Madison, Wisconsin, returning to Gainesville, Florida in 1959. She dissolved her marriage and purchased a home in Orlando. She was employed by the owner of an investment/development company. Her responsibilities were challenging and interesting, retiring after 42 years in that position. There were many memorable projects, including the negotiation and sale of the property which was used to develop Cape Canaveral, where she shared in the excitement with the employees and space crew. Another project was the Tropic Star Lodge in Panama, a popular get away vacation spot for people from many different countries.
Nell was warm hearted and caring. When she saw someone, especially children, in need she tried to share what she had with them. Her time was limited, but she spent time with the Boys/Girls Club as a “Big Sister”. She loved her family and the fun, fellowship and delicious food fests. Her hobbies included postage stamp collecting, flower gardening and arts and crafts. She was talented and could take items and transform them into exquisite art. Her family is grateful for Lester Fields who has been a loyal friend for 50 plus years. For several years Nell was a special friend to his mother who lived to celebrate her 108Th birthday. The two of them would go on outings, medical appointments, spend time sharing experiences, and enjoying each other’s friendship. Les was grateful and told Nell that because of her kindness to his mother he would be Nell’s caregiver when the need arose. He kept that promise and was a loyal, faithful, caring friend and caregiver. He was by her side to the very end when God called her to join his Band of Angels.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Royce Rudolph Crider; Brother-in-law John R. Brabham; sisters Grace Crider Rogers Thomas, Mary Crider Smith; sister-in-law Belle Preston Crider; nephews Larry W. Rogers, John Robert Brabham, Jr., Gary E. Vaughn; niece Beverly Lois Crider.
Survivors include her brother O. Lorenzo (Pat) Crider of New Bern, NC; sister Eula Crider Brabham of Starke, FL; brothers-in-law Donald L Thomas, George P Smith; nephews Preston (Ann) Crider, Jack E Rogers, Danny R (Mary Pat) Rogers, Gregory (Jill) Smith, Jerry (Alicia) Smith, Alan Smith, James R (Tina) Brabham, Joseph R (Virginia) Brabham, Jeffrey R (Sandra) Brabham; nieces Terre Thomas (Bobby) Wester, Sarah Crider (Jim) DeLaughter, Cynthia Crider (Randy) Rouse, Judy Brabham Vaughn. She leaves behind a host of great and great grand nieces and nephews, extended family members and many friends.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held graveside at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 6, 2018 at the Historic Micanopy Cemetery, with a viewing from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Helen Nigels

Helen Nigels, age 97, died on October 31 at Oak Hammock. She lived in Florida for most of her life, graduating from Clearwater High School and working in the Dunedin area with husband David Nigels in a family-owned citrus business. She was preceded in death by David and daughter Debe. Survivors include daughter Vanda O’Neill, one grand-daughter and two great-grandsons, along with her brother John Hornbuckle of Belleair Beach.
At Helen’s request there will be no service. She donated her body to the University of Florida for medical research and her brain to the UF Center for Neurodegenerative Research.
The family wishes to express its appreciation for the excellent care Helen received while residing in the Health Pavilion at Oak Hammock for the past several years.

Howard L. Long

Howard L long, retired Baptist minister, died on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Gainesville, FL. He was born August 28,1922 in Alachua County, Forest Grove area. After graduating from Alachua High School in 1940 he attended the University of Florida where he joined the ROTC program. In December 1942 he was drafted into the US Army. While in the army he received medical training in San Francisco before shipping out to Japan. He was in the 833rd Medical Detachment. Howard received his honorable discharge February 19,1946. After leaving the Army, he returned to UF and then onto seminary in Louisville, Ky, where he received his Bachelors of Arts in 1949. From 1953 until 1986 Howard was a pastor at Baptist churches in Florida. At his retirement in 1986, he was pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Gainesville FL. After retirement (a pastor never fully retires), he worked for the local Baptist Association (SFRBA) and interim work as well as chaplain at his retirement center. He married Frances Josephine Smithe on April 21, 1944 in Petersburg, Virginia. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; parents, Willie and Reuben Long; Sisters, Mildred, Catherine, Grace and Nita. Survivors include many nieces and nephews, great, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a legacy of his love for Christ, ministry and compassion. Services will be held Thursday, November 1 at 9:30am at Northwest Baptist Church, 5514 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606, with a visitation held one hour prior to service. There will be a committal service held in Florida National Cemetery with honors following the church service.

Dr. Donald F. Rothwell

Donald F. Rothwell, University of Florida Professor Emeritus of Soil and Water Sciences, died on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. Born October 21, 1920, in Brandon, Florida, Don was a native Floridian. He attended Brandon Elementary School and graduated from Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. Prior to enlisting in the Army in 1942, he was employed by the Florida Grower Press and the Seaboard Airline Railway. During World War II, Don was in both the 8th and 9th Air Forces of the Army Air Corps. Serving with the mobile 382nd Air Service Squadron as an airplane and engine electrician, he worked on P-47 fighter bomber aircraft, which included duties in England, France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. After landing on Omaha Beach as part of the D-Day offensive, his unit established the first temporary aircraft landing strip in Normandy at St. Pierre-du-Mont. Don later became a member of the D-Day Normandy Veterans of North Central Florida and attended the 60th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, a very meaningful experience for him. Recently, in May 2018, the French government presented Don with the Chevalier da la Légion d’honneur (the French Legion of Honor) for his service liberating France. After discharge in December 1945, Don entered the University of Florida (UF) on the GI Bill where he received a BS in 1948 and MS in 1951. While an undergraduate, he met the love of his life, Virginia Susan Henderson, and married her in Tampa on June 7, 1947. Don began UF employment in 1948 as an instructor in the Soil Science Department in the College of Agriculture. In an exchange program, Don earned a Ph.D in Agronomy from Purdue University in 1955 before returning to UF in a tenure track position. In 1960 Don was awarded the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS) Fellowship at the University of Tennessee–Atomic Energy Commission (UT-AEC) Agricultural Research Laboratory in Oakridge, Tennessee. There he conducted important Cold War research on the effects of nuclear radiation on agriculture and returned to Gainesville upon completion of the fellowship. In addition to instructing his own UF courses and doing research, Don coordinated Soils Department teaching activities for many years, serving as its undergraduate counselor and graduate student coordinator. His preference to teach and work with students over other aspects of academia led to a career delivering dozens of courses to more than 8,000 students. Don also advised several student organizations, including the Agronomy and Soils Club, the Alpha Zeta Honorary Society, and the Alpha Gamma Row Agricultural Fraternity of which he was Chapter Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors. In 2004, the fraternity named him “AGR Brother of the Century.” Don was Treasurer of the Florida Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, President of the Florida Chapter Society of Sigma Xi, and President of the Soil and Crop Society of Florida. He was also a member of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the International Society of Soil Science. Don became a lifetime supporter of Gator football and basketball upon enrolling at UF and belonged to the Tipoff Club for many years. He retired from the University in March 1990 as Professor Emeritus of Soil and Water Sciences following 42 years of service. Since 1947, Don was active in the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, serving on its Board of Trustees, Staff-Parrish Committee, Executive Board, and with the Methodist Men. He was also a Sunday School Superintendent and three-time President of the Cum Dubl Sunday School Class. Don was a member and Past-President of the Gainesville Civitan Club and Governor of the Florida District of Civitan International from 1967-68. He was a charter member of the Life-South Blood Center, a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, and a founder of Gainesville’s 300 Club. Always dedicated to family, Don was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Rothwell, his parents, Alfred Rothwell and Mabel Rothwell Phillips, and a brother, Alfred Doel Rothwell. Survivors include two sons and their wives, Fred and Kim Rothwell of Manhattan, Kansas and Dr. Gary and Donna Rothwell of Kathleen, Georgia; two grandsons, Jason (Ryan) Rothwell of Overland Park, Kansas, and Brent (Allison) Rothwell of Littleton, Colorado; great-granddaughters Madelyn Rothwell and Delaney Rothwell; step-granddaughter Kelli Baker and her daughters Kaylah and Kylee Baker; step-great-grandson Rhett Horne; fraternal niece Doelene Brown of the Villages, Florida; and fraternal nephew Sonny Rothwell of Leesburg, Florida. Don’s Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601.There will be a visitation Wednesday evening at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Entombment will be at Forest Meadows Central, Mausoleum Chapel, In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.

Earnest Dwight Adams

Earnest Dwight Adams was born in Carroll County, Georgia, in 1933. His parents were sharecroppers on land owned by his grandfather, Earnest Johnson; Dwight was a champion cotton picker who could pick over 200 lbs a day. After graduating from Mt. Zion High School in 1949 he enrolled at Berry College, majoring in physics and mathematics and graduating summa cum laude in 1953. Adams and his wife, Joan Gordy Adams, were married in 1953. He obtained his master’s degree in 1954 from Emory University and was drafted into the Army, serving two years at Ft. Dietrich, Maryland. In 1960 he received his doctorate degree in low temperature physics from Duke University and then conducted post-doctoral research at Stanford University. While at Stanford he invented a switch that makes MRIs possible. In 1962, he became assistant professor at the University of Florida, associate professor in 1967, and professor in 1970. One of his earliest achievements was development, with his student Gerald Straty, of a highly sensitive gauge for measuring pressure at temperatures near absolute zero (minus 460 Fahrenheit). The Straty-Adams gauge has been adopted worldwide, and several of the original gauges are now in the Smithsonian Institution. Adams and colleagues also established the International Committee on Weights and Measures standard for defining temperatures within a fraction of a degree of absolute zero. In 1985 Adams and two colleagues obtained a $2M grant from the National Science Foundation and established the Microkelvin Research Laboratory, where he was its first director and principal investigator. The laboratory is the largest ultra-low temperature laboratory in the world and only one if its kind in the U.S. and achieves temperatures far colder than any in nature. Adams spent sabbaticals at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, Nagoya University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin. He wrote over 150 scientific papers and was co-editor of two books. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1972, received the Jesse W. Beams Research Award from APS in 1978, was recognized in 1986 as Outstanding Florida Scientist by the Florida Academy of Sciences, and received the Joseph F. Keithley Award in 2005 for Advances in Measurement Science from APS. In addition to his career in physics, Adams was devoted to environmental and public interest matters. He was a state and national leader in promoting recycling, waste reduction, and energy conservation and chaired the Sierra Club’s national committee on solid wastes. As the first legislative liaison of the Florida chapter of the Sierra Club, he significantly influenced the state legislature and successfully pushed for enacting Florida’s major recycling legislation. Adams also led efforts to establish the first curbside recycling, yard waste collection, and volume-based waste collection programs in the state. He also served on the Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies Commission, providing expertise on reducing energy consumption and wastes. Adams’ other primary environmental interest was land use planning and development. He successfully fought intensive development along the Suwannee River, for which he received the Land Conservationist of the Year award from the Florida and National Wildlife Federations in 1990, and he pushed for stronger environmental protections throughout the state through his work on the Sierra Club’s Legislative Advisory Committee. Adams was extensively involved in the development of local comprehensive land use plans for over twenty years and served on numerous advisory committees to the Gainesville and Alachua County governments. He spearheaded successful efforts to encourage responsible development throughout Alachua County by, for example, preventing the construction of a beltway highway around Gainesville. Adams penned numerous guest editorials and was a frequent speaker in the media regarding public-interest issues. From the Sierra Club, Adams received numerous awards including the Florida Chapter Medal (2012), national Special Service Award (2013), and, with his wife Joan, the Florida Chapter Oak Leaf Award (1986). He was a founding member of the Alachua Conservation Trust and received their award in 2004 for contributions to land conservation in Alachua County and throughout the state. He is preceded in death by parents Lewis and Lois Adams, sister Dorothy Driver, and brothers Dumah Adams and Weems Adams. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Joan Adams; sons Lowell Patrick Adams (Cathy Wilson), Darrell Adams (Kelly Moore), and Douglas Adams (Amando Navar); granddaughter Anna Adams; sister Clarice Cole; and brothers Dayton Adams (Mary Ann Adams) and Idus Adams. There will be a private service at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity in memory of Dwight.

Gene Luther Elliott

Gene Luther Elliott, of Newberry, FL, passed away October 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in McMechen, WV, on August 23, 1929 to the Luther Lee Elliott and Olive Rebecca (Logston) Elliott. Gene graduated from Union High in Benwood, WV and then proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War: stationed on both the USS Currier and the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Among other medals, he received the Good Conduct Medal. Gene attended West Virginia University after the Navy and was a lifelong WVU fan.
While attending WVU, he met and married Carolyn Jane Harvey on July 20, 1957. They lived in Glen Dale, West Virginia, where he worked for the Kammer and the Mitchell Power plants, followed by the Consolidation Coal Company as a chemist. Gene was very active in the Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader for Troop 82 in Glen Dale, WV, a troop which exists to this day. He received a number of awards from the Boy Scouts, including the Silver Beaver Award for 25 years of service to the Scouts. Gene’s brush with fame came when he and two friends started a band, Brad and the C Notes, to back up a then very young Brad Paisley. The men knew he would be a star and wanted to help in whatever way they could. Brad and the C Notes played local gigs and even went as far as Bridgewater, CT, before Brad left for college and later became the star the C Notes knew he would be. Gene was always very proud of Brad’s success, and the small role he played it in. After retiring from the Coal Company, he and Carolyn moved to Newberry, FL in 1991, where Gene remained very active in the community. He is a long time member of the Newberry United Methodist Church, where he has served as a Trustee, on the church board, and as the unofficial maintenance man for many years. He was also a member of the Newberry Lions Club and was voted Lion of the Year. He was still a member of both the Church and the Lions at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Harvey Elliott, two children, Melinda J. Elliott of Reisterstown, Maryland, and Richard H. Elliott of Martinez, California, and 4 grandchildren, Heather N. Cassano of West Newton, Massachusetts, Brian E. Cassano of Randallstown, Maryland, Alexandra A. Elliott of Oakland, California, and Sophia Holtz of Los Angeles, California. He also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and other family members. He is predeceased by his parents, Luther and Olive Elliott, and his sisters, Rosetta McMahon and Gladys Brandon. Two memorial services will be held with visitation one hour prior to each service: Friday October 26 at 4:00 PM at Newberry United Methodist Church at 24845 W. Newberry Rd in Newberry, FL 32669, and Thursday November 1 at 11:00 AM at Altmeyer Funeral Home’s Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel 118 Grant Ave in Moundsville, WV 26041. Burial will follow the Moundsville service at Halcyon Hills Memorial Park in Sherrard, WV. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Elliott’s honor to either Newberry UMC at the above address, or to Autism Speaks at https://act.autismspeaks.org.

Linda Sue Weaver Day

Linda Day was a multi-talented woman full of compassion with great artistic talents as a photographer, illustrator, artist, teacher, author and leader in the community. She always went the extra mile’ to share her talents or her love. She will be missed by many. A wife and mother of 8, she was known as “Grandma” performing at schools, festivals and book fairs. She was an author, artist, professional storyteller, teacher of art and drama, a speaker on early childhood, workshop leader, owner and director of an early childhood center, professional photographer, florist, caterer, wedding planner and councilor. Linda found joy in serving with her husband four missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Muncie, Indiana. She assisted in her parent’s photography studio as a child and became a heritage in the field of photography. She is the daughter of Marguerite Burkey and Eugene Weaver. She is survived by seven children, MyLinda Sue Butterworth, Angela Brenda Longo, JoAnn Elizabeth McBee, David Owen Day, Michael Aaron Day, William Kenneth Day, Michael Todd Day. There are 19 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Crest Lawn Cemetery, Cookeville, TN on October 19, 2018. She will rest beside her sweetheart of 65 years at Crest Lawn Cemetery, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Lula Mae Beauchamp Wilson

Lou’s valiant 7+ year battle with Alzheimer’s came to an end on October 12, 2018. She passed in peace with her entire family’s affection fresh upon her spirit.
Born to Cecil L. & Vernia Peacock Beauchamp on Sep 22, 1936, Lou grew up in Suwannee Gables (Old Town), Florida, graduating from Dixie County High School in 1954.
She was married to Marcus Ferrell Wilson on July 4, 1954, in Cross City, and the young couple moved to Gainesville in 1956 where they raised their family and resided the remainder of their lives. Ferrell predeceased her in 1990.
Lou is survived by her four children:
Karon K. Mixson (Johnny), Trish A. Ward (Billy), Johnny R. Wilson (Susan), and Connie K. Hicks (Treavor); seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She has been endlessly devoted and delighted with each of them.
She has shared an unwavering and loving bond with her siblings, Maxie D. Beauchamp of Chiefland and Cecile (Ceal) H. Stemple of Cross City, who bid their sister a most fond and reluctant adieu.
Lou is widely renowned for her kindness and bondless geniality, qualities she shared through her work at Reitz Union, Morrison’s, and Ward’s Supermarket, whose patrons and coworkers have universally missed her good company these many years.
God bless you Lula Mae, and Godspeed to your well-deserved place in Heaven.
Funeral services will be held at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry on Sat. Oct. 20, 2018 at 11:00am, with a visitation held just prior to services from 10-11. Interment will take place in the Cross City Cemetery.

George Wesley Harrell

George Wesley Harrell (age 71) resident of both Gainesville, FL, and Grimesland, NC, passed
away on October 8, 2018 in Gainesville, FL.
George was born on June 5, 1947 in Dade City, FL to Winston Harrell and Oris Holton Harrell.
He was a huge Gator fan having earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering, his masters in
business administration, and his PhD in higher education from the University of Florida. He
worked for Eastern Airlines, University of Florida, East Carolina University, and the University
System of North Carolina.
He had many hobbies that included diving, sailing, cruising, cooking, music, and of course
Florida football.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years Andrea Maxine. He is survived by his son
Wesley Harrell and his daughter Jennifer Harrell.

Patricia Carol Ahrens English

Patricia “Pat” Carol Ahrens English, age 76, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday October 6, 2018 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL. Pat was born in Gainesville on January 12, 1942 to George and Norma Grimsley Ahrens.
Pat graduated from GHS and worked as a title clerk for the Shawn Keeter Ford, at the credit union at Sunland, and then co-owned the Shell gas station on Williston Road and I-75 with her husband. Longtime member of the Elks Lodge 990, and was a social butterfly, loving wife, and devoted mother and grandmother.
Preceded in death by her husband of 41 years L.T. “Les” English, and she is survived by her daughter Deborah English, sons Rick (Connie) English and Scott (Patty) English, sister Betty Ahrens Benson, seven grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 12424 NW 77th Drive Alachua, FL 32615. The family will receive guests beginning at 4pm, Happy Hour to follow. If sending flowers please have them sent the day of the celebration to the address above. If you would like to donate in lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Gordon A. Bennett

Gordon A. Bennett, 84, of Gainesville, passed away on October 1, 2018. Gordon was raised in Daytona Beach and lived there until 1968. He was a brick mason, went into the garbage business for 25 years in Daytona and in Gainesville, then later was an automobile salesman for many years. He enjoyed antique cars and auto racing, and served on several municipal boards. He was preceded in death by wife Barbara Morgan Bennett in 1984. He is survived by sons Gordie, of Earleton, FL, Mark (Sandy) of Gainesville, and Clay (Gloria) of Dawsonville, Georgia; his daughter, Shannon (Mike) McCracken of Avon Park; 10 grandchildren and one great grandson. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m Friday, October 5, 2018 at Gainesville Church of God 7003 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, , FL 32606, with a visitation one hour prior. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund.

Sidney A. Martin

Sidney A. Martin, 77, of Newberry died on September 23, 2018 following his battle with Angiosarcoma Cancer for the past year and half. He was born on the Family Farm in Newberry on August 20, 1941. Mr. Martin was a Counter Salesman for Electrical Contractors, Ace Englewood Electric, for 41 years. He enjoyed farming with his father over the years and fishing as well.
He is survived by his wife, Dorris Cain Martin, his son, Alan Martin, a stepson, Danny Land, brothers Chuck Martin and Riley Martin, his sisters, Carroll Mixon and Nancy Rogers, 2 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren. Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Susie Beauchamp Martin, his 2 brothers, Terry and Darrell Martin, and a step-son, Dwayne Land.
The family is requesting no flowers or food. The family is very grateful to the compassionate medical care given by Dr. Pamela Ritter-Wiggs, ARNP and Dr. William Mendenhall of UF Health.
A visitation will be on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church of Newberry and the funeral service will begin at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Travis Moody and Pastor Andy Cook officiating. Burial will be private.

John R. Wurts

John R. Wurts passed away on Thursday 9/20/2018. He was born on March 4, 1975 at Alachua General Hospital and raised in Gainesville, FL. He was a graduate of Buchholz High School and attended Santa Fe College. He is survived by his parents Beverly and Larry Wurts of Alachua, his wife Kathy Wurts of Alachua, his daughter Katie Wurts who will graduate from Newberry High School’s Criminal Justice program this year, his son Matthew who is a sophomore in Santa Fe High School’s Biotechnologies program, his brother and sister in law Vance and Lori Wurts of Jacksonville, Fl and their children Elise, Ivy, Judah, and Vera Wurts, and his brother from another mother Justin Davis of Bradenton, FL.
Memorial Service will be held at Covenant Church 3115 NW 16th Avenue Gainesville, FL at 6pm on Tuesday 9/25/2018. John will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request donations be made to the Humane Society of Gainesville in his name. John was an animal lover who also considered his dogs and cats to be his children as well.

Dr. Carol Douglass Blalock, Ph.D.

Carol Douglass Blalock, Ph.D. died at her home in Gainesville on Monday, September 17, 2018 after a prolonged illness. She was 73 years old.
Dr. Carol Blalock was born near Buffalo, N.Y. on December 25, 1944, to Alan and MaryLou Douglass. When she was four, the family moved to the Chicago area where she attended public schools until graduation from Lyons Township High School. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in education and moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1968 where she taught in the public schools until entering the University of Florida’s graduate program in counselor education. She earned the Master’s and Specialist degrees. She then enrolled in UF’s Ph.D. program focusing on educational psychology. After graduation and licensure as a school psychologist she served the children of Marion County for some twenty years. She retired in 2008 and spent time traveling with Tony, her husband of 42 years, visiting children and enjoying the company of friends. She remained active until a few days before her death.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. H. Anthony “Tony” Blalock, daughters Jeanne Blalock of Jacksonville, Tricia Blalock Hoffine (Paul) of Orlando, Elizabeth Blalock Bartell (Rodney) of Lancaster, SC, nine grandchildren and sisters MaeBeth Waughtal and Jean Holzer.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday October 20, 2018 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, friends are requested to make a contribution in her memory to the Wounded Warrior Project: www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate

Mary Lou Holdeman Griebel

Mary Lou Holdeman Griebel passed away on September 12, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. She was 75. Mary Lou was born December 10, 1942 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Richard and Lillian Holdeman. She grew up in South Bend, Indiana and received a BS from Iowa State University. She spent most of her life in Lee County, Florida. Mary Lou was very active in her community and a long time member of Beta Sigma Phi. She taught youth sailing classes as well as YMCA softball. She loved the outdoors, hiking and camping, canoeing, bowling, ceramics, tennis, water skiing and especially loved traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Lou will be remembered for being the devoted mother of two sons as well as a proud grandparent who never missed a birthday and for her generosity towards her children’s friends who many considered a second mother. And for her giggling when one was fortunate to get her started.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Lillian Estrella Scheib Holdeman and Richard Wendell Holdeman, and by her longtime partner Lloyd Whitener. She is survived by her two sons Dean (Teresa) Griebel and Wes (Denise) Griebel, her brothers Dick Holdeman and John Holdeman, grandchildren Jefferson, Weston and Haley.
Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers and for those who wish, please make a donation in Mary Lou’s name to the MSA research fund at multiplesystematrophy.org/research.

Patricia June Koehler

Patricia “Pat” June Koehler, 71 of Chiefland, FL passed away on Tuesday September 11, 2018. Pat was born November 13, 1946 in Effingham, Illinois to Ralph Coble and Thelma Shipley Coble. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, sewing/crafts, and caring for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Nancy Tatman. She is survived by her daughters Teri Hanley of Orange Park, FL, and Karen I (Grady) Mills of Chiefland, sisters Belva Drennan and Norma Coble, and her grandchildren Felicia Hanley, Tevin Mills, and Savannah Mills.
Services will be held privately, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.

Charles Steadman Sanford, Jr.

Charles Steadman Sanford, Jr. died September 4, 2018 at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He was the son of Charles and Ann Lawrence Sanford, and grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia and the Warton School of Business. After receiving a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvannia, Mr. Sanford joined Bankers Trust as a lending officer in 1961, was promoted to president in 1983 and was promoted to chaiman and CEO in 1987, posisitinos he held until he retired in 1997.
Mr. Sanford was widely regarded as one of the most influential bankers of his time. During his career, he engineered the transformation of Bankers Trust from a struggling, full-service bank into a tightly-focused, high innovated bank that achieved higher returns for its shareholders than any of its commercial banking peers. During his career and continuing into his retirement, Mr. Sanford served as a director on several large corporations, including Mobil Corporation, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Constellation Energy Group, J.C. Penny Company, and General Re-Corporation.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary McRitchie Sanford, two children, Ann Whitney Sanford (Kevin Veach) of Gainesville, FL and Charles S. Sanford, III (Sarah Lang Sanford) of Amherst, MA and four grandchildren: Henry Lang Sanford, William Stark Sanford, Peter Erickson Sandford and Yushi Helen Sanford all of Amherst, Mass and his brother, Shelton Palmer Sanford (Marney) and niece Catherine Grant (Scott) of Savannah, GA. Charlie enjoyed playing handball, tennis, and squash, and going to and listening to opera. Most of all he loved and valued his family.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care Charlie received while in Ashton Place and Skilled Nursing at Oak Hammock. The dedicated care he received was wonderful. A family service will be held at a later date. Charlie will be buried at Bonadventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga.

Brenda N. Hale

Brenda N. Hale of Newberry passed away on September 16, 2018. She was born in Gainesville on October 20, 1944 to Bertie and Johnny Nobles.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bertie and Johnny Nobles, her sisters Thelma Holt and Anne Nobles, her brother John Nobles.
She is survived by her soulmate, Gary Plummer of Newberry, her children Arnold Hughes Jr. (Charlene) of Newberry, Karen Davis (Abe) of Jacksonville, Buddy Hughes (Jennifer), Marty Hughes (Debra), and Gary Hale II also of Newberry, 16 grandchildren, and 33 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Life will be held at Bronson Road Church on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 12 pm 13830 NW 80th Avenue Newberry, FL.

Phillip Stephen Witeka

PHILLIP STEPHEN WITEKA, age 69 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday September 16, 2018. Phil was born in St. Louis, MO on June 18, 1949.
Phil was raised in Palatka, FL. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1972. He received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Sanford University in 1978, where he was a member of The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi. He served as an Assistant District Attorney with the 23rd Judicial Court in Birmingham, Alabama. He moved back to Gainesville in the early 1980’s working with a law firm until establishing his own private practice, The Law Office of Phil Witeka. Phil was an avid Gators Fan and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading. He enjoyed his last Florida Gator football game on tv with family, and they won!
He was preceded in death by his father Bertram Bekemeyer, a brother Jimmy Bekemeyer and a son William Womble. He is survived by his loving wife Robin Witeka, sons Kevin (Tori) Dennison, and Johnny Womble, his mother Irene Bekemeyer, sisters Carmen (Willie) Blocker and Karen (Doug) Crede, seven grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Phil was a friend to many, and there are many whom he considered family. One of his nieces said it best, “he didn’t know blood (relatives by blood), family was family.”
There are many recipients of his love and friendship. His willingness to help people any way he could will surely be missed by his friends and family. Phil truly leaves a void in our lives we can only fill with memories and appreciation of having the privilege of knowing him. We would like to thank his medical team, caretakers, and friends that were there to assist during his illness.

Pamela Page Franklin

Pamela “Pam” Page Franklin passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018. She was 68 years old. Mrs. Franklin was born in Gainesville, Florida on April 12, 1950 to G.K. Page and Reatha Scott Page. Pam was active in the community from an early age, and was the first female safety patrol captain in 1961. She graduated from Gainesville High School and went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Florida. Pam was a loving wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother and loyal friend. To know her was to love her and she was well known for being loving, compassionate, humble and non-judgmental. Her hobbies included playing the piano, playing tennis and ballet. Pam loved to travel with her husband and was especially fond of visiting North Carolina, the Western U.S., and family ski trips. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was looking forward to meeting her son’s daughter, Madelyn, who is due to arrive this Thanksgiving. While her husband was in law school, she worked at Burger King for a financial executive at the corporate level in Miami. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Junior League of Gainesville, the Pacemakers, Skippers, and the No-Name Club. Pam was an officer on multiple boards, including Oak Hall School Board of Directors and Gainesville Country Club Homeowner’s Association. She took special care of loved ones and was publicly recognized as a caregiver in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Grace and Ben O. Franklin, Jr, and she is survived by her loving husband of 46 years Benjamin O. Franklin, III, daughter Lindsey F. Johnson, son Benjamin O. (Sarah) Franklin, IV, grandchildren Harper Kate Johnson and Colbie Johnson, brother Randall (Timmie Sue) Page and their children, Natalie Scott and Jeffery Page. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653. Interment will be in Micanopy Historic Cemetery. For those who wish, donations can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

Paul Ray Varnes

Paul Ray Varnes (age 84) was born June 12, 1934 at home in Monteocha, Florida to Julia Anderson Varnes and Harley Ozias Varnes. Paul died September 7, 2018 of injuries sustained in an August 28 traffic accident. A 1952 graduate of Waldo High School, Paul was an eighth generation Floridian, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management in the College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida. He is also the author to two novels pertaining to the history of Florida: Confederate Money based on Florida’s involvement in the Civil War and Black Creek based on the Florida Seminole Indian Wars. Both novels rely heavily on the Varnes’ family history as documented from military, governmental and other verifiable sources as well as family antidotes. Paul (RA24650058) received a number of military commendations for his service in the US Army during the Korean War including the combat infantry badge, the bronze star with a “V” device for valor, and 2 purple hearts. His injuries were sustained during the last battle for Pork Chop Hill, July 9 and 10, 1953. After returning to the states, Paul spent the remainder of his military service at Fort Benning Georgia and Fort Lewis Washington. He was honorably discharged from service on September 8, 1956. Paul returned to Gainesville and along with numerous other veterans’ families lived in Flavet (Florida Veterans) Village while studying at the University of Florida. He earned bachelor (1960) and master (1961) degrees in Physical Education with a minor in math. His first teaching job was at Pensacola (Florida) High School (PHS) where he was also a highly successful track and field coach. After two years at PHS he returned to UF to pursue his doctorate of education (College of Education, 1967) while working as a graduate assistant in the Intramural Department (precursor to the current Division of Recreational Sports). Although he had a number of offers of employment in higher education upon completion of his doctorate, he had strong roots in Alachua County and wanted to remain close to home. Just before completing his doctorate, he received an Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title III federal grant to provide physical education/fitness programs to a five county area with demonstration schools based in Marion County. The Title III grant provided the foundation for highly successful, award winning physical education programs across the five counties. In 1968 Paul was recruited back to UF and the College of Physical Education, Health and Recreation (now the College of Health and Human Performance) as Chairman of the Department of Intramurals. With the reorganization of the College in 1976 the newly named Department of Recreation included the professional preparation curriculum as well as the Intramural program. Paul was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Lake Wauberg Outdoor Recreational area overseeing the construction of new structures on the north end. Early in the 1980’s the Wauberg South Recreational area was opened. In addition to his impact on a number of recreational facilities on the UF campus, Paul was a driving force working with the UF’s Student Government leadership to secure funding for the O’Connell Center. Paul retired from the department and UF in 1996, after 28 years serving as department chair. In addition to his involvement in the University community, he was a member of numerous county and city committees and councils, including the Tourism Development Committee (TDC). Paul was also a nationally and internationally recognized leader in his profession, receiving numerous honors and awards. Having grown up in rural Alachua County, Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman. One of his greatest joys since his retirement was passing those skills on to other family members especially his grandsons. The youngest of five, Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey O. Varnes, and two sisters Lorene Breeden and Constance (Connie) Lucius. Another sister, Sybil Haveard resides in Gainesville, FL. Paul is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Jill (Tutton) Wilson Varnes, his five children Paula Varnes Fussell (Greg) and Patricia Varnes (Walt Spelman) of Gainesville, James Wilson (Casey), and Jennifer Wilson Carlstedt (Ed) of Tampa, and Julia Rae Varnes (Ed Arp) of Gainesville; one granddaughter (Ella) and 11 grandsons (Brendan, Nick B., Alex, Wilson, Nick C., Chance, Justice, Austin, Palmer, Grayson, and Bryan); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the Varnes’ Family requests that donors support the charity of their choice and/or the University of Florida’s College of Health & Human Performance (HHP). To support HHP, please send donations to The University of Florida Foundation, P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604. Checks should be written to the University of Florida Foundation and include “In Memory of Dr. Paul R. Varnes” in the memo section. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:32 PM at the Florida Gym, 1864 Stadium Road on the University of Florida campus. Family will begin receiving visitors at 2:00 PM. Everyone is asked to wear their favorite orange and blue attire.

Cynthia Askren Davis

Cynthia “Cynde” Askren Davis died peacefully at her home in Gainesville, FL on September 4, 2018 surrounded by her family as she had wished. She is preceded in death by her parents Herman Greer Askren and Beverly Marie Lariviere, and by her son Matthew J. S. Peck. She is survived by her husband Jeffrey Brooks Davis and children Emory Stewart Davis, Benjamin Sevigny Davis, Joel Brooks Davis, and Alan Tracy Davis. She is also survived by her sister Deborah Greer Askren and brother-in-law Riccardo Cavallino, her half-brother Charles Greer Askren and sister-in-law Grace Feeny her half-sister Marcia Jennings, her grandchildren Holly Davis, Greta Davis, Lyra Davis, and Emilia Davis. Cynthia had an active and varied professional career that touched many peoples lives. She was a Family Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who earned her Associates Degree from Sante Fe College and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Florida. She worked in a variety of public and private settings including Haven Hospice, ACORN Clinic, private practices, UF Health/Shands and the VA. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Any patient of hers was quite fortunate as she exemplified what the role of a health care provider should be. She always was sensitive to the patient as a person and proactively sought ways to ensure people received the meaningful care and services they needed. She was a passionate gardener, cook, art and all things natural. With the help of her family, friends, and medical personnel she was able to make it to the milestones she so hoped to see with her children. Special thanks go to Jan Moreb, MD, Danielle Pana, MD, Tara Ezell, MD, Parker Gibbs, MD and Robert Decker, MD., the entire staff of the UF Bone Marrow Outpatient Clinic, Chris Fuller, Pharm D, and the entire pharmacy staff at the Publix Exchange. Services were held privately, in keeping with her wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (https://tribute.themmrf.org/CynthiaADavis).

Norma Lee Sheffield Woeller

Norma Lee Sheffield Woeller passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 2, 2018 following a tragic accident.
Mrs. Woeller, Norma, as she was called by her friends, was born on October 13, 1968 in Tacoma Washington. She moved to Florida with her family as a child and graduated from Bronson High School in 1987. In her professional life, Norma was the Business Manager of Woeller Construction which she proudly ran with her husband, Richie. She had previously worked over 20 years for Nationwide. In her personal life, Norma was a loving wife, amazing Mother, wonderful sister and devoted friend to all who knew her. Norma was a beautiful person inside and out; She had the ability to see the best in everyone and her bright smile exuded her never-faltering joy for life. If you were her friend, she made your life better. She loved the beach and the ocean. She always enjoyed visiting with friends and spending time with family. Norma was the epitome of someone who always gave of herself and shared her very best the world. She was incredibly proud of her husband and daughters and would always glow as she shared about their lives. Norma was a bright light in a sometimes dark world. Even though that light is gone, Norma’s infectious laugh, kind heart and devotion to family remains with us forever. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Richard “Richie” Woeller; Daughters Kellie M. Woeller (fiance’ William Guy) and Mary C. Woeller; her parents Delma & Earlean Sheffield; Siblings Lori S. Lott (John), Kenneth Sheffield (Charlene), and Melvin Sheffield (Lisa). She was preceded in death by her grandparents Bob & Melvina Stephens.

Stephen C. Riley

Stephen C. “Steve” Riley, age 79 of Gainesville, FL passed away Friday August 31, 2018 at the E T York Hospice Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. Steve was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 2, 1939 to Charles C. Riley and Louise F. Riley. Steve served in the U.S. Army for three years, from May 27, 1958- April 14, 1961, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, and received badges as a Sharpshooter with the M-1 rifle and Expert with the carbine rifle. Steve attended college, and later received a degree in Small Engine Repair. He worked for Storter Printing Company, and Beechler’s Printing, retiring as the Bindery Foreman. He enjoyed bowling and loved to collect memorabilia and cards. He was a catholic and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and the Moose Bowling League. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law Roy M. Tillis, cousin Hebron Self, brothers Jim, Bob, and Burney Riley, and brother-in-law Malcolm Tillis. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Maryann Tillis Riley, his children Sheri Sheehan, Glen Sapp, Damian Riley, and Stacie Riley, grandchildren Ashley Sapp, Kristina Sapp, and Rachel Sheehan, brother Terry Riley, sister Marcia Clift, brother-in-law Richard Tillis and sister-in-law Dale Tillis, Hazel Self and family, and many other loving relatives.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday September 5, 2018 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel with military honors. Interment will be at a later date.

Ruby Mae Culler Mincey

Ruby Mae Culler Mincey 83 years old of High Springs, Florida passed away on August 29th 2018 at Shands hospital in Gainesville Florida due to natural causes. Born December 13, 1934 at home on the mountain in Yukon, West Virginia to Homer Culler and Virgie Nipper Culler. Ruby lived at 4161 11th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Fl for 40 years before she retired to High Springs Florida to live near her children and grandchildren. She was employed at Motorola for over twenty years as a Technology Supervisor. She was also an avid Avon sales woman for all of the Motorola employees. Ruby was a devoted and loving mother of four boys and a loving grandmother to seven grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Ruby is preceded in death by her mother Virgie Culler, father Homer Culler, sons Stephan Otis Mincey, Michael Bruce Mincey, Wilburn Darrell Mincey and her sisters Shirley Newman and Mary Salvino. Ruby is Survived by her eldest son Allan E. Mincey Sr. (Susan Mincey) and grandchildren Allan E. Mincey Jr., Sabrina Meumann (Wolfgang Meuman), Michael Mincey (Romina Mincey), Albert Mincey, Darrell Mincey (Helen Mincey), Brandon Mincey (Jamie Mincey), Danielle Jefferson (Richard Jefferson) Her sister Harriet Iona White. Memorial Services will be held Saturday September 8, 2018 at the Church of God in High Springs, Florida at 1pm. Reception at the church to immediately follow.

Susan Marie Eagle Fairchild Morris

Susan Marie Eagle Fairchild Morris Davis, 47, of Gainesville, Florida passed away peacefully on August 23, 2018 after a long-term illness. A lifelong resident of Gainesville, Susan attended Buchholz High School and was employed in the office of Dr. Mitchel Fearing in Alachua. Previously, she worked for many years in the local radio industry, most recently with Sunshine Broadcasting and the MARC Radio Group. Laughter, love and creativity are a few of the many qualities she offered to all who knew her. She was a true artist at heart, happiest when crafting and sharing her unique gifts with the world. She is survived by her most treasured creations, her children, Jake Spencer Davis, Taylor Renee Frey, and Kaytlin Marie Morris, who are eternally grateful for the continued support and compassion from their family, friends, and community. She is also survived by her partner, Robert Battaglia, her parents, Patricia and Gary Fairchild, her sisters Holly Fairchild and Lindsay Fairchild, her brother, Shannon Fairchild, her uncles, Robert (Lisa) Jones and Steve (Carol) Jones, her aunts, Susan (Dan) Fox, Meg (Dante) Capurro, and Mauri (Sandy) Wilson, her nine cousins and her many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Rosemary and John Spencer Jones. May she be remembered for her radiance, and recognized in the beauty of wild flowers, honey bees, and humming birds. If you wish, please consider making a donation in Susan’s memory to the E.T. York Haven Hospice Center, Gainesville, Florida. Her family wishes to thank the Haven Hospice staff for their kindness, care and support. No public service is planned. Please honor Susan’s life in a manner meaningful to you.

Daniel Charles Dale, Sr.

Daniel (Dan) Charles Dale Sr, Age 82 passed away peacefully August 13th 2018 at home with family in Gainesville. Dan was born in Opa Locka Florida on May 6th 1936. He attended Edison High School where he met and then married his high school sweetheart, Lorena Elizabeth Nix (Betty). Relocating to Gainesville in 1962, Dan and Betty raised three sons, Chuck, Monty and Rick and thoroughly enjoyed two grandsons, Brett and Tyler. Dan and Betty celebrated over 62 years of marriage. Dan retired from the Bell system with 34 years of service after which he finished his work career at Gainesville Regional Utilities. While his hobbies were few Dan spent his spare time with family, at his son’s ball games and coaching local kid’s baseball teams. Dan was preceded in death by his son Chuck in 2002 (ALS). Dan is survived by his loving wife Betty, two sons Monty and Rick, two grandsons Brett and Tyler and sisters Diane and Judy and their loving families. Memorial services for Dan will be held at Celebration United Methodist Church, 9501 SW Archer RD. Gainesville, Fl 32608, August 25th at 11:30 am. Following the service a gathering to meet with family will be held at the church. Services will be officiated by Rev. Melissa Pisco. If considering memorial remembrance please take time to enjoy your grandchildren, children and family. Dan would also like for those attending to come in comfortable and casual attire. Thank you to Haven Hospice.

Sarah Lois Gregg

Sarah Lois Gregg, our mother, violinist, teacher of music, and friend to many, died peacefully on August 11th, 2018 just shy of her 96th birthday. She was born on September 8th, 1922 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Charles Abner Macomber and Ethel May Peckham, and was the youngest of four children in this stalwart New England family whose lineage traces back to Colonial America. Pre-deceased by her husband, Professor James H. Gregg, and her siblings, she is survived by a son Austin Gregg, daughter Cynthia Gregg, sister-in-law Janice Gregg, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Many interesting things about her life are noted in memoirs she penned some years ago. Fall River, situated on the steep banks of the Taunton River, was a prosperous textile mill town during her formative years in the early twentieth century. Sarah attended public schools beginning with primary education at the Spencer Borden School, then progressing to James Madison Morton Junior High School, to which she walked “rain, shine, snow, or sleet.” On June 28th, 1940 she graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School, where she excelled at German and was a member of the Camera Club.
During her youth she spent many an idyllic summer on the Atlantic coast at Westport Harbor, where generations of her family had farmed the land. This early part of her life was also punctuated by annual steamship excursions to New York City, where in 1935 Sarah, with her sister Virginia, had their photograph taken on the yet to be opened George Washington Bridge – one sister standing in New Jersey, the other in New York.
She attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, graduating in 1944 with a degree in German Studies but also achieving a minor in music, having studied with the renown violinist Ottokar Cadek. It was at college that Sarah met her husband to be, Jim Gregg. After graduating she travelled home to Fall River, but returned to Alabama early in 1945, marrying Jim on January 7th. They remained together for 52 years until his passing in 1997.
With her husband serving an infantryman in the European Theater of Operations, Sarah found employment at the War Department in Washington, D.C. as a Cryptanalytic Aide in the Army Security Agency. There she worked in the Japanese Attaché Section deciphering coded messages by programming IBM computers. In May of 1946 Jim returned from the war and matriculated at Princeton University. There Sarah worked as a librarian, dividing her time between the Physics Library at Fine Hall, and the Chemistry Library in the Frick Laboratory. In 1948 Jim took a post-doctoral position in Chicago, and Sarah found employment in the Research Department of the National Safety Council. Another post-doctoral engagement led to Vanderbilt University, and Sarah became the secretary of the Physics Department. Moving on from Nashville she arrived at Gainesville, Florida in September, 1951, where Jim had accepted a faculty position in the Department of Zoology.
She loved the out of doors, plants, flowers, nature, and the local artesian springs. Over the course of 59 years she landscaped her large yard with an intricate series of pathways interspersed with gardens filled with many different plant species, including locally rare wakerobin rescued from a development. She shared plants and lots of Satsuma oranges with many folks.
Of all her interests Sarah Gregg will likely be most remembered for her involvement with the violin. She learned to play at an early age after discovering her brother Bob’s violin in the attic of their Fall River home. Lessons began with one Mr. Shoob, and continued on with others into college. She was a first violinist at Morton Jr. High, and later played in the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. Sarah was a member of the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra for many years, and a frequent participant in the Brevard (N.C.) Music Camp where she served also as the music librarian. Chamber music created with good friends memorably resonated through her home. She tirelessly taught violin, viola, and cello to countless children in the Gainesville community. An adherent of the Suzuki method Sarah began by giving private lessons, then extended her skills to teach string class to students at Brentwood School, then Westwood, and Ft. Clarke Middle Schools. A woman of much compassion, she made it a point to bring her string classes to perform at local retirement homes.
Later in life she engaged in charity knitting, gathering weekly with a group of cherished friends at a local yarn shop. She created many mitts and hats that were donated to recipients at the VA Hospital and other organizations in need.
Sarah’s vivacious spirit, generosity, and strength of character will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers please consider a gift in her name to the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. A private celebration of her life will be planned for the near future. The family can be contacted at violin222@yahoo.com

Clare Maria Noble

Clare Maria Noble passed away at the age of 58 on July 27. She was born on April 7, 1960 in Fort Myers and is preceded in death by her parents Philip and Audrey Noble and a younger sister Stephanie Noble. A long- time resident of Alachua, Clare graduated from University of Florida and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega.
She retired as a deputy from the Alachua County Sheriff’s department after 30 years of service. Early in her career she was also a member of the Dive Rescue Team and led the Honor Guard. Her public service also included employment with Alachua County Fire Rescue and Alachua Police Department.
Clare was an avid animal lover. She owned and cared for horses, goats, cats and dogs most of which were rescued and each one uniquely special to her. She had a heart of gold for those in need and contributed not only financially but volunteered endless numbers of hours to humanitarian and animal charities. She leaves behind many cousins, other family members, and dear friends.
Memorial services will be held at the Milam’s Funeral Home Chapel located at 22405 W. Newberry Road on August 25 at 1000 AM. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish to contribute, donations may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society or Our Mims Retirement Haven Paris, Kentucky.

Kassia Simonne Cook-Walsh

Kassia Cook-Walsh was born in Walnut Creek, California on June 19, 1968 to Kirsten Gayen and Thomas Cook. Over the course of her life, Kassia lived all over the world. As a young child, she moved with her family from California to Spring Valley, New York. In 1976, she moved with her family from New York to Nairobi, Kenya; in 1979, she and her family moved to Lisbon, Portugal. After brief periods in New Hampshire and Miami (where she lived with her Dad and his wife, Laura), and a return to Portugal, she lived with her Dad and Laura in Cedar Key, FL. There, she worked as a waitress at Cooks Café, a restaurant they owned. She then moved to Gainesville, departed it briefly to live with her mother in northern California, and then returned to Gainesville to settle permanently in 1991. On December 21, 2012, Kassia married Michael Walsh. Their wedding ceremony was small and intimate: a close group of friends and family all pulled on some cowboy boots and walked from their porch to the courthouse. Their home, like their marriage, overflowed with love. Together they raised and cared for four dogs (Sula, Norah, Jack, and Jo) and seven cats (Yume, Suejoe, Samson, Annie, Llamar, Biscuits, and Gravy). Mike’s entire family—children, mother, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews—became Kassia’s family. It was like she’d been there all along. Kassia was a tremendously talented artist—a potter, painter, drawer, and craft maker. From a very young age, she consistently placed first in her art programs, even in her competitive and rigorous courses in Lisbon (where she studied art for a year). Throughout her life, she was constantly working with her hands. She had a natural inclination and capacity to make the world around her more beautiful. She could take any old thing—a lost button, a piece of glass, a few stray beads, an old cigar box—and find a use for its beauty. Friends and family will remember the detail and attention with which she decorated and personalized gifts, sometimes with humor, often with great nuance and care, and always with love. For many years, Kassia worked at The Top restaurant, a community that she loved, and one which she helped to build and sustain with her humor, grace, and grit. The most experienced server at The Top, she became known as Mama Kas. The love she had for her friends was immeasurable. They were her root system, and, in the truest sense of the word, family—a genuine reflection of who she was and wanted to be. Kassia passed away on the night of Tuesday, August 7th in the gentle, loving company of her husband Mike. Her humor, generosity, love, courage, and intense creativity—qualities that inspired everyone she knew—will continue to brighten and emanate from each of our hearts. The same is true of the great strength that she showed in the final months of her life. Just as she has returned to nourish the earth, her life will continue to nourish our own. She lives on in her dear husband Mike, father Thomas, mother Kirsten, brothers Nic and Sinclair, Nic’s wife Jill and their son Lars, stepchildren Keenan and Emily, loving stepmother Laura and dear Aunt Jeaniene, Uncle Henrik, five other brothers- and sisters-in-law (Tim, Sean, Mary, Patty, Marjorie), eleven other nieces and nephews (Tyler, Ryan, Lauren, David, Jessica, Andrew, Sydney, Megan, Maddie, Sasha, and Erin), the dogs and cats (her babies), her beloved friends and coworkers, and countless others.

Mary Buck Parrish

Mary Buck Parrish passed away August 4, 2018 at the age of 101 in her home at Oak Hammock in
Gainesville, FL. Mary is survived by her daughter, Catherine Parrish of Gainesville, her grandson, Gerry
McCoy of Gainesville, her great-granddaughters, Haley McCoy and Holly McCoy of Gainesville, her greatniece,
Amanda Parrish Reed of Gainesville, her great-nephews, J. Parrish and Darby Parrish of
Gainesville, her great-great-nieces Matilda McKune Parrish and Elizabeth Parrish Reed, and her greatgreat-
nephews, Montgomery Parrish Reed, James McKune Parrish and Henry McKune Parrish. Mary
was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, M.M. Parrish, Jr., her brother, Charles William Buck,
her daughter, Jean Jordan Haley, and her nephew, Jim Parrish. Mary was born November 23, 1916 in
Gainesville, FL to Catherine Macy Hampton Buck and Dr. William John Buck. After losing her mother to
the flu epidemic in 1918, and with her father away at war, Mary was raised by her grandparents, Minna
Jordan Hampton and William Wade Hampton in Gainesville, FL. She attended Kirby Smith and
Gainesville High School before enrolling at Duke University. She then transferred to the University of
Kentucky before studying interior design in New York and ultimately becoming an Arthur Murray dance
instructor at dance schools in New York City and Miami, FL. Mary Buck married M.M. Parrish, Jr. in
1946 and they built an amazing life together. Mary loved her husband fiercely and was immensely
proud of his work as a builder, developer and real estate broker in the Gainesville community. Mary and
M. travelled the world together with close friends. Gator Football games were a big part of their life and
Mary and M. often hosted pre-game parties at their home. Mary was an active, life-long member of
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville where she taught second grade Sunday school for 25 years.
Mary loved gardening and was very involved in the Gainesville Garden Club for over 45 years. She was a
charter member of the Day Lily Circle and became a Master Flower Show Judge all over the state. She
was a golfer and avid bridge player. Not long after her husband’s death, Mary moved to Oak Hammock
where she was one of the first residents and where she made her home for the last 15 years. Hosting
friends and family, listening to books on tape, sharing her feisty opinions and playing bridge with her
friends remained key parts of her life at Oak Hammock. Mary loved the visits from her great-greatnieces
and nephews. It was they who insisted on throwing their “Nana” a 100th birthday party. Mary
was part of the fabric of the Gainesville, FL community and will be missed by her family and friends. A
memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday, August 14th at 3pm with a
reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE
Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or the Gainesville Garden Club, Inc., P.O. Box 357608, Gainesville, FL
32635-7608.

Robert Gordon Garrigues

Robert Gordon Garrigues, 84, died July 18, 2018 at the E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, Florida after being lovingly cared for by the nurses, attendings, and other staff in the CV-ICU unit at the Shands Heart and Vascular Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Williams Garrigues; his four children Robert M. Garrigues (Debbie) of Tampa, Sarah Garrigues-Jones (John L. Jones) of Gainesville, Amanda Garrigues DeMouey (Scott) of Gainesville, John T. Garrigues III (Amy) of Roseville, MN; his eight beloved grandchildren, Noah, Padgett and Tristan Jones (Gainesville), Emily and Samantha Garrigues (Tampa), George and Lula Garrigues (Roseville, MN), and Finn DeMouey (Gainesville); his brother John T. Garrigues, Jr. and sister-in-law, Louise Garrigues (St. Petersburg); nieces Laura and Cathy, and a number of other relatives and close friends.
Robert was born on June 24th, 1934 in Kansas City, MO. After graduating from East High School in Kansas City, MO, he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL for a year before joining the Army. From that time until his death, Robert was an avid supporter of our nation’s armed services and spoke often of how his time in the Army benefited him. After an honorable discharge, Robert enrolled and graduated with a Master’s of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He furthered his education by earning a Ph.D. in Academic Administration at Florida State University. He went on to work for the Board of Regents in Tallahassee before moving, with his wife and four children, to Gainesville in 1972.

Dr. Garrigues held top financial appointments in UF Health Science Center administration for 28 years, including the post of Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, with responsibility for all of the center’s financial, operational and physical plant functions. Dr. G. was always interested in his employees’ lives, celebrating the joys and accomplishments and mourning the sorrows. Everyone who worked for him knew that work was a safe haven where they would be cared for and protected. His legacy as a university and college business officer and financial planner can be seen in the state-of-the-art buildings that surround the UF Health Science Center.
After a reorganization of the Office of the Vice President for Health Affairs in 1998, Dr. Garrigues transitioned to the role of Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs and Lecturer at the College of Health Professions, as the college was then known. His leadership contributions included serving as interim chair of the physical therapy department and as residency coordinator for the master’s in health administration program.

