Aug. 1, 2003


Published: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2003 at 2:25 a.m.

Marlin Conner

Marlin Conner of Lake Butler died Thursday at North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 73.

Mr. Conner was born in Bell and lived most of his life in Union County. He was a retired heavy-equipment operator. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Marline J. Conner of Lakeland; a daughter, Linda Jean Berry of Lakeland; sons Ralph Conner and Donnie Conner, both of Lake Butler; a brother, Joe Conner of Lake Butler; eight grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

Barbara Jean Jones Hardy

Barbara Jean Jones Hardy of Gainesville died Wednesday. She was 70.

Mrs. Hardy was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident. She attended Gainesville High School and was a member of Lake Forest Baptist Church. She was an avid Gator fan.

Survivors include her husband, Jim F. Hardy Sr. of Gainesville; daughters Cynthia D. Herrin and Suzanne L. Savage, both of Gainesville; a son, Freddy Hardy of Gainesville; brothers Karl E. Jones of Gainesville and Robert L. Jones of Chiefland; a sister, Ruth Hancock of Simpsonville, Ky.; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Billy Gene Pruitt

Billy Gene Pruitt of Starke died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 70.

Mr. Pruitt was born in Sparks, Ga., and moved to Starke in 1996 from Alachua. He was a retired automotive mechanic. He was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church in Starke.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley K. Pruitt of Starke; a daughter, Stephanie Diane Pruitt of High Springs; sons Doyle "Buddy" Pruitt of Ocala, and Tracy Pruitt of Starke; brothers Edgar L. Pruitt Jr. of Alachua, Dale Pruitt of Old Town and Jackie Pruitt of New Hampton, N.H.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Louis Bryant Smith

Louis Bryant Smith of Trenton died Thursday. He was 24.

Mr. Smith was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident of Levy County.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Toni Smith of Trenton.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home.

Charles William Heavner Sr.

Charles William "Bill" Heavner Sr. of Starke died Wednesday at Orange Park Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 72.

Mr. Heavner was born in Lincolnton, N.C. He attended Lincoln High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Masonic Lodge and Morocco Temple in Jacksonville and First United Methodist Church of Starke.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Faye Ireland Heavner of Starke; a son, Charles William Heavner Jr. of Julia, N.C.; daughters Lesley H. Wilson of Charlotte, N.C., and LaDonna Clark of Kaw City, Okla.; his mother, Ruth E. Heavner of Lincolnton, N.C.; stepdaughters Annette Popperwill of New Bern, N.C., and Charlene Anders of Starke; a stepson, Charlie Ireland of Newberry; and brothers Joe R. Heavner of Charlotte, N.C., and Fred R. Heavner of Rocky Mountain, N.C.

Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

Marie Anna Horner

Marie Anna Horner of Waldo died July 23. She was 86.

Mrs. Horner was born in Bairdstown, Ohio, and was a retired housekeeper. She was employed with Integrated Health Services for 20 years, and retired in 2002.

She was a member of Eagles Club of Adrian, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gareld Oscar Horner, and sons Clarence Horner and Charles Horner.

Survivors include a son, Harry Horner of Adrian; a daughter, Karen Simmons of Waldo; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home in Adrian, Mich.

Eddie Eugene Radford Sr.

Eddie Eugene Radford Sr. of Trenton died Thursday. He was 57.

Mr. Radford was born in Marytown, W.Va., and moved to Trenton from Lecanto in 1989. He was a coal miner.

He was a member of Church of God in Crystal River.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Gross Radford of Trenton; a daughter, Theresa Calloway of Trenton; sons Eddie E. Radford Jr. of Homosassa Springs and Howard Lee Radford and Edward Lee Radford, both of Trenton; a brother, Charles M. Radford of Beckley, W.Va.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home.

Edward L. Kresmery

Edward L. Kresmery of Keystone Heights died from pneumonia Tuesday at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Kresmery was born in Black River Falls, Wis. He was retired from Culligan after 32 years.

He was a member of Hope Baptist Church.

