Obituaries


SWEETIE BETH PARKER THOMAS
July 20, 1947 – April 11, 2015












Sweetie Beth Parker Thomas passed away at the age of 67 on April 11, 2015 in Levy County, Florida. Sweetie was born on July 20, 1947 in Bronson, Florida to Ed Parker and Dealer Mae Graham Parker. She was a lifelong resident of Levy County, a 1965 graduate of Williston Vocational High School, a nurse/home health aide, loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, friend, aunt, niece, cousin, and a member of Bronson United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading the bible, watching TV and movies, sewing, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and more.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Sarah Graham Peoples; her parents, Ed Parker and Dealer Mae Parker; and brothers: Charles E. Parker, Cleveland Thomas Parker and Eddie B. Parker.
She is survived by her daughter, Shaura Thomas of Bronson; two sons, Christopher (Deidra) Thomas of Bronson and Vincett Thomas of Gainesville; two sisters, Della Jones and Eura Lee Evans of Alabama; two brothers, Letroy Parker and William "WM" Parker of Bronson; two grandsons, Gavyn Thomas and Riley Thomas of Bronson; a host of nieces, nephews, foster siblings, cousins, extended family, and friends.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Bronson United Methodist Church at 235 N. Court Street, Bronson, FL 32621.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Crevasse's Simple Cremation.



JAMES ADKINS JONES
November 17, 1937 – April 18, 2015



James Adkins Jones of Trenton, Florida passed away at the age of 77 at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties on April 18, 2015 with his family by his side. Mr. Jones was born in Gainesville, Florida on November 17, 1937 to Jimmy and Juanita Jones.  James served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years during the Vietnam era and also worked as a truck driver for 25years.  He received a Purple Heart and other Navy recognitions. He enjoyed NASCAR, The Gators, and taking care of his family which brought him the most enjoyment if life.
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara H. Jones, of Trenton; his children: Ronald and Susan Jones of Archer, Kay and Wayne Davis of Newberry and Diadre Brunson-Jones of Trenton; a sister, Shirley Bailey of Zephyrhills; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Visitation Services will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Services Chapel and Funeral Services will be on Friday April 24, 2015 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, FL; 352/493-0050.



HELEN DAWSON DENNIS



Helen Dawson Dennis of Chiefland, Florida died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Tri-County Hospice Care Center.  Mrs. Dennis was born in Delray Beach, Florida to the late John Justice and Ruth White Dawson and moved to Chiefland 31 years ago from Grant, Fla.
Mrs. Dennis is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hackman and Julie Bouchard; one son, Clarke Dennis; two sisters, Vena Bailey and Vera Warner; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the car of Knauff Funeral Home, 715 W. Park Ave., Chiefland, FL; 352/493-4777.



​JUDY ANN HAMM



Miss Judy Ann “Tammy” Hamm of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 50 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
Tammy enjoyed working in yards and made a living doing yard work all over Cross City and even traveling some to do yard work.  She enjoyed going to the woods and mountains and caring for animals and loved children and caring for them.  She attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church of Cross City and the Old Town Church of God.
Tammy was preceded in death by her Auntie and primary caregiver, Aldie Goodson; grandmother, Rendy Laidler; great grandparents, Ida and Clifton Goodson and twin brothers, Gary and Terry Hamm.
She is survived by her mother Christine Chewning of Cross City; brothers, Howard Sanford of Lakeland and Dwayne Chewning of Cross City; sisters, Christy Chewning of Cross City and Carolyn Hamm of St. Augustine; uncle, Bill Crawley; and caregivers, L. E. and Margaret Ward of Old Town, Joy Gantt of Cross City and Eloise and Eddie Parrott of Cross City. 
Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, April, 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m with Rev. Troy Hare and Rev. Randy Richardson officiating.  Interment followed at Cross City Cemetery.  A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements have been placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352/498-5400.



DEBORAH ANN LORD



Mrs. Deborah Ann Lord of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 59 on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
Mrs. Lord worked for 14 years for the Florida Department of Corrections, retiring in 2007 because of health reasons.  She loved camping and fishing, watching westerns on TV and taking care of animals.  Mrs. Lord was a Baptist.
Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her father Larry Reynolds and sister, Sandy Wait.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gerald Lord of Old Town; mother, Norma Martin of Old Town; brother, Steve Reynolds of Old Town; and sisters, Mary Allen and Zorana Connelly, both of Old Town. 
Funeral services were held at New Prospect Baptist Church on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Jason Jones and Rev. Dwayne Kight officiating.  Interment followed at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.  A visitation was held on Friday, April 17, 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.



HERBERT JOHN SLATER



Mr. Herbert John Slater of Chiefland, Florida died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Tri-County Hospice Care Center. 
Mr. Slater was born September 23, 1921 in Reading, Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Slater is survived by his wife Fern Martha Slater of Chiefland.
Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, 715 W. Park Ave., Chiefland, FL; 352/493-4777.



HUGH A. LAWRENCE



Mr. Hugh A. Lawrence of Williston, Florida passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Mr. Lawrence was born in Whigham, Georgia but had lived in the Williston area for over 60 years after moving here from Georgia. Mr. Lawrence worked for several years as a Correctional Officer, was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Ornan Lodge No.117 Free & Accepted Masons, and the Magee Branch Hunting Club. In his spare time Mr. Lawrence enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid Gator fan.
Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by his sister Kathy Whitcomb.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara Lawrence; a son, Huey Lawrence (Cathy); his daughters: Gwen Arms (Gary), Shirley Schultz (Rick) and Wendy Robertson (Mark Dorman), all of Williston; a brother, Michael Pursley (Denise) of Bronson; his sisters: Patricia Pursley of Starke, Vicky Pursley, and Leah Pate (Ken), both of Gainesville; his grandchildren: "H" Lawrence (Shannon), Mandi Hassell (Joey), Brad Schultz, Cain Schultz (Marissa), Dylan Robertson, Aubrey Robertson, Hannah Robertson and Savannah Arms; and his great grandchildren: Raif, Riley and Rynlee Lawrence, Jackson and Jacob Hassell, and Eli Schultz.
A memorial service was held for Mr. Lawrence at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Knauff Funeral Home Williston Chapel with Pastor Wes Smith officiating. The family received friends in the chapel 30 minutes prior to the service. Donations may be made to Haven Hospice. Arrangements were placed under the direction of Knauff Funeral Home, 512 E Noble Ave, Williston, FL, 32696; 352/528-3481. Please sign the guestbook at knaufffuneralhomes.com



JULIAN CLEMENT HALL



Julian Clement “JC” Hall of Chiefland, Florida died at the age of 73 on Friday, April 17, 2015 at his residence.  Mr. Hall was born in Chiefland and was a lifelong resident and the son of the late Raymond Waldo and Julia Lee Hall. He was of the Baptist faith and served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Florida Power Corp. He was a member of the Gulf Hammock Hunting Club and loved hunting and fishing, all sports and racing.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joyce Ellzey Hall of Chiefland; three daughters: Carol Hall of Chiefland, Hope Francis of Ocala and Robin Ellzey of Gulf Hammock; two brothers, S.J. Hall of Chiefland and Ralph Waldo Hall of Port Deposit, Maryland; two grandchildren, Trey and Olivia Francis both of Ocala.
Funeral services were held on Sunday April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Knauff Funeral Home-Chapel with burial following at Galilee Cemetery.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, 715 W. Park Ave., Chiefland, FL; 352/493-4777.