Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2002 at 11:00 p.m.
James B. Dampier
  • WEST PALM BEACH - James B. Dampier died Wednesday at Hospice of Palm Beach County. He was 62.
    He lived in West Palm Beach for the past 39 years while working as a press room superintendent at The Palm Beach Post. He was born in LaCrosse.
    He is survived by his wife, Mary Dampier of West Palm Beach; a son, Michael Dampier of West Palm Beach; a daughter, Cheryl Dampier of West Palm Beach; a brother, Bill Dampier of Melrose; sisters Verna Mae Graudens of Melrose and Murray Murray of Ridge Manor; three granddaughters; and a great-grand- daughter.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home. Willa Mae Joyce Bingel Derr
  • Willa Mae Joyce Bingel Derr of Smithfield, Va., died Sept. 13 at Riverside Convalescent Center in Virginia. She was 68.
    Born in Illinois, Mrs. Derr lived in Steinhatchee for about 20 years before moving to Virginia in 2001. She was a mother and a housewife.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Franklin Derr.
    Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Ann Ebert of Seattle; sons Marty Roy Ebert of Key Largo, David Wayne Ebert of Waterfall, Pa., and Paul Edward Derr of Suffolk, Va.; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Colonial Funeral Home in Smithfield, Va.
    Ruby Louise Land
  • LAKE CITY - Ruby Louise Land died at her home Saturday. She was 75.
    Born in Shamrock, Mrs. Land moved to Lake City from Mayo in 1992. She was a registered nurse and attended Berea Baptist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and a daughter, Stephanie.
    Mrs. Land is survived by sons Richard and Keith Land; a daughter, Cathy Dees, all of Lake City; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.
    Horace "Al" Alton Leverett Jr.
  • HAWTHORNE - Horace "Al" Alton Leverett Jr. died Monday at his residence. He was 65.
    He was born in Jacksonville and moved to Hawthorne 27 years ago. He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1976 and from Lockheed Martin in 2001.
    He attended First United Methodist Church in Hawthorne.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Leverett, and his son, Robert Leverett.
    Survivors include his wife, Janie Parks Leverett of Hawthorne; daughters Kathy Thomas and Cindy Bates, both of Hawthorne, Patti Perry of Melrose and Lisa Reed of Ocala; stepdaughters Paula Adams of Hawthorne and Debbie Blythe of North Carolina; sons John Leverett of Albuquerque, N.M., and Keith Leverett of Pensacola; a brother, Jim Leverett of Evans, Ga.; a sister, Nancy Holiday of Jacksonville; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home. Claire Shepard Mackenzie
  • Claire Shepard Mackenzie died Friday at her home in Gainesville. She was 67.
    Mrs. Mackenzie was born in Cleveland, graduated from Ocala High School and had lived in Gainesville since 1969.
    She studied nursing at the University of Michigan. For 10 years, she was a school nurse at Prairie View Elementary School in Gainesville.
    Mrs. Mackenzie helped initiate paper recycling in Gainesville in 1976 and was a church librarian for 20 years at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. Over the course of 30 years, Mrs. Mackenzie has welcomed more than 50 people to live in her home, including several who were terminally ill.
    She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Stanley Mackenzie of Gainesville; a daughter, Willow Mackenzie Dew of Bermuda; a son, Douglas Alexander Mackenzie of Marshall, N.C.; a sister, Mary Koletic Henry of Clearwater; brothers Peter Alva Shepard of Lexington, Ky., George Emery Shepard of Ocala and Lawrence Bruce Shepard of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; and two grand- children.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Eva Louise Pearson
  • Eva Louise Pearson of Gainesville died Saturday at the E.T. York Care Center after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 75.
    Mrs. Pearson was born in Cordell, Ga., and moved to Gainesville in 1944. She was a homemaker.
    Mrs. Pearson was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Richard Pearson Sr.
    Survivors include a daughter, Joyce P. Martin of Gainesville; a son, Thomas Richard Pearson Jr. of Gainesville; five grandchildren; and one great-grand- child.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home. Judith Ann Tyburski
  • OLD TOWN - Judith Ann Tyburski of Old Town died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 58.
    Mrs. Tyburski was a hospital secretary in Sarasota.
    She moved from Sarasota to Old Town three years ago.
    Mrs. Tyburski was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
    She was Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Frank Coddington of Old Town; brothers Marshall Griffin of West Granby, Conn., Lawrence Griffin Jr. of Westfield, Mass., and David Griffin of Daytona Beach; and a sister, Venita Phillips of Southwick, Mass.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.
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