January 25, 2006


Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 9:38 p.m.
William Alfred Tharp
  • William Alfred Tharp of Newberry died Tuesday at his home after a brief illness. He was 85.
    Mr. Tharp was born in Flatwoods, Tenn., and moved to Newberry in 1959 after living in Rhode Island and Key West.
    He was a retired chief gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service.
    After retiring, he graduated from the University of Florida. He then worked as a teacher at Kirby-Smith Elementary School and Westwood Middle School for 20 years.
    He was a member of the Newberry Lions Club, the Retired Teachers Association and the First Baptist Church of Newberry.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Tharp.
    Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carmen Ford Tharp of Newberry; sons Wayne Tharp of Newberry and Edwin Tharp of Fort Myers; a brother, Raymond Tharp of Tiptonville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.
    Gertrude E. Gilbert
  • Gertrude E. Gilbert of Gainesville died Saturday at Palm Garden of Gainesville. She was 95.
    Mrs. Gilbert was born in Elyria, Ohio, where her first job was as secretary to the superintendent of schools. She lived in several cities in Ohio, as well as Winston-Salem, N.C., and Bennington, Vt., before moving to Gainesville 21 years ago from Cadillac, Mich.
    She was retired from The Edwards Laboratory, a soil-testing equipment company she owned and operated with her husband in Norwalk, Ohio.
    She enjoyed weekly bridge games in Gainesville at the Thelma Boltin Center and Cumberland Circle.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur R. Gilbert.
    Survivors include daughters Linda Davidson and Marjorie Fox, both of Gainesville; a sister, Pauline Thompson of Richmond, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.
    Judith Nerrow Boyd
  • Judith Nerrow Boyd of Keystone Heights died Sunday at her home after a struggle with liver disease. She was 67.
    Mrs. Boyd was born in Hartford, Conn., and moved to the Keystone Heights area in 2001.
    She retired from the lab of Dr. Dussia's office in Tallahassee in 2001.
    She was a Methodist. She was a member of the Melrose Woman's Club and a volunteer at the Keystone Senior Center.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. Boyd, and a son, Bruce Nelson.
    Survivors include a daughter, Tracy Seymour of Keystone Heights; a son, Robert Nelson of Dallas; her mother, Carolyn Brown Nerrow of Keystone Heights; sisters Virginia Wilcox of Grand Isle, Vt., and Nancy Field of Wethersfield, Conn.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.
    Les Harlan
  • Les Harlan of Gainesville died Monday. He was 49.
    Mr. Harlan was born in Greenfield, Iowa, and moved to Gainesville nine years ago from Fayetteville, Ark.
    He was a manager of C.E.D. Raybro Electric in Gainesville.
    He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
    He loved to golf and do yard work, and was an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.
    He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
    Survivors include his wife of 16 years, B.J. Harlan of Gainesville; his parents, Mel and Jane Harlan of Sidney, Neb.; a daughter, Lisa Timmons of Wichita, Kan.; sisters Diana Rohrick of Gering, Neb., and Sherry Weddell of Scottsbluff, Neb.; brothers Rob Harlan of Des Moines, Iowa, and Craig Harlan of Dunlap, Ill.; and a granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.
    Raymond Malphurs
  • Raymond "Lamar" Malphurs of Keystone Heights died Monday at Community Hospice in Jacksonville after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
    Mr. Malphurs was born in Greenville and moved to Keystone Heights in 1970 from Jacksonville.
    He was a Baptist, and he was a member of Riverside Lodge 266 and the American Legion in Keystone Heights. He was a Merchant Marine during World War II.
    Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Gladys Causey Malphurs of Keystone Heights; a daughter, Marie Bethune of Jacksonville; a son, Raymond V. Malphurs of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.
    Jeromie Paul Affron
  • Jeromie Paul Affron of Lake City died Sunday in Marion County from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. He was 35.
    Mr. Affron was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Lake City a year and a half ago.
    He was a carpet installer and enjoyed working with computers.
    He was of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
    Survivors include his father and stepmother, Wayne and Bonnie Affron of Lake City; his mother, Wanda Kay Barnett of West Palm Beach; a son, Jeromie Michael Affron of West Palm Beach; daughters Kayla Marie Affron and Brianna Starr Affron, both of West Palm Beach; brothers Randall Martin of West Palm Beach and David Leonard of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and a sister, Tammy Messler of Royal Palm Beach.
    Arrangements by Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs.
    Betty Plymel
  • Betty Plymel of Live Oak died Monday at Shands at the University of Florida after a short illness. She was 77.
    Mrs. Plymel was born in Dowling Park. She was a homemaker and a member of Dowling Park Church of God.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Jacob Plymel.
    Survivors include her husband, Paul Plymel of Live Oak; daughters Patricia Ash of Live Oak, Diane Ambrose of Treadwell, N.Y., and Melissa Washburn of Miami; sons Dewan Plymel of Mayo, Dallas Plymel, Jimmy Plymel and Velton Plymel, all of Live Oak, and Ronnie Plymel of Macclenny; sisters Connie Kinard and Linda Gale Hughes, both of Live Oak, and Ima Jean Fielding of Day; a brother, Harold Lee of Live Oak; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Daniels Funeral Home in Live Oak.
    John N. Pierce
  • John N. Pierce of Williston died Jan. 4 at his home. He was 73.
    Mr. Pierce was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and moved to Williston more than two years ago from Orlando, where he had lived for many years. He also spent four years working in Saudi Arabia.
    He worked as an orthotist and prothetist in Orlando.
    Survivors include his wife, Laura Pierce of Williston; a son, John Pierce of Iowa City, Iowa; sisters Pamela Hampshire of Ottumwa, Iowa, and Dianna Hallberg of Gettysburg, Pa.; and a grandson.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.
    Patricia M. Mendoza
  • Patricia M. Mendoza of Gainesville died Jan. 18 at Shands at AGH. She was 77.
    Mrs. Mendoza was born in Detroit. She moved to Gainesville in 1956.
    She was a certified property manager and owned and operated Patricia M. Mendoza Real Estate for 28 years, specializing in property management and rentals. She previously worked with leading real estate authorities Clayton Curtis and Frederick B. Arnold.
    She was a member of St. Patrick's Church.
    She enjoyed reading, walking and traveling.
    Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Mendoza Anderson of Gainesville; and a granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Gainesville.
    Mary Lou Wright
  • Mary Lou Wright of St. Augustine died Sunday at her home. She was 75.
    Mrs. Wright was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Miami.
    While living in Chevy Chase, Md., she volunteered at the White House, and after retiring to Gainesville she volunteered at the American Cancer Society, being a cancer survivor herself.
    She moved to St. Augustine nine years ago.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Kenneth Wright.
    Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Wright of St. Augustine; sons Michael Wright of Jacksonville and Kenneth Wright of Dadeville, Ala.; and a granddaughter.
    Arrangements by Hartley Cremations in Jacksonville.
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