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WALKER, DON WESLEY, 72 Gainesville - Don Wesley Walker, 72, died from complications associated with Parkinson's disease on May 29, 2015. Don was born July 30, 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas to Arthur Resley and Marguerite Rankin Walker. He grew up in Azle, Texas, graduating from Azle High School in 1960. He received his B.A. with Honors from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1964, his M.A. and Ph. D. from Texas Christian University in 1968. After graduation, he came to Gainesville for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology. After his Postdoctoral studies, he remained in Gainesville as a faculty member in Neurobiology and a Research Scientist at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Gainesville. When the Department of Neuroscience was established, Don was a founding member of the faculty. He spent the rest of his career in there and retired in 2003 as professor Emeritus of Neuroscience. During his tenure, he served on many national and international boards and published extensively. Don was predeceased in death by his father and mother and by his step mother, Sue C. Walker. He is survived by his wife Joye Malone Walker, son, Barry Wayne Walker (Robin), daughter Holly Renee Hagan and step daughter, Allison Everett Forbes; granddaughters, Taylor Walker, Amanda Hagan, Chloe Hagan and step granddaughters, Joye Vega and Steva Lowell. Also, step great grandsons, Ean Vega, Jacob Kennington and Aiden Kennington. Don loved to travel, which he and Joye did extensively in the United States and internationally. He also enjoyed golf, reading, and supporting his Gators. He was happiest when he was with his loving family. He was a member of trinity United Methodist Church and the Gainesville Country Club. The family would like to express their thanks to the incredible staff at oak Hammock Banyan memory Unit and Haven Hospice and to his caregiver and friend Maria Godbolt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Don's memory to the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders, 3456 Hull Road, #4, Gainesville, FL, 32607 or to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. A private graveside service will be held at Forest Meadows Central. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 32609. To express your condolences, please visit
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Published in Gainesville Sun from June 1 to June 2, 2015

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WEST, MARY 'CAROLINE' FULLER (REED), 77 Mary 'Caroline' Fuller (Reed) West, formerly of Gainesville, Florida, died peacefully in San Diego, California on May 20, 2015 at the age of 77. Caroline was born on July 1, 1937 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to Mary Kincaid Fuller and Thomas Fuller. During the second World War, while her father fought for the U.S. Army, she spent several years in Gainesville. She later attended the University of Florida, met and married David S. Reed and their first son was born in Gainesville. She spent most of her life in Southern California. Caroline is survived by her husband John Henry West of Mornington, Victoria, Australia; children Michael Reed, Thomas Reed, Eugenie Reed Cormode, Susan Reed and four grandchildren. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 10:00am at Evergreen Cemetery 401 SE 21st Ave, Gainesville. There will be a luncheon following. Online condolences and a full obituary may be found at Donations in lieu of flowers may be given at or . Gainesville arrangements are provided by Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 31 to June 1, 2015
WILLIS JR., MILFORD P. Gainesville - Milford P. Willis Jr., Gator resident of Gainesville, FL, passed away on Sunday morning May 17, 2015 at Haven Hospice. Mil was born in Ocala on November 13, 1945, lived in McIntosh, was a graduate of Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. Mil later served in the US Army with military intelligence. After leaving the Army, Mil graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the Western New England School of Law. Mil worked for Alachua county, then worked as an Archivist at University of Florida, before retiring. Mil was a GATOR from the soul up. Mil has left behind his loving wife Marijka Willis, sisters Martha Roberts and Virginia Brosie and brothers Michael, James, and Donald. Mil is preceded in death by both parents Milford and Helen Willis and brothers William, Joe, Edwin and sister Elizabeth. Gator nation has felt a void upon Mil's death. Mil requested no service or flowers. Instead, donations will go to Peaceful Paths. Mil will be greeted at the gates of Heaven by his departed Feline family who loved him.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 31 to June 1, 2015

