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Obituaries

  • Richard A. Mann

    Richard A. Mann, 53, died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 in Tallahassee.

    He was born in Chicago, Ill. June 21, 1956 to Robert and Katherine Mann. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Eisenhower for four years. He moved to Tallahassee and has lived there for the past 20 years where he was self employed in the construction business as well as working at the Best Western Motel. He was Catholic by faith.

    He is survived by his mother Katherine Mann and his step-sister Barbara Blackburn (Claude).

  • Carol Jean Saunders

    Carol Jean Saunders, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

    She was born in Wheelersburg, Ohio Jan. 20, 1943. She moved to Levy County in 1990 where she worked at Oak View Nursing Home and later at Oak Hammock nursing home in Gainesville.

    She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Newberry. She enjoyed scrapbooking, genealogy, baking and collecting cow memorabilia.

  • Sidney Ray Wright Jr.

    Sidney Ray Wright Jr., 53 of Gainesville, died Feb. 26, 2010.

    He was born June 20, 1956 in Nashville, Tenn. to Sidney R. Wright, Sr. and Gloria (Hill).

    He married Maria L. Steinman June 20, 1998. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He golfed and loved to sing and dance. He was a lifetime member of the Davie Moose Lodge.

  • Gordon H. Matheny

    The Rev. Gordon H. Matheny, 87 of Ocala died Wednesday, Feb.17, 2010.

    He is survived by his wife Florence; two sons David and Timothy, a daughter Donita Mooneyham, and a their spouses; stepson Mac Miller; daughter-in-law Lona; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a brother Harry.

  • Erma Grace Bennett

    Erma Grace Bennett, 83, of Trenton died Feb. 20, 2010 in Trenton.

    Born in Arcadia, she came to this area in 1984 from Miami. She was in the plumbing business and was a member of Priscilla Baptist Church.

    She is survived by her husband Howard E. Bennett of Trenton; daughters Eva Kolach of Iowa, Betty Sue Shamrock of Florida, Anna Mary Early, Cathy Senick of New Jersey, sons Robert Bennett of Houston, Texas and Larry (Gail) Bennett of Blue Ridge, Ga.; sister Esther Marie Parker of Florida and 88 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Lawrence M. Curry

    Lawrence M. Curry, 73, died Feb. 17, 2010 at his home.

    Born in Otter Creek, he has spent his life there. He worked in logging all his life and was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working but was most proud of his family.

    He is survived by his wife of 50 years Annie Mae Curry of Otter Creek; daughter Susie (Mike) Smetana of Otter Creek, Mary Watkins of Otter Creek, Gail (David) Lamb of Chiefland; sister Martha Hall of Jacksonville, eight grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

  • Anna L. Marsh

    Anna L. Marsh, 87, of Chiefland died Feb. 22, 2010.

    She was born April 5, 1922 in Sulligent, Ala. to William and Bessie Jaggears. She was a homemaker and a deer hunter. She was of the Baptist faith. She had lived in Chiefland since the 1940s moving from Leesburg,. She was a member of the Briar Slew Hunt Club. She enjoyed planting flowers, camping and being an outdoors lady.

  • Debra Courtney Morris

    Debra Courtney Morris, 45, of died Feb. 18, 2010.

    She is survived by two children Summer Tillis of Gainesville and Curt (Kelly) Perry of Fort Benning, Ga. and her stepson, Rowdy Boyer of Chiefland. She is also survived by her mother Una Courtney of Chiefland; brothers Clifton (Linda) Courtney and James Courtney, both of Chiefland and Darryl (Kathy) Courtney of Ocala; sister Tinker Courtney of Chiefland, five nephews and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her father Clyde Courtney.

    Funeral services were held Feb. 23 at Hiers- Baxley Funeral Services.

  • Frank Strawn

    Frank Strawn, 84, of Romeo died Feb. 16, 2010.

    He was born May 5, 1925 in Tidewater to Edgar and Josephine Strawn. He was reared and lived most of his life in Romeo. He was of the Baptist faith.

    He was a veteran of the Korean War were he served in the United States Army. A farmer all of his life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other family members.

    A graveside funeral service was held Feb. 22 at Hickory Springs Cemetery in Romeo with the Rev. Shawn Cutshall officiating. Interment followed.

  • Beverly Jo Arnold Thomas

    Beverly Jo Arnold Thomas, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville.

    She was born Sept. 9, 1944 in Rocky Mount, N.C. to J.H. (Buddy) and Carlette Arnold. Her family moved to Ocala where she attended school and spent most of her childhood years.

    She and her husband, Lee, were married in 1965, they moved to Monroe, La. and lived there for a period of time. They moved to Williston and made it their home for the past 38 years.