For Dr. Garrigues, one of the most gratifying aspects of his career was teaching courses in the college’s undergraduate health science program, which he continued to do well after his retirement as Associate Dean in 2003. He received the college’s Teacher of the Year award in 2002 and the Teaching Excellence Award in 2015. During his tenure he taught US Healthcare Systems and a Leadership course he developed himself. He was also an avid user of social media, using it specifically to keep up with the personal and professional lives of his former students.
Robert also had a very fulfilling life outside of the University of Florida. He was a member of several local troops in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Assistant Scoutmaster for many years, and camping and hiking with his two sons, Rob and John. Robert was also active at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, serving on the Finance Committee, singing in the Chancel Choir, founding and teaching the Covenant Adult Sunday School class, and serving as a Youth Counselor during all the years his children attended the Methodist Youth Fellowship. He also spent several years playing the role of Drosselmeyer in Dance Alive’s annual performance of The Nutcracker as a way to be involved in his daughters’ activities.
One of Robert’s greatest passions was the performing arts. He was a gifted singer, guitar player and actor, and he passed his love of music to his children and grandchildren. In 1976, his wife, Margaret, wanting him to get out from underfoot, told him to “find a hobby”. He did just that when he auditioned for the Gainesville Community Playhouse (then known as the Gainesville Little Theater) production of Oklahoma! and was cast as the surly Judd Fry. That moment was the beginning of his life-long involvement with theater in Gainesville as an actor, director, board member, and President for Life. Perhaps his greatest personal achievement, outside of his children and grandchildren, was his instrumental role in the construction of the Vam York Theater at the Gainesville Community Playhouse, where he spearheaded the effort to raise $750,000 for the project.
Most importantly, Robert loved his family. He spent his whole life as a man of integrity who could not be moved away from honesty; never falling when faced with temptation of any kind. He always held firm to the principles of his seminary teachings, and was a living example of loving your neighbor as yourself. He will be greatly missed.
There will be a Celebration of Life service for Dr. Garrigues on Saturday, August 25th at 11 AM with a reception to follow at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville, FL.

Roger Hamm

Roger Hamm, 78, passed away July 23, 2018 at NFRMC after a long illness. He was the son of Ottis and Eunice Hamm of Alachua, FL. He was a graduate of Santa Fe High School where he played football and baseball. Roger loved fishing, farming, and fried chicken. He enjoyed his family gathering’s and being with his girls. His “Jolly Roger” smile will be missed.
He is survived by his children, Melanie Cox (Eddie), Melissa Hamm, Michelle Hamm-Lincoln (Paul), Robin Jones (JESSE), Carrie Hamm, siblings James Hamm (Donna), Jerry Hamm (Gloria), and Linda Holt (Thomas) of Newberry, FL., 11 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, siblings, Mary King of Jacksonville, Virginia Griggs of Burlington, NC, .

Mark Louis Wodlinger

Mark Louis Wodlinger of Jacksonville, Florida (born July 13, 1922) passed away July 17, 2018 at the age of 96.
While born in Jacksonville and raised in Ocala, Mark spent much of his life in Kansas City, Missouri; and, later, Naples, Florida. He moved to Gainesville, Florida in 2002.
Mark graduated from the University of Florida while serving in the Naval Air Corps. While attending UF he played tight end for the Gators. He enjoyed a distinguished career in broadcast media that spanned several decades. His involvement and influence in both the television and radio industry were legendary.
Mark lived life to its fullest. Travel, boating, and spending time with family were among his favorite things to do. He loved spending Summers at his family’s vacation home in Michigan.
Most importantly, Mark will be remembered as a friend to all. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who shall forever be missed.
Mark is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marilyn Wodlinger; as well as his five children: Kevin Wodlinger (wife Jennifer), Michael Wodlinger (wife Tracy), Stephen Wodlinger (wife Kathy), Mark Wodlinger II, and Jacqueline Hohl (husband Horst). In addition, he is survived by his six grandchildren: Jack, Anne, Sarah, Aimee, Hugh, Emma, and two great grandchildren. Finally, Mark is survived by Marilyn’s son Jonathan Birk (wife Cindy), and their two children (Hunter and Jenna).
Services will be held at All Saints Anglican Church (12880 NW 39th Avenue) on July 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm.
Family and Friends are invited to gather and celebrate Mark’s life after the service at a venue to be determined.

Robert Allan Sarles

Robert Allan Sarles (Bob), age 77, of Gainesville, FL, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. Bob, son of the late George Walker Sarles and Helen Kellogg (Fisher) Sarles was born on May 7, 1941 in Mount Kisco, NY.
Bob graduated from Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY in 1959, and received his A & E License from the Academy of Aeronautics, NY in 1962. He moved to West Palm Beach, FL where he met and married Joy Lorraine Brady in 1964. They later moved to Gainesville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1968. Bob was fun-loving, loyal, and kind. He enjoyed auto mechanics, beach days, building things, stained glass projects, church, volunteering and socializing with friends.
Bob is survived by his wife Joy of Gainesville, FL, two daughters; Kim Warner of Seattle, WA, Laurel Adams of Newberry, FL and brother Peter G. Sarles of Las Vegas, NV.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 at Christ Community Church 1603 SW 122nd St., Gainesville, FL. Friends and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to attend. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army in lieu of flowers.

Clara Jean Polopolus

Clara Jean Polopolus, 73, of High Springs, Florida passed away peacefully at her home on July 14th, 2018. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Emma & William Stewart, and her husband Leo Polopolus. She is survived by her step-daughters, Peggy Ford and Eleni Sheehan, grandchildren Matthew Polopolus, Terry Ford, Patrick Ford, and her sisters Joan Milonas and Burnell Allen, along with her nieces and nephews Whitney Porter, Cia Milonas, Tony Fowler, John Milonas, Nickolas Milonas, and Chandler Cullen. Her beautiful smile, heart of gold, and enormous personality will be missed by all her many friends and relatives.
Early in her life, Jean worked in the shipping business until she met her husband Leo. They resided in Gainesville until his retirement from the University of Florida and then moved to High Springs, where they founded Arcadian Farms. Jean was an active member of the Gainesville community. She was also involved in the Greek community and hosted fundraisers for many years to support the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida.
A service in her memory will be held at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida, 352-392-2075.

Christine May

Christine May of Newberry passed away in Gainesville, Florida on July 11, 2018 at the age of 100, just 30 days shy of her 101th birthday, due to incidents of age. Born in Warren County, Kentucky to Fred and Lula Helton, she grew up as a “country girl”, engaging in all the aspects of living on a real farm with her 4 sisters and helping her parents with tobacco growing and farm life. Christine was an exceptional seamstress. She learned handwork like knitting and crocheting from her mother. Later, while living in Williamsburg, Virginia, she became the “head seamstress” for the Williamsburg Colonies. She made military uniforms and dresses for the numerous “re-enactors” who worked in the Williamsburg “community” for the tourist’s season. After moving to Newberry, she became somewhat a “fitness fiend” and delighted in going to the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center for women. At 97 years old, she used the Center’s workout equipment three times a week and would walk 3 miles a day. Her favorite pastimes were making clothes for her family and continuing to knit and crochet, creating vast amounts of afghans, table toppers and furniture covers for family and friends. She also was an accomplished oil painter, producing many beautiful reproductions of flowers and birds, her favorite subjects. Christine was a devout Christian and enjoyed doing volunteer work and especially enjoyed being a worker at the Newberry Methodist Church helping with the “Harvest” held there twice a week. She is preceded in death by her husband, William M. May, her parents and four sisters, Oma Cooper, Mary Jane Bryson, Muriel Cherry and Pauline Cowles (all from Kentucky). She is survived by son, Gene May (Elaine), her grandchildren, William May and Sasha (Charles) Garvey, along with her one adored great-grandchild, Katelyn, nieces and nephews from Kentucky are: Morris Bryson, Maxey Bryson, Therese Moore, Linda Coe, Larry Cowles and Donnie Ray Cowles.

Margaret S. Bird

Margaret Snipes Bird, 102 years young, passed away on July 8,2018 at ET York Hospice Care Center. She was born on May 30, 1916 in Ellaville, GA. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Archer. Margaret loved flowers, going to the car races at Bronson Speedway taking in all the action with the races. She was a sports fan, specifically kid’s baseball and softball. Her family gave her a special 100th Birthday party where many friends and family gathered to celebrate a life well lived!
Margaret leaves her loving family behind, her Son, Jerry Bird, two daughters, Anne Tueton and Dot Bird, her grandchildren, “Tater” and “Choo Choo” and many friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Archer and Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Haven Hospice or First Baptist Church of Archer in Margaret’s memory.

Daniel F. “Shorty” Jones

Daniel Francis “Shorty” Jones, age 81, lifelong resident of Newberry, FL passed away on Saturday July 7, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Jones was born in Newberry to Homer F. and Madalyn Hodge Jones. He graduated from Newberry High School and served in the United States Army in Europe as a medic. Shorty was a banker for 25 years and a lifelong farmer.
He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry where he served as a deacon and treasurer. He leaves behind to grieve his loving wife of 57 years Joyce P. Jones, his son Daniel, his grandson Dylan, his sister Wanda Gay Laird, and many other family members and friends. The Jones Family would like to thank Mrs. Jones’ brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Karen Palmer of Cumberland, Rhode Island for their help and love as well as the members of First Baptist Church of Newberry.

Betty J. Jones

Betty Jean Jones was born in Blountstown, FL on October 17, 1929 to Robert Martin and Sarah Jane Gibbs. She was promoted to Glory on June 30, 2018 in Gainesville, FL. She was the youngest of 9 children. While in school she played on the basketball team, was a majorette and excelled in music. She enjoyed playing guitar and singing with other family members and was even featured on the radio. She passed down her love of music to her youngest child. After High School she was married and had 2 sons. She worked for the State of Florida for 25 years. Betty was the head of her department for many of those years. She earned an A.A. degree and several certificates of achievement by attending evening classes while working and raising her children.
Betty was known by all her family for her fierce tenacity and quick wit. She enjoyed laughing, telling funny stories and playing jokes on those closest to her. She also loved butterflies and traveling. Some of her favorite trips included visiting her family on the east coast.
After her retirement Betty spent time improving her beautiful home, enjoying the simple life and benevolent activities. She was also involved with the Women of the Moose organization and was Chapter President for several years. Betty’s faith was in Christ and she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.
Betty is survived by her two sons, John Dudley Jones Jr. and William “Bill” Martin Jones, her sister Sibyl Hiers, her grandchildren William “Marty” Jones Jr., Ed and Tamara Suggs, Prue and Rhea Anae-Agapay, her great-grandchildren Connor and Kayley Jones, Dylan Clark, Elayna, Elias and Jackson Suggs, Cruz and Lilliana Anae-Agapay and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy Y. Steitz

Dorothy Steitz was born in Coshocton, Ohio, on February 20, 1924 to Maro and Esther Smith. She was one of 6 children. After high school, she attended the Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in New York City. Later she was appointed to Beacon, New York, where she met Charles Steitz. They were married on November 11, 1950. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress and musician. She played the piano, the organ, the accordian, and the baritone horn. She was active in the Salvation Army most of her life, and many people remember her as “Aunt Dot.” She was a homemaker and helped run the family business, “Steitz TV,” in Beacon, New York. When her husband retired, they moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1978. Dorothy then worked as the Salvation Army Corps Secretary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She remained active as a local officer there for nearly 20 years. After her husband passed away in 1997, she moved to Gainesville, Florida, to be close to her daughter. She was a volunteer for Haven Hospice for several years. She continued to live independently and was still driving until a month before she died. Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Mike Cousino of Gainesville, Florida, her sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Maier of Wesley Chapel, Florida, her brother-in-law George Steitz of Penfield, New York, and many nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was “promoted to glory” on June 21, 2018. She had a firm faith in Christ, and looked forward to going “Home.”

John Louis Walton

John Louis Walton was born on November 21, 1945 in Burlingame, California to Frank and Pearl Walton. He graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in southern California in 1964. In 1965 he joined the Army and served as a paratrooper, training with the Green Berets. After an honorable discharge, he studied at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. From there he went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he earned his BA degree in History. While at BYU he played center on the football team. After graduation, he coached at BYU under the legendary LaVelle Edwards. He also acted as recruiter briefly for the Denver Broncos. He was a successful business owner in Provo for many years with Wasatch Insurance Co. He married Melinda Miller in 1969. They had seven children. He lived in Provo for 35 years until he moved to Newberry, Florida to live first with his son, Brett, and then with his sister, Joy Glanzer, until his death. He also lived with his daughter Angela Grimmer in Sandy, Utah for a year. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985 and as it progressed he became increasingly dependent upon his family. Through all of the struggles with the disease, John never once complained and was always the coach and mentor to everyone. His positive attitude in life permeated his every word. His joyful nature is legendary among his family and friends. Although John Walton was unable to walk, he climbed mountains in determination to make the best of what life had in store. He loved his family passionately. They were what he lived for.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Walton and Pearl Condit, and his sister, Judy Walton. He is survived by his children, Marcy Walton, Angela Grimmer, Jennelle Lutz, Tad Walton, Brett Walton, Adam Walton (Jenn), and Molly Walton (Ben), 17 grandchildren, Eva, Soren, Andrew, Ian, Willa, Jourdain, Taylour, Grace, Will, Kenzie, Cannon, Parker, Griffin, Brittany, Angela, K’Mea, Bodee, one great granddaughter, Kynzie, one great granddaughter on the way, Sienna Rose, and sister Joy Walton Glanzer (John). He is also survived by caregiver, Amy Waldrop, who so lovingly tended to his needs above and beyond.

Martin “Marty” Paulson, III

Martin “Marty” Paulson, III of High Springs, Florida passed away peacefully Thursday June 14, 2018. He was born October 20, 1935 in Farmington, Michigan to the late Martin August Paulson Jr. and Josephine Paulson. He was preceded in death by three siblings Joann Bailey, Arthur Paulson, and Georgia Langford. Survivors include his wife of 62 years Shirley Paulson, one daughter Cynthia Knowles (Russell) of High Springs, Fl. Two brothers, Alfred Paulson (Janie) of High Springs, FL and Laroy Paulson (Mary) of Gainesville, Florida.
Over the years he enjoyed hunting, his many hunting dogs, old cars, fishing, boating, collecting wrist watches and spending time with his family.
During his early school years in Michigan he was a Boy Scout, participated in track events and excelled in Artistic talents. When Martin was sixteen his family moved from Farmington, Michigan to Miami, Fl. When he was in 10th grade while attending Coral Gables High School he met the love of his life Shirley White. They dated throughout High School and married shortly after graduation on August 9, 1956. During his Senior year and shortly after, Martin was employed by Food Fair off of Red Road, Miami, Fl.
In 1957, his family moved from Miami and briefly lived in Lake Butler, FL before moving to High Springs, Fl. Martin and Shirley who were married and living in an apartment in Miami decided to move to High Springs also.
As a young man he joined the Army Reserves, worked at the Saw Mill in Alachua, installed chain link fence for Sears and construction work.
Martin became an Electronics Technician by trade, a member of the IBEW Union, working for Merv Griffin Productions for 30 years taking care of the Closed-circuit television systems at both Derby Lane (St. Petersburg, FL) and Ocala Jai-Alai until his retirement. He then joined his wife as owner of the Main Street Antique Mall in High Springs and worked there for the following 24 years. He loved talking and interacting with the customers and they loved him.

Dr. Thomas C. Emmel, Ph.D

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Thomas C. Emmel announce his passing on Saturday, May 26, 2018, while traveling abroad in Brazil. He was 77 years old.
Tom is lovingly remembered by his brother, John Emmel (Phyllis), his nephew, Travis, and his niece, Alexis. In addition, a multitude of friends, colleagues and former students will forever honor Tom – a noted conservationist, naturalist, prolific author and visionary – for his kindness, humor, encyclopedic knowledge and wide-ranging interests. He epitomized the ideal of the professor as educator, mentor, supporter and inspiration.
Born on May 08, 1941, Tom grew up in Los Angeles, California. His parents, Edward and Ardyce Emmel, met on an outing sponsored by the Sierra Club and encouraged an interest in nature, including taking Tom and his brother on many camping trips to all the national parks in the western U.S. Around age eight, at the suggestion of his father, Tom, then younger brother John, began collecting butterflies on all their family trips. This began a lifelong passion they shared. Their mother further encouraged their interest by driving them to entomological society meetings at Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. His parents, a den mother and scout master, respectively, were very much involved with the scouting program, and the brothers were Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer Scouts, and became Eagle Scouts as well.
When Tom was a high school senior, he was one of 40 winners of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, for which he won a trip to Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from high school, Tom went with ornithologist L. Irby Davis, for a three month trip to southern Mexico. Tom assisted Mr. Davis in recording bird songs in the early morning and evening, then collected butterflies during the mid-day. He returned to southern California with several thousand specimens – and his lifetime interest in tropical entomology was secured. As it would turn out, some of those specimens were representative of a new species – which in April 2018 was named Cyllopsis tomemmeli in his honor.
Tom earned his B.A. at Reed College in 1963. During the summer breaks from college, Tom was a nature counselor at Sanborn Western Camps for Kids, in Colorado. He earned his Ph.D. in Population Biology at Stanford University in 1967, and was a Post-doctoral Fellow in Genetics at the University of Texas from 1967-1968. His unbridled commitment to and support of the University of Florida began in 1968 when he joined its faculty as Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences & Zoology. In 1973, he became an Associate Professor of Zoology and three years later, in 1976, he became a Professor of Zoology. He served as department chairman for Zoology, directed the Department of Zoology Division of Lepidoptera Research from 1980-2003, and directed the UF Boender Endangered Species Laboratory since its inception in 1995.
In 2004, Tom was chosen to be the Founding Director of the Florida Museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida. The McGuire Center was Tom’s vision and concept: A state-of-the-art research and teaching center that focused on Lepidoptera and the biodiversity they represent, and by extension a facility that engaged the public and created awareness of nature’s beauty and relevance to our lives. The Center was brought to fruition by the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. William McGuire, lifelong friends and admirers of Tom and his efforts. Under Dr. Emmel’s leadership, The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity has become world-renowned for research on biodiversity, habitat loss, and Lepidoptera; a major publisher of related scientific studies; a force in public education about our environment and its biodiversity; and the repository for the largest collection of Lepidoptera specimens in the world
Tom authored more than 400 scientific publications, including 35 books. His many personal research interests included the endangered Schaus Swallowtail population in the Florida Keys; the effects of mosquito control pesticides on non-target wildlife and humans living in south Florida; microevolution, population biology, and ecological genetics of Cercyonis butterflies; chromosome evolution and macroevolution in the Lepidoptera; mimicry complexes in Mechanitis and Melinaea ithomiine butterflies in the Neotropics; biology, life histories, ecology, and conservation of the California butterfly fauna; fossil butterflies; and butterfly diversity in many areas of the world. He worked tirelessly to encourage efforts to promote conservation and natural habitat preservation, such as through the Miami Blue–Save Wild Florida license plate initiative and conservation biology efforts for the overwintering Monarch butterfly sites in southern Mexico. Throughout his lifetime, Tom mentored countless students – fostering and encouraging their careers in entomology, taxonomy, the study of tropical rainforests, and conservation biology.
Dr. Tom Emmel leaves behind a tremendous and unparalleled legacy. His vision, imagination, and energy in the service of conservation and Lepidoptera will continue to inspire and inform future generations of scientists, as well as the public in general. His life work contributed to making a better world, and the impact will be enduring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Tom can be made to the Thomas C. Emmel Founding Director’s Endowment, which supports collections and research at the Florida Museum’s McGuire Center.
Funeral services and a celebration of life for Tom are to be announced in the near future.

Kevin Dale Davis

Kevin Dale (caveman) Davis, 33, of Newberry, FL. passed away on May 20, 2018 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was born on June 24, 1984 to Jackie and Barbara Davis. Kevin was in duel enrollment as an A student in school. He loved kids, gathering with friends, music and swimming. Kevin is survived by his parents, his sister Rachel Colandreo, a nephew Trent Colandreo, and a fiancée named Angie Long. He also leaves behind two grandmothers Janeva Pate and Frankie Davis, two grandfathers Lanford Pate and Tommy Davis, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 22405 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, Florida, 32669 followed by interment at Newberry Cemetery.

Bruce Turner

On Tuesday, May 15 we lost our beloved Bruce Turner. He was born September 13, 1951. He was our confidante, protector, DIY guru, and friend. He taught us to shoot, back a trailer, lay a hardwood floor, find a scallop, plaster a wall. Whenever friends or family needed a hand, he showed up in his magic bus, a van filled with tools and weapons and a dog or two, and would help finish the project, explaining patiently how and why. He devoured books, loved to hunt and fish and boat. He worked hard and laughed a lot. He was kind to animals and generous to those less fortunate. He was the strongest man who ever lived. He married his best friend, Donna, and for her we grieve. Disconcertingly, when he died, the world did not stop. As our hearts broke open, the mailman delivered mail, phones rang, planes flew overhead. Life went on. We who loved him go on, too, even though it really hurts. We cling to a series of lasts….the last time he said, “I love you,” the last meal shared, the last time we hugged him tight–all hard, wiry muscles and bristly beard, smelling like trees and leather and sawdust. Our brother, son, husband is gone. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives. We are going on. We will carry him with us. Loved and missed by his wife, Donna, mother, Arbutus, son, Brandon, sisters, Peg (Paul) Coffman, Pat (Allen) Floro, and Pam (Bryn) Jones, brother, Bryan (Linda) Turner, numerous nieces and nephews, especially his hunting buddy, Zac. A celebration of life will be held privately with family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please help someone in need, adopt a pet, thank a veteran, hug your loved ones.

John Sherman Simpson

John Sherman Simpson died at the age of 80 on May 15, 2018 at Park Meadows Funeral Home, in Gainesville Florida. He was born on May 26, 1937 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to John Lucian Simpson and Mary Elizabeth DeGraftenreid. John was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended the High Springs Florida branch. He was a veteran and served honorably in the US Marine Corps. He loved plants and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors in Agriculture. John Sherman Simpson is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his children Loretta Mary Simpson Brandao and Joseph Peter Simpson.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on May 26, 2018 at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, 204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville, FL 32641, with military honors being provided by Korean War Veterans. We ask that all joining us for the service wear sensible shoes for the outdoors. To honor John’s life, donations can be made in his name to Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, and to the KWVA VETS 9511 SW 56th Place Gainesville, FL 32608.

Shantell Renee Padgett

Shantell Renee Padgett, 41, of Jennings, Florida passed away May 14, 2018 in NF Regional Hospital in Gainesville, FL. She was the daughter of Claude Woody, Jr. and Connie D. Matthews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur “Slim” Padgett and her father Claude Woody, Jr. Shantell is survived by her mother Connie D. Matthews (Terry), daughter Alexis Cheyanne Sexton, son Jayden Seth Sexton, brother Christopher Shawn Woody (Jennifer) and Samuel Paul McGee (Sabrina) and step-brothers Jason and Justin Woody, and Jonathan Carpenter. She is also survived by two special aunts Annette Charlton and Diane Hinton. A private family service will be held at a later date in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Kenneth Albert “Toby” Webb

Kenneth Albert “Toby” Webb passed away February 19 at his home in Crystal River, Florida. Toby was born in Gainesville, Florida March 16, 1940 to Sidney A. and Alberta Webb.
Dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Ferrazzi Webb; his two daughters, Elaine Hopkins and her husband David of Douglasville, GA, Dena Mitchell and her husband Jason of Vacaville, CA; grandchildren Sara and Sam Hopkins, Matthew and Ryan Mitchell and his brother Donald K. “Donnie” Webb and his wife Pat of Crystal River.
Toby graduated from the University of Florida with an entomology degree in 1963. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He and his wife owned Webb Exterminators in Gainesville for 25 years before retiring to Crystal River in 1990 where he enjoyed his love for his family, grouper fishing, crosswords and the Gators.
He served many years in the Gainesville Jaycees and was President 1969-1970 and became a JCI Senator. Toby was vice-president of the Gainesville Homebuilders Association in 1977. He founded and co-sponsored the Shadetree Honorary Invitational Tournament for 30 years. In the past several years he enjoyed monthly fellowship with friends who were GHS graduates in the 1950’s. Toby was much loved!
A service of remembrance will be held at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville on Friday, February 23 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance in his name at tsalliance.org. 801 Roeder Road, Suite 750 Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-4487.

Roy Edward “Eddie” Weems, Sr.

Roy Edward Weems Sr., “Eddie”, 67, of Bronson, FL., passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 surrounded by his family. Eddie was born to the late Willie Roy and Alma Weems on December 1, 1949 in Lawrenceburg, TN. He was a simple man and always put others before himself. Eddie was known to be a hard worker and an honest, dependable man. Eddie married the love of his life and soulmate, Cathy Shipp, on June 30, 1984. The couple soon welcomed their sons, Eddie Jr. and Darren. Eddie worked many years in the logging woods and began his own logging company that he proudly named Weems & Son’s Logging. Many people note him as the most determined and hardest worker one has ever met. After years of success in the logging industry, he eventually “retired” and began operating his two dump trucks to be at home more often. When he wasn’t hauling rock and building roads, he enjoyed every minute on his farm. He spent countless hours making his property immaculate and was proud of his accomplishment. He enjoyed cutting and baling hay and watching his cows graze. On Sunday mornings, Eddie and Cathy enjoyed their cup of coffee while admiring the beauty they had created on the family farm. He softened up in his later years when his boys met their wives, and he began to enjoy more time with his family. It wasn’t until the birth of his grandson, Kace that he actually admitted he would rather stay home than work! Eddie was extremely excited to meet and spoil his newest grandson, Eddie III. He had plans of having both boys on his lap helping to steer his tractors. God had a different plan though, and he was unable to meet Eddie III, but we all felt he knew when he was born four floors down from his hospital room. The angel kiss birthmark on Eddie III’s forehead is proof his PaPa welcomed him to this world. Eddie is survived by his wife, Cathy and his children, Eddie Jr. (Shanell), Darren (Kellie) and Laurie. He is survived by his grandchildren, Cody, Kace, and Eddie III as well as his siblings Gail, Carol, Jane, and Faron. He is predeceased by his parents, Willie Roy and Alma and his brother, Glenn. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11am at The Weems Farm, 3851 NE CR 343, Bronson, FL. 32621. Burial will follow at the Weems Family Cemetery. The family invites all to stay afterwards for a time of stories and reminiscing while enjoying a fish fry.

Carolyn Paulette Hardin

Carolyn Paulette Hardin, age 69, of High Springs, Florida, passed away on October 3, 2017 after a battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Emma Sansom High School and attended Gadsden State Community College. She retired from a career with AT&T. She was preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Alma Hollingsworth; brother, Robert Thrasher; and son, John Wesley Hardin. She is survived by her son, Bobby (Kristi) Hardin; grandson, Wesley Wayne Hardin; sister, Jennifer Hollingsworth; brother, Carlis Hollingsworth; two sisters in law, several nieces, nephews, and special friends. The family expresses their appreciation to the staff and friends of Plantation Oaks Senior Retirement Center where Carolyn was a resident.

Margaret Jayne “Peg” Ferriss

FERRISS, MARGARET JAYNE (PEG), 92 of Gainesville – Passed away on Sunday Oct. 1, 2017.
Peg was born on November 28, 1924 in Philadelphia, PA. She worked in the travel industry in Philadelphia and New York. Peg moved to Gainesville and became a Unit Manager at UF Teaching Hospital. Her continued love of travel made her decide to open her own Travel Agency (House of Travel) in 1965. In 1970 she was joined in business by her good friend Hanna Weston. Together they spent the next 20 years taking groups all around the world until they sold the business in 1996 to AAA Travel. Peg was a member of the Central No. Fla Chapter of ASTA, and avid bowler, boater and a lover of animals.
She is preceded in death by her father William C. Ferriss, mother, Marian Ferriss Krehnbrink, and brother William (Bud) Ferriss.
She is survived by Janet Enwall, Hanna’s daughter who worked with them in the travel agency for 20 years and cared for her when she became ill. She is also survived by Janet’s family, her devoted friend, Nancy McWillie, her brother Gordon Ferriss and wife Paulita, Nieces and Nephews, Susan Weber, Peg Cuthbert, Mark Ferriss, Gordon Ferriss, Jr. along with their families. She also had a team of exceptional caregivers for whom we would like to give special thanks.
A mass will be held at 9:00AM Saturday, October 14 at Holy Faith Catholic Church at 747 NW 43rd Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice.

Edward F. Brown

Edward F. Brown passed away very early Saturday September 30th, 2017. Born on October 18, 1951 he was 65 years old. Edward, known to his friends and family as Eddie or Mr. Eddie is survived by his wife of 16 years, Leslie Brown.
Eddie was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma but spent most of his childhood in Helena, Arkansas with his family including his two younger brothers, Sheldon and Kevin. Pharmacy school at the University of Florida brought Eddie to the Gainesville area where he graduated in 1977. While still in school, he began working for Gresham Drugs in the town of Alachua. At Gresham’s Eddie built a reputation as a devoted hometown pharmacist. After Gresham’s closed, Eddie and his wife Leslie established Hometown pharmacies within Hitchcock’s Supermarket in Newberry and Alachua in the early 2000s. Throughout his more than forty years of service in Alachua and the surrounding community, Eddie was more than a familiar face and earned the reputation as a trusted family pharmacist up until his passing. Those who knew him knew his dedication to his work and customers had no bounds.
Eddie was an excellent fisherman and frequented the Suwannee area of Florida to fish, scallop, or just go boating. He was also a skilled craftsman and enjoyed spending time building and working with machines, engines, or anything he could “tinker” with.
Eddie will be remembered as someone who often thought of others. His devotion to his family was immeasurable. He was a loyal friend and loving family man who will be dearly missed by his wife, stepchildren, his brothers, extended family, and his work family.
His family wishes to acknowledge his lasting devotion to the Suwannee River where he spent much of his time. In lieu of flowers please donate to Save our Suwannee, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Suwannee River and its wildlife.
A celebration of Eddie’s life will be held Sunday October 8th at 1pm at Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry. Attendees are encouraged to wear colorful clothing in honor of the beautiful man he was! The celebration will be followed by a reception at the same location.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 352-472-5361 www.milam.com

William “Bill” Leonard Donigan

William “Bill” Leonard Donigan, peacefully died at home on the morning of Sept. 21st, 2017, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Bill influenced and touched so many people throughout his life with kindness and encouragement. He was an integral part of university life as well as the fabric of his beloved Gainesville community. Everyone who met Bill, loved him.
Bill was born on August 20, 1930 in West Belmar, N.J. to William and Mildred Donigan. He grew up as an only child, and was the pride and joy of his parents and grandparents. Bill graduated from Manasquan High School while excelling in football, basketball and baseball. In 1947, Bill’s American Legion baseball club won the New Jersey state championship and he got to meet Babe Ruth at the awards banquet.
Bill attended Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship, transferring to Duke University where he lettered in baseball and soccer. He played 3rd base alongside All American shortstop Dick Groat as the Blue Devils went to the College World Series in 1952 and 1953. Bill was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, but a shoulder injury cut his career short.
It was at Duke University where Bill met his beloved wife, Marilyn Cissie Murray. Cissie was a freshman and the daughter of Duke’s new head football coach, Bill Murray and his wife Carolyn Murray. It was love at first sight on campus and he pursued and adored Cissie from that day forward. As a senior, and finally passing his Spanish exam, a prerequisite to being able to marry Cissie, on March 22, 1954 they were married in the Duke Chapel. Bill’s first job interview resulted in being hired at Old Republic Insurance and they moved to Dunedin, FL. Early in his career, he was so successful at Old Republic, a large promotion was offered and the request to move his family to Chicago. The thought of leaving sunny Florida was dreadful and helped Bill and Cissie define a different path and pursue their dream of starting Donigan’s clothing store. For a short time, they moved back to Durham and learn the retail clothing business at The College Shop near Duke. They researched and traveled throughout the southeast to find the best college town to open their store. The rest is history. Donigan’s clothing store was opened in Gainesville, FL in August 1958!
Donigan’s was always the place to be. Bill was the man to know. He was fun, exciting and often asked to “chaperone” fraternity dances at the Sigma Chi and Phi Delt houses. Bill developed a loyal following and University of Florida students were introduced to the ways of college fashion. Bill and Cissie taught men to tie ties, match colors and women how to dress for all occasions! During the 30 years in business, students who shopped at Donigan’s came back time and time again and often became lifelong friends, returning year after year to visit them. Bill was a mentor and encouraged many young people to stay in school, pursue their dreams, have fun and learn how to dress. He made every customer feel special when they walked in the door. If you had something important to dress up for, you went to Donigan’s.
Bill and Cissie loved raising their four children, as well as the rest of the neighborhood children on 23rd Terrace. Often waking up to 20 kids watching cartoons downstairs, who gathered before starting Gator game car parking or heading out to Florida Field to sell Coke’s. Bill and Cissie’s commitment to their children was impressive, teaching participation and sportsmanship through example. Bill spent family time coaching Little League, traveling to tennis tournaments, summers at Long Pond and his personal favorite, stone-crabbing and fishing at Cedar Key. Later in his life, he and Cissie spent time in Cashiers, North Carolina at their mountain house and Wildcat Cliffs C.C.
His wife, Marilyn “Cissie” Murray Donigan, predeceased Bill on Jan. 21st, 2011 and he is survived by his four children; Bill and his wife Heyward, Marilyn Samaha and her husband John, Jimbo and his wife Janet, Cissie Triglia and her husband Bob, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
We will be celebrating Bill Donigan’s life on Friday, September 29th at 1:00 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Gainesville, FL.

Joseph C. Reichert, Sr.

Joseph C. Reichert, Sr., age 103 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Wednesday September 20, 2017. Mr. Reichert was born in Monticello, FL on September 8, 1914 to Samuel and Mary Reichert. He served in the United Sates Navy during WWII. His father was a barber and taught him how to cut hair, and he worked as a barber for many years. He took over ownership of Al’s Barber Shop, until his retirement after 50 years of cutting hair.
He was a Master Mason for 65 years at Lodge #41 and the Eastern Star #44 in Gainesville, and was a Shriner at the Marquette Shrine in Tallahassee. Joseph enjoyed traveling, photography, and was an avid Gators football fan.
Mr. Reichert was preceded in death by his loving wife Lottie McDaniel Reichert. He is survived by his son Joseph C. ( Clydia) Reichert, Jr. his brother Charles Reichert of Monticello, three grandchildren, Joseph C. (Tracy) Reichert, III, David (Sandra) Reichert, Jonathan Reichert, and 8 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.
Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Children Hospital.

Dr. Clifford LeBlanc

On Monday September 11th Dr. Clifford LeBlanc passed away peacefully in the presence of family members. He was 82. Cliff was born on December 26, 1934 in Weeks Island, La. and grew up in nearby Morgan City. He was a 39-year resident of Archer, FL.
Cliff attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned Bachelors (1957) and Masters (1959) degrees in Psychology. He further distinguished himself by representing the Ragin’ Cajuns in weightlifting and wrestling, winning the NCAA Championships in his weight class, and at one time was ranked #5 in the world and first in the nation. Later in life, Cliff was an avid golfer with a single digit handicap, and for some time held the record score at West End Golf Course. After working a variety of jobs which ranged from counseling special needs students in Florida to painting water towers in Michigan, he moved to Gainesville, and in 1967 earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida.
In the Summer of 1968 Dr. LeBlanc was hired by the first President of Santa Fe Community College, Dr. Joe Fordyce. Cliff was one of a small group of administrators that created the atmosphere and culture of the college. This culture of innovation and student-centered education has been a model followed by many colleges across the country.
First and foremost, Cliff loved his work at Santa Fe College. He served the college in many roles including; Vice President of Student Affairs, Director of Human Resources, Director of College Success, Dean of Students, and after retiring, returned to teach Psychology until 2011. College Success is a groundbreaking program designed to provide students with the skills to be achievers in the classroom. His wife Kathleen has been an instructor in the College Success program since 1992.
Cliff had many interests including gardening and fishing. His home-grown vegetables and any fish that made it into the boat would end up in one of his Cajun meals, which he loved to prepare for his family and friends. A strong supporter of environmental causes, Cliff loved outdoor activities. He enjoyed telling jokes and was a master story teller. He relished taking almost any topic and telling a joke about it. He greatly valued the companionship of his friends. He was an avid reader; part of his daily routine was to visit the Archer and Newberry Public Libraries. As a child, he was noted for having read every book in his elementary school library. Cliff also built his family’s home in Archer with his own hands, only accepting help for a few tasks that could not be done alone.
Cliffs true love of his family was evident in every aspect of his life. He survived by his wife 41 years, Kathy. They were married June 26, 1976 in the chapel at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Cliff is also survived by three children: daughters Andree (Dave) Moran and Kathleen (Nick) Johnson, his son Paul (Vicki Shea), and three grandchildren Jason, Katherine, and Joey all of whom will miss Papa deeply. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Libby Savoi LeBlanc, four brothers, and his dear son Mark.
The family would like to extend an invitation to join them for a celebration of life at Napolatano’s Restaurant on September 29th from 4-6 PM. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361

Patricia Craig

Patricia Craig had been struggling with bad health over the last year. Recently, hospice had been working with her to keep her comfortable. On Sunday morning, with Hurricane Irma approaching, the house lights flickered as the power went out. Pat was patiently awaiting the arrival of her beloved granddaughters Cari and Tensi Craig. Though it had been a rough morning and Pat was unable to speak to greet them, she smiled and acknowledged their arrival. On the morning of September 10th, surrounded by love, Patricia Craig drew her last breath and passed peacefully. The lights flickered on again as her husband came to scoop her up to join other loved ones in heaven who had passed before her. Pat was gone but she will never be forgotten by those of us here that loved her dearly.

Patricia Craig was born the daughter of John M & Elva B Steadham on April 9, 1933. On May 31st she married Gene Craig. She is survived by her children: Keith, Brian, Carol and her husband Jim, and her grandchildren Cari and Tensi Craig. While she is now resting comfortably in heaven, she will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved her dearly.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment at a later date.

Peggy Woods Hodges

Peggy Woods Hodges, 85, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Thursday September 7, 2017 in Gainesville. Peggy was born in Cross City, FL on May 11, 1932 to J. I. and Thelma Woods.
Mrs. Hodges graduated from P.K. Yonge and was a homemaker. She was a member of Keystone United Methodist Church, and enjoyed playing bridge. Peggy was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Hodges was preceded in death by her sisters Ann Woods and Gail Woods Johns. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Wm. Terrell Hodges, sons Judson Vern Hodges, Daniel Haywood Hodges (Jennifer), and Clay Terrell Hodges, her brother Judson Irving Woods, Jr., her grandson Benjamin Terrell Hodges and his mother Kimberly Hodges, nephews Thomas Johns, Judson Woods, Clint Woods, and niece Kelly Nutty.
A Celebration of Peggy’s life will be scheduled in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

John Christopher Shealy

John Christopher Shealy, 47 a native of Gainesville, Florida, ( “Tulip”, by his friends) was tragically taken from us on September 1, 2017.
He leaves behind Cullen M. Wolds his son, Parents, Larry Shealy Sr., Shirley Shealy and Brother Larry Shealy Jr., nieces, Tricia (Disbrow), Ashley and Jamie Shealy and their children., Uncles Jimmy and Donald Rigdon, Aunt Patricia Bellis and their children, multiple cousins here as well as in Pisgah, Alabama.
Visitation will be Friday, September 8, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home of Gainesville from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Jerry Don Holder

Jerry Don Holder, age 69 0f Newberry, Florida passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Jerry was the eldest of six children born to Minnie Lou Hart Holder and John Calvin Holder in Gainesville, FL on September 5, 1947. He graduated from Newberry High School. He was the owner and operator of Jerry’s Plumbing for over 45 years. In his younger years he enjoyed horseback riding and bull riding. He loved hunting and fishing, car racing, mud bogging and old cars and trucks. He was always well dressed and loved his Indian jewelry, cowboy boots and hats. His most memorable trait was that he was a man of few words. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Calvin Holder. He is survived by his son, Jerry Ryan Holder (Carmen), of Simi Valley, CA and daughter, Maryann Bryant (Charles), of Boone, NC, , three grandchildren, Riley and Kailey Holder and Bailey Reece. Sisters, June Jones (Jeff) of Trenton, FL. Lajaunna Jones (Winston) of Newberry, FL, Terry Ann Holder, and Jeanine Holder both of Newberry, FL, and extended family of nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Bronson Road Baptist Church 13840 NE 80th Avenue Newberry, Florida.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Joyce Estelle Bonnick

Joyce Estelle Bonnick, 98, formerly of Fort Thomas, Kentucky passed away in Gainesville, Florida on August 10, 2017. She was a very nice, kind, loving person. A devoted wife, mother, grand and great-grandmother. She had a wonderful life enjoying her family, traveling, playing golf and visiting her many friends.
“Stell” was preceded in death by her husband Albert Thomas Bonnick and her son Albert Thomas Bonnick, Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn (Steve) Carmichael and Susan Delaney; grandchildren Justin (Andrea) Carmichael, Stephanie (Steve) Miller, Alex Delaney, Elliot Delaney, Allison (Todd) Michel, Chris (Jen) Bonnick and Jarrod (Nicole) Bonnick; greatgrandchildren Drew and Abbey Felix, Carson Bonnick, Brett and Sierra Bonnick. Also, daughter in law Charlene Bonnick, dear niece and traveling companion Carole Sanders and many other beloved nieces and nephews.
Her memorial service will be in Kentucky at a later date. Memorials in her honor should be made to your charity of choice.

Mary Sutton Burton

Mary Sutton Burton, 64, a native of Gainesville, passed away following a long illness on August 29, 2017 at UF Health Shands. She was born on May 26, 1953 to Donald and Celeta Thomas, and adopted by her great-grandparents, Barney and Allie Lee Sutton. She worked as a Law Secretary for Jenkins and Tubb, and a Cancer Registrar for Shands Hospital for many years before retiring. She taught Sunday School for most of her life, and was active in the Children’s Church Ministry. She loved and enjoyed her extended family very much. Mary was preceded in death by both sets of parents, and her husband, Howard Burton.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Burton Gonzales (Albert), Michelle Burton Hopkins (Barry), Brothers, Don Orth (Gail), Eddie Thomas, and Robert Thomas, Sisters, Debbie Garmon (Rick), and Mary Bishop, Grandchildren, Jeremy, Christopher, Abigail, Olivia and Elizabeth, Great Grandchildren, Verali, Nathan, Elliott, and Zander, many nieces and nephews, many wonderful friends, and her beloved cat, “Sport”.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Country Crossroads Baptist Church, 11411 SR 121, Gainesville, FL 32653, with Rev. Ray DeBusk officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Country Crossroads Baptist Church “Roof Fund”.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES- 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Jason Gilbert Gainey

Jason Gilbert Gainey, 37, passed away at North Florida Regional Hospital ICU after a short illness on August 22, 2017. He was born on October 29, 1979 at Alachua General Hospital to Kaye Lewis and Floyd Gainey. He was an Alachua native graduating from Santa Fe High School. He was active in 4H and the FFA programs in the county having grown up on a pioneer farm. He started his career in law enforcement as a 911 dispatch operator for High Springs Police Department. He then went to work for Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as a 911 dispatch operator and was then trained for FEMA disasters. He then moved to paradise, and worked for the Key West Police Department, where he excelled as a 911 operator. After all of these stressful jobs he took a much less stressful job as taxi driver in Key West; only Jason would name his taxi and create a Facebook page named “Sassie Taxi.” He furthered his education to include becoming a Master Diver and a published photographer. He moved back to Gainesville to be closer to his family and join his father in business, Floyd’s Organic Soil, LLC, where he made many new friends. Jason loved to travel and enjoy life to the fullest. He would want to be remembered for his laughter and how much he loved his friends and family. He leaves behind his mother Kaye Lewis, father Floyd Gainey, sister Tori Bass and nephew Kaleb Bass whom was the apple of his eye. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lonnie and Claudia Lewis, and his paternal grandparents Mozell and Cortez Gainey all of Alachua.
A celebration of Jason’s life will be held at the chapel of Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville on Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 5-7:00 PM, where there will be a time for his friends and family to share memories and stories. For those who wish, please make memorial contributions in Jason’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Madeleine Hall Dampier

Madeleine Hall Dampier, age 96 of LaCrosse, FL passed away at her home under the loving care of her granddaughter, Ashley, and surrounded by her family on Tuesday August 15, 2017. Madeleine was born in Bethel, Maine on April 18, 1921 to Fred and Gladys Hall. She graduated from the Gould Academy in Bethel, in 1940. She was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, watching hummingbirds, and quilting. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother; and a longtime member of the Antioch Baptist Church in LaCrosse.
Mrs. Dampier was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years William Duval Dampier, sisters Wilma Quimby and Marguerite McNally. She is survived by her sons: Brian ( Sharlene ) Dampier, Clyde ( Tammy ) Dampier, and Neil Dampier, six grandchildren: Jennifer, Chris, Brian, Jason, Derrick, and Ashley who was her loving caretaker, and five great grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday August 21, 2017 at Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse, FL. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Ira Lester Wigglesworth

Ira Lester Wigglesworth, age 96, passed away peacefully at Hunter’s Crossing Place, Gainesville, Florida, on August 15, 2017. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 68 years, Doris.
Lester was born in Fenholloway, Florida, on August 18, 1920, and grew up in Waycross, Georgia. Following Lester’s discharge from the military in 1946, the Wigglesworth Family moved to Gainesville and became devoted members of Wesley United Methodist Church. Lester was in the masonry contracting business, Wigglesworth Brothers Masonry Contractors, Inc., until his retirement in 1982. He was an avid fisherman, who was loved and respected by everyone. He will be profoundly missed.
Lester is survived by his children, Ira Lester Wigglesworth, Jr. and partner, Ethel “Effy,” of Gainesville, and Dana W. Dickson and husband, L. James “Jim” Dickson, of Clearwater; three granddaughters, Kim Merlin, Kelly Ramirez, and Melissa Mitchell, and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Hazel Beverly, of Jackson, Tennessee, and a brother, Clyde, of Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice of Gainesville, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at Wesley United Methodist Church, 826 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609. A private graveside service will be held at Forest Meadows East with military honors.

Helen “Kitty” Gray Hice

Helen “Kitty” Gray Hice, age 71 of Gainesville, FL passed away in Gainesville on Tuesday August 15, 2017. Kitty was born in Sylva, North Carolina on February 4, 1946 to Charlie and Mary Owens Gray.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Western Carolina University. She was an artist and a teacher. Kitty enjoyed taking care of her family, and was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years Larry Hice, two children and two grandchildren, brothers Eddy Gray and Charlie Gray, Jr., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361

Yancey Harris Simmons

Yancey Harris Simmons passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. She is survived by her husband of fifty-one years, Lamar Simmons and two daughters, Sharla S. Simmons of Gainesville and Allison S. McKinney (Jon) of Oviedo, Florida. She has two grandchildren, Mason C. McKinney and Mallory C. McKinney both of Oviedo, Florida. Her parents and only sister Lou Harris Wetzel preceded her in death.
Yancey was born in Gainesville, Florida on January 6, 1943 to J. Fred and Mary Lou Harris. She grew up in Gainesville, graduated from the University of Florida, and worked as a teacher in the Alachua County Public School System.
A visitation with the family is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5-7 at the Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. A private graveside service for the family is scheduled at a later date under the direction of Reverend Elwood Baker and assisted by Mrs. Cindy Burtscher.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606, or The American Cancer Society.

Harold Wilford “Mac” McDavid

Harold Wilford “Mac” McDavid, age 82 of Melrose, FL passed away Friday August 11, 2017. He was born April 28, 1935 in McClenny, FL. Mac joined the US Navy in 1954. After his tour of duty was over he attended radio and television school and had a successful television business for several years in Jacksonville. Then in 1962 he started his 55 year career working on IBM typewriters. He first worked for IBM in 1962, and then started his own business in 1968. In 1970 he moved from Jacksonville to the Melrose/Keystone Heights area and opened a new typewriter business in Gainesville in 1980. While in Jacksonville he met and married his wife of 61 years, Frances McDavid. In the early 1970’s after moving to the Keystone Heights area “Mac” was instrumental in developing the Keystone Heights Recreation Association. When he first started there were only 3 little league baseball teams in the KRA. After 3 years of hard work and tremendous support from the community there were 114 teams playing baseball and softball at the KRA. There were teams ranging from 5 year old girls tee league softball to adult over 40 softball with all the Little league teams in between. “Mac” enjoyed wood working, fishing, dove hunting and spending time with the grand kids. He was a member of the Keystone Heights Shrine Club and a master mason in the Jacksonville Riverside Mason Lodge 266.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Williams McDavid, his father Ralph and mother Bertie McDavid. He is survived by his daughter Janet McDavid and son Richard (Diane) McDavid, grandchildren Natalie and Stephanie Rich, Austin and Elliot McDavid, Courtney and Tyler Monson, and sister Doris (Jim) Buckley, Graveside Services will be held at the Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse, FL at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday August 19, 2017. A Celebration of Life will be held at his home in Melrose immediately following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Keystone Heights Shrine Club 150 SW 63rd Street Keystone Heights, FL 32656 (352) 473-2324.

Grace Tallman Meeks Padgett

Grace Tallman Meeks Padgett, age 77 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday August 4, 2017 in Gainesville. Grace was born on September 17, 1939 in Coral Gables, FL to Richard and Helen Tallman.
Graduate of Gainesville High School class of 1959, and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at North Florida Regional Medical Center from 1972 until her retirement in 1992. Grace enriched the lives of everyone she touched on her journey through this life. Grace was an avid Gators fan and a Newberry Panther fan. Loving wife, and devoted mother and grandmother.
Preceded in death by her parents, brother John Tallman and a sister Betty Tallman Goldin. She is survived by her husband Larry Padgett. Children: Michele Bingham Joines (David Joines) (Melrose), Maurice Bingham (Gainesville), Elizabeth Meeks (Melrose), Richard Meeks (Michelle Meeks) (Wetumpka AL). Grandchildren: Hannah Meeks Oakley, Deacon Meeks, Helen Bingham, Daniel Bingham. Brothers: Richard Tallman (Palatka), Aaron Tallman (Gainesville). A host of nephews and nieces & brothers and sisters-n-law, whom she loved dearly.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday August 8, 2017 at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. Where a visitation will be on Monday evening from 5-7 p.m. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery Archer, FL.

James Wilburn Voyles

James Wilburn Voyles –Born May 30, 1923 – Died August 5, 2017
Jim Voyles joined his wife Anne in Heaven on Saturday August 5, 2017.
Jim was born on May 30, 1923 in Dover, Florida to John A. and Addie Voyles, the second of four sons, Ed, Jim, Vernon, and Alton, and lived in Central Florida through his teens. He attended the University of Florida, but when WWII was declared, Jim joined the Naval Reserves where he attended Emory University, followed by Officers Candidate School in Plattsburg, where he was commissioned as Lieutenant JG. Jim was second in command of a ship that was deployed to the Pacific, where they were assigned to sweep for mines in advance of the carriers.
After WWII ended Jim was honorably discharged and returned home to complete his education at the University of Florida under the GI bill, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and, Bachelor of Law degree, and Juris Doctorate.
Jim married Anne Hughes in 1950, and they were blessed with 66 years of marriage, and three children. They opened Jim Voyles Appliances in 1951, which they managed together successfully for 46 years. After retiring Jim became involved with the Food Bank, where he served on the Board of Directors, bringing in his wife Anne to serve as Director. While Anne was the director, he was, as always in their relationship, the guiding force behind her decisions. They continued to shepherd the Food Bank for 16 years. Although Jim never wanted the spotlight on himself, he worked behind the scenes encouraging and guiding others to achieve success, allowing others to receive the recognition.
Jim is survived by his three children Robert Voyles (Alice), Susan Doherty (John) and Carol Powell (Larry), seven grandchildren – Chase Wilkerson (Stacy), Heather Lacy (Jonathan), Adam Voyles (Erin), Brenden Doherty (Lacey), Cassidy Roberts (Anthony), Joshua Randolph (Alison), Kaitlin Doherty, eight great grandchildren, Christian, Skyler, Luke, Olivia, Wyatt, Carley, Zoe, and Alex, as well as many special nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Jim was a faithful and loving husband, and a loving and supportive father and grandfather. He was a deeply faithful man who loved the Lord. He was a very quiet man who will always be remembered for his ability to listen and provide wise advice, his super tight hugs, and was a wonderful encourager. Jim was much loved and a blessing to all who knew him.
Visitation will be held on Friday August 11, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home. Service held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel at Milam’s.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to Bread of the Mighty, 325 NW 10 Ave. Gainesville, FL 32601, or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

David Robert Gould

David Robert Gould, 66, passed away due to heart failure on July 30. David was born on January 23, 1951 in Norfolk, England. His mother, maiden name Sarah McCaffrey, was an Irish citizen, and his father, David Abraham Gould, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. David was the first American baby born in England after WWII, since his mother claimed her British citizenship. David’s father passed away when he was 8, and after a few years his mother married again to Albert Miglore. His childhood spanned many places, including England, Ireland, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. On January 26, 1973, he married the love of his life, Gloria Billick, and he spent the rest of his life with her. David served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years, leaving on medical discharge in 1989. Despite his medical discharge being related to issues with his eye sight, he went on to earn a B.A. in Fine Arts at the University of Florida and spent the remainder of his career in graphic arts, first at the St. John’s River Water Management District, and then later at V.A. hospitals in Lake City and Gainesville, Florida. Although his work was in graphic arts, he enjoyed all mediums—from painting and drawing to sculpture and ceramics. He spent the majority of his short retirement with his family, particularly devoting love and care to his four grandchildren. David will be remembered most for his dedication to family, his quick sense of humor, and the strength and support he provided to everyone around him.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Gould, his son David Gould, his daughter Jenna Miller and her husband Joshua Miller, his sisters Marie Gimbrone and Christine Hess, and his grandchildren Jonathan Miller, Bree Miller, Gloria Gould, and Aria Miller. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. at Unity of Gainesville, Florida, 8801 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32606. Arrangements are being handled by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32601.

