July 1, 2005


Published: Friday, July 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 10:41 p.m.

Oscar Miclat Abrajano

  • Oscar Miclat "O" Abrajano of Alachua died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 49.
    Mr. Abrajano was born in Iba Zambales, Philippines, and moved to Alachua in 1996 from St. Louis.
    He was a network support specialist for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
    He was a senior chief in the U.S. Navy, stationed throughout Florida. He was a graduate of Terry Parker Senior High, Florida Community College and University of North Florida, all in Jacksonville.
    He was a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Red Sox. He was on several bowling leagues at Alley Katz and also loved opera and anime series.
    He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
    Survivors include his wife, Michelle Abrajano of Gainesville; his parents, Cesar and Anicia Abrajano of Gainesville; sons Alan Abrajano of Jacksonville and Keith E. Welch of Gainesville; a brother, Cesar Abrajano Jr. of Jacksonville; and a sister, Sheila Moser of Jacksonville.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.

    Roger Blackwelder

  • Roger Blackwelder of rural Lake Butler died Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 86.
    Mr. Blackwelder was born in Lulu and was a lifelong resident of Union County.
    He was a retired insurance agent and he was also a farmer.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
    He was a member of the Danville Church of Christ.
    He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Helen M. Blackwelder.
    Survivors include a daughter, Linda Blackwelder Grimes of Orlando; sons Lawrence R. Blackwelder of Lakeland and Frederick "Jerry" Blackwelder of Lake Butler; sisters Audrey Anderson of Tallahassee, Geneva Hardwick of Portland, Ore., and Barbara Callahan of Apopka; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    William Carl Cornell

  • William Carl Cornell of Lake City died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 85.
    Mr. Cornell was born in High Springs and moved to Lake City 26 years ago from Miami.
    He worked as an airline foreman. He was a member of Westview Church of God in Lake City.
    Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cornell of Lake City; daughters Deborah Roberts of Lake City and Angela Sharon Cornell of Denver; four grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs.

    Mattie Faulkner Ralston

  • Mattie Faulkner Ralston of Gainesville died Wednesday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 86.
    Mrs. Ralston was born in Kentucky and she and her husband retired to Gainesville in 1979.
    She was an active member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Sawyer "Dude" Ralston of Gainesville; a daughter, Linda Ralston Baldwin of Gainesville; and one granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Helene Poirier Dupret

  • Helene Poirier Dupret of Gainesville died June 23 after an extended illness. She was 89.
    Mrs. Dupret was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and moved to Lake City a year ago from Gainesville. She was a longtime resident of Boca Raton before moving to Gainesville.
    She was a retired secretary and a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Gainesville.
    Survivors include a son, Raymond Dupret of Fort White; and a sister, Jeanne Poirier of Montreal.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Lucille Major Jones

  • Lucille Major Jones of Lake Butler died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after an extended illness. She was 75.
    Mrs. Jones was born in Manning, S.C., but lived most of her life in Lake Butler.
    She was a homemaker and a member of Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church of Lake Butler.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Belton Jones.
    Survivors include sons Bobby Dean Major, John Earl Major and Herman Major, all of Lake Butler, and Willie M. Major of Bridgeport, Conn.; a brother, Herman Ridgeway of Lake Butler; a sister, Richmond Major Jonas of Lake Butler; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    Robert S. Marvicsin

  • Robert S. Marvicsin of Gainesville died Sunday at Shands at the University of Florida after an extended illness. He was 46.
    Mr. Marvicsin was born in in Mansfield, Ohio.
    He was a surgical technician and enjoyed song writing and toy collecting.
    He was been a member of the Little Flock Fellowship of Mansfield.
    Survivors include his father, Steven Marvicsin of Sandusky, Ohio; a sister, Karen Scott of Gainesville; brothers Gary Marvicsin of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Ronald Marvicsin of Sandusky.
    Arrangements by the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors in Mansfield.

    John P. Mitchell III

  • John P. Mitchell III of Gainesville died Monday. He was 52.
    Mr. Mitchell was born in Fort Benning, Ga. He moved to Gainesville 20 years ago from Panama City Beach.
    He worked in maintenance at Shands at the University of Florida.
    He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War.
    Survivors include brothers George Mitchell of Newberry and Michael Mitchell of Fort Lauderdale.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    John Baker

  • John M. Baker of Chiefland died Wednesday at Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland. He was 77.
    Mr. Baker was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Chiefland nine years ago.
    He was a mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Vera Baker of Chiefland; a daughter, Theresa Simmons of Cross City; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Annie Mae Michael

  • Annie Mae Michael of Chiefland died Tuesday at Tri-County Nursing Home in Trenton. She was 88.
    Mrs. Michael was born in Bat Cave, N.C. She also lived in Okeechobee before moving to Chiefland.
    She was a homemaker and enjoyed participating in church activities.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Michael Sr.
    Survivors include sons J.D. Michael of Hendersonville, N.C., Jack Michael of Chiefland and Roy Michael of Lincolnton, N.C.; a daughter, Mary Lou Lawrence of Chiefland; brothers Bill Davis of Hendersonville, N.C., and Eugene Davis of Black Mountain, N.C.; sisters Martha Frantz of Masury, Ohio, Irene Huntley of Hendersonville and Geneva Davis of Asheville, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory in Okeechobee.

    Lois Rutledge

  • Lois Rutledge of Live Oak died Thursday in Dowling Park. She was 85.
    Mrs. Rutledge was born in Collins, Miss., and moved to Live Oak in 1954.
    She retired after 15 years as a telephone operator with Alltel and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Live Oak.
    Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Alford of Live Oak; a son, Bob Rutledge of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Georgia Myers of Mobile; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.

    Eleanor L. Skipper

  • Eleanor L. Skipper of Gainesville died Thursday at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center. She was 88.
    Mrs. Skipper was born in Tallahassee. She moved to Gainesville 40 years ago from Quincy.
    She was a homemaker and a member of North Central Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Harper of Gainesville; sons James W. "Bill" Skipper Jr. and Terrance Wayne Skipper, both of Gainesville; a brother, Hayward L. Levy Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Cecil Warren Wilson

  • Cecil Warren Wilson of Raiford died Thursday at his home after an apparent heart attack. He was 62.
    Mr. Wilson was born in Lake Butler and lived most of his life in Union County, except for 10 years spent in Georgia.
    He worked for Shaws Gas and later retired from Nekossa Saw Mill, where he was a saw operator.
    He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Raiford.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Kitler Wilson, and a son, Cecil Wilson Jr.
    Survivors include daughters Regina Richard of Raiford, Kim Seay of Lake Butler and Mendy Whitaker of Lake Butler; sisters Jessica Gay of Lake Butler, Addie Gschwind of Ocala and Irene Lynn of Raiford; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

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