Obituaries 7-19-12

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Franklin Jackson Boyette Sr.

Jack Boyette, 69, of Old Town died Thursday, July 12, 2012. 

He was born to A.J. and Ercho Boyette Aug. 21, 1942 in Trenton.  He was a member of the United Stated Army, serving his country from 1959 to 1962.  He also worked as a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver before working as a sergeant for the Department of Corrections until his retirement.

He is survived by his daughter, Donna Boyette of Old Town; son, Franklin (Frankie and Patti) Boyette of Chiefland; mother, Ercho Boyette; brother, Roy Boyette; grandson, Austin Boyette of Lake City and the mother of his children and lifelong friend, Oretha (Boyette) Mills.

He was preceded in death by his son, Wyndall Jackson Boyette; his father, A.J. Boyette; granddaughters, Hannah and Halie Boyette-Overstreet and his sister, Wanda-Faye Boyette.

Funeral services were July 17 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Pastors Bobby Lindsey and Richard Langford officiating.  Burial with military honors followed at Old Town Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com

Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.  


Freddie Brown

Freddie Lynn Brown, 61, of Williston and formerly of Murray, Ky. died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Tri-County Hospital in Williston. 

He was born April 9, 1951 in Murray, Ky. to the late Willie Dennis and Magelene (Mag) Higgins Brown. 

He was a member of New Jenny Ridge Pentecostal Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy Renee (Prince) Brown to whom he was married July 27, 1974; five sisters; Karan Hart (Jim)of Marion, Ky., Beverly Holcomb (Horace) of Hardin, Ky., Millie Dillon (Eddie) of Dexter, Ky., Jackie Bailey (Tim) of Murray, Ky. and Gracie Richins (Roy) Murray, Ky. and several nieces and nephews. 

A brother, Dennis Brown and his grandparents, Berlin and Lou Cindy Higgins preceded him in death. 

A funeral service was July 12 at the New Jenny Ridge Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Elijah Balentine and Pastor Ruby Diaz officiating. Burial followed in the Matheny Cemetery in the LBL.

Send online condolences   to  www.yorkfuneralhome.com

Blalock-Coleman & York Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Berry Fletcher

Berry Beatrice Fletcher, 96, of Old Town,  died Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland.

She was a life long resident of Dixie County and a member of the Rock Sink Baptist Church. She was very active with her church serving in various capacities including church clerk for 20 years, church treasurer, training union director Sunday School teacher and working with the youth taking them to Ridgecrest several times.  

She was a stay at home mom, except for a time she served as a bus driver for the School System of Dixie County.  She was also a seamstress and a quilter. She enjoyed flower gardening, putting up vegetables, swimming in the springs and fishing.

She is survived by two sons, Freddie (Sherry) Fletcher of Old Town and Tom (Marcy) Fletcher of Perry; three daughters, Venora Fletcher (James) Griffen of Gainesville, Theresa Fletcher Lee of Old Town and Loycelle Fletcher Dickert of Cross City; three sisters, Oveida Jones of Old Town, Juanita Simmons of High Springs and Mittie Bennett of Bell; sister-in-law, Corris Cannon of Alachua; 10 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren and  four great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Fletcher; parents, Berry Ann and Addie Cannon; daughter, Ellen Fletcher; brother, Lamar Cannon; sisters, Estelle Cannon and Bertie Jones; son-in-law, George Dickert and foster child Jackie Barber.

Funeral services were held July 14 at the Rock Sink Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Cranford and the Rev. Jake Cravey officiating.  Burial followed in the Rock Sink Baptist Church Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rock Sink Baptist Church Music Fund.  

Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.


James Gates

James Edward Gates passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

He was born April 6, 1947.

He died in the care of VA Hospice Care.

He is survived by Ruth Gates; three sons, James Gates Jr., John Gates and Tom Gates; a daughter, Bonnie Gates; 11 grandchildren and lots of close friends, all of whom made his life complete at the end.


My Friend

The dead friends live and always will 

Their presence hovers round us still

It seems to me they come to share

Each joy or sorrow that we bear

Among the living I can feel

The sweet departed spirits steal

And whether it be weal or woe

I walk with those I used to know

I can recall them to my side

Whenever I am struggling-tried

I’ve but to wish for them or they

Come trooping gaily down my grief

And I can tell to them my grief

And from their presence find relief

In sacred memories below

Still lived the friend long ago


Donations and cards may be send to James Oliver and Cindy Reese, 14031 NE 40th Williston, FL 32696

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Marvin Harrington

Marvin Guy Harrington, 63, died Monday, July 10, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born in Easton, Md. and moved to Cedar Key in 1963.

