December 1, 2005

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:11 a.m.

John Nattress, ex-UF official, dies at 85

John Nattress of Gainesville died Wednesday. He was 85.
Mr. Nattress was born in Lansdowne, Pa., and moved to Gainesville in 1957.
He was executive vice president of the University of Florida from 1977 to 1985. He was a faculty member of the industrial engineering department at UF from 1957 until his retirement in 1990, serving as an associate and acting dean of the College of Engineering. He was involved in early "distance learning" attempts.
He was a retired U.S. Army infantry captain and served during World War II until he was injured in Herpelmont, France, in 1944.
He received his bachelor's degree from Drexel Institute of Technology, master's degree from Georgia Tech University and an honorary doctorate from Embry Riddle University.
He served for 30 years on the Alachua County Planning Commission, most of that as chairman. He was a past president of the University City Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He was a director of then Florida National Bank/First Union. He a past member of the Gainesville Country Club.
He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret P. Nattress of Gainesville; sons Daniel A. Nattress of Charlotte, N.C., and Donald A. Nattress of Raleigh, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Kathryn McCullough of Wasco, Ore.; stepsons, James R. Bice of Gainesville and Kenneth C. Pollock Jr. of Lake Helen; and six grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Rosa G. Bell

  • Rosa G. Bell of Gainesville died Monday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was 100.
    Mrs. Bell was a lifelong resident of Gainesville.
    She was a nursing assistant.
    She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church where she was involved with the South Marion Weeks Circle, United Methodist Women, Tuesday Prayer Band, the Cemetery Committee and the Powerful Elders.
    Survivors include daughters Claudia B. Stallworth of Tuskegee, Ala., and Ada Kirkland of Gainesville; a brother, Edward R. Williams of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Barbara Howell

  • Barbara "Cathy" Howell of Glen St. Mary died Tuesday. She was 61.
    Mrs. Howell was born in Jacksonville and lived most of her life in Union County.
    She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include her husband, Sterling F. Howell of Glen St. Mary; daughters Sheryl Bielling of Providence, Linda Arnold of Winter Haven, Lisa Tollefsrud and Kim Williams, both of Lake Butler; a son, Dewey Addison of Eagle Lake; brothers Richard Norman and Eddie Norman, both of Yulee, and Elmer Norman of Lake Butler; a sister, Edna Moon of Whitehouse, Texas; and 13 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    John Terrance Diggs

  • John Terrance Diggs of Lawtey died Sunday in Raiford after a brief illness. He was 26.
    Mr. Diggs was a lifelong resident of Lawtey.
    He was a graduate of Bradford High School.
    He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Starke where he was president of the Usher Board.
    Survivors include his parents, John and Emma Diggs of Lawtey; sisters Cartrissa Diggs of Starke, and Rita McNeal and Juvoyn Diggs, both of Lawtey; brothers Dewayne Tyson of Starke, Christopher Diggs of Sarasota, Dalton Diggs of Raiford and Demond Diggs of Lawtey; his grandmother, Inez Butler Diggs of Starke; and his companion, Tabitha Miller of Raiford.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    George W. Green

  • George W. Green of Gainesville died Nov. 19 at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center after an extended illness. He was 69.
    Mr. Green was born in Oakfield, Ga. He moved to Gainesville 30 years ago from Miami. He was a cement finisher.
    He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
    Survivors include brothers Joe Green and Johnnie D. Green, both of Gainesville, James McPhaul of Fort Pierce, and Johnnie B. Green and Eddie Green of Andalucia, Ala.; and sisters Susie Mae Davis of LaBelle, Vera M. Ruth of Fort Pierce, Janie Fayson and Eva L. Lee, both of Gainesville, and Ruby Dell Green of Andalucia.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Edna Alteamese Hellams

  • Edna Altamease Hellams of Trenton died Friday at her home. She was 85.
    Mrs. Hellams was a lifelong resident of Trenton.
    She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include daughters Pamela Haynes of Gainesville and Marcia Hellams of Trenton; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Annie Pearl Jackson

  • Annie Pearl Jackson of Newberry died Sunday at her home. She was 69.
    Mrs. Jackson was a lifelong resident of Newberry.
    She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Newberry, where she was previously a steward and choir mother.
    She was a graduate of Newberry Community School.
    Survivors include daughters Teresa Larkin and Cathy Harris, both of Gainesville, Michelle Jackson and Nekkie Gibbs, both of Newberry; sons Russell Jackson, Terry Jackson and Michael Davis, all of Newberry, Keith Kelsey and Roger Lee, both of Gainesville, William Willis of Winter Haven and Ricky Jackson of Orlando; a sister, Gladys Phillips of Jacksonville; 26 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral home in Chiefland.

