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THOMPSON, RAMONA MARTIN - Miami  
THOMPSON, RAMONA MARTIN, 79 Fort White, FL- Ramona Thompson, 79, passed away at home November 23, 2014, from complications of a stroke. Her husband and daughters were with her that final weekend and she died knowing that she was loved, that she would be remembered and that her family would take care of each other. Her good works affected the lives of many throughout Florida. She was a woman of her generation, a professional volunteer, who was active for more than 60 years in numerous civic and charitable enterprises, including decades of leadership roles for Florida and General Federation of Women's Clubs, Dade County Federation Board of Trustees, the March of Dimes and Citrus Health Network. She was never idle. Ramona lived an extraordinary life. She was born in Wrightsville, GA, in 1935, but she moved to Miami as a young child, growing up just down the street from the Orange Bowl. She graduated from Miami Senior High in 1953. Perhaps it was the idyllic setting or the general happiness of the times, but her star began to shine in high school and it continued throughout her life. To this day her friends and colleagues remember her beautiful smile, those gorgeous brown eyes and her sense of humor. Always so poised, so well dressed and well spoken, she was the epitome of Southern charm and hospitality, a real lady. It was in high school, in the tenth grade, when she met and fell in love with her partner for life: Eddie Thompson (Milton E. Thompson, Jr.). She was captain of the cheerleaders and Key Club sweetheart and he was an athlete and eventual Senior Class president. They went to the University of Florida together and eloped on Valentine's Day weekend of their sophomore year. She was a proud member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, an allegiance she maintained throughout her life as an active member of the Miami Alumnae Chapter. All three of her daughters are Tri Delta legacies. When Ramona and Eddie returned to Hialeah after college, they began their family and each began their professional, civic and volunteer activities. They moved to Miami Lakes in the early 1960s and remained in their Loch Lomond house for close to 50 years. While she loved living in South Florida and enjoyed her weekends at their Keys home in Islamorada, Ramona would forever consider Miami Lakes 'home.' Still, when Eddie retired in 2010 and closed the family business, Milton E. Thompson and Sons Roofing Contractors, Inc., they decided to return to the Gainesville area to live the country life in Fort White. While Ramona was raising her daughters, her mother-in-law invited her to join the GFWC Hialeah Junior Woman's Club. She was president four times of the Hialeah Junior Woman's Club and was junior director for District 11. In 1970, after transferring to the GFWC Woman's Club of Hialeah, she served as president and District 11 director. She then began several chairmanships at the county, state and general federation levels. Her club work culminated in 1996, when she assumed the presidency of the GFWC Florida Federation of Women's Clubs. When her tenure ended, she served as chairman, from 2000-2006, of the General Federation of Women's Clubs. In 2012, the clubhouse of the Woman's Club of Hialeah, located on 525 West First Avenue, was renamed the Ramona M. Thompson clubhouse in her honor for a lifetime of service. While maintaining her volunteer club work, Ramona also became a registered national parliamentarian. She was named Dade County Federation's Woman of the Year in 1979 and in 1983 she received the Dade County Volunteer of the Year award. Throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s Ramona was also the Mother's March coordinator for March of Dimes Dade County. Her tireless efforts produced thousands upon thousands of dollars for this worthy cause. In the mid 1970s, she was also asked to join the board of directors of Citrus Health Network (originally North West Miami Dade Community Mental Health Association), a position she held proudly for more than 40 years. Ramona is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of almost 60 years, Eddie Thompson, her three daughters, Vicki Clifford (Fort White; John Clifford, Gainesville), Denise Paparella (Gino, Hollywood) and Lisa Davis (Dan, Apalachicola) and her grandchildren Anthony and Lisa Paparella (Hollywood). The family will host a celebration of her life on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm, at the WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143 Street (CR 241 North), Newberry, FL , with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ramona Thompson Endowment at Hacienda Girls Ranch: 326 Croton Road, Melbourne, FL 32935; 321.752-3170, ext. 235. She was incredibly proud of her work for Hacienda and any effort to sustain it would truly strengthen her legacy. Please visit her memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com . FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA (352) 376-7556
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2015
Touchberry, Eddie "Burt" - Dunnellon  
TOUCHBERRY, EDDIE 'BURT', 80 Dunnellon - Mr. Eddie 'Burt' Touchberry, 80, of Dunnellon, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at his residence. A native of Columbia, SC, he graduated from Dentsville High School where he was involved in football, baseball, basketball, and track. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Florida where he was a two-sport star in baseball and basketball. In baseball, he was a three-year starting pitcher and an All-SEC selection. He helped lead the Gators to an SEC Championship in 1956 and as a senior in 1957, he pitched ten games, with twenty-eight strikeouts and an earned run average of 0.81 - still the best single season ERA in Gators history. He was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame as a Gator Great in 1983. In 1958 he married his college sweetheart Jeanette Hale. He was a proud veteran of the US Army, after which he had a short professional baseball career in the Cincinnati organization. He contributed to the safe operation and continued stellar safety success today of Goodfellow Brothers Construction before retiring and moving back to Dunnellon, FL in 2005. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and a Board Member of the Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists for the State of California. Burt is survived by his wife Jeanette, his younger brother, his four children and his 10 grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Touchberry will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon, FL, with Pastor David Hanks officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until service time. Mr. Touchberry will be laid to rest at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to: David Hanks Ministries, PO Box 1739, Snellville, GA 30078.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
TREWEEK, ROBERT R.  
TREWEEK, ROBERT R. Gainesville - Robert R. Treweek passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 15, 2015 of complications from surgery. Bob was a longtime resident of Gainesville, moving here in 1959 with his wife, Joan Treweek. Born on March 1, 1925 in Mauch Chunk, PA, Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator on a sub-chaser in the Pacific theater during WWII. After the war, Bob graduated from Temple University and began his career in 1950 as a teacher in Camden, Delaware. In 1952 he joined INA in Philadelphia working as an instructor, and in 1954 married Joan B. Nichols of Summit Hill, PA. In 1956, at the age of 28 Bob left INA to become the first Education Director for the Florida Association of Insurance Agency (FAIA), then joined the Cannon Insurance Agency on NE 1st Street where, apart from a brief stint as Vice president of one of the nation's first computerized back-office insurance agency accounting companies, he would remain for 23 years. During his tenure at the agency Bob became a principle, and later owner, of the Cannon-Treweek Agency later relocating the company to NW 16th Avenue. While at the agency, Bob continued his association work, being elected present of the FAIA in 1966 and serving as president of the NAIA. Bob left Cannon-Treweek in 1982 to join USF&G Insurance Companies in Baltimore, MD, where he oversaw the operation of 57 branch offices and data processing. In 1986 he returned to Florida as president of FAIA, retiring in 1991. An avid sports fan, Bob loved to play golf and had a special love for University of Florida sports. Cannon-Treweek sponsored many UF sporting events over the years, and Bob regularly attended sporting events at the university, particularly football, baseball, softball, and volleyball, and continued attending them until September of last year. Bob was preceded in his passing by his wife of 58 years, Joan, on September 24, 2012, and is survived by sons David and Brian, brother Herb and sister Doris, and current wife Virginia. A service celebrating Bob's life will be held on Saturday, February 7 at 2:00PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL .
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
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