Obituaries


SANDRA FAY LONG













Mrs. Sandra Fay Long of Williston, Florida passed away at the age of 65 on February 13, 2015. Mrs. Long was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon but had lived in the Williston area since 1991 after moving here from Ocala. Mrs. Long grew up in Summerfield, Fla. and graduated from Lake Weir High School.  Mrs. Long worked the past 27 years for Publix.
Mrs. Long is survived by her husband of 24 years Lewis “Skip” Long, III; her son, Thomas M. Jinkins of Memphis, Tenn.; her daughters, Dossella F. Elder (Steve) of Summerfield and Sandra Marlaine Jinkins of Ocala; her brothers, Rex Paramore (Annette) of Bronson and Michael Paramore (Leslie) of Ocala; her sister Patti Pinley (Billy) of Wildwood;, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held for Mrs. Long at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Williston. Arrangements were under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home, Williston, FL 32696; 352/528-3481. Please sign the guestbook at knufffuneralhomes.com




PAUL GRIFFIN


Paul Griffin passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 on his 64th birthday at Retama Manor West in Laredo, Texas.
Mr. Griffin was preceded in death by his parents, Jack R. Griffin and Anna A. Griffin; son, Michael J. Griffin and a niece, Carrie H. Griffin.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Debra (Robert) Lairson; five children: Timothy J. Griffin, Rachel (Benjamin) Garcia, Esther (Ricky) De Los Santos and Stephen A. Griffin; daughter-in-law, Marien S. Griffin; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and also by a good friend and sister in Christ, Martha Taylor.
Paul worked many jobs and was a missionary/pastor. He was well-known in Zapata for providing transportation for the needy. He had a lot of musical talent and played the guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, harmonica and accordion. He spent a lot of his time writing, singing and recording gospel songs. Before he became ill, his late son Michael and Paul would make trips to Laredo and feed the homeless with their own financial means. He will be laid to rest with his parents in Chiefland, Florida. A Griffin Family Reunion will take place at a later date in Florida to honor his life/memory here on earth.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Zapata, Texas and Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, FL.



DAVID DOYLE ROBERTS
December 11, 1932 – February 16, 2015


David Doyle Roberts went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2015.
David was born in Cross City, Florida on December 11, 1932 to John Richard (Jack) Roberts and Ruby Lee Hicks Roberts.
David is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Martha Jean (Willis) Roberts; daughters, Diane Lewis (Allen) and Donna Melnick (Pete);grandchildren: Jack Melnick (Stacie), Lance Lewis (Ashley), Lacy Melnick Fillyaw (Robert), Sarah Lewis Vierra (Derek), Rachel Lewis and Hannah Lewis; great-grandchildren: Andrew, Gage, Annalise Lewis. Liberty, Reagan Fillyaw. Bryce Vierra and awaiting the birth of baby girl Melnick; sister, Anna Margaret McMeekin, also several nephews and nieces.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to David’s friends who blessed him with friendship, love and care during his long illness. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Hospice of Nature Coast, 150 North Main Street, High Springs FL 32643.
Arrangements were placed under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland, FL 32626; 352/493-4777. Please sign the guestbook at knaufffuneralhomes.com








BETTY LOU MARTIN
July 13, 1932 – February 17, 2015












Betty Lou Martin of Fanning Springs, Florida passed away at the age of 82 with her loving family by her side on February 17, 2015. Mrs. Martin was born in Bell, Fla. on July 13, 1932 to William F. and Bertie Bryant. Betty worked as a secretary for the University of Florida for 24 years. She enjoyed fishing, crafts, taking her family on mountain vacations, and making walking sticks. Her most enjoyment in life, came from her family and the treasured Mountain Trips.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Paul A. Martin; her parents William and Bertie Bryant; and two brothers, Edward and Billy Bryant.
She is survived by her children, Johnny P. Martin of Newberry, Suzann and Dean Stanley of Bell and Thomas and Karen Martin of Bell; sisters, Patsy Mathis of Bell and Nannette and Charles Wilkerson; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Friday, February 20, 2015 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Funeral Services were held at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Priscilla Baptist Church in Bell followed by burial at Priscilla Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at www.hiers-baxley.com
Arrangements were placed under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chiefland, FL;  352/493-0050.




JIMMY DEAN SHINALL


Mr. Jimmy Dean Shinall of Cross City, Florida passed away at the age of 55 on Monday, February, 16, 2015.
Mr. Shinall was a truck driver in the logging industry and a Baptist.
Mr. Shinall was preceded in death by brothers, Buddy Johnson, Danny Shinall and Randall Shinall and sister, Etta Jane Johnson.
He is survived by son, Kenneth Shinall of Raleigh, NC; daughter, Vanessa L. Shinall of Goldsboro, NC; brothers: Ricky Shinall of Cross City, Jerry Sullivan of High Springs, and Tommy Gibson of Valdosta, Ga.; sisters, Brenda Cannon of Old Town, Gail Shinall of Covington, Ga., Judy Dale Lott of Chula, Ga. and Marie Howard of Wellford, SC; and six grandchildren. 
A memorial service was held at the Suwannee River Baptist Church on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Bobby Lindsey officiating.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida; 352/498-5400.



