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Woodard, Christine Pruitt  
WOODARD, CHRISTINE PRUITT, 85 Christine Pruitt Woodard, age 85, longtime resident of Fairbanks, FL passed away after a brief illness at the E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville, FL on Saturday April 23, 2016. She was born in Adel, GA on April 7, 1931 to Ernest and Ruby Pruitt. Christine was a loving wife and mother and devoted grandmother and great grandmother. Mrs. Woodard was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Woodard, Sr. and daughter, Linda Fay Wamack. She is survived by her son, Roy L. Woodard, Jr. (Debbie); and daughters, Diane Manning (Martin), Sandra McLean (David) and Wanda Reaves (Jeff); son-in-law, Ray Wamack; eleven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Fairbanks Cemetery in Fairbanks, FL. Arrangements are in the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361. www.milamfh.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

WEIDLER Jr., GORDON  
WEIDLER JR., GORDON 'SKIP' The world lost a great friend March 31st, 2016, with the passing of Gordon 'Skip' Weidler Jr. Born in Long Beach, California August 2,1945 to Gordon W. Weidler Sr. and the now deceased Mary Jane Brown-Weidler, Skip grew up in Billings, MT along with his father Skip is survived by his loving wife, Susie, his daughter Jennifer Weidler Lopez (Chris) and his sons, Gordon Weidler III (Rebecca) of Gainesville, FL and Todd Weidler of Billings, MT. Also his sisters Tamara Henrickson (Vernon) and Shawnee Robison all of Good Year, AZ and his grandchildren Samuel, Bailee, Todd II, Chloe, Noah, Niki, Will, Abby and Shawn. Plus many nephews and nieces, and cousins. He was the kind of man who never met a stranger and offered his help to those in need. He was an honor roll student, a two-sport high school athlete, and an accomplished horseman who was also a bronc rider. He was a veteran who served his country in the Army. He was an accomplished amateur boxer and was a pioneer of cable television in the 70s. He was a hell of a salesman who won awards and accolades throughout his career with Cable TV and Colonial insurance. He was a founding member of his beloved fraternal organization He loved watching sports with his father; as a huge Gator fan for his UF grad son, and a closet Seminole fan for his FSU grad daughter. Skip asked to be cremated and his ashes will be scattered over his beloved Yellowstone Park in Montana. Rest in Peace My Montana Man. In lieu of flowers or food to the family you might make a donation to the Shriners Hospital.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2016
WILSON, JULIANA IRBY  
WILSON, JULIANA IRBY Juliana Irby Wilson was born June 22, 1921 in the Hardeetown vicinity of Chiefland, Florida. Her parents, William W. and Lillian Hanna Irby, had recently relocated with a South Carolina timber business. The Irby family later settled in Alachua, Florida, when the company established a sawmill there. Juliana's early childhood and youth were enjoyably spent in Alachua. She graduated from Alachua High School. Juliana took up studies at the University of Florida, Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas, and graduated from the Watkins Institute of Nashville, Tennessee. Early in her career, Juliana was employed as office manager of the Student Health Department Hospital at the University of Florida. She later served as executive secretary and assistant to the president of Neb-Badcaw Oil and Forestry Company in Dallas Texas. Juliana's remarkable career with the Tupperware Corporation began in 1960, when employed as executive secretary to the company's president. Demonstrating her keen talents for business and hospitality with a life-long penchant for excellence, Juliana advanced to be appointed Vice President of Customer Relations for Tupperware U.S.A in 1973. She would ultimately travel the world as a corporate vice president, participating in the company's expansion worldwide. She retired from Tupperware International in 1985. Juliana was married to Hamer Wilson. They enjoyed their retirement together, living in Palm City and Stuart, Florida. They also treasured time together at their summer place in the mountains of North Carolina, near Brevard. After the death of her beloved Hamer, Juliana returned to Gainesville to make her home in Oak Hammock at the University of Florida. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading the Bible, and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville. Her sister, Gertrude Irby Darsey, of Punta Gorda, and brother, William W. Irby Jr., of Alachua, predeceased Juliana. Her brother, Lewis M. Irby and wife, Audrey, of Alachua, survive her, as do twelve nieces and nephews, for whom Aunt Juliana has been cherished as a thoughtful and loving matriarch. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., in the Iona Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Avenue, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Shettler and Rev. Michael Irby officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m., to the hour of service. Burial will be private. Those who wish may make memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 106 SW 3rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomas funeralhome.com FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS DOWNTOWN (352) 376-7556
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2016
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