April 1, 2004


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 11:08 p.m.

Sim Banks Jr.

  • Sim Banks Jr. of Gainesville died March 22 in Brooker after a brief illness. He was 59.
    Mr. Banks was born in Alachua and was a lifetime resident of this area. He was a heavy-equipment operator.
    He attended St. Paul Baptist Church in LaCrosse.
    Survivors include a daughter, Jeana Banks Walker of Gainesville; sons Cecil Banks of Jersey City, N.J., and Sim H. Banks III, Karatee Banks and Raymond Banks, all of Gainesville; sisters Elizabeth Joe and Jewel Wicks, both of Gainesville; 15 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Eaver Mae Brown

  • Eaver Mae Brown of Gainesville died Saturday at Shands at AGH after an extended illness. She was 54.
    Mrs. Brown was born in Fairbanks and was a lifetime resident of this area. She was a homemaker.
    She was a member of Higher Anointing Church in Archer.
    Survivors include a son, Taj Williams of Daytona Beach; daughters Moteah Williams and Ayesha Williams, both of Gainesville; her mother, Edna Brown of Gainesville; a brother, Charles Brown of Miami; sisters Barbara Brown and Virginia Brown, both of Gainesville; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Bobbie J. Carter

  • Bobbie J. Carter of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at AGH after an extended illness. She was 65.
    Mrs. Carter was born in Monteocha and was a lifetime resident of this area. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Jerusalem Church of God by Faith, where she was a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, choir member, home mission member and president of W.W.C. She was also a member of Simmons Sisters Group.
    Survivors include a son, Reshard Carter of Gainesville; daughters Laquita Sewell and Evette Coney, both of Gainesville; a brother, Alvin Simmons of Gainesville; sisters Carrie Walker, Zola Johnson, Ola M. O'Neal, Elouise O'Neal, Gladys Ellis and Katherine Simmons, all of Gainesville; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    George Davidson

  • George Davidson of Branford died Monday at Lake City Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 68.
    Mr. Davidson was born in Indiana and moved to the Branford area six years ago from Largo. He was an electronics engineer and a member of Grace Community Baptist Church in Branford.
    Survivors include his wife, Meta Davidson of Branford; a daughter, Sharon Patterson of Largo; sons Ross Davidson of California and George Ruhland of Branford; a sister, Beverly Bingham of New Port Richey; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Branford.

    J. Ruth Thomas Eaton

  • J. Ruth Thomas Eaton of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 96.
    Mrs. Eaton was born in Hillsboro, Texas, and moved to this area in 1998. She was a homemaker and a retired farmer.
    She was a member of The Rule Methodist Church in Rule, Texas, where she was a Sunday school teacher and member of the choir and Ladies Missionary Society.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, A.R. "Pete" Eaton.
    Survivors include a daughter, Charlie Merle of Gainesville; a brother, James R. Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Harold Walton Goforth

  • Harold Walton Goforth of Gainesville died Tuesday at his home. He was 82.
    Mr. Goforth was born in Winder, Ga., and moved to Gainesville from Ocala in 2003. He was a retired businessman and president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Executive Association.
    He was a 1943 graduate of the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and the University of Indiana.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the 765th Infantry Division of the First Army in the European Theater, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star, EAME Ribbon with three stars, Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Ribbon.
    In 1960, Mr. Goforth was part of a group of local businessmen who formed Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan in Ocala, where he served as president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1985.
    He served on many community organizations, including Ocala Public Library Board, University of Florida Alumni Association, Ocala/Marion Chamber of Commerce, Marion County United Way, Central Florida Regional Library Board, Ocala Rotary Club and Downtown Development Commission. He also worked with Marion County Senior Services.
    He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ocala, Ocala Elks Lodge, Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club, Metropolitan Ocala Rotary Club, Sons of the American Revolution and Gainesville Quarterback Club.
    He was a master gardener and enjoyed growing camellias, participating and judging in several camellia shows.
    Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margaret Harn Goforth of Gainesville; sons Hal W. Goforth of San Diego and Sam H. Goforth of Gainesville; a daughter, Margaret G. Glass of Spring Hill, Ga.; a brother, Alan H. Goforth of Gainesville; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Herman J. Frier Jr.

  • Herman J. Frier Jr. of Mayo died Tuesday at Shands at Live Oak. He was 43.
    Mr. Frier was born in Lake City and was a lifetime resident of the area. He was owner and operator of Frier's Air Conditioning.
    He was a member of Future Farmers of America and the Quarterback Club, and served on the Contractors Building Board. He was active with youth in Mayo and coached little league football.
    Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Teresa Frier of Mayo; a son, Quinn Frier of Mayo; brothers James Frier of St. Petersburg and John Thomas of Mayo; a sister, Gracie Whitehurst of Tampa; and stepsisters Linda Hall of Lake City and Judy Davis of Daytona Beach.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo.

    Larry Eugene Ivey

  • Larry Eugene Ivey of Hawthorne died March 23 in Hawthorne after a brief illness. He was 53.
    Mr. Ivey was born in Hawthorne and was a lifetime resident. He was the frozen food and dairy manager for Hitchcock's in Hawthorne.
    He was a 1971 graduate of Hawthorne High School, and a member of Hawthorne Homecoming Committee and Coming Home Car Club of Hawthorne.
    Survivors include daughters Nikki Ivey of Albany, Ga., and Shakenya Ivey of Hawthorne; sons Everette Rutledge of Hawthorne and Kenneth Ivey of Gainesville; his mother, Juanita Pearce of Cocoa Beach; his stepmother, Mildred Ivey of Rochelle; sisters Rhonda Newsome of Cocoa Beach, Cheryl Graham of Gainesville and Edythe Abassa of Ethiopia, Africa; brothers Byron Starke and Clarence Ivey, both of Hawthorne, Thomas Ivey, Charles Slater and Stanley Pearce, all of Cocoa Beach, Tony Ivey and Rennard Ivey, both of Gainesville, and Gary Ivey of Rochelle; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Smith's Funeral Home.

