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George Barber Jr.
George Barber Jr., 66, of Lake Butler, formerly of Lake City, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at his residence. 
He was born in Columbia County on Feb. 20, 1933, to the late Mr. and Mrs. George L. and Dora Coney Barber. Mr. Barber was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Lake City and a farmer.
Survivors include a devoted and loving daughter, Debra Barber of Gainesville; stepfather, Everett Jefferson of Lake Butler; two sisters, Lillian George of Lake Butler and Merle Barber Knight of Gainesville; brothers, Rufus Jefferson of Lake Butler; aunt, Annie Maude Thomas of Wellborn; brother-in-law, Johnny George of Lake Butler; sister-in-law, Pinkie L. Barber of Lake City; three stepchildren, Elaine Parker, Dennis Roberson and Tommy Robinson, all of Gainesville; five grandchildren, Neal Barber, Tasha Barber, Miranda Alford, Keyna Barber and Junita Barber, all of Gainesville; devoted friend, Linda Campbell of Lake Butler; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Daniel Barber of Lake City and Paul Barber of Lake Butler.
The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Caesar's Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at the Community Revival Center on North Patterson Street with the Rev. Leo Fleming officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Rest Cemetery in Lake City.
CAESAR'S FUNERAL HOME INC., 726 Dr. MLK Drive, is in charge of all arrangements; Charles S. Chestnut, manager and LFD, and Ms. Alyce J. Caesar, owner.

Henry Sheppard Sr.
Henry Sheppard Sr. of Southwest General Avenue, State Road 47, Fort White, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001, at Ven Cor Hospital in Green Cove Springs after an extended illness.
Mr. Sheppard was a longtime pioneer, farm and public worker. Services for Mr. Sheppard will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Macedonia AME Church of Fort White, with the Revs. Leonard Cason, pastor, and Phoenix Aaron delivering the eulogy.
Burial will be in the Bethlehem Community Cemetery of Fort White under the care of MR. CHARLES T. HALL FUNERAL HOME, 620 S.W. Houston Ave., Live Oak.
Mr. Sheppard will repose from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, in the Charles T. Hall memorial chapel and from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service Saturday. The cortege will form at 1 p.m. at Mr. Sheppard's residence.

Clarence (James) Troupe
Clarence (James) Troupe, 68, of Lake City died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at North Florida Regional Hospital following a brief illness. 
Born in Uvaldia, Ga., he attended public schools in Uvaldia.
Survivors include his mother, Jannie Troupe of Cleveland; son, the Rev. C. Kenneth Troupe (Leatha); grandson, Clarence Troupe Jr., all of Lake City; six sisters, Deloris Hayes (Willie) of Vidalia, Ga., Mary of Hartford, Conn., Minnie Bell of Knoxville, Tenn., Sarah Lee of St. Augustine, Dora Lee and Lara Lee, both of Cleveland; brother, George Mincy of Cleveland; three aunts, Jauntte Roundtree, Zada Lee, Alice Bradley (Rev. Ernest Bradley), all of Albany, Ga.; two uncles, Clifford Troupe and Willie Troupe, both of Vidalia; very dear and loving friend, Louise "Ms. Hun" Harris of Lake City; godson, Roosevelt Lake Jr. of Jacksonville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services for Mr. Troupe will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Alvin Baker, pastor, and Elder Henry Brown, eulogy. Interment will follow in Garden of Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Combs Funeral Home chapel.
Arrangements by COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 400 E. Washington St., Lake City.

Johnny B. Hollingsworth
Mr. Johnny B. Hollingsworth, 72, of High Springs passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness.
He was a native of Fort White, having moved to High Springs in 1961 from Fort White. He was a member of First Baptist Church High Springs and was retired from CSX Railroad.
Survivors include his wife, Belinda Thomas Hollingsworth of High Springs; one son, Randy "Gator" Hollingsworth of High Springs; one daughter, Vicki Swick of High Springs; three grandchildren, Tibbs and Amanda Swick and Jacob Hollingsworth.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at First Baptist Church in High Springs with Dr. Ron Huggins, Dr. Eddie Gandy and the Rev. Morris Beck officiating. Burial will be in the High Springs Cemetery under the direction of EVAN-CARTER FUNERAL HOME of High Springs.

