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Obituaries

  • Donald W. Burrack Farmer

    Donald W. Burrack, 89, died at his home in Williston, Saturday, May 14, 2011.  He was born Dec. 25, 1921, to George and Etta Burrack in Putnam County, Iowa, and has lived in this area for 31 years.  
    He was a farmer most of his life, loved yard work and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a Christian and belonged to the Sheppard’s Chapel Church.  

  • Sylvia A. Clary

    Sylvia A. Clary, 58, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. She was born on Oct. 20, 1952, to Ted and Martha Osborn in Cincinnati, Ohio.    
    She was a former Sunday school teacher and belonged to Morriston Church of Christ. She belonged to the American School Food Service Association and worked for the Levy County School Board as a cafeteria manager for 26 years at Williston Elementary School. She enjoyed fishing, the Smoky Mountains and spending time with her family.  

  • Alonzo “Bud” Harden Jr.

    Alonzo “Bud” Harden Jr., 72, died Friday, May 13, 2011.  He was born in Indiana, moved to Florida where he raised his family and then to Georgia where he lived his final years.  
    He was still working until recently as General Manager for Prestige Home Centers, Inc., a position he held for more than 20 years.
    He loved the special bond he had with his dogs. He also enjoyed gardening and working on outdoor projects.

  • Lyman D. Jones

    Lyman D. Jones, 79, of Chiefland, died Thursday, May 12, 2011. He was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Cherry Valley, N.Y., to William and Cora Mae Jones.
    He was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of the Full Gospel Outreach Church in Chiefland. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a mechanic most of his life. He enjoyed working on and restoring cars as well as woodworking, being outdoors, fishing and hunting.
    He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leneta Jones; son, Jason (Katrina) Jones; sister, Irma; sister-in-law, Barbara Chestnut and many friends.

  • Marie Gilley Meeks

    Marie Gilley Meeks,101, died surrounded by her family, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. She was the first born of 11 children born to Waldo and Ethel Gilley on Feb. 13, 1910. She married Rufus “Coot” Meeks on Sept. 19, 1931.
    She taught in Levy County Schools for more than 33 years and taught Sunday school at Ellzey United Methodist Church for more than 70 years.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Rufus “Coot” Meeks and her daughter, Barbara Ann Harwood.

  • Martha Jean Messer

    Martha Jean Messer, 81, of Ocala, and formerly of Seminole,  died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Timberridge Rehabilitation Center in Ocala. 
    She was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Richland County, Ohio; moved to this area in 1955 from Ohio and enjoyed line dancing. 
    She is survived by two sons, William L. (Joyce) Messer of North Carolina and Dennis E. (Lisa) Messer of Largo; daughter, Sonja D. (Daniel) Hilliard of Ocala; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Workman of Fanning Springs. 

  • Oris Jackson “Razorbelly” Osteen

    Oris Jackson “Razorbelly” Osteen  80, of Horseshoe Beach, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland.  
    He was born Dec. 12, 1930, to Obediah and Josephine Osteen in Sandhill, near Horseshoe Beach.

  • Richard C. Reemsnyder

    Richard C. Reemsnyder, 82, of Chiefland, died Saturday, May 14, 2011. He was born on Sept. 28, 1928, in Jacksonville.
    He served in the U.S. Navy. He moved to Chiefland 18 years ago from North Palm Beach. He was of the Christian faith and was a member at Turning Point Church in Chiefland.
    He enjoyed fishing, worked as a painting contractor for most of his life and was a Mason.

  • Jayne Vera Mussar Rocks

    Jayne Vera Mussar Rocks was just 45 when she died on May 3 at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville after spending six years battling insidious disease — all the while maintaining a smiling grace most of us would envy. She was born in South Haven, Mich., on July 22, 1965.
    She graduated from high school in Michigan, later moving on to Texas and then St. Petersburg in 1990. It was while living in St. Pete that she met her soul mate Keith Rocks in 1992.

  • Sarah Dell Stancel

    Sarah Dell Stancel, 80, died Monday May 9, 2011, at Haven Hsopice of the Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland. She was born on April 20, 1931, in Bell, to George W. Martin and Maybell Robinson Martin.
    She was a lifelong resident of Gilchrist County, a homemaker and a member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Stancel.