Obituaries

Milam Funeral Home Obituaries

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
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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

James Donald “Don” Howell

James Donald “Don” Howell, age 85 of Gainesville, Florida, passed away on Sunday January 5, 2020. Mr. Howell was born January 23, 1934 in Island Grove, Florida to William Wallace Howell and Clara Perry Howell.

Don lettered in football and basketball and graduated from Gainesville High School in 1952, attended FBI Finger Printing School in Washington, DC and following graduation he entered the US Navy, where he served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Kearsarge Aircraft Carrier during the Korean War. It was during his Navy career that he married Katrinka Ann Glover. Following his service, he received his bachelor’s degree from The College of Physical Education and Health at The University of Florida in 1964. He worked as a Marketing Consultant for Southern Bell and AT&T for 30 years. Mr. Howell enjoyed gardening, spending time with his family, fishing, and was an avid Florida Gators fan. He loved to cook and he was a fantastic one. He was always there to guide his children and grandchildren with words of wisdom and love.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his loving wife, the love of his life for 64 years, Katrinka Ann Howell, son James Randolph Howell, 2 daughters, Sheryl Charisse (Mike) Crosby and Kimberly Dawn Howell, 2 brothers Larry A. Howell and William (Jane) Howell, 7 beautiful granddaughters and 3 adorable great grandsons.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends starting one hour prior (10:00 am) at the funeral home. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Haven Hospice 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd. Gainesville, Florida 32606 or to Baptist Children’s Home, C/O Westside Baptist Church, 10000 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, Florida 32606. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services , 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Madge Gay West

Madge Gay West, 96 of Gainesville passed away on December 26, 2019. She was born in St. Augustine, FL. Madge was an Accounting Clerk for Southern Bell Telephone for many years. Madge was a member of Northwest Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband William M. West in 1991 and her son, Mark A. West in 2004. She is survived by her brother Elmer D. Gay, two nieces, one nephew and many wonderful friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friends of Children of North Central Florida, INC. PO Box 358502 Gainesville, Florida 32635-8502
Graveside Service will be Thursday, January 2,2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Meadows Cemetery 4100 NW39th Avenue Gainesville, FL.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES. 311 s. Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361

Delores “Lolin” Puig de Miralles

Dolores “Lolin” Puig de Miralles, age 93, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She had a long battle with respiratory problems which ultimately led to severe pneumonia. She died peacefully knowing she was surrounded bedside by her most loved ones.
Lolin was born in Barcelona, Spain, December 8, 1926. She grew up and had a memorable childhood in Barcelona, where her father owned a school academy and her grandfather would take her on fun adventures. Her family used to vacation in the Catalan Pyrenees’ town of Seu d’Urgell and that is where she met the love of her life, Bienvenido Miralles. She attended school in Barcelona where she received her degree in obstetrics and married Bienvenido at the age of 21. Shortly thereafter, they fled Spain to avoid the Civil War and moved to Caracas, Venezuela. In Venezuela, Bienvenido started a rubber factory and Lolin decided she wanted to teach. She loved children of all ages and teaching fulfilled that need she had to interact with them. She was so good at her job that many students often would show up at her house saying they wanted to move in with her and she was named “Teacher of the Year” almost every one of the 25 years she worked in academics.
Lolin belonged to many different social and sports clubs in Venezuela, where she was always involved in organizing parties and social events. Her love of life and people made her one of the most liked and loved people within her social circles. Wherever Lolin went she was always the life of the party; she loved laughing, dancing, traveling, and entertaining others with her stories. She loved music and was an avid piano player; she would play sardanas and pasodobles and instantly light up a room. In 1976, Bienvenido and Lolin moved to Miami, where their daughter Marlin played tennis and went to school. In 1986, they moved to Gainesville.
Lolin lived her life to the fullest and was blessed to have a fairytale love story with Bienvenido. After 50 years of marriage, they still walked side by side holding hands. She was an amazing wife and friend to Bienvenido, a loving daughter to her parents Jose and Carolina, a wonderful sister to Marta and Jose Maria, an exceptional mother to Marlin, and a sweet and fun grandma to her grandchildren Erik and Kyle, whom she loved unconditionally. She loved her friends and spending quality time with them was very important to her. She wanted to be remembered for all her stories and for the times she made people smile.
She is survived by her sister Marta Puig, her daughter Marlin Nipper, her grandchildren Erik and Kyle Nipper, her nieces Heike Herrmann and Mila Wallace, and her nephew Cruxen Puig. She is preceded in death by her parents Jose Puig and Carolina Roca de Puig, her brother Jose Maria Puig, and her husband Bienvenido Miralles.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm, Saturday January 4, 2020 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 311 South Main Street in Gainesville. The services will include a celebration of life and the floor will be open to anyone who would like to share a thought, story, or memory of Lolin. Burial will follow at Forest Meadows Memorial Park, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, where she will find her final resting place next to her beloved Bienvenido.
The family would like to express thanks to the ICU team at North Florida Regional Medical Center for their excellent care, understanding, and compassion; and to Milam Funeral Home, in particular to Ashley Milam for her friendship, help, and amazing ability to help us through this difficult transition with so much love and patience.
The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be made in Lolin Miralles’ name to the American Lung Association. Condolences may be sent to 2345 NW 15th Place, Gainesville, FL 32605 or to marlinnipper@yahoo.com.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Paul M Malphrus

It is with great sadness that the family of Paul M Malphrus announces his peaceful passing, after a long illness, on December 24, 2019 at Hospice in Lady Lake at the age of 73 years.

Paul was born in Ridgeland, SC to Milton “Dick” and Pauline Malphrus. Paul will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean Ruo Malphrus, his children, Windy Peavey (Ricky) and Tiffany Malphrus, his 3 step-children, Deborah Regis (Reggie), Cindy Grant (Robert), John Urbanus, his sisters, Jannean Polk (Don) and Sandra Breland, and his step-brothers, Lebo and Randy Malphrus. Paul will also be fondly remembered by his 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Paul is predeceased by his son, Grady Malphrus.

Paul worked 30 years in the trucking industry as an Independent Truck Driver, and became known as Col. Paul Malphrus as an Auctioneer in 2000. Enjoyed his auctioneering as well as raising cattle. During his retirement Paul enjoyed conducting charity auctions, and spending time with and helping to raise his great granddaughter, Savannah. Paul was a member of the Jonesville Baptist Church in Newberry FL and the Great Swamp Baptist Church in Ridgeland, SC.

A Memorial Service in memory of Paul will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00pm, with a visitation for an hour prior at Milam Funeral Home Chapel , 22405 West Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669 (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

David Ellis

David Ellis, 90, of Gainesville, Florida, died on December 23rd, 2019.

Mr. Ellis was born on January 17, 1929 in Kansas City, Kansas. He attended Hawthorne Elementary, Northwest Junior High, and graduated from Wyandotte High School in the class of 1947. As a Boy Scout, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He had various jobs while growing up including working summers in oil fields in Wyoming and western Kansas and at the Railway Ice Company in Kansas City. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (Accounting) from the University of Kansas in 1951. While at KU he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Dave was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1952 and was sent to Heavy Attack Squadron 9 at Naval Air Station Sanford, Florida, where he flew as a Radar Observer on Lockheed P2V Neptunes and as a Bombardier/Navigator on North American AJ Savages. In 1953, he was part of the Navy’s first aerial refueling operation flown from an aircraft carrier (USS Midway). He also participated in operations from the USS Randolph and the USS Coral Sea. Following his release from active duty in 1955, he continued to serve with reserve units at NAS Olathe, KS, and NAS Jacksonville as a Transport Navigator. He also commanded a reserve recruiting unit in Jacksonville, from which he retired as a Captain in 1974.

Dave married the former Dilon Baker of Lake Mary, Florida on January 21, 1956 and returned to Kansas City to join the insurance firm of Merriam, Ellis & Benton, co-founded by his grandfather in 1899. The Ellises returned to Florida and lived in Titusville until moving to Gainesville in 1979. Dave was a CPA and was a partner at R. F. Stonerock & Company in Titusville as well as an owner and Chief Financial Officer of Mamba Engineering. In Gainesville, he was controller for the Florida Farm Bureau and provided accounting services to several local businesses until retiring in 2004.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with the Men’s Senior Golf group at Haile Plantation for many years. He also enjoyed fishing, duck and game bird hunting, and watching his beloved KU Jayhawks during basketball season. Dave was a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville.

He was predeceased by his parents, Donald Francis Ellis and Mary Ainsworth Ellis, as well as his brother Don A. Ellis. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dilon Ellis of Gainesville; his children Jane Ellis of Gainesville, Amy Ellis of Orlando and Don Ellis of Trenton; and his grandchildren David Dunleavy of Orlando and Daphne Colson of Gainesville.

A funeral will be held on Friday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville with a reception following the service in Page Parish Hall.

For those who wish to do so, donations may be made to The Colonial Williamsburg Fund, www.history.org or Ducks Unlimited, www.ducks.org.

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

James “Jim” Robert Walkup

James “Jim” Robert Walkup, age 94, of McIntosh, FL formerly of Live Oak, FL passed away Monday, December 23, 2019. Mr. Walkup was born February 8, 1925 and grew up in McIntosh.

In 1943 upon turning 18 years of age he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was assigned to the U.S.S. Bisbee. His ship toured the Pacific and participated in many of the major sea battles of the Second World War. After the war, he returned to McIntosh and enrolled at the University of Florida. Upon graduation from U.F., he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served another 18 months.

In 1954, he met and married Martha Elizabeth McKemie, and they moved to Atlanta, Ga where he attended the Columbia Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 1957, he took a job pastoring at the First Presbyterian Church in Live Oak. He served there for 25 years. In 1982 he left the Presbyterian Church (PCUS) and along with most of his former congregation founded the Community Presbyterian Church in Live Oak (PCA). He served there another 14 years. Following that service, he moved back to McIntosh where he served the Community Presbyterian Church (PCA) there for another 11 years for a total of almost 50 years of ministry.

Mr. Walkup was active in the Live Oak community and served on many boards and committees. He loved his country, his family and his community and above all was dedicated to serving the lord through serving his fellow man.

Mr. Walkup is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha M. Walkup, son John (Donna) Walkup of Tallahassee, son David (Teri) Walkup of Melbourne Beach and daughter Mary (Mike) Olive of Charlotte N.C., eight grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on January 4, 2020 at 11am at the Community Presbyterian Church in McIntosh, FI. Memorial gifts may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church of McIntosh or the Community Presbyterian Church of Live Oak or to the charitable organization 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

Kenneth Lamar Cellon

Kenneth Lamar Cellon of Alachua, FL passed away Sunday December 22, 2019 peacefully at his home. He was 85. Born in LaCrosse, FL, Kenneth graduated from Alachua High School. He was also a proud graduate from the University of Florida. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Kenneth was preceded in death by his best friend and loving wife, Bea. He is survived by his children Jeff, Richard, and Cheryl, his brother D.M., and six grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday December 30, 2019 at 11:00am in Antioch Cemetery in LaCrosse. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Billie W Cason

Billie W. Cason died suddenly at North Florida Regional Medical Center on Saturday evening, December 21, 2019. She was 80. Born in Clewiston, Fl to Bo and Gladys Willis Warren (Roberts), she was raised in Newberry, and spent most of her life there.
Billie received her business degree thru the Young Harris Business School in Georgia, then received her AA from Santa Fe Community College by taking classes at night. She was the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Social Security Administration, and she retired from civil service after 33 years. She was a wonderful mom, Mimi, aunt, cousin, and friend.
Billie is survived by her ex-husband and best friend Jim P. Cason, her daughter Diane Holder, her sons David Scarborough (Mary) and Dean Scarborough (Nancy), eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Funeral services for Billie will be held Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Newberry at 11:00am, with Pastor Jack Andrews officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service, starting at 10:00am. A committal service will follow in the Newberry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions please be made in Billie’s memory to the First Baptist Church 25520 W Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF NEWBERRY 22405 W Newberry RD. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Alvin Bass

Alvin Bass, 84, passed peacefully on December 21, 2019. Mr. Bass was born on May 22, 1935 in Trenton, Florida. Alvin was a successful salesman for Eli Witt and Swisher Sweet. After retirement, he founded Hogtown Wholesale, Inc. He is predeceased by his parents, Richard Bass and Josephine Jones. He is survived by his daughter, Theresa Bass Cottingham (Jim) and his son Alvin Eddie Bass (Melinda). Grandchildren: Jenna Cottingham, Jacey Cottingham, Mitch Bass, and Austin Bass. Siblings: RJ Bass (Juanita), Betty Kay Watkins, and Rose Lindsey (Levis).

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with the funeral service following at 11 a.m., December 26, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home, in Newberry, Florida. After the funeral, the burial will be at Jennings Lake Cemetery, 2130 SW 47th Lane, Bell, Florida 32619. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
Vitas Hospice, 18670 High Springs Main St.
High Springs FL 32643.