Eva Mildred Tomlinson Ellis Stevens
Mrs. Eva Mildred Tomlinson Ellis Stevens, 83, of Lake City died late Friday evening in The Health Center nursing home in Lake City following a lengthy illness. 
A native and lifelong resident of Columbia County, Mrs. Stevens was the daughter of the late Floyd and Matilde Terrell Tomlinson. She was a homemaker and a member of the North Lake City Church of God. Mrs. Stevens loved to fish and crochet. Mrs. Stevens was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Ellis, and a son Dewey Ellis.
Mrs. Stevens is survived by a son, Paul Ellis (Pat) and a daughter, Margaret Adams, both of Lake City. Ten grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stevens will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, in the North Lake City Church of God with the Rev. Barney Hurst officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Arrangements are under the direction of BIGGS FUNERAL HOME, 3801 S. First St., Lake City.

Eva Ralph E. Whorton
Mr. Ralph E. Whorton, 82, of Lake City, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Whorton was a native of Ringold, Texas and had resided in Gainesville, Texas, before moving to Lake City in 1983. He was the son of the late Charlie and Pearl Davis Whorton and the widower of the late Jewell M. Whorton. He was employed in the maintenance department of Idaho Timber Co. in Lake City for nine years until his retirement in 1999. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of the 142nd Infantry 36th division with service in Rome and Naples, Italy. He received several medals and bronze stars and was honorably discharged from the Army and National Guard. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Lake City.
Survivors include his daughter, Billye T. Myrick of Lake City; his sister, Wilda Bartlett of Idalou, Texas; his brother, Charles Whorton of Idalou; four grandchildren, Carole Strickland of Roswell, Ga., Thomas Myrick of Green Bay, Wis., Dolph Myrick of Albermarle, N.C. and Jody Myrick of Lake City; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, his friend and companion, Blanche McNeal of Thomasville, Ga. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home with Chaplain Larry Geiger of the Hospice of North Central Florida officiating. Entombment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Lake City. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 4309 S. First St., Lake City. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Lake City for their support and requests any memorial donations be made to Hospice of North Central Florida, Lake City.

Donald Glass
Mr. Donald Glass, 67, of Lake City died early Monday morning, Feb. 12, 2001, in Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Lakeland, Mr. Glass had been a resident of Lake City since 1995. Mr. Glass retired in 1995 from Orange Bowl Trucking Co. after 30 years of service as a long-distance truck driver. Mr. Glass was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Glass enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, reading and sports.
Mr. Glass is survived by two sons, Donald "Sonny" Glass (Sherry) and Scott Glass (Marie), both of Tampa; a daughter, Ginger Fields (Denny) of Zephyrhills; his mother, Jewel Glass of Lake City; two sisters, Pat Nail (Buddy) of Lake City and Agnes Harris (Morris) of Newport News, Va.; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Mr. Glass was preceded in death by his father, Hayward Glass.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Glass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, with the Rev. J.B. "Tank" Ogburn officiating. Private family visitation services were held.
Arrangements are under the direction of BIGGS FUNERAL HOME, 3801 S. First St., Lake City.

Eva Stevens
Mrs. Eva Mildred Tomlinson Ellis Stevens, 83, of Lake City died late Friday evening, Feb. 9, 2001, in The Health Center nursing home in Lake City following a lengthy illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Columbia County, Mrs. Stevens was the daughter of the late Floyd and Matilde Terrell Tomlinson. She was a homemaker and member of North Lake City Church of God. Mrs. Stevens loved to fish and crochet. Mrs. Stevens was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Ellis, and a son, Dewey Ellis.
Mrs. Stevens is survived by a son, Paul Ellis (Pat) of Lake City; daughter, Margaret Adams of Lake City; special friends, William "Bill" Hunter of Live Oak and Linda Walker of Lake City; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stevens will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, in North Lake City Church of God, with the Rev. Barney Hurst officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday.
Arrangements are under the direction of BIGGS FUNERAL HOME, 3801 S. First St., Lake City.

