January 14, 2006

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:53 p.m.

William F. Atwood Sr.

  • William F. Atwood Sr. of Keystone Heights died Thursday at Shands at Starke after a brief illness. He was 84.
    Mr. Atwood was born in Decatur, Ga., and moved to Starke in 1962 and moved to Keystone Heights three years ago.
    He was a retired aviation electrician at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.
    He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
    He was a former deacon for Morgan Road Baptist Church in Starke, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
    He was preceded in death by a son, William Atwood Jr.
    Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruby Atwood of Keystone Heights; a daughter, Alice Clance of Keystone Heights; a son, Edwin Atwood of Starke; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.

    LaVonne Rae Brodie

  • LaVonne Rae Brodie of Old Town died Thursday. She was 49.
    Mrs. Brodie moved to Old Town 12 years ago from Key West.
    She worked for Lockheed Martin at the Key West Aerostat for 16 years. She worked at the Horseshoe Beach Aerostat for four years.
    She was a Lutheran. Survivors include her husband, Jim Brodie of Old Town; a son, Sheldon Brodie of Jacksonville; her parents, Vernon and Yvonne Julson of Key West; and brothers Allan Julson of Key West and Dennis Julson of Wewahitchka.
    Arrangements by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

    Estelle S. Hassell

  • Estelle S. Hassell of Gainesville died Friday at Woodland Care Center. She was 89.
    Mrs. Hassell was born in Homer, Ga., and moved to Belleview in 1973 from Atlanta. She recently moved to Gainesville.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belleview and she volunteered with the Marion County School Board and the American Red Cross. She was a Girl Scout leader.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Hassell, and a son, Larry Hassell.
    Survivors include daughters Jennifer Dorsey and Joanne Hassell, both of Gainesville; a son, Douglas Hassell of Atlanta; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Belleview.

    Robert M. Williams

  • Robert M. Williams of Hawthorne died Thursday at his home. He was 73.
    Mr. Williams was born in Ocala and moved to Hawthorne 10 years ago from St. Mary's, Ga.
    He retired from Gilman Paper Company after 36 years of service.
    He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williston.
    He graduated from Williston High School and he was an avid Gator fan.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jane Williams.
    Survivors include sons Mike Williams of Tallahassee and Mark Williams of St. Petersburg; daughters Jane Buffkin of Fernandina Beach and Beth Williams of Tampa; brothers Charles Williams of Chipley and Jimmy Williams of Williston; sisters Betty Stipanovich of Williston and Joetta Smith of Clermont; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

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