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September 28, 2017 Obituaries

Mrs. Gloria Lynch Baylor

Mrs. Gloria Lynch Baylor born September 21, 1944 died one day after her 73rd birthday on September 22, 2017.

She was born and raised in Jacksonville. Gloria moved to Chiefland where she married Robert V. Baylor. They were married for 45 years.  Gloria, who was remembered by so many as Meme, drove a school bus, worked at TG&Y, H&R Block, and volunteered at Chiefland Elementary and Chiefland High Schools. She drove the bus on many athletic events that her children were involved in for free. During the years, she has touched many children’s lives.  She never missed an opportunity to attend the children’s and grandchildren’s special events.  Her life was her children. In her spare time, she loved Bingo, crafts, and growing flowers.  Gloria was instrumental in raising funds for athletics in the city of Chiefland. She donated countless hours helping the youth. Even as her health declined, she never gave up on attending athletic events.  Most recently, a high school baseball game, and a state championship softball game where her oldest son coached. Meme passed peacefully surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband, Robert V. Baylor, her oldest daughter, Brenda (Frank, Jr.) Pitts,  granddaughter Ashley (Alan) Agnoli, and Erica Pitts; grandson Ory Pitts, and great grandsons Lee Gunn and Jack Agnoli; her oldest son Wayne (Lena) Weatherford; granddaughter Megan  (Scott) Snyder; great grandchildren Stella and Scout Snyder, and grandson Ashton Weatherford; her youngest son, David Weatherford, grandson Keagon (Kaylee) Weatherford; great grandchildren, Jett and Aubrey Weatherford, and grandsons Landon and Tanner Weatherford; and her youngest daughter Kelli Weatherford, grandsons Jeremy (Leeanna) Bedford and Casey Lawson, and great grandchildren Brynley, Makayla, Kyle, and Eli.  Gloria is also survived by one sister, Peggy Swain of Ocee, brothers Perry and Johnny Lynch of Jacksonville.  Also, her children’s father, John (Becky) Weatherford. She was preceded in death by her parents Percy and Clara Lynch, Leroy Lynch, and Patrick Lynch all of Jacksonville.

Her viewing was Sunday, September 24th from 3:00  p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Chiefland.  The funeral was held at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Chiefland on Monday, September 25th at 2:00 p.m.  Interment followed at Joppa 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.


Mr. Herman “Shane” Carlisle

Herman “Shane” Carlisle, age 50, of Trenton, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017. He was born in Gainesville on December 9, 1966 to Herman Leroy and Patricia Ann Carlisle. Shane was a lifelong resident of Gilchrist County.

Shane is preceded by his father Herman Leroy Carlisle. He is survived by his wife Deana Carlisle of Trenton; his two sons Lee Carlisle of Newberry and Joseph Carlisle of Bell, his daughter Lea Carlisle of Trenton, his grandson Hunter Carlisle; his mother Patricia Ann Carlisle of Trenton; his brother Carl Carlisle of Trenton and his sister Linda Odle of Old Town.

A memorial service for Mr. Carlisle will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Watsons Funeral Home. Following the service the family will gather at the home of Dustin and Julie Carlisle in Trenton.


Mrs. Minnie Lois Long Crawford

Minnie Lois Long Crawford, 72, of Old Town, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Lois was born on November 12, 1944 to Alfred and Lottie Long in Old Town. She graduated from Dixie County High School and moved to Jacksonville in 1962 where she met Frank, her husband of 54 years. In 1970 she came back home to Dixie County where she remained for the rest of her life. She was retired from the Dixie County School System where she worked as a bookkeeper for Old Town Elementary.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; her daughter, Angie (Alton) Land; her sons, Guy (Michelle) Crawford and Mikey Crawford; eight grandchildren, Cory, Eason, Jacob, Shelby, Guy Jr., Anna, Whittney and Maci and two great-grandchildren, Caden and Jolee.

Lois was close with her sister-in-law, Gwen (Tim) Gray and was proud of her big family of eight sisters, three brothers and a host of nieces and nephews. Lois loved her family and found joy in cooking their favorite meals, making jelly, sewing and playing with her great-grandkids. She also had a great love for books and nature, enjoyed flowers, going fishing with her sisters and taking her grandkids camping. Lois loved the Lord Jesus and stood firm in her Christian faith.

Funeral services were held at New Prospect Baptist Church on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jason Jones officiating. Visitation was  held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lois’ memory to New Prospect Baptist Church for the Operation Christmas Shoebox ministry.

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

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.


Mr. Richard “Dick” Daniel Edwards, Sr.