Dr. Charles “Charlie” J Wilcox

Dr. Charles “Charlie” J. Wilcox, 89, of Gainesville died Monday, December 16, 2019 at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville, FL. Dr. Wilcox was born on March 28, 1930, in Harrisburg, Pa. The son of Charles John and Gertrude May (Hill) Wilcox , he married Eileen Louise Armstrong, on August 27, 1955, and welcomed children Marsha Lou Wilcox Mastriforte and Douglas Edward Wilcox in 1959 and 1963, respectively.
Charlie served as a 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army, from 1951-53 in Korea, receiving a Bronze star, Combat Infantry Badge and 3 Korean Campaign medals. After his release from duty, he operated a family owned dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont from 1955-56. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont (1950) and his Master (1955) and PhD (1959) degrees from Rutgers University.
Dr. Wilcox was a tenured Professor of Dairy Science at the University of Florida (1959-95) and Professor Emeritus until his death. He was a world-renowned consultant in the areas of bovine genetics and international agriculture, with numerous invited speakerships that took him on adventures to Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico, and South America as well as throughout the United States. Dr. Wilcox was a prolific writer with numerous textbooks, textbook chapters, and scientific articles to his credit. During his teaching career, one of his greatest pleasures was guiding his graduate students through the rigors of the dissertation process.
Charlie was active in civic organizations including the Florida Holstein Association (president 1979), American Registry of Professionals of Animal Science (examining board 1987-95), American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association (member editorial board 1999-2005), Florida Guernsey Club (president 1974-76), and the Florida Jersey Cattle Club (board director).
Charlie received numerous awards and recognitions during his career. Among these are Senior Research Scientist award, Sigma XI (1994), International Award for Distinguished Service for Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta (1987), Distinguished Service Award, Florida Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (1986), Award of Merit Senior Faculty, Gamma Sigma Delta (1984), and Award of Merit Junior Faculty (1968).
Charlie is greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Eileen Wilcox, and children Marsha Lou Mastriforte and Douglas E. (Kim) Wilcox as well as grandchildren Nicole, Matthew and Samuel Mastriforte, and Gabriel and Kaci Wilcox.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to:
World Wildlife Fund
1250 Twenty-Fourth Street, N.W.
P.O. Box 97180
Washington, DC 20090-7180

Sylvia Childs McLeran

Sylvia Childs Mc Leran passed away unexpectedly at home. She was 73. Born in Jordan Mines, Virginia to Arnold and Mary Raeburn Bowen Childs, her family moved to Florida in 1955, and was a graduate of Bradford High School in 1961. She retired after 23 years of working at the University of Florida as a financial assistance counselor in the Gastroenterology and Rheumatology departments at Shands. Sylvia was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was an avid reader, loved to work puzzles and to garden. She also loved movies and Broadway plays. Sylvia thoroughly enjoyed traveling, especially to New York City and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and searching for the largest roller coasters to ride with her grandson Matt.
Sylvia is survived by her loving husband of 54 years Leonard Mc Leran; daughters Gwendy Short (Jim Mason), Pamela Mc Leran (Roy Collins), and Sherri Mc Leran (Jeff Peuser); her beloved grandson Matthew Short; siblings and in-laws Norma Johnson, Loretta Phillips, Judy Jerrell, Lottie Childs, Albert Childs (Debbie), Dawn Segler (Lawton), and Nanette Childs (Danny Johnson); and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and two beloved dogs, Lady and Duffy.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions please be made to the American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231, American Cancer Society 2119 SW 16th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, or to the charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday Dec. 11, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Wellborn United Methodist Church, 12005 Co Rd 137, Wellborn, FL 32094. www.milamfh.com

William Penn Douberly, Sr

“And the cowboy rides away..”
William Penn Douberly, Sr, aka Bo, went to heaven on Saturday, December 7th, 2019. Bo knew God needed help with his watermelon patch this year and couldn’t wait to show him how it’s done. Bo’s love for farming and family was present every day of his 89 years on this earth. He started a successful farming operation in Immokalee, FL in the 1950’s. He moved to the Gilchrist county area in the early 1970’s. His love for the land evolved into a family operation, continued today by his son Bill Douberly. Whether he was running a tractor, or catching up at the local café, he was always doing what he loved. He was a hard-working farmer, who through good times and bad supported and loved his family.
Being one of eight siblings, his immediate and extended family is vast. His wonderful wife Dorothy has been by Bo’s side for the past 65 years. His children Sandra Cook, Cathy Jones (Tom), Cindy Salvadori (Louis), and Bill Douberly Jr. (Jodi), along with his grandchildren Kasey, Benjamin (Erin), Stephanie (Rich), Tristan, Cavender, Kate, and Anni, and 4 great grandchildren will all miss him greatly. He touched so many in his time on earth, we thank everyone for their love and kindness during this time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Funeral services for Bo will be held at Pine Grove Baptist Church of Trenton, 16655 NW County Rd 339, Wednesday December 11th at 11:00 am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service, from 10 until 11, at the church. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF NEWBERRY, 22405 W. Newberry Rd. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Tam F “Sonny” Cato

Tam F Cato, “Sonny” was born in Alachua Florida on March 14, 1915 to
Barnard Wade Cato and Myrtie Christine Hawkins Cato. He died in
Gainesville on December 5, 2019.

He enlisted in the US Army in August 1941, serving in the Army Corps of
Engineers 390th Engineers General Service Regiment until 1946, leaving
as a first lieutenant.  He received four Bronze Service Stars, the
American Defense Service Medal and the European African Middle Eastern
Theater ribbon for his service.  In May of this year he was awarded the
Knights of the Legion of Honor by the President of France for his part
in the liberation of France in World War II.
He met and married his wife Emma Boyd Camp during the war where she was serving in the US Army Nurse Corps.  Sonny was very proud that he and his wife served his country in World War II and that his son served in the Army also. After leaving the service, he bought property off Williston Road where he was a dairy farmer and delivered milk door-to-door in the city of Alachua.  His next occupation was with the state of Florida Department of Transportation inspecting roads and bridges.

Sonny was an avid fisherman and avid hunter of deer and turkeys. His
last turkey hunt happened at the age of 102 where he shot two turkeys
from his golf cart. Up until his death at 104 he loved to regale people with his
recollections of his long life: his childhood, army service and life in
Alachua County. He had a ready smile, engaging personality and love of life that made people enjoy his company.  He will be greatly missed by his many family
members and so many people he touched during his long life.

His family is especially grateful to Corky Cheshire, his long time caretaker, for her love and selfless care of Sonny in the last years of his life.
He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Emma, and his son, Tam F.
Cato II.  He is survived by grandchildren Tam Finley Cato III and Bonnie
Cato, daughter-in-law Lenita Cato, and many loving nephews and nieces.

Martha Crosby Turbyfill

Martha Crosby Turbyfill passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born August 13, 1929 in Lands Ford Township, South Carolina. While employed at the Jacksonville Navy Exchange in purchasing she met her husband, Ernest Turbyfill, Sr. They had been married for 60 years when Ernest Turbyfill Sr. passed away in 2010. She was a lifelong homemaker and, foremost, an excellent cook. She assisted in the family business, Town Tire Co., opened in 1959. She was one of the first volunteers at North Florida Regional Hospital for a period of five years. She was a member of Highlands Presbyterian Church for many years and later became a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mattie and Ernest Crosby; husband, Ernest Turbyfill, Sr.; brothers, Captain Ernest Crosby and Rufus Hall Crosby; and sister Harriet Wood. Martha is survived by her three children: Nancy Waglow (Rick), Pam Turbyfill, and Ernie Turbyfill (Nancy), Jr., and grandchildren: Natasha Teleanu (Florin), Sean Waglow (Tara), Michael Waglow, Victoria Wylde (Cameron) and George Turbyfill III plus one great grandchild Jack Teleanu.
Funeral Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alachua County Humane Society 4206 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32609. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Susan Thompson

Susan Thompson, 66 of Chiefland passed away following a brief illness on Dec. 4,2019. She was born in Knoxville, TN. and lived in Chiefland, before moving to Old Town. She was a Homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Susan leaves behind her children, George Ney Jr., Martha Thompson, Jennifer Antis, Nicholas Ney and Sandra Ney.
A Memorial Service was held on Dec.11,2019 at Bible Ministries in Fanning Springs with Jason Wetherington officiating.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES Newberry, FL. www.milamfh.com

Norman Richard Westbrook

Norman Richard Westbrook, age 88 of Ocala, FL passed away peacefully on Saturday November 30, 2019, with his loving soulmate of 28 years, Judi Shaak by his side. He was in good health, having been a five year survivor of pancreatic cancer, but suffered a massive stroke as he was about to play a round of golf.
Norm was born in Hamilton, Ontario Canada on May 27, 1931 to Rose and Andrew Westbrook. He owned Everglades Equipment Company in South Florida. He was very athletic and enjoyed golf, skiing, sailing, hunter jumper horseback riding, driving sports cars and flying his twin engine Apache airplane, “Big Blue”.
In addition to Judy, he is survived by his five grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Gregory, Zachary, Gracie, Riley and Casey, and his step daughter Angela.
Mr. Westbrook was a generous man who donated his 100 acre horse farm to Marion County for a future park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Humane Society of North Central Florida 4205 NW 6th Street Gainesville, FL 32605 www.humanesocietyncfl.org, or to a special charity of your choice. Funeral 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

Sarah Gewndolyn Brown

Sarah Gwendolyn Brown a beloved mother, grandmother, and resident of Bronson, FL. Former resident of Valrico, FL. Passed away after a short illness on 11/30/19 at 4:10 AM at the age of 88 surrounded by her family.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Hydrick A. Brown, her mother and father (George and Charlotte Scott), and siblings Mary A., Charlotte W., Lolita M., Lillian R., and John S. She is survived by brother George Scott of Brandon, FL, sister Margaret Mims of Lehigh Acres, FL, daughters Sharon Wygant (Clayton) of Chiefland, FL, Colleen Taylor (Charles) of Wingina, VA, and son Hydrick Brown (Mary Kay) of Dothan, AL. As well as 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Sarah was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was formerly employed at Lykes Bro’s Meat Packing Company. She enjoyed quilting and cooking big meals for her family. She enjoyed listening to music on her record player and spending time with her great-granddaughter. She will be missed by her family.

Sarah G. Brown’s Viewing will be held Tuesday Dec.3, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home 22405 West Newberry Rd, Newberry FL. at 11:30 a.m. and Funeral Services at
1;00 p.m. Burial will be on Wednesday, Dec.4, 2019 at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in Brandon, FL.

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

Philip Samuel “Sam” Cadwallader, Jr

Philip Samuel “Sam” Cadwallader, Jr. age 90 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Thursday November 21, 2019. Sam was born in Miami, FL on January 9, 1929 to Philip and Florence Cadwallader.
Following his service in the U S Navy, he graduated from the University of Florida’s School of Engineering. He went on to start his own consulting business, Cadwallader and Associates Consulting Engineers, retiring after 45 years. He enjoyed reading and was an avid golfer and former member of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club and a member of Meadowbrook Golf Club. Sam was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie C. Kahn, a brother John O. Cadwallader. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dea, his children Matthew Stephen (Jane) Cadwallader, Stephanie C (Dr. W. Henry) Barber, and Philip S. (Natalie) Cadwallader III, his grandchildren, Megan B. (Travis) Conner, Dr. W. Henry (Mandy) Barber V, Samuel (Katie) Barber, Kyle B. Cadwallader, Kristi B. Cadwallader. Alexander W. Kahn, Brooke F. Cadwallader, and Stephanie L. Cadwallader, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. Interment with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, 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

Ronald “Ronnie” E. Smith

Ronald “Ronnie” E. Smith, age 77 of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Norway, ME. Went to be with the Lord on Friday Nov. 15,2019. Mr. Smith was born Sept. 2,1942 in Lewiston, ME to Ira and Marion Smith.
Ronnie joined the ARMY in 1969, for 6 years, did 2 tours in Viet Nam, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired from University of Florida after 30 years. He loved bowling, was an avid Gator Fan, and loved working the Gator Games.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shanna Babb Smith, sons Randall Smith, Andrew Smith, Sisters Roberta Vrana of St. Petersburg, FL., Iris (Everett) Parlin of Norway, ME, many nieces and nephews, along with his beloved Bichon/Cocker, Wilbur. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Florence and brother David.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday December 5, 2019 at Parkview Baptist Church 3403 NW 13th Street Gainesville, FL. 32606 , where they were married 49 years ago. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, The Gainesville Humane Society, or the Alachua County Animal Shelter.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main ST. Gainesville, FL.
(352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Faye Coleman Pfeiffer

Faye Coleman Pfeiffer, 83 of Gainesville, FL went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 10, 2019. She was born in Bratt, FL on Oct. 30, 1936 and was the daughter of Richard Thomas Coleman and Carrie Mae Long Coleman. Faye was a full time mother for 13 years, then attended Santa Fe Community College and graduated with honors from the University of Florida in childhood education, later earning her master degree. She taught school in Alachua County for 25 years and cherished the relationships she had with fellow teachers and students. After retiring she devoted much of her time to missionary work including studying Russian Language and for a time lived abroad teaching the children of missionaries in the countries of Latvia, Estonia and Poland. She spent her later years in Keystone Heights FL. Faye was preceded in death by her parents as well as 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Left to cherish Faye’s memory are her son, Clyde Thomas Pfeiffer, two grandchildren, Katherine “Katie” Pfeiffer and Julianne (Ron) Wheeler and one great grandson “Liam” Wheeler as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12 noon at Grace at Fort Clarke 9325 W. Newberry Road Gainesville, FL. 32606. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the church. Interment will follow a reception service at Forest Meadows Central Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lonny Russell Moore

Lonny Russell Moore, 79, of Bethany Beach, Delaware and Gainesville, Florida passed away on Friday November 1st, 2019. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 2nd 1940, he was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Dorothy Moore, and is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce Shaner Moore, his sister Zoann MacFarland, his daughter Amanda and her husband Kevin O’Leary, and his grandchildren Madison and Ryan.
Coach Moore graduated from Norristown High School in 1957. He went on to wrestle and play football for the Rams of West Chester University where he graduated in 1963 with his Bachelor of Science; later completing his masters of Physical Education from the University of Bridgeport.
He began his professional career in the Spring-ford Area School District in 1963. He then took his talents to Phoenixville Area High School where he held many positions in both the academic and athletic departments for the next 35 years. He was both a health and physical education teacher as well as department chairman winning the “Outstanding Educator in America” award several times in his tenure. He also coached football, wrestling, track and field and women’s tennis for the Phantoms leading numerous teams to league championships collecting both the “PAC 10 Legend” and the “Most Influential” Coaching Awards.
As a revered wrestling coach, Lonny had three undefeated teams boasting a formidable win-loss record of 160-51-5. He was inducted into the District 1 Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. He also served on the District 1 Steering Committee for 37 years, 30 of those as Chairman.
In the years following his retirement, the family moved to Bethany Beach and he became a member of several civic committees as well as an active organizer of the town’s Fourth of July celebration. Lonny could often be seen relaxing by the Bethany West pool or laughing with friends and family on the Wellington Street Beach. His greatest passion was watching and cheering on his beloved grandchildren and his daughter’s team. Coach Moore will always be remembered for his humor, generosity, dedication and genuine interest in all his students, colleagues, friends and family. He will be missed immensely but his memory will continue to live on through the stories and memories of those he impacted throughout his incredible 79 years.
A private memorial service was held for immediate family. In his memory donations can be made to the Lonny Moore Scholarship Fund at: Phoenixville Education Community Foundation P.O. Box 348 Phoenixville, Pa 19460 or online at pcefonline.com/donate. Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL www.milamfh.com (352) 376-5361

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.
Services will be held privately and in lieu of flowers 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

Edith Owens Ellett

Edith Owens Ellett
Born February 10,1924

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our kind and loving mother, Edith Owens Ellett Enneking. We are so grateful for the many wonderful years that we had with her. She passed away peacefully from natural causes on November 19, 2019 surrounded by her family at the age of 95.

We were blessed by parents who loved us unconditionally and expressed their love for one another openly giving us a healthy example of a marriage filled with kind loving companionship (otherwise known as ” KLC “). Living through the Great Depression as a young girl, she developed an innate character that was very generous and thoughtful of others. She demonstrated the characteristics of the “Greatest Generation”. Edith chose to look on the positive side of life and the challenges that life brought. She loved to travel; play golf, tennis, and bridge; garden, fish, and scallop; and truly loved her time spent with family and friends. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority , the Gainesville Golf and Country Club , the 10Gs golf group, the Jocanters, the Skippers, the Gainesville Garden Club, the Viktors Investment Club, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club.

