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Obituaries

  • Dorothy J. Benson

    Dorothy J. Benson, 55, of Old Town, died Feb. 4, 2009 at Shands in Gainesville. Born in Oswego, N.Y., she moved here from Parish, N.Y. five years ago. She and her husband, Victor Benson, owned and operated an automotive sales lot in Old Town. She was a loving wife, caring mother and a wonderful grandmother. She is survived by her husband; sons Victor D. Benson of Old Town and James Benson of Altmar, N.Y.; granddaughters Abby and Gabby Benson of Altmar, N.Y. and Brittney Rainey of Ocala; sister Patricia Brown and brother Danny Mason, both of Mexico, N.Y. Memorial Services were Feb.

  • Betty Call

    Betty Lou Call, 78, of Chiefland died Feb. 8, 2009 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville after a long term illness. She was born July 29, 1930 in Pikeville, Ky. to Earl and Orpha Chaney. She moved to the Chiefland are in 1982 from Kissimmee. She was a retired nurse. She was a long time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is survived by her children Teresa Sanders of Arkansas, Cynthia Raddatz of Utah, Joseph Call and Raymond Call Jr. of Chiefland, her siblings Rosalee Mitchell of Clearmont, Erlanna Lowry of Palm Bay, Nina J.

  • James Estes

    James Lester Estes, 46, of Gainesville died Feb. 3, 2009 in Gainesville. He was born Aug. 26, 1962 to Jack and Edna Jean Estes in Evereaux, France. He lived in the Gainesville area since 1977, moving there from Tallahassee. He loved to play baseball and was a wonderful artist. He loved playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

  • Mary A. Hall

    Mary A. Hall, 67, of Chiefland died Feb. 3, 2009 at her home in Chiefland. She was born Aug. 7, 1941 in Cedar Key to Simon and Virginia Summers. She lived her whole life in Levy County. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Suwannee Baptist Church. She loved camping, fishing and gardening. She loved her flowers which she grew. She is survived by her husband of 47 years S.J.

  • Michael Loose

    Michael Renee Loose, 52, died Feb. 2, 2009 in Cross City. He moved to Cross City 20 years ago from Gulf Port. He was a self-employed handyman and enjoyed fishing. He attended Praise Christian Church and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagle. He is survived by his daughters Amy and Christine Rice of St. Petersburg; brothers Johnny Loose of Brooksville and Jerome Loose of Clio, Mich.; sister Dawn Carr of St. Petersburg and his girlfriend Pam Hansen of Old Town. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Praise Christian Church in Old Town.

  • Betty Jo Olsen

    Betty Jo Olsen, 70, of Old Town died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at her home. She was born in Atlanta, Ga. She moved to Old Town in 1989 from St. Petersburg. A homemaker and a mother, she was a member of the Recovery Ministries in Old Town. She is survived by her sons Richard Howard Johnson of Old Town and Kenneth Charles Johnson of Clearwater; daughters Stella Louise Hathcox of Cedar Key, Sussie Shirley Niper, Barbara Jo Olsen, Falicia Olsen, Samantha Jo Olsen, Adriana Sussette Olsen and Antoinette T. Olsen, all of Old Town; brothers Terry Jacobs of Old Town and Jeffry Jacobs of St.

  • John Partin Jr.

    John Clayton (J.C.) Partin Jr., 94, a long-time Levy County resident died at The Terrace of Fleming Island in Green Cove Springs on Feb. 7, 2009. He was born in Kissimmee Aug. 17, 1914 and moved to Levy County with his parents (John Sr. and Ella) in 1937. He spent most of his life in Levy and Marion Counties as a rancher and farmer. He was one of the last surviving members of a unique group of Florida “cow hunters”. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #117 in Williston.

  • Val J. Peterson

    Val J. Peterson, 70, of Trenton died Feb. 6, 2009 in Chiefland. He was born June 28, 1938 in Elsnore, Utah to Levi and Hazel Peterson. He has lived in Trenton since 1997. He retired from Civil Service after living in Alaska for 28 years. He was the past governor of the Moose Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska and he placed second in the county in public speaking in the Moose Lodge competition. He loved to golf and was a member of the Chiefland Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his wife of 33 years Bonnie J.

  • Don Wallace Pulham Jr

    Don Pulham Jr., 61, died Feb. 4, 2009. Born in Miami, he moved to Reddick in 1992. He was a commercial fisherman for the majority of his life. Survivors include sons Don W. Pulham III and Jesse lee Pulham and grandsons Tyler Wallace Pulham and Hunter Wayne Pulham. Funeral services were Feb. 8 at Knauff Funeral Home Chapel, Williston.

  • Patricia Alexander

    Patricia Alexander, 59, of Morriston died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 at Hospice of Citrus County.

    She was born in September 1947 in Charlotte, N.C. She lived in Clearwater for most of her life and moved to the Morriston area in 1989. She worked as a nurse in many different facilities including Nature Coast Regional Hospital since 1990.

    She was Presbyterian by faith and worked for many years as co-chairman for “Toys For Tots.”

    She enjoyed gardening, reading and loved to travel.