January 7, 2006


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.

Thomas R. Tamez

OBITUARIES
  • Thomas R. Tamez of Gainesville died Thursday. He was 43.
    Mr. Tamez was born in Altus, Okla. He moved to Gainesville from Wilson, N.C., 16 years ago. Family members said he enjoyed cooking and dancing.
    Survivors include a son, Patrick Tamez of Wilson, N.C.; brothers Mario R. Tamez Jr. of Middlesex, N.C., Abel Tamez of Wilson, N.C., David Tamez of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jesse Tamez of Conover, N.C.; and a sister, Jessica Rodriguez of Wilson, N.C.
    Arrangements by Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home in Wilson, N.C.

    Allen Henry Smith

  • Allen Henry Smith of Newberry died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 78.
    Mr. Smith moved to Newberry in 1982 from Clearwater.
    He was of the Church of God faith. He was a member of the American Legion and the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Crime Watch.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Smith.
    Survivors include his wife, Christine Smith of Newberry; sons David Smith of Starke and John Reid of Trenton; daughters Rebecca Branham of Lake Butler and Davina Brown of Trenton; a brother, Johnny Smith of Geneva, Ala.; a sister, Flossie Childress of Fort Meade; and nine grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Bernard Fernando Smith

  • Bernard Fernando Smith of Gainesville died Dec. 15 at Shands at the University of Florida. He was 49.
    Mr. Smith was born in Detroit and moved to Gainesville 10 years ago from Atlanta.
    He was a furniture salesman. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his mother, Charity Smith of Oak Park, Mich.; brothers Luther T. Smith Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Robert Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., Hugh Smith and Sedric Don Smith, both of Detroit, and Gregory Smith of Portland, Ore.; and sisters, Hilda Heath of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Daphane Tipton of Detroit, Carol Pace of Camden, Ark., and Sheila Maroville of Atlanta.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

    Zelma Thomas Gray

  • Zelma Thomas Gray of Micanopy died Friday at Shands at AGH in Gainesville. She was 92.
    Mrs. Gray was born in LaCrosse and moved to Micanopy 50 years ago from Ocala.
    She was a retired Realtor. She was a Baptist. Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Jean Gray of Gainesville; and a sister, Lucille Hazen of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Donald Stephen Hayes

  • Donald Stephen Hayes of Keystone Heights died Thursday at Shands at the University of Florida after a brief illness. He was 56.
    Mr. Hayes was born in Jacksonville and moved to Keystone Heights 20 years ago.
    He was a retired electronic engineering technician with BellSouth in Orange Park and Jacksonville.
    He was a Catholic. Survivors include daughters Brandy Leigh Davis of Jacksonville, Casey Marie Murray of Green Cove Springs and Kelly Anne Hayes of Keystone Heights; a sister, Carole Anne Hayes of Tallahassee; his former wife of 27 years, Kathy Hayes of Keystone Heights; and six grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

    Eleanor Bangs Patrick

  • Eleanor Bangs Patrick of Gainesville died Friday at her home. She was 96.
    Mrs. Patrick was born in Deep River, Conn., and moved to Gainesville four years ago from Athens, Ga., and Highlands, N.C.
    She was a homemaker. She received her bachelor's degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. She volunteered for "Recording for the Blind" for 30 years. She was a founding member of the Gainesville Society of Friends.
    In her youth she was a competitive swimmer and field hockey player. She also danced with the New York City Ballet and was an avid tennis player and golfer.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Rembert W. Patrick.
    Survivors include sons Rembert W. Patrick Jr. of Lochloosa and John R.B. Patrick of Crystal River; a daughter, Sherrie Southworth of Gainesville; two grandsons and one great-grandson.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.

    Clifford Powell Jr.

  • Clifford Powell Jr. of Gainesville died Monday at Shands at the University of Florida after a brief illness. He was 21.
    Mr. Powell was born in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and moved to Gainesville five years ago.
    He was a part-time employee of Publix. He graduated from Buchholz High School and was attending Santa Fe Community College.
    Survivors include his mother, Bernadine Erskine of Gainesville; his father, Clifford R. Powell Sr. of St. Croix, Virgin Islands; brothers Craig Erskine of Atlanta, Jermaine Henley, Clifton Powell and Bertram Powell, all of Gainesville; and a sister, Cliftene Powell of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Virginia N. Sanders

  • Virginia N. Sanders of Homosassa died Wednesday at Citrus Memorial Hospital. She was 72.
    Mrs. Sanders was born in Newberry. She was a lifelong resident of Florida and moved to Citrus County in 1973.
    She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Newberry and the Christian Women's Club. She was a member of P.E.O. and Grace Bible Church in Homosassa.
    Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James Thomas Sanders of Homosassa; sons James T. Sanders Jr. of Punta Gorda and Charles N. Sanders of Lecanto; her mother, Mentholee Norfleet of Newberry; a brother, Ed D. Norfleet of Newberry; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa Springs.

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