Jan. 18, 2003


Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 9:42 p.m.

Essie Marie Stephenson

  • Essie Marie Stephenson of Gainesville died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 95.
    Mrs. Stephenson was born in Williamstown, Mo., and moved to Gainesville in 1980. She was a member of Eastern Star in Missouri and was a member of Oak Park Baptist Church in Gainesville. She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include a daughter, Karen Fagerberg of Gainesville; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Robert Graham Ball

  • Robert Graham Ball of Trenton died Dec. 23 at the North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 82.
    Mr. Ball was born in Newark, N.J., and moved to Trenton from the Florida Keys in the early 1990s.
    He was a retired technical and scientific photographer for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ball was a World War II veteran and a B-24 airplane commander.
    He also was a professional portrait photographer, a skilled dog handler and an accomplished craftsman. He enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Dixie Dancers of Lake City, the Vagabond Squares of Live Oak and the Young at Heart of Chiefland.
    Survivors include his companion of over 20 years, Catherine B. Gramatzki.
    Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.

    Lois Nancy Morgan Eakes

  • Lois Nancy Morgan Eakes of Live Oak died Friday at the Lake City Medical Center following a brief illness. She was 79.
    Mrs. Eakes was born in White Springs, but lived most of her life in Live Oak. She was a member of the Live Oak Church of the Nazarene. She worked as a homemaker and as a certified nurse's assistant.
    Survivors include a son, Hubert Morgan of Live Oak; daughters Shirley Boyette and Marion Sansouci, both of Live Oak; a sister, Grace Regginetter of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Suwannee Funeral Home.

    Richard Anthony Jirkovsky

  • Richard Anthony Jirkovsky of Alachua died Friday at his home. He was 66.
    Mr. Jirkovsky was born in Athol, Mass., and moved from Inverness to Gainesville in 1980. He moved to Alachua in 1984.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, and he served on the U.S.S. Ranger as a meteorologist. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9229 in Alachua. He was the owner and operator of Aquadyne Pools of Alachua.
    Survivors include his wife, Joan Levins Jirkovsky of Alachua; a son, Jason Jirkovsky of Nyack, N.Y.; stepsons George Levins of Alpharetta, Ga., Erin Levins of New Orleans and David Levins of High Springs; a daughter, Susan Jirkovsky of Nyack, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Joan Banks of Gainesville; a sister, Nancy Jirkovsky of Fort White; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs.

    Virginia Willits Moore Fordyce Walker

  • Virginia Willits Moore Fordyce Walker of Gainesville died Wednesday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was 95.
    Mrs. Walker was born in Indianapolis and moved to Gainesville 30 years ago. She worked in the psychology department at the University of Florida.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Walker.
    Survivors include daughters Jeanel Fordyce Coullias of Gainesville and Patricia Moore Freels of Morristown, Tenn.; sons Richard Arthur Fordyce of Pisgah Forest, N.C., and William T. Moore of Crawfordville; sisters Elanore Glass of Georgia; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Lloyd George Tillman

  • Lloyd George Tillman of Hawthorne died Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 76.
    Born in Orange Heights, Mr. Tillman moved to Hawthorne from Pine Island 18 years ago. He retired from Mercury Outboards in Fort Myers, and he was a carpenter.
    He was in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing and other outdoor activities. He and his wife were honorary members of the Keystone Heights Singles Club, where they met 11 years ago.
    Survivors include his wife, Ellen Tillman of Hawthorne; a stepdaughter, Judy Daugherty of Lake Butler, a stepson, Danny Buckland of Gainesville; brothers Ivan Tillman of Baton Rouge, La., Winifred Tillman of Benson, Utah, and Chester Tillman of Orlando; sisters Arie Smith of Micanopy, Juanita Whitney of Riverview and Geraldine Cowart of Jacksonville; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

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