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February 22, 2018 Obituaries

Mr. Robert “Bob” Joseph Simpson
Robert “Bob” Joseph Simpson, 72, passed away, surrounded by friends and family, on February 16, after a long battle with heart disease.
Bob was born in Massena, New York, on February 7, 1946 to Floyd James and The!ma (Hutt) Simpson. He graduated from Massena Central High School in 1964. He was manager at the Triple A Lumber store in Potsdam, NY, before moving his family to Cedar Key in 1981. Bob’s first job in Cedar Key was remodeling the Heron Restaurant building, presently Tony’s Seafood. He also built and renovated homes in Cedar Key. He served as the first Cedar Key Building and Zoning Administrator for several years. He also worked for the US Postal Service before becoming an employee of E-One in Ocala. He enjoyed this job immensely, delivering fire trucks all over the United States and Canada and making several new friends along the way.
Bob enjoyed helping people and volunteered with the Cedar Key Fire Department, briefly serving as chief. Bob trained as an EMT and was a member of the Cedar Key Lions Club serving as President for a term. Bob has recently served as Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary of Cross City and has made several great friends. He will be remembered for his leadership capabilities, his kindness to others and his generosity.
Bob greatly enjoyed traveling and traveled annually to the Southern Tier in New York to hunt with friends and family. He frequently traveled to his hometown of Massena, New York spending the summer with family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene (Griswold), his daughter Bobbi Jo (Lawton) Reynolds of Newberry, and Joseph (Heidi) Simpson of Cedar Key, his six grandchildren, Hannah Reynolds of Alachua, Jacob Reynolds of Newberry, Haley Simpson, Taylor Simpson, Haiden Simpson, and Joseph Simpson of Cedar Key. He is also survived by his two sisters Lee Hart of Massena, New York, and Linda (Dale) Francis of Chiefland and several loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Keith Hart.
Services were at noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Cedar Key Cemetery with a brief viewing before the services at 11 a.m. at the Cedar Key Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate Bob’s life followed at Robinson’s Seafood. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the DAVA at 125 NE 165th Avenue, Cross City, FL. 32628
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland and Cross City. Please sign our online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com,

Mr. Harvey Joe Slayton, Sr.
Harvey Joe Slayton, Sr. of Trenton, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old. He was born in Orlando to Polk and Mary Slayton on February 7, 1936 and had been a resident of Trenton since moving from Seminole County in 2004. Mr. Slayton was of the Methodist faith and had retired from agricultural sales. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Joppa Masonic Lodge Number 4, Valley of Orlando Scottish Rite, Order of Eastern Star Branford Chapter 112 and Sons of the Confederacy. He was formerly a member of the Morocco Temple of Jacksonville and the Suwannee River Shrine Club. He was also a past president of the Seminole County Cattleman’s Association.
Mr. Slayton is preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Mary Ann Slayton Jenkins. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Partin Slayton; his daughter, Glenda Slayton Joyce and his son, Harvey Joe Slayton, Jr., all of Trenton. His is also survived by his sister, Susan Jeanette Irelan of Interlachen, his five grandchildren, Summer, Amber, Harvey III, Mary Katheryn and Jessica and his nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mr. Slayton is to be held by his family on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Old Town with Reverend Carl Rainer Officiating. Mr. Slayton’s family is requesting donations be made in his memory in lieu of flowers to Shiners Children’s Hospital, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 336512-9411.
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mardrit Hazel (Polk) Thomas
Mardrit Hazel (Polk) Thomas passed away in Trenton on February 17, 2018 at the age of 98. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Hazel was the oldest daughter of John Aaron and Alice Alda Polk. Her family owned a farm between Cherry Sink and Lottieville communities. When Hazel began school, she walked several miles from her home to the one room school house at Cherry Sink. She later transferred to Trenton high school and graduated in 1937.
Hazel met Horace Thomas, who was a star basketball player from Bell and they were married December 23, 1937. They lived in Bell for a few years on his family farm and later moved to Trenton where they purchased a farm, raised four children and Horace served for 32 years as Gilchrist County Clerk. Hazel was a homemaker, was always available to her children and supported all of their academic and sports activities. When she was not busy caring for her family, Hazel loved planting and growing flowers, reading, traveling, and spending time at their second home in Suwannee.
Hazel is survived by her four children, Doyle (Lorene) Thomas, Sue (Joe) Lander, Don (Brenda) Thomas and Alda Griffin. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; Mike Thomas, Kyle Thomas, John Thomas, Andrew Thomas, Joey Lander, Lindsey Lander, Kevin Thomas, Jarrett Thomas, Allison Cooper, Amber Rollison and 30 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Douglas.
Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, Horace Thomas, her son-in-law Tom Griffin, Grandson, Mark Griffin, and her brother Hilbert Lord.
Funeral services were held at Bethel Baptist Church in Trenton on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:30 PM. The family had a viewing and received visitors one hour prior to the service. Burial followed at the church cemetery.
To leave online condolences or to sign her guestbook, please visit Mrs. Thomas’ guest page at: www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home.

Mr. Charles Norton Tompkins
Charles Norton Tompkins, 72, of Jasper passed away February 14, 2018.
Mr. Tompkins was born March 7, 1945 to the late Oscar and Rachel Tompkins in Salem. He worked for 44 years with Occidental which became PCS Phosphate in Jasper. Mr. Tompkins will always be remembered as a man who enjoyed his job, spending time with his family, and in his spare time he enjoyed working on cars and reading. He was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Tompkins is survived by his wife of 54 years Annie Tompkins; a daughter Shelley Tompkins (Mike) Bearden of Mayo; his sister Georgia Lee Steinbraker of Chiefland and Lucille McCall of Steinhatchee; his grandchildren Danielle Murray, Kimberly Bearden, Brianna Bearden, Sid Bearden, Delayna Bearden, and Tori Bearden, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his sisters Mary Magdalene Wisebaker and Ada Marie Bachle and his brother Oscar Martin Tompkins.
Graveside services for Mr. Tompkins were held 11:00 AM Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Fayetteville/Moriarty Cemetery in Old Town with Reverend Milton Sellars officiating.
Arrangements were placed under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Cross City and Chiefland. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.