He was a 22-year U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II and the Korean War. He served as an aircraft mechanic aboard aircraft carriers Saratoga, Coral Sea and the Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalee Kresmery of Keystone Heights; a daughter, Edith Taylor of Keystone Heights; sons Floyd Kresmery of Greenbriar, Tenn., David Kresmery of Winter Haven and Charles Kresmery of Jacksonville; sisters Faye Marie Smith, Janice Norman and Mildred; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grand- children.

Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Hannah C. McGinnis

Hannah C. McGinnis of Gainesville died Wednesday after an extended illness. She was 94.

Mrs. McGinnis was born in Alexandria, Va., and moved to Gainesville from Anniston, Ala., in 1991. She was a retired department head of women's wear for Belk-Lindsey department stores, where she worked for 32 years.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave G. McGinnis, and a son, David R. McGinnis.

Survivors include a son, James O. McGinnis of Spokane, Wash.; daughters Vickie Horton of Fayetteville, Ga., Jo Ann Pruitt of Gainesville and Juanita Triplett of Anniston, Ala.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grand- children; and nine great-great- grandchildren.

Edward Perry McMillin

Edward Perry McMillin of Gainesville died Thursday at Shands at the University of Florida from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was 37.

Mr. McMillin was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Gainesville from Tampa in 1987. He was a systems administrator at Shands at the University of Florida. He was a graduate of the University of South Florida and also attended the University of Florida. He enjoyed riding his Harley.

Survivors include his father, Jack A. McMillin of San Antonio; a brother, Gerald McMillin of St. Augustine; and sisters Janna McMillin of Clearwater and Tarra Kortekaas of Spring Hill.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Eleanor R. Baxley

Eleanor R. Baxley of Hawthorne died Thursday. She was 77.

Mrs. Baxley was born in Hawthorne and was a lifelong resident. She was a cottage mother at Tacachale. She was a member of Eden Baptist Church.

Survivors include brothers John C. Baxley of Anniston, Ala., and Ronald L. Baxley of Hawthorne.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Don Kight Richard

Don Kight Richard of Williston died Wednesday at his home.

He was 73.

Mr. Richard was born in Big Springs, W.Va., and moved to Williston in 1997. He was a retired factory worker.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Archer.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Betty M. Richard of Williston; daughters Debrah Flowers of Bethal Park, Pa., and Cathy Danford of Morganton, N.C.; a sister, Deloras Sears of Washington, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

Valerie Jean Rogers

Valerie Jean Rogers of Athens, Texas, and formerly of Gainesville, died Tuesday. She was 59.

Mrs. Rogers was born in San Mateo, Calif. She was a technical writer.

She attended the University of California at Berkeley. She enjoyed caring for her family's animals, including seven pet goats, numerous chickens and one peacock. She also enjoyed reading and had an avid interest in national and international politics.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Rogers of Athens; a son, Thomas Powl of Dallas; her mother, Muriel Ratto of San Francisco; and a sister, Pamela Schultheis of Melbourne.

Stephen Christopher Snyder

Stephen Christopher Snyder of Fort White died Tuesday in Gainesville. He was 45.

Mr. Snyder was born in Olean, N.Y., and moved to Fort White from Alachua in 1998. He was a subcontractor.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy Snyder of Fort White; sons Stephen Scott Snyder of Gainesville and Christopher Matthew Snyder of Olean; a brother, Michael Snyder of Falconer, N.Y.; and his father, Herbert A. Snyder of Olean.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

Theron Donald Nelson

Theron Donald Nelson of Gainesville died Saturday. He was 28.

Mr. Nelson was born in Pittsburgh, was raised in Bolivia, South America, and moved to Gainesville in 1993. He worked in maintenance for Maddox Foundry. He was a Santa Fe Community College student studying construction engineering. He was a high school graduate of Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center in Bolivia.

He was a member of the Florida National Guard and Parker Road Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Damien Theron Nelson of Archer; his father, Donald Melvin Nelson of Archer; his mother, Doreen Joyce Angela Nelson of Archer; his maternal grandmother, Joyce Doreen Oliveri of Palm Bay; paternal grandparents Melvin Louis Nelson and Ellen Poulsen Nelson, both of Sun City Center; a brother, Justin Donald Nelson of Wabasso; and a sister, Joanna Doreen Nelson of Gainesville.

Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

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