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Obituaries

  • Louise Patterson (Bitsy) Lyle

    Louise Patterson (Bitsy) Lyle, 88, of Williston died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007 at her home following a lengthy illness.

    Born in Roanoke, Va., she was the daughter of Tom and Yholande Wright. She came to Williston nine years ago from Franklin, N.C. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville in 1937 and attended Blackstone College in Virginia.

    She and her husband, Henry, celebrated 67 years of marriage this year. She enjoyed cooking, playing bridge and entertaining in her home.

  • Sherod Austin Roberts Jr.

    Sherod Austin Roberts Jr., 82, of Chiefland died Nov. 21, 2007 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center.

    He was born in Bell March 17, 1925 to Sherod and Linnie Roberts.

    He was a lifelong resident of the tri-county area.

    He worked for the state of Florida as a truck driver for the Department of Transportation. He was a member of Cherry Sink Church of Christ.

  • Michael Lasseter Pardue

    Michael Lasseter Pardue, 63, died peacefully at home while working in his yard on Nov. 18, 2007.

    He was born Sept 11, 1944.

    He is survived by his wife, Sandee; father Daniel; brother Daniel; sister Leslie Cubbage; daughter Ruth; two sons, Nathan and Tobias; stepson Matthew Munksgard; stepdaughter DeAnna Beverly and two grandsons, Brogan and Dalton Pardue.

    He was a deeply spiritual person who observed much, but commented little.

    He was a member of this community for three decades.

  • Edward Arthur McDonald

    Edward Arthur McDonald, 89, of Fairfield died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Lake City.

    Born in Wylam, Ala., he came to Fairfield 22 years ago from Miami.

    A maintenance technician, he belonged to the Fairfield Presbyterian Church.

    Survivors include son Jack Raymond McDonald; daughter Jill Debish and five grandchildren.

    Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at the Fairfield Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dale Stewart officiating. Burial followed in Orange Hill Cemetery.

    Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home, Williston.

  • Koyed Dees Jr.

    Koyed Elvoy Dees Jr., 32, of Old Town died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at his home.

    He was a lifetime resident of Dixie County and of the Baptist faith.

    Survivors include his mother Barbara Carter of Old Town; stepfather Tommy Reeves of Old Town; sister Barbara Dees of Old Town; stepsisters Jenny, Tiffany and Arlene Smith, all of Old Town; two nieces and three nephews.

    Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Keen Cemetery in Suwannee with the Rev. Carroll Lee officiating.

    Arrangements were under the direction of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.

  • Lottie McClung VanDyke

    Lottie McClung VanDyke, 99, of Fanning Springs died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton.

    She moved to Fanning Springs from Orange County, Va. in 2004. She was a retired home economics teacher and a member of the Old Town United Methodist Church.

    Survivors include son Larry (Vicky) VanDyke of Fanning Springs; granddaughter Carrie (Aaron) Shon of Seattle, Wash.; grandson Michael (Julie) VanDyke and great-granddaughters Charlotte and Audrey of Warrenton, Va.; stepson Maurice VanDyke of Tampa.

  • Cooper Clynt Whitehurst

    Cooper Clynt Whitehurst, 2, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Shands Hospital, Gainesville, following an accident.

    A sweet and happy baby, he enjoyed the outdoors and being with his father working and riding four-wheelers.

  • Nettie Williams White

    Nettie Williams White, 99, of Ocala died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at Hawthorne Village Retirement Home

    Born and reared in Levy County, she was a retired school bus driver. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and arts and crafts.

    She belonged to the Archer First Baptist Church.

    Survivors include daughters Dolores (Oscar) Joyner and Edwina (Duncan) Asbell; daughters-in-law Connie White and Peggy White Ferina; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

    Graveside funeral services were held Nov. 23 at Laurel Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Claude Springs officiating.

  • Debbie Ann Watkins

    Debbie Ann Watkins, 47, of Williston died Nov. 14, 2007 at her home.

    Born in New York, she came to Williston over three years ago from St. Augustine.

    A Christian, she was a member of the Sertoma Club in St. Augustine. She served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, retiring in 2000 as a staff sergeant.

    Following her military retirement, she went into graphic design and was co-owner of DNA Concepts Printing in Williston.

  • Ashley Snedeker, Jolea Byrd

    Ashley Nicole Snedeker, 20, and Jolea Michelle Byrd, 1, of Steinhatchee died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 following an automobile accident.

    Both mother and daughter had lived in Dixie and Taylor counties.