January 3, 2006


Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 2, 2006 at 10:01 p.m.

Jane Abel

  • Jane Abel of Interlachen died Monday in Palatka following an extended illness. She was 47.
    Mrs. Abel was born in Wichita, Kan., and had moved to Interlachen recently after living in Satsuma and Miami. She most recently worked as a long and short haul tractor-trailer driver for Foster's Auto Service in Orlando.
    She formerly worked as a business manager in real estate investments, and she held a bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University.
    Survivors include her brother, Dewey Abel of Satsuma; a sister, Helen Samples of Middleville, Mich.; and several extended family members.
    Arrangements by Masters Funeral Home in Palatka.

    Doris Marie Cummings

  • Doris Marie Cummings of Starke died of natural causes Sunday in Gainesville. She was 47.
    Mrs. Cummings was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and moved to Starke from Flomaton, Ala., about 1 1/2 years ago. She most recently worked as a secretary at Flomaton's City Hall.
    She was a member of the Starke United Pentecostal Church.
    Survivors include her husband, John E. Cummings of Starke; a daughter, Amanda Michelle Cummings of Starke; brothers Jerry Dean of Jacksonville and Timmy Dean of Clewiston; and a stepbrother, William Dean of Rock Spring, Ga.
    Arrangements by Archie Tanner Funeral Home.

    Linda Michelle Kirkland

  • Linda Michelle Kirkland of Lake City died Saturday night of injuries suffered in a traffic crash. She was 23.
    Ms. Kirkland was born in Plant City and moved to Lake City in 1998. She worked at McDonald's.
    She was a Baptist and spent her spare time with her children.
    Ms. Kirkland was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Frier.
    Survivors include her daughters, Hannah Marie David of Lake City and Rebecca Lynn Kirkland of Lake City; her parents, Burley and Juanita Kirkland of Lake City; brothers Roy Frier of Mulberry, John Henry Kirkland of High Springs and William Frier, Burley Kirkland and Tony Ray Kirkland, all of Lake City; sisters Juanita Frantz of Plant City and Sue Ann Frier and Bobbie Frier, both of Lake City; her former husband and friend, Robert Troidl of Plant City; and numerous extended family members.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Helen Ernestine Gaines Nelson

  • Helen Ernestine Gaines Nelson of Lake Butler died Friday at Lake Butler Hospital after an extended illness. She was 62.
    Mrs. Nelson was born in Orange State, Fla., and lived in Lake Butler most of her life. She was a former clothing presser for Lake Butler Apparel.
    She enjoyed fishing and flower gardening. She was a member of Victory Temple First Born Church of Lake Butler.
    She was preceded in death by husbands Wesley Jenkins and Charles Nelson and by a son, Ray Charles Jenkins.
    Survivors include her daughters, Bonnie Jenkins and Valerie Nelson, both of Lake Butler; sons Sidney Jenkins and Joseph Jenkins, both of Lake Butler; a sister, Joyce Bethea of Lake Butler; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.

    Esther E. North

  • Esther E. North of Lake City died early Monday in the Lake City Medical Center following a brief illness. She was 83.
    Mrs. North was born in Branford and lived in Lake City for the past 67 years. She was a former Avon representative.
    During more than 20 years selling Avon products, Mrs. North earned the President's Award for sales every year. She was also active at the Pine Grove Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a skilled seamstress.
    Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Terry of Callahan; sons David Richard Williams of Greeley, Colo., James "Jimmy" North of Lake City, John "Johnny" North of Geneva, and Alston "Dut" North Jr. of Lake City; a brother, Jack Tompkins of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lake City.

    James V. Robertson

  • James V. "Jay" Robertson of Old Town died Friday in a traffic accident in Waskom, Texas. He was 36.
    Mr. Robertson was born in Vero Beach. He moved to Old Town from Williston about two years ago. He hauled cattle for Neufeld Trucking for 15 years.
    Survivors include his wife, Kim Hendricks Robertson of Old Town; sons Jaycee Robertson of Old Town and Dylan Robertson of Williston; daughters Jeri-Lyn Hunt of Old Town and Hanah Robertson and Aubrey Robertson, both of Williston; his father, Ralph Robertson of Vero Beach; mother Jill Silcox of Crestview; stepfather Jim Silcox of Crestview; a brother, Justin Robertson of Vero Beach; and a sister, Shelly Robertson of Chiefland.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

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