Obituaries — June 11, 2024

Dorothy Foster

Dorothy Foster

Mrs. Dorothy Ann Foster, 85, longtime resident of Waldo, died Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in the E. T. York Hospice Care Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness. She was born in Gainesville on June 15, 1938, to the late Dale and Delsia Drew, and had lived in this area her entire life.  She worked for many years at Central Florida Office Supply until her retirement over 20 years ago. She was also very proudly a longtime Avon sales representative. She was a longtime and very active member of Orange Heights Baptist Church, serving in many ministries, including the shut-ins ministry, Operation Shoebox and, while attending Waldo Baptist Church, working in the children’s church, alongside her late husband, Mr. Claude Foster, who preceded her in death in 2008. She enjoyed crafting, puzzles and watching her birds. She was also preceded in death by her three brothers, Don, Billy and Ralph Drew.

She is survived by her four daughters, Christina Ann (Elgan) Altizer, of Waldo, Linda Wilson, of Ft. White, Donna Wilson, of Brooker and Pat Starling, of Hampton; one son, Marty Wilson, of Gainesville; two sisters, Patti (Lauren) Markham, of Lake City and Pam Eddy, of Tennessee; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 8, at Orange Heights Baptist Church, 16700 FL-26, Hawthorne, with church pastor, Aaron Morgan, officiating.  The family received friends on Friday, June 7, at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown, 404 N. Main St., Gainesville.  Interment followed at Santa Fe Cemetery Hampton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orange Heights Baptist Church, Building Fund or to Haven Hospice, 4200 N.W. 90th Blvd., Gainesville 32606 or at www.beyourhaven.org/donate.  Please visit her memorial page at: www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.  For further information contact, Williams-Thomas Downtown, 352-376-7556.

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James Hudgens

James Hudgens

James “Monroe” Hudgens, 81, a beloved resident of Jacksonville, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving family at his son’s residence. He was born on Sept. 12, 1942, in Jacksonville, to the late James Henry Hudgens and Bernice Taylor. He was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. He graduated from Englewood High School in 1960 before pursuing higher education at Jacksonville University. He exemplified loyalty and dedication through his 32 years of service in the Air National Guard, where he served proudly as a supply officer.  On July 20, 1972, he married his best friend and lifelong companion, Shirley Horlivy, with whom he shared almost 52 remarkable years of marriage. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, finding immense joy and fulfillment in the presence of his family. He was known for his passion for collecting hammers and pens, a unique hobby that reflected his eclectic interests and personality. He was filled with joy when he was outdoors, whether it be through hunting, fishing, or simply immersing himself in the beauty of nature. He was an avid supporter of Florida Gator football and wrestling. His love for his family and unwavering patriotism left a mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will certainly be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Anthony Hudgens; and brother, David Hudgens.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 52 years, Shirley Hudgens of Jacksonville; children, Beverly Jean (Rob) Buylaar of Jacksonville, James (Lacey) Hudgens of Hampton, and Kim Hudgens; brothers, Charles (Linda) Hudgens and Keith (Christy) Hudgens, both of Jacksonville; sister-in-law, Pam Hudgens of Jacksonville; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great- granddaughter; along with several extended family members and friends.

Per his wishes, he will be laid to rest at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

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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Travis Rogers

Travis Rogers

Travis Rogers, 48, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. He was born on May 25, 1976, in Lake City, to Wilbur and Rita Rogers. He was a lifelong resident of Union County, a loving son, father, brother, and friend. Educated at Union County High School, he graduated in 1994 before receiving a football scholarship to Wofford College. At Wofford College, he excelled in sports until an unfortunate injury cut short his athletic career. Despite the setback, he remained resilient and focused on building a fulfilling life. He had an innate ability to bring laughter into any room he entered; his witty personality and charm made him the life of the party wherever he went. He had a deep passion for sports; whether he was umpiring, participating, or watching, his love of the game showed through. An avid card player, especially enjoying poker, he always found time to engage in friendly competition with friends and family.

