April 1, 2003


Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 9:37 p.m.

Vernon Derr Bolick

  • MICANOPY - Vernon Derr Bolick died Thursday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center after an extended illness. He was 82.
    Mr. Bolick was born in Jacksonville and grew up in Miami. He was a graduate of Miami High School and the Walsh School of Business in Miami.
    He was employed with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph from 1939 until his retirement in 1978.
    He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and Grace United Methodist Church.
    After retirement, he and his wife moved to St. Augustine, where they were members of the Gator Club, Elks Club and a dance club.
    They later lived at The Village in Gainesville, before moving to Micanopy in 2001.
    Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anna Scott Bolick of Micanopy; a son, William Vernon Bolick of Tampa; and a brother, William Bolick of Micanopy.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Jack A. Chestnut

  • WILLISTON - Jack A. Chestnut died Sunday. He was 81.
    Mr. Chestnut was born in Moultrie, Ga., and moved to Williston in 1988.
    He was a retired truck driver and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
    Survivors include his wife, Shirley Chestnut of Williston; sons William Chestnut, Cecil Chestnut and Walton Chestnut, all of Bald Knob, Ark.; daughters Susan Lee of Grand Junction, Colo., and Sandra Prather of Fruitland Park; a stepson, Ivan Grimes of Lakeland; a stepdaughter, Terri Lynn Temple of Gainesville; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Purcell Funeral Home in Bushnell.

    Quinton Whitfield Christie Sr.

  • HAWTHORNE - Quinton Whitfield Christie Sr. died Monday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville. He was 82.
    Mr. Christie was born in Dawson, Ga., and moved to Hawthorne from Jacksonville in 1966. He was a retired nursing care technician with Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He attended Georgia Southwest College in Americus, Ga., and was a retired chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
    Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Virginia E. Christie of Hawthorne; a son, Quinton Whitfield Christie Jr. of Hawthorne; brothers Herschel W. Christie of Dawson, Ga., and Pierce Christie of Plant City; a sister, Evelyn E. Thomas of Bronwood, Ga.; three grandchildren; and two great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Cora Opal Moore

  • WILLISTON - Cora Opal Moore died Sunday. She was 95.
    Mrs. Moore was born in Newnan, Ga., and moved to Williston from Archer in 1957. She was a homemaker, and a member of First Baptist Church of Williston.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Moore.
    Survivors include sons James Moore of Plant City, Larry Moore of Williston and Charles Moore of Lake Wales; six grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Kathleen Hall Pearson

  • OLD TOWN - Kathleen Hall Pearson died Monday at her home. She was 64.
    Mrs. Pearson was born in Vidalia, Ga., and moved to Old Town from Bradenton in 1992. She was a restaurant manager and a Baptist.
    Survivors include her husband, Russell Pearson of Old Town; daughters Cindy St. Louis and Lorenda Gillis, both of Bradenton; brothers Richard Hall of Bradenton and Billy Gene Hall of Apopka; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Marylou Reitze

  • Marylou Reitze of Gainesville died Monday. She was 76.
    Mrs. Reitze was born in Bellvue, Pa., and came here from Boca Raton in 2002. She was a retired secretary. She was a Catholic and was an award-winning artist. She was a member of New Voice Club of Broward County and volunteered at Broward County Cancer Center.
    Survivors include a son, David Reitze of Gainesville; a brother, Robert McWade of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Patricia McDonald of Indian River, Mich.; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Lawrence J. Thorne

  • BRONSON - Lawrence J. Thorne died March 23 at Tri-County Nursing Home in Trenton. He was 81.
    Mr. Thorne was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Bronson in 1986. He was a retired commissioner for the District Court in Maryland, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston.
    He is survived by a sister, Theresa G. Cox of Bronson.

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