Dec. 1, 2002


Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 10:26 p.m.
Wanda L. Schott Bristow
  • HAWTHORNE - Wanda L. Schott Bristow died while visiting family on Thursday in Vidalia, Ga. She was 73.
    Mrs. Bristow was born in Alton, Ill., and moved to Hawthorne from Gainesville in 1977. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hawthorne and co-owner of a Radio Shack electronics store here.
    Survivors include her husband, Carl S. Bristow; sisters Marlene Elliot of Godfrey, Ill., and Charlene Rush of Glendale, Calif., brothers Virgil Langley of Bowling Green, Mo., and Ronald Langley and Donald Langley of Geneva, Ala.; daughters Linda Roper of Vidalia, Ga., Karen Gilbert of Tallahassee, and Kay Thomas of High Springs; sons Buddy Finley and Kevin L. Finley of High Springs; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Christine Thurman Cameron
  • Christine Thurman Cameron of Gainesville died Friday at her home from an extended illness. She was 80.
    Born in Hillsboro, Tenn., Mrs. Cameron moved to Gainesville in 1947. She was a teacher in Alachua County for 35 years and in Tennessee as well. She was a member of the Glen Springs Church of Christ.
    Mrs. Cameron was preceded in death by her husband, Maxsey Lee Cameron.
    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph L. and Bonnie Cameron of Gainesville; a daughter, Nancy F. Cameron of Gainesville; sisters Ardean Elkins of Hillsboro, Tenn., and Pearl Mills of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home of Gainesville.
    Wilma Johnson Pearson
  • Wilma Johnson Pearson of Gainesville died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 68.
    Mrs. Pearson was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a retired teacher from P.K. Yonge. She was a Protestant.
    Survivors include husband Elmore Pearson of Gainesville; son Joseph E. Pearson Jr. of Gainesville; daughter Deborah P. Butler of Gainesville; brothers Ed Johnson of Gainesville and Buck Johnson of Crystal River; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
    Robert J. Jeffers Sr.
  • STARKE - Robert J. "Jeff" Jeffers Sr. died Friday at Shands at Starke. He was 63.
    Mr. Jeffers was born in Birmingham, Ala., and came here from Waldo in 1977. He was a Baptist and a self-employed mechanic.
    He enjoyed fishing and working on automobiles.
    Survivors include his companion, Rose M. Koby of Starke; daughters Connie Carter of Hampton, Cathy Cobb of Gainesville, and Shelly Trahand of Lake City; sons Robert Jeffers Jr. of Raiford, and Mickey Jeffers of High Springs; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Martin A. Johnson
  • JACKSONVILLE - Martin A. Johnson died Friday at St. Luke's Hospital. He was 51.
    Mr. Johnson was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Jacksonville as a child. He was an Episcopalian and a truck driver.
    He was an avid Gators fan with deep family roots in Gainesville.
    Survivors include his mother, Virginia L. Johnson of Gainesville; a brother, Warren H. Johnson of Cumming, Ga.; sisters Margie Johnson of Alachua, Jennifer Hodz of Jacksonville, and Candace Mather of Gainesville; a son, T.J. Johnson; daughters Kelly Owens, Aimee Johnson, Heather Breland, and Kendall Johnson, all of Brunswick, Ga.; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Georgia E. Joiner
  • Georgia E. Joiner of Gainesville died Saturday at Palm Garden Nursing Home. She was 83.
    She was born in Altha and came to Gainesville from Pensacola in 1995. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
    She was preceded in death by husband Jimmy D. Joiner.
    Survivors include a daughter, Jan Krushas of Pensacola; sons Glenn K. Joiner of McIntosh and Jimmy E. Joiner of Gainesville; a brother, George Hansford of Quincy; sisters Janie Hansford of Gainesville, Joyce Nielsen of Tallahassee and Francis Abrams of Fort Myers; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home Inc. Evelyn O. Perry
  • Evelyn O. Perry of Gainesville died Saturday at the Atrium of Gainesville. She was 91.
    Mrs. Perry was born in Jacksonville and moved to Gainesville in 1999 from Jacksonville, where she spent the majority of her life. She was a member of Epperson Memorial Methodist Church of Jacksonville, and she owned and operated the Evelyn O. Perry Income Tax Service.
    She was preceded in death by husband Robert L. Perry and son Robert R. Perry.
    Survivors include grandchildren Robert M. Perry and Patrick H. Perry of Gainesville; and great-grandchildren Christina M. Perry and Patrick C. Perry of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Lee Pryor
  • LIVE OAK- Lee Pryor died Friday in the Suwannee Health Care Center after a long illness. He was 87.
    Mr. Pryor was born in Aberdeen, N.C., and worked as a millwright and foreman for the Longbell Lumber Co. in Washington until 1946, when he moved to Suwannee County to operate a dairy farm.
    He was a member and a deacon of the Antioch Baptist Church in Live Oak.
    Survivors include his wife, Katheryne Pryor of Live Oak; a stepson, John L. Allison of Live Oak; a sister, Nell Lewis of Jacksonville; grandchildren John "Buddy" Allison and Lynn Cason; and great-grandchildren Johnny Allison, Ashley Allison and Travis Cason.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home of Live Oak.
    Mae Douberley Cullen
  • ALACHUA - Mae Douberley Cullen died Friday at North Florida Rehab and Specialty Care in Gainesville. She was 96.
    Mrs. Cullen was born and lived the majority of her life in Alachua. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alachua and was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting.
    She was preceded in death by husband John W. Cullen and sons John W. Cullen Jr. and Steven Josephy "Jody" Cullen.
    Survivors include sons Larry Cullen of Alachua and C. Dwight Cullen of Rockledge; daughter Bettye Cullen Stowe of Tallahassee; brother Myron "Sam" Douberley of Ocklawaha; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home Inc. Barbara Ann Poss Riggs
  • TRENTON - Barbara Ann Poss Riggs died Friday at Ayres Health and Rehab after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
    She was 81. Mrs. Riggs was born in Clearwater and moved to Trenton from Iowa City, Iowa, in 2000.
    Having lived most of her life in West Palm Beach, Mrs. Riggs was a homemaker and a bookkeeper.
    Mrs. Riggs was an active member, officer and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of West Palm Beach. She also was a longtime member of the P.E.O.
    She loved dancing, music and bridge. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Charles E. Riggs Sr. of Trenton; a daughter, Beverly Brown of Lantana; sons Dr. Charles Riggs Jr. of Gainesville, Dr. Barry Riggs of Destin and Gary Riggs of Boynton Beach; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home. Obituaries policy
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