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ANAST, JAMES G.  
ANAST, JAMES G., 86 Gainesville - James G. Anast, 86, of Gainesville passed away on December 17, 2014 in E.T. York Care Center. He was born in Chicago, IL, where he graduated from Lloyd Grammar School and Kelvyn Park High School. He enlisted in the Army where he was a sharpshooter and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He then went to Freight Traffic School where he received his Diploma. He worked for Seneca Petroleum Co. for many years; married and had 4 children: George, Valerie, Kathleen & John by his first wife. He then moved to Gainesville in the 80's with his second wife, Doris, and their 2 children: Mary & Paula, where he worked for 14 years at Construction Bookstore and then 19 years at 1st Credit Union of Gainesville. He is preceded in death by his father George and mother Theodora, also his brothers Spiro & Nick, World War II Vets. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army would be most appreciated by the family. Funeral services for Mr. Anast will be held at noon Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church. A visitation will be held Friday night from 5-7PM, with a Trisagion service at 7PM at the Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Meadows Funeral Home 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609 (352)378-2528. Please sign the guest book at www.forestmeadowsfh.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
ANDREWS, SHEILA KAREN  
ANDREWS, SHEILA KAREN Sheila left us peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at her home near High Springs, Florida, on December 2, 2014. She was 78 years old. She was known for her sparkling personality, her love of people, and her enthusiasm for life. She adored children, and brought her sense of joy and wonder to the hundreds of preschoolers whom she taught over her twenty plus years as 'Miss Sheila.' This sense of wonder and beauty was also evident in the exquisite photos she took. Sheila was born in Montreal, Canada to Dora Schade and Cecil Brownlee. She attended McDonald College, where she met her future husband, Samuel D. Andrews. They married in 1956, and in 1960 produced Samuel Todd Andrews, followed closely by Peter Richard Andrews in 1962. In 1968, the family moved to Gainesville and the University of Florida, where Sam was on faculty, and where both Sheila and Peter would later earn their degrees. From 1979 to 1997, Sheila taught preschool and pre-kindergarten, first at Three Bears House, which then became Gainesville Country Day School. She and her co-teacher would spend hours transforming their classroom into thematic wonderlands that her (now grown) students reminisce about today. After the boys left home, Sheila began nurturing her talents as an artist, and eventually discovered her affinity for photography. Using both black and white and color, Sheila was able to capture the magic in a child's face as well as the serenity of a butterfly alighting on a flower. She was a member of the Gainesville Artisans' Guild, where she displayed her work both in the gallery and at various art shows throughout north Florida. Sheila is survived by her husband, Sam, their two sons, and four grandchildren: Elysse and Samuel, the children of Kelye Lotz and Peter Andrews of Boulder, Colorado as well as Alexander and Ian, sons of Anne and Samuel Andrews of Alachua, Florida. She was buried on December 7 in a private ceremony. The family will hold a 'celebration of life' to which all friends who wish to participate are welcome. It will be held at the Alachua Women's Club (14565 Main Street, Alachua) on Saturday, January 17 from 3 to 5pm. RSVP to kelye.lotz@gmail.com if you plan to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Nature Coast or to The American Cancer Society.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
Arnold, Lucille Prescott  
ARNOLD, LUCILLE PRESCOTT, 92 Lake Butler - Mrs. Lucille Prescott Arnold 92, of Lake Butler passed away Wednesday morning, December 17, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 28, 1922 in Washington County, Florida. to the late Walker Prescott and Mary Russ Prescott. Mrs. Arnold was the secretary for Rivers Hardware and Furniture for 25 years before she retired. She was a member of First Christian Church of Lake Butler. She enjoyed being with her family, being outdoors, gardening, cooking, and helping others that needed help. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Johnnie Arnold; sons GW (Buck) Arnold and Eddie Arnold; brothers, Willard. Earl, and Robert Prescott; sister, Erlene Driggers. Mrs. Arnold is survived by daughters, Katheryne Griffis (Elery) and Johnnie Belle Box (A.C.) both of Lake Butler; brother, Kenneth Prescott of Waycross, Georgia; eight grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mrs. Arnold will be held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:30PM at First Christian Church with Brother Art Peterson officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place following funeral services at Mt. Zion Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to Haven Hospice, 6037 U.S. 90 Lake City, Florida 32055. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
BAGGETT, KEITH ALAN - Lake Butler  
