Jan. 10, 2004

Published: Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 9, 2004 at 10:13 p.m.

Richard L. Forehand

  • Richard L. Forehand of Old Town died Tuesday at his home. He was 59.
    Mr. Forehand was born in Trenton and was a resident of Old Town for 25 years.
    Survivors include his companion, Shirley Snyder of Old Town; sons Richard K. Forehand, David Long and Darin Duck, all of Old Town, and Michael Forehand of Chiefland; daughters Kay Duck of Chiefland and Theresa Gladstone of Ocala; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.

    E. Gertrude Griffin

  • E. Gertrude Griffin of Arcadia, and formerly of Gainesville, died Thursday. She was 82.
    She was born in Lake Wales and was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and worked in Gainesville.
    She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia.
    Survivors include cousins Ann Barney, Maxine Harward, Kathryn Simmons, Helen Zeigler, Odelle Coker and Richard Smith.
    Arrangements by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia.

    Abraham Rossi

  • Abraham Rossi of Gainesville died Jan. 3 at Palm Garden. He was 66.
    Mr. Rossi was born in West Pittson, Pa., and moved to Gainesville from Illinois in 1983. He was a carpet installer.
    He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Colette Rossi of Gainesville; sons Erich Rossi and Joseph Rossi, both of Waldo, Abraham Rossi Jr. and William Rossi, both of New York, and George Harth of Gainesville; and a daughter, Rena Hughes of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    James Belvin Carter Jr.

  • James Belvin "Buddy" Carter Jr. of Williston died Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 76.
    Mr. Carter was born in Cedar Key and returned to Florida from California in 1970. He was a fisherman and a former truck driver.
    He was retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Carter.
    Survivors include daughters Starlette Carter and Alice Pearce, both of Redding, Calif., and Darlena Carter of Burley, Ohio; sons Belvin Carter, Irwin Carter, Leonard Carter and Clayton Carter, all of Redding; sisters Elizabeth Barber of Macclenny, Ann Padot of Trenton, Belvely Dorman of Lake Butler, Betty Raulerson of High Springs and Carmel Babula of Williston; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Milton Hickox

  • Milton Hickox of St. Augustine, and formerly of Gainesville, died Thursday at Flagler Hospital. He was 86.
    Mr. Hickox was a graduate of Hawthorne High School, and lived in Palatka from 1955 to 1971. He also lived in Gainesville from 1975 to 1980.
    He was retired from Liberty National Life Insurance Co., where he worked as an agent for 17 years. He was a Baptist and a former member of Hawthorne Lions Club, and enjoyed fishing, reading and history.
    Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Annie Faye Hickox of St. Augustine; sons Frank Hickox of Gainesville and Herb Hickox of St. Augustine; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

    Edward Joseph Neary Jr.

  • Edward Joseph Neary Jr. of Bronson died Thursday at his home. He was 70.
    Mr. Neary moved to Bronson from Homestead 25 years ago, and was retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a jet mechanic and was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Before joining the Air Force, he had served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
    He was a member of Seams World of Military Order of the Cooties, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Chiefland, Marine Corps League and AMVETS. He was also past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Homestead.
    He was a Catholic. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Neary of Bronson; a son, Edward Joseph Neary III of Bronson; daughters Cathy Newton of Crystal River and Doris Platt of Gulf Breeze; a brother, Thomas Neary of Lawrence, Mass.; sisters Mary Rose Henwood of Quincy, Mass., and Arlene Lang of Bronson; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.

    Charles P. Wisebaker

  • Charles P. Wisebaker of Chiefland died Thursday in Lake City. He was 79.
    Mr. Wisebaker was born in Ohio and moved to Lake City from Davie in 2000. He was a retired marine electrician.
    He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church of Chiefland and North American Hunting Club.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Wisebaker of Chiefland; sons Don C. Ward of Taylor, S.C., and James Ward of Wellborn; a daughter, Cindy Wood of Cross City; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Donald Lee Polk Sr.

  • Donald Lee Polk Sr. of Fort White died Thursday at his home. He was 66.
    Mr. Polk was born in Bell and moved to Fort White in 1999. He was a plumber.
    He was a member of Church of Christ in Columbia City. He was an avid fisherman.
    Survivors include his wife, Joyce Langford Polk of Fort White; daughters Donna Dilfield of Lawrenceville, Ga., Cynthia Brock of Belton, S.C., Sheri Buckles of Loganville, Ga., and Janet Mauldin of Fort White; sons Donald Polk Jr. of Tampa, Joseph Polk of Atlanta and Donald Timothy Polk of Douglasville, Ga.; his adopted parents, Ollie Buck Trail and Freddie Mae Trail of Trenton; sisters Bertha Corley of Archer and Madalyn McCormick and Carolyn Lane, both of Chiefland; a brother, Jerry Trail of Live Oak; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home in Trenton.

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