Jan. 30, 2005

Published: Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 10:12 p.m.

Audrey Q. Blanton

  • Audrey Q. Blanton of Gainesville died Saturday. She was 89.
    Mrs. Blanton was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville in 1956. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Sylvester Blanton; a son, Franklin Thomas Blanton; and a great-granddaughter.
    Survivors include daughters Martha Tisdale of Gainesville and Virginia Griffin of Hendersonville, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Isoline Chitty

  • Isoline Chitty of Gainesville died Saturday. She was 74.
    Mrs. Chitty was born in Island Grove and spent her entire life in North Florida. She was a homemaker, a charter member of the Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake City.
    Survivors include her husband, Martin Chitty of Gainesville; daughters Debbie Cuddy of Tallahassee, and Lisa Little of Lake Worth; a son, Rocky Chitty of Alachua; brothers Frank Higgenbotham of Tampa, and Walter Higgenbotham of Ocala; sisters Mildred Beckham of Johnson, Dot Croy of Temple Terrace, Catherine Chapman of Brooksville, Annie Hinck of North Babylon, N.Y., and Bonnie Jones of McDonough, Ga.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.

    Carol Leigh Griffen

  • Carol Leigh Griffen of Gainesville died Jan. 18 in her residence after a long illness. She was 39.
    Ms. Griffen was born in Marion County and moved here from Lake County in 1984.
    She was the coordinator of Information and Publications in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research in the University of Florida's College of Business. She directed marketing there for 15 years.
    She received an associate of arts degree at Lake Sumter Community College in 1984 and received a bachelor of science degree in telecommunications at UF in 1988.
    In 2002, she received a Superior Accomplishment Award for her outstanding contributions to UF. She was a volunteer with the Shands Arts in Medicine Program.
    Survivors include many friends and family.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Constance Tina McCook

  • Constance "Connie" Tina McCook of Gainesville died Monday at the North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 45.
    Mrs. McCook was born in Washington, D.C., and moved here from Harrisburg, Penn., 11 years ago. She was a registered nurse.
    She was of the Apostolic faith. She was a devoted mother of five children.
    Survivors include her husband, Steven A. McCook of Gainesville; sons Steven A. McCook II, Sampson A. McCook and Syril A. McCook, all of Gainesville; daughters Sarena C. McCook and Shaliea C. McCook, both of Gainesville; mother Catherine Harris of Gainesville; brothers Charles Gregory White of North Carolina and David Harris of Pennsylvania; sisters Vanessa Jones of North Carolina, Vivian George of Gainesville, Sharon Rankins of Washington and Brenda Harris of Pennsylvania.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.

    Frank Joseph La Grasse

  • Frank Joseph La Grasse of Gainesville died Saturday in Gainesville at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 79.
    Mr. La Grasse was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved here from Miami 53 years ago. He was a plant assigner with Southern Bell.
    He is a graduate of Mary Help of Christian School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
    He was a member of the Civitan Galloneers, Communication Workers of America, Telephone Pioneers of America and Grand Squares Squaredancing Club.
    He attended both Queen of Peace and Holy Faith Catholic churches.
    He was preceded in death by daughter Brenda La Grasse McTyre.
    Survivors include his wife, Helen Bryant La Grasse of Gainesville; daughter Deborah Gail La Grasse of Tallahassee; brother George Collins of Miami; and one granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Dorothy Dee McDonald

  • Dorothy Dee McDonald of Alachua died Friday in Gainesville. She was 90.
    Mrs. McDonald was born in Lincoln, Neb., and was raised in Coffeyville, Kan. She moved here from Boynton Beach in 1988.
    She was a homemaker. She was a graduate of Baker University in Baldwin, Kan., and received her master's degree from Louisiana State University. She was active in theater during her college years and while living in Delray Beach and West Palm Beach.
    She was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and the Hospital Auxiliary at Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. She was a book reviewer for Palm Beach County libraries.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alachua.
    Survivors include husband Robert E. "Bob" McDonald of Alachua; sons John E. McDonald of San Diego and Bob McDonald of High Springs; sister Janey Sparkman; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.

    Luann Nix Taylor

  • Luann Nix Taylor of Lawtey died Saturday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center following an extended illness. She was 49.
    Mrs. Taylor was born in Jacksonville and moved to Lawtey around 1980. She was a services coordinator at the Z. C. Sterling Company, and was a member of the Normandy Baptist Temple in Jacksonville.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hardy Taylor Jr.
    Survivors include a daughter, Mranda "Mandy" Taylor of Lawtey; a sister, Faye Nix Duncan of Greensboro, Ga.; brothers Michael "Runt" Nix of Jacksonville, Robert Nix Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., and Robin Nix of Jacksonville.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.
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