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October 25, 2018 Obituaries

Mrs. Dorothy Jeanette Caldwell
Dorothy Jeanette Caldwell, 97, of Old Town passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Mrs. Caldwell was born in Providence, R.I. and moved to Florida in 1955. She was a process control operator at the General Electric plant in St. Petersburg for 20 years. After retirement she moved to Old Town.
She volunteered at the Malcom Randall V.A. Medical Center in Gainesville, serving the Veterans for 33 years, for a total of 30,000 hours, also at Cross City Rehab for the last 7 years. Mrs. Caldwell was the V.A.V.S. representative for the Disabled American Auxiliary for the State Dept. of Florida. She was instrumental in starting the youth program at the V.A. in Gainesville. She was also assigned the duty to promote the Adopt A Veteran at the nursing home at the V.A. in Gainesville. She served as president of the Voluntary Executive Committee for two years and as secretary for 12 years. She served on the Woman Veterans Committee. At the local level, she was commander of DAVA, Unit #63 for 10 years and 5 years as treasurer/adjutant for 10 years. She served as commander of DAVA, District #4 for two years. She was also a member of the University of Florida Woman’s Health Initiative serving 15 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, William F. Caldwell and daughter, Barbara M. Caldwell. Survivors include a son, William R. Caldwell of Henderson, NV; daughter, Kathleen P. Stone of Old Town; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Funeral services for Mrs. Caldwell will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Cross City Chapel, with Father Joseph McDonald officiating. Interment services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2018 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Arrangements have been 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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Mrs. Betty Fuqua Douglas
Betty Fuqua Douglas, 85, of Cross City passed away October 19, 2018.
Mrs. Douglas was born April 27, 1933 to the late Bill and Mamie Wilson in Sebring, but had spent most of her life in the Cross City Area. She had worked for several years as a bank courier with Dixie County State Bank and Drummond Community Bank.
Mrs. Douglas is survived by her son Roscoe “Ricky” Douglas, her daughter Betty Jane Forehand, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other extended family members. She was preceded in death by her son Marion “Wes” Douglas.
Graveside funeral services were held for Mrs. Douglas at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in the Cross City Cemetery.
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. John Mitchell Rowland, Jr.
John Mitchell Rowland, Jr., 81 widower of Filomena Pagdilao Rowland died Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born February 6, 1937, in Dodge County, Georgia, he was the son of the late John Mitchell Rowland, Sr. and the late Tiny Brown Rowland. He was of the Protestant faith.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 28 years and 2 months. While in the service, he received numerous medals, awards, ribbons and citations including the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired in 1982 as a SMSGT. He continued his service to the US government as a contractor from the Middle East to the South Pacific as a radio and satellite engineer.
He is survived by 2 sons John Mitchell Rowland, III (Holly) of Mechanicsville, Virginia, John Michael Rowland (Apryl) of Boonsboro, Maryland; 3 daughters Tammy Stone (Brian) of Ft. Walton Beach, Sue Lynn Reynolds (Jody) of Pinewood, South Carolina, Wendy Rowland Howard (Cody) of Palmer, Alaska; 10 grandchildren, Kyle Rowland, Kera Rowland, Jordan Stone, Kasey Stone, Eryn Rowland, Duncan Rowland, Parker Reynolds, Peyton Reynolds, Cooper Reynolds, Torrence Howard; 2 great grandchildren, Hendrix Hines and Calliope Hines; and one sister, Mary Merritt of Trenton.
Along with his parents, and his wife, he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Wilburn Rowland and Bunyon Rowland and 3 sisters, Gracie Lee Archbell, Mae Bell Meadows and Ola Mae Perkins.
Visitation was held at Watson Funeral Home in Trenton, Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Interment was at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with full military honors on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Thomas R. Beaverson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 or www.vva.org
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home.
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Mrs. Linda Myer White
Linda Myer White, age 75 of Bell, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton. She was born on May 7, 1943 to Percy and Winifred Howell in Leesburg and had been a resident of Bell since moving from Lafayette County in 1996. Mrs. White was the owner of Rock Bluff General Store and was a member of McCall’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Judson Lang Myer and her granddaughter, Jennifer Tedeschi. She is survived by her husband, Michael D. White, Sr. of Bell; her daughter, Dr. Allison (Brian) Peters of Ocala; her daughter-in-law, Marlene Myer of Clarksville, TN; her son, Harold “Hardee” E. (Juanda) Myer III of Branford; her step-sons, Michael D. (Jennifer) White, Jr. and Richard (Angie) White of Bell and Patrick (Amelia) White of Lake City; her sisters, Margaret (Charles) Farrell of New Smyrna Beach and Mary Clarice Howell of Lecanto and her 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Melanie, Austin, Joseph, Vette, Sabrina, Harley, Aaron, Wesley and Jessica and her great-grandchildren, Riley and Sophia.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, October 23, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services for Mrs. White were held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at McCall’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor David Rodgers officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com
Arrangements under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.

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