Jan. 17, 2004


Published: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 11:12 p.m.

Samuel L. Brallier

Samuel L. Brallier of Lake Butler died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 53.

Mr. Brallier was born in Lake City and lived most of his life in Raiford and Lake Butler. He was a retired clinical psychologist for Northeast Florida State Hospital, and had also been employed with the Department of Corrections.

He was a 1968 graduate of Union County High School, and a graduate of Florida State University and Nova University.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lake Butler for many years, where he was the church organist. He also served as organist for Archer Funeral Home.

Survivors include a daughter, Leigh Anne Odum of Tallahassee; his father, Leland R. Brallier of Lake Butler; a brother, Gary Roberts of Lake Butler; a sister, Ramona Dobbs of Raiford; and one grandchild.

Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

Viola E. Goering

Viola E. Goering of Sarasota, and formerly of Gainesville, died Dec. 23 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Sarasota. She was 82.

Mrs. Goering was born in McPherson, Kan., and was a 1950 graduate of Ohio State University. She was a retired teacher.

She taught school in Kansas and Ohio before moving to Gainesville in 1971. Along with her husband, she was an original owner of Goering's Book Store in Gainesville. She moved to Sarasota in 1980.

She was a member of Vamo United Methodist Church in Sarasota, and a member and past chapter chairman of Storytellers Association.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Harvey Goering of Sarasota; a daughter, Louise Peoples of Dublin, Va.; sons Donald Goering of Jupiter and Chuck Goering of Libertyville, Ill.; sisters Marie Schrag and Wilma Krehbiel, both of McPherson; brothers Milton Goering of Mound Ridge, Kan., and Myron Goering of McPherson; and six grandchildren.

Arrangements by Toale Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota.

Ivie Lea Dyal Hall

Ivie Lea Dyal Hall of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 87.

Mrs. Hall was born in Fitzgerald, Ga., and moved to Gainesville in 2000 from Lake Butler. She was also a longtime resident of Jacksonville. She was a retired upholstery seamstress with Sears, Roebuck and Co.

She was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Raymond L. Hall.

Survivors include a daughter, Dellia H. Guyott of Gainesville; sisters Lois Nixon and Dorothy Childress, both of Jacksonville, and Daisy Smith of St. Mary's, Ga.; brothers L.D. Dyal of St. Mary's and Darrell Dyal of Kingsland, Ga.; three grand- children; and eight great- grandchildren.

Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

Perry A. Hill

Perry A. Hill of Cross City died Thursday at his home. He was 93.

Mr. Hill was born in Old Town and was a lifetime resident, pioneer and historian of Dixie County and surrounding areas.

He was a former Dixie County Commissioner and had served as mayor of Cross City for 20 years. He was retired from the Dixie County Road Department.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Cross City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Lou Hill, and a son, Gary Eugene Hill.

Survivors include daughters Ann Brannin, Sarah Roberts, Janice Parrott, Joyce Davis, Helen Liles and Elaine Hill, all of Cross City; sons Sidney Hill of Perry and Galen Hill and Jerry Hill, both of Cross City; 29 grandchildren; 33 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

Earl Hodge

Earl Hodge of Cross City died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 62.

Mr. Hodge was born in Cross City and returned there from New Bern, N.C., in 1996. He was a retired gunnery sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for 20 years, including service in the Vietnam War.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Disabled American Veterans and National Rifle Association.

Survivors include sons Charles Tomlinson of Cross City and Donald Hodge of New Bern; daughters Zandra Hollis and Kimberly Brunello, both of New Bern, and Tammy Shean of Irondale, Ohio; stepdaughters Tanya Holloway, Melissa Cortez and Kindra Tatum, all of Little Washington, N.C.; brothers James L. Hodge of Clinton, Md., and Homer Hodge and Howell Hodge, both of Cross City; sisters Wanda Wester and Carolyn Fowler, both of Cross City; 20 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

Elwood Howard

Elwood Howard of Live Oak died Friday at Advent Christian Village Good Samaritan Center in Dowling Park after an extended illness. He was 87.

Mr. Howard was born in Live Oak and was a lifetime resident. He was a retired law enforcement officer.

He served as constable in Live Oak, then as chief of police, a position he held for 20 years before retiring in 1982. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Barrett Lodge and Mount Olive Church of Christ in Live Oak.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Essie Harrell Howard.

Survivors include daughters Clydie Cannon, Evon Owen and Audrey Bonds, all of Live Oak; sons Ray Howard and Bill Howard, both of Live Oak; a sister, Evelyn Henderson of Live Oak; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Suwannee Funeral Home in Live Oak.

Laura Dodd Tucker

Laura Dodd Tucker of Gainesville died Thursday at Shands at the University of Florida. She was 96.

Mrs. Tucker was born in Bellefonte, Ark., and moved to Micanopy in 1920. She was a retired registered nurse.

After graduating from nursing school in Cameron, Texas, in 1928, she returned to this area to work at Alachua General Hospital.

She left AGH in the 1930s to help establish the Alachua County Public Health Department, where she worked for many years.

She later worked with the state Tuberculosis Association, which became the Alachua County Lung Association, and retired from that organization in 1972.

She was an active member of Westside Baptist Church, Gainesville Pilot Club and many community organi- zations.

Her husband, Daniel L. Tucker, preceded her in death.

Survivors include sisters Leahman Mathews of Williston and Marie Smith of Elgin, S.C.

Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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