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Milam Funeral Home Obituaries

Miriam McInnis Andrews Kimball

Miriam McInnis Andrews Kimball departed this mortal life on Saturday, September 24, 2022. She did not go gentle into that good night, but raged against the dying of the light. (Thomas, 1951) Miriam was born on January 4, 1931 in Alachua General Hospital, Gainesville, FL to Sam W. and Eula Zetrouer McInnis. She was a 1949 graduate of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and also received a journalism degree with highest honors from the University of Florida. In 1950, she married Carl Andrews, with whom she had a daughter, Renée. They divorced in 1976. Miriam married Bart Kimball in 1978. He predeceased her in 2008.

Miriam was a public relations consultant for House of Travel, and the local ambassador for Eastern Airlines. She was active in numerous clubs and organizations. These included Altrusa, Florida State Museum Associates, Gainesville Woman’s Club, Ocala Women’s Network, and the Thomas Center Associates. She had rescue dogs as pets for most of her life, and was passionate about animal welfare.

She is survived by her daughter, Renée Andrews (Tom Thomas), grandson, Andrew Thomas, and sister, Marjorie McInnis Pitts (Fred). A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 22nd at 11 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Miriam’s memory to either the Alachua or Marion County Humane Societies.

Robert G. Phillips

Robert G. Phillips of Newberry died Friday September 23, 2022. He was living in Chiefland at the time of his death. He was 62.

He graduated from Newberry High School, and served briefly in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth (“Maybeth”) Phillips. He is survived by his parents Bob and Gena Phillips of Newberry; his brother Michael Phillips; his sisters Beth Rowe and Paula Willis; and several other family members. Robert’s family held a private graveside service on Tuesday September 27th at the Jonesville Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Mary Clark

Mary Clark passed away at home in the early morning of September 11th from complications of advanced breast cancer. Her loving sister and son, Joe, were at her bedside. Mary never gave up hope even until the last day. She engaged in life with her beloved friends and family, helping others and making this world a much better place. Her favorite activity was to shape and create a sanctuary in her lovely garden which she continued until the last week. Mary’s life was devoted to the service of others. Her spirituality shone through in her compassion and love of people and animals. She was always there for her friends and even for complete strangers. On her last day, she was concerned about how others in her life were doing. She has left behind a huge void for the Gainesville community.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Elizabeth Clark, and her husband Pete Leshane.

Her survivors include her son Joseph Leshane, her two sisters Carolyn Clark and Patricia Gorda, and many friends.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Mary’s family would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ for the love and the support given during this challenging time.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday September 24th at 1 pm at the United Church of Gainesville 1624 NW 5th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32603. 352-378-3500. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church or to Saint Francis House are welcome.

A Poem In Honor of Mary 

What can we say about a light like Mary ?

She was to all of us a friend

 And stayed strong until the end.
I knew her well in joy and sorrow
And how she wasn’t always sure about tomorrow.
She held us all in her heart so deep
That our pain might also make her weep.
She wanted the best for everyone
Especially her beloved Son .
Her Spirit was Tender , although her voice was strong –
And her devotion to others went on and on .
She so missed Pete and her Mom and Dad
Their birthdays always left her sad.
She thought of others until the end
And we will miss her so – our beloved friend.
We are so sad to see her go
But in our grief , we must also know
That her pain is gone
And her Bright Spirit lives on .
So soar now our precious Friend
We know this is not the end.
Your love lives on in all of us
You have earned your wings for a journey  well done.
Love you Mary
Betty

Geraldine (Jerry) V. Weeks

Geraldine (Jerry) V. Weeks, age 82 of Gainesville, Fl, passed away after complications due to a stroke, Monday September 19, 2022 in Gainesville. Mrs. Weeks was a graduate of Gainesville High School in 1958. Jerry was working at the Florida Theater when she spotted the love of her life, Calvin. The two married in November of 1959 and spent an amazing 47 years together. She loved the beach, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on her Florida Gators. She has been volunteering at Haven Hospice Attic retail store for the last 10 years.

Jerry is preceded in death by her husband Calvin Monroe Weeks, and her mother Sarah C. Shaw.

She is survived by her two loving children daughter A. Michelle Weeks and son Michael S. Weeks and husband Kent Barnard, two sisters Charlene and her husband Jim Faircloth, and Janice and her husband Joe Baisden.

A visitation is scheduled for Monday October 3, 2022 from 6pm – 8 pm at the Milam Chapel 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville Fl. A service to follow on Tuesday  October 4th at 10:00 am at Milam chapel with internment at Forest Meadows Central to follow.  Donations can be made in her honor to Haven Hospice of Gainesville 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Fl 32606. 352.664.2516. Funeral arrangements in care of Milam Funeral Homes 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville Fl.

Beverly “Bev” Cummings

– Age 94 – passed away September 18, 2022. Born in Kansas City, Missouri.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. WH & Mildred Morton, Husband, Robert C. (Bob) Cummings, and son Richard H. (Dickie) Cummings.

She retired from the University of Florida, managing the Beaty Towers Book Store. She was an avid Gator fan and very active in the Golden Era Group. She enjoyed staying active, playing golf, playing cards, and gardening.

Bev is survived by her son, Chris W. Cummings (Joy), daughter-in-law, Gail Cummings (Dickie), grandchildren – Chance Cummings (Brandi), Sarah Cummings (Casey Kumar), Whitney Vanderau (Phill), and Casey Cummings and 4 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, September 26th, 2022 at 11:30 AM, Forest Meadows Central 4100 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville Fl

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to E.T. York Hospice Care Center, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, Fl 32606, or Hague Methodist Church 7001 NW 126th Ave, Gainesville, Fl 32653. Funeral arrangements handled by Milam Funeral Home 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Fl 32601.
352-376-5361.

Robert Franklin Thomas

Robert Franklin Thomas, age 61, a native of Gainesville, passed away following a brief illness on September 7, 2022 at ET York Haven Hospice.  He was born on March 22, 1961 to Donald and Celeta Thomas.  He played football for Eastside High School in the late seventies. He worked as a carpenter and property manager before retiring.  He was a Baptist. He loved music, sports, and being surrounded by the beauty of God’s nature. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Burton.  Robert is survived by his daughter Amber Thomas, brothers Don (Gail) Orth and Eddie Thomas, sister Debbie (Rick) Garmon, and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Chauncey officiating.  Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 376-5361

Mary Jacqueline West Ryon

Mary Jacqueline West Ryon, 90, passed away after a long fight with dementia on September 3, 2022, at her home at The Village in Gainesville, Florida. Mary was born on September 5, 1931, in Quincy, Florida and was the daughter of the late Arthur Lowell West and Janet Elizabeth MacGowan West of Tallahassee, Florida. Mary grew up in Tallahassee, except for a few years when the family moved to Key West, circa 1936, while the State of Florida employed Mr West to design auto bridges from Flagler’s railroad bridges which were destroyed by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Mary graduated from Florida State University in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics, a degree she utilized all her life. Mary was a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority at Florida State, as was her mother.

She met her future husband, Dr William Eugene Ryon, III, in Panama City, Florida. They married on January 9, 1954, just before he transferred from Tyndall AFB to USAF Air Force Hospital Wimpole Park, near Cambridge, England. Mary and Gene remained married for sixty-eight years. 

Their eldest child, Rebecca, was born there in March 1955. After returning home, they lived in Asheville, North Carolina (Dr Ryon’s hometown) for eight years, after which they moved (with four children) to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for two years while Dr Ryon earned his master’s degree in pediatric dentistry. Their youngest child, Sarah, was born in Chapel Hill. From there, the family moved to Winter Haven, Florida, where Dr Ryon and his brother, a pediatrician, opened the Ryon Pediatric Clinic. 

Mary’s greatest joy was her children, whom she adored her whole life. The family remember well how she made all their dress clothes during their formative years. They drew lots of attention when they went anywhere. She even made two of her daughters’ wedding dresses. She was known for her ability to cook and entertain large (or small) dinner parties. She was also an award-winning impressionist oil painter. 

After all her children were in college, she decided to be a nurse and enrolled in the Polk College nursing program. She had only one course to take to get her R.N. but had to drop out because of a breast cancer diagnosis. After treatment and recovery, she decided to build a beach cottage on a small building lot in Panama City Beach, Florida. She drew the plans, selected a builder and oversaw the construction. The family and friends enjoyed that beach cottage for years. Mary was a very talented girl scout leader and 4H leader and was able to take as many as thirty scouts camping on weekends. 

She was also instrumental in starting two Anglican Churches, St. Mary’s in Winter Haven and All Saints’ Anglican Church in Gainesville. By attending a synod in Dallas, she was able to help secure a priest for All Saints’ Church, Fr. John Leasure. In 1998 she met a man walking an in-training guide dog and soon became a Southeastern Guide Dog puppy trainer and was able to keep one of them, Gerdie, who also died earlier this year. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two of her brothers, Alexander (Sandy) West and his wife Margaret Lewis West, her twin Lawrence (Larry)West, her sister-in-law Nancy Bendel Ryon, her brother-in-law, Dr Alden Billings Ryon, and her son-in-law Steven Ray Riedy. 

Mary is survived by her husband, Gene, and their five children: Rebecca Ryon Riedy, Kevin Eugene Ryon (Trudy), Mary Lucy Ryon Ling (David), Heather Ryon Kennedy (Harry), and Sarah Ryon Brassel. Mary’s grandchildren are Adam Gates (Anne), Abigail Gates Crouse (Allen), Meghan Gates Fulton (Daniel), Nicole Riedy Albert (Tony), Justin Riedy (Kelly), Alexander Ryon Ling (Ellen), Sarah Ling Roick (Chris), Rebecca Ling Reed (Josh), Ryon Alexander Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy Hoggard (John), Rebecca Anne Kennedy, Christopher Alexander Brassel and William Alden Brassel. In addition, Mary is survived by seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Lowell West (Joan), Larry’s widow Connie West, her sister-in-law Martha Brice Ryon and her brother-in-law Dr Dale Sanford Ryon. 

A memorial service for Mary will be held at Milam Funeral Home at 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, at 2 PM on September 11, 2022. A family burial service will be held at the MacGowan/West family burial section of the Eastern Cemetery in Quincy, Florida, at a date to be determined later. In place of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints’ Anglican Church, P.O. Box 357744, Gainesville, FL 32635 or any other charity of your choice.

Christopher “Chris” Carl Chewning

Christopher “Chris” Carl Chewning, age 61 of Alachua, FL formerly of Bradenton, FL, passed away on Tuesday August 30, 2022.  Mr. Chewning was born October 1, 1960 in Bradenton, FL to Henry David Chewning and Sandra Mims Chewning.

Chris graduated from Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida in 1978, and joined the U.S. Army in 1979, honorably serving and retiring as an Armor Senior Sergeant (MSG) with more than 20 years of service, including multiple overseas tours, and assignments as a First Sergeant.  He was also a dedicated member and supporter of the American Legion.  Following his military service he became a dedicated lineman for Pike Electric, later serving as Crew Supervisor and mentor for field crews and junior lineman. He enjoyed watching and attending all forms of stock car racing, all things Florida Gators, gardening, providing for his family, spending time with his family and friends, and mentoring and loving his children and grandchildren.  He was a friend to all, and always had a kind word or good deed for every person he met.

He was preceded in death by his mother, and is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 39 years, Dena Christian Chewning, sons Cyle (Melinda) Chewning, Cale (Ashley) Chewning, Father Henry Chewning, brothers Tim (Sharon) Chewning, Mark (Kelly) Chewning, Michael Chewning, and four grandchildren (Cayton, Corbyn, Elaina, Cade), many nieces and nephews, along with several great nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside memorial with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on September 9, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by a gathering of friends and family at the City of Bushnell Community Center at 407 E. Belt Avenue for fellowship and remembrance, with snacks and refreshments available. Due to Cemetery policies on flower arrangements, the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, please make all contributions to the Wounded Warrior Program.  https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate  Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Brandy “B” Lee Johnson

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my baby girl, Brandy “B” Lee Johnson, age 36 of Palm Bay, FL. She passed on Monday, August 22, 2022. Brandy was born July 18, 1986, in Sebastian, FL. Amy Ellis Gordon and Walter Johnson were two proud parents.

Sadly, she leaves behind her greatest joys in life, 3 beautiful children whom she loved dearly. 12-year-old Akira Skye Brown, 10 year old Keon Ernest Brown and 1 ½ year old Souleen Lee Williams.

She is survived by an extremely large loving family of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a Grammaw that all loved her deeply. Please keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers as they try to process these difficult times.

At this time there are no arrangements. I will be reposting as soon as I have dates and times available. Thank you all for the outpour of beautiful comments and stories. It is very heartwarming to see how Brandy touched so many hearts with her kind spirit

Linda Pauline Galyen

Linda Pauline Galyen (Goad), 75, passed away in Gainesville, Florida on July 31, 2022. She was born to Cecil and Edna Goad on May 29, 1947, in North Tazwell, Virginia.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Ron Galyen, daughters Melinda (Cindy) Thomas, Tammy (Pooh) Thomas (Rebecca) of Gainesville, Florida, Kathy Atwood (Bruce) of Citra, Florida, and son Stephen Galyen (Lori) of Ridgefarm Illinois. She had 4 Grandchildren, Erica Henderson (Ryan), Eddie Macdonald jr., Cory Richardson (Tricia), and Amanda Brewer. She also had 6 great-grandchildren, Easton Henderson, Nathan Moody, Carlee Richardson, Callie Richardson, and Cayden Richardson.

Linda went to Hawthorne High School and was in the class of 1964. At an early age, she learned how to water ski and became a semi-pro by the age of 24. She was also featured in the Alachua Marine Magazine for her skiing skills.

Linda made a lifetime career at Alachua General Hospital/ Shands in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a loyal and loved employee for more than 33 years. She was adored by everyone that knew her and she will be deeply missed. She enjoyed her retirement with her husband Ron and dog “Baby Girl,” at Red Water Lake and then moved to Grand Lakes RV Park. She also loved spending time with her daughters and talking about her days as a water skier.

Her Celebration of Life will be held at New Cross Creek Baptist Church on August 28, 2022, at 3:00 pm. 18921 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to New Cross Creek Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERALAND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St, Gainesville, Ff, 32601. 352-376-5361.

Gary Martin Olson

Gary Martin Olson, 85, passed away on August 9, 2022, in Gainesville, Florida. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 14, 1937, to Olaf B. Olson and Thora Marie Gade Olson. He grew up in northern Wisconsin, where he loved fishing and hunting. Gary graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1954. He was senior class president, editor of the yearbook, and was on the debate team that won the state championship in 1953. He was the salutatorian of the class of 1954. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B. S. Degree in psychology in 1958. He was on the fencing team at the University and served as the President of Botkin House. Gary went on to graduate school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, earning an MA and a PhD. He journeyed to California to intern at the V. A. Hospital in Palo Alto, Ca.
Gary worked at the Agnews State Hospital in San Jose, Ca. and Belmont Hills Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Belmont, Ca, where he was the director of acute inpatient care. He went into private practice and continued that until he retired in 2013. Gary joined the Palo Alto Police Department as a reserve police officer in 1965 and worked part-time and as needed in emergencies for 21 years. This was during the late 60s and early 70s when civil unrest resulted in many crises. Gary loved working with the police department and was highly regarded by the department.  Because of his knowledge of police work and psychology, he became a valued consultant to numerous police departments in the Bay Area, performing psychological evaluations of applicants for police positions and assisting with other personnel issues.
Gary was the president of Behaviordyne Psychological Corporation, which provided psychological services to the nuclear power industry.
Gary loved college football, reading, gardening, cars, travel, and trips to the California Big Sur and Clearwater Beach, FL.
Gary married his wife Gayle In 1965. After his retirement, they moved to Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL.
He is survived by his wife Gayle, brother-in-law and sister-in-law William Boyer and Nancy W. Boyer of Leesburg, FL. nephew Steve Boney of Orlando, FL. nephew Bryce Boyer and wife Wendy and 2 grandnieces Macey and Marley Boyer of Apex, NC. and numerous friends in California, Wisconsin, and at Oak Hammock.
The family is grateful to the staff of the Memory Unit at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida and to members of the Community Hospice for their kindness, love, and care for Gary during the last six months of his life.
There will be a private memorial service for the family at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Benevolent Fund at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, and the University of Florida Foundation.

James “Jimmy” Gomez

James “Jimmy” Gomez of Newberry, Florida  passed away on August 7th, 2022. James was born October 9, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James had a passion for mechanics in his earlier years and especially loved to work with old cars.

He is preceded in death by his wife Cheryl Gomez, and his Father Gilberto Gomez.

He is survived by Mother Jean (Coto) Gomez, his Daughter Sherry Brown, and his Son Justin Gomez.

The family will be welcoming friends at his service this Friday August 19th, 2022 at 11 AM, at Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, Fl 32669. Followed by a private graveside ceremony.

James “Hillbilly” Ford

James “Hillbilly” Ford, age 69 of Hawthorne Florida passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022. Mr. Ford was born June 23, 1953 and Autryville North Carolina to Jesse “T-Model” Ford and Lillian a Ford. Hillbilly was an accomplished mechanic and driver. From building engines to finishing classic cars. He always loved being in the fast lane. He made his living as a driver from long-distance to local driving he did what it took to take care of his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne and sisters Alice and Faye.

He is survived by loving wife of 44 years Cynthia Diana Ford, Brother Terry Ford, his Son Michael Ford, Daughters Edith “Sissy” Simmons and Jessica Ford. He had six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Forest Meadows Cemetery off of Hawthorne Road, Saturday, August 13 2022 at 11a.m. The family will receive friends, Friday, August 12, 2022 between 6-8 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home. For those who wish, arrangements are in care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services at 311 South Main Street Gainesville, Florida 32601

Owen P Cruce

Owen P Cruce, 78, of Micanopy, FL, passed away, surrounded by love, on August 4, 2022.  He was born in Alachua, FL to Owen J Cruce and Edith Mathis Cruce.  Owen had an adventurous life!

He was in the Navy for 19 years, became an engineer, and he worked as a maintenance man over different properties.  He was like a Giant Leprechaun, very quiet and sweet.

Owen was in a loving committed relationship with Deborah Smith for 37 years.  Together their spirit of generosity helped many others.

He leaves behind to mourn his loss, BJ, Roger, and sisters Myrna and Mary, and many nieces and nephews.

Owen will be greatly missed by all who loved him

A graveside service will be held at Micanopy Historical Cemetery on Wednesday August 10 at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361  www.milamfh.com

Arthur Leon Polhill

Arthur Leon Polhill, born 8/29/42 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, lost his battle with cancer surrounded by his family on 7/24/22. He is preceded in death by Leonard Leon Polhill (father), Lillian Irene Whitlow (mother), and his sister, Polly Bodden (Elsie Irene Polhill). He is survived by his wife, Paula Vogel Polhill, his son Hal (Stacy) Polhill, his daughter, Diane (Gary) Leinenbach, and 3 grandsons, Kyle Polhill, Drew Leinenbach, and Gavyn Leinenbach.    

Leon attended Jacksonville University then transferred and graduated from the University of Florida, Class of 1966.  He attended law school, then transitioned after the 2nd year to earn a Master’s degree.  Raised by his grandparents, Leon treasured family as evidenced by his career service, commitment and dedication to serving the children and families of the State of Florida.

Leon taught high school social studies, Problems of American Democracy, at Ocala High School for two years during the integration of public schools. Leon transitioned to Youth Services (Delinquency) in the State of Florida, traveling throughout the state ensuring the integrity of the educational services provided to children in custody.  During his career, he was one of the pioneers in youth prevention services, creating and providing the first runaway shelter and services in the state of Florida, which was modeled throughout Florida and the southeastern United States.  As Director of Children Services in Hillsborough County, he was instrumental in providing both residential and non-residential services to all children, youth and their families.  He continued work with the State of Florida as a Program Administrator for Abuse and Neglect Prevention statewide.  In 1999, Leon retired to Gainesville, FL, where he could spend his retirement cheering on his beloved Gators.  Leon was a Gator Booster and season ticket holder for both baseball and football, attending home and many away games over the years.

In retirement, Leon continued to support children and families in Alachua County volunteering with the Corner Drug Store, among other things.  Leon was also a Master Gardener who loved sharing his love and expertise of gardening with others.   He also spent much of his time supporting his grandsons, attending their many school and sporting events as one of their biggest fans.

Leon loved the Great Smoky Mountains, and after years of camping, he bought a second home in Maggie Valley, NC, to ride over Soco Gap to access some of his favorite hiking trails.  He believed that each time you took a trail it gave you new insight.  He shared that philosophy with everyone and was thankful for the Cherokee family who showed him the mountains over the years.

Leon definitely understood the importance of family, friends and humanity.  He loved deeply, cared unceasingly, and always was available to help others. 

“Do not go softly into that good night” from Dylan Thomas’s poem was the epitome of his fight against cancer.  He fought gallantly.  He said that every chemo required learning to ride the new wild horse (chemo).  In the end, the song “It is well with My Soul” let him pass in peace.

Leon will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

A celebration of life will be held at Kanapaha Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Ave, Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, August 13 from 1 to 3 pm.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the University of Florida, College of Education may be made out to the A. Leon and Paula F. Polhill Family Endowment Scholarship Fund # F022151 and mailed to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425, Attn: Gift Processing. Please note A. Leon Polhill or UF Foundation F022151 in the memo area.

You may choose to donate online, using the following link:https://www.uff.ufl.edu/giving-opportunities/022151-a-leon-and-paula-f-polhill-family-endowment-scholarship/

This scholarship fund is designated for 1st generation students with special consideration given to youth in Take Stock in Children.  Leon strongly believed that education was the springboard to success and the great equalizer.  Leon was extremely proud that both his children chose careers in education.

Willam D. Radloff Jr.

A dedicated cat advocate and relentless caregiver passed away in his home in Archer, Fl at the age of 61 on July 14th, 2022. Willam D. Radloff Jr. lived a life of love and care for everyone he met and every cat that crossed his path. Will was born August 24th 1960 in Chicago, IL. He spent the majority of his former years in the Florida Keys.

Willam attended High School, with honors, at Riverside Military Academy, in Miami, Fl. Throughout his high school years he was a member of the Navy Sea Cadets. He graduated high school from Coral Shores in the Florida Keys in 1979. In his spare time you could find him playing strategy games with his brother Michael for days on end.

After high school he joined the Navy. He also attended and graduated from the the University of Florida. Will was a life member of the Thomas Center Associates Membership of Gainesville, Fl.

He spent the last 30 years of his life managing Reed and Sarah Brown’s family business. Over that time the Brown’s became his second family.

He is preceded in death by his biological Mother Roslyn O. (Stack) Radloff, and his adoptive Grandmother Elsie McMullen-Miller who he took care of though the final chapter of her life.

He is survived by his father and step-mother Willam D. Radloff Sr. and Diane L Radloff of Jacksonville, Fl, Brother Bradford J. Radloff of Jacksonville, Fl, and brother and Sister-in-law Michael E., and Callista Radloff, Niece Jessica Radloff, and Nephew Jake Radloff of Tucson, AZ. He is also survived by his adoptive familyReed and Sarah Brown of Gainesville, Fl.

You will never meet a man with a bigger heart, who’s as trustworthy, or loved cats more than Will.

Ina Kay Morgan

Ina Kay Morgan was born on September 11, 1932 to parents Gordon and Helen Middleton in Hawthorne, Florida. She graduated from Hawthorne High School in 1952. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and taught second grade in Florida schools. After earning a master’s degree at Florida State University, she was a media specialist at schools in Georgia and Michigan, and at Palatka High School, where she retired. She was active in the Hawthorne Area
Historical Society, the Hawthorne Woman’s Club, United Methodist Women, Hawthorne First United Methodist Church, Church Women United, and the Hawthorne Life Enrichment Senior Citizens.

She died on July 12, 2022 at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center (Haven Hospice) after a short illness.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Edward Morgan. She is survived by her brother Gordon Middleton (Mary) of Jacksonville; her sister Diane Tilbury (Larry) of Hawthorne; three nephews; three nieces; five great nephews; five great nieces; and two great-great nephews. She will be missed by the many friends she has had over her 89 years.

A service will be held on Saturday July 23 rd at 2:00pm at the Hawthorne Middle/High School auditorium, 21403 SE 69 th Avenue. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service also in the auditorium. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Hawthorne First United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 458, Hawthorne, FL 32640; United Methodist Women (P.O. Box 127, Hawthorne); Hawthorne Women’s Club (P.O. Box 1407, Hawthorne); or Hawthorne Are Historical Society (c/o Robert Moore, 9512 SW 54 th Road,
Gainesville, FL 32608). Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361. www.milamfh.com

Kirk A. Vorhees

GAINESVILLE – July 1st 1954 – July 13th 2022
Kirk A. Vorhees lost his long battle with cancer July 13th 2022. He was surrounded by family.

He is preceded in death by his life companion Robert (Bob) Langford, His father John Henry Vorhees and his mother Jo Ann Vorhees. He is survived by his Sister and Brother-in-law, Stacey and Dale Rea of Lillington, NC; Sister Missy Bradley-Graburn of Columbus, IN and Brothers Ralph and Ben Vorhees of Indianapolis, IN and Lusby, MD respectively.

Kirk lived a life of service primarily on submarines in the US Navy and later in service of his fellow veterans at the VA hospital in Gainesville, Fl. He gave all he had in service to his country’s defense and her veterans. He was loved and will be missed.

Services will be held at at 2:00 pm on Thursday July 21st, 2022 Milam Funeral Home 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Fl 32601, with internment following at Bronson Cemetery.

Deborah Lynn Smith

Deborah Lynn Smith of Micanopy, FL died suddenly on July 1, 2022. Deborah was an amazing person and we are grateful she made the world a better place to live. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

A graveside service is planned for Monday July 18, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Micanopy Historical Cemetery. ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN THE CARE OF MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. MAIN ST., GAINESVILLE, FL 32601

352-376-5361

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Irene Margaret Keegan

January 22, 1927 – July 10, 2022

Irene Margaret Keegan, age 95, died Sunday, July 10, 2022, after several months of decline. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 22, 1927 to Frederick and Christie MacKenzie Keegan, joining her sister Bernice, who have all preceeded her in death.

Spending her formative and adult years in the Boston area, Irene ended her career days as Assistant Book Editor to the Boston Globe newspaper. Upon retirement, she moved to Florida.

Irene loved traveling and visiting many countries in Europe, the Holy Land and many Wind Jammer Cruises. She shared her travels through her love of photography. She will be missed for her constant faith, curiosity, and attention to detail by her niece, Ellen Turner (Worth McMains) and great-nephew, Michael Turner (Kristie and Anthony).

Her Funeral Mass will be at St. Madeleine Catholic Church on Friday, July 15th at 2:00 pm. Burial to follow at St. Madeleine Memorial Garden.

Butch Sapp

Harold “Butch” Lloyd Sapp Jr. 75, longtime resident of Newberry, Florida, passed away on July 7, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born to parents Harold Lloyd Sapp and Diana Bass Sapp, on March 5, 1947 in Lakeland, Florida.  Part of a proud military family, Butch lived with his parents and sister Penny in Japan and the Philippines over the years graduating from high school at Clark Air Force Base in 1965.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduation and served three years with distinction as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam as a combat engineer. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Marines never left him, as friends and family will attest. Butch settled in Newberry Florida where he worked in Law enforcement as a Sherriff and assisted with the DEA. He then worked at the University of Florida Veterinary School in Gainesville conducting Glaucoma research and helping to paten surgical techniques until his retirement.  

He had a passion and true talent for training and riding horses and was known for helping others train and work with their animals.

Butch will be truly missed by his surviving family, Daughter Andrea &(Jason) Goff of Hobbs, New Mexico, Sister Angela “Penny” Salisbury & Beckie Lewis, of Newberry Florida, Nieces, Staci Salisbury & (Rachel) Blankenship and Kylah & (Chase) Herring of Trenton Florida. He was a proud papa to two granddaughters Peyton & Adyson.

 The family invites all Butch’s friends to celebrate his life with them. Services will be held this Saturday July 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry Rd.

Lynn DeBusk

June 13, 1950 – July 7, 2022

Our loving mother, sister, and friend Lynn DeBusk, 72, of Gainesville, Florida, entered into eternal rest on July 7, 2022 after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. She was under the gentle care of Haven Hospice at E. T. York Care Center in Gainesville. She had a smile like sunshine and a laugh that brimmed with joy.

Born on June 13,1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, Lynn was the eldest child of the late Franklin Lafayette DeBusk, MD and Anne (Tisdale) DeBusk. A longtime resident of north central Florida, Lynn spent her early childhood in Pensacola and, from her mid-teens, in Gainesville where she graduated from Gainesville High school in 1968. She pursued a degree in nursing, graduating from Santa Fe Community College in 1970, passing her boards in 1972. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration in 2010 from Ashford University.

Lynn began her career of service to others at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital performing bedside care in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her passion for research and expanding her knowledge perfectly suited a personality that enjoyed digging through articles like a detective solving a case. She generously passed along her knowledge and wisdom to friends and family. In 1995, she left bedside nursing and began working as a claims medical specialist at Nationwide Insurance in Gainesville and later became a senior medical case manager at FCCI in Sarasota, Florida. She retired in March 2020.

Lynn was a wild and free caring soul known for her infectious smile, vibrant personality, and her stylish attire, which always suited the occasion. She was an avid animal lover and Beatles fan from their earliest days. With a deep love of traveling, she visited the Galapagos Islands, Europe, Peru, and the Amazon River as well as many regions of the United States. Closer to home, she enjoyed sharing brunch with close friends, trips to the park with her dogs, and spending time with her two girls. Lynn was a friend to the community and firm believer in supporting local organizations such as Paws on Parole and Operation Catnip.

Lynn is survived by her daughters Monique Desiree (DeBusk) Kunz and Kathryne Anne (DeBusk) Otte of Gainesville, her brothers, William “Bill” DeBusk of Gainesville and Thomas “Tom” DeBusk of Satellite Beach, her two dogs and four cats, and a number of lifelong friends.

Her gravesite life celebration will be held at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, 7204 SE County Road 234, Gainesville, FL 32641, on July 19, 2022 at 8 a.m., followed by a reception hosted by her daughters at Lynn’s home, 3905 SW 18th Street, Gainesville. Lynn chose to have her life celebration outdoors in a meadow, and it is recommended guests wear closed-toe shoes and slacks. Her daughters request colorful attire to honor their mother’s bright personality. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lynn’s name to Operation Catnip of Gainesville (ocgainesville.org), Paws on Parole (pawsonparole.com), or Haven Hospice of Gainesville (4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL, 32606, beyourhaven.org/donate).

Mary Olive (Thomas) Towers

After 103 years, Mary died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, in Gainesville, Florida on July 6, 2022.

Born May 31, 1919, Mary was the third of nine children born to Bob and Annie (McCall) Thomas of LaCrosse, Florida, all of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Frank W. Towers, Sr., and her son-in-law Peter Teal. She is survived by her four children: Jane King, Anne Kuhns (Rolf), Frank, Jr., and Kathy Teal. Also surviving her are four grandchildren Duane King (Elizabeth), Lori King, Jason Towers, Evan Teal, five great grandchildren, Jonah Towers, Nora Towers, Davin Miller, Stephen King, Mackenzie King, two great great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews all of whom she loved and who adored her, and numerous caregivers who all loved “Miss Mary”.

Mary graduated from Alachua High School, Florida Southern College, and the University of Florida where she majored in elementary education. She taught school for 30 years, most often first grade, in Jacksonville, Alachua and Gainesville. She loved teaching early education children because she felt she could “help get them started off right.”

While teaching in Jacksonville she met a handsome soldier stationed at Camp Blanding who, in 1943, became her husband. During World War II, while Frank was serving his country in Europe, she lived in Boston, Mass. with Frank’s mother. Shortly after the end of the war she got permission to join Frank in Germany where they lived for three years then moved back to Florida to build their home, where Mary lived until near the end of her life.

During retirement, Mary loved traveling, researching family genealogy, crocheting, reading, fishing, and crafts projects, such as reupholstering furniture and basket making. But most of all she loved having her family around.

Mary was the most kind, gentle person you could ever meet, and never met anyone who wasn’t an immediate friend. She always found the good in everything, never had a bad word to say about anyone, and always put others before herself. She was an angel on Earth.

In her later years, she became quite adept at technology, had video calls with family on a regular basis, had her own PC, iPhone and iPad and knew how to use them.

Mary was recognized by the Florida Genealogical Society as a descendant of a Florida Pioneer and was accepted into membership of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was formerly a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Gainesville and St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church in High Springs.

Visitation will be at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, Fl on Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Funeral services will be held at St. Madeleine’s Catholic Church 17155 NW US Hwy 441 High Springs, FL on Friday, July 15th, with sharing at 9:30 am and funeral mass at 10:00 am.

Interment will follow immediately at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road Gainesville, Florida, 32641.

Milam Funeral Home Gainesville is handling funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family request you make a contribution in memory of Mary Towers to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online www.DementiaSociety.org/donate.

June Rose Johnson Green

June Rose Johnson Green, age 95, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, June 16, 2022, at her home in Gainesville, Florida. She was born at home, February 16, 1927, to Lucius and Myrtle Holland Johnson. June was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a fourth-generation descendant of two of Florida and Alachua County’s early pioneer families.

June started dancing as a young child. The home in which she grew up included boarders and was always full of activity and joyful moments gathered around the piano. Small town Gainesville afforded June many opportunities to perform. She taught dance classes from an early age and owned her own studio. Along with dance June was a majorette. During the 1945 and 1946 football seasons June was the sole twirler for the University of Florida, still an all-male school. In 1947 she helped organize the first UF majorette team. Always a proud Gator fan and supporter June loved football season! A cherished memory was walking on the field again in 2009 to be recognized as a 50-year Gator Booster, escorted by her grandson Ty Byron (standing in for her beloved late husband Harry).

June married the late Harris H Green, another Gainesville native, on December 26, 1946. They met when she was in the eighth grade and Harry a sophomore at Gainesville High School. A wise P.E. teacher asked his student assistant (Harry) to help June with her batting skills and the rest is history. Early courtship included Sunday evening church services (in the balcony), then walking June home, stopping along the way at Evan’s Soda Fountain for a coke float. The devoted couple married after Harry’s return from World War II, happily together until his death in 2004.

June was a lifelong Christian and active member of First United Methodist Church. She loved volunteering in the nursery, teaching Sunday School and hosting youth group functions. June joyfully shared her passions! Some favorite community activities included volunteering in the local schools her children and grandson attended, helping at the Woman’s Club Spring Pilgrimage in the Duck Pond area, choreographing musicals for the Gainesville Community Playhouse, UF and teaching a musical theatre class at the university. June was a member of the Thomas Center Associates, Gainesville Woman’s Club and Dance Masters of America among other organizations. Finally, June was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with family, especially her grandson Ty and sweet collies, Zadie and Monroe. She loved the water, relishing weekends with relatives in Crystal River and Crescent Beach.

A true optimist throughout life June found beauty in everything and saw the best in everyone. Even in the final days she enjoyed car rides with her daughters, tap dancing along to the 1940’s music on the radio.

June is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harris H Green, son Harry, Jr and sister Ettiedean Curry. She is survived by daughters Karen, Pat and Joy (Tom Byron), and grandson Ty Byron. A special thanks to dear family friend Clarkson Cantrell. In lieu of flowers please give to the charity of your choice or just reach out to someone in need of encouragement, a simple word or smile to brighten their day!

A private family graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Danelle Ann Henderson

We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved Danelle Ann Henderson, of High Springs, FL.  She passed away on June 29, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on October 6, 1949, to Daniel E. Henderson and Beatrice Horn Henderson.

Danelle had an adventurous spirit, rising to any challenge.  She giggled a lot with a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her face.  Her free-spirited heart and generosity brought joy to everyone.  She enjoyed spending time listening to music, tending to her flower garden, and loving her animals.  She spent a lot of time advocating for vulnerable children and animals, volunteering, and donating to the Humane Society, Kiwanis Club, and other worthy causes.  She enjoyed cooking and entertaining.  Dani’s favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends.

Danelle graduated from Petal High School in 1967 and then proceeded to earn an Associate in Paralegal Studies from Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.  She was an employee of the University of Florida for 30 years.  She retired as the Associate Director of the UF Self-Insured Program.  Her fiery, tenacious attitude made her exceptional at her job.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Emmett Henderson and Ella Beatrice Horn Henderson, her daughter Diane Renee Towater, and nephew Mark Henderson.  She leaves behind to mourn her loss her spouse D. Theresa Emma, son Charles Christopher Towater, her brother Terrell M Henderson (Glenda), her sister Peggy H Henson (Jim), one grandson, numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.  She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 10:30 am.  Visitation for the public will commence at 10:00 am at Miliam Funeral Home, Newberry, FL.  Graveside service to follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL.

Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral Home, 22405 W. Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL.  352-472-5361, www.milamfh.com.

Margie B. Palmer

Margie B. Palmer went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, June 24, 2022, with her husband, Lamar, lovingly by her side. Margie married Charles Lamar Palmer in 1992, making Gainesville, Florida, their home. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, serving others, and sharing about Jesus, whom she loved and served.

Margie’s death was preceded by her mother and father, Norma and Hobert Brower, her sister, Kay, and three brothers, Howard, Chuck, and Dale. Margie is survived by her husband, her children, James, and John, her eight grandchildren, and one brother and three sisters, John, Joyce, Mary, and Sara.

Her memorial service is on July 6, 2022, starting at 1:00 pm at the Gainesville Church of God, 7003 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606 (www.gainesville.church). You may choose to make donations in her memory to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606; the Alzheimer’s Association; or a charity of your choice.

Cecil Barnes

Born in Gainesville Fl,  died peacefully at the age if 68 in his home, surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Barnes was a life long resident of Gainesville. He attended Gainesville High School and the University of Florida, where he got his Masters in psychology. Mr. Barnes served as a school psychologist in the Alachua County school system until his retirement in 2016. Mr. Barnes had an avid love of all sports and coached at both recreational and high school level in Alachua County. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Cecil Barnes of Gainesville, and his sister, Laura Clance of Gainesville. He is survived by his sister Patricia Hunt of Gainesville, niece Terri Coleman of Albany, GA, and one Great niece and nephew, Lacey Coleman & Ricky Clance & many friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sydney Lanier School in Gainesville, FL. 

Visitation and service will be held June 25, 2022, with visitation running from 12-1 pm, and service starting at 1:00 pm at the Milam Chapel 311 S Main Street, Gainesville Fl. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

 

Gary Mathew Dzikoski Jr.

Gary Mathew Dzikoski Jr. passed away suddenly on June 19th 2022 and is reunited with the Love and Light of the Lord.

He was born in Gainesville, FL to Gary M Dzikoski and Crystal G MacDonald in 2002. Mathew was an adventurous spirit in spite of having heart troubles. He loved fishing and enjoyed working, whatever the task was.

He lived in Newberry until the age of 1, then moved to TX where he lived until 2019, when he returned home to Newberry. He easily made friends wherever he went and his smile would light up the room. Mathew also belonged to New Life Apostolic Church in Killeen, Texas from 2007 to 2019. His pastor Tony White will be presiding over his service.

He is preceded in death by his Pepa John Hoozer, Grandmother Dawn Johnson and Grandfather Micheal Marvin.
His survivors include Mother Crystal Hoozer, Step Father Matthew Hoozer, Father Gary Dzikoski, Step Mother Lydia Higgins, Siblings Morgan and Michael Dzikoski, Luke and Zechariah Hoozer, Dade Cravens and Orianna Higgins, Steven, Korbin and Rayne Dzikoski, Grandparents Steven and Anne Reynolds, Garfield and Leavonies Fontaine and Grandfather Rick Pollock, Great-Grandparents William and Opal Lanman, as well as many more multiple aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held June 24, 2022, at 11:00 am at Milam Funeral Home  22405 W Newberry Rd Newberry, FL 32669. Services will follow beginning at 12:00 pm

Helen Quinnell Swick

Helen Quinnell Swick went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday June 20 2022. At ET York Hospice in Gainesville, Fl.

Quinnell married the love of her life, James H. Swick in 1951 and made Alachua, Fl their home. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, and witnessing to other about Jesus, whom she loved and served.

She was preceded in death by her husband James H. Swick and son Jimmy. Quinnell is survived by her children Tibbs (Vicki), Carol (Waylon), Mark (Dralynn), 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hospice 4200 90th Blvd Gainesville, Fl 32606, The Alzheimer’s Association, or charity of your choice.

Betty Mae Bell O’Byrne

Betty Mae Bell O’Byrne passed away June 5th, 2022. Betty Mae was born December 17th, 1924 in Gainesville, Fl. Daughter of Charles Edward Bell and Betty Sasser Jordan. Betty is a graduate of P.K. Yonge Laboratory School and Florida State Collage for Women, now FSU. Betty attended Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Common Wealth University). In 1948, Betty married Frank McMahan O’Byrne and together they raised 6 children. At the age of 50 Betty returned to the workforce as a social worker at Tacachale, retiring in 1991. Betty was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Gainesville and a 79yr member of PEO. At the young age of 81 Betty organized the first Pulmonary Hypertension Support group in North Central Florida and remained leader for 10 years.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brother Thomas Jordan Bell, step-son Frank Manoah O’Byrne, and husband of 55 years Frank. Betty is survived by step-daughter Bettye Prindle of Gainesville, daughters Charlene Smith of Gainesville and Linda O’Byrne (Bob Elder) of Palatka. Sons Patrick O’Byrne (Dawn) Of Gainesville; Michael O’Byrne (Cindy) of Candler, NC; Robert O’Byrne (Cyndi) of Suffolk, VA, and Daniel O’Byrne (Karen) of Apex, NC. Seventeen grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 15 great, great grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Triple G”.

Betty had an insatiable thirst for life which was evident by the many lives she touched and nurtured. She had an open door in her home and welcomed many into her family. She loved God and the world He created. Betty was loved and will be missed by many.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

at Milam Funeral Home located at 311 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, June 26 at 2 PM at First United Methodist Church Gainesville, FL 419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

In honor of Betty send your memorial gifts to FUMC of Gainesville, FL, The Pulmonary Hypertension Association, and or Haven Hospice.

If you have Facebook, you can find, contribute to, and share Betty Mae’s Celebration of life post. Click this link and scroll down to find Betty Mae. https://www.facebook.com/milamfh/

Janice Ruth Watkins Lee

Janice Ruth Watkins Lee, 85, of Gainesville, formerly of Bell, passed away Wednesday, May 25th. Janice was born in Live Oak, FL on September 5, 1936 to Marshall Owen and Mildred Gaddy Watkins. She moved to the Atrium 13 months ago after living in Bell for many years.

Janice was a gifted pianist and especially loved playing for her church, Trenton United Methodist. She held many jobs during her lifetime including executive secretary at Job Corp, but the job that gave her the most joy was choir director and pianist for her church. Janice loved her family very much. Jan Jan, as she was called, especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Dewey H. Lee and son-in-law Russell Chastain. She is survived by her 4 children, Debbie (Jim) Powell, Marshall (Christy) MacClellan, Ken (Shawn) Lee and Linda Chastain; 11 grandchildren, Carrie (Martin) Reaves, James (Ocean) Powell III, Tracie (Matt) Griffith, Christina MacClellan, Angeli MacClellan, Sarah MacClellan, Marshall Stephen MacClellan, Kole Lee, Kyle Lee, Brittany (Donnie) Logan and Colton Chastain, and 14 great-grandchildren: Camara Casson, Marty, Christine, and Liam Reaves; Christian Dean, Elora, James IV, and Emerald Powell, Taylor, Rianna, Kaiden, and Macklin Griffith, Palmer and Knox Logan. She is also survived by her nephews, Joe Watkins, Bill Watkins, and Ron McCormick and niece, Angel Rodriguez.

A very special thank you to her friend and caregiver, Sandy Martin.

A memorial service will be held July 9th at Trenton United Methodist Church.

Mark Milton Stubbs

Mark Milton Stubbs, life-long resident of Gainesville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 30th at the age of 64.  To his family and friends, Mark was affectionately known as Superman for his tenacious fight with brain tumors for over 28 years. His positive spirit, strong determination, and “can do attitude” was a marvel for all to witness in his ongoing medical challenges over the many years. Yet, despite his struggles, he had a life well-lived.

Throughout his life Mark was an animal lover, avid fisherman, and sports enthusiasts for not only the Gators but for both of his son’s sporting events and other family members and friends’ activities. More importantly, he was a good husband, a loving, caring father to two sons, a devoted son himself, and a loyal friend to countless others.

Mark was born February 18, 1958, in Gainesville, Florida to parents Milton and Betty Rose Stubbs, and he graduated from Oak Hall High School in 1976. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother Betty Rose (BR) Stubbs, his wife Tracy Boling Stubbs, their sons, Darby Stubbs and Dallas Stubbs, his brother Scott Stubbs and wife Jana, and many nieces and nephews.

Mark worked for Mark Hurm & Company, LLC  for over 15 years, and earlier in his career, he also worked for Mirage Manufacturing and Boat Builders.  In addition to his love of friends and family, Mark was an Eagle Scout, a devoted member of the Gators Boosters for over 40 years, a Member of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club (President 1990), and a volunteer extraordinaire helping for over 30 years set up the magnificent Christmas tree at the Thomas Center, helping with JJ Finley( Parker)  Gator football parking and  GHS Football concessions. His friendly personality and his gift of easy conversations was the essence of who he was. Mark was the ultimate “helper” to anyone in need. He genuinely cared about people and was always willing to lend a hand. He was a best friend to many.

Mark had a life full of adventures and travel. Over the years he accumulated countless memories of good times travelling to Hope Town Bahamas, the Florida Keys, snow skiing, attending Gator Games, endless fishing trips with sons and friends, and fun celebrations at the family homes in Cowpen Lake or Cedar Key all while being surrounded by a large close-knit tribe of beloved family members and friends that radiated outward over different generations.  He will be greatly missed by many people.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at Tampa General Hospital for Mark’s amazing care over the past 10 years during all his many surgeries. A special extension of appreciation goes to his amazing team of doctors Dr. Harry VanLoveren and Dr. Michael Harrington. All the staff at Tampa General treated the whole Stubbs tribe like family and royalty.

There will be a Celebration of Life service held on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Valley View 26001 NW 122nd Street, Alachua, FL 32615.  To keep with Mark’s easy-going nature and his passion for the Gators, the family has asked that all those attending the Celebration of Life to please dress in Orange & Blue.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Milam Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Mark to The Ronald McDonald House. Donations may be made on line at www.RMHCNCF.org or mailed to Ronald McDonald House Charities NCF at 1600 SW 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608.

Jackson Burns Sampselle

Jackson Burns Sampselle, 75, of Gainesville, died May 21st, 2022. Born in Athens, Ohio in 1946, Jack grew up in Bradenton FL, and after graduating college, lived in several cities in the Southeast before settling in Gainesville in 1988.

He was a proud alum of Georgia Tech, and met his wife Margaret Bommer while he was in college & she was a flight attendant for Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA.  They were happily married for 53 years. Jack was an avid history buff, voracious reader, and loved playing golf and skeet shooting.  He worked as a financial analyst and Accountant for over 50 years and had a passion for his career and profession.
He is survived by his wife Margaret; his son Jay Sampselle of Palm Coast, his daughter-in-law Alexa and granddaughters Lauren and Ashley; his daughter Simone Morgan of Lake Mary, and son-in-law Jonathan.
Service will be at 1:30PM on Wednesday, May 25th at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S Main St., Gainesville FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or Building Homes for Heroes.

Elizabeth “Liz” Todd Shaw

Elizabeth “Liz” Todd Shaw, age 84 of Gainesville, Florida passed away on Wednesday May 18, 2022. Liz was born September 19, 1937, in Easton, Maine to Guy and Helen (Dane) Todd. Liz graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Arts degree in English. Liz was a part of 4 Seasons Garden Club. United Methodist Women’s group out of First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Florida. The Agricultural Women’s Club at the University of Florida Avid gardener and floral arranger for 4 Seasons Garden Club Accredited flower show judge Arranged beautiful creations for the 4 Seasons Garden Club She and Larry loved to travel and some of their adventures included (Russia, Japan, Germany, Europe, Alaska, and Canada) Both Larry and Elizabeth loved to take rides in their 1916 Maxwell in many parades during the summer. Liz is preceded in death by parents, Guy and Helen (Dane); brother, George Todd; brothers-in-law, Donald (Aiko) Shaw, Ian (Joan) Shaw and multiple pets. Liz is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Lawrance Shaw; sisters-in-law; Janet Shaw, Aiko Shaw and Joan Shaw and multiple nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Monday, May 23rd at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.  Interment will be at St. Vincent Cemetery in St. Vincent, Minnesota later in the year. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “Family Promises of Gainesville”. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Belle “Bella” Zimmer Steinberg Hoffman

Belle “Bella” Zimmer Steinberg Hoffman died peacefully at home in Newberry, Florida, on May 15. She was 94. Belle was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, in 1927. She fled German occupation in 1939 with two of her sisters, coming first to New York City. Her parents, Max and Ida Zimmer, were killed in the Holocaust. Her third sister settled in Israel. Belle graduated from high school in Port Huron, Michigan, in 1946 and then moved back to New York.

She was a talented jeweler whose handcrafted pieces continue to bring joy and beauty to those who wear and admire them. She also worked in New York for Brides magazine.

Belle had an eye for art and style and was a voracious reader. Even when she limited her driving, she would still go to her public library.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Tirza Uzieli, Jo Franzblau and Greta Friedman; and by her cherished husband and soulmate, Murray Hoffman, with whom she shared a life and love for more than 40 years.

Her marriage to Robert Steinberg ended in an amicable divorce.

Belle is survived by her family, including Julie Steinberg and Andy Knobel and their children, Alex and Rachel Knobel; Mark and Terri Steinberg and their children and grandchildren, Rebecca, Cory, Eli and Noa Stawartz and Samantha Steinberg and Rina Wolok; Harvey and Carol Hoffman; Barbara Hoffman; Gary and Fran Hoffman and their children and grandchildren, Faith and Michael Myers, Scott Myers and LeeAnn Thuringer; and Richard and Patricia Hoffman and their children, Ruth Hoffman, Jenny Borth and Sarah Hoffman.

Belle brought light and love to those whose lives she touched. She will be missed.

Donations in her memory may be made to the UJA Federation New York, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Daniel Monroe Goode

Daniel Monroe Goode, 83, of Newberry Fl and former resident of Lake City, Fl passed away on May 14, 2022.  An Alachua county native, he was the son of Roger Bailey Goode and Victoria Douglas Goode. Mr. Goode was a member of Cross Baptist Church in Ellisville.

 

Mr. Goode worked 31 years for US Sugar Corporation in Clewiston before retiring to Lake City. He recently moved to Newberry to be close to family.

His hobbies included fishing and hunting. He loved to make his friends and family laugh by sharing stories of his adventures growing up with his 14 siblings.

 

He is survived by his children, Bradley Goode(Joyce), Yon Goode (Leslie), John Randolph Goode and Nikki Ivy; sisters, Doretta Jones, Jean Smith, Faye Davis; brother, Bobby Goode; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

He is predeceased by his loving wife, Jean Goode, parents Roger and Victoria Goode, siblings Cecil Goode, Mina Bush, Della Rooks, Josie Jones, Dalton Goode, Bailey Goode, Betty Parker, Louise Hunt, Ann Suggs, Mary Carlisle.

 

Funeral service will be Wednesday May 18, 2022 at 11:30am in the Milam Chapel of Newberry. The family will receive friends at 10:30am. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Adrian McDilia

Adrian McDilda, 95, of Hawthorne, Florida, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family & loved ones on May 15, 2022. The world lost a treasure!

He was born to parents William and Minnie McDilda, on November 29, 1926 in Newberry, Florida. Adrian graduated from Newberry High School where he played basketball, football & baseball and after graduation he went on to play semi-pro baseball (Newberry), along side his brothers.

Adrian is survived by son Dale McDilda and partner Allison Meaders; as well as granddaugher, Amelia McDilda (Rachel Dodge). Adrian was predeceased by parents Willam and Minnie McDilda, and bothers Myles Willis, George McDilda, Phil McDilda and sister Novie Moon.

Adrian was known for his love of his family; a devoted son, father and granddad. He loved to spend his time with Dale his “Buddy” fishing, cheering for the Florida Gators, working in his yard, and telling stories about his time spent supporting the Buchholz Bobcats. Amelia Cay, his “baby doll” was the light of his life and words can’t express their special bond. Adrian loved being outdoors, had a green thumb like no other; putting hundreds of miles on his John Deer mower, tending to his yard until his final days.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Mac” by Buchholz faculty, staff, and students for more than 44 years. One of his greatest joys in life was his roll as “team parent” for Buchholz varsity & junior varsity sports. Traveling near and far and very seldom missing a game. He always had a smile, a kind word, and a piece of bubble gum to offer.

The graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Newberry Cemetery. Casual dress. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buchholz High School (Athletic Dept.) Attn: Kaye Marinoff, 5510 NW 27th Ave. Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Edwin Dewitt Hartman 3rd

Edwin Dewitt Hartman III, 60, of Ocala, FL, passed away, on May 12, 2022 at Shands Hospital, after a brief illness.  He was surrounded by love.

He was born in Jacksonville, FL to Nancy Warren Hartman O’Byrne and Edwin D. Hartman, Jr., on October 19, 1961.

Edwin has always had a beautiful, playful smile and he could light up a room with his joy.  After graduating from Westwood Christian Academy High School, he joined the Air Force for 2 years.

After the sudden death of his dad in 1984, he helped his mother ‘man’ the gate 17 at Gator games.

On October 20, 2012 he married Heather Smith.  Together they created a loving home.

Edwin became a low boy driver for heavy equipment and loved that job. His most recent employment was at Chewy as a Fulfillment Specialist.

He was an avid Gator and Nascar racing fan.  Time stood still for him while he was watching those events so he wouldn’t be interrupted!  He also loved playing video games.

He loved life, his family for sure, cook outs with friends, and working.  He had lots of ‘get up and go’ and was not afraid to use it.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Edwin Hartman Jr., his grandparents, Edwin Dewitt Hartman Sr., and wife Marcella, as well as his grandmother Nora Dubose Thames.

Left behind to mourn his loss are his wife Heather, son Edwin D Hartman IV, (Leah) granddaughter, Jade, his mother Nancy O’Byrne, his sisters: Sybil Brooks of Panama City, FL and Dagne Hartman of West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as many other relatives, friends, and co-workers.

He will be greatly missed by all who loved him

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society of Marion County.

A visitation will take place Monday evening, May 16, from 6 -8 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home, downtown Gainesville.  His graveside service will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Dedan Cemetery in Brooker, FL

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Joni (Saunders) Messler

Joni (Saunders) Messler passed away peacefully on April 15th, 2022 at the age of 85.

Mrs. Messler, lovingly known by many as “Miss Joni”, was born on September 19, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Sanford, Florida where she spent her childhood. She wed her husband of sixty-three years, Clarke Messler, in 1959 before the couple settled in Gainesville, Florida.

Miss Joni was well known in the Gainesville community as a beloved teacher, dancer, and artist. Miss Joni led a decades-long career in the arts beginning with formal dance training in New York City, London, and Paris. Her professional career included Radio City Music Hall and performances with ballet companies on the West Coast. Miss Joni founded the Joni Messler Studio of Dance in 1959 and the pre-professional performing arts company the Gainesville Ballet Theatre in 1973, both in Gainesville, Florida. Through years-long collaboration with premier Balanchine ballerina Marie-Jeanne Godwin, the Messler studio cultivated generations of dancers through the world-renowned teachings of George Balanchine.  In addition to teaching classical ballet and other dance techniques, Miss Joni choregraphed countless original ballet pieces. Her original works included the full three-act ballet “The Little Match Girl”, which became a treasured Christmas tradition in Gainesville for 33 years.  Miss Joni’s tenure as a dance teacher in the Gainesville community culminated in numerous accolades including award of a letter of commendation from the American Ballet Theater II of New York City, honorary service as President of the Dance Masters of America for the State of Florida, receipt of The Nancy Smith Award from the Florida Dance Association, and receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other honors from the City of Gainesville over the course of her career.

Miss Joni touched the lives of countless students through her love of dance over the years. Her countless pupils and colleagues regarded her as a distinguished professional, inspired choreographer, and beloved teacher.

She is preceded in death by her parents Emma Louisa “Lou” and Joseph Saunders, her husband Clarke Messler, and her sister Barbara. She is survived by her loving nieces Dawn Bishop and Sylvia Schell, and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Hospice or Community Hospice of Alachua County in memory of Joni & Clarke Messler.

Blake Landor

We mourn the death of Blake Landor, loving husband, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and colleague. Even in his final days and hours, as he faced terminal illness, Blake displayed thoughtfulness, courage, curiosity and most of all, gratitude, qualities that contributed to him being loved by many.

Blake was the second child of Eleanor (Velk) and Ronald Landor. His early years were spent in California, in the Bay Area. Blake’s sister Talitha has a memory of being taken by her older brother to a local park and playing in a sandlot as he shot baskets on the court, during which time she somehow lost her precious new pair of bright red leather shoes. Nine-year-old Blake spent 45 minutes digging in that enormous sandlot until he found his little sister’s shoes–an early instance of Blake’s determination to accomplish tasks he set himself.

Blake’s love of books, intellectual inquiry, and classical languages began to be cultivated as an undergraduate at St. John’s College, a Great Books school he graduated from in 1969. Both he and his sister Amiel received their bachelor’s degrees from St. John’s and together they carried the unique and hard-earned moniker of being a ‘Johnnie’. Drawn to academic pursuits, Blake enrolled in graduate school at the University of Texas, in Austin, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Classics in 1972. He then undertook a doctoral program at the University of Toronto, and in 1980 received a PhD in Philosophy, completing and defending his dissertation on Aristotle.

It was in Toronto that Blake met his future wife, Evelyn (Lyn) Straka while they both worked on the Greek Index Project, where Lyn was supervisor. On their first date they sat outside in a park and read Plato’s “Timaeus”. Blake and Lyn were married in June 1980 and spent forty-two years of companionship together. Even in the last months of Blake’s life, he and Lyn would return to their love of classics and read Greek and Latin together.

In 1983, Blake received a Master of Library Science degree from Rutgers University. He held a number of teaching and librarian positions at universities in Toronto, New York, Illinois and Kentucky, and in 1990 he became the Classics, Philosophy, Religion Librarian at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Blake spent the next 26 years working at the University’s George A. Smathers Libraries, until his retirement in 2016. The field of library science changed greatly during his tenure with the advance of technology, and he adapted to changing trends in his field, and taught and mentored many. The widespread, deep affection for Blake among his colleagues was made evident at his surprise retirement party, where he was given gifts relating to his library disciplines of Classics, Philosophy and Religion, including a cookbook titled “The Philosopher’s Kitchen: recipes from Ancient Greece and Rome for the modern cook” and paid many tributes. One colleague called Blake “a person of peace and good cheer.” A peer in the field of philosophy said of Blake that “he exemplified the Stoic approach to life more than anyone else I have ever known. He improved me both as a scholar and as a human being.”

Blake had a rigorous intellect. In addition to Greek, he read in Latin, German, biblical Hebrew and French. He held his own in debate, and yet he was not dogmatic in his views, but was thoughtful in considering opinions opposed to his own and willing to change his mind if the strength of opposing arguments was compelling. He did not require adherence to his beliefs as a condition of kinship. His brother Barth recalls a fierce email exchange he and Blake had over a political matter, the intensity increasing with each message, while at the end of every email he made sure to sign off, “Love, Blake”.

If Blake lived a life dedicated to the intellect, he was also a person of deep feeling. He was a loving presence in his family’s life over many decades, eager to make connections on a walk, over a game of chess, or during a meal, and quick to enthuse over the achievements of younger generations in the family. Blake’s pursuit of truth, and his persistent truthfulness, were not academic preoccupations but essential attributes of his honorable character. Jewish by heritage, Blake came to feel a strong bond with Israel, and studied the Jewish Bible in its original Hebrew.

Blake’s siblings cherish memories of holidays together, sharing good food, long walks, rousing debates, and competitive games of Charades. His sister Regina remembers his visits to their hometown in Berea, Ohio and the way Blake would swoop her up and take her for a ride on his shoulders, his tall, lean frame reaching up to the branches of the trees. From her earliest age, Blake made her feel tall and important. His sister Amiel recalls spirited conversations between them. Blake always took pleasure and generous awe in his youngest sister’s adventures and positive perspective. On her 50th birthday he blessed her deeply by referring to her as ‘a female Odysseus.’

Blake’s appreciation for humor ran deep, and his laugh rang loud and true. His family grew to depend on his compassion and thoughtful advice and presence in their lives.

He is predeceased by his mother Eleanor and father Ronald, as well as his older sister Raissa. He is survived by his wife Lyn Straka, sisters Talitha Sanders (Ellen Martin), Regina Landor (Billy Woodward) and Amiel Landor, brother Barth Landor (Heather Antti), nieces Mikalina Rabinsky, Shoshana Sanders, Rebecca Landor, Sarah Munoz, and Cecilia Landor, and nephews Lyd Landor, Ethan Woodward and Gabriel Woodward.

Anyone wishing to honor Blake’s memory with a donation may contribute to St. John’s College (campuses in Santa Fe and Annapolis), or to Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, where Blake was laid to rest surrounded by natural beauty and loving family and friends.