Donald 'Don' Euart Witt
Donald "Don" Euart Witt, 50, of Orange Park died at his home Friday, Feb. 9, 2001.
Don was born Thursday, June 8, 1950, in Lake City. He graduated from Maynard Evans High School, Orlando, in June 1968 and received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Florida in 1973. Donald devotedly served the state Department of Corrections for 25 years. He received two Employee of the Year awards, and at his retirement was honorably recognized and commended by the governor and Cabinet for the experience and expertise he brought to the Florida Parole Commission. He was a member of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Florida Sheriffs Association. Don married Karen Zimmerman Witt in April 1974 and their beloved son, Ryan Euart Witt, was born in May 1981.
Don ardently pursued his life with pride and perfection. He was an exceptionally skilled fisherman, avid lover of sports and talented gardener. Over the years, he was a columnist for Florida Fish Finder. He served as secretary and president of the Brevard County Soccer Association and was a certified referee for the U.S. Soccer Federation. Don maintained a longtime love affair with Bass Masters and has many trophies.
Don is survived by his wife, Karen L. Witt; son, Ryan E. Witt of Orange Park; parents, Euart "Bub" and Betty Witt of Ocoee; sisters, Sharon Schwiesthal of Margate, Esther Miller of Hampton Roads, Va., and Jennifer Hirtz of Ocoee.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at Penney Memorial Church, Penney Retirement Community, Poling Boulevard (off State Road 16), Penney Farms, with the Rev. Orlando Tibbets officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, Gift of Remembrance Headquarters, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, No. 15, Maitland, Fla. 32751-7105, in the memory of Donald Euart Witt.
Funeral services are under the care of HELM FUNERAL HOME (904-284-9696), Green Cove Springs.

Elizabeth H. McColskey
Elizabeth Hollingsworth McColskey, 83, of Riverside Drive died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Our Open Arms in Daytona Beach.
Mrs. McColskey was born April 1, 1917. Mrs. McColskey, a fourth-generation Floridian, was born and raised in Starke. At 19, she moved to Lake City, where she lived until moving to Ormond Beach in 1980 to be with her daughter and grandchildren. A member of First Baptist Church, she enjoyed traveling and crocheting. Momma Liz's happiest moments were shared with her grandchildren, "Angel" and Geran.
Survivors include her daughter, Anne Williams; son-in-law, Gerald Williams Jr.; two grandchildren, Geran Williams of Atlanta, Geri Elizabeth "Angel" Williams of Savannah, Ga.; and a nephew, James H. Hollingsworth III of Tallahassee. 
Funeral services for Mrs. McColskey will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at the graveside at Crosby Lake Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. James H. Hollingsworth III. Viewing will be from 9:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Jones Funeral Home in Starke.
JONES FUNERAL HOME, Starke, is in charge of arrangements; (904) 964-6200.

Edith Irene Pridgeon
Edith Irene Pridgeon, 83, of Jasper passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Suwannee Valley Nursing Center, Jasper.
The Meridian, Miss., native was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith. She was a former resident of Jacksonville and Lake City.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Bradshaw of Jennings and Betty Jane Martin of Bridge City, Texas; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Bart Bradshaw and Shannon Martin. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
HARRY T. REID FUNERAL HOME, Jasper, is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley Wenzel Moore
Stanley Wenzel Moore, 82, of White Springs passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at Suwannee Valley Nursing Home in Jasper after a short illness.
He was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Elkhart, Ind. to Ralph and Delida Peterson Moore. Mr. Moore was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of Elkhart High School, Elkhart Business University in 1958, Acme Technical Institute of Tool and Die Designing and a member of VFW Post 2093. 
Survivors include a son, Ted of Lake Park, Ga.; daughter, Joline of Michigan; sister, Pearl DuBois; three brothers, all of Elkhart; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services were held in Lake Park on Feb. 5 with the Rev. Keith Sandlin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to North Florida Hospice or First United Methodist Church of Lake City where he attended Sunday school and church.

Grace Elva Roe
Ms. Grace Elva Roe, 83, of Lake City died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at a nursing home facility in Lake City.
Ms. Roe had been a resident of Lake City since 1986.
She is survived by one son, Samuel E. (Melonie) Roe of Marietta, Calif.; three daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Greenfield of Lake City, Margaret Johnson of Hockesin, Del. and Betty (Ellis) Johnson of Dover, Del.; one sister, Anna Hooper of Lake City; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
No services are planned for Ms. Roe. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUN-ERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all 
arrangements.