Edith was born in Canon, GA, on February 10, 1924. The family moved to Dahlonega, GA, when she was ten years old. With family connections in Gainesville, FL, she attended Gainesville High School from which she graduated at age 16 in 1940. She attended North Georgia College as a freshman; Florida State University as a sophomore; and the University of North Carolina for her Junior and Senior years, graduating in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in economics .

After college she became a furniture buyer for the Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, GA, for two years. This is in the same building that her son-in-law currently works in for the National Park Service. Edith also worked in the accounting division of the family poultry business in Dahlonega from 1947-1952.

After a considerable courtship consisting of telegrams and letters, Edith accepted a marriage proposal via telegram, and married John Ellett in 1952. They first met on a blind date while John was in military training at Camp Blanding. After marriage, Edith and John lived in Memphis, TN, and Ottumwa, lowa, while John worked for Hull Dobbs Ford Agency. A family business opportunity brought them to Gainesville, FL, where Edith worked at Watson and Ellett Insurance, which later became known as Ellett Insurance. She worked as Comptroller of Ellett Insurance from 1970 to her retirement in 1994 at the age of 70. In 2004, Edith and John sold their home at Paynes Prairie to son, Ed, and wife, Marcia, and moved to Oak Hammock at The University of Florida as founding members. John passed away on his birthday, on December 23, 2009, and Edith eventually moved to Assisted Living. She enjoyed spending time with long-time friend and neighbor, Bill Enneking. Bill and Edith married on October 12, 2013 and enjoyed a brief time together until Bill passed away in 2014.
Edith was predeceased by her parents William and Eddyth Owens, brother Erwin, sister Farrell Owens Watson, her husband John Ellett, and her husband Bill Enneking. She leaves behind her younger brother William Owens (Betty), son Ed Ellett (Marcia) of Gainesville, FL; daughter Laura Fix (Mike) of Londonderry, NH; daughter Mary Abbett (Chris) of Milton, GA; grandsons Cole Ellett (Ainslie), and Kyle Fix (Jen); granddaughters Mary Chris Mundt (Bill), and Alicia Doak (Justin); great grandsons Easton, Cohen and Hampton Ellett, and Austin & Noah Mundt; and great granddaughter Sienna Rose Fix .

Edith and John’s remains will be joined with those of other family members at the Owens family gravesite in Royston, GA.

The family expresses great appreciation and love for Irene Gainey Porter (1929-2019) who helped mom and dad raise 3 children. She was like another mother to us. We wish to thank the compassionate caregivers at Oak Hammock and Haven Hospice for their kindness, patience, and love throughout the caring process.

A Memorial Service will be held at Oak Hammock on Saturday December 14th, 2019 at Oak Hammock at 11:00am, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Edith’s memory to the Haven Hospice at 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL (32606); the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 100 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL 32601; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & N. Florida Chapter, 2180 W. SR 434, Ste. 100, Longwood, FL 32779. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home (352-376-5361, www.milamfh.com).

Philip Samuel “Sam” Cadwallader, Jr.

Philip Samuel “Sam” Cadwallader, Jr. age 90 of Gainesville, FL passed away on Thursday November 21, 2019. Sam was born in Miami, FL on January 9, 1929 to Philip and Florence Cadwallader.
Following his service in the U S Navy, he graduated from the University of Florida’s School of Engineering. He went on to start his own consulting business, Cadwallader and Associates Consulting Engineers, retiring after 45 years. He enjoyed reading and was an avid golfer and former member of the Gainesville Golf and Country Club and a member of Meadowbrook Golf Club. Sam was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie C. Kahn, a brother John O. Cadwallader. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dea, his children Matthew Stephen (Jane) Cadwallader, Stephanie C (Dr. W. Henry) Barber, and Philip S. (Natalie) Cadwallader III, his grandchildren, Megan B. (Travis) Conner, Dr. W. Henry (Mandy) Barber V, Samuel (Katie) Barber, Kyle B. Cadwallader, Kristi B. Cadwallader. Alexander W. Kahn, Brooke F. Cadwallader, and Stephanie L. Cadwallader, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. Interment with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, 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

Dr. Herbert A. Bevis

Dr. Herbert A. Bevis, passed away on October 28, 2019 at the age of 90. He was born September 28, 1929 in Perry, FL to Jennie and Herbert U. Bevis. The family soon moved to Gainesville.

Herb graduated from Gainesville High School and went on to the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in the Public Health option of Civil Engineering In 1951 and Master’s Degree in Sanitary Engineering in 1952.

Herb married his wonderful wife Cotella in 1952 and began his working career with the Public Health Service in New York, NY. Subsequent positions included Staff Officer and Instructor in Radiological Health in Washington D.C. and Cincinnati OH. Another Master’s Degree in Nuclear Physics in 1958 at the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA led to his positions as Senior Public Health Officer at the Eniwetok Pacific Nuclear Test Site and Chief of the Ionizing Radiation Program in Austin TX before returning home to Gainesville and the University of Florida in 1961. Herb’s PhD in Environmental Engineering was completed in 1963. Herb’s working career continued at UF as Associate Professor in Civil Engineering and Associate Professor in Environmental Engineering. In 1970 he was a founding member of the local firm Water and Air Research but remained at UF as Professor in Environmental Engineering, then Assistant Dean and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. Herb was known to be very supportive of students and studied hard to learn the names of every student in his classes.

Herb was very accomplished in civic service as well as in his professional life. He was a lifelong active member of the Civitan Club and helped to start the Civitan Regional Blood Bank which is now known as LifeSouth. He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 84, and was on the Boards of Directors of LifeSouth, United Way, UF Athletic Association and his church.

Herb retired in the 1990s and was very active with his grandkids, civic service, the First United Methodist Church and woodworking. He was a true craftsman who loved the challenge of hand making items for family and friends like a guitar, banjo, many pieces of furniture including the prized rocking chairs with caned seat and backs, as well as wheel chair ramps for those in need.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife of over 57 years, Cotella Ingle Bevis and is survived by his sons John (Alan) Bevis, Gerald (Kathy) Bevis, sisters Patricia Faircloth and Virginia (Jack) Gamble, grandsons Jared (Crystal) Bevis and Mathew (Maureen) Bevis, step grandchildren Bobby (Natasha) Carrigan and Kelly (Kevin) Banes and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday November 20, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church at 419 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Helping Hands Clinic located at 509 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL, 32601.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Franklin Paul Fowler

Franklin Paul Fowler, 82, of Newberry, went home to be with Jesus, on October 18,2019. He was born February 14, 1937 in High Springs, Florida to Aaron and Bessie Fowler. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and friend to many. He was a Christian, served as a deacon, and a member of Union Baptist Church, He served as Pvt. First Class US Army and E3 US Navy. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. His door was always open and was always there to lend a helping hand. He was predeceased in death by his parents, brother: James Park (Dawn), Bobby (Dot), Earnest (Thelma), Marion Buddy (Katherine), Getzen (Verdel), J.C. (Vera), Winfred (Clairice), Earl(Minnie), sisters: Betty Jean Hunter, Wynette Anderson, and Mae(Dewey) Edwards.
Survivors are his loving wife of 58 years, Cleyone (Kennard) Fowler, son Terry (Beth) Fowler, daughter Paula(Billy) Minnick, grandchildren, Jared (Amber) Fowler, Justin (Tara) Fowler, and Lauren Minnick, Great-Grandchildren, Brantley, Landon, Grayson, and Beckett Fowler, several brother in-law and sister in-laws, nephews and nieces. He was a mentor to many.
Donations can be made to the building fund at Union Baptist Church
6259 SE 75th Avenue, Newberry, Florida 32669. (352) 472-3845

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Funeral Services will be Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry. Burial will follow at Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, Florida.

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

Joan Sweeney Hartley

Joan Sweeney Hartley, of Gainesville, age 86, departed this world on October 5, 2019 at the E T York Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Florence Joan Sweeney on the 28th of June, 1933, in Hampton, Bradford County, Florida. She was the second of three girls from the union of Michael C. Sweeney and Edith May (Née Jones) Sweeney. Joan was a 1951 graduate of Bradford County High School.
Joan, along with her husband of 50 years, Thornton Lee Hartley, raised her three boys, David, Tom, and Joe on their five-acre plot of land in the Southwest section of Gainesville/Alachua County beginning in the early 1960’s. Joan worked as an accountant/fiscal assistant for several different companies and organizations throughout her life, including Crevasses’s Florist, Shands Hospital, and The University of Florida.
Joan was preceded in death by her father and her mother, by her husband, Thornton, in 2009, and by her sister, Norma May Sweeney. She was also preceded in death by Thornton’s brothers, who she grew to know and love as her own, William J. “Bill” Hartley, Jr. and Robert L. “Bob” Hartley.
Joan is survived by her son’s David (Rosanne) of Ocala, Thomas (Tan) of Gulf Breeze, and Joseph (Summer) of Gainesville; and by her sister, Connie Sweeney Parker of. Gainesville. She is also survived by her cousins, who were as sisters to her, Sylvia May Cox of Orange Park and Florrie Gnann Davis of Hampton.
Special joy came to Joan with the arrival of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Brandy Michelle Christoph (Cody), James Thornton Hartley (Kaycie), Nicholas Farro II, Nina Michelle Farro, Mya Tran Hartley (Jim Yuan Hartley), Caitlin Leigh Hartley (Danny Gibble), Taelor Christine Hartley, Amber Nicole Hartley, Caroline Rebecca Hartley and William Maddox “Will” Hartley.
Her great grandchildren are Zachary Christoph-Medina, Hailey Joan Christoph, Ryan David Christoph, Tyler Harris Christoph, and Clark Christopher Hartley.
She had many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews, and each one had a unique place in her heart and was special to her.
Joan embodied the characteristics of selflessness and modesty. She modeled for others how to be giving and forgiving. She was always hospitable and showed a keen sense of humor. She displayed the traits talked about in Micah 6:8 when it said that one should act with justice, show mercy and kindness, and walk humbly with your God; these are all actions that were emblematic of Joan Hartley.
Joan enjoyed lunch almost every Thursday at Cracker Barrel with her sister, Connie Parker and breakfast almost every Monday at iHop with her good friend, Marion Lake.
Joan’s Earthly resting place will be at the Santa Fe Cemetery at Hampton Lake in Bradford County, Florida. Joan’s family would like to say “Thank You!” to the caregivers on the second floor PCU of North Florida Regional Medical Center and at The Haven E. T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. The caregivers at both facilities took care of Joan in a genuine caring and loving way.
The viewing will take place at Milam Funeral Home, South Main Street in Gainesville on Friday evening, October 11 from 5 to 7. Graveside Ceremonies will be at The Santa Fe Cemetery in Hampton, Florida on Saturday, October 12, at 9:00 AM. The graveside ceremony will be followed by a Memorial Service at the Hartley Family Compound off Rocky Point in Southwest 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

Constance “Connie” Davis Rowe

Constance “Connie” Davis Rowe, of Micanopy, died suddenly Monday October 14, 2019. She was 78. Born in Huntington, W. Virginia, Connie lived almost all of her adult life in Gainesville and Micanopy. She was a registered nurse, having attained a nursing degree from Marshall University in Lexington, KY. This is where she met her husband of 43 years, Ben Rowe. Together they had three boys, James, Michael, and Matthew. Ben and Connie moved their family down to Florida in the early 1970’s, and together they owned, operated, and published the The Record, a know-what’s-happening in Gainesville newspaper, for many years. She has carried on the newspaper with her son, Jim.
Connie, along with Ben, helped found the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville in 1990. She was also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary District 6970. She is preceded in death by her loving husband J. Ben Rowe, son Matthew Rowe, sister Tudell D. Young, and brothers Hugh M. Davis and Jefferson Davis.
Connie is survived by two sons, Michael “Mike” Rowe (Caron) and James “Jim” Rowe; brothers Dr. Robert M. Davis, Jack Davis, and David Young; and four grandchildren, Kaycee Rowe, Brittany Rowe, Clayton Rowe, and Chase Rowe. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 19, 2019 at the Milam Chapel downtown at 11:00am. The family will receive friends one-hour prior, from 10:00-11:00am. The family requests that donations be made to the Rotary Foundation in Connie’s memory, c/o Rotary of Downtown Gainesville P.O. Box 358387 Gainesville, FL 32635. 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/constance-connie-davis-rowe/

Captain Lloyd “Jim” James Lake

Captain Lloyd “Jim” James Lake, USAF, Retired, age 90 of Gainesville, FL formerly of Orange Park, FL passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Mr. Lake was born on July 8, 1929 in Oakland, CA to Lloyd Louis and Phyllis Hannay Lake.
Jim began his military career when he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1947 at the age of 18. In 1951 he transferred to the U.S. Air Force. There, he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and began the pilot training program. By 1954 he had become a fully trained fighter pilot. He met and married his wife Patricia while stationed at Moody Air Force base in Georgia. Jim was stationed at numerous bases throughout the United States and was deployed overseas early during the Vietnam War. He completed his military career instructing young pilots as a flight instructor for the Air Force at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. He was awarded over a dozen Air Force Service Metals during his military career. During his active duty years Jim enjoyed scuba diving and spelunking. After retirement in 1967, Jim and Patricia, were both pilots and enjoyed flying small aircraft across the U.S., sailing, boating, and spending time with their grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia Wells Lake; daughter Lisa Lake Sullivan and son Lloyd L. Lake; their spouses Jerry Sullivan and Lisa Ann Lake; grandchildren Adam Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Victoria Lake, and Austin Lake; great grandchildren Hayden Sullivan, Connor Sullivan, Dexter Sullivan, and Maya Sullivan. Jim was a patriotic American, a loving husband, and a wonderful father. May he rest in peace.
Military Honors and interment will be held at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell at 11:30 am Friday, October 25, 2019. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or online at http://beyourhaven.org/MemorialGifts
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Blanch E. Parker

