Obituaries — Feb. 8, 2022

Daniel Byrd

JACKSONVILLE Daniel “Dewey” Allen Carl Byrd, 36, of Jacksonville, died on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. He was born on Aug. 20, 1985 in Jacksonville to Reginald D. and June Rena (Deese) Byrd and grew up in Starke. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his son, Parker Allen Byrd; daughter, Peyton Renee Byrd; brothers, Randy Travis (Denise) Byrd of Jacksonville, Jake Warren of Jacksonville, Michael Crawford of Gainesville, Spencer Byrd of Jacksonville, and Reggie Byrd of Mayo; sisters, Danielle Denise (Will) Scaife of Melrose, Paula (Roy) Waters of Jacksonville, Pam Padgett (Grady) of Maxville, and Alexis Warren (Tanner) of Jacksonville; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Long Branch Baptist Church in Maxville with Pastor Terry Ryan officiating. Interment will follow in Crosby Lake Cemetery in Starke. Visitation with the family will be held one hour to services at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Blackburn-Curry Funeral and Cremation, 380 N. Lowder St., Macclenny. 904-259-2806.

 

Walter Frick

STARKE Walter Jerome Frick, 95, formerly of Starke, passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 at Haven Hospice E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville. 

Memorial services will be on Saturday, Feb. 12 2 p.m. at the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel of Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 56, 715 W. Edwards Road, Starke, 32091.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke.  904-964-6200.

 

 

Thomas Jones

 

Thomas Jones

LAKE BUTLER Thomas L. Jones, 92, of Lake Butler, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, at E.T. York Care Center in Gainesville. He was born March 21, 1929, in Utica, Mississippi to the late Robert Jessie and Lottie Mae Matthews Jones. He worked for O’Steen Brothers as a mechanic until his retirement. His favorite pastime was fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and taking trips to the mountains. Most of all, he enjoyed time with his family; especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Annie Mae Tetstone Jones; his son, Darryl Jones; 12 brothers; and five sisters.

He is survived by his sons, Ray (Lauri) Jones, Larry (Kim) Jones; Terry Jones, and Tommy Jones; his daughters, Debora Goodman (Terry Lynn) and Dee (Jeff) Gaskill; daughter-in-law, Kelly Jones; brother, Gerald Jones; sisters, Ruth Norman, Mary Smith, Sandra Torres, and Hazel Shivers; grandchildren, Larry Jr., Michelle, Justin, Bobby, Colby, Darren, Matt, Travis, Mason, Kelsey, and Blake; great-grandchildren, Arric, Mecca, Tevin, Landyn, Payton, Bentley, Kevin, Victoria, Axel, and Tyce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service to honor him was held on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler. He was laid to rest beside his wife at Dedan Cemetery in Brooker.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008 www.ArcherFuneralHome.com

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David Lawson

 

David Lawson

STARKE David Ewell Lawson. 81, of Starke passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at his residence. He was born on Aug. 18, 1940 in Auburndale to the late Marvin L and Sarah (Welch) Lawson. He was a lifelong resident of Bradford County. He was a lifetime active member of Madison Street Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer. Prior to retirement he was the owner/operator of Lawson Paint and Body Shop. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Henry Lawson, Pamela Dyal, and Sally Groves.

Survivors are his wife of sixty-two years, Patricia (Cogdill) Lawson of Starke; children, Cindy (Dan) Hildebran of Starke, Lisa (Jason) Sasser of Pace, and Tricia (Johnnie) Clark of Starke; brother, Marvin “Sonny” Lawson of Starke; grandchildren, Hilary (Tony) Arcuri, Tyler (Ashley) Hildebran, Hannah (Kevin) Reddish, Clint Collins, Chelsey Collins, Abbie (Cory) Tucker, John (Laci) Clark, and Karen (David) Hall. Also left are 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at Madison Street Baptist Church on Monday, Feb. 7. Interment followed at Crosby Lake Cemetery with Rev. Charles Warren and Rev. Richard Cason officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Madison Street Baptist Church Building Fund, 900 W. Madison St., Starke, 32091.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Starke 904-964-6200 www.jonesgallagherfh.com.

