Jan. 13, 2005


Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 9:56 p.m.

Buford Carl Brown Jr.

  • Buford Carl Brown Jr. of Newberry died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 31.
    Mr. Brown was born in Gainesville and moved to Newberry from Gainesville in 1993. He attended P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. He worked at Walker's Furniture.
    Survivors include his wife, Kim Williams Brown of Newberry; a son, Buford "Carl" Brown III; adopted children Teresa Brown, Sharon Brown, Tara Brown, Toya Brown, Antonio Brown and Anthony Brown, all of Newberry; his parents, Buford Brown Sr. and Claudia Brown of Gainesville; a sister, Patricia Ann Powers of Gainesville; and brothers Harold Williams II of West Palm Beach and Donald Brown of Williston Lyntrel Brown of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Booker T. Hunt Funeral Home.

    Corine Hudson Colbert

  • Corine Hudson Colbert of Starke died Sunday at Bradford Terrace Care Center after an extended illness. She was 91.
    Mrs. Colbert was born in Crystal River and moved to Starke from Brooker 70 years ago. She was a retired presser at New Methol Cleaners. She attended Crystal River schools.
    She was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Starke.
    Survivors include a son, Charles Colbert of Philadelphia; daughters Betty Jean Fussell of Miami and Anita Colbert of Philadelphia; a sister, Mable Hall of West Palm Beach; seven grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Haile Funeral Home in Starke.

    Dr. Fredrico A. Dixon Jr.

  • Dr. Fredrico A. Dixon Jr. of High Springs died Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after an extended illness. He was 71.
    Dr. Dixon was born in Jacksonville and moved to High Springs from Chattanooga, Tenn., seven years ago. He was a retired dentist. He was a graduate of Duval County schools and received his bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master's degree from Columbia University in New York. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the Tennessee Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association.
    He was a Protestant. Survivors include sons Fredrico A. Dixon III of Knoxville, Tenn., and L. Enrico Dixon and Alfeo A. Dixon, both of Atlanta; and three grandchil- dren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home. The Gainesville Sun, January 13, 2005

    Eugene L. Garrison Sr.

  • Eugene L. Garrison Sr. of Gainesville died Dec. 31 in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 45.
    Mr. Garrison was born in Williston and lived most of his life in Gainesville. He was disabled. He was a 1978 graduate of Gainesville High School.
    Survivors include a son, Eugene Garrison Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; daughters Yolanda Garrison and Anita Garrison, both of Norfolk, Va.; brothers Mark Garrison and Jerome Berry, both of Gainesville, and David Garrison of Detroit; sisters Vivian Smith and Geraldine Hill, both of Gainesville, Betty Witcherd of Atlanta and Josephine Jones of Dunnellon; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Gladys Gordon

  • Gladys Gordon of Hawthorne died Jan. 6 at her home after a brief illness. She was 90.
    Mrs. Gordon was a lifelong resident of Hawthorne. She was a retired custodian at the University of Florida.
    She was a member of Gordon Chapel Community Church in Hawthorne.
    Survivors include daughters Almetta Thompkins, Dorothy Jackson, Elree Cuthbert, Charlene McDonald, Nora Donley and Rosa Harris, all of Hawthorne, and Gussie Flowers and Jennie Hayes, both of Putnam Hall; sons Leon Gordon, Roosevelt Gordon, Earl Gordon and Joseph Scott, all of Hawthorne; brothers the Rev. Joseph Williams and George Marvin Williams, both of Hawthorne; sisters Mae E. Gordon and Julia Mann, both of Hawthorne, and Mary E. Strickland of Edgar; 44 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and 16 great- great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Smith's Funeral Home. The Gainesville Sun, January 13, 2005

    Cherrie Mae Harper

  • Cherrie Mae Harper of Starke died Wednesday at Windsor Manor Nursing Home in Starke after an extended illness. She was 78.
    Mrs. Harper was born in Bulloch County, Ga., and moved to Starke from Georgia 58 years ago. She worked with Priest 5 & Dime until ill health forced her retirement. She was also a homemaker.
    She was a member of Adventist Christian Church in Gainesville.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Harper and a son, Larry Harper.
    Survivors include daughters Shirley Tate of High Springs and Julie Owens of Athens, Ala.; a son, David Harper of Starke; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home in Starke.

