June 1, 2004


Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 12:43 a.m.

Vernon Herbert Flowers

  • Former Gainesville resident Vernon Herbert Flowers died Sunday. He was 76.

    Mr. Flowers of Palatka died at the Roberts Hospice Care Center in Palatka. Born in Miami, he had lived in Palatka for the past year after moving from St. Petersburg.

    He was a U.S. Army veteran and he served in World War II. He achieved the rank of Tech. 5, working as an X-ray technician.

    Mr. Flowers lived in Gainesville from 1956 until 1973. He started the X-ray departments at Shands Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, both in Gainesville, and developed the X-ray program at Santa Fe Community College. He then moved to St. Petersburg, where he retired from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center as an X-ray technician.

    He also enjoyed camping and was a sports enthusiast.

    Survivors include sons, David Flowers of Palatka and James Flowers of Hendersonville, N.C.; a sister, Eugenia Vivian Howard of Tulsa, Okla.; and a grandson.

    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home of Palatka.

    Margie Anna Frye

  • Margie Anna Frye of Melrose died Monday at Windsor Manor Nursing Home in Starke after a brief illness. She was 81.

    Born in Cincinnati, Mrs. Frye moved to Melrose from Fort Lauderdale in 1999. She was a retired nurse.

    She was Catholic.

    Survivors include her daughter, Susan Levi of Easley, S.C.; a son, Albert W. Grombach of Melrose; a brother, William Walz of Alpharetta, Ga.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

    Howard Andrew Hemingway

  • Howard Andrew Hemingway of Keystone Heights died at his home Sunday after a short illness. He was 83.

    Mr. Hemingway was born in Saint Albans, Vt., and moved to Keystone Heights two years ago.

    He served in the Army from 1942 to 1945 and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

    Survivors include a brother, Raymond Hemingway of Battleboro, Vt., and a niece and nephew, Lorraine and Donald Hemingway of Keystone Heights.

    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Keystone Heights.

    James Thomas Matthews

  • James Thomas Matthews of Hatchbend died Friday at the Lafayette Health Care Center. He was 83.

    Mr. Matthews was born in Lakeland and moved to Hatchbend in 1981.

    He worked as a railroad flag man for the Seaboard Coastline.

    Survivors include his wife Ruby Matthews of Hatchbend; daughter Ella Matthews of Lakeland; Jimmy Mathews of Polk City; stepson David Douglas of Lakeland; stepdaughters Lavonne Blessing of Wytheville, Va., and Connie Youngblood of Lakeland; and 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

    Roy Erastus McCollister

  • Roy Erastus McCollister of Crystal River died Thursday at Cypress Cove Center in Crystal River. He was 94.

    Mr. McCollister was born in the Hatchbend community in Lafayette County.

    He was a meat salesman in the food service industry.

    Survivors include his wife, Helen McCollister of Crystal River; daughters Pamela Scalise of Clearwater; Patricia Worrell of Dahlonega, Ga., and Paula Bevan of Dade City; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City.

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