Obituaries July 28

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Bill Baker

CHIEFLAND–William “Bill” Boyd Baker, Ret.CW4 (USARNG), 76, died after a long illness. 

He was born in Holyoke, Mass. in 1934. He moved to Chiefland in 1994 after retiring from active service in the Pentagon. He was active in Citizens on Patrol until his sickness. He enjoyed camping and traveling in his motor home and golfing.

 He is survived by his sons William P. Baker, Somersworth, N.H. and Timothy R. Baker, Chiefland; daughters, Virginia A. Bisson, East Hampton, Mass., Denise M. Abar, Crouseville, Maine, Diane E. Charron, Chicopee, Mass., Beth A. LaPointe, Westfield, Mass.; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years,  Elizabeth Baker and eldest son, David M. Baker.

A memorial service to be held at Knauff Funeral Home-Chiefland will be set at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Chiefland. 



Ronnie Mac Brooks

Williston–Ronnie Mac Brooks, 62, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at his residence in Williston.

He was born in Monroe, Ga. to Golden and Helen Brooks. He lived the majority of his life in Georgia and  during that time worked as a hospital corp. in the United States Navy.

He was a member of the AMVETS. He enjoyed working, camping, trips to the river and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by parents, Golden and Helen Brooks; son, Ryan Brooks; daughters, Heather Furguson; Brittney Brooks; brother, Scott Brooks; sister, Venta Pruitt and three grandchildren. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.


Helen B. Clark

BRONSON–Helen B. Clark,  92, formerly of  Bronson died July 21, 2011 at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry. 

She was born in Graceville to  George W. and Elmyra Reese. She moved to the Bronson area in 1977 from the Melbourne and Gainesville areas. She was a homemaker.

She is survived  by her daughters, Nancy L. Anderson and Judy E. Yates; sons, Henry C. Clark Jr. and David R. Clark and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Coleman Clark in 2004.

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

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, is in charge of arrangements.


Harry William Claunch

WILLISTON–Harry William Claunch, 92, of Williston, died Friday, July 22, 2011 at North Florida Veteran’s Hospital. 

He was born  Aug. 25, 1918 in Bronston, Ky. to the late Joe Hopper and Nancy Jane Gibson Claunch. 

 At the age of 16, Mr. Claunch operated the family owned Waitsborough Ferry on the Cumberland River in Kentucky.   In 1941, he joined the military as a tank driver with the 1st Armored Division and later took part in the invasion of North Africa where he was taken prisoner in 1942. 

 After escaping, he returned to the United States and was sent to Florida for rest and recuperation. Later in life he owned several gas stations in both Kentucky and Florida, then retired from General Development in South Florida.He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hollis Reid, Eugene Gibson and Robert Lewis of Somerset, Ky. 

 He is survived by his brother, Joe Howard Claunch of Somerset, Ky.; daughters, Pamela Kay Coil, Peggy Jo (Shelton) Sherrouse and Patricia Lee Brewer;  former wife, Lois Boyer; grandchildren, Rachael Lynn Bridges, Jonathan Troy Sherrouse, Jessica Coil, and Ashley Coil; great-grandchildren, Aaron Russell Bridges, Issac Steven Sherrouse, and Kaylin Maycie Bridges.  

 Funeral services were held Thursday, July 28 at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America at 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086 or www.pva.org. 

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


Lucille Dixon

GREENVILLE, S.C.–Lucille Dixon, 91, of Greenville, S.C. died Monday, July 25, 2011.

She was born in Branford in 1919 to Leila Peterson Dixon and Thomas Jefferson Dixon.

She graduated from Florida State University in 1939, when it was an all-girls’ school, with a degree in teaching. She taught locally and continued her education for a master’s degree in business. She retired in 1971.

She moved to Greenville in 2003 to Rolling Green Village, where she was an independent resident until her health recently placed her in hospice care.

She was an accomplished pianist, and enjoyed playing both piano and organ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to a faith charity of choice or Dunklin Memorial Camp, 3505 Deer Run Trail, Okeechobee, FL 34974.

Internment will be at a later date in Williston.


Robin Marie Durrance

CHIEFLAND–Robin Marie Durrance, 47, of Chiefland, died at Haven Hospice  July 22, 2011.

She is survived by her loving longtime companion, Mateo (Morgan) Gonzales; mother, Brenda Durrance; daughters, Beverly (Luis) Velasco, Cindy Watson; son David Drown; her “baby brother” Jessie (Kim) Durrance; nephews, Cody and Garrett Durrance; great-niece, McKenzie Durrance and many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ted (Leonard) and Hilma Hair Durrance; maternal grandparents, Arthur and Jeannette (Meme) Archambo Stark and her father, Harold Durrance.A memorial service will be held at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests expressions of sympathy be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties 311 NE 9th Street Chiefland, Florida 32626. 

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

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, is in charge of arrangements.


Francis Helen Mercer

Williston–Francis Helen Mercer, 76, died Saturday, July 23 at her residence in Williston. 

She was born in Hartford, Ala. to William and Verbie Lewis. She had lived in Williston for over 40 years where she enjoyed quilting, being involved with juniot rodeo, high school rodeo and PRCA. 

She was employed at Mills Auction Market and worked at the Driftwood restaurant for many years. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Howard Mercer; sons, Dennis (Shelia) Mercer, Glen “Pee Wee” Mercer; sisters, Mernett White, Juanita Nipper, Mary Jo Scurlock, Barbara Hicks; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as helping raise Rusty Byrd and Terry Miller. 

Funeral services were held July 26. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.


Preston Mills Jr.

Dunnellon–“Brother” Preston Marion Mills Jr., 70, died  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at his residence in Dunnellon. 

He was born in Ocala in 1941 to Preston Sr. and Ovada Mills. He had lived all of his life in this area. He retired from Certified Grocers and later worked as a security guard.

 He  served in the United States Army, was a member of the Rainbow River Rats and was an avid horseman. He loved dogs and singing, enjoyed spending time at the Rainbow River and Daytona Beach and was the life of the party any where he went.

He is survived by his  sons, George (Amy) Mills, “Eddie” Preston (Jill) Mills III, Joseph Roush; daughters, “Missie” Tony (Bill) Carver, Bettina Mills; brother, Don Mills; sisters, Marilyn Laye, Sally Barlow and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Knauff Funeral Home in Williston  July 26. Burial followed at Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.


Mallie Peacock

Morriston–Mallie Louise Stone Peacock, 90, of Morriston, died  July 22, 2011 in Ocala. 

She was born in Morriston Jan. 18, 1921 and resided in the area most of her life.

 She was married to A.B. Peacock Jr for over 60 years before his death in  2002. 

She is survived by her daughters, Tonya Rood, Joy (Dale) Butler, Bonnie S. Peacock;  sons, Al (Judy) Peacock III, Gary (Judy) Peacock; grandchildren, Bruce, Shari, Shana, Sara and Lehman. 

 She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Theresa Peacock; grandson, Daniel Butler; brothers, B.W. Stone and George Stone; sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Watson, Leola Bell Sheffield, Lillian Fant, Helen Wynn, Avis Stephens, Carabelle Guest and Dollie Read. Graveside services were held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Morriston July 27.

 In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to an Alzheimer’s Research Facility.

 Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.