Pinkie Stephens
Mrs. Pinkie Stephens, 79, of Lake City died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Suwannee Healthcare Center following an extended illness.
Survivors include a son, Tyronne Gilmore of California; two sisters, Lorraine Jones of Lake City and Stella Robinson of Valdosta, Ga. Other relatives include Joseph Morris (Jamie Mae) and Mrs. Easter Williams Fudge of Lake City.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pinkie Stephens will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Olivet Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. H.M. Moss, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Rest Cemetery.
Arrangements by COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 400 E. Washington St., Lake City.

Dolores Bestoso
Mrs. Dolores Irene Seelbinder Bestoso, 65, of Lake City died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Bestoso was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and moved to Hialeah in 1938. She and her husband, Charles Norman Bestoso, moved to Lake Butler in 1976, where they owned and operated a Western Auto associate store. After her husband's death, she became credit manager for Badcock Furniture in Starke. She moved to Lake City in 1996. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Lake City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bestoso, and a daughter, Lisa Beth Bestoso.
Mrs. Bestoso is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Linda Irene and Harold Poole of Winter Haven; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Norman and Dewayne Bestoso of Providence, and Duane Louis and JoAnn Bestoso of Lake City; six grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Lake City, with the Rev. Lowell O'Steen officiating.

Vera H. Freeman
Mrs. Vera H. Freeman, 85, of Lake City died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, in the Health Center of Lake City following a brief illness.
Mrs. Freeman was native of Athens, Ala., daughter of the late Houston and Estelle Sweetland Hardison, and had resided in Lake City for the past 28 years. Mrs. Freeman was a former medical records clerk for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She was a member of the Lakeview Church of Christ, Lake City.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Howard L. Freeman of Lake City; one son, Samuel C. Winton Jr. of Crawfordville; one brother, Lewis Hardison of Athens; one sister, Maureen Ellett of Winter Haven; two grandsons, Samuel C. Winton III of Tallahassee and Steve Winton of Crawfordville; three great-grandsons, Samuel C. Winton IV and Reese Winton, both of Tallahassee, and Michael Winton of Crawfordville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home, with Minister Eric George, pastor of Lakeview Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Lakeview Church of Christ, U.S. 441 South, Lake City, Fla. 32025. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 4309 S. First St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

Percy L. Ratliff
Mr. Percy L. Ratliff, 75, of Macclenny, also known as "Mr. Percy" or the "Candy Man," died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, in Baker Community Hospital.
He was a native of Chiefland and had resided in Macclenny since 1972, moving there from Lake City. He was a self-employed electrician and a member of Raiford Road Church. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Catherine Knight. He is the son of the late Robert and Willie Clemmons Ratliff.
Survivors include his wife, Alma S. Thorton Ratliff of Macclenny; two daughters, Paulinda Harvey of Macclenny and Sharon Bowels (Larry) of Sanford, N.C.; two stepsons, R.L. Starling and Joe Starling, both of Macclenny; two stepdaughters, Barbara Belleville and Annette Thomas, both of Macclenny; a sister, Wynema Ratliff of Lake City; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Raiford Road Church with the Revs. Johnny Raulerson and Eddie Griffis officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, in GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, U.S. 90 East, Macclenny.

Martha Ann Treverrow
Mrs. Martha Ann Treverrow, 69, of Lake City died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, in the Shands at Lake Shore hospital, Lake City, following a long illness.
Mrs. Treverrow was a native of Sycamore, Ga., daughter of the late Morgan and Luella Richardson Horton, and had resided in Lake City since 1973. Mrs. Treverrow was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Treverrow Sr.
Survivors include two sons, Edward (Marinell) "Jr." Treverrow of Lake City and Robert Lester (Charlotte) Treverrow of Jacksonville; two daughters, Linda Ann Silcox of Fort White and Helen (Brady) Brinkly of Lake City; three brothers, Howard (Bobbi) Horton of Arcadia, the Rev. R.C. (Ruth) Horton of Lakeland and Jack (Dorothy) Horton of Orlando; one sister, Dot Triplett of Orlando; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, in the Chapel of Guerry Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Harrison, pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at the funeral home. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 4309 S. First St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

George W. Miller
George W. Miller, 71, of Lake City died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. Miller lived in Lake City since 1994, having moved here from Homestead. Mr. Miller, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was regarded as a fun-loving father to his family, who will miss him very much.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marian; two sons, Richard (Sharon) of Jupiter and George (Mary) of Lake City; three daughters, Eva (Robert) Gardner of Mathews, N.C., Jennifer (Bill) Rowan and Melinda (Larry) Roth, both of Lake City; two sisters, Betty Biskin of California and Marie Ondomisi of Ohio; and seven grandchildren.
A visitation for Mr. Miller will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, followed by a service at 2 p.m. with military honors by the U.S. Army at Costanzo Funeral Home. Committal will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.
Arrangements are under the direction of COSTANZO FUNERAL & CREMATION, Veterans Street, Lake City; 758-0046. 