BAGGETT, KEITH ALAN, 56 Lake Butler - Mr. Keith Alan Baggett, 56, of Lake Butler passed away peacefully from an extended illness on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1958 to Everett Baggett and the late Elizabeth June Huff. He enjoyed working at Vallencourt Construction Co. Inc., until his health forced him to retire. He was a good man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He is survived by daughters, Christy Griffis of Lake Butler (husband Paul) and Danielle Baggett of Keystone Heights; son, Steven Baggett of Lake Butler (wife Kari); sisters, Cindy Nipper and Glenda Whitton of Middleburg and Marie Hartline of Macclenny; brothers, Paul 'Chico' Huff of Melrose (wife Angela), Paul Keith Huff of Melrose and Bruce Baggett of Mississippi; grandchildren, Austin, Braxton and Richard and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service for Mr. Baggett will be held Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00PM at Archer Memorial Chapel. The arrangements are under the care of Archer Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
BROWN, EVA MAE DAVIS  
BROWN, EVA MAE DAVIS Gainesville - Eva Mae Davis Brown, age 83, wife of the late Herbert J. Brown Sr., daughter of the late Rev. T. D. Davis & Eva Davis, retired histotechnologist at J. Hillis Miller Health Center and member of Second Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at North Florida Regional Medical Center (Gainesville, FL). The Homegoing Celebration will be held 10:30AM Saturday, December 20, 2014, at The Female Protective Society Temple (Gainesville, FL) with her Pastor, Rev. Tony Hall, officiating. Burial will follow at the Rutledge Community Cemetery. Mrs. Brown 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 Mrs. Brown's residence, 5130 NW 27th Ave, Gainesville, at 9:45AM. Mrs. Brown leaves precious memories with: Sons, Herbert James Brown, Jr. (and Gloria) and Jeffery Brown of Gainesville, FL; Step Son, Larry Thomas (and Sharon) of Gainesville, FL; Three Grands, James L. Brown, and Jatoria Brown of Gainesville, FL and Larry Thomas, Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL; Two Great Grands, Jayden Brown and Jacoby Rasher of Gainesville, FL; Brothers, Rev. Jake Davis (and Charlene,) (Toney Davis Jr., Jerry Davis, Ike Davis, Johnnie Davis and Benjamin Davis preceded her in death); Sisters, Min. Pearlie Jones and Georgia Fisher of Gainesville, FL (Oleatha Rutledge, Helen Jenkins, Alice Davis preceded her in death); In-Laws, Edward Brown Jr. (and Mae Katherine), Thornton Brown, Buford Brown (and Claudia), Arlene Davis and Pat Davis, all of Gainesville, FL and Bettye Hunter of Jackson, TN; Nieces and Nephews; Cousins; and Friends. Arrangements entrusted to: DUNCAN BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME, 428 NW 8th Street, Gainesville, FL.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2014
BROWN Sr., WILBERT  
BROWN, WILBERT, SR., 72 Gainesville - Mr. Wilbert Brown, Sr., life-long resident of Gainesville, age 72, passed away December 13, 2014 in the comfort of his home. Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Mary Brown, Gainesville, FL; son, Esau J. Brown, Gainesville; siblings, Earl Johnson, Sr. (Dorotheal), Harvest, AL; Louis Lee (Bonnie), Judy Willis, Leary Johnson, Genora Dennis, all of Gainesville, FL; Michael Johnson (Angela), Dumfries, VA; Kathy White, Alachua, FL; Gail Villarria, St. Augustine, FL; two grandchildren, Constantine and Gabereill; uncle, Eugene H. Brown (Ruth); aunts, Thelma Brown, Marietta Brown-Chisholm (Clem), all of Gainesville, FL; Elsie Brown, Virginia Beach, VA; brothers-in-law, Enoch Jordan (Bridget), James Owens, Tallahassee, FL; Raymond Strong (Alistine), Gainesville, FL; sisters-in-law, Annie Jordan, Gainesville, FL; Kimberly Davis, and Merita Webb, Tallahassee, FL. Graveside Services for Mr. Brown will be held 11:00am, Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Rev. Jose Cuevas conducting the service, with interment immediately following. Arrangements entrusted to Chestnut Funeral Home, Inc., 18 N.W. 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Mr. Brown will repose in the Chestnut Memorial Chapel on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 2:00 pm until 7:00pm. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Family and friends are asked to meet on Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church at 10:15am to form the cortege. 'A CHESTNUT SERVICE'
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2014
Burch, John Caldwell  
BURCH, JOHN CALDWELL, 69 Micanopy - John Caldwell Burch, 69, of Micanopy passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014. Mr. Burch was a lifelong resident of Micanopy. Mr. Burch was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War and was a 47 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 1205 before retiring. Mr. Burch is survived by his sons John C. Burch, Jr. and J. Dale Burch both of Newberry, a daughter Lauren Wright of Denver, CO, and three grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Forest Meadows Funeral Home 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 378-2528. Please sign the guest book at forestmeadowsfh.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
BUTLER, ROBERT G.  