Dr. Thomas H. Fay

Dr. Thomas H. Fay, age 90, died after a brief illness on Sunday, July 30, 2017. He was born on September 14, 1926 in Gainesville, Florida to Lucile Holbert Long and Thomas Holland Fay. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout before heading off to college. Tom graduated with a B.A. in Speech from the University of Florida. He went on to graduate with a MA in Music from Columbia University. Duty called and he served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
He then continued his education and received his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Disorders from the University of Illinois. He returned to New York to work as a professor at Columbia University and also served as a Director of the Speech and Hearing Lab at Presbyterian Hospital. Concurrently, he served as the Noise Specialist on the Environmental Control Board under four different NYC mayors. In 1983, he was recognized as Honorable Deputy Chief of the NYFD for his work on Noise and Siren Protocol. Just two years ago, he traveled to NYC to update his NYFD identification card and was greeted warmly by the firemen of Station 18.
During his career, he received numerous awards. Given his life-long appreciation of music, he gladly accepted an offer from Leontyne Price to “turn the pages” during her performance at the Metropolitan Opera House. He also would accompany another dear friend, singer Dusty Springfield, to London when she performed there. Upon his retirement in 1991, he returned to his hometown roots in Gainesville, Florida, to care for his beloved mother. Tom certainly didn’t rest on his laurels. He became active in many organizations, however, his true passion was the Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. (ECAGI)
Tom is a direct descendant of the James T. Thomas family who began Evergreen Cemetery in 1856. He will be laid to rest in the original family plot next to his parents. Tom leaves behind his longtime trusted friend George Johnson, close friend Abe Walts, and rescue cats Hemmingway, Tiger, and Pepe. Services will be held, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 106 SW 3rd St, Gainesville, FL 32601, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the ECAGI- Evergreen Cemetery Association of Gainesville, Inc. ( a 501 c 3 organization ) 309 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601 .

Connie J. Gardner

Connie J. Gardner, 66, of Trenton, Florida, passed away on July 25, 2017 in the care of Haven Hospice. She was born on April 26, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan, to her parents, Jack L. Burns and Betty Jefferson. She is preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind her loving husband, Terry Gardner, her daughter, Tracy Maloy (fiancée Mike Rochon) of Hawthorne, her son, Richard Gardner of Waco, Texas, and her daughter-in-law, Roanne Gardner. Her siblings, Deb, Carol, and Rick. She also leaves behind her grand-children, Tracy’s children, Ashley Gardner, Terry Richard Gardner II, Maryellen Farrell, Samantha Gardner, and Richard’s children, Matthew Gardner, Jarod Gardner, and Evan Gardner. As well as her great-grand-daughter, Ashley’s daughter, Raelynn and, Maryellen’s daughter, Nevaeh. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, Florida, 32601, www.milamfh.com

Pamela Grace DeWitt

Pamela Grace DeWitt, 71, passed away unexpectedly on July 25. Pam had an immense capacity for love and showed it to all of those around her including the four-legged variety. Born Ju-ly 20, 1946 in Ellenville, New York, she grew up in Miami and then moved to Gainesville where she worked for many years as a dental lab technician. Her craftsmanship and care in making dental appliances was evident by the appreciation and gratitude she received from both dentists and recipients of her work. Pam was a truly spiritual soul who was a devoted member of Self-Realization Fellowship and their teachings of kindness, com-passion and the divine goodness of all beings.

Pam will be deeply missed by her two sisters Debbie DeWitt and Sherry Mason and her dear friend, Pam Doolen. She is al-so survived by her older brother, Robbie, and numerous neph-ews and nieces. And, little Sadie, her brand new puppy.

A private celebration of Pam’s life will be arranged at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cre-mation Services 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361

James “Jim” Wills

James “Jim “Wills, 75 of Gainesville, passed away on July 25, 2017 after an extended illness. Mr. Wills was born on December 29, 1941 in Price, Kentucky. Jim spent 4 years in the US NAVY and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved hunting, fishing, and the Gators. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Wills is survived by his wife, Elaine Wills, a daughter Cindy Wills, his grandchildren Jessica and William Andrews, his sisters Joyce Harrington, Donna Martin and brother Ron Wills. He was preceded in death by his brothers Harry and Howell Wills.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to UF Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Fund, 3550 Hull Road Gainesville, FL. 32607, www.uff.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving/FundDetail.asp?FundCode=011341, (352) 294-5400.
Memorial Services will be Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist Church, 9325 W. Newberry Road Gainesville, Fl.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL., (352) 376-5361, www.milamfh.com

Louise Elizabeth Moratto Kite-Powell

Louise Elizabeth Moratto Kite-Powell, 88, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 of natural causes while under the kind and loving care of Haven Hospice. Louise was a graduate of the 1946 class of P.K. Younge High School.
She was a great cook and loved to entertain. She had a quick-witted sense of humor and could talk to anyone. She enjoyed water skiing, fishing, bowling, golfing and gardening. She and Rufus also enjoyed travelling in their Airstream.
She leaves behind many family members, numerous friends, and an endless number of funny stories.
Louise’s family would like to express their appreciation to Harbor Chase of Gainesville. This had been her home for many years until her death. They were family to her and loved and cared for her as if she was their own. We are forever grateful to them.
Louise and Rufus were long time members of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, 16921 W. Newberry Rd. Services will be held there on Saturday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in the cremation plot located on the church grounds.

Miriam Liles Mathis

Miriam Liles Mathis passed away July 20; she was 90 years old. She was born in Spartanburg, SC and graduated from Converse College in 3 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from Emory University in Atlanta. She was on the library staff at the University of Florida until her children were born. When they were in the 4th and 8th grades, she returned to library work at Gainesville High School for 13 years. Since 1978 she has been retired.
Miriam has been a very active member of First United Methodist Church especially singing in the choir, ushering and being an active member of the Alter Guild.
She has been a member of the American Association of University Women for over 50 years, attaining an honorary life membership in 1999.
Mrs. Mathis was predeceased by her husband, Stanley in 2002. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Sellick and husband John of Savannah, GA and her son, Robert Stanley Mathis, Jr. and wife Beverly of Dallas, TX.
Her family will receive friends Friday, July 28, 2017 5-7pm at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 29 at 10:00am at First United Methodist Church. Burial in Forest Meadows Cemetery, 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Mary E. Rhine McEachin

Mary E. Rhine McEachin, age 93, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Good Samaritan Memory Unit, Dowling Park, Suwannee Co., Florida. Mrs. McEachin moved to Dowling Park in 2009 from Turkey Creek, Alachua, Florida. She had been a member of Highlands Presbyterian Church, Bridge Club at Highlands Presbyterian Church, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, and Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. McEachin was preceded in death by her parents, J.S. and Essie Stanley Liddell and her sister, Essie Jo Coppins, survivors include two daughters, Ann Mott (Eric) of Alachua, FL. Judy L. Cook (Dale) of Flagler Beach, Florida; three brothers, Nick Rhine (Carol), Alachua, FL., Joseph Rhine, Flagler Beach, FL., and Jack Rhine (Debbie) Palm Coast, FL. Brother, Stanley Liddell (Marilou) of Orange Park, FL. Twelve Grandchildren, Eleven Great Grandchildren and Three Great Great Grandchildren. Mrs McEachin enjoyed elephants, going to the beach, Montret, and going on road trips with the church.
A celebration of life will be held, Thursday morning July 27, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 311 South Main St., Gainesville, FL. Inurnment will be private for the Family Only following the Celebration of Life Service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Good Samaritan Center, 10676 Marvin Jones BLVD, Live Oak, FL 32060.

Elizabeth “Beth” Templeton

Elizabeth “Beth” Templeton, 65, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on July 16, 2017, at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was born in Vidalia, Georgia, to Robert O’Neal and Audrey Poole O’Neal. In 1970, she married the love of her life, Edwin A. Templeton and together they raised two children Scott and Stacey.
Beth was a brilliant bright light who loved to cherish her family. She was a city girl who learned how to hunt and fish with her husband soon after they were married and stayed dedicated to those hobbies as well as gardening.
She worked for many years as a contract administrator for Evoqua Water Technologies, in Gainesville, FL.
Beth was happiest in bare feet and working in the yard. She loved flowers, and especially loved her grandchildren.
She leaves behind her husband, Edwin, her mother, Audrey, her two children, Scott Templeton and Stacey (Billy) Wood. Also to mourn her loss, her sister Linda (Larry) Goolsby, brother Jody O’Neal, and four grandchildren, Clint (Bethany) Wood, Amber Templeton, Garrett Wood, and Gavin Wood.
She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday July 19, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. The service will be on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, 6259 SE 75th AVE Newberry, FL 32669. Interment will follow at Newberry Cemetery.

Judy Tanner Golden

Judy Tanner Golden, 87, of Gainesville, FL went to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at the ET York Hospice Care Center. Judy was born on February 5, 1930 in Newberry, FL to Elijah and Lillie Tanner.
Mrs. Golden worked as a diamond consultant for Imperial House and Service Merchandise. She was a long and faithful member of Northwest Baptist Church. Judy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was a gracious friend to many people. She was known for her kindness, honesty, generosity and selflessness. Always a good listener, her advice and wisdom will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Golden was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty years, Stansel E. Golden, Sr., her adoring daughter Genie Bell Golden, a sister Ella Mae Rosenberger, brother Allen Tanner. She is survived by her son, Stansel “Stan” E. (Teri) Golden, Jr., her two grandsons Derek (Kelley) Golden and Adam “Buck” Golden, and four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday July 17, 2017 at Forest Meadows East Cemetery 3700 SE Hawthorne Road Gainesville, FL. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Robert “Bob” Larry Sharp

Robert “Bob” Larry Sharp, 76 of Newberry, Florida passed away on Sunday, July 9th 2017 at his home in Newberry. Bob was born in Otter Creek, Florida on December 17th, 1940 to John and Ola Mae Sharp.

Bob joined the Navy at 17, serving as a Radioman, retiring in 1977 as a First-Class Petty Officer with 21 years of honorable service. Bob held a number of jobs over the years, from boat captain for an environmental testing firm to plant mechanic for the Alachua County School Board to running his own maintenance company. Bob was one to always keep busy, whether tending his plants and fruit trees (it was said that he could plant a stick in the ground and it would grow) to trying his hand at worm farming. Bob was an avid bowler, participating in many leagues over the years, and statewide tournaments. His favorite thing to do was fishing, followed closely by hunting. Bob was also an accomplished cross-stitcher.

Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Gene Sharp and John Abner, sisters Laura Miller, Freda Mae Barnhill, and Virginia Meeks, and granddaughter Makayla Sapp. Bob is survived by his loving wife Wanda, brother Billy Ray, daughter Sommer (David Richter), son Stacy (Danielle), step-sons Eric (Marina) Sapp and Matthew (Deborah) Sapp, grandchildren Stephen, Spencer, Secelia, Shelby Minnix, Hallie Colding, Dylan Sapp, Alyssa Sapp, Hannah Sapp, Logan Sapp, and great-grandchildren Breighton Lansing and Savannah Sapp.

A Celebration of Life will be held July 25th at 2:00 pm at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Eleanor Okland Jones Thomas

Eleanor Okland Jones Thomas died July 8, 2017 at home. Born in Arnegard, North Dakota to Thomas and Inga Okland. She moved to Marion County, Florida with her husband, Paul Jones and four children in 1957. They moved to Gainesville in 1967. She worked as the office manager at Clay Electric Coop until her retirement. Her husband Paul passed away in 1996, and she later married Richard Thomas, who also predeceased her.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her brother, Melvin Okland and her sister, Esther Heggen; three sons, Allen Jones (Renee), Larry Jones (Betsy) and David Jones (Laraine), 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Her daughter, Gloria Johns (Brice) predeceased her.
Family visitation will be held on Saturday, July 15th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, where Mrs. Thomas was a member for over 40 years. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Antioch Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.

Mary Sue Hobday

Mary Sue Hobday, 92 of Gainesville, FL passed away on July 5, 2017. Sue was born December 11, 1924 in Chattanooga, TN to Ed and Minnie Barger. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and attended First Presbyterian of High Springs. Sue was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed caring for her family.
Mrs. Hobday was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Henry C. Hobday, Jr, and her son Henry “Hank” C. Hobday, III. She is survived by her brother in law George “Bo” Anderson, Jr. and a nephew George “Dutch” Anderson. III, and friends.
Graveside Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday July 12, 2017 at Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, FL.

Barbara Ann Harmon Ganey

Barbara Ann Harmon Ganey, 84, of Gainesville passed away July 4, 2017 in Orange Park, Fl. with her sons by her side. Barbie was born February 14, 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Harold G. Harmon and Mary Vogt Harmon.
She was an active member of St. Andrew’s Church (Anglican), in Gainesville. Barbie was involved in many activities that gave her great joy. She loved playing bridge, being at the lake, going to the mountains and spending time with her family. Barbie was an avid fan of sports and loved her Florida Gators. She was also a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Alachua General Hospital Auxiliary, Wall Street Belles and Mary Martha Bible Study.
Barbie is predeceased by her husband Isaac (Ike) Ganey MD and her sister Joan Burkhardt. She is survived by her sons Michael Ganey of Keystone Heights, Steven Ganey of Gainesville, Richard Ganey (Kelley) of Orange Park and Brett Ganey of Jacksonville as well as grandchildren Isaac, Allison, Andrew, Christopher, Nicholas, Matthew and Daniel Ganey.
A memorial service to celebrate Barbie’s life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Gainesville. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Special thanks to Haven Hospice, Life Care Center of Orange Park, Orange Park Medical Center and Hope Lodge at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The love, compassion and support they all showed was greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 745 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, Fl. 32065; Hope Lodge at Moffitt Cancer Center, 12810 USF Magnolia Dr. Tampa, Fl. 33612 or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2715 NW 39 Ave. 32605.

Rufus “Jack” Tilmon Hadley

Rufus “Jack” Tilmon Hadley, 88 of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully on the Fourth of July 2017. Director of Information Services, within the Administrative Affairs department at the University of Florida. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Carol Creighton Hadley, sons Malcolm Styron (Lisa) Hadley, Rufus Edwin Summer Hadley, step children Christopher Bisbee (Jennifer), Ashley Dopf (Bill). Known as Papa Jack to his six grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday July 22, 2017 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 100 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601. Instead of flowers, consider a donation to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church or Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Joyce Faye Sparks Philman

Joyce Faye Sparks Philman, 63 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday July 1, 2017. She was born on September 26, 1953 in Gainesville, FL to Roger William and Flora Mae Sparks.
Ms. Philman graduated from Gainesville High School, and was a bus driver for Alachua County for many years. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post # 2811. She held many waitress jobs and worked at Louis Lunch until their closing in 2010. She loved to spend time with family and friends, and was very outgoing and energetic.
Ms. Philman is survived by her two daughters Emily Cheves of Gainesville, Lisa Thames of Gainesville, four grandkids, brother William (Peggy) Sparks of Gainesville, sister Marie Ringley of Deland, FL.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the VFW Post 2811 1150 NE Waldo Road Gainesville, FL 32608. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to the VFW Post 2811.

Jack Monroe Kennard

Jack Monroe Kennard, age 93, passed away Saturday July 1st, 2017. He was born February 3, 1924 in Mount Dora, FL.
Jack served his Country in the U. S. Navy as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Jack retired from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad as an Engineer.
Jack was passionate about his family and friends, his Florida Gators, cat “Kitty”, flowers, wild birds and animals he fed daily in his back yard.
He was a long time member of the 1st Baptist Church in Newberry.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Lee, his father Harry, mother Jessie Kennard and brother, Towney. He is survived by his nephew Towney Kennard, Jr., niece Ginger Petty, cousin Cleyone K. Fowler and husband Paul, nephew Terry Bishop and wife Janet, niece Pam Overton and husband Danny.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 6, 2017 at the First Baptist Church 25520 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669, with a viewing for one hour prior. Interment with Military Honors will be in Forest Meadows West.

Bobbie Deloise Olliff

Bobbie Deloise Olliff, died peacefully on June 30, 2017 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL. Bobbie was born October 10, 1936, in Ashford, Alabama to Roosevelt and Lemmie (Thompson) Johnson. She married Donathan Olliff in Ardela Community in Southeast Alabama on August 18, 1955, and together they raised Karen and Gregory.
She loved to garden, travel, rock hunt, lapidary, fish, bird watch, and participate in community affairs. Bobbie worked for many years as an emergency room nurse at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, AL. They moved back to the Gainesville area in 2002.
Her survivors include her husband Donathan, her daughter Karen (William) Kyle from Tallahassee, her son Gregory (Joyce) from Mary Ester, a brother Billy Max Johnson (Irene) from Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and a sister-in-law Dorothy Johnson of Dothan, AL, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday July 5, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church 14805 NW 140th Street Alachua, FL 32615. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the First United Methodist Church of Alachua, or the charity of your choice.

David Paul Fitzgerald, P.E.

David Paul Fitzgerald, P.E. was taken from us on June 27th, his 57th birthday, as he bicycled back from a workout at the NE pool in Gainesville, Fl. A man who could not still, David touched many lives.
David was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech where he met his wife, Kiera. Accepted into Tau Beta Pi, he graduated in 1983 with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biology. He moved to Florida to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, then to Gainesville where, he received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on robotics and controls from the University of Florida. He was the lead designer on a pilot decontamination system for the US Air Force prior to accepting a position at CH2M Hill where he rose to the level of senior project manager and eventually served as CH2M HILL’s Southeast Regional Information Solutions Operations Manager. In 2000 he left CH2M to start D.P. Fitzgerald, Inc., where his knowledge of PLC programming and SCADA systems, coupled with his process mechanical and biology backgrounds, made him an unparalleled expert in his field.
More importantly, having his own consulting firm allowed him to be actively involved with his two sons. He and Liam achieved blackbelts in Taekwondo. He was Cullen’s diving coach, leading him to become the #1 diver in the county and region and a finalist at States. And, through P.K. Yonge, David became renowned for his set building skills, including the rotating set for Les Misérables.
After his sons graduated, David shifted his focus to singing in the Gainesville Civic Chorus’s Master Chorale and Chamber Singers. A high lyric baritone, he had been taking lessons and extended his vocal range from low G to high G and touched a high B flat at his last lesson. He and Kiera took ballroom dance classes and really enjoyed Latin dance. David was also learning Gaelic and Spanish. For 28 years they camped with the same friends.
David leaves behind his wife, partner, and best friend Kiera, they would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this year, sons Liam and Cullen Fitzgerald, mother Lydia O’Neil, father Irving F. “Boonie” ’Anderson, Jr. (Mickey), half siblings Kathryn O’Neil Hill (David Hill), Paul O’Neil (Jennifer O’Neil), Irving F. “Kip” Anderson, III (Mary), Michael Scot Anderson (Katherine), Mathew G. Anderson (Michelle), aunt Jacqueline Smith (Joe), uncles Raymond A. Anderson (Norma Jean), Mark W. Anderson (Bonnie). Mother-in-Law Fionnuala Swords, brothers and sister-in-law Brendan M. Swords (Sherilyn), Aidan J. Swords, Owen P. Swords (Ruth), Mairin B. Swords (Linda Buonocore – deceased), and Kevin Swords (deceased), 10 cousins, 14 nieces and nephews, 7 grand nieces and nephews, and countless good friends who have surrounded Kiera, Liam and Cullen with love and compassion though this difficult time, you know who you are. In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory can be sent to one of his favorite organizations:

The People’s Bank for Bobby Hill Fund, P.O. Box 4250, Eatonton, GA 31024, The Gainesville Civic Chorus, http://www.gcchorus.net/, Virginia Tech or University of Florida Chapter of the Engineers Without Borders, https://www.ewb-usa.org/ or Alachua Habitat for Humanity, http://www.alachuahabitat.org/

A celebration of life choral concert will take place Sunday July 16th at 2:00 pm at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church 9700 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Robert A. “Bob” Keeter

Robert A. “Bob” Keeter, born on July 13, 1955, at the old Alachua General Hospital and died on June 28, 2017 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which began in April 2011 and slowly extinguished his physical abilities, overall health and ultimately, ability to breathe.

I am survived by the truest loves life could bring, the perfect fulfillment of my most fervent dreams: my so deeply loved Beth (God’s perfect gift when needed most), my daughters Danielle and Sydnie (who endured the crushing heartbreak of an earlier divorce, yet found ways to love and be loved) and my son Noah (whom I cannot write about without being overwhelmed by tears of absolute joy and yet sadness at being removed so early from his life). Beth’s sister Lara and husband Rick, together with their children Sarah Beth, Annie, Gracie, Josh, Esther and Lucy have been loving travelers through my life.

Those very dear family members who died before me were my beloved Mom and Dad (Barbara and Aden Keeter), my Mom’s wonderful parents, Nana and Grandpap (Margaret and Frank Wilson) and Beth’s Mom and Dad (Janice and Barry Graves) all of whose wondrous friendships, loves and desires to include me as well as so many others, forever positively changed my life. Their deaths created tremendous voids in my life.

To all my past and current friends, co-workers, clients and acquaintances, I extend my most sincere and truly heart-felt thanks for all the camaraderie, conversations, smiles and overall kindnesses you extended to me throughout the years, and certainly after I became ill. As for any and all of my failed relationships, I offer a forever apology and hope in the end all will be forgiven. For my such beloved family I leave behind – Beth, Danielle, Sydnie and Noah – and friends, I continue my lifelong hope and dream we will one day all enjoy something even better together.

2nd Timothy 4:7- “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” Psalm 107:1 – 2 Corinthians 1:4:

A celebration of Bob’s life will held on Monday July 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Grace United Methodist Church at Fort Clarke, with Pastor Rick Thompson presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends please make memorial contributions to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606 OR to the ALS Association, Florida Chapter 3242 Parkside Center Circle Tampa, FL 33619-0907.

Lucille Marlowe King

Lucile Marlowe King, 81 of Newberry passed away on June 27,2017 at her home. Lucile was a life- long resident of Newberry. Lucile was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Newberry High School. Mrs. King worked as a Food Service Manager at Newberry High School and Newberry Middle School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Newberry.
Lucile leaves behind her children, Alan and Cindy King of Milton GA., Bill King of Newberry, Bruce King of Newberry, Foster Son, Harvey Hampton, a Sister, Hellen Marlowe, Grandchildren, Megan and David Renner of St. Johns, FL., Mallorie and Brandon Kravitz of Maitland, Fl., Michelle King, Madison King both of Milton, GA. Great Grandchildren, Irelyn Renner, Jillian Renner. Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband, Preston King Jr., Parents Gilbert Daniel and Nellie Mae Marlowe, Her Brothers Curtis Marlowe, Gilbert D. Marlowe Jr., Walter Marlowe, her Sister Loyce Mae Cook.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. Funeral Services will be Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Newberry. The burial will be at Union Baptist Church Cemetery following the services.

Catherine Elizabeth Mayer

Catherine Elizabeth Mayer, born on February 4, 1924, passed away peacefully at home at Hunters Crossing Place in Gainesville, FL on Sunday night, June 25th. In the weeks before her death, Catherine was comforted by the loving presence of her family, including her daughters Cathy and Ellen, her loving son-in-law, Alan and her grandchildren.
Catherine was a beautiful, kind and gentle soul. She was a truly sweet lady who spent her retirement years in the service of others. She sponsored many children from childhood to adulthood through her monthly contributions to World Vision. She was a longtime volunteer at Hospice Attic where she made many lasting friends. Catherine was a rare beauty but in her modesty she valued kindness and good character above all.
Catherine is survived by her daughters, Catherine Parlapiano (Alan) and Ellen Mee (Michael), and her grandchildren and their families; Adam Parlapiano and wife Corie, Jessica Parlapiano Arledge and husband Tom, Ross Hall, Eric Pickford and Brennan Pickford. She is also survived by her beloved great grandchildren, Gavin Arledge, Kili Pickford, and Brielle Pickford.
We wish to express our enormous gratitude to Catherine’s friend and longtime caregiver, Marilyn “Mel” Jordan, who stood by us through thick and thin, and the wonderful and supportive staff at Hunters Crossing Place and Haven Hospice.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606 and/or World Vision at www.worldvison.org.

William Alton “Al” Moon, Jr.

William Alton “Al” Moon, Jr. age 72, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Haven Hospice, E.T. York Care Center, Gainesville, Florida, of a brain disease (possibly Alzheimer’s) that he battled for several years.
Al was born in Panama City, Florida. He grew up in Eastman, Georgia, lived in Atlanta, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tallahassee, and moved to Gainesville in 1998. He graduated with a BS in Accounting from Florida State University and was an Accountant and an Auditor before retiring from the Office of Audit and Compliance Review, University of Florida in 2011.
Al was preceded in death by his parents: William Alton “Bill” Moon, Sr. and Willie May “Billie” McTyre Moon. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Susan Jane McKinney Moon “Susie” of Gainesville, FL. Three sons: William Alton “Bill” Moon, III and Jeffrey Edward Moon (Amanda) both of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Paul McKinney Blair of Tallahassee, FL. One sister: Kathryn Moon Giles (Verlyn) of Ponte Vedra, FL, and a granddaughter Ophelia Renata Moon who is due Aug. 2017.
A Celebration of Life Service led by Al’s cousin, J. Andrew McTyre, will be held Friday July 7, 2017, at 2:00 PM at E.T. York Haven Hospice Center, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 with a reception to follow at Haven Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Al by making a donation to Gainesville Young Life, PO Box 14791, Gainesville, FL 32604 or Haven Hospice (above address).

Gertrude “Gertie” Marie Davis Strickland

Gertrude “Gertie” Marie Davis Strickland, 92 passed away peacefully in Gainesville on June 18, 2017. She was born in Taylor, FL on February 25, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband, John “JB” Strickland, her son John W. Strickland, granddaughter Stacy Smith and two sisters Lou Burke and Melvene Brehme. She is survived by her son Bruce Strickland, sister Joyce Matthews and brother Clifton Davis, along with eight grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

She retired from GE and spent many years volunteering her services to several organizations including the Stephen Ministry, Hospice, Gainesville Elk’s Club, GE Retirement, Grace Presbyterian Church among many others. She enjoyed ballroom dancing. She was a long time resident of Hawthorne who loved her home on Lake McMeekin, “T’will Do”. She spent countless hours working in her yard and enjoyed watching the sunset over the lake.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Grace Presbyterian Church 3146 NW 13th Street Gainesville, FL 32609, with a viewing for one hour prior. Interment will be in Hawthorne Cemetery.

Martha Rimes Tinney

Martha Rimes Tinney, 91, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 10, 2017, after a prolonged illness. She was born on February 9, 1923 in Brooker, Florida to William Oscar Rimes and Minnie L. Green Rimes. She along with her older sister and younger brother grew up in Union and Bradford Counties and graduated from Bradford County High School in Starke, Florida. Martha worked at Camp Blanding, in Starke during the latter part of World War II. In 1946 while working at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD., she met and married Franklin S Tinney. In 1954 they returned to Florida and eventually settled in Gainesville in 1959. Martha was a homemaker and enjoyed her family, friends, gardening, cooking, doll making, and sewing.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her sister M. Agnes Smith, her brother, William M. Rimes, her loving husband of 58 years, Franklin S. Tinney and daughter-in-law, Sharman Lashley Tinney. She is survived by two sons, William S. Tinney and Bruce F. Tinney(Maryjo) Four grandsons Trey Tinney (Jill), Dallas Tinney (Leianne), Benjamin Tinney, and Jason Tinner, two great grandsons, Dakota Poole and Mason Tinney and three great granddaughters, Violet Tinney, Reagan Tinney and Lily Tinney.
As per her wishes, burial will be private at New River Cemetery near Brooker, FL. In her memory and in lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606.

Herman D. Bowers

Herman D. Bowers, aged 82, passed away on July 21, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida, following a short illness. Funeral services will be on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 11:00 am, at First Baptist Church, Waldo, Florida. Visitation will be held at Milam Funeral Home Thursday, July 27th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Herman was born August 19, 1934, in Lake Wales, FL to James T. “Bud” Bowers and Myrtle Lee Mimbs. He attended the University of Florida, where he completed AF ROTC training and earned a BSA in Dairy Science with a minor in General Agriculture. During his tenure in the ROTC, he served as Commander of the Billy Mitchel Drill Team.

Herman married Margie M. Hogan on June 17, 1956. They traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, and many places in the United States during his service in the U.S Air Force. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 1956 and completed his service as a Captain in 1966. During his years as a civilian, he served in several agricultural positions, ranging from poultry and dairy to soil and water conservation, ending his career as Agricultural Product Specialist with the Dairy Division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Also during this time, he spent 27 years as an instructor of the Dale Carnegie Course in Effective Speaking and Human Relations.

Herman ministered as a deacon, youth leader, and choir member at First Baptist Church of Waldo for many years. He was also on the Board of Trustees of Florida Baptist Financial Services. He was a committee member for Gainesville YoungLife and was devoted to helping young people find Christ.

His memory is honored by his wife, sons Michael (Theresa), Allen (Christine) and Daniel (Brittany), seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, as well as many extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Herman Bowers to YoungLife Gainesville, P.O. Box 14791 Gainesville, Florida 32604 or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 216, Waldo, Florida 32694.

Arlene Rhea Mummert Ellis

Mother, Arlene Rhea Mummert Ellis, said her final, “Bye for now”, as she passed from this earthly life to her eternal home on June 18, 2017.

On October 23, 1920, Mother was born on a farm outside of East Berlin, PA. Inspite of knowing much heartache growing up, Mother held onto the happy memories of her childhood. She knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior all of her life and her child-like faith was a source of comfort and encouragement to her as well as all those she influenced.

After losing both of her parents, it became necessary for Mother to support herself in her teens as a live-in nanny. In her early twenties she went to live with an aunt and uncle in Florida where she worked in both a millenary shop and hotel coffee shop At this time she met her future husband, George Ellis. They married December 3, 1944 while he was home on leave from serving in New Guinea with the Army. Prior to their marriage, Mother worked as “Rosie the Riveter” in Baltimore. They had their first three children (Marjorie, George, Jr., and Sharon) while living in Ocala and then moved to Gainesville, FL where their youngest son (Tom) was born. After renting in town for four years, they bought a home in the Idylwild neighborhood on SW 19th Street where Mother resided for fifty years.

Mother was the center of our extended family. She was the “Energizer Bunny” who kept a meticulous home, loved flower gardening, and feeding and caring for her family and others. Her joy, love of life and the beauty of creation, along with her kindness, servant’s heart, gentle ways, dancing eyes and smile, will always be appreciated and remembered. During her fifty-four years in Gainesville, Mother was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was active in her Sunday School class and Missions group. She was a long time member of the Gainesville Garden Club Daisy Circle. Mother was also an active member of the Gainesville Women’s Club. She supported many charitable organizations with the Florida Baptist Children’s Home being the most dear to her heart.

July of 2007, Mother moved to Seaford, VA to reside with her daughter Sharon and her family (George; Emily, Christine and David Altmann). Being the people-person Mother is known and loved for, she quickly made friends and adjusted to her new surroundings. While the move wasn’t without difficulties, Mother was always determined that happiness is a state of mind and not dependent upon circumstances. She counted her blessings daily! She was blessed to be part of the Granny Girls with her dear friends Nancy Tando and Marilyn Davidson. Their friendship was priceless!

In early November, 2015 (shortly after her 95th birthday) Mother began receiving care from Riverside Hospice. Her nurses, Heather Trombley and Dannielle Wellbrock , along with her aide, Sherinna Hammon, were excellent care-givers and kind, loving friends. Velvet Young joined our family in February 2016 for the purpose of coming along side of us to give Mother the best care we could possibly provide. In time, we realized that more assistance was needed and Cindy Rowe pitched in to lighten our load. We are eternally grateful for all of the love and care that has been given to Mother and our family.

Mother was preceded in death by her loving husband of forty-five years, George L. Ellis, Sr. (1919-1989); her first born child, Marjorie Kinnan Ellis Etheridge (1946-1971); her parents, Jacob Peter Mummert (6/29/1895 – 2/6/1935) and Velma Rhea Walker Mummert (4/22/1901-12/27/1924); and two brothers: Merle Jacob Mummert (1/28/22 – 4/10/1924), Francis Ulee (Frank) Mummert (10/30/23 – 2/26/2001); and one sister, Lavern Florence Mummert (12/27/1924 – died at birth). She also mourned the loss of a dear niece and nephew as well as a great-niece and great-nephew.

Mother leaves behind her dearly loved sister (in-law), Janet Mummert; three living children: George L. Ellis, Jr., and his wife, Audrey Alterman Ellis; Tom Ellis, and his wife, Janis Williams Ellis; and me, Sharon R. Ellis Altmann and my husband, George D. Altmann. Mother’s twelve grandchildren were the apple of her eye: Mary Katherine Etheridge Brabham and her husband, Charles Brabham; Betty Kinnan Etheridge Rolling and her husband Chuck Rolling; Stacy M. Ellis Thomas and her husband Rodney (Bow); Amber N. Ellis; Jamme P. Ellis Kendall and her husband James Dale Kendall; James (Bo) Latham Ellis; Emily R. Altmann Doskey and her husband, Gaelan Doskey; Christine S. Altmann; David N. Altmann; Gregory A. Ellis; Brian D. Ellis; and Lauren B. Ellis. Also, Mother’s pride and joy were her fourteen great-grandchildren: Katelyn Rolling; Kathryn Elizabeth Brabham; Lauren Brabham; Quinton Rolling; Ashlyn Rolling; Madison Brabham; Avery Kendall; Jordan Thomas; Rhys Kendall; Gabriel Doskey; Alexander Doskey; Bailey Grace Thomas; Mariana (Molly) Doskey; and William Doskey. Mother also leaves behind a few cousins and many nieces and nephews and their children. I am afraid I do not know all of their names but Mother did and loved them dearly.

The funeral service will be Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:00 am at the First Lutheran Church, 1801 NW 5th Avenue,Gainesville, FL 32603, under the direction of Milan Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL (Milamfh.com)

We are grateful for Armory Funeral Home in Grafton, VA for their services to us. Mother’s memorial service in Virginia will be planned for a later date with the information forth coming at amoryfuneralhome.com.

During Mother’s childhood, she spent two years in a Pennsylvania Baptist Children Home. In honor of Mother donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802; Children@FBCHomes.org

Robert “Bobby” Feely

Robert “Bobby” Feely passed away Thursday June 01, 2017 in his Crystal River, Florida home losing his struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Born in Tuscaloosa, AL on August 26, 1942 to Hugh and Margarete Feely. Bobby was raised in Jacksonville and Gainesville, FL. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his brother Hugh “Eddie” Feely.
Bobby graduated from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, FL. Then enlisted in the US Navy; deployed on the USS NOA. In 1962 Bobby and his shipmates on the NOA made history when they rescued LT Col. John Glenn and his space capsule Friendship 7 from the Atlantic Ocean. Returning from the service Bobby graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction. He worked for many years with Hubbard Construction in Orlando, FL and with R.B. Baker in Jacksonville, FL. He was passionate about his work and touched the life of everyone he ever met.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 30-years Sally Feely Crystal River, FL; Son John Bratcher Knoxville, TN: Daughters Kellie Bratcher-Goodwin Orlando, FL; Robin Bratcher Lange Holly Springs NC and Papaw to his grandchildren.
Extended family includes many nieces & nephews: Nick Coullias (Karen); Mark Feely (Candace); Aida Coullias (Steve); Kent Feely and Myra Leigh Ellenburg (Keith) and a multitude of great nieces & nephews.
Bob first and foremost was a child of God, loved reading the Bible, was on his eight reading at the time of his death. A loving husband to Sally; great man; awesome story teller, loved Gator football and an avid “gym rat” all his life.
Bobby will be remembered fondly by the multitude of family, friends and peers left behind.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday June 8th, 2017 at MILAM FUNERAL HOME, 311 S. Main ST., Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 at 11:00 AM. www.milamfh.com
The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice of Citrus County & the Nature Coast, 3264 W Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34461 in Bobby’s name.

Jeanette A. Martin

Jeanette A. Martin, 86
Passed away on June 3, 2017
She was born on July 4, 1930 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Peter and Mary Novia. She was preceded in death by her Mother and Father , 3 bothers and 1 sister all of her immediate family. She is served by her loving husband whom she married on May 20, 1950 in Worcester, Massachusetts of 67 years. William, her son William III his wife Carol and daughter Jean Marie Evans her husband Timothy Sr. 2 Grandsons, Timothy Jr his wife Tracey and William J, his wife Natalie. One Great Grandchild, Kinsley Mai Evans who was the love of her life for 10 ½ months and numerous Nieces and Nephews. She had a very active life with organizations like the Gainesville Newcomers Club (she especially liked the lunch bunch) and the many retail jobs she had. She was a very people person and loved and was loved by everyone. Needless to say, she will be missed by her family and all that know her.
Viewing and Memorial Service will be at MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry FL 32669. Service time to be announced at a later date.

Madelyn Amelia Colson

Madelyn Amelia Colson, 10 days old passed away on June 5, 2017. She is loved and survived by her parents, Cassidy Mark and Devin Colson, her grandparents, Kevin and Tessie Colson, Cecil and Michelle Mark, her Aunts Kayla Colson, Tayler Mark, her Uncle Elijah Mark and her Great Grandparents.
Funeral Services will be Monday, June 12, 2017 10:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church (formerly Parker Road Baptist Church) 3200 SW 122nd. Street Gainesville, FL. 32607, with viewing 1 hour prior at 9:00 a.m.
Burial will follow the services at Bethel Cemetery 7189 SW CR 334A Trenton, FL.32693

Willie Ray Blitch

Willie Ray Blitch passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at his home. He was 82. Born in Alachua, he has been here in this area his entire life. He retired after 37 years of service from Carlon Plastics in High Springs. He loved eating catfish and shrimp, and loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his sister Mary Sue Smith, niece Pam Dampier, step brother Henry Clifton Smelley of Hawthorne, FL., two children Tammy and David, and his two favorite beagles, Millie and Dixie.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM at Forest Grove Baptist Church, with a reception following. Burial will be private at a later date.

Richard “Dick” Henry Jones

Richard “Dick” Henry Jones, PhD, P.E., age 78, of Melrose, Florida, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017, in Gainesville, FL after a lengthy illness. He was born January 21, 1939 in Starkville, Mississippi to the late Thomas Nelson and Elizabeth Jones. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dr. Terese Gaboury-Jones of Melrose, his adopted son, Andre Doherty, one brother, T. Nelson Jones, Jr. and his wife Beverly, of Starkville, nephews Stan and James Jones, and niece, Christie Jones Lawrence of Irving, Texas.
Richard grew up in Starkville in a gracious Southern home that taught the importance of manners and education. A tall, lanky, handsome young man, he was quiet and introspective and enjoyed roaming the 700 acres of his father’s ranch lands outside of town.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1961 and the degrees of Master of Science and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida in 1964 and 1967, respectively. He was a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Tau Beta Pi National Honorary Engineering Fraternity. At the University of Florida, his supervising professor and mentor was Dr. A.P. Black, with whom he worked closely on a number of consulting and research projects.
Upon graduation, Richard joined the Gainesville firm of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE), now AMEC Foster Wheeler. In 1974, Richard and Larry Olson left ESE to form Jones, Olson and Associates. In 1975, Robert Edmunds joined the firm, which became Jones, Edmunds and Associates, Inc. Today, with 160 employees, the firm is ranked in the Top Twenty Design Firms in Florida and in the Top Two Hundred Environmental Firms of all types nationwide.
Richard’s expertise included domestic and industrial water and wastewater treatment, process engineering and design, in-plant waste reduction and hazardous waste management. He authored over forty environmental publications. As a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency, he developed the NPDES discharge limitations for the sugar cane industry and the timber products industry. As a consultant to leading citrus processing firms, he developed the treatment processes used in the citrus industry.
In 1992, Richard, Robert Edmunds and Brenda Robinson, Richard’s former wife, formed Trimark Properties to acquire and develop real property. Today, with subsequent partners John Fleming and Phillip Wagner, Trimark Properties owns and operates over fifty multi-family and commercial properties and is assisting in developing Gainesville’s Innovation Square area. The company has grown to over 50 employees and has received numerous City Beautification Awards.
Richard was a private, but adventuresome, man and enjoyed his solitary time fishing and hunting. He took scuba diving lessons and, for his first open water dive, descended over 100 feet into an underground cave. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he travelled to Switzerland every September to hike the glaciers with family and friends. He enjoyed travelling, especially to the Virgin Islands, for sailing and snorkeling.
In 1990 Richard moved to the peaceful beauty of Melrose Bay and loved to fish on Lake Santa Fe. In recent years, he and his wife, Terese, enjoyed travelling to Honduras to inspect her property and a school the couple helped establish for young women. Also, they traveled together for pleasure in the United States and Europe.
His quiet strength, his integrity, his intellect, and his wry sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family members, friends and associates.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society 4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609 www.alachuahumane.org.

Dennis Fred Matchett

Dennis Fred Matchett, age 68, of VFW Village in Fort McCoy, Florida passed away on May 25, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital, Gainesville, Florida. Dennis was born July 23, 1948 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Fred Matchett and Florence Rose Cheshire Matchett. Dennis graduated from Hawthorne High School, Hawthorne, Florida in 1966 and served his country in the U. S. Navy as an Airplane Mechanic. Dennis worked for many years as a welder and fabricator. Dennis is preceded in death by his father, Fred Matchett, his mother, Florence Rose Cheshire Matchett, and his sister, Judith May Matchett Brown. He is survived by his ex-wife, Sonia Jean Cosseboom Avery, daughters, Jodi Dayle Matchett Hoffman (Scott Johnson), and Jessica Dayle Matchett (Sterling Berry-Whitlock), grandsons, Albert C. Hoffman, Jr. and Nicholas W. Hoffman, brother, Michael Francis Matchett, and Steven Morris Matchett, two nephews, and five nieces.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 10, at 11:00AM at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VFW Village 13005 NE 155th Street Ft. McCoy, FL 32634.

Johnny “Jake” Sanchez

Johnny “Jake” Sanchez, 69, of Trenton, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 15, 2017. He was born to James and Thelma Sanchez on Dec. 23, 1947 in Newberry, Florida. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a concrete contractor who loved to fish, hunt and devoted his life to his family and grandchildren. He was a devoted son and brother, a loving husband, father, poppa, uncle and a stranger to no one.
He was preceded in death by his father James Sanchez. He is survived by his wife, Tina Hudson Sanchez, daughters, Ann Marie McGraw, Veronica Akins, sons, David Rhodes, Bradley Rhodes, his mother Thelma Sanchez, brothers, Jim, Tom and Gene ( Coralene ) Sanchez, grandchildren, Savannah McGraw, Colton McGraw, Blayne Rhodes, Trevor Rhodes and Haiden Rhodes.
A Memorial Service will be held at Milam Chapel of Newberry on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:30 P.M. The family will receive friends thereafter at his home, 2249 SE 41st Way, Trenton, FL 32693. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Sanchez Family Memorial Education Fund at Drummond Community Bank, (352) 463-0225, 1502 E Wade St Trenton, FL 32693.

Peter B. McCullagh

Peter B. McCullagh, age 61, of Gainesville, Florida passed away suddenly during final preparation for a bone marrow transplant at UF Health, Shands Hospital.
Peter was born to Peter and Barbara McCullagh. He grew up in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Miami, Florida where he graduated from Miami Killian High school.
In 1977 he graduated from the Respiratory program at Miami Dade Community College and then in 1988 he became a Registered Pulmonary Technologist. He worked as a Respiratory therapist at South Miami Hospital, North Florida Regional Hospital, and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Montana.
In 1997 Peter graduated from the Alabama School of Sleep as a registered Polysomnographer. He was the manager of the Sleep Study lab at North Florida Regional Hospital and he also worked at the Southeastern Sleep Center. He was the Director of the Sleep Lab at the V.A. Hospital in Gainesville, Fl. at the time of his death.
Peter was passionate about sleep medicine and started the A.W.A.K.E. of North Florida. This is a support group for people with sleep problems.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sherry L. McCullagh, children, Yvette Fitzgerald, Latisha Ralosky and Jonathan Howard. Grandsons, Ryon and Tyler Ralosky, Zachary and Zane Howard, Dillan Fitzgerald and great granddaughter Kendal Fitzgerald. Sisters Mary, Eileen, Helen, Patricia Sadaka and Carolyn Williams.
Services will be held at the Prairie Creek Lodge and then the burial at Conservation Burial Inc., both located at 7204 SE County Road 234 in Gainesville, Florida. Services will be on Tuesday May 30th at 10:30 am.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Elaine Greene Willis

Elaine Greene Willis, 93 a native of Newberry, Florida passed away on May 10, 2017. For seventeen years, she was a sales lady with Personality Shop in Gainesville before retiring to be a full-time homemaker.
From her early years, she has been a dedicated Christian and was an active member of the Baptist Church. The last few years her membership was with the Turning Point Baptist Church.
Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her late husband, Leonard Inge Willis.
She is survived by her son Mickey (Marguerite), two grandsons, Mike and Chad, one great grandson, Riley and one sister, Gloria Short of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Funeral Service will be held in the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Florida on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM with viewing at 10:00 AM. Officiating will be Brother Henry Rodgers.
Following the services, Burial will be at Newberry Cemetery, where Elaine will be buried next to her husband Leonard Inge Willis.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida
(352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

John Rajasekaran

John Rajasekaran, 59, of Gainesville, Florida passed away on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017.
He was born on July 15, 1957 in Aruvankadu in Tamil Nadu, India. He has been living in Gainesville since 1993. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Madras, India as well as a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. While at the University of Madras, he was Captain of the Debate team, member of the College Quiz team, member of the soccer team, Sports Secretary, Secretary of the Student Union, and Vice President of the Student-Busmen Council. John served as co-pastor of Fire of God ministries from 2007-2010. He has been a board member of Bread of the Mighty Food Bank since 2008 and currently served as its Vice Chair. His career included Field Sales with Wander International Foods and Pharmaceutical, Circulation Manager for the Indian Express Cochin Edition Daily Newspaper, Lecturer in Sales Management at the Graduate School of Management Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, owner and operator of Eastern Client Services and he was currently Network Specialist/Technician at GRU/City of Gainesville. He was an avid soccer and tennis fan. He stayed up to date on current events around the globe and spent as much time as he could learning about anything and everything. Even after college, he never let go of his title as Captain of the debate team – there was no argument he couldn’t win and he enjoyed sharing his sharp wit and sarcasm with family and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Vincent Ramaswamy, mother Joyce, brother Lawrence Gunasekaran, infant sister Lily and dear friend Anne Voyles. He is survived by daughter Aksha, son Joshua (Marcia Conwell, mother to Aksha and Joshua), sister Mercy Josiah (Prakash), brothers Philip Chandrasekaran and Moses Gnanasekaran, nieces Reeba (Nirmal), Chalcy, Anita, Evangeline, Christy, Hannah, Pritha, all of their children and dear friend James Voyles.
Services will be held at the Family Church, 2022 SW 122nd St, Gainesville, Fl 32607 at 2pm on Friday May 12th, visitation begins at 1pm. Graveside service and reception to follow immediately afterwards at Countryside Baptist Church, 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606. For those who wish, donations can be made to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

James Michael Handley

James Michael Handley, 16 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday April 23, 2017 in Gainesville. James was born in Gainesville on July 18, 2000
He was a Junior at P. K. Yonge High School. James liked learning new languages, the beach and traveling. He enjoyed using his talents in the kitchen to cook up culinary masterpieces for the people he loved, and would often sit at the piano and play his favorite songs while he sang along. He enjoyed meeting new people and was a friend to all he knew.

He was a loving son and grandson, a caring brother and remarkable uncle to his niece and nephew whom he loved and cared for dearly.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Robert A. Handley and is survived by his father Craig Handley, his mother Linda Handley, sister Jenna McMicken her husband Dan and their two children Sam and Lily, his brothers Craig Jr. Joshua, George, Jeremiah, and Jonathan.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm on Saturday April 29, 2017 at Grace at Fort Clarke UMC 9325 West Newberry Road Gainesville, FL 32608, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Countryside Cemetery.

Sharon Lorraine Hatch Schwieterman

Sharon Lorraine Hatch Schwieterman, age 76 of Trenton, Florida passed away on Thursday April 20, 2017 in Gainesville, FL. Sharon was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on February 14, 1941 to Walter and Clara Hatch. Mrs. Schwieterman retired from Alachua Printing and was a very active member of the Union Baptist Church. She loved to garden and bake, enjoyed fishing, politics, and babysitting her great grandchildren. Sharon loved her church family and was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. And a friend to all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gary Hatch. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert “Bob” Schwieterman I, daughters Kim Hughes, Lori (Richard) Ridenour, son Robert (Michelle) Schwieterman II, seven grandchildren; Michael Brown, Morgan (Hernan) Campero, Brittny (Kenny) Keeling, Jarod Ridenour, Amber (Reese) Richards, Amanda Schwieterman and Allie Schwieterman, seven great grandchildren Lucas and Sophia Campero, Breanna and Colby Brown, Karlee and Kelton Keeling, and Saydee Ridenour, with two babies expected this Summer, Jase Richards and Kash Ridenour.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Union Baptist Church 5259 Southeast 75th Avenue Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-3845, with the family receiving friends for an hour prior. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, contributions can be made to Union Baptist Church in memory of Sharon Schwieterman.

Arie Tillman Smith

ARIE TILLMAN SMITH, of Wacahoota, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the age of 96. Arie is preceded in death by her husband, J. Pierce Smith, longtime Alachua County Property Appraiser, her parents Irving Berrier and Bertha Lurana Tillman, brothers Irvin, Vernon (“Pete”) Winifford, Lloyd, Ivan, and sister Iona.
Arie is survived by her children, son James P. Smith, Jr. of Wacahoota, daughter Linda (Melvin) Lauderdale of Wacahoota, and son Villie M. Smith of Wacahoota. Grandchildren, Dena, Greg, Rhett, Chance, Rhyder, and Rhace. Great
Grandchildren, Tyler, Jordan, Morgan and Maya. Brother Chester (Betty) Tillman and Sisters, Geraldine Cowart and Juanita Whitney, sister-in-law Susie Tillman, and many nieces, nephews, and relatives.
Arie was born in Arlington, FL. Aug. 1, 1920, the second oldest of ten children. She graduated from Gainesville High School and went on to earn a degree from Jones Business College in Jacksonville. Arie worked at Camp Blanding during W.W. II while her husband served overseas. She worked for the Alachua County Tax Collector for many years, and was a Real Estate Broker, owning her own business. She was a member of the Gainesville Garden Club, Gainesville Board of Realtors, and a member of the Wacahoota United Methodist Church.
Graveside Services will be private for Family only.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Wacahoota Methodist Cemetery
Association in care of James Smith, 16424 N.W. Hwy 320, Micanopy, FL 32667

Harry Nathan Holder

Harry Nathan Holder a lifelong resident of Newberry passed away peacefully at his home on April 16, 2017. He was born on November 9, 1946 to the late Willis and Flora Holder. He was preceded in death by his brothers Wesley and Donald Holder and a grandson Carson Wyckoff. Mr. Holder was a firefighter for the City of Gainesville for 26 years. His retirement was spent enjoying his family and being on the water. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Holder. His daughter Kelly Wyckoff (Robert), his son Justin Holder, his stepchildren Kim Cason, James (Valorie)Cason, and Alan Cason, his sister Joyce Thomas and sister-in-law Florence Holder. The loves of his life were his grandchildren Landon Wyckoff, Hannah Holder, Haley Holder, Colton Bates, Gary Bates, Dawson Bates, Brinson Housch, Ryan Cason, Ray J Cason and Sela Cason. He also leaves behind his trusted dog Dexter. The family will receive friends at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry from 6-8 PM on Thursday April 20, 2017. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Andy Cook officiating.

Olive Dell Ryder

Olive Dell Ryder died on, April 14, 2017, at the Village in Gainesvlle, Fl surrounded by her family. She was born in Gainesville, Fl on September 12, 1920 to Ollie Weeks Dell and Samuel Tucker Dell. Her parents were both born in the area. Her Mother in Providence and her Father in Hague. She was preceded in death by both parents, and her brother, Samuel Tucker Dell, Jr. Her Grandparents were pioneers of the area and founded the Methodist Chruch in Gainesville and Ocala. She graduated from P.K. Yonge in the first four year graduating class in 1938, and from Florida State College for Women in 1942 where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. After graduation, she returned to Gainesville where she worked as a bookkepper for Western Union for a year until she married Howe E. Moredock, Jr., and moved to Miami, Fl. She is survivied by her three children, a son, Howe Edward Moredock, III (Sue), two daughters, Dell Moredock Bowman, (Bobby), and Dea Moredock Paterson. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Olive Moredock, Lindsey Moredock Williams (Jimmy), Allison Moredock, Samuel Tucker Adams (Jenna), Amy Adams McCormick (Will), Alicia Paterson (David Kreinest), Robert Paterson, IV, and Elizabeth Paterson, two step grandchildren, Taylor Bowman, and Natalie Bowman Wilder (Buna), and five great grandchildren. She was active in the Junior League of Miami, a past member of the Gainesville Country Club, The Skippers, and the Waynesville Country Club, N.C. She enjoyed her last eleven years at the Village. The family appreciates Hospice recent care. There will be a Service of Remembrance on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Milam Chapel of Gainesville. Burial will be private at Evergreen Cemetery. A Gathering of Friends will be held at the Village. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to First United Methodist Church, Gainesville, FL.

