Obituaries — Oct. 26, 2021

David Cain

MINNEAPOLIS David Cain of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a former resident of Lawtey.

David Cain is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Cain; children, Valencia Forkwa, Judy Steele and Shayla Cain; a sister, Valarie McDonald; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey. Interment will be under the direction of Haile Funeral Home Inc. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Carl D Haile Memorial Chapel/Haile Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.


Keyon Davis

LAWTEY  Keyon Q. Davis, 46, of Lawtey passed on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Born in Rochester, New York, and later moving to Lawtey,  he was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Lawtey. He  graduated from Bradford High School. He was employed at Krystal restaurant until his health failed.

Keyon Q. Davis is survived by his daughter, Shamia Davis of Lawtey.

Graveside services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Peetsville Cemetery in Lawtey, with Pastor James Rackley conducting the services. Interment will be held under the direction of Haile Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 29, in Carl D Haile Memorial Chapel from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Peetsville, Cemetery from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. The cortege will form at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Aaron at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.


Benton Jones

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Benton “Benny” J. Jones, 65, of Keystone Heights died at home suddenly on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

He was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Eden, North Carolina, to Junior and Janet (Gilley) Jones. Benny was a retired truck driver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Alexander Jones Sr. 

His survivors are his soulmate of 42 years, Diana Turbeville of Keystone Heights; and their son, Daniel James (Kerri) Jones of South Carolina; four siblings, Vicky Willis of Lakeland and Georgia, and Frances Badgett, Charles Fuller and B.J. Fuller, all of St. Augustine; and five grandchildren.   

There are no scheduled services at this time.

Arrangements are by Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home.


Lola McKinney

Lola McKinney

THERESSA Mrs. Lola Jean Sealey McKinney, 77, of Theressa passed away at her home Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

She was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Belle Glade to Clyde and Bertha (Cross) Sealey. Prior to retirement, she was employed with the Florida Department of Corrections as a dental assistant at North Florida Reception Center. Mrs. McKinney was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed being with her family and friends.

Her survivors are her husband, Benjamin J. McKinney of Theressa; and four children, Robyn Langford of Ettrick, Virginia, B.J. McKinney of Cape Canaveral, Robert (Shelley) Langford of Dinwiddie, Virginia, and Richard (Amanda) McKinney of Starke. Also left behind are her brother, Charles (Bonnie) Sealey of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at DeWitt C. Jones Chapel, with Pastor Ricky Bybee officiating.

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








Ernest Tanner

Ernest Tanner

STARKE Mr. Ernest Eugene Tanner passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Estelle’s Hospice House in Ocala.

He was born in Providence on Feb. 20, 1937, to Ernest and Geneva Thomas Tanner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Jackie Owens.

He married Pauline (Gay) Tanner in 1957. Pauline passed away in 1985.

Eugene grew up at Camp Blanding and attended and graduated from Bradford High School. He served in the Army Special Forces and the Florida National Guard for 23 years. When he retired from the National Guard, he bought Gay’s Home Appliance and Repair from his father-in-law, Adolph Gay.

He was an instructor at North Florida Technical College until he assumed the position as maintenance superintendent for Bradford County Schools. After that, he, worked for the Florida State Board of Education, Department of Safety, overseeing school safety, new school construction and remodeling.

Eugene was instrumental in helping Bradford receive the funds to build a new school. He said he hoped he would live long enough to see construction begin, which he did. His last construction meeting with School Superintendent Will Hartley and Richard Sapp was the Friday before he passed away.

 His surviving siblings are twins, Harvy (Denise) Tanner, Hilma (Arthur) Gaskins; and sister-in-law, Geraldine (Jim) Lewis. He is survived by their children, Gene (Nadine) Tanner and Paula Vinson; nine grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and extended family.

He later married Wanda (Alstead) Tanner, who preceded him in death two years ago.

A celebration of Eugene’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the fellowship hall at Heilbronn Baptist Church (21354 S.R. 16) in Starke. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Bradford School District, with donations made payable to:                                                      Bradford County School District, Elementary School “Literacy Program,” Attention: Lila Sellars,                                                                                                                                                      501 W. Washington St.,                                                                                                                                               Starke,  FL 32091.