Blanch E. Parker, of Archer, passed away at E.T. York Hospice Care Center on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. She was 96.
Blanch was born in Crum, West Virginia. She became an army dental assistant in 1944, and when that career concluded in 1948, she became a cost accountant for a steel casting company in Columbus, Ohio. She then met and married Jessie Dan Parker, and they had two sons: Gregory Dan Parker and Amel Edwin Parker.
After her husband passed away at a very young age, Blanch became a correctional officer in Columbus, and retired from the criminal Justice System after more than 20 years of service. She moved down to Alachua County in 1979, and she first lived in Gainesville, and then in Archer ever since.
Blanch generously devoted her time and energy to developing and directing the City of Archer Commission Honors Table Program, which acknowledges noteworthy Archer individuals. She also did volunteer work with the City of Archer State Housing Initiative Program, and the Archer Community Center Gymnasium Restoration Project. She was elected to the Archer City Commission in 2007, and during her three years of service with the commission, she was elected Mayor at the age of 84. She also served as Vice Mayor and worked on many committees for Archer.
Blanch is survived by her two sons, Amel Parker of Archer, and Greg Parker of New Mexico; and two grandchildren. Her family will receive friends on Sunday, October 27th from 2:00-5:00pm at the Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main ST Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Patricia P. Samuel

Patricia P. Samuel aged 96 died in her Gainesville home of 64 years surrounded by family on October 29, 2019 under Haven Hospice guidance. Pat was born in Savannah, Georgia. She grew up an only child in the Five Points area of Jacksonville, FL. She was a graduate of Robert E Lee High School and a student of music at Florida State College for Women where she was a member of the Glee Club and Ensemble.
Pat attended Riverside Methodist Church in Jacksonville, FL and was a superb Mezzo-Soprano soloist and sang there often. Pat was involved with the USO where she would sing in private homes entertaining the troops. This is where she met and later married her husband, Staff Sergeant John “Jack” Samuel in March 1946. From 1947-1950 they lived in Gainesville, FL on the University of Florida campus in the Flavet III married housing complex. They moved to Miami for a few years and were involved with South Miami First Methodist Church. They formed a Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF), sang in the choir, and held positions on staff.
Pat worked as a Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, Church Secretary, Court Reporter, and fund raiser for the TB association. Her primary position was working as an Administrative Assistant to New York Life agent, Chester R. Yates for about 47 years until its closing.
Pat won many awards for her outstanding charitable work. She formed and served as chairwoman of the Foreign Student Loan Closet, a project of the UF Council of International Friendship, helping foreign students for over 10 years. She also helped form an after-school program called Prime Time for underprivileged children in East Gainesville, FL. She was on the Prime-Time Board and did fundraising for over 11 years.
Pat was an active member of the P.E.O. chapter AF, Philanthropic Educational Organization, for over 70 years. She held several offices well into her 90’s. Pat was president for the Florida State branch of the Huguenot society in 1973-1975. She was also involved with the Eastern Star and the Colonial Dames organizations.
Pat was a lifelong member of the University United Methodist Church and Student Center in Gainesville, FL. She held most of the lay member offices of the church. Pat was involved with the United Methodist Women (UMW) and held positions within that group too. She enjoyed singing Alto in the Loft choir until the University church dissolved. She then transferred membership to First UMC of Gainesville and the UMW there.
Pat was always learning and growing and she wanted others to do the same, so both she and her husband donated their bodies to the Anatomical Board of Science at Shand’s hospital. She would encourage others to do the same.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband John (Jack) Samuel and her son John. She is Survived by her daughter Beth and son in law Brice Keith; her grandchildren Lauren and her husband Daniel Lewis, Joshua Keith and Laura Lewenhaupt (daughter of John); and two great grandchildren, Riley and Emma Lewis, many cousins and lots of friends.
Family and Friends are invited to the Celebration of Life Memorial Service at the First United Methodist Church at 419 NE 1st Street of Gainesville, FL on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Haven Hospice at 3200 NW 90th BLVD, Gainesville, FL 32606; the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home at 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, FL 32725; Helping Hands c/o First United Methodist Church at 419 NE 1st Street Gainesville, FL 32601; Gator Wesley Foundation at 1380 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32603; or a special 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

Aaron L. Tallman

Aaron L. Tallman passed away on October 9, 2019 while a patient in the North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center, Gainesville, FL. He was born on October 10, 1940 in Gainesville, FL. He graduated Gainesville High School in June 1958 and he entered the United States navy on August 12, 1958. In the Navy he completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, Class “A” Hospital Corps School and Class “C” Field Medical School. He was then assigned to the 2d Marine Division, FMF, Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon his Honorable Discharge he attended the University of Florida, Gainesville. He graduated from the University of Florida School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. He applied for and received a commission in the United States Army reserve and retired with the rank of Captain. He also retired from the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard G. and Helen J. Tallman as well as brother W. John Tallman and his sisters Betty Tallman Goldin and Grace Tallman Padgett. He never married and he is survived by his brother Richard J. Tallman, Palatka, FL. He was a patriotic American and a great brother. May he rest in peace until we meet again in a better place where the University of Florida Gators are number one.
Graveside Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday October 18, 2019 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, 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

Dr. Bernard Jay Paris

Dr. Bernard Jay Paris, age 88 of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Baltimore, MD, Bethlehem, PA, and East Lansing MI, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Dr. Paris was born on August 19, 1931 in Baltimore MD to Albert and Anna Richman Paris.
Dr. Paris received his PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in 1959, taught in the English department at Lehigh University for four years and was a professor of English at Michigan State University for twenty-one years and at the University of Florida for fifteen years. He retired in 1996. His primary areas of interest were Victorian and comparative fiction, the psychological study of literature, Shakespeare, and the life and work of Karen Horney. In addition, he received NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships, was a Visiting Professor at the Victorian Studies Centre of the University of Leicester, was a director of the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts at the University of Florida and was founder and director of the International Karen Horney Society. Dr. Paris wrote or edited sixteen books, including Experiments in Life: George Eliot’s Quest for Values (1965), A Psychological Approach to Fiction (1974), Bargains with Fate: Psychological Crises and Conflicts in Shakespeare and His Plays (1991), and Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst’s Search for Self-Understanding (1994). The latter was selected as a Notable Book for 1994 by The New York Times and has since been translated into German and Chinese. Dr. Paris was also a devoted, caring, and loving husband and father who was deeply loved in return. He was a man who embodied in himself and in his life the humanistic values that informed his work and understanding of literature. He will be missed terribly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger sister Hinda. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Shirley Freedman Paris, daughter Shoshana Paris, son Mark Paris and Mark’s husband, Franz Epting.
Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. Friday November 22, 2019 at Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions can be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Sierra Club. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, (352) 376-5361, www.milamfh.com

Lonny Russell Moore

Lonny Russell Moore, 79, of Bethany Beach, Delaware and Gainesville, Florida passed away on Friday November 1st, 2019. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on February 2nd 1940, he was preceded in death by his parents Russell and Dorothy Moore, and is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joyce Shaner Moore, his sister Zoann MacFarland, his daughter Amanda and her husband Kevin O’Leary, and his grandchildren Madison and Ryan.
Coach Moore graduated from Norristown High School in 1957. He went on to wrestle and play football for the Rams of West Chester University where he graduated in 1963 with his Bachelor of Science; later completing his masters of Physical Education from the University of Bridgeport.
He began his professional career in the Spring-ford Area School District in 1963. He then took his talents to Phoenixville Area High School where he held many positions in both the academic and athletic departments for the next 35 years. He was both a health and physical education teacher as well as department chairman winning the “Outstanding Educator in America” award several times in his tenure. He also coached football, wrestling, track and field and women’s tennis for the Phantoms leading numerous teams to league championships collecting both the “PAC 10 Legend” and the “Most Influential” Coaching Awards.
As a revered wrestling coach, Lonny had three undefeated teams boasting a formidable win-loss record of 160-51-5. He was inducted into the District 1 Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005. He also served on the District 1 Steering Committee for 37 years, 30 of those as Chairman.
In the years following his retirement, the family moved to Bethany Beach and he became a member of several civic committees as well as an active organizer of the town’s Fourth of July celebration. Lonny could often be seen relaxing by the Bethany West pool or laughing with friends and family on the Wellington Street Beach. His greatest passion was watching and cheering on his beloved grandchildren and his daughter’s team. Coach Moore will always be remembered for his humor, generosity, dedication and genuine interest in all his students, colleagues, friends and family. He will be missed immensely but his memory will continue to live on through the stories and memories of those he impacted throughout his incredible 79 years.
A private memorial service was held for immediate family. In his memory donations can be made to the Lonny Moore Scholarship Fund at: Phoenixville Education Community Foundation P.O. Box 348 Phoenixville, Pa 19460 or online at pcefonline.com/donate. Milam Funeral and Cremation Services 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL www.milamfh.com (352) 376-5361

Lt. Col. John “Jack” S. Clark, USA, ret.

The world is a little poorer today. On October 27, 2019
Lieutenant Colonel, John “Jack” S. Clark passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and solider, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Born July 3, 1926 in Sarasota, FL to LTC Robert W. and Ruth Secor Clark, Jack was the youngest of four children. He attended all his school years in Sarasota and upon graduation from high school joined the Army, a family tradition.
He started his military career assigned to the War Crimes Division in Nuremberg, Germany. He served two deployments in Korea, climbing the ranks to many other leadership positions throughout Europe and the United States. Of all the citations, accommodations and medals he received, he was most proud of the Army Combat Infantry award. After 24 years, he retired at Homestead Air Force Base. After retirement, he worked in Upper Management for Burger King and General Host Corporations.
Those that preceded him in death were his parents, his brother LTC Robert Clark, his sisters Mary Lou Swearingen and Nan Foster, as well as his 2 previous wives, Esther Eichmann Clark and Laura Frazier Clark, and stepson Hugh Tobin. He is survived by his wife Dolores Tobin Clark, children Michael Clark, Cynthia Clark-Rey, Duane Clark, and stepdaughter Kimberly Fabis.
A Memorial Service will be held at Milam Funeral Home Chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019. On Friday at 9:30 a.m. interment with full military honors will take place at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to Fisher House, 5106 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL, 32605. Love those that God has sent you, one day he’ll want them back. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Captain Lloyd “Jim” James Lake

Captain Lloyd “Jim” James Lake, USAF, Retired, age 90 of Gainesville, FL formerly of Orange Park, FL passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Mr. Lake was born on July 8, 1929 in Oakland, CA to Lloyd Louis and Phyllis Hannay Lake.
Jim began his military career when he joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1947 at the age of 18. In 1951 he transferred to the U.S. Air Force. There, he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and began the pilot training program. By 1954 he had become a fully trained fighter pilot. He met and married his wife Patricia while stationed at Moody Air Force base in Georgia. Jim was stationed at numerous bases throughout the United States and was deployed overseas early during the Vietnam War. He completed his military career instructing young pilots as a flight instructor for the Air Force at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. He was awarded over a dozen Air Force Service Metals during his military career. During his active duty years Jim enjoyed scuba diving and spelunking. After retirement in 1967, Jim and Patricia, were both pilots and enjoyed flying small aircraft across the U.S., sailing, boating, and spending time with their grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia Wells Lake; daughter Lisa Lake Sullivan and son Lloyd L. Lake; their spouses Jerry Sullivan and Lisa Ann Lake; grandchildren Adam Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Victoria Lake, and Austin Lake; great grandchildren Hayden Sullivan, Connor Sullivan, Dexter Sullivan, and Maya Sullivan. Jim was a patriotic American, a loving husband, and a wonderful father. May he rest in peace.
Military Honors and interment will be held at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell at 11:30 am Friday, October 25, 2019. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 or online at http://beyourhaven.org/MemorialGifts
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Aaron L. Tallman

Aaron L. Tallman passed away on October 9, 2019 while a patient in the North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center, Gainesville, FL. He was born on October 10, 1940 in Gainesville, FL. He graduated Gainesville High School in June 1958 and he entered the United States navy on August 12, 1958. In the Navy he completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California, Class “A” Hospital Corps School and Class “C” Field Medical School. He was then assigned to the 2d Marine Division, FMF, Camp Lejeune, NC. Upon his Honorable Discharge he attended the University of Florida, Gainesville. He graduated from the University of Florida School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. He applied for and received a commission in the United States Army reserve and retired with the rank of Captain. He also retired from the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard G. and Helen J. Tallman as well as brother W. John Tallman and his sisters Betty Tallman Goldin and Grace Tallman Padgett. He never married and he is survived by his brother Richard J. Tallman, Palatka, FL. He was a patriotic American and a great brother. May he rest in peace until we meet again in a better place where the University of Florida Gators are number one.
Graveside Funeral Services with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday October 18, 2019 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Archer, 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

Constance “Connie” Davis Rowe

Constance “Connie” Davis Rowe, of Micanopy, died suddenly Monday October 14, 2019. She was 78. Born in Huntington, W. Virginia, Connie lived almost all of her adult life in Gainesville and Micanopy. She was a registered nurse, having attained a nursing degree from Marshall University in Lexington, KY. This is where she met her husband of 43 years, Ben Rowe. Together they had three boys, James, Michael, and Matthew. Ben and Connie moved their family down to Florida in the early 1970’s, and together they owned, operated, and published the The Record, a know-what’s-happening in Gainesville newspaper, for many years. She has carried on the newspaper with her son, Jim.
Connie, along with Ben, helped found the Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville in 1990. She was also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary District 6970. She is preceded in death by her loving husband J. Ben Rowe, son Matthew Rowe, sister Tudell D. Young, and brothers Hugh M. Davis and Jefferson Davis.
Connie is survived by two sons, Michael “Mike” Rowe (Caron) and James “Jim” Rowe; brothers Dr. Robert M. Davis, Jack Davis, and David Young; and four grandchildren, Kaycee Rowe, Brittany Rowe, Clayton Rowe, and Chase Rowe. Funeral services will be held Saturday October 19, 2019 at the Milam Chapel downtown at 11:00am. The family will receive friends one-hour prior, from 10:00-11:00am. The family requests that donations be made to the Rotary Foundation in Connie’s memory, c/o Rotary of Downtown Gainesville P.O. Box 358387 Gainesville, FL 32635.