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Carolyn McLeod

 

Carolyn McLeod

BRYCEVILLE Carolyn Carter McLeod of Bryceville, died in the early morning hours, Thursday Jan. 27, 2022, from complications that arose from a surgery the day before. She was 74 when she went home to be with the Lord. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia and grew up in Ohio. She moved to Florida when she was 18. She loved the Lord Jesus, and was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Vivian Carter of South Point, Ohio.

Survivors include her husband, Elliott McLeod of Bryceville; two daughters, Carolyn Christine Beverly of Bryceville and Michele Shinholser of Raleigh, North Carolina; a brother, Clyde Carter of South Point, Ohio; a sister, Patricia Jordan of Middleburg; three grandchildren, Christina Carrasco of Copperas Cove, Texas, Cody Shinholser and Lance Shinholser of Raleigh, North Carolina; and three great- grandchildren, Aaron, Isaiah, and Lilyana Carrasco of Copperas Cove, Texas.

The viewing was Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler. The funeral was held Thursday, Feb. 3 also at Archer-Milton Funeral Home with a small graveside service at Elzey Chapel Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008. www.ArcherFuneralHome.com

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Jeremy McRannolds

 

Jeremy McRannolds

LAKE BUTLER Jeremy James McRannolds, 45, of Lake Butler, passed away on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, after he lost his fight with COVID19. He was born on Aug. 4, 1976, in Traverse City, Michigan, to Geraldine (Laub) and James McRannolds. After graduating high school, he moved to Florida to be with family. He worked for the Department of Corrections before moving into the auto industry where he specialized in sales. For the past nine years, he worked for the Morgan Group/Roundtree Moore family. He was very active. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved going to the gym, collecting knives, and the Detroit Lions football. He also loved to sit down with a good book, especially Louis L’Amour. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his sister, Rachel McRannolds Weisenborn; and his maternal grandparents, Gerald and Barbara Laub.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Melody McRannolds of Lake Butler; his children, Jacob, Aidan, and Peyton McRannolds all of Lake Butler; and a niece who was more like a daughter, Tiphanie Durham; parents, Jim (Donna) McRannolds of Fernandina Beach, Geraldine (Bill) Gardner of Ft. Pierce, and stepdad, Mark A. (Beth) Hendrickson of Portage, Michigan; siblings, Lindsey McRannolds and Carrie (Joey) Knowles, both of Fernandina Beach, Billy (Shanda) McRannolds of Puyallup, Washington, Hannah (Johnny) Oliver of Fernandina Beach, and Mark W. Hendrickson of Ft. Pierce; brother-in-law, Harry Wiesenborn; and his parents-in-law, Rev. Ralph and Linda Durham; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family also survive.

A funeral to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m. at Archer-Milton Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 2 p.m. at Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008. www.ArcherFuneralHome.com

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Roy Miller

 

Roy Miller

STARKE Roy Francis Miller, 81, of Starke, went to his heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Ascension St. Vincent’s Clay County with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia to the late Melvin Miller and Lula Maybush. He enlisted in the United States Navy as soon as he was of age and graduated high school in the Navy. He proudly retired from the Navy after 25 years of serving his country as a mechanic. In September of 2000, he married his beautiful bride, Elizabeth Daggy, and they spent 21 wonderful years together. He spent most of his life residing in Virginia. However, 12 years ago he and Elizabeth decided to take on a new adventure and relocate to Starke. He became a member of Bayless Highway Baptist Church where he served and worshiped, Jesus Christ. And he joined American Legion Post 56. He had a love for antique cars; and had the privilege to own a variety of them throughout his life. He enjoyed gardening and keeping up with his yard, making sure it always looked nice. More than anything, he loved his family and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth D. Miller of Starke; daughter, Melody (Podge) Corbin; stepchildren, Kenny Craun of Florida, Paula Craun, Reta (Robert) Crissman, and Marsha (Steve) Grimm all of Virginia; sisters, Darlene (Donald) Propst and Etta Campbell both of Virginia; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel.

