|Obituaries dated Thursday, January 20, 1999
Hattie Emma Annis
LIVE OAK - Hattie Emma Annis of Live Oak died Saturday at Shands at
Live Oak after a long illness. She was 90.
Mrs. Annis was a homemaker and a volunteer.
She was born in Warner, N.H., and moved to Live Oak seven years ago.
Mrs. Annis was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Dowling Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Bean of Belmont, N.H., and
Arline Boivin of Lake Havasu,cq Ariz.; two sisters, Mary Brown of Dowling
Park and Mildred Bennett of Cherokee Village, Ark.; eight grandchildren;
and 13 great-grandchildren.
Ruth B. Christman
WILLISTON - Ruth B. Christmancq of Williston died Monday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 88.
Mrs. Christman was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was born in Kissimmee and moved from Miami to Williston two years
Survivors include a son, Fred W. Christman Jr. of Williston; a daughter,
Wanda Green of Kirksville, Mo.; a sister, Minnie B. Davis of Frostproof;
15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Lula Mae H. Coleman
TRENTON - Lula Mae H. Coleman of Trenton died Monday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 93.
Mrs. Coleman was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was born in Wayne County, Ga., and moved from Lakeland to Trenton
five years ago.
Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her husband, John Coleman; two
sons, John Coleman Jr. and Hubert Coleman; and a daughter, Juanita Stormant.
Survivors include a daughter, Ruby Cason of Trenton; 19 grandchildren;
34 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great- grandchildren.
Marjorie Morrison Donnelly
Marjorie Morrison Donnelly of Raleigh, N.C., died Jan. 4 at Rex Hospital
in Raleigh. She was 79.
Mrs. Donnelly was a former home economics teacher in Florida. She was
also director of nutrition services for Florida State Board of Health during
She later became a dietitian for North Carolina State University's
Cooperative Extension Service.
She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Nutrition and Health
in the 1960s.
Mrs. Donnelly was named the American Dietetic Association's nutritionist
of the year in 1970, becoming president of the organization a year later.
Born in Hawthorne, she was a graduate of P.K. Yonge, Florida State
University and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Mrs. Donnelly was a member of the Edenton Street United Methodist Church
She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Donnelly Jr.
Survivors include a stepdaughter; and a brother, Frank B. Morrison
Eugene Lamar Eunice Jr.
LAWTEY - Eugene Lamar Eunice Jr. of Lawtey died Monday at his home
after a long illness. He was 38.
Mr. Eunice was a real estate agent.
He was born in Starke and moved from Orlando to Lawtey last year.
Mr. Eunice was a Baptist.
Survivors include his father, Eugene L. Eunice Sr. of Lawtey; his mother
and stepfather, Norma Jean and Edward Thomas of Lawtey; a sister, Regina
Fender of Lawtey; and a stepbrother, Jason Thomas of Lawtey.
Debbie Lou Dowling Hunnicutt
RAIFORD - Debbie Lou Dowling Hunnicuttcq of Raiford died Tuesday at
her home after a short illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Hunnicutt was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was a lifelong resident of Raiford.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Hunnicutt of Raiford; a daughter,
Diane Hunnicutt of Gainesville; a son, Randy Hunnicutt of Raiford; a sister,
Annie Maude Dowling McLellancq of Darlington, S.C.; two grandchildren;
and one great-grandson.
John E. Lutz
BELL - John E. Lutz of Bell died Monday at Shands at the University
of Florida in Gainesville. He was 63.
Mr. Lutz was a retired tool and die maker for Metal Container Corp.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved from Alachua to Bell seven years
Mr. Lutz was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Donna V. Lutz of Bell; three daughters,
Cindy Collins of Lutz, Cathie Johnson of Plant city and Beck Rice of Seffner;
a son, Bart Wigglesworth of High Springs; a brother, Don Lutz of Land o'
Lakes; and four grandchildren.
Dorothy Jo Roberson
NEWBERRY - Dorothy Jo Roberson of Newberry died Thursday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 78.
Mrs. Roberson was born in Brewton, Ala., and moved to Newberry from
Orlando 20 years ago.
She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors are three sons, Gordon Baggett of Flomaton, Ala., John E.
