Julia Haile dies

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By The Staff

A former Levy County School Board member who was the first African American elected to county-wide office has died.

Julia L. Haile, 82, died March 15, 2008.

She moved from Valdosta, Ga., to Chiefland in 1957 where she taught in the Levy County Public School system until her retirement. She was elected in 1996 as a School Board member; she served two terms and was voted chairperson in her final year.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chiefland, where she served as member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta, and Delta Kappa Gamma sororities, and she was also a member of the South Chiefland Development Organization.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ernest Haile of Chiefland; and one daughter, Esther (Carl) Gardner of Tyeriver, Va.

Her funeral will be at noon Friday, March 21, at First United Methodist Church in Chiefland with Pastor William Bill Knight officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Olive Cemetery, Chiefland.

Visitation will be at the church today, Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., and on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Haile, 319 S.W. Sixth St., Chiefland, at 11:15 a.m to form the cortege.

Chestnut Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.