Obituaries — Feb. 14, 2023

Mildred Cobb

Mildred Cobb

Our precious mother, Mildred “Micki” Bridges Cobb, has finally gone to be with her sweet Lord Jesus. Her greatest prayer was for all of her family and loved ones to seek a closer life with Jesus Christ as she waits to be reunited with them in Heaven and live together in eternal peace. At the age of 92, she passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her children, three generations of family and close friends. She was born June 25, 1930, to Elijah (Jim) Bridges and Ida Mae Bridges in Raiford. When she was 7 years old, her mother passed away, and she and her three brothers were then raised by her grandmother, Pearl Dowling Johns. She attended Raiford Elementary School with her brothers. She then attended Union County High School in Lake Butler, where she met and married Bill Cobb Jr. They were married in May 1947 and moved to West Palm Beach. Bill served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War, stationed in French Morocco, where Micki joined him. After military service, they returned to West Palm Beach, where they raised their three children. As a young mother, she was a homemaker dedicated to the care and love of her three children and to building a family on a foundation of love and faith in Jesus Christ.  Her love of children and Christ was always present in her home, and she would often be seen bringing many children to church to teach them to know and love Jesus.  In later years, she re-entered the workforce and enjoyed a successful career in real estate in West Palm Beach. After moving to Lake City in 1980, she served in clerical and managerial positions at the local credit bureau and at a franchise corporation. After retiring in 1990, she became a foster mother for several years, where she made an impact on the lives of many children, opening her home at all hours, day or night. Over the years since then, she would regularly hear from these children; one of them is here today, Candy Rowe. She was a generous, giving, and self-sacrificing soul who opened her home to many and offered comfort and refuge from the difficulties in life.  It was said by her oldest and dearest friends, that she was the best friend they ever had in their lives. She was full of life every day, even to her last days.  Her passion and favorite things in life were her Lord and her large family. As a long-time member of North Lake City Church of God, she served the Lord continually, and was always eager to take on new responsibilities.  She was best known as Leader of the Prayer Ministry from 1996-2010, Sunday School, VBS, Finance Committee, Youth Board, and many more tasks, both large and small. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Cobb; foster son, Charles Cobb; sister, Evelyn Lyles; and brothers, J. C., James, Charles, and Hal Bridges.

She is survived by her daughter, Romaine Cobb (Craig) Thormodson of Madelia, Minnesota; sons, William A. “Billy” Cobb and Richard Cobb; grandchildren, Gina Watson, Alysa Thormodson, Sarah (Michael) Bower, William A. “Will” (Amanda) Cobb, Ryan, Zach, McKinleigh, and Brayden Cobb; great-grandchildren, twins, Adriana and Briana Watson, Carson Watson, Erin, Asa, and Roselynne Cobb, Bailey Taylor, and Matthew Bower. She is also survived by special friends, Thea Baglino, Ashley Cobb, and Beth Smith.

Services will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church. It was her request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be considered to the North Lake City Church of God Benevolence Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 S. US Hwy 441, Lake City, 32025, 386-752-1954. Please leave words of comfort for the family at



William Crawford


William Crawford

William Donald Crawford of Raiford, or “Donnie” as he was affectionately known to his friends and family, entered this world on Oct. 19, 1954, and passed from this life of pain and suffering on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. He was a man who touched more lives than can be counted and he leaves behind a multitude of friends who will miss him dearly.  He was preceded in death by his dear mother, Barbara Jean Conner Crawford; and his loving father, Jason Bruce (J.B.) Crawford. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Denise Mooneyham Crawford; son, Daniel Wallace Crawford; daughter-in-law, Carrie Croft Crawford; daughter, Abigail Dawn Crawford; and brothers, Allen Bruce (Elaine) Crawford, Gordon Chris Crawford, and Eric Jason (Charmin) Crawford. He was blessed with nine grandchildren, Nicholas Luke Crawford, Landon Thomas Crawford, William Rhett Crawford, Ethan Paul Crawford, Ashlinn Faith Crawford, Jillian Brooke Crawford, Gracie Elizabeth Crawford, Jackson Colt Crawford, and Avie Michaela Wise; and one great-grandson Asher Rhett Crawford. His four sisters-in-law are Cheryl Mooneyham (Pat) McDaniel, Lisa Mooneyham (Chris) Lawson, Lori Mooneyham (Shands) Howard, and Marcie Mooneyham (Jay) Tucker.  

A service to honor him will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 2 p.m. Immediately following the service, he will be laid to rest at Conner Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Brother Gene Burnsed.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. 386-496-2008




Paul Finley

Paul Brian Finley born Sept. 10, 1958, passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

He is survived by his daughter, Genevieve Finley; son, Christopher Finley; brother, David Finley; and sister, Susan Day.

He wished to be cremated, so a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 McDuff Ave. S., Jacksonville, 32205.


Nancy Fox



Nancy Fox

Nancy Lee Fox, 87, longtime resident of Keystone Heights, stood upright for the first time in so many years and looked face-to-face at her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. She was born at home in Otis in Duval County on Dec. 16, 1935. She was preceded in death by Glenn Fox, her Valentine of 66 years. Those who have also gone before her are her parents, Kenneth and Daisy (Williams) Kimbrell; and her half-sister, Mavis (Ellis) Starling.

