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POLITE, GEORGE, 84 DEACON George Polite, age 84, Deacon of Gateway Christian Center & Retired Custodian, suddenly, but peacefully, submitted to the will of God on September 29, 2015, at North Florida Regional Medical Center (Gainesville, FL). The Homegoing Celebration will be held 11:00AM Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Female Protective Society Temple (Gainesville, FL) with his Pastor, Apostle Frank Clifton, officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Deacon Polite will be viewed at the Funeral Home on Friday (2:00-7:00PM) - At the Temple on Saturday 30 Minutes prior to the Services - And with the Processional. The Procession will form at Deacon & Mother Polite's residence, 5101 NW 21st St, Gainesville at 10:00AM. Everlasting Memories will remain with wife (of 45 years) - mother Ethereen J. Polite and children - Esau Taylor, Jr., Debra Taylor-Alllen and Jacqueline Taylor Meekins of Gainesville, FL; 3 grands - Stacey (& Harmon) Manning of Gainesville, FL, Melisia (& Dewitt) Robinson of Jacksonville, FL and Joel (Letasha) Allen Jr. of Gainesville, FL; 8 great grands; 1 god grandchild; sister - Estella Casey Smith of Leesville, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, devoted son-in-law - Joel Allen, Sr., in-laws & friends. Arrangements Entrusted To: DUNCAN BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME, 428 NW 8TH Street, Gainesville, FL.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2015

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PEARCE, JUDITH ANN, 68 Old Town - Judith Ann Pearce, 68, longtime resident of Old Town, Florida, died Sunday, October 4, 2015 in the Shands Hospital, Gainesville. Mrs. Pearce was a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, daughter of the late David Verne and Emily June Martin, and was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. William Pearce, in 2012. Judy had been a manager of the Dollar General Store in Old Town, and had worked as a caregiver. She loved working in her yard. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, by two brothers and a sister, and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association, 3324 W. University Avenue, #128, Gainesville, FL 32607. Please visit her memorial page at: www.williamsthomas FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS DOWNTOWN (352) 376-7556
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2015

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PINSON, TRASIE D., 82 Chlefland - Trasie D. Pinson, 82, of Chlefland, died Monday, September 21st at Tri-County Nursing Home in Trenton, FL. Mr. Pinson was self-employed in the mobile home business and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served 6 years in the Korean conflict and he loved fishing in saltwater and in the river. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Lee Eddy Pinson and his brother, Lamar F. Pinson. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Fields of Millport, AL; grandson, Matthew Ryan Stanley of Fayette, AL and 2 great grandchildren, Bryan Isaac Stanley and Claire Eden Stanley. A memorial will be held at a later date. Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2015
PURDY, LAURENCE HENRY (HANK) Laurence Henry (Hank) Purdy, September 28, 1926 to September 28, 2015, died peacefully on his 89th birthday. Born in Miami, Arizona, his family moved to San Diego, California when he was three years old. Predeceased by his parents, Winnie Gibson Purdy and Laurence H. Purdy, and his four older sisters, he is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years (Barbara) and four children: Cynthia D. Bertelsen (Mike), Laurence J. Purdy (Isabell), Timothy C. Purdy (Keiko), and Paula E. Purdy (Kevin), six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren (with another on the way). Hank was a super athlete, scientist, husband, and father. He was a 4-letter athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball, and track); in college he set records in javelin and discus that were not exceeded for many years. Although he served his country for only a brief time toward the end of World War II, one of his lifelong interests was the history of that war. Following his honorable discharge from the army in 1945, he began his college education at Montana State University in Missoula. Returning to San Diego in 1948, he continued his education at San Diego State College (now University) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1949. While taking a required course in biological science, he fell in love with the spores he saw under the microscope and continued his education at the University of California at Davis receiving the Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1953. He was offered, and accepted, a position with the United States Department of Agriculture with facilities located on the campus of Washington State University, Pullman. He and a team of co-workers solved many problems associated with diseases of grains, such as wheat and barley. In 1967, Dr. Purdy was offered, and accepted, the position of Chairman of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida, which he occupied for the next 12 years. Returning to research, he attacked diseases of sugarcane and cacao, the plant that produces chocolate, and traveled the tropical world for many years. He was elected president of the American Phytopathological Society in 1980. He became Professor Emeritus in 1992 after which he maintained his involvement with international organizations. In addition to his professional achievements, he was a talented Mr. Fixit, a woodworker, a Little League coach, a Cub Scout leader, an inspiration to his wife and children, and a handsome dude. Hank and Barbara owned a small citrus grove for many years and held an annual fruit picking party for friends. A celebration of his life will be held soon. Arrangements by Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville, FL. 352-378-2528.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2015
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