Richard “Dick” Daniel Edwards, Sr., 83 years of age, of Bell, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, September 23, 2017. His passing was sudden but peaceful. He was born on January 11, 1934 to Nolan and Izora Edwards in Montgomery, Alabama and had been a resident of Bell since moving from Palm Harbor 41 years ago. He was a Master Carpenter and built and remodeled many homes and businesses in the area, including Watson Funeral Home, along with his sons, through R. Edwards Construction. When Richard was younger he proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force where he was an Air Force Mechanic. He was a very kind and giving person who would do anything for anyone. When he wasn’t working, he liked to fish, make things in his shop and spend time with his family. Richard was a very special person who will never be replaced and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is greatly loved by his entire family.

Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen; his daughters, Sandy (Jr.) Reed and Cheryl Jacobs; his sons, Rick Edwards, Jr., James (Robin) Edwards and Tom (Jeni) Edwards. His is also survived by his grandchildren, Vicki, Tyler, Christopher, Whitney, Ashley and Brittany and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mr. Edwards were held on Thursday morning, September 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Watson Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Bell Cemetery, Bell.

For online condolences please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.


Mrs. Frankie Mae Griggs 

Mrs. Frankie Mae Griggs, age 76, passed away September 17, 2017 at Palm Gardens of Gainesville. Mrs. Griggs was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Trenton where she served as Church Secretary and Choir member. Frankie Mae retired from the Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer.

She is survived by her children; Frank (Sabrina) Robinson of Desert Hot Springs, CA, Stephan M. Griggs of Trenton, Lindy M. Griggs-Lee of Newberry, Alicia M. Griggs of Gainesville, Anetria Griggs of Vero Beach, siblings; Gerald (Savannah) Griggs of Tampa, Jeanene Mitchem of Newberry, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Griggs was  held  at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017, at the Trenton High School Auditorium, Rev. Frank James, Officiating. Burial followed in the Trenton Cemetery.  Arrangements were entrusted to Chestnut Funeral Home, Inc. in Gainesville.

Mrs. Griggs reposed in the Chestnut Memorial Chapel on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday in the Auditorium from 2:00 p.m. until the hour of Service.  Family and friends were asked to meet on Sunday, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jeanene Mitchem, 24484 S.W. 13th Lane, Newberry, at 2:15 p.m.


Mr. James Monroe “Big Jim” Jones, Sr.

James Monroe “Big Jim” Jones, Sr., age 79, died at his home in Bell on Sunday, September 24, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Trenton, FL on January 22, 1938 to the late C.V. Jones, Sr. and Aline Asbell Jones and was a native and lifelong resident of Bell. Big Jim was a farmer and a long time employee of White Construction/White Farms. He was a member of Jennings Lake Seventh Day Adventist Church and was also very involved in the Gilchrist County Farm Bureau, Gilchrist Cattlemen’s Association, FFA Alumni and the Suwannee River Fair Association.

He is survived by his two daughters, Michele (Mark) Watson and Karen Jones; his three sons, Jamie (Teressa) Jones, Jody (Clare) Jones and Craig (Avigal) Jones; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, September 26, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Graveside Services for Big Jim were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, September 27, 2017 at Jennings Lake Cemetery with Mr. Anthony Drew officiating.

For online condolences please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.


Mrs. Lois McDuffie

Mrs. Lois McDuffie, 90, of Old Town passed away September 19, 2017.

Mrs. McDuffie was born March 17, 1927 to the late Lyugh and Bitha Taft in Willacoochee, Georgia, but had lived in the Old Town area for over 20 years after moving here from Apopka. She was of the Baptist faith.

Mrs. McDuffie is survived by her sons Roy McDuffie, William (Terry) McDuffie,  Dan (Carleen) McDuffie; her daughters Hellen Davis and Juanita (Billy) Fincher; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband Hiram McDuffie, her sons Frankie McDuffie and David McDuffie, and a daughter Venita Inman.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Cross City Health and Rehab and Haven Hospice for the care they gave Mrs. McDuffie.

Funeral services for Mrs. McDuffie were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Cross City Chapel. The family  received friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from  6:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m. The interment was at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland.

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


Mr. Clyde Earnest Townsend

Mr. Clyde Earnest Townsend, 90 years of age, of Bell, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 23, 2017. He was born in Trenton on October 12, 1926 to Moses and Abby Townsend and was a lifelong resident of Bell. He was a graduate of the Bell High School Class of 1944.

Clyde worked his entire life on the farm he was raised on. He was able to work alongside his son Charles, growing crops and raising livestock; telling many stories of his love and passion for farming. He served on the Gilchrist County School Board for 24 years; the Gilchrist County Farm Bureau as a director for over 50 years; the Central Florida Electric Co-op as a director for 28 years and the Seminole Electric Board for 16 years. He was the recipient of the J. Min Ayers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Clyde was a lifelong active member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and it is a comfort to his family and friends knowing that he is now in the house of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Clyde was quite a treat to his family and many friends. You could always count on a laugh during every encounter with him. His passion was spending time with his family and hunting.