Ronnie P. Durrance

Ronnie P. Durrance, 83, of Archer, FL, died peacefully at the E.T. York Hospice Care Facility in Gainesville on Friday, April 29, 2022.

He is survived by his companion of 11 years, Eva June Hinson of Archer, his son Calvin Durrance (Abby Parker), two grandsons, Nicholas and Kyle Durrance of Gainesville, nephew Billy McMullen, niece Kathi (Chris)Martin, and great-niece Olivia of Land O’Lakes.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Wanda Mikell Durrance, of 43 years and his sister, Linda (Bill) McMullen of Land O’ Lakes.

He was born in Chiefland, Fl on November 15, 1938 to the late Roy Durrance and Hazel J. Durrance Cuddeback. Ronnie has been in this area his entire life.  He was a graduate of the 1957 class from Gainesville High School.  He worked for the City of Gainesville and retired from GRU after 22 years of service.  Ronnie enjoyed Gator football/basketball, and spending time with family and friends.  He will be missed by many.

A celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 1 pm at 9714 SW 129th Street, Archer, Fl.  In-lieu of flowers, please make donations to E.T. York Hospice Care Facility.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL and CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, Fl 32601 www.milamfh.com 352-376-5361

Edward A. Shea

Our friend Ed Shea died February 9, 2022. He was born in Chicago on October 29, 1928. His father, the professional featherweight boxer Eddie Shea, lived to age 40. His mother, Ollie lived to age 99. Ed was their only child. Ed served as a paratrooper in the US Army during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he moved to Miami where he once served as Dade County’s property appraiser.  He assessed all properties at market value and was promptly voted out of office. In 1958, Ed was a successful, independent business man. He established and ran the “Pampered Pomp” salon in Coconut Grove, with Ralph Lewis. Hairdressing was a logical choice, for Ed, with his Rock Hudson looks, and kind demeanor, he was surrounded by women from the time he was born until after his death. After he closed the salon, he became a collector and seller of unique antiques and collectables, and he travelled far and wide in his quest to find the best. In 1972, Ed stopped drinking and never drank again. He supported many others in doing the same. Ed was a man of faith. He reached a point of willingness to grow along spiritual lines. He loved nature and had many adventures hiking, fishing, and hunting.  Ed always had a dog or two, up until these last few years. They were well loved! He made yearly trips to Europe to visit relatives and friends and honor his northern Italian roots. Watching football, and dining out were a couple of his favorite activities. In retirement, he lived in Melbourne Beach, then Worthington Springs, and finally Gainesville. He spent summers near Rockport, Maine, driving back and forth in an RV. Three years ago, Ed moved to the North Florida Retirement Village in Gainesville.  Up until mid – December, he was still living independently.  He died at ET York Haven Hospice, after a brief illness, surrounded by loving friends. He is survived by many many dear friends, Jane a.k.a ‘weed’, Kipp, Molly, Kathy, Larry, Charlene,C.J, Bruce, Dan, and the friends in Maine. Survivors also include his cousin, Thomas F. Panza (Dottie) and their children, and many distant cousins in Europe and the Chicago area.  Ed, we love you and miss you and trust you are enjoying the biggest adventure now and forever as you return to our Creator.  Thank you for the many acts of kindnesses, the wisdom you shared, the laughter and the love!

Arrangements were in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 www.milamfh.com

Robert G. Puckett

Robert G. Puckett, of Steinhatchee, passed away on Friday March 18, 2022 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. He was 73.

Born in Opelika, AL, to John and Margaret Puckett, Rob spent the majority of his life and career here in central Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Business. He was a property appraiser for Alachua County. Rob was an avid sports fan especially for his beloved Florida Gators.  He was also a lifelong fisherman and hunter.

Rob was preceded in death by his parents, John Puckett and Margaret Lynn Puckett.  He is survived by his son Jason Puckett and his wife Susan Payne Puckett; his brother Don Puckett and his wife Betty Ann Puckett; his niece Merrill Puckett Miller and her husband Scott Miller:  and longtime companion Diane Munn.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Rob held on Saturday May 14, 2022 at 10:30am in the Milam Chapel in Gainesville. If anyone would like to dress in their Gator attire, please do.  In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

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Bernard Henry Ames

Bernard “Bud” H. Ames sailed away from this world on 4/15/22 at the age of 95. He was much beloved. Born in Toledo Ohio on 6/20/26 to Homer C. and Louise (Hagedorn) Ames, Bud was the youngest of four children. Bud grew up on the banks of the Ottawa River and built his first sailboat by himself using only hand tools, when he was 14. He sailed right up to his 95th birthday.  Bud was also a gifted pianist and was playing, by memory, pieces from composers like Rachmaninoff and Christian Sinding in his early teens.

Six days after his 18th birthday, Bud enlisted in the Navy and served in WWII in both European and Pacific theaters. He was in NYC kissing all the girls on the day the war ended in Europe. After the war, Bud attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a BSE degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He designed ore carriers on the Great Lakes. In Connecticut his work included the engineering of deep-diving submarines, the Trieste II, and the smallest and only nuclear research submarine the NR-1.  Later, Bud would become the Chief of Ship Arrangements for the Ohio class submarine, the largest submarine ever built for the US Navy.

In 1952 Bud married Myra Malin and they had three children together. Cherie, Bob and Randy grew up in Groton CT along a river, where they too learned to sail. After 32 years with General Dynamics, Electric Boat, Bud retired to spend more time sailing, traveling with Myra and puttering around their big house.  Bud was a project man and always found ways to keep busy building, arranging, or fixing things.

A few years after Myra’s death, Bud found love again. He married Rosalee A. (Jacobson) Sprout in 2003 and welcomed her children into the family. Bud and Rosalee had many adventures together, including travel to the Amazon, Scotland, France, Norway, Belgium, Panama and the Galapagos.  They lived in Key West and Gainesville FL and spent summers in S. Burlington, VT.

Bud is predeceased by his parents, his first wife Myra, and his sisters, Hildred Alexander (Richard); Mary Ruth Daggett (Keith); and Virginia Blakesley (William, Sr). He’s survived by his wife Rosalee Sprout of Gainesville FL, daughter Cherie A. Wenzel (Michael); Robert M. Ames (Sharon Setzer); and Randall C. Ames. He is survived by three grandchildren, Katharine A. Lucas (Zachary), Lucas A. Wenzel (Elizabeth), and Gaelle L. Ames. Bud had many nieces and nephews and he always remembered their birthdays. Bud is survived by three stepchildren Alison Sprout; Leslie Sprout; and Kevin Sprout (Lisa Morris) and their children Peregrine Beckett, Audrey Schneider and Lena Schneider. Also dear to his heart are Gordon Caras, Florence Courbis and Chaffrey Leclere. Special thanks go to the staff at Oak Hammock Skilled Nursing Unit who cared for Bud during the last months of his life with great kindness and to his friend and companion, Charles Speta.

Bud was an avid storyteller. He sang tenor in many chorales. He was a man of faith. Bud would tell you not to worry, to have fun, and most of all to love one another.  He had a heart as big as the world.

In accordance with his wishes, Bud’s ashes will be scattered this summer in Lake Champlain and in Long Island Sound. Donations may be made to the Oak Hammock Scholarship Fund or to The Ocean Conservancy.

Thomas “Butch” Reeves Hoskins

Thomas “Butch” Reeves Hoskins, age 82 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday, April 22,2022.
Thomas was born on May 6 th , 1939 in Spencer, NC to Herbert and Hazel Hoskins.
Butch graduated as the salutatorian of his class from Spencer High School in Spencer, North
Carolina and spent the next four years at North Carolina State University. He graduated with a
bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, class of 1962. He spent most of his career and later
retired from Farmer’s Home Administration in Gainesville, FL. He was a project manager for
many years that would oversee rural land development. In his personal time, he thoroughly
enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family in the North Carolina
Mountains. Butch was a Christian and his favorite hymn was “Victory in Jesus”.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim. He is survived by his loving wife
of 58 years, Brenda L. Hoskins, one brother Buddy, two sons, Thomas and Timothy, two
daughters, Debbie (David) Neal, and Tammy (Hank) Rodgers, four grandchildren, Cody (Shelby),
Jacob (Sydney), Brent, Faith and two great grandchildren, Ella and Lane.
A celebration of life will be held at 6:00pm, Friday May 13 th , 2022 at Faith Baptist Church 3200
SW 122 nd St, Gainesville, FL 32608. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made
to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90 th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are being handled
by the family, and questions can be directed to sydneynrodgers@gmail.com

Betty Parkell

Sarah Betty Moncrief Parkell, 97, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

 

Betty was born on October 31, 1924 to Rosaline and Cecil Moncrief in Greenville, GA.

 

Betty graduated from Greenville High School in 1942 and married Barrie Parkell in 1946. Betty and Barrie were blessed with two daughters, Rosalyn and Edie. They moved to Gainesville, FL in 1959, where she and Barrie became members of First Baptist Church. Betty taught Sunday School at First Baptist for twelve years, then joined the Golden Gleam Sunday School class. She also served on various church committees and she and Barrie served as deacons. Betty was particularly fond of her Sunday School class and her missions-focused teachers. She was the administrative assistant to the Head of Finance & Accounting at the University of Florida and worked in the Guidance Office and Dean’s Office at Gainesville High School.

 

As a generous-hearted and socially minded person, it is no surprise that Betty leaves behind a legacy of community activity. She served the community as a volunteer at Alachua General Hospital for over 25 years. She crocheted thousands of “bookworms” for the Alachua County Schools Volunteers program to encourage literacy in school children. Betty was also a member of the Gainesville Women’s Club and volunteered with Haven Attic for eight years. She was active in the Gainesville Garden Club and served as Chairman of the Hibiscus Circle. Betty was a lifetime member of MOAA/Military Officers’ Wives Club, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and an honorary member of Florida Sheriffs Association. She derived great joy from connecting with her extended family, playing with her bridge club, spending time with her many friends and neighbors, and spoiling her grandchildren and their families.

 

Betty is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Barrie, and her brother, Cecil Moncrief. Betty’s memory will be honored by her daughters, Rosalyn (Hal) Kennedy and Edie (Lloyd) Singleton, her grandchildren, Ian Kennedy, Sara (Bryan) Moore, and Jonathan (Emily) Singleton, and her five energetic great-grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Gainesville on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to First Baptist, Betty’s church home.

Ann Hill

Ann Lazonby Hill died peacefully at her home on April 22, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Grace Hill Smith; son-in-law, Campbell Smith; three grandchildren, Hugh, Campbell, and Clare; and her brother, Joseph Lancelot Lazonby, Jr.
Ann was the daughter of the late Joseph Lancelot Lazonby and the late Shirley Bishop Lazonby. Born July 26, 1937, she was a lifelong resident of Gainesville, FL. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1955 and began her college years at Florida State University, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She returned home in 1957 to attend the University of Florida, graduating with a B.A. in 1959. She taught Kindergarten and first grade at J.J. Finley Elementary for more than a decade. Ann married Dr. Hugh “Smiley” Hill on January 29, 1972, the culmination of a long courtship and the beginning of a more than 33-year marriage marked by an abiding love and respect for each other.
Ann embodied the meaning of her name: “gracious.” Her kindness, generosity, and warmth were ever-present, and both strangers and friends alike received the benefit of her grace and compassion. She was an unassuming and quiet force, indefatigable in her love and support of her entire family. They all turned to her for advice, words of wisdom, recipes, a perfectly-timed sense of humor, and stability; for her patience and willingness to listen until any burden was eased.
In lieu of flowers, Ann would wish that donations be made in her memory to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (100 N.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).
The memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (100 N.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).

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

Paul Michael Howell

Paul Michael Howell
12/19/53 – 4/10/2022

Paul Howell was born in California to Rudolph Jr. and Myrdis Howell at Travis Airforce Base. His father was in the Air Force and moved the family throughout the United States during his formative years. The military remained an essential part of Paul’s life. He was a patriotic man and was an avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior program.

He got his bachelor’s degree in electrical contracting and settled in Atlanta, Ga. He owned and operated ECAD, an electrical contracting company specializing in commercial buildings and restaurants. His passion and knowledge for customized, safe, and effective electrical systems helped many retail businesses realize their dreams.

His hobbies included listening to music and playing the guitar. His son Josh recalls classic Hendrix, Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton soundtracks as the staple music played, windows down, to and from little league practices where his Dad coached. Baseball was a favourite family pastime. Paul loved the Atlanta Braves.

He retired to Palm Coast, Fl. Paul is preceded in death by brothers David and Leonard Howell, parents Rudolph Jr. and Myrdis Howell. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Norden and his children, Josh Howell and Kate Yates.

He will be buried at Prairie Creek Conversation Cemetery in Gainesville, Fl. April 21,2022 at 11:00 am. Services by Milam Funeral Home.

“Skeets” Keith Ferrell McKoy

“Skeets” Keith Ferrell McKoy born in Jacksonville, Fl. Sept 22nd, 1964, and departed from us unexpectedly on April 11, 2022, at the age of 57.

The McKoy family moved to Newberry when Skeets was two years old. He grew up and attended school in Newberry. He also helped his parents in the family meat processing business, Newberry Cold Storage, which was the family business for nearly 3 generations, as well as a local institution since the 1900’s.

In 2001 Skeets expanded on his business experience and moved to Trenton to open Skeets Drive-Thru with Katrina Pace “Acree”. Their specialty was philly cheese steak subs and barbeque.

Skeets loved people, being active, and his service dog Jake, a jack russell terrier who was always by his side.

In his spare time, you could find him playing men’s softball, shooting pool, and hunting all of Florida’s wildlife from gators and deer, to fishing and frog-gigging. As an avid hunter and wildlife chef if you caught him in the right season, you might get a taste of quail or wild turkey that he masterfully prepared.

He loved to help others and had a unique way of gathering people together to raise money for friends and community members in need. He used his culinary skills to donated time and food to fundraise when a need arose.

He was a member of the Moose lodge. He often participated in the Annual Beast Feast in Gilchrist County, and was a regular volunteer at the Newberry Watermelon Festival.

Upon closing “Skeets Drive-Thru” he became a full-time care giver to his father, Hayward McKoy.

Skeets was preceded in death by his parents Joyce and Hayward McKoy. He is survived by his sister Kindra McGehee (Don), his only niece Katelynn, and last but certainly not least, sweet Jake, his trusty service dog. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Watermelon Festival, to start a Scholarship Fund in the McKoys name.

Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday 16th at the Milam Chapel in Newberry, 22405 W. Newberry Road.

Anne Marie Snyder

Anne Marie Snyder, age 95, passed at home on Tuesday, April 5th, 2022. A witty, loving, kind, matriarch of a large family, her beautiful life will forever be cherished by her four daughters Anne, Patricia, Roberta and Karen; her 8 grandchildren Melissa, Jason, Celeste, Laurel, Colin, Kyle, Rebecca, and Karah; her 15 great grandchildren; and 3 great, great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bob, her sister Kay and brother Charlie.

 

Service will be Saturday, April 16th at 11am at First Baptist McIntosh, her church home since 1977.

 

Tributes in the form of flowers, donations to friends of McIntosh Foodbank or Operation Christmas Child are welcome.

Mary Ann Harn Cofrin

“Beloved friend, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mary Ann Peebles Harn Cofrin passed away peacefully on April 5, 2022. She was 97, born at home,  Oct. 8, 1924, in Gainesville, Fl, the middle of 3 sisters. She was predeceased by  her husband, Dr. David A. Cofrin, her parents Samuel P. Harn and Gladys Gracy  Harn and her sisters, Margaret Goforth and Gladys Harris.

Mary Ann enjoyed a long, accomplished life. She graduated from P.K.Yonge HS,  attended the Fl. State College for Women and graduated from the Katherine  Gibbs secretarial school in NYC, where she met her husband while he was in  medical school during WWII.

She was a volunteer and philanthropist, giving generously in support of the  greater Gainesville Community and other causes around the nation. She was an  active environmentalist, ahead of her time in many respects. She has chosen her  final resting place to be at the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery which offers a  natural burial for people who have chosen to do everything possible to protect  the environment.

Fascinated by family history, she researched multiple lines of her genealogy in  depth and self-published several books of historical photos and letters as well as  her own memoir.

She is survived by her 5 children, David, Paige, Edie, Gladys and Mary Ann, her 8  grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces and  nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:00pm, at the Harn Museum of Art on  Monday, May 9, 2022 . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to  the Matheson Museum, or to the UF Harn Museum of Art, named for her father.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to the assisted living staffs at Oak  Hammock and Haven Hospice for the kind caregiving she received.

Funeral services will be private, with the arrangements coordinated by Milam  Funeral Services, milamfh.com.

Donald (Don) Kinsey Webb

Donald (Don) Kinsey Webb, age 84 of Gainesville FL passed away on Sunday March 27, 2022. Don was born August 15, 1937, To Sidney and Alberta Webb in Gainesville Fl.

Don graduated from Gainesville High and the University of Florida with a major in entomology and citrus and an agriculture degree. He served in the Army Reserves. His first job was with Swift & Co. then Geigy, US Steel and ended his career at Growers Fertilizer Corp as President and General Manager. He retired in 2003 with 43 years of service to the Florida agchem industry. Don received the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association (FFAA) Lifetime Achievement Award. He was Chairman of FFAA’s Board of Directors from 2001 – 2002.

He was an avid fisherman and always happy to be out on his boat trying to catch the “Big One”.

He was preceded in death by his brother Toby Webb and his wife Patricia (Pat) Glenn Webb. He is survived by his three daughters Donna Webb, Wetter (Roger), Lori Webb and Lisa Easterwood (Ross) four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held for Don on May 28th from 1 – 4 Town of Montverde. Glenn Burns Community Building 17436. Division Street Montverde FL 34756

Olivia Stryker

Olivia Stryker, age 77 of Gainesville, passed away peacefully in her home on March 19, 2022.

She is survived by her son Patrick Hughes of Gainesville (wife Cindy and daughter Tessa); daughter Katie Grant of Atlanta (husband Kyle, daughters Claire and Sarah, and son Skylor); and sister Katy Stryker of St. Augustine (son David Tonnelier and daughter Erika Tonnelier). She is predeceased by her sister Maggie Stryker and her parents David and Claire Stryker.

She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends, her faithful kitty Lily, and five special community cats. Following her wishes, a private service was held at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy consider donating to Alachua Conservation Trust or Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery to honor her commitment to the environment; or Haven Hospice of Gainesville.

 

 

James Eugene Hunn

James “Jim” Eugene Hunn, 80, of Gainesville Fl., formerly of South Bend IN, Orlando Fl, and Ocala Fl, went to be with the Lord on March 29,2022 after a long illness. He was born November 6, 1941, in Mishawaka Indiana, to James. E Hunn and Vera Kaufman Hunn.

Jim graduated from Central High School in South Bend and attended Bethel College of Indiana. During college he worked for Radio Distributing where he met his future wife, Jennie Kay. They were married November 2, 1963. He next worked for Burning Copiers of Indiana as a repair man of electrostatic photo copiers. He spent 25 years as a switchman for AT&T of South Bend IN, Gainesville Fl, and Orlando Fl. From which he retired in 1990. Returning to Gainesville he worked as a clerk for the Health Sciences Center Communications Office at the University of Florida, for ten years enjoying delivering the Friday Evening Post. After retiring from there he retired to Ocala and then moved back to Gainesville before passing.

Jim spent time as a tumbling instructor during high school. He was a 32nd Degree Mason of Masonic Lodge #45 of South Bend. He was a former Portage Township volunteer fireman Assistant Fire Chief in South Bend. He enjoyed being a Ham Radio Operator, Locksmith, and Gunsmith. He also enjoyed reloading, shooting, and woodworking. He loved all his grandchildren and great granddaughters. They all lovingly refer to his as “Pawpaw”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and Marabelle Folkner of South Bend, IN. And a grandson Colton Chase Basinger of Gainesville Fl. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jennie Kay McCombs Hunn, a daughter Linda (Kenneth) Basinger of Fairbanks, Fl., a son Andy (Carol) Hunn of Alachua, Fl. Grandsons Adam (Maria) Basinger of Micanopy Fl., Spencer (Jessica) Basinger of Fairbanks Fl. And Tyler Abold of Gainesville Fl. Granddaughters Megan and Erin Hunn of Alachua Fl. And two great granddaughters Emmaline and Hazel. Niece Becky Folkner, nephews Randy and Rick Folkner, great niece Amber Folkner and great-nephew Jason Folkner, all South Bend, IN.

Funeral services will be held graveside at Fairbanks Cemetery of Alachua County on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 11:00 am.

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 Ira Wilkinson, Jr.

James Ira Wilkinson, Jr. 43, of Gainesville, Florida went home to be with Jesus on February 27,2022. Jay will be forever loved and remembered as always being kind and caring. Jay joins his mother, Barbara Love and his sister, Marybeth Wilkinson, in heaven. Jay is survived by his longtime love, Betty Forgarty and their daughter Emily, his father Jamey Wilkinson, sisters Stephanie Sapp, Michelle Mansfild, Paula Schrimsher, Christina Wilkinson, thirteen nieces and nephews, and four great nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.

Graveside service will be held at the
Providence United Methodist Church
March 11, at 1pm

Neil Austin Malphurs

Neil Austin Malphurs of Suwannee, Florida passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2022, at North Florida Regional Hospital.

Neil was born in Gainesville FL at home on December 24, 1932, although his birth date was recorded as December 23rd due to record keeping at the time. He was the son of Mozeta (Farrell) Malphurs and Marvin Neil “Pete” Malphurs who preceded him in death.

He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1950 where he played multiple sports and trumpet in the band.

His first degree from the University of Florida was a BS in Entomology which he put to good use in operating the first Florida Pest Control in Jacksonville, FL.  He played baseball at the University of Florida and was a member of ATO Fraternity.  He also served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW.

Neil went back to the University of Florida for his Law Degree on the GI Bill at the tender age of 40 and received his Juris Doctorate in 1974.  He practiced law for the rest of his life.  He was the City Attorney for Alachua for eighteen years and later helped to manage his family’s mobile home park.  He went on to run for a seat as a Gilcrest County Judge in the early 1980’s as he wanted to continue serving.

Neil loved sports and was an avid golfer, fisherman and a college football fan. He was a huge Gator Football and Baseball fan, supporting the Gators to many away games and held season football tickets since the early 1960’s.  He founded the Fighting Gator Touchdown Club with Bill Rowell and was the first President to ensure anyone could be a part of his beloved Gators!  He was renowned for his spectacular hush puppies at all the fish fries and club events!

Neil was ever curious about the world around him and loved all types of music. He loved his family and wide circle of friends.  Upon retirement, Suwannee became his home and loved fishing and airboating. He and Sara attended the First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife Sara Deese Malphurs, his sister Betty Jo Malphurs Arnette, his children Linda Malphurs Thomas (Paul), Laura Malphurs Friis (Ned), Larry Neil Malphurs (Emma), Eddie Baxley (Charlyn), Diane Baxley Alexander (Randy) and Lisa Baxley.  He was blessed with (10) grandchildren and (7) great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Children’s Miracle Network in his name.

A Celebration of Life for Neil will be held in Gainesville at Ironwood Golf Course located at 2100 NE 39th Ave. on April 3, 2022, at 2pm.

Arrangements in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601, (352) 376-5361.

Robert “Bob” Curti

Robert (Bob) Curti (87) died on March 17, 2022. He was the husband of Alice Randall Curti; and they shared nearly 62 years of marriage together.

Bob was raised in Lake Helen, FL.  Upon graduation from Deland High School he joined the Marines and served overseas.  He and Alice raised their daughters in Lakeland.  Bob was employed by IMC of Mulberry as an electrician, prior to a long career for Polk County as a building inspector and maintenance supervisor.

Bob spent many years officiating high school football.  He was an avid golfer and loved the Florida Gators.  He recently served his community in Gainesville, FL through Northwest Baptist Church and the Marine Corp League.  Through all of these activities he developed life-long friendships.

He is survived by his wife Alice, his daughter Susan Beck (Charles), grandchildren Sara Catherine and Charles Robert, his daughter Catherine Laracuente (Jose), and his nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents Peter and Carrie Curti and his 6 siblings.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 2pm at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland.

In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601, (352) 376-5361.

Harold Zane Hogan

Harold Zane Hogan passed away on March 8th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. He was 89.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 26th, 2022, at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 10225 County Rd 234, Micanopy, FL, 32667.

Zane was born on July 31st, 1932, in Chiefland, FL to Hugh Jasper Hogan and Claudie Tillman Hogan.  Raised on a farm in Rochelle, FL, he voluntarily joined the United States Army in 1949 and entered into active service 2 days after his 17th birthday.  Zane earned the rank of Sergeant along with the Korean Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars as a member of the 76th Engineer Construction Battalion.  Honorably discharged after 3 years of service, he returned to Rochelle and soon began working for Southern Bell until his retirement 35 years later.  It was at work he met the love of his life Ruth Bielmann.  The two were married August 7th, 1962 and remained smitten with each other for the next 59 years.

Always a country boy, Zane was a hobby farmer who enjoyed raising cows and, occasionally, crops, as well as driving his tractor.  He told wonderful stories about helping his grandfather round up cattle on horseback in the long leaf pine woods around Rochelle, Micanopy, and Cross Creek.  Proud of his Florida heritage, Zane was asked in the early 1970’s if he would donate the old family cabin that stood on his property near Micanopy, constructed by his great, great grandfather Michael McCarroll, to Morningside Park in Gainesville, FL.  He did, so it would be preserved for future generations, and it is now known as Hogan’s Cabin in The Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center.

Zane loved bluegrass music and old hymns as well as ABBA. He was a self-taught harmonica player, and if you were lucky, he would play a tune for you.

The love and devotion Zane had for his family is immeasurable.  He was exceptionally kind, generous, creative, smart, friendly, and fun.  Greatly loved, he will always be missed.

Left to honor Zane’s memory is his wife Mary Ruth Bielmann Hogan, daughter April Marie Hogan, stepdaughter Karen Stack Van Lare (Wendell d.), grandson Andrew Giles (Carey), granddaughter Lacey Taplin (Kevin), great grandchildren Aiden and Aubrey Giles, and Malcolm Zane Taplin.  Siblings include Rollin Hogan (Joan), Margie Bowers (Herman d.), Dale Hogan (Tommye Lee), and many extended family members.

Zane was a long-time member of the McIntosh United Methodist Church, and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, FL

Arrangements are in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601, (352) 376-5361.

Sandra Ann Smith Greene

Sandra Ann Smith Greene, age 77, of Fort White, Florida, formerly of Lake Asbury, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Lake City Medical Center. Born August 24, 1944, in Gainesville, she grew up with an affinity for music, later receiving vocal training and singing in a number of solo and ensemble performances and stage musicals at Gainesville High School and the University of Florida.

 

A compassionate and generous soul, Sandra could fall naturally and easily into conversation with anyone, even a perfect stranger. This empathy would lead to a lifelong passion for helping others, ultimately leading to a career in records keeping and the intake of patients at the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, from which she retired in 2012. Sandra relished new experiences and especially loved traveling around the country and internationally with her daughter, Kat. After retiring and moving to Fort White with her family in 2015, she continued to help her others through medical woes and personal tribulations, while seizing every opportunity to enjoy life, have fun and try new things. Her love of music endured, and she enjoyed attending musicals and concerts, and you could often find her singing and dancing along with her favorite songs, anything from country Garth Brooks to heavy metal Ghost. She was looking forward to her GHS class of 1962 reunion and potentially surprising everyone with pink hair. She truly was a special individual who blessed all who knew her.

 

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Smith and Helyn Buffington Thomas, and more recently by her husband of 40 years, Joel A. Greene, in November 2021. She is survived by her brother, Jerry Smith (Kim) of Jacksonville, brother-in-law Pete Greene (Charlotte) of Melrose, and her beloved daughter Kathryn Lenore Greene, of whom she was so proud. She also leaves behind her special people, Juanita and Mitt Bradley, Reta and Lee Pearl, numerous cherished cousins and extended family, and a lifetime’s worth of friends and former coworkers who all mourn her passing.

 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., in the Milam Gainesville Chapel, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, 32601, with inurnment to follow at Barnes Cemetery, 1655 S.W. 87th Pl., Ocala, 34476.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her name to her favorite charity, Operation Smile (https://www.operationsmile.org/) or any charity of your choosing. Guests are encouraged to leave their messages of condolences on Milam’s website guestbook.

 

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, Florida, 32601. (352) 376-5361

James F Hegenbarth

 

James F.Hegenbarth Sr, age 72 of Lake Butler, formerly of Gainesville, passed away Monday, February 28, 2022.  James was born Janary 13, 1950 in Chester PA to Juanita Carol and John F Hegenbarth.

James joined the Marine Corp out of High School and was honorably discharged in 1968.  James was skilled in several professions during his lifetime, including automotive repair.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, working in the yard, horseshoes, shooting pool and he loved to BBQ.

He is preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by wife Kathy Kraus Hegenbarth, sons James F. (Beth) Hegenbarth Jr and Aaron Hegenbarth. Grandchildren Ashlyn Hegenbarth, Alyssa Hegenbarth, Jennifer Hegenbarth, Dom Hegenbarth

Ida Skipper

Ida Skipper died peacefully in Gainesville, Florida on March 7, 2022.  She was born Alachua, Florida in 1927 to Vera and Carl Williams.

A Florida State University graduate, she taught elementary school in Gainesville for several years.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband Colonel Francis H. Skipper.  Together, they raised four daughters while living across the country and overseas with the U.S. Air Force.

Ida found joy in being with her family and friends.  She was active at the First Baptist Church of Gainesville and in PEO.  For the last five years, she lived at The Village at Gainesville.

She is survived by her daughters Susan Crowley – Gainesville, FL, Leslie Skipper – Jacksonville, FL, Janet Sussenbach (Jim) – Columbus, GA and Darla Raines (Frank) – Gainesville, FL; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family service and burial directed by Milam Funeral Home Saturday, March 19th.  In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Village at Gainesville Foundation that assists Village employees in attaining additional education. (8000 N.W. 27th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606)

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Elizabeth “Liz” Ledbetter

Elizabeth “Liz” Ledbetter 73, passed away on February 27th at North Florida Regional Hospital.

She was born in Ocala, FL on 11/18/1948 to Jim and Thelma Easter. At a very young age Liz moved to Alachua, that is when her real life began.

After she graduated from Santa Fe high school, she decided to work in some small stores, learning the craft in the business world. Liz loved horses and learned all about the horse world from her dad. After spending a few years on horses, she moved on to barrel racing. The competition was for the speed between horse and clock, to achieve the fastest time. Liz won many awards during that time. As time moved on, Liz said goodbye to the horse and went to work for North Florida Reginal. Liz still wanted a little more, so she went to work at the University of Florida. During her time at UF, she met her husband, Fraser Ledbetter. They tried to eat lunch together every day, or even sometimes just talk. Liz retired after several years at UF. Liz tried to spend as much time as possible with the many flowers she worked so hard on. She always had a big smile when thinking of what the outcome would be.

She is survived by her sister Margie Crews and friend Carl Sheffield, many nieces, and nephews. Debra and Darryl Moore, Mark and Becky Crews, and Richard and Christina Cannon. Her Husband’s daughter Katie, and son Timmy Ledbetter, and Justin and Tiffany Moore.

We will be having a celebration of life at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday March 8th at 11:00am.

She will be missed by family and friends.

“The book is closed

The reader sleeps

The dogwood tree

The vigil keeps.”

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-3769-5361 www.milamfh.com

Crill R. Suggs

Crill R. Suggs of Newberry, died after a prolonged illness at her home Tuesday, February 15th. She was 86 years old. Born in St. Augustine, Florida to parents William Sr. and Claudie Raulerson, she was the fourth of six children. She was raised in Columbia County before moving to the communities of High Springs and Newberry. Mrs. Suggs was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newberry and a former member in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Mrs. Suggs was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed fishing, camping, birdwatching, singing, bingo, ceramics, and visiting with family and friends.

Mrs. Suggs was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years Donald F. Suggs, brother Cecil Raulerson and sisters Doris Cotton and Lydia (infant). She is survived by sons Johns (Donna), and Stephen Suggs; daughter Judy (Donald) Rice, grandchildren Phillip (Ashleigh) Suggs and Christine (Thomas) Rock; great granddaughter Isabella Suggs; and brothers Wilmot (Betty) and Owen (Mary Alice) Raulerson.

 

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Donald Dean Balloon

Donald Dean Balloon, 75, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on February 24, 2022 after battling complications from COVID-19. Don was born in Wooster, Ohio on March 6, 1946 to Doris and Bill Balloon. He graduated from Wooster High School in 1964 where he earned ten varsity letters in the combined sports of football, basketball, and track. He was inducted into the 2nd Wooster High School Athletic Hall of Fame class in 1989. He then attended Ohio University on a track scholarship and graduated in 1968.

 

After graduating from Ohio University, Don taught elementary school physical education in Bexley, Ohio while working as an assistant track coach at Ohio State University and earning a Master’s Degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration. Don then served as head track coach at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio for two years. In 1974, he was named NAIA District Coach of the Year. In 1975, he moved to Orlando, Florida, where he began a successful career in sales. He always said there wasn’t much difference between coaching and sales…in coaching, you had to sell a team on your program.

 

In Orlando, Don met the love of his life Susan Hazen. After a love at first sight whirlwind romance, they were married January 10, 1976 in Gainesville, Florida and went on to raise three sons: Anthony Monroe, Robert Dean, and Donald Scott. After career promotions brought Don and his family to Atlanta, Georgia and Nesconset, New York on Long Island, the family moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1986 where Don resided until his death.

 

Next to his family, Don loved coaching more than anything. In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, he coached teams for his sons and later his grandchildren. During the last four years of his life, he coached two years of junior varsity and two years of varsity boys’ basketball at Queen of Peace Academy in Gainesville, Florida. Coaching these teams brought him great joy and satisfaction, and in 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 they were undefeated regular season champions as well as Kingdom of the Son champions.

 

When Don wasn’t coaching, he could be found on the sidelines or in the stands cheering on his children and then grandchildren in their various sporting and musical endeavors, as well as the University of Florida Gators. He will be greatly missed by his family, including his seven grandchildren who called him Pop-pop and especially enjoyed when he took them on golf cart rides around his home in Haile Plantation. He also enjoyed playing golf with his friends at Haile Plantation.

 

Don was a member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Florida and served on the Young Life Area Committee in Gainesville, Florida. In 2015, Don received a life-saving stem cell transplant at UFHealth that gave him seven additional years to enjoy life with his family and friends.

 

Don was predeceased by his parents, Doris Mae Davenport and William Peter Anthony Balloon, and his middle son, Robert Dean Balloon. He is survived by his wife, Susan Hazen Balloon, sons Anthony Monroe Balloon (Shannon) of Atlanta, Georgia and Donald Scott Balloon (Lauren) of Gainesville, Florida, and grandchildren Grayson Anthony, Maddox Dean, and Ella Cate of Atlanta, Georgia and Camden Dean, Kinley Rae, Chloe Grace, and Bella Ruth of Gainesville, Florida. He is also survived by his brothers William Anthony Balloon (Sue) of Holly, Michigan and Craig Ambrose Balloon (Jean) of Canton, Ohio.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 14105 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Florida, www.fbcgainesville.net, Queen of Peace Academy, with “Coach Balloon” in the memo area, and mailed to 10900 SW 24th Avenue, Gainesville 32607.  Funds will be directed to the basketball program. Donations may also be made in Don’s memory to the Bone Marrow Transplant Fund of the UFHealth Cancer Center, Fund #000737. Make checks payable to UFHealth Cancer Center, noting in memory of Don Balloon, PO Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610-0243 or online at www.uff.ufl.edu/giving-opportunities/000737-uf-health-cancer-center/. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

Agnes Mina Schnitker Sims

Agnes Mina Schnitker Sims went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 25, 2022.

Agnes was born October 16, 1927, to Vivian and Carl Frederick Schnitker in New England, North Dakota.

Agnes and her husband, Kenneth came to Gainesville, FL in May 1955.

She retired from Alachua County School Board in 1985.

Her husband, Kenneth served as pastor in several local Baptist churches. Agnes served with Kenneth.

Her current membership is at Trinity United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her four children, daughter, Evelyn Hopkins (Ray); son, Carl Sims (Kimberley); daughter, Linda Sims (TJ); son, Stephen Sims (Misty); and 10 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Agnes will be held on Wed. March 2, 2022 at the Milam Chapel of Gainesville at 12:30pm. The family will receive friends from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows East. In lieu of flowers, please send any memorials to Friends of Children of North Central Florida, Inc, PO Box 358502, Gainesville, FL 32635-8502. 352-373-5030. www.focncf.org.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Michael Edwin Wall

Michael Edwin Wall, 69 years of age, transitioned into eternal life on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in Gainesville, FL. Michael was born July 3, 1952, in West Palm Beach, FL to Harvey L. Wall, Jr. and Frances Johnson Wall.

He was a 1970 graduate of Forest Hill Community High School in West Palm Beach. He also attended Palm Beach Community College.

In 1971, he joined the US Army and became a Sharpshooter. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for serving his country during the Vietnam War.

Michael had a strong faith in God. He was baptized in the Church of God and attended various Church of God locations throughout his life.

He enjoyed gardening, home renovating, watching football, and listening to Hank Williams, Jr. He also enjoyed baseball and was a staunch Atlanta Braves fan.

In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Jennifer King.

Michael is survived by his wife of 28 years, Diane Wall. He is also survived by his daughter and son in law, Michelle, and Anson Whitten; stepdaughter, Dawn Boyd; stepson, Steven King; brother, Richard Wall (Anne); ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to honor Michael’s memory by attending services with military honors for him to be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 1:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.

Lorraine Elizabeth Holston

Lorraine “Rainey” Elizabeth Holston of Alachua, Florida passed away after a brief illness at Haven Hospice on Saturday, January 29, 2022.  She was born on September 15, 1958, in Milledgeville, Georgia; the youngest child of George and Ethel Holston (both deceased).  She grew up in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida graduating from Vanguard High School in Ocala in 1976.  She attended Central Florida Community College and Florida State University graduating with a degree in Education with an emphasis in library science.

Rainey spent her entire working career as an elementary school Media Specialist in Broward County, Florida.  Her longest tenure was at Broadview Elementary School in Pompano Beach.  She retired in 2018 and moved back to Alachua County to be close to family.

Rainey enjoyed cooking and was especially fond of experimenting with new recipes using her father and older brother as guinea pigs.  She enjoyed reading and was a member of several “book clubs” in the local area.  Additionally, she enjoyed yard work and transformed her home into a butterfly garden.  She was, also, active at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Micanopy, Florida.

Rainey is survived by her brother, the Reverend George Holston of Alachua and by her sister, Margery Prince of Savannah, Georgia, as well as several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived her beloved cats: Greta, Charlie, Latte (aka Cheshire), and Cappuccino.

Funeral plans are pending.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Humane Society of North Central Florida or Operation Catnip.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 www.milamfh.com

Tere “Christine” Hwang

Tere “Christine” Hwang, age 63, of Newberry, FL, formerly of Orlando, FL, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 28, 2022.  Mrs. Hwang was born February 21, 1958 in Vietnam to Lung Yick and Chun Ly.

Tere grew up in Vietnam and came to the United States as a refugee after the Vietnam War.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of California Los Angeles in 1986.  She worked as a computer programmer, before marrying and moving to New York.  After moving to Florida, she worked as a real estate agent for many years before she was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2019.  Despite a difficult, 2-year battle with cancer, she remained steadfast in her faith and resolute in her devotion to Christ.  She was a faithful wife and mother, and she enjoyed evangelizing, reading and memorizing Scripture, listening to sermons, gardening, sewing, knitting, and caring for chickens.  She loved the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength.

She was preceded in death by her father, and is survived by her mother, brothers Gabriel, Kam, and Tom, husband Jingia Hwang, son Charles Hwang Jr., and daughter Mary (Jeremy) Dahl.

Her Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 3:00 pm at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive friends at 2:00 pm at the Milam Funeral Home.  For those who wish, contributions may be made to her home church, Faith Baptist Church, 500 N Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32803.  Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 22405 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL, 32669. (352) 472-5361

Lillian B. Kraus”Lil”

 

Lillian B. Kraus”Lil” age 95 of Lake Butler formerly of Gainesville,FL passed away Wednesday January 26,2022. She was born June 21, 1926 to Fanny P. and Ernest G. Bryan.
Lil retired from The Rancher western store in Gainesville after 30+ years.  She was a member of St Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Her favorite hobby
was crocheting.  She made beautiful afghans which she loved to share with her family and friends.
Lillian is preceded in death by her parents, 9 siblings ,loving husband Albert V Kraus Sr, daughter Theresa (Bob) Baynard and her cherished little dog Lacie. She is survived by daughter Kathy (James), Hegenbarth, son Albert V Kraus Jr, grandchildren Karen (Lenny) Rozar,Jason Kraus (Nikole), great grandchildren Brian (Jodi) Rozar, Emeric Kraus, Piper Ison ,Knox Kigos and Great great grandchild Chloe Rozar.
There will be a graveside service on Monday ,January 31, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Forest Meadows Cemetery.
4100 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, Florida 32606.  Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services. 311 S Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601
352-376-5361.  www.milamfh.com

Margie Jo “Maggie” Kittrell Goble

 

Margie Jo “Maggie” Kittrell Goble, 64, of Chiefland, FL, and formerly of Chillicothe, OH, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Jan. 15.

She was born Feb. 22, 1957, in Cincinnati, OH, to Wiley Marquardt Kittrell and Marguerite Puckett Kittrell.

Maggie was a proud graduate of Shawnee State University with a BS in Health Care Management. She retired as a coder supervisor for Malcom Randall VA Medical Center.

She also was an active member of the Newberry Church of Christ in Newberry, FL. Maggie also loved to travel and visit new places. She loved trying new recipes in the kitchen and all types of arts and crafts. Maggie had a tremendous love for people, especially children. She was known for her gentle spirit and her kind heart. She also seemed to enjoy volunteering her husband to intervene in uncomfortable situations.

Maggie enjoyed life and will be remembered for the way she faced every situation with faith and joy.

Maggie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Allen Kittrell. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Mark R. Goble. She also is survived by brothers Jim (Kim) Kittrell, Dave (Linda) Kittrell and Mark (Monica) Kittrell, and a sister, Sandra Deck Adams.  Maggie had several children: three daughters, Devon Detillion Araujo, Samantha Goble, and Rachel (Darnell) Smith, and one son, David (Penny) Goble.

Maggie also had two daughters she described as being adopted in her heart, Tina Smith and Molly (Chris) Adams.

She had a special love for all of her grandchildren, who brought her immense joy: Kaylie, Mathew, Rosie, Katie, Braedyn, Rylee and Clint.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Maggie at 11 a.m. on Jan. 29 at the Newberry Church of Christ in Newberry, FL. There also will be a Celebration of Life service at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Canal Church of Christ in Waverly, OH.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that people that wish to do so donate to Haven Hospice. This can be done by visiting:

beyourhaven.com or at

Haven Hospice

311 N.E. 9th St.

Chiefland, Fl 32626.

Ernest William Burch III, “Trey”

Ernest William Burch III “Trey”

February 8, 1970-January 9, 2022

 

Ernest William Burch III, “Trey”, passed away on January 9, 2022. Born on February 8, 1970, in Gainesville, Florida, Trey was a master fisherman, adventure seeker, and lover of nature. His curiosity coupled with his love of nature frequently brought close encounters his way.

Trey had an intuitive understanding of how things worked, which made him a talented small engine mechanic during his time serving in the Army. He loved to read and educate himself on many subjects but was particularly fond of History.

He loved his children most, but never hesitated to help someone or something in need; it didn’t matter if they were two legged or four. His love of animals and man was known by anyone who called him a friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Trey is survived by his children, Thomas Wesley Burch, Megan Pamela Burch, and Samantha Jordan Burch, their mother and Trey’s former wife, Adrianne Cummings, his father EW Burch Jr. (Judy Burch), sisters, Melissa K. Eldard (Robert B. Eldard), and BonnieLee B. Burch. Nieces and nephews, Daniel O. Dixon, Sarah E. Johnson, Reagan S. Eldard, and Joseph M. Dixon, and his aunt, Judith Cox. He is predeceased by his mother, MaryKent B. Burch.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Forest Grove Baptist Church, 22575 NW 94th Ave, Alachua, Florida, 32615, with interment to follow at Forest Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, WV 25438.

Arrangements in care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, 32601. (352) 376-5361

George William Truluck

George William Truluck, age 65 of Newberry, Fl passed away on Saturday January 15, 2022. Mr. Truluck was born November 2, 1956 in Gainesville, Fl to Marcus and Sarah “Helen” Truluck.

George graduated from Newberry High School in 1974 and went on to spend 23 years building cabinets in Alachua County. He enjoyed being outside, hunting, raising livestock, riding his golf cart around his property, being a papa, and being a provider for his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers James, Dale, and Donald Truluck, and his son Scott Kernan. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Carol Truluck, sisters, Betty Truluck, and Patricia Truluck, daughters, Mary Ann Williams, Debbie Clark, and Kerri Jo Caughel, grandchildren, Chelsea (Brandon) Leming, Megan Clark, Alex Kernan, Noah Caughel, and Aiden Caughel, and 5 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday February 6, 2022 at his home in Newberry from 1:00-4:00pm. Please come as you are and feel free to come by whenever you can between those hours. We want this to be a time to share stories and your memories with and of him. If you would like, please bring a covered dish to share.

Phyllis Elaine Hodges Brown

Phyllis Elaine Hodges Brown of Newberry died Wednesday January 12, 2022. She was 76. Born in Loudon, Tennessee, Elaine moved from Lenoir City, TN in 1958 to Cross City Florida. She was a graduate of Dixie County High School, class of 1963. She married William E Brown on March 21, 1971.

Elaine was very much a social butterfly; she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Newberry. She was a member also of the united Methodist women. She also went on mission trips to Baldwin Louisiana to participate in United Methodist Church On Relief (UMCOR). Elaine was also a member of the Newberry Garden Club, The Red Hat Society, and she also loved helping with the Newberry BINGO group. In the early 1980’s she served Newberry on the zoning and planning board. She loved flowers and vegetable gardening, and she liked bird watching and had many feeders and bird baths around her yard. She loved her granddaughter, sharing in special moments with her when she came to stay with Grandma, and always fixing her favorite foods and keeping her favorite treats in stock. She truly had a big heart and was freely giving of her time to help those who needed it.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband William E. Brown; her mother Imogene Ruth; and sister Lynda Patterson. She is survived by her daughter Beverly Brown Humphrey (Robert); her son Timothy Brown; her granddaughter Kyndal Brown; her sister Sandra Holloway; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for Elaine will be held on Saturday February 5, 2022 at 11:00am at the Milam Chapel in Newberry. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Elaine’s memory to the FUMC of Newberry 24845 W. Newberry RD  Newberry, FL 32669; or to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606;  or to the Dementia Society of America – PO Box 600 – Doylestown, PA 18901.  Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Gladys Marie Lamason

Gladys Marie (nee Foutz) Lamason, age 85 of Gainesville, FL, passed away on Wednesday January 5th, 2022 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born April 9, 1936 in Slaton, TX to Roy “Papa” Lee Foutz and Edna “Mama” Knight-Foutz. With her husband, Jerry C. Ray, and their children, they relocated from Houston, TX to Gainesville FL in 1968, where she spent the remainder of her life. Jerry was the love of her life, but sadly passed in 1971 due to stomach cancer. Years later, she found love again and remarried to Gerald Thorp. They bonded over their love of literature and cultural similarities. His life was taken in a tragic motorcycle accident, which Gladys miraculously survived. She was again fortunate to find love and companionship with Robert Lamason in 1996, whom she was married to for almost 20 years until his passing in 2016.
Gladys graduated with honors from Nacogdoches High School in 1953, then went on to get a degree in education from Abilene Christian College in 1956. After Jerry’s passing, she obtained her Masters degree at the University of Florida. She became an elementary school teacher, where she taught 1st grade for the majority of her nearly 40 year career. During her retirement, she loved visiting her family in Tampa and in the Pacific Northwest, enjoyed cooking and gardening, and volunteered at the Performing Arts Center.
She was an avid reader, loved traveling the world, listening to classical music, and was truly beloved by her friends, family, and anyone she met. Her kindness, generosity, quick wit, and southern charm were unmatched. Gladys was an active member of the United Church of Gainesville for years, and is survived by many friends of the church.
Gladys is survived by her three children: Jerralyn Roberts, LeeAnne Ray, and Marvin Ray; her five grandchildren: Joseph Konrady, Lindsay Konrady, Whitney Konrady, Alexandra Rice, and Lauren Roberts; and her five great-grandchildren: Edith, Mabel, and Sylvie Rice, and Cairo and  Kenai Hunter. She was an integral part of her family, and will be dearly missed.
There will be an intimate burial service with family and close friends held at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery on January 13th, 2022. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral & Cremation Services. 311 S Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361

Ferris G. Johnson, Jr

Ferris Guy Johnson, Jr.

Hawthorne – was born September 12th, 1936 in Hawthorne, Florida, he died December 23rd, 2021 at home in Hawthorne, Florida after a lengthy illness. Ferris was preceded in death by his Wife , Juanita ‘Nita’ Johnson. He is survived by their daughter, Kathy, son David and three grandchildren, Tad, Tia & Tyler, and his younger brother Larry Johnson. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Ferris, Jr.  worked at the University of Florida as a computer systems analyst for the IFAS department until his retirement. He was also heavily involved with the First United Methodist Church in Hawthorne, serving as the Organist, Pianist and Choir Director for roughly 65 years, only having to stop due to health issues. He was also involved with the Hawthorne Volunteer Fire department for many years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

A gathering of friends will be held at Milam Funeral Home Chapel from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 6th, 2022. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday  the 8th of January at the First United Methodist Church of Hawthorne; 21930 SE 67th Place, Hawthorne, FL 32640. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral & Cremation Services 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, Fl 32601 (352) 376-5361.

James Arthur Henderson, Jr., (“Jim”)

James Arthur Henderson, Jr., (“Jim”) died on December 9, 2021, in Gainesville, FL. Jim was born in Daytona Beach, FL, on November 23, 1927, to J.A. Henderson and Amelia Boor Henderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David C. Henderson. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (née Schoonmaker), and their four children: Kay Henderson, Dr. Lynn Dolson (David), Tracey L. Henderson, Esq., and James A. Henderson, III (Emma Brady). He leaves behind three grandchildren – Kate R. Barnes (RJ), Jim Henderson Dolson and Wolfe Henderson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim attended the University of Florida where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He served in the Army at Ft. Bliss, TX, and then returned to UF to finish his degree. He earned his B.S. with honors in Industrial Engineering at UF in 1951. Jim worked briefly at Florida Power & Light and had a long career with Union Camp. While working with Union Camp, he and his family lived in Savannah, NYC, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Decatur and Wayne, NJ. In 1972, they returned to Gainesville and he earned his General Contractor and Real Estate licenses. Jim built and designed numerous homes. He had an incredible mechanical aptitude, and could be relied on for a creative solution. Jim had a keen sense of humor, loved to travel and was an avid fisherman and Gator fan. He was the first president of the Suburban Heights Association. And, he was a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville and was awarded the Frank O. Spain Service Award. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Jim will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL.

E.J. “Buster” Trimm

E. J. “Buster” Trimm

Buster Trimm, 86, passed away December 23, at Haven Hospice in Chiefland, FL.
He was born in Tuscaloosa County Alabama and moved with his family to Gainesville, FL in 1950.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Bertie Robinson Trimm; his parents, James and Stella Mae Trimm and a brother Joe Trimm.

He is survived by his four children: Bruce (Phyllis) Trimm, Nellie Kate Trimm, Phillip (Cheryl) Trimm and Melloney (Randy) Anderson. He had 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Also survived by siblings Norris Trimm, Jimmy (Margaret) Trimm and Sonja Simmons.
He attended both Tuscaloosa County High School and Gainesville High School.

He was a Past Master Mason or Lake Butler Masonic Lodge.
He was a jack of all trades and master of many.

Evelyn Bittner Albertson

Evelyn Bittner Albertson

Evelyn Bittner Albertson, born in Lamberton, MN, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Evelyn was born in Lamberton; she attended school and was employed there until moving to Gainesville, FL in 1956 with her husband Lowell Alberston, also a resident of Lamberton. Accounting and insurance had occupied some of her business career, but she had been a secretary and an assistant to realtors in Gainesville, until obtaining her own real estate license. She was also employed as a secretary at The Unity Church before she retired. Evelyn was a member of the United Methodist Church and The Unity Congregation after her move to Florida. Evelyn and Lowell both loved golf and were members of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club, where they both enjoyed friends and days of playing golf. Evelyn was a very devoted University of Florida Gator sports fan, especially football and basketball. Whenever she lost interest in their games, her family knew something was wrong.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Albertson, and her sister Helen Bittner Robinett.

Evelyn leaves to cherish her memories: her brother, Vernon (Joan) Bittner of Wayzata, MN, her two daughters, Marsha (Jim) Lyons and Wendy Albertson Berry, and her son Mark (Kim) Albertson of Asheville, NC. Her grandchildren, Lauren Lyons-McDougle, Ryan Berry, Megan Berry, and Brooke Albertson. Her great grandchildren, Lillian Lyons-McDougle, Elijah Lyons-McDougle, Riley Berry, and Bailey Evelyn Berry.

She will be missed.

Edward J. Wilkinson M.D.

Edward J. Wilkinson M.D.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White

Edward J. Wilkinson MD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida College of Medicine, died just after sunrise on the Solstice, December 21, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was a scientist, physician, teacher, mentor, friend, as well as a loving husband, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He was 83.
Edward was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Anne Razbornik Wilkinson and Edward Daniel Wilkinson MD. Educated at Marquette University High School, Marquette University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, he received his MD in 1964. He interned at the University of Illinois Research Hospital and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Milwaukee County General Hospital. Following a fellowship in Gynecological Pathology at Harvard, he served as a major in the US Air Force from 1969-1971. He returned to the Medical College of Wisconsin for a residency in Pathology and in 1974 was appointed to a faculty position in Pathology at MCW. In 1980 he was recruited to the University of Florida College of Medicine with dual appointments in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as Professor of Pathology. He remained in this position until 2017 when he retired as Professor Emeritus. During his long career at the UF College of Medicine he served in many senior positions including as Interim Chair and then Vice Chair of Pathology, a position he held until he retired in 2017.
Dr. Wilkinson was an internationally respected figure in the field of pathology. He published over 160 referred articles, 50 book chapters and 3 books, mostly focused on gynecologic pathology and cytopathology. He was an active educator of medical students, residents, and graduate students; he especially enjoyed his work directing the yearlong fellowships in gynecologic cytology. Over his years of service 31 fellows completed his program. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the College of Medicine in 2017.
He served as president of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, president of the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and president of the Florida Society of Pathologists. He played an advisory role in the development of Gardisil, a vaccine developed by Merck to prevent cervical cancer, the first successful anticancer vaccine. He served on advisory committees at the Food and Drug Agency and the National Institutes of Health as well as WHO. He served on numerous professional journal editorial boards, including serving for 12 years as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease.

Edward loved learning, and cultivated lasting and loving relationships with many people, and with the natural world including the birds, trees, marine life, and waters he loved so well. After retirement he joined the UF Retired Faculty Organization, and was a member of the Natural History Society, The Woodworkers Club, and The Poetry Group at The Oak Hammock Retirement Community. There he served on the Curriculum Committee of the Institute for Learning in Retirement and was President of the Athenaeum Society.

Following his diagnosis with terminal illness, he authored a book of essays called “Learning, Forgetting, and Passing It On” on topics of chaos, entropy, and finding meaning in the world. Proceeds from sale of the book are donated to nature conservation charities.
Edward was known for his kindness, wisdom, respect, and compassion for others, as well as a wry sense of humor. He generously shared his time and knowledge with anyone who came to him with questions on navigating medical diagnosis and care. He was a guide not only for family and friends, but for friends-of-friends and wide circles beyond.
Edward was a respectful steward of the natural world. He would cease from conversation to stand in silent awe at the appearance of a hawk, the sound of the sandhill cranes overhead, the rising of the moon, or the lift of a dolphin’s fin. He loved to be on rivers, lakes, and oceans in almost any kind of boat. His deep caring for others extended to everyday acts of compassion such as rescuing a trapped wild butterfly and making sure it could fly free.
He is survived by his beloved spouse of 55 years, Kathleen Murphy Wilkinson; his daughters, Amy Wilkinson (Greig Mulberry), Kim Wilkinson (Rahul Gupta), and Heather Wilkinson (Marc Donis); by grandchildren Minka and Victor; by his brother James Wilkinson (Christine Beck); and by many dearly loved nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Edward is pre-deceased by his brother Michael Wilkinson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) and Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, where he chose to have his body buried under a beautiful oak tree. “Life goes on,” he liked to say.
A memorial event to celebrate his life will be held at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida at a later date.

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

Jesse Crosby

Jesse Lee Crosby of Gainesville passed away peacefully Monday December 20th at Haven Hospice surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old.

Born in Green Cove Springs, Jesse has been in Gainesville since 1950. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Jesse loved fishing and hunting; he always kept a rod and reel in his truck. He loved driving a semi and retired from Kopper’s Trucking.

Jesse is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years JoAnn Crosby; his son Tommy Crosby (Salli); his daughter Anne C. Baker (Butch); grandchildren Robbie Baker and Josh Crosby; and great-grandchild Clay Baker. Jesse is pre-deceased by his son Jesse L. Crosby Jr.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Mary Rose Holzhauer

Mary Rose (Casey) Holzhauer was a beloved grandmother, mother, and wife during her remarkable 96 years. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday, December 16, 2021, two days following her 96th birthday.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida on December 14, 1925, Mary Rose was the eldest daughter of Cecil (LaFave) Casey and Dr. John W. Casey, a veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture.  John Casey’s position took the family all over the southern coast, and Mary Rose grew up in various locations, from Texas to Florida to Louisiana.  Her best friend was her only brother, John, only 18 months younger and whom she adored.

When Mary Rose was 16, her family migrated north to upstate New York.  Mary Rose attended SUNY Plattsburgh, earning a degree in teaching at the age of 19. While there, she met her future husband, Robert (Bob) Holzhauer, who worked as a chemist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Rouses Point. They were married on August 27, 1945, a day before Bob was sent overseas to serve as a medic for the wounded of World War II.  Mary Rose worked as a teacher at a one-room school-house in Rouse’s Point, NY while awaiting Bob’s return.

Mary Rose and Bob settled in Westchester County, NY and raised their two children, Gretchen and Ralph. Mary Rose, thirsty for knowledge her entire life, excelled as a teacher and student alike, attending graduate school for an advanced degree and transitioning to role of guidance counselor and School Psychologist for the remainder of her career.

Mary Rose was a clever and gregarious woman who loved to laugh and make others do the same.  After retiring to a cottage on Sacandaga Lake, she and Bob spent their time traveling, playing cards, entertaining friends and neighbors, visiting and hosting their children and grandchildren, and were active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson Falls, NY. As social as she was, she was equally independent, and had a penchant for many hobbies on her own, including drawing and painting, sewing, reading, and playing the dulcimer. She was unquestionably intelligent, with a talent for speed reading and knack for all things trivia.

Mary Rose is predeceased by her husband, Bob and daughter, Gretchen.  She will be fondly remembered and missed greatly by her son, Ralph and daughter-in-law, Anne Marie; her four grandchildren and their spouses, Frances (Jamie) Ness, Rebecca (Sean) Lyons, Robert Holzhauer, and Melissa (Osumanu) Amoo.  She is also survived by a slew of growing great-grandchildren: Oliver and James Ness; Vivian, Gianna and Keira Lyons; and Theodore, Guinevere, and Harrison Amoo.

We will celebrate Mary Rose’s life at a memorial service in the Spring at the Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sue McDavid Hudson

Sue McDavid Hudson of Trenton died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Sue was 74, born December 10,1946, in Gainesville, Florida. She retired from the University of Florida as a payroll clerk. After retiring Sue managed the Waters Lake Country Store and volunteered with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office. Sue enjoyed cooking, baking, and crocheting, but spending time with her family is what she loved the most.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary McDavid, and her brother, Dalton Mc David. She is survived by her loving husband and childhood sweetheart,Theron Hudson, Jr.; her daughter Tina Sanchez ; her son Trey Hudson (April) ; her brother, William Mc David (Holly) ; her sister, Jane Tyrie. Sue leaves behind 3 grandsons, David and Bradley Rhodes and Bryan (Kaitlynn) O’Steen; a granddaughter, Hailey O’Steen, 5 great grandsons, Blayne, Trevor, and Haiden Rhodes, Dyson O’Steen, Gabe Chesser and 2 great granddaughters, Aria O’Steen and Amelia Chesser. She also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews

There will be a service of remembrance for Sue,11:00am Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Milam Chapel in Newberry with Pastor Andy Cook officiating. The family will receive guest for lunch immediately following the service. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

 

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Willis

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Willis, age 84 of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Beckley, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2021. Mrs. Willis was born October 16, 1937, to Cecil Guy Pittman and Clarice Vipperman Pittman.

