Obituaries — Oct. 14, 2021

Alicia Brown

Alicia Brown

GAINESVILLE Alicia Ann Brown, 41, of Gainesville, died on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.

She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, and later moved to Florida.  She was of the Christian faith.

Alicia is survived by her husband, Stanley Brown; mother, Belinda S. Newby; six sons, Gary Solomon, Jamal Brown, Terrell Brown, Wendel Brown, Stanley Brown Jr. and Da’Quon Brown; four daughters, Garcia Burch, Alaizia Burch, Stanicia Brown and Angela Brown; one sister, Keanna Johnson; one brother, Wayne Solomon; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many sorrowing friends.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Peestville Cemetery in Lawtey. Interment will be under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. The cortege will form at Haile Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be no viewing at the services. All attendees are asked to please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.








Hilda Cline


Hilda Cline

JACKSONVILLE Hilda M (Warren) Cline, age 78, of Jacksonville, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

She was born in Alachua County on Dec. 1, 1942, to John Warren and Dorthy (Mathews) Warren. She was the oldest of four siblings and graduated from Bradford High School in Starke in 1961.

She was preceded in death by both her parents and her siblings, Annie Rathbun and Patsy Day.

She is survived by her four children, Jessica Mendoza, Howell Williams, Juliet Williams and Timothy Warren. She is also survived by her brother, John (Buddy) Warren. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A service for Hilda was held on Monday, Oct. 11, at Pine Grove Cemetery. 

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







Thomas DeSue Sr.

Thomas Desue Sr.

STARKE Elder Thomas Benjamin DeSue Sr. was born March 11, 1928, in Starke to Annie DeSue and Gad Tyson. The midwife took one look at him and said, “This child is special.”

He grew up with eight brothers and four sisters. During his teenage years, he moved to Jacksonville to live with his oldest brother, Willie DeSue, to complete his education.

While a very young man living in Jacksonville, he joined Payne Chapel AME Church. There, he met and courted Sadie Frazier, whom he later married and shared a life with for 30 years before her passing in 1976. Their union blessed them with four sons: Thomas Jr., William, Nathan and Gary.

Elder DeSue received his first pastoral charge in 1957 at St. Matthew AME Church, located in Greenville. He was later assigned to the East Florida Conference in 1960, where he pastored Henry Gordon AME between 1963 and 1968 as the pastor of both St. James AME on Jacksonville’s Eastside and then Mt. Zion AME in Hastings. Elder DeSue was able to accomplish much, such as the addition of a church office at St. James AME and the completion of the church dining room and education complex building at Mt. Zion AME. From 1968 until 1981, while at St. Paul AME Church in St. Augustine, Elder DeSue was a diligent activist and NAACP chapter president.

He visited Washington, D.C., and worked hard to uplift the community. Under his leadership, the church celebrated large-scale renovations to the sanctuary and educational building. During this period, he also met and married Lonnye Gibson DeSue and was blessed with another son, Quintin Gibson.

Elder DeSue’s last pastoral assignment was historic Mt. Zion AME in Jacksonville (1981-1987), during which time the lower-sanctuary renovation was completed and a seven-room modern day parsonage was purchased.

In 1987, Elder DeSue was appointed as one of the presiding elders of the East Annual Conference by Bishop Phillip R. Cousin. Later, in his role as administrative assistant to the bishop, Elder DeSue was responsible for handling the treasury of the 11th Episcopal District (Florida and Bahamas). He served five elected AME bishops and was elected to six general conferences as a delegate before retiring in 2006.

The accomplishments of Rev. Thomas Benjamin DeSue Sr. are many, and he touched the lives of many. His legacy lives and is best summarized through his own words: “I desire that each and every member of my family realize a long and prosperous life, filled with all the blessings of a life lived for and surrendered to God. Since God loved us by giving us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, it serves us to love and honor Him by giving our lives to the purpose for which we were born.”