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

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Shirley Moore

 

 

Shirley Moore

STARKE Shirley C. Moore, 84 of Starke, passed away in Gainesville on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. She was born in Woodbine, Georgia on May 4, 1937 to the late David Francis and Ella Mae “Miller” Cottle. She was a great cook, enjoyed taking trips to the mountains, and attending her 1955 high school class reunions. She was also a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Starke, where she enjoyed attending Sunday school. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Moore Sr; her parents; brothers, Edgar Cottle, Marion Cottle and Wilton “Buddy” Cottle; and her great-grandson Denlen Conner.

She is survived by her son, Leonard (Beth) Moore of Starke; daughter, Diann (Tommy) Outlaw of Starke; sister, Winifred “Winnie” Drury; grandchildren, Brian Outlaw, Rachel (Michael) Conner, Kelly (Monica) Outlaw, Jessica (James) Feltner, Casey (Denise) Moore, Drew (Kristyn) Moore and Ethan (Brandi) Moore; and 21 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Starke on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with Pastor Roman Alvarez and Pastor Harry Hatcher officiating. A visitation preceded the services. A private burial will take place at Crosby Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home, 620 E. Nona St., Starke. www.jonesgallagherfh.com.

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Doris Sandberg

 

 

Doris Sandberg

STARKE Doris Lee Sandberg, 90, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. She was born July 4, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She worked for over 55 years as a scrub nurse. She had a caring heart and thoroughly enjoyed serving her patients. She was married to the love of her life, Jess H. Sandberg Jr., for 72 years until his passing. She was active in the Starke community and in her church, Sante Fe Mennonite Church. She was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her son, Jess Hansen III; her daughters, Marcella (Lonnie) Thomas of Michigan and Janice (Bill) Criss of Waldo; six grandchildren; nine great-children; and one great-great-grandchild.

A service was held on Thursday, Feb. 3, at her church, Sante Fe Mennonite Church.  She will be laid to rest next to her husband at the church cemetery.

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

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Mary Stephens

 

Mary Stephens

GAINESVILLE Mary Elizabeth Stephens, 78, of Gainesville, passed away peacefully at her residence with her loving family by her side.  She was born in Jacksonville on Dec. 13, 1943, to the late Lawrence E. Dugger and Cora Rye Dugger.  She was raised in Raiford and graduated from Bradford High School in 1961.  Shortly after high school, she married her high school sweetheart, John Cecil Stephens Jr. on April 20, 1962.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed being a homemaker.  She was a proud military wife and blessed mother who loved tending to her family’s needs.  She and John moved numerous times; from Italy to Germany, and throughout the United States until settling in Iowa, where they resided for over 20 years.  After John’s passing, she relocated to Melrose to be closer with her daughter and she has been in Gainesville for the past seven years. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and dancing; but, most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends and especially enjoyed her sweet grandbabies.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 35 years, John Cecil Stephens Jr.; a son, John Cecil Stephens III; and brothers, Leonard Dugger and Richard Dugger.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Kathy (Jason) Castor of Gainesville; sisters, Jean (James) Thomas of Orange Park and Peggy Dugger of Nashville, Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Kathy Dugger of Fleming Island, Emma Dugger of Tallahassee, and Vonda Gayle Stephens of Starke; grandchildren, Brittany Cassatt, Courtney Neuzil, Brittany Castor, Joshua Castor, and Sadie Stephens; along with many great-grandchildren she was blessed with.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the near future.

