Obituaries — June 14, 2022

Sherwin Carter

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Sherwin W. “Bill” Carter, 83, of Keystone Heights passed away at his home, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born July 19, 1938, in Jasper to Claude and Mae (Dempsey) Carter.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and honorably served 14 years in the Florida National Guard at Camp Blanding.  His 42-year career began working in the mail room for State Farm Insurance and working his way to retiring as their computer analyst. He had been a longtime resident of Keystone Heights and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling to the mountains and golfing, but most of all, he loved and took care of his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Claudette. 

He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 62 wonderful years, Barbara Anne (Parks) Carter of Keystone Heights; their three children, Sheri (Tom) Tyer  of Lake City, Angelia Marie (Will) Preston of Merritt Island, and Douglas William (Britney) Carter of Keystone Heights; along with a sister, Ann Carter of High Springs.  He was also lovingly called “Papee” by Tanner Tyer, Ryan Preston, Andrew Preston, Hayleigh Carter and Rhiannon Rios. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 4, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Tyer and Pastor Daniel Findley officiating. Interment followed at the Keystone Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 550 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights.

Arrangements were under the care of JonesGallagher Funeral Home, 340 E. Walker Dive, Keystone Heights, 32656. 352-473-3176. 



Evelyn Crews

HAMPTON Evelyn “June” Crews, 74, of Hampton died on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at Community Hospice Center for Caring at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville. She was born in Gainesville on Oct. 21, 1947, to the late James Monroe Tillman and Lula Agnes Griffis Tillman.

A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, June 13, at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel with Pastor Randall Griffis Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Lawtey Cemetery in Lawtey.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke 904-964-5757.


Mary Davis

Mary Ruth Davis, 83, of Cocoa, died on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Rockledge Regional Medical Center in Rockledge.

She is survived by her children, Charlotte D. (Rodney) Cooper, of Conway, South Carolina, Troy R. Davis, of Cocoa; brother, Tommy (Judy) Johnson, of MississippiMS; sister, Barbara (Michael) Dawes, of Jacksonville; and three grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held on Wednesday, June 15, at Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the care and direction of V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services and Archie Tanner Memorial Chapel, Starke.  904-964-5757.


Madeline LaGasse

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Madeline Rose LaGasse, 75, of Keystone Heights died Sunday, June 12, 2022. 

She is survived by her husband, Roland LaGasse of Keystone Heights; and their two children Cheryl (Glenn) Clark of  Broad Book, Connecticut and Michael (Melissa) LaGasse of Manchester, Connecticut. 

There are no services scheduled at this time.  

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


William Meng

William Meng

MELROSE William “Bill” Michael Meng, 73,  passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at his home in Melrose. Born on Jan. 6, 1949, in Starke, he grew up as the second oldest in a family with five brothers and five sisters. They often worked together on the family dairy farm, where Bill gained many of his building skills and “can-do” abilities. He graduated from Bradford High School in the Class of 1967. He and his high school sweetheart, Betsy Matthews, were named the “Cutest” senior pair. Following high school, he moved on to study civil engineering at the University of Florida and received his bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1971. He spent his summers building homes to earn his way through college. Bill and Betsy were married in 1970 and moved to St. Petersburg to begin their life as a young family. They welcomed two children, Dana and Michael, and Bill enjoyed helping in Boy Scouts and other events as the children grew up. Bill began as a civil engineer at Misener Marine in Tampa, and moved his way up to become president and owner of Gulf Foundation. Although a native Floridian, he discovered a love for the mountains of the west and, following an early retirement, found property overlooking a vista in La Veta, Colorado, where he and Betsy built a beautiful log home. A former builder, Bill did much of the work himself on the house. He and Betsy split their time in La Veta and Keystone Heights, where Bill constructed much of their lakefront home on Lake Geneva as well. Following a divorce in 2005, he constructed a new lakefront home in Melrose, where he enjoyed being close to a nature preserve and viewing wildlife like sand-hill cranes. In La Veta, he also reconstructed an old homesteader’s cabin as his summer home, preserving the original wood. During his years in Colorado, he enjoyed hunting excursions for large game alongside family and friends. He also took advantage of the natural beauty of Colorado to hike many trails and enjoyed listening to live music. He was preceded in his death by his parents, Ruth (Mouch) Meng in 2015 and Paul Meng in 2020.

He is survived by his siblings, Carlton Meng of Keystone Heights, Carolyn Hunter-Haast of Hiawassee, Georgia, Phyllis McClure of Tampa, Marty of Old Town,  Joyce (John) Thiemann of Hampton Lake, Sallye (Randy) Scoggins of Hampton Lake, Beverly (David) Wanner of Oxford, North Carolina, Joe (Debbie) of Ochlocknee, Georgia, Mike of Macclenny, and John (Karen) of Pembroke, Georgia. He leaves behind his former wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Matthews) Meng; children Dana (Paul) Colbert of Gulfport, and Michael (Kristin) Meng of Clemson, South Carolina; and five grandchildren, Makayla (Aaron) Neel, Elijah Colbert, Luke Colbert, Elliot Meng, and Miriam Meng; as well as many other beloved friends and family in Florida and Colorado.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, June 17, at 11 a.m. in the Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home Chapel, 340 E. Walker Drive, Keystone Heights, 32656 with Mr. Joe Meng officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at a later date. Anyone wishing to contribute a gift in his memory may consider a donation to The Michael J. Fox Foundation or The National Wildlife Federation.

