|Obituaries dated Thursday, January 15, 1999
John L. Burley Sr.
TRENTON - John L. "Jack" Burley Sr. of Trenton died Wednesday at his
home after a long illness. He was 61.
Mr. Burley was a real estate broker. He also served in the National
He was born in Valdosta, Ga., and moved from Tarpon Springs to Trenton
35 years ago.
Mr. Burley was a member of Countryside Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Burley of Trenton; a son, John
L. Burley Jr. of Live Oak; a brother, James A. Burley of Yachats,cq Ore.;
a sister, Frances Hamilton of Frisco, Texas; and one grandchild.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice of North
Central Florida or to Alzheimer's Association in Gainesville.
BRONSON - Hubert Corbittcq of Bronson died Wednesday at home after
a short illness. He was 81.
Mr. Corbitt was a retired foreman for Florida Power and Light Co. He
also served in U.S. Army during World War II.
He was born in Jeffersonville, Ga., and moved from Crystal River to
Bronson four years ago.
Mr. Corbitt was a Methodist and a member of the Hialeah Opa-Locka Lodge
No. 391 F&AM.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Glenncq Corbitt, Robert B. Corbitt
and Steven Allen Corbitt, all of Bronson; a daughter, Martha Lee Beck of
Miami; and six grandchildren.
Juanita Bingham Cox
Juanita Bingham Cox of Gainesville died Sunday in Gainesville from
injuries received in an automobile accident. She was 64.
Mrs. Cox was a certified nurse's aide for the Oaks Residential and
She was born in Micanopy and moved from Williston to Gainesville 18
Mrs. Cox was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Roach of Tampa, Valarie
Cox of Fayetteville, N.C., and Juanita Wilson of Gainesville; three sons,
Oscar Cox of Palmyra, N.Y., Samuel Cox Jr. of Gainesville and Gregory Cox
of Micanopy; a brother, Lewis Bingham of Tampa; and eight grandchildren.
Earl Bernard Harris
Earl Bernard "O.J." Harris of Gainesville died Jan. 8 at Shands at
AGH after a brief illness. He was 42.
Mr. Harris was a carpenter's apprentice.
He was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a member of the Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sisters, Dolores H. Clark, Carrie Belle H. Sutton,
Carolyn Harris and Sarah S. Harris, all of Gainesville; and three brothers,
Andrew Ford, Richard L. Harris and Larry Harris, all of Gainesville.
O'BRIEN - George Merwincq of O'Brien died Wednesday at his home after
a long illness. He was 65.
Mr. Merwin was a former firefighter for the city of Boca Raton. He
also served in the U.S. Navy.
He was born in Norfolk, Va., and moved from Boca Raton to O'Brien two
Mr. Merwin was a Protestant.
Survivors include his wife, Christicq Merwin of O'Brien; two daughters,
Kathy Devivocq of Boca Raton and Michelle LaRuecq of Splendora, Texas;
a son, George Merwin of Deerfield Beach; a stepson, James McGeathcq of
Lucasville, Ohio; two brothers, Frank Merwin of Waterford, Mich., and Robert
Merwin of Anaheim, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Leon Milanowskicq of Gainesville died unexpectedly Wednesday at North
Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 89.
Mr. Milanowski retired as a machinist from Fafnir Bearing Co. in New
He was born in Hazelton, Pa., and had wintered in Gainesville for 12
Mr. Milanowski was a member of the Spartan's Veterans Athletic Club
in Kensington, Conn.
He was a Catholic.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Milanowski of Southington,cq Conn.,
and David Milanowski of Houston; three daughters, Patricia Holliencq of
Gainesville, Joan Crowley of Asheville, N.C., and Diane Keachiecq of San
Francisco; two sisters, Martha Hayhurstcq of Venice and Hattie Winters
of Nuremberg, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice of North
Central Florida in Gainesville.
Stephen Lee Perrin
Stephen Lee Perrin of Gainesville died Wednesday at his home. He was
Mr. Perrin was a carpenter.
He was born in Miami and moved from Wasilla, Alaska, to Gainesville
10 years ago..