He was a cabinet maker and a  Vietnam veteran. He was an avid gardener, loved nature and animals. He was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Alexis Harrington; daughter Mary Harrington; daughter, Meagan Harrington; sisters,  Joan Fansler and Mary Williams; brother, Ray Harrington and granddaughter,  Alexandra Harrington.

He was preceded in death by his father, Guy Harrington; his mother, Josephine Harrington; his sisters, Stella George and Betty Ellingsworth, both of Easton, Md.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 in the conference room of Cedar Key Library.


Richie Kolis

Richard A. ‘Richie’ Kolis, 39, died July 10, 2012 in Okaloosa County from injuries sustained in a trucking accident. 

 He was born in Dunedin Nov. 5, 1972.  

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Cedar Key.  He was a commercial truck driver for Performance Food Group in Gainesville. Prior to truck driving he was a certified boat mechanic. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, tinkering and building in his shop.  He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and boating.

He is survived by his wife, Robin Kolis of Cedar Key; his mother, ‘Sam’ (Robert) Parks-Bixby of Cedar Key; son, Daron Thomas Baxter of Oklahoma; brother, Travis Ray Parks, Maui, Hawaii; grandmother, Alexandria Johnson of Bronson; brothers-in-law, Cecil Edwin (Alicia) Alford Jr. of Chiefland; Ryan Peachman Alford of Cedar Key; his mother and father-in-law, Cecil and Carol Alford Sr. of Cedar Key and nephew, Emory Alford of Chiefland.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Kolis.

Funeral services were July 14 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services with Pastor Daniel Carswell officiating.  

Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com.

Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland. 


Buddy McKay Jr.

Leslie  “ Buddy “ Brydon McKay Jr., 83, of Inglis,  died July 15, 2012 at Hospice of Citrus/Nature Coast after a brief illness. 

He was born in Jacksonville Oct. 15, 1928. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and  U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and Korea.  

He was a project manager for JE Abercrombie Company  Inc. in Jacksonville. He was a member of the Ellzey Methodist Church, enjoyed fishing, bowling and reading. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 455 in Jacksonville, VFW Post 8698 of Inglis, American Legion Post 155 of Crystal River, AMVETS 447 of Inglis and the Marine Corps League 708 of Spring Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellzey McKay of Inglis; two sons, Darrell McKay and Danny McKay both of Jacksonville; a daughter, Terry ( Luis) Dagday of Wichita Falls, Texas; a sister, Mary Ellen Barnwell of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Leslie McKay III, Ann Grace McKay, a grandchild and his parents.

Burial was at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Citrus County Hospice PO Box 641270 Beverly Hills, Florida 34464.

Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com

Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.


Alice VanDyke

Alice Jean VanDyke, 80,  died July 8, 2012 at her home.  

She was born Feb. 22, 1932 to LeVern and Olive Keefer in Portland, Mich. 

She lived in this area for around 20 years, coming from Portland, Mich.  She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting and traveling in her spare time. 

Survivors include her nieces, Jean Bennett (David), Michele Stec (Eugene), Kathie Jeffery (John) and her nephew, Bernard T. Keefer Jr. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years,  Lyle VanDyke and her brother, Bernard T. Keefer Sr.   

On line condolences can be left at www.knaufffuneralhome.com.

Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.


Ricky Waldrep

Richard “Ricky” S. Waldrep, 61, of Archer died Saturday, July 14, 2012 following a motor vehicle accident. 

He was born June 15, 1951 in Gainesville to Harner and Margaret Waldrep. He worked as cook at the Waffle House in Gainesville for 25 years.

He enjoyed  meeting people. He loved tinkering, traveling and spending time with family.

 He is survived by his life partner, John Powell of Archer; sisters, Sandy (Gearry) Durden of Archer and Iris (Mike) Beck of Newberry, along with many nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, H.A. Waldrep and Margaret Waldrep; brothers, Charles Gorman, Eddie Gorman, George Gorman and his sister, Carolyn Kerr.

Graveside services were held July 18 at Laurel Hill Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.