Sandra “Sandy” Marie Krajnovich

Sandra “Sandy” Marie Krajnovich, age 54 of Brooker, FL passed away on April 12, 2017. Sandy was born in Gainesville, FL on July 13, 1962. She graduated from Bradford High School in 1980. She worked as the office manager at Davis Gas and Crescent Propane. She was very active in New River Baptist Church, and was a loving wife, daughter, mother and “Nana”. Sandy enjoyed riding with her husband on their motorcycle.
She was preceded in death by her father Samuel G. Crutchfield. She is survived by her husband Barry “Bear” Krajnovich, daughter Jennifer (Alan ) Rentas, son Jeremy ( Chrissy ) Parrish, mother Jackie Crutchfield ( James ) Richardson, sister Debby (Marvin) Norman, brother Tony (Gina) Stalnaker and eight grandchildren: Noah, Luke, Samantha, Nicholas, Savannah, Trista, Trinity and Gabby.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at New River Baptist Church 16703 SW 144th Avenue Brooker, FL 32622. Interment will be in Dedan Cemetery following the service.

Jada S. “TT” Tyler

Jada S. “TT” Tyler, age 52 of High Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Jada was born on September 27, 1964 in Columbus, Ohio to Lucille and Edward Cheeseman. She worked as a Finance Manager for RTI Biologics. Mrs. Tyler was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, sister and aunt, and an avid Florida Seminole fan as well as an Ohio State Buckeye fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Jared Gillman and is survived by her husband Jon T. Tyler, her son Brandon (Kacy) Tyler and their son Lucas Tyler, a daughter Alyssa Tyler, sisters Jennie (Jim) Schwinghammer, Charlotte (Jim) Comer, Kathy (Joe) Winner, Vanessa Sullivan and Edie Cheeseman, also numerous nieces and nephews, and a great niece.
A visitation will be held today, Thursday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday April 14, 2017. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Dr. Edward Anthony Geiser

Dr. Edward Anthony Geiser, age 72
Dr. Edward A. Geiser of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, with his wife at his side and after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 72.
Ed was born on September 8, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the only child to Edward and Matilda Geiser. He attended and cherished his years at St. Xavier High School with his cousin, Tony Michel.
Ed attended Xavier University for undergraduate and graduate work in Physics, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He served as an internist in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major.
Ed married Amy Raasch on June 20, 1969, and settled in Gainesville in 1978. He worked as a research and clinical cardiologist at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida from 1978 to 2012. He was an integral part of the development of the Cardiac Ultrasound program. He especially enjoyed working with experts in other departments of the University to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to his research. He was a trusted mentor to many, always willing to share his knowledge. Dr. Geiser was a “Shuttle Doc” for the NASA Space Shuttle Program, was a prominent member of the American College of Cardiology, and served as President of National Board of Echocardiography. He played a significant role in the development of standards of qualification for cardiac imaging.
Dr. Geiser had many hobbies and passions, including painting, pottery, photography, hunting fossils, woodworking, furniture making, enjoying martinis, sailing, working in his bonsai garden, and later, violin making and creating illuminated manuscripts. An active member of Holy Faith Catholic Church, Ed was dedicated to the church and service to the community, supporting Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, among other charities.
Ed is survived by his wife Amy, and their children Katherine Geiser-Bush and husband Michael Bush of Vienna VA, Elizabeth Allaire and husband David Allaire of Cincinnati OH, Edward Geiser and wife Sara Geiser of Gainesville, Dominic Geiser and wife Heather Geiser of Charlotte NC, Christine Nobles and husband Daniel Nobles of Williston FL, his twelve grandchildren, his cousins Tony and Roberta Michel, and his two rescue turtles, Turtle and Mudball.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville at 9:30 AM, followed by a committal ceremony at St Madeleine Catholic Church Memorial Garden in High Springs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, or to St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, referencing the Dr. Edward Geiser Scholarship Fund.

Marie Hammock Whitaker

Marie Hammock Whitaker, 72 of Gainesville passed away on April 3,2017 after a brief illness. Mrs. Whitaker was born in Florida to Felton and Elizabeth Hammock on April 29, 2944. She graduated from Rivera Beach High School and after several moves located to Gainesville. She and her late husband Gerald Whitaker owned and operated an Excavating Company. Marie enjoyed family, friends and traveling to new places.
Survivors include her brothers Mack V. Hammock and John T. Hammock; nephews Eric V. Hammock, Ryan Hammock, and Michael Hammock; and cousins Winnie Neal and Tammy Neal.
A private service will be held at a later date.

Linda Fay Grady Ballard

Linda Fay Grady Ballard, age 73, of Gainesville, Florida went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 3, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Ballard was born August 30, 1943 in Quincy, Florida to the late Tom and Agnes Grady. They moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1946, at which time her father went into business for himself opening Grady Cabinet Works at Stengel Field. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1961. She worked for Clark Butler (Butler Enterprises) at Lakeshore Towers Apartments on 13th street in Gainesville, for 39 years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Tom W. Grady and Agnes Rudd Grady, two great-nieces, Christy Grady and Sarah Gordon. Survivors include her husband Ken Ballard of 24 years, her son, Thomas A. Drake, (Neona & Joe), a daughter Tammy Browning, (Brownie), three grandchildren, Christa Paige Battles (Duffy), William “Will” Browning, and Wyatt D. Browning. Two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Bryce Battles, One sister, Janice Grady Gordon, (Bruce), one brother, Rick Grady, (Debbie), 11 nieces and nephews and 29 great nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Linda was known for her generosity and devotion to her family which was her greatest joy. She loved working in her garden and crocheting amazing blankets for her family. She was an amazing cook and loved sharing recipes with her daughter.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, Forest Meadows East.

Imogene Cutts Clark

Obituary for Imogene Cutts Clark

Imogene Cutts Clark, 88, passed away April 2, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida

A native of Gainesville, FL, she was born to Emma Lou Taylor Cutts and Walter Davidson Cutts on September 11, 1928. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1946. After attending Florida State College for Women she transferred to the University of Florida where she graduated with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She married Charles R. Clark in 1949 . After starting their family, she helped Charles establish The Tackle Box which served Gainesville from 1953 to 2011. Her teaching career spanned 25 years in Alachua and Putnam County, FL. She loved teaching kindergarten and was much loved and respected by students, parents and colleagues. She was a life long resident of Gainesville and McMeekin Lake in Putnam County.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Opal Merle McNeil, her three brothers: Tillman, Douglas, Sr., Wallace, her former husband, Charles R. Clark and her son-in-law, Ronald D. Harrell. She is survived by her four children: Carol C. Arnold (Tedd), Cathy C. Harrell, John C. Clark and Judy C. Daemer (Gary), five grandchildren, and 5 great-grand children, many nieces and nephews.

She was passionate about teaching young children as well as mentoring young women to pursue higher education. Family was very important to her and she remained the heart of the extended family. A nature lover and gardener, she also enjoyed reading, traveling and sharing joy wherever she went. As an avid spritual seeker she loved life, God, and a spiritual community that valued spiritual freedom.
A celebration of life will be held April 22,2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve; 24115 S.E. Hawthorne Rd., Hawthorne, FL 32640

Memorial contributions can be made to The Florida Literarcy Coalition or Altrusa House in Gainesville, Florida.

Jonni McLeod-Herring

Birth: December 10th, 1960
Death: March 21, 2017
Apopka
Orange County
Florida, USA
Jonni McLeod-Herring, age 57, of Trenton FL passed away at her home in her sleep. Jonni was born in Apopka Fl. She was the daughter of Maryann Barber, the sister of Joseph McLeod. A loving wife to Ronnie Herring, a caring and loving mother to Christopher McLeod, Aaron and Joshua Herring, and Deanna Herring and an amazing grandmother to her granddaughters: Aleah and Ava Herring and Abby Lee Herring, as well as her beloved Son (Dog) Tito Herring.
She will be survived by all of us and will be greatly missed. Jonni was a special person to us all and had a kind soul everyone loved. She was strong and took this world with a smile on her face and had a positive perspective.
The family would like to send out their grateful appreciation to all the family and friends who came out to show support and love in this time of mourning.

Shirley Goldberg

Shirley Goldberg, 91 passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 20 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Fl. She had resided there for two years after previously residing at the Village Retirement Community in Gainesville for ten years. Shirley was born in Philadelphia, Pa on July 8, 1925. Her parents, Harvey and Hannah (née Rudolph) Goldberg, moved with Shirley and her brother Marvin to Norristown, Pa. in 1933 where she later graduated from Norristown High School as valedictorian of her class.
She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating cum laude in 1946, and she later earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Antioch College.
Shirley met another Marvin Goldberg in Norristown and they were married in 1946. The newlyweds traveled across the country and settled in Los
Angeles, Ca. When daughter Lynne was born, they missed their families and moved to Philadelphia where Shirley became a homemaker. There they raised their daughter Lynne and son Jeffrey. Shirley became a preschool teacher and worked in the Philadelphia School District Get Set and Head Start Preschool Programs; she was a lead teacher until retiring in 1989. She was active in and served as the president of the Philadelphia chapter of Women’s American ORT, a Jewish organization for rehabilitation and education around the world. Shirley volunteered in many charitable organizations and was a member of congregation Temple Sinai in Philadelphia. She was an avid Bridge player. Shirley and Marvin became grandparents when son Jeffrey and Anne Koterba welcomed their sons Jordan, in 1992, and Zachary in 1994. To be closer to family, Shirley and Marvin moved to Gainesville, Fl. in 1995, residing in the Villages of West End community outside Gainesville. Shirley was widowed in August 1996. She moved to the Village Retirement Community in 2006. She was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel and then Temple Shir Shalom. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Hannah and Harvey, brother Marvin, and husband Marvin. She is survived by her son Jeffrey and his wife Anne
Koterba, daughter Lynne Layton and her husband Oliver Buckley, and grandsons Jordan and Zachary Goldberg.

Shirley was interred at B’nai Israel Cemetery on March 22. A memorial celebration will be held at The Village of Gainesville, 8000 NW 27th Blvd. in the Lake House community room, Sunday April 9 at 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Shir Shalom New Sisterhood Pine Ridge Community Project fund, 3855 NW 8th Ave. Gainesville, Fl.32605, or to Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center Employee Education Fund, 606 NE 7th St., Trenton, Fl 32693.

Grace O’Hara Weinberg Kea

Grace O’Hara Weinberg Kea, age 98, passed away on Sunday March 19, 2017, at her home in Hawthorne, FL. She was born September 20, 1918, in McAlpin, FL to George and Ethel O’Hara.
Grace graduated from Hawthorne High School, and during World War II, she worked at the Pentagon. At war’s end, she moved to Jacksonville and worked as a Claims Representative for the Social Security Administration until her retirement. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hawthorne and the Hawthorne Woman’s Club. She was known for her generosity and devotion to family.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Robert Weinberg and second husband Francis Kea; sisters Ovida Story, Norma Lewis and Faye O’Hara and brother William O’Hara; and stepdaughter Sandra Shemwell. Survivors include stepdaughter Barbara Jackson, niece Joyce Story, and nephews Charles Story, David Lewis and Steven Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Hawthorne, P.O. Box 458, Hawthorne, FL 32640. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Hawthorne Cemetery.

Reverend James Maurice Cottrell

Reverend James Maurice Cottrell was born in Cadillac, MI on March 4, 1931 to Cecil and Emma Cottrell. He died at home on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 86 after a long battle with cancer. He enjoyed the company of his two brothers, Tom and Peter, and his sisters Virginia (predeceased) and Bernadette (predeceased). In Saginaw, MI, Fr. Jim attended Holy Family church and graduated from Holy Family High School in 1950. After his graduation from St. Mary’s College, Detroit, he spent several years with the Monastic Congregation of Camaldolese in the hermitages of Arezzo, Italy and Big Sur, CA. He completed his studies at the St. Vincent Regional Seminary in Boyton Beach, FL being one of nine in the first ordination class. He was ordained a priest on May 25, 1968.
Fr. Jim was a priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL and pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness, FL for 10 years. He also served at Holy Cross, Holy Family in St. Petersburg, and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Port Charlotte, FL. When Fr. Jim retired, he moved to Gainesville, FL to care for his widowed mother, Emma. From 2002 to 2007, Fr. Jim served St. Madeleine Catholic Church, High Springs and San Juan Mission, Branford, while Fr. Edward Murphy was pastor.
Fr. Jim had a natural humor and always had a joke or rhyme to tell you. He loved his dogs Toby and Joy. He will be dearly missed by his friends, especially Tad and Anna Karmazyn and many parishioners at St. Madeleine Catholic Church and San Juan Mission. He appreciated all the prayers and visits over the past few months.
Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m., St. Madeleine Catholic Church, 17155 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Madeleine Faith and Vision campaign.

Lynne Ruth Henderson

Lynne Ruth Henderson (lovingly known as Ruthie) of Gainesville, FL, died peacefully surrounded by love from near and afar, on March 19, 2017.
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Alfred and Joyce Evenhuis in December 1941, Ruth developed her incredible gift of house-buying and home renovation from her father, a skilled carpenter and contractor.
Ruth received a Ph.D. in English Literature and Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and spent an incredible life as an administrator both in educational institutions and international development. Ruth served as headmistress in international boarding schools in England and Greece, and established and headed a school in Cyprus. A career change to international aid and development took Ruth to administrative positions in Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, the Philippines, and Switzerland. Upon returning to the United States in 1992 to care for her mother, Ruth established the English House (an institute for learning English as a Foreign Language). Subsequently she served at Oak Hall School as Director for Development, as administrator of the Santa Fe College Davis Center in Archer, as interim city manager for the city of Archer, and was adjunct faculty at the University of Florida’s College of Education.
Ruth is survived by her loving husband Dr. Harold R. Henderson, daughter Julie Henderson (Glynn Hayes), her lovingly named ‘granddaughter by association’ Savanna Hayes, her sister-friend Elsa Gambert, and her godchildren Christopher Snow and Arielle Snow. Her dog Spunky is lost without her and her dearest friends cannot imagine a world without Ruthie. She is deeply loved and sadly missed by the congregation at Forest United Methodist Church in Silver Springs where Harold serves as pastor.
Services will be held Saturday March 25th, 2017 at 11:00am led by senior pastor Reverend Beth Farabee, First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32601.
In honor of Ruth’s life, donations may be sent to:
Helping Hands Clinic for the Homeless
http://hhclinicgnv.org/
509 NE 1st St
Gainesville FL 32601, USA
Haven Hospice
http://www.havenhospice.org/donate-to-haven-hospice.aspx
4200 NW 90th Blvd.,
Gainesville, FL 32606

Jennifer Louise Peters Doukas

Jennifer Louise Peters Doukas of Keystone Heights, Florida went to be with the Lord March 16, 2017. She was the daughter of Leonard “Pete” Peters and Barbara Joyce Bullock. She was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida October 27, 1961. Jennifer loved to cook and was a friend to all. She also had a great sense of humor. She loved to travel with her mom and had a great affection for her little sister, Terry. In the 70’s she was employed at Palm Aire Country Club in Pompano, where she worked in room service and got the pleasure to meet Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Chamberlain and Jackie Gleason, to name a few. She endured many hardships but carried on with a smile. Her son, Anthony, was her greatest accomplishment. She was the wife of Jeff Hall and the mother of two sons, Anthony and Christopher Doukas. She also cared for Johnny Doukas Forehand, the son of her first husband, Peter Doukas. She had three sisters, Susan Richards, Darlene Peters, and Teresa Peters. She was an aunt to Sandra Peters, Nicole and Danielle Napolitano, Marky Durham, Jamie Cascio, Kelli and Shannon Richards, Lauren Buss and Eduardo Percival II. She was a great aunt to Ayson and Ryann Cascio and Myles Durham. She was the niece of Darlena King and Henry Janzen and the cousin of Linnea and Walter Janzen. She is preceded in death by her mother, son Christopher, sister Teresa, husband Peter, aunt Darlena, uncle Henry, and cousin Walter. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/UnitedCerebralPalsy.

Anne Hughes Voyles

Anne Hughes Voyles
Born October 19, 1927 in Gainesville, Florida – went to be with her Lord March15, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. Anne was born to Grinnell and Marian Hughes, along with sisters Marian and Marguerite.
In her early years Anne graduated from P.K. Yonge Laboratory School, and attended Bob Jones College, Stetson University, and the University of Florida. In 1950 Anne married Jim Voyles, and they were blessed with 66 years of marriage, a son Robert, and two daughters, Susan and Carol. They opened Voyles Appliances in 1951, which they managed together successfully until they retired in1997.

Always having a heart for the hungry and needy, Anne spent her retirement volunteering as Director and Board Member at Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, where she counseled, encouraged, and mentored others. Anne had a deep faith and loved God, and would do anything for her family and her friends.

Anne received numerous commendations during her lifetime including the Woman of Distinction Award for a Lifetime of Dedicated Service; the Gainesville Community Service Award for her lifelong involvement in the community; and in 2006 Alachua County declared October 19 as Anne Voyles Day in honor of her exemplary leadership to the ministry of caring for the homeless, the poor, and needy individuals.
Anne was interested in everyone and always had a word of advice or encouragement for all she met. She had a deep faith and loved God, and would do anything for her family and her friends. Anne will be missed by all for her ready smile and laughter, her caring and giving spirit, her fun-loving sense of humor, and her sincere interest in everyone and everything – especially when associated with the Gainesville area.
Anne is survived by her husband Jim Voyles, and their children Robert (Alice) Voyles, Susan (John) Doherty, and Carol (Larry) Powell; grandchildren – Chase (Stacy) Wilkerson, Heather (Jonathan) Lacy, Adam (Erin) Voyles, Brenden (Lacey) Doherty, Cassidy (Anthony) Roberts, Joshua (Alison) Randolph, Kaitlin Doherty; great grandchildren – Christian, Skylar, Luke, Olivia, Carley, Wyatt, Zoe, and Alex; her sister Marian Elliott Bunch; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends – including one of her dearest friends, Marcia Conwell, who loved her as “Mama”.

For those who wish, contributions may be made to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank 325 NW 10th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601 and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606. There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, where Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Interment will be follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Eugenia “Genie” Bell Golden

Eugenia “Genie” Bell Golden, age 62, lifetime resident of Gainesville, FL passed away on Monday March 13, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Genie was born in Gainesville on June 22, 1954.
She worked as a Contract Administrator for the Crom Corporation, retiring after 38 years. Genie was a member of Northwest Baptist Church, the Red Hat Society and was a world traveler and avid Gator fan.
She was a loving daughter and a wonderful sister, devoted aunt and a wonderful friend to many, and was preceded in death by her father, Stansel E. Golden and is survived by her mother Judy Tanner Golden, her brother Stan “Bud” ( Teri ) Golden, two nephews and many cousins.
Genie would like to let you know that she received a call from her Lord and Savior, one that she could not refuse. She is at peace in heaven with family and friends who have gone before her. She was blessed to have had you all in her life. Genie’s wishes are in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Northwest Baptist Church 5514 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606 and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with family receiving friends for one hour prior. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows East.

Everett Edwin Skipper

Everett Edwin Skipper, age 85 of Archer, FL went to be with the Lord on Tuesday March 7,2017 at the ET York Hospice Care Center. He was born in Ocala, FL on August 18,1931.
He served in the United States Army. He worked for the Gainesville Fire Department for 27 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Archer Baptist Church, the fireman’s union, and he volunteered for the Alachua County Youth Fair serving as a board member from 1981-1986. He was also as an avid hunter, who belonged to several hunting clubs, and a patient fisherman.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and a wonderful grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Davis Skipper, sons Everett Edwin “Eddie” Skipper, Jr. and his wife Korona, James Thomas “Tommy” Skipper and his wife Frances, four grandchildren, Austin Skipper, Brian Skipper, Kenzie Skipper, and Rebecca Skipper, a brother Lawton Skipper, and was preceded in death by a younger brother Quanor Skipper.

Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. On Monday March 13,2017 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, FL.

Virginia Susan Rothwell

Virginia Susan Rothwell of Gainesville, FL died on Sunday March 5, 2017 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Virginia was born and reared in Berrien County, GA, moved to Tampa, FL in 1942 and to Gainesville in 1947 upon her marriage to Don Rothwell. She was a graduate of the University of Florida and a teacher in the Alachua County School System, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Rothwell was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville for over fifty years where she was active in the Cum Dubl Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women. She was a member and past president of the Gainesville Woman’s Club, a member of the University Women’s Club, the Agricultural Women’s Club and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who treasured every moment spent with her family. She is survived by her husband of sixty-nine years, Dr. Donald F. Rothwell of Gainesville; two sons and their wives, Fred and Kim Rothwell of Manhattan, KS and Dr. Gary and Donna Rothwell of Kathleen, GA; two grandsons Jason (Ryan) Rothwell of Overland Park, KS and Brent (Allison) Rothwell of Littleton, CO; great granddaughters Madelyn Rothwell and Delaney Rothwell; a step-granddaughter Kelli Baker and her daughters Kaylah and Kylee Baker; step-great grandson Rhett Horne; three sisters, Carolyn Henderson, JoAnn Smith and Linda Lindsey; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Forest Meadows Central. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.

Kathleen “Kaye” M. Miller

OBITUARY prepared by mom during October 2013

Mrs. Kathleen (Kaye) M. Miller, born and raised in Trenton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, passed away in Gainesville, Florida on March 6, 2017. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Russell Crooks, she was born on October 26, 1921.

Growing up in Nova Scotia, she learned very early in life how to skate and snow board (her dad made the snow boards). She loved sports, especially basketball and softball, and played both. She sung in church and school choirs. She was also a member of the Canadian Girls in Training (similar to the Girl Scouts).

She loved school and never had a teacher she didn’t respect and admire. She won many awards over the years, but the one she treasured most was a one-dollar bill for not missing a day of school in grade 4. She kept it for years and would later use it to buy a quart of milk and two loaves of bread in the terrible depression years.

World War II provided opportunities for women. With so many young men joining the army it left the door open for women to work in many jobs. She went to work in the Trenton Steel Works as a checker where she would work until she married the love of her life, Joseph W. Miller, in 1943. She was very proud that her husband played the violin.

They moved to New Glasgow where her husband owned and operated his own electronics business. She would do a lot of volunteer work; especially modeling beautiful clothes for the Goodman Company, with all proceeds raised from the fashion shows donated to children’s charity. Their son, Jimmy, was born in 1945.

In 1956 they moved to Gainesville where her husband would go to work at the University of Florida in the Engineering Department and later in the Chemistry Department. She worked for several years in the Alumni Office. Their son attended and graduated from the University.

She and her family were members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Her husband and son spent many Saturdays helping clear the property for the construction of the church and were frequent volunteers in keeping up the grounds around the church.

Throughout her life she loved to play bridge and when the University offered an evening class, she signed up and enjoyed every moment.

A year or so after her husband retired from the University they moved to Manteo, North Carolina where his sister and brother-in-law lived and operated a photographic studio. She and Joe bought a lovely home with almost an acre of land where they spent many hours beautifying the yard. Their hard work was rewarded with a “Yard of the Month” award one November.

After her husband passed away she decided to move back to Gainesville to be near her son and his family. She settled in Meadowbrook, which she considered one of the most beautiful places in Alachua County.

Kaye was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Muriel Foote, Cordelia Crooks, Rosemarie MacIntosh; brother Oscar Crooks; stepsister Jean Jenkins and Jean’s brother Johnnie Crooks. She is survived by her sister Vesta Clark, son Jimmy, grandsons Geoffrey and James, and two great-granddaughters. She also leaves behind many beloved nephews and nieces in Canada and many precious neighbors and friends in the Meadowbrook, Gainesville, and Manteo communities. She leaves us with this wish–Until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

In accordance with her wishes, her body has been donated to medical science through the Anatomical Board of the State of Florida. In Lieu of Flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606.

A Memorial Service is planned for Friday March 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Milam Funeral Home Chapel.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore, 97 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday February 26, 2017 in Gainesville. He was born February 28, 1919 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. In 1934 he moved to the Moore family farm in North Columbia County, and graduated from Columbia High School in Lake City in 1937. In the fall of 1937 he left home on his own to work his way through the University of Florida in Gainesville. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture with honors in 1942.
In the fall of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy, and went through midshipmen’s school at Columbia University. In 1943 he married Edith Schenck of Lake City, the valedictorian of their high school graduating class, after five years of courtship. In September 1943 he left the United States as an ensign on the USS Pierce, an attack transport, and spent the next three years from Hawaii to Japan in the amphibious forces of the U.S. Navy, participating in five major landings, including Iwo Jima.
In 1947 he was asked by Sanford W. Goin to come to Gainesville as an associate in his firm to serve as Project Architect during the construction of the Florida Gymnasium, the first post war project constructed at the University of Florida. In 1950 he became a partner in the firm of Goin and Moore, and remained partner in the firm until his retirement in 1986.
He has been a member of the First Baptist Church since 1941, serving as a Sunday School Teacher for twenty years, and as a deacon since 1952. Jack was one of six persons who organized the Kiwanis Club of the University City, and maintained perfect attendance for 51 years following its founding in 1955. Mr. Moore was made a Master Mason in 1950, and has been a member of Gainesville Lodge No. 41 F&AM since that time.
On October 24, 1997, Edith Schenck Moore passed away after 54 years of marriage, as the result of a heart attack. In 1998 Jack married longtime friend Ina Taylor Hartman, who passed away on March 29, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his brother Bascomb Guy Moore, Jr., sisters Mamie Parsons and Eloise Stephens, and a half brother, John Moore.
Family members surviving include daughter Joyce Kai and her husband Michael; granddaughter Eleanor Kwong and her husband Wesley; granddaughter Rachel Walker and her husband David; great grandchildren Genevieve, Nathaniel, Gabriel and Xavier Kwong; half-sister Linda Douberly; step children Michael and Sharon Hartman, Frank and Patricia Hartman, William and Peggy Hartman.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday March 4, 2017 at First Baptist Church 14105 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606. Interment will be later the same day at Forest Meadows East in Gainesville. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, or to Gainesville Community Ministries, 238 SW 4th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Ruth M. Palmer

Ruth M. Palmer, 84 of Gainesville, FL passed Saturday Feb. 25, 2017 under Hospice Care after a long illness. She was a retired Customer Service/Union Rep for Southern Bell. Formerly a long time resident of Miami, Florida. A career Military Service wife to SMSgt R. G. Palmer (retired).
She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include daughter Carole A. and sisters Joan Hogan, Sandra Newberry, Fran McNeil and several generations of nieces and nephews.
A viewing will take place Wednesday, March 1, 2017 starting at 10:00 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will take place at Florida National Cemetery (Military). Flowers provided by Hawthorne Florist.

Charles T. Newmans

Charles T. Newmans died peacefully at E. T. York Hospice Care Center on Monday February 20, 2017. He was 82. Born in Starke, Florida, he has lived in this area his entire life. Charles retired from the Florida Department of Transportation Road Department after 30 years. He always had a love for farming and watching things grow, and upon retirement, started Newmans Produce.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lois and Gladys Newmans. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ethel H. Newmans; his sons Ed Newmans (Barbie), Glenn Newmans (Janice), and Bruce Newmans; his grandchildren Ray Newmans (Joy), Ronnie Newmans, Michelle Lowe (Travis), Michael Newmans (Bethany), Brooke Newmans, Chelsea Newmans, and Austin Newmans; and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Dorothy Faulkner (Harry), Deloris Elixson, and Don Newmans (Trevalee).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Grace Baptist Church, 7100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service, from 10 – 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Dedan Cemetery, in Brooker, FL.

Clarence Nathaniel “Kirk” Kirkland, Jr.

Clarence Nathaniel “Kirk” Kirkland, Jr.

CN “Kirk” Kirkland, Jr. passed away peacefully with family at the ET York Hospice Care Center on February 17, 2017, after a long adventure-filled life. He was 94 years old.

Kirk was born on October 31, 1922 in Two Egg, Florida, to CN Kirkland, Sr. and Bernice Messer Kirkland. In his youth the family moved to Olustee, Florida, now considered his beloved hometown. Kirk entered the University of Florida in the fall of 1940. His college career was cut short when he joined the US Air Force in 1942, and served his country as an aviator. He made a career of military service, which included a ten year station in Japan, flight training, foreign language studies including Japanese and Russian, as well as combat pilot duty in World War II and Korea. He retired from the service as a Major in 1965, with almost 25 years on active duty. Kirk then pursued his second career passion, criminal justice. During this time he returned to his education and earned a Bachelors degree from Rollins College and Masters Degree from American University in Washington DC. His Criminal Justice career included service as Chief of Police in Sumter, South Carolina, and Titusville, Florida. He left local law enforcement in 1973 to become a professor of Criminal Justice Studies until another retirement in 1981. This retirement afforded him the opportunity to reside in Olustee where he focused on his historical research, another passion, with emphasis on the Battle of Olustee and other local history. He was a staunch supporter of the Olustee Battlefield Historical Site as well as the annual re-enactment and was a past president of the Lake City Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution. He also completed research on the life of Rhoda K. Gibbs, former First Lady of Florida, whose story was the subject of his historical novel, Rhoda, published in 2013 when he was 90 years old.

In 1987 Kirk’s life turned yet another new chapter. That year he married his beloved wife, Nancy Childs French Kirkland, and moved to Gainesville, Florida. During their almost 30 year marriage, they shared a love for travel, and their frequent trips took them to over 33 countries including the Orient, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Kirk never really “retired”. He was active in Gainesville real estate as a broker with Caldwell Banker MM Parish realty well into his 80’s. He “made a living playing golf” until his last days! When not on the golf course, Kirk enjoyed fishing at Ocean Pond, writing, and lapidary. Some of his gemstone creations are coveted treasures of his family. He was active in the local chapter of MOAA, serving as a past President.

Kirk is preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond Kirkland, sister Margaret Kirkland Littlefield both of Lake City and a son Charles Costa Dupree. He is survived his wife, Nancy Kirkland, his children, Tracy Kirkland, Clinton, NC; Susan Kirkland Rice, Statesboro, GA; Douglas Kirkland, Titusville, FL; Vianne French Marchese (Michael), Gainesville; and Alysia French Joyce (Chris), Lancaster, SC; and his grandchildren, Olivia Rice Figueroa (AJ), Lawton, OK; Dr. Diana Marchese, Chapel Hill, NC; Katherine Marchese (Logan May), Dover, NJ; Forbes Ouzts, Jacksonville; Taylor Joyce, Charleston, SC; Dominic Marchese, Raleigh, NC; Elizabeth Marchese, Gainesville; and Stiles Joyce, Lancaster, SC. He also had numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for 3:00pm Friday, February 24, 2017, in the Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Kirk’s name to the HONOR Center for Veterans at the NF/SGVHS in Gainesville, Florida or the Gainesville MOAA scholarship fund.

Elsebet Jorgensen Zaffke

Elsebet Jorgensen Zaffke, adventurer and matriarch, died peacefully on Friday February 17, 2017, with her family surrounding her. She enjoyed a wonderful marriage of 53 years to Dr. Karl Heinz Zaffke who preceded her in death in1998. She is survived by three loving children, Michael Zaffke, Margaret Amaro and Matias Zaffke, their spouses Jorge Amaro and Karen Zaffke, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren with another on the way, and hundreds of friends.
Born in Denmark, she married Karl Heinz during WWII, and gave birth to Michael. After the war she found her way with Michael to South America where she was instrumental in reuniting her entire family in Argentina. Later they made a home in a small mining town in the Andes mountains of Boliva where Karl Heinz was a doctor in a hospital and Margaret was born. Matias was born in Argentina. Leaving the children with extended family, Elsebet and Karl emigrated to the United States, where they lived at the Salvation Army while Karl repeated his internship in Chicago. Later the children were reunited with their parents. The family moved to Raiford and many years later to St. Augustine, where they established a private practice. In 1990 Karl and Elsebet moved to Gainesville where a multigenerational home was created once more.
Elsebet was a brave, courageous woman who loved to travel; she visited every continent, sailed on a ship to Antarctica, rode the camels in Turkey, and soared down the ziplines in Costa Rica at age 88. She was always up for an adventure, often with her favorite travel buddy, Steffanie Cox. Elsebet led a vibrant life through her final days. A devoted bridge player, she was a member of 3 bridge groups here in Gainesville, which she credited with keeping her alive and young.
Elsebet was our strongest cheerleader and greatest inspiration.
Please join us as we celebrate her life at 12 Noon on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers please just bring a smile.

Julia Ann Klien Ward

Julia Ann Klein Ward, aged 79, of Gainesville, Florida, passed from this life on February 16, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born in Upper Sandusky, OH on May 14, 1937, educated in Wyandot County schools and was a proud graduate of Wittenberg University. She was dedicated to education and was a teacher in the Pinellas County, FL and Alachua County, FL school systems. In her later years (including her last full day with us) she was able to spend a great deal of time with the loves of her life: her granddaughters Resli, Lela, Kennedy and Ruby.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey Ward, her son Harvey Ward, Jr. (Gillian) and her daughter Elizabeth Ann Moore (Brian) and her aforementioned and deeply-loved grandchildren.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, April 5, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St., Gainesville FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the church she grew up in and always held in her heart, First Lutheran Church, 601 N. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.

Russell Dean Delasko

Russell Dean Delasko, 75 of Alachua passed peacefully following a brief illness at ET York Hospice Care Center. Mr. Delasko was born on May 22, 1941 in Bedford, PA. He served our country in the US ARMY. Russell was a contractor with the US Postal Service. His family brought him the most joy in life.
Mr. Delasko leaves behind his two sons, Tom Delasko and Russell Delasko, a brother Davey Delasko and a sister, Joyce Delasko , 7 grandchildren, 2 great grand children. Mr. Delasko was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Baker Delasko in February 2003.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel.

Steven Emmett Lowe

Steven Emmett Lowe, 58 of Newberry, passed away at North Florida Regional Medical Center on February 4, 2017. Mr. Lowe was born in Ocala, Florida on November 5, 1958. Steve was a cabinet maker and a die hard Gator Fan !! Mr. Lowe had many interest in life, but his family brought him the most joy in life.
He leaves behind his two sons, Kody Lowe and Kyle Lowe, both of Newberry, his Sister and brother in law, Margaret and Kirby Klys of Ft. White, Florida, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Mildred Lowe.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Bronson Road Baptist Church with Pastor Andy Cook officiating. Burial will follow the services at Newberry Cemetery where Mr. Lowe will be laid to rest next to his parents.

Sherma Tinney

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, may 20, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Oakmont Club Center 11619 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607

Henry “Hank” Clark Hobday, III

HENRY CLARK “HANK” HOBDAY III, age 65, died Wednesday March 22, 2017 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. Hank was born in Gainesville, Florida on July 25, 1951. Hank was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville and the First Presbyterian Church of High Springs Hank retired from the Florida Forestry Service after 15 years. His Father, Lt. Col. Henry C. Hobday, Jr. was in the military stationed in Gainesville Florida from 1951 until 1955 when he and his mother, Sue Barger Hobday, moved with Henry to Sunnydale, Ca. After retiring from the Military in 1971. Henry and Sue settled in Gainesville with their beloved son, ‘Hank” and he became one of the most Powerful Gator Fans we have ever known. .He not only worked for the Florida Forestry Service, Publix Grocery, and Servimation for ten years, he was a voluntary watchman for the Gator Locker Room for the home games, and belonged to the Gator Town Gators Football Club, the Touchdown Club, the Gator Dugout Club, Gator Basketball Club, Gator Basketball Backcourt Club, Softball Club, Police Alumni Association, etc. Hank was preceded in death by a baby brother and his father, Lt. Col. Henry Clark Hobday, Jr, and Aunt Jean Barger Anderson, survivors include his Mother, Sue Barger Hobday, Gainesville, FL. and Uncle George H. “Bo” Anderson.
Funeral Service will conducted in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
The Memorial Register Book will be available at MILAM FUNERAL HOME, 311 South Main St. on Monday, March 27, 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite Charity or Organization.

Dr. M. Louise “Casey” Cason

Dr. M. Louise Cason, “Casey” to friends and family, 93, of Gainesville, Florida and formerly of Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida, passed away peacefully Friday, March 17, 2017.

Born on March 26, 1923 in Lakeland, Florida, after graduating from high school Louise worked her way through college as chemical analyst at the Goodyear Synthetic Rubber Company in Houston, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1945 from the Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) and her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1953 from the University of Chicago Medical School, with residencies completed at Duke University and Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn (now Interfaith Medical Center). She established her own pediatric practice in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1953, and later served as the Chief of Pediatrics for Variety Children’s Hospital (now Miami Children’s Hospital) from 1958-1971, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics (1961-1987) and Director of Outpatient Clinics and Emergency Services from 1981-1987, retiring in 1988. She was a staunch advocate for healthcare for all children no matter their race or background, and took great pride in providing the same outstanding care for all. In 1989 Louise was the second ever recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Women in Medicine Award given by the Dade County Medical Association for her outstanding contributions to the cause of women in the field of medicine, and in 1990 was honored to be included in the Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Louise was an avid traveler, birding enthusiast and breeder/shower of Dalmatians. She was a prize-winning orchidist, and donated her beloved collection to the University of Florida shortly after moving to Gainesville. She loved classical music and spirited debate, and had a fondness for good Rioja wines. She was a lifetime supporter of the National Audubon Society and several Florida nature preserves, and in 2012 presented a substantial gift to her alma mater, FSU: the M. Louise Cason M.D. Endowment to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Oscar and Mossie Turner Cason of Lakeland, FL, her long-term partner, Ruth Faulds Taylor of Gainesville, FL, and three siblings, Dorothy Cason of Miami, Robert Cason of Lakeland and Claude T. Cason, Sr., of Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by two great-nieces, Sharon Cason of Gloucester, VA and Debi Cason Wilburn of Gatlinburg, TN, and one great-great-niece, Rowan T. Schreiner of Williamsburg, VA.

The family would like to give special thanks to Linda Damico, Maura Poglitsch, Connie Sax and LaVada Brown for being Casey’s “second family” and providing her with loving support, the staff at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida for providing outstanding care during her residence, and the members of Haven Hospice who made her last days peaceful.

Family and friends will gather informally at a later date to celebrate her life, and per her request, her ashes will be returned to nature at a local preserve of her choice.

Memorial donations may be made to:
The National Audubon Society, Inc., Florida – Everglades Chapter
4500 Biscayne Blvd Suite 205
Miami, FL 33137
https://give.audubon.org/Giving/Page/56/1/56

Evelyn Christine Dorman

Evelyn Christine Dorman, age 61, died on February 25, 2017 at her home in Gainesville, Florida. A fourth-generation Gainesville native, she spent most of her life in her home town taking care of people. She was a registered nurse, and well-suited for this profession due to her sincere empathy for others. Evelyn lovingly provided around-the-clock care at the end of her mother’s life, and took care of her father and his second wife for over ten years. She was creatively gifted, and her artistic flair was evident in her paintings, drawings, and in the beautiful clothing that she designed and sewed by hand while a student at Valdosta State College. Evelyn was highly passionate, intelligent, opinionated, and independent. She was honest, even when it was inconvenient to be so, and fiercely loyal. Evelyn enjoyed walking on the beach and was an avid reader. She also had an adventurous streak that may not have been evident to those who did not know her well: Evelyn was a certified scuba diver, an experienced kayaker, learned how to fly an airplane, and even went sky-diving. Twice! She loved animals, particularly dogs, and thought that “fur babies” were more loving and kind than many people. Evelyn’s quick wit and dry sense of humor will be especially missed by those who loved her.
Evelyn is predeceased by: her parents, Henry Lafayette Dorman and Martha Cobb Dorman, both of Gainesville, FL, and her brother Henry Steven Dorman (Gina) of Fruitville Heights, UT. She is survived by her sister, Connie Clemente (John) of Houston, TX; her brother Rob Dorman (Joyce) of Augusta, GA; her sister Mary Jewell Dorman of Tampa, FL; her sister Sandra Brey (Paul) of Chapel Hill, NC; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. For those who wish, memorial tributes may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society, 4205 NW 6th St, Gainesville, FL 32609, or at alachuahumane.org.

Margaret “Peggy” Wade Moore

Margaret (Peggy) Wade Moore, 92, a long-time resident of Gainesville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 3, 2017.

Peggy was born in rural Washington County, Mississippi, the fourth of nine children. She graduated from Hollandale (MS) High School in 1943. During WWII, Peggy attended nurses’ training at King’s Daughters Hospital in Greenville, MS, while her beau, Cleon Stevens Moore, was stationed in Pantanella, Italy, with the 780th Bomb Squadron, US Army Air Corps. After Victory in Europe Day was declared in 1945, Cleon returned to the United States, and the couple was married at Gulfport (MS) Air Base on August 20.

Throughout their marriage, Peggy and Cleon resided in many locations, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, California, and Saudi Arabia; however, most of their years were spent in Tampa, Merritt Island, and Gainesville. The couple moved to Gainesville in 1981 and was active in Westside Baptist Church for more than 30 years. Peggy especially enjoyed the Jeremiah Bible Class.

Peggy was an avid gardener and manicured her own 1-acre yard and flowerbeds until she was in her late 80s. She enjoyed sewing, corresponding with friends she made throughout her travels, and teaching Bible classes to children. Peggy enjoyed traveling, and her favorite destination was Israel. Cleon died in 2013 after 67 years of marriage to his wartime bride. Peggy moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2016 to live with her daughter.

Peggy is survived by her three children: son Richard and his wife Linda Moore of Gainesville; daughter Sandra and her husband Terry Kite of Gainesville; and daughter Cheryl and her husband Seth Hewitt of Dallas. She is also survived by two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows, Central.

Friends who wish to make a gift in memory of Peggy can send it to: House of Hope of Alachua, Attn: Her Hope, PO Box 12113, Gainesville, FL 32604.

Perry C. McGriff

Perry C. McGriff, Jr., 79, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017. Visitation will take place Monday, February 6, 2017 from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Westside Baptist Church 10000 West Newberry Road Gainesville, FL 32606
Born June 29, 1937 in Arcadia, Florida Perry was the son of Perry C. and Esther McGriff. Mr. McGriff is survived by his wife of 57 years, Noel Mills McGriff; his children Dean and Jana Grayson of Cumming, GA, Mark and Julie McGriff of Gainesville, Keith and Tara McGriff of Gainesville, Kevin and Marcia McGriff of Gainesville, and Matthew and Elizabeth McGriff of Bonita Springs, FL; grandchildren Taylor Grayson, Kendall Grayson, Colson Grayson, Delaney Grayson, Ryan McGriff, Nicholas McGriff, Kyle McGriff, Taylor McGriff, Riley McGriff, Logan McGriff, Blake McGriff, Luke McGriff, Natalie McGriff, Perry (Trey) McGriff, and Lydia McGriff and many additional relatives.
Perry graduated from Gainesville High School in 1955 and the University of Florida 1960. While at the University of Florida, Perry lettered in football and was honored as an All-American baseball player. He participated in the Pan American Games in Chicago, Illinois in 1959. He played professional baseball in the Kansas City Athletics organization (1961-1962) and was also drafted by the NFL’s Baltimore Colts and San Diego Chargers.
In 1962, Perry began his career as a State Farm Insurance Agent, a career that spanned 48 years. His professional achievements included being recognized as one of the top 5% agents nationally and a leader among agents.
Perry’s commitment to our community included active involvement in Alachua County Citizen’s Recreation Advisory Board, Charter Member (1964-1971), Boys Club Board of Directors (1974-1979), Boys Club Youth Football Sponsor (1979-present), Children’s Home Society , District Member (1967-1973) and State Member (1968-1973), Civitan Region Blood Center Board of Director (1989-present), CrimeTrac Board of Directors (1981-1988), 8th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee (1996-1998), Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chairman and Founder of the Board of Directors (1967-1970), Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator (1995-present), FRPCJUA Board of Governors (1995-1996), Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1966-1970), Gainesville/Alachua County Citizens Safety Council Board of Directors (1966-1970), Gainesville Youth Baseball Sponsor and Coach (1978-1985), Gainesville High School QB Club (1964, 1984-1985, 1994-1996), Gainesville Association of Life Underwriters (1990, 1995-1997), Gainesville Cycling Club (1995-present), Gainesville Jaycees Director (1963-1968), Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee Co-Founder and Board of Directors (1988-present), Gator Touchdown Club (1990, 1999, present)Great American Bank Board of Directors (1977-1983), Heritage Club Board of Directors (1991-1995), House of Hope (1995-1997), Kiwanis (1964-1992), Local Government Study Committee (1971-1972), March of Dimes Campaign Chair (1963-1966), March of Dimes Walk America Co-Chair with Noel McGriff (2002), Millennium Bank Board of Directors (1998-present), O’Connell Center Advisory Committee (1993-present), Phi Delta Theta Chapter House (1964-1967), Phi Delta Theta Florida Alpha Educational Foundation (1987-present), Police Service Technicians Board of Directors (1987-1996), Sigma Delta Phi (1963), SouthTrust Bank Alachua County Advisory Board (1997-1998), University of Florida Alumni, Boosters, Athletic and Advisory Councils (1968-1999), US Olympian Club (1959-present), to name a few.

Perry’s political service included serving on the Gainesville City Commission (1968-1971) after being drafted to run by a group of community leaders. He was the youngest Mayor (1970-1971) in the history of Gainesville. He went on to serve as an Alachua County Commissioner (1974-1980) and later in the Florida House of Representatives (2000-2002).
Perry received many honors from a wide range of organizations, including: American Association of Blood Banks, Larry Frederick National Award (2000), American Association of Blood Banks, Individuals National Award (2001), American Heart Association of Alachua County Public Official Award (2001), Exchange Club of Gainesville Book of Golden Deeds (1993), Five Points of Life 2800 Mile Ride (1997), Florida Blue Key (1959-present), Florida Jaycees Governmental Affairs Winner (1963), Florida Jaycees, Five Outstanding Men of Florida (1971), Gainesville Underwriters Agent of Year (1994), Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Leadership Award (1990), Outstanding Amateur Baseball Player in Florida (1963), Outstanding Community Leaders of America (1967 & 1970), Outstanding Personalities of the South (1967,1970 & 1972), Outstanding Young Men of America (1967 & 1968), Phi Delta Theta National Award Phi of the Year (1975), Olympic Torch Relay (1996) and University of Florida: Outstanding Baseball Player in the 1960-1969 Decade, Gator Hall of Fame (1969), Outstanding Senior Athlete 1960 Alumni Association, Outstanding Graduate of Health and Human Performance (1997). Perry donated more than 60 gallons of blood to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. In 2011 he was presented the first-ever Ethics in Business by the Rotary Club of Gainesville and in 2013 received the Club’s prestigious Service Above Self Award for his lifetime of service to others.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the organization of your choice in honor of Perry C. McGriff, Jr.

Elinor Brumm Kelly

Elinor Brumm Kelly, 89 of Jacksonville and formerly of Gainesville, passed away on February 3, 2017 with her family as her side. She was born on November 18, 1927 in Dayton, Ohio to William and Leah Brumm. Elinor was a Teacher for the Miami-Dade School System and resided in Miami from 1955 to 1983, moving to Gainesville in 1984. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church from 1985 until 2013 when she moved to be closer to her family in Jacksonville. She attended the Holiday Hill Baptist Church.
Elinor is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Raymond) Mezo, her son Richard (Virginia) Kelly, and seven grandchildren several nephews, nieces, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas William Kelly, a daughter, Cathryn Caroline Cornett.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 11:00 am at Westside Baptist Church located at 10000 West Newberry Road Gainesville, FL. Burial will be at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery in Miami, FL. On Thursday, February 9,2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Vernon Eddy

Vernon was born on the family farm at Taylor, Florida, in Baker County on September 28, 1929, one month and one day before the start of the Great Depression.
He told many interesting stories, some funny, some sad, about growing up in those times. His stories left folks in awe. Many told him he should write a book, but he never did.
After graduating from Taylor High School he moved to Gainesville and managed the meat market of a small local grocery store for a few years. Then he worked for Sunnyland Packing Company as a sales rep for 38 years until his retirement. He won many company awards for his sales ability. He was always a happy and cheerful man. He always enjoyed spending time at their mountain cabin near Boone, NC.
He passed away February 3rd at Harbor Chase Memory Care Unit after a long siege of Alzheimer’s Disease.
He is survived by the love of his life, Lorraine Goode Eddy, to whom he was married 67 years. Also a sister, Marie Eddy Morrow of Gainesville, 2 sisters in law, Muriel Eddy and Fidella Eddy, daughter Susan Nalbandian of Gainesville, son Randy (DeAnn) Eddy of Kansas, and son Hal (Tammy) Eddy of Gainesville, 4 grandchildren Zabel (Paul) Thur de Koos, Zac (Maura) Eddy, Laura Eddy, and Kyle Eddy, and 2 great-grandchildren Paul and Alexis. He was pre-deceased by his parents, brothers Virgil Eddy and Maxie Eddy, and a sister Maggie Eddy Pinson.
A memorial service will be conducted by his long-time friend, Cary McCollum, on Saturday, Feb 11 at 11:00 A.M. At Parkview Baptist Church, 3403 N. W. 13th Street, Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, donations, in honor of Vernon Eddy, may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington DC, 20090-6011 or www.alz.org and/or E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Fl. 32606

Jeffrey Darren Montgomery

Jeffrey Darren Montgomery, age 47, of Gainesville, Florida and Flagler Beach, Florida passed away on January 28, 2017. He was born on December 16, 1969 to Diane Weldon Montgomery and Franklin Mark Montgomery in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from Gainesville High School. He attended Santa Fe College and studied archaeology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. He was also an accomplished springboard diver at Ventura College in Ventura, California.
In 2007 Darren moved from California back to Florida after the birth of his daughter to be closer to family. He soon began work in the fireworks industry and eventually branched off to open a Black Cat Fireworks outlet store.
Darren had a deep and lifelong love of the water, barefoot waterskiing, scuba diving, and especially surfing the biggest waves possible on the smallest surfboard imaginable. He was a spectacular and creative cook, who could create remarkable feasts with whatever he could get his hands on. Darren earned his race car driving licenses from the Sports Car Racing Association and the International Motor Sports Association, competing in races in Daytona Beach, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. He had a contagious laugh, a crazy good sense of humor, and an astounding energy about him. He was truly one of a kind. His path was not without challenges, but he was deeply kindhearted, funny, adventurous, smart, creative, and spirited. Above all, he adored his beautiful children, Cash and Fin, endlessly and he worked tirelessly to be the best father he knew how to be.
By sharing his personal experiences and challenges with addiction and recovery, he was able to help many others on their journey with recovery. That is an invaluable gift that will live on in the people and families he profoundly impacted along the way. He was a regular volunteer for Flagler County schools, spending hours in the classrooms of both his daughter and his son. He was a member of the Bunnell Elementary Watch D.O.G.S./Dads of Great Students, a father centered educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. He was a committed and outspoken advocate of children with Autism.
He is survived by his two children, Jaylin Cash Montgomery and Jeffrey Fin Montgomery, his parents, Mark Montgomery and Diane Montgomery, his sister, Tracy Montgomery Block, his brother-in-law, Ken Block, nephew, Chance Block, nieces, Marley and Alaina Block, Leslie McElroy, Shelly Lesher and many more loving family members and friends.
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 11am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, Florida where Darren and his children were baptized this past Easter. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Darren Montgomery memorial fund set up to benefit the future educational, health, and developmental support needs of his two children – Cash and Fin. If you are interested in contributing to the children’s fund, please visit the following website. https://www.gofundme.com/darren-fund.

Betty Jacqueline “Mema” Edwards

Betty Jacqueline Edwards “Mema”, age 85, died Monday, January 30, 2017, at Brookdale SW, Gainesville, FL. She was born in DeLand, Florida, April 22, 1931, to Cecil C Strickland and Rita Lee Arnett.
Betty moved to Gainesville from Deland, Florida, in 1959, with her husband and family. Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was always her first priority and looked so forward to family gatherings.
Betty worked at Florida Farm Bureau, and was a medical coder in the Anesthesiology Department at Shands for over 20 years. She was a member of Highlands Presbyterian Church.
Betty is preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, James E. Edwards, son, Gregory C. Edwards, and grandson, Christopher P. Jones
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Jones (Robert) of High Springs, FL, sons Sam Edwards (Patsy) of Cocoa Beach, FL and Anthony Edwards (Deborah), Charleston, SC.
She will be deeply missed by their nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 1:00 PM in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the funeral.

George A. Corwine

George A. Corwine went to the Lord on January 28, 2017, at the age of 89. The only son of Amos
Raymond Corwine and Anna Iten Corwine, he was born in Linton, Minnesota on September 13, 1927, but
lived his childhood in Fargo, North Dakota.

George attended Catholic Elementary and High School and was very proud of the fact that he
graduated as a Chemical Engineer from Notre Dame University.

He was drafted while at Notre Dame and served in the Army in Korea near the war end and returned to
Notre Dame to finish his degree.

