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Obituaries May 17

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Keanu Becker
Keanu Randall Becker, 11, of Bronson died May 8, 2012.
He was born Oct. 2, 2000 in Gainesville to Brent and Jenny Becker.
He was raised in Bronson.
 He was a fifth grade student at Bronson Elementary School, was an Honor Roll Student, on the Safety Patrol and he had perfect attendance.
He played sports with the Bronson Youth League. Some of the sports he enjoyed were football, soccer and baseball. He was an animal lover and had a tender heart for an animal he found.
He enjoyed riding bikes, 4-wheelers, hunting and fishing with his dad and being outdoors and spending time with his family.
 He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ –Latter Day Saints in Williston. He is described by his family as an unbelievable son.
He is survived by his parents, Brent and Jenny Becker; grandmother, Estella Coronado; brother, Chase Becker and an uncle.
Funeral services were held May 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints in Williston with Bishop Darrell Janson officiating. Interment followed in Rosemary Cemetery, Bronson.
Online condolences can be sent at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.

Laura Graham
Laura Tooke Graham, 81, a native of Cedar Key and former resident of  Lafayette, La. and resident of Baton Rouge, died May 12,  2012.
She was born Aug. 25, 1930, the middle daughter of   Lula and Ethridge Garret.
She is survived by her  daughters and  son-in-law Leigh Ann Tooke, and Sally Tooke and Gregory Palmer, Sr.; sons and  daughters-in-law, Jesse Britton and Mary Tooke and Lee Roy and Darlene Tooke; eight grandchildren, Greg Tooke, Stephen Tooke, Gregory Palmer, Jr.,  Melissa Tooke Forrestier, Jennifer Tooke Hensley, Sarah Tooke Rhodes, Ashley  Palmer Scott, Emily Tooke Robledo and eight great-grandchildren, Maggie Tooke, Dylan  Tooke,  Spencer Scott, Lee Palmer, Sydney Scott, Anne Calvert  Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Manny Robledo; and one sister Madeline Smith.
She was preceded  in death by George Hampton Tooke in 1995 and Peyton Graham in 2001.
A memorial service was held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home  East, Baton Rouge, La. May 14.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Donna Kenyon
Donna Lee Kenyon, 73, of Chiefland died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.  
She was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Chiefland from Punta Gorda in August 1990.  She was a homemaker and noted by her family as a very good cook. She loved playing the piano.  She was very active in all aspects of her church, including playing the piano.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Paul Kenyon; sons, David Kenyon, Kristian Kenyon, all of Chiefland and Rob Kenyon of Orlando and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Family Bible Chapel in Chiefland with Gerritt Kenyon officiating.
 Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.

Thomas Larkins
Thomas James Larkins, 63, of Williston died suddenly May 9, 2012.
He was born Nov. 21, 1948 in Syracuse, N.Y. to Thomas Jarome and Beatrice Larkins.
He moved to Williston four months ago from Ocala. He was of the Catholic faith.  He served in the United States Coast Guard and he retired in 1989 after 23 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer. He enjoyed fishing, boating, doing carpentry, playing golf and especially playing cards with family.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Ann Larkins; sons, Jason Larkins, Justin (Jennifer) Wunderle; daughters, Shannon (Lance) Ingles, Valerie (Christopher) Moreland, Sara Solowiej; brother, Gary (Mary) Larkins; sisters, Linda (Robert) Miller, Gay (Len) MacDonald, Betty Townsend and eight grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held later this week at Florida National Cemetery.
 In lieu of flowers make donations to Gainesville Fisher House Foundation P.O. Box 358296 Gainesville, FL 32635 or to the Wounded Warriors Project 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300 Jacksonville, Fl 32256.
Online condolences can be sent at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston.


Floyd Lester
Floyd Ray ‘Bear’ Lester, 81, of Chiefland died May 7, 2012 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties in Chiefland.  
He was born in Coffie County, Ala. to the late Joe Tom and Gedie Lester.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a military police.  He was a member of Hardeetown Baptist Church. He was a Mason and a retired truck driver. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, tennis and all sports and was a member of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club, where he was Club Champion in 1974 and Super Senior Club Champion in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Violet Lester; daughter, Susan (James) Horne, both of Chiefland; sons, Steve (Kerrie) Lester of Jacksonville, David (Karen) Gore, Greg (Connie) Gore, both of Chiefland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 11 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and grandson, Brett.
Funeral services were May 12 at Hardeetown Baptist Church with Pastor Travis Hudson officiating.  Interment followed the service at Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties, 311 N.E. 9th ST, Chiefland, FL 32626.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements were under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.

