|Obituaries dated Thursday, January 30, 1999
Claude Everett Harpe Sr.
OCALA - Claude Everett Harpe Sr. of Ocala died Thursday at Munroe Regional
Medical Center in Ocala. He was 85.
Mr. Harpe was formerly employed in the auto sales industry.
He was born in Tampa and moved from Gainesville to Ocala 10 years ago.
Mr. Harpe was a member of the First Christian Church in Ocala.
Survivors include his wife, Lila Harpe of Ocala; four daughters, including
Jo Ann Robarts of Old Town; five sons, including Claude Everett Harpe Jr.
and Gordon Harpe, both of Gainesville; a brother, Edward Harpe of Gainesville;
several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Ira Francis Morgenstern
Ira Francis Morgenstern of Gainesville died Wednesday at Integrated
Health Systems in Jacksonville. He was 52.
Mr. Morgenstern was a resident of Tacachale.
He was born in New York City.
Mr. Morgenstern was a Catholic.
Survivors include a sister, Vicki Larson of Jesup, Ga.
Willie S. Griggs
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Willie S. Griggs of Keystone Heights died Thursday
at St. Vincents Hospital in Jacksonville after a long illness. He was 70.
Mr. Griggs was a retired helicopter technician in the Civil Service
of the Florida National Guard. He also served in the U.S. Army during World
Born in Samson, Ala., he moved from Jacksonville to Keystone Heights
22 years ago.
Mr. Griggs was a member of the First Baptist Church in Keystone Heights.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Griggs of Keystone Heights; five sons,
Ronnie Griggs and Butch Griggs, both of Orange Park, Willie Griggs of Keystone
Heights, Ray Jordan of Sneads and Richie Jordan of Dothan, Ala.; a daughter,
Linda Griggs of Jacksonville; a brother, Challie Griggs of Lake Panasoffkee;
13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John Frederick Nims
CHICAGO - John Frederick Nims of Chicago died Jan. 19 at Northwestern
Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 85.
Mr. Nims was a translator and author of several poetry books. He was
also a former editor of Poetry magazine and The Harper Anthology of Poetry.
He was a former visiting professor at the University of Florida's English
He taught poetry at Notre Dame, the University of Toronto, the University
of Illinois at Urbana, Harvard University, Williams College and the University
of Illinois at Chicago.
Mr. Nims also taught abroad as a visiting professor in Florence, Milan
He wrote "Western Wind," a textbook for introductory poetry and creative
Born in Muskegon, Mich., Mr. Nims was a winter resident of Gainesville
until about two years ago. He was a graduate of the University of Notre
Dame and received a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Nims of Chicago; a son, Frank Nims
of Chicago; two daughters, Emily Nims of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Sally Martin
of Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
Jack Vanzant Parrish
LAKE CITY - Jack Vanzant Parrish of Lake City died Friday at the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Lake City after a long illness. He was 81.
Mr. Parrish was a retired citrus farmer. He also served in the U.S.
He was born in Parrish and lived most of his life in Manatee County
before moving to Lake City 13 years ago.
Mr. Parrish was a member of the Third Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints in Lake City.
Survivors include a son, James C. Parrish of Troy, Ala.; a granddaughter,
Jackie Parrish of Tallahassee; and his guardians, Iva and Curtis Williams
of Lake City.
James Alvin Richardson
HIGH SPRINGS - James Alvin Richardson of High Springs died Thursday
at his home. He was 69.
Mr. Richardson owned Richardson Oil Co. in High Springs. He also served
in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He was born in Nettleton, Miss., and moved from Nettleton to High Springs
50 years ago.
Mr. Richardson was a member of the First United Methodist Church and
the High Springs Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Richardson of High Springs; a son,
James Richardson Jr. of Lake City; a daughter, Doris Ann Imler of High
Springs; seven sisters, Lillie Mae Anthony, Martha Millwood, Geneva Hall,
Judy Richardson and Ophie Wildmon, all of Nettleton, Peggy Hill of Columbus,
Miss., and Mary Sullivan of Tupelo, Miss.; and four grandchildren.
James Monroe Venable
ARCHER - James Monroe Venable of Archer died Thursday in Gainesville.
He was 86.
Mr. Venable was a farmer and a former Archer City Council member.
He was a lifelong resident of Archer.
Mr. Venable was a member of the Shrine Hospital, the Black Camel Fund,
the York Rite Masonic Lodge in Gainesville, the Archer Blue Lodge No. 197
and the Archer United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Nila Amos Venable of Archer;
and a nephew, Lamar Crevasse Jr. of Micanopy.
Obituaries dated Thursday, January 31, 1999
Ruth F. Lord
Ruth F. Lord of Alachua died Thursday in Gainesville after a short
illness. She was 76.
Miss Lord worked for about 30 years in the insurance and billing departments
at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Fort White and later moved to Orlando. She moved from
Fort White to Alachua two years ago.
Survivors include six sisters; Annis Deal of Brooksville, Beulah Chance
of Odessa, Texas; Myrline LaFollette of Kansas City, Mo.; Ellen Watson
of Orlando; Iva Grazioli of Charleston, S.C.; and Lois Guy of Alachua.
Vernon R. Myers
BRONSON - Vernon R. Myers of Bronson died Thursday in Bronson after
short illness. He was 95.
Mr. Myers was a retired auto mechanic and welder.
He was born in Collomsville, Pa., and came to Bronson 27 years ago
from Fort Lauderdale.
Mr. Myers belonged to the First Baptist Church in Bronson. He also
was a 32nd Degree Mason and belonged to Masonic Lodge 332 in Fort Lauderdale.
Survivors include a son, William Vernon Myers of Bronson; two daughters,
Janet Warren of Bronson and Kathryn Fleming of Canton, Ga.; eight grandchildren,
20 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.
Brook Bennett Perryman
BROOKER - Brook Bennett Perryman of Brooker died at her home after
a long illness. She was 95.
Mrs. Perryman was a sales clerk at McCrory's in Gainesville for many
Mrs. Perryman was born in Alachua County and lived most of her life
in Levy County. She belonged to the Rock Primitive Baptist Church in Brooker.
She was was preceded in death by her husband, Friedman Perryman.
Survivors include her daughter, Freida L. Mott of Brooker; two sisters,
Ida Brock and Gladys Munn, both of Trenton; three grandchildren and seven
Edward Pritchard of Gainesville died Friday in Gainesville after a
short illness. He was 88.
Mr. Pritchard was a retired insurance salesman for Standard Accident
Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Pritchard was born in Detroit and came from Freesoil, Mich., to
Gainesville 17 years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Luxton Pritchard of Gainesville;
a daughter, Gwen Peters of Monroe, Mich.; and two sisters, Shirley Luttenberger
and Anna Magnee, both of Michigan.
SUN CITY, Ariz. - Georgia Tyson of Sun City died Thursday in Sun City.
She was 97.
Mrs. Tyson was the owner, along with her husband, of a small chain
of grocery stores in Plant City.
She was born in Trenton and graduated as valedictorian from Trenton
High School. After graduation, she taught math and coached the girls basketball
team at Trenton High.
For about 25 years, she lived in Gainesville, where she was active
in the local bowling league.
Mrs. Tyson was active in the Eastern Star in Plant City, where she
served as the Worthy Matron the same year her husband served as Worthy
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul S. Tyson, and a daughter,
Survivors include a son, Zariel Tyson of Sun City; five grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.