Jan. 9, 2003

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:10 p.m.

LeonDre Marquis Boykin

ARCHER - LeonDre Marquis Boykin died Friday. He was 24.
He was a Baptist and a 1997 graduate of Newberry High School.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Jean Boykin of Archer; his father, Otis Boykin Sr. of Archer; his fiancee, Tiffany Snead of Archer; a son, LeonDre Boykin Jr. of Archer; sisters Sherry Brown and Merissa Boykin, both of Archer; a brother, Otis Boykin Jr. of Archer; and his grandmother, May Jane Boykin of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home.

Evelyn A. Green

ARCHER - Evelyn A. Green died Saturday at Shands at the University of Florida after an extended illness. She was 50.
Mrs. Green was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her companion, Henry Strange Sr. of Archer; daughters Aquansatta Rhim of Orlando and Shelley Brennen of Gainesville; sons Robert Green of Archer and Coarsey Brown of Orlando; sisters Maggie Somler of Jacksonville, Amanda King of Archer, Margaret King of Newberry, Trollyn Gillins of Rochelle, Lanay McBride of Gainesville, Reaunay McPherson of Gainesville, Michelle Haynes of Gainesville and Kathy King of Tampa; brothers Wayne Taylor of Baltimore, Albert Haynes of Liberty and Michael Haynes of Archer; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home.

Orville B. Palmer

Orville B. Palmer of Gainesville died Tuesday. He was 82.
Mr. Palmer was born in Ada, Okla., and came here from Princeton, N.J., in 1986. He was a writer and editor for Educational Testing Service, and a published author.
He was a member of Civitan Club, former elder and member of the board for Westminster Day School, and docent for Florida State Museum of Natural History. He attended Westminster Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Elizabeth Palmer.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Fuller Palmer of Gainesville; daughters Lynette Palmer Perkins of Lafayette, Calif., Janine Palmer Ashcraft of Old Lyme, Conn., and Patricia Anne Palmer-Moss of Woodbridge, England; brothers Zane Palmer of Gainesville, the Rev. Paul Palmer of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Merle Palmer of Cumming, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

John P. Grimes Jr.

HAWTHORNE - John P. "Jack" Grimes Jr. died Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease at Gainesville Health Care Center. He was 78.
Mr. Grimes was born in Jacksonville and in 1940 moved to Hawthorne, where he lived for 63 years.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He worked as a building contractor, plumber, electrician and rancher. Before he retired, he was maintenance supervisor for 14 years in the city of Hawthorne.
He also served on the Hawthorne City Commission in the 1960s, and he was a founding member of the Hawthorne American Legion and the Lion's Club.
He attended Eden Baptist Church of Hawthorne.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jo Erle Grimes of Hawthorne; sons John P. Grimes III of Key Colony Beach and Randy Grimes and Daren Grimes, both of Hawthorne; a daughter, Angie Priest of Hawthorne; foster sons Larney Thomas and Benny Thomas, both of Ocala; a foster daughter, Tracy Douglas of Melrose; a brother, R. Eugene Grimes of Huntsville, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home of Ocala.

Ralph Leland King

MELROSE - Ralph Leland King died Tuesday at his home. He was 75.
Mr. King was born in Gainesville and attended Gainesville High School. He was a graduate of the University of Florida and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He worked for the State Plant Board (now the Florida Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry) for 33 years. After retiring, he moved to Melrose and lived for 16 years on Long Pond, where he enjoyed fishing.
He was a member of GHS Has-Beens, Duval Lodge No. 159 Free and Accepted Masons, and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Margaret "Peg" King of Melrose; a son, Alan King of Melbourne; a daughter, Nancy Stewart of Kissimmee; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

Robert Dave Harrison

FANNING SPRINGS - Robert Dave Harrison died Monday. He was 44.
Mr. Harrison was born in Gainesville and spent most of his life in the area. He was a truck driver, a U.S. Navy veteran and a Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Aleafa Darlene Harrison of Buford, Ga.; his mother, Carol F. Lord of Fanning Springs; his father, Ross Harrison of Newberry; a brother, Randall Harrison of Fanning Springs; and sisters Donna Spivey of Salt Lake City and Deide Ellison of Newport, Tenn.
Arrangements by Yates Funeral Home in Trenton.

Robin L. Hart

Robin L. Hart, a former resident of Gainesville, died Dec. 19 at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 66.
Mrs. Hart was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Gainesville in the early 1990s. She was a 1957 graduate of Cornell University and also earned a doctorate in biology from the University of Pennsylvania while working as a scientist and consultant.
She was active in civil rights and environmental concerns, was a board member of Florida Defenders of the Environment and was a past president of the Audubon Society in Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Leon Hart of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; a son, Lee Hart of Stamford, Conn.; daughters Marianne Sherow and Kathleen Hart, both of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and a sister, Alix Perry of Palm Coast.

Margaret James Padgett

Margaret James Padgett of Gainesville died Dec. 18 at Shands at AGH. She was 90.
Ms. Padgett was born in Columbia, S.C., and came to Gainesville in 1922. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved animals.
Survivors include her caregivers, Scott and Spring Gill of Gainesville; and nephews Jimmy Padgett, Michael Padgett and Patrick Padgett, all of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Lois Estelle Shelton

OLD TOWN - Lois Estelle Shelton died Monday at Shands at the University of Florida. She was 84.
Mrs. Shelton was born in Dixie County and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a retired restaurant owner and drove a school bus for the Dixie County school system for many years. She attended Rock Sink Baptist Church in Old Town.
Survivors include sisters Beatrice Fletcher, Bertie Jones and Oveda Jones, all of Old Town, Mittie Bennett of Bell, and Juanita Simmons of High Springs; and several grandchildren.
Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

Amy Lavern Smith

Amy Lavern Smith of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH. She was 57.
Ms. Smith was born in Palmetto and came to Gainesville in the early 1970s. She was housekeeping supervisor for a sorority at the University of Florida.
She attended Alachua County public schools and was a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Hague.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Willie and Mattie Smith of Gainesville; brothers Clarence Smith of Gainesville, Steven Smith of West Palm Beach, Freddie Blackburn of Orlando and Gerald Higgins of Gainesville; and an aunt, Josephine Davis of Largo.
Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

Clyde Stallsworth

Clyde Stallsworth of Gainesville died Jan. 2 at Gainesville Health Care after a brief illness. He was 67.
Mr. Stallsworth was born in Lulse Dell, Miss., and came here from Perry in 1952. He was a retired laborer, and a Protestant.
Survivors include a brother, Hurley C. Stallsworth of Ashford, Ala.; and sisters Priscilla Berry of Richmond, Calif., Ester Cook of Perry, Annie Ruth Lane of Winter Haven and Desser Stallsworth of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

Mildred Evelyn Turner

Mildred Evelyn "Millie" Turner of Gainesville died Monday at her home. She was 78.
Mrs. Turner was born in Grayson, Ky., and came here from Louisville, Ky., in 1979. She was a homemaker.
During World War II, she worked as a "Rosie Riveter," assembling airplanes at Martin's Aircraft in Baltimore.
For the past 12 years, she worked at the Winn-Dixie grocery store on Tower Road in Gainesville.
She was a member of Eastern Star, and she was a Civitan Blood donor and volunteer. She was a Methodist.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Cecil C. Turner.
Survivors include daughters Elaine Turner of Miami, Sandra Allen of Jacksonville and Sue Darby of Longmeadow, Mass.; sisters Helen Averza and Garnet Gura, both of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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