William Martin
William Larry Martin, 67, of Bronson died May 9, 2012 while on vacation with his family.  
He was born in Winnesboro, Ala. and moved to Bronson at six months of age.  
After graduating from the University of Florida in 1967, he entered in the United States Air Force where he was an instructor pilot in the Advanced Jet Trainer.  He spent the next five years serving his country before moving to South Florida in 1971.
 While in Ft. Lauderdale he was a pilot with Delta Airlines as well as a contractor specializing in industrial, commercial and whole subdivisions.  He moved back to Bronson in 1983 where he took a job with the Levy County School Board as the director of Maintenance and Transportation.
   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and his cattle.  He was happiest while on his tractor and spending time with his “Fussy Bear”,  Emily Malloy.  He  enjoyed skeet shooting with his daughter Maggie.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Martin of Bronson; son, Matt (Kathryn) Wilkins of Mt. Dora; daughter, Maggie Martin and future son- in-law, Jimmy Vickers of Gainesville; granddaughter, Ashlee McCard and great-granddaughter Zayna McCard, both of Woodland, Ala.;  brother, Lee (Earleen Williams) Martin of Bronson and sister, Carolyn (Timothy) Jacobs of Tampa.
Funeral services were May 13 at the First Baptist Church, Bronson.  Burial followed at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in his honor to the American Heart Association.
 Online condolences may be sent at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland.

Wanda Niemershien
Wanda Gail Niemershien, 69, died May 9 at her home.  
She was born Oct. 17, 1942 in Jacksonville to John and Nellie Cobb.  
She had lived in this area for 15 years coming from Cross Creek.  She was of Baptist faith.  She worked as a nursery worker and enjoyed gardening.
 Survivors include sons; Mark (Denise) Nichols, David Nichols; daughter, Debra Louise Nichols; brothers, Leman Ben, Eddie, Alfred; sisters, Joyce Driggers, Patty, Tammy; closest friends, Patrick  (Mr. Pat) and Zilpha (Peaches) Touchton; four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held May 14 at Knauff Funeral Home in Williston with Dr. Don Touchton officiating. Interment followed at Rosemary Cemetery in Bronson.
Online condolences can be sent at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.  Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.

James Reynolds
James W. Reynolds, 88, of La Porte, Ind.  died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital.
He was born May 19, 1923 in Waterville, Maine to James W. and Lillian M. (Walton) Reynolds Sr.
He  served in WWII from 1945 – 1946 in the Philippines and Japan.  He was a member of the 1st Cavalry 7th Regiment, Medical Detachment and served as an ambulance driver.  After the war, he returned to his home state of Maine. 
In 1947 he moved to La Porte where he met his wife of 62 years.  They would then move to Maine and on to Hopkinton, Mass. 
He loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.  He was a charter member of the New England Camping Association  and the Framingham Sportsman Association.  He was also an active member of Post 929 VFW in Framingham, Mass., where he served through the chairs.  He remained a member at large for many years.  He retired from Sears in Natick, Mass. in 1973 moving to Morriston where he remained for 32 years. 
 He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Williston, where he was an active member of the Methodist Men.
On Aug. 17, 1949, he married Constance N. Sayles of La Porte, who survives. He is survived by a son, James of Pahrump, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two brothers, Harley Reynolds of Elmhurst, Ill. and Lawrence of Bath, Maine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Gloria and Joan; and two brothers.
Cremation will take place.  A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19 in the Rolling Prairie Cemetery, with the Rev. Freeman Schrock officiating. 
Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, La Porte, is in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Williston, 213 West Noble Ave., Williston, FL 32696 c/o the United Methodist Children’s Home in Sunrise or to the La Porte New Church, 812 Indiana Ave., La Porte, IN 46350.

Norma Reed
Norma Reed, 82, died Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Dunnellon. 
She was born in Eskridge, Kan. and moved to Dunnellon in 1984 from Columbus, Ohio where she raised her family.  She was a retired computer operator with Sears and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon where she enjoyed socializing. 
 Survivors include her sons, Robert (Connie) Reed and Steven (Diane) Reed, both of Dunnellon; her sister-in-law, Phyllis McCoy-Griffin of Williston and five grandchildren. 
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; her brother, Dr. Donald L. McCoy and her parents Vern and Ellvira (Martin) McCoy.
Funeral services were held May 9 at Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.  Inurnment was at Dunnellon Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon, 11818 Ohio Street, Dunnellon, FL  34431.

Thomas C. Riddle
Thomas Carl Riddle, 77, died May 8, 2012.  
He was born Oct. 18, 1934 in  Brooklyn, N.Y. to Morris and Modine Riddle.  He had lived in this area for 14 or more years coming from West Palm Beach.
 He was of the Baptist faith and belonged to the First Baptist Church of Williston.  He was a truck driver.
He is survived by his son, Thomas C. (Kim) Riddle II; his daughters, Grace Riddle, Joy (Rudy) Riddle; his brother, Ricky Riddle; his sisters, Arleen (Ziggy) Zimmerman, May Parnell; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Riddle.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Williston May 14 and was officiated by the Rev. Tony Clubb. Interment followed at Orange Hill Cemetery in Williston.
Online condolences can be sent at www.knaufffuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Williston.