Jan. 7, 2005


Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:12 p.m.

Viola Elnora Anderson

  • Viola Elnora Anderson of Starke died Wednesday at Shands at Starke. She was 85.
    Mrs. Anderson was born in Haubstadt, Ind., and was a longtime resident of Bradford County.
    She was a hairdresser and was also retired from the poultry business.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke and the United Methodist Women.
    Survivors include sons Daniel Anderson of Lake Butler and Rex E. Anderson of Starke; a daughter, Paula Kay Anderson of Zephyrhills; a sister, Frances Hoss of Evansville, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home in Starke.

    Cynthia Evans

  • Cynthia Evans of Trenton died Thursday in Trenton. She was 86.
    Mrs. Evans was born in Canal Point and moved to Trenton from Groveland five years ago. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed walking and word search puzzles.
    She was a member of Bay Lake Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Curtis Sullivan of Old Town; daughters Virginia McCook and Sylvia Sullivan, both of Trenton; brothers R.E. Bridges of Mascotte and Vernon Bridges of Haines City; sisters Nellie Brown of Webster and Hilda Sloan of Groveland; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Samuel B. Hankerson

  • Samuel B. Hankerson of Starke died Monday at Shands at Starke after a brief illness. He was 78.
    Mr. Hankerson was a lifelong resident of Starke. He was a retired custodian with Bradford County schools.
    Survivors include a sister, Laura Hankerson of Starke; granddaughters April Holiday, Dena Cummings, Kiesha Archer, Terrace Jackson, Anita Barr, Adrianna Jackson, Lisa McMillan and Shaketha Jackson, all of Starke; grandsons Carl Jackson, Todd Jackson, Roy Jackson, Charles Jackson Jr. and Shaun Jackson, all of Starke and Willie Pierce Jr. of Mayo; and several great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    James Leon Mercer Sr.

  • James Leon Mercer Sr. of Grove Park died Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 80.
    Mr. Mercer was born in Pearson, Ga. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was the former owner of Doug's Dairy Twirl and retired in 1980. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
    Survivors include his wife, Nellie Inman Mercer of Grove Park; sons James Leon Mercer Jr. and Jimmy Darrell, both of Grove Park; a sister, Louise Duncan of Winchester, Va.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach.

    Ana Maria Frederick

  • Ana Maria Frederick of Williston died Monday at home. She was 70.
    Mrs. Frederick was born in Cali, Colombia, and moved to Williston from New Jersey 15 years ago.
    She graduated from Sacred Heart School as class valedictorian in Cali, Colombia. She was a Realtor and an Inlingua instructor in New Jersey. She was a member of the Women's Club, the Art League, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society, the Holy Family Ladies Guild and the Williston Highlands Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed reading and was an accomplished artist who exhibited her paintings statewide.
    Survivors include her husband of 44 years, John Frederick of Williston; a son, Maurice Frederick of Berkeley Heights, N.J.; daughters Diana Finnegan of Port Monmouth, N.J., and Monica Frederick of Hollywood; a sister, Luz Giraldo of Colombia; brothers Fernando Giraldo and Simon Giraldo, both of Colombia; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by a Direct Cremations.

    Jorge Eduardo Garcia

  • Jorge Eduardo "Eddie" Garcia of Ocala died Dec. 31 in a plane crash in the Everglades. He was 31.
    Mr. Garcia was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to Ocala from Omaha, Neb., in 2004.
    He graduated from St. Pius X High School in Kansas City before entering the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for four years. He then attended St. Louis University (Parks College) where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in aeronautics in May 2000. After graduating, he attained additional pilot ratings that led him to his first job as a flight instructor in Tucson, Ariz. He was most recently employed as a commercial pilot for Flight Express Inc., where he began working in August 2004.
    Survivors include his wife of six months, Jacqueline "Bogatz" Garcia of Ocala; his parents, Francisco "Quico" and Tita Garcia of Kansas City; his grandparents, Cruz and Alejandra Salcido of El Paso, Texas; a sister, Martha Frook of Kansas City; and a brother, Francisco "Fran" Garcia of Kansas City.
    Arrangements by McGilley Midtown Chapel in Kansas City.

    Helen Grace Larsen

  • Helen Grace Larsen of Pensacola died Sunday in Pensacola. She was 79.
    Mrs. Larsen was born in Philadelphia and lived in Gainesville for several years before moving to Pensacola. She was a bookkeeper.
    Survivors include daughters Claudia Larsen of Micanopy, Nancy Larsen and Johanna Milam, both of Atlanta, and Amy Hines of Pensacola; a son, Christopher Larsen of Pensacola; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Richard Allman Ferris Lynch

  • Richard Allman Ferris Lynch of Yankeetown died Tuesday at Palm Gardens of Gainesville. He was 86.
    Mr. Lynch was born in Ottawa, Ill., and moved to Yankeetown from Houston 54 years ago. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Europe and Africa. He was a Realtor and property appraiser. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a former president of the Board of Realtors and served on the Levy County School Board for 28 years. He enjoyed golfing and relaxing at his home on the Withlacoochee.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Knotts Lynch.
    Survivors include daughters Patricia Langley and Genie Sturtevant, both of Yankeetown; a son, Richard Lynch of Gainesville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    Kathryn L. White

  • Kathryn L. White of Stuart died Thursday at Martin Memorial Hospital South in Stuart. She was 88.
    Mrs. White was born in Shamokin, Pa., and moved to Stuart from Millersburg, Pa., 24 years ago. She was a member of the Anchor Line Yacht Club and a past member of the Stuart Women's Club.
    Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Richard W. White of Stuart; sons Richard N. White of Port St. Lucie and Peter A. White of Gainesville; a daughter, Margaret Bing of Pompano Beach; six grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Young & Prill Funeral Home in Stuart.
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