January 29, 2006


Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 9:16 p.m.
Lang Pons
  • Lang Pons of Interlachen died Friday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville after a sudden illness. He was 86.
    Mr. Pons was born in Windsor and moved to Interlachen in 1997 from Toccoa, Ga.
    He retired after 21 years as a brick mason in the maintenance department at the University of Florida.
    He was a member of Woodsmen of the World and enjoyed fishing and traveling.
    He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Windsor, and he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
    He was preceded in death by a son, David E. Pons.
    Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Joyce K. Pons of Interlachen; sons Lang R. Pons of Gainesville, Albert L. Pons and Michael Pons, both of Windsor, and Donald Pons of Hinesville, Ga.; stepdaughters Angela Riley of Keystone Heights, Diana Chipman of Chicago and Virginia Wilson of Melrose; stepsons Patrick Finocchio of Branford and Edward Finocchio of Lithia; a sister, Maggie Seques of Cleveland, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
    Ellen Mary Ryan Rykard
  • Ellen Mary Ryan Rykard of Lake City died Friday at Shands at Lake Shore after an extended illness. She was 74.
    Mrs. Rykard was born in Market Street Bantry County Cork, Ireland.
    She was a member of the First Full Gospel Church and enjoyed suspense novels.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Daniel Rykard; a son, Colin Douglas Rykard; and a grandson, Jason Allen Morgan.
    Survivors include a son, Gilbert Daniel Rykard Jr. of Keaton Beach; daughters Anne Ratliff of Lake City, Laura Frazier of Live Oak, Patricia Downing of Lake City and Frances Ryan of Gainesville; a brother, Joe Ryan of Priors Marston, England; a sister, Katherine "Kitty" Bittle of Banbury, England; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.
    Jonnie Jeanette G. Churchill
  • Jonnie Jeanette Gray Churchill of Gainesville died Thursday. She was 85.
    Mrs. Churchill was born in Tallahassee and moved to Gainesville in 1959 from Springfield, Mass.
    She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. Survivors include sons Henry Edward Churchill and Winston Stuart Churchill, both of Houston, and Daniel Wayne Churchill of Alaska; daughters Cynthia Jane Williams and Vivian Irene Lantow, both of Gainesville; a brother, James Gray of Tallahassee; sisters Nellie Jacobs and Delores Gronewold, both of Tallahassee, Lillie Mae Shapro of Tampa, Elizabeth Austin of Liberia, Africa and Stella Avalis of California; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.
    Doris Sowell Kelley
  • Doris Sowell Kelley of Brooker died Thursday after a brief illness. She was 91.
    Mrs. Kelley was born near LaCrosse and lived most of her life in Brooker.
    She retired from Belks Department Store and had also worked at the Brooker Elementary School.
    She taught Sunday school for more than 60 years, sang in the choir and was active in other ways with Brooker Baptist Church.
    She enjoyed cooking for her family. Survivors include daughters Carolyn Dyal of Brooker and Dottie Sue Cranford of Old Town; sons Roswell Kelley, Winston Kelley and Jerome Kelley, all of Brooker, Charles Kelley of Waldo and Lenox Kelley of Ormond Beach; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Archer Funeral Home in Lake Butler.
    J.C. Mayhair
  • J.C. Mayhair of Melrose died Saturday at Robert's Care Center in Palatka after a long illness. He was 73.
    Mr. Mayhair was born in Milton and moved to Melrose in 1973 from Pensacola.
    He was a retired self-employed heavy-equipment operator.
    He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Church of God Prophecy in Gainesville.
    He was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Hutchins.
    Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Wildred Brown Mayhair of Melrose; a daughter, Debbie Hutchins of Melrose; sons James Mayhair of Melrose and Michael Mayhair of Bedford, Ind.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home in Keystone Heights.
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