    Floyd Raymond Osteen

  • Floyd Raymond Osteen of Cross City died Sunday at the Tri-County Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. He was 57.
    Mr. Osteen was a lifelong resident of Cross City. He was a rancher and a member of the Moose Lodge No. 1327 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3731, both out of Arcadia, and the AmVets Florida Post No. 60.
    Survivors include his mother, Ruby Osteen of Cross City; brothers Larry Osteen and David Osteen, both of Cross City, William Osteen of Bell and Richard Osteen of Homosassa Springs; sisters Lorine Dougherty of Archer and Julie Osteen Smith of Cross City; daughters Sierra Osteen and Angela Ibarra, both of Arcadia; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Sammy L. Hartman

  • Sammy L. Hartman of Altamonte Springs died Dec. 11 in Altamonte Springs. He was 77.
    Mr. Hartman was born and raised in Gainesville. He was a retired stock broker and a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the University of Florida.
    He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Forest City.
    Survivors include his wife, Janet Hartman of Altamonte Springs; sons Lee Hartman of Tavares, Steve Hartman of Appling, Ga., and William Hartman of Gulf Breeze; a sister, Dorothy Salter of Alachua; 12 grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Homes Forest City Chapel in Altamonte Springs.

    Ola Bell Glynn Peters

  • Ola Bell Glynn Peters of Gainesville died Jan. 6 at Hospice of North Central Florida after an extended illness. She was 56.
    Mrs. Peters was born in Dawson, Ga., and moved to Gainesville from her hometown in the late 1970s. She was a retired cottage parent for Tacachale.
    She was a member of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church.
    Survivors include sisters P.J. Ross of Gainesville and Ollie Ruth Thomas of Albany, Ga.; brothers Johnnie Glynn and Bobby Bridges, both of Gainesville and Henry Bridges of Albany, Ga.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

    Elizabeth P. Ratliff

  • Elizabeth P. Ratliff of Live Oak died Tuesday at the Good Samaritan Center in Dowling Park. She was 88.
    Mrs. Ratliff was born in Wauchula and moved to Live Oak from Jacksonville in 1951. She was a homemaker and a Women's Army Corps veteran of World War II. She was a member of the Live Oak Women's Club.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Live Oak where she taught Sunday school and belonged to the United Methodist Women.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Ratliff.
    Survivors include daughters Linda Ratliff and Jackie Kent, both of Live Oak; a son, Hank Ratliff of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.

    Louella Tatum Struth

  • Louella Tatum Struth of Starke died Monday at the Health Care Center in Lake City after an extended illness. She was 89.
    Mrs. Struth was born in DeLand and moved to Lake City from Starke in October. She was a homemaker and worked as a secretary for the state of Florida Surplus Property Unit.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Starke.
    She was preceded in death by a son, James Rodman Struth.
    Survivors include daughters Victoria Case and Martha Johns, both of Lake City, Nancy Gullic of Gainesville and Kathryn Struth of Starke; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchil- dren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Walter E. Watson

  • Walter E. Watson of Hampton died Tuesday at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton. He was 60.
    Mr. Watson was born in Alachua and lived in Bradford County for 30 years.
    He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Trenton.
    Survivors include brothers Willie Watson and Ronald Watson, both of Trenton; and his best friend, Richard "Bubba" Johnson of Hampton.
    Arrangements by Watson Funeral Home in Trenton.

    John C. Whitehead

  • John C. Whitehead of Gainesville died Tuesday in Gainesville. He was 84.
    Mr. Whitehead was born on Anna Maria Island and moved to Gainesville from Marina, Calif., 35 years ago. He was a minister.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was an avid golfer.
    He was a member of the Campus Church of Christ where he was director of the Tape Ministry and senior ministry director. He visited the elderly in nursing homes and shared Bible studies with them.
    Survivors include a daughter, Betty Smith of Las Vegas; sons John Whitehead and Merwyn Gupton, both of Las Vegas, and Ron Whitehead of Temecula, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Louis Elicio

  • Louis Elicio of Gainesville died Friday at Shands at AGH. He was 70.
    Mr. Elicio was born in Flushing, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville from New York 36 years ago.
    He was a Catholic. Survivors include a sister, Catherine Elicio Santoro of Clermont; and a brother, Vito Elicio of Winter Park.

    Cindy Lee Wood

  • Cindy Lee Wood of Cross City died Monday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was 46.
    Mrs. Wood was born in Salinas, Calif., and moved to Cross City from Vinton, Ohio, 20 years ago. She was a 17-year veteran with the Department of Corrections, working as a nursing supervisor and registered nurse at the Cross City Correctional Institution before her medical retirement.
    She was a member of the Old Town First Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Kevin Wood of Cross City; her parents, Harold and Wilma Pauley of Cross City; a son, Michael Wayne Wood of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia; and a daughter, Jennifer Wood of Cross City.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    James H. Kaplan

  • James H. Kaplan of Archer died Dec. 20. He was 48.
    Mr. Kaplan was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was an independent contractor.
    Survivors include a daughter, Chanelle Kaplan of Archer; and a sister, Peggy Kaplan of New York, N.Y.
    Arrangements by Direct Cremations.
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