Jan. 5, 2003


Published: Sunday, January 5, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 9:22 p.m.

Rosa L. Boykin

  • Rosa L. Boykin of Gainesville died Wednesday at Shands at Starke after a long illness. She was 87.
    Ms. Boykin was born in Greenville, Ga., and came to Gainesville from Frankford, Del., in 1982.
    She was a retired cook and a Baptist. Survivors include a sister, Georgia Smith of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    John Roland Deason

  • STEINHATCHEE - John Roland "Joe" Deason died Friday at his home after a long illness. He was 52.
    He moved to Steinhatchee from Carrollton, Ga., in 2002.
    He worked as a meat cutter at Kroger's supermarket for 15 years while in Georgia. He was a member of the Jena First Baptist Church in Jena and a member of the Masonic Lodge 322 in Carrollton.
    Survivors include his son, Travis Deason of Carrollton; his mother, Eathelle Deason of Steinhatchee; sisters Delores O'Steen of Jena and Gail Heidt of Steinhatchee; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

    Horace Griffin

  • HAWTHORNE - Horace "Carl" Griffin died Friday in Gainesville.
    He was 69. Mr. Griffin was born in Hazelhurst, Ga., and was a lifelong resident of Alachua County.
    He worked as a heavy-machine operator for much of his life.
    He was a veteran of the Korean War and a Methodist.
    Survivors include his wife, Teresa Griffin of Hawthorne; sons James Griffin of Big Pine Key, John Griffin of Keystone Heights and Carl Dewayne Griffin of Hawthorne; a daughter, Lisa Griffin; a sister, Sherrie Rentz; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas-Hawthorne Funeral Home.

    Wanda E. Hayes

  • ALMA, GA.- Wanda E. Hayes died Friday at Satilla Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was 72.
    She was born in Miami and lived in Williston for 25 years before moving to Alma, Ga., three years ago.
    She was a member of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, John B. Hayes of Alma; sons Johnny Hayes of Phoenix, Donnie Hayes of Williston, and Jimmy Taylor Hayes of St. George, Ga.; daughters Clara Ring of Alma, and Peggy Rivera and Patsy Bushea, both of Miami; her brother, Bill Sisk of Live Oak; sisters Patricia Gay and Winona Edward, both of Live Oak; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Crosby Funeral Home.

    David Lucian Landis

  • OLD TOWN - David "Dave" Lucian Landis died Saturday at Hospice House Care Center in Gainesville. He was 50.
    He was born in Lancaster, Ohio, and moved to the area from Clearwater three months ago.
    He was a machinist. He was a member of Lighthouse Word Church in Chiefland and had served in the U.S. Navy.
    Survivors include his mother, Pat Landis of Palm Harbor; daughters Devin Landis and Nicole Landis, both of Tampa, Dana Forsthye and Nicole Forsthye, both of Old Town, and Debbie Forsthye of New Port Richey; a son, David Landis Jr. of Largo; a sister, Debbie Corwin of Old Town; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.

    Ruby Lee Merritt

  • Ruby Lee "Granny Ruby" Merritt died at Hospice House in Gainesville on Dec. 21 after an extended illness. She was 89.
    She was born in Coffee County, Ga., and was a homemaker. She also worked as a drug-store clerk and as a clerk at J.M. Fields for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, playing the piano, and visiting with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Marcellus Merritt, and her son William "Dub" Merritt.
    Survivors include her daughter, Nelda Gray of Gainesville; a son, Gerald Merritt of New York; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rickerson Funeral Home in Douglas, Ga.

    John Franklin O'Neal Jr.

  • MAXVILLE - John Franklin O'Neal Jr. died at his home Thursday after a brief illness. He was 16.
    Mr. O'Neal was born in Orange Park and raised in Maxville.
    He was a student at Middleburg High School and a member of the First Baptist Church of Starke.
    He was preceded in death by his grandmother Roberta Griffis of Lawtey; and his grandfather Willie Dean of Maxville.
    Survivors include his parents John Franklin O'Neil Sr. and Michelle Griffis O'Neal, both of Lawtey; a sister, Amber O'Neal of Lawtey; brothers Joseph and Jacob O'Neal, both of Lawtey; grandfather Clyde Griffis Jr. of Lawtey; great-grandmother Fanny Loyd of Wittman, Ariz.; great-grandmother Sybil Griffis of Lawtey; and grandmother Mildred Dean of Maxville.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Hilda Faye O'Steen

  • MAYO - Hilda Faye O'Steen died Friday. She was 82.
    She was born in Pembroke, Ga., and moved to Mayo in 1938 from Eustis. She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include her sons, Arthur O'Steen of Atlantic Beach, and Larry O'Steen, Irving O'Steen and Everett O'Steen, all of Mayo; daughters Linda Harrison-Boykin of Greensboro and Sharon Henschen of Lyons, Ga; a brother, Dorsey Lanier of Tifton, Ga.; 21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.

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