Obituaries June 21

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  Mary ‘Molly’ Burrell

Mary Molly Harvey Bolton Burrell, 100, died at her home in Morriston June 14, 2012. 

 She was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Coconut Grove to the late Earl E. Jarvey and Jane Comstock Harvey.

She moved to the Dunnellon area in 1962 from Hialeah to raise Santa Gertrudis cattle at the Diamond B Ranch.

 Survivors include eight children, Alex (Janet) Bolton,  George (Mary) Bolton, Howard (Kay) Bolton, Camille (LeLon) Young, Diane Robbins, William (Mary Alice) Burrell, Robert Bolton and Troy E. (Marianne) Burrell Jr.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy E. Burrell Sr. and two daughters, Neota Astling and Barbara Bussard.

Visitation is Friday, June 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon. 

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at the Romeo Baptist Church, Dunnellon. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Haven Hospice 311 NE 9th St Chiefland, FL 32626 or to Romeo Baptist Church, 20545 SW 5th Pl., Dunnellon, FL.

Condolences may be left at RobertsofDunnellon.com


Coy Faught

Coy W. Faught, 73, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland.

He was born July 6, 1938 in Steele, Mo. to Edward Faught and Lorene Russell Faught. He moved to Bell in 1974 from Lakeland.

He attended the Bethel Church of Christ in Bell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Carey Wayne Faught and Jeffery Todd Faught and his brother, Max Faught.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Haygood Faught of Bell;  sons, Michael “PeeWee” (Yuliya) Faught of Bell and Tommy Faught; sister, Diane Smith of North Carolina and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 20 at the Bethel Church of Christ with  David Halter officiating. Interment followed the service at the church cemetery. 

Online condolences may be sent  at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.


Claudette Graham

Claudette Maxine Graham, 73, of Bell died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Haven Hospice in Lake City.  

Born in Bell,  she moved to Alaska in 1976 and returned to Bell in 2004. 

 While in Anchorage, Alaska she worked as general manager for Ken Wrays Printing for 27 years.  She enjoyed painting as an artist, fishing, reading and cooking.  She was a Baptist and a member of the Moose Lodge in Fanning Springs.

She is survived by daughters, Beth (Dan) Dyer of Denver, Colo., Terri (Marty) Blankenship of Bell and Angie (Bret) Edwards of Seminole; stepchildren, Tommy (Joyce) Graham of Lake City and Sherry (Michael) Major of Ocala; brothers, Jerry Fletcher of Hatch Bend and Howell Fletcher of Alvin, Texas; sisters, Kay Knighton of Lake City, Billie Jean Howard of Alachua and Sylvia Rowell of Ruskin;  nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and many extended family members. 

 She was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at Haven Hospice, 6037 US Hwy 90 West, Lake City.

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


Laura Howard

Laura “Loy Ann” Howard, 54, of Chiefland died June 12, 2012.

Survivors include daughter, Chariel Davis of Chiefland; brother, Limus Howard Jr. of Chiefland; sister, Rutha Mae Dobby of Altamonte Springs; nephew Charles (Donna) Howard of Trenton; friend, Birtett Brown Jr. of Chiefland; uncle, Ervin (Marie) Dawson of North Carolina; cousin/caretaker, Rutha (Robert) Scott of Chiefland; cousin, Dr. Willie (Connie) Adams of Albany, Ga.; friend/caretaker, Bessie Hunt of Chiefland and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Friday, June 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Carnegie Funeral Home, Chiefland.

Services will be held Saturday, June 23 at noon at the Tommy Usher Center, 506 Southwest 4th Ave., Chiefland.

Online condolences may be left at www.carnegiefuneralhome.com.

Carnegie Funeral Home, Chiefland, is in charge of arrangements.


Lillian M. Loewen

Lillian M. Loewen, 82, died June 17, 2012 in Chiefland. 

She was born  Sept. 27, 1929 to Ivy and Lois Hucks in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 

 She moved to this area in 1978 coming from Miami.  She was of the Baptist faith.  She worked as an executive secretary in the banking industry.  She enjoyed gardening in her spare time and grew beautiful flowers. 

 Survivors include sons, Richard and Bruce (Gisela) Dew, her brother, Charles Hucks; three grandchildren; two great- grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.  

 She was preceded in death by her son, Lawrence Dew; her brother, I.O. Hucks; her sisters, Vivian Aldridge, Elouise Miller and Joann Boswell.

 Online condolences can be left at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.

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


John Porter

John Lewis Porter, 80, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Williston.  

He was born  April 25, 1932 to Lawrence and Hazel Porter in Bloomington, Ind.  

He moved here in 1991 from Bloomington, Ind.  

He served six years in the Navy and worked as a repairman for heat and air conditioning and refrigeration. 