Betty was a devout Christian who loved her family, friends, and church immensely. She lived by faith showing great strength as she fought a 16-year battle with cancer. As long time Publix employee, retiring after 24 years with the company, she made many friends and always tried to bless anyone she could along the way. She was truly an extraordinary woman and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Willis, brother Michael Pittman (Vassie), daughter Carol Ann Willis, and son David Willis. She is survived by her son Allen Willis Sr. and daughter Anna James (Paul), daughter-in-law Kirsten (David), grandchildren Allen Willis Jr. (Amanda), Daniel Willis, Austin Willis, Taylor Willis, and great grandchildren Allen Willis III and Adley Willis.

Celebration of life services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday December 4th, with a viewing from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Countryside Baptist Church, Gainesville, FL. Betty absolutely loved flowers, but loved the Lord most. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the ministries at Countryside Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32669. (352) 376-5361

Janice “Jan” Moore

Janice “Jan” Moore, 81 of Bell, FL passed away at her home on November 26, 2021.

Jan was born September 7, 1940, in Gainesville to Quillian and Edith Riley. She retired from R&R Construction. She enjoyed working in her yard and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her sister(s) Dottie Holmes and Margurite Lee and her brother Junior Riley.

She is survived by her fiancé Bobby Powell, sister Hazel Pearce, sons Michael “Derek” Moore (Tammy) and Martie Moore, grandchildren Holli Boone (Devin), Reilee Martin (Andrew), Kyle Moore, Chase Moore, and Willow Moore, and great granddaughter Tymber Boone.

The family will be receiving friends and family on Wednesday December 1, 2021, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, and Graveside services will be held on Thursday December 2, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hague Cemetery.

Arrangements by MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL, 32669. (352) 472-5361

Floyd Ellis Howard

Floyd Ellis Howard, 91, of Gainesville, FL died at home on November 28, 2021.  Floyd was son to Jathan Gideon and Orabell Howard (maiden name Orabell Kelley).  All were born here in Bradford or Alachua County.  Floyd’s survivors include: his 5 children; Arlene (Kirk), Fred (Debbie), Linda, Pam, and Robin. His 2 sisters, Lillie Mae and Ethel Newmans, and 5 grandchildren, & 7 great-grandchildren.

Floyd worked at the Dept. of Transportation in Gainesville, FL.

He can be viewed at Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Graveside Service will be at Fairbanks Cemetery on Friday Dec. 3, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com  352-376-5361

Olivia “Libby” Pearson

Olivia “Libby” Pearson of Gainesville, Fl. passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92.

Born in Lawrenceburg, TN, Libby spent most of her adult life in Gainesville with her husband, Larry Pearson and their two daughters. Libby was deeply devoted to her family and friends and to God. She was an accomplished businesswoman, working more than 40 years in the banking industry and after many years earned her Associate’s Degree. She was promoted as one of the first female banking officials in the area and served as Auditor for many years.

Libby was preceded in death by her husband Larry Pearson, her parents and her two brothers. She is survived by her two daughters: Anita Pearson and Teresa Guthrie and her beloved son in law Richard Guthrie; by many cousins and nieces/nephews. She felt blessed to often spend time with family and friends.

Due to the impacts of Covid the family will delay a Memorial Service until 2022 when everyone can be together for hugs, tears, laughs, and food. The family requests that donations be made in Libby’s memory to the Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville, through their website at: mypinegrovebaptist.org.

Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361.

Ernest M. Lee

Ernest M. Lee was born August 1st, 1962, in Zebulon, North Carolina. Ernest grew up in North Carolina, where he learned to love painting as a youth through an art class in high school. Exploring different paints and techniques he fell in love with painting country houses with oils.

His work caught the eye of his art teacher, Mr. Cherry, who spent time nurturing Ernest’s natural abilities. He believed in Ernest and encouraged him to study art in college. Mr. Cherry told Dr. Burchette, the head of the Art Department at St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC about Ernest. They along with Grandma Alice helped Ernest enroll as an art major in 1980.

Ernest studied under Dr. Burchette for two years, until the program was discontinued, and Ernest took a job in the electrical field, with a large lighting company.

Ernest’s love for art never subsided. While in an art store, he learned about the story of the Highwaymen, Ernest sought out a friendship with the artist S.M Wells and showed Mr. Wells a painting that he did when he was 15 years old. Mr. Wells encouraged Ernest to start painting again.

Soon after meeting Mr. Wells Ernest began to paint again. He participated in art shows and has artwork in many galleries throughout the United States. Ernest has won numerous awards since 2012, with the most recent being The Judges Choice Award at the 2021 Downtown Gainesville Art Festival. He has been on CBS, PBS, and Cable TV. Ernest also volunteered in local public schools to share his techniques and artwork with students as well as teaching art at Santa Fe College.

Ernest is known as a folk artist and is often called Florida’s Van Gogh, because of his robust impasto style with rich and vibrant colors. He really enjoyed painting country scenes from his youth and was considered an art whisperer for people, as he helped them recapture their childhood memories through painting.

Not only did Ernest volunteer, but he gave of himself in so many ways, while his faith in God and art was Ernest’s FIRST LOVE, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike know of his community involvement. Anything that was asked of him, he and his loving wife Gloria would gladly provide.

Ernest met Gloria as a neighbor, they were married for seven years, every time Ernest saw Gloria there was a sparkle in his eye. Gloria was his TRUE LOVE! They loved to travel, attend art shows and meet people. Most recently Gloria surprised Ernest with a trip to the Van Gogh Exhibit in Atlanta.

Ernest’s famous last words were “The Best is yet to Come”.

Ernest is survived by his loving wife Gloria Lee; stepson Terry Sams; stepdaughter Kimberly Sams and her three children; Kamiyah, Woodrow and Trevan; brothers Donald Crutchfield (Ebony) and Renzo Lee (Stella); sister Carla Williamson; numerous nieces and nephews; Uncle Horace Daniels; and Aunt Elizabeth Scarborough and cousin Tevis High.

Funeral services for Ernest will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 10:30am at Northwest Baptist Church, 5514 NW 23rd Ave. in Gainesville. His family will receive friends from 9:30 until time of service. Committal will be held immediately following the church service at Forest Meadow Central. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-472-5361

Donations may also be made to the Star Center Theatre, 11 NE 23 Ave, Gainesville FL 32609 Please Note: Ernest M. Lee – Scholarship Fund

Clintonia Will McNamara

Clintonia Will McNamara

 

Ila Clintonia Will McNamara, aged 74, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on Friday, 26 November 2021.  Clintonia was born 30 November 1946 in Gainesville, Florida to Lyda and George Will.

 

Clintonia graduated from P.K. Yonge High School and married her childhood sweetheart, Ron McNamara when she was 17 years old.  Her highest rewards were being a wife and mother and she excelled at both.  She was a poet, writer, author and was blessed with creative talents in crafts, scrapbooking, and card making.  She loved Jesus and loved telling people how much Jesus loves them.  Her gifts were blessing people, making others feel loved and giving, of her time, money and gifts to everyone, and tea parties.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald L. McNamara; her parents, Lyda and George Will; her brother, George Will Jr., her sisters Mary Harris, Charlcey Williams, and Betty White.  She is survived by her daughter, Mary E.A. McNamara-O’Grady (David), three grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne O’Grady, Mary Kathryn O’Grady-White (Alex), Sarah Grace O’Grady, and two brothers, Edward Will and Jonathan Will (Angela).

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, 2 December 2021 at 11:30am at Gainesville Church of God, 7003 NW 39th Avenue, followed by a graveside service at Forest Meadows East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road, at 1pm followed by food at Gainesville Church of God.  In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Gainesville Church of God Guatemala Mission Fund.

Maysel Cato Seals Campbell

Maysel Cato Seals Campbell was born to Maysel Cato Seals and Winfred Norwood Seals on December 3rd, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida. Cato peacefully joined the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday morning, November 28th, 2021. She passed away at the age of 80 in her home in Brooker, Florida surrounded by her family.

Cato graduated from Landon High School in 1958 and attended Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) where she participated in the FSU circus as a trapeze performer. She later attended the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). Cato was employed by Southern Bell from 1960-1971. Cato was a stay-at-home mother of three sons and multiple foster children for a time. She began her career as an educator at Countryside Christian School (Gainesville, FL) where she lovingly assisted in educating students from 1976-1990. Cato was known by her students for being fun, tough, and thoughtful. She made Countryside Christian School a beautiful place for students to attend by creating art on campus. Former students share that Mrs. Campbell always lovingly challenged them to do their best. After retiring from education, Cato worked at Santa Fe College Administration (Gainesville, FL) from 1990-2006. At Santa Fe College, Cato created many devoted friendships with her co-workers where she was described as honest, diligent, hard-working, flawless, and knowledgeable in every area of her profession.

Cato enjoyed creating beautiful works of art following in her mother’s footsteps and spending time with her family. Service to others was the hallmark of Cato’s life. Cato was a believer in Jesus Christ and was a devoted member of Southside/Countryside Baptist Church for 50 years. She passionately shared the gospel as often as she could. Cato served in ministry by consistently helping in the nursery, Sunday School, and playing the piano in worship services occasionally. Throughout her life Cato loved painting, camping, teaching, reading, singing, and watching classic movies, but her greatest happiness came from spending time with family and friends.

Cato was preceded in death by her mother, Maysel Cato Seals, father, Winfred Norwood Seals, and her brother, Wade Seals. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Stuart Campbell; three sons, Dean (Amy), Chad (Jeanne), Timothy (Dawn); seven grandchildren, Tracy Crawford, Wade Campbell, Holly (Jordan) Jabbar, Caleb Campbell, Keith Campbell, Coleman Campbell, Sara Campbell, Abby Grace Campbell; great-granddaughter, Josie Mae; sister, Myrtie (Mel) Schoychid, sister-in-law, Gail (Wade) Seals, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Cato Campbell’s funeral service will be held on the date of her birthday, Friday, December 3rd, at 1:00pm at Countryside Baptist Church’s Cemetery. Following Cato’s wishes, everyone is invited to a celebration of her life at a short graveside service with a meal and fellowship following at Countryside Baptist Church.

Ralph Edgar Brown

Ralph Edgar Brown of Newberry, Florida died Saturday November 20, 2021 at Shands Health. Ralph was born June 3, 1926, in Miami, Florida to Ralph and Daisy Brown. Ralph proudly served in the Army as a Staff Sergeant during WW2, once home graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He went on to be the Division Chief of the Methods Development Program at the Division of Plant Industries.

Ralph enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and spending time with his family. He was very active in his church and with his wife was the first full time missionary called for an at home mission in Florida.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Brown, his sister Joanne Carnes, his children (grandchildren) Ralph (Jason, Emily), Cindy Kramer (Joshua, Beth Yarbrough, Caleb), Derrick Lee (Alexis Driskell, Ryan, Erin, Randall, Glenn) Dwight Damon Lee (Danielle, Tristan, Arianna), Shae Bath (Devin), Becky Bowers (Brooke Saunders, Tyler, Sierra, Trey), Mark Lee (Sebastian), and 16 great grandchildren.

Services will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 10600 SW 24th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32607 on Saturday November 27, 2021, at 5pm.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 22405 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL, 32669. (352) 472-5361

Joel Allen Greene

Joel Allen Greene, age 72, of Fort White, Florida, formerly of Lake Asbury, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Malcolm A Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and daughter at his side after a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Joel was born February 14th, 1949 in Decatur, Tennessee to Charles A. Greene and Catherine Rae Greene, née Hardin. The family moved from Tennessee to Alachua, before settling in Gainesville.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast and long-time member of various vintage motorcycle clubs and groups, a musician and guitarist, storyteller and a die-hard sci-fi connoisseur, Joel graduated from Gainesville High School in 1967 before enlisting in the Air Force, serving two tours in Thailand during the Vietnam war before being honorably discharged. After earning his associates degree at what is now Florida State College in Jacksonville while working night shift, he was employed as an avionics electronics technician at Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NADEP) for 40 years before retiring and moving to Fort White with his family in 2015. Through various social media channels, he was able to connect and share his stories and knowledge with a wide network of friends and former colleagues, collaborate and shoot the breeze with fellow motorcycle devotees, and helped shine a light on people, places and events that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann, and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandra Ann Smith Greene, daughter Kathryn Lenore Greene, and brother Pete (Charlotte) Greene of Melrose. He also leaves behind a legion of friends and former co-workers from around the world who mourn his passing.

A celebration of his life and accomplishments to be held by the family will be announced at a later date, and interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in his name to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (http://www.multiplemyeloma.org/). Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES and guests are encouraged to leave their messages of condolences on their website guestbook  (https://milamfh.com/condolences/)

Joyce J. White

Jacqueline Joyce Johnson White

December 15, 1931 – November 15, 2021

 

Joyce J. White, age 89, longtime resident of Gainesville, Florida, slipped away from us peacefully on November 15, 2021 after a long goodbye from the afflictions of Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia.

Born Jacqueline Joyce Johnson in Altoona, Florida, Joyce would become the middle child of seven born to her parents, Charles Cornelius Johnson, Sr. and Nina Mildred Byrd Johnson.  The family lived in Central Florida and Northeast Florida before moving to the Gainesville area. Joyce enrolled in Gainesville High School in 1948 where she was active in many clubs, sports and activities graduating from GHS in1951.  While still in High School, Joyce began working at the State of Florida, Department of Revenue in the Sales Tax and Documentary Stamp division and remained with the Department of Revenue for her entire work life retiring as an office manager after 33 years of service.

On July 3, 1955, Joyce and Julian Ray (J.R.) White were married in Folkston, Georgia. They had been acquainted through family ties and by sharing a love of sports, notably baseball.  They lived happily together in their home on Archer Road in Gainesville for 40 years until Ray’s death in 1995. Joyce then moved to her present home in Northwest Gainesville where she resided until advancing Alzheimer’s Disease made it impossible for her to live independently.

Joyce had many varied interests in life. In addition to working and raising her children and later being involved with her grandchildren, Joyce loved music, was an avid reader, enjoyed completing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, was accomplished in both counted cross-stitch and crochet, loved gardening and just being outdoors, and was an outstanding cook and baker.

While she loved her family and was extremely proud of their accomplishments, Joyce found her greatest joy in life through her attendance and work with her beloved church family at Oak Park Baptist Church.  A woman of strong faith, Joyce was a charter member of Oak Park (then known as the Archer Road Baptist Chapel). Joyce loved her church family and held many different roles as the church continued to grow.  Among these  was Church Clerk, Women’s Missionary Union director, Sunday School Teacher for the Adult Ladies Class for many years (even after her illness was diagnosed), choir member, church office secretary,  member of numerous committee’s  and just about anything else that needed doing.

Joyce and Ray both loved the mountains of North Carolina where they maintained a summer cabin in Maggie Valley where family and friends often joined them for wonderful times over the years.

Joyce led a full and productive life and she will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband Julian Ray White; sisters Edna M. Reed and Judi Curtis and brothers Charles C. Johnson, Jr. and Laurence Johnson; and by Step-daughter Julia (Judy) A. Merritt.

She is survived by her sons: Stephen A. (Steve) White and wife Sharon; Joseph M. (Joe) White and wife Sonya; step-son Charles R. White and wife Nadine, and Son-in-law Tex A. Merritt. Her Grandchildren: Travis A. White, Samuel J. White, Elizabeth R. White, Lisa Lee, Kevin White (Melissa) and Mark Merritt (Amy). Four Great-grandchildren: Allen Lee, Luke White, Evan White and Blake Merritt. Brother: Donald R. Johnson, and Sister, Diane Graham (John). Joyce is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many friends, neighbors and caregivers.

The family would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Marsha Boyd of Touching Hearts at Home, the staff of the Williston Care Center, and the staff at the Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center for their compassionate care of Joyce during her illness.

The viewing for Mrs. White and visitation with the family will be held on Sunday November 21st from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville Florida. Funeral services will be held on  Monday November 22nd at 11:00am at Oak Park Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Austin officiating. Interment will follow the service at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville.

Joyce loved flowers and those that wish to honor her memory in this way are welcome to do so. In lieu of flowers those who wish may consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and North Florida Chapter, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or to the Building fund at Oak Park Baptist Church.

Arrangements have been placed under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. (352) 376- 5361.

Carol L. Mattox

Carol L. Mattox, of Newberry, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, November 5, 2021. She was 72. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Carol moved around a lot, due to her dad having a career in the US Air Force. She moved to Union County, Florida in 1966, and graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Education. She then later enrolled thru USF and earned her Master’s of Education.

She began her 40+ years as a teacher in Columbia County, then eventually moved to Alachua County and taught at Fort Clarke Middle School in Gainesville, then Newberry High School. Carol also was an entrepreneur, owning several farms in Alachua and Columbia counties. Carol was also a Real Estate Agent, working with Joy Glanzer at Glanzer Realty in Newberry.

Carol was known to have a servant’s heart; she would help anyone and everyone she came across that needed assistance. She was known to invite people down on their luck to stay with her until they could get back up on their own.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Cordell and Martha Norton Caldwell; and her brothers Steve Caldwell and Cordell Caldwell, Jr. She is survived by her son, Dallas Mattox (Erin); her daughters Jessica Ford (Rob) and Lisa Mattox (Roy); her sister Kathy Berry (Ray); her brother Jonathon Caldwell (Paula); grandchildren Austin, David, Emma, Tatianna, Tannicia, Jevonne, Chance, Casey (Matt), and Cody (Samantha); and great grandsons Dalton and Greyson. Services for Carol will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 2:00pm at the Milam Chapel in Newberry. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Wayne B. Wetherington

Wayne Burton Wetherington passed away Tuesday, November 9th in his lifelong home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

He was born November 23,1953 in Gainesville, FL to Burton and Geneva Wetherington at Alachua General Hospital.

He retired from USPS after 42 years of service where he was a member of the APWU.

Wayne was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church as well as Knights of Columbus.

His passions included researching genealogy, writing poetry, rooting for the Gators and spending time with family.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Bernadine “Bernie”, daughter Amanda, his parents, and his brother Earl Sr.

He is survived by his son Robert “Burt” (Becky) Wetherington, daughter Melissa (Justin) Brown, granddaughter Finley Marie Brown, brother Jerry (Cheryl) Wetherington, sister Margie (David) Hayes and many nieces, nephews, and beloved family and friends.

Visitation will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Monday, November 15, 2021 from 5pm – 7pm. The funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 10am. Wayne will be laid to rest immediately following services at Forest Meadows East.

In lieu of flowers, family has requested contributions be sent to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SSERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Joseph Messler

Joseph Clarke Messler of Gainesville, Florida, passed away peacefully on Thursday October 28, 2021 at the age of 88.

Clarke was born March 19, 1933 in Dayton, Ohio, where he spent his childhood before moving to the city of Sanford, Florida with his family during his teens.  He served his country for four years as a member of the United States Marine Corps and was stationed for the best part of his military career in the state of Hawaii.

Upon completing his military service, Clarke returned to Florida to pursue a collegiate education at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.  He was happily wed to his bride, Ms. Joni (Saunders) Messler of Sanford, Florida, for sixty-three years.  The couple settled to make Gainesville their home, where he completed a decades-long career with the General Electric Company.   Through his loving support and dedication to their shared love of the art of dance and her efforts of providing dance instruction, he made immeasurable contributions that undoubtedly have provided a lifetime of positive influence in the lives of countless children, young adults, families and the community at large.

Clarke was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Wallace and Geraldine Lamb Messler. He is survived by his wife Joni Saunders Messler of Gainesville, and his sister Marilyn Messler Garner (Wade) of Casselberry, FL, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burton “Burt” Victor Silverstein

 

 

 

 

 

Burton “Burt” Victor Silverstein, age 76 of Gainesville, FL, passed
away on Thursday, November 4, 2021.  The cause of death was metastatic
pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Silverstein was born May 7, 1945, in Brooklyn, NY to Jacob and
Beatrice Silverstein.  He graduated magna cum laude from the
The University of Rochester in 1966, and then from the University of
Pennsylvania Medical School in 1970.  His four-year residency in
internal medicine, also at the University of Pennsylvania, was
interrupted after two years when he was called upon to serve in the
medical corps of the U.S. Air Force in Guam during the Vietnam war.
His children were both born in Guam. After completing his military
duty as a major, he returned to Philadelphia to complete his
residency.  He then moved with his family to North Carolina, where he
completed a cardiology fellowship at Duke University and became a
board-certified cardiologist.  In 1978 he moved to Gainesville, where
he practiced as a cardiologist, first with Cardiology Associates of
Gainesville and then with the Cardiovascular Institute, until his
retirement in 2021.

Burt loved traveling and visited all 7 continents.  He sometimes
combined this with his love of cycling, bicycling across Italy, Costa
Rica, New Zealand, central Europe, and Iowa.  In addition, he was a
committed long-distance runner, and ran more than a dozen marathons.
His last trip, to Rwanda to see the gorillas, incorporated yet another
passion of his, photography.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his loving
wife of 53 years, Janet Silverstein, sons Craig and Todd Silverstein,
sister Zelda McBride, and three grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 7, 2021, at
the Synagogue of Congregation B’nai Israel, 3830 NW 16th Blvd.,
Gainesville. Interment will be at B’nai Israel Cemetery.  In lieu of
flowers, please consider donations to The University of Florida
Foundation for the Patient Quality and Safety Fund.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES
311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361
www.milamfh.com

Sandra McNeill Newberry

Sandra McNeill Newberry, age 77, of Hawthorne, passed away on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021, after an extended illness.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, to A.F. and Dorothy L. Sims McNeill, she was a 1962 graduate of Gainesville High School and a Bell South retiree.

Sandra is survived by her daughter, Cyndi (John) Petersen, her son, Scott (Kenya) Kelley, grandchildren Christina Petersen, John (Amanda) Petersen, Brittany (Brett) Rasnake, Leslie (Trey) Kirkland, and Jarrett Kelley, great-grandchildren, Kenleigh Peterson and Preston Rasnake, sisters Joan (Rollin) Hogan and Fran McNeill, niece Lanita Brown, and several cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister, Ruth Palmer, and niece, Carole Palmer.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, October 30th, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Providence Cemetery, CR 1474, Windsor, Florida.

Shirley Paris

Shirley Helen Paris, 91, of Gainesville, Florida, died October 22, 2021. She was born Shirley Helen Freedman in Baltimore, Maryland on August 20, 1930. She was the youngest child of Samuel and Jenny Freedman. She graduated From Maryland State Teachers College at Towson in 1951. Afterward she was briefly an elementary school teacher but was primarily a housewife and mother. She married Bernard J. Paris on June 15, 1949, the beginning of a long and loving marriage of 70 years until his death in November 2019. Her husband was a professor of English, first at Michigan State University and then, after 1981, at the University of Florida, from which he retired in 1996. She was not only his partner in life but the first and, as he said, most important reader for his writings as an academic. She was a very intelligent and astute reader whose feedback he valued highly. She was also a loving and supportive mother throughout her long life. She will be dearly missed.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her older brothers Harold and Leon Freedman, and by her older sister, Molly Gottlieb. She is survived by her daughter, Shoshana Paris, of Hollywood, Florida, and by her son Mark Paris and his husband, Franz Epting, of Gainesville, Florida.

Burial will take place at 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 31, 2021, at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions can be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Sierra Club.

Maurice Russell Knowles

Maurice Russell Knowles passed away peacefully on June 27, 2021 after a courageous battle with Cancer. He was 66 years old. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cynthia (Cindy) Knowles, Mother-in-law Shirley Paulson, Sister Cheryl Robinette, Brothers Michael Knowles and Christopher Knowles plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Betty Jo (Beckwith) Knowles and sisters Rosemary (Susie) Douglas and Jacqueline Knowles.

Russell was born August 18, 1954 at Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville N.C. As part of a military family, they moved frequently and he was able to experience living in numerous states plus two separate stays in Germany. After his father retired, the family returned to live in High Springs, Fl. the hometown of his parents. Russell was a teenager at this time and attended Santa Fe High School.

It was the 70s, the South, with rednecks, trucks you needed a ladder to climb into and chewing tobacco! Quite a culture shock after living in larger cities such as Brooklyn. After High School he attended Santa Fe Community College. As a teen he was employed at Priest Theater as a projectionist. Due to the amount of Popcorn he ate while working there he was never a big fan of it again in his adult life. He later enlisted in the U.S. Airforce (Vietnam Era) and was sent to Wichita Falls, Texas for basic training. He was then stationed in Homestead, Fl. He earned his degree as a Biomedical Equipment Maint. Specialist and worked in the Hospital there doing equipment repair. After a four year stint with the Air Force he returned back to High Springs. He was later employed at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fl. as a Electronics Technician taking care of various Hospital equipment, Nurse call system, Televisions, etc. Upon retirement he could be found helping out at his inlaws store(Main Street Antique Mall) in High Springs.
Russell was a great fan of Star Trek, XFiles, Science Fiction, anything about Alien life, earning him a knickname “Roswell” by one of his wifes Uncles. He enjoyed Studying and learning about Ancient times, Science, Computer repair, anything technical. A brilliant mind! He was constantly learning and keeping up with new advances and technology. He was a lover of Rock and Roll and Blues music. Russell was a wonderful husband and best friend to his wife Cindy. They were a great husband-wife team and enjoyed life to its fullest. He will be forever loved and missed!

Linda Jeanne “Jean” Goode

Linda Jeanne Goode “Jean” 75, of Lake City, Florida, went to be with her Heavenly Father on July 3, 2021. She was born on August 15, 1945 in Wilmington, Delaware. Jean was a member of the Cross Baptist Church in Lake City Florida and a member of the American Auxiliary. She was a beautician for most of her life, but her true passion was taking care of her family and many friends. Jean was a devoted, loving, and caring wife, mother, and grandmother. Through her, we know what resilience, perseverance, and true love really look like. There was never a holiday or birthday that passed without her celebrating each one of us. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and talking on the phone. Jean had the spirit of a fighter, she never gave up on anything or anyone. She will be remembered as a faithful, Godly woman ; strong and steadfast, loyal to the core, with the most beautiful heart. Heaven gained a mighty angel that will be deeply missed here on earth.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents Hilton and Eloise McNeal, her brother Charles Goff, her sister Bertha May, her daughter Deborah Meadows, and her grandson Davis Goode. Jean is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Dan Goode and their dog Tank, children Brad Goode (Joyce Goode), Yon Goode (Lesley Rogan), Randy Goode, and Emma Matheny (Jeff Tilley) her grandchildren Nikki Ivy, Tiffany Sharp (Paul Miller), JT Adams, Todd Goode, Jodi Johns (Aaron Johns), Mackenzie Goode, Gator Goode, and Hunter Goode, her great grandchildren, Hannah Sharp, Halie Sharp, Aaron Sharp, River Ivy, Caleb Ivy, Jadyn Sharp, Logan Johns, Roman Wallace, Brantley Johns, and Harper Johns.
Funeral Services will be on Friday July 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Burial will be at Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. NEWBERRY ROAD NEWBERRY, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Katherine “Kat” Jordan Pena

Katherine (Kat) Jordan Peña, age 80 was a lifelong resident Gainesville, Fl. She passed away on Monday July 5th, 2021. Kat was born March 3rd, 1941, in Gainesville to Louis Jordan and Ollie Mae Hall. She married Alfredo (Fred) Peña in 1958 in Gainesville. She worked for the Alachua School Board for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, spending time at the beach, spending time in her flower garden, and reading.
She was preceded in her death by her parents and husband and is survived by her sons, Steve (Traci) Peña, Rick (Linda) Peña, Carlos (Kelli) Peña, her sisters Edith Weisman and Pauline Selin. Grandchildren, Brandi, Kelsi (Damien), Tiffany, Gabriel, Corbin, and Great grandchild Abner (AJ) Torres Jr.
Funeral Services will be held graveside at 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 15, 2021, at Fairbanks Cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend the service. For those who wish, flower arrangements may be sent to Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Fl 32601

Pattie Martin Macurdy

Pattie Martin Macurdy passed away on July 7, 2021 at her home in Gainesville, Florida.
Pattie Martin was born in Dover, Tennessee on October 28, 1929. She grew up during the depression with her four siblings in rural Standing Rock Creek. Married in 1952 to U.S. Air Force Captain Harold Haile Macurdy, the couple lived in Japan, Spain, Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin before settling in Sarasota, Florida. Pattie moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1986.
As an eighty-sixth birthday gift to herself Pattie joined the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. She wrote of her youth in rural Tennessee, her years as an Air Force wife, raising three children, and her interests in “politics, religion, romance among the elderly, and various other absurdities.” She created a blog, “Pattie Remembers,” and published a book titled Sunsets and Buzzards.
Pattie’s other interests ranged from photography to dream interpretation, from bird watching to poetry. Pattie asked family and friends to create haikus for her to mark special occasions. She loved music and played it throughout her house.
Pattie is preceded in death by husband Col. H.H. Macurdy, son Vincent (Casey), her brother Dale , and her sisters Imogene, Leita, and Dorothy (Dot). She is survived by her children Eric (Judy) Macurdy, Clea (John) Hancock, and grandchildren Andrew (Ellen) Macurdy, Stephen Macurdy, and Emily, Alex, and Max Hancock.
Memorial events will be held in Gainesville in August and near her childhood home in Tennessee the in Spring 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pattie’s name to Haven Hospice of Gainesville (beyourhaven.org), Compassion and Choices (compassionandchoices.org), or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Keith David Langfelder

Keith David Langfelder passed away in his sleep on July 8th at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Chrissy; his son Austin 23 years old; his stepchildren Kayla Lay, 23 years old; Bryce Hodges, 19 years old; and Lauren Lay, 17 years old; his devoted parents Pat & Jay Langfelder his sisters Leah (Dean) Mears and Donna (Mike) Hoover, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Keith loved to smile, tell a joke, and be a friend. He never met a stranger and would share his last nickel with anyone in need. He loved life and lived it to its fullest until a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed in 2013. He always thought he would walk again and gave it his all.
Keith grew up in North Carolina, where many of his friends still live and keep in touch since childhood. He moved to Vero Beach, FL, where he learned his trade that would lead to the creation of his small business, Quality Seamless Gutters in St. Cloud, FL. He got just about every job he bid because people just liked him. Keith resided in St. Cloud, Fl. from 1994 to 2019.
His family moved to Hawthorne, FL, in 2019 so his wife could pursue her doctorate at the University of Florida. The love Chrissy had for Keith was repaid with an overwhelming amount of pride and adoration he had for her.
After his accident, Keith was relegated to a life of telling stories and making people laugh. It is with a very sad heart that we say goodbye to our husband, father, brother, son, and friend. We know he rests in peace with those we love who have gone before him.
There will be a visitation at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 14, 2021 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Heart Association in Keith’s honor or his son Austin’s honor as he has battled with heart defects since birth. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lucy “Lou” Allport Smipson

Lucy (Lou) Allport Simpson died peacefully at Oak Hammock in Gainesville at age 103.

Lou was born in Shumansville, VA in 1917. As a young woman she worked for the FBI in Washington DC and received a commendation letter from J. Edgar Hoover for her work. In 1946 Lou married Charles (Charlie) F. Simpson, a young veterinarian, and in 1948 they moved to Gainesville for Charlie to work for UF Veterinary Medicine. In Gainesville, Lou was a homemaker and she and Charlie raised two children. She was an amazing wife and mother and, later in life, an amazing grandmother and great grandmother.

Lou was a petite woman in stature but a huge person as in character and life. She was a woman of incredible faith and a member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville since her move to Gainesville.

Lou’s first priorities were faith and her family. But Lou was also active in community activities including the Gainesville Women’s Club, University Women’s Club, Agricultural Women’s Club, UF Veterinary Auxiliary and the Gainesville Garden Club (Hibiscus Circle) all in which she held several leadership positions. She was also very involved with all volunteerism at First Baptist Church.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents, her other 5 siblings, her beloved daughter-in-law Cheryl Simpson and her husband Charlie. She leaves behind an amazing legacy with her children Vicki Emo (Warren) of Charleston, SC, her son Kim Charles of Gainesville, granddaughters Jennifer, Heather and Lauren and 6 great grandchildren.

This obituary would not be complete without thanking the incredible current and former staff at Oak Hammock in Gainesville who lovingly cared for Lou for almost 18 years. Her family will be forever grateful and they will always be a part of our family.

In lieu of flowers, if you want to make a donation, please make it in her memory to First Baptist Church, 14105 NW 39 Ave, Gainesville 32606. Services will be private and graveside at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Selena Joyce (Blakely) Kitchens

On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Selena Joyce (Blakely) Kitchens, loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away at the age of 59. Selena was born on February 6, 1962 in Lyons, Georgia. She was a lifelong resident of Micanopy and the surrounding area. To know Selena was to love her. She was such a bright light and so friendly that she never met a stranger. Her children and grandchildren were the greatest love of her life and in her eyes her greatest accomplishment. She was known affectionately as “NeeNee” to her youngest sister and her grandchildren. Selena was preceded in death by her son, Davis Randolph Goode. She is survived by her parents, Troy and Jo Blakely of Micanopy; her children: Tara, Loree, and Bart; sisters: Lori, Cheryl, Nikki, Wanda, and Terri; grandchildren: Zach, Alex, Mattis, Juniper, and Lucy. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11am at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, FL. Interment in Countryside Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

James “Jimmy” Stewart

James “Jimmy” Stewart, 79 of Newberry Florida, passed away peacefully at home on July 14th. His kids are Jimbo, Jake, Jason, Roxanne, Joanne, Julie and Melissa. His sisters are Lucinda, Nancy and Melissa. James graduated from Florida State College. He served honorably during Vietnam War and was very proud of his time. In service in his spare time he loved golfing, playing solitaire, and spending time with his family. One of James most loved physical feature was his smile. His smile and laugh was contagious. He was our gentle giant.
One of James biggest accomplishments was being a father. His children would refer to his as a superhero. He would tell anyone who would listen about his kids/grandkids. Dad could make you laugh even when you didn’t want to. He had this amazing super power of always being right. There wasn’t an activity that his children participated in that he wasn’t front and center. He considered himself a very lucky man to have rekindled with the love of his life and spent the last of her years with her. He was our families’ anchor, the foundation that all our families are built on. We cherish the memories we having with our father and take peace knowing he is now with his mother and love of his life Elaine. WE are grateful to have had the time with our father as much as we did. This is a tremendous loss to our family,
Funeral Services and Honors will be on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida, following with burial at Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Newberry, Florida.

Deborah Parrish Hunt

Deborah Parrish Hunt went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2021 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland, Fl. She was 64 years of age. Deborah was born in Lexington, Ky. She loved horseback riding, fishing, embroidery, cross stich, sewing and her dogs. She also loved her husband Donald Hunt and her children and grandchildren. Most importantly she loved the Lord. Deborah was a member of the Wind of the Spirit Church in Old Town, FL.
She is survived by her wonderful husband, Donald Hunt, her daughters Samantha Hines( Donald) and Ashley Pendarvis (Scotty), Heidi Hancock (Beau) and her son Aaron Berry (Chelsea), her beautiful sister Donna McLaughlin (Bruce), her grandchildren Tristan C. Barber, Zachary C. Pendarvis and Hunter D. Berry, Isreal, Trinity, Faith, Seth, Timothy, Cameron Adams, Hank Hancock, extended family, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, nieces and nephews Patrick McLaughlin (Jamie), Tayler McLaughlin (Sean). She was preceded in death by her grandmother Ruth Parrish, her mother Carol Gettings, her father Willie Clay Parrish.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Wind of the Spirit Church. 25973 SE Highway 19 Old Town, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. NEWBERRY ROAD NEWBERRY, FL. (352) 472-5361
www.milamfh.com

Vermelle “Vam” Cardwell York

Vermelle “Vam” Cardwell York of Gainesville, FL passed away on July 21, 2021. A native of Evergreen, Alabama, she was 96. Vam was a Gainesville resident for over 50 years and was married for 64 years to Florida University System Chancellor Emeritus E. T. York, who died in 2011.
Vam’ service to the University of Florida included that of interim first lady, for which she received the President’s Medallion in 1980. She had been honored by numerous organizations in the Gainesville area including being named a Woman of Distinction by Santa Fe Community College and the Women Who Make a Difference by the North Florida Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.
Involved in Gainesville real estate since the mid-60’s, Vam served as president of two family-owned development firms: Tralisa Corporation, which developed the Kenwood and Valwood neighborhoods and Caret Corporation, which developed the Mentone neighborhood.
She has served in leadership positions with the Gainesville Builders Association, Friends of Music, Keep Alachua County Beautiful, Hospice Showcase House, Trinity Methodist Church, the March of Dimes, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the Gainesville Community Foundation.
Vam York was also a member of Rotary International, Altrusa International, Gainesville Women’s Forum, the University Women’s Club, University Agricultural Wives, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the P.E.O Sisterhood. The Gainesville Community Playhouse named its performance hall the Vam York Theatre.
A native of Evergreen, Alabama, Vam earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Auburn University, where she was elected president of women’s student government and was a member of numerous honorary and leadership organizations including Oracles, Cardinal Key, Phi Kappa Phi, and Mortar Board. She was a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and was named to Who’s Who in American Universities and Marquis Who’s Who in America.
She was born January 30, 1925. Her parents were Emmie Pitts and F. Lofton Cardwell, who preceded her in death. Both families settled in Conecuh County, Alabama in the early 1800’s. Genealogy was her hobby.
Vam also enjoyed travelling. She and E. T. traveled all over the world, both for personal pleasure and also when he was working on world hunger.
Her survivors include her son, Travis York, of St. Augustine, FL. and her daughter, Lisa York, of Jacksonville, FL, a nephew, Guy York and wife Martha of Gainesville, two grandnephews and a grandniece, a niece, Claudia York of Asheville, NC, nephew, Stan (Mary) and grandniece Mary Caroline (Patrick McCormic) of Birmingham, AL.
Vam York will be entombed in Gainesville alongside E.T. in the Forest Meadow’s Mausoleum in a private ceremony. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32653. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 s. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Richard “Dick” Andrew Gartee

Richard Andrew “Dick” Gartee, age 95, passed away peacefully in his home in Gainesville, FL, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Dick was born in Monroe, Michigan, and attended Dundee High School. He enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 and served for the duration of WWII.
Following the war, Dick worked for Tecumseh Products Company in Tecumseh, Michigan as a mechanical engineer, and later, as master mechanical engineer for the company’s plant in Somerset, Kentucky. After thirty years at Tecumseh Products Company, he started his own engineering consulting firm specializing in industrial robotics. Dick earned two patents for his designs. Later, he became the plant engineer for Standard Products Company in Lexington, Kentucky.
Upon retiring, Dick moved to Florida, initially living in Keystone Heights and later moving into Gainesville. For many years, he served as a volunteer chaplain at Alachua General Hospital (Shands AGH). He often remarked that of the many jobs he’d done in his life, serving as chaplain was the most rewarding. Prior to his chaplaincy, he was a deacon or elder at churches wherever he lived and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
In 2004, he met and married his loving wife, Florence, who survives him. He is also survived by his son, Richard W. Gartee, daughter, Sharyl (Norman) Beal, step-daughters, Debbie (Gary) Snider and Pamela (Larry) Flynn, step-sons, Richard Smith and Greg Green. Dick has 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 3 nieces.
From the Roaring Twenties to the present day, Dick witnessed big changes in American life. His 2018 biography, Skating on Skim Ice, puts key transformative eras of the last century in context through the experiences of this exceptional man.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 26, 2021 at First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601. The family will receive friends Sunday, July 25th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Veterans Affairs’ Florida National Cemetery on Tuesday.
Because of cemetery restrictions, the family asks that flowers not be sent. For those who wish, contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Kathy Lanora Hague

Kathy Lanora Hague, age 62 of Gainesville, Fl. Passed away on Thursday July 29, 2021. Ms. Hague was born January 4, 1959 in Gainesville, Fl to Gidden Byron Hague Sr and Audrey Eloise (Corrall) Hague.

Kathy graduated from Gainesville high school class of 1977 in Gainesville, Fl. Prior to passing away Kathy worked passionately at The Bread of the Mighty food bank as the Logistics Coordinator. She touched so many lives in the community of Gainesville helping whoever needed it. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, loved fishing, and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

She was preceded into heaven by her parents and 1 sister Deborah Clark of Gainesville, Fl. Kathy is survived by her children Joseph Hague, Melissa Neeley, Quinton Neeley, sister Cindy Ford, Brothers Gidden Hague jr., Marcus Hague, her 8 grandchildren, and lifelong friend and sister at heart Marcia Conwell

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on August 10, 2021 at the University City Church of God 4626 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, Fl. Interment will be held at Forest Meadows Cemetery 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd. Gainesville, Fl. For those who wish, flowers can be sent to Milam Funeral home 311 S. Main St Gainesville, Fl 32601. For those who wish to donate in the name of Kathy, donations can be sent to The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank 325 NW 10th Ave Gainesville, Fl 32601.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

Dora Earline Rogers

Dora Earline Rogers, age 83 of Gainesville, Fl, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Earline was born August 23, 1937, in LaCrosse, FL to Vera Witt Kyle and David Ernest Benton. Earline graduated from Alachua High School in 1955. After graduation, she worked, until her retirement, as an Assembly Technician for General Electric in Alachua, Fl. After her retirement from General Electric, Earline enjoyed working as a cashier at Rogers’ Farm where she was loved and appreciated by the customers. She adored camping (RVing) and spent the last few years of her life traveling the United States and Canada with her husband, Larry. Many of her trips included traveling with close friends. She was fond of viewing the beautiful scenery, animal life, vegetation, and landscape of the places she visited. She is survived by her loving spouse of 25 years, Larry Rogers, son Joel Kirby (Richelle), daughter Carol Kirby Reynolds (Rob), stepdaughter Sheryl Rogers Webster (Steven), stepson Greg Rogers (Renee), five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
A Committal service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 3, 2021 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, LaCrosse, FL.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Truman Vincent “Vinny” Kilbourn

Truman Vincent “Vinny” Kilbourn left to join his Lord on August 6th, 2021 after a long illness.
He was a member of the US Navy, and retired from the US Post Office. A longtime fan of the Buffalo Bills, after moving to Gainesville he fell in love with the Florida Gators and even became a golfer. He made an impression with whomever he met, and will be remembered fondly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Marie Kilbourn. He is survived by his sister, Noreen Northrop, of Odessa,TX.
He leaves to remember him his wife, Barbara Delmont, his son Justin (Julie) Kilbourn and daughter Ziva, of Gainesville, FL. His daughter, Karen (Thomas) Kmitch, and their children Camryn and Thomas Jr., his son James Zuhlke and children Zachary and Zoey, of Buffalo, NY. And dear longtime friend, Darrell Fowler, of Brooker, FL.
His remains will be cremated, and no services held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNER AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Arthur “Art” William Eckroth

Arthur “Art” William Eckroth, age 72 of Gainesville, Fl. Formally of St. Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, August 12th, 2021. Mr. Eckroth was born November 18,1948 in Phillipsburg N.J. To Earnest Edgar Eckroth and Gloria Buckley.
Art graduated from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, Fl., taught guitar to countless people, and started several bands. He owned a TV and stereo repair shop, was purchasing agent for a boat factory, and manager of Mountain Wholesale Electronics. He had 45 years experience in construction as a carpenter and got his General Contractors License in 1997, and was owner of a A&M Restoration Corp.
He was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Karen “Kas” vonMering, and is survived by his sister Doris “Dorinda” Bogardus and many nieces and nephews and best friend Walter “Dusty” Rhodes.
His ashes will be interned in St. Petersburg, Fl., by family in March.
If each mourner around the country could individually or safely in small groups CELEBRATE ART’S LIFE wherever you are for 20 minutes, Sunday August 22, 2021 at 2 PM EST, this would become a united effort of remembrance, with joy, laughter, prayer or meditation.
In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Habitat for Humanity, 2630 NW. 41st St. C-3, Gainesville, Fl. 32606
Thank you for your help during the grieving process. Milam Funeral Home Cremation Service 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352)376–5361.

David George Horsburgh

David George Horsburgh was born on March 20, 1936 and went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2021 at the age of 85. David was born in Derby, Connecticut. In 1945, David and his family moved to Sarasota, Florida. He graduated from Sarasota High School. After graduation, David decided to pursue a career in accounting. He attended the University of Florida where he ran track. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Florida Southern in 1959 and became a Certified Public Accountant. David started his career in accounting working for the Minute Maid Company and then the Coca Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia. After a few years he decided to move back to Sarasota to start a private accounting firm and to be closer to his family.

David was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing. He enjoyed nothing better than a good fight with a Redfish, Snook, or a Tarpon. He loved his hand-crafted wooden boats built by his late friend, George Luzier. David enjoyed fishing in Sarasota, Boca Grande, the Keys, Matlacha and various other Florida coastal communities. He loved being on the water and in nature wherever he traveled. Later, in his life David fell in love with horses. He had a beautiful horse farm, Mariah Oaks Farm, where he bred Thoroughbreds with his Hanoverian Warmblood stallion named “Willie”. David cherished his many memories on the farm with his family and friends. David also enjoyed hunting in Texas with his family. Many fond memories were made with his children, grandchildren, and his Texas friends.

David was a lifelong University of Florida Gator fan. He enjoyed cheering on all the Gator sports teams. This is how he got his nickname, “Gatorpops”. Because of his Scottish heritage, David enjoyed listening to bagpipe music while sipping an occasional glass of Scotch. He enjoyed collecting various things, too, over his lifetime.

David is proceeded in death by his parents, Dorothy and David Horsburgh.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and William Hancock; daughter, Christy Horsburgh; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Philip Carrington; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jill Horsburgh. He is survived by 6 adoring grandchildren; Caroline and Cullen Guglielmo, Emily Carrington, Jamie Gray, Ava Horsburgh, and Benjamin Horsburgh. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the caregivers and professional staff at Advent Hospital of Ocala and Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. A private memorial will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral Home (352) 376-5361

Dorothy “Dot” Holder

Dorothy “Dot” Holder, age 93 of Gainesville, Florida formerly of Macon, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, September 21, 2021 at North Florida Regional Hospital. She was born on May 23, 1928 in Barnesville, Georgia to John Allen Moore and Ada Louise Pitts Moore.

Dorothy moved as a young adult to Macon, Georgia. It was there that she met Carl, the love of her life. Shortly after the birth of their fifth child in 1965, Carl and Dot moved from Macon to Gainesville, Florida. After getting the family settled, Dorothy opened Aunt Dot’s Playhouse, which she owned and operated for ten years. She loved the children and families that she came to know through those years. Dorothy was married to Carl for 70 years. Their life together was filled with family and love.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her three sisters, her eldest daughter, Patsy James, and granddaughter, Trish James. Dot is survived by daughter Carolyn Niederkohr (Dean Niederkohr), son Carl Holder, Jr. (Ethel Holder), daughter Vonnie Holder (Erica Raffel), daughter Tina Anzivino (Michele Anzivino), 12 grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Services will be held privately at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Albert Clay Stevens

Albert Clay Stevens, 91, of Gainesville, Florida passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 surrounded by his family and friends. Albert was born on July 27, 1930 in Lake Worth, Florida.
As a child, Albert grew up on the University of Florida’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Belle Glade, Florida, where his father performed agronomy research on sugarcane. This is where Albert learned from a young age his talents for farming, raising animals, fishing, carpentry, and mechanics. After graduation from Belle Glade High School in 1948, Albert attended Vanderbilt University, then transferred to the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1953. Albert played the trumpet in the UF Marching Band and was a long time Gator football fan. After graduation from UF, Albert joined the US Army, where he trained to be a medical laboratory specialist in the medical field unit, serving during the Korean War. Albert married Barbara Ann Will on June 15, 1956 and was a devoted husband and father. Albert and Barbara were kindergarten classmates and remained good friends through high school and college, marrying after Albert was honorably discharged from his military duty. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together just before Barbara’s death in 2016. They enjoyed traveling through the country, including Alaska and Canada, in their motorhome on many trips together. Albert retired from USDA Farmer’s Home Administration where he was a federal loan officer for over 30 years. He was a successful cattle rancher in Alachua County for many years and enjoyed mentoring those who were starting out in the cattle industry.

Albert is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Delos Stevens and Thema Josephine Daspit Stevens; his wife, Barbara Will Stevens, and his brother, Frederick Stevens. Albert is survived by his daughter Lauranne Stevens, Gainesville, FL; son Claiborne Stevens, St. Augustine, FL; Grandchildren Charles Stevens, Gainesville, FL; Albert Stevens, Melbourne, FL; Stephanie Stevens, St. Augustine, FL; Caroline Stevens, St. Augustine, FL, two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Rider, and his dachshunds, Barbie and Rex.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the attentive care provided to Albert by the staff at North Florida Regional Hospital and Haven Hospice. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations to Haven Hospice. The family will receive friends at Milam Funeral and Cremation Service 311 S. Main Street in Gainesville on Thursday, August 19 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm followed by a Graveside Service on Friday, August 20 at 1:00pm at Hillcrest Memorial Park 6411 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach FL.

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

Bruce Randolph Gordon

Bruce Randolph Gordon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Bruce was born in Orlando, FL on October 15, 1945 to Burton Gordon and Emma (Polzer) Gordon. Bruce is the youngest of three sons and is preceded in death by his mother, father, oldest brother, Burton Jr., daughter Teresa, and granddaughter Sarah.

Bruce dutifully served his country for four years in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge.

Bruce moved to Gainesville in 1969 to attend the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Education. It was during this time that he met and married Janice (Grady) Gordon. In September of 2020, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bruce built a career at Santa Fe College for over 30 years. While there, he helped to build and create the Computer Science program and department. He also spent time as a career resource coordinator and collaborated with many Alachua County businesses to hold successful job fairs assisting those seeking employment. He retired from Santa Fe College in June 2017.

Not only was Bruce a devoted husband and father, but he was also an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bruce served in the church in many capacities; his most cherished time was spent as a Scout Master in the local troop of the Boy Scouts of America.

Bruce is survived by his brother Doug (Judy), his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Janice, their nine children Greg (Amanda), Lisa McLeod (Dustin), Burt (Lydia), Christy Astorga (David), Angela Wharton (Jim), Cynthia, John (Courtney), Pamela, Monica Gordon (Bradley), his 28 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on August 28, 2021 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 10600 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607. A Zoom broadcast will be available for those unable to attend.

A graveside devotional will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shine On Academy in Gainesville, FL. Bruce was very passionate about education and the work his daughter Cynthia is doing to help children succeed.

Ms. Rosemary Collins

Ms. Rosemary Collins, of Gainesville, FL, died on Sunday, August 22, 2021, after complications from a fall. Rosemary was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1939, to the late John and Mary McLaughlin. She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1957 and later graduated High Smith Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Fayetteville, NC, in 1961. In 1962, she received her commission in the Navy. Later, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Rosemary was married to the love of her life, Terence; and together they raised a family of six children. She continued her nursing career at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville, FL and Lexington, KY. Rosemary was active in Engaged Encounter, Marriage Encounter Movement, and a member of Holy Faith Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved son Sean Collins, brother Jake McLaughlin, and sister Jane Mackenzie. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Terence Collins; brother, Daniel McLaughlin; son, Kevin Collins (Ponte Vedra, FL); and her four daughters Kathleen Pezzi (Lexington, KY), Meghan Blake (Gainesville, FL), Kelly Collins (Gainesville, FL), and Shannon Collins (Durham, NC). Rosemary was proud of her grandchildren: Elise Higgins, David Pezzi, Jacob Pezzi (Kathleen); Kaily Cheeseman, Brenna Collins (Kevin); Collin Ulmer, Reece Ulmer, Kaleb Blake, and Joshua Blake (Meghan); Taryn, Liam, Connor, and Aidan Smell (Kelly); and Finn and Henry Hopkins (Shannon). Other survivors include daughter-in-law Pam Collins; sons-in-law Tony Pezzi, James Smell, and David Ranney; and she loved each of her numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Rosemary’s greatest love was her entire family; and she enjoyed family reunions, beach trips, and Kentucky basketball. She had a love of life and an infectious laugh. She never knew a stranger and was known to take any baby who was within arms’ reach. She will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials to be made to the American Heart Association.

Mildred Daphyne Bowdoin Griffith

Mildred Daphyne Bowdoin Griffith, born August 9, 1921 in Perry, FL. Passed away on August 27, 2021. She is survived by her son, Milan L. Griffith, his wife Bonnie Griffith and her daughter Claudia Renee’ Griffith Jouvenas. She has three grandchildren Michael L. Griffith, Elizabeth R. Medlin and Brandan A. Smith. Three great grandchildren Hannah, Madison, and Destiny, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Interment will be handled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Judes or the charity of your choice in her name.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361

Carolyn Jane (Harvey) Elliott

Carolyn Jane (Harvey) Elliott, of Newberry, FL, passed away Sep 1, 2021, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Wellsburg, WV, on September 3, 1925 to Irvin P. Harvey and Beryle Violet (Crabtree) Harvey.
Carolyn graduated from Wellsburg High in Wellsburg, WV. She then attended Bethany College in Bethany, WV, and began a long career as a teacher. She first taught high school history at her alma mater, Wellsburg High School. During that time, she met and married Gene L. Elliott on July 20, 1957. They lived in Glen Dale, West Virginia, where, after having two children, she taught 4th Grade at Sherrard Elementary School in Sherrard, WV and then 6th Grade at Glen Dale Elementary in Glen Dale, WV for many years until her retirement. During her tenure at Glen Dale, she won Marshall County Teacher of the Year.
Carolyn was very active in the Glen Dale United Methodist Church and was a long time Sunday School Teacher. After retiring from teaching in WV, she and Gene moved to Newberry, FL in 1991, where Carolyn remained very active in the community. She is a long-time member of the Newberry United Methodist Church, where she has served on the church board, and again as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Newberry Lions Club, was voted Lion of the Year, and was also a long-time member of the Newberry Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gene Luther Elliott. She leaves behind a brother, Rolland Harvey of Bridgewater, Connecticut, two children, Melinda J. Elliott of Reisterstown, Maryland, and Richard H. Elliott of Oakland, California, and 4 grandchildren, Heather N. Cassano of Mendon, Massachusetts, Brian E. Cassano of Catonsville, Maryland, Alexandra A. Elliott of El Cerrito, California, and Sophia Holtz of Los Angeles, California. She also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and other family members.
She is predeceased by her parents, Irvin and Beryle Harvey and a brother Stanley Harvey.
A memorial service will be held at the Milam Chapel in Newberry on Friday September 10, 2021, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The family requests that those who wish to attend, please wear a mask inside the chapel. Burial will be held at a later date at Halcyon Hills Memorial Park in Sherrard, WV. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Elliott’s honor to the First United Methodist Church of Newberry 24845 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Georgia Lynn VanZant

Georgia Lynn VanZant, of Hawthorne, passed away at home peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday September 2, 2021. Born in Waycross, GA, Georgia has been in the Alachua County area for 40 years. She owned and operated her own business, Quality First Cleaning.
Georgia was an avid runner, and she was known to stop on the side of the road and just pray with people from all walks of life. She was a beautiful person inside and out and was the most faithful, compassionate, selfless, and patient person. Georgia was very passionate about her church’s youth program. She really enjoyed mentoring the youth and leading them in their journey with God. Georgia also had a beautiful singing voice and was quite talented on the keyboard. Anyone and everyone who knew her loved her.
Georgia was preceded in death by her mom Carolyn Faye Thomas. She is survived by her loving husband of 13 years Kyle VanZant; her children Miranda Hills, Emilie Lewis, Rebecca VanZant, Kayleigh Lofton, Krislyn VanZant, Chad Lofton, and Tyler VanZant; her grandchildren Tre Mays, Nevaeh Mays, Colton Lofton, and Jazzlyn Lewis; her dad Don Dowling (Millie); her brother Jimmy Dowling; her step-brothers Scott Weir (Cammie) and Tony Weir; and her step-sister Lisa Mansolo (Jimmy).
A memorial celebration of Georgia’s life will be held on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 10 o’clock in the morning at Little Orange Creek Nature Park, 24115 SE Hawthorne RD in Hawthorne. The family requests that those who wish, to please make contributions in memory of Georgia to the New Family Worship Church P.O. Box 668 Hawthorne, FL 32640. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Russell Gene Abbott

Russell Gene Abbott, age 69 of Melrose, Florida passed away on Thursday September 2nd 2021. Gene, as most people called him, was born on May 15th, 1952 to his loving parents Buddy and Nancy Abbott.

Starting when he was young and continuing through his entire life, Gene was an avid car enthusiast. He started drag racing at an early age in his first race car a 1971 Dodge Duster. He continued racing through much of his life winning various races and championships through the years. Some of his accomplishments include multiple Gainesville Raceway wins and championships, multiple Super Gas Associations wins and a championship, and several NHRA sanctioned event wins.

Although drag racing is what Gene was most known for, he was also an accomplished plasterer and business owner. He began plastering with his father Buddy at State Plastering in Gainesville Florida. Eventually they left State Plastering to start a business of their own. His talents and work ethic as a plasterer were a large part of the success of Professional Plastering. Gene eventually opened several successful businesses of his own including DGA Products, The Rod Shop of Gainesville, and Abbott Profinishes.

He lived most of his life just outside of Gainesville in Melrose, Florida with his loving wife of 40 years Diana transforming a small 2-bedroom home into its current floorplan with several more rooms, a four car garage, and several beautiful gardens. The home they built was the perfect sanctuary for them to escape the hustle and bustle of racing and work. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, and occasionally cruising. They visited many places together including Las Vegas, Louisiana, and every racetrack on the East Coast.

Gene is survived by his loving wife Diana Abbott, Mother Nancy Abbott, Father Buddy Abbott, Sister Gail Green, Son Tim Abbott, Daughter Heather Buller, Daughter Naomi Myerson, and three grandchildren Dezarae, Emma, and Jake.

Memorial services will be held 4pm Monday September 13th at the Gainesville Raceway. The service will be officiated by Tom Ratliff on the Mid Track bleachers. The address is 11211 North County Road 225, Gainesville, Fl 32609.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made to Racers For Christ Division 2, 1250 East Baseline road Suite 101 Tempe, Arizona 85283. Memo Line; Gene Abbott Memorial. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Clare Ann McDonald

Clare Ann MacDonald of Trenton FL, transitioned to her heavenly home September 2, 2021 surrounded by family and friends. A retired school teacher and educator of 40+ years who especially shared her creativity while directing the school yearbook for many years. She enjoyed her friends, family and life in general. She was a tumbleweed soul with a heart the size of Texas. Her family and friends know she was a creative visionary lady that was constantly discovering new things. Her hobbies consisted of making jewelry, gourmet cooking, singing in and out of church, traveling, flowers and sharing her love for God. Her friends from church and Zumba would agree her love extended to everyone she came in contact with.
She had a way of smiling and making others smile: but she could set you straight in a seconded if needed.
She was proceeded in death by her parents John and Eleanor MacDonald, husband Pat Stephens, daughter Roberta Jane “Ivey” Powell Ophardt and is survived by her oldest daughter Margaret Elaine Powell Wrench. She is also survived by her siblings Miriam MacDonald and Ross MacDonald, niece Rachel MacDonald, Aunt Lenore MacDonald, Uncle Bob MacDonald, cousins Linda MacDonald Meville and Joanne Mathias. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren cooking, playing with art and traveling with them.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Lighthouse Word Church 2350 US HWY 27 ALT Chiefland, FL. With Pastor Carol Kearns. Burial will follow the service at Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, FL.

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

Margaret Jane Sherouse Smith

Margaret Jane Sherouse Smith, passed away September 5, 2021. She is preceded in death by her husband William E. Smith and a son Thomas Alvin Smith. She is survived by her daughter Cindy (Robert) Sly of Gainesville, and a son Michael G. (Carol) Smith of Memphis, TN., a sister Evelyn Willis of Neptune Beach FL. Margaret is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
In her working days Margaret worked as a telephone operator for Bellsouth. Margaret was a charter member of 39th Ave Church of Christ in Gainesville. Margaret was kind, caring and selfless and loved her dog Timmy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Alzheimer Association associations-alz.org.

There will be a visitation on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel where Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow in Forest Meadows East Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Robert Charles Goethals

Robert Charles Goethals, of Crystal River, FL, passed peacefully at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville on Monday September 6, 2021. He was 53. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio.
Rob enlisted in the United States Navy in 1986 then enlisted in the United States Army in 1993, and spent 19 years in, retiring as a career Sergeant First Class out of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Rob loved cooking for loved ones; his signature dish was a “Roast Beast”, which is a prime rib roast that would have you begging for a second helping! In his spare time, he enjoyed watching movies while eating homemade popcorn. Rob was the best at making anyone feel like family, no matter who it was. He was quite a social butterfly everyone who knew him, and he knew everyone! Rob was also an expert at talking like Donald Duck he did it everywhere he went his granddaughter and grand dogs loved it.
Rob was preceded in death by his father Charles and step mother Irene Goethals and his sister Julie Baugh. He is survived by his daughters Jessica Goethals and Lauren Smith; his sons Joshua and Brandon Goethals; daughter in laws Laurene and Emily Goethals; granddaughter Lyanna Goethals; his mom Patricia Munsil; his step father Richard Munsil; and his brothers Mark Baugh and Ken, Steve, and James Goethals.
The Graveside Service will be held Friday October 1, 2021 at 11:00am at the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery 1502 Central Ave, Toledo, Ohio 43606; The memorial service will be held from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at The VFW Post 606 on 3005 W Laskey Rd, Toledo, Ohio 43613.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601 www.milamfh.com

Allen James Sweat, Jr. “Jimmy”

Allen James Sweat Jr, “Jimmy,” age 59, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September, 4, 2021 in Gainesville, Fl. Jimmy was born on May 5, 1962 in Tampa, Fl and lived in Saint Augustine, Fl for 12 years before moving to Gainesville. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents Allen James Sweat and Allegra Bailey, his brother Richard, and his sisters Pat, Myra, and Cathleen.

