Jan. 31, 2004

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 12:16 a.m.

William S. Downey Jr.

  • William S. Downey Jr. of New Bedford, Mass., and formerly of Gainesville, died Thursday at his home. He was 76.

    Dr. Downey was born in New Bedford, and moved to Gainesville in 1985. He was pediatrician.

    He was a graduate of Boston College and Harvard Medical School. He was developer of the Apt-Downey Test, a neonatal test.

    In Gainesville, he was a professor at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he developed the primary care program for pediatric residents and opened up two weekly clinics. While at UF, he was named Professor of the Year and served as the pediatric representative for the Florida Education Committee for Special Education.

    He was a communicant of St. Lawrence Church of New Bedford, and a former member of Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta B. Downey, and a son, Martin P. Downey.

    Survivors include daughters Teresa M. Downey of Sea Isle City, N.J., Patricia M. Downey of Colts Neck, N.J., Kathlee M. Downey of Mattapoisett, Mass., and Bernadette M. Downey of Wayland, Mass.; sons Dennis M. Downey of Falmouth, Mass., David G. Downey of River Forest, Ill., Jerome P. Downey of New York City; Brian J. Downey of Westford, Mass., and Kevin I. Downey of Gainesville; sisters Mary L. Downey and Dr. Anne D. Saunders, both of New Bedford; a brother, Maurice F. Downey of Mattapoisett; and 24 grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Suanders-Dwyer Funeral Home in New Bedford, Mass.

    Howard M. Holdridge

  • Howard M. Holdridge of Gainesville died Friday at his home. He was 70.

    Mr. Holdridge was born in Daytona Beach and moved to Gainesville in 1960. He was a retired building construction contractor.

    He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2811. He was a Baptist.

    Survivors include his wife, Alma J. Holdridge of Gainesville; sons Gary Miller Holdridge and Michael Edward Holdridge, both of Gainesville; daughters Barbara Garman and Nancy Schmit, both of Gainesville; sisters Josephine Bennet and Ruth Davis, both of Daytona Beach; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Ida Mae Kirby

  • Ida Mae Kirby of Knoxville, Tenn., and formerly of Hawthorne, died Thursday at Hillcrest North in Knoxville. She was 74.

    Mrs. Kirby was born in Knoxville, moved to Hawthorne in 1954, and returned to Knoxville in 1999. She was a homemaker.

    She was a longtime member of Eden Baptist Church in Hawthorne.

    Mrs. Kirby and her husband were also foster parents for more than 50 children the state of Florida placed with them.

    Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Kirby of Knoxville; a son, Patrick Kirby of Hawthorne; and two grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Mynatt Funeral Home in Knoxville.

    Ellis George Blythe

  • Ellis George Blythe of Trenton died Friday at Ayers Nursing Home. He was 83.

    Mr. Blythe was born in Wayne, Mich., and moved to Trenton from Gainesville in 1999. He was a minister.

    He was a member of First Church of the Nazerene in Gainesville.

    Survivors include his wife, Rubye Blythe of Trenton; sons George Blythe of Chiefland and William Blythe of Fanning Springs; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home.

    Carlos Devon Thurston

  • Carlos Devon Thurston of Gainesville died Jan. 16 after a brief illness. He was 48.

    Mr. Thurston was born in Gainesville and was a lifetime resident. He was a roofer.

    Survivors include a daughter, Nicole Thurston of Gainesville; his mother, Ada Thurston of Gainesville; sisters Linda King and Loretta Nelson, both of Gainesville; brothers Horace McKelvin, David McKelvin and Willie McKelvin, all of Gainesville; and one grandchild.

    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

    James Douglas Lawrence

  • James Douglas Lawrence of Orlando, and formerly of Gainesville, died Tuesday. He was 81.

    Mr. Lawrence was born in Gotha. He was an accountant.

    He was a graduate of Middle Georgia College and the University of Florida. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

    He was comptroller for a construction company in Swainsboro, Ga., for many years and later an agent for McMurtrey Realty in Windmere and C. Wayne Efurd & Associates in Winter Garden.

    He was active in community organizations, and was a charter member and treasurer of Gotha Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of Pine Hills Church of Christ in Orlando.

    Survivors include a sister, Juanita Lawrence Browning of Douglas, Ga.

    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Service.

    John B. MacDonald

  • John B. MacDonald of Gainesville died Thursday at Bonsecours Place assisted living facility in St. Petersburg. He was 88.

    Mr. MacDonald was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Gainesville in 1962. He was a retired social worker for the state of Florida, and also worked for MetLife for many years.

    He was a graduate of the University of Florida, and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Gainesville.

    He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret MacDonald.

    Survivors include his wife, Carroll MacDonald of Gainesville; a son, John A. MacDonald of Trinity; a daughter, Colleen Bucciero of Vero Beach; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

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