January 15, 2003


Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 9:50 p.m.

Edna Ruth Batten

  • STARKE - Edna Ruth Batten died Tuesday at her home. She was 67.
    Mrs. Batten was born in Starke and was a lifelong resident.
    She attended the Bradford County school system and was a homemaker. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Batten Sr.
    Survivors include daughters Martha Eunice and Wanda Manning, both of Lawtey, Brenda Lee Couley of Keystone Heights, and Glenda Sasser of Starke; sons Stoney Ray Batten and Albert L. Batten Jr., both of Starke; sisters Ethelmae Bradley of Macclenny and Mandy Todd of Lake Butler; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Pecola L. Dillard

  • LAKE BUTLER - Pecola L. Dillard died Friday at Lake Butler Medical Center. She was 84.
    Mrs. Dillard was born in Cottondale and was a homemaker. She was a member of Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Jimmie Reed of High Springs; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Haile Funeral Home.

    Leon Cleveland Ellis Sr.

  • Leon Cleveland Ellis Sr. of Gainesville died Monday. He was 75.
    Mr. Ellis was born in Brooksville and came here from Tampa in 1967. He was a retired director of business programs at Santa Fe Community College. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Lions Club of Gainesville and Delta Pi Epsilon. He attended Westwood Hills Church of God.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Jonnie P. Ellis.
    Survivors include daughters Alisa Benton of Gainesville and Elizabeth Ellis of St. Petersburg; a son, Lonnie Ellis Jr. of Micanopy; a sister, Juanita Kirkland of Tampa; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Mildred E. Wackerly

  • Mildred E. Wackerly of Gainesville died Monday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 81.
    Mrs. Wackerly was born in Massillon, Ohio, and came here in 1980. She was a homemaker and an artist. She enjoyed gardening, music and dancing. She was a Christian.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wackerly.
    Survivors include a son, Dennis D. Wackerly of Gainesville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Joseph A. Frazier Jr.

  • WILLISTON - Joseph A. "Jack" Frazier Jr. died Sunday at his home.
    He was 91. Mr. Frazier was born in Hazelhurst, Ga., and moved to this area from Pompano Beach over 40 years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was past president of Central Florida Speed Horse Association, Levy County Farm Bureau, Big Scrub Trail Riders of Umatilla and three-time past president of Palomino Horse Breeders of America.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Frazier.
    He is survived by his friend and caregiver, Sam Kennedy of Fruitland Park.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.

    Barbara Louise Ellsworth Lewis

  • HAWTHORNE - Barbara Louise Ellsworth Lewis died Monday.
    She was 71. Mrs. Ellsworth was born in Warwick, R.I., and moved to Hawthorne from Miami in 1968. She was a nursery worker, and a member of Church of Holy Communion in Hawthorne.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Lewis.
    Survivors include a sister, Irene Thorp of Warwick, R.I.; and brothers Robert Ellsworth and Steven Ellsworth, both of Warwick, R.I.

    Carl Leonard Golden

  • WILLISTON - Carl Leonard Golden died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 62.
    Mr. Golden was born in Ocala and spent the rest of his life in Williston. He was office manager for Koppers Industries in Gainesville.
    He was a graduate of the University of Florida and Nova University, and a U.S. Navy veteran. He attended First Presbyterian Church, where he served as treasurer, elder and deacon. He was a member of Ornan Masonic Lodge No. 117 in Williston.
    Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Judith Golden of Williston; a daughter, Shonda Golden of Atlanta; and a sister, Jan Chesser of Chiefland.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.

    Ruby Margaret McDonald

  • Ruby Margaret McDonald of Glen St. Mary died Saturday 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-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.

    William H. Wells

  • STARKE - William H. Wells died Monday at Shands at Starke. He was 64.
    Mr. Wells was born in Washington, D.C., and came to Starke from Moultrie, Ga., in 2002. He was a truck driver.
    Survivors include his wife, Carol Wells of Starke; sons William Harvey Wells Jr. of Pensacola, Allen Lee Wells of Alaska and Robert Honiker of Moultrie, Ga.; daughters Holly Lynn Crimm of Winchester, Va., Tammie Bindley of Starke, Kimberly Miller of Bronson and Shannon Nicole Wells of Jacksonville, N.C.; a brother, Merele Eugene Wells of Waldorf, Md.; sisters Edith Evans of Delaware, Thelma Massey of Greenbelt, Md., and Ruth Reynolds of Golden Beach, Md.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

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