He worked for GE straight out of college in Marblehead, Massachusetts and Pittsburgh, PA and then
found his way to Gainesville, Florida to work for Sperry Rand Tube Division as Marketing Manager.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Anna Corwine, his father-in-law, John Farkas, his
mother-in-law, Betty Farkas and his brother-in-law, John J. Farkas. He is survived by his wife,
Betty Farkas Corwine, his sons, George J. Corwine, Thomas W. Corwine, daughter-in-law, Andrea L.
Corwine, granddaughter, Alexandria (Alex) Corwine, and granddaughter-in-law, Samantha Williamson.

He loved playing golf with his buddies and watching football games with his wife, Betty,
especially, Notre Dame, Florida and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed volunteering at the library
and at Catholic Charities.

Services for George A. Corwine will be held at Holy Faith Catholic Church on Thursday, February, 2,
2017, at 9:30 am. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery following a luncheon at the church.

Barbara Will Stevens

Barbara Will Stevens, age 87 of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully on Thursday January 26, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family. Barbara was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 23, 1929 to Lawrence E. and Anne Williams Will.
As a child, Barbara lived in Belle Glade, Florida, where she completed high school in 1947. She graduated from Florida State University in 1951, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Barbara attended the University of Florida where she was accepted into the College of Law, however, her love of teaching young children motivated her decision to pursue a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Florida, graduating in 1985.
Barbara married Albert C. Stevens on June 15, 1956, and resided in Lake Worth, Florida until relocating to Gainesville in 1967. Barbara taught kindergarten through grades 6 in public and private schools in Broward, Palm Beach, Alachua, and Levy Counties. Barbara taught third grade at Rolling Green Academy in Alachua, Florida. Barbara retired from teaching at Bronson Elementary School in Bronson, FL in 1991.
Barbara spent her retirement years traveling with Albert in their RV on numerous trips throughout the United States and Canada. Barbara was an accomplished pianist and an avid reader. She enjoyed riding horses on the family ranch, had a great love for gardening, cooking, sewing and enjoyed the companionship of her beloved dachshunds.
Barbara was preceded in death by her brother Charles Rogers Will, and is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Albert C. Stevens, daughter Lauranne M. Stevens, Gainesville, Fl and a son Claiborne W. Stevens, St. Augustine, Fl and four grandchildren, Charles W. Stevens, Gainesville, FL; Albert C. Stevens II, St. Augustine, FL; Stephanie M. Stevens, St. Augustine; Caroline Stevens, Lake Worth, FL; and great-grand son, Cohen.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Visiting Angel, Jennifer Wilson, C.N.A., for her devoted and attentive care of Barbara; Michelle Braden, RN and the Staff of Haven Hospice; and the UF Shands Stroke Care team who assisted in her care.

Graveside Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 31, 2017 at Hillcrest Memorial Park 6411 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Catherine Isabel Eck VonLehe Eppes

Eppes, Catherine Isabel Eck vonLehe Jan 6, 1931-Jan 25, 2017
Catherine von Lehe Eppes 86, died peacefully in her sleep after a long illness, at the home of her son Michael von Lehe in Gainesville FL. Catherine was born in Toronto Ontario to the late Beverly Winfield Eck and Isabel Stewart Rosevear and attended school there before becoming an elementary school teacher in North York in the early 1950s. She married Dr. August Charles von Lehe in 1956 and moved to his town of Walterboro SC where she lived for several years before moving to LaGrange, Georgia. While living in LaGrange she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, June 3, 1972 with Summa Cum Laude honors. After a few years she moved to Gainesville, FL and that would be what she called home for the rest of her life. While living in Gainesville she graduated from University of Florida with a Master of Education on December 11, 1976. She worked for and retired from the Alachua County School Board as the Curriculum Resource Teacher at Metcalfe Elementary School. She was also a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where she did volunteer work. She is preceded in death by husband Dr. August Charles von Lehe, son Dr. John Andrew von Lehe and husband Bill Gorton Eppes. Catherine is survived by sister Patricia Eck Wilson, sons Michael, Charles, and Quinlan von Lehe, and by grandchildren Michael, Alicia, Christopher, Charlie, Kinsey, Reagin, Rebecca and Laura. The family will receive friends at Milam Funeral Home on Monday January 30, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Burial will take place in the Live Oak Cemetery in Walterboro, SC later in the week.

Margaret “Marge” Anne Mitchem Stack

The planet lost one of its stellar inhabitants on January 23, 2017. Margaret Anne Mitchem Stack, “Marge” to all who knew her, “Mom” to her son, left us that day.
Marge was born in Marietta, Ohio on July 5, 1942.
She leaves to mourn and hiss her, her son, Trip Stack, sister-in-law’s Rose Stack Bock and Mary Stack Stormes, two brothers-in-law, three nephews and one niece, and a host of friends and colleagues around the globe.
A Celebration of Marge’s Life will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 a.m..

Ruby Jean Green

A truly cherished Child of God, Ruby Jean Green, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, January 23, 2017 at her home in Gainesville, Florida. Ruby was born on December 18, 1943, in Bronson, Florida to George William and Lorene Hogan Green. She attended Alachua County schools and graduated from Newberry High School. She retired from Compass Bank where she had been a valued employee after a successful and trusted career in the banking industry.
Miss Ruby Green, as she was fondly known, never compromised her Faith in God and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and its spiritual principles. There were countless hearts in our community that were touched and changed with her voice of reason, wisdom, and grace in any situation presented to her. Ruby would always remind her beloved AA community of 26 years that it is “a design for living that really works.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Jean O’Steen and Barbara Edwards; and her brothers, William W. Green, Glenward D. Green, and George W. Green, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Wilma Jean “Cookie” Green, and her brother, Albert Roscoe Green, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, and multitudes of friends in and out of the AA community and was beloved by all.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home of Newberry, with a viewing one hour prior. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, Florida.

Dell Griffin Carr

Dell Griffin Carr was born on October 1, 1920 in Grove Hill, AL to Ivy Oma “Pop” Griffin and Bashie Keel “Mama” Griffin as the seventh child of eight. Dell passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home in Gainesville, FL on January 22, 2017 at age 96. She much enjoyed being part of a large family and was always eager to recall a special moment experiencing those close relationships.

As a young child, Dell lived in rural Alabama and Mississippi and started school in urban Chicago before beginning and finishing high school in Chiefland, FL where she graduated in 1939. She was a life-long learner, motivated to improve and demonstrate her academic abilities. Through her diligence, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida in 1969, which she used in teaching an International English class for five years at the First Baptist Church and Pensacola Junior College.

Dell dedicated her life’s work to serving as a full-time wife and mother, while actively supporting her husband in his church work. She fulfilled those valuable roles with total dedication and effectiveness. It all started on August 3, 1941 when Dell married the love of her life, William Curtis Carr, Jr. at the Hardeetown, FL Baptist Church. At that time, Curtis was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army so the young couple relocated to several Army posts during World War II until Curtis was shipped to the Philippine Islands in 1945. Dell lived temporarily at her parent’s homestead, “The Ponderosa” in Chiefland until he returned at war’s end. Their growing family, then with two children Betty and Bill, resided in Gainesville for several years until Curtis felt God’s call to Christian ministry; in 1948, he enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX and the family followed. Upon graduating, he accepted his first pastorate in Wabasso, FL where their third child, Tommy joined the family. Curtis transferred into administrative work as a District Field Secretary with the Florida Baptist Convention while serving in Vero Beach FL until late 1956 when he accepted a similar position in Pensacola, FL. Dell helped Curtis make a major contribution there for over 20 years.

At every step of the way, Dell was engaged with people and programs serving their needs; she was always “on stage” and drawing out others to join her in celebration of God’s love. In the 1970’s, Dell and Curtis enjoyed traveling in their Airstream trailer for several years and after retiring, came back to Gainesville in 1979. Dell was an active member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville for 38 years where she served for a brief time as a deacon, enjoyed Master’s Mission Group and her Sunday School classes. She was an enthusiastic member of PEO and DAR while serving as an Alachua General Hospital Volunteer and a voting poll worker. Dell had a wide circle of friends whose affections she cherished.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Curtis Carr, Jr., her son Thomas Nathan Carr and her son-in-law, James Robert Greathouse.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Greathouse of Gainesville and her son, William “Bill” Curtis Carr III (Janice) of Gainesville, her brother, Ivy Byrd Griffin (Evelyn) of Chiefland, FL and her daughter-in-law, Jan Beaugez Carr of Palm Coast, FL. She had eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, one step great-granddaughter and one step great-great granddaughter. She also treasured many nieces and nephews and their families.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. at 10:00 a.m., with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m.. There will be a reception following the service at the Funeral Home Reception Room and burial will be at the Chiefland Cemetery.

Nora O. Godwin

Nora O. Godwin, age 97 of Windsor, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday January 22, 2017. Nora was born February 16, 1919 in Hawthorne, FL to George and Lizzie Keen Silcox. Mrs. Godwin was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years William M. Godwin and her sister Annie Smith.
Nora was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a homemaker and member of the Methodist Church. She enjoyed nature and the outdoors especially gardening and cat fishing. Because of her sage wisdom, great faith and love for everyone she was sometimes known as the Mother of Windsor.
Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday January 27, 2017 at Providence Cemetery in Windsor, FL.

Harvey Miller Bricker

Harvey Miller Bricker died at the age of 76 on January 18, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida, after a short illness. He was born on June 29, 1940, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the older of two children of the Reverend George H. Bricker and Florence Miller Bricker. He received his early education in the public schools of Waynesboro and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, graduating summa cum laude with a major in Russian history in 1962. From there, he went to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he enrolled in the graduate program in anthropology, with a focus on archaeology. His area of interest was in the manufacture of stone tools by the earliest humans in southern France. He later was named “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques” for his research in this field. He married a fellow graduate student in anthropology, Victoria Evelyne Reifler, in December 1964. He received his PhD in June 1973.
The couple’s teaching careers at Tulane University began in 1969. In 1981, his research interests shifted to the astronomy of the ancient Maya as recorded in their hieroglyphic books. In collaboration with his wife, they wrote Astronomy in the Maya Codices, which was published by the American Philosophical Society in 2011, for which they received the Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize for Historical Astronomy in 2013.
After retiring from teaching at Tulane at the end of 2005 (and in response to their experiences during Hurricane Katrina), they began spending the months from mid-June to the end of October in Gainesville, Florida, where they had appointments as courtesy professors in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida and as research professors in the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Harvey Bricker is survived by his wife of 52 years, Victoria Reifler Bricker, his sister, Helen Bricker Smith, of Falls Church, Virginia, and her children: Matthew Bricker Smith of Uncasville, Connecticut, and Elizabeth Smith Hall of Eastleigh, England.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Latin American Library at Tulane University or the Latin American Collection of the Smathers Library at the University of Florida.

Charles Wesley Larson II

Charles Wesley Larson II, passed away on Saturday January 14, 2017. He was born in Gainesville and a graduate of P K Yonge and the University of Florida. A 24 year career Naval Officer retiring with the rank of Commander. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sarah Claire Larson, and is survived by his wife Sarah Gaskins Larson, two sons, Charles Wesley Larson III, and Kevin Lee Samuel Larson, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be private.

Karen “Bonnie” Bonita Hummel

Karen “Bonnie” Bonita Hummel age 67 of Gainesville, Florida passed away on January 15, 2017 at Haven Hospice.

Bonnie was born in Gainesville, Florida June 17, 1949 to Dewey Levis and Doris Boals Bochette. She graduated High School in Virginia where she also attended Bible College. She was a homemaker and was active in serving in her church and community. She worked with the Children’s Home Society and other foster agencies to provide care for over one hundred children while raising her own family. She founded the Feed My Sheep food ministry and was involved in the Interfaith Hospitality Network. She worked at the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and cooked for the Fire of God Downtown Ministries. She was a minister who believed in indiscriminately serving all in need.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Douglas “Dear” Hummel, children Tracy Riggins of Jonesville, South Carolina, Stacy Hummel of Duncan, South Carolina, Scott Hummel and Joseph Hummel of Gainesville, Corey Hummel of Manchester, Tennessee and Nicole Hummel of Gainesville. She has 12 grandchildren and 8 great grand children. Siblings include: David Bochette, Sheila Sisk, Brenda Edmond-Drain of Gainesville, Carmen Morgan of Booneville, Kentucky and was preceded in death by two sisters Cheryl Galuza and Pamela Carmean. She loved and was loved by 16 nieces and nephews.

Service will be held on Thursday January 19th at 3 pm, at Greenhouse Church, 2925 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, Florida. Family will receive friends for visitation at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Wednesday January 18, from 5pm to 7pm. Anyone wishing to donate to the burial fund can send donations to 5200 N.W 43rd St. Box 102-127, Gainesville, Florida 32606 in care of Douglas Hummel.

Larry G. Beal

Larry G. Beal, 82 of Newberry passed away on Jan. 14, 2017 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties. Mr. Beal was born on August 5, 1934 in Rochelle, IL. To Edward and Clema Beal. He was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church, Lions Club, and Masonic Lodge. He served in the US Navy from May 1953 to 1976. He was a member of the Navy Seal Team, he held top secret Clearance Control from 1970 to 1976. After retirement, he was a exterminator for Florida Pest Control, a gas distributor for Tex Gas and finally as a Contract Truck Driver for the USPS. The most enjoyment in Larry’s life was his family.
He is survived by his wife, Tommie Nell Beal, his children, Donda Perry, Melinda Beal, Jana Parsons and Larry S. Beal, his son, his son-in-law’s, John Kirby, Donnie Parsons, and Mike Perry, and his grandchildren, Dawn Beal, Brandon Parsons, Christina Goodwin, Stephanie Parsons, Kyle Kirby, Larry E. Beal, Duane Watson, Daniel Watson, James Lewellen, Ambriel Smith, Christina Fogarty, his great grandchildren, Kollin Shaver, Mikeala Parsons, Taylor Goodwin, Chloe Connelly, Gavin Beal, Daniel parsons, Eliena Kirby
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017 from 4-6 PM at Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, Jan.19, 2017 at Oak Dale Baptist Church 17015 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry, FL., with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery 900 N. Center Street in Perry, FL.

Philip Dexter Tyrrell

Philip Dexter Tyrrell passed away January 10th, 2017 at his home in Alachua, Fl. surrounded by his family. He was 75. Born in Boston, MA. and grew up in Charlestown, MA., summered in Ipswich, MA. He played sports for Charlestown High School, excelling in Track and Basketball, where he received multiple athletic awards, a scholarship to Northeastern University. After a motorcycle accident, he was unable to compete as an amputee. This did not slow him down. Phil was an avid sportsman enjoying water and snow skiing, horseback riding and his first love, Boating. He served as Commodore of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club where he was instrumental in having the property purchased by the IBYC prevented it from being developed. A member of the Commodores Club of America. He was an active member of the New England Handicapped Sportsman Association as a water and snow skiing instructor. He was a successful salesman, Shop Steward for the Distillery and Rectifiers Union Local 8, until retirement from United Liquors, LTD. Where he received many awards. His accomplishments were numerous and he has both changed and saved lives.

After his retirement, he and his wife, moved from E. Kingston, NH to Orange, Virginia and then to Florida to be near family. He was preceded in death by his parents James J. & Pauline A. Fitzgerald Tyrrell. Phil is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Publicover Tyrrell, his two daughters Pamela L. Sharman of Vero Beach, FL and Christine M. Link, Gainesville, FL, his two grandchildren Cassandra B. Cameron and Brent Philip Sharman.

Phil’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. Come celebrate Phil’s life with us. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to “Dogs for Life”, www.dogsforlifevb.org, or Lewy Body Dementia, www.lewybodydementia.orgor Haven Hospice, Home Team, Gainesville, FL, www.havenhospice.org.

Charles Duke “Buddy” Parker

Charles Duke “Buddy” Parker, age 88 of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on January 10th, 2017 at Viera Manor Assisted Living Community in Melbourne Florida. Buddy was born in Rome, Georgia on Aug 17, 1928 and was the youngest son of four children. His parents were the late Duke Roberson Parker and Fleeta Belle Davidson. After graduation from Dunedin High School in 1945 he enlisted in the United States Navy. His permanent duty station was Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Buddy’s enlistment was heavily influenced by the loss of his only brother Jack Roberson Parker. Jack’s plane, The Queen Bee, was downed by Japanese fire in 1944. Jack survived the crash only to be captured and subsequently executed on June 19, 1945. Jack’s execution took place at the infamous Taihoku Prison Camp located on the Island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa. Buddy served in the Navy until December 22, 1947 just after the war’s end. Upon returning to Dunedin, Florida Buddy would soon meet the love of his life Beverly Ann Tool. This meeting was a consequence of a blind date at which, interestingly enough, the three men and three women paired according to their heights. You just can’t make this stuff up. After their wedding, held at The Parker home in Dunedin, the newlyweds moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1951 where the University of Florida was located and where they both attended school. After a year at the University of Florida Buddy became employed with the United States Post Office in Gainesville where he worked until he retired after 39 years of service. Buddy was an avid Gator fan and supporter of the University of Florida. He was fortunate to witness The Gator football team’s first SEC championship and first National Title. Buddy loved to hunt and fish. He trained his own bird dogs and would often be seen stopping at Tigert Hall where his wife Beverly was employed in order to “show off” the many ‘largemouth’ bass he caught. After retirement, Buddy spent his years researching his family genealogy. In addition, he also meticulously researched circumstances associated with his brother’s execution. On the 60th anniversary of that tragic event, Buddy was joined by his sons in Taipei, Taiwan at “The Killing Wall”, the location within the prison where it is believed that Jack was put to death. Subsequently a portion of Buddy’s research was published in the poignant book by author Fred B. Grant entitled “World War II: As told by the Few Who Were There, 2005.” Buddy enjoyed Gator Football, golfing, jogging and his sons. Nothing was more important to him than his family and he worked tirelessly, accruing much overtime so that his family never went without and all were provided with the opportunity of college educations. Buddy is survived by his four sons John Roberson Parker and his wife Trish of Melbourne, FL, Steven Hamilton Parker of Redwood City, CA, Jeffrey Duke Parker of Jacksonville Beach, FL and Charles Michael Parker of Boca Raton, FL.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday March 24, 2017 at The Chapel in the Meadows at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Ave Gainesville, FL where he will receive Military Honors before being laid to rest next to his beloved wife Beverly who passed in February 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the assisted living facility at Viera Manor, 3325 Breslay Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940 care of Director Doug Love.

Raleigh Cecil Beatty

Raleigh Cecil Beatty, age 76, passed away in his home on Jan.8, 2017. Mr. Beatty was born on Sept.3, 1940 in Miami, FL. He loved Nascar Racing, hunting, fishing, and his family. A carpenter by trade, he retired from Charles Perry Construction in 2008.
Mr. Beatty is preceded in death by his parents Opal and Raleigh, his brother, Richard, his wife Bonnie Beatty, and a daughter Wendy. He is survived by his fiancé Pat Donaldson, his brother Chuck, sister Trina, daughters Debbie, Audra (Ben) Hiedi, Laurie (Jim), and Jennifer (David), 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Viewing on Wednesday Jan.11, 2017 from 5-7pm and Funeral Services are Thursday Jan. 12, 2017 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, you may donate blood or donations to Life South Blood Bank.

Frances Lewis Van Bussum

Frances Lewis Van Bussum, age 93, retired editor and volunteer organization leader, died Sunday January 8, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Van Bussum served for 27 years with the University of Florida Information and Publications Division. She edited the Florida Alumnus Magazine for five years winning awards for typography and content. Active in many community service organizations, she was past president of the Gainesville Junior League, Gainesville Panhellenic Association, the Reciprocity Council of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Club, Original Gardenia Garden Club and held offices in Altrusa International, Chapter CQ P.E.O., University United Methodist Women, University Women’s Club and the University of Florida Alachua County Alumni Club. She acted as secretary for two local Methodist churches. A graduate of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and Florida State College for Women, she also attended the University of Florida. A resident of Gainesville since 1924, she was born in Tallahassee, moving to Gainesville at age one. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle G. “Squeaky” Van Bussum, with whom she co-owned Melrose Bay Ornamental Nursery in Melrose. She has no immediate family survivors but considers Hugh M. Gramling of Plant City to be her son. Services will be held privately, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Gainesville International Altrusa Club Foundation P O Box 14757 Gainesville, FL 32604-4757.

Dr. Robert W. Battles Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Robert W. Battles Jr., 78, passed away peacefully under the care of the Shell Point Retirement Community in Ft. Myers, FL, on Saturday, January 7, 2017. He was surrounded by his wife Ruth and three of his brothers in addition to his daughter Steph and her husband Thomas. He was born in Greensburg, PA, on October 31, 1938. After graduating from high school in Orlando, FL, he received a B.S. degree from Nyack College in 1959. Stetson University in Florida granted him the M.A. degree in 1960. Further study at the Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, led to an M.Div. degree in 1963 and the following year he received a Th.D. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. In 1961, he married Ruth Bach of Ventnor, NJ, and together they moved to West Palm Beach, FL, where he was ordained by the Presbytery of East Florida. He then became assistant pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach. In 1967, he was installed as the twelfth pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, NY. Following the tradition of the pastors of this church, he was active in the local community. He served as President of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center and on the Migrant Committee of the Long Island Council of Churches. He was the Secretary of the South Fork Clergy Fellowship and a member of the Ministerial Relations Committee of the Presbytery. In 1975, he was called to become the senior pastor at Germonds Presbyterian Church in New City, NY, where he and Ruth were actively involved in helping people with special needs and working with BOCES (the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). In 1979, Dr. Battles accepted a call and served ten years as the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Clemens, MI. While there he was an Alumni Trustee of Princeton Seminary and he preached at Princeton University’s Annual Service of Remembrance. He also served as a seminary intern advisor for Princeton, mentoring and guiding young pastors. From Mount Clemens, he moved to Gainesville, FL, where he was the senior minister of First Presbyterian Church. While in Gainesville, he led the church through significant renovations of the classrooms, fellowship hall and sanctuary and together with Dr. Mark Coffey, Director of Music, he brought a C.B. Fisk pipe organ to the sanctuary. While there he started an after school program with the help of his wife Ruth to serve students in the Porters’ neighborhood just South of the church. After retirement, he accepted a position as interim pastor at Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst, NC. From there, he and Ruth moved to Salisbury, NC, and then on to Bethlehem, PA, before settling in Ft. Myers, FL. He was a devoted husband and father to Ruth and Steph and was elated to be able to welcome his granddaughter, Olive, into the world in 2014. Visitation will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, January 12th at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Friday, January 13 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, with a reception to follow in Gordon Hall. An interment service will be held in late January at Edgewood Cemetery in Bridgehampton, NY. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice through The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point in Ft. Myers. Robert is survived by his wife Ruth, daughter Steph and her husband Thomas Johnson, and his granddaughter Olive.

Joseph J. Packal

Joseph Joseph Packal (Appachan), Age 80, died Thursday January 5, 2017 in Gainesville, FL.
Born Ayavana, Muvattupuzha (Packal House) Kerala, India. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Packal, brother of Kurian, Mathew, Thomas, and Elsy. Married to Aleykutty (Alice) Manchiyil Joseph Packal. They moved to Chicago, IL, USA March 31st, 1974 then their final move was to their home in South Florida in April 1978. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Aleykutty (Alice) Packal, daughters: Saji and Jisa Packal, sons-in-law: Anil Thomas and Austin Chempakasseril-Thomas, grandchildren: Sajani &Aruna Thomas, Rhea, Thomas, Joseph, and Philip Chempakasseril.

Janet “Jan” Niemeier

Janet “Jan” Niemeier, left us peacefully on January 4, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. She was tired and ready to be with the angels. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Deidrie and Joseph Cornwall, her grandson and his wife, Gary Joseph and Danielle Cornwall and her great-granddaughter Claire. Other surviving grandchildren are Joshua, Aaron and Hannah Phillips. Jan was the center of another family, her recovery community. For thirty-five years she was a constant friend, mentor, and example to hundreds people in recovery. By her life, she defined humility and service. Anyone who ever saw her smile, received a hug, or a reminder knew they were loved. To say that she will be missed is understatement. But her legacy will be carried on by all those lives she touched, “to be an instrument of Thy Peace.” Jan loved dogs and cats. She owned a very personalized pet sitting business. Whether the pets came to her or she went to them, her clients and their owners knew that loved them and they loved her. Donations in Jan’s name to organizations supporting pet rescue like Gainesville Pet Rescue, Helping Hands Pet Rescue, Alachua County Humane Society and many others are welcome. A memorial service for Jan will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 3 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church sanctuary 1521 NW 34th Street Gainesville, FL. All are welcome.

Barbara Lynn Jacobson Matilsky

Barbara Lynn Jacobson Matilsky, age 77 of High Springs, Fl, passed away on Wednesday January 4, 2017.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt. She was a sweet soul, who wanted nothing more than everyone around her to be healthy and happy. Barbara spent her life as a mother and business woman, owning and operating Coronet Fabric Mills in Gainesville, FL with her husband Herb of 58 years. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on April 20th, 1939. Barbara loved spending time with her grandchildren and keeping up with their many dance recitals and activities, and filling her home with loved ones for every holiday occasion. She is survived by her husband Herbert Matilsky; her children Jeff Matilsky (Debbie), Randy Matilsky (Dana), and Jodi Douberly (Bill); her sister Sandy Zuckerberg (Joel); grandchildren Matthew Matilsky, Jessica Matilsky, Kate Douberly, Molly Matilsky, and Anni Douberly; Nieces and nephews Laura Zuckerberg, Aleasa Zuckerberg, Heath Zuckerberg, and Richard Grossman; and sister-in-law Judy Pelican (Tom). She was preceded in death by her mother and father Anne and Hyman Jacobson. A graveside service will be on Friday January 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery of Gainesville. Barbara’s preference would be that memorial contributions be gifted to Haven Hospice Center of Gainesville or the national Alzheimer’s Association.

Betty Frances Sikes Drake

Betty Frances Sikes Drake, 90, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on January 3, 2017. She was born in Cobbtown, Georgia on April 5, 1926 to Troy Shay and Annie Louise Sikes. She graduated from Georgia Teachers College and the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She married Roscoe Lee Drake, DVM in 1946. She taught school for many years in the communities of Collins and Tyson, GA. In 1962, they moved to Gainesville, Florida where they resided to present date. Her interests were many, but centered around her children, grandchildren, and faith in God. She is survived by her four children: Melinda (Rocky) Chitty, Alachua; David (Sherry) Drake, Midway, GA. Elizabeth (John) Thomas, Alachua; and Roxanne (Reggie) Tumlin, Melrose. She is survived by eight grandchildren: Ben (Angel) Chitty, Jill (Jeff) Marcus, Cindy Henderson, Brett (Letza) Morgan, Darrell (Lara) Thomas, Brandi Tumlin, JR Tumlin, and Misty (Bobby) Steiner, and eleven great grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Haven Hospice. Services will be held at North Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Alachua on Friday, January 6th. Viewing at 10:00 AM – Service at 11:00.

Herbert O. Phillips

Herbert O. Phillips passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the age of 94. He was born on November 2, 1922, in Stoughton, Wisconsin to Fredrick and Ruby Phillips.
Herb graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1948. He was a WWII veteran that served in the Philippines and Japan. He also served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1949-1963, retiring with the rank of Major. He was a long time resident of Janesville, Wisconsin before moving to Gainesville. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Gainesville. Herb was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 40 years, Mildred Phillips; his wife of 14 years, Helen Meerman Phillips, and his stepson Rod (Janet) Meerman.
Herb is survived by his devoted wife of 17 years, Ann B. Phillips. He is further survived by his three daughters: Andrea (Robert) Rietmann, Melanie (George) Frederick, Dana Phillips (Brad McCue); his stepchildren: Kathy Ingman (Tim) Fletcher, Marian Ingman (Don) Close, Hal (Lynette) Ingman, Robert (Desiree) Ingman, Kathy Meerman (Oliver) Carr, Beth Meerman (Jose’) Santos, Steve Meerman; 25 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, as well as numerous family members and friends. Herb will be remembered for his lifelong love of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Chicago Cubs, who gave him the best present ever by winning the World Series on his 94th birthday! In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First St., Gainesville, Florida 32601, for the Helping Hands Clinic. Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Carl Edward Broskey

Carl Edward Broskey, Sr, 81 of Gainesville, FL peacefully passed away on Sunday December 11, 2016. Carl was born in Starke, FL on October 6, 1935 to James Ellis Broskey and Laura Kirkland Broskey. Carl was a man of many talents he was the Animal Control Officer for the City of Gainesville. He worked for the City and County doing mechanic work and fixing most anything. He finally went to the State at the University of Florida as the Maintenance Mechanic. Carl retired from the state and enjoyed yard work at home. Carl was a family man he enjoyed his kids and grandchildren. Carl loved dogs and his always became part of the family. His favorite keepsakes were his pictures of his family and friends. Carl is survived by his loving wife Della Padgett Broskey, daughter Judy Broskey, sons Edwin Broskey Sr, Mike Parks and Carl Broskey Jr. Carl has 2 surviving sisters Verna Mae Davis of Starke FL. Sylvia Earlene Padgett of Palatka FL. Carl was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Carl was loved and known by many he will be missed. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will be in Fairbanks Cemetery.

Kelly Anne Morphy

Kelly Anne Murphy passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father December 10, 2016. Funeral Mass December 13, St. Madeleine Catholic Church at the Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche 17155 NW US Highway 441 High Springs, FL at 10:30 AM preceded by viewing in church at 10:00 AM. Beloved and cherished daughter of Michael and Pamela Murphy, and brother Scott Murphy and sister Melissa Murphy Petrozella and her husband Mark Petrozella.

Maryanne Rothwell

Maryanne Rothwell, 65, dies on December 3, 2016 with her husband Roger and daughter Stephanie by her side. She grew up in Newberry and after her husband passed away, she returned to the Gainesville area, bought a home and became an avid gardener. Roger was so fortunate to meet, woo & marry her. She moved into her new home on Breezy Point Cove, Melrose, where Maryanne continued her gardening and became an excellent ceramic painter. She had a great voice and loved to sing. Maryanne is survived by her husband Roger, her daughter Stephanie Ann Kaps, sisters Emma Lee Underwood, Jean Hall, Ann Moore and granddaughter Victoria Anne Miracle and grandson Christopher Ashton Kaps. She is preceded in death by her son, William Alex Kaps. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday December 7, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. There will be a viewing for an hour before. In lieu of flowers, those who wish, may make memorials to Hospice of the Lakes, 6400 St. Johns Avenue Palatka, FL 32177 (386) 328-7100.

Gerald “Jerry” L. Sapp

Gerald “Jerry” L. Sapp, age 74 of Hawthorne, FL passed away in Gainesville, FL on Friday November 25, 2016. Jerry was born in Plant City, FL on June 30, 1942 to James and Florence Outlaw Sapp. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a coach and mentor to his son’s Go Cart racing and Eric’s stock car racing. Loved to watch NASCAR races and college football games. Mr. Sapp worked for the Merita Bread Company. Jerry was preceded in death by his granddaughter Makayla Sapp and his son Jason Garrison. He is survived by his loving wife Teresa Sapp, sons Eric (Marina) Sapp and Matthew (Deborah) Sapp, daughter Carrie (Steve) Edwards, grandchildren Shelby Minnix, Dylan Sapp, Alyssa Sapp, Hallie Colding, Hannah Sapp, Logan Sapp, Elizabeth Edwards, Madeline Horton, and a great grandson Breighton Lansing, brothers Jimmy Sapp of Alachua, Larry Sapp and Terry Sapp both of Tampa. A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Ochwilla Baptist Church 296 North Highway 21 Hawthorne, FL. Contributions may be made to Ochwilla Baptist Church P O Box 787 Hawthorne, FL 32640, Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606, or to lung cancer research, or Palliative Care Foundation VA Medical Center 1601 SW Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608-1196.

Dr. William L. Brown

Dr. William L. Brown, age 88, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 with his loving wife Agnes at his side. William was born in York County, SC on November 23, 1928 to Lavinia Jackson and Samuel Brown. Dr. Brown earned his B.S. at Clemson University in 1949 in animal science and his M.S. at North Carolina State in animal genetics in 1952. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in food microbiology in 1956. He served a total of twelve years in The Army Reserves and was Honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Dr. Brown was employed by John Morrell as Assistant Director of Research from 1957- 1961 and was promoted to Vice President of Research for the company from 1964 -1967. Dr. Brown relocated to Gainesville, Florida to start ABC Research, an independent food-testing laboratory, which he sold and is still operating under another name today. Dr. Brown was published in more than 80 scientific publications throughout his eminent career. Dr. Brown served on many national and local advisory committees and boards for the following organizations: USDA, Committee on Microbiology Criteria for Food, Meat and Poultry Inspection; National Academy of Sciences; National Research Council; Atomic Energy Commission; Institute of Biological Sciences; Barnett Bank; US Poultry and Egg Association; Salvation Army of Gainesville; and First Baptist Church of Gainesville. His daughters Teena Brown Huffman and Karen Brown Little, preceded him in death. His wife, Agnes F. Brown, survives him, as do his siblings Margret Sue Brown and David Brown, his son Richard Brown, and his grandchildren: Kristofer Huffman, Christina Little, Megan Little, Lewis Little, William Brown, Lyndal Brown, and four great grandchildren. A viewing will be held from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on Friday, December 2 at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church 14105 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL. at 10:00am Saturday, December 3. Internment will follow in Forest Meadows Central Cemetery 4100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL.

Robert Henry Harms

Robert (Bob) Henry Harms died peacefully on November 23, 2016 at 93 years old. He was born on a farm 11 miles west of Dover, Arkansas in 1923, to Charles Harms and Stella Moore Harms.
He attended a one room school house where only one teacher taught all eight grades with an enrollment of fifty students. Bob graduated from Dover High School and attended Arkansas Tech University before entering into the U.S. Army. After World War II, he accepted a position at Springdale Arkansas as assistant Vocational Teacher with the responsibility of starting an “on the farm” training program for returning veterans. After six years with this program, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas to complete his B.S. degree and remained there to complete his M.S. degree in Poultry Nutrition. After completing his MS, he transferred to Texas A&M University and earned his Ph.D. in Poultry Nutrition and immediately accepted a position at the University of Tennessee as an assistant professor. After two years, Dr. Harms joined the University of Florida as Associate Professor and Nutritionist. In 1961, he was promoted to Professor and appointed as Department Chairman in 1962. He served his position until 1981 when he returned to teaching and research. In 1985, Dr. Harms was promoted to Graduate Research Professor. He served major Professors for 18 Ph.D. students and 38 for the M.S. degree. Nine of the Ph.D. students were employed at other Universities. Dr. Harms received many awards on Campus and internationally. These include Sigma Xi and the senior award for the entire United States, junior Gamma Sigma Delta award in Florida, Senior award, Professor of the Year award and from this award he was elected to Florida Blue Key, Gamma Sigma award. In 1988, Dr. Harms was selected as one of the five that had contributed the most to Florida Agriculture in the past 100 years. He was also elected to the Arkansas Tech Hall of Fame, the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame and the Poultry Science Hall of Fame. Dr. Harms Developed a feeding program for the commercial laying hen that is now used internationally. It was estimated to save 4 to 6 million dollars annually for the Poultryman in Florida. In a support letter for the Poultry Hall of Fame, one man wrote: “I miss Bob, and the industry misses him as well. He is a Giant within the arena of Poultry Nutrition”. Dr. Harms retired after 46 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Harms; his daughter Carolyn Thrasher; his son, Robert H. Harms, Jr.; his brother, Bill Harms; and his companion of many years, Willene Gay. He is survived by his sister Betty Langston of Odessa, Texas, his 3 Grandchildren, Elwin R. Thrasher, III of Tallahassee, Florida; Laura Clark (Pad) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; and Charles Harms (Crissy) of Harrisburg, PA, and 7 great-grandchildren. Interment will be at New Hope Cemetery, Dover, Arkansas with a grave-side service with family and close friends.

Susan Butler Grogg

Susan Butler Grogg, 70, died on November 23, 2016 surrounded by love. She was born to Wallace and Dorothy Woolston in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 16, 1946.
Sue grew up in Maryland before living in Northern New Jersey and then on Long Island, NY. She moved to Florida in 1979 where she lived in West Palm Beach and then Fort Myers before moving to Gainesville in 2008. Sue enjoyed working in a number of different fields during her career. She was focused mainly in the fields of Logistics and Administration as well as some time in the hospitality industry. Sue had a lifelong passion for music that still beats today in her son, Jason. From classic rock to R&B to her most recent affinity for Jazz, music always played a starring role as she recounted the many tales and adventures of her life. Sue was an amazing cook that found peace while in the kitchen. It was truly a labor of love that served to feed Sue’s soul as she shared her creations with friends and strangers. Her survivors include her son Jason Fox, her brothers Gregg & Wallace Woolston and her three grandchildren Zachary Fox, Justin Murphy and Joshua Fox.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her son, Brett Fox. Sue was generous of heart and touched so many in ways big and small. Whether it was how she often cooked extra food to then go find a hungry person to share a hot meal or just how she could be a good listener to someone who was feeling unheard, acquaintances and friends alike warm to a smile as they fondly recall Sue’s lively spirit and loving soul. A memorial service is planned for January in Baltimore, MD, where Sue still considered home.

William A. “Bubba” MCGowan

William A. “Bubba” McGowan, 88 died at his home on November 19, 2016. He was born September 21, 1928 in Blakely, Georgia to Albert Homer and Viola Childs McGowan. They moved to Dothan, Alabama where he grew up with his three older sisters. He attended Dothan High School where he played football. He then came to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida and played football for The Gators. That is where he met and married his wife, June. He graduated in 1952, and served in the army for 2 years. They moved back to Gainesville where he taught and coached football at Gainesville High School. In 1959 they moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he coached football for FSU. In 1964, they moved back to Gainesville where he has lived since then. He coached football for the University of Florida Gators from 1964- 1971. Afterwards he briefly owned his own business, McGowan’s Distributors. In 1975, he returned to teaching and coaching football. First at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, and then at Buchholz High School in Gainesville where he remained until he retired in 2002. “Coach Bubba” made a major impact on so many people’s lives as he was often told. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who took great pride in his work and in his family. He was married to his loving wife, June Combs McGowan for 60 years before she passed away in 2012. He is also preceded in death by his oldest grandson, Chance William Wolf, who passed away earlier this year. He is survived by his son, William A. McGowan, Jr. “Bam”, his daughter Gina McGowan Wolf (Rodney), as well as his beloved grandchildren, Kaley Erin Wolf, and Trace Austin Wolf. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday November 22, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows East Cemetery.

Frank Rosser Dunaway, Jr.

Frank Rosser Dunaway, Jr., age 86, of Atlantic Beach, FL, passed away Wednesday November 16, 2016 in Jacksonville, FL, with his loving wife Connie at his side. Frank was born in Jacksonville on June 23, 1930 to Frank Rosser Dunaway, Sr. and Grace Herrick Dunaway. Mr. Dunaway received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida; an MBA from Kent State University; and was a Fellow in the Alfred P. Sloan Program at the Stanford University School of Business. He served a total of 30 years in the U. S. Air Force and U. S. Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was employed as a Mechanical Engineer by Babcock & Wilcox where he helped build power plants across the country. He later taught economics at Kent State University where he won a Fellowship to the Alfred P. Sloan program at the Stanford School of Business. From there he worked for IBM before being lured to the Manhattan, NY management consulting firm of Golightly & Company International where he worked as a Sr. Vice President. He ended his career by using his credentials to work with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge and was raised to Master Mason in 1956 and then entered the York Rite in Ohio. He was a member of the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22 and served as Worshipful Master in 1994. He served as the Lodge’s elected representative to the Executive Committee of the George Washington National Memorial Association. He served as Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District 1-A and is Past High Priest of Mount Vernon Royal Arch Chapter No. 14, a Past Commander of Old Dominion Commandery No. 11 and Past District Deputy Grand Commander for the Grand Commandery of Virginia. As a member of the Alexandria Scottish Rite he was invested a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. He loved sailing, building things with his hands and of course his Masonic Lodge Brothers. His quick wit was usually ready with a great pun to make us smile and groan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Rosser Dunaway, Sr. and Grace Herrick Dunaway. He is survived by: His wife of 64 years, Connie Dunaway; 3 sons, Frank, Neal and Geoffrey; 8 Grandchildren, Melissa (Segers), Amanda, Vanessa, Sean, Brian, Kevin, Kiera and Reagan Dunaway and 5 Great Grandchildren, Michaela, Abigail, and Daniel Dunaway and Dean and Scarlett Segers. He is also survived by his loving sister, Blanche Cosgrove. Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday December 2, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, FL with Masonic Rites and Military Honors. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shriner’s Hospital for Children at www.shrinershospitals.org.

Larry William Rogers

Larry William Rogers, 69, went home to be with the Lord November 10, 2016. Born in Gainesville, Florida at Alachua General Hospital to Grace Crider and William E. Rogers on August 24, 1947 he spent his youth there attending school in Gainesville and Micanopy. After attending Gainesville High School Larry joined the Army Reserves before attending Santa Fe Junior College.
Larry spent 12 years living and working in Alaska where his love of hunting and fishing was magnified by the magnificent wilderness and abundance of wildlife. Hunting was something his grandfather Crider taught him and in Alaska it meant survival. Larry continued his trekking across the country as a long haul truck driver and enjoyed seeing the United and States and Canada until an injury cut his career short. Larry has most recently resided in Rochelle, Florida next door to his older brother Jack. Preceding Larry in death where his grandfather Godfrey L. and grandmother Beatrice E. Crider and beloved mother Grace C. Rogers Thomas. Larry is survived by his two brothers Jack and Danny R. (Mary Pat) Rogers and sister Terre (Bob) Wester, his step parents Don and Alice Thomas, eleven cousins, nine nephews and nieces and twelve great nephews and nieces. The family will receive friends on Thursday December 1, 2016 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

Norma F. Grier

Our loving Norma F. Grier, 92, was taken to a better place on Monday November 7th, 2016. Born in Tampa, she grew up in Central Florida. She was retired from UF after 20+ years. Norma is deceased by husband Charles (Curly) H. Grier Sr., and son Charles H. Grier Jr. She leaves to cherish many wonderful memories: daughter, Gail Grier Heyser; sons Jerry C. Grier and Robert E. Grier (Teresa); brother Robert E. Clark Sr. (Betty); Nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many loving friends and family. Service will be at MILAM FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 32601, on Saturday Nov. 12th at 10 am, with a visitation at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Reception following will be private for family.

John H. Mott

Mr. John H. Mott, age 90, died Monday morning at North Florida Regional Hospital. Mr. Mott was business partners with his late wife, Valair Mott, in the operation and ownership of the John Mott Tire Company in Gainesville, FL. for more than 35 years. John was born October 4, 1926 in Brooker, FL. to Jim Mott and Bonnie Sapp Mott. He was raised in Brooker and graduated from Bradford County High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, the D.O.W. Sunday School Class, the Eastside Garden Club, and the Masons. John was preceded in death by his beloved wife Valair Mott, and siblings L.A. Mott, O.J. Mott, and Mary Sue Mott Rahn, and is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Two of John’s greatest enjoyments in life were traveling with Valair, and acts of philanthropy. John will be remembered as a gentleman who always spoke kindly of others, and who was beloved by all – especially by those who knew him best. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 A.M at the Antioch Cemetery, La Crosse, FL. Those who wish may make a contribution in John’s name to the organization of their choice.

Jimmy Michael Bates

Jimmy Michael Bates passed away on November 2, 2016 at the age of 72. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister. Survived by his spoiled wife of 33 years April Ann Bates, children: Charlotte(John)Burgin, David(Tonja)Bates, Charity(Sherman)Frierson, Esther Holman; grandchildren: Ashley Ridgell, Savannah Bates, Callie Frierson, Shelby Bates, Desirae Frierson, Sydney Bates, Jessie Frierson, Levi Piceno, Spencer Bates, Giordan Frierson; one great grandchild: Charlotte Watkins; sisters: Sandra (Ken) Snider and Peggy Robarchek.
He was known for his love of motorcycles, and was an officer of Christian Motorcyclists Association for many years; his love of cars, and knew everything about any old car; his love of the outdoors, and went camping and to the beach every chance he got; his hard work, and worked for 45 years in road contracting; his love of college football, and could tell you stats from games 40 years ago; and his corny jokes such as “Hot dog! So we stopped and got us one.” (We never got it either.) He was a great father and husband. We celebrate that he is now soaring free on the other side, although he will be desperately and dearly missed by so many here. We love you, Jim, Pop, Dad, Grandpa.
ROLL TIDE!

Lora May Phelps

Lora May Phelps, 71 of Bell, FL. Passed away on October 25, 3016 at UF Health Shands. Mrs. Phelps was born on Nov.27, 1944 in Pittsburgh, PA. to Lewis and Elizabeth Nickerson. Lora was a dedicated homemaker to her family and they brought her the most enjoyment in life. Lora leaves behind her dear family, her children John Walters, Pete Walters, Charles Walters, Thomas Phelps, Anna Mulac and Lewis Nickerson, sisters Barbara Gomez, Anna Marie Nickerson, Brothers William Nickerson, John Nickerson, Michael Nickerson, Robert Bledsoe, 13 grandchildren, many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Thomas J. Phelps, who passed away in 2012, Zita Nickerson, Charles Nickerson, Lewis Nickerson and her parents Lewis Raymond and Elizabeth Marie Nickerson. A visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel and the funeral services will be at 11:00 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Bell Cemetery in Bell, FL.

Gordon M. Prine

Gordon M. Prine (2/16/28 to 10/17/16)
Gordon Madison Prine, the renowned professor emeritus at the University of Florida, died Oct. 17 after a long illness. He was 88.
Dr. Prine, who joined The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) in 1958, had a 45-year tenure as part of research faculty. He remained involved even after his retirement in 2003, until recent health declines prevented him from coming in to the office. He was always available to his colleagues and graduate students who sought his advice and counsel, one of his favorite parts of his job responsibilities.
During his career at the UF Agronomy Department, Dr. Prine conducted research and developed new types of an array of crops, including soybean, corn, alfalfa, pigeon peas, various cover crops, red and crimson clover, elephant grass, annual ryegrass. Most notably, he championed the rhizome perennial peanut, a forage crop. Thanks to his diligence, Dr. Prine was responsible for the development of this plant from a small plant introduction plot to now more than 40,000 acres used for hay and grazing throughout Florida.
Evidence of his legacy in perennial peanut popularity can be seen along the lawns of the UF Campus and Florida highways where patches of bright yellow flowers-rhizoma perennial peanut—are being used as a ground cover derived from old original plots of Dr. Prine’s, or planted by UF Grounds Department and Florida Department of Transportation.
Born in Valdosta, Georgia, Dr. Prine was the only son of Surry and Mattie Lou Cothron Prine. He grew up in rural Lowndes County, Ga., on his family’s farm where his father raised cattle and grew tobacco and corn. His childhood years were spent struggling through the Great Depression. Despite the hardships, Dr. Prine learned a valuable lesson: the importance of hard work and education. Indeed, education was what Dr. Prine called the most important element of a human life.
He became the first member of his family to complete numerous college degrees. He earned his bachelor of science and master’s degree in agricultural science from the University of Georgia. His Ph.D was awarded by the Ohio State University in 1957. His education was interrupted between 1946 to 1949 when he was in the U.S. Army Air Corp., serving during the Berlin Air Lift. While studying at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Ga., as part of his undergraduate degrees, Dr. Prine met and later married Mary A. Wells. Dr. Prine is survived by wife Mary; his son, Jeffrey Gordon, of New York City; his daughter, Leslie Prine Rosenfeld (Ronald Rosenfeld) of Jacksonville, FL; and his granddaughter, Hailey Madison Rosenfeld, a student at the University of South Florida. Other relatives include sister-in-law, Eloise Wells of Greenville, NC; his aunt, Maxine Cothron of Valdosta, Ga.; his cousin JoAn Cothran Mathis of Valdosta, Ga; and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. His memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st St., in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Prine’s family requests memorial donations in his name to the American Diabetes Association, and University of Florida Foundation (checks payable to University of Florida Foundation: Memo: Prine Memorial, PO Box 110500, Gainesville, FL) 32611. Attn: Teresa Martin.

Trammell G. May

Trammell G. May, 93 years old, of Gainesville died Sunday at Ayers Health Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, FL. He was surrounded by family and friends. Mr. May was born in Laurens County, GA. His family moved to the Jasper, FL area when he was 9 yrs old and he graduated from Jennings High School. Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Army and served during World War II in N Africa, Italy and Germany where he earned a Purple Heart. He later settled in Gainesville, FL and married Louise Crowder Shealy. He was an employee of Sears for many years and retired in the early 80’s. He loved to fish and hunt. He was also an avid gardener and loved Spring gardening. He was preceded in death by his parents William Jasper May and Texas Emswiller, his wife Louise, his sisters Ethelene Sweat, Willie Belle Oliver, Betty Osborne and Opal Gomez, and his brother Wilbur May. He is survived by his son Glenn May (Cheryl). Visitation will be Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5 PM to 7PM at Milam’s Funeral Home Chapel and Funeral Services will be on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at Milam’s Chapel, with a commital service at Forest Meadows East Cemetery.

Daniel Michael Trunk

Daniel Michael Trunk, 78, of Gainesville, Florida passed away peacefully on October 10, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. The eldest of three brothers, Dan was born July 23, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois to Earl and Eileen McBride Trunk.

Dan graduated from Proviso High School, Maywood, Illinois, in 1956 and married Joyce Batterman in 1959. He served six years in the Air National Guard. Dan became a computer programmer as the industry was just beginning, eventually becoming senior vice president and managing director of an international computer software company. His career moved him and his family to Long Island, England and New Jersey. While in England he first became interested in Old English Sheepdogs. Back in the U.S., he established Shaggyshire Kennels and bred and showed champion sheepdogs. Upon retirement he and Joyce moved to Gainesville and Dan became involved in the community: acting in local theater; flying radio controlled airplanes with the Flying Gators; and volunteering with Catholic Charities and The Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Dan was a lifelong student of Shakespeare and a storyteller extraordinare in his own right. His signature is engraved on the Supporting Wall at Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London. Dan was a devout Catholic. He was an active member of St. Augustine Church in Gainesville where he was a lector, a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Knights of Columbus and, with his wife, worked with the ministry which prepared engaged couples for the sacrament of marriage. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Gerald. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joyce Lynn Trunk; their children, Daniel Michael Trunk, Jr. (Peggy DeCarlo), Diane Trunk (Ed Marsh) and Denise (John) Krigbaum; their grandchildren, Ruby Lynch, Addison Marsh and Clara Krigbaum; and his brother Patrick (Kathy) Trunk and brother-by-choice, Robert Lindstrom. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on October 18th at 12 noon at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Center, 1738 W. University Ave., Gainesville. St. Augustine Church does not have a parking lot. However, ample parking is available at the nearby First Lutheran Church, 1801 NW 5th Avenue, and at the big, east side lot of the United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Avenue. Please allow extra time to park and walk to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Augustine Church and Catholic Center or Catholic Charities of Gainesville.

Lita Marie Simons

Lita Marie Simons, of Gainesville, died on Sunday October 9, 2016. She was born in Albuquerque, NM, and lived in Cincinnati, OH before moving to Gainesville in 1987. She loved jigsaw puzzles, video games, crocket, raising cockatiels, and classic rock.
She is survived by her father Alfred Luebbers; her daughters Sonja Luebbers and Nicole Simons; her sisters Laura Peterson, Debbie McCormick, Jody Luebbers, and Michelle McCabe; and one grandson. The family will receive friends at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel on Monday evening, October 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM. ( Any memorial donations ?) Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361. www.milamfh.com

Jeffrey Bankston Cannon

Jeffrey Bankston Cannon went to be with the Lord on October 8, 2016. He was 67. He lived most of his life in Fairbanks, Florida. He served in the U. S. Airforce. His occupation was in automotive paint and body work. He dedicated his adult life to caring for his son, Matthew who had Spina Bifida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bankston and Dorothy Cannon; a son, Matthew Cannon and a sister, Sue Waters.
He is survived by a sister, Phyllis Berlage (Nick), brothers, John Hudson (Mavis), David Cannon (Kathy), Al Cannon (Debbie) and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the chapel at Milam Funeral Home on Thursday, October 13th at 11AM. Visitation will be between 10AM and 11AM at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be at Fairbanks Community Cemetery where Jeff will be buried alongside his parents and son.

