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April 19, 2018 Obituaries

Mrs. Ann Marie Egan
Ann Marie Egan died peacefully at home Friday, April 13, 2018, after an inspiring and courageous battle with cancer. Anni was born in Farmingham, Massachusetts on November 5, 1962, to the late Edward and Patricia Silva. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Timothy Egan, two brothers, Edward Silva Jr., and James Silva, three sisters, Patricia Silva, Mary Isaacs and Theresa McNeil, and many nieces and nephews.
Anni was a longtime educator, having taught at Bell Elementary, Bronson Elementary, and for the past 13 years was the Principal at The Healthy Learning Academy in Jonesville. The success of HLA is testament to her dedication and enthusiasm for education. She loved her students so much and they loved her in return. The kids enjoyed going to school and were eager to learn. HLA embodies principles that Anni has always held dear. A healthy mind and a healthy body are closely connected. The school incorporates yoga, PE, and plenty of outdoor activities to stimulate learning.
Anni was a shining star of joy and happiness. She lived her life to the fullest and had fun while working hard at everything she put her mind to. Some of her greatest enjoyment came from dancing, singing karaoke, watching the Rays and Gator baseball teams, and spending time at the beach with Tim. Her enthusiasm and optimism was infectious and she influenced so many people. Her smile could light up the darkest day and her upbeat attitude was contagious.
A Celebration of Anni’s life will be held at the Newberry Municipal Building, 25420 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Florida Cancer Center Foundation, or Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville.
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Mr. Cedell Wallace “Zeke” Fletcher
Cedell W. “Zeke” Fletcher died peacefully after a long illness in the loving company of family and friends on April 12, 2018. Cedell was born in Bell, the only child of the late Mark and Dora Fletcher. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Lively Fletcher, a son Michael (Lois) Fletcher, a daughter Stacy Michele (Tony) Dunn, four grandchildren, Bryan (Susan) Fletcher, Connie (Scott) Kelsey, Marc Dunn and Matthew Dunn, and three precious great grandchildren, Joslyn and Zeke Fletcher, and Amelia Russell.
Cedell was a loyal and devoted employee of UPS and retired after 32 years of exemplary service as a tractor-trailer driver. Following retirement he continued his association with many of his long-time fellow employees and good friends who were also retired from UPS.
To have known Cedell was to love him. Cedell was one of those rare individuals that felt blessed by everyone he met, and everyone fortunate enough to have known him felt blessed in return. He was a man of integrity and strength of character, who loved and was devoted to his wife and family.
Cedell enjoyed life to the fullest and was fun to be around. He loved fishing, especially when the boat was filled with his children and grandchildren. Many a good time were enjoyed with him while fishing from his boat. Cedell was a devoted Christian, and as directed by the Bible, he was also truly a fisher of men, exemplifying to others all that is good by leading a Christian life.
A funeral and celebration of life service was held on Sunday April 15, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the Glen Springs Church of Christ, located at 2214 NW 31st Ave., Gainesville. A graveside service was held on Monday April 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Meadows Cemetery, located at 4100 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville. The family received friends Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Haven Hospice. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneral home.com.
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Mrs. Joylean Horne Gordon
Joylean Horne Gordon of Dunnellon passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in her home. She was 79.
Moving from Levy County, Joylean lived in Citrus County for 50 years. She was a Baptist and a member of the New Hope Baptist Church of Crystal River. Joylean was a LPN for 25 years, a Chaplain of NRLCA for 15 years and a Sunday school teacher for 25 years. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, sewing, and canning. Joylean was a loving mother, grandmother, and a true homemaker.
Joylean is predeceased by her parents W. R. and Pearlie Horne, husband Clarence E. Gordon, brother Windy Horne, sisters Blonie Thompson, and Sandra Anita Horne. She is survived by her sons Barney (Katy), Kent and Chris (Cheryl) Gordon, and sisters Wynette Petty, Wanda Lee Lee, Jestine Brock, Lovezine Rusnak, sister-in-law Sharon (Tommy) Dean, granddaughter Elizabeth Annie Gordon and lots of cousins
A service was held on Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:00 PM at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Chiefland with Dr. Zeb McDaris officiating. Visitation was Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Knauff Funeral Home Chapel in Chiefland. Arrangements were under the care of Knauff Funeral Home, Chiefland.