JESSE HERBERT THOMPSON



Mr. Jesse Herbert Thompson of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 71 on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Mr. Thompson was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to Old Town from Kissimmee in 1973.  He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict and then spent 36 years with the Florida Department of Corrections, retiring in 1998.  He loved to ride motorcycles and rode with the Southern Cruisers in Steinhatchee.  He also enjoyed listening to old country music, picking his guitar and playing jokes on anyone he could.  Mr. Thompson was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen Thompson of Old Town; daughters, Tina (Kenny) Wester of Cross City and Tara (Charlie) Turner of Cross City; brothers, Dean Thompson and Ricky Thompson, both of Williston, Fla.; sisters, Nita Hardaway and Pamela Giddens, both of Cross City; and 5 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale “Flash” Riels officiating.  Interment followed at Lee Cemetery.  A visitation was held Friday evening, February 20, 2015 at the funeral home between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida; 352/498-5400.




INGA SELPH HATCH
April 13, 1957 – February 22, 2015












With the setting of the sun, Sunday February 22, 2015 Inga Selph Hatch was transported by her Savior and Lord, Jesus into eternal glory.
Inga was born into this world as the second child of Cleveland and Sudie Selph on April 13, 1957 in Jennings, Florida. Inga was a farmer’s daughter by birth, a pastor’s wife by choice, a Levy County 4-H Leader for 11 years, a mother to many besides her two and a friend to all. Above all, her life was a testimony to her faith in Christ.
Inga is survived by her mother, Sudie; her husband, Eddie; daughter, Marie; son, Johnathan; brother, Cleavie; sister, Leisha; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews. Her father, Cleveland preceded her in eternal life.
A visitation of thanks and a service for her role in life was at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.  Service will be Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Burnham Christian Church in Jennings, Fla. at 12 noon. The location of the church is 4520 NW CR 146 Jennings, Fla.
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, FL; 352/493-0050 is honored to serve the Hatch Family. Online condolences can be made at our website www.heirs-baxley.com



HERMAN LLOYD ALLEN


Herman Lloyd Allen of Cedar Key, Florida passed away at his home on Sunday, February 22, 2015 after a long struggle of declining health.  Herman grew up in Lindale, Georgia excelling in both baseball and football.  Herman was an excellent athlete as he played both football and baseball in High School and played baseball on different mill teams in the Rome area.  He served as a football referee and baseball umpire for many leagues at many levels. Having 5 sons and 1 daughter, he coached numerous Little League teams and was active in his church softball team while his children were growing up.
Herman moved to the Levy County area in 1968 and worked for a year with the Liberty National Insurance Company.  He learned the skill of oystering and he loved it! Herman oystered for years on Corrigan’s Reef.  A portion of the Reef, to this day, is still referred to as the Herman Allen Gap.  
Herman decided he needed a back-up job.  He had become a close friend Bubba Castell of Cedar Key.  Bubba was the Chief Deputy with the Levy County Sheriff Department under Sheriff Pat Hartley.  Herman loved working for the Sheriff Department and was given the job of dispatch and operating the County jail.  He met many Levy County residents and enjoyed helping them.  Herman would oyster in the early morning, then go home to get ready for work and drive to Bronson to work at the Sheriff Department getting off at midnight. 
Herman thrived in the Sheriff’s Department and dutifully served under Sheriffs Horace Moody, Ted Glass, Johnny Smith and the current Sheriff, Bobby McCallum.  During his tenure, he served papers, ran the dispatch and the jail, transported prisoners and served as bailiff in the court system.  He loved all the different jobs he had over the years and was very proud of his service to the people of Levy County and to the Sheriffs.  Herman retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 2013 after 40 years of dedicated loyalty.
Soon after moving to Cedar Key, Herman met Jan Johnson, whom he married in 1969, and was the love of his life having been married for 45 years.  Jan survives Herman and will keep his memory alive in the years to come. 
Herman is also survived by sons, Greg Allen (Nancy) of Rome, Ga. and Andy Allen (Shirlene) of Cedar Key; daughter, Jana Cathey (Graham) of Charlotte, NC; sisters, Marge Smith (Benjamin) of Silver Creek, Ga. and Carol Edwards (Hugh) of Rome, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Cooke and Nickie Rucker (Bill).
Herman will be missed by his 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, 3 nieces, 2 nephews and many family and friends. 
Preceding Herman in death were his parents, Earnest and Eva Allen; brother, Lewis Allen; sisters, Nancy Jo Allen and Beatrix Jones; sons: John Eric Allen in1970, Craig Lamar Allen in 2011, and Russell Allen in 2011.
Herman was a caring and loving husband and he deeply loved his children.  He had a positive influence on all those that knew him and he will be missed by many.
Visitation is Thursday, Feb. 26th, 2015 from 6-8pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Funeral Services will be Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Key United Methodist Church following a burial at Cedar Key Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services- 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, Florida; 352/493-0050.




JAMES WESLEY KEEN



Mr. James Wesley “J.W.” Keen of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 60 on Friday, February 20, 2015.
Mr. Keen was a lifelong resident of Dixie County.  He retired with the rank of Sergeant from Cross City Corrections after 27 ½ years of service.  He was the caretaker of Hinton Landing Boat Ramp and enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, riding in the woods and listening to dogs running.  Mr. Keen was a member of the Cross City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mr. Keen was preceded in death by his parents, James Randall and Ella Mae Keen; brothers, Raymond Keen and Lawton Keen and sisters, Hazel Woodham and Georgia Lewis.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kay Keen of Old Town; son, James Edgar Keen of Old Town; daughters, Kimberly Diane Keen of Cross City, Lesley (Zakery) Clifton of Fanning Springs and Kayla Keen of Old Town; granddaughter, Katelynn Keen; brother, Tony Freeman (Shirley) Keen of Vero Beach; and sister, Delores Decker of Cross City
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:00p.m. with President Russell Akers officiating.  Interment followed at Summerville Cemetery at New Prospect Baptist Church.  A visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, February 23, 2015 between the hours of 6 and 8p.m.
Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352/498-5400.