DEDICATION FOR A TROOPER, BY: Son & Co-Publisher James Rowe III
On Monday, October 14, 2019,
the world, my family and our
newspaper lost an amazing
mother, grandmother, wife of
43 years, and kind-but-tough
businesswoman.
Our Publisher Constance
Davis Rowe passed quietly into
the arms of our heavenly father
surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Rowe, or Connie as she was
known to her friends, fought like
the true trooper she was for the
last days of her life, leaving behind
her two loving sons, James Ben
and Michael Andrew, daughterin-law Caron Rowe, grandsons
Clayton and Chase, and
granddaughters Brittany and
Kaycee Rowe. (Plus many
brothers, sisters, nieces &
nephews who loved her deeply
as well). The details surrounding
her passing will be kept private
as she would have wished,
but it was entirely natural.
Constance started out her adult
life as a Registered Nurse, hailing
from my hometown of Huntington,
W.Va. From there, she met Benny
Rowe of Lexington KY at Marshall
University when Benny saved a
woman from burning to death
when he was a paperboy. J.
Ben was the love of her life and
they were married for 43 years
having three rowdy boys together,
James, Michael and Matthew,
who passed tragically in 2003.
Mrs. Rowe was very kind
and sweet, but a hard-nosed
businesswoman who no one
dared tread on. Together with two
other employees, she and I ran
The Record for many years after J.
Ben’s passing in 2005. She kept
daddy’s dream alive all these years,
working tirelessly at the business
until about one month ago. (I
never had any idea just how much
momma actually handled until
now.) Sorting through the finances
and records of transactions, I am
just a little overwhelmed at how
much she actually did to keep
The Record’s lifeblood pumping.
As of presstime, we do not
have the final details of when the
service will be, but tentatively
Friday October 18th or Saturday
the 19th at Milam Funeral Home
at 311 South Main Street in
Gainesville FL. Friends may
call the office later in week or
check obits in the daily paper for
more accurate times and dates.
I’m sure mom is watching over
us, I don’t know exactly how I
know, but have a feeling at times
when certain things happen she
is reaching down to guide me.
In the words of a great song,
“You can tear a building down, but
you can’t erase the memories.”
Goodbye momma, you will never
know how much you meant to
us nor how much we Love and
miss you.

 

Anne Bronson Iszard

Anne Bronson Iszard, was born on November 22nd, 1942 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Neighbors near the family home in Roxbury included the renowned sculptor of mobiles, Alexander Calder, who would often drop in for a cocktail with Anne’s father. The converted ‘party barn’ later featured in Architectural Digest. A teenage Anne and a friend encountered another neighbor, Arthur Miller, going into the village, and he sent them up the drive for a poolside chat with his wife, Marilyn Monroe, who proved to be both charming and beautiful. Anne came from a distinguished, old New England family, some of whose portraits were painted by John Singer Sargent. Her 4th-great-grandfather was a U.S. Senator for New York in 1803. And her cousin, General Jonathan Wainwright, was Commander of Allied Forces in the Philippines during World War Two.
In 1965, Anne volunteered with the Vista organization and spent a year, assisting migrant workers near Delray Beach, where she lived with an African-American family, strengthening her lifelong attitude of tolerance and acceptance of others, including her late brother, Peter, who was gay at a time when this was not openly acceptable. Her career took her from media consultant in Boston to a secretarial position in Gainesville before her retirement. After a lengthy encounter with dementia, she finally succumbed to colon cancer on September 26th, 2019. She is survived by her elder brother, Toby, of Rockport, Texas, nieces Beth and Cyd, and nephew Jon. Her ashes are to be buried with those of Peter in the family plot in Roxbury. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Yolande Coulter Brumbaugh

Yolande Coulter Brumbaugh of Gainesville passed away September 27, 2019. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 57 years, Clifford L. Brumbaugh. She is survived by daughters Ruth Brumbaugh,
Sara Brumbaugh Henneberger (Thom) and son Wade Brumbaugh.
She was born on February 26, 1931 in East St. Louis, Illinois. When she was six years old, the family
moved to Chicago. After two years, they moved back to East St. Louis for a number of years, then to
Schenectady, Syracuse, Decatur (Illinois) and then Toledo, where she attended high school.
After that, it was college at the University of Kentucky, where she became a member of Alpha Xi Delta
sorority and studied journalism. After she graduated, she married Clifford Brumbaugh, a Kappa Sigma,
whom she met at UK.
They lived in Owensboro, Kentucky for 23 years where she was a substitute teacher for a while, a Girl
Scout leader, and a member of the Junior Women’s Club, and Owensboro Country Club, where she
enjoyed tennis and golf. Her study of journalism led to her sharing the value of reading and writing with
her students and her children.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro and in Gainesville. In 1975 the family
moved to Gainesville where they joined the Turkey Creek Country Club, and later the Gainesville
Country Club where she enjoyed tennis, golf and bridge.
There will be a gathering in her remembrance at 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 3 at the chapel of the
North Florida Retirement Village, Lake House Commons, 8000 NW 27 th Blvd, Gainesville. In lieu of
flowers, it would be appreciated if you would consider a donation to the Alachua County 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

Yolande Coulter Brumbaugh

Yolande Coulter Brumbaugh of Gainesville passed away September 27, 2019. She was preceded in
death by her husband of 57 years, Clifford L. Brumbaugh. She is survived by daughters Ruth Brumbaugh,
Sara Brumbaugh Henneberger (Thom) and son Wade Brumbaugh.
She was born on February 26, 1931 in East St. Louis, Illinois. When she was six years old, the family
moved to Chicago. After two years, they moved back to East St. Louis for a number of years, then to
Schenectady, Syracuse, Decatur (Illinois) and then Toledo, where she attended high school.
After that, it was college at the University of Kentucky, where she became a member of Alpha Xi Delta
sorority and studied journalism. After she graduated, she married Clifford Brumbaugh, a Kappa Sigma,
whom she met at UK.
They lived in Owensboro, Kentucky for 23 years where she was a substitute teacher for a while, a Girl
Scout leader, and a member of the Junior Women’s Club, and Owensboro Country Club, where she
enjoyed tennis and golf. Her study of journalism led to her sharing the value of reading and writing with
her students and her children.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro and in Gainesville. In 1975 the family
moved to Gainesville where they joined the Turkey Creek Country Club, and later the Gainesville
Country Club where she enjoyed tennis, golf and bridge.
There will be a gathering in her remembrance at 3:30 PM on Thursday, October 3 at the chapel of the
North Florida Retirement Village, Lake House Commons, 8000 NW 27 th Blvd, Gainesville. In lieu of
flowers, it would be appreciated if you would consider a donation to the Alachua County 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

Joan Sweeney Hartley

Joan Sweeney Hartley, of Gainesville, age 86, departed this world on October 5, 2019 at the E T York Hospice Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Florence Joan Sweeney on the 28th of June, 1933, in Hampton, Bradford County, Florida. She was the second of three girls from the union of Michael C. Sweeney and Edith May (Née Jones) Sweeney. Joan was a 1951 graduate of Bradford County High School.
Joan, along with her husband of 50 years, Thornton Lee Hartley, raised her three boys, David, Tom, and Joe on their five-acre plot of land in the Southwest section of Gainesville/Alachua County beginning in the early 1960’s. Joan worked as an accountant/fiscal assistant for several different companies and organizations throughout her life, including Crevasses’s Florist, Shands Hospital, and The University of Florida.
Joan was preceded in death by her father and her mother, by her husband, Thornton, in 2009, and by her sister, Norma May Sweeney. She was also preceded in death by Thornton’s brothers, who she grew to know and love as her own, William J. “Bill” Hartley, Jr. and Robert L. “Bob” Hartley.
Joan is survived by her son’s David (Rosanne) of Ocala, Thomas (Tan) of Gulf Breeze, and Joseph (Summer) of Gainesville; and by her sister, Connie Sweeney Parker of. Gainesville. She is also survived by her cousins, who were as sisters to her, Sylvia May Cox of Orange Park and Florrie Gnann Davis of Hampton.
Special joy came to Joan with the arrival of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grandchildren are Brandy Michelle Christoph (Cody), James Thornton Hartley (Kaycie), Nicholas Farro II, Nina Michelle Farro, Mya Tran Hartley (Jim Yuan Hartley), Caitlin Leigh Hartley (Danny Gibble), Taelor Christine Hartley, Amber Nicole Hartley, Caroline Rebecca Hartley and William Maddox “Will” Hartley.
Her great grandchildren are Zachary Christoph-Medina, Hailey Joan Christoph, Ryan David Christoph, Tyler Harris Christoph, and Clark Christopher Hartley.
She had many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews, and each one had a unique place in her heart and was special to her.
Joan embodied the characteristics of selflessness and modesty. She modeled for others how to be giving and forgiving. She was always hospitable and showed a keen sense of humor. She displayed the traits talked about in Micah 6:8 when it said that one should act with justice, show mercy and kindness, and walk humbly with your God; these are all actions that were emblematic of Joan Hartley.
Joan enjoyed lunch almost every Thursday at Cracker Barrel with her sister, Connie Parker and breakfast almost every Monday at iHop with her good friend, Marion Lake.
Joan’s Earthly resting place will be at the Santa Fe Cemetery at Hampton Lake in Bradford County, Florida. Joan’s family would like to say “Thank You!” to the caregivers on the second floor PCU of North Florida Regional Medical Center and at The Haven E. T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. The caregivers at both facilities took care of Joan in a genuine caring and loving way.
The viewing will take place at Milam Funeral Home, South Main Street in Gainesville on Friday evening, October 11 from 5 to 7. Graveside Ceremonies will be at The Santa Fe Cemetery in Hampton, Florida on Saturday, October 12, at 9:00 AM. The graveside ceremony will be followed by a Memorial Service at the Hartley Family Compound off Rocky Point in Southwest 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

JoAnn Phillips Smith

JoAnn Phillips Smith, 83 of Gainesville, FL passed away on September 19, 2019. She was born in Camp Hill, Alabama on July 18,1936 to Ralph and Bertha Phillips. JoAnn loved to do crafts with her sister and enjoyed arranging flowers. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy and was very involved with her church. Mrs. Smith worked for a car dealership before her retirement.
JoAnn leaves her loving family, Mary and Danny Renfroe, Polly and Terry Walton, 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray Smith, her parents, Ralph and Bertha Phillips, a son Phillip Smith, her sisters and brothers.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, with a visitation for one hour prior. Burial will take place on Saturday at the Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, TN, with Smith Funeral Home in Maryville, TN (865) 983-1000 handling those arrangements. Local arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352)376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Cody Allen Linne

Cody Allen Linne (27)

Cody passed away Saturday, September 21st 2019 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Cody was born in Gainesville, Florida on July 13th 1992. He spent most of his life in Gainesville and Windsor, Florida.
Cody attended Hawthorne High School and then completed his senior year at the Florida Youth Academy located at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. After graduation Cody decided to follow his passion, welding. He then attended Tulsa Welding School, located in Jacksonville Florida. Upon graduation he then traveled to Missouri and then to Oklahoma and landed once again, where his heart was, in Florida. He was a self-employed welder.
Cody had a passion for life. He never met a stranger. He didn’t have acquaintances, he had friends for life. Under the grease and grime that he usually had on him, there was an honest, loyal, happy, do anything for you kind of guy. I used to think it was those baby blue eyes that he was able to get whatever he wanted but, it was actually the kind and beautiful soul he had. Cody enjoyed anything outdoors from mud holes, riding in the woods to fishing and hunting.
Cody was a devoted son and brother. He enjoyed spending time with all them, especially his sister, Keri. He enjoyed the role of being a “big brother” to Keri and was not just her friend and brother, he was also her protector. Which he took seriously.
Cody is proceeded in death by his Grandfathers, Theodore Robert Linne Jr., Joe White Ward Jr., and Aunt Lisa Ward-Young.
He is survived by his Father, Glenn Allen Linne of Windsor, Florida, his Mother, Kristi Renee Linne (Carmen Cowart, his second mom), and his loving sister and best friend Keri Renee Linne all of Gainesville; Grandmothers, Patricia Linne of Beverly Hills, Florida and Jackie Ward of Alachua, Florida; Uncles, Ted Linne (Sarah) of Crystal River, Florida, Russell Linne (Linda) of Pensacola, Florida, Jody Ward (Lana) of Live Oak, Florida, Chuck Ward (JoAnna) of Hawthorne, Florida and Aunt Kim Ward-Amerson (Paul) of High Springs, Florida, and 14 cousins. He also leaves behind many, many friends.
A viewing will be held Friday, September 27th from 6-8:00pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, and a memorial of Cody’s life will be held at the same location on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 11:00am.
Immediately following the memorial everyone is invited to gather at the Windsor Park/boat ramp (Owen Illinois Park 11309 SE 16th Ave) for food and beverages and to share stories of Cody.
Please feel free to dress as casual as you like, as that is exactly how Cody would have wanted it to be.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 22405 W. Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Elaine Francis Sotnick Robbins

Elaine Frances Sotnick Robbins, 94, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at The Windsor Memory Care facility. Our mother was born November 8.1924, to Dora and Abe Sotnick nearly two hours before her beloved twin sister, Esther. The youngest of five girls including an older set of twins, she was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Sotnicks were a strong political family and passed their values to all five daughters. As a result, she developed a strong passion for activism both on a local and federal level. In 1946, Elaine and Esther made a trek to Gainesville, Florida, to visit a sister, Meriam , and brother-in-law who was stationed at Camp Blanding. It was in Gainesville she met the love of her life, Irvin “Yitzi” Robbins…and it only took five dates for her to accept his proposal of marriage. Reluctantly, she left the big city life Cleveland offered to settle in a small southern town in North Florida.
Not to say she wasn’t madly in love with her new husband and happily looking forward to a wonderful future, but she often lamented about her love of the big city and likened small town Gainesville to a “25 watt bulb.” But, she settled in with her new husband and together became life partners in marriage and business. As business partners, they worked hard to successfully open businesses well known to this day to the community. Along with the rest of the Robbins brothers, this included the Rose Theatre, the Robbins Department Store in Starke, Fl, The Personality Shop, the L&L/Stag and Drag, which were run by Irvin’s older brothers, Alex, and Leon, and the legendary Gator Shop
In addition to their business ventures, Elaine and Irvin were pillars of the Gainesville Jewish Community serving in many capacities at B’nai Israel Synagogue. Along with the rest of the Robbins family, they spent many years in leadership capacities devoting themselves to the growth of the synagogue.
One could say Elaine was one of the first feminists actively joined in protests against the Viet Nam War, Civil Rights, and women’s rights. She was a strong independent women who raised strong independent children, who raised strong independent children.
Included in her passions was the love of animals One could always find at least two pets among the family whom she had the uncanny ability of humanizing and treating as if they were her children..(they were). Her talents also included making magnificent needlepoint and bargello pillows, and baking the best cheesecakes ever!
After 62 years of marriage, Irvin preceded Elaine in death along with her parents, Dora and Abe Sotnick, her sisters Sanna Deutchman, Meriam Rosen, Mona Cramer, and her daughter-in-law Ornah Becker Robbins.
She leaves behind her loving twin sister Esther Sobo, her children Jane Robbins, Dale Robbins, Dr. Marc Robbins and her granddaughters, Alison Robbins, Abby Robbins, Maya Robbins and many many nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.
While a beautiful light was dimmed today, her legacy of joy and passion will live on with her loving family.