Clyde is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Joyce; his son, Robert and an infant daughter.

He is survived by his son, Charles (Barbara) Townsend; daughter, Marilyn (Larry) Thompson; six grandchildren, Charles (Kasey) Townsend, Clyde (CJ) Townsend, Charissa Strickland, Carla (Sidney) Whitby, Amy (Bascom) Beville and Blaine Thompson and seven great-grandchildren.

Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Clyde knows that his wit, humor and kind heart will truly be missed.

A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church with the Reverend Jimmy Corbin officiating. Interment followed at Townsend Cemetery. The family  received friends at the church prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 4200 NW CR 340, Bell, FL 32619.

For on-line condolences please visit his memorial page at www.watsonfhtrenton.com

Arrangements are under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.


Mrs. Tracey Arlinda Butler Townsend

Tracey A. Townsend, age 49, joined her infant daughter Chevy, her beloved Richard “Ric” Culpepper,  Mother Linda Hughey Messer, Father Thomas E. Butler, her grandparents George and Vera Butler, and Thomas and Geneva Hughey  in eternal rest on September 17, 2017. She  was born on May 13, 1968 in Orlando. Tracey lived in the Kissimmee area most of her youth and briefly in Tennessee until her family moved to Chiefland in 1985. In 1987 she moved with her  family to Trenton where she has since resided.

Tracey graduated from high school in 1986. After high school she held various jobs; she was a correctional officer for several years, and then was a partner in T & T Mobile Home Services  with her brother Tommy for many years. Later she became a postal worker delivering mail to the residents and neighbors in her area. She took great enjoyment in caring for her cows and horses on the family farm.  The job that she cherished the most was being the Mother to her children and Grandma to her precious granddaughter Sadie Jo. Tracey loved to sing, especially in the car with the windows down and the radio up loud, attend rodeos with her friends and children and spend time with her family. Tracey had such a sense of humor and smart wit. She had a beautiful soul that never turned anyone away. Now that she is gone, life will change for us all. That strength and beauty, that unconditional love that she maintained in the world, is gone. Who she was and what she was all about is in each of us who knew her and were loved by her. In that regard she will never die.

Tracey is survived by her daughter Jessie L. (Joseph Emerick) Townsend and her granddaughter Sadie Jo Townsend of Newberry, son John “Eli” Townsend of Trenton;  brother Thomas E. Butler, II (Nancy, and her daughters Katie, Marissa, and Mackenzie) of Trenton,  her nieces Caitlin (Derek) Oberst of Bronson,  Nataleigh Butler and great-nephew and great-niece,  Leighton and Ryleigh Walls of Trenton; sister Tina (Kenneth) Gehrett-Brunn and niece Savanna of Newberry.  Aunt Effie (Ed) Pennington of Kissimmee;  cousins Carol (Butch Fertic) Pennington,  Linda (Matt) Jaworski,  Debbie Garcia of Lake Nona, Ed Pennington and  Dan of Kissimmee and their families;  Aunt Judy Jouvenaz  and cousins Kimberly (Tom) Boynton and family of Williston, Tom Jouvenaz of Gainesville,  Kathleen Coeur of Bonita Springs; step-father Hilton Messer of Chiefland.  Long time friends Jennifer Williams and family of Live Oak, Billy Jack Gourley and family of High Springs and Robin Mason and family of Oilton, OK.

Visitation  will be held at Watson Funeral Home in Trenton on Friday, September 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at Union Baptist Church in Newberry on Saturday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions or need directions, you may call (352) 210-4988.


Mr. F. Ronald Watson

F. Ronald Watson, age 89, of Trenton, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties in Chiefland. Mr. Watson was born on May 15, 1928 to Walter Vernon and S.E. Watson in Levy County and was a lifelong resident. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and was a former Director for Farm Credit. He was also a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for over 40 years.

Mr. Watson is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary Joyce Watson. He is survived by his two daughters, Rhonda (Ray) Northup of Trenton and Melanie (Tony) Clubb of Interlachen and his three grandchildren, Hillary and Brian Cribbs of Williston, Heather and John Rawlins of St. Augustine and Jason Clubb of Interlachen.

Funeral Services for Mr. Watson were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Greg Douglas and Pastor Tony Clubb officiating. Interment followed at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday evening, September 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ronald to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 16655 NW CR 339 - Trenton, FL – 32693

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

Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.


Card of Thanks

It is with deepest gratitude the family of Danny Roberts says thank you for the prayers, food, cards, flowers, love and all acts of kindness shown to us during the passing of our loved one.

May God bless each and every one of you.

The Family of Danny Roberts