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Obituaries Aug. 2

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Max Bush
Max R. Bush, 76, of Archer died at his home Sunday July 22, 2012.
He was born Feb.10, 1936 in Datto, Ark. to the late Elvin and Mabel Bush.
He attended school in Datto, Ark. and joined the U.S. Army in 1954.
He later became a police officer in St. Louis, Mo. He moved to Gainesville in 1969 where he was a police officer for Gainesville Police Department until 1976. He also attended Santa Fe Community College.
He moved to Archer in 1976 where he ran M & R Mini Market until 1979. He later became a Security Officer at the VA Hospital in Gainesville, then Shands Hospital where he retired in 1998.
He was an active member of the AMVETS Post 444 in Williston. He enjoyed flying, scuba diving and riding his motorcycle with friends.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years,  Rita;  a son, Tim Bush of Gainesville and daughter, Amanda Bush of Archer; two grandsons Joshua Bush and Kaiden Bush; a brother Daniel (Frankie) and a very dear friend James Hodges, along with many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 4 at 1p.m. in Williston at the AMVETS Post 444 off Hwy 27.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Gainesville Fisher House, P.O. Box 358296, Gainesville, FL 32635.

Edward Hillje
Edward Hillje, 83,  died July 28, 2012 at his home in Cedar Key.
He was born Sept. 16, 1928 in Rhode Island.  He moved to this area about 16 years ago from Ocala and was a member of the Church of Christ.  Among many things, he worked as radio operator.  He loved life as he enjoyed passing out mints around town.
He is survived by his son, Joseph Hillje; his daughter, Kathy (Glenn) Wright; his sister, Jackie Norwich; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
 He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Jennie.  
The family will have a memorial service at a later date.
 Online condolences can be left at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.
 Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

Frances B. Hudson
 Frances Barnett Hudson, 90, formerly of Chiefland died July 25, 2012 in Kansas City,  Mo.
 She was born in Melrose Sept. 1, 1921 to Effie Mai (Mack) and Hugh Barnett.  She married Horace Hudson in Gainesville on August 22, 1940.  They lived in Gainesville and Miami before settling in Chiefland in 1973.  She moved to Kansas City in 2008.
 She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland and attended North Oak Christian Church in Kansas City.
 She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Horace Jr. and Irma  of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Raymond of Livermore, Calif. and Nancy of New York, N.Y.; brother, Hugh of Rock Hill,  S.C. and loving relatives and friends in North Florida and Kansas City.  She was preceded in death by her husband and her sister Mary Ferguson.
 She loved a good book, a family barbecue dinner, any parade with Mickey Mouse and the natural beauty of Florida, in particular the Suwannee River and the crashing waves of the ocean. 
A memorial service will be held at 11  a.m. Aug. 10 at the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd in Chiefland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 707 N. Main Street, Chiefland, FL 32626 or to North Oak Christian Church, 9900 North Oak Trafficway, Kansas City,  MO 64155.

Ralph Keene
Ralph Wallace Keene, age 72, died Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the Malcom Randall V.A. Medical Center in Gainesville.
He was born Nov. 21, 1939 in Newberry to Jesse M. Keene Sr. and Essie Trammell Keene. He moved to Chiefland 12 years ago from Jacksonville.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a Master Mason at the Solmon Lodge in Jacksonville. He retired as a commercial electrician. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his companion of 30 years, Alice Mosley of Chiefland;  sisters, Madge Casey and Virgil Burger of Gulf Hammock and Geneva and Robert Wingo of Jacksonville; a brother, Jesse M. Keene Jr. of Jacksonville and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held  Friday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at Newberry Cemetery with Pastor Sam Bennett and hisnephew, Doni Keene, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the graveside. Interment to follow the service.
Online condolences may be sent  at www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.

 Evelyn McCormick
Evelyn McCormick, 90, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
She was born in Ivy Branch, Lincoln County, W. Va. Oct. 28, 1921.
She was a lifelong resident of McCorkle, W. Va. She was a member of the McCorkle Free Will Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. McCormick; her daughter, Brenda Joyce McCormick Hunter; her parents, Van Buren and Lola (Dunlap) Pauley; her sister, Juanita Huffman and her brother, Billy Pauley.
Survivors are two children, Delilah and husband, Ron Scott  and J.D. and Pam McCormick; two brothers, Junior and Kat Pauley, Pete and Nancy Pauley; six grandchildren, Greta McHugh, Deah Calloway, Shara Bevin, Myron Scott, Shani Brinkman, Brandon McCormick; 16 great-grandchildren, Nathanael, Hannah, Levi and Raechel Brinkman; Cheyenne, Courtney, Cameron and Caera McCormick; Grace and Olivia McHugh; Jonathan Hutchinson; Bradley, Brandon and Braden Bevin; Evan and Peirson Scott; many nieces and nephews, including Lisa Lewis, Van Pauley, Kathy Buckland and Phyllis Dunlap; many fellow church members and friends including her friends and pastor from First Baptist Church in Cedar Key.
Graveside service were Aug. 1 at the Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in McCorkle.
Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, W.Va. was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
Local arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.

Robert Patterson
Robert Patterson, 61, died July 26, 2012 at his home in Gainesville with his family by his side.
He was born April 19, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Jack and Ruth Patterson.
He was a contract administrator for HRS where he retired early. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed painting, reading and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Patterson; his sisters, Dolores Ward, Barbara (Chipper) Mace, Joyce (Jim) Carpenter; his daughter, Dena (Troy) Battle; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Patterson.
At his request, no service will be held.
Donations may be made in his honor to: Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32606

Frederick Whitmore
Frederick Bayne Whitmore, 84,  died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland.
He was born Aug. 24, 1927 in Lysander, N.Y. to Clarence Whitmore and Florence Whipple Whitmore. He moved to Bell 28 years ago from New York. He was an automotive mechanic and of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by five daughters, Florence Dibler of Archer; Penny Peters, Von King, Jacquelyn Buchanan and Dawn VanHousen all of Campbell-Savona, N.Y.; four sons, Clayton L. Whitmore of Bell, Fred Whitmore, Steven Whitmore and Thomas Todd Whitmore all of Campbell-Savona, N.Y.; two stepsons, Valentine Wisniski of Chiefland and Leo William Wisniski of Bell; three sisters, Eva Dillon and Lynda Schwab both of New York and Violet O’Dell of Ohio; two brothers, Eugene Whitmore of New York and Vincent Whitmore of Live Oak; 22 grandchildren and 19 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Selma Wisniski.
A memorial service was held July 27 in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Dr. Greg Douglas, Pastor officiating.
Online condolences may be sent at www.watsonfhtrenton.com.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.