Roberson Jr. of Trenton and Earnestcq E. Roberson of Thomasville, Ga.;
four daughters, Jenny English of Greenville and Tressiecq Brock, Nishacq
Brock and Janice Roberson, all of Trenton; two brothers, Melvin Jackson
of Castleberry, Ala., and Harold Jackson of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister,
Minnie Smith of Pensacola; 24 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
Obituaries dated Thursday, January 21, 1999
Jessie W. Edwards
MIAMI - Jessie W. Edwards of Miami died Jan. 11 at Baptist Hospital
in Miami after a long illness. He was 71.
Mr. Edwards was a construction laborer.
He was born in Hawthorne and moved to Miami more than 40 years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Doretha Edwards of Miami; two sons, including
Henry L. Edwards Sr. of Hawthorne; two daughters; two sisters, Ora M. Alexander
and Bessie M. Scott, both of Hawthorne; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Marian Bradley Martin
ST. PETERSBURG - Marian Bradley Martin of St. Petersburg died Sunday
in St. Petersburg after a long illness. She was 102.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and a member of the McCabe United Methodist
Church in St. Petersburg.
She was born in Rochelle and lived most of her life in St. Petersburg.
Survivors include two daughters; a son; a sister, Maria W. Collier
of Gainesville; and several grandchildren.
Mary Ellen Stolle
TRENTON - Mary Ellen Stolle of Trenton died Tuesday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 79.
Mrs. Stolle was a retired assembler for Westinghouse.
She was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and moved from Mansfield to Trenton
17 years ago.
Mrs. Stolle was a member of the Church of God.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Ann Dickerson.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Peter Frank Stolle of Trenton;
a son, Larry Eugene Stolle of Trenton; a brother, James Burger of Troy,
N.Y.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Gertrude Dinkins Chisholm Henry
Gertrude Dinkins Chisholm Henry of Gainesville died unexpectedly Sunday
at Shands at AGH. She was 58.
Mrs. Henry was a homemaker.
She was born in Blichton and moved from Dunnellon to Gainesville more
than 30 years ago.
Mrs. Henry was a member of the Pallbearer's Lodge No. 113 and the Pleasant
Hill Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess and a member
of the choir and praise team.
Survivors include her husband, Eamon D. Henry of Gainesville; two daughters,
Lillian L. Williams of Gainesville and Angelina L. Chisom of Miami; three
sons, Alvin J. Chisom of Fairbanks, Alaska, Glen Q. Chisholm and Kelvin
T. Chisom of Gainesville; two stepdaughters, Terry Chisom of Tampa and
Vanessa Henry of Gainesville; four stepsons, Edward Henry, Bennie L. Patterson,
Shawn T. Henry and Vernon Henry, all of Gainesville; her mother, Lillie
Mae Oliver Dinkins of Gainesville; her stepfather, Nathaniel King of Gainesville;
a sister, Edna M. Jackson of Gainesville; six brothers, Eddie Dinkins,
Earlin M. Dinkins, Ralph Dinkins and Irvin King, all of Gainesville, Robert
L. Dinkins of Chiefland and Joseph Dinkins of Ocala; 16 grandchildren;
eight step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Nettie Ruth Starling Kirkland
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Nettie Ruth Starling Kirkland of Keystone Heights
died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville after
a long illness. She was 78.
Mrs. Kirkland was a homemaker and a member of the Starke Church of
She was born in Lawtey and moved from Starke to Keystone Heights 23
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Strickland of Starke; two
sons, Lonzo T. Kirkland of Cleveland, Tenn., and David J. Kirkland of Keystone
Heights; three brothers, Lonzo "Judge" Starling and Vernon "Dick" Starling,
both of Lawtey, and Paul Starling of Starke; three sisters, Inez Batten
and Naomi Starling, both of Starke, and Ruby Harris of Jacksonville; two
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
James William Lyons
MAYO - James William Lyons of Mayo died Wednesday at his home.
He was 90.
Mr. Lyons was a farmer and a deacon at the Riverside Baptist Church.
He was a lifelong resident of Mayo.
Mr. Lyons was preceded in death by a son, James Nolon Lyons.
Survivors include his wife, Lula Lyons of Mayo; a son, Roland Lyons
of Mayo; a daughter, Eliza Jackson of Mayo; two sisters, Mattie Peele of
Dunedin and Birlin Bradford of Clearwater; three brothers, Charles Lyons
of Mayo, Eldridge Lyons of Lake Park, Ga., and Bob Lyons of Fort Myers;
seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mary Hogue McCrary
Mary Hogue McCrary of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional
Medical Center. She was 85.