Graveside Services will be held at B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. For those who wish, contributions may be made to Congregation B’Nai Israel 3830 NW 16th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32605Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville FL 32601, 352 376 5361 www.milamfh.com

Dan Alford

Dan Alford, of Gainesville, FL passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 17th after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Dothan, Alabama on November 12, 1954. Dan graduated from Gainesville High School in 1972 and Valdosta State College in 1976 where he received a degree in Physical Education. For over 40 years, Dan worked as a sporting goods salesman in North Florida.

He is survived by his wife Tracy, his son Brian Alford (Shannon); grandchild Irelyn Alford daughters Jacklyn Alford and Kathryn Alford (Donielle Nardi); brother Lewis “Mac” Alford (Melissa), and sister Julia Hansen (David).

A memorial service for Dan will be held on Saturday September 21st, 5:00PM at Trinity United Methodist Church 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the Alford residence. Donations may be given to Haven Hospice 422 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

Mrs. Mary Alice Steadham

Mrs. Mary Alice Steadham, 102, of Gainesville, Florida entered her eternal home with her loving
Savior on September 11, 2019 at Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Starke, Florida.
Mrs. Steadham was born May 20, 1917 in Bainbridge, Georgia to Thomas Watson Adams and
Lois Louise May (Penabad). She graduated from Hernando High School, Brooksville, Florida in
the Class of 1935. Mary Alice married Charles Victor “Vic” Steadham on March 8, 1939. During
her long life, she worked as a clerk, cashier and property manager while tirelessly serving her
family as a loving wife, dedicated homemaker, exemplary mother and a devoted caregiver. Mrs.
Steadham was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Victor Steadham, Sr., their infant daughter,
and her parents. Mary Alice is survived by her sons: Charles (Mary) Steadham, Jr., of
Gainesville; Stephen (Libby) Steadham of Newport, North Carolina; her granddaughter, Jodi
(Arlo) Mason, great grandchildren, Everly, Swayze and Bear Mason of Jacksonville, Florida and
her beloved caregiver, Valori Williams Graham.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10:00 AM at Evergreen
Cemetery, 401 SE 21st Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made to Haven (Hospice), 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311
South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida 32601 (352.373.5267)

Robert B. Crews, Sr. “PAPA”

Robert B. Crews SR. “PAPA”, of Hawthorne, Florida, Passed away on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at the age of 70. He was a very loving and caring husband to his wife, Mildred Crews, for 40 years, who preceded him in death. He was an amazing father of 4 and grandfather of 4, and a great friend to many. He was an honored and respected employee for the City of Gainesville for 42 years. He is survived by many beloved family members such as, his brother and sister, Donald crews and Doris Gray, both of Archer, Fl. His four children, Robert Crews JR. of Houma, LA., Cheyenne Crews, of Newberry, Fl., David Chancy of Hawthorne, Fl. and Cathy O’Neal of Bronson, FL. His four grandchildren, Dakota Chancy of Hawthorne, FL., Tristen O’Neal of Bronson, FL., Fawn Niswander of Newberry, FL. and Hunter Henderson of Hawthorne, FL. And by his niece Susan Smith of Point Royal, VI. His service will be held at the Milam Funeral home, Located at 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL., on Monday September 30th, 2019. At 11am. There will be time for viewing before the service starting at 9am. Following the service there will be a ceremony held at the Evergreen Cemetery located at 401 SE 21st Ave, Gainesville, FL.
WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU DEARLY! RIP PAPA
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Cody Allen Linne

Cody Allen Linne (27)

Cody passed away Saturday, September 21st 2019 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Cody was born in Gainesville, Florida on July 13th 1992. He spent most of his life in Gainesville and Windsor, Florida.

Cody attended Hawthorne High School and then completed his senior year at the Florida Youth Academy located at Camp Blanding in Starke, Florida. After graduation Cody decided to follow his passion, welding. He then attended Tulsa Welding school located in Jacksonville Florida. Upon graduation he then traveled to Missouri and then to Oklahoma and landed once again, where his heart was, in Florida. He was a self-employed welder.

Cody had a passion for life. He never met a stranger. He didn’t have acquaintances, he had friends for life. Under the grease and grime that he usually had on him, there was an honest, loyal, happy, do anything for you kind of guy. I used to think it was those baby blue eyes that he was able to get whatever he wanted but, it was actually the kind and beautiful soul he had. Cody enjoyed anything outdoors from mud holes, riding in the woods to fishing and hunting.

Cody was a devoted son and brother. He enjoyed spending time with all them, especially his sister, Keri. He enjoyed the role of being a “big brother” to Keri and was not just her friend and brother, he was also her protector. Which he took seriously.

Cody is proceeded in death by his Grandfathers, Theodore Robert Linne Jr., Joe White Ward Jr., and Aunt Lisa Ward-Young.

He is survived by his Father, Glenn Allen Linne of Windsor, Florida, his Mother, Kristi Renee Linne (Carmen Cowart, his second mom), and his loving sister and best friend Keri Renee Linne, all of Gainesville; Grandmothers, Patricia Linne of Beverly Hills, Florida and Jackie Ward of Alachua, Florida; Uncles, Ted Linne (Sarah) of Crystal River, Florida, Russell Linne (Linda) of Pensacola, Florida, Jody Ward (Lana) of Live Oak, Florida, Chuck Ward (JoAnna) of Hawthorne, Florida and Aunt Kim Ward-Amerson (Paul) of High Springs, Florida, and 14 cousins. He also leaves behind many, many friends.

A viewing will be held Friday, September 27th from 6-8:00pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, and a memorial of Cody’s life will be held at the same location on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 11:00am.

Immediately following the memorial everyone is invited to gather at the Windsor Park/boat ramp (Owen Illinois Park 11309 SE 16th Avenue) for food and beverages and to share stories of Cody.

Please feel free to dress as casual as you like, as that is exactly how Cody would have wanted it to be.

Stephen Hall, Jr.

Stephen “Steve” Hall, Jr. passed away peacefully on September 3, 2019 while at his parent’s lake place in Melrose, FL. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina on September 4, 1970 and grew up in Gainesville, Florida, graduating from Eastside High School. Stephen loved soccer and was Alachua County’s player of the year in 1988. He was also an avid Gators Fan.
Stephen is survived by his parents Steve and Mary Hall, brother Victor, niece Basillisa and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was loved and will be missed by family and many friends. Forever in our hearts. There will be a memorial on Saturday September 28, 2019 at Otter Springs. Please come and share your memories.

William Depew Hedges

On August 29, 2019, William Depew Hedges, age 95, died at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Gainesville, after a brief illness. William was born June 9, 1924 in Southampton, New York to William and Susan (Depew) Hedges and was raised in Malvern, Arkansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and gained admission to the V-12 Navy College Training Program. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1946 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering where he received his commission. After completing his tour of duty he married Robbie Farris in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1948 while teaching high school mathematics and science. He held positions in teaching and administration in public schools in Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, and Missouri. He earned his doctorate at George Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tennessee. An associate professor in the Department of Education at the University of Virginia, he was granted leave from 1959 to 1962 to work with the public schools in Daejon, Korea where he focused on improving science education. In 1968 William became Chairman of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Missouri with a leave year for research at the University of Pittsburgh. He then accepted the position of Chairman, Elementary Education in the College of Education at the University of Florida in 1971. After resuming teaching as professor in Instructional Leadership, William was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 1985-1986 and returned to Daejon, Korea to lecture at Chungnam National University. William retired from the University of Florida as emeritus professor in 1991. During his career, William authored six books, some 150 articles and consulted widely stateside and overseas. William is survived by his wife of 71 years, Robbie, his sons William and Douglas, and daughter-in-law Diane. He was preceded in death by his sister and brothers. A rationalist in intellect and an iconoclast in temperament, William devoured books, gardened vegetables, played bridge, voted a Democratic ticket, and appreciated bourbon and branch water every afternoon. Above all he was a devoted husband, father, and father-in-law. William will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered by his immediate family at a place he loved. Donations may be made in his name to the William D. and Robbie F. Hedges Research Fund in the College of Education at the University of 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

Robert “Robbie” Alan Morrison

Robert “Robbie” Alan Morrison, age 59, of Trenton, Florida peacefully went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 24, 2019. He was born on September 16, 1959 in Beckley, West Virginia.
Robbie married Janie Butler in 1983. They were married for 36 years and they have 2 sons Joseph and Jesse.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and helping others. He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Jonesville Baptist Church. He will be remembered for donating his time cooking at numerous events across the tricounty area. He was involved in several ministries at Jonesville Baptist Church. He was always willing to lend a hand, and he never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jackson Morrison.
He is survived by his wife Janie, sons Joseph (Lindsey) and Jesse (Taylor), grandchildren Jordyn, Josiah, Jentson, Kaylin, Blakeley, others he loved as grandchildren Isaiah, Xavier, Hailey, mother Juanita Morrison, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a multitude of nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 10am on Saturday August 31, 2019 at Jonesville Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at Milam Funeral Home in Newberry, Florida. Interment will be in Jonesville Baptist Cemetery

Brian James MacDonald

Brian James MacDonald died on July 18, 2019, when a car struck the motorcycle on which he and his girlfriend were riding. He was born in 1976 in Hartford, CT, and grew up in Southampton, MA. Living in the country on 13 acres of woods, he learned to love and appreciate the outdoors.
Brian moved to Gainesville, FL in 1995, and over the years began to feel that the South had become home. He became an auto technician, and worked in this field for many years. Brian learned to play electric guitar in his early high school years. He found great pleasure in his music, and through the years gathered a collection of guitars and amplifiers. His favorite music was metal, and his favorite band was Slayer. He enjoyed jamming with his friends. He was also an avid reader.
Brian is survived by his mother, Joy Southwell, of Gainesville, his daughter, Davika MacDonald, of Gainesville, and his cat, Mickey, whom he rescued when she was a tiny kitten .

Ira Lester Wigglesworth, Jr.

Ira Lester Wigglesworth Jr. passed away peacefully at home in
Gainesville, Florida, on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at the age of 78. He
was predeceased by his parents, Lester and Doris.

Lester Jr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 6, 1941, and grew
up in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from Gainesville High School
in 1959 and attended Florida State University. Until his retirement,
Lester Jr. was a respected masonry superintendent. He enjoyed fishing,
working outdoors, and watching both FSU and UF sports. A great cook,
Lester, Jr. was renowned for the world’s best macaroni and cheese!

Lester, Jr. is survived by his beloved wife, Ethel; two daughters, Kim
Merlin and Kelly Ramirez; sister, Dana; one niece, Melissa Kokenzie; six
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 11:00 am at Forest Meadows East. In lieu of flowers, Lester’s family has requested a donation to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, www.communityhospice.com. Services are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St. Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-376-5361, www.milamfh.com.

Roberto Delgado

Roberto Delgado, age 83 of LaCrosse, FL passed away on Friday July 26, 2019 at the E T York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL. Roberto was born on October 5, 1935 in Las Villas, Cuba to Roberto and Dulce Maria Delgado. He was very good with computers and worked as a technician repairing office machines. He and his loving wife Sandra Barber Delgado travelled extensively. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday July 30, 2019 at the Forest Grove Cemetery in Alachua, 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

Don Rey Duer

Don Rey Duer, 82 of Micanopy went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2019 at his home, with family at his side. He was born in Ocala and raised in Gainesville. He earned his degree in Architecture from the University of Florida, doing what he loved designing buildings of all kinds. Don was a history buff, taking in historical museums, collecting and even wrote several books on the subject. Mr. Duer was very involved with his church, and he was a Deacon at St. Lukes Cathedral in Orlando.
Don leaves his wife, Christine Duer, Michael Duer his son, Kathy
( Mike ) Paiva, his daughter and a grandson, Ryan( Lauren ) Beck, and many friends.
Services were held on Monday July 29, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church9700 W. Newberry Road Gainesville, FL. Burial will follow the service at Micanopy Historic Cemetery in Micanopy, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Colorectal Cancer Alliance
1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1066 Washington, DC. 20005 www.ccalliance.org
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Margaret Wheland Couch

Margaret Wheland Couch, age 77, was born on August 27, 1941 and died on July 30, 2019. She
was the daughter of George Willard Wheland, a professor of chemistry at the University of
Chicago, and Betty Clayton Wheland. She grew up in Chicago and then moved to Durham, NC
where she attended Duke University and was granted a BS degree in Chemistry in 1963. At
Duke she met her future husband Leon Couch II, the son of a Methodist minister in the North
Carolina Conference. Both of them moved to Gainesville, FL in Fall trimester of 1963 to attend
graduate school at the University of Florida. Margaret and Leon were married in 1964.
Margaret earned a MS, and then a PhD in organic chemistry in 1969 from the University of
Florida. She worked at the VA hospital in Gainesville, and at UF. She was a research chemist
for 36 years. Among other things, she synthesized nuclear pharmaceuticals, which were designed
for individual patients, to go to specific organs of the body for imaging.
She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Gainesville Civic Chorus, Capella Nova and a
long time choir member at First United Methodist Church, Gainesville. In retirement since
2005, she enjoyed quilting and was a member of several quilting groups.
Margaret is survived by her husband Leon Couch II of Gainesville, FL; son Leon Couch III of
Temple, TX and his child Elizabeth; Jonathan Couch and his wife Amy Aiton Couch and their
childern Noah, Noel, Luke, and Cassie of Simpsonville, SC; Rebecca Couch Wolfson and her
husband Brian Wolfson of Gainesville, FL; and Margaret’s brother Robert Wheland and wife
Leslie Stanford of Wilmington, DE.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, August 4th , at the First United Methodist
Church in downtown Gainesville, FL. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers
the family suggests a donation in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st
Street, Gainesville, FL 32601.

Keith Oliver Malkemes

Memorial services for Keith Oliver Malkemes will be Friday at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville.
Keith graduated from Wyoming Seminary, Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering. After retiring as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Air Force with 22 years of service, he received a Master’s of Accounting from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He owned his own accounting firm for over 30 years before retiring. He was also a pilot and avid supporter of Gator Sports.
Keith is survived by his wife Valerie Clark Malkemes, step sons Clay Aldrich (Chrissy) and their sons Jack and Christopher, of Oak Park, CA, and John Aldrich (Soo) and their sons Mason and Miles, of Austin, TX, his sisters Lois Malkemes of Maryville, TN, and Jean Hickman of York, PA, and sister-in-law Betty Benningfield of Anahuac, TX. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by father Peter Malkemes and mother Florence Oliver and siblings Claire Slavis, Marilyn Sharpe, and Robert Malkemes.
Those wishing to may make contributions in his name to Family Promise or a charity of their choice. A reception at the church will follow the service. Milam Funeral Home 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL (352) 376-5361 is handling arrangements.