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

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Ruby Tanner

 

Ruby Tanner

MILTON Ruby Lee Tanner, 80, of Milton, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola. She was born in Georgia to the late Luther and Ida Koon Sexton. She was raised in Lake City, where she met the love of her life, Archie M. Tanner, after graduating high school.  Archie and Ruby were happily married and together they lovingly raised their beautiful daughter, Lucretia.  They resided in Lake City for a season until making Starke their forever home in the mid 1970s.  She enjoyed tending to her family and all their needs, and was called into a different role when she and Archie established Archie Tanner Funeral Home in 1976.  They proudly served Bradford County and the surrounding communities for many years.  She was a leader by nature and was able to manage and assist Archie with various funeral home tasks, but she was most passionate about her family, especially her grandson, Ryan and great-grandson, Kaleb.  She loved her family dearly and certainly enjoyed precious time with them.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 32 years, Archie M. Tanner, LFD; three brothers, R.V. Sexton, L.M. Sexton, and Phillip Wade Sexton; and two sisters, Mittie Nelson, and Mary Beth Crews.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Lucretia (Howard) Tanner Kistler of Milton; sisters, Shirley (Hugh) Dampier of Lake City, Betty (Rodney) Sistrunk of Fanning Springs, and Charlotte (Donnie) Ammons of Lake City; her grandchildren, Ryan (Brandy Locke) Kistler and Kristen Kistler; and great-grandchildren, Kaleb Kistler, Gaberyl, Ellie, Elijah, Aiden, Justice, Gabby and Silas.

A private graveside Celebration of Life will be held at Memorial Cemetery in Lake City, with Rev. Hugh Dampier officiating. 

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

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Doris Thomas

 

 

 

Doris Thomas

LAWTEY Doris Ann Thomas of Lawtey passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 after a brief illness. She was born in Worthington Springs on April 24, 1955. She was a member of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Charles L. Green Jr., Pastor. She attended Consolidated High School in Union County and graduated from Tower High School in Decatur, Georgia. She also attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville.

She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Quentin (Monica) Thomas of Starke and Jeremy (Tiffany) Thomas of Jacksonville; four grandchildren that she adored, Jada Thomas, Jaleel Thomas, Jeremy Thomas and Jael Thomas.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Raiford Community Center, Winton St. (Highway 121), Raiford, with Rev. Charles L. Green, Eulogist.

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Jarvis Williams

 

 

Jarvis Williams

LAKE BUTLER Jarvis Labarron Williams, 44, was called home on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. He was a resident of Fort Pierce. Jarvis was a graduate of Union County High School (Class of 1996). He was employed as a truck driver.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories: a daughter, Abrilya Monique Williams; his parents, Geraldine W. Harris, Jake Barron (deceased), Jimmie Williams (deceased), and Elaine Williams Lee; brothers, Arnold Williams, Freddie (Shirley) Harris; sisters, Stephanie (Henry) McDonald, Aurilla Williams; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends; and his companion, Chenethia Williams.

A life celebration will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Victory Christian Center, 705 S.W. Sixth St., Lake Butler, with Rev. Patrick Maxwell, pastor, Apostle Adrian Weeks, eulogist, officiating. The family has requested that the funeral cortege assemble at the church at 10:45 a.m. Public visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at J. Hadley Funeral Home, 2030 N. Temple Ave., Starke 904-368-0210. The staff would like to request, that all resolutions be emailed only to  [email protected] CDC guidelines will be enforced. Everyone must wear a mask.

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Tamara Williams

Tamara Ellerson Williams, 46, of Sumter, South Carolina, died on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at her residence. Born in Ocala. she attended the local schools of Bradford County and graduated from Bradford High School. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Starke, where she served as the Sunday school secretary and loved singing in the choir.

She is survived by her mother, Rev. Ester B. Kelly; sons, Trent Smith, Montrez Ellerson, and Jeremy Williams; daughter, Gracen Williams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many sorrowing friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, at New Bethel Baptist Church, 901 Keller St., Starke with Rev. Abie Williams, presiding, and Rev. Alvin Green, eulogist. Interment will be held at Oddfellow Cemetery in Starke under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. The Repose for friends will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel/Haile Funeral Home Inc., 802 N. Oak St., Starke. 904-964-7905. Face masks are required for the funeral service and visitation.

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