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Wright, Paisley Grace  
WRIGHT, PAISLEY GRACE Paisley Grace Wright was a 16 month old who passed away peacefully in the arms of her mommy. She earned her 'Angel Wings' at 4:45am on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Shands Children's Hospital. Paisley was diagnosed with Infant B-Cell Leukemia with MLL-R Gene at only 6 weeks old. She passed away after a long, hard fight with leukemia. She is the daughter of Samantha Wright of Gainesville, FL. She is survived by her big brother, Deante Lopez of Gainesville, FL. She is a cherished daughter, sister, niece, cousin, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of her family. Those closest to Paisley would describe her as inspiring, strong, beautiful inside and out, joyful, and precious! Paisley loved Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, dogs and monkeys. She loved Tinkerbell and all things music. She loved her bouncer, she preferred to stand rather than sit. Her favorite song was the, Wheels on the Bus, but only the part about the babies and the momma's. Nicknames included, 'Pai', 'Tater Tot', 'Nugget', and 'Wild Cat'. She almost always had a smile on her face, even during the midst of the most aggressive chemo cycles. Those who were blessed enough to meet Paisley, immediately fell head over heels in love with her. Through her journey with leukemia, Paisley has impacted the world! Even though the last page of her life story has been finished, the legacy she leaves behind will continue to shape the lives of all those who loved her! A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:00 P.M., at Grace at Ft. Clarke United Methodist Church, 9325 West Newberry Road, Gainesville, with Pastor John Park, officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, at or to St. Baldrick's Foundation, 1333 South Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016. Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomas FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA (352) 376-7556
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 10 to May 31, 2015

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WALLACE, FRANKLIN E. 'GENE' Chief Master Sergeant USAF, Retired Gene Wallace died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was 82 years old. He was born October 21, 1932, to J.C. 'Jay' Wallace and Vera Madderra Wallace on a farm in Albertville, Alabama. He was the sixth of eight children and was the last surviving member of the J.C. Wallace family. He joined the U.S. Air Force in December 1952 and made it his career. He was stationed in several places during his almost 28 years of service and worked on the first supersonic bomber, the B-47, the B-58, and then the world's largest transport plane, the C-5. He retired in 1979 from Military Airlift Command Headquarters in Scott AFB, Illinois. His first duty assignment was at MacDill AFB in Tampa, where he met and married Melvene Vaughn Wallace on September 1, 1955. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary in September. After retirement, they settled in Micanopy where he worked for USI Underground Utilities. He then became the Fleet Manager under Sheriff Lu Hendry and worked with Alachua County Sheriff Department for ten years. Gene was a faithful Christian since 1956, and was a beloved member of Glen Springs Church in Gainesville since 1979. Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife and their two children, (Jim and) Melody Wallace Johnson of New Port Richey, and Steve (and Jenny) Wallace of Gainesville; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 29 to May 30, 2015

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WALDROP, JAMES DAVID, 84 Gainesville - James David (Dave) Waldrop, 84, passed away on May 24, 2015 in the Neuro ICU Unit of Shands Hospital. He was born in Oneonta, Alabama to the late Preston James Waldrop and Victoria Harrell Waldrop. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Connie Waldrop. Dave and Connie married in 1951 just before he entered military service in the U.S. Army and was stationed overseas in Worms, Germany. Upon his return home, they lived and worked in Anniston, Alabama and later moved to Gainesville in 1960. Dave worked side by side with his beloved wife for 40 years in their promotional products business in Gainesville. Dave was well known by all of the business community in Gainesville and all of his clients were more friends than business contacts. He was a member of the Presbyterian faith and a longtime member of Gainesville Jaycees. Connie was the center of his life and they traveled together to all corners of the globe. Dave's passions were his family, his friends, fishing and the Gators. He is survived by his son, Dennis Waldrop (Makiko), brothers Bill Waldrop (June) of Anniston, Alabama, and Daniel Waldrop (Pat) of Jacksonville, sisters Juanita Bryant (Johnny) (Wellington, Alabama) and Judy Mays (Anniston, Alabama), grandsons Harlan James Waldrop and Griffin Arthur Waldrop of Salem, Oregon, and granddaughters Sara Michelle, Julie Alison and Kalley Jean Waldrop. The family has requested that in lieu flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606 or Mayo Clinic - Alzheimer's Disease Research, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 5:00-7:00 PM. An online guestbook is available for condolences at
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 28 to May 29, 2015
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