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July 13, 2017 Obituaries

Mr. Allen James Brannin

Mr. Allen James Brannin, 60, of Cross City passed away July 4, 2017.

Mr. Brannin was born June 24, 1957 to the late A.J. and Artizel Brannin in Gainesville, but he had spent all his life in the Dixie County area. He enjoyed hunting in his spare time.

Mr. Brannin is survived by his daughter, Amy Brannin, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other extended family members.

Funeral services for Mr. Brannin were held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Rick Gooding Funeral
Home Cross City Chapel with Pastor Bobby Lindsey officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City and Chiefland. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.

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Mr. Vernon Eugene Castell

Mr. Vernon Eugene Castell, 93, of Cedar Key passed away July 7, 2017.

Mr. Castell was born June 20, 1924 to the late Jannie and Charles Castell, Sr. in Cedar Key, where he lived most of his life. He was married 63 years to the late Myra Josephine (Coburn) Castell. He was retired as a BCM (Chief Boatswain’s Mate) from the  United States Coast Guard and served during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was a Christian. He loved his family and mowing his yard.

Mr. Castell is survived by his daughter, LaVerne Bell of Chiefland, a son, Douglas  (Wanda) Castell of Inglis, his brothers, Hallie Castell of Dunnellon, C.W. “Bubba” Castell of Jonesville, and John Castell of Keystone Heights, four grandsons, ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and other extended family members.

Funeral services for Mr. Castell were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Key, with Father Jim Wright officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home in Chiefland on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 4054 D St. Cedar Key, FL 32625.

Arrangements  have been placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland and Cross City.  Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.

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Mr. Francisco Maldonado Rosado

Mr. Francisco Maldonado Rosado, 79, of Williston passed away July 1, 2017.

Francisco was born April 2, 1938 to the late Pedro Maldonado and Belen Rosado in Ciales, Puerto Rico, but had lived in the Levy County area for over 16 years after moving from Canovanas, Puerto Rico.

Francisco is survived by his sons, Joel Maldonado, Daniel Maldonado, and Osvaldol Diaz, all of Williston, his daughters Letsy Maldonado of Brandon, Florida and Esther Medrano of Williston, his brother, Juan Maldonado Rosado of Canovanas, Puerto Rico, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other extended family members.

Funeral services for Francisco were held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Iglesia Templo de la Alabanza in Bronson with Pastor Antonio Matos officiating. The family  received friends at the church from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday evening. Interment was 12:00 p.m. Thursday July 6, 2017 at Chiefland Cemetery.

Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland and Cross City. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.

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Mrs. Dorothy Marie Steele

Mrs. Dorothy Marie Steele, 89, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away on June 23, 2017,

Dorothy is survived by her son, Clarence B. Steele II and her daughter, Marie E. Mosley.

A graveside service was held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Old Town Cemetery in Old Town. Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home in Chiefland.

Mr. Thomas E. Wilson

Mr. Thomas E. Wilson, age 82, of Bell passed from this world to a better place on the evening of June 26, 2017.  He was born on March 10, 1935, in his grandmother’s (Big Mama) home, in Bigbee, Alabama, to Henry Elon and Daphne Thompson Wilson.  He struggled with multiple physical problems for years.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, and his son, Wayde Cole Wilson.  He is survived by his wife, Natalie, of 65 years, his brother, Jeff Wilson; his sons, Michael (Alicia) Wilson and Troy (Carol) Wilson; grandchildren, Lana Wilson, Kelli (Jason) Goss, Taylor (Kelsey) Wilson, Brandi Beck, Ambur (Joshua) Livermore and Kyle (Nalani) Wilson, along with seven great-grandchildren.

Tom worked for Florida Power for thirty-eight years before retiring in 1991. Tom and Natalie traveled extensively to Alaska, Costa Rica, Italy and Germany. He and Natalie hunted, fished, dove for lobster and scallops from the swamps of Gulf Hammock, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Idaho, to Orange Lake and The Keys.

He and Natalie made homes in St. Petersburg, Sloppy Slough Camp, McIntosh, Fairfield (Shoestring Farm), Horseshoe Beach and finally, Bell.

Tom was a very good man and loved us all. We will miss him dearly and never forget “Living it up with Big Papa!!!”  Truly, the end of an era.

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Watson Funeral Home, with Pastor Daniel Kuhr officiating. A “Celebration of Life” was held after the service, at the home of Michael and Alicia Wilson.

For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.

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