Elder DeSue is survived by; his wife of 43 years, Lonnye B. DeSue; his sons, Thomas B. (Gwen) DeSue Jr., William (Barbara) DeSue Sr., Nathan (Wanda) DeSue, Gary (Vanessa) DeSue Sr. and Quintin (Phyllis) Gibson; grandchildren, Kevin DeSue, Thomas C. (Sakania) DeSue, Byron (Kasha) DeSue, William DeSue Jr., Wenston (Stephany) DeSue, Marjani DeSue  (Letherio) Jones, Stephanie DeSue, Byron J. DeSue, Robert L. Lester III, Roszona DeSue, Gary (Karen) DeSue Jr., Kendra DeSue (Leroy) Mervin, Emily DeSue, and Deidre Gibson (Damian) Scott; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Viewing was held Wednesday, Oct. 13, for immediate family from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. General viewing was held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at James Graham Mortuary (3631 Moncrief Road) in Jacksonville. A homegoing service will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. at Greater Grant Memorial AME Church (5533 Gilchrist Road) in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at Hardage Giddens Riverside Memorial Park (7242 Normandy Blvd.) in Jacksonville.



Rose Ginda


Rose Ginda

Rose Florence Ginda, 100, born May 9, 1921, in Haverstraw, New York, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to Florida to enjoy their golden years. Rose was a loving mother to her children and their spouses and also found time to join the Haverstraw Ladies Auxiliary. She was always up to a good card game, dancing and bingo and loved her scratch-offs. She spent her mornings at the Senior Center in Macclenny.

Most of all, she loved the Lord and was active at Sanderson Christian Revival Center.

Anyone who met her loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Theodore; her parents, John and Nicoletta Marino; and her siblings, Tony, Caroline, Nancy, Lillian, Mary, Freddy, John and Lawrence. She was also predeceased by children John Ginda and RoseMarie (Steve) Furchak.

She is survived by children Alex (Geri), Sharon, Robert (Lynn), Eddie, Nancy (Marvin); 18 grandchildren; 54 great- grandchildren; and seven great-great- grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held at Sanderson Christian Revival Center on Sunday, Oct. 10. Pastor Eddie Luke officiated. Her interment, officiated by Dave Ragan, was on Oct. 11 at Chapel Hills Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Arrangements were under the direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home of Lake Butler, 386-496-2008,






William Redfearn

William Redfearn

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Mr. William “Huntley” Redfearn Jr., 87, a lifelong resident of Keystone Heights, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

He was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Coral Gables to William H. Sr. and Anne Kathy (Wright) Redfearn, and proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Huntley owned and operated Redfearn Services for many years, servicing the Keystone Heights and surrounding areas. He was a member of Keystone United Methodist Church, held two terms as an elected city councilman for the city of Keystone Heights and volunteered 18 years with the Keystone Heights Volunteer Fire Department, with two years served as fire chief.

 Huntley was also a Paul Harris Fellow and a past member of the Lions and Rotary clubs.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Eric Redfearn.

Huntley leaves behind: his dedicated and loving wife of 52 years, Diana (Frohlich) Redfearn of Keystone Heights; three daughters, Julia Redfearn of South Daytona, Tish (Brad) Bonner of Earleton and Robin Redfearn of Belleview; and son, William (Katie Bardugone) Redfearn III of Green Cove Springs. Also left behind are his brother, Mike Redfearn of Keystone Heights; sisters-in-law, Mary Redfearn of Keystone Heights, and Barbara Redfearn of Wilmington, North Carolina; brother-in-law, David Frohlich of Keystone Heights; and several nieces and a nephew. He was lovingly called “Papa” by Tyler Bonner, Kathryn Burgess, Leah Burgess and Zane Huntley Redfearn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Home Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights, 352-473-3176,





Ethel Seay


Ethel Seay

WORTHINGTON SPRINGS  Mrs. Ethel Seay, age 80, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at UF Health Shands in Gainesville.

She was a resident of Worthington Springs for most of her life. Mrs. Seay was a homemaker, and her family was her whole world. She enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marcus Seay; grandson, Cecil Wayne Seay; and brothers, Eddie and Harold Woodard.

