November 1, 2005
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 31, 2005 at 11:44 p.m.
Newbern, a distinguished alumni, dies
Distinguished alumni from UF dies at 94
Copeland D. "Cope" Newbern Jr. of Tampa, who was a recipient of the UF "Distinguished Alumni Award," died Saturday. He was 94.
Mr. Newbern was born in Powells Point, N.C., and graduated from the University of Florida in 1933.
He was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in Jacksonville, established the first Vocational Agricultural Department in Hernando County, served two terms on the Florida Citrus Commission and served on the University of Florida Foundation Board and the UF/IFAS Share Council.
He was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999. He tried to never miss a Gator game.
He founded several companies in the Tampa area, including Newbern Groves Inc., Newbern Truck Terminal, Fancy Fresh Farms, Quality Tire and B & N Egg Farm.
He was a member of the Hyde Park United Methodist Church, The Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the River Club in Jacksonville.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Edna Newbern; daughters Caroline N. Shepard and Nancy Skemp; a sister, Dorothy N. Haythorne; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Blount & Curry Funeral Home of Tampa.
Mrs. Scarborough moved to Williston 25 years ago from Gainesville.
She was an active member of the Williston Church of God. She volunteered at a local nursing home and sponsored children at the Nymphande Children's Orphanage in Zimbabwe. She loved traveling and sewing and her nickname was "Garage Sale Goddess."
She was preceded in death by her son, Clinton Wayne Truluck.
She is survived by daughters Gussie Lee Pogue and Emma Nell Cain, both of Williston; a sister, Ollie Mae Hardee of Trenton; a brother, Lonnie Thomas of High Springs; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.
Steve S. Droney
Mr. Droney was born in Washington, D.C., and came to Bronson in 1977 from New Orleans. He was a welder for the Crom Corp.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Catholic.
He is survived by his father, Paul V. Droney of Eastpoint; sisters Pat Fitch and Kat West, both of Eastpoint; and a brother, Kevin Michael Droney of Columbia, Md.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home.
Phyllis Ann Mueller
Mrs. Mueller was born in Lincoln, Neb., and moved to Summerfield earlier this year.
She worked as a real estate agent in Golden, Colo., and was also a private piano instructor and a choir director in Casper, Wyo. She enjoyed traveling, playing piano, tennis and golf, attending museums, boating, collecting antiques and following politics.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Clark A. Mueller of Summerfield; a daughter, Susan D. Mueller of Boulder, Colo.; a son, Bruce A. Mueller of Gainesville; brother Robert Paulsen of Lincoln, Neb.; and a grandson.
Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services.
Donald Oliver Richardson
Mr. Richardson was born in South Africa and came here 10 years ago. He was a self-employed importer-exporter. He served in the South African Army during World War II. He belonged to the Klezmer Group and was a member of Southwest United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and enjoyed time with his grandchildren and other members of his family. He was an avid collector of clocks and watches.
Survivors include two daughters, Ingrid Wasserfall of Gainesville and Wendy Richardson of Seattle; a son, Donald Richardson of Seattle; two sisters, Sylvia Cornish and Winnie McCourt, both of South Africa; his former wife, Val Richardson of Seattle; and two grandchildren.
David Earl Pons
Mr. Pons was born in Gainesville. He was a Vietnam War veteran. He was a carpenter.
Survivors include his father, Lang Pons of Interlachen; brothers Lang Ray Pons of Gainesville, Albert Lee Pons Sr. and Michael Pons, both of Windsor, and Donald Pons of Hinesville, Ga.; daughters Angel Marie Henderson of Hawthorne and Candice Parsons of Gainesville; five grandchildren; his companion, Karen Stancliff of Port Orange; two step-daughters; and four step-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Altman-Long Funeral Home in Debary.
Geraldine N. Johnsen
Mrs. Johnsen was born in Leeds, N.D., and moved to Suwannee from Gainesville in 1975. She was a retired bookkeeper for Maris Distributors. She was a member of the Gainesville chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 44. She was also a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church in Suwannee.
Survivors include a daughter, Sinoma Brown of Suwannee; a son, Stanley M. Johnsen of Gainesville; sisters Betty Simpson of Columbus, Ga., Gail Selland of Leeds and Pat Satler of Rugby, N.D.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.
Jennie Rogers Hogan
Mrs. Hogan was a lifelong resident of the Chiefland area whose family was among the original pioneers in Gilchrist County. She was the family historian and enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening and was an expert marksman.
She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Hogan, a son, Alvin Hogan and a daughter, Kay Hogan Hudson.
Survivors include a son, Jeff E. Hogan Jr. of Chiefland; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home.
Arthur J. Degnan
Mr. Degnan was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville from Sun City, Ariz., in July. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years as a senior master sergeant.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie Degnan of Gainesville; and a daughter, Diane Anding of Gainesville.
Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.
Alvin Hoyt Thompson
Mr. Thompson was born in Birmingham, Ala., and lived in Live Oak for 37 years. He was an educator who retired as principal of Nettie Baisden Primary School in Live Oak in 1978.
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a B-25 bombardier in North Africa during World War II, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with five silver oak-leaf clusters and a Purple Heart.
He was a member of the Live Oak United Methodist Church, a Free Mason, a Boy Scout troop leader, a member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of The Barbershop Singers.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Thompson of Live Oak; sons Alvin Thompson of Crawfordville, Lynn Thompson of Shell Point, David Thompson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Larry Thompson of Tallahassee; a daughter, Jeri Reinholtz of Blacksburg, Va.; and six grandchildren.
Services by Daniels Funeral Homes.
George Henry Herget
Mr. Herget was born in Cincinnati and lived in Gainesville for 42 years. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and worked with Veterans Affairs.
He was a recipient of a bronze star and other military decorations and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi fraternity.
Survivors include sons Ronald G. Herget and Donald E. Herget of Gainesville; a daughter, B.H. Millington of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
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