Jan. 2, 2005

Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 1, 2005 at 10:57 p.m.

Thelma Marie Grubbs

  • Thelma Marie Grubbs of Archer died Friday in Gainesville. She was 79.
    Mrs. Grubbs was born in Columbia, S.C., and lived most of her life in Hialeah before moving to Naples in 1969. She moved to Archer about 16 years ago.
    She was a homemaker who loved taking care of her yard and her dog, Katie.
    She was a member of First Baptist Church of Archer.
    Survivors include her husband, Donald R. Grubbs of Archer; a daughter, Clarice L. Seabolt of Ocala; four sons, Terry Grubbs and Dale Grubbs, both of Naples, Jeffrey Grubbs of Nashville, Tenn., and Larry Grubbs of Dallas, Texas; a brother, James Browning of Port Charlotte; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Josephine Hemond
  • Josephine "JoAnn" Hemond of Chiefland died Thursday at the Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland. She was 60.
    Mrs. Hemond was born in Wyandotte, Mich., and moved to the area from Miami about 27 years ago.
    She was a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.
    She was a retired postal worker. She was Catholic. She was a member of the Chiefland Women's Club, Levy County 4-H and an alumna of Future Farmer's of America.
    Survivors include her husband, Joseph R. Hemond of Chiefland; daughters, JoAnn M. Sampson of Orlando, and Robyn Hemond of Boynton Beach; and a brother, William Dmochowski of Rockwood, Mich.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland.
    Ellis Eugene McKinnon
  • Ellis Eugene McKinnon of Gainesville died Wednesday from Parkinson's disease. He was 78.
    Mr. McKinnon was born in Ponce de Leon and moved to Gainesville from his hometown in 1964. He was a retired supervisor of adult education and was an educator with Alachua County schools teaching at Lincoln High School and Howard Bishop Middle School. He attended Walton County schools and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He did graduate studies at the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. After being discharged as a captain in 1961, he joined the Peace Corps where he taught for two years in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the FAMU Alumni Association.
    He was a member of Bartley Temple United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Lorenza McKinnon of Gainesville; daughters Wanda Daniels and Wilda Banks, both of Gainesville, Regina Rutland of Enterprise, Ala., and Linda Brown of Jacksonville; a son, Lindsay Brown of Killeen, Texas; a brother, Wester McKinnon of Ponce de Leon; a sister, Helen McKinnon of St. Petersburg; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.
    Gladys Norris
  • Gladys "Gloria" Norris of Melrose died Friday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 77.
    Mrs. Norris was born in Danville, Va. She was a housewife who loved to cook and collect recipes. She was a Baptist.
    Survivors include her husband, Oscar Norris; a daughter, Gail Downing of Atlanta, Ga.; sons, Gary J. Norris of Keystone Heights, and Greg A. Norris of Jacksonville; a brother, Bennie Poovey of Ringgold, Va.; a sister, Francis Small of Ringgold, Va.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.
    Annie E. Smith
  • Annie E. Smith of Windsor died Friday at Woodlands Care Center in Gainesville after a brief illness. She was 82.
    Born in Hawthorne, Mrs. Smith was a lifelong resident of Alachua County.
    She was a homemaker. She graduated from Hawthorne High School.
    She was a Baptist.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, David Franklin "Frank" Smith.
    Survivors include daughters, Peggy Hunter of High Springs, and Barbara Jean Wilkinson of Windsor; a sister, Nora Olivet Godwin of Windsor; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.
    James Edgar Lowman
  • James Edgar Lowman of Pleasant Grove, Utah, died Wednesday. He was 70.
    Mr. Lowman was born in Connellsville, Pa. He had been a longtime resident of Gainesville.
    He was a U.S. Marine who served during the Korean War. He served in the National Guard and the Veterans Administration.
    He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Aaron Lowman, his parents and a brother, Ray Lowman.
    Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Lowman of Pleasant Grove, Utah; sons, James Stanley Lowman of Hampton, and Daniel Reed Lowman of Cumming, Ga.; a daughter, Kathleen Suzanne Blocker of Pleasant Grove, Utah; a brother, Earl Lowman of Spotsylvania, Va.; a sister, Patsy Edinger of La Platte, Md.; nine grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Olpin Family Mortuary in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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