Jan. 24, 2005


Published: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 3:55 a.m.

Donald M. Esford Sr.

  • Donald M. Esford Sr. of Lake Butler died Saturday at his home. He was 77.
    Mr. Esford was born in Dexter, N.Y., and moved to Lake Butler from Gainesville in 1970. He was a retired truck driver and he also owned and operated Union Cross Road Bar for 10 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Starke, the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Sheriff's Boys Ranch. He was a volunteer fireman in New York. He was a Methodist.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Sterling Esford.
    Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Belle M. Esford of Lake Butler; sons Donald M. Esford Jr. of Raiford and Harold G. Esford III of Lake Butler; daughters Lynn E. Taylor of McAlpin and Maureen M. "Reenie" Parrish of Worthington Springs; brothers Jack Esford of Oklahoma City, Okla., and William Esford of Herkimer, N.Y.; sisters Audrey Spencer of Dexter, N.Y., and Marjorie Lou DeStafano of Herkimer, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.
    Alice Frances Hopkins
  • Alice Frances Hopkins of Orange Park died Thursday at Hospice of North East Florida in Jacksonville. She was 81.
    Mrs. Hopkins was born in St. Petersburg and moved to Orange Park from Starke in 1999. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Howle of Orange Park; sister Mary Reid Rice of Orange Park; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.
    Daniel Lee Jones
  • Daniel Lee Jones of Gainesville died Wednesday at Shands at AGH after a brief illness. He was 53.
    Mr. Jones was born in Michigan City, Ind. He was an asbestos remover and enjoyed playing bass guitar, fishing, football and baseball.
    Survivors include daughters Jennifer Jones of Park Forest, Ill., and Marcy Simon of Goreville, Ill; brothers DeWayne Jones of Gainesville, Kenny Jones of Michigan City, Ind., Tommy Jones of Portage, Ind., Johnny Jones and Steven Jones, both of Manchester, Tenn.; sisters Dianne Jank of Portage, Ind., and Linda Killingsworth, Becky Jones and Sherry Jones, all of Michigan City, Ind.; his father and stepmother, Maurice and Clara Jones of Manchester, Tenn.; his mother and stepfather, Bobbie Jean and Bill Jackson of Williston; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.
    John M. Keen
  • John M. Keen of Lake City died Saturday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 88.
    Mr. Keen was born in Plant City and came to the area 27 years ago. He was a retired maintenance mechanic and a member of the First Baptist Church of High Springs.
    Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Inez Keen of Lake City; sons Allen Keen of Lake City and Kenneth Keen of Tampa; daughters Jacqueline Smalley of Cinnaminson, N.J., Judy Charlton of Burlington, Wash., Carolyn Sue Hendrix of Tampa and Martha Ann Leverett of Lake City; sister Irma Siminisian, of Allentown, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home.
    Mildred Eloise Koon
  • Mildred Eloise Koon of Mayo died Saturday in Live Oak. She was 68.
    Mrs. Koon was born in McCollough, Ala., and moved to Mayo from Louisiana 45 years ago. She was a teacher. She was a member of the Mayo Woman's Club and Phi Theta Kappa and an FHA sponsor. She was a member of Mayo Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Dan Koon of Mayo; daughter Eva Vaughn Bolton of Mayo; brothers C.S. Alexander of Alabama and Clifford Alexander of Georgia; a sister, Frances Miller of Georgia; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.
    Shane A. Lewis
  • Shane A. Lewis of Gainesville died Jan. 2 in Gainesville. He was 40.
    Mr. Lewis was born in Hollywood and lived in Gainesville for most of his life. He was a truck driver and business owner. He graduated from Newberry High School. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, race cars and big trucks. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, including time in Beirut and Grenada, and he received two service honors awards, Survivors include his parents, Clinton Lewis and Arlene Lewis, both of Newberry; daughters Cortney Lewis and Brooke Lewis, both of Gainesville; and a stepbrother, John North of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home of Newberry.
    Leahman Mathews
  • Leahman Mathews of Romeo died Friday at the Williston Health Care Center. She was 99.
    Mrs. Mathews was born in Everton, Ark., and moved to Romeo from Williston 12 years ago. She was a retired bookkeeper. She was a member of the Pithian Sisters and was a Pink Lady. She enjoyed golf and knitting.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Romeo.
    Survivors include a son, Carl "Pete" Mathews of Morriston and Richard Mathews of Alamosa, Colo.; a sister, Marie Smith of Columbia, S.C.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.
    Stephanie Anne Mouat
  • Stephanie Anne Mouat of Gainesville died Thursday in Gainesville. She was 31.
    Miss Mouat was a lifelong resident of Gainesville and a student at Santa Fe Community College. She enjoyed computer graphics, Japanese animation and culinary arts.
    She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.
    Survivors include her mother, Jacqueline Mouat of Gainesville; a sister, Abigail Mouat of Gainesville; and a brother, Colin Alexander Mouat of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral Home.
    Christopher William Phelan
  • Christopher William "Coach" Phelan of Gainesville died Friday. He was 83.
    Mr. Phelan was born in Linden, N.J., and moved to Gainesville from Newberry two years ago. He was a school administrator. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an active member in the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. He worked with Dade County schools for 33 years and later coached the Miami-Dade Community College North basketball team. He was a longtime volunteer for the Special Olympics and a coach and umpire for youth sports.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Retha Phelan.
    Survivors include sons Patrick Phelan of Newberry and Michael Phelan of Las Vegas; a sister, Margaret Catrone of Palm Bay; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
    Bill Chun Tsoi
  • Bill Chun Tsoi of Waldo died Thursday in Gainesville. He was 62.
    Mr. Tsoi was born in Hong Kong and came to this area in 1962. He was a chef at the Reitz Union at the University of Florida and member of the Pentecostal faith.
    He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam Turbeville Tsoi of Waldo; daughters Teesha Evans of Fairbanks and Mary Ann Tsoi of Waldo; and sons Patrick Tsoi and Joseph Tsoi, both of Waldo.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
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