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



Bobby Snyder

MIDDLEBURG – Bobby Joe “Bob” Snyder, 83, of Middleburg passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Orange Park. He was born Feb. 25, 1939 in Perry and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a military policeman. He retired from General Foods following 31 years of exemplary service as a distribution manager. He led a dedicated life in service to his community and others through his volunteer work with the EOC of Bradford County, and he also volunteered several years with Clay County Hospital. He had an unwavering faith in Christ and dedication to his church home, Kingsley Lake Baptist Church. He is best remembered as a devoted and loving husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed by those who loved and knew him. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine Snyder; daughter, Sharese Hartley; son, Terry (Anne) Whitten; daughter-in-law Kathy (Mike) Sanftner; six granddaughters, Melissa (Duane) Stratton, Leslee Hartley, Brittney (Tracy) Abbott, Caitlin (Audie) Shuler, Meg (Jed) Adams, and Sara (Kyle) Stone; sisters-in- law, Anne O’Bryant and Helen Larsson; eight great-grandchildren, and many other loving family members and friends.

Funeral services in celebration of his life were held on Tuesday, June 7, at his faith home, Kingsley Lake Baptist Church, with Senior Pastor Jonathan Rodriguez officiating. He was laid to rest at   the Garden of the Apostles at Jacksonville Memory Gardens with military honors conferred by the US. Army. All are encouraged to share photos, condolences, and other remembrances of him on the Tribute Wall at In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Kingsley Lake Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.



Hazel Wall

Hazel Wall

Hazel Hoffman Wall, 103, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 10, 2022, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She was born on June 25, 1918, in Arcadia, to Leo G. Hoffman and Nellie Gatewood Hoffman. She would have been 104 on June 25. She married the love of her life, “Billy,” as she called him, on June 25, 1937. They were blessed with a large and loving family. They lived in many places, owned several businesses, traveled to many places together, and were missionaries, teaching and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She started college at the age of 44 at the University of Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in library science and a master’s degree in education and curriculum. She enjoyed painting and reading. She published a book in 2006, “Cracker Girl, A Love Story,” telling the story of her life. She was a wonderful, Godly, Christian woman who loved her Lord, church, family, and friends. One other thing she loved and was dear to her heart was teaching her Bible Study Class. She was an amazing woman who was an inspiration to all who knew her. What a blessed life she’s had. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, John E. Wall Jr.; her parents, Leo G. Hoffman and Nellie Gatewood Hoffman; brothers, Newton Hoffman and George E. Hoffman; sisters, Bertha Lee Sproc, Audrey White, Carmelita Hoffman, Camille Cawthon; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Wall; son, John E. Wall III; grandson, Dana L. Wall; and great-grandsons, John D. Wall and Tanner L. Wall.

She is survived by sons, Wayne M. (Vonda) Wall, Michael A. Wall, Stephen H. Wall; a daughter, Wanda Clifford; grandchildren, John E. Wall IV, Gregory D. Wall, Rebecca Norton, Cheri Norman, Samira Massey, Wayne M. Wall Jr., Eric Wall, John William “Billy” Jackson, Greg Jackson, Bryan Wall, Jason Wall, and Travis Wall; 27 great-grandchildren, and 37 great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Morningstar Baptist Church, 11250 W County Road 18, Lake Butler, on Saturday, June 18, at 11 a.m. Pastor Mike Devine will officiate the memorial service. A private family burial will be held later that evening with Pastor Rick Jackson officiating.  

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




Joyce Whidden



Joyce Whidden

LAKE BUTLER Joyce M. Whidden,  82, of Lake Butler, passed away peacefully at Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Born Jan. 3, 1940, in Ft. Myers to the late Jim and Mabel Bostic McCoy, she spent most of her life in south Florida. In 1998, she and her family moved to Union County to enjoy the quiet, rural community. She was a talented seamstress, specializing in quilting. She won numerous awards and ribbons for her quilts. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Starke for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband of over 45 years, Wilson Whidden of Lake Butler; her daughters, Carrie (Jay) Blodgett of Howie-in-the-Hills and Kim (Jamie) Austin of Lake Butler; stepchildren, Steve Hatcher and Pat (Doug) Bliss both of Naples; her four grandchildren, Avah and Tyler Blodgett and Cole and Bailee Austin; and her brother, James McCoy of Michigan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at her church, First Baptist Church of Starke. Pastor Matthew Page to officiate.

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