Paul Ekis Milner

Paul Ekis Milner, 92 was born on March 2, 1927 in Seffner, Florida and passed away on August 2, 2019, in High Springs, Florida. He spent his youth in Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania, graduating from New Kensington High School in Pennsylvania in 1945. He proudly served in the US Navy in both World War II and the Korean conflict. After the Navy, he returned to Clearwater and retired from Verizon Communications in 1984, when he moved to High Springs. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of High Springs.

Paul is preceded by his first wife, Lois Milner (1972). He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sallie A. Milner. He is also survived by his stepson, Michael Keathley (Shelley) and three grandchildren: Jaedyn Riona Keathley, Emmalynn Katherine Keathley, and Killian Paul Keathley as well as his former daughter-in-law Megan Keathley (Mother of Jaedyn). Per his request, there will be a private memorial service.

It is requested that any remembrances should be a donation to The Nature’s Conservancy ( The Nature Conservancy, att: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA. 22203), The First United Methodist Church of High Springs (17405 US-441, High Springs, FL. 32643), or the Charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main St. Gainesville, FL.
(352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

Lewis Harold Wilson

Lewis Harold Wilson, Born June 21, 1926, passed away on August 3, 2019, Lewis was the Son of William Edward Wilson, Jewel McCollister Wilson of Hatchbend, FL. He is survived by his Wife Reba Sue Wilson of LaCrosse, FL., Son William Sam Wilson “Bill “and Wife Michele of Sampson City, FL., and Grandchildren, Michael Preston Wilson of Lake Butler, FL. Erika Kemp of Lake Butler, FL., Niko Mello of Lake City, FL., Madison Kite of Lake Butler, FL. William S. Mello of Sampson City, FL. And Great Grandchild Bailey Jean Varnes of Lake Butler, FL. Three brothers, John Wilson and wife Bertha of Cross City, FL., Jim Wilson and wife Joyce of Mayo, FL., Thomas Wilson and wife Cheryl of Lamar, MO. Also preceded by two sisters, Marie Bowles of Moultrie, GA., Doris Haufler of Gainesville, FL.
Lewis served in the Navy in WWII

In 1955 Lewis came to Gainesville, FL. And became a Car Salesman and work for many dealerships, Miller Volkswagen, University Chevrolet, John Hipp Gainesville Auto Sales, Charlie Blount Pontiac GMC, and then later in his career he wanted to drive a truck, and went to work for Marvin H. Pritchett, Pritchett Trucking of Lake Butler, FL. for many years. After driving Lewis went back to Car sales and worked for Buddy Pruitt Toyota of Gainesville and retired July of 1989.

Lewis was a profound Bear Hunter, He started Bear Hunting in 1950 with his longtime friend Chief Cummings and he hunted until June of 2018. Lewis hunted from WV to the Carolinas to Florida and met many hunters along the way, he was known as “BEAR ONE” to all the hunters abroad.

His Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church of LaCrosse, FL. Approximately 3 miles North of LaCrosse on County Road 1493/237 on the Santa Fe River. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, graveside services will follow at 10:00 am.

Virginia Mei-kam Chen

Virginia Mei-kam Chen passed away peacefully July 31, 2019. Virginia wanted to say “good-bye” and “thank you” to this wonderful community that has been so loving. Kind, compassionate, and supporting toward her.
Virginia was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States in 1962 to attend Luther College in Iowa. She transferred to Iowa State University and graduated with a BS degree. She then had 12 months of training at a medical technology school and was licensed to work in hospital, clinical and veterinary laboratories.
Virginia came to her beloved Gainesville in 1976 and began her career in watercolor painting. She felt Gainesville was her home. After taking lessons, attending workshops, and painting on location, she began showing her work in the early 80’s. In 40 years, she rarely missed a local art show. At these shows, Virginia met many people from all walks of life, and they became her friends. She was a member of GFAA Gallery, Artisan’s Guild Gallery, and a member of the Florida Watercolor Society. She has done paintings for Santa Fe College, University of Florida, and many others.
Her love of cooking Chinese dishes always got “high praise” from her guests. She was not only an artist of painting but also of Asian cooking, but painting has been her true passion. Virginia wished that there not be a service. 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” Lyon Mulligan

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

Ashoke Kumar Banerji

Ashoke Kumar Banerji, age 88 of Gainesville, FL formerly of Kolkata, India, passed away on Thursday July 25, 2019 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. Ashoke was born on October 30, 1930 in Kolkata, India to Manoj Mohan Banerji and Protima Banerji. Ashoke’s family was originally from Uttarpara, a suburb of Kolkata. However, he grew up in Cuttack, where his dad was a professor of Electrical Engineering. Ashoke attended Stewart School and Ravenshaw College at Cuttack before being admitted to the Indian School of Mines (ISM), the premier mining engineering school in India. He graduated in 1952 and worked for the Coal Board until 1973 when the coal industry was nationalized. He later attended Newcastle University in the UK and graduated in 1968 with Master of Science in Mining Engineering. He taught as a Visiting Professor in the Metallurgical Engineering Department at Jadavpur University from 1969-1970. He retired as Chief General Manager in Mine Safety from Coal India Limited in 1988. He was a senior member of the ISM Alumni Association, as well as the Mining and Metallurgical Institute of India (MGMI). Ashoke lived during significant historical times. He was 17 when India gained her independence from British rule. He witnessed the freedom struggle at the grassroots level such as the calls by Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose and others to boycott foreign goods and promote India’s path to self-determination. He belonged to the inaugural class of a school started by a freedom fighter where the medium of instruction was Bangla, the indiginous langauge of the region. The school was short-lived as the founder and the only teacher was arrested in front of his students and taken away by British police. He also lived through the World War II period as the British were still ruling India at that time. When he attended Newcastle University, he witnessed the visit of Martin Luther King Jr. who was awarded an honorary degree – the only UK university to do so during his lifetime. During his time in England, he also experienced the musical revolution of the times with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Monkees. Ashoke had a variety of interests and hobbies. He was an avid reader, photographer, and a traveller. He was particularly a lover of Rabindranath Tagore’s works and followed some of the philosophical principles expressed in those works in his personal life. He often recited Tagore’s poems and won accolades as a young boy in school reciting some of these poems. He also loved to cook, sew, gardening, carpentry, house related repairs, and carrelated repairs. He spent some of his free time involved as an active production director and designer of Tagore dance-dramas and ballets. He is preceded in death by his wife Monica Banerji, and his brother Deepak Kumar Banerjee. He is survived by his daughter Rimjhim Banerjee-Batist, his son-in-law Carlos Batist, his son Kingshuk Banerji, his daughter-in-law Suchitra Banerji, his grandson Utsav Saxena, grand daughter-in-law Parnika Saxena, granddaughter Rani Melanie Batist, grandson Alec Ridoy Banerji, and his two great-granddaughters Urvashi and Paheli Saxena. He was an extremely well-respected colleague and a loved family member known for his positivity and wit.

Lee Young Crapps

Lee Y. Crapps passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. She was born on May 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Miriam and Albert Chamberlain. Her mother remarried when Lee was 8 years old to Milton Young at the end of his naval career. The family later moved to his hometown of Gouldsboro, Maine which is on the coast in the “down east” area. Lee lived on the ocean and as a child enjoyed the beauty of Maine, the pleasant summers and the winter activities. They spent many holidays with her beloved Grandmother in New York City.

 

Lee attended 2 years of public high school at Hancock County High School and 2 years of boarding school at Mount Mercy Academy at Waterville, Maine. She then attended the University of Maine at Machias. Lee’s college career ended one exciting spring break in Ft. Lauderdale while visiting her Grandmother. She met a wonderful Georgia Tech student and followed him to Atlanta with $40 in her pocket. However, within three days she had a good job with a major insurance company as a claims correspondent. The transition from rural Maine to Atlanta was exciting and she enjoyed her new independence.

 

Lee married Wallace H. Smith on June 6, 1963, the day of his graduation from Georgia Tech. She continued work while Wally completed his Master’s Degree. Upon graduation, Wally accepted a job with IBM and they moved to Jacksonville in 1966. Lee accepted a job with Xerox Corporation. Wally and Lee purchased a home and she was active in the community. She served in her church, was a Board Member of The Children’s Horne Society volunteered at Baptist Memorial Hospital and worked as a fund raiser for St. Vincent’s Hospital. Lee enjoyed Jacksonville and especially boating on the St. Johns River and in the ocean.

 

Shortly after their marriage, Lee was reunited with her natural Father after nearly 20 years. After her parents were divorced in California, her Father bought a yacht and entered the chartering business. He later settled at Staniel Cay, a small island in the Exumas about 80 miles southeast of Nassau. Lee was excited; but, a little nervous to see him again. Lee and her father reestablished a bond and she visited him at this beautiful island regularly. Lee was lucky to have a father in the Bahamas and a step father in Maine that loved her dearly. She also had the best of both worlds with such lovely places to visit.

 

A beautiful daughter, Katherine Lee Smith, was born on April 30, 1968 to Wally and Lee at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was bright, small, and very feminine and brought great joy to their lives. Lee balanced raising a child with work and also continued her volunteer activities.

 

The following year brought tragedy to Lee. On November 16, 1969 Wally was involved in a boating accident and drowned. Her friends and the Smith family, including Wally’s parents, three sisters and four brothers, rallied to her in this time of tragedy. At the time of this loss, Lee was pregnant with her son who was born at Baptist Memorial Hospital on May 10, 1970 which was a special Mother’s Day present! He was bright, large, very masculine and the image of his father.  He also brought great joy to Lee. Lee’s friends were a great source of strength and helped in her attempts to provide a normal life to two small children while grieving the tragic loss of her husband.

 

In June of 1971, Lee started a new direction in her life. She sold her home in Jacksonville and on June 5, 1971 married David K. Crapps who was a friend and fraternity brother of Wally. He is

one of ten children and now the children were blessed with lots of new relatives as well as the joys from the many they already had. During their first year of marriage, the family survived David’s serious auto accident as well as a large fire in their home. During her second year of marriage her husband quit his job and entered the University of Florida for his Ph.D. Four and one-quarter years later, he started a consulting business on borrowed money.  Their marriage survived and life was great!  They later bought a place on the water in Prospect Harbor, Maine close to her childhood home.  Lee enjoyed the summers in Maine for over 25 years.

 

Lee loves her children, Kathy and Wally, and is so proud of their accomplishments. Her main goals have been to encourage them to obtain the necessary education and to participate in leadership roles in their church, school and community so that they would be prepared to contribute to society. Kathy graduated from Rollins College and soon thereafter received two Master’s Degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kathy is married to Robert Hatcher and now lives in Houston, Texas (Clay Hatcher and Kelly Hatcher – children through marriage).  Wally graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Florida and a Master of Business from Michigan State University.  Wally is married to Betsy and has three children:  Katherine, David and John.  Lee loved her grandchildren dearly.

 

Lee always felt that she had a small part in Kathy and Wally’s achievements. She did the usual carpooling and was a very active volunteer at their schools. Lee was also active at the

Alachua county Boy’s Club serving on the Board of Directors for several years and the Buchholtz Quarterback club serving as Concessions Chairman for the Varsity and JV teams and many other school related activities.

 

Lee was active in her community in other ways, serving on the Church Council at Holy Faith Catholic Church and served as an Eucharistic Minister for over 30 years. She was a volunteer at Alachua General Hospital and active in the Junior League of Gainesville. While in the Junior League, she was on the Board of Directors serving as Secretary, Admissions Chairman, Follies Ads Chairman and Follies Ticket Chairman as well as other League Projects. Lee was a Sustainer in the Junior League. Lee took great pride in being a member of P.E.O.  Lee enjoyed walking, reading, travel, spending time with her husband, helping others, and visiting with friends and family. Lee has maintained a good relationship with her children, their spouses and grandchildren.

 

Lee was active at Holy Faith Church in Gainesville, FL and Birch Harbor Baptist Church in Birch Harbor, ME.  There will be a funeral service for Lee at Holy Faith Church on Friday July 26, 2019 at 9:30 am, followed by a Celebration of Life in Maine (date to be announced) followed by burial at the Prospect Harbor Cemetery in Maine.

Elizabeth “Beth” Hughes Griffis

Elizabeth (Beth) Hughes Griffis went to be with her Lord on July 14th, 2019.
She will be missed by her daughters Beth Wood, Clute, Tx, Freddie Baylor (Blair), Ocala, Fl., Connie Griffis (Stanley), Alachua, Fl., son Michael Griffis (Pam), White, GA. , seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Beth was born in Gainesville, Fl. to Florence Cheeves and Harry Andrew Hughes on December 1st, 1921.
She was preceded in death by her parents and Aubrey Griffis, her husband of 60 years.
Born in Gainesville, raised in Cedar Key, as an adult she returned to Gainesville and became a life resident.
In 1960 she and her husband opened the 1st coin operated laundry in Gainesville. Success followed with 4 additional laundries. As their business grew, they branched out and opened Hi Neighbor Vending and Hi Neighbor wholesale companies
Beth was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a life member of Women of the Moose.
She was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club and served four years as president. She was a life member of the Florida and National Federation of Garden Clubs and was a nationally accredited Flower Show judge. Later in life she expanded her talents to include designing and making metal art sculptures and containers for flower arrangers.
Not forgetting her Cedar Key roots, she and Aubrey bought and for 25 years operated the Cedar Key RV Park. She remained an associate member of the Cedar Key United Methodist Church and was a board member of the CSO for the Cedar Key state museum.
Beth embraced life to its fullest and lived it well. She loved to dance, attend Gator football games, travel the world, arrange flowers and win blue ribbons. We who knew and loved her will cherish her memory.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

William “Bill” Lyon Mulligan

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

Linda Hodge

Linda Hodge, 66 of Newberry passed away on July 7, 2019. Linda was born on February 17, 1953 in Alachua County. She was a homemaker and former CNA in the home health care field. Linda enjoyed the beach, going to Cedar Key, taking time to read and study the Bible. She was a loving, giving woman who really enjoyed taking care of others. Her real love was her family and spending time with her grandchildren, as that brought her the most enjoyment in life.
Linda is survived by her loving husband, Dale Hodge of 25 years, her son Todd Holder, step children Samantha and Dale Jr., her grandchildren, Walker Holder and Carly Holder, numerous step grandchildren, and many friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Bronson Road Church 13840 NE 80th Ave. Newberry, FL. A reception will follow the services.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 22405 w. Newberry Rd. Newberry, FL. (352) 472-5361 www.milamfh.com

