Jan. 14, 2003


Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 13, 2003 at 9:36 p.m.

William Albert Byrd Sr.

QUINCY - William Albert Byrd Sr., a former resident of Gainesville, died Monday at Tallahassee Community Hospital after a brief illness. He was 68.
Mr. Byrd was born in Cypress and moved to Quincy in 1997. He was a retired vocational agriculture teacher for the Alachua County School Board and a member of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. He formerly attended Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Byrd of Quincy; a son, William Albert Byrd Jr. of Jacksonville; daughters Sue Hardin of Lake Butler, Mary B. Taylor of Scappoose, Ore., and Gayle Malpass of Gainesville; brothers Bob Byrd of Panama City and Joe Byrd of Sneads; a sister, Jean Atwell of Middleburg; seven grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Independent Funeral Home in Quincy.

Ruby Margaret McDonald

Ruby Margaret McDonald of Glen St. Mary died Sunday in Jacksonville. She was 69.
Mrs. McDonald was born in Mayo and was a homemaker. She was a member of Glenn Friendship Tabernacle in Glen St. Mary.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Noel McDonald of Glen St. Mary; sons Harlo Sullivan of Macclenny, Von K. Sullivan of Sanderson, Danny Ray Sullivan of Lake City and Michael Sullivan of Middleburg; stepsons Thomas McDonald and Dale McDonald, both of Macclenny; a daughter, Debra Taylor of Green Cove Springs; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grand- children.
Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.

Laura Withey Freeman

HIGH SPRINGS - Laura Withey Freeman died Sunday at her home. She was 91.
Mrs. Freeman was born in Marysville, Kan., and moved to High Springs from Jacksonville in 1991. She was a retired hairdresser, and a Baptist.
Survivors include a stepson, Victor Freeman Jr. of Jacksonville; and 10 nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Harris

Mary Lou Harris of Gainesville died Sunday. She was 93.
Mrs. Harris was born in Greenville, Ala., and came to Gainesville in 1937. She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Fred Harris, and a daughter, Mary Lou Wetzel.
Survivors include a daughter, Yancey Simmons of Gainesville; a sister, Virginia Hicks of Phoenix City, Ala.; five grandchildren; and five great-grand- children.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

Francis Leroy Miller

STARKE - The Rev. Francis Leroy "Shorty" Miller died Thursday at his home after a long illness. He was 79.
The Rev. Miller was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Starke in 1992 from Ghana, West Africa. He was a retired missionary and a member of First Baptist Church of Graham. He was affiliated with World Baptist Fellowship in Arlington, Texas, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Effie Newton Miller of Starke; a daughter, Denia Ann Miller of Starke; a son, Frank Leroy Miller of Midlothian, Texas, a brother, Ralph E. Miller of Pennsylvania; and five grand- children.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Samuel Keith Miller

Samuel Keith Miller of Gainesville died Thursday. He was 59.
Mr. Miller was born in Washington, D.C., and came here from Maryland in 1954. He was a Presbyterian and participated in the Special Olympics.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Heffner of Casselberry.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Mabel Geraldine Morgan

CHIEFLAND - Mabel Geraldine Morgan died Monday. She was 71.
Mrs. Morgan was born in Trenton and was a lifetime resident of the area. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Allen C. Morgan of Chiefland; daughters Diane Anderson of Soldotna, Alaska, and Susan Morgan of Chiefland; sons Michael Morgan of Chiefland and Joe Morgan of Tampa; brothers Robert Wilson of San Antonio, Texas, and Milam Wilson, Joe Wilson and Roy Wilson, all of Trenton; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hiers Chiefland Funeral Home.

Maude Estelle Pedrick

WINDSOR - Maude Estelle Pedrick died Wednesday at her home. She was 83.
Mrs. Pedrick was born in Suwannee and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles E. Butler.
Survivors include sons Howard Butler of Wilson, N.C., David J. Butler of Gainesville and David R. Butler Jr. of Lawtey; daughters Bertha B. Whittenburg and Hazel Estelle Harris, both of Gainesville; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.
Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

Gladys Manning Shadburn

Gladys Manning Shadburn of Gainesville died Saturday. She was 83.
Mrs. Shadburn was born in Starke and came to Gainesville from Ocala in 1952. She was a retired supervisor at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.
She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack R. Shadburn.
Survivors include a son, Randy Shadburn of Gainesville; granddaughter Tiffany Shadburn of Miami; and grandson Ryan Shadburn of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

Jeanne B. Weaver

Jeanne B. Weaver of Ashland, Ohio, died Tuesday at Brethren Care Nursing Home in Ashland after a long illness. She was 94. She was a homemaker and journalist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard C. Weaver.
Survivors include daughters Marta Knapp of Mansfield, Ohio, and Arlene Beasley of Ashland; sons Howard C. Weaver Jr. of Hopedale, Mass., David A. Weaver of Sandy, Utah, Kenneth B. Weaver of Herndon, Va., and Paul R. "Dick" Weaver of Fort White; a brother, William Bartlett of Polk, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Heyl Funeral Home in Ashland, Ohio.

Ralph H. Wessels

Ralph H. Wessels of Gainesville died Sunday. He was 86.
Mr. Wessels was born in Islip, N.Y., and came here from Ocala in 1961. He was a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, computer programmer and instructor at Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharist Minister. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus and Respite Volunteer for Catholic Charities.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Wessels of Gainesville; a son, Paul Wessels of Alachua; a daughter, Linda Hacker of Rochester, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Andrea Revell of Melrose; a brother, Fred Wessels of Eustis; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

William J. Young

William J. Young of Homeland, a former resident of Gainesville, died Sunday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center from complications after heart surgery. He was 53.
Mr. Young was born in Bartow and was manager of computer information systems for the city of Bartow. He lived in Gainesville from 1972 to 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda C. Young of Homeland; sons Jimmy Young and Russ Young, both of Homeland; his mother, Blanche V. Young of Bartow; and sisters Mary Summers of Lakeland, Cathy Whistin of Bartow and Cindy Ward of Starke.
Arrangements by Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow.

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