Lula Ratliff
Mrs. Lula Hall Ratliff, 84, of Lake City died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Lake City Medical Center following a long illness.
Mrs. Ratliff was a native of Virginia and daughter of the late Sanda and Susie Hall. She lived in Wheel Wright, Ky., and Kite, Ky., prior to moving to Lake City in 1991. Mrs. Ratliff was a homemaker and the widow of the late George R. Ratliff.
Survivors include two sons, Bazzell Ray (Iolene) Ratliff of Cadiz, Ky., and Jerry Dean (Neva) Ratliff of Martin, Ky.; three daughters, Theda A. Chambliss of Lake City, Marietta S. Harrod of Mansfield, Ohio, and Patsy Sexton of Cadiz.; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in the Chapel of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cadiz. Interment will follow in Eastend Cemetery, Cadiz. The family will receive friends from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at the funeral home. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice. GOODWIN FUNERAL HOME, 138 Main St., Cadiz, is in charge of all arrangements. 

Nancy Leola Blackie
Nancy Leola Blackie, 61, of Lake City died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at Shands at Lake Shore hospital. 
Mrs. Blackie lived in Jacksonville for most of her life but had resided in Lake City since 1973. Mrs. Blackie was of the Baptist faith. She was active in bowling leagues and loved her grandchildren. Mrs. Blackie was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Ann Blackie. 
Survivors include her husband, Ralph Blackie of Lake City; three sons, Michael (Cynthia) Blackie of Jacksonville, Ricky Blackie of Oakland, Calif., Keith (Susan) Blackie of Lake City; one daughter, Joy (John) Nettles of Lake City; two sisters, Nora (Robert) Keller of Plano, Texas, and Eva Smith of Lake City; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Blackie will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Eastside Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at the funeral home.
SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

Walter Hawkins Sr.
Walter Hawkins Sr. of Stroudsburg, Pa., a former resident of Lake City, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, in Pennsylvania following an extended illness.
Born in 1937, he was the son of the late Charlie and Leola Hawkins. He was educated in the public schools of Columbia County, graduating with the Richardson High School Class of 1957. He was affiliated with Mount Ararat Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Rev. G.S. Steward.
Survivors include his former wife, Edna Hawkins Davis; four daughters, Shirley Ann Hawkins of Lake City, Diane Hawkins, Debbie Cribb (Ralph), Shirleen Davis (Marcus), all of Cocoa; five sons, Robert Hawkins (Dora), Dennis Hawkins (Stephanie), Walter Hawkins Jr. (Vickie), Kenneth Hawkins and Jamie Hawkins, all of Cocoa; eight sisters, Louise Page (Otis), Betty Williams (Johnnie), Coretha Austin, Mildred Fulton, Mary Fletcher, Cora Raines and Margaret James, all of Lake City; one brother, John Sanders (Ruby) of Lake City; nine brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; one aunt, Mrs. Annie Mae Williams of Lake City; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Walter Hawkins Sr. will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at New Day Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. George Frances, pastor, and the Rev. Nathaniel Williams, eulogy. Interment will follow in Watertown Cemetery.
Arrangements by COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 400 E. Washington St., Lake City.

Robert D. Nolan
Mr. Robert D. Nolan of Lake City died late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2001, at his residence in the Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans Domiciliary Home of Florida.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mr. Nolan had lived in Lake City for the past six years, having moved from the Tampa area. Mr. Nolan was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the European theater and was also awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Nolan was of the Catholic faith. Mr. Nolan is survived by his sister, Mrs. May Paleveda (Patrick) of Tampa; six nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted for Mr. Nolan at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Interment will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of the BIGGS FUNERAL HOME, 3801 S. First St., Lake City.

