Jan. 14, 2005

Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:14 p.m.

Rowland Medler

  • Rowland Medler of Gainesville died Wednesday in Gainesville. He was 87.
    Mr. Medler was born in St. Louis and moved to Gainesville from Johnson City, Tenn., in 1958.
    He was an electrical engineer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medic during combat in the Philippines. He worked in television broadcasting for 42 years. He retired from the University of Florida's WUFT-TV in 1978 after 22 years of service.
    He was a ham radio reporter from the age of 12 and enjoyed building his own ham radio equipment and contacting other radio operators worldwide. He was a member of the IEEE Club, the Quarter Century Wireless Association and a founding charter member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
    He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville.
    Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Elaine Starr Medler of Gainesville; daughters Jan Walden of Birmingham, Ala., Marilee Bell of Bradenton and Sue Sharp of Orlando; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Edith P. Sorrells

  • Edith P. Sorrells of Chiefland died Wednesday at Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care center in Chiefland. She was 72.
    Mrs. Sorrells was born in East Northport, N.Y., and moved to Chiefland from Fort Lauderdale 13 years ago. She was an electronics assembler.
    She was a Catholic.
    Survivors include her husband, Robert Sorrells of Chiefland; a daughter, Linda Strutes of Fort Lauderdale; a brother, Charles Van Dyke Jr. of Lake Worth; a sister, Phyllis Lewis-Cotes of North Carolina; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Angel G. Torres

  • Angel G. Torres of Archer died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 89.
    Mr. Torres was born in San Juan De Los Llanos, Mexico, and moved to Archer from Blacksburg, Va., 10 years ago. He lived most of his life in Chicago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in the Philippine Liberation.
    He was a Catholic.
    Survivors include a daughter, Terry Torres of Archer; a brother, Carmen Torres of Chicago; sisters Teyo Rivas, Lupe Rivas and Carlotta Perez, all of Chicago; and his caregiver, Dawson Frasier of Archer; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Ernest L. Tyler

  • Ernest L. Tyler of Jacksonville died Saturday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 88.
    Mr. Tyler was born in Russellville, Ark., and was a longtime resident of Jacksonville. He was a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer and aircraft production controller. He briefly served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk during World War II.
    Local survivors include his wife, Blondell Tyler of Jacksonville; and a daughter, Pamela Joyce of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

    Richard Arley Underhill

  • Richard Arley Underhill of Starke died Wednesday at Shands at AGH after an extended illness. He was 73.
    Mr. Underhill was born in Bradford County. He attended Bradford County schools. He entered the Florida National Guard in 1949 and retired in 1986. He was a platoon sergeant working with the CSMS at Camp Blanding.
    He was a member of Morgan Road Baptist Church in Starke.
    Survivors include his wife, Earnestine Underhill of Starke; daughters Pat Blankenship and Pam Whittle, both of Starke; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home in Starke.

    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., more than 25 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 his wife of 38 years, Theresa R. Whitehead of Gainesville; a daughter, Betty Smith of Las Vegas; sons John Whitehead and Merwyn Gupton, both of Las Vegas and Ron Whitehead of Temecula, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Juanita Boully of Bradenton; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
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