March 1, 2005


Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 12:27 a.m.

Kate Beach Ahrens

Kate Beach Ahrens of Gainesville died Monday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was 104.
Mrs. Ahrens was born in Hague and moved to Gainesville from Trenton in 1920. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Ahrens enjoyed sewing and custom-made dresses and did alterations for Gainesville women for many years. She attended the First Baptist Church of Gainesville.
Mrs. Ahrens died one day before her 105th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her husband George W. Ahrens and son George W. Ahrens Jr.
Survivors include sisters Margaret Ahrens Gibson and Frances Ahrens Sharp, both of Gainesville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, Gainesville.

Michael Everett Batchelder II

Michael Everett Batchelder II of High Springs died Saturday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 16.
Mr. Batchelder was born in Fort Lauderdale and moved to High Springs a year-and-a-half ago. He was a student at Trenton High School and a member of the North Gilchrist Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Bogovich.
Survivors include his father, Michael Batchelder, of High Springs; his mother, Laureen Bogovich of Fort Lauderdale; a brother, Chad Bogovich of Fort Lauderdale; a sister, Michelle Batchelder of Fort Lauderdale; and a grandmother, Claire Batchelder of Alachua.
Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

Faye Guinette Tidwell Currie

Faye Guinette Tidwell Currie of Concord, N.C., died Saturday. She was 66.
Mrs. Currie was born in Mayo and was an AT&T telephone operator. She was a member of the First Assembly Worship Center in Concord, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Currie.
Survivors include a son, Aaron Currie of Concord, N.C.; daughters Faye Brown, Marcella Widenhouse and Bonnie Brown, all of Concord; a brother, Henry O'Neal of Branford; a sister, Bette Joyce of O'Brien; and 10 grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord, N.C.

James P. Harris

James P. Harris of Old Town died Monday in Gainesville. He was 64.
Mr. Harris was born in Maryville, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville less than a year ago. He was the owner and operator of a carpentry business. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Harris.
Survivors include sons Rocky Harris of Maryville, Tenn., and Darren Harris of Arkansas; a brother, Stephen Harris of Old Town; and one granddaughter.
Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

Wilbur Moore

Wilbur "Gene" Moore of Mayo died Saturday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 69.
Mr. Moore was born in Branford and moved to Mayo from Clearwater seven years ago. He was an electrical engineer.
He was a member of the Honeywell Retirees Club and the Mount Paran Baptist Church in Branford.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathryn Moore of Mayo; a daughter, Kathy Rank of Louisville, Ky.; sisters Naomi Wheeler and Betty Carter, both of Branford; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Mayo.

Ruth Harris Kroll

Ruth Harris Kroll of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Jan. 12. She was 85.
Mrs. Kroll was born in Detroit in 1919. She and her husband owned the Moe Laundry and Ann Arbor Diaper Service in Michigan for 25 years.
After leaving Ann Arbor in 1972, Mrs. Kroll traveled to Mexico, California and Colorado with her husband. They lived in Gainesville from 1995 to 2002.
Mrs. Kroll loved to dance, sing and exercise. She volunteered at the V.A. hospital in Michigan, tutored young children and belonged to Beth Israel congregation, Hadassah Sisterhood, ASPCA and the Democratic Party.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Solomon Kroll.
Survivors include her son, Laurence Kroll of Gainesville; daughter Kathie Weinmann of Ann Arbor; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Thomas H. McBride Jr.

Thomas H. McBride Jr. of Bronson died Sunday at Nature Coast Hospital in Williston. He was 52.
Mr. McBride was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and moved to the Williston area more than three years ago from Tampa. He was employed by Dan's Auto Body working with golf cart manufacturing.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed garage sales.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy McBride of Bronson; sons Jeremiah Ray McBride of Tampa and Job Michael McBride of Bronson; daughters Heather Camp and Caitlin Jay, both of Winston-Salem; father, Thomas McBride Sr. of Pafftown, N.C.; sisters Deborah Johnson of Winston-Salem, and Rita Ketner of Pafftown; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

Mary Inez Pinkston

Mary Inez Pinkston of Gainesville died Sunday at her home. She was 69.
Mrs. Pinkston was a lifelong resident of Gainesville. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include daughters Verena Card of Keystone Heights and Teresa Hilderbran of Gainesville; brothers Jessie Charles Holder of Panama City and Joseph Richard Holder of Gainesville; a sister, Alice May Robinson of Bronson; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Morgan Tindall Sr.

Morgan "Bo" Tindall Sr. of Morriston died Saturday. He was 76.
Mr. Tindall was born in Gulf Hammock and moved to Morriston 30 years ago. He was a retired mechanic.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Daphine Shipp Tindall, and a son, Harvey Plant Tindall.
Survivors include his son, Morgan Prevatt Tindall Jr. of Starke; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland.

Linda L. Tarr

Linda L. Tarr of Gainesville died Friday at Shands at AGH. She was 60.
Ms. Tarr was born in Fort Myers and moved to Gainesville in 2002 from Miami. She previously worked at Publix in Miami in the deli department. She was a Christian.
Survivors include her son, Guy L. Tarr of Douglasville, Ga.; a daughter, Angie Pitiricui of Miami; a sister, Faye Tillman of Bronson; a brother, Bobby Whitehead of Miami; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements by Worth Cremation Service of Florida of San Mateo.

Mary Gayle Velez

Mary Gayle Velez of Williston died Sunday at Shands at AGH. She was 69.
Mrs. Velez was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to the Williston area more than 20 years ago from Miami. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Velez of Williston; sons Dennis VanHoose of Fort Lauderdale, Scott VanHoose of West Palm Beach and Kenneth Velez of Williston; a sister, Pat Brinkman of Rochester, N.Y.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

Woodrow Wilson Porter

Woodrow Wilson "Red" Porter of Lake City died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center following an extended illness. He was 92.
Mr. Porter was a lifelong resident of Columbia County and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in World War II and received five battle stars and numerous other commendations.
Mr. Porter was a retired barber, having worked in the field for 45 years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2206 and the Bethel United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Irene Payne Porter; a daughter, Donna Hyde of Lake City; sisters Dorothy Mosely and Merle Goding, both of Tampa; one grandson; and two great-granddaughters. Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

Imogene L. Ryan

Imogene "Jean" L. Ryan of Newberry died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 73.
Mrs. Ryan was born in Suwannee County and moved to the Gainesville/Newberry area from Branford 53 years ago.
Mrs. Ryan was a registered nurse for the state of Florida for more than 40 years. She volunteered at North Florida Regional Medical Center, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Arthritis Foundation teaching aquatics. She enjoyed traveling, bluegrass gospel music and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bartley. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Daughtry of Newberry; a son, Dell Bartley of Myakka City; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

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