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Mrs. Phyllis Elgie Tenney Mudgett
Mrs. Phyllis Elgie Tenney Mudgett, 84, of Bell, passed away on her father’s birthday, April 9, 2018 in Gainesville. Phyl was born July 24, 1933 in Royalton, Vermont to George Button Tenney and Elgie Sleeper Tenney. On September 7, 1950 she married her sweetheart of the past 67 years, Merl Orland Mudgett in Royalton where they operated a Jersey dairy farm and raised their four strong-minded daughters.
Our Mom was a gifted writer and story teller. She wrote many anecdotal articles that were published in a variety of magazines during her farming years. She fulfilled her dream of publishing several books that capture her love for life, adventure and the comedy of the unexpected and absurd events that happened in her life. Life was rarely dull and she filled it with many things like river rafting, bow hunting, hiking the Long Trail, selling real estate, milking cows, plowing, planting, haying, RV-ing in the desert, rescuing anything considered the underdog, setting politicians straight, loving the grandkids, barrel racing at the rodeo, snowmobiling, skiing, traveling the US, fishing and spending a summer with Dad while in their 70’s, camping in a tent in Vermont with an unwelcome skunk. She is the only person we know who could fold her arms behind her head, cross her feet and float down the White River.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many callings including several cherished years as an ordinance worker at the Orlando Temple. She loved family history research and we know she is surrounded by dozens of beloved ancestors now that she has passed through the veil. She loves her Savior and would want us to testify that she knows He lives.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, two brothers Harold and Howard and sister Gail. Survivors include her husband Merl, daughters Terry (Ben) Brooks, Diane (Bruce) Ethington, Lisa Huestis, Tracy (Jason) Ballou, 25 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren. We express our gratitude to all who loved Phyl and touched us all with kindness and joy.
Services were held Saturday, April 14th 11:00 AM at the LDS Chiefland Ward Chapel, 214 NE 8th Street. Daniels Funeral Home is helping prepare Mom for her final resting place in Royalton, Vermont where burial services will be held in late June.
Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak and Branford in charge of arrangements.
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Mrs. Marjorie Landrum Neeley
Marjorie Landrum Neeley of Horseshoe Beach, passed away at Shands UF in Gainesville on Saturday, April 14, 2018. She was 91 years old. She was born to the late Bill and Vina Landrum in Horseshoe Beach on February 17, 1927 and was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Cross City.
Mrs. Neeley is preceded in death by her husband, Dexter Buck Neeley and 3 grandchildren, Tammy Jane Neeley, Kenneth Lee Hamm, Jr. and Donald Green. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Wayne) Green of Moorehaven, Lillian (R.L.) Corbin of Steinhatchee, Sheila (Steve) Matthews of Trenton and Sandra Mills and Bonnie Hamm; both of Cross City; her sons, Hoyt Neeley and Herman Neeley; both of Horseshoe Beach and Jacky (Nancy) Neeley of Cross City; her half-sister, Gainell Ellison of Horseshoe Beach; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Neeley will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach with Pastor Bobby Lindsey and Pastor Cecil Highsmith officiating.
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
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Mrs. Joyce Ann Norton
Joyce Ann Norton, age 83, of Bell, passed away at NFRMC in Gainesville on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. She was born on November 5, 1934 to the late Theodore and Adelaide Balz in Brooklyn, NY.
In 1964 her husband had the opportunity to work with the Jackie Gleason Show so they moved their family to Miami where they resided until moving to Bell in 1989. Joyce was more than a homemaker; she found herself managing a boatyard in Miami and then a cattle ranch in Bell. Somewhere along the way she flew around the world on the Concorde. She was happiest spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland.
Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Wally” Norton and her son, James Walter Norton. She is survived by her daughter, Rene Louise Norton of Bell and her son, Walter Joseph “Joe” Norton also of Bell; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.