January 6, 2006

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 10:49 p.m.

Flossie J. Bruce

  • Flossie J. Bruce of Gainesville died Thursday of natural causes. She was 73.
    Mrs. Bruce was born in Speedwell, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville in 1977 from Mount Pleasant, S.C.
    She was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include her husband, Boyd K. Bruce of Gainesville; a daughter, Betty B. Greenberg of Mount Pleasant; a son, Garry W. Bruce of Mount Pleasant; a brother, John Henry Smith of Pompano Beach; a sister, Sharron Evans of Gainesville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Joey Alan Bruce

  • Joey Alan Bruce of LaCrosse died Thursday at his home after an extended illness. He was 54.
    Mr. Bruce was born in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Gainesville in 1965.
    He was a carpenter and HVAC mechanic for Today's Heating and Air.
    He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in LaCrosse.
    He enjoyed NASCAR, playing horseshoes and fishing.
    Survivors include his wife, Beth Cowart Bruce of LaCrosse; daughters Katherine Lyn Bruce and Brenda Lee Bruce, both of Gainesville, and Crystal Faith of LaCrosse; his father and stepmother, Gene and Ardith Bruce of Fairbanks; and two grandsons.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.

    Louise Golino Robinson

  • Louise Golino Robinson of Bronson died Dec. 15 at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. She was 74.
    Mrs. Robinson was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and moved to Florida 47 years ago. She lived in Bronson for 14 years.
    She was retired from Honeywell Space Systems in Clearwater/St. Petersburg.
    She was active in local civic groups and was named the volunteer of the year in 2004 for the Department of Children and Families of the Tri-Counties.
    She enjoyed traveling, pets, gardening, dancing, painting and photography.
    Survivors include her husband, John P. Robinson of Bronson; a daughter, Linda Perry of Bronson; a son, Jeff Bradham of Morriston; a sister, Vera Wilson of Bronson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Direct Cremations Inc. in Gainesville.

    Yen Thi Le

  • Yen Thi Le of Gainesville died Wednesday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. She was 82.
    Mrs. Le was born in Vietnam and moved to Gainesville 13 years ago.
    She was a schoolteacher in Vietnam. She was actively in- volved in her Buddhist religion and temples. She donated to orphanages in Vietnam.
    Survivors include daughters Tham N. Phu of Vietnam, Thuy T.N. Nguyen, Thao T.N. Nguyen, Hieu T.N. Phu and Hanh T.N. Phu, all of Gainesville, and Huong T. Hoag of New York; sons Hung T. Phu and Phat T. Phu, both of Gainesville, and Thanh T. Phu of Ohio; sisters Loan T. Le, Phung T. Le and Ahn T. Le, all of Vietnam; and 14 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Charles Vincent Lyons

  • Capt. Charles Vincent Lyons of Gainesville died Wednesday at Alterra Clare Bridge. He was 80.
    Capt. Lyons was born in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Gainesville six years ago.
    He practiced as an attorney in Bartlett, Tenn., and later owned an insurance agency and then became a judge.
    He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1972, obtaining the rank of captain.
    He served as president of the Civitan Club in Bartlett, president of the governing board of the Ave Maria Guild Home, senior vice commander of the Military Order of the World Wars, state vice commander of Forty and Eight, vice commander for the American Legion Post No. 1 in Memphis, and he was a member of the Naval Reserve Association.
    Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lyons of Gainesville; a son, Vince Lyons of Jacksonville; and his brother, Jim Lyons of Memphis.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Frances Pulham

  • Frances Pulham of Reddick died Tuesday at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She was 81.
    Mrs. Pulham was born in Selmer, Ala., and moved to Reddick more than eight years ago from Big Pine Key.
    She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    She loved to do upholstery and she tended to her plants.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Pulham Sr.
    Survivors include sons Don Pulham Jr. and George B. Pulham, both of Reddick; a daughter, Cynthia Pulham Sampson of Reddick; a brother, Bernie Beck of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Homer Kent Ferguson

  • Homer Kent Ferguson of Gainesville died Thursday. He was 87.
    Mr. Ferguson was born in Whitney and moved to Gainesville 65 years ago from Leesburg.
    He was a retired Winn-Dixie manager and former owner and operator of Homer's Grocery.
    He was a member of the Gainesville Biracial Committee in the 1960s. He was also a member Service Corps of Retired Executives and the Gainesville "Has Beens."
    He was an elder at Highlands Presbyterian Church.
    He loved to fish and play the harmonica. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Ferguson of Gainesville; a son, the Rev. Barry D. Ferguson of Gainesville; daughters Donna G. Ferguson and Pam F. Meade, both of Gainesville, and Judy F. Meyer of Tallahassee; a sister, Fairby F. Singletary of Sanford; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.

    Ressie A. Colson

  • Ressie A. Colson of Starke died Wednesday at his caregiver's home of natural causes. He was 94.
    Mr. Colson was born in Brooker and was a lifelong resident of Bradford County.
    He was the retired owner and operator of G.B. Colson and Son Grocery in Brooker.
    He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Starke.
    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Colson Williams.
    Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Clara Flume Colson of Starke; daughters Dianne Moody of Lake Butler and Kay Colson Waters of Starke; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Starke.

    Eugene Thomas

  • Eugene Thomas of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 71.
    Mr. Thomas was born in Gilchrist County and moved to Gainesville 51 years ago.
    He was a general building contractor for 46 years.
    He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
    He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved Country music and Christian gospel music and hosted a TV show called "Miracles of God," which was taped in Jacksonville.
    Survivors include his wife, Lorena Cox Thomas of Gainesville; a daughter, Gina Thomas Dubose of Newberry; sons Ronald Eugene Thomas of Ormond Beach, Rennie Gene Thomas of Gainesville, and Darrell Dean Thomas and Darren Morris Thomas, both of Palm Coast; sisters Ruth Tanner of Providence and Sandra Tyre of Crystal River; brothers John L. Thomas of Providence, Wade L. Thomas Jr. of Gilchrist County and Charles Thomas of Live Oak; and 14 grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Newberry.

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