Jan. 9, 2005


Published: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 11:08 p.m.

Mary Brown Creighton

Mary Brown Creighton
  • Mary Brown Creighton of Gainesville died Wednesday in Gainesville. She was 90.
    Mrs. Creighton was born in Salem, Mass., and moved to Gainesville from Boston in 1939. She was a homemaker. She graduated from Brimmer-May School in Boston. She was a member of the Junior League, the Gainesville Women's Club, the Gainesville Golf and Country Club, and a life member of Shands at AGH Auxiliary. She was also a founding member of the Patio Club. She enjoyed traveling and gardening.
    She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church since 1940, serving on the St. Mary's Altar Guild for more than 30 years and was a member of the church's Auxiliary.
    Survivors include her husband of 69 years, George Abbott Creighton of Gainesville; a son, George A. Creighton II of Lincoln, Mass.; daughters Carol Hadley, Mary "Marnie" Felder and Judith Rembert, all of Gainesville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.

    James Howard Crews

  • James Howard Crews of Gainesville died Nov. 24 in Orange Park. He was 91.
    Mr. Crews was born in Sarasota and moved to Gainesville from his hometown eight years ago. He was a retired barber shop owner and operator.
    He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
    He was a Presbyterian.
    Survivors include daughters Judith Simonin of Orange Park, Sandra Bryant of Hollywood and Cheryle Kirchner of Lake Toxaway, N.C.; a brother, Mack Bailey of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Dorothy D. Snead

  • Dorothy D. Snead of Alachua died Friday in Gainesville of natural causes. She was 97.
    Mrs. Snead was born in Bingley, Yorkshire, England and moved to Alachua from Nashville, Ga., in 1948. She was a bookkeeper.
    She was a member of both the Alachua Women's Club and the First Baptist Church of Alachua, where she served 40 years as church treasurer.
    Survivors include sisters Irene Closterman of Garfield, N.J., and Phyllis Kromka of Ormond Beach; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs.

    William M. Davis Jr.

  • William M. Davis Jr. of Gainesville died Friday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. He was 81.
    Mr. Davis was born in Miami and moved to Gainesville from Lake City in 2004. He was a former firefighter.
    He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.
    He was a Baptist.
    Survivors include his wife, Rose Davis of Gainesville; sons Dannie Butler of Florence, S.C., Ralph Butler of Port St. Lucie and Anthony Davis of Freehold, N.J.; daughters Verlen Fox of Fort Lauderdale, Donna Links of Attleboro, Mass., Sharon Williamson of McRae, Ga., and Susan Witz of Sanford; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Veterans Cremation and Burial Society in Clearwater.

    Teresa Davenport

  • Teresa "Tess" Alberta Cargill Davenport of Knoxville, Tenn. died Dec. 29. She was 82.
    Mrs. Davenport was born in Dallas and recently moved to Knoxville from Gainesville, where she had lived for several years.
    She was an active member of the Methodist church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John P. Davenport.
    Survivors include daughters Patti Davenport and Debi Davenport-Kersten, both of Seymour, Tenn.; a son, Danny Davenport; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Cremation Options Inc. in Knoxville.

    Joseph Leonard Wilder

  • Joseph Leonard Wilder of Lake Butler died Saturday at his home after an extended illness. He was 65.
    Mr. Wilder was born in Cuba, Tenn., and moved to rural Lake Butler in August. He retired as a chief petty officer from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service.
    He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Livingston, Texas.
    He was a member of the Church of Christ of Lake Butler.
    Survivors include his wife, Shirley Vannoy Wilder of Lake Butler; sons Michael Wilder and Matt Wilder, both of Lake Butler; a brother, T.K. Wilder of Jacksonville; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.
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