Jimmy served in the Army in his younger years before becoming a carpenter. He later moved on to pursue maintenance and became, as many knew him, a jack of all trades. As an outdoorsman, Jimmy enjoyed boating, fishing, and hunting. At the same time, with his heart of gold, he loved rescuing and rehabilitating wild life. As we all know, his only children had fur. He would give the shirt right off his back for any person or animal that needed help. Jimmy was also an avid gun and knife collector and took great pride in his never ending collection. Aside from these simple pleasures, his true passion in life was spending time with his soul mate, Carol. A three year friendship turned into a fifteen year courtship that lead to a twenty-five year marriage. Whether they were waking up with the sun rise or settling down with the sun set, along with anything in between, you could always find them hand in hand. They were the definition of love and commitment.

Jimmy is survived by his wife Carol Sweat, his sister Minnie Green, his brother-in-laws John Cook, Ugene “Keith” Craig, and Brian Craig. Along with several nieces and nephews.

Franklin “Frank or Bud” Dreher Harrell, Jr.

Franklin “Frank or Bud” Dreher Harrell, Jr., age 78, passed away on September 8, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. He was born in Gainesville on November 30, 1942 to the late Frank and Mary Bess (York) Harrell. After graduating from Gainesville High School, he joined the United States Navy and served on the USS Hawkins during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He then attended junior college before working for the Merita Bread Company for 25 years followed by 10 years with the Alachua County School Board.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary Hague Harrell, stepdaughter Rhonda (Joey) Westfield, stepson Greg Nielsen, and step grandson Eric Jordan; sisters, Betty Harrell Hovis, Kay (Dan) Harrell Greathouse, and Molly Kate Harrell; nieces Sherri Webster, Frances (Jason) Merritt; and nephews Glen (Donnie) Greathouse and Michael Greathouse.
Growing up, he loved Little League and had a newspaper route. Then as an adult, his hobbies included fishing and football.
A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church- Gainesville, Frank was an invaluable volunteer as usher, church bus driver, kitchen staff, Family Promise, and other church activities as needed like Spring Arts Festival.
His Funeral Service will be officiated by Rev. Beth Snarr at First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The family asks that you please wear facial coverings and remember social distancing.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow the service at the Hague Cemetery 7001 NW 126th Avenue Gainesville, FL.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church- Gainesville. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Richard Feaster

Richard Feaster was born in Perry, Fl. July 31, 1931. He passed away in Micanopy, Fl. on September 11, 2021. He graduated from Reddick High School in Reddick, Fl. in 1950.
He was a General Contractor building commercial construction throughout the Southeast retiring to his home in Micanopy.
He was preceded in death by his parents James Otis Feaster, Sr. and Vera Brown Feaster, his wife Wilma Anderson Feaster, and brothers H. Fred and J. Otis Feaster, Jr.
He is survived by his children L. R. “Dick,” Jr., Donna, Kay, Mitch, and Mark, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. Also survived by his wife Patricia Greer Feaster.
Funeral services were Saturday, October 9th at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Micanopy, Florida. Memorials can be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church.

Barbara Mary Carter

Barbara Mary Carter

Barbara, was born February 6, 1964 in Leominster,
Massachusett.
Parents Patricia and Leo Paul LeBlanc
Siblings- Kathy, Anthony, Paul and Kevin
Children- Amanda, Jennifer, Thomas and Matthew
Stepchildren- DeAnn, Jesse and Leslie,
Mema- Fourteen Wonderful Grandchildren and many
nieces and Nephews
Barbara worked as a Mother, then in the medical field,
shes a cosmetologist, And the last 15 years as a
preacher’s wife. With her husband Jess.
Barbara loved God, Christ, her family, the Church,
And life itself. She loved wearing her blouse that had
the words “The best is yet to come”
“She will be missed”

Donald Wayne Davis

Donald Wayne Davis 1950-2021- It is with sadness and much love that we mourn the passing of Donald Wayne Davis, 71 years of age of Newberry, FL.
Don grew up in Newberry and graduated from Newberry High School, Class of 1968. There he played football and basketball. He loved telling funny stories and sharing memories from his high school years, many of his classmates would remain his lifelong friends. After High School Don enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country from 1968-1972.
Don loved the beach and in his younger days loved to surf. He loves fishing and making his own lures. Inherited from his parents, Don loved music and dancing. He never met a dance floor he didn’t like and never met a stranger. We will miss his friendly, loving, and fun personality.

Don is preceded by his parents Burton Davis and Dottie Gibson. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife Trish Davis, Children, Jennifer Anderson (Paul), Brian Davis (Aminda), Grandson, Ian Davis, Sisters and Brother in laws, Becky Spence (George), Sheila Templeton, Sharon Parillo (JP), Dana Johnson (Mac), Aunt Judy Baxter (Tom), and many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life for Don will be held at The Hidden Plantation 2850 SE 40th Way Trenton, FL. From 4:00pm-7:00pm. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Eileen Armstrong Wilcox

Eileen Armstrong Wilcox passed away peacefully on September 19th, 2021 at the age of 89 surrounded by her children. Eileen was born to John Denton Armstrong and Edith Vanatta Armstrong of Sussex, New Jersey and preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles J. Wilcox, a professor of Dairy Science at the University of Florida.

Eileen held a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Vermont. After teaching in public schools for five years, she moved with her family to Gainesville in 1959 and became a member of the First Presbyterian Church (FPC). She was a volunteer at FPC Nursery School and was soon hired as a teacher, followed by the positions of Assistant Director, then Director in 1970. Certified in elementary and early childhood education in Vermont, New Jersey and Florida, Eileen served as Director of the FPC Nursery School for 21years. In addition to her work with the nursery school, she participated at FPC as a Sunday school teacher and coordinator of the primary department. She was active in Gainesville City Panhellenic, a member of the Junior Women’s Club, University Women’s Club, Garden Club and Agricultural Women’s Club. She was an ordained elder and traveled internationally for study in early childhood education. Upon retirement, she enjoyed sharing music with residents of assisted living centers in Gainesville and Ocala. An accomplished pianist who played by ear, Eileen’s musical sessions were greatly enjoyed by the residents.

Eileen will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include Marsha Wilcox Mastriforte of Waleska, GA and Douglas Edward Wilcox (Kim) of Madison, MS and five grandchildren. A private memorial service was held at Milam Funeral Home. For those who wish, donations may be made to the American Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ydrah Morgan

Ydrah Morgan, age 76 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday September 19th 2021. Ydrah was born November 26th 1944 in Gainesville.
Ydrah graduated from GHS high school of Gainesville. She worked as a contractor for the Postal Department for over 40 years. She retired in 2003 to take pleasure in her lake place. She loved watching the sunset over the lake every afternoon. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Ydrah was always ready to jump in and help anyone anywhere help was needed, with no hesitation. She was always the brightness of the party with her witty personality.
Ydrah was preceded in death by her husband Robert Morgan of 44 years and son Richard Morgan. She is survived by her sister Billie Lee (David) Cobb, Brother William (Lynn) Bryan, Daughter Terri Morgan and son- in-law Lance Walko, three grandchildren Angel Morgan, Spencer Dixon and Skyler Bossons. The family would like to thank Palm Garden Rehabilitation Center for their exceptional care, and to Haven Hospice of Gainesville, who made her passing a wonderful experience.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday September 24th 2021 at Antioch Baptist Cemetery NW 177th Ave La Crosse, Alachua County, Florida 32609. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUJNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22045 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 352-472-5361 services@milamfh.com

Rev Dale A. Warner

Rev. Dale A. Warner, formerly of Gainesville, FL, born April 11, 1927, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021. Dale was preceded in death by parents Charles and Alma, brother/Don, and loving wife of 66 years, Lempi.
Dale graduated from the University of Florida in 1953 with a PHD in organic chemistry and pursued a career in chemistry and business. He retired at 57 to answer his calling into the ministry where he attended the University of the South receiving his Masters of Divinity. Dale served as the long-time rector of Trinity Melrose and later assisting parishes in need, well into his 80’s.
He is survived by sons Van (Leslie), Ray (Suzanne), Glenn (Julie) and Brad, and 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL; Masks and Social Distancing will be observed. At a later date, Dale and Lempi’s ashes will be spread at Camp Weed. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

Frances Elgin Simmons

Frances Elgin Simmons was born to Frank R. Elgin and Susie McGill Elgin in Anderson, South Carolina on August 16, 1919. She was educated in Anderson and after graduating from Anderson College, her mother’s alma mater, she moved to Florida. In Tampa, she worked for the office of Price Administration, and later she worked for Tampa Gas Co. as supervisor of customer service.
Frances met and married Jack I. Simmons in Tampa, where they lived for 7½ years before moving to Gainesville with their infant daughter in May 1947. She was one of the original stockholders of the Dixie Life Insurance Co. and served on the Board of Directors. She was then Secretary and Treasurer of Jack Simmons Insurance Agency in Gainesville for 25 years.
Frances was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, The Gainesville Women’s Club for 72 years, and several Bridge Clubs. She was a volunteer at the church office, a member of the Cum Dubl Sunday School Class, and the United Methodist Women. Frances also served as a member of the Altar Guild.
Frances is survived by her daughter Sue Ellen Simmons; brothers John W. Elgin, Fred Elgin, and their wives Carolyn Elgin and Katherine Elgin. She was preceded in death by her son Daryl E. Simmons; her husband Jack I. Simmons; brothers James Raymond Elgin, Daniel A. Elgin, Samuel A. Elgin, David E. Elgin, Frank R. Elgin, Jr.; and her sister Martha L. Evatt.
Graveside services will be held on Friday October 1, 2021, at 11:00am at Forest Meadows East Cemetery on Hawthorne Road. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bobby Charles Jones, Sr.

Bobby Charles Jones Sr, a loving Father and Brother, passed away on September 29th, 2021 at the age of 64.
Born the only son to Ida Mae Bell Jones in High Springs, FL he graduated from Santa Fe High School and immediately entered into the service becoming a decorated Veteran. After serving his county in the United States Marines Corps he became a mechanic at Anheuser-Busch from which he retired after 18 years. During his retirement, he pursued his passion of writing and published his first book of historical fiction in 2009. Fueled by his endless thirst for knowledge the book details his experience growing up in High Springs, Fl during the early nineteen sixties. He enjoyed spending his days with close friends and family and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to others.
Bobby is proceeded in death by his Mother Ida Mae Bell Jones and his Granddaughter Sage Jennings. He leaves behind three kid’s Ronald (Jovon) Jones, Shari (Omar) Jones and Bobby (Katheryn) Jones jr. Four grandkids Palace Jones, Patience Jones, Rylee Jones and Tobias Jennings. Six sisters Carolyn Varner, Barbara (Richard) Smith, Christine (Jeanaris) Bannister, Jacqueline (Aaron) Williams, Joyce Williams and Mildred Fischer. One Aunt Leatha Parks as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
A memorial celebration of Bobby’s life will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, Florida. Masks and Social Distancing will be observed while indoors. Bobby will be laid to rest next to his mother in Bethlehem Church Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

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Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice

Dr. Kenneth J. Anusavice died on September 30, 2021 in St. Augustine, Florida. He was a professor emeritus of the College of Dentistry, University of Florida.
Dr. Anusavice was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to Frank and Jennie Anusavice. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 1970, Dr. Anusavice completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Florida and received his D.M.D. at the Medical College of Georgia in 1977.
In 1983, Dr. Anusavice accepted a position at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He served as chair of Dental Biomaterials, director of the Center for Dental Biomaterials and Associate Dean for Research.
Dr. Anusavice had a distinguished career as an internationally recognized scientist in dental biomaterials. He brought over $15 million in federally funded research support to the University of Florida and published more than 160 peer-reviewed research articles and several books. Dr. Anusavice served as President of the American Association for Dental Research, now the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research, in 2003; Chair of the American Dental Association Standards Committee on Dental Products (ADA SCDP) and US Technical Advisory Group from 1998-2003 and Chair pf the International Standards Organization TC/106 from 2014-2015.
Dr. Anusavice is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Hatch Anusavice; his daughter, Dr. Jill Knight (Drogo); his son, Joel Anusavice; five grandchildren: Victor Anusavice, Sophie Knight, Rhys Knight, Jake Knight, and Evie Knight and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 SW 24th Ave., Gainesville, FL. The funeral service will follow at noon. Memorial contributions may be made to tag! Children’s Museum (www.tagmuseum.org), 76 Dockside Drive, Suite 105, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Leon Sweat

Leon Sweat, 80 of Alachua, FL went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2021. He was born November 4, 1940 in Jacksonville, FL to Joe and Mazie Sweat. Leon retired from being a dairyman. Leon loved fishing with his best friends Emily and Tom Callwell.
Leon is survived by his children Anita Evans, Leon (Monie) Sweat, Jr., Joe Evans, siblings Kinda Fisher, grandchildren Felicia, Shelby, Jerad, Rachel, Trace, and McKinzey, and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Carl Sweat, grand daughters Leanette and Jessica Sweat, brothers J.E., Sammy, and Alvin Sweat, and a sister Shirley Higgenbotham.

Tommielu Lambeth Sparks

Tommielu Lambeth Sparks, 82, a longtime Gainesville, Florida, resident passed away on October 6, 2021. She was born March 12, 1939 to Margaret (Waits) and William Lambeth. She attended Kirby Smith Elementary School and graduated from Gainesville High School Class of 1957.
She earned her Registered Nursing credentials from the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans; An alma mater of which she was very proud. She was a staff nurse for a number of years at Alachua General Hospital before assuming other positions including Nurse Epidemiologist, Emergency Room Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Patient Services, and ultimately concluding her nursing career as Coordinator of Quality, Accreditation & Licensure at Shands Hospital. A monumental highlight of her career was being selected for inclusion in the 1984 volume of Who’s Who in American Women.
As a Mother, her skills in sewing, cooking, and baking were legendary with both her family and many friends. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.
Tommielu was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband of 57 years, Gainesville pharmacist Philip Oliver Sparks, (September 1938-March 2019), her only sibling, Albert Franklin Lambeth of LaCrosse, WI (May 1940-January 2011), and her parents, Margaret and William Lambeth.
Surviving with warm memories are her son Steven P. Sparks (Mitzi) with granddaughters Alec Musen and Kes Musen, and great grandson Breydin Jury, and her son Franklin W. Sparks (Kathy) with granddaughter Taylor Sparks and grandson Stephen Smith.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the First Baptist Church 14105 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32601 or First Baptist Church. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Grace R. Habercam

Grace R. Habercam, 93, of Gainesville, FL passed away on June 27th, 2021. She was born on July 8th, 1927 in Washington D.C. to Walter and Florence Richardson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Richard A. Habercam. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara E. Chumack, her grandson, Trey Coscia, her granddaughter, Brianna M. Moore, and her great grandchildren, Colette and Henry Coscia.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl.

Services are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 376-5361, www.milamfh.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Estelle “Estee” Smith Gano Thomas

Estelle “Estee” Smith Gano Thomas, 98, of Gainesville, FL, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 25, 2021. She was born in Lenox, Georgia, on March 29, 1923, to William Henry Smith and Katie Mae Brooks Smith. Estelle served as secretary to the Quartermaster of the Florida National Guard in St. Augustine, Florida, for twenty years. She was an active member in her church all her life and was a member of Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville. “Estee,” as her close friends knew her, was also a skilled seamstress and loved to sew and make crafts. Estelle enjoyed fishing, was quite fond of Florida football, and was an avid reader. Her family enjoyed her quick wit, her sharpness and her many interests. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myrle M. Gano, husband, Carl T. Thomas, and six siblings. She is survived by her two daughters: Cheryl (Jim) Gano Unwin, and Sally (David) Gano Jones; six grandchildren: Heather (Ray) Unwin Bongers, Erin Purdy Kowall, James Unwin, John (Kristin) Purdy, Matt Purdy, Jonathan (Krissy) Unwin, and eight great grandchildren. Estelle’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at Milam Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Josh Tillman officiating. Burial will follow at Tompkins Cemetery, Lochloosa, Florida. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Haven Hospice in Estelle Thomas’ name. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Myrtle M. Palmer

Myrtle M. Palmer–a devoted pilar of the church died Tuesday June, 22nd 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. Sister Palmer was 85 years old and was born in Warren, Ohio. Her parents were William Thomas and Myrtle Ivy Dawkins. Myrtle was an inspector of printed circuit boards at Telltest. She was a member of The Pentecostals of Gainesville since the 1950’s where she taught Sunday school and children’s church. She was proceeded in death by her husband Vernon E. Palmer, her son Vernon E. Palmer, Jr., her daughter Penny Partridge, her sister Edna Holton, her brothers John, Merwin, and Bill Dawkins. She is survived by her two daughters Susan “Glen” James, Debbie “Roy” Woodard, her two sisters Shirley Binion and Joyce Crosby, her brother Bob Dawkins, her seven grandchildren, her fourteen great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021 at The Pentecostals of Gainesville 8105 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32606. A visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Interment will be in Fairbanks Cemetery in Gainesville, FL
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL.
(352)376-5361 www.milmfh.com

Margaret “Peggy” Campbell Shoemaker

Margaret “Peggy” Campbell Shoemaker, 75, of Gainesville passed away peacefully at her home Monday June 21, 2021. She was born in Gainesville, FL to the late Earnest and Charlotte Campbell. She graduated from Gainesville High School, class of ’63, went to Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Santa Fe Community College, and School of Cosmetology. She worked as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs for several years in her early 20s. She taught cosmetology at Powell’s Beauty Academy for years, as well as working as a beautician. Later in life she became a caregiver.
Peggy was preceded in death by her son, Clark Daniel “CD” Shoemaker. She is survived by her brothers Charles Campbell and Stuart (Cato) Campbell; her sister Ann Campbell Branch; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services for Peggy will be held at the Milam Chapel in Newberry on Saturday July 17, 2021, at 1:00PM, with a reception/visitation immediately following. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Margaret “Peggy” Campbell Shoemaker

Margaret “Peggy” Campbell Shoemaker, 75, of Gainesville passed away peacefully at her home Monday June 21, 2021. She was born in Gainesville, FL to the late Earnest and Charlotte Campbell. She graduated from Gainesville High School, class of ’63, went to Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Santa Fe Community College, and School of Cosmetology. She worked as a mermaid at Weeki Wachee Springs for several years in her early 20s. She taught cosmetology at Powell’s Beauty Academy for years, as well as working as a beautician. Later in life she became a caregiver.
Peggy was preceded in death by her son, Clark Daniel “CD” Shoemaker. She is survived by her brothers Charles Campbell and Stuart (Cato) Campbell; her sister Ann Campbell Branch; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services for Peggy will be held at the Milam Chapel in Newberry on Saturday July 17, 2021, at 1:00PM, with a reception/visitation immediately following. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Nicky C. Clayton (nee Collins)

Nicky C. Clayton (nee Collins) passed away on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 pm at North Florida Regional Hospital after a two week stay in the ICU, in the presence of family and friends. Nicky was born in Norfolk Virginia at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and spent much of her young life in a Navy family living in Virginia, Florida, Japan, and California. Nicky graduated from Duncan U. Fletcher High School, Neptune Beach, FL and attended Emory University Nursing School in Atlanta GA.
Nicky was a Guardian Ad Litem, active in the Junior League of Gainesville, an active volunteer at Trinity United Methodist Church, Gainesville, and on the Board of the Friends of the Micanopy Library. Nicky was an avid sports fan and especially loved tennis, football, and golf. She was a lover of cats and dogs and had a special place in her heart for her grand dog, Jake.
She is predeceased by her dear and loving husband of 40 years, James Erwin Clayton, Esq. of Gainesville, and Micanopy FL, and survived by her sister Janet E. Collins of Neptune Beach Florida, brother Capt. Robert S. Collins, US Navy retired in Amherst NY, her three children through marriage, James E. “Jamey” Clayton Jr. (Dana) of Micanopy, FL, and their children James E. Clayton III “Trey” (Jennifer) of Ocala FL and great grandchildren Emeline Leigh Clayton and Charlotte Joy Clayton, and Shelby Clayton Sullivan (Eric) of Ocala, FL and son John Merrick “Buddy” Clayton (Paula) of Clover, SC and their children Sean Malone Clayton, Colin Paul Clayton and Diana Marie Clayton, and daughter Joye Marie Clayton, Esq., (Annalise) of Miami FL, and Joye’s son, Christian Clayton Parrett, France, nieces Antha Nicole Williams, Jackson Heights NY and Melissa Mae Williams, Arlington VA; nephews, Robert Alexander Collins of Norfolk VA, and Daniel James Collins of Richmond VA; grandnieces Azalie Ames Boykin Williams, Maja Sparrow Boykin Williams, and Amelia Frances Collins; and grandnephews, Benjamin Robert Collins, and Noah James Collins. Also survived by her brother-in-law, Paul Stanley Clayton (Signe) of Gainesville, FL and numerous nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 23rd at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32653 in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Faith Mission through Trinity United Methodist Church or United Way of North Central Florida.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361 WWW.MILAMFH.COM

Donald “Don” L. Owen

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of our precious father, Donald “Don” L. Owen on Thursday, June 17th 2021. He transitioned with the help of Haven Hospice at his home with family and favorites.
Don, age 86, was born in Madison, FL to Franklin J. “Jeff” Owen and Ada Williams Owen. He graduated from Bronson High School where he played basketball, earning Player of the Game in the 1952 Basketball Tournament. He worked for Department of Forestry and Georgia Pacific before relocating to Gainesville with his bride in 1962. He had a 30+ year career with the City of Gainesville as a lineman and crew foreman before retiring in 1987. He was frequently amused that he had been retired longer that he worked and how he no longer worried that he’d be called out to work during heavy rain storms. He was quick witted and always ready to cut the fool with anyone who would engage in his antics. He loved the outdoors and there were few weekends that did not have camping, fishing or hunting adventures included. In his golden years, he preferred a good football game with a big bowl of ice cream.

He is preceded in death by his sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Dorothy Lane Owen, parents, Jeff and Ada Owen, brothers, Ray Owen and Leon Owen, and sister Betty Berryhill. He is survived by his daughters, Jenny Owen Peck and Debbie Owen-Pirkle of Gainesville, brother, Frank Owen of Otter Creek and sister, Pamm Disjardin of Two Rivers, WI and his fur babies Charlie, Linus and Lucy.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2011, at 11:00 AM in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, Gainesville. Burial will follow in the Chiefland Cemetery, 412 E Park Ave, Chiefland, FL. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral services.

The family would like to thank Haven Hospice and Comfort Keepers for the care and compassion shared during this time and ask that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Ann Arlen Call (Boyd)

Ann Arlen Call (Boyd) died peacefully in her home on June 16, 2021, with her husband, James “Jim” Call, and her daughter, Shelley Arlen, by her side. Ann was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 30, 1930, to Drury Tillman Boyd and Sibyl Sanderson Boyd. After an unsuccessful kidnapping attempt (a copycat of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping), her parents moved their young family to Joplin, Missouri, where Ann enjoyed a quiet upbringing. As a young woman, she developed an eye for color and detail and created a number of landscape paintings, which her family treasures. She attended the University of Tulsa where she met her first husband, Charles Hugh Arlen. On their wedding day in 1950, during the Korean War, Charles was drafted and joined the Air Force, serving in Germany. Their daughter, Shelley Ann, was born during his deployment. The family later moved to San Tome, Venezuela, where Charles worked as a petroleum engineer for Mene Grande (Gulf Oil). For Ann, that experience led to a lifelong love of traveling and learning about other cultures. Tragically, at this time, she gave birth to a boy, David, who died shortly after. Spending five years in Venezuela, the family then moved back to Tulsa, where Ann’s artistic sensibilities led to her work as interior designer for Charles’ home construction company. She also owned an antique shop—The Mermaid in Utica Square, specializing in marine antiques. The shop, with Charles’ help, was known for salvaging and refurbishing parts of retired WWII Liberty ships, selling portholes, hatchcover tables, binnacles, and such.
After a second son, Stephen, also died in infancy, Ann and Charles adopted a baby boy they named Paul. The couple lived in Tulsa for over 22 productive years. But, with their growing love for the salty seas, and once their two children were grown, they retired to Cape Coral, Florida. Three years later, after a cruise to Alaska, they moved again, this time to the Pacific Ocean, residing in Friday Harbor, one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state, where they led an idyllic life cliffside, overlooking the ocean, cruise ships, and whales. In retirement, Ann devoted herself to another passion: the Russian Romanov family. She did extensive traveling, research, writing, exhibiting her collection of vintage photographs and other period pieces, and speaking on the troubled and tragic family, spurred by empathy with Tsarina Alexandra who also had a son with a deadly illness.
Eventually, they moved stateside to Gainesville, to be near their daughter (previous Chair of Library West and librarian at the University of Florida) and her husband, Dr. John H. Moore (previous Chair of Anthropology at UF) and their two daughters and son. When Charles died in 2004, Ann moved to Oak Hammock, where she led an active social life and served on numerous committees. It was then that her high school sweetheart, James “Jim” Call, reconnected with her. A Navy veteran and retired human resource manager, Jim had often thought about Ann and was ecstatic that he had finally found her. It was a joyous reunion and they were married in 2007. Ann and Jim enjoyed taking cruises, learning about other cultures, and reminiscing about their shared experiences as children. They later moved to the Village in Gainesville. She is survived by her husband, Jim, daughter Shelley Arlen, grandchildren Dr. Jessica S. Heft (Jordan) of Gainesville, Alexandra M. Moore of Tallahassee, Jeremy M. Moore (Kara) of Deltona, and four great grandchildren – Caleb, Malia, and Serena Heft, and Allison Moore. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, and son-in-law, John. Milam services for family only. Memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice or a charity of choice in lieu of flowers.

Harry G. Nichols, Sr.

Harry G. Nichols, Sr. Of Newberry, FL passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice in Gainesville on Wednesday June 16, 2021. He was 76.
He was born in Palatka, but moved to North Port, AL where he was raised by his Grandparents. In his late teens, he returned to Florida and has been in this area most of his life. He received his AA from Santa Fe Community College, and he has always been an entrepreneur. He attended Seminary at Emory University and served as a pastor in the United Methodist Conference. Harry served as a city commissioner of Newberry for several terms and also served as Mayor of Newberry for one term.

Harry was preceded in death by his Grandparents Vester and Annie Nichols, his daughter Annie Nichols, and grandson Kyle Broach. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Debbie Nichols; his daughters Mandy Mullins (Paul), Cissi Stanford (Rick), and Loriana Nichols; his sons Chance Nichols (Utako) and Aaron Nichols; numerous siblings; and 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Services for Harry will be held at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry Saturday June 19, 2021 at 1:00pm, with a visitation one hour prior to service time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions please be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bernard Ray Haskins

Bernard Ray Haskins, Alachua, 8/19/41-6/13/21

Bernard Ray “Bernie” Haskins was born in Lakeland, FL, on August 19, 1941, and died at the age of 79 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL, on June 13, 2021, after a series of infections that weakened his heart.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Penny Skordas Haskins; his daughters Jennifer Cabrera (Len) and Stephanie Warrington (Al); his grandchildren Alyssa Shelamer, Leah Shelamer, and Luke Warrington; his brothers, Ron Haskins (Billie Lynn) and Monty Haskins; and his sister-in-law Carolin Skordas. He is also survived by 5 nieces and 3 nephews and their spouses, children, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlous Haskins and Bertie Jacobs Haskins, his sister-in-law Inga Haskins, and his brother-in-law Tom Skordas.

Athletically gifted, Bernie played in the Little League World Series in 1954 and played football and baseball at Lakeland High School, earning an Honorable Mention on the National High School All-America Football Team in 1958. After graduating in 1959, he attended the University of Florida on a baseball scholarship. He played on the 1962 SEC Championship team, a team ranked #1 in the nation at the end of the regular season (the first UF team in any sport to achieve a #1 ranking). Bernie’s name still appears in 4 places in the Gators baseball record book, all in lists for most triples in a season or career.

When a senior at the University of Florida, Bernie spotted a cute freshman, learned her name was Penelope, and called every Penelope in the student directory until he found her. They were married in 1963, just before he began graduate school at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Their daughters, Jennifer and Stephanie, were both born in Raleigh. He received his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition in 1967.

Bernie worked as a nutritionist in Sterling, IL, Amarillo, TX, and Okeechobee, FL, before starting his own nutrition consulting and marketing company, Bernie Haskins Co., in Gainesville in 1975. He marketed animal feed ingredients as an independent sales agent. In partnership with David Anderson, he also expanded into liquid feed distribution and opened The Feed Store in High Springs. He served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Feed Association for many years and served as president for a year. A born salesman, Bernie connected with people everywhere he went, remembering their names and asking about their families; even in the last days of his life, he asked for the names of his nurses and made a point of thanking them for caring for him.

The family moved to Alachua in 1983, first living on a farm, where they had a small cow-calf operation, and then in Turkey Creek, where he spent every spare minute on the golf course.

Bernie loved Jesus, his Lord and Savior. He was active at Alachua First United Methodist Church, serving in multiple leadership roles and teaching Sunday School and Bible studies. He loved doing in-depth research on the Bible, and many church members fondly recall how his lessons made various books come alive, especially Genesis and Revelation. Some of his colleagues remember the deep theology discussions they had while traveling together to call on customers.

Bernie didn’t retire until he had a stroke at age 76, but he and Penny had already enjoyed 15 years of exploring the USA in their RV as well as traveling to the Caribbean and Europe.

He adored his family and took great pleasure in being “The Patriarch.” Sons-in-law and grandchildren were eagerly welcomed into the family. He loved presiding over family meals and spending time with his grandchildren.

We always knew that we were loved and could rely on him for whatever we needed. He provided an incredible example of love, gentleness, and strength. He will be missed, but we know we will see him again.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Alachua First United Methodist Church at 2 PM on Sunday, June 27, followed by a gathering in the social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the church in Bernie’s name. These donations will be used to build a church for the deaf in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where his granddaughter serves as a missionary.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 SOUTH MAIN STREET GAINESVILLE, FL. (352)376-5361 WWW.MILAMFH.COM

Bonita “Boni” T. Oswalt

Bonita (Boni) T. Oswalt, 80, of Alachua, passed away Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. Boni was born December 21, 1940 in Washington, DC. She married Luther Oswalt on Jan. 21, 1961. Boni loved reading, spending time with her family and friends, and above all else spending time with both of her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 60 years; Luther “Leo”, daughter, Jane Oswalt of Gainesville, FL; daughter, Emily Rice and her husband, Dr. Mason Rice of Oak Ridge, TN; her beloved grandchildren, Hailey Oswalt and Walker Rice; her brother Philip Taylor Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen Taylor; and niece Danica T. Shook. Funeral services will be private at Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Association (Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 96011 Washington DC, 20090-6011) or Haven Hospice (311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, FL 32626).
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, Florida 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Shirley Marshall

Shirley Marshall, age 87, former resident of Gainesville, Florida passed away on Monday May 31, 2021. She was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Shirley was born to James Fleetwood and Effie Willis in 1934. After graduating from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN, she married Jerrel “Jerry” E. Marshall. Together they had three children, Karen “Kay”, Jerrel E. “Eddie”, and Mark. As a family they had the opportunity to live in a variety of places, from Miami, FL to Okinawa, Japan. She earned her Bachelor of Art’s degree from the Far East Division, University of Maryland in 1974.
Shirley enjoyed sewing her own clothes, cooking for her family, and spending as much time at the beach as possible. The highlight of every year was seeing all of her grandchildren at Daytona Beach, FL. As she got older, she loved spending time with her family, talking to them on the phone, and keeping up with their lives on Facebook. She is survived by her brother Ray Willis, Phyllis Willis, her sister-in-law, her children and their spouses Kay and Mike Tice, Eddie and Teli Marshall, and Mark Marshall, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
A Graveside Service for family will be held July 8, 20921 at 11:00 a.m. at East Lawn cemetery Kingsport, TN. Milam Funeral Home Gainesville, FL.

William Stanley Groves, Jr.

 

William Stanley Groves, Jr. was born February 17, 1950 in St. Petersburg, FL to William Stanley Groves, Sr. and Martha Ennis Groves.  Passed away on Thursday October 7th surrounded by his family.  Stan was married to the love of his life, Ann, for 50 years.  In addition to his wife, he leaves behind to cherish his memory his children Chris Groves (Mercedes), Kimberly Groves, and Michael Groves (Lindsey), seven grandchildren, one great grandson, his sister Betsy Groves Friedman (Mike), a brother Frank Groves (Sandi), many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all.    Arrangements under the care of Milam Funeral Home, www.milamfh.com.  Services will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Gainesville Church of God, 7003 NW 39th Avenue at 11:00 AM. Visitation at 10:00 am prior to service.

Bobby Charles Jones Sr

Bobby Charles Jones Sr, a loving Father and Brother, passed away on September 29th, 2021 at the age of 64.

Born the only son to Ida Mae Bell Jones in High Springs, FL he graduated from Santa Fe High School and immediately entered into the service becoming a decorated Veteran. After serving his county in the United States Marines Corps he became a mechanic at Anheuser-Busch from which he retired after 18 years. During his retirement, he pursued his passion of writing and published his first book of historical fiction in 2009. Fueled by his endless thirst for knowledge the book details his experience growing up in High Springs, Fl during the early nineteen sixties. He enjoyed spending his days with close friends and family and never hesitated to lend a helping hand to others.

Bobby is proceeded in death by his Mother Ida Mae Bell Jones and his Granddaughter Sage Jennings. He leaves behind three kid’s Ronald (Jovon) Jones, Shari (Omar) Jones and Bobby (Katheryn) Jones jr. Four grandkids Palace Jones, Patience Jones, Rylee Jones and Tobias Jennings. Six sisters Carolyn Varner, Barbara (Richard) Smith, Christine (Jeanaris) Bannister, Jacqueline (Aaron) Williams, Joyce Williams and Mildred Fischer. One Aunt Leatha Parks as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

A memorial celebration of Bobby’s life will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, October 16th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry, Florida. Masks and Social Distancing will be observed while indoors, everyone is encouraged to dress in the colors of the Marine Corps Flag. Bobby will be laid to rest next to his mother in Bethlehem Church Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICE 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Linda Ray

Linda was loved by so many and has touched so many hearts, young and old. After. Serving over 30 years in the school board food service industry. She was loved by her life long best friend and husband, Kenny Ray. Had two daughters, Cheri and Becky whom gave her EIGHT grandchildren! She was an amazing grandmother and will be missed greatly. Daughter of Zella Mae, sister of Robert, William Jr and Jerry. She is now watching over the Tampa Bay bucs and catching fish in the sky!

Rev. Dale A. Warner

 

 

Rev. Dale A. Warner, formerly of Gainesville, FL, born April 11, 1927, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021. Dale was preceded in death by parents Charles and Alma, brother/Don, and loving wife of 66 years, Lempi.

Dale graduated from the University of Florida in 1953 with a PHD in organic chemistry and pursued a career in chemistry and business.  He retired at 57 to answer his calling into the ministry where he attended the University of the South receiving his Masters of Divinity. Dale served as the long-time rector of Trinity Melrose and later assisting parishes in need, well into his 80’s.

He is survived by sons Van (Leslie), Ray (Suzanne), Glenn (Julie) and Brad, and 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, FL; Masks and Social Distancing will be observed. At a later date, Dale and Lempi’s ashes will be spread at Camp Weed. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

Clare Ann MacDonald

Clare Ann MacDonald of Trenton FL, transitioned to her heavenly home September 2, 2021 surrounded by family and friends. A retired school teacher and educator of 40+ years who especially shared her creativity while directing the school yearbook for many years. She enjoyed her friends, family and life in general. She was a tumbleweed soul with a heart the size of Texas. Her family and friends know she was a creative visionary lady that was constantly discovering new things. Her hobbies consisted of making jewelry, gourmet cooking, singing in and out of church, traveling, flowers and sharing her love for God. Her friends from church and Zumba would agree her love extended to everyone she came in contact with.
She had a way of smiling and making others smile: but she could set you straight in a seconded if needed.
She was proceeded in death by her parents John and Eleanor MacDonald, husband Pat Stephens, daughter Roberta Jane “Ivey” Powell Ophardt and is survived by her oldest daughter Margaret Elaine Powell Wrench. She is also survived by her siblings Miriam MacDonald and Ross MacDonald, niece Rachel MacDonald, Aunt Lenore MacDonald, Uncle Bob MacDonald, cousins Linda MacDonald Meville and Joanne Mathias. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren cooking, playing with art and traveling with them.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday September 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Lighthouse Word Church 2350 US HWY 27 ALT Chiefland, FL. With Pastor Carol Kearns. Burial will follow the service at Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, FL.

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

Rosemary Collins

Gainesville, FL —Ms. Rosemary Collins, of Gainesville, FL, died on Sunday, August 22, 2021, after complications from a fall. Rosemary was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1939, to the late John and Mary McLaughlin. She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1957 and later graduated High Smith Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Fayetteville, NC, in 1961. In 1962, she received her commission in the Navy. Later, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Rosemary was married to the love of her life, Terence; and together they raised a family of six children. She continued her nursing career at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville, FL and Lexington, KY. Rosemary was active in Engaged Encounter, Marriage Encounter Movement, and a member of Holy Faith Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved son Sean Collins, brother Jake McLaughlin, and sister Jane Mackenzie. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Terence Collins; brother, Daniel McLaughlin; son, Kevin Collins (Ponte Vedra, FL); and her four daughters Kathleen Pezzi (Lexington, KY), Meghan Blake (Gainesville, FL), Kelly Collins (Gainesville, FL), and Shannon Collins (Durham, NC). Rosemary was proud of her grandchildren: Elise Higgins, David Pezzi, Jacob Pezzi (Kathleen); Kaily Cheeseman, Brenna Collins (Kevin); Collin Ulmer, Reece Ulmer, Kaleb Blake, and Joshua Blake (Meghan); Taryn, Liam, Connor, and Aidan Smell (Kelly); and Finn and Henry Hopkins (Shannon). Other survivors include daughter-in-law Pam Collins; sons-in-law Tony Pezzi, James Smell, and David Ranney; and she loved each of her numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Rosemary’s greatest love was her entire family; and she enjoyed family reunions, beach trips, and Kentucky basketball. She had a love of life and an infectious laugh. She never knew a stranger and was known to take any baby who was within arms’ reach. She will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials to be made to the American Heart Association.

Bruce R. Gordon

Bruce Randolph Gordon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Bruce was born in Orlando, FL on October 15, 1945 to Burton Gordon and Emma (Polzer) Gordon. Bruce is the youngest of three sons and is preceded in death by his mother, father, oldest brother, Burton Jr., daughter Teresa, and granddaughter Sarah.

Bruce dutifully served his country for four years in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge.

Bruce moved to Gainesville in 1969 to attend the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Education. It was during this time that he met and married Janice (Grady) Gordon. In September of 2020, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

Bruce built a career at Santa Fe College for over 30 years. While there, he helped to build and create the Computer Science program and department. He also spent time as a career resource coordinator and collaborated with many Alachua County businesses to hold successful job fairs assisting those seeking employment. He retired from Santa Fe College in June 2017. 

Not only was Bruce a devoted husband and father, but he was also an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bruce served in the church in many capacities; his most cherished time was spent as a Scout Master in the local troop of the Boy Scouts of America.  

Bruce is survived by his brother Doug (Judy), his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Janice, their nine children Greg (Amanda), Lisa McLeod (Dustin), Burt (Lydia), Christy Astorga (David), Angela Wharton (Jim), Cynthia, John (Courtney), Pamela, Monica Gordon (Bradley), his 28 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  

Services will be held on August 28, 2021 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 10600 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32607. A Zoom broadcast will be available for those unable to attend.

A graveside devotional will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Shine On Academy in Gainesville, FL. Bruce was very passionate about education and the work his daughter Cynthia is doing to help children succeed. 

Arthur “Art” William Eckroth

Arthur “Art” William Eckroth, age 72 of Gainesville, Fl. Formally of St. Petersburg, passed away on Thursday, August 12th, 2021. Mr. Eckroth was born November 18th, 1948 in Phillipsburg N.J. to Earnest Edgar Eckroth and Gloria Buckley.

Art graduated from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, Fl., taught guitar to countless people, and started several bands. He owned a TV and stereo repair shop, was purchasing agent for a boat factory, and manager of Mountain Wholesale Electronics. He had 45 years experience in construction as a carpenter and got his General Contractors License in 1997, and was owner of a A&M Restoration Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Karen “Kas” vonMering, and is survived by his sister Doris “Dorinda” Bogardus and many nieces and nephews and best friend Walter “Dusty” Rhodes.

His ashes will be interned in St. Petersburg, Fl., by family in March.

If each mourner around the country could individually or safely in small groups CELEBRATE ART’S LIFE wherever you are for 20 minutes, Sunday August 22, 2021 at 2 PM EST, this would become a united effort of remembrance, with joy, laughter, prayer or meditation.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to Habitat for Humanity, 2630 NW. 41st St. C-3, Gainesville, Fl. 32606

Thank you for your help during the grieving process. Milam Funeral Home Cremation Service 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352)376–5361.

 

Kathy Lanora Hague

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Lanora Hague, age 62 of Gainesville, Fl. Passed away on Thursday July 29, 2021. Ms. Hague was born January 4, 1959 in Gainesville, Fl to Gidden Byron Hague Sr and Audrey Eloise (Corrall)Hague.

Kathy graduated from Gainesville high school class of 1977 in Gainesville, Fl. Prior to passing away Kathy worked passionately at The Bread of the Mighty food bank as the Logistics Coordinator. She touched so many lives in the community of Gainesville helping whoever needed it. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, loved fishing, and was an avid Florida Gator fan.

She was preceded into heaven by her parents and 1 sister Deborah Clark of Gainesville, Fl. Kathy is survived by her children Joseph Hague, Melissa Neeley, Quinton Neeley, sister Cindy Ford, Brothers Gidden Hague jr., Marcus Hague, her 8 grandchildren, and lifelong friend and sister at heart Marcia Conwell

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on August 10, 2021 at the University City Church of God 4626 NW 8th Ave, Gainesville, Fl. Interment will be held at Forest Meadows Cemetery 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd. Gainesville, Fl. For those who wish, flowers can be sent to Milam Funeral home 311 S. Main St Gainesville, Fl 32601. For those who wish to donate in the name of Kathy, donations can be sent to The Bread of the Mighty Food Bank 325 NW 10th Ave Gainesville, Fl 32601.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

 

 

Brett Lalomia

Brett Lalomia, 50, of Palm Coast, Florida, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021. Brett was born on December 19, 1970, to Lawrence and Annette Lalomia if Bay Shore NY. After moving to Palm Coast in 1983, Brett found a career in pool construction and maintenance, developed skills in cooking, and became proficient at being a drummer. Brett was a kind soul and developed friendships that lasted his lifetime. He was preceded in death by his father Lawrence and Annette and is survived by 4 brothers, Lawrence Jr, Lance, Anthony, and Ash, and 5 sisters, Mariann, Joann, Regina, Nerrissa, and Lydia.

No services are set at the moment.

Maurice Russell Knowles

 

Maurice Russell Knowles passed away peacefully on June 27, 2021 after a courageous battle with Cancer. He was 66 years old. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cynthia (Cindy) Knowles, Mother-in-law Shirley Paulson, Sister Cheryl Robinette, Brothers Michael Knowles and Christopher Knowles plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Betty Jo (Beckwith) Knowles and sisters Rosemary (Susie) Douglas and Jacqueline Knowles.

Russell was born August 18, 1954 at Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville N.C.  As part of a military family, they moved frequently and he was able to experience living in numerous states plus two separate stays in Germany. After his father retired, the family returned to live in High Springs, Fl. the hometown of his parents. Russell was a teenager at this time and attended Santa Fe High School.

It was the 70s, the South, with rednecks, trucks you needed a ladder to climb into and chewing tobacco!  Quite a culture shock after living in larger cities such as Brooklyn. After High School he attended Santa Fe Community College. As a teen he was employed at Priest Theater as a projectionist. Due to the amount of Popcorn he ate while working there he was never a big fan of it again in his adult life. He later enlisted in the U.S. Airforce (Vietnam Era) and was sent to Wichita Falls, Texas for basic training. He was then stationed in Homestead, Fl. He earned his degree as a Biomedical Equipment Maint. Specialist and worked in the Hospital there doing equipment repair. After a four year stint with the Air Force he returned back to High Springs. He was later employed at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fl. as a Electronics Technician taking care of various Hospital equipment, Nurse call system, Televisions, etc. Upon retirement he could be found helping out at his in-laws store (Main Street Antique Mall) in High Springs.
Russell was a great fan of Star Trek, X-Files, Science Fiction, anything about Alien life, earning him a nickname “Roswell” by one of his wife’s Uncles. He enjoyed Studying and learning about Ancient times, Science, Computer repair, anything technical. A brilliant mind! He was constantly learning and keeping up with new advances and technology. He was a lover of Rock and Roll and Blues music. Russell was a wonderful husband and best friend to his wife Cindy. They were a great husband-wife team and enjoyed life to its fullest. He will be forever loved and missed!

Funeral Services were held on July 5, 2021 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, Newberry Fl. Officiating Pastor Alfred Paulson Sr. Internment Newberry Cemetary, Newberry Fl.

 

Deborah Parrish Hunt

 

Deborah Parrish Hunt went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2021 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland, Fl. She was 64 years of age. Deborah was born in Lexington, Ky. She loved horseback riding, fishing, embroidery, cross stich, sewing and her dogs. She also loved her husband Donald Hunt and her children and grandchildren. Most importantly she loved the Lord. Deborah was a member of the Wind of the Spirit Church in Old Town, FL. 

She is survived by her wonderful husband, Donald Hunt, her daughters Samantha Hines( Donald) and Ashley Pendarvis (Scotty), Heidi Hancock (Beau) and her son Aaron Berry (Chelsea), her beautiful sister Donna McLaughlin (Bruce), her grandchildren Tristan C. Barber, Zachary C. Pendarvis and Hunter D. Berry, Isreal, Trinity, Faith, Seth, Timothy, Cameron Adams, Hank Hancock, extended family, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, nieces and nephews  Patrick McLaughlin (Jamie), Tayler McLaughlin (Sean).  She was preceded in death by her grandmother Ruth Parrish, her mother Carol Gettings, her father Willie Clay Parrish.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm at the Wind of the Spirit Church. 25973 SE Highway 19 Old Town, FL.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. NEWBERRY ROAD NEWBERRY, FL. (352) 472-5361

www.milamfh.com

Katherine (Kat) Jordan Peña

Katherine (Kat) Jordan Peña, age 80 was a lifelong resident Gainesville, Fl. She passed away on Monday
July 5th, 2021. Kat was born March 3rd 1941 in Gainesville to Louis Jordan and Ollie Mae Hall. She married Alfredo (Fred) Peña in 1958 in Gainesville. She worked for the Alachua School Board for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, spending time at the beach, spending time in her flower garden, and reading.

She was preceded in her death by her parents and husband and is survived by her sons, Steve (Traci) Peña, Rick (Linda) Peña, Carlos (Kelli) Peña, her sisters Edith Weisman and Pauline Selin. Grandchildren, Brandi, Kelsi (Damien), Tiffany, Gabriel, Corbin, and Great grandchild Abner (AJ) Torres Jr.

Funeral Services will be held graveside at 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 15, 2021 at Fairbanks Cemetery. Everyone is invited to attend the service. For those who wish, flower arrangements may be sent to Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Fl 32601

Donald “Don” L. Owen

 

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of our precious father, Donald “Don” L. Owen on Thursday, June 17th 2021.  He transitioned with the help of Haven Hospice at his home with family and favorites.

Don, age 86, was born in Madison, FL to Franklin J. “Jeff” Owen and Ada Williams Owen.  He graduated from Bronson High School where he played basketball, earning Player of the Game in the 1952 Basketball Tournament.  He worked for the Department of Forestry and Georgia Pacific before relocating to Gainesville with his bride in 1962.  He had a 30+ year career with the City of Gainesville as a lineman and crew foreman before retiring in 1987.  He was frequently amused that he had been retired longer than he worked and how he no longer worried that he’d be called out to work during heavy rainstorms.  He was quick-witted and always ready to cut the fool with anyone who would engage in his antics.  He loved the outdoors and there were few weekends that did not have camping, fishing or hunting adventures included.  In his golden years, he preferred a good football game with a big bowl of ice cream.

He is preceded in death by his sweetheart and wife of 49 years, Dorothy Lane Owen, parents, Jeff and Ada Owen, brothers, Ray Owen and Leon Owen, and sister Betty Berryhill. He is survived by his daughters, Jenny Owen Peck and Debbie Owen-Pirkle of Gainesville, brother, Frank Owen of Gulf Hammock, FL. and sister, Pamm Disjardin of Two Rivers, WI and his fur babies Charlie, Linus and Lucy.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 11:00 AM in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, Gainesville. Burial will follow in the Chiefland Cemetery, 412 E Park Ave, Chiefland, FL. Visitation will be one hour prior to funeral services.

The family would like to thank Haven Hospice and Comfort Keepers for the care and compassion shared during this time and ask that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL. 352-376-5361

Buddy Pastor

Melrose – Buddy Pastor, 86, of Melrose, Florida, passed away this past Sunday morning May 30, 2021, at the home he built nearly 40 years ago. He was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully passed away after a long battle with dementia and other health issues.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Minnie and Louis Pastor. Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Ann; his 3 children, Dean, Michael, and Kim; his 6 grandchildren, Jessica, Joanna, Nina, Louis, Daniel, and Katie; and his 5 great-grandchildren, Alexander, Logan, Aubrie, Violet and Caius.
Buddy was a craftsman, building the very home that he shared with the love of his life, Ann, for the past 40 years. He fixed, built, and modified cars, motorcycles, hotrods, and other assorted vehicles.
He showed great passion in all that he did. Each day as he worked from his home shop, he would stop his projects to walk down and open the gate for Ann after her long drive home from work at the VA hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
Whether you called him Buddy, Dad, Pop, or Father, he would be there to help, support and love.
Dad, you were loved and will be missed.
The family will host a celebration of life at the family home in Melrose, FL, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th, for friends and family. A military honor service at Bushnell National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, will take place on Monday, June 7th, 2021.

In leu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Haven Hospice https://beyourhave.org/donate

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 www.milamfh.com

David James Pearce

David James Pearce, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Thursday May 27, 2021. David was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Neal Pearce and is survived by his mother, Hazel Riley Pearce, sisters Melinda (Thomas) Dorn, Melissa (Benny) Cox, brother Chris Pearce, 12 nieces and nephews, and 8 grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel of Newberry, with a visitation for 30 minutes prior. Interment will follow at Countryside Cemetery 10926 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

James “Jim” Phillip Pritchett

James “Jim” Phillip Pritchett, age 88 of St. Augustine, FL formerly Gainesville, FL passed peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on Friday, May 28, 2021. Jim was born August 20, 1932 in Birmingham, AL.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cindy Suggs Pritchett, his children; Vicki (Ralph), Rusty (Amy), Scott (Mandy), Kristi, Allison, Jan (Rick), and eleven grandchildren Kyle(Ashley), Reed(Stevan), Cole(Lindsey) Luke(Radie), Evan(Haley), Chip, Taylor(Keith), Ryan(Kristen), Wade, Brooke and Blake and nine great grandchildren; Macy, Lucas, Harper, Cason, Jaye, Camden, Jackson, Hampton and James Jax. Jim also, leaves behind many other family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday June 4, 2021 at the Jonesville Baptist Church, Newberry, FL. For those that wish, contributions may be made to Community Hospice of St. Augustine or charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Linda “Jualene” O’Hara Lewis

Linda “Jualene” O’Hara Lewis, 78, of Gainesville, passed away Wednesday,
May 26th, 2021, after a brief illness.

Jualene was born in Valdosta, Georgia, August 16th,1942, to the late Marvin and Ruby O’Hara of Live Oak, Florida. She married H. Wendell Lewis, also of Live Oak, Florida. This union was blessed with three children. Wendell preceded her in death on August 26th, 2008.

She attended the public schools of Suwannee County and was a 1960 graduate of Suwannee High School and later graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in education. Jualene went on to teach elementary school in Alachua County.

At the time of her passing she was President of Lewis Oil Co., a Chevron/Texaco jobbership started by Wendell and Jualene over 58 years ago. Mrs. Lewis managed the business accounts while Wendell tended to the shipping and delivery side of their business. Jualene also served as president of her condo association in Saint Augustine, Florida where she was considered the best condo association president on the First Coast. Jualene Lewis was a champion of local business and activist for free enterprise and economic opportunity.

She was an avid reader, especially of Russian History, American Biographies, and historical novels. She enjoyed researching family genealogy, playing the piano, watching the Florida Gators, working in her flower gardens, and enjoying her many cats.

Her beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of her children: Wenda A. Lewis, Hugh M. Lewis, and Don W. Lewis all of Gainesville; two brothers: M. Lowell O’Hara of St. Augustine, Florida, and W. Gayl O’Hara (Bobbie) of St. Augustine, Florida. Three nieces: Lyn Lewis, Leigh Lewis (Brown) both of Tampa Florida, and Ᾱbra O’Hara Murrell (Rick) of St. Augustine, Florida; two nephews: Parr O’Hara of St. Augustine, Florida, and Robin O’Hara (Courtney) of St. Augustine, Florida; two grandnephews: Noah Owens of Tampa, Florida, and Locke Murrell of St. Augustine, Florida; and a host of devoted cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, May 31st, 4 pm to 6 pm, at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Florida. Interment services will follow on June 1st, 2021, at 10:30 am, at Live Oak Cemetery, 110 Winderweedle St NW, Live Oak, Florida.

Warren B. Nelms

Warren B. Nelms, 83, passed away on May 16 while residing at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Warren was born on July 31, 1937 in Frostproof, FL, to Morris and Imelda Nelms. He grew up in an orange grove in Lakeland. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1955.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy; son, David; daughter, Sandy Moore; grandchildren, Bradlee, Dan, and Steven Nelms and Shannon and Jason Moore; and great granddaughter: Luna Nelms.
Warren earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and His Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Florida, Warren played the trombone in the band and was the drum major his senior year. He ran the sound and light system for many of the performances at the university. He married his wife, the former Patsy Flanagan, at the Wesley foundation, in 1958, between his junior and senior year.
Warren served in the Army in ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. He worked for Westinghouse, ultimately as district engineer in Florida. He was the Westinghouse District Engineer of the Year and Florida West Coast Engineer of the Year. He established Computec, a company that developed equipment such as the Watt Counter for educating the public about energy usage. An institute in his name has been established in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida.
Upon retirement, he took charge of building his and Patsy’s award-winning energy efficient home, Tree Cove, on Lake Church in Keystone/Odessa. He was the President of the Keystone Park Civic Association, on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and chairman of the board at Keystone Methodist Church in Odessa. He sang and was a soloist in the choir there.
Warren has donated his body to the UF Anatomical Society. When his ashes are returned in a year, they will be sprinkled at Bird Island, an ancient Indian burial mound in the Gulf, owned by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, 5100 SW 25th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Linda Copeland Getzen

Newberry – Linda Copeland Getzen, 72 of Newberry, FL passed away at her vacation home in Franklin, NC on Friday May 14, 2021. Linda was born in Gainesville, FL on January 14, 1949 to Cecil and Fayre Copeland and graduated from PK Yonge. Mrs. Getzen was a cosmetologist and taught at the Powell’s Beauty Academy. Linda also owned and operated the Heart Strings Antique and Collectables Shop in High Springs, FL. She was an avid gardener, and enjoyed travelling, boating and quilting. Mrs. Getzen was a loving wife, and a devoted mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Pace Getzen, daughter Mary Lynne (Greg) Davis, grandson Jarrett Davis, brothers Tommy Copeland and Jeff Copeland, and several nieces and nephews.
A Visitation will be held at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. Graveside Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2021 in Newberry Cemetery.

Robert Grinnell Voyles

Robert Grinnell Voyles, 67, of High Springs, FL passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family members and in the care of Haven Hospice on May 5, 2021.

Mr. Voyles was born in Gainesville, FL to James and Anne Voyles on February 27, 1954. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1972 and grew up working in his parent’s appliance business. He went on to get licensed as a Certified Building Contractor, building custom homes; but always had a desire to complete his college education. He was able to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Colorado State University and was also able to complete his training and certification in Project Management Professional. In addition to his many other accomplishments, he spent three years in Iraq as a service contractor in HVAC and then four years in New Mexico working for Urenco, a company that enriches uranium. He had a heart for the lost and with his wife Alice, was able to give birth to Worldwide Ministries, Inc. He had the opportunity of ministering to the Navajo Indians in New Mexico for three and a half years. He was an ordained minister, loved people and ministered to individuals in all walks of life.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Voyles, two sons, Chase Wilkerson (Stacy), Adam (Erin), two sisters, Susan Doherty (John) and Carol Powell (Larry), one granddaughter, Zoe Morgan-Wilkerson and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation and celebration of Robert’s life held from 5-7 pm Monday evening, May 10, 2021, at the funeral home. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Countryside Cemetery, 10926 NW 30 Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services , 311 S Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 376-5361, www.milamfh.com.

Bonita (Boni) T. Oswalt

Bonita (Boni) T. Oswalt, 80, of Alachua, passed away Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. Boni was born December 21, 1940 in Washington, DC. She married Luther Oswalt on Jan. 21, 1961. Boni loved reading, spending time with her family and friends, and above all else spending time with both of her grandchildren.  She is survived by her husband of 60 years; Luther “Leo”, daughter, Jane Oswalt of Gainesville, FL; daughter, Emily Rice and her husband, Dr. Mason Rice of Oak Ridge, TN; her beloved grandchildren, Hailey Oswalt and Walker Rice; her brother Philip Taylor Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen Taylor; and niece Danica T. Shook.   Funeral services will be private at Jacksonville National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Association (Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 96011 Washington DC, 20090-6011) or Haven Hospice (311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, FL 32626).

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, Florida 32601  (352) 376-5361  www.milamfh.com

Tieshca Marie Miller

 

 

On December 28, 2020, Tieshca Marie Miller (Calascibetta) lost her battle with cancer at UF Health Shand’s hospital. Her fighting spirit was with her until the end and she was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing. Just five days after her 46th birthday, she left us all too soon but her presence in our lives will never be forgotten. Tieshca was born on December 23, 1974 in Blue Island IL, but her love of sunshine, warmth and the ocean brought her to Palm Coast Florida. Tieshca had a radiant smile and an optimistic outlook on life that touched the lives of everyone she met. While her time with us was too short, she made many close friends, spent her free time volunteering with animals and got to make many memories traveling with friends and family. Tieshca will be greatly missed by her father Leonard Calascibetta, step mother Laura Calascibetta, siblings Ryanne and Kelly Calascibetta and three nephews; Bennett, Wyatt and Vance.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the St. Augustine Wild Reserve in St. Augustine Florida or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Margaret Mary Kadala

Margaret Mary Kadala passed away on May 17, 2021, in Newberry, FL., 2 days before her 91st birthday.

Margaret was a gentle, loving, delightful, humorous, supportive, encouraging wife/ stepmother/ grandmother/ great-grandmother/ sister/ sister-in-law/ aunt. She was a fun, adventurous, loyal friend. She was a dedicated, strong, caring, gifted teacher. She was a sympathetic, caring, and protective animal lover. She was an inspirational, devout catholic who lived her beliefs on a daily basis. She loved music – all different kinds, from Big Band to Cowboy music – that would get her hands waving and toes tapping within the first 5 notes. Margaret encompassed all that was good to many people over many years. She leaves us with an example of living every moment fully and bravely… and with a dancing heart!

Margaret was born Rosemary Catherine Ash on May 19, 1930, to Lucille (nee Patton ) and Albert A. Ash, in Detroit,  Michigan. She spent her childhood with her parents and siblings: twin sister Virginia (“Ginny), sister Dolores (“Dee”), and brother Albert (“Sonny”) in Michigan and Florida.

After her twin sister’s tragic death at age 14, Rosemary finished high school, and later college, under the tutelage of the order of Ursuline sisters. She joined the order, and there, changed her name to Margaret Mary. She received her education, training, and initial teaching experiences with the order. Her excellence and talent as a teacher were recognized, and she was urged to continue with her teaching career outside of the order.

She soon accepted a teaching position with the Exxon Oil Co. in Venezuela. She shared her gift of teaching with many appreciative middle school students over many years, at the Escuela Simon Bolivar, in Amuay.  She dearly loved her students and positively influenced their lives. She also touched the hearts of colleagues with whom she taught. Her love of teaching extended beyond retirement, with volunteer work teaching and tutoring some of the most challenging students. Her sympathetic warmth, gentle kindness, courage, and patience inspired her students.

It was in Venezuela that she met and fell in love with her husband, Robert J. Kadala. He clearly admired and loved her gentleness, kindness, strength, determination, devotion, wit, and delightful spirit. After retiring to Houston, Texas, they were married on August 13, 1980. They lived happily in Houston, and later in Pearland, Texas, until his death in 1991. Margaret never stopped loving Robert. She missed him dearly, and looked forward to a time when they would be reunited.

