Miscellaneous Alachua County, Florida Obituaries


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Obituaries dated Thursday, January 22, 1999 

Kenneth Calvin Gallion Jr.
WILLISTON - Kenneth Calvin Gallion Jr. of Williston died unexpectedly Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 48. 
Mr. Gallion was a farrier. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. 
He was born in Chelsea, Mass., and moved from Springfield, Mass., to Williston 10 years ago. 
Mr. Gallion was a member of the American Farriers Association and was secretary for the Florida State Farriers Association. 
Survivors include his wife, LaRhesa McLean Gallion of Williston; a son, Kenneth Hollis Gallion of Williston; his mother, Florence Pereira of Mashpee, Mass.; a sister, Patricia Keleher of East Falmouth, Mass.; and two brothers, Gary Gallion and Kevin Gallion, both of East Falmouth. 
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the American Heart Association. 

Andrew Joseph Hornyak 
WILLISTON - Andrew Joseph Hornyak of Williston died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. He was 60. 
Mr. Hornyak was employed at Dan's Auto Body in Williston. 
He moved from Miami to Williston 14 years ago. 
There are no known relatives. 

Archie M. Jellen 
MELROSE - Archie M. Jellen of Melrose died Wednesday in Gainesville after a long illness. He was 94. 
Mr. Jellen formerly ran the Highlands Gem Shop in Highlands, N.C. 
He was born in Providence, R.I., and moved from Miami to Melrose 26 years ago. He also spent half of each year in Highlands. 
Mr. Jellen was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the Oak Grove Masonic Lodge F&AM in Alameda, Calif. 
Survivors include his wife, Hazel S. Jellen of Melrose; two sisters, Virginia Kennedy of Sonoma, Calif., and Eleanor McColgan of Belmont; and two grandsons. 
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the Eliam Cemetery Association in Melrose or to the Highlands Cemetery Association in Highlands. 

Elvie Elizabeth Rigdon 
HAMPTON - Elvie Elizabeth Rigdon of Hampton died Thursday at her home. She was 92. 
Mrs. Rigdon was a homemaker and a member of the Hampton Baptist Church. 
She was a lifelong resident of Hampton. 
Mrs. Rigdon was preceded in death by her husband, Colsie Rigdon. 
Survivors include three brothers, Lester Slade of Hampton, Avory Slade of Fairbanks and Truby Slade of Starke; and three sisters, Eva Allen of Palatka, Martha Hendry of Jacksonville and Alla Mae Schuppert of Palm Harbor. 

Lawton P. Santerfeit 
WILLISTON - Lawton P. Santerfeit of Williston died unexpectedly Wednesday at his home. He was 63. 
Mr. Santerfeit was formerly employed by Williston Gas and Electric, Levy County Housing Authority, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and General Electric in Gainesville. He also retired as an aircraft mechanic from the U.S. Navy. 
He was a lifelong resident of Williston and a member of the First Baptist Church of Williston. 
Survivors include a son, Byrel Santerfeit of Frederick, Md.; two daughters, Kimberly Parker of Williston and Tina Santerfeit of Lantana; and three grandchildren. 

Jimmy T. Stewart Sr. 
ORANGE SPRINGS - Jimmy T. Stewart Sr. of Orange Springs died Wednesday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville due to complications following surgery. He was 67. 
Mr. Stewart was a welder and a Baptist. 
He was born in High Point, N.C., and moved from Hillsborough County to Orange Springs 10 years ago. 
Survivors include four sons, Jimmy T. Stewart Jr. of Kings Bay, Ga., Stephen E. Stewart of Winter Haven, Jerry L. Stewart of Wimauma and James N. Stewart of Riverview; and two grandsons. 

