Jan. 3, 2003


Published: Friday, January 3, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 9:45 p.m.

Leon George Alexander

  • Leon George Alexander of Charlotte, N.C., died Dec. 20 at Shands at AGH. He was 90.
    Mr. Alexander was born in Talladega, Ala. He was a retired chief executive for Wix Oil Filter Corp., and was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, N.C.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Young Alexander, and a son, Dr. Raymond H. Alexander.
    Survivors include his sons, Dr. James A. Alexander of Gainesville and Dr. L. George Alexander Jr. of Odessa, Texas; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Merrill Snider Alexander

  • Merrill Snider Alexander, a former Gainesville resident, died Monday at Marion Medical Center in Marion, S.C. He was 82.
    Mr. Alexander was born and raised in Gooding, Idaho. He was a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, where he served for 31 years before retiring to Gainesville. He moved to Latta, S.C., in 1996 to be with his daughter.
    Mr. Alexander served in World War II and saw combat in Europe. He was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star for valor during the Normandy campaign.
    He was an avid golfer, a lifetime member of the International Order of the Elks and past president of the 30th Infantry Division Association.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Vida Knight Alexander.
    Survivors include sons Mike Alexander of Metairie, La., and Dean Alexander of Chillicothe, Ohio; a daughter, Patty Griffey of Latta, S.C.; a brother, Carl Alexander of Glenns Ferry, Idaho; a sister, Helen Jones of Gooding, Idaho; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Earle Donald Fagan Jr.

  • FLAGLER BEACH - Earle Donald Fagan Jr. died Wednesday from cancer. He was 68.
    Mr. Fagan graduated from P.K. Yonge Laboratory School in Gainesville and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
    Survivors include a brother, Jack Fagan of Flagler Beach; and his mother, Anne Fagan of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Watts Funeral Home in San Mateo.

    Herta Barron Moore

  • Herta Barron "Omi" Moore of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 64.
    Mrs. Moore was born in Herborn, West Germany, and came here from Oakdale, Conn., in 1996. She was retired from Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., which builds Trident and Seawolf class submarines.
    She was a Lutheran, and loved gardening and spending time with her children and her dogs.
    Survivors include daughters Karen Cady of Lisbon, Conn., Julie Skukalek of Clearwater, Petra Lee of Gainesville and Katherine Tansey of Oneonta, N.Y.; sons Gerhard Barron of Norwich, Conn., and James Barron of Spring Hill; and 13 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Maribelle Otey Lester

  • Maribelle Otey Lester of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 93.
    Mrs. Lester was born in Dayton, Ohio, and came here from Cape Coral in 1997. She was a retired medical secretary and a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
    Survivors include a son, William Lester of Gainesville; a daughter, Joan Rogers of Xenia, Ohio; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Ora Maxwell Paul Sr.

  • OLD TOWN - Ora Maxwell Paul Sr. died Tuesday. He was 72.
    Mr. Paul was born in Valdosta, Ga., and moved to Old Town from Bartow in 1988. He was a heavy-equipment mechanic.
    Survivors include his wife, Judith Paul of Old Town; sons Ora Maxwell Paul Jr. and Mark Paul, both of Panama City, Maxwell Paul of Thomson, Ga., and David Kennedy Paul of Hunnington, W.Va.; a daughter, Vivian Touchinski of Naugunce, Mich; a stepson, Joseph Mitchell of Lakeland; stepdaughters Jackie Dyals of Old Town and Mary Mitchell of Bartow; brothers Clarence Paul and Maxwell Paul of Vernon and James Paul of Virginia; a sister, Oraline Ivey of Tampa; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

    Bertha Elizabeth Thompson

  • Bertha Elizabeth Thompson, a former longtime resident of Gainesville, died Tuesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 91.
    Mrs. Thompson was born in West Virginia and moved to Gainesville in 1972. She was a homemaker, and with her husband owned and operated several restaurants over the years. She was a foster grandparent at Prairie View Elementary School in Gainesville for more than 15 years.
    She moved to Winston-Salem in 1997. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred G. Thompson Sr.
    Survivors include daughters Beverly Sheneman of Gainesville, Sandra Preston of Galax, Va., and Susan Price of Winston-Salem, N.C.; sons Fred G. Thompson Jr. of Gainesville and Robert L. Thompson of Ingles; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Chapel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Alice Faulkner Brown Vallerchamp

  • JACKSONVILLE - Alice Faulkner Brown Vallerchamp died Wednesday after an extended illness. She was 65.
    Mrs. Vallerchamp was born in Raiford and lived most of her life in Jacksonville. She was a retired billing clerk for St. Vincent's Hospital. She was a member of River City Family Church.
    Survivors include her daughter, Renee Shipes of Jacksonville; a son, Joseph Brown of Jacksonville; brothers John Faulkner and Drexel Faulkner, both of Jacksonville, Roy Faulkner of Hillard and William Faulkner of Starke; sisters Mary Lee Faulkner of Starke, Virginia Forsyth of Raiford, Carrie Clark of Tampa and Vera Hendrix of Kennesaw, Ga.; three grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home.

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