 He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Bronson United Methodist Church.  He enjoyed camping in his spare time.  

 Survivors include daughter, Virginia (James) Shields; his sister, Barbara Conners; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his brother; Eugene Porter and his son, Michael Wayne Porter. Funeral services  were held June 19 at Knauff Funeral Chapel in Williston with the Rev.  Pricilla Scherrah officiating. Interment was at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

 Online condolences can be made at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.     Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston. 


Gladys Smith

Gladys Catherine Smith, 75, died June 9, 2012 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland from complications from a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She was Baptist by faith and the former owner of the Tennille Crossroads Grocery Store for over 30 years.

She enjoyed the river, flowers, watching her birds and reading a good book. She loved the outdoors and being around people.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Smith of Old Town; her sons, William “Ricky” Kroll and Charles “Peanut” Smith both of Old Town; her daughter, Teresa Mellette of Branford; stepsons, Wayne and Allen Smith both of White Springs; her sister, Ruth Akins of Nashville, Ga.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Waters Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Steinhatchee June 30 at 2p.m.

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


Jack Spivey

Jack Dean Spivey, 78,  died June 11, 2012. 

Born in Salem April 25, 1934 to Julian and Gertie Spivey, he was raised in Cross City. 

He married Daphine Talley in 1956. Just nine days after they were married he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. After two years of service they moved to Orlando where he went to work for Southern Pipe and then Orlando Utilities for 32 years until retirement in 1994. He was in the Lions Club and served as District Governor in the Ocoee area. He served as elder of their church, Oak Level Baptist Church in Ocoee. 

He moved back to Horseshoe Beach in 1994 where he became very involved with their church here, First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Beach. He worked as the Horseshoe Beach Building Official and later served as the Dixie County Building Official until retiring in 2010.

 He had a true love for woodworking and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Daphine and an infant daughter, Jacqueline Denise. 

He is survived by his sons, Jason (Amy) of Winter Garden and Aaron (Amy) of Cross City; daughter, Deana (Gary) Thomas of Ocoee; grandsons ,Gary III, Riley, Jesse, Benjamin and Ethan Thomas, Cody, Levi and Wyatt Spivey and grand-daughter Allee Spivey.

Funeral services  were held June 15 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Butler Cemetery.

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


John Stevens

John Robert Stevens, 74, of Morriston died June 12, 2012.

He was born Feb. 18, 1938 in Williston to John Everett and Marie Stevens. 

He moved to Morriston from Inglis 12 years ago. He was of the Christian faith and a member of the Sheppard’s Chapel out of Arkansas.

 He worked as a law enforcement officer for many years. He worked as a deputy for Levy County and was Chief of Police for Cedar Key. 

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, shrimping, oystering, was an animal lover, being outdoors and especially loved being with his family and friends.

 He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Celeste Stevens; son, George Stevens; daughters,  Julieann Stevens, Vicki (Eddie) Davis; brother, Everett (Teresa) Stevens; sisters, Harriet Thompson, Pearl Bradley; grandchildren, Breonna Stevens and Shelby Davis and his step-sisters, Irene Harden and Cleo Allen. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Tracey Davis Stevens. 

Graveside services were held  June 16 at Cedar Key Cemetery with the Rev. Todd Pope officiating.

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


 Nevi Townsend

The Rev. Nevi Townsend, 81,  died Monday, June 11, 2012. 

He was born in Plant City, Oct. 27, 1930 to the Rev. Denton Townsend and Edith Townsend.  

He was a sixth generation Floridian who served as pastor for more than 35 years in Kentucky and Florida, including First Baptist Church of Lantana and Parkview Baptist Church of Ft. Pierce. 

 He served as Director of Missions for the Indian River Baptist Assn. from 1993 to 1998 and served two years as a volunteer coordinator of the Florida Baptist partnership with eastern Dakotas.  

Since 2000, he served as a church planting consultant with the Florida Baptist Convention encouraging churches, associations and potential church planters to start new congregations.

A graduate of Jacksonville University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Townsend  served in various capacities in Florida Baptist State Convention life, serving on the State Board of Missions from 1978-1980 and the Committee on Time, Place and Preacher from 1977-1978 and 1982-1983.

 He served on international missions trips leading evangelism crusades in Africa and Korea.  He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Ocala. 

 He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Townsend of Ocala; his sons, Ken Townsend of Jupiter, the Rev. Terry (Sandy) Townsend  of Wellington, the Rev. Gary (Susan) Townsend  of Ocala; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;a sister, Virginia Hattaway of Venice, and an aunt, Lillie Ruth Evans of Ocala.  

Services were June 14 at First Baptist Church of Ocala. Burial was at the Townsend Family Cemetery near Bell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Church Planting Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL  32207.