June 1, 2006


Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:17 p.m.

Vera Louise Feagle Cooper Bejano

  • Vera Louise Feagle Cooper Bejano of Newberry died Tuesday at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation in Trenton. She was 85.
    Mrs. Bejano was born in Jacksonville and moved to Newberry in 1946 from Titusville.
    She owned Bejano's Furnishings. She was a member of Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Lake Butler and enjoyed gardening.
    Survivors include a daughter, Vandielou Thorpe of Gainesville; a son, George Vanderveer Cooper of Gainesville; a stepson, David Bejano of Winter Haven; and four grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Dorothy H. Biggs

  • Dorothy H. Biggs of Gainesville died Thursday at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 76.
    Mrs. Biggs was born in Gainesville and moved back to Gainesville 45 years ago from Atlanta.
    She was a vocational instructor at Tacachale.
    She was a graduate of Lincoln High School and attended Florida A&M University.
    She was a member of Greater Bethel AME Church, where she was part of the Church Kitchen Committee and a choir member. She was also a member of the Powerful Elders.
    Survivors include a son, Charles E. Biggs of Gainesville; and a sister, Gladys George of Gainesville.

    Eddie Lee Byron

  • Eddie Lee Byron of Archer died Monday. He was 48.
    Mr. Byron was a lifelong resident of Archer.
    He was a cook and a Baptist. Survivors include his mother, Katherine Byron of Archer; a sister, Sabrina Robinson of Archer; and a brother, Dwayne Sherman of Alachua.
    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Charles W. Floyd

  • Charles W. Floyd of Ocala died Sunday at Ocala Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was 63.
    Mr. Floyd was born in Flemington and moved to Ocala 22 years ago from New York.
    He worked as a custodian for the state of Florida and attended Canaan Baptist Church.
    Survivors include a son, Keith Floyd of Louisville, Ky.; daughters Shawn Renea Young and Sabrina Floyd, both of Gainesville; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Lucy Mae Phillips Freeman

  • Lucy Mae Phillips Freeman of Chiefland died Friday. She was 84.
    Mrs. Freeman was a lifelong resident of Chiefland.
    She was a homemaker and attended Levy County schools.
    She was a Pentecostal. Survivors include daughters Annie Richardson and Barbara Gamble, both of Chiefland; a son, Preston Freeman of Bronson; a brother, Richard Long of Chiefland; a sister, Mary Edmondson of Bronson; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.

    Hazel Davis Hammett

  • Hazel Davis Hammett of Lake City died Wednesday at Shands at Lake Shore after a sudden illness. She was 72.
    Mrs. Hammett was a lifelong resident of Lake City.
    She worked as a waitress at the Corner Cupboard Restaurant for many years.
    She enjoyed cooking and was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Hammett.
    Survivors include a stepson, Kenneth Hammett of Sneads; brothers James Davis and Clifford Davis, both of Lake City; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Dees Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Lake City.

    Thedford Emanuel Hayes

  • Thedford Emanuel Hayes of Jonesville died Sunday at North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was 86.
    Mr. Hayes was born in Alachua and was a lifelong resident of the Jonesville/Mount Nebo community.
    He was a self-employed farmer and a retired custodian with Alachua County schools.
    He was a member of Mount Nebo United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Community Benefit Society.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Mae Williams Hayes.
    Survivors include sons Alfred L. Hayes of Newberry and Antwan L. DeCoursey of Alachua; a brother, Alphonso Hayes of Alachua; and two grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers' Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Aaron McGlon

  • Aaron "Night Train" McGlon of Gainesville died May 25 at Shands at the University of Florida after a lengthy illness. He was 63.
    Mr. McGlon was a lifelong resident of Alachua County.
    He was a custodian at the University of Florida and worked as a cook at Mama Lo's Restaurant in Gainesville.
    He was a graduate of Lincoln High School and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Tisha M. McGlon of Gainesville; sons Aaron McGlon Jr. of Clearwater, Tyrone McGlon, Stevie McGlon and Rodney McGlon, all of Orangeburg, S.C., and Michael Batie, Eric Simmons and Brian Simmons, all of Gainesville; daughters Debra Williams of Oakland, Calif., and Brenda McGlon, Jackie Duncan and LaSonya Owens, all of Gainesville; a brother, Wendell McGlon of Gainesville; sisters Ruby Williams and Juanita "Speedie" McGlon, both of Gainesville, Rae Jean Phillipie of Far Rockaway, N.Y., and Shirley McGlon of Bronx, N.Y.; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    Dewwrell Paul

  • Dewwrell Paul of Melrose died Sunday in Gainesville. He was 76.
    Mr. Paul was born in Geneva County, Ala. and moved to Melrose 37 years ago from Panama City.
    He was a truck driver. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
    Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Annie Carraway Paul of Melrose; daughters Suzanne Paul Harvey of Virginia and Barbara Meredith of Melrose; sons Darrell Paul, Perry Paul and Asa Paul, all of Panama City; and eight grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Hawthorne.

    Willie Mae Wright Peterson

  • Willie Mae Wright Peterson of Gainesville died May 24 at Shands at AGH after a lingering illness. She was 67.
    Mrs. Peterson was born in Cordele, Ga. and moved to Gainesville in 1953.
    She was a retired environmental services employee at the University of Florida.
    She was a member of the Highways and Hedges Church.
    Survivors include her niece and caregiver, Carol Thompson of Gainesville.
    Arrangements by Duncan Brothers' Funeral Home in Gainesville.

    John Franklin Schenck

  • John Franklin Schenck of Newberry died Monday in Gainesville. He was 56.
    Mr. Schenck was born in Shelby, N.C. He received a bachelor's of science degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    He loved rock climbing, gardening, hiking, traveling and being at the farm with his family.
    Survivors include his wife, Helen Miyasaki of Newberry; a daughter, Kathleen Schenck of Newberry; a son, Christopher Schenck of Newberry; his mother, Betsy Schenck of Chapel Hill, N.C.; brothers Rand Schenck of Portland, Ore., and James Schenck of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and sisters Susan Schenck of Carrboro, N.C., and Evelyn Bubar of Black Mountain, N.C.
    Arrangements by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services in Newberry.

    Mary Louise Starkey

  • Mary Louise Starkey of Williston died Tuesday. She was 63.
    Mrs. Starkey was born in Branford and lived most of her life in the area.
    She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherrell Starkey.
    Survivors include a son, Bobby Starkey of Williston; sisters Inez Goodsell, Selena Roberts and Gladys Cross, all of Williston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Arrangements by Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

    Isabell Wimberly

  • Isabell Wimberly of Gainesville died Sunday at Palm Garden of Gainesville after an extended illness. She was 68.
    Mrs. Wimberly was born in Hastings and moved to Gainesville 38 years ago from High Springs.
    She retired from the University of Florida as a custodian.
    She was a member of Open Door Ministry. Survivors include her husband, David Wimberly of Gainesville; sons Lorenzo Lewis, Avery Jones and Jimmy Lewis, all of Gainesville, and Prezy Matthews of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; daughters Carolyn Young and Theresa Lewis, both of Gainesville, and Regina Tim of Tampa; brothers George Lewis and Calvin Lewis, both of Gainesville, Joe Lewis of Jacksonville, Joseph Lewis of Miami, Elder James Lewis and Dr. Samuel Lewis, both of Hastings, and Henry Green of St. Augustine; sisters Esther Alexander of High Springs, Willie Mae James, Doretha L. Hunter and Lillie Freeman, all of Hastings, and Rosa Lee Washington of Palatka; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements by Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville.

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