Frank J. Burpee

Frank J. Burpee, age 93, passed October 6, 2016. He was born in Manchester New Hampshire and lived there until 1974 when he moved to Florida. He worked as a High Steel Worker for 40 years and belonged to Local 474 in Manchester. His love of animals, especially horses, lasted his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, having participated in The Battle of the Bulge and Normandy Beach Invasion. He received two Purple Hearts. Frank was also a lifetime member of the D.A.V. and V.F.W. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Francis Burpee, sister Bertha Dickman, and son Frank Davis Burpee. He was survived by his sister Mary Barry and brother John Burpee. His children include Gail Crim, Cheryl Mincey, Kate McDougall, Jonathan Burpee, Joseph Burpee, and James Burpee. He has 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at Sarasota National Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

Patricia Marie MacKinnon Canard Clary

Patricia Marie MacKinnon Canard Clary, age 66, of Gainesville, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She had battled cancer for the past one and a half years. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 18, 1950, to Robert & Margaret Dwyer MacKinnon. She is preceded in death by her brother Tommy MacKinnon, mother Margaret Dwyer, Grandmother Winifred Dwyer, and son Nicholas Canard. She leaves behind loving husband of 7 years Michael T. Clary, ex-husband Bob Canard, Father Robert MacKinnon, step mother Jacqueline MacKinnon, Brothers Daniel MacKinnon (Susan) and David MacKinnon(Beth) and children Jason Canard(Maiko), Marisa Barlok(Todd), Anna Kirby(Jim) and Michael Canard, as well as 16 grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. She was beloved by all who new her. Her generous, nurturing, loving spirit will be dearly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 10 am at the Best Western Gateway Grand Conference Hall, 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesvile FL 32606

Jennifer Michelle Tedeschi

Jennifer Michelle Tedeschi, 27, passed away on October 2, 2016 in a tragic single-car accident. Jennifer worked in the operating room at UF Health/Shands. She is survived by her mother, Dr. Allison Kathleen Peters, father, Michael Joseph Tedeschi & step-mother Juli Ann Brasington Tedeschi, brother, Michael Vette Tedeschi, step-sisters, Kathryn Peters & Chelsea Christian, maternal grandmother and grandfather, Linda Alice Howell & Michael D. White, Joy A. Powell, paternal grandmother, Helen Tedeschi, Judith Ann O’Brien, great-grandmother, Winnifred Knight Rast, great aunts & uncles, Charles & Margaret Farrell, Mary C. Howell, Brian Farrell, aunts & uncles, Harold E. “Hardee” & Juanda Myer, Marlene S. Myer, Richard & Joseph Tedeschi, Shannon, David, & Angie Powell, cousins, Melanie Kate Myer, Austin Lang Myer, Sabrina Lynn Myer, Brandon M. Myer, Joseph A. Myer, Harley L. Myer, Charlie Powell & many many additional family members and friends.

Virginia “Ginny” Allen Pigman

Virginia “Ginny” Allen Pigman, of Gainesville, Fl. passed away on her 70th birthday, Monday October 3rd. She was born in 1946 in Ceredo-Kenova, West Virginia to Lindsey and Betty Lee Clark Wiseman. Ginny was raised in Huntington, WV were she graduated from Huntington East High School in 1964 with the “Guyandotte Girls”, Francie, Darla and Carol. She married in 1965 and moved to Phoenix Arizona where her first daughter Cheryl Ann was born. Ginny then relocated to Clearwater, FL in 1967 where her second daughter Barbara Lynn was born. She moved to Gainesville were she has resided for 45 years. Virginia made friends for life; she considered them to be family. She was always there for friends, her neighbors and the furry little critters she rescued. Ginny was saved in 1970 and through her faith found the good in all people. She loved to work in her yard planting flowers and listening to the birds sing. She worked as an accountant for the automobile industry and was pivotal point to all the clerical staff in the financial department. She is survived by her loving husband of 10 years Michael Pigman, her devoted daughter Barbara Clay-Genender and adopted Nanine. She now has reunited in heaven with her daughter Cheryl Ann. She also leaves behind “sisters” EJ, BJ and Ruth. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Oct 9, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with the family receiving friends for one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and/or Christians for Israel International.

William “Bill” Hartley Stone

William “Bill” Hartley Stone was born on July 21, 1916 on Sand Mountain Alabama near the town of Highpoint, son of Jennie Mae and Jerry Alfred Stone. In 1920 at the tender age of 4, Bill first arrived in Alachua County with his family which began his fateful connection with Newberry and the surrounding area. For 13 years he helped his father farm and run a dairy in the county while attending school in Alachua. No school buses back then, he walked or rode a horse the several miles to school. On the weekends he would milk cows for the Shaw family who lived nearby. He knew he wanted to go to college from an early age, when he would discuss it with his father he would just laugh and say,” Son you are going to make a fine farmer someday.” In September 1934 Bill succeeded in gaining entrance to the University of Florida. He did this with only $75 in his pocket of which $60 was needed to register for school. To pay for college he drove a school bus which paid very little but did come with room and board and all the squirrel stew you could eat. The only problem was the squirrels were served “heads and all”! His determination to obtain a higher education in the depths of the Depression with no financial support was almost unheard of during that time. In 1938 he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in agriculture, a ROTC commission and as the 168th member of Alpha Gamma Roe fraternity. The graduating class was only approximately 400 students! Wasting no time, Bill started his career in agriculture as the first Agriculture teacher at Newberry High School reporting to Bill Barry, the local school trustee, on July 1, 1938. This would turn out to be the most fateful decision of his life as he met the love of his life, my mother, Cilla Karlene Thames. He met her the first week in town staying at the old boarding house across the street from the First Baptist Church of Newberry. They were married in this very church on June 1, 1939 over 77 years ago. During Bill’s tenure at Newberry High he started the first vocational agriculture program, established a chapter of the Future Farmers of America, renovated the top floor of the Little Red School House, and was awarded Highest Rated New Teacher in the State of Florida. Just as life seemed to be going their way, he received orders in August 1941 to report to the Army in Ft. Bragg North Carolina. As so many had during those years, he had been called to leave his wife and his career to join the war effort.
Assigned to the Army 72nd Field Artillery Regiment he reported as a green 2nd Lieutenant and began his stateside training. While in training Pearl Harbor was attacked resulting in his regiment being sent overseas where he saw action in the Solomon Islands of New Caledonia and Guadalcanal. On Guadalcanal he received the Bronze Star Medal for leading a crew of men during an air raid to repair damaged communication lines. In November 1944, surviving the war, he returned back to the states and made the first phone call to his wife in 3 years. Soon after his return he was released from active duty but he remained in the Army Reserve until 1958 by which time he had obtained the rank of Major. After the war Bill was eager to get on with his life and took a position as a personnel trainer with a large hardware company in Birmingham Alabama. During his time there he established a special program to attract and train war veterans. After that position he would try his hand at cattle ranching which finally lead to a sales position with a regional fertilizer company. His experience with farming and soft spoken manner made him a natural for sales to farmers in central Florida. It wasn’t long before he was promoted to Sales Manager and finally to the President of Wilson and Toomer Fertilizer Company in Jacksonville. When the company was sold he went to work for W.R. Grace and managed the fertilizer production facilities in Puerto Rico and Ft. Pierce Florida. In 1982 Bill and his wife retired and moved back to where it all began in Newberry Florida. Since his retirement he was active for many years in the First Baptist Church of Newberry, the Newberry Lions Club and various other community programs.
Bill and Collie Stone had two sons, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His son, Jim Stone passed away in April 1980. Sadly, in March 2013 Bill lost his wife and dreamed of the day when he will join her. Bill is survived by his sister Blanche Echols, his sister in law Nancy Stone, son Jack Stone, daughter in laws Cathy Stone and Shirley Stone, his grandchildren Adam Stone and his wife Dana Stone, Michael Stone and his wife Lauren Stone and Patricia Harder and her husband Nathan Harder, and his great grandchildren Will Stone, Ava Stone and Haiden Harder and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. To all the friends and extended family in the Newberry Florida area we extend our deepest thanks for the friendship and love given to Bill and Collie over the years. In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Newberry Building Fund 25520 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669. A visitation will be on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at Milam Funeral Home of Newberry and funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Newberry, Fl., followed by a committal service at the Newberry Cemetery with Military Honors.

Gerard “Gerry” J. Gwinn

Gerard “Gerry “J. Gwinn, 58 of Gainesville passed away on Sept. 20,2016. Gerry was born in Albany, NY on April 22, 1958 to Stuart and Ruth Gwinn. He was a graduate of Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, NY and attended Onondaga Community College. Gerry was an avid sports fan and enjoyed football, bowling, NASCAR, golfing, fishing and hunting. He was an Insurance Adjuster and moved to Florida in 1981 from Syracuse, NY. He leaves behind his fiancé, Barbara Caswell, a son, Nicholas Gwinn, daughter Hillary Gwinn, brother, Daniel (Linda) Gwinn of Tampa, Sisters Loretta (James) Moore of Raleigh, NC, Monica (Brian) Moore of Syracuse, NY, Paula (Ronald) Leski of Baldwinsville, NY, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dogs “Champ” and “Riley”. A Viewing will be on Saturday, September 24,2016 from 5pm to 7pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel and a Funeral Service will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00 am at Milam Funeral Home Chapel and there will be a committal service following at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery.

Seletta Thomas

Mrs. Seletta Thomas, 88, of Gainesville, FL, entered her eternal home with her loving Savior on September 24, 2016. She left this earth peacefully at home, surrounded by her children. Mrs. Thomas was born in Archer, FL, living most of her life in Starke and Gainesville, FL. She was of the Baptist faith. Along with her family, she worked at Koch’s Drugstore, the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, and was involved in several community and church organizations. After relocating to Gainesville, she worked until retirement with the State affiliated office of Area Agency on Aging. She goes to join her husband, D.L. Thomas; her parents, Reverend and Mrs. S.E. Sparks; her son, Lauren F. Thomas; and her grandson, Gary Chewning. She is survived by her daughters: Seletta Henry, Mary (Charles) Steadham, Ann Thomas, Debbie (Bill) Bigham, and Laura (Michael) Brooks; her sons: Leslie (Donna) Thomas and Terry (Charlene) Thomas. She had a great love for her many grand- and great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends for one hour prior. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606, Florida Baptist Children’s Home, 3700 NW 91st Street, Suite B-300, Gainesville, FL 32606, or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. “The friends that I’ve made along life’s way are especially dear to me. My life wouldn’t be as happy without the joy I feel in giving and receiving friendship.”- Seletta Thomas.

Earl Ace Pierce

Earl Ace Pierce, 74 of Gainesville passed away on September 21, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Earl was born on May 4, 1942 in Flint. Michigan. He retired from General Motors after many years of service. He loved fishing, pool, hunting, but his family brought the most joy to his life. Mr. Pierce was active with The Eagles and Moose Lodge. Earl leaves behind his loving family, his wife, Barbara Pierce, his children, Dennis Pierce, James and Dawn Pierce, John and Jacqueline Bunting, Clyde and Jeanne Bunting, Kimberly Bunting, two sisters, Lori Swinger and Sandra Summers, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Clara Pierce. Earl leaves us with a quote from Fred Bear, “When a hunter is in a tree stand with moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God.”

Sybil Folmar Sanders

Sybil Folmar Sanders, 89, peacefully passed away, Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Gainesville, Florida. Sybil is survived by her daughters Dorothy Haller and Wylene Dickerman, son James F. Sanders, five grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Services will be held in Troy, Alabama, where Sybil will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband of 65 years, Wiley H. Sanders. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the E. T. York Hospice Care Center, 4200 NW 90th BLVD, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Dorthy “Dot” Williams Brunson

Dorothy “Dot” Williams Brunson reunited with her Lord and many loved ones, on September 15, 2016, after 91 years of a very active and adventurous life. Born and raised in Gainesville, she began her career doing odds and ends while in high school and was hired as a secretary in 1943 upon graduation from Gainesville High School. Mrs. “B” as she was affectionately called, was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and was well known for her keen knowledge of FHSAA activities. In appreciation of Brunson’s service, the FHSAA has designated August 16 as Dorothy Brunson Day- the anniversary of when she was hired back in 1943. Dot was the Sunday School Director for Carol Estates Baptist Church for many years. Dorothy married Buford Lee Brunson and together they raised 3 daughters. After he died, she travelled and explored our beautiful United States and beyond with her best friend Evelyn Brunson. . She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Buford, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers. She leaves behind her three daughters, Martine Pelley of Hawthorne, FL, Ruth Runyon (Jim) of ST. Petersburg, FL, and Melba Adams ( Jerry Shaw) of Gainesville, FL and numerous grandchildren. Her service will be held at Country Crossroads Baptist Church, 11411 N State Road 121, Gainesville, FL 32653, on Monday September 19, at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Following the reception there at the church, she will be interred at Forest Meadows East, on Hawthorne Rd. Gainesville, FL.

Martha Anne Entrekin Weaver

Martha Anne Entrekin Weaver, age 76 of Micanopy, FL went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2016. Martha was born in Monroe, Louisiana on January 3, 1940 to Marshall M. Entrekin and Mary Lee Wall Entrekin. She graduated from P.K. Yonge and attended Santa Fe College. She worked for Purvis Gray Accounting and as the Town Clerk for the City of Micanopy until retirement. Martha enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, fishing, and vacationing in Cades Cove with her family. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Micanopy. Martha Anne was a loving wife, devoted mother and adoring grandmother. Mrs. Weaver was preceded in death by her husband Wesley H. Weaver, her parents and brothers A. D. Entrekin and Samuel Entrekin. She is survived by her daughters Cathy ( Eric) Carnahan and Caryn ( Alton ) Ratcliffe, four grandchildren Shawn ( Lindsey ) Peterson, Tyler Peterson, Cole Ratcliffe, and Julia Ratcliffe, two great grandchildren Rylin Peterson and Aralyn Petrerson, brothers James Entrekin and Wesley Entrekin, several nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 11, 2016 at Shiloh Cemetery 11020 NW Highway 320 Micanopy, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Erline C. Hodgson Tinckham

Erline C Hodgson Tinckham, 90, of Gainesville, Florida passed away on September 1, 2016. Erline was born May 22, 1926 in Albion, Illinois, to Arvel and Mabel Coad Hodgson. Erline worked as a seamstress in Albion and Carmi, Illinois. Later, she worked as an assembler for Norge/Maytag in Herrin, Illinois. She was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed camping and quilting. Mrs. Tinckham was preceded in death by her husband Warren H Tinckham, and by her brother, Harold D Hodgson. Survivors include her children, Urban R (Deborah) Tinckham, Deanna M Tinckham and Ronald D (Judith) Tinckham. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Disabled American Veterans or Paralyzed Veterans of America. Graveside Services will be held at a future date in Grayville, Illinois.

Nicholas John MacKinnon Canard

Nicholas John MacKinnon Canard, age 30, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Monday, September 12, 2016. He was born January 31, 1986 in Gainesville, Florida. He spent most of his life in Gainesville but also enjoyed his travels throughout the United States. Nicholas was a lover of music, travel, adventure, and people. He was a creative and bright young man who was a talented musician and writer. Nicholas was a tender hearted soul loved by his many friends and family. He is survived by father Bobby Canard, Mother Patricia Canard(Michael Clary), brothers Jason Canard(Maiko Canard) and Michael Canard, sisters Anna Kirby(Jim Kirby) and Marisa Barlok(Todd Barlok), grandparents Curtis & Betty Canard, and Robert & Jackie MacKinnon, and many aunts, uncles, nephews, niece, cousins, and dear friends. He is dearly missed by his family and friends. An open house memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, September 17, between the hours of 2-6pm at the Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel, 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. A formal blessing and tribute will be held at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Nicholas to the organization Little Kids Rock, at http://www.littlekidsrock.org.

Victoria “Vickie” Sledge Singh

Victoria “Vickie” Sledge Singh, age 54, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on September 12, 2016. She was the beloved mother of Robert Dylan Sledge and Jonathan Dalton Sledge. The daughter of John and Sharon Connell, Vickie was born on May 9, 1962, and grew up in Gainesville. She was a registered nurse for 25 years. Vickie was an accomplished equestrian, animal lover, and Gator fan. She enjoyed cooking, her garden and the beach. Vickie is survived by her sons; ex-husbands, Jesse Sledge and Kam Singh; mother, Sharon Connell; sisters, Julie Connell and Debbie Hoyer; brothers-in-law, Wade Kimbrell and John Hoyer; and nephews, Will and Owen Kimbrell. A private service of remembrance was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Donations may be made to Gainesville Pet Rescue.

Mary L’Engle Sears

Mary L’Engle Sears died on August 31, 2016 in Melrose, Florida after a long brave struggle with gallbladder cancer. She was 66 years old. Ms. Sears was born September 27, 1949 in Santa Ana, California to Simon and Madeleine Theoktisto. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida in 1967. Ms. Sears became a member of the Association of Legal Administrators in 1979, and worked for many years as a legal assistant, and in various settings of business management. Ms. Sears is survived by her sister Susan L’Engle Defigueiredo, brother Philip Theoktisto ( Karen), and brother Peter Theoktisto; nieces Kezia L’Engle Figueiredo, Anna Camardese (Joseph), Mary Theoktisto, and Christina Blanchard ( Josh), and great niece Zoë L’Engle Runkles. Ms. Sears was preceded in death by her husband Richard Sears; and her parents Simon and Madeleine Theoktisto. Mary was deeply involved with the Episcopal Church for the majority of her life. From her baptism on February 12, 1950 at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Los Angeles, her confirmation on December 13, 1959 at St. Mark’s Church, Diocese of Los Angeles, to her many years involved with volunteering at the soup kitchen at the St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida, and studying at the Anglican Institute in the Diocese of Florida at the School of Theological Studies. Her beliefs and spirituality led her on a journey to study and obtain her role as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Recently she utilized this role to minister to the people of the Otey Episcopal Church in Sewanee, Tennessee. A memorial service will take place on September 24, 2016, at 11:00 am, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose, Florida with a reception to follow at the family home in Melrose. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary’s life. The family would like to thank all her friends and church family in Sewanee, Tennessee for all their kind love and support. Flowers and donations can be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church in Melrose, Florida or Otey Episcopal Church in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Edwin A. Powers

Edwin A. Powers, 89 of Archer, Florida passed away on Sept. 7, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Mr. Powers was born in Wabasso, FL. On February 14, 1927 to John and Lena Powers. Edwin joined the Army Air Corps and served his country with many years of service. There he discovered his love of flying planes. He also enjoyed building model airplanes, woodworking, he loved to sign, joined a barber shop quartet, collecting airline pilot wings, camping and building luxury homes for the rich and famous. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church (formerly Parker Road Baptist Church) where he served his church doing many jobs. Edwin is survived by his wife, Shirley Powers, his daughters Dawn Dull of Carmel by the Sea, CA., Janet Buerchner of Monterey, CA., Lynn Powers-Baney of Archer, a brother Robert Helpling of Wabasso, FL., two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. A visitation will start at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church (formerly Parker Road Baptist Church) 3200 SW 122nd. Street Gainesville, FL. 32608 and the service will begin at 11: 00 am. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, FL.

Richard “Dick” James Schiffli, Sr.

Richard “Dick” James Schiffli, Sr. age 85 of Gainesville, FL passed away at his home on Sunday August 28, 2016. Mr. Schiffli was born in West Palm Beach, FL on September 10, 1930 to Oswald and Regina Schiffli. Dick received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and retired after 30 years as a Business Administrator with the University of Florida. Dick also served in France with the US Army during the Korean War He was a long term member of Holy Faith Catholic Church, where he served as former church treasurer, and also belonged to the Knights of Columbus. He was an Avid Gator Fan and a season ticket holder since forever. He enjoyed aviation and instilled that in his children. He was a loving husband, devoted father, and grandfather. Mr. Schiffli was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Joan Robertson Schiffli, and is survived by his three sons Rich (Shelly) Schiffli, John (Kelly) Schiffli, and Steve (Laura) Schiffli, three grandchildren John, Bryce, Corbin Schiffli, and his loving companion Patti. There will be a Visitation at the Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday September 2, 2016 at Holy Faith Catholic Church 747 NW 43rd Street Gainesville, FL 32607. Interment with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Helen McClenney Montgomery

Helen McClenney Montgomery died Monday, August 22 at the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Decatur, Georgia. She was 96 years old. Helen was born in Alachua, Florida in 1919 to Mary Dampier and Carr McClenney. In her early years she moved with her mother and her sister, Mary Catherine McClenney, to Gainesville, Florida where they made their home. In Gainesville, she met Wayne T. Montgomery, who would later become her husband. They married July 24, 1941 and remained together until his death in 2002. She was a homemaker, mother, and partner to Wayne as he advanced his career in the Navy and the Foreign Service. Over the course of his 35 year career she traveled with her husband and two sons to Taiwan, the Philippines, and Germany. She embraced and excelled in her role as hostess and guide for families and visitors to the areas they were assigned and supporting wives and families when the husbands were away serving in hazardous duty areas. In 1975 Wayne retired and they settled in Stuart Florida. In 2004, Helen moved to Decatur, Georgia, where she resided until her death. She is survived by her son Steven and his wife Linda, of Boulder Colorado; her son Michael, his wife Janet, and grandson William, of Decatur Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and grand nephews. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name to Woodlands Garden at 932 Scott Blvd, Decatur, Ga, 30030. The burial services will be Saturday August 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Newnansville Cemetery in Alachua, Florida.

Maggie E. Hodge

Maggie E. Hodge, 90, of Newberry, died Wednesday August 17, 2016 of a brief illness. She was born in Trenton, FL. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved gardening and working outdoors. Maggie was a member of the Newberry FFA Alumni and was a long-time member of Jonesville Baptist Church. Maggie is survived by her son David (Gail) Hodge and daughter Elaine (Chuck) Arnold, all of Newberry; Grandchildren Mark, Brad, Teresa, Whitney, and Michael; Great grandchildren Devan, Danielle, Dylan, Preston, Everett, James, Dennis, Shelby, Beau, and Harley; and Great great granddaughter Hope. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett (Hoot) Hodge of 62 years, and 11 siblings. Memorial donations may be made to the Newberry FFA Alumni 20604 SW 30th AVE, Newberry, FL 32669 or to the Jonesville Cemetery Association 17722 SW 15th AVE Newberry, FL 32669. Services will be held at Graveside in Jonesville Cemetery, Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM, with a visitation just prior to services held at 2:30 PM.

Florence Elizabeth “Bette” Jones Hicks

Florence Elizabeth “Bette” Jones Hicks, age 83, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016. She was born on August 20, 1932, in Ocala, Florida to Mary Bailey Turner and G. Henry Turner and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1950. She attended the University of Florida and was a member of Tri-Delta. She received her bachelor\’s degree from Florida Southern College. Bette dedicated much of her life to ministry and helping others. She served as a youth counselor and leader at the Methodist Youth Camp in Leesburg, Florida, where she met her first husband Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, with whom she raised 4 children. She also served in inner city ministries in Atlanta, Georgia where was deeply involved in the civil rights movement at Trinity Methodist Church. Bette had an entrepreneurial spirit and was a pioneer in the international travel industry. She organized hundreds of trips around the world, specializing in in the Middle East. When travel to China opened up in the late 1970\’s, she arranged for CNAC Hump Pilots and Flying Tigers to return, as well as trips for medical researchers. Bette is survived by her four children, daughter, Jana Ost and her husband Matt, son Gaylon Jones and his wife Mary, daughter Julie Jones, son Doug Jones and his wife Theresa, as well as 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her son through marriage J.D. Hicks, his wife Blake and their 2 children, and close friend Rubin Davis who loved and cared for Bette, Dash, and her parents throughout their lives. Husband Dashwood \”Dash\” Hicks preceded her passing on November 2, 2015. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First Street, Gainesville, Florida at 11:00am on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband Dashwood Hicks. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Arthur “Mike” Shea

Arthur “Mike” Shea, 73 of Newberry, passed away on August 10, 2016 after a long illness. Mike was born in Fall River, Ma. On April 14, 1943 to Michael and Palmira Shea. Mr. Shea owned his own auto business for 20 years and also was a School Teacher and Media Specialist for Levy County Schools for over 20 years. He was an active member of the Suwannee River Valley Ford V8 Club and enjoyed his Old Mercury Cars. Mike is survived by his wife, Mary Miner Shea, his children Katie Shea, twins Karen Shea Lovely and Vicki Shea, and a son Trevor Giddens, two grandchildren. Memorial Services are Friday, August 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Milam Chapel in Newberry, FL.

Kenneth Wayne Gray

Kenneth Wayne Gray passed away at home on August 8, 2016. Wayne was born, in Midland City, Alabama, in 1947 to Will and Mary Pridgen Gray. He met and married the love of his life, Nelda Merritt 41 years ago. They had 4 children Paul, Pat, Wayne and Linda. Wayne retired from Lance, Inc. and began his own tree service business; Gray’s Tree Service. He was a self – made, independent, hard-working man, who stayed true to his word. A man of that caliber is often hard to find. Even after needing a wheelchair to get around, he was still taking down trees. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. His survivors include his sons Wayne Shipes, Pat Farmer, Sr and his wife Kala, daughter, Linda, as well as many beautiful and loving grandchildren: Kimberly Farmer Miller, (Joey Miller), Pat Farmer Jr.(Bubba), Cameron Farmer, Summer and Cecily Shipes, and Trace McMillan. And four great grandchildren: Rayna, Waylon and Maisyn Miller, and Logan McMillan. Also left behind are his sisters Betty, Darlene and Patricia. He is preceded in death by his wife Nelda Gray and his son Paul Gray, as well as his siblings Billy, Larry, and Judy. In lieu of flowers please send donations to E.T. York Hospice Care Center 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Fl. 32606 Visitation Services will be Thursday August 11, 2016 from 5 – 7 P.m. at Milam Chapel and a Funeral Service will be Friday August 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Forest Meadows East, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved Nelda.

Paula Jane Edge

After a brief illness, Paula Jane Edge, 66, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Paula was born in Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of James I. and Elizabeth A. Edge. Moving to Gainesville in 1973, she attended Santa College and for the past 40 years she has been an employee of the Dept. of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Her most recent position was Program Assistant. A faithful member of the SW United Methodist Church, Paula was a greatly loved Bible teacher, gaining the admiration of all by her determination to never allow physical hardship to prevent her full participation in the ministry of the church. She was passionate about her faith, her family and friends, and her work in the Dept. of Psychiatry. She had many additional interests including fine art, nature, and the Florida Gators! Paula is survived by her son, Joshua Edge, of Gainesville. She was pre-deceased by her parents and siblings. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11 am at SW United Methodist Church, 2400 SW Williston Road, Gainesville with a reception following at the church. For those who prefer to make a charitable donation in lieu of flowers, please consider the Educational Ministry of the SW United Methodist Church.

Eugene Thomas Crossin

EUGENE THOMAS CROSSIN Gene was born on the evening of May 24, 1944 at 8:24 PM in Chicago, Illinois, to the proud parents Leo and Alice Crossin. He was taken from us suddenly on Tuesday August 2, 2016 and was presented with his wings. He lived a full life without any regrets. He always kept a positive outlook even with the many challenges he faced. His mother’s first description of her new born son was “Condition is good. Active and vigorous. Lusty cry.” He attended Bishop Quarter Junior Military Academy at Oak Park, Illinois. Cadet Sgt Crossin was awarded the scholarship medal and was the eighth grade graduating class valedictorian. He was a member of a drill squad which won first honors and as a result received a military bar. After graduating from Arlington High school he enlisted in the United States Army. He was an SP4 (P) E-4 Military Policeman. He served from 1964 to 1967 which included being stationed in Korea. He earned the Marksman Badge (Rifle), Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle) and the National Defense Service Medal. He completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge. Gene was a scuba diver and instructor, an Airline Pilot with Single Engine, Multi Engine, Instrument and Flight Instructor Licenses. He was an avid fisherman. He met his wife in 1982, in Panama City, Florida and married Karen (Golembiewski) Crossin on February 28, 1988 and remained married to her until his untimely death. He was with his wife for 34 wonderful years. She was at his side during his transition from life to death. He is preceded in death by his parents Leo and Alice Crossin and oldest sister Patricia Anderson. He is survived by his wife Karen Crossin, Don and Eileen Obertacz and Family (brother-in-law & sister-in-law), Bob and Diane Skelding and family (brother-in-law & sister-in-law), Joan Nelson (sister), Maureen Brigham (sister) and John Crossin (brother). Memorial services will be held on August 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Florida.

Blanca Iris Carreras

Blanca Iris Carreras, born June 1, 1931, of High Springs, FL passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Blanca loved to cook and care for her family. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, adoring grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Luis Carreras; daughters, Carmen Carreras and Irma Rosa Carreras & spouse, Angel David Rodriguez ; son, Luis A. Carreras & spouse, Laureen; as well as her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she lived for and dedicated her life. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30am on Friday August 5, 2016 at St. Madeleine Catholic Church 17155 NW US 441 High Springs, FL. Interment will follow in the St. Madeleine Cemetery.

Mildred Hart Robertson

Mildred Hart Robertson, age 94 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016, under the loving care of Haven Hospice. Mrs. Robertson was born to Riley and Ina Hart on October 12, 1921. She married Cole Blease “Robbie” Robertson on December 1, 1946 in Tampa, FL and moved to Gainesville in 1952. She sold Avon products door to door from 1978 until 2013, and was one of the first employees of Lynn’s Hallmark Shop when the Oaks Mall opened in 1978, and worked there until 1993. She lovingly cared for her granddaughter Bailey, and grandson Cole, during their formative years, and attended all of their school and sporting events. Mildred’s greatest loves were God, family and the Florida Gators. She attended as many home football games and baseball games in the 80’s and 90’s as she could, and watched all Gator Sports on TV no matter what kind. Mrs. Robertson was preceded in death by her husband, and her step son Olin Robertson and her seven siblings. She is survived by her daughters Sharon K. Robertson of Marietta, GA, Sandra “Sandi” E. Robertson, and son Steven Michael “Mike” Robertson both of Gainesville, three grandchildren Tracey (David) Brindley, Bailey M. Robertson, and Cole T. Robertson, two great grandchildren D.J. (Samantha) Brindley and Regina (Brandon) Decker, and one great great grandson Braiden Austin Decker due November 30, 2016, two step grandchildren James “Jim” (Denise) Robertson and Deborah (John) Sonnhalter, and five step great grandchildren, Jay Sonnhalter, Jordan Guise, Lauren White, Paige Robertson and Tatum Robertson, and three step great great grandchildren Riley and Weston Guise, and Kayden White, nieces Betty Balsamo, Nancy Padgett, and numerous other family and friends. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday August 3, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows Central.

Gale Yvonne Sanders

Gale Yvonne Sanders, age 64 of Windsor, FL passed away at her home on Tuesday July 26, 2016. Gale was born September 22, 1951 in Gainesville, FL, and attended Gainesville High School. Mrs. Sanders worked for the Amason Electric Company and Alachua County School Board. Gale was a loving wife, devoted mother and adoring grandmother. She enjoyed caring for her cats and dogs, and helping other people. She was predeceased by her husband Rick Sanders, her father James Hope, and a granddaughter Erika Ulmer. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Bolton, son Joseph Burlingame, her mother Ruth S. Hope, grandchildren Blythe Dennison, Jon-Ryan Ulmer, Joshua Bolton, Jacob Burlingame, Lindsey Burlingame, brother Maurice S. Hope, great grandchildren Ava, Allison, Amber, Carter, and Essten, niece Moira Hope and nephew James Hope. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 3, 2016 at Windsor Baptist Church 918 SE County Road 234 Gainesville, FL 32641. For those who wish, contributions may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society 4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609.

Jenny Lynn Neighbors Rabon

Jenny Lynn Neighbors Rabon, age 74 of Gainesville, FL passed away in Gainesville on Tuesday July 26, 2016. Jenny was born in Benson, NC on April 6, 1942 to Howard S. and Ruth A. Johnson Neighbors. Jenny moved to Gainesville in the early 1950’s and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1960. She was homemaker, loving wife, devoted mother and adoring grandmother, and enjoyed reading, the beach, and caring for her family. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Lacy C. Rabon, Jr. and her infant son Eric Rabon. She is survived by her daughters Lynn (Douglas) Patton and Gayle (Jason) Kozinski, grandchildren Ashleigh Patton, Matthew Patton, Tiffany Patton, and Anastasia Kozinski, her sister Faye Stewart, and her brother Howard S. Neighbors, Jr. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 2, 2016 in the Rose and Graham Funeral Home Chapel, with a Visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Benson, NC. Arrangements are in the care of Rose and Graham Funeral Home 301 West Main Street Benson, NC 27504 (919) 894-3131, and locally Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361

Eunice Grant Walsh

Eunice Grant Walsh was born in Ingham County, Michigan on September 23, 1911 to Herbert Stanley Grant and Ethel Grant. Mrs. Walsh was a graduate of St. Petersburg High School. St. Petersburg Junior College and Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. She also took graduate courses at the University of West Florida and the University of Florida. She taught in St. Petersburg. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Christ United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Walsh was a wonderful wife, mother, teacher and friend. She was an artist and world traveler. She enjoyed her pets, needlework, and reading. Mrs. Walsh was predeceased by her husband A. R. Walsh and sons Craig Grant Walsh and Mark Monroe Walsh. She is survived by her daughter Virginia Walsh, daughter-in-law Stephanie Tison Walsh, and cousins and friends in Michigan, St. Petersburg, and Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Mrs. Walsh will always be known by many for her generosity and love of family and friends and her love of the joy and beauty of life.

Myrna Stengel Hustad

Myrna Stengel Hustad, born February 2, 1917 in Spooner, Wisconsin. Daughter of Carrie and Christian Stengel, passed away Sunday July 24, 2016, after living a long fulfilling life. Graduated in 1938 from Superior State Teachers College (University of Wisconsin). Taught kindergarten in Boscobel & New Glarus, Wisconsin, and at P K Yonge, Littlewood and Prairie View in Gainesville- retired in 1978. Married to Clayton L. Hustad in 1943. Member of First Lutheran Church, Charter and Life Member Women of the Moose and American Businesswomen’s Association; member of Retired teachers, RSVP, LWML, Miriam Circle, Cosmos Club and Golden Gators. Myrna was predeceased by her parents and her husband and her sisters Shirley Hill and Loraine Mehnert. Survived by daughter Karen Rodgers, grandchildren Angela (Wayne) Handley, Joshua (Donna) Lynn and Danielle Hustad (her care giver), great grandchildren Summer (Colton) Winebrenner, Natalie Young, Dylana and Savanna Lynn and Myracle Peeks. Great Great grandchildren Hunter Ives and Elle Winebrenner. Myrna was a diehard Gator Fan, cheered for her Wisconsin Badgers and enjoyed playing Bingo and was an admirer of butterflies. In lieu of flowers please donate to First Lutheran Church or Moose International in her name. There will be a Visitation Tuesday evening from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 27, 2016 at First Lutheran Church 1801 NW 5th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32603. Interment in Forest Meadows East.

Janie Hodge Langford

Janie (Hodge) Langford passed away peacefully Monday at home surrounded by her family. She began her journey on September 18, 1930 and was the older sister to 6 siblings: Mildred (deceased), Jimmy, Yvonne, Doris (deceased), Wilson, and Sherrie. In 1948, she married Odessa Langford and they had two daughters, Elaine Green (Don) and Tricia Grey (Wayne). They were both members of Union Baptist Church. Odessa preceded her in death 19 years ago. Janie drove a school bus for Alachua County until retirement, but always made time for her family and the best home-cooked meals ever. Her love and care helped shape the lives of her 4 grandchildren (Delane, Lisa, Garrett, and Justin) and 5 great-grandchildren (Morgan, Ty, Briana, Alexa, and Dolan). Though she didn’t get the chance to meet Dolan, we know she will be looking over her, and all of us. She was the most generous and caring person we have ever known, and her loss will be greatly felt all our lives. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations please be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or to Hospice. A private service is being planned for immediate family members.

Howard Lee Hart

OBITUARY FOR Howard Lee Hart Howard lived for 98 years and 4 months. He worked to make a living on the farm in Georgia raising tobacco, cotton and corn. During the early years he and Ethel had three sons and two daughters. We were taught with love, discipline, to work hard and be honest. He exhibited these characteristics, therefore, he was a great example for us kids. He left the hard farm life and moved the family south to begin work with the City of Tampa as a mechanic, self- trained from working on farm equipment all those years in Georgia. Daddy retired from the city after 27 years but could not sit home idle. He built a big garage and started working on lawn equipment, cars and anything mechanical that did not work the way it was intended to operate. Mamma died in 1994 leaving Daddy in a big, empty house. Two years later he was ready to leave there-too much progress invading his property. Anxious to “get out of this mess,” he moved to Newberry to live with his daughter. Even in his 90’s he was always doing something, anything to keep busy. But the body began to react to all the years of hard work. July 11, 2016 Daddy, Pa, Uncle Howard, went to his last and greatest family reunion. He will forever be loved and remembered and deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his wife Ethel Hart, son Vernon L Hart, and daughter Betty Joyce Hart. He is survived by daughter Betty Ann Hart McGraw, Newberry, sons Robert Olan Hart, Tampa, and Dennis Lee Hart, Inverness. Grandchildren Rev. Darrell Eugene Curls, Calvin Eugene Curls, Kimberly Ann Curls McGraw, Denise, Dennis Jr., Diane, Deanna, Bobby, Debbie, Vernon Jr., Stacie and Vaughn. Twenty-three Great Grandchildren and 21 Great-Great Grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 in Tampa at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home Chapel. 4207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa, FL. 33310. (813)626-3161. Visitation will be held at 10:00 preceding the funeral.

Lisa Davies

DAVIES, LISA In celebration of Lisa Davies 58, who succumbed to a protracted battle with illness July 18th, family and friends are invited to attend a memorial in her honor at Milam Funeral 311 South Main St,. Gainesville, FL on Saturday, July 30th 4PM. Born September 16, 1957 Lisa Lorraine Strunk in Lewisburg Union, Pennsylvania. A love of helping others lead to a long career in health care beginning at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Palm Beach, FL, later at Alachua General Hospital, Gainesville, and AvMed Health. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 with Masters Degrees in Business and Health Care Administration. A great lover of life, music, and laughter, she is survived by her husband Jeff Martin, children Douglas Davies and Krista Waiberman, six grandchildren, brother Bryon Strunk, and aunt Marilyn Rautio. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charities for the care and protection of animals.

Ray Rivera

Ray Rivera of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully on Friday July 15, 2016 at E.T. York Haven Hospice, surrounded by his loving family and countless friends. Ray was born Ramiro R. Damian in Michoacan, Mexico to Demetrio Rivera and Maria Refugio Damian, on January 10, 1937. He came to Florida as a young teen and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1958 and went on to graduate with a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Florida in March 1969. He met the love of his life, Sandi King, on the white sand of Crescent Beach in August of 1964 and 3 months later, they were married in Roanoke, VA on November 28, 1964. They moved to Gainesville directly after their wedding where Ray continued his education. They were joined on their life adventure by their only child Antonio “Tony” in January 1967. After Ray graduated from college, he began his career of designing beautiful homes in and around the Gainesville area. His designs were and are known for their beauty as well as functionality. As always in keeping his love close, he brought Sandi into his office expanding his business opening Sandi’s Blueprints. In the 52 years of their marriage, he and Sandi created a wonderful, loving community of friends and associates. In 1976 Ray and Sandi along with a few friends introduced the Gainesville community to soccer. Ray was an excellent athletic himself and knew the importance and opportunities organized sports could give children – not to mention the FUN!! He and Sandi became anchors to the Youth Soccer organization known as YSI which became an integral part of the Gainesville community. Over the next 40 plus years, thousands of children and parents participated in the program while Ray and Sandi personally coached teams and fulfilled administrative services for YSI. They both became icons of soccer in the Gainesville community. Ray was a mentor to other coaches and players leading by his examples of encouragement, integrity and pride in self and team to each and every one of his players. He and Sandi gave untold hours of their lives to the organization and the children of the community. Over the years, Ray and Sandi both expressed their work in YSI has been the most rewarding part of their lives along with seeing the impact of their love and commitment for the children and community. They now see and know this love has come full circle for their beloved coach! Over 12 years ago Ray and Sandi faced a new life challenge with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. But as they have always done, they faced it with a steadfastness and a confidence that was held together with their bond of love. Somewhere along the way, Ray lost his ability to design his beautiful homes but he never lost his love of soccer or the children. His favorite place was always on the soccer fields with his love Sandi who was always at his side. Even as recently as June of this year, Ray’s eyes would light up at Jonesville as the soccer fields were filled with kids of all ages. He would lift his arm, wave and smile to each and every one as they walked passed him. They were all special! He loved being a soccer coach, husband, father, friend and mentor, and he also loved history, big band music and dancing! He had a wonderful sense of humor and the absolute best laugh! His survivors include his loving wife, Sandi, his son ‘Tony’ and his wife Teresa, a grandson Juan Rivera and a great grandson Nathaniel. He also leaves behind a brother Demetrio Rivera and several nieces and nephews along with his wonderful cats. Ray was presented the E. T. York Service Above Self Award, by the Rotary Club in 1999. With the creation of the Gainesville Youth Soccer organization, his friendly unassuming manner, and gentle good humor, Ray leaves behind him a legacy that will live on. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday July 30th, 2016 at Eastside High School’s Auditorium 1201 SE 43rd Street Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gainesville Soccer Alliance, Scholarship Fund, 14100 NW 32nd Ave. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Vegas Malakai Hathaway

Vegas Malakai Hathaway, On July 4th, 2016, our little angel joined the angels in Paradise. He was a fearless little soldier who loved fireworks, music, and most of all food. He was passionate about his toys and his family. He would hug the microwave which we all called his girl-friend. Born October 11, 2014, he was a blessing, a beautiful sweet baby boy. We named him Vegas Malakai Hathaway. He came into this world with beautiful blue eyes and the heart of a lion. His beautiful golden locks were truly something to envy. With charm and enthusiasm he taught us life lessons. He taught us second by second the truth in the statement, “Life is not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.” With a new understanding of what life can be his imprint in our hearts is divine. He struggled with some health issues and through it all he never let it affect his ability to smile, or damper his spirit. In Vegas’ presence you couldn’t help but exude joy and love. It was never hard for him to gain the admiration of those he interacted with. Like a firework he came bursting into our life with an explosion of love lessons. As his mother I am proud to say he exited this world with the same explosion of life love lessons. He leaves behind his loving parents, Ana Manning & Huron Hathaway, and his proud “BIG” brother Julian Manning. There are five family generations and numerous friends mourning the loss of this sweet perfect baby boy. All of these generations have their own definitive moments to cherish and be thankful for. We are heavy hearted knowing that our angel is no longer in the flesh. However we must have faith that his soul and spirit are enjoying his new paradise until we are reunited. Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday July 16, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, FL.

Andrew Jeff Hall, Sr.

Andrew Jeff Hall Sr., 77 of Newberry passed away on July 8, 2016 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland, Fl. Mr. Hall was born on April 22, 1939 in Alachua to Mark and Edna Harrison Hall. Mr. Hall resided in Bell for many years and moved to Newberry. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, loved antiques and used furniture stores. Mr. Hall was of the Church of Christ faith. Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Jean E. Hall of Newberry, his children, Tina Adkins, Angel Willis, Andrew Hall Jr., Marc Hall and Ricky Rain, his sister JoAnn Roberts of Bell, 15 grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Hodge and his parents Mark and Edna Hall. Visitation for Mr. Hall will be Monday, July 11, 2016 at Milam’s Chapel in Newberry, FL., from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and Services will begin at 11:30 A.M. with Rev. Andy Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, FL.

James William JW Smith

James William (J.W.) Smith, 76 of Hawthorne, FL passed away on Monday, July 4, 2016. He was born June 21, 1940 in Hawthorne to Thomas Holden and Hazel Ingram Smith. After four years of service in the US Navy, J.W. returned to Hawthorne, where he became a master plumber. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jackie Pearson Smith, three children Zachary Smith (Monica) and Tina Pearson (Jason) all of Hawthorne, and Bill Smith (Gayle) of Augusta, GA, siblings Brawner Smith (Helen) and Sadie Sinclair both of Hawthorne, Cheryl Halstead of Ocala, and Raymond Rice of New York, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Hawthorne Cemetery in Hawthorne, FL. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606.

Frank Winchester Towers, Sr.

Gainesville, FL –Frank Winchester Towers, Sr., 99, died Monday, July 4, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. He leaves his loving wife of 73 years, Mary Olive (Thomas), a son, Frank Jr. of Orlando, FL, daughters Jane King of Jacksonville, FL, Anne Kuhns (Rolf Kuhns) of Winter Garden, FL, and Kathy Teal (the late Dr. Peter Teal) of Gainesville, FL., four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Born in Boston, MA on June 13, 1917, to Everett and Jane Winchester Towers, he lived in Boston for 10 years then for the remainder of his childhood was raised in St. Johnsbury, VT, where he attended and graduated from the St. Johnsbury Academy. After high school he was employed as a claims insurance adjuster with the Commercial Credit Corp. Later Mr. Towers enlisted in the Vermont National Guard. His military training took him to Camp Blanding Florida, just outside of Starke, where he would meet his future wife, Mary Olive Thomas. They were married in a military wedding on March 1, 1943 in Macon, GA. He was commissioned an officer in the Army and was transferred to the 30th Infantry Division just prior to the Normandy Invasion of World War II. At that time he became a liaison officer and held this position for the duration of the war. He left the US Army with the rank of Captain. During his service in the military, Mr. Towers received many awards for recognition of valor and bravery, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, and others. Following the war, Mr. Towers and his wife returned to Germany for post-war occupation duty, and during this time three of their children were born, and their fourth was born after returning to the States. They settled down in Brooker, FL, near his wife’s family farm, and Mr. Towers built the house that he and his wife live in to this day. After service in the Army, Mr. Towers was self-employed, he served one term as a Trustee on the Alachua County School Board, and was later employed by the University of Florida, from which he retired in 1979. In retirement, Mr. Towers was dedicated to the phrase” lest we forget”, and became passionately involved in ensuring the history of the 30th Infantry Division of the US Army was shared, and that their comrades who “gave their all” would not be forgotten. He was the National President and Executive Secretary of the 30th Infantry Division Veterans of World War II Association. He co-founded Les Fleurs de la Memorie, a foundation in France dedicated to caring for the graves of American soldiers who are interred in France and Belgium. He became the consummate historian of the 30th Infantry Division. He was a Camp Blanding Museum Association charter member and served in a number of roles for the Association over the years. He was an “in-demand” speaker to groups with an interest of the Holocaust and all things related to the history of the 30th Infantry Division in World War II. His speaking engagements spanned Northern Europe, Israel, and the United States. His story-telling style of speaking captured his audiences and resulted in opportunities for further historical research with people around the world. Locally, Mr. Towers received the Alachua County Veteran of the Year Award on two occasions, and was active in the D-Day Normandy Veterans of North Central Florida. In addition to his family, Mr. Towers was particularly proud of the presentation of the Order of Orange Nassau, from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The equivalent of the Medal of Freedom in the United States, it was awarded to Mr. Towers because of the good-will he promoted over the years between the United States and The Netherlands. He has been the only non-Dutch individual to receive this award. And, for having served in WWII in France, he was awarded the distinction of Knight of the French Legion of Honor, an order first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 5-7 PM at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be on Friday, July 8, 2016 beginning at 10:30 at St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church, 17155 NW Hwy 441, High Springs, FL 32643 with a short prayer and sharing time, followed at 11am by a Catholic funeral mass, then at Noon-1:30 Fellowship hall for a meal and memory sharing, and, finally, Interment at 2:30 at Forest Meadows Cemetery – East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd., Gainesville, FL 32641 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to: The Camp Blanding Museum 5629 SR 16 West Building 3040 Starke, FL 32091 or, to Les Fleurs de la Mémoire Georges Pierre Joret Le Bourg 50810 VIDOUVILLE France or, to the charity of your choice.

Floy Adams Brady

FLOY ADAMS BRADY Floy Adams Brady was born on November 12, 1920, and died July 2, 2016. After the death of her husband, Willis John Brady, she relocated to Gainesville, FL to be near her daughter. She resided at The Village for five years before moving to Brookdale Southwest for her last two years. She was predeceased by her first husband, Joel R. Adams, Jr. She leaves her two children: Lucia Adams Madey (John) of Gainesville Florida, and Joel R. (Randy) Adams, III (Carol) of Cape Coral, Florida; three grandchildren: Mary Floy Speights of Gainesville FL, William Lee Stevens of Memphis, TN and Amanda Adams Jensen of Grand Junction CO; and three great-grandchildren, John Michael and Sophie Elizabeth Speights and Caleb Joel Parde. Her family is grateful and appreciative for the loving care she received at Brookdale Southwest. They were so wonderful to her in so many ways. Memorials may be made by Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Helen C. Alkire

Helen C. Alkire, age 90, of Gainesville, Florida and formerly of Jacksonville, Florida, died on Saturday, July 2, 2016 after a short illness. She was born December 30, 1925 in Tampa, Florida to Hezz and Ethel McAlister Cox. Mrs. Alkire was a legal secretary and bookkeeper during the many years she lived in Jacksonville. She moved to Gainesville 11 years ago to live next to her daughter. Playing bridge and traveling were two of her favorite activities. She was fortunate to visit 34 countries during her long and full life. Helen was also a devoted mother and wife as well as a faithful member of the Arlington and Mandarin United Methodist Churches in Jacksonville and First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. Mrs. Alkire was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Grace Helms, her first husband, Henry T. Harris, and her second husband, French L. Alkire. She is survived by her children Lynda Smith of Jacksonville, Florida, Steven Harris and his husband Lucien Rees-Roberts of New York, New York, and Karen Harris and her husband Andrew J. Evans of Gainesville together with 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32601. The interment will follow at Newnansville Cemetery in Alachua, Florida. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, July 13 from 5 to 7 pm at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32601. Helen loved flowers and they would be a lovely memorial gift. For those who wish, contributions may be made in her memory to First United Methodist Church or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL, 32606.

James Howard Southerland

James “Howard” Southerland, Sr., 85 passed away July 2, 2016 at Shands Hospital. Howard was born November 2, 1930 in Wauchula, FL to Ott and Guyrene Southerland. He graduated from Gainesville High School and served his country in the United States Air Force. Mr. Southerland owned and operated “Howard’s T.V.” for many years. He loved to go fishing with his grandchildren. Howard was preceded in death by his wife Matilda Branch Southerland, his parents and his sisters Julie Rice and Martha King. Survivors include his son Jimmy Southerland, Jr. (Donna), daughters Pat Southerland Mann (Spencer) and Ann Southerland, grandchildren Jeremy (Monica), Addison, Taylor, Katie and Abrianna, and a great granddaughter Gloria. A Visitation will be held Thursday evening 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside Services, with military honors, will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday July 8, 2016 in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Ruth Jane Shoup

Ruth Jane Shoup, 81, of Archer, FL died Sunday, June 26, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was born October 1, 1934 and was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin H. “Buddy” Shoup, Jr. She is survived by two daughters, Carol (Glenn) Wilson and Faye (Joe) Wilson, one sister, Corine Arnold, three grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. She was an active member of the Archer Church of the Nazarene, where Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday July 1, 2016 with a viewing starting at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Gideon Bible Society, or “Archer Church of the Nazarene Helping Hands” 13327 SW State Road 45 Archer, FL 32618. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks for all the prayers and encouragement, The Shoup Family.

Janie (Hodge) Langford

Janie (Hodge) Langford passed away peacefully Monday at home surrounded by her family. She began her journey on September 18, 1930 and was the older sister to 6 siblings: Mildred (deceased), Jimmy, Yvonne, Doris (deceased), Wilson, and Sherrie. In 1948, she married Odessa Langford and they had two daughters, Elaine Green (Don) and Tricia Grey (Wayne). They were both members of Union Baptist Church. Odessa preceded her in death 19 years ago. Janie drove a school bus for Alachua County until retirement, but always made time for her family and the best home-cooked meals ever. Her love and care helped shape the lives of her 4 grandchildren (Delane, Lisa, Garrett, and Justin) and 5 great-grandchildren (Morgan, Ty, Briana, Alexa, and Dolan). Though she didn’t get the chance to meet Dolan, we know she will be looking over her, and all of us. She was the most generous and caring person we have ever known, and her loss will be greatly felt all our lives. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations please be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or to Hospice. A private service is being planned for immediate family members.

Walter C. Roberts

Walter C. Roberts, 96 of Newberry, FL passed away on June 20, 2016. Mr. Roberts was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 25, 1919. He joined the US Navy and later went to work making molds in the fiberglass industry for the carnivals. Walter is survived by his sister and brother in law, Ida Mae and Charles Wackes, good friends and caregivers, Joe and Lillian Carter of Williston, FL. Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dixie Roberts in March 2010. Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, FL from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and a Graveside Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Newberry Cemetery.

Antonia Greene

Antonia Greene, age 65 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday June 17, 2016. Antonia was born on January 22, 1951 in Manhattan, New York to Franklin and Mary Loveland Greene. Antonia received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Ms. Greene was a long time employee of the University of Florida, and had been an office staff member under former President Lombardi. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and she enjoyed spending time with friends, collecting antiques, reading and spreading the gospel. She was preceded in death by her father, and mother. Survivors include her brothers John (Gunda) Greene and Colin (Catherine) Greene, seven nieces and nephews and her long-time friend Adan Saldana. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church 2115 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605 at 2:00pm, Saturday June 25, 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) https://www2.jdrf.org/site/Donation.

Walter C. Roberts

Walter C. Roberts, 96 of Newberry, FL passed away on June 20, 2016. Mr. Roberts was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 25, 1919. He joined the US Navy and later went to work making molds in the fiberglass industry for the carnivals. Walter is survived by his sister and brother in law, Ida Mae and Charles Wackes, good friends and caregivers, Joe and Lillian Carter of Williston, FL. Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dixie Roberts in March 2010. Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, FL from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Graveside Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Newberry Cemetery.

Antonia Greene

Antonia Greene, age 65 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday June 17, 2016. Antonia was born on January 22, 1951 in Manhattan, New York to Franklin and Mary Loveland Greene. Antonia received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton. Ms. Greene was a long time employee of the University of Florida, and had been an office staff member under former President Lombardi. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and she enjoyed spending time with friends, collecting antiques, reading and spreading the gospel. She was preceded in death by her father, and mother. Survivors include her brothers John (Gunda) Greene and Colin (Catherine) Greene, seven nieces and nephews and her long-time friend Adan Saldana. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church 2115 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32605 at 2:00pm, Saturday June 25, 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) https://www2.jdrf.org/site/Donation.

