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HARDEE, FAUNITA DURRANCE - Chiefland  
HARDEE, FAUNITA DURRANCE Faunita Durrance Hardee peacefully passed from this life at her home on the family farm near Chiefland, Florida on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Faunita was born November 18, 1927 the daughter and eldest child of Henry and Corrine Durrance of Chiefland, Florida. Born to a Florida pioneer family, she married Charles V. Hardee of another Florida pioneer family on April 6, 1946. She resided her entire life in Chiefland raising a fifth generation of Levy Countians. She is preceded in death by her husband (Charles Hardee) and grand-daughter (Lindsay Megan Petersen). She is survived by her daughter Diane (Hank) Petersen, son Chris (Franny) Hardee, grandchildren, Randi Jo (Dak) Helentjaris, Torie (David) Noellsch, Isaac Hardee, and Zachary Hardee. She is also survived by three siblings, Joyce Arrington, Violet Davis and David Durrance. In addition, she is survived by countless care givers and a community that loved her. Faunita was blessed with a full and productive life. Upon graduation from high school she worked several local jobs during World War II before becoming the first bookkeeper for Central Florida Electric Cooperative. She later became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service retiring with over 30 years of experience. Her most loved and longest work commitment was to her family and the farming/cattle operation she and her husband developed. Soon after marriage they began to purchase land and build what would become Hardee Farms. She was an integral part of the operation from day one. Although she removed herself as a partner in 2012, she continued to keep the financial records until the fall of 2014 at 86 years of age. It was not uncommon to find her in the peanut fields, on a tractor, or in the cow pens up until the early 1980's. People never knew how significant this quiet, mild-mannered woman was in the growth and development of Hardee Farms. Her life was centered around her family and her Christian faith. For many years she taught Sunday School and was the treasurer for the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland. She also was very active in the Methodist Women's Society. Later in life she rejoined Hardeetown Baptist Church where she was baptized as a child in 1938. She remained a member there until her passing. As if her life was not busy enough, she was active in school and especially cattle organizations. She was a band booster, active in PTA, FFA Alumni member, a Florida Cowbelle (before they became the Florida Cattlewomen's Assn.) and member of the Angus and Brangus cattle organizations. Her support gained her recognition with the Honorary American Farmer Degree in the FFA organization. Her ever-present, supporting role was instrumental in bringing recognition to her husband, children, grandchildren, and farm. Although her faith and family were paramount, she very much enjoyed traveling and reading. She and her husband traveled much of the U.S. and abroad to the Middle East and Europe. Much of her later years were spent supporting grandchildren, attending their functions, and eating at the local restaurants with her 'eating buddies'. This quiet but firm, intelligent, unpretentious, selfless lady became everybody's 'Granny' in Chiefland. Never one to complain or be judgmental, she gained the love, respect, and admiration of all that know her. Her community, friends, and family adored her. She was our Matriarch here! She now has journeyed home! Funeral services will be held at Hardeetown Baptist Church, Chiefland, Florida on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Thomas Keisler, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery in Chiefland. A visitation will be held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home on Friday evening, May 27, 2016 between the hours of 6 and 8pm. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland, the Hardeetown Baptist Church Youth Camp/Missions, or the charity of your choice in Mrs. Hardee's honor. Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida, 352-493-0050.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 26 to May 27, 2016
HAUFLER, EDNA EARL SMITH  
HAUFLER, EDNA EARL SMITH Edna Earl Smith Haufler went to be with her Lord on May 21, 2016. She was a faithful Christian and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her Lord and Church and served them well. Hers was an example of a life well lived. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at First Church of Nazerene, 5020 NW 23rd Ave., Gainesville with Rev. Virgil Mills officiating. Interment will take place following the services at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central. Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, Gainesville.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 24 to May 25, 2016
HOPE, JAMES F. "JIM"  
