April 1, 2005

Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 12:17 a.m.

Ex-reporter for radio, TV de Revere dies

Richard Stiles de Revere of Tallahassee, a former Gainesville radio and television reporter who was known on-air as "Wayne Thomas," died March 24 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee of cancer. He was 61.
Mr. de Revere was born in Memphis, Tenn., and he attended St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
He served in the U.S. Navy until 1968, then moved to Fort Lauderdale, where he became a radio reporter and took the composite name "Wayne Thomas" from a TV anchorman and a political reporter.
He moved to Gainesville in 1970, where he worked as a radio news director at WUWU, which was broadcast from The Gainesville Mall. He worked at WCJB TV-20 as a reporter, and then at radio station WGGG in Gainesville before moving to Tallahassee 1981.
In 1989 he became a computer programmer and analyst for the state of Florida's first personal computers, starting at the Florida Department of Natural Resources.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Miklowitz of Tallahassee; a son, Paul M. de Revere of Tallahassee; a daughter, Sara M. de Revere of Tallahassee; and a brother, James H. de Revere of Athens, Ga.
Arrangements by Abbey-Riposta Funeral Home in Tallahassee.

Virginia Mary Carpenter

  • Virginia Mary Carpenter of Old Town died Thursday at Tri-County Nursing Home in Gilchrist County. She was 87.
    Mrs. Carpenter moved to Old Town from Blountsville, Ala., in 1990. She was a member of Old Town United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.
    She enjoyed crocheting afghans, playing cards, square dancing and word games.
    Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Afton Carpenter; a daughter, Linda Kenefick of St. Petersburg Beach; sons Robert R. Carpenter of Polk City and Thomas Carpenter of Blountsville, Ala.; a sister, Caroline Byles of Bellaire, Ohio; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Mary Ellen Conway

  • Mary Ellen "Marion" Conway of Gainesville died Thursday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville of cancer. She was 88.
    Mrs. Conway was born in Greenwich, N.Y., and moved to Florida in 1974 from Cambridge, N.Y., where she lived most of her life.
    She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and traveling.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thomas Conway.
    Survivors include a daughter, Carol Hazy of Gainesville; a son, Joseph Conway of East Long Meadow, Mass.; a brother, James Conway of Greenwich; a stepbrother, Howard Brown of Greenwich; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    David Ross Gibbs

  • David Ross Gibbs of Gainesville died Tuesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 58.
    Mr. Gibbs was born in Graham, N.C., but spent most of his adult life in Gainesville. He spent his childhood traveling to such places as Germany and Taiwan because his father was in the U.S. Army. He was an avid wrestler at Munich American High School.
    He loved riding bicycles, and also owned several motorcycles. He enjoyed listening to world radio stations on shortwave radios.
    Survivors include his father, Royce Gibbs Sr. of Newport News, Va.; a brother, Royce L. Gibbs Jr. of Ocala; and sisters Melissa Burnette of Newport News and Marilyn Kinkel of Severna Park, Md.
    Arrangements by a Direct Cremations Inc. in Gainesville.

    Benjamin Robert Gormley

  • Benjamin Robert Gormley of Brevard, N.C., died Wednesday in Royston, Ga., after an apparent heart attack. He was 59.
    Mr. Gormley was born in Lakeland and lived most of his life in Trenton. He was a poet and a Civil War sutler at re-enactments, selling poetry, books and other goods. He was the former owner/operator of Benjamin Gormley Funeral Home of Trenton. He was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy.
    Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Shipley Gormley of Brevard, N.C.; a daughter, Melanie M. Howe of Monticello; and sisters Kathy Brooks Bielling of Providence and Donna Jo Brooks of Cedar Key.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    Lyle W. Lathrop

  • Lyle W. Lathrop of Chiefland died Thursday in Gainesville. He was 82.
    Mr. Lathrop was born in Clio, Iowa, and moved to the area more than 50 years ago.
    He was a retired railroad depot agent. He received a Bronze Star for service in Okinawa with the U.S. Army.
    He was a Methodist.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Usher Lathrop.
    Survivors include sons Bruce Lathrop of Trenton, Edwin Lathrop of LaGrange and Bill Pittman of Chiefland; a brother, Emil Lathrop of Daytona Beach; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Chiefland.

    Doris Elaine Longfellow

  • Doris Elaine Longfellow of Gainesville died Wednesday at Shands at AGH. She was 74.
    Mrs. Longfellow was born in Spiceland, Ind., and moved to Gainesville 25 years ago from Lewisville, Ind.
    She was a registered nurse and received her degree at Ball State School of Nursing.
    She was a Presbyterian.
    Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Keith W. Longfellow of Gainesville; sons John Longfellow of Gainesville and Steven Longfellow of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Ralph Harold Sharpe

  • Ralph Harold Sharpe of Gainesville died Tuesday at Alterra Nursing Home after a long illness.
    He was 91.
    Mr. Sharpe was born near Tunkhannock, Pa., and moved to Gainesville in 1948.
    He served as a U.S. Army captain during World War II.
    He was a horticulturist at the University of Florida until retiring in 1975, and he was a pioneer in the development of Florida-grown peaches and blueberries.
    He worked as a consultant with fruit growers after his retirement.
    He enjoyed riding and repairing bicycles, which he provided to college students and needy children. He also volunteered at Shands at AGH and with Gainesville Friends of the Library.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Alice Sharpe.
    Survivors include sons Theodore Sharpe of Gainesville, Garey Sharpe of Flagler Beach and Thomas Sharpe of Miami; and one granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville

    Homer Russell Walker

  • Homer Russell Walker of Lake Butler died Thursday at the Lake City Extended Care Center after a long illness. He was 79.
    Mr. Walker was born in Irwin County, Ga., and lived most of his life in Jacksonville before moving to Lake Butler in 1987.
    He was retired from Equifax in Jacksonville as a claims director. He was a World War II veteran and was a member of the First Christian Church of Lake Butler.
    He was a member of the Lake Butler Lodge 62, the Jacksonville Shrine Club and Scottish Rite.
    Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Martha Turner Walker of Lake Butler; a daughter, Sheila Elixson of Lake Butler; sons Larry Harper of Starke and Reuben Harper of Live Oak; and nine grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    Lucille Thomas Whitehead

  • Lucille Thomas Whitehead of the New River area of Lake Butler died Wednesday at Windsor Manor after a long illness. She was 79.
    Mrs. Whitehead was born in Union County and was a lifelong resident of the New River area.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Starke and was a former member of the New River Fire Department Auxiliary and the Cattleman's Association.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Whitehead, and a son, Ron Whitehead.
    Survivors include daughters Barbara Mosley of the New River area, and Gayle Manning of Gainesville; a sister, Dolly Mae Smith of Louisa, Ky.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Clayton Young

  • Clayton Young of Gainesville died March 25 at his home. He was 51.
    Mr. Young was born in San Francisco and moved to Gainesville in the late 1970s. He worked at odd jobs. He also played music and was an artist.
    Survivors include a daughter, Ashley Young of Gainesville; sons, Joseph Young and James Young, both of Gainesville; a sister, Cori Tampas-Antaya of Dunedin; and a brother, Frank Young of Seattle.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.
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