Margaret later left Texas and moved to Sun City in Bluffton, South Carolina, to be closer to her sister Dolores. Sadly, not long after, Dolores passed away. However, Margaret easily made friends there – traveling, sharing adventures, dancing, and playing cards and MahJong with the “Widda Ladies”. Many of these dear friends maintained connections with her via phone calls, cards, letters, and visits even after she moved away.

After Margaret followed her best friend, Edythe, to live at the Seabrook in Hilton Head, she suffered a fall and then a stroke, which left her unable to walk and robbed her of her independence, which she valued so much. Her devoted friends in South Carolina were often by her side to lovingly care for her and encourage her recovery. Despite all efforts, Margaret was not able to recover enough to return to her previous level of independence.

In July 2018, Margaret moved to Newberry, Florida, to live with, and near, family. She was regularly entertained by great-granddaughter Charlie’s songs, dances, and chatter, as well as phone calls, cards, and visits from family and friends. Dogs, Zabi, Kado, and Pip, knew exactly who to go to for treats or a game of fetch. She was also assisted by an excellent caregiver, Amy, who attended to her with love and humor.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and Albert Ash; siblings: Virginia Ash, Dolores Barnes, and Albert Ash; husband Robert J. Kadala, in-laws: Roger Kadala, Stanley Kadala, Lucy Kadala, Edward Kadala, Earl Kadala, Kenneth Kadala, Pat O’Hara, Beatriz O’Hara, and Tom Barnes; nephews:  Robert R. Kadala, Johnny Kadala, and Doug Ash;  “sister-in-law” Evelyn Zink; and best friend Edythe Rennick.

Margaret is survived by her stepdaughters Maria-Elena Kadala and Veronica Kadala (Jim);  her grandchildren: Britta Gruenwald (Jim), Ryan Rummel, Michael Forgione (Marian), and Christa Rummel; her great-grandchildren: Madeline Gruenwald, Dalton Gruenwald, Charlie Rummel, Mia Forgione, and Logan Forgione; sisters-in-law: Nancy Kadala, Ninfa Kadala, Connie Kadala, Olga Kadala, Linda Urreztietta, and Pat Ash; nephews: Stanley Kadala (Kyra), Roger Henry Kadala (Beatriz), and Gary Ash (Terry); nieces: Anita Kadala, Lolita Kadala (John), Lori Sears, and Arlene Touzi (Brek); as well as numerous members of the Kadala, Ash, O’Hara, and Joiner families.

In addition to family, Margaret is lovingly remembered by her closest friends: Jo and Lyn Bailey, Betty and Bill Palcic, Sharon Mabry, and Amy and Jim Waldrop.

A funeral mass will be held on June 26, at 10:30am, in the St. Andrew  Chapel at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, in Bluffton, South Carolina. Margaret’s remains will then return to Florida for a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to causes that were especially dear to Margaret, such as animal rescues/ shelters or catholic charities/ missions, of your choice.

BARBARA W. BLOOD

 

Barbara Jane (Bunny) Blood went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 23, 2021 due to severe heart and respiratory illness. She was born in Atlanta, GA, Easter Sunday, March 28, 1937 so was called Bunny since birth. She was the only child of Florence S. and W.L. Wootton. At age one her mother moved with her to Miami where she grew up and lived until she and her husband Bob retired in 1995.

She graduated from Miami High School in 1954, was a member of National Honor Society and, always loved sports, was President of Girls Athletic Association, and played on the girls volleyball, basketball, softball and mixed doubles badminton teams. Following high school she went to the University of Florida, graduating 1958 from the College of Pharmacy. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority and Rho Chi, pharmacy honorary.

Early in her freshman year at UF she met the love of her life, Robert J. (Bob) Blood. They were
married in 1959. Son David (deceased, 1994) was born in 1961 and son Wayne in 1963.
Though working a regular part-time schedule, she was a regular car-pool driver, Cub Scout Den
Mother and Killian High School Band Parent.

Her love of sports never ceased. She could be spotted regularly playing social and competitive
tennis and golf in Miami and, upon retirement in 1995 in Pasco County, later back in Gainesville
and, for the first 20 years of retirement, at their summer home in Sapphire Valley, NC. In
December 2013 she and Bob moved to their final home at Oak Hammock at the University of
Florida.

A Celebration of Life reception will be scheduled at a later date at Oak Hammock.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, the Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, or a charity of your choice.

 

Mary Lee Boles

Mary Lee (Geisinger) Boles, 92, passed away in Tallahassee, FL on May 19, 2021, with her family by her side. She was born in 1928 in Waldo, FL to Arthur Leland and Grace (Sullivan) Geisinger. Following the untimely death of her father when she was just four years old, Mary and her four brothers were raised by her loving but stern mother during the Great Depression. Mary graduated from historic Waldo High School where she proudly served as a cheerleader and participated in the Ground Observers Corps during WWII. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Nathan J. Boles, with whom she enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his death in 2005. Mary moved from Gainesville to Tallahassee in 2018, but always made sure to wear her Gators orange and blue every football Saturday at her assisted living facility. She is survived by her son, Mike Boles (and wife Lila) of Tallahassee, grandsons Steven Boles (and wife Katie), Jonathan Boles, and two great grandchildren. Two people she especially loved were her “sister cousin” Myra Snowden of Gainesville and cherished friend, Polly Mitchell, of Tallahassee. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Dr. Nathan L. Boles (and daughter-in-law Darlene). She will join her husband in rest at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central in Gainesville. Mary requested a small, private ceremony. A special thanks to the staff at Tapestry Senior Living at Walden in Tallahassee for their loving care the past three years. She leaves the world just a bit less blessed but with memories of her perfect cornbread dressing. As she joins the angels in the presence of her Lord, may she have her vision restored and deservingly find those she grieved for daily and yearned to be reunited with through her faith. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361

Vada Beutke Horner

Vada Beutke Horner of Alachua died on May 9, 2021. Born on January 31, 1943 to Fred and Theresa Beutke, she grew up on her family’s farm in Alachua, graduated from Santa Fe High in 1961 and earned her bachelor’s degree from FSU in 1966.

Vada began her 39-year teaching career in Lake City, where she met her husband Edward Horner and married him in 1968. She taught at Terwilliger Elementary, Alachua Elementary and W.W. Irby Elementary until her retirement in 2006. In 1996, she was Irby Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Alachua and was an elder. Vada was a founding member and president of the Alachua Friends of the Library and tutored students at the library. She had served on the Matheson Museum Board of Directors and was a founding member of the Historical Society of Alachua and member of the Newnansville Cemetery Association. She was a docent at the Dudley Farm Historic State Park.

Vada joined the Alachua Woman’s Club in 1977 and served in every position on the board except president. She worked with the Alachua Chamber of Commerce on special events and was honored as the 2010-11 Volunteer of the Year. She created an agriculture scholarship and was active with the Food4Kids Backpack Program.

Vada recently received the Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, presented to an American who promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism. She rescued many animals over the years and enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends across the country.

The most important rule that Vada had in her classroom and all aspects of her life was the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed and is survived by Ed’s three children (Mike, Debbie, and Jeff), six grandchildren and five great grandchildren along with her brother Amos Beutke of Alachua and sister Naomi Lundy of Eustis, Florida; nephews Earl (Liz) and Fred (Lisa) Lundy, Jason (Kristen) Beutke and niece Allyson (David) DeVito; great nephews and nieces RJ and Krysta Lundy, Kate and John Parker Lundy and Judson, Adley, Haddon and Makayla Beutke.

Funeral will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Alachua 14005 N.W. 146 Ave. Alachua, Florida. with Rev. Gary Hardesty officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A private, family only burial will follow. A time of celebration and sharing including lunch will be hosted by the Alachua Women’s Club immediately following the funeral. All are invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alachua Woman’s Club Rose Petals Scholarship fund, her church or any of the organizations named above. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361  https://milamfh.com/testimonial/vada-horner/ ‎

Wanda Mullersman

Wanda Mullersman, 91, of Gainesville, passed peacefully to the Lord surrounded by her family on May 11, 2021. She was born in 1929 and raised in the small town of McHenry, KY. Wanda worked as a lab technician at General Electric in Owensboro, KY, where she met her future husband, Ferd. They married and eventually settled in Gainesville, FL, where they raised their three children.
Wanda was an avid reader and learner, and devoted her life to raising her children. She encouraged a passion for education and athletics that laid the foundation for her children to be successful. She became the cheerleader and chauffeur for her childrens’ participation in swim meets across the state. She always encouraged respect and support for minorities. She will be warmly remembered for her positive attitude, sense of humor and delicious cooking. In her free time, Wanda enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, fishing and playing Bridge. The Mullersmans have been active, devoted members of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville since 1964.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents and her brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Ferd Mullersman, three children, Jerry Mullersman (Bette), Greg Mullersman (Goti) and Janet Matthews (Chris), six grandchildren: Emily Sirkes, Sarah Mullersman, Mark Mullersman, Tony Mullersman, Tyler Matthews and Kelsey Matthews, and three great-grandchildren: Owen Sirkes, Oliver Sirkes and Mason Mullersman.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15th, at the Milam Funeral Home Newberry Chapel, located at 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry. A visitation is scheduled prior to the funeral service at 2:00 p.m at the Milam Funeral Home, Newberry.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation of the loving and caring support during the most difficult period of Wanda’s illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wanda’s name to Haven Hospice https://beyourhaven.org/donate or to the First Baptist Church of Gainesville https://fbcgainesville.net/give/

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

Rosa Crown Cheshire

Rosa Crown Cheshire went to heaven May 6, 2021. She was born April 24, 1938 in Gainesville to John Oliver Crown and Nellie Fowler Crown. The Crown Family moved to Gainesville from Maryland in the 1870s.

Rosa accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord at age 12 and lived her entire life as a loving, patient, and caring follower of Christ who was slow to judge others and quick to forgive. She grew up on a small family farm and worked in the fields as a youngster. She graduated with honors from Gainesville High School in June 1956 and married R. Wayne Cheshire June 30, 1956.

Growing up, Rosa knew Wayne well. They both attended North Central Baptist Church and rode the same school bus. Wayne was a mischievous teenager, prompting Rosa to say after one incident on the bus, “Wayne Cheshire, I feel sorry for the woman who marries you!”

Rosa was hand-picked by her mother-in-law. Shortly after Wayne returned from the Navy, his mother suggested he ask Rosa for a date. Wayne’s younger brother, Leonard, asked Rosa if she would consider going out with Wayne. She replied, “Well…I might.” They went on a few double-dates with Leonard and Rosa’s best friend before they went on a date alone.

Wayne and Rosa enjoyed nearly 65 years of loving marriage that was centered on their faith in God. Rosa was a faithful, hard worker alongside Wayne with all their business efforts. She was involved in Wayne’s building business and they owned and managed a motel and rental property together. They were volunteer missionaries in Liberia, West Africa, in 1982 and 1984. They made multiple short-term mission trips to the Dominican Republic (twice), Brazil (twice) and Peru (once). She managed their son’s New York Life office 1986-2014, and he credits most of his success to her efforts. Rosa was an active member of North Central Baptist Church for many years. She volunteered in the church nursery more than 20 years, lovingly caring for very young babies. The last years of her life, Wayne became her caregiver, tending to her every need.

Rosa had severe rheumatoid arthritis more than 30 years, enduring unending pain without complaint. In her later years, she was physically frail, but tough as nails mentally due to her strong faith.

Rosa is survived by husband R. Wayne Cheshire, Sr.; son Rick (Katherine), all of Gainesville; daughter Cheryl Cheshire Purcell (Allen) of Abilene, TX; grandchildren Wayne Cheshire III, Matthew Cheshire (Polly), Rachel (Jonathan) Levy and four great grandchildren; sister Sarah Dean, brothers Oliver “Bud” Crown and Robert “Bob” Crown (Carolyn). She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret “Maggie” Langford.

Her beloved pastor, Dr. Calvin Carr, will preside at the Celebration of Life Monday May 10th at 11:00am, with a visitation at 10:00am, at North Central Baptist Church, 8001 NW 23 Ave., Gainesville 32606-4299. Rosa wanted people to wear bright colors to the service to celebrate her homegoing to heaven.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the North Central Baptist Church Building Fund.

The family thanks the caring and compassionate physicians, nurses, and staff of the fourth floor intensive care unit at North Florida Regional Medical Center who made the last week of Rosa’s life a very special time for her and her family.

Charles “Charlie” Winston Zoby

Charles (“Charlie”) Winston Zoby, 70, passed away peacefully of an apparent heart attack at his home in Newberry, FL on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Born on August 26, 1950 in Norfolk, Virginia to William and Hazel (Gallup) Zoby, Charlie graduated from Lake Taylor High School, where he played in the marching band. For the past 25 years, Charlie has lived in Newberry and until his retirement was employed by Contemporary Management Concepts, which provides maintenance for Student Housing in Gainesville. He was a photography buff, a breeder of rare birds, a fishing and boating enthusiast, and a member of both the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club and the Coastal Conservation Association. Charlie was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Mary Zoby Riley. He is survived by his loving brother, Bill Zoby and his wife, Brenda, of Melbourne, FL; his nephew, David Zoby (Stephanie) of San Diego, CA and his niece, Taber Zoby Leto (Lonnie) of Eagle, CO. Also left to mourn him are his grandnephews and grand-nieces: William A. Zoby, III, Penelope Rose Zoby, Maizy Jace Leto, and Rowan Anderson Leto; as well as numerous cousins and many friends. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Charlie’s honor to the Coastal Conservation Association Florida, P.O. Box 568886, Orlando, FL 32856 (www.ccaflorida.org) or to the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club, 3324 W. University Ave., PMB #337, Gainesville, FL 32607. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Alvin Vaughn Alsobrook

Alvin Vaughn “Al” Alsobrook, born October 3, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL, passed away peacefully March 19, 2021 at his home in Gainesville, FL. Al was the youngest of four sons of Irving Coleman Alsobrook, Sr. and Bertha Lucille. He was raised in the Jacksonville area and graduated from Landon High School in 1952, and maintained contact with his Landon classmates until his passing. He then attended the University of Florida for two years before joining the US Army as a Cryptographic Specialist at the Pentagon (1954-1956). He returned to the University of Florida and graduated with two degrees in Advertising (1959) and Journalism (1960) – both with honors. While at the university, he served as President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was a member of the Florida Blue Key Leadership Fraternity.
He married Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Pound on December 29, 1964. At that time, he was beginning a long career in public and government relations. In his professional career he served as Interim Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Florida. He then went on to serve as Director of Public Relations, Information, and Legislative Affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. He continued his career as Senior Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the Florida Senate. He then served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Florida J. Hillis Miller Health Center. That led to serving several years as Director of Government Relations for the University of Florida Office of the President, culminating in his appointment as Vice President for University and Government Relations for the University of Florida from 1984 – 1990. Following his time at UF, he formed Alsobrook & Associates, a private consulting firm specializing in public relations for government and corporate clients until his retirement in 1998.
Upon retirement, Al remained active on Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Alumni Board, serving as Alumni President. He was a past president of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club and served on its Board of Directors. He was also a past Captain of the Gainesville Quarterback Club. His continued service to Gainesville included serving as Secretary and then President of the Gainesville Rotary Club; serving on the Gainesville Police Advisory Council, Historic Gainesville; and serving on the Board of Directors of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as President of the Alachua County United Way, President of the Alachua County University of Florida Alumni Club, and President of the Alachua County Heart Association. He was one of two non-lawyer members of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar, appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, as well as the Standing Committee for Advertising and the Commission on Professionalism. Recently he served as a non-lawyer member, appointed by the governor, on the Judicial Qualification Committee.
Al was a longtime, faithful member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where he formerly served first as a Sunday school teacher, Vestry member, Senior Warden, Calicifer, Verger, and Special Gifts Committee Chair. He had a deep and abiding love for the Episcopal Church, the Holy Trinity Choir, the flowers on Easter Sunday, and the peacefulness of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve – when he made sure the lights were dimmed during the singing of Silent Night.
He thoroughly enjoyed travel and spent many summers on long car trips with family to some of North America’s greatest national parks. He loved theatre and opera in New York City, travel with family in Europe, and the many opportunities to watch the Florida Gators play football and basketball from Gainesville to Hawaii. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his four grandchildren.
Through the years, Al loved time at Kingsley Lake, especially during Independence Day gatherings with family and friends. He and Betty played croquet at the Sapphire Valley Country Club, where he enjoyed games with friends and teaching his grandchildren croquet and pickleball. Later in life, Al took up painting and beautifully captured so many people, places, and special moments on canvas.
Al was preceded in death by three brothers, Irving Coleman Alsobrook, Jr, William Eugene Alsobrook, and David Franklin Alsobrook. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Pound “Betty” Alsobrook, two sons and their spouses: John Addison Alsobrook and Jennifer, Cannon Coleman Alsobrook and Lana; and four grandchildren Katharine Carter Alsobrook, Anne Marie Alsobrook, Cannon Coleman Alsobrook, II, and John Addison Marshall Alsobrook. He is also survived by many devoted cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all of the health care providers at North Florida Regional Hospital, UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, and Haven Hospice for their professional, warm and caring support. A special thanks to Mr. Donald Rubert, Ms. Marsha Bishop, and Ms. Saritha Colvin for their care and comfort when Al returned home.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 10:00AM with the Reverend Canon Fletcher Montgomery conducting the service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating in the church will be limited to 100, and must be preregistered by calling the Holy Trinity parish office at 352-372-4721. The wearing of face covers and physical distancing in the church are required. The service will also be live-streamed: https://www.holytrinitygnv.org/celebrationoflife. A private family graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Al’s memory to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE First Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601 and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Go Gators!

Marvin Lewis Nelson

Earleton – Marvin Lewis Nelson, 89, longtime resident of Earleton, FL, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. He was born on July 11, 1931, in Autaugaville, AL and later adopted by Jack and Kay Nelson and grew up in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Sewannee Military Academy and enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard. After his military service, Poppa received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tampa in 1959 and received a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1964. He was employed by the Hillsborough County School System for 11 years as a teacher and administrator. Later he moved to Earleton and was employed for 25 years with the Alachua County Public Schools serving as assistant principal at Gainesville High School, and principal at Hawthorne Jr. – Sr. High School, Shell Elementary and Lake Forest Elementary before retiring in July 1995. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Ada Davis Nelson. He is survived by four children, Susan K. Dendler (Joel) of Winthrop, NY, Dona N. Reetz (Michael) of Tallahassee, FL, Adam D. Nelson (Shantel) of Hawthorne, FL, and Jack H. Nelson (Becky) of Earleton, FL. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa (Richard), Michael, Sheyenne, Danielle (Lee), Cole, Zachery, and Kelsey and one great grandchild, Emory. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his beloved aunt and uncle, Elinor and George Stroh.
He was a man of few words, but very wise with an understanding ear and deliberate wisdom. He was a compassionate school administrator who would always look for the best in the children he served. When not working at school, he is best remembered as a humble man who loved his family, loved working outdoors, especially in his garden, and instilling the value of a hard day’s work in his children.
A celebration of Poppa and Grandma Ada’s life will be held on June 26, 2021 at their home. For those who wish to remember Poppa, in lieu of flowers please consider contributing to the Alzheimer’s Association – Central and North Florida Chapter to further the research of dementia. Please enclose a note with your name, address and that the gift is in memory of Marvin L. Nelson and mail to 14010 Roosevelt Blvd #709, Clearwater, FL 33762.
The family would also like to extend their gratitude to the round the clock caregivers for their extraordinary care and concern while caring for Poppa while he was at home.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Earle A. Taylor, Jr.

Earle A. Taylor, Jr., 97, of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully on Saturday April 17, 2021 at his home with his family at his side after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Earle was born in Gainesville, FL on July 27, 1923 to Earle “Dummy” Taylor and Leo Taylor. He married Jane Shropshire on September 4, 1949 in Daytona Beach, FL and they lived in Gainesville until Jane passed away on December 14, 2017.
Earle graduated from Gordon Military Academy in 1941 and the University of Florida with a B.S. in Education in 1948 where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Earle proudly served in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry Division during World War II. After graduation from the University of Florida, he worked as a consignee for Texaco Oil Company, Sperry Rand Corporation as purchasing agent and Supervisor of Recording at the Alachua County Courthouse until his retirement.
After retirement, Earle and Jane spent many months each year at Ormond Beach, FL where Earle enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, and walking on the beach while Jane played Bridge.
Earle was a member of the Gainesville Quarterback Club, Eastside Garden Club (fishing club), Gainesville Has Beens and the First Presbyterian Church.
Earle was a lifelong Gator football fan whose father was Earle “Dummy” Taylor who played for the Gator football team in 1908-1912.
Earle was preceded in death by his parents Earle and Leo Taylor, sister Vivian Taylor, and his wife Jane Taylor. He is survived by his son John Taylor, and daughter Anne Taylor. The family would like to thank Haven Hospice for their care and support during the past year. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Earle’s name to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. A Private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Janice Marie Green Pierce Tietge

Janice Marie Green Pierce Tietge age 77 of Chiefland, FL formerly of Brooker, FL went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2021. Ms. Tietge was born in Brooker, FL on March 20, 1944 to Lee Roy Green and Chester Theora McGauley Green.
She graduated from Bradford High School in Starke, FL and went to work for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families. She was a member of Bronson Road Church where she loved and was loved by many. She loved to fish, cross stitch and play cards. She was also an avid Gator football fan.
She is preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Mildred (Mann) Green. Brother Kenneth LeRoy Green and sisters Mary Joe Taylor and Jacequeline Branam.
She is survived by her daughters Audrey Pierce Munson of Chiefland, FL and Jace Pierce of Gainesville, FL. Brothers James Terrel (Linda) Green of Macon, GA and Timothy A. Green of Oxford, FL and sisters Barbara Krug of Benbrook, TX, Brenda (Richard) Hannah of Fort Valley, GA, and Aileen (J.R.) Bell of St. Cloud, FL as well as many nieces and nephews.
A service to honor Janice Tietge’s life will be held Friday April 23rd at 11:00am at Bronson Road Church in Newberry, FL. The family will receive friends and family for a visitation beginning at 10:00am (one hour prior to service). Services will be officiated by Andy Cook.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Haven Hospice 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland, FL 32626 or to Bronson Road Church 13830 NE 80th Avenue, Newberry, FL 32669.

Connie Louise Smith Stroble

Connie Louise Smith Stroble

Age 82, Ended her long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and gained her angel wings on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Connie was born on August 15, 1938, to J. H. Smith and Eva Lois Poole Smith, in Dodge County Ga.
Connie is preceded in death by her husband James Stroble and her son Brad Stroble.
She is survived by her daughter Sherry Stroble Thomas (Kevin Fischer).
Her grandchildren Wesley Stroble, Jardian Thomas (Amber), Chance Thomas (Ashley), Kerstin Stroble (Jake Desuyo). Her great grandchildren Ashlyn LaShay Cannon, James Gary Thomas and Baby T due in November.
She is also survived by her brother H. B. Smith and her ex son in law Timmy Thomas.
A SPECIAL Thank You to Tahji McClendon, her daytime caregiver and a huge heartfelt Thank you to her grandson Wesley Stroble who devoted the last 2 years of his life to take care of his nanny.

Graveside Services will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 12 pm at Forest Meadows Cemetery 4100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL.

The family request no black, Connie’s favorite color was purple, please wear purple or bright colors.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Allie Mae Hall

HALL, ALLIE MAE Waldo, FL – Allie Mae Hall passed away peacefully surrounded by family April 16, 2021 at her long-time residence in Waldo FL; she was born October 21, 1929 in Madison Fl and she was 91. Allie was married to the love of her life Quitman Whitfield Hall of 71 years. She was preceded in death by her husband Quitman W. Hall, parents Burton and Mary Sheppard, Brother Manny Olie Sheppard, Sisters Shirley Tuten, Betty Jean Jordan Lee, Helen Dority and daughter-in-law Rebecca Hall. Survivors include daughters Linda (Jerry) Vlacos, and Virginia (James) Hunter, son Charles Hall five grandchildren – Travis Hunter, Alicia Vlacos, Kimberly Eliazer, Jaclyn Crawford, and Amber Schissler. Thirteen great-grandchildren Skylar Fowler, Jessie Fowler-Grey, Jared Ashten Crawford, Jaden Crawford, Senae Crawford, Ethan Grady, Allie Grady, Jacob Grady, Ella Grady, Peter Eliazer, Savannah Schissler, Hunter Schissler and Ashton Schissler. She also had two greatgreat grandchildren Jared Ashten Crawford Jr and Nevaeh Fowler. Allie Mae worked for various jobs over the years ultimately running an at-home daycare until retiring. Some of her favorite things included quilting, gardening, decorating, rooting for the Florida Gators football team, soap operas, numerous pets and cooking for her family and friends.
There will be a viewing from 5-7pm on Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday April 22, 2021 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Forest Meadows East cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Donna Dansby

Donna Dansby, age 75, a longtime resident of Alachua, Florida passed away peacefully April 6th, 2021 at Palm Garden of Gainesville. Donna was born January 29, 1946 in Ocala, Florida. She was the youngest of two daughters born to Fred and Emma Lee Gatrell. She was raised in Fairfield, Florida at the Gatrell Duroc Farm.

As a young adult, Donna married the love of her life, Scott Dansby and she was faithfully by his side until his passing in July of 2014. In March of 1970, Donna and Scott welcomed their only child, Jonathan into their lives. Donna loved her husband and her son very much and was an exemplary wife and mother.

To some, she was simply known as Donna. Others were fortunate enough to know her as Mom, Aunt Donna, Grandma and even “Gammaw”. Donna unconditionally loved her family and friends very much and she greatly cherished any time spent with them.

She enjoyed working in her yard, visiting with family and friends, reading, crocheting and spending time with her beloved cat, “Tebow”. She was also known to enjoy watching a Florida Gator football game or two.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 48 years, Hoyle Scott Dansby.

Mrs. Dansby is survived by her son Jonathan ( Cheryl ), her sister Sandra Gatrell Baxley, her grandchildren Heather Whatley ( Josh ), Siarra Johnson ( Brant ) and Chad Stockdale ( Caitlin ) as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, 2 great grandchildren and many friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held Friday April 16th, 2021 at 2:00pm at the Millwood Cemetery in Reddick, Florida.

Arrangements are in care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, Florida 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

James “Jimbo” Konet Latsko

James “Jimbo” Konet Latsko, age 67 of Trenton, FL formerly of Alachua, FL said farewell to his earthly home on Saturday April 3, 2021. Jimbo was born on January 27, 1954 in Gainesville, FL to William Sylvester Latsko and Eva Oradell Beard.

Jimbo graduated from Gainesville High School in 1972 – where he was brought onto the varsity team as a sophomore and was known for his skills as quarterback. At just 19 years old, he started his own carpet cleaning business known as “Latsko’s Carpet Care” and has served the greater-Gainesville area for the past 49 years.

Jimbo was an accomplished hunter and avid outdoorsman and truly in his element in the woods hunting for Wild Turkey – which was a great passion of his. He also enjoyed hunting Whitetail deer and has a full body mount of a piebald deer he named “Whitey”. Jimbo chose that name because while crossing a field at night, the buck looked like a ghost. His family intends to reach out to see if Bass Pro Shops would be interested in adding this rare buck to their store collections. His other hobbies included golf and fishing.

Jimbo is known for loving quality time with his family and close friends as well as taking precise care of his family and his property. He was also known for his expertise on the grill and the smoker. He enjoyed good music, cracking a joke – of course laughing at his own joke, popping a cold one open and enjoying the simplicities of this life.

Jimbo is preceded in death by his parents and daughter Deana Kay Carlisle, and is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Donna Jean (Bennett) Latsko, sons Mark Santerfeit, and James “Jimmy” Latsko, daughters Julie (Dustin) Carlisle, and Jamie (Matthew) Paulk, brothers Fred (Beverly) Latsko, William “Billy” (Linda) Latsko, Carlton (Pam) Latsko and Matthew (Anne) Latsko, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

There are no service arrangements at this time. The family will have a celebration of life ceremony in the coming months. 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 Oliver Brooker

James Oliver Brooker, 81, known as Jim, Jimmy, “Papa” and “Sweetie” passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 surrounded by family.

He attended Gainesville High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Essex on an international tour from 1956-1960. Jimmy often spoke of his experience in the Navy as one where he learned discipline and about contributing to a cause larger than himself. He has remained an active member of the U.S.S. Essex Association.

Upon ending his naval tour, he started a career in the pest control industry, where he successfully opened and grew Brooker’s Pest Control. He spoke fondly of his former employees and has maintained some of these friendships for decades.

Jimmy was a Gainesville native, a Gator fan, a Civil War enthusiast, an American patriot and enjoyed travel. He had an avid interest in the fabulous fifties era and restored dozens of antique classic cars in his lifetime. He took great pride in the awards he often won when exhibiting the various antique cars that he personally restored.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents Jake and Irene Brooker, by his infant sister Billie Noreen, and his sister Nelma Ansley. He is survived by his adult children Angie Payne (and son in law Dan) and Becky Manthey (and son in law James), six grandchildren: Josh, Jillian, Landon, Addison, Coleton and Ashlynn, and his brothers, Kenny and Richard Brooker, and his sweetie, Patty Sanders.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, April 12, at 1 pm at Hague Methodist Church 7001 NW 126th Ave. Gainesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation to The Pulmonary Fibrosis Association at http://www.pfassociation.org/make-a-difference/donate-now/

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361
www.milamfh.com

Lorraine Goode Eddy

Lorraine Goode Eddy was born on August 15, 1931, on the family dairy farm on Old Archer Road, to Loring L. and Cordelia Crown Goode, and lived her entire 89 years in Gainesville. Southwest 23rdTerrace now runs through what was then their cow pasture, and University Commons Apartments sits on the old homesite. She grew up helping with the dairy chores and was happy to do it.
She was a 1949 graduate of GHS and shortly thereafter married Vernon Eddy to whom she was married 67 years, until his death in 2017. She was also pre-deceased by her precious only sibling, Bernice “Bunny” Goode Scott the same year.
She was a stay at home homemaker and mother to their three children, daughter Susan Nalbandian of Gainesville, son Randy (DeAnn) Eddy of Kansas, and son Hal (Tammy) Eddy of Gainesville. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren who knew her as “Gigi”, Zabel (Paul) Thur de Koos, Zac (Maura) Eddy, Laura (Patrick) Eddy Dixon, and Kyle Eddy, and 3 great-grandchildren, Paul and Alexis Thur de Koos and Sage Eddy.
They always had a vegetable garden and shared the produce and fruit with so many others. She could always be counted on to take food to sick friends and relatives, and nobody ever left her table hungry.
They took several trips to Hawaii, one to Ireland, a couple of cruises, and always enjoyed spending time at their cabin in the Smokies. Her final journey was to Heaven on March 28, 2021.
Burial will be private at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

John Albert Van Winkle, Jr.

John Albert Van Winkle, Jr. of Keystone Heights passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka. He was 80. Born in Suffern, New York, John moved to Gainesville in 1958 to attend the University of Florida. He was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated in 1962 with his engineering degree. After graduation he enlisted with the US Navy for two years, then spent the next four years in the reserves. For the rest of his career he was a branch manager for several large computer companies including Honeywell.
He was an avid Gator sports fan and enjoyed antiquing and traveling. He was “Papa” to his loving family.
He is survived by his adult children, Mary Scarborough (David) and Edward H. Van Winkle, his life partner Becky Sullivan, his sister Lynn Hollinsworth (Don), grandchildren Tyler Scarborough, Drew Scarborough (Jazmin). He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. Van Winkle and Edith Moss Van Winkle, sister Juno Fishman and his son John (Rippy) Van Winkle. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 10:00am, at Hendricks Ave. Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. Burial will be at a later date at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 devmail@beyourhaven.org.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669 www.milamfh.com.

Joe Duston “Dusty” Wolters

Joe Duston “Dusty” Wolters, long time resident of Gainesville, FL, went to be with the Lord in the early hours on Friday, March 26, 2021. He was born in Blytheville, AK in 1946, to Joe Hines Wolters and LaFetra May Wolters. They lived in Montgomery, AL, Tampa, FL,
and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.

Dusty moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend Florida State University on a Football scholarship in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1968 and later received a Graduate degree in Finance from Columbia University.

While attending FSU he met and married his first wife Becky Rudner, and gave birth to his first child, Deborah Dee. They moved to Gainesville in 1968 where Dusty started his first job as a stockbroker for Goodbody and Company. He soon gave birth to his second child Joe Benton Wolters. Goodbody and Company was purchased by Merrill Lynch and shortly afterwards Dusty went on to initiate several entrepreneur endeavors which included other investment groups, obtaining a General Contractors license and built several single home and commercial properties in the North Central portions of Florida as well as the Pan-handle, and in 1979 he established Spa King, Inc. where he was the owner, operator and designer of retail and commercial bathtubs, saunas, and hot tubs until he retired in 2005.

He enjoyed being involved with Rotary and as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. He also enjoyed past memberships with the Quarterback Club and Gainesville Country Club, where he served as president in 1981. He loved to travel, the beach, the mountains during all seasons, gardening, cooking and being with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Charise Lee Holcombe and their daughter, Landin Lee Wolters, his daughter Deborah Dee “Dee-Dee” Wolters-Vicino, Dee Dee’s two daughters, Shelby and Hannah, his son Joe Benton “Ben” Wolters, Ben’s wife Yaritza Quinones Wolters, their son Joe Cameron Blake “Blake”, his sister Cherise “Cheri” Dyke, Cheri’s daughter Casey-Jo, nephews, nieces, multiple cousins and many friends.

A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for close friends and family.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

William “Bill” J. Mills

William J. “Bill” Mills was born on August 10, 1942 to Abraham B. and Lena Mills (both predeceased). He went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2021. He had an older brother, Abe (predeceased) and an older sister, Frances J. Spivey, now residing in a nursing home.
Bill had to quit school at the age of 15 to work at a filling station to help the family pay their bills. He worked several years at different filling station companies; each time raising his position and pay scale. He went to work in the Maintenance Department at the University of Florida for 40 years until retirement.

He was an outdoor man. He grafted, planted, and nurtured our many gardens that we would store in our freezer to enjoy later as needed. He was a good provider and a frugal saver as the Bible instructs us to be.

Bill loved and served the Lord faithfully. He started each day reading the Bible and praying with the lord. He witnessed every chance he got and held my hand at every opportunity. This was to protect his “Little Bonnie” and show me how much he loved me.
He disciplined his life around putting God in our lives first. We were both caregivers at heart and through our 51 years of blessed marriage we helped each other care-give for our parents, relatives, and friends on both sides. Physically we may be separated, but we’ll be together forever in our hearts and eventually in Heaven. He promised to wait for me at the Gate!

Alvin “Al” Vaughn Alsobrook

Alvin Vaughn “ Al “ Alsobrook, born October 3, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL., passed away peacefully March 19, 2021 at his home in Gainesville, FL. Al was the youngest of four sons of Irving Coleman Alsobrook and Bertha Lucille. He was raised in the Jacksonville area and graduated from Landon High School in 1952 and maintained contact with his Landon classmates until his passing. He then attended the University of Florida for two years before joining the US Army as a Cryptographic Specialist at the Pentagon (1954-1956). He returned to the University of Florida and graduated with two degrees in Advertising (1959) and Journalism (1960)- both with honors. While at the university, he served as President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was a member of the Florida Blue Key Leadership Fraternity.

He married Elizabeth Anne “Betty”Pound on December 29, 1964. At that time, he was beginning a long career in public and government relations. In his professional career he served as Interim Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Florida. He then went on to serve as a Director of Public Relations, Information, and Legislative Affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. He continued his career as Senior Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the Florida Senate. He then served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Florida J. Hillis Miller Health Center. That led to serving several years as Director of Government Relations for the University of Florida Office of the President, culminating in his appointment as Vice President for University and Government Relations for the University of Florida from 1984- 1990. Following his time at UF, he formed Alsobrook & Associates, a private consulting firm specializing in public relations for government and corporate clients until his retirement in 1998.

Upon retirement, Al remained active on Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Alumni Board, serving as Alumni President. He was a past President of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club and served on its Board of Directors. He was also a past Captain of the Gainesville Quarterback Club. His continued service to Gainesville included serving as Secretary and the President of the Gainesville Rotary Club; serving on the Gainesville Police Advisory Council, Historic Gainesville; and serving on the Board of Directors of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He also served as President of the Alachua County United Way, President of the Alachua Heart Association. He was one of two non-lawyer members of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar, appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida, as well as the Standing Committee for Advertising and the Commission on Professionalism. Recently he served as a non-lawyer member, appointed by the governor, on the Judicial Qualification Committee.

Al was a longtime, faithful member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where he formerly served first as a Sunday School Teacher, Vestry member, Senior Warden, Calicifer, Verger, and Special Gifts Committee Chair. He had a deep and abiding love for the Episcopal Church, the Holy Trinity Choir, the flowers on Easter Sunday, and the peacefulness of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve- when he made sure the lights were dimmed during the singing of Silent Night.

He thoroughly enjoyed travel and spent many summers on long car trips with family to some of North America’s greatest national parks. He loved theatre and opera in New York City, travel with family in Europe, and the many opportunities to watch the Florida Gators play football and basketball from Gainesville to Hawaii. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his four grandchildren.

Through the years, Al loved time at Kingsley Lake, especially during Independence Day gatherings with family and friends. He and Betty played croquet at the Sapphire Valley Country Club, where he enjoyed games with friends and teaching his grandchildren croquet and pickleball. Later in Life, Al took up painting and beautifully captured so many people, places, and special moments on campus.

Al was preceded in death by three brothers, Irving Coleman Alsobrook, Jr, William Eugene Alsobrook, and David Franklin Alsobrook. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Pound “Betty” Alsobrook, two sons and their spouses: John Addison Alsobrook and Jennifer, Cannon Coleman Alsobrook and Lana; and four grandchildren Katharine Carter Alsobrook, Anne Marie Alsobrook, Cannon Coleman Alsobrook, II and John Addison Marshall Alsobrook. He is also survived by many devoted cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family wish to thank all of the health care providers at North Florida Regional Hospital, UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, and Haven Hospice for their professional, warm and caring support. A special thanks to Mr. Donald Rubert, Ms. Marsha Bishop, and Ms. Saritha Colvin for their care and comfort when Al returned home.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL. 32601, Saturday March 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM with the Reverend Canon Fletcher Montgomery conducting the service. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating in the church will be limited to 100, and must be preregistered by calling the Holy Trinity parish office at 352-372-4721. The wearing of face covers and physical distancing in the church are required. The service will also be live-streamed: https://www.holytrinitygnv.org/celebrationoflife . A private family graveside service will follow.
In Lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Al’s memory to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Boulevard Gainesville, Florida 32606.

Go Gators !

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

Ada Davis Nelson

Ada Davis Nelson, 85, longtime resident of Earleton, FL, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at her home, following a long illness. Grandma Ada was born on February 19, 1936, in Marianna, FL to Orion and Mary Lee Davis. She grew up in Gainesville, FL and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1954. After attending business school, she worked at Eli Witt Company and then worked with the School Board of Alachua County with Adult Ed and secretary at Gainesville High School for 28 years before retiring in July 1995. She is survived by her husband of 47 wonderful years, Marvin L. Nelson, and four children, Susan K. Dendler (Joel) of Winthrop, NY, Dona N. Reetz (Michael) of Tallahassee, FL, Adam D. Nelson (Shantel) of Hawthorne, FL, and Jack H. Nelson (Becky) of Earleton, FL. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sarah, Melissa (Richard), Michael, Sheyenne, Danielle (Lee), Cole, Zachery, and Kelsey and one great grandchild, Emory. Survivors also include her brothers, Orion Davis, Jr. (Barbara), Clay Davis (Sarah Jane) and nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Steve and sister Mary Jane.
She had a servant’s heart and was happiest when she was serving others and spending time with her family. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. For those who wish to remember Grandma Ada, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Special Olympics Florida, 1915 Don Wickham Drive Clermont, FL 34711 which was an organization very dear to her heart. The family would also like to extend their gratitude to Haven Hospice and the round the clock caregivers for their extraordinary care and concern. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Joyce Mallard Massie

Joyce Mallard Massie, age 88 of High Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Joyce Mallard Massie was born February 28, 1933 in Gainesville, Florida to Willie Mae Mallard and Don Q. Mallard.

Joyce grew up in Gainesville and graduated from Gainesville High School. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed playing golf, puzzling and a friendly game of cards. She loved to dance to Glenn Miller with her husband and never missed a chance to spin on the dance floor at her grandchildren’s weddings. Joyce cherished her family summer beach trips, holiday gatherings, special Sunday dinners, and relaxing evenings sipping wine at sunset.

Preceded in death by her husband Thomas B. Massie, Jr. and her son Bruce Massie.

Survived by her sister Barbara Mallard, her three loving daughters, Lee Jones and her husband Steve Jones of High Springs, Florida, Elaine Harris of Tiburon, California, and Delia Lander and her husband Mark Lander of High Springs, Florida and seven grandchildren, Evan Jones and wife Brittany Jones, Dylan Jones, Stephan Jones, Haley Harris, Jack Harris, Caitlin Stockdale and her husband Chad Stockdale, and Kyle Lander.
Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday March 11, 2021 at Forest Meadows East Cemetery 3700 SE Hawthorne Road Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to U F Health Cancer Center Office of Development P O Box 103633 Gainesville, FL 32610- please reference # 012825. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Marjorie Mingo Locke

Marjorie Mingo Locke born June 5, 1928 in Miami, Florida and joined her Savior Jesus Christ and began celebrating with family and loved ones in heaven on March 6, 2021.
Mrs. Locke loved her family and was a supportive and faithful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She deeply loved and cared for her husband, Lyman during their 57 years of marriage together. She prayed, cooked, and gave advice regularly to her son and daughter in law, Ron and Carol. She prayed without ceasing for her daughter Elizabeth “Betty” and her eleven grandchildren, her great grandchild, nieces, and nephews.
Her love for family was without question. But even more important to her was her faith in Christ. She was a life-long devoted follower of His. One of her favorite scriptures was Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Mrs. Locke was very active in church ministries. Whether it was playing the piano for services, teaching a Sunday School class, cooking meals for fellowships or visiting shut ins she loved to serve. She had a great love for her First Baptist Church Sunday School class and missionary class and all the lovely ladies that shared their lives with her.
Mrs. Locke was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lyman E. Locke, brothers George and Harold Mingo, sister Gloria Rabey, Marguerite Irwin, Elizabeth “Betty” Mingo, Millicent Doris Svetlik, and Patreccia Leach. She is survived by her son Ronald (Carol), daughter Elizabeth, grandchildren, great grandchild and many, many friends.
The family will receive friends, Thursday March 11, 2021 from 3:30pm until 5:30pm, at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Graveside services will be held 10:30 am Friday, March 12, 2021 at the Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to two ministries that Mrs. Locke loved and supported: Friends of Children of North Central Florida Inc. PO Box 358502, Gainesville, Florida 32635 or First Baptist Church of Gainesville Missions Fund, 14105 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32606. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

William “Bill” C. Andrews

William C. “Bill” Andrews, of Gainesville, FL, died March 4th, 2021, at Haven Hospice. He was born January 24, 1934 in Tampa, FL. His parents, Claud F. Andrews and Agatha L. Andrews, lived in Lacoochee, FL at the time and Bill grew up there until he graduated from the University of Florida in 1955. He attended and graduated from Pasco High School in Dade City, FL in 1951 where he met the love of his life, Cedora “Dodie” Platt. They were married in 1955 upon Bill’s graduation from UF Business School and Dodie’s graduation from FSU. While at UF, Bill was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Florida Blue Key. They moved to Gainesville immediately thereafter so Bill could attend Law School and Dodie taught first and second grades in Bronson and Gainesville. Upon his graduation from Law School in 1958, Bill was inducted into the U.S Army, stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC.
Upon his discharge, Bill and Dodie returned to Gainesville, and Bill became an associate of James C. Adkins, Jr. in his law practice in 1959. He practiced law from that date until 1998 when he retired. He was associated in the practice of law with Jack Lowry, Steve Lewallen, Phil DeLaney, and in 1983, Andrews and DeLaney merged with Scruggs & Carmichael, P.A. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1966 and served in that office until 1978. Subsequently he was appointed to The Florida Education Council (Advisory to The Florida Department of Education), the Florida Commission on Ethics, and the Gainesville Downtown Redevelopment Agency. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Gainesville and the Eastside Garden Club
Bill was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne A. Kilker, and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Cedora P. (Dodie) Andrews, daughter, Claudia (Gary) Mills, son William C. (Cindy) Andrews, Jr., grandsons Carter and Taylor Mills, Tommy and Justin Kilker, and William Andrews III, and granddaughter Jessica L. Andrews. Funeral Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to First United Methodist Church 419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Henry Alton Hines

Henry Alton Hines, 69, of Newberry, Florida passed away
on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, with his loving wife and
daughter by his side at home- following a ten-year battle
with cancer. Henry was born in Gainesville, Florida on
April 24, 1951 to the late parent’s Lee Roy and Blanche
Hines. Following graduation from Newberry High School in
1969, Henry went to work with The City of Gainesville as a
lineman. After 35 years with the City of Gainesville, he
retired and worked with The City of Newberry for 8 years.
While working for both cities and after retirement, Henry
raised cattle and hay on the Hines farm in the Forest Grove
area. Over the years Henry enjoyed family hunting, fishing,
riding horses, raising his cattle and was a jack of all tradesbuilding most anything. He is survived by his wife of 44
years, Renotia Slaughter Hines; his daughter Amy Hines
Adams (Scott), and granddaughter Rylee Adams; his brother
Jimmy Hines; and sisters Erma Hines Cobb and Katie Hines
Hadsock, all from the Newberry area. He was preceded in
death by his younger brother Glover Hines. Henry is also
survived by many nieces, nephews, and family members
that will always remember him for his fun loving humor,
valuable wisdom of knowledge, and advice he gave over the
years. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until
11:00 a.m. on Saturday March 6, 2021 at Milam Funeral
Home in Newberry, with a service following immediately
afterward. A private family burial will be at a later date. In
lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Haven
Hospice 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL
AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry RD,
Newberry, FL 32669. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com
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Carolyn Mills Rion

Carolyn Mills Rion, 88, passed away peacefully at the Village on March 2nd in Gainesville Florida.

Carolyn was born in Archer, Florida and lived most of her life in Gainesville, attending Kirby Smith Elementary School and Gainesville High School. She was a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where she earned a degree in Dental Hygiene.

Carolyn is survived by her sons, David Cellon (John) of Suwannee and Larry Cellon (Helen) of Boca Raton, granddaughter Catherine Cellon of Boca Raton, her brother, Maj. Gen. Byron Mills, Ret., of San Antonio, and her sister, Noel Mills McGriff, of Gainesville. She is preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Juanita Mills, and her husband of 35 years, W.E. “Bill” Rion, long-time director of the Reitz Union. She is also preceded in death by her first husband, DeWitt Cellon, her brother, Clayton W. Mills, and sisters-in-law Joanne Little Mills and Judy Pulver Mills and brother-in-law Perry C. McGriff Jr.

For many years, Carolyn worked as a dental hygienist for several prominent dentists, Gordon Schwalbe, DDS, Jim Kirkland, DDS and Ben Samuels, DDS. For more than 25 years, she also could be seen in the Press Box at Florida Field at every home football game, where she assisted Bill as a statistician for the Florida Gators.

Carolyn was active in her community in many ways. She was a member of the Junior League, the Gainesville Garden Club, PEO Chapter FH, the Patio Club, the Gainesville Women’s Club and Children’s Theater. She was Master Flower Show Judge and was well known for her beautiful floral arrangements. She was also a terrific bridge player and tried patiently, but probably unsuccessfully, to teach her friends the finer points of play.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Village Foundation, The Village of Gainesville 8000 NW 27 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com. No service is scheduled at this time.

Morgan Bennett Bass, Jr.

Morgan Bennett Bass Jr., 74, died February 23, 2021. He was born February 21, 1947 in Tallahassee, FL. He lived in Gainesville for many years and then retired to Salt Springs, FL.
Morgan served in the United States Navy right out of high school (Gainesville High School) from 1966 – 1970 as a Gunner’s Mate. He served 4 tours in Vietnam. Morgan was stationed with a marine convoy unit and was responsible for bringing supplies and artilleries to troops on the ground.
Morgan married Shelia Mary Denaro on August 23,1968 and divorced in 1976. He later married Rosemary Bass, his high school sweet-heart and love of his life on June 11, 1979. His hobbies were dog hunting, fishing, and racing.
Morgan had a unique and charismatic way about him, when the good Lord made him, they broke the mold. He loved his family and friends and would die for them if needed but I truly think he loved his hunting dogs more. His nick name was “Big D” but most of his true friends just called him “D”, and you always knew where you stood with Morgan. He did not sugar coat anything and never had a problem telling you exactly how he felt. Morgan was a true patriot, and he loved his country. He was as old school as it gets. Morgan will truly be missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Bennett Bass, mother Minnie Bass, wife Rosemary Bass, and brother Toy Bass. He is survived by his daughters Bambi Cooper (Roy) of Gainesville, and Mary Bass of Woodsville, NH, and sons Sam Bass (Roslyn) and Shaun Tufts (Tina); siblings Johnny Bass (Cathy) of Orange Heights FL, Ray Bass (Brenda) of Hawthorne FL, Debbie Bass of Hawthorne FL and Dean Bass (Sara) of Huston TX; grandchildren JR, Niki, Johnny and Jacob of Gainesville Fl., Alexandra, Christana and Bobby of Woodsville N.H., Morgan and Austin of Melrose FL, and Shaun, Wesley and Kaylee Hog Valley, FL; and 11 Great grand-children.
The family will receive friends Sat. Feb. 27, 2021 at the Milam Chapel, downtown Gainesville, from 9:30am – 10:30am. We will then drive in procession to Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville for the graveside service at 11:00am. The family requests that everyone please dress casually: Blue jeans, camouflage and/or pull over T shirts. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Jerome Augustine Patterson, III

Jerome Augustine Patterson, III died at North Florida Rehab on 24 February 2021 of complications following a fracture and pneumonia. He was 76 years old and a life-long member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Jacksonville.
Jerry was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Jerome Augustine Patterson, Jr. and Camille Donahoo Patterson in 1944 at Riverside Hospital. He was raised in Ortega and attended Robert E. Lee High School where he was a swimmer and diver. He loved to dance and was a popular partner. He would have loved to dance on Broadway. He spent summers on the family farm in Alabama. Following high school Jerry attended Sewanee, the University of the South, and then Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. After law school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent five years as an intelligence officer before briefly joining his father’s business in Jacksonville and then moving to Ocala and Gainesville. In Gainesville Jerry became fascinated with developing computer technology and had his own computer by 1982. He returned to school and earned two degrees in computer programming, later becoming user support manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities where he worked for a number of years.
Jerry and Phil met in 1978 and each quickly decided the other was the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Both loved to travel and they decided to see the world together. During those travels both photographed what they saw and each saw the world from a slightly different viewpoint which came across in their photos. In his spare time, Jerry studied photography and won multiple awards including First place one year and second place the next in the Sarasota Institute of Art All Florida Photography contest. Jerry also won several Orlando Museum of Art 1st Thursday Art Exhibits and he accepted an invitation to put on a one-month exhibit of his Photography in the Orlando Museum of Art Gift Shop Annex.
Jerry had played bridge as a child both in Jacksonville and during summers in Alabama. He continued to play and engaged in tournament play as a young adult. Then after many years of playing only occasionally with friends Jerry resumed bridge. Jerry traveled to various bridge tournaments where Phil read his Kindle while Jerry played bridge and earned his Life Master ranking. Jerry also volunteered with Channel 5 PBS TV and with the Alachua County Library Board. He took up bicycle riding and participated a number of times in the Northeast Florida Bike MS 150 fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. He was a member of The Florida Yacht Club.
Jerry is survived by his husband, Phillip W. (Phil) Cushman, of Gainesville and a sister Audrey Barnes (Bonnie) Patterson of Jacksonville, sister-in-law Phyllis Buente (Dale), two nephews by marriage Beau Buente (Jackie) and Jay Buente (Jill), three grand-nephews and a grand-niece as well as several cousins. He is also survived by his dear friend Ann Wetherill of Tryon, NC who traveled with them frequently. Jerry and Phil finally were able to marry on May 2, 2015 in St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Washington, DC after having shared a life together since 1978.
All arrangements will require social distancing and use of masks, preferably double. The family will welcome friends at Milam Funeral Home, 311 South Main Street, from 5-7 PM on Tuesday 2 March 2021. The funeral service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday 3 March at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE First Street, Gainesville with The Reverend Canon Fletcher Montgomery officiating and The Reverend Brent Owens assisting. Honorary Pall Bearers are Cal King, Bill Schmidt, Mike Hoyt, etc Burial will follow at 2 PM on Thursday 4 March at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville.
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” F. Liebler, Jr.

Robert F. Liebler Jr “Bob”, age 54 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Sunday February 14, 2021 following a brief illness.
Bob was born February 1, 1967 in Miami, FL to Robert F. Liebler, DMD and Elizabeth A. (Liebler) Elliott.
Bob graduated from Killian High School in Miami and joined the U.S. Army serving as Calvary Scout in Ft. Knox, KY. Following his service, he proudly received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 from the University of Florida, graduating with Cum Laude honors from the school of Hospitality Management. Bob celebrated all things Gator, especially football.
Bob was the Director of Volunteer Services at the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville. Bob fulfilled his calling in life by loving God through serving others, not only by working at the Bread of the Mighty, but by living every day of his life with passion, excitement and selfless acts of service to others daily.
He is survived by his loving wife Marcia (Conwell) Liebler, his parents and extended family.
Funeral Service will be held 11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 24th at the Family Church, 2022 SW 122 ST., Gainesville, FL. Interment will be at Countryside Cemetery 10926 NW 39 Ave, Gainesville, FL. Following interment, family & friends of Bob will join for a celebration of life at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 9700 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL. Visit ZOOM.com to watch service- Meeting # 841 3838 2065. Call family members to obtain passcode. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Clarence Wesley Coonce, Jr.

On February 8th 2021, misfits across America lost a childhood hero, and history gained a defiant philosopher. Clarence Wesley Coonce, Jr – Wes to his friends, Claire to his wife, Junior to his parents, Papa Coonce to neighborhood children, Papa Pete to his grandchildren, and Pater Familias to us all – drew his last breath, asleep in his bed, lying next to his wife, Elizabeth, as she reached her hand out to touch the expanse of his back. He was not known by millions or even thousands, but the hundreds who did know him will never forget him.

Wes inspired in those he met sometimes awe and reflection, other times joy and raucous laughter, the rest of the time they just wanted to smack the crap out of him. But whatever he inspired, it was always intense, urgent, a matter of life and death. He questioned everything and taught those around him to do the same. Even when debaters disagreed with him, they came away changed.

No stories about Wes could be written successfully, for he is an unbelievable character: a philosophizing migrant worker, a country-living computer programmer, a swindling PhD student, a conspiracy theorizing Mensa member, an outlandish, bombastic, adventure-seeking, prank-plotting, Elvis-wailing, tall-tale-spinning, dirty-joke-telling, dancing buffoon who spent his life contemplating the meaning of human existence. He lived many lives over the course of his 78 years, and he nailed every one.

To read more about Wes’s life, visit forevermissed.com/clarence-wesley-coonce. A virtual memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 21st at 2:00pm, wherein attendees are encouraged to sign up to share funny, poignant, or light-hearted stories about Wes. Contact jenncoonce@gmail.com for more information or if you would like to share a story. Flowers and cards can be sent to Elizabeth Coonce at 7005 SE 221st St, Hawthorne, FL, 32640, and donations are encouraged to the St. Francis House homeless shelter of Gainesville, FL. If you would like to contribute to Wes’s memorial fund, please send your contributions via Venmo @Elizabeth-Coonce. Look forward to a good old-fashioned Coonce Family gathering to celebrate Wes’s life in summer 2022. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Myrtle Renfroe Feagle

Myrtle Renfroe Feagle, 87 of Gainesville, passed away on February 1, 2021.
Mrs. Feagle was born on August 1, 1933 to Claude and Era Renfroe in Providence, Florida. She was the business owner and operator of Feagle Fill Dirt in Gainesville. Myrtle was an Identical Twin and loved to play the Florida Lottery!
She is survived by a son, Mark E. Feagle, her daughters Sylvia Rowell, Lorrine Feagle Wott and Wylene Aubut, her grandchildren; Christopher Aubut, Amanda Schmidt, Beauford Roland, J J Roland, Bill Roland, Samantha Jackson, Leon Nelson, Charles Nelson, Jessica Feagle, Mark Feagle Jr., Chelsa Feagle and Casey Feagle, her Great Grandchildren, Piper, Be’La, Vincent, Alyssa, Emma, Clay, Brittney, Mia, Kennedy, K J, Kayla, Handen, Liam, and Lilly. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, William Wiley Feagle, 2 sons, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.
Services will be Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hague Methodist Church Hague, FL. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery in Alachua.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bob Kochensparger

Bob Kochensparger passed away unexpectedly at age 82 on January 31, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. Bob worked for 38 years at the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. He served in the army reserve for six years. During retirement, he volunteered for the Gainesville AARP Tax Aide Program for 27 years, preparing taxes and greeting clients. He was a member of Newberry United Methodist Church.
His summers were spent in Bay View, Michigan where he served as an assessor, volunteered at the library, served as treasurer of the Campus Club, ushered at church services, and led the croquet group. Bob was a gentle, kind man with a fun streak. He inspired others to follow his example.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Gloria Kochensparger, daughter Cindy (Tim) Sullivan, and grandchildren, Elizabeth Sullivan and Timothy Sullivan lV. He is also survived by his brothers, Fred (Kirk) Kochensparger, and Jim (Fran) Kochensparger, and by his beloved nieces and nephews. Memorial services in Gainesville and Bay View will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ruth Eckart Dance

Ruth Madeline Eckart Dance, 95, passed away on Saturday February 20, 2021, in Gainesville, FL at the home of her daughter, Linda. She was born on August 11,1925, in the small railroad community of Raton, New Mexico to the late Roy F. Eckart and Vida Faye Eckart. The Eckart’s moved to Albuquerque where her late sister, Detta Margaret, was born. Ruth graduated from Albuquerque High and attended Baylor School of Nursing. She was a proud Baylor Bear. She married the love of her life Gilbert H. Dance on June 4th 1948. They were married for over 53 years, until his death in September 2001.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Anna Faye Dance Sheppard (Joseph) and Linda Kaye Dance; her son, Thomas Roy Dance, grandson Joseph L. Sheppard IV, nieces, nephews and many special friends. Ruth had a long nursing career. She worked at the VA Hospital and at Presbyterian Hospital in the newborn nursery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family moved to Avon Park, Florida in 1971, and she worked as a nursing supervisor at Walker Memorial Hospital in Avon Park for many years. Ruth was an active member of the Avon Park Christian Church. Despite significant vision problems, she began and continued an email ministry that encouraged prayer for church members and their families and friends. Jesus Christ was always at the center of Ruth’s life followed by family and friends. She was kind hearted and never said a negative word about anyone. She was a tremendous blessing to all who knew her.

Ruth had a special place in her heart for the people at Stirring Waters at Lake Aurora Christian Camp and their efforts to create a water park for the disabled.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to: Stirring Waters at Lake Aurora Christian Camp 237 Golden Bough Road Lake Wales, FL 33898 or https://stirringwaters.world A celebration of her life will occur at a later date. “For Me to Live is Christ…”Philippians 1:21

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

Drew Coats

Drew S. Coats passed away on January 27, 2021. Drew was born on April 12, 1968 to Wendell R. and Judy A. Coats in Denver Colorado.

Drew grew up in Colorado and Wyoming. He graduated from Jeffery City High School in 1986 and from the University of Phoenix in 2000.  He worked most of his career in the mining industry; in maintenance and purchasing.  He also, serviced on the board of directors of Utah Mining Association.

Drew will be missed but held in the hearts of those whom he touched. He will be remembered for his love and willingness to help others, his outgoing personality, and the way he could light up a room when he walked in. But most of all we will miss the way he could make you laugh and smile with his sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He was always there for his family and friends to pass on words of wisdom or just listen.