She is survived by her children, Glynese (Mike) Ronquille, Kimberly Fox, and K. G. (Michelle) Fox; grandchildren, Kenda (Dan) Smith, Gavin (Amber) Ronquille, Ben (Candice) Hightower V, Elisa (Drew) Kellogg, Katie (Matthew) Veal, Amanda Miller, Hannah (Zach) Poole; great-grandchildren, Kellin Ronquille, Hailee Peoples, Elijah Smith, Gauge Ronquille, Elijah Kellogg, Baylie Ronquille, EmmaLee Miller, Paisley Ronquille, Gideon Kellogg, and Stevie Lee Poole.

She loved the Lord, her family and her church. Even at 87, she was faithful to visit and call the “elderly and infirmed.” She prayed…. You may honor her by serving Christ, your family and others, as she did. You may pay your respects at River of Life Church of God, 2225 US 301 South, Starke, on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Terry Clark officiating. Family is welcome to join at graveside for interment at Sellers Cemetery, Halsema Road, Jacksonville.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176.





Edward Gardner

Edward Joseph Gardner, 67, of Keystone Heights, died on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, due to injuries sustained on Jan. 25, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Carol Louise Lineback.

He is survived by two sons, Larry Edward Gardner and Joseph Michael Gardner; his sister, Wilma Jean (Bill) Drew of Georgia; and other extended family.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights, 352-473-3175 


Melvina Green

Melvina M. Green, 92, of Lawtey, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at her residence. She was born in Lawtey and was a life-long resident of Bradford County. She attended the local schools of Bradford County. She was a member of Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Lawtey and served as an usher, cook and mother of the church. She was the Leader of the Young People Christian Organization and a giver to the community.

She is survived by her children, Jerome Terry Turner, Patricia Smith and Marian King; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church. Family hour will be from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Public visitation will be from 5 pm. until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Lawtey, with Elder Mary Palmer conducting the services. Interment will be held following the services at Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. 802 N. Oak St., Starke, 32091 904-964-7905. The Cortege will form at the home of Mrs. Melvina M. Green on Saturday. 



George Hoffer III

George William Hoffer III died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. 

He is survived by his son Michael Hoffer and daughter-in- law, Amanda Hoffer, both of Starke; brother, Jeff Hoffer of Palm Coast; and sisters, Sue Hoffer of Vermont, and Tricia Drumm of Jacksonville.

Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke


Bert McGee Jr.



Bert McGee Jr.

Bert Edward McGee Jr., 59, of Camden, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at his residence. He was born on Aug. 23, 1963, in Killeen, Texas to the late Bert Edward McGee Sr. and Beverly Chapman McGee Poag. He was employed with Dupont-Chemours for 40 years. He was a Baptist by faith. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He had a zest for life and loved making people smile and laugh. He loved spending time with family and friends. Two of his favorite things to do were to cheer on the Florida Gators and cook crawfish.

He is survived by his mother, Beverly Chapman McGee Poag of Lake City; wife, Leslie Johns McGee of Camden, Tennessee; son, Dillon McGee (Autumn Ratliff) of Big Sandy, Tennessee; son by choice: Wally Johns of Starke; daughter, Laine McGee (James Moore) of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; brother, Robert (Patty) McGee of Starke; sister, Marilynn (Marty) Martinez of Lake City; his grandpup, Gus McGee; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.

Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Oakdale Funeral Home, 401 Hwy 641, Camden Tennessee 38320. Memorial services will begin at 4 p.m.






Emory Prevatt Jr.

Emory Prevatt Jr.

Emory M. Prevatt Jr. of Starke was called home on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, after a short illness. He was born Feb. 24, 1950, in Starke, to the late Emory M. (Big Boy) Sr.  and the late Betty Jean Adkins Prevatt.  He was a lifelong resident of Bradford County, residing his entire life on the family’s farm. He retired as a driver/operator with Gainesville Fire Rescue after 29 years of dedicated service, where he earned his nickname, “Bull,” for the way he fought fires. He was a cowboy from birth who enjoyed training horses, competing in team roping events and day working cows. He was an avid deer and turkey hunter and loved raising and training his deer dogs. After ill health ended many of his favorite pastimes, he still enjoyed reminiscing and sharing those treasured memories with family and friends. He was a past member of many of the local hunting clubs, where he enjoyed many years of spending time and making memories with his friends and family. He served the youth of Bradford County for many years through coaching little league baseball. He was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church where he enjoyed singing in the choir. His hearty laugh and love for his family and friends will be treasured and missed. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary Prevatt; and infant child.

He is survived by his son, Emory M. (B. B.) Prevatt III; daughter-in-law; Renae P. Prevatt, grandson; Garhett (Rhett) W. Prevatt; brother, J. Walter (Peggy) Prevatt; niece, Jenna (Joey) Nerstad; nephew, Chris (Trisha) Prevatt; and two great-nephews, Cooper Nerstad and Wyatt Prevatt.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, Feb. 13, at Sampson City Church of God with Brother John Frampton officiating.  Interment followed at Prevatt Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke. 904-964-5757. Visit to sign the family’s guest book.





Helen Riddlehoover

Helen Ridlehoover, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Ridlehoover.

She is survived by three daughters, Annette (Greg) Pusateri, Karen McRae, and Monica Ridlehoover; six grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Fellowship Church.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke.