CLAUDE HEARLD BLACKBURN
December 1, 1925 – August 18, 2015
Claude Hearld Blackburn of Williston, Florida passed away at the age of 89 on August 18, 2015. He was born December 1, 1925 in Pikeville, Kentucky. Claude was a longstanding Freemason, past Grand Master and past President of the Suwannee River Shriners Club. He served as a Levy County Volunteer Public Service Aide and donated his time generously. Claude loved to take on community causes. He took great delight in supporting local politicians and loved a good campaign. Claude was bestowed the honor of Kentucky Colonel and commissioned in 1974 for his charitable community efforts. Claude retired from a lifetime career from the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.
Claude is survived by his son Keith Blackburn who resides in Kentucky, (Victoria who resides in Jacksonville, FL); his daughters: Victoria Suzanne (Grannis) Pierson of Pembroke Pines and Christine Elizabeth (George) Ball-llovera of Cape Coral; his grandchildren: Michelle Blackburn, Eric Blackburn, Kristen (Carlos) Velez and Brandon Pierson; and his brother John Blackburn of Pikeville, Kentucky.
Funeral Services were held Saturday August 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston with visitation one hour prior to service. Rev. Will Clark conducted services with Masonic service conducted by Ornan Lodge #117 of Williston. Burial followed in Orange Hill Cemetery under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home-Williston, 512 E. Noble Ave., Williston, FL; 352/528-3481.
RICHARD W. TRAVERS
February 23, 1964 – August 23, 2015
Richard (Rick) W. Travers of Chiefland, Florida passed away at the age of 51 at his home on Sunday, August 23, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. He was born February 23, 1964 in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Rick owned and operated Nature Coast Tile & Marble Co. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting.
Rick is survived by his wife, Lisa Owen; brother, Danny Travers and his father, Richard L Travers, all of Chiefland.
Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050 is honored to serve the Travers family. Condolences may be left for the family at our website Langford-Rogers.com
JERRY A. BEAUCHAMP
Jerry A. Beauchamp of Chiefland, Florida died at the age of 79 on Saturday, August 22, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Virginia J. Beauchamp; his daughter, Janet S. Beauchamp; sons, Robert J. Beauchamp (Cathy) and Jeffrey D. Beauchamp (Kelly); six adoring grandchildren: Genny, Kristi (Trey), Caitlyn, Zackery, Bailey, and Rieley; and one great-grandchild, Noah; a sister, Irene Bozeman; two brothers, Paul and Wayne (Betty) Beauchamp; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was born to the late Sam and Ethel Beauchamp and was preceded in death by his brother Malcolm Beauchamp, all of White Springs, Fla. Jerry was born and raised in White Springs and as a boy began his hardware career working at Cootie Hardware alongside his father. At 17 years old, he married his high-school sweetheart, Virginia, and moved to Gainesville to continue his career working at Baird Hardware by day and managing the Play House Skating Rink at night. In 1972, he moved to Chiefland and opened the family- run business, Beauchamp Hardware. Beauchamp Hardware was the town’s Hardware Store for 28 years where Jerry enjoyed working everyday with his family and baby brother, Wayne. After retiring in 2000, Jerry stayed busy doing the Lord’s work by doing construction/clean-up mission work for churches and those in need across the world. His mission work extended all the way to Honduras and included many states in the United States including Montana. Jerry was a devoted Christian and was influential in leading many to Christ and exemplified Christ to many whether it be teaching Sunday School, being a deacon, family pastor, or simply witnessing in the local hardware store. When Jerry wasn’t on a mission trip he enjoyed spending time with his kids and being Daddy B and granddaddy to his grandchildren while maintaining his small herd of cows.
The viewing was held Monday, August 24, 2015, 5:00 -7:00 p.m. and the funeral service was Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 p.m., both at First Baptist Church of Chiefland.
Flowers were accepted, but those wishing to donate monetarily can donate to the Men’s Ministry at Chiefland First Baptist Church that continues to do projects similar to those that Jerry did for countless people in need. Send memorial gifts to First Baptist Church of Chiefland, 511 N Young Blvd, Chiefland, FL 32626.
Arrangements were placed under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home, 715 W. Park Ave, Chiefland, FL 32626; 352/493-4777. Please sign the guestbook at knaufffuneralhomes.com