He is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Cheryl Coats, Step-Son Trevor Howes (St. Louis, MO), Step-Daughter Stephine Howes (St. Louis, MO), her Husband Jordan Keesee and their two daughters Sabrina and Cloe, his brothers Dell Coats (Napa, CA), Ward Coats (Dallas, TX)  and Colter Coats (Tucson, AZ), five nieces and nephews, seven grand nieces and nephews, seven aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Due to COVID protocols, there will be a small gathering for family and friends sometime in June 2021. The gathering will be in Glenwood Spring, Colorado and for those who cannot travel they will be able to attend via Zoom.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Drew to American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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

Frederick Carl Sales

Frederick Carl Sales, age 88 died at his home in Gainesville, FL on Friday January 29, 2021. He was born on September 1, 1932 in Philadelphia and grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of West Chester University and earned both Masters and Doctorate in Education from Temple University.
He served on both active and inactive duty with the U. S. Navy, retiring with the Rank of Commander having served aboard the aircraft carrier, Saipan, at the Naval Communications Station in Washington DC, and as Commanding Officer of a Naval Reserve Unit in Eddystone, PA.
He was a teacher and principal in the Philadelphia region and served as a Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. He was also a professor of education at The College of Charleston, retiring as the Director of Student Teaching.
During his post education years he worked as a construction supervisor and was a licensed residential builder.
He was a long time member of the Charleston Men’s Chorus, The Exchange Club of Charleston, The Charleston Seafarer’s Society and The Charleston Rotary Club. He served as an active volunteer with the Historic Charleston Foundation, The Middleton Place Foundation, the Preservation Society and Water Missions. He was a life member of the American Association of School Administrators. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church in Charleston.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ann Marriott Sales, a son Philip and his wife Sharon of Orlando, FL, a son Lawrence and wife Tammy of High Springs, FL, and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexis Sales.
A family burial service with full military honors will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, 2021. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Myrtle Renfroe Feagle

Myrtle Renfroe Feagle, 87 of Gainesville, passed away on February 1, 2021.
Mrs. Feagle was born on August 1, 1933 to Claude and Era Renfroe in Providence, Florida. She was the business owner and operator of Feagle Fill Dirt in Gainesville. Myrtle was an Identical Twin and loved to play the Florida Lottery!
She is survived by a son, Mark E. Feagle, her daughters Sylvia Rowell, Lorrine Feagle Wott and Wylene Aubut, her grandchildren; Christopher Aubut, Amanda Schmidt, Beauford Roland, J J Roland, Bill Roland, Samantha Jackson, Leon Nelson, Charles Nelson, Jessica Feagle, Mark Feagle Jr., Chelsa Feagle and Casey Feagle, her Great Grandchildren, Piper, Be’La, Vincent, Alyssa, Emma, Clay, Brittney, Mia, Kennedy, K J, Kayla, Handen, Liam, and Lilly. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, William Wiley Feagle, 2 sons, 3 sisters, and 4 brothers.
Services will be Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Hague Methodist Church Hague, FL. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery in Alachua.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Vesta Dean Richardson

Vesta Dean Richardson, 103 of Gainesville, FL ( formerly Jacksonville ) passed away on Tuesday January 19, 2021. Vesta was born in Jacksonville, FL on April 26, 1917 to William and Blanche Richardson, and was preceded in death by her brother and four sisters. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and retired as an executive secretary after 50 years with Southern Bell. She enjoyed travelling after retiring and was a member of the United Methodist Church. She is survived by a niece in Atlanta, GA and a niece in Gainesville, Betty Holder, and a nephew Ralph Roth, Jr.
Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday January 25, 2021 at Evergreen Cemetery 4535 Main Street North Jacksonville, FL. Contributions to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lawrence Earl Jones

Lawrence Earl Jones, 95, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021, after a short illness. He was born on April 20, 1925, in Pensacola, Florida.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of almost 75 years, Billie Jean Clark Jones of Gainesville, who grew up just doors from his childhood home in Pensacola. Upon graduation from Pensacola High School he entered the U.S. Navy and served overseas in WWII. The two enjoyed a long mail correspondence and they married shortly after his return.
Both attended and graduated from the University of Florida. After graduation, he taught a short time in Marianna before returning to Gainesville to spend his career as a USF&G Insurance Area Manager. He retired to travel and garden, follow golf on TV after he could no longer hit the course, and cheer on the Gators.
Mr. Jones was predeceased by his parents, Fulda and Lawrence Jones Sr., both of Pensacola.
He is survived by four sons, Lawrence A. (Harriet) , Kenneth (Gwen), Jerry (Pam) and Grady (Lou) Jones; seven grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Services are private and will be held at Payne’s Prairie Conservation Center on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

Sara “Frances” Kirby

Sara “Frances” Kirby went home to be with her Lord on January 16, 2021 at the age of 92. She was born November 10, 1928 to Winfred Alvin Bell, Sr. and Sara Annis Farris of Opp, Alabama. After graduating from Elba High School, Frances moved to Gainesville where she met her husband, Alfred C. Kirby, while working at Southern Bell Telephone; they were married for 49 years. She retired from Florida Farm Bureau.
Frances is survived by her children, Wayne (Vera) of Arizona, Gwen Talley of Washington, and Garry (Brenda) of Gainesville; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers: W.A. “Sonny” Bell, Jr. and John Martin Bell.
Graveside services are scheduled for Friday January 22, 2021 at 2:00PM, in Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse. Visit www.zoom.us to Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 848 1586 9478. Arrangements are under the direction of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Shirley Elaine Brooks Petronis

Shirley Elaine Brooks Petronis, 90, died on January 26, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida.
She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 7, 1930 to Ernest Edward Brooks and Irene Vera Hoff Brooks. Shirley graduated from high school in Detroit, Michigan in 1948 After living for many years in the Midwest and Syracuse, she and her beloved husband, Albert, moved to Florida in 1981.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Janet McCort and her husband of 45 years, Albert Petronis. Mrs. Petronis is survived by her three children: Dr. Lori Altmann of Gainesville, FL, Janet and James Woodworth of Kirkville, NY and Ken and Diana Petronis of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren: Sharon Altmann, Rebecca Altmann, Caroline Petronis and Daniel Petronis. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Shirley worked as a secretary before taking time out to raise her family. She also volunteered at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY and Meese Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fl. for a total of almost 30 years. She was the consummate homemaker, a gracious hostess who enjoyed hosting festive dinner parties in her beautifully decorated home. Sociable and fun-loving, Shirley was often the first at weddings to request the Chicken Dance and then proceed to show everyone how it was done. She loved meeting and getting to know people from all walks of life, and often knew the entire life story of the servers in the dining room or the health aids who helped her manage her apartment at The Village at Gainesville, where she resided for the last 13 years.
She loved being a mother and a grandmother, instilling in her family a strong commitment to accepting and loving others, fairness, and a “can do” attitude. Most of all she loved being Al’s wife.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Haven Hospice for their compassionate care and support, as well as the dedicated staff of The Village at Gainesville.
Memorials may be sent Haven Hospice, www.beyourhaven.org/donate, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or The Helping Hands Fund, www.thevillageonline.com/foundation, The Village at Gainesville, 8000 NW 27th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606

Gerald Allison Smith

 

Gerald Allison Smith, age 82 of Newberry, Fl went to be with the Lord on Friday January 22nd, 2021. Gerald was born December 21, 1938 in Newberry, Fl to Wilson “LW” Smith and Dorotha Sapp Smith.

Gerald graduated from Newberry High School and received his AA degree from Santa Fe Community College. He worked for the Gainesville Fire Department where he served as District Chief and retired after 23 years, where he was named Fireman of the Year in 1969. He was a Christian man who loved his family unconditionally. He enjoyed red belly fishing, watching his great grandkids play sports, and watching his Gators play some ball.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 60 years Janet Holder Smith, his parents and sister Geneva Arlene Smith. He is survived by his brother, Melvin (Tish) Smith, sister Karon (Ralph) Grabel both of Gainesville. Children: Lisa (Charlie) Burgin of Newberry, Angie (Herbie)Rain of Trenton, and Gennifer Harvey of Orlando. Eight grandchildren: Kerrie (Barry) Buchanan, Nicole (Jesse) Hoover, Eric (Andria) Rain, Courtney Harvey, Rachel Burgin Ryan Burgin, Meghan Burgin, and Tristan (Brooke) Harvey. Nine great grandchildren: Shaylyn Parrish, Kenzie Certain Eric Quade Rain Jr, Lawson Certain, Braxton Rain, Raylyn Buchanan, Alisun Rain, Case Hoover, and Broox Buchanan.

The Family will receive friends and family on Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 6-7 pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday January 28, 2021 at Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Trenton, Fl. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services 22405 W Newberry Rd. Newberry Fl, 32669 (352)472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Edith Jane McElroy

Edith Jane McElroy age 90, of Newberry, died peacefully on January 8, 2021 in NFRMC surrounded by family. She loved flowers and working in the yard even up to the last year. More than anything, she loved and raised her family with Christian values. “Granny” always loved seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Edith was born in Grand Haven, Michigan. After graduating from Winter Haven High School, she moved to Newberry and met the love of her life.

Edith is survived by her sons, Steve McElroy (Pam), Danny McElroy (Tammy), daughter, Beverly Philpot. Grandchildren, Jeremy Philpot (Krista), Michelle Emerick (Ron), Marshall McElroy (Sherry), Casey Smith (Kevin), Megan McElroy and 10 Great Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her Husband, Leslie McElroy. They were married 54 years continuing the family farm legacy.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 am at Jonesville Baptist Church 17722 SW 15th Avenue Newberry, FL with interment following in Jonesville Cemetery. Due to COVID there will be no visitation. The family asks that you wear masks and social distance while inside. There will be a zoom broadcast of the service, contact funeral home for details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Haven Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dorothy Lee Sapp Shubert

Dorothy Lee Sapp Shubert, age 95 of Archer, FL passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Dorothy was born March 19, 1925 in Jefferson County, Alabama to Andrew Johnson and Ethel Scott Johnson.
Dorothy attended Newberry High School in Newberry FL. She went on to work for Wise’s Pharmacy
In Gainesville where she ultimately retired from. She enjoyed her church family and delivering baked goods and medicine to the shut-in elderly she served while at Wise’s. Dorothy enjoyed her grandchildren and family who she always had words of wisdom that she so creatively delivered in Love. She enjoyed working in her yard and planting flowers.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Sylvester “Bud” Shubert, son Henry Sapp, and daughter Connie King. She is survived by her daughter Eva (Walt) Heape, Bill (Patricia) Hardy, and Ruben (Pauline) Sapp, fourteen grandchildren, 32 Great Grandchildren, 30 Great, Great Grandchildren, and 3 Great, Great, Great Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews as well as a vast amount of extended family and friends.

Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday January 9, 2021 at Jonesville Baptist Church in Newberry, FL. Interment will be in Jonesville Cemetery. For those who wish contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Archer, 16870 SW 137th Ave, Archer, FL 32618 or Jonesville Cemetery, 5407 SW 190th Street, Archer, FL 32618 Attn: Jenny Hunt.

Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Jean Doris Cain Dixon

Obituary of Jean Doris (Cain) Dixon
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Jean Doris (Cain) Dixon. She passed on January 1, 2021 at Haven Hospice, Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter, Virginia, and good friend, Mary Jean, were at her side in her last hours.
Mother was born on September 3, 1927 in Louisville, KY to Lucille Winn and William Cain of Irvington, KY. The family moved to Clarkson, KY in 1932 where her father, an excellent cook, had a café. She fondly remembered him feeding men who would come to the back door during the Depression. Her father always referred to her as “Pete”. She married James Dixon on October 26, 1945 in Elizabethtown, KY. They went on to raise three daughters in Wilmington, OH.
Mother’s greatest love was her family and Christian faith. She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Ed) Davis of Richardson, TX, Barbara (Kent) Ames of Lansing, MI and Virginia Dixon Wood of Gainesville, FL. Grandchildren include Carrie Davis Taub, James Edward (Jed) Davis, Lyndsay Ames Wing, Beth Ames Eggleston, and William and Ben Wood. Great grandchildren include Bailey and Bethany Bower, Natalie and Meredith Wing and Claire and Connor Eggleston.Others include niece and nephew Dan Clater and Sally Baer.She was predeceased by her parents and sister Virginia Clater of Louisville, KY.
After residing in Wilmington, OH for many years, mother made a courageous move to Louisville, KY where she shared good times with her sister Virginia and worked for the March of Dimes. In 1990 she moved to Gainesville, FL which she described as the happiest time in her life. She was close to daughter Virginia, enjoyed the climate, and worked for Haven Hospice. She enjoyed playing bridge, eating ice cream, going to the beach , reading and watching football. She was a great Florida Gator and OSU Buckeye fan! She would have loved the OSU – Clemson Sugar Bowl! Mother was a survivor. She was a child of the Depression, a young war bride, survived rheumatic fever as a young mother, a heart attack, and kidney disease. In 2000, daughter Virginia blessed her with a kidney, so we had 20 more years of memories together. We are so grateful to Virginia. As she aged, Mother’s most ardent wish was to remain in her home. Special thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Mary Jean Baughman, La Rose Manker, Takirah Washington and Gail Dixon. They provided love, companionship, music, wonderful meals and excellent care. Mother is now at peace and reunited with her mother, father and sister. Her dad would say, “Welcome home, Pete”.
No services will be scheduled at this time due to COVID 19. In memory of Mother, play a great hand of bridge, eat an ice cream cone, watch a football game or just do something kind for someone. If desired, donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Haven Hospice of Gainesville, FL or Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 w. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Stephen Nelson Hulst

Stephen Nelson Hulst, age 69 of Newberry, FL, formerly of Miami, FL, passed away Friday January 8th, 2021. Mr. Hulst joined the presence of the Lord peacefully and at home according to his wishes. He passed with his beloved wife and family by his side. Stephen was born on November 5th, 1951 in Miami, Florida to Judith Hulst, his beloved mother.
Stephen was a Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office where he put in 20+ years of service before retiring. During his career as a deputy, Mr. Hulst also worked for Gainesville Regional Utilities, also retiring after 20+ years of working in several departments, finishing as a gas technician specialist. Being the dedicated lifelong provider of his family that he was, and never one to be idle, after “retirement” Stephen went on to serve as a Police Officer with the Santa Fe College Police Dept until he was forced to retire for health reasons.
There was little to no other activity he loved more than to roam around the beautiful Florida Keys in one of the many small Boston Whaler boats he was so fond of. He loved the simplicity and proximity to the ocean that comes with a boat such as that. It was his passion to search the emerald waters for hidden lobster or to explore the countless islands in hopes of finding something that no one else had laid eyes on since the time it was lost, being a treasure hunter at heart. Often, he would salvage old buoys and ropes that were long ago discarded and, by way of tide, made their way to become entangled in the mangroves. No matter what simple treasures he claimed, it always made him happy to be in that spot at that moment with his family by his side.
Mr. Hulst was preceded in death by his younger brother David and his mother Judy. He is survived by his beloved family, wife Olivia, daughter Rachel Hulst, three sons, Jason, David and Brant Hulst, his granddaughters Maliyah and Cheyenne, grandson Dayton, and two grandchildren, not yet born, who he would have cherished. He is also survived by his brother Carl Hulst, sister Marie Hulst and nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Countryside Baptist Church 10926 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL. In lieu of flowers, should anyone wish to donate, his family would like to honor his memory by supporting the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, a Christian ministry to boys that touched his heart. This can be done either by contacting Milam Funeral Home or the ranch directly at www.RBR.ORG (RBR | It Is Better To Build Boys Than To Mend Men.) or (386)328-1281. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Sammie Carroll Rackley

Sammie Carroll Rackley went to be with his Lord and Savior December 26th, 2020 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville after succumbing to Covid. He was born April 3rd, 1940, in Royse City, Texas to Edward Lee Rackley and Alma Leinart Rackley. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1958 and promptly joined the United States Air Force where he was an aircraft mechanic. He was stationed in Dover Delaware where he met his wife, Carolyn Rackley, and they were married 56 years at his passing. Sam was an electrician by trade, and he worked for E-Systems, Gardner Denver and Pettibone in Texas. He was transferred to Driltech in Alachua in 1988 and moved the family to Gainesville that year. Sam was well traveled as he visited Thailand, South Korea, Chile, Mexico and the Philippines as he traveled for work. Sam retired and in 2005 and Sam and Carolyn moved to Salisbury, North Carolina where they had many good years. Both Sam and Carolyn wanted to be closer to family and they eventually settled back in High Springs in 2018 after a brief stint back in Texas.
Sam was a simple man who loved Jesus and his family. He was loved by all who knew him. He was always ready with a smile and a joke. He loved the Dallas Cowboys; the Texas Rangers and he became a Florida Gator fan. He was an avid bowler and golfer. Our bowling family misses Sam greatly.
Sam was pre-deceased by his parents. Sam leaves behind his wife, Carolyn, his daughter Robin (Marvin) Huddleston, Mesquite, Tx, his son Marty (Kim) Rackley, Kenner, La, and his daughter Jennifer (Teresa) Rackley, High Springs, Fl. He leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Sam remained very close to his siblings who all live in Texas Pat, James and Rita. He leaves behind many nephews and nieces as well. Family meant everything to him, and he will be missed greatly, although we will see him again in Heaven and what a wonderful day that will be.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Haven Hospice in Gainesville. We have a great appreciation of the love and care my father received at Haven. My dad passed away from Covid, please honor his memory by wearing a mask and getting vaccinated.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 w. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lorine Faye Waters

Lorine Faye Waters, 79, went to be with the Lord, Thursday December 24, 2020. She passed away from natural causes at her home. She was born April 18, 1941 in Lake Butler, Florida to Ernie L. and Faye Martha Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother and sister, Morris Johnson and Iris Lee Touchton. She was also preceded by her husband of 34 years Herman Waters. Herman was the love of her life and they are together again.
She is survived by her son Kenneth Waters and her two grandsons, Benjamin Waters and Michael Waters. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She grew up in Lake Butler, FL and Ft. Myers, FL. She attended high school in Ft. Myers. She married Herman and raised a family. They liked to travel to Bluegrass and Gospel Concerts, NC mountains and fishing together.
She graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Nursing. She worked at Alachua General Hospital and Sunland Training Center, before taking a job at NFRC in Lake Butler where she retired in 2001.
In her retirement she enjoyed gardening, genealogy, travel, gospel music, armchair politics and long phone conversations with friends and family. Her favorite charity was “Nurses For Christ”. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to this group, www.nurses4christ.com, or a donation to your favorite charity in Lorine’s name.
A Celebration of Lorine’s Life will be held Thursday January 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Elzey Chapel Cemetery, 13372 SW 52nd Street Lake Butler, FL. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Anna “Ann” Bass Thompson

Anna “Ann” Bass Thompson went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2020, three days shy of her 75th birthday. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Kenneth and Nina Bass. She lived most of her life in Florida, ending up in Archer (Levy County), Florida.
She started her working career with HUD in Atlanta, Georgia where she met her husband of 56 years, Gerald P. Thompson. She became a loving homemaker and mother of 4 children, a grandmother to 11 and great-grandmother to 3. Later in life she worked for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for 9 years. She was an active member of the choir at North Central Baptist Church until health issues prevented her participation. She had several hobbies including reading, knowing all kinds of trivia, collecting lighthouses, and solving crossword puzzles. She enjoyed making things through crocheting, counted cross stitching, and later in life she developed a love for coloring. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She never met a stranger and accepted all into her circle of caring.
She leaves behind her loving husband, Gerald P. Thompson, son Todd Thompson, daughters Amanda (David) Roughton, Amy (Lenny) Roger, and Anita Simoneaux, and grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Additionally, she leaves behind her loving brother Lyster (Brenda) Bass, and loving inlaws Kenneth (Donna) Thompson, as well as numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her loving brother and his wife Donald and Martha Bass, loving in-laws Kenneth “Shorty” Thompson and Catherine “Kate” Thompson, Joyce Thompson, John Thompson, Deloris “Bunny” and Roy Liley, Sr., Joanne and Jim Woodcock, Julie Thompson, and Anthony Simoneaux, as well as many beloved aunts, uncles and family.
A memorial service will be held privately at North Central Baptist Church on January 23, 2021. The service will also be live streamed on the churches YouTube channel for those who wish to attend electronically. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to this amazing organization, National Breast Cancer Foundation at nationalbreastcancer.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

Rev Delbert J King

Rev. Delbert J. King, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at home from complications of Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia. He was 79. He was born in Mesopotamia, Ohio to Katie and Ernest King.
Rev. King graduated from Rio Grande College (Ohio) and earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University. He served many churches in the North Central Florida district of the UMC, including Grace UMC (Gainesville), Keystone Heights UMC, and Pine UMC (Ft. McCoy). He served on various communities in the district over the years. A memorable trip to the Holy Land with his daughter and pastor friend was the highpoint of his walk with the Lord. Rev. King was a member of the Ornan Masonic Lodge
No. 117 (Williston), where he served as chaplain for many years.

Rev. King was preceded by his two older sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Maureen, his three daughters whom he loved dearly, and six very special grandchildren.

Services for Rev. King will be private with burial in the High Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Rev. King’s memory to Pine UMC or the Alachua County Humane Society.

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

Katharine Snowden Getzen Barry

Katharine Snowden Getzen Barry of Newberry, FL died peacefully in her sleep at her home early on
December 11, 2020. She was born on October 17, 1921 – the sixth daughter (including Mary, Sarah,
Lydia, Annette, and Julia) and one son (Sam) born to Newberry’s then town doctor, Samuel Pace
Getzen, M.D. and his wife Mary Broughton Miller Getzen. The family prospered during Florida’s roaring
20s, and then suffered along with the entire country during the Great Depression of the 1930s selling
property they owned for $1 an acre, wearing hand-me-downs, living on local farm produce traded for
medical services, and feeding homeless people who came regularly to their doorstep.
Graduating from Newberry High School, Katharine attended Stetson University, and completed a
Bachelor’s Degree in Music from FSU (then Florida State College for Women). After graduation, she
moved to Jacksonville with sisters Annette and Julia and taught school – singing and playing the piano
in her spare time for WWII soldiers stationed at Jacksonville’s Naval Air Station. When her father died
suddenly, she moved back to Newberry to take care of her mother, and ran into a childhood friend,
Robert J. “Bobby” Barry, back from WWII and attending the University of Florida. The two fell in love
and married in a double wedding ceremony on June 1, 1947, along with Katharine’s sister Julia and her
fiancé Bruce Yongue, at the First Baptist Church of Newberry, in matching dresses made by their
mother.
Katharine and Bobby had two daughters, Katharine (Kathy) and Julianne, in the early 1950s, and resided
in Katharine’s childhood home in Newberry until building a new house in 1968 on their farm in the
Jonesville area. Katharine taught 4th grade at Newberry Elementary School for 20 years, earning her
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Florida during that time. Bobby, an
active farmer/rancher, died in February 2000, at age 78.
During her lifetime, Katharine was very involved in her community – playing the piano and organ at the
First Baptist Church of Newberry for decades (following in her mother’s footsteps); giving music
lessons; playing for countless weddings, funerals, and the Newberry Watermelon Festival Beauty
Pageant; volunteering to work at high school football games, school carnivals, and innumerable church
activities. In addition to filling her house with the music of her baby grand piano and beautiful voice,
she was an excellent seamstress, cook, a creative and loving mother to her girls, and devoted wife to
Bob. She and Bob loved camping, hiking, and picnics and outings with family and friends. On her 70th
birthday, she hiked 7 miles in the Smoky mountains of North Carolina with Kathy and her family.
A beautiful woman inside and out, Katharine is survived by her younger daughter Julianne Barry
Browning and her husband Wayne Browning (of Newberry), who was a faithful, loving, and hands-on
caregiver for Katharine in her declining years. She is also survived by her daughter Katharine (Kathy)
Barry and loving son-in-law Harris Solomon (of Ft. Lauderdale), their son Barry Nicholas Solomon, his
wife Ashley, and their two children Ruby Rose and Samuel Fox (also of Fort Lauderdale).
For the past several years, Katharine required 24/7 care in her home, and the family will always be
grateful for the gentle, thoughtful and tender caregiving provided for her by Jennifer Wilson, Barbara
Tanck, Donna Metz, Sherry Gamble and Maureen Warner.
Because of the Covid virus, the funeral service will be private and limited to immediate family.
Katharine will be interred at the Newberry Cemetery beside her beloved Bobby, and her remains will
rest there among generations of family and friends. A woman of faith, her soul is already with God.
In lieu of flowers, do a kindness for someone and think of Katharine when you do it.
Arrangements have been made through Milam Funeral & Cremation Services in Newberry: 352-376-
5361; www.milamfh.com

Billy Joe Perry

Billy Joe Perry passed away on December 1, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born on November 14, 1947 in Augusta, GA. Billy was a resident of Hawthorne for nearly 48 years. He was an electrician with the IBEW LOCAL # 1205 for 33 years before retiring at the age of 63. He is preceded in death by his mother Kathleen Oliver Perry, father, James W. Perry, and sister Martha Ann Perry.
Billy is survived by his two daughters Tonya White (Jimmy), and Dawn Perry (Drew). 2 Grandsons, Aaron White (Traci), and Trestan White (Alexis), and 4 grand babies (Mathew, Bailey, Addison, and Trent).
Billy’s hobbies include bass fishing, duck, squirrel, dove, and rabbit hunting.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Edith Joan Cockrell New

Edith Joan Cockrell New (1936-2020)
Joan New died on November 26, 2020, after a sudden and severe heart attack. She was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, April 7, 1936 and received her BA degree from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, where she held a music scholarship. She married Melvyn New, her husband of sixty-one years in 1959 and taught high school English as her first career in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Florida. While taking time at home to raise their two sons, she also worked with her husband to co-edit the scholarly edition of the first two volumes of the University of Florida Edition of Laurence Sterne. She returned to work as a Library Technical Assistant at the University of Florida, using her earnings to help send the boys to college, then enrolled in the low-residency Creative Writing program at Warren Wilson College, receiving her MFA at the age of 50. She has published two small volumes of poetry and numerous poems in poetry journals. As an Instructor in the University of Florida’s English Department she taught poetry for several years in the Creative Writing program. In her later years, she turned all her many artistic talents to the art of quilting, winning a dozen or more local and state awards over the years.
Joan is predeceased by her parents, Lottie and Fred, her sister Barbara and her brother Frederic, and her son David. She leaves behind her husband Mel, her son Carl Samuel New and daughter-in-law (Tanya), David’s widow, Atsuko Fukuda, seven grandchildren, Emily, Felicia, Michael, Hannah, Kohei, Brennan, and Kellen, and her many quilting friends, especially those in the miniature and crazy-quilting bees. Spending time in her flower garden was one of her great pleasures, as were nature walks, long walks on Crescent Beach, and, above all else, corresponding with her grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made in Joan’s name to Collection Development, Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida PO Box 112700 Gainesville, FL. 32611. Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida Foundation.
Graveside Services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 10:00 am at Forest Meadows Cemetery, 4100 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Eula Mae Crider Brabham

Eula Mae Crider Brabham passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in St. Augustine, Florida at the age of 87. She was born in Citra, Florida on April 23, 1933 to Godfrey Lorenzo Crider and Edith Beatrice Sikes Crider and spent a large part of her childhood in Micanopy. She graduated from P. K Yonge High School in Gainesville where she pitched on the softball team. She married John Brabham and accompanied him to Atlanta while he attended seminary. In addition to serving in the role of the preacher’s wife and mother of five children, she held secretarial and administrative assistant positions at numerous locations including Broward Community College, North Florida Community College, Cordis Corporation, and the Sarasota District of the United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rev. John R. Brabham, Sr., her son John R. Brabham, Jr., her son-in-law Gary Vaughn, her brother Rudolph Crider, and her sisters Grace Thomas, Nell Albert, and Mary Smith. She is survived by her daughter Judy Vaughn of St. Augustine, her sons Jim (Tina) of Boynton Beach, Joe (Virginia) of Lake Worth, Jeff (Sandy) of Port Orange, her daughter-in-law Karen of Spring Hill, her brother Owen Lorenzo Crider of New Bern, N. C., seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, December 5 at 12:00 noon. It will be held at the Micanopy Historic Cemetery with Rev. Beth Snarr of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville officiating. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Mildred Erma Sanders Viens Widener

Mildred Erma Sanders Viens Widener, age 98 died on November 25, 2020, Gainesville, FL. Mildred was born November 12, 1922 in Meriden, Conn. To John Willard Sanders and Helen Ruth Putvain and was the oldest of 7 children, with Martha Villemaire, Essex Junction, VT as the only surviving sibling.
Mildred lived in South Burlington and Shelburne, VT, Pensacola, FL and later years Turkey Creek Forest, Gainesville, FL. Mildred had 5 children: Ruth (Wendell) McNew, Shirley (Ervin) Hiney, Carole (Norman) LaVigne, William (Pam) Viens, Alice Burnell-Putnam [deceased]; Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.
She loved homemaking, gardening, phone call conversations, greeting cards, flowers, visits from family and friends. Special thanks to the nurses, caregivers, and physical therapists of Plaza Rehab. Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday December 2, 2020 at the Hague Community Cemetery in Hague, FL. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dinh Thi Swanson

Dinh Thi Swanson, age 77, passed away peacefully on November 24th, 2020 at the North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. From her birth on October 19th, 1943 to her death on Tuesday she brightened the world around her with boundless friendship, generosity, and sincerity. She was born in Hue, the historic imperial capital of Vietnam, and entered her grandmother’s care at the age of four.
Despite the challenges facing her country she distinguished herself as a free-spirited and witty youth with a love of adventure and a thirst for new experiences. It was her intelligent, inquisitive nature that led her to work as a translator/interpreter for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and it was her wit and beauty that attracted John Swanson when he first visited the Regional USAID Office in Da Nang. Two years later Dinh and John married on August 14th, 1970 in Quang Tri City, at Province Headquarters.
The young couple then embarked on a 50-year journey that saw them living in St. Paul, MN; Columbia, MO; Springfield, VA; Cairo, Egypt; Sana’a, Yemen; Islamabad, Pakistan; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Fairfax, VA; and Gainesville, FL. Along the way she made many lifelong friends and raised a family, all while working at a variety of jobs. While living abroad she visited Kenya, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. From Gainesville, trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Portugal, Spain, and Cuba were special. While in Gainesville she has actively been a volunteer at Dudley Farm State Park, the Gainesville Camellia Society, and has served as a clerk during several elections. She was most proud of her work assisting Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and most content relaxing in the garden she and John built around their Gainesville home.
She is survived by her beloved husband, John, and her two children, Megan and Steven. Dinh was preceded in her death by her parents, her grandmother, and a son, Neil. She will be remembered as a vibrant, irrepressible friend to all those whose life she touched.
Because of Covid a memorial service to honor Dinh’s life will be held by Zoom at a date yet to be determined. Her charity of preference is St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, Fl 32601 (352) 376-5361. www.milamfh.com.

Evertice L. Bass

Evertice L. Bass of Newberry went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the age of 93. She was the daughter of Alvin and Josephine Langford. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, S.M. Bass, sons Bo and Wayne, sister Margie L. Bass, brothers Everett and Roy Langford.
She is survived by her daughter, Cindy, daughters-in-law Cindy and Darlene, sister Glenda (Bob) Burns, brother Joey Langford, sister-in-law Geneva Hinson, and special niece Patty (Rodney) Brown. She also has four grandchildren, Brandon (Jennifer), Bonnie Houser (Dink), Trevor (Christina), and Jennifer, her six great grandchildren Kate, Vega, Ava, Sydney, Evey, and Shelton. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends, Doe Dee Davis and Maria and Honey Garcia.
“Mama Vert” was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She graduated from Newberry High School where she played basketball. She enjoyed crocheting and was an avid reader. She was one of the best cooks in Newberry and always had food ready for whomever dropped by. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she was a charter member of the Newberry Watermelon Festival.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at Union Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastors Travis Moody and Andy Cook officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

James Douglas Henry, Jr.

James Douglas Henry, Jr. died peacefully at home in Gainesville on November 22, 2020. J.D., as he was known to his many friends, was born in Live Oak, Florida on June 21, 1928. He was a fifth generation descendant of one of Alachua County’s early pioneering families, beginning with Amelia Haile in the 1850s. J.D. graduated from The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida and served in the United States Navy Air Corps Reserve. He attended Emory University, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He transferred to Florida State University as a member of the first post-war co-educational class that transitioned the Florida State College for Women to Florida State University. He earned a degree in Economics from FSU and served as a founder and first president of the FSU ATO chapter. He later served for fifteen years as chairman of the University of Florida ATO House Corporation.

J.D. married Billie Barbara Bryant of Atlanta, Georgia in 1950 and they settled in Tampa, Florida. J.D. was sales representative for Medical Equipment in Tampa until 1955, when the family, now including two young daughters, moved to Gainesville. In Gainesville J.D. founded Medical Equipment Sales, Inc. where he served as chairman until his retirement. Upon his retirement he arranged for the company to become one hundred percent employee owned. J.D. was a founding director of what is now the Wells Fargo branch of Gainesville, and was owner of Radio Telephone Company of Daytona, Florida, a precursor of cellular telephone service. J.D. was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville for over sixty years, and held the longest membership of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club. He also served on the board of Haile Homestead for fifteen years.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Haven Hospice and UF Health for their kindness and support. J.D. was pre-deceased by his wife, Billie Barbara Bryant, and his daughter Elise Henry Gresham (Steve). He is survived by his daughter Patricia Henry Young (Martin); two grandchildren, Bryant McCaa Young and Alex McCaa Young; and beloved godson George Wilder Ruffin, Sr. (Laura).

Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, those who wish are asked to donate to the Historic Haile Homestead 4941 SW 91st Terrace Suite 101 Gainesville, FL 32608 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

Johnnie Laverne (Cook) Pennel

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Johnnie Laverne (Cook) Pennel, 76, died on November 14, 2020 at 1:30 pm at Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg, Missouri from complications of COVID-19.
She was born to Simon Perry (S.P.) Cook and Nellie Mae Parkerson on December 7, 1943 in High Spring, Florida.
She married Dr. Roger L. Pennel in Warrensburg, Missouri on March 22, 1997.
She graduated from Newberry, Florida High School. But her most memorable experiences and lifelong friendships occurred in the schools in the Bronson, Florida School District, from the third Grade to her junior year of high school.
Her most memorable work experience in her early adult years was working at the Gainesville General Electric Battery Plant. She served as a lab technician, working for several Ph.D. s in this field, who were developing unique and small batteries. These batteries would later be used in medical apparatus, such as pacemakers or defibrillators. She took great pride in this work.
She was employed in an office position at the National Headquarters of Bear Archery, Gainesville, Florida. The organization not only produced top quality bow and arrows, but also sponsored world class archery teams. Under the leadership of “Papa” and “Mama” Bear the business was a “family” environment for all employees.
She was employed by J.C. Penney for approximately 15 years in Warrensburg and Sedalia, Missouri and Springfield, Virginia. She was always the “go to” person for customer service. She was especially good with elderly customers or people who were disabled. The communication process was slow, but she devoted her time to them.
She joined her husband in Washington, D.C., when he was activated for Operation Noble Eagle, after 9/11. For this one-year period she served as the unofficial “Cub Scout Master” for 100 active duty U.S. Army Reserve Criminal Investigation Special Agents. She was also the “unofficial” social director for the special agents from all units from ten states, especially during the holiday seasons. She was also the organizer for other social events, including special recognition of the hotel staff.
As a result of her military involvement, upon returning she joined the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Warrensburg.
Survivors include her Husband, Roger Lee Pennel; her son Shannon Holt, Baton Rouge, LA; grandson Conner Holt (Brittany), Gainesville, FL; her great grandson Harvey Holt; stepchildren Chad (Kim) Pennel, Frisco, TX, Cara Pennel, Galveston, TX, Joshua (Liz) Pennel, Buffalo, NY, and Adam (Laylan) Pennel, Phoenixville, PA; step grandchildren Jake, Hunter, and Taylor Pennel; Madeline and Theodor Pennel and Marlowe Pennel; and sister-in-law Donna Mitchell, Joplin, MO.
Additional survivors include her stepbrother Chino (Cheryl) Hunt, Gulfport, FL and stepsister Wanda Hunt, New Smyrna Beach, FL; siblings of her grandson Cori Strickland and Cash Hiers and their mother, Paige Howard, who was a former daughter in law and lifelong friend and confidant. She leaves behind some very special friends including Trudy Sites, Warrensburg, Bobbie Maltsbarger, Warrensburg, and Beverly Morris, Sweet Springs, MO.
Although she was an only child, nobody would have known it. She was surrounded by multiple cousins who were like her siblings. These relationships lasted her entire lifetime. She is survived by a number of loving nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, her oldest son Michael, and an infant baby sister.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Monday, November 23 at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg for visitation at 1:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm.
Johnnie loved all animals, so the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Warrensburg Animal Rescue and left in care of the funeral home.

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Monday, November 23, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home
617 North Maguire Street
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
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Dr Burrell Joe Smittle

Early on Veteran’s Day, Dr. Burrell Joe Smittle went home to his heavenly Father, Lord and Savior. The oldest of four children, he was born on July 13, 1934 in Paola, Kansas to Lloyd and Tom Smittle and grew up in Patmos (near Hope), AR. In 1955, he married Pat Butler. Burrell received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He served in the Army as a medical entomologist, began his civilian career with the USDA, and ended his professional career with the Florida Department of Agriculture when he retired in 2004. He also enjoyed his time coaching Little League Baseball in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Pat Smittle, and two children, Sharon Skiles (Jim) and Steve Smittle (Karen), five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Burrell was a Charter Member of Westside Baptist and Covenant Baptist Church, and attended and served at First Baptist and Grace United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tim Tebow Foundation. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Chapel of the Meadows (mausoleum) at Forest Meadows Central Memorial Park 4100 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL, with military honors. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ellen Dale McEvilley Griffin

Ellen Dale McEvilley Griffin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 26th, 1937, and left to be with the Lord on November 8th, 2020, in Gainesville, Florida.
Ellen was a devoted and loving mother, and a devout Catholic. She leaves behind many dear family and friends on her soul’s journey. We will all miss her merry laughter, quick wit, and compassionate outlook.

After graduating from Wellesley College in 1959, Ellen spent ten years in New York City, working for the Catholic Church in the service of the poor and underprivileged. She later earned a higher degree from the University of Florida, and spent the rest of her life in Gainesville, as a social worker. A gifted writer and published poet, Ellen felt deeply the pain of others. A lifetime Democrat, Ellen was civic-minded, and was delighted to vote in the 2020 Presidential election.She had a special love for animals and music.

Ellen made spiritual pilgrimages to Italy, Spain, France and Ireland, deepening her love and understanding of the Catholic faith, and other cultures. Ellen was blessed to have received holy communion for the last years of her life, from the hands of her dear friend Colleen Booker, under the auspices of St Augustine Catholic Church.
In the mid 1980’s, Ellen was the one millionth customer in a grocery check out line, winning a trip for two to the USSR. She took her son and had a marvelous time. Ellen loved to read, and enjoyed being a member of the St Augustine’s Church Women’s Book Group. Ellen loved to sing hymns, and played the piano and guitar in former days. Ellen is survived by two nephews, Thomas and Monte McEvilley, and many loving cousins She will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery, joining her beloved son Christopher, and former husband Carl Griffin.
Please call (310) 968-5647 for Service information. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Jean Doris (Cain) Dixon

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Jean Doris (Cain) Dixon.  She passed on January 1, 2021 at Haven Hospice, Gainesville, Florida.  Her daughter, Virginia, and good friend, Mary Jean, were at her side in her last hours.

Mother was born on September 3, 1927 in Louisville, KY to Lucille Winn and William Cain of Irvington, KY.  The family moved to Clarkson, KY in 1932 where her father, an excellent cook, had a café.  She fondly remembered him feeding men who would come to the back door during the Depression.  Her father always referred to her as “Pete”. She married James Dixon on October 26, 1945 in Elizabethtown, KY.  They went on to raise three daughters in Wilmington, OH.

Mother’s greatest love was her family and Christian faith.  She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Ed) Davis of Richardson, TX, Barbara (Kent) Ames of Lansing, MI and Virginia Dixon Wood of Gainesville, FL. Grandchildren include Carrie Davis Taub, James Edward (Jed) Davis, Lyndsay Ames Wing, Beth Ames Eggleston, and William and Ben Wood. Great grandchildren include Bailey and Bethany Bower, Natalie and Meredith Wing and Claire and Connor Eggleston. Others include niece and nephew Dan Clater and Sally Baer. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Virginia Clater of Louisville, KY.

After residing in Wilmington, OH for many years, mother made a courageous move to Louisville, KY where she shared good times with her sister Virginia and worked for the March of Dimes. In 1990 she moved to Gainesville, FL which she described as the happiest time in her life.  She was close to daughter Virginia, enjoyed the climate, and worked for Haven Hospice.  She enjoyed playing bridge, eating ice cream, going to the beach , reading and watching football.  She was a great Florida Gator and OSU Buckeye fan!  She would have loved the OSU – Clemson Sugar Bowl! Mother was a survivor.  She was a child of the Depression, a young war bride, survived rheumatic fever as a young mother, a heart attack, and kidney disease. In 2000, daughter Virginia blessed her with a kidney, so we had 20 more years of memories together.  We are so grateful to Virginia. As she aged, Mother’s most ardent wish was to remain in her home.  Special thanks to her wonderful caregivers, Mary Jean Baughman, La Rose Manker, Takirah Washington and Gail Dixon.  They provided love, companionship, music, wonderful meals and excellent care. Mother is now at peace and reunited with her mother, father and sister.  Her dad would say, “Welcome home, Pete”.

No services will be scheduled at this time due to COVID 19.  In memory of Mother, play a great hand of bridge, eat an ice cream cone, watch a football game or just do something kind for someone.  If desired, donations may be made to the March of Dimes, Haven Hospice of Gainesville, FL or Trinity United Methodist Church of Gainesville, FL.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL. 32669  (352) 472-5361   www.milamfh.com

Daniel Edward South

 

Daniel Edward South passed away on Friday November 27, 2020 at home in Branford, Florida. He was born January 24, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts to Edward and Joyce South, joining brother Timothy. The family soon moved to New Jersey, where Daniel graduated from East Brunswick High School in 1980. In 1985, Daniel graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and joined the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain in 1988. After leaving the Air Force in 1991, Daniel began a long career as an environmental scientist.

Daniel moved into a 1920s farmhouse in Branford with his wife, Brenda, and spent four years carefully renovating it to its former glory, including installing a new roof, restoring original floors, replacing every window, and creating trails through the property’s oak forest. He had a curious mind and loved to read about history and science. Daniel was also a talented writer and took an active leadership role within the Writers Alliance of Gainesville. He enjoyed many family trips to Europe and Asia, often immersing himself in the history and language of each destination for weeks leading up to a trip.

Daniel was preceded in death by his father Edward A. South and is survived by his wife Brenda, son David, daughter Laura, mother Joyce, and brother Timothy. Daniel will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and hardworking nature. His calm presence steadied and improved the lives of those around him and will be missed indescribably.

Joyce McCallum

Joyce McCallum passed away Thursday November 12, 2020 at Haven Hospice from complications due to pneumonia. She was born August 11, 1929 at Alachua General Hospital joining her parents, Wade and Bessie and sister, Mary Zade. Joyce graduated from Gainesville High School in 1947 and in 1949 began a long, happy career at the Gainesville Sun, retiring in 2000. She thought of her colleagues at “The Sun” as her second family.

Throughout the years she was involved in Altrusa International, The Thomas Center Board of Directors, Red Hatters, Eastern Star, GHS Has-Beens, and Covenant Church. Joyce loved to travel and was always ready to take a cruise, a trip to New York, or visit with family and friends. She will be remembered as a kind, unjudgmental, loving soul.

Joyce is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Jimbo Mayfield of Fruitland Park, FL, her son, Tom of Gainesville, grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jay and Maya Mayfield of Germantown, MD, Bin Mayfield of Fruitland Park, FL, and her great granddaughter, Masie Mayfield of Germantown, MD.

Graveside Services will be held Monday November 23, 2020 at 1:30PM at Newberry Cemetery. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Altrusa International of Gainesville, FL Inc. PO Box 358510, Gainesville, FL 32635-8510, Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606, or Covenant Church 3111 NW 16th AVE, Gainesville, FL 32601. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601 www.milamfh.com

 

Maxine Dellinger Stamey

MAXINE DELLINGER STAMEY, 92 YEARS OLD, OF PINETTA, FLORIDA, FORMERLY OF NEWBERRY, FLORIDA WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020 AT LANGDALE HOSPICE HOUSE IN VALDOSTA, GEORGIA. MAXINE WAS BORN MAY 4, 1928 IN CHERRYVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, TO ARVIL AND MATTIE ANN (SMITH) DELLINGER.

MAXINE GRADUATED FROM LINCOLNTON HIGH SCHOOL AND WENT ON TO RECEIVE MEDICAL TRAINING AT CROWELL HOSPITAL. WHILE WORKING AS A NURSING ASSISTANT SHE MET AND LATER MARRIED HER HUSBAND BOB. SHE WAS A HOMEMAKER AND ALSO MANAGED THE FAMILY BUSINESS, STAMEY PLASTERING AND STUCCO, IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA. MAXINE WAS VERY ACTIVE IN HER HOME CHURCH, BEREA BAPTIST. SHE TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS AND ALSO PARTICIPATED IN OUTREACH MINISTRIES SUCH AS MISSIONS AND VISITATION. MAXINE ENJOYED GARDENING, COOKING, READING AND CAMPING. SHE ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY WAS A FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF HER LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

MAXINE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS, FIVE BROTHERS, ONE SISTER AND LOVING HUSBAND OF 55 YEARS, ROBERT (BOB) E. STAMEY, SR. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER SONS ROBERT (GAIL) STAMEY, JR., MICHAEL (PAT) STAMEY, DAUGHTER ANN (DANIEL) CAMPBELL, BROTHER DWIGHT (JUDY) DELLINGER, SISTERS MARGARET DELLINGER, KATHERINE (DONALD) BEAL AND GAIL WILSON. SHE IS ALSO SURVIVED BY 8 GRANDCHILDREN, JENNIFER (ROSSIE) FOUSHEE, JULIE (STEVE) JACOBS, DAVID STAMEY, KENNETH STAMEY, LAURA (GREG) SIMKISS, THEIR MOTHER CANDY SWEET, ANNA (ALEX) BUCK, MELISSA (STEPHEN) WILLIAMS, JANIE (ANDREW) BARNES, 23 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILD.

A PRIVATE SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT 11:00 A.M., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2020 AT MILAM FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL IN NEWBERRY, FLORIDA. INTERMENT WILL FOLLOW AT NEWBERRY CEMETERY. FOR THOSE WHO WISH, DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO HOSPICE OF SOUTH GEORGIA & LANGDALE HOSPICE HOUSE, VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, AS WELL AS SAMARITAN’S PURSE. ARRANGEMENTS ARE IN THE CARE OF MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 WEST NEWBERRY ROAD NEWBERRY, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 WWW.MILAMFH.COM

Dawn Marie Jones

Dawn Marie Jones, age 38, of Alachua. FL  went to be with the Lord on October 27th, 2020. Dawn was born January 19th, 1982 in Moundsville, WV. She spent her career working in the medical field and most recently as a Medical Assistant. She had compassion for people and a desire to help. She had dreams of continuing her medical education to one day bring comfort to those in need. She was a free spirit who’s smile was infectious to all around her. Her joy in life was her loving children. She is preceded in death by her father Howard Morton Wheeler IV. She is survived by her three children Jhulana Rasika Magyer, Destiny Mychaela White, and John Riley Cephas Jones; her mother Susan Joseph; her sister Tanhara Monge; her six brothers Gabriel Dezio, Nanda Joseph, Howard Morton Wheeler V, Ken Carlson, Devon Wheeler, and Harrison Wheeler.
Funeral services are being provided by Milam Funeral Home located at 311 South Main Street Gainesville FL 32601. Memorial service 11/9/2020 at 11am.

Mary Raab-Daly

GAINESVILLE – Mary Raab-Daly of Gainesville passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 03, 2020 in Gainesville after a lengthy illness.  She was 85.

She was born in Fort Meade, Florida, graduated from Fort Meade High School and attended Florida State University.  She moved to Gainesville, married and started a family.  She was a member of First Lutheran Church of Gainesville and the Gainesville Women’s Club.  Mrs. Raab-Daly was a painter, a jewelry maker, enjoyed ballroom dancing and loved to travel.  She retired from Publix Supermarkets and will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her four children, Martin (Marty) Raab of Alachua, Paul Raab of Gainesville, Brenna (Allen) Markham of High Springs and Angie (Jeff) Thomas of Villa Rica, GA; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Lewis McMillan, her first husband, Emil Raab, her second husband G. Robert Daly and her companion Charles Lee.

The Raab-Daly family will receive friends on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00am at First Lutheran Church of Gainesville, 1801 NW 5th Ave.  Immediately following the visitation, the funeral service will be held at 11:00am at the church with Pastor John Glover officiating.  Mary will be laid to rest privately by her family at Newnansville Cemetary in Alachua.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice at www.BeYourHaven.org.

Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.  In consideration of COVID19, the service will be available via live stream at flcgainesville.org.

Robert Wayne Smith

 

 

Robert “PawPaw” Wayne Smith, age 70 of Newberry, Fl, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Robert was born April 25, 1950 and was raised in Jasper, Fl.

Before retirement, he worked as a Construction Superintendent for CPPI, formerly Charles Perry Construction, for 43 years. He enjoyed his family, hunting, and gardening. He had a passion for making cane syrup, a family tradition for over 50 years. Most of all, he loved the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Pauline Smith of Jasper, Fl and one brother, Rodney Smith. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Ayers Smith, sons Casey (Jennifer) Smith, and Chad (Alicia) Smith, three grandchildren Anthony, Nolan, and Clare Smith, four brothers Edward (Vivian), Wallace, Paul (Cherri), and Charles (Alice) Smith, and three sisters Evelyn (Tom) Vlasik, Gloria (Ed) Crampton, and Kay (Jim) Allen.

Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in Newberry Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, October 23, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Fl. For those who wish, contributions may be made to VFW FL Veteran’s Retirement Home at vfwveteransvillage.org or FCA Outdoors by visiting http://my.fca.org/skipperhair.

 

Deborah Lynn Sapp

Deborah Lynn Sapp, of Interlachen, died at Shands in Gainesville on Sunday October 11, 2020. She was 43. Deborah loved her family very much, especially her grandbabies! She was a very selfless, kind, and caring woman. She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Matthew Sapp; her daughters Hallie Ann Colding and Hannah Sapp; her son Logan Sapp; her 3 grandchildren Layne Rains, Breighton Lansing, and Savannah Sapp; her father Tommy Wayne Hunt; and her brothers Thomas and Dylan Hunt and Christopher Wayne Powers. Deborah was preceded in death by her daughter Makayla, and her mother Debbie Morgan. Services for Deborah will be held on Saturday October 17, 2020 at 10:30am, in the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Pineview Cemetery in Interlachen.

Shani Alena Williams

 

Shani Alena Williams (née Gilbert), age 33, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7th at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. The events that led to her passing were sudden and unexpected. Shani had lived in Gainesville with her spouse, Jason L. Williams, and two cats for four years, but is originally from Wilmington, DE. She was born in Newark, DE to Ellen and Ralph Gilbert on December 30th, 1986. Shani had been in a loving partnership with Jason since April 27th, 2008, and they were married on April 27th, 2018—exactly 10 years later—in Gainesville.

Shani earned a B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, PA) in 2009. She had a way with animals and loved them all dearly, especially birds and cats. From 2008 to 2010, she volunteered and worked at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research (Newark, DE). In 2012, she became a veterinary technician at Hockessin Animal Hospital. She later decided to leave her Hockessin family in 2016 to move with Jason to Gainesville and support him through his PhD program at University of Florida. Upon arriving in Gainesville, she immediately found a vet tech position at Millhopper Veterinary Hospital and became a part of the Millhopper family until her death. She was loved and respected by co-workers and clients at both Hockessin and Millhopper.

Shani is survived by her spouse (Jason L. Williams), mother (Ellen Gilbert), sister (Kalila Gilbert), brother (Rafi Gilbert), and two cats (Isis and Maisie). She was preceded in death by her father (Ralph Gilbert), who passed away in 1994.

A virtual memorial service will be held Wednesday October 14, 2020 from 12:00 Noon until 3:00 pm  to celebrate her life and the positive impact she had on the lives of others. Her Millhopper family is planting a crepe myrtle in front of Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center in her honor and memory. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware in her honor.

In 2016, a Southeast Asian species of ant was named Prenolepis shanialena in her honor by Jason. Shani saved three lives through organ donation. 

Joseph “Joe” Rafael Read, Jr

Joseph “Joe” Rafael Read, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 4, 2020 with his wife by his side, at his beloved farm in Archer, Florida, after a long, hard, incredibly brave fight with cancer. He was 60 years old.

Born on April 21, 1960 in Beverly, Massachusetts, he was the firstborn son of Joseph Rafael Read and Lea Ann (VonFlatern) Read. Joe graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, MA, where he excelled in football. Later he attended the University of Florida and forever identified as a Florida Gator.

Guided by his independent and entrepreneurial spirit, Joe managed his own business for many years as a plumber and contractor, before ending his career as a highly respected superintendent with Robins & Morton.

Joe will forever be remembered as a man with a determined personality, a love of classic rock, an unbelievable work ethic, a love of the outdoors with a passion for hunting and fishing, and someone who always lived life on his terms, his way.

Joe felt his greatest accomplishment in life were his two daughters, Jana and Hanna, to whom he felt the utmost dedication and adoration. They have always been, and will forever be, “his girls.”

Joe was predeceased by his father in 2018 and by his beloved grandmother, Aida “Gooma” Read, in May of this year. The reunion as these two welcome Joe home must be a sight to see. Also awaiting Joe are his maternal grandparents, Leonard VonFlatern and Margaret “Peg” VonFlatern, as well as many close friends.

Left to cherish his life and memories are: his devoted wife Nancy Landis Read, Archer, FL; his daughters Jana Michele Read and Hanna Lea Read, Orlando, FL; siblings Patrick Francis Read, Sr (Jeanna), Woodlawn, Va; Thomas James Read, West Jefferson, NC; Kimberly Read Curran (Phil), Aldie, VA; his mother, Lea VonFlatern Read, Aldie, VA; stepdaughters Rachel Duckworth (Jason), Slidell, LA, and Rhianna Duckworth (Nate), Orlando, FL; step granddaughters Luna and Kayden; nieces and nephews Patrick, Jamie, Cassie, Parker, Kaley, Chris, Jay and Brendan; numerous cousins; his family in Massachusetts, and a host of friends.

A memorial service celebrating Joe’s life will be held at a later date, to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the NASCAR Foundation.

Louis Paul Kalivoda, Jr.

GAINESVILLE – Upon meeting Louis Kalivoda for the first time you almost certainly noticed his infectious smile and that explosive laugh that seemed to rumble up from deep down in his stomach. With a sparkle in his eyes he would deliver his joyful trademark greeting: “Hi, I’m Louis. What’s your name?” This in a distinguished baritone voice that seemed to be made for radio, and which Louis cultivated early in life to help overcome a stutter. We are sad to announce that Louis Paul Kalivoda JR., loving husband, devoted father, loyal friend and dedicated community servant passed away peacefully on October 2, 2020 in his Gainesville home following a courageous struggle against a pancreatic cancer. Louis will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his warm humor, generosity of spirit and his unshakable loyalty to family, friends, faith, community and his country. He was 71 years old. Born in Miami on May 28, 1949, Louis grew up in Palatka where his father worked for Florida Power and Light. An outstanding athlete and fi erce competitor, he was captain of the Palatka High School football team and never missed a game. “He was a moving train wreck,” recalls Louis’ boyhood friend Elliott Kane. “He attacked the lines with a recklessness that terrified opponents.” An Eagle Scout and Order Of The Arrow holder, Louis continued to work with the Boy Scouts in various volunteer capacities throughout his adult life. His two sons, Louis Paul III and Mark, also achieved Eagle Scout honors under Louis’ encouragement and tutelage. He was awarded the Scouting Silver Beaver to honor registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service. When he was 11-years old Louis watched the inauguration of John F. Kennedy on television, and began to develop a lifelong interest in politics and government. Recalling Kennedy’s challenge: “Let the word go forth from this time and place…that the torch has been passed to a new generation,” Kalivoda would later reflect: “I felt it was my generation he was talking about.” At the age of 15, Louis traveled to Washington, D.C. as a congressional page for then-U.S. Rep. Billy Matthews. Louis later volunteered to work for Matthews’ reelection campaign, the fi rst of many candidates he would support. He was the North Central Florida coordinator for presidential candidate Walter Mondale, and, over the course of many years, managed campaigns for such candidates as Jon Mills, George Kirkpatrick, Rod Smith, Bev Hill, Cynthia Chestnut, Perry McGriff, C. B. Daniel, David Flagg and others. “He was indefatigable,” recalls Smith, former state attorney and state senator who always turned to Louis for help on the campaign trail. “He would knock on doors, make phone calls, do whatever needed to be done.” While a congressional page, Louis attended the inauguration of Lyndon Johnson, an experience that helped propel him into a lifetime of civil rights activism. Louis would later become a board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida and, in 2013, was inducted into the commission’s Hall of Fame. Louis was vice president of the student body at St. John’s River Community College before going on to the University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Choosing to remain in Gainesville he embarked on a diverse career path – first working for several years as a paramedic for the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department, then as special assistant to the city manager and, later, acting Human Resources director for the City of Gainesville. In 1986 he began a long career at Santa Fe College. Over the course of his time at SFC Louis was an instructor, counselor, lobbyist and assistant to the president. As coordinator for Santa Fe’s Institute for Criminal Justice, he was instrumental in obtaining land and funding to build the college’s Police Academy. “He was incredibly loyal, as an employee, a colleague and a friend,” recalls former Santa Fe President Larry Tyree. “He was an optimist who managed to almost always see the glass half full. I loved his positive attitude and observed it on many occasions.” Louis retired from Santa Fe in 2018 as the SFC Assistant Director, with oversight of the law enforcement, emergency medical services, and aviation programs. Despite his devotion to family, career and politics, Louis always made time in his life to give back to his community. A long-time blood donor, Louis is remembered by Life South for having made 137 donations for a total of 17 gallons. In 1990 the Gainesville Sun selected Louis over 16 other nominees for its Community Service Award, for having “performed the most outstanding and unselfish service” that year. Here is just a partial listing of the boards, organizations and causes that Louis managed to work into his life: The Corner Drug Store, the Reichert House, Citizens Crime Commission of Alachua County, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra, Community Crime and Fire Prevention Committee, Friends of Five (PBS channel 5), Statewide Task Force on Emergency Medical Services, Alachua County Girls Club, Spotlight on Youth, Girls Place, Pop Warner Football and more. Louis has been a court-appointed guardian for a Tachachale resident, and he and his wife, Carole, provided emergency shelter for children who had been victims of sexual or physical abuse. Since his retirement Louis volunteered countless hours at the Fisher House, the “home away from home” for families of patients at the VA hospital. And even as he struggled with his illness, he continued to serve on the Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee, in which capacity he advised the organization on how to counsel attorneys with alcohol or substance abuse problems. “He should be remembered as a generous soul who volunteered for any cause he felt worthy,” says his longtime friend Bruce Stechmiller. “Volunteering for him meant sacrifice of his time and interest. He deflected credit and praise and was more than generous giving credit to others.” An inveterate outdoorsman Louis loved to camp and hike. Founding member of the Shining Rock Orienteering Society, he led his fellow backpackers on expeditions into the Rockies, the Smokies, New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington, Blue Ridge Mountains and along many segments of the Appalachian Trail. In his younger days Louis was also a pilot and an avid skydiver. Louis is survived by his wife of 39 years Carole Ann, his 37-year old twin son and daughter Louis Paul III and Katye Kalivoda, Katye’s wife Meaghan McLaughlin, his 33-year old son Mark and his wife Jackie Pantigoso Loayza, his brother Russell Flagg and his wife Holley. Louis was a devoted Catholic. An Alter server as a child, he was a Lector at both St Augustine Parish and Holy Faith. He served on the finance committee at St Augustine for more than twenty years. In leu of flowers, the family would love donations in Louis’ name to his most cherished organizations, Gainesville’s Corner Drug Store and the Fisher House. The funeral is set for Saturday, noon at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Gator attire preferred. The service can be viewed on this link: https://youtu.be/BVgs1H2V7Qc

Christopher Jay Crooms

Crooms, Christopher Jay,
We are saddened to announce that Christopher “Jay” Crooms passed away on September 20, 2020 at home surrounded by loving family. Jay was a hero and warrior but eventually succumbed to the awful disease that he fought for nearly one year. Jay was born in Savannah, Georgia on October 17, 1969 to Robert and Josie Crooms. Jay was the youngest of 4 siblings.
Jay’s family moved around a lot in his early school years in light of the fact that his dad “Coach Crooms” was a football coach. The family eventually settled in Williston, Florida where Jay graduated high school in 1988.
Jay was an avid golfer and after graduation he played golf on the Hogan Tour which eventually became the Nike Tour. Jay attended the police academy and dedicated nearly 23 years of his life to law enforcement (Department of Corrections and Levy County Sheriff’s Office). While at the sheriff’s office he wore many hats, patrol, K9, SIU and CID. In 2016 he retired as a Corporal from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office to pursue his second career and lifelong dream of following in his father’s footsteps by coaching high school football. In 2018 Jay graduated from American Military University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with honors.
Jay coached football at Countryside Christian for 5 years and for the past 6 years he has been on the coaching staff at Williston High School.
For those of you who knew Jay personally, you know he was always the life of a party and he never met a stranger. He dedicated his entire adult life to the community of Levy County in some way shape or form. Jay was a kind soul and had a heart of gold.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melinda, his daughter Madison Castaneda (William) all of Williston, FL. He also leaves behind his two sisters and a brother, Tina Maze of Athens, GA, Staci Pautler (Brent) of Sharpsburg, GA and Robert Carlton Crooms, III of Williston, FL. His loving mother Josie B. Crooms passed away November 30, 2011 and his loving father Robert Carlton Crooms, Jr. passed away September 22, 2020.
We will have Celebration of Life for Jay on October 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Café at Williston Middle High School. As you all know red and black were his favorite colors, please wear these colors to honor him. We do ask that everyone wear masks.
For those who wish to show your expressions of sympathy, donations may be sent directly to the family to assist with medical costs and expenses.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. www.milamfh.com

Ann B. Tuten

Ann B. Tuten, age 83 passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at North Florida Rehabilitation Center. She was born to Carlos Bird and Margaret Snipes Bird in Greenville, FL. The family relocated to Archer, FL during her early years. Ann graduated from Williston High School in 1955. She worked as a lab tech, dental assistant, and office manager for 31 years with Benford L. Samuels, DDS.
Ann was a devoted mother to her two children, “Choo-Choo” and “Tater”. She enjoyed her beloved dachshund dogs, beautiful flowers, and cooking for family occasions. She loved sports and was an avid supporter of local high school and colligate athletics. Ann was a longtime active member of the First Baptist Church in Archer. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and “MaMargaret” Bird, and her former husband of 29 years, William A. “Billy” Tuten, Jr.
She is survived by her children, William A. Tuten, III and Susan “Tater” Tuten, and her siblings whom she dearly loved, Jerry Bird and Dot Bird. The family wishes to acknowledge Ann’s friend and caretaker, Debbie Nardi, who treated her like family.
A Graveside Service will be held Friday September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, FL. Please wear masks and observe social distancing for the sake of those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in honor of Ann Tuten to causes dear to the family; Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Hospice, or the Humane 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

James F. “Dad” Spangler

James F. “Dad” Spangler, age 80 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. James was born in Newark, Ohio on December 2, 1939 to Robert and Nettie Shook Spangler.
James worked as an industry representative for various beverage companies, and following his retirement enjoyed working at the University Club in Gainesville. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his beloved dogs.
He was preceded in death by a son, Scott Spangler, and a grandson, Justin Spangler, his sister Roberta “Bobbi” Dutiel, and brothers Ralph Spangler and Bevin Banks. Survivors include his children Mark Spangler (Shannon Smyth), Cheryl Wyrick (Ron Guinsler), Todd Spangler (Pam Klintworth), and Kevin (Sheila) Spangler, 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 14 brothers and sisters, his faithful companion Sammie, and his lifelong friend Buster Knopp.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

John Franklin Sesock

John Franklin Sesock, formerly of Perry, FL, died peacefully on Thursday September 17, 2020 at his home in Newberry following a lengthy illness. He was 68. John and his wife Anne moved to Newberry this past May, having lived and making a life in Perry the previous 32 years. He and Anne were active parishioners at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He really liked traveling for work as an electrician, and going to the different states, meeting people, and enjoying their culture and different foods. He loved dogs and animals. He is also known for growing shiitake mushrooms in Perry, Florida. John loved the outdoors, and he loved fishing, but most of all he thoroughly enjoyed his granddaughters, Teagan and Marlee. The two girls have always been close to his heart.
John is preceded in death by his father, John Sesock, and his mother Marie Elizabeth Corfont. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Anne Marie Sesock; his two daughters Tanya Floyd (Chris) and Tiffany Sesock; his brother Robin E. Sesock; his sister Debbie McCullough (Leon); and his two loves, Teagan and Marlee Floyd. A mass of Christian Burial was held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gainesville on Tuesday September 22, 2020 at 10:00am. Interment followed via procession to the City of Newberry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in John’s memory to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Divine Mercy Center, 2750 S. Byron Butler Pkwy, Perry, FL 32348.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 22405 W. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. www.milamfh.com

Allen Ray Overman

Allen Ray Overman, 83 years old, of Gainesville, FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6th , 2020. He was born on March 11, 1937, in Nahunta, North Carolina, to Elmer and Ruth (Sullivan) Overman. Allen’s family grew crops and raised livestock, and he was active in 4-H Club, showing livestock at fairs. He graduated from Nahunta High School in 1955. At NC State University, he obtained a BS degree, then a master’s degree and PhD in Agricultural Engineering. On June 3, 1964, Allen married Deanye Grace Lee. The family moved to Gainesville, Florida, in 1969, where he worked at the University of Florida. Allen and Deanye traveled to North Carolina every year to help their parents and be with family. Dr. Overman was preceded in death by his parents; and is survived by wife, Deanye Lee Overman; son, Max Overman, of North Carolina (wife Kimberly Edwards); daughter, Karen McLeod, of Florida (husband Edward McLeod); and grandson, James Dylan Byrd, of Florida. A memorial service will be held in the Nahunta area in 2021. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity. Contact Milam Funeral Home 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361, if you wish to send a card to Deanye and family.

