Jan. 3, 2004


Published: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 12:52 a.m.

Eugene S. Brantley

  • Eugene S. Brantley of Grandin died Thursday at Shands at Starke. He was 85.

    Mr. Brantley was born in Jacksonville and lived most of his life in Grandin. He was a retired printer for Clay Electric.

    He was a 1937 graduate of Melrose High School and a veteran of World War II, having served in North Africa and the European theater.

    He was co-founder and former president of Florahome-Grandin Volunteer Fire Department and a member of Putnam County School Board Advisory Council. He also helped organize Putnam County's firefighters' association, and served as president of Interlachen High School Board Boosters.

    He was an ordained deacon and member of Gadara Baptist Church, and a former member of Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose.

    He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Brantley.

    Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Charleyene Brantley of Grandin; a daughter, Christine R. Tomlinson of Melrose; sons E. Reed Brantley of Grandin, David Brantley of Midland, Texas, Zan Brantley of Murphy, N.C., and Johnny Brantley of Interlachen; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Alean Hammonds Brown

  • Alean Hammonds Brown of Williston died Dec. 26 at Nature Coast Hospital after an extended illness. She was 85.

    Mrs. Brown was born in Williston and attended Levy County schools.

    She retired from the Orange County School Board as a janitor.

    Mrs. Brown was a member of the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

    Survivors include sisters Ola Mae Hicks of Williston and Clara Lee Grant of Miami; brothers Sam Hammonds of Williston, Theodore Hammonds of Miami and Benjamin Hammonds of Williston.

    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home.

    Jack Carmichael

  • Jack Carmichael of Keystone Heights died Thursday at his home. He was 78.

    Mr. Carmichael was born in Orlando and moved to Keystone Heights from Jacksonville in 1983. He was retired from the heavy-construction equipment parts and sales business.

    He was a member of Keystone Heights United Methodist Church.

    Survivors include his wife, Reeda Carmichael of Keystone Heights; a daughter, Terry Sumner of Blooming Rock, N.C.; a son, Tim Carmichael of Keystone Heights; a brother, Ralph Carmichael of Eaton Park; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

    Johnny Carver

  • Johnny Carver of Johnson died Wednesday in Gainesville. He was 66.

    Mr. Carver was born in Douglas, Ga., and was a retired barber and general contractor.

    He was a Mason, a member of Shriners, and a longtime member of the Carpenters Union.

    Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Patricia Carver of Johnson, a son, Shawn Carver of Johnson; a daughter, Holly Henderson of Fernandina Beach; brothers Bobby Carver of Hilliard and Raymond Carver of Callahan; sisters Janie Nelson, Evelyn Guynn, Catherine Carver and Connie Carver, all of Hilliard, and Bonnie Cooper of Folkston, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

    Robert Lamont Chick

  • Robert Lamont Chick of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 70.

    Mr. Chick was born in Malden, Mass., and moved to Gainesville from Annadale, Va., in 1972. He was a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and assistant professor of military science at the University of Florida.

    He served as an Army officer from 1956 to 1976, including overseas assignments in Korea, Germany and Vietnam, and later taught for three years at UF. He was also a former owner of a commercial photography studio and presentation slide production company.

    He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Survivors include his companion, Judy Varady of Gainesville; daughters Linda Chick Schriver of Jacksonville and Elizabeth Chick of Orlando; a sister, Barbara Stewart of Summerville, S.C.; and three grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Walter Murray Edwards

  • Walter Murray Edwards of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 81.

    Dr. Edwards was born in Jacksonville and moved to Gainesville from Wilmington, Del., in 1997. He was a retired research chemist.

    He received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

    He was retired from E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. in Wilmington, where he worked as a research chemist and was responsible for a number of patents held by the company.

    He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, served as a scout leader for 18 years, and was active in neighborhood associations. He was a Protestant. He enjoyed sailing, camping and skiing.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Walker Edwards, and a daughter, Lynn Edwards.

    Survivors include his companion, Carolyn Holman of Gainesville; a son, Stuart Edwards of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Lea Green of Washington, D.C.; and five grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Linton E. Floyd III

  • Linton E. "Gene" Floyd III of Gainesville died Wednesday at Palm Garden of Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 80.

    Mr. Floyd was born in Pensacola and moved to Gainesville from Manilus, N.Y., in 1964. He was a retired industrial systems engineer.

