Jan. 27, 2005


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 10:01 p.m.

Kimberly Baker

  • Kimberly Baker of Gainesville died Friday at Shands at AGH after a sudden illness. She was 41.
    Mrs. Baker was a lifelong resident of Gainesville. She was a homemaker. She graduated from Eastside High School.
    She was a member of Ambassadors for Christ Church.
    Survivors include a son, Solomon Bennett of Gainesville; a daughter, Sassaley Bennett of Gainesville; her parents, the Rev. Booker and Aretha Baker of Gainesville; brothers Ruban Young of Bridgeport, Conn., and Booker T. Baker Jr. of Gainesville; sisters Betty DeCoursey, Patricia Brannon and Vivian Austin, all of Gainesville, and Ollie Mae Coleman of Punta Gorda; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    J. D. Blakney

  • J. D. "Blake" Blakney of Gainesville died Monday at her sister's home after a brief illness. He was 74.
    Mr. Blakney was born in Alachua and moved to Gainesville from Newberry in the late 1960s.
    He was a member of the Church of the Kingdom of God in Gainesville.
    Survivors include sisters Dorothy B. Mills of West Palm Beach and Bobbie Blakney and Rosa L. Dukes, both of Gainesville.
    Arrangements from Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

    Mae Lee Brister

  • Mae Lee Brister of Gainesville died Monday at her home after a brief illness. She was 54.
    Mrs. Brister was born in Hamilton County and moved to Gainesville from Valdosta, Ga., five years ago. She was a homemaker. She attended Jerry Jackson High School in Jennings. She was a member of St. Mary Baptist Church in Jennings.
    Survivors include a son, Daniel Lamar Johnson of Gainesville; sisters Selma D. Straughter, Sally Williams, Ida Mae Williams and Mary A. Baker, all of Valdosta; brothers Lonnie Gandues Jr., Jeff Williams Jr. and Joseph Brister, all of Gainesville, and Johnny B. Brister of Atlanta; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Washington Funeral Home.

    Willie Mae Carlos

  • Willie Mae Carlos of Archer died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was 86.
    Mrs. Carlos was born in Archer and relocated back to Archer from Camden, S.C., 17 years ago. She was a dietitian.
    She was a Protestant. Survivors include a son, Robert Carlos of Gainesville; a daughter, Linda Tucker of Archer; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Donald Ray Connell

  • Donald Ray Connell of Lake George died Monday at Sylvia's Hospice House. He was 72.
    Mr. Connell was born in Tampa and moved to Lake George from Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1986. He also lived part of the year in Suwannee. He was a Mason and enjoyed boating and fishing.
    Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Jean Connell of Lake George; a son, Phillip Connell of Jacksonville; a brother, Arlton Connell of Tampa; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers Funeral Home in Ocala.

    Willie George Graham

  • Willie George Graham of Williston died Tuesday at Nature Coast Regional Medical Center in Williston after an extended illness. He was 62.
    Mr. Graham was born in Raleigh and has lived in Williston most of his life. He was retired from Koppers Industries after 30 years of service. He attended Levy County schools. He served in the U.S. Army.
    He was a member of Charity Ministries in Blichton.
    Survivors include a daughter, Lashawn Monroe of Gainesville; a son, Eddie Graham of Williston; sisters Alaura Willis of Hollywood, Ella Jean Williams and Thelma Kendrick, both of Fort Lauderdale, and Charlotte Cox and Sandra Roberts, both of Raleigh; brothers Eddie Burnett of Fort Lauderdale, O.C. Graham Jr. of Raleigh and Alvin Graham of Williston; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home.

    Cheryl Haynes

  • Cheryl Haynes of Williston died Sunday at her home after a brief illness. She was 41.
    Mrs. Haynes was born in Miami and moved to Williston from Gainesville nine years ago. She was an environmental service technician. She attended Eastside High School.
    She was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband, Jeffery Haynes of Williston; a son, Ronnie Walker Jr. of Williston; daughters Marsheria Houston and Tatinna Haynes, both of Gainesville; and a sister, Phyllis Robinson of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Darrow Alexander Lee

  • Darrow Alexander Lee of Alachua died Wednesday in Gainesville. He was 59.
    Mr. Lee was born in Live Oak and moved to Alachua from his hometown 40 years ago. He was a salesman and a produce farmer. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading.
    He was a member of Countryside Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Betty Lee of Alachua; a daughter, Angela Kolhopp of Lake City; sons Shannon Darrow Lee of Alachua and Dana Wood of Trenton; a foster son, Leon Clark of Trenton; brothers Claude Lee and David McDonald, both of Alachua, Walker Lee of Trenton and Hayward Lee of Gainesville; sisters Martha Varnum of Alachua, Edith Bass of LaCrosse and Barbara Adams of Waldo; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Dorothy Marie Lombardo

