July 1, 2003


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 9:32 p.m.


Nettie V. Dennis

  • Nettie V. Dennis of Newberry died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 82.
    Born in Trinidad, Colo., Mrs. Dennis moved to Newberry from Tonto Basin, Ariz., in 1998. She was a retired factory worker for I.T.T. Cannon and worked on NASA contract projects. She was a Methodist.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis L. Dennis.
    Survivors include a son, Frank Lindley of Newberry; a daughter, Alicia Alexander of Newberry; a brother, John L. Bell of Bullhead City, Nev.; a sister, Dolly Lonetti of Las Vegas; three grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and six great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Melissa Diane deLong Hamby

  • Melissa Diane deLong Hamby of Alachua died Saturday at Hospice Center of North Florida. She was 32.
    Mrs. Hamby was born in Great Lakes, Ill. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1994 and taught physical education at Summers Elementary School in Lake City from 1995 until 2000, when her illness forced her to resign.
    She was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was active in children's ministries. While at UF, she served as assistant manager and manager of the Lady Gators volleyball team. She also was active in Gainesville Junior Women's Club and served as second secretary and chairwoman for the Relay for Life team.
    In 2002, she participated in the Susan G. Komen "Walk for the Cure" in Washington, D.C., and was recently named Junior of the Year for 2003.
    Survivors include her husband, Walter P. Hamby of Alachua; a daughter, Kiersten Diane Hamby of Alachua; her parents, Doug and Jane Feiertag deLong of Elmwood, Tenn.; and a brother, Michael Douglas deLong of Lawrenceburg, Ind.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Marguerite Holton

  • Marguerite Holton of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and formerly of the Newberry area, died Saturday from heart failure. She was 87.
    Mrs. Holton was born in the Forest Grove community and moved to South Carolina from Jacksonville in 2001. She was a retired bookkeeper.
    She was a graduate of Newberry High School and attended Arlington Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
    Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Holton Devira of Hilton Head Island; and a sister, Helen Blanton Sanchez of Newberry.
    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Spring.

    Billy Gene Howard

  • Billy Gene Howard of Steinhatchee died Sunday. He was 69.
    Mr. Howard was born in Forsyth County, Ga., and moved to Steinhatchee in 1993. He was a retired forklift driver for General Motors in Atlanta. He was also a former resident of Smyrna, Ga., and Douglasville, Ga.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Robyn Diane Howard.
    Survivors include daughters Kathy Rivera and Connie Thurmond, both of Douglasville; sisters Frances Patterson of Smyrna, Joyce Pace of Breman, Ga., and Toni Hanson of Canton, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Castellaw Funeral Home in Smyrna, Ga.

    Ladora Bryant Jones

  • Ladora Bryant Jones of Gainesville died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 86.
    Mrs. Jones was born in the Monteocha community and moved to Gainesville from Miami in 1953. She was a homemaker.
    She was a member of University City Church of Christ.
    Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Bryant Whitehead of Riverview; sons William T. "Bill" Bryant of Alachua and Wayne W. Bryant of Gainesville; sisters Lucille Hazen and Zelma Gray, both of Gainesville; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Bertha Louise Major

  • Bertha Louise Major of Micanopy died Sunday in Gainesville. She was 85.
    Mrs. Major was born in Portland, Maine, and moved to this area from Venice in 2000. She was a homemaker and also worked as a retail cashier.
    She was a foster grandmother and volunteer at St. Mary's Senior Center in Mechanicsville, Md., and a longtime member of Catholic Daughters of America. She was of the Roman Catholic faith.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, J.M. Major, and daughters Sharon Louise Major and Carol Ann Major.
    Survivors include sons Bruce E. Major of Micanopy and James E. Major of Woodbridge, Va.; a sister, Mary Higgins Wildfong of Venice; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Helene Schubert Newell

  • Helene Schubert Newell of Gainesville died Sunday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 86.
    Mrs. Newell was born in New Haven, Conn., and moved to Gainesville in 1984. She had also lived in Key Biscayne and Altamonte Springs.
    She was a homemaker and a member of Westside Baptist Church.
    She is survived by a sister, Ruth Poteet of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Lex Roberts

  • Lex Roberts of Live Oak died Sunday at Health Center of Lake City after an extended illness. He was 88.
    Mr. Roberts was born in Bell and moved to Live Oak in 1959. He was a retired high school teacher. He was a member of Live Oak Church of Christ, where he was an elder for many years.
    Survivors include his wife, Iva Inez Roberts of Live Oak; a daughter, Blenda "Bea" Warner of Branford; a son, Vern Roberts of Live Oak; half-sisters Mary O'Steen of Ginnie Springs, Virginia McDonald of Doctors Inlet, Gwen Polk of Trenton and Pansy Suggs of Archer; half-brothers Henry Roberts of Trenton and S.A. Roberts of Chiefland; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.

    Clarence C. Selin

  • Clarence C. Selin of Seffner, and formerly of Gainesville, died Sunday at Delaney Creek Lodge Assisted Living Facility in Brandon. He was 84.
    Mr. Selin was born in Minneapolis and moved to Seffner in 1957 from Gainesville, where he had lived for 20 years. He was a retired salesman for Sears.
    He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist.
    Survivors include his wife, Pauline Selin of Seffner; sons Randy C. Selin of Mulberry, Clarence C. Selin Jr. of New Jersey, Gary P. Selin of Virginia and George T. Selin of Tennessee; daughters Barbara P. Selin of Lakeland, Karen D. McGowan of Brandon and Brenda K. Leach of Charlotte, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Serenity Meadows Funeral Home in Riverview.

    Mary Shirley

  • Mary Shirley of Middleburg died Saturday in Jacksonville. She was 77.
    Mrs. Shirley was born in Brookville, Miss., and moved to Middleburg in 1969. She was a homemaker.
    She was a Baptist, and enjoyed caring for children.
    Survivors include sons J.W. Shirley of Miami, J.T. Shirley of Ocala and Milford Shirley of Middleburg; a daughter, Tessie Saksa of Orange Park; brothers Pete, Henry and Dannis; sisters Ruth, Dot and Kathleen; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

    George W. Travis

  • George W. Travis of Lake City died Sunday. He was 69.
    Mr. Travis was born in Beaver, Ohio, and moved to Lake City in 1974.
    He was a retired pump oiler for PCS. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Survivors include his wife, Julia F. Travis of Lake City; daughters Anita Gilbert and Rebecca Adler, both of Lake City, and Jamie Cummings of Branford; a son, Lenville Bullard of Lake City; brothers Thomas Travis of Lake City and William Travis Jr. of Ohio; sisters Sylvia Graves and Mary Lee Purdue, both of Ohio, Cynthia Stipes and Margaret Mick, both of Lake City, and June Marker of Inverness; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Lake City.

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