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Obituaries

  • George Edward Taylor Jr.

    George Edward Taylor Jr., 84, of Williston died Feb. 14, 2009 in Gainesville. Born Sept. 15, 1924 in Jacksonville to George Sr. and Adel Taylor, he served in the United States Navy during WWII. He moved to Williston in 1968 from Miami. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the VFW where he served as Post Commander. He enjoyed fishing and being with his family. He is survived by his wife Maureen Taylor; son George Edward Taylor; daughters Mary Fiddes, Jodi Goosney, Keri MacKenzie; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son James Taylor.

  • John Robert Sheppard

    John Robert Sheppard, 53, of Fanning Springs died suddenly Jan. 13, 2009.

  • Robert W. “Bill” Anderson

    Robert W. “Bill” Anderson, 82, of Chiefland died at the VA Hospital in Gainesville of heart failure Feb. 9, 2009. He was retired from the Orlando Carpenters Union. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of Scottish Rite. He was a life member of VFW Post 5625, Chiefland and a member of the Suwannee River Shrine Club. Survivors include wife, Jenny; son William (Bill) Weekly of Chiefland; daughter Janet Nielson of Orlando and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Thursday evening and funeral services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 13.

  • 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.