Jan. 27, 2004


Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2004 at 11:51 p.m.

Robert L. Bennett

  • Robert L. Bennett of McIntosh died Sunday in Ocala. He was 83.
    Mr. Bennett was born in East Hampton, N.Y., and moved to this area in 1969. He was a retired real estate broker.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of United Methodist Church of McIntosh and McIntosh Lions Club.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Bennett.
    Survivors include a son, Donald L. Bennett of Brookhaven, N.Y.; sisters Amy Collins of East Hampton and Ruthie DeFelice of Florida; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    John Castleberry Jr.

  • John "Jack" Castleberry Jr. of Gainesville died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 82.
    Mr. Castleberry was born in Anniston, Ala., and moved to Gainesville from Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1995. He was retired from RCA, where he worked for 35 years.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart. After the war, he graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He was a department head for the RCA Princeton Research Laboratory for 20 years, then administered the RCA Customer Training Facility in Camden, N.J., until his retirement in 1993. He was a founding member of Kings Community Baptist Church in Cherry Hill, and was a lifetime Gideon. Locally, he was a member of Northwest Baptist Church.
    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy May Castleberry, after a 48-year marriage. He also was preceded in death by a son, John Castleberry III.
    Survivors include his wife, Sue Castleberry of Gainesville; a daughter, Ann Castleberry of Gainesville; brothers Charles Castleberry of Birmingham, Ala., and Frank Castleberry of Atlanta; a sister, Edith Campbell of Vero Beach; stepdaughters Jayne Spires of Melrose and Wanda Ziems of Hawthorne; a stepson, Tom Rose of Stubenville, Ohio; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Janie L. Highland

  • Janie L. Highland of Gainesville died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 54.
    Mrs. Highland was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident. She was a foster parent.
    She attended Alachua County schools and was a member of Gainesville Christian Center.
    Survivors include her husband, William Highland of Gainesville; a son, Travis Highland of Gainesville; daughters Janet Hughes of Baltimore and Janice Highland of Gainesville; her mother, Dorothy Hayes of Gainesville; brothers Carl Hayes Jr. of Tampa, Norman Hayes, Carlton Hayes, Booker Hayes, Boris Hayes and Bryan Hayes, all of Gainesville, George Hayes of Ocala and David Johnson of Gainesville; sisters Carolyn Oppenhien, Mattie Jackson, Ruby Tidwell and Valene Hayes, all of Gainesville; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Irma S. Logan

  • Irma S. Logan of Gainesville died Friday. She was 96.
    Mrs. Logan was born in Jersey City, N.J., and moved to Gainesville from Teaneck, N.J., in 1972. She was a retired educator for the New Jersey school system.
    She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Logan; and a daughter, Carol L. Blaser.
    Survivors include a daughter, Joan Logan of Portola Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

    Alice Freida McMullen

  • Alice Freida McMullen of Live Oak died Saturday at her home after an extended illness. She was 82.
    Mrs. McMullen was born in West Virginia and moved to Live Oak from Prince George's Co., Md., in 1969. She was a member of Calgary Baptist Church in Macclenny.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, William Levi "Pete" McMullen.
    Survivors include daughters Betty Young Pollard of Live Oak, Shirley Freida Orberg of Macclenny and Lee Johnson of McAlpin; a sister, Peggy Dant of Laurel, Md.; brothers Fred Bean of Savannah, Ralph Bean of Jacksonville, Robert Bean of Thompson Station, Tenn., Charles Bean of Success, Mo., and Crockett Bean of McAlpin; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.

    Robert E. Moore

  • Robert E. Moore of Gainesville died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 57.
    Mr. Moore was born in Kenosha, Wis., and moved to Gainesville in 1982. He was a food industry service representative.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing and gardening.
    Survivors include his wife, Patricia Moore of Gainesville; a daughter, Julie Reed of Portland, Ore.; a son, Christopher Robert Moore of Gainesville; his mother, Irene Priess of Kenosha; a brother, Thomas Moore of Portland; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Charles Ray Pate

  • Charles Ray Pate of Spring Hill died Sunday at Hospice Care Center in Brooksville. He was 63.
    Mr. Pate was born in Mobile, Ala., and was a retired carpenter.
    Survivors include brothers Morris Don Pate of Brooksville and Richard Dale Pate of Tampa; and a sister, Vivian E. Pat Clayton of Old Town.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

    Carl Douglas Sandstrom

  • Carl Douglas Sandstrom of Old Town died Jan. 19 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 76.
    Mr. Sandstrom was born in Eureka, Utah, and moved to Old Town from Miami in 1987. He was a retired aircraft technician.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Suwannee River Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He also was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Della L. Sandstrom of Old Town; sons Lex Sandstrom of West Valley City, Utah, Ronald Brown of Pensacola and Woodie Brown of Bowie, Md.; daughters Joyce Feldten of Prior Lake, Minn., Renee Wilkens of Coon Rapid, Minn., Janet Russell of Sagle, Idaho, Trina West of West Valley City, Bobbie Hunsaker of Salt Lake City, Carlene Quarre of Kihei, Hawaii, and Rebecca Davis and Barbara Duren, both of Naples; a sister, Colleen Milliman of Springfield, Ore.; 34 grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Nicholas Joseph Sebastian

  • Nicholas Joseph Sebastian of Old Town died Jan. 15. He was 85.
    Mr. Sebastian was born in Fort Howard, Md., and trained as a steamfitter, primarily working in shipyards. He moved to Brevard County in the late 1950s, where he worked on facilities that became the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.
    He later operated a commercial fishing boat and worked the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico from North Carolina to Louisiana.
    He was a member of San Juan Catholic Mission in Branford.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Willa Sebastian.
    Survivors include a brother, Edward Sebastian of Huntsville, Ala.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home.

    Virgil James Trantham Sr.

  • Virgil James Trantham Sr. of Citra died Sunday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 86.
    Mr. Trantham was born in Dover, Ark., and moved to this area from Ocala, where he had lived for 50 years, in 2003. He was a retired building contractor.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Belleview Lodge No. 95 F&AM. He was a Baptist.
    Survivors include a son, Virgil James Trantham Jr. of Citra; a daughter, Patricia Perkins of Belleview; a brother, Ed Trantham of Llano, Texas; sisters Vernice Jameriana, Regina Kodimer, Martha Blissitt and Sarah Bullock, all of California; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home.

    William H. Tygart Sr.

  • William H. "Bill" Tygart Sr. of Gainesville died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 85.
    Mr. Tygart was born in Nashville, Ga., and moved to Gainesville from Panama City in 1986. He was a retired engineer for Lockheed Georgia Co.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist, and a member of Gainesville Amateur Radio Society. He also was a member of the Inventor's Hall of Fame for his work on the first cardio fax EKG.
    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy H. Tygart of Gainesville; sons William H. Tygart Jr. of Atlanta and Joseph Michael Tygart of Fort Bragg, N.C.; a brother, Walter Patrick Tygart of Windmere; seven grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    John David Williams

  • John David Williams of Gainesville died Sunday at his home after a brief illness. He was 77.
    Mr. Williams was born in Madison and lived most of his life in Gainesville. He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist, and enjoyed football, golf, hunting, travel and watching movies.
    He was preceded in death by a son, John Wesley Williams.
    Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Sylvia J. Williams of Gainesville; a son, David Wayne Williams of Gainesville; daughters Bonnie Williams Casey and Lisa Akins Short, both of Gainesville, and Lori Akins Shannahan of Starke; a sister, Betty Williams Asbell of Gainesville; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.

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