Frederick J. Wellington 
CLEARWATER - Frederick J. Wellington of Clearwater died Monday in Gainesville at his daughter's home. He was 87. 
Mr. Wellington retired as executive vice president of Panama Refinery Inc. He formerly worked for Exxon in Colombia, South America. 
He was born in Corunna, Ontario, Canada, moved to Clearwater 20 years ago and lived at his daughter's home in Gainesville off and on over the last few years. 
Mr. Wellington was a member of the United Church of Canada. 
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Alexander and Jane Lawyer, both of Gainesville, and Lynne Frauenheim of Charlotte, N.C.; three sons, Bob Wellington of Vancouver, British Columbia, Don Wellington of Asheboro, N.C., and Rick Wellington of Timmons, Ontario, Canada; his companion, Mary Urey of Dothan, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to the Fred J. Wellington Foundation for Child Development C/O the Morris Center in Gainesville. 

Obituaries dated Thursday, January 23, 1999 

Joseph Camps Sr.
Joseph Camps Sr. of Gainesville died Wednesday at his home. He was 68. 
Elder Camps was a pastor at Newnan's Lake Church of God By Faith for 33 years and previously pastored at several other Church of God By Faith churches in the Gainesville area. 
Elder Camps also was a retired maintenance superintendent. 
Born in Jonesville, he was a lifelong resident of the Gainesville area. 
Elder Camps was a chairman of the National Examining Board of Ministers Church of God By Faith Inc. 
He served on the Department of Corrections Prison Ministry and the Santa Fe Corrections Advisory Board. 
Survivors include his wife, Sarah E. McKnight Camps of Gainesville; four sons, Joseph Camps Jr. of Tallahassee and Calvin Camps, Waldon Camps and Steven Camps, all of Gainesville; five daughters, Carolyn Cowan of Venice, Cheryl Green and Karen Alford, both of Gainesville, Judith Matthews of Birmingham, Ala., and Jaueline Lewis of Hampton, Va.; two brothers, Bishop Walter Camps and John Camps, both of Gainesville; three sisters, Jessie McKnight, Pearl Sanders and Janie Sanford, all of Gainesville; and 22 grandchildren. 
The funeral for Elder Joseph Camps Sr. will be at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at the University of Florida. 
A burial service will immediately follow at Newnan's Lake Cemetery off NE 39th Avenue in Gainesville. 

Selma Diane Dawson 
Selma Diane Dawson of Gainesville died Thursday at her home. She was 74. 
Mrs. Dawson was a retired bookkeeper. 
She was born in New York City and moved to Gainesville 12 years ago. 
Mrs. Dawson was a member of the German Club in Miami. 
Survivors include her husband, Harold Dawson of Gainesville; a stepdaughter, Schuyler McLaine of Glassboro, N.J.; and a granddaughter. 

Eugene DeBose Sr. 
Eugene DeBose Sr. of Gainesville died Tuesday at his home after a long illness. He was 79. 
Mr. DeBose was a retired construction worker. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
He was born in Tarpon Springs and moved from Gulf Hammock to Gainesville 60 years ago. 
Mr. DeBose was a member of the Holiness Church. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Rushing. 
Survivors include his wife, Jessie Mae Singleton DeBose of Gainesville; 10 sons, Eugene DeBose Jr., Eddie DeBose, Charlie DeBose, Vincent DeBose, Barney Warren and Carl Warren, all of Gainesville, Michael DeBose of Long Beach, Calif, Cleveland DeBose of Tampa, Gregory DeBose of Heidelberg, Germany, and Marvin Clemons of Orlando; three daughters, Veronica Taylor, Carolyn Warren and Marilyn Warren, all of Gainesville; a sister, Charlie Mae Lee of Ocala; two brothers, J.D. DeBose of Gainesville and Alphonso DeBose of Seattle; 24 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Mayme Edgmon Evans 
Mayme Edgmon Evans of Gainesville died Thursday in Gainesville. She was 94. 
Mrs. Evans formerly owned and operated Jim Dandy Bakery. She was also a registration assistant at Santa Fe Community College and was an Alachua County poll worker. 
She was born in Athens, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville 61 years ago. 
Mrs. Evans was a member of the Gainesville Woman's Club and the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville, where she was a communion steward. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Evans Sr. 
Survivors include a son, A.J. Evans Jr. of Gainesville; and two grandchildren, Wesley M. Evans and Sarah E. Evans, both of Gainesville. 

