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December 5, 2019 Obituaries

Judi Studstill Buchanan
Judi Studstill Buchanan passed away peacefully at her home in the Villages, south of Ocala, on November 27th.
Judi grew up in Chiefland and graduated from Chiefland High School in 1961. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and later her Masters in Alaska. She worked in the school system for many years finishing up as Assistant School Superintendent for 19 years in Levy County, retiring in 2005.
Judi loved life, her dear friends and her family. She enjoyed anything at the beach, cooking, playing solitaire, her dog Auggie, a smooth glass of wine, her ‘Noles, traveling with friends and family, and most recently her mahjong games, which she was proud to have conquered, and the ladies group she played with at the Villages.
She is survived by her loving family: Todd Buchanan of Tampa; Neige Stabler of Ocala; Kay Chapman of Victoria; and her beloved granddaughters, Jordan, Isabella and Jessica Snider.
She was predeceased by her father, Evans Studstill during World War II, her mother Miriam Buchanan and her other father, S.J. “Buck” Buchanan.
Her memorial service was held at the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland on Tuesday, December 3rd.
Memorials can be sent to the Tommy Usher Scholarship Fund, c/o Levy County Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 1386, Bronson, FL 32621.
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Card of Thanks
We, the family of Marie Johnson Davis, are expressing our sincere thanks and appreciation that was shown to us by family and friends. So many acts of kindness and love were received. Again, thanks to all of you.
Sincerely,
Family of Marie J. Davis
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Vida “Vi” Deloris Culpepper
Vida ‘Vi’ Deloris Culpepper, age 89, of Gainesville passed away on November 24th at the ET York Haven Hospice Care Center. Vida was born in Bell to the late Avner and Lula (Wooley) Jones, on July 5, 1930.
She went to high school in Bell and graduated in 1948. Vi married J.C. Culpepper in 1948 and they remained married for 52 years. She worked as an IRS Agent for a number of years and she raised a military family the balance of the other years. She loved to read and do jigsaw puzzles.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.C. Culpepper in 2000 and her sister, Lottie Mae Douglas. Vida is lovingly survived by her son, J.C. Culpepper, Jr, of Wilmington, NC; daughter, Julia E. Culpepper of Gainesville; grandson, Jay Matthew Culpepper; two great grand-children, Jayden and Alegra of Mexico City, Mexico; brothers, Adron Jones of Lake City and Ovid Jones of MA.
Funeral Services will be held privately for her family only. Arrangements entrusted to Forest Meadows Funeral Homes, Gainesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ET York Haven Hospice c/o 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606, Attention Development, or by email at www.beyourhaven.org.
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Larry L. “Don” Foley, Sr.
Larry L. “Don” Foley, Sr. of Chiefland, passed away on Wednesday, November 27th at his home. He was 83 years old. He was born on September 2, 1936 to parents, Albert and Esther Foley in Lockhart, AL and was a lifelong resident of Chiefland. Mr. Foley proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He retired as the Office Manager for White Construction and also served as County Commissioner serving Levy County for 16 years. He was a member of Trenton Church of Christ and in his spare time, loved to fish.
Mr. Foley is survived by his wife of 60 years, Russelene Worthington Foley of Chiefland; his daughters, Susan Ann Gregory and Linda (Bryan) Jones; his son, Larry Ledon (Ruth) Foley, Jr., all of Chiefland; his sisters, Janice (Norman) Wright of Tellico Plains, TN and Betty Joyce Schreiber of Lake Butler; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Foley were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30th at Trenton Church of Christ with Mr. Everritt Heaton and Mr. Chase Gregory officiating. Interment followed at Chiefland Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com.
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William “Carlton” Langford
William “Carlton” Langford, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on November 26th at North Florida Regional Medical Center after a long illness. He was born on April 24, 1932 in Gilchrist County, to the late Joseph Arthur and Maggie Mae Sheffield Langford.