Mrs. McCrary was a bookkeeper.
She was born in Waycross, Ga., and moved from Augusta, Ga., to Gainesville
45 years ago.
Mrs. McCrary was a member of the Northwest Baptist Church and the church's
Bible Sunday school class, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Elk Wives,
the Women of the Moose and the Cavalette Club in Jacksonville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon McCrary.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan M. Bowden of Frankfort, Ky.,
and Mary Frances Brezina of Gainesville; three sisters, Gussie Bowick and
Peggy Rollins, both of Jacksonville, and Cathryn Stevens of Lake Placid;
six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Senella Black McGoldrick
Senella Black McGoldrick of Gainesville died Sunday at Integrated Health
Services in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 90.
Mrs. McGoldrick was a homemaker and a Catholic.
She was born in Marianna and moved from New York City to Gainesville
seven years ago.
Survivors include her caretakers, Nehemiah McDonald, Jessie McDonald
and Marietta McDonald Brown, all of Gainesville, and Arlena McIntosh James
of Lake City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Nellie Chilson Rizor
CRYSTAL RIVER - Nellie Chilson Rizor of Crystal River died Tuesday
at her home.
She was 78.
Mrs. Rizor was born in Forest, Ohio, and moved from Kenton, Ohio, to
Crystal River 47 years ago.
She attended of the First Church of God in Crystal River.
Mrs. Rizor was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances K. White.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charles Edward Rizor of
Crystal River; three sons, Donald Paul Rizor of Anniston, Ala., Roger Dale
Rizor of Lander, Wyo.; Charles Rizor Jr. of Beverly Hills; three daughters,
Nellie Louise Siner of Homosassa, Donna Wilson of Newberry and Marjory
Kraut of Largo; a sister, Claudia Pelz of Hampton, Ind.; 22 grandchildren;
and 33 great-grandchildren.
W. Lamar Rodgers
BELL - W. Lamar Rodgers of Bell died Tuesday at his home. He was 68.
Mr. Rodgers was an insurance manager and agent with Wilson Life Insurance
in Lake City and Gulf Life. He also served in the U.S. Army.
Born in Bell, he moved from Oviedo back to Bell 15 years ago.
Mr. Rodgers was a Baptist.
He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian Rodgers of Bell; a daughter, Marla
Michaels of Terre Haute, Ind.; two sisters, Irene Smith of Chiefland and
Pauline French of Bell; and two grandsons.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice House of
North Central Florida in Gainesville.
Ellestine Ross Sr.
Ellestine Ross Sr. of Monteocha died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs
Medical Center in Lake City after a long illness. He was 82.
Mr. Ross was a retired custodian and a member of the Greater Bell United
He was born in Brooker and was a lifelong resident of the area.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ross of Monteocha; a son, Ellestine
Ross Jr. of Brooker; a daughter, Carolyn Sinclair of Gainesville; two brothers,
Anthony Ross of Gainesville and Johnnie Ross of Brooker; three stepsons,
Aaron Wilson and Henry Wilson, both of Monteocha, and Eddie Wilson of Gainesville;
three stepdaughters, Evelyn Goodson of Jacksonville, Mary Waters of Lawrenceville,
N.J., and Gloria Trotman of Monteocha; three grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren;
and 20 step-great-grandchildren.
Phyllis Pauline Samples
Phyllis Pauline Samples of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center. She was 82.
Mrs. Samples was retired from J.C. Penney Co. ladies' department.
She was born in Clendenin, W.Va., and moved from Charleston, W.Va.,
to Gainesville 40 years ago.
Mrs. Samples was a member of the Westside Baptist Church and the church's
Guiding Light Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Samples.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Thoburn and Nancy McGuigan,
both of Gainesville; a brother, Robert Walker of Clendenin; a sister, Dorcas
Gilmour of Charleston; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Elsie Mae Scruggs
JACKSONVILLE - Elsie Mae Scruggs of Jacksonville died Tuesday in Jacksonville.
She was 91.
Mrs. Scruggs was a retired clerk for the U.S. Postal Service.
