DEESE, SALLIE MAE
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Sallie Mae Timmons Deese passed away peacefully Thursday, May 17 at Dowling Park with her family by her side. Sallie Mae was born on October 19, 1920 in Eridu, Florida to the late Bud and Sallie Timmons. She was the youngest of five. Her siblings Mamie Capps, C. R. Timmons, J.W. Timmons and Albert Timmons all preceded her in death. She was raised in Lamont, Florida and attended Aucilla Public School where she met her husband, Joseph Sydney Deese. After graduating in 1938, she and Joe Sid married and moved to Fort White, Florida where they raised five children and started a business, Southland Timber Company. Sallie Mae was a homemaker who devoted her life to her family. Her passions were family, fishing (she once caught a 10lb. bass on a cane pole) and any sport in which the Gators were playing. She had a fun spirit and was always planning and thinking about the next family occasion. She had a way of getting everyone to not only attend but to do what they were assigned, even the great- grandchildren! Laughter was always a big part of these events. She was the reason for so many wonderful memories of holidays, vacations and get-togethers for family and friends. She was a special lady who will be greatly missed by all.
She was a long-time member of the Fort White Methodist Church and an integral part of the community.
Sallie Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sid Deese.
Survivors include her five children; Betty Koon (Bill, deceased) of Ft. White, FL; JoAnn Deese, of Ft. White, FL; Linda Pope (Richard) of Lakeland, FL; Sid Deese (Martha) of Ft. White, FL; and Sally Walton (Jerry) of Monticello, FL, nine grandchildren, Kathy, Kerri, Bill, Michael, Joey, Jay, Ben, Deanna and Missy, twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 11AM at the Fort White Cemetery with lunch following at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dowling Park, PO Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL 32064. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City, FL 32025 752-1234 Please share your thoughts and wishes for the family at our on-line family guestbook at parrishfamilyfuneralhome.com
Published in Gainesville Sun from May 19 to May 20, 2012