He is survived by his children, Travis Rogers Jr. of South Carolina, Trevor (Audrey) Rogers of Tennessee, and Jolena Rogers of Lake Butler; his father and mother, Wilbur and Rita Rogers; his brother, Wilbur “B.B.” (Loree) Rogers II; his grandmother, Cora Rogers; as well as his former wife, Joni Rogers of Alabama.

Services to honor and celebrate his life will be held at the Archer-Milton Funeral Home on Thursday, June 13. A visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed by a funeral service beginning at 11 a.m.

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

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Linda Starling

Linda Starling

Linda Ann Starling, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at Riverwood Health and Rehabilitation in Starke. Ann was born on Nov. 26, 1944, in Raiford, to the late Junior Clemons and Betty Jenkins Nalls. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her warm, nurturing personality and kind spirit. She was passionate about teaching. She taught young children at Brooker Elementary School for 30 years. She loved little children and guided them toward a bright academic future. Ann also taught Pre-K Sunday school at New River Baptist Church, where she taught and shared Jesus’ love. She was preceded in death by her parents, Junior Clemons and Betty Jenkins Nalls; and brother, Andy Gainey. 

 She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Kenneth (Kenny) Starling. Ann and Kenny stood side by side through every joy and challenge of their lives together. She also leaves behind her sons, Randy, Kevin, and Kyle (Trina); her beloved grandchildren, Kenny, Jarred (Sher), Devin, Collin, Lydia, Kyle Jr. (Nicole) Starling and Lindsey (Kurt) Spurlock, and Dawson Starling. She also leaves her great-granddaughters, Olivia and Brynlee Spurlock. Additionally, Ann is survived by her siblings, Phil Gainey, Carol McLean, Gail (Mack) Bymun, and Lynn Clemons.

A visitation was held for family and friends to honor Ann at her church, New River Baptist in Brooker, on Tuesday, June 4. This was followed by the funeral service. The church is located at 16703 S.W. 144th Ave., Brooker. She was laid to rest immediately following the service in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor her life can be made to New River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home. They can be reached at 386-496-2008 or www.archerfuneralhome.com.

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Raiford Tetstone Sr.

Raiford Tetstone Sr.

Raiford Tetstone Sr., 86, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Haven Hospice Lake City, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 21, 1937, in New River to the late George and Obelia Tetstone. His life was a tapestry woven with hard work, perseverance, and a generous spirit that endeared him to all who crossed his path. Throughout his life, he wore many hats – from being a self-employed plumber for 25 years to working in construction framing houses and even driving trucks on his own terms. His career spanned various fields, showcasing his versatility and dedication to providing for his family. Those who knew Raiford will remember him as an outgoing individual who never met a stranger. His warm personality and welcoming nature made him a cherished friend to many. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, traveling, and camping – activities that allowed him to connect with the great outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 34 years, Nancy Tetstone.

He will be deeply missed by his children, Norman Jean Bass of Pensacola, Marie (Joe) Forsyth of Keystone, Lori (Jimmy) Hudnall of Lake Butler, Vickie (Danny) Benton of Brooker, Bogie (Cindy) Tetstone of North Carolina, George (Susan) Tetstone of DeLand, and Sandra (Nic) Watts of Lake Butler. Additionally, he leaves behind 23 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren whom he adored. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by his brothers Otis (Deanne) Tetstone and Lonnie Tetstone; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation services will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler followed, immediately by a graveside service at Ft. Call Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Terry Elixson.

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

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Marvin Thornton Sr.

Marvin Thornton Sr.

