Jan. 28, 2004

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 11:53 p.m.

Stephen F. Ayres

  • Stephen F. Ayres of Gainesville died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 60.
    Mr. Ayres was born in New York City and moved to Gainesville from Washington, D.C., in 1983. He was a retired information system specialist with Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    He was a graduate of George Washington University, and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
    He was a member of Holy Faith Catholic Church, and was active in community affairs, both in Washington, D.C., and Gainesville.
    Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Liz" Ayres of Gainesville; his mother, Inez V. Ayres of Gainesville; and brothers Charles J. Ayres III of Gainesville and Joseph F. Ayers of Heidelberg, Germany.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Thames Warner Baxter

  • Thames Warner "Jim" Baxter of Pawleys Island, S.C., and formerly of Gainesville, died Monday at Ralph Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston, S.C. He was 69.
    Mr. Baxter was born in Iron City, Ga., and was a resident of Gainesville while attending the University of Florida. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a pilot and a private flight instructor.
    Survivors include a son, Frederick J. Baxter of Crawfordville; a daughter, Stacy Ann Carter of Pawleys Island; sisters Sybil Baxter of Pawleys Island, Iris Herndon of Tampa and Christine Lunsford of Bakersfield, Calif.; a brother, Robert Baxter of Gainesville; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Litchfield-Pawleys Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Pawleys Island.

    Opal Glisson Bishop

  • Opal Glisson Bishop of Kingsley Lake died Sunday at Windsor Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness. She was 89.
    Mrs. Bishop was born in McRae and was a longtime resident of the Kingsley Lake area. She was a retired seamstress for Big Dad's Uniform Co.
    She was a member of Kingsley Lake Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Grady B. Bishop of Kingsley Lake; a daughter, Linda Toliver of Huntsville, Ala.; a son, Brian Bishop of McRae; and a brother, Merrill E. Glisson of McRae.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    George A. Brown

  • George A. Brown of Hawthorne died Tuesday at Emory L. Bennett Veterans Affairs Nursing Home in Daytona Beach. He was 82.
    Mr. Brown was born in Orange Heights and was a lifetime resident of the area. He was retired from the University of Florida Soil Conservation Department, and later worked as a farmer.
    He was a UF graduate, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. During the war, he served in Company A of the 501st Parachute Infantry, 101st Division and was a prisoner of war captured on D-Day. He received the World War II Victory Medal.
    He was a member of Orange Heights Baptist Church, and enjoyed gardening.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Anita D. Brown.
    Survivors include daughters Sandra Harty of Bremerton, Wash., and Pamela Brown Boyatt of Eugene, Ore.; a son, John A. Brown of Hawthorne; a brother, Ralph Brown of Orange Heights; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Sarah Elizabeth Hodge

  • Sarah Elizabeth Hodge of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH. She was 87.
    Mrs. Hodge was born in Bradford County and moved to Gainesville from Cross Creek in 1998. She was a retired supervisor for Tacachale.
    She was a member of Carl Hodge Fishing Club.
    Survivors include a daughter, Betty Hodge McKinney of Gainesville; a son, Carl Hodge of Hawthorne; seven grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Bessie Davis Lee

  • Bessie Davis Lee of Micanopy died Saturday. She was 94.
    Ms. Lee was born in Alabama and was a longtime resident of this area. She was a farmer, and a Methodist.
    Survivors include nieces Ruth Martin and Anna Howard, both of Newberry; and nephews Leroy Davis of McIntosh and Charles Davis and Jessie J. Davis, both of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Sellers Funeral Home in Ocala.

    Francis Read Moore

  • Francis Read Moore, a Hawthorne artist whose vividly colored paintings often depicted historic buildings and life in the rural town and North Central Florida area, died Monday in Gainesville. He was 87.
    Mr. Moore, known by many as "Grandpa Moses," was born in Hawthorne and was a lifetime resident. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Troop A 85th Cavalry Reconnaissance Battalion Squadron Mechanized in Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He received several wartime commendations, including the Bronze Arrowhead, EAMETO Medal, Belgian Fourragere, American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
    He was a retired home improvement salesman for Sears Roebuck Co., and began painting at 56 after taking an art course at the town library in Hawthorne. He did 85 paintings before putting the brushes down at 74 due to emphysema.
    He was a member of Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, American Legion, Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne Area Revitalization Council, Hawthorne Museum and Gainesville Fine Arts Association.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Moore of Hawthorne; a daughter, Deborah Moore Brown of Hawthorne; a son, Dale Read Moore of Libun, Ga.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Ted D. Senevey

  • Ted D. Senevey of Chiefland died Monday in Gainesville. He was 68.
    Mr. Senevey was born in Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Chiefland from Englewood in 1995. He was a retired contractor.
    He enjoyed horse racing, work and family.
    Survivors include his wife, Frances Senevey of Chiefland; sons Thomas Senevey of Sarasota and Jeff Senevey of Englewood; daughters Teresa Senevey of Chiefland and Karen Bailey of Englewood; his former wife, Barbara Senevey of Englewood; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.
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