Mr. Perrin was a Presbyterian.
Survivors include a daughter, Tiffany Perrin of Bethpage, Tenn.; two
sons, Stephen S. Perrin and Andrew C. Perrin, both of Wasilla; his parents,
David S. and Helen B. Perrin of Gainesville; and two brothers, Walter C.
Perrin of Hawthorne and David T. Perrin of Miami.
Larry Riley of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional
Medical Center. He was 76.
Mr. Riley retired from Davey McKee International Construction Co. as
an engineer. He also served in the British Royal Air Force during World
Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, he moved from Brisbane, Australia,
to Gainesville eight years ago.
Mr. Riley was a Christian.
Survivors include his wife, Elsa Riley of Gainesville; a son, Clinton
Riley of Gainesville; two sisters, Olive Naylor and Barbara Goodwin, both
of England; and two granddaughters.
Ella Fair Walker
WILLISTON - Ella Fair Walker of Williston died Tuesday at her home.
She was 91.
Mrs. Walker was a retired nursing aide and a lifelong resident of Williston.
She was a Methodist.
Survivors include a sister, Sara Smith of Raleigh; and her caretakers,
Minnie and W.C. Harris of Williston.
Evelyn G. King Lane
Evelyn G. King Lane of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at the University
of Florida after a long illness. She was 59.
Mrs. Lane was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a member of the
Landmark Holy Temple of God.
She attended Lincoln High School and cosmetology school.
Survivors include her former husband, Thomas N. Lane of Gainesville.
Obituaries dated Thursday, January 16, 1999
Donna McDermont Hardin
LAKE BUTLER - Donna McDermont Hardin of Lake Butler died Friday at
her home after a long illness. She was 51.
Mrs. Hardin was a retired florist.
She was born in Rome, Ga., and lived most of her life in Lake Butler.
Mrs. Hardin was a member of the Church of God in Lake Butler.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Hardin of Lake Butler; three daughters,
Lynette Kinner, Selena Dobbs and Celeste Lobenthal, all of Lake Butler;
a son, Eric Hardin of Lake Butler; a brother, Stephen McDermont of Hollister;
two sisters, Connie Hodges of East Palatka and Sharon LePage of Hollister;
and eight grandchildren.
Johnny H. Heathcoat
ORANGE SPRINGS - Johnny H. Heathcoat of Orange Springs died Thursday
in Orange Springs. He was 89.
Mr. Heathcoat was employed by the city of Gainesville's Parks and Recreation
He was born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and moved from Gainesville to Orange
Springs four years ago.
Mr. Heathcoat was a member of the Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rendy Mantlo Heathcoat.
Survivors include seven sons, John Heathcoat, Doyle Heathcoat, Henry
Heathcoat and Joe Heathcoat, all of Orange Springs, Fred Heathcoat of Gainesville,
David Heathcoat of Belleview and Gene Heathcoat of Ocala; a sister, Effie
Adams of Lawrenceburg; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six
Anne W. Hopwood
Anne W. Hopwood of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional
Medical Center. She was 78.
Mrs. Hopwood was a teacher, Realtor and homemaker.
She was born in Massachusetts and moved from Fort Lauderdale to Gainesville
six years ago.
Mrs. Hopwood received a bachelor's degree in education from Ohio State
Survivors include three sons, Perry Petersen of Thousand Oaks, Calif.,
Jay Petersen of Campbell, Calif., and Robert Petersen of Gainesville; a
stepdaughter, Wendy Deckner of Hartford, Conn.; three stepsons, Gary Hopwood
of Phoenix, Ariz., Larry Hopwood of Connecticutdkcity and Curt Hopwood
of Paducah, Ky.; a brother, Richard Williams of Maryland;dkcity and one
Herman W. Nobles
BRONSON - Herman W. Nobles of Bronson died Thursday in Bronson after
a long illness. He was 84.
Mr. Nobles was a retired land surveyor.
He was born in Ocala and moved from Ocala to Bronson 35 years ago.
Survivors include a son, Johnny R. Nobles of Trenton; two daughters,
Donna Conquest and Kimberly Conquest, both of Bronson; a brother, Herbert
Nobles of Ocala; a sister, Reba Denman of Venice; and five grandchildren.