Gladys 'Rachel' Robinson
Mrs. Gladys "Rachel" Robinson, 61, daughter of the late Alvin Revels and Edna Barrs-Revels, took her final journey with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2001, after a long illness at Avalon Healthcare Center, Lake City.
Born in Dixie County, Mrs. Robinson lived in Lake City since 1997, having moved from Lafayette County because of her failing health. Mrs. Robinson lived in Alachua for many years and was employed at Copelands meat packing company before moving to Thomasville, Ga. where she worked as a certified nurses assistant. Mrs. Robinson also resided for a time in Mayo in the 1980s.
Mrs. Robinson was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Mrs. Cindy Miller of Mayo.
Survivors of Mrs. Robinson are her husband, William J. Robinson Sr. of Lake City; one son, William J. Robinson Jr. (Carolyn) of Mayo; two daughters, Darlene Cox (Cliff) of Lake City and Melissa Weaver of Mayo; six grandchildren, Harley Bradley (Judy) and Geoffrey Harrell, all of Lake City, William J. Robinson III, Donna Robinson, Rick and Arron Weaver, all of Mayo; one great-grandson, Wesley Miller of Lake City; three brothers, John Revels (Minnie) of Winter Haven, Eddie Wayne (Kathy) of Chiefland, William Revels (Janet) of Lake Butler; two sisters, Elaine McDaniel (Russell) and Marie Simmons (Larry), all of Lake City and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.
A visitation for Mrs. Robinson will be held from 3-5 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2001, at Costanzo Funeral Home. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the Lake City Church of God, Duval and Ermine streets, with Pastors Don Jackson and Jim Morrison presiding, followed by procession to Santa Fe Cemetery, Branford.
Arrangements are under the direction of COSTANZO FUNERAL & CREMATION, Veterans Street, Lake City; 758-0046.

Ethel Lake Combs
Funeral services for Ethel Lake Combs will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Alvin Baker officiating. 
Mrs. Combs was a native of Columbia County and longtime resident of Lake City. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lake and Mr. and Mrs. James Niblack and the widow of Mr. Booker T. Combs. Mrs. Combs was a member of New Bethel Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. She served the community as owner of Combs Funeral Home and as a dedicated teacher for many years. Mrs Combs also was a member of several social and fraternal organizations.

Lillain Troutman Knight
Liilian Troutman Knight, 82, passed away Saturday morning, March 31, 2001.
She was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Statesville, N.C. 
Survivors include her children, Jerry Knight of Pensacola and Kathy Henneforth of Plantation; and her niece, Janet Hendrickson of Lake City.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on U.S. 90 in Lake City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harry Anna Children's Hospital in Umatilla. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of arrangements.

Edgar A. Peacock
Edgar A. Peacock, 64, of Lake City, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at his home.
The Nashville, Ga., native was a former Jasper resident. He was a retired superintendent with Occidental Chemical/PCS Phosphate-White Springs.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara McIntosh Peacock of Lake City; three sons, Brent Peacock of Alachua, Michael Peacock and Darryl Peacock, both of Valdosta, Ga.; one daughter, Marjorie Johnson of Brunswick, Ga.; three brothers, Bobby Peacock of Live Oak, Joe Peacock of Jennings and Lamar Peacock of Lakeland, Ga.; four sisters, Mary Nell Young of Jasper, Ruby Daniels of Jasper, Diane Stapleton of Jennings, and Mildred Bellflower of Lake City; four grandchildren, Jennifer Peacock of Alachua, Dallas Peacock of Albany, Ga., Mary-Angelyn Peacock of Valdosta and Jacob Johnson of Brunswick.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Chapel of Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Jasper.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the funeral home. HARRY T. REID FUNERAL HOME, Jasper, is in charge of arrangements.

Iona Griffin Douglas
Mrs. Iona Griffin Douglas, 87, of 117 E. North St., Lake City, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Vencor Hospital, Green Cove Springs, terminating an extended illness.
Born in Hahira, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Viola Jenkins. 
Upon moving to Lake City, she joined the New Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Rev. C.C. Rawls, serving faithfully until she moved to Miami. 
She was employed with the Orthopedic General Hospital in Miami until her retirement.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn and Morris Williams of Lake City; son, Ace Douglas of Miami; sister, Gladys Maeweather of Lake City; five grandchildren; a very dear devoted friend, Lois O. Jones of Lake City; other friends, Bessie Mae and Dorothy Brown of Miami; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Iona Griffin Douglas will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Olivet Baptist Church with the Rev. H.M. Moss, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Watertown Cemetery.
Arrangements by COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 400 E. Washington St., Lake City.