Bob S. Eller

Bob S. Eller, age 88, a devoted Christian and family man, passed away on July 5, 2019, at the ET York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bobbie Eller, his sons, Kim Eller (Ana) of New Orleans, LA, and Jan Eller (Robbie) of Gainesville, and his daughters, Myra Lambert (Jon Allen) of Micanopy, FL, and Nancy Asbell (Bobby) of Gainesville. Bob also is survived by his siblings, Bill Pence of Knoxville, TN, Martha Ownsby (Herbie) of Gastonia, NC, Joe Eller (Patty) of Gastonia, NC and Janet Edwards of Shelby, NC. “Poppa” further is survived by 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 Micanopy, FL, 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 17 great-grandchildren. Bob also was an uncle to many nieces and nephews and a “Bonus-Poppa” to many little ones. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mabel Eller, brothers Dick Eller and Keith Eller, sister Susie Pendleton, sister-in-law Pat Parra, niece Patti Lou Parra, and granddaughter Taylor Brooke Asbell.
The third of eight siblings, Bob was born on February 19, 1931, in McAdenville, NC. The Ellers settled in the mill village of Cramerton, NC where his mother and father worked at the Mays Mill manufacturing plant. Upon graduating from the Mayworth School in Cramerton in 1948, Bob accepted a scholarship to play football at the private Catholic college, Belmont Abbey, in Belmont, NC. After college, Bob began working at his uncle’s drug store in Belmont, which ultimately led to a long career as a pharmaceutical representative with both the Johnson Drug Company and the McKesson Corporation, retiring in 1993.
Bob met the love of his life, Bobbie, in Cramerton where they were childhood sweethearts and ultimately married on February 25, 1951. Bob and Bobbie began their family with the births of Kim, Jan and Myra in Cramerton before being transferred with his job to Gainesville in 1960. Once settled in Gainesville, Bob and Bobbie welcomed Nancy into their now family of six. The Eller family established deep friendships and became active in the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where Bob served as a Deacon.
Both before and after his retirement, Bob and Bobbie enjoyed traveling, cruising to the Caribbean, and were frequent visitors to the casinos in Biloxi and Tampa. They especially enjoyed square dancing and being on the dance floor at all family weddings and events. Bob loved babies and toddlers running around, visiting with family, playing cards, having a good meal at Cracker Barrel, all sports, especially the Florida Gators, and, in the last few years, day visits to the casino in Tampa.
In accordance with Bob’s wishes there will be no funeral service. However, we ask that all who wish to recognize Bob’s lifelong example of generosity and compassion, please kindly consider a donation 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

Jo Anne Edwards Townsend

Jo Anne Edwards Townsend, age 88 of Gainesville, FL passed away on July 15, 2019 after a short illness. She was born on May 26, 1931 in Turkey Creek, Florida.
Jo Anne graduated from Turkey Creek High School in 1949 and shortly afterwards married her high school sweetheart, Curtis Townsend. They moved to Gainesville in June of 1949 where he started at U of F and Jo Anne went to work at McCrory’s. In 1950, they purchased 40 acres in northwest Gainesville and started their life together that spanned until 1992 when Curtis passed away. Jo Anne sold the farm in 1996 and moved to Atlanta to take care of her youngest grandchild and lived there until she returned to Gainesville in 2004 where she remained until her death.
After her start at McCrory’s, Jo Anne moved on to be a bookkeeper at Stoutamire Motor Company and spent her last 20+ working years at PCR as an executive assistant. She retired at 52 and spent the years supporting Curtis’ efforts around the farm. She loved to cook for everyone and took great pleasure in our enjoyment of the fruits of her labor. She loved to read and also enjoyed watching the birds and butterflies that enjoyed her efforts in the garden.
When Jo Anne and Curtis moved to Gainesville, they joined Eastside Baptist Church. They later moved with some of the congregational members to establish Carol Estates Baptist Church in the early 60’s. They served as active members there until joining First Baptist Church Gainesville in 1979, where Jo Anne remained a member until her death. Their social circle centered around the church and remained close friends with the people they met there over the years.
Jo Anne was the eldest of 6 children, two sisters, Jan Cribbs and Rena Phillips and three brothers, Russell, Glynn, and Dennis. Jan, Rena, and Russell preceded Jo Anne in death.
Jo Anne is survived by her three children, Monica (David) Denman, Mike (Karen) Townsend, and Melanie (Rex) Milburn. She has 5 grandchildren, Rebecca Green, Amy Sparrow, Geoff Mallory, Minde Briscoe and Matthew Milburn. She has 5 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
The service will be held on July 20th, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville. The service starts at 11 AM followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL. (352) 376-5361 www.milamfh.com

James “Jim” Phelps Wiggins

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

Charles W. Shorter

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

William “Bill” Lyon Mulligan

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

Carol Bishop Handley

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

Geraldine “Jerry” Helen Buel

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

Gary Malcolm Bivens

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

George Richard “Richie” Koszty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Arno Zane Palmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert “Bob” N. Singer

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

Adolfo Enrique Garcia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia “Judy” M. Durrance

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

George Alexander Dell, Jr.

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

Eldora Meade Boyd

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

Hazel Lee Harrison Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Czuprinski Dorsey

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

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

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

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

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

Richard A. Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

Patricia “Trish” Robbins Parker

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

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

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

Eric Thomas Anderson

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

C. Valentine “Val” Bates

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

Ruth Katherine Johnson

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

Buford Cedric Scott

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

James L. Stringfellow

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

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

Thomas “Tommy” Perry Hicks, Sr

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

Dennie “Denny” Wackerly

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

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

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

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

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

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

William E. Austin, Sr.

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

George Richard Koszty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adolfo Enrique Garcia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don A. Halperin, Ph.D

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

Bonnie Shiawne Hinson

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Cleta Carlton “C.C./Carl” Jones

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

Gloria Diane Dorsey

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

Patricia Schultis Kreis

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

Barbara Gail Fenn Kirby

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

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

Prana “Alex” Ashodian

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

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

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

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

Captain Donald “Mase” Mason Wells

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

Thelma Marie Sanchez

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

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

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

Terry Tim Nelson

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

Phillip “Phil”Patrick Carroll, Jr.

Phillip “Phil” Patrick Carroll Jr. died on March 17, 2019, St. Patrick’s Day, at 10:41 A.M. exactly 74 years to the day after he married his late wife Lillie Bernice Kelly Carroll of Gainesville who died in 1995. He died after a two-day downward physical spiral, and he was lucid until the end.
Phil was a native Floridian raised in Haines city. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Engineering in 1944, he enlisted in the Navy and served as Engineering Officer in USS Cony (DD-508). He then worked at Food Machinery Corporation in Lakeland developing food cropping machinery and then for Fosgates in Orlando building the first concertrated orange juice plant. As a DuPont Construction Division employee, he supervised the pipefitters building the Savannah River nuclear fuel plant. In 1955 he was transferred with DuPont to Wilmington, Delaware. He spent the rest of his career in engineering and management positions. He was a manager at the Mechanical Development Laboratory building one-of-a-kind machines primarily for the textile and shoe industry. He managed DuPont’s Mechanical Consulting group. His last job was leading Engineering’s Quality Assurance team, which consisted of over 300 engineers worldwide.
His best friends were the folks who worked for him and his neighbors. He and Bernice reveled in giving dinner parties at home. He always enjoyed a Manhattan before dinner. People describe him as a consummate Southern gentleman. Phil was known for his wit, wisdom and sense of humor. He was an avid card and poker player. His had a amazing workshop and enjoyed home projects and fixing Bernice’s antiques. He and Marguerite spent many years seeing the world including Antartica, Africa, China, Pacific Islands, South America and Alaska. He was an avid Gator fan.
Phil is survived by their son Phillip “Flip” Patrick Carroll III of Bloomfield Hills, MI and grandson Phillip “Patrick” Carroll IV of Lakeland. Bernice and Phil’s other child, Catherine Christine Carroll Smith died on June 6, 2017, but is survived by her husband Maurice Elmer Smith and daughter Sarah Christine Carroll Still and her husband Aaron Still. Phil was preceded in death by both of his siblings: Sr. Mary Michelle Carroll, Mother Superior in the Sisters of Mercy and Joanne Payne of Houston, TX. Phil’s second wife, Marguerite Carroll preceded him in death on August 30, 2017 and is survived by her daughter Dyanne Hughes; son Neal Aker and wife Sharon Aker; and son Jim Aker and wife Debbie Aker. Marguerite’s grandchildren are Logan Aker and wife Jennifer, Scott Aker, Keith Aker and wife Heather, and Kimberly Aker. Great-grandchildren are Stella, Nora and Maya.
Phil passed away with the same silver hair combed straight back that he gained in his 30’s. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be missed dearly.
Phil’s service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday March 23, 2019, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 505 Broome Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. A reception will immediately follow at the Osprey Village Senior Community Dining Room, Floor 1, 74 Osprey Village Drive, Amelia Island, FL 32034. A Graveside Service will take place on Monday, March 25,2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Cemetery 401 SE 21st Ave. Gainesville, FL. 32641
In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, 110 E. 42nd Street, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10017.Please share your memories and condolences at www.oxleyheard.com
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Larry Ellis Awbrey

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

Linda Murphy Traupane

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

Bruce Eugene White

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

A. Janet Moore

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

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

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

Dennis Alan Woody

Dennis Woody Obituary

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

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

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

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

Kathy Jean (Long) Watkins

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

Shirley B. Clark

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

Kim M. Massagee

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

Mack Van Hammock

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

Alex Jarred “AJ” Allen

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

Clark D. Shoemaker

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

John Anderson Douglas

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

Carolyn Schoenau

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

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

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

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

Alois J. Byers (nee Derry)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William “Keith” Hicks

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

Fred L. Beard

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

Frances M. Coker

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

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

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

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

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

Denise Tyre Barnett

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

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

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

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

Elsie Bea Cellon

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

Howard Ray Prouty

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

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

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

Robyn A. Sullivan

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

George Eugene Davis, III

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

Kathy Lynn Harper

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

Kevin Eric Keith

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

Harold “Tom” Leon Sebring Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opal Geneva Hunt Wood

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

Lillian Hazel Hicks

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

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

Howard Malcolm Patton

Howard Malcolm Patton

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

Margaret “Peggy” W. Blitch

MARGARET WATSON BLITCH

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

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

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

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

Faye A. Hunter

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

Clyde R. Leaphart

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

Albert Traversa

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

Patricia Ann Powell Stotesbury

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

Richard A. Habercam

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

Michael David Gracy

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

Christopher Todd “Manute” Herndon

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

Emmie Kate Keith

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

Earl Bergadine

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

Frances Juanita Parrott Spivey

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

Gregory Edwin Smith

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

Elizabeth Truitt Furlow

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

Debra Wetherington Myers

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

Rosemary “Bunny” Bass

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

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

Howard E. Jennings

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

Carl Timothy Thomas

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

Catherine O. Haguewood

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

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

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

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

Pamela Jean Bestic

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

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

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

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

Martha Frances Ennis Groves

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

Marjorie Cooley Davis

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

Cecile “Cec” Cary Morse

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

Susan “Ann” Annette Southerland

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

Quitman Whitfield Hall

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

Eva Kathleen Polk Smith

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

Nora Dalton

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

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

Thomas “Tommy” Sanchez

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

Lonald David “Lonnie” Hartwell

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

Barbara Louise Stringfellow

STRINGFELLOW,
BARBARA LOUISE, 63
1955 – 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ethel May (Schofield) Cooper

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

Nell F. Crider Albert

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

Helen Nigels

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

Howard L. Long

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

Dr. Donald F. Rothwell

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

Earnest Dwight Adams

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

Gene Luther Elliott

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

Linda Sue Weaver Day

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

Lula Mae Beauchamp Wilson

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

George Wesley Harrell

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

Patricia Carol Ahrens English

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

Gordon A. Bennett

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

Sidney A. Martin

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

John R. Wurts

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

Dr. Carol Douglass Blalock, Ph.D.

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

Mary Lou Holdeman Griebel

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

Patricia June Koehler

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

Charles Steadman Sanford, Jr.

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

Brenda N. Hale

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

Phillip Stephen Witeka

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

Pamela Page Franklin

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

Paul Ray Varnes

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

Cynthia Askren Davis

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

Norma Lee Sheffield Woeller

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

Stephen C. Riley

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

Ruby Mae Culler Mincey

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

Susan Marie Eagle Fairchild Morris

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

Daniel Charles Dale, Sr.

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

Sarah Lois Gregg

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

Clare Maria Noble

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

Kassia Simonne Cook-Walsh

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

Mary Buck Parrish

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

Robert Gordon Garrigues

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

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

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

Roger Hamm

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

Mark Louis Wodlinger

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

Robert Allan Sarles

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

Clara Jean Polopolus

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

Christine May

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

Margaret S. Bird

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

Daniel F. “Shorty” Jones

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

Betty J. Jones

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

Dorothy Y. Steitz

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

John Louis Walton

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

Martin “Marty” Paulson, III

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

Dr. Thomas C. Emmel, Ph.D

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

Kevin Dale Davis

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

Bruce Turner

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

John Sherman Simpson

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

Shantell Renee Padgett

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

Kenneth Albert “Toby” Webb

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

Roy Edward “Eddie” Weems, Sr.

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

Carolyn Paulette Hardin

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

Margaret Jayne “Peg” Ferriss

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

Edward F. Brown

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

William “Bill” Leonard Donigan

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

Joseph C. Reichert, Sr.

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

Dr. Clifford LeBlanc

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

Patricia Craig

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

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

Peggy Woods Hodges

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

John Christopher Shealy

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

Jerry Don Holder

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

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

Joyce Estelle Bonnick

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

Mary Sutton Burton

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

Jason Gilbert Gainey

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

Madeleine Hall Dampier

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

Ira Lester Wigglesworth

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

Helen “Kitty” Gray Hice

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

Yancey Harris Simmons

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

Harold Wilford “Mac” McDavid

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

Grace Tallman Meeks Padgett

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

James Wilburn Voyles

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

David Robert Gould

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

Dr. Thomas H. Fay

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

Connie J. Gardner

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

Pamela Grace DeWitt

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

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

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

James “Jim” Wills

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

Louise Elizabeth Moratto Kite-Powell

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

Miriam Liles Mathis

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

Mary E. Rhine McEachin

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

Elizabeth “Beth” Templeton

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

Judy Tanner Golden

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

Robert “Bob” Larry Sharp

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

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

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

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

Eleanor Okland Jones Thomas

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

Mary Sue Hobday

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

Barbara Ann Harmon Ganey

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

Rufus “Jack” Tilmon Hadley

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

Joyce Faye Sparks Philman

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

Jack Monroe Kennard

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

Bobbie Deloise Olliff

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

David Paul Fitzgerald, P.E.

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

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

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

Robert A. “Bob” Keeter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucille Marlowe King

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

Catherine Elizabeth Mayer

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

William Alton “Al” Moon, Jr.

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

Gertrude “Gertie” Marie Davis Strickland

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

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

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