Ida Susan Trowell Parrish
LAKE BUTLER - Ida Susan Trowell Parrish of Lake Butler died Thursday
at her daughter's home in Lake Butler. She was 83.
Mrs. Parrish was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was born in Homerville, Ga., and lived most of her life in the
Lake Butler area.
Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Parrish; and
a son, Marshall Parrish.
Survivors include a daughter, Nethra Phillips of Lake Butler; two sisters,
Margaret Timberlake of Ellisville and Effie Waldron of Odom, Ga.; four
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Jovan Ramos was stillborn Wednesday at Shands at the University of
Florida in Gainesville.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Edith Ramos of Newberry; a sister,
Elsie Ramos of Newberry; two brothers, Porin Ramos of Fort Riley, Kan.,
and Jim Alexander Ramos of Newberry; his maternal grandmother, Luesa Billagas
of Panama; his maternal grandfather, Germa Moran of Panama; his paternal
grandmother, Judith Villalovos of Puerto Rico; and his paternal grandfather,
Cruz Ramos of Puerto Rico.
James E. Robbins
James E. Robbins of Gainesville died unexpectedly Friday at his home.
He was 67.
Dr. Robbins owned an ophthalmology practice in Gainesville.
Born in Florence, Ala., he moved to Gainesville 38 years ago.
Dr. Robbins was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, the
Alachua County Medical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and
the Gainesville Golf and Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne S. Robbins of Gainesville; a daughter,
Elizabeth R. Agnvall of Washington, D.C.; a son, James W. Robbins of Los
Angeles; a sister, Maryann Vogler of Neenah, Wis.; and a granddaughter.
Robert Pierce Wood
Robert Pierce Wood of Gainesville died Thursday at Shands at AGH. He
Mr. Wood retired as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy after serving
in World War II and the Korean War. He later retired from the University
Born in Evinston, he was a lifelong resident of Alachua County.
Mr. Wood was a Methodist and a past master of the Masonic Lodge No.
29 in Micanopy.
He was preceded in death by a son, David James Wood.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice G. Wood of Gainesville; a son, Robert
P. Wood III of Gainesville; three brothers, Edward L. Wood of Gainesville,
Hal "Deaver" Wood of Virginia Beach, Va., and James William Wood of Evinston;
and one granddaughter.
Obituaries dated Thursday, January 18, 1999
Francis "Frank" M. Bryant
Francis "Frank" M. Bryant of Gainesville died Saturday at Oak View
Nursing Home in Williston following an extended illness. He was 78.
Mr. Bryant was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville 26
years ago from Massachusetts. He worked in real estate. Mr. Bryant served
in the Army Air Corps in World War II and was a member of Moose Lodge 1140
and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He had worked for the Medford, Mass.,
Police Department and owned a private investigation firm in Medford. Mr.
Bryant also owned convenience stores in Massachusetts and Gainesville.
Survivors include his former wife, Barbara M. Bryant of Gainesville;
one daughter, Michele Bryant of Gainesville; five sons, Robert J. Bryant,
James T. Bryant, Richard J. Bryant and John T. Bryant, all of Gainesville,
and Joseph T. Bryant of West Palm Beach; two brothers, Antonio Bolognese
of Hyannisport, Mass., and Ralph Bolognese of Medford; one sister, Jeanette
Orlando of Woburn, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren.
Alfred "Bird" Frazier Levins
Alfred "Bird" Frazier Levins of Windsor died Saturday at the Palm Garden
Nursing Center. He was 71.
Mr. Levins was a retired plant assigner for BellSouth.
He was born in Wewahitchka and came to Windsor 50 years ago.
Mr. Levins served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.
He was a Baptist.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Levins of Gainesville and Douglas
Levins of Tampa; a brother, Hardy Gordon Levins of Homosassa Springs; a
sister, Mildred Levins Fitzpatrick of Panama City; and one grandchild.
Michael Seth Robinson
STARKE - Michael Seth Robinson of Starke died Friday at Shands at the
University of Florida following a sudden illness. He was 15 months.