Elliott Dunn Hill 
OCALA - Elliott Dunn Hill of Ocala died Thursday in Ocala after a long illness. He was 83. 
Mr. Hill was a retired farmer. 
He was born in Perry and moved from Orange Springs to Ocala nine years ago. 
Mr. Hill was a member of the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Cottondale and the Fellowship Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 53. 
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Hill of Ocala; a son; four daughters; a stepson, Gomer Koon of Gainesville; four stepdaughters, including Diane Farrell of Gainesville; 10 grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren. 

Minnie Lee Ivery 
Minnie Lee Ivery of Gainesville died Saturday at Shands at AGH. She was 85. 
Mrs. Ivery was a homemaker. 
She was born in Fort Valley, Ga., and moved to Gainesville 45 years ago. 
Mrs. Ivery was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Pallbearers Lodge No. 159, the Elks, the University Temple No. 900, the Female Protection Center and the University Lodge No. 1218. 
Survivors include three foster daughters, Janet Smith and Faye Dollison, both of Gainesville, and Bridgette Gillis of Atlanta; three foster sons, Sylvester Franklin of New York, William Redd of Gainesville and Ronald Watts;dk location and her caretaker, Fannie M. Mitchell of Gainesville. 

Ruthanne McNamee 
BRANFORD - Ruthanne McNamee of Branford died Wednesday in Branford. She was 54. 
Mrs. McNamee was a homemaker and a member of the Beachville Christian Advent Church. 
She was born in Bay City, Mich., and moved from Venice to Branford 13 years ago. 
Mrs. McNamee was preceded in death by a son, Daniel McNamee; and a daughter, Lisa Dawn McNamee. 
Survivors include her husband, Clarence A. McNamee of Branford; a daughter, Susan McNamee of Wellborn; a son, John McNamee of Branford; a brother, Richard VanConett of Branford; a sister, Roberta Beck of Venice; and eight grandchildren. 

Rupert L. Murphy 
Rupert L. Murphy of Gainesville died Friday in Gainesville. He was 89. 
Mr. Murphy retired as an attorney for Interstate Commerce Commission. He was appointed to the commission by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955 and reappointed by the following presidents until he retired in 1978. 
He was born in Byromville, Ga., and moved from Atlanta to Gainesville 21 years ago. 
Mr. Murphy was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church, the Shriners, and the Oakland City Masonic Lodge in Atlanta. 
Survivors include his wife, Marion Kerlin Murphy of Gainesville; and a son, Rupert L. "Pete" Murphy II of Gainesville. 

Mattie Johnson Nicholas 
Mattie Johnson Nicholas of Gainesville died Wednesday at her home after a long illness. She was 71. 
Mrs. Nicholas was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Herman Baptist Church. 
She was born in Lake City and was a lifelong resident of the area. 
Mrs. Nicholas was preceded in death by her husband, Chapman Nicholas; and a son, Willie James Williams. 
Survivors include four daughters, Christine Johnson, Jeanette Day and Hattie Mae Williams, all of Gainesville, and Carolyn Edgel James of Fort Worth, Texas; two sons, Rudolph Johnson and Arthur Lee Johnson, both of Gainesville; a sister, Virginia Knight of Miami; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Ruby Inez Reynolds 
WILLISTON - Ruby Inez Reynolds of Williston died Thursday in Williston after a long illness. She was 92. 
Mrs. Reynolds owned and operated Reynolds Grocery Store in Fairfield and later worked at Palmers Grocery in Reddick. 
She was born in Shiloh and moved from Fairfield to Williston 65 years ago. 
Mrs. Reynolds was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. 
Survivors include two sons, Robert Reynolds of Fairfield and Clyde Reynolds of Gainesville; a daughter, Violet Mixson of Williston; 27 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. 