She was born in Chiefland and moved from Chiefland to Jacksonville
six years ago.
Mrs. Scruggs was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the First
United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Womens' Circle, all in
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Scruggs Clark of Jacksonville;
two sons, Samuel S. Scruggs of Belle Glade and George A. Scruggs of Fort
Walton Beach; two sisters, Mary Lou Rowe of Pensacola and Amelia Kelly
of Jacksonville; a brother, Glenwood G. Williams of Jacksonville; 14 grandchildren;
21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Dorothy Mae Smith
ALACHUA - Dorothy Mae Smith of Alachua died Jan. 11 at Shands at the
University of Florida in Gainesville after a short illness. She was 70.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Alachua.
She was a member of the Paradise United Methodist Church, where she
was a choir member, assistant church secretary and a member of the finance,
outreach and evangelism committees.
Survivors include a son, Ronnie Smith of Alachua; three daughters,
Charlotte McClain, Elaine Green and Phoebe Jones, all of Alachua; a stepdaughter,
Rosa Robinson of Alachua; two sisters, Pearlie Mae Johnson of Fort Myers
and Margaret Thompson of Orlando; a brother, Lee Johnson of Philadelphia;
12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Paul Campbell Swink Jr.
STUART - Paul Campbell Swink Jr. of Stuart died Monday at Martin Memorial
Medical Center in Stuart. He was 78.
Mr. Swink was formerly employed by the State of Florida Legislative
Research Bureau and the Board of Regents, later working for P.F.S. Investments
services in Vero Beach. He also served on the Florida Atlantic University
Born in Evinston, he lived in Gainesville for 15 years before moving
to Stuart three years ago. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during
World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Later he attended
the University of Florida and receiving his master's of business administration
from Florida State University.
Mr. Swink was a member of the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, the
Glider Pilots Association and the Retired Officers Association of America.
He enjoyed golfing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy W. Swink.
Survivors include two sons, Paul C. Swink III of San Francisco and
James W. Swink of Dallas, Ga.; two daughters, Suzanne S. Hutcheson of Palm
City and Jan E. Swink of Stuart; and eight grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Tri-County Training
Employment Community in Stuart or to Hibiscus Children's Center in Jensen
David Simmons Terrell
HAWTHORNE - David Simmons Terrell of Hawthorne died Tuesday at his
home after a long illness. He was 61.
Mr. Terrell was employed by a painting and body shop in Gainesville.
He was a lifelong resident of the area.
Mr. Terrell enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Terrell of Hawthorne; two sons,
Steven M. Terrell of Marion, Ill., and David S. Terrell Jr. of Atlanta;
a stepdaughter, Heather Marie Pfalzgraf of Hawthorne; a brother, Bill Terrell
of Spring Hill; a sister, Alyce Patterson of Hawthorne; and four grandchildren.
CHIEFLAND - David Thompson of Chiefland died Jan. 13 at his daughter's
home in Atlanta. He was 79.
Mr. Thompson was a retired mechanic.
He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a lifelong resident of Chiefland.
Mr. Thompson was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by a son, Oliver Thompson.
Survivors include seven sons, Willie Thompson, William Dennis and Davis
Thompson Jr., all of Chiefland, Leonard Thompson and Eugene Thompson, both
of Gainesville, McArthur Thompson and Vance Thompson, both of Alabama;
four daughters, Diane White, Juanita Richards, both of North Carolina,dk
city Wanda Faye West of Atlanta and Brenda Faye Thompson of Chiefland;
a brother, Mio Thompson of Chiefland; a sister, Susie Bowers of Chiefland;
29 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Willie Earl Williams
Willie Earl Williams of Gainesville died Saturday at North Florida
Regional Medical Center after a long illness.
He was 79.
Mr. Williams was a retired plasterer.
He was a lifelong resident of the Jonesville area.
Mr. Williams was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church,
where he served on the Finance Committee, Steward Board, Trustee Committee
and the United Methodist Men.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Williams of Gainesville; three sons,
Willie Earl Williams Jr. of Neschanic, N.J., and Rickey E. Williams of
Germantown, Md., and Sylvester Porter of Jacksonville; a daughter, M. Lashaun
Norfleet of Atlanta; two sisters, Helen W. Johnson and Theresa Williams,
both of Jonesville; and four grandchildren.