Jan. 24, 2004


Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:58 p.m.

Leon Bruce Alvarez

  • Leon Bruce "Red" Alvarez of Starke died Wednesday at Bradford Terrace after an extended illness. He was 92.

    Mr. Alvarez was born in Starke and was a lifetime resident. He was the retired owner of Alvarez Service Station in Starke.

    He was a Protestant, and a founding member of Two Buck Hunting Club.

    Survivors include a daughter, Anita Alvarez Griffis of Starke; a son, Travis Alvarez of Houston; a brother, Silco L. "Buck" Alvarez Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Treyvon Denard Cave

  • The infant Treyvon Denard Cave of Gainesville died shortly after birth Wednesday at North Florida Regional Women's Center.

    Survivors include his mother, Latwanda Boyd of Gainesville; his father, Brandon Cave Jr. of Gainesville; maternal grandparents Sherite Thomas of Gainesville and Ronald and Arlene Boyd of Newport, Va.; paternal grandparents Cynthia Cave of Ocala and Brandon and Carla Cave of Ocala; paternal great-grandfathers Butler Baker of East Palatka and Henry Cave of Hastings; and brothers Tryell Cave and Tavien Cave, both of Gainesville.

    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Loraine Y. DiLello

  • Loraine Y. "Raini" DiLello of Gainesville died Friday. She was 67.

    She was born in Chenango, N.Y., and was a retired hurricane awning fabricator.

    She was a volunteer with Jungle Friends.

    Survivors include caregivers Joan Beer and Dianne Paradise, both of Gainesville.

    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Caretha G. Dixson

  • Caretha G. Dixson of Gainesville died Tuesday at Shands at AGH after an extended illness. She was 79.

    Mrs. Dixson was born in Gordon Chapel and moved to Gainesville from Sanford in 1956. She was a retired behavior specialist at Tacachale.

    She attended the Alachua County public school system and was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, where she was a member of stewardess board, usher board and United Methodist Circle.

    Survivors include sons Johnnie Dennard, Elvis Dennard and David Dixson, all of Gainesville; a daughter, Cheryl Norris of Atlanta; brothers Edward Gordon Jr. of Gordon Chapel, Louis Gordon of Hawthorne and Amos Gordon of Ocala; sisters Geneva Vickers of Deltona, Ida Bell Brown of Johnson and Bessie Tutson and Elnora Carter, both of Miami; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Francis Lillian Gunter

  • Francis Lillian Gunter of Interlachen died Thursday at her home after an extended illness. She was 71.

    Mrs. Gunter was born in Jacksonville and moved to Interlachen from Gainesville in 1989. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Calvin Gus Gunter.

    Survivors include her companion and caregiver, David Hughell of Interlachen; sons Glenn Heslar, Keith Gunter and Allen Gunter, all of Jacksonville; daughters Vicky Cutler of Savannah, Ga., Becky Busey of Interlachen, Sharon Simmons of Gainesville and Fran Williams of Lake Butler; a brother, John Weatherford of Jacksonville; a sister, Geraldine Parker of Chiefland; 22 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

    Hubbard Randal Harley

  • Hubbard Randal Harley of Starke died Thursday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville. He was 54.

    Mr. Harley was born in Starke and was a lifetime resident. He was employed with Lori's Lighted Delights in Lawtey.

    He attended the Bradford County school system and was a Methodist.

    Survivors include his wife, Judith Harley of Starke; sisters Jacqueline Smith of Winter Haven, Mary Chesser of Sanford and Abbie Massey of Lawtey; and a brother, Joe Harley of Lawtey.

    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Lawrence Kropp

  • Lawrence Kropp of Gainesville died Thursday at Woodlands Care Center. He was 85.

    Mr. Kropp was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville from Jacksonville in 1998. He was a retired business owner.

    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and served in the Pacific Theater on the cruiser, U.S.S. Springfield.

    He was Jewish, and he enjoyed reading.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Kropp.

    Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Carlson of Torrance, Calif.; sons Jeff Kropp of Gainesville and Andy Kropp of New York City; and many grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Dollie Lee Rice

  • Dollie Lee Rice of Old Town died Friday in Gainesville. She was 72.

    Mrs. Rice was born in Mann, W. Va., and moved to Old Town from Dade City in 1978. She was a homemaker.

    She enjoyed crocheting and working with computers.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Rice Jr.

    Survivors include daughters Linda Galley of Sanger, Texas, and Terri Smith of Tampa; a sister, Evelyn Mounts of Old Town; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Nannie E. Shaver

  • Nannie E. Shaver of Lake City died Thursday at Shands at Lake Shore in Lake City. She was 88.

    Mrs. Shaver was born in Gainesville and lived in Fairbanks for most of her life before moving to Lake City in 1999. She was a former convenience store owner.

    She attended Fairbanks Baptist Church in Gainesville, and enjoyed horses and puzzles.

    Survivors include a son, Jimmy Shaver of Starke; four grandchildren; 10 great-grand- children; and three great-great- grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Gateway- Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Lake City.

    Myrtice Louise Moseley

  • Myrtice Louise Moseley of Fort White died Thursday at Kindred Hospital-North Florida in Green Cove Springs after an extended illness. She was 83.

    Mrs. Moseley was born in Fort White and was a lifetime resident. She was a homemaker, and a member of Tustenuggee cq United Methodist Church in Fort White.

    She was also a member of Lake City AARP, Providence Widow's Club and Mikesville F.C.E. Club.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Moseley, and a son, David Albert Moseley.

    Survivors include daughters Barbara Richards of Lake City, Carolyn Crosby of Fort White and Jennie Reed of Lake Butler; sons Lamar Moseley of Fort White, George Moseley, Wayne Moseley and Harry Moseley, all of Lake City, and Sam Moseley of Lake Butler; sisters Virginia Hewett of Jacksonville, Katie Hewett of Fort White, Jeanette Shaver of Lake Junaluska, N.C., Mary Ruff of Madison, Margaret Patterson of High Springs and Bess Bussey of Orange City; a brother, David Bussey of Jacksonville; 21 grandchildren; and 19 great- grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Guerry Funeral Home in Lake City.

    Bernice N. Tavel

  • Bernice N. Tavel of Gainesville died Thursday at her daughter's home after a brief illness. She was 86.

    Mrs. Tavel was born in Canton, Ohio, and grew up in South Georgia. She moved to Gainesville from Palatka in 2001. She had also lived in Jacksonville.

    She was the former owner and operator of Bernice's Beauty Shop in Palatka, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Palatka. She enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, family outings to the beach and mountains and fellowship with friends from church.

    She was preceded in death by husbands Jack M. Nelson and Ralph K. Tavel, and a son, Jack Timothy Nelson.

    Survivors include a daughter, Tana N. Thomas of Gainesville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

    Marianne E. Trail

  • Marianne E. Trail of Trenton died Thursday at her home. She was 79.

    Mrs. Trail was born in Augusta, Ga., and moved to Trenton from Miami in 1975. She was an artist.

    She was an Episcopalian, and enjoyed reading, gardening and golf.

    Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Trail of Trenton; daughters Marie Hussey of Fairfax, Va., Diana Manders of Trenton, Linda Trail of Tullahoma, Tenn., and Karen Cutler of Newberry; a sister, Martha Ames of Homestead; nine grand- children; and two great-grand- children.

    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Hazel Taylor Wood

  • Hazel Taylor Wood of Chiefland died Thursday at her home. She was 91.

    Mrs. Wood was born in Bell and moved to this area from Miami in 1963. She was a homemaker.

    She was a 54-year member of Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of First Baptist Church of Chiefland.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Wood.

    Survivors include a sister, Muriel Glisson Bosscher cq of Chiefland; and caregivers and great-nieces Karen Lee Austin and Kathy E. Snow, both of Chiefland.

    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Chiefland.

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