HOPE, JAMES 'JIM' F. As the result of an auto accident, James 'Jim' F. Hope went join loved ones on May 12th, 2016. Jim was born in Pennsylvania and after spending 4 years in the United States Air Force moved to Florida to train with his father in the Electrician trade. In May of 1963 he became one of the 1st employees hired by the new GE plant. He also worked for Gates Rubber and after a few years of retirement during which he went to college and attained degrees in computer science went back to work as a production supervisor at the local Invivo company. Jim was very active in the AA community and worked tirelessly for 39 years helping others. Jim loved all Gator sports, golf, working out at GH&FC and recently loved practicing yoga. He is survived by his wife and best friend Vicki Hope, sister Ruth Kersey of Alachua, sister Ella May Clontz of South Carolina and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his devoted dog, Boomer The Dachshund. In lieu of flowers we ask that all donations be made to Mill Creek Farm, a Horse Retirement Home. NW 20307 CR 235A, Alachua. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 10:00 Am at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club, 9905 SW 44th Ave.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 29 to May 30, 2016
HUNT, MARY OVEDA - Starke  
HUNT, MARY OVEDA FRASER, 90 Mrs. Mary Oveda Fraser Hunt, age 90, of Starke went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 23, 2016 after a short illness. She was born in Mayday, GA on July 9, 1925 to the late Wallace W. and Sallie (Hodges) Fraser, the fourth of nine children. She attended elementary school in St. George, GA and graduated from high school in Doerun, GA. Mary spent her earlier years following her husband during his naval career. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1975 they moved to Starke where she entered Santa Fe Community College and obtained her nursing degree. She was employed at AGH and UF Shands until her retirement in 1996. First and foremost in life were her church and her family. She loved to cook and bake cakes, fishing, yard and thrift shop sales, and trips to the NC Mountains and especially country music. She enjoyed the monthly dinners at the American Legion Post 56 in Starke and fellowship with the Veterans and their wives. She also enjoyed baking a 'Sheriff's Cake' for Sheriff Milner and his staff at get together's during her husband's employment with the sheriff. Mrs. Hunt was preceded in death by five brothers, Warren, Wallace, Wendell, DeLacy and Lavaughn 'Von' Fraser and one sister, Evelyn Chesser. Mrs. Hunt is survived by her husband of 60 years, Raymond Hunt USN RET and RET Deputy Sheriff with BCSO of Starke; two daughters, Sallijoye Bradley of Dickson, TN and Pennirae Frisbee of Austin, TX; two sisters, Joy Edmonds of Albany, GA and Sadie King of Gainesville. Also left behind are six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Rock Primitive Baptist Church, CR 231, between Graham & Brooker, with Elder Jim Sandlin and Elder Tommie Stanaland officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m.at the church. Interment will follow at Rock Cemetery. Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 620 Nona St. Starke, FL 32091. 904-964-6200. www.jonesgallagherfh.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 25 to May 26, 2016
HURLEY, HENRY  
HURLEY, HENRY, 81 Dunnellon - Mr. Henry 'Hank' Hurley, 81, passed away at home in Dunnellon on May 20, 2016. Hank and Glen moved to this area in 2012. Prior to his retirement he was employed with Boeing company and the shuttle program. From there he became a real estate broker and developed his company of Hurley Associates, Inc., in Melbourne and served on several governmental agencies. After moving to Dunnellon, Hank became very involved as a volunteer at the food pantry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. His survivors include his wife Glenda; his daughters, Tracy McGinn and her husband, Chuck of Gainesville and Kelly Pumyea of Sarasota; his granddaughter, Jennifer Woodard and great grandson, Logan Woodard Morris. Funeral services for Hank will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 East Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, with Father Kevin MacGabhann officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Following cremation, his remains will be placed in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM with full military honors. For those who wish memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Food Pantry, C/O St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 7545 S. US Hwy 41, Dunnellon, FL 34432. Expressions of sympathy and pictures may be left online at robertsofdunnellon.com
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Published in Gainesville Sun from May 24 to May 25, 2016
Hutcheson, Charles Edwin  
HUTCHESON, CHARLES EDWIN, 83 Mr. Charles Edwin Hutcheson, age 83, of Starke passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. He was born in Bradford County on January 12, 1933 to the late Clarence C. and Edith (Conner) Hutcheson; he had also served in the United States Army. Mr. Hutcheson was employed with Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. working in Public Relations until his retirement. He was a former Starke Rotarian and Cub Master with Cub Scouts along with being a 4H Foundation member. Mr. Hutcheson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Jean (Mulea) and their son, Charles 'Chuck' Edwin (Rosa) Hutcheson, II of McKenzie, TN; four siblings, Aaron (Lorene) Hutcheson of Clarksville, TN, Carolyn Fuqua, Rudolph (Joyce) Hutcheson and Linda Wise (Wallace) all of Starke. Also left behind are two grandchildren, Mark Hutcheson and Beth Dudley. A memorial service for Mr. Hutcheson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel with Reverend Roman Alvarez and Reverend Ben Bryant officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606. Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME, 620 Nona St. Starke, FL 32091. 904-964-6200. www.jonesgallagherfh.com
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