Jan. 18, 2005

Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11:32 p.m.

Philip Winston Benson

  • Philip Winston Benson of Newberry died Monday in Gainesville.
    He was 71.
    Mr. Benson was born in Tulsa, Okla. and moved to Gainesville in July from Oklahoma City. He was a proprietor. He also officiated high school basketball and football games in the Big 8 Missouri Valley SE Conference.
    He was a Baptist.
    Mr. Benson was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Philip Benson and Terry Bruce Benson.
    Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Peggy Elizabeth Benson of Newberry; a son, Melvin Burnett Benson of Gainesville; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Mildred Joann Garner Gwinn

  • Mildred Joann Garner Gwinn of Gainesville died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
    She was 74.
    Mrs. Gwinn was born in Pelzer, S.C., and moved to Gainesville from Key West 19 years ago. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and cooking.
    She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and had served as a Sunday school teacher at her previous church in Key West. Mrs. Gwinn also served as a school volunteer and was a poll worker during elections.
    Mrs. Gwinn was preceded in death by her husband, Earl McLaurin Gwinn, and sons William Gwinn and Daniel Gwinn.
    Survivors include her daughter, Nancy McCrea of Gainesville; sisters Cindy Womack of Texas and Micky Childs, Faye Kelly and Becky Gwinn, all of South Carolina; brothers Larry Garner and Ray Garner, both of South Carolina; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Mercedes M. LaPointe

  • Mercedes M. LaPointe of Gainesville died Monday in Gainesville.
    She was 78.
    Mrs. LaPointe was born in Chicago and moved to Gainesville from Tallahassee in 1996. She was an administrative assistant. She enjoyed gardening.
    She was a member of Holy Faith Catholic Church.
    Survivors include her husband, Russell H. LaPointe of Gainesville; a son, Michael Rathmann of Raiford; a sister, Evelyn Krupske of North Riverside, Ill., and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Douglas Joseph Romero

  • Douglas Joseph Romero of Starke died Saturday at Shands at Starke following a long illness.
    He was 73.
    Mr. Romero was born in Berwick, La., and moved to Theressa in rural Bradford County in 1992.
    He was a retired boat captain and served in the Louisiana National Guard.
    He was a member of Hope Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Barbara Simmons Romero of Starke; stepdaughters Carol Wise of Starke and Charlene Register of Gulfport, Miss.; stepsons Buddy Beam of Middletown, Md., and Jim Beam of Durham, N.C.; sister Betty Frederick of Morgan City, La.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

    Mary Katherine Woodland

  • Mary Katherine Woodland of Gainesville died Saturday in Gainesville.
    She was 59.
    Mrs. Woodland was born in Kissimmee and was a lifelong resident of Gainesville.
    She was a homemaker who liked to crochet, cook and collect antiques. She was a Baptist.
    Survivors include her husband, Stanley Woodland Jr.; daughter Sandra K. Scott of San Antonio, Texas; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
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