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Obituaries

  • Clara M. Davis

    Clara M. Davis, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008 at Haven Hospice in Chiefland following an extended illness.

    Born in Blitchton, she had lived in Williston for more than 48 years. She was employed as a waitress at Driftwood for many years. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Tabernacle Church in Williston.

    Survivors include son Larry L. (Susan) Davis; daughter Barbara D. (Ezra) Henson; brother Jesse (Nancy) Blitch; sisters Roberta Owens and Jill Carier; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

  • Diana A. Burghardt

    Diana A. Burghardt, 66, died Sept. 10, 2008 in Bronson.

    She was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Yonkers, N.Y. to Harold and Mildred Brewster.

    She worked as a bookkeeper for many real estate companies and she was of the Catholic faith.

    She moved to the area in 2005 from Springhill. She enjoyed kayaking, sailing, gardening and bicycling.

    Survivors include fiance Peter Stair of Bronson; son Clinton Celik of New York; daughter Susan Ricca of New York; sisters Mildred Massell and Judy Mohr, both of New York and seven grandchildren.

  • Arnold Allen

    Arnold Allen, 80, died Sept. 10, 2008 in Trenton.

    He was born Dec. 29, 1927 to John H. and Vandella Allen in Chiefland.

    He operated heavy equipment throughout his life. He was of the Baptist faith.

    He had been living back in the area since 1980, moving from Salem, Utah.

    He was a Master Mason 32nd degree. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

    Survivors include sons Arnold J. Allen, Ronald C. Allen, Donald F. Allen, Thomas D. Allen and daughter Connie R. Allen.

  • Robert Dailey Smith

    Robert Dailey Smith died Aug. 26, 2008 in Chiefland.

    He was born Oct. 16, 1940 in Romney, W. Va. to Harley and Ida Smith.

    He was retired from the U.S. Army.

    The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

    Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland was in charge of arrangements.

  • Mary Lou Phillips

    Mary Lou Phillips, 80, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at the Gainesville Health Care Center.

    She was born in Gulf Hammock and lived most of her life in Williston.

    She attended First Baptist Church, was once a member of Williston Woman's Club and a charter member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary.

    Before retirement, she was an administrative assistant for the Levy County School Board.

    She enjoyed reading and going to yard sales.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Norman Phillips Jr.; brothers Lewis and Willie Winningham; parents Lewis and Mae Winningham.

  • Myrtle R. Osteen,

    Myrtle R. Osteen, 68, of Old Town died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at North Florida Regional Medical Center.

    She moved to Old Town in 2004 from Ruskin. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, sewing, gospel music and attending church. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

    She is survived by sons Bruce Osteen and Keith Osteen both of Danbury, Texas; daughter Judy Hancock of Old Town; brother Sam Weese of Onalaska, Texas; sisters Margaret Tomlinson of Ft. Myers and Marie Verner of Ft. Myers; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Faye Hunter Opp

    Faye Hunter Opp, 81, of Lake City died Sept. 4, 2008 at Shands University of Florida Medical Center, Lake City.

    She was born in Welborn and lived most of her life in Lake Butler and Gulf Hammock. She moved to Lake City in 1999.

    She was a homemaker a member of the Columbia Baptist Church of Lake City.

    Survivors include daughter Anniebell Bailey of Lake Butler and Rebecca Adams of Lake City; sons Colon Coody of Lake Butler, Ted Simmons of High Springs and Lee Farnbach of Gulf Hammock; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

  • David Karam

    David Karam, 26, died Aug. 31, 2008.

    He was born in Tampa Dec. 24, 1981 and resided in the Chiefland and Cross City areas.

    Survivors include daughter Aliyah of Tampa; parents Tony and Lynn of Chiefland; grandmother Shirley of West Palm; eight aunts and uncles and many cousins.

    A memorial service is planned for a later date.

  • Frances B. De La Hunt

    Frances B. De La Hunt, 70, died Sept. 5, 2008 in Chiefland.

    She was born in St. Augustine to Ralph and Vera Kinlaw and moved to Levy County in 1993 from Greenville.

    She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading.

    Survivors include sons Billy J. De La Hunt, Daniel Wayne De La Hunt, Charles Berton De La Hunt; brother Earnest Ray Kinlaw, Edwin Andrew Kinlaw; sisters Anna Edwards, Margaret Drury; grandchildren Billy De La Hunt III, Jason De La Hunt; and great-grandchild Lily De La Hunt.

  • Michael David Boyer

    Michael David Boyer, 52, of Chiefland died Sept. 2, 2008.

    Born March 6, 1956, in Lake City, he moved to Chiefland, Jan. 1, 1967. He attended the Methodist Church of Chiefland. He always worked in the field of wiring and equipment installation for antennae, satellite and home theatre systems in this area and in Houston, Texas.

    He enjoyed kayaking, helping decorate the family boat for Christmas Parades on the Suwannee, water skiing, free diving, photography, graphic design, family events and traveling, especially to the mountains.