Jessie Hawthorne Rigdon 
LAKE CITY - Jessie Hawthorne Rigdon of Lake City died Thursday at Lake City Medical Center. She was 87. 
Mrs. Rigdon was a lifelong resident of Lake City. 
She was a member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church and of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Kirby Smith Chapter No. 202. 
Mrs. Rigdon was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Melvin Rigdon. 
Survivors include a daughter, Alethia Walker of Greer, S.C.; a sister, Iva Mae Tucker of Jasper; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 

William Albert Rountree 
CROSS CITY - William Albert Rountree of Cross City died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after a long illness. He was 63. 
Mr. Rountree was a systems analyst. He also served in the U.S. Navy. 
He was born in Lake City and moved from Atlanta to Cross City 19 years ago. Mr. Rountree was a Methodist and a member of the Private Pilots Association. 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Rountree of Cross City; a son, Curt Rountree of Cross City; two daughters, Terri Rose of Hampton, Ga., and Cyndi McCurry of St. Petersburg; his mother, Floragene Rountree of Waccasassa; two brothers, Ernest Rountree of Jacksonville and Danny Rountree of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and six grandchildren. 

Billie Margaret St. John 
ARCHER - Billie Margaret St. John of Archer died Wednesday at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care Center in Gainesville after a long illness. She was 39. 
Mrs. St. John was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Archer. 
Survivors include her husband, Clifford B. St. John of Archer; her parents, Marion and Barbara Waters of Newberry; three brothers, Andy Waters of Newberry, Carl Waters of High Springs and Coy Waters of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Cynthia Waters of Archer; and her grandmother, Callie Humphries of Newberry. 
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to Hospice of North Central Florida. 

Jimmie Marcus Thomas 
Jimmie Marcus Thomas of Gainesville died unexpectedly Friday at Shands at AGH. He was 52. 
Mr. Thomas was a correctional officer for North Florida Reception Center in Lake Butler. 
He was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a member of the North Central Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Alice Marie "Boots" Robinson Thomas of Gainesville; two daughters, Genise Marsan Thomas of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Lisa Thomas Ecklund of Gainesville; a sister, Sallie Jane Christiansen of Homosassa; and one grandson. 

Paul William Welch 
Paul William Welch of Gainesville died Thursday at his home. He was 87. 
Mr. Welch was a retired foreman for Railway Express Agency. 
He was born in Pulaski, Tenn., and moved from Miami to Gainesville 22 years ago. 
Mr. Welch was a member of the University City Church of Christ. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Welch. 
Survivors include two daughters, Bertha Isabel Welch and Paula Dee Welch, both of Gainesville. 
Expressions of sympathy may be made as donations to University City Church of Christ.

Obituaries dated Thursday, January 24, 1999

Michael Anthony Ardovino Jr.
Michael Anthony Ardovino Jr. of Trenton died Friday at Shands at the University of Florida after a long illness. He was 57. 
Mr. Ardovino was an automotive mechanic. 
He was born in Birmingham, Ala., and moved to Trenton 19 years ago. 
Mr. Ardovino belonged to the Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville. He enjoyed remodeling his house. 
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Ardovino of Trenton; two sons, Michael Anthony Ardovino III of Trenton and Kyle Roberts of Bonifay; five daughters, Helen Jean Revis of Sarasota, Margarett Ann-Castillo of Fanning Springs, Mary Elizabeth Ardovino of Trenton, Tammy Kay Spegele of Deltona and Julie Anne Langford of Alachua; and three grandchildren. 