Lonnie Wilson
Mr. Lonnie Wilson, a native and former resident of Columbia County, recently passed away in Philadelphia, Pa., where he had established residency.
He was the son of the late Mr. Lonnie and Mrs. Idella Wilson. He attended the public schools of Columbia County, including Richardson High School.
He leaves to mourn: two brothers, Simon Wilson of Vero Beach and Bishop H. Wilson of Lake City; nieces, Inez Anderson of Miami, Joan Anderson of Lake City, Elnora Cooper of Lake City, Idella Taylor of Lake City, Veronica Taylor of Texas and Patricia Taylor of Orlando; nephews, Clifford Taylor of Orlando, Fred Taylor of New York and Ronald Taylor of Orlando.
Funeral and burial arrangements have already been held. Announcement courtesy of COMBS FUNERAL HOME, 400 E. Washington St., Lake City.

Lawrence Adams Jr.
Lawrence Adams Jr., 53, of Lake City, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Shands at Lake Shore hospital following a brief illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME , 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge arrangements.

Molly Arnold Braun
Molly Arnold Braun loved to fly, more than anything on Earth, and now her spirit soars.
Ms. Braun who died Saturday, April 7, 2001, in Gainesville loved many other things besides aviation, however. She had the ability to appreciate everything beautiful in this life, whether it was a flower, a poem or a child who crossed her path. Even more importantly, she was able to share that love in everything she created.
Ms. Braun, 84, was born in Arcadia, the only child of Minnie Viola and Andrew E. Arnold. She graduated from high school in Ocala and went to work as an administrative secretary at the University of Florida under Dean Riley. Ms. Braun was a pilot at Stengel Field in Gainesville (upon which Butler Brothers' Plaza was built). Not only did she fly in air shows, but she wrote and published the Stengel Field newsletter under the pen name of Kathryn Parnell.
Ms. Braun moved to Texas in the early '40s, where she taught meteorology to U.S. Army Air Corps and RAF pilots in ground school. Although she enjoyed Texas and teaching, she moved home to Florida after World War II. She eventually became secretary to Dr. C.B. Pollard, graduate research professor of organic chemistry at the University of Florida. That was where she met her husband, John Charles Braun, as he finished his doctoral studies. When Braun moved his bride to Lake City, she immersed herself in the community. She was a long-term member of Epiphany Catholic Church, at which she served on the Parish Financial Committee; she was also a member of St. Ann's Guild. Ms. Braun was a member of the Lake City Woman's Club for several decades, shaped many lives as a Girl Scout leader and took an active interest in local education by focusing on school board issues. Recognizing her beliefs in diversity, the 1977 mayor, Jim Ward, named Ms. Braun to the Lake City Human Relations Council, on which she served for many years.
In her spare time, Ms. Braun created artwork in several media, but she specialized in fiber arts. She painted, stenciled and hand-dyed fabric. She also designed clothing, which she embellished with beads, metallic threads, paints and other items, long before these ideas became popular. Ms. Braun and her husband were avid horticulturists. They hybridized camellias as part of the Gainesville Camellia Society for several decades. Additionally, they were active in the American Camellia Society, for which they judged numerous shows. In recent yeas, Ms. Braun had become interested in daylilies, and was active with the Suwannee Valley Hemerocallis Society. In fact, she and her husband traveled to the American Hemerocallis Society convention in Philadelphia last July. In addition to being a member of Epiphany, Ms. Braun also supported and attended Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Gainesville.
She is missed very much by her husband, John Braun, and son David Braun, both of Lake City; her daughters, Vicki Braun of Orlando and Cathe Bedard of Michigan; and granddaughter, Brooke Bedard of Michigan.
Arrangements are under the direction of CAESAR'S FUNERAL HOME in Lake City. A memorial mass will be held at Epiphany Catholic Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.