On Thursday, June 6, 2024, surrounded by his loving family at his home, Marvin Thornton Sr. peacefully passed away. He was born on July 27, 1946, in Lake City to the late Les and Magdalene Finley Thornton. He worked two years with the state road department until dedicating 30 years of his life to service with Union County Road Department before his well-deserved retirement. His commitment and hard work left a lasting impact on those around him. Known for his personality, he found joy in various hobbies such as fishing, gardening, mechanic work, and carpentry, and he had a knack for being a jack of all trades. He also had a special appreciation for bluegrass music, which brought him moments of relaxation and happiness.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Francis McKinney Thornton; his children, Marvin (Sharon) Thornton Jr., Terry W. Thornton, Brian (Daisy) Thornton, and Mary Thornton (Matt Perez), along with 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his immediate family, he is also survived by his siblings, Robert Thornton, Ruth (H.D.) Sapp, Virginia Manning, and Sammy (Donna) Thornton; and a host of nieces and nephews. 

A visitation to honor his life was held at Archer-Milton Funeral Home in Lake Butler on Monday, June 10. This was followed by a funeral service at the same location. He was laid to rest immediately following the service at Sapp Cemetery. Services were officiated by Pastor Randall A. Griffis Sr.

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

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Darlene Tomlinson

Darlene Tomlinson

With much sadness, we announce the death of our mother, Darlene Tomlinson. She passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at the age of 86. She was born the only daughter to her parents, John and Dorothy (Wall) McDonald of Chicago, Illinois, who had two sons, Robert McDonald and Jack McDonald, a decade earlier. She has loved and missed them ever since. She married Jim Tomlinson and had twin daughters at the age of 19. They started their lives together in Chicago in the late ‘50s. Another daughter and they became a family of five. They moved to Florida in 1969 and found their forever home on Little Lake Keystone. She worked as a secretary for attorney firms in Starke and Gainesville before becoming Judicial Assistant for Judge George H. Pierce until her retirement in 1994. Smart, beautiful, funny, with a flair for the dramatic would describe her well. She and Jim lived a wonderful life together and provided so much love, laughter and inspiration to their children and loved ones. They will definitely be a hard act to follow. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years in 2021.

She leaves behind her three daughters, Terri Seymour, Lorri (Paul) Parsons and Susan Tomlinson (Steve Orr). She was also “Granny” to Tyler (Ashley) Parsons and “Gigi” to their sons, Kyle and Nathan. Also left to mourn her passing are many nieces, nephews, cousin (June Beverly, Melrose), dear friends far and wide, and so many church members of which they have served and worshiped with for over 40 years.

A church service and memorial will be held in July 2024 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul Lemke presiding. Further information will be provided through Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home website, Keystone Heights location. Donations would be much appreciated for Haven Hospice / Roberts Care Center in Palatka.

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Doyle Truett

Doyle Truett

Doyle Eugene Truett of Brooker, Florida passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 78 years old. He was born Dec. 17, 1945, in Tallapoosa, Georgia to Howard Felton Truett Sr. and Lizzie Jeanette Truett. He joined the US Army and proudly served for three years. He retired as a meat cutter/butcher. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He lived in Brooker and was a member of Dedan Baptist Church of Brooker. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Truett; his mother, Lizzie Davis Truett Prescott Sprik; his wife, Sandra Grace Truett; sisters, Francis Estelle Truett Norris, Effie Mae Truett Drennon, Maude Truett Rogers, Pauline Truett Sullivan, and Mary Joe Truett; brothers, William Robert Truett, Howard Felton Truett Jr., Arther Lee Truett, John Hendry Truett, Claude Arnold Truett, Edgar Truett, Howard Walton Truett, and Vernon Prescott.

He is survived by his daughters, Ann Truett and Rhonda Truett of New Port Richie; brothers, Charles Truett of Brooker, Louis Prescott of Land O’Lakes; sisters, Francis Prescott of Duette, Betty Hunter of Spring Hill, Inez Prescott of Wesley Chapel, Nellie Delong of Land O’Lakes, and Catherine Manning of Fairbanks; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a ton of nieces and nephews.

A service to honor him will be held at Archer-Milton Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 12. The visitation will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the service at 3 p.m. Doyle will be laid to rest immediately following the service at Dedan Cemetery in Brooker.

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

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