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Obituaries

  • Muriel Sandifer Burks

    Muriel Sandifer Burks, 90, of Gainesville died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 in Gainesville following an extended illness.

    Born in Ocala, she lived in Tioga for seven years as well as Gainesville for over 27 years.

    She was an office assistant at the University of Florida. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she belonged to the Fishermen Sunday school class.

    Survivors include sons Jacob Burks and Donald Jouvenaz; daughters Joan Weber and Erin Garrison; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

  • James Michael Oneal

    James Michael Oneal, 52, of Cross City died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville.

    He was born In Dixie County where he resided all his life. He was a logger and a Baptist.

    He is survived by his wife Sheri DeFalco Oneal of Cross City; step- daughter Alicia Becerra of Gainesville; brothers Kenny (Marie) Hagen of Port St. Lucie, Randy (Elaine) Oneal of Cross City and W. C. (Tracie) Mills of Old Town; sisters, Susan Oneal (Thomas) Cannon of Cross City and Robin (Duane) Livingston of Immokalee and two step- grandchildren, Levi and Lunden.

  • Randy Markham

    Randy Markham, 28, of Romeo, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at his home.

    Born in Ocala, he lived in the Romeo area most of his life. He was a 1999 graduate of Williston High School, Central Florida Community College in 2004 and St. Leo University.

    He was a substitute teacher

    at Joyce Bullock Elementary School in Williston for six years and a Division of Juvenile Justice officer for two years and was currently a third-grade teacher at Romeo Elementary School. He was a member of the Marion Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

  • John David Lunsford

    John David Lunsford, 51, of Old Town, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2007 at his home.

    He moved to Dixie County from Tampa 25 years ago. He was a member of the Countryside Pentecostal Church.

    Survivors include his parents John and Velma Lunsford of Old Town; brother Howard Lunsford and Harmon Lunsford of Tampa; Roger Lunsford of Lodge, S.C. and Earl Lunsford of Old Town.

    Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at the Countryside Pentecostal Church with the Rev. J.R. Kimbrell officiating. Burial followed at the Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa.

  • Jarrel Trail

    Jarrel "Dale" Trail, 60, of Chiefland died Jan. 12, 2008 at his home.

    Born Sept. 18, 1947, he lived most of his life in Levy County.

    He was a member of Joppa Baptist Church and a former employee of the Levy county Road department. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

    Survivors include his mother Nellie Dees; son Kevin Trail; brother Wayne Dees; sisters Hazel Karr, Irma Jean Fowler, Betty Kay Mooney. Judy Anderson and Linda Bolinger; two grandchildren Kelby and Christen Trail and a special friend Melissa Bracewell.

  • Francis Gary Parsells

    Francis Gary "Buddy" Parsells, 44, of Old Town died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.

    He was born in Punta Gorda and spent most of his life in Dixie County. He was a member of Lighthouse Word Church, Chiefland.

  • Hilda P. Magnussen

    Hilda P. "Pat" Magnussen, 80, of Williston died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at her home.

    She was born in Derry, N.H. and came to Williston four years ago from Claremont, N.H.

    She was a homemaker who enjoyed arts and crafts. She volunteered and was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Charles Town, N.H.

    Survivors include sons Clyde Schofield and Daniel Page; daughters Inez (Bill) Combs, Jeannie Esh, Patricia Bridges, Ruth (Keith) Troyer, Pam (Bill) Beamon, Eileen (Jim) McComb and Judith (Michael) Marks and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Wallace Virgil Pittman

    Wallace Virgil Pittman, 87 of Chiefland died Jan. 5, 2008 at his home.

    He was born in Ty Ty, Ga. and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an appliance repairman.

  • Ralph Lawrence Wolfer

    Ralph Lawrence Wolfer, 83, of High Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008 at his home following a yearlong battle with congestive heart failure.

    Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was a son of the late Frank and Melissa Brocklehurst Wolfer and moved to Sanford as a small child.

  • Mary Hale Mizell

    Mary Hale Mizell of Cedar Key died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at her childhood home in Cedar Key.

    She was born in Cedar Key in 1910 to Ida Little Hale and William Henry Hale, and attended Cedar Key School and Florida State College for Women.

    After graduating, she returned to Cedar Key to teach the fifth grade. She married John Keener Mizell of Gainesville in 1932 and soon after moved to Leesburg.