Annette Patricia Norberg

Annette Patricia Norberg Annette was born in Minneapolis, MN, the youngest of 5 children to Patricia Norberg and the late Robert Norberg. On June 8, 2016, at the age of 52, she peacefully passed of pneumonia, surrounded by family at Haven Hospice. Annette is survived by her mother Patricia Norberg, sisters Susan Poston (Bob) of Hawthorne, FL and Sally Matthew of Jacksonville Beach, FL and brothers Bob Norberg (Susan) Gainesville, FL and Jeff Norberg (Kathy) New Jersey and 8 nieces and nephews and 8 great nieces and nephews. Annette loved to attend the ARC workshop daily, go to garage sales with her daddy on Saturdays, buy groceries with her mom, watch the “Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins” multiple times on the weekends and she loved to dance. She was a beautiful and sweet girl. She had more friends then any of the rest of the family. She was loved by family, friends and everyone she ever came in contact. Annette was born with Down Syndrome (at that time, it was referred to as “Mongolism”). Annette had her first heart catherization at 3 years old. It was decided she needed open heart surgery. In those days open heart surgery was not being performed on children with Down Syndrome in Minneapolis. Since children with Down Syndrome have lots of respiratory problems the family moved to Florida when she was 3 1/2 years old, for the warmer climate. She has lived in Miami, Tampa and moved to Gainesville in 2013. When she was 8 yrs old she needed heart surgery to live. Her mother took her to numerous cardiac surgeons in Miami. They all said they did not do surgery on children with Down Syndrome. Her former pediatrician from Minneapolis referred her family to Thomas Gentsch M. D., Cardiac Surgeon. Her mother took this tiny, 30 lb. blonde girl to his office. Upon first seeing her, he said “she is worth saving.” Dr. Gentsch and his team of doctors performed this risky surgery, The surgery was done at Variety Children’s Hospital in Coral Gables, FL. on March 2, 1972 when she was 8 years old. They corrected 5 defects, Tetrology of Fallot and an additional defect. After the 7 hour surgery upon removing the heart-lung machine her little blue body turned all pink. Dr. Gentsch was a “Miracle Doctor” and Annette was a “Miracle Child”. We understand Dr. Gentsch is no longer living. But we would like his family to know how appreciative our family is of this “Gentle Man”. He gave Annette a healthy and long life. You can learn more about Dr. Gentsch at http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article2482140.html. The Norberg family would also like to thank the Miami News for publishing an article on Annette’s surgery, complete with picture of her and her father while in the hospital. Over these 52 years we have seen many changes in the medical care for children born with Down Syndrome and we are grateful. We feel so blessed to have had Annette as part of our family. Annette will be missed terribly by her mother, sisters and brothers. She was “the light of our lives”. Annette was a gift to our family that kept on giving. In lieu of flowers family requests donations made to the ARC of Alachua County, 3303 NW 83 St. 32606. The ARC provides programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities. Annette attended their programs. Internment will be at the Florida National Cemetery alongside her father at a later date. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday June 18, 2016 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, at 11:00 a.m. 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, Fl. 32601 352-376-5361.

L. A. Mott, Jr.

L. A. Mott, Jr, age 78, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. L. A. was born January 10, 1938, in Brooker, Florida, to L. A. “Shine” Mott, Sr, and Cordella Brown Mott. He moved to Gainesville in his teens where he graduated from Gainesville High and attended the 14th Street Church of Christ. He studied at Florida Christian College from 1956 – 1959 where he was voted Mr. Florida Christian College. In 1959, he married Jill Whitehead. He completed his studies at Eastern Michigan University, with a degree in Language and Literature and Ancient History. He spent 50 years as a preacher in churches of Christ, including churches in Las Vegas; Michigan; Birmingham, Alabama; Ocala, Florida; and Maine. He is most known for his ability to study, understand, and communicate the Bible on a deep level. He has published widely-used tracts and booklets, such as “What is the Church of Christ?” and “Keeping Saved: God’s Good Gifts to Preserve His People”; study guides on the Bible, designed to enable church members of all ages to study the entire Bible in three years; and several books including Faith in the Book of Romans and Notebook on Jeremiah. Since 1996, he has published eleven books in the Thinking Through the Bible Series and CDs of his classes (thinkingthrough.org). He died with two more completed manuscripts on the New Testament books of Galatians and First Peter. One of his students expressed a sentiment shared by many: “Praise God for the life and work of L.A. Mott. His challenge toward rigorous study has both made my brain tired and my faith soar! I loved him, I cherish his writings, and I intend to use what he has left behind to continue to grow personally, and to teach others as we all follow him into the arms of our Savior.” He loved sports, especially the Detroit Tigers and the Florida Gators, fishing, bowling, movies, especially westerns, and was a voracious reader since childhood — from Tom Sawyer to Dickens to Zane Gray westerns to lengthy volumes of early American history in his last years. He loved simple southern cooking and fried seafood. He coached little league, played softball and racquetball, and ran 5ks. One of his most calming activities was to walk outside among the trees and talk to his Father in prayer. He truly dedicated his fine mind and determined spirit to serving the God he loved and helping Christians understand Scripture more accurately and apply it. L. A. was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Janie Alice “Jill” Whitehead Mott. Survivors include two sisters: Sandra Jergins of Tampa, Florida, and Jacqueline Brown of Alachua, Florida; three children: Deborah Cale of Jackson, Michigan, Richard (Lisa Abbott) Mott, and Todd (Rebecca Haynes) Mott, both of Jacksonville, Florida; and five grandchildren: Sam (Sarah Moyer) Cale (26), Laurie Cale (24), Thomas Cale (20), Ben Mott (19) and Emma Grace Mott (16). A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Julington Creek Church of Christ, 1630 State Road 13 North, St. Johns, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Cancer Research Institute (cancerresearch.org) or a fund that has been created to help publish the two manuscripts that L. A. recently completed (tinyurl.com/donate-mott).

Dr. Ouida Fay Paul

Dr. Ouida Fay Paul, age 105 passed away May 24, 2016 at the North Florida Retirement Village in Gainesville, where she had been a resident since 1995. She was the daughter of the late Reverend E.B Paul, a Methodist Minister in Alabama, and Eleanor Hinton Paul. Dr. Paul retired in 1977 from the University of Hawaii, where she taught music education and voice. She had formerly taught at the University of Florida and at Greensboro College, as well as in public schools in Alabama and Tennessee. She also served as choir director for Wesley United Methodist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii, and at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. She received her A.B. degree in mathematics and English and a B.S. degree in music education from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Alabama, and completed M.A. and Ed.D degrees in music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She later took post-doctoral work at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois. Dr. Paul received the distinction of listings in Men and Women of Hawaii, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and several other biographical directories. In 1998 she received an Alumni Achievement Award from Huntingdon College. Her professional affiliations included the Music Educators National Conference, American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Delta Kappa Gamma. In Gainesville, she was a member of University United Methodist Church, Altrusa International and Beta Sigma Phi. During her retirement years, Dr. Paul taught private voice and also tutored in reading skills under the auspices of Hawaii Literacy. She studied oil painting with Gloria Fosa, and has a number of her paintings in private collections. Soon after returning to Gainesville and taking up residence at The Village, she became involved in the musical life of the organization, where she was well-known for helping with numerous music programs and leading the Vespers choir, She is survived by “hanai” (Hawaiian for informally adopted) family, now consisting of a daughter, Noe Sagote of Hawaii and American Samoa, a son, Frank Nowasell of Iowa, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, as well as cousins in Virginia and South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mrs. Freddie Paul Hope and hanai daughter, Donni Nowasell. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are suggested to the Paul Scholarship Endowment Fund at Huntingdon College, 1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106-2148, or the American Bible Society, PO Box 98010, Washington, DC 20077-7026.

Arthur Wayne Daniels

Arthur Wayne Daniels, 81, of Alachua, FL, passed away at his home on Monday, May 30, 2016. Wayne was born July 17, 1934, in Miami, FL, to Otis and Louise Willman Daniels. Wayne served in the United States Army during the Korean War and later the United States Air Force. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and earned a master’s degree in education. Wayne enjoyed a long and rewarding career at UF as Associate Director of the Office of Instructional Resources. He retired in 1999, moved to the north Georgia mountains, but returned to the Alachua county area in 2006. Wayne served as treasurer of the Gainesville Community Playhouse for many years. Mr. Daniels is survived by his husband, Lynwood Christie, and several cousins. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Jack Christopher Jones

Jack Christopher Jones, 64, of Newberry, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Jack was born in Gainesville, Florida on January 30, 1952 and lived most of his life in Tampa. He was a graduate of Gainesville High School and Florida State University. He also attended the University of Florida and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He went on to serve in the United States Army as a diplomatic courier. Jack began his career as project manager for Pursley, Inc. in Bradenton, FL and later was owner/operator of Jones Lawn & Landscape in Tampa, FL for 20 years. He later became the owner/operator of Jones Lawn Maintenance, LLC in Gainesville, FL. He was an avid fisherman and happiest when he was on the water. Jack was also a huge Florida Gators fan and enjoyed following all of UF’s athletic teams as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Six years ago, Jack returned from Tampa to attend his 40th High School reunion where he met his wife and former classmate, Beverly. While their time together was too short, they both agreed that it was their happiest years. They enjoyed spending time at the Suwannee River and Gulf fishing, bowling and visiting friends and family. Jack loved life and never met a stranger. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bravo Jones. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Beverly Kinchen Jones and her children, Lucas Smith, Heather Shearon and her husband Mason and grandsons, Reed and Wyatt Shearon. His mother, Vivian Janette Henry and sisters, Jana Jones and Judy Snook and her husband Ken. Nieces and nephews Melissa Pless and fiancee’ Kenny Wannen and their son James, and Amy Porlier and her husband John, Michael Pless, Justin Stokes and his wife Sara. His best friend, who was like a brother to him, Doug McBriarty, as well as many other dear friends and family. Many thanks to all of the doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital in Gainesville for their loving and gentle care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haven Hospice at 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL. 32606. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry.

Faye Thornton Barton

Faye Thornton Barton, age eighty-nine (89), passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at North Florida Regional Hospital. She was born in Columbia, (Elgin) S.C., on December 12, 1926, to Jesse and Annie (Hodge) Thornton. Mrs. Barton moved to Gainesville in 1938 from Columbia, S.C. She was a homemaker and an avid volunteer with many organizations such as the American Cancer Society, where she served as a past president; Boy’s Town Honorary Citizenship 2015; Alachua General Hospital, as a Pink Lady; The Ladies Club Gainesville, FL. She was also a Charter Member of the Gainesville Golf & Country Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and mostly the home she shared with her husband in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. Mrs. Barton was survived by her husband Philip Barton, age (96), who practiced law in Gainesville, FL for 50 years, her four daughters, Mary Ann Barton, Priscilla (Gary) Fernandes, Lynne Barton all of Gainesville, FL and Terri Barton, LCSW of Alpharetta, GA. Four Grandchildren, Christopher Webb Wickersham, Jr. Esq., Gary Lynn (Jessalyn) Fernandes, Jr. Esq., Matthew Charles Fernandes, and Olivia Faye Anderson. Services will be held privately. Contributions- in Lieu of flowers should be made to: Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street Boys Town, NE 68010 or visit https://secure.boystown.org/Donate/.

Ruth H. Carroll

Ruth H. Carroll, 89 of Cleveland, TN., and Gainesville, a loving Mother, Sister, Grandmother and dear friend to many, passed away Tuesday morning, May 31, 2016 at a Chattanooga health care facility. Ruth was born in Wildwood, FL. and resided in Gainesville for over 50 years. She was a waitress at the Gold Coast Restaurant located at Burdines Dept. Store. She is survived by her children, Robert Carroll and Donna Carroll Still, both of Cleveland, two grandchildren Todd Still and Stacy Revell Hardy; four great grandchildren, Drew Hardy, Moriah Hardy, Cason Still, and Tucker Still; sisters, Martha Capelouto and Linda Thomas; and brother Kenneth Harsey, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Carroll; and parents Clifton and Kelsia Roberts Harsey. Graveside services will be conducted at 12 Noon Friday, June 3, 2016 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Wildwood, FL. In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ruth to Haven Hospice of Chattanooga 4411 Oakwood Drive Chattanooga, TN. 37416.

Jeanne Marian King

Jeanne Marian King, formerly of Gainesville FL passed away on May 13, 2016 in Tampa, FL after a short illness. She was 93 years old. Jeanne was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana. She received a Bachelor\’s degree from Earlham College also located in Richmond, Indiana. It was there that she met and later married her husband of 55 years, Fred King. They moved to Gainesville in the 1950\’s and Jeanne began working as a Social Worker for Alachua County and then went on to work with HRS Dept. of Children and Families until her retirement in 1987. Jeanne had many interests which included playing bridge with her friends and caring for her grandchildren. She belonged to the AAUW, the Woman\’s Club and was a member and choir singer in the University United Methodist Church. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Fred King; her brother the Reverend Marshall J. Taylor; her sister Helen Smith, and her daughter Paula Siragusa. She is survived by her daughter Linda Killebrew of Tampa, FL and three beloved grandchildren: Alex Siragusa of Ormond Beach, Fl; Elise Siragusa Taing of Denver, Co and Kevin Siragusa also of Denver, Co. Her urn will be placed beside those of her husband in Forest Meadows Central. Services will be held on Saturday May 28, 2016, 1:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, Gainesville, FL.

William Bryan “Mac” McMillan

William Bryan “Mac” McMillan, 74 of Newberry, Fl passed away on Sunday May 22, 2016. He was born on June 22, 1941 in Gainesville Fl to Robert B. McMillan and Willie Kathryn McMillan (Payne). He served from 1960 to 1964 in the US Air Force at Webb Air Force Base in Big Springs, Tx. He was a 25 year Lineman for the City of Gainesville and after retiring spent the next 20 years driving a Semi-Truck both for Pritchett Trucking and for himself. Mac enjoyed hunting, fishing and building / racing airboats and cars. He loved his family, doted on his granddaughters and was most proud of his 2 year old great-grandson. Many would agree, he was one who would \”give the shirt off his back\” to a friend in need. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Linda Hutto McMillan, daughters Laura McMillan Gunter, Cindy McMillan (Howard) Elkin, Grand-daughters Jamie Gunter (Daniel) Martin, Stephanie Gunter, and his Great-grandson. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, May 26 – 4:00 pm at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville Fl 32606.

Jeanne Marian King

Jeanne Marian King, formerly of Gainesville, Fl passed away on May 13, 2016 in Tampa, Fl after a short illness. She was 93 years of age. Jeanne was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College also located in Richmond, Indiana. It was there that she met and later married her husband of 55 years, Fred King. They settled in Gainesville, Fl in the 1950’s and had two daughters. Jeanne worked as a Social Worker for Alachua County and then took a job with HRS Children and Families until she retired in 1987. Jeanne had many interests and hobbies. She loved going to the Gator football games, playing bridge with her friends, being a member and choir singer at the University United Methodist church, and babysitting and celebrating milestones of her three grandchildren. She belonged to several community organizations such as AAUW, the Women’s Club and as a volunteer for the Guardian ad Litem program. Jeanne is pre-deceased by her husband Fred King, her brother the Reverend Marshall J. Taylor; her sister Helen Smith and her daughter Paula Siragusa. She is survived by her daughter Linda Killebrew of Tampa, Fl; and three beloved grandchildren: Alex Siragusa of Ormond Beach, Fl, Elise Siragusa Taing of Denver, Co; and Kevin Siragusa also of Denver, Co. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in the chapel at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Fl on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM. Her ashes will be placed beside her husband Fred King at Forest Meadows.

Helen Hawkins Dampier

Helen Hawkins Dampier, 80 of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday May 4, 2016. Helen was born on December 12, 1935 in DuPont, GA to Alfred and Hattie Bell Shore Hawkins. She owned and operated the Dampier Country Store, then later worked for Woolworth’s Department Store, Gainesville Florist and University City Florist. Mrs. Dampier was a member of Jonesville Baptist Church and was baptized on September 7, 2014. She enjoyed her cats and trips to casinos and scratching lottery tickets. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Dampier, Jr. and her son John Dampier. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Laura M. Dampier, sisters Doris Garrison of High Springs, FL and Jackie Yates (Gene) of Oveido, FL, one nephew Bill Warrington of Lay Fayette, LA, Four nieces Donna Hooten of High Springs, FL, Angelina Summers of Oveido, FL, Suzanne Zelov of Villanova, PA and Stephanie Warrington of Cape Coral, FL, one granddaughter, four step grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday May 14, 2016 at the Jonesville Baptist Church 17222 SW 15th Avenue Newberry, FL, with a viewing for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society 4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609 and/or Pennies for Posho P O Box 1307 Zebulon, GA 30295.

Franklin W, “Frank” Costner

Franklin W. “Frank” Costner, 90, of Gainesville, passed away May 8, 2016. Mr. Costner was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 22, 1926. After graduation from Catholic High School, he enrolled in Chattanooga University for his undergraduate studies and had completed one year when he enlisted. He had a distinguished career in the service, completing 2 three year tours of duty. The first from 1944-1946. He held distinction, at that time, of graduating as the youngest Ensign in the USN at age 19. After his first tour of duty, Frank went back and finished his undergraduate studies at Chattanooga. He then enrolled at the University of Florida and completed his Master’s Degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry in 1950. He subsequently enrolled in the Kansas City College of Osteopathy, but the US Navy called him back when the Korean War began where he was stationed in the Mediterranean. He left the Navy in 1954 and went to work for Merck Sharp & Dohme as a hospital representative in Pittsburgh, PA. He held positions of increasing responsibility and retired as VP of Sales in 1987 after 33 years of faithful service. Frank loved to golf and travel, and did both as long as he could. He also loved seeing his grandchildren and made sure they gathered all together at least once a year. Frank is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda Henschel Costner, his children Leslie Anne and Michael Lettera of Kansas City, MO., Lisa Marie Costner of Pickerington, OH., and Laura Lee and Brian Frisone of Powell, OH., his grandchildren, Emma, Anthony and Anna Lettera, Alex and Nick Urbanski, Olivia and Giovanna Frisone, a sister Rosemary Cooper of Memphis, TN. Mr. Costner was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Jacob and Catharine Costello Costner, and a sister, Mary Lourdes Tansey. Memorial Services will be at a later date. In Lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the “ Dr. Perry A. Foote Eminent Scholar Chair Fund “ at the UF College of Pharmacy. These can be mailed to the College of Pharmacy at P.O. Box 103570 Gainesville, FL. 32610. Please indicate the memorial gift in the memo line.

Faye Thornton Barton

Faye Thornton Barton, age eighty-nine (89), passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at North Florida Regional Hospital. She was born in Columbia, (Elgin) S.C., on December 12, 1926, to Jesse and Annie (Hodge) Thornton. Mrs. Barton moved to Gainesville in 1938 from Columbia, S.C. She was a homemaker and an avid volunteer with many organizations such as the American Cancer Society, where she served as a past president; Boy’s Town Honorary Citizenship 2015; Alachua General Hospital, as a Pink Lady; The Ladies Club Gainesville, FL. She was also a Charter Member of the Gainesville Golf & Country Club. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and mostly the home she shared with her husband in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. Mrs. Barton was survived by her husband Philip Barton, age (96), who practiced law in Gainesville, FL for 50 years, her four daughters, Mary Ann Barton, Priscilla (Gary) Fernandes, Lynne Barton all of Gainesville, FL and Terri Barton, LCSW of Alpharetta, GA. Four Grandchildren, Christopher Webb Wickersham, Jr. Esq., Gary Lynn (Jessalyn) Fernandes, Jr. Esq., Matthew Charles Fernandes, and Olivia Faye Anderson. Services will be held privately. Contributions- in Lieu of flowers should be made to: Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street Boys Town, NE 68010 or visit https://secure.boystown.org/Donate/.

Jerry Oliver Bessent, Jr.

Jerry Oliver Bessent, Jr. passed away April 22, 2016. He is survived by his three children Josie, Chloe and Jackson Bessent, and one grandchild, Israel. He is also survived by a brother Daniel Bessent (Holly) a sister Ginny McKoy, (Clinton), three nieces Emaleigh Bessent, Sarah Heirs (Adam), Ashley Levine (Josh), and one nephew Mikell McKoy (Danielle) He is preceded in death by his brother David Horne, his mother Nancy and his father Jerry Bessent, Sr. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Jonesville Baptist Church 17722 SW 15th Ave. Jonesville, FL 32669352-472-3835 or Bronson Rd Baptist Church 13830 NE 80TH Ave, Bronson, FL 32621 Pastors Corey Cheramie and Andy Cook will officiate the Memorial Service. It will be held at Milam Funeral Home Chapel of Newberry, on Monday April 25, 2016 at 11:00a.m. 22405 W. Newberry Rd. Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-3988 www.milamfh.com

Christine Pruitt Woodard

Christine Pruitt Woodard, age 85, longtime resident of Fairbanks, FL passed away after a brief illness at the E T York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL on Saturday April 23, 2016. She was born in Adel, GA on April 7, 1931 to Ernest and Ruby Pruitt. Christine was a loving wife and mother and devoted grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Woodard was preceded in death by her husband Roy L. Woodard, Sr and daughter Linda Fay Wamack. She is survived by her son Roy L. Woodard, Jr. (Debbie), and daughters Diane Manning (Martin), Sandra McLean (David) and Wanda Reaves (Jeff), son-in-law Ray Wamack, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Fairbanks Cemetery in Fairbanks, FL.

Carol Jean Deaton Finlayson

Carol Jean Deaton Finlayson, born December 27,1933, died Thursday, April 28, 2016. Raised in Pocatello, Idaho, she was a creative soul with a passion for art, learning, music and writing. She attended Stanford University, and raised two daughters with her husband Birdwell Finlayson, MD, PHD. Mrs. Finlayson lived most of her life in Gainesville, Florida, where she was affiliated with the Gainesville Women\’s Club, Gainesville Golf and Country Club, and The University of Florida. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she served throughout her life as a leader and a teacher. She had a love of yorkies, a generous heart, and was never short on spunk. She is survived by her mother, sister, daughters Deborah Ann Weathers and Jon Camille Alexander,son-in-law Edward B. Alexander, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 10600 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL. 32607. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho.

Patricia “Pat” Weiland Grafton

GRAFTON, PATRICIA WEILAND (PAT) The seven Weiland siblings in heaven welcomed their remaining sister, Patricia Weiland Grafton, to the arms of the Lord on April 15, 2016. Patricia, or Pat, was loved by her family and friends for her generous heart, hospitality, and giving nature. Born in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 30, 1927 she was the second youngest of the children of Frank and Helene Weiland. Pat attended and graduated in 1944 from St. Ann’s Catholic school in West Palm Beach. Shortly thereafter she became a bookkeeper for a multi facet business enterprise known as Guaranty Warehouse Co. A talented artist and outstanding vocalist she was a soloist for the Romany Chorus which performed for National and International guests at galas in Palm Beach. Her musical abilities included as soloist in a number of Catholic Churches and singing of the National Anthem at many civic events, conventions and other venues. Her creative talent left her footprint on countless volunteer projects; from organizing carnivals and fashion shows at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School to orchestrating multiple class reunions for St. Ann’s class of 1944. No project was too difficult and the results were unique and outstanding. She instilled in her children the desire to take a risk, to create differently and better than anyone else. Shortly after High School, she also began a career in modeling, which continued until her marriage in 1952. In 1979-80 she accompanied Bob (who had been elected National President of the B.P.O. Elks) on travels that included all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Panama Canal Zone; she thrilled crowds at the many meetings and conventions with her personality and singing. Survivors include her husband Bob, children Beth (Garrick) Brown, Mary (Ron) Pinak and John (Liliana) Grafton. Grandchildren Corinne (Bryan) Dyke, Adrienne (Joe) Curran, Brooke and Brennan Brown, Patrick and Shane Pinak. Three great grandchildren Mayve and Owen Dyke, Lachlan Curran and many nieces and nephews. Known as “Grammie Girl” to her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Pat taught them the importance of family through memorable and spirited holiday gatherings: Thanksgivings at our home in Gainesville will forever be precious memories for family and friends invited to the festivities. God gave us a beautiful, very talented gracious lady, always thoughtful and concerned for others; she leaves us with friends and admirers around this Country. Memorial Services will be Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home Chapel of Gainesville.

Steven Allen “BUBBA” Morton

Steven Allen “BUBBA” Morton, age 6 passed away on Easter Morning, March 27, 2016. Steven was a student at the One Room School House in Gainesville, and he had many friends there. He is survived by his mother Kimberly Smith, father John Morton, sisters Shyanne and Emberly, brother John, his maternal grandmother Michelle Smith, paternal grandfather Bruce Smith, great grandmother Eloise Smith, great grandmother Carole Hawley, great grandfather Dennie Hawley, great great grandmother Delores Hawley, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his great aunt Jennifer Hawley Clift (2015). There will be a visitation on Monday at the Milam Funeral Home of Gainesville from 4:00-7:00 p.m., where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday April 5, 2016. Burial to follow at Forest Meadows East 3700 SE Hawthorne Road.

Virginia “Jenny” Lee Beville

Virginia ‘Jenny’ Lee Beville, 83, of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully, surrounded by Love, on Wednesday March 30th, 2016. She was born in 1932 to E.M. Beville Jr. and Lillian W. Beville. Jenny served in the U.S. Navy as a nurse, worked for G.E. for 28 years and cleaned homes for many years for some awesome people. She was a life – long resident of Gainesville and she enjoyed the beach, camping and traveling all over the U.S. and overseas. She also loved to hike in the mountains and she enjoyed her flowers and yard. Jenny was a member of the Gator Gymnastics Gang since 1981. She supported them and traveled to away meets. She enjoyed watching them getting their championships ‘Go Gators”. Jenny met many wonderful gymnasts and their families. She had a special bond with Marsha Casady, president of the GGG and other members. Her survivors include Edgar M. Beville III and sister- in – law Doris Beville; sisters Susan Groom (Richard), Salli Crosby ( Tommy), Linda Hyatt – Donna Theriac. She also leaves behind her nephews Robert, Jared, Tracy, Brian Hyatt and nieces Millie, Lynn, Cathy, Sarah, and Amanda and Debbie; and her cousins Waverly Munn and Michele Vick (Rick). Jenny was well loved. Linda was close to her and they shared many activities together, and she also enjoyed activities with her cousins, Wavie Munn and Michele Vick. God is bringing her up to Heaven to be with her mother and dad. “WE LOVE YOU JENNY” P.S. Thank you for the wonderful nurses and staff at Haven Hospice. We were so blessed to have such wonderful people watching over her. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to E.T. York Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, Fl. 32606 Services will be on Saturday April 2nd, 2016 at Forest Meadow Central Chapel, 4300 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL. At 3:00 p.m.

Martha Jane Patterson Copeland

Martha Jane Patterson Copeland passed away surrounded by her family on April 10, 2016. She was born on July 23, 1939, in Pittsburgh, PA to Frank and Gladys Harmon Patterson. Her family moved to Tampa, FL when she was age 9 where she graduated from Plant High School. She attended college at Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, VA with a degree in Biology. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to work in medical research at Cornell Medical School at New York Hospital. She met her future husband, Ted Copeland, who was a medical student at Cornell. They would be married for 52 grateful years. The two moved to Philadelphia for Ted’s medical training and it was there that their two children Edward (Ted) M. Copeland IV and Catherine (Cathy) L. Copeland were born. Following Ted’s residency and a two year stint in the Army, they moved to Houston, TX. The family lived in Houston for 11 years while Ted was on the faculty at MD Anderson Hospital. Martha was consumed with raising her children, playing tennis and doing volunteer work for numerous charities. In 1982, the family moved to Gainesville, Fl., where Ted became the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Florida. Martha was active in the University of Florida Medical Guild and worked in the Shands Hospital gift shop. She was a member of the Azalea Club and served as a two time President. She was a graduate of Leadership Gainesville XVI and active in Republican campaigns. She was appointed to the North Florida Regional Leadership Council by Governor Bob Martinez. She served on the boards of the American Cancer Society and Oak Hall School. Martha was very active in team tennis at the Gainesville Golf and Country Club as well as a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she served on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee. She loved fishing with her friends and family at their residences in Suwanee, FL. and Amelia Island, FL. Martha’s summers were spent in Highlands, NC at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club where she stayed busy playing tennis, croquet, golf, bridge, clogging and Bible study. Martha had the fortunate opportunity to travel around the world learning about so many different cultures and histories. Her greatest passion was her family and they always came first. Martha is survived by her husband, Edward M. Copeland, III MD, her children, Edward M. Copeland IV and Catherine L. Copeland, her grandchildren, Hunter M. Copeland and Zachary A. Copeland, her brothers Frank and Edward Patterson, and her daughter-in-law, Jennifer Rohr Copeland. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Martha Jane Patterson Copeland Ovarian Cancer Research and Patient Support Fund (fund #020487), University of Florida Foundation, PO Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425 (www.uff.ufl.edu/appeals/Copeland), or to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, FL 32725. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with Dr. Dan Johnson Officiating. A reception will follow at the Church immediately following the service. There will be burial services at a later date.

John J. Fischer

John “Jay” Fischer, Jr., 78, of Gainesville, Florida passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Mr. Fischer was born on December 15, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Margaret Gill Fischer and John Fischer, Sr. Jay attended Bishop Kenney High School in Jacksonville, Florida, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi State University in 1962. He later moved to Gainesville and enjoyed a successful career in copier and office supply sales with Xerox, Advanced Business Products, and Folsom Forms before retiring in 2014. He spent his free time playing golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Jay is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Nancy Fischer, his sister Jane Kiernan, children Carrie (Brett) Alexander, John (Tamera) Cannon, James (Jolie) Cannon, and Patty (Stephen) DeGraff, as well as eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 4:30-7:00pm at Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00am at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida with Father Jeff McGowan presiding. Interment will follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.

Jack LeMoyne Dotts

Jack LeMoyne Dotts, of Gainesville, FL., passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the age of 76. The son of Milford and Alice Dotts, Jack was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he met his wife, Donna, in the First Grade. He excelled as a percussionist and received the Johnstown High Band’s John Philip Sousa Award during his senior year. He also enjoyed playing the piano and organ. Jack graduated in 1963 from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A member of the University’s ROTC, Jack was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Airforce and received an Honorable discharge as a Captain in 1968. He moved his family to Gainesville in 1970 to take a position at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. He took an early retirement due to medical issues. Despite these issues, Jack persevered with a dry sense of humor, an appreciation for symphonic music, historical non-fiction, and current events, and a devotion to his family and religion. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Donna Dotts; two children- Kim Dotts-Hoehnle (Carl ) and Jason Dotts ( Ranee ), and two grandchildren- Bobby Hoehnle and Jackson Marra-Dotts. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 826 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville with a dessert reception to follow. Jack loved his desserts ( and milk ). In Lieu of flowers, and to honor his love and appreciation for music, donations can be made to Jack’s memory to the Sidney Lanier Music Program, 312 NW 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL. 32601.

Frances Elizabeth Futch Stone

Frances Elizabeth Futch Stone, Our dear mother took her final journey to heaven on March 2, 2016, at age 85, after a short illness. Frances Elizabeth Futch Stone was born in Alachua, FL on August 25, 1930. She was one of three daughters of Dr. Irvin S. and Orabel Wynn Futch. She grew up in Dade City, FL and graduated from Florida State University and Radford University of VA . She was a school psychologist for several school districts in West Virginia and Virginia. Frances was a wonderful mother who adopted and raised three children, Thomas P Stone (Elkin, NC), Richard P Stone Jr (Gainesville, FL), and Mary Elizabeth Miller (Princeton, WV). She also leaves behind her sister Ruth Futch Hargrave, six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. A graveside remembrance service will be held at Antioch Baptist Church cemetery on Saturday, March 12, at 2 pm. If you wish, donations can be made in her memory to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home.

Mary Alice Hildebrand

Mary Alice Hildebrand, 81 of Gainesville, FL., passed away on March 9, 2016. She was born in Anthony, FL. on June 12, 1934 and was a graduate of P.K. Yonge. Mary lived in Sheboygan, WI for 24 years before moving back to Gainesville, FL. in 1984. She proudly served her country in the United States Marine Corps and also worked for Scotty’s for nine years, and also worked as a school bus driver for the Alachua County Public Schools for ten years, and Avis for seven years. She was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League, and was a Chaplain for several veteran’s organizations. Mary was also an active member of First Lutheran Church of Gainesville, FL. Mary was preceded in death by her son Charles Cybulski, two husbands and three of her brothers. Her survivors are her daughters, Theresa Snow and Heather Rindt, both of Sheboygan, WI., and Carolyn Sehmer of Florida, a son Mitchell Cybulski of Clermont, FL., a brother Emmett Dupree of Georgia, sisters Margaret Burroway of Edmond, OK., and Joyce Stinson of Gainesville, FL., 16 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Services will be April 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM at First Lutheran Church of Gainesville, FL., and Burial will be at the Kanapaha Cemetery in Gainesville, FL.

Henry Martin “Tripp” Chitty, III

Micanopy, Fl. Henry Martin Chitty III, \”Trip,\” age 58, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Shands @ University of FL. Trip was born in Gainesville, FL and was a lifelong resident of Wacahoota, FL. Trip was preceded in death by his parents Henry Martin Chitty, Jr. And Jeanette Zetrouer Chitty, owners of Star-Dust Ranch. Trip was proud of his family\’s heritage. He was very cultivative and worked on the family farm, taking pride in the registered Black Angus cattle. He enjoyed the luxuries in life and some of his most treasured pastimes included hunting, deep sea fishing, traveling, sunsets, body building and music. Trip knew no strangers and will be forever remembered by his loving fiancé, beloved daughter, and countless family and friends who were blessed to know him. Henry is survived by his fiancé, Lisa Lippert, of Wacahoota, FL and beloved daughter, Breanna Chitty, of Williston, FL. Family will welcome friends to celebrate the life of a wonderful man on Sunday March 13, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL. Funeral service will be held on Monday March 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Shiloh Cemetery.

Nash L. Brown

Nash L. “Larry” Brown, 93 of Gainesville, passed away on March 9, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center with his wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen, his Pastor and Wife at his side. Lt. Brown was a B-24 pilot in World War II, Korean War and a Vietnam Veteran. The last 15 years of his service were with the National Security Agency where he traveled all over the world gathering information. He had a break in service in 1950-1953 when he was a Police Officer for the Gainesville Police Department. He was called back to active duty during the Korean War in 1953. Following retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a Security Guard at the VA Hospital and retired after 13 years there. He leaves behind his loving wife, Mary Ellen Brown of Gainesville, Fl. and many dear friends and fellow veterans. Services will be Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 9:30 a.m at North Gainesville Baptist Church-6203 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL., with visitation at 9:00 a.m. Pastor Gary Manning officiating. Burial with be at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Honors.

Milton John Armistead

Milton John Armistead, 91 passed away peacefully March 13, 2016 at Emory L. Bennett State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, FL. Milton was born in Bourbon, Mississippi on June 10, 1924 to Iree Lucile Griffin and John Presnall Armistead, Jr. At a young age he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where Milton attended Crane High School. He entered military service on January 23, 1943 and was honorably discharged on April 1, 1946 He served in the 89th Infantry Division. One of his fond memories was of opening the car door for Lucille Ball and spending some time with her when she visited the troops. He served in France, England and Scotland. Milton received the American Theatre Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was very mechanically inclined and worked in Chicago for Link-Belt as an assembler for 45 cents an hour and also at Lincoln Schluder before entering the service. After the war he worked for Greyhound repairing their buses. Milton moved to Florida in the 1960’s where he had extended family. He worked at the University of Florida as an electrician for many years before poor eyesight forced his retirement. Milton is survived by his sister, Audrey L. Widick of Gainesville, FL, nephew Richard Widick of Chicago, Illinois, and niece Peggy Flaws of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, his uncle Byrd Griffin of Chiefland, FL, and his aunt Dell Carr of Gainesville, FL. He is also survived by many great nieces, nephews and cousins, including his cousin Dr. Bruce Stechmiller, his beloved physician. He is preceded in death by his parents John P. Armistead and Iree L. Griffin; one sister Mary Sobolik, and one brother Robert lane Armistead. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday March 21, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Chiefland Cemetery in Chiefland, FL.

Edward Winn Harpe

Edward Winn Harpe, age 90, of Gainesville, Florida passed away at his home on Saturday, February 27, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born September 9, 1925 in Statenville, Georgia to Reverend John & Lula Harpe. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Dorothy. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Carole of 17 years and her family who loved him as their dad & granddad and Ed’s 2 loving daughters Pam, her husband, Bill of Tampa, Fl. and Claudia; and their loving family members consisting of 5 grandchildren, Tricia, Cliff, Dawn & her husband, Tom, Shannon, Lindsey & her husband, Ryan; and 4 great grandchildren. Ed was a member of the First Christian Church of Lake Park, Georgia. He grew up & attended school in Georgia. He was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy & was stationed on the USS Natoma Bay Carrier in the South Pacific flying Hellcats. His strength was obvious early when the plane he flew was shot down in Lady Gulf& he survived 3 ½ days in the ocean before a Navy destroyer picked him up. That may be why he had no interest in going on a cruise! He was a partner in the Chrysler Dealership in Gainesville for 34 years until he retired in 2001. After retiring he served as a volunteer mediator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. He lovingly referred to it as the Eight Judicial Circuit Circus Court of Florida. He was a licensed pilot, a sustaining member of the UF President’s Council, Gainesville Golf & Country Club, East Side Garden Club, Past President of the Gainesville Automobile Dealers Association, member of Time Quality Dealers Association & belonged to the Tail Hook Association and the Decrepit Birdmen Club. He was, also, co-founder of the Shands For Kids Red Wagon Club. He will be remembered for being passionate about his loving family, and, also, by the many friends whose lives he touched. He loved taking his early morning walks & putting neighbor’s papers up by the doors. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel with the family receiving friends for one hour before. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Doris Lynch Watson

Doris Lynch Watson, 91 of Newberry, FL died peacefully at home in the presence of her family on February 29, 2016. Mrs. Watson was born in Haines City, FL on September 29, 1924 to Clovis Ione Farr and James Benjamin Lynch. She moved to Gainesville/Newberry area at the age of 8 where she has resided ever since. She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard “Shorty” Watson. Together they owned and operated Watson’s Hunting Preserve in Newberry from 1955-1963, and they owned and operated Happy Hour Billiards Room in Downtown Gainesville from 1968-2007. Mrs. Watson was also a retired school bus driver for Alachua County School District. Mrs. Watson is survived by her children Mary (Ron ) Adams, and J.L. (Janet) Watson, her grandchildren Chris (Lisa) Watson, Steve (Angel) Dixon, Denise (Clint) Walding, Bobby (Chenoa) Dixon, 9 great-grandchildren and 4 great great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice- Chiefland 311 NE 9th Street Chiefland, FL 32626. Graveside Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday March 5, 2016 at Newberry Cemetery in Newberry, FL.

Peggy Bradfield Williams

Peggy Bradfield Williams, age 89 and of Gainesville, Florida, died January 21, 2016, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. She plainly stated she wanted a brief obituary. Her children risk an eternal lecture from her by offering herein a few more words than she might have preferred. Mama Peg, as she was known in her family, was an inspiration to her children and a foundation of her family. Soon after marrying Robert J. Williams, Jr., in 1951, she left her teaching career to begin the challenging work of raising and managing a family. As her children and grandchildren married, she accepted those spouses into the family with love and considered them her own. Those who predeceased her include Robert, her husband of almost 54 years, her son (in-law), Jack Funderburk, and her life-long best friend and sister-in-life, Mary Elizabeth Tillman. Those left to be saddened by her death but laughing with their memories include her children, Kathryn Ann Williams Funderburk of Navarre, Florida; Robert Lee & Cheryll Lynn Williams of Gainesville; and John Michael Williams of Gainesville; her grandchildren, Diane & Marc Gagnon of Gainesville; Jason Anthony Funderburk of San Antonio, Texas; Robert Scottley & Hannah Williams of St Augustine; and Kendra & Bill Booth of Navarre, Florida; and her great-grandsons – David Gagnon, John Booth, Nathan Booth and Michael Gagnon. Like most mothers, Mama Peg had many ‘momisms’ she would repeat time and again for us to incorporate into our lives. We are left with many of those but offer now the one where she said “You’ll miss me when I’m gone.” And with that, she proved herself correct once again. The family and Mama Peg requested no service so none will be held. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family requests you consider a donation in her memory to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Gussie Fowler Raum

Gussie Fowler Raum, age 87 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Tuesday February 16, 2016. Gussie was the youngest of four children born to Dovie Hart Fowler and Gussie Fowler in Newberry, FL on February 22, 1928. She was born just 21 days after the death of her father Gussie Fowler, who contracted tuberculosis in World War I, where he served in Europe. She was a homemaker most of her adult life and worked in occupations such as a seamstress in her earlier years. She enjoyed making needlepoint art, and sewing gifts for friends. Gussie was a Christian and member of Countryside Baptist Church. She had a quick wit and enjoyed sharing humorous stories with anyone she met. Gussie never met a stranger and loved to travel, once introducing herself to Alan Jackson; on his bus. She resided at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, FL, recovering from illness at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Arthur Lee Fowler and Joseph Fowler, and her sister Mary Frances Fowler Bass. She is survived by her son Charles Ratliff and his wife Marie Diann Ratliff of Gainesville, daughter Patricia Stevens and her husband Jim Stevens of Naples, FL, her son Fred McClellan of CO, granddaughters Catherine Ratliff of CO, Monica Rice and her husband Darren and three great grandchildren Rhian, Allen, and Shane all of Libby, MO, a grandson Dale Allen Holt, she is also survived by and extended family of nieces and nephews in the Trenton, Newberry and Gainesville area, and a new family of friends at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday February 19, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry, with Rev. Bill Keith and Rev Gene Keith officiating. There will be a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Newberry Cemetery.

Joyce Horne

Joyce Horne, age 85, passed away on February 15th, 2016 after a long illness. Joyce was raised in Dade City, FL and moved to Gainesville in 1952. She was a long time member of the sorority, Beta Lambda and University City Church of Christ. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Don T. Horne and her son, Ty Horne. She is survived by her daughter, Valarie Palomba (Nick) and granddaughters Ashley and Leah as well as a sister, Mary Rosier and brother, William Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606.

Alan Lance Milam

Alan Lance Milam, 54, of Gainesville, FL passed away February 6, 2016 at his home in Gainesville, FL. Alan was born September 6, 1961 in Gainesville to Kenneth and Donna Milam of Gainesville, FL. He attended Buchholz High School and Santa Fe Community College, where he received certification to practice air conditioning repairs, service, and installations. Alan worked in the Air conditioning field for the last 20 years, until his death recently. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years, getting his training in Illinois, Oklahoma, and Tampa, FL. Alan liked to spend spare time watching Gator Sports on TV with his close friends. Alan is survived by his son, Eric James of Gainesville; parents Kenneth and Donna of Gainesville; brother Dennis (Lisa) and nephew Joshua Thomas of Tampa; and brother Trace (Tammy) and niece Abigail Madison of Jacksonville. A memorial service will be held at a later date for family and close friends.

Betty Jane Williams Kinchen

Betty Jane Williams Kinchen, was born January 25, 1927 in Columbia City, Florida to Charley and Jessie Johnson Williams, a multi-generational Florida Cracker family. She joined her loved ones in heaven on February 17, 2016 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her husband Ira D. Kinchen, sister, Mary W. Barber and her husband Talmadge Barber, and brother Arrie Williams. She was employed with the College of Medicine at UF, Florida Farm Bureau and retired from the UF Foundation. She was an active member at North Central Baptist Church and Northwest Baptist Church. She enjoyed all facets of church life, including Clowning during book fares and directing weddings. As part of her Florida heritage, she volunteered to make hoe cakes at the Museum of Natural History Old Pioneer Days. She taught many how to make pine cone wreaths at the Morningside Nature Center. As a member of the Gainesville Clown Club she was known as “Buttons” and brought many smiles to children at Shands Hospital and in nursing homes. She is survived by her beloved husband’s children, Beverly Kinchen Jones (Jack), Denise Kinchen Bradt, and Karen Kilgore, who she lovingly referred to as her other daughter. Grandchildren, Heather Smith Shearon (Mason) and Lucas Smith; Mindy (Chad) Cady and Great Grandchildren, Reed and Wyatt Shearon; Madison and Kendall Cady, as well as many family members and friends. Many thanks to all the staff at Haven Hospice for their loving, gentle care. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606 or Northwest Baptist Church 5514 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at Northwest Baptist Church with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows Central.

Velma Gibble Summerall

Velma Gibble Summerall was 92 years young when she went peacefully to the Lord on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 surrounded by her daughters and son-in-law. Velma was born in Mastersonville, Pennsylvania on May 14, 1923 to the late David and Sallie Douple Gibble and had lived in Gainesville for the past 56 years. She retired from the Department of Surgery, Shands Teaching Hospital to take care of her husband after he fell ill. She was a long-time member of North Central Baptist Church which became her second family after her husband passed away. She found great joy and comfort in the outdoors and spending time with family. She thought it was therapeutic to hang wash on the clothes line instead of using the dryer; and often in the afternoons you could find her outside watering her many flowers or taking her dog, Susie, for a walk. She also enjoyed cross-stitching, reading and traveling to Pennsylvania and Iowa to visit family. She is survived by her two loving and devoted daughters, Debbie (Keith) Hultgren and Kim Summerall; her grandsons Stephen (Cassandra) Hultgren and Scott (Amanda) Hultgren; five great grandsons, John, Garrett, Thomas, Jameson, and Harrison; a niece, Lura Rixman and nephew Jerry Poff; and her great nieces, Demie Adams, Kelly Salzmann, and Angie Mahoney. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Everette Burson Summerall, two older brothers Clarence and Roy Gibble and a sister, Mildred Poff. The family will receive friends from 10-11am on Monday, February 22, 2016 at North Central Baptist Church, 8001 NW 23rd AVE, Gainesville, FL 32606, with the funeral service to follow at 11 o’clock. Burial will take place in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell privately. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Velma’s name to North Central Baptist Church.

Mamie Pons Johns

Mamie Pons Johns, 67 of Gainesville passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2016 following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sister. She was a lifetime resident of Gainesville. She is survived by her daughter, Alice Hymel, sons, Daniel Butler and Jeremiah Johns, 6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren. Family and Friends will meet for services Graveside on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM and Viewing one hour prior to the service at Providence Cemetery at Windsor. The Family will receive friends at the Church of God on Hawthorne Road immediately after the services.

Robert Haslett McCollough, M.D.

Robert “Bob” Haslett McCollough, M.D., age 79 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Robert was born in Atlanta, GA on December 12, 1936 to Robert Walter McCollough and Ruth Elizabeth Wellborn. In 1946, the McCollough Family moved to Ft. Myers, FL where Bob eventually became the president of his high school student body and the Key Club. He attended the University of Florida 1954-1958, and then attended the University Of Florida College Of Medicine 1958-1962. While in medical school, Bob was elected to AOA Honor Medical Society and received the John B. Gorrie Award which is awarded each year to the graduating medical student having the best all-round promise for becoming a physician of the highest type. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine 1962-1963 at Shands Teaching Hospital. Bob served in the United States Public Health Service in Communicable Disease Center, stationed in Kansas City, Kansas 1963-1965, where he ran and completed a large study of children involving the booster effect of Sabin polio vaccine in children previously vaccinated with Salk polio vaccine. He did his residency in Internal medicine 1965-1967 on the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital. Third year residency 1967-1968 in endocrinology and cardiology at Shands Teaching Hospital under W.C. Thomas, Jr. M.D. and W. Jape Taylor, M.D. Dr. McCollough entered private practice 1968 in Gainesville with his colleagues and friends Drs. Andrews, Cunningham and Dace; forming the Gainesville Medical Group, practicing at Alachua General Hospital. The GMG was instrumental in attracting Hospital Corporation of America to build a hospital in Gainesville, which led to the surrounding North Florida Regional physicians’ office park. Dr. McCollough was president of the Florida Diabetes Association in 1973 and served as Chief of Staff at NFRMC 1976. He was board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism; Internal Medicine; and Hospice and Palliative Care. He was recognized as an accomplished clinician and educator; practicing for 45 years, the last 15 of which were with Haven Hospice. His interest in philosophy led him to hospice work, and to become a Hospice Medical Director. He was affectionately known as “Dr. Bob” by the hospice staff, his patients, and their families. Dr. Bob was loved by all for providing compassionate care with gentleness and respect. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Nancy L. McCollough and four children- Dr. Mark McCollough (Robin), Dr. Linda McCollough, Cynthia Thibault (Mike) and Erin Sellers (John). He loved his children and grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments. Mark is a Radiation Oncologist, Linda a Veterinarian, Cynthia a Jeweler, and Erin a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He had 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Jane Elizabeth McCollough. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday March 6, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606 or to a church or charity of your choice. Bob and his family were especially grateful for the love and compassion provided to them by Bob’s Haven Hospice Family.

Nelda Gray

Nelda Gray passed away peacefully in her home Monday, February 22, 2016 after a long strenuous battle with cancer. Nelda and her family moved to Gainesville in 1977 where she was a hair stylist to many residents in Alachua County. Nelda was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She always made it a point to put a smile on every face she encountered. Her love for her family and friends was abundant and pure. Just as the love and admiration we have for her, which will forever be in our hearts. Nelda is survived by her husband of 41 years, Wayne Gray, her son Pat Farmer, daughter in law, Kala Farmer, Stepson Wayne Shipes, her beloved grandchildren, Kimberly Farmer Miller (Joey Miller), Pat Farmer Jr., Cameron Farmer, and Trace McMillan. Great Grandchildren, Rayna Miller, Waylon Miller, Maisyn Miller and Logan McMillan, as well as several nieces and nephews. Nelda was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was a truly a “Cut” above the rest and will be extremely missed by all. Visitation Services will be Thursday, February 25,2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Milam Chapel and Funeral Services will be Friday , February 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Milam Chapel and burial will follow at Forest Meadows East Cemetery.

Matthew F. Svajgert

Matthew F. Svajgert passed away February 10, 2016. He was born August 25, 1941 in Cadjavica, Croatia. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Ana Svajgert, his brother Jim Svajgert and sister Rose Roscoe. He is survived by his wife of forty-five years Patricia, sister Cathy Radanovich, daughters Rebecca Svajgert (Steve Maxwell) Kimberly Miller (Peter), grand-children Ryleigh and Abigail Maxwell, and Jacob and Sarah Miller and many other nieces and nephews. Matthew moved to Pittsburgh, Pa at a young age, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and later went to work in the Steel Mills before meeting his wife and starting a family and moving to Bradenton and later Gainesville. He loved sports especially the Steelers, Pirates and the Florida Gators He worked for HCA Hospital including North Florida Regional as an x-ray tech for over thirty-years. He loved his family and working outside in his yard. There will be a visitation at St. Madeline Catholic Church at 17155 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs Fl. from 10:30 to 11:30 on Saturday February 13 with funeral mass to follow. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the Santa Fe Shrine of our Lady of La Leche at St. Madeline’s Catholic Church.

Mary Gail Cribbs

Mary Gail Cribbs, age 80, died Thursday February 11, 2016 at E.T. York Care Center. She was born and raised in Monticello, Florida, Her parents were Charles A and Lottie Wimberly Noegel. She graduated from Jefferson County High School and attended the University of Florida and graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital Nursing Program with an R.N. Degree. She was a nurse at Alachua General Hospital for forty-five years, where she served in Obstetrics as Head nurse in labor and delivery. Later she became Patient Care Coordinator for AGH. She was awarded a plaque at her retirement for assisting with 22,000 births in her time at AGH. Mary Gail enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling and was well known for her cooking skills, Mary Gail and her husband Don were involved in the Gainesville Elks Lodge No. 990, and she was a member of the Covenant Church of Gainesville. Mary Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. and Lottie Wimberly Noegel, her husband, Don R. Cribbs, son, Robert Bryant Cribbs, brother, Charles T. Noegel. She is survived by her brother, Larry E. Noegel ( Helen Ann ), of Alachua, FL., Sister-in-law, Lucille Noegel, Panacea, FL., nephews, Taylor, David and Todd Noegel and niece Amy Cahoon. Seven great nieces and nephews. And Special Caregivers, Shirley Ostrander & Terry Thompson. Burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a contribution to Covenant Church, 3115 N.W. 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL. 32605.

William Joseph Coughlin, Jr.

William Joseph Coughlin, Jr., 64, passed away on Saturday, January 23rd, in High Springs, Florida. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 21, 1951, to parents William Joseph Coughlin, and Mary Newell Coughlin, the first of seven children. Following high school, Bill served in the United States Navy for six years on a nuclear submarine. After the Navy, Bill attended the University of Florida where he earned a masters degree in Nuclear Engineering. In Gainesville, Bill met the love of his life, his wife Donna. They later moved to High Springs, Florida, where they raised their children. Bill served as City Commissioner and Mayor of High Springs for many years. He enjoyed fishing, soccer, tennis, and playing the guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. Bill is survived by his wife, Donna Coughlin, three children, Megan Coughlin, Kelly Coughlin, and Joseph Reid, parents, and six siblings. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church, 17155 NW US Highway 441, High Springs, FL, 32643, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the church Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church.

Becki Brown “BeeBee” Tillman

Becki Brown “BeeBee” Tillman passed away on Tuesday 1/19/2016 at her home in Palm Coast FL. She was born in Gainesville FL on January 27th 1955. She lived in Gainesville FL until 1996 when she moved to Palm Coast FL. She was a Paralegal for Flagler County County Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2012 and previously was a Paralegal for Southern Legal Counsel from 1985 to 1996. She was an avid outdoor enthusiast. She loved camping with her family and especially grandchildren. Becki was passionate about her Gators, and loved football especially college. Becki is survived by her sons Brent Tillman and Derek (Misty) Tillman; grandsons Tyler, Caiden, and CJ Tillman; granddaughters Dominique, Kassidi, and Taylor Tillman; brothers Calvin and Al Brown; sister Ann (Reed) Franklin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Sidney Eugene Brown and Jane Rosier Wall. There will be a Memorial Service held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Immediately following the service there will be a family and friends gathering.

