Jan. 19, 2004


Published: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2004 at 1:46 a.m.

Roger Allen Reed

  • Roger Allen Reed of Chiefland died Saturday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. He was 66.
    Mr. Reed was born in Elkhart, Ind., and moved to Chiefland from Michigan. He was a welder.
    He was Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Reed of Chiefland; daughters Wanda Darling of Chiefland, Tammy Weaver of Trenton and Celestine Minter of Kuna, Idaho; sons John Trudeau of Holland, Mich., Craig Reed of Ocala and Terance Reed of Chiefland; sister Bonnie Schmiedeknecht of Cloversville, Mich.; brother Burton Reed Jr. of Cloversville, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland.
    The Gainesville Sun, January 19, 2004

    Richard L. Thawley

  • Richard L. Thawley of Ocala died Friday. He was 78.
    Mr. Thawley moved to Ocala from Gainesville, where he had lived since 1969. He was retired after serving as assistant to the chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.
    He was in the U.S. Air Corps as a second lieutenant in 1943. He was co-founder of the Living Faith Fellowship in Gainesville and a member of the First Baptist Church of Ocala.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Irving William Thawley.
    Survivors include his wife, Betty Tyree Thawley; daughters Kathy Drake of Germany and Susan Stillwell of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son Richard L. Thawley Jr. of Rockledge; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Home West Chapel of Ocala.
    The Gainesville Sun, January 19, 2004

    John Edwin Watts

  • John Edwin Watts of Waldo died Friday. He was 73.
    Mr. Watts was born in Baltimore and moved to Waldo from Ocala last year. He was a retired veterinarian for North Lake Animal Hospital in West Palm Beach. He served in the Korean War as a fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. He also was a musician and a photographer.
    Survivors include daughters Leslie Kasper of Plainsboro, N.J., Colleen Gee of North Palm Beach and Kelly Herrbold of Gainesville; son Craig Watts of Gainesville; sister Marion-Joe Marquis of Altoona; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
    The Gainesville Sun, January 19, 2004

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