Catherine Adkins Larson

Catherine Adkins Larson, 90, passed away September 28, 2020. Catherine was the daughter of William J. and Lola Adkins, and was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She was raised in High Springs and graduated from High Springs High School. Catherine furthered her education at the University of Florida and graduated from Jones Business College. Catherine married Charles B. Larson on April 13, 1952, and was married 68 years to the love of her life. She has resided in Ocala for the past 60 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Charles, their son Charles Lynn Larson and a daughter Denise Larson Collins (Ken), 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
There will be no services. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, Florida
(352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Evelyn Polk Floyd

Evelyn Polk Floyd 83 of Bell, FL, passed away September 9th at Ayers Rehabilitation Center in Trenton FL.

She was born in Trenton FL, to Clayton and Mae Polk, on February 5th 1937. She married Charles Floyd Sr. from High Springs in September of 1954 and they remained happily married for 57 years until his death in October of 2011.

She is also preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Smith of Gainesville, FL, Myrtleen Green of Ocala, FL and a Brother, George Clayton Polk of St. Augustine, FL. She is survived by another sister, Jean Richardson of High Springs, FL. A Daughter Diana Ockay of Anninston, AL and a Son Charlie Floyd Jr. of Bell FL.

Evelyn attended High School in Trenton, FL and after marriage spent her life as a homemaker and mother. She loved spending time with her 4 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. She enjoyed outdoor activities and especially tending to her yard.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. 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 Allen Isaac Blair

Melrose- James (Allen Isaac) Blair, 83, died of congestive heart failure on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. James was born April 20,1937 in Cumberland, Kentucky to Fred Clinton and Maude Blair Isaac. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1956 and from the University of Florida College of Architecture and Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1972. James was the architect of several hundred buildings during a 50-year practice. He was retired from the University of Florida Architecture/Engineering Department of Physical Plant, where he was the supervisor of the Architect/Engineer Section. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Drew and his brother, Clinton Isaac. He is survived by his wife, Ann, his daughter Tara, his son-in-law, Matt Paladino, his granddaughter, Isabel Paladino, his siblings, Barbara Hull, Jesse W. Isaac (Judy), Charles R. Isaac (Pam), sisterin-law Janette Isaac, 11 nephews and nieces, 21 grand nephews and nieces, along with lifelong friends, Cole and Judy Saxon. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Peggy Jones Young

Peggy Jones Young 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday august 23, 2020 at her home in Gainesville with her daughter Lois Bowman at her side. Peggy’s wish was to remain in her home until her death if possible and her wish was granted. She lived in Gainesville for 74 years. Peggy was born in Scobey, Mississippi.

Peggy was a waitress for many years in the Gainesville area she worked at Jerry’s Restaurant, Frishces, and others in town. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Captain James Young of the City of Gainesville Fire and Rescue. Also, her son Kenneth Hardee of Tennessee. Her parents, her sister Margaret Gabb, and brother Conrad jones.

Peggy had three living children, Lois Bowman, Bobby Hardee, and Peggy kay Trudeau. Peggy has three grandchildren, Kelly Rackleff, Erika Beaulieu, Zachary Trudeau. Two great – grandchildren; Abiligale Miller, Denver Beaulieu. Peggy also leaves behind her sister – in – law and brother – in law Blanche and James Havelock, and many Nephews and nieces that loved their “Aunt Peggy”

Peggy belonged to Westside Baptist Church and was a long-time member of Lake Forest Baptist church. She loved her family and friends and always tried to see the best in people. She also was always ready to help others. Peggy will remain in all of our hearts forever.
Visitation will be from 10:00am to 11:00am on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a service at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville.

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

Joyce Ann Woodard

Joyce Ann Woodard, 88 of Newberry, FL., passed away on August 26, 2020 at Park Meadow Health and Rehabilitation center in Gainesville, FL. Joyce was born in Miami, Florida and resided in Newberry for many years.
She is survived by her children, Diane Taylor, Elijah Taylor, Wesley Taylor, Kenneth Taylor and Howard Behrens.
A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Bronson Road Church 13840 NE 80th Ave. Newberry, FL.,with Pastor Andy Cook officiating.
Burial will be at a later date in Alabama.

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

Bernadine “Bernie” Marie Wetherington

Bernadine “Bernie” Marie Wetherington passed away Thursday, August 27th at home surrounded by family after a 3 year battle with cancer. She was born March 12, 1958 in Rugby, ND to Robert W. And Margaret V. Fosser. She retired from Alachua County School Board as a CNA after 30 years of service. Bernie was a sustaining member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and was an avid Gator fan. Her favorite hobbies included cooking, traveling to APWU events around the country, and spending time with her only grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Amanda, brothers James and Bill. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Wayne B. Wetherington, son Robert “Burt” (Becky) Wetherington, daughter Melissa (Justin) Brown, granddaughter Finley Marie Brown, brothers Larry (Ann) and Terry (Rhonda), sister Lorna (Mark) Houston, sister-in-law D.A. (Bill) Ryan, and many nieces, nephews, and beloved family and friends. Visitation will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 5pm-7pm. The funeral will be held at St. Patrick’s Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10am. Bernie will be laid to rest immediately following services at Forest Meadows East. In Lieu of flowers, family has requested contributions be sent to St. Patrick Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL HOME 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Albert “Jay” Junior Terrell

Albert “Jay” Junior Terrell, age 80, lifelong resident of Hawthorne, FL passed away on Thursday August 20, 2020. Jay was born in Campville, FL on January 1, 1940 to Albert and Viola Terrell. He owned a painting business and loved to hunt, ride in the woods, and he loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three of his children. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jean Terrell, three children Barbara Rivera, Cheryl Terrell, and Timothy Terrell, also seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services will be held privately. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Robert Steven Taylor

Robert Steven Taylor, loving husband and father of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Lacrosse FL, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at age 83. Robert was born April 14, 1937, in Douglas, GA to Sam Taylor and Rosa Lee Anderson Taylor.
Robert graduated from Alachua High School in Alachua, FL and immediately joined the U.S. Army, serving as SP5 Cryptanalytic Specialist while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, during the start of the Cold War. He was involved in several top-secret operations during this time. Robert transferred to the Army Reserves in 1958 and received an honorable discharge in 1963.
Following his military service, Robert attended the extensive management training program for F.W. Woolworth’s Department store, managing at several locations throughout Florida during his years of employment. After leaving Woolworth’s he worked several years as a restaurant manager for Capt. Jacks in St. Augustine. In the late 70s he owned a restaurant in Boone, NC, and during the 80s served as Vice President of Operations for an oilfield-related company in New Orleans, LA. Robert ended his career as a manager for Shoney’s Restaurant in New Port Ritchie, FL.
Upon retiring he moved back to the Gainesville area and began working part-time for Publix Supermarket. Robert was still an active employee with Publix at the time of his passing, reaching his 20 years of employment in 2019. He was beloved by many patrons and fellow employees of the Hunters
Crossing Publix store, where he greeted customers each morning and knew many locals by their first name. Robert loved to fish, read western novels and watch old western movies. And all knew of his love for any dessert! But he loved being around his family the most.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Norman (Martha) Taylor, Ronnie (Jerry) Taylor, and sister Rose Ann Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Marlene Taylor, son Robert Scott (Mary) Taylor, daughter Julie (Gary) Ecker, grandchildren Amber (Scott) Burford, Autumn Thibodaux, Aimee Thibodaux, Samuel Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Benjamin Thibodaux, great-grandchildren Shiloh & Sage, sisters Elizabeth (John) Lester, Reba Sue Wilson, Wanda (Bob) Clemons and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday September 4, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church in Lacrosse, FL. Viewing services begin at 9 a.m. inside the chapel for friends and family. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Joseph Patrick O’Malley

Joseph Patrick
Passed away on August 18th, 2020 at the age of 75 in Gainesville, FL. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Joanne O’Malley. Loving father of Patrick (Bernadette), Marie (Christopher) and Kerri (T.J.) and dearest Pop-Pop of Shane, Alexandria, Joanna, Kayla, Ryan, Chase, Grace, and Toni.
Joe was a retired Philadelphia policeman, who completed his career with 33 years of service to multiple local communities. He will be remembered by many for his love of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, his frequent jokes, and his many kindnesses as a neighbor and friend.
Relatives and friends are invited to call for visitation on Saturday, August 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at Burns Funeral Home, 9708 Frankford Avenue. A prayer service will follow at 4:00P.M. Please wear masks if you plan to attend, and details will be provided if there is opportunity to attend the service virtually. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, his family would prefer donations to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601 www.milamfh.com and BURNS FUNERAL HOME, 9708 Frankford AVE Philadelphia, PA 19114 www.burnsfuneralhome.com

Sarah Gaskins Larson

Sarah Gaskins Larson, of Gainesville, FL, age 81, peacefully went home to be with her family and Lord and savior, Jesus Christ on August 25, 2020. She is survived by her brother and sister, 2 sons, 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A small family-only service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES (352) 376-5361

John Robert “Bob” Denny

Mr. John Robert “Bob” Denny went home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2020.
He was preceded by his father, Benjamin Creamer Denny, and his mother, Florence Dunwell Denny. He was born July 29, 1926. He was 94 years old. Mr. Denny’s impactful life is best appreciated for his unbridled optimism, nobility of character , and service to humanity. His genuine love of people is a constant source of inspiration and enrichment to all who knew him. A lifetime of service was instilled at an early age in the idyllic setting of Trenton, where his parents moved shortly after his birth in Carbur, FL. His father served in the trenches of France during World War I and served as Trenton City Clerk and Water System Manager for 18 years. His Mother led music and taught Sunday school for years at the United Methodist Church. The Dennys were Episcopalians, but the fact that there was no Episcopalian church in Trenton never impeded their desire to serve God and their community. Their example of service and devotion was deeply ingrained. Mr. Denny was the Trenton High School Valedictorian in 1944. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army. Because of his astuteness, he was sent to the University of Alabama for specialized training. He completed training to fight in the Pacific at Camp Blanding, FL. Due to the Battle of the Bulge, plans changed and he was sent to Europe. He received numerous medals and distinctions and was still a teenager when the war ended. Upon returning to the United States and completing his term of duty, he enrolled in the University of Florida and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Subsequently, his professional training led to a position with the State of Florida Auditor General. He traveled the state frequently in his duties and fostered a deep love for and knowledge of his beloved state. He retired and continued to live in Tallahassee before moving to Gainesville in 2004 to the Oak Hammock Retirement Community at the University of Florida, where he was a founding member. He served in a variety of roles which included the Florida Council for the Elderly, Unit Historian for the 165th Engineer Combat Battalion, and the St. John Episcopal Church in Tallahassee. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville. He was a descendent of Elias Naudain from Delaware and a proud member of the National Huguenot Society.

Mr. Denny is known and loved by all for his engaging wit, sense of humor, and fondness for positive interaction. Blessed with an incredible gift of gab, conversation with Mr. Denny was always time well spent. He was an avid world traveler and visited more than eighty countries. He visited Hitler’s bombed out home in Germany, climbed the dome in Florence Italy, the pyramids in Egypt, the Parthenon in Greece, the Colosseum in Rome, even the cave where it is believed the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation, just to mention a few. He was an incredible source of knowledge, though modest and humble. He loved history and wrote voluminous accounts of profound observations during his fascinating life. His publication Letters from Overseas is in the Library of Congress.

Mr. Denny loved laughter. He led a blessed life, and wanted everyone around him to be happy and fulfilled. He never disparaged anyone and saw the very best in everyone.
He touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways. He is survived by his adoptive family: Mr. Paul Locascio and family, whom he felt deep bonds with at church, Ms. Judy Locascio of Gainesville, Dan and Dawn Taylor, and their family of Bell, FL. He entered their lives after responding to an ad seeking World War II veterans to speak to high school students. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his extended family at Oak Hammock and friendships the world over.
He will be interred at Forest Meadows Cemetery East on Friday, August 21st at 11:00 AM,
beside his mother and father. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Edith Chason Bruce

Edith Chason Bruce, 90 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Friday August 14, 2020 at her home. Edith was born in Crescent City, FL on December 28, 1929 to Ira Chason and his wife Ora Harrison Chason. She graduated from Gainesville High School Class of 1948. Edith worked as a Radiology Technology Specialist at Alachua General Hospital and retired after 45 years. She was a cat lover and volunteered at the Humane Society. She loved cooking, entertaining, and collected all things Frog (ribbett) and was a big fan of Gator Football. She raised five children, with her son Richard Bruce having preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter Melanie (Rochelle) Harrington, sons Thomas Bruce, and William Bruce. She is also survived by grandchildren Tracy (Bryant) Reaves, Chris Gunter, Clayton Barco, Nira (Derek Smith) Bradfield, and Darell Bruce, great grandchildren Alex Bruce, Caitlynn Donnelly, and Kellin Ronquille.
Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 18, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, FL. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. MAIN Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Johnny Lester Arnette

Johnny Lester Arnette, 85, a native Gainesville resident, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, following a short illness. Johnny was born to the late James “Jim” Victor Arnette Sr. and Ethel “Granny” Arnette. He was a P.K. Yonge lifer, playing trumpet in the school’s first band, playing on its six-man football team and its first 11-man football team, as well as the baseball and basketball teams. He was inducted into the P.K. Yonge Sports Hall of Fame and named a Distinguished Alumnus. He was a lifelong learner, earning six academic degrees. Three of those were from UF, where he was also a baseball catcher on the team that won the 1956 SEC Championship. He was very active in education, serving in numerous leadership roles at the University of Florida, Albany Junior College and the University of North Florida. He was a licensed private-practice psychologist for more than 20 years. He became an ordained minister at age 18 and continued to pastor congregations until the week before his death. He expressed love and care to everyone he met, promoted unity and respect, and lived his life by the sentiment, “Be kinder than is necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” More than 350 of his positive, encouraging and inspirational messages can still be heard on www.SoundCloud.com (search “Hague Methodist”). He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Joan Malphurs Arnette; the family of his late brother, James Victor “Vic” Arnette, the Malphurs family and the O’Dell family. Funeral services will be held at Hague Methodist Church, 7001 NW 126th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32653, on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Hague Methodist Church (checks can be mailed to 248 Turkey Creek, Alachua, FL 32615) or Haven Hospice (4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or BeYourHaven.org/donate). Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bruce Everett Dewey, Sr.

It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Everett Dewey Sr., announces his passing following a brief bout with COVID-19, on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the age of 72. Bruce was born on February 8, 1948 in Borger, TX to the late Thomas Eugene and Dorothy Jean Dewey. He leaves behind to cherish his memory a loving wife of 38 years, Judith Dewey, four loving children, Shelly (Dewey) Walker (Dubois), Jennifer Dewey, Bruce Dewey Jr. (Robin), and Kevin Dewey, his two stepdaughters, Maryann (Zdrojewski) Lehman (Greg) and Brook (Zdrojewski) Bollinger (Patrick), his two sisters Anita (Dewey) Phillips and Paula Dewey, twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Bruce faithfully served his country for 21 years for the US Navy during the Vietnam Era, retiring as Chief Petty Officer in the nondestructive testing (NDT) nuclear division in 1985. Throughout his service, his station duties included Recruit Training Command, San Diego, CA, US Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA, USS Mahnomen County (LST-912), USS Askari (ARL-30), USS Holland (AS-32), SSC, Naval Station, San Diego, CA, USS Vulcan (R-5), FMAG ONBD AMSU, NAVPHIBASE, Little Creek, VA, USS Puget Sound, (AD-38), TRIREFFAC, Bangor, WA, SIMA, Naval Station, San Diego, CA, and USS Arcadia( AD-42).

During his twenty-one years and eight months of honorable service, his distinguished performance earned the Good Conduct Medal with one award, four Letters of Appreciation, Vietnam Service Medal with star, Battle Efficiency Ribbon with two awards, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two awards, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After retiring from the US Military, Bruce transitioned into the civilian life where he continued his success through significant contributions to the civilian community toward the growth and advancements in the nuclear industry. Before his recent second retirement as President of Maryland QC Laboratories, Bruce and Judith established homestead from Maryland to Florida where he spent the remainder of his days tinkering with hobbies that included, restoration of a vessel for his life’s passion to navigate the high seas, hunting, fishing, woodworking, welding, farming and gardening.

More than anything, Bruce loved family time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid attendant of sporting, graduation, pageants, scouts, marriages and births of the next generation. Bruce loved nothing more than watching his family grow and continue his legacy within their own families.

Due to the nature of death, severity of this crisis, and health concerns of other family members, no service will be held. The family would like to extend their grateful and ongoing appreciation to the many who helped throughout this challenging time. Bruce will be remembered as a loving son, loyal brother, beloved husband, committed father, utmost friend, servant leader, honorable serviceman, builder, avid fisher, favorite grandfather.

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

Frances Marian Gentry Markham

Alachua- Frances Marian (Gentry) Markham age 90 of Alachua, FL, passed away peacefully after a long struggle with kidney disease on July 30, 2020 at Haven Hospice, Lake City, FL. She was born October 21, 1929 in Naylor, GA, daughter of the late Estes McDonald Gentry & Kay Dee (Carter) Gentry Frances graduated from Ocala High School, and attended University of Florida College of Arts and Sciences.
Frances was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She worked various jobs as bookkeeper, a secretary at Westside Baptist Church, and a substitute teacher in Alachua County schools. Frances was the founder of the Deaf program at Sidney Lanier Center in the early 60’s, which is still operating today.

Frances married Glynn R. Markham on January 21, 1951 at First Baptist Church, Ocala, FL, They soon moved and lived in Gainesville for 15 years until they moved to Alachua in 1967. Together they were past owners and operators of the Rebel House Restaurant (presently Brown’s Country Buffet) in Alachua for over 33 years, before retiring in 2001. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Alachua and kept her membership there even after moving in 2016 to be near her daughter and son-in-law in Lake City, FL.

Frances had a very warm, selfless and loving heart. She enjoyed visiting the sick at hospitals, and paying her respect to friends and family members at funerals. You rarely saw her without a smile on her face.

Frances had many hobbies: One was watching the Florida Gators football and basketball games, in person or on TV. She enjoyed hearing gospel/bluegrass music, especially played by her grandson’s and their father. She was frequently known for making delicious homemade pecan and strawberry pies. Several years she made enough pies to serve at the annual Cattlemen’s Association dinner while being a member of the Alachua Woman’s Club.

Left to cherish her love and memories are: (son) Fredrick Markham (Nancy), Knoxville, TN; daughter Cynthia Andrews (Stephen) Lake City, FL; grandchildren Martha Bower (Joseph) Knoxville, TN, Andrew Markham (Lora) Knoxville, TN, Brian Andrews (Sarah) Lake City, FL, Michael Andrews, Flowery Branch, GA; Great-grandchildren Gracie, Gabe, and Riley, and a host of friends.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Glynn R. Markham (May 2007); sister, Mildred Stark, and niece, Laura Stark Brown.

The family will receive family and friends at the First Baptist Church of Alachua 14005 NW 146th Ave. Alachua, FL 32615 on Tuesday, August 4, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow at Newnansville Cemetery, Alachua, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, C/O First Baptist Church of Alachua. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dr. Shirley Laverne Mcleod Presley Beville

Shirley Laverne McLeod was born July 7, 1934 in Bartow, FL to Earl (Mack) and Ruth McLeod. She was a 1952 graduate of Summerlin Institute Bartow, Florida and married Greg Presley on December 26th, 1952. On December 14, 1953, she gave birth to a son, Earl, named after her Father.
Shirley was a Bookkeeper at several banks as she moved around the country with her husband in the Air Force. She began college in 1963 and persevered through 6 different colleges to ultimately graduate Suma Cum Laude in the first graduating class of University of Central Florida in 1970 with her degree in education. She taught in elementary and middle schools in Chipley and Mascot, FL before pursuing her graduate studies at University of Florida, ultimately graduating with a PHD in Education.
In 1978 Shirley met James Wright Beville III, through a Scuba Dive Club. He taught her to dive and they fell in love on a dive trip to the Caribbean. They were married and enjoyed 42 years together in Gainesville and Orlando, FL. Their travels included a mission trip to Russia and a trip to Spain as well as vacations all over the US.
Shirley passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Palm Coast, Fl reaching the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her Father and her Mother. Graveside Celebration of Life will be Friday, August 7, 2020 at 1 PM in Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, Florida.
Surviving is Her Husband, James Wright Beville III of Gainesville. Her Son Rev. Earl G. Presley and wife Renee of Palm Coast, FL; Her Sister Martha Douberly of Jacksonville, FL. Nephew Shannon Douberly and Niece Lisa Douberly Skelton. Two Grandchildren Jesse Presley and Lauren Presley of Kilgore, TX. One Great Granddaughter Lillith of Kilgore, TX.
Memorials can be made in the name of: Dr. Shirley Presley Beville to the Florida Museum Butterfly Rainforest 3215 Hull Road Micanopy, FL 32667 (352) 846-2000

Barbara F. Marren

Barbara F. Marren, age 83, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Barbara was born on March 28, 1937 in New York City to Arthur and Frances O’Connor.
Barbara retired from the University of Florida in 1995. She volunteered at Holy Faith Catholic Church for many years. She served as a Eucharistic Minister and loved working in the Church’s library and gift store. She was a loving mother, grandmother, a great friend, and neighbor to all her knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Christopher Marren. She is survived by her children, Margaret Marren Krpan, and son-in-law, Martin Krpan, and Thomas Marren and daughter-in-law, Sara Marren and her grandchildren, Christopher Krpan, Amanda Krpan, Grayson Marren, James May, Ryan May, Nicholas May and 5 great grandchildren.
A memorial mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32607. For those who wish, donations can be made to Holy Faith Catholic Church/library/bookstore. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ina Jo Wrench McKenzie

Ina Jo Wrench McKenzie of Gainesville Florida died Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville.

Born in Gainesville Florida, March 24, 1925, Ina Jo graduated from Florida State University (formally Florida State College for Women). While there she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and Cotillion Club. After receiving a degree in elementary education with a certification in art she returned to Gainesville to teach third grade at Kirby Smith school for a year.

She then married Captain Chauncey A. Bennett USAF. After Captain Bennett was reported missing and presumed killed in action in Korea, Ina Jo returned to teaching and was appointed as Elementary Art Supervisor for Alachua County, later teaching art to many counties in North Central Florida when the Alachua county school board offered educational classes in art, music and science on channel 5. During these years Ina Jo was active in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Junior League of Gainesville, and also completed her Masters Degree at the University of Florida.

She later married Victor W. McKenzie, Jr. and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she taught art in K through 12 at Tudor Hall, a private boarding school for girls. When the family returned to Gainesville Ina Jo resumed teaching art at Gainesville High School. She retired from there after a total of thirty three years of teaching.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ina J. Wrench and Francis A. Wrench, husbands; Captain Chauncey A. Bennett and Victor W. McKenzie, Jr.

Ina Jo is survived by her daughter Betty Bennett Wallen of Melrose, FL, two sons: Jon V. McKenzie of Ithaca, NY; Wade F. McKenzie of Atlanta, GA and four grandchildren: Eli McKenzie, Joseph McKenzie Levine of Ithaca, Margaret J. McKenzie and Emma C. McKenzie of Atlanta.

Pauline Ann Grigas Thompson

Pauline Ann (Grigas) Thompson, age 99, went to the arms of her Lord on Saturday, July 25. She was born in Worcester, MA. Her parents, Adelaide Nanatovich and Michael Grigas, met in NH but both were from Lithuania and spoke no English. Pauline was the second of five children.

During WWII Pauline moved alone to Washington, D.C. She became an office worker in the newly opened Pentagon and that is where she met her future husband, Clarence H. (Tommy) Thompson. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2008. Pauline was a devoted wife and mother of two. She started attending college when her children were in junior high, and earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education.

Pauline fulfilled a long-cherished dream in 1976, when she and her husband opened and operated The Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in New Bedford, MA. In 1988, they retired and moved to Gainesville, FL, where she lived until her death. Known for her sweetness, kindness and sense of humor, she had many interests, such as sewing, knitting, other needle arts, church work, contesting, and cruising, including six times around the world.

Pauline is survived by her daughter Barbara Thompson (Gainesville, FL), her son Kenneth Thompson (Freeport, ME), two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two caregivers, Toshae Boatwright and Odinaka Osigwe. There will be a private burial service at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, you may consider making a donation to the March of Dimes. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Jesse J. “Poppy” Mattox

Jesse J “Poppy” Mattox, age 85 of Alachua, Florida passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020. He was born March 31, 1935 in Williston, Florida to Alton and Lila Mae Mattox.
His first job at the age of 13 was delivering groceries on his bicycle for the Red and White Grocery Store in Micanopy, Florida. He was employed by the Eli Witt Company for 24 years. He was the owner of Jesse’s Door Service for 10+ years. He was the “equipment manager” for the Dixie Desparados Band in their early years loading and hauling their equipment to the shows. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming and watching NASCAR racing and RFD TV.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marlene Mattox, two daughters, Teresa Ward (Ed), Sandra Abraham (Ralph) and a son Alan Mattox (Anne), a brother, Paul Mattox (Rose), 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Milam Funeral Home 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida 32669 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Grove Cemetery, 22575 NW 94th Ave., Alachua, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkview Baptist Church 3403 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32609 or on-line at http://www.parkview-baptist-church.org/online-giving/index.html in honor of Jesse.

Mildred Dees “Ma” Huguley

Mildred Dees “Ma” Huguley, born August 8 th , 1924 of
Waldo, Fl passed away on Thursday, July 23 rd , 2020. Mrs.
Huguley was born in Quitman, Ga to Grover Lee and Nellie
Dees. Raised on a small farm in Georgia, Mildred went on to
work in the Tampa shipyards as a welder for the WWII effort.
She met John Huguley Sr. and within a month were married on August 13 th , 1948. They moved to Waldo in 1965. She worked in the Waldo Community School cafeteria for 10 years. She and John were long standing members of the First Baptist Church of Waldo. Mildred volunteered in the church nursery for many years and was also a member of the Challenger Circle. Many generations of Waldo kids grew up at Ma Huguley’s house, having fun, laughing and eating whatever delicious food she had cooked. She will live on in the hearts of her family, her friends she treasured and all who ate at her table.
Preceded in death by her husband, John Huguley Sr. She
leaves behind sons, John Jr (Cheryl), Ken and Dennis (Lynn). Her grandchildren Brooke, Christi (John), Shane (Nicki), Alan
(Margaret), Melody (Scott), Hayley and Megan (Dakota). And 11 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, July
29 th , 2020 at First Baptist Church of Waldo Family Life Center 14370 Kennard Street Waldo, Fl. There will be a visitation for one hour prior. Interment will follow at Dedan Cemetary. For those who wish, contributions may be made to either the Youth or Music Department of
First Baptist Church of Waldo.

Roberta “Lorraine” Spear

Roberta “Lorraine” Spear, 92 of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on July 19, 2020. Lorraine was born in Steubenville, Ohio on September 18, 1927 to her parents Jessie Mae and James Doyle Durbin.
Lorraine attended Steubenville High School, and worked in a tin mill in Weirton, West Virginia during World War II as a “tin flipper”. She moved to Gainesville in 1954 with her husband and two children. She was an avid sports fan and was an amazing softball pitcher on a league in Steubenville before moving to Florida. She was an incredible homemaker and mother, and eventually began working at The Twig in the Gainesville Mall. After the Gainesville Mall closed, she began working at Chesnut’s Office Supply downtown. She worked there for many years until it closed and she retired in 1994. She then lived the next 25 years with her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Leonard Sherouse, until her passing. She was a funny person with a very dry sense of humor, as was known to anyone who spent any time with her. She was also a huge Gator sports fan, loved pro baseball, chardonnay with an ice cube, playing the lotto, and scratch-off tickets. She was a loving and very hands on grandmother to all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will miss her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her two brothers Ralph (Rena) and Arthur Durbin, and four sisters Thelma (Buzz) Caldwell, Ruth (Joe) Gill, Marie Tongel, and Maxine Durbin who died in childhood.
She is survived by her children Allan (Sylvia) Ward Spear II and Nancy (Leonard) Spear Sherouse, her grandchildren Charles Lee Williams II, Allan (Vivian) Ward Spear III, Michael Raymond Williams, step granddaughter Kristy Phillips, and step grandson Leonard Heith Sherouse, and her great grandchildren Allan Ward Spear IV, Tristan Charles Spear, Morgan Lydia Spear, Farrah Rae Williams, and Davis Lorraine Williams, step great grandsons Wesley Heith Sherouse, and Guy Leonard Sherouse.
A private family remembrance will be at a later date. For those who wish, contributions may 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 www.milamfh.com

Willie Mae Peake

Willie Mae Peake, of Gainesville Florida passed away on Saturday, July 18th, 2020. Born to Fred and Nettie Whaley on a warm summer day in Wellborn Florida on May 16th, 1943.
Willie Mae spent her years in North Central Florida sticking close to her southern roots. Her early years were filled with a lively home she shared with nine siblings. The Whaleys were hard working and enjoyed a simple life. Willie Mae lovingly saw to the care of her younger siblings as was commonplace. As she grew into her teen years, she held a position at a local restaurant. She married in her twenties and from that union was blessed with two precious children. She married again much later in life to Leo Peake. She enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage until his passing in 2004.
Willie Mae is preceded in Death by her Brothers Fred Jr, Sid and Lim; Sisters Alice, Florence and Dorothy. She is survived by her Sisters: Elizabeth, Corine and Mildred (Robert); her Son Mark D’Amato, and his son with Susan, Ryan D’Amato; Daughters Mary (Robin) D’Amato, and God-Gifted Daughter Julie Smith.
She was further blessed with six handsome grandsons: Ryan “25”, DJ “26”, Nathan “17”, Landon “14”, Nicolas “12”, Jase “4”. Light shown into her heart by her four beautiful granddaughters: Tiffany “39”, Bridgett “37”, Annie “16”, Abbie “10”.
Willie Mae was a beloved daughter, sister, mother and Aunt to an abundance of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00p.m. Friday July 24, 2020 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. The family will receive friends preceding the funeral service from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Live Oak Florida. For those who wish, contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to ET York Care Center for Haven Hospice. 4200 NW 90th, Blvd, Gainesville, Florida 32606. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 22405 W Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com
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Janice Mae Mixson McGraw

Janice Mae Mixson McGraw, 75, passed away on July 17th at her home in Gainesville, FL with her husband of 56 years Larry Allen McGraw by her side. Janice was a wife, mother and grandmother and friend to all. She was born in Ocala, FL on November 17th 1944 to her late parents Aurice L Mixson Sr. and Jewel Bronson Mixson. She was the second of their three children. Janice is survived by her two sons Larry Lynn (Angela) McGraw, Scott Allen (Angela) McGraw and preceded in death by her daughter Sherrie Leah McGraw. Janice is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Savannah McGraw, Colton McGraw and Richard Skylar Stokes of Gainesville, FL. Courtney Cathleen McGraw, Tyler Lynn McGraw of San Diego, CA, and Joshua Gagne, Zachary Gagne of Jacksonville, FL. Janice is also survived by one sister Maureen Richardson of Creola, AL and one brother Aurice L Mixson Jr. (Lanette) of Ocala, FL. Janice had an unwavering faith in God, she loved cooking, vacations, fishing, swimming, sports, watching scary movies, and or just hanging out with her family. Janice had numerus nieces and nephews who loved her dearly, and she will be sorely missed by all.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a viewing for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

William Donald Holt, Sr.

William Donald Holt, Sr. passed away from this life on Thursday July 16, 2020 at the age of 82 years. He was born in Williston, FL to William and Marietta Holt and was a lifelong resident of Newberry, FL and he graduated from Newberry High School in 1955. He proudly served in the United States Army. Donald earned a master’s degree in vocational education and taught welding classes at the Lake City Community College until his retirement. He loved his church family at Archer Church of Christ, and was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
Mr. Holt was preceded in death by his loving wife Thelma Nobles Holt. He is survived by his children William Donald Holt, JR, and wife Beverly, Donia Kay Holt Burgin and husband Robert, and Charles Anthony Holt and wife Shawn, four grandchildren, Robert Matthew Burgin (Korin), Stephanie Dawn Holt, Holt James Burgin (Laura) and Lauren Lynn Holt, and two great grandchildren Jaxson Tyler Burgin and Ronin Kai Burgin, a sister Gail Pruett and step dad John Witt.
The family is deeply appreciative of those who cared for and those that visited our father at Ayers Health in Trenton, FL. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday July 23, 2020 at the Newberry Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32660 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Clyde B. “Rusty” Irby

Clyde B. “Rusty” Irby went with God on July 14, 2020 at the age of 62. A devoted husband and father, his memory is cherished by his wife, Connie, and his daughters Brittany (Chris) and Hanna, and his son Roman, his family in Florida, Minnesota, and South Carolina, and his friends around the nation. Rusty is survived by his brothers Will (Carol), Buddy (Linda) and his sister Anne Mitchell, and his nephews Jess Irby, Patrick Irby, William Irby, and niece Mary Beth Powell. He was preceded in death by his proud parents William W. and Mary Elizabeth Irby.

Formerly a nationally ranked, top-10 Powerlifting USA champion, Rusty would regale that far above the multitude of trophies that grace the shelves of his home, his greater successes in life were his family and the success of his students and athletes. Rusty prized his family and the friendships and adventures shared together.

Rusty was born at Alachua General Hospital and enjoyed a fortunate youth in his hometown of Alachua. Rusty excelled in sports at an early age and distinguished himself as an athlete at Santa Fe High School. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and earned his Master’s Degree from Nova University.

Rusty was an avid outdoorsman and travel enthusiast. Early in his adult life he explored Alaska and the American West extensively and was usually accompanied by his ever faithful dog, “Lefty.” Together they hiked the wilderness trails of the Rockies and fished the wild streams of the Great Northwest.

Rusty’s teaching, coaching and school administration career spanned nearly thirty years, serving Alachua, Marion, Hernando and Sumter Counties. Many of his stellar athletes recollect fondly the “rock solid” character of Rusty’s “firm but fair” approach to education and athletic training. His high school weightlifting teams were regularly recognized for their winning spirit and accomplishments. Rusty Irby was a coach among coaches and a team builder, motivating the least talented as much as those more athletically gifted to achieve their personal best.

Later in life Rusty enjoyed the serenity of the Irby family’s mountain place above Penrose, NC. His greater delight was on the Gulf, off Shired Island, where he first learned from his father to fish and appreciate all of God’s creation and to always leave things better than you found them.

Due to restrictions and cautions concerning the current pandemic, a private memorial is to be held. In this light, the family has appreciated yet more all the kind words of condolence and remembrance received.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lorena Dorothy Thomas

Lorena Dorothy Thomas, 79 of Gainesville, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family, praying and singing her favorite hymns.
Born on July 31, 1940 she was the only child of Morris and Ethel Cox. Growing up she was often seen in her Father’s Grocery Store downtown enjoying Coca-Cola’s, earning her nickname Coke. When she married the love of her life, Eugene Thomas, she wanted a large family and they had five children. Her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved celebrating their birthdays, volunteering at school for field trips and class events. She delighted in planning and decorating Weddings, Bridal and Baby Showers and was a perfectionist at it. She was avid about photographing everything. It seemed as though she had a camera attached to her hand at all times. She enjoyed landscaping, planting beautiful flowers and decorating her home. Everything was especially beautiful during the holidays.
After she was married she worked at the Diana Shop downtown and Mother Goose Nursery. She and her husband were members of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville and were involved in teaching and directing Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Church Choir. She had a voice of an Angel and loved singing to all her grand babies. She was a very devoted grandmother always ready and eager to babysit when called upon. What she treasured the most was spending time with her family, and was so proud of all her grandchildren. She was a loving, caring person and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband of 50 years Eugene Thomas. She is survived by her five children, Ronnie (Debbie) Thomas of Deland FL, Gina (John) DuBose of Newberry FL, Rennie (Karen) Thomas of Gainesville FL, Darrell (Angela) Thomas of Palm Coast FL and Darren (Donna) Thomas of Gainesville FL, 14 grandchildren, Elaina, Justin, Brittani, Tiffani, Kayla, Erica, Colton, Cheyanne, Dalton, Lance, Zachary, Darren, Darrell and Cameron, and eight great-grandchildren, Adrian, Mariah, Auriana, Lyla, Meara, Ellie, Noah and Gunnar, Brother-in-laws Wade Jr. (Peggy) Thomas, Charles (Myra) Thomas and sister-in-law Sandra (Donald) Tyre.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Orange Heights Baptist Church. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Ina Jo Wrench McKenzie

Ina Jo Wrench McKenzie of Gainesville Florida died Sunday, July 26th, 2020 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville.

Born in Gainesville Florida, March 24, 1925, Ina Jo graduated from Florida State University (formally Florida State College for Women). While there she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and Cotillion Club. After receiving a degree in elementary education with a certification in art she returned to Gainesville to teach third grade at Kirby Smith school for a year.

She then married Captain Chauncey A. Bennett USAF. After Captain Bennett was reported missing and presumed killed in action in Korea, Ina Jo returned to teaching and was appointed as Elementary Art Supervisor for Alachua County, later teaching art to many counties in North Central Florida when the Alachua county school board offered educational classes in art, music and science on channel 5. During these years Ina Jo was active in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Junior League of Gainesville, and also completed her Masters Degree at the University of Florida.

She later married Victor W. McKenzie, Jr. and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she taught art in K through 12 at Tudor Hall, a private boarding school for girls. When the family returned to Gainesville Ina Jo resumed teaching art at Gainesville High School. She retired from there after a total of thirty three years of teaching.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ina J. Wrench and Francis A. Wrench, husbands; Captain Chauncey A. Bennett and Victor W. McKenzie, Jr.

Ina Jo is survived by her daughter Betty Bennett Wallen of Melrose, FL, two sons: Jon V. McKenzie of Ithaca, NY; Wade F. McKenzie of Atlanta, GA and four grandchildren: Eli McKenzie, Joseph Levine-McKenzie, of Ithaca, Margaret J. McKenzie and Emma C. McKenzie of Atlanta.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL HOME 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361

Lonnie M. Martin

Lonnie M. Martin, 67 of Gainesville passed away on March 27, 2018 after am extended illness. A native of Gainesville, Lonnie was in the Paint & Body industry working for 37 years at Finish Masters. In his spare time, Mr. Martin enjoyed boating and fishing.
Lonnie ls survived by his loving wife, Portia Beck Martin, daughters Karen and Patricia Martin, a sister Nellie Widner, a brother Robert (Linda) Martin, his grandchildren Hallie Martin, Kimber Turbeville, great grandchildren, Kayleigh Blythe and one on the way. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Keith, and Lisa Martin.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday August 22, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery.

Portia Beck Martin

Portia Beck Martin, 69 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Saturday November 9, 2019 in Gainesville, FL after an extended illness. Portia was born in Gainesville on October 1, 1950 to Floyd Beck and Lucy Lee Beckham Beck She graduated from Hawthorne High School and was a former florist for Crevasse’s Florist. Mrs. Martin was a loving wife and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed fishing and caring for her family.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her loving husband Lonnie M. Martin. She is survived by her daughters Karen Martin and Tricia Martin, her sister Nellie Beck Widener, grandchildren Kimber Turbeville and Hallie Martin, and her great granddaughters Kaleigh Blythe and Lonie Mae Blythe.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday August 22, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery

Pauline “Pat” V. Stark

Pauline “Pat” V. Stark
January 5, 1922 – July 11, 2020
Pauline Virginia Stark, 98, of Paris, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020 at
her daughter’s home in Gainesville, Florida. She retired from Unarco in Paris. Pat was
born January S, 1922 in Paris, Illinois, the daughter of the late Harley and Anna (Haase)
Hamblin. She married Richard A. Eads in 1941. She later married Jack P. Stark on
October 1, 1972 in Paris. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2016. Her brother,
George Bernard Hamblin preceded her in death August 4, 2002. She is survived by a
cousin Patsy Haase Stevens of Carrollton, Texas. Other survivors include four
children, Richard Pancho (Syble) Eads of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Yuana V. Eads
(Bryan) of Gainesville, Florida, Robert M. (Pandora) Eads of Sebring, Florida, Timur J.
(Catherine) Eads of Purcellville, Virginia; two step-children, Steve (Bonny) Stark of
Ashmore, Illinois, and Stan (Missy) Stark of Paris, Illinois; ten grandchildren, David
Eads of Columbus, Indiana, Nicole (Brian) Caruso of Warrenton, Virginia, Jessica Eads
of Purcellville, Virginia, Amanda (James) Howard of Richmond, Virginia, Brian (Kelly)
Brown of Greenwood, Indiana, Amy (Mike) Bird of Madison, Indiana, Kelsey Stark
(fiance, Nathan Pollard) of Ashmore, Illinois, Ashley Stark of Ashmore, Illinois, Laine
(Victor) Jaures of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Skylar Stark of Paris, Illinois; eight great
grandchildren Griffin Caruso of Warrenton, Virginia, Tim Bird of Madison, Indiana, Chris
Bird of Portsmouth, Virginia, Shelby and Ashley Brown of Greenwood, Indiana, William
Henry Jaures Stark of St. Petersburg, Florida and Preston and Owen Pollard of
Ashmore, Indiana and niece Sheryl Hamblin (Rodney) Chambers of Branson, Missouri,
and nephews George (Linda) Hamblin of Roscoe, Illinois and John (Kathaleen) Hamblin
of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Pat was a member of the First Christian Church of Paris. She was a 1939 graduate
of Paris High School, where she was known to have “a smile for every girl and two for
every boy”. She was generous with her time, and volunteered for many years in a
number of causes, including Relay for Life, Compassionate Food Pantry, Crestwood
Eagle Helpers and Meals on Wheels. Pat was a thirty-six year snowbird in Lake Placid,
Florida where she enjoyed many lifelong friends, volunteering, golfing, walking and
bicycling and enjoying the winter sunshine. She was an accomplished baker and
shared her coveted peanut butter and snickerdoodle cookies. Her ready smile and kind
words will be sorely missed by many of all ages. One of Pat’s greatest joys was the
love of her family and her proudest achievement was her role as Mother to six fortunate
and grateful kids. She was a legend.
Graveside memorial services celebrating Pat’s life will be held at a later time. Her
burial will be in the Edgar County Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be
made to the First Christian Church of Paris. Online condolences may be made to Milam
Funeral Home at https://milamfh.com/testimonial/pauline-v-pat-stark/ and cards
to P. O. Box 357043, Gainesville, FL 32635.

Robert Edward “Eddie” Davis

Robert Edward “Eddie” Davis, passed away, as a result of health complications on July 9th. Born on January 6th, 1937 he was the eldest child and only son of J.C. and Lillian Jewell Davis. A descendant of the Stanley family, and the Prevatt family, both, Florida pioneer settlers.

Eddie was raised in Gainesville. A Kirby Smith and Gainesville High School boy, his passion from an early age was that of playing baseball. He played on many youth and city league teams including the American Legion Post 16. He was also a left-handed pitcher for Gainesville High School. Not only was he a Purple Hurricane, he was also a Florida Gator. As a young boy he sold Cokes during the Gator Games at Florida Field, not realizing for the majority of his adult life, he would end up a season ticket holder, seldom missing a football game. He was a member the Gator Touchdown Club and loved traveling to away and Bowl Games.

After High School Eddie served in the army. Stationed in Germany, during the Cold War, he continued playing baseball using his pitching talent to help combat communism by showing “The American pastime to all of Europe. Eddie returned to Gainesville and began a career in sales first as manager of the Harper Paint Company. It was that job that propelled him into the role of sales manager of the Southeastern division for the Benjamin Moore Paint Company. Later Eddie would purchase a vested interest in Central Paint Stores. It was during this time that he, along with a childhood friend, also owned the Gator Striping Company.

Eddie was a member of the Gainesville Quarterback Club, and thru out his years as a young adult, he was also very active in the Jaycees. In later years he also enjoyed being a member of the GHS Has-Beens, and looked forward to their meetings with lifelong friends. He enjoyed hunting, taking the boat out on Newnan’s Lake or the gulf, and fishing in Cedar Key. And chances are, if you couldn’t find him, it’s because you didn’t look on the golf course. He loved playing new courses with his golf buddies. His Florida roots and upbringing emerged in many ways thru out his life.

Devoted to his grandchildren, some of his most meaningful times were with them – ball games, fishing excursions, road trips and making jokes. They clearly held a special place in his heart.

Predeceased by his parents, and sister, Bettie Black of Newnan, Georgia, he is survived by his wife, Yvonne Cauthen Davis, daughters, Diana (Doug), Lori (Bill), son, Robert, grandsons, Alex, Jonathan (Christina), Brian (Rebecca) granddaughter, Jessica (Jon), great-granddaughters Addison, Tenly, Avery and great-grandsons Taylor and Will as well as his sister, Patricia Shore (Charles).

In Lieu of Flowers please consider a donation to HAVEN HOSPICE 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL. 32606
Arrangements are under the care of MILAMFUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lorena Dorothy Thomas

Lorena Dorothy Thomas, 79 of Gainesville, FL went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 13, 2020. She was surrounded by her loving family, praying and singing her favorite hymns.
Born on July 31, 1940 she was the only child of Morris and Ethel Cox. Growing up she was often seen in her Father’s Grocery Store downtown enjoying Coca-Cola’s, earning her nickname Coke. When she married the love of her life, Eugene Thomas, she wanted a large family and they had five children. Her greatest accomplishment in life was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved celebrating their birthdays, volunteering at school for field trips and class events. She delighted in planning and decorating Weddings, Bridal and Baby Showers and was a perfectionist at it. She was avid about photographing everything. It seemed as though she had a camera attached to her hand at all times. She enjoyed landscaping, planting beautiful flowers and decorating her home. Everything was especially beautiful during the holidays.
After she was married she worked at the Diana Shop downtown and Mother Goose Nursery. She and her husband were members of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville and were involved in teaching and directing Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was also a member of the Church Choir. She had a voice of an Angel and loved singing to all her grand babies. She was a very devoted grandmother always ready and eager to babysit when called upon. What she treasured the most was spending time with her family, and was so proud of all her grandchildren. She was a loving, caring person and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband of 50 years Eugene Thomas. She is survived by her five children, Ronnie (Debbie) Thomas of Deland FL, Gina (John) DuBose of Newberry FL, Rennie (Karen) Thomas of Gainesville FL, Darrell (Angela) Thomas of Palm Coast FL and Darren (Donna) Thomas of Gainesville FL, 14 grandchildren, Elaina, Justin, Brittani, Tiffani, Kayla, Erica, Colton, Cheyanne, Dalton, Lance, Zachary, Darren, Darrell and Cameron, and eight great-grandchildren, Adrian, Mariah, Auriana, Lyla, Meara, Ellie, Noah and Gunnar, Brother-in-laws Wade Jr. (Peggy) Thomas, Charles (Myra) Thomas and sister-in-law Sandra (Donald) Tyre.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at Orange Heights Baptist Church. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Rodney Hull Davis

Rodney Hull Davis passed away on July 8, 2020. Rod was born to Thomas John and Theodora (Teddie) Ruth Davis on July 19, 1949 in Spangler, Pennsylvania.
After graduation from Indiana High School in Indiana, PA, Rod joined the Navy on his 18th birthday. During his Naval career he served on the USS Proteus (AS-19), the USS Forrestal (CV-51) and the USS Yosemite (AD-19). He also served in Viet Nam, Cuba, Guam and various bases in the United States. Rod retired from the Navy in Pensacola, FL in 1987. After moving to Alachua, FL he worked as a dental prosthetic technician at the VA Hospital in Gainesville until his retirement in 2015. Rod was very proud of the service he provided to his fellow veterans.
Rod was an avid golfer and an active member and investor in the Turkey Creek golfing community.
Rod is survived by his wife of 36 years, Suzanne, his mother Teddie, his daughters Holly Louise and Carrie Ann and grandchildren Cassidey and John Alan.
Rod will be interred at Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, FL. Due to Covid 19, the military service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alachua Co. Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Raymond Olcheski

Raymond Olcheski, of Gainesville, FL, formerly of East Hanover, NJ, passed away peacefully on July 6th, 2020. Ray was a devoted husband to Lucille, and loving father to Karen and Tina. Ray joined the Air Force during the Korean War, serving as a communications specialist, and saw many places throughout the world. After the service, while at RCA, Ray was selected as part of the team that contributed to the building of the Lunar Module for Apollo 11. Upon moving to Gainesville, his career took him to Shands Hospital Department of Engineering at the University of Florida. He was known as a master of repair, and could figure out a way to fix just about anything.
In his free time, Ray was an avid Lionel train and Snow Village enthusiast, who participated in multiple collector organizations. A lifeguard as a young man, he loved being in the water, swimming, floating and spending time with family and friends at the beach. Animals brought Ray true joy, but he was especially fond of dogs, and rescued many. Upon retirement, Ray volunteered considerable time in his daughter’s classroom at different elementary schools.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Streiff and Tina (Jeff) Allen, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife of nearly 60 years, Lucille, whom he lost just days before, his parents, August and Viola Olcheski, and his brothers August (Gus) Jr., and Robert (Bob) Olcheski.
Ray and his wife Lucille were always together, and will remain so as they go to their final resting place. They will be honored together in a mass to be held at 10:30am at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, in East Hanover, NJ on July 14, 2020. A graveside service and blessing will be held at Gate of Heaven Roman Catholic Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ, immediately following the mass.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to ASPCA at www.aspca.org.

Hazel Evelyn McElroy Jones

Hazel Evelyn McElroy Jones, born November 23, 1931, passed from this earth to reunite with her eternal family on Sunday, June 28th at Haven Hospice, Gainesville.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband Louie G. Jones
(married 59 years), her parents and two brothers.
Hazel leaves behind her children: Candy (Henry) Leggett, Cherry (Chuck) Patch, Chuck (Eve) Jones, Carol Dawson and Rick Jones. Her grandchildren: Shanna (Jeff) Spires, Brandi and Andrew Jones, Danielle Patch and Susan Pease Ikemire. Her great grandchildren: Zane Spires, Lindsey and Lauren Pease. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Edith McElroy.
Due to the Covid outbreak, the family will be having a private funeral service, and once the Covid restrictions are lifted, they will be having a Memorial Celebration at another time. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Expressions of Sympathy can be made to Haven Hospice E T York Care Center 4200 NW 39th Avenue 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

Judith McInnis Farrell

Judith McInnis Farrell, 81. Judy passed away in peace on June 26, 2020. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and moved her family to Newberry, Florida in 1984.
Strong in her Faith, and passionate for Jesus, she used her gift of encouragement to spur others on in their goals, ambitions and calling in their lives. She was always ready for a long conversation, was a life-long farm girl, who had a passion for training horses and students for well over 50 years. She was the coach of the UF Equestrian Team in the early 90’s and had numerous students on various horse-show circuits. They won many championships over the years. Judy also had a love for Jack Russell Terriers which provided her lots of affection and companionship.
Judy was preceded by her parents Malcolm & Eloise McInnis. Survived by her children: Robert(Robin) Farrell, Sarah(Kevin)Acevedo. Grandchildren: Josh(Kate)Acevedo, Danielle Acevedo. Great Grandchildren: Makenna & Aiden Acevedo. Brother Malcolm(Jackie)McInnis. Niece Maurie(Dean)Johnson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:30 on July 6th, 2020 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel 22405 West Newberry Rd. Newberry, Florida 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Charles P. Gibbs, MD

Charles P. Gibbs MD passed away on June 25, 2020 surrounded by his loving family under the care of Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL following a courageous battle with cancer.
“Charlie” was born in Ft. Wayne, IN on January 3, 1936 to Paul and Florence Gibbs. He graduated from Southside High School and later received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. On August 23rd, 1958 he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret.He then went on to attend medical school and complete his OB/GYN residency at IU while Margaret supported them working as a nurse. He left Indiana to pursue a gynecology oncology surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. By this time his three sons, Parker, Eric and Gordon had been born and the family moved to Florida where Charlie served in the US Air Force for two years before moving to Miami to complete a second residency, this time in Anesthesiology. Because one residency is never enough… Charlie completed his academic training as an NIH research fellow at the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research in Oxford, England in 1972.
In the summer of 1972 the family moved back to Florida and put down roots in Gainesville, a town that became a special place for Charlie and Margaret. It was here that they made lifelong friends and raised their three sons. Gainesville was also where Charlie began his long and distinguished career as an academic obstetrical anesthesiologist, continuing his pioneering work on preventing the risks of anesthesia in pregnancy. He eventually served as the UF College of Medicine’s Assistant Dean for Curriculum. The work week was long but the weekends were devoted to his family and friends and most were spent on the boat or playing golf.
In 1986 Charlie and Margaret moved to Denver, CO where Charlie took the position of Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Colorado. He led that department driving education, research and clinical excellence until his retirement in 2002. It was here that he and Margaret enjoyed being empty nesters and discovered the joy of the mountains and mountain golf. During his long career, Charlie was recognized often for his leadership and scientific acumen serving on numerous editorial boards and in leadership positions. He served as the president of the Alachua County Medical Society, the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology and the Society of Academic Anesthesia Chairs. Despite his many professional accomplishments, he was probably best known for his wonderful personality and kind hearted treatment of others. It was abundantly clear he derived the most joy from being a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Following his retirement, Charlie and Margaret moved back to Gainesville to be close to family and friends. Margaret passed away after 56 years of marriage in 2014 after a long and hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s. Despite losing his high school sweetheart, he never lost his optimism and love for life. Over the next several years he continued to enjoy his grandchildren and play golf with his boys while he worked part-time in the UF Department of Anesthesiology. During this time he met a wonderful and exceptional woman, Sara Lynn McCrea who became his loving wife on April 27, 2019. Together, they weathered the storm of his final illness.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Sara Lynn, his three children: Parker (Micaela), of Gainesville, FL, Eric (Lauren) of Orlando, FL, and Gordon (Gina) of Ormond Beach, FL and his stepson Bill of Gainesville, FL He is also survived by his five loving grandchildren: Eric, Jr.(Sarah), Stephen, Caroline, Alexandra and Jillian and his aging pup, Beauty.

A private celebration of life is being planned by the family. They ask in lieu of flowers donations be made in Charlie’s name to either the Lady Gator Golf Boosters or Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Hollie Marguerite Smith

Hollie Marguerite Smith, age 66 of Melrose, FL, passed away on June 23rd after a lengthy illness. Hollie was born in Lakeland, Florida on October 4th, 1953 to LaVergne and Ruth Brown. She was the oldest of three children, big sister to her brother, Clyde and sister, Martha. She graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1971 and moved to Gainesville, FL where she was accepted into the nursing program at Santa Fe Community College, graduating after two years with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. While attending nursing school she met her soon-to-be husband, Ricky Smith. They were married on July 10th, 1976, and were married for 43 years at the time of her passing.
Hollie also worked for several years for the Department of Transportation office in Gainesville. It was later in life when she found the job she truly loved, working as a church secretary and serving her church family and her church.
Hollie was a devoted mother to her two children, Kevin and Laura. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, crafts, being a Gramma, and most of all enjoyed showing hospitality to anyone who entered their home.
She is survived by her husband, Ricky Smith, son Kevin Smith, Alachua, Florida, daughter Laura Wootan (Mark), Jacksonville, Florida and her sister, Martha Brown, Gainesville, Florida, 3 grandchildren and one more on the way. She was predeceased by her parents, LaVergne and Ruth Brown, and her brother, Clyde Brown.
Hollie loved and served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Keystone Heights. She and Ricky loved singing, gospel music, boating, and camping with family and friends.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support of Hollie and appreciates your attendance to honor her today.