    Barbara Ann King

  • Barbara Ann King of Grove Park died Nov. 21 after a short illness. She was 52.
    Mrs. King was a lifelong resident of Grove Park.
    She was a certified nursing assistant.
    She was a graduate of Hawthorne High School and attended Santa Fe Community College.
    She was a member of St. Peter Full Gospel Church.
    Survivors include her mother, Mae E. King of Grove Park; a brother, Lester King of Grove Park; sisters Jean Jones and Carolyn Matthews, both of Jacksonville, and Shirley Whitaker of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Kevin Mims

  • Kevin Mims of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 44.
    Mr. Mims was born and raised in South Florida before moving to Gainesville in 1988.
    He was known for his unique style of floral designs while working at Enchanted Florist and Crevasse's Regency.
    He was involved in the Gainesville Area AIDS Project as president, vice president and most recently as editor of the GAAP newsletter.
    Survivors include his parents, Linda and Ralph Mims of Pembroke Pines; and brothers Clay Mims and John Mims, both of Pembroke Pines, and Kenneth Mims of Rochester, N.Y.
    Arrangements by All Faiths Cremation Society in Lady Lake.

    Wade Hampton Pelham

  • Wade Hampton Pelham of Waldo died Nov. 21 at his home after a brief illness. He was 61.
    Mr. Pelham was a lifelong resident of Waldo.
    He was a retired laborer with J.E. Jones Bridge Construction Co.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Pelham.
    Survivors include sons Wade Hampton Pelham Jr. and Charlie Leroy Pelham, both of Arcadia; sisters Rosa Pelham of Jacksonville, Delores Collins of Clearwater and Turlie Cordner of Keystone Heights; a brother, James Mobley of Gainesville; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Smith's Funeral Home in Hawthorne.

    Dwayne Lovell Richardson

  • Dwayne Lovell "Wayne Wayne" Richardson of Gainesville died Nov. 23 at Park Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center after a sudden illness. He was 42.
    Mr. Richardson was a lifelong resident of Gainesville.
    He was a graduate of the Sidney Lanier School.
    He attended the Southeast Tenth Avenue Church of Christ.
    Survivors include his mother, Frankieleen Richardson Cummings of Gainesville; his father, David Simmons of West Palm Beach; his sisters Pamela Covert, Kenthia Kelly and Francine Wright, all of Gainesville; and a brother, Patrick Davis of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Gary Lynn Presley

    li>Gary Lynn Presley of Keystone Heights died Sunday at his home after a long illness. He was 59.
    Mr. Presley was born in Jacksonville.
    He was veteran of the U.S. Army and a Baptist.
    Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Presley of Keystone Heights; daughters Margaret Presley of Keystone Heights and Sabrina Taylor of Jacksonville; sons Wendell O'Steen of Keystone Heights, Joseph O'Steen and James O'Steen, both of Jacksonville; a brother, Kenneth Presley of Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Rosalee Presley of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

    Beatrice B. Silver

  • Beatrice B. Silver of Gainesville died Tuesday. She was 78.
    Mrs. Silver was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and moved to Gainesville in 1969 from Fort Rucker, Ala.
    She was a secretarial stenographer for Silver Secretarial Services.
    She was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel, where she was involved in Hadassah.
    Survivors include her husband, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Harold Silver of Gainesville; daughters Elyse Silver Larkin of Miami, Leslie G. Silver of San Jose, Calif., and Angel N. Silver of Gainesville; a son, Jan B. Silver of Gainesville; a sister, Pauline Drucker of Kensington, Md.; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Jane Lindsey Werneke

  • Jane Lindsey Werneke of Gainesville died Tuesday. She was 67.
    Mrs. Werneke was born in Alexander City, Ala. She moved to Gainesville in 1968.
    She was a secretary at Glen Springs Elementary and Buchholz High School.
    She was a Methodist.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Werneke.
    Survivors include daughters Sherry K. Brennaman of Cataula, Ga., Amanda C. Hintz of Austin, Texas, and Susan D. Lindsey of Gainesville; brothers Billy Price of Hackneyville, Ala., and A.J. Price of Alexander City; a sister, Gloria Jean Patten of Montgomery, Ala.; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea in Gainesville.

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