Bedie May Clark
Bedie May Clark, 93, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Shands at Lake Shore hospital in Lake City.
Mrs. Clark was born in Milan, Ga. She had resided in O'Brien since 1989. Mrs. Clark was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Barnett, O'Brien, Sylvia Bennett, Jacksonville, and Diane Robinson, Jacksonville; one brother, Ottis Hobbs, Savannah, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted for Mrs. Clark at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Ichetucknee River Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Snipes officiating. Interment will follow in Fort White Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the funeral home. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

Edia Marie Domingue
Edia Marie Domingue, 95, of Lake City, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in a nursing home.
Mrs. Domingue had lived in Lake City since 1956, coming from New Iberia. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of Epiphany Catholic Church. She was also a volunteer worker, Pink Lady at Shands at Lake Shore hospital, and enjoyed gardening and sewing.
Survivors include one son, George E. Domingue, Lake City; one daughter, Barbara L. Woods, Suwannee; one sister, Maude Boudier; Lafayette, La.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted for Mrs. Domingue at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Father George Kuruville officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Hospice of North Central Florida. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

Joseph Edmond Kargula Jr.
Joseph Edmond Kargula Jr., 76, of Lake City, died April 3, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Kargula was a native of Michigan. He was a cabinet maker and had resided in Lake City for a number of years. 
Survivors include: good friends, Jerry and (Paula) Schuck, Lake City; one stepdaughter, Eleanor and (Paul) Ciuros, Lake City; one brother-in-law, Felix Baker, Lake City.
Memorial services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Sherrill-Guerry Memorial Chapel with the Rev. J.B. "Tank" Ogburn officiating. Interment will follow at a later date. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME , 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.

James R. Pinkney
James R. Pinkney, 83, native of Hunt, N.Y., died April 7, 2001, at Avalon Nursing Home.
Mr. Pinkney was a veteran of World War II, 103rd Medical Battalion, and also with U.S. Merchant Marines. He worked before retirement with Erie Lackawanna Railroad, which later merged with Conrail, for 46 years. He was preceded in death by a sister, Orma Caine.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Doris Irene Pinkney; daughter, Carol Anne (Paul) Kibler, Buffalo, N.Y.; sons, Robert J. (Mary) Pinkney, Denver, John R. (Mary Ethel) Pinkney, Dover, Del., Mark Pinkney, Biloxi, Miss., Kenneth Pinkney, Lake City; sister, Joan (Ernie) Gall, Nunda, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Tom Caine; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who he admired greatly, and several other relatives and friends.

Mary Annie Foerman Stone
Mrs. Mary Annie Foerman Stone, 67, of Lake City, died late Sunday evening, April 8, 2001, at her son's residence following an extended illness.
A native of Clinch County, Ga., Mrs. Stone had been a resident of Lake City since 1968, having moved from Lake Butler. Mrs. Stone was employed as a nursing assistant with Dr. Weiffenbach in Lake City for many years. She then worked at the Tanglewood Nursing Home until her retirement. Mrs. Stone was a member of North Lake City Church of God. She enjoyed her hobbies of sewing, gardening and cooking.
Mrs. Stone is survived by three sons, Larry Stone (Debby), Nelson Stone (Linda), and Allen "Wade" Stone, all of Lake City; a daughter, Arthie "Louise" Azad, Lake City; four brothers, Henry Foerman, Lake Butler, Martin Foerman, Lake Butler, Earl Foerman, Jacksonville, David Foerman, Lake Butler; and two sisters, Patricia Cates, Ocala, and Evelyn Burke, Lake Butler; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stone will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, in North Lake City Church of God with the Revs. Barney Hurst and Robert Yates officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. Arrangements are under the direction of BIGGS FUNERAL HOME, 3801 S. First St., Lake City.

Ronald C. Yoder
Ronald C. Yoder, 80, of Lake City, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Vencor Hospital in Green Cove Springs.
Mr. Yoder resided in Lake City since 1978, coming from Richmond, Ind. Mr. Yoder was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union Local 661 and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Yoder enjoyed fishing.
Mr. Yoder is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edna Yoder, Lake City; three daughters, Nancy Brandon, Lake City, Bonnie Strong, Lake City, and Debra Reckers, Richmond; one brother, Ivan Brown, Shelbyville, Ind.; one sister, Evelyn Floyd, Shelbyville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Yoder will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Sherrill-Guerry Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Norman officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Lake City. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the funeral home. SHERRILL-GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, 616 S. Marion St., Lake City, is in charge of all arrangements.





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