Fred Allen Cooper

Fred Allen Cooper, passed June 16th, 2020 at ET York Hospice Care Center. Born and raised in the Gainesville/Micanopy area, Fred was the youngest child of Roy and Emma Cooper.
Fred was retired from the tire business and was affectionately known as “Tire Changer” to his hunting buddies and business associates alike. He was known to many, and always had a story to tell; from his first job at Ward’s Supermarket, to racing cars, airboats, hunting, fishing and the “Apples of his eye,” “Mo and Punk.”
Fred was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served in Korea. Fred’s love of fishing brought him and the love of his life, Pat, to Astor Fl. To live on the St. John’s River. There, they both formed numerous lifelong friendships and special bonds with their surrounding neighbors, that very quickly became “family”, namely, Charlie Clayton and Mike and Cathy Clarke, and a score of others, too numerous to name. Countless hours were spent on their porch, telling stories and many a joke.
Fred is predeceased by his wife and fishing and hunting buddy of 40 years, Pat. His sisters, Vi Sanders and Lee Ward (and special brother in law Bill Ward) predeceased him as well. His Sister, Lois Ann Purdy (Buddy) of St Augustine survives him.
Fred is Survived by his daughters, Melissa “MO” Cooper of Newberry and Debbie Wolfe (and his “favorite” son in law Jeff) of New Port Richey, Fl., Stepson Allen Evans (Shirley)of Green Cove Springs and stepdaughter Annette Evans of St. Augustine, FL., as well as step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving Fred as well is his special Niece, Terri Jones, and special Nephews, Billy Ward and Mark and Glen Purdy and their families, and special Sisters in laws, Brenda and Paulette.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday June 20, 2020 at Hickory Grove Cemetery, 1811 Idlewild Ave, in Green Cove Springs, FL. The family wishes to thank Haven Hospice of Gainesville and all of their staff, especially his CNA Justina, that brought a smile to Daddy’s face every time she walked through the door. If you so choose, donations can be made in Fred’s name to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL. 32606. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W Newberry RD Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bradley Edward Folds

Bradley Edward Folds was born in Gainesville, Florida on September 4, 1983 to Allison and Jackie Folds. He left this Earth to join his grandparents in Heaven on July 3, 2020. He was thirty-six years old.
Bradley grew up in Gainesville having attended Martha Manson Academy and Oak Hall School. He transferred to Buchholz High School in tenth grade where he was a key member of the golf team until he graduated in 2002. Bradley attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated in 2006 earning his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology and a minor in philosophy. He relocated back to Gainesville shortly thereafter. At the time of his death, Bradley was employed as a legal clerk and Chief Informational Officer responsible for all informational technology functions at his father’s law firm, Folds, Walker & Maltby, LLC.
Bradley was an avid golfer with a 4 handicap and a member of the Gainesville Country Club, having made a hole-in-one on holes 11 and 13 in 2015. Bradley was a lifelong Florida Gator fan and a third-generation member of the Quarterback Club. His grandfather, Allison E. Folds, Sr., was one of the founding members and his father, Allison E. Folds, Jr., has been a member since 1966 serving as President in 1978. Bradley always looked forward to cheering on the Gators at football, basketball, and softball games with his family. His charming personality and quick wit kept the people around him always laughing. Bradley never met an animal he didn’t love, especially his French bulldog named Henry. Bradley had a creative mind that frequently resulted in wonderful poetry, for which he received a prestigious award at Vanderbilt, as well as graphic design images.
Bradley is survived by his parents, Allison and Jackie Folds; his sisters, Derek Folds, Sonnie Gregg (Danny), and Leslie Folds; his nephew, Trace Gregg, and his niece, Grayson Gregg; his aunt and uncle, Peggy and Jamie McElhiney; and his cousins, Kelley McElhiney, Cori Mintz (Rick), J.D. McElhiney, Robert Webster (Nancy), Sheryl Shaw, and Lee Morgan (Jetson).
A private celebration of life is being planned by the family. They ask in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bradley’s name to the French Bulldog Rescue Network (https://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/).
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida.

Judith McInnis Farrell

Judith McInnis Farrell, 81

Judy passed away in peace on June 26, 2020
She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and moved her family to Newberry, Florida in 1984.
Strong in her Faith, and passionate for Jesus, she used her gift of encouragement to spur others on in their goals, ambitions and calling in their lives. She was always ready for a long conversation, was a life-long farm girl, who had a passion for training horses and students for well over 50 years. She was the coach of the UF Equestrian Team in the early 90’s and had numerous students on various horse-show circuits. They won many championships over the years. Judy also had a love for Jack Russell Terriers which provided her lots of affection and companionship.

Judy was:
Preceded by her Parents Malcolm & Eloise McInnis.
Survived by her Children: Robert(Robin) Farrell, Sarah(Kevin)Acevedo.
Grandchildren: Josh(Kate)Acevedo, Danielle Acevedo.
Great Grandchildren: Makenna & Aiden Acevedo.
Brother Malcolm(Jackie)McInnis.
Niece Maurie(Dean)Johnson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:30 on July 6th, 2020 at Milam Funeral Home 22405 West Newberry Rd. Newberry, Florida 32669

Lucille Olcheski

Lucille Olcheski, nee Collalto, of Gainesville, FL, formerly of East Hanover, NJ, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2020.  Lucille was a devoted wife, mother, aunt and sibling, who selflessly put others first.  Her greatest joy was knowing that everyone else was happy and well-cared for – her own happiness was inextricably bound to that of others.  She enjoyed seeing her children flourish, and was always there for friends and family. Her sense of responsibility was forged during hard times; the lessons learned never left her, and she shared her wisdom generously.

 

She left a successful career as a manager at RCA to start her family, and eventually moved to Florida for a new adventure and new career at the University of Florida, department of Library Science.  Upon retirement, she spent many happy days taking care of a posse of rescue dogs, traveling and spending time with family.

 

She is survived by her husband of nearly sixty years, Raymond, her daughters, Karen Streiff and Tina (Jeff) Allen, her sister Josephine Collalto, a cadre of nieces and nephews, and her dear friend Frances White and her late husband, George.  She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Matilda, her stepmother, Rita, brothers Patrick and Frank, and her sisters, Frances DeJesso, Constance Bessmer, Carmelina Bellina, and Antoinette Black, and her constant companion, Floppy the cocker spaniel.

 

A devoted Catholic, a full mass of Christian burial will be held at Queen of Peace, Gainesville, Florida at 9:00am on Friday July 3, 2020.  A graveside service and blessing will be held at Gates of Heaven RC Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ has been postponed due to illness; we will update as soon as we can.  Due to CoVid, a memorial mass and reception will be held at a future date.

 

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org or North Star Animal Rescue, Inc. PO Box 284, Boonton, NJ 07005 www.northstarpets.org.

Joanne Emily Lucas (Roehrich)

Joanne Emily Lucas (Roehrich) was born in New Jersey. As a child she moved to Osceola County with her family. Later, she and her husband, Bud Lucas, lived and raised a family in Kissimmee. She was active in 4-H, Garden Club, KVLS & Fair, and Florida Goat Breeders associations. She had a heart for service especially when it came to children and teens. In 1996, she moved to High Springs, Florida.
She is survived by her sister Judy Cook; children Nancy Masannat, Susan Lucas and Michael Lucas; and grandchildren Kacey Smith, Ann Lucas, Emily Masannat, Evan Lucas, Elizabeth Lucas and Kyle Masannat. A memorial will be held on her beloved farm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Florida 4-H Foundation. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669(352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Tony C. Tomlinson

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Tony C. Tomlinson died peacefully in Gainesville, Florida at the age of 67.
Tony was born on July 31, 1952 in Knoxville, TN to Tommy and Margaret Tomlinson. On September 9, 1972 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Haguewood Tomlinson. They were married for 47 years in Gainesville. They raised two sons, Craig and Cory Tomlinson of Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1970 and the University of Florida. He was part of the 1969 GHS state basketball team. Tony owned Tomlinson Furniture Refinishing and refinished many antiques for the Gainesville community.
Tony enjoyed his family and friends. He coached youth sports for many years in both Gainesville and Alachua. His passion for helping allowed him to work as a substitute teacher at Irby Elementary, coach, basketball referee, SBAC bus driver, and friend to many in the community. The children he worked with in education knew him for his magic tricks and as “Pappy” the Magician. In his retired life, he attended his granddaughters sporting events and worked in his beloved yard. His refinishing business allowed him to create and fix wonderful pieces of furniture. Tony will be remembered for his willingness to help and his kind spirit to anyone he met.
Tony is survived by his wife Linda Tomlinson, his two sons, Craig Tomlinson, Cory Tomlinson and wife Kristina; 2 grandchildren Anna and Lily Tomlinson, brother Bruce Tomlinson (Sharon), sister Frances Fernandez (Pepe); his nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy F. Tomlinson and Margaret A. Tomlinson of Gainesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to E.T. York Hospice Care Center, 4200 NW 90 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606. The family of Tony Tomlinson would like to thank the E.T. York Care Center and Gainesville community for all of their prayers and well wishes. Services to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361. www.milamfh.com

Leah L. Casey

Leah L. Casey, 91, formerly of Gainesville, died Sunday at Market Street of Palm Coast memory care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.
Mrs. Casey was born on May 18, 1928, in Wrigley, Tenn., the daughter of Dossie Holmes Sykes and Leah Smith Sykes. Her mother died a week later and Leah was cared for by her mother’s family while her father worked. When she was a year old, Leah was adopted by Hiram Luther Layman and his wife Nora Keeling Layman, her great-aunt. The Laymans raised her as their only child in Anniston, Ala., where Mr. Layman was the yard master for the L&N Railroad.
Mrs. Casey graduated from Anniston High School, where she played the trumpet in the band, then attended Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo) and graduated from Jacksonville State Teachers College (now Jacksonville State University) with a degree in elementary education.
She and Mack L. Casey of Anniston had dated for six years and were married the day after Leah graduated from college.
Mrs. Casey taught school, mostly sixth grade, in Anniston and in LaGrange and Brunswick, Ga. In 1963, the family moved to Gainesville, where Mr. Casey was an accountant for the University of Florida and where Mrs. Casey taught at several schools, including Metcalfe and Littlewood.
The Caseys were members of First Baptist Church for 50 years, where Leah also taught English to international students. After she retired, Mrs. Casey sold real estate and enjoyed gardening, needlework and visiting her children and grandchildren. Vacations, most often, were short trips to Daytona Beach, where the Caseys had honeymooned in 1950.
Mrs. Casey was preceded in death by her husband and by a daughter, Fara Ann Casey. Survivors, who will miss her kindness and sense of humor, include: her son, Mack Wayne Casey (Mary) of Cumming, Ga.; a daughter, Marcia Casey Langhenry of Daytona Beach; granddaughters Greta Langhenry and Jody Feinberg; grandsons Read Langhenry and Steve Casey; half-sisters Joan Cunningham (Mac) and Lynn Cain; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial at Forest Meadows Memorial Park in Gainesville will be private. A memorial for family and friends will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 s. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dr. Robert L. Bowman, III

Dr. Robert L. Bowman, III, of Gainesville/Tioga, died unexpectedly at North Florida Regional on Saturday May 9, 2020. He was 80 years old. Born in Gainesville, FL, Dr. Bowman (Bobby) was a lifelong and devoted Gator fan. His education consisted of being a graduate of P.K. Yonge Preparatory School, attended Emory University, graduated from the University of Florida, then a graduate of Loyola University (now LSU College of Dentistry). He was a Captain in the US Army attached to the 101st Airborne in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
Bobby was very active in many interests and hobbies. Not only was he a dentist for over 40 years, but he was heavily involved in the Gainesville Quarterback Club, Gator Hunt Club, Kappa Alpha Fraternity, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Eastside Garden Club, Elks Lodge, The Bunch, Skippers and No Name Club. He was a past president of the Alachua County Dental Association, facilitated the Dental Boards for over 20 years, and was a Paul Harris Fellow in his Rotary Club. Bobby was Deacon, sound engineer, past member of worship committee and lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church. He was also an avid photographer, artist, painter, coin collector, history buff, dove hunter, fisherman and enjoyed boating.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents Robert L. Bowman, Jr. DDS and Annie Laura Bowman Foote. He is survived by his loving wife Dell Bowman of almost 37 years, his children Natalie Wilder (Buna) and Taylor Bowman (Tara), step-children Amy McCormick (Will) and Sam Adams (Jenna), his granddaughter Olivia Bowman, his step-brothers Roger Foote and Dr. Perry Foote (Maralyn), sister-in-law Dea Paterson, brother-in-law Howe Moredock (Sue) and many nieces and nephews. There will be a small private family graveside service held Saturday May 16, 2020 at 2 pm at the Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Robert L. Bowman, III to the First Presbyterian Church 300 SW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361. www.milamfh.com

Robert “Bob” Steven Anglon

Robert “Bob” Steven Anglon, husband, father, soon to be “Granpa” and loving friend of many, passed in his home early in the morning of May 12th, 2020 at the age of 59 years. He was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in August of 2019 and fought a tough fight with the illness, his strength will be remembered by many family members, friends and nurses with Haven Hospice. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his loved ones who will miss him dearly.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lori; his children, Ashton (David) Monismith, Jessica
(Michael) Lillard, Katelyn Eddy (Jordan Marallo), Bryce Anglon (Nathaniel Hoskins), Blake (Audrey) Anglon and Madissan Eddy; his sister, Beverly (Danny) Tucker; his stepfather, David (Vonya) Lewis; and his stepmother, Patricia Anglon.
Bob was proceeded in death by his parents Robert Franklin Anglon and Thelma Verneice Lewis.
Bob was born in Lakeland, FL on October 17th , 1960. He was a long-time resident of Gainesville, Fl. He graduated from Hawthorne High school in 1979 where he then joined the United States Air-force for 6 years. Bob served in the Air Force as an aircraft Armament System Specialist where he loaded sidewinders onto F-16 jets. He was also awarded recognition as an expert marksman. He retired as a Forman with the Sheet Metal workers Union. He also served as a volunteer mechanic for Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network.
Bob’s family will remember him as a warm, good humored, giving person who could light up any room and made friends with every person he came in contact with. He was a strong man who stood up for the rights of others, especially when it came to his family. His favorite hobbies were fishing, boating, working on cars, and spending every possible moment with the people he loved. Bob was a fantastic singer, hard worker, and fixer of everything. There was never a time when he did not have a project in the works. Up until a few weeks prior to his death he was working on a new “hot rod,” which he took pride in showing off and talking about.
Bob is being cremated, per his wishes, at Milam funeral home in Gainesville. Memorial services will be planned at a later date. Although the family would enjoy seeing and loving on anyone who was part of Bob’s life, our current crisis situation and restrictive guidelines will not allow. The family will announce the Service arrangements via Social Media, at that time please feel free to join in memory and memorial of Bob, taken too soon and forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family towards the memorial.

Wayne R. Yemma

Wayne R. Yemma, age 74, born in Somerville, New Jersey passed away on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rocco and Vincentia Yemma, and is survived by his wife, Celia Yemma, a son
Ty (Pynie) Gonzales, daughter Teresa Gonzales, brother
Ron (Judy) Yemma, and two grandchildren, Alex and Brook Gonzales.
There will be no viewing and services will be private.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, Florida
(352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Gladys Cowart Stephens Capell

Gladys Cowart Stephens Capell, Age 98 of Gainesville, Florida died peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. Gladys was born November 28, 1921 in Ray City, GA to Dave and Laura Cowart. She graduated from Hahira High School in GA. She married Walter “Steve” Stephens in 1942 and was remarried to Melvin Capell in 1987. She worked at the Florida Book Store for many years and retired as a records manager at Belk Lindsey. She was a member of North Central Baptist Church since the fifties and was a devout Christian and loyal member of the church. She loved gospel and country music and took great delight in attending concerts and meeting members of each group. She was a wonderful, loving friend to all she knew. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands Steve Stephens and Melvin Capell, a sister Avanell Cowart and a brother Donald Cowart. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Bruce Dorsey, a granddaughter Debbie Dorsey, a niece Rose Fulcher who she considered her second daughter, and a nephew Don Cowart. Special gratitude goes to her three wonderful caregivers, Bria Walker, Donna Bobby, and Gloria Shepherd. Also, special gratitude to Haven Hospice for their comfort and care. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
If you wish to make a donation in Gladys’ memory, please consider North Central Baptist Church, 8001 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville FL 32606 or 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 www.milamfh.com

Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin, 54, of Commerce, Georgia born on March 6, 1966 passed away peacefully March 21, 2020. Born in Commerce to Guy and Glenda Martin, he lived most of his life in Jackson County, Georgia.
Greg was a graduate of Jackson County High School and a man who was skilled in many areas. An entrepreneur, he co-founded the G&S Gutter Co.- he was happiest when working with his hands. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who instilled that passion into his family. In his spare time, he could often be found plowing a field on his Farmall, cooking a mean low-country boil, building various contraptions in the garage, and watching tv ( especially the History Channel ).
Greg was extremely proud of his children, Heather Dalton of Ila, Cole Martin of Dahlonega, and Camryn Martin of Commerce and his grandchildren, Clint, Bentley, and Beverly. He is also survived by his Mother, Glenda Martin of Jefferson; his Father, Guy Martin, Jr. of Commerce, Sister, Dana Nichols (Steve) of Nicholson, Niece, Whitney Wilson as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Arrangements are being made through Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, Gainesville, Florida. Due to the recommendation of the CDC, and the executive order issued by Governor Brian Kemp banning all gatherings of 10 or more people, in order to comply with this order, the family will hold a celebration of life in honor of Greg at a later date.

Mary Justina Hausler

Mary Justina Hausler died on April 11, 2020 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. She was born on November 29, 1933 in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. Her parents we Oscar Hausler and Justina Wellauer Hausler, who had migrated to the United States from Germany in the late 1920s.
Speaking little English, Mary began her formal education at P.S. 53. She was a high achiever and graduated valedictorian of her class. Encouraged by her teachers, Mary took the entrance examination for Hunter College High School and received the second highest grade of all participants. Hunter provided Mary with the finest secondary school education and opened her life to the cultural arts, which New York City provided in abundance.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1955, Mary began her teaching career in the newly established Syosset Central School District on Long Island. She earned her master’s degree at QC and after completing additional courses at St. John’s and Fordham Universities, Mary was certified to teach elementary grades K-8 and secondary school social studies as well as to serve as secondary school principal. During her tenure in Soyosset, Mary taught for several years and was appointed dean of students. She became the assistant principal and then principal of H.B. Thompson Middle School. She retired from the Syosset schools in 1992 and worked as a supervisor of student teachers at Southampton College on Long Island for two semesters before moving to Connecticut.
In 1966, Mary was granted a sabbatical to observe and report on the teaching of social studies in schools of Austria and Germany. Her knowledge of German was a prerequisite for this study. From January through August of 1966, Mary followed a prearranged schedule to visit German and Austrian schools. During school breaks she was able to travel to other countries with two Eurail passes, which allowed for six months of travel in first class train cars and compartments. Visits to Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, all the Scandinavian countries, Italy and the former Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union were on her itinerary. Mary’s love for travel and new experiences was enhanced by these opportunities and continued throughout her life.
Mary was married to Syosset colleague Albert Traversa, a science teacher and department head, who retired in 1986. While still working, Mary and Albert traveled with a trailer throughout the United States. A favorite trip was trailering from New York to California and back during a summer vacation. In their retirement years, Mary and Albert traveled Europe, especially in Germany and Italy where they each had relatives. They also enjoyed visits to China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Australia and New Zealand. Their last trip together was a cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires.
Mary and Albert left Long island in 1993, moved to a condo in Southbury, Connecticut and also acquired a condo in Boca Raton, Florida. They traveled between the two homes for twelve years. In 2005 the retirees sought a permanent home in Florida. They found an ideal setting at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, where they spent almost fourteen happy years together. Sadly, Albert died on January 11, 2019 at the age of 90.
Mary is survived by her sister Loretta Newman, nephew Michael Newman, his wife Mirella and their two children, niece Laura Kupinski, cousins Birgit Fries and Monika Schafer in Germany, Albert’s children Maria and Leo Traversa, Albert’s sister Sylvia and her husband Bernard Cecire and dear friends Carol Kravetz, Catherine Morsink, and Gail McVicker.
It was Mary’s wish that she be cremated and that the urn with her ashes be placed in the niche with Albert’s urn at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, and that the inscription “Together Forever” be inscribed on the marker. Theirs was truly an everlasting love.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Helen Lee Karr

Helen Lee Karr, age 75, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2020. She was born January 25, 1945 in San Francisco, CA. She is survived by her partner, Dick Watson and her three daughters and their families: Lisa and Steve Burroughs, Kimberly and Tony Pauley, and Pamela and Michael Wisniewski, as well as her six brothers and sisters, Anna, Raymond, Dora, Beverly, Esther, and Jensen. Her grandchildren, Rachael, Ryan, and Emily Burroughs, Max Pauley, and Eva Wisniewski will especially miss their Grandma and her homemade Chinese wontons and eggrolls.

Helen was very proud of her three girls, who all graduated from the University of Florida. Most Gainesville residents knew her as the “Eyeglass Lady” at JC Penney’s Optical. In recent years, she enjoyed the company of her Bunco and Bingo friends. She worked for many years as an artist, traveling the country via arts and craft shows. She was known for her infectious laugh, warmth, and quick-witted sense-of-humor.

She will be laid to rest at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East in Gainesville, FL with her partner Watson at a later date. Funeral services were not held due to the global pandemic. Please celebrate Helen’s life by sending good memories of Helen and well-wishes to her partner and family, who all miss her dearly.

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

Barry Dean Graves

Barry Dean Graves, Jr of Gainesville, Florida died unexpectedly March 29, 2020.
Barry was the son of Barry and Janice Graves of Gainesville, Florida.
Barry was born August 19, 1979 at Alachua General Hospital and grew up in Gainesville, Florida with his parents and two sisters. He graduated from Gainesville High School and went on to continue his education at Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.
Barry was an accomplished painter whose works can be seen at various locations around Gainesville. He is known as both a mural artist and a commissioned painter. He painted many commissioned portraits of people and pets. More prominently, his personal body of work consisted of oil paintings depicting his brilliant imagination with much hidden meaning in intricate detail.
Barry found great joy in spending time with friends. His love of the Gators grew into many relationships as he spent all home games parking cars. The fans who parked soon became friends.
Barry was warm and loving. He showed true southern hospitality to all he met. He greeted everyone with a welcome, a handshake and a smile. He was quick witted. He made you laugh. Painting and people were his passions.
Barry is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Keeter and Lara Thompson, his brother in law, Rick Thompson, his nephews Noah Keeter and Joshua Thompson and his nieces Sarah Beth, Annie, Grace, Esther and Lucy Thompson.
A virtual service will be held for Barry, Saturday, April 4th at 2pm via Zoom. An art show featuring Barry’s works will be scheduled in the coming months. Both will be advertised on social media.
Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Phyllis Geraldine Bruner Phillips

Phyllis Geraldine Bruner Phillips, 89 passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in Gainesville, FL. Phyllis was born on March 1, 1931 and grew up in Oak Park, IL with parents Clarence and Tilly Bruner. Phyllis and family relocated to Clearwater Beach in the early 1940s and she graduated from Clearwater High School in 1949.
Phyllis married Richard (Dick) Phillips in 1955 and had three children (Rick, Suzanne and Nancy). She was a successful Realtor and active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Phyllis enjoyed traveling, sailing with the Windlasses, playing bridge, church adventure groups, and time at the beach. Phyllis was a loving wife and devoted mother and grandmother. Phyllis and family spent countless hours creating lifelong traditions.
Phyllis was preceded in death by husband, Richard. She is survived by Rick, Suzanne (Woody), Nancy (Chris) and grandchildren, Zak, Jake and Hannah. The family plans a memorial service later in the year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phyllis’ memory to Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clearwater, FL or Haven Hospice, Gainesville, FL. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services Gainesville, FL.

Hilda Lucretia Russell

Hilda Lucretia Russell, 85, of Gainesville, FL, went to be with the Lord on Thursday March 26th, 2020 peacefully at home, in her sleep.
Born in Valdosta, Georgia, on June 15th 1935, she was the daughter of Carrie Daniel and John T. Daniel. She graduated from the University of Florida with her Associate of Arts degree. At the time of her retirement she worked at Rutherford Equipment as an assistant office manager.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for the past nine years.
In her younger years, she enjoyed going to the beach, camping, raising her family, and had an overall love for life. She will be remembered for her witty humor, happy smile, and generally great outlook on life.
She is survived by her partner of 30 years, Thomas Wade, her three children Dale Russell, Karon Drost, and Barbara Dingman, her grandchildren, Tommy Dingman, Mary Dingman, and Amanda J. Russell, and her great-grandchild, Alex Dingman. She was predeceased by her two sons, David Russell and Gary Russell and previous husband Willie Russell.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 11:00 am, and the family and close friends will be present. We will have the service livestreamed on facebook.com/milamfh, for those of you who will not be attending personally. If you have been exposed to large groups (more than 10 or 15 people), or your immunity is low, please stay home! You may send your condolences to Hilda’s family to our office. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Maxine T. Hitt

Maxine T. Hitt, 91, passed away in Ocala, FL on March 23, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Fruithurst, AL to James Calhoun Thomas and Mary Belle Edwards Thomas on March 8, 1929. Maxine spent her childhood between Trilby, FL, Ocala, and Waycross, GA. She met M. Parker Hitt on a blind date and married him 12 weeks later in March of 1948, in Waycross. In 1955, she moved with her family to Ocala, FL. She retired from a career at United Telephone having started her career as a local switchboard operator and holding various positions, ending as a trainer for business phone systems all over the Eastern United States, including the Pentagon. Prior to her business career, she was a stay at home mom, raising her family. After her retirement, she and Parker enjoyed a summer home in the mountains of Franklin, NC for a number of years. She was the oldest, living charter member of Oakcrest Baptist Church at her departure. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly 70 years, grandson Frank Alebertt, brother James Thomas, and son-in-law Bob Bucher. She leaves behind a son, Thomas P. Hitt (Linda) of Ocala, daughters Donna Hitt Bucher of Fargo, ND, and Pam Hitt Leaptrot (Buddy) of Chiefland, FL; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. The family will be planning a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hitt’s memory to Oakcrest Baptist Church, 1109 N. E. 28th Street, Ocala, Fl 34470.

Mary Alice J. Baer

Mary Alice J. Baer, age 84, slipped away peacefully on March 22, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida surrounded by her family.
Mary Alice fought with all that she had over the last several years to reach her 21st actual birthday on Leap Day.
Mary Alice was born on February 29, 1936 to Joseph and Myrtle Jennings in New Boston, Ohio. In 1954, she graduated from Glenwood High School, New Boston, Ohio. After Graduation, Mary Alice moved to Gainesville, Florida where she worked for the UF Library System. In 1959, she was introduced to the love of her life, Allan. Shortly after they were introduced, he asked her “How much longer do you think we should wait before we get married?” They eloped soon after and planned a formal wedding a few months later. Her main focus in life was her family. She would remain silent about things which bothered her in order to support those she loved. Before her last two children were born, she worked for the Alachua County Clerk of the Court as a Judicial Secretary and Clerk. She also worked for Shands Hospital in an administrative role. She moved to Titusville, Florida shortly before the birth of her second child. She returned to Gainesville, Florida shortly before the birth of her third child. After the birth of her second child, she devoted her time to her family. She volunteered in the Alachua County School System once all her children were in school. When her youngest child reached middle school age, she began working for the School Board of Alachua County. She worked tirelessly to do what she could to support the Alachua County School System, both as a volunteer and employee until her retirement in 2001.
She was an avid Gator fan and loved all sports. For many years she was a member of the Gator Town Gators, the Tip-Off Club and the Dug-Out Club. She attended all football, basketball and baseball games for many years. She also enjoyed going to gymnastic and volleyball events. Her presence at the stadiums decreased over the last few years, but her love for sports did not. She spent most of her weekend watching whatever sports she could, especially the Gators, on the television.
In the last several years, she spent all her time with the love of her life, Allan. Even though he was still working, she spent her days sitting in the corner of his office. She was an avid reader and spent most of her time on her tablet either reading a book or playing games. She was the happiest when surrounded by her family.
She was a force to be reckoned with and if she got tired of a conversation with someone, she would look at them and say, “That’s a Rhett Butler to me.” She cared very deeply for those she met through her work and private life.
Her memory lives on in her husband of 60+ years, Allan, her daughters, Melanie Baer Peters and Jennifer Baer Ervin (Bruce), both of Gainesville, her three grandchildren, James “Jimmy” L. Earnhart II (Alexis) of Gainesville, Elizabeth “Lizzie” D. Murrell (Justin) of Sparks, GA, Kathryn “Katy” M. Peters of Gainesville, her three great-grandchildren, Morgan L. Earnhart, Mary J. Earnhart and Brooke R. Earnhart all of Gainesville as well as her sister-in-law, Gracia Baer, a niece, Gerri Corson (Hal), and three nephews, Guy Campbell (MaryBeth), Gray Campbell, and Glen Baer (Norma).
She was preceded in death by her parents, her older sister, Betty Taylor, her oldest daughter, Alyson B. Mogan, and a niece, Genie Campbell.
Due to the medical crisis in our country at this time and the inability to gather in large groups the family has decided to hold a memorial service at a later date. When a memorial service can be planned a second notice will be placed in the paper.
The family requests in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to the Oncology Department of Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville. If you desire to make a donation, please contact Mayo Clinic at 1-855-852-8129 and indicate you would like your contribution to be designated for the Oncology Department at the Jacksonville Campus in memory of Mary Alice J. Baer. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Harriet Boltin May

Harriet Boltin May, 94 of Gainesville, FL died on Sunday March 22, 2020 at the ET York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. Mrs. May was born in Gainesville to Clarence and Lytle (Mimi) Boltin. After attending Gainesville High School and graduating from The Florida State College for Women (FSU) with a degree in social work, she found employment in Union County, as Alachua County had no positions available.
Harriet married Lester Nelson May in 1950 and had 2 children, Nelson Jr, and John. She was past president of the Gainesville Jr. Women’s Club and the Junior League of Gainesville and she and Les were very active in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where they made many friends. Harriet was one of the main caregivers to her parents, her husband, her beloved Aunt Thelma Boltin and to Robert Baker a GHS teacher who had lived with the Boltins for years while she was growing up.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Lester May and a son, Nelson, and is survived by her son John Boltin May, son-in-law William S. Porter II, daughter-in-law Debbie May and many beloved cousins on the Boltin side as well as many family members on the May side. Special gratitude goes to the many wonderful caregivers at The Windsor of Gainesville assisted living, their memory unit and to Ruth Brunner who made it all happen. Also, special thanks to the wonderful folks at Haven Hospice who made it possible for us to be together during the last few days. Words are not enough for Harriet’s two lifelong caregivers that were BIG part of her life, Kenneth C. Johnson and John Michael Williams. Both were considered her 3rd and 4th sons and each one created a loving, caring and protective environment that was filled with humor and banter. She knew how to “handle” them!
If you wish to make a donation in Harriet’s memory, please consider Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th BLVD Gainesville, FL 32606 or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 100 NE 1st ST, Gainesville, FL 32601. A Memorial Service will be held at her church privately at a future date. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Dan Samuel Alsobrook

Dan Samuel Alsobrook of Newberry passed away peacefully, Friday, March, 20, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital in Gainesville, FL. He Was 86. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry.
Graveside services will be held at the City of Newberry Cemetery at 11 AM, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 with Rev. Andy Cook officiating.
He was born in Orange Heights, FL. on 12/18/1933, moved to Newberry as a young boy. Directly after the Korean War, Dan lived in Moon Run, PA for a short period of time while he serving in the Army. While in the Army, Dan worked on Guided Missiles. After serving in the Army he returned to Newberry, where he lived the rest of his life.
Known by many in the Newberry community as Uncle Dan, he was a retired Master Mercury Outboard and Inboard Motor Mechanic. His greatest joy in life was fishing. He also loved car racing and being involved as a mechanic on Kevin Durden’s race team.
Dan was preceded in death by his father, James C. Nipper; his mother, Annie Mae Nipper; sisters Faye A. Hunter and Betty J. Colson of Newberry, Jimmy Ortiz of Bronson and Varise Brunner of Ocala and one brother “Cowboy”, Gene Autry Nipper of Newberry.
Survivors include two brothers; “Jimbo” – James Calvin Nipper, Jr. , “Slick” – Charles M. Nipper both of Newberry and two sisters; “Catnip” – M. Catherine Nipper and “Pud” – Madge L. Nipper both of Alachua, FL.

Charles “Charlie” Elbert Underwood

Charles “Charlie” Elbert Underwood was born on June 9, 1947 in Live Oak, FL
and was a long-time resident of Gainesville, FL. He passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He worked for Bell South as an installer and repairman during his entire career and later became a handy man after retirement.
Charles was married to his “bride” Barbara for 53 years. He loved to fish and hunt and spent most of his time outdoors. Everyone knew him for his sense of humor and servant heart. He never met a stranger and made friends everywhere he went.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Rita Renee Merritt; his parents, J.T. and Eunice Underwood; and his brother, Russell Underwood.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Tompkins Underwood; his daughter, Robyn Brewington (Richard); his grandchildren, Charles Tyler Knight, Miranda Davis (Jordan), and Kyndal Brewington; his siblings, Donald Underwood (Elayne), Ronnie Underwood (Gayle) and Barbara Ann Underwood.
There will be a private graveside service for immediate family on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and a memorial service at a later date to be determined for family and friends to celebrate his life together. In lieu of flowers, we would welcome donations to one of the following organizations in memory of Charles.
Mayo Clinic 200 First St. SW Rochester, MN 55905
https:philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donate MC and designate for Brain Cancer Research in Florida
or
Hope Lodge, Gainesville, FL. 2121 SW 16th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608-1417.

Barbara S. Eller

Barbara S. Eller, age 87, known as “Bobbie” and “Nanna” by family and friends, passed away on March 17, 2020, at the ET York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, Florida. Bobbie is survived by her sons, Kim Eller (Ana) of Orange Beach, AL and Jan Eller (Robbie) of Gainesville, and her daughters, Myra Lambert (Jon Allen) of Micanopy, FL and Nancy Asbell (Bobby) of Gainesville. She also is survived by nephews Ricky Parra (Yvette) of Hollywood, FL and Mikey Parra (Dean) of London, England, in-laws Bill Pence of Knoxville, TN, Martha Ownsby (Herbie) of Gastonia, NC, Joe Eller (Patty) of Gastonia, NC and Janet Edwards of Shelby, NC. Nanna further is survived by her grandchildren Ashley Spink (Josh) of Gainesville, Wesley Asbell (Tisha) of Orlando, FL, Greg Brenan (Darlene) of New Orleans, LA, Alexis Martin (Matt) of New Orleans, LA, Matthew Lambert of Gainesville, Emilie Loup (Cody) of New Orleans, LA, Samantha Eller of Gainesville, Shelby Eller of Gainesville, Misty Allen of Gainesville, Kyle Eller of Gainesville, Carly Allen of Micanopy, FL, Jon Allen, III (Ashley) of Ocala, FL, Joni Allen of Gainesville, Sheri Allen of Ocala, FL, and 18 great-grandchildren with another little one on the way. Bobbie also was an aunt to many nieces and nephews and a “Bonus-Nanna” to numerous little ones.
Bobbie was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Bob Eller, along with her parents Paul and Peg Sherrill, her sister Pat Parra, granddaughter Taylor Brooke Asbell, niece Patti Lou Parra, and brothers-in-law Dick Eller and Keith Eller, and sister-in-law Susie Pendleton.
Born on April 8, 1932, Bobbie grew up in the tight-knit small-town community of Cramerton, North Carolina. Following Bobbie’s graduation from the Mayworth School in 1949, where she played basketball on her high school team, she married her childhood sweetheart, Bob, on February 25, 1951. Soon thereafter Bobbie and Bob began filling their home with the sounds of the little feet of Kim, Jan and Myra. In 1960, the young Eller family moved to Gainesville, Florida where Bob’s employer transferred him. In 1962, the Eller family grew by one with the arrival of their youngest daughter, Nancy. The now family of six soon established deep roots in Gainesville and the parish of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Once the children were a little older, Bobbie attended Santa Fe College and began working at the University of Florida in 1967. She initially was employed in an administrative role with the College of Education’s Department of Elementary Education and then with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology. Bobbie subsequently joined the College of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics where she worked as the department’s administrator until she retired in 1997.
Bobbie never met a stranger. She was a “mother” to many and a friend to all. She believed there could not be too many children around for that would be like saying there could not be too many flowers. Nanna was her name and spoiling was definitely her game. But, when not hugging on little ones, Bobbie loved church activities, slow dancing with her beloved Bob, line-dancing and square-dancing with friends, shopping, playing cards, cruising the Caribbean, hitting the slots at the casino, and sharing her wonderful pound cakes and fudge. Her keen sense of humor, especially her ability to laugh at herself, her never-wavering support of those she loved, her steadfast faith in God, her heartfelt belief that her family was the best family in the whole world, her infectious optimism, and her impeccable Southern-lady sense of style will be sorely missed, but always remembered.
In accordance with Bobbie’s wishes there will be no funeral service. If led to, please consider a donation to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606, as they exemplified for both Bob and Bobbie that the end of life deserves as much comfort, respect, dignity and loving care as the beginning. 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 S. Hope

Ruth S. Hope, age 91 of Windsor Florida passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Mrs. Hope was born November 29, 1928 in Windsor Florida to Bob and Bessie Snowden.
Ruth graduated from Gainesville High School. She then went and worked for Southern Bell and retired after 40 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and taking them fishing. She loved God and was a member of Windsor Baptist Church for many years.
She is preceded in death by her husband James Maurice Hope and daughter Gail Sanders. She is survived by her loving son Steve Hope, and sisters Margie Stevens and Grace James, brother George (Lois) Snowden, her grandchildren Moira Hope, James Hope, Aaron (Jenn) Hope, Kathy (Danny) Bolton, Joey (Cindy) Burlingame and 12 great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 12pm on Friday March 27, 2020 at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery in Windsor Florida. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32606. Arrangements are made in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, Fl 32601 (352)376-5361.

Callie Lurine Earp Clanton

Callie Lurine Earp Clanton passed away March 16th, 2020. Callie was born into a family of nine children on September 3rd, 1922 in Jay Oklahoma. Callie, known to friends and family as Toots, graduated from Jay High School and eventually retired from the City of Boynton Beach FL. Callie is survived by her 99 year old sister Maxine Dona Callis, Jay OK.

Callie is also survived by four children: Brenda J. Clanton, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Carolyn K. Pittman, Alma, GA; Don R. Clanton, High Springs, FL; Beverly A. Fitzhugh, High Springs, FL. Callie has 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. Callie was a loving and kind person of deep faith who was beloved by all and will be greatly missed by her loving family.

A service will be held at Jonesville Cemetery on March 21st, 2020, at 11:00 AM.

Evan Scott Finnell-Hare

Evan Scott Finnell-Hare, age of 19, passed away on Monday March 16, 2020 at 4:15 a.m. Evan was born on January 7, 2001 in Orlando, FL birthed by his mother Patricia Hare.
Evan had only just begun his journey in life and was about to graduate from Newberry High School this upcoming May. Evan was known for his love of music, and his devotion to his family and friends. Evan had moved around most of his life until he settled in Newberry, FL a place that he considered home. He participated in youth group where he found God and was later baptized. Evan enjoyed going to the beach, fishing, and spending time with his dog Jasper. He had a passion for photography, Evan often carried his camera around and would love to take pictures of the world around him. Evan was a varsity football player, a culinary student and a member of the high school cheer team that competed at a national level. Evan enjoyed going to concerts with his mother (Trish) and his aunt (Pam). Evan was a “momma’s boy” and loved his mother dearly.
He is survived by the family that surrounded him including his mother (Trish), father (Chris), brothers (Kevin) and (Alec), and sisters (Chelsea) and (Stephanie).
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday March 20, 2020 at the Milam Funeral Home. 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669. Prior to the service there will be a One hour viewing starting at 11:00 a.m. (352) 472-5361
We will all remember Evan for his huge heart, generosity and compassion for all. He would give anything to help anyone, and he will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF NEWBERRY 352-472-5361. In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!

Janice “Jan” Harvey

Janice “Jan” Harvey, age 64 of Newberry Florida went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 12, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Jan was born on November 13, 1955 in Gainesville Florida to Buck and Eloise Lewis. She graduated from Newberry High School and loved her family and friends fiercely. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.
She is preceded in death by her father Buck Lewis. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Skip Harvey, son Rodney (Danay) Harvey, daughter Summer (Eric) Hester, mother Eloise Lewis, sisters Debbie (Jessie) Jones, Janie (Randy) McElroy, brothers Mike Lewis, Randy (Arlita) Lewis, grandchildren Bubba Hester, Riley Hester, Wyatt Hester, Colton Harvey, Kinsley Harvey, many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday March 16, 2020 at Jonesville Baptist Church 17722 SW 15th Avenue Newberry, FL. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon between 2-4 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home in Newberry. Interment will be at Jonesville Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 West Newberry Road Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Stephen Gordon Wright

Stephen Gordon Wright, 57, longtime resident of Newberry, Florida, passed away at his home in Newberry on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 following an extended illness.

Steve was born on March 25, 1962 in Fort Benning, Georgia to Wayne and Carol Wright and had lived most of his life in Newberry. He graduated from Newberry High School, Class of 1980.

Steve began his work career farming with his father. Later on, he worked in the manufacturing field, first at the Newberry PVC Pipe Plant and then for many years at Gates Energy/Energizer/Moltec. He ended his work life with EcoLab as an equipment repair technician and outside sales rep where he was recognized as an Outstanding Sales Representative for top sales in his area.

Steve was best known for his big, bright “Wright” smile, his encouragement of others, his countless jokes, and his optimistic view and love of life. He loved his wife and family immensely, was very proud of his daughters and grandchildren and treasured the time he spent with his family. From a very young age, Steve was an avid sportsman, spending many hours in the woods tracking and hunting or on the water fishing. He could catch fish where others failed to even get a bite. He respected what God provided by feeding his family and sharing with others the game and fish that he took. Steve knew no strangers, gave of himself without reservation, and this endeared him to many.

Throughout the forty years that Steve struggled with the “silent killer” and the many serious health challenges that diabetes caused, his faith sustained him until the end when he was ready to go home to be with the Lord. His family is comforted knowing that he is no longer in pain, his body is now healthy and whole, he is walking and rejoicing in heaven with his parents and many other loved ones.

Steve is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of forty years, Beth Hebert Wright; two daughters, Shauna (Jason) Jones, of Trenton and Trista (Jimy) Morales, of Lake City; sister and brother, Debbie (Tommy) Boyd and Wendell (Debbie) Wright, of Newberry; and sister, Valerie (Albert) Elmore, of Rule, Texas; three grandchildren, John, Maria, and Avigail; two aunts, Marie Smith, of Newberry and Peggy Lee, of Trenton; nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends. He also leaves behind his much loved dogs – “his boys”, Tracker and Smoky.

The family will receive friends at Milam Funeral Home on Friday, March 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 14 at 11:00 AM at Jonesville Baptist Church, 17722 SW 15th Ave, Newberry, with Pastor Corey Cheramie presiding. The family extends an invitation to join them for a meal in the Fellowship Hall following the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers those that wish may make a memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive Ste 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Pamela Denise Stevens

Pamela Denise Stevens, best known as Denise and Neesy to her grandchildren, age 72 of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Fort Myers, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Denise was born on November 16, 1947 in Martins Ferry, Ohio to William and Lillie Mae Paytash.

Denise was an avid reader. This love touched all parts of her profession from spreading a passion for books as a media specialist in public schools to her charitable efforts through the Friends of the Library. She graduated from Ohio University, and though she was a lifelong Bobcat, she eagerly adopted the Gator sports way of life, which included serving on the board of trustees for Gator Volleyball. Her influence was far reaching; through hosting German individuals in her house, to supporting a multitude of pharmacy students. While staying true to her fiscally responsible values, she enjoyed travelling the world with her husband, partaking in the local cuisine and shopping. She loved cats, stars, working in her garden, reading murder mysteries, FOL volunteering, and creating beauty through her various crafting arts, especially quilting. Her friends are forever changed by knowing and being touched by her. Her love for her family was paramount and her wisdom will continue to resonate for the future generations.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband, Thomas Munyer, and his two daughters, Kimberly Wilson and Jennifer Munyer, with whom she formed lifelong deep relationships with, her three grandchildren, and four kitties, Coal, Ash, Electra, and Piccolo.

Funeral service will not be held. In memorial to her, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Cats Health Care Clinic located at 1034 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 with a note attached directing the funds to the Perky Smith Stray Cats. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services at 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 23601; (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ruby Edna Simmons Janes

Ruby Edna Simmons Janes, age 96, our “Mama” and “Nana”, peacefully passed into her heavenly home on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in High Springs FL. Ruby was born on August 9, 1923 in Archer, Florida to Joe and Ella Simmons and was a lifetime resident of Alachua County. She was born into a farming family that raised tobacco, okra & watermelons in the area near Archer still know today as “Peach Orchard”. She worked the fields with her family and helped haul the crops to the train loading platform in Archer. In the 9 decades of her life she experienced everything from living without electricity and indoor plumbing, which wasn’t available to them until 1935, to getting a party-line telephone and finally a cell phone and a computer. She was always amazed at the number of changes she had seen in her lifetime.
She graduated from Archer High School where she became part of a group of forever friends referred to as the “Archer Girls”; Erline Lindsey, Agnes Sparks, Norma Mattair, Jeanne Hartman, Louise Fitzpatrick and Nell Pritchett. Many enjoyable trips and social gatherings were enjoyed over the span of some eighty plus years of friendship.
After graduating from Archer High School, she went to work at the local wartime Rationing Office where she met and later married her husband C. Howell Janes in 1946. During their 49 years of marriage they owned and operated Green’s Fuel Gas Company and Gator Ceramics in Gainesville. Ruby also worked for the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce and the Alachua County Property Appraiser.
She enjoyed spending her time doing various crafts but she especially loved flowers and enjoyed working in her yard keeping things beautiful for everyone to enjoy. She was a long-time member of the Gainesville Camelia Society, the Gainesville Orchid Society and the Begonia Circle of the Gainesville Garden Club. She and Howell enjoyed spending summers at their mountain home in Franklin N.C. and traveling. She had an unending love of everything chocolate and being with her family. Following in her family’s footsteps she was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Archer.
Ruby was preceded in death by her father and mother Joe and Ella Simmons, her husband Howell, her brother Joe Wheeler Simmons, and step-son Jack Janes. She is survived by her son Gene (Carol) of Newport TN, daughters Betty Handley (Kenny Waters) of Trenton FL and Rita Weichert (Brad) of Satsuma FL, son Chet Janes Jr. (Edie) of Clearwater FL, daughter Margaret Gillen of DeLand FL, daughter-in-law Krys Janes of Hawthorne FL, 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Ruby’s feisty spirit, love of life and caring ways will be missed by all.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Plantation Oaks, High Springs and Vitas Hospice for the kindness and loving care that they provided to Ruby.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday February 22, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Archer. The family will receive friends at the Church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home online at fbchomes.org or mailed to P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland FL 33802.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

James Patrick Ellard

James Patrick Ellard, age 86 of Gainesville, FL passed away at Haven Hospice on February 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years Ann M. Ellard and grandson James Ryan Ellard.
He is survived by four children, Katherine (Stuart) Draughon, Yvonne (Hugh) Feather, Connie (Dale) Patton, James Carl (Ana Alicia) Ellard, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and committed companion Priscilla Normandy-Greenwood.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Michael “Mike” Stephen Ziebart

Michael “Mike” Stephen Ziebart, age 73, of Gainesville, Florida was taken home to the Lord on Sunday, February 16, 2020. He was employed as an auto parts specialist by several Ford dealers. He sponsored, mentored, and helped many through the Triangle Club of Gainesville, Florida. He was a kind and gentle soul. He enjoyed playing pool with his friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his son, Michael “Steve” Stephen Ziebart, Jr., brothers Paul (Sandy) Ziebart, Mark (Kathy) Ziebart, sisters Sandra (Don) Dean, Celia (Dan) Esala, and two grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th St., Gainesville, Florida.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, Florida (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Mary Caroline Simmons Thurber

Mary Caroline Simmons Thurber, 93, of Gainesville, Florida passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020. She
was born April 25, 1926 in High Point, NC to William David Simmons, Jr. and Helen Fisher Simmons.
Mary Caroline graduated from Women’s College, University of North Carolina with a degree in French and
studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. After graduation, she was an active participant in the
Junior League of High Point and worked for Eastern Airlines. At McGill, she met David William Lloyd
Thurber, and they married in High Point on January 14, 1956.
After marriage, she moved to Prescott, Ontario where she was a dedicated mother, volunteer board
member with the Brockville, Ontario YMCA and partner in the family business, DWL Thurber and Associates.
An avid dog breeder, Mary Caroline entered Augusta’s Angel the Westminster Dog show and took the award
for Best of Breed in 1981. After retirement, Mary Caroline and David moved to Gainesville Florida. Shortly
afterward, David died in 1996, and Mary Caroline filled her life as a volunteer with the Alachua County Fire
and Rescue and many committees at Oak Hammock retirement community.
Her brother William David Simmons III, her parents and husband preceded Mary Caroline in death. She is
survived by her son William David Thurber and his wife, Connie DeGaetano Thurber of Oshawa, Ontario and
her grandchildren James David Anderson Thurber of Toronto, Ontario and Lauren Elizabeth Thurber of
Montreal. Also survived by her brother Charles Harris Simmons of High Point and numerous cousins, nieces
and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held at Oak Hammock on February 19 at Oak Hammock, in Gainesville and a
inurnment will be scheduled for Oakwood Cemetery, High Point later this spring. For those who wish,
contributions can be made to The Junior League of High Point, 1103 North Main Street, High Point, NC
27262; The Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation, 345 Park St, Brockville, ON K6V 5Y7 or Rescue Me Dog
Rescue, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #2001, Washington, DC 20006
(https://donate.rescueme.org/belgianmalinois#). Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and
Cremation Service, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (www.milamfh.com)

Brent Moore

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our kind and loving son, Brent Moore, who unexpectedly passed away January 28, 2020. Born in Gainesville, FL March 18, 1974 to parents Daryl (Crow) Cummings and Larry H. Moore, he spent his early childhood in Gainesville, FL, moving to Lubbock, TX when he was six years old. Upon graduation from Lubbock High School in 1992 and attendance at both Georgia State and University of Georgia, Brent attained a Culinary Arts Degree from Vail Mountain College, subsequently serving in various roles at restaurants in New Jersey, New York and Florida, most recently as Executive Chef at Tiburon The Ritz-Carlton Naples. He garnered accolades and honors throughout his career acknowledging his skill and expertise, while regularly volunteering the planning and execution of themed charity events for local, annual fundraising.

Brent was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William Brent and Jean Wood Crow; paternal grandparents, Hugh Lee and Dorothy Virginia Moore; paternal uncle, Wesley Goswick; first cousin, Michael Reed, and his devoted companion Eli. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Daryl and Don Cummings of Alachua; his father and step-mother, Larry and Dorrine Moore of Dallas, TX; son, Brentley Moore and former wife, Jodi Bisogno of Naples, FL; siblings Rebecca and Joey Moore of Dallas, TX; Carter and Casey Cummings of Gainesville, FL and Courtney Lantto of Redding, CA. Brent is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will profoundly miss his tender, gentle demeanor.

A celebration of Brent’s life will be held Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Milam Funeral Home, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL with burial to follow at Jonesville Cemetery, Newberry, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in his memory to National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), 3803 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL HOME 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Phyllis “Less” Harty Wells

Phyllis (Les) Wells’ Obituary

The family of Phyllis (Les) Harty Wells announce her passing on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the age of 91 years in Gainesville, FL. She was active in the Gainesville community, and will be missed by her many family and friends.
Les was born on June 10, 1928 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Edgar and Loraine (DeForge) Harty. She lived in Marblehead, Massachusetts, until her marriage to her loving husband of 66 years, Donald Mason (Mase) Wells. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Holly Wells of Newberry, FL., and her daughter Heather Wells of Green Cove Springs, FL.; her 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, as well as one great-grandchild, Emerson (Emmy) Ann Bedell.
After graduating from Marblehead High School, Les Harty attended Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, where she graduated in 1948, eventually working as a drafting and engineering assistant for the Turbine Engineering Section of General Electric Company, in Lynn, Massachusetts.
After marriage, the family lived in Groton, Connecticut, where Mase was serving as a US Navy submarine officer. In 1960, the Navy took her family to London, England. During their 4 years in London, her 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 stayed lifelong friends. Holly and Peter attended English schools so were as English as their friends and the family took excursions to many foreign countries including Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordon and Egypt. While in London, Les served on the Board of Governors of Babington House School in Chislehurst, Kent, England. She was decorating chairman for the Royal Naval Staff College Wives group.
On returning to the United States in 1964, Les and her family lived alternately in Norfolk, Virginia, and Washington, DC, for the next 12 years. During this period, Les was particularly active in Red Cross and Navy Relief activities. She served as the Decorations Chairman of many Naval Officers’ Wives Clubs and was President of the 2000-member Naval Officers’ Wives’ Club of the East Coast Naval Amphibious Force for several years.
On Mase’s retirement from the Navy in 1976, Les and Mase moved to Gainesville, Florida. Here, Les became an avid golfer. The family, like most everyone else in Gainesville, became adopted University of Florida “Gators”. Les was a founding member of the Lady Gator Golf Boosters, an organization that grew to over 200 members providing support to the women’s golf team at the University of Florida. She served as its second President and worked for over 20 years helping the organization grow and prosper. They spent many years traveling to tournaments with the Women’s golf team. She also was the President of the Gainesville Women’s Golf Association and was a member of the Gainesville Country Club. She served for 31 years as her Colby-Sawyer College Class Secretary and represented Dr. Ann Ponder, a recent President of Colby-Sawyer at the inauguration of Dr. Bernard Machen as the eleventh President of the University of Florida.
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. Les and Mase continued traveling the world until several years ago.
A celebration of life will be held on February 22, 2020 from 3 to 5 pm at Oak Hammock in the Upper Commons, for friends and family. She will be formally interned at the US Naval Academy’s Cemetery later this year with her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Oak Hammock Benevolent Fund, 5000 SW 25th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32608 or Lady Gator Golf Boosters, PO Box 358830, Gainesville, FL 32635 or Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street
New London, NH 03257. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

The Rev. Thomas “Tom” Warren Otto

The Rev. Thomas Warren “Tom” Otto

The courageous, humble and honorable Rev. Thomas Warren “Tom” Otto, age 78, of Gainesville, FL, passed Jan. 26, 2020 peacefully in his home, surrounded by family.
He was born in Barberton, OH on Aug. 21, 1941 to Howard and Lillian Otto, who reared him on their rural farm between Marshallville and Canal Fulton, OH. He graduated from Northwest High School and played football for the University of Mount Union. He also earned master’s degrees from Loyola University of Chicago and United seminary of Dayton, OH. After a decade teaching high school English and Shakespeare, he received his calling into the ministry, and served as a United Methodist pastor for more than 25 years. He served in churches throughout Florida, in the Bahamas and in England’s Hinkley and Lytham St Annes circuits. Tom also ministered to those he met while touring Germany, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, Nova Scotia, Canada and Jamaica with his wife. A highlight was his personal visit with Mother Theresa at her Calcutta orphanage and Home of the Dying.
Tom’s family includes his wife of 54 years, Annie; his daughters Heidi Salmon (Christopher) of Melbourne Village, FL and Liesl O’Dell (Jimmy) of Gainesville, FL; his grandchildren, Olivia Douglas (Matt), Michael Kopy, Katie O’Dell, C.J. Salmon, Will O’Dell, Mark Salmon, Casey O’Dell and Heidi Rose Salmon; his siblings, cousins and other extended relatives and friends in Ohio, Florida , Alabama and Hawaii.
Tom’s oral history is available on YouTube under “An Oral History with Thomas W. Otto.” His earthly remains will be cremated by Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville, FL.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at The Atrium, 2431 N.W. 41st Street, Gainesville, FL 32606.
In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to The Atrium Garden Club Fund (address above), in memory of Tom Otto, who loved working in the garden. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Carolyn Lee Wilson

Carolyn Lee Wilson, age 74, lifetime resident of Gainesville, FL entered the Kingdom of Heaven on January 26th, 2020. Carolyn was born in Alachua County on March 20th, 1945.
Carolyn worked at La Petite Academy for 20 years. She retired to enjoy her love of birds, crocheting, and gardening. She was a devoted Christian and shared Bible scriptures with her family often. Her faith and family were her most valued treasures. Her graceful and courageous departure will forever be remembered as the Holy Spirit enveloped the room and gently took her away.
She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph T. Smith and Gladys A. Smith and brother Ralph T. Smith II. Survivors include: son, Randell L. Wilson Sr., two daughters, Virginia P. Hutchins, and Blanche M. Lester; grandchildren: Travis Hutchins, Stephanie Mobley, Randell Wilson Jr., Andrew Wilson, and Timothy Lester; two great-grandchildren, Hawk Hutchins and River Hutchins.
Carolyn’s wishes were to have a private celebration of life with immediate family. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Annette Pickren Chamberlin

Annette Pickren Chamberlin of Gainesville, FL died on January 22,2020. She was 92. Annette was born in Waycross, GA on November 27m 1927 to T.L. and Madge Pickren of Argyle. She graduated from Homerville High School, in Homerville, GA, attended Georgia State College for Women in Valdosta, received a BA from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
In 1950 she married George Willard Chamberlin, Jr. of Crosby, Minnesota. They had two sons, George III (Will) who died in 2010 and Daniel Pickren Chamberlin of Taipei, Taiwan.
Annette taught elementary school in Argyle and Waycross. After moving to Gadsden , AL in 1952 she taught at Episcopal day School and then Gadsden Community College where she taught English.
She and her husband moved to Atlanta in the early 1980’s and both were very active in volunteer work. They were ushers at the stadium during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She also volunteered at the Atlanta Speech School, that Jimmy Carter Library, was a tour guide at Oakland Cemetery and served as a Dekalb Ambassador.
After moving to Gainesville in 1997, Annette wrote two books, “Sunshine in a Shady Place” and “Sunshine in a Silent Place.”
Her husband died in 2012 and she is survived by her son Daniel, a grandson, Daniel Foster Chamberlin of Savannah, GA, her brother L.B. Pickren of St. Simons Island, GA, her sister Rubyedora Sullivan of Gainesville, FL and several nieces and nephews.
The Family wishes to thank the staff of Banyan Place at Oak Hammock for their love and care of Annette for the past five years. Also we will be forever grateful for the Parker Family for loving Annette and providing her with compassionate care.
There will be a Reception to celebrate Annette’s life at the Milam Funeral Home 22405 W. Newberry Road Newberry, FL. On Friday, January 31, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Friends are invited. Interment will be at Pine Forest Cemetery in Homerville. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Haven Hospice of Gainesville or the Music Program at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville.

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

Lynda Kay Brown

Lynda Kay Brown was born on October 10th, 1951 in Gainesville, Florida, to Don and Katherine (Gatrell) Brown. She passed away after a courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on January 14th, 2020. Lynda retired from the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Florida after 30 years of service.

Lynda is preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her brother, Trell Brown, sisters, Barbara (Mark) Boutelle, and Donna (Chip) McDavid, niece, Natalie (Jason) Dotson, nephews, Ryan (Brittany) Brown, Blake (Christie) McDavid, Chase McDavid, and great-nieces and nephews, Jackson, Theson, Kylie, Katherine, Taylor, Jeb and Emily.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, Fairfield Florida. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Ellen Irene Rist

Ellen Irene Rist, 94, of Bronson went home to be with the Lord on January 14, 2020. Born in Queens, NY on January 2, 1926, she was the daughter of Patrick & Anna Hendricks. She grew up in Long Island, NY with a love for animals & dance. Ellen was a talented dancer; particularly in ballet. She danced professionally for a number of years, receiving an invitation to dance with the Radio City Rockettes.
Ellen married Gustav Rist & turned her attention to her family. They owned “East Coast Custom Builders” where she drew all the blueprints & partnered the company. After selling the construction company they purchased a large cattle ranch in Manitoba Canada & a winter home in Miami Florida. Later she began a career as a High School teacher, having earned her Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi College in New York & later her Master’s degree. Relocating to Bronson Florida in 1969 she lived out the remainder of her life on her own ranch. She was a prayer warrior, loved the Lord, & was a devoted child of God. She felt blessed that she worked as a teacher in two local prisons until she was 86. She called that her ministry having impacted so many lives.
She is survived by her daughter Robin Hammond, daughter Holly Cunningham & husband Mike, son Jay Rist & wife Kem. Grandchildren: Crystal, Nicole, Alysa, Kelli, Brent, Courtney. Great Grandchildren: Micah, Audrey, Noah, Austin, Colton, Ellie, Jake, Charlotte, William, & Elaina.
A Celebration of Life will be hosted on January 26, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Bronson at 4 PM. Address 460 South Court Street, Bronson FL 32621. Flower arrangements accepted and/or in lieu of flowers make a donation to “I am Born Again Ministries” PO Box 525, Micanopy FL 32667.

Patricia “Elouise” Harris

Patricia “Elouise” Harris, 81, of Waldo passed away on January 12, 2020. Born in Rose Hill, Alabama on January 8, 1939, Elouise has been a lifelong resident of the Waldo area. She graduated from Gainesville High School and attended Santa Fe Community College. She retired from Florida Farm Bureau as a Senior Policy Analyst. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Waldo, where she was children’s choir director, choir member, and Sunday school teacher as well as other roles for many years. She enjoyed reading and cooking. She had a caretaker’s heart, always willing to help anyone and fix them a bite to eat. You never saw Elouise without a smile on her face.
Elouise was preceded in death by her parents, Olin Worley and Ellen “Irene” Williams, and her brother Dan Worley. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, E.F. Harris, and her two sons Rhett (Sheri) Harris and Randy Harris. Two grandsons, Garrett (Breanna) and Trevor, and granddaughter Chloe. Sisters Joyce Matthews, June (Harvey) Cribbs, and Pennie (Steve) Lefkowitz.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Waldo 14370 Kennard Street Waldo, FL, with family receiving friends for one hour prior. Interment will follow in Saluda Cemetery in Orange Heights, FL. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Baptist Church of Waldo “Music Ministry” P. O. Box 216 Waldo, FL 32694.
Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com