Master Robinson was born in Gainesville. He was a lifetime resident
of Starke. He was a Baptist.
Master Robinson is survived by his parents, Bobby and Angela Robinson
of Starke; a maternal grandmother, Penny Smith of Lake Butler, a paternal
grandmother, Penny Langrum of Starke, a maternal great-grandmother, Lilly
Ann Gibson of Lake Butler; and several aunts and uncles.
Obituaries dated Thursday, January 19, 1999
James Allen Adams
James Allen Adams of Gainesville died Sunday at Shands at AGH after
a brief illness. He was 49.
Mr. Adams was born in Fort Lewis, Wash., and moved to Gainesville from
Blackstone, Va., in 1964.
He was a store manager. He graduated from Gainesville High School and
Santa Fe Community College.
He served in the U.S Army and the Army Reserves.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Survivors are his mother, Francoise B. Adams of Gainesville; one daughter,
Lisa Adams of Gainesville; three brothers, Col. Lonnie B. Adams III of
Springfield, Va., Jean F. Adams of Sherman, Texas, and William F. Adams
of Fremont, Calif.; and one sister, Claire T. Kanyha of Sugarland, Texas.
Jamie Wilson Bass
Jamie Wilson Bass of Lake City died Saturday in the North Florida Regional
Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was 65.
Mr. Bass was born in Lee and had lived in Gainesville and Jacksonville
before moving to Lake City in 1970.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Lake City
Church of Christ.
He was a pioneer in the implementation of computer technology and began
his career in computers/data processing in the mid-1950s at RC Motors in
He also worked at the University of Florida and the University City
Bank of Gainesville, where he managed the data processing department and
was instrumental in introducing MasterCard to Florida.
He concluded his career at Lake City Community College, where he retired
after 22 years of service as an instructor, administrator and the director
of data processing.
He built the foundation for computer technology at the college.
Survivors are his wife, Claudia W. Bass of Lake City; one daughter,
Lisa Beach of Lake City; three sons, Michael Bass of Belvidere, Tenn.,
Kevin Bass Sr. of Decherd, Tenn., and Scott Bass of Lake City; one sister,
Annie Wilson of Moultrie, Ga.; and 10 grandchildren.
Arthur Brown of Gainesville died Monday, Jan. 11, at North Florida
Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was 67.
Mr. Brown, who was affectionately known as "Coon" to his friends, was
a lifelong resident of Gainesville. He was a retired physical plant supervisor
at the University of Florida.
Survivors are two daughters, Charmaine Henry and Sharon Brown, both
of Gainesville; three sons, Arthur Brown Jr., Kenneth Brown and Todd Brown,
all of Gainesville; one brother, Willie Brown Jr. of Gainesville; and nine
Stella B. Clark
LIVE OAK - Stella B. Clark of Live Oak died Monday in Suwannee Health
Care Center in Live Oak after a long illness. She was 97.
Mrs. Clark was a Suwannee County native.
She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Live Oak.
She is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean Driggers of Live Oak; and
Norris L. Coleman
Norris L. Coleman of Gainesville died Sunday at his residence after
an extended illness. He was 83.
Mr. Coleman was born in Trenton and moved to Gainesville from Trenton
He was the owner of Coleman Oil Co.
He was a member of R.T. Schafer Lodge 350, F&AM Royal Arch, the
Masons, Knights Templar, Morocco Shrine Temple of Jacksonville and the
Gainesville Shrine Club.
He was a national Civilian Conservation Corps alumni.
He was a very active member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife, Nell Coleman of Gainesville; two daughters,
Thelma C. Beck of Valdosta, Ga., and Barbara C. Nixon of Gainesville; three
sons, James R. Coleman of Jesup, Ga., and Randal Coleman and William N.
Coleman, both of Gainesville; one brother, Harry Coleman of Trenton; two
sisters, Margaret Davis and Jewel Harris, both of Trenton; five grandchildren;
and one great- grandchild.
Verna Elizabeth Clement
Verna Elizabeth Clement of Live Oak died Saturday in Gainesville at
Shands at UF after a lengthy illness. She was 89.