    Allejah Johnson

  • The infant Allejah Johnson of Gainesville died shortly after birth on March 25 at Shands at AGH.
    Survivors include her mother, Sharon Howell of Gainesville; her father, Lathereo Johnson Jr. of Gainesville; a sister, Arianna Johnson of Gainesville; maternal grandparents Venita Howell and Willie Johnson, both of Gainesville; and paternal grandparents Lathereo Johnson Sr. and Carletha Smith, both of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Marjorie H. Kinsey

  • Marjorie H. Kinsey of Gainesville died Tuesday at E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 72.
    Mrs. Kinsey was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Gainesville from Salt Springs in 2001. She was a homemaker.
    She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include her husband, Clifford C. Kinsey of Gainesville; daughters Marlene Hendrickson of West Palm Beach and Brenda Cox of Gainesville; brothers Don Hartwell of Tallahassee and Richard Hartwell of Welaka; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Robert N. Nicol

  • Robert N. Nicol of Anthony died Friday in Ocala. He was 76.
    Mr. Nicol was born in Union, N.J., and moved to Anthony from Lake City in 1978. He was a retired firefighter. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
    Survivors include his wife, Ellen P. Nicol of Anthony; a daughter, Barbara Discenza of Atlanta; a son, Dale Nicol of Atlanta; a stepdaughter, Linda Pickens of Anthony; a brother, Edward Nicol of Union; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Home in Dunnellon.

    Wayne Lowell Rudy

  • Wayne Lowell Rudy of Cross Creek died Tuesday at his home. He was 76.
    Mr. Rudy was born in Howard County, Ind., and moved to this area in 1988. He was a retired carpenter for Bowman's Construction Co. in Marion, Ind.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10733 in Orange Lake and Carpenters Union Local No. 615 in Indiana.
    He was a Lutheran, and enjoyed fishing, antiques and sports.
    Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Dixie Colgan Rudy of Cross Creek; sons Wayne L. Rudy of Carmel, Ind., Michael Rudy of Atlanta and Steven Rudy of Cross Creek; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Robert D. Segal

  • Robert D. Segal of Hawthorne died Wednesday in Gainesville. He was 75.
    Mr. Segal was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to this area in 1986. He was a retired factory representative of Stoneville Furniture.
    He was a graduate of Champlain College in New York, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he was a captain and tank commander.
    He was a member and past president of Antique Automobile Club of America in the Fort Lauderdale area, and a member of Furniture Representatives Association, Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, Hawthorne Lions Club, American Legion and the Azalea region of the AACA in Palatka.
    He was a broker and co-owner of Century 21 Country Lakes Realty in Hawthorne, a sales manager for Seally Mattress Co. and was active in civic and community organizations, including service as a volunteer firefighter and reserve police officer.
    Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jane Livingston Segal of Hawthorne; a daughter, Ruth Ann Segal of Gainesville; a son, Charles David Segal of Tampa; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Robert Edward Snowden

  • Robert Edward Snowden of Palatka died Tuesday in Windsor. He was 79.
    Mr. Snowden was born in Windsor and was a retired pressman for Georgia-Pacific Co.
    He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of Windsor Baptist Church.
    Survivors include sisters Ruth Snowden Hope, Grace James and Marjorie Stevens, all of Windsor; and a brother, George E. Snowden of Windsor.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Darryl M. Williams Sr.

  • Darryl M. Williams Sr. of Alachua died March 23 at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 42.
    Mr. Williams was born in Alachua County and was a lifetime resident of the area. He was a construction worker.
    He was a 1979 graduate of Santa Fe High School and a U.S. Army veteran.
    He was a member of St. Mary Baptist Church.
    Survivors include sons Darryl M. Williams Jr. and Tavares Williams, both of Alachua; daughters Venescha Williams and Shaquana Williams, both of Alachua, Aundreshia Williams of High Springs and Lakeisha Williams of Gainesville; his mother, Versie Jackson of Alachua; brothers Freddie Williams and Gerrick Williams, both of Alachua; sisters Sharon Williams, Teretha Lattimore, Pamela Williams, Sonya Williams, Kimberly Hunt and Melvona Gibson, all of Alachua; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Richard Alfred Wolf Sr.

  • Richard Alfred "Dick" Wolf Sr. of Starke died Monday in Red Springs, N.C. He was 54.
    Mr. Wolf was born in Wheeling, W.Va., and was a retired sergeant-major with the Florida National Guard and director of Florida Youth Challenge Academy. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving two tours of duty.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Hill Wolf of Starke; daughters Cindy D. Crosby of Ocala, Donna M. Burgess of Simpsonville, S.C., Shannon L. Barquinero of Starke and Shawn Wolf of Gainesville; sons Richard A. Wolf II of Key West and John W. Wolf of Raiford; his mother, Delores Dawson Wolf of Wheeling; a sister, Ruth Hirt of Miami; a brother, Thomas E. Wolf of Wolford, Md.; and 10 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

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