Jan. 1, 2005


Published: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10:06 p.m.

Kathy Smith Brown

  • Kathy Smith Brown of Lake Mary died Wednesday in Orangeburg, S.C., from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 48.
    Mrs. Brown was born in St. Petersburg and was an office manager at the University of Florida.
    She was a member of Nativity Catholic Church in Lake Mary.
    Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Richard Brown of Lake Mary; sons Chris Brown of Gainesville and Tim Brown of Lake Butler; a sister, Jeanne S. Davis of Melrose; and her mother, Millie Smith of Keystone Heights.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

    Marion Harlow Gerber

  • Marion Harlow Gerber of Gainesville died Thursday. She was 94.
    Mrs. Gerber was born in New York City and moved to Gainesville from Melbourne in 1977. She was a retired kindergarten teacher at J.J. Finley Elementary School. She also was a member of the Alachua General Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years. She loved quilting. A member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, she was a member of the Altar Guild and taught Sunday school for many years.
    Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Smith of Gainesville; son, Justin Harlow of Holmes Beach; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Oran G. Meeks

  • Oran G. "Buck" Meeks of Williston died Thursday at his home. He was 90.
    Mr. Meeks was born in Bronson and was a lifelong resident of Levy County. He retired from V.E. Whitehurst and Sons Construction after many years of service. He was a charter member of the Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club, a 40-year member of Orion Masonic Lodge No. 117 and a lifelong member of the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe and the Pacific.
    He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Williston.
    Survivors include his wife, Helen Meeks of Williston; sons Steve Sasha Meeks of Williston and Wayne Oran Meeks of Bronson; a stepson, James "Jimmy" Hullander of Bear, Del.; stepdaughters Elizabeth Lloyd of Jacksonville and Kathryn Baldwin of Williston; sisters Jeanette Barton of Ocala, Clara McDonald of Silver Springs and Eula Dishong of Crystal River; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Helen L. Norris

  • Helen L. Norris of Live Oak died Monday at Suwannee Health Care Center. She was 94.
    Mrs. Norris was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Live Oak from Pinellas County 29 years ago. She was a secretary. She was a member of the Garden Club and the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Live Oak.
    Survivors include daughters Jean Cady Norris of Oakland, Calif., Jill Norris Wade of Union, Ill., and Corine-Ann Barnes of Charleston, S.C.; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.

    Dolph Terry Minor

  • Dolph Terry Minor of Keystone Heights died Friday at his home. He was 64.
    Mr. Minor was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Keystone Heights from Commerce, Texas, 28 years ago. He was a salesman. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. He was an avid hunter and musician.
    Survivors include his wife, Betsy Jo Minor of Keystone Heights; a son, Dolph Terry Minor Jr. of Keystone Heights; a daughter, Natalie Jo Parramore of Greenwood, S.C.; a brother, Gary C. Minor of Sanford; a sister, Marilyn Minor of Largo; and eight grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Annie Elizabeth Ryan

  • Annie Elizabeth Ryan of Hawthorne died Friday in Gainesville. She was 74.
    Mrs. Ryan was a lifelong Gainesville resident. She had worked as a bank bookkeeper and for Tom's Peanuts in Gainesville. She was a homemaker and enjoyed traveling with her husband and attending his USS Dale reunions.
    She was a Presbyterian. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, William D. Ryan of Hawthorne; daughters Joyce Ryan Simmons of Hawthorne and Kathy Ryan Tashie of Greensboro, N.C.; a son, William T. Ryan of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Charles Bradford Ogden

  • Charles Bradford "Brad" Ogden of Newberry died Wednesday in Gainesville. He was 60.
    Mr. Ogden was born in Jacksonville and moved to Gainesville from Fort Lauderdale 15 years ago. He was an avid fisherman all his life.
    Survivors include a niece, April Zeller of Hartford, N.Y., and a sister, Sandra Keyser of Hartford, N.Y.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Frank C. Sterns Jr.

  • Frank C. Sterns Jr. of Leesville, La., died Monday at his home. He was 73.
    A native of Starke, Mr. Sterns moved at an early age to Palm Beach County. He was retired from the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War and Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. He also served in Germany and Japan. After his retirement, he was in maintenance work.
    Survivors include a son, Samuel Sterns of Gainesville; sisters Dorothy Norwood of Dunnellon, Helen Wilson of Canal Point, Elsie Higgins of West Palm Beach, Lora Hampton of Fort Pierce and Judy Hanson of Starke.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home of Starke.

    Helen Darlene Tarter

  • Helen Darlene Tarter of Starke died Thursday at Shands at AGH after an extended illness. She was 53.
    Mrs. Tarter was born in Columbus, Ind. She was an accountant for municipal government.
    Survivors include daughters Ashlea Tarter and Ashley Coleman, both of Starke; a sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Holloway of Brunswick, Ga.; her father, Larry Tarter of Starke; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.
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