Jan. 1, 2003


Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 8:52 p.m.

Grace Cipolla

  • Grace Cipolla of Gainesville died Dec. 21 at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 95.
    Mrs. Cipolla was born in Florence, Pa., and moved to the Gainesville area in 1999 from Plantation.
    She was a homemaker. Mrs. Cipolla was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Cipolla, and her son, Buddy P. Cipolla.
    Survivors include her daughters, Connie Goggio of San Francisco and Mary Ellen Grasso of Gainesville; sons Robert Cipolla of Fort Lauderdale and Ronald Cipolla of Rockville, Md.; sisters Margaret Reano and Rose Bartolacci, both of New Kensington, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Funeral Home in Plantation.

    Elizabeth S. Eaton

  • Elizabeth S. Eaton of Gainesville died Monday.
    She was 92. Ms. Eaton was born in Paducah, Ky., and came here from Evansville, Ind., in 1962. She retired from the University of Florida Health Center Library as university librarian emeritus in 1975.
    She was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.
    During her career, Ms. Eaton was active in such associations as the American Chemical Society, Pi Mu Epsilon, Phi Beta, Beta Phi Mu, Research Society of America, Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association. She was also active in the First Christian Church, Friends of the Library, Friends of Music, the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the social sorority, Kappa Delta.
    She is survived by two nephews and two nieces.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Cecile J. Finley

  • Cecile J. Finley of Gainesville died Sunday at Woodlands Care Center. She was 94.
    Mrs. Finley was born in Lebanon, N.H., and came here from St. Petersburg in 1991. She was a retired executive secretary for Raytheon Electronics. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter D. Finley Sr.
    Survivors include sons Walter D. "Dave" Finley Jr. and Robert C. Finley, both of Gainesville; a brother, Clement Curtis of Bradenton; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Welton Grantham

  • TRENTON - Welton Grantham died Tuesday. He was 84.
    Mr. Grantham was born in Ocilla, Ga., and came here from Hialeah in 1998. He was a retired roofer.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Union Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Mamie Grace Grantham of Trenton; a daughter, Joann Edgerly of Miami; a son, Eugene Grantham of Trenton; sisters Mary Ellen Barnett of Ellijay, Ga., and Barbara Nell Sweat of Decatur, Ala.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Nettie E. Hamm

  • CEDAR KEY - Nettie E. Hamm died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 69.
    Mrs. Hamm was born in Chiefland and was a homemaker. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Otter Creek.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hamm, a daughter, Delcie Hamm, and a son, Jesse Hamm.
    Survivors include daughters Robbie Collins, Rose Campbell, Jeannie Hamm, Nettie Bozeman and Mary Ann Wynans, all of Cedar Key, and Bertie McElroy and Marie Beree, both of Chiefland; sons Billy Hamm of Hollywood, Fla., Thomas Hamm of Shreveport, La., Edward Hamm of Crawfordville and Frank Hamm and Henry Hamm, both of Cedar Key; a sister, Elizabeth Collins of Fanning Springs; a brother, Virgil Lightfoot of Auburndale; 29 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

    Deborah Gail Lipscomb

  • ALACHUA - Deborah Gail Lipscomb died Sunday at her home. She was 43.
    Ms. Lipscomb was born in Miami. She was educated in the Alachua County school system. She enjoyed writing poetry, reading, sewing and arts and crafts.
    Survivors include her parents, Mack Lipscomb of Holksbluff, Ala., and Marie Lipscomb of Miami; a daughter, Pamela Lipscomb of Alachua; sons Gregory Reynolds Jr. of Gainesville and Richard Lipscomb of Alachua; nine brothers and sisters; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by North Central Florida Funeral Directors in Alachua.

    James Louis Miller

  • NEWBERRY - James Louis "Grandpa" Miller died Monday. He was 82.
    Mr. Miller was born in Newberry and moved to Jacksonville in 1953. He returned to Newberry in 1991. He was a truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Jones Miller.
    Survivors include daughters Betty M. Hunter, Peggy Butler and Nancy Ann Truluck Calhoun, all of Newberry; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Jessie Drew Williams Sr.

  • LULU - Jessie Drew "J.D." Williams Sr. died Tuesday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 82.
    Mr. Williams was born in Lulu and lived most of his life in Union County. He was self-employed. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
    Survivors include his daughter, Sharon Harris of Lakeland; a son, Jessie Drew Williams Jr. of Lake City; a stepson, Chuck Floyd of Lakeland; brothers Curtis Williams of Lake City and Leon Williams of Winter Haven; sisters Rosalie Stuart of Winter Park, Vadie Alfred of Oregon and Dorothy McGril of Winter Park; five grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home.

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