    He was a graduate of the University of Florida, and held numerous patents for General Electric and in the fiber optics industry.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, and served in the 13th and 82nd Airborne. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, Florida Blue Key, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Fuller Floyd.

    Survivors include a daughter, Jane F. Bullen of Tallahassee; sons Dr. Linton E. Floyd IV of Beltsville, Md., and John W. Floyd of Hawthorne; and three grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Susan G. Hamilton

  • Susan G. Hamilton of Winter Springs, and formerly of Gainesville, died Wednesday in Longwood. She was 98.

    She was born in Bascom and moved to Winter Springs from Thonotosassa. She was a retired nurse.

    She was a member of Winter Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    Survivors include a daughter, Agnes Martin of Winter Springs; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and one great- great-grandchild.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Alma Marie Havelock

  • Alma Marie Havelock of Archer died Friday in Park Meadows in Gainesville. She was 88.

    Mrs. Havelock was born in Trenton and moved to Archer from New Smyrna Beach in 1979. She was a retired licensed practical nurse.

    She was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. She was a past member of Gainesville Garden Club Founders Circle, Rose Society and Archer Womens Club, and a nationally accredited flower show master judge.

    She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Archer.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Havelock.

    Survivors include a brother, Dan Bailey of Archer; and a sister, Ann Boulware of Gainesville.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Norma Jean Honeycutt

  • Norma Jean Honeycutt of Gainesville died Dec. 24 at Shands at the University of Florida. She was 48.

    Mrs. Honeycutt was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong area resident.

    Survivors include her husband, Ernest Wayne Honeycutt of Bronson; a son, Charles Len Prevatt of Newberry; daughters Melody Duncan and Shannon Libby, both of Gainesville; her mother, Rosetta Duncan of Newberry; brothers Wesley Yawn of Fort White, Wade Yawn of Bronson and Christopher Duncan of Newberry; sisters Shirley Goble, Kathy Byrd and Judy Holt, all of Newberry, and Virgie Ellison of Perry; and seven grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.

    Ollie Belle Schwall

  • Ollie Belle Schwall of Gainesville died Sunday at Sunrise Assisted Living in Atlanta. She was 100.

    Miss Schwall was born in Sandersville, Ga., and moved to Gainesville from Havana, Fla., in 1972. She was a retired administrative assistant for the state of Florida.

    She was a member of North Central Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 20 years. She lived for several years at The Atrium retirement community in Gainesville until 2000.

    She is survived by a sister, Ilean Woodard of Lewes, Del.; and several nieces and nephews.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    George August Sebring

  • George August Sebring of Old Town died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 74.

    Mr. Sebring was moved to Old Town from Emmaus, Pa., in 1995. He was a retired assembly-line worker for Mack Trucks.

    He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chiefland.

    Survivors include his wife, Anna "Susie" Sebring of Old Town; sons David Sebring, Alan Sebring and Michael Sebring, all of Emmaus; a daughter Carolyn Krock of Zionsville, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Ruby Lee Sirmans

  • Ruby Lee Sirmans of Gainesville died Dec. 23. She was 85.

    Mrs. Sirmans was born in Jasper and moved to Gainesville from Coral Springs in 1992. She was a homemaker.

    She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Gainesville Woman's Club.

    Survivors include a son, James R. Sirmans Jr. of Gainesville; brothers Jewett Law of Gainesville, Drew Law of Lake City and Nick Law of Jasper; sisters Eunice McLeod and Melba Smith, both of Jasper, and Virdie Moon of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Robert Van Diver

  • Robert Van Diver of Deltona, and formerly of Gainesville, died Dec. 18 at Deltona Healthcare. He was 85.

    Mr. Van Diver was born in Mercer County, Ky., and was a retired supervisor for Florida Power and Light. He was a Mason, and a member of Shriners Club and Order of the Eastern Star.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

    Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marie Van Diver of Deltona; daughters Bobbie Lee Holden of Gainesville and Elizabeth Hunt of Tampa; stepdaughters Linda McDonald of St. Petersburg and Cynthia Veras of Lakeland; stepsons Edward Chenoweth of Portland, Ore., and Larry Chenoweth of Deltona; a brother, Frank Mac Van Diver of Bradenton; a sister, Myrtle Belt of Bradenton; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Volusia Memorial Funeral Home in Ormond Beach.

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