Jan. 25, 2004

Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 24, 2005 at 9:52 p.m.

Clayton A. Morrison

  • Clayton A. "Buddy" Morrison of Gainesville died Sunday at his son's home in Gainesville. He was 84.
    Mr. Morrison was born in Northumberland, Pa., and moved to Gainesville from Zolfo Springs in 1962. He was a retired mechanical engineering professor at the University of Florida. After his retirement, he worked as a consulting engineer. He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific. He was a member of the First Assembly of God.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Michael James Morrison.
    Survivors include his wife, Mary Jean Morrison of Gainesville; sons Ken Morrison of Tallahassee, Don Morrison of Altamonte Springs and Bob Morrison of Gainesville; a sister, Betty Compton of Norfolk, Va.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    N. S. Cason

  • N.S. Cason of Cedar Key died Sunday at his home. He was 77.
    Mr. Cason was born in Levy County and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Cedar Key.
    Survivors include his wife, Rona Cason of Cedar Key; a son, Joseph Cason of Shreveport, La.; a sister, Esther Baylor of Cedar Key; and two grand- children.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Robert S. Clawson

  • Robert S. Clawson of Gainesville died Friday at the Gainesville Health Care Center after a long battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was 55.
    Mr. Clawson was born in Bartow and moved to Gainesville in 1980. He was a U.S. Army veteran and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He helped run his family's business. He enjoyed college football, the beach and cooking.
    Survivors include a son, Bill Clawson of Orlando; daughters Rachel Clawson of Gainesville and Sarah Clawson of Tucson, Ariz.; his mother, Eleanor J. Clawson of Gainesville; and a sister, Nanette Jewett of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.

    Gerald A. Foster Sr.

  • Gerald A. Foster Sr. of Gainesville died Sunday in Gainesville. He was 83.
    Mr. Foster was born in Boulder, Colo., and was a longtime resident of Gainesville. He was a salesman in the agricultural business. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Foster of Gainesville; sons Gerald A. Foster Jr. of Gainesville and William "Al" Foster of Citra; three grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Charles Henry Frazier Sr.

  • Charles Henry Frazier Sr. of Lake City died Saturday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City after an extended illness. He was 70.
    Mr. Frazier was born in New Port, Tenn., and moved to Lake City from Lake Butler 20 years ago and moved back to Lake Butler in May 2004 due to ill health. He was a retired heavy-equipment operator in Columbia County.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church at Deep Creek.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Christy Frazier.
    Survivors include a daughter, Linda Gay of Lake Butler; a son, Charles H. Frazier Jr. of Lake City; brothers Buck Frazier of Fort White and Ronald Frazier and Jimmy Frazier, both of High Springs; sisters Winkie Clevenger of New Port, Tenn., Marie Horton of Lake City and Diane Cook of Fort White; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    Bedell Holmes

  • Bedell Holmes of Cross City died Thursday at the Cross City Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was 83.
    Mr. Holmes moved to Cross City from Bristol in 1954. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked most of his life as a logger, and he belonged to the Holiness faith.
    Survivors include his wife, Bettie Holmes of Cross City; a son, Wilson Henderson of Old Town; a sister, Clara McWhorter of Winter Garden; and one grandchild.

    Margaret Meacham

  • Margaret Meacham of Old Town died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 80.
    Mrs. Meacham was born in Detroit and moved to Dixie County from Nashville, Tenn., in 1983. She was a member of the Morocco Temple Ladies Auxiliary Shriners and the Dixie Shrine Club Ladies Auxiliary. She attended the Disabled American Veterans Bingo every Wednesday.
    Survivors include her husband, Roy Meacham of Old Town; a daughter, Kathy Sharky of Taylor, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Sharon Smith of Knoxville, Tenn.; sons Johnny Stein of Sheriden, Wyo., and Corky Stein of Morgan, Texas; a brother, Delbert Hawthorne of Bellville, Miss.; a sister, Terri Lyons of Titusville; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Don W. Pulham Sr.

  • Don W. Pulham Sr. of Reddick died Sunday at Monroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. He was 81.
    Mr. Pulham was born in Salt Lake City and moved to Reddick from Big Pine Key seven years ago. He was a retired city sewage supervisor. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, during which he earned a Bronze Star. He enjoyed fishing.
    He was a Mormon. Survivors include his wife, Frances Pulham of Reddick; sons Don W. Pulham Jr. and Bernie Pulham, both of Reddick; a daughter, Cynthia Pulham Sampson of Reddick; five grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Joseph Lanford Tate

  • Joseph Lanford Tate of Peachtree City, Ga., died Sunday at his home. He was 67.
    Mr. Tate was born in Columbia, Ala., and had lived in Gainesville for many years. He worked as a facilities manager at Peachtree City United Methodist Church, where he was also a member. He was formerly an electrical contractor and worked as a superintendent for Bill Preston Electric in Gainesville. He was a member of Flat Creek Golf Club and the University of Florida Golf Course. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Gainesville.
    Survivors include his wife, Helen B. Tate of Peachtree City; a daughter, Lynne Parten of Peachtree City; sons Joseph Tate and David Kelly Tate, both of Gainesville; brothers Dr. Robert Tate and Earle Tate, both of Cape Coral, and David Tate of Wimberly, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home in Peachtree City, Ga.

    Charles Ernest Tolin

  • Charles Ernest Tolin of Trenton died Thursday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 73.
    Mr. Tolin was born in Clermont County, Ohio, and moved to Trenton from Fort Lauderdale 15 years ago. He was a retired Fort Lauderdale police officer, serving 19 years on the force. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Survivors include sons Brian Tolin of Trenton and Phillip Tolin of Fort Lauderdale; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Frankie L. Tompkins

  • Frankie L. Tompkins of Lake City died Sunday at Shands at Lake Shore Hospital after a brief illness. She was 77.
    Mrs. Tompkins was born in Monroe County, Tenn., and lived in Lake City for 15 years. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, quilting and antique shopping.
    She was a Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Darwin Tompkins of Lake City; a daughter, Frances Walker of Paint Rock, Tenn.; stepsons Bill Tompkins of Palmetto and Jay Tompkins of Nesbitt, Miss.; stepdaughters Crystal Breedlove of Greenfield, Ind., and Cathy Looper of Markleville, Ind.; sisters Rosa Ward of Okeechobee, Dorothy Applecrumble of Belle Glade, Louise Lane of Wellborn and Flora Sims and Geneva Bearden, both of Clewiston; five grandchildren; and three great-grand- children.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Jennifer Renee Wilds

  • Jennifer Renee Wilds of Elk Mountain, Wyo., died Jan. 18 at her home. She was 31.
    Mrs. Wilds was born in Tucson, Ariz. She graduated from Santa Fe Community College with a degree in nursing. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Valley View Rehabilitation Care Center in Saratoga, Wyo.
    Survivors include her husband, Marion Wilds of Elk Mountain; a daughter, Kayle Woods of Elk Mountain; a son, James Reese Woods of Elk Mountain; her mother and stepfather, Debbie and Marion McCartney of Elk Mountain; her father and stepmother, Randy and Sherry Woods of Gainesville; a brother, Brian Woods of Gainesville; a stepsister, Kerrie McCartney of Elk Mountain; and her grandparents, Virginia and Bob Kane of Indianapolis.
    Arrangements by Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Wyo.
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