Carl Lorenzo Bostick 
Carl Lorenzo Bostick of Gainesville died Tuesday at Shands at AGH after a brief illness. He was 76. 
Mr. Bostick was a retired U.S. Postal Service carrier. 
Mr. Bostick was born in Lake City and came here 33 years ago from Daytona Beach. He graduated from Campbell Street High School in Daytona Beach and received his bachelor's degree from Bethune-Cookman College, where he belonged to the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. 
He was a member of the National Association of Retired Letter Carriers and the board of the Neighborhood Housing and Development Corp. 
Mr. Bostick was a Baptist. 
He is survived by his wife, Caretha Love Bostick of Gainesville. 

Cecil Edward Carter 
NEWBERRY - Maj. Cecil Edward Carter of Newberry died Friday in Newberry after a long illness. He was 67. 
Maj. Carter was retired frommajor in the U.S. Army. A Vietnam veteran, he served for 24 years in the Army before retiring in 1973. He worked in military intelligence, security and law enforcement. 
Maj. Carter was born in Wallins Creek, Ky., and came to Newberry nine years ago from New Port Richey. 
He belonged to Queen of Peace Catholic Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Sharron Hayes Carter of Newberry; five daughters, Deborah McGee of Tampa, Doris Van Saun of Jacksonville, Maria Ridley of Freemont, Calif., Janice Montague of Newport News, Va., and Linda Sullivan of Lakewood, Colo.; two sons, Dr. Charles E. Carter of Prospect, Ky., and Joe Carter of Atlanta; a sister, Lela Simpson of Florence, Ky.; two brothers, Charles Carter Jr. and William Carter, both of Lexington, Ky.; and 13 grandchildren. 

Dave L. Goodwin 
Dave L. Goodwin of Gainesville died Thursday at his home after a long illness. He was 65. 
Mr. Goodwin was an architect. He completed the health science building at Santa Fe Community College. 
He was born in Peoria, Ill., and moved to Florida in 1957. He came here 17 years ago from Winter Park. 
Mr. Goodwin's community efforts included architectural work for the ACORN Clinic in Brooker. 
Survivors include his wife, Victoria Goodwin of Gainesville; his parents, Charles and Dorothea Goodwin of Illinois; and a daughter, Jeannett Berow of Illinois. 

James William Lyons 
MAYO - James William Lyons of Mayo died Jan. 20 at his daughter's home in Mayo. He was 90. 
A lifelong resident of Mayo, Mr. Lyons was a farmer. He also served for 60 years as deacon at Riverside Baptist Church in Mayo. 
He was preceded in death by a son, James Nolon Lyons. 
Survivors include his wife, Willow Lee Lyons of Mayo; a son, Roland Lyons of Mayo; a daughter, Eliza Jackson of Mayo; two sisters, Mattie Peele of Dunedin; Virlin 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. 

Alfonso Mercado 
BRONSON - Alfonso Mercado of Bronson died in rural Bronson. He was 85. 
He had been missing since Dec. 28 and was found on Jan. 20. 
Mr. Mercado was a retired ward supervisor at King's Park Mental Institution in New York and a house builder. 
He was born in Rincon, Puerto Rico, and came to Bronson 18 years ago. 
Mr. Mercado enjoyed fishing and painting. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Hacking. 
Survivors include his wife, Lydia Margarita Mercado of Bronson; two daughters, Irene Ponte of Gold Beach, Ore., and Sylvia Schenk of Bronson; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
The family will gather at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Schenk residence for a wake. 

Robert O. Wood 
WILLISTON - Robert O. Wood of Williston died Saturday at his home. He was 69. 
Mr. Wood was a retired production spray painter for Martin Marietta in Orlando. 
He was born in in Hendersonville, N.C., and came to Williston seven years ago from Waynesville, Ga. 
Mr. Wood was a Baptist. 
Survivors include his wife, June Henry Wood of Williston; three daughters, Ruth Farrell of DeLand, Barbara Clark of Lenoir City, Tenn., and Debra Lovejoy of Apopka; one son, John Wood of Mount Dora; two sisters, Mildred Winters of Spartanburg, S.C., and Evelyn Hardy of Apopka; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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