Daniel Brent Williams

Daniel Brent Williams passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23rd at the E.T. York Care Center at Haven Hospice after a long and courageous battle with ALS. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Naomi, his daughters Catherine Nilon (John) and Jarett Forkner (Jared), his grandchildren Jack and Jane, sisters Macie White and Amanda Mae Sargent, and several nieces and nephews. Born December 2nd, 1951, Brent spent the majority of his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida. He moved to Gainesville in 1969 to attend the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcasting, followed by a Masters degree in Journalism and Communications. After college, Brent worked for WUFT-TV Channel 5 and WUFT-FM Classic 89 and Nature Coast 90, Gainesville’s public television and radio stations. During his 37-year career, Brent served most of his time as the Director of Development and Community Relations. His primary roles and responsibilities were focused around fundraising, where he put his gregarious personality and distinctive voice to good use during on-air pledge drives. He was also instrumental in the success of membership renewals, corporate support and planned giving commitments for the stations. Brent retired in 2011 from public broadcasting, having devoted himself to the industry for over three decades. In 1989 Brent was introduced to the world of Rotary International, the largest service organization in the world, and a new passion began. He rose through the ranks of leadership by holding numerous positions at the local, district, national and international levels. Some of those positions included Club President of the Rotary Club of Gainesville (2002-2003), Governor of Rotary International for District 6970 (2006-2007), and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (2010-2013). He also served as a member of the Fund Development Committee of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, Representative to the Council on Legislation, Rotary International Director Nominating Committee, as well as Training Leader and Future Vision Trainer at both the 2012 and 2013 International Assembly, preparing incoming District Governors around the world for their responsibilities during the coming year. Among the many awards and accolades Brent received throughout his professional and Rotary career, two that he was especially proud of were the E.T. and Vam York Service Above Self Award presented by the Rotary Club of Gainesville, and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Brent was a loving husband, a wonderful father, a caring brother and a loyal friend. He truly embodied Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, through his volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others. In his free time he enjoyed traveling, Gator sports (particularly volleyball), playing golf, exploring national parks, working in the yard, and meeting his friends each week for Sunday morning breakfast at 43rd Street Deli. While it is impossible to sum up the magnitude of this incredible man, simply put, he loved and was loved abundantly. He touched so many lives and left a lasting impact on everyone he knew. The Williams family would like to thank the staffs of Comfort Keepers and Haven Hospice for their compassionate and sincere care. Betty Taylor, you helped make the unbearable bearable, and we’re forever grateful for your kindness and service. We also wish to thank Brent’s army of friends who through their love and dedication made sure that his positive attitude, infectious personality, and his gentle spirit never changed despite the challenges he faced. You are the most incredibly kind and big-hearted group of people we have ever known, and we love you. A celebration of life will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32607, on Thursday, February 11th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to: The PDG D. Brent and Naomi R. Williams Endowment Fund (Gift ID: E11168) Checks should include the Gift ID# and mailed to: Karena Bierman, Gift Planning The Rotary Foundation 1560 Sherman Avenue Evanston, IL 60201

William “Chris” Hord

William “Chris” Hord, 67 of Hawthorne passed away on January 24, 2016. Mr. Hord was born on May 24, 1948 in Gainesville, FL. and a lifelong resident of the area. Chris served in the US Marines and worked for 25 years as a Detective for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. He loved his work, was an avid fisherman, but his family brought him the most enjoyment in life. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Groves Hord, of Hawthorne, FL, a son James Harvey Hord III, of San Diego, CA, a sister, Nancy Pearle Hord of Hendersonville, NC, brothers James Harvey Hord Jr. of Texas, Richard (Ann) Hord of Gainesville, two grandchildren, Gabriel and Lauren, several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Jan.28, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Milam’s Chapel in Gainesville, FL., and visitation will be one hour prior at the chapel.

Henry Lafayette “Harry” Dorman

Henry Lafayette “Harry” Dorman, age 90, died on January 24, 2016 in Fort Valley, Georgia. A third-generation Gainesville native, he was born on February 21, 1925, and lived in Gainesville for 87 years. Those who knew and loved him will always remember his happy disposition and his mischievous sense of humor. Harry is pre-deceased by: his wife of over 50 years, Martha Cobb Dorman; his parents, Robert Edgar Dorman and Mary Ellen Beville Dorman; his brother, Robert Wilbur Dorman; his sister, Mary Ellen Dorman Monroe; and his son, Henry Steven Dorman (Gina) of Fruitville Heights, UT. He is survived by: his children, Connie Clemente (John) of Houston, TX, Evelyn Dorman of Gainesville, FL, Robert Dorman (Joyce) of Augusta, GA, Mary Jewell Dorman (Richard Diaz) of Tampa, FL, and Sandra Brey (Paul) of Chapel Hill, NC; his grandchildren, Joe Clemente, Charlie Clemente, Kim Clemente, Daniel Dorman, David Dorman, Michael Dorman, Diana Dorman Mintz, Sarah Dorman, Ricky Diaz, Katie Brey and Jewell Brey; his 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Harry graduated from P.K. Yonge and attended the University of Florida. He was proud to have served as a B-17 Bomber pilot in World War II in the US Army Air Force. He worked in construction for decades, and was a skilled artisan in tile setting. Harry’s interests included model rail roads, wood working, puzzle solving, magic tricks, and studying the Bible. His last 14 years were spent with his second wife and companion Sarah Griffin. Harry’s family is very grateful for the loving care provided to him in his later years by his daughter Evelyn and Sarah’s daughter Carla Link Valle and son-in-law Oz Valle. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with military honors. For those who wish, memorials tributes may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Gloria Johns

GLORIA JOHNS, 69 passed away on January 30, 2016, surrounded by her family. Gloria was born in Bald Knob, Arkansas and moved to McIntosh, Florida as a young girl, she graduated from North Marion High School in 1964. Gloria was an active member of Antioch Baptist Church in LaCrosse, Florida, and was passionately involved in Operation Christmas Child. She loved to sing and led the Antioch Choir for many years. Whether teaching children in her kindergarten classroom or cross-stitching, quilting, or sewing a gift for someone- Gloria’s hands were never idle. She established the first ovarian cancer support group in Gainesville and was a spokesperson for cyber knife radiation treatment for Medicare Patients. Gloria is survived by her husband of 47 years, Brice Johns, her children Jay Johns, Kimberly Kraft, and Brian Johns; her mother Eleanor Jones, her brothers Allen, Larry, and David Jones; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul Jones. In lieu of flowers, Gloria has requested a donation to Operation Christmas Child in care of Antioch Baptist Church, 3612 NW 177th Ave. Gainesville, FL. 32609. Funeral Services will be held February 4, 2016, at 11:00 am at Antioch Baptist Church.

Dr. David Wylie Gibson

Dr. David Wylie Gibson, age 71, of Evinston, FL passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Gainesville, FL after a long battle with ALS. Dave was born in Youngstown, OH on October 5, 1944 to H. Donald and Josephine Wallace Gibson. He grew up in New Bedford, PA and was a longtime resident of Gainesville, Florida, having moved to Gainesville in 1974 from West Palm Beach, and residing in nearby Evinston, FL since 1980. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Betty Fitch Gibson, daughter Amy (Ryan) Lovelady, son Evin Gibson, son William (Katherine Sayler) Gibson, grandson Landon Lovelady, and brothers Bruce (Ligia) and Robert (Johanna) Gibson and many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews. David was an avid musician, academician and active member of McIntosh UMC and Evinston UMC. He began his academic career at the University of Cincinnati where he received a BS in Civil Engineering, and continued learning through earning a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama. He taught at Palm Beach Junior College and joined the University of Florida faculty in 1974, where he was integral to the establishment of the Geomatics program and provided significant contributions nationally to that field. He remained at UF as a member of the faculty for 40 years where he retired in 2008 as a Professor Emeritus in Geomatics, but continued his love for teaching until 2014, and was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of performing research as a visiting research scholar in 2012 at Ecole Superieure des Geometres et Topographes (ESGT) in Le Mans, France. His spirit and zest for life carried him through all of his endeavors even until the end. He had the “Gibson” eyes and a beautiful smile. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Evinston United Methodist Church (8505 SE 182 Ave., Micanopy). The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please contribute to Evinston UMC (PO Box 344, Evinston, FL 32633) or McIntosh UMC (PO Box 689, McIntosh, FL 32664).

Billy Joe Mullen

Obituary for Billy Joe Mullen On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 8:10 am Billy Joe Mullen, born April 14, 1945 in Newport News, VA, passed away at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. He was surrounded by his family in laughter as he sailed for the adventure of a life time. Bill, “Moon” as he was known to his close friends, was a Warwick High School graduate of the class of 1963. In 1963 he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and had an active, decorated, military career moving from the U. S. Marine Corps, to the U. S. Navy, and finally retiring from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1986. He then went on to work for the U. S. Postal Service and retired in 1999. In March of 1983 he was “Raised” as a Free Mason in Summerville, SC and reached the level of 32nd degree Free Mason in 2005 in Ocala, FL. On November 17, 1967 he met the love of his life, Lillian A. Slattery. After only dating for 3 months they married on February 2, 1968. He was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints in Williston, FL. Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lillian A. Mullen of Williston, FL., his daughters Kym Hodges; son in law Chris Hodges, of Gainesville, FL., Jaimee A. Mullen of Myrtle Beach, S. C., his son, Dain D. Mullen of Williston, FL., his grandchildren Kaley A. Dalton, Connor T. Dalton, and Joshua Hodges of Gainesville, FL., his sister Nancy P. Bearor; brother in law Paul E. Bearor, of Newport News, VA., and nieces and nephews Jessica Bearor Decker; daughter Molly Paige Decker, Keith Campbell, Stacy Maddox; children Jade, Jacob, and Jace Maddox, Harlee Campbell, Matthew Lynn, Mal Lynn, Chelsee Lynn, and Michele Gonzalez. Bill’s celebration of life will take place The Church of Latter-day Saints 10600 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607 Monday, February 8, 2016 Viewing at 10:00 am Service at 11:00 am We will then proceed to the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL where at 2:00 pm he will receive Full Military and Free Mason Honors. There will be a wonderful Celebrate Reception to conclude the day’s event at: The home of Lillian Mullen 204 SE 8th Ave., Williston, FL 32696 5:00 – 7:30 pm Condolences may be sent to the following address: http://milamfh.com/condolences/ Charitable gifts be made to Haven Hospice “in lieu of flowers” or “in addition to flowers,” for E.T.York Haven Hospice at the following link: http://www.havenhospice.org/honor-and-memorial-gifts.aspx Billy Mullen Memorial hotel guests: (please use this when calling) Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd |Gainesville, FL 32606 Individuals must call the hotel directly at 352-331-3336 or 1-877-464-2378 to make their own reservations. Please have your guest mention group block name Billy Mullen Memorial to get that rate. A credit or debit card is required at time of booking to guarantee reservation. Rates will be held until 02/01/2016 at which time any unreserved rooms will be released for general sale. Please call before this cut-off date above. Guest rooms reserved after this date are subject to availability and available rates only Standard Double Room – Our Standard double room includes 2 double size beds with a microwave and mini-fridge – $109.00 King Standard Room – Our King rooms include 1 king size bed, a wet bar with a microwave and mini-fridge, and a pull-out sofa. – $109.00

Bryan Williams “Jack” Jones

Bryan William “Jack” Jones, 90 of Newberry, FL went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 15, 2016. Jack was born on August 11, 1925 in Jackson, Mississippi to Robert and Lottie Mae Jones. He was the eighth child of 22 children; Ethel, Robert Andrew, Ralph Victor, Thurman Paul, James Gordon, Malcom Ray “Mack”, Harold Lloyd “Cecil”, Phillip Benard “Bill”, Lemuel Thomas “Tom”, Viola, Leola, Mary, Ruth, Ruby, Enoch Travis “Sonny”, Gerald Lee, Lowry Matthews, Sandra, Betty, Hazel and Ronnie Lee. Jack retired from Florida Rock as a diesel mechanic in 1988. In his earlier career he worked for the City Bus Company with Mr. Woodrow Shaw. He also worked for Florida Fryers. He later owned and operated Jones Service Center in Gainesville which was located on the corner of 6th Street and N.W. 23rd Avenue. Jack was a Christian and loved the Lord with all his heart. He eagerly shared the Gospel and all of the things the Lord had done for him with everyone he met. He was a member of Bronson Road Church. He was a dedicated father and Papa. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, farming and spending time with his family. He is survived by his son Michael Bryan Jones (Susan) of Newberry and his daughter Jeanneen Cannon (Darryl) of Newberry and six grandchildren, Bryan, Lance, Lauren, Chase, Mike, and Rachel and eight great grandchildren, Alyssa, Bailee, Aaron, Kilee, Brantlee, Garrett, Luke & Chase Jr. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Bronson Road Church, 13830 N.E. 80th Avenue, Newberry, Florida 32669. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Bronson Road Church, 13830 N.E. 80th Avenue, Newberry, Florida 32669.

Barbara Joyce Bullock Peters

Barbara Joyce Bullock Peters of Melrose, Florida went to be with the Lord January 13, 2016. She was the daughter of Victor Vernon and Margaret Ellen Bullock. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana May 4, 1936. She proudly served in the Air Force during the Korean war. She also liked to travel internationally, especially to England. She was a Certified Operating Room Technician for most of her life and worked at North Broward, North Ridge and North Florida as well as in private practice with Drs. Beam and Cerino of Pompano Beach. She loved to sew, crochet and knit. Her dogs were a huge part of her life the last 20 years, Mutley, Shadow, Max and Charlie. She was the mother of four daughters, Susan Richards, Darlene Peters, Jennifer Doukas and Teresa Peters. She was also grandmother to Sandy Peters, Nicole and Danielle Napolitano, Marky Durham, Jamie Cascio, Kelli and Shannon Richards, Anthony and Christopher Doukas, Lauren Buss, and Edwardo Percival. She had three great grandchildren Ayson and Ryann Cascio and Myles Durham. She is preceded in death by her parents, youngest daughter, Teresa and grandson, Christopher. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a second service, honoring her military service, held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday January 23, 2016 at AM VETS 6685 Brooklyn Bay Road Keystone Heights, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Special Olympics Florida 1915 Don Wickham Drive Clermont, FL 34711 https://donate.specialolympics.org/secure/most-meaningful-gift?desig=FL109.

Antoinette C Boccardy

Antoinette C. Boccardy, in the morning hours of Friday, January the 8t, passed away at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. She was 83 years old. Her beloved husband of 59 years was at her side. She was born on February 19th, 1932 in Athol, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Vincent James DeSantis and Judita DeSantis. She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Boccardy, Sr., three sons; Joseph, Vincent, and Michael Boccardy. Her surviving grandchildren are Isabella Marie, Sophia Antionette, August Outlaw, Cecilia, and Teo Boccardy. Other grandchildren include Isabella, Nikolas, and Preston Cutillo. Mothers include Morgan Ivey Price, Courtney Cutillo. Surviving siblings are Dominic DeSantis, Angie Kane, and Joan Newton. She was preceded in death by three sisters; Mary Koroblis, Carmela Nacca, and Anna Bryson. She was an active member of Holy Faith Catholic Church. She was a beloved wife, home maker, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, and neighbor. Her home was the hub of activity in the neighborhood, as the joke was always that “she needed to install a revolving door in her house, because there was always someone coming and someone going”. Her kitchen was the heart of that hub, as she was always cooking, and no one ever went away hungry. Friends and neighbors would regularly come over to have a cup of coffee, and no one friend will miss her more than either of her best friends, Mary Cade, Doris Perry, or Orva Kauffman. Her extended family gathered often at her home on holidays so that all of them could gather and celebrate the joys of such a large, Italian household, eat her antipasta, her famous manicotti, and savor the smells of her home baked bread. Just two years ago, she managed to successfully pull off a Thanksgiving meal, at 82 years old, feeding 54 people from multiple states. She adored her family, and would show it through her food. For years, she was an active member of the regional Studebaker Club, and made several trips across the country to national Studebaker conventions, assisting with the logistics of the trips, and being a companion to her friends along the way. Photo album after photo album are filled with pictures of friends, antique cars, and memories from almost every state in the nation. She attended church every Sunday, and every day of observance. She was well known in Holy Faith Church, and her faith in God was unbreakable until her last breath. She is with her Lord in heaven now. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. We will all miss you, “Mimi”, “Toni”, “Mom”…. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 16th at 9 a.m. at Holy Faith Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 4-7 pm at the Milam Family Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville Florida. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol, Mass. on the following Saturday, January 23rd.

Frances G Cherry

Frances G. Cherry, 82 of Horseshoe Beach, Florida passed away at Shands at UF on November 25, 2015 with her family by her side. Mrs. Cherry was born in Centre, Alabama on October 5, 1933 and resided in Dixie County for many years. She was a City Clerk for the City of Horseshoe Beach for several years and helped with the family business, Cherry’s Marina for 60 years in Horseshoe Beach, FL. Frances loved to cook, but her family brought her the most enjoyment in life. She is survived by her daughter, Jean ( Jim ) Frankland of Bell, FL., 4 Sons, Calvin (Susan) Cherry of Bell, FL., Arthur Day Cherry Jr. of Horseshoe Beach, FL., William D. (Sally) Cherry of Horseshoe Beach, FL., John A. Cherry of Horseshoe Beach, FL., a brother Billy Darryl Walker of Horseshoe Beach, FL.., 7 grandchildren, Shawana Cherry, Shelly Cherry, Jason Frankland, Joshua Frankland, Daniel Cherry, 18 great grandchildren. She was preceded In death by her parents Willie and Myrtis Walker and her husband, Arthur Day Cherry Sr. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 6-8 PM at Milam Funeral Home-22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida and a graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach, FL.

Geraldine Falkner Douglas

Geraldine Falkner Douglas passed away on Friday, November 27, 2015, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. Geraldine was born to Henry Reed and Clara Clark Falkner in the Clark ancestral home at Ellisville, Columbia County, Florida. Her long held belief was that age was irrelevant and therefore she preferred to leave age out of all things. Geraldine was fortunate to have been raised on the family farm and during her early years of life had the privilege of having her grandfather and grandmother, Oscar and Ida Bailey Clark live with her family. As a child, Geraldine enjoyed listening to her grandmother read classic literature aloud and acquired early entrepreneurial skills watching her manage a small business. She had many fond memories of being raised in a loving and close family and benefited from the relationships of her large extended family. Upon graduating from high school, Geraldine attended Florid State College for Women where she was a music major. After deciding music wasn’t her forte, and knowing she was no farm girl, she moved to Gainesville and began city life. Shortly after arriving in Gainesville, Geraldine was introduced to a local Army Air Corps veteran, Jerry E. Douglas. According to all accounts, he swept her off her feet and they were married after a short courtship. A daughter, Pam, and a son, Jerry, soon followed. Geraldine was an excellent seamstress and took pride in making her own clothes and those of her young children. She continued making clothes for her and her daughter for many years and later enjoyed applying the newest sewing methods in making clothes for her young grandchildren. After a career of more than 25 years in the savings and loan industry Geraldine retired and pursued her entrepreneurial dreams. After extensive studies and research, Geraldine established the first day spa in Gainesville which she always referred to lovingly as “my little store”. She was a trail blazer in the industry and successfully managed the business for many years. Geraldine based her business on the principals of continuing education, service to others and personal integrity. Being an active and lifelong supporter of the community, Geraldine practiced her belief that service to the community was of paramount importance. Geraldine always focused on the positive in people as well as in situations and conducted her life according to her father’s advice, “Do your best in all things, never lower your standards, and be true to yourself and others”. Geraldine was admired in the community as a dignified and gracious lady with perfectly coiffed hair, impeccably dressed, who was never in a hurry and marched to the beat of her own drum. After the death of her husband of 65 years and the closing of her business, Geraldine filled her days educating herself and others on the benefits of proper nutrition and personal wellness. She will be greatly missed by her children; daughter, Pam Latsko (Carl), son, Jerry; grandchildren, Rief Lee, Robyn Lee, and Kevin Lee; great grandchildren, Seth Giles, Morgan Giles and Olivia Lee; brothers, Charles Falkner (Helen), Ralph Falkner (Shirley); and her “little friend”, Sugar. Geraldine was laid to rest in the family ancestral cemetery at Old Providence Baptist Church in Columbia County, December 9, 2015. The family wishes to thank the wonderful people of Haven Hospice for the excellent care provided for Geraldine and for their thoughtful and compassionate support and guidance for the family members. Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4900 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, Florida, 32606, or online at havenhopice.org.

Elizabeth A. Kilby

LTC USAF Elizabeth A. Kilby was born in Ash County, North Carolina on 1/16/1932 and died 11/30/2015. Libby is survived by lifelong friend, Terry Emma. She is also survived by brothers, Thomas C. Kilby and his wife Shirley and Bill S. Kilby and his wife Bereta, and by many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Rosco and Eula Kilby, sisters Beatrice Grace Short, Delra F. Mitcham, and Mabel D. Kilby. She had many friends in High Springs, Alachua and Homestead, Florida and a very special friend in High Springs, Margie Heron. June 19, 1948 graduated Bel-Air High School, Maryland. January 1949 she was in the Alpha Iota Sorority, Goldey Commercial College, Delaware. April 1950 enlisted in the United States Air Force. January 1957 Class 1957-B, Officer Candidate School, San Antonio, Texas. June 1957 commissioned Second Lieutenant, San Antonio, Texas. When promoted to Captain she was a Squadron Commander of the Seventh Squadron. After that assignment, she went from active duty to active reserve. In March 1961 she started with the Interstate Commerce Commission and eventually became their first female agent. After over thirty years of military service, both overseas and stateside, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel USAF. The family would like to thank Dr. Quillen of Shands Hospital, E. T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville and Plantation Oaks Memory Unit staff in High Springs for their compassion and excellent care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to E. T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Plantation Oaks Memory Unit, High Springs, or Wounded Warriors. Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, Fl. In memory of Libby please wear casual attire or the colors of your favorite team.

William N Barry

William N. Barry, Jr. died on December 1 , 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was 96 years old. Mr. Barry was born on June 17, 1919 in Newberry, Florida to William N. Barry, Sr. and Ouida Jones Barry. His father was pharmacist and farmer while his mother was a homemaker. Mr. Barry was a graduate of Newberry High School and then attended Emory University in Valdosta, Georgia. Mr. Barry’s university life was interrupted with the onset of World War II. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1942 through 1946. Mr. Barry was an infantryman and served in the Pacific Theater. He participated in the Philippines campaign and was with the Korean Occupational Army at the conclusion of the war. Mr. Barry served his country with bravery and courage. Upon returning home to Newberry at the conclusion of the war Mr. Barry enrolled in the University of Florida where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the School of Pharmacy. Rather than practicing as a pharmacist Mr. Barry joined with his family in the farming and cattle ranching business and was active in the business until his retirement. Mr. Barry had an undying love for the outdoors and the observance of its beauty. All of God’s wondrous natural works were precious to him. Mr. Barry was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry and was a fifty year member of the Newberry Lions Club. Mr. Barry was also a key advisor in the beautification of the City of Newberry. Mr. Barry was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Jones Barry (Katherine) and Andrew Jackson Barry (Marty). He is survived by his sister Kay Barry Williams (Ted); his nieces, Kathy Barry Solomon (Harris), Julianne Browning (Wayne), Adrienne Pope (Alec); his nephews, Theodore Barry Williams (Helen), John Burton Williams (Molly), Drew Barry (Darlene), and great nephews and nieces and many friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Nature Conservancy or charity of your choice. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday December 7, 2015 at the Newberry Cemetery in Newberry, FL.

Irving Herald Berryman

Irving Herald Berryman, 87 of Williston, FL passed away on Thursday December 10, 2015 in Chiefland, FL. He was born June 16, 1928 in Richmond, VA to Raymond and Carol Lee Berryman. Irving joined the United States Marines Corps during WWII and served with honor. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Miss Katie Evelyn Dunevant and began to raise a family. He worked as a printer up until his retirement. Irving was an avid craftsman and gardener and spent many hours doing each. He never met a stranger and was the kindest person you could ever meet. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Evelyn D. Berryman, son Wayne (Nancy) Berryman, daughters Cynthia (David) Berryman, Donna (William) Richardson, and Marcia (James) Laughlin, a brother Matthew Berryman and a sister Marguerite Overton, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday December 15, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church 213 West Noble Avenue Williston, FL, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will be in Dillwyn, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Haven Hospice 311 NE 9th Street Chiefland, FL 32696, The American Cancer Society, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Kelly Ann Moore

Kelly Ann Moore of High Springs passed away tragically in an automobile accident on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, David Jackson Moore. She is survived by her mother, Janet Moore, her dog (daughter) Sadie Mae Quickstar, brother Michael Moore, sisters Gretchen Moore and Theresa Nguyen, nephews Max Moore (Krista), Jarrett Scaff and Shawn Nguyen, and great nephew Tyson Moore. Kelly was born in Castro Valley, CA on November 8, 1963. She moved to Gainesville, FL in 1970 where she attended Buchholz High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in 1986. She worked in mortgage banking, most recently at Farm Credit of Florida. She loved her dog, her family, and her many wonderful friends. She loved being outdoors, especially the beach. She loved to travel, and had visited Alaska, New Zealand, Ireland, and Greece. She was avid reader, and she loved books. She was competitive runner, having earned medals in her age group in several 5K races. She enjoyed watching Florida Gators football. She had a vivid imagination and a unique way of looking at the world. She had a big heart and she genuinely cared for people. She had a passion for life and she exuded integrity in all she did. She truly was one of a kind, and she will be terribly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida 32669.

Genevieve Lemanski Zmuda

. ZMUDA, GENEVIEVE LEMANSKI, age 87, died Thursday December 10, 2015 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker, born in Scranton, PA. She was a member of St. Madeleine Catholic Church of High Springs. Survivors include her son, Rev. Deacon Henry Zmuda (Carol), Newberry, Fl. Grandchild: Mary Grace Zmuda, Newberry, Fl. Mrs. Zmuda was preceded in death by her husband Henryk, sister, Stephanie Kollowski, Brothers, Joseph, Stephen, Stanley Chester, Frank, and Alexander Lemanski. Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday December 19, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in St. Madeleine Catholic Church, 17155 N.W. U.S. Highway 441, High Springs, FL 32643. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to ‘A Woman’s Answer Medical Center’ Parkwood Plaza, 3601 SW 2nd Ave, Suite K, Gainesville, FL 32607.

Julia Vernell James

Julia Vernell James of Gainesville, FL, was 83 when she went to be with the Lord, surrounded by love, on Friday December 11, 2015. Vernell was born in Dothan, AL on November 17, 1932 to Charles Hughes and Zelma Austin Hughes. She was a homemaker and hardworking partner on the family farm. She taught Bible studies and Good News Clubs along with Sunday School Classes in her church – Antioch Baptist. Vernell loved the Lord and served others in love all of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank James and a brother, Lyndon Hughes. Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Griner (John), sons Glen James (Susan) and Paul James (Anna). Grandchildren Wade Griner, Joshua Griner, Tammy Holder, Glen James Jr., Jeremy James and Daniel Willis James along with 15 great grandchildren. Graveside Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday December 17, 2015 at Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse, FL.

Donald Wilson

Retired Major Donald Wilson, 83, of Trenton Florida died December 17, 2015 at Haven House Care Center in Chiefland Florida. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Don was a generous and caring man that knew no stranger, he was a friend to everyone he met. Don was born on July 22, 1932 in Marion County Indiana and lived in Brownsburg Indiana until joining the US Air Force in 1951 and proudly spent the next 20 years serving our country in the US Military as an Air Force Pilot Air Crew Commander and Inspector. Following the military Don worked for the University of Florida from 1974 until 1980 as assistant Dean of the College of Engineering and later as the Business Manager for the Agricultural Research Center in Belle Glade Florida. Horses have always been a love and an obsession of Don’s, even as a small boy in Indiana. He was able to fulfill his dream of owning a Thoroughbred Race Horse business which he and his wife Annie operated over the past 25 years under the name of Hickory Hammock Farm. Don also loved and enjoyed fishing and golf. Don is survived by his wife Annie, Sister Anita Leins and Brother Dale Wilson, Children, Donn Wilson, Robin Black, Lance Wilson and Trish Williams and Step Children, Lisa Wilson, Monica Steward and Virgil Steward and a total of 20 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his Parents, Elsie and Cagie Wilson and Brothers Jack Wilson, Bob Wilson and Bill Wilson. A time of gathering to celebrate his life will be on Sunday, December 19th at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry Florida. Don will be laid to rest in Brownsburg Indiana at a Graveside Service in Brownsburg Cemetery on Wednesday December 23rd. Family and Friends will gather at Matthews Mortuary at 1:30 pm for the service to begin at 2:00 pm. Matthews Mortuary is at 690 E. 56th St. Brownsburg, IN. Don has a huge circle of friends and family that will miss him dearly.

Anna (Schonfeld) Sulyok Emery

Anna (Schonfeld) Sulyok Emery, aged 101, passed away peacefully at home on Monday December 21, 2015. She was born on October 20, 1914 in Paszto, Hungary, the youngest of six children of Dr. Emanuel Schonfeld and Cecilia Heilpern Schonfeld. She attended and graduated from the Jewish teacher’s college in Miskolc, Hungary, and moved to Budapest, where she taught and also was a tutor. During World War II, she acquired Christian papers with the name Rozsa Virag, and managed to hide and survive the Nazi invasion of Hungary. Following the war, she moved to Paris to live with the family of her sister Helene Szkolny (now deceased but who also resided in Gainesville). She came to the United States in 1955, where she lived with her oldest sister Jolan Orowan in the Boston area. She married Raoul Emery in 1956, when he immigrated to this country from France. Raoul and Anna opened an upscale restaurant, Le Petit Pigalle, in Boston, and ran it for several years. They moved to Baltimore and owned two similar French restaurants in that city before retiring and returning to the Boston area. In 1973 they moved to Gainesville, where they became active members of the community, owning several rental properties. Anna ‘Nusi’ was well known and loved; she was sincerely interested in others, and loved talking with her friends around the world, and entertaining those who were local. Anna was predeceased by her husband and her siblings. She is survived by her nephew George Szkolny of Gainesville, her niece Susan Orowan Martin of Marstons Mills, MA, and several grand-nieces and –nephews in New York state and Australia, as well as stepchildren and stepgrandchildren in France. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday December 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Meadows Central 4100 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Thomas Jackson “TJ” Sapp

THOMAS JACKSON “TJ” SAPP, 87 of Fort White, Florida went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. TJ was born in Williston, Florida on November 27, 1927 to John and Nevada O’Steen Sapp. TJ completed his education at Williston High School, Williston, Florida. He worked in sales for most of his career, retiring at the age of 85 years. Hobbies included fishing, shooting pool, FL Gators sports, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving Husband, and devoted father to his children. He was preceded in death by his Parents and 8 Brothers and Sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Vera Faye Hammock Sapp, daughter Vickie Lynn Sapp (Brian) Snook, sons Thomas Gregory “Greg” Sapp (Judy), and Tracy Allan Sapp ( Ambre), 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Countryside Christian School, 10926 N.W. 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32606. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday November 23, 2015 at Countryside Baptist Church, with a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows Central.

Hazel Jones Cuddeback

Hazel Jones Cuddeback, 94, passed away on Nov. 16, 2015. Mrs. Cuddeback was a native of Florida whose pioneering family settled the Spanish land grants in Chiefland in the early 1800’s. She was born on July 13, 1921 to the late Robert H. and Ethel R. Jones of Chiefland. Hazel was one of the Greatest Generation, spending her teenage years during the great depression and as a young adult watching friends and relatives go off to war. She attended public schools and Howell’s Business College. Mrs. Cuddeback worked in city government administering the city’s insurance program. She retired from the city of Gainesville in 1984. She was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Esther Bible study class. For many years she served as chairperson on the Pastoral Care relating to the bereavement food committee. She enjoyed music, Gator sports, travels and especially her family. She was most notable to all who knew Hazel as a dedicated bridge player, a wonderful cook, and a lover of books. She was a long time member of the Gainesville Garden Club, Daisy Circle, and the PEO Sisterhood Chapter AF. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and her husband, John J. Cuddeback. She is survived by her two children, Ron Durrance and Linda McMullen (William), three grandchildren, Calvin Durrance, Kathleen McMullen Martin (Chris), and Bill McMullen, three great grandchildren, Nicholas, Kyle and Olivia. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund. Visitation will be Thursday, Nov.19, 2015 from 5-7 pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel and Funeral Services will be 11am on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville. Entombment will follow at 2:30 pm at Forest Meadows Central Mausoleum.

Suzanne Anita Craven

Suzanne Anita Craven, age 56 of Lecanto, FL passed away on Sunday November 16, 2015. Suzanne was born in Memphis, TN on December 8, 1958. She had a happy personality and was very good at puzzles. Suzanne was a loving daughter, sister and aunt. She was preceded in death by her father Jerry Allen Craven, and is survived by her mother Ollie Mae Branham Craven, her brother Dr. Michael A. Craven and his wife Linda, nephew Michael, and nieces Kristin and Lacey. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the First Baptist Church 22027 SE 65th Avenue Hawthorne, FL 32640. Interment will follow in Hawthorne Cemetery.

Gayla Ruth Sapp

Gayla Ruth Sapp, age 55 of Archer, FL passed away in Gainesville, FL on Thursday November 12, 2015. Mrs. Sapp was born April 22, 1960 in Jacksonville, FL. She was a graduate of Newberry High School. She was the office manager at B & L Auto Parts. Loving wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed going to volleyball games, shopping and supporting her community. Mrs. Sapp was preceded in death by her father Gene Rogers, and her sister Rebecca Davis. She is survived by her loving husband Ruben Luther Sapp, daughter Michelle (Wyvis) Kennard of Archer, son Christopher C. Sapp of Williston, mother Brenda Rogers of Green Cove Springs, brother Gene (Christy) Rogers, Jr. of Middleburg, sister Glenda (Carl) Raggins of Green Cove Springs, and four grandchildren Mariah, Wyatt, Malana and Grayson. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, and other family members. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday November 16, 2015 at Jonesville Baptist Church 17722 SW 15th Avenue Newberry, FL 32669. Interment will follow in Jonesville Cemetery. Any donations in her honor may be made to Destiny Community Church or Jonesville Baptist Church.

Buddy “J.M.” Crevasse, III

Buddy “J.M.” Crevasse III died on Sunday morning at Haven Hospice after a valiant struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Minnie, his sister Peggy, two sons, Beau (Christen) and Bobby (Sarah), his four grandchildren Hunter (7), Colt (5), Jackson (1), and Samantha (8), and several nieces and nephews. Buddy has been a life-long resident of Gainesville where he leaves an indelible contribution of public service. In 1945, he moved to Gainesville with his parents, Joe and Margaret Crevasse, where they established Crevasse’s Florist, a landmark Gainesville business. Buddy was a 1963 graduate of Gainesville High School, and the University of Florida School of Criminal Justice. He joined the Alachua County Sheriffs’ department in 1967, holding almost every possible office, before his retirement in 2004. During his 37-year career, he was responsible for courthouse security, evidence, and property warrants, and patrol. He ended his career as Captain of the Civil Department. He attended the FBI academy in 1972. Buddy is credited with starting the Neighborhood Crime Watch program. Over the course of his illustrious career he was the recipient of numerous citations and awards, including the 1983 and 1984 Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Buddy was a committed public servant, and an avid supporter of numerous community outreach organizations, including membership in the Rotary Club of Gainesville, Sheriff’s Youth Boys’ Ranch, Lion’s Club, the Quarterback Club, and the Elks Lodge. Before joining the Rotary Club of Gainesville, he was made an honorary Rotarian in recognition of his invaluable culinary contributions to Rotary’s Annual Wild Game Feast. He was a founding member of the Rotary Foundation Fryers, a scholarship fund-raising arm of the organization. In 2009, the Rotary District Governor honored him with their prestigious Service Above Self Award. Buddy served on the Boards of Directors of the Rotary Club, YMCA, Salvation Army, Pace Center, and AMI. He also served on the State Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and on the Vestry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Buddy Crevasse was passionate about redfishing with his sons and grandsons and spending time in Cedar Key. He will be remembered as a good man, husband, father, grandfather (Bebe), and friend. In the American film classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart is reminded that, “No man is a failure who has friends.” Buddy’s life has been a great love story. Measured by the impact he has had on the lives of his family, the people of this community, and on his legions of great friends, no man has ever led a richer life, nor been a greater success. He will be missed tremendously. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, November 4th, from 5 -7pm at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 5th, at 3pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. The service will be followed by a reception, hosted by the Rotary Foundation Fryers and Mike Hill, at the site of the Wild Game Feast at Hatchett Creek, in the recently named “Buddy Crevasse Pavilion”. Burial will be held Friday, November 6th, at 11:00 a.m., in Cedar Key Cemetery.

Captain Dilliard Dashwood “Dash” Hicks, Jr.

Captain Dilliard Dashwood “Dash” Hicks, Jr., USN, Retired, age 83, passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at his home in Gainesville, FL. He was born on July 7, 1932 in Tampa, FL to Dashwood and Jessie Mae Hicks Sr. and graduated from Gainesville High School Class of 1950. He attended the University of Florida from 1950-1952 and received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Rhode Island. Dash was a Graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, RI in 1965 and 1972. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1952. After serving for eight years, he then effectuated an interservice transfer to the United States Navy. Dash was a Naval Aviator for 28 years, serving three tours in Vietnam and was a survivor of the 1967 aircraft carrier USS Forrestal fire. He served as Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron VA-195, Navy Flight Instructor, U.S. Flight Demonstration Pilot of A-7E Aircraft at international air shows, Naval Air Systems Command, Commanding Officer of Fleet Coordinating Group U.S. 7th Fleet, and served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as head of international cooperative R & D programs and U.S. Representative to NATO Naval Armament Group. Dash was awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 11 stars, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V with 3 stars among others. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1980 he served as a private consultant in the aerospace industry and technical consultant for the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives. Captain Hicks was a member of several organizations including the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, Gainesville Quarterback Club, Exchange Club, the Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen, and the Gainesville – Alachua County Regional Airport Authority Board. He is survived by his wife Bette Jones Hicks, son J.D. Hicks, his wife Blake and their two children Dash and Lanier of Tallahassee, four stepchildren, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother Thomas P. Hicks. A Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 419 NE First Street, Gainesville, FL at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 14, 2015. Friends may park to the Northwest of the church at 515 North Main Street. Interment will be later in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

James I Meade

James I. Meade, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 7 at North Florida Regional Hospital. Beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, Jim was the son of Dr. Glenn and Mary Eddy Meade. He was predeceased by his brothers, Ronald, John, and Robert Meade. He is survived by his son, Daniel and wife Angela, and his pride and joy, granddaughter Emma, of Newberry, Fl.; his brothers, Frank and wife Eleanor, of Clermont, Fl., Bill and wife Pam of Gainesville, and his sister, Glenda Mattair of Quincy, Fl. He is also survived by ten nieces and nephews and their families. Jim proudly served in the Marine Corps after graduating from Gainesville High and then attended Jacksonville University. He was employed by Johns-Manville and lived in Albany, Ga. for several years where he was active in the Elks Club and enjoyed coaching little league baseball. In 1969 he returned to Gainesville to begin his career with Prudential Insurance. He was active in the Gainesville Jaycees and coached baseball at the Boys and Girls Club. He took great joy in being a part of the GHS Old-Timers group, as well. Jim enjoyed outdoor sports, especially fishing and hunting with his son, Danny. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Villiages of West End Club House, 1101 NW 124th Blvd., Jonesville, on Wednesday, November 11th from 5 – 7pm.

Malcolm Charles King

Malcolm Charles King passed away peacefully at his home on November 5, 2015 after a long illness. He was born in San Francisco, California on October 5, 1945, the second of three sons (the late Truman Wesley, Jr., and Brian Alan) and grew up in Jacksonville, FL. He attended Florida State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Risk and Insurance in 1970. He began his career as an insurance agent in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1971 and relocated to Gainesville, Florida where he founded King Insurance Agency on January 1, 1974. Malcolm was active in many professional and civic organizations throughout the years including the Gainesville Association of Insurance Agents, Gainesville Jaycees, the Gainesville Rotary Club, Florida Museum Board, and the Alachua County Boys Club to name just a few. He was a forty plus year member of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club, and an avid golfer. Through the years, he enjoyed a wide variety of other hobbies as well including traveling, gardening, snow skiing, water skiing, scuba diving and racing his Porsche. In 1975, Malcolm joined Trinity United Methodist Church and made numerous trips over the years with mission teams sponsored by Trinity and Rotary traveling to various places in Central America. Their work included construction projects, building homes, schools and medical facilities in remote villages, as well as providing dental and other medical services. In more recent years he worked with water engineers laying pipes and installing water tanks to bring clean water to remote villages where access to pure water had previously required a walk of several hours to distant springs. His achievements were many but his proudest moments and greatest love were for his family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Malcolm C. “Chad” and Kelsi King, and Byron Wesley King; and three grandchildren, Ava Marie, Andrew Carter, and Harrison Walker all of whom brought him joy beyond measure. He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness, compassion, generosity, his quick wit, and his fun loving spirit and for his courage and strength. Even more we remember him for his faith and trust in God, his deep love for his precious family and for his many cherished friends who so richly blessed his life. Visitation will be held at Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53 Avenue, Gainesville, FL, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Dan Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Haven Hospice

Janie Eugenia Hansford

Janie Eugenia Hansford, age 99, passed away peacefully in Gainesville on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Janie was born on February 29, 1916 near Altha, Florida, in Calhoun County. She moved to Gainesville in 1939. She was preceded in death by her husband M.H. Hansford, and her only child, a son, James M. Hansford. She is survived by a brother, George L. Hansford, of Pensacola, a sister, Joyce Nielsen, of Tallahassee, her daughter in law, Margaret C. Holmes of Gainesville, and numerous nieces and nephews. Janie began a career in banking at the 1st National Bank, later the Atlantic Bank, and later First Union Bank, in 1941. She was employed there for 43 years, and retired in 1984. Janie had wonderful memories of her years in the bank, and all the wonderful people she met and worked with during that time. She had many stories to tell and often shared her memories. Upon retirement, Janie concentrated on friends and family gatherings, and on bowling. She was an avid league bowler for many years. She also was an animal lover and she loved to tend to her plants, vegetables, violets and fruit trees. Janie lived at Brookdale Hunters Crossing Assisted Living, for her last two years. The family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful, loving staff for her excellent care, friendship and love they had for Janie. Special thanks for Della Tuten, ARNP, for her special love and care of Janie in her last year. It was sincerely appreciated. A graveside ceremony will be held Friday, November 6, 2015, at 3 PM, at Forest Meadows East, 3700 Hawthorne Road Gainesville, FL, under the direction of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 milamfh.com

Ralph “Buddy” Smith

Today we celebrate Buddy Smith, age 93. Buddy founded “Buddy’s Welding Shop” on South Main Street in downtown Gainesville. He worked at the Shop until he retired in 1991. In his retirement, he continued to pursue his hobbies of farming and trading livestock, which included hogs, goats and mules. He also excelled in woodwork, he built mule wagons, boats, and furniture. Buddy was a member of ‘Eastside Garden Club’ where he spent many of his afternoons fishing with friends. Buddy attended Kirby Smith and Gainesville High School. Afterwards he attended welding school where he became a certified welder. Buddy was preceded in death by his wife Gladys A. Massey Smith, his son Ralph T. Smith Jr. Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Smith Wilson of Windsor, FL, brothers Robert Smith and Chester Smith, sister Jessie Mosley, grandchildren, Randy L. Wilson, Virginia P. Hutchins, Blanche Lester all of Gainesville and Bobbie Jo Cozad of McAlester, Ok; and seven great grandchildren

Nancy Langford Touchstone McElroy

Nancy (Langford) Touchstone McElroy 62, of Trenton went to heaven on October 30, 2015 peacefully with her family by her side. She was a loving and faithful wife, daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She joins her Son, Kevin Touchstone and her Father, Jr. Langford in heaven. Nancy is survived by her Husband, David McElroy of Trenton; Her children: Stacy Touchstone (Allen Gross), Mark Touchstone (fiancé Amy Abbott) and Shannon Bass (Toy); Mother Helen Langford of Newberry, Brothers Ray Langford and Edgar Langford (Sharon) both of Newberry; Sisters Marie Tuten (Jimmy) of Old Town and Linda Davis (Dwight) of Alachua and nine grandchildren. In addition to her many roles one that was closest to her heart was her role as a dedicated Teacher’s Aide to a multitude of children of Union County School’s where she was better known as “Ms. T.” In lieu of flowers, her family ask that you take a moment to hug your mother, father, siblings, child, grandchild, friend, or walk in the woods for a moment, an hour or a day. Time waits for no one. A devout Christian she has now entered the pearly gates and is an angel among us. Visitation will be Sunday November 1 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Services will be Monday November 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church in Trenton, 6259 SE 75th Ave.

Blanche Genevieve “Jay” Henderson Abbott

Blanche Genevieve “Jay” Henderson Abbott, formerly of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away at the age of 103. Prior to arriving in Gainesville, Blanche was an active participant in the Eastern Star and the Selama Caldron and served as Worthy Matron of each. Her busy schedule included being a housewife, a mother, active in the PTA and Girl Scouts, managing a wholesale grocery warehouse, locally and throughout the state and became a licensed Insurance agent. In 1966, she became an LPN, passing the Florida State Boards with the second highest score ever attained by an applicant for licensing. Once here in Gainesville, she slowed down, joined the New Comers Club, travelled extensively, became a “Red Hat” lady, joined the Mah Jongg Gang, Grace Methodist Church and in general, just played. Husbands Joe B. Henderson and Bud Abbott have predeceased Blanche. She is survived by her daughters Martha ( Jerry ) Schaffer of Gainesville and Betty Gail McKenzie of Denver, CO, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. There will be a Visitation at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. There will be a Private Memorial Service. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memory Gardens in St Petersburg, FL.

Donald G. Salo, Sr

Donald G. Salo Sr. (Don) died on November 2, 2015, of injuries and complications from a car accident. He was born on May 14, 1933, in Pequaming, Michigan, a town owned by Henry Ford. He graduated from L’Anse High School in 1951, and was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. He attended Bristol College. He remained in the Army where he later received a Regular Army commission as a Warrant Officer. During his 23 years in the Army he served in Germany, as well as Korea and a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal as well as various other medals during his distinguished career. After retirement, he was Sales Manager for Thomas Industries in Johnson City, Tennessee. Upon his retirement from Thomas Industries, he moved back to L’Anse and with his wife, Judy. They took on the project of remodeling a cottage on Lake Superior using the skills his father, a carpenter, had taught him. Several years later, they moved back to Tennessee, and then to Florida. He was a proud veteran, as well as member of the VFW, American Legion, MOAA, and Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling, working in his yard, and camping, as well as completing countless projects around the house. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy; four sons, Donald G. Jr. (Stacey), Lorton, VA; Robert (Christine), Glen Allen, VA; Gerald Salo (Teresa), Bristow, VA; and Edward (Jennifer) of Jonesboro, AR; and one daughter, Carolyn Bailey (Stuart), Clarksville, TN; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ellen Maki and Jenny Janda. Visitation will be at 3:00 and funeral service at 4:00 on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 9700 W. Newberry Road in Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society.

Orpha Lee Hill Taylor

Orpha Lee Hill Taylor, 98, Gainesville, went to join the Lord on November 3, 2015. Mrs. Taylor was born on April 26, 1917 in Santa Fe, Florida, the daughter of Albert Greene Hill and Alice Belle Harris Hill. She grew up on her parents’ 500-acre farm, where she enjoyed a free-spirited childhood ‟swinging from tree-to-tree” with friends and helping her daddy catch fish from the nearby Santa Fe River. Orpha Lee graduated from Alachua High School in 1935 and married her first and only love, Samuel Joseph Taylor , Jr., in 1937. The couple were long-time residents of Gainesville and members of North Central Baptist Church. Up until a tragic fall, hospitalization, and her final days in hospice, Orpha Lee had lived with her daughter Augusta and son-in-law Edward, enjoying her daily walks, working word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, and playing her vast repertoire of hymns and golden oldies on her beloved piano. She always had a song in her heart and a readiness to share it. Orpha Lee was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Sam (1999), brothers Joseph, Basil, and Glenn Hill, sister Blanche McMillan, daughter Shirley Taylor Swindall and three grandchildren. She leaves behind to cherish her memory son Samuel J. (Carol Ann) Taylor III, daughters Linda (Tom) Black and Augusta (Edward) Previc, grandchildren Sharon (Donnie) Rhymes, Susan (Terry) McElwain, Greg Fitzgerald, Joseph Taylor, Matthew (Jenny) Taylor, Thomas Black III, Michael Black, and Stephanie Previc, sixteen great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. The family is grateful to the staff at E.T. York Haven Hospice for their loving care of Mrs. Taylor during her final days. The family will receive friends from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., and a service will follow at 9:00 a.m. Friday, November 6, 2015 in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Donations to Haven Hospice or flowers to the funeral home welcomed.

Elton Cook

Elton Cook, age 75 of Bronson, FL went to be with the Lord on Sunday October 18, 2015 at the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center in Chiefland, FL. He was born in Judson, FL on February 19, 1940 to Earl and Lucy Mae Cook. Mr. Cook worked as a surveyor for the Stauffer Chemical Company in Tarpon Springs, Lakeland and Wimauma before returning to Bronson, FL to work at the Brice Crate Company, then later he worked as a logger. Elton was an avid fisherman, gardener a big gator Fan and loved his church family. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Jimmy Cook, and is survived by his wife Carol Weems Cook, his daughters Tonya Cook (Tony) Parker of Bronson and Tammy (Gilberto) Figueroa of Chiefland, his son Michael Cook, mother Lucy Mae Bass Cook, brothers Burnice Cook, Lee Cook, Cleveland Cook, Cecil Cook, and sisters Mildred Cook (Don) Dowling, Brenda Cook (Wayne) Wilkins, Charlene Cook (Tim) Speed, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and his dog Bailey. There will be a visitation at the Milam Funeral Home of Newberry on Wednesday evening from 5-7 pm. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday October 22, 2015 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church 12250 NE 30th Avenue Chiefland, FL, where the family will receive friends for one hour prior. Interment will follow at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Eva Leota Dunnagan Kuitert

Eva Leota Dunnagan Kuitert, a resident of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Florida. She was 96 years old. Eva was born on August 5, 1919 in Lynchburg, Ohio, the daughter of Fred and Clara Dunnagan. She had 2 sisters and a brother. Eva received her Registered Nursing degree from Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio and worked at Cincinnati’s Childrens Hospital until May 1942 when she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corp. She served as a surgical nurse in North Africa and Italy during World War II and was awarded 2 Bronze Stars for Meritorious Duty. In January 1946 Eva married Louis Kuitert whom she had met while both were stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison before overseas deployment. They moved to Gainesville in 1948 where Lou pursued a career as a professor of Entomology at the University of Florida. Eva supported her husband’s endeavors and raised their three children. In 1959 they were one of five families to start Trinity Methodist Church. She was very active in the church, sang in the Chancel Choir, was a member of United Methodist Women, the Dunkers Sunday School class, and ALERT. She was also a volunteer at Alachua General Hospital for 48 years. Eva was involved with University Women, Ag Women and the Gainesville Garden Club. In 1964 Eva returned to nursing at the Alachua County Public Health Department. Eva was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Louis C. Kuitert. She is survived by her children; Sharon Nelson, Alachua, FL, Linda Bryant, Gainesville FL, Robert Kuitert and his wife Cindy, High Springs, FL, seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Her family is especially grateful to all the caring staff at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Florida and to Haven Hospice of North Central Florida. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday October 23, 2015 in the Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32653. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church’s “Building Fund” or to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606.

Linda Clark Raattama

RAATTAMA, LINDA CLARK – age 70, of Miami, FL passed away on October 16, 2015. Linda was born in Gainesville, FL and grew up in Alachua (Forest Grove) FL., where she attended Santa Fe High School – Class of 1962. It was through church and high school that Linda would meet and eventually marry her husband of 50 years, Henry “Hank” Raattama. After graduating from the University of Florida, Linda and Hank moved to various Army posts during his military service, and then in 1972 made Miami home. Linda was a resident of Miami for 43 years. She loved sailing, either racing or spending a leisurely day aboard her Flying Scot, “Water Raatt.” Linda was a Girl Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher and a Museum of Science Planetarium volunteer when her daughters were younger; however, it was her love of far off adventures that led her to become a travel agent. She was blessed to be able to visit many places around the US and the world. If you named a country or state, chances are she’d already been there and would advise you on what to see. She had a generous, loving heart along with a great sense of humor that touched many lives. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Christine Clark of Forest Grove, FL. Survived by her husband, Henry “Hank” Raattama; daugher, Maija Kristina Izzo (Jim); daughter, Kemi Edwards (James); Grandsons, Anthony Izzo and John Henry Edwards; Brother, Fred B. Clark (Dana); Sister, Mary Lynne Ridgdill (Gary); Nephew, Dexter Ridgdill. Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church of Alachua with family receiving friends one hour prior to service. Burial will follow immediately in the Forest Grove Cemetery, Alachua, FL. A reception will