BUTLER, ROBERT G. Gainesville - Robert G. Butler formerly of Crystal River, FL, and Stillwater, NJ passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014. Bob was born in Elizabeth, NJ, February 13, 1941. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a master auto mechanic and shop foreman; Bob also owned his own garage. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Newton, NJ for 25 years; he has been a beloved member of Grace at Fort Clarke Church in Gainesville, Florida for the last ten years. Bob will always be remembered for his positive attitude, his sense of humor, 'helping the little guy', loving car races and the outdoors, and loving and supporting his family. He enjoyed kayaking and hiking. He is survived by his three daughters: Gwendolyn Butler, Jennifer Molyneaux, and Alyssa Siegert and his son, Robert Butler. Grandchildren: Noah and Jonah Gagliardi, Tiberius Molyneaux, Liam Siegert, Kaimi and Aria Butler. Special note to his Brother-in-Law, David Molyneaux. Jason Siegert and Thomas Gagliardi. A service will be held at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, December 17 at the Grace at Fort Clarke Church in Gainesville, Florida. Donations in lieu, may be made to: Grace Church, 9325 W. Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32606, or to Preserve the Manatees at Crystal River at: http://www.friendsofcrystal river.org/ Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601. (352) 376-5361.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2014
Cook, Emily Elizabeth  
COOK, ELIZABETH EMILY, 15 Gainesville - Emily Elizabeth Cook, aged 15, passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2014. She was born in Gainesville as the youngest of Mary Darlene Kelley and Stanley David Cook's four children. Emily was a unique, well loved individual who was outgoing, kind and true to herself. Above all, Emily loved family gatherings of any kind. It did not matter whether it was hunting, boating or having her mother fix her hair and makeup. Emily dreamt of a career in veterinary medicine, but her true passion was weightlifting at Gainesville High School. She loved her GHS friends and teammates as family. Emily was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Marion Dell Cook. She is survived by her mother, Mary Darlene Kelley (stepfather, Glenn Dean Kelley Jr.), her father, Stanley David Cook, maternal grandparents Linda and Ralph McKellar and step grandparents, Jonnie Sue and Glenn Kelley. She is also survived by her siblings Sabrina B. Rhoden 21 (Jeff), Nicole D Cook 20 (Trey McDaniel), Jacob M. Cook 18, half siblings, Jennifer M. Reardon 38 (Terry), Michael D. Cook 35 and step-siblings, Amanda L. Gravine 31(Frank), Amber L. Faulkner 27(Steve) and Jonathan D. Kelley 26. Emily also had many aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as 15 little nieces and nephews that were touched daily by her light and love. A memorial service to celebrate Emily's life will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:00 P. M., in the University City Church of Christ, 4626 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P. M., at the church, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Gainesville High School Girls Weightlifting Team, c/o Gainesville High School, 1900 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32609. 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 Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2014
CRIPE, MARNELLE F.  
CRIPE, MARNELLE F., 93 Micanopy - Marnelle F. Cripe, age 93, of Micanopy, Florida on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. A third generation Californian, she was born and delivered by her great aunt, Dr. Marion McAulay, on July 30, 1921 in San Francisco, California, to Lucile and Walter Filippini. Marnelle was raised in Patterson, California, and attended Patterson Union High School, Modesto Junior College (where she met her future husband, Wyland Cripe), and Mills College in Oakland, California. She graduated from Mills College in 1943, and a week later, June 21, 1943, married Naval Ensign Wyland 'S' Cripe, who became her loving partner and husband of 71 years. Marnelle is survived by her husband, Dr. Wyland 'S' Cripe, DVM, of Micanopy, her brother Elmer Lloyd Filippini of Port Ludlow, WA, her five daughters: Aline Hommes (Rudi) of Washington, DC, Carra Cripe of Sacramento, CA, Kirsti Cripe Rauser (Tim) of Wilton, CA, Elizabeth Vaughan (Mike) of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Anna Moo (Terry) of Newberry, FL, and grandchildren Jayna McLeod (Deke) of San Diego, CA, Martin Hommes (Caro) of Washington, DC, Christopher Moo of Sacramento, CA, and Amanda Moo of Gainesville, FL. Through her husband's (Dr. Wyland Cripe) veterinary practice and teaching assignments, Marnelle and Wyland traveled the world together. They resided in California, Chile, Venezuela, and Gainesville before designing and building their beautiful home in rural Micanopy. An avid reader, gardener, inventor, artist, collector and historian, Marnelle was also a life long volunteer, beginning in Westly, California, caring for children of migrant workers in the 1940's. She volunteered for the Elk Grove Veterinary Clinic, and the Sacramento Health Department Well Baby Clinics in the 60's. When she and Wyland moved to Florida, she continued volunteering as secretary, receptionist, artist in residence and community support/liaison for international students attending the School of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville. She was also a Shands Hospital volunteer, taught both adults and children how to read in Micanopy, and for the past 17 years, she served as Conservator for the Micanopy Historical Museum. In 2010, Marnelle was the recipient of the Museum Service Award for the State of Florida. At her request, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Micanopy Historical Society Museum, PO Box 462, Micanopy, Florida, 32667, or Marion County Hospice.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2014
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