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May 28, 2020 Obituaries

Joe Randall Douglas
Mr. Joe Randall Douglas, Jr. 49 of Chiefland, Florida passed away May 8, 2020.
Mr. Douglas was born October 2, 1970 in Gainesville, FL. He had lived in Chiefland for a short time after moving there from Gainesville, but he had spent most of his life in the Tri County area. Mr. Douglas had worked Dixie County EMS as an EMT for 20 years, before he became a hairstylist.  As a hairstylist he worked at different salons in the area, then owned and operated Salon 19, and was also a hair instructor with Wella and Proctor and Gamble. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
Mr. Douglas is survived by his daughter, Kristen Douglas; his grandson, Cade Douglas; his spouse, Joseph Rostocil; his parents, Joe Douglas, Sr. and Hariett and Judy Mikell; his brothers, B.D. Douglas, Thomas Mikell, Joseph Mikell and Andy Crouch; his sister, Bethany Ortega and other extended family members.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Douglas were held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach. The family received friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 p.m.
Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home,  Cross City Chapel.  Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.


Gainell and Edward Ellison
Gainell Ellison, 78 passed away May 19, 2020 and her husband Edward Oliver Ellison, 81, passed away May 20, 2020, both at their lifelong residence in Horseshoe Beach, Florida.
Edward was born August 29, 1938 to the late Oliver and Bertha Lee Ellison in Jena.  He had worked for 32 years as a surveyor with the Department of Transportation in the Lake City Office and had been a commercial fisherman and shrimper.  He loved to duck hunt and spend time with his grandkids in his spare time.
Gainell was born July 5, 1941 to the late Willie and Francis Landrum in Horseshoe Beach.  She was a homemaker for most of her life and drove a school bus for many years with the Dixie County School System.  She enjoyed planting and growing flowers, visiting on the phone, tending to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, knitting and cooking.
They had been married for 63 years, attended the City on the Hill Church in Cross City and above all else, they loved their family.
They are survived by their sons, Dan Ellison (Gracie) of Horseshoe Beach, Anthony Ellison (Darlene) of Old Town; their daughters, Gwen Richards (Dale) of Steinhatchee and Krystal Owens (Bobby) of Cross City; Edward’s brothers, Arthur Ellison of Steinhatchee and Buddy Ellison of Steinhatchee; Edward’s sisters, Lucille Malloy of Indiana, Catherine Hawkins of North Carolina, Violet Kincaid of Trenton, Myrtle Williams of High Springs, Judy Durham of Perry and Pam Cannon of Cross City; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and other extended family members.  They were preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Smith (Larry) of Cross City.
Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Ellison were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City Chapel, with Pastor John Sherrill officiating.  Interment followed at Butler Cemetery in Horseshoe Beach.  The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland.   Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.
Carl Raymond Swalla
Carl Raymond Swalla, passed on April 14, 2020, at 9:55 a.m. of complications from Lewy Body Dementia at the Grand Rehab and Nursing Center in Guilderland, NY.
He is survived by his wife Felice of 56 years; daughters, Dana Nilsson and Kelly Swalla; a granddaughter and grandson; sisters, Lara Kramme, Karen Ver Steeg and Linda Walker.
Carl was a 1961 graduate from East Des Moines High School. He attended Des Moines College and Iowa State University.  He finished his engineering degree at California State University at Long Beach (June 1972) after which he enjoyed a life-long career working in the aircraft and space industry.
His years at Lockheed Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and his tenure at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, tell the story of triumph and tragedy in these industries during this time. Among his accomplishments were working on Skylab, being selected to represent astronaut training in a video shown at Kennedy Space Center, and later, being chosen for the team of engineers that retrieved parts of the ill-fated Shuttle Challenger mission.  He was the “consummate liaison engineer” according to the people he worked with.
His love of engineering inspired him to build many things.  He and his family built a 34 foot sailboat, in one year, from the empty hull and deck.  They often sailed the Pacific Ocean to Catalina, California and later sailed the Intracoastal Waterway on the East Coast, beginning in 1977.
As he and his wife contemplated their retirement, Carl built their 1,800 sq. ft. home on 10 acres in Trenton, Florida, where they lived for 28 years.  He also volunteered to help friends, neighbors and family on home rehab projects as well as skilled car repairs and maintenance before he and his wife moved to Glenville, NY to seek expert treatment for his disease.

Alice Cason Walker
Alice Cason Walker, 92, of High Springs, Florida passed away May 17, 2020.
Mrs. Walker was born in Wellborn, Florida on March 9, 1928 to the late James and Cora Lee Monds, but had lived in the High Springs area for most of her life. She had owned and operated Alice’s Parkside Restaurant in High Springs for several years and attended the Vision Tabernacle Church.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her sons, Ed Cason (Linda) of High Springs and Sam Cason (Rose) of Trenton; her stepsons, Rick Walker (Lou Ann) of Gainesville and Bobby Walker (Yvonne) of Oregon; her stepdaughter, Marlene Christy (Denny) of Newport Ritchey; her sister, Nora Lee Grover of Georgia; 27 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and other extended family members.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Walker were held at 10:00  a.m. on Wednesday May 20, 2020 at the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery outside of Ft. White, Florida, with Pastor Lawrence Haley officiating. The family received friends at the Summit Baptist Church in High Springs on Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 p.m.
Arrangements were under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland Chapel.  Please sign the online guest book at rickgoodingfuneralhomes.com.