  • Dorothy Marie Lombardo of Ormond Beach died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She had been staying at Ayers Nursing Home in Trenton. She was 86.
    Mrs. Lombardo was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Ormond Beach from her hometown in 1961. She was a retired bank teller. She was a member of St. Brendans Catholic Church in Ormond Beach.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Paul Lombardo, and a son, William Lombardo.
    Survivors include a daughter, Janet Ellard of Gainesville; sons Paul Samuel Lombardo of Pensacola and Richard Vincent Lombardo of Cedar Key; a sister, Ursula Delaney of Ormond Beach; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Rosebud Montgomery

  • Rosebud Montgomery of Alachua died Saturday at Woodlands Care Center after an extended illness. She was 90.
    Mrs. Montgomery was born in LaCrosse and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a homemaker.
    She was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church.
    Survivors include sons Larry Montgomery and Adell Montgomery, both of Gainesville, and Jeff Montgomery of Alachua; daughters Janice Ogwada of Gainesville, Ruth Montgomery of Alachua and Gail Montgomery of Tampa; a brother, Walter Anderson of Cordel, Ga.; a sister, Mary Butler of Gainesville; 45 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home.

    Linda Null

  • Linda Null of Gainesville died Sunday at her home.
    Ms. Null was born in Port Clinton, Ohio, and moved to Gainesville from Marblehead, Ohio, over a year ago. She was a teacher. She was a member of the First Assembly of God of Gainesville.
    Survivors include daughters Teresa Graham of Orlando and Wilma Null of Gainesville; sisters Earlene Marsh of Modesto, Calif., and Janet Hodus of Cleveland, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Gladys Juanita Avery Pettigrew

  • Gladys Juanita Avery Pettigrew of Bronson died Jan. 16 at North Florida Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was 70.
    Mrs. Pettigrew was born in Opelika, Ala., and moved to Bronson in 1998. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
    Survivors include daughters Kuwala Avery of Gainesville, Melanie Pettigrew of Bronson and LeAndrea Brown of Tampa; sons Michael Jones of Fort Myers and Robert Avery of Denver; sisters Mildred Avery-Davis of Opelika and Bertha Henderson of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

    Sylvenus E. Smith

  • Sylvenus E. Smith of Niceville died Sunday in Niceville. He was 98.
    Mr. Smith was born in Jacksonville and had lived in Gainesville for 50 years before moving to Niceville five years ago.
    He founded the Suwannee Oil Company and worked for General Motors Acceptance Corporation for 25 years.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Ayala Smith.
    Survivors include a son, Ron Smith of Phoenix; a daughter, Frances Herron of Niceville; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Robert H. Walker

  • Robert H. Walker of Lake City died Wednesday at Country Homes A.C.L.F. after an extended illness. He was 86.
    Mr. Walker was born in Evanston, Ill., and moved to Lake City from Archer three years ago. He was a retired aircraft mechanic. He was an avid reader.
    He was a Protestant. Survivors include a son, Chuck Walker of Archer; a daughter, Christine Walker of Amsterdam, Holland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home in Lake City.

    David Woodard Jr.

  • David "Sarge" Woodard Jr. of Micanopy died Jan. 19 at his home after an extended illness. He was 58.
    Mr. Woodard was born in Micanopy and moved to Gainesville from Micanopy in the early 1990s. He was a retired maintenance support worker with the grounds department of the University of Florida. He was a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
    He was a Methodist. Survivors include sisters Ora Woodard Grant, Annie Hall, Sylvia Edwards and Beverly Rowe, all of Gainesville; brothers Solomon Woodard of Montgomery, Ala., M.C. Mitchell and Levorn Woodard of Humbolt, Tenn.; and his aunt and caretaker, Alice Rochelle of Micanopy.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home.

    Philip Zolkower

  • Philip Zolkower of Gainesville died Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 89.
    Mr. Zolkower was born in New York City and moved to Gainesville from Tarpon Springs in 2001.
    He was a lumber yard manager. He was a member of Jewish War Veterans and was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and dining at restaurants.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Zolkower, and his companion, Ruth Balden.
    Survivors include a daughter, Helene Rhine of Gainesville; a brother, Murray Zolkower of Clearwater; and one grandchild.
    Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida.
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