Henry Franklin Lee of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 72 on Friday, May 20, 2016.
Mr. Lee retired from the Dixie County Road Department in 2004 after 30 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, James Oliver and Lilliebell Ruby Lee; and brothers, James Oliver Lee, Jr. and Wilmer Ray Lee “Lid”.
He is survived by daughter, Amanda Nicole Lee Ziegler of Cross City; granddaughter, Miracle; brother, Archie Lee of Cross City; and sisters: Ethel Brown of Victoria, Texas, Mary Clark of Monticello, Fla., Linda Liles of Old Town; Donna Watkins of Pedro, Fla., JoAnn Gather of Ocala and Barbara Stutts of Cross City. 
Funeral services were held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home Cross City Chapel, on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Ricky Borklund officiating.  Interment followed at Long Pond Cemetery.  A visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352/498-5400.

November 18, 1927 – May 24, 2016

Faunita Durrance Hardee peacefully passed from this life at her home on the family farm near Chiefland, Florida on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Faunita was born November 18, 1927 the daughter and eldest child of Henry and Corrine Durrance of Chiefland, Florida.  Born to a Florida pioneer family, she married Charles V. Hardee of another Florida pioneer family on April 6, 1946.  She resided her entire life in Chiefland raising a fifth generation of Levy Countians.
Faunita was preceded in death by her husband (Charles Hardee) and grand-daughter (Lindsay Megan Petersen). 
She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Hank) Petersen and son, Chris (Franny) Hardee; grandchildren: Randi Jo (Dak) Helentjaris, Torie (David) Noellsch, Isaac Hardee and Zachary Hardee; three siblings: Joyce Arrington, Violet Davis and David Durrance.  In addition, she is survived by countless care givers and a community that loved her.
Faunita was blessed with a full and productive life.  Upon graduation from high school she worked several local jobs during World War II before becoming the first bookkeeper for Central Florida Electric Cooperative.  She later became an employee of the U. S. Postal Service retiring with over 30 years of experience.
Her most loved and longest work commitment was to her family and the farming/cattle operation she and her husband developed.  Soon after marriage they began to purchase land and build what would become Hardee Farms.  She was an integral part of the operation from day one.  Although she removed herself as a partner in 2012, she continued to keep the financial records until the fall of 2014 at 86 years of age.  It was not uncommon to find her in the peanut fields, on a tractor, or in the cow pens up until the early 1980s.  People never knew how significant this quiet, mild-mannered woman was in the growth and development of Hardee Farms.
Her life was centered around her family and her Christian faith.  For many years she taught Sunday School and was the treasurer for the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland.  She also was very active in the Methodist Women’s Society.  Later in life she rejoined Hardeetown Baptist Church where she was baptized as a child in 1938.  She remained a member there until her passing.
As if her life was not busy enough, she was active in school and especially cattle organizations.  She was a band booster, active in PTA, FFA Alumni member, a Florida Cowbelle (before they became the Florida Cattlewomen’s Assn.) and member of the Angus and Brangus cattle organizations.  Her support gained her recognition with the Honorary American Farmer Degree in the FFA organization.  Her ever-present, supporting role was instrumental in bringing recognition to her husband, children, grandchildren, and farm.
Although her faith and family were paramount, she very much enjoyed traveling and reading.  She and her husband traveled much of the U. S. and abroad to the Middle East and Europe.
Much of her later years were spent supporting grandchildren, attending their functions, and eating at the local restaurants with her “eating buddies.”
This quiet but firm, intelligent, unpretentious, selfless lady became everybody’s “Granny” in Chiefland.  Never one to complain or be judgmental, she gained the love, respect, and admiration of all that knew her.  Her community, friends, and family adored her.
She was our Matriarch here!  She now has journeyed home!
Funeral services will be held at Hardeetown Baptist Church, Chiefland, Florida on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Thomas Keisler, Jr. officiating.   Interment will follow at Hardeetown Methodist Cemetery in Chiefland.  A visitation will be held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home on Friday evening, May 27, 2016 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland, the Hardeetown Baptist Church Youth Camp/Missions, or the charity of your choice in Mrs. Hardee’s honor.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida, 352/493-0050.



James “Jim” Howard Davis of Fanning Springs, Florida passed away at the age of 81 on Friday, May 13, 2016.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida, 352/493-0050.



Diane Jane Herring Lincoln

of Cross City, Florida

passed away at the age of

75 on Wednesday,

May 18, 2016.
Her career consisted of

working for the Levy

County Department of

Corrections as a medical

assistant, the Suwannee River Economic Council, and as a guard for Georgia Pacific.  She loved to crochet, play bingo, do seek and find word search puzzles, and chewing gum.  She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church and attended Cross City Church of God.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Leon Herring, and husband of five years, Harry Lincoln; children, Leo Herring and Gary Herring; parents, George and Thelma Anderson and brother, Sammy Anderson.
She is survived by sons, Glen (Tina) Herring of Rock Bluff, FL and Tod (Billie Jean) Herring of Cross City; daughters, Pam (Larry) Edmonds of Cross City and Cathy (Robert) Block of Old Town; brothers, Wayne Anderson of Gainesville, Fla. and John Anderson of Belleview; sister, Susan Anderson of Gainesville, Georgia; 29 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Cross City Cemetery with Rev. Joe Brooks officiating.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties, Chiefland, Florida.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352/498-5400.

March 16, 1938 – May 19, 2016

Lucile Mercer of Fanning

Springs, Florida passed away

at the age of 78 on Thursday,

May 19, 2016 at NFRMC in

Gainesville, Fla. She was

born on March 16, 1938 to

Cabbard and Willie Mae

Colson in Trenton, Fla. and

was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.
Mrs. Mercer was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joseph Costa.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph D. Mercer; her daughter, Jacqueline Starling of Brooker, Fla.; her son, Ricky (Anne Marie) Mercer of Seminole; her brothers, C.J. Colson of Fanning Springs and Jerry Colson of Trenton; seven grandchildren: Jennifer, Stephanie, Kenny, Jared, Devin, Collin and Lydia and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mercer were held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home with Pastor David Jones officiating. Interment followed at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service for a visitation beginning at 12:30 PM.
For online condolences, please visit Lucile’s guest page at: www.watsonfhtrenton.com.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, 426 W. Wade Street, Trenton, FL. 32693; 352/463-8888.