Ethel is survived by her children, Billy, Marcus Jr., Cecil, and Loretta (Onny) Seay; her grandchildren, Dillon, Harley and Lance Seay; great-granddaughter, Reagan Rose Seay; and her brothers, Richard and Donnie Wayne Woodard.

A service to honor Ethel was held on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home of Lake Butler.  She was laid to rest at Fort Call Cemetery immediately following the service. Services were officiated by Terry Elixson.

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






Jeanne Shaw


Jeanne Shaw

ARCHER Jeanne Barbara Shaw, 68, of Archer passed away Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at North Florida Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was born June 4, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan, to Leonard A. and Barbara (Frost) Salsbery. Prior to her retirement, Jeanne was a restaurant manager. She had a heart for all animals, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several siblings.

Her survivors are: three children, Dora Barfield and Cason Dekle, both of Archer, and Angelica Nooney of Tallahassee. Also left behind are two sisters, Laure Young of Alachua and Wendy Richwine of Jacksonville. Jeanne was also lovingly called “Grandma” by Brett Barfield, Bethany Barfield, Brianna Barfield, Jurnie Nooney, Theson Dekle, Caneth Dekle and Cael Dekle and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held by the family on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at Keystone Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to your local animal shelter.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights, 352-473-3176,






Ruth Tyre


Ruth Tyre

LAKE BUTLER Mrs. Ruth Tyre, age 90, of Lake Butler passed away peacefully at Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021.

Ruth was born in West Germany on Valentine’s Day 1931 to Erich and Else Herring. Prior to moving to Lake Butler in 1974, Ruth resided in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she worked as a hostess at Broadmoor Resort. After moving to Lake Butler, she began working at Mid-Florida as the office manager, and she continued there until her retirement.

Ruth was a longtime member of Faith Baptist Church in Lake Butler. She was also a member of the Lake Butler Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #40, the Lake Butler Seniors Club, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, where she was a past president.

Ruth is survived by her son, Kelly (Kathy) Tyre of Lake Butler; grandchildren, Kelley Tyre (Adam French) and Rainor Tyre; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Bradley and Braxlynn Tyre; and her sister, Karen Thomas Boese of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A service for Ruth was held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Archer-Milton Funeral Home.

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




Eddie Wainwright

MELROSE Mr. Edward Joseph “Eddie Joe” Wainwright Jr., 85, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away at his home Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 18, 1935, in Kingsley Lake to Edward Joseph Sr. and Curtis (Roundtree) Wainwright and served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Wainwright was employed by the Department of Defense Communication’s Department, from which he retired.

He grew up in Melrose and attended Melrose School and Eliam Baptist Church, where he married Susie Rae Alderman. He loved antique cars and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Randall Allan Wainwright.  

His survivors are his loving and devoted wife of 66 wonderful years, Susie Rae (Alderman) Wainwright of Melrose; and their son, Edward Joseph “Joey” Wainwright III of Texas. He was lovingly called “Papa E.J.” by Edward Joseph (Corri) Wainwright IV, Randall Allan Wainwright II, Jenny (James) Butler and Sherry (Greg) Nunn, in addition to four great- grandchildren.

There are no scheduled services at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Community Hospice.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home of Keystone Heights, 352-473-3176,



Tony Williams

GAINESVILE  Tony Anthony Williams, 62 of Gainesville, died on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, at UF Health Shands Hospital.

He was born in Gainesville and a lifelong resident of Starke. He graduated from Bradford High School. He was of the Methodist faith and worked many years as a landscaper.

Tony is survived by: two sisters, Shirley (Hosea) Johnson and Phillis (Greg) Smolens; one son, Jonathan James Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many sorrowing friends.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Oddfellow Cemetery in Starke, with Rev. Alvin Green serving as eulogist. Interment will be held under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, for friends from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Carl D. Haile Memorial Chapel/Haile Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at Oddfellow Cemetery. All attendees are asked to please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.