Carlton is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Herman Langford and Melvin Langford; three wives, Janice Baxley Baker, Marsha Thomas Langford and Georgia Paulson Gay Langford; son, Richard Earl Langford; two grandsons, Richard Lewis Langford and Jonathan Earle Langford and one great-grandson, Coltyn Blaiyn McClendon.
He is survived by sisters, Gertrude Langford Gay of Fort White, Phronia Langford (Bud) Stanley of Tampa, Joyce Langford Trail of Fort White, Marie Langford Johns of Fort White, Sue Langford (Bob) Riner of Fort White; a brother, Joseph Langford of Plant City; five children, Janie Carol (Barry) Dillon of Ashville, NC, Barbara Ann (Leonard) Finch of Chipley, FL, Jeffery (Beth) Langford of Marianna, FL, Terry Joe Langford of Chipley, FL and Martha (Scott) Nelson of Chiefland; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service for Carlton was held on Tuesday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at Center Hill Cemetery in Bell with Brother Herschel Langford officiating.
Arrangements were under the care of Watson Funeral Home, Trenton.
For on-line condolences, please visit www.watsonfhtrenton.com.
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Richard “Dick” Whitman
Richard “Dick” Whitman beloved husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend passed away November 29th at home with his family. Our hearts are broken but we know he is with God.
Dick was a quiet, gentle, Christian man who had an abundance of energy and strength both inside and out. He did not mind hard work and he was wonderful at inspiring others to work hard too. He was a born leader and natural teacher.
Dick was born in Malone, NY on April 12th, 1949 to Ken and Rita Whitman. He has an older sister Marilyn and a younger brother Larry. His family moved to Tampa when he was in elementary school and he graduated from Robinson High School. He was the head of the football and tennis teams at Robinson. After high school he went to St. Pete College and the University of West Florida.
His first job after college was Head of the Marine Lab at the Aquatarium on St. Petersburg Beach, a job he enjoyed greatly. While at the Aquatarium, he also taught night classes for St. Pete College in Clearwater. He found his love of teaching from this experience. When the Aquatarium closed he went back to school and got his teaching degree to teach science. He taught for three years at Gibbs High School and was a football coach for Gibbs while still teaching night classes at St. Pete College.
In 1984 he moved to Old Town and bought a small farm with his wife Charmaine and his son Jason. Both Dick and his wife taught high school at Bronson and Jason started 7th grade. It took four years, but he built a beautiful house with some help from family and friends. While at Bronson he held many hats, science teacher, disciplinarian, football coach, track coach and more. He took his students on field trips that they will never forget. In 1993 Dick wanted to try clam farming and teach part time while his wife taught part time and was home with their infant son Caleb. They were offered part time positions at Dixie High School. In 1997 Dick was offered a full time position at Cedar Key School where he taught for the remainder of his teaching career. In 2002 his wife joined him at Cedar Key. Sons Caleb and Joey also attended Cedar Key. Dick took students on many field trips both through NEFEC and on his own, did seafood dinners and other fund raisers for their trips, and did summer teacher workshops at FSU and at Sea Horse Key for UF. He retired in 2011 after 30 years of teaching.
He was just an amazing man and his family misses him so much.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ken and Rita Whitman; his daughter, Amanda Whitman; in- laws, George and Marguerite Trudel; brother in law, Owen Singleton and nephew, Michael Gardner.
He is survived by his best friend and wife, Charmaine; sons, Jason (Melissa), Caleb and Joey; his grandchildren, Colt, Josie and Sam; his sister, Marilyn (George) Hall; brother, Larry (Jennifer); sisters in law, Carylle (Harold) Barr, Candy Quaidy; brother in law, Bill Trudel and several nieces and nephews.
The visitation will start at 9am and the funeral will start at 10am on Saturday December 7th at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland Chapel, with Rev. Michael Pendergraft officiating. Burial at the Old Town Cemetery to follow immediately after the funeral.
In lieu of flowers please do a good deed for someone or give a donation to St. Jude’s children’s hospital in his name. Arrangements are under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland. Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.

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