Jan. 1, 2004


Published: Thursday, January 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 1, 2004 at 12:33 a.m.

Charlene Baker

  • Charlene Baker of Gainesville died Saturday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center after a brief illness. She was 58.

    Mrs. Baker was born in Pompano Beach and moved to Gainesville from Tallahassee in 1999. She was a bus driver. She was a member of the Salvation Army Women's League and Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

    Survivors include a son, Vincent M. Baker of Detroit; a brother, Willie J. Baker of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister, Catherine Shaw of Boynton Beach; and four grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Sylvester Monroe Bass

  • Sylvester Monroe Bass of Newberry died Wednesday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville.

    He was 81.

    Mr. Bass was born in Newberry and was a lifetime resident.

    He was a retired farmer.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post No. 149 in Newberry and the Newberry Church of Christ.

    He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

    Survivors include his wife, Evertice L. Bass of Newberry; a daughter, Cindy J. Bass of Newberry; sons Bo Bass and Wayne Bass, both of Newberry; a sister, Geneva Hinson of Newberry; and four grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home in Trenton.

    Frances Carlisle

  • Frances Carlisle of Williston died Tuesday at Legacy House in Ocala. She was 79.

    Mrs. Carlisle was born in Talladega, Ala., and moved to Williston more than 42 years ago from Newberry. She was a member of Williston Church of God.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Weeks Carlisle.

    Survivors include sons J. L. Carlisle of Williston and John A. Carlisle of Seffner; daughters Patricia C. Taylor of Jacksonville, Janice C. Osteen of Williston, Demeris C. Arrington, Darlene C. Hopping and Shirley Schultz, all of Williston; a brother, Billy Pogue of Jacksonville; sisters Geneva Thornton of Inverness, Mary Arnette of Jacksonville, Bettye Hollifield of Tallahassee and Louise Farrell of New Port Richey; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Queen Esther Crawford

  • Queen Esther Crawford of Archer died Dec. 23 in Augusta, Ga. She was 69.

    Mrs. Crawford was born in LaCrosse and was a homemaker.

    She attended Alachua County public schools and was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Archer.

    Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Crawford of Seaford, Del.; sons Anthony Crawford of Seaford, Lawrence Crawford and Donald Crawford, both of Gainesville, and Amos Crawford of Frankfurt, Germany; her mother, Rosebud Anderson Montgomery of Alachua; brothers Adel Montgomery and Larry Montgomery, both of Gainesville, and Vernal Montgomery and Jeffrey Montgomery, both of Alachua; sisters Lula Mae Fletcher of Bloomingdale, Ohio, Rutha Mae Fletcher of Alachua, Gail Montgomery of Tampa and Janice Ogwada of Gainesville; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Booker T. Hunt Funeral Home.

    Alice Wells Cullu

  • Alice Wells Cullu of Gainesville died Tuesday at Palm Garden. She was 78.

    Mrs. Cullu was born in Louisville, Ky., and returned to Gainesville from Dickinson, Texas, in 1996. She was a retired medical editor from Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

    She lived in Gainesville from 1961 to 1986, and returned here in 1996. She was an Episcopalian.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Suleyman Cullu.

    Survivors include daughters Suzan Aliye Cullu of Gainesville and Perrin Alice Cullu Penniman of Pensacola; a son, Daniel Suleyman Cullu of Tarpon Springs; a sister, Dr. Mary Clench of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Jasper C. Stephenson Sr.

  • Jasper C. Stephenson Sr. of Gainesville died Sunday at Shands at AGH after a brief illness. He was 77.

    Mr. Stephenson was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident. He was retired from the University of Florida Department of Environmental Sciences.

    He attended Alachua County public schools, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Jasper C. Stephenson Jr.

    Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elouise Stephenson of Gainesville; sons Lennon Stephenson of Gainesville and Harold Stephenson of Tampa; stepdaughters Maxine Ross of Phoenix and Marie Hill of Gainesville; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Louise E. DiGisi

  • Louise E. DiGisi of Gainesville died Wednesday at Eden Gardens.

    She was 93.

    Mrs. DiGisi was born in Norwalk, Conn., and moved to Gainesville from Pompano Beach, where she had lived for many years, in 2001.

    Survivors include a son, Paul J. DiGisi of Bronson; daughters Mary Lou Finck of Jacksonville and Linda J. Servidio of Gainesville; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Pompano Beach.

    Larry F. Epperson

  • Larry F. Epperson of Williston died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was 59.

    Mr. Epperson was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and moved to Williston more than 20 years ago from Miami.

    He was a retired master carpenter.

    He enjoyed fishing.

    Survivors include his wife, Annie Epperson of Williston; a son, Larry F. Epperson Jr. of Morriston; daughters Brenda Epperson of Bronson and Barbara O'Connor of Fayetteville, N.C.; brothers Julian Epperson Jr. and James Michael Epperson, both of Williston; and six grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Clement Randall Kerr Jr.

  • Clement Randall Kerr Jr. of Lake City died Wednesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was 58.

    Mr. Kerr was born in Zanesville, Ohio, and moved to Lake City from Bradenton in 2000. He was a metallurgical engineer.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a former member of Elks Lodge and First Presbyterian Church in Zanesville.

    Survivors include his wife, Kathy Kerr of Lake City; a son, Eric Kerr of Zanesville; and a sister, Nora Kerr of Zanesville.

    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Faye T. Layfield

  • Faye T. Layfield of Trenton died Wednesday. She was 74.

    Mrs. Layfield was born in Tampa and moved to Trenton from Gainesville in 1962. She was a retired hairdresser.

    She was a member of Church of Christ in Trenton and Woodmen of the World. She was also a 4-H leader for 21 years.

    Survivors include her husband, Vernon Layfield of Trenton; daughters Adrienne Mae Lubrano of Keystone Heights; sons Joel Vernon Layfield and Randall Scott Layfield, both of Trenton; half-sisters Violet Green of Bushnell and Betty Clipper of Tampa; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home in Trenton.

    Hubert Thomas Story

  • Hubert Thomas Story of Jacksonville, and formerly of Interlachen, died Tuesday at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He was 87.

    Mr. Story was born in Interlachen and moved to Jacksonville from Hawthorne. He was retired from Seaboard Railroad.

    He was a graduate of Hawthorne High School, and a Methodist.

    Survivors include his wife, Ovida O'Hara Story of Jacksonville; a daughter, Joyce Story of Phoenix; and a son, Charles Story of Jacksonville.

    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

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