Jan. 5, 2003


Published: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 1:29 a.m.

Robert P. Antaya

  • Robert P. Antaya of High Springs died Friday in Shands at UF after a long illness. He was 62.

    Mr. Antaya was born in Springfield, Mass., and moved to this area from Clearwater in 1997 to pursue a dream of restoring an old home. He was an industrial photographer and had served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

    He is survived by his wife, Irene; sons Carl Robert Antaya and Christopher John Antaya; daughter Michele Lee; brothers Joseph, John and Paul Antaya; and seven grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

    Mary Bell Geiger

  • Mary Bell Geiger of Jacksonville, formerly of Starke, died Saturday. She was 82.

    She is survived by her children, Sue Strickland, Harvey Geiger and Mary Lee Craswell; her stepmother, Margaret Dicandio; sisters Josephine Carrillo, Thelma Denmark, Angelina Eddings, Millie Rose Dicandio, Selma Jones and Virginia Jones; brothers James Nelson, Mike Dicandio, Joseph Dicandio and Leon Dicandio; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 39 great-great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Evelyn Margaret Gebhardt Francis

  • Evelyn Margaret Gebhardt Francis of Minnesota, formerly of Gainesville, died Thursday in Maple Plain, Minn. She was 92.

    Mrs. Francis, born in Reading, Pa., was a homemaker as well as retired co-owner of a nightclub and motels in South Carolina. She was an avid gardener and cook specializing in Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine.

    Her survivors include a son, Gene Gebhardt Francis of Gainesville.

    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Elmer Bunselmeier

  • Elmer Bunselmeier of High Springs died Saturday at his home. He was 88.

    He moved to the area from his Cincinnati hometown in 1960 and was a chemical engineer as well as operator of the Cadillac Motel in High Springs for 18 years. He was in the Navy Seabees in World War II and was a former Scoutmaster in Cincinnati. He was a former member of the High Springs Rotary Club and a Methodist.

    He is survived by his wife, Rosalie Bunselmeier; son James Bunselmeier; daughter Judy Gillmore; brother Robert Bunselmeier; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home.

    Walter W. Jenkins Jr.

  • Walter W. "Rick" Jenkins Jr. of Lake Butler died Sunday after a long illness.

    He was 38.

    Mr. Jenkins lived most of his life in Lake Butler.

    He enjoyed fishing and the company of his family and friends.

    He is survived by his parents, Ricky and Mary Jenkins of Lake Butler; a sister, Diane Stratton of Orange Park; brothers Scott and Daniel Jenkins of Lake Butler; a grandmother, Margaret Bradley of Jacksonville; three nephews and four nieces.

    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home.

    Winslow Robert Johnson

  • Winslow Robert Johnson of Starke died at his home Friday. He was 82.

    Mr. Johnson was born in Maine and came to the area in 1941.

    He was stationed at Camp Blanding with the Florida National Guard during World War II.

    He was a retired superintendent with Triest Construction Co., and a member of the Keystone Heights Sportsman Club and the Two Buck Hunting Club. He was a Methodist.

    He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Griffis Johnson; daughters Tammie F. Woodard and Faye Paulk; and son Johnnie Johnson; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Bertha Jeannette McGriff

  • Bertha Jeannette McGriff of Keystone Heights died Friday in Shands at Starke. She was 80.

    Mrs. McGriff was born in Titusville and was a Baptist.

    She is survived by a son, Brian McGriff; brother Calvin Whitaker and sister Laura Hester Steward.

    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

    Mary Reddish Norman

  • Mary Reddish Norman of Starke died Saturday in Shands at AGH. She was 87.

    Mrs. Norman was a lifelong resident of Starke, a homemaker and member of Union Primitive Baptist Church.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Norman, and a daughter, Betty June Stefanelli.

    She is survived by her son-in-law, Robert Stefanelli; and four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Faye Irene O'Hara

  • Faye Irene O'Hara of Hawthorne died in Shands at AGH on Saturday. She was 78.

    She was born in Dade City and came to this area as a child in 1929. She worked for many years in Washington, D.C., including positions with the U.S. Patent Office and Veterans Administration. She was a Methodist.

    She is survived by sisters Grace Kea, Norma Lewis and Ovida Story; brother William H. "Billy" O'Hara; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Marion Clyatt Tompkins

  • Marion Clyatt Tompkins of Micanopy died Saturday in Gainesville. She was 69.

    Mrs. Tompkins was a lifelong resident of the area and had worked as a legal typist. She was a member of Micanopy Christian Fellowship Church.

    She is survived by her husband, Hugh William Tompkins; daughters Kathy Teague and Salyne Pryor; brother Howard Clyatt and sister Lexyne Page.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

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