Mrs. Clement was born in High Springs and moved to Live Oak in 1992
She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a postal clerk in Naranja.
She was very active in the Anna Miller Circle in Homestead and loved
crocheting and crafts.
She was a member of the Silver Palm Methodist Church.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Marguerite Harris Reed
TULSA, Okla. - Marguerite Harris Reed of Tulsa, a native of LaCrosse,
died Friday. She was 82.
Mrs. Reed was a registered nurse who was preceded in death by her husband
of 38 years, surgeon and retired Army Col. Paul A. Reed.
She and her husband worked in many training bases during World War
II. She later worked and volunteered as a nurse at University Hospital
in Oklahoma City.
She is survived by her brother; three daughters; and six grand- children.
D.D. McCloud of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH after a brief
illness. He was 90.
Mr. McCloud was born in Augusta, Ga., and moved to Gainesville from
Perry in 1951.
He retired from the Department of Agriculture after 18 years.
He graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science
degree in agriculture.
He was a member of Grace United Presbyterian Church.
Survivors are his wife, Gladys Dobbins McCloud of Gainesville; three
sons, T.W. McCloud of Dothan, Ala., Daniel Earnest McCloud of Princeton,
N.C., and D.F. McCloud of Melrose; one daughter, Virginia Chaffin Olson
of Orange Springs; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Patrick Thomas McPherson
Patrick Thomas McPherson of Gainesville died Sunday at Shands at AGH
after a brief illness. He was 42.
Mr. McPherson lived in Gainesville for the past 19 years and was employed
at Aware Communications.
He graduated from Northshore High School in West Palm Beach in 1974,
where he excelled in sports and art.
He is survived by his parents, Hubert and Joan McPherson of Stuart;
his grandfather, Hubert L. McPherson of Traverse City, Mich.; one brother,
Michael McPherson of West Palm Beach; two sisters, Pegi McPherson-Gleason
and Nancy Maniotis, both of Palm Beach Gardens; and his fiancee, Cherié
Arias of Gainesville.
Leah Norene Riddle
Leah Norene Riddle of Gainesville died Monday in Putnam County in a
car crash. She was 24.
Ms. Riddle was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident. She
was a bookkeeper and a Baptist.
Survivors are her parents, Dale and Ray Nell Guynn of Hawthorne; one
son, Cody Garrett Riddle of Gainesville; and two brothers, Robert Allen
Guynn of Waycross and Troy L. McMichen Jr. of Hawthorne.
James Ramer Scott
James Ramer Scott of Gainesville died Saturday at the VA hospital after
a brief illness.
He was 77.
He was born in West Virginia and moved to Gainesville from St. Augustine
35 years ago.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served 28 years.
He was Presbyterian.
Survivors are two daughters, Renee Feagle of Hawthorne and Terri Flake
of Waldo; one son, Mike Hampton of Phoenix; and seven grandchildren.
Eugenia C. Townsend
Eugenia C. Townsend of Gainesville died Sunday at IHS nursing home
after an extended illness. She was 89.
Mrs. Townsend was born in Battle Creek, Mich., and moved to Gainesville
from Lake City in 1941.
She was a homemaker. She was a cashier at Camp Blanding during World
War II and later worked at Wilson's Department Store in Gainesville.
She was also a former ceramics instructor.
She was a Church of Christ member and worked with the elderly at church.
She volunteered with RSVP at Integrated Health Services.
Survivors are one daughter, Juanita T. Frazier of Gainesville; one
son, Virgil L. Townsend of Windsor; two sisters, Harriett Parrott Salyer
and Josephine Bass, both of Jacksonville; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great-grandchild.
NAPLES - Harold Watson of Naples died Saturday in Naples Community
Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68.
Mr. Watson was born in Logansport, Ind., and had lived in Live Oak
about 12 years.
He was a computer salesman for Lake City Office Supply and a member
of Melody Christian Center in Live Oak.
Survivors include his wife, Hedi Watson of Naples and two stepsons,
John Brown and Andy Brown, both of Live Oak.