January 13, 2006


Published: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 11:17 p.m.

James Edward Albritton Jr.

  • James Edward Albritton Jr. of Mobile, Ala., died Monday. He was 36.
    Mr. Albritton was born in Hialeah and also lived in Alachua before moving to Alabama.
    He worked as a sheet metal worker at Ingles Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.
    He graduated from Santa Fe High School in Alachua.
    Survivors include his father and stepmother, James Edward Sr. and Marryann Albritton of Grand Bay, Ala.; his mother and stepfather, Elizabeth and Leroy Myers of Unicoi, Tenn.; his daughter, Catherine Corrine Albritton of Palatka; his brother, Tim Albritton of Gainesville; and his grandmothers, Blanch Orrell of Florida and Annabelle of Barnsville, Ga.
    Arrangements by Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Mobile.

    Joseph Graham Jr.

    Joseph Graham Jr. of St. Petersburg died Dec. 31 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg. He was 71.
    Mr. Graham was born in Gainesville and moved to St. Petersburg in the late 1970s.
    He attended Lincoln High School, and he was a Baptist.
    Survivors include sons Frankie Graham of Rahway, N.J., and Joseph Graham III of Newark, N.J.; sisters Ellen Randolph of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ethel Huntley of St. Petersburg, Evelyn Niblack and JoAnn Williams, both of Gainesville, and Gloria Evans of Rialto, Calif.; brothers Leonard Graham of Fall River, Mass., Ernest Graham and Charles Graham, both of Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers' Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Thomas E. Hammett

    Thomas E. Hammett of Lake City died Wednesday at the Lake City Medical Center after an extended illness. He was 74.
    Mr. Hammett was born in Fayette, Ala., and moved to Lake City in 1968 from Chicago.
    He was employed with the float plant at Occidental Chemical Co. for 17 years.
    He enjoyed playing cards, especially canasta and spades, and he was a Baptist.
    He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Edgewood.
    Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Hazel Davis Hammett of Lake City; a son, Kenneth E. Hammett of Sneads; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Charlie Leon Koon

    Charlie Leon Koon of Apalachicola died suddenly Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained on his shrimp boat. He was 45.
    Mr. Koon was born in Greenville, S.C., and moved to Apalachicola two years ago from Crystal River. He also lived in Chiefland.
    He was the owner and operator of Popeyes Shrimping, and a shrimp boat captain.
    He was a Baptist. Survivors include brothers Ronald Koon of Bronson, William Koon of Williston and J.L. Koon of Lake City; and sisters Terri Koon of Williston, Wanda Oglesby of Ocala and Paula of Chiefland.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Esther Johanna Nigg

    Esther Johanna Nigg of Old Town died Thursday at the Tri-County Hospice Care Center in Chiefland. She was 79.
    Mrs. Nigg was preceded in death by a son, Stevie Nigg.
    Survivors include daughters Sharon Bridges of Old Town, Debbie Porter of Ocala and Toni Marie McAlee; a son, Roger Nigg of Baldwin, Md.; and a son-in-law and caregiver, Johnny Bridges of Old Town.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Amber M. Peck

    Amber M. Peck of Gainesville died Jan. 4 in the Ocala National Forest. She was 26.
    Miss Peck was born in Mason, Mich., and moved to Gainesville in 2004 from Mason, Mich.
    She was a student at Santa Fe Community College, where she was involved in Students for Environmental Harmony.
    She was a member of Common Ground Church in Gainesville.
    Survivors include her parents, David and Glenda Peck of Silver Springs; and a brother, David I. Peck of Orlando.
    Arrangements by Tri-County Cremation Service in Longwood.

    Samuel Benjamin Rowe

    Samuel Benjamin Rowe of Archer died Sunday. He was 82.
    Mr. Rowe was a lifelong resident of Archer.
    Survivors include his sister, Rosetta Stone of Archer; and an adopted son, Gary Rowe of Archer.
    Arrangements by Stone Memorial Funeral Home in Tampa.

    Carl Winston Strickland

    Carl Winston "C.W." Strickland of Chiefland died Thursday at Haven Hospice in Chiefland. He was 64.
    Mr. Strickland was born in Cairo, Ga., and lived most of his life in South Florida before moving to Chiefland in 1997.
    He was an engineer for 25 years with the Hialeah Fire Department and was the founder of C.W. Strickland Construction Inc.
    He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Chiefland.
    Survivors include his wife, Beverly Strickland of Chiefland; daughters Donna Braswell of De Leon Springs, Heath Hammiel of Minot, N.D., Melanie Hallum of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Kayla Strickland of Dacula, Ga.; the mother of his children, Sandra Strickland of Dacula; and a sister, Dorothy Maloomian of Chiefland; and seven grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Cindy Phillips Taft

    Cindy Phillips Taft of Williston died Wednesday at Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala after a long illness. She was 50.
    Mrs. Taft was born in Gainesville and was a lifelong resident of Williston.
    She retired as a store manager from Belk's department stores after 28 years of service.
    She graduated from Williston High School, where she was a member of the band. She then graduated from Central Florida Community College, and later, Florida State University with a degree in interior design.
    She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Williston.
    She enjoyed fishing and ranching. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Taft of Williston; her parents, Odis and Ruth Phillips of Williston; and brothers Jeff Phillips and Steve Phillips, both of Williston.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Robert Leon White

    Robert Leon White of Gainesville died Tuesday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville. He was 75.
    Mr. White was born in Waldo and lived most of his life in Gainesville.
    He was a retired purchasing agent for Gorman Plumbing and an associate at Moring Funeral Home for many years.
    He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was missing in action for 41 days and received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.
    He received the Hixon Award from Kiwanis International for dedication to the elimination of birth defects due to lack of iodine in children.
    He was a member of the Lake Region Kiwanis Club, the Korean War Veterans and American Legion Post 230 in Hawthorne. And he was a charter member of the Fightin' Gator Touchdown Club and a Gator Booster for 38 years.
    He loved Gator football, hunting and fishing.
    He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Kay White of Gainesville; a son, Rodney A. White of Gainesville; brothers Leonard White and Richard White, both of Gainesville, and Ted White of Louisville, Ky.; and sisters Ann Marie Deforge of Gainesville and Mildred Hunter of Hague.
    Arrangements by Moring Funeral Home in Melrose.

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